CHRISTMAS is nearly here and many manufacturers have been busy producing new seasonal editions of their products.
One of the busiest companies seems to have been Kettle Chips as they have released not just one but three new crisp flavours. White Stilton & Cranberry Relish, Red Wine, Beef & Shallots and Soy, Ginger, Chilli & Honey are three very different combinations that could all quite happily sit in a bowl on the Boxing Day buffet table. All three flavours are available in the standard sharing bags.
White Stilton & Cranberry Relish isn’t an overly new flavour as Kettle Chips have released it before and is arguably the most disappointing of the three. Its name sounds very promising as cheese, especially brie, goes beautifully with cranberry sauce but unfortunately Kettle Chips have been a bit stingy with the cranberry. The problem with some cheese flavours is that when they’re mixed with another flavour the cheese can be too overpowering and end up just tasting like any other cheese flavour crisp. These crisps fall into that category as they are cheesy which is nice but people will want to buy this flavour because of the cranberry relish. When you do get the tang of the cranberry, these crisps become different and it is a nice twist. But as the tang tends to be few and far between, these crisps are quite underwhelming for what they are.
Red Wine, Beef & Shallots is potentially the most festive of the three flavours and Kettle Chips have done a good job of using fancy wording to promote what is basically a beef and onion flavour. Again meaty flavours are a safe base for crisps so Kettle Chips aren’t breaking new ground here but there does seem to be a lot going on with these crisps that ultimately confuses the palate. There’s the unmistakable taste of beef and the added onion/shallot makes it taste a little bit like their Walkers counterparts. The thing with these crisps is that the flavour isn’t consistent throughout the pack. Every now and again you’ll get a smoky tang which potentially comes from the wine, otherwise you can’t taste the wine outright. But with neither flavour being dominant, they end up cancelling each other out to leave just a meaty crisp.
Out of the three flavours, Soy, Ginger, Chilli & Honey was potentially the most ambiguous flavour as there was nothing to really base it against. Judging by the chilli you would expect these to come with a bit of a spicy kick however they initially taste like Walkers’ Worcester Sauce crisps. So if you if you’re a fan of Worcester Sauce, you’ll like these. There is that tangy hotness that comes with Worcester Sauce but these crisps tend to get spicier as you eat more. Again out of the three flavours, these are the most uniquely flavoured and people should be lured in by the fact that it’s a strange, but nice, combination.
White Stilton & Cranberry Relish: £2 (Sainsbury’s)
Red Wine, Beef & Shallots: £1.99 (Waitrose)
Soy, Ginger, Chilli & Honey: 79p (ALDI)
White Stilton & Cranberry Relish: 771 (per 150g sharing bag)
Red Wine, Beef & Shallots: 774 (per 150g sharing bag)
Soy, Ginger, Chilli & Honey: 774 (per 150g sharing bag)
Would We Buy Again (/5) –
White Stilton & Cranberry Relish: 2
Red Wine, Beef & Shallots: 2
Soy, Ginger, Chilli & Honey: 3