SOMETIMES companies decide to branch out a little bit and try to go upmarket by creating a gourmet style range. Walkers Sensations and Muller de Luxe are perhaps the most notable of these creations but now Kettle Chips have joined the ranks by creating a range called Chef’s Signature.
The chef in question is Chris Barnard and he has teamed up with three famous names to create three new flavours for all to try: Gressingham Duck, Plum Sauce & Spring Onion, Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cox Apple Chutney and Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. Perhaps the obvious thing with these three flavours is that they aren’t really breaking any boundaries as they stick to the three main crisp flavours bases; meat, cheese and plain old salt. They all come in the usual Kettle Chips sharing bags which are now resealable on some batches.
Gressingham are perhaps the most well known duck selling brand, the Bernard Matthews of the duck world is you will, so if like your duck you will probably be familiar with the name. Kettle Chips have gone for Oriental style here with the Plum Sauce and Spring Onion and they do have a slight Chinese-style taste to them. The base flavour doesn’t really taste any different to any other meat flavour. You couldn’t say outright that it was duck, just that it was definitely a meaty flavour. There is a powdery feel to these crisps which usually indicates that there’s a lot of flavouring on them. This flavouring tastes of mainly onion which again isn’t uncommon in the crisp world. However there is a fruity tang to them every so often from the Plum Sauce. The amount of flavouring makes them slightly moreish but these are nice crisps nonetheless.
As with many cheeses these days, they all come trademarked and Yorkshire Wensleydale is no different. This aims to be a rather unique tasting crisp with the inclusion of the fruit but it is a rather cheesy crisp which again isn’t uncommon. Even though it’s supposed to be a fruity flavour, you can’t help but think that these crisps might taste a little like cheese and onion. Thankfully it doesn’t and the cheesy flavour does have a slightly fruity taste which does make these crisps slightly unique. It is a nice twist to the traditional cheese flavour.
Kettle Chips might be trying unique flavours with this gourmet range but it also seems that they are trying to reinvent the wheel with the Maldon Sea Salt Flakes flavour. Now unless you’re a salt aficionado, you may be unaware that Maldon is a place in Essex with a Crystal Salt Company. They aim to produce the finest natural salt at its most flakiest. It’s extremely hard to tell the difference between these and other salt flavours, but there is a difference. Unlike some salted flavours the salt has less impact and is very similar to original Kettle Chips flavour that we all know and fell in love with. The crisps also feel slightly softer and also taste a little similar to the unsalted Walkers Salt N Shake crisps. Can you taste the Maldon difference, probably not but there is a slight difference to this salted flavour.
Gressingham Duck, Plum Sauce & Spring Onion: £2.25 (Sainsbury’s)
Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cox Apple Chutney: £2.25 (Sainsbury’s)
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes: £1 (ASDA)
Gressingham Duck, Plum Sauce & Spring Onion: Per 100g: 506 Per 150g Bag: 759
Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cox Apple Chutney: Per 100g: 509 Per 150g Bag: 763.5
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes: Per 100g: 529 Per 150g Bag: 793.5
Would We Buy Again (/5):
Gressingham Duck, Plum Sauce & Spring Onion: 4
Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cox Apple Chutney: 4
Maldon Sea Salt Flakes: 3