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Kettle crisps have been produced for over 25years, and until today, i hadn't even noticed them. Today i picked up a bag of Kettle Chips, sour cream and chive flavour crisps. I have never had these before, but the pack looked fairly upmarket, and at a price of only 60pence, for 40grams, i thought i'd give them a shot.
The bag gives plenty of information, saying that all the crisps are hand cooked, and promised they contain no added MSG, artificial flavours or colours.
When you open the bag, its apparant that these are nothing like your standard bags of Walkers crisps, these are much thicker, and do actually look to be hand cut.
The flavour of the crisps is spot on, and the fact that they only use natural ingredients makes it so much better, When you finish the bag, there are actually chives left in the bottom, which indicates these are not blended in and stuck on like you find with other brands.
Overall, a very pleasing bag of crisps, I have checked out the website, and I see there are many other flavours in the range. Go to www.kettlechips.co.uk for more details.
You can sign up to the Kettle website, which i have done myself, this enters you into some competitions that they run, and also some offers, hopefully. You can select any crisp flavour, on the site, and you get a full list of ingredients of what is in each packet, very useful for people with allergies.
I would recommend these crisps, they are very filling, and good quality. Well worth a try
Mmmm, we love Kettle Chips in our house! Just recently they've had a consignment of Kettle Chips, wave cut, Sour Cream and Chive flavour in our local bargain shop for 79p. The bags are 150 g and the crisps taste great!
There is ample flavouring but according to the packet there is "absolutely nothing artificial" in there. The flavour is definitely up there with the best, if not better. They actually do seem to taste less artificial than other brands of crisps such as Walkers, but perhaps that's just because of the claims on the packet. Somehow, though, they taste better because they don't try too hard! And they don't leave a nasty sickly, heavy taste in your mouth or leave your stomach regretting that you ate them, although this can be dangerous as there is then a risk that you may just consume the entire packet in one go! With the packet being so big, it's very easy to get carried away. Not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything...
Speaking of the packet, it's an attractive green colour (I know that can be hard to imagine, but think green pepper, think chives actually! A nice, bright green) and looks nice, natural and wholesome with a picture of the crisps on the back of the pack, stating underneath that they are "hand cooked, wave cut, potato chips".
Of course, they should be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet, but to have with a sandwich or for a nibble, these crisps are great. My only criticism is that they are a bit hard, although this makes for good texture and a longer lasting crisp!
Select potatoes, sunflower oil, sour cream and chive seasoning (dried sour cream, dried onion, salt, dried cream, dried whey, yeast extract, dried butter, dried parsley, citric acid, dried garlic, chive extract, parsley extract, natural flavouring), cow's milk.
Nutritional values (per 100g):
Energy - 509 kcal
Protein - 7.6g
Carbohydrate - 46.5g
(of which sugars - 0.7g)
Fat - 32.5g
(of which saturates - 4.1g)
Fibre - 5.3g
Sodium - 0.56g
Equivalent as salt - 1.4g
I'm not totally sure how that compares to other crisps, but I know that there is quite a lot of fat in just a small packet of Walkers, so as snacks go, these taste great and are probably healthier than most!
It's also good that, according to the packet, they don't use hydrogenated fat and only use sunflower oil, which is what people are looking out for these days!
Finally! A healthy crisp that is good for you! Well, sort of in a way! They are made with all natural ingredients so they are healthier in one sense than other types of crisp.
They are also really more-ish, and harder than than the normal crisp. This is true of Kettle Chips in general. They are thicker, darker, harder and more brittle than Walkers or Frisps or other varieties of crisp.
I dont think any of these things are disadvantages really as I love crisps that are filling!
The packet is a larger than normal size at 150g which is ideal for sharing (or scoffing yourself while watching the footy). I mean, who wants to SHARE tasty crisps??
I've always liked the sour cream and cive combo. I like the sour cream and chive dip you can get from Pizza Hut and you'll never believe it but I used to dunk crisps in those! We always have a few tubs like that knocking around the house and i often used to dunk other crisps into them as i like the flavour. Well the makers of kettle crisps must have a secret camera on me because they've nicked my idea!
There is a strong potato flavour but the chive and sour cream is unmissable. Some crisps have a weak flavour you can hardly notice but with these the taste hits you from the first bite.
Overall delicious and filling making them good value.
Kettle Chips recent upsurge in visibility on our supermarket shelves and in our high street shops has been in no small part down to the company and their attitude towards their product with the emphasis on quality ingredients being prepared lovingly and allowing them to have a noticeable difference between "normal" crisps.
The Kettle Chips website is lets you know how proud the company are of what they produce with the potatoes hand cooked in small batches and no nasties added into the flavours which allows for a product that offers all the good flavours and tastes but with less of the negatives on the health.
Sour Cream and Chive is another one of the flavours I recently discovered on my supermarket shelves and as I love potato wedges with sour cream and onion dip I decided this sounded like my kind of thinking so picked up a bag to try. The crisps themselves once again offered up an excellent crunch and great fresh taste and the packaging was well thought out to ensure none of the freshness is lost. Price wise I paid 45p for my bag but have seen prices range from 40p to 65p for a normal sized pack of Kettle Chips.
So what of the flavour? The flavouring of these crisps was very nice and offered you the freshness of the chive and the layered flavour of the sour cream as it almost washes over your taste buds as a flavour wave. The flavours are very strong and gorgeous but I would not recommend eating them when on a date or in work if you want to remain friends with the people around you because once the bag is open the smells hit home hard.
- Well made crisps
- Fresh and crunchy crisps
- Well packaged allowing freshness to be kept in
- Excellent strong and clean flavours
- Value for money
- No added nasties
The nutrition information I have put underneath the review and I have to recommend that you take a look at it as these are something I consider a treat every so often with one bag having over 10g of fat.
Typical Values Per 100g
Energy (kilojoules) 1977 kJ
Energy (kilocalories) 473 kcal
Protein 7.5 g
Carbohydrate 51.2 g
- of which sugars 2.8 g
Fat 26.8 g
- of which saturates 4.1 g
Fibre 5.8 g
Sodium 0.59 g
- Equivalent as salt 1.5 g
I don't have a sweet tooth, but I do have a savoury one, and I love trying out all kinds of savoury snacks, so I was quite excited when I first saw this new flavour of Kettle Chips.
If you've never tried Kettle Crisps before, they are thicker, darker, harder and more brittle than standard crisps, and leave a slight oiliness in your mouth once you've eaten some.
Some people don't like this, but I love it - they are much more "solid" compared to normal crisps. When you get used to Kettle Chips, normal crisps feel flimsy and insubstantial when you're munching them.
The packet is a large 150g which is ideal for chucking in a bowl and sharing with friends at home, but is also ideal for sitting down in front of the tv and tackling alone...and they are so nice you might not want to share them!
The Sour Cream and Chive flavour is really tasty, and like all Kettle Chips it's all done with natural, honest ingredients. They haven't skimped with the flavour, which is strong yet doesn't overpower the potato and oil flavours from the crisps themselves. The chive taste is more noticeable in these than it is in any other "Sour Cream and Chive" products I've tasted.
Overall, these are a great, tasty snack that you can eat on their own, or with dips. Yummy!
Kettle Chips are probably one of the makes of crisp I buy most regularly but usually I stick to my favourite Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar. However as they had a special offer in Tesco where they were only costing £1 per bag I thought now was the time to be a bit more adventurous so bought several different flavours as well as my tried and trusted salt and vinegar!
Kettle Chips are hand cooked potato chips which are made using the best potatoes that Kettle Foods can find and are then cooked in small batches and finally seasoned. The chips do not have any added MSG, no artificial flavourings and no colouring. The chips are cooked in sunflower oil.
The first one I tried was the Soured Cream and Chive. The Packet is a bright green colour with a lighter green stripe across the front of the foil packet. In big writing the flavour "Sour Cream & Chive" is written and underneath this the proud claim that there is "absolutely nothing artificial."
Although the crisps do come in various sized packets the most common is the 150g which is ideal for sharing (unless you are very hungry!). Kettle Foods suggests a serving is 40g, however it is not hard once you start munching to eat much more than this!
The crisps are a lovely golden colour and there are green speckles spread widely throughout all the crisps. However don't worry they havent gone mouldly this is the chives, you get proper chives and not just flavouring on these kettle chips. The chips also vary considerably in size because they are authentic crisps.
The chips are nice and crunchy and very flavoursome. When I tried these I initially thought they tasted cheesy but I see from the ingredients that they don't contain any cheese. I think it is because I associate the taste of chives with cream cheese. You can taste the chives which have a slight oniony flavour. The crisps have a nice taste but its probably not my favourite flavour I do prefer the sharp salt and vinegar flavours to the soured cream and chive. They are however nice for a change.
The ingredients surprisingly enough are potatoes, sunflower oil and then the soured cream and chive seasoning. These flavour of kettle chips are suitable for coeliacs and are approved by the Vegetarian Society. They do however contain cows milk so those who have an intolerance should avoid.
For those of you interested in the nutritional values of the chips the values per 100g of chips are -
Energy - 473Kcal
Carbohydrate - 51.2g
Fat - 26.8g (of which saturates 4.1g)
Salt - 1.5g
They retail for around £1.59 which is more than some brands of crisps but I prefer the taste of Kettle Chips and they are often on special offer. These were a nice change from my usual flavour but not quite as good (however my husband and I still easily munched the packet) so I am off to try another flavour!