Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The World Cup of Crisps

The British are quite fond of their crisps..what we Americans call potato chips. And they’re not shy about being creative with flavours. For example, we’ve seen Ham and Mustard, as well as Steak and Ale crisps. But now things are getting out of hand. In honor of this year’s football/soccer World Cup, of which it is a sponsor, snack food producer Walkers has launched the FlavourCup , essentially a World Cup of Crisps with new flavours representing 15 different countries. I recently picked up 4 at the grocery story: German Bratwurst, Japanese Teriyaki Chicken, French Garlic Baguette, and English Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding.

In a tasting of Group A (the World Cup divides its teams initially into groups with 4 countries so why not do the same), neither KT or I found a clear winner. In fact, we were pretty disappointed with all of them. Each did provide a quick taste and smell of the alleged flavour, but the taste didn’t last, or impress. German Bratwurst may have narrowly won among the four, but we are already biased that way.

We've collected more flavors (see below). Anyone know what Kangaroo tastes like--the Australian entry just seemed like normal BBQ. We are hopeful that American Cheeseburger and Brazilian Salsa will do better. I’m a bit scared, however, of the Scottish Haggis entry….J.T.

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