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Phileas Fogg Mexican Sweet Chilli

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Brand: Phileas Fogg / Type: Crisps

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      06.05.2010 11:23
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      A good crisp, especially when they are on offer.

      My husband bought a bag of these from Sainsburys the other day as they were half price. A 140g bad usually costs around £1.60, so he got them for just 80p, which I think is a bargain for a big bag of crisps that we can share.

      There are so many brands of crisps out there, I often forget which ones I have eaten, and they all have similar flavours, but these are one of the best spicy crisps I have eaten for a long time, and I will try and remember which ones they are so that I can buy them again.

      The ingredients as listed on the sainsburys website are:
      Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (28%), Mexican Sweet Chilli Flavour [Sugar, Dried Soya Sauce, Wheat Flour, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Mexican Serrano Chilli Powder, Yeast Extract, Dried Tomato, Chilli Powder, Dried Red Bell Pepper, Citric Acid, Spice (Coriander, Cumin, Aniseed), Herbs (Parsely, Oregano), Colour: Paprika Extract, Spice Extract, Natural Flavourings, Malt Extract], Salt.

      The nutritional info is listed per 100g as:
      507kcal, 29g fat, 4.2g fibre, 6.7g protein, 54.8g carbohydrate.

      This makes them a pretty unhealthy bag of crisps, but all crisps are very fatty so that it to be expected and as part of a balanced diet it's fine.

      The taste of these crisps is really nice, they have a good kick to them, which is hot but not too hot so it's unbearable, and they are quite sweet and you can definitely mostly taste the tomato and paprika, but you can tell there are other spices worked into the flavour too. They have a good crunch to them and are quite thick crisps, but I really liked that, they aren't as hard as kettle chips though.

      The only minor downside to these is that the crisps are coated in flavour, which gets all over your fingers, I really don't like this, but I know it doesn't bother some people. So I think that is down to personal preference.

      I would really recommend these crisps, I think I would even pay full price for them. They are spicy and flavour full, with a bit of a crunch. Really nice.

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      09.03.2010 11:16
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      Try it!

      I came across these recently on a shop in Sainsbury's. I decided to buy them because my usual favourites (Walker's Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli) were not available. I thought I would give these a try.

      I bought the 140g sharing pack (and ate most of it myself). These crisps taste more natural than sensations. They are made with 100% sunflower oil, have no MSG and no artificial colours or flavours.

      The packaging seems foil based and is very strong. It has a picture of a small town and a big hot air balloon, in the balloon it says "Phileas Fogg" in large letters and below that is says "authentic tastes from around the world."

      The nutritional information on the pack is a little misleading, that is because it gives all the information for a 35g serving and this pack is 140g!

      Apparently the chilli used for these crisps is Serrano chilli from Mexico for its exciting heat. I can't say it's a chilli that I have heard of before.

      So what's it like you ask? Well I quite enjoyed them but I didn't think the flavour was very strong. It does bring a bit of a tingle to your mouth once you have eaten a few of them though. If you are a fan of Walker's Sensations I think you will be a little bit disappointed with the effort of Phileas Fogg as it doesn't even start to compare.

      This pack cost 81p so it was definitely worth it, however I must add that they were on half price offer. So I probably wouldn't buy them for £1.62. The pack does say that it contains 4 servings, but if you are anything like me then you won't take much notice of that.

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      22.02.2010 23:44
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      I'd eat these again

      Up until a few days ago, I would have brushed aside these Phileas Fogg Mexican Sweet Chilli crisps without thinking when I saw them on the kitchen work top whilst looking for a snack but as it happened the other day a friend shoved some Thai Sweet Chilli crisps in to my hand and I was surprised to like them so thought I would try these too.

      Now Phileas Fogg is not a brand name that I am very familiar with, normally I have Walkers, McCoys, Doritos or Wotsits, I haven't really seen these on many occasions but I think they specialise in unusual favours. After doing a bit of research I found that this company makes not only crisps, but also tortillas, poppadums and nuts.

      These bags of crisps, as I think they only come in sharing bags as opposed to individual packets, cost £1.59 in Sainsbury's but are 79p right now which is pretty good, quite a bargain.

      I rather like the packaging, it's differerent from most crisps which are normally pretty plain. These are white with the blue Phileas Fogg logo ensconced in a hot-air balloon and Mr Fogg himself in the basket below. In a darkish red colour below there are images of a Mexican city, a grand palace, people shopping in the markets, men in fedoras etc. Quite interesting to look at and implies quality crisps. A 35g serving contains 177 calories.

      The crisps themselves look of a good standard. They are thicker than most crisps, certainly not showing that scary see-through crisp thing, where the amount of grease and fat stares at you plain in the face. They are not, however, as thick as my personal favourite crisps, McCoys. I also prefer ridge cut crisps but never mind. The taste is quite impressive. They seem to have managed to balance the spiciness of the chilli with a touch of sweetness. Without that, I don't think that I could bear these crisps as it's just about manageable as it is but I can't bear too much spice, even now I have drunk loads of water after eating these though they are quite moreish.

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