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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: The Real McCoy's Specials - Thai Sweet Chicken and Oriental Ribs Confirmed sighting: The Real McCoy's Specials - Thai Sweet Chicken and Oriental Ribs
Posted: 20:42 Thu 07-Apr-2005. Price: 42p. Location: BP Filling Station, Argyle Street, Glasgow. Sub-flavours: Cheddar with Mango Chutney, Peppered Rib Eye Steak, Jalapeno Chilli with Cheese etc. Nutritional unusualness: Oriental Ribs: "CONTAINS: MILK", Thai Sweet Chicken: "CONTAINS: SOYA".
"Stephen Craig" reports: Coming in a nice, shiny black bag, they immediately promise "SPECIALLY SELECTED POTATOES" and "THE FINEST SEASONINGS" to any potential purchaser. These claims seem to manifest themselves in the form of a slightly less brittle crisp than normal, absolutely smothered in flavouring. A trip to the bathroom to remove the stench from your fingers is virtually an essential postscript to a packet. The Thai Sweet Chicken taste suspiciously similar to the Thai Sweet Chicken Spice McCoys which appeared in 2003. But with slightly less kick. Not bad as such, but much less distinct an offering than the Rib flavour.

..."Stephen" here completes the "Specials" flavour collection we began back with Steak and Pepper/ Cheddar and Chutney - please View comments for his full verdict on the Oriental Rib variety. Meanwhile, "Kim G" pleads: I'm desperately trying to find an alternative to the Leaping Salmon Indonesian cassava crackers which Threshers have supposedly phased out of their stores (the food/ wine concept didn't work). They were in packs of 100g or so and cost 2 quid. These crackers aren't related to any "cassava flavoured crisps", these are actually almost all made of cassava, chillies a bit of sugar and some oil... In Australia I can buy the pre-cooked variety which I can shallow fry myself (like poppodoms), but having the cooked variety saves the hassle. Help :) I saw a variant of these crackers in Selfridges Food Hall (its own brand) about 4 years ago. No other sightings since...

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Posted: 20:55 Thu 07-Apr-2005 by "Stephen Craig" # permalink comment
Comment: Oriental Ribs - utterly disgusting on first taste due to being quite incredibly sweet (for a crisp anyway), these are nonetheless oddly compulsive, due to the aftertaste actually tasting vaguely similar to genuine ribs from a Chinese takeaway. Presumably due to the MSG content. There is an element of it just being Gammon flavour crisps with generic Chinese spices thrown on top, but the overall effect is so utterly unlike anything else, that I couldn't help but polish the entire bag off. Unsure if I'd buy them again (the sweeteness really is quite offputting), but as something a little different they are worth trying.
Posted: 23:03 Fri 08-Apr-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: I had the Cheese & Jalapeno ones almost two weeks ago, but blithely assumed they'd been spotted. They tasted exactly like Jalapeno Poppers - that is, like a Jalapeno surrounded with really dubious orange soft cheese stuff, then covered in breadcrumbs - that is, aces, but very wrong.

However, MSG and aspartame rear their ugly heads again. Why has sweetener suddenly appeared in crisps? Did they ever contain sugar?

I bought some dates from Tescos last week. They were labelled 'dates', and thus presumably pure. Only after getting them home did a more thorough inspection of the label reveal that they were all glazed with Sorbitol, another sweetener (commonly found in M&S crisps).

I'm ranting now. Anyone know any Lemonades that don't contain either saccharin, sorbitol, aspartame or any other sugar substitute? I might have to switch to Sprite for Pimms purposes.


Posted: 22:54 Sat 09-Apr-2005 by "bobince" # permalink comment
Comment: Prawn cocktail crisps have always contained sugar of course. Maybe the different sweeteners explain the high variability of prawn cocktail crisp quality across brands. Or something.

Over in .jp most food seems to be covered with a layer of sugar, which I'm not enjoying at all. Hope the same isn't starting to happen in the UK. MSG, on the other hand, is my favourite. Mmm, flavour enhancer 621 sandwich - great!

As for non-sickly fizz, what about Tesco Value lemonade/sparkling water? I seem to remember they couldn't afford to add any ingredients at all, which inadvertently made them excellent mixers.


Posted: 20:51 Tue 12-Apr-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: The rib flavour keeps repeating on me, had a bag today. Tastes ok, nothing special so dont know why theyre called "Specials".
Posted: 13:36 Fri 15-Apr-2005 by "Bitsy" # permalink comment
Comment: Oriental Rib - yes a little too sweet but (oddly enough) tast just like Chinese spare ribs! Quite impresive.
Posted: 12:54 Thu 18-Aug-2005 by "Chippie"
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Comment: On the question of cassava chips - go to an Indonesian/Malay store (or the Netherlands as a whole) where you will find cassave crackers or cassave "kroepoek" galore. A Brand would be Conimex.
Posted: 10:21 Fri 19-Aug-2005 by "Bri" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't know what it is about these particular crisps, but whenever I eat them, about 20 minutes later, my skin goes itchy and greasy...nice!
Posted: 15:01 Fri 07-Oct-2005 by "Ray" # permalink comment
Comment: Regardless on what anyone else has said - Oriental Rib is now my favourite bag of crisps. If I'm off to Tesco's for a packet of fags or whatever, I will buy these crisps. Fucking beautiful. I am yet to try Thai Sweet Chicken and Peppered Rib Eye Steak.
Posted: 22:14 Sun 13-Nov-2005 by "Kate"
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Comment: I've just bought a bag of the McCoy's Jalapeno Chilli with Cheese crisps & after eating a few started feeling "wheezy". I never thought to check crisps for aspartame! Why is all our food now being contaminated by this poison?
Posted: 20:38 Mon 13-Nov-2006 by "Real" # permalink comment
Comment: I think I might go and buy a potato and sprinkle some 'natural' things on because, on the grand scale of things, I could benefit from this healthy snack.

Alternatively, I think I will go to the shop to buy a packet of 'Thai Sweet Chicken' McCoys because they are UNBELIEVABLE and each bite will fill me with copious amounts of joy :)


Posted: 21:00 Mon 13-Nov-2006 by "Marquez" # permalink comment
Comment: Kate, i was just thinking today that i haven't had those McCoys Jalapeno and Chilli crisps in ages, I really like them, the Jalapeno taste is spot on, never noticed they had aspartame in them though must be to sweeten them a bit, but i agree i try and avoid things with aspartame in them 19451 9
Posted: 21:53 Fri 05-Jan-2007 by "plucker" # permalink comment
Comment: Agree with Real...Thai Sweet Chicken flavour is scrumptious...but do they come in bigger bags???
Posted: 19:30 Sun 14-Jan-2007 by "Paul" # permalink comment
Comment: I have a bag of Thai Sweet Chicken right now =D , Yes They do Plucker M&S Have them
Posted: 22:25 Thu 05-Jul-2007 by "J.K." # permalink comment
Comment: Has anyone found that great seasoning of RealMcCoy's...Thai Sweet Chicken flavor have been reduced and they just don't hit the spot like they did only just a few months ago...something has changed this is my third bag that I've noticed the difference. there boring and flavorless, whats happened!!? : (
Posted: 13:09 Thu 06-Sep-2007 by "Looking...." # permalink comment
Comment: Where have the mango chutney and cheese real mccoys crisps gone!?! they are my favourite of all time.
Posted: 15:40 Tue 23-Oct-2007 by "Plucker" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey Paul, by M&S do you mean Marks & Spencer??? I have not seen them in there before, so I am sure you mean something else?? Cheers
Posted: 16:38 Tue 23-Oct-2007 by "PRITI THAKRAR CURTIS" # permalink comment
Comment: I WOULD LIKE TO SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE THE BBQ LIMITED EDITION MCCOYS YOU HAVE BOUGHT OUT. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS, SO FLAVOURSOME. I HOPE THEY DON'T STAY A LIMITED EDITION AND YOU CONTINUE PRODUCING ON A REGULAR BASIS. THE FLAME GRILLED BURGER AND SIZZLING SAUSAGE ESPECIALLY TASTY. LOVE ALL YOUR OTHER FLAVOURS YOU HAVE EVER BOUGHT OUT ASWELL.LIKE THE SOUND OF THE PLOUGHMANS LUNCH FLAVOUR ALTHOUGH HAVE NOT SEEN IN THE SHOPS. I READ THE COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE. I AM ALSO LOVING YOUR TORTILLA CHIPS, TASTE GREAT WITH SOURED CREAM, YUM YUM!
Posted: 19:23 Fri 22-Feb-2008 by "Charlotte Sometimes" # permalink comment
Comment: Its been a year, and still no cheedar cheese and mango chutney back :<
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