Wotsits

You only get a woosh with a Wotsit as the advert used to say. Cheesy Wotsits as many people still say. You know these cheesy corn Puff snacks, everyone does but they’re still a memory from my childhood and given that is what this site is all about then that is what I am going to write about.

Don’t judge my childhood food choices as children aren’t known for their culinary prowess at the best of times. Cheesy Wotsits were my go to snack and still remain a guilty pleasure comfort food for me.

Only the cheese flavour would do for me.

As every older person ever always says when reminiscing about snack favourites from the past… they aren’t as big as they used to be. In part this is certainly true – packet sizes of all snacks have been shrinking down, in part because we seem to be more aware of the health disadvantages. Never did me any harm… OK I admit I have reached grumpy old man status.

I’m fairly certain they were bigger puffs of corn when I was younger and much less curly but ever since Walkers bought them from their once dominant rivals Golden Wonder, they have essentially become Cheetos smaller and C shaped.

The recently released Giant variety are much more like the Wotsits I remember from my childhood. There has also been new flavours released recently which is a trend amongst all snacks lately.

Yes I owned a Wotsits mouse mat!

But for years the only time you could have a flaming hot Wotsit would be in the lead up to Halloween. I miss those days. Now I’ve reached grumpy old man territory I am going to make a Wotsit sandwich and you can judge me on that all you want..

Smiths Chipsticks

You either loved these or loaved these. These small corny sticks that looked like chips and a packaging design that didn’t change for decades. I was a fan of the ready salted variety, no longer on the market unlike the other variety Salt and Vinegar.

They were somewhat greasy and totally unhealthy and tasted all the better for it. I was always pleased to see them in my lunchbox at school – kids today would definitely not be allowed these in school!

I have one weird memory from the packaging, at some point Walkers took over Smiths and plaster a huge copyright notice on the back but for some reason the date was not updated for years and still said 1995 and I can recall a friend at school trying to convince me they were out of date.

Walkers Bring Me Back

Back in 2015 Walkers jumped on the ‘vote-for-a-flavour’ bandwagon. The flavours during the Bring Me Back campaign were all flavours from the past.

I will usually try out limited edition flavours like this, if they intrigue me at least. But the reason this sticks in my mind is that I became totally obsessed with the toasted cheese flavour.

Apparently they were a regular in the 1980s but I i don’t remember them. As for the taste, well yes they tasted of Toasted Cheese, basically a cheese flavour but without that cheesiness you get with with cheese flavour things. And that last sentence shows you why I’m not a food blogger.

Other flavours in the campaign included Lamb&Mint which I think I tried, Barbecue and Cheese & Chive which don’t appeal to me and the eventual winner Been & Onion.

I’d really love to taste them again and see if it was just a fad for me or if they really are as nice as I remember them. I suspect its somewhere between the two.

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