On the last full day of my work trip to London last month I made a quick dash to Waitrose to buy some final food souvenirs. (Side note: I almost wrote “recent work trip”, then I realized it was nearly a month ago! Where has March gone??). Anyway, I knew I wanted to get J some kind of interesting crisps, of which there are abundant varieties available in England. I was in a rush and didn’t have much time to analyze the selection, so I impulsively grabbed these:
Because who doesn’t like bacon, right? Also, in my experience the Waitrose store brand products are really very good (like the wrap and cookie I bought for the flight home). These are corn-based crisps that, interestingly enough, are safe for vegetarians and vegans. I guess no actual animal products go into the production of bacon flavoring. Anyway, I hoped J would like them (and that he’d be willing to share a few with me). He did.
Definitely have to give Waitrose credit for the image on the bag looking exactly like the actual product. I was also impressed by the flavor — these crispy corn-based rectangles really did provide a remarkable imitation of the flavor of bacon, salty and smokey with a savory quality very much like that of an actual meat product. J also said he anticipated that they might be a little dry or tasteless, but found them to be “surprisingly good”. I’d say that evaluation sums it up pretty well — well done, Waitrose :-).