Give Alex a big bag of crisps and he could devour them in one sitting.
When melty crackers launched, he was at peak crisp eating, and although consumption dropped slightly since then, they still have a big place in our flat.
I don’t eat many crisps myself, but warm nachos, now that’s a different matter altogether. So when I was invited to try a brand of crisps which could be warmed in the microwave,and were served with a dip, I couldn’t resist.
Fairfields Farm is a family run business, based in Essex, which has been going for three generations. Alongside maize and rye, Fairfields Farm grows potatoes and has been producing crisps since 2006 – but these Heat & Eat variety were brand new in 2017. Powered solely by renewable energy, the farm hand cooks it’s crisps on-site – pretty cool.
The Heat & Eat Crisps were the first of their kind in the UK, and are available in two flavours; Sea Salted with Tomato Salsa Dip and Cheese & Chive with Caramelised Onion Dip. Each bag contains 125g of hand-cooked crisps and a 50g dip.
They’re so simple to prepare…
Rip the top. Remove the sauce. 30 seconds in the microwave. They’re ready for munching. Peel back the lid of the pot and get dipping.
The crisps are surprisingly still crunchy. No soggy crisps in sight. Although it is easy to overcook, so keep an eye on timing and don’t leave in the microwave too long.
The hand cooked sea salted crisps were my fave – I love a good plain crisp. The accompanying thick tomato salsa was relatively smooth, only slightly tangy and deliciously bold.
The cheese & chive were deep in cheesy flavour. Like a mature cheddar, they were potent, yet delicious. The caramelized onion chutney was sweet and tangy, and just off-smooth. The perfect pair for the cheesy flavour.
I think warm crisps are SO much better. Alex thought strange at first, but really enjoyed it too. They’re even gluten free, so I don’t need to worry about this for visitors either.
We’ve now tried them a few times; whilst playing Wii over beers, snacking during the football and for movie day. Each time they did not disappoint.
- Quality: Thin cut, hand-cooked (with renewable energy!). Great taste and crunch.
- Ease of use: Super simple. 30 seconds and your movie night snack is ready for munching
- Best use: Any snacking occasion. Crisps and dip in one = perfect.
- Price: £1.85 a bag. Not bad considering it comes with a dip too!
- Would we recommend trying? – YES. Alex said he’d definitely consider these with his top picks. Especially as they come with such a good dip.
- Availability: Tesco Stores Nationwide
What are your fave movie day snacks?
*We were sent several packs to try. All views our own.