“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Crisps „
I have a bit of an addiction to crisps and found it very hard to give them up when I joined weightwatchers. I tried a lot of the supermarkets low fat options, but they were still fairly high in points at around 3 points per bag.
I like weightwatchers because no food is banned, as long as your sensible. So when I discovered these I was so happy, I could have sang.
Weightwatchers potato bakes are small round crisps. They are thicker than a regular crisp, but you dont get that greasy feel from them, which I liked.
They come in two flavours sour cream and chive and salt and vinegar. I can't comment on both flavours as I have only tried the sour cream and chives flavour. They are delicious. They have lots of flavour and at just 1 point per bag, they dont use up all of your daily allowance.
Now I know that this is totally the wrong idea and not what weightwatchers is meant to be about but I love these if I want to have a good munch whilst watching tv. The best part is that at 1 point per bag you can have 2 or 3 and it's still the same as having one bag of normal crisps.
The only down side is that they do cost around 50p per bag, which is quite pricey and they are only available through weightwatchers meetings and their website.
Weightwatchers potato bakes are a savoury snack that seems to have been born from the concept that if crisps are good and biscuits are good, then what better idea than combining the two and having a biscuit-crisp? Now I'm all in favour of fusion cooking and breaking down the boundaries of sweet and savoury, but these are just a bit odd even for me. Not unpleasant, just not what I was expecting. My weightwatchers meeting had these on buy one get one free, and I can really see why - I'm not sure people with more conservative or traditional tastes would go for these, even when they are on a diet. Their regular price is 55p per pack of 20g, which is about 10p more per bag of crisps than I'd expect to pay and for half the quantity. But on buy one get one free, it's a reasonable price.
The main selling feature of these crisps is that because they come in a small pack and they are baked and not fried, this means that you can get a salty savoury snack for only one weightwatchers point. This, presumably, is good for people who can't manage to divide a regular bag of crisps into two (I can't - they'd only go stale!), which would presumably have a similar effect.
As I've mentioned in previous reviews, the generic term "crisps" is one I use to cover a multitude of product names - they may say anything on the bag like "savoury snack", "bake", "fried unnamed vegetable product", "puffed corn snack" or whatever, but if it fits the hole in my stomach that is crisp shaped, that will do for me. These crisps are small circular disks about an inch across of puffed starchy baked potato based dough. If you manage to transport them anywhere without them turning into a mass of broken pieces, then you are doing better than I managed - I seem to always end up with half a bag of salty powder by the time I've cycled to work.
The texture of these crisps is very dry and flaky. This is presumably because they are baked not fried. This does not stop them from getting stuck nicely in your teeth - a problem that is common to many crisps. The flavour is quite nice though - a sweet vinegar flavour that seems to be popular at the moment in salt and vinegar flavour crisps, with a salty overtone that we pretty much take for granted in any savoury snack - I find them all too salty for my taste, but that's because I don't usually use much salt in anything I cook, because it's so bad for the blood pressure. The smell wasn't anything exciting - vaguely sharp vinegar tang that was almost metallic.
As this is so small a bag, they really aren't at all filling. But they are good for if you just want a snack to keep you going, or as part of a bigger lunch.
Nutritionally, each bag has 81kcal, 1.1g protein, 15.2g carbs, 1.8g fat, 0.1g saturated fat and 0.58g salt. So at least you are having less salt than before, although that's more due to the portion size again than the crisps being inherently healthier. The ingredients are potato, starch, wheat flour, oil, salt, dextrose, vinegar powder, citric acid, yeast, rice flour and soya lecithin. Allergens include wheat, gluten and soya. Plus it is suitable for vegetarians, so it might be worth a look at for vegans (I'm not vegan myself, but I can't see anything wrong with the ingredients)
In summary, I'll probably carry on getting these - not many of the weightwatchers range are dairy-free, and they aren't that bad, they just aren't particularly exciting. If what you want is a relatively low calorie savoury snack, these will do. If you want a high fat giant bag of crisps, go elsewhere.
Review may be cross-posted elsewhere.
Potato Bakes are one of the Weight Watchers range which you can't buy in the supermarket, they are only available for purchase in the meetings.
Potato Bakes come in a choice of two flavours; Sour Cream & Chive and Salt & Vinegar. I have tried both flavours as there is only 1 Weight Watchers point in each 20g bag but have been disappointed both times, not because of the flavours added to the crisps but because the basic flavour of the crisp isn't very nice in my opinion.
The Potato Bakes are small circular crisps which are fairly thin and wonderfully crunchy, they are baked rather than fried which is why they are so low in calories and fat. The thing is I usually love baked crisps, those ones Walkers brought out had a delicious baked flavour but these just taste very strange.
The flavouring isn't too bad, the Salt & Vinegar flavour is a little too strong for my palate and there seems to be too much vinegar on them compared to the salt. These can literally make your eyes water with the sourness if you put a crisp in that has just that little bit extra flavouring sitting on it! The Sour Cream & Chive flavour is nice enough, it has the typical powdery cream flavouring that you find a lot in this flavour crisps. It's tasty though but the flavouring is only on the surface of the crisp so once this has disappeared you're left with a mouthful of very plain baked crisp which doesn't taste nice at all, although it's hard to put my finger on exactly what is wrong with them.
The texture of these is good, as I said they are crunchy and crispy but not moreish in the slightest. In fact I was bored of both flavours before I'd even got halfway through the packets and didn't eat more than 3 or 4 of the salt and vinegar ones, which is unusual for me as I tend to like this flavour in most crisp varieties. They have an almost cardboard taste, the texture is very nice but there is just nothing interesting at all in these crisps and I'd much rather have the other Weight Watchers crisps which are available cheaper in the supermarket and are so much nicer to eat.
The kicker is these crisps cost 50p for this tiny little bag, 50p! This is disgraceful pricing even by Weight Watchers standards, made all the worse by the fact that these are absolutely awful 'crisps'!
Another thing I suggested to be added recently and again I am glad they are on here now so I can recommend them to more people!
I get these from my meetings at a cost of 50p a packet. I have tried the salt and vinegar ones but I have never really been a fan of that flavour so stick to the sour cream and chive flavour. These packs come in at 1 point each for a 20g bag and contain:
16.1g carbohydrate of which 0.5g is sugars
0.2g of saturated fat.
Compared to the other weight watchers crisps you can buy in supermarkets (I have tried the cheese puffs which retail around £1.70 for a packet of 6 bags, each bag is also 1 point) they are more like "normal" crisps but also work out to be more expensive.
When you open the packet you get a nice chivey smell straight away and the taste does not let you down. The potato bakes themselves are disc shaped and very crispy. A 20g bag does not sound like much but they are surprisingly filling for a snack. They are baked not fried and are a little dryer than regular crisps you would buy, but for me that's not a problem as it only encourages me to drink more water!!
As you take a bite into one of the little discs you will get the real crunchy-ness of them and the sour cream and chive flavour does not disappoint, it helps me that they are also quite strong smelling as you really get the taste buds and smell senses working!
I usually buy two of these as although they are nice I like to have them on my weigh day and I would not want to stack up on them as would rather not have them temptation in the house - as well as the fact I can pick up 1 point ww crisps from the supermarket or stick to snack a jacks. Worth having when you want something really crispy though as find the other low fat crisp alternatives sometimes don't feel crispy enough!
Available in Sour Cream & Chive Flavour and now NEW Salt & Vinegar!