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      18.05.2013 12:36

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      These come in a fold-over, microwaveable cardboard box. Apparantly, the silver side is to help them cook better. Errrrr. Well anyway, they take only five minutes in the microwave. You get about fifteen chips in one box. Terrible. lol. I advise you have something to eat with them, as unless you're feeling bloated, these won't suffice. I prefer the crinkle cut version. As with beetroot, too :) lol. Mum buy's these, not me. I buy other brands of chip, as I find these bland as hell. I only eat them, if my mum puts some with a meal we're having. You will either need lots of sauce, or lots of spaghetti coating these chips, as they are just not good.

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      19.03.2013 18:56

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      Convenient food, not overly enjoyable but satisfys a need

      Being a student, I often buy foods that are similar to this style of microwavable meal range. The taste and quality of this product is not something that's going to blow you away or I would serve to impress someone. However, I find this kind of snack rather enjoyable as it's similar to the products found in fast food outlets. For me I regard this product as a subsitute if I'm eating in, to fast food. I don't eat this product everyday like I don't eat fast food everyday, but it's a product to eat if your not in the mood to cook or fancy an unhealthy alternative. The product itself requires minimal effort to cook. It's served in two cardboard sachets, which you tilt upright for around 1:45-2:45 minutes in the microwave in comparison with the average of 20 minutes to cook oven chips. The price is relatively inexpensive aswell, they cost about £1.40 - £1.70 depending on the supermarket which is reasonable based on 2 servings based on the average food budget.

      There are a few negative points of this product however. You can purchase a kilogram of oven chips from your local supermarket for around £1.50 - £2.50 which is far much beter value as it offers around 12 servings in the long run if your on quite a restricted food budget such as myself. Also the serving size is not suffient to make me feel adequetly full. I consider this product more of a snack imore than as part of a main meal. The product also has poor nutritional values as expected and is high in saturated fat, so I'd recommend treating this product as more of a occasional purchase

      To summarise, I would recommend this product for busy parents feeding their children, students who can't cook or operate anything but a microwave, if you want to replicate the fast food experiance at home and the odd occasion where you can't be bothered to cook.

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      13.02.2012 09:41
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      A good way to make chips quickly but not really worth buying in my view

      For a few days I did not have the use of my cooker due to an electrical fault with a switch. Unfortunately this meant I had no choice but to live on Microwave food! Mind you, I do eat microwave food occasionally so it wasn't the end of the world. However, I had never even considered buying or eating Microwave Chips!

      I was desperately trying to think of what to feed the kids and I know my son, in particular likes chips. I went up to Asda and spotted the McCain Crinkle cut micro chips. Usually my son prefers homemade chips, but I thought it might be worth giving these a go. What you get is 4 small 100g boxes of chips in each pack. All you do is open the box as per the instructions, fold the lid right back so it goes over the back of the box and bend it down to the bottom of the box. You then cook on full power for one minute' remove and shake the box, then return to the microwave for about 90 seconds; the time will vary slightly depending on the microwaves wattage. You need to stand for one minute before serving.

      When I initially opened one of the boxes I was mortified to see how few chips there are in each box; basically about 8-10 chips! I knew this would not be enough for my son, so I simply put two boxes in the microwave next to each other.

      I took out one of the chips to try it for myself. In my view, they were ok and certainly edible, but almost a bit powdery and they didn't even taste as good as oven chips for example. In my sins view, he did not like them at all! He referred to them as 'tasting like cardboard'. In fairness, he knew they were microwave chips so I think already thought he would not like them so his view may possibly be a little exaggerated. However, they were not very good in taste.

      The price of these chips is currently £1.65 at Asda; in my view a person needs 2 boxes each, so that is around 80 pence per portion. Whilst the price isn't too bad, it really isn't worth it and I am afraid I will not be buying these again!

      The McCain potato chips story is, according to the box, that they 'wash, peel and cut' these potatoes for preparation and that they are prepared with Sunflower Oil. They are Gluten free and suitable for Vegetarians.
      These are ok in an emergency or if you are in a hurry, but ordinarily I would not use them. Worthy of 3 Dooyoo stars in my opinion.

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        05.12.2011 23:20
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        Microwave chips

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        This was a product I started buying as a teen, and has found its own space in my freezer ever since.

        McCain Microchips are frozen chips that can be cooked at home by simply popping them in the microwave for a few minutes...and voila it's like having McDonalds in your own home...well not quite! I remember I first tried these at a friend's house, and ate them with pizza. They tasted so good, that I started buying them myself.

        Unfortunately to begin with the chips did not taste as good as I'd remembered, especially after I'd followed the instructions on the box very carefully. I realised that it really does depend on how powerful a microwave you have. So after a few goes, I noted that for my microwave I needed to put the chips in for 4 minutes instead of the recommended 3 minutes, and leave them to stand for one minute in the microwave. This ensured the chips were well cooked and hot on the inside, with slightly crunchy exteriors. Some chips turn out with a soft middle and crunchy ends, which are very yummy!

        The chips are thick fat chips, and come packaged in a black cardboard box, with what seems like a microwave safe layer of silver/grey material at the bottom of the box, presumably to stop the chips from tasting like cardboard after removing from microwave...if it is...then it does work. The lid should be opened and then the whole box placed in the middle of the microwave. I tend to shake the box before opening to ensure that the chips are well spaced, you can also do this with your hands when you've opened the box. It is important to space the chips out and not have them all clumped to one end, else you are more likely to end up with undercooked chips than cooked.

        With thin chips, I find that I can easily eat them on their own, however with thick chips I do need something to dip it in, microchips is no exception to this rule, and definitely tastes better with ketchup than on its own. It does require you to add your own salt...and pepper if you wish. Without any of these extras the chips do taste fairly bland. So, unlike in fast food places like McDonalds and other restaurants where everything is put together for you and generally tastes nice without you having to add any extras, the McCain microchips do require a bit of work before you can get them to a standard that you like. However, once mastered, it should take no longer than 5 to 7 minutes to prepare.

        Microchips are a food I enjoy as a side with pizza, but more often on its own as a snack or just to take away my hunger.

        McCain Microchips are available in two forms, the standard/original or crinkle cut. I prefer the crinkle cut as I've found that more of them come out soft and well cooked, whereas the straight cut sometimes come out a bit too hard on the inside, and sometimes some of the chips come out undercooked. They usually come in packs of four for around £1.56 in most supermarkets.


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          09.05.2011 14:03
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          Good for those who can't be bothered to wait around for things to heat up.

          McCain's Micro Chips take no effort to cook. Just pop them in a microwave for 3 minutes and press start. The problem with that though is that in my experience3 minutes is rarely enough. If you stick to this recommendation, more often than not they come out undercooked which obviously alters the taste quality. Now I accept that this might be a problem with my microwave but after owning a two or three different models, the result is always the same whenever I pop them in for 3 mins: undercooked. I would leave them in for 3-1/2 to 4 minutes, or if you're doing two packets at the same time, leave them in for slightly longer to achive the best results.

          As a chip. they're not the best. But you have to remember that most microwave products tend to lack the taste of their oven-cooked or fried counterpart. As a Microwavable chip, they're probably the best on the market and once you get used to them they don't taste that bad. I eat them out of sheer convieniance as I can't be bothered to wait for a chip pan to heat up. Another variable factor is the quantity of chips in the box. Personally, I don't think there's enough which is why I end up eating two boxes. This obviously has an impact on the cost and whether or not they're value for money. On the whole they're probably not considering you can buy a couple of kgs of fried or oven chips for the same price.

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          05.07.2010 02:55
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          Not again for my tummy these!

          I love chips..... any kind (usually) so when I spotted these that cook in 3 minutes flat I simply had to try them out...finally (I, to the best of my knowledge had never eaten one before let alone bought any!).

          The Packaging:

          The Chips come in a black box and on the top of that I am told that they McCain 'Crinkle' Micro Chips and that they cook in 3 minutes and there is a photograph of sunflowers and the chips on there. Other information given on the box includes being told that they are made from 100% British potatoes, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told how to cook them (they are only to be microwaved), the size is stated which is 100g in my case, storage details are listed and contact details for McCain are given. No ingredients are given on the box itself however they are stated on the outer wrapper that came with these which also gives all the information I have just given you.

          The Micro Chips:

          All you do with these to cook them is to lift the flap and sort of tuck it into the box so they cook better in the microwave and then bung them in for a total of 3 minutes and serve. Simple and fast!

          In a box you get about 8 chips though and not a very big portion at all. Granted you don't get many but they smell like oven chips when cooked and these being crinkle cut by name do have a crinkle appearance, are golden in colour and to possess a slight greasy film to them which gives a nice moistness to the chip.

          Taste-wise well they taste a bit like a potato really and are not greasy but moist enough but for me are a bit dense and although thick cut do taste a bit like cardboard and are not seasoned. They are digestible and do look ok and to be fair 3 minutes is as quick as a flash if your starving and in a hurry but sadly they are pretty bland really! Ok for quickness they're just not all that exciting at all!

          Nutritional Information Per Portion:

          Calories: 166
          Fat: 4.2g
          Saturated Fat: 0.7g
          Sugar: 0.5g
          Salt: 0.3g

          I paid £1.50 in a local shop for a multi-pack of 4 these (available in all good supermarkets etc and in the straight cut variety too).

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          03.07.2010 00:20
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          They're okay.....not great, but edible with ketchup.

          Microchips are are one of those products that I sneak in my trolley from time to time.......and I say sneak because I always feel a little bit ashamed of buying them! Let's face it, they are one of those products that are designed for lazy people who don't care about eating quality food.......but sometimes, I'm afraid, it seems that I am one of those people!! 

          Micro Chips come in a small rectangle cardboard box that is about 15 cm x 10 cm x 4 cm. I have only ever remember seeing the McCain Micro Chips in multi packs containing four of these boxes. Last time I paid £1.60 for one of these multi-packs from Waitrose. That's 40p for each box of Micro Chips - which contain one portion. Having said this, one portion is actually pretty small and probably contains about fifteen decent size chips. 

          To cook the chips you literally tear along the perforated edge and pop the box in the microwave for one minute. After one minute you shake the box......which I've found that you do need to do because otherwise the chips do stick together. Then you need to pop the box back in the microwave for about another 90 seconds. The inside of the box is lined with foil and it is the foil combination that means that the chips can get crispy, even in the microwave.  

          The chips do tend to come out fairly crispy, although they can be easily overdone and so its a bit of a trial and error to get the chips just right. When they are overdone, they tend to be very crispy and very dry and not very pleasant at all. If they are cooked correctly, they are okay.....not great, not earth shattering, but okay. I personally much prefer home cooked chips, but I have to say that I do prefer Micro Chips to oven chips because they have more flavor. And once you've covered then in vinegar and a little tomato ketchup, they're completely adequate and edible.  

          Like all chips, Micro Chips are not particularly nutritious, but by chip standards they are not too nutritionally heinous either. One portion contains just 0.7g of saturated fats, 0.2g of salt and 166 kcals - which really isn't too bad at all! I think the low saturated fat is the result of the chips only requiring a very thin layer of sunflower oil because of the fact they're being done in the microwave.  

          So....overall, they're just okay. They do taste a little bit like cardboard, but strangely they are also the kind of thing I eat when I want to eat for comfort.

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            20.04.2010 10:16

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            Not as good as normal chips

            Although I am a big fan of McCain chips in general, I only use their micro chips if I'm in a rush to prepare a meal. They are very convenient as they only take about 4 minutes to cook two boxes (obviously dependant on what power your microwave has).

            Most supermarkets sell micro chips in their frozen section. In shops near me they retail at £1.79 for a pack of four (each box contains 100g of chips). You can purchase straight-cut or crinkle-cut for the same price. Occasionally they are on offer at about £2.50 for two packs.

            Personally I think the chips always taste pretty rubbery and lack flavour. I always put the chips in for the stated time, but they never seem to taste that good. For some reason the crinkle-cut ones to taste marginally better, but they're certainly not worth the price you pay. Each box contains about 15 chips, and they don't tend to cook evenly.

            The instructions are easy to follow, as you basically tear back part of the box (the boxes show you where to do this), place them in the centre of the microwave and cook for the stated time. When they have cooked you need to leave them to stand for one minute in the box. They are then ready to eat. The maximum you can cook at once is two boxes-and as with any microwavable foods, they need cooking for longer if there are more than one box.

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            19.04.2010 12:39
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            Not a great product.

            I used to eat these a lot years ago when I was at college and school, and back then I really loved them purely for convenience. I tried them again a couple of years ago and was so disappointed.

            You buy Micro Chips from the freezer section of the supermarket and you an get 2 or 4 boxes at a time, and I think they are pretty expensive, something like 2 or 3 pounds for 4 boxes.

            To cook these, you open the box and fold back the lid and microwave for about 3 minutes, when they are cooking they do fill the kitchen with the smell of chips, which I used to like when I was younger. Then you can literally take them out and eat them straight away. They taste like oven chips, but they are a bit stodgier I find, and they are very plain tasting so you definitely need salt & vinegar or some sauce to dip them in.

            When I was younger the boxes used to be full of chips, but when I last tried them a year or so ago, there were literally about 10 chips in a box, which for the average adult is a pathetic portion. You would need 2 boxes even just as a snack, and the amount they cost it seems like a real rip off.

            I know they are quick, so very convenient, but for such a poor amount of food, is it really worth it? I don't think so personally.

            I eat a lot better now and would not buy these anyway as they are not very healthy, but even from a price and value for money point of view they are rubbish. Wouldn't recommend these.

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            07.04.2010 13:34
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            Good occasionally for quickness

            I can always remember micro chips being my favourite thing as a kid. I never wanted to come inside from playing out so all the kids in the street used to get something with microchips for quickness. I'm quite fortunate with my daughters eating habits considering she doesn't really like chips but I bought these for myself a few weeks ago just for quickness. I do like to have a few chips if making chicken or steak and since I'm the only one eating them it seems a bit pointless only doing a few chips in the oven.


            I was quite shocked to be honest when I opened the box to see the lack of chips I can never remember them being so little. Due to sticking to weight watchers, chips are really a no-no but one box of these works out to be 4 points so I thought better for me considering I can point exactly how many I'm having. Unfortunately to have a decent amount to keep you satisfied you would definitely need 2 boxes which isn't good in my case.


            The last box I had I got contained 9 chips, bear in mind these are nowhere near the size of normal oven chips. Just as I got a taste for them they were gone.


            Micro chips are however very convenient considering they only take 3 minutes in the microwave and I can't complain about the taste. They are very nice and the chips are soft and tasty once cooked correctly. I like to leave mine in for the 3 minutes although if you cook for an extra minute the chips will be crispier.


            I think if you are cooking chips for a lot of people then oven chips are the best it would be a total nightmare having to cook a lot of boxes and just pointless really but I would recommend them if you do have children. They do taste nice and they are quick for kids on the odd occasion.

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            24.03.2010 20:46
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            In this case oven beats microwave hands down.

            McCain are easily my favourite frozen chips manufacture, they are tasty but they do take a good 20 minutes to cook in the oven so the idea of microwavable chips that only take 3 is a very appealing idea. Because of that I bought myself a pack for around £1.40 and ripped them open. Btw each pack contains 4 boxes that each contains about 100g of chips which isn't that much so this is certainly not a substitute to a full meal.

            Cooking them was a painless process, open the box, insert into microwave and wait 3 minutes. In the end you are left with a box of piping hot chips that in my opinion were not as crispy as I usually prefer them and instead were quite soggy. They also lack any real taste so be prepared to dump salt and a sauce of your choice on top to get a good meal out of this.

            While there was nothing particularly wrong with them I must say I have had better chips, granted they were cooked in a microwave so can't be compared to oven cooked chips they should still somewhat resemble chips but instead were simply a tasteless, soggy mash of potatoes.

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            18.02.2010 15:11
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            Could get better value for your money

            I remember eating these years ago but though I would try them again since I was pretty hungary. I picked these up from Tescos as they were on special offer reduced from their normal price of £1.50. You get four boxes each at 100g.

            These are very easy and quick to cook. There is a flap which you open and lift back and took it under the box. You then put the box in the microwave and cook for the time it says on the back of the box. If you are microwaving two boxes at a time then they go in for something like a minuet extra but its all explained on the back of the box.

            You will definitey need a minimum of two boxes because the portions are very small. If you want a quick snack then have two but if its for your main dinner then cook all four.

            The taste of the chips aint all that good and can tell they have been microwaved. You may find they also go soggy but at the same time have a dry taste and stick together.

            I wouldnt say that this is no where near worth the price considering the amound of chips you get in a box and the taste. They may be quick to cook but I would recommend you wait 20 minuets and cook some over chips or frie them. If youre going to spend £1.50 then you might awel go to your local chip shop where you can get a portion that is bigger for £1.20 and almost as quick.

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            02.02.2010 15:30
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            good if your in a rush

            Its been years since I had these but one night I was feeling really hungary so I drove to tescos to see what I could have to eat and I saw these and thought these will be quick and easy as I couldnt be bothered to cook something that takes too long.

            These cost me something like £1.09 because I think they were on special offer but usually they will cost about £1.50. You will get four boxes in a pack and each box weighs 100g.

            Cooking them is very easy, you just lift the flap up and took it under the box, put it in the microwave and cook them for the amount of time which it says, as some microwaves have different powers. These only take 2 minuets and 15 seconds in my microwave.

            The portions are very small so if your hungary you will need about 2-3 boxes but if your very hungary then you will need all four boxes as you only get a few chips in each box.

            The chips taste no where near as good as frieds or oven cooked chips but very handy if you need a quick fix of food. For £1 you could get a big bag of chips so these are pretty expensive for what they are.

            In concluion they are nice but not worth the money.

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              27.01.2010 10:44
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              Over the last few years I have eventually come to realise how much of a rip off and a soggy messy MicroChips seem to be.

              These are made by McCains, and are found in the frozen section. They cost around £1.30 for the 4 boxes, which are 100g each. You just put these in the Microwave for 3 minutes and this makes a little drop of Chips.

              You just cook these in the cardboard box they come in. You rip the top off and fold it under, and cook them this way. There is a gray bit on the bottom of the box and I think this is to help them cook.

              You only get about 12 Chips in this box. There is the odd large one, but mostly they are little ones with the odd crispy bit in it. Most of them are soggy through and they taste a bit greasy as well. I perhaps wouldn't mind so much of the taste and consistency, if there was perhaps more of them, but I could probably eat the whole 4 boxes in 1 go and still feel hungry.

              DOes as a stop gap, but I prefer Fries to Go, as they are tastier and more filling.

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                31.12.2009 16:55
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                I probably wouldn't bother

                McCain Micro Chips

                Description: The original microwave chip. Each 100g box makes a portion of hot, quick chips in just 3 minutes. Perfect for snacks or to top off a meal.


                Okay, I must start by explaining that I wouldn't usually buy something as lazy as microwave chips but a friend came to stay and her son loves these, so I bought some for him and then had what was left over.

                I paid £1.55 for a four pack of these chips, each box contains 100g which is actually quite small so if you are looking for a hearty snack then I fear that you might be a bit disappointed!

                These actually took three and a half minutes in my microwave which was a little longer than suggested. They are really handy to prepare, simply rip open the box and shove them in the microwave, but it is worth keeping an eye on them to check that they are not over or under cooking.

                The chips are not great, and they look a little pathetic in my opinion. They are quite thin and a little rubbery with a rather bland taste. I think that the only real benefit of these is the fact that they are ready so quickly.

                Nutritional info as follows;
                Calories - 166
                Sugar - 0.5g
                Fat - 4.2g
                Saturates - 0.7g
                Salt - 0.2g

                I don't think that I would bother buying these again, unless they were for someone else! They are not really a substitute for real chips and don't taste of much. In addition, there are hardly any of them so you are likely to find that you need 2 boxes, even as a snack.

                2 Dooyoo stars from me, simply because these are very convenient.

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                The original microwave chip. Each 100g box makes a portion of hot, quick chips in just 3 minutes. Perfect for snacks or to top off a meal.