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Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps

Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps

In the UK in 1981, Hedgehog Foods Ltd decided, as a joke, to produce Hedgehog flavoured crisps (potato chips). To everyone's surprise, the crisps were a huge success.

Hedgehog flavoured crisps were actually flavoured with pork fat and no hedgehogs were used in the manufacturing process. Consequently, it wasn't long before Hedgehog Foods Ltd was in court (1982), up against the Office of Fair Trading, on a charge of false advertising.

Bizarrely, a settlement was finally reached when Mr Lewis, of Hedgehog Foods, interviewed gypsies who actually did eat baked hedgehogs, to ascertain the flavour of hedgehogs. Mr Lewis then commissioned a flavourings firm to duplicate the flavour as closely as possible and changed the labels from "hedgehog flavoured" to "hedgehog flavour" and all interests were satisfied!


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Do You Remember Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps?

Do You Remember Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps?



  • 1707ME on 2014-10-26 16:15:16
    I used to deliver them in the 80's to Welshpool and Sainsbury's amongst others for Bensons crisps who were the manufacturers on behalf of Hedgehog foods. Not the best tasting crisp in the world
  • mrl on 2014-10-16 10:13:46
    Of course I remember them. Philip lewis is my uncle. I loved all of the flavours..yoghurt & cucumber were my favourite tho..
  • Trowey on 2014-10-05 15:45:39
    Ooo yes.. Invented in Welshpool by (then) pub owner Phil Lewis. Remember doing the factory tour in school.. Oh how we miss them
  • 2e0hgr on 2013-04-06 12:16:37
    I seem to remember a buzzaround these when I was in Cubs around 1985.
  • LesleyAnne on 2013-02-12 20:56:11
    My daughter has just been having a row with her friends about the existence of these and obviously won!!!!
  • GregJames on 2012-09-20 15:43:49
    Yes I remember these well, I collected all of the tokens too to send off for membership to the Hedgehog Trust of something.
  • jess_d23 on 2012-04-11 09:23:14
    I was born in 1987 and I remember buying them in Sainsburys when I was little, I loved them!
  • jess_d23 on 2012-04-11 09:23:13
    I was born in 1987 and I remember buying them in Sainsburys when I was little, I loved them!
  • slipjat on 2011-02-26 14:45:45
    The company that made the crisps was called Hedgehog and the crisps were 'flavoured crisps' they were basically a clever marketing trick and tasted of pepper and spice. They failed to make an impact and after about 2 years they went under never to be seen again. Not such a clever marketing trick as most people couldn't stomach the thought me eating hedgehog.
  • lisagal on 2010-06-19 16:42:25
    My friends sister used to love these crisps...they were horrrrriiiiiiidddd
  • hedgehog on 2009-07-16 21:36:12
    For years i never believed my girlfriend that there really was hedgehog flavoured crisps...till now.
  • suziecoops on 2009-02-09 22:52:49
    I remember these. I thought they tasted a bit like smoky bacon crisps
  • Marks on 2008-09-25 10:48:56
    Who remembers that episode of the BBC show 'That's Life', in which Esther took these crisps out onto the streets of a particular town or city (can't remember where she went), and offered them to passers by, askng them to guess what flavour they were? One old lady, when told what they were, spat hers out rather forcefully!
  • buck80 on 2008-09-21 07:26:18
    Has anyone suggested this to Walkers? Given their new competition, you never know what might happen!
  • Ravensmo on 2008-09-12 23:00:27
    This website has just helped me prove my husband WRONG!!!!! He says there was no such thing as hedgehog crisps and even though my sister backed me up he said I was lying so now he can go EAT A HEDGEHOG
  • RoxanneHart on 2008-09-09 12:11:35
    I'm pretty sure they made a come back in the mid 1990s. I was born in 1981 so wasn't much of a crisp eater back then but I do remember Hedgehog flavour crisps when I was at school which would have been the 1990s
  • Tina-Louise on 2008-09-02 16:07:43
    I remember hedgehog flavour crisps, they were the best!!! People think im going Mad when i say i use to eat them lol......i wish they were still around.
  • pammy on 2008-08-15 14:53:33
    Hedgehog flavoured crisps taste just like golden wonder sausge and tomato flavour. They were nice!
  • ggoldsto on 2008-07-09 03:44:10
    Does anyone know if you can still get tomato-sauce or prawn-cocktail crisps anywhere? I'll gladly trade for a piece of stereo equipment.
  • Totz on 2008-02-02 03:31:12
    This was actually a grondbreaking case in FS (Food Standards) Law. Even today, it comes as a surprise to some that a simple change in discription can mean a huge change in content. Flavored = flavored with Flavour = flavour of
  • ron2hats on 2008-01-20 21:56:34
    A most delicious flavour made by an inovative company who fell fowl of nit picking small minds in a government quango with nothing better to do, probably funded by Walkers or Smiths to make their life hell. I am sure the Fair Trading lawyers spent our money well and went on an all expences paid junket on the expence account of the major crisp giants
  • beautifulwelshcounty on 2007-08-22 22:00:43
    I had these crisps at my local kwik save (now frsh express). It happens to be I know the gentleman who made these. He lived just up the road and he was my form tutor and french teacher in school. I vaguely remember the vaults pub where he used to be publican. e@e0109.prodigynet.co.uk
  • vic on 2007-07-06 18:39:20
    I remember having hedgehog flavour crisps, though only a few times. I don't think they were around for very long. I think they came in a beige coloured bag with a cartoon hedgehog on the front, and I remember them tasting just like beef crisps.
  • Anonymous on 2007-06-04 16:46:20
    The other day I dusted off an old scrapbook of vintage aircraft pictures which I had compiled as a lad (sigh - simpler times). Remarkably, there, pressed flat in the back pages was an empty packet which once contained these hedgehoggy savoury treats! I recall that at the time I had considered them unusal enough to bother preserving the packet. I then promptly forgot all about them. Anyway the packet is photographed and immortalised for all time on Wikipedia (see filed under the entry on 'Crisps'). Incidentally, I can remember thinking they tasted rather like sausage with sage & onion stuffing...
  • Anonymous on 2007-05-08 04:06:36
    my memory of hedgehog crisps is 'i was gutted as i never saw 1 packet!, although i was told by my best friend that they did exsist! ive never doubted him, Why I do not know?!! maybe it is because i was aware that gypsy 's would cook hegde hog on an open fire wrapped in clay, once the hedgehog was cooked they would peel the clay which would reveal the freshly cooked flesh!, as a delacacy.
  • Anonymous on 2007-05-07 15:34:55
    I loved Hedgehog crisps as a kid! I was beginning to wonder whether I'd imagined them or not because everyone I mentioned them to had never heard of such a thing. My Dad always used to buy me a packet of Hedgehogs and a bottle of Pepsi with a straw in the pub, when I was tiny! Happy days.
  • Anonymous on 2007-04-22 18:29:35
    They also sold yogurt and cucumber flavour. I bought these in 1988 in Wood St socialist club in Bolton. Every ten packs sent off built a ramp in a cattle grid so hedgehogs could climb out.
  • Anonymous on 2007-03-17 11:28:00
    Does anyone know if they were still around in 1986?
  • Anonymous on 2007-02-27 21:00:43
    I remember hedgehog crisps!,I also remember at one point irnbru flavoured crisps and chocolate flavour crisps which were strangely quite nice
  • Anonymous on 2007-02-12 23:10:25
    Yep, Remember having to ride my motorbike into Otley, to a cafe by the river to buy these. This was the only place I ever saw them for sale, and then it was for a very limited time. Doubt very much they will ever come back, the world is far too PC nowadays, shame really.
  • Anonymous on 2007-02-12 22:57:09
    I can recall they were quite difficult to get, possibly because they had sold out, and that they tasted beefy. I also remember there was a bit of a hullabaloo with some people thinking real hedgegogs had been used. I'm sure it made national news!!
  • Anonymous on 2006-12-17 12:37:57
    i remember our corner shop sold them. as a curious kid i tried them and loved them but then they were gone. will they ever make a come back ?
  • Anonymous on 2006-08-24 13:48:51
    I remember me and my older brother buying these had to have hedgehog crisps from the ice cream van they were really popular with the kids on our estate in Liverpool
  • Anonymous on 2006-06-14 21:26:12
    I remember them, I used to have them in my lunch at school, cant remember what they tasted like though :
  • Anonymous on 2006-06-14 02:28:34
    When I was a kid they did an offer where if you collected 100 emply bags (or something like that) you won a prize (can't remember what). I ate Hedgehog flavoured crisps every break and lunch for ages and then when I had about 90 packets they stopped selling them where I lived!!! Can you still get these?
  • Anonymous on 2005-08-19 13:59:19
    I seem to remember Traffic Warden Flavored crisps too (about the same time). Or did I dream that? Someone tellme please.
  • Anonymous on 2005-03-25 23:41:26
    i can remember buying them a few times, they tasted quite peppery and had lots of visible seasoning on them. Knowone believes me when isaid they existed, ah never mind