Product Type: Weight Watchers Snacks
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Potato bakes - 1 WW point for something almost entirely unlike crisps
Weight Watchers Potato Bakes
Member Name: beckyX
Weight Watchers Potato Bakes
Date: 04/02/10, updated on 03/06/11 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Low fat, low cal, dairy free
Disadvantages: Not very exciting, a bit expensive
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.
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Summary: Low cal savoury snack that you have instead of crisps