Address: Willow Farm, Pymoor Common, Little Downham, Ely,
Cambridgeshire, CB6 2WA, United Kingdom
Phone: 01353 699 000
Here at Corkers our team puts every effort into growing the best of British produce so that the crisps have a distinctively natural flavour to them before we add the highest quality of seasonings to complement our trusty spuds.
We hand cook the crisps in fresh sunflower oil using a special Corkers recipe to ensure the perfect curl and crunch to our crisps. The potato is cut thinner to make the product less abrasive on the palate.
Since a young age I have been a fenland farmer learning from my family how to grow the perfect potato. I have always wanted to find a new market to sell produce of our 200 hectare potato farm.
When I teamed up with my best friend Rod Garnham we diversified the farm from selling potatoes to the fish and chips industry into making handmade crisps.
With the knowledge that my family has passed on down through the generations since the 1800s I knew that the Naturalo potato that we grow had the best frying qualities helping Rod and I create the Natural British Crunch.
Here in the fenlands we have very rich, black peaty soil which was previously flooded for thousands of years. The land was reclaimed in the 1800s and has been farmed by us ever since. The other interesting thing about our land is that it contains bog oak, which has cured in the fields for the same amount of time as it has been flooded, giving us a rich and nutty taste to our potatoes. Due to this we have the most nutty potatoes in the country, which are high in quality and rich in taste.
This year’s harvest was a struggle for many potato farmers across the UK, because of poor weather conditions. Here in the fens we have the ability to drain and irrigate the land to monitor and care for our crops.
Our Corkers Crisps are made from delicious Naturalo potatoes that are grown here on the fenland farm.
We wash, grade, and hand cook the crisps here on the farm to ensure we can supply the nation with the Natural British Crunch.
Corkers Sea Salt & Black Pepper Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test released a distinct pepper aroma. The gnarly and curly crisps had a good dose of seasoning on its bends, folds, and irregular shapes. Once the bag was emptied into a bowl, the heavily seasoned crisps revealed their true personality – Not a regularly shaped, flat and round crisp among hem. A firm crunch and the pepper erupted. There was a sweet oil potato backdrop to a very well-balanced crisp. The pepper dominated a little, but the salt was also evident.
Corkers Olive Oil Black Truffle Crisps
The olive oil created a light and crisp taste. The overwhelming flavour was mild truffle, with a hint of mushroom, which sort of figures. The combination with the oil provided an almost creamy truffle flavour. It was much weaker but more enjoyable than many other truffle options I have tried. This is not a criticism of the flavour variety, which I will admit I do not like, it is an observation that would hopefully help people decide how strong they like their truffle crisps.
Corkers Olive Oil Mediterranean Cheese &
Roasted Onion Crisps
The largest wording on the bag was ‘Olive Oil,’ which would reveal the main ingredient of these crisps. Olive oil alters the taste of crisps more than other vegetable oils, but what it can also do is soften the crunch. These did exactly that. There are twenty-one Mediterranean countries, so I can’t say where the cheese’s home nation is supposed to be. There was a sweet cheese flavour, but very little, if any, onion.
Corkers Simply Sea Salt Hand Cooked
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a fluffy salty potato aroma, but this was a little misleading because although there was a gentle potato backdrop, they were not very salty at all.
Corkers Sweet Thai Chilli Hand Cooked
Corkers make a big deal about the fact they use Naturalo spuds, and so they should – It is a great name for a potato. These were a little oily, but the familiar sweet chilli was ever-present.
Corkers Cheddar Cheese & Chive Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a warming cheese smell. These extra crunchy, hand cooked crisps certainly featured a cheesy taste, but the thickly cut potato didn’t enable the chive to pop out for a visit. The cheese was also a bit generic and lacking in maturity. The major redeeming feature, however, was a moreish tasting crisp that lacked in flavour but demanded a whole bag was eaten.
Corkers Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar Crisps
A Nose plunge Test revealed the slightest vinegar aroma. It was warming, like potato mixed with a subtle dose of cider vinegar. The taste was also of cider vinegar, but unfortunately no salt. There was a good smattering of salty seasoning on the surface of the supremely crusty crisps, but it didn’t really match up with its ingredient's partner. The most interesting aspect was the aftertaste, which appeared to be of some sort of alcohol. I noticed the ingredients list on the reverse included sherry vinegar powder, but it wasn’t that. It was almost like sweet white wine. A well rounded and enjoyable crisp variety, but not really resembling what it said on the packaging.
Corkers Duck & Hoisin Sauce Crisps
When I opened the bag, I thought I could smell Play-Doh. Hang on, was it cooked Play-Doh? Probably not. But it was a nice smell that had no association with the ingredients. The taste was very mild. There was a slightly sweet and syrupy sauce flavour that hinted towards hoisin sauce, and there may have even been a touch of duck. The aftertaste was mildly sweet duck-like. Overall, it was somewhat accurate, if a little too muted to make a statement.