Address: 333 Leo Street, Dayton, Ohio 45404-0115
Phone: 937 228 9400
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Mikesell's Potato Chip Company began over a century ago. D.W. Mikesell and his wife sold dried beef and sausages from two rooms on South Williams Street in Dayton, Ohio, before the opportunity to buy some potato chip manufacturing equipment and the Mikesell's Potato Chip Company was born.
Mikesell's early forays into the potato chip industry began with "Saratoga Chips". Rather than standard inexpensive vegetable oil, Daniel used premium oil — giving them a unique taste and texture.
Today, Mikesell's is still a privately held snack food manufacturer and distributor. The range includes healthy snacks and healthy chips, potato chips and pretzels, to corn products, pork rinds and dips. They are also still located in Dayton, Ohio.
A company statement reads, "Sure, we've been around longer than almost every other potato chip company in the United States... A milestone we wouldn't have reached without all our loyal, passionate fans.
"But no matter how many years we've been in business, we always keep innovation at the forefront. In fact, our production facilities in Dayton and Indianapolis are some of the most state-of-the-art food processing facilities you'll find anywhere."
Mikesells certainly attempts to remain at the forefront of the potato chip market with their modern bags and the invention of new potato chip flavors and textures. Including Kettle Cooked Jamaican Jerk Pork, Sweet Chili and Sour Cream and Good 'N Hot — as well as the ever-popular, one-of-a-kind, Puffcorn Delites.
Mikesell's Original Potato Chips
This is a vastly different chip to their first chips from 1910. There were no trans-fats for starters. However, there is still enough potato, salt, and oil to provide a warm reminder of potato chips past.
Mikesell's Green Onion Potato Chips
Green onion, spring onion, scallions, whatever - There was a slight aroma on the Nose Plunge Test, but the flavour didn't quite follow through. There was a hint of salty potato mixed with those fine little peppery onions, but it was very mild. A genuine tasting chip overall, but it wanted to punch harder with a more liberal dose of seasoning.
Mikesell's Zesty Barbecue Potato Chips
'Zesty' is a difficult word to identify in the wonderful world of chips and crisps. A Nose Plunge Test did reveal a slightly sweet, peppery aroma, but it wasn't specifically pungent. It was a little smoky though, which was followed on by the flavour, which must have been sweetened by the honey and onion seasoning. They did have a garlicky sort of tomato kick to them. Nothing major. It was a pretty mild experience. As they don't claim to be hot, spicy, or other such adjectives, this made them a perfectly agreeable, masses appealing, barbecue chip.
Mikesell's Cheddar & Sour Cream Groovy
I discovered a mild cheesy aroma on my Nose Plunge Test. It may have been the thicker nature of the 'Groovy' chips, but the flavour combination between the sour cream and the potato added a creamy taste that mixed well with the cheese, to create a hearty, warm, almost comforting winter snack. It was a tangy flavourful, cheese dominated chip.
Mikesell's Good'n Hot Groovy Potato Chips
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a faint smoky paprika hot sauce aroma. Often, with an interestingly titled flavour, the first question is – What’s in it? Here it is more of a case of what is not in it. The little chip geniuses that stir away at bubbling pots of fancy ingredients in chips factories (I hope they all look like Wizard of Oz munchkins), certainly had a combo going here. I went for the darker coloured chips first, and unlike so many spicy, hot sauce varieties, these were, shock horror, hot. Best of all, they were not a challenge, but they were hot and spicy nice.
Mikesell's Original Groovy Potato Chips
This chip had a hidden agenda. It was the evolved recipe from the Original as it grew more conscious about health concerns and took advantage of new technologies, science, and seasoning over the years. But it has a purpose - While an Original regular, unseasoned chip often claims to be a standalone product, this 'Groovy' chip is made for dipping. The company even advertises it as such. It is effectively a DIY Chip. Mikesell’s provide the base ingredient - You add the Dip.