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Does nobody remember the original spicy flavour?? It changed when they were takin over by walkers and to this day I'm still not happy!!! They were the only crisps I ever liked and I cannot bring myself to eat the new spicy recipe!! Just not the same! Might write to smiths and tell them I would totally keep them in business if they brought them back. Obviously walkers have trade marked them now but they could change the shape and name cos after all it's the flavour I'm after! Please share if any true fans believe in what I'm saying
Over the years I have often bought Monster Munch for my children. For the main purposes of this review; I am focusing on Monster Munch Flamin' hot flavour. Other flavours available these days are Picked Onion and Roast Beef. The old bigger Mega Monster Munch are back and it means the size of each Monster Munch is big! Apparently these Big Monster Munch were around in 1977 which was the year Monster Munch was launched by Smiths (Now owned by Walkers)
I didn't realise they were that old actually! I actually prefer these in smaller shapes, rather than these larger ones. However, either way, the taste of the Flamin' hot ones is good. If you are not a lover of spicy things/snacks then these won't be for you as they are quite hot! My son really likes this flavour....its his favourite.
Monster Munch is a baked corn snack; they are actually quite crunchy when you first bite into them and then they end up sort of dissolving in your mouth, like other similar corn snacks.
Monster Munch are shaped sort of like a Foot! It hat looks to me like 4 fingers or toes with a hole in the middle. This is the idea, that it is shaped like a Monsters foot.
There have been various flavours over the years and a few limited editions .(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_Munch).
Maize, Vegetable Oil, Flamin' hot flavour (Hydrolysed Soya Protein) Fructose, Flavourings, Lactose from Milk, Glucose Syrup, Flavour enhancers (Monosodium glutamate), Acidity Regulator, Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Wheat Rusk, Sugar, Malic acid, Celery Seed Oil, Mustard seed oil, Colours, Paprika Extract, Curcumin, (from Wheat), Salt, Potassium chloride, Wheat Flour
Contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Soya, Celery, Mustard. Produced in a factory that also handles Barley.
Each 22g packet of Flamin' Hot Monster Munch contains 108 kcals
The usual cost of Monster Munch is around £1.40 per 6 pack.
Monster Munch have a really fun website which I think smaller children will love; www.megamonstermunch.com
Monster Munch are a fairly light snack; tasty and not too high in calories; worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.
My latest review will be on Mega Monster Munch in Flamin' Hot flavour. I first tried these crisps, or more accurately, baked corn snacks, a few years ago and I have loved them ever since.
I don't know about you but I hate, with a capital H, it when you buy a bag of crisps and the bag is only half empty, or half full if you're an optimist. But not with these babies, they are full to the brim - total value for money. Not only are the packets bulging but they are almost double the size than other brands. Speaking of packaging, it is bright, colourful and with a different character per flavour they appeal to the kids. As will the shape of the crisps, they look like monsters feet!
Each pack contains
Calories = 196
Sugar = 1.2g
Fat = 10/0g
Saturates = 0.8g
Salt = 0.7g
The thing I like about these figures is that it also gives you the percentage of a child's guideline daily amount, unlike the usual adults. This means you can check at a glance exactly what your child's intake is. The guideline daily amounts for men and women are also listed.
Although I only like the Flamin' Hot flavour my friends are huge fans of the Pickled Onion flavour which seem to be the most popular flavour everywhere. Monster Munch also comes in Roast Beef flavour.
My favourite thing about Monster Munch are the size of the crisps themselves - they are huge and well seasoned. The overall quality and quantity is fantastic. Nothing is compromised, it is win win.
I would recommend Monster Munch to anyone or any age. They are my favourite snacks because they are great value for money and great tasting. I hope you like them too!
OMG retro crisps,...you cant beat it.
Ok, Monster munch take me back to the 1980's, and when I was growing up as a kid, there from a time when fat content and salt content where not readily available, and it was more a case of just sod it if it look good, tastes good, and it'll sell, then really who cares!?
The Monster Munch Big eat come in variety of new flavours chiefly of which the Flamin Hot, is pure genious, combining another great Bristish love of the curry! ha. For me what makes the Monster Munch so unique is probably in its make up, they are mainly comprised of maize, so they are really quite soft compared with say standard crips which go with a resounding crunch when eaten.
The packaging is always very busy, but does its job of standing out from the crowd for mums in the supermarket.
The Ingredients however are not particularly good for you, but like anything eaten as part of a balanced diet (kids) thay are fine in moderation!
I personally find these to be my favourite type of snack, these and nick nacks, another snakc from the 1980s!
Happy monster munching
Monster Munch were introduced in 1977 and have been a favourite amongst kids and adults alike, ever since. They are a corn based snack, which were originally produced by Smiths, but now belong to Walkers.
There have been a variety of flavours available over the years including Pickled Onion, Flamin' Hot, Roast Beef, Beefburger, Smokey Bacon and a few others. These days the choices are down to Flamin' Hot, Roast Beef and my favourite, Pickled Onion.
After extensive market research, Monster Munch have been re-introduced to the market in their original larger sized snack and retro designed bag. I think they look all the better for it too and they remind me of my childhood.
Monster Munch are a chunky maize snack, which are very crunchy and come in the shape of a monster's paw. They are strong in flavour and also in smell and I can sniff out a pack from a mile off. These are not crisps that can be eaten in secret! I dread to think how bad my breath smells, after a packet of them.
They definitely are some of the tastiest snacks on the market and unlike most packs of crisps, you do get a fair amount of these in a bag. They can be rather messy though and I always end up by licking my fingers when I finish eating.
Monster Munch is available in a variety of different sizes and in Asda right now, the 10 pack is on special offer for £1, instead of it's normal £1.60. They can also be found in a 6 pack for £1.16, an 85g bag for 98p and finally a 22g bag for 45p.
Each 40g serving contains 196 calories.
They are suitable for vegetarians.
I love Monster Munch and so do my kids. They are a fun snack, which are very tasty and they will definitely keep finding their way into my basket.
Monster munch where fist brought to us by smiths crisps back in 1977. back then monster munch where called 'the prime monster', changing its name to monster munch a few years later.
in 1995 smiths crisps sold the monster munch brand to walkers. walkers decided to play around with the popular brand introducing new flavours and in the end down-sizing the nations favourite monster snack!(boo)
realizing the error of their ways walkers relaunched the 'original' sized monstermunch in 2008. A childhood favourite was reborn, and new generations are now enjoying the yummy monster snack.
Monster much today are avaliable in three strong flavours...beef, flamin hot and pickled onion. Flavours of the past have includeed smokey bacon and salt and vinegar. somkey bacon where my favourite as a kid but now i settle for beef.
The delicious maize snack is for me hard to describe. they are crunchy yet melt away.mourish. and the strong flavours that come from monster munch have never been beaten. i love to sit there with a bag and munch the toes off one by one as i did as a kid, and so does my five year old.
just lets hope walkers dont take them away from us again!
Walkers Mega Monster Munch
Roast beef flavour
What are they? Well if you don't know this already, where have you been?! Monster Munch were a staple favourite in the 80s when I was a kid and though they disappeared for a while, they are back and not only that, they are as big as they used to be too! They are a maize snack with fantastic strong flavours (again, these haven't changed since my childhood) such as roast beef, flaming hot and pickled onion.
They are shaped like monsters feet and have a glorious crunchy/melty texture when you eat them (that probably isn't the best explanation but anyone who has ever eaten them will know what I mean) Another fab selling point for me is that shops are currently selling massive 85g bags for just 99p. These bags look big but trust me, they are the perfect size for one person, and you still won't want to share!
There is also an offer available on the packs right now, collect 3 packs (or 1 85g pack) and for only £5, you get a retro t-shirt with the monsters on it. Tacky? Not at all, this actually looks really cool and I would like one.
Nutritional information is as follows;
Nutritional Information (per 40g bag)
23.6g Carbohydrates (of which only 1.2g are sugars)
10g Fat (only 0.8g are saturated)
0.27g Sodium (0.68g Salt equivalent)
The product contains Soya, Maize, Wheat
Should you buy these? Yes, yes yes! My favourite is the roast beef flavour, they are probably the best snack on the market right now. Top tip, don't open them in front of people, they will want to share them and trust me, these are not for sharing! :-)
Monster Munch have got to be one of my favourite snacks. The average price of a 40g bag is 50p but it varies depending on where you buy them from. I ate some Monster Munch last night and they were lovely. They are shaped like Monster's feet with four "toes" and are very crunchy. Most people would struggle to get a whole one in their mouth at once as each piece is quite large. They come in numerous favours: Pickled Onion, Roast Beef and Flaming Hot. My favourite is Pickled Onion as the favour is very rich and strong. This delicious snack is made by Walkers. The packets of these crisps are bold, but different colours depending on the favour you are buying. It is purple for the Pickled Onion and red for the Flaming Hot packets. There is a theme of Monsters running throughout the packaging which makes it entertaining for children. On each bag there is a picture of a funny looking monster and an invitation to "Meet the monsters" on the Monster Munch website. The bag states that the crisps are suitable for Monsters and Vegetarians....great to know for all you Monsters out there that you don't have to miss out on this yummy treat!
Nutritional values per 40g bag:-
2.4g of protein
24.0g of carbohydrates
1.2g of sugar
10.0g of fat
0.8g of saturated fat
0.7g of fibre
0.24g of sodium
Pickled Onion flavour
Hydrolysed soya protein
Celery seed oil
A yummy treat! Highly recommend.
Monster Munch can now be bought in bigger bags with a more old school theme a plain background with a monsters face on it and a bag that's the right way around. The new bags are part of the Mega Monster Munch branding in which walkers have happily admitted "We've made them smaller", the bags have part in the top right of the bag explaining. "NEW OLD! BIGGER like THEY USED TO BE". Now if only Cadbury's would admit the same about creamé eggs.
The bag I have in front of me is of "Flamin Hot" flavour, so for those bothered, this is also a review of the "Flamin' Hot" Monster Munch. Inside the red coloured plastic packet we get a rather full bag of Monster Munch, taking one out we realise rather swiftly that the crisps are about twice as thick as the standard Monster Munches. So the monsters have been on whey powder it would seem. The shape is that of a hand with a hole in the centre the same as they always have been, and the Mega brand can be bought in all three of the regular monster munch flavours.
The crisps are made out of baked corn (not potato as many rival products are) and as a result have a different texture, a much more airy one and thicker, though equally as crunchy it's a different sort of crunch that's not a "snap" but a more "crush" like feel to them. Bizarrely even a mouth as big as mine can actually only fit 2 of these in at a time.
The flavour is spicy and hot yet softly hot, it's bearable and nice as opposed to burning you're mouth out hot. Sadly the don't really have a taste that's as strong as it could be the problem isn't as noticeable with the normal sized ones when you can fit a handful in you're mouth at once, sadly only being able to get 2 in seems to make it more noticeable. There is plenty of flavour in each one for a mere mortal maybe, but I'm the sort of person who shovels food into their mouth and these feel weak because of an inability to fill you're mouth. The crunching feel though is brilliant and it's more in you're face than normal ones which just seem to crumble sometimes whilst theses seem solid (infact I had a few fingers fall off in the bottom of the bag but none of that dusty mess that usually gets left).
Nutritional Information (per 40g bag)
23.6g Carbohydrates (of which only 1.2g are sugars)
10g Fat (only 0.8g are saturated)
0.27g Sodium (0.68g Salt equivalent)
The product contains Soya, Maize, Wheat.
Overall they taste a little bit disappointing when compared to the smaller ones, however they are improvement in size, it's always nice to get bigger bags of things. Also the crisps currently have a T shirt offer for a Monster Munch T Shirt (I'm ordering one). The whole campaign is meant to appeal to the over 18's that remember the old style packets of the crisps though funnily enough I think all crisps appeal to me as long as they are of a flavour I like. Overall the increase in size (of the packet and of each individual one) is the key difference between these and the normal ones and so if you eat crisps by each one you'll prefer these, if you like to fill you're mouth you may find yourself going back to the old new ones not the new old ones (silly marketing).
Now, I can remember being slightly afraid of one of the monsters from the Monster Munch adverts when I was a child (before adverts and movies had the "contains mild peril" pre-warning), but that did not stop me eating the original Monster Munch. The Roast Beef was my firm favourite.
I particularly liked the method of eating the 1980's version of Monster Munch where you take each foot shaped snack and eat each of the "toes" first, then the rest... but these were large enough in the 1980s that you could not fit the whole snack in your mouth in one go so you had to bite bits off it. That was part of the appeal for me. They had a nice maize taste and texture which came through the strong flavours.
After Walkers took over Monster Munch and they seemed to put them on a diet so the snacks in the new bags from the 1990s were hideously small and I found them oily and over flavoured (they were always highly flavoured, but when the snacks were larger you atleast got the taste of the maize, when they were shrunk, all I could taste was the oil and the flavouring). I avoided them.
Seeing "Mega Monster Munch" back on sale a few months ago in huge bags (85g in Morrisons), I was quietly rejoicing that I could once again play with my food and eat these toe by toe!. I bought a pack of the Roast Beef Mega Monster Munch for 99p for a large bag.. and merrily took it home to see if Walkers were lying or if they had, indeed, dusted off the 1970/1980's manufacturing machinery and made an effort to right their wrongs (their wrongs being to make these small).
*The Retro Product*
I have only so far seen and re-tried the Roast Beef Mega Monster Munch- each snack is in the shape of a foot (as always) and each one of the MEGA variety measures 1.5 inches wide x 1 inch long. Now, I seem to remember (as the photo on the pack here would verify) the feet used to be longer than they were wide and these are wider than they are long, but this is a very small detail (I am being very harsh by pointing this out as it could just be my memory failing me here) and the main thing is they ARE much larger than "normal" monster munch. So they ARE worth buying.
The range includes "Flaming Hot", "Roast Beef" and "Pickled Onion". Monster Munch are heavily flavoured and they do contain MSG. I'm not going to list all the ingredients, but manly they are maize, vegetable oil,. flavourings (quite a few listed), colouring, salt and wheat flour. The pickled onion flavour is renouned for making your eyes water, so if you have never tried these crisps- be aware they are STRONG. You will certainly need to wash your hands after eating any of the flavours as they are smely (I would NOT recommend eating these at work as you WILL stink the office out).
Its a snack food, so look away or scroll down if you do not want to see this...
One 40g bag =
10g fat (but only 0.9g of saturated fat)
0.67g of salt
I saw a promotional pack of the 40g MEGA monster munch in a newsagents yesterday (58p) and there is a pack collect offer on at the moment- collect 3 packs of the 40g product or 1 85g bag and pay £5 and you get a retro t-shirt (in grey for ladies/ skinny fit) or white for guys (s, m , l, xl sizes). The t-shirts feature the monsters from the 1980s and as I have a resurrected mild peril fear to face, my order is already in the post! The offer runs until March 2010.
This has pictures of the Tshirts and a section of "Celebrity Fans" which is quite interesting...
I much prefer the MEGA/ Retro monster munch, but my natural pessimism tells me this will be a limited edition release and Walkers will soon go back to just making the small monster munch they have given us all through the 1990s. I hope they don't as I will stop buying them as soon as the "Snacks like 1977" (as it claims on the website) disappear again.
If you liked these in the 1980s then the MEGA Monster Munch will not disappoint you. The Tshirts are DEFINITELY worth sourcing out too.
I love the odd trip down memory lane so when I saw a large bag (85g for 99p in Sainsbury's) of Mega Monster Munch Pickled Onion I just had to pick them up.
Most readers will already know what Monster Munch are, well, quite a few years back they used to be much larger with seemingly bags more flavouring. Well this is where Mega Monster Munch have come back from, the old days!
There is three flavours available at present: Pickled Onion, Roast Beef & Flamin' Hot. Pickled onion are my favourite as they are heavily coated in onion flavouring and very vinegary. They give stinking breath but I don't care as they taste delicious! Roast Beef really do have a lovely, deep, meaty smell to them. Flamin' Hot will almost knock your head off, they are delicious hot & spicy and there is something incredibly addictive about them.
Mega Monster Munch are about twice the size of a standard Monster Munch and they are meant to be shaped like a monsters hand so you have a circle with lots of little fingers coming off of it. I like to bite off the fingers one by one and really savour each and every crisp.
There are two different pack sizes available but I always buy the 85g ones for 99p if I can see them because is the best value for money.
I would definitely recommend Mega Monster Munch as they are large, full of taste and simply delicious. They are lovely and crisp and crunchy and one of my favourite crisps.
I thoroughly enjoy these crisps and for this reason I am rating them 5/5 as I think they're top!
It's a Pickled Onion lovers delight - MEGA Monster Munch Old Skool styleee.
Now I've been married for a fair few years and so snogging is not high on my agenda. In fact interacting with my other half has moved into the mentally intune with each other so we've no need to speak, let alone snog much state. Where, dear god is this heading...?
Well, my one true food love is the mighty pickled onion and all it's various flavour distributings over both the onion itself and the many potato and corn based snacks to be discovered. Therefore, my pungent breath is now fully onioned out whereas in my early marital courting stages I may have been more conscience and considerate.
Now I just don't care ..... and neither does he.....it's true love
So, as I was merrily browsing away in Sainsbury's I happened to spy these particular Mega Monster Munch corn Based Snacks in a Whopping 85gram bag at 2 packs for £1.50 - yes yes yes.
Now I'll admit that these were my very favourite crisps when I was younger and when Walkers took over and made them smaller and did something ghastly with the flavours I just couldn't accept the changes. I moved over to the dark side and have had a long and passionate affair with KP Pickled Onion Space raiders at 10p for a 25 gram pack - filthy and so so right.
So I eyed these new - back to the Old Style Monster Munch with great consternation. Wouls this massive bag be full of little munch's? Would the flavour be all messed up? Would all my childhood dreams be spoiled. Needless to say these were some pretty big questions for a corn-based snack to answer.
And so I set out on a voyage of discovery........
The pack itself, is awesomely MASSIVE and is deep purple with the big yellow and green monster of old grinning at me with his one eye. The back asks - "Were have you been?" of the monsters and whilst not giving full justification of their dissapearance I am comforted by my old friends the original monsters who are urging me to check out the flaming hot and roast beef varieties (which I won't because they're not pickled onion - such is my way).
This snack is encouragingly suitable for "Monsters and Vegetarians". I then find myself puzzled by the difficulty of working out the nutrtional value. There are two rates of information on offer the first is for a 40gram serving and the second is for a 100gram serving - so how am I meant to find out the details on the 85gram serving with out grossly taxing my appaling mathematics skills?
Well, I'm just not in the mood for the calculus so for the purposes of this review I am going to consider the 40gram information which will be 2.5g out from exactly half a bag - even I could fathom that out. That's close enough - but still a bit misleading of Walkers if you ask me. Especially as being the fat, overeating, pickled onion obsessed wino that I am there's quite simply no way that I am going to leave half the bag. No with these beauties it's all or nothing.
So..a 40gram serving contains 196 calories and 24 grams of carbohydrate of which 1.2 grams is sugar. It contains 10grams of fat of which 0.8g are saturates and 0.62g of salt. Even my rubbish maths brain can tell that these are fatty, salty and pretty much bad for you which is good because that's always what I'm looking for when I have a crisps binge.
Enough with the packet...what are they like?
Well, it is with much trepidation that I pull open the pack to be warmly greeted by the eyewateringly strong vinegar onion flavour. It's like an old friend. I am so relieved to discover that the original flavour is either back, or is simply enhanced by being on a bigger snack.
And these are bigger. These are the monster feet of old. They can fit on your fingers like rings with toes and they are just as gritty and flaky as ever. They have a lovely fresh crunch. It's dense and satisfying. I like to bite the toes off my snack and sometimes I'll suck them till they melt - but that's another story.
I can't stop..I won't stop they are heaven. The vinegar hit, the onion undertones, the perfect seasoning and the delightful shape ...mmmmmm
I know I'll finish the bag, but I do shock myself by getting three quarters of the way down and starting to feel the burn. My tounge is screaming with vinegar. The roof of my mouth is scratched from all the corn toes. My teeth are gunged up with corn mush. I press on..I will not be beaten.
The end is nigh...
I hit the bottom of this mammouth foil pack and look longinly at it remembering a time when we used to put crisp packets in the oven to shrink them to make badges and this monster munch was my choice. I remember my Dad saying that I needed to attend to my teeth because the pickled onion stench was offending him.
I also have a great concern that these packets are in an end-aisle dump bin in Sainsburys. They are being sold off in a deal and I know in my heart that Walkers may not be bringing them back to main consumer purchasing but just teasing us with a quick passing "try this fad".
So I say to Walkers: Yes, this bag is filled with too much and If like me, you have no will power you will be forced to consume and uncalculatable number of calories in the quest to have the roof of your mouth burnt out. But please please Walkers, make these the ones you market from now on, in smaller bags, Just keep this flavour - it's the truest pickled onion delight going (apart form Ede's Pickled Onions form Exeter).
Just look at what happened to Wispa's
I love these crisps. I remember monster munch seeming to be pretty massive as a kid, and then they made them smaller. Now they're described as new 'old' style, meaning they have returned them to their previous monster size.
These snacks by walkers are a baked corn snack, they have a melt in the mouth texture and can be found in various flavours. My packet I had is flamin' hot (but gotta love the pickled onion too.) Flamin' hot is a lovely tingly spicy flavour that definitely packs a punch to your tastebuds.
The mega monster much come in a 40g pack, with a picture of the monster on the front. A cute blue one with his tongue poking out, very appealing to kids I'd assume. Even my 2 year old Reed likes these, but I only let him have a couple because as with most snacks of this type they contain quite a bit of salt (0.68g a pack) and (10g) fat. I think they contain less saturated fat than they probably did in the days of the original mega monster munch, because walkers have changed the oil which they use to make them.
These are suitable for vegetarians, although maybe not suitable for those with a sensitive mouth. As I already said, the flavour is quite strong, and the texture of the corn crisps melts and leaves your tongue feeling a bit fuzzy and weird. That's probably the only thing I dislike about these crisps!
I havnt always been a fan of the monster munch crisps as I was off put by the pickle onion and the roast beef were just okay too me. Then one day, when I was feeling adventourous I decided to give these a go. I liked the wotsits flaming hot crisps so thought I might like these too and gave them a chance.
When buying I noticed that they were only available in the big eat packets. This annoyed me slightly as the pickle onion flavour is available in the smaller size so why isnt this? For people that only have a smaller appetitie may not want to induldge in such a big packet and I feel that walkers have lost customers in doing it this way. I'm aware you can buy them at normal size in a multipack but for someone who does'nt really like the other flavour its not really an option.
Anyway I powered through and brought them. They ended up being expensive for crisps due to the size but i was willing to try them. On the first taste I instantly liked them. Although they didnt seem that hot to begin with, they definatly had a certain kick to them which I feel the other flavours lack. The more i ate, the hotter my mouth became but it wasnt like my mouth was on fire. It was a pleasent sensation which left me wanting more, so maybe the big eat packet's not so bad after all.
Flamin Hot monster munch has got to be the most glorious crisps known to mankind. Not only are they big and crunchy, they have a great spicy taste to give that uniqueness about it. It is exactly what is says on the pack 'BIG EAT'. If you compare this flavour to the pickled onion, this flavour is sizzling and leaves a buzz in your mouth. It is a delightful addiction and it is forgiveable to eat a scrumpcious pack, despite the excess fat and oil in all potato crisps. The red colourful packaging is a sure indicator of the anticipation of the taste to come. Flamin hot releases a calypso of flavours ranging from hot, chilli spicy crisps that are forever lasting.
The only disadvantage of these baked crisp flavours are that when consuming them they can leave a soggy paste in your teeth that is hard to get rid of straightaway. However the taste is so great you will not even care! Simple chewing gum or mint afterwards will solve the problem