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    XL Cheese Crisps...................

    XL Cheese-A Cult Classic
    There can be only one way to start my crsip related blog and that is to acknowledge the position of a crisp whose taste insires both devotion, happy memories and for those who have moved away a sadness at its scarcity. We are takling about XL Cheese crisps!!!

    In my youth XL Cheese were made by Bensons and my father had a strange addiction to them, often devouring multiple bags one after the other. Indeed one of my favourite childhood photos is of my dad and I coimg out of a pub in Scotland while on holiday and my dad has 9 bags of XL Cheese in his hands!! My fate was sealed. But it was not just my father, everyone loved them. Little did I know then that these crisps were only available in the North West of England and South Scotland and once people moved beyond these boundaries XL Cheese were not available. You hear stories of exile Cumbrians and Scots stocking up with boxes of XL Cheese each time they returned home, sustatining them until their next visit.



    They seemed to disappear for a while as Bensons was bought by Golden Wonder, but have been back on the scene for a few years now, again mainly in North Cumbria and South West Scotland. Athough they have changed owners they have lost none of that special taste. You know something is good when its taste inspires memories and these crisps do it everytime-simply the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truthhurts View Post
    XL Cheese-A Cult Classic
    There can be only one way to start my crsip related blog and that is to acknowledge the position of a crisp whose taste insires both devotion, happy memories and for those who have moved away a sadness at its scarcity. We are takling about XL Cheese crisps!!!

    In my youth XL Cheese were made by Bensons and my father had a strange addiction to them, often devouring multiple bags one after the other. Indeed one of my favourite childhood photos is of my dad and I coimg out of a pub in Scotland while on holiday and my dad has 9 bags of XL Cheese in his hands!! My fate was sealed. But it was not just my father, everyone loved them. Little did I know then that these crisps were only available in the North West of England and South Scotland and once people moved beyond these boundaries XL Cheese were not available. You hear stories of exile Cumbrians and Scots stocking up with boxes of XL Cheese each time they returned home, sustatining them until their next visit.



    They seemed to disappear for a while as Bensons was bought by Golden Wonder, but have been back on the scene for a few years now, again mainly in North Cumbria and South West Scotland. Athough they have changed owners they have lost none of that special taste. You know something is good when its taste inspires memories and these crisps do it everytime-simply the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A box of XL cheese crisps is my ideal fantasy Xmas present

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    There is a shop in Great King Street opposite the old PO that sells them by the boxfull - a pal of mine from the Wirral takes them doon to Engerland on a regular basis

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    You can also get them at Tarf Farm Shop.

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    Edgars the Newsagent on Buccleuch Street opposite Barbours have sold cases for years and always available

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    The original cheese crisps were from Rishy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truthhurts View Post
    XL Cheese-A Cult Classic
    There can be only one way to start my crsip related blog and that is to acknowledge the position of a crisp whose taste insires both devotion, happy memories and for those who have moved away a sadness at its scarcity. We are takling about XL Cheese crisps!!!

    In my youth XL Cheese were made by Bensons and my father had a strange addiction to them, often devouring multiple bags one after the other. Indeed one of my favourite childhood photos is of my dad and I coimg out of a pub in Scotland while on holiday and my dad has 9 bags of XL Cheese in his hands!! My fate was sealed. But it was not just my father, everyone loved them. Little did I know then that these crisps were only available in the North West of England and South Scotland and once people moved beyond these boundaries XL Cheese were not available. You hear stories of exile Cumbrians and Scots stocking up with boxes of XL Cheese each time they returned home, sustatining them until their next visit.



    They seemed to disappear for a while as Bensons was bought by Golden Wonder, but have been back on the scene for a few years now, again mainly in North Cumbria and South West Scotland. Athough they have changed owners they have lost none of that special taste. You know something is good when its taste inspires memories and these crisps do it everytime-simply the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HMMM...........http://worldofcrisp.blogspot.co.uk/ Five years ago Truthy?
    Remember,this guy here is a crisp connoisseur.Try Tudor Kipper crisps for bringing back the good times.

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    While not wishing to turn into Albertz,with the meaningless trivia.Rishy is derived from The town of Rishton in Lancashire where the crisps were originally made.

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    Irresespectively, there is nothing quite like them anywhere. You are blessed to be able to live in area where you can go to almost any shop and simple buy them. I order them online from Amazon, but still wished my local stores sold them.

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    Point taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagapapa View Post
    While not wishing to turn into Albertz,with the meaningless trivia.Rishy is derived from The town of Rishton in Lancashire where the crisps were originally made.
    My trivia isn't meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALBERTZ_11 View Post
    My trivia isn't meaningless.
    Definition of trivia :---- details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.

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    As a Doonhamer I always pick up a few bags when visiting from Glasgow and have ordered a box of 48 in the past. Best crisps by far. Another thing I've noticed is the prevalence of Red Kola compared to the stranglehold of Irn Bru in Glasgow. Had to laugh when one shop had modest storage for their other crisps and a huge cardboard box for the XL!

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    Barr's market all their flavours in England, well apart from red kola for some strange reason!

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    Haven't had these in years. How much will a box set you back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sane_Man View Post
    Haven't had these in years. How much will a box set you back?
    16.50 a box from Edgars.Value for money!

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    I pay double that on Amazon.

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    Bringing this thread back.How the price can change in barely 6 months.Edgars now charge 20 a box.A rise of 3.50.Still good value against buying individual packets.

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    Ah good back to a lighter topic. Tarff Valley also sell boxes of the XL cheese crisps and last time I bought some they were around the 16:50 mark but be aware that they have only a couple of months on their use by date and it is a lot to get through in that time!!!!

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    This was posted by someone close to the company[B

    I'm trying to fill in gaps in our family history and Rishy Crisps was part of it . . . but my recollections are sketchy. I think Rishy Crisps, at least as a factory, started in in the mid 60's in what was a former woollen mill in Great Harwood (or was it Rishton?). At the time I think it was a subsidiary of Brooks Beattie Biscuits in Wythenshaw (though it may have been Symbols Biscuits, Blackpool). I know that Rishy went on to provide crisps for M & S.

    And our family's part in its history? My father, Stan Wallbridge, having previously created a biscuit factory for Carrs Biscuits in Bulawayo, was given the task of turning an empty woollen mill into a fully operational crisp factory and I have vague memories of wandering through the cavernous empty space before work began.

    I would love to know what happened to Rishy, the address of the old mill and what it is being used for now. And I would be delighted if anyone has any old photos of Rishy Crisps.

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