“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Crisps „
We have three small children so don't get out very often but occasionally when we get the kids settles we like to sit down and have a little drink and snack just for me and the husband. Monday night is treat night for me and the hubby and we usually have a bottle of red and a bag of grown up crisps between us. At the minute we are having Lindemans red and Tesco's sat and vinegar Twirls.
The Twirls are a favourite of ours and we have tried quite a few varieties, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's and have to say the Tesco variety are our favourite.
These are described as a "potato snack" as opposed to crisps and not knowing what the difference is I just refer to them as a crisp. These are salt and vinegar flavour and they are definitely fiery in the vinegar stakes, I don't normally like vinegar but these are delicious and there is a salt aftertaste, especially if you lick your fingers after eating them.
I think these are more a snack for adults rather than children, I think they are just a bit too tart for children to appreciate the flavour. I have served these as party food and find it is the adults who eat them rather than children.
Basically this snack consists of twirls or spiral shaped potato snacks. There is a definite crispiness to them when you bite them, they definitely crunch when bitten. Sometimes I like to suck them in my mouth and let them go soggy and find they are still as tasty regardless as to how you eat them.
These are Tesco own brand and they come in a blue foil pack, they are very distinctive with lots of "Twirls" on the packaging. We tend to eat the whole pack in one go but if storing should be sealed tightly to ensure the crispness of the snack. I have only ever seen the 125g pack, and it costs around 90p. There re 480kcal per 100g and 2.9g of salt, so they are not a healthy snack but perhaps alright for an occasional treat.
Lots of salt and vinegar flavour, great crunch when you bite them. I think they are a great snack and go really well with a glass of red wine.
Tesco Salt and Vinegar twirls are a big favourite of my boys and as a result we do buy them quite often. We tend to get these when we have party's too as they are handy and everyone seems to enjoy them.
The crisps come in a bright blue bag which has a picture of the crisps spaced out all over it. There is a silver banner to the left hand side which has the Tesco logo and the product name. The back of the bag has two white rectangles which contain all the information about the ingredients and nutritional values for the crisps.
The bag is made of a good strong foil which keeps the crisps inside very fresh.
~~APPEARANCE AND TASTE~~
When I opened the packet I was instantly hit by the smell, it was very strong and was mainly of vinegar. My instant thought was that these crisps were going to e very strong flavoured. The crisps look good and are twisted twirl shapes which are all about 4 cm long and 1cm thick. They are a light colour and more cream than brown.
When I tasted one I was instantly overpowered by the vinegar taste which was so strong in the smell. I really could not taste the salt at all and never managed to in the whole time was eating these. I found that the shape of them made for a different eating experience as they are so different to the usual standard crisps. For me I could only manage about 10 of these crisps as the flavour was so strong but my boys happily munched through a good dishful each. There a is a nice crunch to the crisps and they do taste fresh but they do go soft if you prefer to suck them.
For me the taste was overly strong and I was actually left with a sore mouth after eating them, which I was not pleased about.
The recipe for these crisps does not contain nuts but Tesco cannot guarantee that they are nut free. They are suitable for vegetarians.
The ingredients for the crisps for those wishing ton know are:-
Dried potato, Potato Starch, Sunflower Oil, Salt and Vinegar Seasoning, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour,
The salt and vinegar flavour seasoning contains:- Maltodextrin, Rice Flour, Salt, Citric Acid, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavouring, Malt Vinegar Powder, Potassium Chloride.
The Nutritional values for a 100g serving of the crisps are:-
Energy - 480KCal
Protein - 3.7g
Carbohydrate - 67.9g
Of which sugars - 0.2g
Fat - 21.2g
Of which saturates - 1.5g
Mono - Unsaturates - 17.1g
Polyunsaturates - 1.5g
Fibre - 3.4g
Sadium - 1.2g
Salt Equivalent - 2.9g
The crisps come in a pack size of 125g and we find this easily feeds our family of 5 when we fancy a little snack of an evening. The crisps need to b stored in a cool dry place and when we have opened them and not eaten a full packet we find it best to keep the remainder of the crisps in an air tight tub.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
These crisps are a Tesco own brand product so they are only available in their stores. They are priced at around the 80p mark which I feel to be a good price. Other supermarkets do their own variety of these crisps but I haven ever tried them.
My whole family recommends these crisps as they are different and have a good taste. I would give them 3/5 stars as I found them to be overly strong but as every one else gives them the 5/5 stars I am going to compromise and give them a good 4/5 stars. I feel I have to drop a star as the flavour is too much and I was left with a sore mouth. I would say these are ideal for those who like a lot of flavour.