By Veggie Tom
I’ve tasted Tyrrell’s English Summer Barbecue crisps… should you put a bag in the trolley or leave them on the shelf?
The blurb reads: “Beach barbecue seasoned potato crisps. Windbreaks at the ready! Here’s a suitably smoky tribute to the jolly optimism of the English seaside barbecue. Chin up chaps, it might not rain.”
OK: Tyrrell’s make one of the best premium crisps on the market. They’re extremely crispy, very moreish and typically packed with good flavours – which is why I’ve always rated them over their main rival, Kettle Chips. The latter have a slightly oily, bitter quality after you’ve eaten a lot… and let’s be clear here: if I’ve bought a big bag of crisps, I’m planning to eat a lot.
The tasting note: Dreaming up new varieties can’t be easy. Tyrell’s has tried to put its own stamp on the classic barbecue flavour, but the result isn’t as good as it might be – the mix of spices gives it smokiness, depth and a touch of heat, but it’s so strong that it also leaves a lingering, bitter aftertaste. There’s still a top quality crisp underneath, but this isn’t the flavour to go for.
Can you eat it? Veggie, vegan-friendly and gluten-free. Contains onion and garlic – and packed in a factory that handles milk, soya, gluten and mustard.
Should you put it in the trolley? Tyrrell’s make a cracking premium crisp. This flavour has sweetness, smokiness, spice and a little heat – but the flavouring is a bit strong and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.
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Tyrrell’s English Summer Barbecue
Tyrrell’s make a cracking premium crisp. This flavour has sweetness, smokiness, spice and a little heat – but the flavouring is a bit strong and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Tasted by Veggie Tom. Tasted by Veggie Tom.
Not forgetting: Barcode:5060042640775
Tyrrell’s Sea Salt & Black Pepper Potato Chips
Want sea salt and black pepper crisps? These are as good as you’ll find anywhere, so if the price fits – put it in the trolley. Labelled as Vegan friendly, but packed in factory that handles milk!
Not forgetting: Barcode: 5060042640751
Tyrrell’s Sweet Chilli & Rep Pepper Hand Cooked Potato Chips
Tyrrell’s is one of the premium hand cooked potato crisps on the supermarket shelves. The bite crunch and the flavour is first class, but so are many of the supermarket’s cheaper own brand versions.
Not forgetting: Barcode: 5060042640744
Tyrrell’s Lightly Sea Salted Hand Fried Potato Chips
As good as you’ll find on any shelf, so if the flavour, size and price fits – put it in the trolley. Labelled as Vegan friendly, but packed in a factory that handles milk
Not forgetting: Barcode: 5060042643363
Tyrrell’s Furrows Hand Cooked Potato Chips Mature Cheddar & Pickled Onion
These cheese and onion crisps deliver their top-notch flavours in furrows Buy if the price and size fits.