The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

Last minute get together at your house? Nothing stocked in the fridge? Fret not! Frozen snacks are here to save the day.

The convenience and availability of frozen snacks throughout urban India is unparalleled. Just pop into any supermarket and you will have a tough time making the right choice in the frozen food aisle. Frozen foods can be a huge help when you are looking for something quick and hot. But, not all frozen snacks available in the market are delicious. Some taste not so good, others simply break on frying and some are just plain soggy. But there are good ones out there too, and some that are irresistible, in fact. We reviewed a large variety of frozen snacks to help you make better choices for your grocery shopping! Here are our top recommendations.

Best Frozen Snacks For Your Christmas And New Year Party.

Falafel

Made from chickpea flour, these snacks have the goodness of many spices and herbs. Falafels are meant to be a bit grainy in texture and seasoned mildly. ITC’s Lebanese Falafel Kebabs taste nearly as good as any freshly made ones.

How to serve – You can serve the falafel as it is, like a kebab with hummus or put them in a pita, add some salad and seasoning and turn it into a wrap.

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

ITC MasterChef Lebanese Falafel Kebab

  • Fresh and minty
  • Flavored with mint, coriander, and parsley
  • Can be shallow fried, air fried or deep-fried

Vada Pops!

If the Mumbaikar in you is craving some lip-smacking vada pavs, ITC’s vada pops come as close to the original ones that you can imagine. These bite-sized vadas with a spicy garlicky flavor hit the spot and can become an unusual party snack at your gathering!

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

ITC MasterChef Mumbai Vada Pops

  • No added preservatives
  • Has a strong garlic flavor
  • Can be shallow fried, air fried or deep-fried

How to serve – You can serve them as it is with green chutney or stuff ’em inside a soft warm mini bun, slathered in chutneys and butter.

Chicken Nuggets

A big hit amongst children and adults equally, chicken nuggets are easily available at any store. A good party starter, you can never go wrong when serving these.

Over 40 pieces of chicken nuggets were sampled within two days by Team Mishry. The parameters considered were taste, shape, size, appearance and balance.

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

ITC MasterChef Crunchy Chicken Nuggets

  • Juicy inside
  • Crunchy outside
  • Uniformly shaped

How to serve – You can serve chicken nuggets with some good old ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce or with a desi hari-chutney.

Chicken Samosa

No party is complete without a few desi snacks. A piping hot chicken samosa seals the deal with its crunchy exterior and a juicy filling. We picked two popular brands selling ready to eat chicken samosas. The decision was based purely on taste.

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

Blue Flame Chicken Samosa

  • Crisp exterior
  • A delicate hint of coriander
  • Tastier, chunkier chicken filling than the other contenders

How to serve – Serve chicken samosas with ketchup or fresh mint-coriander chutney.

Vegetarian Mini Samosas

Samosas are one of the most popular and easily available snacks in the country. Usually bought from sweet shops or halwais, with changing times, mini samosas have picked up pace too. A great party snack, these samosas are very different from the usual aloo filled goodness we have been eating all our lives.

We reviewed four major brands available in the country. Our review was based on factors like taste, crunch, quality, and quantity of filing. Some brands innovated with a corn-cheese stuffing, some stuck to the more traditional aloo-pea filling. Keeping these in mind, we had a clear winner.

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

McCain Mini Samosa

  • Corn cheese filing
  • A crisp and crunchy exterior
  • A good quantity of filling in every samosa
  • Taste of the filling emerged as the best amongst contenders

How to serve – Mini samosas are best served with ketchup, imly chutney or green chutney.

Pizza Pockets

Pizza pockets are a vegetarian’s delight at any party. Stuffed with vegetables, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese, you can never go wrong with pizza pockets.

We picked three readily available pizza pocket brands and judged them on the basis of taste, filling, crust and, filling to flour ratio. The winner stood tall in all the aspects.

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

ITC MasterChef Veggie Pizza Pocket

  • Uniformly shaped
  • Firm and crunchy exterior
  • Adequate filling of veggies and cheese
  • Best results upon frying amongst contenders

Cheese & Potato Snacks

Cheese and potato snacks are super versatile that fill up our trays and stomach at a party. Cheese-potato snacks have a unique flavor that is a blend of the gooey cheesy filling and a thin crisp exterior.

We picked three popular brands with a dominant potato and cheese combination. They were reviewed on the basis of filling, crust, and taste. The winner took the most points throughout all the parameters.

 The Tastiest Snacks We Reviewed This Year Are Perfect For Your Christmas and New Year Party!

ITC MasterChef Cheesy Corn Triangles

  • Crisp exterior
  • Soft potato, gooey cheese on the inside in the correct ratio
  • The light use of vegetables in the filling is a delight (corn & capsicum)

What else?

You know any party is incomplete without something to munch on. Enter – Gourmet popcorn! Available in a variety of flavors like orange chili caramel popcorn and Hawaiian barbeque cheese popcorn, these are a perfect addition to any party. Moreover, these are gluten-free, have no added color or preservative and are completely free of trans-fat.

Clink, clink!

A party without some killer cocktails is unheard of. &Stirred Cocktail Mixes introduce a lovely range of cocktails and mocktails that eliminate the hassle of hiring a bartender for every house party. These are really quick to rustle, and priced cheaper than what it would cost you to hire a bartender for a night. Even for a small gathering of 4-6 people, these would work well when you want some variety in the drinks menu. All you need to do is add water, ice and the alcohol of your choice. And VOILA! The Bloody mary from this range, is our top pick.

A good party will be talked about for days to come, that’s a given. Make sure, yours hits the spot!

About The Author

Nishtha Asrani Sethi, born and brought up in Delhi, is a content writer who has previously worked with NDTV and Resolver. Her roots are deep within the food industry, thanks to her family business and a keen interest in contemporary food products. Nishtha loves to serve her articles with a side of humor. Her Bachelor’s degree in Home Science comes in handy while researching the science behind the food. When she is not trying to win a battle of fries vs fruit with her daughter, she is busy experimenting with her huge joint family with crazy recipes.

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  1. Agree with the pizza pockets completely. Thier packing is great too.

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