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Ohio’s Own: Happy Potato Chip Day

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Thursday, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day. 

It’s worth pointing out that March 14 is also National Pie (Pi = 3.14) Day. The pie angle makes sense. It leaves 364 other days available to celebrate potato chips, but for whatever reason, the deciders have set March 14 for the salty snack too. So, here we are.

Philosophical beefs aside, it’s a fine day to enjoy some fantastic Ohio Potato Chips. Mikesell’s and Grippo’s are two heavy hitters in the Ohio Scene. Actually, the Ohio scene itself is a heavy hitter. The state is reportedly a leading producer of potato chips for the United States: not potatoes, potato chips.

Dayton-based Mikesell’s has been around for more than 100 years. It has chips in many interesting flavors, including a version fried in 100 percent peanut oil. Ultimately, Good n’ Hot somehow managed to find itself in the grocery cart, and it is a fine specimen. It’s ruffled, salty, hot; there’s also just a hint of smokiness that hits once you get used to the heat. Sour cream is already the ideal partner for potato chips, but it’s doubly perfect as a dip-mate here. It cools things off, making it easier to keep eating.

Cincinnati’s Grippo’s also has 100 years under its belt, and it too comes in a variety of flavors. If this were a perfect world, we’d pick the same seasoning and wavy style and host a competition between the two chip-makers. This is not that world. This is a world where Grippo’s is represented by its barbecue chips. It too, is a fine specimen, bearing a seasoning with a complex sweetness that sneaks in a late-hitting punch of spicy heat.

Don’t bother looking for special health claims on these chips. They’re chock full of carbs and fat and flavor and all the other things that virtually every diet and healthy eating plan bans.

But it’s National Potato Chip Day, so do it right.

For more information, visit mikesells.com.

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