“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Crisps „
I love Salt & Vinegar crisps in general and this morning I bought a packet of the M&S Salt & Vinegar Chiplets as I fancied a 'picky' snack.
They come in a large 50g, metallic blue bag, with large 'cartoon-ised' pictures of the chiplets and a small disclaimer at the bottom reading 'Photography not representative of size'.
Cooked in Sun Kernel (a type of sunflower oil) - which is apparently a 'healthier oil', these crisps contain Barley but contain no artificial colours or flavourings, or added MSG, and are suitable for Vegetarians. However, there are a few additives.
Opening the bag, the smell wasn't very strong so I wasn't expecting very much from the flavour. So imagine my surprise when I was hit by taste that was almost overpowering. I love strong flavours in my crisps, but at times I these were almost too strong for me...I even found my eye twitching through the sharpness, which doesn't come with every mouthful, but can catch you unawares. The texture wasn't crumbly as is expected with chipstick-style crisps, but they were hard either - just a bit more 'solid'. However I soon found the crisps had all been eaten, so the taste and texture obviously grew on me!
110 calories per 25g serving
Price (on 19/11/09) = 51p
I absolutely love crisps, I could live on them and I'm not lying either so when my mum come from work the other day with a rather large bag of Marks and Spencers salt and vinegar chiplets I was admittedly chuffed!
Marks and Spencer Salt and Vinegar Chiplets come in a large 50g bag, a shiny metallic blue with pictures of the chiplets decorating the bag. We are told on the front that these are Marks and Spencer Salt and Vinegar Chiplets which are cooked in a healthier oil! In case you are wondering, like I was, what they mean by chiplets is what other brands would call 'Sticks'. You know smiths salt and vinegar sticks, sainsburys salt and vinegar sticks etc, instead M&S have to show off and call them 'chiplets'
Being marks and spencers own though I was expecting these to be of a fairly high standard, tasty and nothing like the cheapy smiths you can buy or the 10p krunchy sticks I often find myself munching on. I was sorely disapointed though.
Opening the bag, I took a sniff and my nostrils were met by, erm nothing! There wasn't even the faintest smell. The 'chiplets' were thin sticks, hard and extremely crunchy. They didn't crumble or flake like other brands do and I was surprised at how hard they were to bite down into. When it comes to taste well they were bland, there was no saltyness to them more like 'plain' flavour and the vinegar was just about there. I was expecting a tangy, vinegar taste balanced out by the salt but the flavour, well there hardly was any. It was just like eating plain potato and maize snacks that marks and spencer had forgotten to put any flavour on, oh but the odd one or two had a slight hint of vinegar, must of been the left overs from the bottle that could just about drip out.
I would not recommend these to anybody, I was expecting alot from them as usually products from marks and spencers are of a high quality but these were bland, boring and contained little to no taste as well as being very hard to crunch and eat making them all the more tiresome and boring to eat.
A 25g serving of these chiplets contains;