Waitrose Spicy Plantain Crisps with Sweet Chilli and Lime

by Hot Juan on March 6, 2011 · 3 comments

in Product Reviews

Waitrose Plantains Crisps

Waitrose Plantains Crisps

I am sitting in the conservatory wondering what to review, it has been a busy weekend so far so I had already miss out on what sounded like a great night with the Clifton Chilli Club. But I have in front of me a bag of goodies from Waitrose, as as I know who made them (Crisps Manufacture in Staffordshire?? must be Glennans) I am going to pick out the Spicy Plantain Crisps to review..

So what is a Plantain, well it is a close relative of the Banana, but they are firmer and contain less sugar than the Bananas we eat here in the UK. The Plantains use in this packet have been sourced from Ecuador, where they are treated as a vegetable, In Ecuador such deep fried Plantain crips would be called Chifles.

In the past a Chipotle flavouring we developed was used on Plantain crisps, so I am very interested to taste these and see how they compare.

The 100g packet has that understated class that the Waitrose style seems to ouse, I think they do food with style much better than M&S these days.

On opening the packet, there is no strong smell, but the Plantain crisps have a great deep golden colour with darker brown edges where the skin has crisped, they look as if some of them have been cut on the slant with the slices as long as 8cm long and 2-3cm wide, while other are the round profile you expect.

Waitrose Plantains Golden and Crispy

Waitrose Plantains Golden and Crispy

They are slightly thicker that potato crisps and the crunch is not as sharp, but they are still crispy and a unique Banana taste, but not sweet.

For me the sweet Chilli and Lime flavour is to mild, but having said that, you would not want to loose the fact that these crisps and Plantain and not Potato, over so the flavour and it would be anything deep fried…

Ingredients: Plantain (65%), Sunflower Oil, Sweet Chilli and Lime Flavouring (Sugar, Wheat Dextrose, Salt, Chilli Powder, Paprika, Rice flour, Red Pepper, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Citric Acid, Garlic Powder, Maize Maltodexrin, Tomato Powder, Cumin, Lime Juice, Black Pepper, Fennel, Colour Paprika Extract, Flavourings, Oregano, Anti Caking Agent Silicon Dioxide, Rapeseed Oil).

Having said that I still think you could add a bit more flavouring to the mix, the Lime is very mild and the Chilli is just a hint. Having said that the packet has not lasted long, they are very pleasing snack, that I would be happy to have any time, and at only £1.75 a pack they not a bad price either.


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avatar Cubes August 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I’ve tasted better cardboard than these Waitrose crisps, the chilli is non existent and the lime is soo weak you would be hard pressed to tell it was part of the ‘flavour’ had you not read it on the packet. Please cease production of such a useless, tasteless, boring product – things like this just give you a bad name! Would be interesting to know how many repeat purchases are made, very few I’ll warrant. 2/10.


avatar Hot Juan August 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I can remember when we used to have crisps made for us that getting consistent flavour was the hardest thing, next time I am in Waitrose I will give them another try.


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