School warning over crisp ‘packets of pain’

George Pindar School is concerned about spicy crisps
George Pindar School is concerned about spicy crisps

A Scarborough school has warned parents to keep pupils away from a new menace on the playground ... super-spicy crisps.

George Pindar School has taken action to snuff out “dangerous” Doritos after they left one pupil struggling to breathe.

The scorching snack has already been outlawed in the United States due to its fiery flavour.

Each bag contains multiple cooler varieties, but a handful of crisps are coated in an invisible chilli powder that’s 10 times hotter than a standard jalapeño.

And the Eastfield school has now urged children to stay clear of the crunchy treat it claims can “cause severe distress”.

The warning in the school’s newsletter comes after one pupil was taken ill after eating one, after it agitated a pre-existing medical condition.

And one parent at the school said she wouldn’t be letting her children go near them.

“You don’t want to be putting something in your children’s packed lunches that’s going to leave them unwell,” said the mum.

“It’s good the school are doing something about it.”

On Doritos website, the firm boast that the crisps “will leave you close to tears”.

And for Scarborough’s Brad Walker that prophecy came true.

The self-proclaimed crisp connoisseur, who tucks into around 35 bags a week, said: “I thought they would be tasty, but it was like eating a 
bag of lava.

“One of my biggest gripes is when food is marketed as being hot and it’s not, but these are just ridiculous – I was in agony.”

“I usually just stick to Quavers, so I can see why they could leave you feeling a bit under the weather.”

A school spokesperson said: “In relation to the cautionary note in our newsletter with regard to the Dorito Roulettes it was placed in there after an incident with a student where they had experienced some difficulty breathing after eating one.

“The student had a preexisting respiratory condition which clearly made them sensitive to the ‘hot’ element of the Doritos chip.”

A Doritos spokesperson said the firm had been “sorry” to hear about the incident.

“We do warn people to expect a seriously spicy experience with Doritos Roulette and we make this clear on the pack and in our adverts.

“The front of the pack states “Warning: Some of these chips are ultra spicy”, while we also say that Doritos Roulette are not recommended for young children”.