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Posted: 13:21 Fri 11-Mar-2005. Price: 9 inc VAT/ 32 x 50g bags. Location: Booker cash'n'carry, Bath. Sub-flavours: Friday Night Balti Chicken, Straight from the Grill Steak.
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Was in buying a box of onion-and-balsamic Sensations anyway, so grabbed a case of these at the same time, since I'm short of ordinary s'n'v at the moment. It's a big crisp, a little thinner than McCoy's with a looser ridge configuration, and a good strong malty vinegar flavour, maybe a fraction spicier than the normal Walkers one but not remarkably different. However, they're jacket crisps (a fact mentioned nowhere on the packaging), a move which might not go down well with the target market, because who wants lots of crappy little papery bits of potato skin floating around in their mouth while it's dehydrated and sticky from knocking back ten pints of cheap Eurolager from Wetherspoons, eh?

...Despite his rumoured upcoming TV appearance in "Ever Wondered About... Potatoes?", "Stuart Campbell" shows he hasn't his incisive edge with this analysis of Walkers' latest. And in other savoury salutations, "Jon" found himself paying 49p (presumably per can) for what he describes as "Tikka Masala, Sweet Chilli, and Mexican" flavours of Heinz Mean Beanz in Somerfield, Aberystwyth, commenting: Tikka and Mexican are well nice. Haven't tried the sweet chilli. It has sweetener in it and sweeteners are BAD!


Posted: 14:59 Fri 11-Mar-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: The description of the cut of the crisp sounds very similar to Walker's suprisingly ace Potato Heads, although they're not jacket. Can you compare and confirm?

Jacket = A Good Thing.

Beanz? Artifically Sweetened Jesus.

Posted: 15:29 Fri 11-Mar-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: "Stuart shows he hasn't his incisive edge"? Hey!

Incidentally, the pack comes with "Pub trick" tips on the back - the pack scanned has one listed as "No.2", which explains in diagram form how to always pot a ball from the break at pool. Curiously, all 31 other bags in the box I bought have the exact same tip.

Posted: 22:03 Fri 11-Mar-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Do you buy in bulk then? Perhaps different boxes have different tricks. Oh god Tony Blair is on the T.V.
Posted: 18:59 Tue 15-Mar-2005 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: The Balti Chicken flavour is very nice. Very similar to the Balti Real McCoys flavour - not too weak, not too strong. And the back of the pack told me all about why pirates wear eyepatches. I also had the Steak flavour [they are 45p per bag in my local newsagents] and after a poor start these seemed to get stronger in flavour the further down the packet I got. Unsurprisingly they reminded me of Steak Real McCoys in taste and texture. These crisps are nothing like the Potato Heads with their reduced fat - they are full-on crinkle cut flavour. The fact on the back of the Steak pack was all about Hat Tricks by the way.
Posted: 19:52 Tue 15-Mar-2005 by "marc ball" # permalink comment
Comment: I tried the steak variety of Nobby's and found them to be really spicy and meaty, just what you need after a few pints. Nice!!
Posted: 13:21 Tue 22-Mar-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: These hit my local Boots today, and I gave them a try. Interesting to note the word "Walkers" is to be found nowhere on the packaging; perhaps Walkers are aware some people would rather by a non-Walkers brand to prevent their foil-wrapped hegemony of the UK crisp market?

Shallow peaks, with wide troughs, not at all like a Potato Head. Jacketyness wasn't very noticable. All in all, very good, but I might continue with Seabrooks/McCoys as my pub crisp of choice on ethical grounds.

Posted: 19:40 Tue 22-Mar-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't get the hype about Potato Heads...the ones I had were quite disgusting. And I've had one of each flavour
Posted: 00:49 Wed 23-Mar-2005 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: Just tried the S&V ones to sate some late night hunger and they were excellent. *VERY* strong vinegar flavour. Although I can't find any Walkers Max anymore... are these two things related?
Posted: 20:58 Wed 23-Mar-2005 by "Robert Ryan"
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Comment: Walkers MAX salt & vinegar were discontinued unfortunately. So yes it might well be related
Posted: 15:29 Mon 28-Mar-2005 by "clactongirl" # permalink comment
Comment: why have they discontinued wlakers max salt and vinegar flavour?i love them.does anyone know of a place where i can buy any left.i wanna stack up!!!
Posted: 21:30 Tue 29-Mar-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: Saw the nuts last Thursday, in Varsity in York. Awful pub. Salty flavour, bacon flavour and sweet chilli flavour. I'm no fan of flavouring dusted nuts, so I avoided.

A colleague who's been travelleing said that Nobby's are the #1 pub crisp/nut brand in Australia, and that they were bought out by Lays/Pepsico. So, it looks like this is an extension of the Lays Global Iron Fist.

Posted: 21:37 Tue 29-Mar-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: They'll be buying out Pringles next.
Posted: 16:12 Wed 30-Mar-2005 by "clactongirl" # permalink comment
Comment: gave walkers a ring and they have stopped making walkers max salt and vinegar the nobbys salt and vinegar are a replacement.
Posted: 03:27 Fri 01-Apr-2005 by "yorkshire crisp eater" # permalink comment
Comment: In the Leeds Costco they sell the boxes of steak and the S & V 32's for under £5 plus VAT. Also got the salted and dry roasted nuts on sale.
Posted: 13:29 Fri 01-Apr-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Where abouts is the costco in Leeds?
Posted: 15:58 Wed 06-Apr-2005 by "Suzie " # permalink comment
Comment: I picked up a couple of bags towards Coalville last night, Steak and Balti. they were both fantastic, im surprised they dont have the Walkers Logo on them. I live in Burton on Trent and haven't come across them as yet in our area. CAn anyone tell me where to get these delicious crisps from as Coalville is a way to go fo a P of C.
Posted: 23:27 Thu 07-Apr-2005 by "Flash AHH AAHHHHH!" # permalink comment
Comment: Bollocks! and I thought YES! YES! another crisp manufacturer who will compete and lower the price of crisps. You greedy greedy bastards, they aren't different, just a different packet and name change from Walkers! Come back TUDOR we miss you love FLASH
Posted: 11:22 Thu 14-Apr-2005 by "Kelly" # permalink comment
Comment: i have found Walkers Nobby's 6 pack in my local tesco's - Twickenham Middx. And they are on special offer too 2x 6 pack for £2.00....very good value, yummy tasting too
Posted: 23:18 Thu 14-Apr-2005 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: Also seem to be on offer at Safeway in Shepherd's Bush yesterday, but the multipack didn't seem to be available in S&V only. :(
Posted: 20:04 Mon 18-Apr-2005 by "Juankerr" # permalink comment
Comment: An important dietary point has been missed here - I was scouring the packet looking for Walkers markings when I noticed a remarkable fact. Fat content is way down on your normal Walkers at a skinny 25%, compared to 33% or so for your normal Walkers. Also, packet weight is 35g, compared to the normal 25g for Walkers multipack - so I guess you keep the same fat content whilst eating more. A clear winner!! I give the S&V double thumbs up - sharp and to the point, Steak not quite as nice as McCoys but not bad at all. I haven't tried the Balti yet.

It's just a shame that they are produced by the Jackbooted thugs of Walkers Megacorp.

Posted: 18:28 Thu 21-Apr-2005 by "Mighty Mike" # permalink comment
Comment: Sweet Chilli are the nuts.... have you seen the TV advert with Noddy Holder? Magic!
Posted: 11:43 Tue 03-May-2005 by "orx" # permalink comment
Comment: The Nobby's S&V taste the same as walkers max and have the same drawback for me. They taste great but if I eat too many bags in a day they strip skin off inside my mouth. The flavouring is like paint stripper for skin.
Posted: 13:52 Thu 05-May-2005 by "suzie" # permalink comment
Comment: orx i have this problem too your not on your own
Posted: 09:56 Fri 06-May-2005 by "Jason" # permalink comment
Comment: Does anyone know why they are called Nobby's? Who is Nobby?
Posted: 14:17 Fri 06-May-2005 by "cliff" # permalink comment
Comment: I suspect Nobby is a Marketing department's idea of fun branding.

I also suspect the reason they don't use the Walkers name is 'cos Walkers are doing a promo drive on 'reduced saturates' (nice kind healthy Walkers - they love you), and Nobby obviously uses fully saturated petrochemicals to fry in

Posted: 18:08 Fri 06-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Anyone seen the Nobbys Nuts adverts late at night? Featuring Noddy Holder and suitably rude.
Posted: 10:47 Mon 09-May-2005 by "Eldridge Cleaver" # permalink comment
Comment: I wonder if these people can sue? http://www.smiths.com.au/nobbys.html
Posted: 11:41 Mon 09-May-2005 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: well, given that they appear to be the same Smiths company that were purchased in the UK by Walkers (and, for instance, are also promoting Walkers products like Doritos), I'd like to see them try... :)
Posted: 20:32 Mon 09-May-2005 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: These seem to be on offer at WHSmith at the moment. Mmm... saturated fats....
Posted: 11:40 Tue 17-May-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: I finally got around to trying all the flavours and I am ver impressed. But have they new discontinued all the Walker's Max flavours? Because I saw some Paprika and Steak ones still for sale and I wonder if I should stock up or not.
Posted: 12:12 Fri 10-Jun-2005 by "craig mason"
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Comment: these are the sest salt and vinegar crisps around
Posted: 00:52 Sun 26-Jun-2005 by "EzChile" # permalink comment
Comment: Addicted to 'Nobby's Bacon Nuts'

I really and quite honestly cannot ignore these.. I hate to admit it... (and, no I don't work for them) but I frickin love these... I wouldn't normally eat nuts of any kind,.. but these really are bloomin x.

on a few occasions, I've had nothing else for lunch.. bad, but hey..

It's the best bit of frazzles with some serious peanut butter (depending on how fast you chew)-- I'm going to have me a couple PB&Bacon sarnies to test the theory...

Posted: 21:10 Mon 27-Jun-2005 by "chrissy" # permalink comment
Comment: well if anyone's got a Home Bargains near them (excellent shop!) get down there quick - bag of 6 steak or variety for 79p, and get another bag of 6 free!!!
Posted: 10:26 Mon 04-Jul-2005 by "matt1e"
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Comment: where can we find al the nobby facts on the web? about time someone made a NOBBY's FACT's website
Posted: 22:34 Fri 25-Nov-2005 by "Lara" # permalink comment
Comment: Does anyone like the strapline of 'Straightforward satisfaction'?
Posted: 22:45 Fri 25-Nov-2005 by "vicki" # permalink comment
Comment: no offence, but why have a site talking about crisps???? hmmm, am i missing something here?
Posted: 10:04 Sat 26-Nov-2005 by "Cap'n Crisps" # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, you are.
Posted: 20:47 Fri 30-Dec-2005 by "Alfred Hitchcock" # permalink comment
Comment: I frikin love NOBBYS NUTS!!! They are the tastiest light snack eva!!! Oh yer these babys are the daddy of all Nuts!!! WOW the bacon 1s blow my head off they are so tasty!!! I have tried all of the NOBBYS NUTS flavours and believe that bacon is the best followed closely by a Beautiful Salt and Vinegar flavour, DAMN there salty!!!
Posted: 18:18 Sat 18-Feb-2006 by "johnno"
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Comment: Nobbys crisps, 'salt'n vinegar' are now selling in our local market for £2.50 for a box of 36-50gm packs (in date). Lovely texture,but far too heavy on the seasoning. Burns the tongue. Don't you employ anyone with active taste-buds?
Posted: 20:50 Fri 17-Mar-2006 by "emi" # permalink comment
Comment: nobbys cuts are made of bilton. My friend used to live in zimbabwe, and he hunted and caught his on food, and sumtimes he made bilton. He hunted it, killed it, skined it, hung it up 4 3 days to drain the blood, and then marrinated it with salt/pepper/vinigar, and he used the fur for clothes, and used the bones a number of things.
Posted: 11:32 Wed 29-Mar-2006 by "Trubble" # permalink comment
Comment: Nobby's nuts are the best, I can eat myself thru a box load of the bacon ones easy, so much so i have to limit myself. The chilli ones are just as nice and the dry roasted mmmmm good with a beer or 6.... jus not so keen on the salted!

Haven't really tried the crisps but will get round to that soon...

Posted: 15:24 Mon 10-Jul-2006 by "Slimikin" # permalink comment
Comment: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the super strong paint stripper strength salt and vinegar flavour. I was absolutly gutted when they stopped the MAX version. So glad they replaced them.

And does anyone know where I can get some Dry Roasted nuts in Derby? 40002 3

Posted: 19:37 Fri 06-Jul-2007 by "Jonathan" # permalink comment
Comment: Nobbys is being dicontinued. They are already de-listed from SPAR uk and next wednesday theyre taking the nobbys signage off my van and putting walkers back on.
Posted: 19:52 Wed 21-May-2008 by "essexgal" # permalink comment
Comment: Does anyone know of anywhere to purchase Nobby's Crisps from or are they now extinct?
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