Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Farmhouse Cheddar & Spring Onion Review
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
30g 152 8.8g 1.1g 0.17g 0.9g
The bag design of the Sainsbury's Taste The Difference range is very neat and tidy. The bags are flavour colour coded, with a nice floral pattern in the background. The main image is a two part label. The purple taste The Difference section is spread across the whole range of foods, which leaves the top section to display the alleged ingredients. This evokes the flavour well, but overall the impression is somewhat plain, except for the surrounding colourful image, which is quite striking.
Perhaps because they seemed to be fairly hardened by oil, these Crisps began with a firm bite and the crunch remained crispy and brittle, while softening gradually. There was not a mushy period at all. Overall, the crunch provided the impression that the Crisps were more thickly cut than they actually were.
Hand Cooked, in British Crisps parlance, is the equivalent of Kettle Cooking. However, these Crisps appeared more thinly cut than most of this type. They looked a lot like heavily oil soaked and hardened regular Crisps. Some, but not all Crisps, featured a powdery seasoning, and again, some Crisps had the addition of little green flecks. The Crisps were much much less irregularly shaped than most Crisps of this cooking style, with the vast majority particularly flat.
A first thought, prior to opening the bag, was that Spring Onion was a rather odd partner for Cheddar Cheese. All too often the Onion is a rather muted partner in the traditional Cheese & Onion combo, and Spring Onion is milder still. However, without pre-judging, a Nose Plunge Test revealed a very muted cheesy and oniony aroma. Almost as if the smell was there but we were sniffing at a distance. A positive is that the Crisps did not claim to include Mature Cheddar, as so many do. This was a plus because while there was a warm and fluffy, almost light, Cheese taste, it was nothing like Mature Cheddar. There was also a touch of Spring Onion in the background. If these Crisps were wearing clothing, the outer layer would be made of Cheese, but the undergarments were most certainly a sweet and subtle Onion.