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So long, salt and vinegar: how crisp flavours went from simple to sensational

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  1. [5]
    mat
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    Salt and vinegar is still the best though. That's the flavour I pick up more than any other. Simple but tasty. I live very close to Kettle's UK factory (if the wind is blowing the right way I can...

    Salt and vinegar is still the best though. That's the flavour I pick up more than any other. Simple but tasty.

    I live very close to Kettle's UK factory (if the wind is blowing the right way I can smell crisps cooking) so we get all their trial flavours in the local shops, which is always interesting. Personally I find crisp flavours often don't work - just the other day I was eating some and thinking how if you blindfolded me and asked me what flavour they were I almost certainly wouldn't say "maple glazed roast duck", it just tastes like a sort of generic meat with a little sweetness to it.

    11 votes
    1. EightRoundsRapid
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      The best salt and vinegar crisps I've had are Iceland's "Luxury" salt and white wine vinegar crisps. They're so strong they strip layers off your tongue and make your lips peel.

      The best salt and vinegar crisps I've had are Iceland's "Luxury" salt and white wine vinegar crisps. They're so strong they strip layers off your tongue and make your lips peel.

      5 votes
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      mycketforvirrad
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      A couple of years ago Walkers released a range of limited edition flavours. This is the range of the six flavours. I think the only flavour I found remotely well balanced and palatable was the...

      A couple of years ago Walkers released a range of limited edition flavours. This is the range of the six flavours. I think the only flavour I found remotely well balanced and palatable was the cheese, cucumber and salad cream one. I wasn't surprised when, as they all rapidlly approached their best before dates, we had to heavily discount them to try and shift them. Then inevitably bin almost whole cases we had left over.

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      1. mat
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        Next time you need to get rid of entire cases of crisps, drop me a DM... :)

        Next time you need to get rid of entire cases of crisps, drop me a DM... :)

        1 vote
    3. cfabbro
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      IMO Ketchup flavored chips, which are super popular up here in Canada, are superior to Salt & Vinegar just because it includes the same, but also adds Tomato and Garlic powder to the mix. And...

      IMO Ketchup flavored chips, which are super popular up here in Canada, are superior to Salt & Vinegar just because it includes the same, but also adds Tomato and Garlic powder to the mix. And All-Dressed flavor (a combination of BBQ, Ketchup, Sour Cream & Onion, and Salt & Vinegar) is another super popular Canadian flavor that is also quite good as well. But IMO, Sour Cream & Onion reigns supreme on the chip flavor front!

      2 votes
  2. mycketforvirrad
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    In my line of work, salt and vinegar outsells every other flavour we stock by about 2:1.

    In my line of work, salt and vinegar outsells every other flavour we stock by about 2:1.

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  3. envy
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    Crisps (UK) = Chips (US)

    Crisps (UK) = Chips (US)

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  4. 0lpbm
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    I was never curious about this flavour until today: Yuck!

    I was never curious about this flavour until today: Yuck!

    1 vote