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Whittles Crisps, Gluten Free Black Country Pork Scratchings Review

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Bag Size: 75 g
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Reviewed 30th May 2009

Purchased from: Free sample bag, many thanks

Gluten free pork scratchings? Should this make a difference to the flavour? Why is gluten needed in pork scratchings anyway? Is gluten a good or bad thing? Let's find out.

First thing to note is the bag design, it's really nice and simple, there are no real graphics, no data, no bar code, no colours. Less is more.

We open the bag and notice quite a nice smell with a slight hint of fish, just right. The bag contains a good selection of random shapes and sizes, there is a full range of colours from light to dark, slightly weighted to the darker end of the scratching colour scale. No hairy ones yet... never mind, maybe in the next bag.

They don't have a strong flavour. They are nice and fresh, crispy crunchy. Sometimes with really really crunchy scratchings we get a few that are super hard, so hard that they are like bits of metal, this bag contains none of these horrors. Perfect crunch. The bigger pieces do however look a little bit scary, scary like they will scratch the inside of your mouth, but we needn't have worried, they are perfect.

The first few pieces seem to have the perfect amount of salt on them, lets hope this level is not too much by the end of the bag. There is a slight sweetness to the flavour which is nice. A full range of fat to skin on most pieces. The skin is relatively thick but not dense and hard, quite light. The fat is fairly thick, but not fatty or oily.

There are a few nice small pieces at the bottom which we like. There is a lot of dust, maybe gluten is the glue that keeps the dust on the scratchings. The dust is not overly salty, so we know that it hasn't all fallen off in transit. As hoped, the salt level is just right all the way through the bag.

These scratchings are missing something that most others seem to think they need - gluten. All we can say is gluten is not needed, these are really nice.

What is Gluten? find out here

Thanks to Mark Whittle, Whittles Crisps, home of the gluten free snack.

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