“ Manufacturer: Weight Watchers / Type: Snacks „
Being a keen follower of the Weight Watchers diet for a few years now, I was pleased to recently pick up the mini hoops from a discount store for 99p for a multi-pack of 6 individual bags. I have seen them priced a great deal more around £1.75 in supermarkets so at this price I wanted to try them to see how they compared to other Weight Watchers savoury snacks I have eaten previously.
Each individual bag has 20g of mini hoops. These are basically a low fat baked version of the standard hula hoop potato snacks; the potato is shaped into hollow hoops. The difference being that the Weight Watchers hoops are a lot lighter in weight and for me have a completely different taste.
I tried the salt and vinegar flavour and these were really strong. The taste was quite sharp and certainly made me wince at first, I think the vinegar was a bit too overpowering. The hoops were very crunchy just like normal hula hoops, but in my opinion just didn't compare. The potato didn't taste like potato and if I'm honest they tasted more like cardboard! You could really notice that they were low fat.
The quantity inside the bag was good, however as they weren't very nice this was wasted on me!
Nutritional values are really good as you would expect from a low fat product. They only contain 71 calories and less than 0.1g of saturated fat per bag. For those on the Weight Watchers diet they are only 1 point per bag.
Overall these really are not for me and personally I wouldn't recommend to try. The taste almost seemed artificial with too much flavouring to try and make a bad product taste more real.
A really disappointing 2 stars.
Most items I have tried from the Weight Watchers brand are quite nice and certainly OK as a lower calorie alternative to the "original". However these potato hoops really are dire.
I bought a multi pack of these from Poundland (where they have started stocking a large number of Weight Watchers products) and as they're only a £1 I thought i'd give them a try with my lunch.
They're clearly meant to be a weight watchers version of the popular Hula Hoop crisps, so I kind of expected them to taste a bit like hula hoops which was my first mistake as they tasted nothing like Hula Hoops or any other crisps type snack I have ever had.
They lacked any real flavour and also had a strange texture - they didn't crunch as well as Hula Hoops. I didn't really like them but hoped they would get better towards the end of the bag, but they didn't.
I got my husband to test some too (in case it was me expecting too much from them) and he concluded after just 2 single hoops that they were "disgusting and like chewing cardboard" so I think I was right.
Some of the other snacks in the weight watchers range are really nice for 1 point (70-80 cals) but these definitely aren't nice at all. I'd like to find one positive to them to make this a fair review but i've got nothing good to say at all which is a shame. I'd rather have the real hula hoops and eat far less of them I think!
Mini Hoops are one of the products in Weight Watchers range of crisps and savoury snacks. The range is quite limited at present but includes potato snacks, tortilla chips and savoury biscuits.
The mini hoops come in two flavours, salt and vinegar and ready salted. It is the salt and vinegar variety on which I have based this review.
The crisps are sold as a multi pack, the pack contains 6 x 20g bags. The description on the packaging describes the hoops as 'deliciously crunchy salt and vinegar flavoured hoops. Poundland are currently selling these for you guessed it £1 per pack.
The packaging is quite simple in design, it is a white bag with weight watchers logo and a picture of the product. The packaging clearly shows that each pack represents 1 weight watchers point and contains 0.1g saturated fat & 71 calories. The packaging also highlights the fact that the product is baked and not fried.
Energy - 71 kcal
Protein - 0.7g
Carbohydrate - 16.4g (of which saturates 0.5g)
Fat - 0.3g (of which saturates 0.1g)
Fibre - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.26g
Salt equivalent - 0.7g
Allergy advise - This product has been manufactured in a factory that handles Gluten, Soya, Milk and Mustard.
Suitable for vegetarians
Looking at the packaging it looks as though the product is going to be very similar to Hula Hoops. Well, they are hoop shaped but that is were the similarity ends. The hoops are about the same height as hula hoops but only half as thick and have a quite brittle but very crunchy texture. You can tell they are meant to be salt and vinegar flavour but the flavouring is not that great, more vinegar than salt.
That said they are essential a Weight Watchers product and as such do the job for which they were intended - they provide a low fat/low calorie alternative to crisps for those people who are dieting. Although they don't measure up to hula hoops they are contain around 30% less calories so weight watchers may well feel the slight compromise to taste is more than made up by the fact that they are fewer calories.
If you're lucky enough not to be watching your weight I would stay away from these hoops but if like me you are trying to shift a few pounds I would say give them a try. They aren't quite as tasty as the higher calorie alternatives but they do satisfy the crisp cravings.
I wrote a review a while back about another flavour of Weight Watchers crisps (Cheese Puffs) and if you remember I did not like them at all in fact they were disgusting. But I bought these Mini Hoops that same day and I decided to have a packet this morning because I was sick of seeing them in the cupboard. I did not think these would be nice at all so I guess I had made up my mind before I even tried them, but shockingly these crisps managed to change my mind.
These crisps are basically Hula Hoops for people who are dieting or watching their weight and they fit in with the Weight Watchers points plan. One packet of these hoops is 1 WW point or 71 calories which is quite good for crisps but does this mean that the taste is affected? These crisps are also low fat and instead of fried they are baked so they really are designed to be the dieters dream.
The fact is they taste nice. Not great but certainly not disgusting by a long shot. These are actually packed with flavour and you can really taste strong vinegar which I really like. You cant really taste the salt flavour but I cant on Salt & Vinegar crisps from any other range so I dont consider that a problem. They do taste quite like Hula Hoops and they only difference I can see is that these hoops are slightly bigger so nothing major. I think these are a great substitute for other crisps and I recommend these for anyone who is dieting whether your on the WW plan or not. I dont think I would eat them all the time but while Im on a weight watch they are a great snack.
I do recommend these because they are full of flavour and actually not that bad for you. Crisps on a diet? Even though it sounds to good to be true WW actually deliver. Also these can be picked up for about £1 in most supermarkets and Poundland so they are great value for money.
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If you're expecting a true to life but low calorie recreation of the beloved Hula Hoops, this product will dissappoint. The most striking difference between these hoops and their fattening but delicious predecessors is the texture. The hoops are less dense and less potato-ey, their texture is difficult to describe simply because there is nothing to compare them to. Smooth cardboard meets very thin MDF would come close. However, they are not inedible at all, I would rate their texture as 'passable' and their flavour as 'good'. Real Hula Hoops seem to be impregnated with their flavouring, whereas these are simply a vessel for surface seasonings.
However, it is not all doom and gloom for this snack food. They may not be a flavour sensation but they are an acceptable cure for mid morning munchies. The won't completely assuage any serious hunger pangs, as there is only 20g in a packet but they may just keep you going until lunch. Finally, at a mere 70kcal, these are certainly a healthier alternative to other crisps and snacks but don't expect to love them.
My diet is going quite well, however I do find that it tends to go south whenever I am going on a day trip or long car journey, as I always end up indulging in the sort of quick convenience food that you can pack into a rucksack, or the sort of snacks you can buy at services and petrol stations. So when I saw these Weight Watchers crisps, I thought they might be a good alternative.
I bought a packet of the Salt and Vinegar Hoops from Morrisons where they cost me almost 50 pence, which is an appalling price for a small 20 gram bag of crisps. However you can buy a multipack of 6 from Asda for £1.98, which reduces them to 33 pence each. Packs of 5 can also sometimes be found in pound shops.
Each 20 gram bag contains just 1 Weight Watchers point, 71 calories, 0.5 grams of sugar, 0.3 grams of fat and less than 0.1 gram of saturated fat which is incredibly low for a packet of crisps.
The crisps come in white, fresh looking foil packets with pictures of hoops on the front that look much like Hula Hoops. When you open the packet you find they are slightly thinner and slightly smaller than Hula Hoops.
The taste of the crisps was a bit of a disappointment to me. The salt and vinegar flavouring seemed very mild and I could hardly taste it. The crisps themselves have an odd burnt taste to them which I found off-putting. However they weren't exactly unpleasant, just not anywhere near as nice as normal crisps. I suppose that is the sacrifice we must make to be slim and healthy!
I did find that there were a reasonable amount of crisps in the bag and they lasted me quite a while, and I wasn't still hungry afterwards, so that's good.
These crisps aren't really a treat but they are a useful snack to have in the cupboard. I will probably buy them again but will look out for them on offer so that I don't have to pay the inflated price!
These weight watchers crisps have recently been stocked in my local poundland so I thought I would give them a go as 6 packs for £1 is reasonable however in most supermarkets they cost nearly double that at £1.89 in Morison's - a price I would never pay no matter how nice they were.
The other reason I decided to give these a go was because of late I have put on some weight and in dire need of losing a few pounds before I emotionally break down!! With only 71 kcals and less than 0.1g sat fat (which equates to 1 WW point) in a pack these seem like just the treat I need on my diet (basic calorie counting) - although the lower content may be due to the fact there is only 20g in a pack they still satisfy my cravings.
If you are expecting these to taste like hula hoops you will be mistaken but that is not necessarily a bad thing - they do look similar to hula hoops in shape and size however as they are baked they have a completely different taste it is quite dry but very crunchy and satisfying all the same. The salt and vinegar taste is not too strong which is good for me as it is my least favourite flavour - they seem more like ready salted with a hint of vinegar. (However if you like a strong taste these will not be for you)
I think if you don't try to compare them to traditional hula-hoops you will be pleasantly surprised. Recommended - but I wouldn't pay more than £1 for them!
4/5 for taste and low kcals - price is downfall!
These crisps are available from a number of supermarkets. Up until recently they were available at my local tesco but they seemed to have stopped selling them. However, they are available at my local pound store which makes them a lot better value than the price that was in excess of £1.50 that they were available for in my local tescos. I have just found out they are available at Sainsburys at a price of £1.94. They are available in a multipack of 6.
Weight Watchers have tried to make everyday foods taste the same, but with less fat and calories and these have, in my opinion failed the weight watcher range. Each hoop tastes rather burnt and despite there being a large amount of salty flavouring on each one, it is not enough to cover the awful taste!
Mini Hoops are only available in a multipack of 6 containing 20g packets. Each packet contains 1 weight watchers point and just 71 calories and 0.1g of saturated fat-which is considerably better than the standard variety!
Weight Watchers Mini Hoops - what can I say about these crisps??? Well personally I wouldn't waste the money on buying them when they are full price that's for sure!!
They are overpriced, lack flavour and dry.
The oneadvantage is the fact that they have their points value on the front so you won't need to work them out for yourself, but I would save your monies. Go for the cheaper supermarket own brand healthier snacks, they will certainly be kinder on the wallet, the same if not less points and have a better taste and flavour.
Don't be fooled and taken in my the brand, your pennies are paying purely for the name and not for flavour. For those of us trying to loose those extra pounds, doesn't mean we should have to compromise on taste, and believe me thats what you will be doing with these crips a satisfying snack these definately aren't!!
Of the many good products in the Weight Watcher range these crisps are all to be avoided.
Weight Watchers are a company designed to help people lose weight, whilst not missing out on the foods they like to eat.
To help this, Weight Watchers produce their own range of foods, of which the Mini Hoops are a part.
The crisps come in multipacks of six (I have never seen them sold singly) and come in either Lightly Salted or Salt and Vinegar flavour. They are around £1.60 per bag of six, which works out at under 30p per pack, but in my local shops they often have the multipacks on offer for £1.
For those following the Weight Watchers plan, each bag has a points value of 1. For those of us that are more concerned with good old calories, here's the info per pack:
less than 0.1g of saturated fat
16.4g of carbohydrates
0.7g of fibre
As you can see, these have a very low saturated fat content, possibly due to the fact that the crisps are baked, not fried. They are also suitable for vegetarians, and there's nothing untoward in the ingredients list either. They come in 20g bags, which doesn't sound a lot, but its plenty. I know of some bags of crisps that come in whopping 50g bags and they are absolutely packed with calories - you just don't need a bag that big!!
So that's all good, but what do they taste like? I have tried both flavours, and on first opening the pack they smell very much like the equivalent flavours of Hula Hoops.
They are EXTREMELY crunchy - you will make a lot of noise eating these!! They do not taste dry however, and they do actually pass the test of resembling normal crisps but are just that much better for you.
What I was pleased about was that when you have finished the packet, you do not get left with greasy fingers as you do with so many other brands of crisps.
I buy these crisps regularly, not just because they are healthier for me but becuase I do very much like the taste of them. I know several men that have tried them and liked them too (yes, even though they are a Weight Watchers product), but for a man's man packed lunch (builder, welder etc) you may have to empty the bag into a container that is less conspicuous to avoid male ribbing!!
They are great for a quick snack when you feel nibbly, and for less calories and fat than a single digestive biscuit you can have a whole bag of crisps.
I'm not a member of Weight Watchers but I've tried quite a few of their products and although some have been okay, I've not found anything yet that's been amazing..especially considering the prices!
Weight Watchers Mini hoops are a lower-fat, lower cal alternative to Hula Hoops. They're simply small hollow 'hoops' made from potato which are lightly salted. Although they're a similar concept, the taste, texture and price are quite different.
I've only come across these in Morrisons so far so they don't seem very easy to come across. They're sold individually in 20g bags for near enough 50p (usually on offer for 2 for 70p) which is ridiculous. You don't get a much better buy with the multipack either, as a pack of 6 x 20g bags costs around £1.80. Compare that to a 12 pack of Hula Hoops for under £2, which are frequently on offer for £1, and you can see you're being ripped off. It seems the less fat you have in something, the more they expect you to pay.
The bags are thin and quite plain with just a white and green design, so the money doesn't seem to go on any fancy packaging. When you pick a bag up it's as light as a feather, which isn't surprising as you're only getting 20g, where as regular crisps can be 23-35g usually. I was nicely surprised to find the first time I tried these though that you do get a fair few inside, as I half expected the bag to just be filled with air!
The hoops themselves are baked in sunflower oil, which is one of the healthiest oils you can use, hence the lower fat content. The majority of other crisp producers, like Walkers, are now incorporating this too. Walkers Baked crisps (which I've also reviewed) are probably the closest to Weight Watchers hoops in the sense that they're baked and contain much less fat than regular crisps at 2g a bag. Although not as cheap as the higher fat regular snacks, they're still better value for money than Weight Watchers!
How do they taste? If you like boring and plain, then they're not too bad. I actually quite like them, but there's not much to them. They don't have a strong potato flavour like Hula Hoops, and they're not as thick or crunchy. I don't really know how else to describe them as there's not much to them, but there's nothing I dislike about the taste or texture. They're light so if you just want something that you can snack on without filling you then these would suit. Each bag contains 71 calories and 1.1g fat (and only 0.1g sat fat) so they live up to their claim of being lower fat/calories.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend these for their price. If they're on offer (like Morrisons had an offer on a few weeks ago for the multipack of 6 at £1) then they're okay if you want a low-fat snack. There's nothing special about them in terms of looks, texture or taste, so it seems the only thing they have going for them is their health-appeal. I hate myself for being hypocritical and eating them when I say they're a rip off, but it's stupid people like me that buy this rubbish which keeps this companies going. If you want lower fat, you pay more. But in this case, I wouldn't pay more as they're just not tasty enough to justify the extra pennies.
I am always looking out for a tasty snack low in Weight Watchers points so that when I put my feet up at night I can look forward to something nice while still being able to keep on track. I am rapidly becoming bored of Golden Lights, French Fries and other lower fat crisps so when I saw these Mini Hoops from Weight Watchers in Morrisons I decided to buy a bag to try, not honestly expecting too much after trying the awful crisps they sell in the meetings.
The Mini Hoops are available in only Salt & Vinegar as far as I'm aware and they are designed like Hula Hoops in a ring shape, only you can't put these on your fingers as they've made the crisps slightly concave shaped so the ends pinch in on themselves. Spoilsports.
The crisps are surprisingly tasty. The salt and vinegar flavouring is nice enough but fades quicker than I'd like, it's nothing like the robust flavouring on Walkers crisps although once the flavour has gone the actual taste of the crisp is very nice too. They are a little similar in basic flavour to Hula Hoops only these are slightly stronger and have an almost burned taste about them.
They have a good texture too, the Mini Hoops are crunchy and even if you hold one in your mouth for a while it only softens up very slightly which make these a lovely crispy snack. I like to bite one in half with my teeth and then lick the remaining flavouring out of the inside of the hoop.
In all I think these are a lovely bag of crisps for people like me who don't want to eat proper crisps. They only contain 1 Weight Watchers point for a 20g bag but these Mini Hoops are so lovely and light that you get a fair few crisps for your 20g, after I've eaten them I feel like I've had something tasty but know my diet is still going well.
For those of you who are watching your weight but not following the Weight Watchers plan, this bag contains just 71 calories and 0.3g of fat. Which isn't bad at all for a lovely savoury snack such as this, I can't wait to try the black pepper tortillas from the range which I bought at the same time.