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      07.11.2013 13:19

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      awsome

      Absolutely stunning crisps, they have to be the best crips on the shelves by far!
      The flavour is so intense and strong it burns you're tounge.
      If you're not a big favour fan these are not for you, you have to be a huge lover of salt and vinegar to even taste these!
      The only problem is the price: a small bag on its own cost around 70-90 p
      A multi pack cost around: £2.00-3.00
      That is very pricey for crisps. But I guess if you want quality you have to pay the price. A definate good buy with McCoy's.
      I do wish they did more flavours though, I had king prawn ones earlier amd yes they were full if flavour but they tasted funny. They should just be prawn cocktail, now thats a delicious flavour.
      In my opinion I think McCoy's in general are the best brand of crisps!

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      20.03.2013 21:40
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      These crisps ruined my lunch! Boo hoo!

      During my lunch break earlier today I was perusing the shelves looking for a tasty snack. I wanted something to compliment my sandwich and was in the mood for crisps. The McCoy's caught my eye. I must say that the packet looked a little tacky and garish with the shiny gold bits. It looked like it had been designed by Mr T. But I guess it done the job as it did attract my attention. The packet states in big bold letters that these are MAN CRISPS. It reminds me of a certain chocolate bar with the slogan 'It's not for girls' Well I laugh and blow a metaphorical raspberry at these claims! I am not a man, yet I have triumphantly polished off many of those delicious chocolate bars, and consumed copious quantities of McCoy's Cheddar and Onion flavour crisps too! I quite like those. But I thought I'd mix it up a bit and choose a different flavour today, and so picked up a bag of Salt and Malt Vinegar.

      I felt quite smug as I sat down to lunch. Man crisps, pfft! I'll show these crisps who's boss....

      ....Those crisps really showed me who's boss! I didn't have a very pleasant lunch time.

      On opening the packet the strong smell of salt and malt vinegar wafted up my nose, and immediately made my mouth start to water. I knew the taste was going to be intense and braced myself. The acidic taste of these crisps induced an episode of gurning that made my jaw hurt. I was aware of the fact that I looked ridiculous, but my friend seemed to find it highly amusing. i didn't like them at all but I soldiered on for a while. The malt vinegar flavour overpowered the saltiness, but I think it is safe to say that both were present in substantial volumes! I have tasted other branded salt and malt vinegar crisps before, and I was expecting the saltiness and the acidity, but not quite to that extent. It totally ruined the sandwich because I couldn't taste anything but those crisps. It felt like they had burned my taste buds.

      After consuming half of the packet I was so thirsty I felt the need to throw a bottle of water down my throat. It occurred to me then, that these crisps would probably make a good bar snack. They would encourage customers to purchase more beverages to quench their thirst after the evil crisps had left them feeling totally dehydrated!

      It wasn't all bad though. These McCoy's are quite a thick and crunchy crisp. Although there doesn't look like there are many crisps in the bag, they are more filling than you think, probably because of the thickness. They are also a ridge cut potato chip, and I believe that these ridges hold more flavour. You certainly couldn't say these crisps lack flavour!

      Other people may enjoy these crisps, but personally, I'm going to avoid them forever more! I think I'll stick to the Cheddar and Onion McCoy's in future, as they do not make my mouth feel like it's on fire after eating them.

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        30.12.2012 14:49

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        A good all round crisp that appeals to everyone in my family, tastes good and fills you up

        I am a fan of all things salt and vinegar, and regularly buy McCoys multipacks as they are good value and have lots of crunch. These crisps are thick-cut, with a chunky ridge. They are pale golden in colour, and look appealing in their foil pack. The flavour is more potatoey than some crisps, with a slight greasiness reminiscent of sunflower oil. They are quite salty, and the vinegar is slightly less strong than I would choose. Nonetheless, the flavour is pleasant and not too powdery as you sometimes find with cheaper crisps. They have a tendency to be a bit broken up in the packet, which is a shame. Maybe they are just manhandled at the shop, but that's another review, lol! The pack is 32g which is slightly more than lots of popular crisps, and they are quite filling.

        To sum up, they have a lovely potatoey taste, are well seasoned (although less vinegary than I would choose) and thick and crunchy in texture. They are a good family crisp, as they appeal to kids and adults alike. They can be a bit broken up, but overall taste good for the money.

        The pack I have just eaten (yum, by the way!) has a big "Man crisps" logo on the back. Really? I suppose they are trying to appeal to blokes but the taste is so good that it's a shame they don't refrain from stooping to gender-specific advertising. Well for the record, I am a girl and I like 'em, so maybe they should change their tack :-)

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        06.08.2012 16:41
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        Only buy on offer as far too expensive

        I have always been a big fan of crisps and like many flavours but i do have to say by far i love MCcoys ridge cut salt and malt vinegar the best!! I normally buy these in a pack of 6 and get them from my local shop at £1 which works out to be less than 20p per bag and i have to admit i never buy them as a single bag as they are just far too expensive so i normally buy a couple of bags of the 6 packs.

        I find every bag of salt & malt vinegar are nearly full to the top which nowadays you find that very unusual as a lot of packets of crisps are only half full and then you end up eating 2 bags of crisps which is rubbish so i am never disappointed with the quantity thats in each bag.

        I think every crisp is just packed with flavouring and that you never get a dull one and the sizing is all different with some crisps being absolutely massive. One thing i have noticed on the back of the packet of crisps is that it states ever since they have been cooking the MCcoys crisps in 100% sunflower oil is that it now has 30% less saturated fat which i think that has made them even better than what they were before and they are still so tasty!!

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        29.07.2011 11:22
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        A decent crisp; good value when bought in 6 packs on special offer.

        I like lots of different crisps and potato/maize snacks and these McCoy's salt & malt vinegar ridge cut crisps are pretty good. I almost always buy them in a 6 pack; its rare for me to buy single bags due to the cost; even the 6 pack is quite expensive in my view when they are their normal price. However, on a reasonably regular basis you can find these on special offer in some of the supermarkets. Sainsburys currently has a 6 pack for only a £1.00 which is good value for money in my view. That only works out at about 17 pence per packet.

        The flavour is a nice salt &vinegar one . Some people may find them slightly too vinegary but they are just right for me and my children really like them. I sometimes buy the 6 packs in the mixture of flavours with Cheese & Onion and ready salted; however, neither my son or my daughter seem to like Cheese & Onion flavour anymore; so I find that there is some wastage as I too am no longer that much of a lover of Cheese & Onion crisps.

        Each bag of crisps weighs 32g and you do get a decent amount of crisps in each packet. With some crisps I have found that when you open the bag; its half empty! This can be very annoying, but with McCoy's, the bag is quite full.

        Ingredients
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        Potatoes; Sunflower Oil; Salt n Malt Vinegar Flavour (Acidity Regulator; Sodium diacetate, Salt, Wheat flour, Flavour enhancer, Monosodium glutomate, Maltodextrin, Yeast extract, Sugar, Tartaric acid, Flavourings, Vegetable Oil, Malt Vinegar)

        Calories
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        There are 165 Kcals per 32g pack.

        The makers of Mccoys state that they have been 'reducing the saturated fat content of McCoy's since 2006 and they are now at their lowest ever levels. McCoy's are now cooked in 100% Sunflower Oil and contain a further 30% less saturated fat than in 2010'

        On the back of the packet it sates that McCoy's are 'man crisps' and that because of the ridges they can' carry the maximum load of our unique full on flavours'. McCoy's are certainly a good crisp in my view and this is a tasty flavour. Because of the thickness of the crisps and its ridges I find them to be quite filling too.


        If you can get these when they are on special offer I think they are well worth it; a decent crisp with a good flavour; 4 stars from me.

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          11.04.2011 20:45
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          crunchy, tasty crisps

          I love Salt and Vinegar flavour crisps and the McCoy's Ridge Cut Salt and Malt Vinegar are amongst my favourite crisps, they have a strong bold flavour to complement the gorgeous thick ridge cut potato crisps.

          I buy McCoy's usually when they are on offer as they can sometimes be a little costly at full price. My latest purchase was from my local Tesco Express where two 50g bags were on offer at 80p which I thought was quite good value for the size of the bag. You can also buy them in multipacks in the larger supermarkets.

          The crisps are all packaged in foil to keep the freshness locked in to keep them crisp and crunchy. The bags are Blue, Gold and Black in colour so stand out quite well on the shelf, recently I have noticed that they have added a banner to the top of the bag stating that they have the lowest ever levels of saturated fat which makes me feel a little less guilty when scoffing a bag or two! Also on the front of the packaging you can find some basic nutritional information and on the back in more detail. I tend to avoid looking at the Calorie content of these crisps as they are on the very high side with a 50g bag containing a whopping 258 Calories!!

          The taste of the McCoy's Salt and Malt Vinegar is quite strong and bold and the crisps have a lovely texture with the ridges cut into them, which seem to help to hold the flavour. I know crisps are not the best snack in the world but every now and again I do like to indulge as a well-deserved treat. Also McCoy's are advertised as 'Man Crisps' but I love them just as much as my fiance does and this statement will not stop me from buying them.

          Overall to me these crisps are slightly more indulgent than the average bag of crisps, I would not eat them all of the time as they are much higher in calories than most crisps but every so often when they catch my eye on the supermarket shelve I just cannot resist.

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            07.03.2010 15:13
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            You can keep your gourmet shards and your dippin' triangles, these are the finest crisps around.

            McCoy's Salt & Malt Vinegar crisps are the one bag of crisps I'd request if I was on death row for my crimes against potatoes. There's so much flavouring on each crisp that after three or four bags in a row your tongue starts burning. I've found, however, that every other bag (especially in multi-packs) is almost completely devoid of flavour, which is pretty irritating. I'm assuming that the flavouring needs to be refilled in the machines which administer it, and the tasteless crisps just happen to be the last through the flavouring phase of production before the refill is requested by the machine. Either that or the factory workers are licking the powder off 'em.

            The crisps are crinkle cut, and are usually pretty large, on average slightly larger than a human ear. You'll be lucky if you can comfortably fit a whole one into your mouth without breaking it first, which is an unusual state of affairs in the crisp world. They're thicker than most of the other well-known brands, and as such require a little more work to get through, which can only be a good thing.

            The bags sold singly are quite hefty in size, and I'd say they're generally bigger than those of McCoy's rivals. The multi-pack bags are noticeably smaller, which is apparently the norm.

            As is the case with all "big brand" crisps the folks at McCoy's have opted to reduce the fat and salt content of their product in order to meet the health-nut expectations of the letter-writing brigade. The taste has been affected, and there's now an oily after-taste which wasn't there before, presumably because of the new "healthier" cooking methods which include sunflower oil and the like. If you're concerned about fats and salts, maybe you should chomp on a stick of celery instead of ruining what is essentially - and will always be - junk food. If you die in good shape and with clear arteries you haven't lived.

            Best crisps around, no contest.

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              19.02.2010 14:32
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              Not too bad, but not my favourites

              I feel a little ambivalent towards McCoy's crisps. The flavours are strong and sharp - I love salt & vinegar crisps, but many brands are sadly a little on the bland side. Not McCoy's. Tongue Tinglement Galore. In addition, they use that foil packaging that seems to seal flavour in better than just plastic. I do very much like the narrow ripples in the shape of the crisp - I like to break them in little pieces & crunch each piece down the length of the ripples... but enough about my eating habits.

              On the downside, the crisps are very thick. They're basically just hard work to eat - after all, the flavour is all on the outsides, so I like thin crisps because you get more flavour, less crisp! They don't always seem entirely fresh when I open a packet, either - the crunch is just not quite as crunchy as I expect. I also sometimes find the packaging hard to open.

              I was pleased to find McCoy's on the shelves here, because we have them in Australia and finding familiar products is a little bit of a challenge sometimes. Then I remembered why we didn't usually buy McCoys back in Aus...

              I do buy them on occasion, but they're not my favourites. Just as well, seeing as crisps aren't all that good for you anyway.

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                03.02.2010 11:53
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                The Man crisp enjoyed by everyone

                Now i've got quite a thing about crisps. I tend to eat at least 2 packets before i'm fully satisfied but with these babies i only need one.

                McCoys 'the man crisp' is one of my favourites, i tend to have a pack near enough everyday. i just need my crisp fix!!! They as i have have stated been advertised as man crisps. The one advert that comes to mind is when there are a few men in the pub playing on a quiz machine when a ballet question comes up, no one knows the answer apart from one and is then had his McCoys taken away from him and transferred from a tube. Proper manly stuff this is!!

                The McCoys in my opinion stand out from other crisps. The other brands tried to make their packaging trendy and updated whereas this seems to keep it old school which i like. The packet it made from foil to keep its freshness which it does really well. The colour of the packet is silver on the back and gold on the front, with white writing and black background. The colour on the bottom part of the packet represent the flavour and also the flavour is written on if you can tell the flavour from the colour.

                When i open a pack of these i am instantly welcomed by the malt vinegar, it just rushes out to my nose. Although strong its not too strong like the vinegar in chip shops so your nose wont sting! Thr crisp sizes vary but when i pick out one from the packet i instantly know these are quality crisps. They are ridged cut to make the flavour even better as they get stuck in between the crinkles and the thickness of the chips are great and not like the wafer thing stuff you get from walkers (although i like them too).

                Now the taste test and they are trully very tasty. You instantly feel the vinegar spread across your mouth and i guess in some way the salt softens the strongness of the malt vinegar. Also due to the thickness of these crisps they are very crunchy and the potatos they must be really special because they taste great. I only know this as i thought i would try and see if i could soften one of these and it didnt work, leacing my with just the potato flavour left. Also i guess due to the thickness of the chips it can also be quite a filling snack.

                With regards to nutrition the only thing i know is that its made with 30% less saturated fat which is good i guess but probably still has more calories and fat compared to other crisps.

                Overall i would highly recommend these crisps, they are full of flavour and are so crunchy. You will not be disapointed. Just to let you know they do other flavours like ready salted, cheddar and onion, king prawn and steak flavour which is also nice too.

                Enjoy!

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                  19.01.2010 13:56
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                  The Real McCoy (did you know that term was coined about Kid McCoy...)

                  When it comes to snacks one of the most highly loved is crisps (or potato chips) so when it comes to buying them, it's often best to get the best value for money. The difference between a cheap crisp and an expensive crisp is often obvious in the taste and quality and so with the name "McCoy's" they will obvious be marketed as being "The Real McCoy's" and their higher price tag will lead them to being seen as a "premium" crisp. However you may think, "how does one crisp differ from another?" Well with McCoy's the crisps are ridge cut which have deep ridges (rather than smooth), they are also "lower saturated fat" (30% less sat fat than the same crisps from 2008) and are often large and thicker than similar products.

                  The Salt and Vinegar flavour of the crisps come in a blue and gold bag with the McCoy's logo in the centre of the bag, the other flavours do come in other colours, but the same general design remains. When the bag is opened the strong smell of the salt and vinegar flavour stands out and gets in to your nose straight away almost begging you to eat them. Though not a certainty they often appear to be be in single solid crisp form (rather than smashed into millions of pieces), when they have remained in a single crisp they often look to be massive around the out side, though what is a certainty is that the crisp will appear thick. In fact they appear several times larger than their rivals, though if memory serves they used to be thicker in the past, the crisps are ridge cut which means they have thick ridges cut into them allowing them to retain the flavour better than conventional rivals. The crisps may not generally fill up a full bag though what they do do is fill up the person eating them, the target of any snack.

                  Nutritional information (per 32g bag)
                  686 KJ Energy (164Kcal)
                  2.1g Protein
                  17.0g Carbohydrates (of which 0.3g are from Sugar)
                  9.7g Fat (of which 2.0g are Saturated Fat)
                  1.2g Fibre
                  0.4g Sodium

                  The crisps contain-Wheat, Barley, Gluten
                  They are made on an assembly line handling Milk, Egg, Soya and Mustard

                  McCoy's are one of the best crisps, the high quality, lower saturated fat content, size and taste are all brilliant which help make these one of the most complete "potato" based snacks available. Though the single sale bags (50g I think) are much bigger than the multipack bags which can often be bought in bags containing 6 packs for £1-Excellent value for money. Though not the biggest bags or the very best crisps, they are the best for the price available, when compared with the competition arguably only Sensations are better.

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                    15.12.2009 21:37
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                    Nice!

                    Salt & Vinegar flavor are tasty. The vinegar is not overpowering but gives the crisps a subtle flavor and taste. Some varieties do not have a vinegary taste that you can recognize, but is too subtle.

                    The salt is again not too much but just the right amount. The combination is delicious.

                    I eat them usually at lunchtimes or as a quick snack. I don't tend to differ from McCoys the only other variety I would have are Walkers.

                    Other crisps either don't have the flavor or are too thin and not filling. If you're hungry go for McCoys they're man sized big crisps!

                    Of all the crisps McCoys are the most filling and tasty.

                    The shape of these crisps is also distinctive - a crinkle cut rather than straight cut. The crisps have an uneven surface.

                    Their appearance is golden in colour and you get a good amount in each bag (unlike those crisps which have bags full of air and like 5 crisps!)

                    A multipack of six costs around £1.50 from most supermarkets but you can also buy these for £1 from most pound shops, which is where I get them from!

                    I think they are worth the price (seeing as I get them cheaper at a pound!) because they taste good, are filling and work out as great value for money!

                    Good quality crisp!

                    Nutritional Info (Per 50g bag)

                    Calories : 257
                    Protein : 3.4g
                    Carbohydrate : 26.6g
                    Fat : 15.2g
                    Fibre : 2.0g
                    Sodium : 0.6g

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                      18.11.2009 18:12
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                      The Real McCoy's....

                      Make no mistake, McCoy's are the daddy of all crisps, in particular McCoy's salt & malt vinegar flavour (my personal favourites). As their catchy slogan suggests, they are "The Real McCoy's" and you should "accept no imitation".

                      Target Market

                      McCoy's crisps are firmly targeted at males (they're not so affectionately branded as 'man crisps' by the manufacturer United Biscuits). A hilarious advert has been placed on TV recently whereby a man is forcibly removed from a pub in a suction tube for knowing the answer to a 'feminine' question whilst playing on a quiz machine with his mates. Here's the question, "in ballet, what's another name a graceful bending of the knees". I'll let you guys try and come up with the answer, and if you get it right, you're obviously not worthing of eating McCoy's! Despite the male-focused advertising (similar to Yorkie chocolate bars), these crisps are equally enjoyed by me and my girlfriend, and I'm sure that many other women are fans!

                      Packaging

                      As with the majority of crisps these days, McCoy's are foil packaged which apparently ensures that the crisps keep their freshness. The foil packet is silver on the back, and gold and blue on the front (the colour blue obviously shows that the flavour is salt & vinegar)

                      The Crisps

                      The crisps are ridge or crinkle cut, and are thicker than standard potato crisps. For me this means that once eaten you actually feel like you've had a snack, other crisps seem to do nothing for me in terms of filling me up. They pack quite the crunch and as you bite into one, you get a real blast of both salt & vinegar (they do exactly what they say on the tin - or should that be packet?!). The salt & vinegar flavour is stronger in my opinion than other brands on the market, e.g. Walkers, but for me this is what makes them so great. The standard packet you buy in shops weighs 50 grams and they recently contain a further 30% less saturated fat. It states on the packet that the crisps have the same great taste despite the reduction in fact, and I have to agree, I can't tell the difference!

                      Nutrition Information (Average Values Per Bag)

                      Energy = 1073 kj
                      Protein = 3.4g
                      Carbohydrate = 26.6g
                      of which Sugars = 0.5g
                      Fat = 15.2g
                      of which saturates = 3.1g
                      Fibre = 2.0g
                      Sodium = 0.6g

                      Summary

                      Zingy thick crunchy crisps suitable for men and women. Higher in fat than most other crisps though, so enjoy in moderation!

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                        Worth a try

                        I'm a big fan of my crisps whether it be to have as a quick snack or with some sandwiches at lunchtime. I do like to try different varieties, but generally tend to stick to the two big brands in the market, that being Walker & McCoys. I'm going to use this review to talk specially about McCoys range of Salt & Vinegar crisps.

                        I would Salt & Vinegar is probably my favourite flavour of crisps as it almost gives you that added bit more than just plain salted crisps. The McCoy crips are crinckle rather than straight cut and as a result have an uneven surface. I think the only real difference this makes is that it means it's harder to eat a whole crisp in one go!

                        The crisps themselves are very tasty and have an added zing to them when compared to other salt & vinegar varieties available. The vinegar is stronger and makes more of an impact which I quite like as I've often had varieties where you can't tell they are even salt & vingar. Also there's just the right amount of salt contained, as I've noticed some flavours of crisp just tend to overdue the salt levels which tends to ruin the overall taste.

                        A multipack of six costs around £1.50 down your local supermarket but you can often get them on special offer, so keep an eye out for those offers. I think they are worth every penny and are one of the best tasting varieties out there.

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                        11.11.2009 12:28
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                        In case you couldn't tell, I really like these crisps!

                        There is no doubt in my mind: McCoy's Salt & Vinegar crisps will be my absolute downfall. They really are the perfect example of how the better things taste, the worse for you they are. Rosemary Conley, who once reminded us all that 'Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels' had clearly never enjoyed a good 6-pack of McCoys S&V.

                        A bit over the top? Maybe :). These crisps are good, chunky, crunchy and filling and seem to have much more substance to them than traditional crisps. Some clever packaging in a go-on-grab-me packet makes McCoy's an appealing 'grown-up' snack - even to us ladies (in the same way the slogan 'Not for Girls' made me crave a Yorkie!).

                        At best they have a really zingy tang to them, with the vinegar having a much greater presence the the salt (which is why I love them).

                        However, on occasion I have bought a packet and been really disappointed by the lack of flavour. This has only ever happened when I bought the single packets, and I have been surprised with how bland they have been - perhaps the foil freshness had been tampered with? Who knows! They did, at least, retain their crunch, but it is a bit of a let down to discover that the flavour can be inconsistent.

                        And even for crisps these McCoy's are VERY naughty - 257 calories a bag?? Best not have a second, then!

                        I won't go in to all the nutritional details to up my word count as you can see this for yourself on the packet. Instead my rating is based on the flavour which, as you may have gathered, I have a pretty unhealthy appreciation for!

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                        McCoys are one of my favourite types of crisps, if not my favourite.
                        The Salt & Malt Vinegar being my favourite of the various flavours.

                        ~~~ Packaging ~~~

                        The packet these crisps come in is somewhat different from other crisps. The bag itself is very shiny and really catches your eye. Before even opening the packet you have a positive impression of the crisps, just because of this shiny, well presented and generally all round high quality packet.

                        ~~~ Taste & Texture ~~~

                        The crisps themselves are crinkled, although some have a "deformed" smooth side, which are my favourite. They are very crunchy and this really adds to the pleasure of eating them. Instead of just wolfing them down, the crunchiness makes you stop and take your time to appreciate them.

                        The flavour is quite strong and the malt vinegar gives a somewhat different taste to the normal vinegar. The vinegar is the main taste, but the crisps are clearly coated in salt, giving a nice balance - a very taste mix.

                        The one negative thing I would say about the crisps, is that unlike the 50g bags that you buy individually, which are very golden in colour, the multi-pack bags are darker and what I would class as burnt.

                        ~~~ Nutritional Info (Per 50g bag) ~~~

                        Calories : 257
                        Protein : 3.4g
                        Carbohydrate : 26.6g
                        Fat : 15.2g
                        Fibre : 2.0g
                        Sodium : 0.6g

                        ~~~ Summary ~~~

                        Even at 50p per bag, these are well worth buying, although my local shop usually sells them at 3 for 99p, which I always take advantage of.

                        A high quality crisp, which once I have one bag usually go onto have a second and sometimes a third.

                        9/10 - 1 mark off for the multi-pack quality.

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                        Thick, ridge-cut potato crisps.