Ohio’s Own: Hartville Potato Chips
In the last few years, we’ve seen (and eaten) loads of Ohio-proud chips. There’s Rue Farms, Gold’N Krisp, Hen of the Woods, Ballreich and OH! Those are just potato versions. Throw in the tortilla chips scene, and Harvest Pride along with Shagbark come to mind. State snacks run the range from full-on junk food to munchies with a commitment to organic, non-GMO farming.
There’s room for more; there’s always room for more. Hartville Kettle Cooked Potato Chips have hit the local scene. It’s actually the Second Coming of the house chips. According to the website, it’s an offshoot of a family operation that ran from the 1970s until 1991.
The chips are thicker cut than your average packaged potato chip. While still plenty salty, the sizing gives them a tinge more potato flavor (which is appreciated). The style also makes them more crunchy than crispy – if you catch the distinction. Crispy things tend to be thinner and more fragile. Crunchy can bite back, and can also hold a lot more sour cream dip.
The print on the white and red bag mentions other factoids: the potatoes come from Pochedly Farms in Hiram; the chips are gluten-free, which is expected, and they’re also “made fresh daily.”
The ingredient list is, as one would hope, pretty straightforward. Essentially, it’s potatoes, salt and the fat used to cook it. High-oleic soybean oil was an oddly specific element on the list. A little consumer research indicates that it’s kind of interesting stuff. Olive oil has always been a high-oleic product. New soy oils have been developed to replace transfats in the snack food industry to optimize the frying of crunchy, delicious chips. As an additional bonus, the FDA has approved high-oleic oils for claims that they lower the risk of heart disease.
All of this is a little more than Hartville Chips promises, but it seems like some useful trivia, regardless. The map at its website shows a lot of northern Ohio outlets. We found our bag at Weiland’s.
For more information, visit hartvillepotatochips.com.