Monday, 27 January 2014

Product Review: Keogh's Dubliner Cheese & Onion Hand Cooked Crisps

Just over a week ago, I received an email from a Keogh's Farm PR representative, inviting me to try their new gluten free Dubliner Cheese & Onion crisps

It was a pleasant surprise to get an offer to do a product review so early in the year. They are the first Irish, gluten free, cheese & onion crisps, made and grown in Ireland by Keogh's Farm.

They generously sent me two large bags and three small bags of the Dubliner Cheese & Onion crisps. More than enough for sharing. The packaging is clearly marked with an heart shaped gluten free label on the front. There are a decent amount of crisps in the bag too. There's nothing worse than opening a packet of crisps and finding a weedy number of crisps inside.

The taste is good. Pretty much what you would expect from a cheese & onion crisp. Good bite, nice crunch, moreish. There's an 'earthy' taste/quality to them. The cheese & onion taste can linger a little longer than is welcome on the palate, but that's cheese & onion for you! A decent tasting gluten free crisp.

I love that this is an Irish product and that they use potatoes that can be traced back to the field it came from, via their 'Spud Nav' feature on their website.

It is really great that Keogh's recognise the need for quality gluten free products in the Irish market. However, my one problem with them is the use of rapeseed oil in the ingredients list. Rapeseed oil = not an healthy oil. For such a high standard crisp, it is really let down by the use of this oil. Just to note, I was informed that the quantities of Rapeseed oil used in the flavouring is <1% as an ingredient and that the crisps themselves are cooked in high oleic sunflower oil. Nonetheless, It all adds up. For such a small percentage of use, it really should be swapped out for an healthy oil.

These crisps are available in Superquinn, Dunnes, Tesco, Supervalu and independent shops, nationwide. The large sharing bags go for Eur 2.49 and the small snack bags go for 0.99cents.

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