Happy New Year everyone! Well, here we all are…..
We are so grateful to you all for your support – thank you! Thanks to you, we are now sold is many fabulous outlets up and down the UK, big, small, alternative and mainstream. The Brown Bag Crisps team are bubbling with excitement at what 2013 will bring and we hope it is a happy and healthy year for you all.
Thanks for 2012 and here’s to 2013!
We have been feeling particularly crispy this Christmas and have been having fun with our customers and providing opportunities to win our award-winning crisps daily on Twitter!
Our other Christmas adventure has been taking us to many a tasting event, with some of our favourite retailers, supporting them during this busy time.
Our next stop before the North Pole is to Olives Et Al in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, on Saturday (December 15). So, if you are in the area and needing to stock up on some delicious treats for the party season, I can’t think of a better place to go. Olives Et Al are seven-times Gold Great Taste Award winners for their dressings, olives and nuts! We are honoured to be snacking alongside them. This will be our first visit to Olives Et Al and a great chance to get cosy with them and to meet new people, one of my favourite Brown Bag values.
So why not get your hunger on, I am sure this will be the Man vs Food event of the season because everything is so tasty you are not going to know where to begin. Get ready for the biggest competition where eyes and belly compete.
We love meeting new people and our latest visitor was no exception to that rule.
Brown Bag Crisps’ most-recent guest was ‘Josh Williams, 26 from Hackney’. Josh is the author and perfector of Crisp Nation, a blog that aims to review every crisp in the UK (quite a feat!)
This crispy rendezvous began when Josh approached Brown Bag Crisps asking to try our tasty treats for his review. We did our homework and became curious about this blog. In true Brown Bag fashion, we thought that we could do better than that and invited Josh to meet us, and of course for us to see the mastermind behind this blogging sensation that has become a trend in itself.
Curiouser and curiouser, Josh had never published his picture on Crisp Nation, just his hands, so not a single soul knew the true identity of this avid crisp lover! All this was about to change. We didn’t know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised when a tall, dark and handsome man arrives teamed with tweed and a photographer in tow.
Before the reviewing started, it was my turn to dig a little deeper and find out more – let the questions begin:
So Josh, where did this crisps love affair all begin for you?
Well, when I was a kid, I would always go to the Newsagents with my dad and the first thing I would do is to go to the crisps section and check if there were any new flavours or brands that I hadn’t tried.
What made you want to start a crisps blog?
Well originally, it was just a personal thing that I wanted to do out of my own interest. But then, it got quite a following so I decided that it needed an aim, which is to try and review every British crisp there is.
That’s quite a feat in itself! Looking at it now, did you expect it to get so big? It’s becoming a trend in its own right.
To be honest, no I didn’t expect it to get as big as it has. I have quite a bit of international following, with people sending me crisps from as far as San Francisco, Shanghai, Qatar, Hong Kong and for Christmas I have some friends sending me some crisps from Tokyo and Melbourne.
You’re pretty well travelled then in terms of your resources, So I am interested to know what’s the weirdest flavour you have ever tried and the weirdest flavour you have liked?
Hmm, well I tried Cheesy Lobster Lays in Shanghai they were pretty grim, I also remember when Monster Munch brought out a version of their Pickled onion flavour that turned your tongue blue, that cannot be good for you! I think overall I found myself really liking these Banana flavoured crisps in Korea but I couldn’t eat more than a handful without feeling sick.
Oh No! It’s quite ironic that they made you feel sick, as you can’t have the good without the bad, come on, tell us what has been the worst crisps you have ever had!
Definitely Burger King Fries, flavoured crisps. I tried them in San Francisco, such a disappointment.
No doubt in your mind about that! You have quite the reputation for giving very honest reviews; do you ever get people commenting on your Blog disagreeing with your reviews? How do you deal with that?
I hold honesty in high esteem and unfortunately it seems to be a dying standard, I don’t see the point in lying to anyone in regards to crisps. I hope that my reviews are taken constructively; I hope they give manufacturers the feedback they need to improve quality. I would enthuse as well that these Blogs are my own opinions; I do get people commenting and writing their own review which I love! I think everyone has a different take on a crisp and different measures and factors that they equate it to. It depends what you’re looking for.
I totally agree here at Brown bags our integrity is vital.
It’s amazing how you have got so big, why do you think that is? Or what do you think has caused it to grow?
In the UK we eat more crisps than anywhere else in the world and we are passionate about crisps, we are always on the lookout for something new to come from yonder and beyond. Crisp Companies are always keen to tell me first of any new flavours that they might be releasing to get me spreading the crisp word.
So you are the evangelist behind it all, creating the hype that’s quite an honourable position and shows that already your opinion is helping shape the food market as we know it! What do you think surprises you the most about his entire journey so far?
That my waistline hasn’t doubled!
I think that in itself is quite an achievement.
So once you have reviewed every crisp in the UK what then?
Good question, I have a backlog of crisps to get through yet and crisp companies are always releasing new flavours every year. I haven’t yet included supermarket brands in my list so maybe I will be tempted to expand the list… who knows. In short I love what I am doing and I will cross that bridge when I come to it…
It sounds like you have your work cut out for you yet! Do you think that crisps will always play a big part in your life?
Crisps have ALWAYS played a big part in my life.
I will take that as a yes then. Josh, I feel privileged to be one of the first if not the first to uncover the true identity of Crisp Nations Author. Thank you for coming in today, Are you getting up to anything particularly crispy this season?
Well I am holding Crispmas
It’s when I get loads of people together to munch through all the crisps I have left over from reviews it’s like a festive appreciation for crisp lovers.
I am going to have to come to this; I love how I just invited myself
Of course.The more the merrier.
Check out Josh’s review of us on Crisp Nation If you haven’t already! Don’t forget to get involved in our Crispmas countdown with the advent calendar with goodies to win!
Brown Bag Crisps are keeping you on your mistle-toes this Christmas season, as we travel around some of our favourite retailers giving them our festive love by heading to their outlets to give out samples of our crisps.
We love our tasting events here at Brown Bag Crisps – it’s always great to meet our loyal customers and I also get the chance to wear my LCD (Little Crisps Dress).
Our next appearance will be at Moss End Farm Shop in Warfield, Bracknell, on Saturday December 8. It will be my first visit there and I have every faith it will be a great success. So if you happen to be in the area and you love delicious treats, why not pop in and have a chat? If you have never tried an award-winning Brown Bag Crisp then what better way to get acquainted? No need to be a humbug, Crisp-mass was made for sharing!
For location details, go to https://www.facebook.com/MossEndFarmShop?ref=stream