Space Raiders (snack food)

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A standard pickled onion packet of Space Raiders. This is of the smaller £0.10 variety.

Space Raiders are a British brand of corn and wheat snacks made by KP Snacks.[1] Introduced in 1987, the alien shaped snacks are currently available in Beef, Pickled Onion, Saucy BBQ and Spicy flavours.[2]


Space Raiders were launched in 1987.[3] at a retail price of 10 pence it remained at this price until late October 2007, when the price increased to 15p. It later increased to 25p before lowering to 20p. The price has continued to fluctuate, reflecting the volatility of the underlying commodity prices. At the time of the original 5p price rise, the company who owns Space Raiders are known as KP Snacks.[4]

In October 2010 Space Raiders were relaunched in a new foil pack. These new packs were intended to 'increase shelf standout'. The snacks now had a new improved flavour. A new Saucy BBQ flavour variant was also announced. The packs were 20p each.[5]

In 2019 the standard bag of Space Raiders was replaced with a new bigger 25g pack with a RRP of 30p. The price marked packs feature a 'NEW BIGGER PACK!' banner.[6]


Until 2010 mini comic strips were featured on the back of the bags. They have over the years included the adventures of 'Astra and her Space Pirates'[7] and stories of aliens being afraid of the crunching sounds from Space Raiders being eaten. Space Raiders now feature 4 different 'Space Raider Stats', one species for each flavour.[8][9]


Flavour Standard Bag

(25g, has fluctuated)

£1 Sharing Bag

(78g, originally 95g)


(10 x 11.8g, originally 13g)

Grab Bag


Variety Box


Beef available[1] available[10] launched 2013[11] launched 2015[12] n/a
Pickled Onion launched 1987[3] launched 2015[13] available[14] n/a 5[15] or 10 bags[16]
Saucy BBQ launched 2010[1] n/a n/a n/a n/a
Spicy available[2] n/a n/a n/a n/a
Cheese discontinued[17] n/a n/a n/a n/a
Salt and Vinegar discontinued[18] n/a n/a n/a n/a

Nutrition information[edit]

Typical Values Pickled Onion Flavour

Per 100g[19]

Beef Flavour

Per 100g[20]

Energy 2047kJ 2065kJ
- 488kcal 493kcal
Fat 23g 23g
of which Saturates 2.1g 2.1g
Carbohydrate 62g 65g
of which Sugars 1.9g 3.5g
Fibre 1.2g 1g
Protein 6.0g 6.6g
Salt 3.3g 2.3g

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "United Biscuits - They've landed: UBUK relaunches Space Raiders". United Biscuits. 2010-10-18. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
  2. ^ a b "KP Snacks - Brands - Space Raiders". KP Snacks. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  3. ^ a b KP Snack website
  4. ^ Lucy Burton, The Lawyer, 1 November 2013
  5. ^ "United Biscuits re-launches Space Raiders". PotatoPro. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  6. ^ "Space Raiders Beef Flavour Cosmic Corn Snacks 25g :: Bestway Wholesale". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  7. ^ "A Space Raiders Eating Competition Is Coming To The UK". Loaded. 2018-05-08. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  8. ^ "Twenty7 brand design consultants". twenty7. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  9. ^ Georgina (2013-10-27). "Cheeseburger Crisps & Other Stories: Space Raiders Spicy". Cheeseburger Crisps & Other Stories. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  10. ^ Wholesale, Dee Bee. "Space Raiders Beef Flavour Cosmic Corn Snacks 78g". Dee Bee Wholesale. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  11. ^ Weston, Shaun (2013-02-13). "Space Raiders beef flavour in multipack format". FoodBev Media. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  12. ^ "KP Snacks - News - New Space Raiders Beef Grab Bag". KP Snacks. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  13. ^ "KP Snacks launches McCoy's and Space Raiders PMPs". betterRetailing. 2015-10-20. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  14. ^ "Space Raiders Pickled Onion 10 Pack 11.8G - Tesco Groceries". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  15. ^ "Calories in Lunch Munch Box 30 Packs Space Raiders Pickled Onion Flavour Corn & Wheat Snacks, Nutrition Information | Nutracheck". Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  16. ^ Retrieved 2019-09-29. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Crisps from our childhood we DEMAND come back". Closer. Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  18. ^ "Crazy Bout Crisps". Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  19. ^ "Space Raiders Pickled Onion Flavoured Snacks 8X11.8G - Tesco Groceries". Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  20. ^ "Space Raiders Pickled Onion Flavoured Snacks 8X11.8G - Tesco Groceries". Retrieved 2019-09-29.