Thursday 18 January 2018

Shopping around: Handcooked Crisps

Aldi Passions hand-cooked sea salted potato crisps
Aldi Passions hand-cooked sea salted potato crisps
Tesco Finest hand-cooked lightly sea salted crisps
Marks and Spencer hand-cooked lightly salted British Potato Crisps

Edel Coffey

If I am the queen of snacking, crisps -- and specifically hand-cooked, salted ones -- are my king. We know that a particular combination of fat and salt in food triggers the pleasure receptors in our brains, which is perhaps why these little fried, salty slices of potato heaven are so irresistible.

The hand-cooked crisp is a little more elegant than your average cheese-and-onion snack. So much so that you can even serve them at cocktail parties with a collection of fancy dips -- hummous, guacamole, salsa. They really do go with everything. But, in my opinion, they go best of all with a couch and a movie on a Sunday afternoon. Bliss.

The self-loathing spiral after you eat a whole bag of these is somewhat diminished too by the fact that the ingredients list is made up of just three items -- potatoes, sunflower oil and sea salt. Anything with that few ingredients can't be that bad for you, right?

Aldi Passions hand-cooked sea salted potato crisps

€1.39 for 150g

Verdict: Aldi usually puts up a good fight when it comes to matching its competitors but its hand-cooked crisps tasted a little over-seasoned to me and they erred on the side of ever-so-slightly greasy. Per 100g you get 7.5g protein, 510 calories, 28.4g of fat.

score: 3/5

Tesco Finest hand-cooked lightly sea salted crisps

€2.29 for 150g

Verdict: These are as good as any luxury brand hand-cooked crisp on the market (which cost up to 70c more than these ones).

Lightly salted to give just enough flavour and not too greasy, these are incredibly tasty and, sadly for one's figure, very moreish. For every 100g stuffed into your face, you get 5.1g protein, 520 calories, 28.8g fat.

score: 5/5

Marks and Spencer hand-cooked lightly salted British Potato Crisps

€1.05 for 40g

Verdict: M&S products always come with a little touch of luxury and these crisps are incredibly fresh with a good flavour, but they are a little bit greasier than the Tesco offering. Per 100g, you get 6.7g protein 520 calories, 30g fat.

score: 4/5

Irish Independent

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