“ Brand: Snacksters / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I'm not the greatest cook and being a typical student most of my meals come out of a packet and can be cooked in less than 10 minutes. I have eaten products from the snacksters range before and whilst they may not eactly be 5 star cuisine they are cheap, tasty and easy to cook. The nachos however tasted like feet!!!
The nachos come in a black microwavable tray with cheese and salsa sauce included. The instructions where very easy to follow you simply cook in the microwave for 30 seconds before shaking and then putting back in the microwave for a further 30 seconds. Meanwhile, you soak the sachet of salsa in warm water until it turns to liquid and then pour over nachos immediatley before serving.
The packaging has a mouth watering picture of a plate of nachos with a generous amount of salsa sauce and a sprinkling melted cheese. This is not what the finished product looks like!! I was disapointed when i opened the packet to find barely any cheese sprinkled on the salsa but not to be put off i grated my own cheese and sprinkled it over the nachos before placing in the microwave. When serving the nachos i was also disapointed to discover that there is no where near enough salsa sauce for the amount of nachos given, but decided to eat anyway. Within one bite i decided to give most of it to the dog as the nachos where soft and chewy and had absolutley no flavour at all. I was not surprised to see that my dog simply licked off the salsa and cheese and left the nachos!!
I bought the nachos from my local asda for £1 so i suppose i cant be too surprised that they were practically unedible, yet given that some of there other products in the snacksters range are cheap and tasty snacks i was still a little disapointed.
I wouldnt reccomend this product to anyone not even for the cheap price, the only nice thing about it was the salsa sauce but there simply wasnt enough of it, there was also a lack of cheese and of the cheese they did provide alot of it remained unmelted despite being cooked for the reccommended 60 seconds. Bitter disapointment!
When my friends daughter announced she was coming for tea the other night I decided to make us all a chilli and rice (I say all..... I mean me, her and my mad flatmate lol). Knowing that we all have huge appetites I nipped to Asda to search for accompaniments and when I spotted these in the freezer section of the store decided that as they were on offer for a pound a box they'd make the meal I was serving more imaginative and interesting and looking at the instructions on the back of the box would only take me a minute or so to prepare and usually I love nachos so I bought them!
The box is orange with a photograph of the nachos on the front and the back of the box and I am told that they are The Original & best, Snacksters 'Meals in minutes' Nachos 'Corn tortilla chips with grated cheese and a sachet of salsa sauce' and that they do indeed microwave in a minute and that the weight of them is 150g. Other information on the sides of the box includes ingredients and storage advice, I'm told how to cook them, there is a full nutritional chart displayed and contact details for Summit Foods (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice enough box and the nachos shown in the photograph look so nice which is why I so wanted them!
All you do with these is pull them out of the box and they are in a black plastic tray with a tear off see-through plastic cover over them. You get that off and then put them in the microwave for 1 minute or you can oven cook them in 4 minutes if preferred . I followed the instructions to the letter concerning putting them in the microwave. Before you tear the film off there is some light yellow thin grated cheese and we are advised to turn the container upside down and tap the cheese to the top. I did that but there was barely any cheese on them at all and then I put the carton in the microwave (removing the see-though plastic packet of sachet of sauce first). The salsa sauce was frozen so whilst the nachos were in the microwave I simply popped it unopened and in a mug of hot water for a few seconds.
When done I got out the nachos. The tortillas were yellow with dark black specs in them (corn kernels) and they had a rough texture but had gone limp through the heating process. The cheese had meted but like I have mentioned already there wasn't an awful lot of it but what there was had melted and stuck the tortillas together like glue. My nachos simply looked sad and I couldn't unstick them to present them nice and I had just had one lump or nachos on a plate!
Taste wise it all got no better at all. Not one to be beaten I did dribble the salsa sauce over the nachos but still they didn't look appetising.
Ok so they looked sad but did they taste bad.?Well in short yes they did! The tortillas were completely flavourless. They had lost their crispness through heating them and were sort of soggy and hard to tear in the mouth and generally hard work to chew and digest. The cheese, again was flavourless and pointless. It was either a very mild cheese or there simply wasn't enough of it like I said though it acted like glue and went hard on the nachos as they cooled. The salsa was dark red and runny with no bits of anything in it, hence it being called a sauce. It was sweet, unnaturally so and sort of tomato in taste.
We all hated these to be honest and left them. Dull and boring and didn't look one bit pleasant and now I see why they are a pound a box. I wouldn't recommend these to anyone, they were such a let down!
Nutritional Information per Nacho meal:
Energy: 569 Kcal
Of which sugars: 2.6g
Of which saturates: 15.6g
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.29 a box usually.