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Click pic to view comments Confirmed sighting: Bernard Matthews Microwaveable Nuggets
Posted: 16:08 Fri 17-10-2003. Price: 99p for box of 8. Location: Farmfoods, Bristol. Sub-flavours: Two "hot'n'spicy" varieties also available. Nutritional unusualness: None noted.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Anyone who's tried McCain's stab at the microwave-nuggets field will know how fraught with danger it is - it's difficult to imagine that there's anyone out there who's ever bought two boxes of their greasy, wildly over-breaded Micro Chicken Nuggets. Jovial tweed-checked poultry-torturing fatty Bernard Matthews has stepped into the breach, however, with these turkey-based alternatives. Battered rather than breadcrumbed (though the box's description of said batter as "crispy" surely stretches trading standards to their limit), these are hugely more successful than the McCain effort, especially with a dipping sauce of either Heinz new Eazy Squirt sweet'n'sour or the "new" Lea & Perrin Worcester And Tomato.

...What Stuart appears to have spotted here is a renamed version of the Bernard Matthews Turkey Nugget Hot Pops that I was going on about back in June (though would it have killed him to provide more info on the sauces too?). Anyway, you can see how real McNuggets are made this weekend, thanks to the UK's first McDonald's Open Doors programme, offering you the chance to "to take a closer look at the equipment we use to store and prepare food". This follows criticisms raised by this week's BBC Watchdog programme of the Home McFlurry Maker - no word yet on any similar complaints regarding the Easy-Bake McDonald's Pie Maker Bake Set.


Posted: 13:00 Tue 21-10-2003 by "choccieman" # permalink comment
Comment: OK not exactly a snack product and I don't want to lower the tone too far, but as no-one else is posting and I saw the TV ad. yesterday...

"Walls Cheesy Balls"

I'm not saying any more than that.

Posted: 22:30 Tue 21-10-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Good work Choccieman - they must be a new Cheesy version of Wall's Balls ("bite-sized sausage meat in a crumb coating") launched earlier this year.

And though they might not go to well with your usual fare, it's exactly what Snackspot's "Fast and/or hot food" category is here for...

Posted: 12:02 Sun 01-02-2004 by "thebiggee" # permalink comment
Comment: Does anyone know where in Glasgow I can purchase Kellog's Pop Tarts? Haven't had them in YEARS man!
Posted: 15:37 Mon 02-02-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: No, Hot Pops are a completely different thing, more the size of Popcorn Chicken and with two varieties of spicy coatings, while these are the size of Chicken McNuggets and spice-less. The two products co-exist simultaneously. DO NOT IMPUGN MY SNACK-IDENTIFYING ACCURACY, SNACKSPOT.
Posted: 16:45 Mon 10-05-2004 by "Ben" # permalink comment
Comment: Has Bernard Matthews deliberately named his 'poultry' based nugget product, 'Hot pops' because the resulting effect upon consumption is the gaseous release of a 'hot pop'?
Posted: 22:33 Fri 01-Jul-2005 by "HotPopFiend" # permalink comment
Comment: Hot Pops were bite-sized turkey balls which I only tried in southern fried flavour. They were amazing but unfortunately I haven't seen them in the supermarkets for quite a while. I hope they're coming back.
Posted: 11:04 Sat 02-Jul-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Hot Pops are definitely still around, I've spotted them consistently and fairly widely since they came out.
Posted: 13:30 Sun 03-Jul-2005 by "James Quin" # permalink comment
Comment: Every single box of Bernard Matthew's Hot Pops that I've ever seen, in every single supermarket ever, has been tampered with in some way. Cheap cardboard not suited to freezing, or insidious sabotage attempt? The world must be warned... 91769 1 15
Posted: 09:03 Tue 24-Apr-2007 by "tracey"
(apparently posting from ) # permalink comment
Comment: Hi there

I keep finding bits of ham in my American fried chicken which comes in a double pack. This was purchased at Farmfoods. It supposed to have the Bernard Matthews seal of approval. So who's approved this? Have they got bad eyesight? Dont know!!! But Im not happy!

Bye Bye

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