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      26.03.2010 14:42

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      A Lovely Treat for Grown Ups

      Tesco Finest Cranberry, Sage and Thyme Handcooked Crisps.

      These crisps come in big bags of 150g and cost around £1.49 per bag. They are part of the Tesco Finest Range and are definately crisps for grown ups.

      The packaging is very nice with pictures of pretty Cranberrys, Sage and Thyme on the front. The packet is not resealable so if you do not eat them all at once then this could be a disadvantage.

      The crisps contain no artifical flavours and the 150g bag contains 750 calories so definately not for anyone on a diet.

      The crisps in my opinion taste fantastic, great if you are having a drinks party or just for an indulgent treat at the weekend. The handcooked texture of the crisps is fantastic and the flavour is wonderful - not too much thyme lots of cranberry. These crisps are thickly cut and very crunchy.

      Made with selected British and Irish potatoes, handcooked in pure sunflower oil and lightly sprinkled with seasoning.

      Contains 31.3g fat per 150g, 0.4g sodium per 150g and 46.8% carbohydrate per 150g.

      Very good for a treat and I can't wait to try the other flavours in the range but eat sparingly unless you don't mind an increase in the size of your waistline!

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      07.12.2004 19:38
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      For once in my life I’m pretty much organised for Christmas, the turkey is ordered, the cake is made and hidden away from prying eyes and little fingers, and my cupboards are full of goodies to celebrate the festive period, minus one item that was nibbled on over the weekend after my hubby suggested we have a cosy night in front of the telly with a couple of drinks. Not satisfied with our normal range of crisps I had bought, my husband had come across the luxury packet that I had bought for sharing with visitors should they pop in over Christmas.

      As I have a sweet tooth, I tend to steer clear of crisps, but I do enjoy a packet now and again especially when having a tipple. The rest of my family love posher crisps such as kettles, or Pringles, (are they posh?), and even supermarkets own high quality savoury snacks. It was while I was in Tesco’s the other week buying Christmas goodies that I came across a packet of cranberry, sage and thyme flavoured hand cooked crisps from their finest range.

      At £2.19 for a 300g bag, these crisps don’t come cheap, but as they’re for a special occasion I don’t mind spending a little bit more. Plus, Tesco claim that only premium potatoes are used in making these crisps and as they are also hand cooked this bumps up the price a little too. These crisps can be located alongside other crisps and savoury snacks. These crisps seem to stand out from the others on the shelves, as the packaging seems far more exquisite than its rivals. The wrapper carries the Christmas theme with its bright silver colouring and the picture on the front of turkey and cranberries immediately makes me think of Christmas and my mouth starts to water.

      As my husband opened the packet I could smell the lovely herbal aroma of thyme and sage as it wafted towards me. The cranberries must’ve been having a day off, as there was no noticeable scent from them, which was slightly disappointing, but I decided to wait until the taste test. Mingling with the smell of the herbs was a mouth-watering aroma of roast turkey, my senses were already screaming at me to eat one so without further delay I picked out a handful of crisps.

      The crisps are normal crisp shaped, and they have a gorgeous burnt orange glow to them thanks to a healthy dusting of paprika. They are much thicker than normal humdrum crisps so snapping them in two can be quite hard. I like the fact that they are quite thick because this means there are less crumbs to be found in the bottom of the bag.

      I did have a few misgivings before trying these crisps as I thought they were just going to be a tarted up version of Roast Chicken crisps, but after trying them for myself there’s no comparison. These crisps scream quality when you bite into them, they are really crunchy and its here that you will notice the thickness the most. The flavours of the herbs and succulent roast turkey go well together with the slight hotness of the paprika dusted on the outside. But I am still dismayed at the non-appearance of the cranberries. Still, I am not put off eating these as they are still scrummy and they are hard to put down once you start nibbling.

      Because these crisps are thicker than normal, they are more substantially filling than others on the market and another thing that sets these aside from the rest is that they do not appear to be greasy, even to the touch.

      If you’re trying to watch your weight then there’s no way you’re going to be wanting to eat crisps and if you were, then it’s best to avoid these little beauties. The nutritional information makes stark reading to me and I’m not even on a diet. For every 100g of crisps that you gobble, there are 440 calories, and 22g of fat. I did warn you. But again these won’t do you any harm if you only eat them occasionally. Also, for the group of people who suffer food intolerances from milk, gluten, yeast and wheat then the bad news is you can’t eat these as these crisps contain all the above.

      I would imagine that these crisps are only available for a short time as seasonal food items such as these only have a limited time on the shelves before being replaced by the plain old ones again. We enjoyed this packet so much that I have made it my mission to stock up on more as I’m sure that they won’t last long in our house. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed when you try these and you’ll want to eat them more often than Christmas, so my advice would be to run out now and grab a bag or three.

      My only complaint would be that they’re only available in the one sized packet. These would make a fantastic change to normal salt and vinegar crisps and sometimes eating a large packet means they have to be eaten straight away as they don’t stay fresh all that long, even with the foil wrappers. But that’s just a small gripe and not one to put me off buying again.

      Available instore or online at www.tesco.com.

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        15.12.2003 15:05
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        r indication of just how thick they really are. The surface of the crisps are powdery to the touch, but there is not one overcooked specimen in the packet, as the golden yellow colouring of the crisp can be seen through the powdery coating. It always amazes me that by paying that extra for luxury crisps, this is always the case. When biting into the crisp, there is a satisfying crunch, and the thickness and sheer quality is even more apparent. The sage and thyme flavours are evident, giving a gloriously herby taste, and the addition of the paprika covering, giving a hint of spice, overall combining into a wonderful myriad of flavours. There is also a faint hint of tomato, and as tomato powder is listed on the ingredients, I should imagine that this is where it emanates from. The only disappointment is that I cannot taste the merest hint of cranberry, but the sadness is short lived, due to the sheer moreishness of the other flavourings. There is a very slight sweet taste to the crisps, but the flavour is hard to distinguish. I would imagine that any cranberry that has been added, was very small in quantity, compared to the other ingredients. The crisps are quite filling; more so than normal varieties, but this could be because of their thickness. There is no greasiness apparent, as there so often is in crisps of this type, but there is a wonderful herby aftertaste. I must admit that since trying these, I would prefer them over and above normal versions. Unfortunately, as these are seasonal, I expect they will disappear from the shelves soon after Christmas. As the crisps are of the luxury variety, of course the calorie and fat intakes are going to be quite high. With 440kcal per 3 ½ oz or 100g serving and 22.0g of fat, the crisps are a dieters nightmare. Unfortunately, those people with an intolerance to gluten will not be able to enjoy the crisps, as there is some gluten present, as well as milk, wheat and yeast. Will I b
        e purchasing these again? Most definitely. Once you have tasted these, you will not want a normal packet of crisps again. I may even use them to stuff the turkey! Tesco Stores Limited Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9SL Tel: 0800 50 55 55

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        Tesco Finest Christmas Cranberry Sage and Thyme Handcooked Crisps.