“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Crisps „
I usually eat Walkers crisps, but for a change I decided to go for some of the Sainsbury's own brand crisps. I was expecting them to be awful and no in no way as good as Walkers crisps, but I was pleasently surprised! The Sainsbury's crisps have a much more subtle taste than other brands of salt and vinegar crisps, which are usually alot stronger and have a much more vinegary taste which alot of people do not like. The Sainsburys crisps were, I think alot easier to eat and had a kind of "sweeter" taste. Alot of people might not like these crisps, but I have tried both salt and vinegar and ready salted flavours and a definetly prefer the taste than brands such as Walkers that I find too strong. The crisps are quite good in the fact that they dont have any artifitial ingredients, just potatoes, sunflower oil, salt and salt and vinegar flavouring.
Overall, I liked them alot, and the cheaper price than brands such as Walkers will probably convert me!
Sainsbury's Potato Crisps (30% less fat)
Before I start this review I would just like to say that I am by no means a brand snob. Often I find that the supermarket 'own brands' taste as good as (and sometimes better than) the branded products. This is not one of those occasions.
In my opinion these are amongst the worst crisps I have tried, EVER! I have tried both the Ready Salted and Salt and Vinegar varieties and both are woefully sub-par!
On the back of the pack, Sainsbury's make a big song and dance about the fact that the crisps are made using British potatoes. I think the only reason they do this is to remind the consumer that these crisps are actually derived from potatoes, because there is no way you would guess from the flavour!
The also have a strange and unpleasant texture. They are not so much crispy as brittle, and each pack tends to contain 24 grams of broken fragments, rather than whole crisps.
I found the Salt and Vinegar variety quite overpowering. The pungent, acrid flavouring tastes more like burnt rubber than vinegar to me. The Ready Salted flavour are less offensive, due to their lack of flavouring. This does not make them much more appealing however as they are incredibly boring and I found it an effort to finish the teeny-tiny 24g pack.
Compared to Walkers or any other branded potato crisps these fall well short in the satisfaction department. I wouldn't recommend these crisps to anyone (except, maybe, masochists). If your on a budget, why not look out for the branded varieties on special offer rather than wasting your cash on these.
Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Flavouring (Salt and Vinegar variety only)
Per 24g pack
Energy - 113 kcal
Protein - 1.7g
Carbohydrate - 14.2g
Fat - 5.5g
(Saturated Fat) - 0.6g
Fibre - 1.1g
Salt - 0.36g
What I liked
They contain 30%less fat than last years recipe.
They are cheap
What I didn't like
The way they stab you in the mouth when you eat them
Pretty much everything about them!
Sainsbury's Crisps - Salt & Vinegar
I had a few friends round recently and whilst I was in getting some drinks I decided to pick up some snacks. One of the items that found its way into my basket was the Sainsbury Potato crisp. I have had Sainsbury's own brand products before and have generally been very impressed by them. I was also impressed by the price of these. Two 6 packs of 25g crisps bags is currently on offer for £1.60. This works out at around 13 pence a bag. I opted for the onion ring variety and the salt and vinegar flavour. This review is based on the salt and vinegar flavour.
About the Crisps
The crisps come in the 25 gram format. The bag is a bright blue colour and to give them their full title as on their bag they are known as Sainsbury British Potato crisps. The bag also has a picture of a farm in the background but as it's drawn using different shades of blue it's not too obvious.
The ingredients for the crisp are listed as potatoes, sunflower oil, lactose milk, natural flavourings, citric acid, sugar and yeast extract. This product also contains gluten so with the lactose (cow's milk) the product may not be user friendly to everybody. One 25g pack has the following nutrition:
129Kcal, 1.2 Protein, 13.4 carbohydrate, 0.9g sugars, 12.6g starch, 7.8g fat, 0.8, saturates 6.2 monounsaturates, 0.8 polyunsaturated, 0.9g fibre, 0.7g salt and 0.26g of sodium.
Judging by the speed that these crisps were devoured it either meant my friends had no dinner of that they really liked these crisps. The crisps themselves are all of good size. They are quite thin and could easily be left to melt in the mouth. The aroma from the crisps is not very strong and in some ways either was the flavour. I love nothing more to have a nice crisp sandwich but when I tried it with a bag of these I was a bit disappointed. The taste of the bread completely masked the flavour of the crisps so much so that only the fact I made the sandwich meant that I knew that they were in it.
On their own these crisps are very tasty. The flavour is not overpower and is very subtle. The crisps are in good condition and I didn't find a bad one in any of the bags I have had. For 13 pence a pack these crisps represent great value for money. I have tried other cheaper or lower value crisps in the same price bracket and in my opinion these crisps were by far superior. If still on the offer I wouldn't hesitate to buy these again.