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Posted: 10:57 Sun 17-Jan-2010. Price: 1.01. Location: Tesco Metro near Liverpool One. Nutritional unusualness: 6.8g of fat per 25g.
"Nachos with salsa and cheese available in my local Subway (Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury), apparently a 'trial' product, they are only available in Yorkshire I was told," confides "Dave", but it was "Adam Cox" who captured the Cheetos, reporting: "I found them on the Polish food section in the Tesco Metro in Liverpool near the Liverpool One. It says 90g but at the same time is also quite a big bag though the spirals are quite big and there is more of a cheesier taste which I think overpowers the tomato though they still taste good!"

...And if you're wondering what stood out for me in the previous decade: 2006's sale and partial break-up of Golden Wonder left no substantial opposition to Walkers' growing UK dominance, with a series of launches ranging from 2002's Sensations to last year's Do Us A Flavour and Red Sky ranges, and taking in various purchased-from-Golden-Wonder Wotsits along the way. And, after dabbling with mutations that threatened to taste of Vanilla Ice Cream or Turn Your Tongue Blue, Walkers finally went back to basics with 2008's Old Mega Monster Munch. But even an endlessly Lineker-endorsed superbrand doesn't get everything its own way, as 2003's optimised-for-one-handed-consumption Walkers Shots (see also Hula Hoops Shoks) and 2004's would-be Pringles-rivals Walkers Stax failed to capture crisp-eaters' imaginations, while 2005's Nobby's Crisps even went through a 2006 biltong incarnation, of which now only the nut-based forms survive.

Speaking of Pringles, they managed more re-inventions than you might remember, including Pringles Dippers (2004), Mini Pringles (2005), Pringles Gourmet and Light Aromas (both 2006), Rice Infusions (2007), Pringles Select (2008) and, most recently, Pringles Xtreme. Which hints at the other big story of the decade (well, other than the triumphant return of Seabrook's): "healthier", low-fat snacks. Golden Lights and Golden Skins weren't enough to save Golden Wonder, but 2006's Walkers Baked and 2007's SunBites seem to have outlived their other Walkers Lites! and Cheese Heads/ Potato Heads experiments. Even Kettle Chips and The Tyrrell Corporation got in on the act with 2006's Kettle Crispy Bakes/ Lentil and Potato Curls and 2005's Apple Chips, respectively - but surprisingly the current ones-to-watch seem to be Tayto's Velvet Crunch (based on 2007's Oven Baked Whisps?), and now-less-overtly-associated-with-Quaker-Oats Snack A Jacks, which have been on our shelves since April 2000. (Probably not literally the same bags, though given their taste and consistency - how could you tell?)


Posted: 13:40 Sun 17-Jan-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Just look at all those Pringles varieties yet still they won't produce a pickled onion flavour despite my pleading.
Posted: 19:30 Mon 18-Jan-2010 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: fair point Z, once again I've focused a bit more on the brands and different shapes rather than individual flavours (oh and Walkers Lites! are still available as Walkers Lights apparently, which shows how much attention I've been paying there...)
Posted: 04:16 Tue 19-Jan-2010 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: so many happy memories there......
Posted: 17:42 Wed 03-Feb-2010 by "Phill"
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Comment: I picked up these Cheese Ketchup Cheetos Spirals yesterday from a Tesco in Edinburgh, it's the one on Broughton Road. £1.01 for the bag, and I liked the fact that no E Numbers are shown on the stuck-on translated label, just their actual names. Could be deseptive for some people.
Posted: 17:00 Wed 10-Feb-2010 by "Philip" # permalink comment
Comment: And, if only I could purchase crunchy cheetos somewhere in this country.

Why, oh why will nobody sell me crunchy cheetos or nacho cheese bugles without me spending more on shipping than on the crisps?

Posted: 15:48 Fri 02-Apr-2010 by "Joanne Elliott" # permalink comment
Comment: Why have you stopped selling cheese niknaks in single packs? They are the best but you have to buy multi packs and I don't like the other flavours.
Posted: 20:49 Fri 02-Apr-2010 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey look WE didn't stop selling them to anybody -- we're as distraught as you are!*

*Not really

Posted: 14:14 Sat 18-Sep-2010 by "Nathalie Timmermans" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm a girl from Holland and i was on holiday in Krakau Poland. I have taste there SPIRALS they are very tasty. Everyone loved it. Why is this not available in Holland? Thanks, nathalietimmermans (at!) hotmail.com
Posted: 23:57 Wed 11-May-2011 by "eddy" # permalink comment
Comment: I was quite surprise to find cheetos american (brand) chips in a shop called candy peddlers 411b strand lower ground floor charing cross london wc2n 4hz. they stock crunchy cheese, cheddar jalapeno and flimin hot cheetos
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