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Kettle chips are produced by Kettle foods based in Salem, Oregan USA, although there is no witch craft here, just naturally grown, thick cut, rustic potato crisps.
The chips are available in a variety of flavours including sea salt, salt & pepper, Jalapeno, Buffalo Bleu (blue cheese & chilli), Red onion, Salt & Vinegar and BBQ, there are loads of other flavours but these are the ones I have personally had experience with. Also they now vegetable crisps which replace the humble potato with chips of beetroot and parsnip (suprisingly good as it turns out, even for people who don't like veg...like moi).
The crisps are wonderfully crunchy and are refreshingly rustic, some crisps have delicious deep brown patches where the potato has cooked for a little longer than the rest. Each crisp is individual, twisting into all sorts of bubbly forms.
They are less greasy than some crisps (such as walkers) and are full of really intense flavour.
I believe all the ingredients used are naturally occuring, although this is a good example of clever advertising, Sulphuric acid is natural but won't do much good for you if you drink it. Natural has become a bi-word for healthy, which isn't necessarily always the case.
Each crisp is big and hearty and even a small bag of these should fill you up. My favourite flavour is Jalapeno although even the straight forward ready salted is delicious.
Highly reccomended for crisp lovers who are fed up with the uniformly manicured potato based antics of Walkers. A decent texture, good amount of flavouring and character ensure that Kettle Chips are a brilliant buy.
I always think that Kettle Chips are proper grown-up crisps. Perfect as a party nibble, virtuous enough to pass as a decent snack and available in a delicous range of flavours, free from many of the nasties that you find in most crisps.
Nutritionally, all flavours of Kettle Chips are free from MSG, a chemical which is added to many savoury snacks as a flavour enhancer, but many people believe it is not very good for you to eat too much of it. Kettle Chips are also free from artificial flavours and colours, and as they are cooked only in sunflower oil they are also free from hydrogenated fats which many people seek to avoid.
Because all the flavours used in Kettle Chips are natural, they actually taste as they are supposed to. My personal favourites are Lightly Salted, as you can really taste the delicous potatoes, tangy Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and the delicious Honey Barbecue flavour. I'd also highly recommend the new (ish) crinkle cut 'Wave' Kettle Chips as in my opinion they are even crispier and more delicious than the original ones. They are quite hard to find in the shops though (or at least they are round here), but if you see them, try them!
Don't be under any pretence that Kettle Chips are a healthy snack, as the do contain 193 calories and 10.3g of fat per serving (40g), which puts them on par with most similar snacks in terms of nutritional value. However what makes them different is that they enable you to indulge but avoid the nasties of MSG and other flavourings and flavour enhancers.
Pricewise, I generally buy the 150g larger bags when they're on offer (quite often 2 for £2 in many supermarkets), which I think means they are a good price. I don't tend to buy the smaller 40g bags, which I've seen for 60-75p a bag as I think that this is quite expensive, so I save my indulgences for when I'm going to be sharing a larger bag with friends.
Kettle Chips are the brand who have recently become more and more visible on high street shelves with the popularity of trying to pick up tasty yet healthy snacks with the emphasis being on not losing flavour and maintaining a high quality of product.
These are really top quality products which certainly don't have any issues when it comes to taste and each crisp tastes like care and effort went into producing it with them never having that soggy feel to it that you can get in cheaper offerings.
I'm still not convinced so why should I choose Kettle Chips?
Kettle Chips works on a simple vision in that they pick the finest ingredients and hand cook there potatoes in small batches to create the crunchy and tasty crisps you find every time. The company are one who believe in natural ingredients with no artificial flavourings added, no MSG or colours added making them healthier than other offerings on the market currently.
So what about the price? Well these crisps are priced a bit more expensive than some of the others on offer but not by much with a normal size bag offered at about 40p to 65p dependant on where you are picking them up.
The crisps are offered in a number of flavours including lightly salted, mature cheddar and onion, sour cream and chive, honey barbecue and more with each offering great flavour and a nice crunch to the crisps.
- Well made with a nice crunch about each crisp
- No added badness
- Fresh and clean taste
- Quality product
- Well packaged
- Less saturated fats than many other crisps out there
- Reasonable price
Kettle Chips offer up quality crisps at a decent price and are becoming more popular with good reason.
Kettle chips are 'posh' or ye olde fashioned crisps which have been around for about 10 years giving a taste of how a crisp should when compared with the commercial big crisp manufacturers.
Kettle crisps are crisps which are still in cointact with the potato they came from, they are thicker, still have there skills and are definitely crisper and crunchier than others. Saying that are they better? Well obviously they are hand cooked so come at a higher price than other brands of crisps but they also have a claim to be slightly better for you because the levels of unsaturated fats are lower per crisp. So you get the taste, you have to pay for it but they might be slightly better for you than normal crisps.
Whats the blurb on the back?
Well kettle crisps use the best potatoes, hand cooked in small batches, then seasoned with great tasting ingredients (thats the blurn on the back of the pack of crisps, you can take with a 'pinch of salt' if I'm allowed to mix my metaphors slightly).
However, more importantly they don't add any msg, colours or preservatives which is obviously better for everyone. They also claim to know the source of all their ingredients, I'd be a bit worried if any food firm didn't know where there ingredients derive from but maybe I'm being simple.
Yes, they do taste great, if like me your a crisp fan then they are definitly up there in terms of the whole pleasure of eating them. They smell nice, have a nice texture, hold their shape and don't have a habit of falling apart or flaking. They feel like your eating a potato slice, which has been cooked in oil and then seasoned, which is the product but can you say that about every crisp you've ever eaten (Pringles for example)?
finally the calories, those hidden nasties in all food we really want to eat.
They come out at 482 calories, thats approximatley 25% of the recommended calorie intake so please eat them sparingly!! They also have 25.8g of fat, accounting for the 482 calories I'd expect again another reason for enjoying but not overdoing it.
Each 40g pack which normally retails at about 75p has 10% calories, 15% fat, of which 6% is saturated fat and 6% salt.
So as an add on to a sandwich ok, but maybe not every day? They are available in a huge range of flavours my personal favourite probably the cheddar cheese ones.
Kettle Chips are one of my favourite crisps as they are handmade and come in a large variety of delicious flavoursome flavours, which are unlike any other crisps. They are pure quality and very enjoyable to eat. You can buy them in small 150g bags for around £1.54 or larger 300g bags for around £2.69. The small ones are still quite expensive but they are delicious to treat yourself to. They come in the following flavours:
~ Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar
~ Mature Cheddar & Red Onion
~ Sweet Chilli
~ Honey Barbeque
~ Lightly Salted
~ Sea Salt With Crushed Black Peppercorns
~ Sour Cream & Chive
~ Red Thai Curry
There are a few more flavours too but these are the main ones. My favourite have to be the Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar ones as they are the nicest tasting 'salt and vinegar' crisps you can get. The flavour has become less intense over the years but the taste still remains the same. More intensely flavoured crisps include the Mature Cheddar & Red Onion variety, which are really tasty and authentic too. The Honey Barbeque flavour is unique and quite sweet and tasty along with the Sweet Chilli variety. All their flavours are really unique and bring together a fushion of lovely flavours in your mouth.
The crisps themselves are handmade and have a very crunchy texture. They have a lot of flavouring on them and can be quiet messy because of it. The crisps are sometimes awkwardly shaped so make sure you chew them thoroughly before swallowing and finding that it gets stuck down your throat. I'd highly recommend them although they are quite expensive as they are delicious crisps and really unique. They are ideal for special occasions too.
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I love Kettle chips and i was particularly attracted to them in the first place as they have the slogan 'absolutely nothing artificial' across their packaging which is always a good thing in today's society where people are always looking for less additives.
They sell large bags which are 150g and smaller bags which are sold in many pubs, bars, newsagents and supermarkets. Like most brands of crisp each flavour have a different colour assigned to it and Kettle Chips have a great range of unusual but tasty flavours including lightly salted, sea salt and crushed peppercorns, sea salt and balsamic vinegar, mature cheddar and red onion, sweet chilli, honey bbq, sour cream and chive, roasted tomato and basil and red thai curry flavour.
I have tried all of these flavours and my favourites are the sea salt and balsamic vinegar, sea salt and peppercorn and honey bbq but they're all delicious.
All flavours are made with specially selected potatoes and sunflower oil and then the flavour is added but of course using only natural ingredients and this obviously works as the flavour and quality of these crisps is second to none and they are very moreish!
100g contains approximately 475 calories but this varies depending on the flavour.
So they're not the healthiest snack around but they are definitely pretty wholesome for crisps!
I love Kettle Chips and i'm yet to meet someone who doesn't.
I am reviewing the Mature Cheddar and Red Onion flavour kettle chips. Today I purchase a 40g bag in Wairrose for 72p.
These crisps are absolutely delicious, I know the price tag is a bit scary, but you won't feel ripped off in the slightest! (promise)
At the shelf you will be tempted by the packaging, it doesn't feel like other crisp packets. it's much thicker and weightier with a matt finish and smacks of good quality. The design on the pack is simple and rustic. These are quality crisps in a quality packet. The only down side is that the packet isn't recyclable.
When you open the packet the smell is delicious, really cheesy, and the crisps look great. They are thick cut and you can really see the seasoning on them. They are quite greasy, but that's kind of nice and gives mouth feel (technical term!) They taste out of this world, and are very crunchy. After a 40 g bag you feel quite full. I, however, could have eaten a few more packets!
Kettle Foods state on the pack that they only use the best potatoes, hand cook them in small batches and then season. You end up with naturally crunchy and tasty crisps, each one a little different from the last. From experience, this is exactly what you get.
Kettle Chips contain nothing artificial, and the Kettle Foods company have been in business for 25 years and have never used anything artificial. Pretty good going.
A 40g bag of these crisps provides 187 calories and 10.2 g of fat (woops) but really, they are worth it! They contain cows milk and are suitable for coeliacs.
Though slightly more expensive than more well known branded crisps such as Walkers, you really get what you pay for with Kettle Chips. They are better in every respect, even the pack feels more expensively produced- made out of a nicer material than the weird plasticy stuff that Walker's crisps are produced in.
You can buy Kettle Chips in single bags, multipack bags or large single bags. Whichever you buy you get the same product at the end of the day. Though there are lots of flavours available, I always buy the lightly salted variety which I can say is fantastic. Each crisp actually looks nice unlike walker's crisps and does not have that manufactured look either.
The taste is slightly better than most but I think it is in the texture of the crisp where there is a discernable difference. Kettle Chip crisps are harder and more brittle than others.
Unfortunately, they do leave your hands just as greasy as they would be had you eaten any other type of crisp.
Once in a while there comes a time when I'll be buying crisps specifically to share, and then I'll buy a big bag to save on packaging. This is why I bought Kettle chips recently; I think they are available in individual sized bags, but I'm rarely able to find them except at random, over priced places like the train station.
Anyway! Kettle Chips are something I rarely buy, but that a lot of people seem to salivate over. You know the type of food, it's a consensus that everyone likes it and so it's a good choice for gatherings. Like Krispy Kremes. So going for a share size bag, I thought I'd get a treat.
I ended up sharing them with a girl at work. As soon as I opened the bag she was there! The others refused to even look as they knew they couldn't resist...
Biting into a crisp, I felt the flavour just explode. They are lovely, with a fantastic crunch to them, and the variety of shapes and sizes you expect from crisps. You can tell they've been cooked in oil but you don't care because they taste so good. Each one is a lovely pale brown colour with slight potato skin visible around the edges, and a kind of 'bubbly' look to the surface which is almost impossible to describe.
The only downside (other than the price and fat content) is that they are quite greasy, and make you want to wash your hands afterwards. They are aso incredibly moreish, kind of like how Pringles are, only far more classy and tasty!!
They would be great to buy for parties as posh crisps, as long as you can restrain yourself beforehand!
In a couple of weeks time I'm holding an open house for friends and family promoting my new business, when you invite people round you need to provide drinks and nibbles, so every time I have gone shopping recently I have bought one or 2 items to add to the food/drinks pile.
Last week I noticed the kettle chips were on special at 2 bags for £2 so not wanting to miss out on a bargain I picked up 2 bags, a yellow one and blue one. The yellow one is Mature Cheddar and Red Onion, whilst the blue is Sea Salt and Black peppercorns. This review is all about the yellow bag, or cheese and onion as I will refer to it.
I know this bag was for my forthcoming guests, but I couldn't resist, so decided to try some with my lunch, as a change from the walkers I normally have.
This 150g bag is made from very strong foil which is two shades of yellow, and has the kettle chips title/logo at the top, with the flavour listed in large lettering at the bottom. On the back you'll find lots of feel good info, now you may think that can't be right on a bag of crisps, but these are made with lots of care and attention.
Kettle chips don't include any MSG, no artificial colours or flavours are added, the colour of the crisps are determined by the natural sugars in the potatoes.
The Best Bit
When you open the packet you instantly get a strong cheesey aroma, and can tell that it's a more mature cheese. Inside you see a large quantity of crisps which are all shapes and sizes, the first one I pulled out was actually bigger than the palm of my hand, and whilst the next one was several all stuck and intertwined with each other.
As I start to eat, I am pleasantly surprised, yet really pleased with the taste, you can taste the cheese flavour with a hint of onion which compliments each other well, this flavour mainly comes from the flavouring all over the crisp in a light powder. The crisps are very crunchy and more flavour comes from this. After you have eaten a sufficient handful or two, you are left with a nice aftertaste which is not at all overpowering, in fact the flavour is so good, you're almost tempted to eat some more, as the pack is open already, why not??
An added bonus with these crisps which I like is that after eating you are not left with smelly fingers like you would get with other cheese and onion crisps.
I can honestly say that I will be eating more of these crisps, Sorry Gary!! (Lineker) There are several other flavours available to buy and I'm going to be buying a few more packs before the offer finishes. At Tesco until 4th Nov they are on offer, but would normally cost you £1.59 for a large bag, which I would still happily pay for a quality product, whilst on offer I intend to stock up for my do and Christmas. The expiry date on the bags I have are Feb 09 so plenty of time to eat them.
Other flavours I have seen available include - Balsamic vinegar and sea salt, Lightly salted, Sea salt and black peppercorn, Honey and barbeque, Sweet chilli, Sour cream and chive, Seasonal, (which is currently Mature Cheese and Burgundy), No added salt.
If you are not sure whether you would like them, you can buy 2 or 3 flavours in smaller handy bag 40g sizes, but I haven't seen these around as much as the bigger size.
For more information on these and other kettle products, including dietary advice for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free diets etc, go to www.kettlefoods.co.uk
When you're looking for a special treat and something different than the ordinary crisp, Kettle Chips are the way to go.
If you are unfamiliar with Kettle Chips they are what I would call upmarket crisps, hand cooked for taste perfection! The hand cooked nature of the crisps makes them really tasty I think. 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. Sometimes you will find that the crisps are folded over or in funny shapes which I think is due to them being hand cooked and this just gives them extra crunch. 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.
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. My favourite is probably the sea salt and balsamic vinegar flavour. The sea salt on the chips gives quite big grains of salt, bigger than normal salt and vinegar crisps which give it a lovely strong flavour. Also the balsamic vinegar, as opposed to just ordinary vinegar gives it a real tang and a nice strong flavour without being too sour. 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, Soulmate Cheeses and Onion, Sweet Chilli and Sea Slat with Crushed Black Pepper. They also do a nice range of vegetable crisps, just like potato crisps but made with vegetables instead. They only have two flavours in this range, Golden Parsnip and Sweet Potato but if you are looking for a savoury snack but something that's a little bit healthier then these could be for you.
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 sea salt and balsamic vinegar comes in a dark blue bag whereas the salt and pepper version comes in a black bag.
They do sell regular size bags, e.g. the 34g size bags, I often buy them in the nicer sandwich stores around the capital but as I just 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 190 calories and 10g 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 but Sainsburys are running a promotion at the moment where you can buy 3 for £3, a bargain if you ask me!
All in all if you are looking for a good quality, different crisp/chip, these are the ones for you!
I don't tend to buy Kettle Crisps as they are expensive. My husband likes to indulge though and if they are in the house I never refuse them - they are absolutely delicious and definitely a cut above other crisps
Kettle Chips are hand cooked in sunflower oil and they really do taste like a posh crisp. they are quite thickly cut and you don't get lots of bits at the bottom of the bag. The crisps remain intact. They are not too greasy and the flavours are really tasty and satisfying without being overpowering.
There are lots of delicious flavours to try. There are even limited edition flavours brought out to match the seasons. My top three favourites are listed below.
Sea salt with crushed black peppercorns
Sea salt and balsamic vinegar
The only downside about these crisps is the price. A 150g bag costs about £2. This is why I don't get them very often but they really are worth it if you aren't too tight!
Nutritional Info per 40g serving (yeah right!! good luck with stopping at 40g!) These are approximate and will vary slightly depending on the flavour.
These are delicious, crunchy crisps that are full of flavour. A proper potato crisp - buy them!
Potato chips (crisps as we know them!) were first made over 150 years ago in 1853 in New York. As time has gone by new varieties of potatoes have been developed specifically to suit the crisp industry.
Kettle foods was founded in 1978 by Cameron Healy in Oregon, America but it wasn't until 1982 that the Kettle Chips were born.
In 1988 Kettle Foods set up shop in the UK in Norwich to enable them to suply the European market following their success in America.
What's so Special?
Unlike many other crisps on the market Kettle Chips are hand cooked in sunflower oil and they pride themselves on selecting the best potatoes and ingredients available.
No artificial colours or flavours are added to their crisps.
No hydorgenated fat is used which is a good thing after the recent publicity on the ill effects of this.
The main flavours are as follows:
- Lightly salted
- Sea salt with crushed black peppercorns
- Sea salt and balsamic vinegar
- No added salt
- Soulmate cheeses and onion
- Honey barbeque
- Sour cream and chive
- Sweet chilli
Throughout the year Kettle Chips also produce seasonal flavours as a limited edition. One such flavour I tried recently was cheddar cheese and chutney....lovely!
I tend to but these crisps in thr 150g 'share' size and these retail around the £2.00 a bag mark although I tend to only buy them when they are on special offer as a treat. They are also available in smaller 40g sizes although I don't know the price of these as I have never purchased them.
My two favourite flavours are the salt and vinegar and sweet chilli. The crisps are quite thick but they stand out from others in the market as being really crunchy. The taste is not too overpowereing and is just right and really tastes natural. Some other crisps can have quite an artificial taste to them.
These are by far my favourite crisps but they are like pringles, once you pop you can't stop!
Nutritional Information (Sweet Chilli Flavour)
Per 40g serving as follows:
- 187 kcal
- 10.2g fat
- 1.3g saturates
- 0.5g salt
Select Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Thai Sweet Chilli Seasoning (White Sugar, Dried Soy Sauce (Soya beans, Maize Maltodextrin, Wheat Flour, Salt), Dried Tomato, Sea Salt, Dried Red Pepper, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Yeast Extract, Ground Chilli, Ground White Pepper, Dried Parsley, Ground Paprika, Ground Ginger, Citric Acid from Sugarbeet Molasses, Paprika extract, Ground Fennel, Lime extract, Cayenne Pepper extract).
A great quility crisp with unique flavours. Really crunchy and subtle flavourings.
There are still a couple of flavours that I haven't tried yet as I am a creature of habit! I have never been dissapointed in any of the flavours I have tried.
Highly recommended but as a treat as they are quite fattening!
Well I will just start by saying these crisps are godly. In my opinion they are by far the best crisp and in this review I intend to outline why.
The crisps are packaged as usual in a foil package and you get a generous amount in each bag. The bags are predominantly one colour which is usually related to the flavour within. They are available in small snack packs and large (150g) bigger (party, dinner, family) packs for around £2.
When you open the bag you are greeted with a delicious smelling waft of crisp smell. Something you don't get so much in your bog standard rubbish. One of the first things you notice when you first look at the crisps is how thick they are, Kettle are not ripping you off with sub-standard thickness. The crisps are also in a very natural shape, probably because they are cooked by hand. This sounds bizarre but they look more natural than the more uniform Walkers variety.
The flavour is what one tends to buy crisps for and Kettle Chips certainly do not disappoint. They come in a large variety of flavours. Out of the ones I have tried (Sea Salt, Cheese and Onion and Sweet Chilli) the flavours are tasty, natural and wholesome. Again this is a very natural feeling product. I found they were a bit greasy, not so much to make them bad, but enough to maybe be a reason to moderate your consumption more than factory cooked crisps. In my opinion the flavour is not what makes Kettle Chips amazing when you are consuming them. They are extremely CRUNCHY! Yes, epically crunchy, with most crisps (even some very posh ones) you don't get the crunch. Pringles give you a crunch but it isn't a full and natural crunch, the Kettle Chips crunch is a sensation one cannot miss out on.
I do not really need to conclude as I sort of did so at the beginning but I will anyway. Kettle chips are extremely tasty, crunchy and delicious. The greasiness means you may be more concerned over what they are doing to your body than conventional crisps. The nutritional info (below) shows they are not much worse (note its for 100g) than normal crisps. They are thankfully free from artificial this and that's which is important these days. They are priced in the party crisp range which again shows they are a snack and you would feel the pinch compared to normal crisps if you bought these everyday.
Kettle Chips are the very nicest crisps as they are handmade, full of flavour and the flavours they are available in are vast and each and every one is delicious.
The sea salt and balsamic vinegar flavour has to be my favourite. The vinegar is really tasty along with the salt, making a lovely blend of flavours. New York cheddar with herbs is another lovely flavour. They are the very best cheese crisps out there and have a very real taste - full of flavour too. They make some unique crisps such as Spicy Thai and Yogurt & green onion, which are both very tasty.
Their crisps are 100% handmade and cooked to perfection. They come in somewhat large packs, although you can buy smaller ones too - they seem to be rarer. The crisps alter in size but they are generally quite big with no real shape - some are flat, some are curled and some break up and go towards the bottom. They are very crispy, which is a nice sensation to enjoy. They are all full of flavour and can leave you with quite messy fingers making the best part licking your fingers! I would definitely recommend these crisps to anyone. They are around £1.29 for a large pack and well-worth the money for such delicious crisps.
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