We've thought outside the box with a stuffing-inspired crisp packed full of our not-so-secret natural herbs and spices. Enjoy the subtle notes of sage, onion & sprinkle of maple sugar, while nutritional yeast gives the crisps an umami note!
Why Free Range, you ask? Well, we're just having a bit of fun playing on the stuffing-inspired flavour! But rest assured our potatoes are Free Range too, and are free to roam in the paddock!
Available in 35g Compostable Bag or 150g Non-Compostable bag
• 100% Natural Ingredients
• GMO-Free Corn
• New Zealand Potatoes
• NZ Grown High-Oleic Sunflower Oil
• Suitable for Vegans
• No Added MSG
I love Proper crisps and the whole family shares my sentiments. There were a few sad faces when they saw the 35kg bag as they knew there would be slim pickings. Unfortunately for hubby, he went out for the night, so I decided it was the perfect time to sample them. The Sage & Onion crisps come in a compostable bag which is a great way of helping the environment. Proper hand-cooked crisps are hand-cooked in small batches and my batch was made by Bishnu, a nice personal touch in my opinion. The ingredients list doesn't contain anything that I wouldn't find in my pantry, no E numbers or preservatives.
Upon opening the crisps, my 2 daughters, who had been watching a movie in another room, suddenly appeared like vultures and I had to share the pack with them. I did notice that the crisps weren't particularly large and did wonder if there would be larger crisps in the bigger packets. I didn't mind though as it meant there were more crisps to go around. The sage and onion flavour was divine and got the family thumbs up. The combination of maple sugar, yeast extracts, onion, raw sugar, pepper, and sage and been mixed to perfection and wasn't too sweet. The smell and taste reminded me of home-cooked roast chicken dinners and I'm guessing that's why there is a play on the words "free range crisps" on the front of the packet.
Needless to say, hubby was gutted when he came home and realised we'd eaten the packet without him, but our girls did proceed to tell him how lovely there were! Because they were so delicious, we will be buying more, although realistically, in a much bigger bag and with a 3.5-star health rating, I'm hoping this means that they are healthy for you!
Sharing a 35g bag between four people wasn't an easy task, but given that I had three children who were all very keen to try out something new, we all got a small amount to try. I have to say that while I love the thick feel of these compostable bags, they aren't always the easiest to open without requiring the use of scissors. Opening it up, they each passed the bag around so we could give it the good old sniff test, three kids approved of the aroma that came out of the bag, whilst I wasn't won over, however, we all know that smell is just a part of the food journey.
Proper Crisps always manages to provide a real lovely crunch to their chips and this time was no different. We all tried a couple of chips and savored the taste and crunch. While I thought that the flavour was ok, I wouldn't really want more than a couple, so if there were other choices on the table, this wouldn't be my go to flavour. The three kids, however, all thoroughly enjoyed the chips and split the remainder between themselves, all most dissapointed that it was only a small bag and all three in firm agreement that we should buy a big bag next time we go shopping.
What I love the most with these Sage and Onion Chips was each chip I had, regardless of the size or the shape, was full of flavour so my taste buds never missed out on this yummy delectable snack. Taking my first bite I was automatically reminded of Roast Chicken stuffing and my mind was exploding with happiness. This exceeded my expectations in every way.
Not only is eating this packet great for the planet, as the bag itself is compostable - but I am also supporting a New Zealand made product which is great for the economy, so even though the packet itself only gets a 3.5 heath star rating I feel the good definitely is outweighing the bad and even though my hips probably will not be thanking me I know my lips definitely are.
Since receiving my bag of goodies everyone in the family have had their eyes set firmly on this packet of chips. I have had to wait for the perfect time to open it so as not having to share with anyone, made almost impossible with school holidays. I finally seized the opportunity when my husband was at work and both girls were having to clean their rooms. I am surprised I managed to open it without being sprung as no matter how quiet I am the packet does make rather a lot of noise. In all honestly I did plan to only take a couple and leave the rest for my husband to try but they are too good to just have one and before I know it a couple led to a handful and then a few more handfuls and the packet was gone. Also, they definitely do live up to their reputation of crisp-ness as I found each mouthful had me crunching down on them.
Would I recommend these - absolutely. Will I be buying them again - yes, especially if I can find them in a bigger bag. Will I be sharing them in the future absolutely not. An absolute yummy winner in my eyes.
Our whole family enjoys the Proper crisps range. They are always fresh and tasty, and offer lots of extra bonuses like home compostable bags (for selected varieties) and natural ingredients. Because this was a single-serve bag, my partner and I decided to share it rather than offering it round. I made up a supper tray with two dips (hummus with mashed avocado; and cream cheese with black pepper) and added a few slices of plain avocado. Because we wanted the flavour of the crisps to come through, I deliberately kept the other items as plain as possible,
The crisps met our expectations for freshness and crunch; they are a light crisp without the heavier texture of some other Proper varieties, and they looked good on the plate. However, there was one thing that we had not expected. There was very little flavour - in fact, they tasted more like a plain, lightly salted crisp. We both started off with a crisp on its own, then commented on this at the same time, surprised that they did not pack more punch. Even the smell we got when we had first opened the bag was that of a solid but plain crisp; there was none of the sage effect we had expected, given that they are stuffing inspired. This is easily remedied, of course; increasing the proportion of sage (and possibly the onion as well) would probably be enough, and it would make the difference.
Having noted this, we tried the crisps with the two dips in turn and then with a little avocado. The best effect was when they were combined with an avocado slice; this time there was a hint of sage, although still not enough to be identifiable had we not known what the ingredients were. All the same, the combination was very pleasant and we enjoyed the rest of our dish.
It is hard to be negative about these crisps however, because apart from the lack of flavour they offered the same delicious treat that this brand has always delivered. We are both conscious of unnecessary food additives and try to buy natural whenever possible. Proper invariably ticks all the boxes in this area; although crisps are an occasional treat for us, I never feel that we are eating junk food when the Proper label is attached. In fact, I consciously seek them out when I am buying because I have the assurance that I am getting a quality product. The Best Before date is always well into the future so products can be stored for several months.
When I see the Sage and Onion variety on sale at my local supermarket, I will buy another couple of packs and ask some of our junior family members to try it too. I will be interested to get the children's feedback as young people often have more sensitive taste buds. And I would like to try them again myself!
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