“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Crisps „
At work I am quite old school and often take a packed lunch with me. I'm always keen to take a few different bits but without spending a fortune or having to eat excessive amounts of calories. Probably around a year ago I was wandering down the crisp aisle and spotted a 12 pack of Sainsburys Basics ready salted crisps. They also do a mixed multi-pack that includes salt and vinegar and cheese and onion - although I've never bought one as they don't get eaten in our house!
As with anything Basics, the packaging is functional not glamorous - white plastic wrapping with Orange writing. They currently cost 70p for 12 bags of ready salted crisps. That works out at 5.8p per pack. Each bag is 18g in weight, making them slightly smaller than the 25g offered by Walkers in their multipack. I, however, see this as an advantage. I don't need an entire 25g pack of crisps, but I'd eat one if I opened it. This way I still have some crisps but cut back on how many I actually eat without any effort at all. And when you consider the Walkers 12 pack of ready salted is currently selling for £3.10 (around 25p per bag), it certainly makes financial sense.
The crisps themselves are as you would expect - ready and salted. As a general rule the crisps are very light in texture, with a good crunch. They are not overly salted, but you can definitely tell it's there - although it does occasionally all sit at the bottom of the bag. Sadly, they do lack consistency and on occasion the crisps can be a little soggy to say the least, although this isn't a regular occurrence. The crisps themselves are a little smaller than some other brands, but that is probably down to the potatoes they use in order to keep them cheap. It doesn't seem to have affected the taste in any way.
Overall, these are handy to keep in the cupboard and can bulk out a humble lunch of hummus and pitta for relatively little cost. Sadly you can only buy them in a multipack, so if you lack self control in the crisp department, having a 12 pack of small packets may be too much. But for me, they are a great snack that does that it says on the bag.
These are fantastic value. They come in a big bag with twelve smaller packs inside that weigh 18g each. In my local Sainsbury's I find them on the bottom shelf in all their minimalist, white-with-orange-Sainsbury's-Basics-logo glory.
They cost 68p for a pack of twelve bags.
I'll tell you a very short story. My husband has got into the habit of having dinner at work. He is lucky to work in a great place that has a fantastic canteen. At once point he was having his dinner, buying coffee and eating up to two flapjacks during the day. All of these items were purchased. I worked out that it was costing us £60 a month for him to eat at work. That's what it costs to get him to work! We were spending up to £130 on petrol per month and £60 to feed him at work. I reckon £60 of the petrol budget was used on getting him to work. I like him to be happy at work because most people aren't, but it was getting ridiculous. We decided it was better for him to have £10 per week for work, instead of £15. As a result, I could make him deep-filled baguettes, pack four biscuits and a bag of crisps on the odd week (this way, the cost to feed him was around £1 a day). He liked those meals as much as work meals (which are pretty premium).
More to the point, these crisps are great value for the money. They are a lot heathier than other crisps at 104 calories per pack; I understand other brands of salted crisps can be anything up to 200 calories per pack. They are very thin, as I am sure you would expect. The taste is quite bland but they are not without taste. A few crisps can get to you a little bit broken but they are a good snack in a measured portion. One pack will include up to fifteen reasonably sized crisps.
Another little advantage is that the pack isn't too noisy!
I very rarely eat crisps because they're not excactly the healthiest food in the world, however as i've been rushed off my feet for the last week with uni work and christmas shopping, i've definetly been snacking on them more because they're a quick and easy snack. I used to buy Walker's crisps (which in my opinion are hard to beat in value and taste), but i'm saving up for a car for once my baby is here as it will be so much easier than bussing it/getting taxis with a pram in tow! As a result I have been cutting back on my food shopping and not get my usual luxuries and non essentials. Crisps, I know, are not expensive, but two quid or so for a multipack of walker's crisps soon adds up which is why I decided to try the Sainsbury's Basics range of crisps.
Sainsbury's Basics crips really are great value at just 85p for a multipack of twelve 17.5 gram bags. In the multipack you get three different flavours of crisps which are the original flavours that everyone knows of. You get..
* 4x Ready Salted
* 4 x Salt & Vinegar
* 4 x Cheese & Onion
The packaging for these crisps isn't that nice, it's very bland and looks a bit cheap to be honest - sometimes you can get cheap stuff which doesn't look cheap, however this does, lol. The colour scheme for the packaging is white and orange - the background is white with the font being orange, there's also a band at the top of the packaging with the Sainsbury's Basics branding on it. I like that on the multipack packaging it gives you a quick run down of the flavours as then it's easy to know if you want to buy it or not.
Once you open the multipack packet (which is made of thin plastic), you are greeted with the twelve packs of crisps which have the excact same colour scheme as the multipack does however each pack has the flavour written on it. The font is clear and easy to read and the bags are easy to open. In each 17.5 gram bag you get around a medium sized handful of crisps. The crisps look like any other brand of crisps would colour wise but the shaping is a bit iffy, most are very small and there's not any that are the size of an average Walker's crisps.
The smell of these crisps when you open the bag isn't very strong, for example the cheese and onion ones smell very faintly of onion but not cheese, and they also have a bit of a weird sweet undertone smell to them too. The crisps are very thin and to be honest they are quite greasy - they're not 'dry' like the walker's ones and they actually taste quite greasy - I felt like I could taste the grease in my mouth.
The crisps are crunchy but not as crunchy as I would of liked. The flavouring is also not very compacted meaning I could feel the hard little particles of the flavour in my mouth which I didn't like, and the crisps weren't very flavoursome anyway. They have enough flavour to make it clear what flavour they actually are but the flavour is quite bland and in my opinion you can tell from the taste that they are quite cheap crisps rather than a slightly more premium brand. I also noticed that a few of the crisps that were meant to be salt and vinegar flavour actually tasted more like ready salted, with the vinegar flavour been spread very sparingly throughout the bag.
The crisps, overall, are okay. They're nice to have with a sandwich or whatever but on there own they are a bit too bland for me and they are also lacking in crunch and smell, however for the price they are brilliant value and i'd definetly reccomend them!
I like Crisps and one of my favourite flavours is actually just Ready Salted. It is rare for me these days to buy more well known brands of Crisps in the Ready Salted flavour. I am perfectly content to buy Value ones such as this Sainsburys basics Crisps. You can get these crisps in other flavours (salt & vinegar and Cheese & Onion) but my review concerns the Ready Salted flavour 12x18g pack.
If I am honest I don't actually really like value crisps in Salt & Vinegar flavour or Cheese and onion flavour, but I find these salted ones to be pretty good. Admittedly each bag is small in size but the flavour is good and I cannot see anything wrong with the Crisps either! I would go so far as to say that in my view they are just as nice as some of the more well known and more expensive brands of Ready salted crisps.
As Sainsbury's state, there is 'no fancy packaging' and they also state that they are 'still great for lunch boxes'. There is only one reason why I would suggest that they may not actually be great for lunch boxes in the case of children at School..... This is due to the possibility of bullying. It may sound a bit ridiculous, but there may be some children who will pick on others for something as silly as having a cheap packet of crisps; they may be teased or something . Unfortunately this has meant that I do not pack these crisps in my sons lunch. It is something that may not cross his mind regarding any possibility of being bullied regarding crisps!! But it is just something that I would not like to happen.
Anyway, my son likes these crisps just as much as I do and Ready salted is also one of his preferred flavours. These are really handy to eat any time really and great for parties or with Dips.
They are super cheap at only £0.85 pence for 12 bags and suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Salt
Each 18g bag contains 104 kcals
In my view these crisps are deserving of 4 Dooyoo stars. So why not go and save yourself some money!
Sainsburys Basics Crisps are certainly among the cheapest crisps in the supermarket. At 78p for a pack of 12, you are looking at just over 6p per bag. Fair enough the individual bags are a touch on the small size at only 18g but that is still phenomenally cheap!
The variety pack contains 4 ready salted bags, 4 cheese and onion and 4 salt and vinegar; not the most original of flavours but a good assortment nonetheless.
In terms of taste, these crisps aren't amazing by any stretch of the imagination. The crisps themselves have a kind of earthy taste to them (kind of like unwashed potato skins), and the flavouring is a bit bland for my taste. That being said, they are not unpleasant and are definitely eatable if you are on a serious budget. I would say of the three varieties in the pack, the cheese and onion ones are the best, but I'm sure that's a matter of personal preference.
In the nutritional department, these crisps are not as bad for you as you might expect. With an average of 100 calories and 6.5g of fat per bag they are pretty much par for the course (the nutritional content differs slightly between the different flavours, as you would expect).
The packaging is definitely no frills, but is perfectly functional. There is a good amount of nutritional information and advice for allergy sufferers.
All in all these crisps are tremendously cheap but are let down by the taste. They are just too bland for me and, unless you are on a serious budget, I would advise spending a bit more and getting something of a slightly higher quality: 2.5 out of 5!
I get through quite a lot of crisps and generally buy the ones that are on special offer but noticed that the Sainsbury's Basics Crisps Variety Pack work out even cheaper at just 78 pence for twelve 18g bags of crisps. In a money saving bid I decided to give them a go. The variety pack contains 4 bags of each flavour which are: Cheese and Onion, Salt and Vinegar and Ready Salted but they are also available in just Ready Salted and twelve bags sell for quite a lot cheaper at 48p. But I like variety with my crisps so I don't mind paying the extra cost to get this.
As with all of the basics range there is no fancy packaging, but it's sufficient for me as all I'm going to do is scoff them. The crisps come in a big white bag with an orange band across the top and the word 'crisp' in big letters, aside from this it lists the flavours. On the back of the bag, the nutritional information is provided for each flavour and I am told that the crisps are cooked in Sunflower oil and contain only natural flavourings and colours and are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The individual crisp packets are designed in the same way the main bag is, white and orange and basic looking. There is no getting away from it, the bags are small and the amount of crisps in them sparse in comparison to a 25g bag of Walkers. I have to admit I've been having two bags instead of one as there just doesn't seem to be enough crisps in one bag to satisfy me. This rather goes against the point of them supposedly being more cost effective but then again maybe I'm just a piggy.
So how do they taste? I first tried the Salt and Vinegar flavour and I must say on opening the bag I was a bit disappointed with the lack of smell. I couldn't really smell the vinegar, just a faint smell of salt. The crisps look fairly average, round, pale and not too greasy. On munching, I'm met with a very subtle taste of vinegar, too subtle for me, it really is very faint. Not at all how I feel vinegar should taste which is nicely assertive and full of character. I can taste the salt but again it is very subtle. The crisp doesn't really have much substance to it as it's thin and therefore doesn't provide much of a crunch at all. Oh dear, not a good start. I move on, somewhat apprehensively to the Cheese and Onion flavour. On opening this bag, there really is no smell at all, only when I stick my nose right inside the packet can I small a very faint oniony smell but no cheese. On munching I soon discover there is not much taste either. I resigned to the fact that I just had a duff bag. How wrong could I be, I've tried all of the bags and none have tasted much of cheese or onion, in fact they don't really taste of much really. My last hope was with the Ready Salted, by this point I didn't really have much hope left but after all how hard can it be to get salted crisps wrong?. These crisps oddly were far greasier than the alleged Salt and Vinegar and Cheese and Onion. I'm not adverse to a bit of grease but only if is tastes nice, these did not they just tasted bland and greasy.
I think it's safe to say I won't be buying these crisps again. I would prefer to spend a bit extra if I have it and buy some crisps I know I will enjoy and that will satisfy me.
The allergy information on the pack tells me that the Salt and Vinegar flavour is not suitable for those with wheat and gluten allergies and the Cheese and Onion flavour is not suitable for those with wheat, gluten and milk allergies. However, there is no allergy information on the Ready Salted packet.
Further Nutritional Information
Ready Salted per 18g pack
6.6g of fat
1.25g of salt (surprisingly quite high for something that doesn't taste much of salt)
Salt and Vinegar
6.0g of fat
0.4g of salt
Cheese and Onion
6.8g of fat
These crisps from Sainsburys Basic range of their lower brand are very good for the low price of 68p for a 12 packets of crisps, each packet is 18g and the variety are 4 ready salted, 4 salt and vinegar 4 cheese and onion, admittedly they are not in fancy packaging but what can you expect for the low price.
The are in the orange and white logo colours for Sainsburys and inside there are the dozen individual bags each one 18g which are quite small but large enough for lunch boxes or picnics, BBQs and even parties, I use them for parties all the time and also put them into little dishes and they look super along side the other foods.
They are not the same tasting as obviously the branded variety but for a basic range they are good, they are a good tasting crisp and flavour.
Calories vary from flavour to flavour but average 100 per each bag.
I take them to work with me as I am on a low budget and I am cutting back on items that I can enjoy as well as save money on, whenever I now see a product or lower brand I try it and if I like them I will buy them all the time. I also read dooyoo reviews to read comments on some of the other items I have not tried. I must admit I do go to different supermarkets and try their own brands too as different shops do have different qualities for their own brand of products.
I think for the price of these crisps they are easy to have as a snack as I do all the time as I love my food and they are very handy for any occasion, and especially with parties as they can quite easily even be mixed with branded crisps to disguise the lower brand if you have some guests that are a little snobby as I have a few people I know that kind of think they are but are not. But my wife does tend to at times think that mixing these crisps with the others it is a good way of pleasing everyone, but to be honest, the snobby guests do not even notice the lower brands.
I rate this product a 4 star
If you are on a budget like me, go try them for yourself.
Sainsbury's Basics Crisps
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Crisps
Like all products in the Sainsbury's Basics range, these crisps have pain looking white packaging with orange writing. Yes it does look a little bit cheap and nasty but it also means that you are not paying extra for fancy wrapping, which has to be a good thing.
12 packets of ready salted crisps in this range cost me £0.55 and there is also a multi pack of flavoured crisps available if you prefer.
Each bag is only 18g so seems a little small which is disappointing. The crisps themselves are light and golden and look pretty good. They are crunchy and well salted (though not oversalted) so make a pretty tasty snack. I was quite surprised by them, they were thin and quite large, and quite morish. Unfortunately, that was a problem because one bag didn't feel like enough, so these could be improved by making the bags bigger and adding extra crisps!
Nutritional info as follows;
Saturated Fat 3.9g
Ingredients as follows;
These were not outstanding but if you are looking for light, tasty, ready salted crisps then they are definitely worth trying. If you are looking for something posher like kettle chips, these will probably disappoint you, but for what they are, they are decent enough and I will buy them again. I had them on cheese sandwiches (with salad cream) with lunch and they were fab, even if I did have to eat 2 bags!
After trying the sainsburys Basics Milk Chocolate I thought I would see if the muti-pack of crisps would be any good for their price.
You get 12 18g bags of Ready Salted, Cheese and Onion and Salt and Vinegar for 75p.
This isn't saving a great deal of money compared to the deals you get on crisps from other supermarkets but the price is good for the range.
The packaging is the same basic white with orange writing as all the other products in the Basics range. It lets us know that the crisps are suitable for vegetarians and that you get 4 of each of the flavours.
The best before date is a couple of months after the date I purchased them so no chance of them going off but it is sooner than other crisps I have eaten.
On the back of the packaging there is the nutritional information for all three flavours and it is per bag.
0.7g saturated fat
Salt and Vinegar:
0.7g saturated fat
Cheese and Onion:
0.6g saturated fat
The back of the packet also tells us that you can't eat the salt and vinegar if you have wheat gluten and barley gluten allergies. And you can't eat the cheese and onion if you have milk and wheat gluten allergies. The ready salted has no allergy advice for it.
As crisps go these are not particularly full of fat and calories compared to a lot of others but would not be great as a healthier option snack.
They are also not very filling, you get a large handful of crisps per bag, much less than others, and the flavours are barely there. The most flavoursome of the three types was the salt and vinegar packets, which is great if you don't like strong flavoured crisps but not so great if you actually want to tell the difference between ready salted and cheese and onion.
I ate all the cheese and onion packets as I don't like my crisps to taste too strong and I did get more than a hint of the flavour. The crisps was quite crunchy to the point that little sharps bits of them where stabbing me in the gum, not a pleasant feeling when trying to eat.
They are not very filling, more something you would eat for the sake of eating or as a treat as you would probably need a few bags to make it a filling snack.
I wouldn't give these crisps to a child all the time because of the high calorie content.
Overall I would rather pay more for better quality crisps, more filling crisps and a healthier choice.
Sainsbury's Basics Crisps---Really Basic !!
I love crisps and often try out different brands and flavours. I am not a regular buyer but sometimes it does find a place in my shopping cart.
Take a glance of the packaging and you know there is some truth to the name Sainsbury's Basics. It is made up of very thin white pack with the brand name and other details mentioned in typical Sainsbury's light orange colour. I do not like the packaging as it is too placid and does not help arising appetite.
There are 12 packets each weighing 17.5 grams. You can find three varieties of crisps namely-ready salted, salt & vinegar and cheese & onion flavour with each variety having four packets tallying to a total of 12 packets.
To be honest the crisps are as crunchy as some of the popular brands but let me tell you that these are also not saggy. I personally like cheese & onion. Ready salted flavour is average and does not convey any special taste and you can really make out why the crisps are named as basics. Salt & Vinegar is at the bottom of my pick as I hate the smell of vinegar. I also have a strong resistance towards the ingredients used (spirit vinegar powder & malt vinegar powder) for this flavour as I do not fancy their strong presence.
Overall it is OK for your budget planning as you pay only around 50p but you also get what you pay for.....
This review is on Sainsburys value mutli pack crisps. I bought these a couple of weeks ago and still haven't managed to finish them. You get 12 packets of crisps, Salt and vinegar sticks, onion rings and cheese puffs. They cost 47p. That's 47p for 12 packets of crisps!
I have tried and disliked the Tesco Value, i thought i would try Sainsburys and was slightly more impressed but not overally impressed.
The packets are smaller than a normal packet of crisps but for this price you could have 2 packets if you really wanted to.
The Tesco Value crisps literally have no taste! Every flavour tasted like ready salted. These crisps have more taste to them, but its an acquired taste.
The salt and vinegar sticks, taste too over powering of vinegar. I do like my crisps to taste strong but this was really strong and not very nice!
The onion rings have a nice onion taste to them but they are just like little rings of air. You crunch it once and they seems to have just disappeared. But these have a nicer taste than the vinegar sticks.
The cheese puffs are similar to the onion rings in the sense of them being little bits of air which disappear very quickly. The colour of them are very pale. With wotsits they are very orange. These are a light yellow colour with very little flavour. I am not a fan of Wotsits as i find them very over powering, to cheesey and very messy. These are not messy and not cheesey. These are not the happy medium i am looking for.
Would i buy these again? At 47p for 12 packets of crisps. I would be tempted as these are of a higher standard than the Tesco Value, and cheaper than the branded crisps. I wouldn't go out especially to buy these but i possibly will do again
I was sitting today and it occurred to me, why, life. Life. And then there was nothing else to think of, nothing else to occur. So I ate a crisp. And it was rather delightful I must say. And then I logged on to dooyoo and my heart failed to see that such a, as I say, delightful crisp, should fail your people's ratings. And so I must question, why? Why? Why? Again and again. Are we talking of the same crisp, dear folks? Are we talking of this some delightful, delicious, dubiously...d'awesome crisp? We cannot be.
As I say, I was sitting down, thinking. And then I was handed a crisp. And I ate it. This was the end of the little relationship me and said crisp had, before I reached for another as I am an unfaithful sod. This second was as nice as the first. In fact, they were all as nice as that same first. Such cruelty. I don't care for their feelings. And, you know, 12 of the packets cost 47p. This impresses me greatly. Doesn't that impress you? Yeah, the packets are small. I admit it! 18g. But they're not that small and I'm only going to eat one packet anyway - aren't you? Don't be a pig, now. Eat one. That's it. It's like a banana - buy the smallest cause they'll only eat one. Who would eat two bananas? Now. Think of it in this context and suddenly you'll understand. Maybe. Or not. Maybe I'm just lame.
ANYWAY. AGAIN. These are made of REAL POTATOES. Shock, horror. Do you know why this surprises me? No. Probably not. But it does because the last crisps I bought were Walker's French Fries. And they weren't made of real potatoes - oh no, no. They were made of potato granules. POTATO GRANULES, PEOPLE. Fake potatoes! Poser potatoes! Egads, anything but REAL potatoes. And these Sainsbury's Basics are made of real, solid British potatoes. Apparently. I don't know. But as long as they're real potatoes, god, I don't care, really. So long as they're not those freaking potato granules and don't bear that Walker's ingredient list a miles long. Oh, flavour enhancers this, artificial colourings that. Slap, I go, slap! For I will not eat such tripe when I can eat, now, Sainsbury's Basics for, what, five millionth of the price? Slight exaggeration. Forgive me.
But 47p. That's 3.9 p per packet. May as well throw them in the kid's lunchbox, eh? I would. I would, I would, I would. I most certainly, definitely, undoubtedly would. It's cheap. And I just quite like the shape of these crisps actually because they have character. I'm not saying these crisps are people or anything but they're all different shapes and they're all different sizes, and they're wrinkly and ragged and, well, cool. Unlike Walker's French Fries, to which I will now return. All the same size. All the same shape. And potato granules, people. Potato GRANULES. I also meant to say that these crisps have three simple ingredients. I flicked over them and was like, oh, they're crisps. I wasn't like, oh, dear god, what on earth are these are they going to come alive and eat me and ahhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhh, etc. etc. catching sight of the word potato. In combination. With. Granules.
Potatoes, sunflower oil, salt. Great. Nothing unnecessary, then. Everything simple, basic, to the point. Oh, look - basic. Sainsbury Basics. Ha, ha, ha. I just noticed that myself. Anyway. To move on. To return. The crisps are also pretty healthy all considering. Well. Crisps can't be healthy, really; let's be realistic. But they're not unhealthy. Too unhealthy. 104 calories. 6.6g of fat, 0.8g of saturates. And a really low 0.23g of salt. I, for one, am impressed. And I don't even like crisps, really, or I thought I didn't. When I ate Walkers. With the potato. With the potato granules. And the monosodium glutamate. And all the other unnecessary ingredients which will probably KILL YOU.
Okay. Maybe not. But they'll kill your wallet, anyway, and c'mon. These are SO GOOD. Buy them now!
P.S. It occured to me, now, that perhaps you are reviewing the mixed variety flavours, of which I have no experience. I am reviewing the ready salted multipack. They are delicious.
This is part of the new Sainsbury's Basics range. I have tried a few of these products in the past. With these low-price ranges in the supermarket I expect to find some hidden gems and also to come across some bad 'uns. Well you'll probably realise by the end of this which category I feel these fall into.
I think these crisps only come in multipacks. A pack costs about 70p. So yes these crisps are incredibly cheap bearing in mind you get 12 packets. Normally that money would buy you two individual packets of Walkers. However there isn't much in each packet just 18 grams. This is a fair bit less than the 25 grams you get in the Walkers multipack bags. As such you may find you eat two to stop your hunger which makes it half as cost effective.
The packaging is very plain and is identical to all the other Basics items. The bag is white with an orange flash at the top and the word crisps written in big letters in orange. It also tells you how many you get of each flavour. As far as I know they only do three flavours which are the traditional ones: ready salted, cheese and onion and salt and vinegar.
To take the example of the salt and vinegar one it contains 84 calories, which is quite low probably because there isn't much in there, and the fat is 4.1 grams. Well to start with I don't like the flavour of the crisps themselves. They taste slightly off and don't have that nice cruch. It is as if the crisps have gone stale after sitting out open in the air for a few days, they just don't taste fresh. The colour is also not the yellow you would expect and some of the crisps are almost see-through with fat. They just don't look appetising. The flavouring is also off and it tastes like they've used some really weird brand of vinegar or something, it just doesn't fit together with the salt in the normal way.
I just don't think these are worth the money cheap though they may be and would suggest you get an alternative.
When it comes to crisps I couldn't live without them in my life! I will regularly sit and eat three bags on the trot without even thinking about it and love a crisp sarnie!
Usually I eat Mccoy's (Paprika flavour rocks my world) or I love Walkers crisps and pretty much will chomp my way through any flavour really (but the vile limited edition fish and chip flavour of course!) and I do love Pringles and things like that. Really when it comes to crisps I'm not too fussy and and am easily pleased really!
So today when I nipped over to Sainsbury's to get myself a few goodies for a quiet Sunday night in front of the tv I thought I would try these out for a change. Not just because Dooyoo are taking ages adding my suggestions and I am left with nothing to review and I'd seen this link was here already last week but also because priced at 76p for 12 bags it seemed excellent value and a very worth a go and could really save me a lot of money with my love of crisps in the long run!
Well I am reviewing the variety pack but please note you can get a bag of 12 ready salted crisps from Sainsbury's 'Basics' as well for 47p and the packaging is very similar to this indeed.
The outer bag is white plastic. On the top there is a band of bright orange colour and on that in white writing we are told they are indeed Sainsbury's 'Basics' then in orange writing I am told they are Crisps (like I hadn't guessed lol), 4 x Ready Salted Flavour, 4 x Salt & Vinegar Flavour and 4 x Cheese & Onion Flavour. Then I'm told the bag contains 12 bags and that these are 'No fancy packaging, still great for lunchboxes', then there are two odd shaped circles scribbled on and then there are two bright green circles on the left hand side of the front of the bag and in one I'm told they are now cooked in sunflower oil and in the other I am told that they only contain natural colours & flavours. On the back of the bag this time all in black writing I am told they are an 'Assorted pack of ready salted flavour, salt & vinegar flavour and cheese & onion flavour crisps. Then for each flavour clearly laid out I am given a nutritional information guide which is very comprehensive indeed and ingredients are listed, allergy advice is given, information on how to store them is listed, contact details for Sainsbury's are given, I am given the overall size of the bag (216g) and told that each bag is 18g, best before date is stamped on and finally there is a bar-code on there.
This is very simple and basic packaging. If your interested in purchasing these you can't miss them on the shelf as they stick out like a sore thumb and scream economy at you with the bold white and orange theme going on! However I'm a great believer in it's not always about the packaging and price when it comes to taste... well not all the time anyway lol.
The individual bags are very in keeping appearance wise with the outer bag of course. White plastic with lots of orange and black writing on telling you what they are and that they are Sainsbury's 'Basics', an at a glance nutritional pye chart is on each, I'm reminded that they only contain natural colourings and flavourings and that they are vegetarian and cooked in sunflower oil and each one has a a scribbled on drawing on the front that in most cases I can't make out what it's meant to be of lol. On the back of the packet again full nutritional information is listed along with ingredients and allergy advice, how to store them, best before date is stamped on, size is stated and finally contact for Sainsbury's are once again given.
Again simple to look at and the first thing I thought is I bet if parents shoved these in their children's lunchboxes I bet they would get bullied by nasty kids! Also I wouldn't want to be particularly seen eating them to be honest either lol. They just look so cheapskate! Also when I looked at the calories I was really impressed. Like the cheese & onion are only 80 calories a bag and then I suddenly realised that isn't good at all because if you look at a bag of standard Walkers say a bag weighs about 35g at a rough guess. Just under double this size. Now for the Walkers option a bag is around 113-133 calories, these for the same size (ish) would cost you about 186 calories and a whopping 7.2 saturated fat! Healthy? Me don't think so! So the bags are small and the calories...rather high in my view.
A real favourite all time flavour of mine so I had a bag of these first. I opened them up to be greeted by slightly oily but golden crisps that were well formed, not burnt with a slight potato aroma to them. Crunchy enough, smooth in texture, quite salty the only think that let them down is they weren't all that thick and really not all that salty either. However the flavour was identifiable but good quality? Well not really. Although they are not foul tasting they're just nothing special and not at all filling really but passable just not something I would look forward to eating or anything!
Saturated Fat 3.9g
Salt & Vinegar.
Odd vinegar smell but really lacking in any flavour apart from salt. I could smell acidy vinegar but not really taste any just a tiny twang of it. The salt was rather overpowering, the crisp was greasy and not all that crunchy and I was left with an odd tinny after-taste it took me ages to shift from my mouth. Not at all keen on these and although salty rather bland and oddly... not really tasting of potato either!
Saturated Fat 4.1g
Cheese & Onion....
Bland bland bland bland bland!!!!!!! Not that cheesy though smell was apparent these really plain light coloured whitish crisps were quite greasy, not at all potatoey flavoured at all and just all round lacked flavoured totally. So bored I got with them I shoved them between some bread and butter and they lost flavour altogether! I could 'taste' the crunch it gave to my bread if that makes sense but that's it. They may of well of simply been plain crisps. I thought they were really odd and if I was blindfolded and someone shoved one in my mouth sure I'd know it was a crisp but not the flavour!
You can't beat good quality crisps in my view and these, I'm not a fan of at all. They are bland and I don't mind consuming a high amount of calories from time to time if I enjoy something but these are not (as my Mum says often lol).. worth putting weight on for! Pringles in a cupboard could call me and get my attention and I'd pop them open and not stop munching them till I had them gone. These will stay in my cupboard for ages because the quality isn't there for me at all. I don't mind the plain crisps in this variety pack but I'd soon lose the will to live with these real boring and plain offerings! Spend a little more and get better crisps is my best advice to you. Really your only getting the equivalent of 6 bags anyway and making a saving of around 30p or something (in comparison to getting 6 bags of Walkers!!).
If you are looking for a cheap packet of crisps to serve along side a nice lunch then these are perfectly alright. Pour them next to your lunch and it'd be fine!
They have the same texture and crunch as any other crisps but the flavour is a bit weak. Admittedly they aren't amazing, but they don't taste too bad.
The Ready Salted crisps taste like any other ready salted crisps to be honest. The Salt And Vinegar crisps are a tiny bit weak, but they don't taste bad. You know what you are eating. As for Cheese and Onion - I hate all Cheese and Onion crisps so I haven't tried them.
The packaging is designed to be basic, because it's part of the Sainsbury's Basics range. So the packaging is slightly ugly, but who cares? I think the world is caught up by uber powerful brands. And if you are one of them, then simply buy something else. In conclusion, Sainsbury's Basics Crisps aren't too bad assuming your not a snob.