What are the differences between Pork Scratchings, Pork Crackling & Pork Crunch?

People often ask us one of the following questions:

  1. What are Pork Scratchings?
  2. What is Pork Crackling?
  3. What are Pork Crunch?
  4. What's the difference between Pork Scratchings, Pork Crackling & Pork Crunch?

Before we start answering, let's clarify exactly what we are going to talk about.

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

Firstly, pork scratchings are a type of snack that you get in a little bag. They are cold, not hot. You used to only see them in the pub, behind the bar, but as times have changed you can now get them from the supermarket and recently have even become a luxury snack! You can buy them here if you dare!

The 'Pork Crackling' we are talking about IS NOT the 'Pork Crackling' that you get when you roast a nice juicy joint of pork. On this page, pork crackling refers to the British snack. Pork crackling is a sort of hybrid, an in-between of pork scratchings and pork crunch.

And while we are at it, we are going to talk about 'Pork Crunch', these are also known as 'Pork Rinds' in the United States. Pork Crunch is a light bubbly British snack made of pigskin.

We have also written a page about the history of pork scratchings. The page lists the regional (Country-based) names for all pork scratching 'type' snacks because there are quite a few. If you are curious click here to take a quick look.

There are three types of Hairy Bar Snack

Here are the similarities and the differences of each one.

What are Pork Scratchings

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Pork Scratchings are made from pig skin (raw pork rind). They always have some fat under the skin. Sometimes there is a small amount of meat under the fat. Sometimes you will find a hair or two. They are cooked once, then left to cool and bagged. This results in a traditional, hard, sometimes tooth-breaking snack.

What is Pork Crackling

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Pork Crackling is also made from pigskin (raw pork rind). They often have some fat under the skin, but usually less than with pork scratchings. Rarely you will find a small piece of meat under the rind. Even rarer still, you may find few hairs. They are cooked twice, then left to cool and bagged. Cooking twice means that you get a lighter, softer bubblier version of a traditional pork scratching. because they are lighter, you can probably eat these with false or very few real teeth. You get the crunch you want with a bit less dental danger.

What is Pork Crunch / What are Pork Rinds

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Pork Crunch is also made from pig skin (raw pork rind). They are made from just the skin. There is no fat or meat under the skin. They rarely have any hairs. Pork crunch is also cooked twice, then left to cool and bagged. This results in a snack that is even lighter and bubblier than pork crackling. Close to a crisp in style, and close to a Quaver or prawn cracker in substance and texture. They can sometimes almost dissolve in your mouth.


Click here to see some Pork Scratching Reviews.
Click here to see some Pork Crackling Reviews.
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! 🙂

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Pork Scratching

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Pork Crackling

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Pork Crunch

Are you still wondering what is the difference between pork scratchings, pork crackling and pork crunch?

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)