“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Snacks „
After all the bags of crisps I bought and ate last year (purely for the benefit of reviewing them, of course!), it will come as no big surprise that come the new year, it is time to move on to the WeightWatchers brands to lose a couple of kilos (well, it was either that or buy new trousers, and I hate shopping for clothes!). These cost 55p per pack for various different flavours when bought from a WeightWatchers meeting - about the same as a bag of crisps when sold individually. But for that, you get a much smaller serving size, of 22g, but these are diet crisps, so that isn't entirely surprising. Each pack contains only 1 WW point, which works out as a bit over 5.5% of my daily calorie allowance - apparently I could have 18 of these a day and still lose weight (though even I as a snack lover would shudder at the thought of that many crisps!) First pack of the year is their Barbecue flavour Savoury Snack. I guess there must be some rule or trading law about what can legally be described as a crisp and what gets described as a snack, bake, chip or whatever, but as far as I'm concerned, they're all crisps to me. These ones are mainly soya and wheat, an odd combination which I don't think I've come across before. ===The crisps=== The crisps are wrinkled circles about an inch across that have a bubbly texture a bit like a mini poppadom. They are a light gold in colour - I'm sure most of the ingredients aren't that colour in reality unless dyed or bleached, so I suppose it's because it's been deemed to be an attractive colour that people associate with crisps in market research. The texture is reasonably nice - very crispy and doesn't get stuck in the teeth too much. But it has a bit of a feeling of dryness. It doesn't say on the pack, but I don't think these were fried (which would make sense as this is a low cal snack!). Indeed, oil is right at the bottom of the ingredients, whereas normally you'd expect it near the top. ===The flavour=== The pack claims to be barbecue flavour. I've tasted many barbecue crisps in my time (hence why I need the WW version now!) and these do not taste a jot like those. To me, they taste slightly cheesy, but mostly of not very much at all. They aren't at all unpleasant, plus BBQ crisps don't taste like barbecued food in reality, so I don't hold that as a negative point against these crisps. ===The nutrition=== As previously mentioned, these have 1 WW point per bag. They have 81kcal, 4g of protein (quite a lot actually!), 13.4g of carbs, 1.7g sugar, 1.9g fat (0.2g saturated), 1.3g fibre and 0.2g sodium. So that's quite a bit less salt than many other brands, though that is in part due to the small (22g) bag size. The crisps contain soya pieces, wheat pieces, BBQ flavouring: sugar, yeast, onion, tomato, citric acid, natural flavourings, paprika, silicon dioxide and sunflower oil. The allergy panel says they have celery, soya and wheat and may have nuts in. They are suitable for vegetarians and probably worth a check for vegans too (no honey, dairy or eggs, though I'm not sure what the "natural flavourings" are). ===Filling?=== Unsurprisingly, these aren't at all filling because there aren't many of them. I don't generally believe people who declaims joyously that they hardly feel hungry or deprived at all when they are on a diet, usually shortly before they faint. But they are good for people like me who generally eat healthily but have a real weakness for crisps, especially immediately after a couple of hours in the gym. ===Conclusion=== These are actually quite nice, and I don't generally like diet foods. I'm not sure I'd want them too often, but they'll do as my mid afternoon snack. Not many of the WW brands are free from dairy, so I'll probably come back to these sooner rather than later. It was good that it had a little more protein and less fat and salt than my regular crisps. May be cross-posted elsewhere
Another day, another bag of bbq flavoured crisps to continue the quest me and my mate have set ourselves which is to find the perfect packet of bbq crisps. These ones are a bit different though because they can't be brought in the shops and we only got to try them because my mate's mum is on Weight Watchers and she brought some packs home for herself so we nicked a couple today! They look like Disco's but aren't made of potato, they are a soya and wheat snack made especially for people on diets and all I can say is thank god I'm not on a diet because these aren't very nice. They're quite crispy but the texture of them is proper dry and when they start dissolving in your mouth it's a bit like thick solid glue. The bbq isn't much like bbq compared to other crisps and even though it tastes a bit like it I don't think the crisps are interesting. They taste a bit tomatoey as well but I can't taste the paprika that's supposed to be in them, the flavouring on them is a bright orangey brown colour so I reckon that must be all the paprika does to them. When the flavour has come off the crisps they have got a horrible bland taste that isn't very nice, you can't taste the wheat in them but there's a funny aftertaste that I reckon must be something to do with the soya. I don't like these and they're even worse once you've eaten a few of them because they give you a mad funny aftertaste that lasts for ages after you've eaten them. If you're on Weight Watchers then these have only got 1 point in a bag whatever that means, but they're mega expensive and my mate's mum told us that the 22g bag was 55p! That's more than a bag of Walkers for a bag half the size, what a rip off!!!
A new product that has recently become available in my Weight Watchers meeting are Savoury Barbecue Snacks which contain just one Weight Watchers point in each bag and are designed to satisfy your craving for crisps. I have mixed feelings about the Weight Watchers range of crisps as some are really good and others are frankly vile and have to be thrown away before the packet is finished, yes they really do come that bad! These are quite nice though, they are nothing like 'real' crisps and the flavouring isn't really barbecue in my opinion either but as a diet friendly snack you could so much worse than purchasing these. The bbq flavouring is nice, these are one of those snacks where the flavouring simply sits on top of the crisp and doesn't penetrate it in the slightest. I like to suck the flavour off my crisp before chewing and that is not the way to eat these as once the flavouring powder has gone then you're left with a flavourless and very uninteresting cardboard disc in your mouth. Cardboard in flavour I mean, not texture as this is surprisingly good. The snacks are crispy and crunchy, they don't go soggy within milliseconds of putting them in my mouth (as a lot of the Weight Watchers range do) and are surprisingly satisfying once I've eaten the packet. There's absolutely no depth of flavour to these snacks, but really I am so happy to have bbq crisps that fit in with my points allowance that I couldn't care less if the individual components of bbq flavouring aren't apparent! I wasn't expecting a snack fit for royalty but these are pretty darned good once you've got used to the fact that you need to munch the crisp all together before the flavouring dissolves away. They're only available in Weight Watchers meetings and cost 50p a bag, which is the same as similar snacks sold at the meetings. You can also purchase a box of 32 packets from www.weightwatchers.co.uk although I recommend buying a single packet first as the box costs £17.60 and would be a costly mistake if you decided you didn't like them.