“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snack „
I like most people am always looking for better value and bargains. As a result I have tried many of the Tesco Value range with varying results. This week I thought I would try the Snack Assortment, as I have to admit to being a big fan of quick snack foods such as biscuits and crisps.
The snack assortment contains 12 separate packets; these are 4 salt and vinegar crunchy sticks, 4 cheese puffs and 4 onion rings. These are all in a plastic container, which measures 40 cm by 30 cm. The packet looks quite effective when you see it on the shelf, it clearly displays the three different snacks in bowls and looks tempting, despite little investment on packaging costs by Tesco.
While on the reverse of the packet you have all the nutritional information for each separate snack, ingredient lists, the Tesco promise and allergy advice.
This constitutes excellent value for money, I paid just 47p for my Snack Assortment that contains 12 packs. Which is amazing when you think you can pay 30p for a branded packet of crisps.
Salt and Vinegar Crunchy sticks:
With all the three different varieties being similar size, this is the heaviest pack at 20g. It has a very simple and basic design that does not even show the product. The pack was easy open and as soon as I opened the pack I was greeted by a strong salt and vinegar smell. To be honest the pack looked about half full, but they did at least look like the crunchy sticks I remember being light yellow in colour and a little fatter than French fries.
I found they were very crunchy in my mouth with a very strong salt and vinegar flavour, which was quite overpowering initially. The taste was good just a little too strong for me and made my eyes water. I'm sure it would have been fine if they were plain it was just too powerful and strong for me. Although when I got used to them I could enjoy the crunchiness more.
For me these where much too bitter and strong flavour, I struggled to eat and enjoy them. I would give them 2/5 for taste and quality, but would not buy these on their own because of the too strong Salt and Vinegar taste.
Each bag contains:
The four packets of Cheese Puffs weighed 16 g each. Again the pack was easy to open and as soon as I opened it I was greeted by a strong cheese smell. There appeared more in the pack, partly because they are smaller than the crunchy sticks. As I expected they were orange in colour and looked appealing enough.
They were quite crunchy but taste wise I found them hugely disappointing. Yes I could vaguely taste cheese but they were to me tasteless, once I had crunched them a couple of times they had evaporated into nothing. And while there was plenty in the packet I found I was eating them without registering any enjoyment or flavour, plus they were making my hands sticky.
Overall I found them very poor, they made my mouth very dry and stuck to my teeth so I felt I needed to brush them after consuming. I could taste the cheese flavour it was just a pity the puffs lasted such a short time in my mouth so they appeared really tasteless. For me they were a poor snack and I would give them 1/5.
Each bag contains:
The Onion Rings were the lightest pack at just 14g per pack. But you would never know, as the pack seemed to be the most packed within the packet. When I opened the packet I was greeted by a vague smell of onion, but the thing I most noticed was the almost sickly bright orange colour of the rings.
I found the onion rings to be quite tasty. They were still quite crunchy, but the flavour is good and I like the onion taste. Probably not as pronounced as I would have liked but these round rings were crunchy and did not taste cheap or mass-produced. In fact these were definitely the best tasting snack out of the three and one that was enjoyable without ever making my mouth water.
I did like the vague onion taste and would certainly buy these again if they were sold individually. There was plenty in the packet and I found despite the off-putting colour that they were a tasty snack. I would give them 3/5.
Each bag contains:
I thought this was a very disappointing value product; the majority of the snacks seemed weak in taste, looked unappealing and tasted very manufactured, I felt I could almost feel the unhealthy cocktail of ingredients within the packs reacting badly with my body.
That said you couldn't complain about the price of less than 4p a pack that is amazing value for money. I can imagine these would be popular in both Adult and Children's Lunch boxes and a handy snack between meals. The packet I purchased had a shelf life of two months, so at least I have plenty of time to consume the rest. What appeals to many people other than the price is you have a variety of bags here, so in essence you have three snacks in one and a choice depending on your mood.
Overall I would not recommend this product to anyone. The basic reason for this with the exception of the Onion Rings I found the taste to be very disappointing. Yes you could say they are good or even excellent value for money but when the taste is so poor I would disagree. For me this is a very basic product and one I will not be buying again, worth a try but not one for me.
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© CPTDANIELS October 2010
As I was exploring one my favourite aisles in Tesco, the snack one, I came across this value snack assortment, 12packs of crisps, for just 47pence. For the price you get three different varieties. Cheese puffs, onion rings, and salt and vinigar crunchy sticks.
The packaging doesn't really help sell the product, I only noticed it as it was late on a Sunday and most of the shelves were empty. It is a large white plastic bag, has the tell tale blue stripes. It does have a small picture of the snacks included.
When you open up the large bag, there are 12 individual size bags; four bags of each snack. Each snack is a replica of higher brand products. The plastic bags are very thin compared to other brands, but I didn't mind this because of the low price. The flavours included are pretty much remakes of higher brand crisps.
Cheese puffs = Wotsits
Salt & vinegar crunchy sticks = Chipsticks
Onion rings = They're just onion rings.
The cheese puffs are probably my favourite that comes in the pack, they are very similar to Wotsits, they are plenty cheesey enough, nice and light and they go down a treat. They are actually a bit easier to eat than Wotsits, as they don't leave the orange powder all over your hands! Each bag contains 83 calories.
The salt and vinegar crunchy sticks are exactly the same in appearance as Chipsticks, the taste isn't the best, they have a very strong vinegar taste, to me they give away the small price tag, as soon as you put them into your mouth they turn to mush, and they are pretty greasy to touch. Per pack there are 102 calories.
The onion rings are very good, they fairly small in size but are really nice and crunchy, just the right amount of onion flavour there, they do tend to break easily, so per bag you may sometimes only find one or two full rings. There are only 75 calories in these, making them the healthiest option of the three.
With all three varieties, I do think you can tell they are a less quality product, I can't pinpoint why, but you can definitely tell they're cheaply put together. They are perfectly adequate though, and where else could you pick up a bag of crisps for this price?!
Overall, I think Tesco have done well to make these for such a small price, each bag works out at around 4pence so it is an ideal addition to any lunchbox without breaking the bank. For party food they are perfect, once you have had a few beers, the only let down really was the salt and vinegar crunchy sticks, I didn't enjoy these at all. With the others though, you will hardly notice they are a cheap brand.
For the price, this is a really good option!
Tesco, like most supermarkets, have their own cheap, own brand range. Tesco name theirs the *Value* range. Value products are priced to be affordable to those on a tight budget.
Here we have the Tesco Value Snack Assortment. This is a big 12pk multipack of onion rings, cheese puffs and salt and vinegar crunchy sticks. There is 4pks of each type in the bag. The snacks have been created similar to more upmarket snacks. Tesco state that their snacks do not contain and artificial flavours, colours or MSG which is good to know!
As with most own brand ranges, the packaging is basic but informative. You have a big white plastic bag. The colour scheme is that of all value products and is blue, red and white. On the front of the main bag, we have the Tesco Value logo up in the corner, a large banner with a description of the contained products, a note stating 12 packs, a nutritional breakdown and a few images of the snacks in bowls. The back of the pack contains the usual information such as nutrition, allergy advice, ingredients, contact information for Tesco and a nutritional breakdown for each type of snack.
Salt and vingegar crunchy sticks : these are fairly large maize sticks with a salt and vinegar seasoning. They are a pale yellow/golden colour. They come in a 20g bag with the same information as the main bag. Suitable for vegetarians.
Ingredients : Maize ,Sunflower Oil ,Salt and Vinegar Seasoning ,Potato Flour , Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids) ,Salt and Vinegar Seasoning contains ,Salt , Malt Vinegar Powder ( contains gluten) ,Spirit Vinegar ,Rice Flour ,Maltodextrin ,Sugar ,Citric Acid ,Yeast Extract,Sunflower Oil
Nutrition : 102kcal, 0.5g sugar, 5.4g fat, 0.7g saturated fat, 0.5g salt
Cheese puffs - these are cheese flavoured maize snacks similar to Wotsits. They are curvy moon shapes and an intense orange colour. The bag contains 16g. Suitable for vegetarians.
Ingredients : Maize ,Sunflower Oil ,Cheese Seasoning ,Cheese Seasoning contains ,Whey Powder ,Cheese Powder ,Salt , Rusk (Wheat Flour, Salt) ,Yeast Extract ,Natural Flavouring ,Dextrose , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) ,Anti-TempText8 ,Paprika Extract ,Sunflower Oil
Nutrition : 83kcal, 0.8g sugar, 4.4g fat, 0.6g saturated fat, 0.4g salt
Onion Rings - these are onion flavoured maize and semolina snacks. When unbroken, these are rounded with a whole in the middle like a ring. The bag contains 14g so is the smallest of the bag. Suitable for vegetarians.
Ingredients : Maize ,Sunflower Oil ,Onion Seasoning ,Semolina , Colour (Paprika Extract) , Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids) ,Onion Seasoning contains ,Onion Powder , Rusk (Wheat Flour, Salt) ,Salt ,Dextrose ,Rice Flour ,Yeast Extract Powder ,Onion Extract ,Paprika Extract ,Natural Flavouring
Nutrition : 75kcal, 0.6g sugar, 3.8g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0.3g salt
Allergy advice : contains milk, wheat and gluten. The recipe does not contain nuts but they cannot guarantee nut free.
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Tesco exclusive! Can be found in the crisps aisle at your local Tesco store on online! Priced at an amazing 47p for 12pks!
I normally shop at Asda though have recently decided to do some online a Tesco. The reason being..I get my clubcard points which I would like to save up for when we go to Blackpool next year! So when I spotted some quite positive reviews on here about these snacks..I had to put a packet in my electronic basket! They got delivered yesterday and we have sampled each pack..here are my thoughts on it all!
I am not brand loyal and I am certainly no food snob though certain things I prefer to be branded. We are very short on money at the moment whilst I am trying to find a job so I opted to try a few alternatives in the cheaper end of the market. Really..what are you paying for with branded items? Packaging? As far as I am concerned, the packaging goes in the recycling or the bin so why should we pay more for it?
Tesco Value packaging is distinctive and basic though I do feel that the information is well laid out and clear to the eye compared to overcrowded packets. The bags seem quite big for 14-20g and contain a good amount of product which is a bonus.
Onion rings - I used to buy the 10p version when I was a child so these were very familiar! They have a lovely, rich taste and certainly don't taste cheap. Even if they are broken you can tip the bag up into your mouth. I really enjoyed these and would say they are my 2nd favourite in the bag.
Cheese puffs - if you like Wotsits, you will like these. They are very cheesy but not as strong as they smell. The cheese powder is very messy so either have some wipes at the ready or pour them into your mouth like I do! My son quite liked these but got in some mess with them! They are easy to eat..a nice crunch but melt in your mouth. The only issue is that they stick to my teeth! My favourite of the bag!
Salt and Vinegar Crunchy Sticks - these are my least favourite of the bag as I am not keen on vinegar! I tried them anyway for the review purpose of course! The bag was full of quite large sticks though some had become broken. They are very strong in vinegar and this hits you as soon as open the bag. I personally could not taste the salt but the vinegar is very evident and caused me to draw my cheeks together! Thing I will leave these ones for hubby!
Overall I am extremely impressed with the pack of snacks. The calorie intake isn't bad and there is enough in the bags to provide a decent little snack for adults or children. At 4p a bag you cannot really grumble and I will certainly be adding these to my cart every week.
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What a brilliant buy! I bought the Tesco Value Snack Assortment because I was on a budget, but didn't really expect them to be very nice. They cost 47p for a 12 pack.
The packaging is plain, just like everything else in the Tesco Value range, but it's the taste that is important!
The assortment pack contains 4x salt and vinegar crunchy sticks, 4x cheese puffs (same type of thing as 'Wotsits') and 4x onion rings. All three are really tasty, but beware the salt and vinegar sticks have loads of vinegar, still pleasant though.
The packs are quite small, 14g-20g and I can eat two bags in one go, but I love my food!! One packet would be enough as a part of your lunch or a quick bite.
salt&vinegar sticks- 102Kcal, saturated fat-0.7g
Cheese Puffs-83Kcal, saturated fat-0.6g
Onion Rings-75Kcal, saturated fat-0.5g
So, as far as I understand, not too bad on the figure!!
Before now I have put a few packets in a serving bowl for friends and they have commented on how nice they are and wanted to know what make they were! My baby daughter also likes them because they melt in her mouth, great so I don't have to worry about them going down the wrong way.
Give them a try just once and I think you will have a nice surprise. Can't go wrong for the price. To be honest,I would still buy them if they were double the price.
I found these crisps in Tesco ages ago but didn't bother buying them again because of the packs being so small, it's a multipack of 12 bags of crisps only they're those puffy maize crisps instead of actual potato crisps. They're made by Tesco Value and cost about 47p, in the pack you get 4 packs of each of onion rings, salt and vinegar sticks and cheese puffs. I started buying them again just after Xmas when I went on my healthy eating kick, I knew I'd never give up crisps completely but thought if I replace my daily couple of bags of Red Sky or Walkers crisps with these then I'd automatically be saving a few calories.
They're not bad for the cheapness of the crisps and they're just like any bag of 10p or 15p maize snacks you'd buy in the shops, the packets are proper naff and my sister won't take them to school in her packed lunch but they taste nice anyway and work out at under 4p a packet. Like I said they're small packs of crisps but for a snack that's fine and if you're starving you can always eat 2 or 3 bags and it will STILL work out cheaper than buying a full sized pack of my normal crisps.
The onion rings are my faves because they've got a yummy flavour. The crisps are quite small and weak tasting but there's something majorly addictive about them and I always eat these ones first. I love onion flavouring in crisps and most onion rings will do for me but these are soooooo nice because the onion flavour isn't madly strong. They don't taste cheap and even though they make a bit of a mess of your fingers with the crumbs that isn't because they're too greasy or anything like that. The only bad thing about this flavour is that usually half of the crisps are broke when you get them home so you kind of end up with onion crescents! lol
The salt and vinegar sticks are Chipstick rip offs and they're quite nice but deffo not as good as other maize sticks I've tried. The flavouring is a bit wrong to me and the taste waaaaaay too strong of malt vinegar but with hardly any salt. I also think these crisps are proper greasy and when you get them they go a bit slimey in your mouth, that's not good because it makes them feel mega sickly to eat and even though I can eat a bag sometimes I try to palm these off on my sisters because I'm not mad keen on them. The main problem is now cheap they taste, that's only an issue with this flavour so I can't think what Tesco have done wrong here.
I kind of like the cheese puffs, cheese crisps aren't faves of mine anyway but these are ok because the flavour isn't mega strong. I mean it's strong but not too sweaty cheese if you see what I mean. They are supposed to taste like Wotsits but I think they've got a better flavour and they don't stain your fingers orange! lol These are my 2 year old sisters fave out of this assortment and she loves them, I have a bag when I'm bored of onion rings and they're not bad and deffo don't taste like the cheapest crisps you've ever seen....... even though they are!!!
Recommended..... mega cheap and for a quick snack who cares that they're not perfect???
I am a cheapskate, and proud of it. I also have something of a weakness for savoury snacks. (Well, for sweet ones too, but that's not the point here.) Put those things together and what you end up with is the Tesco Value Snack Assortment, a product that might have been made for those people who just want to eat *something* and don't much care what it is. They're very popular in my local Tesco, to the extent that when I bought a bag of them the other day it was the very last one remaining on the shelf.
A lot of that has to do with the price: you get 12 bags of snacks for what on the face of it seems a risible outlay of 47p. No, that wasn't a typo: I find it hard to imagine that you can get cheaper anywhere, at least without buying outdated stock from a market stall. They're not *big* bags, mark you: the salt and vinegar sticks weigh 20g, the cheese puffs are 16g and the onion rings a frankly pathetic 14g. (That figure is per bag, incidentally, not - sadly - per individual crisp!)
The outside pack conforms to the usual Tesco Value standards. It's not *quite* as boring now as it was when Dooyoo put up the photo, but there's not much in it: these days you get a large photo showing bowls of each snack. The mostly white colouring associated with the bargain basement is still there, and the inside packs are even duller, with no decoration at all beyond the actual name of the product. This really, really is not something to buy for a children's party, especially given that children often worry more about brand image than adults!
The nutritional value of these things is basically irrelevant. If you're eating them all the time then you're not going to be very healthy, though to be fair that applies to more expensive crisps as well. The smallness of the inside bags helps to keep the numbers reasonably well under control, though: a single bag varies between 75 and 102 kcal, which seems acceptable for a snack, while the fattiest of the three varieties (the cheese puffs) contain what again seems a relatively restrained 4.4g of fat. All the snacks are vegetarian, but they do contain milk, wheat and gluten.
You don't want to spend too long looking at or smelling these snacks, because they don't do particularly well on either count. The cheesy ones are a bit overpowering, but the other two are too far the other way. When it comes to eating them, though, I think the cheese puffs are the best. No, they're hardly genius, but I really don't think they're very different an eating experience from Wotsits. The onion rings are a bit boring, though, and the portion is too small to be satisfying, while the salt and vinegar sticks are the worst of the three, having very little flavour and not really being crisp enough.
If this assortment were being sold at a price even vaguely comparable to other 12-bag multipacks then I would have found it pretty hard to go above one star, since they are simply not in the same league as most branded equivalents. However, their extreme cheapness means that I feel justified in bumping the score up to two. If you do buy these, you won't be in for a glorious gourmet experience. They're junk food, and unlike most crisps these days they feel that way too. But 47p is unmatchable anywhere else, and just occasionally I weaken.
There are some products that I would willingly pay extra for higher quality but there are also many products where the budget alternative is as good as the leading brand and Tesco value snack assortment is one of those.
For just 47p you get 12 bags of snacks which works out at slightly less than 4p a packet which has got to make them the cheapest snacks I have seen. The large blue and white multipack might scream out to passing shoppers that you are either broke or a bit of a cheapskate but who cares what others think.
There are three types of snacks inside the bag:
The onion rings are my favourite and coming in at just 75 calories per serving I can happily munch on a packet with my lunch without feeling guilty. The snacks are made of puffed maize and come in a few different sized circles. The onion flavouring is just right, a nice onion taste without being either overly sweet or bitter and they have a nice crunchy texture.
The salt and vinegar sticks are just like the branded chipsticks you can buy. I don't like them as much as the onion rings, they are nice and crunchy and a bit flaky but the vinegar is a bit tart and very strong, still they make an acceptable savoury snack for just 102 calories.
The third flavour is the cheesy puffs which are meant to be like Wotsits but don't quite live up to the branded product. They are nice and crunchy and have a nice melt in the mouth quality but the cheese flavour is really mild, mind you they are not covered in horrible orange dye like Wotsites and are just 83 calories per pack.
I think Tesco have done really well to bring us a multipack of snacks so cheaply, they are really tasty and the small bags makes them ideal for calorie counters or kids; if you have a bigger appetite just eat two packets instead of one! Older kids probably won't want to take them in their lunchbox because of the Tesco packaging but tip them into a bowl for a kids party and they will happily eat them.
I had a little birthday party for my daughter last week, now we treated her to a day out on her actual birthday so I didn't want to do a big party but I still wanted her to have a few of her good buddies round for the afternoon. She was really excited about the prospect of games and rubbish food that I don't normally let her eat, so I decided to completely indulge for once.
I did my weekly online Tesco shop and included some goodies that I knew she would enjoy, both sweet and savoury. I don't let her eat crisps normally but it I ever do buy them in for a special occasion, I tend to buy Pom Bears, she loves them and they are bad but not too bad. I added them on to my order along with the other goodies and sat back thinking everything was sorted.
The evening before the party my shopping arrived, but I was dissappointed to see that my Pom Bears were not available and instead I had beeen supplied with a substitution. I have found that these tend to always be a little random and this time I had been supllied with this Tesco Value Snack Assortment pack of 12 bags of snacks.
Now I am normally more than happy to try products from the value range but I have to admit I would never have bought these out of choice. The whole pack only cost 48p and contained 4 bags of the following flavours: Salt & Vinegar Sticks, Onion Rings & Cheese Puffs.
I didn't have time to go out and buy an alternative so when it was party time the following day I had use these snacks. I opened one of each of the flavours and tried them to see if they would be suitable for the little ones.
Don't know how else to put this but they were all just really awful, every single thing about these snacks just tasted cheap and tasty. The salt and vinegar ones were plain offensive on the taste buds and had a really strange after taste. The best of a very bad bunch was probably the cheese puffs and these were the only ones I served for the kiddiewinkles but they were still pretty awful.
So to sum up, whilst these are incredibly cheap, they taste awful and I will never buy them again.
Being a huge crisps/snacks fan and having a 3 year old who shares my passion, we get through more than our fair share of different crisp varieties and flavours. When I saw these in Tesco at 47p I thought that despite them being a 'value' product which I don't really buy as a rule, I had very little to lose. I was certainly very impressed and will definitely be buying them again. The cheese puffs were no different to more expensive supermarket own brand puffs and the onion rings I actually preferred to others that I have tried and had to pay more for. I am not a huge salt and vinegar fan but my husband ate the sticks without questioning where they were from (I did not allow him to see the packet to check whether he could taste the difference!).
I think all in all that these are superb value and have been a great find for me as I am currently attempting to reduce my weekly supermarket shopping bill. I am now prepared to try more value branded goods as I was so impressed with 12 packs of crisps for 47p that not only saved me a few pennies but tasted pretty damn good too!
I love crisps and things like that so when I saw this snack assortment priced at 47p for a bag of 12 packets I couldn't resist trying them!
Large white bag with a photograph of the onion rings, salt & vinegar sticks and cheese puffs all sitting in bowls and I'm told they are Tesco 'Value' Snack Assortment and that that are 4 of each flavour in it and that of course as I have pointed out that there are 12 bags and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the bag other information includes ingredients being listed, I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians, a full nutritional rundown is given and contact details for Tesco's are given. Each individual bag is 20g in size and white and blue in colour. Again your told what flavour they are and that they are a Tesco value product and again there is an at a glance nutritional chart on each one and I'm told they are Msg free. On the back of each bag the same information is given that is on the larger outer bag they come in plus allergy advice is given. It's all cheap packaging but it is informative enough!
Salt & Vinegar Crunchy Sticks (x4):
Small bag filled with quite large 'sticks' that are made from maize. Light golden in colour they are rather crunchy and are slightly greasy meaning your fingers get coated in maize. The taste of these is overwhelming in my opinion. Really highly flavoured with rather sour vinegar and alot of salt I found these to be vile and really cheap tasting. They are messy to eat, flaking everywhere before melting to mush in the mouth. Not one bit nice at all these and they leave a slightly sour tinny bitter after-taste too.
Cheese Puffs (x4):
Again these cheesy puffs are made from maize and they are bright yellow in colour and look like watsits. Messy to eat due to the amount of colouring these contain they smell of rotten socks and taste like powdery cheese. These really made me thirsty and were too highly flavoured for me once again. Cheap snacks, messy to eat and really faked in flavour I left these uneaten after eating a couple as they tasted rather dry!
Onion Rings (x4):
Open the bag and your met with a really big onion smell. Again like the other snacks in this selection they are made from maize and these one's are a bright orange colour and a ring in shape and sort of bubbly textured. Taste wise they are onion flavoured in a really heavy way and are really, really salty. Out of all the snacks I found these the most bearable to consume but they make your breath stink and your hands a a weird orange colour due to the flavouring going everywhere and after eating a few of them your mouth gets coated in bits and grease.
A cheap snack selection that do nothing for me at all. They are what they are and that's cheap but me... I would never buy these again or offer them to anybody! I'm shocked so many reviewers like them cos to me this is a cheap 'Value' product at it's very worst and the price for 12 bags of snacks reflect that!
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The Tesco Value range is generally excellent in my opinion and one gem I have recently discovered is this multi-pack of crisps which is priced at just 48p for twelve bags.
In the multi-pack you get four of each Onion Rings, Salt & Vinegar Crunchy Sticks and Cheese Puffs. The packaging has the typical Tesco Value dullness, which is a little unfortunate really as I'm sure many children will refuse to take these crisps to school in their lunchbox simply because they don't want to be seen as the 'kid who eats Value stuff'!
I first found these on the day of my granddaughter's second birthday party in June, I was out shopping when my daughter texted me to say to pick up some crisps as she had forgotten them while buying the rest of the party food. After popping some Tyrell's crisps into the trolley for the adults I happened to see the Snack Assortment and thought they might be nice poured into bowls for the younger guests.
All the crisps are maize snacks, which means they are not actually crisps at all, and practically identical to their more expensive counterparts. They went down a treat at the party and since then I have continued to buy them for my granddaughters' as the two year old especially much prefers these types of crisps to the sharper and harder texture of normal potato crisps.
The Cheese Puffs are very cheesy in flavour, they are not unlike Wotsits although have a slightly more toned down flavour which makes them appeal much more to everyone including adults. They are the bright orange colour that I have come to expect from such snacks and smell foul, even if they do taste very nice! The flavour is nicely rounded and seems to infuse each crisp rather than just sitting on top of it as happens with some of the cheaper cheese crisps.
My personal favourites are the Onion Rings as these are absolutely as good as the packets I regularly buy from my local shop which are almost the same price as this whole multi-pack. They have a tangy and delicious onion flavour which makes my mouth water as soon as I open the packet, I love the fact that the powder flavouring is so thick on these snacks as I like to suck it all from the crisp before munching the onion ring itself.
The Salt & Vinegar Sticks are a little too strongly flavoured for me, although other people tend to like this particular flavour so this is purely down to personal taste. In my opinion Tesco haven't quite gotten the balance of salt and vinegar right here as the vinegar is definitely the overwhelming flavour and it's so strong that these snacks made my eyes water and turned my little granddaughter's lips quite blue!
Overall I simply don't think you can fault these snacks for the price of them. These types of maize snacks will usually cost you between 20p and 35p a packet when bought individually so to be able to buy twelve bags (albeit in very cheap packaging) for less than 50p is a complete and utter bargain in my opinion.
I don't have any to hand but I would guess that each packet of crisps is somewhere around the 20g weight, although these crisps do weigh very light so you seem to get so much more than, say, Walkers or KP crisps. They come in at between 75 and 102 calories a packet and the fat content isn't too bad for any of the flavours either.
I completely recommend them.
This snack assortment contains 4 packs each of popular snack crisps salt and vinegar sticks, cheese puffs and onion rings (my favourite).
At 48p for 12 bags (4p each), you couldn't get much cheaper. Though this does show in the quality of the product, these are obviously not meant as a gourmet product, and are instead perfect for kids' parties, bbqs, watching films and other events where people are less concerned about the perfect crisp and more about the whole experience.
The bags are are small, very light and not particularly full. All of the styles of snacks have a light and starchy texture. The flavours are general good, with sour and salty salt and vinegar sticks, slightly sweet oniony onion rings and powdery cheese puffs with a reasonably strong cheese flavour.
Nutritionally, these crisps are obviously lacking any of the "no additives, low fat, sunflower oil" slogans plastered over many crisp packets nowadays, but many of these claims are often deceptive anyway. I would also suggest that crisps are not eaten as a health food, but instead as an occasional snack, so these crisps do not pretend to be anything they are not. The same applies to the simple packaging (now updated from this image, however).
Environmentally, these crisps have too much plastic packaging because the individual bag sizes are so small.
These crisps are recommended for mums on a tight budget to give their kids (who often have a less discerning palate when it comes to many foods) an occasional treat.
In order to save a little money, over the past few months I have started taking a packed lunch to work rather than buying sandwiches in town at lunchtime. I have to say it has saved me a lot of money so far but I am always looking for ways to save a bit more. I have also started shopping online and found Tesco to be very reasonable on price but still good quality. Having tried a few of their other Value products, I decided to try the snack assortment.
PRICE: At 48p, this pack is an absolute bargain. To put this price into context, a 12 packet Walkers Variety pack costs £2.28 from Tesco - over four times as expensive!
PACKAGING: The packaging of the larger bag is similar to those inside it. Each bag is white with a blue strip across it with the name of the product printed in white on top of this. In the top left corner, it bears the 'Tesco Value' logo in blue and red. The bottom right corner of the packet shows thr content in terms of calories, sugar, fat, saturates and salt so it is clear to see what you are getting. Each bag is 14g which looks quite small but for me is just the right amount. Unlike Walkers crisps, each bag is actually quite full so they make a very good addition to a packed lunch without leaving you feeling stuffed.
CHEESE PUFFS: These are like Wotsits but, in my opinion, better! They are not as overpoweringly cheesy as Wotsits but still have a nice flavour. They are crunchy and not greasy. The amount you get in a pack is just right. As they don't have as much flavouring on them as Wotsits, you also don't get orange fingers with these!
SALT N VINEGAR CRUNCHY STICKS: These are like Smith's Chipsticks but are a bit thinner and not quite so crunchy. Again, you get a good bagful of these, more than enough to fill you up. They are a little too vinegar-y for my liking but still have a good taste and texture.
ONION RINGS: These are my favourites. When you open the bag, you get quite an overpowering onion smell but fortunately the snack itself isn't so strongly flavoured. They are not greasy and are nice and crunchy with a lovely taste. I would advise that you have a packet of mints close at hand after eating these though!
VERDICT: Very good value for money, Tesco Value Snack Assortment is perfect for a packed lunch. I prefer having these to regular crisps as they are not so samey and have a lot of flavour rather than all just tasting of salt. Since buying my first pack of these, I have added it to my regular shopping list. One multipack lasts me about two weeks, which for 48p is pretty amazing really!
I love crisps and savoury snacks in general but am aware that I probably eat too much of them. I can often be found raking around in my sweetie cupboard looking for a little bag of savoury yumminess to satisfy my craving.
Whilst I enjoy 'normal' potato crisps from time to time, I find that I can often get a bit bored with them after a while. With this in mind, I regularly buy a variety of snacks such as Walkers Hula Hoops, Quavers, Wotsits and so on.
It was whilst I was perusing the aisle containing snacks such as these in my local Tesco supermarket recently that my eye caught the Tesco 'Value' bag of assorted snacks. Intrigued as I hadn't noticed it before, I grabbed it off the shelf for a closer look.
I noticed that it contained three varieties of snack - cheese 'puffs' (similar to wotsits), onion rings and salt and vinegar crunchy sticks - similar to chipsticks.
I considered buying it for a trial, but was concerned over the quality of the snacks as it was a value product. After noticing the price though - 48 pence - I concluded that for that price it was most definitely worth a bash, and if I wasn't too impressed with the quality then I hadn't lost much!
My fiancé and I had the opportunity to sample the assorted snacks that same evening, as we were settling down to watch a movie with a bottle of wine. As we often do, I served up a few bowls of these snacks within easy reach so that we could enjoy our movie with a few nibbles to snack on.
The first variety that I chose to open from the multipack was the cheese puffs. I noticed upon opening the bags that there was not a huge amount contained within, but for the price I paid, I was not overly disappointed. Pouring two packets into a bowl, I thought they looked appetising enough and they certainly had a nice bright orange colour, and the cheesy smell was so appetising that I HAD to pop one into my mouth before I served up the bowl. ;-)
The cheese flavour was very tasty, though quite different from 'proper' wotsits. I would say that it was not as intense, but was in no way unpleasant nor was it overpowering. The texture was similar to that of a wotsit, very light and crunchy, but perhaps a bit softer.
Impressed thus far, I opted to carry out the same practice with two bags of the onion ring snacks, and poured them into another bowl.
Choosing again to pop one into my mouth to taste it, I noticed immediately that these were much crunchier than the cheese puffs. Not too crunchy for my tastes, and I found the texture to be quite crisp and very satisfying.
The oniony smell coming from the bowl was quite strong, and I found this to be true also of the flavour. Not overpowering, but the smell was most definitely not subtle.
We quite happily munched our way through the two varieties of snack I had chosen from the multi-pack. My partner commented that the onion rings were quite false-tasting but I personally find that most onion-flavoured crisps fall into this category and I actually really enjoyed them.
The salt and vinegar crunchy sticks of course were not sampled by us at the same time as the other varieties although I can honestly say that the multi-pack of crisps has long gone and it passed my little 'test' with flying colours!
The salt and vinegar sticks are my favourite option from the multi-pack. They are similar to 'Smith's Chipsticks' in the sense that they are little yellow 'finger' shaped snacks and are quite crunchy with a 'flaky' texture to them. This means that they are quite messy to eat, although I personally do not find this to be off-putting in the slightest.
The salt and vinegar flavouring to these is something I was quite pleasantly surprised at. I did not expect them to be of the good quality that they are and I also thought that the flavour was much stronger and better than I thought it was going to be. They are quite strongly flavoured (although not as much as the Smith's Chipsticks) and I can always feel my mouth watering as soon as I open the packet!
All in all I was impressed with all three varieties of crisps from the multi-pack and find these little snacks are great when it comes to my partner taking his lunch to work with him, or if I fancy a little snack during the day. I would also say that they would be great for kid's lunchboxes or kid's parties.
The multi-pack contains 12 packets of crisps, so four of each variety which I think is fantastic value considering the multi-pack costs under 50p! The packaging is quite basic as you would expect with a 'Tesco Value' product but this personally doesn't bother me.
The front of the packaging proudly states that the snack assortment contains no artificial flavours, colours or MSG. I was surprised in respect of the artificial flavours, considering the strong taste and flavouring the snacks have. There is also specific allergy information so that you can make an informed choice if you suffer from food allergies, and the back of the packaging informs me that these snacks are suitable for vegetarians.
There is nutritional information listed individually for each variety of snack, but I won't list it all here. What I can tell you is that each of the bags contains just over 500 calories per 100g.
When I opened the outer bag for the first time, I wasn't at all surprised to note that the bags contained in the multi-pack were not particularly big, if compared to your usual bag of crisps. I didn't expect them to be though, given the price of the product.
The salt and vinegar crunchy sticks weigh a little more than the other two varieties, and are still only 20g in weight, so that will hopefully give you an idea of the size of bag we are dealing with here.
That said though, I still feel that they offer fantastic value for money and am going to award them five stars. A fantastic product offering great quality and superb value... Full marks and highly recommended from me! :-D