Taste test: Cheese & Onion Crisps
What could be more Irish than cheese and onion crisps? Crisps have got swankier in recent years, so we decided to taste test a few of the premium brands on offer. This is what we thought of them.
KEOGH'S DUBLINER IRISH CHEESE & ONION, 125g, €2.49 9/10
These were our favourite crisps, with a good assertive flavour that's not overly strong. The Keogh family grow their own potatoes in north County Dublin and the packet identifies the field that they come from, the variety used, and who hand-cooked the crisps. That's proper provenance information.
O'DONNELLS OF TIPPERARY MATURE IRISH CHEESE AND RED ONION, 125g, €2.55 8/10
Only marginally less popular than Keogh's crisps with our testers, and with a more full-on flavour, so perhaps not one to be eaten before heading out for the night. Delicious and moreish.
KETTLE CHIPS MATURE CHEDDAR & RED ONION, 150g, €2.49 7/10
A milder flavour than either Keogh's or O'Donnell's crisps, but still with good flavour and crunch. These are hand-cooked too and the packet says that there are 'absolutely no artificial ingredients', which has to be a good thing. Sliced a little thicker than some of the others we tested.
MARKS & SPENCER MATURE CHEDDAR & RED ONION, 150g, €2.49, 7/10
These hand-cooked crisps are made from potatoes that have been thinly sliced with their skins on, and it's amazing how much you can taste the difference. The flavour is good, but for calorie counters, these are the most calorific of the different crisps that we tested, at 64kcal per 30g serving.
SUPERVALU SIGNATURE TASTES LUXURY CHEDDAR & SHALLOT, 125g, €1.59, 5/10
It's only when you test these crisps against the other ones that you notice a slight sweetness and an oily aftertaste that we thought came from the dried blueberries and rapeseed oil listed in ingredients. Tasted in isolation, these are absolutely fine, and the price is good, but why there are dried blueberries in cheese and onions crisps is beyond us.