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I'd never heard of Pitta Crisps until I bought some yesterday from Home Bargains. I still hadn't heard of them as I was eating them until I had a quick look at the pack and saw my mistake.......
They were a six pack of what I thought were posh looking salt and vinegar crisps for 69p. I didn't even notice the brand 'Warburtons' just saw 'sea salt and malt vinegar Escapes 100 calories per bag'.
The bags only contain 24g of pitta's which is about average for multi pack crisps, 100 calories is slightly less than normal potato crisps. They also boast natural flavours and are made with sunflower oil.
These are baked/ dried triangles of pitta bread, quite a lot of them are broken up in the bag. They are each well covered in flavour, very malt vinegary but not too strong. You can however still taste the pitta bread underneath all the flavour. Despite being baked they aren't dry- surprisingly.
I didn't like them at first infact I nearly gave up on them, but they are strangely moreish. They have a nice crunchy texture though unusual for me. None are burnt, too crispy or hard, you'd think dried pitta bread would be hard and sharp (like when I over heat whole pitta's under the grill), but they're not, they are very easy to eat. They're very similar to Tortilla chips- in shape and texture rather than taste- therefore I think these would go nice with dips or salsa.
Looking them up online I see they do other flavours and sizes- Chilli Jack and also Sour Cream and Chive.
I will buy them again at the price I paid in Home Bargains and will try be trying them with dips.
4 Stars from me
My sister first introduced me to the idea of using pittas to make "crisps". They become really crunchy if cut into bite sized pieces, brushed with a little oil and baked for a short time. I have only tried making sweet versions myself, eg cinnamon flavoured, so when I saw some savoury ready made versions for sale I decided they would be worth trying. I thought that they might give me some flavour inspiration if nothing else!
The pack I bought is from a relatively new range from Warburtons. There are 4 varieties available - Sea salt and malt vinegar, which I tried, plus salt and cracked black pepper, sour cream and chive, and chilli. A 40g bag cost me 29p in B&M, but you can also buy larger sharing bags, which obviously work out cheaper. I thought the price I paid was good value for the size of the bag, and it was a well filled packet too. I haven't seen the small bags anywhere else, but I suspect they would usually cost a bit more as B&M tends to offer lower than average prices. I would happily pay more too, because I love these! In fact, I now have a couple of the large bags sitting in my food cupboard.
The pitta chips look a bit like small Doritos - they are a similar triangular shape. They are light but thicker than crisps. Being baked rather than fried means they do not have a greasy feel, which would make them easy to eat and not too messy, except for the fact they splinter apart as you eat them. I don't mind that too much, as I think it is part of the price you pay for the excellently crispy texture. Every bite brings a satisfying crunch, and if used with a dip, they hold their shape well. You can therefore use them with quite a chunky dip if you want to. The taste is quite different from potato or corn chips, which isn't surprising as they are not made of the same thing! The first taste to hit is the tang of the malt vinegar followed by the salt. Both are strong and savoury tastes but they don't make your eyes water and lips sting like some salt and vinegar crisps do. The light aftertaste is of pitta, and especially of freshly made ones. It is an unusual combination, but absolutely delicous. The strength of the salt and vinegar means that I don't think this particular flavour works with dips that have a strong and individual taste of their own, but a mild yogurt based one works well. My boyfriend liked these with a chilli tomato sauce so I suppose it is all down to individual tastes.
Warburtons say that the pitta crisps have 33% less fat than average potato crisps. A whole 40g bag contains 3% of your RDA of saturated fat which is impressive. This doesn't disguise the fact that they are less good for you in other ways - they have 13% of an adults RDA of salt in. I can't say that these snacks make me feel thirsty after I eat them. and I did expect a salt and vinegar flavour product to be relatively high in sodium. This therefore doesn't put me off eating these every so often providing I keep an eye on what other salty foods I eat in the same day.
I would recommend these to everyone who likes crispy snacks. It may be hard to imagine baked pittas if you haven't ever had them that way before, but they are full of flavour and I think you will like them. Unlike some snacks that you can eat with dips, these also taste nice just on their own, and they aren't too dry. The best place to buy them seems to be places such as Poundworld where you can buy the sharing size bags. However, you can get them in the usual supermarkets too, where I have seen them stocked with the potato crisps. To sum up : YUM.
Suitable for vegetarians.
[This review is also under my user name on Ciao.]
Having a bit of a get together with friends yesterday saw me nipping down to my local B & M store with a friend to get a few bits and pieces. I knew things would start off rather civilised with my lot and so bought some snacks to nibble on and these Warburtons Baked Pitta Chips in Sour Cream & Chive flavour sounded rather nice and from a brand I trust and with an RRP of £1.00 for a large 85g bag but being on sale for 29p a bag I felt unable to resist them!
Well my bag is an olive green colour and on the front of the bag we are told what they are and who they by and then on the back of the bag we are told a bit about the Warburtons company and the pitta chips, there is a full nutritional chart as well as an at a glance one given, ingredients and allergy advice is state and contact details for the manufacturer are of course clearly stated. The inside of the bag is silver foil to keep the pittas fresh and all in all the bag is informative enough.
The Pitta Chips:
Made from wheat flour these are bubbly in texture and cream in colour and crispy. They are suitable for Vegetarians, made with sunflower oil and contain only natural ingredients.
Taste wise I really liked these alot. They didn't taste like Pitta bread to me at all though and didn't look like them either and were light and not greasy to the touch or taste. The flavour of these really is of sour cream and a hint of chives and those flavours taste as natural as promised on the bag. They are not filling, ideal for dipping as although they are light they are robust and I loved the crispiness and general quality of these but I can't stress enough these do not look or taste like pittas and are more like crisps!
With 132 calories per 30g and a total of 6.0g of total fats these are a nice, slightly different treat and we all liked them and the bag got finished in very quick time. I think they are a change from crisps and a bit more grown up and all in all I will be certain to purchase these again in the future even at the full retail price if need be!
Available in all good supermarkets etc.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Dieting so crisps are of the menu, however at the weekend we were off on a picnic and wanted some snacks so I headed to B&M bargains where I discovered these.
What are they?
Made by Warburton's these are baked pitta bread which has been baked twice to make them very crunchy they are also baked in sunflower oil. Essentially think a cross between a Doritos and a crisp.
Cost and stockist
You can buy these from all major supermarkets and they retail at £1.00 a bag although I paid 38p for a bag from B&M bargains. They are available in five flavours which are Chilli Jack, oriental BBQ, Sea salt & malt vinegar, sea salt and cracked black pepper and sour cream and chive.
I purchased the chilli jack flavour and these were hot but not overpowering and they were lovely and crunchy and tasty in their own right as opposed to being a crisp substitute these would be perfect with dips and I will be trying the other flavours.
Obviously for any one on a diet these are not the best thing to be munching however if you want some crisps these are a far better option and as they were deliciously crunchy and full of flavour they were delicious and a better option than the crisps. I would recommend looking at www.warburtons.co.uk for full details of fat and calorie but the chilli ones for a 40g bag contained 183 calories and 0.7g saturated fat which in comparison to leading crisps brands is less.
In summary a tasty snack which is a little better than crisps
I saw these crisps in the supermarket last time I went and was filling the trolley with movie snacks. I was after a big sharing bag for dipping into sour cream etc, and this one caught my eye because it was new on the shelf, it was by Warburtons (don't they do bread?!), and they claimed to be healthier than crisps because they're baked not fried. I'm not sure how relevant this is when you're smothering them with sour cream, but it made me feel slightly better so I ended up bringing them home.
The packaging makes this look like a premium product, there's nothing cheap about it and it looks classy and inviting. There were two flavours available in the supermarket I was in - salt and vinegar, and salt and pepper. They were on offer as they are new, and cost £1 for a 150g sharing bag. I bought the salt and vinegar ones because I thought this flavour would be more neutral for dipping.
The crisps are triangular in shape, like tortilla chips. They feel thicker than normal crisps, but other than that they look very similar. The crisps are very crunchy (I noticed this because I need a couple of fillings at the moment!), so if you have problems with your teeth you might have a hard time eating these.
Taste wise the salt and vinegar flavouring was quite strong. It wasn't obvious that they had been baked and not fried, although I could tell they weren't 'proper' crisps without being able to say what it was that tasted different. They are not at all greasy like other crisps can be, and don't leave a horrible residue on your fingers.
The crisps claim to contain one third less fat than standard crisps, due to the fact they are baked not fried. They contain no artificial ingredients, and are made with sunflower oil.
Nutritional information per 30g:
Calories - 131
Sugars - 1.3g
Fat - 6g
Saturates - 0.4g
Salt - 0.6g
As you can see, they are a guilt free way of enjoying crisps, especially if you're using them with dips because when they're covered in sour cream or salsa, you can't really tell the difference between these and normal crisps so you can save yourself some calories.
Whilst shopping in a local independent grocery store, I was picking out some crisps and snacks to buy when my eye happened upon a black coloured package of snacks I had not come across before. From the well-known bakers and bread manufacturers Warburtons, the "Baked Pitta Chips" looked to be a sort of different snack than any I had tried before, being made from pitta bread rather than potato. Intrigued, I decided to buy the snack which is packaged in a bag, similar to crisps and other snacks. They cost me around 75 pence for the 40g bag.
I believe there is a variety of around five assorted flavours of the Warburtons Baked Pitta Chips available, but there was only one flavour on offer in the particular store I was shopping in, and these were the 'Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper' flavour. This was not a huge problem for me as I really like crisps and snacks with this particular flavouring, and as the snack was a new one to me I wasn't aware of other flavour choices at the time anyway. In case it is of interest to other consumers however, some of the other flavour choices available are 'Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar', 'Sour Cream and Chive' and 'Chilli Jack'.
Anyway, when it came to sampling the snacks, I was impressed initially by their appearance. They were quite large, triangular shaped 'chips' that looked to be very golden and crisp. Whilst not as large in size as tortilla chips, they were of a similar shape and looked to have just as much crunch. I could see from just looking at the Baked Pitta Chips that they had a generous amount of flavouring on them and the black pepper in particular was quite evident to me.
Biting into one of the chips, I was not surprised to notice that they were extremely crunchy - they had much more 'bite' to them than you average potato crisp and seemed to be a lot harder than normal crisps too. This was ok for me to begin with, but a little further down the pack I was starting to feel like the texture was perhaps a little too hard for me. The flavouring of the Baked Pitta Chips was really quite delicious - very savoury and quite salty as I had anticipated. The 'Cracked Black Pepper' in the flavouring really came through easily in the overall taste of the chips and I thought it gave a pleasant 'kick' to the snack without being so intense that it was over-powering or too hot.
It occurred to me whilst I was eating the Pitta Chips that they would be an ideal snack to serve at a party or family gathering given their highly attractive look and appetising appearance. I also thought that the highly savoury flavouring and salty taste of the chips would be an ideal snack to have as an accompaniment to a variety of dips as the flavour of the chips was not so overpowering that it would overtake the flavour of the dips, it would be more of an equal balance than some other more highly-flavoured snacks or crisps.
I must confess that I found the texture of the Warburtons Baked Pitta Chips was a little too brittle for me, I would have preferred them to be more like tortilla chips or normal crisps rather than being something that reminded me of crunching through stone. Other than that though, I would highly recommend them as a delicious savoury snack and I would probably buy them again, though I wouldn't go out of my way to seek them out or hunt for them. I guess the flavour and appearance of the snack are the plus points for me personally.
The other good news about this particular snack is that they are baked rather than fried, so are presumably a healthier option than traditional fried snacks and crisps. In actual fact the packaging makes a confident claim to this effect, stating "Our tasty pitta chips are baked not friend, and contain one third less fat than potato crisps." I can see from the nutritional information printed on the back of the packaging that the 40g bag of Warburtons Pitta Chips will provide 176 Kcal and 8.0g fat. Obviously as they are made from bread, the chips contain wheat gluten. They also contain milk and are made with sunflower oil. They are suitable for a vegetarian diet.
I believe that the Pitta Chips are available to buy in a larger sized bag than the 40g bag that I purchased. The larger 150g sized bag is available from Tesco stores or online at www.tesco.com, where there are two flavours available. The introductory offer for the larger bag is only £1 (as @ September 2011) which I think offers great value.
All in all, I would recommend the Warburtons Baked Pitta Chips as I thought they were very attractive looking and offered something a bit different to traditional snacks and crisps. I personally would prefer them to be slightly less brittle, though this is of course down to personal choice.
Warburtons Baked Pitta Chips are new to the market and can be conveniently found in the grab bag crisps aisle at the supermarket.
My flavour is Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar but they come in 5 different flavours to suit all tastes.
The bag contains 150grams of dried pitta bread, seasoned to flavour. The packaging boasts no artificial ingredients and in the case of Salt & Vinegar, that they are approved by the Vegetarian Society. The front of the bag has the Warbuton name branded across the bottom of it, whilst the words "Baked Pitta Chips" take centre stage, with a salt shaker and vinegar bottle. The Chips are pictured to both sides.
In the top corner is a quote from Jonathan Warburton, which reads "These baked pitta chips are so tasty. It's hard to believe they have one-third less fat that potato crisps. Ideal as a snack or shared with a dip".
The chips themselves are triangular and shaped like tortilla chips, but have a paler colour and are much crisper in texture. Warburtons bake their pitta chips twice, and I am assuming this is why they feel so light and smooth. They don't crumble under crunch and you can bite into a chip without it falling apart, unlike tortillas which tend to crack.
The flavour on these Pitta Chips is extremely strong. I was surprised by how full of flavour they were. The salt and vinegar could be tasted throughout the chip and not just as a seasoning on top. There was no excess flavouring at the bottom of the bag once the chips were gone, unlike with many brands of traditional crisps. This makes them very more-ish!
In comparison to the traditional flavoured crisps, Warburtons Pitta Chips win hands down, they have more intense flavour, competitive pricing, good sized bags and a healthier snack. They do contain wheat gluten, milk and barley, so if you have allergies it is worth reading the allergy advice section on the back of the packet.
Warburtons initially launched a similar brand of pitta chips in 2010, but ceased production after a fire at the bakery in July 2010. The new launch of the newly named brand and flavours took place in May of this year, though this is the first time I have come across them.
The single serve packets of 40grams (which I am yet to find in the shops) come in Chilli Jack, Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar and Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, whilst the share bags (150grams) come in Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, Sour Cream & Chive and Oriental BBQ. They are recommended to retail at 64p and £1.79 respectively and each flavour comes in a different coloured bag so they are easily identifiable.