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I shop more and more regularly in Aldi, Tesco used to be my main shop with Aldi being my top up shop. Now it's increasingly becoming the other way round. Potato Waffles are something I buy for a change from chips. I've bought a few different brands and find them more or less the same in taste, some greasier or thinner than others but on the whole they're pretty much generic. Aldi 'Champion' do a box of waffles, they're in the frozen section in a red box. The box contains 12 waffles costing 95p- they've gone up. The waffles are made with real potatoes, sort of mashed and then shaped into a rectangle with square holes all over and baked (I think) they have a sort of golden fried coating. Each one contains 78 calories so having two waffles is still low and you can control how many calories you have easily, unlike with chips for example. You cook them from frozen in the oven, fry them or grill them- they seem to take an age in the oven though so my favourite and quickest method is in the toaster. Putting them in the oven tends to dry them out a bit too. We tend to have these mostly with egg and beans which is a really quick meal. I do however use them as an alternative to chips or any potato dish really. They don't taste particularly like chips, well they do a bit, but I suppose they're more like them potato shapes (smiley faces etc) you get. In comparison to the more expensive brand the Aldi taste more or less the same, they are thinner though but on the plus side they cook quicker and they work out cheaper. I like them, the kids like them and they taste okay. 5 Stars from me.
I bought these waffles as I have switched to Aldi as my main supermarket and am systematically working through most products. I was already a fan of their wedges (but not the oven chips), and thought these looked appealing, particularly to my kids. I can't remember the exact price but I remember thinking "they are cheap". The packaging is similar to any other waffle brands / supermarket own - a long cardboard box. The waffles themselves are about the same size as branded ones. They have 95 calories and 3.4g fat per waffle. The cooking: The waffles say that you can oven bake or fry them. I don't have a fryer, so oven was the option for me. I followed the instructions exactly, and put them in a hot oven for 15 minutes. This was enough to give them a light golden hue, and they didn't stick to the tray at all which is good as sometimes cheaper frozen foods do. They also give off a lovely homely hot potato smell which makes your mouth water. The taste: All the family enjoyed these waffles. They are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. They are exactly as a waffle should be, and tasted great - lightly seasoned and very potatoey. We adults had 3 waffles each and this was ok with sausages and beans, and the kids had 2 each, and these portions were fine as part of a meal. The result: We will not be looking back to expensive branded waffles after trying these, as long as the price stays low. I am considering trying them as a side-dish for cooked breakfast at the weekend as a treat... Happy waffling!
When we were in Aldi yesterday I brought a box of Champion potato waffles because I love waffles and knew I wouldn't have time to go to the other supermarket to get the Birds Eye ones. I have just had 2 for my dinner and they are wicked and there isn't much of a difference between these and Birds Eye apart from the price. These were about 80p for 12 and in the shop by me the same amount of Birds Eye waffles are £1.39 so that's quite a lot of money to save. You can cook them under the grill or fry them or do them in the oven. I put mine in the oven because I was doing fish at the same time so it was easy to put them in together. They're not as fluffy inside as Birds Eye waffles but they're still proper nice and fluffy enough that they are filling and tasty. They taste like fried potato even though they were cooked in the oven and I think they're a bit greasy tasting and they left more grease than usual on the baking tray. I put salt and vinegar on mine and had them like that with the fish and they were a nice change from pasta or chips but you do feel like a bit of a kid eating them. They're wicked dipped in red sauce but most sauces go well with Birds Eye waffles and I reckon these would be the same because of how much like them they are in the flavour. My mum did my little sister one last night and she had hers with beans on the top and she enjoyed it so much that she ate it all even though she doesn't usually finish a meal. She liked it that she could feed them herself as well because these waffles stay in one piece better than the Birds Eye ones so they stayed on her fork better. I reckon these are a bargain at 80p and you should try them if you go into Aldi because even though the box looks proper cheap they are a nice meal.
I recently purchased 12 potato waffles for 75p in my local Aldi store, I have previously been buying 12 for £1.00 from my local Iceland (Birds Eye ones) so it does pay to shop around. The waffles are provided in a cardboard box which is recyclable and helps to keep the waffles, and their crumbs, from falling out all inside my freezer. Each waffle contains around 95 calories and 3.5g which is slightly better than the Birds Eye ones and they appear to be the same size. This can be cooked under the grill for 8 minutes (turning halfway) or baked in the oven for 15 minutes (turning halfway), I know from recent experience that you are B-B-Q waffles and they don't taste too bad at all, just ensure that the coals are white before you throw them on for 5-8 minutes. Once baked or grilled for the recommended amount of time these should be lovely and crisp and golden on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. I did notice the difference between this and my usual ones as they tasted a little more greasy. They were still soft & fluffy but they just didn't taste quite as nice. Once I'd covered them in beans or sauce it was barely noticable and for a 25% cost saving I'll definitely be purchasing these again. These are low in saturated fat and contain no artificial ingredients so you can feel very good about feed these to your children in moderation of course. The taste of the waffles is good, the price is great, the packaging is recycled and best of all these aren't too high in calories or fat at all. I would recommend them but if you don't mind spending a little more then purchase the Birds Eye ones. These waffles get a 4/5 from me as they weren't the best I've ever tasted but the price makes them reasonable for my shopping budget.
Knowing my granddaughters' were coming for lunch a couple of weeks ago I picked up a box of these Potato Waffles in Aldi as I know the girls' love waffles and I find they are handy to keep in the freezer. I was impressed at the price of these, 12 waffles costing just 75p which is much cheaper than the Birds Eye equivalent. I cooked the waffles, as usual with this type of product they took an extra 10 minutes before they looked browned enough to serve but to be honest whenever I cook waffles I always add this extra time as this is a general problem specific to these things whatever brand you buy. They looked and smelled very appetising once cooked and I was glad I put the extra one in for myself to have with some baked beans and turkey rashers. They taste a little greasy if I'm honest, the outside of each waffle is a lot greasier that the drier Birds Eye waffles and if I'd realised this before putting them on the plates then I would have laid them out on kitchen roll for a couple of minutes to get rid of the excess. They taste nice though, the potato inside is fluffy and well seasoned while the crispy coating is nicely salty. The waffles have kept their shape well during cooking and have not broken up at all, unlike Birds Eye Waffles which tend to split during turning if I'm not very careful. I find them a little dry so poured my beans on top of them to moisten them a little, but my granddaughters' absolutely love them and didn't know that these were a cheaper brand than I usually buy. If I'm honest I could tell the difference, these taste slightly more processed than the branded waffles I usually buy and the coating didn't look quite so appetising. But then it is very rare for me to eat these so I'll continue to buy these if I'm in Aldi for the girls', although it's not one of those products that I'll be devastated if I can't get to Aldi to buy them! Each waffle contains 95 calories and 3.5g of fat, which from memory I think is a little less than the Birds Eye Waffles which is rather surprising considering the greasy taste of these. They are roughly the same size as the Birds Eye ones too, perhaps a little thinner, and I found the one I ate to be very filling and quite moreish. In fact I could have eaten another couple if I wasn't counting calories at the moment!
I love potato waffles regardless of what make thet are - there all the same!! However i do tend to buy this particular brand a fair bit. Why? because not only are they kind to your wallet but they are just as good as the leading brand. Made from potato they are filling, easy to cook and go with most things. There are several ways that these can be cooked - either fried (yuk!), grilled or baked in the oven. My particular favorite is grilled. That way they go nice and crispy on the outside where still nice and fluffy on the inside. They are ideal at anytime of the day (for me they are been plenty of times when i've got in from a night out and rather filling my face with a take away - i've had a few of these topped with beans!! yum!) and are a great alternative to chips. When my god son comes for tea he likes to have these with sausage and peas :) A must in any freezer.
I haven't had potato waffles for years but I was shopping the other day in Aldi and came across these bad boys in the frozen food section and thought I'd give them ago. I remember eating potato waffles all the time when I was a kid and loved them so thought I would try and rekindle my childhood by purchasing a packet. The Packaging These waffles come in a red box with a picture of one of the waffles on the front as well as the brand name 'Champion Potato waffles' written next o the picture. The waffles are described as 'Crispy waffles made with real mashed potatoes! Oven bake or fry!'. Aswell as the brief product description there is also a little sign on the corner of the box stating that the product was 10/10 winner in the Take a Break magazine poll, that's a good enough reason to eat them in my book. Storage, cooking and nutritional information are contained on the side of the box. Each box contains 12 waffles. Nutritional information As required by law the nutritional information is supplied on the box. The following information is per waffle. Energy - 95Kcal Protein - 1.4g Carbohydrates - 14.7g Of which sugars - 0.8g Fat - 3.4g Of which saturates - 0.5g Fibre - 2.4g Sodium - 0.2g Cooking instructions For best results these waffles should be cooked from frozen which suits me as it means you don't have to waste time waiting for them to defrost. You can cook the in the oven or deep fry them but I prefer the oven option as it's a healthier option and I personally think they taste better this way. The take about 5 minutes in the fryer and 15 minutes in the oven so if you are in a rush then the fryer is probably the best option. Appearance After being cooked the waffles look and smell wonderful. They will have a crispy golden brown outer and a soft and fluffy inner which tastes really great. The waffles take the usual waffle shape of a grid which in this case is four squares by 5 squares. They are also a decent size so three waffles as a serving is probably more than enough for one person. The Taste Test These things taste as good as they look and sent me straight back to my childhood. It may be processed potato but I don't care because its so tasty. I haven't tried any other brands recently so I cant compare it too though but I can say that I would choose these over chips any day and I think they are probably better for you as well. I personally like these with a decent helping of either tomato sauce or baked beans. The Price A pack of 12 waffles cost 69 p which I think is an absolute bargain, but like I said before I'm not sure how other brands compare. The Verdict In conclusion I would have to say that these are definitely worth a purchase as they are so cheap and taste really good. They are also really easy to cook and go great with pretty much any other foods and they may even revive the kid in you which cant be bad!!!