“ Brand: Asda / Type: Snacks „
While on a recent shopping trip to Asda, I noticed these cost only 46p for 12 bags so my housemate and I decided to give them a go, but to be honest, I had already decided in my mind that they were going to be cheap tasting and flavourless. Well, all I can say is NEVER judge a book by its cover.
The packaging has changed slightly from the red and white design in the dooyoo picture, and is now the standard green and white Asda smart price packaging. There is a picture of the snack on the outside of the bag and the rear contains the nutritional information and also the ingredients and some information informing the eater that the product is free from artificial colours and flavourings as well as hydrogenated fat.
What you get in the bag:
Each multipack contains 12 bags of maize snacks, each containing 14g of crisps. The flavours are 4 each of Onion Rings, Salt and Vinegar Chips and Cheesy Puffs.
I was so surprised by the taste of these product, each variety has a strong flavour and is very tasty, in fairness, the onion rings don't taste like onion and the cheesy puffs only slightly resemble the taste of cheese but this is common of all maize snacks and not just the asda ones. The texture of all the crisps are light and crunchy and you none of them taste overly greasy or unhealthy. In my opinion, they taste just as good as the big name rival products such as wotsits or tayto onion rings.
Each bag of these amazing snacks (14g) contain only 73 calories, 0.9g of protein, 8.2g of carbohydrate (0.3g of which sugars), 4.3g of fat (of which only 0.3g is sat fat) 0.2g of fibre and only 0.2g of salt, so all in all, you can get crisps which are a lot worse for you.
I have taken to eating a pack of these a day with my sandwich for lunch (maybe that is a bad thing) but as they taste so good and cost so little, I think I'm on to a winner!
Bulk Buy Today!
We are a family of five ,six on the weekend and we all take packed lunches to work or school and most days the kids will want a packet of crisps wotsits onion rings etc which of late have shot through the roof price wise where as the packets have got smaller. So even though the usual moans of there's no crisps here only these cheap things drove me bonkers at first they soon got used to the smaller packets and actually enjoy them now.
The asda smart price maize snacks come in three different flavours onion rings salt and vinegar sticks(these are usually last to go) and their favourites cheese puffs they are in 20g bags so only a tiny bit smaller than the top branded multi bags and in all honesty there isnt a massive amount of difference I find that with the snacks they're all artificially tasting anyway and as the wotsits and onion rings etc are now £1.35 for six this is an easy way to save quite a few pounds a week they contain on average 97kcals a pack no artificial colours or flavourings and no hydrogenated fats which is definitely a no go for kids health and the other worry sodium/salt these contain only 0.3g of salt which really surprised me as they do taste salty as all crisps do.
The cheese puffs are very similar to wotsits, the onion- rings taste of any packet onion rings but they are a very orange colour but according to packet have no artificial colours and the salt and vinegar sticks are just like the old chipsticks a definite buy for a family with young kids and if you can convert the adults too then your onto a winner.
All in all a fab buy at 49p for 12 packs and at that price everyone can afford to try them, I am no brand snob and look at money saving as a hobby of late a definite winner in our household. And they always have at least 6 weeks on sell by date too not that they last that long here.
I know that everyone keeps harping on about the recession and the need to save a few pennies here and there but I have been doing this for years as I don't see the point in paying an extra £1 or more for packaging when some of the shops own products are just as nice or if not nicer in some cases.
I usually have a packet of crisps with my sandwich at lunch but recently have noticed that this is costing me more and more money so decided to see what I could have that was a little bit cheaper.
I already buy the ready salted version of these crisps for my partner but I'm not keen on ready salted crisps so picked up a pack of these for 47p, though the bag itself does say 58p so a bit confusing.
The picture above is slightly old as Asda's smart range is now green and white but that's about it. Inside you find 12 bags of crisps, 4 packs of cheese puffs, 4 packs of onion rings and 4 packs of salt and vinger sticks.
The bags themselves are slightly smaller than your average packet of walkers and for some reason each flavour has a different size packet. The salt and vinegar sticks are 22g, the onion rings are 16g and the cheese puffs are 18g but you get more than enough contents to not feel like you want to open a second bag straight after.
Salt and Vinegar Sticks
When you open the packet you do get the smell of salt and vinegar and the sticks are a very yellow colour and about 3 inches long each (as long as they haven't broken). They taste very much like the salt and vinegar sticks I remember having as a child and are very vineagry which might be off putting to people who aren't that keen on this flavour.
When you open the pack you get a vague smell of onions (not to be confused with a pickled onion smell) and you see some round rings about 3 inches in circumfrence and bright orange. I'm not quite sure where the bright orange colour comes from as I don't remember seeing any orange onions lately. The packets do say no artifical colours or flavourings so not sure where it comes from. They do have a mild taste of onion but its not overpowering.
When you open the pack you do get a mild smell of cheese and these reminded me very much of Wotsits. They are about 3 inches long and do also look like wotsits. They are a pale yellow colour. They have a nice mild taste of cheese so if your not keen on strong cheese taste will be ideal.
These crisps do remind of me of being a child and buying 10p packets of crisps from the local shop there not the best quality crisps but certainly not bad in anyway.
Overall I'm impressed by these from a value range and even if you did eat 2 packets a day (not very healthy but nevermind) it wouldn't break the bank as 2 bags of these would still be cheaper than a 6 pack of Walkers. I do mix some Walker's in with these as they are a cheaper crisp but for the money get value and something I will be buying regularly.
Being a bit sick of the cost of snacks such as Wotsists rising and rising I wanted something cheaper. While doing my Asda shopping online recently I added some Wotsits on offer and I bumped my bill up by £3.00. I thought No No No!!!! I hunted these down and added to my virtual trolley. At 47p for 12 packs of Maize snacks I knew I could not go wrong.
Admittedly the packaging is very cheap looking and there is no way I would leave them lying around with guests around!!! However, I did take a pack to the farm last week when I my little boy and just keep the packet hidden in my handbag while we munched!!.
The pack of 12 contains 4 each of 3 flavours.
**Salt & Vinegar Sticks**
These contain 97 calories for a 20g bag. There is actually quite a lot of content in this small pack. These maize and potato snacks have a lovely amount of both salt and vinegar flavouring, with both being obvious and quite tangy. These are my favourite - which is typical as they have the most calories.
These contain 85 calories for a 16g bag. They are shaped like Wotsits and although not as cheesy as wotsits and other versions they are passable and rather nice.
These contain 73 calories for a 18g bag. I have found with the few bags of these we have opened that the rings tend to be broken up but guess that this is the way they have been packed and stored, either in store, in transit or at home. They are quite good onion rings, with an okay flavour. I have had better, but again, these are passable.
I actually really enjoyed these snacks and am happy with just one packet. They are all flavoursome and with relatively few calories I am not too concerned about these being in the cupboard, but I have started putting crisps and snacks on top of the kitchen cupboards, hidden by the trimmings, just to make me think - 'do I REALLY want them?' The answer is always going to be yes of course.
I will definitely definitely 100 percent be buying these again. They are an absolute bargain and I loved them. I am going to try the Tesco version when I get the chance to do a comparison.
I would proudly serve these at home with guests around - in a serving bowl - with no packaging in site!!! I gaurantee that when I do my guests will be asking me where I got them from. They are that decent!
One thing to note is that the best before date on this pack is November 2009, having arrived with me last week. I think that is quite a short date.