Mackie’s of Scotland – Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper Crisps

by Hot Juan on March 25, 2012 · 2 comments

in Product Reviews

Before I came across these crisps I had only know Mackie’s of Scotland for their ice cream, I do love their Traditional flavour, we can sometimes get it in our local supermarket. So I was surprised and delighted to discover they made Scotch Bonnet flavour crisps as well.

Mackie's of Scotland Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper Flavour Crisps

Mackie's of Scotland Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper Flavour Crisps

Now they don’t just make Scotch Bonnet Flavour, they have a complete range that includes, Mature Cheddar & Onion, Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper, Cherry Tomato & Herbs, Flamegilled Aberdeen Angus and Crispy Bacon.

Now the Scotch Bonnet won  Great Taste Award 2011 Gold Star..

Now a Scotch Bonnet can be a fearsome chilli, it is what makes the Jamaican cooking so hot and spicy, so will these crisps be living up to the name?

A quick look at the ingredients list and you see Scotch Bonnet is missing completley, and only the Cayenne and Paprika get a mention, on opening the packet, they look great, a nice coating on the flavouring, but they smell a little more oriental tomato than I had expected.

Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Seasoning (Sugar, Salt, Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavourings, Onion Powder, Spices (Cayenne, Coriander, Aniseed), Tomato Powder, Coconut Milk Powder (Coconut, Maltrodextrin, (Tapioca), Sodium Caseinate), Chilli Powder (Chilli Powder, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic), Parsley, Colour: Paprika Extract, Chilli and Capsicum Extracts).

Packet kindly supplied by Mackie’s

The crisps them selves are good and crispy and a quick look on the back of the packet tells you the variety of potato was Lady Rosetta which is a specialist variety used by crisp manufacturers due to its high dry matter and lower sugar levels.

Unfortunately for a hot crisp this one does not do the business, the flavour is fine as a mild spicy crisp, but this is no Scotch Bonnet, it lacks the fruity fire.

Interestingly the flavour of a packet of crisps does not have to include the product it is named after, so you can have Scotch Bonnet Flavour crisps without any Scotch Bonnets getting near the packet, the magic term here is “flavour” as this mean this is the manufacturers idea of what that flavour should be..

So lovely crisps, made from a quality potato, well packaged, but not hot, not even a tiny bit hot, but this could be so easily remedied with the addition of some real Scotch Bonnet power, just 1-2% should do nicely (I did spend an inordinate amount of time working on some real chilli crisp flavours a few years ago).

You can order these as well as Mackie’s other flavour on-line at www.mackies.co.uk, they come in a very good value 150g bag and 12 bags costs £14.50 (Excl. Delivery)

Flavour
(6.5/10)
Heat
(3/10)
Packaging
(7/10)
Value
(6/10)
Overall
(6.5/10)

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avatar Hot Juan March 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

They are excellent crisps and if they had been hotter and more Scotch Bonnet like they would have got a much better value score. The quality of the base crisp was first rate, the flavour was lacking in fulfilling the name Scotch Bonnet.

So 6/10 was the score I gave it, have you tried them, what did you think of the heat/flavour combination?

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avatar john March 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

‘come in a very good value 150g bag’

– so why only 6/10 for value?

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