“ Brand: Whitworths / Type: Banana „
I'm recovering from an eating disorder and have recently been trying out different snacks to help me reach my daily calorie goal. I struggle to eat anything that doesn't have any real health benefits or isn't a low fat, low calorie or sugar free product therefore I often opt for things like dried fruit, cereal bars, fun-size chocolate bars, yogurts and nuts. When looking down the dried fruit isle this week I noticed Whitworth's banana chips and remember that I used to love these as a kid and their branding particularly appealed to me as Whitworth's is a good, trustworthy food brand that usually provides good quality reasonably 'healthy' products. So, in the trolley they went for a crunchy change from my usual sultanas.
Whitworth's is the UK's leading supplier of home baking, cooking and healthy snacking products. It has been around for over 125 years and the companies aim is to provide us with the best quality and innovative products from around the globe. Whitworth's produce a wide variety of dried fruits, cereals, beans, pulses, stuffing, dried vegetables, nuts, seeds, traditional desserts and whole foods.
~ Product and availability ~
Whitworth's banana chips are available to buy in most major well-stocked supermarkets, such as Tesco's, Asda and Sainsbury's. They are available to buy in a 175g bag for around £1.65 however they are nearly always on offer at any 2 of Whitworth's dried fruit/nut products for £3.00 which is a saving of around 30p which isn't really that much but 30p is 30p I suppose. I do think these are quite expensive really, but they are a quality product and I guess that's what you pay for. There are cheaper banana chips available but I think don't the quality or taste is anywhere near as good as these.
Whitworth's banana chips come in a green and red bag with the Whitworth's logo printed at the top. The bag is made from plastic and is resealable for freshness. The front of the bag has a little window so you can see what your buying which I like. Next to this there is an orange circle stating that this product is sweetened banana chips and in case you weren't sure what a banana was there's a picture of one peeled to demonstrate. The back of the bag tells you that these specially selected banana chips are sweet and crunchy - just how I like them! You can also find the contact information, nutritional information, storage information and ingredients list here. There is also a handy little recipe on the back of the bag for crunchy banana fudge cake and handy tips of what you can use your banana chips for.
~ Taste, smell and texture ~
Snipping open the bag you can't really smell anything, perhaps a slight sweet smell but nothing really prominent or bananary (if that's even a word?). The first thing I notice is that unlike some other brands of banana chips I've tried most of the banana chips were actually whole banana slices rather than slithers or crushed up bits which was a nice change. The banana chips themselves are a fair size (just a bit bigger than a 2p coin) and are pale golden in colour with a shiny coating which is obviously the 'sweetened' part, they feel very hard and are difficult to break with your fingers. You get a fair amount of servings in a bag. The chips taste very sweet and have just a hint of banana, which is good for me because I'm not actually a huge fan of bananas but I love dried banana chips! I much prefer these to bananas because they are much more satisfying, have much more bite to them and are very crunchy (and noisy!). I wouldn't suggest eating them if you have sensitive teeth or lots of fillings as a trip to the dentist might be in order after a handful of these! The sugary glaze on them tastes a bit like honey or golden syrup but not as strong. They would definitely be boring if they were just plain. I find a handful of these banana chips quite substantial as a decent snack.
~ Other information ~
Obviously these aren't anywhere near as good for you as an actual banana is, but they are better for you than say a chocolate bar or a packet of biscuits. Per 25g (about a handful) there are 135 calories so these can be a low calorie snack if you stick to your 25g otherwise there are 525 calories per 100g! So these are to be enjoyed in small doses and in moderation as is everything.
The ingredients list for these is very short which is always a good sign; they contain banana, coconut oil, sugar and flavouring. Now I know these aren't the best set of ingredients but they could be worse and there are no nasty looking chemicals on their which makes a change.
No allergy information or dietary requirement comments are stated which is disappointing, so eat at your own risk I'm afraid.
~ Overall Verdict ~
I really enjoy Whitworth's banana chips as a sweet snack because they are satisfying and versatile. They are great for baking, adding to your cereal or porridge or just for an energy boost. A bag of these lasts me a long time as I only have a handful at a time so I don't mind paying such a high price for them and like I said before the quality is excellent. They stay very fresh and crunchy in the bag for a long time too. I would recommend these to anybody with a sweet tooth who has reasonably strong teeth and not many fillings. I think both adults and children alike would enjoy these and it's a great way to get children to eat fruit as they're more like crisps in a way but with a lot less baddies as long as you keep the portions under control. Oh I nearly forgot, I wouldn't suggest these as a cinema snack, you may get a few annoyed looks and shhh's in your direction (not that I would know...)
I LOVE banana chips but the best ones you could get were loose at a stall in the old Birmingham market, since they got rid of the market and built the mega expensive Bull Ring the nut man has gone and I haven't had many banana chips since. I've had a few packs but they've never had the right sweetness and crunch as the loose ones I remember from when I was a kid.
I got a back of these Whitworths ones in Asda today though because I fancied banana chips big time and haven't tried this brand before.
They're yummy and finally I've found some that come close to the loose ones! lol The banana chips are crunchy but have got a bit of a brittle feel to them as well that makes them a bit sharp as you chew them. I like that in this bag the chips are different sizes so you've got thick crunchy ones and then the thinner ones are more crispy.
They've got a yummy flavour, they've got a stronger banana flavour than fresh bananas and i know that sounds weird but it's true. It must be the sugary coating that brings it out but these ones have deffo got a wicked strong taste.
The sugar is a thin glaze over the chips and that gives them a tiny crackly feel as you bite through them, it's as you first bite that you get the sugary flavour and it's a delish mix of sugar and what tastes a faint bit like honey. I've just looked at the back of the pack and honey is actually named as a glazing agent so it's a good thing I tasted it!
The banana chips can also be used in cooking, you can put them on the top of cakes and stuff. They used to do a nice cheesecake in the cafe by me that had crushed up banana chips mixed in with the biscuit base and that was yummy, I've never tried doing it but let me know how it works if you have!
A 125g bag in Asda is £1.09 and that's quite a few hand fulls so it's not bad value. I have just looked at the calories in these for the first time ever and it's a bit scary because 100g has 526 calories in it and 31g fat, that's mad when you think about how good fresh bananas are for you!!! I NEVER EVER thought they would be that fattening!!!
Still recommended though..... yummy!!!