Reviewed 25th August 2005
Purchased from: Free sample packs greatly appreciated.
Happy Days, another sample pack for testing has been promised! However, when it arrived, my strained heart nearly popped out of my chest. The thing is, if you are expecting a pack (1 pack), and a box (20 packs) arrives, you don't know what to think. "Excellent (snacktastic supplies) or Horror (heart attack)", all I can say now I seem to be eating more scratchings than usual is... ...everything in moderation. I shall just have to pace myself.
So I open the bag, they smell fairly light, not eye wateringly strong like some I have tried. Good forms, plenty of shapes and sizes indicating a more hand made rather than machine made product which is always a good sign. A variety of colours from a light brown to a dark nutty brown, which is also good. I spy a few with hairs which i do approve of (obviously). There are also some with remnants of meat on them, these are good, but I don't like too many per pack. I think of them as little highlights along the way.
They have exactly the right amount of salt on them (I'm now a convert to the less salty varieties) and taste of a pure scratching with added salt (nice salt too) rather than the more common porky flavourings you seem to get with the more 'manufactured' scratchings. The flavour has a sort of butteryness to it, presumably from the fat, this is not a problem at all however I do prefer a slightly more harsh taste.
None in this pack were going to break my jaw, and therefore I would say they are safe for all, rather than the expert 'stuntman concrete chewers'. Crunchy not dangerous.
In conclusion, these are very nice, you should try them and see.
Thanks for the free samples and accompanying letter.