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Posted: 23:10 Thu 28-Apr-2005. Price: 55p/50g bag. Location: Londis, Weston-Super-Mare. Sub-flavours: Roast beef (tested), Mature cheddar and onion, Sweet chilli, Salt and vinegar, Sea salt and black pepper, Ready salted. Nutritional unusualness: "100% real".
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Look, will you all just please SOD OFF with your [flipping] posh crisps? Normally, you would expect a snack that was greasier, harder, more brittle and more physically unpleasant to eat to be a nasty economy brand, but all these supposedly premium crisps (what the hell does "hand cooked" mean in a deep-frying context anyway?) are - with the sole exception of Golden Wonder's lovely Golden Skins - like eating shards of Bovril-coated glass. The roast beef flavour on these (assisted by the classic natural 100%-real taste of Flavour Enhancer E621 and Acidity Regulator E262) is perfectly nice, but the hard, shiny crisps are a dreadful delivery vehicle for it. Also, the bag contains the same amount of crisps as a packet of McCoy's, but is twice the size in a tacky attempt at implying value for the inflated price. DEATH TO POSH CRISPS AND ALL WHO PEDDLE THEM. Especially Burt's.

...And it wouldn't be "crisp week" without "Stuart Campbell", who no doubt won't be pleased to hear that Burts has just added a "Bullshot" flavour based on the popular rural cocktail of "vodka and oxtail consomme". And speaking of McCoy's, "UncleJuan" completes our set of the new Specials flavours with the Jalapeno Chilli and Cheese variety, beginning: These are seriously good McCoy's, obviously made with Jalapeno powder (just says dried chilli on the ingredients list, but dried green and red pepper also get a mention). Fantastic, peppery initial taste, though not as hot an aftertaste as I'd like, though it builds a little, unlike those dodgy orange "Chilli" McCoy's - please View comments for his full analysis.


Posted: 23:27 Thu 28-Apr-2005 by "UncleJuan" # permalink comment
Comment: Don't buy them for the cheese flavour, think cream cheese not cheddar, though if you're after a spicier cream cheese and chives you might like them. Only seem to be available in 160g bags, more's the pity, the Thai Sweet Chicken, Peppered Rib Eye Steak and Oriental Ribs were all in the same Co-op in smaller bags.

Nowhere near up there with the stuff available in north america, but the best jalapeno flavour I've tasted in the UK so far (yes, even better than Jonathon Crisp).

Posted: 23:36 Thu 28-Apr-2005 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: Salt & Vinegar flavour of these isn't too good in my opinion. They've had them at a cafe in Wimbeldon since September or before...
Posted: 09:42 Thu 05-May-2005 by "Eldridge Cleaver" # permalink comment
Comment: Leave Burts alone! OK, so they cost a fortune and you can generally only get them from bloody Hippy shops, but their Salt and Vinegar flavour scales heights not seen since the days of Hedgehog brand crisps. The Hot Chilli Lemon is also wonderful. Firecracker Lobster did unfortunately fall a little way short, but was a noble effort. They piss all over Salty Dog, are better than Kettle Chips and much less artifical than any Walkers 'Sensations'.

BOARDBITCH! BTW why do you use some sort of slashcode derivative for this site. It hardly encourages discussion. Surely some PHPbb type-forum would be much much better!

Posted: 12:49 Sun 08-May-2005 by "Simon Jobson" # permalink comment
Comment: Salty Dog crisps have been sold by the EAT chain in London for as long as I have been going there - at least a year.

They tend to be rather variable; sometimes the crisps taste nicely of potato and sometimes they're shards of glass. The chilli flavour is good, salt and pepper is too enhanced.

Posted: 14:25 Sun 08-May-2005 by "SnackSpy" # permalink comment
Comment: You may be interested that the Salty Dogs are made by the Real Crisp Co in Wales - have they ever been reviewed on here, and I wonder how they compare? SS
Posted: 20:57 Mon 09-May-2005 by "NikBorton" # permalink comment
Comment: I picked up a large bag of Burts lightly salted crisps on Sunday. They're not great - almost identical in texture, bizarrely, to Golden Wonder Squares, despite apparently being real potato instead of dried, pressed rubbish.

Burt's Habanero salsa is bloody lovely, though.

Posted: 19:16 Fri 13-May-2005 by "Andrew Oakley"
(apparently posting from unallocated.star.net.uk) # permalink comment
Comment: Salty Dog crisps are provided by training services to everyone who attends training courses (both staff and visitors) at MessageLabs HQ near Gloucester. They've been providing them for about a year now, supplied by O'Briens Sandwich Bar.

The flavours are pretty full-on, a lot stronger than Kettle Chips, with a rigidity somewhat below Kettle Chips but more solid than Tyrell's.

Posted: 23:33 Sun 15-May-2005 by "Amy" # permalink comment
Comment: I think salty dog crisps are lovely. they retail in the cafe up my road and i can never resist
Posted: 17:18 Wed 01-Jun-2005 by "benny bishop" # permalink comment
Comment: Ive just tried Sonny's sensational green olive and rosemary hand fried crisps apparently new player in the crisp game seek them out then keep it a secret.wow
Posted: 19:21 Thu 02-Jun-2005 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: Hand fried? Sounds painful. Surely there are simpler ways!
Posted: 23:51 Tue 06-Sep-2005 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: Just to add that there are two other flavours of Salty Dog crisps in addition to the six mentioned above. You can also find Jalapeno & Coriander [a serious assault on your tongue] and Ham & Wholegrain Mustard [very strong on the mustard].
Posted: 12:51 Thu 02-Feb-2006 by "salty stung" # permalink comment
Comment: ok not bad crisps. but to my shock at my local pub (the kings head winchmore hill) they charged me and outrageous £1 for a bag to which I replied "did Jamie Oliver just f$$king cook these or something?"
Posted: 23:01 Wed 08-Feb-2006 by "anargo" # permalink comment
Comment: How do people think they compare to Seabrooks?
Posted: 10:21 Thu 09-Feb-2006 by "Marty" # permalink comment
Comment: Salty Dog - not bad - but I think Seabrooks are this country's finest crisps. Shame they are not widely available everywhere. There's only one shop round my way that does them, and only individual bags, no multi-packs
Posted: 01:32 Mon 13-Feb-2006 by "anargo" # permalink comment
Comment: well, the Prawn Cocktail, I have to agree. I find the Salt and Vinegar a bit 'greasy' though. Maybe just me...
Posted: 12:38 Wed 21-Jun-2006 by "Zela" # permalink comment
Comment: Has anyone seen Salty Dog nuts? They have launched salted peanuts, salted cashews and dry roasted peanuts - what are they like, how much are they and where can I buy them? 22199 0 37
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