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I really enjoy the odd packet of crisps and Salt and Vinegar flavour is my favourite but my husband normal beats me to them so it's a good job I don't mind other flavours too including ready salted. I find the McCoy's ready salted one of the nicest ready salted crisps as the thick ridge cut of the crisps makes them extremely crunchy and tasty.
I buy McCoy's usually when they are on offer as they can sometimes be a little costly at full price. My latest purchase was from my local Tesco Express where a multi-pack of 6 x 32g bags was on offer for £1.00 which I thought was pretty good value especially as a pack of six barley lasts a couple of days in our house. You can also buy them larger single packs in smaller shops but they tend to be more expensive than other crisps.
The crisps are all packaged in foil to keep the freshness locked in to keep them nice and crunchy. The bags are Red, Gold and Black in colour so stand out quite well on the shelf, recently I have noticed that they have added a banner to the top of the bag stating that they have the lowest ever levels of saturated fat which makes me feel a little less guilty when scoffing a bag or two! Also on the front of the packaging you can find some basic nutritional information and on the back in more detail. I tend to avoid looking at the Calorie content of these crisps as they are on the very high side with a 32g bag containing a quite a large 168 Calories!! But this is slightly better than the bigger individual bags that you can buy which have well over 200 Calories in.
The taste of the McCoy's Ready Salted is quite plain and simple but still very tasty and the crisps have a lovely texture with the ridges cut into them, which seem to help to hold the salty flavour. These crisps are also perfect to dip in any flavour dip because of their plain flavour and also adda great crunch to a cheese sandwich.
I know crisps are not the best snack in the world but every now and again I do like to indulge as a well-deserved treat. Also McCoy's are advertised as 'Man Crisps' but I love them just as much as my husband does, and even more so in the case of the ready salted flavour and this statement will not stop me from buying or eating them.
Overall to me these crisps are much more indulgent than the average bag of crisps, I would not eat them all of the time as they are much higher in calories and fat content than most crisps but every so often when they catch my eye on the supermarket shelve especially if on offer than I just cannot resist. These may just be ready salted and I know a lot of people would not give them a second glance but I really like them.
I really love crisps! I usually like a good ole packet of Walkers crisps from time to time but of late I have really tried to avoid them cos once I start eating crisps I get the taste for them and consume packs of them, eating several packets a day if I can get away with it! lol
However the other day I decided it had been ages since I had eaten any at all and it was time I deserved a treat....or 6 and bought myself a multi pack of these McCoys crisps cos it had been ages since I'd had any of these, if not years lol
The bag holds 32g of the crisps and it is a foil packet and on the front of it we are told that they are The Real McCoys 'Accept no initiations', Ridge Cut, Salt Potato Crisps and that they now have the lowest ever saturated fat content and there is an at a glance nutritional chart given. On the back of the packet other information listed includes being told a bit about the crisps, ingredients and allergy advice is given, there is a full nutritional chart is listed and contact details for McCoys are given. Its a nice snazzy packet this one with the packet being dark red, gold, silver and white colouring on it and of course it is easy to open and informative enough.
The crisps are of course deeply ridge cut, light cream in colour and not too thick but with a deep enough crunch to them. You can't see the salt on them but you can taste that they are lightly salted and of course are made from potato and taste of good quality potatoes. They are reasonably plain in flavour, strong enough to dip if you want to and they are certainly not greasy to the taste or to the touch.
For me these are a little too plain in flavour though I can't quibble with the quality of them. They look nice though for me are not salty enough and therefore a bit too bland for my liking. Not awful, they're ok but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these again sadly!
Nutritional Information Per 32g Pack:
Available in packs of 6 for about £1.50 in all good supermarkets though single packs in a variety of flavours are available at about 60p a bag.
Salted is by far my favourite of all the McCoys flavours, but it also seems to be the hardest one to find (does anyone know why?) so I usually treat myself to a pack on the rare occaisions I spot them for sale.
The crisps are in the distinctive McCoys packaging with the main colour being red to denote the salted flavour. They come in a 50g bag which is rather large. I'd prefer a smaller size as it's far too easy to eat the whole lot which contains 262 calories and 16g of fat. Not a healthy snack. Today's pack cost me 59p which is pretty similar to the smaller packet of Walkers crisps I bought yesterday so these are better value than some.
The crisps are fairly thick with deep ridges. They vary in size and the largest ones are a bit bigger than the largest I find with Walkers. The texture is crunchy and satisfying, although they do feel a little greasy in your mouth. The flavouring is quite strong although they're not so salty they made me thirsty, and you can taste the potato, which I'd expect from a substantial crisp like these.
I like these both as a snack or to put in my sandwiches at lunchtime to give them a bit of crunch. I only have them occasionally though as they're unhealthy even as crisps go. Normally I'd go for something with a few less calories in.