British Crisps Debut in the U.S.

Tyrrells veggie chips.

Tyrrells veggie chips.


Crisps? That’s potato chips to you and me.

Tyrrells, the U.K. snack producer, recently launched its products in the United States, including at Andronico’s and Draeger’s markets in the Bay Area.

I had a chance to try samples of the chips, which are made from potatoes and other veggies grown in the Herefordshire countryside in England.

The English crisps come in some rather unusual flavors, including Honey Roast Ham & Cranberry; Lobster, Chili & Garlic, and Sunday Best Roast Chicken.

I sampled the slightly more mundane flavors, including Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato, which has a slight sweetness from tomato and an umami kick from the Worcester sauce.

The chips are plenty crisp, and not too oily. The Sweet Chile & Red Pepper is rather addictive with an almost sriracha-like kick of fruity heat.

Mature Cheddar & Chives chips.

Mature Cheddar & Chives chips.

The Mature Cheddar & Chives has an almost onion dip flavor. The cheddar flavor is not dominant, but there is a nice piquant note from it.

My favorite, though, were the Beetroot, Parsnip & Carrot Crisps with A Pinch of Sea Salt. Each chip tastes different in this mix. The beetroot ones are quite earthy, the carrots sweet, and the parsnips nutty tasting.

New to the U.S.

New to the U.S.

All Tyrrells’ chips are gluten-free and fried in sunflower oil. A one-ounce serving has about 140 to 150 calories, depending upon the variety.

A 5.3-ounce bag is about $3.99.

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