20 November 2010

Crips Wheat & Potato Snacks [Various Flavours] [By Spectre]

Crips Snacks are manufactured in Ingleby, Derbyshire. They seem very keen on advertising how healthy their products are with subtitles on the packets such as; “70% less fat” and “Oven baked, not fried” and “99 cals”. The snacks have natural flavours. No MSG or GM Products. They have no artificial colours or preservatives, and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans (as well as, I’m sure, fluffy birds and small mammals, but will likely make a crocodile sneeze). The 22.5g packets have black and white healthy looking early 1900s photographs of healthy looking people doing healthy looking activities.

Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar
These are thin crunchy ten pence piece sized snacks. They have a good salty content with a decent flavouring of balsamic vinegar. They feel like they’re good for you without being too dry and making you want to drink loads of fluid after eating.

Mature Cheddar Cheese & Spring Onion
There was no strong smell of cheese and onion from the bag as I opened them, so I was taken aback by the overwhelming taste of spring onions on first tasting the ten pence piece sized discs. Still as crunchy as the Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar flavour, but the big spring onion taste overshadows any flavour of Mature Cheddar. I like big flavours, but I don’t think the woman on the tandem bicycle on the front of the packet will be kissing her boyfriend much after he’s eaten these.

Thai Sweet Chilli
There’s a couple hula hooping and waving pink flaming chillies on the front of the packet. This made me slightly apprehensive after the big flavour of the Mature Cheddar Cheese & Spring Onion Crips. On opening the packet I had a good whiff of chillies. This made me worry even more, as the strong spring onions didn’t really have much of a smell. So just how strong (hot) could this flavour be? I was pleasantly surprised at the sweet mild heat of these Crips. You can definitely taste the chillies and there’s a sweet Thai edge to the Crips. This was my favourite flavour, but I’d happily eat any of these healthy feeling snacks again. Now where did I leave that massive cake I have for pudding?
By Spectre

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