Product Type: Phileas Fogg Snacks
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Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn Flavour Crisps
Date: 14/12/09, updated on 14/12/09 (184 review reads)
Advantages: a very good crisp
In the beginning some 50 odd years ago there were but a few manufacturers of crisps. During the early 50's it was Smith's Salt and Shake, which I can first remember. This particular brand is now part of the Walker Empire. Later on there were another two main manufacturers whom I can remember who are still in business today they are of Course KP and Golden Wonder. It is only recently I became aware of the origins of the Golden Wonder trade mark..................I had no idea there was a potato with that name. Over the last decade or so there has been a huge resurgence in the crisp market with Walkers now being the leading brand in the UK. Their success has been achieved with a vast range of flavours and an exceptional quality. There are however some smaller specialised companies who make some remarkable crisps and it is one of those emerging companies who make the uniquely flavoured Sea salt and Indonesian Black Peppercorn Crisps.
Many of us will be well aware with the stories surrounding Phileas Fogg and it is apparently his escapades that have inspired these crisp creations. It is only recently after some vigorous advertising that these crisps have come to the fore. Having tasted a few flavours in this selection it is clear to me the care taken in producing the finest crisp. The advertisement claims that all ingredients are sourced from original locations. Spices and herbs from the East to create that authentic flavour. The taste of the Sea salt and Indonesian Black Peppercorn might well be testament to this.
The normal 50g packet of crisps has a selection of varying sizes some huge some small, but this minor indiscretion can be easily forgotten once you have sampled the unique taste. Unlike similar crisps there does not appear to be the usual large amount of visible grease, the crisps are a uniform nice light golden colour and quite appealing to look at. It is however once placing a crisp into your mouth that the adventure begins. There is without doubt a hint of salt whether it is sea salt or not I am unable to discern. It is the cracked pepper which gives the crisp it unusual subtle hint of fruitiness. The initial zap of hot pepper lingers for a few seconds and is closely followed by the strangely intriguing hint of fruit. The next crisp I tried gave a similar experience but this time there was less cracked pepper on the crisp and the hot sensation was less noticeable, the hint of fruit was still there but to a lesser degree too. I was unsure as to whether I was enjoying the crisp for its unusual taste or because they were just a good crisp which they indeed were. With hindsight they appear just as a plain crisp with a fruity twist, which is just fine by me. I like them a lot. They are freaky and different.
In conclusion I'd simply have to recommend these crisps if only on the basis of that they have an unusual yet hugely likeable quirky flavour. They are crisp as a crisp should be and they are otherwise pretty normal and good crisps. At around 60p per 50g packet I also believe them to be good value for money. As for calories and the like...........well it's a crisp and you get what you expect.
Summary: A crisp with a quirky hint of fruit