Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
The concept of eating chocolate and crisps together isn’t new. In fact, as odd as some people might find it, there are a pretty large number who would confess to liking the pairing, at least as a guilty pleasure snack.
It makes sense, really, when you think about it. Salty and sweet is an age old combo (one offsets the other) and let’s not forget about the added crunch from the crisps – a little bit of texture is never a bad thing, right?
Until now, fans of chocolate and crisps may have been inconspicuously sneaking mouthfuls of them together on a hangover, when surrounded by a pile of snacks.
But now they can proudly enjoy them together in a real, legit chocolate bar, created by Irish crisp brand, Tayto.
The Tayto chocolate bar is stuffed full of cheese and onion crisps – a flavour they are actually credited with inventing back in 1954.
The chocolate comes from Irish company, Butlers, and has been available in local shops around Northern Ireland since March (although it’s hard to find, due to its huge popularity).
A spokesperson for Tayto said: “We thought it was about time to have a bit of fun and so made the decision here at Tayto Castle to launch a Cheese & Onion chocolate bar.
“The bar is limited edition for shops in Northern Ireland only, as well as online, but be careful because once it’s gone, it’s gone!
“The bar is making waves at convenience shops across Northern Ireland now”.
The crisp filled chocolate has previously been trialled by the folks at Tayto over in southern Ireland, which is a separate brand, on a limited edition basis.
But now it’s the Northern Irish Tayto bar which is making waves with its one-off drop. The 50g bar is retailing for £1 as standard, but only 480,000 bars were made by Tayto.
It is now so in demand across the UK that it’s selling for as much as £6.99 on eBay – proof enough that chocolate and crisps are a winning combo, if you ask us!
Largo Foods, which owns Tayto, say they created the bar because of requests from shoppers, who regularly paired their crisps with chocolate.
Over on social media, one person described the bar as a “flipping taste sensation” after giving it a try for the first time, as another said: “I can confirm that this is a mouthful of pleasure”.
“Had the Tayto chocolate yday. Cheese & onion shouldn’t work with chocolate but it really does (sic),” said a third.
However, it was always going to be divisive.
“It’s like you’ve eaten a bag of Tayto then followed it up with a bar of chocolate – you just get a bit of residual taste of cheese & onion,” someone else claimed.
“The potential for humans to come up with crap masquerading as food is limitless – well done us,” wrote another.
Can’t win ’em all, ey?