Today we had a go at an old family favourite, and something which disgusts Shaun at how unhealthy it sounds – some crisp sandwiches.
Crisp sandwiches always happen on a Tuesday in my family, some kind of tradition my Grannie had. I have to say I haven’t kept it going but do often quite fancy one, but the majority of crisps these days are pretty fatty – and when you’re looking after your waistline you want a good tasting crisp which isn’t going to have a high fat content.
Step forward new Walkers Mighty Lights, ridged crisps available in three flavours, all of them vegetarian. There’s Roast Chicken, Cheese and Onion and Lightly Salted. All contain 30% less fat compared to other crisps as well as no MSG, artificial colours or preservatives and they’re also a source of fibre.
So, back to the crisp sandwiches. Shaun refused to let me make them, but fortunately I had some salad leaves handy. I got some hummous to use instead of butter, and some cheese slices. The bread was freshly made that morning, so I sliced it (badly, seriously, can anyone tell me the secret of slicing soft bread?), spread on the hummous, added some salad leaves and cheese and served it – alongside a bowl of each flavour.
So, a taste test was next. H was asked the flavour of her crisp. She confidently told me hers was vanilla. Hmmm… It was the lightly salted, but she did agree she was tricking me so we’ll let her off. The three flavours work well – way back in time Seabrooks did some low-fat crisps which had such a high sugar content that they tasted disgusting – and I’m happy to say these Walkers crisps don’t – which is reassuring, as often a lot of low-fat foods tend to do this.
Flavour-wise I’d say the cheese and onion and roast chicken were pretty good – I can’t remember the last time I ate any flavour chicken crisps but I felt like they had a good taste, not at all meaty (at this point you need to bear in mind I’ve been vegetarian for 30 years please). They were so good they went perfectly into my sandwich, and made the perfect ‘healthy’ crisp sandwiches (ahem). The lightly salted isn’t too salty, it’s nice and subtle – just how I like it – I don’t want my tongue to feel bleached by salt.
Portion-size wise, it looked a little less than you’d usually get in a packet of crisps, but flavour-wise that made up for it. I got top crisp satisfaction while having had just enough.
Walkers Mighty Lights are targeted at kids, but actually I’d buy these as an option if I’m doing a Meal Deal; at the moment they’re only available in multipacks in supermarkets.
One really important thing I spotted – the crisps are made in a nut-free environment (all Walkers crisps are) – which means anyone with nut allergies should be fine eating these crisps, according to the FAQ on their site – None of our Walkers Mighty Lights flavours contain nuts or sesame seeds, and we do not handle either in our factory. I’ll be taking a pack with me this weekend for one of the children at H’s birthday party, as I had no idea Walkers were okay.
Ultimately, it all comes back to the crisp sandwiches though. Is it really truly a proper crisp sandwich if it has cheese and salad in there? Am I compromising my crisp sandwich needs for the sake of looking better on the blog? Should I have a secret Roast Chicken crisp sandwich tonight with just butter when everyone has gone to bed? Do you think they’re crisp sandwiches?
I think they’re massively underrated! They’re pretty yummy with the new Walkers Mighty Lights anyway, and definitely worth a try.
How do they compare? I’m comparing the Lightly Salted to the Ready Salted regular crisps, both by Walkers.
|Ready Salted||Lightly Salted|
|– sugars [KJ]||0.1||0.2|
|– saturates [g]||0.7||0.5|
So as you can see, there are differences – higher carbs but lower sugars for one, as well as the lower fats.
The biggest question of all though, is what I made a crisp sandwich or not? You decide…
I have received payment to review these crisps, all opinions are my own and honest.