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Crisps

Crisps

We are busy people and often 'snack' to keep ourselves going. Crisps are the world's number one snack! Yet, whilst it is a good idea to eat something every three to four hours (as it starves off hunger pains and stops us bingeing), 'snacking' shouldn't mean eating fatty foods… 

The major brands are developing their ranges of low fat crisps to ensure they can offer the same quality as their full fat brothers. See how they compare…

Table 1: Low Calorie Crisps Compared
Product Chargrilled Chicken Flavour Crinkles, Shapers, Boots* Salt and Vinegar Lites, Walkers* Salt and Vinegar Reduced Fat Flavour Crinkles, Boots*
  Boots, Shapers Crisps Walkers, Lites Crisps Boots, Shapers Crisps
Ranking goldgoldgoldgoldgold goldgoldgoldgoldgold 4 out of 5goldgoldgoldgrey
Calories Per Bag 20g pack

96kcal
28g pack

130kcal

35g pack

 

166kcal

Calories Per 100g 482kcal 465kcal 474 kcal
Fat Per Pack 4.8g 5.9g 3.9g
Fat Per 100g 24g 21g 11g
Conclusion Looked good standing out from the rest, crisp and the right colour! A nice texture and a good taste, chicken and peppery. We tasted these crisps alongside the full fat salt and vinegar version (465kcal per 100g against 525 kcal). Without exception the panel chose these crisps as the tastier (remember the panel can't see what brands they are testing). A good texture, crunchy and not dripping in grease like their full fat brother. Looked waffly. Melted in the mouth, a crisp and light texture. A mild salt and vinegar flavour, just right.
Table 2: More Low Calorie Crisps Compared
Product Lightly Salted Baked Potato Crisps, Count On Us, Marks & Spencer* Lightly Salted Flavour Golden Lights, Golden Wonder* Baked Potato and Butter Flavour Bakes, Be Good to Yourself, Sainsbury's*
  Marks and Spencer, Count on Us Crisps Golden Lights, Golden Wonder Crisps Sainsbury's, Be Good to Yourself Crisps
Ranking 4 out of 5goldgoldgreygrey 4 out of 5goldgreygreygrey 4 out of 5greygreygreygrey
Calories Per Pack 25g pack

90kcal

21g pack

 

95kcal

½ Pack (50g) pack

 

176kcal

Calories Per 100g 350kcal 440kcal 351kcal
Fat Per Pack 0.6g 3.9g 1.2g
Fat Per 100g 2.3g 18g 2.3g
Conclusion These crisps looked a good old-fashioned home made crisp which appealed. The panel agreed they did not taste as good as they looked; not unpleasant but a strong jacket potato flavour which was overpowering after a few. Looked the least appealing, a watery, artificial crisp. Very bland and with no real taste.  Looked unusual! More like snacks than actual crisps. Overpowering butter taste like eating lumps of butter! Very crunchy, as opposed to a nice crisp texture. 

†Retailer's Recommended Portion Size

Crisps can still be your favourite snack. Build a packet into your daily calorie quota. Look out for the low fat options. Our panel will tell you you can't go wrong with Boots Shapers and Walkers Lites. We felt the major brands had some way to go in developing the quality and choice of their ranges. Golden Wonder and Sainsbury's on this occasion let us down.

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