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Ohio’s Own: MORE Potato Chips

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: MORE Potato ChipsPhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott.
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This isn’t the first time we’ve ventured into the world of Ohio potato chips. In recent months, we’ve tried out Ballreich and OH! Chips, both met with great approval.

But there are still more Ohio chips to try. For starters, there’s Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips.

Rue Farms hails from Springfield, Ohio. Its chips are completely non-GMO, both the potatoes and oil. They’re also kettle-cooked. So what’s not to love? Open the bag, and a distinct, toasty potato aroma wafts from within. The chips are smallish, and well-browned. The Pink Himalayan Sea Salt version comes across like quality, artisan potato chip. Rue Farms also makes chips in flavors such as Salt & Pepper and Dill Herb… all of which are preservative and chemical free.

There was a small distraction while on the mission to find the Rue Farms offerings: a big bag of chips in a retro 70s style package boasting the phrase “Internationally Known” at the top. The chips are from Gold’N Krisp, out of Massillon, Ohio.

Gold’N Krisp has, in fact, been around since the 1960s. While it makes no claims about GMO ingredients, its chips are kettle cooked and resiliently crunchy. The distracting bag in question held zig-zag rippled chip, so there’s that too. Open its package, and the smell of hot oil and fresh potatoes floats up. As might be expected, this particular chip has the retro flavor of classic potato chips.

For those who look at nutrition information on potato chip packages (why?), the ingredients might be very different, but the levels of fat and vitamins are about the same. A serving of potato chips delivers about 10% of the USRDA of vitamin C. That’s something, anyway.

While the two chips are as different as day and night, there’s room for both Ohio brands on the plate. You can find them at local gourmet markets.

For more information, visit www.ruefarms.com and www.goldnkrisp.com.

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