Viva Potato Crisps "Salt & Vinegar"

Viva Snacks

As with a majority of the snacks and candy I reviews on this site, I have good things and bad things to say about these potato chips. Unlike some of those snacks I would say that the good and bad of these chips are pretty much even. The end result is that I liked these well enough, but I didn’t love them. I think I’ll start review with what I liked about these chips.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a bag of potato chips that appeared more homemade like than these. First of all, they taste like potatoes. This seems like an odd thing to say this about potato chips, but if you think about it, some chips taste almost nothing like a potato, instead they feel processed and the flavouring takes over. The second feature that made them feel homemade was the way they were sliced. The two descriptions I would give the way these chips are sliced is “uneven” and “thick”. You might think that uneven would be a bad thing, but in this case it worked. It has to do with the fact that although they were uneven, they were all well cooked. The thick chips were cooked all the way through and the thin chips weren’t burnt. It gave these potato chips an interesting variety texture wise.

As for why these didn’t work, it’s all about the flavour expectation. They were salty, but the vinegar was barely there at all. It was so subtle that after eating about half the bag the vinegar flavour seemed to totally disappear. I’m a big fan of strong flavoured salt and vinegar chips, and these failed at that completely. I do wonder if I would have enjoyed the same brand’s regular salt flavoured chips more because of this.