“ Brand: Kettle Chips / Type: Crisps „
I fancied a treat and I saw these at sainsburys today and immediatley the pacaking alone caught my eye, upon picking them up I noticed how thick the packaging was and to me this told me it would be a quality product.
The package is a orangey colour with black writing on it and a bold quote on the front stating " absolutely nothing artificial", this is a 150g bag.
good facts to know about these chips/ crisps
there is no added MSG
No artificial flavours/colours
No hydrogenated fats
They know all the origins of ingredients
Only sunflower oil is used
These are hand cooked potato chips
Me and my husband thought we would share these tonight as a nice treat, opening the bag we noticed that not even half the bag was full of these potato chips. The crisps were all noticeably big and very thick indicating these were going to be very enjoyable. We bit into them and although they were a nice texture we find them to be a bit to hard and they were seriously lacking some flavour.
To be honest im not quite sure what the taste was but it certainly didnt taste like honey or even barbecure. I was really shocked as I know this is a brand that has been around for 25 years or so and clearly ment to be a quality brand, since we paid £1.83 for this we expected a much more enjoyable experience.
For your information this is the nutritional information:
Energy 2042 kj/ 489 calories
of which sugars 4.8g
of which saturates 3.1g
equivalent as salt 1.3g
As I find these somewhat flavoursome I would not buy these again and I wouldnt reccomend them to anyone either. Although they are clearly made well they need to try adding some flavour as they are very bland. Although the satuarated fat is quite low, the calories certainly make up for it. this means there is roughly 645 calories in this bag, which to me I could eat a dinner for that amount of calories and if I want to have a naughty treat I would like to enjoy it.
I only rate this 2 stars as I think they are to hard, no flavour and you dont even get half a bag of crisps in them.
Sadly I have also brought other flavours from this range to try, I hope these are alot tastier.
Kettle chips are a premium crisp brand who make the crisps by handcooking batches of potato chips and have been doing so for around 25 years. These crisps are free from artificial ingredients and the dreaded trans fats and are suitable for vegetarians. They are usually just under £2 for a big 150g bag.
The crisps are well cooked and have a thick, crispy texture. You get a big variation in size of crisps - some little ones you can pop in your mouth in one and huge big ones that take a few bites to get through. They always have a nice depth of flavour and you can taste a lot of different seasonings throughout. As the amount of seasoning on each crisp differs, you get a delicious mix of flavour intensities.
I'm not a really big fan of barbeque flavour crisps in general but these are quite different to other brands I've tried. The BBQ flavouring is nicely balanced out with honey so you get a sweet taste but with the smoky BBQ undertones to them. They have a slight saltiness about them to and you can taste a bit of pepper in there. As I see paprika in the ingredients list, I assume this is what gives the crisps there lovely golden orange colour and a slightly spicy flavour too.
I think you can really taste the difference between these crisps and other cheaper alternatives. Some cheap crisps can be paper thin and seem to just dissolve in your mouth before you have a chance to chew them. These are nice thick crisps from quality potatoes and have been cooked for a longer time to give them a really crunchy texture.
Per 40g; calories 9%, sugar 2%, fat 14%, saturates 6% and salt 9%.
OK so you have seen I have reviewed each flavour of Kettle Chips and are thinking I am nuts? I simply love Kettle Chips as they are so much better than the other crisps out there and you can really taste that they don't add any nasties and they hand cook the potatoes in small batches as they taste fresh and have an amazing crunch to each and every crisp.
So with my deep love of Kettle Chips and my supermarket less than a five minutes walk imagine my delight at finding that they now offered a Honey Barbecue flavour share bag (150g) with their website proudly proclaiming "hints of rich tomato, pepper and onion are drawn together with sweet honey to create a traditional barbecue recipe". I simply had to try these as the makers had read my thoughts and so I picked up a bag (yes just the one) and headed home.
The first thing that hit me was my wife for forgetting what she had sent me for but followed closely on from that was the amazing smell as I opened the bag as these are so well packaged they manage to retain their freshness, crunch to each crisp and amazing depth of flavour so I simply had to take a try and was blown away with the flavour sensation that hit all of my taste buds and my sense of smell taking in the true depth of fragrance that the bag held.
So are these great? Yes they are as they manage to give amazing flavour and still retain that crunch you have come to expect from Kettle Chips.
- Well packaged
- Excellent value (between £1 and £2 for a share bag)
- Amazing taste
- Great freshness and crunch to each crisp
Give them a try and you will see what I am saying!
Typical Values Per 100g
Energy (kilojoules) 1945 kJ
Energy (kilocalories) 465 kcal
Protein 6.7 g
Carbohydrate 53.6 g
- of which sugars 4.5 g
Fat 25.2 g
- of which saturates 3.2 g
Fibre 6.6 g
Sodium 0.53 g
- Equivalent as salt 1.3 g
At the minute the BP garage by me has got the big bags of Kettle Chips for £1.15 and I love them so I got 4 different flavours when I was in there for something completely different the other night. My fave ones are Honey Barbecue and I only bought them because I'd never tried them before but they're delish.
You can taste the honey on them and it goes nice with the bbq flavour. The crisps are quite strong and have got a proper tasty smoky flavour. There's loads of the flavour on the crisps and I love that because I love strong flavoured crisps, these are so mooish that I've only got about 6 crisps left in the bag and I only started them 20 mins ago!
The crisps are nice and crunchy and I love that about Kettle Chips because they have got the crunch just right. They're thicker than Walkers and crisps like that but aren't mega hard like some expensive brands are. Most of the crisps in the bag are quite a bit bigger than most Walkers crisps as well, you know in a bag of Walkers you always get 1 crisp that looks massive compared to the rest of them? Well that ones the average size for a Kettle Chip crisp.
They are quite sweet for crisps but are a bit salty at the same time so it doesn't taste as weird as sweet crisps sound. There's not any meaty flavour to them and I thought that was a surprise because bbq crisps usually do taste a bit meaty.
I really love these crisps because they taste so different to anything else availible and I'll deffo buy them again even when they are back to their full price of about £1.60. They are high quality crisps, worth every penny and definately my new favourite crisps.
Kettle Chips Honey Barbecue flavour is another from the Kettle Chips series and this is a new refreshing flavour which I personally LOVE and is my favourite crisps of all time now!
The crisps can be bought as a large packet but currently cannot be bought as multipack. These are in orange bags, with a simplistic design of only text.
The style is high class and sophisticated, unlike cheap plastic of other brands, and I not only like the design of the packet, but also the crisps!
The crisps, as they are Kettle Chips, and are not factory made, they come in a range of different shapes and sizes. I love this about Kettle Chips, as it doesn't look artificial at all. Whilst other brands may get rid of "ugly" shaped crisps or products, these abnormaties make Kettle Chips unique, and I love biting into a folded crisp or a weird shaped one.
It makes the eating experience much more fun and enjoyable.
They are slightly orange in colour due to the powder, and rub off on your fingers, which could be slightly annoying, but that comes with all crisps!
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The taste is absolutely phenomenal. It has a solid barbecue taste but a hint of honey sweetness, which makes it that bit special. The taste is not super strong, unlike other brands. The flavours are subtle and genuine, and your tastebuds will love them.
Whilst some crisps whose flavour is too strong or abnormal will cause a sting on your tongue, this will not, as I believe it is suited to everyone. I can't imagine anyone who would NOT like this flavour!!
As the nature of the shapes are not conventional, they are also more crispy. The existance of more air bubbles and folds mean that biting into it is a fun experience and you get a crunch every time. The crisps I believe are also slightly thicker than other brands, so you get more for every bite!!
These can currently be bought for 2 for £2 at most supermarkets.
I personally love the Kettle Chips brand, and since eating, never switched back to Walkers. Kettle Chips are a premium crisp brand and unlike Walkers, have no artifical flavours.
I don't know how true that is, or how healthy it REALLY is, but I can say that it gives a mental satisfaction that what you're eating is premium and "more" healthy than others.
This particular flavour has become my favourite because it isn't as strong and wholesome in flavour than many crisps which can sometimes be too overwhelming and sickening. Hong Kong brand crisps such as "Yan Yan" have a similar flavour and those I love also, perhaps causing my love for this particular flavour.
If you haven't tried this flavour of Kettle Chips or the Kettle Chips brand at all, I strongly urge you to. Perhaps like me, you won't ever go back to your old brand! Grab a pack and enjoy NOW!
With hubby having more of a sweet tooth rather than savoury, I usually avoid buying crisps, because I would be the one eating them all, and believe me that would be a very easy task, since I am quite addicted to crisps, particularly the real potato cut crisps like Kettle Chips.
When we have guests round I usually opt for Kettle chips, as even hubby will eat these, so when spotting these crisps in a honey barbecue range, I bought them for a change.
I purchased these in my local Tesco for £1.54, although I think there is an offer of 2 for £2.50, which I may just take up next time I am in doing my shop. This price is for a 150g bag of Kettle Chips. Calorie content is quite high, as each 40g serving contains a fairly high 186 calories, quite a lot for a little snack. It also containts 10g of fat. I usually ignore this information when I am indulging in a bowlful of these.
Apart from these being 'hand cooked pototo chips', Kettle chips also benefit from having nothing artificial in them. The producers only use sunflower oil, and don't use hydrogenated fat (which they say is a significant source of trans fat)
On sampling, both hubby and I found we couldn't just stop at one crisp and ended up eating nearly half the bag on its initial opening. It is easy to taste the sweetness of the honey seasoning, without it being too sweet, and at the same time, the warm yunny barbecue taste lingers in your mouth. The honey and the barbecue blend really well together and offer a sweet but savoury crisp that you just can't stop eating.
I am very impressed with these crisps, and it is a very positive sign when even hubby is reaching for more. It is good to know that even though the calorie and fat content is high, Kettle Chips don't contain anything artificial, but still maintain a great taste.
I will certainly be buying more of this flavour, and as I said earlier, I think I might just take up that offer in Tesco when you buy 2. A great savoury crisp.
I bought a pack of these in Tesco today as they were on an offer which was two packs for £2 which i thought was really good as they are usually about £1.50 each pack. I don't often buy them unless they are on offer to be honest because i tend to base my choice purely around which brand is on offer and if there isn't anything on offer i tend not to bother for the sake of my waistline!
I was attracted to this flavour because it's quite unusual and i love barbecue flavour crisps so i thought i would give them a go.
The packaging is orange with the Kettle Chips branding at the top in brown and honey barbecue written just beneath it and of course the famous slogan that defines Kettle Chips...absolutely nothing artificial.
These crunchy crisps are made with only the best selected potatoes and sunflower oil plus the flavouring which is also all made from natural sources.
This taste is a bit unusual - it doesn't have the smokiness that a lot of bbq flavoured crisps but instead has a sweet finish - they taste a bit similar to paprika crisps if you have ever tried them but they're not hot - i guess the honey takes the edge off.
I really enjoyed these but i guess some people might not as they are a bit of an acquired taste.
When I saw these crisps in Sainsbury's at the weekend I just had to buy a packet to sample as they supposedly contain two of my favourite flavours in the whole world, honey and barbecue seasoning. The fact that they were the Kettle brand had nothing to do with my decision as I rather think that this particular make of crisps is overrated and while I do eat the flavours I enjoy, it's not because of their hand cooked 'special' claims.
I was distinctly underwhelmed when I first opened the packet, I had been expecting the rich barbecue aroma to come rushing out as happens when you open a tube of Pringles but it's a bit of a damp squib really as when you open them a very brief whiff of spiciness is released and then..... nothing. Very disappointing as I do prefer a highly fragranced crisp as it makes the whole eating experience so much more of a treat in my opinion.
The crisps are large and very hard, perhaps not quite as hard and crunchy as Kettle's Salt & Balsamic Vinegar crisps but much more so than their Walkers counterparts. Which I don't particularly like if I'm honest as too-hard crisps such as these make my gums ache after a while - especially the parts where I have no teeth left!
The taste of these so called 'posh crisps' is as underwhelming as the smell. They have a very greasy taste which is not pleasant in the slightest and the barbecue seasoning is very weakly attached to each crisp, I can't say I can taste honey in them at all apart from the barest sensation of it in the aftertaste. Having said that, I did find these crisps rather too sweet (in a crisps are supposed to be savoury kind of way) and this is presumably the honey flavouring coming through.
I can't say I don't like them because they are a perfectly acceptable crisp, the flavouring isn't my cup of tea at all quite simply because they are nothing like the name of the flavour would suggest. I don't think it would be unreasonable to expect a bag of Honey Barbecue crisps to taste at least like barbecue flavour, even if the honey wasn't particularly apparent. But these don't, they do remind me of a flavour but I can't quite put my finger on it - perhaps a beefy flavour with a hint of something sweet?
I didn't eat many of them, the crisps started to become sickly after a short while and eventually I just decided enough is enough and put them away. I've just this minute eaten another to refresh my memory about the flavour and I still am not impressed, plus at over £1.50 for a large share bag they are one of the most expensive crisps on the market. Ironic really that I much prefer the Tesco Value Ready Salted crisps, which are my crisp of choice at the moment.
Kettle Chips are one of my favourite types of crisps, I way prefer them over any over type i.e. the 'normal' ones such as Walkers etc. I usually buy the Sour Cream and Onion Flavour as my favourite crisp flavour is cheese and onion but they were in offer in Tesco's a few weeks ago for £1 a bag instead of £1.55 so I thought I would try a few different flavours and rewiew them, this one being the uber tasty Honey Barbecue.
The Kettle Chip company was originally founded in 1978 in Salem, USA and I think they were one of the first companies to bring out handcooked crisps or at least make a big name for themselves with them. Kettle Crisps are different from other crisps as they are handcooked in 'healthy' sunflower oil. On the back of the pack they promote their 'good to know' facts which are -
- They don't use MSG
- They never add artificial colours of flavours
- They don't use hydrogenated fat - a significant source of trans fat
- They know the origin of all their ingredients
- They only use sunflower oil
- The colour of their crisps is determined by the natural sugars in the potatoes they use which alter throughout the year.
I suppose the only thing they are missing is that they aren't organic but then again I guess that would just push the price up!
The Honey Barbecue flavour are in a big bag - 150g, plenty for sharing though I have seen smaller 30g bags in some shops - which is orange in colour, a mix of dark and light with a little logo on the bottom at the back of a man handcooking crisps. On the front is the Kettle Crisps logo in a brown 'rustic' font, the flavour and a big bold tagline stating 'absolutely nothing artificial.' The bag is made of thick foil for freshness.
These crisps in particular were 'wave cut' meaning that tey are wavy, rather like the McCoy crisps. I assume you can buy them without this but I didn't see any there. They are quite a golden colour which is what I would expect from this flavour and you can actually see qiute a lot of flavouring on them. The bbq isn't necessarily what you would expect though, it's more of a sweeter bbq flavour rather than the strong flavour you get from other bbq crisps. I would have personally prefered the taste to be stronger bit I still really did enjoy them.
The only downside is that they are quite hard and crunchy. This might not be a problem for some people but I have quite sensitive gums and they can sometimes irritate them but that doesn't put me off.
I would highly recommend these for a night in, an alternative for popcorn whilst watching the movies and don't forget to try the other flavours!
Currently £1.55 for a 150g bag but they are always on offer.
"Hand Cooked Potato Chips with Honey Barbecue Style Seasoning".
As a major crisps fan, i'm always on the lookout for new and tasty sounding varieties to try. Last week I came across 'Kettle Chips Honey Barbecue' flavour, which I obviously had to buy.
The crisps are made to sound quite healthy from the information on the packet, and come with a list of promises from the manufacturer. The crisps;
-Have no Monosodium Glutomate added
-Don't contain any artificial flavours or colours
-Use only sunflower Oil
Price & Availability
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Both Tesco and Sainsbury sell Honey Barbecue Kettle Chips for £1.55 (150g), with Tesco currently running the '2 for £2.50' promotion on the Kettle Chips range.
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Honey Barbecue Kettle Chips contain;
Select Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Honey Barbecue Seasoning, (Brown and White Sugar, Dried Honey, Dried Tomato, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract, Dried Red Pepper, Potato Maltodextrin, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Dried Barley Malt Vinegar, Chilli Powder (Ground Chilli, Ground Cumin, Salt, Dried Oregano, Dried Garlic), Ground Paprika, Citric Acid from Sugarbeet Molasses, Paprika Extract, Ground Black Pepper, and Smoke Flavouring.
Per 100 grams, Kettle Chips contain 465 calories, which is about the same as similar potato based crisps.
How Do They Taste?
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Honey Barbecue Kettle Chips are much milder in flavour than expected. To be honest, they don't have a particularly strong taste (which is quite good), and they are certainly not as salty as rival product Walkers Sensations.
I wouldn't say I love the taste, but these crisps certainly are moorish - and by nature, incredibly crunchy - much more so than other crisps I have tried. This is apparently down to the way they are hand cooked in small batches - but i'm sure there are other factors involved also.
Personally, I find the gentle flavour of Honey Barbecue Kettle Chips to be just about right. Although having said that, usually with crisps I can easily eat a whole 'share' sized bag by myself - but with these I can't. Perhaps it's due to the lack of Monosodium Glutomate (which Sensations Contain) - a product that can fool your stomach into keeping you hungry. Anyway, i'm not complaining - the less artificial ingredients the better in my opinion.
In conclusion, although I wasn't blown away by these Kettle Chips, they are by no means bad.
For more information see www.kettlechips.co.uk
I have to confess I seem to have an addiction to Kettle Chips at the moment. They are my favourite crisps and they seem to keep bringing out new flavours which I feel I just need to try and then write about! My latest purchase was the Honey Barbecue flavour which I had never noticed before.
For those of you who haven't had Kettle Chips before they vary from other crisps because they are hand cooked potato chips, made using the best potatoes, cooked in small batches and then seasoned. This of course does also make them a little more expensive than other crisps but in my mind well worth the extra. During the manufacturing process there is nothing artificial added, no MSG, no artificial flavourings or colouring allowing Kettle Chips to proudly claim on the front of their packets that they contain "absolutely nothing artificial."
I always buy the large 150g bags and the Honey and Barbecue flavour came in a orangey brown foil packet. The chips retail for around £1.59 but many supermarkets often have them on offer and I got mine in Tesco when they were only £1 a packet which gave me the excuse to stock up on a few. The chips were a golden colour and came in all shapes and sizes.
The ingredients are potatoes, sunflower oil and then the honey barbecue seasoning which contains lots of different ingredients including honey, tomato, red pepper, garlic, onion, malt vinegar, chilli powder and various herbs. The chips are suitable for vegetarians but those with allergies should note they do contain barley.
And now to the taste test. The chips have a quite unique flavour, you can taste the slight smokiness of the barbecue which contrasts nicely with the sweetness of the honey. It's quite a pleasant taste and my husband and I happily munched the crisps over two days. However we both agreed that we had expected a much stronger barbecue flavour and felt that this would have made it taste much better.
For those of you who like to consider the nutritional value of your crisps before buying them then here you are.
Energy - 465Kcal
Carbohydrates - 53.6g
Fat - 25.2g (of which saturates 3.2g)
Salt - 1.3g
Personally I wouldn't rush out and buy these chips again. Of all the Kettle Chips flavours I have tried so far (and believe me that's been quite a few!) this is my least favourite. The crisps were not unpleasant in any way they were in fact quite nice and I enjoyed eating them. I just feel that the flavour wasn't as good as their other varieties and it just wasn't exciting enough for me to pay the money to buy them again. If you are trying Kettle Chips for the first time I would recommend you try one of the other flavours. The barbecue on these was certainly not smoking.