Snacks

Nosh nostalgia: Twisties

Cheese Twisties, and their much yummier cousin, Chicken Twisties, are my savoury snack of choice. Unfortunately, here in London, cheap Twisties are impossible to come by. There are various ‘Australian’ stores in London that sell Twisties at a huge mark-up to homesick antipodeans, but I like to get mine directly from the source.

Chicken Twisties, Cheese TwistiesNot only have my parents indulged me by bringing four huge packs of Twisties in their luggage all the way from Tasmania, but a girl I work with also managed to smuggle some in for me this week too, so I’m deliriously happy and high on salt and artificial flavour enhancers today.

For the uninitiated, (according to Wikipedia):

Twisties are produced by feeding a mix of milled corn, rice, wheat and water into a machine known as a rotary head or random extruder. This machine cooks the mix at high temperature and pressure whilst forming the pieces. This process results in the characteristic Twisties shape with the knobbly surface and squiggly shape. After forming, the pieces are oven baked before being flavoured with a coating of seasoning and vegetable oil.

Apparently, alongside the popular Cheese Twisties and Chicken Twisties, Twisties were also created in Toffee, Salmon Teriyaki (!) and Tomato flavours sometime in the 1990s.

Natalie Imbruglia starred in a Twisties TV commercial at around the same time, and it’s a cheesy masterpiece worth watching.

TwistiesTwisties are super-crunchy and incredibly more-ish. Just a handful of these salty snacks are enough to take me right back to the primary school playground.

Is there a snack that tickles your fancy? So much that you’d get it imported from the other side of the world?

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4 thoughts on “Nosh nostalgia: Twisties

  1. Twisties! Love! Oh gawd, don’t get me started on imported snacks! It seems I always crave what I cannot have, whether living in UK, Japan or US, I’ve always either had to buy them online (and pay absurd postage fees) or have packages sent over. 😛

  2. Ha these look a lot like our UK-grown ‘Nik-Naks’ – still around if you find the right corner shop. They may not be a perfect replacement but maybe a close match!

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