Food of the Eighties, Groff's Potato chips
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It's in your database, but it wasn't sold as far as new england. This company was located in central Pennsylvania, the heart of 'Pa dutch country' county. They were located in Berks county to be more precise. I stopped seeing these on shelves of local stores in 1994, but lately I've seen another chip that looks and tastse just like Groffs used to called Deifenbachs Homestyle. This new company is located in Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa and the bag bears a striking ssemblance to the old white and blue stripped Groffs bags. I ran across this page looking for more Groffs info, thought you might be interested in this.
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Tommy Pops - June 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I live in Canada but I use to travel to Cherry Hill New Jersey as I worked for a Drywall manufacturer that had a plant in Camden New Jersey. As I got to know some of the employees one guy was eating Groff's Potatoe Chips. They were the best. I liked them so much I tried importing them to Canada and sell them to the larger supermarket chains. But in the end with the weak Canadian Dollar(Back then not now) and the 8% Duty on chips it wasnt worth it. A bag of Groffs would have retailed for $3 dollars back then and that was too expensive. My favourite was the Jalepeno and Cheddar and the Green Onion.
Mike - October 13, 2008 - Report this comment
Groff's were indeed sold all over New England during the 80s and 90s. I loved them. The distinctive taste came from being cooked in lard.
Jon - November 04, 2008 - Report this comment
The BEST Jalapeno chips I've ever had. I crave to find a Jalapeno chip with such flavor. No others compare.
Bryan - November 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I've not heard of Groff's, but Husman's makes a pretty good jalapeno cheddar potato chip. Husman's is out of Cincinnati, Ohio and they have pretty good regional coverage. Not sure about PA though.
Dennis - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I use to work for Groff's back in the early 90s. I use to work in the warehouse loading trucks & yes they made runs up in the New England area,also had A warehouse in Philly.They also sent chips over seas & they were very big here in Lancaster County,They were from Bowmansville,that is Lancaster not berks but very close to county line. Well to make A long story short I left in 1993 & with in A year I herd that the Son who ran the business,did'nt pay taxes & was in trouble with finances & also ran the company into the ground! It's too bad for my former co workers & his Dad who started the company year's ago. I often think of his dad Ray Groff(A real nice older man,who worked very hard and made A sucessfull company)and let the kid run it into the ground.It would make me sick if my kids would do that after I had them all setup to take over a business.It's too bad,because they have been around ever since I was A kid,I would buy A bag of chips at the swimming pool over the summer at the snack bar they always had regular,BBQ & sour cream & onion in the small snack bags.
Chuck - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
That's disappointing to find out the fate of Groff's...i was only a kid when they went off the shelves, and I now know why. They had such a distinct flavor, and great taste.
Frank - October 21, 2009 - Report this comment
Working at an architect's office with a Convenient Mart across the street had great consequences as they carried Groff's Homestyle chips. Their salt & vinegars were tremendous and very strongly flavored. Miss Vickie's are similar in the physical appearance and crunch by not nearly as strong in flavor. The other guys and I would often make that walk on lunch to enjoy those chips. Wish I had them back again.
Troy - February 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Groff's was sold in New England, at least in Vermont and New Hampshire. I worked for Robitzer Distributing in 1986-87, and we delivered Groff's to the local stores. I might have been a bit biased, but I think the Homestyle was the best potato chip made!
John - March 15, 2010 - Report this comment
If we are talking the same Groffs,(red&white stripes, these were huge in southeast texas in 80's and 90's! I found an old box and searched 4 em I lovd em so much. Too bad that a SH** head ruined a great thing 4 evryone!
mike b - March 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Horace was a nice guy. He trusted the wrong people especially jeff kring, dave mcintyre and bob haulbuer. they ran the ditributership and marketed the business into the ground because they were so much smarter then everyone else.
mschmidt - May 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Groff's Chips were my absolute favorite thing to buy @ lunch in my school cafeteria (70's). That, an a 10 cent carton of orange drink took me through the afternoon......
Ms. J - July 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up eating Groff's better then
Joe - September 29, 2010 - Report this comment
My grandfather used to buy me and my brothers the tins and cardboard boxes of Groff's potato chips. BBQ ruled...haven't had a better chip since.
John - November 18, 2010 - Report this comment
try Good's potato chips,Adamstown,PA as good as Groff's or Diffenbach's, Womelsdorf, PA. Both are found even in Sarasota, Fl at Detwiler's Farm market, Palmer Blvd and Cattleman Rd
Cesc - January 29, 2011 - Report this comment
When they stopped sellin Groffs in nj i used to travel an hour + into pa and buy 10 bags at a time to satisfy the urge. BBQ was the best.
Cathy - July 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved their nacho cheese flavored tortilla chips and usually went through at least one bag a week when I was in high school in Delaware. The flavoring was so different! I know I'll never find another taste like it. So disappointed to hear they are out of business.
Bill Vance - December 14, 2011 - Report this comment
As a freshman at Bluffton College, Bluffton, OH, Horace Groff was my roommate. He was one of the finest, Christian young men I have ever met and I do not believe any of the negative comments about him. I met his entire family when they visited him and they were indeed fine people. A couple of years ago, my wife and I were on our way to Florida and we saw a Groffs container on the shelf at Cracker Barrel and I wondered what ever happened to Horace, his family and the company. I am saddened to hear the news.
I Remember - March 07, 2012 - Report this comment
Groff's were great-probably not too healthy with the lard,but deliciouse.As for the good Christan crap.Give me a break!A particular religon doesn't make anyone competant,ethical,or talented.We've had to many people use there parent's success to get somewhere in politics,and business,than hide behind'Christianity when they mess up.
Rick Parish - March 14, 2012 - Report this comment
The best I have ever had, I still crave them. Sold in the Tonawanda area bars in the 80's, and were popular in the great Niagara Frontier. I Remember when I was eight years old and could spell words and knew respect, I Remember please grow up and ask Mommy if dinner is ready!
Tom Owens - March 30, 2012 - Report this comment
My dad worked for a company called Rich-Ray Ice Cream out of Glassboro NJ back in the early 60's...They sold Groff's red cans....I could polish one of in a couple of hours....
omar jackson - April 27, 2012 - Report this comment
that's one of the benefits of growing up in pennsylvania, we have culinary delights that are regional, and groff's potato chips were one of them.i remember going to grade school back in the 80's, and at least 2 days out of the week, i would run to the corner store after school and get a bag of groff's, and a pack of now&laters,lol,after awhile, i did notice that none of the stores sold them anymore, and i always wodered why,well!,that's happens in buisness i guest, eventually i settled for herr's sour cream chips, granted if i was lucky enough to get a bag where the sour cream was loaded on the chips, because sometimes they weren't,lol i love and miss living in pennsylvania
Sparky - July 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Horace had a niece Louise, that ran the office. Very nice girl. Anyone know what happened to her?
Brendan - December 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Me and my father used to split bags of their nacho cheese tortilla chips when i was a little kids in the 80s. We used to fight over who would get all the cheese dust that settled at the bottom of the bag. They were the best chips in the world. What I wouldn't do for a bag of em now.
Potato chip lover - May 11, 2013 - Report this comment
Well....being a life long potato chip lover, When I did my Bing search for Groffs, I was sure I would not come up with anything. Apparently I am not the only chip lover out there. Back in the late 70's and throughout the 80's my grandfather owned a small corner store in the neighborhood where I grew up. My mom worked there so after school every day I had to go help out at the store until she got off. I think at the time I was in the 3rd grade and up...Anyways, My favorite snack guessed it Groff's BBQ. ohhh, mouths watering just thinking of them. One word....LARD. I wish I could find a similar chip. I would buy them by the case.
spencer - August 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to eat groffs jalapeno and cheese chi-chis in chester county prison in 1993. Yummmm.
Charlie - January 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Like Charles Chips you could get them in a tin
Steve - February 10, 2015 - Report this comment
Growing up in Northampton PA my mom and sometimes my aunts would take me across the street to a little store across the street and I would get candy for a penny a piece and a bag of Groffs sour cream and onion chips, I crave them still to this day, hands down the best chips EVER!!!
Ron - March 06, 2015 - Report this comment
Every once in awhile I wonder where the Groff's chip are. I decided to search to see if I could purchase them online. :( Out of business! Too bad.I live in Vermont and they were the best chips around. Cape Cod chips are ok, but I just kept wondering if I could get some Groff's. I agree with other commenters that the Jalapeno were the best ever made. I was just eating some Lays jalapeno and they are ok too but do not even come close to Groff's. Someone should look into purchasing the recipe and trade name. Bring em back I say!
Sindylou - March 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Omg!!!! They were the best ever chips I miss them it makes for great childhood memories. Wish they would come back so my kids can have great memorries too.
Vett - March 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I Loved & Still Wish they had Groffs. My favorite chips of all time Groffs Cheese & JalapeƱo ughhh the best tasting chips ever. They had a small company between 5th & 6th and Parker in Chester Pa back in the90's. I still remember going to the store and getting3 bags for $1.00 those were the good ol' days
Jim - May 24, 2015 - Report this comment
I began the West Coast distribution of Groff's chips. I called them Kettle Klassics. Horace sent me his V.P. when we took off. Name was Bill Clark. Anyone know what happened to him?
TRome - July 11, 2015 - Report this comment
I live in suburban Philadelphia PA and I must have Groff's old phone number because I am constantly getting messages from people on my answering machine asking if they can order chips because they cant find them and they loved them so much!
Kisha - July 15, 2015 - Report this comment
The absolute best. My favorite was the cheese and jalapeno. I crave them to this day. I wish I had a bag right now.
Cheryl - October 12, 2015 - Report this comment
I moved away from Lancaster County, PA almost 20 years ago, but as a kid, Groff's homestyle were my favorite. So sad to hear the company went out of business!
Fred - November 13, 2015 - Report this comment
I loved those chips. I'd caddy and the go to Garrett Hill food mart for a cheese steak and griefs sour cream and onion chips. That was thirty yrs ago and I still can taste those chips in my mind.
Frank - March 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I live in Wilmington, DE and vividly recall how good the Groffs Sour Cream and Onion chips were....of course, cooked in lard! Tried another brand's version of regular potato chips cooked in lard and they aren't nearly as good. Wondered what happened to Groffs (I assumed they just weren't distributed in this area any more, I was disappointed when I learned on this site that they no longer exist!
Knud - June 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I was the Groff's distributor on St. Thomas, USVI back in the early 80's. Best chip ever and great people - miss it all!!
Kevin - July 03, 2016 - Report this comment
Growing up in a small town of Avondale, PA, located in Chester County...One of my few pleasures was a bag of Groff chips. Wish I could share a bag with my son. You would think that someone would get that "lard" recipe and start producing the best chip ever to grace store shelf...
Melanie - July 10, 2016 - Report this comment
Growing up in NE PA in the 80's, my dad used to buy us Groff's green onion chips after his softball games and they were by far the best chips ever, nothing at all like the sour cream & onion chips you get today. Miss them!
Henry - January 02, 2017 - Report this comment
Back in the 80's Groffs had a what I think was a small factory where they made chips, pretzels, etc in New Cumberland Pa. Me and the rest of the local ruffians used to get into their delivery trucks and eat whatever we found.
JD - February 20, 2017 - Report this comment
They made the absolute cheese doodles.
Susan Kaye Groff Morris - March 22, 2017 - Report this comment
I was a Groff--grew up in Albert Lea, Minnesota area. Maybe I am related to the chip people !!! Would love to get in touch with someone in Pennsylvania, as my Dad said there were relatives there !!!!
Jenine Winters - September 11, 2017 - Report this comment
Groff's potato chips were my favorite back in the 80's and early 90's I loved the especially with an I Italian hoagie, sub, hero etc, they were all that, I have been searching for years that finds a chip that taste just like them, haven't found yet I've always lived in Western Pa, Lancaster County, Chester County.
Edward - February 01, 2018 - Report this comment
There was another "Groff's" in Texas, called "Groff's of Texas," that operated out of Brookshire, that was only part owned by Horace Groff. It later changed ownership and was renamed "Bob's of Texas." The ownership change resulted in more companies being created by previous partners - Tim's Cascade in Washington and Poore Brothers in Arizona. I think both of those companies have been bought and sold since then, but the brands are still around.
Peggy - December 19, 2018 - Report this comment
Used to get them in the early 80's in southeast Ohio. Loved the BBQ - best ever! Wished they still made them.
Paul - March 14, 2020 - Report this comment
I remember being on a road trip from Philadelphia to Providence in 1983 and picking up a bag of Groff's along the way. Everyone in the van agreed that they were the best chips we'd ever had. Remembering them fondly on National Potato Chip Day 2020. :-)
Syracusan - April 29, 2020 - Report this comment
Groff's were the best chips I ever ate, even better than today's kettle-cooked, thanks to that distinctive lard flavor. I really miss them. Toward the end around 1993, I remember eating a bag of curry-flavored Groff's, which was actually pretty good.
Justin - June 09, 2021 - Report this comment
My dad use to work for Horace remember going thru the plant and eating fresh off the line when my dad was a plant supervisor when he left there and went to Macbeth engineering Horace some how got involved in installing a potato chip factory in China Macbeth engineering made the equipment and Horace hand picked my dad and another to go and install and start up the plant that was back when China still was locked to foreigners and you had to be invited by the government to enter my dad was there go over a year and when they were done my mom and me went there for about 3 months Horace was a very nice and generous person
Charlie - March 23, 2022 - Report this comment
Sparky, it's a sad thing about Louise, she wound up getting hooked on drugs and had to turn to prostitution to support her habit šŸ˜„
Anita - May 18, 2023 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where I can get a Groffs potato chip tin?

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