Yes, they are orange chips
Thanks to Sophie Hohnen from Fleishman-Hillard for approaching Simon Food Favourites to try the new McCain Sweet Potato Thin Cut and Crinkle Cut Superfries. I've heard that sweet potato is possibly healthier than potatoes and also has less carbs so I was keen to give them a try. The easy open bag lived up to it's name and had perforations that easily tore apart where they should — very well designed. Now, the cooking instructions says 'Preheat oven and baking tray to 230ºC (210ºC fan forced) for 10 minutes' which for me I read as once the oven is turned on for 10 minutes you then put the chips in, even though the oven might not have reached 230ºC in that 10 minutes but my dad thought it should reach 230ºC first and then wait 10 minutes before putting the chips in. I ended up trying both ways and it pretty much provided the same result in the end but I'm tending the think the hotter the oven the better. Perhaps I'm the only one that finds this instruction a little unclear?
If you're not a fan of sweet potato then you probably won't like these anyway. I'm not a huge fan of sweet potato myself but I love crispy potato chips. Unfortunately I wasn't able to achieve a very crispy and crunchy chip as they tend to suggest in the TV ad I saw during MasterChef. Nevertheless they do taste like sweet potato and my family and I tended to prefer the thin cut over the crinkle cut due to looking more natural and ended up having slightly more crunchy bits. After my third cooking attempt over the weekend I've grown more use to the taste although I think I'd like them more if they had a really good crunch factor as well which I expect from chips — perhaps a super thin cut style would help achieve this. I'm also wondering what I'll be able to achieve if I bought a sweet potato and made my own fries to compare.
DID YOU KNOW
Apparently potatoes are known as the foods people crave when they are stressed because the carbs in potatoes help make space for tryptophan with a smooth passage into the brain. This, in turn, boosts the serotonin level in the brain. High serotonin levels help boost your mood and help you feel calm.
PROS: Good source of Vitamin A, Sweet potato supposedly healthier than potato, Easy to cook, Convenience, Will probably satisfy sweet potato fans, Cholesterol free
CONS: Didn't turn out as crispy and crunchy as the TV ad suggests
MUST TRY: To cook freshly made sweet potatoes using the cold oil method to see how it compares to the McCain frozen ones
Cooking instructions and ingredients
Good source of Vitamin A
Easy open bag lives up to it's name
Place frozen fries on try and spread out to a single layer
Cook for about 20 minutes at 230ºC
Serve up — I added some salt