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      19.05.2010 12:15
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      Yum!

      As I am only 23, I can remember these crisps being around in my childhood, I and my sister used to take our pocket money round to the corner shop to buy a bag of these and some pick and mix. Initially we bought these as they were the cheapest but we continued to do so as they are really nice!

      On the way to work this morning I had to get change for a ten pound note when I saw these, a 28g bag for 25p! Still they are cheaper than other brands of crisps, even though they had gone up in price over the years. I picked up a packet of the spicy flavour. The packaging tells us that they are corn snacks so not the traditional potato crisps.

      These come shaped in two different styles, one is the body of a car which when standing can also look like the outline of a person, the other are the wheels which you can slot onto the car body. I think this is where they get the name Transform-A-Snack as they can transform from a person / robot to a car! Each snack is just about bite sized but children may not be able to fit one in their mouth all at once.

      They are made by Golden Wonder who also manufacture Wotsits amongst many others. The taste is nice, it may not be for everyone but I like my crisps to have plenty of flavour and these certainly do have! The spicy flavour isn't too different to the salt and vinegar flavouring of other brands, in fact, if I was blindfolded I'd say that these were meant to be salt and vinegar flavoured.

      The bag is an attractive purple colour with a picture of a robot and a car on the front so these are predominantly aimed at kids but that won't stop me! On the back is a short comic strip that continues on their website www.transformas.co.uk which is a nice little extra for the kids.

      There are 141 calories per pack so they are on par with other brands really. I think these are great, tasty and very cheap and I'll continue to buy these. The only thing I'd say is that I have never seen these in a multi pack which would be great. They are also suitable for vegetarians.

      Overall for value and taste I'd give these 5 stars!

      Thanks for reading.

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        12.05.2010 21:21
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        Gorgeous crisps at a very reasonable price!

        These little beauties are what we at school used to call "10p crisps"! They definitely bring back memories of school lunchtimes when we used to go up to the icecream van to buy transform a snacks.

        These snacks are made out of corn and air and come in a few different flavours. The spicy flavour has to be by far the best! I've not tasted another corn snack or crisp yet that can rival the spicy taste of these snacks.

        In addition to the gorgeous flavour, the snacks also come in three different shapes; one looks like a jgsaw piece, one looks like a ring and one is a ball shape. The idea with this is that you CAN play with your food (funny how kids are told not to do this but then are sold snacks where it encourages this!). Four rings fit on each jigsaw shaped piece, so that it looks like a sort of racing car/vehicle of some sort and then.....there's the balls which I'm not sure what you do with those! I always used to think that the vehicle was like some sort of spaceship and the ball shapes were asteroids or some such!

        Anyway, they are fantastic, cheap (10p more than in "my day" but that's inflation for ye!), tasty (soooo tasty) and as they're baked they are probably lower fat than regular crisps. A great bargain.

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          25.04.2010 14:02
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          Young or old, this snack always wins!

          Transform-a-snack crisps remind most people of school days. Whether you're 14 or 24, almost everybody has an experience of grabbing a packet of these from the local shop after school or during break.

          They come in a variety of flavours:
          Spicy
          Flamin hot
          Saucy BBQ
          Pickled Onion
          Cheese and Onion
          Beef

          I have never tried the last 3 but I know that the other 3 are tasty! Golden Wonder are now the manufacturers of these corn snacks. They are manufactured in Wednesbury in the West Midlands, which coincidentally is part of the good old Black Country that my family grew up in!

          You can grab a packet of these from most supermarkets and newspaper shops, and they are priced at 25p. This has gone up from 15p back in the day, but everything does! And still, you get quite a lot for 25p considering that most crisps these days cost 50p or more!

          This snack is great for kids as you can transform your crisps into a car. I'm quite upset that as an adult, I have stopped doing this and concentrate entirely on eating them as fast as I can and moving onto the next flavour.

          Nutritionally, there are worse crisps out there. Transform-a-snacks are baked not fried. A bag has about 141 calories in, which isn't so bad as long as you walk to the shops to fetch them! There is 0.8g of saturated fat, which again is healthier than most crisps.

          The packaging is long and thin which makes most people think there is more in. Each flavour has a different coloured bag and a picture of a transformer on it. On the back of the packet you will find the ingredients and all the nutritional information. Also, there is a nice little cartoon which is great for kids!

          To conclude, this is a cheap and delicious packet of crisps which is worth every penny and a savoury taste of your childhood!

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          19.04.2010 15:07
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          Transform-A-Snack - Fun crisps, with lots of flavour.

          I'm not sure how long these Transform-A-Snack have been around, but myself and my children have been eating them for years. It wasn't that long ago, that you could buy them for 15p, but like everything else, they have risen in price and jumped to 25p. They are still however, much cheaper and better value, than most crisps on the market today.

          Transform-A-Snack are manufactured by Golden Wonder. I have only ever seen the Spicy flavoured ones and they do seem to be quite hard to come by. They are packaged in a blue and red bag, with pictures of a spaceman, a vehicle and some Transform-A-Snacks on the front.
          They are obviously aimed at the children's market, but I'm sure there are plenty of adults out there, that love them too!

          These maize snacks do remind me of Monster Munch and Space Raiders, as they have a similar puffy, light texture and quite a strong flavour. They are very also very crunchy, but melt quickly in the mouth.

          Although they are called 'Spicy' flavour, they really don't taste spicy at all. I must say that I am not a great fan of spicy flavours, so I for one am glad of this. They do instead have more of a tangy, tomato taste, which is full of flavour and absolutely lovely.

          *Nutritional Value Per 20g bag*

          Energy - 100 kcal
          Protein - 1.1g
          Carbohydrate - 12.3g
          of which sugars - 0.9g
          Fat - 5.2g
          of which saturates - 0.7g
          Fibre - 0.5g
          Sodium - 0.17g
          Salt Equivalent - 0.4g

          This product contains milk. It is free from artificial colours and is suitable for vegetarians.

          They are available in single packs from some corner shops. I have also found them in a multipack of 6 Spicy flavour in Asda for £1.16, which are available at 3 for £3 until 31st December.

          I really do love Transform-A-Snack, but wish they were easier to find. I would so love to try out the Pickled Onion flavour, which I have only ever read about.

          They are excellent value and although they are aimed at kids, they are great fun for adults to eat as well.

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            11.04.2010 21:18
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            Yummy Yummy Yum Yum

            Oh my gosh, these are just my favourite crisps on the whole wide world!

            Ever since I was little I have really enjoyed these crisps, in fact my mom used to have a cash and carry card and she used to buy me a box of them because I liked them so much!

            They are produced by Golden Wonder. It is difficult to find places that stock them but if you keep a look out you will find somewhere. My friend at work lives the Spicy BBQ ones, so we asked the local newsagent if he could get some in, so now he is fully stocked with Spicy and Spicy BBQ.

            They are made from baked maize rather that the potato crisp, which I find much nicer, and have a great balance between being crunchy but then melting in your mouth. The closest thing I can think of comparing the texture to is Monster Munch.

            The Spicy flavour is not really spicy at all, that is in the hot sense, as after all they are marketed for the younger eater. I would say that they are more tangy than spicy, which the flavour most at the forefront being tomato. It is difficult to describe the flavour really, but take it from me if you like your corn/maize snacks you will love these.

            The crisps are in two different shapes, the one is live a stick man and the others are wheels, and you are suppose to be able to connect the wheels to the stick mans arms and legs to make a car out of them, yes this is a little far fetched but all good fun.

            Each pack contains:
            Calories: 141
            Protein: 1.4g
            Carbohydrate: 17.2g
            of which sugars: 1.8g
            Fat: 7.4g
            of which saturates: 0.8g
            Fibre: 0.7g
            Sodium: 0.24g

            This snack contains milk, is suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial colours.

            There are plenty of other flavours in the Transform a Snack line including Spicy BBQ, Cheese and Onion and Salt and Vinegar, but of me the best flavour by far is the Spicy one.

            A packet of these will set you back 25p, in the good old days they were only 15p, they then when up to 20p and have now increased to 25p in the last year or so. But you do get plenty of crisps for your money as the packet is always full, and if you think about it if you go to buy a packet of Walkers crisps from your newsagent they can cost up to 50p in some places, so they are still at the cheaper end of the market.

            Overall, this is my favourite maize snack, and as long as they keep making them, I'm going to keep eating them!

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              25.03.2010 18:26
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              Yummy snack that turns into a car.

              These crisps are made by Golden Wonder. Well in the picture they say Red Mill but the ones i'm eating right now are Golden Wonder so maybe they have been taken over.

              They are flavoured corn snacks which are baked not fried, and are available in Flamin'Hot, Spicy, Beef, Pickled Onion, Saucy BBQ and Cheese & Onion. The flavour on the crisp is fairly strong which i am a fan of. The stronger the better for me.

              Nutritional information per 28g bag;

              Energy kj/ cal 571/136
              Protein 1.8g
              Carbohydrate 17.9g
              of which is sugars1.8g
              Fat 6.4g
              sat fat 0.8g
              Fibre 0.8g
              Sodium 0.29g
              (equiv as salt) 0.7g

              The appearance of the packet has since changed from the picture too and they have risen in price by 5p! The Flamin' Hot flavour that i am happily tucking into now has an astronaut on the front with a car that has wheels made out of the crisps. This packaging is an eye catching shiny blue and orange colour, each flavour has there own colour.

              If you have'nt had these before, then the jist of them is that you make cars with them. Theres a large crisp for the body and circles for the wheels. So much fun, although i can't say i've actually thought about making one before. There is a lot more wheels then bodys though which is a minus. The fun play element of the crisps is great for kids, but i think the pack is too big for younger children. When my daughter has them i only give her half of the bag, then the rest another day.

              These are stocked in various newsagents for 25p and are now available in a multipack in supermarkets priced around £1.19, still 28g bags too.

              I Love these crisps. Great flavour, great price and great fun for kids (and adults of course). WARNING: My mouth is on fire right now! Flamin'Hot is not for the faint hearted.

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                31.10.2009 08:00
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                These are now selling as a 8 bag multipack in Asda. I like to pick up the odd bag, but would have never though to buy a multipack, as they aren't that interesting to me, but hubby decided he wanted a multipack.

                We got the Spicy flavour and the pack cost £1.42. The bags were full sized as the individual ones, which is unusual as other manufactureres scale their bags down a bit.

                The pack looked alright. The colourings on it was dark colours such as navy blue and red, so they would stand out on the shelf. The writing is in white on the bag, so it all looks alright.

                I never took a thought to the shape of the Crisps before and although I knew they were in some odd shapes, it never occurred to me the name Transform a Snack then that's what you could do. The 2 shapes of the Crisps are Hoops and Sticks with branches off them. What do they mean? Well you can attatch the hoops onto the sticks and make a set of wheels. Cool, I get to play with my food! I have to state I normally just shovel these into my mouth, but I had fun assembling something for about 10 seconds.

                The Crisps aren't that hard, and kinda Corn Puff-y. They melt in your mouth a bit as well. The flavouring is alright. Although they say Spicy, they aren't too Spicy. My hubby thinks they have a taste of Pickled Onion to them, whereas I think they are like Spicy Tomato Wheat Crunchies.

                Crisps that are that bit different. They are alright, but I wouldn't rush out for them.

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                11.10.2009 17:32
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                A Nice Unusual Bag Of Crisps For When You Don't Want Walkers

                When it comes to crisps I don't want the same old flavour and brand all the time and sometimes grab a few bags of the cheaper puffy crisps in the shop by me. Today I brought a packet of Transform A Snack because I'd not had them in ages and fancied a bag for a change.

                The flavour I got was Spicy but you can get Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar as well, but in my opinion the Spicy one is the best because it's got a lovely strong flavour and isn't actually as spicy as you'd think.

                They are baked corn snacks instead of potato crisps and have got a wicked texture that melts down in your mouth into a sticky mess, and i know that sounds horrible but it's very nice and a proper change from Walkers and other brands of crisps. I suppose the crisp they're most like is Wotsits because they have got that melting texture and are more filling than they look.

                The flavour is more like spicy tomato than them being proper spicy, they have got a bit of a kick in the aftertaste but not much and even little kids can eat them so they can't be all that hot! They've got a lovely moorish flavour that means once you open a bag you can't stop eating them until every single one has gone and then I bet you tip the bag up to get all the crumbs out of the bottom like I do.

                It makes me laugh that your not supposed to play with your food but these crisps come in circles and like a chubby stick man shape and you're supposed to fit the circles to the body so they turn into wheels and the crisp becomes a car. Not a very good car but I suppose it gives the kids something to do instead of just shovelling them into their mouths!

                These cost 25p now and I'm sure they used to only be 15p at one time so that's a bit of a price hike, you get loads of crisps in the bag though so well worth 25p when you think a bag of Walkers is about double the price and taste naff since they changed the oil in them anyway.

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                  23.08.2009 16:28
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                  Tasty crisps that come at a very cheap price of just 25p

                  I have had these crisps after school so much as they are really cheap and were always in stock on the walk home. They are actually really tasty and considering they cost just 25p for a 28g pack, they're fantastic! The packet actually looks pretty big too - it's quite long and contains a good deal of crisps of all different shapes. The crisps are really light corn snacks but they do have quite a subtle yet tasty flavour.

                  They are shaped as all different things including rings, H-shaped ones and more, which are meant to reprsent space equipment I think. They are quite messy and very fragile crisps as they are made of corn. The packet is filled with them to the top, so you get a great amount but they're very light and don't weigh much.

                  They are said to be 'spicy' flavour yet they just taste of tomato really and aren't spicy at all. They have quite a sweet taste instead and it's pretty nice. They cost just 25p so are ideal for a quick snack and you can get 2 packs for 50p, which would fill you up as opposed to getting a single more expensive packet for just under 50p. I'd recommend them, as they are pretty tasty and very cheap! I have only found them in small newsagents and certain supermarkets so you have to keep an eye out for them.

                  Thanks for reading,

                  Dan ©

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                    18.08.2009 01:21
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                    Nice for a change!

                    When it comes to snacks I love them and for some reason I've always loved cheap food! I've just sat here pondering why and I reckon cos when I was a kid and growing up we only ever had good, expensive food actually! We never had a lot years ago but food was of the utmost importance in my home and when kids were eating this type of stuff in school breaks I was more likely to have prawns or melon or something! Nowadays of course I'm older and when it comes to what I eat I'm pretty much in control of it which is why today in my local Nisa store when I saw these priced at 25p a bag I decided to give them a whirl. (Just don't tell me Mother though) lol.

                    The Packaging:

                    Long oblong, foil packet with a racing car on the front and I'm told they are Golden Wonder Transform-A-Snack 'Pickled Onion' Flavoured Corn Snacks and then I'm told that they are baked not fried. On the back of the bag there is a cartoon strip and then I'm given a quality guarantee, ingredients and allergy advice is listed, size is stated (28g), the best before date is stamped on there, nutritional information is given, contact details for Golden wonder Limited are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. It actually looks a good quality bag and is very much directed at children in my opinion.

                    The Snacks:

                    Well as I have said I tried the pickled onion flavour and as soon as I opened the bag there was a distinct and strong smell of pickled onion. I even felt I could smell pickling vinegar within these snacks. The snacks are made of corn and yellow in colour and don't feel too greasy on the fingers but they are a little dense and the bits do come off onto your fingers and they do make your fingers stink lol.

                    They are shaped in this case as small circles and what looks like the body of a car. I did manage to actually make little cars with them.....well for the purpose of this review I had to of course! lol.

                    Taste wise they were ok. They did taste of pickled onion, they were a little sour and they did have a taste of corn to them with a bit of a crunch and they were easy to digest and not too filling either. Tangy and nicely seasoned and not too greasy..... I actually quite liked them for a change to be honest but couldn't sit and pig out on them as they are very strongly flavoured and really did make me thirsty afterwards. Good quality and slightly different to anything else I've taste crisp wise and they are ok and I advise people to try them!

                    Nutritional Information per Pack (28g):

                    Energy: 134
                    Protein: 1.5g
                    Carbohydrate: 17.1g
                    of which sugars: 0.9g
                    Fat: 8.6g
                    of which saturates: 0.4g
                    Fibre: 0.9g
                    Sodium: 0.31g
                    equivalent as salt: 0.8g

                    Allergy Advice:

                    Contains: Milk, What, Gluten And Mustard.

                    Other Information:

                    Suitable for vegetarians.
                    No artificial colours.

                    Available in all good supermarkets, corner shops etc.

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                      10.08.2009 15:13
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                      Good value, not so great product

                      Another culinary delight for you here (and it is a delight!), that is the world-renowned Transform-A-Snack...well, renowned in parts of the UK I guess...

                      One walking around a local Tesco Metro this lunchtime I came across these bad boys right next to the Space Raiders...of course, the first dilemma was which one of these to choose. Both were 25p, 28 gram bags and undoubtedly awful compared to some of the other crisps on offer, but easily the cheapest! Today though, I've risked it all and gone for the "TAS."

                      They come in a 'spicy' flavour, which fear not, just tastes like tomato rather than some outlandish spiced products from the sub-continent...oh wait, we're talking about budget crisps here...

                      Most people will remember these from their youth, the same with Space Raiders, but the packaging has improved slightly from what I remember. It comes in a glossy bag in a blue and red style, with pictures of 'spacemen' and 'space buggies' on the front, which of course, is what you're meant to make using the crisps. Ultimately, they will all be broken up inside so don't hold your breath.

                      The crisps inside come in a couple of different shapes - from rings (which are, apparently, the wheels) to H-shaped crisps, which represent the astronauts or the space buggies chassis. The taste of them is, as mentioned, very tomato-ish. It's got a certain kick to it which helps accomplish the 'spicy' flavour, but they're little different to those tomato crisps I had as a small child at school which came in ball shapes and cost 10p a bag. (Answers on a postcard as I've forgotten the name. Thanks!)

                      Naturally, they're not the most nutritional of crisps, let alone snacks. The average 28g bag is made up of 131 calories and contains 7.4g of fat. A lot of crisps nowadays (Quavers for example) have pushed their average bag down below 100 calories, so they'll need to push it down if the want the brand to become 'mainstream'. I use that term loosely.

                      So, in conclusion, with TAS you simply just get what you pay for. Most crisps packets cost around the 50p mark these days. Considering these are half that, you can hardly expect a taste sensation, but then again, I'd happily have another packet tomorrow...shame I'm not going to Tesco...

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                        24.03.2009 17:00
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                        GREAT LITTLE SNACK THAT IS BIG ON FLAVOUR.

                        I LOVE cheap crisps. Don't ask me why. I've always been the same, even as a kid at the tuck shop i'd always opt for those 10p Postman Pat crisps or "bikers".. remember them? :-D

                        Not only do I love cheap crisps, but I love crisps that are more of the "baked" variety than actual crispy crisps (normal crisps). Baked crisps include things like monster munch, wotsits, quavers, crunchy sticks, and these transform-a-snack crisps.

                        I buy these snacks regularly, although it is usually the Pickled Onion Flavour. Being in my local shops today for a few bits and pieces, I spotted the "flamin hot" variety and decided I would give them a try.

                        The crisps cost a mere 20p for a 28g bag. I won't go on too much about the nutritional information, but I will say that there is 6.4g fat per bag.

                        Upon opening the bag of crisps, there is an immediate aroma of spices which smells delicious. The crisps are in various shapes like hoops or rings, and sort of 'T' shapes. The taste is really nice and pleasant, not too overpowering, and not over-sickly. The "flamin hot" flavour is certainly that, and my tongue is every so slightly hot after munching a few of these crisps. Half way down the bag, I'm needing a sip of lemonade. I wouldn't say they are too hot, but you are certainly aware of the spice and seasoning on your tongue after you have eaten them.

                        I would say that the flavour of these crisps is not far off of the "flamin hot monster munch" (for those of you who have tried them you will know what I mean about the spice/heat) and is just as pleasant. There isn't too many differences in the taste at all, although the shapes, price etc are obviously completely different.

                        I will definitely buy these again, and am actually a trifle concerned about becoming a bit addicted to these (I had to be banned from buying monster munch for a while... won't go into details, cough.... >:-o ) as I love having crisps to munch in the afternoons whilst I am watching tv, or reading, or (like today) dooyooing!

                        I'd recommend these crisps as long as you aren't scared of a bit of spice! Also, for kids parties or sleepovers I think these would go down a treat, (with the big kids too) and I can't really think of any other crisps that taste as good as these for what they cost.

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                          There a certain things that when I see them take me back to when I was child and when I saw Transform-A-Snack in the shop the other day, I got so excited and had to pop a couple of packets onto the counter.

                          When it comes to Chocolate, I am not a chocolate lover at all, my downfall is sweets and crisps, especially snacks that appeal more to kids and thats when the big kid in me comes out to play. Although I love normal crisp, put something like Monster Munch or Wotsits in front of me and I will devour them.

                          Just 20p a bag for Transform-A-Snack, although where I bought them from they were 3 for 50p, which made me think of childhood prices paying less for quite a big bag of snacks. The good thing about the shop that I bought them from was they had them in all different flavours, Spicy flavour, Beef, Cheese and Onion and Pickled Onion, so I omitted the Pickled Onion and had a bag of each of the other flavours and couldnt actually decided which one to eat first, the variety was puzzling me.

                          Transfoer-A Snack are based on the program Transformers which was also a popular program when I was a child and one that I grew up with. When you open a bag of these up you will notice various different shapes, all which are related to the actual program and all different sizes, some like cars which are quite big and little rings to add a bit of variation. I couldn't wait to get stuck into these.

                          The flavour hits your nostrils straight away with Transform-A-Snack and each bag does smell quite potently of the actual flavour that you are about to eat, and when you taste them you realise that they don't scrimp either on this flavour, which is extremely intense.

                          There are several ways that you can eat Transform-A-Snack if the big kid in you comes back when you buy a bag of these, you can either crunch them as they are extremely crunchy or you can lap the flavouring up by sucking them and waiting for them to melt in your mouth as they do.

                          Low in calories and not to bad for you really, they are a nice treat and take me back to when I used to love this product so much, I will most certainly be stocking up on these.

                          Not sure whether they are availablein Supermarkets, however the shop I bought them from did have a multi pack of 6 in Spicy Tomato flavour so a possibility that they may start to appear in supermarket chains. Touch wood, hope they do as they are realy tasty for the low price that you pay.

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                          Available in Spicy, Saucy BBQ, Pickled Onion, Cheese & onion, Beef and Flamin' Hot (which covers all the major food groups).