What’s your favorite flavor crisps and why is mine salt and vinegar? The iconic British flavor combo, typically served in lashings on fish and chips, has long been my packet of choice.
There’s just something about the saltiness with the acidity that’s incredibly appealing and moreish, even when you feel like your tongue may be disintegrating.
And now, supermarkets have their own ‘posh’ salt and vinegar crisps to contend with the likes of Kettle Chips, Walkers and Tyrells.
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They’ve even given them fancy names like ‘sea salt and chardonnay vinegar’, and come in share bags priced between 79p and £1.50.
But the real question is – which supermarket has the best, and which ones go soggy in your mouth? I taste tested five to find out.
Morrisons ‘the best’ hand cooked sea salt and Suffolk cider vinegar are crunchy and pretty uniform in shape. They weren’t huge slabs of potato, but instead, nice, bite sized crisps.
They had a nice flavour, albeit a little bit on the too-acidic side, but they were still pretty tasty.
I liked that the bag was clearly labeled vegan on the front, and on the reverse, it suggested there were six portions in the pack. Obviously a lie, as my boyfriend and I can eat a bag in under 10 minutes.
After opening all of the bags it transpired that Morrisons were the least full, but you still get a decent amount of crisps for a quid.
Also named sea salt and Suffolk cider vinegar were Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference hand cooked crisps.
I found these to be an unusual combination of fruity and acidic, and unfortunately, they just weren’t the bag for me.
Coming in at £1 with delicious looking apples on the front, the crisps themselves were bigger than Morrisons requiring either a very wide mouth, or to bite them in half.
This pack was also vegan, and served five – however, I’d say they were my least favourite. I can vouch for their root vegetable crisps, though.
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Tesco’s finest crinkle cut sea salt and chardonnay vinegar hand cooked crisps – try saying that after a glass of white wine – are the second cheapest on the list at 90p. Interestingly, they’re the only crinkle cut ones, too.
These are vegan and serve six people with their well-proportioned potato pieces. I found these to be the crunchiest crisps, and the flavor seemed to lock into the ridges for more flavour.
They were a good balance of salt and vinegar, and well priced too, gaining a seal of approval from me.
Marks and Spencer have opted for balsamic vinegar in their hand cooked crisps.
These thinly sliced potatoes have been cooked with the skin on which gives a good initial crunch, but I found these went soggy in my mouth quite quickly. Part of the fun of a pack of crisps is the crunch, so this was a disappointment.
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These ones were the most expensive on the list at £1.50, and were suitable for vegetarians, but not vegans.
In terms of flavour, they were quite fruity due to the addition of red wine extract.
Aldi’s crisps were the cheapest at 79p for their specially selected sea salt and chardonnay vinegar hand cooked crisps.
The bag was the fullest out of the bunch, with five servings of large crisps inside. These were also vegetarian, but not vegan due to the addition of milk.
For me, these were the best in terms of crunch, texture, and consistency, also gaining points for the most balanced flavor, and the lowest price.
Aldi’s posh salt and vinegar crisps appear to tick all of the boxes, and I can buy twice as many bags as I could at M&S.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.