Review of Eat Real Sea Salted Hummus Chips

Now I am a creature of habit and I tend to have Pom Bear crisps with my sandwiches for lunch. That said I am always looking for new dairy free crisps try as an alternative. I recently discovered Eat Real quinoa chips and really enjoyed them and may have had several packets since. For some reason I forgot to try their other chips. So whilst in Morrisons this week I picked up their sea salt hummus chips to try.
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I liked the simple white packaging with the splashes of purple. The pictures of the chips looked really appealing and I just wanted me dive in. Being in the free from aisle they are gluten free and labelled as suitable for vegans and therefore suitable for dairy free me. No allergens are highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly neutral aroma that I associate with a good quality packet of plain crisps. This aroma did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The chips or shells as I like to call them were of a good size and didn’t have an obvious scattering of the sea salt flavourings on them. On biting into the chips was a nice clean crunch was noted. The sea salt flavouring was spot on as it was very subtle and understated. After trying a few chips there was no greasy residual left on my fingers, just perfect.
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So would I recommend these hummus chips, yes I would. I liked the shell design of this savoury snack and enjoyed their crunchy texture. The very subtle understated flavouring has to be the best I have tried in a long time in a crisp style snack. These have to be the nicest in the Eat Real range that I have tried and shall I will be buying this as my savoury treat on a regular basis. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet give these hummus chips a try. So thank you Eat Real for producing another savoury treat I can have.
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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 beond organic apple cinnamon bar

Now I’m a girl who likes her mid morning snack. I have tried a few alternatives to my old favourite Nature Valley bars but I still seem to have these by default. So I am making a real effort to try alternative snack bars. So when I stumbled across beond snack bars and discovered that they did an apple and cinnamon flavour I decided to give it a try.
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I was drawn to the deep brown packaging and the small green apple to the front of the packaging. On the edge of the packaging and in white writing the snack bar is clearly labelled as being raw, vegan, dairy free, gluten free and paleo. On the ingredients list the only allergen highlighted is cashews. There is no may contain warning.
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On opening the packet I was expecting something similar to the recent snack bars that I have tried ie: like the Nakd, or Rude Health snack bars. It was indeed similar. It was dark with small chunks of apple within the bar. There was a subtle sweet aroma from the dates with hint of cinnamon intermingled within this. I would personally describe as something similar to that of an apple cereal bar with a bit of date thrown in for luck. It’s texture was slightly sticky to the outside and a little gooey to touch. On biting into the bar I got a combination textures which worked really well together. It was soft and slightly gooey intermingled with a slightly crunchy tough element from the apples. As for the flavour the apple element was spot on not too strong or overpowering. The intermittent hit of cinnamon broke this up nicely. The dates and fruit juices added a slightly sweet element intermingled with this. I loved every element of this snack bar from the flavours through to the textures. All worked perfectly together.
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So would I recommend this snack, yes I would. It made a refreshing change to have a bar that differs in consistency to those that are like Nakd bars. I enjoyed everything about this bar especially the chunks of apple. So if you are dairy free like me, follow a gluten free, soya free, paleo or vegan diet give these a try. They make a nice filling sweet treat and have made my mid morning snack list. So thanks beond for producing a nice snack bar that I can enjoy.

Review of Tesco’s value crunchy peanut butter

As a fairly recent convert to peanut butter I often find myself having it as an emergency snack. My other half loves it as well. He was disappointed when he couldn’t have a late night fix of peanut butter. Why ? Because I had taken the jar to work. Of course I then made sure that I replenished our supply at home whilst getting an extra jar for work. I decided to try Tesco’s value crunchy peanut butter as for some unknown reason I’ve not tried this yet.
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Being from the value range the packaging is simple. It’s a clear plastic jar with a cream / light tan colour label. To the front is a picture of bread, sandwich, and peanuts. Not that appealing to be honest, but hey I’ve fallen for posh packaging only to be let down from its contents. Onto the ingredients peanuts are obviously highlighted as an allergen. There is also a warning for may contain other nuts. So therefore perfect for dairy free me. It is labelled as being suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
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On opening the jar I could smell the typical aroma of peanut butter. This aroma didn’t change on my close up sniff test. It was subtle but spot on as the aroma of the peanuts wasn’t to strong or overpowering. It is described as being crunchy I would say it looked more smooth in consistency. Personally for me this is the perfect consistency as it is the best of both worlds. The peanut butter was easy to take out of the jar and I could clearly see the combination of textures.
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I had the peanut butter on toast. It was easy to spread eveningly onto the toast. On biting into my toast I definitely got the two combinations of textures. The initial smoothness followed by the intermittent crunch from the nuts. This was spot on. Now onto the flavour I could certainly taste the peanut element, but there was also a slight sweetness noted. This was a little unexpected but nice.
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So would I recommend this value peanut butter, yes I would. Overall, it was a nice enjoyable peanut butter. It hit the spot nicely. So if you follow a dairy free and or vegan diet why not give this a try. So thank you Tesco’s for producing an enjoyable everyday crunchy peanut butter.

Review of Eat Real Tomato & Basil Hummus Chips

Now I am a creature of habit and I tend to have Pom-Bear crisps with my sandwiches for lunch. That said I am always looking for new savoury treats to try as an alternative. I recently discovered Eat Real quinoa chips and really enjoyed them and may have had several packets since. For some reason I forgot to try their other chips. So whilst in Tesco’s this week I picked up their tomato and basil hummus chips to try.
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I liked the simple grey packaging with the splashes of purple. The pictures of the chips looked really appealing and I just wanted me dive in. Being in the free from aisle they are gluten free and labelled as suitable for vegans and therefore suitable for dairy free me. No allergens were highlighted on the ingredients list.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a pleasant aroma of tomato. The chips or shells as I like to call them were of a good size. They had a good scattering of flavouring on them. On biting into the chips there was a nice crunch noted. The tomato flavouring was spot on but I struggled to taste the basil element which I found a tad disappointing. After trying a few chips there was no greasy residual left on my fingers, just a little of the flavouring which was slightly powdery in texture.
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So would I recommend these hummus chips, yes I would. I liked the shell design of this savoury snack and enjoyed their crunchy texture. The tomato flavour was nice but seemed a little artificial to me. As for the basil element this seemed to bypass my taste buds, so this was a tad disappointing. That said I still enjoyed the flavour. I personally preferred the garlic and herb quinoa chips. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or vegan diet give these hummus chips a try. So thank you Eat Real for producing another savoury treat 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 Tyrrell’s Poshcorn Sea Salted Popcorn

Now I have to confess to being a popcorn addict as it makes a great alternative to a packet of crisps. It is also often a safe dairy free treat for me to enjoy. I have had a bit of a sweet tooth lately and have been enjoying a variety of sweet popcorns. So I decided I best find a new savoury popcorn to enjoy. Whilst in the queue at my local co-op I saw some Tyrrell’s Poshcorn in a couple of flavours. So I grabbed the sea salted flavour. I didn’t have time to check the ingredients but I knew that my other half would eat it if it was not safe for me. I decided to take it to work to have as a savoury mid morning snack.
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I liked the packaging of this popcorn from the light blue colouring with the popcorn looking like they were popping out of the bottom of the bag. On the back of the packaging it is clearly labelled as being gluten free and suitable for vegans. The ingredients listed are popped corn, sunflower oil and sea salt. There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list.
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On opening the bag I was greeted by the typical aroma of plain popcorn, sorry I find this a tad difficult to describe. Intermingled with this was a subtle aroma of salt. I did my usual close sniff up test and this didn’t change. On closer inspection inside the bag the popcorn looked like a simple plain popcorn there was no obvious coating of salt. This was a bonus for me personally as I had worried that I may find the popcorn fairly heavily coated in salt and this was not the case. On biting into the popcorn I immediately got a subtle taste of salt, the strength of this was spot on. It gave the popcorn a pleasant taste and stopped it from being plain and boring. As for the texture of this was a massive disappointment. There was no crunchiness noted, it was slightly soft as if it was stale. The popcorn packet was in date and sealed so I can’t blame this. I was unable to continue eating this popcorn and it went straight in the bin. My mid morning snack was not a success, luckily I had one of my Nature Valley cereal bars as a backup.
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So would I recommend this flavour of popcorn, I’m afraid not. I liked the subtle saltines flavour to this popcorn but its texture just simply let it down. Sorry Tyrrell’s but this popcorn just wasn’t for me. So my hunt now continues to find other savoury popcorn to try.