chip central

They come in various flavors and shapes. And Americans love them. Since invented in 1853 by accident, potato chips have become a snack food staple - one with deep and growing roots in Ohio. Read more
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Mmmmm

Las Cruces, NM

#21 Apr 23, 2008
Howard Beale Jr wrote:
Brings back memories of the days of Salem's around Water Street (or was it Bowery?) and Flaherty's (on Grant). Went through about a thousand 5-cent bags of the BBQ variety as a kid.
And remember when Charles Chips delivered by truck to your door with those huge cans? New Era also comes to mind... Buckeye down in Bolivar...
Along with OK, each had their distinctive flavor.
Back then, we thought the national brand Lay's tasted awful by comparison. Now, we settle for Sun Chips with our Lawson's Dip (still sold at Circle K).
I remember the Charles Chips guy... ahh the childhood memories. Hey, they used to deliver milk in glass jars too! But oh boy the Lawson's chip dip was good. I think they tinkered with the formula - it tastes a little weak these days...

(in NM on business, thought I'd check in on the doings in Akron)
Jim Lehmann

Shelby, OH

#22 Apr 23, 2008
I have to comment on the interesting article about snack foods in Ohio and particularily "potato chips." As a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio there is no better chip than Ballreich's chips.(marcelled only) One interesting item you failed to mention is Jones chips and Ballreich's chips were at one time I believe a family owned business but internal friction within the family caused the family to sue one another. For a period of time these two chip makers were not allowed to compete within the same market area. I believe today that is not the case. I also can not taste any difference between these two chip makers. As for Ballreich's, their flavored chips leave much to be desired but their regular chips have no peers!
Chip lover

Akron, OH

#23 Apr 23, 2008
Gold N' Crisp are the best! But my local Giant Eagle doesn't carry them. I have to go to other stores to find them.
Chips may be bad for you but at least these companies are sticking around the area to help the community instead of moving South or out of the country. Thanks Shears for helping the Massillon economy!!
DAYAM

Akron, OH

#24 Apr 23, 2008
cats71 wrote:
I love Mike-Sells, but can't find them here in NE Ohio...does anyone know where around here we can get some.....
I've only seen Mike-Sell's once or twice in this area in the past twenty years. I remember when i was a kid and i toured the factory in Dayton. "Mike-Sell's potato Chips. The Potato chip..."
cats71

Canton, OH

#25 Apr 23, 2008
Lawson's chip dip on Mogadore's old Roma Pizza was the best!!!!!!!!
ChipLover

Remington, VA

#26 Apr 23, 2008
I love Shearer's too, but Corell's is by far the best chip. I don't buy them as often as I'd like because they are so expensive and you don't get as many in the bag. There is actually a chip that I think is called Jones or something like that that I got in Amish Country that tastes just like Corell's. I really don't remember if that was the name or not.

Anybody remember Flaherty's? I remember those as a kid as well as OK Chip which had a factory in Barberton that went out of business. My sister worked there for awhile.
ChipLover

Remington, VA

#27 Apr 23, 2008
And by the way, Frito Lay's chips can't even begin to compare with the local stuff. Lays and Ruffles are terrible. I've never liked those.
Forgotten

Akron, OH

#28 Apr 23, 2008
Mumfords are a great chip from Urbana. I don't see them mentioned in the article of chips from Ohio.
Ryan

United States

#29 Apr 23, 2008
Tyler Durbin wrote:
Americans are big enough without pushing stories about junk food. Shame on you readers who wallow in the fact that most Americans cant even SEE their toes, much less touch them.
If they would get off their sofas and walk, or at least eat a piece of fruit, then health care costs would go down, people would be happier, and the country would be in better shape.
Shame on pushing junk food.
Shame on you for presuming you have a right to tell me what to eat and what not to eat. I like potato chips. Mind your own business.
Figures

Harrod, OH

#30 Apr 23, 2008
Tyler Durbin wrote:
Americans are big enough without pushing stories about junk food. Shame on you readers who wallow in the fact that most Americans cant even SEE their toes, much less touch them.
If they would get off their sofas and walk, or at least eat a piece of fruit, then health care costs would go down, people would be happier, and the country would be in better shape.
Shame on pushing junk food.
Not pushing junk food, these are just foodies talking about chips and the history and nostalgia behind the Ohio industry.

That's like saying "shame on wine connoisseurs for promoting wine! Alcoholism's a problem!"

Everything in moderation, folks. Even the healthiest health-nut enjoys a well-made chip every once in a while. The folks you worry about are the ones who inhale the bag so fast, they don't appreciate the flavor.
cindy

Ashtabula, OH

#31 Apr 23, 2008
Jones chips from Mansfield are awesome!9 THE RIPPLED ONES.) NOT TOO GREASY. Although I try to NOT eat potato chips anymore I sometimes crave Jones. They are not sold around here so that is good or I could not resist the temptation. Great with Lawsons chip dip!
Nifong

Tuscarawas, OH

#32 Apr 23, 2008
Tyler Durbin wrote:
Americans are big enough without pushing stories about junk food. Shame on you readers who wallow in the fact that most Americans cant even SEE their toes, much less touch them.
If they would get off their sofas and walk, or at least eat a piece of fruit, then health care costs would go down, people would be happier, and the country would be in better shape.
Shame on pushing junk food.
And...you would be...who??
Nifong

Tuscarawas, OH

#33 Apr 23, 2008
Chip lover wrote:
Gold N' Crisp are the best! But my local Giant Eagle doesn't carry them. I have to go to other stores to find them.
Chips may be bad for you but at least these companies are sticking around the area to help the community instead of moving South or out of the country. Thanks Shears for helping the Massillon economy!!
Gold n' Krisps are cooked in a lard/veggie oil combo. That is why they are soooooo yummy. Mmmmmm...they go great with beer too.
George N

Greer, SC

#34 Apr 24, 2008
Tyler Durbin wrote:
Americans are big enough without pushing stories about junk food. Shame on you readers who wallow in the fact that most Americans cant even SEE their toes, much less touch them.
If they would get off their sofas and walk, or at least eat a piece of fruit, then health care costs would go down, people would be happier, and the country would be in better shape.
Shame on pushing junk food.
Sorry nanny. We promise to be good from now on.
Just Me

United States

#35 Apr 24, 2008
My best memories are of Charles Chips being delivered by truck, right to your door (as noted above.) I can still picture that huge can and how we couldn't wait to get into it. Now, after being in FL for several years, I would have to vote for Cape Cod Russett potato chips....they are the BEST! We get them at Sam's Club here.
However, I am now into reading every label for health's sake, and must limit my chips to only a few once in awhile. My OHIO "chip memories" match most of the earlier posters.
Medina Reader

United States

#36 Apr 24, 2008
These picture don't convince me that this food product is being made under sanitary conditions. I see no gloves on one worker or no mask to prevent workers from sneezing on the food.
Ohio

Norwalk, OH

#37 Apr 24, 2008
Paul wrote:
It is very hard to find a chip that taste the same as when I was a kid in the fifties. Like when OKs were homemade on Florida Ave (I was the mailman there in the 70s and couldent leave without a bag of them) in Kenmore, the automation I believe has stolen the flavor. The closest Ive come is Shearers Select yet it is a hard chip but with the old flavor. Gold N' Crisp is my 3rd choice. In my opinion the only chip that comes close to the fifties chip is Corells. I have only been able to find them at Acme in the yellow and white bag. We have had brands of chips that went stale and had to throw away, but Corells hardly last a day they are so good. I know I cant eat just one and If they ever close Ill just have to somehow live with it.
I was at Showcase Meats on 16th st in Kenmore today and they have Corells kettle chips in the .99 bag.
duce

Salem, OH

#38 Apr 24, 2008
any one else a fan of Conns chips? southeast ohio area to columbus. love those chips! cant resist when i travel down 77.

the article mentioned that they ate the wavy ones, and were fans of regular chips. they need to know there are also regular.
blue bag=wavy
red bag=regular

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