A definitive ranking of the best crisps in the world 5 years ago

A definitive ranking of the best crisps in the world

Unless you've been living under a rock (or don't use Twitter), you'll have noticed that the World Cup of Crisps was held over the weekend.

The competition was launched by Pointless co-host Richard Osman, following the runaway success of his World Cup of Chocolate at Christmas.


In fact, it was so well-received that a Super Cup is on the way, pitting the winning crisps (Pickled Onion Monster Munch) against the world's favourite chocolate (the simple Dairy Milk).

clayterzBy now we're well aware of the winner and the runner-up of the 2016 World Cup (Wotsits put up a valiant effort).

There was even a 3rd/4th place playoff, with Quavers edging out Walkers Cheese and Onion by the narrowest of margins. It turns out people really like cheese.

But not every crisp variety has the rich and storied history of Monster Munch, or the celebrity backing of Walkers.

Some 48 entrants took part, some higher-profile than others, and we've crunched the numbers to produce a complete ranking from 1-48.

Head-to-head votes helped identify the top four, but we've determined the overall order, based on the round in which a crisp exited the competition, followed by the total number of votes (rounded to the nearest whole number) as a tie-breaker.


It produced some very interesting results, and suggested the likes of Tayto Cheese & Onion and Pringles Sour Cream & Onion may well have got further with a more favourable draw.

We got onto Osman with a question about the crisp poll:

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This was the typically Osman-ish response:

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Here are the rankings in full.

  1. Monster Munch Pickled Onion
  2. Wotsits
  3. Quavers
  4. Walkers Cheese & Onion
  5. McCoys Steak
  6. Sweet Chilli Sensations
  7. Nik Naks Nice & Spicy
  8. Frazzles
  9. Skips
  10. Hula Hoops Ready Salted
  11. McCoys Salt & Vinegar
  12. Doritos Chilli Heatwave
  13. Pringles Sour Cream
  14. Walkers Salt & Vinegar
  15. Mini Cheddars
  16. Monster Munch Roast Beef
  17. Chipsticks
  18. Monster Munch Flamin’ Hot
  19. Walkers Ready Salted
  20. Pom Bears
  21. Walkers Smoky Bacon
  22. Doritos Cool Original
  23. Wheat Crunchies Bacon
  24. Hula Hoops Salt & Vinegar
  25. Tayto Cheese & Onion
  26. Kettle Chips Salt & Vinegar
  27. Doritos Tangy Cheese
  28. Space Raiders Pickled Onion
  29. Seabrooks Sea Salt
  30. Tyrells S&V
  31. Walkers Roast Chicken
  32. Walkers Prawn Cocktail
  33. Scampi Fries
  34. French Fries Salt & Vinegar
  35. Pringles BBQ
  36. Smiths Salt & Vinegar Squares
  37. Kettle Chips Sea Salt With Crushed Black Peppercorns
  38. Pringles Salt & Vinegar
  39. Discos Salt & Vinegar
  40. Roysters T Bone Steak
  41. Brannigans Beef & Mustard
  42. Burton’s Fish & Chips
  43. Spicy Tomato Snaps
  44. Golden Wonder Cheese & Onion
  45. Golden Wonder Salt & Vinegar
  46. Golden Wonder Ready Salted
  47. Pop Chips BBQ
  48. Mackies Haggis