Although I have been trying a few Christmas flavours of crisps, I still couldn't resist picking up these beef ones when I saw them. I love meaty flavours of crisps, and these sounded like they had a nice twist to make them a bit special. They were also a bit of a break from the turkey flavour ones I’ve been eating!
I've tried a lot beef crisps that claim to have a hint of something else with them, and on a numbers of occasions I've been disappointed to discover all I could taste was beef. When I opened up this bag the aroma did seen to be that of a quite generic flavour, and I was a little worried as I poured them out to share. They did look nice though, large crisps all sprinkled with a hint of brown seasoning.
It turns out that I needn't have been worried on the taste front. Once I properly tried one the flavour that came through was most impressive. It was rich, and very much that of a meaty stew made with a glass of red wine in the sauce for good measure. It was actually a wow moment after my first bite. There was a hint of gravy, and it was quite a complex and tasty sets of flavours.
The base crisp was lovely too, nicely crunchy, without being overly hard. The flavour of the sauce was spot on, there was a proper depth to it, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed them. As fan of the meaty flavours, these will definitely be on my shopping list again.