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Posted: 09:49 Fri 24-Dec-2004. Price: Various. Location: Various (see below). Nutritional unusualness: None noted.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: When you think about it, it's quite odd that "sausage" isn't a more popular flavour for snack things. After all, everybody loves a sausage, and the taste parameters are vague and wide enough that you could get away with calling a lot of stuff "sausage flavour". The entire UK snack industry seems to have suddenly realised this at once, resulting in a flood of new sausage-related products following on from Walkers' Sausage and Sage Sensations. Firstly, Sainsbury's decent stab at sausage-and-tomato flavour crisps (79p/ six-pack, shown top right), challenging the long hegemony of Golden Wonder, has now stepped up from a limited edition to a permanent addition to the JS range.

...A special Christmas treat for crisp fans here - don't forget to View comments for "Stuart's" epic analysis of this entire school of sub-flavourings. Snackspot updates will be taking a break over Christmas (though briefly returning next week for our hotly awaited Snack Review of 2004), so I'll just leave you in the capable hands of "Kaptain Korolev", who writes: The Kaptain has been away for some time, away koding his krypto cipherings in a job of work. Now though, he is back, back for a little play, the Kaptain brings again the Christmas joy to all with a new kandy koncept - The Cadbury Christmas Egg. Happy holidays!


Posted: 10:02 Fri 24-Dec-2004 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: Rival chain Tesco then joined in with a "Great British" multipack of flavours, featuring two each of a truly vile "roast beef and horseradish", a not-bad "roast pork and apple", and most relevantly "Cumberland sausage and onion gravy", a tangy blend that hasn't skimped on the onion part, but is sharper and less pungent than, say, Walkers' beef-and-onion, to which it's noticeably related.

But Sainsbury's weren't to be out-sausaged, and came back swinging with giant bags (99p/ 150g) of "sausage, bacon and roast parsnip" flavour, which actually boast real dried parsnip among the ingredients, and tastes palpably of both that and mild bacon, though the "sausage" element is more of a general slight spiciness. Quite gentle overall, and fairly pleasant, though with a baffling faint undercurrent of cheese. Where next for the sausage?

Posted: 14:57 Fri 24-Dec-2004 by "Valvonatron"
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Comment: Sausage flavour is unpopular probably because when I tried the Walker's Pan Fried Sausage And Onion flavour crisps, it didn't taste like I expected it to. I thought it was too vinegary and unmeat-like. Didn't like it. But it doesn't mean other brands will be like that too. To be fair with Walker's, a lot of their crisps like quite good. I particularly liked the Greek Kabab and Roast Ham And Honey flavours.
Posted: 15:51 Fri 24-Dec-2004 by "magnetic ham sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: I've had the Sainsbury's Sausage, Bacon and Parsnip flavour and didn't like them at all. For the best flavour, try the Marks & Spencers Cumberland Sausage flavourburst crisps. They have a strong blend of onion and mustard.

Talking about the recent proliferation of 'British' flavours, there is now a Best of British 20 bag variety pack in Asda - in their redesigned crisp bag packaging. 5 each of Tomato Ketchup, Bacon and Brown Sauce, Worcester Sauce and Cheese and Pickle. The flavours are strong, with lots of sauce on the bacon, and lots of pickle on the cheese.

Posted: 18:51 Sun 26-Dec-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: The Sausage, Bacon and Parsnip crisps didn't taste like anything distinguishable.....not impressive at all. I wasn't certain to begin with as I don't like parsnips.
Posted: 18:57 Sun 26-Dec-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
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