I love bacon so I will treat myself to a packet of bacon crisps every once in a while. We know crisps are not the healthiest snack but if carrot sticks don't cut it, crisps are maybe not as bad as a king size snickers. I can justify anything me. Walkers bacon crisps I love but other ones I find a bit "meh", they smell good but the flavour is wishy washy. Someone told me to try the McCoys ones and as I am a mega fan of their crisps, I bought a multi pack with them in for a pound.
These crisps are ridge cut to make them extra tasty. I like that this makes them extra crunchy and crispy, and a bit thicker too. One pack always makes a great snack as it fills me up and I am not tempted to open up another bag.
These do taste good and its definitely a bacon flavour. But they are suitable for vegetarians which is weird as the flavour must be fake but it tastes real. It is not too smokey which would be nice but I do like them as they are because every crisp does taste of bacon. My only moan is that the after taste is a bit salty once you have finished the bag but it is not too strong so it doesn't put me off.
I would recommend these if you like bacon and are maybe a bit fed up with Walkers or want a thicker crisp. I haven't managed to buy these on their own but places like Poundland have them in multi packs.
I recently purchased a multi-pack of the 'meaty' variety McCoy crisps which contained chicken, steak and bacon sizzler flavour. My husband quickly consumed the chicken and steak flavours and left me with the bacon declaring that he is not a fan of bacon flavoured crisps which was just fine with me as I am.
I paid just £1.00 from Sainsbury's recently for the multi-pack of McCoy's which contained 6 30g packets. I thought this was excellent value as McCoy's have always seemed a little more expensive than other brands of crisps.
These crisps come packaged in a foil bag which is purple in colour but displays the McCoy's logo and slogan 'the real ridge cut, accept no imitations' in the recognisable black and gold. On the back of the packet you can find detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information, allergy advice and storage instructions. It also stated that these crisps although bacon flavoured are actually suitable for vegetarians as the taste is derived from various different ingredients and not bacon itself. There is also a quirky little statement on the back claiming these are 'MAN CRISPS' which my husband clearly pointed out to me with me replying back that it does describe them under the statement as being 'as thick as you like them'!
As these crisps are thickly cut they are higher in calories than other brands. Each 30g bag contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 157
Sugars - 0.8g
Fat - 9.1g
Saturates - 0.8g
Salt - 0.5g
When you open the packet you can instantly smell the smoky, strong bacon flavour which is rather mouth watering. The crisps themselves are as described being ridge cut and rather thick, you can clearly see the flavouring on the crisps which is quite a bright orange colour. The flavour is rather strong which I really like, although as previously stated they do not actually contain any real bacon but the flavour although slightly artificial is very nice and has a smoky aftertaste but also a slight sweetness too. The crisps have an excellent texture and are crisp and crunchy with the ridges holding in more of the flavouring which is released when you bite into them.
Overall I really enjoyed these crisps they have a great taste and texture, it is a shame they are so high in calories but certainly worth breaking the diet for the occasional treat.
I had thought that I had found 'the one' - crisp flavour that is! McCoys crisps have always been a firm favourite of mine and for a long time 'Grilled Steak' was always my favourite flavour. HOWEVER, today I tried their 'Sizzling Bacon' ones which I had never tried before.
Upon opening the bag, I am greeted with a yummy smoky smell. It is such an 'inviting' smell that just screams 'eat me'.
Taking a bite; Mmm! A lovely smoky taste. Even though I am a vegetarian - I do love these great crisps. They are suitable for vegetarians which is great. So I can still get that smoky bacon taste without having to eat meat.
I think that these crisps are much better than Walker's Smoky Bacon because there is a lot more flavour and I think because these crisps are chunky and crinkled - it brings the flavour out. They are incredibly moreish.
One thing I do find is that these crisps are quite greasy and so sometimes I get a bit thirsty after eating them.
I find that these crisps are very filling. When I eat Walkers (or come to think of it, any other brand of crisps) I always feel that I need something else with them, when I am eating them as a snack. However, these are very filling which is good.
Each bag will set you back 165 calories which does sound a lot and not great if you are on a low-calorie diet. There is 0.8g of sugar and 0.5g of salt per bag. As for fat, there is 9.7g of fat, 0.9g of which is saturated. So all in all, not the healthiest of crisps...but they must be the tastiest.
I consider these crisps to be quite luxurious especially when compared to other crisps. I would definitely recommend them with Christmas coming.
Be warned, these crisps do repeat on you quite a bit! I would still definetely recommend them though!
Thanks for reading!
xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Some of the current multi packs of McCoys seem to contain a mix of flame grilled steak, thai sweet chicken and 'Bacon Sizzler' flavour crisps. Now as some one who has been a fan of the flame grilled steak variety it seemed only fair to give the new flavours a taste test.
McCoys ridge cut crisps offer maximum crunch per bite and the flavourings are held really well by the lovely thickly cut potato slices.
The bacon sizzler variety were very nice. If you are a fan of frazzles then you will like these even more, as unlike frazzles they don't get stuck in your teeth, but still have that same tangy taste.
They come in a filling 50g foil wrapped for freshness bag and now contain 30% less fat than they did, with 165 calories and 9.7 g of fat in total. They aren't for eating all day every day, but as they are so filling you won't over do the calories and need not feel guilty about cracking open a bag to snack on.
I thought that they were really nice and enjoyed them more than the thai sweet chilli variety, which did have a nice chilli kick, but were also a little sweet. The bacon sizzler variety seemed to be a better balance, but they are still a little bit in the shadows when compared to the classic flame grilled steak.
My partner recently bought a multipack of McCoys crisps and then declared he didn't think he would eat the bacon ones so for a change I was offered some crisps! I love McCoys crisps and I love bacon and indeed bacon flavour crisps such as Frazzles so I knew I'd like these. I have to be honest and say I don't know if you can buy this flavour as single bags or if they are only available in multipacks but a pack of 6 will set you back about £1.60.
As most people will know McCoys crisps are very thick and have ridges so they hold their flavour really well and are actually a filling bag of crisps so not such a waste of calories as normal crisps. The nutritional statistics for a pack of these bacon sizzler flavour are as follows: 165 calories, 2.3g protein, 17.2g carbohydrate of which 0.8g sugars, 9.7g fat of which 1.2g saturates, 1.2g fibre and 02g sodium. So the fat really is high in these crisps but otherwise they're not too bad.
Each bag is 32g and not really an option for some food allergy sufferers as they contain milk, wheat, gluten and perhaps soya and mustard. It doesn't say if these are suitable for vegetarians or not and usually all flavours of crisps are, I can see nothing in the ingredients list that would make them unsuitable.
So onto the bacon flavour McCoys. The pack is a maroon kind of colour, similar to Walker's smoky bacon flavour packs so you do immediately think of bacon flavour. When you open the pack you get a really strong waft of bacon and if you like bacon flavour crisps it makes your mouth water in anticipation! The crisps are their usual thick ridged selves and coated in a layer of what looks like a light brown seasoning. So onto the taste test!
After the strength of the smell when I opened the pack I was expecting these crisps to be really seriously flavoursome but my first taste of bacon McCoys seemed very mild. I found a few crisps in the pack that had been more heavily flavoured than the rest but the majority were very lightly bacon flavoured which wasn't what I expected at all. Don't misunderstand me though, they were nice but just not strong enough in flavour. Slightly disappointed I finished the pack and then forgot all about them. Not for long though!
The weird thing about these crisps is that they smell really strongly of bacon, taste only mildly of flavour but for the next 12 hours at least they keep repeating on you and you'd think the taste had been as strong as the smell from these burps! I don't know if it's just me but I found these actually repeated on me for almost an entire day which didn't thrill me!
Overall though they are mildly tasty but not as flavoursome as I thought they'd be. The crisps themselves are McCoys usual high standard chunky crinkle crisps and the statistics are about the same for all flavours. I will eat the other pack but if I saw these for sale somewhere alongside one of McCoys other flavours I like I would go for the other flavour as usually McCoys go pretty heavily with the flavouring. These are just too mild for my taste buds.
Recommended if you like your crisps lightly flavoured. 4 stars from me though for the high standard of crisps.
I thought I'd tried all the new Mccoys flavours but when I was waiting in the queue in the shop round the corner I noticed these Bacon Sizzlers and brought a bag straight away because I love most Mccoys crisps and LOVE bacon crisps even more!
It doesn't work all that well though I don't think, there's something about the texture of the crisps that doesn't match good with the flavour of them. The taste is like a cross between a frazzle and Walkers bacon crisps, it's a bit sweet and has got a nice bacon flavour.
The texture of the crisps is just the same as all other Mccoys. They're thick ridged crisps and are dead filling, the flavouring gets inbetween all the ridges so if you lick the crisps you get a yummy strong flavour.
I don't know what it is about these because I like the taste AND texture of the crisps but I didn't actually like eating them. It's weird and even though I tried to myself enjoy them I couldn't.
They've got a nice salty flavour and the bacon is a kind of creamy flavour if that makes sense. The crisps are lovely and meaty and I reckon loads of people will love these, I just don't think they're all that special and I'd rather have a bag of Red Sky Bacon And Cream Cheese crisps because they're nice and crunchy as well but you've got a wicked combo of flavours with them.
I'll probably buy these again because Mccoys are my fave crisps and I eat them so much that I DO get a bit fed up with them because there aren't that many flavours in their range. Usually I'll go for the Salt And Malt Vinegar ones and I can't see these replacing them because I LOVE the tangy eye watering flavour of them, these are a bit boring in comparison and like I said the flavour doesn't go all that well with the actual texture of the crisps.
Recommended.... not one I'll eat that often but I reckon shedloads of people will be converted to these bacon crisps!!!