Designed with children in mind, Veronica's Snacks are a tasty, low-fat, gluten free, vegetarian-friendly alternative to traditional crisps and potato snacks. Each packet of Veronica's contains 60% less fat than traditional crisps, making them an ideal snack for children. With two flavours of potato crisps and two flavours of veggie crisps, adults will find themselves drawn to the Veronica's range, too. And just for kids, there's a new range of dinosaur-shaped cheesy crisps!
Disclaimer: I was provided with these snacks for the purpose of writing a review. Neither my opinions nor any bit of this post has been purchased, influenced or written on behalf of anyone from Veronica's Snacks and any affiliated companies. This reviews is 100% my own opinion. Thank you to Veronica's Snacks for allowing us to sample these treats!
Veronica's Gluten Free Baked CrispsThese dinosaur-shaped cheese puff-style crisps were a huge hit in our flat with a certain soon-to-be 3 year old. Callum, who loves all things dinosaurs, was absolutely tickled when I opened the packet and tumbled the dinosaur shaped cheese puffs into his bowl.
You can see why, these little guys are so detailed! And so tasty, too! Don't tell anyone, but they're my favourite from the entire Veronica's range. Yes, they're yummy, but doing the Dinosaur Stomp with these little munchies adds a level of satisfaction to my snacking that I was previously unaware I was missing!
Generally, we keep a pretty close reign on the amount of crisps we give Callum because E numbers, fat, etc. But with Veronica's, most of that has been taken into consideration to provide truly scrummy snacks without the nasties found in regular crisps.
For the big people, there's a range of potato snacks and veggie snacks, both of which have two distinct flavours. On the potato side of the fence, you've got barbeque and sour cream, herb and onion. Rooting for the veggies is tangy roast tomato with paprika and roast garlic and mixed herbs.
One of the things I found with these crisps, is that it was a little shocking and off-putting to discover that each crisp was pretty much exactly the same. Usually, in a bag of crisps, you'll have a range of shapes, sizes--some with jagged edges, some from slightly larger potatoes et cetera. With these, save for a few crisps damaged in transit, each one was exactly the same shape and size. To the point where I found myself stacking them like blocks instead of eating them. I'm sure it's just a mind over matter thing, but it was a bit strange for there not to be any discrepancy and disparity in the shape of the crisps. Initially, a red flag went off in my brain and I thought: Wait a minute! These are all too perfect, too manufactured; they must be full of rubbish and not actually any potato!
Well, they aren't full of rubbish and there is actual potato in there but it's just potato starch; there isn't anyone slicing spuds and shoving them in an oven at the Veronica's factory. I'm not 100% convinced by this, but when it comes to crisps, I'm a purist, generally tending to opt for the classic, ready salted crunchy variety. That's perhaps why the dinosaurs were my favourite.
But, for the sake of this review, I took the leftover samples to work and doled them out amongst the ladies there, many of whom are dieting. (Find me an office where 75% of the workers aren't dieting! I dare you!) These crisps were a huge hit! Huge. Apparently, I'm alone in my preference for the cheesy dinosaurs, because those with a more refined palette (and of the persuasion of being over the age of 4) preferred the actual crisps.
Interestingly, the one person who didn't particularly care for them is my fellow Coeliac in the office. I wonder if there's just something about the texture that's a bit off putting? She couldn't quite put her finger on it and neither can I.
As a Coeliac on a gluten-free diet, it's nice to see more companies making gluten-free foods and snacks a priority. Anything that makes it easier for me to find food with my food allergy is a bonus. The only drawback is crisps are already generally gluten free, so it's perhaps less exciting for me to have these crisps than it would be if Veronica's Snacks were to branch out into other areas of the snack market and make other things gluten free and low in fat. Like brownies and cookies. But, in the mean time, I'm quite content with these scrummy dinosaurs! I might even share them ...