I went into the Centra down the street over the weekend, snoopin’ for junk food with my Husband. We were looking for something different, and we knew that they had a small Polish section in there, as many grocery and mid-size convenience stores in the Dublin area do. We picked up a bag of these bacon things on the top shelf in the Polish corner at the far end of the store.
My husband joked that they might be dog treats, and he didn’t even know about Beggin Strips. At that point I took a moment to explain them to him and do my impersonation of that hilarious dog. This video is also really helpful:
Dog treat resemblance aside, we were getting this exotic snack. It’s important to note that the writing on the bag is in Polish, and that we ate most of the contents before turning to Google translate to see what it had to say. Loosely translated, “Chrup Paki,” presumably the name of the snack, written in big fun letters across the top, means “Jail Crunch.” Underneath, the description of “cata paka przyjemności dla ciebie oraz gosci” means something along the lines of “great pleasure for you and your guest!” And the footnote, “chrupiace prazynki doskonate na kazda okazje o smaku bekonu”–“crispy bacon flavored puffs for every occasion”. No mention of dogs, so we were in the clear.
Seriously though, Beggin Strips always smelled so good, like bacon really. There’s a quality to the smell of artificial bacon that real bacon can’t ever really live up to. I never ate them, but I was a bit jealous when my dog was rewarded with those, and I was just as well behaved. That was, of course, before moving to Ireland. Crispy bacon flavored puffed snacks are ubiquitous in the snack aisles here. Usually they’re covered in a powdery, salty, bacony, coating. These have the bacon flavor inside, and I guess that that finish makes them look more like dog treats.
These are good. They’re basically what I always imagined Beggin Strips tasted like. These are to Beggin Strips, what Pate is to cat food. Wait, no. They’re good though, and you can eat a lot more of them than other bacon flavored crisps because they aren’t as salty.
Would I buy them again? Yes
Am I hooked? Not exactly. They’re the kind of thing that’s hard to stop eating once you start, but that I don’t think I’ll particularly crave.
Good value? Yes
Look for them in Polish stores or stores with a Polish section.
I’m hoping that they come out with some new flavors. Inspiration?