Top 10 best Irish crisps we all know from childhood

Crisps were an integral part of all Irish kids diets at one point. Whether we were allowed them or not, we were always craving a packet.

In the mood for a tasty savoury snack? Let’s take a look at the top ten best Irish crisps we all know from childhood to bring back some tasty memories.

They may be known as chips or potato chips in other countries, but to us Irish folk, they will always be known as crisps.

Considering we are big fans of potatoes and have been for generations now, it was about time that someone invented the Irish crisp – something different from the others that existed around the world.

The original crisp may have been invented in England in 1817. Still, it was an Irish man named Joseph ‘Spud’ Murphy who came up with the brilliant and, some would say, life-changing idea to add flavour during the manufacturing.

Obviously, some trial and error was to be expected, but the end result is legendary and what we still love to snack on today, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For now, we’re going to take a look at the top ten best Irish crisps we all know from childhood.

10. Hunky Dorys – the thick crisp we all love

We love Hunky Dorys.
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Introduced to us in 1996 as the alternative to the standard crisp, the Hunky Dorys were a thicker, crinkle cut crisp with heaps of flavour.

Variations include salt and malt vinegar, buffalo, and cheddar cheese and spring onion. These certainly fit the description of best Irish crisps we all know from childhood. 

9. Hot Lips – for the ones who liked a spicy kick

Hot Lips are some of the best Irish crisps we all remember from childhood.
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The hot and spicy crisps, known as Hot Lips, were a favourite for anyone who liked a bit of kick to their crisp.

8. Chickatees – our favourite chicken crisp

Chickatees were delicious.
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These chicken flavoured crisps stood out from the rest. They offered a unique taste, while the puff style texture made them a light but tasty snack.

7. Bacon Fries – the pub crisp

Bacon fries are some of the best Irish crisps.
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As kids, we were sometimes brought to a pub with our parents, and while there, we were given the distraction of bottled fizzy drinks and, of course, bacon fries while they had their pints and chats.

These were always known as the pub crisp, and it was quite exciting when you got your hands on a packet as it didn’t happen very often.

6. Chipsticks – the ones we could eat all day long

We could eat chipsticks all day long.
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Just as onion rings replicated onion rings, these delicious snacks were made to replicate chips, something we all love from time to time.

A few packets of these and your tongue would lose its feeling, but we sure did love them.

5. Banshee Bones – the scary crisps

Banshee Bones are some of the best Irish crisps we all remember from childhood.
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The scary banshee appeared on the front of these crisps and was a face that terrified us.

In Irish folklore, the banshee is said to be a fairy whose loud scream is the omen of death. However, we’re pretty sure we didn’t know this as kids.

4. Johnny’s Onion Rings – the best onion rings around

We all loved Johnny's Onion Rings.
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Well, you can take one guess what these tasted like? Onion rings, of course.

These were so tasty that many kids loved to gobble them up, leaving their faces and hands covered in the yummy orange coloured flavouring.

3. Waffles – the light and airy crisp

Tayto Waffles are some of the best Irish crisps.
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A delicious spin-off from the original Tayto is the waffle crisp with a flavour of bacon, which is definitely a packet of the best Irish crisps we all know from childhood.

2. King Cheese and Onion – a true Dublin crisp

King Cheese and Onion comes in a close second.
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Traditionally a brand from Dublin, this popular crisp was first seen in 1963, when it was made on Parnell Street.

Today, it is still sold everywhere, including pubs, just like our number one.

1. Tayto Cheese and Onion – the best Irish crisps we all know from childhood

Tayto Cheese and Onion tops our list of the best Irish crisps.
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Alas, we have made it to number one on our top ten best Irish crisps we all know from childhood, and of course, it is Tayto Cheese and Onion.

Now, of course, Tayto was the original crisp manufacturer and the inventor of the flavoured crisp. So, they later went on to produce many others on our list.

You could also find these crisps in salt and vinegar and smoky bacon.

There you have it, a list of the ten best Irish crisps we all know from childhood, some of which still exist today.

Thanks to Tayto, many of these crisps came to life and created memories for all of us. We’re excited to see what other tasty creations are coming.