We picked this up at Ozmen , our local emporium of international foods. The draw was immediate: they’re just like onion ring corn snacks, but pizza flavoured!! And they’re from Romania – we haven’t spotted other intriguing snacks from there yet.
Snack: Best Foods Lotto Pizza 75g
Bought at: Ozmen Barber Rd
The packaging for Lotto Pizza is charmingly badly designed, like someone’s GCSE graphics project. It features a pizza with tomato slices and olives badly photoshopped onto it, with several of the pizza rings themselves frolicking around it – again, badly photoshopped, but they have at least not resorted to using one image of a pizza ring copied, pasted, rotated and resized – at least two separate pizza rings have been photographed for this endeavor.
Now, what sort of flavours would you expect from a pizza-flavoured snack? We thought we’d be in for tomato, cheese, herbs, maybe even olives and peppers, seeing as they’re featured on the packaging and all. But in hindsight we should have been warned by the product name – is it called “Lotto Pizza” because it’s a lottery of flavour?
Opening the packet, we took a whiff… and smell… mushroom cupasoup? What on Earth? Well, a quick glance at the ingredients list reveals that, alongside “pizza flavour 6%” (6%!!!), bacon flavour and mushroom flavour also make an appearance. Ok, so maybe they’re supposed to taste like a farmhouse pizza? Odd that neither has been photoshopped onto the cover pizza though…
They look reassuringly like your average corn-based onion ring snack, so we dive in, and, indeed, we taste mushroom.
Megan: “I suppose it tastes a bit like a ham and mushroom pizza, if you use your imagination.”
The texture is light and crisp, a bit more melt-in-the-mouth than onion rings generally are, and if they’d been labelled as mushroom flavour we’d have been very happy with them, but:
Lottie: “I feel I have been misled.”
We did a spot of research into Best Foods, the manufacturer (i.e. we Googled them), and found that Lotto Pizza is just one of their line in “extruded snacks” – yum. In fact, it turns out Best Foods are the “market leader of extruded snacks in the Romanian market” and have “one of the most skillful workforce in the extruded snacks industry” (sic). The more you know.
The whole Best Foods website is charmingly Web 1.0, the homepage featuring an animated graphic of bags of crispy snacks.
As well as extruded snacks, they also do a nice line in peanuts and peanut products. Here’s our favourite: Peanuts Paste for Industrial use Barells of 230Kg, illustrated by a delightful picture of a bowl that someone has filled with beige in MS Paint.
They are moving with the times though, and have a Facebook page! It is, naturally, full of badly photoshopped pictures. Seriously guys, go and take a look – here’s our favourite.
Anyway, these actually are good quality snacks, and would have got a much higher score except that they don’t taste of the advertised flavour. They certainly provided us with plenty of entertainment.