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      02.06.2011 19:04
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      A reasonably priced snack, that won't break the bank financially or calorie wise

      Tesco value cheese puffs

      A few days ago my girls demanded Wotsits to be bought on my way home from work. I thought I'd try and pull a fast one by buying the Tesco own variety of maize cheese puffs at 99p for a multi pack of 6 and 90p for a large 150g bag. I've never been a big fan of highly flavoured wisps of puffed up carbohydrate, but the girls would live off them given half a chance.

      I'm concentrating on the 20g bags that come in a multi pack of 6. the packaging is a vivid yellow/orange with dancing vaguely anthropomorphic cheese puffs on the front I suspect to lure the little ones in (the packaging on the larger size is the same). The blurb proclaims that they are cooked in 'high oleic sunflower oil' this oil is good for cooking at high temperatures as it is more stable at greater heat and less likely to degrade into less healthy substances. There are, it continues, also 'no artificial flavours, colours or ... something so blurry (not small just smeary) that I honestly can't read it even with my glasses on and a magnifying glass. Each bag contains 105 calories which is a little up on Wotsists which contain 95, but I think the Wotsits are a slightly lighter weight so they may work out the same weight for weight.

      On opening there is a nice cheesy smell, not quite as distinctive as the brand named puffs, but cheesy none the less. They also have the distinctive neon orange colour. The cheese puffs seem slightly fatter and slightly shorter than the 'other' brand. However like the other brand these are mucky smelly little treats to eat, so if your children are eating them as I'm sure you are familiar with, a trip to wash hands, probably face and even maybe clothes and hair might be advisable, depending on the age of the child or inebriation of the adult eating them.

      The Tesco puffs don't seem to have that light airy dissolve in your mouth intense flavour that the brand name competitor does. They seem to have a bit more heft to them and don't give the expected melty pay off. There also isn't that release of intense cheesy or whatever it is flavour that blows through your olfactory and oral cavities like a delicious stinky mist. The flavour is satisfyingly strong, if you like that sort of thing, just not as strong as those other ones. I have to admit that though I quite like one or two of these or other cheesy snacks they're not really my thing and these haven't 'converted' me. I have more of a sweet tooth, or enjoy a more substantial snack such as nuts and pork scratchings. The girls, and the dog, love these though, particularly wrapped in a piece of bread and butter. They do prefer the brand name but not enough to be bothered if these are in the basket instead, and are quite happy with them allowing the budget to stretch a little further.

      A tasty reasonably priced fairly helthy cheesy snack, that we will buy as long as the price stays lower than brand names.

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      14.08.2010 22:47
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      A great value crisp

      Tesco Value Cheese Puffs

      With trying to save a little money at the moment, we decided to change our usual shopping habits and buy a few more Tesco own branded foods. One of these changes included our usual packet of crisps. This particular flavour of crisps were part of a multi-pack with salt and vinegar chip sticks and onion rings. There are 12 packs of crisps in this pack for 48p which was certainly a much better value than our usual £2.00 at least per bag, but was it up to the taste test?

      I used to love Wotsits and was hoping for the same sort of taste and I was actually pleasantly surprised. Although not as strong, they had a great cheesy taste. The only thing which let them down slightly was the slight cardboardy texture, though this is not overly bad though I thought it was worth a mention. After a few bags of these I hardly noticed this part of it.

      These cheese puffs are not as messy as Wotsits either and so there was no struggling to wipe our little ones faces for ages. A quick wipe over and the mess was gone. This does not seem to affect the taste at all, just the fact that they are slightly thinner, though do remember these are not Wotsits but the cheaper version of them and personally, after eating many bags and getting slightly addicted to them, I wont go back. For the price they are great and well worth buying!

      Allergy Advice:

      Contains milk, wheat and gluten

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      28.02.2010 16:53
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      Nice, but Wotsits are nicer!

      I have eaten these cheese puffs before, and have had some today whilst watching a film.

      I bought these from Tesco for 99p. These are amongst a range of their crisps which are based on more popular brands of crisps such as skips and bacon rashers. These are obviously based on Cheetos or Wotsits and, although they are nic, I just don't think they compare to the more expensive brands.

      The packet is 150g for 99p, and is quite often on an offer of 2 for £1.50 with the other crisps, which makes them perfect for parties or movies.

      The bag is large and a bright orange kind of foil, with pictures of the crisps on the front.

      The crisps are maize puffs which are covered in a orange, cheese tasting powder. The crisps are quite crunchy sometimes, but some seem softer and melt in your mouth.

      The orange coloured, cheese flavouring is inconsistent throughout the pack, with some crisps barely covered and some with huge amounts on. I personally prefer it when there is a lot of powder on them, but it can sometimes be too much.

      The cheesy flavouring is nice but does taste quite artificial.

      A 25g serving, which is a sixth of the bag, contains 140kcal and 0.9g of saturated fat. This is about right for a portion of that size, and crisps are never going to be healthy!

      They contain milk and are suitable for coeliacs. It cannot be guaranteed that they do not contain nuts.

      I think these are really quite nice, but Wotsits are nicer. They are good for parties and movies but it is too easy to eat lots as they are very moreish!

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      10.01.2010 21:48
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      These Crisps Are One Of The Worst Ever!

      I don't know how anyone can eat these Cheese Puffs from Tesco without barfing their brains out, I'm sorry but these are disgusting crisps and smell that strong that I could smell someone eating them on the bus the other day even though they was a few seats away!!!

      I reckon you all know what Cheese Puffs are, but if you don't they're a puffed maize snack that has been blasted with tonnes of cheese flavouring.

      It's not a very nice cheese flavour either, it's a strong smelly cheese that has got a very sweaty taste. I can't see why these are so popular because the cheese flavour is disgusting, it's so thick on each cheese puff that it overpowers the crisp and means you can't actually taste the maizey snack under the fake cheese taste.

      The crisps have got a nice texture and are light and puffy, they melt in your mouth good but for me that doesn't make any difference because I hate the flavour of them so much. I prefer Wotsits and I'm not even mad keen on those! These Tesco ones are horrible though, deffo one of the worst tasting crisps about I reckon and all that orange powder can't be good for your insides because it goes so gummy and tacky in your mouth.

      I don't particularly like or dislike cheese flavoured crisps but I think these cheese puffs are deffo the Marmite of the crisp world because people either love them and eat them every day or hate them with the same sort of passion as me! lol

      I'm not sure of the exact price of these crisps but they are a lot cheaper than Wotsits and stuff like that. You do get loads of crisps in a bag though so if you like them they're a definite bargain, my sister eats loads of them and I don't know how she doesn't get bored of the same old boring cheese taste!

      Not recommended..... unless you're one of the weirdo's who love them!!!

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      18.10.2009 21:35
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      Wotsit like crisps

      I will be reviewing a 20g packet of Tesco Cheese Puffs.

      - These crisps came in a multi-pack. You can buy a larger version of this packet of crisps which would be ideal for sharing with others or for parties etc. They can be purchased amongst a multi-pack of cheese curls & bacon rashers or simply on there own. They were obviously purchased from Tesco as the name suggests and can be found in almost all Tesco stores.

      * Packaging

      The packet of the Cheese Puffs is bright orange. It displays images of the crisps so you know immediately what ones they are (even if the name does not give it away). The front of the packet states that they are from Tesco, Maize snacks and also gives a general idea of the nutritional value.
      On the pack of the packet you can find the rest of the nutritional value, the ingrediants & allergy advice.

      ** Taste
      The cheese puffs are very light, they almost melt in your mouth. They are nice tasting with a fairly strong cheese flavour, however not too strong. The crisps are shaped like wotsits and are basically the same except the fact that they are cheaper and Tesco brand. They are bright orange and left my two year old godson with orange fingers (which easily came off with a quick wet wipe)!

      The crisps contain 110 calories per pack which makes up 6% of an adults guideline daily amount. Compared to many other crisps this calorie content is fairly low however, should still only be eaten as a treat :)

      If you like wotsits and are looking for a cheaper alternative then I'd give these a try :)

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        28.09.2009 18:43
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        That little party extra

        While munching my way through a bowl of these cheese puffs, I realise how Moorish they can be. Just like the traditional "Wotsits" but more fulfilling in the 150g bag.

        It isn't until you have had a few, that you really appreciate the mellow cheese flavour, which to be honest isn't really strong enough. However
        they are very moorish and the more you eat the more you want. They are light and nice to dip into a sauce if you can't be bothered to cook any chips. A cheese fondu is very nice to add to the lacking cheese flavour.

        Some of the ingredients and additives put me off slightly with mono and polyunsaturated carbohydrates, Potassium Chloride, Maltodextrin and Colours naming but a few.

        They are ideal for parties and other occasions for light bites and if stored in a cool dry place, will keep for some time. I happily ate mine after a week I first opened the packet and they still retained their crisp and mold flavour.

        Like a lot of Tesco products they are good value but lack that vital cheese taste. Another flavour Tesco could add to their range maybe Blue Stilton, Smoked Cheese, Creme Brie with and party spice flavour. However do not mix the cheeses.

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        19.07.2009 14:36
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        I've always loved crisps and I have tried a wide variety of types. Wotsits used to be a favourite snack of mine and I could devour packet after packet of them. However when I came across Tesco Cheese Puffs in the store last week, I decided it was about time I gave them a go.

        They can be found in the crisp aisle in Tesco and were alongside the other Tesco crisps such as the onion rings and salt and vinegar sticks. Its wise to make sure you don't get these mixed up with the cheese balls as the packet is very similar.

        The crisps come in one size of bag only and that Is a 150g bag. This is a lot bigger than your average sized bag of crisps. It will serve roughly 3 or 4 people I imagine however these are pretty large serving sizes. The bag costs 80p which I think is superb. A single 25g packet of cheesy wotsits will cost you around 40p, so for the double the price you get around 6 times the amount of crisps! This is superb.

        The bag is really attractive I feel but it is very minimal. It is mainly a bright orange colour with white writing on it telling you about the product. On the back is the nutrition information and ingredients and some information on how to contact Tesco with problems. On the front of the packet there is a delicious looking picture of the crisps which have been emptied out into a bowl. They look delicious and look slightly larger than Wotsits.

        Opening the bag is easy and you will be immediately hit with a cheesy smell. Taking one out I realised they were slightly larger than the branded version however were a bit paler in colour. They had a nice texture to them but did have a lot of coating on the front. The first thing I noticed when popping into my mouth was the subtle cheese flavour. It wasn't a strong flavour but it was really nice. They were quite crunchy but if you let them sit on your tongue they slowly began to melt. Gorgeous.

        Crisps are never going to be healthy and in fact a 25g portion which is a recommended size of serving contains 133 calories and 8g of fat. Its easy to munch say 75g let alone 25g, and sometimes even the whole bag will be polished off in a oner! This bumps up the calorie content quite a lot.

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          13.04.2009 22:40
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          try out cheesy puffs.

          I always hate eating anything that is a cheap version of the original. I have tasted enough to know that they are never as good as the original. However, Tesco Cheese Puff's totally did it for me. I adore Wotsits so i ended up giving these a try when seeing them in Tesco.

          As you can probably guess the packaging itself isnt a stunning bag, quite simple. The simple Blue and White colours and the Tesco Value logo. On the back will be your nutritional information. There are 83 calories in a 16g packet. There is also salt - 0.4g, sugar - 0.8g, fat - 4.4g (0.6g saturates) salt - 0.4g, Protein - 1.2g, Carbohydrate - 9.6g (Sugars 0.8) and Fibre - 0.1g.

          When you first open the bag you get a nice whiff of cheese. They are as crunchy and tasty as the real Wotsits, they are small yellow looking little puffs, not as big as wotsits like but, still the same texture and they melt nicely into your mouth giving you a nice rich taste. These are also fantastic for parties, especially kids parties. I saw these at my nephews party a few weeks back and kept stealing some out of the bowl - not just for kids mind !

          The Main ingredients...

          Maize, Sunflower Oil, Cheese Seasoning.
          Cheese Seasoning contains: Whey powder, cheese powder, salt, rusk, (wheat flour, salt), yeast extract, natural flavouring, dextrose, acidity regulator (citric acid), anti-caking agent (silicon dioxide), paprika extract, sunflower oil.

          These are also suitable for Vegetarians. Which is why i go for them.
          So i would recommend these to you. They are pretty light on the hips too. Although you get a nice strong taste from the Puff's they are not too over-powering. 10/10

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            28.11.2008 02:23
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            **Introduction**

            I'm not usually one for cheap imitations of other products especially when it comes to food items as I have tasted plenty of bad cheap imitations of well known brands. I decided to give a cheap copy a go when my housemate offered me a packet of cheese puffs he had bought from Tesco. As I quite like the majority of Tesco's own cheaper range I decided to say thank you and try a packet of these cheese puffs as I really like Wotsits.

            **The Bag**

            As you can probably imagine, the packaging isnt half as fancy as the Wotsits packaging but features the Tesco value icon. The rest of the bag is a simple combination of white and blue with Tesco and Value made up of Red and White in a red background. As standard the bag also features the nutritional information for the contents of the individual bag. Each bag is 16 grams which is three grams less than the standard Wotsits bag.

            **Cheese Puffs**

            As you open the bag you really don't notice that much of a difference between the cheese puffs and the more expensive Wotsits. They are the same orangey/yellow colour and are roughly the same size. And they have that same melt in the mouth texture which makes Wotsits so appealing compared to normal crisps. They taste almost the same with a slightly less appealing taste than the more expensive Wotsits but that of course is to be expected especially with crisps.

            **Nutritional Information**

            As I mentioned before the standard information is on the front of the packet and shows there to be 83 calories contained in the 16g packet aswell as 0.8g sugar, 4.4g fat 0.6g saturates and 0.4g of salt. These rank well up against The values of Wotsits which are as follows.

            Amount Per Serving
            Calories 102Calories from Fat 56
            % Daily Value*
            Total Fat 6.3g10%
            Total Carbohydrates 10.3g3%
            Dietary Fiber 0.2g1%
            Protein 1.1g

            You must take into account that the bag of Wotsits is three grams heavier than the Tesco value cheese puffs at 19 grams. Most of the cheaper products have different values than their more expensive originals.

            **Overall**

            These provide you with a great cheap snack which could well prove to be a great alternative during this credit crunch we find ourselves in. I rate Tesco as the best when it comes to Supermarkets own cheapest range with Asda the worst. If you like Wotsits then why not try these and decide for yourself. At just 72p for a bag of six these provide great value against the typical price of 39p for a bag of 19g Wotsits. Not quite as good as the original but one of the best Tesco Value subtitutes.

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              26.07.2008 22:36
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              Great as a treat!

              Everybody likes to have a little treat every now and then, like most people I enjoy having some crisp like stuff every now and then. So one day I was browsing the aisles in Tesco's not knowing what I wanted to buy and came across Tesco Cheese Puffs. I like cheese puffs because they tend to be lighter than normal crisps so I bought a packet.

              They come in a yellowy-orange packet containing 150g of cheese puffs for £0.72 which I thought was quite cheap for such a large bag especially compared to the big name brands such as Wotsits which cost 39p for 19g!!! The bad has Cheese Puffs written on the front in big writing and the Tesco logo as well as a picture of the cheese puffs. On the back are the ingredients and all the necessary nutritional information.

              Ingredients:
              Maize, Vegetable Oil, Whey, Cheese Powder, Whey Powder, Whey Solids, Salt, Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Colours (Paprika Extract, Annatto), Maltodextrin, Flavouring.

              Warning this product contains milk, however it is suitable for vegetarians.
              Recipe: no nuts
              Ingredients: cannot guarantee nut free
              Factory: no nuts

              Each serving (about 40g) contains:
              135 Calories (7% GDA)
              2.0g of Sugar (2% GDA)
              8.0g of Fat (11% GDA)
              0.9g of Saturated Fat (5% GDA)
              0.4g of Salt (7% GDA)

              As you can see these contain a LOT of fat so be careful how many you eat, they should only be a treat especially if you're feeding them to kids!

              Well they have a very light airy texture as they do contain a lot of air, the cheese taste is very strong, a little bit too strong for me as I'm not that keen on cheese but it's still nice.

              Overall I give these 10 out of 10 because they really are nice! Just beware of the fat!!!

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              02.05.2008 10:01
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              Excellent version of the cheesy snacks

              One of my favourite things is savoury snacks, especially crisps, onion ring snacks, or cheese puffs.

              No they're not good for you. If you are on a diet, don't bother. Luckily for me, I'm not. In fact I don't believe in diets. The only way I'm ever gonna stay slim is by exercising off all the naughty things I eat.

              This is one of them.

              Now I love cheese puffs in general but so far, I've found Tesco to have the best ones. Morrisons taste just, lacking in flavour and have a strange texture. Asda don't seem to make them, at least I've only ever found the cheese balls (no where near as nice in my opinion).

              Tescos are loaded with cheesy flavour (although you do get the odd bag with not as much flavouring coating the puffs - guess that's just the way it goes), so they are pretty strong, but that suits me as I'm a huge cheese fan. Some with very sensitive tastebuds may find them too strong.

              These are great for kids too (obviously only as the occasional treat, or at parties). I don't even have to look at the nutritional values to guess these are high in calories, fat, sugar, salt and all those things lovely tasting things are always full of (why oh why!!). Mia (my 9month old) has a couple now and again and she is definately inheriting my taste for them. Luckily as she still doesn't have her teeth, these can be sucked into submission - no chewing necessary!

              I've been paying 99p a bag, but recently they dropped back down to 72p a bag (the prices are fluctuating like mad in the supermarkets at the moment! don't you just hate the credit crunch!). I'm glad to see such a hefty drop in price but not counting on it lasting. Still compared to bags such as kettle chips or sensations these aren't a bad price, if not as sophisticated! (I'm a classy girl!).

              These are easily identified in the aisle, they come in a bright orange packet with pictures of cheese puffs on the front (or cheesy poofs as we call them in my house being south park fans).

              The bag is 150g and the contents are suitable for vegetarians (great for me as I am one!).

              The allergy advice is:
              *Contains milk
              *Recipe: no nuts
              *Ingredients: cannot guarantee nut free
              *Factory: no nuts
              (I'm baffled as to why they can't guarantee they are nut free if there's no nuts in them and the factory has no nuts either - what a litigation obessesed world we live in!).

              Ingredients
              Maize, Vegetable Oil, Whey, Cheese Powder, Whey Powder, Whey Solids, Salt, Flavour Enhancer (monosodium glutamate), colour (parika extract, annatto), maltodextrin, flavouring.

              Nutrional info (oh dear! - I try not to look!))
              1/6 pack contains (not a bad portion but I can eat 1/2 bag easy!):
              135 cal
              1.5g protein
              13.8g carbs
              2.0g of which sugars
              8.0g fat (Ouch!)
              0.9g of which saturates
              5.1g of which mono-unsaturates
              2.g polyunsaturates
              0.4g fibre
              0.2g sodium (0.4g of salt)

              so salt bad but not as bad as I thought anyway.

              GDAs (1/6 pack)
              cals 7%
              sugar 2%
              fat 11%
              saturated fat 5%
              salt 7%
              Like I said not good - we all knew that anyway didn't we?!

              I love to eat them in bread and butter just to add more calories! But trust me they make a lovely sarnie like that, and it helps dilute the cheese flavour a bit.

              I've also had them in a tortilla with some melted cheese - yes, you're forming an idea of how healthy I am! But I found them yummy like that too.

              So to sum up, if you want a treat, cheese puffs are yummy, and Tesco's are the yummiest I've found.

              Now, I'm off for a walk in the park to burn them off (along with the triple choc muffin I ate yesterday - oops!).

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                23.07.2005 14:48
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                Wellworth the money

                God bless the man or woman who invented the maize snack. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the humble potato crisp in all of its many incarnations and flavours, but they can get a little boring at times. There really is only so many ways to make a potato crisp, sure you can have them sliced into fancy shapes or hand-cooked rather than mass fried, but at the end of the day you are still left with a thin slice of deep fried potato covered in flavouring. Not so the maize snack, any shape, form or texture is available as these little snacks vie for attention on the supermarket shelves with my own particular favourite being the cheese puff.


                Many companies make a version of the cheese puff, not least those kings of the snack world – Walkers – with their popular wotsits brand. But for me, the Walkers offering leaves me a little cold, add to the fact that the bags they are supplied in are far too small and I simply shy away from them at all costs. Cheese Puffs have to come in a big bag for me to enjoy them, the sort of bag that you have to really reach into and get your cuffs covered in orange flavouring to grab the treats, and they don’t come in a much bigger bag than Tesco`s own Cheese Puffs, 175 grams of the little orange snacks to enjoy at ones leisure, which is why a pack or two inevitably find themselves in my trolley whenever I find myself in the aforementioned shop.


                Tesco Cheese Puffs come in a gold foil effect bag with a scattering of the snacks adorning the front in a haphazard manner. “Tesco” is writ large as is cheese puffs with a better value banner running across the top. In common with most food products the back of the packet is reserved for ingredient, nutritional and customer care details, the 175 gram pack falls just short of a thousand calories, containing 946 of the blighters. As one would expect from such a snack the fat content is high with roughly a third of the weight made up of fats, nearly half of which is saturates.


                Salt content is 4.9 grams per packet and Maize is the most prominent ingredient. On the plus side is the fact that these snacks are suitable for vegetarians and those with milk allergies, although those who are allergic to nuts should steer clear as these snacks are produced in a nut producing factory. The best before date is not amazingly long with the pack I have needing to be eaten before mid Septemeber, just a couple of months away. Finally, an address is given should the snack fail to satisfy.


                Opening the packet releases a faint salty cereal type smell, with each cheese puff a golden orange colour thanks to the added cheese flavouring. The cheese puffs resemble bloated slugs in shape and size with very little grease left on the fingers during the eating experience. On biting a cheese puff in half I am struck by just how much of the snack is made up of air, with air pockets riddling each cheese puff rendering them practically weightless. The flavour is acceptable, although slightly more salty than cheese, but an unmistakable parmesan type tint is left on the palette after swallowing.


                The cheese puffs are quick to disintegrate in the mouth when bought into contact with saliva to leave an amalgamation of cheesy maizieness that is not unpleasant although a little more firmness would be nice to enable a little chewing. Getting towards the bottom of the packet and the flavouring gets stronger thanks to settlement in the pack, I enjoyed this but it may be too much for some peoples tastes. As with most snacks of this nature I was left with plenty of detritus in my molars which needed some persuasion with a tooth pick to leave, but this just adds to the fun in my opinion.


                So all in all Tesco cheese puffs are an OK snack to enjoy, they are not the most healthy treat you are likely to partake in but the flavour is fairly good and the consistency fresh and crisp. Care should be taken with the orange flavouring as it will stain fingers and clothes, four stars out of five from me.


                www.tesco.co.uk

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