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      12.12.2011 15:42
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      Great high flavoured crisp in the McCoy's brand!

      I don't know what has got into me recently, I normally love a good packet of crisps in an evening while I'm watching the TV - but the past few weeks I've barely cared about my usual bag of munchies. Apart from being good for my bank balance it's helped the old waistline as well, however when I got home from my stint of placement away from home, I suddenly had an urge for 'MAN crisps,' as my other half calls them.

      ~*~ King Prawn McCoy's? Really? ~*~

      I am not going to lie I was a little bit surprised to see a packet of Prawn flavoured McCoy's, not sure how long they have been available but I hadn't seen them before. Either that or I've been walking around with my eyes closed, it's always possible after all it is me. They are a little bit different to the rest of the flavours of McCoy's I think personally, but they are a part of the 'Spicy' packs if you are a fan of buying the multipacks, currently with the Mexican Chilli and Thai Sweet Chicken. They come in a lovely dark pink packet, with your normal McCoy's branding on in a 32g packet - average bag really.

      ~*~ Are they nice? ~*~

      Imagine a normal bag of prawn cocktail crisps?

      Now imagine that but twice as strong a flavour with a bit of a kick to them, and you've got close to taste of these. I know they are meant to be part of the Spicy range but I wasn't expecting them to be this spicy. I've either got a sensitive mouth all of a sudden with the wisdom teeth coming through or they genuinely are quite a spicy prawn flavour. Thing is as a bonus they do actually taste like prawn crisps which makes a change, well that is providing you are judging them against the benchmark of Walkers. As to be honest they don't taste a thing like prawn cocktail Skips. But you will find they leave a bit of an aftertaste, I mean don't get me wrong the flavour is nice, if not a little overpowering at times, if you like prawn cocktail crisps you will like them, but make sure you've got a drink with you, and some mints - you're not going to be making many friends after eating these put it that way!

      As for the actual crisp well it is exactly the same as any other McCoy's crisp it's a nice crispy crisp, hard to the bite but once it's in your mouth it will disintegrate same as any other crisp. The usual ridge texture of the crisp, is there again which makes a McCoy's crisp for me! Nice chunky ridged crisps, with a strong prawn flavour - can't beat it if you're a fan of the prawn crisp!

      ~*~ Nutritional Values ~*~

      166 calories a bag,
      1.1g of sugar
      9.7g of fat
      0.9g of fat which saturates
      0.6g of salt...

      So now it's just a matter of wanting to devour that many calories in one bag, because for one bag of crisps there are quite a lot of calories there, and fat - well at 14% of an adult's guideline amount - that's quite high as well.

      ~*~ Price and Availability ~*~

      In multi-packs they are £1 at the moment in Asda, but as a single bag they are around 60p a bag depending on where you buy them from; supermarkets and newsagents are your best bets to find them, well if you are looking for the individually anyway. At least in a multi-pack you can get two other flavours at the same time!

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        15.10.2010 17:47
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        a crisp for people who like a whole lotta crunch!

        I must admit to being a secret crisp-aholic. I have tried any ones going and I must say that these Sizzling Prawn McCoys are amongst my very favourites.

        I have only ever seen them in individual packets - 50g ones. More calories, but more delicious crisps! The crisps are really thick and very crunchy. They have ridges in them and do deliver a very satisfying cruch.

        They are packed full of taste. They taste of prawn cocktail flavouring which is quite tomatoey and a bit spicey which adds a nice kick to them. I love prawn cocktail crisps and a certain leading brand have always been my favourites, but these crisps really give them a ru for their money flavour-wise and I do like that they are more 'robust' and satisfying.

        The nutritional information per 50g Bag is as follows:

        259 cals
        3.3g protein
        27.4g carbohydrate
        1.7g sugars
        15.2g Fat of which 3.0 saturates
        2.0g Fibre

        If you want a crisp that has some substance and is really tasty then these are for you!

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          26.08.2010 18:15
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          A nice addition to the McCoys range

          I have a packet of these on the go as I write this, and I am fast becoming satisfyingly full up!

          These are similar to other McCoy crisps in that each crisp is quite thick, and deeply ridged. They are all covered with an orangey flavouring, and while this is more evident on some crisps than others, each crisp is very flavoursome. The flavouring does taste of prawn cocktail, but with a really spicy 'kick' that stays in your mouth afterwards. In fact, when I eat the crisps that are really well covered with the flavour, my eyes water a little! So, if you aren't keen on spicy flavours of crisps then these aren't for you, and I also wouldn't recommend them for children as the taste might be a bit too intense for them.

          But, if you want something a little different, and know that you like prawn cocktail flavour, then I would suggest giving these a go. They fill you up, have a pleasing amount in the bag, and have a nice flavour to them. Well done McCoys!

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            12.08.2010 18:09
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            Not my favourites but not bad at all for a change!

            I love crisps and the other day whilst I was out with my mate I had such a craving for them that I had to stop at a garage where these cost a whopping 90p a bag! I so wanted a packet of McCoy's though and I hadn't see the sizzling king prawn variety before so opted to try them out!

            The Packaging:

            50g bright pink, gold and silver foil packet. On the front of it I am told that they are The Real McCoy's 'Accept No Imitations', Ridge Cut Sizzling King Prawn Flavour Ridge Cut Potato Crisps and the size is stated and there is an at at a glance nutritional chart on there and I'm told that they now contain 30% less saturated fat but contain the same great taste. On the back of the packet other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients, allergy advice and a nutritional chart is listed and contact details for McCoy's are given. Nice, bright informative bag this is.

            The Crisps:

            Made from potato these are large, slightly curved, deeply ridged crisps with a reddish sort of flavouring scattered all over them. Opening the bag up I got a really sweet tomato smell and I had to check that I really had picked up the prawn flavoured crisps and not another flavour by mistake!

            Taste wise though I rather liked them. Although highly flavoured and quite sweet and sharp you could really taste the potato as well as flavourings. They simply do taste like any other prawn cocktail crisps if I'm honest but with a harder potato crisp that is crunchy to them. If you like highly seasoned and salty, sweet and hefty crisps then these could be for you and I actually rather liked them though my teeth and gums hurt me a bit after consuming a whole bag due to their hardness but filling...these are and not just a snack lol.

            Nutritional Information Per 50g Bag:

            Calories: 259
            Sugars: 1.7g
            Fat: 15.2g
            Saturates: 2.0g
            Salt: 0.09g

            Available in all good supermarkets etc and in different sizes!

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              24.03.2010 16:02
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              Great Crisps for a once in a while treat

              On occasions I treat myself to a really nice packet of crisps, by this I mean full fat and stodgy. Which is why I head for the McCoys big thick ridge cut crisps full of delicious flavour.

              According to the packet they are 30% less Saturated Fat but lets face it at 259 calories and 3.0g saturated fat they aren't exactly healthy.

              I recently tried the Sizzling King Prawn flavour quite a recent addition to the McCoy brand and they are out of this world, the thing I like about McCoys is they don't scrimp on the flavour as some crisps tend to do.

              This particular flavour is quite a strong taste of prawn cocktail with a spicy kick to them, so if you're not into spicy foods or your pallet cant take spicy then I would probably stick to the more traditional flavours like Salt & Vinegar or Flame Grilled Steak again stacks of flavour but without the spice.

              A single packet of McCoys contains 50g of crisps and because each crisp is so thick they do tend to fill you up. According to the packet McCoys are a blend of sunflower and vegetable oil.

              Each single packet ranges from 35pence to 50pence depending on where you get them from (the packet I tried was given so not sure how much money was spent). In my opinion this is a very good price as you certainly get plenty for your money.

              Nutrition Info (50g Bag)

              259 calories
              3.3g protein
              27.4g carbohydrate
              1.7g sugars
              15.2g Fat of which 3.0g is Saturates
              2.0g Fibre

              To summarize McCoys are thick potato snacks with ridges in that keeps in all the delicious flavour, they may not be on the healthy side but as a treat once in a while they are great so give them a go.

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                24.02.2010 22:54
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                Yummy, Yummy, Yummy..... But Still A Bit Sweet!!!

                I've had these Sizzling King Prawn Mccoys a couple of times but couldn't decide if I liked them or not. I'm still not sure actually and even though I think they're quite nice I deffo wouldn't say they're one of my fave flavours.

                They are shaped exactly the same as all the other Mccoys crisps with a thick crunchy texture, they've got deep ridges going all the way down the crisps and Mccoys are always loads more filling than straight crisps like Walkers that are always a lot thinner.

                The smell is like any other prawn crisps and nothing special, you can smell the actual crisps through the flavouring and there's also a bit of a greasy smell that puts me off them a bit.

                The crisps taste dead sweet and at first that's a bit of a turn off but you get used to it quick, the prawn flavour is a bit like the prawn cocktail crisps that Walkers do but deffo loads stronger and tastes more like other prawn flavoured food instead of crisps. They've got a delish salty flavour and I love how the flavour collects in the ridges so if you run your tongue along them you get a stronger hit of taste.

                The Sizzling King Prawn crisps are majorly strong tasting and I reckon that might put some people off, actually I know it will because they're too strong tasting for a few people I know. I personally LOVE crisps that have got a strong flavour and these deffo don't disappoint me! lol The only thing I don't like that much about them is how sweet they taste, I'm not mad keen on sweet tasting crisps at all and these are only bearable because of how yummy the actual flavour of them is.

                Today I had half a bag on a butty and they are DELISH like that, even better than scoffing them straight out of the bag I reckon! The crisps make the butty lovely and crunchy and the bread stops them tasting so sweet, it's mega filling as well so if you have a Mccoys sandwich for your lunch you'll deffo be more full up than if you had a salad pitta! LOL

                Recommended... a bit sweet tasting but still yummy!!!

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                24.02.2010 19:17
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                Great crisps for all the family

                I enjoy crisps far too much. I know they arent particularly good for you but I love trying all the different flavours. So it was with some excitement (sad I know) when I noticed Mccoys had brought out a new flavour crisps. Not only that they had a multi pack of 6 of the same flavour - and they were one of my favourite flavours.

                The 6 pack of Sizzling King Prawn crisps can be bought at your local Tesco - currently £1.52. So you are looking at about 25p a 32g pack of crisps. These multi packs are smaller than some of the larger Mccoy crisps you can buy, and personally I felt I needed 2 packs in order to feed my hunger. As to whether they sell these packets separately sadly I don't know, but I haven't seen them on the shelves!!

                Nutrition
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                Energy 166 kCal
                Protein 2.1g
                Carbohydrate 17.5g
                of which sugars 1.1g
                Fat 9.7g
                of which saturates 1.9g
                Fibre 1.3g
                Sodium 0.2g

                Ingredients

                Potatoes
                Sunflower Oil (21%)
                Vegetable Oil (9%)
                Sizzling King Prawn Flavour {Sugar, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Diacetate, Salt, Flavourings (contains sour cream), Dextrose, Flavour enhancers: Monosodium Glutamate, E627, E631; Citric Acid, Dried Garlic Spices}

                Contains Milk
                Produced on a line handling egg, soya, gluten, mustard

                Experience

                These crisps are ridge cut like the other flavours in the Mccoys range, and hold the flavour very well. As soon as you open the packet you are hit by the smell of the flavouring of the King Prawn Crisps. However due to the crisps being quite large and thick you are really not left with many to eat. They are certainly not a sharing pack. Upon licking the crisps you can definitely get a great taste of King Prawn flavourings. The crisps are extremely crunchy and fresh. My main argument is that there just aren't enough of them.Maybe that is just me being greedy. They boast that they have reduced saturated fats by a further 30% but they are still high in fat, so maybe they are actually doing me a favour.

                I personally recommend these crisps. Full of taste and flavour.

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                  18.01.2010 14:06
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                  Try these if you like spice

                  McCoys crisps are undoubtedly my favourite crisps - I like the chunky ridge cut crisps that are packed full of flavour - my favourites being the cheddar and onion ones.

                  My Dad bought these for £1.36 at Tesco for a pack of six - although I think this was on an offer.

                  Here are the facts...

                  Per 50g bag you get:

                  Calories: 259.
                  Protein: 3.3g
                  Carbohydrates: 27.4g
                  Fat: 15.2g (of which are saturates: 15.2g)
                  Fibre: 2g
                  Sodium: 0.4g.

                  Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower oil (21%), vegetable oil (9%), Sizzling King Prawn Flavour [Sugar, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Diacetate, Salt, Flavourings (contains Sour Cream) Dextrose, Flavour Enhancers: Monosodium Glutamate, E627, E631; Citric Acid, Dried Garlic, Spices].

                  I like prawn cocktail crisps, and I think Walkers to the best of these, and prawn flavouring can be a bit hit and miss so I wasn't sure what to expect from these.

                  To be honest, I am quite disappointed. Although the crisps stick to the same rudge cut, flavour packed style, the flavouring is just too intense this time. The prawn can be tasted, but then your mouth is hit by an overpowering spice which takes away the prawn flavouring.

                  McCoys crisps obviously aren't the healthiest of crisps, but I think with these ones you can really tell as they look and feel greasy.

                  The price is good for the amount of crisps you get, but I don't think I will be buying these again - I would rather stick to the Cheddar and Onion!

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                    08.12.2009 18:54
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                    BLOODY LOVELY!

                    These crisps are new to the McCoy range. I have always been a fan of McCoys, I think that the crisps are really tasty and they provide the perfect hangover cure (when combined with coco cola!).

                    However, when I saw that a sizzling prawn flavour had been introduced, I didn't think they would be that nice, because in my opinion prawn crisps are very hit a miss, (e.g - Walkers don't make nice prawn crisps, but Seabrooks do), but I decided to try them anyway.

                    ******* The test *********

                    When you open these crisps the flaming prawn smell hits you. You get a lot of crisps for you money (50g) and I paid 59p for a packet. However I'm sure that all the major supermarkets will be stocking multipacks soon that will be much cheaper.

                    When I started eating these crisps I couldn't believe how gorgeous the flavour was - I'd describe it as a regular prawn cocktail flavour with an added spicy kick - it's not too strong, the spice is quite subtle, but it's tasty non-the-less.

                    These crisps are really crunchy, full of flavour and I love the ridge cut.

                    Health-wise they are not fanatsic, they are quite high in fat, but if you are a McCoys lover then you should try these because they are bloody lovely and they'd make a great occasional treat!

                    They are absolutely delicious!

                    ******** Nutritional information *********

                    Per 50g bag you get:

                    Calories: 259.
                    Protein: 3.3g
                    Carbohydrates: 27.4g
                    Fat: 15.2g (of which are saturates: 15.2g)
                    Fibre: 2g
                    Sodium: 0.4g.

                    Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower oil (21%), vegetable oil (9%), Sizzling King Prawn Flavour [Sugar, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Diacetate, Salt, Flavourings (contains Sour Cream) Dextrose, Flavour Enhancers: Monosodium Glutamate, E627, E631; Citric Acid, Dried Garlic, Spices].

                    ******* Overall opinion *******

                    I always thought the cheddar and onion flavour was the best McCoys flavour within the range and that they couldn't be beaten, but I think these crisps are actually nicer and I really hope they are available for a long time, because as the occasional treat they are spot on.

                    Give these a try - you won't be disappointed!

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