“When once you have tasted Corkers, you will forever walk the earth with your Eyes Turned Skyward, for there they have been.”
What Leonardo da Vinci might have said if he had seen Corkers’ Space Mission
In a world of digital imaging and Photoshop anyone could be forgiven for thinking this extraordinary picture is a fake! In fact, Cambridgeshire-based premium crisp brand, Corkers, worked with the Cambridge University Spaceflight Team (CUSF) to send a packet of Sea Salt flavoured Corkers crisps over 100,000 feet into space making Corkers the only crisp brand on the planet that can make a genuine claim that their crisps are out of this world.
The team of Cambridge University students designed and built a state-of-the-art balloon that sent the bag of Corkers, along with a video camera, well over 18 miles above the surface of the earth. Their calculations and expertise gave them specific information about how high the balloon, which expanded on its assent and its culinary cargo, would reach before the balloon popped and the crisps and camera started their decent. Not only this, but they could also pinpoint a safe location for the space travellers to land – 40 miles away from the Cambridge University take-off site in Mildenhall, Suffolk. During the 3 hour mission the crisps were not only tracked by the CUSF team but also space research teams across the country by the use of sophisticated weather and flight analysis and GPS equipment.
Rod Garnham, Managing Director of Corkers Crisps, whose previous career was in aircraft engineering, has a keen interest in all things airborne. He explains the purpose of the Corkers Space
Mission: “It sounds like a prank, which to an extent it was because my business partner Ross and I can regularly be found in our local planning bizarre (and quite often completely unachievable) things to try. But we were also keen to support local engineers and give them the opportunity to test some of their theories. With my engineering background I can appreciate the minute detail these guys had to go to in order to pull it off – they really are geniuses! We are an innovative brand and love working with innovative people so for us this was great fun.”
As for the crisps, they landed safely back on earth and their space adventure did nothing to dull the taste – the team sampled the crisps and reported back that they tasted stratospherically good!
CHOOSE CORKERS FOR A THOROUGHLY BRITISH BASH!
As thoughts turn to New Years Eve parties the pressure begins to mount – a night out (with the obligatory heart-stopping bill)? or a night in with all the pressures of outdoing last year?
Well this year, how about keeping it simple in Great British style? Ask guests to eat early and then serve a few favourite drinks and a selection of delicious British snacks – great fun, no pressure and not much clearing up the next day! And for those looking for the best of British Corkers Crisps are a must!
Corkers is the newest and most sustainable crisp brand on the market. They are 100% British, contain no artificial or MSG products and the flavours are made using only natural British produce.
The delicious Naturalo potatoes used to make Corkers Crisps are grown on the Taylor family farm in the rich peaty Cambridgeshire fenlands. Founders, Rod Garnham and Ross Taylor (whose family has farmed the land since the 1800s) turned their passion for British food into the country’s best crisp. Once harvested, the potatoes are stored, prepared, cooked and the crisps packaged on the farm so a crisp with better provenance would be difficult to find! The result of this attention to detail is a light crunch followed by a delicious burst of flavour – the perfect accompaniment to an elegant English cocktail, a glass or award-winning British wine or even a glass of classic British ale!
Corkers packaging flaunts the founders’ love of British heritage, reflecting the brand values: great provenance, the best quality and fun! Iconic images including the red telephone box, a cricket bat, classic Mini and a teapot adorn every bag.
There are currently six mouth-watering flavours: Sea Salt (Gold Taste Award); Sea Salt and Black Pepper; Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar; Pork Sausage and English Mustard; Red Leicester and Caramelised Onion; and a prevailing British favourite – Thai Sweet Chilli.