29 September 2012

Marty’s Cracklin’ Salt and Vinegar flavour (Pinoy Foods) [By @SpectreUK]

Marty’s Cracklin’ Salt and Vinegar flavour were produced by Oishi, in the Philippines. The text on the front of the 90g bag said that these Cracklin’s crisps were made from vegetarian chicharon. The serving suggestion size was 30g which had 160 calories, 8g of fat with 0g trans fat and 1g of sugar. The ingredients included green peas, vegetable oil, tapioca starch, potatoes, salt, sugar, citric acid, hydrolysed soy protein, spices, garlic, monosodium glutamate, sodium citrate, sodium diacetate, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, lactic acid, and TBHQ. Admittedly from the secret laboratory sounding ingredients I wished I hadn’t read the list on the back of the bag at all. Slightly worried I’d grow a better looking, more reasonable and charismatic second head after eating these crisps, I left them on the Foodstufffinds’ shelf for a while before daring to try them. One mad and crazy lunchtime I decided to eat them with a banana sandwich. Naughtily I drizzled some of Cinabar’s Dad’s superb homemade runny honey inside the banana sandwich and had a little piece of cheese on the side. Dumping the large square Cracklin’ crisps into a bowl I decided to have them without the aid of a dipping sauce for their full flavour. I was not to be disappointed. These Cracklin’ crisps had a lovely crunch to them with a moreish salty mix of potato and a mild corn flavour, they had a more citrusy taste rather than malt vinegar, but malt vinegar hadn’t been listed in the ingredients, which was a little odd considering the flavour’s title. They also had a mild spicy heat to them that at first went completely unnoticed, but the tingle on my tongue slowly built up as I polished off the entire bag (serving suggestion size ignored as usual) and I had a very pleasant burn on my tongue by the end of the packet. Flavours also available from Marty’s Cracklin’ are Plain Salted and Spicy Vinegar. I reckon these Cracklin’ Salt and Vinegar flavour were more Spicy Salt flavour, so I look forward to hunting down the Spicy Vinegar flavour, although it does make me wonder if malt vinegar is listed in their ingredients?!
By Spectre

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