“ Brand: Boots / Type: Crisps „
I have had these crisps quite a few times now, there are 2 Boots local to me; I find that I buy these more in one Boots to another and the reason being is to their 'crafty' location of this product. The store in which I buy them from the most is the one where they are at the side of the tills; when there is a queue the line often runs past the shelf precisely were these are stocked and thus I always end up grabbing at least 1 bag normally 2.
These are in appearance quite similar to DISCOS; as they are quite circular however I feel they are a lot thinner than discos. The are suitable for vegetarians, free from hydrated fats artificial colours and flavourings and best of all the packet is only 96 calories. For more stats per pack please see below:
4g fat (medium)
0.3 saturates (low)
0.6g salt (high)
The above figures shows ratings as well as the stats that is because the Shapers name is part of a brand and line within Boots which are involved to create a meal deal. If you hop into the meal deal you would qualify for 3 products which a total value of less than 500 calories altogether.
Packaging is a little bland maybe but now I know I like and enjoy the product this doesn't matter as I buy the packet for the product inside not how nice the outside looks. The packet provides all necessary information which you would expect such as expiry date, barcode, ingredients, calorie content ect.
Overall opinion is that the crisps are very nice indeed, and if Boots sold these in a multipack I would definitely buy them as they feel like they are a little better for you than others on the market, they are tasty and considering there only21g, there is quite a lot of the crisps inside. I picked mine up today for only 20p as they was going out of date at the end of the month. Normally these range for around 45p which are great value for these particular crisps.
I have been working my way through snacks in the Boots Shapers range on the days when I haven't made anything to take to work. On those days I used to be tempted by a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar as they are convenient. So I decided if I was going to have these I may as well try out the low calorie options that Boots offer.
The Shapers range covers a lot of snack foods such as sandwiches, chocolate bars and crisps. Like all of the savoury snacks, the salt and vinegar Crispy Discs come in at under 100 calories, 96 to be precise. You can combine some of the foods in a 500 calorie or less meal deal, but I haven't done this as there isn't much choice of vegetarian sandwiches/salads in my small local branch. The first thing I noticed about these crisps is that although they are low calorie, they actually score a medium rating of orange for overall fat content using the traffic light system for healthy eating. They are rated green or low for saturated fat though. Perhaps expecting an overall low fat score is too much to hope for! They are also rated as high in salt, containing 9% of an adults RDA. I suppose this is not surprising considering the flavour, but it did make me conscious of the fact that the Shapers range is not necessarily good for you in all ways just because it is low calorie.
The crisps themselves come in a 21g bag, which costs 50p. The packet is white and looks much like the other savoury snacks in the range but it does show a picture of the product on the front. I don't think the bags seem that well filled, but as the crisps are light, that is probably to prevent them getting too crushed. As it is, there are always quite a few broken ones.
These snacks look a lot like Discos, but they are lighter in texture and thinner. They are a very crispy, crunchy crisp, and enjoyable to eat. I like their lightness, but they don't feel very fiilling. As a snack on their own, they wouldn't fill me up if I was very hungry. As part of a lunch with fruit and sandwiches, they are fine though. They have a good strong flavour without being too overbearing. This means they mix better with other foods and they don't make my lips tingle as some other salt and vinegar crisps do. You can also taste the potato base which I like.
I find that they leave a slightly shiny residue on my fingers after eating but less so than other crisps. They don't have an oily aftertaste either.
I enjoy eating these, and although I wouldn't recommend them for a substantial snack, the low calorie rating in this case doesn't mean a lack of flavour. If you like salt and vinegar, and a crunchy crisp, these are well worth a try. 50p isn't too bad a price either. They are a Boots own label product, so they are obviously only available in their shops.
I recently read a review on dooyoo for Discos crisps (slim round crunchy crisps), which made me feel like eating them, and when I found myself in Boots recently, chomping at the bit for my next snack fix, I spotted these little discy things which looked sneakily similar. I'm all for healthier versions of fattening things which make you feel less guilty (as long as they live up to the taste test) so here I am reviewing!
It's been a while since I've eaten Discos, but the memory of them is still fresh in my head, just like my first love... These dieters versions of Discos come in a light blue packet, and cost something like 42p for a 21 gram bag , which is fairly reasonable for a packet of crisps... and may I say, they are an excellent substitute for the legendary Discos!
*** The taste test ***
They are exactly the same shape and size (big round discs) and they have a good tangy salt 'n' vinegar flavour which I think does the crisps justice. You can tell they are a healthier version though as the consistency is a little lighter and less solid and thick, which is not necessarily a bad thing. They don't seem to have as much oil as Discos, but they are still nice and crispy. Some crisps leave you with a strong taste ages after, which these don't, which I like as I don't really want to be having a strong, salty mouth afterwards.
I would seriously buy these again, if I was in the mood for salt & vinegar crisps, which isn't that often if I'm honest (I'm more a cheese flavoured crisp person), but I really did enjoy them. They also have some other flavours (I saw cheese & onion) so I may try those next time.
So, does it pass the taste test? Definitely!
*** Nutritional stuff ***
Now some of the boring but important stuff... Each pack has 92 calories which is brilliant, and has 3.9g of fat, 0.3g of saturates, 0.5g of salt and 0.5g of sugars. It is also veggie friendly!
The pack also boasts that it is free from hydrogenerated fats, artificial colours and flavourings.
Ingredients: Potato starch, Potato flour, vegetable oil, salt & vinegar flavour [lactose (from milk), acidity regulator (sodium diacetate), wheatflour, salt, dextrose (from wheat), sugar, flavourings, citric acid, malt vinegar extract, yeast extract (salt), sunflower oil, colour (curcumin)] salt, sugar.
Traffic light system:
The pack has a traffic light colour code system which is an easy system of being able to ascertain if something is good for you to snack on. Red means indulge in now and again, yellow means enjoy most of the time, and green means go for it! I'd never noticed Boots do that coding system, but will look out for it on their food products as it's a handy tool.
With this bag of crisps, the coding tells you:
Calories = Green
Fat = Yellow
Saturates = Green
Salt = Red
Sugars = Green
Therefore, its quite a healthy snack option with plenty of Greens there, but just to be wary about the salt levels in this (well the flavour of the crisps probably gave you a clue to that anyway!).
*** Summary ***
An excellent healthy option for when you need a snack, and only a bag of crisps will do.
I find myself popping into Boots for my lunch several times a week and always ejoy trying the different product in their 'Shapers' range. If I'm not careful I can easily sit at my lunch and eat yummy but unhealthy snacks from our work canteen all day, so I go for Boots' healthy option if I can, which at least I know isn't too bad for me!
I usually go for a 'meal deal' which is £2.99 for a sandwich/salad, snack and a drink, but purchased separately these are 39p - at least as cheap as any other crisps. I should point out that if you buy 5 meal deals in a month, you get the 6th free, so save yourself £2.99...
The Crispy Discs come in an attractive turquoise coloured packet with a close-up picture of the crisps on the front, with the name of the product in a co-ordinating font. They also clearly show the number of calories per packet which is 92, and the row of nutritional 'traffic lights' along the bottom, showing the percentage of calories, fat, etc. that each bag provides. These are pretty saintly apart from the salt, which is a 'red light' at 0.5g, so watch your salt intake if you eat these regularly! The packaging is eye-catching yet classy and simple.
On opening the bag, I was pleasantly surprised at the intactness of the crisps - I hate it when you get a bag full of crumbs! These must be quite robust and packed/handled carefully to stay whole in the bag... You also get a nice whiff of salt and vinegar which really gets my mouth watering!
These are very crispy when you bite into them, and crunch very satisfyingly in your mouth. The salt and vinegar taste, while genuine and not chemical tasting, is very strong. I like it, but it might be too overpowering for some. Watch your mouth ulcers!
For me, these are the perfect combination of lightness and substance. They taste recognisably of potato and aren't at all stodgy or greasy. But they do seem to fill me up more than some 'healthy' crisps. Some people may find them a bit dry, but I prefer them to oily crisps.
Nutrition per bag:
Being a crisp-a-holic I'm always on the look out for new types of crisps I haven't tried before and although I'm not a weight watcher as such I am conscious of constantly eating rubbish, which I do usually!
21g turquoise plastic outer packet which is silver foil on the inside. On the outside of the packet in white and turquoise writing I'm told they are Shapers Salt & Vinegar Crispy Discs and 'What does the perfect snack need? Salt, vinegar and welcoming tastebuds'. I'm then told the bag contains 92 Calories and that the 'discs' contain no artificial colours & flavours and no hydrogenated fats. Then there is a photograph of the 'discs' and at the bottom of the packet there is an at a glance nutritional chart, I'm told they are Vegetarian and the Boots symbol is clearly stated. On the back of the packet I'm again told what they are, ingredients and allergy advice is given, a full nutritional rundown is there, the best before date is stamped on clearly, the weight and recycle symbol are shown, contact details for Boots are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough packaging and very colour co-ordinated and simple.
The 'Discs' Themselves....
Well open the bag up and you get a slight smell of salt and vinegar although it isn't harsh or overly smelly or anything like that. The bag is full of of the crisps and all are round and light yellowish in colour with a slight appearance texture wise of sandpaper grained on.
Picking them up they don't feel greasy or grimy and taste wise they are nicely blended with the salt and vinegar and have a nice light potato taste to them. Crispy?.... yes they are though not flaky and/or messy to eat at all. They are quite strong and robust and melt nicely in the mouth.
A really nice none filling snack. They fill the gap of crisps and you don't feel like your being healthy as such so they fix the crisp craving nicely. Flavour-wise they taste really nice though they are not over powering at all by flavour allowing a potato taste to seep through. I really do like them!
Contains gluten, milk.
Nutritional Information Per Bag....
Only available in Boots along with other varieties of Shapers snacks and these were priced 39p.