“ Type: Snacks / Brand: Sainsbury's „
I'm a massive fan of supermarket own brands. In a lot of cases, I don't believe I can taste the difference between supermarkets own and 'mainstream' brands. If I can taste a difference then it is usually the case that it's because I prefer the supermarket version.
Having said that, I am stumped with Sainsbury's Jumbo Salted Peanuts. There's no doubt it's a decent enough product, and that it satisfies my frequent peanut cravings. But it doesn't quite tick every one of my boxes.
Let's have a look at what you're getting first. 600 grams of peanuts for around £1.82, which compares reasonably well with, say, KP Peanuts, where you can get 500 grams for £1.65.
The packaging is simplistic - a catchy shiny red colour with bold white letter certainly catches the eye, without really being distinctive. Were it not for a circle of peanuts in the centre of the packet, you wouldn't automatically know these were peanuts. It pulls off the trick of being bland and yet fulfilling the needs of the product perfectly.
It also has the, now standard, headline nutritional value of the product on the front in a colourful pie chart. From one twelfth of a bag you will get - 320 calories, 26 grams of fat, 5.5 grams of saturated fat and 0.38 grams of salt. The further nutritional information on the back states that each twelfth of a bag contains 14.8 grams of protein and 6.7 grams of carbohydrate - 2 grams of which sugars and 4.7 grams of which starches. A twelfth of a bag contains 2.9 grams of fibre.
There is also some other information on the back of the packet. The ingredients - 95% peanuts, palm oil, salt and sunflower oil. The allergy advice - contains peanuts and is NOT suitable for nut allergy sufferers. It also issues a reminder that small children can choke on nuts. This may seem like obvious advice, but is vital information.
Then of course, my favourite part: the taste test!
The most striking thing when you put a handful of the nuts in your mouth is the lack of salt. Considering these are supposed to be salted peanuts, they suffer from a distinct lack of flavour. The lack of salt means that you are left with a very bland nutty taste, which doesn't leave a pleasant aftertaste either. They are not strong or powerful, and nor is the aftertaste, which is much more of a faint, bitter burning flavour at the back of the top of your mouth. You have to eat a lot at once in order to get the sensation of salt.
This would be disappointing enough in itself, but the texture isn't great either. One chew and the nuts fall apart and they're not particularly crunchy. They don't have enough bite.
I'm being generous by giving them 3 stars. I'm more inclined to give them 2 stars but I love peanuts and they do satisfy that particular need if only by virtue of the fact they are peanuts. Cheap and cheerful enough, but I think next time I will pay that tiny bit extra and go for the mainstream brand next time. And it's not often I say that.