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      23.05.2011 20:11
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      Over priced for what they are

      Tesco Curly fries are as titled a curly chip they have a slightly spicy flavoured coating to them which give them a slight kick and a little bit of flavour.


      **Price
      For a 750g bag of Tesco curly fries they cost £1.25. Which is a little cheaper than my normal purchase (McCains Curly Fries 750g) £1.99

      **Packaging
      They are packaged in a light blue plastic bag with a visual of the chip on the front to add appeal.

      **Look
      They fall out the bag looking nothing like the picture on the bag. The chip sizes are inconsistent and have an artifical look to them. I'm assuming this is from the spice coating.

      **Cooking
      They recommend the following instructions -
      Temperature: 425°F,Gas 7,220°C
      Time: 15-18 minutes
      Instructions: For best results cook from frozen. Remove all packaging. Place on a baking tray in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 15-18 minutes. Turn the wedges half way through cooking. For best results, oven cook.
      You will need to cook them for about 20-25 minutes if you like them a little crispy.

      **Taste
      Due to the size difference of each chip they were unevenly cooked with some parts burnt and other parts undercooked.
      The coating was a nice touch not too strong but enough there to add flavour.

      **Recommendation
      I personally wouldn't buy these again or recommend them to anyone else. Pay the little extra and get McCains.

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        02.06.2010 13:49
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        cheap alternative

        Curly fries are a twisted, curled version of regular fries, which really appeal to my kids, adding to that is the flavored coating that makes it different from the regular ones.


        PACKAGING
        It comes in a baby blue packet, with a big heading of the product which is the "curly fries oven chips". An actual fries perfectly formed ringlets of potato were also visible. The simplicity of the design as a whole makes it stand out to entice potential customer. It does not contain a resealable pack so if you can't manage to eat them all , better sealed it with another bag before putting them back in your freezer.


        FRIES
        The oven fries have a light spiced smell and a spicy coating which gave the chips a bit of a twist, but the unnatural orange color is quite off putting for me. There wasn't many spiral curly fries in the pack as well, most of them broke into irregular size. A bit disappointing, as the kids would definitely enjoy it more if it looks the same as the images from its packaging.


        TASTE
        It is really important to turn them frequently in the oven to make sure that it will be cook evenly as some parts that are less exposed take much longer to cook and some bits that are stuck out on a limb end up burning. The coating wasn't too crunchy but nevertheless, it tasted nice with a spicy flavor that is not too overpowering.


        PRICE - 750g bag costs £1.12


        Nutritional Value per 100g Oven Baked

        Energy - 215 kcal
        Protein - 2.9g
        Carbohydrate - 26.3g
        of which sugars - 1.9g
        Fat - 10.8g
        of which saturates - 1.4g
        Mono-unsaturates - 2.4g
        Polyunsaturates - 6.9g
        Fibre - 3.5g
        Sodium - 0.2g

        However, this isn't too bad as I thought that the product would contain more salt as well as a very high fat content.

        The product contains wheat and gluten.


        CONCLUSION
        Curly fries are one of those easy to cook potato range, which follow the huge success of oven chips, fries and potato wedges. There is something about curly fries that I also enjoy like my kids. It's quite fun to eat and they are also suitable for vegetarians. It's quick and easy to cook, only takes 15 - 18 minutes in the oven. Eventhough it is not quite as good as their competitor, this would be a cheaper alternative especially if it's on offer so If you like fries, and fancy a bit of extra kick then give these a try.

        Thank you for reading ;-D

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          22.05.2010 11:58
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          Not for me, I'm afraid.

          While looking for something to shove in the freezer for a lazy meal day, I came across these Tesco Curly fries oven chips.

          I was enticed by the price and sure enough I bought them, feeling happy with my bargain hunting skills!

          *****Packaging*****

          The fries come in a baby blue packet, with the words 'Curly Fries' and 'Oven Chips' stamped clear as crystal dominating most of the face, so you're in no doubt what you're buying, then.

          Below this, it goes on to say that the fries have a mild, spicy coating to them, which I thought should give the chips a bit of a nice twist, a different alternative to the usual standard chips we normally have.

          They've also used images of the actual fries, too, looking like perfectly formed ringlets of potato.

          I quite liked the simplicity of the design - with other brands I've noticed they have harsh colours and garish lettering, supposedly to entice potential customers.

          However, this product's approach was a lot more easy on the eye and actually stood out more for me than the other ones in supermarket.

          *****Actual product*****

          I must admit, I was a little disappointed with the curly fries upon releasing them from the bag.

          Au contraire to the perfectly formed potato ringlets I was promised on the front of the packaging, I had a compilation of fries that looked like little semi-circles.

          Imagine bending a chip round a roll of sellotape, they looked a bit like that, i.e. not very curly at all.

          Anyway, after following the instructions word for word on the back of the bag, my semi circle fries were cooked!

          They did look appetising, and I was looking forward to what the mild spicy coating would taste like.

          I shouldn't have looked forward.

          The chips were dominated with the taste of that coating, and at first I thought they were passable, munching my way through the first few.

          But then that spicy taste just got very sickly very quickly, and I found myself unable to eat them any longer.

          *****Price*****

          They were on special offer, so you could buy a 750g packet of them for just £1.00, which compared to other brands of chips, would be a cheaper alternative to choose.

          However, I really would not recommend them at all!

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            09.04.2010 22:53
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            Tesco Curly Fries - far from being the best fries I have tasted.

            I have been making my own chips for years now and although I like the fact that this is economical, I have recently became bored with them. This week I decided to have a change, so picked up a bag of Tesco Curly Fries, while out shopping.

            Tesco Curly Fries come in a pale blue plastic bag, with large white lettering and a picture of the fries on the front. On the back are all the nutritional details and cooking instructions.

            These oven fries have a light spiced smell, which is quite appealing but they are a very unnatural, orange colour. They are also very irregular in size, which made them difficult to cook, with the largest ones being slightly hard in the centre and the smallest ones, a bit too crispy.
            It is a shame because the ones that were just right, did have a crisp coating, which was lightly spiced and the potato centre, had a nice soft, but firm texture. If they could just sort out the irregular sizes, I am sure these would be great. Unfortunately, I found them a disappointment and I am unlikely to buy them again.

            *Nutritional Value per 100g Oven Baked*

            Energy - 215 kcal
            Protein - 2.9g
            Carbohydrate - 26.3g
            of which sugars - 1.9g
            Fat - 10.8g
            of which saturates - 1.4g
            Mono-unsaturates - 2.4g
            Polyunsaturates - 6.9g
            Fibre - 3.5g
            Sodium - 0.2g
            Salt Equivalent - 0.5g

            This product contains wheat and gluten. It is suitable for vegetarians.

            These Curly Fries are only available from Tesco. The 750g bag costs £1.12, but I think I may pay that bit extra and try the McCain ones next time. Although I will check out the reviews first before I waste my money!

            They are very quick and easy to cook, only taking 15 - 18 minutes in the oven, but in this instance I would have been better off just making my own.

            Definitely not a product I could recommend.

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            25.01.2010 16:47

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            Fries but spicey!

            Curly fries are the latest in the easy cook potato range, and they follow the hugely successful oven chips, fries and potato wedges.

            As the name might suggest curly fries are a twisted, curled and folded back on each other version of regular fries, and they also have a more flavoured coating. They come in a plastic bag, which is not recyclable, which is a down side for me. Once the bag is opened it is not easily resealable, but if you don't eat them all in one go they should be put in a sealed bag in the freezer.

            The curly fries take roughly the same time as normal fries, or a little longer. I have found it really important to turn them frequently in the oven when I am cooking them as otherwise the parts where that are less exposed and sandwiched between other chips take much longer to cook and the bits stuck out on a limb end up burning.

            I think curly fries are much nicer than normal fries, as they have a spicey flavoured coating, a bit Cajun style and very suited to Mexican cooking, although they are not too strong, so don't be put off!

            If you like fries, and fancy a bit of extra kick then give these a try. Especially if you want something to bulk out your Mexican fajitas!

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            03.01.2010 16:50
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            Good priced product

            My boyfriend decided he wanted chips and cheese as a snack the other day so we went into Tesco to buy some chips. We went in the smaller Tesco near where we live so there wasn't too much choice. I was looking for some thinner cut chips rather than thicker ones and these seemed like the best buy as their competitor was over double the price and we are trying to save at the moment.

            I have had these before so picked them up. They cost just 99p for 750g which is good value for money. I'd say each bag will provide about four adult portions. The chips come in a plastic bag which is a bright blue in colour. There is large, bold white writing telling me they are curly fries. The packaging tells me they are made using British Maris Piper potatoes and the coating is slightly spiced.

            Cooking these is really simple, you just pop them in the oven for 15-18 minutes at 220 degrees. It is adivised that you turn them halfway through cooking, however we didn't bother. After 18 minutes, they were cooked through and looked and smelt very appetising. We put them on tin foil on the tray and they did not stick at all which is always a good sign!

            Serving them onto the plate they were a golden brown colour and didn't look too greasy, as products of this kind often do. Biting into them I immediately noticed how soft they were, the potato inside was cooked through really well which I often find is hit and miss with oven chips! The coating wasn't too crunchy and instead was a bit soft for my personal taste. Nevertheless, it tasted very nice and had a spicy flavour but not too overpowering.

            Each serving contains 270 calories, 2.4g sugars, 13.5g fat (1.8g saturates) and 0.6g salt. This isn't too bad, however most people would have a serving as part of a main meal so this must be considered when looking at the fat content. I thought the product would contain more salt than they did so was quite pleased with this.

            Overall, I really enjoyed these fries. They are not quite as good as their competitor because the coating does not go as crispy however they are a very nice alternative, especially for half the price. They are quick to cook and taste good so we will be continuing to enjoy these as a treat!

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            02.11.2009 20:40
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            There's just something about CUrly Fires. I like Chips, think Wedges are ok, but Curly Fries are delish - as long as they are cooked alright. They must be crisp, but not too crisp otherwise I worry i'm going to break my teeth!

            These are in the freezer section of Tesco and cost me £1.20 for the 750g bag.

            The bag was just the normal poly bag style that you get Chips in. There was a little picture of a plate of these and the Curls looked springy and golden - yummy!

            It says on the pack these are oven cook, but I put a batch into the Chip Pan and they turned out alright as well.

            There wasn't that many Spiral Curly Fries in this pack. Most of them seemed to have broke, or it was just those large C Chips that you get. A bit disappointed in that part, as i'm sure we all like the Curly parts.

            When out of the Oven these tasted just right. The outer part had a nice crunch to them, and a slight southern Fried, slightly salty taste to them, and the inside was fluffy Potato. Not the thickest Chip i've had, so it would have been even nicer if there was more Potato part to these.

            Nice enough, but I find Tesco's Curly Fries in the CHiller cabinet are nicer. Yes, they are more expensive, but at least you see them before you buy and can see al the golden coloured Curls and not the little bitty bits!

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            24.10.2009 20:11
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            One to Stay away from

            I'm not a massive fan of chips to begin with but generally buy them because I like to have them in the freezer when i'm not feeling up to cooking a big meal. I picked these up for a change from regular oven chips and was rather disappointed in them.

            What initally attracted me to them was the promise of a 'southern friend coating' however, once I had cooked them, the taste was rather bland to the point of tasting a bit like mush. The results are not crispy at all but rather soggy and taste less. Another problem I had with them were that the larger chips tasted like they were not cooked properly and the smaller ones were burnt at the edges... defintely not a good thing after a long day at the office. Another thing is that they tasted very greasy - despite being oven chips, and left a nasty coating in the mouth which I could only get rid of my rinsing with mouthwash - this is defintely not a product I will be buying again in a hurry.

            The price is pretty reasonable, yet I dont think the value for money is great - they cost just over £1 which is compareable to most supermarket own brands of oven chips, yet I would say that a whole bag would only serve around 2 people as a main meal, which is much less than a regular bag of oven chips.

            Steer away if you can

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            03.08.2009 19:39
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            A bit flat and stumpy, but they'll do...

            750g of Tesco Curly Fries will set you back around £1.34. They are sold in a bright blue plastic bag in the frozen section and once opened they have a slightly off putting orange colour. They will cook in around 15-18 minutes in a pre heated oven but may take a little longer to crisp up- deending on how you like them to look. As they are quite thin, I find the ends will go hard and the rest will not be cooked most of the time.... 100g contains 215 calories and 10.8g of fat.

            The ingredients on the pack are "Potato 87%, sunflower oil, coating 6%". If you ponder over this, "coating" is quite vague and there is 7% not stated (I think we are to assume the 7% is the oil). Once cooked, they don't have much "sproing" for want of a better word and taste a bit 2D (as it they have been squashed). It is all part of the curly fries experience to pick one up and see if it sproings around like a spring- these do not. You will get the odd quite long curly fry, but on the whole they are short and stumpy.

            They taste ok, but definitely need covering with something else like beans or dipped into something like ketchup. The seasoning isn't too strong and isn't at all spicy (as with some curly fries) but overall there are better curly fries out there.

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            11.06.2009 21:24
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            Tesco Curly Fries Oven Chips cost £1.34 for a 750g bag from the frozen section in Tesco. We tried them recently when they were on offer for £1, and thought that even £1 was too much fo pay for these!

            In theory, these should be easy going tasty little curly fries to have with your dinner. They're cut to a good consistency leaving them with a good, enjoyable texture. They're easy to cook and take about 20 minutes in the oven. It says they need turning half way through cooking, but we didn't find this was necessary.

            They crisp up nicely so they've got a nice crunchy outer, and inside they've got a slither of fluffy, light potato. They're really well made in that respect, with the perfect texture and consistency both inside and out. In theory these should be lovely.

            But what makes them a little peculiar is that they've taken these perfectly decent little curly fries and drenched them in some really stale tasting seasoning! Apparantly they are supposed to have a lightly spiced batter on them, but it just tastes to me like they've been left out in the sun for too long.

            It's a shame really, as everything except the spices is there for these to be a really good little chip. Hopefully Tesco will reconsider the ingredients they've put in the spices and improve on this in the future. Until then, we won't be buying these again.

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