On a grocery store run the other day, in preparation for the arrival of a few friends, my wife asked for a couple bags of La Fiesta tortilla chips. Perfect for scooping up the hearty bean dip she makes.
Unfortunately, I did not locate the La Fiesta chips, but instead came home with chips from Garden Fresh, reasoning that these too are Michigan-made.
Turns out there are plenty of good chip options from Michigan companies.
Of course, both La Fiesta made in Ludington, and Garden Fresh, from Ferndale, make tasty tortilla chips, a welcome addition either for dipping or for homemade nachos, which are easily found close to home.
There are plenty of other good chip products made in Michigan too.
Potato chip aficionados can find an array of Michigan-made treats, including those from Great Lakes Chip Company out of Traverse City. The Barbecue or Sea Salt Pepper and Onion are both great for right-out-of-the-bag munching, while the kettle-cooked Original with skin on is hearty enough to take on even the heartiest of dips.
For the more traditionally minded snack fan, try Better Made chips, made since 1930 in Detroit. The company boasts the use of 60 million pounds of chip potatoes every year. The iconic yellow bags are instantly recognizable on store shelves.
As the most recognizable chip maker in the region, Better Made as well offers variety of flavors, ranging from Bar-B-Q to Red Hot to Sour Cream and Onion, among others.
There are other Michigan made chips too, like Uncle Ray’s and Downey’s, for example.
It is no mystery why Michigan should generate such good chips, and so many of course. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, potatoes are the state’s leading produce commodity, generating nearly $180 million in sales annually. The state is also the nation’s leading producer of chip potatoes.
A Northern Michigan reason for all these potatoes is Kitchen Farms which covers nearly 5,000 acres of potato fields in the Elmira and Alba area, producing plenty of good chip potatoes, as well as other tasty varieties.
Corn is also royalty in Michigan, with 2.4 million acres of fields across the state, accounting for more acreage than any other crop. Most Michigan corn makes its way out of state, but there is still plenty for good tortilla chip production.
Whether you are entertaining calls for tortilla chips for dipping salsas or bean dips, or potato chips for picnicking or snacking, there are plenty of good choices in Michigan-made chips.