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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Tayto Castle in the Ulster countryside is where the terrific Tayto crisps are made. The castle is over 500 years old and was originally the home of the O’Hanlon clan, one of the mightiest and most powerful clans in all of Ireland.
In 1955 the castle was in need of repair and was bought by a visionary local businessman, Thomas Hutchinson.
In 1956 he had the clever idea to make a new potato product called crisps, and started making Tayto crisps creating one of the world's best loved brands of crisps and snacks.
An enduring feature of Tayto has been Mr. Tayto, the brand's lovable mascot. He's a well known and well loved face across Northern Ireland, has been all over the world promoting Tayto and has starred in many of his own advertisements.
The word spread about the terrific Tayto taste and soon all sorts of great stuff was being made.
In 1964, Tayto became one of the first companies to sell different flavours of crisps with Smoky Bacon and Prawn Cocktail being two of the most popular.
Golden Wonder, Real Handcooked Crisps, Tavern Snacks and Jonathan Crisps are all under the Tayto umbrella. Reviews can be read by clicking on the logo links below.
Tayto Cheese & Onion Crisps
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a remarkably genuine aroma of both cheese and onion. I have not come across such a reliable representation of the smell. It is at this juncture that I should remind readers that these crisps are not just the world’s first cheese and onion crisp, but the world’s first flavoured crisps. It would, therefore, be difficult to claim that the first flavour is not the best example of the variety, and the most reliable barometer for all subsequent flavours. However, I will claim that these are not the best example of cheese and onion crisps that I have ever tasted, but that is perhaps inevitable with age refinement of such a grand flavour variety. Although it should be said that the combination works very well and is balanced beautifully by Tayto. They were also a bit too salty.
Tayto Salt & Vinegar Crisps
These seemed to be a little watery on the vinegar side and the salt only really crept in towards each crisp’s demise. The balance was okay, but nothing memorable.
Tayto Advantage Oven Baked Whisps Texan
First things first, it should be noted that although seemingly plentiful because of the size, 21 grams is quite a small weight for a bag of potato chips or crisps. This may directly contribute to the calorie content – Clever. Also, intriguingly, are the relatively high numbers on the nutrition label: As high as many regular chips and crisps. There was a familiar barbecue flavour, but it was so overwhelmed by sweetness that it struggled for its own identity among the massive range of options in the field.
Tayto Advantage Oven Baked Whisps
There were a lot of potato snacks in the bag, but the weight was only 21 grams. This is a relatively small weight for a bag of chips or crisps. A Nose Plunge Test revealed a sort of plasticky aroma – There was no food smell. The taste was a little more rewarding, but the onion flavour was a very muted and insubstantial contribution.