“ Brand: Tayto / Type: Crisps „
Tayto Crisps are a brand of potato crisps produced in Tandragee, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. They are Northern Irelands most popular crisp and are also available if you search for them on the UK Mainland. This company also produce the crisps for sale in Ireland (Republic) under the brand name 'Champion' as there already exists a totally separate brand 'Tayto' in Ireland.
Any Northern Irish person living away from home will tell you that Tayto are the best crisps in the world. I have managed to find them in the Irish section of my local ASDA and they are priced at £2.24 for 12 bags which is a bit more expensive than competitors such as Walkers or Golden Wonder but I am guessing that this is because they are considered a 'speciality' product as they are difficult to find on the mainland.
Tayto produce their crisps in a variety of flavours such as Salt and Vinegar, Pickled Onion, Spring Onion and Prawn Cocktail but the most famous and by all means amazing flavour is Cheese and Onion. The crisps have a very strong cheesy flavour which tastes so much different to that of Walkers. The crisps are always packed full of flavour and can only be described as a real 'taste of home'. The only disadvantage of these crisps is that they do taste slightly greasier than come of their competitors but I guess that is all part of the nostalgia, they haven't changed in years!
Unlike many of their competitors, I don't believe that Tayto have made an effort to reduce the 'bad things' that go into crisps as they are pretty high in salt and fat, with each 35g bag containing 187 calories, 11.9g of fat (1.2 of which saturates) and 0.4grams of salt.
Everytime I go to Asda I make sure I pick up a multipack - they really are amazing!
"Tayto", which comes from Potato, are Irish potato chips (or crisps) that are mostly only available on the island of Ireland, but which do have very limited exposure on mainland Britain. They offer regular "Walkers style" crisps in all the normal flavours, for example: "Cheese and Onion", "Salt and Vinegar", but also delve into more abstract shapes and varities, such as "Salt and Vinegar Spirals", or "Bacon Fives", or even Popcorn.
The choices of shape and flavour are wide, but the overall quality remains predictably good. They are savory, tasty, and best of all cheap!
They are locally renowned in Ireland, and especially where I come from (Northern Ireland) for being local produce and catering towards a local taste. While not as popular as they used to be (back in the days of less competition from mainland Britain), they are still stocked in every decent food shop and newsagent countrywide. Usually a single packet can be picked up for less than 60p, but some of the smaller, mini varieties go for as little as 15p, or in the case of "Fives", literally 5p.
Overall, they are a refreshing alternative from the likes of Walkers, which seems to have a monopoly now. Tayto bring few complaints in the taste department, and even less in terms of expense.
It was myself who suggested this category, only problem being I actually suggested Tayto Chips Salt and Vinegar flavour so that is what I will be reviewing here!
Tayto Chips are not actually the same as the Tayto Crisps offering but by visiting Taytos website you can find out more about their crisps products, and you can even buy them too!
My last review was concentrating on Tayto Exy Ozys and I explained how the cheapy 10p and 15p crisps are a firm favourite with me being cheap, tasty and can be purchased almost anywhere. Tayto Chips are another 15p pack of crisps that I regularly buy in my local post office. These come in a metallic, shiny blue packet again with the Tayto logo shown at the top of the packet. It clearly tells us that these are the 'Chips' with a picture of a few underneath as well as informing us these are Salt and Vinegar flavour.
The bottom of the packet tells us that these are;
Baked Not Fried
Are Lower in Fat
Contain Less Salt
Each 'chip' actually resembles smiths sticks, you seen them? Finger length corn snacks that are rough textured, crunchy as well as being crumbly and causing a mess.
They are very tangy thanks to the vinegar flavouring and the salt flavouring is barely there but I love a strong, eye wincing vinegar flavour as it's so flavoursome and tasty. For cheapy crisps they definitely, like the Exy Ozys offer alot of flavour, crunch and tastes all for just 15p. Unlike the Exy Ozys I've never had a bag of these that are full to the brim unfortunately and I find alot of them are crumbled and resemble some sort of crumby mush at the bottom of the packet, after scooping it up with my fingertips though I realised this was just as tasty and tangy.
One pack of these Tayto Chips contains;
For 15p these are definitely worth a try, they are cheap, cheerful and tasty too!
Growing up in Ireland I have always had affection for all things potato based and crisps were no exception. Tayto crisp were one of the most frequent additions to my lunch boxes throughout school. I still enjoy a nice pack of Tayto crisps.
A bit about Tayto
There are actually two companies called Tayto in Ireland. One is located in the South and one in North. To make things simple they are both in the crisps business. This review is based on my favourite, the Northern Ireland version of Tayto.
Tayto NI is a Northern Irelands based company that is located in Tandragee, Co Armagh. They were formed in 1959 and sell a wide range of crisps and pop corn. Over the years they have expanded and are now sold in various forms in the UK. In 2006 they took over the Golden Wonder plant in Corby and went on to secure new work including the contract to supply mini Pringles.
Tayto was my first early introduction to crisps. I remember as a child they were advertised by a Mr Tayto (a potato with legs and arms). He worked busily away at Tandragee Castle where he was able to add the magic ingredients to make the crisps so flavoursome. I was in Tandragee at the weekend and I was able to look at the castle (where the crisps are still made) a think about poor Mr Tayto still working away after all those years.
As for the crisps themselves they are excellent. The cheese and onion is the best I have ever tasted and if I wanted cheese and onion I would only buy Tayto. The aroma from them is very strong so much so that if someone is eating them in the same room you almost need to join them otherwise the smell can be a bit over powering.
There other flavours are equally as strong and one of my favourites would be the prawn and cocktail.
Overall I highly recommend these. I even have relatives abroad who regularly ask for these great crisps to be shipped out to them.