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Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps

Posted by Big Boo on January 15th, 2009

hedgehog flavoured crispsTowards the latter half of last year UK crisp manufacturer Walkers ran a competition for people to come up with a new flavour of potato crisps that Walkers could then manufacture.  Well, the results of the competition were released recently and the six flavours which are going to be manufactured can be seen at the end of this post.

Some of the new flavours are a little strange, and this reminded me of some crisps that were insanely popular for a short time at the beginning of the 1980’s.  In 1981 Phillip Lewis launched Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps, which sold like mad with people eager to sample what the humble hedgehog might taste like.  They were sold in beige coloured packets with a picture of a cartoon hedgehog licking its lips on the front (the cannibal!).

Of course, it turned out to be just a ruse, with the flavour of the crisps actually coming from pork fat (Mmmmmm, hog fat! as Homer once said).  Indeed on the back of the packet it jokingly said “Savour all the flavour of traditional country fare cooked the old fashioned way without harming a single spike of a real hedgehog“.

Anyway, going back to the new Walkers crisps flavours, they should now be available in the shops and Walkers are encouraging you to vote for your favourite, which will then become a permanent addition to their range, with the others going the way of the Hedgehog flavoured crisp.  The new flavours are:-

  1. Cajun Squirrel – Hmm.  Bet it tastes like chicken crisps, just like when people try an unusual meat and say it tastes a bit like chicken…  This is the one that reminded me of the Hedgehog crisps.
  2. Crispy Duck and Hoi Sin – Sounds nice but I’m sure I’ve seen this before amongst the “extra fancy” crisps though.
  3. Fish and Chips – Surprised this hasn’t been done before.  Wait a minute, it has… (sort of)
  4. Builder’s Breakfast – Apparently it’s meant to be bacon, buttered toast, tomato ketchup and eggs.  What’s the betting it tastes mostly like crispy bacon?
  5. Chilli and Chocolate – Boke!  Somehow chocolate flavour crisps sounds awful, and personally I don’t like chilli anyway.  I can see how some might enjoy it though.
  6. Onion Bhaji – Again not one I would personally choose, but I can see it being popular.  Might be a bit like Pickled Onion Monster Munch?