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      13.02.2013 17:56
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      Lovely!

      I go through phases of having things food wise that I'm addicted to. At the moment I seem to be totally addicted to Prawn Crackers and this bag is the ones I have been nibbling on all day long!

      The packaging of these is not the same as what is shown on the review photograph on the top of this page, maybe it has changed but it is now a bright pink and see through bag and on the front of it we are quite simply told that they are Tesco Prawn Crackers 'No artificial colours or hydrogenated fat' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the bag other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart shown, the weight is stated which is 60g and contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough, easy to open bag this is though it isn't resealable.

      The Crackers:

      The crackers are made from tapioca and are prawn flavoured with 17% prawn actually in them. They are crunchy or can melt in the mouth, some are large ovals some small but all reasonably thick and some are drier than others and on some you can see a tiny bit of sunflower oil residue so when I'm eating them my fingers do get a bit greasy.

      However these are moist crackers, well seasoned and do taste lightly of salty prawn and I have to admit to really liking them though my hips don't cos per 20g serving I get 110 calories though only 0.6g of saturated fat which isn't bad....the problem with them though is that they are so moreish and I have eaten a whole bag now!

      In short these are great quality crackers, not too greasy but some do hold some grease so they are not overly dry. They taste nice though alone or dipped and cost only 89p a bag so theres not a lot to dislike really!

      Only available from Tesco stores.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        25.09.2011 22:18
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        Nice with homemade stir fry!

        I love crisps and savoury snacks. I buy these frequently to scoff on a saturday night while watching TV. A packet of these prawn crackers only costs 81p. The packet contains 60g of crackers.

        The packaging differs from the picture above now it is purple with a picture of a bowl of crackers on the front.

        A serving of the crackers is apparently 20g! so the bag can be shared between 3 people. When you open the bag it is suprisingly full. I hate it when you open a bag of crisps and it is only half full. The crackers have a lovely smell, it is exactly like the ones you get from the chinese. A mixture of prawn and sweetness.

        The crackers are a pale white colour. They don't have a greasy feel to them. Other brands I have tried are really greasy. When you put the crackers on your tongue they start to fizz and melt. They have a really sweet taste the them with just a subtle hint of prawn. The crackers are light but also have the perfect crunch to them. I also like to make chinese food at home and we tend to have these crackers with it. The are the perfect shape for scooping up the food. I also like them dipped in a sweet chilli sauce.

        I would definately recommend these crackers they are so moreish, they are however really fattening and it is quite easy to eat more than the recommended serving. 4 out of 5 from me, I will deduct a star for the fat content.

        Typical Values One-third of a bag (20g) contains
        Energy 455kJ (110kcal)
        Protein 0.2g
        Carbohydrate 10.8g
        Sugars 1.2g
        Fat 7.1g
        Saturates 1.9g
        Sodium* 0.2g
        *Salt Equivalent 0.4g

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        09.03.2011 14:57
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        ok for the price, just don't scoff the whole bag

        **** Before you read this, i suggested the tesco takeaway prawn crackers and i was told they were already in the database, so i am putting my review here as it is the only place it can be put ****

        Browsing my local big Tesco with my son I was thinking it might be nice to have a takeaway meal, but I decided that overall they are a bit too pricey for our current budget. However, this bag of prawn crackers caught my eye on the end of the aisle with a price tag of 39p, and I decided that I could make a stir fry at home with these and we would have a really good Saturday night meal together.

        The bag is a dark red design with a see through panel over one quarter of the front of the bag. The package shows a dragon and a floral pattern, which is very eye catching and attractive. Inside the pack you can see the prawn crackers, which, although smaller than the ones from the takeaways we have, are similar in appearance in terms of their slightly off white colour, and the slightly curved shape ideal for filling with your dinner. My kids seem to use them like scoops instead of a spoon.

        Each actual cracker is an oval shape, about 2 inches long and one wide. On closer inspection, some were a bit yellow tinged around the edge, which wasn't enough to put me off but did look a little like they had absorbed too much oil when cooking or something similar. Each one didn't look greasy but the bag itself did have a very greasy look when it was empty.

        The smell of prawns was quite nice. Not too overpowering but enough to notice it. The taste was mild, and no lasting after taste or greasy feeling in my mouth. There was enough in the bag for 4 of us to have about 8 each.

        Overall opinion:
        These were nice enough for a cheap alternative to having a whole takeaway experience, but I found they were a little lacking. They didn't do the whole fizzing thing that freshly cooked crackers do when they come into contact with the sauce. They seemed a little stale to me. They were also a little on the small side for my preference. However, we all ate them all without complaint, and I would buy them again for a little treat on a weekend that is not too expensive.

        Nutritional information:
        One pack is 40g. This equates to 220kilocals, of which 19% comes from fat which is not surprising as they are deep fried. It also contains 15% of the daily salt recommendation. This was consumed between 4 of us, so I don't feel that is too bad, although I would not want to scoff the whole pack myself.

        For allergy sufferers, they contain wheat, gluten, egg and shellfish, and although they don't contain nuts this is not guaranteed.

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          08.04.2010 20:30
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          These are brilliant!

          We often make our own Chinese dishes at home, and i am terrible for always needing extra bits to go with the meal, especially prawn crackers!

          I was hunting round Tesco, and hidden in amongst the cooking sauces, was this 60g bag of crackers, they cost 75pence which seemed fair enough, the bag was massive, around the size of four standard bags of crisps, and it did feel fairly full. Obviously the bag didn't feel heavy, but prawn crackers are very light.

          The packing was as I have already said, in a bag. Along the top of the bag was a black strp with Tesco written in it, further down the bag was a blue background with a bowl of crackers shown in the picture, in the picture they looked just like ones from the Chinese so I was hoping they would taste the same too.

          When I got home, I hurried my girlfriend to make the sweet and sour chicken meal that she does, as i couldn't wait to dip my crackers in.

          Opening the bag you can see the crackers look very much how you would expect, a nice bright white, fairly sized and looked to be all different shapes, a bit like from a Chinese restaraunt. The taste of these is exactly the same as what you get from a Chinese, they were light and nice and crispy, it's hard to explain the taste, but it was very nice. When dipped into a hot sauce they didn't go soggy or anything which was good. To be honest you could easily eat these instead of a bag of crisps, they are very nice just on their own! With a meal we share one bag of these between two of us.

          These crackers should be stored in a cool, dry place, after they have been opened, as long as you tie the bag up they last a few more days.

          These may contain nuts, so anyone with a nut allergy should bare this in mind. A portion of these crackers contains 115 calories and 8g of fat, this doesn't seem much at all, but unfortunately, Tesco don't actually tell you what size a portion is, for all we know it could be per cracker, or the other extreme it could be the whole bag!

          To summarise, I think these are very good value for money, They are well worth trying if you are thinking of cooking your own Chinese meal, 100% recommended!

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          09.02.2010 21:49
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          Very tasty!!

          ~~~PACKAGING~~~
          Tesco Prawn Crackers are packaged like other crisps, in a large plastic and foil bag. It is airtight and sealed. With many crisps, there is more air than crisps, but with this, it is comparably better. There seems to be more prawn crackers than air, which is great. However, prawn crackers are generally larger, and more puffy so that could be why.

          ~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE, TEXTURE~~~
          Prawn crackers are white and generally flat with perhaps curled edges. They are quite light, puffy and bubbly. When you put it in your mouth, it gently fizzes and crackles (does a better job than Aero) and is crunchy when bitten.

          I really like prawn crackers as it is different to everything else on the market. They are crunchy, crispy, and the texture itself makes this stand out. I also like the soft and simple taste and flavouring. It is not too salty and has a unique light flavour.

          These ones in particular are not as oily as you'd find in a Chinese restaurant, and are generally crispier and crunchier. They don't taste manufactured, and they feel very genuine and fresh. I love having this as a snack in front of the TV or just for sharing. It is also nice to precede a Chinese meal, you get these at Chinese restaurants.

          ~~~PRICE~~~
          It costs around under £1 at 65p a packet, and can be bought from Tescos. Other supermarkets do their own variety.

          ~~~OVERALL~~~
          I really like prawn crackers, and these are the ones I tend to get. They are relatively cheap, and they have quite a lot in each pack! I love the unique flavour of these ones, as it is original (Walker's does prawn crackers with other flavours, such as spicy). I prefer this one as it is a great light snack, which is texturally perfect for a crisp. You can eat these anytime and anywhere, and is great for sharing!

          For a light snack, with crunch, try Tesco's Prawn Crackers!

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            23.01.2010 20:43
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            Ok, but not great.

            Chinese food had been my favourite for a very long time. Seeing as it is much cheaper than buying from takeaway shops, I buy the oriental range from Tesco. These chinese style prawn crackers were a must have for a complete chinese dinner.

            Of course, they are also great as a snack at any time of the day.

            The packaging is nothing extraordinary. It has changed sinse the picture was added on here. A white background accompanies a picture of a bowl of the crackers, some text and an attempt at some chinese symbols. This packaging did not scream quality to me, but I wasn't going to let that deter me from trying them.

            Biting into the first cracker, I felt that the taste of prawn was actually overpowering, and did not allow me to enjoy the texture or other flavours. Going onto the second cracker, with the taste of prawn in my mouth, it was not as overpowering, but still too strong. However, I could take in the texture this time. They have a very satisfying crunch to them , without being too dry or salty. They are not quite the melt-in-the-mouth texture that I would like to experience.

            Another big disadvantage to these crackers is the nutritional value. At 115 calories per 20g, these are definately not to be a frequent snack.

            Overall, I think Tesco has got the texture right, but needs to tone down the amount of prawn (17%). However, this may not matter too much if combined with other chinese food, or dips.

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            28.12.2009 23:09
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            Delish Prawn Crackers That Are Nearly As Good As From The Chinese!

            We've eaten loads of prawn crackers over Xmas, my mum always buys them in on occasions when we're going to be eating a lot of snack food because her and my uncle don't like crisps but they feel left out when the rest of us are munching the Mccoys! lol

            One of the best this year has deffo been the Tesco own brand prawn crackers which are quite a lot cheaper than my other fave which is from Sharwoods. From memory these are about 65p a bag.

            The thing I like most about these prawn crackers is that they're not mega greasy like some of the other brands we've eaten over Xmas. They've got a bit of a greasy feel but that's only because they do leave your fingers feeling a bit tacky and greasy after you've eaten them, they don't taste greasy at all or feel oily in your mouth as you're eating them.

            They've got a nice crispy texture and melt in my mouth just like prawn crackers from the Chinese. In flavour I'd say they are definately a bit more fishy than the fresh ones you buy in the take away but this doesn't get overpowering at all even if you eat loads of them.

            Another thing that is worth mentioning here is that these Tesco prawn crackers don't go all mushy in your mouth, when we had a bag of Sainsburys ones last week I couldn't eat more than 2 because they went so sticky and horrible in my mouth. These are just yummy and have got a gorgeous texture because they are so light and crispy.

            We had these dipped in garlic mayo and also a seafood sauce over Xmas, I know seafood sauce sounds like a mad dip for these but I can't think of anything better to dip PRAWN crackers in!!!

            These are mega yummy, I recommend them to anyone who enjoys prawn crackers from the Chinese because they're a fraction of the price (unless your local gives them free that is!!! lol) and you can keep them in the cupboard without them going all soggy and stale.

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            11.06.2009 13:28

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            Great Accompaniment

            MMM Tasty.

            I categorically do not like prawns or fish and for the longest time avoided prawn crackers when they came as an accompaniment to a chinese meal. I don't like prawn flavour crisps and had no desire to try these

            Then I plucked up the courage, probably after a few shandies. YUM. They melt in the mouth and have a light delicate flavour, bigger lighter and softer than crisps, these really are a nice little snack. Having tried them at our local Chinese restaurant I suddenly found myself with a bit of a craving.

            I found these at Tesco's 60g for 79p, foil wrapped and yes high in calories. 1/3rd of a bag 20g gives you 115cal and 7.7g of fat of which 3.4g is saturated (the bad kind). But hey, I'm not going to eat them every day and I would be sharing the pack with my family of four so I can justify it.

            This packet comes with big pink labelling stating allergy advice as they contain Egg, Shellfish and cannot guaruntee that the ingredients are Nut free either.

            That aside, I think these are great. Light tasty and just like the one's I've had at our local chinese. They aren't greasy and they melt on the mouth.

            I still don't like prawns or prawn cocktail crisps - but these, yes these are rather good.

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            06.06.2009 13:08
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            I don't tend to eat Prawn Crackers like I would Crisps. I just can't seem to sit down with a bag and just eat them the same, but I do like to have some to accompany a meal. Often when we order from our local Chinese Takeaway you get a free bag, but if you buy a Chinese meal from a Supermarket, then you have to buy your own, and that is how I tried these.

            These are sold in Tesco and only cost 70p for a 60g bag. The bag is quite large also, and 60g may not sound a lot, but these are light and crisp, so they don't tend to weigh much.

            The packaging is alright for this product. It is just a normal Crisp Bag style. It is black in colour and has the Tesco brand name in quite large writing. There is a picture on the front of a bowl of Prawn Crackers, and they look nice enough on the pack.

            The bad thing about these is the calories and fat content. Per 25g they have
            120 calories and 9.7g fat. Yes, you may think that this is what normal Crisp type snacks have, but these taste a little greasy as well, but why not have for an occassional treat?

            SO the important bit, what do these taste and look like? To look at them they are quite large, oval type shaped. They are pretty thin, but thick enough and they are nice and Crispy. To smell them you can smell a slight hint of Prawn, but the smell you smell the most here is the Greasy scent. When you bite into these, I couldn't taste much Prawn scent, and again there was a slight oily taste in my mouth. Just a little and not that bad.

            I would buy these again as they were tasty, sort of like the ones from a Takeaway, but not quite as good, cheap and pretty filling.

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              19.03.2009 09:52
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              Would recommend

              Despite not being a Chinese fan, I'm an avid prawn cracker eater. To the point where I've gone to a buffet all you can eat Chinese restaurant and piled my plate high with prawn crackers - so I'm quite selective about my crackers.
              Being cheap and easily available, I figured I'd give Tesco's prawn crackers a try, and they're a big hit with me. They're light and not too greasy, and give that Quavers-like melt in your mouth experience. The flavour is subtle and not overpowering like some prawn crackers I've tried, not are they chewy like other brands I've tasted.
              I'd like to see a smaller portion size perhaps, as I'm terrible for munching my way through the bag like a packet of crisps and feeling sick by the time I reach the bottom - but then again that's more my fault for having no self control!
              Great taste and for the price you can't go wrong.

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                22.01.2009 20:01
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                Prawn crackers ready to eat from Tesco and go great with a Chinese Meal

                Prawn crackers are a prawn flavoured crispy snack very popular to eat alongside a Chinese meal. We used to buy prawn crackers in their dried form from our local Chinese supermarket and fry them to get them to puff up into the prawn crackers you get from the Chinese takeaway. However recently after we ran out of prawn crackers we saw these in Tesco and thought we would give them a try. They cost 70p for a 60g bag.

                The prawn crackers come ready to eat in a 60g foil packet. If you have never had them they are white usually oval shaped snacks which taste of prawn. These prawn crackers are really nice. They are crispy as you bite into them but then they melt into your mouth and are nice and light. You can taste the lovely prawn flavour and they are not too greasy which sometimes prawn crackers can be.

                I like these they are nice, quicker, easier and less mess than making your own at home as you have to fry them in oil. The downside is that they do have a high fat content but whether you buy them or make them they are not good for you, however in moderation I think they are ok and they make a really nice addition to a Chinese meal at home. It is cheaper to buy them in their dried form and fry them yourselves but these aren't too bad value for money considering the time and effort you save. I will certainly be buying them again and keeping a packet in the cupboard.

                Interestingly my husband last year had to go to Hong Kong for a month with work and asked his colleagues there about Prawn Crackers and they had never heard of them! Whether they are only popular in certain areas of China or whether they are a food developed for us Westerners I'm not sure! Whatever it is they still taste good and I enjoy them with a Chinese meal.

                For those who suffer from allergies the prawn crackers contain egg and shellfish. The ingredients are Tapioca Flour, Vegetable Oil, Prawns, Sugar, Pasteurised Egg and Salt.

                Nutritional Information

                Per 100g
                Energy - 575kcal
                Carbohydrate - 55.1g
                Sugars - 7.6g
                Fat - 38.6g (of which 17.1g saturates)

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