“ Brand: Wicked Pig / Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I'm not quite sure exactly why I bought these, as I don't tend to buy meat snack products, but they looked quite interesting so I thought I'd give them a try as something to snack on rather than my usual unhealthy chocolates and crisps (not that this is healthy either, but hey). They come in little sealed bags in the refridgerated section of your average supermarket, and come in this Hog Roast flavour, or in Sweet & Sour, Firecracker Chilli or Southern Fried. I normally base my choices out of what looks most popular, so I chose the Hog Roast one. They are basically little shaped discs of cooked and minced pork which are seasoned with flavours. You can eat them cold or warm them in the microwave for about a minute to eat them hot (you can warm them in the bag). I thought the flavour of them was pretty good, as I do like cocktail sausages, which they reminded me of. The size of each pork disc is quite good, not too big and not too small, so adults and even children would find them easy to eat. They don't look all that appetising once you get them out of the bag, but I don't think there's much you can do to make minced pork look pretty! I was happy with my choice of flavour as I like quite a normal flavour of meat rather than a fancier chilli etc variety. They are not sticky or greasy either so are not awkward to eat in that sense, although you obviously should wash your hands after eating them! I notice they are quite similar in product style to Mattesons Fridge Raiders, which are found on the same shelf, which are another meat snack product. As I have not tasted these, I am not sure which is better but I wonder how Wicked Pig would fare long term in comparison to this more established product. Wicked Pig is manufactured by Tulip, who produce other well known pork products such as Danepak and the legendary Spam, so I can see why they might want to expand their range and reach a new 'snacking' market with this product. Marketing wise, the blue bag it comes in is quite attractive looking and would appeal to mostly men but also ladies to. There is a bit of a medieval kind of theme to the packaging in terms of the writing, and I really like the brand name Wicked Pig, as it gives a fun feel to the product. As a meat item, you do need to keep it refrigerated, and once you have bought it, you usually have about 2 weeks within which to eat it, which is quite a good shelf life for a meat item. This bag costs 69 pence for 1, although you can usually find it on offer as 2 for £1. The bag is deceivingly big and the pork discs don't even make up half of the bag - I think you get approx 8-10 pieces in a bag, which is enough for a little snack, but I'm sure the packaging could be a lot smaller. Each pack is 131 calories which I think is quite a bit for a snack (I usually think anything under 100 calories is okay), and as you can imagine, fat and salt content is quite high. Therefore, I don't believe this is a snack for people who are on a healthy diet, but I cannot knock it for its price and convenience. It does make a good alternative for snacking on the usual crisps, and the format makes it easy to eat. Personally, I don't think I will be buying these again as it just felt a bit weird to be snacking on a meaty smelly item during the day when I was at work (where I do most of my snacking!), I think I still prefer to snack on crisps, chocolate and similar items. I think its great for people who are keen on pork and meat, but I can't help thinking that the bag doesn't actually offer too much food in it, and I wouldn't say its quite enough to keep you full, as I felt like I still needed something else afterwards to satisfy that empty feeling you get when you want to snack. Perhaps if you don't care much for a massive portion to snack on then it might be okay for you.