Semi-international sighting: Lay's Paprika Chips
Posted: 11:42 Sun 01-Aug-2010. Price: £1.50. Location: Asda, Rugby. Sub-flavours: Onion. Nutritional unusualness: I have absolutely no idea.
"Nick T" reports: "Bez!" squeals the pack in crispy homage to the Happy Mondays' finest. Or not. My initial fizz of excitement at spotting Lay's chips on the Asda delivery web site turned out to be a little premature, as when it arrived the words "TV Papryka" gave the game away that this was off the Polish shelf. But no matter, I'm an equal-opportunities glutton and happy to graze anything from anywhere. To me, a new snack from faraway shores is like the surprise discovery of a rather exotic great aunt you never knew you had; you feel elated and proud. So after nodding sagely and going "Mmm hmm" at the unintelligible vowel soup on the pack, I dug in.
And, just as if you had been told that lovely old aunt was a lapdancer, pride turns quickly to disappointment, then disgust. Where's the exoticism? Where's the taste? Lay's make some good crisps, including the lovely Oregano crisps I fill my suitcase with when on holiday in Greece, but these tasted overwhelmingly of nothing and as for the paprika element, frankly I've had spicier Opal Fruits. In fact the Swiss probably do wasabi Opal Fruits that'll blow your head off. So a woeful thumbs-down from me. For the record, Asda also stock an onion variety, but I'll not be bothering.
...Thanks for the warning "Nick" - you may be partly consoled to hear that Hot Paprika and Smokey Bacon (£1.58 in Asda) is the other new kind of Pringles Xtreme, along with the improbable-but-true Spicy Sour Cream and Onion. For slightly milder appetites: 120 Tesco stores "throughout East Anglia and London" are stocking Jackpots - a new, patriotic range of premium crisps made from Essex potatoes (in Lightly Salted, Roast Beef and Horseradish, Mature Cheddar and Spring Onion, Sweet Thai Chilli, or Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, £1.49/150g bag); Lionel Ritchie is to be pushed "through a glass window pane" to promote Walkers' Extra Crunchy Cheddar and Sour Cream; and Zeddy paid £1.29 for 150g of Finlays Pigs in Blankets potato crisps in Aldi, Carluke, Scotland,
grunting: "An Aldi 'own brand' discovered by chance in their limited product/specials area. Essentially pork with more pork and very tasty they are too. Quite realistic with the different flavours easily discernible.
Strangely named for a 'Scottish' product, as we know 'Pigs in Blankets' as 'Kilted sausages'."
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