REVIEW: Monster Munch – Pickled Onion

Rating: ©©©© chips  (lip-smacking)

Monster Munch - Pickled Onion


We hate to sound like a broken record, but……here is another remarkable U.K. snack for us to enjoy, and ponder over.  Monster Munch, similar to Space Raiders, are part of a wholly different genre of puffed corn snack really unlike anything we have seen in our U.S. market today.  Like we have previously told you, the vast majority of our U.S. puffed corn snacks always seem to be covered with cheese based seasoning (the two are practically synonymous with one another).

We were so happy to see these included amidst the great selection from our bud Josh at Crisp Nation.  We have been beyond ecstatic with the quality of snacks from over seas!!

In our initial Flamin’ Hot Monster Munch review, we had told you that we believed that the Monster Munch shape were supposed to mimic that of the spooky monster head that graced the front packaging.  However, now that we have noticed that these Pickled Onion flavored Monster Munch encompass the same shape as that of the Flamin’ Hot flavored snacks, but the monsters on the front of the packaging look nothing like one another, we’re pretty sure that the shapes are actually supposed to mimic big fat monster feet!  Kids must really get a kick out of these, which of course means that many of us here at Chip Review (who are often described as children), also loved their fun shape!

Just a short while ago we reviewed Space Raiders version of the classic U.K. pickled onion corn snack. Truth be told, we felt that their product was tasty, but maybe a little bit too unfamiliar for our pallets to truly appreciate.  The combination of vinegary pickle, plus sweet & pungent onion, plus soft puffed corn snack, was a completely new experience for us.  Like we said in our Space Raiders review, “Pickle and onion – that works.  Onion and corn snack – that works.  Pickle and corn snack – sorry, nope.  Which is weird, because we are usually huge fans of pickled anything (accept for some pickled bacon we had the other day – not good!).  Maybe our pallets just need to adjust in this case? ”

For the most part, Monster Munch was the same product as Space Raiders.  The only difference(s) we could detect were possibly a slightly more minimally dense crunch, and a bit more depth to the overall flavor profile.  Similar to the Flamin’ Hot Monster Munch, we could swear they tasted a little bit like Worcestershire sauce.  We like Worcestershire sauce.  Worcestershire sauce provides a strong, rich and salty, umami presence.  This is good.  Which means, these have some, or more, good than “all” of the other pickled onion puffed corn snacks that we have tasted.  Would we buy these if we spotted them during our trip abroad – certainly.  Would we specifically search them out during said trip?  Probably not.

As always, these are our thoughts, we would love to hear what you think. Agree or disagree, let us know.

Monster Munch provided to Chip Review from our good friend Josh at Crisp Nation

Chip Ratings Scale:

(1/4 increments)

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©© tolerable

©©© – notable

©©©© – lip-smacking

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