Food of the Eighties, Cheesy criss cross
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These were made by Cadbury around the mid 80`s in the UK (not sure about anywhere else). The package was bright yellow and inside were two sticks of very strong flavoured processed soft cheese with a lattice/criss cross wafer on the outside. They were then sprinkled with a very strong cheese flavoured powder. They were really strong!!. I think they were only about for a year or so - then they disapeared. Shame. I used to love em!!
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Mari-Ann - November 15, 2007 - Report this comment
We used to sell these in our pub and I LOVED them!!!
Katie & Helen - November 22, 2007 - Report this comment
We love cheesy criss cross'. Please can someone make them again - we will buy in bulk!!!
PR - March 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Yeah these were REALLY tasty & filling! I used to buy these & picnic eggs in the 80s
Robin - October 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I lived in Yorkshire in the early eighties, and I think they were launched by Cadbury's there around 1982. I, too, became addicted to them quickly, and as far as I recall they flew off the confectioners' shelves. I then moved to the Midlands in 1983, where they weren't available at first, but were then launched. You could even buy them in supermarkets in packets which contained three packs of two. They then just disappeared, although KP produced a similar but less strong version with slightly different cheese fillings. What a shame they disappeared ! Can't Cadbury's bring them back like Wispa ? Although I buy cheese footballs at Christmas there's been nothing comparable around since !
robbie - October 24, 2008 - Report this comment
There was a smokey bacon flavor one too as I recall, not as good as the original though. As I remember they came out, disappeared and then to my delight made a brief comeback and went again. God only knows why, they were the greatest snack I ever had, The nearest thing I have found to a Criss Cross are Smiths Cheese Melting Moments or whatever they are called, come in the same extremely small packets as the bacon fries and only ever seem to appear in a few pubs here and there, I think the cheese moments are still around, but I dont live in UK now so cant get anny, when I did see them I used to buy them out of stock heheh.
Gis - October 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I can remember the advert almost word perfect! (Jane calls)'dinner's ready' (voice says)'Tarzen is rushing through the jungle not even stopping at the zebra crossing but he's gone too fast' (voices sing) 'Come and have a criss cross' (Tarzen in an Elvis voice)'It's a crunchy snack with a cheesy filling, it's as good as Jane' (Chimp in a very posh voice) 'There's only one of her but there's two in this pack' (Crocodile in a cockney accent) 'Can I have a bite'
bam - January 26, 2009 - Report this comment
thank god ive been googling these for years i thought i was going mental do you think we are the only people in the world that remembers them
Jo - February 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved them. Do you think we could start a petition to bring them back?
DavidH - March 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Yeah I remember these well . . very moreish! Probably the only thing from the 80's I would want brought back. Look for the group on facebook that want to bring back criss cross
Ian - May 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I was a big fan of these but like lots of sweets and snacks they were only around for a short period then disappeared. I doubt they were particlularly healthy even back then but I would definitely still buy them
Rich - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
awesome pub snack item after a few pints, certainly ate them circa 83-85
Mary - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Oh yes, they were great. I believe they were trialed in the North only, between about 1981 and 1983. I was at Leeds University then, and they were a favourite - along with chocolate gariboldi biscuits!
Tony247 - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved these & too remember the tarzan add! I have these to blame for my addiction to savory foods... mmmmm, Please bring them back Cadbury, Please, Please.
Rod Moorhouse - December 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Why are these not available now? They were delicious and always sold, so why did they disappear? We should start a campaign to get them back.
acrago - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Are you talking about waffles?
sweetdreams - January 06, 2010 - Report this comment
like most confectionery launches they were on trial initially in certain locations. they never went on widespread release because the cost of manufacture was deemed too high by Cadbury. that ultimately led to the trials being withdrawn
patrick - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
we want criss cross back i love 'em
Tracey - May 06, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG I remember these too and were ADDICTED to them, yes it's a shame they are not around anymore as I would definately buy them in bulk too.
Elaine - May 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I buy smiths cheese moments from ebay (why on earth can't you buy those in the supermarkets?) as they are the closest thing to a criss cross. The criss cross has to have been my favourite snack...ever, followed by seabrook chees and onion crinkle crisps. I was also in the north of England in the 80's. I would buy them in bulk too if they came back, and would probably have a case to blame them almost soley when I died of a heart attack from skyscraping cholestoral so maybe its a good thing they're gone...shame though....sigh.
Karen - May 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I was addicted to these when pregnant in 1984. I live in Leeds and hadn't realised it was only a trial. Have had luscious thoughts about them ever since! Still suffering from withdrawal symptoms after all these years.
geejay - July 08, 2010 - Report this comment
these were also available down south, i used to buy them in dorset from my local tuck shop! they were the single most fantastic snack on earth!!! bring em back! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm criss cross
Suki - July 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Criss Cross was the best snack ever - I used to buy lots at a time, even though I was only about 10. I'm 39 now, and still think of them all the time!!!!! We've got a shop down the road from us that sells Cheese Moments, but they're only small bags, and I feel really greedy if I buy about 10 bags in 1 shop!!! My lovely fiance bought me a whole bar display rack thing of them for my birthday when I was pregnant, as I wouldn't stop talking about them, and that I hadn't seem any for years!!!!!
Emma - August 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm only 31 and have been banging on about these to my mates for years and nobody remembers them except me. I must have only been tiny when they were out but they were gorgeous!
Robbie - November 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED those things. There were two kinds, the original cheesy one and then a smokey bacon cheese criss cross. They disappeared for quite a long time but then made a brief re-appearance for around a year about 1988 or 89 I think it must have been. I was over the moon when they came back but alas they were taken away again. I take it they were not all that popular which is why they stopped making them but I thought they were fantastic. As said the nearest thing are Smiths cheese moments, but still nowhere near as nice or as cheesy as a criss cross was. Moments are bloody expensive for the size of the bag too.
Jack Jones - December 28, 2010 - Report this comment
A friend of mine wrote to Cadbury's when availability was scarce, The reply she got back was something like ' They are very popular, we can't produce enough of them, only one factory makes them, but we need the factory to make something else. Big businesses move in mysterious ways.
Michelle H - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
I have searched for years to see if anyone has ever remembered these, I honestly thought i might have been going mad and had made it up...!! you have no idea how happy this has made me...!! Time to lobby Cadbury I think, "BRING BACK CRISS CROSS" "BRING BACK CRISS CROSS"...!!!
cheryl - March 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember them well used to buy them as a child at the local pub they were brill glad other people thought they were great as well please bring them back
Andy D - April 12, 2011 - Report this comment
I met my girlfreind in 1988 and we used to buy Criss Cross in Haywards Heath Sussex. At the time we ate far to many but what a taste. Like others have mentioned a poor man's 2nd are Cheese Moments, we recently got a card of 24 from Amazon.
Bob from leeds - May 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Criss cross were the best snack EVER. Come on cadburys find your recipe, and get them back on the shelves
ainsley from bradford - June 21, 2011 - Report this comment
best tasting snack ever ever! i used to love criss cross and would bite all the crunchy stuff off first then eat the cheese middle bit last ...... :D
Dave c - July 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked on the plant that produced these, they where made in Moreton on the Wirral, at the cadbury's factory..Nice to know you all enjoyed them so much..
Loz - July 21, 2011 - Report this comment
i loved these thought it was only me that remembered them then i found this, i did the same has ainsley from bradford , nibbled the corn bit first , loved the cheese middle, they sell cheese moments at the local spar, but not half has good, is there a petition on facebook, bring back kriss Kross if not they should be.
Andrew - November 23, 2011 - Report this comment
My dad worked for Cadbury's back then they were actually made under license by Premier Brands (think they are Premier Foods now)
linda jones - December 03, 2011 - Report this comment
oh god yes i used to go to premier foods staff shop just to buy these because we couldnt buy them in our shops im wondering why these have never been re-made again thousands of ppl loved them and want them back Come on premier foods take notice of the criss cross fans we know they were filled with loads of E numbers but we dont mind lol btw this is why they discontinued the line to many e numbers
richard cook - February 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Paul F - June 30, 2012 - Report this comment
The Video is available on tv ark
Ric - July 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Just talking about these at work and thought I would Google. I would love to see 'em back on the shelves - I used to have them in my packed lunch at school. Cheesy Criss Cross in one word - Awesome!
Louise - August 04, 2012 - Report this comment
cheesy criss cross were fab. I also remember a snack called Sprint which were around a bit before criss cross I think. They were an oblong-shaped sandwich like snack of two corn/waffle like layers with a cheesy filling similar to criss cross. There was cheese, cheese & onion and a third flavour I can't recall. Criss Cross were the best though and I'd love to see them make a comeback!
Rich - August 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a kid living in Cornwall during the early 80's. A criss cross was an absolute must when my parents took me to the local social club and I absolutely loved them. I still think about them and get the craving but my wife thinks I have made up the whole criss cross thing. Yellow packet, soft cheese filling, and a crispy outer bit - how could anyone forget. Please, please bring them back Cadbury!
becky - October 04, 2012 - Report this comment
pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaseeeeeeeeeeeee bring criss cross back , love ummmmmmmmmmm
Smith - October 24, 2012 - Report this comment
My mum worked for Cadburys and ever Friday, she'd bring back goodies - including Criss Cross. Absolutely loved them. Bring them back Cadburys!!!
em26 - November 20, 2012 - Report this comment
omg! criss cross i used to love em, i was only about 5 or 6 at the time hen i could get them from local shop then they was gone, was gutted, my fave snack ever! have to make do with cheese moments now, but a poor second best.
moreton triplet - November 26, 2012 - Report this comment
i worked in cadburys in the late eighties.i worked on the crisscross line with ken mawson and ritchie and phil gooding.i hated the cheesey ones and made myself sick one shift eating the tandoori ones.evry morning there would be maggots in the filling machine.....i also made bar6 now there was a snack
Peter - October 08, 2013 - Report this comment
I don't recall Criss cross but I do remember 'Sprint'as one other person commented. I believe these were similar. They were my favourite snack and I was disappointed when they were discontinued. It sounds now as if Sprints were renamed as Crisscross (though I maybe wrong). As with the marathon bar when they were renamed it, I assumed that the product had gone so probally missed crisscross. Cheese moments in comparison are very poor.
Chris Hunter - November 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Far and away the best snack food of the eighties - I've always thought that if I won a VAST amount on the lottery, I'd buy the recipe and machines from Cadbury's and make them myself...
jayne pears - December 29, 2013 - Report this comment
Anybody remember cheese specials from the 80's. They were little snack sandwhich wafer things, you could buy them in pubs? Loved them.
linda - March 10, 2014 - Report this comment
Omg I used to live on theses mmmmm ......can you still get them
Jill - May 10, 2014 - Report this comment
MY aunt had worked at Cadburys and had a staff card which allowed her to shop at "The Chocolate Shop" where Cadburys sold off surplus chocolate and Cadburys goods. We bought loads of Criss Cross' they were delicious but if you ate too many at once they made your tongue sore.
Lyndia - May 29, 2014 - Report this comment
yer these where so morish i used to buy them in the cadbury shop i agree eat to many and your tongue gor sore mine was sore 24/7 lol i wish they would re develope them id be right there buying more
Andrew Dickinson - June 27, 2014 - Report this comment
Several of your contributors are quite correct. I worked for the Co Op at around the time these were on sale and questioned Cadburys at length about why stock dried up essentially overnight. I can confirm that when these went off sale it was because the factory could not produce enough to supply demand. This was cadburys first forray into the non confectionary snack market and the ammount of investment that would have been required appeared not to be justifiable at the time for essentially cadburys only snack product.
PR Scarborough - November 16, 2014 - Report this comment
These were the best invention since the wheel!
julie - December 22, 2014 - Report this comment
Bring them back. They where so nice. Cheesy moments rubbish.
Jim - January 05, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember a similar snack called Sprint twin square sandwich version..last eaten by me when Charles and Di got hitched..missed 'em soo bad..until tonight when I ate some KP Cheese Footballs...EXACTLY THE SAME TASTE!!..and I bet they taste the same as Criss Cross
Cherry - January 07, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to by Criss Cross by the box load just for me! I was totally addicted to them and missed them for years after their removal from production. Is there a similar product now? Just the thought and my mouth is watering.
jane - March 10, 2015 - Report this comment
i have been trying to find the name of these for yrs..i absolutley loved them and was gutted wen they vanished ..pleeease bring them back lol
Duffy - March 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I loved Criss Cross too, they weren't just available in the north as I'm in Cornwall and got them down here, early 80's.....cheesy footballs are nowhere near as good as Criss Cross which had a very strong cheesy creme taste and cheesy coating to them.
Gabi Lynch - June 11, 2015 - Report this comment
oh my god! i thought i was the only one who loved these. my boyfriend then current husband of 31 years brought me a whole box in 1981!!
caroline taylor - September 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Omg i loved them !! Y do the best snacks vanish ! Bring back what we want.and bring back cheese specials to oblong cheese sandwich biscuits four in a packet by nabisco or whatever the companys called #bring back criss cross snacks please!!!
Redearthling - November 23, 2015 - Report this comment
Absolutely loved these, I lived in Midlands and use to get two of these every school day from the school tuck shop at break .... bring then back!
Denise Tankard - February 07, 2016 - Report this comment
Its taken me about 3 years to google this product I couldnt remember the name at all. I love love loved these walking home from school going to the corner shop ten on a weekend spending all my pocket money on them. I wish they would make them again.
Elaine - February 12, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved cheesy criss cross and ate loads. I really wish they would bring them back as they were the best snack ever.
Ian - April 21, 2016 - Report this comment
I used to love Criss Cross & when they stopped producing them I remember the question being asked on the Jimmy Young radio programme. Every Thursday he would have as a guest on the show Tony De Angeli, who was at the time the editor of The Grocer magazine ...I clearly recall his answer regarding this was....that it was a very popular product, so popular in fact, that the plant producing it was unable to meet the demand....Cadbuy were faced with failing to meet customer demand, or invest in more plant to produce greater volume, which would have required further investment . Their solution was to withdraw the product & use the plant for something else wher demand couldn't outstrip supply
Chris - April 28, 2016 - Report this comment
I can still taste these, even now. Remember buying my first one, getting home and eating it and then going straight back to the newsagent and buying my second, third and fourth. I ate as many of them as I could get my hands on - which coincided with my only period of childhood obesity as far as I can remember - but now as an adult of iron will I think I could just about trust myself if they were brought back so please, please can it happen? I've always vowed that if I win the Euromillions I'll buy the recipe, a factory and get them back out there.
Andrew - February 16, 2017 - Report this comment
It's taken me years to find out what these were! I used to eat them when I visited my grandads pub as a young lad! Definitely should be brought back or does anyone know anything similar?!
Shaun - July 30, 2017 - Report this comment
I just accidentally made these at home. Was just trying to make cashew cheese for the first time and then spread it on waffle-style crisp bread and it took me right back to my childhood. I am in heaven!
Chris - May 27, 2018 - Report this comment
Please starts patision and bring them back the best snack ever

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