Phileas Fogg was arguably the first new, exciting and innovative brand, when it launched and took the UK Crisps industry by storm back in the 1980s. These days it is just one of the KP Snacks brands. The packaging design was once similarly innovative but apart from the big globe at the top, the design is very similar to the Walkers Sensations range. Unlike Sensations, these are flavour colour coded. Which ironically removes the best feature of the Sensations range – the black bags being dominant and dramatic. So, aside from the lack of originality these bags are thoroughly well designed, even if the branding logo is among the most uninspiring in the industry, especially considering the name it has to work with.
There was not a crisp snappy Crunch, but there was a firm and brittle munch. This aided the eating process, not in relation to the initially desired Crisps & Chips alternative, but rather like a cracker type of food stuff.
These Chips were similar to Air Popped Chips, but were smaller and although smooth edged they were rounded rather than squared off; almost hexagonal. They still managed to provide a firm, thick and solid Crisp though. The surface featured firm oil blisters. The colour was similarly interesting, with orange and different coloured flecks dominating.
These Crisps featured a rather high salt, sugar and fat content compared to many peers. The flavour was however quite rewarding. It was difficult to spot anything Barbecue about it, but there was a certain smokiness and a definite overwhelming sweetness. There was also a slight meaty background taste.