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Posted: 11:05 Fri 23-04-2004. Price: 75p for 75g. Location: Asda, Lower Early, Reading. Sub-flavours: Pork Crackling and Pork Crunch. Nutritional unusualness: Low Carb Snack.
"Diarmuid Mallon" reports: Popped in to Asda to look for cheap books and DVDs (once again partnerless) and after picking up Family Guy series 1-3 and the new Clive Clusser I spotted these. As pork scratchings are low carb, I don't feel to guilty stuffing my face with these. Even their website has links to diet sites! The scratchings are very good, crunchy, but not so much that you run the risk of ruining your teeth, unlike Mr Porky's Pork Scratchings that carry the warning "for people with strong, healthly teeth".

..."Diarmuid" for once delivers a (fairly) uniquely British meat snack here for St George's Day, swiftly followed by fellow connoisseur "Tom Steinberg", who provided a pic of rival product Weston Scratchings, whose packet depicts them apparently being enjoyed by a pig. (Couldn't find the site "Diarmuid" mentioned though - no diet links here.) Other recent carnivorous creativity has included: the much analysed Burger King Subservient Chicken (some strong language, inappropriate avian behaviour); McCain's plans to add Micro Baguettes and Micro Ribs to their recently redesigned Micro Toastie/ Pizzas/ Garlic Bread range; and the startling news that Bernard Matthews has brought out Princess Dreams (1.69 for 380g bag of breadcrumb-coated hearts, diamonds and crowns), probably the UK's first ever frozen turkey product aimed at girls.


Posted: 11:34 Fri 23-04-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry Diarmuid, but I really don't think that pork scratchings are healthy. Nothing that tastes that good can possibly be healthy (not to mention nothing that furs your mouth up with cholestorol like that)
Posted: 11:35 Fri 23-04-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: The website can be found here: http://www.topnotchuk.com/ (contains flash) I've since tried the Pork Crunch, which are normal scratchings, with the fat scraped off, and then refried. A lower fat content is the benefit (allegedly). There okay, but do look and taste more like a corn based snack.
Posted: 11:49 Fri 23-04-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Cheers DM - I bet the flash is what's damaging their google ranking. Also, what could be healthier than fried pigskin coated with salt?
Posted: 12:04 Fri 23-04-2004 by "Diarmuid Mallon" # permalink comment
Comment: But what could be tastier!
Posted: 16:44 Fri 23-04-2004 by "Nebbish" # permalink comment
Comment: They are fantastic, until you get one with a few bristles still attached.
Posted: 17:59 Fri 23-04-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: So let's get this straight- pig skin, double-fried? And this is the healthy option?
Posted: 18:46 Fri 23-04-2004 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Normally I find pork scratchings very smelly and not very tasty. However, when I saw these last month I bought some for the hubby. I tried them out of curiousity and discovered they are great! Really tasty and you don't tend to get that gross congealed fat that oozes out.
Posted: 11:59 Thu 27-05-2004 by "GeezyRider" # permalink comment
Comment: They "Rock". Dont fear the bristles, can you think of any other snack that cleans whilst you eat..??
Posted: 12:37 Mon 21-06-2004 by "Bug" # permalink comment
Comment: The Mr Porky pork crackles are great if you are on Atkins and miss crisps, or just miss being able to snack with impunity.
Posted: 19:23 Fri 10-Sep-2004 by "Porky Paul" # permalink comment
Comment: They are selling 'Mr Porky' pork scratchings at http://www.britishcandy.com
Posted: 00:47 Tue 02-Aug-2005 by "steve" # permalink comment
Comment: Hairy Bar Snacks, take a look! http://www.hairybarsnacks.com .
Posted: 21:24 Tue 02-Aug-2005 by "Page" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought a bag of pork scratchings from Morrisons about 3 years ago. The first one I took out had several enormous hairs embedded within its stinky depths. Further investigation into the pack yielded similarly hairy results. A quick nibble of the yeti-esque scratching resulted in me nearly throwing up. It was quite possibly the most disgusting snack product I have ever eaten and that includes an 'Indian bit mix' that quickly discovered the bottom of the bin despite a hefty £1+ price tag. I don't get this snack. Are you supposed to pull the hairs out? Even then, they taste awful! Still, some people must like them... 32136 6
Posted: 10:08 Thu 02-Aug-2007 by "Tony Ireland" # permalink comment
Comment: Hi anybody know a particularly good internet shop or a normal shop with addresss where i can purchase pork Scratchings from and have them sent to me in ireland
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