Whilst I was away my parents and I were delighted to receive some Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked English Crisps to taste and review. They are hand made in small batches on a farm in Herefordshire and are what I would call “real crisps.” They are cooked with their jackets on and have nothing artificial added. They are vegan friendly and a lot of them are also gluten free (check the label.)
Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked English Crisps offer a variety of products including the Potato crisps, Vegetable Crisps, Furrows Potato Crisps, Nibbles and their Proper Popcorn. We received Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper and English Summer Barbecue flavoured Potato Crisps and the Sour Cream & Jalapeño Chilli Popcorn and Sweet & Salty Popcorn flavoured Proper Popcorn. I got my team of tasters ready and set to work.
On first impressions of all the Potato Crisps everybody loved how crunchy they were and the flavour that leaving the skins on had produced. We all agreed that the first mouthful could come across as bland but as you put more and more into your mouth you realised that the flavouring was perfect because it wasn’t too over powering. The Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper were everybody’s favourite with the newest flavour English Summer Barbecue coming in at a close second. After a few mouthfuls of them both you suddenly received a kick from the flavouring. My Mum commented that the Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar could have been more vinegary but I disagreed being a lesser fan of salt and vinegar anyway.
We moved on to the Proper Popcorn and started with the Sweet & Salty Popcorn which everybody loved. The texture and fluffiness of the popcorn was spot on and the mixture of sweet and salty was perfect. It was so yummy that three pairs of adult hands ended up fighting for what was left in the bowl. We then moved on to the Sour Cream & Jalapeño Chilli Popcorn. Again the texture and fluffiness was spot on but I really didn’t think the flavour suited the type of food. It would have been scrumptious as a Potato Crisp flavour but I really didn’t like the feel of it mixed with the feel of popcorn. My Mum agreed and my Dad finally agreed after taking a few handfuls to make sure. All three of us said when we heard the flavour that it didn’t sound right but my friend Sarah said that she thought it sounded really tasty so I’m sure she probably would have loved a bit of the action!
As a huge fan of “real crisps” these were a huge hit in our house and one of my favourite things, that will stand out on any shelf, is that the packaging is really quirky with humorous images of older folk. Tyrrell’s advertise on their website and their packaging for “English Eccentrics.” They have a section of photos and anecdotes with monthly competitions with prizes such as the photo being made into packaging for a Tyrrell’s flavour. Full details of all of the Tyrrell’s products and flavours can be found on their website.