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      30.10.2011 16:27
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      Really tasty, perfect for sharing and indulging!

      Well, I love crisps - ALL types of crisp snacks. I don't discriminate against potato based, maize snacks or fried vegetable chips. It literally is ALL crisps and these, it has to be said, are my snack of choice.

      I've tried other salt and vinegar products from various manufacturers in my time, and to a degree I've enjoyed them all but these, I find, are in my opinion - the best. Measuring around 1.5inches each I feel they are the perfect size for a satisfying crunchy mouthful and they pack a powerful flavour punch - well most of the time. I've had a couple of bags where they either didn't taste of anything or half of them did and the other half did. Now, clearly just a problem with the factory processes, I wouldn't normally let it affect my review, but it has happened not once - but twice and to me that's too much to not have an effect.

      That little fault aside for now, back to the good stuff. The taste is sublime, salty enough to have you going back for another, and another, and another - yet tangy enough with the vinegar to make your mouth tingle and get your taste-buds really jumping. They are SO morish in fact that I have found myself getting through a whole 150g bag in one sitting, very easily. Where I have managed to leave the packet alone after eating half I have found that coming back to the product the next day that the snacks have gone a little damp and soggy, so if you are going to do that I would recommend placing the snacks into an airtight container until you are ready to enjoy them some more. This is probably standard for this type of snack though a little inconvenient.

      Assuming you do eat these snacks all in one go they are wonderfully crunchy when you first start to nibble yet the more you chew they become soft and yes, they will stick in your teeth somewhat - but I personally enjoy this. It gives you the chance to run your tongue around your mouth and discover the bits you've missed which are just as tangy as when you started. Yes, I do feel a little guilty eating the whole packet all in one go but, at 125 calories and 6g of fat per 1/6 of a bag I gather that they aren't as unhealthy as other crisps.

      The price point is fantastic. 90p (at time of writing) for such a large bag is great value and puts them ahead of other similar weight snacks. Perfect for relaxing in front of the TV, popping into a bowl when friends come over or even serving with a sandwich for lunch - they really are that tasty and even suitable for vegetarians!

      If you're looking for a tasty, cheap snack that isn't *too* calorific - the look no further. I really enjoy these snacks and would happily recommend them to a friend or family member. I only wish that I hadn't had those couple of faulty batches and then I would have given this product the full 5 stars!

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      06.08.2010 11:33
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      Nice crisps

      We were browsing in our local Tescos last night for some junk food to eat in front of the TV. I wanted some pringles but watching the pennies I decided to opt for a cheaper option. I picked up these Crunchy Sticks for 99p but in larger Tesco stores I believe they are usually around 10p cheaper.

      Each bag contains 150g of Crunchy Sticks which are salt and vinegar flavour maize and potato sticks. The packet has now changed from the one above and is now metallic blue in colour with darker and lighter checks. There is a large silver box to one side telling me about the crisps and there are pictures of the snack on the bag.

      Opening the bag it was about two thirds full but I was impressed with how many crisps were in there. There are around 6 servings in the bag and therefore I think the bag is quite good value.

      The crunchy sticks are a light golden colour and each one is around 2-3 inches long and quite thin. Biting into them they are firm and crisp but they melt in the mouth. The flavour is quite tangy so not for those who aren't fans of salt and vinegar. You can taste the vinegar over the salt and you will find yourself wanting to eat more! The flavour is really nice.

      25g contains 120 calories, 0.5g sugar, 5.8g fat, 0.5g saturates and 0.8g salt. Now the thing to watch out for here is the salt because it is quite high, especially if you eat more than the recommended 25g. Otherwise they aren't too bad for crisps.

      We all really liked these crunchy sticks and will be buying them again. They have a nice tangy kick and will leave you wanting more! Good buy.

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        11.07.2010 19:34
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        Delicious salt & vinegar crunchy sticks from Tesco.

        When buying some junk food recently for a nice night in with lovely munchies I spotted these salt & vinegar crunchy sticks located near the bacon rashers that I would normally purchase. As I love salt & vinegar I decided to give these a try and picked up a 150g packet for just 87 which is a very reasonable price with this bag easily giving a large portion to 2 or 3 people.
        These crisps are provided in a blue packet which is easily distinguishable as belonging to a crisp which is flavoured with salt & vinegar. The packet is foil fresh which makes it easy for me to roll the packet down once I have used some and clip it with a peg to keep the crisps fresh for at least another day or two.
        The crisps are long, thin sticks which are coated with a very strong salt & vinegar flavouring. There is a lovely strong smell of vinegar as soon as I open the bag and at times I find that the crisps are enough to make me wince because they are very strong and tangy. There is a nice ratio of salt & vinegar flavour so that neither flavour overpowers the other and they just serve to complement each other and provide a perfect flavouring for my crisps. The sticks are a reasonable size so that each one can be eaten in two decent bites or just forced in in one mouthful if you are feeling greedy or want to eat them a little faster. The salt & vinegar flavouring will come off all over your hands and your top so be warned before you eat these. Also, if you have any sore skin on your fingers be wary before you dip your hand in to the bag as it will sting like mad.
        The quality of the crisps is very reasonable and the price is also very reasonable too. The crisps are a decent size with a high amount of flavouring. I have found in the past that some of these crunchy sticks can be bland, stale tasting or lacking flavour and these are very high in the list of ones that I have enjoyed in the past. I will definitely be buying these again as they were a firm hit with my entire household and at under £1 for such a large bag who can really complain.
        Each 25g serving contains 125 calories, 0.2g sugars, 6g fat (of which 0.5g saturates) and 0.6g salt. Obviously these are going to be high in salt because of the nature of the flavouring but the saturated fat is quite reasonable for a serving of this size when compared to some of the other crisp brands that are available.
        I was very pleased with these salt & vinegar crunchy sticks from Tesco and I would firmly recommend them to anyone who is a fan of salt & vinegar and wants to have something a little different from the same old boring crisps. Also, these are fantastic for a party as they are cheap and one bag will fill up a decent sized bowl making it look like you are splashing out when really you are watching the pennies.

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        23.03.2010 13:01
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        Good price, but very strong, depends if you like strong flavour.

        I am always looking for ways to save a little bit of money when doing the weekly tesco shop and one of the ways I find to do this is to replace things I normally buy for the equivalent from the Tesco's own brand. I was buying some crisps for the lunch boxes and came across these, the tescos version of chip sticks and thought I would try them.
        The sticks come in foily plastic type packaging which keeps the crisps fresh, but unfortunately does not appear to be recyclable, which is always a downside to me. The packages are not resealable, which means if you are not going to eat them all in one go (are you very hungry?!) then it is best to transfer them to another package so that they do not go stale.
        The sticks are yellow in appearance and have a very uneven texture. They are very crumbly and it is best to eat them leaning over something so that you do not make a mess everywhere. Once you open the package you can tell immediately that the crisps have a very strong salt and vinegar flavour as the smell is quite pungent.
        Once you taste them you realise that your suspicions were correct and that the flavour is indeed very strong, in fact it is almost eye wateringly strong. I would definitely say not to buy these unless you really like salt and vinegar and can handle the strength. My other half loves the strength of these crisps so prefers them to the more expensive brands, so if this is what you like them these are a bargain! Also make sure the pack size is convenient to you, often people don't like bigger bags.

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        08.03.2010 19:05
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        Highly recommended.

        I try pretty much anything when it comes to snacks and especially crisps so when I saw these Tesco salt and vinegar crunchy sticks at only 82p for a 150g packet, I had to give them a go and I am very glad I did.

        There are many versions of these going around, Spar, Asda, Sainsbury and these ones from Tesco are the ones I have tried and without doubt Tesco come out on top of those ones.

        The main reason for these being the best is simply that they have a very nice crunch to them yet still melt in the mouth and they have a very, very strong flavouring and I like that in a crisp, especially salt and vinegar ones.

        The vinegar is eye watering as soon as you open the bag and it is not an artificial vinegar taste but a proper malt vinegar taste and there is not too much salt which often happens with salt and vinegar crisps.

        I think these are a very tasty snack and would definitely recommend them to others, well as long as you like salt and vinegar anyway.

        As with any nice tasting crisps these are not great for you, a 150g bag contains 720 calories, 4.8g of salt and 34.8g of fat so you shouldn't rally eat the whole bag in one go (says the man who always does)!!

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          04.02.2010 14:18
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          Eat in moderation!

          Tesco Salt & Vinegar Crunchy Sticks

          Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Snacks.


          Like so many of us, I ate and drank far too much over the festive period and so have been trying to shift a few excess pounds lately. This has meant ditching snacks and trying to eat healthy meals with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.

          Having said that, it is impossible to be good all the time and this weekend, I went to London with some friends where we all drank too many cocktails and generally had a fab time. On the train back, we were all suffering with hangovers and personally speaking, when I have a hangover, only naughty foods will do!

          A bag contains 150g of crisps, which will cost you £0.82. They come in a bright blue metallic bag which is easy to spot on the shelves and is big enough for sharing.

          As soon as you open the crisps, you will be assaulted by the salt and vinegar smell which is strong enough to make your eyes water. The crunchy sticks are strong, each one has enough flavouring to make you wince, but also want to stuff more into your mouth immediately! If you like salt and vinegar to have a kick to it then these are definitely the crisps for you.

          The texture of the crisps is crunchy but they have that delicious melt in the mouth consistence which is delicious. The only real problem with these snacks is that they are quite bad for you and yet taste so good that you will struggle to eat them in moderation.

          Now and again, these snacks are a tasty treat and I can confirm that they work well with a hangover! Unfortunately, they are not very good for you (see ingredients below) so I have to try to avoid them most of the time!


          Nutritional information is as follows;

          720 calories
          3g of sugar
          4.8g of salt
          34.8g of fat

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          03.02.2010 00:07
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          Tasty salt and vinegar crisps

          Tesco salt and vinegar crunchy sticks are a light puffed maize and potato crisp. In the post-Christmas sales, they were reduced to 50p for a giant 300g bag of crisps that somehow barely lasted an evening once I had a few friends over. The bag proved extremely popular and were very moreish.

          They are a puffed air snack, which is a type of crisp that I like in particular because they are not at all dense, so it feels like you are eating a lot more bulk compared to what you actually consume calorie-wise. It's still not at all healthy though, because of the extremely high salt and fat content, though it doesn't have any MSG for those of you who have to worry about that.

          The sticks are cuboid in shape and are about an inch and a half long, a quarter of an inch wide and deep. Although they look a bit like chips, the consistency is very different from chips. They are crispy initially, though I've had them in the past and they went a bit stale and chewy a day or two after opening. This bag didn't last long enough though! They also get stuck into your teeth as well, so brush them carefully afterwards. Taste-wise, the crisps have a very sweet vinegar flavour that reminded me of balsamic vinegar, but are less salty than I imagined they would be. The crisps have a bad habit of leaving your fingers coated in a sticky and crumbly mass of starch. They aren't at all filling, though you don't really expect that from a bag of crisps!

          Nutritionally, per 100g, there are 500 kcal, 5.4g of protein, 63.3g carbohydrates, 24.7g fat, 2.8g saturates and 1.9g salt. The ingredients are maize, sunflower oil, potato, salt and vinegar seasoning, rice flour, emulsifier, glyceryl monostearate, maltodextrin, rice flour, malt vinegar powder, salt, citric acid, sugar, yeast, silicon dioxide. They are suitable for vegetarians and have gluten but no other allergens. I'm not sure if they are suitable for vegans, but there's no egg, dairy or honey and they are vegetarian, so they may well be.

          In summary, it's a nice bag of crisps that is vegetarian and non-dairy, but don't eat the whole 300g bag in one go because they aren't very good for you!

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            30.10.2009 18:03
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            Great for putting out at parties or for a snack!

            Whilst thinking about what next item I could review and munching Tesco Salt & Vinegar Crunchy Sticks at the same time... I put two and two together.

            I was completely surprised no one had reviewed these before as they are so appetising!

            There's no need to explain where they can be found... the 'Tesco' own brand logo is displayed right at the top of the bag, so please don't go looking for these in Asda or Iceland! These crisps can be found in the Tesco crisp section, hidden among the multi-pack bags. This is not the same size as your ordinary packet of Walkers, nuh uh.. it's big size. Generally aimed towards people who want to buy party food I think, and this is a great idea. Though I've never used these crisps for parties, up until now I've always been a greedy pig and eaten the whole bag myself (spread over a couple of days though!).

            Each bag contains 150g of crisps, that's 720 calories, 3g of sugar, 4.8g of salt, and a horrific 34.8g of fat! If you ate the whole bag in one sitting, that's 48% of your guideline daily amount of fat! So, yes, now that I've gotten the awful stats out of the way (the fact that this bag is incredibly unhealthy and fattening).. lets get onto the good bits.

            For one bag, it's 80p. That's about 35p more than a normal-sized packet of crisps, but that extra 35p goes a long way, as this packet is stuffed full of crisps. If you brought these crisps, I doubt they'll ever be one of those moments when you open the bag and are disappointed with how little is in there. You really do get your money's worth.

            What I find with these crisps is that the Salt and Vinegar flavour is very strong, so I don't recommend these if you don't like S&V. Lucky for me, I love it. Most bags of S&V crisps have a weak taste that leaves me wanting more. These crisps are much more up to the challenge of satisfying me! The flavour is really overpowering and you can really taste it and savour it. They also leave a pleasant after-taste as well.

            I'm holding a party tomorrow night for the first time in my new flat, so I'm going to be stocking up on these crisps and the other similar types that Tescos has to offer, as they are cheap, great value and do indeed taste great (much unlike quite a lot of other Tesco Value products I can think of!).

            One bag of this fills two bowls with crisps, so I only need to buy a couple more bags of other bits to have a tasty and varied layout of food. I recommend these for you next time you throw a party or else just want a nice snack that'll last you a few days!

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