“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I recently decided to take a down shift challenge and see if the basic products that supermarkets sell are in any way comparable to the leading brands or supermarket quality brands.
Coming in the usual smart price green and white packaging, these chips are packaged in a completely no frills plastic bag, exactly what you would expect from a product aimed at the entry level side of the consumer market. Targeting the more budget conscious, these chips are touted as being suitable for oven baking or normal frying, with the product stating that it is suitable for vegetarians and that it contains no artificial colours or flavourings. I can't really comment on the frying part as I make them in the oven, which makes them nice and crispy. As they already come with a covering of oil, you simply need to put them on a baking try and straight into the oven, preferably a pre-heated oven though.
In terms of looks, texture and taste these are pretty basic without any sort of added spices or anything along those lines however they taste like pretty regular potato chips. I have noticed that they tend to be generally quite short, however the this doesn't in any way affect the taste. All in all they are basic but don't taste bad at all.
If you are looking for a basic product without any frills, then this certainly hits the right spot. I purchased these in store however you can also find them on the Asda website. Coming in at only £0.82 for 1.5 kilograms, you are certainly getting value for money, especially in the current economic climate where everyone seems to be tightening their belts.
Please note that all prices are correct at time of reviewing but may be subject to change. Also please note that the packaging has changed slightly from the one displayed in the photo Dooyoo has posted for this product.
If you are student or just shopping on a budget (which most people are nowadays) then I could recommend these Asda Smartprice Oven or Fry chips. At just 64pence for 1.5kg bag, they really warrant the phrase 'cheap as chips'!
The first thing I will say about these chips is that they are suitable for vegetarians (which you will be surprised to know that some freezer chips aren't). These chips are fairly basic with only two ingredients: Potatoes and Vegetable Oil (which really should be the only products in your freezer chips).
In terms of taste, these chips really are standard. I have tried them both in the oven and fried and I would recommend frying them if you are looking for an improved flavour (although this is really the less healthy option). As oven chips they don't really go very golden and they are very powdery in flavour, but then I do find this with most oven chips no matter the brand. If you put them in a buttie with some ketchup then they aren't so different from the posher brands but on their own, they are really dull. I find that I put more salt and vinegar on these than I would with home made chips.
So if you are on a budget and are a fan of oven chips then I really think you may as well go for these cheap supermarket branded ones as they really aren't so different. But I think I would rather stick to making my own potato wedges or fried chips from a good old-fashioned potato!
Serving Size Per 180g (ovenbaked)
Energy KJ 1279
Available Carbohydrate 55.4
Of Which Sugars 0.9
Of which Saturates 2.9