No Christmas party, lunch time or mid afternoon snack is complete without a decent sized portion of crisps.

So when I was tasked with trying some supermarkets’ Christmas-themed crisps, I knew it wasn’t going to be an arduous job.

But with so many different Christmas dinner-flavoured or festive-infused snacks out there, how would I be able to choose from the thousands lining the supermarket shelves?

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Everyone knows the fundamentals of a good crisp – the perfect amount of crispiness and crunch, packed full of flavour that lasts, and actually recognisable as the flavour it’s supposed to taste of.

And because it’s the festive season, we went straight for the crisps flavoured like the Christmas Day main event – roast turkey.

M&S Turkey Feast Christmas Combo Mix

Would you like some crisp with that salt? (Image: Ellen Jenne)

First up was M&S’s answer to a kids Christmas party – a packet full of different shaped snacks, heaps of “natural” additives, and excitement.

It was my first taste of festive snacks this year, so it wasn’t hard for me to get stuck into the taste test.

But all I could taste from the first bite was salt, not turkey as I had been promised.

The salt built up a wall which masked any other flavour the crisps might’ve held and it lingered for a while after too.

I could feel the salt tingling the inside of my mouth, leaving me disappointed I wasn’t tasting a succulent turkey.

Yes, the shapes of the crisps were amusing, but it brought nothing to the table – they would definitely be amusing for children.

The crunch was on point, but sadly it didn’t make up for the distinct lack of TURKEY.

Overall, M&S could do better… way better.

Score – 2/5

M&S Hand cooked Turkey & Trimmings

The crisps were screaming out for some turkey (Image: Ellen Jenne)

From the first glance of the packaging, I knew these crisps would have to be better than their Combo Mix counterparts.

These crisps looked like they would be reserved for grown up parties, so I expected great things.

At first bite they were instantly better than the Combo Mix, but again they still didn’t taste like turkey?!

Did M&S not get the memo?

They were reminiscent of Walkers Sensations Roast Chicken crisps, which is close but not close enough.

The flavour dissipated quite quickly and I was left with the familiar taste of salt.

It was unpleasant but the snacks were screaming out for some turkey (as was I).

They were incredibly moreish – the type of crisps you could just keep on eating, but still didn’t make me feel like I was having a Christmas roast.

Score – 2.5/5

Waitrose Christmas Iberico Ham & Fig Hand Cooked Crisps

Dinner on summer holiday in the Med… or Christmas crisp? (Image: Ellen Jenne)

The first of the two competitors from Waitrose was slightly different to the rest of the field. Whether that would be a hindrance or not, I was yet to find out.

Ham and fig reminds me of a Mediterranean holiday, a flavour combo you’d enjoy in the summer while sipping a glass of wine.

The first thing you noticed about these crisps was the bright reddish colour, something akin to paprika-flavoured Pringles, as well as the size of each chip.

We’d obviously picked out a good batch.

Instantly, the taste took me back to the taste of Frazzles, the iconic bacon snack.

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but it did feel like I had been cheated.

I also couldn’t taste the fig. I think the idea of Frazzles just got in the way and masked any other flavour my taste buds attempted to identify.

Whatever seasoning Waitrose decided to put on these crisps was not either a Christmas meal or a summer holiday dinner.

Score – 2/5

Waitrose Christmas Turkey & Stuffing Tortilla Chips

Give me every Christmas crisps shaped like tiny trees (Image: Ellen Jenne)

These were the crisps I’d been waiting for. Not just because I might finally taste a snack that beautifully emulates a Christmas dinner, but they were also shaped like Christmas trees.

Now if that doesn’t say Christmas, I don’t know what does.

The tortilla chip had already got me feeling festive once I took hold of the tiny Christmas tree.

When it came down to taste, this chip was already the winner.

Although it didn’t scream turkey and stuffing, it was the closest thing to a Christmas dinner we’d had all day.

A slight downside was that the taste, much like the M&S Turkey & Trimmings, the flavour didn’t last very long and the remaining chip became bland very quickly.

However, if you want to impress your party guests this year, these are the crisps you want.

Even if the flavour doesn’t blow you away, they’ll still give your shindig a seasonal aesthetic.

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And if you tried really hard, like really, really hard, you could taste the Yorkshire pudding, pigs in blankets and a whiff of gravy.

Overall, the tortilla chips were by far the most superior of a very lacklustre bunch.

Score – 3.5/5

The Verdict

I think if supermarkets are going to continue to produce Christmas dinner themed crisps, they need to take a hard look at themselves and re-evaluate their taste buds.

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