“ Brand: Tyrrells Salt / Type: Crisps „
I'm generally a big fan of Tyrrell's crisps, which are a 'gourmet' type of product (this is reflected in the company's ethos and the venues the things are generally sold at, as well as the price) made from thick-cut slices of potato deep-fried in sunflower oil. The crisps themselves are good and crunchy with an excellent texture and the product is available in various sizes of bag from a 'small' 80g version (usually selling for about 70p) to larger 150g (these usually cost about the £1.50 mark) and 'family-sized' individual bags. Until recently the only flavours of Tyrrell's crisps I'd been aware of were slight variations on the usual themes of regular ready-salted, salt and vinegar, and cheese and onion, but it seems from the Tyrell's website that lately they have been branching out into weird and wonderful concoctions rarely seen as flavourings for high-end potato crisps: chicken and tarragon, summer barbecue, etc.
When I saw the Pork & Bramley Apple flavour recently at our local farm shop, it seemed like something I'd probably enjoy. Unfortunately, though the potato crisps were up to Tyrrell's usual high standard, the flavouring that had been put on them I thought was something awful - it was a horrible fake-meat tasting, very salty powder with an added overly-strong sweet taste (that would be the 'apple' element). Looking at the ingredients on the back of the packet, it seems that these pork flavoured crisps are suitable for vegetarians: the flavouring is a delicious blend of powdered whey, dried onion, powdered apple, yeast extract and the like. This would certainly account for the unfortunate taste the crisps have got; they seemed terribly over-seasoned to me.
100g of the crisps (so slightly over the 80g you get in the 'small' size of bag) gives you just under 520 calories, but only 0.5g of sodium, which, given how salty the crisps seemed to me, seems astonishingly little in fact. There's a high level of fat in the crisps - at 33g per 100g, but these are potato crisps after all, so what do you expect.
I quite like the overall design of Tyrrell's crisp bags, but on closer inspection, you see that some of the more esoteric flavours at least are adorned with black-and-white 1930s style photographs of - well, what seem to me to be unfortunately too-wholesomely-twee sorts of subjects; a Marcel-waved WI type carrying a piglet in an old-fashioned open-topped car in the case of the pork and apple flavour, for example. I'm all for 'celebrating Britishness' - but does the clock for this sort of subject always have to stop sometime around Victory in Europe Day? Things have happened in this country since the 1940s, you know. So I did think the red, white and blue bunting decorating the crisp packet (part of a 'something something British' promotion / competition Tyrrells are currently running via their website) was also a bit much.
Though I like Tyrrell's products in general, unfortunately I didn't like this flavour of crisp at all.
I absolutely love pork & apple sauce and it has got to me one of my favourite meals with the roast potatoes and gravy *drools*. Anyway I really do love pork and it is my favourite meat but when you eat it with apple sauce it just taste sooo good. So when I saw these crisps on offer in Sainsbury's for £1 a pack I picked up a couple straight away because they really appealed to me.
[Even writing this review is making me want to eat some! Thanks god it's pork for dinner!!]
The good thing about these crisps is that they are really thick, kind of like McCoys so you really feel like your having a mouthful when you bite into them and a packet actually fills me up. Tyrells also grows the potatoes the use for these "chips" on their own farms so they are making these crisps every step of the way so when they say there isnt any gluten in these I assume they must know what they are talking about.
As soon as I opened the packet I was greeted with an absolutely amazing smell like real Sunday Roast and it really did smell exactly like pork. I know it sounds really stupid but it smelt really fresh and not fake or artificial at all. Now in my experience if something smells that good it's probably going to taste pretty amazing too right?!
As soon as I took a bite out of my first "chip" I could really taste the meat flavour and I must say it was absolutely gorgeous and with only a subtle hint of the apple sauce flavour. Personally I liked it that way because I didnt want the apple to overpower the taste of pork and I think the got the taste ratio just right. Needless to say after that first crisp it only took me about 30 seconds to finish the rest of the bag off because they were really yummy.
I didnt think that Tyrells could pack all the lovely flavours of proper "Cracklingly Good Pork with Bramley Apple Sauce" but somehow the managed it and made it taste delicious.
Total Weight: 40 gr
kCalories 197 9.85%
Protein 3.10 grams 4.13%
Carbohydrates 23.60 grams 8.05% of which Sugars 0.80 grams 1.1%
Fat 10.20 grams 15.45% of which Saturated 0.90 grams 4.09%
Fibre 1.00 grams
Sodium 0.08 grams
I dont think those values are as bad as some crisps from other brands but I would suggest having them as a treat [if you can] every once in a while.
If you love fresh pork and apple sauce on a Sunday this is like that but in a bag! Honestly I cant believe how alike the flavours are to the proper meal and I have no idea how Tyrells did it but they must be genius'. I highly recommend that people try these chips because you will not be disappointed and this flavour has inspired me to try some of the other Tyrell flavours. Highly recommended.
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With a price mark of around 60p per bag, Tyrrells are not the cheapest crisps (potato chips), but, in my opinion, they are certainly the nicest and are definitely worth the price tag. Also, the bags are usually two-thirds full and so you get a lot of crisps (unlike some of the other brands of crisps).
Tyrrells "potato chips" are premium crisps (hence the price tag) and are thick cut, unlike brands such as Walkers and Golden Wonder which seem to get thinner each time I have a bag! The potatoes which make these crisps are grown on the Tyrrells Court Farm in Herefordshire, so Tyrrells are in total control over the crisps, from 'seed to chip'.
The Pork & Apple flavoured crisps are a new flavour for Tyrrells, so when I saw them in the local supermarket I just had to grab a bag or three. The crisp bag is a greeny-gold and cream colour with a black & white photo of a woman in a car with a pig! It also has the tag line of "Cracklingly Good Pork with Bramley Apple Sauce". This flavour is part of Tyrrells "Great Britain" promotion, along with other classic British flavours such as Welsh Rarebit and Beef Wellington.
Opening the bag of crisps, I was greeted with what I would describe as a roast pork dinner smell, so far so good! Putting a couple of Pork & Apple flavoured Tyrrells crisps in my mouth, I discovered that they pretty much taste like a roast pork dinner too! I think there's more pork than apple, in fact I think there's only a slight hint of apple, but that's pretty much how it should be. There's no doubt about it... these crisps taste great!
Tyrrells Pork & Apple Potato Chips contain no artificial or GM products, and are gluten free and trans fat free. As I said before, they cost around the 60p mark for a 40g (approx.) bag. On the front of each bag, the potato variety is noted (my bag of crisps was made from Lady Rosetta potatoes) along with the best before date. The bags currently advertise a "What puts the 'Great' in Great Britain for you?" monthly competition, which goes well with their new range of flavours.
Would I recommend these crisps? Definitely! Tyrrells are my favourite premium brand crisps and I'll certainly be buying more of this flavour (I've already gone through a couple of bags of them in the past 3 evenings).