Awesome is the word here!
Waka Waka came out of nowhere! There's very limited info on them online, except a flavour list. Hoping to have the full range for you to view shortly.
These were found in a vending machine, a surprise, but the kind of surprise I like.
They're basically nik naks, great hard crunch maize/rice crisp. Tikka massala flavour is great, a really smoky, tomatoey, peppery taste sensation.
Also - awesome packaging! Look out for these guys in the future..
An excellent new flavour from the ever enterprising Kettle Chips.
Paprika is just an excellent flavour for crisps. It just works so well, and making it smokey gives it and excellently rich flavour. This have been mixed the classiest of ingredients, porcini mushrooms and garlic butter, it sounds like the description of a posh french bistro menu.
The flavour really works. Sure it's garlic-ey but it's a smooth buttery version of it and isn't harsh on the tongue, only on the nose. Salt levels are pretty low and the usual kettle crunch is to perfection.
Great addition to an autumn dinner party.
woooooooOOOOOOoooooo!!!! Happy Halloween crisp lovers!
Here's a special treat for you - Halloween Pom-Bears!
The bears are shaped the same, but I bloomin love Pom Bears!
The pickled onion flavouring is perfect. It's monster munch perfect. That's how perfect.
Tangy/sweet pickled onion excellence.
Ahhh look at the cute bears! nom nom nom, no more bears.
Found these in Gatwick airport. Katy Perry's own flavour. Was pretty surprised when I saw Katy Perry representing the brand, so much so that I was convinced they'd hired a model that looks ridiculously like her to get attention, but no it seems she actually liked them enough to create her own flavour. If only I was a pop star, then I'd be able to make my own flavour, and hell it'd be a lot better than these.
They're essentially flattened popcorn, and popcorn doesn't usually make it onto my crisp blog. Not because I don't love popcorn.. It's just they're not crisps. It's an excellent feat that they're managed to squashed them down to resemble pop chips though. The crisp doesn't have the crunch of a pop chip and is more soft like popcorn. The flavouring is a little confusing? Although it's nothing new, I've had salt and sugar popcorn before as popcorn seems to be a very popular alternative to crisps in this ever growing health conscious nation. Personally I like to keep my salt away from my sweet. I love spicy with sweet but salt just doesn't sit right. They're not totally offensive, but I'd much prefer anything else from the excellent pop chips range.
It's that time of year again where you start seeing the shops stocking up on tinsel and wrapping paper, lights go up in oxford street and everyone wonders where their year went. The Christmas season is coming!
Pringles have sent me my christmas present early this year, and this new sweet-flavoured range will be on the shelf this coming weekend.
It's a pretty radical decision that must of come over from the states that i'm sure will have everyone talking.
The flavours are SWEET CINNAMON and MINT CHOC.
Woah Woah Woah. Settle down now, settle down.
I had a Raclette party last night which was the perfect setting to try these out on a gang of ravenous crisp eating friends. The reactions were extreme.
With sweet-flavoured crisps you really have to look at the crisp in a different light.
Close your eyes, take a deep breathe and think un-savoury thoughts.
First up is Sweet Cinnamon, and I really wasn't sure about these, but as soon as I took a bite - I was overcome with a wave of nostalgia, being a kid and eating all of the cinnamon grahams that hadn't hit the milk before I ate my breakfast (why they hell did they ever change their name to curiously cinnamon??! What happened to Graham? Has he been outcast? What he do wrong? This needs to be answered for the good of humanity!) Where was I..
Yes - Cinnamon Grahams - it's basically the same! Which i'm digging. This morning i'm crashing through the pack (once you pop you just can't stop I hear) like i'm 6 years old again saving all the dry grahams from drowning in the white sea of doom.
Ok next up is the more shocking 'mint choc' flavour.
Well I have to hand it to them - they have nailed the mint chocolate flavouring to a tee.
Does mint chocolate go with potato? That's something you're going to have to decide. For my crisp palette, it's completely insane.
Completely and utterly odd. The flavour is explosive and confusing. They will definitely have people at your christmas dinner parties entertained and either screaming with delight or disgust.
I am the latter, but they are an excellent novelty. It's good to see crisp companies pushing these kinds of boundaries. It might not be for everyone but it's certainly entertaining.
I'll stick to the Sweet Cinnamon personally. 2/10, novelty value 8/10.
The press release also gave me top 5 recipe tips for this range.. hah!
1.Sweet Cimmanon Buttie
2. Mint Choc in Vanilla Ice Cream
3. Sweet Cinnamon & Gaucamole
4. Mint Choc topped over Apple Pie
5. Sweet Cinnamon & Greek Yoghurt
So I guess that's it. We're going to have to accept that Christmas is actually on its way. At least with all the crap weather, we can snuggle up and dig into the excellent selection of crisps that the UK has to offer.
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Found in a shoreditch newsagent.
I've know poco loco for their huge packs of tortilla chips that we find in most off licenses, basically a more cost efficient Doritos for parties (but nowhere near as good)
Here they take on a normal size pack, and the tortilla roll. Something that was pulled off by phileas Fogg very well, here though the corn lacks crunch and just has a little greasy soft texture to it. Shame, because the spicy flavouring is quite nice, very much an Indian inspired flavour. Not massively taste bud killing, but enough you give you a good tang.
Must try harder, 4/10
These are obviously nothing new, but I saw them on sale for the first time in a while so thought they'd be worth a quick review/ I wanted to eat them.
Golden Wonder could do with being a little thicker and crunchier for me, but they're a good crisp none the less.
Flavour is punchy, a nice sweet tomato. More sweet than salty.
I dig. 7/10
Another post from Cal, the fruit crisp reviewer...
Being a keen fruit lover I decided to give Nim’s fruit crisps a second try after the now infamous disaster of my encounter with their Orange and Melon crisps. Call me foolish, but I like to give things a fair trial. It is with a heavy heart that I can now report that the Apple and Strawberry fruit crisps are at best, only marginally better. They don’t have the bitter flavour of their orange and melon crisp cousins, but they are equally dry. I think that it is more likely that some people out there would take enjoyment from this flavour, but it is definitely aimed at the type of health food junkies who wash down multi vitamins with bitter fruit smoothies rather than eating the fruit in its pure unadulterated state as intended by nature. Again this crisp is not even slightly crisp and I also think it is fair to say that leaving the core and the pips in does not make this snack moreish as the write-up on the packet suggests.
Fruit Ru-ined! 1/10
I'm not a fruit crisp lover, so I hand all my fruit crisps over to someone who can appreciate them. Unfortunately it doesn't always turn out for the best...
Nim’s Orange and Melon Fruit Crisps sound interesting, smell horrendous and look very much like potpourri. I was hoping that the similarity to the dried plant and fruit material commonly used to fragrance the homes of the elderly would be just a visual one, unfortunately for my now dying taste buds these ‘crisps’ which incidentally are not even crisp – taste a lot like a handful of dusty old potpourri. Rarely have I sampled anything claiming to be food that is this inedible. I don’t believe for a second that anyone including the manufacturers would say that they enjoy eating these fruit crisps- some might endure eating them for the presumable health benefits of air-dried crisps made entirely of orange and melon. The tag line of ‘Fruit Re-invented’ should be changed to ‘Fruit Made Infinitely Less Tasty Than When Consumed In Its Fresh Original State’ – a little less catchy perhaps, but much more honest. Avoid!
Cal (The fruit crisp reviewer)
I have come to the personal conclusion that fruit crisps are not for me, and thought it unfair to slag off a whole genre of crisps, so I have assigned a 'fruit crisp connoisseur' in my absence...
These natural air dried apple fruit crisps are really tasty. As someone that likes crisps, but also wants to stay in shape these are a great discovery. They have a really good crunchy texture with a great apple flavour. The crisps are vegetarian and 100% apple so genuinely a pretty healthy snack at less than 70 calories per bag. I'm looking forward to trying Perry Court Farm's other fruit crisp flavours!
(written by Cal Smith)