Britain’s best crisps argument finally settled with Monster Munch the winner
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Thanks to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat, fierce debate has been the order of the week.
Just about everybody on Earth has piped up with their opinions on the couple's claims about the royal family after the interview was aired first on CBS in the US then on ITV here in the UK earlier this week.
It even led to Piers Morgan leaving his job as co-presenter of Good Morning Britain after an on-air clash with weatherman Alex Beresford proved was swiftly followed by his permanent departure.
With arguments raging in every corner, we decided to tackle the biggest, most divisive question of all – what are Britain's best crisps?
We put it to the Daily Star team and settled the argument once and for all. Here's what they said (winner at the bottom)…
Smiths Chipsticks Salt 'n' Vinegar (Felicity Cross)
Sometimes you need a crisp so punchy, it takes the roof off your mouth. And that's why we have Chipsticks.
The vinegar taste, offset perfectly by the salt, is just sharp enough to keep things interesting.
A mini bag takes me back to the leisure centre of my youth – falling from the vendor like a gift from crisp heaven.
They comfort, they quench and they are Britain's best crisp – no question.
Walkers Quavers Cheese (Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz)
Quavers are my go-to for many reasons.
These curly snacks are cheesy, crunchy, melty and relatively low calorie, which is not a requirement but I’d say an added bonus.
But it doesn’t really make a difference because they are so moreish it can be difficult to stop munching them.
Walkers recently brought back the Salt N Vinegar and Prawn Cocktail flavours – and I’m not complaining.
Seabrook Cheese & Onion (Paul Cockerton)
For anyone northern, surely this isn't up for debate, Seabrook's crisps are the best. End this feature now.
Made with the finest golden Saturna spuds and pure sunflower oil, and with a stronger flavour than its rivals, they're the luxury crisp without the expensive price tag.
A bag of crinkle cut cheese and onion was always the treat as a child, and nothing has come along to usurp it since.
Walkers Pickled Onion (Sebastian Murphy-Bates)
The sheer joy I felt when I first stumbled upon this variety of potato chip is impossible to articulate.
I thought pickled onion was a flavour reserved to Monster Munch, the texture of which I am not a passionate fan.
But here was that very flavour covering a crisp identical to my beloved salt and vinegar-infused hangover cure.
I immediately bought them and evangelised about them to anyone who would listen.
This increased my social standing as nobody seemed to have heard of them.
Eating these crisps is the culinary equivalent of lowering your specs, shaking your head and telling a Pink Floyd fan: "I actually preferred the Syd Barrett era."
Walkers Monster Munch Pickled Onion (Andy Lea)
Whether it's a silky silverskin, a cute cocktail or a humble traditional, no actual pickled onion comes close to this monster's foot-shaped delight.
Munch through its greasy shell and you're hit by a tangy blast so powerful you know you'll be burping it for hours.
People who go for the beefy ones are just weird.
KP Pom-Bear Original (Aaron Flanagan)
All right, all right, stop shouting at me. I'm still a kid at heart. There isn't a better plain flavour crisp out there.
Unlike your standard ready salted crisp, they are super light and melt in the mouth, meaning you can wolf through a packet in no time.
The thing is, with a packet of crisps, you don't want anything more than that.
Unless you're sat in the boozer with a pint in front of you, it's a quick snack because you've got the munchies. Pom-Bear does the job perfectly.
Maybe it's time for me to grow up.
Walkers Monster Munch Pickled Onion (Christine Younan)
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So what are you waiting for!
The reasons are simple. It’s always there for me when I’m hungover, hangry or even peckish – it just does the job.
What I love most about Monster Munch is the shape of the crisp. It’s perfect to really savour unlike Walkers which can be a little bit too basic at times.
But with Monster Munch, that’s four claws you gotta get through, and it’s so worth my time.
Meanwhile, the flavour is just spot on, it’s not too pickle-y or anything so it’s not the end of the world if you’ve forgotten your mints.
Doritos Tangy Cheese (Lottie O'Neill)
Doritos tangy cheese is by far the best flavour of the brand but also one of the top contenders on the market.
The iconic and game-changing shape not only sets it apart from other bog-standard crisps but is ergonomic.
The triangle simple triumphs over the rest – especially failed copy cats like Walker's Bugles, which I still shudder at.
Doritos cheese is rich in flavour, stronger than the muted Quaver's version and not as potent as many others fused with onion.
It's bold, bright and brilliant.
Brown Bag Crisps Lightly Salted (Michael Moran)
Flavour: Plain. You can't whack plain.
To be more specific: Brown Bag Crisps. Crunchy as hell. King of crisps.
Tyrell's Vegetable Crisps (Pandora Forsyth)
Not your bog standard plain, boring and frankly under-par crisp, the vegetable crisp comes in a huge variety of flavours within one bag.
From the humble beetroot, through to the sweet parsnip finishing with finest carrot, these crisps should not be looked over.
With a slightly higher than average cost, you get slightly higher than average taste and an even bigger bonus, you don't feel as guilty about eating them.
A true flavour sensation and incredibly moorish. Not a bag to be overlooked.
Golden Wonder Tangy Toms (Dan Saunders)
A staple part of any childhood, singing out from a head height box in any decent newsagent.
Not only are they crazy on the lips, but kind on the pocket, 10p from my youth, but still a bargain at 20p per pack.
They are intense tomato goodness, crunchy balls of goodness. By far the most superior tomato flavoured crisp on the market!
Walkers Monster Munch Pickled Onion (Tim Farren)
For me the best crisp has to have three qualities. Smell, flavour and crunch, and there's only one that strikes the nose buds as soon as you open the packet, is full of flavour and a crunch that is hard to beat. Pickled Onion Monster Munch.
Just don't eat a packet before a first date.
Doritos Cool Original (Sam Drury)
Doritos are the best, for the simple fact they bring people together like no other crisp can or ever could.
When you’re with your mates, there’s nothing better than the moment that blue packet of Cool Originals is unveiled and everyone knows, all’s well.
In times like these especially, the idea of something that brings people together is a dream, that’s why nothing touches those pyramid shaped icons.
Asda Salt & Vinegar Twists (Andy Gilpin)
In an age of diminishing bag size, smaller quavers and reduced-fat Frazzles, there's one constant.
A packet of salt and vinegar Twists are a blast of nostalgia – untouched since olden times.
And most importantly once you chomp down a few handfuls you KNOW you've eaten some crisp.
Yes you get a starch overload. Yes, a large handful of the sturdy crisp can hurt your inner mouth. But sheer crunch plus a healthy, sometimes even overpowering, salt and vinegar flavour means it still shows fancier brands a clean set of heels.
KP Space Raiders Pickled Onion (Brijiena Lovelace)
The Tangy Tom, Petrified Prawn, Chipsticks and Space Raider era of crisps really was like no other.
I'm going to go with Space Raiders, because of all the shapes and sizes crisps come in, the head of an alien was always my favourite.
The pickled onion flavour was unmatched, much more pickly than a Monster Munch, but without hurting your gums or leaving you with offensive breath – the ideal ratio of flavour and humility.
As already touched upon they started at 10p in the tuck shop, but are now still a very humble 20p – which I would argue (and win) is probably the cheapest and nicest crisp still around from our youth.
Walkers Monster Munch Roast Beef (Dean Osborne)
I'm not even sure that they are technically a crisp but Roast Beef Monster Munch are the daddy of all snacks in my eyes.
Thicker than Meghan Markle's complaint book and with more taste than Victoria Beckham's wardrobe, the chunky lumps with a tangy meaty are far superior to the Flaming Hot and Pickled Onion options.
Costing just a pound for a mega bag they're certainly enough to satisfy any monster hunger.
Walkers Salt & Shake (Pat Wooding)
It's a long, love story which started in my childhood. I loved the twisty blue packet so you could add your own salt to crisps. It was fun shaking your packets like maracas to distribute the condiment. Everyone had their own way of doing it too.
The tradition is said to have started when Frank Smith of Cricklewood sold his crisps in London pubs in the 20s. People nicked the salt cellars he provided so he sold them with little packets of salt as Smith's Salt 'n' Shake. They are one of the oldest UK crisp brands and were bought out by Walkers and rebranded in 2003.
I've flirted with Tomato, Beef, Cheese 'n' Onion, Prawn Cocktail and others but nothing beats them – not even Ready Salted. They are still my flavourite with Salt and Vinegar runner-up. I don't even like salt that much!!!
These days I buy them thinking I won't add the 0.6g of salt to be healthy. Ha! Never happens – I can't resist them.
KP Hula Hoops BBQ Beef (Matt Clemenson)
The answer is BBQ Beef Hula Hoops and anyone who tells you otherwise either hasn't tried them, is lying to you or is lying to themselves.
Hangover cure? Check. Constantly available in every corner shop across the country? Check. Somehow managing to make an ugly shade of brown mouth-watering? Check.
Bonus points if you go for the BIG HOOPS that were released as a shameless attempt to cash in on just how successful a formula BBQ Beef Hula Hoops turned out to be.
Walkers Worcester Sauce (Sophie Foster)
An underrepresented crisp in supermarkets and corner shops.
I'm always thrilled when I spot the purple packet in random vending machines and rush to see if I have 70p in coins.
They've got the benefit of the classic Walker's crisp base which is neither too heavy (cough, Doritos) nor too light.
They're tangy, packed with a rich savoury flavour with garlic and black pepper without being too acidic. I could eat an entire multi-pack of these crisps – and I would if I didn't worry they'd give me high blood pressure.
Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli (Simon Green)
A relative newcomer to the crisp market compared to some mentioned already, these God-tier level crisps outrank any and every other snack around.
Pair them up with a bottle of Chang beer, sit back and you're basically living it up in Thailand itself.
If you want to go that one step further, dip these tangy crisps of delight into some sweet chilli hummus – you won't regret it.
KP Nik Naks Scampi 'n' Lemon (Greta Levy)
My little Australian mind was blown when I had these bad boys – so wrong, it's right.
I have no other explanation why these are so special.
Doritos Tangy Cheese (Samantha Bartlett)
Doritos tangy cheese are far more interesting that your average crisps and can brighten up any day.
You can have them as a snack on their own or use them to make nachos.
I don't understand how people can choose crisps like plain Walkers when these are on the market.
Crisps that came in close to being my top choice were Frazzles, BBQ Pringles and salt and vinegar Kettle Chips but Doritos triumphed in the end.
Smiths Chipsticks Salt and Vinegar (Steve Hughes)
Was addicted as a kid but probably not had any for 20 years. Then I start getting click and collect supermarket orders and saw them suggested and ordered an 8-pack. Have had them every day since! Addiction well and truly restored!
There is simply no match in the potato snacking world that will even come remotely close to Prawn Cocktail Discos.
KP Discos Prawn Cocktail (Kelly Smith)
This rare breed of crisp not only serves up the right measure of crunch but packs a punch with its smokey and zingful flavour that'll awaken senses.
With an uncanny likening to the classic prawn cocktail starter, it's even more mind blowing that these moreish morsels are vegetarian! Cue Google stampede…
If you're lucky enough to bag yourself a packet, then be sure to take a leaf out of Joey Tribbiani's book and DO NOT share!
KP Frazzles (Alex Wellman)
A favourite for decades from the school playground to the work desk.
These small parcels of bacon heaven cannot be beaten and the only drawback for them is that one small pack is never enough.
Melt in the mouth excellence that leaves a satisfying crumb base at the bottom of the packet. Goes great with beers too.
WINNER: Monster Munch Pickled Onion
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