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I love crisps and I eat far too many of them if I'm totally honest. Today I was in my local B & M store and was looking at the crisps and sweets on offer and decided to treat myself to a bag of these which cost me 29p instead of the 55p that is on them on the corner of the bag so I did get a bit of a bargain!
The chips come in a really nice looking and quality bag which is bright yellow on the outside and silver foil on the inside. On the front of the bag the price is stated (as I have listed already) and in brown coloured writing we are told that they are Kettle Chips, Mature Cheddar & Onion 'Absolutely Nothing Artificial' the best before date is given and the weight is stated which in this case is 40g and then on the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are given (these are suitable for Vegetarians by the way), there is a full nutritional chart given as well as an at a glance one and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
Thick and crunchy golden coloured potato chips/crisps, these are not one bit greasy and totally covered in powdery flavouring which is of cheese and they are well seasoned too. They have a slight taste of onion to them but mainly I could taste the chives which we can also see scattered on each.
These for me are a little hard in texture though the flavouring is nice and plentiful though for me these taste more cheesy than anything else though again these are meant to taste of mature cheese and I would argue that these taste more of mild cheese!
All in all the quality of these chips is excellent and I have no quibbles with that at all but for me although pleasant in flavour and not one bit greasy they are a bit hard but if you like things like this that are hard at 202 calories and 3.3g of saturated fat they are a nice enough, grown up treat!
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When going for a share sized bag of crisps I generally go for walkers sensations as I love the Thai sweet chilli variety however on a recent trip to the co-op I seen that they had some kettle chips reduced for £1.20 so I decided to give them a try. The flavour I chose was mature cheddar and red onion.
The bag for these crisps is very strong and the striped yellow colours make the bag stand out. The bag contains 150g and looks rather posh and a little expensive. I have heard of kettle chips in the past but for some reason I just never tried them. Maybe the name is what put me off slightly I really don't know.
The bag advises that kettle chips are hand cooked and do not contain anything artificial. Some other benefits are:
No artificial colours or flavours
No hydrogenated fat
Only use sunflower oil to cook
The first thing I noticed about the crisps was the cheesy smell once the bag was open. The smell was strong but nothing unusual for cheese flavoured crisps. These kettle chips are a fair bit thicker than normal crisps and a lot crunchier. Each crisp is coated well with flavour, just enough so they are not in any way over powering. The cheese flavouring is milder than you would taste in brands such as walkers and the onion isn't as obvious either.
Kettle chips are usually about £1.79 to buy so really they aren't much extra cost wise compared to other share crisp brands.
I really enjoyed these crisps. The taste was nice and I liked the extra crunch you got from every crisp. I would definitely recommend these and I look forward to trying other kettle chip flavours in the future.
Kettle chips are more than just crisps. They are made without any artificial ingredients, and have a distinctive look and texture- thicker than normal crisps, they are hand cooked in sunflower oil. All this makes me feel a bit less guilty about eating them- after all, they're made from proper food so they must be a bit nutritious!
The great benefit of using 'real' ingredients is that the crisps (or potato chips as they're called on the packet) actually taste of the flavour on the front. And this bright yellow bag is no exception- the crisps have a deliciously rich cheesey flavour, with a pleasant tang of onion to complement it. The dried mature cheddar and red onion used to make them come fairly high up the list of ingredients, which is always a good sign.
Despite the seasoning being really flavoursome, you can also taste the crisps themselves, which taste somehow more real and chip like than normal crisps. It's quite reassuring, but surprisingly rare, to eat crisps that actually taste of potato!
As I've already mentioned, these crisps are quite thick, and very crunchy. They are quite varied in shape and size, much more natural than the standardised looking crisps you usually see. They are also a bit darker than normal, due to being hand cooked, but this definitely gives them more flavour.
For a 150g bag of these I paid £1.57, a reasonable price for a quality product in a bag that's big enough to share. There are 467kcal per 100g, pretty standard for crisps I think, but at least with these you're not getting any nasty flavourings or preservatives.
I would definitely recommend these for anyone who likes their food to taste real! They make a great snack, without tasting junk food like, and they're pretty filling thanks to their extra thickness. Go Kettle Chips!
Kettle Chips of late have become one of my favourite treats following my wife introducing me to them last year and since then I have been keen to try any and every flavour out there as Kettle Chips are quality crisps.
The ideals behind the Kettle Chip brand is that they remain simple and great quality with no added nasties and the potatoes hand cooked in small batches to allow for the quality to be kept to the highest of standards and for me it is something you do notice with every bag you eat. The crisps also offer good value with prices being between 40p and 65p per normal sized bag.
My favourite flavour of Kettle Chips has been lightly salted since day one as the flavours are amazing for a simple crisp so when I was walking around my local Asda and spotted Mature Cheddar and Red Onion flavour ones I had to pick up a bag to try.
I have long been a fan of cheese and onion crisps and so had high hopes for these to deliver hugely on flavour but unfortunately I found myself somewhat disappointed. The crisps themselves are very well made and flavoured nicely but for me the quality of flavour that I normally get with Kettle Chips crisps was lacking despite there being a lot of strength in the flavour itself. I just didn't feel that enjoyment factor that I did with the lightly salted and since then I haven't been back to the Mature Cheddar and Red Onion option.
- Well made crisps
- Quality packaging
- No added nasties
- Fresh and crunchy crisps
- Full of flavour
- Value for moeny
- Not the quality of flavour hoped for
The nutrition info:
Typical Values Per 100g
Energy (kilojoules) 1953 kJ
Energy (kilocalories) 467 kcal
Protein 7.5 g
Carbohydrate 52.2 g
- of which sugars 2.6 g
Fat 25.4 g
- of which saturates 3.2 g
Fibre 6.2 g
Sodium 0.45 g
- Equivalent as salt 1.1 g
I personally don't find these as special as I hoped but they maybe something you would love so do try them and let us hear what you think.
Kettle chips are a manufacturer I have only recently heard about and simply came up in conversation because I was looking for healthy crisps.
These are probably the closest we are going to get to healthy crisps. They contain no flavourings, no msg no preservatives, no additional extras and therefore have stolen a huge march on the likes of Walkers and McCain. Instead we have are hand cooked chips and since there have been great concerns about the safety of the likes of msg, then it's very reassuring to know you are consuming what you see and not consuming lots of questionable extras.
You can purchase these in a small bag or bigger bag but there never do seem to be enough of them in the smaller bag so the bigger bag is a must. I don't know whether it has always been the case but thankfully these are readily available across a wide range of supermarket outlets including Asda, Tesco and Waitrose but it is more difficult to find them in a typical shop.
As a result of stripping away so many of the unwanted contents found in crisps, the taste is what I would describe as being very natural. In other words you can really taste the full body of the crisps, they have a light, extremely pleasant taste and are very crunchy. While the crisps are by no means filling, they are very satisfying and do not leave you with that uncomfortable thirst which so many others do..
The only downside of course is that the crisps are not cheap. However as more manufacturers begin to compete in this sector of the crisps market this could see a reduction in prices. For the time being though, I am happy to pay a little more for quality.
As I mentioned before I like the Kettle Chip brand of Crisps. I only tried this flavour last month, as I've only seen them in Crincke Cut Crisps, and although they are nice, I tend to go for normal Crisps before Crinkles.
The bag is 150g and cost £1.48. I've seen Kettle Chips on offer, but not that often, as they keep their price well. I've never seen them reduced to £1, but you can get them 2 for £2 sometimes, or perhaps i'm just looking in the wrong shops.
The packaging is alright. The bags that Kettle Chips are in are quite thick bags which feel kind of expensive. They open easy enough at the top, and the top folds over easy enough to keep the air away from the bag. Annoyingly the bag only looks half full when opened, but you get that with most Crisps don't you. The bag is a light yellow colour and has the Kettle Chip branding across the front, and the Mature Cheddar and Red Onion writing down the bottom.
Upon opening the bag you get a nice scent of Cheddar Cheese mixed with the tang of what I would assume Red onion. The Crisps are thick and have deep ridges on them. They are really crispy and crunchy but they break up alright when you are eating them.
There wasn't that much flavouring on the Crisps, and I would have expected more after the smell that came out of the bag. The flavour was pretty subtle, and although nice, I was just expecting that bit more from this flavour. The Cheese taste was light but a little tangy, and the Red Onion was a little sour but not too much.
A nice enough Crisp, but I prefer the other flavours in the range and wouldn't seek out to buy these again that often.
Absolutely nothing artificial.
Wonderfully crunchy, crispy with uneven edges and some of the skin still left on, Kettle Chips are my guilty pleasure. Kettle Chips are what I would call upmarket crisps, hand cooked for taste perfection! I love that they are hand cooked because I think he hand cooked nature of the crisps makes them really tasty. Sometimes you will find that the crisps are folded over or in funny shapes and it gives the crisps an unevenness about them and makes them very crunchy and fresh. Also, you will find on some crisps that a bite of the skin is left on the edges so this gives it a really nice texture and a bit of extra flavour. They also have a really nice golden colour to them. The makers of Kettle chips even confirm this on their bags saying that the colour of their chips is determined by the natural sugars in the potatoes they use and this alters during the year so at different times they could change slightly. I definitely find that this flavour, mature cheddar and red onion are definitely a lot more yellow than some of the other flavours and definitely have more of a golden look to them.
The ingredients of these chips I think go a long way in making them as good as they are. There are not too many ingredients which is nice which guarantees you are getting a good fresh product. In fact the makers actually say, "We like to keep things simple - use best potatoes we can find, hand cook them with care in small batches then season with great tasting combinations of ingredients." They do not use any MSG or artificial flavours or colours which is nice. They also, like most crisp manufacturers use sunflower oil now instead of hydrogenated fat. This is to keep up with the healthy eating fad that most people seem to be enjoying now.
Kettle Chips are produced by Kettle Foods and have actually been around since 1982. At that time, the product was the only natural hand cooked potato chip in the Western United States. If you are looking for natural hand cooked chips it's nice to know that these were the original and maybe the best?
The chips come in lots of different interesting flavours, mature cheddar and red onion being just one of them. These crisps definitely have s very strong cheese flavour and the cheese I would say is a strong, smelly cheese flavour. They are very very moorish and extremely tasty. I ahve to say that you can't really taste the red onion as much as the cheese but there's definitely a tang of onion there. Every crisp I have ever tried from their range has a really nice covering of flavour, guaranteed to give you a good flavour with every bite. Other flavours in the range include Honey Barbeque, Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt with Crushed Black Pepper.
They chips are packaged in nice looking bags which I think adds to the quality and upmarketness of the chips. The bags are almost like a very strong paper but inside they have a foil lining to keep the chips nice and fresh. Again, like a lot of savoury snacks the bags are colour coded, depending on what flavour is inside. For example the mature cheddar and red onion comes in a yellow bag, almost a mustard yellow colour whereas the salt and pepper version comes in a black bag.
They do sell regular size bags, e.g. the 34g size bags, but as I recently bought the 150g family size bag I will give you the nutritional values for that size, however on the bag they do give the values in portion size. For example, they say a 40g portion or serving contains 187 calories and 10.2g of fat. This is fairly high but like any product of this nature there will be a lot of calories, the trick is to not eat too many of them.
The crisps are sort of expensive but not extortionate in my view. For a 150g bag which will serve a family in one sitting, it is £1.59!
All in all if you are looking for a good quality, different crisp/chip, these are the ones for you!
I'd kind of shrugged kettle chips off because the flavours I'd seen in the shops didnt appeal to me. However, when a member of my family bought some home in May I couldnt resist having a try. I was pleasantly suprised, especially due to the fact that I'd gone off of cheese and onion crisps and really believed I wouldnt have liked them. The flavour is very distinguished and different from all other cheese and onion crisps, it is quite a delicate flavour but is extremely tasty! The appearance of the crisps is quite odd as they appear to be quite brown in colour which usually puts me off but they taste very good, the quality of the potatoes used is obviously high due to the intense flavour and the cut of the chips. Appealing packaging and good value and quality for money. A great buy and definitely worth a try!
I dont normally like kettle chips as i think they are overcooked and the flavours are'nt that great. However... on a picnic recently... yes a picninc in May!! (and it didnt rain) I had Mature cheddar and red onion flavour kettle chips.
They wernt over cooked, they we quite big crisps and lots of them and they tasted...... well they tasted of Cheddar and red onion.
I hold my hands up i have been quick to judge these crips pureley on previous experiences. This flavour is far supperior than any other cheese and onion flavour crisp i have tasted in the past.
The packaging is very eye catching and easilly reconised as cheese as it is yellow. The packing is well designed with a nice wide opening ideal for sharing and it keeps the crisps fresh. Also if you happen to have any left over they are perfectly edible the next day and dont go soft and stale like some brands do.
Kettle Chips are without a doubt my favourite make of crisps. Recently I have been making an effort to branch out from my favourite sea salt and balsamic vinegar chips and try a few other varieties and this is how I came to buy the Mature Cheddar and Red Onion Kettle Chips.
Kettle Chips are hand cooked potato chips which are made using the best potatoes and then cooked in small batches before being seasoned. They do not add MSG, artificial flavourings or colouring. The chips are cooked in sunflower oil and not hydrogenated fat.
I always buy the 150g which are perfect for sharing (if you are feeling kind!) and my husband usually munch away at them when we are cooking dinner or have a few with lunch.
The chips come in a mustard yellow coloured bag. On the front is the kettle chips proud claim that they contain absolutely nothing artificial.
The chips are a lovely golden colour with green specks over them. You can smell the wonderfully cheesy aroma as you open the packet and you just want to get stuck right in! They are really tasty. They have a wonderful crispy crunch. Then you can taste the cheese, which is nice and strong but not overpowering. You can also taste the onion. The two flavours complement each other really well. The bad thing is one you start munching these crisps you don't want to stop!
The ingredients are simply potatoes, sunflower oil and mature cheddar and red onion seasoning. They are suitable for vegetarians and for coeliacs they do however contain cow's milk for those who have an intolerance to that.
For those who like to know the nutritional information I have listed this below. Personally I don't read the fat amount of crisps, I know it's never going to be good and if it is they probably taste the worse for it!
Per 100g of chips -
Energy - 467Kcal
Carbohydrate - 52.2g
Fat - 25.4g (of which saturates 3.2g)
Salt - 1.1g
I really like this flavour of Kettle Chips. They have a really nice taste, a good strong cheese flavour. They make an ideal snack with a drink especially if you have guests coming round. I am not normally a fan of cheese and onion crisps and would never buy an ordinary packet of cheese and onion crisps to eat but I really like these. They just taste so much better and have a real authentic taste. I would highly recommend them to you. They cost around £1.59 but I got mine on special offer for £1 just before Christmas so look out for special offers and stock up when you can!