For many celebrating Christmas, food plays a significant role in making the occasion extremely special.
That’s why every year supermarkets race to create the next big festive dish to mark the holidays. But nothing is as baffling as the random assortment of Christmas dinner flavoured crisps from Co-op.
However, I couldn’t help but wonder whether some of the Co-op brand’s crisps were worth having a go, especially with the release of the gravy flavoured puffs, just in time for Christmas 2021.
So I decided to see for myself what they actually tasted like.
I headed down to my nearest Co-op to pick up a share bag of Gravy Puffs, which cost just £1, as well as other flavoured Christmas dinner crisps I could find.
The only other two flavours I was able to purchase in store were the Cheddar Cheese and Truffle flavoured crisps and the Ultimate Roast Potato crisps.
Also new to Co-op this year were the Irresistible Pigs in Blankets Hand Cooked Crisps and the Irresistible Hog Roast Crisps, which you can grab for just £1.70 per share bag.
Due to religious reasons, I selected only three flavours to taste and here is my verdict on each.
1) Gravy Puffs
These maize snacks are Wotsits, but make it gravy. I was unsure about how they would taste as I am not entirely a fan of gravy. However, I didn’t wish to judge as many online have reviewed the new flavour as “the bomb”, and the crisps are also suitable for vegans. As I was reaching for a bite, I could already smell a bold aroma of gravy that overwhelmed me initially. Upon eating my first puff, I instantly knew. It was definitely not my cup of tea.
I believed the Gravy Puffs might make having gravy enjoyable as crisps, but I was severely mistaken. The taste had mild hints of gravy but it was equally bitter, it almost became metallic-like. After my second puff, which I ate only to double-check if I was certain this wasn’t as edible as the first one, I had to stop. It was even worse than I imagined and it certainly didn’t bring me into the festive mood. Bah humbug. 2/10
2) Cheddar Cheese and Truffle Flavour Crisps
As soon as I had my first bite, I was in smiles as though I had won a million pounds. Cheese crisps get me everytime. The poignant taste of truffle and the smoothness of the cheddar made a great combination, so it wasn’t a shock that I was overall pleased. Moreover, the crunch was there, and you need a good crunch. I even forced myself to stop eating multiple times as I was filming my reaction to various flavoured crisps on camera. I’m a better person. The sun shone brighter. 8/10
3) Ultimate Roast Potato Crisps
Last, but not least, the roast potato flavoured crisps I thought may be somewhat impressive but after testing it out, it was just.. Alright. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. Even with the added Cornish sea salt, rosemary, roasted garlic and black pepper to give the Roast Potato flavour a distinctive taste, it missed the mark. It tasted a little too salty and soapy. It just wasn’t to my liking. 5/10
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For those who were hoping to avoid cooking during Christmas, you might have to pick up a recipe book and make some roast potatoes, turkey and gravy from scratch. You’ll thank me later.
The Gravy Puffs are available in all stores and other Christmas dinner flavoured crisps are also accessible to purchase, for those intrigued to try some as well.