I saw these Brannigans crisps in my local branch of Poundland on a snack buy three for a £1 offer. I had never heard of this brand of crisps but I saw that they are actually produced by the well known KP snack company. The roast beef and mustard flavour struck me as nice and unusual so I chose them.
The product comes in a 40g packet. The crisps look nice with. They ate about twice as thick as standard crisps I would say. They have a really good crunch to them. In terms if that and their texture I would say that these are about the best crisps I have actually ever tasted. I would certainly like to try other flavours made by the Brannigans brand. But this flavour again. No! The hot mustard flavour is overpowering. I mean if mouth burning intensity. It seems to me like putting a spoon of mustard into your mouth and eating it. I like mustard but even I don't want that much of an assault on my taste buds. I noticed on the ingredients list that the makers have added cayenne pepper to the mix which can't have helped cool it down. That seems a bit unnecessary. The beef flavour can occasionally be detected as a slight undertone but that is it. I would expect this flavour to be the strongest and the mustard more secondary.
One bag of crisps has 9 per cent of the safe level of salt for a day though they don't taste too salty. You would have to be a bit cautious eating these too often. Also they may contain traces of gluten they say. On the plus side they are vegetarian friendly. I don't recommend this flavour but the brand as a whole nay be worth trying.
I remember when I was younger spending that long in pubs with friends that I got hungry and always ate Brannigans crisps. I can't remember if I liked them or whether it was the combination of booze and feeling hunger I ate them or what but today I got a little surprise.
My bestmate/Flatmate spotted these out on her travels today and we hadn't seen them in years. She was someone who 18 years ago also ate these with me in the pubs and so for old times sake she bought a couple of bags home and we ate them whilst reminising!
The bag the crisps come in is light purple and light brown and on the front of it we are told that they are 'Proper Thick Cut Crisps' Branniagans Roast Beef & Mustard Flavour Potato Crisps and there is picture depicted a man on there and we are also told that they are made with 100% sunflower oil and there is an at a glance nutrtional chart on there too. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the crisps, ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart are stated, as well as being told that they are suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for KP Snacks (the manufacturer of these crisps) are given. The bag is silver foil inside to keep the crisps fresh and its an easy to open packet and informative enough too with a nice old fashioned kind of style to it.
Thick looking potato crisps which are smoothish in texture but coated in a thick browny orangy seasoning, open the bag up and you get a real whiff of beef and mustard though of course these are suitable for Vegetarians oddly enough.
Saying that though these are really crunchy and fresh tasting, do taste a bit beefy and are a little salty though for me and my mate after consuming half a bag each started to complain we needed water as the mustard flavouring made them far too hot for us to stand and the saltiness of the seasoning made us ever so thirsty.
These are really hard crisps, not one bit greasy and have a baked sort of feel to them and if you like hot tasting crisps these could be perfect for you but at about 65p a bag (in all good supermarkets etc) I think these are great qulaity but not 'crispy' enough for me!
Nutritional Information Per 40g Pack:
I thought that they had stopped making these until I saw them in a local newsagents a few weeks ago and now I keep on buying them!!
Brannigans are "proper" crisps and by that I mean that they are thick cut, crunchy and so heavily flavoured your tongue tingles as you eat them (unlike other crisps which taste like they've been near some flavouring rather than flavoured!).
These do taste just like roast beef and mustard too - you can taste the meatiness of the beef against the hotness of the mustard really well.
Apart from the taste (which is the main reason I like them) I also like the old-fashioned packaging that reminds you of "the old days" - even if like me, you're not that old! The bag is much thicker than other crisps brands and as you pick a bag up in the shop you really think "This is a quality product" - I can't really explain it, but a bag of Brannigans feels "substantial"!
If you haven't tried these, you really need to - if only to see how bland other crisps are in comparison!
As much as I try and resist it, I am a real crisps addict, and the one type of crisps I find the hardest to resist is the Brannigans Roast Beef and Mustard! To say they are delicious is a real understatement in my opinion!!!
Brannigans crisps are a proper thick cut potato crisp and they are made from specially selected potatoes so only the best make the grade! Each bag is just bursting with flavour and they are extremely crunchy crisps.
The packaging of the Brannigans crisps has changed somewhat over the years, initially they came in thick brown paper bags with a silver foil backing but they have now changed and come in a simple foil packet which has the appearance of the old style packet. The packet is mainly brown (to resemble brown paper) and has a purple border at the top and bottom (on the beef and mustard packets). The Brannigans logo is in large capital letters at the top of the packet above a picture of a smiley shopkeeper. Also on the front of the packet you will find the flavour, nutritional guidelines and the statement "Made with 100% sunflower oil".
There are other flavours in the Brannigans range:
Roast Lamb and Mint
Roast Beef and Horseradish
Smoked Ham and Pickle
Ingredients: potatoes, sunflower oil (29%), roast beef and mustard flavour (dried whey, salt, dried skimmed milk, mustard powder, potassium chloride, yeast extract, dried yeast, flavourings, citric acid, dried garlic, flavour enhancer: E635, lactic acid, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper).
**Contains milk and mustard**
***May contain soya and gluten***
These aren't the healthiest of crisps, with each 40g packet containing 206 calories and 12g of fat.
When you open the packet, there is an immediate aroma coming through and the smell is quite strong and I think it makes them even more appealing when they smell so tasty! I absolutely love these crisps, they are perfectly crunchy, have a huge amount of flavour in them and they are just generally a really tasty snack. It is important to note that they are quite spicy so if you aren't keen on spicy flavours then I would say these wouldn't be the crisps for you!
Roast beef and mustard is the only flavour in this range that I like, I really don't like ham or lamb so they aren't flavours I would ever buy, but my mum enjoys those flavours and finds it a shame that they aren't readily available anymore. I do find these crisps quite filling, maybe thats due to the fact that they are so thick and crunchy which means it takes longer to eat them than other crisps. I also really like the powder residue that you get at the bottom of the packet! YUM!
The price of Brannigans at the moment in my local shop is just 40 pence which I think is a great price when compared to some of the prices of other crisps out there!
The only downside with these crisps is that they are hard to find at times, my local shop currently stock them but this is for the first time in quite a few years!
I give these crisps a full five out of five stars but I would give them more if I could!!
Thank you for reading my review :)
I honestly can't tell you how much I love these crisps! I had actually completely forgotton about them; they seemed to disappear off the face of the planet but a few weeks ago I spotted them on a shelf of a newsagents and bought the lot. They've altered the packaging from how it used to be - it now has a soft sheen feel to it and the packet is more or less identical to other crisp packets where as it used to be made out of very thick paper type material, but luckily unlike many other products brought back to us - the crisps are just as big and tasty as they used to be!! (Take note Monster Munch)
The flavour itself is absolutely delicious, I can't think of another crisp that includes English mustard which is a crime because it works so well. Each crisp has a decent coating of flavouring, so none of that annoying 'tasteless' crisps then two or three with an inch of flavouring on them. The crisps are also fairly thick, though not as thick as I remember them but definitely thicker than Walkers for example.
The flavour itself is divine - I'm a huge fan of beef and mustard so the fact that these are distinctly mustardy is perfect for me, though I can see why someone who wasn't keen on mustard might feel they are a little too strong.
They are also now made with 65% less saturated fat so there's no excuse not to indulge. The only downside is that I've never seen a multipack of these available to buy, so if you get addicted to them like I am, it can get quite pricey!
My late husband's favourite crisps were Brannigan's, in fact they were the only crisps he used to eat as he disliked both Walkers or Smiths crisps and those two companies pretty much had the UK's crisp market shared out between them at the time. Brannigan's appealed because they were traditionally flavoured and were, I suppose, the Kettle Chips of the day, being of far higher quality than most other crisps available.
I had forgotten all about them, but a coincidence a little too strong to ignore occurred last week and that resulted in me buying a packed of Brannigan's Roast Beef & Mustard crisps. The coincidence being that I thought Brannigan's had ceased to be, yet in the space of two hours I had read a review on here about them and then seen a box of them tucked away in the corner of a tiny newsagents in London.
I am certainly grateful to the reviewer who brought the crisps back to my attention as I thoroughly enjoyed them and for once and looking forward to my return trip to London so I can buy more! What a dreadful state of affairs when the best thing about a trip to your capital city is a special packet of crisps!
Seriously, these crisps are delicious. Far nicer than I remember them being when my husband ate them, they were always a little too greasy feeling for me but in the intervening years they have changed the recipe slightly and now contain less saturated fat - and less fat overall - than the crisps I remember from a decade ago.
They have a strong meaty flavour which to me actually tastes of true beef, the flavouring isn't overly thick on the crisp but thank goodness for that as it's extremely strong. They smell purely of beef, and it's a fairly strong smell but don't less this lull you into a false sense of security as when you put a crisp in your mouth you will be met by a rich salty beef flavour. And then the mustard strikes.
It starts off as a compliment to the beef but if you are patient enough to allow the crisp to dissolve (as opposed to munching the heck out of it as soon as you pop it into your mouth!) the mustard becomes hotter and hotter. The sensation never quite becomes painful, although you will be fully aware of the fact that you have something spicier than average in your mouth. I cannot believe these aren't more widely available, especially considering the current trend for 'hot' crisps as the flavour is far superior to the Sweet Thai Chilli Sensations crisps and other leading brands.
The beef and mustard flavours work exceedingly well together, they are a classic combination within 'real' meals so it shouldn't come as any surprise that they are such a wonderful pairing in the crisps. Brannigan's have certainly come up with an exceptionally tasty flavour here and it's one I recommend to meat flavour lovers and spice addicts alike.
Another aspect of these crisps that I enjoyed greatly was the wonderfully crunchy texture of them. They are straight cut crisps but have a similar crunch to the highly ridged McCoys, they are definitely crunchy rather than crispy and retain this crunch even after a prolonged sucking - the sucking to allow you to enjoy the excellent flavour for longer.
I certainly recommend this flavour of Brannigan's crisps and am so glad to have been prompted to rediscover them. They are a real change from the normal flavours which are flooding the market at present and are truly a delight to eat.
I had a bag of these crisps last night but only because I didn't think they still made them and I wanted to see if they was as strong as they used to be! lol
They are Roast Beef And Mustard flavour and made by Brannigans, I didn't even know that BRANNIGANS were still going let alone making this flavour that I haven't seen in the shop for ages!!!
The crisps are quite thick, they're not ridge cut and are quite smooth so they've got a wickedly nice crunch that feels dead fresh as you bite into them. They are quite big so be careful you don't touch the corners of your mouth with them too much because the mustard is strong so it will sting after a bit! lol
The taste of the beef doesn't come through the mustard that much and I don't think these are very meaty tasting crisps. You can kind of taste the beef in the flavour powder but the mustard is majorly strong I reckon and that takes a lot of the meaty taste away.
I do like the flavour but to me it tastes like a load of that old fashioned mustard powder has been sprinkled on to the crisps and after I'd ate a few it got a bit too over powering and I had to put them away for a bit. I soon went back to them though because they're yummy and I couldn't leave them alone for long! lol
I deffo wouldn't recommend these to anyone who doesn't like hot or spicey food, I reckon if you dislike mustard then you probably won't like these at all even if you love beef. I can have a bit of mustard on my dinner but I like the smoother tasting ones and the flavour of the mustard on these crisps is a bit too hot and dry for me.
I love the bag they come in though, it's made of like a waxy paper instead of foil and that feels proper nice to eat out of.
Recommended.. as long as you like the taste of mustard and aren't expecting too much beef!!!
I always remember my dad eating brannigans when I was a child and can always remember wanting to try them. He was a big fan of the roast beef and mustard and at such a young age these were very strong and I didn't like them. A few weeks ago my partner came back from the local shop with a pack of these. I was surprised because I thought that these weren't made any more.
I like the packet of these it is purple at the top and bottom and is brown in the middle. The brown part is made to look like a paper bag which gives it a very authentic look that they were made in the old days. The picture of a shopkeeper from around the 1920's gives it a lovely theme in my opinion too.
These are cooked in 100% sunflower oil and contain 65% less saturated fat than they did in 2008. They are a 40g bag and are quite full which is good. These do retail a little expensive at 64p per bag but they are different and worth the money. They contain milk, mustard and may contains soya and gluten so they are not suitable for some people.
The crisp itself I brilliant it is thick cut and flat. They are quite big crisps and the fact that that they are thick is brilliant they give a lovely crunch when biting them. They are full of flavour which I like but they can taste a little overpowering so if you are not a fan of mustard I would advise not to try these. I find they are very mouth watering and I enjoy these a lot. I also have found that they do original flavours in these crisps and other brands tend not to do them. I have only ever seen 3 different flavours in these and my shop only stocks the beef and mustard. I have found them very hard to get hold of.
These are lower in fat than walkers crisps and these is no greasy feel or taste to them either. I have found they are full of flavour and very fresh when opened. These look like a nice crisp to eat and you can smell the beef and mustard when you open them. They come in a very attractive packaging and taste wonderful. I would suggest that these are to be tried you will be surprised how much you like them.
There aren't too many products with mustard as a flavour on the snack market. I had my first packet of these while at my Nan's years ago and then couldn't find them anywhere until recently. On impulse, I bought a pack.
The bag itself is nicely presented, with its old-fashioned design and clear labelling of the contents and flavours. It contains a nice amount of crisps - sometimes it feels like too many given the strength of the mustard flavouring, but you get your money's worth with these crisps.
Flavour-wise, you do taste both aspects of the roast beef and the mustard. The roast beef is a nice, savoury taste while the mustard gives its flavour while giving an intensity which does very well to clear out the sinuses. It's lovely. Where some crisps are as thing as wafers, these tend to be a little bit thicker which gives a nice mouth-feel. And with the lower saturated fat content it makes me feel a little better about eating them. They are a rare treat as I can't find them in many shops but when I do find some, I tend to buy them.
Brannigans Roast Beef and Mustard Crisps
Description: Manufacturer: Brannigans / Type: Crisp
I have read a few reviews on these crisps and also discussed them with friends, and almost without exception, everyone says the same thing, "they were great, why can't you buy them any more?". It amazes me that so many people liked these, and yet they don't seem to be available, maybe we should start a Dooyoo campaign to try and have them reintroduced!
For those who were not lucky enough to try them, these crisps came in a brown bag which had a paper like texture. As soon as you opened the pack, you could smell the mustard. The crisps were quite thickly cut and had a real crunch to them. You could also see the flavouring on the crisps, and each one had a good coating of it.
When you bit into them, you could taste both the beef and the mustard, but the mustard also gave you a little kick, very much like eating real mustard, where it almost makes your eyes water. I love mustard and these crisps had a really realistic taste, they were delicious.
One of the reviews that I have read on here states that Brannigans are going to be bringing these crisps back, and so I am going to start keeping an eye out for them, and my fingers crossed!
If you see these around, let us all know - and if you see them in the North East of England then please let me know! Oh and of course, try them to, they are great, they have a posh taste and a substantial crunchiness that makes them pretty unbeatable in my opinion.
If you type in Brannigans crisps into google you'll find numerous forums with poor tortured souls imploring the heavens 'Where can i get these delicious snacks?'
They are certainly elusive, there was a sweet shop near where i live that used to sell them but alas they are now no longer stocked.
The packet (or at least the last time i saw them) is a mock brown paper back, with a friendly old butcher (Mr Brannigan himself oh yeah) posing jauntily in a victoriany butchery sort of way.
On opening the packet there is a marvellous full aroma, the crisps are very thick and rather large in size.
The taste of these things is absolutely amazing, a deep savoury hit with a delicious mustard aftertaste. The mustard flavouring gives them a slight kick which is very pleasant indeed.
They are really robust crisps both in flavour and appearance, i havent had them in a while though, If anyone lives in the South East and knows where to get these puppies, please please please leave a comment ; )
If you do manage to track them down then stock up big time, fill your entire house with them because they are becoming rarer and rarer and who knows how long theyre gonna be around for.
Of course he not a butcher, why would he be a butcher, he is clearly a grocer. Yeah Brannigan the infamous butcher of crisps (derrrrrrr).
For years Brannigans Roast Beef and Mustard crisps have been the Loch Ness monster or the Elvis Presley of savoury snacks. Many sightings reported, no firm evidence ever produced. Whenever I got into a food nostalgia conversation and mentioned Brannigans crisps, more often than not I got a response along the lines of 'Oh, I saw those in a newsagents near Barnsley last Easter' or 'We went on holiday to the Shetland Islands and had some of those in a pub.' What good did that do me?
I don't actually a need a packet in front of me to review them, I remember them like it was yesterday. Brannigans Crisps were one of the UKs first premium crisp brands. The crisp packet looked quite retro, it was a bit stiffer then normal crisp packets, like brown paper wrapping. Brown paper was the original crisp packaging way back when. The packet was also coloured like brown paper with purple ends for the Roast Beef and Mustard flavour, and featured a picture of Mr Brannigan, an old-fashioned shopkeeper with a moustache and wearing a white apron. They are described as 'Proper Thick Cut Crisps.'
The crisps were definitely thicker and crunchier than regular crisps, and they were very good quality, not like certain popular brands I could mention where every crisp you pick up is covered in blemishes, Brannigans crisps were made of reformed potato which explains their perfect unblemished appearance. They also had a generous coating of flavour giving each crisp a dusty appearance. You could taste the beef but the main taste was the mustard, they were quite tangy crisps without being hot. I love mustard and it's an unusual flavour to find in crisps. Brannigans also had a Ham and Pickle flavour which had a pink and brown coloured packet but I never tried those.
My original title for the review was going to be something along the lines of 'Have you seen these crisps' or 'Missing - presumed discontinued', but during the writing of this review, it seems the mystery of my favourite crisps has been solved in two ways! I discovered I can now buy them by the box from wholesalers, 36 packets for £18.99, that's roughly 50p a bag. And I also found out that United Biscuits are re-launching Brannigans with a 65% saturated fat reduction to 'cash in on retro enthusiasm.' I won't count my chickens until I actually have a packet in my hands but whether I place an order or wait for them to hit the shops it appears my search could be over.
Now I only need to locate Flyte bars, Toffos, Pacers, Fish and Chip biscuits, Big red chewing gum, Space Dust, Lyons Chocolate cupcakes, peanut butter M&Ms.....
Brannigans Roast Beef and Mustard Crisps
I have always been a fan of potato crisps as a snack. One of my favourite brands at the minute is Brannigans and their Roast Beef and Mustard Flavour.
A bit about Brannigans
From what I can gather Brannigans are now owned by KP snacks. KP snacks are a British company that was founded in 1853. The KP apparently stands for Kenyon Produce and the name is most familiar to myself through their nuts, minichip crisps and choc dips. As well as producing these products they also produce or own McCoys, Hula hoops, meanies, skips, frisps and of course Brannigans.
Brannigans themselves are a straight cut alternative version to McCoys crinkle cut crisps. They come in the following flavours:
* Roast Beef and Mustard
* Mature Cheddar and Onion
* Roast Chicken and Stuffing
* Lime vinegar and sea salt
* Double cheddar and chives
* Smoked ham and pickle
Where to buy?
For some reason all flavours of Brannigans crisps don't seem to be widely marketed. I have only ever really noticed Roast Beef and Mustard and Smoked Ham and Pickle. These two flavours seem to be widely available in Northern Ireland and a 40g packet is currently priced around 60 pence.
The Roast beef and mustard crisps are one of my favourite crisps at the minute. I love nothing more than to grab a packet of these and nice cold glass of coke. Upon opening the packet the aroma can be quite strong and in my opinion they taste nicer than they smell. There are always plenty of crisps in each pack all of which are normally thick and chunky.
The taste of these crisps is intense. The mustard flavour is very strong and is the first thing you will notice. The crisps are incredibly crunchy and there is a definite roast beef aftertaste. For some the mustard flavour might be a bit too much but personally I love. So much so I think ill get a packet of these for my lunch.