“ Brand: Seabrook / Type: Crisps „
I have often bought seabrooks in ready salted and salt & vinegar, always finding them to be delicious. But when scouring the internet in a bored daze I came accross the hot & spicy range, as I am a spice addict I resolved to keep my eye out for them in the shops, 2 of the 4 flavours stood out to me firstly the habanero and jalapeno and secondly the wasabi flavour. I'd recently tried wasabi for the first time so with a bit of luck I'd get on well with the crisps. Recently ,after literally months of not finding a trace of this elusive range I finally came accross the wasabi flavour in it's colourful and large bag(113.4g). I got them home and left them till I got the munchies. In fact I've opened them now for the purposes of this very review. As well as the massive "HOT & SPICY" emblazened accross the top their is a sentence at the bottom saying "Phew They're a right gobful". Oh dear, I usually find when a product makes a massive song and dance about how unbelievably super super hot they are they inevitably tourn out to be somewhat mild. It's incredibly annoying and most companies do it, and it drives me....MAAAAAAD!!!!! Expecting to be disappointed on the heat front I opened the bag, they have a much milder smell than I was expecting, on tasting a crisp though I was unfortunately correct about the heat levels. In fact I couldn't actually detect any heat at all, not even a slight burn, I'm hoping the habanero and jalapeno flavour is better in this respect. While they are without heat these crisps make up for it by being super tasty, there is a strong wasabi flavour with the first flavour to hit your mouth almost pea like quickly giving way to a strong (but heatless) wasabi flavour. If you've ever had the magnificent Brannigans beef and mustard flavour crisp you will instantly be reminded of those. The Brannigans were however much better, quite a lot hotter (although still only mild) with a deeper flavour. Overall I do reccomend these crisps, however I am a bit annoyed that they specifically go out of their way to say how hot these are when they are patently not even minutely so, luckily for them they make up for it with a strong and delicious taste that does taste incredibly similar to wasabi. 4 out of 5, they lose a point for lying to me on the packet.
Seabrook Hot and Spicy Wasabi Description: Manufacturer: Seabrook / Type: Crisps I must start by explaining that I am a big fan of Seabrooks crisps and also spicy foods (including wasabi sauce) so when I saw these crisps, I was keen to try them. They were selling multi packs of 6 in my local Morrisons for just £1 so I bought some, look out for other flavours too. The packaging is a white pack with the word "wasabi" in black lettering on a red and orange background. The first couple of crisps tasted a little spicy (as you would expect from a Japanese horseradish sauce) and then suddenly, they were REALLY hot! Not too hot to eat though and I actually really enjoyed them. If you are not a fan of spicy food though it may be best to avoide these as they have a definite kick to them! Ingredients are as follows: Potatoes, sunflower oil, wheat flour, dextrose (from maize), horseradish powder, sea salt, sodium diacetate, yeast extract, flavourings, cayenne. Nutritional information is as follows: (per 100g) Energy - 2194kj/525kcal Protein - 5.5g Carbohydrate - 61.8g of which sugars - 2.0g Fat - 28.4g of which saturates - 3.2g of which monounsaturates - 7.9g of which polyunsaturates - 16.1g Fibre - 4.2g There is a good flavour to these, a mixture of oriental spices and fiery hotness, and I will definitely buy them again. As with all Seabrooks crisps, they were light and golden and cruncy, and definitely didn't disappoint me. If you like spicy foods, try these, they are great!
Asda is currently got Seabrook Crisps on offer for £1 for a multipack of 6 31g bags. Annoyingly they didn't have any mixed flavours bags, but that's alright as I love Cheese and Onion and Ready Salted ones. I spotted this flavour which I had never seen before and decided they were worth a try. Would be a waste if I didn't like them after tucking into 1 bag, but I like to try new flavours of things. The packaging of these is pretty normal. The 6 bags are in a larger rectangular bag. It has the Seabrook branding in the middle of the pack and the Hot and Spicy writing around the branding. The writing is in reds and blacks, so it kind of stands out as firey and dangerous - if that makes sense. There is a 3 Chilli branding on the pack to say these are Hot. The crisps are quite thin and crinkled. They seem a little greasy to the taste, and leave a film in your mouth a bit. So what does the Wasabi taste like? Well since Wasabi is Japanese Horseradish, it tastes oriental, spicy and just has a kick to it. After eating a few of them in a row, you can taste the spice in your mouth and i'm not saying they are far too Hot, I would say that these are very nippy tasting and not to everyone's taste. I will eat these bags spaced out, as I think the flavouring could get a bit boring. After all you don't want your mouth blown off by the Hotness of Crisps, as they are meant to be enjoyable. A nice change and probably a nice Crisp to eat after having a few drinks.
Seabrook describe these crisps as "a right hot gobful!" Wasabi flavouring is Japanese horseradish which is why they've got a three-chilli hotness warning on the packet. They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans but they contain gluten and mustard which some people may be allergic to. They come in large share bags or small individual bags although the smaller bags are quite hard to find in most shops. I've discovered the small bags are usually found in over-priced newsagents. I buy my sharing bags in Morrison's when they're on offer for £1, otherwise they cost £1.26. The crisps are crinkle-cut and very crunchy, even after the bag has been open for a day or two (as long as the top is rolled over to keep the freshness in). The foil bag is easy to tear open and the crisps have a strong, spicy smell which makes your eyes water if you inhale too deeply! When you first eat one they don't seem that hot then it hits you! They're definitely not for people who don't like spiciness or if you have a sensitive stomach. I've discovered they make my lips tingle just like when you eat too much pineapple! And that they make you very thirsty. I can never eat a whole bag in one go (because of the spiciness) although they are really more-ish so I will keep picking at them for the rest of the evening. They definitely taste like horseradish so they're probably not to everyone's taste. They have the normal sort of crisp aftertaste, nothing unpleasant at all. Overall, they're great crisps to buy every now and then as a treat, maybe for in front of the TV or for sharing with (brave) friends but if you eat them too often they start to get a bit boring. Ingredients: Potatoes, sunflower oil, wheat flour, dextrose (from maize), horseradish powder, sea salt, sodium diacetate, yeast extract, flavourings, cayenne. Nutritional information: (per 100g) Energy - 2194kj/525kcal Protein - 5.5g Carbohydrate - 61.8g of which sugars - 2.0g Fat - 28.4g of which saturates - 3.2g of which monounsaturates - 7.9g of which polyunsaturates - 16.1g Fibre - 4.2g