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I only tried these recently after wanting something a little different to put in a sharing bowl. Being on offer at £1 always makes something taste that little bit better to me, but overall I was actually really pleased with these as they make a very tasty, crunchy potato snack.
As I usually do when I try something new and review it, I Googled the brand to find more information. Strangely, they didn't seem to have a website, only a landing page requesting that those wanting more information write to them. So, without knowing much on the heritage or product range as a whole, all I can say is that I know of their crisps and they seem to be marketed as being more natural.
These come in a rather funky papery bag that's FSC certified as being a mixed product from responsible resources. The design is that sunset colours for the plain salted variety, fading from blue to a reddish colour top to bottom. It stands out as being a bit different, yet understated and more natural perhaps than the plasticy, gimmicky crisps marketed more towards children. The Red Sky logo is large in the centre and the 'tag line', if you will, reads 'nature's promise of a good day'. We're also told on the front that these are made with Anglesey sea salt, with 100% natural seasoning.
On the back, the brand tells us that they 'only use the best ingredients to bring you these beautifully crunchy potato chips which taste as good as you would expect when made with 100% natural seasonings'. The sea salt used is actually award winning, even though to me, salt is usually just salt. I do, however, like that the product seems a little more natural and I like crisps like this to be more potato than added in nasties.
Opening the bag, you can smell the potato really well and it's a tempting sense of yumminess. The crisps look a bit like the usual ready salted varieties of things like Kettle, being slightly golden in colour and of various shapes and sizes. These don't have anything fancy about them, no ridge cut or claim for extra crunch, and I quite like that; no gimmick to sell them to us other than their natural seasoning.
The crisps are crunchy and the texture is just right so as to be crisp but not rough. They're of moderate thickness, being more towards the thinner side of crisps whilst retaining their crunchiness well. The salt adds a nice flavour to them, bringing out their potato-ness, so I didn't find them too bland. What I also really liked was that they're not greasy and they go nicely with a drink, so they're the perfect snack crisp without feeling like they're overly unhealthy. I also didn't find as many over-cooked crisps or nasty surprises, like green crisps, as I have done in the past with Walkers unfortunately. I'd definitely like to try other flavours, but these didn't have anything offensive about them at all so if you're a plain-crisp kind of person then these should do the trick nicely.
Per 30g serving, these contain 142 calories and 6.5g of fat, which is about what you'd expect from this type of crisp snack. They're also suitable for vegetarians.
I bought the Sea Salt variety as I knew everyone would eat them, but they're available in several flavours, including English Cheddar and Red Onion, West Country Bacon & Cheese, Sour Cream and Green Herb, and Sea Salt and Suffolk Cider Vinegar. The brand also supports the Prince's Countryside Fund which helps the vision of a sustainable future for rural communities and the British countryside. It is nice knowing that they're usual local, British seasonings and flavours, so it does make these distinctly British, which I know some people will find to be a bonus.
Overall I would definitely recommend these. The packaging and size of bag is great for sharing, they have a crunchy texture and they taste delicious, so I'll be buying these again in future.
150g sells for around £1.99 (Tesco) but can often be found on offer for £1.
Overall... These are tasty crisps that are great to share. [Also reviewed by me, Cazkins, on DooYoo]