Tuesday, 25 September 2012
I'LL KEEP IT CRISP..
Tayto and King Cheese n' Onion flavour. It never fails to amaze me how much time Irish people spend pontificating over the merits of our country's two biggest crisp producers. As if we haven't spent long enough as a nation trying to evade the various potato related stereotypes. Granted it's mostly lorry driving muck-savages from Monaghan and the like who, lets face it are a walking cliche and deserve it, but I've heard alot of coverage of this topic lately and personally I think they're both shit , so we're not going to talk about them here. It's my game, I make the rules.
Corn snacks on the other hand - now there's a grand genre of crisp. I'll tell you my favourites shall I...again, my game, my rules so I go first. Feel free to contribute however. One caveat - Burger Bites should be top of this list but I've excluded them because it worries me how much air time they've had on here already.
1. Storming into first place is the ultimate pickled onion flavour corn snack ring things. Remember these bad boys? They didn't get nearly enough credit when they were around. And I don't want to hear from any Meanies fans claiming superiority, you're not welcome here.
2. Ah the Chickatee. Many a Sunday afternoon would be spent together on the on the couch in the foetal position nursing a hangover. Out would come the multi-pack of Wheelies, Snax and Chickatees, and back into the goodie cupboard would go the Wheelies and the Snax.
3. .Banshee bones. Salt n' vinegar melt in the mouth type affair. Like many other corn snacks they deteriorated in later years and became full of air holes but they had a good run and I reflect with fondness on them, securing them third place in my league table.
4. While technically not a corn snack they're close enough - Rancheros are the ultimate bacon flavour crisp. On a negative note, the smell stays on your hands for ages and is not so delicious after the feeding frenzy.
5. I don't know what these are made of, corn or otherwise, but I don't care they're going on my list. Scampi Fries. Only sold these days in pubs down the country that double up as the local shop with a shelf behind the bar stocking baked beans, nappies, Emerald sweets, phone cards and Bic biros.