Christmas is a time for supermarkets to lose all their inhibitions, and start selling food that nobody really wants or asked for. Like gin-filled mine pies, or Tesco's candy cane-flavour crisps. But crisps that taste a bit like toothpaste sound a hell of a lot more appealing that Iceland's new festive offering. How do they even isolate the taste of a Christmas tree anyway?
The horrible-sounding flavour crisps have just gone on sale as part of the supermarket's 'hand made' range, which often includes a number of posh flavours. Pigs in blankets, lobster cocktail, and other combinations you won't get as part of your daily meal deal. Apparently each 180 gram bag uses oil made from real pine needles, and costs £1. They're also salted, in case you were wondering what other tastes may have been thrown into the bag.
Iceland’s Head Chef, Neil Nugent, said:
"At Iceland we are always evolving our product range to include the latest foods and trends. The Christmas Tree Crisps have a slight ready salted flavour with a hint of pine that creates a completely new combination, unlike any other festive flavour."
I don't doubt that the flavour is unique, but unique isn't always a good thing. They don't sound great, and I have to agree with some Instagram users who have assumed they'll taste just like potpourri. That said, I'm not willing to write them off without trying them, as reluctant as I am to actually go out and buy such a huge bag at the risk of not liking them.
Someone go out and try them for me, and leave a comment with your own taste analysis. Your reward will be the love and admiration of your fellow readers. [Metro]