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BLEUGHHHHH I like having a couple or three bags of crisps in just in case hunger strikes and I can't be bothered to cook. Now it is fair to say that cheese and onion is THE king of crisp flavours, and although I am not a big fan of salt and vinegar (unless it is Golden Wonder), it gets an honourary queen of flavours. Now what happens when you mix Cheese and Onion with Jalapeno? It makes me go "BLEUGHHHHH" I happened to buy a multipack of McCoys the other day, thinking I was picking up a pack of Cheese and Onion (or whatever McCoys call them) and McCoys version of salt and vinegar. When hunger struck, that is when I noticed I picked up the wrong pack. Anyways, I was peckish and though it would be safe to try the cheese and onion with Jalapeno first, seeing as I prefer cheese and onion to salt and vinegar. I popped the corrugated morsel into my mouth, and for the third time in this review I use the new word "BLEUGHHHHH" for that is the sound that these crisps induced my vocals cords into resounding. It may also be that the accompanying outward rush of air was some sort of recoil reaction of the body to get the offending snack as far away from my being as possible. Thankfully though I didn't spit ridge cut potato everywhere - being 'man crisps' I did the manly thing and swallowed the offensive, over exotic flavoured spuddy morsel without crying like a baby. Cut to two days later, and I am peckish once more and realise there is a multipack of crisps neglected in the kitchen. I recall that I didn't give the salt and vinegar, which is dappled with a chilli preparation of the sort you will find in a crisp factory, a try. Out pops the packet and I tear it apart. Once again I am manly about this and spring the salty, vinegary, chillid thing into my mouth. And I was pleasantly surprised - where the cheese and onion version of foreign tasting delight was undelightful and frankly tasted like burning wood, the salt and vinegar attempt at spud sophistication was somewhat attractive on the old tasty- buddys. I would actually buy the salt and vinegar ones again. In generally I liken eating salt and vinegar crisps to licking the terminals of a PP9 battery (ask yer dad what a PP9 is), but these actually had flavour and not the tingly shock I usually get with anything vinegarry. So to round off this review: cheese and onion with hot stuff will make you go "BLEUGHHHHH" salt and vinegar with hot stuff will make you go "mmmm, actually I am quite surprised at how tasty these are" till next time.
Let me start this review off by telling you that I bought this packet of McCoys quite by mistake, thinking they were my beloved Salt & Malt Vinegar variety. However I realised as I opened the pack that while Salt & Malt Vinegar does make an appearance, they have been 'twisted' with chilli to create a completely different flavour. The result is a very sickly packet of crisps that doesn't manage to really capture the essence of the chilli at all. The problem is that while the salt and vinegar flavours are there, they are masked somewhat by the awful synthetic chilli and this results in a mish mash of flavours which isn't appetising in the slightest. I could barely taste the salt at all on the crisps and the vinegar seems very wishy washy in the face of the chilli. The texture of the crisps is as excellent as always. McCoys are famed for their thick, crunchy crisps and this variety is no different. Some of the crisps are huge and I actually needed to break a couple in half before I could even get them in my mouth, the ridges on McCoys are perfect usually although in this case they hold onto far too much of the chilli flavour and when I ate a particularly deeply ridged crisp I actually felt a little sick as the strong taste of the chilli assaulted my taste buds. Now, whenever I think of chilli I think heat and this is precisely why I find this flavour so synthetic. While the flavour of chilli is there, albeit very fake, there isn't really any heat released in my mouth as I eat them. Yes, there is the familiar burn of the strong malt vinegar but although I can taste the chilli the crisps don't hold any of attributes of this particular food stuff. There's no warmth of any kind and this left the crisps tasting rather flat and ill thought out. I didn't eat the whole bag, I just couldn't. The chilli became more and more boring as I ate and despite the fact that I thoroughly enjoy the texture of McCoys I couldn't manage to get more than around a third of the bag down. I passed them to my ten year old granddaughter who adores the taste of chilli and even she said that they didn't taste like proper chilli, she ate the remaining crisps so obviously has a higher opinion of them than I do although the child really is a walking talking dustbin so that doesn't necessarily mean anything! As usual for this brand of crisps the calorie and fat content is much higher than a normal packet of crisps, not helped by the fact that McCoys come in bigger bags than Walkers and the like. I'm afraid I cannot give you any exact figures as I've thrown the packet away but I suspect they will be a little higher in fat that the standard Salt & Malt Vinegar variety, simply because they do taste a bit greasier and are also rather oily to the touch.
B & M again getting a mention, where I got 2 packs of these not realising they weren't the normal Salt and Vinegar McCoy's, for 10p each. It wasn't until I got back to work that I noticed they said twisted on them, I was presuming (foolishly) that they would be like twisted in the shape not in the flavour. What then became apparent was the twist meant that they had Chilli flavour on them, I'm not a big fan of chilli but will eat it if it's there, oddly the Sensation Chilli crisps are actually some of my favourites. So opening them and trying them seemed to be a good enough idea, if I didn't like them, well, what's 10p? The crisps coming in a Blue McCoy's bag just like the normal salt and vinegar ones, but these were the slightly larger packs (50g not 32g of a multi-pack pack), they have the word twisted on them and mention a chilli twist. So trying them at work, after another rush around town didn't seem a bad idea. All I was doing was calling answer phones and feeling like sleep was calling me, I needed something to help me stay awake and a chilli bite would surely help. Upon on biting into the crisps (which are the same design as as the normal McCoy's branding, thick and crinkled) I noticed the salt and vinegar flavour right off the bat. The instantaneous flushing shot of the wonderful Salt and vinegar McCoy's had entered my mouth, it was the bliss and wonderful high quality crisp taste your used to, until it was finished. Then the crisp was eaten, my mouth was empty...then came the chilli taste as if from no where a tingling sensation, a secondary almost phantom like taste that extended the fun of it all over again was there. Excellent I thought, these are alright really, not sure why they were selling at 10p. The best was yet to come. I can't stand my team leader, she's rude (no manners) stupid (thinks that e numbers in chicken nuggets come from Chickens brains), simple, thinks far too highly of her self and is just generally annoying. In one of her many brash stealing raids of food she cleverly stole a crisp whilst I was leaving a message, as she popped it in her mouth all I could hear behind me was "these are disgusting, feckin' hell". I officially fell in love with the crisps, anything that makes a thief feel lie they've been poisoned is worth an 5 out of 5 from me (though the product is only getting a 4). When she was asked if she liked them her reply was music to my ears, turns out she can't stand chilli and as it was her lack of manners that caused her the agony of eating them, I quickly sat back in the hope she was allergic. For those that are wondering the product does contain chilli not just chilli flavouring, it also contains the following E numbers:627 and 631 and it could contain (via being on the same line as) products with:Milk, Egg, Soya, Gluten and Mustard. Overall opinion is that they aren't as nice to eat as the originals as despite being OK with Chilli I'd rather not have them here, but they are a rather nice crisp, at a bargain basement price and they pissed off my team leader. Lets be honest that's a winner. Nutritional Information (per bag) 260 Calories 3.3g Proteins 27.4g Carbohydrates 1.4g Sugar 15.2g Fat 3.0g Saturates 2.0g Fibre 0.4g Sodium