This crazy flavour freight train just isn't going to stop is it? Savoury flavoured sweets, sweet flavoured savouries. But hey, I'm not one to pass something up just because it sounds strange. Just last year I tried Morrisson's salted caramel pretzels, and this year Tesco have come out with the same flavour, but in crisp form. I've always had good experiences with Tesco Finest crisps, even their apple crumble offering, so I delved into these with an open mind.
Well, even before opening the packet, I assumed that salted caramel is actually a pretty nice fit for crisps, as salt is a very acceptable flavouring to have anyway, just add some caramel and you're good to go. Indeed, the saltiness is pretty much at home here, blending in very nicely with the crunchiness of the crisps. It isn't long until the caramel starts to shine through though, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's sweet, certainly, but it's not overwhelming or sickly. It's a smooth flavour that is always present, and the strangeness is dissipated by the salt. Sure, these aren't perfect, the sweet caramel really doesn't fit all that well with the texture of crunchy potato chips, and the potato taste certainly does break through from time to time, but the flavourings are definitely tasty and well balanced. If you're after something a little different this Christmas, this is certainly a snack that will get people talking, and most likely strongly divide opinions. If you're just after the salted caramel, however, I'd say stick with the sweets.
My rating: 4/5