Taste test Hand-cooked Crisps
If you can't be bothered with canapés, a bowl of festive crisps will provide a modicum of soakage for drinks with the neighbours on New Year's Eve. And of course, they'll liven up a turkey sandwich no end.
Keogh's Roast Turkey and Secret Stuffing Crisps, 125g, €3.25, 8/10
These do - sort of - taste like Christmas in a packet, if you close your eyes, although some of our testers said that they'd be hard put to tell them apart from regular chicken crisps. Made on the Keogh family's farm in North Dublin, these got the thumbs up.
Marks & Spencer Blacksticks Blue Cheese and Figgy Pickle Crisps, 150g, €3.10, 8/10
Proper blue cheese flavour and a nice back-taste of savoury pickle. Our testers liked these.
Tyrell's Ludlow Sausage and Mustard, 150g, €2.99, 7/10
Our testers didn't think they'd have identified the flavours here without being told, but they liked the heat of the mustard and proper savoury taste.
Tesco Finest Goat's Cheese & Chilli Jam Crisps, 150g, €2.29, 5/10
There's a gentle kick of chilli to these crisps - just enough - but no obvious goat's cheese flavour. Pleasant enough.
Kettle Chips Crispy Bacon and Maple Syrup Crisps, 150g, €2.99, 4/10
Made with bacon from Norfolk, it says on the packet. Some of our testers couldn't taste any bacon at all, and most found the maple syrup too sweet.
Lidl Deluxe Goats' Cheese and Apple Chutney Crisps, 150g, €1.49, 3/10
Our testers were unconvinced by the sweetness of these crisps - shouldn't crisps be savoury? - and found the goat's cheese hard to discern.
Aldi, Specially Selected Black Truffle Flavoured Crisps, 150g, €1.69, 3/10
Our testers loved the idea of truffle-flavoured crisps, but weren't so impressed with the reality.