Paua fritter, lamington: The new 'eyebrow-raising' Kiwi-inspired range of chips

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Are you willing to try the new, limited-edition flavours? Photo credit: Getty.

A Kiwi chip brand has "raised eyebrows" with its new range capturing some of the nations' favourite flavours, as there's a good chance you've never considered eating them in crisp form. 

'Lamington' and 'paua fritter' are just two of the flavours on the menu with the release of the new Kiwi Flavourites range from Bluebird, in a move the company calls "an accomplishment in chippie innovation". 

A spokesperson says when it comes to the Lamington-flavoured crisps, sweet-toothed fans will either "love em or hate em". 

But the claiming of lamington as a Kiwi flavour has garnered some controversy. 

Australian chip company Smiths has already produced the flavour for Aussies, and have claimed it's a quintessentially Aussie cake.

"We're not buying that. It's a Kiwi cake that the Aussies copied and now they're about to see our lamington chip give them a run for their money," says Bluebird general manager Ali Hamza. 

Other flavours on the limited-edition menu are the more traditional 'Sunday roast' and 'cheese and onion toastie'. 

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The full range of uniquely flavoured new Kiwi crisps. Photo credit: Bluebird.

"With the borders closed, New Zealanders have been given the chance to enjoy the things we love about our country the most. This gave us the opportunity to celebrate what makes us truly Kiwi - creating flavours that spark happy memories," says Hamza. 

"Nostalgia can help in uncertain times, and we hope a little taste of New Zealand will give everyone something to smile about."

The four limited-edition flavours are:

  • Paua Fritters and Lemon - Inspired by a trip to the beach, this unexpected salty and zesty flavour will be every seafood lover's go-to.
  • Lamington - A very modern twist on a classic Kiwi afternoon tea, you'll taste sweet and coconutty combined with savoury.
  • Cheese and Onion Toastie - No roadie is complete without a stop at a local lunchroom for a crispy and gooey cheese and onion toastie.
  • Sunday Roast - A bit of a Kiwi tradition, the Sunday roast plays off the classic Kiwi tradition of sharing a family meal.