Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW, Psychotherapist; Specialist in Food Allergy Management, Speaking At Mylan Specialty / EpiPen Event (© Noel Malcolm 2013)

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

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!

3 comments: 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!