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Crisps

November 15, 2009

Sorry Martin, England is weirdly obsessed with crips. They are immensely popular as a snack, garnish, as part of a meal deal, in sandwiches and as a side with your tandoori wrap. The Guardian reports, ‘today we crunch through around 300,000 tonnes of crisps each year. Walkers alone manufactures 10 million packets of crisps in the UK every day.’

There are some interesting flavours too like seat salt, bolognaise, mango chilli and stilton & cranberry. My office has them as part of a ‘client basket’. You can be having a meeting and (crunch crunch), your client will be getting busy with a packet of Monster Munch.

Don’t forget how bad crisps are for you. As the Guardian goes on…’A single packet is three times as salty as sea water and contains half the recommended daily salt intake for a six-year-old; half the fat content is the evil saturated kind; the leading brand crisps all contain monosodium glutamate, among other enhancers; and there are 185 calories in a 34g packet.’ Now that is some good food for thought.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Trish Shaw permalink
    November 17, 2009 11:40 am

    The use of crisps is definitely as a garnish instead of or as well as a salad. So you order a sandwich in what appears to be an OK cafe, but it comes with some shreds of limp lettuce, a slice of dried-out cucumber and a wedge of severly underripe tomato, plus a handful of crisps. How are the crisps helping to make this a less awful meal?

    • Trish Shaw permalink
      November 17, 2009 11:41 am

      sorry, forgot the most important word: “The _weirdest_ use of crisps…”

  2. November 18, 2009 12:39 am

    And then there’s the crisp sandwich! So wrong.

    • November 18, 2009 8:39 am

      When I was a kid I used to eat peanut butter and crisps (Smiths) sandwiches.

      Other delicacies I enjoyed were:

      French toast and tomato sauce
      Gherkins dipped in Nutella
      Marmite and chicken sandwiches

      So wrong yet so right. Mmmmmm

      • November 23, 2009 11:41 pm

        Sorry Emma, you are weird!

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