Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Tesco Value Salted Peanuts
Member Name: davidbuttery
Tesco Value Salted Peanuts
Advantages: Stunning price, not too salty, decent texture
Disadvantages: High in fat, smell not brilliant
Although it may not always seem like it when you glance down the list of food reviews I have written over the last few months, I am generally quite careful not to overdo the sugary snacks. Of course, that certainly does not mean that I have become some sort of saint on the issue - just that I now eat rather more savoury snacks instead! Peanuts are a snack food I have always loved, and especially in their simply salted form; I am not quite so fond of the dry roasted variety which seems to dominate the shelves, especially when it comes to KP.
Tesco Value have struck again where salted peanuts are concerned, offering a nice big 200 gram packet of the things for a scarcely credible 23p. Amazingly, this is actually a reduction from their former price; they cost 27p until quite recently, but I have just double-checked on my receipt and yes, they are indeed now a whole 4p cheaper. I'm not entirely sure what one would do with that spare fourpence, since even Tesco don't seem to sell anything that cheap (their 7p strawberry jelly appears to be the rock bottom) so I generally just drop any spare pennies in a charity box on my way out.
This being Tesco Value, there isn't much to say about the packaging. It's mostly simple blue and white, with a splash of red around the Tesco logo, and there's a rather dull photo of some peanuts in a bowl. More usefully, there are the usual nutritional splashes: a serving of one-eighth of a pack (ie 25g) will set you back 150 kcal - slightly more than ordinary crisps - and a hefty 12.9g of fat, which is a substantial 18% of your guideline daily amount. We're also told that this stuff is "glycaemic index tested" and comes out as low. Oh, and yes: "Recipe contains peanuts". You don't say...
Opening up the pack, the smell isn't particularly alluring, and in fact is a bit plasticky and artificial, though it's not too strong. The peanuts themselves look all right, if a little on the small side, and they're not particularly heavily salted - though as you'd expect, the salt tends to gather at the bottom of the bag, so the last few peanuts can be a bit much. As a simple snack, though, they do really rather well: they're more than acceptable to munch on either on their own or as part of a snack selection, and that little bit of added salt helps the taste to avoid blandness. They're not the best peanuts in the world, but they're far nicer than you'd really have a right to expect at this price.
All in all, this is a product for the credit side of the Tesco Value ledger. If money is no object, then by all means go for a branded version, since you will get a small improvement in the flavour. It will only be small, however, and if you're watching the pennies like most of us, then these peanuts are entirely acceptable for a snack that won't break the bank.
Summary: Super value savoury snack