Product Type: McCoys Snacks
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Umm Cheddar and Onion... Genius!
McCoy's Cheddar & Onion
Member Name: Vialdana
McCoy's Cheddar & Onion
Advantages: Good and crunchy, excellent flavour and taste.
Disadvantages: Not easy to find them cheaply, bit high in fat still
We don't buy brand name crisps that often, mostly sticking to the - generally cheaper - own brand versions. However, occasionally something like these comes up as a bargain in somewhere like farm foods, and then I have to say we indulge.
At the moment, farmfoods are offering these and the McCoys Beef Flavour Crisps at £1 for a multipack of 6 bags. We couldn't resist temptation and a pack of each came home with us.
These are billed as 'Cheddar and Onion' rather than the more normal 'Cheese & Onion' that most brands go with. They are nicer than a lot of cheese and onion crisps, but to be fair I don't think it's so much the flavour as the texture that makes them stand out for me. Although having said that, the strength of flavour is good in my opinion. It's more as if they've put more flavouring on per crisp because of each crisp being thicker, so that you can really taste it when you pop a crisp in your mouth.
Unlike most crisps these aren't flimsy and thin. They're not virtually see through like say walkers or golden wonder are. These are chunky thick crisps. Each one gives you a good crunch, and you couldn't leave it to melt in your mouth as you could with and ordinary crisp because it just wouldn't happen. They're also ridged - I don't think this makes much of a difference really although it might make them slightly faster to cook or something, but it's a nice touch isn't it. Makes them look a little more special than if they were just thickly cut crisps I guess. Also, don't go getting the idea that they're like Walkers Baked Crisps either. These are actual slices of proper potato, and they're not baked they are fried like regular crisps are.
Each bag weighs 32 grams and you don't get as many crisps per pack as you do for a pack of regular style crisps of the same size because of course they're thicker cut in this. However, the size is good for a snack or part of a packed lunch, so I don't think that matters too much. Mcoys claim that they've been working on their crisps and that they contain 30% less saturated fat than they did in 2009. Not knowing how much they contained then it's hard for me to know if that's correct, but they do say on the pack 9.8g fat, and 1.3g saturated fat per pack.
Overall these are really nice crisps to eat. I think if you made home made crisps to a really high standard they'd probably taste a bit like this, although I don't think at home you'd be able to get the nice strong cheesey oniony flavour easily.
Summary: Very tasty and an excellent treat, but I might get bored if I ate them EVERY day :)