“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snacks „
***Tesco Bacon Rashers***
I was in trouble last night. I usually buy some nice crisps/snacks for us to have while we are watching a film, but I forgot! To redeem myself, I went out and bought some of these as a treat for us to enjoy tonight instead. In order to write a review, I have had to open the packet to sample a few...
***What are they like?***
I don't know if anyone has ever tasted either Frazzles or Bacon Fries, but this is Tesco's attempt at producing something similar. They are a nice alternative to traditional crisps and are predominantly made from maize and rice. The packaging tells us that they contain no artificial flavours, colours or MSG.
One sixth of a pack contains a whopping 130 calories and contains 6.9g of fat of which 0.5g are saturates. So beware it is easy to get carried away with the amount that you eat.
The packaging is a nice shiny pink and silver colour with the nutritional contents displayed on the bottom right hand corner. There are also pictures of what the bacon rashers look like.
The bacon rashers themselves are little oblong shapes about 3cm by 2 cm. They have pinky coloured stripes on them to try to resemble in some way real bacon rashers.
Taste wise they are full of flavour, in fact my daughter will sit there licking all the flavour off them before eating them. They do taste a bit like smokey bacon flavour crisps in fact. The rashers are not too crispy and crunchy or hard in the same way that Bacon Fries can be; they have a nice texture. The taste does linger a bit in your mouth after eating them, so I wouldn't eat them near to a proper meal, like I have just done! In the ingredients list, it mentions paprika extract and I could detect a hint of this as well as the overall bacon taste.
As own brands go, this is an affordable option to the brands mentioned at the beginning - they are also easier to get hold of; I would only ever see Bacon Fries in pubs etc. They are obviously not a healthy snack, so best consumed only from time to time.
I think that overall they are a nice change from crisps and as the best before date is not until Feb 2010, then if you bought some on this offer they would keep for a while.
They are of course only available from Tesco. I couldn't find the multi-packs either instore or online and so I purchased one of the larger family packs for sharing. These cost 85p for 150g, but are on offer at the moment. You can buy 3 bags of these or other similar snacks for £2.
After reading a review on these on Dooyoo by DavyMichelle, - check his reviews out they're good, I decided to try these for myself. So would they be any good?
When I saw the pack I imagined they would be like the Crisps Frazzles, and I like those. There were cheaper being a Supermarket brand and I got a 10 bag multpack for £1.19. You can also buy these in a large 150g bag for 92p, but Tesco was out of stock of these ones, but I guess the individual bags were good to be able to take in a packed lunch.
The packaging is alright for these. The bags are in individual bags, and they are all in a rectangular multipack. The colourings is light purple and darker purple squares. I think the purple colouring is for the Bacon flavouring. There is a silver square on the front and it has the product writing in black against it. I think the packaging stands out and I think it looks kind of expensive.
Each individual bag has 125 calories and 6.6g fat, so pretty average for a multipack bag of Crisps.
So now to the Crisps and taste. When you open the bag you can smell a nice Smoky Bacon scent. However when you start eating these you can still taste the Bacon, but it doesn't taste as strong as what I though it would for the scent I smelt. Frazzles certainly have a better Bacon taste to them. The Crisps are yellow squares with a couple of purple lines running through them, so they look a bit like Bacon Rashers.
THese were alright, and gave the level of taste I was expecting as you often find that Supermarket brands have flavouring, but not as much as the brand names. I would buy these again.
Tesco Rasher Snacks are a low priced corn snack that come in a choice of two packagings. You can get these in the multipack bags of 10 for £1.19, which works out at 12p per bag, or you can get them in large bags of 150g for 92p. I'm reviewing the multipack bags, although I have had the large bag as well and haven't noticed a different between the two products other than they have slightly different names and packagings.
The multipack bags are a good size to satisfy appetites both big and small. The actual bags aren't great quality, and can get prone to tearing or bursting if you're not careful with them during transit. They're not bad enough to put me off buying them but I do think it's important to consider if you're looking at these and thinking about packed lunches.
Inside the bags, these are fairly tasty little bacon rasher corn snacks. The crisps are quite a dull yellowed colour, with a pinky-purple stripe running along them to make them look a bit like bacon rashers. They've got a good flavour to them which is the same as most bacon rasher snacks I've sampled in the past, though it could do with being that tiny bit stronger. I find that some of the snacks in these packets taste like they've missed the flavouring almost.
Texture wise you can't fault them. They're very crisp and crunchy, to the point where they're a bit on the noisy side to eat. Because they're very brittle though, you can't really use these with dips as they're prone to snapping.
The nutritional content in these isn't too bad but it's not great either. There are 125 calories per bag and 6.6g of fat, which is quite a high fat content for a corn snack. Unlike the Tesco Onion Rings, these DO NOT contain MSG which I heartily approve of. Perhaps that's why I love the Onion Rings while I only like these Bacon Rashers. But I'd rather eat these and know I can be satisfied with one packet. I reckon I'd ideally give these three and a half stars out of five.