Ballreich’s Potato Chips – Sour Cream and Onion

I’m continuing on my quest for the perfect chip. Well, chips. I don’t have to have just one #1 you know? I’m making up the rules as I go!

This time I ordered a jumbo pack of 7 different flavors from Ballreich’s chips, of Tiffin, Ohio.

Ballreich’s has been around since the 1920s, and I can see why. Their chips have really great flavor and texture and crunch. They have a very interesting history. Their chips are ‘marcelled’, which was a new term to me. Marcelled is the name of a popular wavy hairstyle from the 1920s.

I started out with the sour cream and onion flavored chips.

Ballreich's Potato Chips - Sour Cream and Onion
These chips are insanely good. The salt level is just right, the crunch is great (those marcelled ridges really make for a great chip), and the flavoring is spot-on. And you can still taste the potato, an important thing in chips!

So, on the Life’s A Tomato ‘Mater Rater scale, I gave these chips:

Texture: Outstanding crunch. Not oily.
Flavor: Great potato flavor with a great sour cream and onion flavor.
Quality: Decent. Some chips had more seasoning than others.
Appeal: A hefty, thick chip that held up to shipping. Nice, no-thrills packaging that looks kind of old-school.

'Mater RaterI love these chips! Here are some of the other Ballreich’s flavors I’ve tasted:

Smokey Sweet Mesquite
Sour Cream and Onion
Cheddar and Sour Cream
Salt and Vinegar


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