‘This is a socialist crisp: its flavours work together on an equal plane, without one domineering overlord.’
The Ventrilocrisp takes pleasure in fervid self-flagellation. As the cold black nights draw in, it has made a character-building, cost-cutting rod for its back: living without heating. Each month it laughs as its energy supplier overestimates its usage, rewarding its punitive lifestyle. For these are 2 things the Ventrilocrisp values most: a good deal and the joy of usurping expectations. Which brings it to these crisps.
The Ventrilocrisp sees its own monk-like qualities reflected in the Sensations Lime & Coriander Poppadoms. A fellow underdog, they are criminally undersold in supermarket deals, side-lined by their obnoxious brothers (Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli, the world’s most overrated crisp). When the Ventrilocrisp first sampled them (the lighter crisp constituting more self-inflicted punishment) it was moved almost to tears by surprise. The snacks’ popularity is hampered by our wildly divergent expectations of a poppadom (a quiet foil to the flavour of a main meal) and a crisp (a well of flavour in and of itself). But boy is there something special here.
The hearty, savoury poppadom forms a solid foundation for the staple curry ingredients —onions, coriander, garlic, garam masala & cumin— which are discreetly included. The flavour is comforting, aromatic; down-to-earth. This pervades the scent of the crisp, infused with lime. A note on the coriander for its opponents: it is ground, not fresh. This meek herb wouldn’t harm a fly. And the lime? Like the curry flavours, it could escape recognition. But the humble lime is omnipresent, working tirelessly, thanklessly, to counteract the edge of chilli; to enhance each bite. This is a socialist crisp: its flavours work together on an equal plane, without one domineering overlord.
The Ventrilocrisp makes a beeline for the dark yellow crisps whose colour betrays their intense flavour. The poppadoms’ curvature is a welcome receptacle of seasoning, allowing the wet tongue to be pressed flush to the crisp. A thick-cut crisp always scores highly, but there is much to be said for a snack that evokes no shame, even when eaten in vast quantity. Sated, the Ventrilocrisp finally fingers the thermostat. Enough, it thinks.
- recommend to a friend? ☑️
- eat this crisp in public? ☑️
- consider the price to be right ☑️
- readily accessible? ☑️
- need to wash hands after consumption? ❎