These Fairfield’s Farm pan fried parsnip crisps were made with natural ingredients sourced from local producers, such as Essex Honey. There was a lot of friendly information about the product on the back of the 40g packet and about Fairfield’s Farm which is run by a couple, Robert and Laura, who clearly take a lot of pride in the crisps they produce. These parsnip crisps were suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs, were gluten free and made with non GM products. There were 460 calories per 100g, with 18.5g of sugar and 30.7g of fat. The crisps ingredients included; parsnips, sunflower oil, Essex Honey (from some particularly reluctant bees, as the packet reminisced about a rather stingy moment that Robert had encountered), spice, black pepper, lemon juice and citric acid amongst other things. There was a parsnip and sweet honey smell with a light touch of black pepper on opening the packet. These parsnip crisps had a good crunch, but not unpleasant to the roof of the mouth, were non greasy to the touch, with a parsnip and sweet honey taste and a mild spice from the black pepper. These parsnip crisps were very tasty, a great alternative crisps snack and I would have them again.
I also tried the Lightly Salted Parsnip Crisps from the Fairfield’s Farm Crisps range and I really enjoyed their pleasant salty flavour. They went very well with a good pint of Old Speckled Hen, which I would have thought unusual, as Ready Salted potato crisps usually bring out the flavour of ale, but parsnip does have quite a strong flavour that I first believed would overshadow a pint of the good stuff. However, the parsnip flavour actually complemented the ale flavour praising the bitter hoppiness of the ale and tickling the smooth malty aftertaste. So don’t be afraid to try Fairfield’s Farm’s parsnip crisps just because they’re different than the regular potato variety, branch out, try new things and enjoy. After all, that’s what this blog is all about! ;-)