Monday, 23 December 2013

Tesco Finest Hoisin Duck Crisps

This is described as a "feature flavour" whatever that means. The Tesco Finest range is described as made with passion and sourced with care. Created to be truly savoured. Traditional techniques and prized ingredients. Created with love. Wow. I think we have a crisp that Tesco is proud of.

These crisps are made with free range peking-style duck in sweet hoisin sauce. The potatoes are Lady Roset (never heard of that variety before) and they were grown in Devon in a field called Polwhele. How much detail can you ask for? Well, they were produced on 10th September 2013 at 06:03 am. Possibly by the smiling guy in the photo on the back of the packet. And the sell by date is 28 January 2014 - so they don't expect them to hang around for too long.
And you know what? They actually do taste of hoisin duck. Amazing. Although some of the crisps taste better than others. Nice crunch, good size crisp, not too many broken. All the usual stuff.

The crisps have some little herby things on which don't feature on the list of ingredients. I think you can just see them in the photo. I guess they come under flavourings or spices. And then there's the orange juice powder. They do mix in a load of different stuff to get the required flavour.

I really hardly know what else to say. I'm not sure the smell is very hoisin duck, but the taste is, so who cares? And the packaging is lovely. The naive child's drawing style image is charming.

But. And it's a very big but, I don't want to eat them. I bought the packet because I thought Hoisin Duck crisps: amazing! But they aren't very moreish.

And the Chef and his brother felt the same. So we haven't finished the packet.

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