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Click pic to view comments - Monthly mano-a-mano: Walkers vs Golden Wonder Monthly mano-a-mano: Walkers vs Golden Wonder
Posted: 20:03 Sat 02-Oct-2004.
Snackspot reports: Inexplicably, I can't remember quite what I was getting at in last time's debate (something to do with things tasting different at different temperatures, and whether supermarkets should sell more hot food), but fortunately the responses continued our tradition of previously unimaginable culinary experimentation, with glowing recommendations for hot fruit squash drinks, the gazpacho-esque delicacy that is cold Heinz spaghetti hoops (or baked beans) - and, of course, the fragrant - yet convenient - Paxo placed in a white bap then microwaved for a minute (and what I want to know, "Mr Thornton", is: how did you stumble across this one?) Anyway, on to this month's topic, which returns to the good old brand-vs-brand format with "Alex's" suggestion of: Who makes the best crisps - and/or other snack products - Walkers or Golden Wonder?

...Hopefully you'll have had a chance to assess the likes of Golden Wonder's new "Midas Crisp" recipe (not to mention their relaunched Ringos or Golden Skins), but do they really offer serious opposition to the Walkers labs' seemingly endless stream of monstrosities? Or are you the kind of connoisseur who prefers the rarer treats of smaller suppliers such as Red Mill, those ker-azy Kettle Chips folks, or even controversial "me-too" own-brands like Tesco Temptations?

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Posted: 22:41 Sat 02-Oct-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't like crisps as I've said but Golden Skins really are fantastic, plus I would always root for the plucky underdog, so my vote must go to Golden Wonder.
Posted: 23:14 Sat 02-Oct-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: walkers evertime!
Posted: 10:37 Sun 03-Oct-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I was never too convinced by Golden Skins, but I would point fans in the direction of Marks and Spencer's similarly matt-black packaged "Sweet Thai Chilli & Coriander FlavourBurst Potato Crisps" (68p/ 55g), which pretty much live up their billing of:

"extra thick, fantastically crunchy crisps, deliciously seasoned for twice as much flavour as regular crisps"

- in other words, they actually come close to the snack nirvana of tasting of *pure flavour*, with just a barely perceptible hint of fried potato.

Oh, and the link in the main story isn't terribly self-explanatory, but apparently Walkers weren't too pleased by the similarities between their "Sensations" and Tesco's "Temptations", right down to the name and the colour of the packaging


Posted: 19:10 Sun 03-Oct-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: Walkers, Golden Wonderings, to the Kaptain these are but false idols, pretenders in the arena of the potato krisp.

Although he does not munch on the krisping krisps very often, when he does the Kaptain will enjoy a delicious Tayto Cheese and Onion. The finest krisps, the finest of all the snacking krisps the Kaptain exclaims to himself with internal mind thoughts.

The Kaptain is by no means alone in his love of the Tayto snack pie. When in Finland he imported a selection of tasting snacks to share among his German komarades. The reaction to Kaptain's platter of tasties was very positive, even causing one German to reply..."Hmmmm, creamy, these are so good"...

The Kaptain must add that Tayto are by no means just a koporate brand, a mention must also be made of Mr Tayto, the GM modified potato-humanic hybrid kreature. My Tayto himself lives in a real kastle komplex in the rurals of Tandragee, N.Ireland. The Kaptain regularly cycles through the townland of Tandragee and looking at the kastle perched high on the hill, he thinks to himself of the magic going on inside.

More information of the Taytoing brand can be found at http://www.tayto.co.uk , a tribute to both the krisping snacks and mid 1990's webbing design.

Finally the Kaptain must konfess to the wondering of what the very flesh of the Mr Tayto might taste like if the he was allowed to take a bite from his potatonic arm. A great taste thinks the Kaptain, a great taste.


Posted: 13:08 Mon 04-Oct-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't really like either that much, though the Walkers Sensations are being sold cheap in Home Bargains at the moment, and the lamb flavour ones are very nice (great for an alcohol-soaking -up snack).
Posted: 14:59 Mon 04-Oct-2004 by "Zoe" # permalink comment
Comment: I think Walkers do the best crisps. There flavourings seem to be better and they have the Sensations range which are gorgeous
Posted: 15:18 Mon 04-Oct-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I really don't like Walker's crisps texture. There's always a few dud ones to me, but the flavours are nice. That being said Sensation's are great.

I think Golden Wonder takes it for Wheat Crunchies and Nik Naks but French Fries and Monster Munch could nick it....I don't know!

Er.....Golden Wonder....just.


Posted: 19:01 Mon 04-Oct-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: French fries? Eugh they are the worst, like eating strips of flavoured polystyrene or something.
Posted: 00:01 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Ymmit" # permalink comment
Comment: Seabrook, got to be seabrook, you can even order them online in a custom mixed box!

They taste of nothing but the flavour - making the salted ones the ultimate excuse to clog your arteries while satisfying your thirst for salt


Posted: 07:27 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Bob" # permalink comment
Comment: I like pringles.
Posted: 13:53 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Daveybaby" # permalink comment
Comment: Have to chalk another one up for walkers, i'm afraid. Primarily for 'Sensations' which are just lush, but also you have to give them credit for the fact that their green=salt&vinegar / blue=cheese&onion colour scheme was once considered a dangerous sacrilege which might possibly disrupt the very fabric of space and time, but now its gotten to the point where if i see a pack of cheese&onion in a green bag i feel a strange sense of temporal dislocation as if i had been transported back in time 20 years.

Also, i just wanna place a secondary vote for kettle chips. Even though i need reconstructive surgery after eating them, they definitely have the best flavours, especially the salt & black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and feta & olive ones. Plus there was a weird one with red wine and smelly cheese which was pretty good, but they stopped doing them.

But best crisps ever = cheap & nasty supermarket own brand chicken crisps (or beef & onion if you can find them) in a sandwich (cheap sliced white) with dairylea cheese spread.


Posted: 14:01 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Marcello" # permalink comment
Comment: I personally prefer Jonathan Crisp, if you have never tried them please do; they really taste like nothing else. But if the contest is restricted to Walkers vs Golden Wonder I'll go with Walkers, apart from Nik Naks, my favourite nibbles.
Posted: 14:25 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Oh, Snackspot, if only real life was as simple as your child-like black-and-white view. The true answer to your question is a complex one, involving both range and consistency, but to keep things simple we'll stick to classic-style crisps, and assume that all parties are performing at their optimum. In such circumstances:

Salt'n'vinegar, cheese'n'onion, tomato sauce - GOLDEN WONDER

Ready salted, pickled onion, Smoky bacon - WALKERS

Prawn cocktail, roast chicken - NO CLEAR CHAMPION

Worcester sauce, beef'n'onion - WALKERS EXCLUSIVE (GW's Worcester was far better, but is discontinued)

Sausage and tomato, Spring onion - GOLDEN WONDER EXCLUSIVE

Of course, reality is even more complex. If you factor in other brands, KP's Beef flavour effortlessly destroys Walkers beef'n'onion, and Seabrooks mount a very strong challege to GW's tomato sauce flavour, and so on. But let's not make things any more confusing, eh?


Posted: 15:58 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Damn, forgot Seabrook. They are better than both
Posted: 16:10 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Daveybaby" # permalink comment
Comment: Aaah, Jonathan Crisp are indeed fantastic, Marcello. Trying to actually find a packet in order to purchase and eat them is another matter, though :-(
Posted: 21:20 Tue 05-Oct-2004 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: The Kaptain once again hits the target. Tayto are fantastic, their Salt & Vinegar being my favourite. Can you order from their website and have them delivered in England? If so, I'm going to have to do so... they used to sell them at Home & Bargains for a trifling sum of 8p a packet, but distressingly they don't get them any more.

Golden Wonder Lites are a particular favourite (the nutritional info on a packet of crisps doesn't make pretty reading) and I spotted some *very* low fat Salt & Vinegar ones in a Waitrose at the station in Kensington, if I remember correctly which were very nice, but I've never had cause to go back there and haven't found them elsewhere. In fact, I can't remember what they were called - anyone care to hazard a guess?


Posted: 13:18 Wed 06-Oct-2004 by "Spoffoth" # permalink comment
Comment: I say the best bacon flavour (and therefore crisp maker) is Golden Wonder. It takes off exactly the right amount of layers from the roof of my mouth.
Posted: 12:16 Thu 07-Oct-2004 by "Smiths Crisps" # permalink comment
Comment: Where the hell did Walkers come from anyway. Never heard of them in Scotland until the 90s. There was only ever GW, KP, Smiths and Tudor up here. I see them as late pretenders and they will never be forgiven for the blue/green debacle, even taking sensations into account...
Posted: 04:05 Tue 12-Oct-2004 by "Far" # permalink comment
Comment: Seabrooks will conquer all! Espcially in Spring Onion flavour :)
Posted: 11:01 Tue 12-Oct-2004 by "Andrew Pack" # permalink comment
Comment: Being a Lincoln lad, we still draw the distinction between Walkers and Smiths. Smiths did all the best crisps - Monster Munch (roast beef, in elongated bag - let's have these back properly please), Twisters, Squares, Discos (the fact that Lincoln has the most intense Salt-and-Vinegar mine in the world is a factor here)

Walkers are, or rather were, a bland grown-up crisp brand with no fun. But their prawn cocktail, Smoky Bacon and now Spare Rib Sensations do wipe the floor with all comers.

Worst crisps I ever had (not counting Roast Chicken, which always, always taste a bit like sick) were Murphys. Only ever sold in pubs, or more accurately stolen by my mum in between pulling pints in the Crows Nest, when she posed the question "Would you kids like a bag of crisps", the answer would be "What kind of crisps?" rather than yes. And the character on the packet looked like a big lump of cheese, rather than a potato.

But the best two crisps were roast beef monster munch and Vinegar Snaps. (no, not salt and vinegar, just plain vinegar) We would dare kids to lick just one, and the flavour would hurt...


Posted: 18:03 Tue 12-Oct-2004 by "Slomobonobo" # permalink comment
Comment: Daveybabey: you can (still) get Mature Cheddar and Burgundy Kettle Chips in Aylesbury Tesco (Tring Road). They're in a sort of 'Christmas Snacks' fixture. The cheese and wine flavours aren't very distinct tho, and - though this may be controversial given some of the above posts - there's far too much flavouring on them.

Anyway, enough about posh crisps. The best crisps ever are Cheese & Onion Discos, especially when accompanied by a bottle of Rasberry Zanger and some Fizzy Chewitts. Ahh, takes me back. Also, it's only fair to give an honourable mention to the hangover-curing powers of Walkers Paprika Max.


Posted: 19:39 Tue 19-Apr-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: There is no competition. Tayto beat the competition hands down. Their Whisps are to die for
Posted: 15:30 Wed 21-Sep-2005 by "cb" # permalink comment
Comment: tayto cheese and onion are the best by far and suit all moods - can satisfy a light corn snack mood or a more substantial appetite. plus they come from a castle. golden wonder are ok. walkers - who are they? like scotland they are a recent phenomenon in n. ireland and know nothing of the crisp culture - hence blue for cheese and onion (which is an afront to all true crisp lovers). they should be boycotted at all costs. and all this talk of sensations, kettle chips have been doing it for years.
Posted: 15:51 Wed 21-Sep-2005 by "crb" # permalink comment
Comment: walkers can take a walk. old time favourites that seem to have passed by- gone but not forgotten: 1. cdc savoury straws 2. banshee bones by perri (10p). to my knowledge bansee bones are the strongest salt and vinegar snack ever to have graced a mouth. many fond memories of dehydration after eating these now extinct crips.
Posted: 08:03 Sat 24-Sep-2005 by "KirsT" # permalink comment
Comment: Thanks 4 this guys, im doing a product study on Walkers crisps for an A level product design course and i have to compare them to another brand so you've all just done half my hwk 4 me!! Thanx! xxx
Posted: 18:27 Sat 24-Sep-2005 by "Alexx" # permalink comment
Comment: I dislike Walkers for several reasons:

They are pale and greasy - but have improved slightly lately

They literaly took over from the competition in a very American, railroading way.

They bought Smiths (who were THE BEST crisps with the strongest and tastiest flavours. The Bovril crisps were dark brown!) Then they withdrew Smiths crisps.

Their Quavers are tiny compared to the Smiths originals.

Walkers have really boring packs and they changed the proper colour schemes. e.g. dark blue for plain. light blue for salt 'n' vinegar, green for cheese 'n' onion - need I go on?

So it's gotta be Golden Wonder by default!


Posted: 18:33 Sat 24-Sep-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Agree wholeheartedly.
Posted: 07:19 Sun 25-Sep-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: I agree about walkers but in Northern Ireland the winner has to be Tayto. Walkers are tasteless compared to the mighty Tayto.
Posted: 21:48 Sun 25-Sep-2005 by "nb" # permalink comment
Comment: It's clear that golden wonder are winning the hearts and minds in the gw / walkers debate. I'd be interested in the Kaptain's scribings on Tandragee "Yellow" Tayto Cheese and Onion verses the Republic of Ireland "Red" Tayto Cheese and Onion, and for that matter "Rancheros" which are only available in the RoI for some reason. Have UK Corn Snack authorities outlawed them for their significant chemical content? They are a corn snack of unnatural taste and texture and worth the purchase when holidaying in Southern Ireland.
Posted: 00:16 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "abz" # permalink comment
Comment: I remember the days when Golden Wonder was superb, walkers did not even come close. It is a real shame the tables have turned. Bring bank Golden Wonder!
Posted: 09:06 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "be" # permalink comment
Comment: Hi. crb, banshee bones by perri are back in town!... I had 2 packs at the weekend. Excellent intense salt and vinegar flavour. As for Tayto, the N.Irish yellow bag version beats the Southern Irish version!
Posted: 12:40 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "Cap'n Crisps" # permalink comment
Comment: What's wrong with Tayto snacks these days? If you buy Postman Pat or Bikers or any of those, they're all chewy no matter how far from the sell-by date they are. I've noticed this for weeks now, buying them from lots of different places, so it's not just a bad batch.
Posted: 14:20 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "be" # permalink comment
Comment: mmmm, bikers are great. Even better was redmill transform-a-snaks but unfortunately they have been also changed in recent times (now with less flavour) The best Tayto snacks are pickled onion "5s"... i could eat these by the dozen!
Posted: 17:24 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: > Then they withdrew Smiths crisps.

*Except* - I bought some Smiths crisps in Devon recently (on the West Somerset Railway - a hobby-run line). I didn't realise Walkers were still making them.

They're certainly not widely available - so what's going on there? Why are they still doing them? Where can you get them?


Posted: 21:21 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "Marc" # permalink comment
Comment: Classic crisps - Space Raiders, Thingies and the like!

BTW golden wonder have bought out "Cheese Curls" to make up for the selling of Wotsits to Walkers.


Posted: 14:12 Fri 09-Dec-2005 by "Jim"
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Comment: Golden Wonder - almost everytime. Walkers are invariably pale and undercooked with bland flavours. I make one exception though - Walkers Sensations Roasted Onion and balsamic vinegar, god these are good - I've not been so excited over a crisp since the roast beef monster munch returned - and that's saying something!
Posted: 16:03 Wed 01-Mar-2006 by "marc ball"
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Comment: does anyone know how to get hold of some bacon rancheros in england, without having to fly to dublin for them?? HELP!!!!!!!!
Posted: 03:14 Fri 28-Apr-2006 by "fandangomango" # permalink comment
Comment: Walkers, Gary Lineker. They got the market share havent they. Theres a vending machine downstairs that sells salt and vinegar Discos. My fave crisp of all time was Smiths Savoury Vinegar flavour. They came in a brown bag. Outer Spacers pickled onion are good. Pringles are gay. Golden Wonder used to do peanuts too. Remember the old advert? "Golden Wonder, they`re jungle fresh......PEANUTS!" But Walkers changing the bags blue to green and green to blue is beyond belief, and unforgivable. A bit like Beckham missing a penalty in a really important match.
Posted: 07:22 Fri 28-Apr-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: > They got the market share havent they.

Which means nothing, of course.


Posted: 01:46 Sat 29-Apr-2006 by "ade73" # permalink comment
Comment: Walkers are greasy cheap thin crap, Seabrooks were the best until they changed to foil packs and the flavour was dumbed down.
Posted: 13:14 Sat 29-Apr-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: How exactly can flavour be 'dumbed down'? That's hysterical nonsense.

Besides, I'm pretty sure it tastes as same as it ever did.


Posted: 13:17 Sat 29-Apr-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I imagine it can be dumbed down by using less flavouring per pack.
Posted: 17:05 Sat 29-Apr-2006 by "FlatcapMike" # permalink comment
Comment: I have just eaten a bag of Golden wonder "sneeze and bunion" crips for the first time in ages. What has happened??? There not the same as i remember from when i was a kid and had them nearly every day, fighting off my mates telling them they could not have any cause " it was my tea " They taste differant.

Its Walkers beef and onion these days. Maybe i'm just gettin old ! ;-(


Posted: 18:00 Sat 29-Apr-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: But that's not "dumbing down". That's "using less flavour per pack". It's a ridiculous phrase to use in connotation with crisps.

Besides, I'm not convinced they're using less flavour anyway.


Posted: 17:32 Wed 17-May-2006 by "Graham" # permalink comment
Comment: Apart from their normal crisps the best thing that Smiths produced were called Smokees. They were roast pork flavoured, I seem to recall and dark brown in colour. They were sort of triple-scallop shape and tasted out of this world. They were made in around 1969 to 1970. There is an image of the packet amongst masses of other period crisp bags illustrated in Robert Opie's 'scrapbook' of the 1970's.
Posted: 15:49 Mon 24-Jul-2006 by "scotttttto" # permalink comment
Comment: I was dispapointed to find out that Walkers own the rights/recipe for Tudor pickled onion crips which they have no intention of re-branding them.

Its a sad day...these were my favorits :-/

Shame even if they did tho cos i dont like walkers flavours or potatoes (not sure which is the problem) 64453 6 86


Posted: 11:52 Fri 11-May-2007 by "Alexx" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm still smarting from the lack of Smiths crisps - two years on! Now Golden Wonder have gone too. Do any Snackspotters have any supermarket own brand suggestions that don't have that bland Walkers taste (or lack of)? The only half decent Walkers flavours are the quite hard-to-find Marmite and the very hard-to-find Pickled Onion. And don't get me started on Monster Munch. Walkers should re-name it Greasy Midget Munch now! Walkers Schmalkers! Their amusing adverts aren't enough.
Posted: 13:44 Sun 13-May-2007 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: For years now the Golden Wonder factories in Scunthorpe have also produced Sainsbury's own-brand crisps. I've had some of the new improved Golden Wonder crisps [now fried in Sunflower oil like all the other crisp companies, and with their redesigned 'explosion' logo on the packets] and they tasted excellent. Cheese & Onion was always a GW specialty, but recently they altered the recipe and added little green flecks to the crisps. Well now those flecks have gone and it seems we're back to the original strong tasty recipe once again.

And as for Pickled Onion Walkers, although nowadays ultra-rare in England I have spotted them lurking on the shelves of Costcutter stores this year.


Posted: 13:31 Mon 14-May-2007 by "Electric Apple" # permalink comment
Comment: I've seen some Pickled Onion Walkers crisps in my local Premier in glorious sunny Inverness. They seem to be available more in Premier than any other store. By the way, has anyone seen the Heinz Tomato Ketchup flavour Walkers Crisps? Haven't seen any since March 2006, and even they were Best Before 4-03-06!
Posted: 12:54 Tue 10-Jul-2007 by "GemUkDancing_queen" # permalink comment
Comment: Walkers Cheese and Branston Pickle Flavour-They were amazin',

Anyone remenber Thingies?

"Dont forget me Thingies Mum!"


Posted: 17:50 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Spider Gill" # permalink comment
Comment: Seabrooks are the best - canadian ham flavour - but too many give you mouth ulcers!

Walkers are a disgrace - I had a pack that had about 8 crisps in - and they were all overdone.

Does anyone remember Tudor had a competition in the 70's for new flavours? I remember the curry flavour and lamb and mint sauce - so many e numbers etc they would'nt be allowed now - but we used to fight over them in the school yard!Its a shame crisps are so 'pc' these days - I'd rather they tasted good and were bad for you than these cardboard things that taste weird like Walkers make- those 'baked not fried' things are like eating the middle of a toilet roll (the cardboard bit) not that I've ever eaten the middle of a toilet roll (mind you - there's time yet!)

Golden Wonder sausage and tomato aren't available in england - fortunately I'm off to Oban tomorrow so will stock up!

Does anyone remember the Golden Wonder Mustard flavour - in the 80's - wow were they hot - me and my boyfriend used to see if we could eat a whole pack without coughing!They went great with a pint of snakebite! I couldn't eat them now - I've got a hiatus hernia - courtesy of the snakebite abused for years!! However Seabrooks are doing a 'Hot' range - and despite looking everywhere for them I cant find a single pack - has anyone seen any? I'm only interested in the mustard ones (hiatus hernia be damned!)

Ive been eating crisps for as long as I can remember and Ive seen a lot of change in 40 years, but I still reckon the best crisps if anyone can remember them - were from Littlewoods when they used to do food in the 70's and they were gammon flavour in a big pink and see through plastic packet - now they were real crisps - I used to be allowed them once a week on a friday with a can of cresta lemonade - now they gave class 1 ulcers!!(my boyfriend remembers them - not the same boyfriend as I ate the mustard crisps with - we split up over my crisp habit - i crunched too much!)


Posted: 19:48 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Zeddy" # permalink comment
Comment: Seabrooks will sell you packs of the new hot varieties such as Wasabi if you phone them up as they don't list them on their website. Trouble is, it is £5 for delivery of a box!
Posted: 20:05 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Spider Gill" # permalink comment
Comment: Seabrooks are the best - canadian ham flavour - but too many give you mouth ulcers!

Walkers are a disgrace - I had a pack that had about 8 crisps in - and they were all overdone.

Does anyone remember Tudor had a competition in the 70's for new flavours? I remember the curry flavour and lamb and mint sauce - so many e numbers etc they would'nt be allowed now - but we used to fight over them in the school yard!Its a shame crisps are so 'pc' these days - I'd rather they tasted good and were bad for you than these cardboard things that taste weird like Walkers make- those 'baked not fried' things are like eating the middle of a toilet roll (the cardboard bit) not that I've ever eaten the middle of a toilet roll (mind you - there's time yet!)

Golden Wonder sausage and tomato aren't available in england - fortunately I'm off to Oban tomorrow so will stock up!

Does anyone remember the Golden Wonder Mustard flavour - in the 80's - wow were they hot - me and my boyfriend used to see if we could eat a whole pack without coughing!They went great with a pint of snakebite! I couldn't eat them now - I've got a hiatus hernia - courtesy of the snakebite abused for years!! However Seabrooks are doing a 'Hot' range - and despite looking everywhere for them I cant find a single pack - has anyone seen any? I'm only interested in the mustard ones (hiatus hernia be damned!)

Ive been eating crisps for as long as I can remember and Ive seen a lot of change in 40 years, but I still reckon the best crisps if anyone can remember them - were from Littlewoods when they used to do food in the 70's and they were gammon flavour in a big pink and see through plastic packet - now they were real crisps - I used to be allowed them once a week on a friday with a can of cresta lemonade - now they gave class 1 ulcers!!(my boyfriend remembers them - not the same boyfriend as I ate the mustard crisps with - we split up over my crisp habit - i crunched too much!)


Posted: 20:10 Fri 14-Sep-2007 by "Spider Gill"
(apparently posting from 62.136.67.171: ) # permalink comment
Comment: Cheers Zeddy, I just might go for a full box of mustard - see you when I get out of hospital!!!

Im new to this site - thats why I posted my comment twice - Im not very good with the pc - too many Tudor crisps in my youth - 'Why aye man, tudor crisps, I'll climb a mountain!' anyone remember that advert with the bad Geordie accent for Tudor crisps - mind you Im from Sunderland so all Geordie accents are bad to me!!!


Posted: 13:47 Wed 10-Oct-2007 by "princess jalapeno" # permalink comment
Comment: jonathan crisp crisps are the best! for a while there were a few places that i could buy these locally, but everyone seems to stock tyrells instead now... :( fortunately i found the jonathan crisp website ordered some online and am now eagerly awaiting delivery :) just hoping that the royal mail strike won't delay my delivery...
Posted: 18:51 Wed 10-Oct-2007 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Check out 'Salty Dog' too -- highly recommended!
Posted: 15:57 Fri 12-Oct-2007 by "Spider Gill" # permalink comment
Comment: The range of flavours from Jonathon Crisp and Salty Dog look great - but i like to try different flavours before i order a full box in case i dont like them, never seen either of these makes in Carlisle - just Kettle and Tyrrells. I wish someone would come up with a selection pack - perhaps 15g bags in every flavour so you could try them all before finding a favourite.
Posted: 23:07 Tue 30-Oct-2007 by "CeeRISP" # permalink comment
Comment: Wakers have systematically destroyed every good brand and recipie they inherited from the Smiths/Tudor stable. Is is as if someone was jealous that these recipes were not their own!

Squares- relaunched... now dried out and greasy..a favourite WASTED!!!

Quavers- a (small) shadow of the Smith`s quavers

Monster munch- recipies/taste simply god-awful compared to days of old

Bacon Fries/Scampi fries- 2 amazing products which get absolutely no promotion or investment, which any other snacking company would surely have invested as a premium snacking line!?!

Chipsticks- Left to burn and still sell buckets with no tosspot Linekar or even 50p of advertising behind. TOUCH THIS RECIPIE AND DIE!!! (Walkers French fries are the extremely poor mans chipstick- why would you bother with a line as good as chipsticks?!?!?)

Frazzles??- the makers of own brand bacon fries should simply be shot at dawn.!!! Someone must have savvy and changed them back to Smiths branding- prob due to salt content...which brings me to an important point....

HEALTHY EATING!!! Please stop messing with our food by changing age old recipies that we LOVE. I know a packet of crisps is greasy/salty-its MY CHOICE!!! if i want healthy I`ll become a rabbit and eat a bloody lettuce!!!

Finally-TUDOR CRISPS..

If there truly is a God, then he would take a big brush and sweep the entire Walkers crips range into a black bag and sling in in the nearest river with a concrete block attached- and duly replace with TUDOR.

Walkers have destroyed a British institution and brainwashed us by throwing money around and using cheesy American advertising to monopolise the market.

I long for a day when someone is in charge at Walkers who recognises the potential of the long forgotton and neglected recipies and brands, and gives the Great British Crisp the respect it rightfully deserves.... but sadly it seems as though our nation is more easily convinced about which crisps they should eat by a stickyout-eared has-been ! (no!-not Mr Potato Head!) than by the classic tastes denied them Walkers. They have gradually ensured we have virtually no alternative than to buy theirs or the supermarket clones!


Posted: 13:50 Wed 31-Oct-2007 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Don't hold back Ceerisp, release that anger. Now take a deep breath...
Posted: 01:00 Sun 04-Nov-2007 by "BRYAN" # permalink comment
Comment: DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE HAM AND PINEAPPLE CRISPS THAT YOU COULD GET IN BOOTS THEY WERE AMAZING?
Posted: 12:48 Fri 18-Apr-2008 by "Jim"
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Comment: Smiths were definitely the best crisps. I have eaten most of them but none can come up to Smith's standard. Golden Wonder were close. Walkers have changed the flavour Yeuk!
Posted: 15:00 Tue 29-Apr-2008 by "nelly" # permalink comment
Comment: Smiths Crispy tubes...waaaaaah miss em, miss em baaad!! Smiths were the best, walkers v golden wonder? Hmmmm? I will experiment with some prolonged munchin before reaching conclusion.
Posted: 21:18 Sat 30-Aug-2008 by "Still Game" # permalink comment
Comment: Bring back sundog! Loved the cheesey popcorn
Posted: 12:44 Tue 09-Sep-2008 by "Neil Camden"
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Comment: Dear Sirs,

I have been trying to locate a certain brand of corn/potato snack which I think was made by either KP, Smiths or Golden Wonder in the mid to late 70's. They were called 'Fantasticks'.

They were thin rectangular sticks sold in a rectangular packet, brown reddish packet, very savory, bacon flavour (i think) As far as I can remember i could only purchase them from a newsagents in North Berwick in Scotland.

Please help, I have been searching for the last 20 years, I would appreciate any information at all ie: who produced them etc would be very helpful. I appreciate this is an unusual request and would mean so much to me.

If we find who made these we could knock Walkers out of the water where they belong!!!!

Kind Regards,

Neil Camden nc (at!) copybookuk.com Site Director

Copybook Solutions Tel: +44 (0) 1884 244 670 Fax: +44 (0) 1884 244 671


Posted: 20:59 Wed 03-Dec-2008 by "Jambo" # permalink comment
Comment: Does anyone remember 'Bitza Pizza' the cheese and tomato ones were delicious
Posted: 21:07 Wed 03-Dec-2008 by "Jambo" # permalink comment
Comment: Alomost forgot; When I first started having packed lunch at school(I was about 6) in the late 70s I had a packet of piglets in my lunchbox every day which were bacon flavoured bubbles shaped like pigs - whatever happened to them?
Posted: 20:09 Thu 04-Dec-2008 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: They went to the great pig-pen in the sky like many others.
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