Marks & Spencer Hand Cooked Prawn Cocktail Crisps Review
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
40g 200 11.6g 1.2g 0.06g 1.3g
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.
Like the other flavours in the Hand Cooked range produced under private label for Marks & Spencer, these Crisps had a really good crunch that deteriorated at just the right rate. Some Hand Cooked Chips don't melt at all. These Crisps turned to mush at a well timed last moment.
There were lots of curly and irregularly shaped Crisps in this bag. There were a fair few with skin on edges. There was also a nicely even coat of reddish coloured seasoning.
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a spicy tomato based sauce aroma. Prawn Cocktail is an odd one for our Testers. None taste like Prawn Cocktail, so we are left to compare with other flavours of this variety. Maybe this is why, as a flavour variety, it is fairly peculiar to the UK. There was a mildly sweet and spicy background to a tomato and onion dominated mix.