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Posted: 21:21 Tue 25-Sep-2007. Price: 1.39 for 6 bag multipack. Location: Sainsbury's, Plymouth. Sub-flavours: Original; Sour Cream and Cracked Pepper; Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary. Nutritional unusualness: 116 calories/ 5.3g fat/ 1.6g fibre per 25g bag.
"Available in black pepper, salted and another flavour I can't remember. Was going to buy but there was someone in the way so I got Twiglets instead!" said "Sandy", after seeing them in Tesco Extra, Cirencester; "THIN,CRISPY LIGHT. LOVED THE TASTE. Good if you can't decide between sweet or savoury," added "VALERIE" from Tesco Lunsford Park, Kent, leaving it to "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" to provide the picture, for which: "I had to literally elbow my way through crowds of new students clogging up the crisp aisle at Sainbury's to get hold of these new Walkers SunBites - the latest 'healthy option' product from the Walkers factory."

"They're made using wholegrain ingredients (whole corn, whole wheat, whole oat flour, etc) so you get a hearty dose of fibre and essential nutrients in each packet. Sadly it seems gone forever are the days when a snack could happily be bad for you and proud of it. Some of us miss the days when we actually had a choice of either buying the healthy snacks or those naughty but tasty snacks. Now it seems that choice has been made for us and we've all got to get used to snacking healthily."

...But, I'd venture at this point, when the "healthy option" tastes this good, who wants to be bad? Don't hesitate to View comments for "MHS's" full assessment of their flavours - personally I'd rate them well above those apparently rock-hard Bertolli Focaccine (1.59/ 200g in Sainsbury's), and a worthy contender to other baked-not-fried novelties like Beigel Beigel's Nish Nosh (currently 2x 350g bags for 2), or even Tayto's King Pita Bakes (59p for 80g bag, Morrissons, in Spicy Hummus, Parmesan and Italian Herb, or Sun-dried Tomato and Mediterranean Herb).


Posted: 21:44 Tue 25-Sep-2007 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: Anyway, there seems to be 3 different flavours of these Sunbites and each comes in it's own 6 bag multipack - there's no mixed flavour multipack from what I saw. The picture used on the packets makes the contents resemble something unappetising like raw crispbread or corrugated roof tiles, but upon opening a bag the actual contents themselves are much thinner and randomly shaped, just like a regular crisp. The three flavours aren't bad either - you can choose from a decent enough Original, a creamy tasting Sour Cream and Cracked Black Pepper, or best of all a lovely Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary, which uses real Rosemary powder to good effect.
Posted: 14:42 Wed 26-Sep-2007 by "Spoffoth" # permalink comment
Comment: Y'see, thats what I like about MHS sightings - a hearty serving of snack philosophy on the side.

So what does 'Original' taste of? Is it a flavouring or are they just unflavoured?

Posted: 18:47 Wed 26-Sep-2007 by "Yay! Lovely fish" # permalink comment
Comment: Healthy option my arse. A bag of these are 2 points on weightwatchers...I can have 2 bags of frazzles for that or a bag of monster munch for 1.5 points. Sorely disappointed
Posted: 22:48 Thu 27-Sep-2007 by "Spooge" # permalink comment
Comment: They kind of look like Frazzles!
Posted: 21:21 Fri 28-Sep-2007 by "Snackalot" # permalink comment
Comment: I love these.

the plain ones are just salted.

Ive tried all three now ( im a sucker for new stuff) and would deffo buy these again, partic the onion ones!

Posted: 19:39 Sat 29-Sep-2007 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: After munching through a couple more packs of Original flavour, I'm going off them quite rapidly. They now remind me of chewing on a raw Shreddie. It's interesting to note that sugar is listed higher than salt in their ingredients too.
Posted: 12:24 Wed 03-Oct-2007 by "Minx" # permalink comment
Comment: These are like the might Sunchip in the States. Just not as good. Not a bad alternative for us English folk though. Also available in Macro.
Posted: 00:16 Fri 12-Oct-2007 by "bobince" # permalink comment
Comment: The rosemary flavour are indeed pretty damned good. But I'm fed up of all these tiny little packs containing three crisps each. Just stick the lot into a big bag and save us all the wasted packaging FFS Walkers!

[Unrelated: time for this month's Wacky Japanese KitKat update!

* lemon: a non-chocolate variant, lemon fondant around a standard wafer. Excellent.

* orange & chocolat [sic]: very nice; the darker chocolate goes better with the orange than the standard UK orange variant

* kiwi fruit: good. Similar to the lemon flavour though not quite as moreish.

* vanilla bean: OK. White chocolate around standard wafer; chocolate contains specks of vanilla bean to distinguish it from the regular white chocolate variant, but the difference is not big enough to be really bothered about. Still has the traditional slight sicky whiff associated with Nestlé's white chocolate.

* chestnut: vile. Even our Japanese test subject, who likes the nasty Japan-centric flavours like Azuki bean couldn't finish this one.]

Posted: 15:00 Thu 18-Oct-2007 by "Granny Buttons"
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Comment: These Sunbites are really quite good, and strike a nice balance between 'good for you' and 'tasty'. But the 'Original' (sic) variety is a bit bland and cardboardy in comparison to the other two - Sour Cream & Chive, and Sundried Tom & Rosemary (?). I preferred the last one.

Packets are slightly too small, in my view. I bought each type in 6-packs, and ended up munching two packets at a time, thus undoing any pretence at 'goodness'.

Posted: 06:50 Fri 19-Oct-2007 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: these sunbites are great. but i have a question! in costco boxes of the original flavour are £6.95, boxes of the sour cream and chive ones are £9.95! why the big difference?
Posted: 15:54 Mon 22-Oct-2007 by "Ronnie DiMarco" # permalink comment
Comment: The original flavour reminded me of the ever-elusive Doritos' Cool Original, but more vague as "the flavour" they were going for and less powerful.

Haven't had the pepper ones but I loved the onion ones very much.

In regards to the weightwatchers comment, I believe that the health is mainly in the whole grain fibre; caloriewise they weren't so bad from what I recall though. It's the fat content that probably knocked up those points as they are far from being fat free.

I got two single bags for 50p at Sainsbury's, if I get them again I will get two Onion flavour and not one of each (it's only a local shop and doesn't have all three).

Posted: 10:55 Fri 25-Jan-2008 by "chi"
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Comment: The sour cream and cracked peper favour are delicious. They are so good that i cant believe they are only 116 cal's. I love them
Posted: 00:37 Tue 29-Jan-2008 by "towel" # permalink comment
Comment: i like these sunbites - the onion and rosemary flavour are indeed the best. i sometimes eat them after going to the gym. sunbites are actually very similar to grainwaves, a wonderful snack from new zealand. grainwaves are even nicer though, and come in more flavours. if any snack lovers are visiting new zealand i highly recommend you check these babies out: http://www.shopnewzealand.co.nz/ [URL display truncated]
Posted: 07:40 Tue 06-May-2008 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: Sunbites fans can now try three new flavours. Sainsbury's now sell an own-label 6 bag mutlipack of these multigrain snacks. You get 2 each of Cheese, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, and the best of the bunch BBQ Salsa.
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