Nik Naks

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For Nik Naks made by Simba Chips, see Simba Chips.
A Rib 'n' Saucy flavour packet of Nik Naks.

Nik Naks are a type of extruded corn snack previously manufactured by Sooner Snacks, from 1981, in the United Kingdom. The brand was purchased by Golden Wonder in 1987 and then sold to United Biscuits in 2006. In December 2012, United Biscuits agreed to sell the KP Snacks brand, including Nik Naks, to the European Intersnack Group.[1]


The original flavour when Nik Naks first appeared was Cheese (Yellow bag).

They are now available in four flavours:

  • Scampi 'n' Lemon (Green bag)
  • Nice 'n' Spicy (Orange bag)
  • Rib 'n' Saucy (Purple bag)
  • Pickle 'n' Onion (Red bag)

In the mid 1990s, the flavours were Nice 'n' Spicy, Cream 'n' Cheesy, and Rib 'n' Saucy. Rib 'n' Saucy replaced Scampi 'n' Lemon as a move to make consumers feel that Nik Naks was a less smelly brand.[citation needed] Sales of Nik Naks grew by 32% once the "smelly" flavour was removed. At some point a Hard Cheese flavour was introduced and later discontinued.

On Valentine's Day 1994, Golden Wonder released Ltd Edition Naughty 'n' Saucy flavour Nik Naks and for a limited time a Tomato and Mayonnaise flavour, and the aphrodisiac ingredient was 0.01% Guarana Seed Extract.[citation needed]. This branding was repeated in 2005, when they launched a new limited edition Naughty 'n' Saucy flavour including what was "claimed to be the first savoury snack to contain the Chinese herb Ginseng, said to help boost the libido"[2]

Scampi 'n' Lemon made a comeback in 2002, just before being sold to KP and United Biscuits. The Scampi 'n' Lemon then replaced the Cream 'n' Cheesy flavour in multipacks from 2006. From 2008, the Scampi 'n' Lemon flavour was phased out to make room for the new Pickle 'n' Onion flavour. However, Scampi 'n' Lemon remains in multipacks.

At one time Scampi 'n' Lemon flavour Nik Naks contained a fish derived ingredient. Now they do not and are thus suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. Lactose is no longer included in the Nice 'n' Spicy flavour and it is also animal-free. So too is the Rib 'n' Saucy flavour.[citation needed]


The brand ran a notable advertising campaign in the 90s created by animator Bill Plympton, based on his short film Push Comes to Shove, in which two men's heads transform into a variety of shapes. [1]. This was subsequently followed up by 5 second adverts describing how ugly the snack was. In 1993, the brand ran an instant win promotion giving away rubbish. Such things as tummy fluff, 2p piece, bits of string were given away.

During 2004-5, its advertising led with the tag line 'Eat The Freak', coined due to their odd appearance. One commercial, set on a cross-Channel ferry, was a modern parody of the sci-fi classic Alien, wherein a passenger eats a Nik Nak only to have it explode from his stomach and begin dancing to Le Freak by Chic. [2]


Nice 'n' Spicy Flavour:
Maize, Sunflower Oil (37%), Nice N' Spicy Flavour [Sugar, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavourings (contains Barley Malt Vinegar, Barley Malt Extract, Soya Sauce, Wheat Flour), Salt, Dried Onion, Citric Acid, Curry Powder (Spices, Rice Flour), Malic Acid, Spice, Flavourings (contains Soya Sauce, Wheat Flour, Colour: Paprika Extract, Spice Extracts, Garlic Extracts)]. "Tesco Groceries - Kp Nik Naks Nice 'N' Spicy Assorted Snacks 12 Pack". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

Pickle 'n' Onion Flavour:
Maize, Sunflower Oil (25%), Vegetable Oil (13%), Pickled Onion Flavour [Sugar, Salt, Flavour enhancer: Monosodium Glutamate, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Diacetate, Citric Acid, Rice Flour, Potassium Chloride, Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Dried Onion].

Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour:
Maize, Sunflower Oil (37%), Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour [Sugar, Yeast Extract, Salt, Spices, Natural Flavourings, Dried Onion, Dried Garlic, Citric Acid, Colour: Paprika Extract]. "Tesco Groceries - Kp Nik Naks Nice 'N' Spicy Assorted Snacks 12 Pack". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

Scampi 'n' Lemon Flavour:
Maize, Sunflower Oil (37%), Scampi 'n' Lemon Flavour [Cornflour, Sugar, Salt, Natural Flavourings, Dried Yeast, Citric Acid, Yeast Extract, Dried Barley Malt Vinegar Extract, Colour: Paprika Extract, Lemon Oil, Spice Extract]. "Tesco Groceries - Kp Nik Naks Nice 'N' Spicy Assorted Snacks 12 Pack". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

Nutritional information[edit]

Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour Nice 'n' Spicy Flavour Scampi 'n' Lemon Flavour Pickle 'n' Onion Flavour
Average Values Per 100g Per Bag Per 100g Per Bag Per 100g Per Bag Per 100g Per Bag
Energy (kJ) 2347 704 2375 594 2341 585 2355 707
Energy (kCal) 564 169 570 143 562 141 571 143
Protein 5.0g 1.5g 4.8g 1.2g 5.1g 1.3g 5.0g 1.5g
Carbohydrate 49.8g 14.9g 51.9g 13.0g 49.5g 12.4g 50.3g 15.1g
of which Sugars 4.0g 1.2g 4.3g 1.1g 4.1g 1.0g 2.6g 0.8g
Fat 38.3g 11.5g 37.8g 9.5g 38.2g 9.6g 38.2g 11.5g
of which Saturates 8.4g 2.5g 3.5g 0.9g 8.4g 2.1g 8.4g 2.5g
Fibre 3.1g 0.9g 1.7g 0.4g 3.0g 0.8g 3.0g 0.9g
Sodium 0.7g 0.2g 0.7g 0.2g 0.9g 0.2g 0.8g 0.2g

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KP Snacks to become part of European Intersnack Group" (Press release). United Biscuits. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Nik Naks to lift the libido" (Press release). the Grocer. 15 Jan 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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