Product Type: Seabrook Snacks
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Scrumptious Seabrook Sea Salt Snacks
Seabrook Crinkle Cut Crisps
Member Name: cazkins
Seabrook Crinkle Cut Crisps
Advantages: Thick & crinkled with both a great potato-y taste & crunchy, yet delicate, texture
I bought a multipack of these last week because I hadn't had them in so long, and wondered why I hadn't bought them since.
Seabrook falls slightly short of the title for the most popular crisps manufacturer in favour of Walkers, but they're still a popular brand that produces good quality snacks. They date back to 1945, with their crispy products 'lovingly cooked in Yorkshire'.
These are sold in multipacks of 5 x 31.8g bags, costing around £1.24 (Tesco, currently on offer for £1 Sept '09). They're called Crinkle Cut Sea Salt Potato Crisps, and they're quite simply what they claim to be.
Each individually wrapped packet weighs in at 31.8g, which is a good-sized bag with enough crisps to keep you munching away for a while.
These are made with sunflower oil, the healthier oil to use which many companies, such as Walkers, have more recently changed to using. They're also 'msg-free' and suitable for vegetarians.
Although the design is quite plain with the white background, I'd like to think the price paid goes towards a quality product and more crispy goodness rather than a brand name or fancy packaging.
On the back it reads 'once tasted loved forever', which is a bold statement to make, but I can't really find anything negative to say about their taste or texture.
What makes these different to regular crisps are their crinkle cut design and the sprinkling of sea salt, giving them a more rugged feel. I thought these would be quite hard crisps, but the crinkles in them were slightly puffier than I had expected, so although they were quick thick and crunchy, they also had a lighter, almost delicate melt-in-the-mouth essence to them.
The sea salt is lightly sprinkled and adds a nice touch to the flavour, bringing out the potato-y goodness well.
Compared to Walkers ready salted, which is same price for the multipack, Walkers are thinner and greasier though contain less at 25g.
In terms of nutrition, it's more difficult to compare these alongside Walker's because the sizes are different, but the 31.8g bag contains 174 calories & 9.7g fat. This seems quite high in terms of the calories, but you get a fair few crisps in the bag so it's probably around average for the product. Plus, Seabrooks to have a quality taste to them so the calories are worth it.
Overall I would definitely recommend these if you haven't tried them before. If you're used to regular Walkers or similar, you may find these slightly dry, but after a few bites they do become slightly addictive.
Summary: Delicious crisps that I can't fault