One of my most favourite things to eat are crisps and a while ago I lived in North Somerset which isn't far from Devon really and these crisps were everywhere. Now living back in the West Midlands I was pleased to see them cos I'd only tried them once or twice when I lived there and had forgotten all about them and what they were like! The one's I will be reviewing here are the Sea Salted version as I have just scoffed a bag of them and I bought them in my now local B & M store for about 25p for a bag though I think usually they cost more like 60p a bag (when you can find them) in all newsagents and supermarkets and the likes. The Packaging: This flavour comes in a a very smart looking dark blue packet which is silver foil on the inside and in a large white section of colour we are told that they are indeed Burts Hand Fried Potato Chips, Sea Salted 'Made In Devon' and that they are naturally delicious and that my bag is 40g in weight then on the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and a nutritional chart is given and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice grown up looking bag this it and it exudes good quality and is of course highly informative packaging too. The 'Potato Chips' (Crisps To Me!): These crisps are cream in colour, smooth and not very greasy to the touch. They are quite hard to bite and quite thick and really crunchy and very lightly salted and the flavour of the potato stays really true and natural. For me these are a bit hard work on my teeth and they are filling too and I would have appreciated a bit more salt on them though I can't knock the good quality of them, that really is there! On the back of the bag I am told who fried them (His name was Richard) and I even know where, the time and the date of when my bag was produced which I have to say is excellent information however with 514 kcal per 100g and 9.16g of saturated fat these are not the healthiest of options and for me I wouldn't go out of my way to buy and eat them again but that's purely cos I found them a bit too crunchy, hard and that the flavour of salt was lacking from them in my humble opinion. Not really for me but if you like crunch then these could be for you and of course they are available in a few different flavours too.
I discovered Burts crisps as part of a 'meal deal' in a delicatessen whilst visiting Windsor. I don't think they are widely available in the 40g snack size in my area (North of England), although I have seen them as a large sharing pack - 150g, in Tesco Extra (£1.54). On opening, I found there was hardly any aroma - very little to identify the flavour of the crisps within, my chosen flavour being salt and vinegar. The crisps themselves are quite substantial - thick and coarse, requiring a 'good bite' unlike other more popular crisps such as Walkers (they seem quite brittle in comparison). Burts do not disintegrate and splinter and remain in chunky pieces until eaten. With regard to taste, I did not like them! Whilst they were salted adequately, I found the vinegar taste somewhat overpowering and unusually sweet (they are fried using sherry vinegar which may explain this). Had I not been at work and compulsively nibbling until the packet was empty - I would have thrown them away. The packet I purchased was sold in a 40g burnt orange packet, with blue descriptive text featured on a white/grey background. The information on the packet itself makes a good read, explaining how and why the company was formed in 1997. It also provides a detailed description of the process the potato must go through before becoming 'the most naturally delicious chips you have ever tasted'. The packaging even states which field the potatoes originate from and who hand fried them!! The potatoes are grown to LEAF Marque Standards - this means that they are produced by farmers committed to improving the environment for the benefit of wildlife and the countryside. Nutritional information can be found ay www.lovetheflavour.co.uk You can even join the fan club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org I'm a long way from the fan club stage but I would like try other flavours before allowing salt and vinegar to cloud my judgement. On the whole a good chunky crisp - just hold the vinegar!!
Now I tried these crisps a little while ago whilst on placement, one of the lovely drug representatives came round and bought us all lunch from Waitrose - one of the big bags of crisps they brought along, were a variant of this brand. Before then I had never taken any notice of this brand let alone tasted them, since then I have seen them once a week in Tesco, and patiently waited for them to come on offer and happily this week they are on offer - so I quickly grabbed a bag and stuffed them in my trolley! I am reviewing the Sweet Red Paprika flavour! ~*~ Where Would I Spot These? ~*~ Down the crisp isle to be simple! In Tesco, they are amongst the pringes and doritos they are with the sharing bags of crisps that are majority over a pound so they are just another option to add to the wide variety of crisps they offer! In my Tesco at the moment, there is only one variety of Burts Crisps - which is this one so they are easily picked out. They have the white label as on the picture above, but the actual packaging is a really nice cerise pink! Strange colour packaging for a bag if crisps but don't let that put you off! The packaging that these crisps comes in is quite amusing when you read the back, as you get your normal information on the back. Also you get told which field the potatoes have come from, and which member of staff fried the crisps - It may not be that person but still it gives it a somewhat personal touch! ~*~ Who Are Burts? ~*~ Burts are a company that have been in business since 1997 according to the back of their packs, they are based down in 'deepest Devon' their words not mine! They proclaim to make the perfect chip, crunchy, natural and full of flavour. Burts create their chips all to a a specific standard, all to protect the wildlife and the countryside in which the potatoes are grown! Nice guilt free crisp munching! ~*~ So Do They Taste Any Good? ~*~ In one word - YES! Where I have found in the past that 99% of hand cooked crisps just seem to have to be hard and tooth breaking to bite into - these are the total opposite. There seems to be something with the crisps like Kettle Chips, that have this specification because they are hand cooked to be hard, these however have an easier texture than those, more like a walkers crisp, just a tiny bit harder. Nothing that will break a tooth but it makes you wonder how much noise everyone else is hearing while you are munching on them! As with most crisps once you have bitten into them they splinter everywhere and if you are in need of a filling beware that they will disappear between your teeth faster than you can play getting them out with your tongue! The taste is really good in my opinion - I have offered them around to people and I have been told by some that they are very hot and spicey, but some think they are quite mild so it definately depends on your tastebuds. There is a definate taste of paprika here, where you might have tasted paprika in the pringles, the taste here is far stronger and it tastes far more authentic. A proper tasting crisp, if that makes sense, it is hard to describe how they taste without being cliche, but they are nicer than normal hand baked crisps - they have a natural taste, so you don't feel like you're eating a fake flavouring. If you have tasted paprika in food when you have been out or have cooked with it yourself you know what it tastes like naturally. It is a very similar taste to normal paprika, but it is a little sweeter and has that kick that makes the crisps something you will remember! Yes they do leave a bit of an after taste, mainly because the flavour is just that strong - but it's not a flavour that you will sit and think after that you don't want anymore. Admittedly I cannot eat a whole packet in one go, that is because of the calories and I just lost 4lbs and don't want to put it back on! If you like a different flavour of crisp compared to the normal plain flavours these are definately for you! They are definately something different, especially if you put them in a bowl and leave them as nibbles for people without telling them what flavour they are - you will be suprised at the range of responses... If you like different flavours, hand baked without the bite, you will love them! ~*~ Nutritional Bits ~*~ Per 100g... 150gram bag... 493 calories.. 0.5g of carbohydrates which sugar.. 3g of fat which saturates.. 1g of salt... ~*~ Price and Availability ~*~ I found mine in Tesco, but by all accounts they are also available in Waitrose and Sainsburys for varying prices all hovering around £1.50 but they are on offer at the moment in Tesco for £1 so grab them for your World Cup Parties!
I just had to review my favourite crisps. I have been buying them for a couple of years now from my local Waitrose. I used to eat a lot of crisps and have tried most types. These days I have tried to cut down and not to eat to as many crisps keeping my intake to one pack a week. However, I cant resist Burts sea salted hand fried crisps. Burts are so confident of their crisps that on the back of each pack they tell you who fried the pack you are eating. Burts are made of completely natural ingredients and do not contain any artificial additives or preservatives. The packaging is plain and contains useful information. On the back of the pack it clearly states "These chips contain no junk!". They are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten free, only containing Potatoes, Sunflower oil and Sea salt. All of the Burts crisps that I have eaten have been crunchy, bar one pack and that one had a split pack. I had missed the split when I picked it up to put it in my shopping basket. I decided to let Burts know that I had been unlucky with a pack of their crisps and they sent me a whole box full of replacements. What a nice company they are!! So I ended up trying various flavours including Hot Chilli Lemon, Mature Cheddar, No Salt, Salt and Black Pepper and Smoked Streaky Bacon. All of which I would recommend. Especially the Hot Chilli Lemon if you like that sort of thing. There wasn't one flavour amongst them that I didn't like. So in the end I was grateful for my stale pack that I returned. Another good thing about Burts is that the potatoes used in the manufacture of their crisps are grown by farmers "Who are committed to improving the environment for the benefit of wildlife and the countryside". I like to buy from this type of ethical company but is a bonus because I have to like the product first. Well, when it comes to crisps, Burts are my number one! Mmm maybe I'll make it two packs this week.
I purchased a bag of these from Tesco at the weekend. We didn't really need them but I thought they looked quite nice and were on offer for £1 for a 150g - usually costing £1.54. They come in a blue packet - it's quite plain and simply says in a white square on the front 'Burts hand fried Potato Chips -made in Devon' It is on of theose foil bags to keep them as fresh and crisp as possible. It also says that they aer naturally delicious - oh yes they are indeed! Not only do they taste lovely they have absolutely no added ingredients. There are only 3 things on the ingredients list - potatoes, salt and sunflower oil. The foil packet has done a good job as the crisps are wonderfully crisp and crunchy. THey are not too salty - just right. They simply taste of fried potato and salt, nothing artificial or synthetic - just as crisps should be. I'm not entirely sure on the nutritional info as we managed to scoff the whole bag and hubby has since chucked it. There is no nutritional info on their website either but its quite entertaining so have a look if you have time! www.burtschips.com I suppose they are similar to other crisps in these style so not brilliant for you but ok as an occasional treat/snack although probably better than some which do use lots of artificial rubbish! I have only tried the salted flavour but they do come in other flavours too - all the usual cheese n onion etc as well as some lesser known ones such as firecracker lobster and bloody mary. Oh and every bag tells you who personally made them for you.... you can see them on their website! Yummy crisps worth the RRP but even better when they are on offer