Review of Smoky Bacon Popchips Ridges

I quickly popped into Waitrose to grab a few essentials. Somehow I found myself drawn to their crisps aisle. Most flavoured crisps are not an option for a dairy free diet. I saw a new band of snacks called Popchips ridges that caught my attention. I noticed that were labelled as gluten free and some were also vegan. I saw a bacon flavour and decided to give them a try.

I liked the simple black packaging with hints of purple. The picture of bacon to the left and popchip ridges made me want to dive straight in. Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being gluten free and suitable for a vegan diet.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a an aroma that I associate with barbecue crisps not the aroma of bacon that I was expecting. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. What did strike me was that the bottom of the packaging had a powdery residual, a little off-putting if I’m honest. The popchips ridges themselves were of a good size and had a good scattering of flavouring on them. However, they looked like mini rice cakes. On picking the up the popchips ridges they left a slight powdery residual on my fingers. Not very nice. On biting into the popchips ridges a nice light crunch was noted, just like eating a rice cake. As for the flavour well if I am honest was a little disappointing it wasn’t bacon more like barbecue.

So would I recommend this snack if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan diet? No, I wouldn’t. Their flavour and powdery residual just let them down. Sorry popchip ridges but I have tried much nicer snacks that are an alternative to crisps they just were not for me.

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.

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 Burts Guinness Rich Beef Chilli Chips

I have to confess to having the late night munchies at a night out recently at the gym. I asked if I could have a packet of crisps. The staff are aware of my milk allergy and grabbed what crisps they had to check which ones were dairy free. I know how fantastic is that. Anyhow, they discovered that the Burts Guinness rich beef chilli crisps were both dairy and gluten free. I have to admit to being a tad excited as I was only expecting to be able to have the plain crisps.
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Onto the packaging well I would have been drawn to it. I liked the pictures of the crisps to the front with the flavour rich beef chilli written in red. On the ingredients list barley is highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no my contain warning. They are labelled as being gluten free.
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On opening the crisps I noted a faint aroma which I would describe as being similar to that of Marmite. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. Sadly, no hint of chilli noted. I wasn’t put of just excited to have some flavoured crisps. 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 to be fair I would struggle to describe the it as being a beef chilli. In fact I was a little disappointed. There was a hint of what I would describe as being similar to that of Marmite. This was followed by a very faint chilli kick that only appeared after consuming several crisps. Perhaps I am being a tad unfair as I was I had high expectations because I was having a flavoured packet of crisps. It was pleasant but just not as strong as I had hoped. 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 as strong as I had hoped 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 Burts 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 co-op ready salted crisps

I requested my favourite Pom Bears ready salted crisps for our holidays. Sadly, they were out of stock and the alternative offered were not dairy free. So I had to pop along to the local co-op to see what alternatives were available. I wanted ready salted crisps as they are my favourite flavour. I immediately found co-op’s own branded multipack of ready salted crisps. It contained 6 small packets of crisps.
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I liked the simple red packaging which clearly labelled what you were to expect inside. There were no allergens listed highlighted and were labelled as being suitable for vegans.
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On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of salt and on inspecting a packet inside there was no obvious greasy residual or salt noted. On biting into the crisps there was a nice crunch noted. I could taste the salt but it was subtle and not overpowering like I have experienced with other ready salted crisps that I have tried. They also didn’t leave a greasy residual on my fingers.
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I really enjoyed these crisps from the taste through to their texture. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. So would I recommend these to anyone who follows a dairy free and or vegan diet, yes defintley. So thank you co-op for producing a nice packet of ready salted crisps that I can enjoy. They will certainly be making into my lunchbox in the near future.

I won a Ten Acre Hamper

I don’t normally enter competitions but to cut a long story short people who I follow and engage with on Twitter were retweeting a competition that caught my eye. It was a chance to be entered into a random draw to win a hamper packed with Ten Acre goodies. Those of you that aren’t aware of Ten Acre it’s a fairly new brand in the UK that now produces crisps and popcorn that are both dairy and gluten free, contains no MSG and also suitable for Vegan’s. I first discovered the brand at the Allergy Show, London last year. I was suitably impressed and took a big bag of their goodies home with me. This year on what has now become our annual trip to the Allergy Show I was disappointed that they didn’t have a stand to stock up. Being a fairly new brand they can be a little hard to find. So after seeing several retweets to enter the competition I took the plunge as I hadn’t been able to replenish my crisp supply. I didn’t expect to win and thought nothing more of it. I then finished a gym class one evening and seemed to be bombarded with Twitter alerts. I thought that this was a little strange as I hadn’t even been on Twitter. So when I looked further it was all messages of congratulations from fellow tweeters. I couldn’t believe my luck and let out a little yelp in my car and drove home. I responded to all the kind tweets that I had received and spoke to my mum who also loved their crisps. I promised to share the hamper of goodies with her. The hamper has now arrived and is filled with both their crisps and more exciting their popcorn which I have yet to try. So, once again thank you to Ten Acre for my prize hamper. I can’t wait to dive in and enjoy both the sweet and savoury treats.
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