“ Brand: Kraft / Type: Snack „
I have had this product only a couple of times and it's only if I am starving and can't find anything else in the shop. If there was anything else available I wouldn't have bought it, and hopefully I won't have to again as it's pretty disgusting.
I think one of these Splendips costs about £1.50 so they are actually quite expensive, considering you can buy a tub of philadelphia for about that much, maybe a tad more.
The snack is split into 3 sections under the foil lid, there is a pot of philadelphia (regular), this is non offensive and actually tastes ok, but it seems to be quite a solid consistency so it's hard to actually use it as a dip.
The second compartment is full of sweet chilli dip, and I have to say this is the worst sweet chilli dip I have ever tasted. It's not in the least bit spicy and it just tastes like sweet and sour sauce with some chilli flakes thrown in but it has no sort of kick to it and is extremely syrupy in consistency, a better dip than the cheese but tastes pretty vile.
The third compartment is the poppadom like crisps. These are actually ok by themselves, and are quite crispy and nice, but as soon a you try and scoop a bit of cheese on them they snap or break.
The cheese and the chilli dip, don't really go together and with poppadoms, it's just a really random mix of stuff, none of which is particularly good quality. The nutritional value I suspect is pretty awful too.
I really didn't like this product, and considered it a complete waste of money. Really random bits of food, that are bad quality apart from the cheese, which is just normal philadelphia.
I think that Philadelphia Splendips with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce makes a nice little snack and they're a great alternative to crisps for those of us that like savoury food!
***************** Packaging ******************
The plastic pot has a foil lid that you rip open. Inside there are three compartments - one large compartment which contains rice crackers, one that contains chilli sauce and another that has Philadelphia within it.
You should keep this product in the fridge though because it contains cream cheese.
***************** The taste *****************
When you taste the Thai sweet chilli sauce on its own it has quite a kick to it, but combined with the Philadelphia it's lovely because the cream cheese cools the chilli down and the two combine really well. Also, the sweet chilli sauce is quite runny and the Philadelphia stops it from going everywhere because it gives the sauce a base to sit on!
The crackers aren't very appetising when you eat them alone, they are quite plain tasting, but you shouldn't have to eat them alone because there is plenty of dip to go around. There is probably slightly more Philadelphia than chilli sauce, but this is a good thing because the cream cheese is needed to stop the chilli from burning your mouth of!
**************** Nutritional Information ***************
Each 76g serving contains:
Fat: 1.7g; (saturated fat: 1g);
The sugar content is a little high for a savoury snack, but that's probably because of the Thai sweet chilli sauce! These Splendips are quite filling, so I think they are worth the calorie spendage!
****************** Price and Availability ******************
Splendips are quite wildly available and can be picked up in all major supermarkets. They usually cost around £1 each, which I think is quite expensive, so I usually try and buy them when they are on offer (eg: two for £1.50).
*********************** Overall ***********************
I think that Philadelphia Splendips with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce make a lovely addition to any lunchbox. They are every tasty and filling.
I'm always in a rush in the mornings so I like to throw something quickly in my bag to eat around 10 or 11am, which is when I start to get hungry.
Philadelphia Splendips are perfect for this, as they are a light snack I can pick at whilst sitting at my desk - and there's no need for any preparation or extras such as cutlery.
The picture above looks weirdly pink; the packaging is actually a lot more red and more appealing. The plastic tub is divided into three sections and has a foil lid across the whole of the top for freshness.
Inside, there's a big compartment for the rice crackers, then a small section each for the two dips; one which is sweet chilli sauce and one which is mild, creamy Philadelphia dip to calm down the kick.
You do get a lot of small rice crackers, and as each can be eaten in two bites, you feel like you've eaten a substantial amount once you've finished. The crackers on their own are quite flat and solid, and taste ok but a bit artificial and dry without the dips.
The Philly is always filled close to the top, and is this is my least favourite of the two, I'm not incredibly impressed by this as there is far less chilli dip. However, the chilli is quite spicy and strong, so the creamy dip is good for mellowing out the taste more.
The chilli is quite thin but you can see the bits of chilli in it, which makes it more appealing to me. Often the sauce you get without bits of chilli just looks like some kind of toxic waste or dodgy toilet cleaner, but this isn't the case here.
You're supposed to dip the cracker in the cheese dip and then in the chilli dip, but for some reason I do this the other way round. Either way, you're going to get a bit of dip mixing going on, but that isn't really a problem because it's only you eating it!
Once dipped, the whole combination provides you with a sweet-spicy kick mellowed out slightly by the Philadelphia and then a satisfying crunch from the rice cracker. These are ideal for me as one potion is quite filling but not uncomfortably so, and the portions are tub are of a size where you don't feel cheated.
These should be kept in the fridge and contain only 148 calories, 1.7g and 1g of saturated fat per 76g serving. The salt content (1g) and sugar (14g) are a little steeper, but I think they are still reasonable for the amount you're eating.
A great on-the-go snack food, the only negative I've found is the price, which can be a little over £1. I wouldn't eat these every day simply because they'd get boring, but now and then I'll pick them up in the supermarket and I'm never left unhappy when I do.
I got one of these today because I was starving when I was out shopping and am trying to eat healthy this week so I walked past the crisps and got a Splendips.
There's a few different ones but I thought the Thai Sweet Chilli one would be more interesting than all the rest in the fridge.
You get rice crackers with a portion of Philadelphia and a portion of sweet chilli sauce. You're supposed to scoop up the Philadelphia and sweet chilli with the cracker but there's not enough crackers in there. The crackers are proper dry so you need to get loads of the cheese and sauce to wet them enough to chew without choking yourself.
The sweet chilli is quite sugary tasting and isn't very hot but it's quite nice, I reckon it could be a bit spicier because when you've got it on the cracker with the cheese it gets a bit bland. The cheese is proper Philadelphia and is cool and creamy, it's dead smooth and perfect to go with the sweet chilli and the crackers.
I thought the rice crackers were proper boring and they spoilt the Splendips for me because they haven't got much flavour. They need a bit of salt in them and I thought they were too shiny as well, when your chewing they go a bit sticky and that's not that bad but the texture of them did feel a bit weird after a bit.
I thought this was quite nice but not worth the 80p or whatever it was, I can't remember the exact price but it was loads more expensive than a bag of Mccoys and not half as filling!
Having enjoyed the salsa Splendip in the past, I picked one of these up for my lunch because I'm a little off my food lately and eating a lot less. So along with some fruit this was pretty much going to be my lunch.
I was a little worried I wouldn't be too keen on the dip, crackers and cream cheese alone sounding somewhat unsatisfying, as I'm incredibly picky when it comes to sauces. I don't like anything vaguely resembling a chutney, and sweet sauces can tend to end up that way, but fortunately I liked this and didn't go hungry!
If you've never seen one, Splendips are a snack container which includes a cracker of some variety, some Philadelphia cream cheese and a dip. There are several varieties, this one containing rice crackers, light cream cheese and a sweet chilli dip.
I was impressed with the amount of crackers, so much so that I was worried I would run out of the other components before I finished them! They are round and smell strongly of rice, similar to those Japanese snack mixes you can get, which I generally hate, but tasted inoffensive if a bit dry alone. The cheese transfers easily onto the cracker and really adds texture and moisture more than cheese flavour, as it's pretty mild and inoffensive. And the dip was sweet and tangy, with enough of a kick if you happen to single out one of the chilli seeds, but pretty mild also.
I'm not a huge cheese fan at the best of times, and while I do like cream cheese I was never majorly into Dairylea Dunkers, and was skeptical as to how the chilli sauce would combine with the cheese. Actually, you cant taste the cheese a whole lot. But the sauce and the rice cracker taste great together. I think the cheese is necessary to make the cracker less dry, but that's about it.
The cheese lasted exactly the same time as the crackers, and I had a little sauce left over. It can be difficult to get the cheese out of the corners as it is a round cracker and pretty small, so without getting messy you have to accept that you wont get every last bit out. If you like a lot of cheese, you will probably be disappointed, but it was plenty for me. Similarly, because of the size of the cracker, you can only really get one side of it "dressed" with cheese and sauce, so if you don't get quite enough, the other half will seem a bit dry.
Overall I enjoyed this snack and along with some fruit should be enough for me, but I expect for people with "normal" appetites it would make a good afternoon snack to tide you over until dinner. As a snack, it is really very guilt-free, with only 1.7g fat and 148 calories per pack. Not bad for a cheese product.
I was a little alarmed by the fact that the packaging claimed it may contain traces of crustacean!! There are also several other allergy warnings including egg and sesame seed so do check if you have any special dietary requirements before purchasing.
These can be found at most supermarkets in a variety of flavours for around 90p. They are currently on offer at two for £1.50 at Tesco and I will definitely be taking advantage of this and buying more sweet chilli packs!
I love any kind of cheese, it always turns into a snack for me and when products like Philadelphia Splendips come onto the market, they are great to buy as they are normally a lot more low in fat in comparison to a cutting of a chunk of cheese from a big pack as it becomes moreish a by time you have finished you have had way too many calories.
Philadelphia Splendips come in all different varieties and the Thai Sweet Chilli one I was not sure whether I was going to like it or not but I will try everything once and if you don't like it you don't have to buy it again, as simple as that.
Presented in a plastic pot, with 3 different segments and a silver lid on top displaying what the contents are like when al mingled together, it has the basic nutritional information also on the front as well as all product the name of the manufacturer. The rest of the information including the ingredient and detailed nutritional panel are displayed around the outside of the pot.
When you peel off the silver lid, half of the pot is dedicated to the crackers, which in this particular product are rice crackers. They don't really taste a great deal of anything to be honest. They are very shiny to look at and slightly bubbly, which I can imagine is where the rice has expanded a little bit more than the rest. To be honest they look really plastic and not that edible, howevere when you mix with the rest of the contents they become more appealing.
The other half of the pot is split into quarters, one quarter contains normal Philadelphia soft cheese, which is the reduced fat version i this particular Splendip. I have always loved soft cheese, Philadelphia in particular, however there is not enough in this small pot to allow you to put ample on your crackers.
In the final quarter, this contains sweet chilli sauce which has also been a favourite of mine when it comes to the chilli family. Slighly tangy to the taste, almost like a chutney, however when you actually get a bit of chilli, it does go a little bit hotter and you get a little bit of a kick out of it.
Although this is tasty I personally don't think its one of my favourites. The whole combination of the chilli, cheese and rice cake doesn't really go together and I found that I got other crackers to use with the cheese and kept dipping my finger in the chilli.
They do have others within the range, which are far more nicer than this one, I don't think this is one I would buy again.
As there are no words in the English language that can adequately describe the virtues of this product Kraft came up with a new one, "splendip".