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I hadnt tried these for ages and brought a mixed bag of smiths scampy flavoured fries and bacon flavour fries while i was in the poundshop, which i thought was a bargin as i remember both from my youth :) This review (obviously) is aout the bacon flavour fries ==========packaging=========== basically they either come as multipacks at a bargin price or you can get robbed in a corner shop and sometimes pay over 50pence for a bag, they come in little bags with a picture of what looks like a bar with a pint glass in the front and tells me they are "smiths" bacon flavoured fries "cereal snack with that extra crunchy bacon taste, if im honest they are alot much crunchy now than i remember as a child , which i must add fills me with joy as i love a good crunch lol , on the back we have the ingredients along with the nutritional information, how to contact them and a brief decription of what the crisps are all about , ===========taste============== I have to confess i love these, prob not as much as the scampy fries but they are safer to eat if your about to have human contact than the scampy lol . As i said the crunchyness as defo changed and i like that because before they used to get stuck in your teeth and it was a nightmare trying to suck it out at the end of the packet, now they dont disolve in your mouth like they used to and actually hold there crispyness, they bacon flavour tastes nice and smokey and on apperience has an imatation streak along the middle of the crisp prob trying to make it authentic. ===========Verdict============= for a pound for a multipack i think these are a proper bargin 6 in a packet from the poundshop you really cant go wrong, only snag is the packets are so small that i can get thru 3 in a sitting but then they dont waste packaging like brands like walkers do and just fill the bag up with air. so least they arnt wasting. Yeah yum grab a bag today !!!!! :D Thankyou for reading x
Savoury Selection Bacon Fries When in the pub yesterday after a football match, I was feeling a bit peckish and brought a pack of these. I hadn't ever had these before as I hadn't seen them in a shop so they were completely new to me. I brought them for 45p, but I'm not really sure if this is good value or not for these crisps. But I do know it is around the same price as Frazzles. However, I am rather partial to a packet of Frazzles or a supermarket brand so I was pretty sure I would like these - a lot! This is what I thought: Smiths These are the people who actually make the crisps. I will be honest, I hadn't actually heard of them before yesterday, but they also make scampi flavoured crisps and were joined with Walkers for a while (not sure if they still are though). They have been running for a long time and (though I hadn't even heard of them) seem to be a trusted brand. The Packet I think it is supposed to looks like an "olden days" packet of ceusps and it does suceed in that. On the front the colours are mostly a browny-purple, blue and and really weak yellow. I won't spend forever explaining the design etc. as you can see it in the pictures above. And though a lot of people have told me they like the "old fashioned" look, I actually don't really like it much! For me it it much to busy and I prefer the more plain Frazzle look. However, it doesn't really matter much what the packet looks like as it is more about what is inside for me! 2/5 stars for me. It has all the info needed on it, but I just don't like it to be honest! It looks boring and unappealing! Ingridients etc. For all who need it Sunflower Oil, Maize, Rice, Soya Protein Grits, Seasoning (Flavouring, Whey Powder, Lactose from Milk, Mono-sodium Glutamate, Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Wheat Rusk), Salt, Yeast Powder, Colours (Sulphite Ammonia Caramel), Smoke Flavouring. Allergy Information: Contains Wheat, Milk and gluten. Quantity per Packet. Energy - 548kj / 131kcal Protein - 3.5g Fat in total - 8.5g Of Saturates - 0.8g Carbohydrate in total - 10.8g Of Sugars - 0.8g Fibre - 0.6g Sodium - 0.29g (0.72g salt equivalent) The Smell Once you open the crisps (which isn't too hard though kids might struggle) a strong smell hits you. It isn't really a bacon smell but a more artificial bacon smell. It is really hard to explain but if you have ever smelt a frazzle or the supermarket alternitive you will know what I mean. All in all, the smell is very pleasant and leaves you looking forward to what is lurking inside. A real 5/5 stars for a rich, lovely smell that prepares you very well! The Crisps I wasn't really looking for much from the crisps to be honest. As long as it tasted like bacon flavoured crisps do, and was a pretty full packet (unlike many which are all air, no crisps!) I would be satisfied. I was also pretty hungry as football can really take it out of you so they needed to be quite filling. I can tell you, I wasn't dissapointed - at all! After you open the packet and look inside, you see a packet which is around 3/4 full of golden and rhubarby coloured crisps. You pick one up and pop it in your mouth and a great taste goes through your taste buds. On some of the fries a lot of the bacon flavouring can be seen (and tasted) and on others they are a bit bland. None the less, they taste really great and don't leave any aftertastes etc. 4/5 stars for the taste. My only complaints? It is mostly because the packet of crisps get battered and bashed around a lot, the flavouring will either end up with a whole load on about 5 fies, or around the foil inside the packet. Therefore meaning you end up with some pretty bland un-flavoursome bacon fries, some overpowering bacon fries and a whole load round the packet! This can be annoying at times, but it is the same with frazzles and every other packet of crisps like these, so it isn't hard to forgive really! Overall I would really recommend these, but I don't find them much different to frazzles and they are much easier to find. If your aren't doing great on the money front, it is also easy to find a supermarket cheap version (Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Co-op etc. etc.) which is nearly as nice, though not quite I will admit. But they are really nice and if you spot them around and about I would say give them a go! 4/5 stars overall. The problem with the bacon flavour distrubution and the ugly packet let it down partly, but otherwise it is a great packet of crisps! For some reason though, I prefer Frazzles though ..! Would I recommend? Yep, I definetly would! Thanks for reading! Please rate and leave a comment :) x @IzzyInTheHouse *Also posted on Ciao under the same name*
=== The product === These are bacon flavour crisps or 'fries'. Each crisp is a bite size one that looks a little rugged. The rectangle shape contains a lighter coloured corn and then a purple/brown/red kind of colour which is representing the bacon flavour of these 'fries'. Each fry looks a little unique as they aren't a uniform exact shape and some of them are a little damaged in the packaging giving them each a unique edge and design. === The packaging === This packaging has been the same for as many years as I can remember. The packaging is the purple/brown/red kind of colour that I cannot quite describe yet is often the colour of bacon flavour crisps. The packaging, is small, neat and compact and is quite well designed. There is just something about seeing one of these hanging on the cardboard backing in my local pub that makes me want to purchase a packet. === Are these tasty? === The smell of these crisps is incredibly strong as soon as the packet is open and they are delicious from the off. Each fry is coated with a lovely amount of bacon flavouring. They are crunchy, hard and mouth wateringly good. I would say that they don't taste exclusively of bacon, they have a more meaty flavour in general that is a little more difficult to put my finger on. I can smell a strong meat smell from the bag as well but this is a little more like bacon than the actual taste of the crisps. They are tasty, each crisp is moorish, crunchy and makes me want another one. It is very hard to eat just one packet of these but it is usually the cost of such a small packet that makes me blanch at the thought of purchasing another bag rather than looking like a pig! === Nutritional information === Each 24g packet contains: 130 calories 8.5g fat (of which 0.8g saturates) 10.8g carbohydrates (of which 0.8g sugars) 3.5g protein === Ingredients === Sunflower Oil, Maize, Rice, Soya Grits, Seasoning [Flavouring, Whey Powder (from Milk), Lactose (from Milk), Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Wheat Rusk], Salt, Yeast Powder, Colours (Ponceau 4R, Sunset Yellow, Green S) === Where can I buy these from & for how much? === I have been paying 65p per packet (yes, shocking I know!) from my local pub but these can be purchased, in strips of 24, like those from the pub, for around £11.00 from several online places including Amazon.co.uk. This equates to 50p per packet and I have also seen 6 packets in my local Poundland but that is 3 packets of scampi fries & 3 of bacon fries so it depends on your preferences really. I personally do not like the Scampi fries a lot so I am happy to pay a little extra and treat myself to a packet of these now and again from my local pub. === Overall opinion === I am a fan of almost any type of bacon crisps and these are available from my local pub. These are my preferred packet of crisps when I am out in the pub having a drink with my husband even if they are a little expensive compared to other packets of crisps. These are not going to satisfy your food appetite as such because of the small size but they are ideal as a little pub snack. The fat content of these is not quite as high as some similar sized crisps so this is obviously a plus point. The scent and flavour of these is strong, they are different to your standard supermarket bacon rashers as they have a meatier taste and I do not find that these repeat on me in the way that some supermarket bacon rashers do. Overall I really like these and they go well with a vodka on the rocks in the pub after a busy day at home or in the office for myself or my husband.
A recent irreverent American magazine poll found that women try to stay slim when they are single and then diet and exercise some more after they find their mate so to make sure he knows she will fit in the wedding dress when he finally asks. But as soon as they are happily married they pile it all back on and don't bother anymore, job done. According to the same survey, married men, however, stay relatively slim until they divorce (really?), and then pile it on as they struggle to fend themselves alone. But a contrary and surprising piece of research in Britain found that men here are far more likely to be happily married if they are fatter than their wives or partners, him being bigger than her reassuring women about their personal weight issues. You do indeed learn something every day. But what we do know about being married is both start snacking before the confetti even hits the ground, the pressure well and truly off and so time to worry about things like the mortgage and kids that put the weight straight back on. It is crisps and chocolate, of course, that helps most to stack on those pounds when we are snug in our nests, something sweet always tucked away. Whenever I go around my mums her cubby hole in the kitchen cupboard is always full of those big multipacks (her record so far being the Morrison's 24 pack) of those crisps and chocolates, the snacking treat for many before the mornings housework and is underway and maybe a packet after Eastenders in the evening when no ones looking. Mum munches crisp and chocolates because she is bored, the REAL reason why we put on weight in the west. When you get bored in Africa you go get enough water for tomorrow to keep you alive. Smith's crisps, like Golden Wonder, have been battered by Walkers Crisps as far as sales go over the last couple of decades and you would be lucky to find the Golden Wonder brand in Britain today, the most popular crisp when I was a kid. Maybe Gary Linekar stepping down from the Walkers adverts will see a resurgent GWC? Clearly, all you need is a celebrity name connected with your product and just count the money. But Smiths Crisps are largely controlled by Walkers now and so restricted on what they can bring out as far as new flavours go, Smiths slowly been put to bed by Walkers to be no more in the U.K. Smiths big earners are the like of spicy Dorito flavors now and they do more business in places like Australasia and the Far East these days. Smith's crisps mean little to British school kids anymore, as rare as Scottish football clubs in Europe. Smiths Savory Selection Bacon Fries are popular enough and you can actually buy them on Amazon, the 24 packs retailing at £10.94p. Poundland do six for a quid. But they are not the type of crisps you would want multipacks if you ask me. The bacons bites are reasonably priced at around 50-60p from what I can see. The standard 35g pack is on the shelves and the multipacks (25g) in all the usual stores. They are, of course, the rebranding of Walkers 'Frazzles', a classic crisp to school kids across the land, that distinctive tang and crispy 'snap' to the bite making them feel more than they ever were. You can let them sizzle on the tongue if you so chose like you can Quavers and Wotsits but be warned that is some sort of preservative chemical that is doing the sizzling. Not what it was designed for. I would say Frazzles just edge it over the Savory Bacon Bite although thye both smelly lovely. The Fries, like Frazzles, are shaped and colored like bacon rashes and you get a decent handful in the pack. The pack is easy to open and you won't find yourself with your teeth on the wrapper growling away in frustration like the dog not letting go of the paper. Walkers are very easy to open now and Smiths do need to catch up in their crisp packet technology. I'm a big fan of Frazzles and these guys when I need to get some sustenance in my body on the move and prefer the thicker crispy bite to the traditional crisps. But I have cut back on crisps in general of late as they are also the number one cause of toothache and decay as they get between the teeth and the chemicals inside the crisps agitate our dentine. Since I have cut back on crisps my toothaches have stopped. Big tip there guys! Beats going to the dentist! But maybe I can sneak a packet of these once a week when my tummy rumbles as they aren't that bad when you way everything up.
I have to admit to being a bit of a bacon crisp lover. I will never eat bacon itself - so I let myself splurge on the crisps. One of my favourites is the Bacon Flavour Fries by The Smith's Snackfood Company. The crisps are available in single bags at most newsagents (the one near me is always in constant supply luckily) and they cost between 55-70p depending on what the shop decides to price them. I have been unable to find them in multi packs at supermarkets, but I am aware that for £11.70 you can pick up a pack of 24 on Amazon. It is quite a big expense for crisps but I suppose its worth it! My favourite part of these crisps is that there is only 130 calories per bag - making it not even an 8th of your daily calorie intake. I often end up eating 2 or more in one go - oopsie. Usually, I go for the crisps that are easier to find in the supermarket whilst on my weekly food shop. This means I buy Bacon Rashers more than these lovelies, although the Bacon Rashers tend to taste very faintly of bacon, they are also quite 'air filled' and they do not feed my addiction enough for my liking. Which is why I am now incredibly pleased I can buy the packs from Amazon. The packaging of these crisps looks like it hasn't been changed much since they were first made. I think this gives it a good edge compared to all other brands trying to look as modern as possible. As you can see from the image, the pack is brown/red and holds a yellow band around the middle. The band holds on the back all of the nutritional information, ingredients and other bits and pieces. On the front is the name of the crisps and an image in blue ink which I believe is inside a room with wine and beer on the table, along with the crisps. There is an image of the crisps and underneath it says 'Cereal snack with that extra crunchy bacon taste'. Bacon flavoured Fries taste very bacon-y and meaty as they should. The smell of bacon when you first open the pack is very strong which I adore as it makes my mouth water (I'm surprised I don't dribble!). The texture is quite crunchy and not stale like other brands, you can really taste that these are made with only the best ingredients too. I know a lot of people prefer these to taste identical to a rash of bacon, but I like that these do not taste exactly like eating bacon, I think its more due to the texture as I do not like fried bacon one bit! I also like how these crisps are low in fat, despite being incredibly tasty. Obviously if you eat loads at once then the whole point of a little fat is blown out the window - but in moderation they are perfect (maybe I should take note of this myself ha!). Most crisps you find that are low in fat, also lack flavour so these are a big YES in my cupboard. Of course a bag of crisps will not fill you up, but in a lunch bag or as a quick snack they are fine. They satisfy your taste buds and temporarily stop your stomach growling at you. I do tend to eat these along with a bit of fruit (the taste does not mix well together so make sure to drink water in between - bacon & banana isn't a flavour you will be seeing on the shelf soon!). I would definitely recommend these to anyone who likes crisps with a strong flavour but low fat content. I have to admit to being a little annoyed that they aren't well recognized and sold in supermarkets, but I think the exclusivity that comes with these crisps is part of the reason I enjoy them so much. They are a lot better than supermarket brought meaty wonders - Tesco's own and bacon rashers have nothing on these crisps. Nutritional Information (per 24 bags): Energy Content: 2230 Kj Protein: 14g Total Carbohydrate: 43g Sugar: 3g Total fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 3g Fiber: 2.5g Sodium: 1.14g Ingredients: unflower Oil, Maize, Rice, Soya Grits, Seasoning [Flavouring, Whey Powder (from Milk), Lactose (from Milk), Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Wheat Rusk], Salt, Yeast Powder, Colours (Ponceau 4R, Sunset Yellow, Green S) To buy a pack of 24, visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Savoury-Selection-Bacon-Fries-24/dp/B003S3RJLE
==Who Makes It?== Bacon Flavour Fries are a part of the Savoury Selection by The Smith's Snackfood Company. Smith's Potato Crisps Ltd. Was founded by Francis Leigh Smith in the UK after World War 1. Many of the products that were previously owned by Smiths are now labelled as Walkers but there are still several Smiths branded crisps available. ==Price & Availability== The price of a single bag varies depending on where you are looking. On average it is around 65p per bag. Amazon sells a 24 pack for around £11.70. They are not available in every high street store but you can usually find them in most of the well-known ones. ==Nutritional Information and Ingredients== Per bag there are 130 calories and 8.5g of fat. The nutritional information for a pack of 24 is: Energy: 2230 Kilojoules Protein: 14g Total Carbohydrate: 43g Sugar: 3g Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 3g Fibre: 2.5g Sodium: 1.14g They are advertised as being made from the finest ingredients. The ingredients listed are: Sunflower Oil, Maize, Rice, Soya Grits, Seasoning [Flavouring, Whey Powder (from Milk), Lactose (from Milk), Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Wheat Rusk], Salt, Yeast Powder, Colours (Ponceau 4R, Sunset Yellow, Green S) ==My Thoughts== I absolutely love bacon fries of any brand. I usually buy the shops own brand of them which even though I love them, I have to admit they do taste like flavoured cardboard! Not these ones though, these ones taste like bacon fries should! They smell deliciously meaty and when you eat them they do not have a soggy or stale texture like some of the cheaper brands do, they have the crunch that you expect from well-made crisps. The flavour is a million times better than the cheaper brands too, it is not that cheap strange taste you get with the cheap ones but an actual meaty kind of flavour. It is still not quite the same taste as say eating a piece of fried bacon but it is probably as close to it as you will ever get with a packet of crisps! Nutrition wise I think these are about as healthy as any other non-low-fat crisps. They are fine when eaten in moderation but if you eat a 24 pack every day then you will get fat. It is the same with anything. Obviously being nice and delicious they are automatically bad for you, as are cream cakes and biscuits, but since when did we let that stop us! The problem with bacon fries is that one packet just never seems enough and they leave you wanting more, a bit like grapes, you can happily sit there munching on them until the end of time without even realising you are doing it. Definitely not a girl's best friend. If you like crisps and you like meaty flavoured ones then I would definitely recommend these to you. Yes you can get cheaper brands of bacon fries that do bigger "share size" bags but what you save in money you lose in quality. The cheap ones although nice are nothing compared to these ones. If you can afford a bit extra for your snacks then give these a try, they are well worth the price tag.
In reference to the crisps above... These used the be a vegetarian product and are currently no longer. I'm personally one of the biggest fan's of meat to date (party because the mother's and her partner are vegetarian) Anyway, these as I was saying used to be a vegetarian product and to my mother's dismay (she eat a couple and has been throwing up for the past 4 hours), they are vegetarian no longer!! Although what ingredient on the packet contains meat I have no idea as they all look like vege ingredients to me!FYI I LOVE THESE CRISPS, but the 28G is a bit small!!Just letting you all know! :)Thanks!Nathan
I was in the pub the other evening having a well earnt pint, when I felt a bit peckish. I had a choice of nuts or crisps, and as I'd treated myself the night before with a pint and nuts, I thought I'd give crisps a go. The crisps on this occasion would be Bacon Fries and they were to set me back 50p. The crisps themselves come in a purplish coloured back. They are only a small pack (I looked high and low but could not see how many grams) but they are very tasty. Upon opening the pack you are knocked back by a huge bacon kind of smell, which I guess you would expect. The crisps themselves aren't as big as some rashers in other copy cat type crisps, probably due to the size of the packet. The crunch is still there though and they look the real mccoy. I'm sure these are the original makers, and the rest immitations, but I'm not 100% sure. They do taste extremely greasy but this goes well with the flavour, and I hardly noticed when I was drinking my pint. Nutrition per pack Energy 130 kcal Protein 3.5g Carbohydrate 10.8g of which sugars 0.8g Fat 8.5g of which saturates 0.8g Fibre 0.6g Sodium 0.29g *Salt Equivalent 0.72g So in summing up I would say that these are a great packet of crisps and I would recommend them. I have tried 'competitors' products very similar though, and the taste is also good. Smiths you need to keep an eye on those prices!!!
Bacon Flavoured Fries are oblong and flat crisp snacks produced by Smiths (one of the few remaining products to still bear that name). They are sold in 25g bags - and mainly in pubs. In our eternal search for the perfect pub snack, my good self, JJJJ and tomflint have tried every crispy based food under the Ryde sun of late. We've had Cheese Moments, Scampi Fries and all manner of tasty nuts (ooo err!). But there hasn't been anything that has really captured the essence of pub food, that was until we had Bacon Flavour Fries. No unlike Frazzles, Bacon Flavour Fries certainly pack the punch of bacon flavourings. They look like bacon, they taste like bacon - but aren't really bacon. They have a full some flavour which is authentic as well as the crunchiness of crisps. The packets aren't huge and could be twice as big to satisfy really. Compared to Scampi flavoured Fries they aren't as salty, which the scampi versions are. I would say that too many packets of these crisps will not be that good for you - or your waistline for that matter. They might be really tasty - but they are hardly that good for you! Bacon Flavoured Fries went down very well the other evening in our local pub, there was none of the 'meat-sweats' that JJJJ usually gets while eating and tomflint managed to get the packet open first go. One of the downsides to Bacon Fries is the fact that they smell quite bad on your fingers for some time afterwards. Rather like Cheese and Onion crisps on the breath and Wotsits oranging up your fingers, they are hardly considered the most social of foods. Would I recommend Bacon Flavoured Fries? Most definitely. They are the perfect pub snack - and certainly went down a storm last week. They are just the right sized packets, but at around 70p seemed a little steep compared to the 'Grab-bags' that were also available at the same place for the same price.
Some pub-based snacks are better than others, and for every delicious pack of 'Scampi Flavoured Fries', you've got your less than tasty (in my opinion at least) 'Cheese Flavoured Moments' (see both of my previous reviews). It's no coincidence that I chose to name-drop the aforementioned crisps - they are both products of the Smith's pub range - alongside the snack which I am reviewing today, 'Bacon Flavoured Fries'. I normally like bacon flavoured crisps, and Pork Scratchings are *OK* too - but I often get put off by the hairy bits you find in them - so I'm always on the lookout for tasty alternatives. Described as a "Delicious Bacon Flavour Cereal Snack", the crisps cost around 65p (depending on which pub you go to) for the rather small 28g pack. Said packet is of a deep red colour, with a rather bland yellowy label featuring a photo of the crisps. The Fries themselves look very similar to 'Frazzles' (also a Smith's crisp) - although they are a little thinner, and not quite as colourful. The smell is delicious, with quite an authentic bacon-like aroma which is very appetizing. The crisps are quite frankly delicious - lovely and crunchy, and much nicer than Frazzles as they don't seem quite as salty - 'Moreish' is definitely a word I would use to describe these beauties, and they're just as good as the Scampi Fries. In terms of their ingredients, the crisps contain; Sunflower Oil, Maize, Rice, Soya Protein Grits, Seasoning [flavouring, whey powder (from milk), Lactose (from milk), Flavour Enchancer (monosodium glutomate), Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Wheat Rusk], Salt, Yeast Powder, and Colours (Sulphite Ammonia Caramel). From looking at the above list, it's instantly obvious that these aren't healthy crisps - Monosodium glutamate (that nasty chemical which keeps you eating) is generally frowned upon, and there are a few other additives which aren't too good for you. That said, on this occasion I'm prepared to turn a blind eye, as these replica-pig-wonders are just so tasty. In conclusion, Smith's Bacon Flavoured Fries are a delicious snack which I would certainly eat again - they're everything I look for in a crisp - crunchy, tasty, and very addictive. The only downside is the fact that the packets are so small - although it's probably a good thing that they are, as given free reign, I'm sure I could eat a massive amount of these! Nutritional Info Per Pack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Calories: 130 Fat: 8.5g Salt: 0.72g Sagar: 0.8g Saturated Fat: 0.8g