Kettle crisps (or chips as they call them on the pack) are another brand of “posh” crisps which are handcooked and seasoned a bit more than your run of the mill corner shop crisp. They are an American brand with their UK headquarters in Norfolk (since 1987) using local potatoes and all natural ingredients. Kettle are popular in coffee shops but they are available in most supermarkets.
They come in a variety of bag sizes – 25g multipacks, 40g meal deal bags and 130g mega share bags. We’ll cover all three. They also come in a variety of flavours but they do not make a difference to their calories and syn values so use this guide with whichever.
Considering they use British potatoes and “all natural” ingredients does this equate to a low syn crisp? Let’s find out.
Kettle Chips Syn Values
- The 25g multipack bag contains 128 calories. This means a 25g bag of Kettle chips is worth 6.4 syns.
- The 40g bag contains 205 calories. This means a 40g bag of Kettle chips is worth 10.3 syns.
- The 130g mega bag contains 650 calories. This means the entire 130g bag of Kettle crisps is 32.5 syns.
What does all this mean beyond the single syn value? Are they worth it? Let’s find out.
Are Kettle crisps worth the syns?
Posh crisp brands such as Kettle, Tyrrell’s, Sensations and so on do tend to taste a bit better and leave a more satisfying taste in the mouth – they generally do use “better” ingredients. Syns are also there to be spent so they are worth it if they are simply your favourite and you have enough syns to cover them.
However, looking at just the raw numbers and comparing them to other crisps as if they all weighed the same they are not so good. With a syn per gram ratio of 0.26 they are the lower end of the table with the likes of Seabrook, Walkers Classic, Pringles and McCoy’s. 0.26 has a syn score of 70%, the lower is better here.
They are calorie dense in the crisp world and you could get much more for your syns with another brand. You can view the league table to find out which.
Kettle Crisps Nutrition and Ingredients
Select Potatoes, Vegetable Oils (Rapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil)*, Seasoning with Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Sea Salt, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Potato Maltodextrin, Sugar, Potato Starch, Acid: Citric Acid; Natural Flavouring).