Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Tesco Bunny Bites

Here's a crispy snack aimed squarely at little children, possibly girls rather than boys.

Made of potato, maize and tapioca starch these cheerful little bunny shapes (face only) reminded us strongly of Pom Bears. And none the worse for that.

Tasting of nothing at all, but in a very yummy way. The reluctant taste testers liked these a lot.

And very many thanks to Noble Friend for donating them to the cause. She thought we might not have tried them, and she was right. But now we have.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Risi Buscalios Sabor Barbacoa / BBQ

Way back when we were still having summer holidays, way back in 2018, taste tester from the New Forest went to Spain on a family holiday, and I am pretty sure it was she who brought home this little packet of barbecue flavour snacks. Gluten free!

Not too strong a flavour, rather tasty corn snack. Not bad.

And interestingly, the packet is labelled in English, Spanish and Arabic. I wonder if you can buy this brand in Morocco? I think so, because my iPad just handily presented me with a Moroccan flag 🇲🇦.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Brown Bag Crisps West Country Farmhouse Cheddar & Onion

Senior taste tester brought this empty (empty!) packet into the office for me.

Natural & delicious says the packet. Proper British hand-cooked potato crisps. Cooked in sunflower oil and gluten free. Hmmn.

I thought Senior taste tester was going to recommend this packet of crisps. No. He was going to tell me he thought the taste was too strong. OK then... I've not tried them myself so. There we are.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Choco Palomitas

This is kind of a weird crispy snack. Kind of a weird chocolatey snack. Hmmn... I'm not sure about this packet of snacks brought home from Spain by taste tester from the New Forest.

Not just me (for a change), I think all the reluctant taste testers thought this just a tiny bit (rather a lot) weird. It is crispy - not just chocolatey - but I confess Senior taste tester would look askance at it. He favours crisps that look like crisps.

Not nasty. Just weird. So next time you go to Spain you should try it for yourself.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Carrefour Crackers Goût Pizza

Another, yet another apéritif snack found in France, this one fashioned into the semblance of a miniature pizza.

Once again it's not what I could call a cracker; it's more of a crispy snack if you ask me. But never mind how you describe it, it's pretty tasty. At first glance it's a bit really? but in fact the pizza-ness works rather well.

The reluctant taste testers and I were impressed and snacked enthusiastically.

Yum yum.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

U Gaufrettes Fromage & Fines Herbes

If you read this blog regularly you might have noticed I really love Cheese Footballs. Which you can only buy in the UK on the run up to Christmas.

So imagine how thrilled I was to find this little packet of gaufrettes in a U SupermarchĂ© not far from Reims in North East France. I thought gaufrette meant waffle but in this case it seems to mean the very same crispy crunchy coat you get with a cheese football. Not stuffed with yummy fake cheese but soft cheese and herbs, and onion, garlic, carrot, cabbage, and celery (why celery? luckily not enough to have an adverse effect). Actually, don’t read the list of ingredients. It can have quite an adverse effect on your enjoyment.

Rather tasty. Yum yum.

Interestingly, I learn from Cliffs of Moher taste tester that they don't have crispy snacks like this in Ireland. How do they cope?

Sadly I seem to have failed to photograph this snack. Although, it looked just like every other cheese football snack I've ever tried so...

Friday, 25 January 2019

U Gaufrettes Saveur Croque Monsieur

I thought these little square of wafer and tasty cheesy mush were delicious. Tall elegant taste tester enjoyed them very much too.

But the rest of the reluctant taste testers were uncharacteristically picky. And said no thanks. See also Gaufrettes au Fromage for a similar reaction.

We couldn't imagine what their problem was... until Noble Friend said she was expecting them to have a vanilla taste. And Slightly Red Haired Bristolian admitted she was expecting strawberry. And she thought the cheesy, hammy taste too strong (and obviously not quite right).

Well, we think they're all wrong. And the Chef was quite keen too.

Scrumptious. Delicious. Lovely light crunch. Very tasty. Yes please.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Leader Price Slices Gout Bacon

OK, so apart from the word gout you might suppose this was a British or American crispy snack. But no. This is a snack sourced from a French supermarket and made in France. How do you suppose they pronounce slices? Slees perhaps? Because, you know, as far as I know les slices is not French.

Not to mention; what sort of a name is Leader Price for a French company? Well who knows but it seems to be.

Pretend slices or rashers of bacon made with puffed wheat and potato starch, this looks like a pretty tacky sort of crispy snack.

But guess what? Delicious! Yum.

All the reluctant taste testers seemed delighted to snack on this faux bacon snack. And I was too.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Casino Saveurs d'Ailleurs Chips de Crevette

I'm not normally mad keen on prawn crackers but I bought these in a supermarket in France because, well why not?

And guess what? These own brand crispy prawn crackers are great! They have more substance than your average UK style cracker, and a better taste than I've come across before.

The reluctant taste testers were mightily impressed. Especially as they know I don't eat seafood - so they were pretty impressed I'd bought this packet in the first place.

If you are in a a motorway service station in France (some are run by Casino) or a Casino supermarket, give them a go.

We recommend them.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Bret’s Au Fromage du Jura

Another big packet of crisps from Breton company Bret’s. With a Breton workforce growing French potatoes (possibly even Breton potatoes) for a family company and caring for the the Breton environment you can see this is a very Breton crisp.

Except for the cheese which comes from quite a different part of France. And what a tasty cheese this must be, because this is a fabulous crisp.

Just for a change every single reluctant taste tester really liked this crisp. A lovely subtle cheesy taste and a nice fine crinkle cut crisp. We all liked this crisp very much, and the Chef was pleased to approve too.

Interestingly Bret’s have previously marketed a crisp “au ComtĂ©” which is a cheese from the Jura. The Chef and I enjoyed them while driving through France several years back. ComtĂ© is a tasty, and well known, AOP cheese from the Jura. And I note from the list of ingredients that the cheese used here is in fact exclusively ComtĂ©. So why has the name changed? Could it be that name checking ComtĂ© on the packet required a licensing agreement of some sort?

Or is this a different recipe?

Well, whatever the truth of it, this is a very nice crisp. But you have to go to France to buy it. Or possibly an Arabic speaking country (ingredients in English and Arabic as well as French).

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