Snacking is a guilty pleasure most of us have, sometimes we do it to save time and sometimes just to kill boredom. The statistics show that an average person consumes 150 packages of crisps a year which makes them one of the favourite snacks of Brits, even though they are not the healthiest to consume. But if you like to enjoy some crisps here and there, it is okay who are we to judge! They are delicious indeed. The question we wondered was, are all crisps vegan? The answer to this is, as expected, NO! Most mainstream brands you can find in your local supermarket or off-license include milk powder as well as whet powder which contains traces of rennet. So, we made a little research and a taste test of vegan friendly crisps that are offered by mainstream brands. Please enjoy responsibly!
Walkers are known as the nation’s favourite crisp brand and many of their flavours are vegan. Including; Salt & Vinegar, Prawn Cocktail (strangely), Worchester Sauce. Having tasted all three for you, we are relieved to announce the Salt & Vinegar of Walkers is always a winner. It compliments beer if you are looking for a quick pub snack. And they are super easy to find and as you all know and extremely cheap.
If you are looking for a sophisticated twist into your occasional snacking experience Sensations is worth considering. Beware, not all their flavours are vegan and you should check the label for whey as well as some meat products as they do use real ingredients, but these are easy to spot. The little poppadum crisps are great in texture and taste with a hint of coriander.
Plain simple tortilla crisps might not be enjoyable on their own, but they do bring the party alive with some salsa or guacamole. Many popular Doritos flavours are not vegan unfortunately and we find them a bit too strong with the dipping sauces. Sainsbury's simple tortilla chips would make a great substitute.
Pea snacks are the new healthy alternative to regular crisps. They are high in protein and fibre, also tastes amazing. Yushoi has five amazing flavours of pea snacks but the Sweet Chilli & Lemon is a winner. The little spicy kick of sweet chilli and the sour lemon is quite addictive. They can be easily found in your local supermarket, but the price is a little bit on the expensive side compared to other mainstream crisps.
These crispy thins take snacking away from being a guilty pleasure and brings it to the healthy side. Their taste might not be suitable for everyone, but they are worth a try. Itsu's crispy seaweed, definitely kills the craving for regular crisps texture wise and very easy to carry around in their small container like packaging. They are widely available in larger supermarkets and also sold by the Itsu chain. However, the downside is; you do not get much for the price you pay!