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Hula Hoops - The crisp with the hole, and now the crisp with the ridges!!
Hula Hoops are one of my favourite crisps as they are a little bit different and have a lovely corn snack taste to them. I'm sure these crisps are every childs favourite. Who hasn't put one on each finger and then eaten them off, well I have to admit that I still do that as an adult too. In fact, Hula Hoops is the second biggest UK snack brand in the everyday market.
Hula Hoops are a brand of crisps and can be described as flavoured potato rings. They were first produced in 1973 by a gentleman called Miles Willard and are distributed by KP snacks, part of the United Biscuits company.
New to the Hula Hoops range are the hoops with the ridge, known as Ridges. They are basically just like a normal Hula Hoop but the outside of the crisps now has ridges on it, little raised lengths along each hoop. The advertising on the outer packet reminds you that these crisps are the Ridges variety by writing the word Ridges in big letters across the front and also lets you know that they are, ?Seriously Crunchy?.
Hula Hoops Ridges come in a variety of flavours and I have to say every one of them is good.
The original flavour which is just like ready salted.
Salt and Vinegar.
Cheese and Onion
Each hoop is probably about two centimetres in diameter. The hoop itself is quite thick so when you bite into the crisp you are guaranteed quite a crunch. The adding of the ridge also, in my opinion gives a bit more of a crunch too as they are a tiny bit bigger than the original due to the ridge and this is attested to in the fact that they are marketed as being seriously crunchy. The flavours are always quite bold and you always get quite a lot of the salt flavour on each crisp so you get a nice balance of flavour.
Hula Hoops are definitely a national favourite. According to a few fun facts on their website, "138,846,784 packets are sold every year." That's quite a precise number but I'm sure a little bit of it is meant to be a joke but indicates that it is still a very high figure. They also go on to say that 2 in every 5 houses in Britain buys Hula Hoops! I also found this little fun fact on the United Biscuits website, that each year over 16 billion Hula Hoops are eaten and enjoyed in the UK. If these 16 billion Hula Hoops were joined together in continuous tube they would go round the World 4 times!
The average size bag is a small 25g bag. The bag is made of foil so it keeps the crisps fresher for longer.
What?s great about these too is that in 2006 they began making all the Hula Hoops products with sunflower oil and vegetable oil so that they contain 50% less saturated fat which is great. A 25g packet of the original flavour only has 129 calories which is 6% of your GDA so this is not too bad for a snack.
All in all a great quality, potato snack that is fun for all ages!!