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      22.10.2014 13:33
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      Tasty and filling - just annoyed by the ad campaign

      I really like these crisps (McCoys Flame Grilled Steak) - an excellent, substantial, and tasty snack, great for the times you need comfort food or just aren't quite full enough.

      Ironically, they are also suitable for vegetarians - which is good news for me since I am one! It also clearly means that it's never seen an actual piece of steak in the course of its existence, but then they are crisps, not meat, so what did you expect?

      They're also pleasingly thick and substantial, making you feel like you actually bought something worth the money you paid for it for once! And the ridges do (believe it or not!) add to the lovely tangy (but not too tangy)flavour.

      Unfortunately, the steak smell does tend to hang around on your fingers for a while - I recommend washing your hands after you've eaten them, and even then you will still smell like the crisps for a little while. It's probably best to try and cover the smell with perfume, hand cream, etc. if you have to be anywhere or do anything posh or important(not one for a lunchtime meeting with the boss at the office, for example.)

      The other thing that really bugs me is the McCoy's sexist ad campaign with its 'man crisps' laddish pub image. It does make me feel slightly guilty for liking the crisps because I really don't thing that this sort of ad campaign is appropriate for anything at all - it's as annoying as the Yorkie 'Not for Girls' thing. Argh!

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      20.11.2011 17:38
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      Try Them!

      Mmm! I have just finished off a bag of one of my all-time favourite crisps. They are McCoys Flame Grilled Steak flavoured crisps. The crisps I bought were part of a multi-pack - I bought a pack of 6 for around £2.80, which I think is quite expensive, but oh so worth it.

      When opening the bag, I am greeted with a great meaty and smoky taste; Each crisps is a different size and each one is crinkled and thickly-cut.

      Taking a bite; Mmm! A lovely smoky grilled taste. Even though I am a vegetarian - I do love these great crisps. They are suitable for vegetarians which is great. So I can still get that grilled meaty taste without having to eat meat.

      What I like about these crisps is the fact that every single crisp is bursting with flavour

      Each bag is 32g and will provide you with 165 calories, 0.7g Sugars, 9.9g fat (0.9g of which is saturated) and 0.4g of salt. So all in all, they are certainly not the healthiest of crisps and so they are not suitable for those on a low-fat diet, however they are ok as an occasional treat.

      One thing I do find is that these crisps are quite greasy and so sometimes I get a bit thirsty after eating them.

      I find that these crisps are very filling. When I eat Walkers (or come to think of it, any other brand of crisps) I always feel that I need something else with them, when I am eating them as a snack. However, these are very filling which is good.

      I consider these crisps to be quite luxurious especially when compared to other crisps. I would definitely recommend them with Christmas coming.

      Thanks for reading!
      November 2011
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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      14.04.2011 20:18
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      Filling & Tasty!

      Mccoys are thick ridge cut potato crisps, often known as 'man crisps', due to there thickness. I really love these crisps, the flame grilled steak bein my favourite as it's meaty, salty and sweet all at the same time.

      I get mine from Tesco for £1.70, which has 6 32gram bags. I think this is very reasonable because of the great quality and taste of these particular crisps.

      The crisps are in attractive foil bags with there logo and flavour on the front and always taste lovely and fresh. The flavour's strong on each crisp, rather than just a few tasting strong and the rest with hardly any flavour like some crisps.
      The flavour's strong and tastes clearly of what it actually is, with the way they're cut holding the flavour in nicely.

      I usually have them 2 or 3 lunchtimes a week with a salad , as they're quite high in calories at 252 per bag!
      They're great to treat yourself to and they taste so much better quality then crisps by walkers etc and are very filling aswell as satisfying and they smell lovely.

      Reccomended to try in your packed lunch as a nice little treat!

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      04.10.2010 19:25
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      A yummy snack, not just for the men.

      Mc Coys are in my opinion the best thick cut ridged crisp on the market currently. They come in a variety of flavours, salt and malt vinegar, cheddar and onion, Bacon Sizzler.

      Mc Coys are always promoted as a manly crisp, maybe the manufacturers think ladies can not handle this chunky, flavoured snack, but I'm here to set the record straight, if men can secretly use our face scrubs and intensive conditioners then we can tackle a pack of there crisps.

      The crisps are packed in a strong air tight bag that has the Mc Coys brand slapped right across the middle, declaring them to be The Real Mc Coys Ridge Cut Crisps. The flavour I am choosing to tackle is Flame Grilled steak. On the back of the pack there is a list of ingredients, contact info and a nutritional information table.

      When I first opened the bag I got a big wave of aroma, it was Steaky, a bit Smokey, strong and indeed manly. If my man smelt like this I would definitely lick all the flavour off. Looking into the bag I was greeted with the sight of a half full bag of thick ridged crisps, the crisps were a good size, none of those annoying little bits that you have to fish around in the corners for and none so large I needed to unhinge my jaw to bite them. The coating of flavour was nice and even, although I do like to search through the bag for the darker crisps as they have more flavour. I was not disappointed, the flavour hit my taste buds, it was a bit salty and Smokey, with a strong hit of steakiness (like licking the plate after eating a steak, not that I do that). The crisps had a satisfying crunch and a strong potato taste, some crisps only seem to taste of there flavour but Mc Coys taste like what they are made of, Potatoes.
      The crisps are neither too greasy or to dry, I would say Mc Coys have got them just right.

      As with all Crisps, Manly or otherwise they are not god for you, each 33g serving has 171 calories, 0.7g of sugar, 10.2g of fat and 0.4g of salt. So I would advise only having these as a treat.

      Ingredients
      Potatoes, Sunflower oil, Flame grilled steak flavour (lactose, salt, flavour enhancers: mono sodium glutamate, E627; Potassium Chloride, maltodextrin, Colour: Paprika Extract, Dried Whey, Dried whole milk, Dried yeast extract, Dried onion) vegetable oil.

      The crisps are suitable for vegetarians, but do contain milk, soya, gluten and mustard.

      For what I thought would be pretty simple crisps there are a lot of ingredients. The packaging does not appear to be recyclable, so that a thumbs down for Mc Coys.

      Mc coys have got a crisp based web sit which looks like it would be fun to waste half an hour on www.mccoys.co.uk

      To round up, an enjoyable steak flavour crisp, in my opinion Mc Coys is still at the top of the ridge cut crisp market.

      Thank you for reading.

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        18.08.2010 19:43
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        Definitely not a ridge too far

        There are so many types of crisps and snacks to choose from that it can be a hard decision which ones to buy and although I could quite happily probably eat any of them I always seem to pick the same ones regularly and one of my favourites is definitely the Flame Grilled Steak flavour from McCoys. You can buy them in multipacks which will work out substantially cheaper but I tend to purchase individual bags, you can pick them up in Tesco for around 45 pence which is competitive for a 50g bag of crisps.

        They are presented to you in a foil pack which I think is used to increase freshness and on opening your bag you are hit by a very strong intense smell of beef which is fantastic and representative in fact of how great they taste. The crisps themselves are big chips or slices compared to other crisps and have thick ridges which are said to hold and improve the flavour and once you taste them it is hard to disagree with this statement. I really do love both the texture and flavour of these and whole heartedly agree with what the manufacturers claim on the reverse of each packet, "ultimate ridge cut potato crisps with full impact flavours".

        Further to this the text on the bag boasts "now 30% less sat fat, same great taste!" Despite this each packet contains 259 calories and 15.4g of fat so they are not that healthy but they are crisps which traditionally as a food are not that good for you so best enjoyed in moderation, but if you are treating yourself then these certainly are a good way to do it.

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          29.05.2010 19:45
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          There is nothing quite like these if you fancy a nice crunchy bag of crisps

          When you fancy a savory snack, there is nothing quite like a nice crunchy bag of crisps, but very often these days the amount of product that you get for your money is so tiny that one bag is just not enough. Thats where a nice foil wrapped bag of McCoys Ridge Cut Flamed Grilled Steak Potato Crisps come in handy.

          As crisps go they are very good, nice and crunchy, thick cut and well flavoured too. With each bag containing 50g of crisps, they are more filling than your average bag. They are also now being made with 30% less fat. So if you have been abstaining from eating them due to the calorie content, you will be pleased to see they are now less fatty but have the same great taste.

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          They are around 165 calories per pack and sold for 45p a bag. They can sometimes found for less singly. Look out for 2 4 1 offers when part of multi pack deals. The McCoys packs do offer better value when compared to some other brands, as they contain a larger amount of product for your money.

          The flavouring is a nice blend, with a good interpretation of what we have come to expect from crisps mean't to taste of flame gilled steak. In other words a slightly smokey but spicy mix with a hint of beefiness. These crisps are always crunchy, nicely filing and tasty too.

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          McCoys say they are one of their most iconic and best selling flavours, especially with men. So next time you fancy a pack, make sure you stash a bag away incase you can't get to the cupboard before you man does.

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          14.04.2010 00:17
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          McCoys Flame Grilled Steak - meaty full flavoured ridge cut crisps.

          Although I enjoy a sweet treat, I definitely prefer savoury and one of my favourites is a pack of McCoy's crisps. I have thoroughly enjoyed every flavour of McCoy's I have tried and tonight I had a packet of Flame Grilled Steak.

          *The Packaging*

          Flame Grilled Steak crisps come in a shiny foil bag in brown and gold, with both gold and white lettering. McCoy's come in a good size 32g bag and I really feel as if I have had a snack after eating a packet of these. This makes them stand out from the majority of crisps, these days which you finish in five minutes.

          Information on multipack:

          McCoy's are made with a blend of sunflower & vegetable oil. In 2007 McCoy's contained 30% less saturated fat than in 2006. Now we have reduced the saturated fat by a further 30% compared with 2008 level.

          Whether that makes them a much healthy snack is debatable, but the less saturated fat, the better.

          *Taste and Texture*

          The thing I love about McCoy's is the chunkiness of the crisps. I'm not sure what it is about ridged crisps, but they do seem to have far more crunch than ordinary flat ones. They also have a strong flavour, with Flame Grilled being no exception. The flavour is quite hard to describe though, but they do taste 'meaty' and lightly spiced.

          *Nutritional Value Per 32g Bag*

          Energy - 165
          Protein - 2.2g
          Carbohydrate - 17.0g
          of which Sugars - 0.7g
          Fat - 9.8g
          of which Saturates - 2.0g
          Fibre - 1.3g
          Sodium - 0.2g

          This product contains milk, soya, gluten and mustard. It is suitable for vegetarians.

          *Price and Availability*

          Unfortunately McCoy's crisps are quite expensive, for a multipack of 6, you will pay £1.59. In Tesco right now though, they are only £1.00 until the 20th April, so I've been stocking up. They are also available in a single 50g pack for 37p.

          I will definitely keep buying them, especially when they are on special offer and I would be happy to give them 5 stars.

          They are just that good!

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          08.04.2010 00:02
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          A great pack of crisps, but high in fat

          McCoys are my favorite brand of crisps, and their Flame Grilled Steak flavour is by far my favorite flavor in the whole of crisp world.

          Flame Grilled Steak crisps from McCoy are thick cut, ridged potato chips, which gives them a nice thick bite and a great texture too. Personally, I don't think they actually taste like a flame grilled steak, but the flavour is awesome none the less, and is closer to steak than other steak flavour crisps I have tried.

          These crisps come in a reddish brown, gold and black bag of 32 grams. Each bag contains 165 calories, 0.7 grams of sugar, 9.9 grams of fat, 1.3 grams saturated fat and 0.4 grams of salt. These crisps can be bought in the standard size bag, a larger grab bag, and multipacks of 6 and 12. You can even get a 6 bag multipack of just this flavour alone. A normal back should cost you around 60p, although at the time of writing this review, Iceland are selling 2 multipacks of 6 McCoys crisps for only £1.50.

          These crisps are great as an occasional snack, but they are very high in fat so it is best not to eat them too often. They sometimes leave me wanting a drink after eating them, as the taste is quite strong, and they can some times be a little powdery. You can buy these crisps in most supermarkets, local stores, garages and newsagents, so you should be able to find them quite easily.

          I recommend to all, but only as a treat once in a while, as they are not leaning towards the healthy side of life.

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            05.04.2010 16:27
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            Great Ridge Cut flavour crisp

            I love crisps. In fact I love most things that aren't good for you (Isn't that typical?). One of my favourite types of crisps are made by McCoys. I was first introduced to these crisps when I was feeling hungry in a pub, a few years back. These were well known as pub crisps at the time. However in the last few years they have become more widely available and you often see them in the multi packs now in most shops, such as Iceland, Tesco, Poundland etc

            Most of mine are bought when they are on special offer. You can normally get a 6 pack of varying flavours in Home Bargains or Poundland for about £1.00, which is fantastic value really, when you compare the price with others types of crisp.

            McCoys are very thick crisps with ridges. These ridges hold the flavour extremely well. In particular the flame grilled steak flavour that I am reviewing now. Upon opening the foil sealed pack you can literally smell the steak flavouring, and as soon as you pull a crisp out, you can see the real dark flavours wedged in between the ridges. At the same time the crisps are thick and extremely crunchy.

            I won't go as far to say hot Flame Griled Steak are my favourite flavour but they are nice. The taste is strong if you like that kind of thing, like I do.

            They are now made with 30% less saturated fat but the 32g pack still hold an enormous 165 calories, and 0.7g of sugar. The fat is still a whopping 9.9g of which 1.3g is saturated. There is also 0.4g of salt in the pack.

            So in all, not the healthiest snack around, but they are nice. Certainly not to be eaten too often, but you when you feel like a treat, these are the ones.

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              25.03.2010 16:56
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              Good choice for beef/steak crisp lovers

              The McCoy's Flame grilled steak flavour come in a gold and brown foil crisp packet. On the front they state that they now have 30% Less sat fat.

              The packet states all of the Nutrition information, each packet contains:
              165 calories, 0.7 Sugars, 9.9g Fat, 1.3g Staturates, 0.4g Salt.

              The packet describes the crisps as McCoy's Man crisps - the ultimate ridge cut potato crisps with full impact flavours. Cooked using a unique recipe, the thick ridges hold more flavour to deliver a really satisfying taste...

              For me the crisps do live up to what they say about the flavour, they have a very strong but slightly over powering taste, but they are tasty for beef/steak crisp lovers.

              The crisps are hard to bite and of a crinkle cut. When eating the annoying thing I find is that the crisps tend to get stuck in your teeth when you eating, and with such a strong flavour the taste of these flame grilled steak crisps seems to stay in your mouth quite a while, and I find I am reaching for a drink when eating this flavour of mccoys.

              Price wise these can be bought in a multipack of 6 with 2 other McCoy flavours for just over £1, they can also be bought individualy.

              Overall they are tasty, strong over crisps but i'm not a fan of these Flame Grilled Steak flavour, I much prefer the ready salted.

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                12.03.2010 20:28
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                I would always buy them, despite their disadvantages.

                I don't know the exact amounts of additives that go into a packet of these crisps, but a single ridged crisp seems to contain the same amount of flavour as a whole packet of most other brands of crisps. The first few crisps are tasty but as the flavour seems to seep down to the bottom of the packet the most intense flavour is to be found there.

                I noticed recently that the price of these has risen steeply. A year ago they costed about the same as there nearest competitor (which I consider to be Walker's smoky bacon) but their price has risen sharply and is now 70p at most shops I have bought them from. However, each crisp is much more substantial than a normal crisp and they seem to be much more tightly packed into the packet.

                They taste lovely, and if I am on a long car journey I usually buy some because they last much longer than a normal pack of crisps. However, I cannot advise buying them if you are planning to use them for a packed lunch, as they tend to overpower the taste of everything else.

                Healthwise, I don't really like to think about what goes into them. The literature on the rear of the packet says nothing about additives, only containing the manufacturer's usual spiel on how Mcoy's can be enjoyed "as part of a healthy lifestyle".

                Personally, I buy these crisps because they are original and something different to most of the other crisps available to buy today. They taste fantastic and fill you up a lot more than most snacks.

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                  04.02.2010 17:52
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                  A great flavoured crisp from a great brand.

                  I recently wrote a review of Walkers French Fries and made a point of saying that I had generally moved onto French Fries as I was eating too many packets of McCoy's and they did not really fit in with my reduced calorie diet! So, having not had a pack for a few weeks and in the interests of writing a review, I thought I'd treat myself to some today. On getting to the vending machine at work my options were Thai Sweet Chicken or Flame Grilled Steak. I like both equally but opted for the latter.

                  The crisp packet is a deep reddish colour to the front with McCoy's emblazoned across the middle. What I also noticed on the front, which I hadn't before, was that these crisps now contain 30% less saturated fat (compared with 2009 levels) but don't worry, we are assured there is still the "same great taste!" As with most crisps nowadays, the majority of the nutritional information is recorded on the front of the pack and the vital statistics are that per 50g (!) pack there are 259 calories, 1.1g sugar, 15.4g fat of which 2.0g saturates and 0.7g salt. The figures are pretty high but that's largely because the packet is roughly twice as big as most other brands.

                  The rear of the packet advertises other flavours in the range, most notably the new Bacon Sizzler flavour which I have yet to try. There is also a tongue in cheek comment referring to them as McCoy's Man Crisps (I wish my girlfriend would have stuck to these rules when we used to buy the multipacks!) and there is a reference to a short guide to a "healthy balance" - basically try and eat a healthy and balanced diet and get some exercise. For those with specific dietary requirements, the packet details that the product contains milk and may contain soya, gluten and mustard.

                  On opening the packet you are met with a strong and in my case mouth watering, steak aroma which prompts you to get stuck in! The crisps themselves ridge cut and therefore ruffled in appearance. The individual crisps are also generally on the large side, in comparison to many other brands and where as with others I might take them on two or three at a time, with these they're dispatched alone!

                  When eating the crisps the steak flavour is extremely moorish and you can taste the paprika (extract). You will also find the flavours will linger on your fingers until you either give them a good washing or lick them clean!

                  Prices for the crisps will generally vary depending on where bought but are usually around the 40-50p mark.

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                    15.12.2009 15:49
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                    I love crisps and snacky things like that and can often be found tucking in. I really enjoy McCoys Ridge Cut as they are really chunky and have a bite to them.

                    I usually pay around 45p - 55p for a 50g foiled packed bag of these tasty potato crisps, and they seem to be available everywhere I go.

                    Each 50g bag contains 258 calories and 15.4g of fat, which is quite a lot and I do see these as a naughty indulgent treat.

                    Opening the bag I am met with a really meaty smelling flavouring. The thick ridge cut crisps are an orangey colour from the flavouring, which holes well in the ridges to give a much more intense flavour than regular crisps.

                    Mccoys are made with a blend of sunflower and vegetable crisps and are therefore suitable for vegetarians.

                    Some of the other McCoys Ridge Cut flavours available are Sizzling Prawn, Thai Sweet Chicken and Oriental Ribs. For a full list visit www.mccoys.co.uk.

                    Overall I would recommend these big bite crisps, they are delicious, not as good as succulent rump, but very tasty and meaty flavoured none the less.

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