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      06.02.2013 14:52
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      Nik Naks have been around for a VERY long time. How do I know this? Because I'm in my late twenties and they were a fixture of my childhood. Apparently Nik Naks were at some point introduced as an M&S own brand product, in the 'Nice 'n' Spicy' flavour and available to buy in family size packs only. When M&S stopped selling it Nik Naks completely fell off the crisp market - if you can believe it.

      So I'm somewhat a Nik Nak freak. I love them. And not only I am a freak but the Nik Naks themselves look pretty freakish - knobbly little sticks with lumps and bumps in all the wrong places they look like extraterrestrial food. I suppose it doesn't help that they're often oddly flavoured - such as the Rib 'n' Saucy flavour (my favourite) - and come in different sizes, almost like the odds and ends at the crisp factory.

      Delving further into Nik Nak research (very scientific, I can assure you!) I discovered that in 2008 the much loved nation's favourite flavour Scampi 'n' Lemon (which is, as you might guess, scampi and lemon flavoured) was phased out to make room for the less popular and new kid on the block Pickle 'n' Onion flavour. I can't complain too much as a year later I was pregnant and very much craved anything pickled onion flavoured so this very flavour came in quite handy. As they were pushing the sales of Pickle 'n' Onion the flagstone red bags were spotted across most supermarkets, attached to varying degrees of offers and marketing ploys happily snapped up by me and many others in droves - or rather, in multi-packs. In 2012 the Scampi 'n' Lemon flavour was back with a vengeance and by no means of coincidence I ended up pregnant in this same year, absolutely craving this flavour.

      The boring bit about Nik Naks; they were previously manufactured by Golden Wonder which *is* a wonder as I've found Golden Wonder have a track record of producing substandard products that I don't actually like. Then I discovered that Golden Wonder took over Sooner Snacks, the previous manufacturer of Nik Naks. In 2006 United Biscuits (yeah I hadn't heard of them either!) purchased the brand...and if you can bear with me very recently, in December 2012, the KP Snacks brand, including Nik Naks, was sold to the European Intersnack Group - whoever they are when they're at home! All of this chopping and changing surprised me as I was under the impression that one of the big UK crisp companies would have control of Nik Naks - not least because I'm pretty sure I've bought that many bags of Nik Naks that I should probably have shares in the company but because they seem a popular brand. Whenever they're on offer they sell like hot cakes. Currently Lidl are selling a multi-pack (22 bags) of the three popular flavours; Rib 'n' Saucy, Scampi 'n' Lemon and Nice 'n' Spicy for £2.22 and the 12 bag multi-packs are available in most Poundland shops.

      I think my favourite flavour is the Rib 'n' Saucy. They contain the most calories at 169 calories per bag but are one of the flavours that are lower in the salt stakes. All of the crisps are made up from maize, which is corn. So if you have a corn allergy Nik Naks are worth avoiding ;).

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        08.07.2012 23:19
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        Had to knock a star off for the vinegary taste other than that these were yummy!

        I was wondering around my local pound store checking to see if they had any bargains when I came across these nick nacks corn snacks. I hadn't seen them for years! I remember buying them all the time before and loving them especially the scamp and lemon flavour, I have no idea why I stopped buying them? Perhaps they're not as available now as they used to be or maybe the price went up which is most likely because everything's going up these days and I refuse to pay silly prices for 'snack' type products such as these. But I was totally willing to buy these and take them home to munch on at such a reasonable price, plus I really had a craving for them since seeing the words scampi and lemon on the front of the bag - so in the basket they went.

        Nik naks are no longer made by golden wonder; in 2006 the brand was purchased by united biscuits who also make skips, disco's, hula hoops and wheat crunchies.

        ~ Product and availability ~
        Nik naks corn snacks are apparently available in most major supermarkets such as Tesco's, Asda and Sainsbury's so I must just be totally oblivious to this but at around £2.99 for 12 I will continue to be oblivious to them being available at major supermarkets and will stick to my local pound store unless I find them on offer. I paid £1.00 for a pack of 8, which works out at less than 13p a bag, which in my opinion is much more respectable. Nick naks are available to buy in a variety bag which includes scampi N lemon (the flavour i'm reviewing), nice N spicy and rib N saucy.

        ~ Packaging ~
        Nick naks come in a large orange bag with the Nick naks logo printed in bold on the front along with the flavours included in the bag. The bag stands out quite a bit from the other things along side it. Inside the bag you will find a number of smaller bags just as you would with any variety packet of snacks/crisps. Nik naks scampi N lemon come in a very eye-catching lime green bag. The nik naks logo takes up a majority of the front of the bag along with the nutritional information. In the corner of the bag I am told these are now even tastier! The back of the bag is laid out quite informatively, giving me the nutritional information in more detail along with allergy advice and a quality guarantee. You can clearly tell united biscuits have gone out of their way to stretch that these aren't good for you and should only be eaten occasionally as they can't tell you enough times to eat healthily and keep active which I guess is good but I don't think it's a good strategy to use to sell the product. The back of the bag also gives me a description of what I'm going to find inside: knobbly, wacky sticks of corn. Intensely tasty, unusually knobbly. Ok enough of the knobbliness let's get to the point.

        ~ Smell and taste ~
        Opening the bag you are immediately hit with the smell of fish. Which I guess proves that they are scampi flavoured crisps but it's not necessarily an appealing smell but you can expect nothing less when you are eating fishy flavoured crisps! I couldn't smell any lemon but I think that's because fish is generally a stronger smell than lemon and overpowered the whole lot. One thing I noticed is that the bag was more or less full, which makes a pleasant change as these days you usually get half a bag of crisps, so you're getting your money's worth here with a decent portion. Looking at these snacks I didn't really know what to make of them, there just as described...knobbly and wacky and quite frankly quite strange looking. They look like witches fingers or something. I can imagine children having all sorts of fun with these snacks and letting their immature minds run free with the knobbly shapes :D Biting into these snacks I immediately remembered why I used to love them so much. They are extremely flavourful. They taste just like one of my favourite dishes! They didn't excite me as much as I thought they would, but they definitely set my taste buds a-tingling. They taste very strongly of scampi, which is nice if you like fish like me but if you don't there is no way you will enjoy these. The what's supposed to be lemon tasted more like vinegar, which wasn't a problem or was by no means unpleasant it just didn't taste of what it was supposed to, which was a shame as scampi and lemon go so well together. The snacks themselves are very light and easily melt in your mouth if you allow them long enough. I don't think these crisps/snacks are for the people who enjoy the crunchier things in life as I would describe these as more chewy than crunchy. I found the flavouring to be just the right strength, anymore fishy and it would have been too overpowering and the vinegar (lemon) was hinted just enough.

        ~ Other information ~
        Nik naks Scampi N lemon contain 143 calories per bag, along with 0.7 grams of sugar, 9.4g of fat, 0.9g of saturates and 0.5g of salt. As to be expected these snacks are pretty high in fat, but else where they seem ok. These snacks are about average for a packet of crisps on the calorie front and you can't really expect anything less.

        They are made with sunflower oil and coloured using paprika extract, so it's nice to no there's no artificial colourings involved. I'm not going to bore you by listing all of the ingredients but for those of you who are interested, the main ones are maize, corn flour and dried yeast.

        Nik naks scampi N lemon contain barley and may contain milk, egg, soya, gluten and mustard. There is no mention of them being suitable for vegetarians so eat at your own risk.

        ~ Over all verdict ~
        These were a nice snack. Tasty and fulfilled my craving for scampi without all of the calories of the meal itself, however they need more lemon and less vinegar. I would recommend these snacks to anybody who likes scampi as you can't really go wrong with these, but if you don't I would strongly recommend steering clear of them as that is the main flavouring in case you were oblivious to the name SCAMPI on the packaging. Perhaps one of the other flavours would be better suited. Not sure how kids would get on with this flavour as they are a bit more mature than your average fish finger taste but I'm sure the shapes of these snacks will keep them entertained for hours. I am looking forwards to trying the other flavours this variety pack has to offer but I think scampi N lemon will always be my favourite nik nak!

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        26.04.2011 21:52
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        A handy little snack that all the family can enjoy

        Both of my children love these Nik Naks. I got them at Iceland recently with 50% extra free (rather than the usual ten bags, i got fifteen).

        Nik naks are very crunchy; they have a very strange but unique shape to them, sort of short and pointy at one end with bobbly bits and gradually getting a bit wider. They are a corn snack and are extremely tasty and really full of flavour. If you lick them you can really taste their full flavour.

        This pack would usually be a pack of ten; The flavours are Pickle n' onion, Rib n' saucy and nice n' spicy. My childrens favourite flavour is the rib n' spicy. You used to be able to get scampi and lemon flavour which i actually really liked! but they they did smell! Rib n' saucy is there replacement.

        They are made with 100% sunflower oil and have no monosodium glutomates. There are 143 kcal per 25g packet. Ingredients include flavourings, sugar, salt, carbohydrates, fibre and salt. These nik naks may also contain soya, milk, gluten and mustard.

        The packaging on nik naks is very colouful and appealing. It also talks about having a healthy balanced diet in some detail actually which is a positive thing. This is good and they don't encourage you to eat loads of these corn snacks.

        I sometimes include these in my kids lunches; theres just about the right amount in each 25g packet. Very tasty indeed.

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        17.05.2010 12:42
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        Lots of flavour for all the family!!

        Nik Naks are great 'knobbly, freaky sticks of corn' or so they say so on the pack, and I have no reason to disbelieve them.

        The flavour I am eating at the moment is Nice'n'Spicey which comes in an orange packet, athough KP (no longer Golden Wonder) also do Scampi 'n Lemon (green packet), Rib n Saucy (purple packet) and Pickle 'n Onion (Red packet). I used to like the bacon flavour but these were replaced with the Rib, about 15 years back.

        I love all these flavours (maybe not as much the scampi) because they ooze in flavour. Those of you who have read my crisp reviews in the past know how much I like the flavour to jump out and get me. I am not fussed on crisps were it takes me 20 minutes to decide what flavour I can really taste. I'm not sure why they are such a strange shape though, although it does make them different. They are actually cooked with sunflower oil and vegetable oil.

        For the reason's above if you aren't in to spicy food, I really wouldn't give this range a go. Certainly not for younger children.

        Each pack promises no artificial colours or flavours. No MSG too. But they do give you 143 calories and 9.6g of fat. Along with this expect about 0.6g of salt sprinkled over these potato beauties.

        I bought mine as part of a multipack which only cost £1.00 for 6 assorted packets, which is superb value. Although you would normally expect to pay substantially more, and if you buy them separate expect to be hit to the tune of about 35p.

        In summing up these crisps are superb. I can't really praise them enough. I eat them quite regular. They aren't healthy snacks but are quite delicious. I really would recommend them to anybody who likes strong flavours.

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          17.03.2010 20:05
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          Not the best crisps in the world, but at the price I paid, who's complaining?

          I had been casting about somewhat for a suitable item to review today, and had a mental shortlist of several things, none of which I felt I could write an entirely satisfactory account of without a bit more preparation. In such circumstances the thing to do is often to wait for a flash of inspiration, but I'm not the most inspired of people at the best of times! Thankfully, I was rescued from the ignominy of having to write about my clothes pegs (I'm sure there's a category for them somewhere!) by good old Poundland.

          The first thing I saw when I walked through their door was a shelf on which were stacked a rapidly-diminishing number of multipacks of Golden Wonder Nik Naks. Closer inspection revealed the reason for there not being more remaining: this was no ordinary ten-bag multipack, but one containing no fewer than *fifteen* bags of what the manufacturers describe, in that curiously uninviting language common to most makers of snack foods, as "knobbly, freaky sticks of corn". A 15-pack of branded crisps (well, crisp relations) for a quid seemed unmissable, so I grabbed one.

          Nik Naks come in four flavours, but the scampi'n'lemon variety was not represented here; that was no hardship as I dislike that version anyway. Instead I was confronted with five bags of each of their other three flavours: nice'n'spicy, rib'n'saucy and the distinctly awkwardly named pickle'n'onion. This last has fairly recently replaced a "nice'n'cheesy" flavour, which I think is a shame as I rather liked that and miss it already. Still, pickled onion is usually a good choice when it comes to this sort of product.

          As far as nutrition goes, there are the usual unread panels on the back about how Nik Naks are free from monosodium glutamate, are made with sunflower oil, etc etc. The actual nutrition figures are almost identical across the three varieties, so to give you the flavour (ho ho) I'll just quote those for the rib'n'saucy flavour. One bag of this (25 grams) provides 143 kcal, which is really quite low for a snack and much lower than the average chocolate bar... but also 9.6g of fat, which isn't. They are vegetarian, but contain most of the potential allergens: wheat, barley, soya, egg, gluten and mustard all make an appearance.

          The pack designs seem clearly to be aiming at a young audience: all flavours' bags consist of a bold main colour with the spiky Nik Naks logo in white. My favourite is probably the purple pack of the rib'n'saucy flavour; I think the dark red of pickle'n'onion is a bit less successful. Inside, there is quite a strong smell, which feels artificial even though for the most part it's not. Each bag is quite generously packed with the actual crisps, which are indeed knobbly sticks, though to be honest they didn't seem too freaky to me!

          On taste, I think I would again choose the rib'n'saucy flavour as the nicest. It's *very* roughly a barbecue sauce sort of taste, and fills your mouth nicely without being too strong. The pickle'n'onion comes second, since although it's pleasant I think it may actually be a bit too restrained; to my mind, pickled onion crisps should have a real kick to them! I'm least enamoured of the nice'n'spicy flavour, which is not really spicy at all, but quite mild and relatively uninteresting. On the plus side, all of them share a nice crunchy texture.

          However, I still think I got a bargain: ten packs of crisps I really like, and five more of ones I can take or leave, for a pound is good going at any time, especially as normally a *six* pack of Nik Naks is more like £1.20. At that price they're obviously less of the unmissable buy I managed to grab, but in the crowded arena of tasty yet slightly childish crispy snacks, Nik Naks can hold their heads up high - even though they will then get them bitten off!

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            21.02.2010 13:13
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            I don't eat that many of these, since I normally like to eat Crisps on Rolls, and there are sort of hard to eat on a Roll. They are really tasty though.

            Asda is selling 2 multipack Crisps for £2, so I picked up a pack of these, and a pack of Disco's.

            These are made by Golden Wonder and are so different than any other Crisps out there. They are little knobbly sticks of Crisp. They aren't that high, or that thick. You sometimes get a thicker few in the pack and I like these ones the best. They just seem more flavoursome, and also aren't that hard, even though they are still Crispy.

            You get these in the Nice & Spicy flavour. A sort of lightly Spiced little peppery and Curry tang. These are probably my favourite ones. Hot on the heels are the Rib & Saucy, which taste like BBQ Rib taste. You also get these in Pickled & Onion and Scampi & Lemon, but I don't like those at all.

            These have quite a few calories and fat content unfortunately, but they are just so tasty.

            A different Crisp than the rest out there.

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              10.02.2010 11:15
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              i love em would recomend all the time

              Nik Naks are the epitome of cool crisp. The packs are best bought in a multi pack and luckily for me I have a 99p store round the corner that sells them like this. The problem is once you buy that multi pack it's never going to leave the reach of you hands.

              The individual crisp bags are smaller than the average standard crisp packet and more like a whatsit bag. Although small in size, they are packed with flavour. The actual shape is a little like a twiglet although they are usually a more yellow colour.

              They are very crunchy and I personally suck all the flavour off first before biting into it. They taste light and fluffy but at the same time you do not feel as though it is pure air.
              There are 4 main flavours and bag colours ; Scampi 'n' Lemon (Green bag) Nice 'n' Spicy (Orange bag) Rib 'n' Saucy (Purple bag) Pickle 'n' Onion (Red bag.

              Nice 'n' Spicy (Orange bag) are my favorite and are like the original cheesy flavor, do not fear they are not spicy in any way. All the packets can be eaten by any one of any age so do not worry about young children getting their hand on them.

              The problem I found with them is you always want another pack because they just don't quite have enough in them to feel ample. So you want another pack and sometimes a third and that's when you really regret it is as your tummy feels full to the brim with an oily salty crisp!

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                10.01.2010 17:44
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                Unusual looking crisps, but surprisingly nice to eat

                Nik Naks are not the most appetising looking crisp in the world. They are all odd in shape and covered in nobbly bits. Not very pretty at all!

                I for one do like them though. They are full of flavour and the flavours available are different from the average 'normal' crisp. They also have a nice crunch to them, which I love.

                These days, I buy them in packs of 6 or 10, which have the following flavours in them: Nice 'n' Spicy, Rib 'n' Saucy and the newest addition, Pickle 'n' Onion. My personal favourite is the new Pickle 'n' Onion, which is lovely, plenty of taste but not too strong.

                There were other flavours, Scampi 'n' Lemon and Cream 'n' Cheesy but I am not sure whether either of these are available any more.

                Nik Naks are made by Golden Wonder, so I am not surprised that they're good. Golden Wonder make some of the best crisps around, they are always full of flavour and taste very fresh.

                A packet of Nik Naks have around 140 - 170 calories depending on the flavour you choose. This is quite high compared to other crisps, but would not put me off.

                Don't let their ugliness put you off. If you haven't tried these crisps yet, give them a go.

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                  25.10.2009 20:16
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                  Knobbly Maizey Goodness

                  Nik Naks started their life as a product of a South African company called Simba Snacks. Now it is Golden Wonders task to churn out these Maize based knobbly crisps. They come in a variety of interesting and (for the most part) delicious flavours. As far as im aware there are currently 4 flavours available, those being

                  - Nice 'n' spicy
                  - Rib 'n' saucy
                  -Pickle 'n' onion
                  -Scampi 'n' lemon

                  Scampi 'n' lemon was discontinued (i assume because of their pungeant flavour and rather dubious odour) only to be brought back by popular demand. They know replace the 'hard cheese' flavour in multipacks.

                  Of the 4 available flavours, scampi 'n' lemon is the most delicious. They have an extremely big flavour. However they also have a very powerful smell. I am usually the first to be put off of a food if it smells a bit rife with 2 exceptions. First being dried squid and second being this citrus-fish combo of maizy loveliness. The taste more than makes up for the off putting smell.

                  I really dislike the pickle 'n' onion flavour and find them far too overpowering. The remaining two flavours are tasty and well worth a try, i would definately recommend them. As with most popular food products the nice 'n' spicy flavour are anything but spicy, but are still delicious none the less. The rib 'n' saucy flavour does have a sort of saucy-ness to it which is appealing (not the most articulate sentence ive ever written in my life, but try a pack and i think you'll understand what i mean), but they can get a little sickly.

                  My only two gripes are with the limited range of 4 flavours (not exactly extensive) and the small bags they are sold in. Other than that i can definately recommend all but the pickle 'n' onion flavour (although those who like pickled onions should probably give them a go)

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                  14.10.2009 20:10
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                  great crisps

                  Nik naks are crisps made by golden wonder and are amongst my favourite crisps out there.
                  The first time I tried these was from a vending machine quite a long time ago now, I got the nice and spicy ones, which I think are also the nicest flavour of these and the tasted fantastic and I have loved these ever since.

                  They are unlike the usual shape of most crisps. They are a long thin bobbly shape, comparable to the wotsits however much thinner and really bobbly. They are all different shaped and sizes which I think adds to the quirkiness of the crisps too.

                  The texture is great as well, they feel a bit like wotsits do, that kind of thick potato middle however they are much harder and crispier than wotsits are which I think actually makes them even better.

                  There are a few different flavours, nice n spicy, a barbeque one and also a cheesy one. I do like all three flavours however the nice n spicy is by far the best.

                  These aren't the most well known crisps and so there not in all vending machines but you can pick these up at supermarkets and most shops. There a similar price to the other crisps out there, and unlike most other crisps you actually get a bag full of crisps, so you will feel pretty satisfied after a pack.

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                    10.10.2009 18:26
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                    A tasty corn snack.

                    Nik Naks are strictly speaking not crisps but are knobbly corn snacks. I have always enjoyed them as a snack with their tasty flavours. I was however quite shocked to recently discover that my favourite flavour of Scampi and Lemon was no more and had been replaced by the rather boring and slightly less tasty Pickled Onion! I was not amused!!
                    The remaining variety of flavours all slightly merge into one as they do all taste rather similar!

                    If you have never eaten a Nik Nak they are rather odd nobbly shaped snack with small bits and larger bits. They have a nice crunch as you bite into them and a great tangy tasty flavour.

                    I always buy Nik Naks in multi bags but I think you can buy them individually in shops. A multi bag of 10 crisps costs around £1.85. The varieties now are Rib and Saucy, Nice and Spicy and Pickled Onion. My favourite now is the Nice and Spicy but they are all enjoyable and as I said all rather similar you cant really pick out the particular flavours. My new favourite now is the Nice and Spicy which have a lovely lip-licking nice flavour and as they arent really too spicy. I find the pickled onion and the rib and saucy very similar and not really tasting of a particular flavour in general.

                    Neither crisps nor corn snacks are ever going to be healthy although the packet does says that they contain 50% less saturated fat. One bag also contains around 141kcal and 9.6g of fat (2.1g is saturated fat) so not exactly healthy! The snack is made of maize and does contain wheat, milk, soya and gluten so not good if you allergies.

                    I enjoy Nik Naks they are a good size if you just feel a bit hungry before dinner they fill a hole without spoiling your dinner. I love the taste of them, ok they aren't exactly authentic tasting crisps but they are enjoyable and I will continue to buy them and eat them as snacks or to put in packed lunches.

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                      A tasty but very artificial-flavoured savoury snack product.

                      Nik Naks are a knobbly corn snack. As far as I can tell, this is just a posh way of saying "unusual shaped crisp". They come in several flavours, each as artificial as one another, but this review is about the Rib 'n' saucy flavour, because that's what I had with my lunch.

                      For those of you who have never seen a Nik Nak, the pack does tell it like it is when it describes them as "Knobbly, freaky sticks of corn": the fried corn sticks are a yellowy-orange colour and they vary between about 1cm-3cm in length and 0.5cm to 1cm in cross-section and they are, indeed, exceedingly knobbly. The texture of the sticks is fairly solid and both crisp and crunchy; they aren't puffed corn, so they don't just melt in your mouth, but they aren't brittle like potato crisps, so they don't break into sharp pieces that get stuck between your teeth; nor are they so hard that you break a tooth whilst eating them.

                      The portion size of a bag of Nik Naks is 30g - this is quite a bit smaller than many snacks on the market, but means that you will eat fewer calories overall. I found the size of the bag about right for a mid-morning snack.

                      In terms of flavour, it tasted generically savoury to me (thanks to the umami-giving monosodium glutamate), whilst also being both sweet and salty at the same time - I certainly couldn't have identified that it was supposed to taste of ribs and sauce! Perhaps a better guide would be that I found it a pleasant but extremely artificial taste but that I didn't think that it was any more synthetic-tasting than most other crisps or savoury snacks.

                      The packet was a lurid purple colour with a clashing graffiti-like logo on the front - presumably designed to appeal to children. There was also a prominent label to appeal to the adults who would be doing the paying that proudly stated that the product contained "50% less saturated fat", then in smaller writing on the back of the packet it added "than in 2005" - cunning marketing for something that isn't ever going to be a health product.

                      In terms of nutritional, according to the packet, each 30g bag contains 169kcal, 0.2g of sodium and a hefty 11.5g of fat (of which 2.5g is saturated fat), so they are still a treat food, in spite of the "50% less saturated fat" logo.

                      As you may expect from the description, the ingredients of this snack are maize, two different types of vegetable oil and a long list of flavourings that make up the rib 'n' saucy flavour. The ingredients did contain a surprise though - it only has one "contains" allergen - wheat (although beware if you have bad allergies because it does say that it is processed on the same line as products that contain gluten, egg, soya, milk and mustard). There is also a big logo stating it is suitable for vegetarians, but as far as I can tell from the ingredients, this Rib 'n' saucy flavour is actually vegan!

                      In conclusion, if you want to keep your body a temple, look elsewhere. If you want a tasty vegetarian snack to keep you going until lunchtime and you like excessively synthetic flavouring then try a bag of these.

                      (Cross-posted to ciao)

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                        Tasty Crisps

                        I can't remember when I first became aware of Nik Naks. My childhood was filled with the standard Walkers Crisps, those dull Smith's one with the salt in the blue packet &, occasionally Monster Munch. As I grew older & had more control over what I ate, I of course started to broaden my horizon on the crisp front trying most of the main brands on the market.

                        Nik Naks describe themselves as "knobbly, freaky, sticks of corn" & are a bit different to other crisps on the market. I suppose, in appearance, they look a little like deformed chip sticks. Texture wise however, they're less "fluffy" & more crunchy. This review focuses on the rib 'n' saucy flavour which is my favourite. These come in a purple bag with the name on the front & the ingredients, & nutritional information on the back.

                        Nutritional Information per bag {per 100g in brackets}

                        Energy kJ: 587kJ {2347kJ}
                        kcal: 141kcal {564kcal}
                        Protein: 1.3g {5.0g}
                        Carbohydrate: 12.5g {49.8g}
                        of which sugars: 1.0g {4.0g}
                        Fat: 9.6g {38.3g}
                        (of which saturates): 2.1g {8.4g}
                        Fibre: 0.8g {3.1g}
                        Sodium: 0.2g {0.7g}

                        Contains: wheat.

                        This product is produced on a line handling milk, egg, soya, gluten and mustard.

                        Ingredients:
                        Maize, Sunflower Oil (25%), Vegetable Oil (13%), Rib 'n' Spicy Flavour {Sugar, Salt, Maltodextrin, Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Dried Onion, Yeast Extract, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Diacetate, Dried Garlic, Flavourings, Dried Tomato, and Citric Acid}.

                        Price:
                        Morrison's were selling multipacks of Nik Naks for £1. They contain 10 x 25g packets, 3 Scampi 'n' Lemon, 3 x Nice 'n' Spicy & 3 x Rib 'n' Saucy plus 1 random packet from those 3 flavours



                        Taste & Opinion:
                        Nik Naks are much denser than most other crisps & are therefore much more crunchy. For me, this adds to the appeal of the crisps as you don't feel as if you've popped one into your mouth & it's faded away into nothingness. Tastewise the rib 'n' saucy flavour has a nice tangy kick to it which just makes you want to eat more of them as they're just so goddamn more-ish. They also don't make you feel thristy as some brands of crisps are apt to do. Content wise, one bag (25g) provides you with 9.6g of fat which, for the size of the bag, is fairly hefty when you consider that the Recommended Daily Amount is 70g. Eat a few of these, or one of the other flavours in one sitting & you'll really crank that fat intake up for quite a small amount of food.

                        Best to have these as an occasional tasty treat & restrict yourself to one bag only. I know you'll probably find that hard, but be strong willed about it.......


                        Crisps ranked in order of fat content:-

                        01) Golden Wonder Nik Naks (Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour): 38.3%
                        02) Frisps (Ready Salted Flavour): 35.1%
                        03) Walker (Ready Salted): 34.1%
                        04) Frisps (Cheese 'n' Onion Flavour): 34.0%
                        05) Frisps (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 33.9%

                        06) Walkers (Salt and Vinegar Flavour): 33.1%
                        07=) Walkers (Cheese and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
                        07=) Walkers (Steak and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
                        09=) Walkers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 32.7%
                        09=) Walkers (Roast Chicken Flavour): 32.7%

                        09=) Walkers (Worcester Sauce Flavour): 32.7%
                        12=) Walkers (BBQ Rib): 32.6%
                        12=) Walkers (Smoky Bacon Flavour): 32.6%
                        14=) Pringles Extreme (Smokin' Ribs Flavour): 32.0%
                        14=) Pringles (Hot & Spicy Flavour): 32.0%

                        16) Quavers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 31.0%
                        17) McCoys (Flame Grilled Steak Flavour): 30.7%
                        18) McCoys (Roast Ham and Mustard Flavour): 30.6%
                        19) McCoys (Thai Sweet Chicken Flavour): 30.3%
                        20=) Quavers (Cheese Flavour): 30.0%

                        20=) Quavers (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 30/0%
                        22) KP Discos (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 29.6%
                        23) KP Skips (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 29.5%
                        24) Hula Hoops (Roast Chicken Flavour): 28.6g
                        25) Hula Hoops (Barbecue Beef Flavour): 28.5g

                        26 Hula Hoops (Original Flavour): 28.4g
                        27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Crispy Bacon flavour): 25.1%
                        27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Worcester Sauce flavour): 25.1%
                        29=) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Spicy Tomato flavour): 25.0%
                        29=) Monster Munch (Pickled Onion Flavour): 25.0%

                        31=) Smith's Chipsticks: 23.0%
                        31=) Smith's Frazzles: 23.0%
                        33) Space Raiders: 22.8%
                        34) Red Sky (Anglesey Sea Salt flavour): 21.8%
                        35) Red Sky (West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese flavour): 20.9%


                        36) Sainsbury's Bacon Crispies (20.6%)
                        37) Walkers Squares (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 18.0%
                        38) Walkers French Fries (Ready Salted / Cheese and Onion / Salt and Vinegar flavours): 16.0%
                        39) Walker Baked (Sour Cream and Chive flavour): 8.7%
                        40) Walkers Baked (Bacon and Cheddar flavour): 8.5%

                        41) Walkers Baked (Cheese and Onion flavour): 8.3%
                        42) Walkers Baked (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 8.1%
                        43) Ryvita Limbos (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 1.9%

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                          13.07.2009 14:02
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                          Knobbly and Tasty

                          I don't really buy crisps on a regular basis, due to the fact that I can't trust myself with them! - however, when I do, KP's 'Nik Naks' are often first on the list. I was actually quite a latecomer to Nik Naks, and I don't really remember eating them much during my schooldays as I was probably too busy naively munching on 'Skips'.

                          Made with a blend of sunflower and vegetable oil, each Nik Nak is a knobbly corn-based snack, available in five different flavours - 'Nice n' Spicy', 'Pickle n' Onion', 'Scampi n' Lemon', and my current favourite, 'Rib 'n' Saucy'.

                          From Tesco, the (10x25g) multi-pack retails at £1.85 which is in line with other big-brand snack food of a similar nature.

                          In my opinion, Nik Naks are so tasty (and this applies to all the main flavours) due to their tangy nature combined with the fact that they are so darn crunchy. I wish there was an absolutely huge bag which you could purchase with at least a thousand Nik Naks in it - although when you read how many calories there are in each bag in a few paragraphs time, you'll probably appreciate that eating a giant bag may not be the best idea.

                          The Rib 'n Saucy flavour, which this review primarily focuses on, has the following ingredient list;

                          Maize, Sunflower Oil (25%), Vegetable Oil (13%), Rib 'n' Spicy Flavour [sugar, Salt, Maltodextrin, Flavour Enhancer: monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Dried Onion, Yeast Extract, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Diacetate, Dried Garlic, Flavourings, Dried Tomato, and Citric Acid].

                          Per 100g, Nik Naks contain 564 calories, which is really quite a lot for this weight of crisps. In fact, KP seem to admit to this unhealthy nature on the packaging, as there is a "Keep Active" panel on the back pressing the importance of a balanced diet.

                          As far as crisps go, Nik Naks have to be up there with the best of them - really tasty, really crunchy, and just delicious. For a flavoursome snack interlude, you can't go to far wrong with these corn-based beauties.

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                            30.06.2009 18:36
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                            Will really satisy that snack attack

                            Although I would have to call myself a really chocolate lover I also sometimes have a real craving for a good savoury snack. I always like to keep some crisps or other such thing in my cupboard for when the snack bug hits me. Last week in Tesco I was staring at the shelves wondering what to treat myself to when the bright orange multipcak of NikNaks seemed to jump out at me. It was on a BOGOF offer with Skips so I bought a bag of each and merrily went on my way.

                            I hadn't eaten NikNaks for years and when I got them home I did start to wonder why I hadn't just stuck to the Walkers baked crisps that I usually prefer. The multipack bag contained :
                            3 x Pickle "N" Onion
                            3 x Rib "N" Saucy
                            4 x Nice "N" Spicy
                            On the outside of the pack it says that you will get 3 of each flavour and one extra of one type.

                            The details of all three varieties are on the reverse of the main bag. Each pack contains 143 calories which is quite a lot for a 25g bag in my opinion and also they contain 9.6g of fat!

                            Unusually the ingredients vary a lot and the list of allergens varies:
                            Pickled Onion- Possibly contains milk, soya, gluten and mustard
                            Rib - Contains wheat and possibly milk, egg, soya, gluten and mustard
                            Spicy - Contains milk, soya, wheat, barley, gluten and possibly egg and mustard.

                            These snacks do not contain any artificial colours or flavours and no monosodium glutamate which is great for me as MSG gives me a headache. These are supposed to be new flavours as the ingredients have changed. This worried me as I remember really liking the spicy flavour although I had never tried the other two. I was prepared to be disappointed- would a change of ingredients lead to a poorer flavour?

                            I decided to opt for the spicy flavour first. On opening the (upsettingly small!) orange bag I found that a wonderfully spicy aroma hit me. It made my mouth water instantly. On looking inside the bag I saw that it was quite full of nobbly orange sticks. They gave a satisfying crunch on biting in. These taste mildly spicy, really slightly sweet but with a very pleasant flavour. It did not take me long to finish the bag and I had to lick all the yummy flavour off my fingers too!

                            Obviously to do a thorough review it was important that I tried all the flavours so being keen to do things properly I forced myself (cough) to eat the other flavours over the next couple of days.

                            The rib flavour is presented in a purple bag and although I liked them I didn't notice the flavour was a whole lot different from the spicy ones.

                            The pickle flavour is presented in a red bag. I was hoping for something like the monster munch pickled onion. These smell quite like the Monster Munch but the flavour is not as intense. It has the tartness of pickle but just not quite as strong. Although the Spicy is definately my favourite I found both of the others were very moorish too!

                            I enjoyed all three of these flavours and do not feel that the quality has been changed by removing the artificial flavours and MSG. I will probably not buy them again for a while as they are quite high in calories, if I choose Walkers Baked instead I can save virtually 50% of the calorie intake which is quite a lot. However they are really quite tasty and I think I may just have to go and get another packet right now.......

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                          • Product Details

                            Maize, Vegetable Oil, Onion Powder, Salt, Cheese Powder, Lactose, Butter Milk Powder, Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Sodium 5’-ribonucleotide), Autolysed Yeast, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Herb, Flavourings, Colour (Curcumin).