“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Crisps „
I have been buying these for as long as I can remember and if we ever decide to get a big bag of crisps we almost always opt for these. They come from Tesco where they cost 95p for a 150g bag. Over Christmas they also sell bigger bags of 300g but I'm not sure how much these are. The packaging has changed from when dooyoo added their picture, it now has a chequered design of gold and orange with a large picture of a cheese ball in each one. Black writing on a silver background tells us they are Tesco Cheese Balls, they are cheese flavoured maize snacks and they contain no artificial colours, flavours or MSG. The bag is about 2/3 full and as soon as you open it you are greeted with a strong smell of cheese, similar to the smell of wotsits. The cheese balls are bright orange and are a decent size, each one is just under an inch round. The cheese balls taste lovely! Each one is coated well in the cheesy powder and they have a strong cheesy flavour. The maize is crisp and crunchy and they melt in your mouth. Only problem is I cant just have a few, I can easily much my way through half the bag! A serving which is recommended to be one sixth of the bag contains 135 calories, 0.7g sugar, 8.5g fat, 0.9g saturates and 0.5g salt. I really like these cheese balls, I wish they sold them in smaller bags. They are great for a tasty treat!
These kind of Crisps are very more ish. It always the larger bags of Crisps from the Supermarket that are the nice ones, and these cost about 60p for the 150g. From the same range in Tesco you get Salt N Vinegar Sticks, and Onion Rings. The bag are large enough and although there is loads of room in the bag as they aren't full all the way up, but there is a good amount in the bag. they are a bit heavier Crisps than other ones due to them being a bit denser and compacted Crisps. The bag is a shiny orange colour and has a nice looking picture of a large bowl of these Crisps. When you open the bag you get a nice strong scent of Cheese from here. The Crisps are ball shaped, and pretty orange coloured. As I mentioned you can smell the Cheese from these and it is a strong cheddar scent. I wasn't sure if you would get that Cheesy taste when you bite into these, and although it seems a bit fainter tasting when you bite into these you can still taste the Cheese tang through the crisps. When you bite into these they get a little bit crumb like and perhaps slightly crumbly, but not too much. I wouldn't say they are that crunchy either, although when you first bite into these there is a crunch, but then they get a bit mushy when you are eating these. There is a fair few calories and fat in this bag, and I would find it easy enough to finish the bag in 1 sitting. It's easy just to keep nibbling away at these, and they are cheap and full of flavour. The only bag thing is that I find that bits of these Crisps get stuck between my teeth, but they can always be picked out. A nice snack that is that bit different than a normal bag of Crisps.
I am a massive wotsits fan but I am always willing to try other alternatives to them as sometimes the alternatives can be even more yummy. When I saw these Cheese balls in Tesco I grabbed a packet mainly because they was a big bag and I was feeling particularly piggish. They come in a 150g bag for 99p so perfect for sharing or pigging out on as I had planned to do. When I opened the bag I was rather surprised at just how big these cheesy balls were! Even though they are quite large they are not too heavy and have quite a melt in the mouth effect which is just so scrummy. I think the cheese flavour is actually a bit nicer than wotsits, it's evenly distributed throughout the packet and is not at all too strong or too mild, just perfect! I didn't try and finish the packet in one go though, that would be a minor feat in itself to manage that so they would last me a few sittings. I think if you put these in a bowl at a party they would be eaten in no time at all, as they are just so tasty. Of course something as tasty as this isn't going to be particularly healthy for you with 33.8g of fat and 540 calories in a 100g, but if your looking for a yummy nibble then grab a packet of these.
Tesco Cheese Balls are of course a rip-off of Wotsits but shaped differently and of course made by Tesco. Normally I am quite wary of supermarket crisps as the reduction in price is sadly reflected by the reduction in quality of the product and I have tasted some dreadful Walkers copies by a certain supermarket. However these were opened in the kitchen so I grabbed a handful and was pleasantly surprised. I have only seen these Cheese Balls in what I believe to be called sharing bag size and not individual size. The bag cost 88p so for 125grams it is pretty good value. The packaging is unsurprisingly orange themed and actually, though I am sure that this was not done deliberately, the design of orange and gold squares in a chequered layout with a ball in the middle, really makes me think of one of those modern paintings. These maize snacks are spherically shaped and taste of artificial cheese. This is not me knocking the product, it is how cheese crisps generally taste, but many either under-flavour, or worse, over-flavour them. These however seem to have got the balance right and they are very easy to eat. Unfortunately they are a bit salty and can make you quite thirsty after eating a few. These would make a perfect snack for the cinema if you aren't too self-aware about the crunching sound when you eat them. One thing to watch out for though is the calorie count as eating a sixth of the bag contains 135 calories so they aren't low fat by any means.