So one thing that really threw me off when I was purchasing crisps in Australia was the different coloured packets and flavours. My eye sight isn’t the best (I need glasses but rarely wear them, terrible I know), so when I went to grab what I thought was prawn cocktail was in fact salt and vinegar. 


It’s the same with blue, for me this signifies cheese and onion. 

What a culture shock!

So with that I have to ask you: What’s your flavour? And what colour should it be?

I feel Smiths/ Walkers/ Lays and any other brand of crisps out there need to unify and make their colours universal!

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    1. You can get packets of dill pickle chips over there? That’s awesome.
      I agree with some of the colours here, but salt and vinegar being white is crazy to me! πŸ˜‚

  1. I am reminded of the moment in the Doctor Who episode “The Empty Child” when the (9th) Doctor explains to Rose Tyler that mauve, not red, is the universal color for “danger.”

    1. I have not seen this episode (nor have I seen many episodes at all sadly), but I would have thought red was more of an appropriate colour! Which side are you on?

  2. Pink is prawn cocktail! This threw me when I was in Aus, especially as they don’t have prawn cocktail which is obviously the best flavour πŸ˜„

  3. Pink salt & vinegar? Good grief, no. What a strange and disturbing universe this is!

    Here in the U.K. salt & vinegar is generally considered blue, with the exception of one brand for whom salt & vinegar is green and cheese & onion is blue.

    Prawns are pink (when cooked, anyway) so prawn cocktail should definitely be pink! And salt comes from the sea so salt & vinegar, really, should be blue.

    1. Agreed. I’m from the uk and I always thought that at one point when I was younger, they changed the colour of salt and vinegar to green and cheese and onion to blue from the other way around, but maybe I am thinking of another brand!

      1. Ah, I didn’t realise you were in the U.K.. It’s Walkers who do things differently, isn’t it, with the blue pack for cheese & onion? When I was growing up I recall lots of green and yellow packs for cheese & onion (other brands, not Walkers) but this colour combination has fallen out of favour somehow.

      2. I am from Newcastle, just on a working holiday visa here πŸ™‚

        I’m not sure, when I’m back I’ll have a good look around the crisp aisles and compare, but I’m sure by then I’ll have become used to the colours here… Hopefully not though!

  4. I’m an Aussie currently in Africa and this was a culture shock for me also! Salt and vinegar is always pink at home. I was so confused at the shops. Blue should be original but here it’s Caribbean Onion and balsamic vinegar- what?!? Delicious though 😊

    1. I really cannot remember whether or not salt and vinegar is blue or green in the UK anymore xD

      I am glad you like this flavour too! Thanks for commenting.

  5. That is the question Shakespeare should have immortalized. Who cares about questions like ” be or not to be?”. We are real people with pratical issues! ( I hope this isn’t mean, I just thought the title was funny πŸ™‚ )

  6. Brilliant question Sam. I am half Canadian and am very biased towards Canadian potato chips. Old Dutch brand, Salt and Vinegar are my favorite followed closely by ketchup and dill pickle. The Old Dutch boxes and bags are white. Salt and vinegar have happy dancing salt and vinegar containers. The ketchup has a happy dancing ketchup bottle and the dill pickle have a dancing pickle. Makes it pretty handy for finding the one you are craving. -Jill

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