Squares, sometimes just called Square Crisps, are now owned by Walkers but were originally under the Smiths branding before PepsiCo bought both brands and then moved Squares over to have the Walkers badge.
Squares have had a lot of marketing over the years to keep them relevant and competitive in a competitive market. The unique selling point is their crunch which comes from the dense but solid square shape. The flavour is also rather sharp and fans of salt and vinegar flavour often eat Squares – so salty in fact that they’ve become notorious for making the inside of people’s mouths sore!
Lastly, Squares have sometimes been labelled as lower in fat, stopping short of healthy but still emphasising that they are “a crisp that isn’t a crisp. With this mind, how many syns are in Squares and are they worth it? Let’s find out.
Squares come in meal deal loose bags and multipacks and we will be covering both, as well as the other flavours.
Squares Crisps Syn Values
- A 40g grab bag which you’ll find in meal deals contains 177 calories. This means that 40g Square crisps are worth 8.9 syns.
This value is similar to Walkers Classic, Hoola Hoops, Golden Wonder and Chipsticks.
- Multipack bags of Squares weigh 22g and contain 97 calories. This means multipack bags of Squares are worth 4.85 syns.
This is a similar amount to Pom Bears, French Fries and Yushoi Pea.
There is very little difference in the syns and calories of the other flavours of Squares – ready salted and cheese and onion.
Squares have a syns to gram ratio of 0.22 – is this good is this bad? Read on to find out.
Are Squares worth the syns?
Those who love salt and vinegar and a crunch in their crisp will say yes, after all a syn is the same no matter what it’s spent on. Secondly, the bags vary in size giving you the choice of a small snack to a larger one. But, the key metric is syns per gram and at 0.22 this is one of the lowest syn crisps we’ve looked at!
They achieve this as the crisp is too thin to absorb that much oil from the cooking process. Oil being one of the biggest culprits of sending calories and syns up in snacks. The most calorie/syn dense crisps tend to be heavy and big.
0.22 is similar to Wotsits, French Fries and Walkers Baked. This low syns per gram ration makes Squares the 5th best out of 32, with a SynScore of just 20%.
Squares are an excellent choice to spend your syns on both counts of whether you like the flavour OR looking for a bag of crisps with a low amount of syns.
Square Crisps Nutrition and Ingredients
Potato Granules, Sunflower Oil, Potato Starch, Salt & Vinegar Flavour [Flavouring, Acid (Citric Acid), Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium Guanylate), Potassium Chloride], Maltodextrin, Salt.