All that and a bag of chips: Ohio sets record


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Agriculture and five OHIO PROUD potato chip companies have constructed the world’s largest bag of potato chips out of Ohio potatoes at the Ohio State Fair.

Five companies. The five participating companies are Ballreich’s Potato Chips & Snacks (Tiffin), Conn’s (Zanesville), Jones Potato Chip Company (Mansfield), Mike Sell’s Potato Chip Company (Dayton), and Shearer’s Foods Inc. (Brewster). 

The world record attempt was undertaken this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the potato chip. At 5 p.m., the official weight of 1,082.5 pounds was recorded by the department’s Weights & Measures officials and declared safe for consumption by the department’s Food Safety officials.

The department will send documentation of the event and the record to the Guinness World Records office in London, England, for verification. 

What’s in it? Ingredients include:

* 4,250 pounds (more than 2 tons) of Ohio ‘Superior’-variety potatoes. This is the most common variety of potatoes grown in Ohio and will result in a dark potato chip, more like a “kettle” chip.

* More than 700 pounds of hydrogenated soybean oil made mostly from Ohio soybeans

* 80 pounds of salt 

The 8-by-5-by-5 foot bag contains 16,000 1-ounce (around 18 chips) servings with 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 135 milligrams of sodium, and 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving.  

Display through Aug. 17. The world’s largest bag of potato chips will remain on display in the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s exhibit in the George V. Voinovich building through the end of the fair.


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