“ Brand: McCoy's / Type: Crisps „
After reading a review on Dooyoo which was not terribly complimentary regarding these Sausage Striker crisps from McCoys, I decided to try a bag when I saw them available in my local petrol station. They are, apparently, a limited edition flavour which has been wheeled out in support of the England team as we attempt to bring the World Cup home.
I do enjoy a packet of McCoys here and there, and of all their flavours there are actually very few (if any) which I can say honestly that I do not like so I was expecting to enjoy this new flavour despite the previous reviewer tagging them as 'weird'.
After eating a bag, however, I must say I agree that the flavour is very 'weird' indeed - albeit extremely moreish in my opinion. The smell as I opened the packet was a strange combination of sausage and barbeque seasoning, it's quite obvious before even eating a crisp that these are going to be as deliciously flavoursome as any other variety of McCoys.
I personally found the flavour of these to be excellent. Admittedly, there is an awful lot going on with them and there are a lot of flavours to tackle within each crisp - but they do all meld together wonderfully and after eating just one packet of Sausage Striker crisps I would go so far as to say they have become one of my favourite McCoys flavours.
The sausage flavour comes through nicely, the crisps don't taste terribly meaty because this has been mixed with herbs and also a delightfully tangy tomato flavour.
The end result has a surprisingly authentic sausage flavour, yet I wonder how many people would know this if you were to serve them these crisps in a blind taste test. I say this because whenever you think of sausage, it is invariably the flavours you have come to expect in a sausage sandwich that comes into your mind. However, the flavouring used in these crisps is more reminiscent of sausage than having an actual strong sausage flavour.
I applaud the use of the tomato seasoning as this adds a completely new dimension to the crisps; whereas they would be rather dull if the flavour had simply been 'sausage', the addition of the tomato gives them an edge and also a touch of spiciness.
Being McCoys, these crisps have a deliciously crunchy texture. They are ridged crisps and the ridges are fairly deep, meaning the generous coating of flavouring will collect along these ridges giving you a deliciously strong sense of flavour. This is perfect when you particularly like a flavour, although perhaps isn't so good for those flavour McCoys which you are not overly fond of.
I shall definitely buy Sausage Striker crisps again, I believe McCoys have released three new limited edition flavours in support of our World Cup campaign - however, of the three this is really the only one I fancied trying so I am pleased that I enjoyed the flavour so much.
Priced at roughly 60p a bag these do represent good value, not simply because the bags are bigger than the standard Walkers flavours but also because you seem to get so many more crisps in each packet.
These are crisps that McCoys have brought out for the World Cup, I think there are 3 different flavours and they have all got a big football on the packet and a competition where you can win a trip to watch the football in South Africa.
I thought I'd love them because I usually like sausage flavoured crisps and there aren't many of that sort of flavour about.
They look like any other McCoys crisps and are quite big and thick. They are ridged and the ridges are deep so that you get a lot of flavour on each crisp. These smell proper nice as soon as you open the bag and have got the same sort of herby smell as Richmond sausages, they smell a bit greasy but I don't think McCoys are all that greasy tasting anyway so I wasn't bothered about that and thought it was just part of the sausage flavour.
The taste is a bit weird because the crisps themselves have got quite a strong flavour and that deffo over powers the sausage I think. The sausage taste is disappointing any way because to be it's got the sort of flavour like you get from cheapo sausage, that's the only way I can explain it because it DOES taste like sausage but I don't think it's a very nice tasting sausage.
The crisps are majorly salty as well and that put me off, it's mad because I usually LIKE salty food but it's too much on these and it spoils them even more than the crap sausage flavouring does! lol There's also a funny after taste to the crisps that is a bit sweet and made me feel a bit funny because I couldn't get rid of it.
I don't know if to recommend these or not but if you think you might like them then they're worth trying. They cost 60p and aren't available all over the place yet, round by me there is just 1 shop that sells them but I reckon they'll start popping up in most shops now that the world cup is about to start.