“ Type: Frozen Food „
I don't care how old I get, what my diet is, who I'm with ... when I'm craving a McCain Smiles, I'm eating them! They are nostalgia on a plate for me! When I was young, I felt a slight twinge of guilt from eating a smiling face, but no more! Hunger has overcome my empathy towards them (Ok... gotta tone it down now, but I can't help it! Love em!!)
They are quick, simple, TASTY and so lovely ... not exactly the healthiest meal I must admit. I live with a personal trainer ... he influences my meals maybe a little more than I like him to for my own benefit! BUT when I get to chose my meal choices, it's a Smiles dinner all the way! Side of baked beans, maybe a little bit of cheese (in for a penny, in for a pound as far as I'm concerned!) and a few peas (gotta have some green!) and Voila! A quick tasty meal fit for a child (or a 25 year old adult)
They take only 16 minutes in the oven, cooked straight from frozen, laid flat on a baking tray. There's no need for oil and then brown and crisp up so nicely in that time! The smell instantly fills your house and makes your stomach rumble.... I will never stop loving Smiles!
These are one thing I always have in my freezer, I find these great to always have in. There are some nights when I will cook chips and don't want my children to have chips or times where I'm to busy to cook things from fresh. I do know that's some parents have issues feeding there children food like this, but in my eyes everything in moderation and all of that, plus they are a life saver sometimes.
These normally sell for around £1.50 in all the supermarkets but can sometimes be picked up for £1 if on offer for a 454g bag.
[Potatoes, Dehydrated Potato, Sunflower Oil, Potato Starch, Salt, White Pepper]
These are properly one of the healthy convince foods to feed your children as its just simple ingredients, without added colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats (would be better if they took out the salt).
They come in a bright red bag with a smiley face in a sunflower, which is cute.
The smiley faces have 2 eyes and a little smile. normally around 4 of these faces as part of a main meal feed my daughter fine, my kids normally have fish and vegetables with these, You would need double the amount for an adult.
The bag is easy to open you can rip if your strong enough or you can cut it, you pop these evenly on a baking tray (still frozen) and can oven cook bake them for 12 - 15 minutes or grill them for 10 minutes, turning them now and again.
After cooking these taste lovely, they cook into a golden colour and are crispy on the outside, but the potato is still fluffy and soft on the inside. There's not much taste to them apart from potato, but they are nice tasting. They make a great side dish for a main meal.
My eldest child loves the faces on them and is a great conversation starter with her, as she will pick them up and have a conversation with one of them and points out the eyes and mouth.
I am a big fan of Mcains smiles. I personally buy them from farmfoods where they cost £1, they are also available in most supermarkets for around £1.30 for a 454g bag which equal around 25 smies. Smiles are a basically shaped mashed potato with a crispy outer coating and are shaped into smiley faces. I remember enjoying these as a child and I suppose some of my fondness comes from pure nostalgia. They come in a red bag with pictures of smiles on the front and the Mcains logo.
I use these smiles in the place of chips with most foods. I am currently trying to lose my baby weight and these are great, a portion of 6 smiles come in at just 160 kcals. I cook my smiles in the oven and they take around 20 minutes. You can also fry or grill them. I find the mashed potato comes out lovely and fluffy and the coating is golden. I think they are delicious.
Recently I have had to start to buy more of them as my 1 year old is currently enjoying them a bit too much. They are brilliant for her as she can suck the mashed potato out. Obviously not something she has everyday but they are one of her favourite treats. I prefer her eating these to chips as they are lower in salt and sugar.
All in all I think these smiles are great and something everyone should try. I thoroughly recommend them for children and adults alike.
I've been eating these McCain Smiles every since I can remember an till this day I still love them. These smiles are potato and shapes like smiley faces . The smiles have a crispy coating and the potato in the centre is soft when cooked. They are about 1.5-2 inches long and about 1 centimetre thick.
These potato smiley's taste very much like chips just in a different shape and these have a slightly crispier coating than oven chips. They have a very soft potato centre with a crispy coating. I like when they cooked slightly over the recommended time of 12-15 minutes because I like when the coating is crispier than normal because it makes a greater mix with the soft potato inside.
The Smiles smell very much like oven chips also but I think these smiles are much better quality than oven chips. What I find with oven chips is that when they are cooked in the oven I always get a few that don't cook properly or some that are half cooked. Even when I leave them in for a little longer they come out half burnt. With these smiles when they are cooked in the oven they come out perfect and I never get the problem of half of them being uncooked/half cooked.
I never have any trouble with broken or mashed smiley faces when I get these they are quite thick so there's no wonder they always stay in tact. Most of all they don't get stuck to the tray when I put them in the oven which fries sometimes do. You know they are cooked when they are crispy and a light golden colour.
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McCain Smiles are to be stored in the freezer and the 454g packet is quite small and doesn't take up much space in my freezer.
McCain Smiles can be cooked in the oven fried or grilled. I prefer to cook mine in the oven because in my opinion this is how they come out the best to eat. The cooking time in the oven is 12-15 minutes on gas mark 7.
These Potato Smiles are available to buy at ASDA for £1.30 for a 454g bag which is approx. about 10 to 15 smiley faces. They are very often on sale for £1 is ASDA but either way they are very worth it. All other supermarkets will have a similar price varying from £1-2. They are definitely my favourite alternative to fries/chips.
McCain's Smiles - lovely alternative to chippy chips in my personal opinion and I don't think you have to be a kid to either eat or enjoy these great potato treats.
My nephew calls them Smiley Faces (he's only 3) and they are probably the thing he'd eat every day if his mother let him. They can be bought from most large supermarkets, are dead simple to cook and you can put several in your mouth at once - or at least I can.
They are made from dehydtrated potato and sunflower oil. The bag I bought cost me £1.10 for 545g from Tesco. Cooking is easy, simple and vert straightforward. You can grill them (or fry) but they are already oily - I put them in an oven on 200C for 12 mins and turn once.
In my opinion, they taste delicious and go with fried eggs, sausages and beans or just on their own for a snack in front of the telly.
There are 191 calories per 100g (is that a lot?) and I think there is one E number in them.
The potato is light and fluffy and no at all dry and after cooking them properly the outside is perfectly crisp, but perhaps a tiny bit oily so it might be an idea to turn them out onto some kitchen paper if you want the grease to be absorbed a bit.
Fab tasty oven ready alternative to the chip!
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In the run up to Christmas my partner and I have set ourselves a bit of a challenge to spend as little as psychically possible on our weekly food shop in a bid to save some money towards the big Christmas shop. In order to achieve this, we've had to sacrifice home cooking from scratch, and we've been stocking up on all sorts of frozen foods as they work out so much cheaper.
I've seen these Smiles before but never got round to trying them as we usually have wedges with things like pizza etc. They were on offer in Tesco for £1 for a 454g bag which is why they ended up in our trolley. I also fancied a change from the usual frozen potato options because if you're eating a lot of frozen food it can get repetitive and uninspiring very quickly.
The smiles are basically mashed potato in a nice crispy coating, and I know it sounds silly but the fact they look like smiley faces does actually put a smile on your face! They take about 15 minutes in the oven and apart from turning them once we left them to cook themselves. We had them with pizza but they'd go well with any frozen chicken pieces, fishfingers, anything really.
The smiles are about two inches in diameter, with holes cut out for the eyes and lips. Once they're cooked they look golden on the outside (rather than yellow when they come out of the pack). The inside is fluffy mashed potato and the outside is crispy. The outside didn't taste at all greasy or hard as these things can do sometimes, it was just right. The mashed potato was smooth and fluffy, and I didn't really feel like I was eating frozen food it was so much nicer than the homemade chips or wedges we usually have.
We cooked about six each to go with our pizza, in hindsight we could have got away with less than this. I'd say that 12 is about half the pack, so you'd get about 24 in a pack which will bulk out a few freezer teas. They're handy to have in the freezer as they are so versatile and go with many dishes.
Nutritionally, 100g provides:
Calories - 215
Sugar - 1g
Fat - 9g
Saturates - 1g
Salt - 0.2g
I don't feel too bad eating these as they're not as bad for you as some frozen foods. They are made from real mashed potato, contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats, and are low in salt, sugar and saturates. They are suitable for vegetarians.
McCains make a great range of products and one that's a very big hit with my daughter is the smiles. These cute 2 inch smiley faces are a great fun way for your children to eat good food.
I picked these up from my local Tesco when they were on offer for only £1. They are usually priced at around the £1.50 mark.
Each packet contains 454grams which works out to be around 30 faces. This is great at 3 or 4 is more than enough to add to a meal. So a packet will last you for ages!
These smiles last for ages, being a freezer food they aren't something that will go out of date any time soon which is great for a busy mum as you can stock up on them and guarantee your children will eat them.
They are extremely easy to cook just pop them in the oven at 200oC for around 15 minutes. I like to put them in for about 17 minutes as they go a lovely golden brown colour.
They have a great taste to them. Once you have taken a bite into the lovely crispy outer edge of the face you are met with a smooth creamy tasting mash which is just lush. They taste even better coated in gravy. They aren't greasy and don't leave a nasty taste in your mouth, they are very filling and taste just great.
With a lot of potato based premade products I have found that they taste very salty but with these they really are just pure mash potato with no added extras. They are also low in saturated fat but not the best coming in at 6.5 grams per 75g serving which is about 4 smiley faces.
Overall I think these are a great fun way to get good food into your little ones tummy they complement fish fingers very well. I purchase these on a regular basis as I know there a big hit.
So, after the dissapointment of the Asda stars version of these (see earlier review), I wanted to replace the horrible memory with the warm and fun one from when I was little, so when I came home for the holdiays and found my sister had bought some of these, I jumped at them!
These are little (about 2 inches in diameter) round circles of mashed potato covered in a breadcrumb sort of coating which goes crispy when you cook it. And every circle has a little smile and 2 eyes punched out of them.
I cooked mine in the oven because it's healthier however you can also fry these. In the oven they only took about ten minutes in the top shelf of my aga.
These, to be honest, are not as good as I remember but i think that this is because of all of the new rules which regard to reducing salt content. I had to add heaps of salt before these were tasty. They were however, a billion times better than the asda version ones which were horrible.
The mashed potato sticks to the outside and the outside goes lovely and crispy. The little smiles are also so cute!! They do get a little hot insde though so maybe be careful if you are giving these to kids.
They are also vegan (I assume they are as my sister ate them) which is pretty good as usually mashed potato has butter or milk in it.
My favourite thing to do is to take a bite from the top of the head and then cover it/dip it in ketchup so it looks like all of the brains are coming out and its bleeding! Possibly a little wierd - but maybe try it on your kids for haloween or something!
Having just done a review of Asda potato waffles, I thought I ought to add a review of McCain Smiles, as these two products are used at the same time in our house. These are a great little product to have in the freezer for those evenings when you just don't want to cook.
Now, those who have read some of my other reviews will be thinking, 'Why is the queen of own brand bargainicity buying McCain smiles when she's already got Asda waffles?' Right?
Well, even if you weren't asking, the answer is that these little fellas are gluten free - yes, we have a small person with a Special Dietary Need in our home. These are made just of potato with a bit of sunflower oil and some white pepper. No wheat flour in sight.
It's a good job he is a small person though, as the Smiles are also small. I think you would need a good 8 Smiles to make a worthwhile adult portion. But, about 4 does the trick for my little man, and these are aimed at children after all.
The Smiles come in a bag which is easy to cut open and then store again in the freezer, so are a great stand by tea. They are a simple product to cook, straight from frozen - just pop the in the oven for about 15 minutes at 220 degrees, turning them every so often. They go lovely and golden and crispy on the outside, and stay nice and soft on the inside. Great with fish fingers (gluten free, of course), baked beans, egg, whatever. I think these are actually nicer than potato waffles, maybe because the small smiley face shape gets a bit crispier.
The only downside for these is the price (£1.32 for 454g in Asda), but if you are not bothered about price or need something gluten free, and especially if it's for children, I would definitely recommend these.
Although we normally have Chips in our house, the occassional Wedges, and sometimes Curly Fries, the wife likes to buy things like these. PErhaps she's a big kid, but she likes Potato products. I admit i'm not that fussed about "novelty" things like this, but I had a couple the other week and I have to say these were pretty nice.
You get these in the freezer and they cost about £1 a bag. The bag size is 750g and to look in here it doesn't look like you get many for the money. They are quite large though, so I would say you get 2 generous portions out of this bag, or I would say 3 more standard portions.
All these are are circular bits of Potato with a slightly crisp outside. They have a Smiley face on them with the eyes and mouth made by holes in the circle.
You cook these in the oven for about 20 minutes and they are tsty when they come out. The inside of them are nice and fluffy potato and the outside part which has a slight coating on it is a golden colour with a crispy taste. These aren't really greasy and they taste more like a "healthy" Potato product.
I can see the fascination and I would happily have these again.
Smiley Faces are something that I always remember eating when I was little so I love to pick up a pack occasionally now just to make myself feel like a child again.
These are frozen potatoes that are in the shape of a podgy round smiley face with holes going through them for the eyes and the mouth. They only take around 15 minutes to cook in the oven and they turn a golden brown colour and begin to feel slightly crispy when they're ready. The one thing I have noticed with these is that if they're overcooked they turn far too crispy and don't taste nice at all but when cooked correctly the potato is really soft and fluffy.
They make the perfect accompaniment to something like fish fingers or chicken dippers as it makes a quick and simple meal and a fun meal that kids will love to dig into.
I often find a pack of these in supermarkets for a reduced price of £1 which I think is great for a big bag of these. Fair enough, they aren't the healthiest of meal options, but for a more fun meal for adults and especially for children, these are perfect.
I always have a packet of these in the freezer in case I get stuck at any point and need to cook a quick dinner for my children. I think these are healthier than chips and my kids love eating them. At Asda they are currently £1.32 for a 454g bag.
The smiles are made up of mashed potato which has been made into the shape of a happy face. They have a crispy coating on the outside which goes golden brown once cooked. They take about 20-25 minutes to cook in the oven and all cokking instructions are on the packet. They are kept in the freezer and are cooked from frozen. They can also be grilled as well as oven baked.
The ingredients are as follows:
The nutritional information is that per 100g of smiles oven baked they have 213kcal and 8.7g of fat. I am not entirely sure how many grams is in a portion that I give to my children.
Once cooked the potato smile has a crispy coating and a fluffy middle, just be careful you don't over cook them as they can turn very quickly to being dark brown and a little bit burnt.
In summary, these are a great option to have in the freezer to give to kids if you need to get a dinner ready quickly. They are also heathly, in my eyes anyway and kids love the happy smiley faces.
Description: McCain Smiles - Frozen Mashed Potatoes.
I believe that these potato shapes are actually marketed towards children but I love them and have been buying them for ages.
They come in a red bag with the McCain's logo on the front and pictures of the smiles. A 454g bag will cost around £1.25 and can be found in the frozen section of most supermarkets.
To cook, you just have to pop them into a preheated oven so they are really easy and ready in around 25 minutes (check instructions to ascertain cooking times as these will vary). You can tell when they are ready as they turn a lovely golden shade of brown.
The smiles are lovely and golden and have a delicious crispy coating with a light and fluffy potato centre. There is something really tasty about them and because they are so light, they don't seem stodgy or too filling.
They can be served with most foods, and make a change from the usual boiled potatoes or chips. I like them with chilli (instead of rice) or dishes with sauce that they can help to soak up.
Potatoes, Dehydrated Potato (Turmeric), Sunflower Oil, Potato Starch, Salt, Stabiliser (E464), Pepper Extract.
Nutritional info per 75g serving;
I definitely recommend that you try these if you haven't already, they may be designed for kids but trust me, they are pretty good for adults too!
Description: McCain Smiles - Frozen Mashed Potatoes
Mr Siamese has gone out this evening on a boys night out - that means that I get to eat things that he would normally turn his nose up at, bring on the McCain potato Smiles - yay!
These are basically mashed potato, formed into little smiley faces which have a texture very similar to potato waffles. Once cooked, the outside is slightly crispy and golden and the inside remains fluffy and light. A 454g bag of these smiles will cost you around £1.20 though they can often be found on offer. They come in a bright red packet with the logo on the front and pictures of the smiles.
All you have to do is take the required amount out of the freezer, pop them on a baking tray and put into a pre heated oven for around 20 minutes (this may vary according to the type of oven so check the pack before cooking). Then simply serve and enjoy.
Each 75g serving contains the following;
Ingredients are as follows;
Potatoes, Dehydrated Potato (Turmeric), Sunflower Oil, Potato Starch, Salt, Stabiliser (E464), Pepper Extract.
These are just delicious, they may be marketed at kids but they are definitely tasty for adults too. They taste just like little potato waffles and go really well with fish fingers and baked beans (go wild and sprinkle grated cheese over the top - delicious!). They are a great stand by to keep in the freezer and use in place of potatos or chips and relatively healthy too.
Definitely recommend that you give these a try, no matter what your age!
All parents like to feel they are giving their children good food to eat but sometimes there is just not the time to spend hours preparing and cooking fresh food. I think most parents will admit to giving their child convenience food from time to time, and I am one of those parents.
McCain Smiles are a fantastic convenience food and are loved by all three of my children. My 3 year old is a really fussy eater and it is difficult to get him to eat any food never mind healthy food. I must admit he will eat these potato smiles more than the other two because they are one of the only food he likes.
McCain Smiles are smiley faces prepared from real mashed potato. They are circular in shape and have two eyes and a smiley mouth cut out. They are soft potato on the inside with a crispy outer coating. As I said all of my children love them and they are great with things like fish fingers and beans.
Not only are Smiles a winner with the kids but they are also very easy to cook. You simply put them on a baking tray and pop them into the oven for 12-15 minutes, they do need turning occassionally. When cooking you need to keep a constant watch on them because they cook very quickly, I have burnt them before as crazy as that sounds. The Smiles can also be done on the grill but I have never done them like this.
Smiles are a product from the very successful brand McCain and I think they excel at all the products they make. On the pack it says "we take real, simple ingrediants and prepare them with care. No artificial colours or flavours, no hydrogenated fats.......just real and convenient food that you can trust and enjoy."
Smiles are availbale in various pack sizes from all supermarkets. The price can also vary depending where you buy them but they are only cheap. I buy mine from Farmfoods for about £1 for 454g.
There is nothing really bad to say about McCain Smiles, they may only be simple convenience food but they are cheap, easy to cook and loved by children, what more could you ask for?
McCain Smiles - Frozen Mashed Potatoes