What beloved snack looks like a fry and crunches like a chip? (UK translation: What beloved snack looks like a chip and crunches like a crisp?)
I’ll give you a hint: You can find one of your favorite comic strip figures on the bag!
Still not doing it? Hmm… It has 0 grams trans fat but 1 million grams of fun!
OK, I wouldn’t have gotten this either. With the help of some research I found out Andy Capp’s were created in the early ’70s and licensed the name of the comic book character. One more Wikipedia click led me back to the 20th century – where comic strips were printed on paper and the art was good. I mean, Cyanide and Happiness just wouldn’t have cut it back then.
Andy Capp, the unemployed, working-class character from Northeast England somehow became the mascot for these snacks, and what snacks they are!
Over in the miscellaneous, cracker-adjacent section – you know, between the Bugles and popcorn – I see two distinct, blue bags. One reads “Hot Fries” with flames, the other “Cheddar Fries” with … speckles? I read the words “Corn and Potato Snacks” under each and I’m sold. This is what I call hybrid snacking.
First comes the cheddar variety. So crispy! It’s like eating a french fry with a little less soul. The cheddar is mild and these seem to be seasoned with something. It’s pleasant but I am eager to get to the HOT FRIES (with bright flames on the lettering, I feel all caps is appropriate).
One bite and I’m raising an eyebrow. Where’s the zest? Oh yeah, it kicks in after fry #3 or so. Zesty, addictive and unique. That’s like the tall, dark and handsome for snack foods. I like that they are a twist on your usual snack. I mean, I can eat Doritos any old time, but Andy Capp’s? Come on! They’re even a cute, phonetic spelling of the word “handicap” in the local English dialect.
My favorite would be the HOT FRIES. Not only do they provide a zestier experience, but they’re 10 calories less per serving as well.
Cheddar Fries Nutrition Info (per box)
|Total Fat||15g, 24% DV|
|Sodium||1,080mg, 45% DV|
Hot Fries Nutrition Info (per box)
|Total Fat||12g, 18% DV|
|Sodium||900mg, 39% DV|
*These calculations are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which is indulgent and wholly unrealistic.