Kettle Brand Potato Chips, Reveiw

I met Kettle Brand at Food Fete, a food industry event wherein they launched two new flavors of Kettle Brand  chips, maple bacon and sweet and salty. 

Their description of maple bacon: "Maple Bacon combines the deep smokiness of bacon, the rich sweetness of real maple syrup and the subtle spice of chili pepper for a truly iconic comfort food combination." I found the flavors diffuse and unclear – I tasted sweet and smoke but my tastebuds weren’t tickled by either in this combination.

The sweet and salty is described thus: “Sweet & Salty strikes the perfect balance by pairing natural sea salt and cane sugar with golden, crunchy potatoes to create a fresh, buttery sweetness capable of satisfying salty cravings and sweet tooths alike” I liked this flavor slightly better, but sweet on a potato chip didn’t really appeal to me.

The potato chips themselves were large, crispy, not overly salty or greasy - just these two flavors were "meh" for me.

However, Kettle Brand gets a big thumbs up for their clear allergen policies. As stated on their Kettle Brand website under the FAQ:

Are your products safe to eat for people with peanut allergies?
Kettle Brand ® Potato Chips and Kettle Brand ®TIAS!™ are processed in an environment free of peanuts and other nuts. We consider them to be safe for people with peanut allergies to enjoy.
Kettle Brand®  Nut Butters and
Kettle Brand ® Quality Handcrafted Nuts are made in a separate facility from our various chip brands. All nut products share roasting and grinding lines with peanuts, and we include the following statement on the packaging: "Processed on equipment shared with peanuts and other nuts."

Brand transparency, careful food handling and good manufacturing processes are excellent to have and what I look for in a food manufacturer.

So these flavors didn’t thrill me, but how Kettle Brand created them does.

Thank you Kettle Brand, I'll be back to try something else!


Anonymous said…
Try their Salt and Pepper chips. Yum!
JacquelineC said…
I do love chips. One thing many new dairy-allergic folks are surprised to discover- many chips use whey (a milk protein) to get spices to adhere. So, you might avoid a "sour cream and onion" flavorin favor of a safe-sounding "sea salt and lime" only to discover you've got hives or worse, /anaphylaxis.

Clear labeling and policies are key. Educated consumers, too.

Thanks for this!
DDiaz said…
Backyard BBQ has long been a favorite in our household where food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame have restricted our diet.

Thank you Kettle Brand for clear labeling and a delicious product!

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