Mr Trotters, Great British Pork Crackling Review
Hairy Bar Snack Review: Mr Trotters Great British Pork Crackling is another new posh scratching variety from RGS (Ray Gray Snacks). Focusing on British ingredients and promoting a more ‘natural’ product by only adding salt.
The design of the bag is nice, it looks like a traditional brown paper bag with a wartimesque illustration of a rather portly pig named ‘Mr Trotter’.
So, here we go, we open the bag, and they look different from what we would expect, they are not scratchings and they are not pork crunch.
They smell very dry and a little bit fake, different. But is this because we are not used to this type of thing?
They are very crunchy and crispy, every part of them, from the skin through to the fat. The skin of a pork scratching is not usually this crispy. They are nice and salty. The amount of salt seems just right. Let’s hope that we find that there’s not too much by the time we get to the end of the bag!
Surprisingly for a snack that is relatively high in fat, these actually taste like they are a healthy snack. They are light and crispy not heavy and gooey or oily. In some cases, we have found that there are some scratchings, that are quite fatty and they taste fatty, when actually they should taste of scratchings. A subtle but important difference.
They are very crispy. I have to say it again, lol. They are very bubbly too. The skin is not solid but has a bubbly texture.
The flavour is really intense and does not seem artificial, but actually quite natural. In a strange way, they have a certain sweet quality which is really nice. The sweetness is not sweet like a cake and out of place, but the type of sweet that compliments savoury foods.
Mr Trotters is looking to expand the scratchings market beyond the limits of the traditional old fashioned grimy boozer. So to find that in the makeup of the scratching, there is a full range of meat, fat, skin and hair, is quite unexpected.
it would seem that the market they are looking for are the people who are afraid of the obvious association with the pig (the animal, the dead animal) that has ultimately supplied the snack you are eating. Meat and hair are a clear reminder of the animal. These are also the bits of the scratching that some people will turn their nose up to.
There is lots of dust and even more flavour at the bottom. Maybe shaken about in transit? Maybe the light and fluffy bubbly texture is not as good at remaining un-scuffed as they are transported? No matter, the dust and flavour at the bottom is nice. It’s worth eating. It’s worth getting your fingers sticky for.
Mr Trotter’s Great British Pork Crackling is/are perfect. You should try them!
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