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GOLDEN WONDER 'VERY' SALT AND VINEGAR RINGOS
I am one of those people who adores crisps, I know they are not good for me and as such I do try to limit my intake of them and more recently I have tried to swap from normal type crisps to some of the puffed wheat type snacks, as a whole they appear to have less calories per packet and I feel much less guilty eating them.
Ringo's are made by Golden Wonder who I must admit I do not see sold as much as I used to in the stores growing up. Looking into the history of Golden Wonder I have just seen that the brand was founded in 1947 and was named after a Golden Wonder potato, I can honestly say I have never heard of a Golden Wonder potato! You learn something new every day! The brand and some of their products appear to have switched hands many times over the years but was taken over by Irish company Tayto in 2006. I love Tayto's crisps you do not find them in many places over here but their salt and vinegar ones are really thin and crispy and taste oddly actually very much like these and Golden Wonder Salt and Vinegar, which are also a favourite of mine. I wonder if they use the same flavouring for them all.
THE PRODUCT ....
Ringos are a puffed wheat and rye snack that is shaped into a ring or the letter O hence their name, they are a yellowy colour and are very light and fluffy to the feel and when you bite into them have a lovely crunch to them.
We buy the 'very' Salt and Vinegar flavour ones but they also come in Cheese and Onion. I adore these but the only store we have found locally that stocks them is our Tesco's. We buy these in 6 packs but according the the Golden Wonder site they are available in larger single bags also.
I love anything with a very strong vinegar or pickled flavour, the stronger the better, the 'very' salt and vinegar live up to their name and have an amazing vinegar kick to them, even the smell makes my mouth water.
The product is very light and does not feel at all greasy to me when I have finished eating them, which I do with some regular and crinkle cut crisps.
Unlike Walkers, Golden Wonder salt and vinegar crisps are Blue and Cheese and Onion are green so it is a little confusing. These crisps come in a very vibrant blue colour, it's almost turquoise in colour. The front of the pack has the usual Golden Wonder logo in the top left corner, through the middle of the pack is paler blue circle with the name Ringo's running across the centre of it, an image of an actual Ringo forms the O of the name and above that is the image of two more Ringo's that appear to be jumping out from the name. Below the name is a deep blue banner informing us that these are the 'very' salt and vinegar crisps. Around the base of the pale blue hoop are the words "The full on flavour burst."
Potato Flour, vegetable oil, wheat flour, salt and vinegar flavour, potato starch, rye flour, colour (paprika extract).
These are suitable for Vegetarians but contain Gluten so are not suitable for anyone with a Gluten allergy.
SIZE AND COST ....
The six pack bags are a little smaller than the single packets and weigh just 14grams. We currently buy a 6 pack for £1.48 in Tesco making them less than 25p a packet which I think is very good value.
I adore these, I will acknowledge that the strong taste may not be to everyones tastes but I can not get enough of them. For me I also love the fact I feel nowhere near as guilty having a bag of these as I do a regular bag of crisps. The 14 gram bag of Ringos contains only 67 calories, 0.9 grams of fat and 3.4 grams of fat. OK yes still not good for me, but if I am going to cave in these are the better option. Would I suggest these to anyone? Yes if you like crisps such as discos and pickled onion monster munch as they have a very similar kick to them.
For me these are 5 out of 5.