What are Pork Scratchings / Pork Crackling / Pork Crunch?

People often ask us one of the following three questions:
1. What are Pork Scratchings?
2. What is Pork Crackling?
3. What are Pork Crunch?

Let's clear up a few things before we start explaining 'What are Pork Scratchings?', because there may be a little bit of confusion.

We are going to talk about British snacks, nothing else.

This means that the 'Pork Crackling' we are talking about IS NOT the 'Pork Crackling' that you get when you roast a nice juicy joint of pork. It's the British snack.

Pork Scratchings are type of snack that you get in a little bag. They are cold, not hot. You can buy them here if you dare!

And while we are at it, we are going to talk about 'Pork Crunch' which is called 'Pork Rinds' in the United States. It's the British snack.

We have also history of pork scratchings page that lists the regional names for all pork scratching 'type' snacks, so click here to take a look.

There are three types of Hairy Bar Snack

Pork Scratchings

Pork Scratchings are made from pig skin, always with some fat, sometimes with some meat, sometimes with a few hairs. They are cooked once, then left to cool and bagged. This results in a traditional, hard, tooth-breaking snack.
Click here to see some Pork Scratching Reviews.

Pork Crackling

Pork Crackling are also made from pigskin, always with some fat, sometimes with some meat, sometimes with a few hairs. They are cooked twice, then left to cool and bagged. This means that you get a lighter, softer puffier version of a traditional pork scratching meaning that you can probably eat these with false or very few real teeth. You get the crunch you want but not to the detriment of your teeth.
Click here to see some Pork Crackling Reviews.

Pork Crunch

Pork Crunch are also made from pig skin, but without the fat or meat and rarely with a few hairs. They are also cooked twice, then left to cool and bagged. This results in a snack that is light and bubbly, close to a crisp in style, and a Quaver or prawn cracker in substance and texture. They almost dissolve in your mouth.
Click here to see some Pork Crunch Reviews.

But how do I tell the difference if they are not in a bag?

Take a look at these pictures. Just to make things difficult, we have not labelled any of these. We will do soon! 🙂

Still wondering what is the difference between pork scratchings, pork crackling and pork crunch/pork rind?

If you can't be bothered to read the text above, and in reality, who can, why not have a quick look at our difference chart.

A Pork Scratchings / Crackling / Crunch Chart!
TypePork ScratchingsPork CracklingPork Crunch
ExamplesPork ScratchingsPork CracklingPork Crunch
SkinYesYesYes
FatYesYesNo
MeatSometimesSometimesNo
HairSometimesSometimesSometimes
CookedOnceTwice (or thrice)Twice (or thrice)