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NOW CLOSED Walkers Hoops and Crosses - tester review thread

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 17-Apr-13 10:12:01

This thread is for all the MNers who have been trying new Walkers Hoops and Crosses with their DCs. Below are some questions to get you started but please feel free to add other comments too.

Everyone who adds their feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a £250 John Lewis voucher.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

MNHQ

TheTempest Wed 17-Apr-13 10:48:36

Yay I've been picked. Thanks Mumsnet, I haven't received mine yet but I can't wait to try them!

fairsize Wed 17-Apr-13 12:01:05

Ooooo!mine have just been delivered!now do I have a sneaky packet before the kids get home from school?!!!!........

nowwearefour Wed 17-Apr-13 12:03:01

mine have also just been delivered! i am holding off so we can all try a packet together!

Patchouli Wed 17-Apr-13 13:10:17

I'm thinking the same fairsize grin

StuntNun Wed 17-Apr-13 14:06:27

I'm glad I'm not the only one excited to receive crisps in the post. Just got to wait for the boys to come home from school to try them...

stuffedcrusty Wed 17-Apr-13 15:08:46

Why haven't I got mine yet?? <wails>

I got mine this morning. They will be in the DCs lunchboxes tomorrow grin

stuffedcrusty Wed 17-Apr-13 15:30:06

As if by magic the postie just delivered them!
Mmmmmm yum! We've tried the roast beef, and they're just like Roast Beef Monster munch.
I don't like the Salt & Vinegar though.

stuffedcrusty Wed 17-Apr-13 15:36:45

Now I'm over my excitement, I'll review properly:
Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
Both my son and I preferred the roast beef flavour - very moreish.
The salt & vinegar tasted a bit odd, and too sweet.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Yes I would pick wholegrain over another type, as I like the taste and feels like a better choice.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
My son enjoyed them as his afternoon snack and would be thrilled to eat them again but he can't as they're all mine

MrsJohnDeere Wed 17-Apr-13 15:42:34

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
Me: tried both, liked roast beef but didnt like S&V (but never do). Tasted like Monster Munch but nicer!
Ds1 (6yo): tried both, but only liked roast beef
Ds2 (5yo): tried both, liked both, but preferred roast beef

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Great! Would choose in preference to a snack that wasn't whole grain or had more calories.
I was a bit concerned about the sugar levels - higher than other crisps we have at home (did a quick comparison of ingredients)

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Loved them. Would be very happy to have roast beef flavour as a snack (although they aren't actually allowed crisps in school lunch boxes).

kelb6180 Wed 17-Apr-13 15:44:53

Received ours in the post this morning, we are having a taster session this evening after dinner. Kids are pretty excited about the whole thing smile

Kveta Wed 17-Apr-13 16:20:40

just got home from preschool to find the parcel - DS is thrilled and wants crisps for dinner (ha! as if).

He will try some tomorrow smile

I did a little dance earlier when I realised what was in my unexpected parcel. My neighbour saw, and now thinks I'm utterly insane.

Q1 - flavours
I gave the Roast Beef to the DCs. They smell like Monster Munch farts. DS(4) says the flavour is "delicious". I had the S&V and loved them. Clean flavour, no greasy aftertaste, good strength of flavour, etc.

Q2 - wholegrain
I'm not particularly worried about my children's WG intake partly because it is often a con - for example I was unclear whether the "56% wholegrain" claim meant "56% of the grain products" or "56% of the total ingredients" and had to dig to.find out - and partly because we are quite good at genuinely WG breakfast and bread so the rest of the day doesn't matter. These snacks would have a slight advantage over otherwise-similar snacks on the market but other factors such as cost, packet size and flavour would take precedence.

I might feel slightly less guilty about offering them to other people's PFBs though grin

Q3 - what did the DCs think?
DS(2) ate a whole bag and whined asked for more. DS(4) said they were "delicious" and "brilliant" and asked why we don't have them all the time. They would gladly have them in lunchboxes for picnics etc but they would fall foul of "no crisps" lunchbox rule for school.

vnb80 Wed 17-Apr-13 16:38:03

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Really enjoyed the Roast Beef flavour, my youngest DC who is 4 had 2 bags of the Roast Beef flavour one after the other. All DC's liked them

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I would chose them over other crisps but I don't think my DC's know the difference, they just eat any crips we have in the draw.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They would like them in their lunchboxes, I will be eating more of them myself and I don't really eat crisps

PuzzleRocks Wed 17-Apr-13 16:39:53

DD1 6 and DD2 4 tried them with me and both girls were very enthusiastic but then they very rarely get crisps so it was a rare treat.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

The salt and vinegar tasted a bit strong for all of us, I doubt I ould buy such a sharp flavour. The beef were very nice but by contrast could do with a slightly more intense flavour. I thought they tasted like weaker flavoured Monster Munch. The girls loved them.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I wouldn't choose them as a source of wholegrain iyswim but definitely prefer over a potato crisp. I didn't get the greasy aftertaste of potato snack. I would be happy for my girls to eat these occassionally.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They loved them but they are 6 and 4 and would eat cake for supper every night if they could.
DD1 takes school dinner so not relevant and these sort of snack are banned from lunchboxes at her school anyway. I might pack them on a picnic as a treat.

Thank you for the opportunity to test. I am pretty sure we will buy the beef in the future.

Alicadabra Wed 17-Apr-13 16:52:24

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all preferred salt and vinegar, though DD2 (aged 3) only ate one and, although she said that she liked it, followed up with "but it tastes slightly funny". On reflection I don't think she's had salt and vinegar very often before, which may explain it.

Both DCs were really excited about the idea of the roast beef ones but then announced that they were "yuck".

They had quite a few games of noughts and crosses with them though...

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I really like the idea of a healthier crisp-style snack as DD1 (aged 6) is always pestering me to put crisps in her lunchbox (apparently "everyone else has them"). In theory I might well choose these over other crisp or savoury biscuit style snacks that weren't wholegrain (although I'll check the salt levels first). In practice, alas, the kids just weren't that keen.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They enjoyed the game of noughts and crosses but just weren't too interested in them as a snack. I'll definitely try the salt and vinegar ones in DD1's lunchbox though and try to remember to report back on whether she ate them or not!

yumskimumski Wed 17-Apr-13 17:09:36

Great excitement in the Yumski household at being picked! Thank you Mumsnet. So here's the skinny:
Q1: what do you think of the flavours you tried and what did Dcs think? I thought the roast beef and s&v were both quite nice and I liked the texture. Slightly preferred the roast beef. DS1 aged 12 thought both flavours were 'awesome' and says overall he prefers them to ordinary crisps, and DS2 aged 9 liked them and says he'd give them 9 out of 10. High praise indeed.

Q2 What do you think about product being wholegrain and would you choose them over a non wholegrain product? I think the deciding factor for me would be no msg rather than whether product was wholegrain. I would still buy it as a treat not for every day consumption. But the fact they liked them so much means I will buy these instead of ordinary crisps.
Q3: would they take the hoops and crosses as a lunch box snack? Yes, they've already pleaded. Will I let them? Now and again, not every day.

rlouisa Wed 17-Apr-13 17:11:58

1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?i got the crisps today. my kids loved the beef flavoured one and as im writing this review the beef packet is finished. it kind of reminded me of quavers which i love but i thought the texture is too crunchy. if it could be made less crunchie i would love it too. but i would get this for them when in stores.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? i would choose them over the crisp they currently eat yes.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? they dont have lunchboxes but i would definetly get this, i like that they can also have a little game while eating the snack. this gets a big yes from me. and i am quite fussy myself.but pleae try and made them a little less crunchy.

LippyDiDooDah Wed 17-Apr-13 17:13:02

Mine haven't arrived either sad - really fancy a packet of the roast beef ones now <mouth waters in anticipation>

Wheresthecoffee Wed 17-Apr-13 17:15:32

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? We tried both, I liked the roast beef and found them very moreish! DS5 didn't like either very much.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Yes, I take any opportunity to sneak a little more goodness in his diet!

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DS was really excited to play with them (big noughts and crosses fan). He's sensitive to strong flavours though and found them a bit too much. The packaging however, is really appealing and until he tasted them was very excited! I can see why these would be popular.

Thanks so much for selecting us! Off to finish off his bag multipack

curlywurl Wed 17-Apr-13 17:34:42

They disappeared very quickly so I think everyone liked them.
Both flavours tasted quite monstermunch like roast beef is the best but both very good.

The kids would be thrilled to get them in a packed lunch and I have hidden the rest for lunches.

I'd choose them over a wheat based snack as we do eat too much of it

kelb6180 Wed 17-Apr-13 17:57:53

I just wrote my review and clicked post yet it hasn't appeared. Hope there is just a delay ... I will check back later.

kelb6180 Wed 17-Apr-13 18:01:55

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We liked both flavours, but I preferred the salt & vinegar as did 2 of my children. However one of my daughters loves the roast beef.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

It's great that they are a source of wholegrain, I wouldn't say this would be a reason I'd buy them, I generally go on what the kids like.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The kids had fun playing hoops and crosses with them. The kids would love to see them in their lunch boxes however I don't think the school like crisps etc in there.

A hit with my family either way and would defiantly purchase them in shops if the prices was right.

Thanks for letting us test the product.

AmberLeaf Wed 17-Apr-13 19:03:14

Ours arrived today-thank you!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I preferred the salt and vinegar ones, two of the DCs preferred the beef flavour, the other DC liked both equally.

I was disappointed not to be able to try the prawn cocktail flavour, as was my youngest DC as that is our favourite crisp flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Good that they have wholegrain in them, yes I would choose them over another snack that wasn't wholegrain.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They went down well, the similarity with monster munch was noted, but they all said they were better as they are more bitesized and you seem to get more of them in a pack.

Lots of flavour to them as well, as some crisps/snacks are weak on taste.

I will definitely buy them, looking forward to tasting the prawn cocktail flavour.

Plus point for me that they are 84 cals and 0.4g of sat fat per pack.

Thumbs up from my household smile

Bramblesinafield Wed 17-Apr-13 19:24:41

Mine have arrived and we will have a taste test later.

UniS Wed 17-Apr-13 19:37:20

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

IMO the salt n vinegar is to much vinegar not enough salt, too sharp for my taste. DS however liked it best. I found the Beef one to taste OK, DS disliked it. Neither DS or I were very keen on the texture. DS said " the texture concerns me" and while I like the initial crunch I dislike the subsequent slimy goo that sticks to my teeth as the corn stuff dissolves.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I'm ambivalent about the wholegrain, no I'd not chose to buy these over a different snack.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS wants the salt n vinegar ones in his lunch box. I will try and palm the beef ones off on DH in his lunch box as I don't like them enough to chose them over mini chedders or hula hoops ( the other crisps in the cupboard)

jackeroo Wed 17-Apr-13 19:56:27

Ours have arrived.
Q1. I liked the S&V, DS liked the Beef but said the S&V were pretty good. His fave flavour of crisps is usually S&V so I was kind of surprised.
Q2. Glad they are a source of wholegrain - I would therefore choose them over a non wholegrain snack.
Q3. DS thought they'd be great to have in the lunchbox and as a regular snack at home. He was very happy to finish both packs just now when we tried them. I will buy prawn cocktail next as we'd both like to try these. Low in fat is a bonus for me and DH. Thought the flavours were good - didn't get sick of them after eating a few.
Thanks for the chance to try them!

jackeroo Wed 17-Apr-13 19:57:25

Forgot to say: DS liked the fact that they were in noughts and crosses shapes too!

whattodoo Wed 17-Apr-13 20:40:04

Got ours today. Will be snacking in the interest of research later.

ilikeyoursleeves Wed 17-Apr-13 20:55:37

Thank you for sending me and my dc's the crisps! We enjoyed tasting them, here's the feedback...

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We have tried both the s&v and beef crisps, DH said the s&v were 'magic' and both ds's (age 3 and 5)said both flavours were yummy and ds1 asked if he can take a packet to school tomorrow. Both flavours were delicious, we all liked s&v best but they were both yum. Taste and texture were like Monster Munch, a good thing!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
It's great they are whole grain, and yes I'd choose these over something that wasn't whole grain.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Yes definitely! They'd eat the whole multipack if they could!

Thanks again smile

Hopezibah Wed 17-Apr-13 21:03:11

Overall these were great! Here's our feedback.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We were only sent salt and vinegar and not the roast beef flavour. Although one of my sons doesn't usually like salt and vinegar he did try these - he liked them enough to eat some but not as many as me and my other son. We LOVED them!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I was impressed that they were whole grain and that is really good that a snack that is generally considered unhealthy has been made a bit healthier in this way.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Great snack! They would be pleased with them. I found my sons not only playing hoops and crosses with them but also they were biting them into different shapes to make letters of the alphabet with them and they proudly announced that they managed to spell DOG, CAT, GOD and some other words with them.

thanks for the opporunity - we loved them. xxx

SuedeEffectPochette Wed 17-Apr-13 21:11:02

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all liked both the flavours (Roast Beef and Salt and Vinegar). The Roast Beef was not too strong and not "chemically". The Salt and Vinegar was quite vinegary rather than salty, which did make it a little sharp tasting. I liked it though, as we all did.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

The wholegrain is a real bonus. I actually couldn't really detect that when I ate them. The kids would eat these and never know that they were healthier than other crisps. Yes, I would choose these over another snack that was not wholegrain.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

We try not to eat too many crisps as I always feel that they are salty and not healthy. I feel that these are not salty and do seem to be healthier. At only 84 calories a bag they are almost only 1 point (for those who remember the old Weightwatchers system!). The ingredients all look natural and no artificial sweeteners. I would definitely buy these again and use them as the kids snacks in preference to saltier fattier more chemically varieties. They are great!

Hulababy Wed 17-Apr-13 21:43:48

Thank you MN and Walkers; our packs arrived today. We have tried one of each flavour so far.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

DD really liked the Roast Beef flavour. I tried the Salt and Vinegar, which I preferred, though DD didn't like these ones. DH liked both. I didn't find them particularly salty, the s&v ones were definitely more vinegar than salt.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

TBH I wouldn't really notice as I don't search out wholegrain, not something that concerns me too much. But DD likes these types of snacks a little more than crisps, esp for a packed lunch treat.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Yes, DD liked the roast beef ones and would chose them as a packed lunch snack.

Bramblesinafield Wed 17-Apr-13 21:59:05

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We had the beef and the salt and vinegar. Dcs liked the beef, I preferred the salt and vinegar, but felt that the vinegar taste was too much of an aftertaste rather than being 'up front' but this may be better for those that don't like strong tastes.

The texture was great and they were not greasy, also good. Good crunch without hurting gums!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Nice to have whole grain, but we have plenty in diets. Hopefully will make them more sustaining as a snack.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They liked the novelty of the shapes and the taste/texture. They would be happy to ahve them as a snack - and have chosen them for their lunch boxes tomorrow.

pancakesfortea Wed 17-Apr-13 22:27:19

1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
Both boys like both flavours but preferred salt and vinegar (their usual chip choice).

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Not really a consideration - I would still think of this as a "treat" and look elsewhere for wholegrains etc.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Yes, definitely.

musicposy Wed 17-Apr-13 22:38:18

Yay, we received ours today. DD1 hasn't tried them yet and we only tried one flavour each so far but will feedback more later. I am going to review in my own way as I'm finding it hard to keep to the questions, but I will cover them!

First impressions - I thought that 18g was not going to be much but actually the smaller size of the hoops and crosses made the amount seem fine. I thought the pack size was actually about right.

DD2 is vegetarian so first thing we did was check the roast beef flavour. It is suitable for vegetarians so that was a big thumbs up for her! DD2 and I both tried roast beef. I liked them a lot. I thought they were a bit like monster munch but the flavour was nicer. DD2 said they didn't taste like roast beef, which she liked in a way. She said they tasted meaty but not like fatty real meat. She thought the taste was very good. We both liked them a lot and will definitely buy more!

Later I had my 11 year old goddaughter round and she opted for salt and vinegar. She liked them too. She said it was like monster munch but she liked the flavour better. She liked the texture of them and thought they had more substance than monster munch. She liked the salt and vinegar. The only thing she said was that in her pack the flavour wasn't very consistent - some were very strong and others hardly flavoured at all.

DH then came home and grabbed a pack. I told him he had to review them now! He had roast beef and thought the flavour was authentic. He enjoyed them. He liked the fact that they crunched but melted later.

Both DD2 and goddaughter independently said they thought the name was wrong and couldn't understand why they weren't called Noughts and Crosses.

We eat plenty of wholegrain but if something can be made slightly healthier, then why not? I probably wouldn't buy it for the wholegrain as such but I do think that it makes them a bit more substantial, less like eating air, so that's a good thing.

DD2 and goddaughter both liked them as a snack and would be happy to get them. We will definitely buy them again. DD2 says they were yummy. I would get roast beef personally but tomorrow will try salt and vinegar and get DD1 to taste test them.

I agree about the name. Is there a reason not to go with the obvious? Presumably tm infringement but then wouldn't hoops and crosses be too similar anyway?

kelb6180 Thu 18-Apr-13 08:00:18

I just googled, there is a company that uses that name already smile

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I didn't like either flavour, but the kids loved them. DD didn't like the salt and vinegar but loved the beef. Despite the kids liking them, I would be more likely to buy if they came in flavours like plain salted or cheese and onion.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Actually, that phrase 'a source of wholegrain' makes me feel suspicious! Like a tiny bit of wholegrain has been added just so that you can make the marketing claim. I realise on inpsection it is a bit more than that, but I don't like the feeling that you think that kind of sneaky marketing works on thick little mums. If I were comparing two choices I would be more likely to read the chart on the back and make my own decision about which is 'healthier'.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Thrilled. They LOVED them. DD aged four immediately applied her imagination to the shapes. She made a person out of a cross with a circle for the head, then proceeded to gobble the limbs and ask "Oh no, where have my legs gone?" etc. She thought it was hilarious. I asked DS aged 2 if he liked them and he paused munching long enough to say yes. I asked him what they tasted like and he said "they taste like sandwiches." On the basis of the kids' reaction I would buy them again.

A couple of other comments:
- the name is a bit odd. Why not Noughts and Crosses, or Circles and Crosses? Hoops implies, well, Hula Hoops shape, and they are nothing like this, which is confusing for kids who like Hula Hoops.
- the health claims - really? Who are we kidding? The 'healthier than' comparison to other crisps is worded in a weird way becasuse you don't mean average crisps, you mean average unhealthy crisps which is a smaller and smaller proportion of crisps these days. The comparison struggles to sound valid. You need to revisit the verisimilitude of the marketing.
- they seemed a little bit oily/greasy to me, more than I had expected.

Hope that helps! smile

Strangemagic Thu 18-Apr-13 09:39:48

Ds 1 loved the roast beef flavour and would have eaten more than the one packet I gave him,Ds 2 and 3 liked the beef but ds 3 preferred the salt and vinegar,which I found to be too sweet,more vinegar than salt.

I already buy bread with hidden wholegrain,so think these are a good idea.Good size portion,ideal when the dc want a snack.

My dc would be happy to have these in their lunchboxes,but will probably stick with the roast beef flavour, as this was definately their favourite.

Will probrably the roast beef flavour again.

I did a tm search and the only live mark I could find was this one which isn't crisps anyway but cereal. I can see why the lawyers would want to avoid a clash but it does seem a shame.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Thu 18-Apr-13 10:08:05

Just getting on this thread, though I have still to open the box which I collected this morning. Will wait for dcs. How exciting!

LippyDiDooDah Thu 18-Apr-13 10:09:27

Arrgh did the school run and popped to the gym and so have missed my parcel. I have to wait 24hrs now until I can collect - well I presume it's my crisps parcel...

Samestoryhere Thu 18-Apr-13 10:09:48

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Salt and vinegar is my favourite flavour so I really liked those ones and preferred them to the roast beef. My dds enjoyed both flavours although leaned towards the salt and vinegar. They said that they were quite strongly flavoured, which for them was a positive but might not be for someone not so keen on the flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? Anything to get more wholegrain into us all is good. I probably would choose them in future over other snacks. The low calorie value is good too.
*Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?*My 12 year old said they weren't her favourite snack but she'd be happy to have them again. My 9 and 7 year olds loved them. All 3 have gone to school with a pack for their breaktime snack, so I think that is a vote of confidence!

Samestoryhere Thu 18-Apr-13 10:11:03

Did I see mention of a prawn cocktail flavour? That is my kids' favourite flavour ever, so they would definitely gobble those up and I'd certainly buy them.

Chocoflump Thu 18-Apr-13 10:53:15

This si my first product test and i am so excited- thank you for choosing me!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We tried Roast Beef and Salt and Vinegar. DS (3) wasn't keen on S+V - i think the flavour was maybe a bit strong for him but the roast beef was a big hit. I also preferred the Roast Beef, but DP preferred S+V.

They were smaller than I imagined, I thought they would be more the size of monster munch. Might sound strange but I preferred the hoops rather the crosses! The crosses were slightly too big for a mouthful but too small to bite a bit off! The hoops fitted perfect. DP preferred the crosses- he must have a bigger mouth grin

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think the fact that they are a source of wholegrain definately makes me feel less guilty than I would giving him a normal packet of crisps. I will buy again.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS loved the Roast Beef and would happily have them again, however he is not allowed crisps in his lunchbox as part of their healthy eating campaign at school. But these are perfect for an after school snack.

DP will happily take them in his lunchbox for work though smile

This week I think I will go out and buy the prawn cocktail flavour to try.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 18-Apr-13 10:56:36

My kids were mega excited about the arrival of the package yesterday! So much so that I might send them little random things in the post every now and again smile

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Both flavours were nice. I'm not usually a fan of beef flavour things, but these were OK, not too beefy. The vinegar was nice and sharp in the salt and vinegar which I like. DS1 preferred the beef, but he isn't a vinegar fan, DD liked the vinegar, ditto with beef and DS2 thought they were both "brilliant" and "please you may can I have another bag please" We all love prawn cocktail, so that flavour would have been good to try and will buy them when we see them.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Is the wholegrain thing not a bit of a red herring? They are a corn based snack which is a grain, so are they wholegrain by default? I doubt it would influence my buying choices as crisps and the like are a rare treat here, so them being healthy is never much of a consideration, they're just a treat and if you're going to treat yourself...Saying that, they liked them so I will definately buy them again.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The children really liked them, and DS2 loved them and would eat the whole multipack if I let him. They liked the taste and the texture, but I found the texture a bit odd and they got all claggy in my teeth. Like most children, they would be ecstatic to have a bag of crisps in their lunch box, but unfortunately our school has a "no crisps, sweets and biscuit" policy so it's not going to happen. I would be happy to bring these along for an after school walking home snack as they are usually ravenous at home time. These would fill that gap, but not over fill them and spoil them eating their tea.

Overall we really liked them; they're a bit different to other snacks out there and the hoops and crosses shapes went down well. We even played a game of noughts and crosses with them before eating grin

YoniLovesChachi Thu 18-Apr-13 11:10:55

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all preferred the beef ("Mmmm, they're like Monster Munch!"), but DS1 also really like liked the s&v because he thought they weren't as salty as other flavoured crisps he's tried, and they didn't make his lips sting.

I found the s&v a bit too sweet. I like a stronger flavour, as does DH. I liked the texture, with them being quite dense and less messy than something similar like Monster Munch. I liked that even though the packets looked small, there was a lot of crisps inside.

DS2 enjoyed them both, but preferred the beef because they weren't as 'fizzy'.

We all agreed that we should get them again.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I suppose it's better than similar snacks if there's something vaguely nutritious about them, and seeing as we buy crisps anyway I might buy them over other non-wholegrain crisps, believing they're marginally less bad for us.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They were really thrilled to have them in their lunchbox today! They don't usually have crisps in their box, but I made an exception for today in the interests of this product test. I hope they might be a bit more filling than other crisps and fuel their afternoons sufficiently.

They really liked the 'noughts and crosses' element too, and played a game of it on the kitchen table with their crisps. DS2 is a bit of a fussy nuisance for trying new things and the novelty value seemed to encourage him to try, and as I said, they're a nice no-mess sort of crisp so I didn't care that they were putting them down and lining them up. I hope they don't want to play with them during their school lunch though, DS2 is always the last to finish anyway! hmm grin

Barabajagal Thu 18-Apr-13 11:12:29

Thanks for sending us these - we tucked in with gusto.

Our findings:

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all liked both flavours though salt and vinegar had the edge which is unusual in this house. It wasn't as overpowering as some salt and vinegar flavours. Ds's 1 and 2 even went to the trouble of playing noughts and crosses with them (not sure who won but they all got eaten).

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I'm not that bothered by the fact they're wholegrain tbh. I'd buy them for the flavour.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They'd love to get them as part of a packed lunch. Tragically for them however they're all on school dinners!

Is there a cheese and onion version? We'd all love that. Generally a big thumbs up here.

Tigerlily13 Thu 18-Apr-13 12:08:03

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I'm not keen on meat flavoured crisps, but hubby and son loved the roast beef flavour, and i like the salt and vinegar.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Would choose them as they come across as healthier due to the wholegrain.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Son loved them. We don't do lunch boxes yet but would certainly pack them as a treat on a picnic.

I've received mine so just marking my place.

There's nothing on the packs to tell me if they're vegetarian, but all of the allergies advices are on there.
Can you please confirm for me if they're veggie please?
Before I eat any?

ah, it's on the multipack pack, not on the individual packs.

, err, is NetMums doing the same taste trial?

that's mean.

angell74 Thu 18-Apr-13 13:53:37

I took my sample packs when I collected the kids from football training so this is the feedback from 8 hungry kids (five 4 year olds & three 10 year olds) and their 4 weight-watching Mums.

My kids are slightly suspicious of healthy snacks and I thought it would all be over when my 10 year old commented negatively on the 'Wholegrain' label on the pack. However, despite the negative start all comments were really positive, with kids liking the size of the Hoops and Crosses and the Mum's liking the calorie count! The Salt & Vinegar were slightly more popular than the Roast Beef with 8 people preferring Salt and Vinegar and 4 preferring the Beef. My youngest even said that he preferred Hoops and Crosses to the usual Walkers crisps we buy. I think this is because although they are full of flavour they don't seem to be as salty as other crisps. There were a few comments that the texture was very similar to Monster Munch (nice and crunchy) but I disagree - I find Monster Munch just seems to suck all the moisture out of my mouth leaving me feeling uncomfortable - the Hoops ad Crosses didn't. I'm not much of a crisp fan but even I liked the Hoops and Crosses - big bonus being that they have less calories than my usual treat of a Kit Kat.

I really like the fact that the Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrains - my kids always worry that wholegrain = cardboard textured food but this definitely wan't the case. I always try wholegrain wherever possible but will go with something the children like to eat as the final deciding factor. With the Hoops and Crossses there is no need to compromise on either factor.

I will definitely be buying this products as a snack for my kids. One of my friends commented that she had spotted them on the shelves in Waitrose and considered buying them but didn't want another snack that nobody likes hanging around the house. We all said that we would pop and get some. Our school allows crisps as an occasional treat so I will be popping them in the lunchbox on Friday's.

Thanks for letting us try this product - I have so many unsuccessful snacks sitting around the cupboard/fridge this was a great way of trying new things.

thequietone Thu 18-Apr-13 13:58:23

Well we were all so thrilled when the packet arrived!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

The beef ones went down the best with the boys (we also had salt and vinegar). DS1 found the S&V ones "too vinegary", and I thought the vinegar flavour tasted very false. All in all the beef got the thumbs up.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I don't that would sway me, to be honest, as the boys get enough fibre in their diet already. For me it's the fact they're baked rather than fried that's good.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Well they liked the shapes, but one said "a bit gluey in the mouth" and the other "sticks to my teeth", so there's a consistency issue there. They were swigging water frantically to get all the bits out of their teeth! I think they'd like them in their packed lunches but Twiglets would be their preferred choice.

RollingThunder Thu 18-Apr-13 14:01:27

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all liked the salt and vinegar ones, but then we are a very salt and vinegar crisp family

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like the fact that they are wholegrain, but I am always really suspicious when a snack says that - as I suspect there are lots of unhealthy things they are not mentioning, however I would probably choose them over non wholegrain crisps

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They liked them and DS1 asked to have them in his lunch box - however he is totally confused by the name - WHY are they not called naughts and crosses?

I've tried the salt and vinegar, they were nice, not too strong, but stuck to my teeth a lot. I'd worry about the DCs having them while out and about, as it could cause tooth decay.
DS had the S&V too, as he is milk allergic so can't have the roast beef ones. He said they were too vinegary as he doesn't like strong flavours so much.
DH and DD had the roast beef, said they tasted nice (DH took a pack to work today, he must really like themsmile).
The packet size seems a bit small, 18g of crisps is barely a snack, and I felt hungry about an hour after eating them.
Overall a thumbs up, minor issues were pack size and texture.

capecath Thu 18-Apr-13 14:41:13

Actually rather excited about this new snack - thanks for including us!!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We have the roast beef and s&v, just arrived today and we eagerly tried them at lunch time. Went down a storm with the adults and toddler in our house! Liked both flavours, but particularly the beef ones - we're meaty crisp flavour fans here. Keen the try the prawn cocktail because that's my fav flavour. They actually tasted better than I had expected (and I was already expecting good)!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Great! Feel a lot less guilty giving as a snack. Would definitely choose over a non-wholegrain snack (as long as not much more expensive). Love wholegrain snacks. We already enjoy Sunbites.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Absolutely. Toddler (2.8 yo) liked putting the hoops on his fingers. Prob not every day but I'd be up for giving them regularly unlike regular crisps. Contrary to a previous poster, I actually thought the bags were quite big, but then I suppose it depends how big the kid is you are catering for... Bonus: DH takes crisps to work everyday and this way he can be healthier about it too smile

Moominsarehippos Thu 18-Apr-13 14:53:16

Q1 Have only tried the Roast Beef so far (will report back on salt n vinegar). They were very nice (like Monster Munch)

Q2 Great that they are wholegrain. They seem to be healthier than the 'baked' potato crisps and taste a whole lot nicer.

Q3 DS is was hopping up and down this morning when I told him that he could choose a flavour for part of his pick up time snack. He loves this type of snack and I'm glad they aren't packed full of fat or salt. The bags aren't huge but don't disappoint like some packs that claim 'only xx calories' (then you open them and there's three scrips inside).

I will definately buy these in place or ordinary crisps. I'm looking at my usual desk-treat crisp pack: salt 1.9%, fat 28.4% (on a 30g bag).

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? DD1 (7) and I loved the salt + vinegar best. Yes, it was far too sweet, but it was very tangy - yum! The other 2 DDs (5 and 3) preferred roast beef.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? I don't think there's enough wholegrain in them to make a massive difference, but yes, I'd choose them over a non-wholegrain, all things being equal.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? They loved them. Not sharp like crisps; perfect bite-size; plenty in the pack without being too much for a 5 yo; good, strong flavours so that I feel like I've had a proper snack

Rikalaily Thu 18-Apr-13 15:43:38

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Both flavours tried and both enjoyed, plenty of flavour and just the right size for little hands. I and two of the kids enjoyed the beef flavour most, the others preferred the S&V.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I always like to get a lot of wholegrain into the kids diets and prefer to give them grain based crisps rather than potato.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The kids loved them. The beef are just like Monster Munch but with a much nicer texture, they don't rip your gums to shreds like MM can. They really liked the shapes, especially the youngest who enjoyed sticking the hoops on her fingers. They would be very happy to find them in their lunch box and I'll definitely be buying them.

LtEveDallas Thu 18-Apr-13 15:59:53

DD and I are having a proper taste testing tonight, but I took in a pack of each flavour to work today and got my staff to comment!

Here are their views:

Q1: The veggie preferred the S&V flavour over the beef, thought the beef left a funny taste in her mouth. The others preferred the beef. One person didn't like either, but then she doesn't like corn snacks over crips. One commented that the S&V tasted more like Pickled Onion flavour. The veggie was concerned that whilst the 6 pack bag noted that they were suitable for Vegetarians, the actual crisp packet didn't she and thought that was worrying.

Q2: They all liked the fact that they were wholegrain, but decided that on the whole, as crisps/corn snacks were a 'treat' item in any case, rather than a diet staple, that they wouldn't choose these over and above their current favourites.

I'll answer again from mine and DD's POV tonight.

smile

Beatrixpotty Thu 18-Apr-13 16:38:49

Q1) we tried roast beef & salt & vinegar.DS1 (3) liked the beef ones best.I thought they were a bit strong and preferred the s&v.
Q2) I would choose them as the whole grain makes them seem a bit healthier .I always feel a bit guilty about buying crisps at all so the healthier the better!
Q3)My 3 year old often asks for Hula Hoops for breakfast and would happily eat these any time.!We don't do packed lunches but he has just eaten 2 packets after pre-school.

I saw a packet of Noughts and Crosses crisps today - the utterly vile Organix ones ::heaves:: which explains the STUPID ILLOGICAL name of these hmm

jimblejambles Thu 18-Apr-13 16:59:26

Thank you for picking us to try these.

Q1. I loved the salt and vinegar ones both ds thought these were too vinegary.
Ds1 loved the roast beef ones. Ds2 wasn't keen but to be honest he generally only likes cheese and onion crisps.
They both loved the hoops and crosses shapes and played a few games smile

Q2. The whole grain part doesn't mean as much to me as the no MSG.

Q3 ds1 loves these crisps over any others. He wants to take them to school to show his friends. Ds2 has asked if there are any other flavours to try as he not keen on the ones we have tried.
(While I am typing this ds1 is on Skype telling his gran how nice these crisps are so to him they are a definite hit grin)

Ruprekt Thu 18-Apr-13 17:18:07

Both boys are tucking in to both packets now. I would've liked to try the pc flavour.

Salt n vinegar was v vinegary. Nice. Ds1 liked those.

Beef I was not keen on but Ds2 is eating those.

Wholegrain would not appeal as there is probably something else which counteracts it.

If the price was good I would buy them. Boys both liked them very much.

smilesmilesmilesmilesmileThanks for choosing us to test them!

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 18-Apr-13 17:26:55

Hi UniqueAndAmazing I've checked for you and can confirm that they are suitable for vegetarians, so tuck in! smile

nowwearefour Thu 18-Apr-13 17:47:00

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

DD1 and I liked both flavours. I cant choose between them, DD1 prefers Salt and vinegar. DD2 didnt like roast beef at all. DH preferred salt and vinegar.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like this aspect of the snack. I would still only offer it as a weekly lunchbox item or as a weekly treat (as i wouldnt offer any other crisps every day) but i do think that i feel marginally happier about them than regular crisps for the wholegrain reason and therefore would be more likely to choose them.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They loved the Hoops and Crosses and played a variety of games with them! And would LOVE them in their lunchboxes! (indeed one was lucky enough to get a packet today!). A big hit from this house.

thank you Alex smile

yummy yummy! grin

LtEveDallas Thu 18-Apr-13 18:08:36

Hello, we'll we have done our taste test now and the results are in!

Q1: DD preferred the Beef flavour, didn't really like the S&V at all. I liked them both but beef was my favourite. I think the S&V were like a poor version of pickled onion and not at all like S&V crisps.

Q2: DD didn't care about the wholegrain aspect. She know that crisps are 'bad' for you if you eat too many, and would assume these are the same. I would be much happier buying these for DD than 'normal' crisps. DD likes quavers, wotsits and monster munch - I'd happily buy these instead of the others now. Price doesn't really bother me as crisps aren't something I buy a lot of.

Q3: DD would very happily have these as a snack, both for the taste and the game playing! She wouldn't have them in her lunchbox as her school doesn't allow crisps (they don't differentiate between crisps and corn snacks) but definately would if she was allowed. I will buy these as a snack food quite happily and DD will eat as many as I let her!

Thanks for the opportunity MN smile

WowOoo Thu 18-Apr-13 18:37:46

Thank you Mumsnet and Walkers. Crisps are one of my favourite things..

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all agreed we liked the beef the best.
My 6 year old reckoned that the hoops were more salty and the crosses more vinegary. Not sure I agree on that!
We'll give prawn cocktail a go if we see them in the shops.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Yes, I realise no crisp is ever going to be pure goodness but if it's slightly healthier than other options i'll go for that.

As far as I can see, the ingredients list is not too bad at all. Far, far better than lots of other snacks that are on the market.

A bit of wholegrain is a bonus, yes.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
No crisp policy in school.
For day trips and picnics yes. They'd be happy with any crisps really.

They liked the noughts and crosses shape and actually played them on the table without any prompting from me.

MegBusset Thu 18-Apr-13 18:42:33

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I thought it was an odd choice of flavours. Why no ready salted, or cheese & onion? None of us really liked the roast beef flavour but we're not really into 'meaty' crisps. DH and DS2 liked the salt & vinegar ones. They reminded me of Monster Munch - very strong, artificial flavours, corny texture.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
No, I can't take 'crisps as health food' seriously, sorry grin My DC get plenty of wholegrain in their diet as it is.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DS2 liked them, but then he's a dustbin who'll eat anything. DS1 didn't like the flavour of them, it was too strong. They're not allowed crisps at school and nor would I put them in even if they were! Crisps are an occasional treat for them.

Overall they were OK, fine in texture but would n't buy them unless there were other flavours to choose. Also DH wants to know why they aren't called Noughts And Crosses?

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We tried Salt and Vinegar and Roast Beef. Well the DCs had roast beef. I didn't like them. I liked the salt and vinegar. Ds1 said the beef ones tasted liked Monster Munch

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I probably would buy them over other snacks because of the whole grain.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
All 3 DCs liked them. Ds2 asked me to buy them again and to get some other favours to try so yes they would be happy for them to appear in their lunchboxes.

UniS Thu 18-Apr-13 18:58:52

Next bit of feedback - day two. packed lunch test.

DS - didn't eat his. Saidf he wanted to finish his lunch quickly so he only ate the things he liked. - sandwich, cucumber, apple, fairy cake.
DH - tried the beef flavour- didn't like them " tasted like second rate monster munch"
Me- I thought about having them at lunch time, and decided not to bother.

Sorry, but its a thumbs down from the Uni Family.

mattaz Thu 18-Apr-13 18:59:54

Thanks for sending them to us.

Q 1) the beef ones were enjoyed the most, I have younger dc and although my two year old loves salt and vinegar things she wasn't as keen on these. I also preferred the beef ones as the s&v flavour was too vinegary and needed more salt possibly to steer away from the similar taste to picked onion monster munches. I also found them to be a little sticky on the teeth that I wasn't too keen on for myself or the children.

Q2) I like the fact they are wholegrain and I love that they are low (Ish) cals for a snack for myself.I can't say I would have noticed that they were wholegrain if I saw them on the shelves as that doesn't seem to stand out on the packaging.

Q3) they liked the hoops and crosses shapes. Being a wholegrain snack I was hoping they would be a type of crisp more suitable to the younger children once they are "out of" toddler crisps and I was really expecting them to love them. They love other crisps like hula hoops, quavers etc but I think the flavours may have been too strong as even my eat anything son didn't really enjoy them as much and needed a lot of water after! Definitely better for older children I think. I really liked the beef flavour though and might go and have another packet now!

Lilyloo Thu 18-Apr-13 19:33:49

We had beef and salt and vinegar. I liked the beef and so did dp, he loves monster munch beef flavour and said they were as good (a big compliment). All 3 dc preferred the salt and vinegar.

I liked the fact they were wholegrain and as the dc like them I would choose them over other products. I also liked the bags were smaller so I could put them in the dc lunchboxes for a treat. They don't really have time to eat a full bag of crisps but seemed to manage these.

The dc all enjoyed them and I have already bought more as they are on offer for a £1 a bag of 6 in our supermarket. I would give them in their lunchboxes for a treat.

I do have to mention what dd2 said, when I asked her if she liked the noughts and crosses she told me that they weren't called that they were 'hugs and kisses she said she had already given her sister a hug and offered me a hug or a kiss grin

Thanks for letting us try them.

Bramblesinafield Thu 18-Apr-13 19:54:08

Further to previous reply. My teenager has also taste tested (I.e. trying to tip a entire bag into his mouth at once, as teens ae prone to doing). He enjoyed them, liked that the salt and vinegar didn't taste too strong but said he preferred the beef ones. He felt the texture was like monster munch but better.

StantonLacy Thu 18-Apr-13 19:59:40

We received our crisps yesterday...and they are already gone!
However, this was due to lots of enthusiastic guest testers rather than a total pig out on our part grin.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We tried the Roast Beef and the Salt and Vinegar - The roast beef were definitely reminiscent of beef monster munch, but in fact tasted much nicer. The salt and vinegar were quite a strong taste but very moreish...DH and I had to resist hiding them from the children. DS loved the salt and vinegar too, as did our guest testers aged 5, 6 and 7. They all liked the roast beef, but the salt and vinegar definitely won out! DD, unfortunately, refused to try them at all (she is 3 and ill though...says it all smile)

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I think it is a positive point that they are a source of wholegrain, but I hope my children are already getting enough in their every day diet so it wouldn't usually sway me one way or the other. I would choose them over another snack that wasn't wholegrain mostly because the salt and fat content was fairly low and the wholegrain is an added benefit...plus, DS really loved them (as did we) so I'm sure we'll buy them again.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
As I said earlier, they were a massive hit with DS and he would be hugely happy to get them in his lunch box. He took some to school today and apparently shared them around, with success.

Thanks very much for letting us take part !

km479 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:36:35

We haven't received ours yet sad

SlambangSweepstakeQueen Thu 18-Apr-13 21:13:14

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We (me, dh, and 3 teen ds) all preferred the salt and vinegar. We felt the roast beef wasn't quite 'beefy' enough.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I'm a bit sceptical tbh. Why do I feel I'm being a bit manipulated? Could it possibly be that Walkers are trying to make us mistakenly believe we are giving our dcs a healthy snack by the addition of microscopic amounts of roughage? Or is the wholemeal aspect just enough to assuage our guilt at giving our children so much salt? I'd almost prefer crisps to be totally up front about being downright unhealthy.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

I tend not to put crisps in lunch boxes because of the salt/fat aspect. As a treat snack I think these are pretty similar to other wheat-based snacks. The dcs liked them but not enough that we'd choose them in preference to all the other crisps/ snacks out there.

SlambangSweepstakeQueen Thu 18-Apr-13 21:16:20

PS My dss were very insistent that I fed back that the name is wrong and it should be noughts and crosses. (Guessing some copyright issues or something gong on there?)

melrose Thu 18-Apr-13 21:28:42

1. I liked the beef (hate vinegar!) and dd tucked in to a couple (21 months) Dh and ds1 (8) liked both flavours, ds2 found the s & v too strong

2. They are still crisps so I am never going to be convinced they are healthy but I guess whole grain is a good thing. More concerned about whether they are full of additives to be honest. Having said that the whole grain may sway me to pick them up over something else.

3. Liked them and would be very happy with them in their lunchbox and probably will have tomorrow!

Legoheadnat Thu 18-Apr-13 21:29:46

The kids had the salt and vinegar and husband and I tried the beef ones. His first reaction was they are like monster munch. Had to check they were suitable for veggies, it says it on big packet but not on individual ones. I tried a salt and vinegar one and thought it was very strong. Kids said they loved them though. Liked the taste but not the sticking to the teeth sensation for a long time after! Would prefer them in cheese and onion. Like the fact they are wholegrain but really only bothered about the price when doing a weekly shop. Like that they are not high in calories or fat. Kids have crisps twice a week in packed lunch and I would give them these as long as they are reasonably priced.

MushroomSoup Thu 18-Apr-13 21:34:08

This has to be one of the most exciting parcels I've ever had! Thank you for choosing us.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
All of us, without exception, preferred the Roast Beef. And all of us wanted cheese and onion! We are not generally salt and vinegar fans but we thought that these were still quite nice as they weren't too strongly favoured. They have a great texture - crunchy, but not as powdery as similar snacks. No bad after taste, like you sometimes get with similar snacks!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I like the fact that they are whole grain and would definitely buy them. DH doesn't give a toss about whole grain but would buy them because they are nice! The DCs looked at me like I was stupid when I talked about whole grain. Oh well, it's a mum's job I suppose!

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
"Amazing!" says DD (9). She has had a pack in her lunch box today. A great alternative to crisps. We even had a game of noughts and crosses although DH kept stealing my crosses so I couldn't win!
DD (15) prefers traditional Walkers cheese and onion crisps, but it didn't stop her from eating a packet!

Kveta Thu 18-Apr-13 21:41:59

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

The roast beef ones are nice (DH said 'like licking an oxo cube', which I had no idea he did), we all liked them - salt and vinegar ones were grim, none of us liked them. I gave them to our childminder though, and she thought they were lovely smile

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I might occasionally choose these to get DCs to eat wholegrain, but it's not something I really think about.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS loves them, and was very happy to have them in his bag! DD is a bit young, but we let her try one cross, and she thoroughly enjoyed it grin

axlbaby Thu 18-Apr-13 22:00:46

Thanks for the snacks, nice to have a new treat to try!

Q1 - Roast beef were lovely, not so keen on the salt & vinegar. My DD 3 really liked the roast beef as did my 1 year old but didn't like the salt & vinegar. S&V made the 1 year old cry!! So think safe to say we probably wouldn't go for salt & vinegar again.

Q2 - like the fact they're whole grain and makes me feel a bit happier about feeding them to the children. Also felt they tasted less greasy than normal crisps so made me feel a bit less guilty about eating them!

Q3 - they're a bit small for lunch boxes yet but we'll definitely take them out on days for snacks.

Thanks for the opportunity to buy, we'll be buying again I'm sure.

mumnosbest Thu 18-Apr-13 22:23:09

Mmm mine arrived yesterday. I'll come back and review once we've opened the 2nd bag but the roast beef were yummy, even on a par with my all time faves monster munch!

gloriafloria Thu 18-Apr-13 22:34:40

1) My fussy son and daughter were not keen on either the beef of salt and vinegar flavour. Out of the 2, I would say salt and vinegar was top preference. I tasted both and was reminded of monster munch. They both thought the flavours were very strong.

2) I don't trust claims that they are a healthier snack. I think all crisp type snacks are similar in nutritional value. No, I would not choose these over other crisps because of this claim.

3) Both were not keen to have them again and asked for their normal (walkers bakes) crisps in their lunch.

ldt87 Thu 18-Apr-13 22:39:33

1, we all liked both flavours. The crisps have loads of seasoning and the flavours are really nice.

2, the fact that they are wholegrain is good, but I would still choose snacks based on price too. If these were reasonably priced I would buy them over other crisps based on flavour alone. The fact they are wholegrain is just a bonus to me.

3, the kids have really enjoyed them, as have myself and my husband. My girls have taken them in their lunch boxes and really liked them as part of their lunch. My oldest said her friends had tried hers and liked them too.

Thanks for letting me test. We have all liked them and I will be buying the prawn cocktail to try too.

attachmentmummy Thu 18-Apr-13 22:49:13

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

DD 3 and I liked both flavours, but DD 1 and OH found the salt & vinegar too 'stingy' and a bit of an odd, over-powering flavour. Made DD cough as the vinegary-ness was so strong. So overall the Roast Beef flavour was preferred, and good to see they are still suitable for vegetarians.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think lower fat and wholegrain would be a preferable choice when buying crisps and DDs wouldn't know/care either way, so yes I probably would choose them over other snacks/crisps.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DD 3 keeps walking for them, knowing they're in the cupboard, so seems to really like them. Would make a good addition to a packed lunch box.

All in all, it's very nice to see a slightly healthier crisp option, although a further reduction in salt content would be good too!

skyebluesapphire Fri 19-Apr-13 01:20:14

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I tried the beef and the salt & vinegar ones. The beef ones definitely taste like Monster Munch but are easier to eat and less messy! The salt & vinegar ones reminded my of chipsticks in their flavour. My DD 5yo liked both flavours and she loved the fact that they were in Hoops and Crosses and tried to play a game with them grin

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

As a wholegrain snack, they are very tasty. I would definitely buy them again. They felt more filling than a usual bag of crisps

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DD would love to get these in her lunch box. At the moment I dont put crisps in her lunchbox at all, but if these are a healthy version of crisps, then I would be happy to put them in

Overall, very tasty, easy to eat and highly recommended grin

gazzalw Fri 19-Apr-13 07:47:00

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Well I can't say I've had a beef-flavoured anything for years and it was a very enjoyable nostalgia-fest for the grown-ups to taste that unique flavour again. Yum!

DD wouldn't even touch the beef ones (she has veggie leanings!) but loved the Salt and Vinegar ones. DS loved both flavours. They were a lot less artificial tasting (without that horrible, lingering acidy after-taste) than we would have imagined so we were pleasantly surprised!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Well I like it in theory but unlike the Walker's Multigrain Snacks we product tested a couple of Summers' ago, the Hoops and Crosses didn't to my mind have the same wholegrain taste/texture. But for the children that's no bad thing!

I would choose them over and above a non-wholegrain snack although I would like to think that our family gets enough wholegrain anyway so it's not entirely necessary to be such a purist with 'naughty snacks'!

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Well they were light and not very calorific and there were more than enough for DD (7), although left to his own devices DS (12) would probably eat several packets in a row....

I would occasionally put them in lunchboxes although as a rule we don't, as crisps and the like are frowned-upon at primary school. As I said in the pitch to get into the product trial, we are fighting a losing battle with DS about snacks. Now that he is at secondary school he seems to buy a salty snack everyday (well that's what the empty packets stuffed into his blazer pocket would suggest!) so I would rather these than some of the less healthy options.

We really liked them - all of the family - and will definitely be buying them as a treat rather than as a weekly item on the shopping list! I really liked the 'melt in the mouth' factor (sorry, I've never eaten Monster Munch).

Thank you for letting us have the opportunity to try them out! Yes, a great pity that someone else snaffled the copyright to the 'Noughts and Crosses' name. Perhaps you could have called them Tic, Tac, To (or whatever the other name for Noughts and Crosses is)? grin

Bluebell99 Fri 19-Apr-13 09:21:59

So far they have been a big hit in my house smile I tried the beef ones, as did my dd and my ds tried the salt and vinegar. Both the children would be happy to have them in their lunchboxes. As someone said upthread the beef ones do seem similar to monster munch. An added bonus that they are wholegrain. I'm going to get some more feedback from the children later and try the other flavour , then post again.

BlueyDragon Fri 19-Apr-13 09:54:30

Q1: We had beef and salt and vinegar. DS (3) definitely preferred the beef. The salt and vinegar ones tasted overpoweringly of vinegar (but I quite liked them anyway. As someone else said above, the fact that they seem to clag around your teeth is not very nice! But overall snack wise the beef were a hit.

Q2: The whole grain point would be less important to me than low salt, low fat, low sugar and small pack sizes (all "snacks" seem to come in huge sizes now). It's a bonus really. I like the fact they're baked not fried, too.

Q3: DD has school lunches; I can see these going into picnics though.

CatelynStark Fri 19-Apr-13 10:10:33

I don't know if I've been picked or not but I missed a parcel yesterday and the red card said our local collection office is closed until the 23rd!! sad

StealthOfficialCrispTester Fri 19-Apr-13 10:21:20

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We tried the beef ones and the salt and vinegar. I personally thought the beef ones were exactly like monster munch, and were lovely. The salt and vinegar ones were perfect.

DD (3)'s first reaction when I put the crisps in the bowls was "oooh I like those, will you buy those every day?". She tried the salt and vinegar and said "mmmm yummy, keep buying these". Beef: "I don't like these, urgh. They're horrible" and put it back half eaten in the bowl (more for me!).

DS (6) had no initial reaction. I asked him to try a beef one and let me know what he thought. He ate one and said "yep". He then ate a S&V one and said "yep". When I asked his favourite, he pointed to both bowls. When I asked him if he'd like me to buy these instead of other crisps, he said "a thousand times" (which I think is a stamp of approval).

I offered them to DH and he said "I'm not eating those, they look like monster munch". Who knew I was married to such an odd man?

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

They can't be described as "healthy", and so while I would buy them, I'd buy them on the basis of how I'd normally buy snacks - what looks nice, what's on offer? I wouldn't buy them because they're wholegrain. Actually, that said, I tend to buy crisps to dip, and so would probably be less likely to buy these than, say, pringles, even though as crisps I like them equally.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box
Yes very, although DD would only like the S&V ones. They'd think of it as a real treat, and I'd be happy to give them a full pack each, whereas with the normal walker's crisps I'd make them share - so that will make them very happy!

jinglejanglebangles Fri 19-Apr-13 11:00:48

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We also had the salt and vinegar and beef flavoured ones.
DS (10) and DD (8) both preferred the salt and vinegar ones but said they liked both. I much preferred the roast beef flavour. We all thought they were similar to Monster Munch too. I actually thought they were much nicer than Monster Munch, less greasy and a much more subtle flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

That is an added bonus! We only have crisps as an occasional treat or if we're out and about. I would definitely choose them as a snack instead of regular crisps.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

My kids would love to have them as a snack at school, but unfortunately we are not actually allowed to have crisps in lunchboxes at our school. I would be happy to have them after school occasionally. I on the other hand would love to take them to work for lunch (as would my husband!).

thegrowlygus Fri 19-Apr-13 11:28:30

Helloooo!
OK - both flavours tried and tested by me, DH and DSs aged 8 and 6.

Q1 - all preferred the roast beef flavour, although DS1 (age 8) liked both equally he says. DS2 really disliked the salt and vinegar but then he doesn't generally like salt and vinegar flavour stuff anyway to be fair. DH also made comment that the S&V tasted a "bit funny" and "sweet" similar to what others have said in the feedback.

Q2 - yes very much like the wholegrain and would choose over another crisp type snack. I personally prefer the sort of fluffy, crunchiness to plain crisps (I am a monster munch fan!) The boys both love crisps and I do try to limit them, so a marginally healthier option is great.

q3 - yes indeed they would be more than happy with them as part of a lunch box. As would DH.

Thank you for the crisps!

florencebabyjo Fri 19-Apr-13 11:42:22

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We tried roast beef and salt and vinegar. We all loved the roast beef, they were nice and savoury and not too salty. The salt and vinegar were not vinergary enough but were not too salty which was good. They also tasted a bit sweet but the DC's loved them.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I would choose them over other snacks because of the wholegrain and the calories are low which is great.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
The DC's loved them and especially the size of them. They were just right for their hands and seemed to go a long way because they weren't too big, like some similar snacks. My DS's actually played noughts and crosses with theirs and had great fun with that. I did put them in their lunch box but squirrelled some away for myself first! Mine are only allowed crisps twice a week but I would be happy to give them to them as they are a healthier option.

BoBoo Fri 19-Apr-13 16:09:02

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Strong flavour. The roast beef taste the same as Monster Munch. I preferred the beef, both children preferred the salt and vinegar although still liked the beef. We're all veggie, so glad to see both suitable for vegetarians and nice, short list of ingredients on the salt and vinegar.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Preferable to similar snack that wasn't whole grain but find it hard to believe it's doing much good in that form.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

I'm sure they would be happy to get in their lunch box but it's not something I'd put in. Not very substantial and would just give as a treat.

Small pack, which is fine for the kids, and would hope to see this reflected in the price. Youngest liked the shapes and told me for EACH crisp what shape she was eating.

GDA listed on the back of the pack is that for adults - if they're aimed at children then it would be more apporpriate if their GDA were listed.

DeepRedBetty Fri 19-Apr-13 16:41:58

Right I'm being good, posting this before reading back previous comments...

The testing panel here was me, both dtds, and two of their friends, all aged 14.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
DTD1 Thought they were ok, but flavours a bit strong.
BF1 Thought the Salt and Vinegar tasted of pickled onions. This is a Bad Thing as far as she's concerned. Really liked Roast Beef.
BF2 Thought S+V very strong. Refused to try RB as doesn't like meat flavours.
DTD2 Didn't like S+V, did like RB, once assured they were vegetarian.
ME I thought the RB tasted more like Marmite YUK!!! Couldn't stand to eat more than one. A strong aftertaste of slightly soggy Wotsits. The S+V VERY vinegar-y, again strong undertaste of slightly off corn-oil.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
This doesn't bother me, snacks like these are special treats not a regular part of the diet so allowed to be spectacularly unhealthy.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
My children do not usually take crisps to school in lunchboxes.

All four girls would prefer to find a different crispy snack in their lunch.

DTD1 and BF2 immediately had a game of noughts and crosses, but only bothered once, when last observed all four were settled down with a pack of chocolate digestives and Life of Brian on DVD. Well, it IS Friday!

I personally disliked them.

DTD1 also noted that the outer package for the six-pack was really big and made disapproving eco-noises about that.

Nevertheless thanks MN and Walkers for giving us the opportunity to try them. Your ready salted crisps remain the most popular in this house, if it's any consolation.

DeepRedBetty Fri 19-Apr-13 16:43:23

PS Noticed the pack size only 18 g. We're not all that dim o food manufacturers!

Moominsarehippos Fri 19-Apr-13 17:33:06

1. Salt and vinegar now tasted. DS liked them but I found them a bit more salt than vinegar (I like very vinegary tastes) and very sticky. I am still sucking bits out of my teeth! I loved the roast beef though.

2. They didn't taste very whole grain! I prefer whole grain pasts, bread and rice, so would probably gravitate towards snacks that were too.

3. I really liked the roast beef and DS referred the salt and vinegar. I'm surprised there isn't a cheese and onion one too! I would definitely buy them over crisps now.

HappyHippyChick Fri 19-Apr-13 17:56:34

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I preferred the roast beef, but did like the salt and vinegar. I found they were tasty but they stuck to my teeth very badly though. Ds1 preferred s&v and ds2 the beef.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I like the fact they are whole grain but I wouldn't choose them based on that fact.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The older boys loved them and would be happy to have either flavour in their lunch box. I shared a pack between ds3 and 4 with their lunch today which caused a bit of a ruck when ds4 ate all his and then tried to eat his brothers! A definite hit in our house.

johnworf Fri 19-Apr-13 17:56:37

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We were sent salt & vinegar and beef flavours. Loved both of them. The S&V ones reminded me of Chipsticks and the beef ones of Monster Munch. As a personal choice I preferred the salt & vinegar ones but the rest of the family enjoyed the beef. Nice and crunchy without getting the flavouring all over your fingers a la Wotsits.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Tbh if no one had mentioned they were wholegrain then I wouldn't have known. Couldn't tell on taste (which might be a good thing for a picky child) or by looking at them. I think there is a definite advantage over other snacks as they have a bit of healthiness thrown in. smile

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

My children really enjoyed them as a snack although I was trying to work out why the packet was only 18g compared to a normal packet of crisps which is 25g (?) Could have done with a bit more in the bag. Only one of them is on packed lunches and yes, he'd be happy to find them in his lunch box.....but as he's a growing 13 yo I'd probably have to put 3 in there to satisfy him wink

ScarlettInSpace Fri 19-Apr-13 18:26:50

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Everyone liked both flavours, OH preferred the Beef, SS [4] prefered S&V, SD [8] liked both and couldn't choose smile. I could happily eat either too.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like it - yes I would choose them over something else, I also liked the 85 calories a bag.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They loved them, said they would be very happy for them to be part of lunchtime. They liked the gimmicky idea of noughts & crosses but rather than playing the game SD built a tower interlocking the crosses with the hoops, OH did say it does go a little bit against teaching them not to play with their food...

The monster munch similarity was noted in this house too - but I think they are crunchier & less messy which is nicer IMO.

Thanks for letting us be involved [and let me know when they are in the shops!]

MrsWeasley Fri 19-Apr-13 18:36:21

A1: We tried the Roast Beef and the Salt and Vinegar. I liked the Salt and Vinegar as it wasn't too overpowering. My DCs preferred the Roast Beef flavour. They each said the flavour was tasty and not too salty. They liked that they weren't greasy on their fingers.

A2: It is great that they are wholegrain. I would choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain. Children didn't really notice.

A3: My DCs really enjoyed the Hoops and Crosses and described them as a more grown up Monster Munch. My eldest DC commented that he thought there would be lots of crumbs in the packet but he was pleasantly surprised that there were hardly any. The Hoops and Crosses held their shapes well, even in a school bag.
All 3 DCs would be very happy to have these in their lunch boxes.

fivefoottwowitheyesofblue Fri 19-Apr-13 19:25:35

My DC were so excited when I told them that we had been chosen to review these new snacks! I'm sure that in DD (10) 's mind that translated as all adverts running something like this 'New Hoops and Crosses from Walkers - as reviewed by <name> ' grin

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
My favourite was the Roast Beef as they were very strongly flavoured. DS (9) agreed with me, DD's favourite were salt and vinegar although she did say they were not as tangy as she would like.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I would definately choose a wholegrain snack over a non-wholegrain for the children. They aren't aware of the difference taste-wise so it makes sense to.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Ooo - the sixty million dollar question!! I allow my DC to choose a packet of crisps to put in their lunch bag on a Friday, and despite having several other crisps and snacks to choose from they both went for the Hoops and Crosses. So that's a yes from both of them!

LippyDiDooDah Fri 19-Apr-13 20:43:23

Much excitement in the Lippy household today. DH, DD and I have all road tested the crisps (and now can't wait to try the prawn cocktail ones). smile

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We were all excited the to try both flavours as S&V are DD personal favourites in Walkers crisps and i love Roast Beef. I LOVED both packets equally at first but on trying another packet of each if i had to choose then the roast beef ones would win. DD preferred the salt and vinegar ones but also liked the beef as a change. DH isn't really a crisp kind of guy but liked both but could take or leave having anymore.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Loved the fact they were wholegrain and that would feature in my choice yes, however on looking at a packet of Prawn Cocktail Walkers the Hoops and Crosses have more sugar and salt than the PC Walkers. DH was impressed by the unsaturated fat content of the H&C crisps though.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DD loved them and has asked that on Monday a packet of the S&V Hoops and Crosses be put in her lunchbox smile.

DD had a game of noughts and crosses with the crisps on the kitchen table after dinner tonight with DH but in one packet of the Roast Beef ones there were definitely more Crossses than Noughts which isn't a problem if you're eating them but was a bit for their game iyswim grin

All in all a BIG success, thankyou for letting us test them smile

Ihatemytoes Fri 19-Apr-13 21:49:56

Q1. I preferred the salt and vinegar, as did DCs. Would've liked to have tried prawm cocktail.
Q2. I would choose them over a non wholegrain snack, also like the size of the packet. not too big.
Q3. DC's both said they were a tasty snack, but they didn't like them as much as their regular (Walkers') crisps. I would have them in my lunchbox though as they're only 84 calories per bag!

Jims Sat 20-Apr-13 08:03:49

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I liked the S&V ones better than the beef, but not as much as i like normal S&V crisps (which is a lot).
Ds1 (nearly 3) liked the beef ones. He would happily eat both though but i think that might be because he's not allowed crisps very often!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I liked the fact they are wholegrain but they are a bit processed for me to think that they are a 'healthy' snack.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Ds1 liked them a lot, but then he likes all crisps. Ds2 is only 5 months and not allowed crisps yet! I know the school they will go to is quite strict on lunchbox contents and i don't know if these would be allowed. Having said that i can foresee them being a good (if slightly messy and argumentative) way of entertaining the boys in the car in the future if they can play naughts and crosses whilst having a snack!

I think i prefer normal crisps, as they are a bit less sticky on the teeth and more satisfying. Thank you for the opportunity to try these though.

nushcar Sat 20-Apr-13 09:03:10

Q1 - beef is always a favourite in our household, but I actually liked the salt and vinegar. Good flavour and not overpowering.

Q2 - definitely would choose over another snack because of whole grain, lower in saturated fat, no MSG and low calories. In am ideal world, my children or I would not eat crisps at all, but I am addicted to them and so it helps to have some better options.

Q3 - my daughter wouldn't believe her luck if she got it in her lunchbox. I would not give them to her to be honest as she is too young ( 2 years) and eats healthy food quite well. However, inevitably, she will want crisps at some point and, if so, I would prefer she chose these. Will definitely buy for myself.

Nonotthatagain Sat 20-Apr-13 10:32:40

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I preferred S&V as did DD2, I thought the RB were very strong and DD1 said they were like Monster Munch. DS (17) tried S&V but said they were too bland and not salty enough. DD3 preferred RB.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
DD1 said the fact they were wholegrain was a positive fact. DD2 & 3 said they were greasy and stuck in their teeth.
I probably would choose them over a non wholegrain snack if the price was right.
Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? All 4 DC would eat them as a snack but DD1 said she 'wouldn't choose them out of a vending machine'

ohforfoxsake Sat 20-Apr-13 12:08:22

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I'm usually a S&V girl, but the V was an after taste. I preferred the beef because it was a good strong flavour. Opposite way round for the DCs, they overall preferred the S&V because the beef was too strong.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? The whole grain wouldn't sway it for me, per 100g these contain more sugars and salt than Walkers C&O, and I'd rather have something less processed for the kids.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? They thought they were OK and asked for them in their lunch box the day after we friend them. I don't know if they would ask for them off the supermarket shelf.

Kids aside, I'd eat them because of the strong flavour and that when I'm following Weight Watchers they are 1 point. In that respect they are a bit of a find! smile

Moominsarehippos Sat 20-Apr-13 15:48:09

So a gaggle of eight and nine year boys have just scoffed the remaining packs (grrrrr). The favourite was salt and vinegar rather than the roast beef. Most of the kids were French, if that's significant!

I didn't mention that they were 'healthy' as I don't think it would have made a jot of differemce! They chose them over cake and biscuits for a snack, so maybe the novelty value won them over. There wasn't a single + or o left!

I've been looking out for them in the shops but haven't seen any. Are they there yet?

waitingforgodot Sat 20-Apr-13 20:55:35

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? We were sent Salt & Vinegar and Roast Beef. My pref was Roast Beef. Dh chose Salt and Vinegar. I would have liked the Roast Beef ones to be a wee bit beefier if thats possible. DS refused to eat them as they were too "messy" i.e the crisps were not all the same shape. He has autism though so wasn't shocked at this reaction. Bet he's not the only kid on the spectrum though that freaked at the shape of the crisps!!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? So now we have established that there is no way on this earth that I can persuade my DS to eat these crisps unless I painstakingly sort through them all and divide the noughts from the crosses then put them back in 2 separate packs (ain't happening Walkers-sorry!), I would def def buy these crisps for myself. 84 calories and wholegrain?? Hell yeah!

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
I would not even attempt to sneak these into the lunchbox for the reasons given above. I would however sneak them into my own lunchbox.

SmeeHee Sat 20-Apr-13 21:06:57

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Everyone liked both flavours, salt and vinegar was the favourite (just). I also noticed the sticking to teeth thing going on but neither my DH or the children seemed to notice it.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I'm not really convinced of the benefits of "whole grain corn meal" over the "maize" you find in other corn-based snacks (ie Monster Munch). My understanding is that when you grind the grain up to produce meal or flour you lose a lot of the benefits of whole grain over refined grains. I'm willing to be educated on this but my current feeling is that it's a bit of a marketing con to try to convince us that they'll be healthier.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Both boys love them and have chosen them over other snacks since initially trying them on Thursday. The remaining packets will definitely be going in lunch boxes next week.

I prefer the shape of them over Monster Munch - they're less messy to eat (although my boys still managed to make a bit of a mess eating them!) The smell of them lingers a bit after they've been eaten but probably no more than other flavoured crisps/snacks.

I'm also wondering why they're "Hoops and Crosses" and not "Noughts and Crosses"!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I liked the Beef but found the crisps made me feel dry really quickly.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I would for the dc but not for myself.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
The dc loved them, they wanted to eat all the packs in one go.
They would like them as a packed lunch but take so long to eat crisps it wont be happening.

MickeyD Sat 20-Apr-13 21:22:05

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? Tried the Roast Beef and the Salt and Vinegar. Liked the salt and vinegar most. DS found the flavours too strong.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? Good that they are a source but wouldn't choose them over another snack that wasn't wholegrain.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? Didn't like the flavours. Wouldn't eat them for lunch but DH liked them.

katys10 Sat 20-Apr-13 21:22:48

Very happy children here receiving free crisps. They took the request for feedback very seriously and savoured them on our picnic today like tasters on Masterchef! Overall the crisps went down a storm in our family, although just to let Walkers know one of the packets was unsealed so obviously a packaging issue somewhere. Luckily the crisps hadn't spilt or gone soft.

So, answers to the questions:
Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

In our family of 4, we were evenly split with 2 of us preferring Roast Beef, and 2 Salt and Vinegar. We all liked both flavours though, and I don't normally like S&V but as it was quite a mild flavour I enjoyed them. My daughter who loves vinegar, said she would have liked a stronger/sharper taste.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I do like the fact that they are wholegrain, but that wouldn't be a deciding factor for me as we eat plenty of fruit, veg and cereals and I wouldn't necessarily be looking to top up our fibre intake with the crisps we choose. However, I do like the fact that they are baked - both because all the family liked the crisps not being greasy, and I like to keep an eye on fat content of foods.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
The children both loved the crisps, and would be delighted to get them in their lunch box (but as many others have said, I give crisps as an occasional treat outside school, and rarely include them in packed lunches). They liked the texture and the shapes too.

In summary, we would buy these crisps, probably to alternate with other family favourites like Hula hoops and Snack a Jacks.

Thanks Walkers! We have enjoyed being testers.

StuntNun Sat 20-Apr-13 21:43:14

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
Both DSs and I preferred the Roast Beef to the Salt and Vinegar. DH wouldn't try the Salt and Vinegar but did like the Roast Beef flavourl. I thought the Salt and Vinegar was a nice strong flavour but a bit too sweet. The Roast Beef ones were nice but DS1 and I were both disappointed because Salt and Vinegar is our favourite flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
As a family we already eat wholemeal bread and pasta and wholegrain cereals, so I don't think there's much advantage to adding wholegrain crisps to our diets.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DS1 will only have normal Walkers Salt & Vinegar crisps in his lunch box. DS2 took the Roast Beef Hoops & Crosses twice last week and ate them all both times. He usually has Hula Hoops but quite often the pack comes back uneaten.

Patchouli Sat 20-Apr-13 22:02:25

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Those beef ones are very much like monster munch. But as someone said earlier: they aren't so messy to eat.
I think I prefer the beef, but might have to have another pack of salt & vinegar to be sure.
DD says she like both the favours

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Oh yes whole grain = good
I can feel slightly better about DD eating crisps.
I do buy those wholegrain Sunbites when they're on offer and sometimes when they're not (tried the ASDA version of them - flavour not so good)
Baked = good too

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They were a bit hit with my DD and she was thrilled to get them in her lunchbox.
She'd definitely be happy to have them again and I'll look out for them in the shop.

She did say she prefers the crosses hmm

hi, we've had fun this week testing - me and DS age 7

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? Loved the salt and vinegar, and surprisingly so did DS. Found it plenty vinegary and I love vinegar! We both likes the strong shapes and the crunch!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? Is there really much benefit?

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? Really fun. DS loved being able to take a pack to school for crisp day and that no one else would have one so thank you for his new street cred!

123mon Sat 20-Apr-13 23:04:43

the Hoops and Crosses arrive today...
we (me and my girls) tryed the Salt and Vinegar, and the Rost Beef flavour.
i liked them both, my older daughter liked the Rost Beef flavour best,and she said that they taste like Monster Munch, my little girl didnt like any of them
i think it is a good idea that they are a source of wholegrain (which i prefer it).
I defnately buy them to put in my daughter lunch box and to eat them my self
we are givin the thumbs up to the Hoops and Crosses

Washersaurus Sun 21-Apr-13 10:20:56

Can I start by saying that I was a bit 'meh' about the packaging of the product. I doubt I would notice it on the supermarket shelf.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I think we all would have preferred to try the prawn cocktail flavour! The roast beef flavour were very much like Monster Munch. They were ok but the children seemed to prefer Salt and Vinegar (a flavour that I wouldn't normally offer them), which to me didn't seem very salty or vinegary.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

The wholegrain aspect would lead me to choose them over regular potato crisps, but they aren't really a 'healthy' snack so would only choose to buy them as an alternative to crisps (e.g. For a picnic or party). My children eat plenty of wholegrain in their diets already, so it's not a big thing for me really.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The boys really enjoyed them. I don't give crisps in lunch boxes, I'm not sure the school allow it. I would offer these as an alternative to traditional potato crisps, but honestly, on the rare occasion I buy crisp type snacks I would probably still choose Pom Bears.

Thank you for letting us take part in the product test.

Moominsarehippos Sun 21-Apr-13 11:27:14

I'm not a great fan of prawn cocktain taste tbh. I prefer a spicy tomato or sweet chilli myself.

I'm not sure of the age range targeted. The packaging doesn't seem to be especially targeted at older kids (who I assume are the target market). Jokes, cartoons or character tie-ins would help with the 'pester' aspect of purchase.

pegster Sun 21-Apr-13 12:15:37

I really liked the salt &vinegar ones, really crunchy and nice sharp flavour, probably a bit too sharp for 19m DS. He preferred the roast beef but I found then very synthetic with an unpleasant sweet aftertaste. The teenage DSC liked both!

I would definitely choose the S&V flavoured ones over other crisps for their baked Wholegrain but am generally looking for other snacks for my DC

The teenagers would happily have these for lunches instead of other crisps. Toddler DS does not have a lunch box!

LippyDiDooDah Sun 21-Apr-13 12:55:36

SmeeHee that's because Organix crisps have already snapped up the name 'Noughts and crosses' for their crisps!! In fact DD used to eat them as a little one 6-7 years ago now so they've been around for ages!

BlueMonday17 Sun 21-Apr-13 13:32:16

Many thanks, we enjoyed this taste test!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all preferred the beef ones. DH and I were instantly transported to 1980s Monster Munch, but thankfully without the 'coat the roof of your mouth' effect that Monster Munch had! We found the salt and vinegar ones a bit too 'zingy' for our taste, but we're not overly keen on salt and vinegar crisps.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I usually try to choose snacks that are lower fat/lower salt etc, so the wholegrain would make me consider choosing these. Also like the fact they are less than 100 cals a pack. But they do stick to your teeth a bit.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DCs are 5 and 9. 5-year old described them as 'brilliant', 9-year old declared them the best crisps he'd ever had. They would be delighted to get them in their lunchbox. They liked the 'play' aspect and said the hoop ones were easier to stick on their fingers than Hula Hoops are.

minesawine Sun 21-Apr-13 13:42:19

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We tried roast beef and salt and vinegar. We all preferred the roast beef, both me and the DC's. They taste a bit like monster munch. The salt and vinegar had a funny aftertaste which we did not like.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I liked the wholegrain in them, it made me feel healthier! The DC's didnt really notice

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
The DC's preferred the roast beef. They finished all six packs very quickly. They played noughts and crosses, with the winner eating them all. Great fun crisps and they would be happy to have them in their lunchboxes

Rosehassometoes Sun 21-Apr-13 15:11:16

Q1
I liked both flavours. Slightly preferred Beef, would prob buy more often but would buy Salt and Vinegar for a change.

DS (3) declared S and V to be 'yuck' but slowly nibbled a crisp, perhaps an aquired taste! He said that the Beef ones were much nicer and really enjoyed them.

Q2 Whole grain wouldn't really influence me as I still see crisps as a treat not a healthy snack. However, it is a good thing.

Q3 Would put in nursery lunch box occasionally.
Crisps are a good size for little hands and the flavour coating doesn't come off on hands too much.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

DD2 liked them equally, DH & DD1 preferred roast beef & I preferred Salt & Vinegar.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Both DDs & I would choose these as the healthier option, DH wouldn't factor it in.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DDs both liked the shape & snack as a whole and would be very happy to have them in their lunchbox.

DH & I don't normally like roast beef flavour but both enjoyed these.

We all enjoyed the light texture.

Great snack thank you - we will also try prawn cocktail.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I loved the salt and vinegar flavour, they were just strongly flavoured enough without being too strong. DC's liked both but if they had to pick a flavour they preferred the beef.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Yes I would choose them over other crisps that are not a source of wholegrain. It would sway me more towards these.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They loved them and would be happy to have these as a snack in their lunch box.....as would I!

Overall, very impressed, liked them and would definitely buy them in the future.

BornToFolk Sun 21-Apr-13 21:24:22

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

They were OK. I found them both a bit weak. The roast beef flavour reminded me of Monster Munch but not as strongly flavoured (so not as nice!) The salt and vinegar ones were also not strong enough for my taste. DS enjoyed them both though. He said that the salt and vinegar was "good, not too strong". He said he liked both flavours equally.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Meh. I'd prefer to get my (and DS's) wholegrain from a healthier source. I would choose these for DS again as I liked the fact it was a smallish bag, less fat than standard crisps and not too many odd ingredients...

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would too be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS (5) really liked them. He was immediately engaged by them. He actually thought it was a game when he saw the packet. He likes that they are different shapes. He really enjoyed them and I'm happy for him to have them on occasion. I also noticed them in Tesco and thought they were reasonably priced so I'd definitely buy again. DS does't get crisps every day in his lunchbox but when he does, this is a brand I'd consider.

Lakota Sun 21-Apr-13 21:50:16

Received and nearly all eaten - thanks!
Q1. We all liked both flavours - eldest DS (8) and DH definitely preferred the roast beef, and whilst I'm a S&V fan generally, I must admit the beef might have just had the edge for me too. Littlest DS (5) liked both the same. Experimented and discovered that one of each flavour eaten together was very nice.

Q2. Definitely pleased they're a source of wholegrain. Would buy for this reason and that I'm a big crisp fan but watching my weight and they're a low calorie treat. Reminded me of Monster Munch but lower calorie. Also pleased that there are plenty in a bag - we had been buying Walkers Baked Stars which are tasty but too few in a bag!

Q3. DSs both very keen that I buy them once they're all used up and would be very pleased to have them in their lunchbox.

Thanks again!

charlie7 Sun 21-Apr-13 22:05:06

Thank you for the crisps!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I liked both the flavours we tried, but I preferred the Salt and vinegar. My DCs loved them both, but preferred the roast beef

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I liked the fact that they were wholegrain, and really couldn't tell that they were any different to other crisps. I would choose them for this reason.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

I put these in the DCs lunchboxes as a surprise and they loved them!
They now keep asking for them!
I would definitely buy these in the future.

Rowlers Sun 21-Apr-13 22:50:59

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We have all tried both flavours. Roast beef definitely the favourite, but then S+V is always the flavour left at the end of a selection pack. Would like to have tried the prawn cocktail as we all like that flavour. I liked that they weren't greasy, like some posh crisps can be.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I do like that and part of me would be tempted by the so-called "healthier" snack, although I must be honest, I buy what we all like and will get eaten, especially if it's on offer. Crisps is crisps, really.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The children liked them (beef) a lot, although not necessarily over and above other crisps. We all thought they were like Monster Munch, if we are allowed to make that comparison? They are allowed them in lunch box although I'd hesitate to give on a regular basis, only because DS (5) would probably eat them at them at the expense of everything else in there! It would be once a week kind of thing in lunch box.

Thanks Mumsnet and Walkers for the O / X - nice to try something new!

justtired Sun 21-Apr-13 23:40:06

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all preferred the roast beef flavoured ones. None of us were very keen on the salt and vinegar ones, mainly because the vinegar was so overpowering and I could tell it was malt vinegar which i'm not keen on. It would of been great to try the prawn cocktail as they are my sons favourite flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think its great! If you can get a snack that isn't usually considered healthy and make it better then its a big tick in my book. I would chose them over a non wholegrain snack for that reason, as there was no downside as the taste was lovely.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They were a big hit, especially with my oldest as he loves crisps. He liked the flavour and the look of the crisps. I m sure he would them in his lunchbox but it is frowned upon at school to take crisps.

firefly11 Mon 22-Apr-13 01:11:18

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I thought the Roast Beef was best. And so did 2 of my DCs (aged 4 and 6). We thought the Salt & Vinegar was a bit too strong. But my eldest (age 10) liked both flavours equally.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think its good, because we always try to eat wholegrains as wholegrains contain more fibre and vitamins in them. I would actually choose Hoops and Crosses over the usual Walkers' Crisps or Doritos that we usually eat.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They loved it. It has a nice crisp and light texture. It's actually somewhat similar in texture to Wotsits but less salty and a bit more of a grainy texture than Wotsits. They would love to have Hoops and Crosses in their lunchboxes, that's for sure. And I would like eating this too.

AutumnLady Mon 22-Apr-13 10:03:56

Thank you for letting us try these!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I liked the Roast Beef ones best as they were very similar to Monster Munch. DS liked the salt and vinegar ones as they weren't too 'fizzy' like other S&V crisps. I thought they tasted slightly like pickled onion monster munch and prefer a sharper S&V flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

It definitely makes a difference that they are wholegrain and would choose them over other crisps, but there needs to be a larger range of flavours. We liked the light texture

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS too young for lunch boxes but would be happy with them as a snaclk. The size of the bag is a plus point but I think the packaging needs a bit of a design rethink as they are not particularly eye catching. DS liked the texture and shape of the crisps and started playing a game with them as he ate!

Thanks again, really enjoyed these so please add a sweet chilli flavour or something similar!

ENSMUM Mon 22-Apr-13 12:35:01

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I liked them both. Salt and vinegar best (but that is always my favourite flavour!). DD (2y5m) also enjoyed both.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Not really. Would only have as an occasional treat, so I wouldn't be worried about how healthy they are for this.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DD doesnt have a lunch box but would love these for snacks (although wouldn't get to have them often!)

BerryLellow Mon 22-Apr-13 14:15:16

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I really like both flavours, would probably eat S&V myself more, but DS2 and DP would prefer the beef. DP said they were like a cross between Monster Munch and Space Raiders. DS1 was horrified by them (he isn't a crisp person) DS2 was initially reluctant but now a huge fan. He said 'They aren't like Monster Munch, they taste like paint.' confused He is a rather contrary child though.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

It's nice that they are a source of wholegrain, but I probably wouldn't choose them over a different snack. Maybe over other crisps?

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS1 (7) A resounding 'no thanks', DS2 (3) 'More'. So yes and no here.

Thanks for sending us the trial - generous to have a multipack too, not just a voucher for a bag smile

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? i'm not a fan of salt and vinegar, but i liked the roast beef.
they tasted just like monster munch. DH liked both flavours. so did DD.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? i liked the idea, and they didn't taste cardboardy which was a bonus. I might be tempted to buy them over non-wholegrain.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? good snack - not too junky. yes, would happily give to DD for a lunchbox treat. and i like that you can play noughts and crosses!

Stangirl Mon 22-Apr-13 14:37:42

Q1 We all preferred the S&V but liked both (me, DP, DD 3yo and DS 21mo).

Q2 Liked the wholegrain idea but someway off convincing me they are actually healthy. Would prob choose them over other crisp things. Lked that the flavour wasn't overwhelming.

Q3 Nice snack. Must be balanced with something like fruit though1

treaclesoda Mon 22-Apr-13 16:03:31

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
Whole family liked the beef flavour best

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I'm very cynical of claims like this on the packaging of snacks. For starters, its a very vague claim. Secondly, it doesn't matter how you dress it up, these are a salty, strongly flavoured crisp type snack. I love crisps/corn snacks as much as anyone, but in no way do I consider them to be a healthy choice, no matter how much wholegrain there is in them. Interestingly, I probably would have avoided buying them if I had seen them in a shop, because the wholegrain claim would have put me off - I wouldn't have expected them to taste as nice as they actually did.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
My DD liked them and would be happy to get them in her lunchbox. Unfortunately for her, I'm one of those really horrible mums who very rarely lets her have this sort of thing in her lunchbox.

SmeeHee Mon 22-Apr-13 17:44:48

LippyDiDooDah - doh! I should have known that - both my DSs had those when weaning.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We tried salt&vinegar and roast beef. I liked the beef a lot, but wasn't fond on the vinegar ones. DCs liked both.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I like the idea. Tend to buy crisps based on what's on special offer, so would buy them if the price was right!

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
They liked them a lot, they're both complete crisp monsters, so very much enjoyed testing new ones. They don't have packed lunches, but for the odd school trip packed lunch, I'm sure they'd be pleased to find them in there.

UniS Mon 22-Apr-13 18:56:21

I'm not bothering to put these in DS's lunch box again. 3 days running he has chosen NOT to eat them. I think he has changed his mind about liking them.

josparkle Mon 22-Apr-13 18:56:30

We all tried both flavours and like some other posters have said, the beef ones were just like beef monster munch but without the greasy aftertaste. Loved the flavour as did dp and dc. However, the salt and vinegar ones were horrid, tasted like cheap 10p crisps and dp thought they were too sweet. DC said they preferred beef but would be happy to eat both.

The fact that they are wholegrain would make me choose them over other crisps but I still don't see them as a healthy option, just less unhealthy than others.

Id be happy ti give them to dc occasionally but no more so than any other crisps.

LippyDiDooDah Mon 22-Apr-13 19:04:17

SmeeHee grin

smallbean Mon 22-Apr-13 19:56:15

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We had salt and vinegar and roast beef, I liked both flavours they reminded me of space raiders or monster munch. My DC's prefer one of the flavours each!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like that they are a source of wholegrain, these sort of snack are usually a guilty pleasure but, these are feel a little bit more healthy. I would chose them over other snacks.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Yes, they have gone down a treat!

kinkyfuckery Mon 22-Apr-13 21:44:22

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We've tried salt and vinegar and roast beef. Both delicious but roast beef were definitely the preferred option with the kids (aged 4 and 8)

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I don't fool myself into thinking any crisp is a 'healthy' snack. We'd choose them over some crisps, but because of the flavour, not the fact they are wholegrain.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
They'd be delighted, really enjoyed them!

Q1 I liked the taste of the salt and vinegar, DH and DS (5) didn't like either flavour.... They are both crisp fanatics so it was a bit of a surprise that they weren't impressed. We did all think they tasted like monster munch.

Q2 I wouldn't buy them just because they are a source of whole grain, I much prefer the walkers sunbites if I am after a crisp that I can kid myself is a bit healthier!

Q3 DS didn't really like them so no, they won't be going in his lunch box. He didn't really comment on the shape, so I guess that it didn't make a huge impression on him that they were a bit different.

I did like the crisps, but I'm not sure I would buy them often.

TheOldestCat Tue 23-Apr-13 00:33:28

Thank you for picking us! We had fun testing them.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all liked roast beef. Only DH liked salt and vinegar (I have yet to find a crisp he doesn't like or at least tolerate!).

DH noted the similarity to Monster Munch immediately - 'but they are less strong' noted DD (6). DS (3), more of a sweet-toothed toddler, liked them a lot.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Yes, I probably would choose them over another variety of crisp purely for the 'wholegrain' thing, without thinking too much about it.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They went down very well here - both DD and DS liked them. And DH, who regards anything purporting to be a healthy version of a snack he loves with deep suspicion, was won over. He loved them and ate most of the packs. The DC would love to get them in their lunchbox (but won't; I'll reserve them for treats at home).

TeamEdward Tue 23-Apr-13 00:39:11

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We all preferred the Roast Beef flavour. The salt & vinegar wasn't unpleasant, just not discernably salt & vinegar - it tasted a bit like pickled onion Monster Munch

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I would choose these again as a wholegrain snack. My DC like brown pasta and bread, but are not so keen on wholegrain snack food. They liked the hoops and crosses though.
Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Yes, my DC have both enjoyed these crisps as part of their lunch. DH was very impressed too!

whattodoo Tue 23-Apr-13 07:35:04

Q1 I preferred the S&V, the roast beef was too sweet for me. DD preferred the beef, for the same reason!
Q2 liked that they were wholegrain. A great way to get wholegrain into the family without fuss.
Q3 DD loved them. Took ages to eat and discuss and play (she's 5) which makes a pleasant change for a snack! Yes, she'd love them in her lunch box.

ohforfoxsake Tue 23-Apr-13 11:08:37

Just to backtrack on my feedback above -my DCs have asked for them EVERY day since we tried them.

Groovee Tue 23-Apr-13 11:09:53

I'm not involved but I do wish they'd do pickled onion ones.

AmberLeaf Tue 23-Apr-13 11:24:18

Groovee, the salt and vinegar ones are very pickled oniony IMO.

Give them a go.

domesticslattern Tue 23-Apr-13 12:21:17

Thanks for the opportunity to try.
We liked roast beef best and, like others, thought it was like a milder version of monster munch. DD1 liked playing with the shapes. Salt flavour was less popular but will definitely get eaten.
The wholegrain thing is neither here nor there for me. I'm more concerned about salt intake especially for the kids. These seemed reasonable on that front but ideally I'd give them something withvery little salt- a step up from organix baby crisls really, which DD1 still loves even though not salty.
I wouldn't buy these regularly as DD1 has schooldinners and tends to snack on fruit, crackers etc but I wouldn't rule them out either.

domesticslattern Tue 23-Apr-13 12:24:14

Just read the other feedback. I agree with the poster who wondered why the GDA info is based on adults for a snack aimed at kids.

madoldbird Tue 23-Apr-13 15:25:20

Q1 the beef disappeared much quicker than the s&v. Only DS2 really liked the s&v, the older dcs (15 &17) felt they were bland and not vinegary enough.

Q2 I'm not swayed by the wholgrain issue - they only have the same amount of fibre as the regular crisps we ordinarily keep in.

Q3 I think the dcs would be happy to see them in lunchboxes occasionally, particularly the beef. The younger ones liked the shape of them. From my point of view a lot would depend on pricing.

Thank you for letting us try them!

Groovee Tue 23-Apr-13 16:18:59

I disagree the S'n'V are vingerary not pickled oniony. The prawn cocktail is crap and beef taste like monster munch.

Q1 Flavours seemed fine DD and I preferred salt and vinegar. DS and DH preferred roast beef (DH thought they tasted like original monster munch)
Q2 Not particularly bothered about wholegrain. Depends on kids really, tend to give them a choice between the more healthier type of crisps and then they choose.
Q3 Yes they would be happy DS (14) has taken them to school

clux73 Tue 23-Apr-13 18:24:52

Hello. Thanks for letting us be tasters.
We tried the salt and vinegar and roast beef. S&v is always our first choice flavour so my DDs tried those first. They really liked them. Said they were yummy, and also attempted a game of noughts and crosses with them!
Like the fact that they contain whole grain but it wouldn't be my main reason for buying them
Both my DD's have asked me to buy them again. The beef weren't so popular (I agree that they taste just like monster munch) but I would buy the salt and vinegar occasionally.
Is it me or are all crisp packets containing less and less crisps these days? These have 18g... I'm sure crisps used to be in 30g bags! Happy to have less crisps but think this should be reflected in the price!

RachelHRD Tue 23-Apr-13 19:39:03

Thanks for letting us test these Mumsnet smile

Q1 I and DS prefer the beef ones, DH and DD liked both. I agree with other posters that the Salt and Vinegar were too much vinegar not enough salt and I'm normally a S&V fan!!

Q2 Yes I would generally choose whole grain over standard crisps

Q3 My 2 still like Organix crisps which are salt free so at the moment I stick with those. I'd consider these when they stop liking the salt free ones!!

AVL Tue 23-Apr-13 19:58:44

Thanks for the crisps!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I liked the flavours and so did my DC. Both flavours were good. My DC preferred the beef flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I liked that they were wholegrain as they seem healthier. I would choose them over other snacks as long as the price is right.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
My DC like the crisps as a snack. They liked the taste and the shapes. I would be happy to give them in their lunchboxes but they aren't allowed crisps at school.

revolvenotevolve Tue 23-Apr-13 20:23:06

r.Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We tried roast beef and salt and vinegar flavours. Really liked both of them . Thought they tasted like monster munch but not so horribly 'extreme' and also the salt and vinegar didn't give us sore mouths like other crisps do (e
g chipsticks)
Adults preferred roast beef children preferred salt and vinegar.

?Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Overall quite good but not a deal breaker . However if it were between these and something without wholegrain bI would choose these

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? 

Loved them - commented that they could actually play noughts and crosses with friends!! Liked the flavours too. They have insisted we get these regularly now!!! Definitely will feature in future lunch boxes.

Thanks

lalalonglegs Tue 23-Apr-13 20:25:12

Thanks for sending us the snacks. Here are the longlegs family's thoughts on them.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I didn't like the salt and vinegar variety at all - it was far too strong, made me suck my teeth in and wince, the beef flavour was preferable but I didn't love either. My children (all primary school age) definitely did though: my son described them as "a miracle"...

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I'd be slightly sceptical of attributing any health claims to Hoops and Crosses - they seemed highly processed and I'm not sure that all the other ingredients that were in them would be canceled out by having wholegrain. As my family only has crisp-type snacks as an occasional treat, I'd prefer a traditional potato crisp over these.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
The children really liked them although I'm not convinced they would choose them over, say, Hula Hoops or normal crisps. They would be happy to have them in a lunch box.

revolvenotevolve Tue 23-Apr-13 20:25:37

p.s also at only 85 calories I would buy these for myself too .

Wigeon Tue 23-Apr-13 20:30:47

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Testers were me, DH, DD1 (4.10yrs) and DD2 (23 months) (in theory DD2 isn’t allowed crisps!).

I liked salt and vinegar more than the roast beef. It reminded me of Chipsticks, or Monster Munch – in a very good way! But they tasted slightly less cloying than Chipsticks, and a bit healthier than Monster Munch and less greasy.

DD1 thought that the salt and vinegar flavour tasted “a bit too lemony” (which was a negative thing in her view – from her expression, think she thought they tasted a bit sour). She said she preferred the roast beef flavour.

She wasn’t wild about them to be honest, but ate all she was given and I think she liked them more than disliked them.

DD2 claimed she didn’t like them whilst scoffing the lot!

DH thought they weren’t the best salt and vinegar he’s ever tasted. He liked the roast beef better.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I am definitely attracted by the fact that they are wholegrain and baked. I would choose them over a non-wholegrain snack. I’m a bit worried about how much salt there might be in them, and whether the “flavourings” listed in the ingredients are artificial or not.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DD1 says roast beef flavour ones are “a bit too spicy for a snack”. Her lunch boxes are generally 100% healthy, so I don’t include crisps. But I would buy these to have occasionally at home scoff myself.

DD1 says she likes the fact they are noughts and crosses (which she said without being told). She says “I like the shapes!”

MegMogAndOwl Tue 23-Apr-13 20:46:15

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? I liked the salt and vinegar but dc's and dh prefer the roast beef

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? possibly but more likely to choose as lower in fat than many other crisps

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? yes they'd definitely like to get these in their lunch box

Hopezibah Tue 23-Apr-13 21:08:50

We received the roast beef pack today too (we had originally been only sent the salt and vinegar) and I LOVE them. One of the kids really likes them too, but the other is a bit fussy and prefers plain crisps generally, although he did eat the salt and vinegar flavour. Both equally liked by me and my younger son. salt and vinegar preferred by the other son.

I love that they have so few calories and I love the wholegrain concept and that they are baked.

I would definitely choose these over 'normal' crisps because of the healthier plus points.

The kids love the shape and hoops and crosses idea so would be pleased to get them in lunch box.

thanks for letting us try these out and also for sorting out us getting the missing roast beef packs too - much appreciated - thank you xxx

buize Tue 23-Apr-13 21:31:14

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

These are not my sort of crisps, but I did like the flavours as they were not too strong. DD liked them both even though roast beef is her least favourite crisp flavour. Would have liked to have tried the prawn cocktail one. I thought the salt and vinegar tasted liked 'chipsticks'

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Great that they are wholegrain and would choose over other snacks not wholegrain.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

I have been putting them in DD's lunch box. She has a school trip next week and has asked me to save a pack for her packed lunch on that day

DaisyFay Tue 23-Apr-13 21:39:51

1. Flavour - we all preferred the roast beef flavour, however both DD and I are not fans of salt and vinegar but quite liked these. DD very impressed, possibly because I am evil mommy and am not big on bought "snacks".

2. Wholegrain - in an equal choice, would go for these over non-wholegrain versions. School however do not approve of crisps in packed lunch - not forbidden but...
My main concern would be that they stick to your teeth, especially the beef ones, and they have quite a high sugar content.
Bear in mind, if you're a parent that is concerned about wholegrain/calories/ fat - then you check ingredients etc and are just as concerned about sugar etc...

3. Oh yes she'd be happy...

Thanks, hope this helps.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all liked the beef flavour the best. The salt & vinegar tasted sweet- a hint of breakfast cereal about it!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

This probably wouldn't influence my choice in snack.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Yes my dc have really enjoyed them, but I am not convinced that they are really any healthier than other crisps so they won't get them every day. However, in future we will buy them as we all liked them.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

MNHQ

Maggietess Tue 23-Apr-13 22:10:37

Thanks for product test (and a yummy one at that) and here's my tuppence, hope it's helpful...

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Loved the beef, very tasty. DD loved the beef also. Neither of us was that struck on the salt & vinegar (hence there's still almost a full bag of them left while beef are long gone!). Thought s&v was a strange flavour choice for little ones, it wouldn't normally be on my dc's list. Cheese and onion would be much nicer. S&v tasted strangely sweet to me - not quite right.

On an aside I'm currently doing Slimming World and I'd def have the roast beef as 4.5 Syns when I'm feeling peckish for crisps...wouldn't thank you for the salt and vinegar though, I'd rather save my Syns!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

If it was a straight choice of wholegrain versus not then absolutely but thes a lot of sugar in them so that offsets it a bit. TBH DCs are good porridge/weetabix eaters so I don't often worry about wholegrain.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DD would be very happy but they aren't allowed crisps in school. I'd be happy to have them as a once in a while treat but I'd probably put them in the same bracket as other crisps. Although in saying that they'd be higher up my crisp list than some other brands.

mumnosbest Tue 23-Apr-13 23:23:53

Thanks these were yummy!

Q1) me and dh preferred the beef. They were easily on a par to monster munch (our favourites). The kids preferred salt n vinegar but i thought they tasted too vinegary and stuck to your teeth a bit.

Q2) being wholegrain is definately a plus for me as was the calories. I try not to pack crisps too often for the dcs so this would persuade me to buy them.

Q3) my older 2 dcs loved them. My ds 8yrs took them for lunch and suggested the bag could have a noughts n crosses grid on as he played it with a friend but needed to imagine the grid. I like the fact the crisps are smaller. Dd thought she got lots more in a bag. It also meant 2 young dds could share a bag and still get plenty each. 1 bag is often too much for dd2 but doesn't look a lot when shared.

Maybe you could consider mini/half bags for little ones.

lyndseyh78 Wed 24-Apr-13 11:47:23

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
Roast beef was our favourite but both my children also enjoyed salt & vinegar which they normally wouldn't eat!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Yes i am very happy to give my children wholegrain

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
My daughter would be more than happy to take a packet of these to school with her everyday, i normally don't give her crisps for school but i would let her take these

OnTheNingNangNong Wed 24-Apr-13 11:53:39

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
My children and husband both loved the beef flavour, I loved the salt and vinegar. They were just right on the size/flavour scale.

My 6 year old commented that they were the best crisps he had ever tasted and could quite happily have eaten the whole multipack in one sitting.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I love the idea of a normally bad snack being wholegrain and having the children none the wiser, I would choose them over a non wholegrain snack.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Everyone loved them and they had been in lunchboxes and apparently they he played hoops and crosses at lunch time and was the envy of his friends for such a cool treat.

Overall they really enjoyed them and we will probably buy again in future.

YoniFoolsAndHorses Wed 24-Apr-13 11:56:45

Ohhh, we very excited to come back to the carbboard box and crisps inside!!!! Especially as I had forgotten I had applied grin.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Everybody loved, loved, loved the salt and vinegar. Nobody likes the beef though - and I do 't think the prawn would appeal in the slightest either. But then, nobody eats those flavours in any other brand either. But the salt and vinegar were a huge hit with both me and the children.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I guess it's better than not! It's not a deal breaker for me though as I think the children eat very healthily anyway and so snacks can be just snacks!

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

Neither have lunch boxes at school, but they would adore it if I brought them as an after school snack grin.

Other comments: could you have a grid on the packet? So it's easier to play noughts and crosses with the crisps? (Or is this a daft idea that just my children do??)

Sidge Wed 24-Apr-13 11:59:32

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We liked both flavours; I preferred the roast beef but happily ate both. DD1 preferred S&V, DD2 preferred RB and DD3 preferred S&V.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think the wholegrain element is a bonus but I'm under no illusion that it makes a generally unhealthy snack radically healthy!

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

My children really liked the crisps, they enjoyed them as a snack when getting home from school, or in their lunchbox. They aren't terribly filling (but TBH no crisps are) but there were plenty in a bag.

I really liked the Hoops and Crosses, I thought they were tasty and had a nice texture. They didn't leave your mouth all mucky like Monster Munch do and didn't taste synthetic like Monster Munch or Wotsits.

mumove Wed 24-Apr-13 12:02:04

Really pleased to be selected to be a hoops & crosses taster!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We tried roast beef and salt and vinegar. my husband and 5 year old DS preferred roast beef, while I liked the salt and vinegar. my husband and I thought they were similar to Monster Munch. My DS thought the salt and vinegar tasted 'sour'. Both flavours weren't too strong. think cheese and onion would be good.
DS loved that we could play noughts and crosses with them. Any chance of having a large noughts and crosses grid printed on the outside or, better still, inside the packet so you can play before eating them?

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I was impressed they were wholegrain although do they need to have so much sugar in them. if sugar content was lower, I would definitely choose them over a non-wholegrain snack.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
My DS liked them but he is keener on fruit as a snack than crisps. I would pack them in his lunchbox and he said that he would like to have them as part of his lunch.

smee Wed 24-Apr-13 12:03:16

Loved getting crisps through the post..!!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
DS and his friends must be weird looking at the host of people on here prefering the beef, but they liked the salt and vinegar best. I preferred the beef, as did the cat.. hmm

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Anything which is more healthy is a winner, and as they're tasty what's not to like.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Crisps aren't allowed in school, so can't squirrel them into lunch boxes, but they're a nice after school treat or useful for days out.

Thanks for letting us try them out. We'll definitely buy them in future.

ChildOfThe1980s Wed 24-Apr-13 12:04:20

Q1 What did you think of the flavours?

I ate only the salt and vinegar as I don't eat meat-flavoured foods. DS ate both and preferred the roast beef.

Q2 What did you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain?

Good that they are whole grain, but they are still crisps, and definitely not a healthy snack. I would choose them over other crisps if my son asked for them.

Q3 What do your DC think of H&C as a snack?

He liked them as much as any crisps. He doesn't have packed lunches for school, but would like them as a snack.

Squiglettsmummy2bx Wed 24-Apr-13 12:06:05

We all liked the salt & vinegar flavour. I liked the beef but my FB didn't, they don't like any meat flavoured crisps though.
Yes it's good & I would pick them over non whole grain snacks.
My DC loved the salt & vinegar flavour & have asked for them in their lunch box. They are full of flavour & very tasty, a hit here

TheTempest Wed 24-Apr-13 13:05:26

I loved the Roast Beef flavour and so did DD1. DD1 also really liked the S & v flavour but the rest of us didn't. DP and I felt that they were too sweet with a tangy aftertaste. The roast beef were very meaty with a lovely deep flavour.

We have been trying to up our whole grain following the recent challenge so I like that these crisps are whole grain.

My DD1 would sell her sister for crisps so really liked them. DD2 was fairly infused tbh. She is very fussy though! Thanks for letting us try them, more flavours would be lovely.

LippyDiDooDah Wed 24-Apr-13 14:38:25

I bought the Prawn coctail flavour hoops and crosses in my food shop today and can't wait to let DD try those too. I've just had a packet and they are so yummy.

She has a packet of S&V h&C in her lunchbox today.

Chocoflakes Wed 24-Apr-13 14:43:31

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I really liked the roast beef best. My son liked both but the salt and vinegar were his favourite.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like the idea of them being wholegrain. Think I would choose them over non wholegrain.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? 

My children enjoyed these crisps and were more than happy to have them for their packed lunch snack.

blackkettle Wed 24-Apr-13 16:16:38

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

- we all preferred the salt and vinegar but liked the other one too.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

- find that a bit of a gimmick so wouldn't swing it for me

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

- they would be happy to get them but prefer normal crisps

Thanks for the chance to try them.

We liked both flavours but probably the salt and vinegar the most.
I think it is more of a gimmick them being whole grain than the reason for buying them. I'd buy them because my kids liked them.
I think the whole grain element would mean DD's could bring them to school. The healthy eating policy at her school says no crisps but whole grain snacks are allowed.

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Really nice favours the salt and vinegar was quite mild which was nice, i preferred beef but the children loved both.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Its an added bonus but i ensure the dc get it elsewhere so its not a huge concern. I would choose these over other snacks for the children as they really liked them and the wholegrain is a bonus.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? 

They loved them and they're fussy about crisps they've already been requested for up coming school trips.

Thevelveteenrabbit Wed 24-Apr-13 17:54:36

Q1 Beef are a stronger flavour than the salt & vinegar. My children preferred the S&V flavour. Likening them to Monster Munch.

Q2. Seems fine, not an issue for or against them.

Q3. They like them as a snack and did actually play noughts and crosses with them. They would happily take in their lunch bags.

notasausage Wed 24-Apr-13 19:34:22

1. Both DD's 2 & 4 liked them especially the beef flavour. The salt and vinegar was also popular but mostly because they discovered they were good dipped in strawberry yoghurt hmm. I liked both best but they were very monster munch like. DH wasn't impressed and hates salt and vinegar anyway.

2. The fact that they are whole grain wouldn't matter to me. They are crisps and should be viewed as any crisp thanks to the salt and flavours.

3. Both DD's would kill for crisps in their lunch box and would have these again though they weren't able to eat a whole bag where quavers for example would have disappeared and that's a bigger bag.

LandofOoo Wed 24-Apr-13 20:29:08

Q1. I preferred the beef, they were just like monster munch, the salt and vinegar were a bit too strong for me. DD liked both, DS1 thought the beef were a bit plain tasting and liked the salt and vinegar but he was disappointed when he saw they also come in prawn cocktail flavour so they are on the shopping list this week. DS2 said yummy for both. DP had a try of the beef and thought they were ok but he doesn't like salt and vinegar so didn't try them.
Q2. Its good that they are wholegrain and I probably would choose these over other crisps as an occasional treat.
Q3. DD would like them in her lunch box, DS1 doesn't like crisps in his lunch box because they take too long to eat. They went down well as a snack with all 3 children.

WhoremoaneeGrainger Wed 24-Apr-13 20:45:04

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all loved both the flavours. DD liked the salt and vinegar ones because they weren't too strong and didnt make her lips go white and wrinkly!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Yes i would.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DD went on a school trip on Friday, and had to take a packed lunch and tea, so had a bag of each flavour in her bag. They both came back empty.

Massive thumbs up from my family. Just wish i could find them to buy....

Livi76 Wed 24-Apr-13 20:57:27

1. Flavours - I preferred the roast beef as did both kids
2. Whole grain - not concerned as kids don't eat crisps/ snacks often
3. Lunch/Snacks - definitely buy beef for picnics. DS is only 2 & DD (7) has school dinners.

Very impressed

Ours have finally arrived today after sitting at the sorting office for a couple of days as we were not in when they were delivered!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I liked both flavours but prefered the salt and vinegar. DS2 loved them both and couldn't decide which were his favourite. He was worried that once we'd tested a packet each we would need to send the rest back to Mumsnet and was very relieved when I reassured him we got to keep all the packets we have been sent.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I liked the fact that the were healthier than normal crisps based on the fat/salt content etc and would buy them again over fried potato crisps. I would not however be 'marketed' into thinking they were a healthy snack though.

Q3 What did your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DS2 aged 9 thought they were brilliant and immediately tried both. He also thought they were similar to but better than Monster Munch and easier to eat than MM. They have school dinners so lunch box does not apply but DS2 would be happy to take them on a trip, picnic etc.

In DS2's words "Mummy some crisps look good but taste rubbish and some crisps taste delicious but don't look great but these taste delicious and look good too!"

DS1 who will only eat red pringles because he thinks all other crisps are greasy. He took one look at these and would not touch them let alone eat one.

DH has just come home and spied them so I will add feedback from him later! I am off on a work trip first thing tomorrow and am not convinced there will be any packets left when I come home on Friday!

llynnnn Wed 24-Apr-13 22:07:49

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I enjoyed both of the flavours. I personally prefered the roast beef ones, as did my eldest dd (6), my youngest (3) didnt like the beef ones though, but enjoyed the salt & vinegar.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I like the fact they are wholegrain and yes would probably chose them over a crisp snack that wasn't

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
dd's enjoyed the hoops & crosses, they both lined them up on their plate like a game of noughts and crosses! they would definitely like them in their lunch box, however i prefer to keep all crisp based snacks as occasional treats rather than an everyday part of lunch. Much prefer these though due to them being lower fat and wholegrain.

beanandspud Thu 25-Apr-13 10:04:26

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all liked both flavours - beef was marginally more popular but we don't often have salt & vinegar flavoured crisps.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like the fact that they are wholegrain and for DS they felt like a healthier option. They did remind me a bit of the corn snacks we used to buy when he was a toddler though. DH definitely prefers a potato-based snack although it didn't stop him pilfering the cupboard for these grin

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

We would buy them again, DS really liked them and although he doesn't take a packed lunch he would enjoy them as a snack.

wigglebumsmum Thu 25-Apr-13 10:20:54

The hoops and crosses have had a mixed reception in our house. My DD loves the roast beef ones , as do I , but the salt and vinegar seem to be a little strong and she had two or three before handing the packet over to me.

My son did not like either flavour and he was not too sure about the texture- it said it made his mouth feel odd. When offered the choice of an apple or some more hoops and crosses he asked for an apple.

I was keen for them to be a hit as I liked the fact that they were wholegrain and were healthier than a "normal" packet of crisps. I would certainly consider putting them in my children's lunchbox and I would definitely have them in the house as treats.

I personally found them very moreish as did my husband and I could see us buying them for the children and tucking in ourselves!

sfancy Thu 25-Apr-13 10:21:00

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? I tried the salt and vinegar and roast beef. I much preferred the roast beef. My kids did as well.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? I find it to be a pleasant surprise. I would chose this over a non wholegrain snack.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? I would not put it in my childrens lunch box simply because our school has restrictions on what snacks children can take, however, if that was not the case, I would.

mazgoli Thu 25-Apr-13 12:35:41

Q1.I seem to be in the minority as I prefer the Salt and Vinegar flavour. My son liked the Roast Beef best. I have bought a bag of the Prawn Cocktail flavour this morning in Asda, looking forward to trying those.

Q2.I like the fact that they are wholegrain but don't really think that 'crisps' matter one way or the other. They are a snack and a treat. Wholegrain is something that we look for in bread and cereal.

Q3. The children liked these very much as a snack. Flavours are quite strong which was a plus for them. They would be very happy to get them in their lunchboxes.

frozenpeamum Thu 25-Apr-13 13:34:22

We all enjoyed Hoops and crosses! My children really liked the beef ones. My 8 year-old boy said to let the Walkers people know that he approves of the new crisps and to go ahead (and hurry up) and make them available in the shops so we can go and buy some more! They like crisps as a treat in their lunch boxes, but they were really keen to have these for a change...they have no idea they contain healthy wholegrain http://cdnmn.com/emo/te/2.gif

Loretta61 Thu 25-Apr-13 16:08:27

DD (10) says "I liked them both. The roast beef ones are really smoky and beefy and are my favourite. The salt and vinegar ones are nice but I think are a bit too bland. Roast beef is my favourite."
DS (16) was also pretty keen, but mostly just grunted his enthusiasm in the way sixteen-year-olds do, spraying bits of hoops and crosses across the room. Though, now I think about it, he was also strangely excited about the idea of playing noughts and crosses with them.

BoysWillGrow Thu 25-Apr-13 21:03:19

1) i liked both, preferred the salt and vinegar most though. DP and my 2 DS's loved the beef. They are a lot like monster munch.

2) Yes i think it would make me more likely to choose them over non wholegrain.

3) yes ds would like them in his lunchbox, though i wouldn't put them in everyday. I also liked how they were low calorie too so maybe i'd have them everyday instead!

thumbs up from us. thanks for letting us try them.

ceebeegeebies Fri 26-Apr-13 08:05:26

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We had Roast Beef and Salt and Vinegar. DS2 loved them both and quite happily ate either flavour. Unfortunately, DS1 licked one salt and vinegar one and then decided he hated it sad and then would not even try the beef flavour - however, it is extremely fussy so I am not surprised.

DH liked them both too. I found the flavours quite strong and it wouldn't be my choice of crisps.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think it is an added bonus but I am quite conscious of salt in my DC's diet so I don't give them crisps on a regular basis and the fact they are wholegrain would not encourage me to buy them regularly.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They are perfect for a snack and I would be happy to do this (but as above, not regularly) - however DS1 wouldn't eat them anyway <sigh> I don't put crisps in their lunch boxes so, whilst DS2 might be happy to get them in his lunch box, that isn't going to happen.

Sorry - I realise this sounds quite negative. DS2 and DH would devour them happily and, as I have said above, the fact they are wholegrain is an added bonus smile

SarcasticMrKnowItAll Fri 26-Apr-13 12:56:17

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
DC1 (4) Tried both and declared them 'Yucky' hmm DC2 loved both flavours, I liked the Salt & Vineger and DH liked the Beef. I thought the flavours were nice, not too strong like I find with a lot of crisps.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

No, probably not but is an added bonus.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DC1 wouldn't and I wouldn't buy them specifically for DC2 as he's still quite young. I would buy them for us though!

Kittykatzen Fri 26-Apr-13 16:11:53

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I preferred the beef, my son spat it out and wouldn't try it again. I liked that it tasted like Monster Munch! We both liked the salt and vinegar, not too sharp.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I like the idea of a healthier wholegrain snack for my son. I wouldn't necessarily choose them on that basis but would pick them as they are relatively low in calories compared to other snacks (particularly for myself!)

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

My son loves crisps and would eat the S+V with enthusiasm but doubt he would try the beef ones again.

fuzzpig Fri 26-Apr-13 18:28:17

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
They were both ok, but not nice enough to buy again. I normally love s&v but I found these rather sickly and they made my mouth feel a bit... clammy?! The beef ones were quite nice considering I don't usually go for meat flavour crisps. The DCs really liked the s&v. I'll keep an eye out for prawn cocktail. I did want to say though that the texture was really nice and crunchy. smile

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Yes, makes a change from crisps and the wholegrain is definitely an incentive to switch to them sometimes. I would be even more likely to if there were more flavours though.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
Yes they really liked them and would be happy to find them in their lunch box smile

NettleTea Sun 28-Apr-13 22:29:17

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I liked the salt and vinegar as did both my kids. we did like the beef ones too though! salt and vinegar wasnt too strong really lovely and no artificial aftertaste on either variety

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Good idea and yes quite possibly

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

good snack. The way that the cupboard has been raided I think they would be happy to eat them (and have) anytime. Either that or I am starving them...

jennieflower Mon 29-Apr-13 00:04:44

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I really liked the beef ones, both DC (10 Yr old DD & 4 yr old DS) preferred the salt and vinegar. I agree with earlier comments tht the beef ones were a lot like monster munch, but I had a nasty allergic reaction to monster munch a while ago and haven't eaten them or given them to the DC since.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think it's a good idea and I probably would.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

My DC would eat them at any given opportunity and would be more than happy to have them in their lunch box

3girlsunder3 Mon 29-Apr-13 18:21:33

Flavour wise both were a hit with our family of 5.The salt & vinegar were strong with no aftertaste & very reminiscent of chipsticks which I used to love. The beef tasted different to other beef crisps which we've tried previously - much nicer and I would say more like marmite.

I preferred the salt & vinegar as did my 7 yr old & one of my 4 yr old dcs.
DP & my other 4 yr old preferred the beef, but we would all happily eat either flavour.

I wouldn't choose crisps as a source of wholegrain specifically, as in our house they are an occasional treat. However within context the wholegrain aspect is a plus and I probably would choose them over a non wholegrain alternative.

My children all really like hoops & crosses as a snack & would be thrilled to find them in their lunchbox.

I like the fact they contain no msg & would definitely choose them for that reason. The bags are just the right size & texture great too with no sliminess.
Personally I've never been a fan of beef crisps so was really pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these!

Its a definite thumbs up from us - I've even bought some more in Asda!

Thanks Walkers & Mumsnet for letting us try them.

ScarlettInSpace Mon 29-Apr-13 21:11:03

Quick update, SK's both asked for hoops and crosses again this weekend, SS was most put out when I told him they'd all gone blush

The crisp fairy came in the middle of the night and ate them all. Honest

Mandz07 Tue 30-Apr-13 11:06:13

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I thought the flavours were great, very tasty and not to strong a taste but plenty of flavour. DC'S loved them and we have already bought more.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Yes would definitely choose these

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DC'S already have them in lunch box now and I am very happy to buy them

fairsize Tue 30-Apr-13 11:38:35

Well these didn't last long in our house!!! ;-)
Neither of my kids liked the salt & vinegar ones, however the roast beef ones were a firm favourite and Ive bought them since! DH and I liked both flavours but again we preferred the beef ones as the salt & vinegar were very strong!
I liked the fact that they were whole grain, but this wouldn't mean I'd be more inclined to buy them, TBH I usually buy whatever is on offer when Im shopping!
The children did like them, they were quite inventive with the shapes and they'd be more than happy to have them in their lunch box (beef only though). I shall have to try the prawn cocktail though as that's by far the most popular flavour usually in our house!

neddle Tue 30-Apr-13 11:54:05

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

Very nice, the roast beef taste like Monster Munch. Kids liked both flavours equally.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Like that fact and it would probably make me choose them over something else.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They all loved them and had them in their lunchboxes one day. Most disappointed when they didn't get them again as they'd eaten all the packets.

whimsy Tue 30-Apr-13 12:02:16

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We tried the beef and the salt & vinegar ones. The beef ones definitely taste like Monster Munch but we all liked the salt and vinegar the best.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I think the fact that they are wholegrain is great an yes we would choose them over normal crisps.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They would all like them in their lunchboxes. They loved the whole hoops and crosses theme.

Chippychop Tue 30-Apr-13 12:58:48

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? Anyd how about your DC?

We tried the beef and the salt and vinegar. We all liked both but much preferred the beef. DS (7) thought S&V was too strong. MY DD (3) didnt like it at all.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I see them as crisps eg naughty snack as opposed to a healthy snack eg fruit. Yes it appeases my conscience a bit that they are wholegrain but essentially they are still processed. But I would chose them again based on taste and would be keento try the prawn cocktail.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

The DC definitelty see them as a treat-snack and I have already included them in DS (7) lunch box but not DD (3)

muffinheaven Tue 30-Apr-13 14:28:36

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I was a bit unsure about both flavours when they first arrived as some brands tend to be quite strong in these flavours - however, both were a big hit in our family. The beef was a more subtle 'beef' flavour, not like other brands we've tasted. We all liked the salt and vinegar ones, very tasty !

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

I liked the fact they were wholegrain and would definitely favour these over other crisps as a snack.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

My children loved them and they are quite hard to please when it comes to crisps !! They have had them in their lunchboxes a couple of times and I will definitely be buying more !

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

We all loved the beef flavoured ones, they were excellent, and were all finished in about ten minutes! Not so keen on the Salt and vinegar, the sweetish taste of the wholegrain didn't really work so well with the sharpness of vinegar. My aged father made off with them however, and reports that he enjoyed them very much!

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Yes, the fact that they are wholegrain would make more likely to buy them, I don't think crisps are ever going to be the healthiest choice, but would say they're better than some others.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

They loved them. We are already getting them for the occasional snack, they insisted I got the x and o crisps with the shopping!

KnickKnack Wed 01-May-13 11:51:56

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
We all loved the salt and vinegar, they reminded me of chipsticks ! The roast beef were very bland, kids say they lack "pow!", they tasked li,e non-spicy non-flavour monster munch.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I think this is a red herring designed to make people buy them thinking its a healthy snack, I would happily buy them as a treat but not on a daily basis. I don't feel they are any more or less healthy than other crisps. Possibly in fact less healthy as they really stick to the teeth!

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DC loved them, would eat them daily if allowed I'm sure! Likewise they would love them for lunch but as we have a healthy eating policy at school I would not send in crisps, I'm perpetually shocked at the nu Ber of people on here who give their kids crisps 5 times a week!
I'd buy them as a treat, or even once or twice a week.

I noticed that they only referred to them as noughts and crosses though despite the name on the pack!

meep Wed 01-May-13 16:24:34

1. I liked both, but beef the best....a bit like monster munch. Dc1 initially liked beef then decided the s&v was best. Dc2 just loved them both and wanted more.

2. I like the whole grain element and would buy these over normal crisps

3. DC both adored them as a snack. They love crisps but have been known to reject some other healthy brands. I wouldn't put in lunch boxes as don't want to make crisp eating normal lunch fare. Okay for weekends and treats.

cjbk1 Wed 01-May-13 18:20:58

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
dc's liked roast beef both '1400%' they said, very spicy very good was another comment, they shoved both in mouth at once and said "very good together"
I liked the roast beef more

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
great that they are whole grain I wouldn't choose them over sunbites tho

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DC'S had them with their tea but wld like them for a snack
ds only wld like them in lunchbox but I think they wld be rather strong smelling for the remains to stay in there all day

thanks for the opportunity

goingdownhill Wed 01-May-13 20:07:17

Q1. We had a mixed response to the flavours. I enjoyed both, the children would only eat the beef ones. They all found the salt and vinegar to be a bit sharp.

Q2. I liked the fact that the crisps were wholegrain. This would be a factor in encouraging me to repurchase them against another similar priced none whole grain option.

Q3. The children enjoyed the beef crisps as a snack, they would ask to have them again. I would put them into lunch boxes as a friday treat. School discourages crisps in packed lunches, but I rebel a little on fridays!

Thank you for letting us participate smile

tootssweet Wed 01-May-13 22:56:06

1. I quite liked the salt & vinegar but would have been better if they had been a bit more tart. I couldn't try the beef ones as they weren't suitable for vegetarians (a fact that escaped me when volunteering - sorry). DP & the dog like the beef (kept the dog quiet for ages licking he wrapper!
2. I do like the whole grain idea. I'm not actually sure how nutritious this actually makes them as at the end of the day they are still a treat because they're crisps. But that might persuade people who like to virtuous to try them.
3. Dd loved the beefy ones (like monster munch!). But felt (as did I) that the crisps get stuck to your teeth.
I reckon we would get them again if on offer

WhenDoISleep Thu 02-May-13 10:35:14

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?

I like the beef flavour best - they remind me of Roast Beef Monster Munch - although for my taste I do think the flavour could be a little stronger. DS liked the Salt & Vinegar best (he is on a S&V flavour kick at the moment). DH like both - in fact he liked them so much he went out and got the Prawn Cocktail ones to try as well.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?

Given these are crisps, I'm not too fussy about them being wholegrain. It is nice to have wholegrain in a 'naughty' form though.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?

DS liked them and would be happy to have them as part of lunch in future. I thought that the Hoops and Crosses were slightly less greasy than the nearest equivalent (Monster Munch) which is a plus from my point of view.

feetheart Fri 03-May-13 06:34:43

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I liked the Roast Beef best, DH liked the Salt and Vinegar, DS says he can't decide as 'they were both just SO nice' and DD didn't like either flavour but thought Cheese and Onion might be good.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
I like the idea that they are wholegrain but usually only buy crisps and things when they are on offer so the wholegrain aspect won't play a huge role in my choice.

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
DS did get a packet in his lunchbox and was very pleased though possibly because I don't usually put that sort of thing in.

One thing that doesn't seem to have been mentioned is the shape - we have a checked table cloth and the first thing DH did was tip them out and try and beat DS(7) at Noughts and Crosses with the winner getting to eat what their opponent had on the 'board' grin

watfordmummy Fri 03-May-13 11:46:31

Well I think my boys must've been the only ones who didn't like them.

They didn't like either flavour (roast beef and salt and vinegar) feeling they "weren't right".

I liked the fact they were whole grain but the boys weren't convinced, not much street cred in it.

I wouldn't buy them as I still have some packets there, which is surprising as they love their crisps!

dania66 Fri 03-May-13 22:10:41

1.We tried both flavours but only liked roast beef,the flavour wasn't too strong and the texture was crunchy.
2.It is an added bonus and I would choose them over non wholegrain.
3.They are good for a snack, my son likes crisps so he would be happy to find them in his lunch box.

Q1- We all liked both flavours. Dd and ds1 preferred the beef, ds2 preferred the salt and vinegar, dh loved both! And me the salt and vinegar. (They were very nice) :-)
Q2- the fact that they are whole grain is a Serling point for me, (mainly for selfish reasons as I am loosing weight) I do like that it gives my dcs whole grain without them realising.
Q3- We definitely now will have them as a snack and for lunch boxes too.

My dcs all love monster munch and I have to admit they do taste like them, but 2 of my dcs played noughts nd crosses with these crisps so they found them fun as well as tasty! Added bons there.
Thank you mumsnet and walkers :-)

Moominsarehippos Sun 05-May-13 07:55:16

Our local Pound shop is selling all three flavours (six packs for £1) so I am stocked up!

polo3 Sun 05-May-13 08:25:02

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC?
I liked the flavours, they were quite subtle and I didn't get an after taste like you do with some flavoured crisps. I liked both flavours. DCs enjoyed them too, they preferred the beef flavour.

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain?
Yes a definate plus and yes I would choose over another snack. I would however prefer a low salt snack for my DCs

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box?
I liked them as a snack, however would not give them to DCs on a regular basis even though they did like them, due to salt content. They might like them in their lunch boxes, but I don't put crisps in their lunch box.

Sleepyfergus Sun 05-May-13 08:28:06

Thanks for the opportunity to try these out. Needless to say, they lasted about 3 days before being demolished!

Q1 What do you think of the flavours you tried? Which one did you like the most? And how about your DC? DH liked the beef ones, I preferred the S&V ones. DD didn't like either, I think she found DS the flavours too strong for her

Q2 What do you think of the fact that Hoops and Crosses are a source of wholegrain? Would you choose them over another snack that isn't wholegrain? I would! I really liked them as it felt you were getting a full bag of crisps, rather than a bag of air and crushed crisps. They were very filling, so the fact they're whole meal makes me feel a bit 'healthy' too. They are like a few folk have me tinned very like monster munch which re a fave of mine

Q3 What do your DC think of Hoops and Crosses as a snack? Would they be happy to get them in their lunch box? If they came in a ready salted flavour, or tomato favour then yes, but the current flavours don't work or us.

I have reviewed the product here: http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/fancy-a-tasty-game-of-hoops-crosses/

Nicola27 Sun 05-May-13 18:25:46

We tried the roast beef and salt & vinegar. I liked the beef best. My dd liked the beef and my ds liked the s&v best.

Loved the fact that they are wholegrain and would definitely choose them over non-wholegrain snacks.

Quote "we love them and think they are better than potato crisps, we would love to have them in our lunchboxes"

Since trying Hoops and Crosses my DC have asked me to buy them everytime I do my shopping. They said "They taste a bit like monster munch and are yummy".

fuzzpig Sun 05-May-13 18:55:09

I love monster munch too grin

I specifically sought out the prawn cocktail h&c in asda today, I will report back once we've tried them.

eandh Mon 06-May-13 13:48:17

Apologies for late feedback, we didn't get our crisps till last week as sorting office lost them, eventually turned up! Roast beef were a huge uccess both dd's and dh liked them although DD2 said they were some that were more tastier than others (think she means the flavouring agent had taken to some crisps more than others) Salt and vinegar were not so popular DD1 complained they made her too thirsty and dd2 not keen on S&V anyway, we found the prawn cocktail ones in the shop (we didnt have that flavour) they were absolute favourites all round. Would probably prefer to buy wholegrain over other crisps that were not wholegrain especially as teh dd's did enjoy them over other crisps (dd1 asked me to buy more) both dd's took them to school in lunch boxes and asked for them to be bought again so a real success. DH did complain they were a different shaped monster munch but agreed that they were tasty and he would eat them happily again

fuzzpig Mon 06-May-13 23:31:27

Ooooh my word the prawn cocktail ones are lovely!

Mamafratelli Tue 07-May-13 20:40:46

My children loved the crisps and played a quick game of noughts and crosses whilst eating them. My ds couldn't believe he could eat the game and kept saying they were the most fun snack ever.

Dd is allowed crisps in her lunchbox on a Friday and has requested these every Friday since we tested them.

KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-May-13 12:14:19

Feedback from Joeby

"We all loved both flavours of the crisps,my 3yr old says she likes the roast beef the best! They are low fat but you wouldn't know if it didn't state on the packet, they are very tasty and and full of flavour. You get quite a few in a packet so don't feel cheated because they are low fat like some other lower fat crisps.
I would feel happy giving these to my child knowing they are low fat and have some wholegrain goodness in them,we will certainly be buying them again. Well done Walkers!"

PipCarrier Wed 08-May-13 21:21:21

My kids liked both flavours (salt and vinegar and roast beef); we've since bought prawn cocktail and they went down a storm too! Hubby and I enjoyed the roast beef as they reminded us of monster munch!

Yes I would choose these for the fact they have wholegrain in them. I will continue to buy these now I'm aware of them.

essexgirl31 Thu 09-May-13 19:02:06

We tried both flavours (salt and vinegar and roast beef). Both DCs and I loved loved the roast beef and would definitely buy them again. They will be used in a lunchboxes when we can source them (both our local supermarkets don't have them. I like the fact they are wholegrain.

eandh Fri 10-May-13 07:09:54

Essexgirl i found them in poundland!!

essexgirl31 Fri 10-May-13 17:32:10

Thank you!

Surf25 Fri 10-May-13 21:03:26

Q1. Liked both flavours, probably marginally preferred the roast beef flavour probably because a) it's a bit different, and b) because it reminded me so much of monster munch which I loved when I was a kid

Q2. I probably would choose a wholegrain rather than non-wholegrain snack, so yes

Q3. The kids loved them, dd1 favoured the roast beef and dd2 the salt and vinegar. They were super excited as we had to collect the parcel from the post office depot and I think it was like a dream come true to them that a parcel addressed to us contained snacks! I always like them to try different flavours but honestly don't think I would have thought of them trying beef flavour crisps so it was interesting to see how much they liked them.

All in all, loved them and delighted to have been chosen to participate! Thank you!

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