“ Brand: Molteno Farms / Type: Crisps „
I've been buying the sour cream and chive version of these for a few weeks now so thought I would give the Lightly Salted version a try. Basically these are like a cheaper version of Pringles and can only be found in Tesco. They cost just 99p for a 170g tube which is around half the price of Pringles. As you can see from the picture, they come in a predominantly red and black tube with a large picture of the product and a large label telling us they are Stack Chips, there is also lettering in red telling us they are lightly salted and there is a Tesco Discount Brands logo to the upper left hand corner. The tube is made predominantly with cardboard, with a plastic lid and metal base. The plastic lid makes them resealable meaning they dont all have to be eaten at once and will instead keep nice and crisp. Opening the tube the chips were stacked neatly up in a very tall pile. I noticed they were a bit smaller than pringles and had a slightly different shape. Each chip also looked quite pale. Biting into the chips I noticed they were very crunchy and crisp and were also of high quality, they shattered in the mouth providing a good texture. The flavouring I can only describe in one word - salty! These were very salty and to me, this was not a problem as I like salt but I can imagine it would be a slight issue to others. They did dry my mouth out quite quickly so I needed a drink alongside them. I much prefer the taste of the Sour Cream and Chive version and will probably buy those over these in future. Each 25g portion provides you with 134 calories, 0.2g sugar, 8.3g fat (3.8g saturates) and 0.43g salt. Similarly to Pringles, these are quite high in fat compared to other crisps however they are of a completely different texture. Most households dont have crisps like this on a weekly basis so I think they are fine for a treat once in a while. I did like these crisps but imagine some will find them far too salty. They are of good quality and are a bargain price however I would recommend the sour cream and chive ones over these.
One of the only brands that supermarkets like Tesco have as yet failed to imitate and down-price are Pringles - but Molteno Stack Chips are one companies' attempt to do just this! I like these attempts at abolishing the superiority of brands, which is one of the reasons why these crisps deserve 4 stars. *Packaging* Stack chips come in the same 170g cylindrical pot as usual Pringles with the metal base and soft plastic lid. They are black in colour with red highlights on the Salted pot, blue for Salt and Vinegar and green for Sour Cream and Chive, and have STACK CHIPS written clearly along it with an image of the crisps in a pile. This is not as attractive as Pringles but personally I don't care! *Flavour and texture* These crisps come in Salted, Salt and Vinegar and Sour Cream and Chive flavours, so have the most popular flavours of the Pringles range, and perhaps barbeque and paprika might come as the brand develops. I have only tried Salted but look forward to trying the other flavours. The crisps are a concave shape, slightly thicker than normal potato crisps, and with a rough outer texture. They are more flimsy than Pringles. The Ready Salted flavour were very pale - almost white - which is not as attractive as the slightly tanned colour of Pringles. They yield a nice crunch as you biet into them. The flavour is salty - the crystals are not too obvious on the tongue however - to a similar degree as Pringles and more salty on the top than underneath. The potato component itself has that nice baked flavour which is more distinctive than the slightly translucent potato crisps of companies like Walkers , but with less depth of flavour than Pringles, so has less of the moreish quality perhaps. *Nutrition* Per 25g serving (about 13 crisps), Stack Chips contain: Calories: 134 Fat (saturated): 8.3g (3.8g) Carbohydrate (sugars): 13.8g (0.2g) Salt: 0.43g These have fewer calories than Pringles (which have 160/25g serving), less fat (Pringles 11g) but an equal amount of salt. This nutritional benefit is probably due to the lack of integrity that the potato body of the Stack Chips have. *Price* At around 80p per pot from Tesco instead of £1.49 for real Pringles, these are cheaper and as for value I would say they are better though the quality of the crisps is not as good. *Conclusion* It's nice to see the dwarves facing the giants in wars between companies and I think that these crisps are a strong contender. I can see myself buying them for parties, camping trips and even at Christmas. Unlike some Big Brand vs. small brand/supermarket products, there is a difference (unlike with Heinz baked beans for example), so those who are less concerned about price may feel it is worthwhile paying almost double for the slightly superior taste of real Pringles.