Hawaiian Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt Kettle Style Potato ChipsReview
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
28g 140 8g 1.5g 290mg 0g
Tim's Chips Kettle Style range sat neatly alongside their regular Chips, but as the company has now been absorbed by Pinnacle Foods, Hawaiian appears to be moving into a standalone brand position. The bag designs cram as much 'Hawaii' onto them as they can, but it works. You do tend to need to ram home a point if you want customers to pick them off the shelf on a cold and dark winter's night in a supermarket far far away from Hawaii. The 'Hawaiian' logo and flavor are given prominent positioning and the bags are all flavor color coded. The central image is also different with each flavor. While we generally applaud a striking black bag, and this looks good, it doesn't really match up with the otherwise bright Hawaiian themed designs.
These were just as Kettle Cooked Chips should be. They were thick and rigid enough to provide a solid but not hard and brittle crunch. They were also crispy and not greasy or oily at any time. A few at once and it took a while to crunch through them.
This was a really well created, characterful bag of Kettle Chips. They did not look or feel greasy. There were lots of irregularly shaped and folded Chips, but not many really curly Chips from quick frying. The color was an even, fairly unblemished yellow potato color. Best of all, they had an uneven but well distributed quantity of black dots.
The Nose Plunge Test revealed very little of the flavor waiting within. These were relatively high in sodium content compared to the rest of the Hawaiian range and as it was part of a flavoring combo, this made sense. There was a mild, but warm potato flavor, mixed well with Pepper, but not so much that it overwhelmed the salty flavoring. Pepper almost always dominates a bag of this pairing, but this was not the case with these Chips.