Arguably the nation's favourite savoury snack, crisps are perfect for any occasion — popping into your lunchbox, munching on with friends, or as a simple pub treat. However, we're seeing more and more outlandish crisp flavours being released almost every week! This makes it difficult to know what's going to be delicious and what may be pushing the boundaries too far — smoked salmon, cream cheese, or champagne-flavoured crisps anyone?
To help you decide which ones are worth the calories, and which to add to your shopping list, we're embarking on a challenging task: narrowing down the top 10 best crisps in the UK. We'll check out all the varieties — healthy, gluten-free, vegan, and multipacks of classic, favourite British flavours. Read on to find out our favourites, available at Amazon, Tesco, ASDA, and Waitrose, from brands such as Walkers, Doritos, Quavers, Tyrell's and Kettle.
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For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:
This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.
Classic Variety Multipack
Serrano Chilli & Yucatan Honey
Sensations - Thai Sweet Chilli
Veg Crisps Garden Greens
Max Strong - Jalapeño and Cheese
Chilli Heatwave Corn Chips
Tomato and Basil Hummus Chips
Black Truffle and Sea Salt
Original Multipack Crisps
Mature Cheddar and Red Onion
The Classic Multipack of 12 From the UK’s Favourite Crisp Brand
Crunchy Tortilla Chips Containing 3 Types of Spicy Chilli With Undertones of Smooth Honey
Premium Crisps in a Sensational Combination of Flavours With a Super-Crunchy Texture
All-Natural, Vegetable Crisps That Are Low in Salt but Full of Flavour
Ridged, Thick Crisps, That Are Full of Flavour and Go Perfectly Paired With a Cold Beer
Spicy Chilli Heatwave Crisps With a Crunchy Texture, Perfect for Dipping
Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly, and Incredibly Tasty Crisps in Tomato and Basil Hummus Flavour
A Crunch of Luxury With These Hand-Cooked British Crisps in Black Truffle and Sea Salt Flavour
Bear-Shaped, Light and Airy Crisps, Loved by Both Kids and Adults
A Sophisticated Take On the Classic Cheese and Onion, Containing No Artificial Flavourings or Preservatives
|Cooking Method||Oven baked||Toasted||Oven baked||-||-||Baked and fried||-||Hand cooked||Fried||Hand cooked|
|Flavour||Ready salted, cheese and onion, salt and vinegar, prawn cocktail||Serrano chilli and Yucatan honey||Thai sweet chilli||French bean, sugar snap peas, and black edamame||Jalapeño and cheese||Chilli||Tomato and basil||Black truffle and sea salt||Original (ready salted)||Mature cheddar and red onion|
|Salt Content||Ready salted 0.35 g, cheese and onion 0.3 g, salt and vinegar 0.41 g, prawn cocktail 0.32 g||1.6 g||2.15 g||0.49 g||1.98 g||0.41 g||3.6 g||1.95 g||0.18 g||1.8 g|
|Fat Content||Cheese and onion 7.4 g; ready salted 7.7 g; salt & vinegar 7.4 g; prawn cocktail 7.3 g||6.2 g||6.6 g||14.6 g/100 g||9.9 g/ 30 g||7.5 g/ 30 g||24 g/ 100 g||26.9 g/ 100 g||3.4 g/ 13 g||8.7 g/ 100 g|
|Vegan||All vegetarian, only ready salted, salt and vinegar, and prawn cocktail are vegan||Vegetarian||Vegetarian||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Vegetarian|
|Weight||25 g||160 g||150 g||80 g||150 g||180 g||135 g||150g||13 g||150 g|
Traditional, potato-based crisps are certainly the most popular type out there, with big brands such as Walkers and Kettle Chips dominating the market. This type of crisp tends to offer the most diverse flavours, and tastes great on its own — no need to add houmous or salsa (but you can if you want)!
They can be cooked in a variety of ways, be they fried or baked. As well as the classic style, you might also like ridge-cut or crinkle-cut crisps — these have a larger surface area and an extra crunchy texture, making them very satisfying to munch on.
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When you first think of crisps, the traditional potato crisp is most likely what pops into your head. Potato crisps can certainly be delicate in moderation and when they are not eaten too regularly.
I would always recommend seeking out baked potato crisps rather than fried, as they tend to be lower in calories and lower in fat. And stick to pouring the crisps into bowls or having a snack-sized bag, rather than eating straight out of the bag to avoid overconsuming.
Tortilla chips are made from corn, so they're slightly leaner than their potato counterparts when it comes to calories, averaging around 15kcal less per pack. However, they're pretty similar to potato crisps in regards to other nutritional values.
This type of crisp often has added flavours like chilli or cheese, which make them a delicious snack any time of the day. And of course, some of the main reasons to choose this type of crisp are to create homemade nachos, and because they are the ideal shape for scooping up tasty dips such as guacamole and salsa.
Tortilla chips are another tasty option on the shelves, and they are particularly great because they are perfect for dipping.
Tortilla chips are not necessarily healthier than regular potato chips. Still, they are naturally gluten-free, which can be advantageous if you have a gluten intolerance or choose to eat gluten-free. I personally love eating tortilla chips with homemade guacamole or salsa, which are the healthiest options for dips.
If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional snacks but you’re still craving a satisfying crunch, then look no further than vegetable crisps! This type tends to be lower in sodium, saturated fats, and other nasties. They’re also great for experiencing new flavours as they often retain the taste of the vegetable that they're made from — this includes beetroot, parsnips, green beans, peas and more.
All-natural crisps are certainly a healthier option when compared to potato and tortilla crisps. These crisps are made from vegetables and often contain more whole ingredients than other crisps.
However, they can still be high in fat due to being fried or baked, so always compare the label when selecting.
Whilst you'll probably already know which flavour you like best, it's a good idea to choose one that will complement whatever else you're eating or drinking for the perfect snacking experience!
Having a couple of pints down the pub? Pick up some cheesy or spicy flavoured crisps that'll go well with the bitter taste of alcohol. Or if you’re taking a packet as part of your packed lunch or to accompany a nice cuppa, you can't go wrong with a milder flavour like good old ready salted.
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Now, it’s worth mentioning that one of the main ingredients in crisps is salt. Just in case you’re unaware, too much salt can lead to serious health conditions later on in life, so it's important to keep an eye on how much you consume on a day to day basis.
The recommended daily intake of salt is around 2.3g per day, which should leave you plenty of space in a balanced diet to have at least one normal-sized packet of crisps. But if you’re on a health kick or trying to reduce your salt intake, you'll want to go for a packet that has 0.5-0.8g instead. Don't worry, there are still plenty of tasty low-salt options out there!
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Eating a diet low in salt and sodium is imperative for good health. Eating too much salt can lead to serious heart issues such as heart attack and stroke, as well as high blood pressure. Ideally, your salt intake should stay below 2g per day.
Crisps are notoriously high in salt, and this needs to be considered when you eat crisps; stick to smaller portions, or ensure you’re compensating by eating less processed food throughout the day.
This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.
|Cooking Method||Oven baked|
|Flavour||Ready salted, cheese and onion, salt and vinegar, prawn cocktail|
|Salt Content||Ready salted 0.35 g, cheese and onion 0.3 g, salt and vinegar 0.41 g, prawn cocktail 0.32 g|
|Fat Content||Cheese and onion 7.4 g; ready salted 7.7 g; salt & vinegar 7.4 g; prawn cocktail 7.3 g|
|Vegan||All vegetarian, only ready salted, salt and vinegar, and prawn cocktail are vegan|
|Flavour||Serrano chilli and Yucatan honey|
|Salt Content||1.6 g|
|Fat Content||6.2 g|
|Cooking Method||Oven baked|
|Flavour||Thai sweet chilli|
|Salt Content||2.15 g|
|Fat Content||6.6 g|
|Flavour||French bean, sugar snap peas, and black edamame|
|Salt Content||0.49 g|
|Fat Content||14.6 g/100 g|
|Flavour||Jalapeño and cheese|
|Salt Content||1.98 g|
|Fat Content||9.9 g/ 30 g|
|Cooking Method||Baked and fried|
|Salt Content||0.41 g|
|Fat Content||7.5 g/ 30 g|
|Flavour||Tomato and basil|
|Salt Content||3.6 g|
|Fat Content||24 g/ 100 g|
|Cooking Method||Hand cooked|
|Flavour||Black truffle and sea salt|
|Salt Content||1.95 g|
|Fat Content||26.9 g/ 100 g|
|Flavour||Original (ready salted)|
|Salt Content||0.18 g|
|Fat Content||3.4 g/ 13 g|
|Cooking Method||Hand cooked|
|Flavour||Mature cheddar and red onion|
|Salt Content||1.8 g|
|Fat Content||8.7 g/ 100 g|
If you are diabetic, you should avoid foods high in refined sugars, salt, and fat especially. Highly processed and manufactured foods are generally not an excellent fit for diabetics, and this, unfortunately, includes crisps. Whole foods and those naturally low in salt and unhealthy fats will be a better selection if you have diabetes.
Crisps are not exclusively bad for you, and they will not cause weight gain if you enjoy them and remain within your daily allowance for calories. The problem with crisps is that they are pretty high in calories and fat, and most tend to overeat.
A practical, average serving of crisps is much smaller than the average person would consume crisps, and overeating will cause weight gain. Ensure that you save crisps for a special treat, and stick to snack-sized portions, and they will not make you fat.
Written and researched by Lewis Clark
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