Gossip & News Archive

November 20th, 2017

Proper Crisps & Coast to Coast

Proper Crisps is excited to be supporting the Kathmandu Coast to Coast for the 4th year. This historic race is entering its 36thh year of competition with huge support from both international and local athletes having it on track for the largest field ever assembled at the event. Ned, co-owner and head Potato at Proper, says “I am really proud to be part of this great race again.” Ned and Mina (fellow co-owner) got involved with the race after meeting Richard and were excited with the energy and drive he had for the event.  Mina says, “it is great being involved in the race and meeting such great enthusiastic people in a stunning vista. We have built some great friendships, sharing in their disappointments and successes throughout the 4 years”. Proper Crisps encourages an active lifestyle and sponsors a number of multi event sports with the pinnacle being the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. “After doing something active, a pack of Proper Crisps is so much more rewarding. It doesn’t have to the Coast to Coast!” This race is gruelling, being both physically and mentally challenging while passing through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery.  Proper Crisps congratulates all this year competitors and wishes them good luck in achieving their individual goals in the race. 

November 16th, 2017

Rosemary Law- Review of Proper Parsnip Crisps

REVIEW: Parsnip Crisps - Proper Crisps At a recent Conference in Auckland on allergies, one of the giveaways was a bag of parsnip crisps.As I crept down the Auckland motorway heading home at 5 .30 pm on Friday not knowing how long until I had the chance to stop for tea, I snacked on the crisps.I can easily say no to lollies but put a bowl of crisps in front of me and I can't resist, especially with classic kiwi onion dip.For that reason I don't buy crisps except for parties so wondered if the parsnip crisps might be a healthier option.Standard crisps rate poorly on any nutrition scale, they are high fat, high salt and the vitamin C present in the whole unpeeled potato has been depleted by the processing and heating.Any of the flavoured options have a long list of ingredients that make me wince at the number of additives needed to make them taste good and preserve them.Six and a half hours after leaving Auckland I got home and was able to check the parsnip crisp label to see what I had eaten.I was pleasantly surprised at some of the differences between these and other crispy snacks but not surprised that they are still high fat.Deep fry anything in lots of oil and it will soak up lots of fat.The ingredients list, the kind I like with just 3 ingredients, parsnip, sunflower oil and sea salt tells us the sunflower oil is high oleic.The ingredients list, the kind I like with just 3 ingredients, parsnip, sunflower oil and sea salt tells us the sunflower oil is high oleic.This is a polyunsaturated fat, the fats that are beneficial though sunflower is naturally high in oleic acid anyway.The high fat does make them high calorie at 2400 kj/574kcal per 100 grams, similar to standard crisps.The packet claims they are good source of fibre and at 14 grams per 100 g they are better than most wholemeal breads and well above the 6 grams per 100 grams we like to see for fibre content.They are called lightly salted and indeed for a crisp they are low salt at 160 mg of sodium per 100 grams compared with standard crisp which are around 1000 mg per 100 grams.Great to find they have enough parsnip flavour without having to add lots of salt.I like slightly bitter flavoured food and drinks but was not so keen on the slightly burnt taste and appearance of the product.I don't really like mashed parsnip but enjoy roasted parsnip as heating food in oil at high temperatures brings out caramel flavours in a process called the Maillard reaction where food components react together to produce the browning and flavour we find in lots of fried or baked food products.The Maillard reaction has gotten a bit more attention lately, in fact a chemistry geek friend has been asked to update a whole book she wrote on it years ago.The problem with the browning process is compounds called acrylamides also develop.These products are part of any browning as on bread crusts and also leaves a burnt flavour which probably explains why kids, who often have a more acute sense of taste, often won't eat their crusts.Lick a bread crust with your eyes closed and see what they are tasting.These compounds are being researched for possible detrimental effects on health.No one is advising we try to avoid these altogether, this would be impossible but there is some advice to keep intake of acrylamides low, another reason to avoid too many deep fried products.Though I do like a bit of bitter flavour, the over browned burnt flavour is why I have changed from my usual brand of wheat biscuits and I hope the proper crisp people can find a way to toast these to crispy texture without over roasting them like the packet I had was.To sum up, in the same way veggie juice is not a substitute for fresh veggies, neither are these crisps but they are an improvement on standard crisps. I was thinking a mix of roast veggie crisps would be yummy and add a bit more nutrition to this party food; I am told they are already available.

November 16th, 2017

Winner of the NZ Food Awards 2017 - Kumara Chipotle & Garlic!!

Just released and Finalist at the NZ Food Awards, our Proper Crisps Garden Medley is proving to be HUGE! Proper lovers have been asking for this stunning mix of New Zealand Beetroot, Carrot Parsnip and Kumara. “I am bulging with pride about this mix of vegetables in one bag,” says Ned, co-owner in the business. “The combination of flavours are so yummy”Mina adds “Garden Medley is done a little differently, we use Chioggia beetroot, its hint of earthiness and sweetness is really special” This is such a colourful bag of crisps with the Chioggia’s distinctive candy cane strips juxtaposed against the balanced colour of carrot and undeniable flavours of the Kumara and Parsnip.Proper Crisps has more news as a winner at the NZ Food Awards. “We’re really humbled being finalists for both the Chipotle and Garlic and the Garden Medley. But to win with the Chipotle and Garlic, that’s really special”. New Zealand Food Award 2017 judges nominated our Proper Crisps Kumara “Chipotle and Garlic” and Mina says “we are really chuffed to win”.Although we weren’t privy to the Judges’ comments we can only assume that they loved this ‘out of the box’ idea of using a mildly spicy and smoky Chipotle with a smidgen of Marlborough Garlic seasoned over the perfect crisp for this flavour – Kumara. With all our Kumara from NZ, the Kaipara Growers team do a great job giving us a consistent supply all year.Like all Proper Crisps, this medley of vegetables is hand cooked using small batch techniques. This helps to retain the genuine and unique flavour that each presents. Once cooked the crisps, we take out the excess oil, before a sprinkling of Marlborough Sea Salt is added.

February 11th, 2016

2 Ways Proper Crisps Give You Fuel…

Here at Proper Crisps we are all keen keen advocates for a healthy and active lifestyles!

As you can imagine, we’re thrilled to be major sponsors of New Zealand’s Coast to Coast Multisport Race; and to be supporting World Champion athlete and adventure racer, Elina Ussher. 4TH time winner of the Coast to Coast.

As you can imagine, with a passion for sport and the fact that we’re based in one of the most beautiful outdoor adventure playgrounds in New Zealand, sunny Nelson, we know a thing or two about how to fuel your body. That’s why Proper Crisps are 100% natural; we’ll never compromise on that. Your Proper Crisps are…

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • GMO Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • With no added MSG

But let’s get down to detail… Here’s how Proper Crisps will rev your engine and spin your wheels, baby!

1. They’re cleverly complex – Don’t be perplexed… It’s a good thing! Potatoes, Kumara and Parsnips are all good sources of complex carbohydrates. They contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but most importantly they give energy to all the cells in your body. So whether you’re fuelling up prior to game day, or refuelling after your adventure… Pop a pack of Proper in your pack to replenish body and soul!

2. They’ll super charge your sodium levels – All too often salt gets a bad rap; but the low salty goodness of Proper Crisps will help your body keep its fluids in balance. Sodium plays a key role in nerve and muscle function. Remember, when it comes to salt, we only use the good stuff, the finest Marlborough Sea Salt, sourced from the snowy stacks that grace the landscape at Lake Grassmere.

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October 8th, 2015

Finalist in the NZ Food Awards

We are super excited to be nominated as a finalist in the NZ Food Awards with our Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt Crisps last night!!We are heading to the NZ Food Awards Gala Evening at the Auckland Town Hall Thursday, September 17th to celebrate and to find out the winners...fingers and toes crossed!!

September 5th, 2015

Meet our cooker

Meet Troy, he is one of our expert cookers.

- How long have you been with Proper Crisps?

Nearly two years.

- What's your favourite flavour?

Sea Salt and Vinegar

- Tell us something people don't know about you?

I'm a dead keen motorcycle enthusiast; I have just bought a new bike and occasionally dablle in the local drag racing scene.  My goal is to achieve a sub 10sec 1/4 mile - A local Burt Munro.  And I would like to retire when I'm 50!

- What is your main role in at Proper Crisps?

I'm the factory supervisor looking after the day to day running of the factory, guiding my team forward while stirring the crisps - A real multi-tasker!