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Kettle Brand have been making great-tasting, all-natural chips since 1982. When you open a bag of Kettle Brand Potato Chips, you know you're getting real chips made with real ingredients. Thirty years ago they pioneered the batch cooking style that ha become the gold standard for all-natural potato chips manufacturers.
They kettle cook unpeeled potatoes in small batches for a superior taste and a signature crunch, and Kettle brand continue to pioneer unique flavors including, jalapeno Jack kettle chips, Sweet Onion Kettle Chips, Spicy Thai Kettle Chips and Buffalo Bleu Kettle Chips.
Kettle Brand only use top quality all-natural, non-GMO ingredients. They do not use trans fats. There is no MSG, no artificial colors or flavors, and no list of ingredients you can't pronounce.
Kettle Brand are proud to claim that they manufacture potato chips that are verified by the Non-GMO Project and that there is nothing "fake" about their chips. A company statement reads, "It's not a real, all-natural ingredient, it has no business getting anywhere near our potato chips. And no business getting near your mouth."
They also say, "We're just a bunch of people who love great tasting potato chips. And we also happen to love making them for other people who love great tasting potato chips. We batch cook our chips under the watchful eyes of our own people (chef-people, that is), to ensure each one is cooked perfectly. That's how we've done it for over thirty years. And that's how we'll always do it."
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Organic Country
There was certainly an undercurrent of hickory smoke and these were a more than adequate barbecue chip. If you only ever have one bag of barbecue potato chips you could do a lot worse than these. There are lots of bland and virtually tasteless examples available. There are also those with bundles of flavour and seasoning. These do not fit in either category. They were just a perfectly adequate, won't let anyone down, barbecue flavoured chip.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Organic Salt &
Fresh Ground Pepper
Kettle Brand appears to be giving with one hand and taking away with the other. If you care where your junk food comes from and care for nature, you may prefer these, but if you are concerned about your health and well-being, but still enjoy the world's favourite snack food, you could choose the low-fat version of the same variety. It tasted the same to me, so this is my review of the lower-fat version: Although some would view this as a plain and standard chip variety, it is easy to get it wrong. There is often an overwhelming pepper taste. These featured similar amounts of both main ingredients.
Kettle Brand Chips Krinkle Cut Buffalo Bleu
These were somewhat more peppery than the barbecue flavouring upon which they were presumably based. Kettle Brand probably had the grammar police chasing after them when they released this variety. Not content with misspelling 'Crinkle' they added French to the bag. The Bleu, of course, refers to the cheese. A slice of good blue cheese will often pair up well with grapes and wine, but in this case, it was a creamy cheese type of affair, with a little cheesy pounce rather than a giant blue cheese leap.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Unsalted
Good grief, these chips even sound miserable. Unsalted. How about ‘Naked ‘n Natural,’ or something. A baked potato has a lot less fat, and if you get yourself one of those air-frying machines, you can make fries without using oil. They are just potato flavour. Great for people that cannot take sodium, meh for me.
Kettle Brand Chips Sour Cream & Onion
A Nose Plunge Test revealed an odd smell - A bit like dried parsley in a cardboard box. The sour cream aspect of the chips seemed a little overwhelmed by a salty onion rather than the sweet onion often associated with this variety. A sweet onion taste was around somewhere, but it wasn't very noticeable. Maybe it was hiding in the cardboard box.
Kettle Brand Chips Sea Salt & Vinegar
I found this to be a quite over-powering vinegar flavour. Kettle do not have excuses either - They had a very well balanced balsamic and sea salt version for the UK market, where salt and vinegar is the second most popular flavour. These, however, have three basic ingredients that you can savour: Potato, salt, and vinegar. It gets worse. It isn't even a strong vinegar flavour that overpowers the chips, but a mild, somewhat inoffensive one. If you're gonna get a variety wrong, at least make my eyes water.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Sea Salt
Sea salt mixed with potato. The most traditional chip you could imagine. Also, kettle-cooked, to add further traditional appeal. It would take a far more trained palate than mine to determine where these would rank among the legions of plain regular chips that have accompanied sandwiches over the decades. I would say that without much flavouring, these oily, salty, potato flavoured chips were much of a muchness.
Kettle Brand Chips New York Cheddar
A creamy cheese aroma hit me on my Nose Plunge Test, and this was followed by a similar flavour. The mix of potato, salt, and cheese powders made for a good, warm, and hearty combination.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Maple Bacon
A quick Nose Plunge Test revealed a mild smoky bacon aroma. To explain the sweetness to the taste in this flavour, these were the sugary ingredients alone: Maple sugar, dried cane syrup, dried molasses. So, sweet bacon, but also a sort of smoky barbecue taste. A rather sweet and flaccid flavour.
Kettle Brand Chips 40% Less Fat Sea Salt
Reduced fat, but with higher sodium content, to combine with the potato which in turn provided a more flavourful version than the Original variety. Very clever. Having said that, I believe that if you want a reduced-fat potato product it is best to eat a potato. Any chip that is best eaten with a sandwich can easily be left to one side in favour of a tastier flavoured alternative.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Fiery Thai
Thai cuisine is among the most aromatic and flavourful food in the world. The very idea of capturing the delicate blends of herbs and spices, and a richly cultured nation, in a bag of chips, is quite preposterous. However, despite including lime extract and 'spices' to what are regular ingredients for kettle chips, there was certainly a Far-Eastern influence to this variety. There was a sweet and tangy, hot herby flavour mixed up with gingery citrus. A pleasant mixture and a rewarding experience, but it was less like a blindfold trip to the magical and mythical east and more a bunch of fingers plunging into a nice tasting bag of chips.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Jalapeno
Kettle Brand’s jalapeno variety featured a relatively mild to peppery spicy hot jalapeno taste, but a good, rounded chip should not burn the insides of your mouth so you cannot taste the warm, rich potato taste of the food it accompanies. Otherwise, you could just flavour a chair leg with jalapeno. So, while I might prefer a much hotter chip (I dream of the hot chip that peels wallpaper off the walls as soon as the bag is opened), this was near on as good a jalapeno chip for a mass market as you will find.
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Honey Dijon
I was a bit concerned when I read Kettle Brand's review of their own flavour, “Dijon mustard is sophisticated and a bit snooty. Honey is smooth, sweet, and a little wild.” Dijon mustard is very mild and inoffensive, and honey is sweet and syrupy. They do include mustard powder, but I presumed it was generic. So how did it mix with the honey powder? Well, they tasted of sweet honey mustard. A pleasant little kick of heat, but mostly tangy and sweet. Nice, but not outstanding.
Kettle Brand Chips Backyard Barbecue
Hickory? Perhaps. Barbecue? Definitely. Mild? Afraid so. These were nice barbecue flavoured chips. If that description sounds a little vague and flat, it is supposed to. Kettle Brand have smashed it with this flavour. It will not offend any purchaser, and some will love it. To me, they were a bit meh, but that is just an opinion - If I were to recommend a barbecue flavoured chip that was good in every area but did not excel in any one particular event, I would describe this as the supreme decathlete of barbecue chips.