1981 Monster Munch

Monster Munch was launched in Britain in 1977 by Smiths. Originally called “The Prime Monster” (a play on “The Prime Minister”, and as part of a wider campaign), the decision was taken to rename the snack “Monster Munch” in 1978. Advertised as “The Biggest Snack Pennies Can Buy” – in reference to the large size of the crisps – each pack featured a different monster on the front of the packet.

The snack was supported by a “Monster Munch Club”, whose members received a “Monster Munch Munchers” membership pack which included a membership card, pen, several story books, and a story tape which included six “tall stories” and accompanying songs.

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1976 Smiths Chipsticks

Smith’s Potato Crisps Ltd. was formed by Francis Leigh Smith in the UK after World War 1. The firm started in Cricklewood, London, reputedly in Smith’s garage. In 1927 the company expanded into a factory in Brentford, London. This was enlarged in 1930. During the depression Smith travelled to Australia to expand the business. Smiths was later owned by Nabisco, BSN and finally sold to PepsiCo in the 1990s. Subsequently Pepsico withdrew the brand, in favour of Walkers, which had been heavily marketed in a campaign using footballer Gary Lineker. Smiths is now largely controlled by Walkers Crisps in the UK. Many of the products previously owned by Smiths are now labelled as Walkers, although there are still several Smiths branded crisps.

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Monster Munch Advert – 1986

Monster Munch is a baked corn snack available in the United Kingdom and Poland, produced by Prime Enterprises trading as Walkers.

Although the snack is largely aimed at children, it is enjoyed widely by people of all ages.

Monster Munch was launched in Britain in 1977 by Smiths. Originally called “The Prime Monster” (a play on “The Prime Minister”, and as part of a wider campaign), the decision was taken to rename the snack “Monster Munch” in 1978. Advertised as “The Biggest Snack Pennies Can Buy” – in reference to the large size of the crisps – each pack featured a different monster on the front of the packet. There was even a “Monster Munch Club” available, whose members received a “Monster Munch Munchers” membership pack which included a membership card, pen, several story books, and a story tape which included six “tall stories” and accompanying songs.

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KP Lower Fat Crisps 1988

KP Lower Fat Crisps commercial from 1988

KP Snacks is a British producer of branded and own-label maize and potato based snacks, “Choc Dips” and nuts. The KP originally stood for Kenyon Produce. The company is based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.

The company was founded in 1853 as Kenyon & Son as a producer of confectionery, jam and pickles. By 1891 the company had become Kenyon & Son and Craven Limited. The company switched to producing roasted and salted hazelnuts in 1948, expanding to peanuts later. These were originally produced for sale in cinemas. In 1952 the company introduced Hercules Nuts and in 1953 the No.1 KP Nuts peanut brand.

Simths TUBES

80’s advert for Smiths Tubes.

They were around in the late 80s early 90s and were made from the same texture as Square Crisps. I thought they were much more interesting, you could crunch up a tube into a pulp and place another in your mouth and gob at someone you did’nt like!
Great days!!