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Sea salt and balsmaic Vinegar cracker crisps
Price:- 50p from Sainsbury's for one bag 23g they were on special offer usual price 70p
Per 25g bag
Protein - 1g
Of which sugars - 2g
Fibre - 1.5g
Sodium - 0.24g
I was on my lunch break at work and was browsing the crisp section, as i really fancied a packet and well I saw that special K have a range of flavours and at only 50p I thought why not try them
I went for the Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar flavour, being a salt and vinegar kind of girl. I opened the bag to find the bag half full, or half empty depending on how you look at it. That's normal for crisps these days so that had no effect on me. I thought the taste was nice, a good quality. I thought they would be quite bland due to being special K and only 95 calories but I was mistaken. they are light cracker crisps in a circular shape light in colour and the flavour isnt too strong.
These cracker crisps do come in a range of different flavours but I have only tried this flavour so cannot comment on the others.
Disadvantage: The price, 70p for a packet of healthy crisps is not acceptable. there are cheaper crisps on the market which are not as healthy which i would be tempted to buy because of the price
I would reccomend these to anyone that likes salt and vinegar crisps as a healthier option.
I do enjoy the odd packet of crisps with salt and vinegar being my favourite flavour, I also like to keep a bit of an eye on my weight and to try and stay as health as I can. Now, Kellogg and special K are names that I could normally associate with breakfast cereal so I was quite surprised when I saw that they had launched a range of crisps but was eager to try them. They are actually called cracker crisps and come in two different flavours but I opted for the sea salt and balsamic vinegar flavour.
The cracker crisps are described as 'flavoured potato and wheat snacks' and come in either individual bags or larger sharing boxes. I opted to purchase one of the individual 23g bags and paid just 29p for them from my local B&M bargain store which I thought was excellent value as I have seen the same packets retail for almost double that in some stores.
The crisps come packaged in a foil packet which is blue and white in colour and has the special k logo and a picture of a stack of crisps on the front. It also states on the front of the packet in large writing that the packet contains just 95 calories. On the back of the packet you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information, allergy advice and that they are suitable for vegetarians.
The crisps themselves are shaped into round flat discs and are slightly golden in colour. They are very crunchy and light and melt in your mouth. The salt and balsamic vinegar flavour is spread evenly over the crisps and is a lovely balance of flavour and in my opinion is just the right amount. You do get quite a few crisps in the packet and more than I was expecting for such a small weight. In the past when I have eaten lower calorie crisps/savour snacks I have felt that I have not really eaten anything but these seemed just the right amount and satisfied my hunger for a while.
Overall I did really enjoy these crisps they had a lovely texture and taste are low in calories and make a brilliant snack and alternative to crisps which are much more unhealthy.
I am a follower of diets every now and then. The special K range as a whole I good, even when not on a diet I enjoy their products. These new crisps caught my eye so thought Id give them a go...
I got my 100g box from Morrisons, currently on offer for £1 however I have seen them in Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys all around £1.99 for the 100g box. Flavours include Sour Cream and Onion, Salt and Vinegar and Sweet Chilli. They are also available in smaller 23g single serving bags in Boots and other retailers for around 50p each. Ive never had an issue in buying them from anywhere, Ive only brought them when on offer (again usually when its £1 or similar price) or as part of a Boots meal deal.
The box is a very similar size and shape to a cereal box. It says Special K with the K being in a large font. There are different colours to represent the flavours, blue for S&V, Green for SC&O and pinky red for SC. The NI is clear to see and states on the front in big letters 21 crisps = 94 calories, this is about 23g so a box of 100g has just over 4 servings. These are packaged in the box and in a silver foil wrapper inside to retain freshness.
Ive tried many a "diet" crisp in my time, some are better than others, for me these are one of the better ones. They are round in shape but thin and crispy, some diet crisps don't retain any crunch to them but these do which is key to making a good diet crisp. The taste is there. Ive tried all 3 flavours and enjoyed them all. The chilli ones are not hot, they have a warmth to it but not over bearing, the S&V flavour, I like but the vinegar might overpower some people, I like vinegar so it don't bother me, the SC&O has a nice cheese flavour and a hint of onion. They crunch in your mouth really well, but be warned they are addictive! I can quite happily scoff a whole box during a working day, no so "diet" there, but the fact I can sit there scoffing is testament on how nice they are.
For me these are most definitely one of the better "diet" crisps out there, at £1 a box I think they offer good value, £1.99 maybe not quite so much but there is 4 servings per box which is 50p each, roughly the price you pay for a single bag. If you like crisps but are on a diet definitely give these a go, they are worth it. If you don't want to buy a box get a single packet first, Boots do them as part of a meal deal or singly if you prefer that.
I bought a packet of Special K's Sour Cream and Onion Cracker Crisps because they were just 40p a bag in the The Co-Operative Food store. I wasn't exactly sure what a cracker crisp was but I thought that they at least sounded like they would be nice and crunchy. Being part of the Kellog's Special K brand means that they are also designed to be relatively low calorie. The 23g bag has 95 calories in which is said to represent just 5% of an adults RDA. Apart from that, I liked the sound of the flavour. You an also buy them in a sweet chilli and sea salt and vinegar varieties.
I have mainly seen these crisps for sale in boxes which with the Special K branding makes them look like a strange breakfast cereal. Close up though, you wouldn't mistake the two. My local Tesco does have a stack of the boxes next to the cereals but the bags are usually stocked with other crisps. They are quite new, so they seem to be on price promotion in a lot of places. I am not sure whether the price I paid for my bag will be the standard selling price, but I wouldn't pay a lot more. The bag looks bigger than an average crsip bag but it isn't well filled and the contents are light. You can tell that from the fact they weigh 23g.
Kellogs say that their cracker crisps are flavoured potato and wheat snacks. Tapioca starch is actually the biggest ingredient but I suppose that it doesn't sound as nice. They don't really look like crisps, unless you count "pop chips" if you have ever had those. They look to me like small, light poppadoms. They have the same uneven bubbly looking surface. You couldn't use these for dipping easily though, as they are too fragile. In fact they had mostly fallen to pieces in the bag before I bought them. So they are a bit messy to eat like that, and perhaps buying them in a rigid box would make sure they stayed in one piece until you got to try them. The few whole ones that I did have in the bag looked a nice light golden colour and they smelt clearly of onion. Nothing too offensive, but I thought they wouldn't have a boring taste. The actual flavour was a bit of a let down because it wasn't anywhere near as strong as I thought it would be from the smell. It wasn't bland but I couldn't taste the onion that much. The main taste is the sour cream which usually doesn't get a look in when combined with onion. They actually go better with other foods because they don't have a taste that takes over your mouth for a long time after eating.
The texture is lovely and crispy. They are light and almost melt in the mouth after the initial crunch. This means they don't feel that filling on their own. I was quite hungry when I first bought this, and having finished the packet, I still was! I am not sure they would work great for dieters for that reason - I don't think they would put me off wanting another snack.
Overall, I would still recommend these to anyone wanting a low calorie snack, or in fact anyone who fancies a change from normal potato crisps. The flavour may have been weaker than I was expecting but it is sill nice. It definitely doesn't seem to come under the category of boring diet food. I have bought them again, but I am going try them in the box packaging next time so they are in a better condition - hopefully- when I get to eat them.
I absolutely love crisps and the likes and can often be seen nibbling a less than healthy bag of something or other. Recently though I've tried to live a bit healthier and eat less fat and so when I saw bags of these in my local B & M store costing just 29p a bag I snaffled up a couple of bags quick smart!
These cracker crisps come in a light green and white bag which is silver foil inside and on the front of the bag we are shown a picture of the cracker crisps and clearly told that they are Kellogg's Special K Sour Cream & Onion Cracker Crisps and that there are 95 calories in each bag then on the back of the pack other information listed includes the ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart given, the size is stated which is 23g and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough, informative and easy to open bag this is.
The Cracker Crisps:
Round in shape with a sour cream and chive fragrance to them, these are crispy crisps with a great crunch to each and every one of them. They are made from potato and are not one bit greasy or messy to eat at all. These are suitable for Vegetarians and do have a light flavour of sour cream to them though I can't really taste any onions as such though I can see flecks of dark green flakes all over each cracker crisps and taste that which is of course the chives.
They are a really nice, light snack these and because they are so lightweight you get a really good full sized bag of them though they really are not very filling at all and in my view and they could do with more of a kick of the sour in the cream too, to liven them up a bit.
Available from all good supermarkets at about 59p a bag usually and to be fair they are not bad!
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===The dreaded D word===
Very recently we went on a jolly old holiday. With that comes the joy of packing and repacking the suitcase until you are certain you have enough shorts and t-shirts to get by, plus extra in case there is an inexplicable suitcase fire in your hotel and a few more just for good measure. Just me then? Once that's packed you need to weigh your suitcase. My method of doing this? Stand Allan on the bathroom scales, check his weight then give him the suitcase to hold and check the new weight. This brings with it one major downside: Allan (self-conscious as he is) tends to avoid scales. Instantly he was made aware of his weight (which, isn't actually that bad considering he's six foot something tall) and spiralled off into an evening of being slightly upset about being heavier than last time he had the misfortune of stepping onto some scales. Since I too have put on a few extra pounds over the years, the time finally came to utter those terrible, horrifying words... "Ok, we're going on a diet!" (cue thunderclaps and terrifyingly dramatic organ music).
===Bits and Bobs===
The last week hasn't actually been terrible. We chose to go on the Scottish Slimmer's diet due to the fact that my mum has had tremendous success with it previously and I've experienced good the diet was through her. As such we are pretty much allowed to eat anything we want with a mind to being sensible about it. That means that we had to try and substitute some items with healthier alternatives. While Allan was at work he spotted some Special K Cracker Crisps in the vending machine and figured out that they would only cost him 4 points out of his 55 a day allowance. He got two packs (8 points) and really liked them so next time we went shopping we had a look for them on the shelves. The fact they are called Cracker Crisps may alert you to the fact there is something a bit different about them. The "cracker" part of it had Allan telling me they were made out of rice.
===Special K: not just a drug===
Special K is the "cool", "hip" and "street" name for Ketamine. At least this is what my friend with an incredibly dubious past tells me every time she spots the brand. I would imagine this Special K has no connection to Ketamine (unless of course the horse meat scandal made it into crisp and cereals). It's a brand made by Kellogg's who are pretty much famous for making cereals and aimed at people trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. Kellogg's themselves have an interesting history, with the founder believing that a bland diet could cure sexual misadventure and masturbation, which is where their original Cornflakes sprang from (the belief, not masturbation). Special K started off as a cereal and has since branched out into other snack type things. If you want to get in contact with Kellogg's the box happily provides you with a few ways to do this.
0800 626 066 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm)
Kellogg's Consumer Services,
P.O. Box 356
Rather than putting the crisps in bags, Special K has packaged them similar to cereals. They reside in a cereal shaped box and inside is one large bag full of crisps. They are still found in the crisp isle in my local Asda. The front of each box boasts that 21 crisps add up to only 95 calories which is exactly 4 points on our diet. The box has the look of diet food about it: light green airy colours with the red Special K logo along the top, showing us some delicately towered crisps implying how ludicrously light they are. Enough to make me vomit really. It's almost like Kellogg's want to single you out at the till. "THIS PERSON IS BUYING DIET FOOD! EVERYONE SHUN THE NON-BELIEVER!" It's even worse when it's nestled in between all the vegetables you are now buying. Ok, so maybe I'm just a bit paranoid. Overall the box looks alright if not a little small.
===Nom-Nom or No-no===
Allan was waxing lyrical about how nice these were before I got to try them. I had my reservations. The fact I had been told they were rice cracker crisps made me think of those horrible snack-a-jack things and my mouth was far from watering at the prospect. I despise both the taste and the texture of those things as they feel and taste like what I imagine a fresh kitchen sponge would taste like.
My first surprise was the texture. It was decidedly not a traditional crisp (which I had fully expected) but it also wasn't that horrible spongy rice-cracker feel either. In fact it was somewhat comparable to Skips, except crispier. Straddling between melting in your mouth and giving you a good crunch they aren't dissatisfying. Strange, but not horrible. As such I had a look at the ingredients and they aren't rice crackers at all. They are made from Tapioca (amongst other things) which is the same thing Skips are made from!
They come in a few flavours (Salt and vinegar, sweet chilli) but this one in particular is sour cream and onion. They are full of flavour. Not quite the same flavour as crisps of the same flavour, there's something weird lurking in the background but I could certainly get used to them. They are still nice, just different and that's not always a bad thing. They smell a little like pickled onion to me which might be the weirdness that's creeping about. They also leave your fingers smelling quite strongly of them. After the first few crunches though, I really started to enjoy the flavour which, thankfully, was milder than the smell.
One last thing I had my doubts about is whether I would feel satisfied using them as a snack. As with most people, I don't like feeling hungry and I feel a little bit out of joint if I pay for a snack and I'm left feeling empty. To test out if they are alright as a snack, I had them as my morning snack between breakfast and lunch. I've had other snacks that haven't tided me over till lunch. This one, however, filled me up really quickly and kept me feeling full right through to my next meal. I was really surprised by how filling they are. Half way through my serving and I was already feeling like I'd been fed. Crisps don't usually do that to me!
===In the box===
The packaging has a few up sides and downsides. The box makes it easier to pack these away on a shelf. How many times have you opened a cupboard (your own or someone else's) dedicated to bags of crisps and had a small avalanche of packets fall out on you? It's happened to me at least four times. The box set up stops that happening. Huzzah. The cardboard is also completely recyclable, but that does, unfortunately, leave you with the bag inside, which is not (boo to you Kellogg's!)
The fact the crisps are also packaged in one giant bag allows you to choose exactly the number of crisps you want to take with you to work if, like Allan and I, you are on a diet. It also, however, can lead to you having one big open packet of crisps. Thankfully neither of us has been tempted by this since we're both getting plenty food on this diet but it might be an issue if you are on a more faddy diet that leaves you hungry or if you simply can't leave an open bag alone. Another downside is that once the big foil bag is open, that's it. You've got crisps sitting in your cupboard losing their freshness. At least that's what was on my mind. In each box you will get 100g of crisps. Each serving/bag's worth is approximately 23g which means that in each box you'll get the equivalent of 4.3 bags of crisps. As such, especially if you are eating these regularly, they don't really stick around long enough to become stale and unappetising. My friend was telling me that she once bagged hers up into portions and by the end of the week her last few portions had gone soggy. Since there are two of us eating these, this won't be a problem for us. In theory, leaving them in the foil should help keep them fresh so best to bag them up the night before instead of the week before wanting to eat them!
===What makes this Special K?===
As with any food stuffs there is a list of ingredients that most people will ignore completely. If, however, you have any allergies you'll probably want an idea of if you can actually eat them or not. I'll include the list of ingredients; it's up to you if you wish to read them or not!
Tapioca Starch, Dried Potato, Wheat Flour, Sour cream and onion seasoning (Dextrose, Whey Powder (from milk), Salt, Onion powder, Milk powder, Sour Cream Powder, Cream powder (Protein enriched whey powder (from milk), cream powder) Flavourings (contains milk), Lactic acid, Chives, Rapeseed Oil, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Yeast Extract, Stabiliser (E450a) Antioxidant (E304)), Sunflower Oil, Maize Flour, Oat Fibre, Salt, Emulsifier (E471)
From that list a few quick observations can be made: Again, not rice! These are not gluten free, and are not suitable for Vegans. They are, however, perfectly fine for Vegetarians.
As for the nutritional side of things, per 23g serving they contain 1.5g of sugar which is 2% of your guideline daily allowance (GDA), 2.5g of fat per serving (3% of your GDA) 0.5g Saturates (2%) and coming in a little on the higher side than the rest, 0.53g of salt which is 9% of your GDA per serving. Overall not terrible as long as you're not snarfling a few boxes worth a day.
===Is the price crackers?===
As I said before each box contains roughly 4.3 bags of crisps. You'll pay £1.99 for a box at full price. That works out at (rounding up to the nearest penny) 50p a bag/ serving. At the moment, however, they are on a special deal coming in at £1 a box meaning each bag/ serving is 25p. Compared to individual bags from Allan's work's vending machine that come in at 65p a bag, that's fantastic even when it's not on the deal.
Compare that, however, to other multipacks of crisps and you might start to despair a little. A multipack of McCoy's come in at 27p a bag, Quavers at 28p per bag. Fantastic if you can get it on offer it still comes in cheaper than a lot of other brands. If you CAN'T get them on offer, however, it's not great in comparison. It's obvious you're paying more here for the fact they are lower calories than both of the fore mentioned brands. If you're serious about your diet, then it may be worth it. Otherwise it might be a better idea to spend your money on something else.
Allan loves them. That being said, he's a big fan of crisps. I, on the other hand can really take or leave crisps most times. I'd not say they were the tastiest crisps on the planet but they are nice. They have a good flavour to them and the texture is fine despite my previous fears about rice-based crisps. If I was not on a diet, however, I wouldn't search these out and THAT is important. I'll be giving them a 4 out of 5 star rating simply because if you want any diet to be successful you'll need to actually want to buy the food that is good for you. These are good, but not good enough to hook me into a lifestyle change. If I wasn't imposing this diet on myself, these would be left by the wayside. Still, great if you are on a diet and looking for an alternative to quell your inner crisp munching monster.