Brown Bag Crisps West Country Farmhouse Cheddar & Onion Review
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
40g 199 10.8 1.1g 0.7 0.7
Bag 1: How can a design that has no visible design look so good? Brown Bag Crisps have the answer. Many have tried a similarly, minimalist approach, but few get it right. The brand name and the bag itself oozes freshness appeal. They even manage flavour colour coding. The writing is clear and stands out. A real shelf popper - you could not possibly miss these among their brightly coloured peers. Bag 2: We would not ordinarily include reviews of an old bag design alongside a new one, but in this case the reason for the inclusion is for comparison purposes. While we still like the latest design, it seems to be trying a little harder to achieve something the former design achieved easily. If you might find the first design in an architect's hang out on an artisan street in a trendy suburb, the 2013 design seems a little lost in the world of country fayres. It scores just as well on visibility, and it is effectively designed upon the same principles, but it seems to have replaced the cutting edge character for something that will become dated quite quickly.
The early bites of these Crisps were hard and almost firm, and this did not waver throughout the middle section of the Crisp munch degradation. At the end of each Crisp’s life there was still some firmness. Traditionalists may argue that a ‘proper’ Crisp should weaken and turn mushy more quickly than this, but the flavour was maintained throughout so this was more than fair compensation.
The Crisps in our test bag were thickly cut. All were irregularly shaped and mostly whole. There were cracked, splintered and sometimes, huge oil boils. The colouring was a traditional light yellow with oil soaked transparent areas.
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a surprisingly encouraging mix of smells that most certainly included a sort of sweetish Onion and Cheese. The flavour was a little more disappointing. The Cheese was evident and both warm and tasty. The Onion was also evident, but weak and not nearly combative enough to tackle the over-riding Cheese dominance. That said, although neither aspect of the flavouring stood out, the combo worked very well to make a really nice taste.