During a weekly shop at the weekend my 5 year old requested 'Hula Hoops'. I'm on a bit of an economy drive at the moment and the branded ones were not at good enough price for me so I pointed him in the direction of these. The picture on the front of the packaging (although the design has changed to the one shown here) satisfied him enough to belief that they were the same product.
They are currently 79p for 8 x 20g packets and at 49p/100g Tesco's value Potato Rings are nearly half the price of Hula Hoops. The individual packet size is marginally smaller and the packaging flimsier. The outer bag ripped completely so was left useless to store the individual packets in. When my son had his first packet I had to try one. Usually I avoid many Value products as they are simply not up to scratch but I am keen to try some of them to make a judgement, usually if you don't like the product you haven't broken the bank to try it. To look at they are very similar, not so uniform in shape and my son pointed out to his amusement so very odd shapes! The main difference in appearance is the colour. They are quite pale in comparison to the branded Hula Hoops but this may be a ploy to make them look more appetising than the cheaper paler ones. To taste, marginally less salty. We don't buy a lot of crisps and snacks but I would most definitely consider these again.
As I usually buy Hula Hoops, there will be a lot of comparisons between Hula Hoops and Tesco's Potato Rings.
I have always liked Hula Hoops, ever since I was child. I would have them now and again, although recently, I have seem to be getting them all the time. However, when I was shopping in Tesco's the other day, I came across these 'Tesco's Potato Rings' which I thought, as times are hard money-wise, I would save a bit of money and try these 'own brand' ones rather than the 'top brand'. At just 80p for eight 20g bags which works out at 10p per bag - great value for money!
The packet itself is quite plain. The packet does not attract my eye as much as the 'top brand' Hula Hoops (although it was the price of these which caught my eye more than the branded one's price!). The packet is white, with images of bowlfulls of Hula Hoops, as well as the 'Tesco Value' label and 'Potato Rings'.
When I opened the bag, and pulled out a couple of Hula Rings, they looked a lot like Hula Hoops, although they did look a bit different in colour and looked more 'stiff' looking and not 'soft' looking like Hula Hoops. They are not as 'chunky' but more 'leaner' looking than Hula Hoops.
When I first tried the rings, I thought they tasted quite similar to Hula Hoops, although I did think that they didn't have as much flavour, and some of the rings tasted quite bland. However as I got to the bottom of the packet, the rings seem to taste salty; just like Hula Hoops, and so even though I was enjoying them, as they got saltier, I started to enjoy them even more.
In fact, I did find the rings to be really salty, so salty that I felt really thirsty. Although, for me, I liked them being really salty!
I found that the rings were quite hard, and very crunchy. To me, they seemed as though they had been 'cooked' for slightly longer than Hula Hoops and that is why they were so crunchy.
I was suprised at how many rings were in one bag. It took me quite a while to get through one bag. Normally, it doesn't take me that long to eat a bag of Hula Hoops. There seemed to be a lot more rings in this bag, and so I Consider this to be excellent value for money, especially as it works out at just 10p per bag.
Being a vegetarian, I am happy that these crips are good for vegetarians!
I did enjoy them, they weren't quite as good as Hula Hoops, although for 10p,I don't think you can complain! I will be buying these in the future!
Thanks for reading!
April 5th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
I usually buy Tesco value products and stick to them if I am satisfied with the product. I usually buy hula hoops as an occasional snack for my kid but recently I bought Tesco value potato rings. Though my kid seemed to like the potato rings I am not satisfied and decided to switch back to hula hoops.
The Tesco value potato rings come in a multi pack of eight mini bags of 20gm each. These are found in the crisps section along with various brands of crisps. These are available in only salted flavour. A bag costs 83p which is quite less than hula hoops.
The packaging is quite basic but has all necessary design and details. The bag is made of plastic and is white in colour with 'Potato rings' mentioned in white on a Dark blue back ground which is eye catching. The label Tesco Value is mentioned on the top in red. The bag contains picture of potato rings which easily tells us the contents inside.
The potato rings are crunchy, a bit harder and more salty when compared to hula hoops. The first taste I can fell is salty and then the potato taste comes out slowly but after eating we will feel thirsty as the mouth becomes dry.
The packaging is good as the crisps stay fresh in the air tight bags. The bags are only half filled with potato rings, we cannot complain as this is the case with all brands.
Ingredients used are dried potato, potato starch, sunflower oil and salt. These are suitable for vegetarians.
Each 20 gm bag contains 95 calories which is 5% GDA, 3.6 gm fat which is 5% GDA; 0.4gm saturates which is 2% GDA, 0.4 gm salt which is 7% GDA and a trace of sugar.
If you want something crunchy and don't mind the salty taste this might be for you. Not bad when there is nothing else to eat in the house to satisfy our snack cravings.
I give this product three dooyo stars.
Tesco value potato rings
I brought these after a couple of people telling me what good value they were, these Potato Rings are like a cheap version of Hula Hoops. I think they only come in Ready Salted and they're not that bad but I don't think they're worth the 85p for 8 packs. They taste like they should be one of them mega Value bargains, you know them things that are kinda ok but only cost about 35p???
The rings have got a nice texture, they're harder than Hula Hoops and the crunch to bite through is a bit more of an effort. I like crisps like that and actually prefer a lot of cheapo crisps to stuff like Kettle and Walkers, these are majorly cheap tasting though and have got such a bland taste that it got so that I couldn't even taste the salt on them!
The outside of the rings is too shiney to hold the salt properly and then half of it sticks to your fingers and makes them feel all greasy! You can taste the potato and I like that about them because I was expecting them to taste greasy but they don't any more than other brands of crisps.
The crisps themselves aren't bad, they're proper boring but if they're all that's in the cupboard I'll happily eat a bag. The thing is that they're overpriced even though they're cheap. The bags are only small and most of the time Tesco has got top brand crisps on special offer for a similar price, like last week they had bags of 6 packs of Mccoys for 89p... that might be 4p dearer for 2 less bags but the packets are loads bigger and anyway they're better crisps!
Not recommended for the price... ok to buy now and again when pennies are short. The small packs make them good for kids lunch boxes but before you buy these check which of the branded crisps are on offer first.
I have recently tried out the Tesco value potato rings and this is my review.
I have been trying out some of the items from the Tesco value range to see if they are any good as I am trying to save money on my weekly shop. I have thought that some of the items are good value and I will buy them again but some of the things I have tried have been a let down and I will not buy them in the future.
The Tesco value potato rings are in a multi pack of crisps and can be found beside the rest of the crisps in Tesco stores. The packaging is not eye catching or attractive looking but this is because it is a Tesco value product and all of the items in this range are in basic and 'no frills' packaging because it is a no frills range and you are paying basic prices for basic products. This does not bother me to much cos I am more worried about the item and not what packet it comes in.
The bag is a plain white colour and has the name of the item and the Tesco value logo on the front. It has the usual Tesco value colours of red and blue on it. When I open the plastic multi bag I can see the individual bags of potato hoops are inside. There are eight bags in the multi pack.
I like these potato hoops although I do not think they are really like the Hula Hoops crisps that I buy sometimes. I think the Tesco value hoops are different and have a different taste as well as a different feel and texture than Hula Hoops. I am not complaining though cos I like the Tesco value rings and think they are really good value for money. I only paid about 80 pence for a multi pack which has eight packets in it so I think these are good value.
The value potato rings are hoops the same as Hula hoops but they are a bit of a different colour. They also are only in one flavour which is like a ready salted flavour. The Tesco value potato rings are nice and crunchy but I think the texture is different from Hula Hoops to and the Tesco rings are a bit harder. The taste is not the same but they are still very nice tasting and I like eating them a lot.
The bad news is that the Tesco value potato rings are very salty and they make me very thirsty. This means that I need to have a big drink with me when I am eating them. I do not think that Hula Hoops are as salty as these but I still enjoy having a bag of the Tesco value rings and will keep buying them.
There are not a lot of potato rings in each bag so they are not to much to eat and I think if the bags were bigger it might be to much for me specially cos they are quite salty in taste.
I would suggest giving the Tesco value potato rings a try out as I think they are good value and I like eating them. I put them out at Christmas along with other crisps and snacks and dips and my guests liked eating them to so I think they would be a hit in your house hold.
I don't usually opt for Tesco Value products, even though I often buy supermarket own brand items of things. I guess their Value range just has a bit of a bad reputation, but I decided to give their Potato Rings a try because I wanted some fairly plain crisps that were cheaper than Walkers Baked, which have now shot up to about £1.50 for a pack of 6!
These are sold in a multipack of 8 x 20g bags. The outer appearance isn't overly attractive in its stark white design with 'value' on the front, but at least I know I'm not paying for the name or the wrapper! At 81p for 8 packets, these are a bargain, but obviously they need to be edible for them to be good value for money, and I was pleasantly surprised because they were a bit better than I had expected.
Each bag contains 95 calories and 3.6g of fat, which is reasonably good for crisps. They're made with sunflower oil, which is always good to know, so they're not as unhealthy as I had first expected.
These are a similar concept to Hula Hoops; wide-length hoops made of potato, as you can see by the photos on the front of the packaging. The main difference is in the texture, because these aren't quite as thick or crunchy as Hula Hoops. They do have a nice potato taste, with nothing off-putting or any funny aftertaste. So they pass the taste test in that respect.
They are reasonably crunchy even though they're not as thick as I would have liked, but that means they're quite light as a snack. Although the bag weighs only 20g, you still get plenty of hoops inside.
Each individual bag has quite a hard plastic white wrapper, with a foil inside for freshness. They did seem fresh, without being too much like cardboard, which is what I had pretty much expected them to be like. I think the flavour is helped with the salt, but that's one of the qualms I have with these.
One bag I opened appeared to have had a salt cellar emptied into it! I'm not joking; the hoops were covered in thick salt by the time I got to the last few in the packet, which wasn't very appealing! The other bags, however, weren't quite as heart-attack-inducing. I don't think it's too clever to have that much salt in some of these bags, and that's coming from someone who likes her salt a little too much sometimes.
Overall, these aren't a bad buy if you want a cheaper snack alternative. Whilst they may be a bit bland, and perhaps some a little too salty, they have a nice potato flavour and crunchy texture which I enjoyed eating. Okay, so they're not the tastiest crisps out there, but I may buy again in future to have them on hand as a plain snack to go with a few drinks.
These are my children's favourite crisps.
** The packaging **
A plastic bag containing 8 bags of crisps. The crisps packets are very plain, blue and white with no pictures.
** The price **
81p for 8 packets. That is compared with £1.11 for 7 packets of Hula Hoops - so the bag of 8 is 45p cheaper.
** The crisps **
They are potato rings, just like Hula Hoops
** Nutrition **
Well, "nutrition" is not usually a word I'd apply to crisps, but if you're feeding these to your children it is good to know. They are made of potato, oil and salt. A 100g contains 0.7g of sodium, which is less than Hula Hoops (0.9g). 100g contains 18g of fat (28g in hula hoops). So if you're comparing them to the branded version, these are better. If you're comparing them to an apple, well ...
** Taste **
They taste good to me, and my children like them. But let's face it, it isn't about the taste is it? It is about the fact that you can thread 10 hoops onto your fingers and thumbs and wave them, and then slowly eat the hopps off your fingers and start over.
Doing kids' packed lunches on a budget, I rarely buy the brand variety of snacks but go instead for the cheap supermarket version, & usually there's little difference. At 80p for 8 these Value Potato Rings are around two thirds the price of Hula Hoops, but in this case the difference in quality is immense.
For me, Hula Hoops have a bit of a crunch then melt in the mouth, & have just the right amount of greasiness & saltiness. These potato rings on the other hand are darker, as if always a bit over-toasted, & have a smooth, snappy texture. They're thinner than Hula Hoops but harder too. I can never help thinking of laminate flooring when I'm eating one, & there's certainly no enjoyable melt-in-the-mouth sensation.
I'd say they're less oily than Hula Hoops but also overwhelmingly salty: more than four rings without a drink could be life-threatening.
You don't get many rings in a pack but frankly they're too horrible to eat any more in one sitting. They're cheap & the kids will eat a bag without complaint on occasion, but I wouldn't go any further than that.
Tesco Value Potato Rings - Hula Hoops, what's the difference?
I stood in the aisle at Tesco's wondering if there was any difference, was Tesco just marketing a similar product only giving it a downbeat name.
So I decided to give them a whirl, lets face it you say Potato and I say Hula Hoop ...
Right, so we have a multi pack. Eight packets for 81p, not bad.
The packaging is the standard well known much loved and adored red, white and blue Tesco value design which is only going to end up in the waste bin afterwards so why worry.
Open the large bag and whip one a potato ring for examination, a good fat bag, bulging with rings and not filled with fresh air. My eyes light up, this is looking very favourable.
Break the seal and I am already staring at a heap of potato hoops, golden and salted. They smell very good too.
I have already detected one subtle difference, the potato rings are no where near as thick as the opposition but I can live with that.
The only way forward is to plunge in at the deep end, grab the bull by the horns and snaffle a few of the Value Potato Rings. I pick a few out and thread them onto my fingertips ( the only way that any Hula Hoop impersonator can be enjoyed ) and then slurp the first one off of my index finger and await the outcome.
Hmmm, the crunch is there, the `saltiness` is there, the golden cooked flavour is there. All is looking good for the wolf in sheep's clothing, until ---
I get three crunches into the ring and something very strange starts to happen, the crunchy golden salty potato ring starts to turn ever so slightly slimy under the weight of my saliva. The potato ring is too thin and this in turn is affecting the texture. By now I am longing for - dare I say it - a `real` Hula Hoop !
I feel the furrows deepen in my brow and sweat beads appear at the thought of having just wasted 81p.
Maybe I am just having a bad dream and this unsavoury character that has entered my orifice is just playing with my emotions. No, there is a definite potato slime whirling around in my cheeks.
They do say that it is vital to use a good potato in order to produce a good tasty savoury potato snack and I am now wondering if Tesco have managed to `come by` a few sacks of cheapy spuds.
Yes, initially they have that golden salty potato crunch but as soon as the going gets tough they wave the white flag, the rings just - well - they just aren't like the real thing at all!
But with the greatest of respect for Tesco these Value Potato Rings work out at 10p a packet, hardly a fortune and they would make a good after school snack for the kids.
One fat packet contains 95 calories, a trace of sugar, 3.6g fat, 0.4g saturates and 0.4g of salt.
In conclusion I am going to say that they are most definitely not my cup of tea. If I am going to push the boat out and have a packet of Potato rings then I want the real ones.
Hula Hoops may well be thrice the price but there are some compromises that I am not willing to make and this is one of them.
The Tesco Value range excels itself in many ways but maybe this is one value product that I won't be hurrying back to buy again.
I am a great fan of the Martin Lewis brand down challenge and often try one brand down this rarely seems to incorporate crisps as I tend to buy what crisps are on offer but on a shopping trip to Tesco's I noticed that they did a value brand potato ring crisp multi pack of 8 twenty gram packets for 81p so thought it was worth trying.
The packaging is in the value brand blue and white Tesco design which is simple but doesn't seem to have the stigma that they once did
Each bag contains
Upon opening they appear to be identical to Hoola hoops although slightly thinner but that is where the similarities end.
They appear lighter in colour. The crunch is not as crisp and they are tasteless but covered in salt. Although each bag of Hoola hoops does contain 0.5 grams of fat they are larger bags. There are plenty in each bag but to be honest that may be because they are not very appetising. I gave my son a packet to occupy him around the supermarket and he ate half the packet and threw them away. I didn't try any that day as I had a bad throat.
I offered my son them on a few occasions and on each occasion he would refuse and I thought it was as he had a sore throat so thought nothing of it .As he is only two years old I wasn't concerned that it didn't have the right label for him I tipped some in a bowl one day and he tried one and left the rest.
I picked a couple out and this is when I discovered how tasteless they were. I understood then why my son had been refusing these crisps and promptly bought him a pack of Pom bears.
I will still try further products in the value range but this is not one I shall be putting on my list however cheap.
We have only two supermarkets on the island where I live, one is Tesco the other is Co-Op. Tescos is a recent addition and I have to say the island community were divided by its presence. Half rejoicing ( myself included ) due to the low prices , the other dubious about the store.
Value potato rings were one of the first purchases I made with my first shop there. Now if you are expecting them to be ( as I was ) like Hula Hoops I am afraid you're going to be exceptionally disappointed. The texture of the potato ring is much thinner. They are also a lot crispier. The flavour ( these crisps come in ready salted only ) was bland and greasy , they have a stale taste to them.
I also buy Tescos value snacks bag which is a combination of cheese puffs, vinegar sticks and onion rings . I have 3 youngsters who demolish these within a day or so of getting them from store to cupboard , however the potato rings sat in my cupboard after the first packets were tried until they were eventually thrown away.
This to me speaks volumes, if I cant persuade my junk food junkie children to eat them then even though they are extremely cheap they aren't worth even the price they are offered at.
Wouldn't buy again.