Product Type: Tesco Snacks
Newest Review: ... fragrant hands you are going to need either a wet wipe or to wash your precious pinkies. The Tesco Temptation range of flavours includ... more
Member Name: SlyClone2k
Date: 18/03/03, updated on 18/03/03 (182 review reads)
Advantages: Ethnically diverse, Good quality for an own brand crisp
Disadvantages: Not to be eaten alone, Easily mistakable for Walkers
Oh that sounded derogatory didn't it? Well in all honesty it wasn't supposed to. It was only supposed to make you laugh. Way off. I know. It won't happen again.
The new age crisp seems to be doing well in the shops right now, Kettle Chips, Hand Cooked Chips, Sensations, Dorritos and even Phileas Fogg seems to be heading up an all star cast offering a variety of diverse flavours to lure us from the beaten path of Cheese and Onion and Salt and Vinegar. And well they do it too, offering us such mind bogglingly different choices like Four Cheeses and Red Onion and Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt. Hmmm. Now I think about it those two new age flavours are just glorified versions of the old ones, well okay then, what about Garlic and Basil and Oak Smoked Barbeque flavour?
So in the search for a new age crisp, of which a multitude of different varieties can be found, I came across this particular brand.
Tesco Temptations stick out on the shelf much like a packet of over sized Walkers Sensations, and it's not particularly surprising because, in fact, I thought I was looking at a packet of Walkers Sensations (Deano76s opinion really got to me). To say the packaging is similar is something of an understatement, they are the same basic white pack, with a colour impression of the name and flavours you are likely to experience and have a neato little black and white picture of a field and potatoes. You'd be right in thinking that they are indeed the same, however there are a few important diff
erences. The black and white picture and the ingredient representation have been switched around to ensure a completely unique identity. Did anyone note a hint of sarcasm there? I'm actually surprised that Walkers are letting them get away with it, but hey I'm not a lawyer.
My particular purchase was of the Thai Green curry flavour variety, hence utterly fulfilling my need for a new age flavour. A 150g pack costs a delightfully non exorbitant 95p, quite cheap for the type (comparisons to Walkers at £1.18 and Kettle at £1.27) but they are an own brand.
Upon opening, which I must say was a particularly hassle free affair. Tug. Poof (that's the sound they make not some sentiment regarding their sexuality). Open. For those who have struggled with the Kettle chips bags until you've placed them on a desk and smashed them with your fist, there by marring your overall enjoyment and obliterating the finely prepared contents, I offer a simple alternative! I was greeted by a particularly satisfying clutch of crisps. None of that annoying half full bag nonsense.
A sniff in the bag divulges a somewhat pungent smell that is very reminiscent of pickled onion crips, probably the onion powder, with a hint of something Thai.
The crisps themselves are standard fair. Crispy and slightly thicker than the classic but not your hand cooked chip thick (that's a mouth full and a mouthful now I come to think about it!). Essentially they are just like the crisps of yore. They look appealing, though it is apparent they have been coloured by the flavouring as they are mottled by an orange colour, but an un-introduced herb means they are also speckled with green.
The flavour is a fine, strong savoury twang which starts off with a fairly non-descript, though not unpleasant, salty sweetness that soon gives way to a decidedly Thai flavour. Lots of coconut, lemon grass and onion, as you'd expect, with the merest suggestion of cori
ander (cilantro). The after taste wears off after about three pink elephants leaving an enjoyable fried potato flavour as an after thought.
The only complaint I have with these new age crisps is that a tacky residue tends to coat your fingers. I've found this coating to be quite resistant and while you may have some success with sucking or dry wiping with a tissue neither of these methods provide a thorough solution. Your fingers remain gooey and smelling of the product you have just eaten. I'm a bit of a stickler for clean finger tips, and being a keyboard user all day long I'd prefer it if my keyboard doesn't pick up such greasy deposits. So if, like me, you prefer to have fragrant hands you are going to need either a wet wipe or to wash your precious pinkies.
The Tesco Temptation range of flavours include Sea Salt And Black Pepper (hardly original these days but very tasty), Mature Cheddar (what's wrong with the poor onion?) and Roast Chicken (personally I hate chicken crisps and have always felt they all taste the same anyway). All of the varieties come in 150g bags for the afore mentioned price.
As seems to be the norm these days I checked the back for nutritional ingredients. This certainly is not a bag one should eat to oneself in one sitting. A 150g bag contains nearly half of the female daily recommended calorie intake at 760 calories. Nearly a third of the total weight is fats, although only half of that again is that nasty heart clogging saturated stuff. But it does say that this is supposed to be for 6 people sharing!!
This is a vegetarian friendly crisp product without hint of an animal having been killed within ear shot of the potatoes that made them.
Technical gumbo (for those that like this kinda thing)
100g (3.5oz) provides 2158kj/518kcals
47.7g Carbs with 3.5g of sugar (No eating these on the Atkins Diet!)
33.7g Fat (Saturate 15.8g, Mono 14.5g, Poly
On the whole they are
worth a shot, if only to have something a little different.