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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Asda Extra Special Scottish Heather Honey BBQ crisps Confirmed sighting: Asda Extra Special Scottish Heather Honey BBQ crisps
Posted: 22:56 Sun 31-May-2009. Price: 1.22. Location: Asda, Leicester.
"Nick T" reports: It's difficult to imagine now quite how supermarket own brands have changed shopping over the past 30 years. Prior to their arrival, British purchasing habits revolved around solid, reliable, lump-in-the-throat British names: Huntley and Palmers. Brasso. Sturmey-Archer. Every housewife's wicker shopping basket was the more or less the same, and they always had been. But upstart supermarkets like Fine Fare and Tesco changed all that. Previously, if you wanted fish, you went to Mac Fisheries, but now you could go to the Co-op and buy their own brand, which you trusted just as much and cost less. At first own brands were cheap, in generic single-colour packaging. Now they cost only pennies off the big brand - and often cost more; sporting poncified names such as 'The Best' or 'Taste The Difference' or 'We Think You're Stupid Enough To Pay Even More For Quality Which You Should Have Expected To Begin With'.

I'm a sucker for that sort of scam, and happily picked up a bag of Asda 'Extra Special' Scottish Heather Honey BBQ crisps. Not English heather mind, nor Welsh, but definitely Scottish, perhaps from the bucolic bee-loud glades of verdant Castlemilk. Such provenance makes all the difference apparently, but not that you'd notice because they just taste like rather pleasant barbecue crisps with a distinct but anonymous sweetness to them. You can't identify what kind of barbecued meat Asda had in mind either, and maybe the liquorice extract is added to lend another Caledonian hint, this time of Irn-Bru. I'm a big fan of Tyrrell's Summer Barbecue flavour and these are similar in their fashionable overdone look, but the Asda flavour is more in-your-face, like smoke off a suitably carbonised burger. Together with their equally splendid (if a little on the bland side) Wensleydale and Fruit Chutney stablemate, Asda have been giving Sainsbury's a good run for their money in the own-brand snack arena lately and I'd happily recommend them at this price, even if the heather honey flavour came from a laboratory jar. Which I'm sure it didn't *cough*.

...Another penetrating critique from "Nick T" here - obviously the big crisp news of the moment is Walkers' latest baffling new flavours, though specialists may be interested to hear that, as well as multipacks of Marmite Crisps, Unilever have also diversified into Marmite Oven Baked Cashews (1.69/90g, Sainsbury), addressing the potential problem of the Marmite drowning out the subtly-flavoured cashews via the ingenious measure of... hardly making them taste of Marmite at all!

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Posted: 19:02 Mon 01-Jun-2009 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: bummer, marmite cashews sound good.

have you seen the new daniel craig ice lolly? marc quinn or what?!


Posted: 11:38 Tue 02-Jun-2009 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: in case anyone hasn't seen the Daniel Craig news... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ [URL display truncated]

- though to me, it looks a bit like the (even less appealing) http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/ [URL display truncated]


Posted: 09:25 Wed 03-Jun-2009 by "Miggins"
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Comment: Good grief, I feel quite disturbed by that!
Posted: 08:20 Sat 06-Jun-2009 by "Dalton" # permalink comment
Comment: Sonic is giving out a free root beer float to anyone, as long as supplies last on June 3rd. Sonic, or Sonic Drive In is a great hearkening to the drive in restaurants from times gone by, and they're looking to save you cash today on a root beer float if you want one, so all you have to do is find the nearest location to get some of that creamy goodness. Root beer floats are an American mainstay, invented some time before World War 1, and they are popular worldwide, as are other float varieties, using different sodas like cola or ginger ale. Save yourself some http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/06/03/sonic-free-root-beer-floats/ online payday loans with a free root beer float from Sonic.
Posted: 10:26 Sat 06-Jun-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: *Sigh* How I wished I was there.. Hmmmm
Posted: 21:00 Sat 06-Jun-2009 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Zeddy, shame on you for not picking up on the Castlemilk comment, but there's a lively forum on Amazon music forums at the moment questioning why Scottish pubs haven't been chained in the same way as Oirish pubs. Enjoy!
Posted: 21:21 Sat 06-Jun-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: No, I'm into Root beer festivals in America.
Posted: 21:36 Wed 10-Jun-2009 by "kidney scramble" # permalink comment
Comment: pile of dogshit like most Asda products!
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