“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
Having just written a review of the Walkers Salt N Shake Crisps, I found these in Sainsburys and thought i'd give them a go. Would the Supermarket brand be any good?
These cost £1.10 for 6 bags, so a little saving to be had over the brand name. The inside bags seemed the same weight and the packaging was alright. The bags were split into a blue colour and then a white colour. Quite simple packaging and there was a picture of a Sunflower on the front as well, which is the only brighter colouring. They have the Sainsburys Nutritional wheel on the front, and I think these have 127 calories and 8g of fat.
Upon opening the bag of Crisps you are met with a slightly greasy Potato scent. It isn't as bad as how it sounds, and you just get a nice potato smell. There is the little Salt sachet nestled in the bag, and this is usually easy enough to find.
So how much Salt do you add? I add the whole lot, and then shake the bag about and this coats the Crisps well enough. Just like the brand name ones the Salt sticks to the Crisps quite well, and these are a bit oily like the brand named ones. Perhaps that is why they are a little oily as to let the Salt stick. If you just want a hint of Salt then about half the Salt Sachet should be alright.
A nice simple Crisps, which is just the same as the brand name but just that bit cheaper.
Crisps and snacks have always been popular and I am sure that their popularity is on the rise. Newspaper articles and the television news constantly remind us that as the country has now officially been declared in a recession that more and more people are spending their spare time at home.
So that means good news for the Video and DVD rental shops and the Food Takeaway shops are reporting that their sales are on the up and up too.
Most of us love a glass of wine and a crispy snack at the end of the day, its a good way to unwind and relax.
It is fascinating to watch how things change, for instance EBay is stacked out with Retro items and Vintage Clothing and years ago as children we used to hand over a threepenny bit and get a bag of Smiths crisps with a little twist of blue paper inside of the plastic bag which contained the salt.
At that time flavoured crisps were but a dream!
So the idea of Salt your own crisps is not entirely a new one. But I think it still remains a good idea, I only like a tiny sprinkle of salt whereas the Other Half uses all of his salt packet.
Smiths Salt and Shake crisps can be as much as £1.45 for a packet of six but the packets are the same size as the Sainsbury`s version. Aldi do a version of Salt and Shake crisps too but although they taste good and are well priced the bags seem to be smaller, but that may well be a figment of my imagination.
The Sainsbury`s Salt Your Own crisps are very economical at around £1.03 for a pack of six.
In an earlier review I was discussing the way in which the supermarkets pack their basic/value ranges and how I felt that they could come up with something far more attractive even though the people who initially design it only have a shoestring budget.
Well I take my hat off to Sainsbury`s, they have packed their Salt Your Own crisps in a packet that looks fresh, clean and contemporary.
A smart blue and white plastic packet decorated with a sunflower.
Often we open a packet of crisps and get the full cheese and onion or salt and vinegar flavour right in our face but as you open these you just get a smell of oil and potato.
Now don`t get me wrong the smell isn't unpleasant in any way, In fact quite the opposite but maybe it is a little bit bland at first.
I have no idea why but these crisps always seem to have lots of little ones among them and also seem to have bits of potato peel left on the edges.
Maybe Sainsbury`s have given us an extra source of fibre.
The original salt and shake crisps used to have the salt wrapped in a little screw of blue paper, these have the salt sealed inside of a neat little rectangular packet.
The crisps do seem to be more oily than ordinary flavoured crisps, as you eat them a distinct oily taste is left behind but again it is a moreish taste.
Each packet contains around 127 calories, so about average and as expected they are high in fat and carbohydrates.
The crisps are fried in high oleic sunflower oil which is far kinder to our cholesterol levels.
I enjoy this Sainsbury`s product, they are tasty and economical and well presented too!
COST: 99p for a pack of six
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per individual pack):
- of which sugars: 0.2g
- of which saturates: 0.8g
- of which mono-unsaturates: 6.3g
- of which polyunsaturates: 0.8g
Potatoes, high oleic sunflower oil, sachet of salt
This product is suitable for coeliacs
Sainsbury's Salt Your Own Crisps come as 6 individual small packets inside of one large bag. On the front of the large bag, the top section is coloured blue, and has the Sainsbury's standard logo in darker blue lettering; to the right of that is pie-chart style coloured circle giving minimal nutritional information, and underneath are images of 3 crisps and a sunflower head. The lower part of the bag has a white background, with the words "salt your own crisps" and the number "6" in dark blue, followed by a statement (in dark blue and gold) saying "cooked in high oleic sunflower oil....with a sachet of salt". A little box appears under the number 6 stating that the product is made from British potatoes, and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The rear of the bag contains detailed nutritional and dietary information, plus advice that the packaging isn't suitable for recycling....storage instructions and some general, brief health/exercise advice.
Each of the six smaller bags appearance-wise is an exact mini replica of the large bag.
I only buy crisps occasionally when a fancy for a packet grabs me, as in general I'm not a great lover of salted foods. Though I have enjoyed various brands and flavours of salted crisps over the years, I always yearned for somebody to start manufacturing them like when I was a small child.....Smiths' Crisps, in a white packet, with a little twist of dark blue paper inside containing the salt - so that you could make your own choice as to how you could enjoy your crisps best.
Whilst wandering around Sainsbury's one day last week, I suddenly had one of my occasional fancies for a bag of crisps, so made my way to the appropriate aisle and had a browse to see what was on offer. My eyes rested on Sainsbury's brand of "salt your own" crisps, so I immediately pounced upon those above all the other choices available. At long last.....a realisation that some of us prefer things like salt, mustard, mayo, horseradish etc. not to be compulsory. So, delighted that my "to salt or not to salt" dreams had at long last come true, I toddled off home, stretched out on the sofa and hoped my palate would melt with paroxysms of joy whilst eating a bag of naked crisps.
I removed one of the small, single-serving bags from the large bag, and unsealed the top. I had a little sniff of the contents, doing the "smell factor" test, and wasn't overly impressed. A medium-strength aroma of stale chip oil emanated from the bag, which I found a bit off-putting. The bag was generously filled though, and the crisps which are rather pale and uninteresting-looking, were cut fairly large. Most of the crisps in the bag were pretty much the same size, and there were no little bits collected in the bottom that you have to tip the bag up and "drink" from in order to eat them, once the bigger bits have been devoured.
I delved into the bag with my rather elegant, long, slim index finger and thumb, delicately grasped one large crisp, and slowly transported it mouthwards.
The "crunch factor" was moderate. OK the crisp wasn't hard or soggy, but it wasn't quite as crunchable as I like them to be....the only way I can describe the experience of biting into that crisp is, rather flat. On chewing the crisp, I noticed a rather unpleasant, oily taste that resembled the stale chip oil smell, but the potato flavour was reasonably good, so I continued until the packet was empty.
Whilst eating the crisps, I became preoccupied with something on the computer and continued to munch on them absent-mindedly, not really looking at what I was doing - then I was brought up sharply when I chewed on something strange.....it didn't crunch up like a crisp does, so I took it from my mouth - I'd forgotten to remove the little blue sachet containing the salt before diving into the crisps, and had tried to eat it. Luckily I rescued it before I chewed too hard, and thus saved myself getting a horrid mouthful of salt.
Over the course of a few days I managed to eat the whole 6 packets, and I had (aside from chewing on the blue salt sachet) exactly the same experience each time.
My overall verdict is that though I love to be given the choice to eat my crisps unsalted, these aren't particularly pleasant crisps. OK - they aren't inedible, but I don't like the stale chip oily under-taste, and they aren't crispy enough for me. It is possible that if I'd have salted them, the yukky oil taste may have been masked, but if my memory serves me correctly, the old 1950s/early-60s Smiths Crisps with the blue salt twist inside didn't taste like that unsalted.
Sorry Sainsburys - these crisps are very mediocre, and I doubt if I shall be buying them again...love the separate salt though.
Thanks for reading!