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      13.05.2012 00:56
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      I really like them.

      I really enjoy strong flavours and so this goes with anything I snack on. I generally have packets of several packets of Walkers Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks in my larder because I enjoy the strong flavours that these crisps have, but also my kids really enjoy these and it's something I will regularly put in their packed lunch boxes. I usually buy these in a multi packet from Tesco. A multi packet contains 8 packets of the Walkers Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks and this will cost £1.75 each, which equates to just 22p per individual packet. I think that this is a good price for a branded product from a quality manufacturer like Walkers and it's something I'm willing to pay. Each individual packet within the multipack contains 22g of the chopsticks and so this means that the packets are actually fairly small, but they are big enough for a small snack (although I have to admit that I will often have two packets back-to-back). The come in traditional cellophane plastic packaging that has ingredients and nutritional information printed on it clearly. Each packet contains only 108 calories which, for a packet of crisps, is not bad at all and I will even treat myself with a packet every now and again when I'm on a diet. The crisps are made in the form of sticks and they are made of maize. The sticks are crunchy but equally will dissolve on the tongue is you such on the sticks, which I am quite partial to doing. What I particularly like about these crisps is the fact that they are such a strong flavour and you do kind of get that wow factor as the flavour explodes in your mouth. I think the flavour is much fresher and crisper compared to other salt and vinegar crisps I have tried - and this is why they are a favourite of mine. I also like the fact that they do not feel or taste very greasy, although there is a slight greasy residue. Overall, I really like Walkers Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks and I will continue to buy them.

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        26.05.2011 10:00
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        A great tasting snack/low in calories

        When i was a child I always remember Smiths Crisps; not Walkers but Smiths. However Walkers were around then but there were 3 names all owned by Nabisco; Smiths, Walkers & Tudor. After Pepsico took over from Nabisco; The Tudor name was dropped and the Smiths name gradually got phased out in favour of Walkers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkers_(snack_foods) Some crisps/potato/maize snacks still retain the Smiths name including Frazzles and of course Chipsticks. The type of crisps that I am desperate to eat once more are Savoury vinegar flavour; i love these so much that I am considering writing to Walkers to ask them to bring them back!! Anyway back to Chipsticks. I have always liked this snack. I actually slightly prefer the ready salted chipsticks, although its rare that i see these. Its even a little rare to see Salt 'n' vinegar flavour! I bought my most recent pack at Asda. They usually come in packs of 8. The odd thing is I can't see anywhere on the packets that informs you how many grams there are in the bag. I'm not sure why this is, but obviously these snacks wouldn't weigh very much as they are a very light snack. I would estimate that there are about 20g in each bag. Smiths Chipsticks are a maize & potato snack. They come in a packet that actually reminds you of chips, with salt and vinegar. There is something about the packaging that makes me at least think of this. They are in the shape of chips; the packet is light sky blue and white with blue stripes. At the top of the packet is the name Smiths in red with red stripes going across. These chipsticks are very light and easy to eat; they are quite vinegary in taste and it would be very easy for me to eat 2 bags of these as they are not really filling. They sort of dissolve in your mouth and are very moreish. ~~~Ingredients~~~ Maize Vegetable oil Potato granules (preservative sodium metabisulphite) Salt & vinegar flavour (acidity regulator; sodium diacetate) Citric acid Flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate from wheat, Disodium 5- ribonucleotide, salt) Wheat flour ~~~Allergy Information~~~ Smiths Chipsticks are suitable for vegetarians and for coeliacs. ~~~Calorie Content~~~ Each packet only has 107 kcals in it. These chipsticks are currently available on special offer at Asda for '3 for £3.50'. You can mix and match with other Walkers crisps/snacks. My daughter and myself love this little snack; it tastes good, is light and quite low in calories.

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          03.06.2010 15:19
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          Yummy Yum Yum.

          It's always nice when you come accross a product from your childhood, I remember them being present in every single vending machine accross the country during the late 80's early 90's, when I was but a mere babe in arms ; ) The first thing to attract your attention is the stripy blue packaging, very distinctive and eye catching ensuring they stand out from the rest. But it's not only the packaging that sets them apart from others of its piers, it's not really even the taste which is a fairly standard (but good) representation of Salt & Vinegar, it is in fact the texture that makes Chipsticks leap out from the competition in my eyes. The crisps have an almost crumbly texture (not a typical adjective where crisps are concerned), in fact they are similar in that respect to frazzles (another product that used to be produced by Smiths until they were taken over by Walkers.) While texturally they are very pleasing the crumbly nature make them a bit messy to eat, with fingertips fast becoming covered in Salt & Vinegar maize dust, not a very sophisticated look but tasty to lick off, yum yum. Another slight gripe (and it is only very slight) is that the same crumblyness makes these things a magnet for your teeth, expect to have to brush straight away after a bag of these. As well as the Salt & Vinegar flavour there is also a ready salted (which I actually prefer), I'm not sure why only these two flavours but there you go, I would love to see maybe a habanero chili flavour but I think this is very unlikely to happen :' ( Thankfully Chipsticks are still being sold today, I reccomend them to anyone with their nostalgic hat on, anyone who likes to snack and anyone who likes Frazzles.

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          29.03.2010 15:10
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          One of my old favourites

          I'm a sucker for all things retro. If I ate it when I was wee, then I'll still buy it today. Chipsticks were one of my favourites when I was younger, and now I'm just after polishing off a bag. It's nice to be able to introduce your children to something that you used to get when you were small. I got my Chipsticks in a multipack bag from Tescos. They were in a section of 3 for £3 brands so I popped an 8 pack bag into the trolley. When my little boy saw them as I unpacked the shopping he asked what they were (and next question as every mother knows... 'Can I have some?') And I told them that these were Chipsticks, but he might not like them as they were salt and vinegar flavoured, and being only three and a half he finds salt and vinegar is a little sharp for him. He did the good old 'Please mummy' so I opened a packet and put a few on a plate for him. He sat on the sofa munching away and eventually had eaten the handful that I had given him. 'Those were fizzy crisps mummy' he said. I had to admit it was a good description. What you get when you open a bag is a large handful of chip-shaped crisps, or Maize and potato snacks as they are referred to on the bag. I lifted the bag to tell you the weight, but the weight is not to be found anywhere. Now, I'm not Nadine Coyle, so I dont carry kitchen scales around with me, but I have read that they are about 25g per bag. They are fairly drenched in a vinegar flavouring which is really apparent from the moment you open the bag. I find this really tasty, but it wouldn't be for everyone. My gripe with them is that they are just so crumbly. I've just finished a packet for my lunch and there are crumbs everywhere; all over the plate I had here, all over the desk and my knees. Admittedly I am a messy eater, but chipsticks are a little on the excessive side when it comes to crumbs. Although the bag is just like you would remember when you were small, the crisps say Smith's on the bag, but they are actually produced by Walkers now. At only 107 calories per bag, they are a good option for someone who wants a quick snack but is also minding their weight. They are also suitable for coeliacs and for vegetarians. I didn't realise this before, so now I can buy a pack to have in when my friend comes to visit as she is coeliac and it always stresses me out when I have to find food that I can serve for her. I love them, my little boy loves them... will you love them?

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          23.03.2010 16:39
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          Delicious!

          Smiths Crisps Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks Description: Manufacturer: Smiths / Type: Crisps. Recently, I have been trying to lose the few extra pounds that I gained over the festive season and so have given up snacking, replacing it with healthy eating and exercise. I believe that you should give yourself a treat now and again though and crisps are possibly my favourite snack. Deciding on which ones to buy was difficult as I wanted the healthiest ones possible but also, since they were a treat, wanted the tastiest ones too! I finally narrowed the choice down to Frazzles, Wotsits and Chipsticks and the Chipsticks won. I bought a multi pack containing 8 packets for £1.20 but you can buy individual bags for around £0.40. These crisps can be found in most supermarkets and lots of newsagents and come in a bright sky blue and white pack. As soon as you open the bag, you will smell the delicious salt and vinegar smell from the crisps. These Chipsticks are mouth wateringly strong and not for people who don't like a strong flavour! These Chipsticks are a salt and vinegar flavor maize snack shaped like little sticks. They have a deliciously crunchy texture and then melt in your mouth, so are perfect for people who don't like hard crispy snacks. For me though, the flavour of these makes them special, the salt and vinegar taste is so strong it stings your lips a little and makes your tongue tingle! If you prefer something a little tamer then there are a ready salted version of these snacks available which are also fab. These crisps are an old favourite of mine and every bag is as good as I remember, if you haven't tried them yet then you certainly should, they are a treat. They also contain less calories and fat than most other crisps do, so you can feel a little virtuous while eating them, result!

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            21.03.2010 14:20
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            I purchased these yesterday in my local store, they were selling them off for 50p for a 8 pack bag, normal price £1.00, which I think is great for 8 bags. I remember eating these when I was very small, I also remember that the actual stick was larger then, or was I smaller. In the bag you get 23gs (?) I had to weigh it because it doesnt give you a value anywhere on either of the bags. Walkers are my favourite snacks and I noticed another thing that Walkers have taken over Smiths. On opening the bag, it seems quite full and immediately you are seduced by the aroma of salt and vinegar. It comes in abundance. I`m ashamed to say I`ve already ate all 8 bags, in less than 24 hours. They`re so morish. If you dont like strong flavour flavours, these are not for you, they are very strong, acidy and crunchy. They actually make my eyes water and my mouth very sore, but saying that if someone gave me another bag of 8 I`d eat them as well. I like to eat mine either by putting in a handful of sticks at a time or licking off all the salt and vinegar individually. Nutritional values ============ per 100g because it doesnt say the weight of individual bags Energy 475g Protein 6.0g Carbs 61g of which sugars 0.6g Fat 23g of which saturates 1.9g Fibre 3g Sodium 1.45g Equivalent as salt 3.68g This product is suitable for vegetarians and Coeliacs But its not for the faint hearted, I cant remember they being this spicy

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              16.02.2010 11:27
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              The best packet of crisps to have with my lunch

              Smiths Chipsticks are one of those packets of crisps that I remember eating when I was little along with Frazzels, and they were always my favourite types of crisps because they're different. Smiths has now actually been taken over by Walkers even though the Smiths name can still be found on the packets. The actual crisps haven't changed though and these are some of my favourite crisps and the ones I eat most often with a sandwich at lunch. These are crunchy maize and potato snacks with a salt and vinegar flavour. The crisps are shaped like a fat stick and look pretty much the same as chips, hence their name. The actual crisp is quite crumbly and very easy to break up so I often end up with crumbs from the crisps everywhere after eating a pack. The salt and vinegar flavour is very strong on these so if you only like a weak tasting salt and vinegar you probably won't like these. The flavour is so strong that they even sometimes sting my lips if they're cracked or my fingers if I have a small cut on them. They sell multipacks of 8 of these in Asda and they seem to always be in a 3 for £3 offer so I'm always picking some up to have for my lunch at work. The individual bags of crisps are smaller than most other packets of crisps but this does mean that they are completely full when you open them, not with only half the bag full like Walkers crisps bags are. Salt and vinegar is my favourite crisp flavour which is probably why I like these so much but they are delicious crunchy crisps that I could never give up!

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              01.02.2010 13:03
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              Try not to scoff the whole multi bag in one

              I recently re-discovered Smiths Chipsticks having been a big fan of them when I was a child. A multi 8 pack bag was on offer in my local supermarket so I decided to take a trip down memory lane and added them to my shopping. Getting back from the supermarket, I was, as usual, ravenous so decided to tear straight into the monster 8 bag pack. The individual bags, as I recall were always teeny, and that hasn't changed, they are still teeny and the packet design still looks exactly the same. More importanly though, the taste was the same. That lovely salt and vinegar taste that makes your tongue tingle was still there. The famous maize and potato combination that gives them that really light but distinctive crunch that you can only associate with chipsticks was definately still there. I was immediately hooked again. Not to be outdone, my daugther insisted she try her first bag (I had been selfishly trying to stash these away for myself but alas was scuppered). She was instantly hooked also having never tried them before. In one weekend the whole multi-bag of 8 packets has gone which isn't the norm in my house as we're not big crips eaters but with these we just couldn't resist. I remember there was a ready salted flavour that came in red stripped bags when I was younger but only the salt and vinegar flavour seems to be available now, possibly because it was the most popular flavour, but anyway, I'm digressing now when the point is, I'm really glad I've re-discovered these. I know they're probably really bad for you at 107 calories and 5.2 grams of fat per little bag but it was worth it if only for the childhood memories they conjured up.

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                25.01.2010 22:34
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                Salt and Vinegar Maize snack

                Smiths Chipsticks have been around for years, I remember eating these when I was much younger along with 'Bones' (Does anyone else remember them? People look at me in horror when I ask them) probably the strongest flavour of Salt and Vinegar available on any snack that I have ever had yet I rarely buy them in. As I was in Poundland the other day stocking up on batteries and padded envelopes I spotted a mutli pack of these offering 8 packets instead of the usual 6, so at a pound for 8 bags I couldn't pass them up. Still in the familiar blue and white bags they always have been and still proclaiming the name of 'Smiths' (even though they are now Walkers) they still taste the same as they ever did. They are a maize snack that are fashioned into long chunky strips (chips in other words) and are extremely crunchy and crumble between your fingers if you hold them too tight. The flavour of vinegar is very intense and if you are not a fan of strongly flavoured snacks then these will be no good to you as they do make your mouth water and can described as being a 'sharp' flavour. If you have any issues with your gums or have any nicks or cuts in your mouth I wouldn't recommend them as they will sting if you get even the smallest amount into any sore parts of your mouth - you have been warned! They make a really nice change from regular potato crisps and have a much better flavour than the supermarket own brand maize snacks that you can buy. For me even though I don't buy them in that often they are a real treat that offer a full flavoured snack and aren't all that bad calorie wise when compared with crisps and other snacks. Being a multipack packet they are smaller than a regular packet of crisps and a single multipack bag will provide only 107 calories and 5.2 grams of fat of which only 0.4 grams are saturates. The low saturated fat content to me is excellent and a reason why I should substitute regular crisps for these on a more regular basis and now that I have actually discovered this I think I will! Another positive thing to note is that there is not a lot of dead space within a bag of these; normally multipack crisps seem to settle on the bottom of the bag and leave a lot of space between the top of the bag and the bottom. The Chipsticks are stuffed into the bags and there are plenty of individual sticks to satisfy even my savoury tooth. Overall I do recommend these, especially when they work out at just over 12p a pack if you can find the multipacks containing 8 bags, even a regular bag containing 6 packets still only work out at just over 16p a pack and that has to be a bargain. For the exceptional taste, value for money and nutrition content these do rate a perfect 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me, cheaply available at Poundland and are also stocked in supermarkets for around £1.20 - £1.40 per multipack. Thanks for reading my review, and please do let me know if you remember 'Bones' - they came in a black packet with a picture of a skeleton on the front and each piece inside was shaped like a bone. Salt and Vinegar flavoured and I'm sure they were manufactured by Smiths - Thanks!

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                  25.01.2010 00:04
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                  Smiths Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks - Amazingly crunchy.

                  I have been a fan of Chipsticks since childhood, when they were still produced by Smiths. Although they still bare the Smiths name, they are in fact now manufactured by Walkers. They haven't changed much through those years, although I would say they are stronger now, which for me is a bonus. Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks are full of flavour, so much flavour in fact that they leave me with a tender tongue by the end of the packet. They are also very crunchy, being made from maize. The only problem I have with maize snacks though, is that they are very oily. They do make your hands feel very greasy and they can mark your clothes if you drop one, or if you make the mistake of wiping your hands on them (which I am embarrassed to say I have done a few times). The best thing to do is just lick your fingers! Smiths Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks can be bought in a single pack or a multipack. I have never yet seen them in a large size bag, which is likely a good thing for me as I would eat the whole packet. I always buy the multipack with 8 bags in it. I have bought them in Tesco in the past but at the moment they are not available. In Asda they are available for £1.16, which is very good value compared to many multipacks on the market. A pack of Smiths Salt and Vinegar Chipsticks contain 107 calories. They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. I have enjoyed these crisps since childhood and now my children are enjoying them too!

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                    11.01.2010 18:19
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                    All in review -------- Make your own mind up

                    ****The packaging**** As soon as you open the bag all you can smell is a very strong acidic vinegar scent. This is very much like chip shop chips soaked in vinegar, you know that way when you smell it kind of burns your nose. The crisps have a crunchy texture but as soon as you put them in your mouth they very quickly melt away. The first taste that you taste in your mouth is of vinegar that is a very strong vinegar that is a strong taste. This is very acidic and actually stings the inside of my mouth. When it dies down there is quite a pleasant baked taste to the crisp which is actually really nice. The bag is white with lots of light blue horizontal stripes across it. Smith Chipsticks is written on the front of the bag and on the front of the pack is a clear cut out window so you can see the crisps inside waiting to be eaten. A 25g bag of Chipsticks costs about 40 pence from your local newsagents but you can buy them individually for a pack of six pack that cost £1.20 from ASDA. These are on offer every now and then which are normally three packs of 6 for £3. ****Nutritional Information**** A 25g of Chipsticks contains 108 calories 5.4g fat Not bad Calories considering how fattening that they taste and just in case you are wondering they are also suitable for vegetarians ****Overall**** I love salt and vinegar flavour but these are too strong I only enjoy the taste when all the flavour has been sucked off. Ok that sounded a little rude but you know what I mean. I would rate them a 5 out of 10 and would recommend them to people who like strong flavoured salt and vinegar flavouring.

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                      04.01.2010 21:00
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                      Normally when eating your average crisps such as Walkers I tend to go for the easy fail safe option of ready salted, as they're reliable and I know that I'll always like them! However these were in the house the other day so I thought that I might as well try them! I was pleasantly surprised. They are in a traditional Smiths packet, (Smiths make other nostalgic crisps such as Frazzles and the original salt and shake), which is blue and it has a see through window at the bottom below the logo and name of the crisps so you can see the crisps before eating them! They are different to normal crisps in that instead of being potato based like Walkers they are corn based, and you can definitely tell the difference. They look like the French fry crisps you get from walkers as they are long and thin, but they are totally covered in flavouring. Because of being corn based they have an entirely different texture and are actually quite crunchy, but at the same time if you leave them on your tongue then they will dissolve! The flavour is certainly very strong, bland crisps these are not! In fact the vinegar flavour in the crisps is so strong that at times it can make your eyes water! Especially as the amount of vinegar flavour varies between crisps. They aren't too expensive, just the same price as normal crisps. About 40p for a single bag wherever, but probably a bit more expensive at places such as airports or service stations. Then you will be able to get a multipack for just over a pound, and they are included in the 3 multipacks of crisps for £3 frequently on offer. You can get them from all major supermarkets, and also other places such as WHSmith and corner shops, however they aren't as widely available as some crisps such as the ever popular Walkers Ready Salted! Basically if you like salt and vinegar crisps and haven't tried these, then you must!

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                        16.10.2009 21:37
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                        A Wicked Bag Of Crisps And Even Better Now They're In The Pound Shop!

                        I love Chipsticks so was well chuffed to find that the pound shop by me has started selling the packs of 8. I brought a pack because I've not had these for ages because everywhere has stopped selling them by me! Chipsticks are corn snacks not potato crisps and they have got a yummy texture that melt in your mouth if you can stand not chewing them! If you suck them they melt good and the strong salt and vinegar flavour melts with the corn snack and it's just delish. The main flavour I reckon is the vinegar and it's that strong that it can make my eyes water sometimes and if you come across one that looks more jaggedy than the others and a bit browner then avoid it because it's been overloaded with flavour and it'll deffo burn your tongue! They're quite salty as well but I'd definately say the vinegar is the flavour that hits you when you're eating them. It's weird though because you can still taste the corn snack under all this vinegar and it's quite a faint taste so I don't know how Smiths do it so that you can actually taste it. I love the texture of Chipsticks as well. They are crunchy and crispy but they dissolve quick in my mouth, you can eat them just like French Fries and chomp all the way down the crisp but you have to make sure you don't bite your finger if you do that! lol These are proper yummy crisps and loads different to any other crisps available. It's the strong flavour of them that makes them so good I reckon but eating them is a brill experience because of the texture of them as well.

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                        12.10.2009 13:38
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                        Salt and vinegar crisps that taste like chips

                        I hadn't eaten a bag of Chipsticks for years however after visiting a friends house last night I was offered a bag of these and think I definitely will be purchasing my own stash of Chipsticks. ***Packaging*** The packaging of Chipsticks is very retro and exactly how I remember the packaging to be when I was a child. The bag is white with lots of light blue horizontal stripes across it. Smith Chipsticks is written on the front of the bag (these crisps are made by Walkers). On the front of the pack is a clear cut out window so you can see the crisps inside. ***Price*** A 25g bag of Chipsticks costs around 35p, I happened to come across a newsagent a few months ago. However I have not seen Chipsticks sold in individual bags for years in most newsagents. A six pack multipack of these crisps cost £1.20 in Asda however there is currently a special offer running for 3 multipacks for £3 which is very good value. ***Chipsticks*** Chipsticks are a maize and potato snack. Basically thin crisps which look like thin golden chips hence the name of the crisps! When you open the bag you are immediately hit with a very strong acidic vinegar scent. This is very much like chip shop chips soaked in vinegar. The crisps have a crunchy texture but go soft in your mouth very quickly as they are made from maize. The initial taste as you put the crisps in your mouth is of vinegar and this is a very strong vinegar taste. This is very acidic and actually stings the inside of my mouth. As the initial acidic taste dies down there is quite a pleasant baked taste to the crisp and although the crisps initially have a very strong taste this dies down very quickly and the snacks have little taste when you come to swallow especially if you only eat one Chipstick at a time. The crisps taste very much how they smell; like chip shop chips soaked in vinegar. Therefore if you are not a fan of vinegar on your chips these crisps are probably not for you. **Nutritional Information** A 25g of Chipsticks contains 108 calories 5.4g fat These crisps are also suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs ***Overall*** These are not crisps/ snacks that I would eat on a regular basis but are a nice treat every now and then. The crisps have a lovely strong vinegar scent and taste to them and the taste reminds me very much of eating vinegar soaked chip shop chips. The only problem is that these crisps are messy to eat so you need to wash your hands as your fingers become covered in a greasy maize mess! My recommendation is that if you have a larger appetite .... Opt for two bags of Chipsticks

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                          13.09.2009 09:28
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                          Yummy scrummy salt 'n' vinegar crisps

                          I spotted these in my local Tesco and was transported back to my 1980s childhood. These were one of the few brands of crisps my tiny local corner store used to stock. The remainder of their selection was comprised of incredibly greasy synthetic onion rings and the hugely impractical pickled onion flavour Monster Munch which was always too big for my mouth. I can happily report that nothing seems to have changed since then. The distinctive blue barcode striped packaging with the Smiths logo is just as I remember it, although these are now manufactured by Walkers. The front of each pack still sports a clear plastic window through which you can see the contents, albeit through a greasy smear. Yep just as I remember it. Continuing my journey into my childhood I opened the pack and was greated with the same eyewatering waft of vinegar. Plunging my hand into the pack I grabbed one and stuffed it in my mouth. Result! Grease covered fingers and a cripsy crunch followed by a rapidly disintegrating chipstick and a mouthful of mush. Melt in the mouth crisps. I demolished the pack in super rapid time followed by another and then a third. At 25g a pack they're not huge but they do manage to pack an awesome 107 calories into each teeny bag which incidently is a heck of a lot less than a bag of ready salted Walkers Lites which wedge an extra 25 calories into each bag despite the Lites pack only being 3 grams bigger. Since these are maize and potato based they're suitable for coeliacs too.

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