Reviewed 16th December 2011
Purchased from: free sample
Why didn't I think of that, we hear you say, when we tell you that these pork scratchings are called TROTTERS and are in a yellow bag with a Reliant Robin on the front. This time next year you might have been a millionaire!
Firstly, we look at the ingredients on the back, to see what might be different from other pork scratchings. They contain all the usual suspect, plus a cheeky bonus... Chilli, so let's see how this affects things. Also, there is a BONES alert, warning you that there may be bones in the bag, which we haven't seen before. Eating scratchings is becoming an increasingly dangerous sport.
We open the bag and take a sniff, they smell dry, with no overriding flavour type. a standard smell, not fishy or bacony like we sometimes find. Smelling dry might seem like a weird thing to say, but try them, and you'll see what we mean.
Inside we see a good range of sizes and shapes, choice is a good thing. When you offer someone a scratching, you can see them ponder over the choices available. Shall I be greedy and go for a big one. I'm on a diet and should only have a thin fatless one. they are all so different you know what we are talking about. No other snack creates such thought in the mind of the person you offer a snack to.
The scratchings are all pretty hard, but quite light, not heavy and fatty. There are no teeth breakers in this bag, but always be on your guard, just in case. There isn't much salt, which is a good thing towards the end of the bag, but a little low for our liking. There are no hairs, but some do still have small amounts of meat on them.
Sadly the chilli flavour does not seem to come through, but without it, who knows what might be different about the flavour. It's quite a subtle flavour for a scratching, some can just taste of the rind, some have loads of added flavour, these are in between.
At the bottom of the bag are some small bits, and no dust, which is just the way it should be. But wait, what do we taste, it's chilli, so it was there after all, luvly jubbly.
These are for all intents and purposes, the same as the pork scratchings, but crunch.
Samples supplied by Matthew Perkins @TrottersGold, much appreciated. The actual scratchings are made by Green Top Snacks, so check out the other varieties in their range, some of which we have previously reviewed.
many thanks to Matt the Wineman. Your patience is appreciated.