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Ohio’s Own: Backroad Country Sweet Potato Chips

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Backroad Country Sweet Potato Chips
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In terms of tubers, sweet potatoes have made an aggressive move from Thanksgiving food to mainstream in the last five years. While they’re not quite ubiquitous in their traditional baked form, it’s pretty normal to see sweet potato fries on restaurant menus, and bags of sweet potato chips on store snack shelves.

Besides being sweet, the potato variant has another perk; it’s weirdly high in vitamin A. That means, at least in terms of Backyard Country’s chips, you can eat a serving and really and truly make it count as a veggie. It’s not a side-eye veggie: one serving gives you 90% of the RDA for vitamin A. That’s legit*.

Backyard Country Sweet Potato Chips are a product from Troyer Cheese based in Millerburg Ohio. Chips aren’t its only non-cheese sideline, the family owned business does butter, meats and jarred goods too. It also boasts big tentacles with distribution in 48 states.

The chips are good. They’re made with sea salt, and it sticks to each chip, giving it the requisite sweet and salty combo that breeds addiction. They’re rippled too, that probably helps the salt stick, and they’re substantially thick, but still crispy-crunchy.

Beyond the vitamins the bag boasts some other claims for the health-oriented: they’re lactose-free (you’d expect that, right?), msg-free, free of artificial colors and flavors, gluten-free, and make without trans fat. In fact, the ingredient list is straightforward: sweet potatoes, vegetable oil and sea salt. That’s it.

Seems like a good bang for the buck, in terms of snack foods. Having had more than a lifetime of “healthy” snacks that either fail to deliver nutrients, or fail to deliver anything approaching flavor, Backyard Country comes through with both. This one was found at the farmers market at H4H, but Troyer products can be found throughout Columbus at gourmet grocers.

*If you lack impulse control, it takes about thirty minutes to consume the entire 7ounce bag for about 1050 calories and 630% of the RDA for Vitamin A.

For more information, visit www.troyercheese.com.

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