We've dug deep to complement our traditional golden spuds, and found some purple heritage potatoes dating back to the earliest crops in New Zealand! These purple spuds have a sweet, nutty flavour with an added Proper touch of Sea Salt and a colourful blend of freshly cracked peppercorns.
Once the last morsel has been devoured, simply pop the packet in your garden compost and it will naturally decompose - how eco is that!
Compostable bag - potatoes with salt, pepper and sunflower oil - and personally signed off by a real chef (ours was called Daryl). What more could anyone want from a bag of what is commonly regarded as junk food? Essentially, this product is anything but. The whole family loved the crisps; they were in danger of being finished up before I could get their feedback, so I had to remove the bag temporarily so we could discuss the experience.
Everyone loved the blue potatoes, although we could not really tell the difference. My daughter tried all three varieties while her eyes were closed, and said she honestly could not say which was which. She could taste the oil but only just; her view was that the balance was just right, and then individual chips were all light and crisp no matter which potato variety they were made of. Mr Nine said they were not too spicy for him, and there was not too much salt. This intrigued me as the flavour is cracked black pepper and sea salt, so I thought there might have been objections from him - I did not draw his attention to the wording on the packet in case he refused to try them because he does prefer his food very plain. At the same time, I could taste the pepper and found it pleasantly strong. Maybe his palate is maturing!
All of us thought the different colours, while not varying much in flavour, were very attractive and would look good on a plate at a party. We ate some plain before trying them with half a dozen different dips; Mr Nine and Miss Seven both preferred them plain whereas the adults liked them both ways. They were especially nice with a bean-and-tomato dip and garlic hummus, but because they are not strongly flavoured, they would go well with almost any other dip combination. There are plenty available to buy, but I often just make my own.
Because the ingredients are real food rather than processed items laced with preservatives, I took home the last few to have with some potato soup next day. Usually I would serve a bread roll or some toast with a bowl of soup, but this time I tried adding some potato crisps as a side dish. The soup was filling so the crisps were an ideal addition; besides, since they both had potato as their main ingredient, it was a good choice. This is one product we will be buying again.
Chips! One of my absolute favourite snack foods, and after discovering Proper Crisps several years back now thanks to KIWIreviews they are a brand I purchase quite often as the quality of these is amazing. When I saw that Proper Crisps had realized a new variety of chips 'Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt' made from Purple and Gold potatoes I was both excited and intrigued, however, one thing was certain I needed to give them a try!
Gone are the days where chips are made purely from potatoes, these days they come in many shapes and forms, from fruits, and vegetables to many interesting flavors but up until now Purple and Gold potatoes were both things which I had never ever heard of. Before opening up the bag of chips I expected the purple chips to be more of a brownish color, and the same with the gold chips really but how wrong was I! The chips were the most beautiful chips I ever have seen, the purple chips were a beautifully vibrant, bright purple and the gold chips were a lovely deep yellow, the colors went perfectly together and would make a very welcomed addition to a platter or as a starter when entertaining guests. Miss 6 was in disbelief when she saw the chips and requested some for her lunchbox at school the next day so she could share her amazing discovery with her friends.
This particular bag of chips had an even mix of the different colored chips and was perfectly flavored with a mixture of cracked pepper and sea salt, without being too spicy or overpowering. They had a lovely crunch and texture to them and reminded me of something similar to a Kettle chip. The ammount of chips in the bag was generous, something that Proper Crisps seems to understand as many chips these days are close to empty!
I love how Proper Crisps have found a way to make their packaging Compostable, it's great to see them going out of there way to do good for the environment, our bag has gone to our compost bin and I look forward to seeing how long it takes for this to break down! Made from all natural ingredients that you can find in your home, and with New Zealand produce these chips are well worth buying! Well done Proper Crisps on yet again another amazing product, I can't wait to see what flavored chips you introduce next, and look forward to seeing your other chip varieties on shelves in your new packages soon.
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