For all your Kumara Lovers out there (you know who you are!), we've risen to the challenge bringing you a seasonal medley of New Zealand-grown Kumara. You may be lucky enough to find the alluring, deep 'Purple Dawn' variety in your bag! Of course, we've added a proper twist of Peppercorns, Dried Onions and a sprinkle of Marlborough Sea Salt.
Once the last morsel has been devoured, simply pop the packet in your garden compost and it will naturally decompose - how eco is that!
I have never been a kumara person, could never stand the stuff. As I got older I worked out that many foods that I didn't like boiled down to their textures more than their flavours but as kumara was never an ingredient bought by either of my parents, it was never something I got to experiment with. When on holiday earlier this year, there were very thin spirals of something decorating my food, they were delicious and I was pretty certain they were kumara (now I know that they were) and so that made requesting these a little easier, plus, as chips I have never had kumara before.
The feel of the bag was quite different, I was concerned that I would have nothing but crumbs but they had held their shape really well. Getting one out I took a tentative bite and was pleasantly surprised, it wasn't to bad. I shared these with a family member, but they found that these were a bit too hard to chew with a full mouth of dentures but they enjoyed the taste of the one they did have. My kids each had a taste and whilst my youngest said "not bad" she hasn't asked for more and the other two washed out their mouths... I have found that it has a little too much pepper for my liking, although as they are moreish that might not be a bad thing as it means I don't eat too much at a time.
These chips are nicer than I anticipated, I wouldn't rush out to buy a packet but I think I would buy these now and then as a slight change to the norm.
These are the second flavour I have reviewed of Proper Crisps with the new compostable bag. I wish the bag was commercially compostable since I do not know many people that have a home compost, but it is better than plastic and is a step in the right direction. I was very excited to try the kumara version for I am a kumara lover, and a crisp lover, so the combination sounded great.
Now onto the crisps. I find these super delicious! The pepper with onion taste is not overwhelming and with the combination of some salt, it is just the right amount of seasoning to bring out the wonderful kumara flavour. In addition, since the bag is a medley of different types of kumara, the colours all taste slightly different and have variations in thickness. I much rather would have the medley than just one type for they complement each other nicely and variety is after all the spice of life.
Kumara in general is slightly sweet but some of the colours included in my bag are more savoury. I noticed the orange coloured ones are a softer crisp and the gold are the crunchiest. The orange and the purple were my favourites, but I like having the crunchier golden one in the mix and enjoy the red, so I would not want either removed. Most were just the right size to nicely fit in your mouth and there were barely any crushed pieces.
These crisps disappeared very quickly, and I warn you they are super addicting. They may be my favourite out of all the Proper Crisps I have tried. I love them. Since I also like how the company is local and uses a heart-healthy oil, I will be buying these in the future and recommend you do the same.
I love these chips and the brand in general. They are always a good go to and I know my family and work mates love them also. This flavour is great and I find you can really taste the black pepper taste on the chips, more so then the onion flavour. They are good though and not to hot and spicy and the black pepper is not over powering. I really like these and the packet lasted 3 snacks worth. My partner and I opened the bag and shared them. I found we did not eat many in one sitting. We then put them away and had some more later and again another day as well.
I notice these chips are thicker and harder then other chips. You know when your being greedy and put a handful of chips in your mouth and start eating them. Well I tried that with these and I found it so hard to try and bite down on them all and move them around my mouth. Mainly because they are thicker and more cruncher and harder then regular chips. Only made that mistake once. I guess that is why they lasted longer as you only eat one at a time.
I absolutely love the package as well and a bonus that you simply pop the packet in your garden compost and it will naturally decompose. Wow how amazing is that, it is not everyday that you come across chip packets that can do that. I really love this about the company and how eco friendly they are. Not only are the chips yummy, you feel good about throwing the bag into the garden afterwards. Win win for you and the environment.
The end of the year is a great time for sharing new products. We had to take a plate to a get-together so made up some dip with chopped vegetables, cream and herbs, and gave each person two small bowls, one with crisps and one with some dip. Serving it like this meant that everyone got to taste the chips and the younger ones could not finish them up before their elders got to try them too.
We loved the pepper and onion flavours. When the pack was first opened, we could not really register the pepper, but the onion smell was strong and mouth-watering. Because the dip was reasonably bland, the individual crisp flavours were not lost in the mix; it was interesting to notice the reactions as people tried the different varieties. The darker crisps were the favourite - another reason for giving everyone their own share so they did not start digging in the bowl for the elusive Purple Dawn kumara which was the most sought after!
I would like to have tried them with a different accompaniment but with nine of us sharing the packet there was not a scrap left - even the children, who are quite young and normally go for plainer crisps, liked this variety and wanted to know if we could get some more. The parents were pleased that there were no artificial additives in the packet as they keep a close watch on what the kids are allowed to eat, but they know the Proper brand and are happy for their children to have their share.
Mr 12 wanted to know who had packed this particular batch, so after I had finished allocating the crisps to their little plates, he took off with the empty packet and a moment later announced to everyone that Xavier had packed them. Little touches like this add to the "family friendly" aspect of a product - that extra personal element makes the consumer feel that this is a local producer who cares about their image.
Once Mr 12 had finished with the empty packet, I retrieved it for recycling. Through trial and error, I have found that Proper's bags decompose more speedily when they are composted in a certain way. Instead of putting food scraps and the empty packet into a small bin for taking out to the compost heap, I now line the bin with the empty packet and put the scraps inside it. Once it is full, I put the entire bag out complete with its contents. The waiting bugs can't wait to investigate!
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For all you "out of the box" Kumara heads out there, here's introducing the newest Kumara Crisp taste sensation to join our award-winning range.
Our Kumara is grown and sourced from the rich alluvial soils of Northern Kaipara - known as the semi-tropical region of the upper North Island.
We've added a dash of Chipotle - a smoky dried jalapeno pepper and added to the mix some sea salt and crushed garlic, sourced from Marlborough along with our sea salt, creating a match made in "Kumara heaven."
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