Product Type: Nobby's Snacks
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Oooh a Handful of your Nuts? Yes Please !!
Member Name: HotBabes
Advantages: Tasty and a nice alternative
Disadvantages: Not easy to find, and obviously not suitable for nut allergy suffers
So on a trip to the cash and carry I spied out the corner of my eye….Nobby’s Nuts….well not literally but a box of 20 packets of these tasty little blighters!
Most of us would have noted Nobby’s crisps in the shops over the last few months but this was the first time I had seen his nuts!
There was the choice of salted, dry roasted and the ones I bought…"Coated Smoked Bacon Flavour Nuts".
The first thing I must mention is that the packaging is slightly different from the picure above that Dooyoo have put up when creating this category. Nobbys packets are larger than your average bag of nuts. The foil packet is a fuschia pink and black lettering being lengthways on the packet.
Its quite a simple packet, two thirds of it is in pink and states "Coated Smoked Bacon Flavour Nuts" with a picture of two of the nuts (wonder why two?!) The remaining third is in black.
The reverse of the packet tells us there are 40g of nuts contained within, the ingredients, nutritional info and best before date. As usual no long list of ingredients but to suffice to say each packet is 206 calories, has 13.6g of fat and contains 0.4g of salt. Not too healthy but better than other snacks as nuts are a source of protein.
They ARE suitable for vegetarians.
There are also two quirky things on the back of the packet that I find quite different and amusing.
Firstly, The best before date says " best before 11pm on the 1-12-2005". I assume the 11pm relates to pub closing time? I had visions of these nuts slowly fading in flavour all on the own in the dark after the pub closed even though this is irrelevant in sone places with the 24he licensing laws now!
Secondly, is something that I cannot find any connection for whatsoever but there are a series of "Nobby’s Lessons". The lesson on my pack was No 5 and shows you with 6 small diagrams how to tie your tie (!) to obtain a Double Windsor Knot. I think this just adds a bit of fun and as they say little things please little minds!
Well obviously NUTS, and these are large nuts compared to the average packet. They are the same size as the packets of ‘large’ peanuts you can buy at Xmas time and comparative to Revels.Each nut is coated with the flavouring giving it a pale golden yellow colour.
I am impressed with the coating as it does stay on the nut, I didn’t find any that had cracked or split and no stray pieces of coating at the end of the packet. Not bad seeing as they had had a bit of a battering vying for a space in the boot of the car!
We have munched on a few packets already (not all in one go) and they all remain fully coated.
The Taste Test
On opening this packet you are greeted with a lovely gentle smoked bacon aroma akin to smoky bacon crisps.
Biting into a nut it has a light crisp crunch to it and the coating releases that smoked bacon flavour all around your mouth. There is no individual taste of the nut and flavour just a gentle overall yummy taste. It is definitely a smoked bacon rather than bacon flavour. Even biting a nut in half the coating remains intact. Whether you choose to them individually or shove a whole handful in you will not be overwhelmed by too strong a taste. The flavouring is just right that is not bland but not strong enough to make you cough as do some flavours of crisps.
In your interests I counted the number of nuts in a packet and on average there are about 50, but don’t forget they are not little ones!
The aftertaste remains one of smoked bacon but you won’t still be able to taste it two hours later.
I have also found that the bits do not get stuck in your teeth so much so you are not spending half an hour with your finger stuck in your mouth trying to find that last little piece of nut!
As with all nuts they do leave a residue on your fingers but only of the flavour. You are not going to be walking around with your fingertips a nice shade of yellow after eating these, and as the flavour is so nice its an extra reason to lick your fingers clean!
Usually after a packet of nuts we all need a drink of some description but due to the lack of salt in these and the coating, I found I did not need to go and get a glass of water after eating them.
My Opinion - The Good Bits
Nobby’s Nuts definitely get the Mmmm factor in our house for several reasons.
One is that sometimes its nice to have a savoury snack rather than a sweet one and lets face it, nuts can be quite boring so this makes a nice change.
I wouldn’t recommend eating these too close to a mealtime as it is quite a large packet and I find that I can have a packet of these at lunchtime and not want anything else.
Although nuts are a choking hazard for young children these make an ideal alternative for kids lunchboxes or snack time at school.
Like I stated previously they are not too strong that your breath is going to smell for the rest of the day and its nice to know I could eat a packet of these at work or whilst out and not have to go running for a drink.
The quirks on the back of the pack make it just a bit different to the ‘norm’.
Lastly they get the thumbs up because they are such a lovely gentle flavour.
The Bad Bits
There are not many but still gripes in my opinion. Firstly and very important there is no ‘nick’ in the foil packet to ease opening. You cannot open them as you would do a packet of crisps by pulling apart the sides. Believe me I have tried and tried and there is no chance of the packet opening.
So the only successful ways I have found to open them is ripping them open with your teeth or cutting the corner off with scissors.
I felt this let the product down quite badly as its quite standard design these days to have that ‘nick’.
Also whilst it states nuts are a choking hazard on the back, this is in tiny writing, and whilst I appreciate that most of us know, I feel that manufacturers should NOT assume this and that the warning should be in bigger and bolder type.
One other thing I noticed and this was that the packet gives you a postal address for any complaints, a customer services telephone number but no web address. Also it only states these are made in the EU. Normally you would have something like ‘made in the UK for xxxxx company’
Price and Availability
As I said, I purchased these on a trip to the cash and carry. The cost (inc VAT) was £7.49 which works out to roughly 37p a packet.
Varieties made are, salted, dry roasted, coated smoked bacon and a coated sweet chilli flavour.
I have only seen the dry roasted and salted ones about. In Tesco’s they are 40p a pack, my local newsagents sells them at 45p. Worth shopping around!
Other Interesting Info.
Now I did a search of Nobby’s Nuts on the web (risky I know!) but found out very little info apart from they are owned/made by Walkers. Why then was there no reference
to this on the ‘made by xxx for xxx’ bit.? As they are so nice I would have thought Walkers would have put their name to them.
So I rang the customer services department, who confirmed they were made by Walkers. The lady also told me they were aimed for the pub/club trade. Not frequenting such places that often I do not know if they are available in your local…sorry!
Write to :
Nobby - I want a Word
(I have not missed the town/city off, that’s how it is on the back of the pack)
telephone 0116 234 2345.
So I give these 4/5, simply because how the hell are you supposed to enjoy the taste if you can’t get the packet open! Arrrgggghhh!
Thanks for reading as ever,
© HotBabes 2006
Summary: Go on, treat yourself!