Review: Pipers crisps Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt

At the Rocco by Rodenstock event, I was allowed to try the crisps from the British brand, Pipers crisps. They hand cook their crisps in sunflower oil and flavor it afterwards with local ingredients. In total, they have 8 flavors: Lye Cross Cheddar & Onion, Burrow Hill Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt, Anglesey Sea Salt, Kirkby Malham Chorizo, Karnataka Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Biggleswade Sweet Chili, Wissington Spicy Tomato, and Unsalted.

I tested two mini bags of Pipers crisps in the flavors Biggleswade Sweet Chilli and Anglesey Sea Salt (40 g each) and I will give you my thoughts about the flavor.

Pipers crisps Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt packs

My opinion

From the first look at the crisps, you can already notice that they have thicker slices than the normal crisps that you can find in the supermarket. Due to that, they have more of a crunch and a stronger potato taste. I do have to say that many of the crisps were fried too long and turned visible orange. I don't mind some burned crisps here and there, but there were just slightly too many and the burned taste was affecting the overall taste of the crisps.

The Biggleswade Sweet Chilli crisps looks a bit like paprika crisps from appearance. It also has a sweet paprika taste with a slight spiciness that you can feel as a after taste. I cannot really explain it well, but you can sense a slight tingly feeling on your tongue. I cannot eat anything spicy and it wasn't hot to me at all, so you don't have to feel intimidated by the name "sweet chilli" as you can barely taste the spiciness. Even though the taste is quite mild (not too salty or spicy), I noticed that there was quite a lot of powder on the crisps and it stuck on my hands quite badly.

The Anglesey Sea Salt crisps look like the plain, salted crisps and it actually taste like that too. The main difference is that it is salted by sea salt and you really have to taste it properly to notice the difference. To me, the sea salt really made a difference. The large visible flakes of sea salt melted on my tongue and the mild saltiness didn't linger too long. It was very fleeting and it didn't make me feel extremely thirsty afterwards. What did bother me was the oiliness of the crisps, as my hands got very oily from eating it and you could see the oil that got soaked in on parts of the crisps. Maybe they needed to do this for the large sea salt flakes to stick, but it would be great if they could find another method.

Pipers crisps Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt

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