13 Apr 2013
Marks & Spencer Fish & Chips Handcooked Potato Crisps Review
The new "Great British Summer" food range has hit Marks & Spencer food halls. A lot of the range seems to be merely a repackaging of staple products, but one part of the range that stood out for me were the two new flavours of Handcooked Potato Crisps. Normally I would go straight for the new Beef Burger crisps, but my husband convinced me to try the Fish & Chips flavour. It's interesting to note that both flavours are vegetarian friendly!
As cute as this seaside bench scene is, it needs a greyer sky and a few ominous looking rain clouds to truly deserve the name Great British Summer!
The idea of Fish & Chips flavoured crisps seemed very unusual to me, and frankly a bit of a novelty flavour, but I reminded myself that there is already a very tasty and popular fish themed potato snack which has been available for many years now, Scampi Fries by Smiths. If scampi & lemon can work as a snack flavour then why not fish & chips?
The Marks & Spencer Fish & Chips Potato Crisps have a lovely uniform golden colouring. At first scent these crisps could easily be mistaken for a salt and vinegar offering and I was quite pleased that they don't smell "fishy" at all! The inital taste certainly confirms that vinegar is the main flavour here. However, there is also underlying fish taste which really does evoke a Fish & Chips when combined with the potato crisps and vinegar.
Unfortunately, I didn't find these crisps as moreish or tasty as the aforementioned Scampi Fries. The fish flavour in these Fish & Chips crisps was a little too domineering for my tastebuds. Other reviewers have said that there is hardly any fish flavour at all so perhaps it's just me! Overall, I'd say they are worth a try, especially if you like vinegar, as that is undoubtedly the dominant flavour.
If you've tried these then I'd love to know what you think of this flavour, please leave a comment below to share your thoughts! :)
Grocery Gems Verdict: M&S Fish & Chips Flavour Crisps
RATING: 6 out of 10.
Buy them again?: No, but I'll definitely be trying the Beef Burger flavour.
Nutrition (per 30g): 155 calories, 2.1g protein, 15.7g carb, 8.7g fat, 0.5g Sugar.
Purchased: Marks & Spencer.