“ Brand: Asda / Type: Crisps „
Shopping on a budget, I recently bought a multi-pack of Asda own brand Smartb Price crisps of which Salt And Vinegart sticks were one of the variety. Well, the price might be smart but the taste certainly also makes you smart! These are so sharp that they, to borrow a phrase, draw your arse up to your elbows!
At 58p for 12, I thought these crisps were a bargain and to be fair the other two varieties, Onion Rings and Cheesey Puffs, actually taste pretty good with strong and pleasent flavours that pretty much are exactly what you might expect. These Salt And Vinegar crisps though can be summed up in one word...and that word is HARSH!
I am known for the fact that I like a lot of Salt but even I found these a bit TOOOOOO salty. The vinegar too was almost strong enough to make my eyes water! My daughter's response, who never normally turns down crisps, was clear and concise and to the point: "Daddy, I don't like these...they're Yuk!"
The ingredients are pretty standard and contain no surprises but these to my mind are a very poor quality budget-priced snack! I certainly wouldn't be buying these again especially as I have been informed (rightly or wrongly, I don't know) that the next range up from Smart Price are the same price or if more expensive, only so by mere pennies!
These are no frills all the way. As like other own brand budget products available in other stores, the packets are plain white with only the Asda green colouring for the lettering. Certainly no expense has been spent on making these appealing to the eye but this is something that might be excusable if only these tasted a little better!
Apparently these aren't suitable for those on a low potassium diet. I would also go as far as to say if you don't like your Salt And Vinegar snax to be too overpowering or for them to leave your mouth feeling as though you have just crossed a desert and now is in need of desperate hydration then these should also be avoided!
They really are the worst of the own brand crisps that I have tried despite being cheaper by around 30p than their main competitors offerings.....
Having tried 'ASDAs Cheese and Onion' flavoured crisps and found them to be too powerful in flavour and rather greasy, I though I'd give the 'Salt and Vinegar' flavour a chance at redeeming 'ASDAs' own brand of crisps.
The packaging is simple and by the green colour of the packet you can easily tell that these are salt and vinegar. I'm yet to understand why they changed from the signature blue colour for salt and vinegar but it now seems to be well known that green is the new blue.
I was pretty hasty to find out whether these crisps could in fact win me over, but having tried the crisps, I was again disappointed with 'ASDAs' own brand.
Firstly the grease is back, and though it doesn't surprise me a great deal, what's sad is that they must realise that these crisps are incredibly greasy, and yet they do little about it. Someone at the factory must have noticed so why are these being sold to consumers?
Secondly, the salt flavouring is way over the top. I'd like a small sprinkling of salt, nothing that is going to make my taste buds go crazy. A little more vinegar and definitely a lot less salt would make these crisps bearable. In addition I found my lips sore after eating these crisps, which makes me never want to buy them again. I should have a pleasant experience when eating crisps, not end up with a sore mouth. The salt is just too much.
It's a real shame that I've now had two bad experiences with 'ASDAs' own brand crisps. I believe they need to take more care with the flavouring of their crisps and of course that all important grease factor. You'd have thought that they'd not want crisps like these to damage their brand image, but maybe it's because they are so cheap to produce, that it's really not worth their while to invest money in perfecting them.
Bought as part of a multipack these come in at just £1.22 for six bags. I don't think I could argue that these crisps are probably the best value for money, if only they got the flavour right I would be buying these in my weekly shop.
Hopefully they'll put some time into making these better, but until then I'll be going with an alternative.