“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Snacks „
I love Wotsits and so decided to buy these Weight Watchers Cheese Puffs which are basically the Weight Watchers' version of Wotsits. They come in multipacks of 5. I found these in Poundland which I was pleased about as I think that the Weight Watchers' products are quite expensive. So these were definitely a bargain.
The Cheese Puffs are long, slightly curved typed crisps. They are orange in colour with an orangey powdery coating. They smell slightly cheesy although it's not too strong. Taste wise, they are quite cheesy although it's only faint. You can taste the cheese although it's certainly not as strong as the Wotsits cheesy flavour. They melt on your tongue which is nice. They could do with a bit more flavour just to give them a bit more kick, although other than that I like them and am going to continue to buy them.
I was surprised that there are quite a few puffs in one bag and that the bag was quite full. Whilst these are light I do find them to be quite filling. And at just 2 Weight Watchers' points per bag, you can't really go wrong.
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Weight Watchers Cheese Flavour Puffs 18g
First and foremost I would like to point out that I am not on a diet or participating in the Weight Watchers programme. However, I am not the healthiest person I know and tend to snack throughout the day. My main vice being crisps! With two young children, I never seem to have much time on my hands, which makes crisps seem incredibly convenient for me when I am in a rush. I am not a huge calorie counter, but I am aware that there are a lot of calories contained in most crisps.
Anyway, I have been on a little health kick recently and have decided to try and cut down my snacking, and to eat healthier choices when I do snack.
Whilst having a little browse in Pound-land last week, I noticed they had a variety of Weight Watchers products available. I found myself drawn to the Weight Watchers Cheese Flavour Puffs, as they were only 80 calories per pack, and decided that I would like to try them. I have seen other varieties of Weight Watchers crisps and in the past I have tried their version of hula hoops and wasn't very impressed, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the Cheesy Flavour Puffs.
The packet consists of five 18g bags of Cheesy Flavoured puffs. Obviously, being in the pound shop, I paid a pound for them! For anyone that may be on the Weight Watchers diet, each pack has a pro-point value of 2 points per pack. This is based on the new Pro-points system.
The packaging is fairly standard, With the Weight Watchers logo clearly displayed in large font at the top. A description and image of the contents (cheese puffs) are displayed, and there are also snippets of healthy information of the product - 'baked not fried'- 'Reduced fat' ect...
On the back you will find a brief description of the new Weight Watchers points system, and are provided with the Weight Watchers website in-case you would like to know more. You will also find nutritional information and a list of ingredients. There is a quote at the bottom of the packet that states 'Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cheese Flavour Puffs contain at least 30% less fat than standard cheese puffs. The inside of the packet is foiled to help keep the cheese puffs fresh.
I found the description on the front 'deliciously cheesy melt in the mouth maize snack' was a little deceiving as I later found that they are in-fact not that cheesy!
However, I actually quite like the taste of them. The cheese taste is very faint, certainly not over powerful, but I only eat mild cheese anyway, so for me the mild taste of cheese is ideal. The pack, unlike most crisps, is actually filled completely with crisps therefore a packet of Cheesy Puffs are quite filling, which is rather satisfying. They are quite dry tasting, so I tend to eat them accompanied by a glass of water, which is also good for me.
There are no artificial flavourings, colours, MSG or preservatives contained, which is an added bonus. The Cheesy Puffs are also suitable for vegetarians, for all those interested. However, they are not suitable for vegans as they contain milk.
I have found Weight Watchers Cheese Flavour Puffs to be quite satisfying. The flavour is not over powering, which suits me very well. I can eat these without feeling guilty, as there are only 80 calories in a packet. They are an ideal sized snack that I am also happy to feed to my young children.
I am in no way recommending that children should be fed weightwatchers food in general, but it is nice to know that I can give them treats that are a little healthier for them. I feel that these particular cheesy puffs are better for them as they contain no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. I am very pleased with the quality of the product.
Purchased from Pound-land, they cost just 20p per pack. They are also available in supermarkets, costing around twice the price.
Weight Watchers Cheese Flavour Puffs have been a welcome addition to my kitchen cupboard, for all my family. I would happily purchase them again!
OK - so, bottom line......Weight Watchers Cheese Puffs are just not good. There's not really any point beating around the bust about it, the simple fact is that, although they may be low at and low calorie, they are also low on taste and don't deliver any taste pleasure at all.
They come in a multi-pack whereby you get 6 small bags of crisps within the multi-pack. Each bag of crisps contains 18g of the maize based snack - which is a decent size for a weight watchers snack, although, as you would expect, they bags are not as big as a standard packet of crisps. The multi-bag costs £2.01 from Tescos, which equates to 33.5p each which I don't feel is particularly good value considering a Tesco's multipack of Wotsits (which are supposed to be similar) are just 21p per bag for a bigger bag!!
These puffs do look similar to Wotsits - which I like - and so the idea of these is that you get to eat a similar snack but without the calories. Sounds good, right? But unfortunately, these puffs are like Wotsits in appearance only. They are maize and they are supposedly cheese flavour - but in reality they are more like a plain flavour. There is a hint of cheese, but it really is not enough flavour at all. They are also not that crisp and so, despite being well in date, they actually taste a little stale and chewy instead of crispy. This results in an overall very dissatisfactory taste sensation and so I really wouldn't recommend these in any way.
I suppose the only benefit of them is that each bag is only 75 calories, 0.3g of saturated fat - and 1 Weight Watchers "Point". Having said that, I really think you would be better off to just have a couple of crackers or rice cakes with some low-fat cheese spread on top because these are neither tasty or filling!
Following the Weight Watchers points diet means I am fortunate enough to try a variety of different low fat products...how exciting I hear you all say. Well for me the greater the variety the better as I soon become bored with the same old bland, no fat, no sugar foods!
Anyway I digress, last week whilst out shopping I was dragged into Poundland (I must add not one of my favourite shops!) however I had been "tipped off" about their impressive Weight Watchers selection of products, priced at you've guessed it £1.
After loading my basket up, I have since set about trying the different items I purchased. First being a multi-pack of Weight Watchers Cheese Puffs.
Inside the pack there are 5 individual 18g bags, one bag less than the usual multi-pack of their products, but I'm in no position to complain having grabbed them at such a low price.
These cheese puffs are a similar crisp type snack to wotsits, a baked cheese maize product.
When I opened a bag I was really surprised to discover there was actually quite a lot of cheese puff for your money, I suppose them being light helps in making the weight of the bag up!
Immediately I was hit with a strong smell of cheese...believe you me this was a good sign as many low fat products don't tend to cut the mustard and serve up what they claim to.
Each cheese puff was orangey yellow in colour with the cheese coating clearly visible; they were also of a good size - big enough to taste! Another bonus being that they contain no artificial colours or flavours, MSG or preservatives.
The taste was really impressive, they really did taste good. Really cheesy and certainly had the same melt in the mouth effect as traditional wotsits. If I didn't know they were a Weight Watchers product I would have thought they were the real thing.
Nutritional values per 18g pack:
Of which sugars 0.5g
Of which saturates 0.3g
Weight Watchers points value 1 point per bag.
Overall I was amazed at how nice and cheesy these actually tasted and will definitely be buying these again. My partner even likes them, which is definitely a big thumbs up!
5 stars from me!
I do not follow Weightwatchers but i do like my snacks to be less than 100 calories. They are a bit lighter in taste compared to Wotsits and you don't end up with Orange fingers afterwards.Each pack is only 18g but you do get a good serving.I can't really fault these crisps, i prefer them over Wotsits.
I've been doing weight watchers for about a month now using their online programme and I am so sick of either having to plan what I eat the night before or risking going over my point allowance because I don't realise how many points are in a product. I decided to buy some weight watchers branded food. All weight watchers products have the number of points, as well as the calories and other nutritional information listed on them which makes them really handy if you're counting points like me.
Each bag of Weight Watchers Cheese Puffs contains 1 point. I get 24 points a day and 1 point is hardly anything so this really encouraged me to buy these cheese puffs. I bought the cheese puffs as an alternative to wotsits because wotsits have 1.5 points per bag (this doesn't seem like much but when you get to the end of the day and realise that the croissant you had for breakfast along with the sandwich you ate for lunch have used up the majority of your points every half point counts). These are slightly more expensive than wotsits at £1.98 from tescos compared to £1.38.
They were a complete waste of money. I can't say that they taste bad, they just don't taste of anything. When I ate the first bag I thought someone must have forgotten to add the flavour to that one, when I ate the second I began to think that maybe it was a faulty multi-pack. When I ate one that wasn't part of my multi-pack I realised that the 0.5 point difference was probably the flavouring. These do not taste of cheese. They don't taste of anything. They're just plain. Not plain like ready salted, plain like there's no flavouring at all.
The lack of flavour wasn't the only problem. The texture was wrong. I have eaten a variety of different cheese snacks. I'm in my sixth year as a student and five years of living on student loans and bursaries as well as spending a year as a full time volunteer means that I've had to try cheap alternatives of just about everything, including cheese puffs. The two things that all cheese puffs, with the exception of weight watchers, have in common is that they taste cheesy and they melt in your mouth. Cheese puffs aren't supposed to be hard, they're supposed to be puffy. It's there in the name. Cheese. Puffs. Puffy and cheesy! These cheese puffs are hard. I like to suck cheese puffs until they dissolve in my mouth but that isn't an option with these.
These are certainly a low fat, low calrorie, low point alternative to other similar snacks. As I mentioned there's only one point in these and for those of you who don't follow weight watchers that's 75 calories and 2 grams of fat. However, what's the point in a low fat alternative that doesn't taste good? This isn't the kind of food you eat for nutrition, you eat it for enjoyment and there's nothing enjoyable about these snacks.
I really enjoy my snacks but I am cutting down at the moment to lose a few pounds so when I spotted these Weight Watchers cheesy puffs on special offer in Tesco I pounced. Also I like Wotsits and these looked very similar
These come in a large white plastic bag similar in shape and size to all multipack packaging. To the front of the pack they have the blue Weight Watchers logo and it also tells us they are Cheese Flavour Puffs. There is a picture of the cheese puffs on it, and it also gives us some information about this snack:
1 Weight Watchers points per bag.
0.3g Saturated fat.
Deliciously cheesy melt-in-the-mouth maize snack.
Baked Not Fried.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
On the back of the pack it gives us the ingredients, nutritional information, GDA (daily guidance) table and allergy advice ( contains milk and is manufactured in a factory that handles gluten, Soya and mustard).
You get six 18 gramme packs in each multipack.
Cheesy puffs are very similar in appearance to Wotsits but not quite as orangey. They are puffed up and made out of maize and are light orange in colour.
==Taste and Texture==
These do taste cheesy but the flavour is quite light and bland. They melt in your mouth and are very light. The outside texture is rough and bumpy and inside you can see they are puffed up with little pockets of air in them. Milder in taste than Wotsits.
Store in a cool dry place and I have found if you don't finish a bag (unlikely) if you fold the top of the packet over and then clip them with a peg it keeps them fresh.
I do like these but I can't say they are my favourite snack because they are quite bland in taste although I do like the lightness and texture of them. They are expensive at £1.99 for a multipack of six which works out at about 33p per packet.
I would still buy these again especially if I could get them on offer as they are handy to have in when you have a snack attack. They are only 75Kcal and 1 point per bag so great if you are following a Weight Watchers diet.
When you are eating wotsits you are usually left with orangey hands off the coating it doesn't happen with these WW cheesy puffs.
I would recommend these if you are on a WW diet as they do stop you from reaching for that naughty chocolate bar or cake. You also get quite a few in a packet so you do feel like you have eaten something.
==Price and Availability==
These are available from most major supermarkets I bought mine from Tesco and they cost £1.98 per multipack. When I bought these (August 2010) there was a special offer on if you bought two of the WW multipack range it cost £3.00. I bought one multipack of these and one of the lightly salted Mini hoops.
I love crisps and when I joined weightwatchers I found that I needed to give them up most of the time because the ones I liked were quite high in points. Now I know that you can eat anything as long as you stay within your points but you still need to make sure you have enough points to fill you up at mealtimes.
I started to look around for crisps that were lower in points and found that any maize type crips were much lower and I could fit them into my points allowance.
I first tried these crisps when they cam out a while ago. I do think they are quite pricey and have seen them for as much £1.69 for a pack of 6, which in my opinion is just outragious! Then I found them in the poundshop so stocked up on a few packs. Even at £1 for 6 they are not exactley cheap, but a bit more affordable.
They taste just like wotsits and are very tasty. At one point per bag they are a great way of extending your points to include snacks and treats or if you want to munch whilst watching tv.
The only thing you do need to be careful about is that they can go soggy if they go over the use by date, but as long as you eat them in time they are fine!
Weight watchers cheese puffs come in a multi pack bag of 6 bags of crisps. The packaging is very bland being an all white background with a picture of the crisps. They are not something that would usually stand out on a shelf for me and to be honest I think they look quite cheap looking like a stores own make. I really enjoy crisps and since I am more of a savoury person I find it hard not to snack on crisps between meals so when I seen these weight watchers crisps I was over the moon.
The first flavour of weight watchers crisps that I tried was the cheese flavoured puffs. Upon opening the bag I saw that the crisps looked exactly like wotsits. I'm not a huge fan of wotsits as I don't like the texture and the way they seem to stick to your teeth but I do however like the wotsit flavour.
These crisps don't taste at all like wotsits. I am afraid to say that they are very bland and even though the crisps do appear covered in flavour by their colour they lack taste big style. I was quite surprised to see that you do actually get quite a few crisps in the bag as I assumed being weight watchers you would probably only get a few but there is a decent amount and you do feel like you have had a filling snack after wards.
These crisps have a points value of just 1 per pack so by having these you can save up to 2 points instead of choosing other brands such as walkers or McCoy's but unfortunately I didn't really feel satisfied from them. I was full but I felt like I had just eaten cardboard puffs with a hint of cheese. I pursued with these for a while until I found out that walkers French fry crisps also had a point's value of 1 so now I have swapped to them. The walkers French fries are a lot tastier and they have the crunch.
My cheese puffs however didn't go to waste as my daughter seen them and asked for a bag and ever since she can't get enough of them and seems to like them better than other branded bags so all is not lost.
I think the weight watchers crisps are about £2.00 in the shops for a pack of 6 but I get mine from the pound shop. It's definitely worth a look in there as they sell other weight watchers crisps, cookies and jars.
Overall you get plenty but they are very bland.
As a child I loved cheesy wotsits. As an adult, I love anything cheesy. Having followed the weight watchers diet for quite a while now, I have occassionaly purchased their food products, because a) they have a low enough points value that I can eat more of them, ad b) the points value is written on them which saves me time and effort. For those that are unfamiliar with the weight watchers diet - each item of food has a "points" value. Depending on your weight, age, height and various other factors you are given a daily points allowance. So the basic principle is that you don't eat any more "points" in a day than you are allowed and as a result you lose weight.
These weight watchers cheese flavour puffs come in a multipack of 6. The packet doesn't look very exciting and they certainly aren't going to be saying "buy me, buy me" from the shelf in Tescos. They aren't to cheap at nearly £2 for a pack of 6 bags.
When you first open the packet you certainly don't get that lovely cheesy smell that you get with wotsits. To be honest, there is hardly any smell at all and the cheese puffs in the bag don't look to appetising. However, on the bright side, the bag is quite full and contains 18g of crisps. The packet informs you that they are "baked, not fried" and that they have "reduced fat". They contain 0.2g of saturated fat and 75 calories and the packet will count as 1 point towards your daily allowance.
When you put a cheesy puff in your mouth, you aren't going to be too thrilled. They are quite bland compared to wotsits and other similar products. There is a taste of cheese but it is not really enough. They are quite bulky and will certainly fill a hole but they are nothing to get too enthusiastic about. On the other hand, they aren't unbearable. Seeing as they have such a low points value they are a useful produce to have in the cupboard so that when you want a snack you can eat a pack without ruining your diet. It takes quite a while to eat the pack (partly due to them being quite bland!) so they are a useful deterrent to keep you away from the chocolate. They pretty much just taste like puffs of dry, carboardy corn puffs with a hint of chese.
Although I have not really sung the praises of these crisps, in a weird way I do actually recommend them and will continue to buy them myself. They aren't cheap and they certainly aren't delicious but they satisfy hunger, they aren't horrendous and if you are on a diet such as weight watchers then they are more than half the points value of a packet of wotsits.
So, if you are not doing weight watchers and are not on a diet then keep well clear of them because you wont enjoy them. But if you are dieting then they might be a useful way of keeping hunger at bay......and putting you off food in general!!!
I was in town earlier on today and I managed to persuade my mom to stock up on more Weight Watchers products. Im taking my diet seriously from now on LOL. Anyway we noticed some in Poundland so we went in and ended up buying quite a few products that I had never tried before. These cheese puffs were one of those products. Now I have to say Wotsits are a guilty pleasure of mine, I could honestly eat a multipack of them to myself within about an hour so these Weight Watchers puffs had a lot to live up to. Maybe my expectations were to high or something but I have to say these could be the blandest, horriblest (?) Weight Watchers product I have ever tried.
Makers: Weight Watchers
Calories Per Bag: 75
Suitable For Vegetarians
Ive never seen these sold anywhere except Poundland so its worth having a look in there if you still want to try these.
The first thing I noticed when I opened this pack was how small the "puffs" were, really tiny. A lot smaller than ordinary wotsits but then again the bag was quite big and very full so I ate them anyway. It is quite hard to describe what these taste like because they dont have much flavour or texture to them at all. You do get a slight (VERY SLIGHT!) taste of cheese when you eat the first few but after that they dont taste of anything. Its like chewing on polystrine. They are weirdly chewy and hard as well whereas Wotsits usually melt in your mouth. They fail badly with this product.
On the other hand though my little brother loves these and has said he actually prefers these crisps to Wotsits so I guess its all down to personal taste. I only finished the bag because I was hungry.
These are good if your on a diet but even then Baked Wotsits only have 99 calories and Id rather eat them. I dont recommend these which is a shame because Ive like all the other Weight Watchers products Ive tried. They seem to have dropped the ball with these puffs though.
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I bought a multipack of these today as I am following the Weight Watchers plan and I love crisps and bits like this. I especially love cheese so when combined they should be lovely! I will say I don't generally buy hte Weight Watchers branded food as I don't really rate it that highly but I thought I would give it a go on this occasion. having said that I did purchase some of their biccies at the same time!
Lovely? Well.... I got them home and decided to have a pack with my lunch. I opened the pack and they certainly smelled cheesy. They looked quite pale in colour though and slightly smaller (4cm ish!) than Wotsits. Now for some reason I thought these would taste just like Wotsits but no.
I chucked a few in my mouth and while they were incredibly light they didn't really taste of much. They didnt taste of cheese and they had a really bland flavour -didn't taste of much at all to be honest. The texture of them was quite crunchy initially but they dissolved on my tongue quickly leaving a claggy feeling in my mouth and on my teeth. As you can probably guess I was not a fan. I offered them to my 3 year old as she too loves Wotsits but even she wouldn't touch them.
I bought a multipack of these for £1 (poundland!) but they are around £1.80 in the supermarkets. There are 5 bags in a multipack and they are quite big although they only weigh 18g. if you are following the Weight Watchers plan they are only 1 point a bag (but personally I wouldn't bother with them). Each bag contains 75 calories, 1.9g of fat and 0.3g of saturated fat. They contain all the usual ingredients that you would find -Maize, Cheese Flavour, seasoning, cheese powder, palm oil, maltodextrin, colours, natural flavourings, sunflower oil and lactic acid powder.
I even forced a pack on my hubby so at least thats another one gone that I don't have to eat! Now he's like a human dustbin but even he expressed his revolt in them. Not a purchase I will be making again.
I fancied a bag of Wotsits the other day but couldn't find them in Morrisons, my mum said she'd tried these Weight Watchers Cheese Puffs and they were the same sort of thing so I brought a multipack. Now I've had them I reckon mum was being a bit snidey because they're proper naff so I only ate one bag and she's ended up with 5 free bags! lol
They taste mega cheap and even though the cheese flavour isn't too bad the crisps have got a horrible texture that clogs up in my mouth when I chew them. They go proper soggy as soon as you put them in your mouth and the cheese flavour comes through strong but it disappears quick when the crisps start dissolving and you're left with a soggy maize tasting thing in your mouth.
When I put about the 5th crisp in my mouth it suddenly come to me that they feel like slugs, not actual slugs but you know when something reminds you of something nasty..... from then on I couldn't get the thoughts out of my head that these were slugs!!! lol
They've got a strong cheese flavour and the taste of them isn't that much different from Wotsits, they're not quite as strong and the taste of them is a bit more powdery but over all the flavour of them is quite nice. It's the manky texture that put me right off and I couldn't eat more than about 8 crisps out of the bag.
The bags are only small and have got 75 calories in, that's not bad compared to normal crisps but you can have a bag of French Fries for not many more calories and they're loads nicer.
The other thing is that these are mega expensive, 6 small bags costs £1.84 and they're not worth that at all. You can sometimes find them in Poundland but even then I think it's a rip off for crisps that remind me of slugs! lol
Not recommended..... unless you're a very dedicated dieter!!!
Weightwatchers food as a principle seems a great idea, you can enjoy al the things you like but in a good for you less calorie option, in truth though most of the weightwatchers stuff is vile and these cheese puffs are no exception.
Virtually no cheese taste and the worst thing you could pop in your mouth is how I would describe them, they have a bit of a crunch when you first put them in your mouth but it is the crunch of a crisp that has been in a packet that has been left open and as soon as the first crunch is gone the just melt into a horrid mushy mess on the tongue.
To me they appear to be a low cal version of Wotsist, except they taste nothing like Wotsits and are nowhere near as good and to be honest not even that much better for you, so what is the point to these crisps then? Well nothing in my opinion.
At £1.57 for six packets they are averagely priced but they are way below average as far as taste and quality is concerned and I certainly would not recommend them to anyone at all!
It's not really fair for me to write this review, but I hate Wotsits. Can't stand the smell of them and hate seeing children with the orange stain around their mouths. I don't buy them for my granddaughters simply because I find Wotsits irrationally foul. So it's strange I should find myself contemplating a packet of the Weight Watchers Cheese Puff, a product which is basically Wotsits for dieters.
As expected, I didn't like them and it wasn't really the horrible synthetic cheese taste that made me dislike them. They have a strange texture and personally I didn't find anything appealing about them.
I was given this packet in my Weight Watchers meeting this week and thought it only fair to try them, at just 1 point per bag I thought it was worth a try on the off chance I may like them.
I knew from the first crisp that I wouldn't like them. To be honest the flavour was more pleasant than Wotsits because it's not as strong, it's a paler imitation of the cheese flavouring which suits me perfectly. If the consistency of the puffed crisps was better I could have found myself liking them.
The problem, in my opinion, is that they are so obviously diet food. All trace of greasiness has been removed from the snacks and unfortunately this has stripped them of any substance at all. I found them extremely dry and melted into a gooey mess in my mouth, there is a gentle crunch initially but they do soon turn to mush and it's not at all pleasant.
Being greedy I put three Cheese Puffs in my mouth at once and the result was a suffocating mass of gunk, perhaps that's a slight exaggeration but hopefully it will convince you about just how bad these crisps are!
Testament to their awfulness, not all supermarkets stock them but you can usually find them in Poundland for a multipack of six bags. I think one of the supermarkets sells them for around £1.59 for five bags, I personally wouldn't pay 10p for them.
If you like Wotsits I'd advise you stick to them, I believe they are only around 1 1/2 Weight Watchers points per bag anyway so there aren't many points to be saved by switching to these. If you don't like Wotsits you probably won't like these full stop, just who are the target markets for Cheese Puffs anyway?!