“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
The World Cup has not started yet, but the competition between different branded crisps is already on. Last weekend at my local Sainsbury's almost all their crisps products were on offer, I got a chance to try Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn Flavour Crisps.
About Phileas Fogg:
Most people know Phileas Fogg as a fictional character of a novel Around the World in Eighty Days written by Jules Verne when they were children. As a snack brand Phileas Fogg first appeared in the UK in 1982. Originally their products were aimed at adults. Now it has a wide range of products including tortillas, nuts and potato crisps.
The crisps come in a foil bag with a feature of Phileas Fogg in a deep blue balloon. The front of the bag resembles a Phileas Fogg name, logo and product flavour. A small nutrition breakdown is on the bottom too.
On the back of the bag, you will find more details about Phileas Fogg products, Indonesia black peppercorns and nutrition information.
The crisps in a light golden colour are kept fresh in the bag. They are in various sizes, but all are quite thin with a few powders of black peppercorn on.
Potatoes with Indonesia black peppercorns and100% Sunflower Oil. The crisps contain no Artificial Colours or Flavours, no MSG and no hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, but may contain milk, soya, gluten and mustard.
Each 35g serving contains 177 calories, 0.6g sugar, 10.1g fat, 0.9g Saturates and 0.60g salt providing 742 kj energy, that is roughly ten percents of a daily amount for adults. One 140g pack contains approximately 4 servings.
Availability and Price:
The 140g pack can be found at most supermarkets. The prices vary little and are around £1.60. At Sainsbury's they are on half price promotion.
When I first saw the packaging I was very impressed. Different from many crisps brands Phileas Fogg bag has a rather austere colour, which made it stand out on the shelf. Opening the bag I could smell a strong black pepper aroma. I'm not keen to black pepper, but I don't hate it. So the smell didn't really bother me. Tastewise, biting into the crisp I immediately liked the mixture taste of potatoes and black peppercorn. The hint of black peppercorn perfectly decreased the oily feeling of crisps. It gave me a satisfyingly balanced flavour. I was really surprised with the performance of the collocation of potatoes and black peppercorns.
I would definitely buy it when it's on offer. However I noticed it was rated very low by some ladies on a review website. I supposed it would be more acceptable for man due the hint of black peppercorn. Also I compared it with walkers crisps and found it contains more sugar and salt per same amount. So I don't suggest eating it too regularly.
I adore crisps and could seriously live on them. Not a healthy thought granted but a tasty one in my book!
The other day my mate went shopping and got us a few bags of these and me, well I was well excited to try them out!
White and navy blue bag which is made from silver foil inside obviously to keep them fresh. On the front of the bag I'm told that they are Phileas Fogg 'Authentic tastes from around the world' Crisps 'Sea salt & Indonesian black peppercorn flavour' and that they are naturally the finest ingredients and contain no artificial colours or flavours and that they are made with 100% sunflower oil and contain no MSG. Other information on the back of the bag includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is stated, a full nutritional chart is given, the best before date is clearly shown and contact details for Phileas Fogg are listed. Nice enough and rather classy bag this is and of course it really is informative enough.
Baked looking lightly golden crisps. Not too Greasy or messy to eat these are flavoured with sea salt and Indonesian pepper which you can see infused into the crisps.
Taste wise these are rather nice and have a sort of expensive air to them and give off in every way that they are quality crisps. Rather thick and tasting of potato I found these very peppery and slightly hot but really, really tasty. Nicely seasoned and not at all greasy I like the crunchiness of these and rather liked them and of course they are suitable for Vegetarians too! I will be certain to eat these again and like these simple to eat crisps! Not boring and a twist due to the Indonesian black pepper flavouring, these to me are far more interesting to munch on than plain old ready salted!
Nutritional Information Per Bag:
of which sugars: 0.6g
of which saturates: 1.0g
Can be found in all good supermarkets etc priced around 57p a bag.
In the beginning some 50 odd years ago there were but a few manufacturers of crisps. During the early 50's it was Smith's Salt and Shake, which I can first remember. This particular brand is now part of the Walker Empire. Later on there were another two main manufacturers whom I can remember who are still in business today they are of Course KP and Golden Wonder. It is only recently I became aware of the origins of the Golden Wonder trade mark..................I had no idea there was a potato with that name. Over the last decade or so there has been a huge resurgence in the crisp market with Walkers now being the leading brand in the UK. Their success has been achieved with a vast range of flavours and an exceptional quality. There are however some smaller specialised companies who make some remarkable crisps and it is one of those emerging companies who make the uniquely flavoured Sea salt and Indonesian Black Peppercorn Crisps.
Many of us will be well aware with the stories surrounding Phileas Fogg and it is apparently his escapades that have inspired these crisp creations. It is only recently after some vigorous advertising that these crisps have come to the fore. Having tasted a few flavours in this selection it is clear to me the care taken in producing the finest crisp. The advertisement claims that all ingredients are sourced from original locations. Spices and herbs from the East to create that authentic flavour. The taste of the Sea salt and Indonesian Black Peppercorn might well be testament to this.
The normal 50g packet of crisps has a selection of varying sizes some huge some small, but this minor indiscretion can be easily forgotten once you have sampled the unique taste. Unlike similar crisps there does not appear to be the usual large amount of visible grease, the crisps are a uniform nice light golden colour and quite appealing to look at. It is however once placing a crisp into your mouth that the adventure begins. There is without doubt a hint of salt whether it is sea salt or not I am unable to discern. It is the cracked pepper which gives the crisp it unusual subtle hint of fruitiness. The initial zap of hot pepper lingers for a few seconds and is closely followed by the strangely intriguing hint of fruit. The next crisp I tried gave a similar experience but this time there was less cracked pepper on the crisp and the hot sensation was less noticeable, the hint of fruit was still there but to a lesser degree too. I was unsure as to whether I was enjoying the crisp for its unusual taste or because they were just a good crisp which they indeed were. With hindsight they appear just as a plain crisp with a fruity twist, which is just fine by me. I like them a lot. They are freaky and different.
In conclusion I'd simply have to recommend these crisps if only on the basis of that they have an unusual yet hugely likeable quirky flavour. They are crisp as a crisp should be and they are otherwise pretty normal and good crisps. At around 60p per 50g packet I also believe them to be good value for money. As for calories and the like...........well it's a crisp and you get what you expect.
The lovely Rooster reviewed this product a few weeks ago and I usually agree with my favourite Dooyoo duck's opinion, but not on this occasion.
I decided to try these crisps because they had appeared in Morrison's and they were on offer. I am always on the lookout for a bargain, I like trying new things and the packet made me think this was a luxury item.
According to the website (http://www.phileasfogg.com) Phileas Fogg wanted to "unlock the secret of truly authentic flavours." A big fuss is made out of the fact that they contain "Indonesian Black Peppercorns" instead of usual, bog-standard black peppercorns. I presume Indonesian black pepper is the authentic flavour in these crisps and I expected these to taste different from others that are available on the market.
**************** Nutritional information ****************
A 38g portion contains:
Carbohydrate: 21.0g (of which sugars: 0.6g)
Fat: 11g (of which saturates: 1.0g)
Indonesian black pepper and pepper oil
**************** The taste test ************
When I opened these crisps I was left feeling disappointed. The crisps looked greasy, they were a horrible shade of yellow and they didn't smell very appealing.
Nutritionally speaking these crisps are quite good - you don't get too many calories, or fat per portion. They were crunchy to eat, but I don't think the taste was very nice. I thought they were quite bland and I couldn't really taste the peppercorns in them - taste-wise I could have been eating ready salted crisps because that was the only flavour I could taste!
**************** Overall ***************
I wouldn't buy these again. I am sure they will be on offer in various supermarkets over the festive period, but don't be lured into the marketing guff. The packaging suggests that this is a premium product but I was far from impressed.
I'm surprised to see only one other review on here for these Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn flavour crisps and that the writer, GentleGenius didn't reckon that much to them by awarding only a single star rating. Currently the whole range on Phileas Fogg crisps are on a Buy One get Two free offer at Morrisons, and regular readers of my reviews will know that my passion for all thing potato crisp related is huge so of course I had to stock up on them whilst they are on such a great offer.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, they are a relatively new addition to the already huge crisp market and I only saw them myself earlier this year but never bought a bag before now. Sold as a premium brand in attractive packaging the bags on offer at the moment are the large 140 gram content ones and you may have seen them being advertised on the television promoted with the premise that all the ingredients are sourced from all over the world. The packaging blurb explains that company is "Embodying the pioneering spirit of the legendary Phileas Fogg, our snacks have been created using carefully selected authentic ingredients from around the world to satisfy the most discerning culinary explorer"
Even from the contents description you know that you are not just getting a regular bag of crisps with an added flavour, these are Sea Salt and Indonesian Black Peppercorns and the reason for the particular choice of peppercorns is explained as: "Indonesia; the breathtaking land of volcanoes, emerald green pastures and the home of our black peppercorns. Here they are known as the king of all the spices and are treated almost as royalty. The pepper farmers are fiercely protective of their crops and watch over them as they dry in the sun. We think it's worth all the trouble. They give our crisps a satisfyingly balanced flavour - fruity and fresh with a hint of fiery heat"
Normally for a review I wouldn't quote all the blurb word-for-word as wouldn't want to be accused of "padding" it out, but felt it important with this one, the reason being is that the crisps are indeed very special and in my opinion taste like nothing else I have ever had before. Sea salt is a common flavour and doesn't really require that much of an explanation as to what to expect, these Peppercorns, however are in a league of their own.
Tasting nothing like pepper you have at home that you grind yourself in a peppermill, the flavour of this is indeed fruity, it is a strange flavour when you first taste it and to me I could detect a sweet after taste with them, rather like the spices you can find in a curry. Together with the coarseness of the seasalt they combine to make a delicious and very unusual flavour. If you like crisps that don't have a strong artificial taste like some can have then these are for you as they do taste like nothing else has been added to them apart from the stated flavours.
A true cynic at heart I rarely take notice of television adverts when they exaggerate how good things are, but in the case of these I have to say I 100% believe everything I have seen and read. They really are that good and in my opinion are one of the nicest tasting crisps I have ever eaten, I thought Walkers Sensations were good, they are nothing compared to these!
Checking out the ingredients on the back of the pack they reveal everything you would expect to find; Potatoes, Sunflower oil, starch etc but there in blue and white are the Sea Salt and Indonesian ground black pepper listed as well as Black pepper oil.
You can tell I'm impressed with these I'm sure and could end the review here with the well deserved 5 stars that I'm going to award them, but for the sake of submitting a full review I had better list the nutrition information as well. Per 35 gram serving you can expect to intake 177 calories, 10.1 grams of fat, of which 0.9 grams are saturates and 0.2 grams of sodium. Allergy information warns that they have been produced on a line that handles Milk, Soya, Gluten and Mustard so do be aware if they are of concern to you.
In conclusion then, these are beautifully flavoured crisp that I have only just discovered and are sure to become a regular purchase of mine, forget Walkers and McCoy's, give these or one of the other flavours a try for yourself to see what they are really like. Other flavours that I have seen include Irish Cheddar with Onion Chutney which sound very nice and my other all time favourite which I have yet to try Sea Salt and Italian Balsamic Vinegar. 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me, delicious and a super bargain at the moment in Morrisons. Expect to pay around £1.56 for a bag when not on offer for the 140 gram content one, I haven't seen a smaller bag available but they may be out there.
For further information on the brand there is a website that you can visit at: www.phileasfogg.com
COST: 47p at my local village grocers for a 38g bag
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per bag):
- of which sugars: 0.6g
- of which saturates: 1.0g
Potatoes, sunflower oil, sea salt, Indonesian black pepper and pepper oil, maltodextrin, potato starch, sugar, yeast extract, natural flavouring, citric acid
Produced in an environment where milk, soya, gluten and mustard are present
Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn flavour crisps come in a white packet, and claims to be a relatively new product. The standard Phileas Fogg man in a balloon logo is on the front in dark blue with a scene underneath, presumably intended to depict rural Indonesia. The rear of the pack contains nutritional information, allergy advice, ingredients list and various quality claims, one of which states that the product has been created using carefully selected authentic ingredients from around the world.
Always eager to sample new products, I decided the other day to try out these crisps. I love black peppercorns, and hoped that these crisps would be as delicious as their claims; I did wonder though if Indonesian black peppercorns are significantly different to those from anywhere else, and why Phileas Fogg advertise them as being something special. I was soon to find out.
On opening the bag, I was greeted with a very tiny portion of largely broken little crisps that were a pale, synthetic yellow. I forgave the tiny pieces, as this could have been caused by transportation or storage, but I was a little put off by the strange odour which emanated from the bag. This not very nice smell made me remember back to the days when I had my lovely black cat, at the times when his litter tray needed urgent attention. I was immediately wondering if I ought to be sampling a bag of crisps which had a smell that strongly resembled well-used cat litter, but concluded that I have probably experienced a lot worse things in life, and the aftermath of eating something unpleasant soon passes - so, with a degree of trepidation, I took the plunge and stuffed a couple of the crisps into my mouth.
The experience, though not joyous, initially wasn't quite as bad as I expected it to be. As I crunched down on the crisps, I noticed they were light and crackly - not at all hard - but there was a vague sense of grittiness about them which I assumed was the Indonesian peppercorn flavouring. As I continued to chew, this rather unpleasant, earthy sort of taste began to permeate my mouth, which I again blamed on the Indonesian peppercorns. The peppery sensation was quite hot in my mouth, but not as fiery as I would have expected - and certainly milder than ordinary black peppercorn flavoured crisps.
As I chomped my way towards the end of the bag, feeling relieved that there weren't many crisps inside to wade through, I found the unpleasantness of the earthy flavour was becoming nauseating. Once finished, I had to go and have a drink as my mouth felt sort of dry and greasy simultaneously, and I wanted something to get rid of this horrible earthy peppercorn taste.
As an overall verdict, I would point my thumbs firmly downwards at Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn Flavour Crisps. The texture of them isn't too bad and they aren't heavy on the salt, but they were rather greasy, the colour was offputting and that bizarre addition of Indonesian Black Peppercorns flavour was grossly unpleasant. I would prefer to eat something that bears less resemblance to cat's wee, and I certainly shan't be buying these again; to phrase it more strongly, I don't think there exists a barge-pole long enough.
A bad deal Phileas Fogg, and unless the majority of the population are captivated by vile-tasting things, I doubt if this particular flavour of crisps will take off in a big way.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn flavoured potato crisps.