Twiglets are like Marmite - you either love 'em or hate 'em. Graham belongs in the former, what about you?
Cheese and Onion, Smoky Bacon and Ready Salted. They all have their fans, and rightly so. However, you'd be hard pressed to find the lovers and haters of these crisps locked in a snack spat over a pint at the local Dog and Duck. That honour belongs to one lone, oddly shaped figure. Yes, in the controversial crisp stakes there's nothing out there to match the Twiglet.
A quick scan through one internet forum and we quickly feel the collective temperature rise when it comes to the love or hate question, "Twiglets are the most foul tasting snack I've ever had the misfortune of trying... Marmite is the work of Satan, that's all we need to know. Twiglets were his first attempt at producing the most disgusting food on the planet... Twiglets taste awful."
Yet in another corner of the internet we find a posse of petitioners lamenting the loss of Worcester Sauce flavour Twiglets, "Is there any other twiglet? Why do companies always stop the good things??? It is a disgrace that the beloved twiglet has lost its tangy cousin. BRING THEM BACK!"
Living outside the UK without a local supply to hand I miss these superb stick snacks more than any other British food item. So much so that a year ago I started a dedicated Twiglets blog. And you might be surprised to know how many people Google search for Twiglets...
But, exactly what is it that brings out the love and the hate for this innocent snack? Is it purely the strength of the taste - which is great, or the mess it leaves on your fingers - which is sublime, or maybe the oddness of its shape - which is an architectural masterpiece? I'm lost.