“ Brand: Kettle / Type: Crisps „
I love crisps and delight in trying out flavours from brands I haven't tried before.
The crisps I am reviewing I actually think are the same really as the ones photographed at the top of this page (Dooyoo told me to pop my review here anyway).
Dark blue bag with white writing on it an made from foil, I am told on the front of it that they are Kettle Chips 'Wave Cut' Salt & Vinegar 'Absolutely nothing artificial', that they weigh 40g and the best before date is clearly stamped on. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, there is a full nutritional chart shown as well as an at a glance one, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told that they are suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for Kettle Food Ltd are given. It is a nice and rather classy looking bag for crisps (sorry chips!), easy to open and informative enough of course.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Packet:
We like to keep things simple...
We always insist on using the best potatoes we can find, hand cook them with care in small batches, then season with great tasting combinations of ingredients.
So what you get are naturally crunchy and tasty chips, each one a little different from the last.
There's no need to add anything artificial - MSG, artificial flavours, colours and the like. And that's that way it's been for over 25 years.
We don't add MSG
We never use artificial flavours or colours
We don't use hydrogenated fat - a significant source of trans 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.
I opened up the packet to be greeted by lots of thickish and light yellow in colour ridge style crisps that really did smell highly of salt and vinegar and the grooves were quite deep.
Appearance wise though I was put off from the get go to be honest. A lot of the chips appeared welded together and looked transparent in places and like they all got stuck by grease when being made. They didn't taste greasy to be fair to them and did really taste of balsamic vinegar (which is listed on the ingredient list although not stated on the front of the bag that balsamic is used) and salt.
Although these are highly flavoursome I was impressed that they wernt overly sweet and did taste natural and there was a natural taste of the potatoes to these that wasn't overpowered by any other ingredients. They were deeply crunchy but for me a bit too hard and made worse by the fact that some of the chips were really glued together.
I can't argue that these are not good quality but they are not for me and my taste-buds at all. I don't know whether my bag of the chips was simply impaired and not up to Kettles usual high quality or something but although I found them ok in the taste test the hardness on my teeth was awful and its really unlike me to give up eating a product such as this but I got jaw ache and had no choice in the end!
Not for me these!
Nutritional Information Per 40g Serving (A Bag):
Available in a range of supermarkets and chemists etc I got mine in Superdrug costing 55p a bag.
Kettle crisps are the best crisps out there! They taste amazing and the different flavours that are available are great. They do not do alot of crazy unusual flavours although the flavours they do do taste great and are not that subtle. The Sea Salt and Balasmic vinegar ones are my personal favourite, however all the other flavours i have tries taste great too. They also come in wavy or normal varieties to suit your personal preference. They are very very addictive so it is really easy to get hooked and spend loads of money buying packets every day! The one thing putting me off doing that, is the price of them. They are quite expensive for a share bag (£2 roughly) or regular sized bag (70p) and that does put me off buying them a little. Although they are worth it so I do get them as a little treat! You can get Asda brand crisps which taste almost as good for a fraction of the price, so I tend to go for them instead. Overall I would say Kettle chips are the best crisps on the market and are well worth the buy if you can aford them!!
Kettle crisps arrived on the market a while ago now and paved the way for the expensive crisp market. Since then there are now at least 6 different brands of posh crisps to choose from offering weird and wonderful ingredients shoe horned together. It's nice to see that Kettle crisps have put a new twist on the average flavours like ready salted, cheese and onion and salt and vinegar.
This product's salt and vinegar crisps are pimped up to the new name of Sea salt and balsamic vinegar crisps. As you open the bag the first thing you notice is the whoomph of the smell that DOES smell like a bag of chips - its pleasant if you like that type of thing.
The crisps them selves are quite large and thick cut that give a satisfying crunch as you bite into them. However I know of some people that dislike this, calling them brittle tasting. I enjoy eating these crisps fairly often but I do notice that some crisps are over seasoned to the point where the crisps is soggy and ruined. Not nice.
The crisps for a large bag costs £1.69 (Sainsburys) however there are often lots of different money off multi buy savings that can lower the price. You can also buy Kettle crisps in smaller 'normal' packs that cost around 53p (Sainsburys).
The best crisps on the market for sure and not only are they great for yourself, or a cosy night in with your other half with some dips also are posh enough to serve for pre dinner nibbles at a party.
Kettle chips have to be the best brand of crisps there are for a more sophisticated taste and the salt and vinegar flavour are strong, and the sea salt flavouring which is by far more distinctive and delicate than general salt then this combined with balsamic vinegar which again is far more delicate than the harsh sour taste of everyday vinegar.
The flavours however strong are not overpowering like many other cheaper salt and vinegar crisps amd therefore are perfect for having alone or with dipping sauces such as houmous, salsa and guacomole.
The crisps do contain gluten and wheat which some people may have intolerance to however overall there is no other significant intolerance problem with these crisps and they are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
These crisps are especially good as they contain no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives and they are hand cooked rather than mass produced in vats through a factory so they individual crisp is far more delicious, fresh and crunchy.
The price of kettle chips is more expensive than other varieties, they are higher ranking however generally and at a cost of £1.57 for a 150g bag this is more highly priced than sensations or supermarkets own speciality crisps however these are by far the crispest variety and the 'healthiest' as far as crisps go but great for parties to.
Kettle Crisps - you'll either love 'em or hate 'em.
Compared to other "premium crisps" like Walker's Sensations, Kettle Crisps are much harder, more brittle and a little oily in the mouth. When you bite them, they shatter.
I love Kettle Crisps - they are thicker and more substantial, and when you go back to Sensations they feel very flimsy and lightweight.
Although Kettle Crisps aren't much good for your waistline, being packed with calories and available in very large 150g bags (and it is hard to only eat a few and put the bag back in the cupboard!) they are made with all-natural ingredients - there's no artificial nasties lurking in these bags.
Thanks to their solidity and hardness most Kettle Crisps are great with dips - much less likely to snap in half than other crisps!
Having said that, the strong tangy vinegar flavour of these means they are best enjoyed without a dip.
The only downside, apart from the cost, is that the flavour on these Balsamic Vinegar ones is VERY stick. By the time you've munched half way through the pack, your fingertips will be coated - but don't worry, it comes off easily with some hot water!