The beauty of crisps is there’s no flavour that doesn’t work.
When you’ve got a neutral potato disc (related: how about a petition to rename crisps ‘neutral potato discs’?), any combination can be a success. Yes, even in a gourmet crisp sandwich.
Salt and vinegar? Ideal. Cheese and onion? Works a treat. Chicken and thyme? Not what we’d have come up with ourselves, but it does the trick. Lime and black pepper? Why not? Candy cane? Now wait a second.
Yes, Tesco is genuinely adding ‘Candy cane flavoured’ crisps to its high-end ‘Finest’ range. It’s a Christmas miracle, on the same level as mulled Baileys.
We sort of get the concept. Sweet and salty popcorn has grown in popularity of late, so adding a sugary twist to a traditionally savoury food isn’t a terrible idea in and of itself.
According to Tesco themselves, the new creation takes the form of “Hand cooked crisps seasoned and dusted with a sweet peppermint flavouring for a sweet and salty taste experience”.
Hand cooked crisps: good.
Sweet and salty taste experience: good.
The response has been mixed, ranging from ‘absolutely not’ to ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT’.
Just seen Tesco are selling Candy Cane flavoured crisps. I stood by them on curry and pigs in blankets flavours, but I can't defend that.— Jonny Cooper (@JRCooper26) October 4, 2017
There’s always a cut-off point, though. The stage at which we as a populace must put our collective foot down and say ‘No! This is too far’. If we allow candy cane crisps to be normalised, it’s a slippery slope to god knows what.
I’d still probably try one, though. Y’know, just to be absolutely sure.