A sandwich, a packet of crisps and a piece of fruit. That was my lunch in the 1980s. I'm still happy with this combo now but since the 80s nutritional information has changed. The salty savoury snack is now the bad guy and comes accompanied by a side order of guilt. Not only that, but, and I'm sure it's not my imagination, the pack sizes have shrunk. Open some crisps now and you can count them in a glance. Like Oliver, I want to ask for more.
I honestly don't remember what made me first recall the cheesy Wotsits of my youth. I do know though that what drew me in was the mere 98 calories per pack and the full to bursting bag. Open a packet of Wotsits and you will feel like you have eaten as opposed to sampled a taste.
Cheesy Wotsits are technically not a crisp but a cheese flavoured corn puff. They are baked, not fried, keeping the calorie count down though not making them the most nutritious part of your packed lunch. Wotsits can come in different flavours, including special editions, but the standard is cheese. I'd be hard pressed to guess the type of cheese but its a tasty savoury flavouring. In the odd pack you will find a Wotsits that has been super soaked in flavouring. That's a 'lucky' Wotsit for me!
Wotsits come in single or multi packs. The multi packs can contain 6, 12 or 18 in a supermarket. However, you'll often find packs in pound or discount stores where the number of the packs has been adjusted to achieve a particular price point.
Wotsits are aimed at children. The packs are bright, the ads are loud and years back, there were kiddy related give always inside. I have had people comment when I've been spotted munching a pack and ask why I'm eating childrens food. I recommend that they buy their own pack to experience the melt in the mouth flavour experience and try adding a few to a boring sandwich.
So, in short, if you remember Wotsits from your youth and are looking for a tasty, filling snack then you too may like to have a Wotsits reunion. Wotsits alone will never constitute a healthy, balanced diet, but they are tasty and more satisfying than many savoury snacks out there.
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