The next time you are eating your Monster Munchs, Discos, French Fries and even Quavers check the expire date on them and you’ll find that they all expire on the same day of the week – a Saturday. !
If you don’t believe us, go and check. Check every packet where you work. Go and look at the ones in the shop down the road if you don’t believe us.
It’s a mystery that’s clearly been plaguing crisp fans (and people with far too much too much time on their hands) for many years now.
Most people don’t wait long enough to notice or care when their packet of crisps needs to be eaten by as they’ve usually already finished the snack.
But why a Saturday and why is that day so special in the crisp world ?
It turns out the answer is a little bit of an anticlimax. The Best Before Date being set on a Saturday is related to the timings during a typical working week in the manufacturing plant.
The manufacturing sites work on production weeks which start on a Sunday, All product produced in that week will have the same Best Before date. As the week ends on the Saturday, the Best Before date will always end on a Saturday.
So I am sorry to say it’s nothing to do with the crisps themselves – there’s certainly no magical ingredient that only goes out of date on a Saturday.
But did you know that in Ireland not one packet of Tayto, Hunky Dorys, Chickatees, Snax, King and Chipsticks goes out of date on a Saturday. In fact, they go out of date in the middle of the week, so most of them are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.