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craner
22-11-2004, 05:11 PM
I just had a packet of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding flavour crisps. That's what I call innovative.

sufi
22-11-2004, 05:41 PM
no horseradish?
filistines

luka
22-11-2004, 05:56 PM
it has long been my contention that the countrys finest minds gravitate to jobs at walkers. the company is a true powerhouse. oriental crackers, the great british takeaway range, the mini poppodums, flavours like pickled onion, worcester sauce, tomato ketchup, even their aquisitions have been inspired giving new life to smiths and their classic crisps (monster munch, the brilliant squares range etc) walkers are the only thing the british people can be justly proud of.

craner
22-11-2004, 05:59 PM
They should definately poach Skips.

HMGovt
22-11-2004, 06:13 PM
it has long been my contention that the countrys finest minds gravitate to jobs at walkers. the company is a true powerhouse. oriental crackers, the great british takeaway range, the mini poppodums, flavours like pickled onion, worcester sauce, tomato ketchup, even their aquisitions have been inspired giving new life to smiths and their classic crisps (monster munch, the brilliant squares range etc) walkers are the only thing the british people can be justly proud of.

This time last year I was writing all their employment ads. The phrases 'Sensational salty snacks" and "tongue-tinglingly tasty lunchtime treats" had to be included in every ad, BY LAW.

Backjob
23-11-2004, 10:19 AM
They're owned by Frito-Lay, the US snack giant, if I'm not wrong.

I guess that makes 'em even more british...

luka
23-11-2004, 10:45 AM
that doesn't take anything away from the truly gifted people making the magic happen. chip shop curry sauce flavour was not conceived in ohio thats for sure.

craner
23-11-2004, 04:47 PM
Baked bean flavour! Or was it beans on toast?

mind_philip
23-11-2004, 10:20 PM
Did they buy McCoy's, or are they a separate company still?

craner
24-11-2004, 10:54 AM
Who gives a fuck!?!?

The point is:

Walker's Take Away range = Cultural milestone.

Jim Daze
25-11-2004, 03:50 PM
can you get bacon and egg flavoured crisps, that would be good.

craner
01-12-2004, 12:24 AM
Peking Spare Rib & Five Spice Oriental Crackers Walkers Sensations:

that's one exquisite fucking crisp!

Brittle, and sweet. Fizzles your tounge: leaves it tingling, gagging for sauce!

BSquires
01-12-2004, 01:11 PM
It's not just Walkers though is it, although as a Leicester lad I appreciate their intrinsic genius? I've always thought the UK led the Western hemisphere, if not the world, in potato, corn and wheat based snacks. I am slight disturbed by the concept of a 'Mild Cheese' Wotsit, but am greatly enjoying the 'Really Cheesy' Twisted Wotsits as compensation...

I've also become slightly hooked on the RedMill range of snacks, in particular 'Pickled Onion Transform-a-Snack'. 20p for a slice of heaven/hell. I just can't decide but I keep coming back for more...

My girlfriend's father actually works for Walkers deliverying snacks across the UK. We always enjoy that every Boxing Day he has to get out there and deliver more crisps as though one day without fresh(!) crisps was all the UK could take. We always tell him 'the UK needs snacks, now more than ever'...

I'll shutup now...

luka
01-12-2004, 01:19 PM
yeah red mill deserves some credit, they're like the underground of the crisp market. they make the best onion rings on the market and their mini poppodoms are not bad either.

matt b
01-12-2004, 02:04 PM
yeah red mill deserves some credit, they make the best onion rings on the market .

i would have agreed until yesterday, when i happened upon a packet of M&S onion rings- woo hoo!
light on the tongue and not too powdery

craner
03-12-2004, 03:36 PM
A Cool Original Dorrito just tried to choke me.

Don't eat Dorritos.

craner
03-12-2004, 11:03 PM
Luke! Remember that classic crisp I was trying to remember? The ones that weren't Discos or Hula Hoops...

I remembered!

Ringos!

Ringos. What the fuck happened to Ringos?

BSquires
06-12-2004, 01:30 PM
I believe that they are now available again. I haven't spotted any in the flesh though...

This may be of interest to readers of this thread:

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/foodmonthly/story/0,,1363886,00.html

grimly fiendish
07-12-2004, 12:01 AM
gah. it (the observer article) quotes joanna blythman. the world's most po-faced food writer. she doesn't like crisps.

i mean.

what kind of human being doesn't like crisps?

and while i'm in a questioning mood, what happened to the uk crisp guide (used to be here: http://come.to/ukcg)?

Backjob
07-12-2004, 07:05 AM
Any love for the scampi fry? Those curious little hollow packages only available in pubs...

A special kind of pleasure, they are.

I always thought somebody should start a movement of "cuisine artificielle" with restaurants serving only the finest chemical flavours.

Scampi fries as an appetiser, followed by the more satisfying nice 'n spicy nik nak and perhaps some barbecue pringles. Then for dessert, refreshers (the kind with the powder), pop rocks and pear drops.

grimly fiendish
07-12-2004, 01:30 PM
Any love for the scampi fry? ... I always thought somebody should start a movement of "cuisine artificielle" with restaurants serving only the finest chemical flavours.

well, one fine summer's day on the arran ferry (a 50-minute crossing), a friend and i accompanied two pints of bitter each with a packet of bacon fries (the scampi fry's rather less striking sibiling), a packet of scampi fries, then, er, another packet of bacon fries to finish off. one of the finest meals i've ever had ;)

owen
07-12-2004, 01:44 PM
scampi fries=food of the gods
where do people stand on bobby's? quite fond of their prawn cocktail spirals, a lovely if slightly dubious thing
surprised people are defending the walkers sensations range (or indeed any crisp with 'sea salt' in)- gentrification of the crisp.

luka
07-12-2004, 02:10 PM
bobbys spicy crackers are serious! their poppodums are quite shit though.

craner
06-01-2005, 11:38 AM
I haven't had any new crisps for ages, I'm ashamed to say.

But last night I rediscovered Ribena. Even more than that, I discovered that a glass of Ribena with dinner staves off all the Claret and Merlot pangs, which means that Ribena could be a cure for incipient alcoholism, which means that

my life has been saved by Ribena.

(I'm not getting too excited just yet.)

Yesterday I received a junk email with the subject heading "you're gonna make it"

even that helped a little.

AshRa
27-01-2005, 11:21 PM
Bobby's chipsticks are nicer than the OG chipsticks!

I went to a night at the Star & Garter (Manc indie / weird / biker dive in the rankest prozzy-ville) organized by some 16 year old Stockport kids called "Music For Paedophiles" (and YES it caused outrage in the local papers) and they had covered the walls with BOBBYS boxes and wrappers + a signed letter from the manager of Bobby's thanking them for their interest in BOBBYS CORNSNAX! THESE KIDS WERE GENIUSES!

scottdisco
28-01-2005, 12:37 AM
i think the best thing about the star and garter is that it's a few minutes walk from the Waldorf/Jolly Angler etcetc (oh and all the amusing nearby carparks where many a tale has been woven).

Gary Lineker adverts for Walkers have always been one of the things that made Britain great.

Luka's post about it being a powerhouse says it all.

Craner, come over to the beer thread and join us on the everclear/tuica/rakia tip with your feverish E14 stories - now open to all comers and all pissheads, not just ale suppers!
p.s.
fabulous conversation in a bar just now with some old-skool Floridian mobbish geezer and some old Chicago bloke. the Chicago accent is fabulous - like Brooklyn wiseguy being done over by a Winnipeg farmhand. it's all the Slavic in the water.

craner
06-12-2006, 08:27 PM
Actually, I cannot stand Pringles.

There used to be a wonderful Smiths factory in Fforestfach, just outside Swansea. That factory (it was white, and had a tower with the old red and blue Smiths logo daubed on it) is imprinted on my psyche; it's almost mystrical. Of course, Walker's closed the factory in March and, according to press at the time, "sent employees a promotional pack of crisps as a goodwill gesture for losing their jobs."

This could be mitigated, maybe, if Walkers still produced the goods, nevermind running the game as they did two years ago, but no, no,that's just not the fucking case.

So proves that Owen's right about Capitalism. Avanti!

woops
07-12-2006, 02:01 AM
...when they had the 'Tandoori Sizzla' flavour. Ouch / yum.

Not to mention 1998's Star and Garter No-fi festival...

don_quixote
07-12-2006, 10:02 AM
pringles are basically the bits of potato that arent used for other crisps, although i assume that's the case with squares as well, and i love squares.

don_quixote
07-12-2006, 10:03 AM
then again, squares dont have the texture of cardboard

craner
07-12-2006, 01:30 PM
Salt & Vinegar Squares are painful to eat. That's why I love them.

mistersloane
07-12-2006, 04:57 PM
Bar-b-q transformers. Total yum for like, 20 pence or something. A-maizeing!

swears
09-12-2006, 03:11 AM
It's sad to think there have probably been more innovations in Crisps over the last five years than in music. I mean how can even the most cutting edge musician compete with 3D paprika doritos? That's like the Windowlicker of crisps.

swears
09-12-2006, 03:15 AM
Crisps aren't proper food though, whilst you're eating them what you really want is something hot or at least a sarnie.

craner
10-12-2006, 01:56 PM
Quite.

luka
19-05-2009, 11:39 AM
wheat crunchies

baboon2004
19-05-2009, 11:42 AM
Salt & Vinegar Squares are painful to eat. That's why I love them.

Best crisp of all time. Accept no substitutes.

S&V discos aren't bad either, and they are definitely painful.

Edit: Nik Naks are wrong, but so right.

And why is it that no other country in the world but the UK seems to do crisps well at all? Not even passably. It's like one of Britain's greatest cultural triumphs,w hich none can emulate.

john eden
19-05-2009, 12:32 PM
wheat crunchies

tomato ones.

luka
19-05-2009, 12:34 PM
the british can be justifiably proud of their crisps, there's no disputing it.
i am coming back to london on holiday soon. i will have been away for almost 3 years.
have there been any developments in the world of crisps in that time? when i started this thread the crisp world was going through an unprecedented stage of innovation, as detailed above. has this ground to a complete halt, or are there voluptuous new flavour sensations awaiting my eager mouth?

luka
19-05-2009, 12:34 PM
re eden, yeah, or worcester sauce

baboon2004
19-05-2009, 12:40 PM
the british can be justifiably proud of their crisps, there's no disputing it.
i am coming back to london on holiday soon. i will have been away for almost 3 years.
have there been any developments in the world of crisps in that time? when i started this thread the crisp world was going through an unprecedented stage of innovation, as detailed above. has this ground to a complete halt, or are there voluptuous new flavour sensations awaiting my eager mouth?

chocolate and chili walkers.

luka
19-05-2009, 12:56 PM
they sound foul

droid
19-05-2009, 12:59 PM
chocolate and chili walkers.

Gone now though in favour of eggy fart flavour.

This is the biggest innovation in crisp technology in years Cassava and Sweet potato:

http://www.kingcrisps.ie/img/fade/king_14.png

http://www.kingcrisps.ie/img/fade/king_15.png

http://www.kingcrisps.ie/img/fade/king_16.png

Cassava!!! Badmon crisps... The Ninjaman of the crisp world.

luka
19-05-2009, 01:02 PM
yeah cassava was in effect before i left.
at first just ones that seemed to issue from india or the west indies, brand names i'd never heard of, but then taken up by walkers, most notably in the sensation range mentioned above. cassava does make an excellent alternative to potato. much lighter.
i approve wholeheartedly.
MSG is also a great crisp ingredient and much underrated.

luka
19-05-2009, 01:08 PM
i think sweet chilli is overrated, just as an aside. too cloying. too ubiquitous.
ditto cheap balsamic, used without discrimination. i'd rather a good wine or cider vinegar a lot of the time.

scottdisco
19-05-2009, 01:25 PM
i know fa re crisps, Luka, but i trust you're aware of the storm in a teacup re the trialling of Walkers flavours that eventually resulted in just one new one of late?

i know y'all can help me out, what do i mean?

somebody posted a link to the Charlie Brooker piece on it from his Guardian column.

oh yeah, this lot here (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/feb/16/walkers-crisps-new-flavours-brooker/print).

having said that i know fa, i will eat pretty much anything, i don't have any critical faculties to discern true opinions.

the other night i caned a load of ready salted, original Pringles, and i will happily chow down on Hula Hoops, Monster Munch, posh ones you get in organic delis like, McCoys, anything really. i do like the sel et vinaigre Pringles (any country on earth where i have bought salt and vinegar Pringles, which is, OK just a few) it has been the French version.

my top pub grub is actually pork scratchings but obv a no-no for many people.
Black Country or south Lancashire pork scratchings all day long.

droid
19-05-2009, 01:34 PM
You mean the eggy fart builders breakfast flavour which was voted number 1.

agreed about Sweet Chili luka - the velvet crunch version is particularly weird... its like a biological weapon, with this fine powder you inhale rather than eat..

scottdisco
19-05-2009, 01:41 PM
Ireland has some particularly fine crisps in my limited experience and i would invite Droid to please say a few words on the subject if so minded :)

http://www.littleshamrocks.com/image-files/taytos_cheese_onion_s2.gif

baboon2004
19-05-2009, 01:44 PM
my top pub grub is actually pork scratchings but obv a no-no for many people.
Black Country or south Lancashire pork scratchings all day long.

*salivates*

craner
19-05-2009, 01:56 PM
Yeah, that latest Walkers range was a bad slip. It's now been years since the singular triumph of the Take Away range. How long before we right them off completely?

Sick Boy
19-05-2009, 02:01 PM
I would agree the UK leads in the salty snacks game, and also in the sandwich game too (a product of symbiosis I'm sure), but I'd point out that the US Kettle Chips (or Ms. Vickie's) and Crispers (though only dubiously a "crisp") are definitely heavyweight contenders.

Also, Walkers might have a flavour that purports to taste like roast beef and yorkshire pudding, but let's be honest, it doesn't taste like roast beef or yorkshire pudding. They all just have different anonymous salty/tangy flavours.

http://www.applegatesgiftbasket.com/Chips.JPG

droid
19-05-2009, 02:27 PM
Ireland has some particularly fine crisps in my limited experience and i would invite Droid to please say a few words on the subject if so minded :)

http://www.littleshamrocks.com/image-files/taytos_cheese_onion_s2.gif


Thanks Scott. There are indeed a fine selection of Irish crisps, ranging from:

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/BansheeBones.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/Tayto-JonnieOR.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/Meanies-PO.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/SamSpudz-BurgerBites.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/Rancheros-Bacon.jpg

At the cheap end - to the mid/high end end - Hunky Dorys, Tayto, Manhattan etc..

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/HunkyDorys-MCO.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/HunkyDorys-SK.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/OMalleys-CMH.jpg
(Seamus O'Malley was a tavern owner from County Waterford who had a problem with rowdy patrons when he ran out of crisps. If the roads were closed and crisp deliveries became impossible, so did the locals. He figured if he could create a crisp of his own he would no longer have to rely on deliveries. With the help of his wife's renowned cooking talents, he set about solving his problem. The results of these efforts led to a mouth watering range of tantalising crisps. Needless to say, his plan was a success. The locals were happy and the O'Malleys brand became famous.)

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/OHanlons-PC-CO.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/Tayto-RoughCuts-CO.jpg

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/Tayto-Fusion-SweetChili.jpg

And, in my opinion, the finest cheese and onion crisps on earth:

http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/King-CheeseOnion.jpg

swears
19-05-2009, 02:39 PM
Bar-b-q transformers. Total yum for like, 20 pence or something. A-maizeing!

As a tyke I'd get a bag of these and my mum would put some kitchen roll down on a table so I could put the wheels on the little men, hehe.

I don't eat crisps now, cuz I'm trying to stick mostly to unprocessed, fresh stuff. But the two convenience foods I do enjoy occasionally are Super Noodles and Cup a Soups, hot grub is more satisfying.

HMGovt
19-05-2009, 03:44 PM
http://www.web-books.com/eLibrary/Medicine/Cardiovascular/Images/Athero.gif

Dissensus = B

luka
19-05-2009, 03:47 PM
specially when you factor in the cheese thread, its alright though, so long as theres a small hole the blood can still get through

polystyle desu
19-05-2009, 03:51 PM
All those chips descriptions making me hungry ...
Not such a large 'vice' but of course HMG has a point.

Mr. Tea
19-05-2009, 06:51 PM
Diagram B, below...


http://www.web-books.com/eLibrary/Medicine/Cardiovascular/Images/Athero.gif


...instantly made me think of this:

http://www.pizzahut.com/Images/Menu/sigStuffedCrustLg.jpg

Appropriately enough.

Immryr
19-05-2009, 07:26 PM
i don't understand why anyone eats supernoodles. they are way inferior to most much cheaper noodles. especially the tom yam ones by koka and the ones they make in the brown packet. they are amazing.

owengriffiths
19-05-2009, 07:30 PM
My GNVQ business studies coursework involved some crisp related market research. You would be surprised how much useless knowledge about the cut & thrust world of potato & maize baked snacks you can learn in a library. I remember writing about the drought of exotic crisps that coincided with Philleas Fogg's decision to kill off almost their entire range, the loss of californian sun chips, mignons marceau, a indian & russian brand. Sad times. Now I barely eat any crisps, I mainly associate them with children. Britain may be on top in the crisp producing game but Ireland is the worlds biggest consumer of crisps per head of population. greasy fuckers.

You could argue that Wakers is a multinational fascist organisation with its heart set on conquering the crisp eating world. Their standard range of crisps are average. I hate it when they are the only crisps availiable in a shop, it is so unjust when they have pushed superior products out, eg. the world class tayto cheese & onion (so well thought of that they are supposedly common in America's Irish bars).

Really it's all about the Pretzel Flips though, those chocolate (and salt!) covered pretzels that were cancelled a few years ago. Authentic German pretzels are brilliant too, one of the big chains like Tesco needs to start baking these for the masses. Swears is right about the super noodles, the chicken flavour is addictive, even to a healthy eater like me. I'm concerned about the content as I'm sure they have ingredients like aluminium, arsenic, etc

luka
31-08-2009, 12:19 PM
It's sad to think there have probably been more innovations in Crisps over the last five years than in music. I mean how can even the most cutting edge musician compete with 3D paprika doritos? That's like the Windowlicker of crisps.

swears says some funny things sometimes.

Mr. Tea
31-08-2009, 02:06 PM
They should just stop pretending that crisp flavours taste anything like the things they're named for and simply release a 'Salt, salt, MSG & salt' flavour.

I, for one, would buy that for a $.

craner
31-08-2009, 02:58 PM
Rather than 'Giant Squid' flavour? Good Lord, I wouldn't.

Mr. Tea
31-08-2009, 03:49 PM
'Giant Squid' flavour crisps <----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------> snacks that actually are made from, or taste of, giant squid.

Now giant squid biltong - or sashimi! - that'd be a different matter.

routes
31-08-2009, 08:25 PM
mmm biltong. like meaty crisps. i tried some american beef jerky the other day and it was really horrible. really sugary, moist and sweaty. i prefer biltong, especially when it's dry and almost like actually eating salty meaty tree bark.

btw. what happened to brannigans? when (and why) did they stop using the brown papery bags?! those beef and mustard ones were quite hot, weren't they?

Slothrop
31-08-2009, 09:50 PM
I'm not normally given to Burchillian food inverse-snobbery, but crisps with foodie adjectives (Maldon sea salt and cider vinegar etc) can fuck right off. Some things, while fine when added to a tarragon vinegrette or an ethically sourced hand made sausage, just don't stand up to a big pile of ordinary salt and a bunch of chemicals in the context of deep fried potato products.

It reminds me of a Berger and Wyse cartoon labelled 'gastropub toilets' - an average pub toilet except that the machine on the wall advertises "flavoured condoms: wild thyme and organic welsh lamb flavour."

Mr. Tea
31-08-2009, 10:53 PM
Heh.

David Sedaris has a great line about a related issue, namely the over-description of dishes in rather try-hard up-market restaurants, where he asks the waiter for a carafe of fresh, chilled, hand-drawn tap water and a traditional small, round, oven-baked wheaten loaf to accompany his meal. Or something like that anyway, you get the idea.

Tyrell's (http://www.tyrrellspotatochips.co.uk/) crisps are good. Almost too good...

http://tennesseeguy.files.wordpress.com/2007/05/tyrell.jpg

"'More crispy than crisps', is out motto."

bassbeyondreason
31-08-2009, 11:39 PM
Rather than 'Giant Squid' flavour? Good Lord, I wouldn't.

This is a positive development.
How much longer before we get shoggoth and polyp flavour?

michael
01-09-2009, 02:25 AM
This is a positive development.
How much longer before we get shoggoth and polyp flavour?

I'm not sure a bag of chips / crisps that drives the beholder insane upon opening it would sell that well.

Mr. Tea
01-09-2009, 10:19 AM
I'm not sure a bag of chips / crisps that drives the beholder insane upon opening it would sell that well.

I'm pretty sure they'd go down a storm with a fair few Dissensians... :eek:http://www.the-emperor.org/graphics/forticons/cthulhu_smiley.gif:Dhttp://www.the-emperor.org/graphics/forticons/cthulhu_smiley.gif:eek:http://www.the-emperor.org/graphics/forticons/cthulhu_smiley.gif:D

luka
01-09-2009, 11:11 AM
i really like msg. there's never been any evidence that its bad for you. im a staunch defender of the stuff. it really does taste delcious.

routes
01-09-2009, 11:22 AM
yeah msg is good..

<aside> is it true that mcdonalds fries are basically just soya, salt and msg?
me mate told me that they had to call them 'fries' cos they weren't actually made of potato.
also, while i'm on it. apparently it's the same with the gherkins in the burgers. if they weren't there to balance the acidity they would have to be classified as confectionery due to excessively high sugar content! </aside>

anyway. what about skips?! also, nice n spicy niknaks?

luka
01-09-2009, 11:24 AM
niknaks make me feel used and dirty. sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way. skips genuiinely do melt in your mouth. i quite like them. prawn cocktail crisps are really good. sweet crisps. its a good direction.

Mr. Tea
01-09-2009, 11:27 AM
i really like msg. there's never been any evidence that its bad for you. im a staunch defender of the stuff. it really does taste delcious.

Yeah, I've seen Chinese restaurants with signs outside saying "We don't use MSG!" and it makes me think, well what's the point then?

swears
01-09-2009, 11:40 AM
My mate went travelling and said that in some parts of asia, they actually have a bottle of MSG on the counter in takeaways and you can slosh it on your food like vinegar. He loved it.

Bang Diddley
01-09-2009, 02:42 PM
I urge you to try lemon and chilli crips. They're unputdownable once you open a pack. You can get them in cassava and potato. There usually in the Asian section in super markets as opposed to the munchies section.

Agree on the Walkers poppadum and sweet chilli line.

Do Seabrook ever get out of Yorkshire. Its the only place I see them and they are a mighty fine crisps. More chunky than Walkers and kindof overflavoured, in a good way.

scottdisco
01-09-2009, 03:04 PM
Do Seabrook ever get out of Yorkshire. Its the only place I see them and they are a mighty fine crisps. More chunky than Walkers and kindof overflavoured, in a good way.

Bang Diddley you are a legend for mentioning Bradford's finest.

i like these for the reasons you do, it seems.

i've seen them in the midlands and northwest a lot, where they are second nature also.

think i remember seeing them in London once or twice, anybody else?
they're just deeply satisfying, i find.

cobretti
01-09-2009, 03:42 PM
I've spied Seabrooks in Glasgow before, but they're not a regular by any means.

On the chilli & lemon tip mentioned upthread, these are my current favourite & have been for a few years now:

http://www.realfooddirect.co.uk/images/products/big/Bc13bignu.jpg

They are bloody great, fairly spicy with proper flavouring all over the buggers. A good bit left over at the bottom too for the gluttonous finger licking action.

The Nando's hot chilli & lemon ones are pretty good too, but unfortunately you can only get them in big bags and they cost about one fiddy a sack.

UFO over easy
01-09-2009, 04:05 PM
seabrook are amazing, cheap and quite addictive. you can get them in.. waitrose..

they do a wasabi flavour i've just discovered, can't wait to try them

http://www.seabrookcrisps.com/app/index.php/shop/html - im considering putting a box together

Mr. Tea
01-09-2009, 05:54 PM
think i remember seeing them in London once or twice, anybody else?
they're just deeply satisfying, i find.

We used to sell them in the pub I worked in years ago (which was also a real ale Mecca, if you'll excuse the phrase) - the roast ox flavour was nonpareil.

Speaking of 'effnic' sections in supermarkets, I've just had quite a funny experience - visiting folks in France at the moment and spotted, in the local supermarket's Foreign Stuff aisle, a small selection of exotic products such as marmite, HP sauce, Oxford marmalade, Yorkshire tea, Heinz baked beans... :D

zhao
01-09-2009, 06:45 PM
every time i see this thread i read Creative Genius at Wankers.

owengriffiths
02-09-2009, 02:29 PM
Seabrook are availiable here and there, yes. I don't really like ready salted, but the Seabrook ready salted are quite nice. They definitely deserve to have better distribution

luka
02-12-2014, 04:28 PM
in crisp and crisp culture news me and craner discovered Directors Cut Chilli Twists. best new crisp in a long time really rate them. just done a packet now.

luka
02-12-2014, 04:33 PM
also want to know what happened to wooster sauce flavour wheat crunchies. need to bring back that flavour asap

luka
02-12-2014, 04:52 PM
just abusing kp snacks on twitter now. massive social media camaign.

Slothrop
02-12-2014, 05:41 PM
also want to know what happened to wooster sauce flavour wheat crunchies.

They were replaced by Jeeves and onion.

droid
03-12-2014, 12:00 PM
lol

Jim Daze
11-12-2014, 06:31 PM
in crisp and crisp culture news me and craner discovered Directors Cut Chilli Twists. best new crisp in a long time really rate them. just done a packet now.

Think we need a seperate thread for onion rings, a life long quest for the perfect product continues.....

luka
06-02-2016, 10:43 PM
With previous snack food marketing experience, the team that originally created Phileas Fogg Crisps in 1982, launched their new product range under the company name, Derwent Valley Foods. They were based in Medomsley Road, Consett.
The aim of manufacturing a premium brand of crisps was achieved as early success saw the company expand to three locations and more than 250 employees.
Marketing was way ahead of its time in the snack field. Each variety featured a cartoon picture of Phileas Fogg, along with a letter explaining where in the world he found the particular snack, and the adventures he had trying to acquire it.
In 1993, the company was sold to United Biscuits and fell under the umbrella of KP Snacks.The website blurb says, “At Phileas Fogg we pride ourselves on our ingredients and discerning palette. We search the far-flung corners of the world to find people who share our love of food and the finest ingredients for our savoury snacks.
“In fact, there are no artificial colours or flavours in our products. Only 100% sunflower oil is used and there is no MSG.
“It's that passion, combined with the finest ingredients that make Phileas Fogg the authentic taste experience that you'll want to enjoy again and again.”
In 2009 the United Biscuits re-launched their Phileas Fogg brand with new television advertisements, products and packaging. For the first time regular potato crisps were included in the range.
In 2012, for a reported half a billion pounds, the company was sold to German snack and food distribution specialists Intersnack.

luka
06-02-2016, 11:16 PM
The Brannigans bag has a traditional look and feel, which was the aim when it was designed. The logo is very dull and dated (it should look like a vintage shop sign). The image of Mr Brannigan, a jovial and moustachioed retailer is good and the bags are flavour colour coded. We don't know why KP didn't add an apostrophe in the name, but maybe now that European owners Intersnack have taken the brand on, they might add it! On the other hand they may discontinue the brand before the design gets a much needed update.

luka
06-02-2016, 11:43 PM
In 1939 Charles Brook was about to open his famous fish & chip restaurant in Bradford. A few days before he took some photos to be developed and when he collected them he found that they had got his name slightly wrong. Fantastically wrong.
The name on the photos was not Mr C Brook but Seabrook.
Charles said, "Sounds good, that'll look good outside my restaurant. I'll have it."
A few years later in 1945, his son Colin returned from the navy after the Second World War had ended. A few late nights later a small argument and a slapped leg, and an inspirational idea - they came up with a fantastic business idea: Seabrook Crisps.
They had the potatoes. They had the fryer. They had the recipes. They thought, why not?
Seabrook Crisps have enjoyed popularity in the north of England for over sixty years, and were only to be found south of the Pennines in the last couple of years.
Famous for their crunchy crinkle cut and their quirky, strong flavours, Seabrook pioneered the use of sea salt and sunflower oil long before it became trendy to do so.
There's no nonsense in a Seabrook Crisps packet. Today, they have the biggest range of clean-label flavours in Britain - and that's history in the making.

Seabrook Crisps
Address: Saxon Business Park, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 4AD
Telephone: 01527 872 643
Fax: 01527 871 743
Email: Website Contact Form
Website: www.seabrookcrisps.com

luka
06-02-2016, 11:49 PM
Tayto Castle in the Ulster countryside is where the terrific Tayto crisps are made. The castle is over 500 years old and was originally the home of the O’Hanlon clan, one of the mightiest and most powerful clans in all of Ireland.
In 1955 the castle was in need of repair and was bought by a visionary local businessman, Thomas Hutchinson.
In 1956 he had the clever idea to make a new potato product called crisps, and started making Tayto crisps creating one of the world's best loved brands of crisps and snacks.
An enduring feature of Tayto has been Mr. Tayto, the brand's lovable mascot. He's a well known and well loved face across Northern Ireland, has been all over the world promoting Tayto and has starred in many of his own advertisements.
The word spread about the terrific Tayto taste and soon all sorts of great stuff was being made.
In 1964, Tayto became one of the first companies to sell different flavours of crisps with Smoky Bacon and Prawn Cocktail being two of the most popular.

luka
06-02-2016, 11:51 PM
McCoy's was developed into a brand by KP Snacks in an attempt to create a niche Crisp to tackle Walker's dominance of the Crisps market in the United Kingdom.
Kenyon Produce, as KP was originally known, was a father and son operation that opened in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, in 1853. They originally produced sweets, jam and pickles.
By the early 1990s, the company was known as Kenyon & Son and Craven Ltd. The company became roasted and salted nut specialists, and remain that way today.
The company dominated the cinema snack market during the golden age of film and by the early 1950s they were Britain's foremost salty nut and snack producer supplier.
The company was taken over by United Biscuits in 1968, but the KP subsidiary continued to expand into the specialist Crisps and Snacks market.
In 2012, for a reported half a billion pounds, the company was sold to German snack and food distribution specialists Intersnack.
Along with others, such as Nik-Naks and Discos, McCoy's has developed into a recognisable brand in its own right.
The market segment bulldozed by the advertising and marketing work was men, under the banner, "The Real McCoy's – Accept No Imitations." Advertising after 2010 directed them more bluntly as "Man Crisps."
McCoy’s is currently the third biggest brand in the UK's bagged Crisps market. Around 5million packs are eaten each week. A third of British households are said to have bought McCoy's Crisps.

luka
06-02-2016, 11:56 PM
From humble beginnings with only a single small van, Bobby’s Foods began delivering Potato Chips and Crisps, along with other snack foods, to local stores in and around Bromsgrove and the surrounding county of Worcestershire.
Since these early days over 40 years ago the business has flourished, rapidly expanding to cover all regions of mainlaind UK.
All our products are offered to more than 19,000 local stores and a regular service is provided by our own fleet of 87 sales vans. This way the Bobby’s sales team can be dedicated to making as many of our products available as possible in all areas and continue to help Britain's local stores provide great products to the local community.

luka
07-02-2016, 12:01 AM
In 1947, William Alexander, a Scottish bakery owner, started to produce potato crisps each day after the early morning baking shift had been completed. He called the delicious result Golden Wonder. Today, Golden Wonder is a key player in the crisps market, being one of the UK’s leading producers.
In 1960 Golden Wonder became the brand leader in Scotland. In 1962 Golden Wonder introduced the first ever flavoured crisps – cheese & onion. In 1964 Golden Wonder’s Corby factory became the largest crisp factory in the world. In 1965 Golden Wonder launched unique packaging to keep crisps fresher for longer – using the “Crackle Fresh” slogan. 1966 saw Golden Wonder become the brand leader and the fifth-largest grocery brand in the UK.
During the 1970s, Golden Wonder launched their Pot Noodle snacks and their Golden Wonder Golden Lights range.
In 1996 Golden Wonder relaunched with the slogan “Bursting with flavour”. Included was the innovative Turkey and Stuffing flavour crisps. In 1998 Golden Wonder relaunched once again with the slogan “Best flavour, best taste”.
Another relaunch, in 2003, saw Golden Wonder include Crisps cooked in sunflower oil, significantly reducing the level of saturated fat.
In 2006 Golden Wonder was acquired by Tayto (NI) Ltd., before relaunching once again with new packaging a year later.

luka
07-02-2016, 12:16 AM
It's sad to think there have probably been more innovations in Crisps over the last five years than in music. I mean how can even the most cutting edge musician compete with 3D paprika doritos? That's like the Windowlicker of crisps.

good post

craner
09-02-2016, 10:32 PM
Totally forgot that I started this thread until I scrolled back to the beginning.

craner
09-02-2016, 10:37 PM
I basically grew up on Skips while my mother was sleeping off her night out raving to Aurra and Matt Bianco and I was watching Pole Position on Saturday Swap Shop.

craner
09-02-2016, 10:45 PM
I remember people eating Nik Naks in school, and it was always like , urrgh, who's pissed their pants? Filthy, dirty, slightly sad crisp.

luka
09-02-2016, 10:55 PM
Scampi flavour you mean? That was a grim smell. No justification for eating those

craner
09-02-2016, 11:07 PM
Yes.

Corpsey
10-02-2016, 09:35 AM
Nik Naks! I want a pack now.

Corpsey
10-02-2016, 09:39 AM
Great thread, this.

Current fave crisps - original flavour Doritos, salt n vinegar flavour Square crisps.

Favourite walkers flavour is Prawn Cocktail, which I know is bizarre.

mistersloane
10-02-2016, 09:40 AM
Niks Naks changed their recipe, lower fat, bit more cardboardy, not as mouth scouring.

Fucking bunch of shits what these fucking people are doing to the fucking world.

baboon2004
10-02-2016, 10:56 PM
salt n vinegar flavour Square crisps.


These'd get my vote for best crisp ever. Part of it must be nostalgia, but they're still mighty fine.

is any other country even half as obsessed by crisps as the UK? it's a big part of the culinary heritage

Mr. Tea
11-02-2016, 09:33 AM
is any other country even half as obsessed by crisps as the UK?

Ireland, if the Tayto cult is anything to go by.

luka
23-02-2016, 07:05 PM
Not made by walkers but I had some Tom yum cashew nuts just now they were delicious and avant-garde

Lichen
25-02-2016, 05:33 PM
Ireland, if the Tayto cult is anything to go by.

I questioned the supremacy of the Tayto while being driven by an Irish pal.
He skidded to a stop in a lay by, undid his seatbelt the better to lean over and yell at me, and delivered a well-rehearsed speech on the lines of:

It is possible to have a bad pack of Taytos. Nothing terribly wrong with them. Just below par. That never happens with Walkers.

We drove on in silence.

Woebot
26-02-2016, 12:59 PM
I questioned the supremacy of the Tayto while being driven by an Irish pal.
He skidded to a stop in a lay by, undid his seatbelt the better to lean over and yell at me, and delivered a well-rehearsed speech on the lines of:

It is possible to have a bad pack of Taytos. Nothing terribly wrong with them. Just below par. That never happens with Walkers.

We drove on in silence.

classic vignette lichen

Mr. Tea
26-02-2016, 02:48 PM
classic vignette lichen

Is that a Fall b-side?

droid
27-02-2016, 12:04 AM
The Tayto factory in Dublin is being turned into a funeral home.

luka
28-02-2016, 01:38 PM
i ate 4 packets of taytos cheese and onion yesterday. multipack size.

martin
03-03-2016, 04:21 PM
I questioned the supremacy of the Tayto while being driven by an Irish pal.
He skidded to a stop in a lay by, undid his seatbelt the better to lean over and yell at me, and delivered a well-rehearsed speech on the lines of:

It is possible to have a bad pack of Taytos. Nothing terribly wrong with them. Just below par. That never happens with Walkers.

We drove on in silence.

Hate Taytos with a passion but that might be due to their association with a complete and utter cunt I used to work with. Every time he went back home to his parents in NI(which was often), he would return with a pack of Taytos to 'share' in the office.

The way he talked about these substandard crisps, like they were some sort of unheralded delicacy, was unbearable. He actually beamed with pride and stared at us as we sampled them, as if we were about to undergo the Rapture.

I just remember vaguely stale crisps with a very distant cheese tang, though the 'taste' was probably just some oral placebo, cos it said 'cheese' on the packet.

Taytos to Walkers is like Space Raiders to Monster Munch. The austere protestant version.

droid
03-03-2016, 04:29 PM
You have NEVER been so wrong about anything.

Walkers are OK - consistent, but their C&O flavour have a very artificial, chemical undertone. Tayto's are far more flavourful. The best mass produced cheese & onion crisp in the world, followed closely (and occasionally surpassed) by King.

Walkers are Vicar's crisps. (They do have the best worcester sauce flavour though, no contest.)

luka
03-03-2016, 04:47 PM
I rate the oiliness of the tayto. That greasiness has been bred out of the English crisp over the last 15 years

luka
03-03-2016, 04:57 PM
If you can afford the extra expense then walkers sensation range cheese and onion is great. Very cheesey

Mr. Tea
03-03-2016, 07:19 PM
I rate the oiliness of the tayto. That greasiness has been bred out of the English crisp over the last 15 years

Seabrooks did a good oily crisp - crinkle-cut, too - last time I checked. Their roast ox flavour is sublime, salt and pepper good too. Garlic and herb are nice but I suspect they turn you into a walking chemical weapon.

luka
03-03-2016, 08:40 PM
http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/tesco-price-comparison/Crisps/Oh_My_Guru_Sweet_And_Sour_Mango_Chutney_Potato_Cri sps_150g.html

I've got a pack of these in. Not tried them yet but they sound very promising

Lichen
04-03-2016, 08:20 AM
bred out

LOL

Lichen
04-03-2016, 08:22 AM
Any love for Hula-Hoops here?
Plain obvsly.

Mr. Tea
04-03-2016, 11:21 AM
Any love for Hula-Hoops here?
Plain obvsly.

Haven't they shrunk? Like Monster Munch, the pleasure in eating them comes mainly from putting them on your finger tips and then consuming them one by one directly from your digits. But I have a vague fear they may be too small to do that now.

luka
04-03-2016, 11:35 AM
Your fingers might have grown since you were in primary school. Thought a top physicist would have factored that into his equation.
Personally to echo Martins 'protestant crisp' slur I consider the hula hoop to be a puritan crisps. Reconstituted potato powder like a crisp made of Smash. Joyless things.

Mr. Tea
04-03-2016, 12:10 PM
I was about to add that the growing fingers aspect can safely be ruled out as I have a clear memory of eating them that way while I was a student and I don't think my fingers are *that* much fatter than they were when I was in my early 20s.

droid
04-03-2016, 02:04 PM
Hula hoops taste like the dry salted bones of mild regret.

droid
04-03-2016, 02:05 PM
I was about to add that the growing fingers aspect can safely be ruled out as I have a clear memory of eating them that way while I was a student and I don't think my fingers are *that* much fatter than they were when I was in my early 20s.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqjF7HKSaaI

Mr. Tea
04-03-2016, 04:40 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqjF7HKSaaI

DannyL's hands are nearly this big IRL:


http://youtu.be/Zv1w9bg3bMM

luka
01-05-2018, 04:42 PM
anyone tried that flavours of the decade range?
i like the concept but the flavours sound uninspired
sweet chilli sauce, cheese fondue, chicken tikka, etc

luka
01-05-2018, 04:47 PM
Great thread, this.

Current fave crisps - original flavour Doritos, salt n vinegar flavour Square crisps.

Favourite walkers flavour is Prawn Cocktail, which I know is bizarre.

during the time i lived in sydney prawn cocktail crisps were illegal. banned as public health hazard.
i rate them highly. it's the only real sweet crisp. sweet with a black pepper tang.

luka
01-05-2018, 04:48 PM
Peking Spare Rib & Five Spice Oriental Crackers Walkers Sensations:

that's one exquisite fucking crisp!

Brittle, and sweet. Fizzles your tounge: leaves it tingling, gagging for sauce!

these are the ones i really miss. the fizzy cassava crackers. i like the mango chutney poppudums a lot
but the oriental crackers were the pinnacle.

luka
01-05-2018, 04:55 PM
Thanks Scott. There are indeed a fine selection of Irish crisps, ranging from:



http://www.taquitos.net/im/sn/SamSpudz-BurgerBites.jpg



the burger bites are interesting. im now assuming this is an irish innovation. packets are starting to creep into the UK
from small time manufacturers(e.g. bobbys). nz and australia each have their own version of burger bites. the australian one is preferable
for most situations in fact it is delicious. the kiwi one is something unique. so full of 'flavour' it's like being assualted.

generally speaking i avoid 'corn snax' as they make me feel dirty and used but of course sometimes you really want to feel
dirty and used.

luka
01-05-2018, 04:58 PM
i don't understand why anyone eats supernoodles. they are way inferior to most much cheaper noodles. especially the tom yam ones by koka and the ones they make in the brown packet. they are amazing.

ive often almost started an instant noodle thread but ive always decided, in the end, that you lot know fuck all about instant noodles so it wouldnt be worth my while.

luka
01-05-2018, 05:00 PM
mmm biltong. like meaty crisps. i tried some american beef jerky the other day and it was really horrible. really sugary, moist and sweaty. i prefer biltong, especially when it's dry and almost like actually eating salty meaty tree bark.

btw. what happened to brannigans? when (and why) did they stop using the brown papery bags?! those beef and mustard ones were quite hot, weren't they?

shop opposite me still does brannigans although not the full flavour range. mustard crips are something the french do that we dont. i think mustard crips are very nice in smallish doses.

luka
01-05-2018, 05:03 PM
I urge you to try lemon and chilli crips. They're unputdownable once you open a pack. You can get them in cassava and potato. There usually in the Asian section in super markets as opposed to the munchies section.

Agree on the Walkers poppadum and sweet chilli line.

Do Seabrook ever get out of Yorkshire. Its the only place I see them and they are a mighty fine crisps. More chunky than Walkers and kindof overflavoured, in a good way.

lemon and chilli was a standard flavour in australia. i dont like it as potato but ive been buying ones made from lentils and ones from chickpea that work pretty good.

luka
01-05-2018, 05:04 PM
in crisp and crisp culture news me and craner discovered Directors Cut Chilli Twists. best new crisp in a long time really rate them. just done a packet now.

never saw these ever again. one away exclusive release.

luka
01-05-2018, 05:06 PM
walkers max strong is the other novelty range theyre pushing.
ive enjoyed the cheese and jalapeno but only after beers. sober they seem an affront to the palette.
not tried the other two flavours in the range.

luka
01-05-2018, 05:09 PM
there's also two 'chip shop curry sauce' flavour products out at the moment. mccoys and one i cant remember. i preferred the one i cant remember(edit:golden wonder 'chippies'). mind you neither are as good as the very first time that flavour was created. theres also those funny fish shaped biscuits that come in chip shop curry sauce flavour. i quite like those too.

craner
07-05-2018, 10:19 PM
Walkers have gone bonkers again, stock up on Chicken Tikka Masala range while you can!

luka
07-05-2018, 10:28 PM
anyone tried that flavours of the decade range?
i like the concept but the flavours sound uninspired
sweet chilli sauce, cheese fondue, chicken tikka, etc

can you fill us in on some of the other flavours?

luka
17-05-2018, 02:27 PM
http://theincrediblekulk.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/my-crisps-journey-10-packets-of-crisps.html?spref=tw

dont think this person has ever posted here but he could be considered a friend of a friend of the forum.

Mr. Tea
27-09-2018, 03:22 PM
If this is unofficially the thread for discussion of crisps and allied snack, then considering the following: Aldi's own-brand plain tortilla chips (ingredients: maize, sunflower oil, salt; 49p/200g) are somehow tastier and more addictive than any flavour of Doritos.

droid
27-09-2018, 06:19 PM
https://scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/fdff1804f5e3ec82ab4c8378172c5bf3/5C1CA389/t51.2885-15/e35/c0.79.717.717/s480x480/39940106_683321032050980_2206354949409865728_n.jpg

Mr. Tea
27-09-2018, 09:37 PM
Muad'dib approves.

709

owengriffiths
21-10-2018, 03:10 PM
How did the greasy razor thin slivers of potato that Walkers specialise in ever get to be market leader, it's the perfect example of how England is the original lumpenproletariat nation state. Nothing is too bad for the likes of us, we'll ignore all the better brands of crisps because Walkers spend more money on marketing, and that Lineker lad fronts the ads on tele, so (We was robbed) etc. I saw this shit back in the 90's when they first came over to Ireland, they went from a market share of 0% to 60% overnight regardless of the fact that they were average crisps- they just had enough money to bribe the shops to kick out X amount of the existing brands. Anytime a multinational company comes into a country for the first time they're instantly a success. Even if they're shit, consumers ignore what their tastebuds are telling them as they have to be good, otherwise the company wouldn't have become big in the first place. To this day you still see people in frankie & Bennys who are over the age of ten, hard to believe I know but it's true.

Mr. Tea
21-10-2018, 08:43 PM
Even if they're shit, consumers ignore what their tastebuds are telling them as they have to be good, otherwise the company wouldn't have become big in the first place. To this day you still see people in frankie & Bennys who are over the age of ten, hard to believe I know but it's true.

Well yeah, look at the global success of Budweiser. Or even Guinness - not that it's anything like as bad as Bud, of course, but as stouts go it's pretty much the boring and generic one going.

baboon2004
22-10-2018, 07:59 PM
British people hate and envy things that are nice. It's our most enduring national characteristic. In a cafe the other day, when I asked for butter to lubricate the bone-dry croissant I had just been served, the waiter looked at me with something approaching incomprehension. The food was edible, so why would I want to make it pleasant?

Same with practicality. What would we want proper insulation in houses for? What would that achieve except making people warmer and happier? Ridiculous.

Leo
22-10-2018, 10:14 PM
Same with practicality. What would we want proper insulation in houses for? What would that achieve except making people warmer and happier? Ridiculous.

LOL...my relatives' house in the midlands is perpetually cold, occasionally they will briefly turn up the heat up in winter to "take the edge off". the effects are traumatic: my English wife makes up for years of childhood suffering by cranking our heat from October to April and setting the air conditioners on high from May to September.

wtf is up with you people? just the opposite of most Americans, who's only desire is to lounge in the lap of luxury and comfort whether they can afford to do so or not.

luka
22-10-2018, 10:20 PM
LOL...my relatives' house in the midlands is perpetually cold, occasionally they will briefly turn up the heat up in winter to "take the edge off". the effects are traumatic: my English wife makes up for years of childhood suffering by cranking our heat from October to April and setting the air conditioners on high from May to September.

wtf is up with you people? just the opposite of most Americans, who's only desire is to lounge in the lap of luxury and comfort whether they can afford to do so or not.

reminds me of william burroughs fulminating at Timothy Leary's overstocked fridge, the squander and surplus. what happened to your proud puritan inheritance?

Leo
22-10-2018, 10:39 PM
most americans suffer from youngest-child syndrome, essentially irresponsible and primarily concerned about what will benefit them right now.

Mr. Tea
23-10-2018, 02:29 PM
In a cafe the other day, when I asked for butter to lubricate the bone-dry croissant I had just been served, the waiter looked at me with something approaching incomprehension.


Is it possible that s/he was perturbed at the thought of what you intended to do with said croissant once it was adequately lubricated?

martin
23-10-2018, 04:18 PM
Houses should be cold in winter. So should offices. I'm sitting here with my summer desk fan blowing into my face to stay awake, while co-workers ponce around in short sleeves - all because the central heating's cranked up to Sahara Desert levels. What do people think fucking jumpers are for? Of course, it's the same contemptible crybabies who run for the thermostat the moment their fingers go a bit blue who then lecture us all on flying. Here's my carbon footprint - on your energy-wasting arse!

Re: crisps - anyone know if you can get these in London?

754

luka
23-10-2018, 07:39 PM
those kebab crisps are available in all the turkish run shops.