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      24.04.2010 21:22
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      Worth a punt in the pub, you will demolish a pack without thinking

      Love em or hate em Smiths Scampi Fries have been with us for many years. I remember munching these when I was at school, having discovered them at the local newsagent. I enjoyed them back then, but haven't eaten them for a few years, until last week...

      They come in a small lime green 27g packet containing 125 calories worth of crisps.
      Open the packet and you will be blown away by the smell. Be warned, some people hate it, and others hate the smell (rather like cigarette smoke) unless they are eating them. I don't think anybody really likes the smell that much to be honest. The closest thing it smells like is fish, but it doesn't smell like any fish I've ever eaten.

      The crisps are an interesting shape to munch on - puffed up squares is how I'd describe them. Back in the day, these were much more interesting that the standard Golden Wonder fare
      The colour is a little strange, a sort of light yellow / orange thing going on. I think the orange tint is the seasoning.

      The seasoning taste is hard to describe, it does have a certain fish like taste, but this may be just the smell. Either way its an itense attack on the tastebuds. Its salty, soury, sweet and almost frothy on your tounge. And there is a kind of lemony undercurrent taste going on - judging by the ingredients this is likely the citric acid. Suffice to say these crisps have never made contact with fish, let alone scampy, in their lives. As you might expect they are very crunchy too and they leave a nice maize like aftertaste, if you tend to suck the seasoning off before gnashing down on the crisp.

      The smell lingers on your fingers so you might want to wash your hands before people start giving you funny looks. I suppose the smell could be confused with a lack of hygine of some kind...Come to think of it you might also want to brush your teeth.

      I bought the latest pack I've eaten for this review in the pub. It was 55p. Its no accident that these are widely available in pubs - they are ideal for nulifying the taste of a watery Guiness, stale white wine, or similar. They also keep hunger at bay whilst you knock the drinks back and take your mind off the (sometimes) tedious company for a few minutes at least.

      Although these are not exactly natural crisps I do like them a lot. I'm even tempted to give them 5 stars, but lets face it these can't be very good for you and they do stink!

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        13.04.2010 20:04
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        A great alternative to crisps

        Smith Scampi flavoured fries.....

        I have bought these Scampi fries today for the first time in a very long time and really this was only because I saw them in a multipack combined with the Bacon Fries for a mere £1 in, yes you guessed it, Poundland! I have seen them regularly in Morrison's but I think they are nearer the £2 price bracket for the same amount.

        The multipack contained 3 bags of each which works out really perfect for us as I am a total Scampi Fries addict and Himself adores the Bacon Fries so really our relationship couldn't be more perfect! I used to eat a lot of these but tend to steer clear nowadays as I am more careful not to eat too much junk type food for fear of getting fat again. However after looking at the nutritional information I was surprised that a bag of these wasn't as high in calories or saturated fat as I first through so decided I would be pretty safe, unless I ate all three packets in one go!

        The Scampi Fries have been around for many years and bring back memories of a nice Sunday walk with my Dad and a treat of sitting outside the Buddle Inn having a coke and a packet of these! Pure bliss.

        The packaging has always been the same too and this is good so as not to confuse me in anyway and also really the packaging and design of the bag really says it all. It has all the product information and shows two large Scampi Fries on the front with a sketch drawing of a pub scene behind. They are described on the front as "Cereal Snack with a delicious Scampi and Lemon Taste".
        I have just polished off the first of the three bags in the multipack and I had the idea to count them out to see how many you got per bag but I have inadvertently eaten them all without thinking about the review! Sorry. However I would say there are about 9 or 10 of the Scampi fries inside the bag and these have both a strong colour and a strong aroma. I don't think they smell as nice if you are not eating them and Himself will often complain about the pong but he must forget it is me who follows him in to the bathroom most days!

        The colour of the Scampi fries is fairly similar to that of the portions of scampi that you would get from a pub in the fact that there is a golden breadcrumb look to them although I would have to say the colouring is a slightly more orange one that fresh scampi. The smell is very fishy and although it states lemon on the description I would say this is a very mild addition as I am not overly fond of lemon tasting things and I can't say these have a lemon flavour but perhaps a slight zesty zing to them. They are exceptionally crunchy but seeing as they are a hollow snack they are easy to eat and much up well in ones mouth!

        There are 27 grams per bag and this doesn't seem nearly enough for someone so utterly greedy as myself but I guess they want you to eat the three bags!! However as I said before they are not overly high on calories at 125 per bag ad 5.7 grams of fat although only 0.5 grams is saturated. Granted this is still not great statistics considering how little there is per bag but alongside other crisps this is a fairly normal calorie count and probably a lower saturated fat content so I would much prefer to eat a bag of these than a bag of Walkers crisps.

        Overall a really great snack. They didn't cost too much and they taste good with the added bonus of bringing back happy memories! What other crisp can you say that about? 5 out of 5 stars and a HIGH RECOMENDATION!

        Thanks for reading!

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          26.03.2010 22:25
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          A great pub snack

          Whenever my Mum goes out for dinner, no matter where she goes or what time of day she gets there she always orders the same thing. Scampi and chips. I think its got something to do with being able to order something at a restaurant that you would never cook for yourself at home.

          Well now you can have scampi whenever you like by eating a packet of scampi flavoured fries from Smiths. Well I suppose the operative word here is 'flavour' because while these crisps taste pretty fishy they have the texture of a shredded wheat. They could have been a little lighter really because like pork scratchings it might be possible to graze the inside of your gob with one of these sharp blighters.

          Scampi Fries are very tasty indeed and make for the perfect bar snack. One thing I would change about the product though is that they just aren't enough! The packets need to be at least twice as big to satisfy my hunger!

          JJJJ, tmflint and I all enjoyed our brief scampi flavoured interlude the other evening and all of us certainly think they come up high in the pub snack rankings. Its a shame that the packets aren't bigger and the price should reflect the size.

          A packet of scampi fries costs around 70p.

          Nutritional Information:

          Calories: 125
          Protein 2.7g
          Carbohydrate 15.9g
          Fibre 0.8g
          Sodium 04.g
          Salt equivalent 0.95g

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            29.01.2010 19:04
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            Awesome Crispos

            Last Saturday night, fellow dooyoo'ers Adam Brown and Tom Flint joined me for a quiet pint in one of Ryde's numerous drinking venues. Picture the scene - Adam pops off to the bar, and when he returns I notice he has an abnormally large bulge in his trousers. Fear not readers, it wasn't his erect penis - but three packets of Scampi Fries stuffed into his pockets. I breathed a sigh of relief as he unloaded his purchase onto the table.

            Goodness me, Scampi Fries are delicious. In fact, they are one of the real delicacies of the crisp world.

            I open my packet with real intent - the pleasing aroma of scampi is released in to the beery air. Shoveling the crisps into my mouth, i'm enjoying the flavour, which although strong, has a delicate lemony aftertaste - Yum. Actually, I slightly injured myself with the first bite - I had forgotten how crunchy these crisps are, and a piece of scampi fry almost impales the roof of my mouth.

            Adam isn't talking much, as he is too engrossed. Tom is still trying to open the packet (he struggles with these things).

            If you've never sampled Scampi Fries before, then I would describe them as square padded crisp with a hollow centre. In fact, they look a little like pillows, albeit miniature-maize-fishy-pillows.

            However tasty these crisps are, they do have a drawback in the form of their fishy nature. If you're solialising after easting these, you need to have a couple of Wrigley's Extra Gum to restore your mouth to minty freshness. Luckily I found a couple of Soft Mints in my pockets - God knows how long they had been in there, but they did the trick.

            The crisps come in relatively small 27g packets, and retail at around 65p in most pubs. To be honest, I would like to see bags twice the size, as you don't get that many in each one, and you've basically finished them just as you're starting to appreciate the wonderful flavour. I think that if someone presented me with a 2500g bag, I would demolish the lot without any trouble, although If Adam B was buying, i'm not sure that his pockets would quite stretch to that size.

            The crisps contain;
            Wheat flour, Sunflower Oil, Maize, Seasoning [Flavouring, flavouring Enhancers (Monosodium Glutomate, Sodium Ribonucleotide), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Diacetate), Citric Acid], Lactose (from milk), Soya Grits, Potato Starch, Salt, Yeast, Emulsifier Guar Gum, Paprika, and Colours (Annatto, Curcumin).

            ...I'm liking the sound of that 'Soya Grit' - could have done with some of that down my road a few weeks back during the big freeze ;)

            All in all then, Scampi Fries have to be my favourite crisps alongside Bacon Flavour Wheat Crunchies. The texture and flavour is spot on, and yes, there is something a bit unusual about fish-based crisps - but these are just too good to be overlooked. Oh, and the moral of the story is that next time you see a bulge in a friend's trousers, don't assume the worst.

            Nutritional Info Per Pack
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            Calories: 125
            Protein 2.7g
            Carbohydrate 15.9g
            Fibre 0.8g
            Sodium 04.g
            Salt equivalent 0.95g

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              10.11.2009 23:27
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              A Very Unusual Flavoured Crisp That Is Just So Yummy!

              I'm feeling loads better after my recent cold/flu so ventured out to the pub with my mate today, when I got there I realised I couldn't face boozing so settled down with a bag of Scampi Fries instead! I haven't had them in sooooo long even though I love them to bits.

              Scampi Fries are proper fishy tasting and reek of fish as well. They are little pillowy crisps that are sort of 2 crisps joined together at the edges with air in the middle. They are corn snacks so are proper crunchy and melt in your mouth as well, you're better off to let them dissolve in your mouth because then they release an even strong fishy flavour and really get your tastebuds going.

              The flavour coating is quite loose on the Scampi Fries and that makes them feel quite crumbly when you eat them, that's great for me because I love that sort of texture but my dad hates his fingers getting into too much of a mess with crisps so he doesn't eat them that much even though he loves them as much as me! lol

              I think it's the unusual fishy flavour that makes these so yummy because there's nothing else like them in the shops. I've had fish flavoured crisps before from different brands but nothing compares to these and I absolutely love them.

              It's weird though because I've brought packs to eat in the house and they never seem as good as when you eat them in the pub! I think they're wicked, delish and the best crispy snacks ever and I hope they never stop making them.

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                04.08.2009 19:33
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                A quite "out there" snack you'll either love or hate

                Scampi Fries are one of the last Smiths snack products you will see around. They have been around for years (about 30yrs if Smiths Frazzles are anything to go by) and retail in many local pubs and newsagents.

                They sell for around 50-65p a bag depending on where you buy them. Each bag contains around 16 small pillow looking snacks that have a VERY strong scampi smell and are orange coloured. When you bite into them they really taste like cooked scampi minus the squidgy fish bit in the centre (so minus the actual scampi, but in a pack of crisps a squishy bit of fish would be gross). They don't smell like fish, they smell specifically like cooked scampi which is a little hard to get your head around how they do that.

                It is only after I had eaten some scampi then the next day had a bag of these, I realised just how much they do taste like scampi. You can almost taste the lemon you squeeze onto a good plate of scampi.

                I adore these, they aren't the healthiest snack you will ever eat, but they are something a bit different. The only drawback is you will have to wash your hands the second you finish them or your hands will smell.

                They are crunchy and taste great- but I think it is a marmite great- people either love these or hate them.

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                  24.07.2009 11:59
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                  Great as an occasional treat at the pub

                  I never seem to buy Smiths Scampi Fries when I go shopping but can never resist them when I go to the pub. I like drinking cider and I find that these snacks are an excellent compliment.

                  Packaging: The fries are contained within a distinctive green foil bag with the logo prominent. An individual pack weighs 27g. The pack is easy to open so you don't end up spilling the fries everywhere. The bag is recyclable.

                  Appearance: The fries themselves are rectangular shaped with a yellowish colour. There is a slight powder texture on the outside of the fries which slightly sticks to your fingers.

                  Smell: The scampi smell is quite potent, so this may not be the snack for you if you are not a fan of strong fish-like flavours. I personally find the smell very appetising, especially after a couple of ciders. The smell is similar to Nik Naks - Scampi and Lemon flavour.

                  Taste: The snacks have a nice satisfying crunch when you bite through them, and are hollow in the middle. The flavour is quite prominent and really stimulates the appetite. The taste is quite addictive and it is very easy to finish a packet. I find that the snack is quite filling, and is easily enough to satisfy a snack craving.

                  Healthy: The product contains 0.95g salt equivalent and 5.7 g of fat, so this is probably not the healthiest snack around - but oh so tasty...

                  Overall: I really enjoy eating Smiths Scampi Fries as an occasional treat at the pub. The flavour is strong and addictive which may of course not be everyones cup of tea. They also really seem to compliment alcohol. They are probably the best pub snack in the world...

                  Nutritional Information:

                  Contains 125 calories 530 KJ
                  5.7g fat of which saturates 0.5g
                  2.7g protein
                  15.9g carbohydrate of which 1.8g sugars
                  0.8g fibre
                  0.4g sodium or 0.95g salt equivalent

                  Ingredients:

                  Wheat flour, Sunflower oil, Maize, Seasoning, [Flavouring, flavouring enhancers (monosodium glutamate, sodium 5'ribonucleotide), acidity regulator (sodium diacetate), citric acid], Lactose (from milk), Soya grits, Potato starch, Salt, Yeast, Emulsifier guar gum, Paprika, Colours (annatto, curcumin)

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                    21.07.2009 16:13
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                    Fishy, tangy, smelly, tasty snacks

                    I picked up a 27g bag of these for 50p from my local Select And Save store. This is a reasonable price and you shouldn't look to pay more than about 60p tops.

                    The packaging is a lemon colour and I assume that is because, according to the wrapper, these are actually a "cereal snack with a delicious scampi and lemon taste" and so what better colour to use for the packaging than lemon itself. There is also a picture of the product on the front of the wrapper, set against a sketch of what appears to be a mariner's kitchen table.

                    The first thing you notice about these is the smell. When you open up the wrapper the aroma hits you like a sledgehammer. Pungent doesn't even begin to describe it. It is absolutely remarkable how they have imparted such a fishy twang into a maize based snack. It's almost fishier than fish itself!! I can see how it is too much for some people but for me the smell is perversely blissful and makes me think of good old fashioned chip shop scampi drenched in vinegar.

                    The taste is also strong but not as strong as the smell. It might seem a bizarre thing for me to say but whilst they are are a really yummy, fishy snack, the taste of scampi fries is a bit of a come-down after you've opened the packet and taken a good lungful of the fishy aroma. They still retain a fishy taste though which is also quite tangy as the lemon flavour comes through.

                    What particularly impresses me, however, is the texture and crunch. Scampi fries are sort of envelope shaped with a hollow middle which gives them a sublime crunchiness. The texture is quite purposely nobbly (for want of a better expression) and gives the impression of breadcrumbs, just like you would get on scampi from the local chippy. Add these 2 properties together and you get one of the best textured snacks around.

                    Downsides? Your breath and your fingers are going to hum, especially your fingers. This is not a snack to be eating if you are out on the pull. They also get quite mushy and get stuck to your teeth.

                    15 or 20 years ago they used to sell scampi fries at almost every pub within my locality but now it's so rare to see them offered up for sale as a bar snack. This is a shame because they go brilliantly with a beer and help build up a nice thirst.

                    Nutritional information? Each 27g pack provides:

                    - 125 calories
                    - 2.7g protein
                    - 15.8g carbohydrates (of which sugars = 1.8g)
                    - 5.7g fat (of which saturated fats = 0.5g = saturates)
                    - 0.4g sodium (salt equivalent = 0.95g)

                    Overall I would heartily recommend Smiths scampi flavoured fries but add a word of warning for the more delicate of consumers as regards the strong smell and taste . These snacks really split opinion but I think they are great.

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                      25.06.2009 15:21
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                      Such a small bag with such a delicious treat inside if you ask me. This pocket sized bag is smaller than your usual bags of crisps etc but what's inside provides more flavour, smells, textures and I think is definitely worth the 49p that they tend to be in most newsagents and stores.

                      The packet is a light lime green with a hint of yellow. Scampi Flavour Fries it says with a blue picture of a kitchen window with a boat in the background and two of these fries underneath. On the bottom of the pack it tells us inside we have a 'Cereal Snack With A Delicious Scampi and Lemon Taste'.

                      Each Pack of these scampi fries contains;

                      125 cals
                      5.7g fat
                      0.95g salt
                      1.8g sugars

                      Now these fries are not shaped as in french fries or chips they are actually a puffed up rectangular shape rounded at the edges, a golden colour slightly orangey when you look closely. If you rub your finger across them the texture is rough, as if coated in breadcrumbs etc - which is good as these are supposed to resemble scampi in some way.

                      The flavour of these is strong and quite intense when you've ate a few, it is a rich and luxurious taste and the aroma lasts for ages later - especially on your hands and breath. As soon as you open the small packet the smell blasts out hitting you full force in the nostrils - that extreme fishy smell with with a sweetness to it - I was expecting it to smell tangy and sour as that is what lemon is but it smells sweet to me and extremely inviting. If you've ever walked into your local market and found the smell of the fishmongers overwhelming then be warned you may need to pinch your nose while eating these - especially when you first open the packet. They are very salty, and the flavour builds up in your mouth as you eat them so by the end of this jampacked flavoursome packet you will need something to wash your mouth out with as well as a toothbrush and some minty toothpaste. Be warned though the smell is not defeated easily and you will need to brush your teeth a few times and swill your mouth out with mouthwash more than once too before the smell even thinks about weakening. Despite the smell to me being quite sweet on top of the fishyness, the tangyness of the lemon can definitely be tasted and it is probably more dominant than the scampi flavour.

                      They are quite crunchy, and have a similar feel on the tongue as wheat crunchies do - have you tried them crisps before - well these are better and overflowing with flavour. I find them to be an extremely satisfying savoury snack thanks to their rich and almighty flavouring but I do tend to eat them whilst I'm on my own as not many people appreciate strong smells - especially when it's fish.

                      If you like strong and poweful flavours and you like scampi these are definitely worth trying but keep a drink handy and make sure you are on your own so you can actually enjoy and devour the taste rather than rush them to try rid the smell - which doesn't rid until at least an hour or so later usually. I wouldn't reccomend eating them before a night out, an interview or any special occasion as I don't think people around will be too fond of that fishy fragrance that just will not go away. Oh it's you!! ;-)

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                        11.05.2009 15:10
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                        A delicious fishy oily pub snack best enjoyed occasionally.

                        A much underrated pub snack, Scampi fries tend to produce much polarizing opinion. They are a very oily and salty and actually contain no fish, but have the inner texture one associates with Breaded shrimp. They have a deceptively citrus taste which somewhat overpowers the saltiness and leaves you very thirsty, so its always good to have a drink close at hand when enjoying these crunchy and not particularly fattening (largely due to the small portioning - 27g packet) snacks. They are available behind the bar at many pubs and petrol stations, and lately I have noticed corner shops and supermarkets selling them. They are difficult to buy economically as they are rarely sold in bulk, but rather individual packs. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay from 40-60p for one such oily packet.

                        The packaging itself appears very rustic looking, with its atavistic font and old etching, and is made of decent material to stop the outer layer from getting too oily. It works well and looks quite attractive.

                        One thing that tends to put people off scampi fries is the smell. They produce a very fishy aroma which some may find unpleasant. Two other varieties of this product include Bacon Fries and Cheese Moments (Not very appetizing names I know) which are equally delicious but retain the same strong smell.

                        Due to the overpowering flavour and oily texture, Scampi fries are best enjoyed occasionally, and are best with a drink - hence their strong and long lasting prevalance as a pub snack.

                        Nutritional information:
                        Energy 530kj/125kcal
                        Fibre 0.8g
                        Protein 2.7g
                        Carbohydrate 15.9g
                        Fibre 0.8g
                        Sodium 04.g

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                          29.11.2008 16:22
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                          If you can put up with the smell these are great!

                          I was first introduced to Smiths scampi flavour fries a few years ago on a night out at my local pub, I loved the taste of them immediately but really wished I had not eaten them on that particular night because the smell on my breath and my fingers lingered throughout the entire night.

                          As soon as you open the packet the strong fishy, scampi smell hits you straight away and once you pick out the first scampi fry it embeds itself on your skin and even after washing your fingers the smell of scampi still lingers.

                          After you have eaten a few you will also have unbelievably fishy breath that seems to defy the power of chewing gum, mints and even toothpaste.

                          All that said though it is little price to pay for how delicious these snacks are, the scampi flavour is delicious and they have the perfect crunch to them also.

                          They are sadly not that easy to find in stores and pubs seem to be the main supplier of these snacks so I usually find myself taking a few bags home in my handbag.

                          The pubs usually charge around 65p per bag but if you can find them in shops you will find them for around 45p per bag.

                          They are no higher in calories than your average crisps but they are far superior in taste and crunch and come highly recommended from me!

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                            28.11.2008 14:16
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                            I could eat these untill the cows come home....

                            Scampi fries are on of my favourite pub snacks, I can devour my way through three packets at a time as they are so morish.

                            This are snacks that will appeal to select audiences as they are very fishy in smell and taste, so you will either love them of hate them, I could eat them anytime of the day but the smell of my breath afterwards is the down side so I do tend to lay off of them during the day.

                            Scampi fries are small oblong cereal bites which a hollow inside and coated with very rich tasting bread crumbs, these are scampi and lemon flavour and they not only taste very fishy but they smell fishy also. I have known people move away from me when I eat these as they cannot stand the smell.

                            These delicious little snacks are made by smiths and can be hard to get hold of, yes you can get them in any pub, but only a certain selective group of shops actually stock these.

                            You can expect to pay 55p for a 27 gram packet which only contains roughly fifteen bite size snacks, but this is enough to fill up you up. These are only 125 calories a bog so they are on a par with any other crisps.

                            Smiths also do bacon fries and cheese moments, which are all equally as tasty if you don't like the fishy taste of the scampi fries.

                            As I have said these are acquired taste but they are very scrumptious to eat when you are sinking a pint.

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                              27.11.2008 21:55
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                              I love these little pillows of taste!

                              I first tried Smiths® Scampi flavour fries two years ago in my local pub. I used to eat Smiths® Bacon Flavour Fries but they had run out so I was forced to try something different with my drink. The crisps are a Scampi & Lemon flavour cereal snack and are absolutely delicious.

                              The crisps used to cost 50p per packet, however whilst paying our bill at the local corner shop today I noticed some packets under the till for 45p so I would guess if you can pick these up from a supermarket they will be a little less. I used to think 50p was expensive for a packet of crisps however baring in mind that normal Walkers crisps are between 39p and 47p for a normal sized bag you are getting a good deal with Smiths® Scampi flavour fries.

                              The bag itself looks fairly small for the price and at about 12cm square you'd think you were getting a bit of a raw deal. On opening the packet however you can see that the bag is full of little scampi fries unlike a packet of Walkers crisps where the bag is half full. Each bag contains 27g of fries and I thought this was a reasonable weight for a quick snack.

                              The bag has a rustic lime green colour and the design of a window looking out on a boat looks rather old fashioned. The Smith's logo at the top and description at the bottom is quite refreshing as it has not changed since the early part of the 19th century.

                              The description on the front is also quite appealing - "cereal snack with a delicious scampi and lemon taste". On opening the packet the distinct smell of fish is apparent, closely followed by a refreshing smell of lemon. The fried inside look like little pillows, but they are in fact hollow and very tasty.

                              The crispy texture is lovely and the flavour is very intense. I find the texture is very similar to those wheat Crunchies by Golden Wonder. After eating a few of these it is clear to see why pubs like to sell them with drinks. My mouth started to feel very dry and I needed an ice cool drink to wash them down. This wasn't a bad thing but the strong salty taste was quite overpowering.

                              The smell is also something that can be overpowering especially for those sat near or around you. I tend to find that the smell makes me want more; maybe it's a clever marketing strategy by Smith's.

                              Of course thee little fries are not healthy but they are not the worst around and I tend to find because they are wheat based they are not as bad as normal crisps. Each packet contains 125 calories, 5.7g fat, 2.7g protein, 15.9g carbohydrates, 0.8g fibre and 0.95g salt.

                              Overall I find these an excellent snack and personally enjoy a pack or two with a drink down the pub. I am not too keen on them in my lunch box however as a drink is required with them. I would highly recommend them to anyone willing to try and other flavour or for those who like scampi or fish and lemon. If you are not so keen on fish or lemon Smith's do Bacon flavour fries and cheese moments.

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                                19.06.2008 19:51
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                                I first came across Scampi fries years ago, whenever I used to go into a pub with my mum and dad when I was young, my dad always used to have a pack of Scampi Fries and get me one too. Its one of those things that I used to turn my nose up at and wouldn't try them because I didn't think I liked them, however when I did try them, much to surprise I did like them.

                                When going into my local shop today they caught my eye so I thought I would try a pack to see if they tasted like how I remembered and yes... they did..they hadn't changed much, just slightly. If I remember right they did taste slightly better when I was a kid.

                                Scampi Fries come in a small green bag, like a miniture packet of crisps really. The packaging, what I can remember hasn't changed. It looks very old fashioned really and bland with a grey scale picture on the front of kitchen table with a pint glass and wine glass on the table accompanying a packet of scampi fries over looking the sea, obviously where the scampi had been caught from. It then has a picture of two life like oversized scampi fries underneath.

                                On the reverse it has details of the products and the range of Smiths Crisps that it comes from, details if you are not completely satisfied with the product, nutritonal values, ingredients and the weight and best before date.

                                When you open them the smell that hits you initially is lemon, they don't smelly fishy at all. They appear around one inch in size and slightly puffed as when you bite into them the do have a hollow centre. You get around 30 frioes within the packet. They look like they are coated slightly with breadcrumbs and the texture when you put them in your mouth also give the impression that they are coated in breadcrumbs.

                                They have a very distinct flavour, you either like them or you hate them. When you first put them into your mouth, the lemon on them is very strong and this is the main flavour that you encounter, however when you bite into them, they taste very much like wheat, I don't know whether you have eat wheat crunchies before but the same sort of taste as those when the flavour has all gone.

                                The pack is 27g in weight and contains 125 calories per packet. The carbohydrate content is very high at 15.9g however the % of that which is sugars is relatively low so that isn't to bad at the end of the day. There is very little protein within the pack, only 2.7g, 5.7g of fat and 0.8g of fibre.

                                I really enjoyed them however I did find a couple that looked as if they had been fried a little bit more than they should have been and were very dark in colour as opposed to the light golden colour that they should be. I bypassed these, they didn't look to appetising so its a little off putting really.

                                I did quite enjoy my Scampi Fries, however I won't be rushing to buy them again too quickly, I will wait until I can't remember exactly how they tasted again until I buy another pack.

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                                  26.11.2007 20:33
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                                  A yummy little snack for adults!

                                  This is a snack you either love or you hate , just like Marmite!
                                  The other day I read an excellent review on these and it got me in the mood for a bag!

                                  I'm sure your familiar with this product, they've been around donkeys and at one time in pubs they were more popular than nuts!

                                  The Packaging...

                                  Clearly states they are the brand Smiths (part of the walkers company) and that they are Scampi flavoured fries (that's a hint that there is no fish in them by the way).

                                  Its a light green packet with a picture of the snack on the front. Nutritional and best before date on the back of the packet. My bag is 27g, recyclable and the product is suitable for vegetarians. This bag cost me 50p from Nisa and they are found with the crisps and corn snacks.


                                  What they look like...

                                  Rectangular in shape a golden yellow colour, the texture is like what you find on Breaded Shrimp, exactly why they named it Scampi lol

                                  My Thoughts...

                                  On opening the bag I forget how familiar the smell is to Coventry fish market, where on Saturday's my mother would drag me round and I'd gag when I was a kid. The smell isn't pleasant at all! Best way to eat this crispy delight is with a peg on your nose and donning a pair of gloves!They taste incredibly salty and quite sour and as you to the bottom of this small bag (only bout 12 in it) you don't half need a drink of something.

                                  The taste is very strong and quite overpowered by the taste of lemon so the taste I have in my mouth at the moment is sour! They are quite greasy and as soon as you finish eating them you feel the need to wash your hands and scrub your teeth like I'm just about to, cos I feel on smell now! They're very crunchy having been vacuumed sealed packed in a tin foil effect packet.

                                  The bottom line...

                                  I love them. I wont be forgetting them again! I love strong flavours , the only off putting thing about them is the smell , but then it is meant to be a fishy snack so you expect that! Not too bad on the calories either though a little higher on the fat than I'd prefer!

                                  Nutritional Values... Per pack of 27g

                                  Energy 530kj/125kcal
                                  Protein 2.7g
                                  Carbohydrate 15.9g
                                  Of which is sugars 0.5g
                                  Fibre 0.8g
                                  Sodium 04.g
                                  salt equivalent 0.95g


                                  Other flavours in this particular range are cheese flavoured moments and bacon flavoured fries.

                                  Other Snacks available from Smiths....

                                  Smith's Crinkles (Crinkle Cut Potato chips)
                                  Smith's Selections (Thinly sliced Potato chips)
                                  Red Rock Deli (Thick sliced premium Potato chips)
                                  Doritos (Corn chip)
                                  Twisties (Cheese flavoured snacks)
                                  Cheetos (Cheese flavoured balls)
                                  Burger Rings (Onion flavoured snack)
                                  Parker's (Pretzels)
                                  Nobby's (Nuts)
                                  Stax (Pringles opposition)
                                  Toobs (Tomato Flavoured Snack)

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                                  Scampi flavour fries taste delicious. Made from the finest ingredients.