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Snack happy: 10 best crisps

Classics they may be, but there’s more to these treats than cheese and onion or salt and vinegar. We round up the best, from the exotically flavoured to those made with the finest ingredients

Salt and vinegar and limp cheese and onion will no longer suffice. Now specialist crisp companies are coming up with innovative flavours, hand-cooked using the finest ingredients.

We’ve crunched our way through many a packet to find the best out there. From the meal-in-a-crisp-packet that is Burts Guinness Rich Beef Chilli, to the simple but sublime San Nicasio’s Patatas Fritas.

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San Nicasio’s crisps might be pricey but they are a cut above other simple salted offerings – great for impressing friends with your pre-dinner party eats. For a tasty snack pack, Pipers’ chorizo crisps have just the right amount of spice. And for an out-of-the-ordinary bag that gives a little bit back, we liked Cornish Crisp Company’s Cornish pasty flavour. 

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1. Burts Guinness Rich Beef Chilli, 75p per bag, 12 x 40g packs £15.40

2. The Prop-a-Tater Cornish Pasty, £1.05 per 40g bag

3. Darling Spuds Sun Ripened tomato, green olive and oregano, 75p per 40g bag from selected supermarkets or in bulk £11.06 for 30g

4. Mackie’s Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper, £1.70 per 150g bag

5. Fairfields Farm Smoky Bacon & Sunday Roast Potato, 65p for a 40g bag

6. San Nicasio Patatas Fritas, £3.95 for a 190g bag, lunya.co.uk

7. Pipers Kirkby Malham Chorizo, 75p for 40g pack

8. Kettle Chips Lime & Black Pepper, £2.19 per 150g bag

9. Yorkshire Crisps Chardonnay Wine Vinegar, £2.55 for 100g

10. Salty Dog Jalapeno and Coriander, 29p for 40g bag