Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Tesco Value Potato Rings
Member Name: cazkins
Tesco Value Potato Rings
Advantages: Good price, 8 per multipack & enough 'rings' per bag, nice potato flavour
Disadvantages: Not as thick or tasty as Hula Hoops, lots of salt
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.
Summary: Not quite the cardboard cut-outs I had expected