Marks & Spencer Hand Cooked Lightly Sea Salted Crisps Review
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
40g 210 12.4g 1.3g 0.16g 0.1g
The M&S Hand Cooked range feature a 1950s retro look.The basic drawings to represent the flavourings are similarly vintage. The bags are flavour colour coded, which in turn causes the darker bags' black writing to get a little lost. The writing itself has a sort of stamped feel. This design would have been cutting edge at the time of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, but aside from its shelf stand out properties, it is just a bit old fashioned for a modern market. The Hand Cooked selling point does nothing to help it.
These Crisps were hardened by the oil and this was reflected in the crunch. There was a brittle break to most and the crunch was a consistent degradation of the Crisp, but it did not transfer to mushiness at any time.
These Hand Cooked Crisps had lots of curly and irregular shapes among them. There were not too many large Crisps, but those that were in the bag invariably featured severe folds and bends. There were also a few stuck together. There was visible skin on edges and they were a deep oily yellow colour.
A Nose Plunge Test revealed an oily potato aroma. We will admit to being sticklers for flavour descriptions at Chips & Crisps so we were intrigued by the 'Lightly Salted' claim. But M&S's private label company were true to their word - these were lightly salted oily Potato Crisps. The after-taste was greasy potato.