“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I hosted a lovely family get-together recently, and supplied a selection of treats and snacks for my guests to enjoy. Among the assortment of treats was a mixed platter of crisps and other snacks, all of which were purchased from a local branch of Tesco. This review will focus on my experiences of trying one of the Tesco-own branded snack items, namely the "Tesco Prawn Cocktail Snacks", which cost me 99 pence for the generously-sized bag, which is 85g in size. I thought this price reflected excellent value for money, particularly as I was able to get two large bowlfuls from the bag to serve to my guests. The snacks are very similar to 'Skips' which are prawn cocktail flavoured puffed snacks from the KP brand. These generally cost me around 60 pence for a small bag from a local grocer, so I was keen to see how the Tesco alternative would fare, considering the difference in price here. The packaging has a distinctly 'retro' look to it, though I do find it to be quite eye-catching, thanks to the pink-coloured 'foil' pack. I like too how there is an image of the little snacks on the front; they look like little 'shells' and the image of them on the outside of the pack is quite attractive. **(Please note, the pack has been updated slightly from that shown at the top of the Dooyoo page here, but it still has the same pink-coloured pack).** These particular snacks are very light as they have a sort of 'puffed' texture and consistency. They are not made from potato, but instead have been made from tapioca which is presumably less dense than potato-based crisps. The Prawn Cocktail Snacks have a sort of 'melt-in-the-mouth' texture that I find very pleasant. It would be easy, I think, for these snacks to feel as though something was lacking from their texture as it is very light, but I confess that in fact I do find they are incredibly moreish and rather tasty. True, they are without the same 'bite' to their texture as 'regular' crisps and other snacks, but I can't say that I find this to be disappointing in the slightest. I really like too how the Prawn Snacks have the most appetising aroma; almost as soon as the bag is open, I am able to smell the sweet scent of their Prawn Cocktail aroma. This is really rather delicious, and I find my mouth watering easily, thanks to the snacks' appetising scent. The flavour doesn't disappoint either, and it is every bit as delicious as I had hoped and anticipated. Being very true to the flavour of Prawn Cocktail, there is a delicate sweetness evident in the Snacks' taste that seems to make them very appealing to youngsters. This sweetness in their flavour could easily feel sickly or over-bearing, but instead it is understated and adds to the moreish flavour overall. I find too that whilst some supermarket-own branded Prawn Cocktail flavour crisps can have a distinctly 'fish-like' element to their flavour, the Tesco Prawn Cocktail Snacks don't. Instead, they are flavoursome and sweet, with a more delicate and subtle flavour that I really like. Once I have started, it is rather difficult to stop eating these little shell-like snacks, I have found, thanks to their moreish flavour and pleasantly soft texture. On the plus side, they contain considerably less calories and fat than many other snacks and crisps that I consume on a regular basis, and whilst they are not 'guilt-free', they ARE a little better in terms of calorific value than many alternatives. The reverse of the packaging informs me that a quarter of the pack (approx. 20g) of the Tesco Prawn Cocktail Snacks will provide: 106 kcal and 5.9g fat. The snacks are suitable for a vegetarian diet, and specific allergy information is listed also, so that consumers can make an informed choice. Taking everything into account, I do really recommend the Tesco Prawn Cocktail Flavour Snacks, and I will definitely buy them again during the Festive Season when entertaining friends and family. We found them to be deliciously tasty and surprisingly moreish considering their price which offers rather good value.
I have loved skips ever since I was a child and it had been quite some time that I hadn't had them. I suddenly got a craving for them but they were unfortunately over two pounds for a bag of 6. I thought that was pretty expensive so I didn't buy it. I then went further down the isle in Tesco and saw a pink shiny packet of prawn cocktail crisps for 99 pence. It wasn't an average sized bag, it was one of those over sized bags and I immediantly put it in my basket. I was so excited to try them that I opened them as soon as I stepped outside and I was completely addicted. They are puffy crisps, shaped like an oyster, very similar to skips and they taste almost exactly like skips. Tesco really impressed me with these crisps, not too strong in flavour, they are just right. I found that they almost melted in my mouth and as greedy as it sounds, I went through the whole packet before I got home. Although they aren't skips, just the taste of them really took me back to my childhood and the fact that they cost only 99 pence is really impressive. I am so glad I gave them a try. I wasn't so impressed with the salt and vinegar ones as much as I am with these. Definite must have if you like prawn cocktail flavored crisps.
These snacks caught my eye a couple of weeks ago as we were in a rush to buy something quick and easy to munch on our travels home (flat cleaning all day coupled with a gastro bug.) I usually default to buying Tesco's bacon rasher style crisps (which I have also reviewed) but decided to change things up. I wasn't expecting much from these snacks but I was really surprised to find they tasted exactly like their KP counter-part, Skips. The same 'melt on your tongue' experience and that same tangy, almost sharp taste. The only difference is that these snacks don't contain lactose or milk ingredients of any kind; very important to me as I have a vegan diet. They are located in the snacks/crisps aisle in Tesco and are easy to find as they are stacked in with other supermarket branded snacks. They come in a pink foil packet (different to the picture here as I think the snacks have had a re-brand) with a cartoonish style of text and cartoonish style prawn snacks on the front. Inside the packet there is a generous amount of the crisps; which is refreshing as a lot of companies seem to fill their bags half with air and then you are left with a meagre amount of crisps! They are around 86p per 85g bag (so just over 1p per gram ;). I found they left a tomato after taste and when looking at the ingredients it's no surprise as 'tomato powder' is the third ingredient after sugar and salt in the flavouring. The crisps themselves are made from Tapioca Starch, extracted from a plant species native to the West Indies and is completely gluten free. As Tapioca is completely free of protein, rice protein pops up near the end of the ingredients list, with Paprika Extract thrown in for good measure, too. If you were to eat a whole big bag to yourself - which I have done on occasion! ;) - then not only would you be a greedy guts like myself but you'd be downing a heck of a lot of saturated fat. As an occasional treat - and assuming you're not going to nose bag the whole lot - I don't see the harm :). Personally I will only have them as a one-off and in future will share my bag ;). This is a nut free product, but for legal reasons, I assume, cannot be guaranteed as such - which to me sounds absolutely ridiculous but I'm going out on a bit of limb to deduce that might mean they're handled on a factory line that contains nuts and that Tesco are covering their butts. The texture of the crisps is light, not at all greasy but covered in generous amounts of flavouring. They melt straight away once on the end of your tongue and become very soft, easy to swallow and don't catch your throat. All in all I would recommend these crisps if you're looking for a prawn treat.
It's Grand Prix season - that in this house means munchie food time! It's just a bit of a tradition really, turn the TV on, listen to the preamble before the race, and set ourselves up with some bits to munch on. It can be crisps, chocolate, peanuts etc. or it can be sausage rolls, cheesy potato balls and dips, or well whatever we've decided would make a good snack munch for that day (often to be honest it depends where in the season we are, and therefore when during the day we're going to be sitting down to view the race). Last race, we settled in with a mixture of things, including a bowl of these Tesco prawn cocktail snacks. - They're like skips really, but they're Tesco's own brand version which means they're a lot cheaper. They come in a mostly pink foil packet, with pictures of the shell shaped snack across the front, and a silver box with the name of them to one side. Being foil packed means they're nice and fresh when you get to open them even if they've sat in the cupboard for a while. The snack itself looks very much like a skip, it has the same sort of 5 petal flower shape that they call a shell (no idea why), and little reddish coloured lines down to the centre I guess to indicate the prawn flavour perhaps. These are actually a tapioca based snack, made from tapioca starch, oil, maize flour and rice protein, and a variety of flavourings and other ingredients to make up the prawn cocktail flavour. I guess it's being made of tapioca rather than corn or wheat that makes these so different from most other snacks you can buy. For me the best thing about these is the way when you put one in your mouth they melt as the saliva hits them and sort of fizzle as you eat them. I don't actually like prawns, so I don't really think this tastes much like prawn cocktail, I don't think it tastes a tiny bit prawny, mostly I think the flavouring is more like the Marie rose sauce that you use with the prawns to make a prawn cocktail (and that's tomato and mayonnaise and things), and looking at the ingredients used for the flavourings that is sort of confirmed as tomato is mentioned, and prawn isn't. There's a nice tanginess about the flavour though, not vinegary, but sweet and tangy - like the combination you get in a sweet chilli sauce maybe. Each snack is very light weight, much more so than crisps or tortilla chips for example, so although the bag is only 85g it's a big bag and you get a lot of these in it. They're quite a good price too, I paid 87p for my pack in Tesco, and I know it can vary a little from one store to another, but it's not normally by more than a couple of pence really. So for the record, I definitely recommend these, they're very much like skips, but without the silly high price to put you off. They make great munchie food, and being a large bag it's good for sharing. The Grand Prix I'm less certain of recommending at the moment however, as it's been rather boring of late. I may have to take up watching stock car racing instead if it carries on like this!