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Posted: 09:44 Thu 28-08-2003. Price: 79p for 150g/ 1.49 for 120g. Location: Sainsbury's, London. Sub-flavours: Tempting Tandoori, Passionately Pizza, Blazing BBQ JacoBites/ Smoked Bacon and cheese, Soft cream and sweet chilli, Oriental barbecue Spudz. Nutritional unusualness: As Cheech and Chong might put it, both "Baked, Not Fried".
Snackspot reports: finally got hold of these mythical New Crispy Rice & Potato Mini Snacks (they're on the official Walkers site because Quakers is also a subsidiary of PepsiCo), and although the "Spudz" bear no obvious relation to real potatoes, they're so strongly flavoured it's hard not to finish off the entire 1.50 bag in one sitting. A major improvement on the all-conquering Snack-a-Jacks, they're also so hygroscopic that you can almost feel them sucking the moisture from your breath as soon as you open the packet, and could potentially be used as some sort of dehumidifier. Imagine a madman's ultra-futuristic attempt to create KP Skips from entirely synthetic ingredients and you're halfway there.

...Danone/ Jacob's JacoBites, on the other hand, are basically giant Mini Cheddars, and unreservedly delicious. There's no indication on the packet of why they're shaped like ninja throwing stars, though. Not much other crisp news at the moment, apart from Golden Wonder responding to the Walkers threat by axing 4 of their current 13 flavours and replacing palm oil with 75% less saturated fat sunflower oil in their cooking process.


Posted: 12:28 Thu 28-08-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: We demand more information about the Golden Wonder flavour purge. If they're dumping Sausage & Tomato flavour, the killspree starts here.
Posted: 14:46 Thu 28-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: They're not giving anything away on the Golden Wonder site, which continues its perhaps ill-conceived comparison between crisps and street drugs (requires Flash, sorry): http://www.goldenwonder.com/popup.html

- including profiles of "The Dealer", "The Shipment", "The User" and "The Stash"

Posted: 15:22 Thu 28-08-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Man, there are flavours there I didn't even know they made, never mind might be stopping. Evidently their attempts to make GW crisps "rare" have been all too successful. Muppets.
Posted: 15:29 Thu 28-08-2003 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Meanwhile, cop a load of this for weirdness. I went looking to see if anywhere had GW crisps for sale online, because you could die trying to find them in a shop. Google threw up this: http://www.westons.com/completec203.htm, which is a "Home Health And Medical Equipment" online shop, except the catalogue contains nothing but bandages, hair brushes and about 50 different kinds of crisps. The weirdness increases if you click on any of the links to buy the crisps, as it sends you to another catalogue page, with a search engine on it that gives no results at all for crisps. Buh?
Posted: 15:36 Thu 28-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Blimey - anyway, here's the story from The Grocer, Aug 23. Maybe the drugs/ medical supplies theme is an attempt to cash in on some of that Scottish "Trainspotting" chic?:

[Golden Wonder] plans to re-focus by launching an attack on the Scottish crisp market, its traditional heartland, backed by a £1.5m, three-month spend. It hopes improved flavours, revamped packaging and a TV, poster, radio and sampling campaign will reinvigorate it.

The company has also invested £2m in ingredients and equipment at its Scunthorpe site, a move that coincides with the closure of its Skelmersdale factory. Rolling out from the middle of next month, the new crisps are made with sunflower oil, which has 75% less saturated fat than the palm oil it replaces. Four of the current 13 flavours have been axed.

Posted: 17:05 Thu 28-08-2003 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: So does the "JacoBites" packaging give any suggestion as to who has the divine right to rule Scotland?
Posted: 18:13 Thu 28-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Since I'm confused, is the Golden Wonder site dropping some flavours?

I'd say Sausage and Tomato flavour are more common than Tomato Sauce- since I've actually see S+T.

The Spring Onion pack looks messed...and whats that "lick the screen" thing about?

Posted: 18:14 Thu 28-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Yeah, I thought that was weird. Till I realised it's that "Young Ones" gag about naming biscuits after radical political movements:

Garibaldi, Italian revolutionary, ends up as a kind of biscuit. It's quite interesting, you know, the number of biscuits that are named after revolutionaries.

You've got your Garibaldi, of course, you've got your Bourbons, then of course you've got your Peek Freens Trotsky Assortment.

[sings] "Revolutionary biscuits of Italy / Rise up out of your box! / You have nothing to lose but your wafers / Yum yum yum yum yum!"

(And if they ever do a series of crackers shaped like dustbins, they can call them "JacoBins": http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobin )

Posted: 12:01 Tue 02-09-2003 by "Rory" # permalink comment
Comment: Spudz are being given away free in Oxford Street today if you're quick.
Posted: 18:53 Thu 07-Oct-2004 by "Keith in Liverpool" # permalink comment
Comment: Where Spudz?! Me got to have Spudz...cheese 'n smokey mmmmmh Spudz...can't find...gotta keep searching
Posted: 13:54 Wed 10-Nov-2004 by "'Gill' in Norwich"
(apparently posting from hide-153.nhs.uk) # permalink comment
Comment: Spudz! Spudz! where are you hiding this is costing me loads of money in shoe leather walking around Norwich. Can you help???


Posted: 13:29 Thu 11-Nov-2004 by "cookiemonster" # permalink comment
Comment: spudz are no more... snackajacks mini bites are the replacement for them... not with the same flavours tho, but the thai sweet chilli is nice...
Posted: 17:17 Thu 03-Feb-2005 by "sandworm" # permalink comment
Comment: i discovered boxes of these, thought to be extinct, spudz the other week. a box of twenty bags for one english pound. i was amazed. in other snack-a-jack related news, i tried the new chicken flavoured ones today, part of the 'classics' flavours, the other being prawn cocktail. can't say i was very impressed, didnt taste a thing like chicken, or much else for that matter, dissapointing.
Posted: 22:34 Tue 14-Jun-2005 by "debz" # permalink comment
Comment: Is anyone else addicted to snack a jacks? Am having up to 8 packs a day sometimes! Is this good for me?
Posted: 00:24 Wed 15-Jun-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Large or small packs? The large packs would be a carbs overload.
Posted: 21:26 Fri 22-Jul-2005 by "debz" # permalink comment
Comment: Small packs but now can be up to 12 packs (and I hide the rubbish in the bin!) Seriously addicted to S&V's. 52768
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