Frozen Cheesy Chips Box
Written by The Human Dustbin and posted in Food, Microwaveable Snacks

After several pints of reassuringly costly french lager, the frozen microwavable food producers of Britain know that people love a takeaway. With that in mind, they have created a range of takeaway favourites you can enjoy, well consume sober at home, from delicious pizza to the classic doner kebab. Now these meals are joined by the kebab shop stable ‘Cheesy Chips’ thanks to the good people at ‘Prize Food’. I picked this packet up for review from my local Lidl for the bargain price of just one pound. However, I should have paid more attention to the description on the box rather than just looking at the illustration and thinking that this looks like a festival of carbs and fat I just had to try. On closer inspection, this was actually chips in cheese sauce with some red cheddar cheese on top.

Frozen Cheesy Chips CookedAfter getting the block out of the packet it all made sense, the cheese sauce is what formed the customary nukable lump. After stabbing the film with gusto, the cheesy chips went into the microwave for the first 4 minutes of nuking. You then have to peel back the film without tearing it, give it a stir, which even with the best of care breaks up the now defrosted slop, before recovering with the film and giving it another 4 minutes. As you can see from the picture, it kind of looks like melted cheese on chips, but that is just cheese sauce. Where they have been pre-cooked and browned, those chips poking out look crisp, they’re not.

Frozen Cheesy Chips Black ChipSo what does it taste like? The cheese sauce is not bad and tastes like béchamel would do with a little cheddar added. The chips are just mushy oven chips and do not really add any sort of texture. They taste like potato. The red cheddar topping is there just to add a little colour and since it only constitutes 2.5% of the overall contents, adds nothing to the flavour. On the whole, it’s not bad even though I kept find the occasional black chip.  It’s an extremely simple dish and not something you’d really eat as a complete meal, especially is you get a whopping 768 calories for your pound and 60% of your recommended daily fat intake. However, just like a takeaway, this would be an occasional treat of course. It is the kind of childishly simplistic food I could see one of those people who appear on the television series ‘Freaky Eaters’ having for ever meal… along with crisps.

Appearance: 4/10
Taste: 5/10
Value: 4/10
Overall: 13/30

Lidl UK
Prize Foods (A trading name of the Kerry Group Plc)

  • With that calorie count, I reckon Ranulph Fiennes needs to take a few packs on his next polar adventure. I bet he wouldn’t lose so much weight if he ate those instead of Kendall Mint Cake and peanuts or whatever he normally has.

  • David Felton

    First time caller, long time lurker.

    This is my absolute favourite blog of all time. My only wish is that you’d update much more regularly. Every time you go over a week without a new post I have an incredible urge to steal the format from you wholesale, and start my own blog ‘Crappy Food’ or ‘Prandial Panic!’

    • phil

      @David Felton: do it or ask him if it’s possible to write on his blog

  • 04smallmj

    Nice review. I tried to find this in my local Lidl yesterday, but they didn’t have it… They had chips with curry sauce made by the same company though, so I bought a box of those… The box is almost the same and is the same size as the cheesy chips and I got it for the same price. It contains 492 calories, a lot lower than the cheesy chips, and contains 30% of my GDA of fat, and 52% of my GDA of saturates. The taste wasn’t too bad, it tasted a bit like the curry sauce from fish and chip shops, very very mild… the chips were undercooked and boring though. I’d recommend it considering the price, but I wouldn’t get it often.

    I’ll definitely get the cheesy chips if I can!

  • Beth M

    Just want to say that since stumbling upon your site I am hooked. I just wish you had more reviews up as I check all the time for new ones. Keep up the good work as I can come on here and be cheered up after a shit day. Thanks!

  • Unterdosis

    I get heartburn just from looking at the picture.

  • This dish is an offence to chips and cheese. They’ve clearly missed out on another classic with is chips, cheese and gravy (shortened to ‘Chips, Chas and Grav’ in Cumbrian speak). Loving this site btw.

  • That is pretty much the grossest thing I think you’ve eaten on this blog. Ewww!

  • James Foster

    You say – and it seems to be a criticism! – ‘The chips are just mushy oven chips and do not really add any sort of texture. They taste like potato’.

    But I have to say – isn’t that what chips are supposed to taste like?!!!!