“ Brand: Tyrell's / Type: Crisps „
When it comes to crisps I love them! I am a Doritos fan at the moment but when I was peckish one afternoon when out with my flat mate and we stopped at a garage and I needed a crispy delight fix they didn't have anything but Tyrrell's crisps in stock and looking a nice packet and knowing I'm rather partial to anything BBQ flavoured at a whopping 59p a packet I bought them and had high hopes for them being fabulous!
40g foil lined bag which is cream and a mustard colour on the outside with an old fashioned black and white photograph on there and I am told that they are Tyrrell's Summer Barbecue and the potato's used are called Lady Claire, the best before date is clearly stamped on and the size is stated (as I've listed already). On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and nutritional information is given and contact details for Tyrrells are stated. It's a very classy, grown up bag this and very informative too!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Packet:
Our barbecue chips were created with the British sumer in mind. Perfect for keeping spirits high when your barbecue has blown into next doors garden.
No artificial of GM products
Suitable for Vegans
Trans fat free
Well I opened the bag to be greeted as what as I identify as a BBQ aroma I could smell paprika and various spices along with a hint of a garlic fragrance and in appearance the crisps looked smooth, rather thick, and were evenly coated in pink/red flavouring which of course is the paprika that they are sprinkled with.
Taste wise well.... they were hard. I mean really hard and brittle. No crunching just a snapping and I found them hard to eat. The flavouring went all over my fingers and made me feel grubby and flavour-wise the crisps were sweet and not all that strongly flavoured all in all. Sure they tasted reminiscent of barbecue but not really all that full on flavour as I had expected.
Never usually do I leave crisps and not eat them, but these tired my mouth and I found them heavy going. The only positive thing I can say is that I feel that they are a good quality 'posh' crisps and not one bit greasy and look nice enough but I'm not keen anyway!
Nutritional Information Per 40g Bag:
of which sugars: 12g
Total fat: 9.9g
of which saturated: 09g
Available in all good supermarkets etc, in different sized bags and flavours too!
Another day, another bag of bbq crisps in mine and my mate's search for the perfect bbq crisps. I found these Summer BBQ crisps in the bargain basket in Spar, a big 150g bag that had been reduced to 55p. The full price would have been £1.59 and that's still not bad for a bag of crisps of that size so I'd have brought them anyway, actually I don't know why they were reduced because they were still well in date and the bag wasn't damaged or anything.
You know what, I do know why they were reduced and that because they are crap! Proper nasty crisps, and it's not like me to diss any crisps because I love them!
They've got a mad flavour and is nothing like bbq at all. It's more of a curry taste that tastes a bit salty, there's a bit of a meaty flavour in the crisps and also I think they taste a bit like chicken as well. They're dead spicy as well, I'm not mad keen on hot crisps and wasn't expecting this from a packet of bbq because I've never tasted bbq crisps with all that spice on them. They were too hot for me to enjoy and I only had a few before I sealed the bag back up for my mate to try. She loved them because she like chilli flavours and stuff like that but she did say that even though they were good crisps they weren't bbq at all.
They haven't got any smokey flavour like bbq crisps should have and when you lick the flavouring off the crisp it's got the taste of curry powder and is very peppery. I liked the texture of them because they're a bit like Kettle Chips but not as thick, I liked how a few of the crisps had stuck together because that made them chunkier and a proper mouthful.
I don't see what all the hype's about with Tyrells, people think they're posh when they eat them but Tyrells must be having a right laugh by selling these manky crisps at the same price as a much tastier packet of Kettle Chips!
I do like BBQ flavoured crisps so when I saw Tyrell's have brought out a new flavour, Summer Barbecue, I had to buy a bag to try despite the hefty 65p price tag for a normal sized packet of crisps. I settled down with a film last night and got my crisps out of the cupboard to munch on as my granddaughters' devoured umpteen tubes of Pringles.
The aroma when I opened the packet was rather spicier than I had imagined it would be, there isn't much in the way of sweet BBQ hitting my nostrils but then I reasoned that crisps very rarely smell like what they are supposed to taste like so I proceeded to eat one.
Each crisp is somewhat larger than I'd expect from, say, Walkers, and the crisps are much more liberally coated in flavouring which gives these specific crisps a reddish, almost pink hue. They look very appetising and I couldn't wait to taste the BBQ seasoning as I must admit the crisps did look very promising after I'd tipped them into a bowl.
They're strange though. Tyrell's have jumped on the bandwagon of making incredibly hard crisps that snap with a *crunch* rather than a *crisp*, straight away I lost interest as a recent bag of Kettle crisps (another very hard brand) almost caused me to lose one of the very few teeth I can still call my own so I knew I'd have to be careful with these. They also don't taste of BBQ at all to me. They have been heavily seasoned which would have been fine if they had stuck to the BBQ flavouring I had been expecting; but no, Tyrell's have decided that they are actually too posh to deliver what they advertise and instead of a rich and warm BBQ flavouring they have simply made these spicy.
There is a distinct curry flavour to the crisps and they have been spiced up to the point of them making my mouth sore as I ate them. I can detect rather a lot of Cajun seasoning in there, although this isn't referred to on the ingredients list so perhaps the combination of spices have just given the impression of Cajun. I couldn't eat the whole packet as they made me feel sick after around half of them, and I don't mean a little queasiness - eventually I felt as though if I had eaten another one crisp I would have been sick. This is partly because of the growing spiciness of the crisps, but also because they have an odd underlying sweetness that is only really obvious once you've eaten a few crisps.
The crisps are not greasy in the slightest, they actually have a very pleasing texture despite the fact that they are too hard for my liking. They are lighter than I had originally thought they would be and this strange flavour has certainly not put me off trying other crisps in the Tyrell's range, to be completely fair to the brand I suppose just because one person doesn't like the flavour it doesn't mean that no-one else should. Personally these were far too spicy for my tastes and totally unlike any BBQ flavoured snacks I've eaten in the past, in fact there is nothing BBQ about them in my opinion.
A 40g bag contains 192 calories and 9.9g of fat, which is a huge amount considering the fact that these crisps are non-greasy in flavour and texture. If you want to try a packet then please be aware that this is a special edition flavour and only available between the months of April and October, although I personally won't miss them when they disappear as I think I'll stick to BBQ Pringles next time!