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I was recommened these crisps by another slimming world member as these crisps are low in fat and low in slimming world syns. There is 70% less fat in these crisps than standard King crisps.
I brought a bag of 6 packets of crisps for £1 in the pound shop, Asda sell them at £1.58 for 6 packets (They have had offers on two bags of 6 crisps for £2. Tesco has them at £1.29 at this current time.
These crisps have an exotic taste about them and are very light on the tounge and melts sofly, they have a nice texture. The crisps are very strong in taste you can especially taste the sping onion. These are my favourite crisps, i also like the thai sweet chilli flavour. My teenage children also love these crisps too and they really do not last very long in our house.
These crisps are suitable for vegatarians.
Tapioca Flour , Cassava , Sugar , Sunflower Oil , Cheese & Onion Flavour (Whey Protein*, Flavour Enhancers E621, E635, Paprika, Herbs, Cheese Powder*, Colour; Turmeric , Flavourings) , *Source of Dairy Ingredients .
Contains Dairy. May contain traces of Wheat (Gluten).
I personally store mine in a box in my kitchen cupboard, it is recommended you store them in a cool dry place away from sun light.
I'm back on a diet... yes again but my biggest downfall is crisps. I love crisps. So whilst in Poundland last week I came across these ~ Velvet Crunch.
Velvet Crunch are a cheddar cheese and spring onion flavour savoury snack. They have just 83 calories per pack and have 70% less fat than standard crisps. I paid £1 for a mutipack of 6.
Upon reading the packet I was surprised that not only are they not potato but not rice cake either but Cassava, now until I got home I had no idea what cassava was so I googled it.
Description of the Cassava plant for those who don't know (taken from wiki) ~
The cassava root is long and tapered, with a firm, homogeneous flesh encased in a detachable rind, about 1mm thick, rough and brown on the outside. Commercial varieties can be 5 to 10 cm in diameter at the top, and around 15 cm to 30 cm long. A woody cordon runs along the root's axis. The flesh can be chalk-white or yellowish. Cassava roots are very rich in starch, and contain significant amounts of calcium (50 mg/100g), phosphorus (40 mg/100g) and vitamin C (25 mg/100g). However, they are poor in protein and other nutrients. In contrast, cassava leaves are a good source of protein, and are rich in the amino acid lysine, though deficient in methionine and possibly tryptophan.
Cassava is the third-largest source of carbohydrates for meals in the world.
It's very much like a potato but it isn't...!
So back to the Velvet Crunch.
With them being so low in fat and calories I will be honest and tell you I wasn't expecting much! I was pretty much expecting cardboard type crisps that would be disappointing!
How wrong was I?? Very. These are bubbly delicious snacks that have a strong flavour, they melt in my mouth and are very morish.
The packet is even attractive looking with it's white base colour and purples and greens across the front, the 20g packets are in the same design as the outer multipack wrapper.
Don't be put off by them not being potato or rice cakes as Cassava is the way to go for a healthy crispy type snack!
I bought Velvet Crunch while they were on offer. I had never tried them before and was slightly dubious about them; however it was two multipacks for a pound so I thought I'd give it a go! It was certainly worth it because now my whole family is hooked. Although they are still a snack food and not as healthy as say, an apple, I feel that in moving away from eating full fat crisps, we are all making a slightly healthier chice shich will be better for us in general. It's not ground breaking but for something which could be deemed as "diet food" these little guys have been fully accepted into our collective family stomach!
~~~ Package ~~~
Velvet Crunch come in a pack of six and the packaging is supposed to reflect a nice, clean, healthy lifestyle with green bamboo and lilys on the front as well as an image of the snacks. The bag states in large green letters that they have 70% less fat but do not compromise on taste. It also states that there are only 83 calories per pack.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
Velvet Crunch are Cassava snacks. The back of the packet informs us that cassava is a Brazilian plant which is part of the staple diet of hundreds of people.
The main ingredients in the snacks are tapioca flour, cassava and sugar. They are suitable for vegetarians, but contain dairy and cannot guarantee that they are gluten free as they are made in a factory which handles wheat.
~~~ Texture ~~~
At first glance, these little snacks look like rice cakes, they are round and bumpy, and a very pale cream colour. They feel very light and dry to the touch with the chosen flavouring being given away either by the little green herby looking sprinkles on the cheese and onion flavour, or by the red bits on the chilli flavour.
They are of a similar texture to Skips or Quavers... infact, if you crossed Skips with Quavers, you would probably hit on this exact texture. They are light and almost bubbly, crispy and they melt in the mouth. They remind me also, of the consistency of prawn crackers, although prawn crackers are more uniform in texture where these are bumpy and lumpy.
~~~ Taste ~~~
Velvet Crunch taste slightly different to your run of the mill crisps and snacks. These are the cheese and spring onion flavour, however, the same goes for the chilli flavour... they are almost sweet. There is definitely a sweetness which you notice as soon as you bite into one. What follows is the savoury, slightly salty flavour of the flavouring - in this case cheddar cheese and spring onion. They do taste a little bit unusual; however, on the whole I'd say that they are quite addictive.
They are great if you fancy a snack and although I say the are sweet in a way, if you want crisps or something salty these certainly fulfil that craving!
When you first try these snacks you think they taste a little odd, and they do. However, by the time you have finished the 20g (this doesn't sound much but the snacks weigh nest to nothing) bag, you will be addicted! They are definitely a savoury snack, although there is that odd bit of sweetness there. They're a great substitute for other crisps which would have around double the calorie content! The only drawback is the cost - they are about £1.80 for a 6 pack, although this doesn't sound very much, when you consider that you can get a bigger multipack of other kinds of crisps for a similar price or less, they do seem a little pricey. Really snacks which are healthier choices can often tend to be more expensive. This really goes against the logic of wanting people to make healthier choices, however, this is another arguement for another day!
Taste delicious if a little "different" but on the whole a really tasty, low calorie snack!
I always watch what I eat so was pleased when I noticed a new product appear on the shelves of my local Tesco, in the shape of these Velvet Crunch snacks.
~ What are they? ~
Velvet crunch are a cheddar cheese and spring onion flavoured snack, similar in my opinion to rice cakes only thinner and smaller.
They are made from the Brazilian Cassava plant - something I had not heard of before trying these!
~ The Packaging ~
These crisp like snacks come in a multipack of 6 individually wrapped 20g bags. I personally think the colours and images on the packaging are quite attractive, at least it must have been for me to notice these on the shelves next to other crisp products!
Each bag is foil wrapped to keep the snacks fresh, and can be easily opened at the top of the bag.
~ Price and Availability ~
As I have mentioned I bought these in Tesco however they are available in most other supermarkets. As far as I am aware they are only available in the cheddar cheese and spring onion flavour in the UK, but other flavours are available elsewhere.
For a mulitpack of 6 bags I paid £1.49, working out to only £0.25 a bag. They are also available for a similar price with other leading supermarkets.
~ Nutritional Values ~
Each 20g bag contains
Calories 83 kcals
Of which saturates 0.2g
They are suitable for vegetarians.
On comparison to standard crisps these are a lot better for you, having approximately 70% less fat.
~ My Opinion ~
When I first opened the bag I was surprised to find that there was a really good quantity of these snacks, with the bag around ¾ full.
Each of the crisp like snacks is round in shape very similar to rice cakes, however they are thinner and a lot easier to break into pieces. You can see bumps and air pockets in each little crisp giving them a light appearance. The crisps are a golden colour speckled with little green dots representing the spring onion flavouring.
Upon first opening the bag I was instantly hit by a gorgeously sweet smell of cheese, however it wasn't too overpowering that you would be put off trying the snack.
I found they actually did taste like cheese and onion, but they were quite a lot sweeter compared to standard cheese and onion flavoured crisps. The flavour is much more defined and almost elite, it is definitely in a league above the others.
Each individual crisp was crunchy to bite but then it soon became soft giving you a melt in the mouth experience.
Overall I was really impressed with these snacks and will definitely be buying them again. They are unusual in being made from a Brazilian plant but are well worth a try. I give them 5 stars!
This review may also appear on Ciao under the same name.
Recently I've been attempting to eat healthily on slimming world . I was really missing my savoury snacks, so I was happy to see these crisps in my local Sainsburysm my attention drawn to the info on the bag telling me that a bag of these was 83 calories .
After looking at the bag a little more closely , I noticed something else - these were made from cassava, not potato. Cassava is a plant with an edible root and leaves, and the root is used to make tapioca. The plant is used in a similar way to potato, and is similar nutritionally except that it contains twice the fibre and more pottasium .
I'm all for trying something new, so was not at all put off by the fact these are made with Cassava. The Cheddar Cheese and Spring Onion flavour really appealed to me, so I popped a six pack into my basket, ready to munch when I got home .
Opening the packet, I was greeted by oots of round, circular disks, pale in colour and rather nobbly in texture. The disks were powdery to the touch, and speckled with tiny green flecks of spring onion. Biting into one, it was crunchy and light, melting on the tongue, with a slight fizzy feel . The flavour was lovely - strong without being overpowering, with a rich deep cheesy flavour undercut with the sharp tang of onion.
These were fabulous, and the nutritional information was positive reading too - 83 calories a bag, with 1.9g of fat . Nothing too scary, and they are suitable for vegetarians too .
So impressed was I with these that I contacted the company that makes these . Though it says King on the packet, these are actually made by Tayto, a very large crisp company in Ireland . I sent an email asking if they had other flavours available , and they replied that they did, although these flavours were not currently available in UK supermarkets. They happily agreed to send me a sample of each flavour - and a week later I was greeted with a massive box of crisps . 45 packets to sample in each of the three flavourwaves - Cassave with cheddar and spring onion, Cassave with Thai Sweet Chilli, and Sweet Potato with Salt and Vinegar . I can only say that when the other two flavours finally do reach UK supermarkets, we're in for a treat .
I heartily recommend these snacks - light, crunchy, tasty, and not too horrendous to eat if you are on a diet . 5 stars!
I bought these new 'Velvet Crunch' snacks from the King brand as a healthier alternative to a packet of crisps and they really hit the spot.
Apparantly the reason why they are so healthy is because they are made from the Brazillian Cassava plant- a low carb alternative to a potato- Very exotic!
Priced at a very reasonable £1.26 for 6 packets, you really can't go wrong!
One of the best selling points of these great snacks is the low calorie and fat content per bag. (83 Kcal, 2g Fat(0.2 Sat Fat), 0.4g salt). If you follow the weight watcher points scheme then it will only cost you 1 point!
Although these snacks are suitable for vegetarians they unfortunately do contain dairy and wheat gluten.
Now on to the important bit.... THE TASTE! Let me assure you there is abosolutely no comprimise even though they are a healthier option!They are deliciously light and melt in your mouth but still have a nice crisp to them and they are bursting with flavour. I can only really describe them as a cross between a snack a jack and a crisp!
Unfortunately at the moment they are only available in one flavour- chedder cheese and spring onion flavour but I can't wait for more flavours to come!!
When I was on a diet I got very bored of the crisps I could eat, I am a massive fan of crisps and tended to find that all those that I could eat were very plain and boring. When shopping in my local tesco I spotted a multipack of these priced at £1.59 for 6 packets. They are quite pricy for 6 bags of crisps but still cheaper than Weight Watchers so I chucked a bag in the trolly.
As you can see from the picture the bag of these is predominantly white with purple writing, there is a large King Crisps logo in the corner and a large picture of the product. Each packet I found to be of a very reasonable size and weighed in at 20g.
On first appearences these crisps look very similar to rice cakes but I am told on the back of the packet that they are actually made from Cassava, a low fat alternative to potato. Each crisp is just over an inch wide and they are a light golden colour specked with green flecks which I can only believe to be the onion. They taste much more mellow than a number of cheese and onion crisps on todays market. If anything, I believe them to taste slightly more like cheese and chive. The flavouring is obvious but is not overpowering and each crisp is coated well with flavour. They do leave a slight aftertaste in your mouth.
Each packet of these contains 83 calories and 2 grams of fat (0.2g which saturates), this makes them 1 point on the Weight Watchers programme. I would buy these again as I do enjoy the taste however I find myself going off these every now and again due to there only being one flavour available. They are good however for those on a diet as they are light and will both satisfy a hunger pang and a taste for crisps.