Product Type: Seabrook Snacks
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Seabrook Crinkle Cut Crisps
Member Name: wastingtime
Seabrook Crinkle Cut Crisps
Advantages: great tasting savory snack
Disadvantages: my local shop sells out on a regular basis
If I am going to have a snack, it has got to be savory (although I have been picking up the odd double decker chocolate bar recently), so if I am hankering for a packet of crisps the options are often very limited, not because the choice is lacking, but because most packets of crisps just don't pack enough of a punch, because of this I was under the illusion for a long time that the best packet of crisps were either Monster Munch Pickled Onion, or McCoys Salt and Vinegar, if you know your crisps then you will know that these are both very strong types.
I may need more of a taste punch because of the amount I smoke, as obviously smoke does affect your taste glans, but I'm not sure without smoking if I could actually handle these crisps. The taste is so intense that by the end of a packet I can often be found with Salt sweats, I know that's not the type of thing that you want to hear while you are happily dooyoo'ing away, but I think it's something you needed to hear.
Not to take too much away from the other flavours of course, for instance when I popped in to find them all sold out not three days ago I was forced to look elsewhere and stumbled across Canadian Ham, which was once again lovely and strong as well as an accurate taste, on a side not, I went over to get a packet with my lunch today and noticed that while all the other types of crisps are sitting there in abundance, Salt and Vinegar Seabrooks were almost empty with a mere four packets remaining, these are now sitting in my top drawer in the office, well, minus one which somehow disappeared.
After a small bit of research I have found they do an awful lot more flavours than I had credited them with:
Bacon and Brown Sauce, Beefy, Canadian Ham, Cheese and Onion, Cheesy, Chicken and Stuffing, Cream Cheese and Chives, Pickled Onion, Prawn Cocktail, Roasted Garlic, Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Sea Salt and Vinegar, Smokey Bacon, Spring Onion, Tomato Ketchup, Unsalted and Worcester Sauce.
I think the thing that stands out to me most when I look through that list is the variety of flavours, can you think of another mainstream Crisps manufacturer who make 'Roasted Garlic' or 'Spring Onion' crisps, I can't.
The shame of this for me is there are a couple of flavours there that I would really like to try, I am a massive fan of Prawn Cocktail, the best on the market in my opinion is Pringles and also Pickled Onion, see my comment above about Monster Munch.
In terms of size and texture, they are like McCoys on a diet, I will explain, they are ridge cut (please tell me if I am wrong), but they are a lot smaller, you don't get the size of crisps that you would out of a Walker packet, you know the ones I mean where you fit the whole thing in your mouth at the same time but just end up slicing the sides, instead they are smaller which makes it even more surprising when the flavour punches you in the cranium!
From a nutritional point of view this is what you can expect.
Calories 165 (8%)
Sugar 0.5g (1%)
Fat 8.9g (13%)
Saturates 1.0g (5%)
Salt 0.6g (9%)
The percentages are for an adults guideline daily amount, also please note that this will not be the case over all the flavours as I have just taken that down from the Sea Salt and Vinegar Packet.
From a costing perspective some people have reported them as low as thirty pence, I only wish that were true for my local shop who charge me a whopping 50 pence for these. I will however say this in summary, I am a big crisp fan, and I don't eat too many packets, but if I had to choose one brand of crisps and let the rest be taken away from me forever, it would be Seabrooks.
I hope you enjoyed this review, this is my first food review on a particular product rather than a restaurant, and all criticism welcome.
Summary: Try them now, thank me later