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The discontinued retro crisps that need to be brought back

You don’t get crisps like these anymore…

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While us Brits take our love of crisps very seriously, far too many iconic variations have been quietly disappearing from the shelves over the years.

Walkers recently sent the country into a frenzy with the relaunch of its prawn cocktail flavoured Wotsits but, sadly, other crisp variations have failed to stand the test of time. 

One Reddit user recently decided to ask the British public which crisps they miss the most and, let’s just say, it was a real nostalgia hit. Here are some of the most missed crisps from over the years…

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Wotsits Wafflers

Who remembers these? Wotsits Wafflers featured the same corn puff texture as your standard Wotsits, but were instead shaped like waffles and covered in a tasty bacon dusting. 

Wafflers eventually became part of the Smiths range in 2013, but were sadly discontinued just two years later in 2015.

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BBQ Rib flavoured Walkers

These came up a lot – Walkers’ BBQ Rib flavour was a massive hit across the country, mainly because they tasted uncannily alike to an actual BBQ rib, a real feat in the world of crisp flavours. 

For reasons unbeknown to most of us, however, Walkers quietly discontinued the flavour a couple of years back. And, while it was recently resurrected for the Walkers Flavours of the Decades collection, it just didn’t hit the same as it did back in the day. 

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KP Beef Crisps

Remarkably, KP (the brand known best for its peanuts) sold beef flavoured crisps once upon a time and, according to one Redditor, ‘no other beef crisps have ever tasted anywhere near as beefy’. 

Not much is known about the KP crisps, though the company did own Brannigans crisps, whose entire production line was discontinued in 2020 as a result of declining sales.

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Ready Salted Chipsticks

Once upon a time, the iconic salt and vinegar flavoured Chipsticks we all know and love once came in a ready salted flavour, complete with a very disorientating red and white striped packet.

Countless petitions have been set up to see the return of the blander flavour since it was discontinued a couple of years back, with a spokesperson for Walkers saying: “It’s great to see so much love for one of our old school Chipsticks flavours… We can’t promise they’re coming back, I’m afraid.”

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Lamb and Mint flavoured Walkers

Much like the BBQ Rib flavour, Walkers’ roast lamb and mint flavour was elite and on a whole new crisp flavour level.

Much like it’s BBQ Rib cousin, however, the roast lamb flavour was discontinued some years ago and hasn’t seen the light of day since. It’s an unfair world. 

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Cheese Flavoured Moments

Cheese Flavoured Moments were a huge hit back in the day and were definitely one of the more unique crisp options on the shelves.

While they were discontinued some years ago, however, Walkers recently revealed plans to bring them back, with a spokesperson telling Leicestershire Live: “It’s great to see so much love for our old favourites, Cheese Moments. While we can’t promise a comeback at this stage, our teams certainly share the petitioners’ enthusiasm for this classic flavour!”

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Blue Monster Munch 

Yep, pickled onion flavoured Monster Munch with the ability to turn the eaters’ tongue blue. Very chaotic and wonderfully ’00s.

However, the blue Monster Munch wasn’t to be, and it was discontinued after a short period (probably because pickled onions aren’t blue). As you can imagine, there haven’t been overwhelming calls for the return of this flavour with Brits instead settling with the non-colour changing alternative.

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Doritos 3D

Okay, not everybody wants to see the return of Doritos 3D, but they’re got a fair few mentions and are definitely a cultural phenomenon in their own right.

They originally debuted in 1998 and were discontinued just a few years in the early 2000s because, as it turns out, people prefer their tortilla chips to be 2D. Though they did come with some mint flavours, including jalapeño cheddar, nacho cheese and zesty ranch.

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Burton’s Fish n Chips

Now this is a real blast from the past – the iconic Burton’s salt and vinegar flavoured Fish n Chips crips were a snack staple throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

They were sadly discontinued over ten years ago, but rumour has it you can still get your hands on some in selected stores across the country after a vigorous rebranding campaign in 2014. Hallelujah! 

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Branston Pickle Mini Cheddars

While Jacob’s Mini Cheddars are in a whole league of their own, the Branston Pickle flavour catapulted them to whole new levels.

For reasons unbeknown to us, Jacob’s discontinued the flavour, along with the equally as tasty ham and spring onion flavours, too. (Though if you look hard enough online, some Branston Pickle flavoured bags are still knocking about).

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Manchester restaurant serving ‘world’s hottest curry’ to anyone brave enough

It has been described as ‘like eating molten lava!’

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A Manchester eatery is daring customers to try its extremely hot curry for National Chilli Day.

This February 22nd, Zouk is creating the World’s Hottest Curry as part of the restaurant’s celebration of National Chilli Day – where courageous participants will have to eat a whole portion of it within the allocated time frame to win a prize.

The dish will feature the World’s Hottest Chilli (according to the Guinness Book of Records), the star of the show, The Carolina Reaper.

The Carolina Reaper Karahi curry – available in chicken (£15.95) and vegetable (£14.95) options – will be available Monday, February 19th to Friday 23rd as a special.

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Zouk has also created the world’s hottest kebab, the Reaper Seekh Kebab (£7.95), also made with Carolina Reaper Chillies, mixed lamb and chicken keema. 

The restaurant is offering prizes for those bold enough to take these fiery dishes on.

On National Chilli Day (February 22nd), Zouk is challenging the most daredevil customers to take on the Reaper Curry or Reaper Seekh Kebab, where if they manage to complete the task they can win prizes to be enjoyed at the restaurant at a later date.

As a menu special, there is also a devilishly good Chilli Margarita drink for guests to enjoy – although this is made with milder fresh chillies.

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The prizes for those customers with a ‘strong stomach and mind’ are:

  • Finish the full Carolina Reaper Seekh Kebab in one sitting (maximum eating time is 30 minutes and no help from companions) and you will get your kebab on Zouk, plus a £10 gift card to enjoy at the restaurant to redeem against food or drinks at a later date. 
  • Finish the full Carolina Reaper Curry (either chicken or vegetable) in one sitting (maximum eating time is 30 minutes and no help from companions) then you will not only get your Reaper Curry on Zouk, but you will also win a Brunch for two at the restaurant at a later date. 
  • Finish both the full Carolina Reaper Seekh Kebab and the Carolina Reaper Curry in one sitting (maximum eating time is one hour and no help from companions) and you will get your kebab and curry on the restaurant, as well as winning a Zouk Sunday Roast Meal for two.
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Knowing the Reaper is officially the world’s hottest chilli, it may not surprise you to learn from the chefs that even cooking this curry is a bit of a challenge. 

Owner Tayub Amjad commented: “The chillies are so hot that the chefs must be careful when handling them. You can feel them on your hands and stinging your eyes. The heat really is intense. 

“We’ve also made a vegetable karahi suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Last year we made a kebab but this year we’ve upped the stakes and made a seekh kebab reaper dish, we believe it is the world’s hottest kebab. 

“Last year only about 15 people completed the challenge and beat the reaper so I can’t wait to see who takes on this trio of Reaper dishes in 2024.”

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Anybody who finishes one of these challenges will also get a Zouk Ice Cream Sundae to help cool off those scorched taste buds! 

Zouk believes this to be the World’s Hottest Curry, so if you fancy putting it and yourself to the test, make a booking now and embrace National Chilli Day’s Biggest Challenge. 

To find out more about the challenge and prizes or book a place at Zouk, click HERE.

Zouk’s World’s Hottest Curry Challenge takes place at Zouk Tea Bar & Grill, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester on Thursday February 22nd.

*Diners will be required to sign a disclaimer before trying.

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A week-long margarita-mile bar crawl is coming to Manchester next week

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A mile-long Margarita bar crawl is returning to Manchester with a host of venues set to take part to celebrate the drink’s national day.

Honouring National Margarita Day on February 22nd, the celebratory bar crawl will feature El Tequileño tequila in a variety of cocktails at venues across the city.

Known as ‘Mexico’s best kept secret’, El Tequileño is produced in the heart of the old town of Tequila and stays true to its authentic roots.

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The brand will collaborate with Maldon Salt – because what’s a Margarita without the perfect dusting of premium salt around the rim of your glass? – to deliver the event at bars including Stray Bar, Madre, New Century, Fierce and Smithfield Social.

Whatever your Marg preference – classic tequila and lime, frozen or spicy – there will be plenty of signature mixes to sip on between February 19th and 25th.

Stray will showcase distinguished blends like their Tomato Vine Margarita, Madre will be serving up flights of the good stuff, while Fierce are mixing it up with beer to make the Cervezarita.

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In a nice touch, ALL participating bars will be discounting Margaritas to £6 on Margarita Day (February 22nd) itself.

Many of the venues taking part are also adding margherita pizzas to the mix, so you can grab a slice to accompany your tipple.

Tequila fans and connoisseurs can learn about the origins of their favourite drink and how it is made from very special guest Tony Salles – the grandson of El Tequileño creator Don Jorge Salles Cuervo. 

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Tony will meet those on the mile at The Daisy to chat about all things tequila on National Margarita Day.

Taking inspiration from Manchester’s Margarita Mile last year, London and Leeds cities will also be hosting their own first Margarita Mile in February 2024, also in conjunction with El Tequileño, Maldon Salt and Tabasco.

The Margarita-Mile bar crawl takes place from February 19th – 25th at the above participating venues.

*Please remember to drink responsibly.

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Individual Restaurants offers new loyalty scheme focused on personalised customer experiences

Members can enjoy access to sporting events, free birthday drinks, discounts, Club IR parties and top culinary experiences

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Individual Restaurants brings Club IR – the new highly anticipated loyalty scheme offering customers an unforgettable experience and real rewards.

The move comes after customer insight from Individual Restaurants revealed that 60% of people don’t value points as part of a loyalty programme.

Individual Restaurants says the new programme, which launched on January 4th, elevates what diners can expect from a loyalty card, ditching the tired ‘points’ system and instead focusing on giving guests what they really want; personalised offers, exceptional service and money-can’t-buy experiences.

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With personalisation at the heart of Club IR, members on each of the three tiers; ‘Club’, ‘Black’ and ‘Diamond’, can expect the ultimate tailored experience.

From a round of drinks on your birthday to exclusive invitations to VIP events such as luxurious Club IR parties, top sporting events and once-in-a-lifetime trips to top culinary destinations, Club IR has it all covered.

More than a loyalty scheme, Club IR has been curated based on valuable customer insight that shows more than half of customers prefer a variety of offers and discounts, as well as surprise rewards (92%) and a tiered system of loyalty (85%).

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The Individual Restaurants collection includes Restaurant Bar & Grill, Piccolino, Riva Blu and Piccolo by Piccolino, totalling 31 restaurants across the UK. 

As part of the new programme, members will be the first to know about news and events, and will be privy to a variety of specially curated in-restaurant perks.

With an amazing new app, Club IR could not be easier to access, allowing guests to see exclusive rewards and experiences available in real time and book tables.

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Individual Restaurants has designed the programme so all guests are welcome from the moment they join the club, with benefits starting from sign up.

Andrew Garton, CEO of Individual Restaurant Group, said: “We know from our members that it’s not points that they value. 

“Instead our guests value personalised service, incredible food and friendly hospitality – something that we pride ourselves on at Individual Restaurants. 

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“With our new loyalty scheme, we’ve taken what was an extremely popular programme already and listened to guests to make it even better – with more personalised offers, luxury experiences and tailored event invitations.

“Club IR exemplifies our values through specially curated, personal offers for our members, a range of incredible money-can’t-buy experiences and a knowledge that they will always receive the very best service when they enter any one of our restaurants. 

“We’re confident that our new Club IR loyalty programme is the best on the market. “We value every single one of our guests, and want to reward them in the most special and personal ways we can.”

Become a member of Club IR or find out more by clicking HERE – you could have the perfect Valentine’s Day!

 

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