Tayto cheese and onion crisps are a favorite Irish snack. These highly seasoned potato chips boast a very distinctive flavor, and are perfect with a pint of beer.
A sharp cheddar taste explosion with overpowering onion strains, combines with deep fried potato slivers, creating a taste of Ireland I absolutely adore.
No American chip tantalizes my taste buds like a good old Irish Tayto crisp. No fancy bistro or pub crisps for me, thank you very much. I'll stick to Mr. Tayto's favorite crisp.
Please God I'll never have to choose a last meal, because if I did, I would order a Tayto cheese and onion sandwich, made with fresh white sliced pan, slathered in Kerrygold butter. And of course I'd wash it all down with a nice cup of tea. Or maybe for my last meal, I'd get a pint of beer too.
When I arrive back to Ireland my first meal is usually a Tayto sandwich with a lovely cuppa. I relish every bite.
Mercifully I can satiate my Tayto longings in Kentucky. The Celtic shop near Louisville's favorite Irish pub, Molly Malone's, stocks these cheese and onion delights. My husband usually picks up a bag or two when he goes to watch soccer or GAA matches at the pub.
I'm such an addict I've even munched through a bag of Tayto while sipping a glass of wine.
Not exactly a gourmet's delight. But let's face it! Cheese and wine are considered a complimentary pairing, so I just take my gastronomic experience to a whole new level of unapproved decadence.
Now any Irish people reading this blog post will fully understand the flavor question I am about to pose:
Tayto vs King ???
Which bag wins? This is an age old debate amongst Irish crisp lovers. Originally created by two separate companies with slightly different recipes for this beloved Irish flavor combination, both brands have dedicated and loyal customers.
Tayto are cheesy. King are more oniony. Or maybe it's the other way around. My memory fades.
This taste off is no competition in my book. King crisps are just a tad highly seasoned for my palate, so for me, Tayto crisps win every time. There are many who totally disagree with me.
But I confess, in a pinch, when I can't lay my hands on a bag of Tayto, I'll succumb and munch my way through a bag of King crisps, or maybe even two bags.
And recently I discovered the same company now makes both types of crisps. Hopefully they are preserving rival flavorings from days gone by.
And here's my Valentine's Day warning! If your beau takes you to a pub, don't touch a Tayto crisp if you intend to keep your breath fresh. These crisps are flooding with flavor just waiting to overpower your whole mouth.
My husband is more of a salt and vinegar kind of guy, and Tayto have the perfectly seasoned packet to suit his taste buds. But me, I stick to cheese and onion, a true taste of Ireland in my book.
A mere whiff of an open bag and I'm in crisp lover heaven.
I don't care if health gurus claim this type of snack is nutritiously vacuous. I don't even look at the ingredient list for fear I would discover some ingredient that might end up being a deal breaker for me and my bag of Taytos. I don't indulge very often so I overlook a little preservative or flavor enhancer every now and then.
Whenever I can lay my hands on a pack of cheese and onion Tayto crisps I relish every last morsel. I've even inhaled the last irresistible, piquant aromas from an empty bag.
And so, if you venture to Ireland this summer why not try a bag of Irish crisps. But be warned! The flavor will be very strange for American trained taste buds. These crisps whack a true taste wallop with a smacking, savory zing.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip down my snack memory lane, and that you too enjoy Tayto crisps, a scrumptious, full-flavored taste of Ireland.
Slán agus beannacht!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. This is not a sponsored post. The makers of Tayto/King crisps and Kerrygold butter have never heard of me. I wrote this post purely to introduce my favorite Irish snack to readers.
Purchasing Tayto Crisps Online In America:
Over the past few months I've received many e-mails from readers requesting information on where to purchase Irish food items in the United States.
And so for anyone in America interested in purchasing Tayto crisps, check out the Food Ireland website.
Food Ireland has a wonderful selection of Irish goodies which can be shipped throughout the United States.
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