How to enjoy Burts Chips on Bonfire Night…

30 October 2017

…(Despite the efforts of Jon Snow)

We are not sure if you have seen it yet, but the BBC’s new period drama, Gunpowder, has been coming under a lot of – excuse the pun – fire in the press recently. And after sitting through the first episode the other night, here at Burts, we can sort of understand why.

Recounting the tale of Guy Fawkes and the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, to blow up the Houses of Parliament, the start to this short series really has been a ‘warts and all’ affair. As it stars Kit Harington, he of Game of Thrones fame, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, throughout the history of GoT, plenty of blood and guts have been spread across the mythical lands of Westeros and across our screens.

Still, watching a young man get hung, drawn and quartered on your television set, on a Saturday night, is enough to put you right off your crisps. You know, that packet of Burts Firecracker Lobster crisps you’ve been saving for a treat? The same flavour as favoured by our sponsored player Carl Rimmers of the Exeter Chiefs? The one you’ve been looking forward to ALL week?!

Yeah, well thanks a lot, Kit. After getting past that scene, we could barely sniff at stale biscuit! Let alone a handsome packet of crisps, tinged with shellfish and a hint of South Devon Chilli Farm Chillies. You may be co-writer and producer of Gunpowder and have a yearning to depict the grim, historical accuracies of the 17th century but please, in future, give us some warning first!
We’ve even had Carl on the phone to the office this week, gibbering like a nervous wreck because of your show and he’s got a big match this Saturday vs. Sale Sharks. It’s OK, we’ve calmed him down and placated things by sending a big box of Firecracker over to his house. But you have to appreciate that we are not happy you know. Here. At Burts Chips!

Do you hear us Jon Snow?!!!

Bah, you know nothing.

Anyway, rant over. Because of course, the real deal of Bonfire Night is just around the corner. Where up and down the land, on November 5th, the black skies with soon be festooned with bright lights and explosions. Either at public displays or in people’s back gardens, family and friends will gather together. To ‘ooh’, ‘aah’ and cheer, all huddled in the cold. Sparklers will dance about the place and spell rude words in the dark. Uncle Barry will no doubt bring a cheap box of Roman candles along and we will all laugh, as they simply go – ‘Ffft’.

And of course, there will be plenty of food to be hand. All set out on the table, along with a cheeky bottle of Hobgoblin beer or three. Glazed hotdogs and burgers, chilli con carne and hotpot stew are all firm favourites on Bonfire Night. Not forgetting to mention toffee apples for the children.

But may we suggest at the centre of the table, you position of huge bowl and fill it with Burts Potato Chips, so that everyone can share and enjoy in the moment. Those  Firecracker Lobster crisps we mentioned before, they really would be a good bet. But of course, go with the flow, shake things up with a host of different flavours maybe. It is meant to be a fun evening after all. You can find out where to buy them by clicking here. 

With that thought in mind, may we give you one final suggestion though?

Keep the telly switched off. The last thing you are going to want, is Kit and his gang ruining the whole evening for you and putting you off your crisps. No, that would not do.

Let us know, what did you think of Gunpowder? Did it put you off your crisps?