Chips (aka crisps in the UK and Ireland) are really unhealthy. You know what that means. That means, when you do them, you gotta do them right, see? Which means the chips have to be worth it. And Lord liftin’, these be worth it.
These Guinness Potato Chips are hand-crafted; each bag even indicates on it the person who cooked the batch. I’m eating a bag (correction: a sensible portion of a bag) cooked by Roddy. (In the basement pantry, there’s another unopened bag cooked by Sony.) You can learn all about the person who made your bag of chips .
Large bags are 150 g in weight. I recommend treating that as 6 x 25 g portions. Put a portion in a small bowl, put the rest of the bag away rolled up with an elastic around it, and walk away with the bowl and a bevvy of your choice. They will be very satisfying served as above because of the sheer quality of these chips; and if you are grown up about enjoying the rest another time, you don’t have to ban them from the house in a pique of guilt afterward.
The potatoes are sliced very thickly before frying, and the crunch reflects this. You really can’t even crush one between your fingers. You have to place it in your mouth and put your molars and incisors to work to break them, they really are just that wonderfully crispy. And they’re so crisp they don’t really break, they shatter. If you hold one in your mouth and don’t chew it, it will take one or two minutes before it even gets soggy.
They taste wonderfully salty, but they’re really not — with two-thirds of a large 150 g bag having 1250 mg sodium, that’s really not much more sodium than a tablespoon of some soy sauces or Thai fish sauces. But they give you an incredible salt hit in your mouth and I think it’s because the taste of the roasted barley and hops has caramelized on the chips to make each one a umami bomb that explodes in your mouth at the same time that your bite shatters one of the chips. The taste is like a combination of all these wonderful savoury, brewed tastes — soy sauce, Lea & Perrins, Maggi, Guinness — all rolled into one moment of crispy bliss. Take me now.
There’s 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® in 25 g of Guinness Potato Chips, which is 1/6th of the 150 g bag (I think that’s a perfect semi-regular indulgence portion.) Those 4 points are the same as for any regular corner-store potato chip, but there’s no comparison for satisfaction.
The chips are also gluten free, with no artificial flavours or colours. They are made in Devon, England in partnership with Guinness, Dublin, from potatoes grown under LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Marque sustainable food and farming standards.
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* PointsPlus™ calculated by PracticallyEdible.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.