I know I have seen The Dormen nuts in delicatessens before, but this is the first time I have seen the brand in the crisps isle of the supermarket. When I got them home I did discover that these ‘savoury snacks’ weren’t exactly crisps, and there major ingredient was yellow split pea flour and not potato! I admit to having to google that, but it turns out I’ve tried these peas before in the form of Indian dhal, but certainly not in this sort of snack.
Inside the bag were plenty of penne shaped savouries, with a delicious and appetising aroma of fresh herbs. They tasted as good as they smelt too. The flavour was rich in tomato, paprika, oregano and basil. There was some background onion flavour too, but the crisps weren’t a sweet tomato, they were rich but had more of a salty edge.
I really enjoyed the taste, but the texture too was really quite special. The yellow pea flour made the consistency rather clever. They were firm and crunchy to begin, but very quickly melted away in the mouth making them feel lovely and light. This aspect made them very easy to eat, and as soon as you finished one you immediately wanted another.
Essentially these ‘crisps’ did recreate the taste of the Mediterranean with a lovely mix of herbs and flavours. We munched through the bag in one sitting, so it goes without saying we will most definitely be keeping an eye out for any other new products in the range.