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KETTLE FOODS of Norfolk are a privately owned company who, according to them, are one of the countries leading premium food brands. But you don't care about that, do you? You only want to know where to buy them and how much they cost... and a bit of a description would be nice too.
Well, my cute, kettle chip/crisp-curious 'quaintance, you've certainly come to the right place.
KETTLE produce lots of different flavours of their chips and they even manage to 'enhance' the chip eating experience by manufacturing various dips which can be scooped up with their chips...if that's what tickles your tastebuds.
However, I'm only concerned with one product today, and that is KETTLE® ORGANICS SEA SALT WITH CRUSHED BLACK PEPPERCORN. (phew, that's a bit of a mouthful - no smutty innuendos from the back, please)
They come freshly packed in a very dark brown, foil packet with the KETTLE logo firmly emblazoned across the front in a lighter brown and ORGANICS in white below, so they shouldn't be hard to find. Unless your in the fresh-fruit department of course.
What's in the bag?
Potato chips...hundreds of 'em. Well, maybe not hundreds, but certainly quite a few. No funny, artificial aromas here, just plain old roasty, crispy, ever-so-slighty-burnt, potatoes. Hmm, potatoes and pepper. The pepper exudes quite a powerful and spicy aroma, but not that nose-tickling annoyance that you get from cheap ground pepper. I can't detect much from the sea-salt though. Nope, no maritime themes here.
As for the taste....
Crisp and fresh, just as it should be. Nothing fancy or over-the-top, no mysterious blend of exotic spices...well, I suppose pepper IS an exotic spice really, but you know what I mean. These just taste like old-fashioned crisps - y'know, before flavour was invented...
They're friably fresh and crunchingly crispy, not a hint of soggy cardboard. The salt and pepper aren't to the fore, but are subtle enough to merely enhance to flavour of quality potatoes fried in quality oil.
Not much more to say about them really, they taste like top-of-the-range potato crisps with a dash of salt-n-pepper....that's it. They ARE nice though.
I'm not a big fan of the custom of dips to accompany chips/crisps, but if you really need to pile on the pounds and feel you have to smother your snack with something, these are probably the best bet as there aren't any contrasting flavours.
Some technical bumph...
These are made using 100% natural ingredients, and they're 100% GM free (even in Sainsbury's). All the ingredients are organic - except citric acid from maize, which is a permitted non-organic ingredient, apparently. They're fried in sunflower oil (low in saturated fat).
They're suitable for all sorts of diets - even nut allergies. The only diet that I could see which wasn't suitable, was Kosher...oh, and a regular, slimming diet, I expect. Calorific value is pretty much standard for crisps at 486Kcal per 100g, as is the fat content (27.6g).
They're not what you might call 'budget-crisps', costing around £1.69 per 100g bag, but they're not really your everyday, common-or-garden crisps.
Most supermarket stock Kettle Chips, but not all stores stock all the ranges (although I think KOSSWCBP can be found in most.
In conclusion, these are very nice crisps. You can tell that a little more care and thought goes into producing these than many other brands. I quite like the crisps in a nice and simple, salt-n-pepper flavour, and married with quality ingredients, these are good. Still, they are a little expensive for what is essentially half-a-tattie. You could say they were at the luxury end of potato-based snacks...if there was such a thing!
I'd buy them again, but not as an everyday snack.
I have had various crisps similar to kettle chips before but had never actually tried anything like this flavour before. My first thoughts were; 'that won't be very nice tasting'.....how wrong could i have been!
I went to Rome recently and when i stay in a hotel i like to have my little goodies, crisps, snacks etc. My sister went into 'del spar' (Spar to us!) and came out with these kettle chips. She kept saying how lovely they were whilst complaining about the cost over there; more than 3 euro's for a 150g bag!! She told me later on that day that i must try some. She was also a bit worried about her weight (she was on a diet, though knew that would be broken on holiday); she didn't want to eat the whole bag. I tried them out and was really surprised at just how tasty and flavoursome these really are. We both continued to munch through them; my sister was good and said' take them away' otherwise she would eat the lot! I did save some of them but there weren't too many left the next day!
When i got back to London a few days later i needed to stock up on food. Whilst in Sainsburys i spotted
these kettle chips; i coudn't resist it, i had to have them!
The large bags are 150g in size. The colours of this bag suit the flavour; a black background, with creamy/white print. In quite large print on the front of the bag it states 'absolutely nothing artificial' They are hand cooked potato chips with no artificial flavours or colours; no hydrogenated fat and the colour of the chips goes in line with the colour of the potatoes they use which will vary depending on the time of year.
Ingredients include potatoes, sunflower oil, potato starch, sea salt, black pepper, yeast extract, white sugar. There are 188kcal per 40g of the product.
These potato chips are really crunchy; i have to say if you have problems with your gums/ teeth, you may find them a little too crunchy. The flavour is really unique in my view and you can really taste the pepper mixed with the salt. They are extremely moreish. You can get other flavours too;sea salt & balsamic vinegar, lightly salted, mature cheddar and red onion, no added salt, sweet chilli, sour cream and onion, smoky barbeque and jalapeno chilli.
The large bags are not exactly cheap and usually cost about £1.80 per bag, depending on where you shop.
They are great for parties or families to share. I definitely recommend this flavour!
Kettle Black Pepper
When it comes to snacks I very much prefer the savoury variety as opposed to the sweet versions and so crisps are a favourite of mine. I do like chocolate but I'm not really a chocoholic but I could eat crisps all day long but I don't otherwise I would really be in trouble. I don't know the reason for me liking crisps so much, maybe its because I like potatoes a lot. The thing is though they are really unhealthy and they have no nutritional value. They are essentially junk food loaded with cholesterol.
My favourite type of crisps are those that are thick, so this mean McCoys, Sensations and Kettle crisps. There probably are others as well but these are the ones that I eat. Kettle crisps are hand made and they are slightly thicker than sensations. They are fried so they aren't exactly healthy but no crisps really are.
The packaging of the crisps is of premium quality as it is thick and you can really tell they have taken the time to come up with a slick packaging design. Its also matt as opposed to the shiny material that most other crisp packets are, this further makes it have a premium image. The packaging however doesn't influence whether I like the crisps or not, after all I buy the crisps to eat, not to look at.
The black pepper flavour is my favourite flavour. The pepper corns can be seen quite clearly on the crisps and the flavour is so strong, just how I like it. It is also evident that time and care has been taken to make the crisps as I have yet to find any bad black crisps in their packets. There isn't an overload of salt either. The taste of the pepper gives a chilly taste that I adore.
The crisps are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. There are no artificial colours or preservatives and the product is made from real quality ingredients. Sunflower oil is used and this is more healthy than vegetable oils and it also contains less fat and cholesterol. Each big packet contains 150g and 100g gives 471 calories, 57g of carbohydrates, 24.3g of fat of which 2.7g is unsaturated (this is the important one) and some 4.9g of fibre.
They are usually about £1.69is at supermarkets for 150g and when on offer 2 for £3 or 2 for £2. I am pretty sure these are not available in small packets.
Crisps are a funny thing - when I see people eating them I always feel I want some too, but inevitably I will buy some, eat them and then be disappointed. The taste didn't quite live up to my expectation or they repeated on me for hours afterwards. But not these...
Kettle Chips are supreme, and in particular Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns flavour Kettle Chips are uber-supreme!
The 150g packet is a sizable one. It has more than enough crisps in to last me about a week, if I'm being good. I would say it is a packet about the right size to serve up as nibbles with a dip at an evening do for a few friends. Ideal for munching on through a film perhaps.
The crisps themselves are of the posh variety. I guess that's why they don't just call them salt and pepper crisps. They range in size from a massive 8cm to the teenie 2cm. They are cut quite thick so give a good crunch as you bite into them, and they are quite wiggly in shape and this lets you know that they have been hand cut and hand cooked. They are also a nice yellow in colour, they look fresh.
You can actually see the lumps of black peppercorn on them and the taste is divine, just the right amount of salt and pepper, nicely balanced. I have to say that I hate pepper on my food, but that is is the only exception. They do make me a little thirsty though.
All Kettle Chips are cooked only in sunflower oil so they are not greasy at all. They do not use hydrogenated fat and there are no artificial flavours or colours. So if crisps were going to be healthy this would be as near as they would get. They also do not use MSG.
If you like something a little bit special I recommend you give these a try.
I always used to think of these as "grown-ups crisps" when I was but a wee lass, and this is something that sticks with me even now - there is something very sophisticated about these crisps.
The black packet with white writing on is very classy, and once again says to me "expensive" and sophisticated". It is also not shiny like a lot of crisp packets but has a sort of matt feel, this all adding to the high-quality air. The packet is also very easy to get into, unlike some crisp packets, which I feel is of highest importance.
When aforementioned packaging is opened, a lovely salty, peppery aroma wafts out and makes your mouth water in anticipation. I always need a fairly big drink to accompany these crisps, as they can dry your mouth out a little if not washed down with something.
Golden and delicious, thicker than normal crisps and covered with little black flecks (the peppercorns), these crisps are nice to look at, but not as nice as when they're in your mouth. They are properly crisp and crunchy, and they have a very nice bite to them, which is given an extra kick from the salt and peppercorns. They aren't boring at all, but because of the relatively neutral flavour (in comparison to other crisp flavours) it mean that they are also ideal for eating with dips(A personal favourite is cream cheese).
Sadly, these crisps, or any crisps for that matter, aren't exactly healthy, as they contain a lot of fat and salt. Another sad thing about these crisps is that they really are quite expensive - it can cost about 75p for a little bag or up to £2 for a big bag.
All in all, wonderful crisps, just expensive and unhealthy.
I love to munch on a nice bag of crisps whilst watching TV on an evening and there's no denying these are the royalty of potato snacks (well in my opinion anyway). Whilst food shopping last week I went down the crisp and snack isle and this bag of Kettle Chips practically screamed my name "Buy me buy me!" they pleaded.. Well it would have been rude not to?
These are hand cooked potato chips and are cooked using the best potatoes in small batches. They are seasoned with great tasting combinations of ingredients and all this adds up to "naturally crunchy and tasty chips, each one a little different from the last" so the packet promises.
So are they all talk, or are these the finest of crisps..?
On opening the packet you are greeted with very crisp looking potato chips. They have an individual look and there aren't two that look the same that's for sure. They are quite golden in colour with flecks of black on them (the peppercorns) and certainly look very appetising.
The first thing you notice about these crisps or 'chips' is the salty aroma coming from the bag. Now these are sea salt and black peppercorn flavour but the salt is the more dominent smell emerging from the packet on first opening them.
The price and packaging~
Best get this out of the way. These particular crisps are a 150g bag and cost anywhere of £1 upwards from most supermarkets. They have a classy look about them - a sleek black matte colour with whitey/grey lettering on the front and all the relevant information on the back.
The calorie count on these is 188 per 40g serving - so don't eat them all in one go if you are on a diet!
Okay to the important bit - the taste test (*licks lips*)!
Now these are most indeed a cut above the rest when it comes to crisps but the first thing you notice as you take one out the packet is just how greasy they are. This isn't off putting in anyway as I still managed to eat the entire bag (all in the name of Dooyoo!). The actual crisps are, erm..very crispy and you can tell there is something special about them as they taste lovely.
Each crisp is golden and sprinkled with just the right amount of salt and pepper resulting in a moreish desire to finish the pack - whether you want to or not. Is it just me or do the 'folded' crisps always taste nicer?
*Kettle chips only ever use sunflower oil
*They are free from artificial colours and flavours
*They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs
For more information contact www.kettlechips.co.uk or phone 0800 616996
The king of crisps
I've persevered with the Kettle brand even though I haven't really enjoyed any of the flavours I've tried. Since sampling this Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns variety I'm really glad I did as they're absolutely lovely!
The first thing I noticed about them was the fact that they are not as hard as other flavours from Kettle. They're crunchier than, say, Walkers but not ridiculously so, they have a luxury texture similar to that of Sensations crisps although are a little thicker.
The flavour is divine. I was worried Kettle were going to go overboard with the pepper as they seem so fond of overpowering flavours, but the balance between the tangy salt and warm peppercorns is absolutely perfect. They have a slight warmth as I crunch the crisps and the next breath after I've swallowed a crisp has a definite taste of black pepper. Wonderful.
I adore the understated flavour of these crisps; it makes them so incredibly moreish because the salt and pepper simply serves to season the perfectly cooked potato crisp. The crisps aren't terribly greasy, no more than any other crisp of this type anyway. While eating them I'm not overwhelmed by a sense of grease, although they are a little oilier tasting than other premium brands of crisps available.
They are absolutely lovely. I first tried them at my granddaughter's 13th birthday party last week as we were attempting a 'posh' buffet, all teenagers seem to love Kettle Chips so my daughter bought several different flavours to empty into large bowls. This one went down much better than I thought it would, I expected the adults to enjoy them but the flavour is so sophistically understated that I didn't think the younger guests would enjoy them as much as they did.
I bought my latest bag from my local BP petrol station where the various flavours are on special offer at £1.15, although I belive the usual price is around £1.50. This variety only comes in the large 150g bags as far as I'm aware, although Kettle are rather selective about who sells their products so it could be you know somewhere that sells the normal sized packets - if so please tell me!
100g of these crisps contains 471 calories and 23g of fat which is extremely high considering I can easily eat the 150g bag over the course of a day!
You can't deny after eating these Crisps and then going back to Supermarket ones that these are a cut above. They are pretty luxurious, but kind of dangerous if bitten the wrong way!
You get Kettle Chips in many different flavours, but it is the Salt and Pepper ones I am reviewing.
Packaging wise it is just a normal bag of Crisps. The bag size is 150g and you only get this size. I'm sure i've seen 40g bags somewhere a good while ago, but don't think i've seen these for years. Although these are easy enough to open up the top, the packaging is quite thick, and feels a good quality. It is more sturdy that an average bag of Crisps. There isn't a great amount of colour or design on this pack. The pack colour is a faded black colour and the Kettle Chip brand is near the top is off white colourings. It states in large lettering the flavour of the Crisps which are Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns - so basically Salt and Pepper, but that doesn't sound as fancy.
So now onto the Crisps. These are thick and have plenty of flavouring to them. You can taste the beads of Salt easy enough, and these are dotted with some Black Peppercorn bits as well. The tang of the Pepper with the gainy, course Salt taste make a nice taste sensation.
When you bite into these you get a good crunch. The Crisps are a medium brown colour and a few of them are slightly curled. Although it is easy enough to eat 1 Crisp in 1 go, it is best to crunch these up, as I think you end up tasting the flavour more. I find the flavouring sticks to your fingers as well, so you have to lick it off again.
The only bad thing I can think of is that these can feel slightly greasy, and since I could probably munch through half a bag without thinking, I think after a while if you are eating Crisp after Crisp, then you can get a slight greasy taste in your mouth as well.
Per 100g these Crisps have 484 calories and 28.3g fat, so pretty average for such a snack.
I wouldn't say this is my favourite flavour in the range, but it is close to the top, and a brand of Crisp that I enjoy often.
These normally cost around £1.50 per bag, but can sometimes be on offer for £1.
Ps, the danger I was referring to at the start of the review, is when you eat half of a Crisp and you end up getting a corner bit jabbing into your cheek - sore, or is it just me that has this problem?
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, one of them being Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns.
Kettle Crisps are different from other crisps as they are handcooked in 'healthy' sunflower oil with no MSG, or artificial flavours or colours. The company was originally founded in 1978 in Salem, USA.
This flavour of crisps comes in a big bag - 150g, plenty for sharing though I have seen smaller 30g bags in some shops - which is black/dark blue in colour featuring the Kettle Crisps logo, the flavour, a few lines mentioning the fact that there is 'nothing artificial' and a tagline describing the flavour as 'spiky peppercorn hits.' A pretty accurate description of the flavour I think. The bag is made of thick foil for freshness.
The crisps themselves are darker in colour than other crisps but you can clearly see black peppercorns on top of the crisps. I thought this was going to be a really boring flavour as I though they were going to be like ready salted crisps but the pepper really makes a difference. They combine well with the salt (they are quite salty, maybe a bit too much for children) and they only way I can really describe the flavour is to agree with the description on the front of the packet - spiky peppercorn hits!
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.
I saw these Kettle 'Chips' (or crisps as we in the UK say) in my local Asda supermarket recently and thought they sounded quite interesting. They are described as hand cooked potato chips with absolutely nothing artificial added to the ingredients. The company are really proud of this and list their merits in a 'good to know' list on the back of the packet.
Kettle do not add MSG fats to the crisps. They also don't use artificial flavourings or colourings. The colour of the crisps is in fact determined by the natural sugars in the vegetable and this alters during the yearly growing cycle. Kettle also don't use hydrogenated fat and only fry in sunflower oil.
As well as being impressed by all of this I also like the sound of the flavour. Not content to be just plain old salt and pepper, these are marked as 'Sea Salt with Crushed Black Peppercorns' a rather more upmarket gourmet sounding style of crisp!
I purchased a 150g sized bag. This is a large bag which would be good for sharing or for using as party food or with a light meal for several people. The dark grey packaging looks very chic and grown-up. The packet itself is made of quite thick, malleable plastic so that if you open these and want to save some for later you can twist up the packet and the crisps will stay fresh.
Upon opening the crisps there is a strong greasy smell, not unlike when you go into a fish and chip shop. It is not an unpleasant smell unless you don't like fatty, fried food and inparticular French fries, which these smell of very strongly. The crisp segments are rather large being cut from big potatoes. They seem to have been cut with the skins still on them and this means the edge of the crisps is brown and mottled. The crisps are also thick and around the edges have a transparent look where the oil has seeped into the vegetable and hardened. They are dotted with small, flat black pepper pieces.
These crisps are very, very crunchy and for some people they might be too hard to chew. I actually find the crunchiness a refreshing change to other crisps on the market. These are certainly nothing like your average Walkers crisp, for instance, that simply melt in the mouth. These take some chewing and it feels like more of a hearty meal! The pepper and salt flavourings are quite strong. The salt lies over the crisp invisibly, almost as if it was just the oil they were cooked in that was salted. The peppers sometimes burst onto the tongue or between the teeth and have a bitter sharp taste. The edge of the crisp where the skin is left on has a tougher texture and a more earthy flavour. The overall taste is very pleasant, a strong savoury taste.
Nutritional values per 100g of crisps is 484 calories and 28.3g of fat. They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs and have an approval mark by both the Vegetarian Society and the KLBD which means it has Kosher certification.
I would recommend these to anyone who likes crunchy, savoury snacks.
There's two grades of crisps, there's the ordinary, Walkers and the like, and there Kettle Chips. One of those products that stretch the purse a little more but everything about them tells you it's all worth it!
My 40g bag of Sea salt and Crushed Black Peppercorns flavour Kettle Chips cost me 54p from Tesco. (Compared to 30-oddp for a bag of Walkers) They also come in big bags that are ofen on offer, 2 for £2 in our local Sainbury's.
I think everyone likes a product to feel like it's worth it if they're paying a bit more. Kettle Chips are packaging in very stylish sophisticated bags. They are very thick foiled lined bags which keep the crisps really fresh and the Sea salt and Crushed Black Peppercorns one is matt black on the outside with the Kettle Chips logo and flavour in white print, it a font that for some reason to me looks kind of Pirate-y!
Across the front of the bag, Kettle Chips boast that they contain 'absolutely nothing artificial'. This is further discussed on the back. Their 'good to know' list reads -
*We don't add MSG
*We never use artificial flavours or colours
*We don't use hydrogenated fat
*We know the origin of all our ingredients
*We only use sunflower oil
*The colour of our chips is determined by the natural sugars in the potatoes we use, which alter throughout the year
Personally, I reckon the last one sounds a little more, like a disclaimer.. 'This is why our crisps don't all look the same, please don't complain!!'
Yes they do look kind of rustic, but they taste great. The crips are a lot thicker than the other crisps on the market. You can really taste the potato and they are so simply flavoured that is just shows there are no cover ups needed here and the quality of the product shows through. This flavour are really for pepper lovers. Why o why has no one else done a Salt and Pepper flavour. It so works!
Nutrition wise, I crisp is a crisp, it's still healthier to eat an apple whether they contain artifical flavour or not. For my 40g bag, I consumed 188 calories, and 9.7g fat, however only 1g of this was Saturated.
Overall, what can I say? Kettle Chips are king of crisps!
Kettle Chips are probably one of my favourite makes of crisp. My favourite is Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar but I like to try some of the other flavours now and again for a change. When Tesco had a special offer with all Kettle Chips only £1 per 150kg bag I thought it was a good opportunity to stock up on some new flavours as well as some old favourites. This review is for the Sea Salt and Black Pepper Kettle Chips which is a flavour I have been buying for several years.
So what are kettle chips and how do they differ from ordinary crisps? Well they are hand cooked potato chips, made using the best potatoes available and cooked in small batches in sunflower oil and then seasoned. The chips do not have any added MSG, no artificial flavourings and no colouring.
The packet is a black foil packet with the flavour written on the front and a reminder that there is "absolutely nothing artificial" in them.
The crisps are a golden colour and you can clearly see the ground pepper on top of the crisps. On biting the chips you are met with a real crunch. The first thing that becomes obvious is the taste of salt, these crisps are really quite salty. Then there is the taste of the black pepper. I like the combination of the salt and the pepper on these crisps. Salt and Pepper are too flavours that go together, many people add salt and pepper to their cooking or to their food but you don't often eat salt and pepper crisps. You get used to eating ready salted crisps but the addition of the pepper gives an added flavour to these crisps making them that little bit more special. The pepper gives a bit of a hit of heat to the crisps to give them an added punch. The only downside about these crisps is that they do make you feel thirsty. I have to have something to drink when I am eating them, probably more so than with any of the other crisps in the Kettle Chip range.
The ingredients surprisingly enough include Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt and Black Pepper. They are gluten free, MSG free, kosher and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. They are also approved by the Vegetarian Society.
For those of you interested in the nutritional values of the chips the values per 100g of chips are -
Carbohydrate - 53.8g
Fat - 26.7g (of which saturates 3.1g)
Salt - 1.5g
They retail for around £1.59 normally but look out for the special offers which make them much more reasonably priced. I like these crisps, they are a nice change and a bit different from just ordinary ready salted crisps.