One can’t like everything, and I’m not a fan of these Proper Hand Cooked Crisps. I’m usually a big fan of any chip cooked kettle style, but my heart is somewhere else now. Something really didn’t connect about the rosemary and thyme crisps, which I was really looking forward to. I found the particular batch I had a little on the thin, soft side (Mrs P agreed). The flavourings feathered the back of the tongue without feeling genuine or compelling. Although, if considered from another perspective this sensation might be interpreted as a sense of refinement in this mass produced age of garish “flavour you can see.”
The Malborough Sea Salt crisps were solid enough. There’s the crunch and sensation of the crispy fries shards at the bottom of your fish and chip bag. But consider the price, I picked these up for $4.79 at Farro. That’s close to double what you’d be paying for another brand of most other kettle chips. But if you like Kettles, keeping your purchases Kiwi and artisanal, give these spuds a spin.
On that note a lot of the foodie two shoes out there have given Proper Crisps plenty of praise if you check out the website. I would say though, if you have a bag of Heartlands, and love them, you could probably stick with them and be happy that you’re not missing out on anything with the Proper Crisps, especially considering how comparatively cheap the Heartland Chips are.
Serve with a decent dip and deep sense of satisfaction of your artisan patronage.