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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Hairy Bikers Chicken Tom Yum Crisps Confirmed sighting: Hairy Bikers Chicken Tom Yum Crisps
Posted: 19:36 Mon 28-Jun-2010. Price: 1.75/150g. Location: Waitrose, Leicester. Sub-flavours: Keralan King Prawn with Coconut, Lemon and Olive Tagine, Prosciutto and Blue Cheese. Nutritional unusualness: No manufacturer's name given (but it's Burts).
With any luck there'll be some World Cup bargains to be snapped up this week so, in the wake of some remarkable findings from "Magnetic Ham Sandwich", here's "Nick T" with the low-down on the Hairy Bikers' (Waitrose-exclusive?) efforts: Manufactured telly partnerships haven't come very far since Pinky and Perky. The Hairy Bikers are equally wooden; likeable enough chaps but their bogus matey double act is about as authentic as Hale and Pace. Funnier though, I'll give them that. Spin-off branded food was inevitable, and this small range of crisps comes in beautiful packaging which, if you put your hand over their grinning metallic faces, just screams "Eat meeeeeee!"

Happy to oblige. Open the bag and you'll be rewarded with a good quantity of attractive russet-coloured crisps, dotted with cheery flecks of herbs and spices. The aroma is surprisingly light, but this belies a mass of complex flavours. There's a dominant sour tang which I suspect salt and vinegar fans will enjoy, also a fair attempt at chicken flavour, some sweetness and a pleasing background heat.

It's a great combination, and I'm delighted to report that no sop has been made to the frothy, boggle-eyed low salt activists. I'm really looking forward to sampling the rest of the range, so a jaunty tip of the hat to Burts. But where are the true independent artisan crisp-makers? Burts are multi-million pound exporters: they deserve their success, but endearing slightly geeky zealots? Hardly. What of Tyrrells I hear you say? Are you kidding? Their high-minded stance of never dealing with the multiples vaporised when the venture capitalists took them from behind. Let's hope Pipers and Salty Dog/Darling Spuds keep the faith.

And as for a telly partnership where friendship shone through? They were ladies, they were fat, and there were two of them. Can you guess?



Posted: 14:01 Tue 17-Aug-2010 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: The Chicken Tom Yum flavour is just a little too spicy for my tastebuds. They do manage to have a really hot and sour flavour at the same time as promised on the front of the packet, but any more than 3 crisps in a row leaves me sweating. One for Chinese takeaway fans only maybe. Far better is the Prosciutto & Blue Cheese flavour, which are lovely and cheesy - easily the best of the four flavours for my money. Lemon & Olive Tagine were also surprisingly spicy - too warm for my mum & dad for instance (who were down with me for a few days so got to sample some of the crisps), but with a lovely fruity olivey taste too. Lastly, the Keralan King Prawn & Coconut flavour was another winner. The crisps are a bright 'curry' shade of yellow and the taste is a nice mild balance of the coconut, curry and prawn flavours they contain. Overall these are four very distinctive and original flavours, with just about something for everyone.
Posted: 16:30 Thu 19-Aug-2010 by "tom yum lover" # permalink comment
Comment: this is really disappointing for me as a die hard tom yum fan. it just tastes like nando's chicken crisps :(
Posted: 12:46 Tue 21-Dec-2010 by "this website beggars belief.com" # permalink comment
Comment: just a little aside. . . . . . have you guys ever kissed anyone on the lips before??? apart from each other.
Posted: 13:08 Tue 21-Dec-2010 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: are you talking to the hairy bikers..?
Posted: 17:16 Tue 21-Dec-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: The person is one of those, "I am cynical about everything and believe in nothing. I'll rubbish anything anyone has an interest or passion in because that is trendy. Of course, I have no real conviction about anything myself, so I'm untouchable."
Posted: 17:21 Tue 21-Dec-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: and even if I had kissed a guy, what does that make him? A homophobe?
Posted: 19:44 Tue 21-Dec-2010 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: And on that bombshell, a Merry Christmas to you all, friends old and new. Mwah! Mwah!
Posted: 11:18 Tue 28-Dec-2010 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Oh and here's my belated, slightly demented Xmas present to everyone with a debit card: how to get about £13 back in real money from Sky's offer of a £5 free bet + £10 bonus for betting your £10 on Evens (below) - you deposit 11.67 to get at least £20 = 8.33 profit, and if it also offers a "£5 Vegas token" for typing in 'Welcome' as the code on the Free Bets page, put £2.43 on low-stakes roulette red, £2.44 on black, 13p on zero, and that's nearly another fiver in the bank.

(NB do not do this if you might then be tempted to gamble with your own money...)

First, sign up via the following: http://www.skybet.com/skybet?offer=104&aff=4948 ("1. Open a Sky Bet account 2. We will credit your account with a completely free £5 Bet 3. Place a £10 bet at odds of Evens or above to get a further £10 free")

Then go to http://www.skybet.com/betting/football/ev_time/c5-cdat-pg0.html and find an upcoming match offering odds of Evens, 12/5 and 11/4 (these odds are quite common when one of the options is Evens - scroll down the page if you can't spot one)

Then put: £10 of your own money on the Evens option = expected winnings £20 (10 * 1/1 + original £10 stake back)

Use the £5 free bet + 1.67 of your own on the 11/4 outcome = expected winnings £20 (6.67 * 11/4 + your £1.67 stake back)

then the £10 bonus bet on the 12/5 = expected winnings £24 (10 * 12/5 but bonus bet not returned)

- so far I've been trying similar combinations but when I tried this one the match was cancelled (and the bets refunded), so let everyone know if you come up with anything better!

Posted: 11:54 Tue 28-Dec-2010 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: errrr, thanks ??
Posted: 12:35 Tue 28-Dec-2010 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Haha yeah, it wasn't quite as random as last Christmas' Guide To Pace DVRs http://www.snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0912202347daa#20091224121600

...but sometimes I have these Rain Man-style moments of mathematical insight and no-where else to post them :)

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