Now we are well and truly into Autumn, nothing beats a warm and cosy night in. We all love ‘Netflix and chill’ but if you’re anything like me, it should really be called ‘Netflix and chill and snacks’. Instead of the usual salty snacks and fruit I opt for, (I already know I’m weird) I tried out a selection of West African snacks from Love Chin Chin.
|Love Chin Chin*|
Chin chin is a traditional West African snack that originated in Nigeria which Love Chin Chin have brought to the coasts of Britain. The slogan “Crunches like a biscuit, tastes like a cake.” is definitely well founded. The lovechild from when cake met biscuit.
They are moreish, appetising and come in an appealing handy pack which I found best serves 2, though just as easily serves 1. There are four flavours currently available: Chilli, Lemon, Cinnamon and Vanilla. I was lucky enough to try all four.
Chilli – I can barely handle black pepper let alone anything with actual heat so instead of risking it, I gave the chilli flavour to my parents. They both enjoyed them saying that they were unusual as they were sweet and crisp with a slight kick. According to them, they go great with beer and wine.
Lemon – This was the first bag I opened as this seemed the most unusual flavour and I was keen to try them. I found the taste and texture very similar to shortbread except with more of a crunch. They were very biscuity with a sweet lemon flavour. I brought these over to my partners house to share and we ended up both reaching for the last remainders. I let him win 🙂
Cinnamon – Cinnamon is one of my favourite flavours and aromas so this was the one I was most excited about. Like the lemon this has an almost cakey, shortbread taste but with a bit of cinnamon. For me, the cinnamon flavour was not strong enough though it was still very enjoyable.** My partner had no complaints and these were his favourite.
**This is coming from a girl who has about a tablespoon of ground cinnamon on her porridge each morning so the taste is probably perfect for “normal” folk.
Vanilla – I left this favour last, assuming that the vanilla flavour would be quite plain. How wrong I was. The vanilla flavour was by far the best out of the three I tried. The vanilla was quite strong which made this bag not last long at all. In fact I don’t think I even shared this bag with anyone. Oops.
Overall it was nice to try something different. I loved the fun designed packaging and colours and will definitely be grabbing some vanilla flavour if I see them in store. I realise now, long after they have been eaten, that I did not take any photos of the actual food. They are short and plain biscuit coloured and the perfect size for taking a small handful of and carefully dipping in tea. Here is a photo from the Love Chin Chin website:
|Little bits of biscuit, Love Chin Chin|
Love Chin Chin are available in Asda and Tesco as well as on their website. If you grab a bag, let me know what you think.
Have you tried any form of chin chin before? Does your family have any family food traditions?
*PR supplied product. All opinions are my own.