Monday 18 December 2017

Shopping Around: The genius of mighty potato waffles

Bowl of Waffle Fries Over White
Bowl of Waffle Fries Over White

Edel Coffey

There's something terribly comforting about mashed potatoes. It's the perfect comfort food. How could such a thing be improved upon?

Well, some genius came up with the idea of putting mashed potatoes into a waffle machine to cut them into a lattice shape and then deep-frying them in sunflower oil to make a crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside snack. All of the combined comfort of chips and mashed potatoes in one pretty shape. What's not to love?

Of course, waffles are not the sort of thing you'd serve at a dinner party. They rate about the same as beans on toast on the sophistication scale. They are a classic student staple.

Potato waffles are a simple, basic recipe and it's hard to get them wrong, which is why the below options are so similarly rated – there's not even a price difference between them to add extra value for money.

It comes down to nutritional information in the end, so read your ingredients and decide which brand is best for you. I've opted for the one with least fat content here. But if sugar is the ingredient you most want to avoid, go with the Tesco version because they taste the best of the three.

 

SuperValu Potato Waffles

Price: 12-pack, 680g, €1.25 (price per 100g, 18c)

Verdict: Perfectly fluffy inside and a good golden brown result on the outer layer.

Per 100g, you get 134 calories, 1.8g of protein, 1g of sugar and 4.4g of fat.

Score: 5/5

Lidl Harvest Basket Potato Waffles

Price: 12-pack, 680g, €1.25 (price per 100g, 18c)

Verdict: A good crispy layer with very creamy potato inside.

Per 100g, there's 144 calories, 1.7g of protein, 1g of sugar and 5.4g of fat.

Score: 4/5

Tesco Potato Waffles

Price: 12-pack, 680g, €1.25 (price per 100g, 18c)

Verdict: Much tastier than the other two but they have a higher fat content.

Per 100g you get 196 calories, 2.3g of protein, 0.6g of sugar and 9.9g of fat.

Score: 4/5

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