Golden Wonder, Jonathan Crisp, Real Handcooked Crisps, Tavern Snacks, Tayto
Address: Tandragee Castle, Tandragee, Co. Armagh,
Northern Ireland BT62 2AB, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 028 38 840249
Website: www.taytogroup.com, www.goldenwonder.com,
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Real Crisps are a Potato Crisps brand manufactured by Sirhowy Valley Foods Ltd. Who are based in Newport, Wales.
Real Crisps are now owned and operated by the Tayto Group Limited which is based in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.
The Real Crisps company profile includes a synopsis rather than major details.
So, who are we then?
Good point. Just who are these people bringing you such delectable crisps and chips?
Quite simply, we're Real.
We've got a simple mission as we see it: deliver the best possible potato crisp or chip with best possible flavour. And do it for a fair price in an attractive pack too.
So, great quality hand-cooked potatoes?
Outstanding, uncompromising, best classic flavours and innovative flavour sensations?
Bloomin' marvellous value for money?
Attractive new packaging with real stand-out befitting a product committed to satisfying the taste buds of everyone in the country?
We've got it.
When it comes to the crunch – you'll find there's no one more for real than Real crisps and chips.
Real Handcooked Crisps are now in the Tayto stable of snacks. You can read about Tayto and reviews by clicking on the logo below.
Real Handcooked Sweet Chilli Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test did not give much away, but a quick peak inside the bag and the crusty, well-seasoned crisps promised much more. Unfortunately, the early promise didn’t follow through as I hoped. There was a sweet chilli taste, but it was not evident on every crisp and even on those that did have a reasonable covering, it seemed somewhat tame and unrepresentative. Overall, too much potato and not enough seasoning.
Real Handcooked Oak Smoked BBQ Ribs
A Nose Plunge Test suggested the bag was full of good old-fashioned smoky bacon crisps. This led me up a path of expectation, and admittedly, my first thought was there was a distinct sweet smoky bacon taste. Further thought, and continued chomping, revealed a sweet sticky Chinese ribs taste. The slight contradiction was the apparent lack of Asian influence. There was no oak-smoked aspect, but there was a nice stroll along a path between that sweet smoky bacon and the sweet sticky ribs I enjoy so much.
Real Handcooked Sea Salt & Black Pepper
It is always a concern when a freshly opened bag emits little to no aroma. It is also a concern when a pepper-based variety does not include a plentiful supply of visible seasoning. These crisps, sadly, delivered on that lack of promise. There was no identifiable salt and very little pepper. I hope that was just my test bag.
Real Handcooked Steak & Ale Crisps
These were a little overly greasy, but the meaty beef flavouring worked very neatly with its ale partner. It was an even match up without a clear winner, which is just what I was looking for.
Real Handcooked Strong Cheese & Onion
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a notional cheese bouquet. It was not at all strong, but it was apparent. Some crisps manufacturers really do not make it easy on themselves. By calling these ‘Strong’ cheese and onion, I had every right to expect a strikingly obvious and powerful cheese flavour. While the cheese and the onion flavours were well-balanced, it was not ‘Strong.’
Real Handcooked Ham & English Mustard
A Nose Plunge Test was not required for these crisps because as soon as the bag was opened the ham smell erupted. The flavour had a certain sweetness to it, but the ham and mustard combination was evenly matched and distributed, which is always rewarding in a flavour partnership. This, however, meant that although the flavour of the ham was brought out by the condiment, the mustard was not as sharp or strong as I expected of English mustard.
Real Handcooked Jalapeno Pepper Crisps
Jalapeno flavour crisps rarely provide much in the way of aroma, and these were no different. If anything, the opened bag featured a mild peppery smell. The flavour was not nearly as fiery as the man with hair sticking up on end was suggesting on the front of the bag, but these were jalapeno flavoured crisps, not Jolokia pepper. They were just about as spicy as they should be. A crisps manufacturer has a tough decision when it comes to hot varieties - Do they blow customers’ heads off and deter them from purchasing again? These walked that narrow path between eye-watering to nicely munchable with perfect confidence.
Real Handcooked Roast Ox Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a burst of beef. The smell even lingered in the room after all the crisps were eaten. At first, there was a bit of a wow moment. They were really beefy. Perhaps the beefiest and most genuine flavour I have tried in the UK. However, the aftertaste featured a very salty reminder. This did dampen the excitement a little because they were pretty much as near to as good as you can get.
Real Handcooked Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a tart vinegar aroma, which left me a little mystified when the eating process began. The secret of a great salt and vinegar combo is undoubtedly balance. Unfortunately, while there was a balance present it was all rather subdued. The salt was barely noticeable, and the slightly more dominant vinegar was not close at all to the smell. The outcome was a crisp that left a most welcome image of fish and chips at the seaside, but not a particularly stand-out crisps flavour. It was one of those so near, but so far attempts.
Real Handcooked Sea Salt Crisps
These crusty and characterful crisps munched well. The only thing missing was the flavour. Now, if they were called ‘Original’ they would have performed very well among peers. However, as a sea salt option, they needed more salt. This was a great shame because they were otherwise great crisps. (17)