“ Type: Crisps/Snacks / Brand: Sainsbury's „
I picked up a multipack of these last week after deciding to try something slightly cheaper than, but the same principal, as Walkers Baked Crisps.
Ready Salted Bakes are produced by Sainsbury's and so can only be found there, so these wont be a regular purchase for me as my local supermarket is Tesco. They're found amidst the regular crisp multipacks and are offered as an alternative to their, and other leading brand, regular crisps.
Advertised as having 70% less fat than other crisps, these caught my attention. I don't think you should have to pay more money for a product that contains less (in this case, less fat & calories) but the price for these seemed reasonable.
On the front is an image of the crisps, so you know roughly what to expect. This is what tempted me to buy them because they're ridged crisps, similar to Walkers Baked, which I prefer on occasions to regular crisps which can be quite thin and greasy.
The crisps are made with British potatoes, and are baked rather than fried, hence the lower fat content. They use only natural colours and have no added MSG or flavour enhancements, which is always good to know. They're also suitable for vegetarians, though not anyone with a gluten allergy.
They're sold in a 6 x 25g multipack, and the outer wrapper is orange in colour, graduating from lighter to darker at the bottom. Okay, so the packaging isn't the most attractive or best quality, but I would choose this over a branded make who put their prices up to pay for foil designs. At £1.09 for 6, these are quite a good buy, and rival Walkers Baked at around £1.40.
How do they taste? They have a nice potatoey flavour, but are quite bland. I like bland crisps every now and again as opposed to flavoured ones, so these were okay for me. The texture is quite crunchy so they're good to snack on but they are quite dry. That said, they're not like cardboard and they're not totally flavourless. In fact, I found these quite addictive in a strange way.
There's nothing particularly to dislike about these, and I found them pleasant enough to eat. I probably would buy these over similar branded and more expensive crisps, but I can see that some may find them a tad too bland.
Overall, I would recommend giving them a try. I was surprised at these, because I snobbishly thought they would probably taste like cardboard and be inedible. They do actually have a pleasant flavour and crunchy texture, so I would happily buy again for the price.