Alice Upson bought a multi-pack of Snackrite – fluted, thick-cut cheese and onion crisps – from Aldi on Bursledon Road last weekend for her daughter Mia.
When the five-year-old opened a packet on Sunday afternoon, the primary school pupil was “confused” to find half a potato in her bag of crisps – with just a few crumbs at the bottom of the packet.
Speak with the echoAlice said: “Ironically, she wasn’t really sure she wanted anything at first.
“Then when she opened the package she was confused because she saw there was something else inside.
“She called me to take a look at it and we were shocked because we didn’t know what it was at first.”
The mother’s initial reaction was that the bump could have been something far more disgusting.
Alice added: “At first we thought it might have been a dead rat!
“It just surprised us; You don’t expect something like this to happen, so we wondered what the hell it was.
“When we realized it was a whole potato, we couldn’t believe it.
“You wonder how it got there; we found it more amusing than anything else.”
“My daughter is still quite young and I don’t think she fully understands that chips are made from potatoes, but the whole thing is still bizarre.
“We didn’t know if we should open the other packages and see if they were the same, luckily this was the only one!”
A spokesman for Aldi said this the echo: “We apologize that this product did not meet our usual high standards.
“Aldi customers can return any item they are dissatisfied with for a full refund.”
When Mia was asked if she would eat crisps any time soon, mum Alice said: “I think she might avoid them, at least in the short term.”