“ Type: Snacks „
Whether you are trying to lose weight or just fancy a treat without too much guilt, low fat crisps are a god send. I'm a believer in the placebo effect, if you believe you had something i.e. crisps it takes away the yearning even if they weren't exactly your favourites. And at this point I'm starting my review at a funny place - these crisps are like Walkers or Kettles their appearance is more akin to a Pringle (without being flat).
I have only ever purchased these crisps as a multi pack with contains 6 packets of crisps with 3 flavours namely Sea Salt, Salt and Vinegar and Sour Cream and Onion. Apparentely there are 10 packs available - but not where I live.
Each bag is 21g in weight and represents 94 calories and 4g of fat. Which in terms of Weight Watchers or Tesco Totals is 1.6 points - so not the best in terms of points but no means the worst. For instance a "non light" pack of golden wonder crisps is 34.5g so by default the points value will be higher due to the increased pack size. But regardless of how they reduce the calorie content - under the rules of placebo reducing the pack size is fine.
I find it a great shame that the range of flavours for the golden wonder lights could not be extended to the degree of the main stream golden wonder crisps as variety of flavour can be a great asset when dieting.
As for the flavours that are available; the sour cream and chive is so strong that you can smell an open bag on entering a room - so don't snack on these before that all important date. The flavour is good but the smell is over powering. The salt and vinegar are really nice but the flavour is slightly overpowering in terms of the vinegar. The sea salt is again nice but too much emphasis on the salt flavour leaves you feeling in need of a drink.
I think the purchase of these crisps should be intermingled with other low fat crisps to give variety - they are a great alternative and hopefully the guys at the factory will work on refining the flavours slightly.
My mum buys these because she's on a diet and now me and my sister have started liking them more than normal crisps because they taste so nice and aren't greasy.
We get ours in packs of 6 and you get 2 bags of salt and vinegar, 2 bags of sour cream and chives and 2 bags of ready salted.
I like them all because they are like Discos and they were my favourite crisps when I was little. These arent like normal fried crisps they are paler and smoother and nice and round.
My faves are the sour cream ones because they taste just like Pringles but not so fatty. They taste like summer my little cousin says and hes right because they are so light tasting that they don't feel like you've eaten something too heavy. But this summer has been so crap that we're still eating stews at home instead of salad so it don't matter about that.
The salt and vinegar ones are v. tangy and sometimes make the sides of my mouth hurt because there is so much vingear on them. They have loads more flavour then Walkers crisps and are wicked when you use them to dip in mayo or one of them tubs of Doritos salsa.
I don't like ready salted crisps much but these ones are lovely because they are so lightly salted that I can taste the crisp under it. There nice in a crisp butty because they are real crunchy and the taste of the crisps makes them taste a bit like chips.
All of them are good crisps but I'd like to know what the orange bag is in the picture dooyoo have put on, if its chicken flavour then I reckon that would taste wicked because the flavour of the crisps would be just right for it. Golden Lights have about 100 calories in each bag and that is a big difference to Walkers because they are so greasy and I'll carry on eating these even though I'm not on a diet.
We have lot of healthy eating or diet foods in our house as 'someone' is on a diet (not me, ha!) so that person has to buy lower fat options for snack foods which I'm not supposed to touch...
Well late one night when I'd ran out of 'normal' crisps I dipped into that someone's snack stash and helped myself to a couple of packets, lol!
The rule is that NO-ONE is allowed to eat Salt &Vinegar flavour anything so of course I started with this type first!
'Golden Lights' made by Golden Wonder are advertised as only having 93 or 94 calories a pack in their potato snack crisp style discs.
The makers say there is only 4g of fat per pack and between 0.2-0.6g of sugar depending on the favour.
In the six pack we bought there are sea salt, salt& vinegar and sour cream and onion flavours and I tried once of each ;)
Described as 'a light and tasty potato snack' made with 100% sunflower oil these contain 33% less fat than standard Golden Wonder potato sliced crisps.
Each packet contains around 19% of this oil but you really can't tell as these are very dry in texture rather than oily.
The salt and vinegar flavour are really tasty and smell very strong as you open the blue and white pack, the fragrance is really natural as is the taste as well. A bit eye watering with the acetic acid but that half the fun of salt & vinegar snacks!
Sea salt were a bit weak compared to normal salted crisps; but I enjoyed the flavour of the potato and the smell really appetising too.
Lovely and crunch as were all these packs, I really enjoyed this variety as much as the other two...
Sour cream & chive are very strong and tasty again. There are little green bits of dried chive on the surface of the crisps as well as baked into them which I liked.
I think of the three flavours these tasted the most artificial though, that's not a complaint as I enjoyed them.
These snacks are a bit thicker than some normal crisps, and oval in shape with a tiny bubbled texture to them and quite dry. Costing one pound on offer or £1.45 full price 'someone' says...
Very crisp and crunchy and satisfying, all full of flavour and brittle in consistency these Golden Lights leave a really lovely aftertaste - five stars from me, yummy! ;-p
Yesterday I bought a multi pack of Golden Wonder Golden Lights for the first time. I paid £1.09 for 6 x 21g bags at my local Sainsbury's.
The multi pack contained 2 of each flavour; sea salt, sour cream and onion and salt and vinegar. I have tried all three flavours. These potato snacks are Golden Wonder's answer to a lower calorie potato snack.
Firstly, I have to say I wasn't really very drawn to the packaging, I was more drawn to the price which seemed pretty reasonable. I am always on the lookout for lower calorie snack options so I thought I'd give them a go. I'm not sure why, but the packaging just doesn't seem to work for me. Everything from the font they have used to the image just looks wrong! I can't put my finger on it. To be perfectly honest it looks like something someone has designed very badly at home on microsoft office publisher. Anyway, less of that, I bought them didn't I! (incidentally, the design in the dooyoo picture is different to the pack I have and looks a lot nicer)
The potato snacks themselves are rather like Discos (which I think are made by KP.) They look very similar and are similar in texture, although slightly smaller. If you are not familiar with Discos, they look a little bit like tiny poppadoms! The potato is formed into discs of light potato. They more or less melt on your tongue. Whilst the flavour of these snacks is good, there is a problem, they are just way too salty and it completely overpowers the flavour. I like salty foods and I was almost unable to finish these.
A pack of Golden Lights will provide you with 94 calories and 0.4 grams of saturated fat (1.5 weight watchers points if that's your thing) They are made with sunflower oil and have 33% less fat than standard Golden Wonder crisps. They contain milk and may contain gluten and soya. These snacks contain MSG and there are a few other undesirables in the ingredient list. Suitable for vegetarians.
All in all I feel these may be one to avoid. There are lots of really nice low fat crisp type snacks on the market, and although these are a bit less expensive I think it may be best to spend a few extra pennies.
Someone suggested I try Golden Lights crisps, made by Golden Wonder, after I mentioned I was missing the crunch of crisps now I am back to my diet after Christmas. I've heard of them before but hadn't taken much notice as low fat crisps tend to be dry and tasteless in my experience.
I hesitatingly bought a six pack of Golden Lights which included two bags of each Sour Cream & Onion, Sea Salt and Salt & Vinegar. I've now tried them all so can tell you all about them.
All of the flavours have the same texture which is harder than 'normal' crisps, if you remember Discos they are just like that in texture. They're not bubbly at all and have the crunch factor rather than being crispy. They are actually better than normal crisps in some respects as the more solid consistency means this bag of crisps actually feels more substantial than it's higher fat counterpart.
I love plain crisps so tried the Sea Salt first. I was rather disappointed with these as the salt seemed to sit on top of the crisp rather than infuse them with the flavour. For the first time in my life I found plain salted crisps boring, and in my house the Ready Salted are always eaten first - not out of this bag though.
The Sour Cream & Onion ones are delicious, the pale crisps are speckled with green and the flavouring is strong and lasts while chewing the crisps. I can distinguish the sour cream from the onion, which is great as this tag seems to be generic of anything that tastes like chives just lately! They have quite a strong aftertaste which is a good thing as they taste so yummy!
I liked the Salt & Vinegar Golden Lights very much too, and they are fabulous on a sandwich because they are so crunchy. The salt and vinegar flavour is just the correct level of strength and the ratio of salt to vinegar is perfect. This particular flavour is the one which is most reminiscent of full fat crisps, although the unusual texture will soon give the game away.
Each bag of Golden Lights contains under 100 calories and 3.9g of fat, which isn't bad at all for such a naughty tasting snack. If you're following Weight Watchers this equates to just 1 1/2 points, which is half the points of an equivalent bag of Walkers crisps.
I am back on my healthy eating again. Being on it one day and off the next surely wasn't doing me any favours and i'm sure all who know me on this site will know I love my crisps. Even healthy eating I still have to fit my crisps in somehow and these crisps are pretty good for you, as far as crisps go.
These are made by Golden Wonder and come in a 10 bag multipack. You can sometimes buy these in individual bags, but have found only a few shops sell these this way. I would say an individual bag would cost the standard about 40p, but a 10 pack from Asda today cost me £1.59. I think that price is ok, as usually for low fat, low cal things the price goes up. For example I saw a 6 pack of Weight Watchers crisps on the next shelf and they wanted £2 for them - they can keep them at that price!!!
In the 10 pack you get 4 Sour Cream & Onion, 3 Salt and Vinegar and 3 Sea Salt. I am not the hugest Salt and Vinegar fan, but like the odd bag and there are only certain Salt and Vinegar's I like - eg Kettle Chips, Golden Wonder Lights and Walkers Squares. Maybe it's because although you can taste the flavour, they are not too overpowering.
Most important bit - Nutritional information per 21g bag
Sour Cream & Onion
Salt & Vinegar
So all in all not too bad for you. The crisps are round in shape and very, very crunchy. I like the texture of them and although when you open the bag you will smell the flavour, I have to say the crisps don't taste as flavoursome as what you smell from the bag. They do taste ok though and as I said I do like them.
Often i've seen on the bags 50% free, so 15 bags for the price of 10, which make them better value, but the price is alright to me anyway.
So if you're watching your weight or just want a lower calorie snack, pick these up
Put me in a supermarket and I will generally go for foods that are on offer. Couple that with a healthier option and you can pretty much guarantee it'll end up in my trolley.
I was wandering round Morrison's yesterday and the crisps of the week that seem to be on offer were Golden Wonder Golden Lights. They were offering 15 packs instead of 10 for the not so bargain but average price of £1.29.
In my trolley they went as another reason I will buy these are in the hope that no one in the house likes them and I could eat them all myself. So far so good Ang as no-one else has touched a pack.
The multipack contains three flavours which are sea salt, sour cream and onion, and salt and vinegar. They are pretty standard flavours you see in a lot of multipacks.
Another reason I bought them was because they are made by Golden Wonder. I remember Golden Wonder from my hay day, and have always liked their crisps.
I'm almost positive they're not going to be that great for me, but every little helps doesn't it.
Compared to a standard pack of Golden Wonder crisps, the lights come out like this
Cals per 100g = Golden Wonder - 511, Lights - 451
Fat per 100g = Golden Wonder - 31.1g, Lights - 19.1g
Salt per 100g = Golden Wonder - 2.3g, Lights - 0.7g
My findings are based on 100g as a standard pack of Golden Wonder is actually 34.5g as opposed to the Lights coming in at a smaller 21g bag. So they must be lower fat because you don't get such a big pack!
All the packs are packaged very simply in a foil packet which has very simple colour co-ordinated design relevant to the flavour, i.e. blue is for ready salted. You get the gist. There is also a prominent picture of a sunflower on the front. The only relevance I can assume is that as they are cooked in sunflower oil they must be better for you so let's stick a big picture of it on the packet.
Do you remember Disco crisps? They are round a bubbly, and seem to give you the impression they have just been cooked in a microwave like a poor dried piece of potato. Well this is what Golden Lights look like. Each one is a small mouthful of circular disc. Let's hope it tastes better than it looks.
I'm crunching my way through a sea salted one, and there's not much to write home about to be honest. It's very dry, slightly crunchy, and kind of tastes like that poor dried microwaved potato.
There's nothing about the flavour here that actually stands out. I can't even taste a lot of salt.
Five minutes after I finished these crisps, I had a strange aftertaste in my mouth. Mainly it was of potato, but not a pleasant one that I really had to get rid of quickly.
The poor sea salted flavour didn't stand a chance with me so I decided to try the other flavours to provide a balanced review.
Sour cream and onion looks the same, but the subtleties of the flavour is a lot better. There is a good hint of sour cream with a mild onion aftertaste.
As for the salt and vinegar, all I can say is there is a strong taste of vinegar, but again they're nothing to look at.
I really found these crisps a let down as low fat foods don't have to look or taste bland. I would rather have a few more calories and fat and actually enjoy something, rather than still ingest a lot of the bad stuff but not enjoy it. I may as well have eaten fruit. There would have been more flavour there.
For allergy reference, these crisps contain Milk, are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians.
Well Golden Wonder, I'm not impressed and I hasten to add I won't be buying these again even if they are on offer.
Please note this review is also posted on Ciao where I am a member.