Ohio’s Very Own: Potato Chips
By Meg Berno

When you think of potato chips some big names that come to mind may be Herr’s or Lay’s Ruffles. What you may not know is that Ohio brings family recipes to life as the second largest potato chip manufacturer in the U.S. Often times, smaller batches mean better bites but don’t take our word for it. Check out these snack-worthy, Ohio-made potato chips:

Ballreich’s Chips, Tiffin

This original chip and northwest Ohio favorite was first created in 1920 by Fred and Ethel Ballreich. Fast forward almost 100 years and several bites later to the modern-day flavors of sweet potato, hot ‘n sassy and dill pickle. In 2016, Ballreich’s won a gold medal in Saratoga, NY for the best plain chip! Take a virtual tour or order some branded merchandise from Granny Ballreich’s store to show your Ballreich’s pride. Did somebody say *CRUNCH*?

Conn’s Potato Chip Company, Zanesville

You won’t believe the origin of this local crisp. It all started back in 1935 with Mrs. Ida Conn homemaking and hand delivering orders from a market basket. Now the modern manufacturing facility produces delectable flavors like green onion, salt + vinegar and barbecue. Small tours are also available upon request.  

Jones’ Chips, Mansfield

Fresh + delish! Specializing in crispy marcelled chips, Jones’ classic flavors showcase barbecue, salt + vinegar and sour cream & onion among many other. The term “marcelled” (which means wavy) is taken from the popular ladies’ hairstyle of the 1920’s. Take your taste buds by surprise and enjoy a unique take on this classic snack: the potato stick. Are you a super fan? Submit a photo on their website and you may end up on their fan page.

OH! Chips, Columbus

These chips are OH! so delicious. Starting as a food truck turned artisan potato chip factory, they feature flavors like sweet potato, spicy pickle and roasted parmesan garlic. Each batch is only 10 pounds giving these local treats a unique flavor and texture. You can find OH! Potato chips on the original food truck at Land Grant Brewing or click here for distribution map.

Grippo’s, Cincinnati

Founded in 1919 as a sugar cone company, Grippo’s has been bringing deliciousness to the Cincinnati area for almost 100 years. Three generations of the family pride themselves on flavors like cheese + jalapeno and sweet Bermuda onion! This mom and pop shop brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “Get a grip!”

Mikesell’s, Dayton

History & Potato Chips? Find It Here! Known as one of the oldest potato chip companies in the U.S., this Dayton, Ohio favorite originated back in 1910. Their distinctive flavors stand out like sweet chili + sour cream, plus the fan favorite, Good ‘N Hot. A must-try creation is the chocolate-covered potato chip collaboration with Esther Price Fine Chocolates – another Ohio favorite! Whether you’re partial to adventure or sticking with the original recipe, these chips will have you snacking by the tin!

Ballreich’s, Conn’s, OH! & Mikesell’s are all Ohio Proud members, The Department of Agriculture’s program promoting products made and grown in Ohio. For more Ohio-made products, visit the Ohio Proud website.

For more Ohio bites, Find It Here at Ohio.org.

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.