Review of Sainsbury’s bacon crispies

I recently discovered that it is possible to eat frazzle style crisps if you follow a dairy free diet as not all brands contain cows milk or its derivatives. Whilst in Sainsbury’s the other day I found myself in their crisp aisle. My other half really fancied some frazzle crisps so grabbed some of Sainsbury’s bacon crispies. I had my old faithful Pom Bears and didn’t even think about checking to see if they were safe for me to eat. This all changed when we got home and were preparing our lunch and I thought that I should try these crisps to review on my blog.
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I liked the design of the packaging. I liked the pink colour with the crisps cascading down the packet. You knew what to expect inside and just I wanted to just dive and give them a try. Onto the ingredients there are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. They are also labelled as being suitable for vegans. So of course I just had to give them a try.
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On opening the crisps there was a slightly artificial aroma of bacon noted. This was not too strong or overpowering, but was a little off putting if I am honest. The aroma remained the same on my famous close up sniff test. On picking up a couple of crisps to try each crisp looked like a frazzle crisp. They were cream in colour with what I would describe as beetroot red coloured stripes. The crisps felt a little greasy to touch and left a light powdery residual on my fingers. On biting into the crisp a nice crunch was noted but this was followed by a slightly powdery texture. After consuming a few crisps I could feel a greasy coating on my tongue, not particularly pleasant. As for the flavouring this was a little hit and miss. Some crisps lacked flavouring whilst others had a strong artificial bacon flavour. It was as if the seasoning had not been distributed eveningly. After eating a few of these crisps I had a greasy and slightly powdery residual on my fingers. I found this in conjunction with the greasy coating on my tongue to be a little off putting if I’m honest.
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So would I recommend these crisps if you follow a dairy free and or vegan diet? Sadly not. I really didn’t enjoy these crisps. They were a bit to greasy for me and I just didn’t enjoy their texture and found the flavouring a little to artificial. Sorry Sainsbury’s but these crisps just were not for me.

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Review of Tyrrells Sweet Chilli and Red Pepper Crisps

I stupidly forget to take my old faithful Pom-Bear crisps to work the other day. I had my sandwich and yogurt but no crisps and I was very hungry on this particular day. I was going to pop to the shops when a work colleague offered me a packet of crisps from their secret work supply. These consisted of Tyrrells crisps one of which was their sweet chilli and red pepper crisps. I had not tried these before and didn’t expect to be able to have them but checked them in the of chance. Anyhow, I checked the crisps and they were both dairy and gluten free. I have to admit to being a tad excited and this more than made up for me leaving my Pom-Bears at home.
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Onto the packaging I liked red packaging and loved the picture of three fireman holding a chilli. Onto the ingredients list no allergens are highlighted ingredients and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being gluten free. Oh they are also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.
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On opening the crisps I noted an aroma which I would describe as being similar to that of tomato with a kick of chilli. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. The crisps had an even distribution of flavouring noted on them. On biting into the crisps there was a nice crunch noted. Onto the flavour I could definitely taste the chilli they certainly had a kick to them. The pepper seemed to be lacking and I thought I could taste a hint of tomato followed by garlic. Not as expected but plesant nether the less. Onto a positive note the crisps had a nice crunch and didn’t leave any greasy or powdery residual on my fingers. This is personally a big bonus for me.
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So would I recommend these crisps? Yes I would. The flavour wasn’t quiet as I had expected but it was pleasant. They were not greasy, had a good crunch and didn’t leave a powdery residual on my fingers. Most of all it was great to have a flavoured packet of crisps that I can enjoy. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give these crisps a try. So thank you Tyrrells for producing a flavoured packet of crisps that I can have.

Review of co-op streaky crispies

Whilst I was shopping in my local co-op the other day I found myself in their crisp aisle. I thought I would check their own brand of frazzle style crisps after discovering a couple of other brands that were dairy free. Sure enough I checked the ingredients list and they were indeed dairy free. There were no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. They were labelled as being suitable for vegans. So of course I just had to give them a try. I liked the design of the design of the packaging. I liked the purple colour with the frazzles cascading down. Oh and I have to confess to falling for the picture of the pig under the umbrella.I wanted to just dive and give them a try.
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On opening the crisps there was a subtle aroma of bacon noted. This was not to strong or overpowering, but felt a tad artificial to me. On picking up a couple of crisps to try each crisp looked like a frazzle crisp. They were cream in colour with what I would describe as beetroot red coloured stripes. The crisps felt a little greasy to touch. On biting into the crisp a nice crunch was noted but this was followed by a powdery texture. Not what I really expected and a little disappointing. As for the flavouring this was consistent throughout the crisps which is was better than other frazzle style crisps that I have previously tried. They certainly tasted of bacon, although this was a little to artificial for me. After eating a few of these crisps I had a greasy and slightly powdery residual on my fingers. I found this to be a little off putting if I’m honest.
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So would I recommend these crisps sadly not. I really did not enjoy these crisps, they were a little to greasy for me and I just didn’t enjoy their texture. If you follow a dairy free and or vegan diet I recommend maybe trying a different packet of co-op own brand crisps instead. Sorry co-op but these crisps just were not for me which is a shame as I have enjoyed all of your other crisps that I have tried.

Review of Pringles Original Tortilla Chips

On a late night dash to a local supermarket so I discovered a new style of Pringles. Now I don’t normally go for this kind of savoury treat but as we were having friends to visit I thought I should pop them into my basket. On checking the ingredients list there were no allergens listed were therefore dairy, gluten and lactose free. They were also labelled as being suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. Again as with other Pringles I found the allergen labelling disappointing as they were not listed separately and difficult to see the bold print. The Pringles come in a big yellow tube which has a picture of the Pringle on the front. The tube had a plastic lid with a little foil seal underneath to dive into the tube. Each Pringle is cream in colour with brown speckles.
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On picking a Pringle up I thought that their texture was a little different, maybe slightly thicker than other Pringles that I have tried. On biting into a Pringle a nice crunch was noted and there was a faint if not weaker than expected flavour. It lacked any real oomph. I was expecting a stronger more powerful experience of Mexican spices hitting my taste buds.
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So did I enjoy them ? Well, I liked the crunchiness and texture of this savoury snack but sadly not the flavouring as it was a little weak and bland for me. Personally I preferred the traditional style Pringles in both flavour and texture. So if like me you follow a dairy, gluten or lactose free diet or are vegetarian or vegan and fancy an occasional savoury snack why not give these a try. I would be interested to know if you prefer the traditional flavours like me or if you like the new texture and flavour of these Pringles. Thanks for reading C 😊.

Review of the co-operative sweet chilli crisps

I am always on the lookout for new crisps to try. I tend to go for the plain variety as more often than not they are safe for me to eat. Now, I have previously reviewed a couple of the co-op’s crisps and have really enjoyed them. On a recent visit to the a local co-op this packet of crisps grabbed my attention. I was drawn to the colour and design of the packaging. I picked it up in the hope that maybe, just maybe I could have them. They were labelled as being suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. I checked the ingredients list and no allergens were listed or highlighted. They were dairy and lactose free. So of course I added them to my shopping basket to give them a try.
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On opening the packet a faint hint of chilli was noted although if I am honest smelt a tad artificial. I didn’t let this put me of and dived in. The crisps were of a good size and had an even coating of flavouring. They were not greasy to touch and did not leave a residual on my fingers. On biting into the crisps a nice clean crunch was noted. The flavour although slightly artificial was prefect for my personal palate. There was a subtle hint of chilli, without it being to strong or overpowering.
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The crisps didn’t last long, I enjoyed the as part of a lunch and had the rest as a craft savoury snack. I thought the quality of these crisps was spot on, from the size, through to the texture and flavouring. I can not fault them. So will I buy these again, oh yes. So if you fancy a packet of crisps with a subtle kick why not give these a try. So thank you co-op for producing yet another good quality crisps that I can enjoy.

The rapid expansion of the free from market

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On Friday I happened to see a full page advert in a national newspaper, The Sun advertising a free from product. I have to say that I was a little surprised to say the least to see this type of advert in a national newspaper. It was a well timed advert for the lovely weather we are having at the moment. It was for Tesco’s own range of free from ice cream cones. Or as I like to call them their safe version of a Cornetto for me :). This was later followed by a plug on Twitter. I think that a lot of people with food allergies, or intolerances are already aware of this product. When it was first launched both Twitter and Facebook was full of posts from people getting excited by Tesco’s new product and subsequently posting their reviews. I even had to wait a little while to get these ice cream cones, because they were so popular. So do supermarkets like Tesco’s really need an advertising campaign? It seems to co-inside with the rapid development of the free from market. This market hasn’t just expanded due to a sudden increase in food allergies / intolerances but also because many see it as a lifestyle choice. This will no doubt start a debate in itself. I personally think that it is great that more free from products have their ranges advertised in national newspapers and magazines. Not everyone uses social media, so although it may be targeting a particular company it makes people aware that more products are now more readily available.

I just hope that it means small and upcoming companies that are often developed as a result of a family member having an allergy, still get a chance to thrive and develop within this market place. I hope that they get just as much opportunities to sell their products both locally and nationally and do not lose out as a result of large companies monopolizing the market. Oh and of course that people with any food allergies / intolerances continue to support these companies as well.

I personally think that it is great that more products are easily available for me to buy and try. In the past I would never have dreamt of popping into a supermarket and being able to pick a cake that I could eat straight away. Or having a range of quick and easy to find crisps to choose from. However, if I am going to be a tad grumpy / negative I wish that in the long-term even more sweet treats especially cakes will be dairy free. So often they are free form other allergens but not milk. In fact I did feed this back to ladies at Tesco’s at the recent Allergy Show in London. I was informed that they had received several other similar comments. So I hope that Tesco’s and other supermarkets will listen to little old me and other dairy free peeps so that hopefully we can enjoy even more free from products in the future. That said I will remain loyal to the small independent companies that I have grown to love because I feel that it is very important to support them.

I would love to know what you think. Thanks C 😀.

Review of Waitrose Essential Ready Salted Crisps

Well as plain crisps are my staple favourite in my lunchbox I thought I would give these a try. I checked the allergens on the ingredients list and none were listed. They were therefore Suitable for me to try. I got mine in a multipack. Each packet comes in foil style packaging. This is plain with a picture of crisps and nice shiny red to both the top and bottom of the packet. Each packet weighs 25g contains 139 calories, 8.8g of fat, 0.1g of sugar and 0.33g of sugar.
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The fist thing that struck me on opening the packet was the greasy and salty residual just inside the packaging, a little off putting if I am honest. The crisps themselves were of a good size, with the only occasional small partial crisp noted. On picking the crisps up I was left with the same greasy and salty residual that was inside the packet.
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On biting into the crisps a nice crisp crunch was noted. The actual crisps were pretty neutral in taste until I found the point where the salt was distributed. They left a greasy residual in my mouth. I am afraid that I didn’t enjoy these crisps. It was hit and miss if I got the salt flavouring and I personally found they greasiness slightly disappointing. I am aware that they are from Waitrose essentials range, but I felt that they were of a lesser quality compared to other crisps I have tried. I am sorry Waitrose but I won’t be buying these again. I personally wouldn’t recommend them to anyone who follows a dairy and or lactose free diet.