Darling Spuds Fire Roasted Jalapeno Peppers Crisps Review
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
40g 191 11.4g 1.4g 0.8g 0.3g
Darling Spuds have created a neat, tidy and minimalist design for their range of Crisps that places them into a modern and forward thinking category among their peers on the shelves. The little cartoony imagery adds a fun twist to serious sounding, imaginative flavours. The only criticism would be that more could be made of the flavour description, which should be more identifiable in its presentation.
The Hand Cooked nature of these Crisps ensured that the early bites were crispy and firm. Rigid and robust, the munch continued right till the end, when the Crisps finally gave up their struggle and turned to pulp. The phases in the munch process were very well balanced.
These Crisps were more thickly cut than regular thin Crisps, and were clearly the benefactor of their cooking process when it came to character. There were lots of irregularly shaped Crisps in the bag. There was skin visible on some edges and a few major oil boils. The most defining character trait of these Crisps was however the dark brownish colouring, mixed in with red flecks, on a crumbly, yet oil hardened surface.
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a slightly spicy pepper aroma. It was not strong, and this was transferred to the taste. It is rare in any flavour category that there is a standard setter - so much is open to opinion, taste and interpretation, but in the case of Jalapeno Pepper, Blair's and Hot Headz are Hot Sauce specialists and have created Crisps that are as hot as you would expect from such a flavour description. The question any manufacturer has to pose is whether they create a Crisp that tastes just like Jalapeno Pepper or something a customer might buy! Well, we would buy these Crisps because they had a warming oily potatoey spicy flavour that remained as a mild after-kick. The Fire Roasted part of the description takes a bit of an imagination leap, but there were tasty.