“ Manufacturer: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
These crisps were "invented" as part of the Do Us A Flavour competition Walkers ran a while back and these were Martyn from Hednesfords idea, god only knows how he came up with this flavour! Anyway when this competition was running I made sure to try all of the new flavours because I was planning on voting for the nicest one to win and this squirrel flavour was the first "new" packet I tried. Now before I even start this review (even though I assume most people will already know) I will say that these crisps are no longer available because surprise surprise they didnt win the competition.
Nutritional Information [Per Bag]:
Suitable For Vegetarians.
So thats basically the same as most crisps, great for a treat but not so great for your waistline.
At the same time I bought myself a pack I bought my brother one as well but he refused to eat them because he thought they were made from real squirrels! Obvoiusly I think there would be some animal rights laws against that so these crisps arent actually flavoured with squirrel. As soon as I opened the pack I was greeted with bright orange crisps that absolutely stunk of paprika which was very off putting for a start because usually if something smells nasty its going to taste pretty vile as well. And in this case that theory was bang on the money.
So even though they smelt and looked nasty I decided not to waste my 70p and try them anyway and I was quite shocked with what I tasted. These crisps are nothing but the normal BBQ Sauce Walkers with a new name and different packaging. Now I dont like the ordinary BBQ crisps and these tasted exactly the same if a little bit stronger, Walkers tried to fool me! Also the orange from the crisps transferred onto my hands and left a horrible, greasy orange mess and I had to proper scrub at my hands to get it off.
These are actually quite spicy crisps which I guess in mainly down to the paprika but whether they actually taste like squirrel or not I guess Ill never know lol.
These are just ordinary BBQ Walkers crisps with a new name and packaging and basically a big money making scheme to line their pockets. They taste absolutely disgusting as well so these crisps are just a big fat fail on every level. Im chuffed that they didnt win because that would just tell me what the tastes of British people are like! If you like BBQ sauce Walkers then you would have loved these and I think they might still be sold in places like Home Bargains & Poundland if you still want to give them a try.
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Although some of the flavours on the new "Do us a Flavour" Walkers range were a bit ropey, I didn't quite expect anything as truly strange as "Cajun Squirrel". I mean, do people really eat squirrels? I love cajun food, but this just sounds ridiculous!
Nutritional Information (per bag):
Well, thankfully, the crisps themselves actually taste pretty good - I can't really differentiate it from any standard "Chicken" or "BBQ" flavour, but it's got a strong and solid taste nonetheless. The various seasonings flaked over the crisps is also rather alluring, and like all Walkers crisps, they deliver a rather satisfying crunch when you bite into them and churn them around in your mouth. My only real gripe is that there seems to be little reason for these crisps to exist - when they taste so ridiculously similar to Chicken and BBQ flavours, why were they the ones chosen by Walkers? Why not create a vastly different flavour instead? Seems like a waste of a flavour, really.
What's most depressing about these crisps, and in fact in each of the new range, is the fat content - for some reason, they all contain a ridiculously high level of fat that is approximately double that of the mainstay flavours. Why this is, I have no idea. Whatever the reason, it's not particularly important now, as these crisps are now banished to the cullinary abyss, likely never to be seen again, with the "Builder's Breakfast" flavour actually winning out (despite being perhaps the most bland of all of the flavours).
One of six flavours released as part of a limited run for Walker's 'Do us a flavour' promotion. The competition encouraged us to try a range of unusual flavours and this certainly qualified as the most bizarre title wise.
It comes packaged in the standard Walkers foil bag showing a small squirrel on the front, yet ironically when you check the ingredients listing it's actually all cajun spices rather than any flavourings designed to replicate squirrel, a bit of a cheat really if you ask me!
Still, as things go the crisps are a redish brown colour when you open them up and when you put them in your mouth there's a definite flavour of cajun spices, it's nice, it's interesting, but it's certainly not revolutionary.
The crisps come in a number of bag sizes across a range of prices, but sadly are no longer available due to losing the competition, so if you see them and want to try them, try them soon before they're gone for good.
When it comes to what food is called I'm well funny about it! So these being called 'Cajun Squirrel' was totally off putting to me! However today I actually plucked up the courage to try them finally as they were on offer in my local Nisa store at 29p a bag instead of the usual 59p!
46g bag (in this instance). Light blue and dark green on the outside of the packet and silver foil within the bag (for freshness). On the front of the bag I'm told they are Walkers Cajun Squirrel Flavour Potato crisps then I'm asked to vote for this flavour and there is a cute picture of a squirrel (cartoon stylie) trying to get through a fence and I'm told told that the picture represents Martyn from Hednesford's inspiration for the title of these crisps and on the left hand corner of the bag there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the bag I'm told about other Walkers crisps flavours in the competition to become a regular flavour within the Walkers range and I'm given a rundown on how to vote for my favourite. Ingredients are listed along with nutritional information being there, the best before date is stamped clearly on and I'm told they contain No MSG, No artificial colours, are suitable for Vegetarians and are suitable for Coeliacs. The weight is stamped on as is the recycle symbol, contact details for Walkers are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough bag, easy enough to open and enough information is on the bag too!
The Crisps Themselves....
Bright orange and crisp like lol. I was surprised when I first saw them! The smell you first detect is like a roast chicken smell which was very tempting indeed to me! Picking them up you can see parsley flakes integrated into the potato slices.
The crisps are quite greasy but in this case that really adds to the flavour of them for some reason. All these are sort of spicy crisps. Very potatoey though not too thick, they are fairly salted and mixed with garlic, cardamon, ginger, coriander, chilli, cumin, oregano, thyme allspice, parsley (as I mentioned already and paprika to give the crisps the orange colour I mentioned earlier.
They taste to me like Walkers chicken crisps... but nicer with a hint of bbq flavour. They are brilliantly spiced, have a slight chilli kick to them and are really, simply moreish. I loved them and think they taste superb!
No squirrels are in these crisps (lol) and as usual (from Walkers) these are vegetarian. I found them to be a little filling snack that had a great smell and a spicy taste to them! I'm voting for these.... so far! Lovely!
Nutritional Information Per46g Bag (my size)...
Available in all sorts of places in this size and in multi bags etc!
This is one of the latest flavours from 'Walkers' as part of a campaign for a new addition to the product line where consumers can vote for their favourite flavour.
'Cajun Squirrel'?! What? Squirrel? I do hope no squirrels were harmed in the making of these crisps. I'm not entirely sure why these crisps are called 'Cajun Squirrel', well the Cajun is obvious but not the squirrel. It's a great addition to the campaign however because it's fun for the kids and maybe opens them up to a new flavour. I'm sure the kids will be voting for the Squirrel!
I could guess what I was about to taste when I opened the packet, and hoped that they hadn't messed this flavour up. It seems more trivial to create compared to the others because it's just the one flavour, and luckily it tasted great! The Cajun was prominent and really tickled those taste buds. It was too spicy, as some Cajun variations can be, just good typical Cajun. In comparison to the other flavours however maybe they could have been a bit more inventive? Yes the name is, but this flavour isn't so. Though I can't decide what it would go well with, I feel there is certainly something missing.
I bought this packet along with the other five flavours in the campaign:
- Builder's Breakfast
- Chilli & Chocolate
- Crispy Duck & Hoisin
- Fish & Chips
- Onion Bharji
The pack of six, offering two packets of three flavours was on offer from my local Somerfield at a 'Buy one get one free' deal for £1 a pack.
This is a great flavour, and if it wins I wouldn't be so bothered because I may consider buying it in the future. This is in fact my Dad's favourite, so if you haven't tired it, don't be afraid to, it is really quite good. If you agree, you can vote for free by texting "CAJUN" to 51199.
I always swore blind that I would not get suckered into this bit of blatant promotion and not go around manically trying all of the six new flavours and then voting on so that Walkers get free market research and at a price preium as well as these new flavours are priced higher than a standard packet so they get to see how price sensitive we all are to their product.
In effect I have not succummbed as these are the only flavour I have tried and even then I did not buy them as a friend did and disliked them so rather "generously" handed the bag to me to sample, pretty sure if they had liked them I would not have got a look in.
Cajun Squirrel are imaginatively named to annoy the animal rights brigade, in reality these crisps taste a bit like chicken flavour however they do have a spicey kick to them after you have crunched into them which is the cajun spices kicking in, cajun food which is found mostly around New Orleans and Lousiana in the good old USA is spicey and has a lot of flavour and these crisps certainly have a kick however the after taste is not at all pleasant and to be honest I would not be voting these a winner.
They look like any other walkers crisp, nice and crunchy however they are also quite greasy so if I could be bothered to vote it would be to let the squirrels carrying on playing with their nuts and Walkers to stick to cheese and onion, a flavour they know how to make.
Cajun squirrel was the last of the trial Walkers flavours that I got round to trying. Its probably the most bizarre flavour in that I don't know what Squirrel tastes like so wasn't sure if this would even be remotely authentic!
As far as originality goes, this appears to be the most unusual of the new flavours. On opening the bag I wasn't sure what sort of a smell to expect. Spicy Cajun, or a meaty, musty squirrel smell? Thankfully the smell was more Cajun than squirrel; spicy yet with a sweet barbeque-like smell. The crisps looked as good a quality as is expected from Walkers - large, golden and flecked with dark spices.
The taste was similar to the smell. There was definitely a spicy Cajun flavour which was quite pleasant, yet they had a sweet almost creamy taste aswell. There is a meaty undertone there - not sure if it tastes remotely like squirrel though! To me they tasted more like roast chicken crisps with a sprinkle of Cajun seasoning on top! They are quite a strong tasting crisp and if this flavour wins I would like to hope that Walkers tone them down just a bit as I found them slightly overpowering and a little bit too salty. Saying that, they don't taste unpleasant and I would eat them again. Although they are spicy, they aren't overly so, so they won't leave your mouth hot.
As I said above, these crisps appear to be the most original of the new flavours and as far as the title goes, they are. But as for the taste? To me they're too similar to other meat-based crisps, roast chicken in particular, and I'm sure I could do something similar with a packet of chicken crisps and a tub of spices. These crisps are OK but the flavour isn't that innovative, and they haven't overtaken peking duck as my favourite!
I am sure Walkers have made an absolute fortune from their new range of flavours and I really tried not to get involved in them at all as the whole thing was getting completely out of hand but sitting in the office a few days ago and the guy I work with handed me a bag of the new Walkers Cajun Squirrel Flavour Crisps and told me to try them and tell him what I thought.
After as few as three crisps I turned to him and said these are chicken flavour are they not? He was in total agreement with me that these taste like a roast chicken flavour crisp and could be the biggest rip off of all time.
The back of the packet tells you that of course they do not contain any squirrel and your taste buds will tell you that there is no Cajun flavouring to be had so what are these all about I am left wondering.
These will certainly not get my vote although I would never have been so sad as to vote for them even if they were brilliant, you will notice that Walkers do not say that the losing flavours WILL be taken away they just say you MIGHT lose them forever.
If they are selling they will stay that is for certain, I have no idea which flavour will win but I might just try them now so I can bring you my opinion on the rest of them too but for now my opinion on these ones is simply that they taste like roast chicken and we are being conned!
My purchase of this bag of Walkers' Cajun Squirrel flavour crisps was the fourth in my product testing of all things crispy, as I attempt to research and discover the best crisps currently on the market. The Cajun Squirrel flavour crisps also make up my second attempt of sampling the six trial flavours which Walkers have produced based on recommendations by members of the public (the first was Fish & Chips). Votes in by 1 May 2009, so don't forget!
The Cajun Squirrel bag is bordered with green at the top and bottom of the bag and a green "Vote For Me!" rosette. A cartoon-style drawing shows a squirrel peering innocently through a fence, and the caption states that: "This picture represents Martyn from Hednesford's inspiration for his Cajun Squirrel flavour!" As per the Fish & Chips bag, nutritional information is summarised on the front of the bag for ease. The reverse of the bag follows the same format as the other five contestants in the "Vote For Me!" scheme. The left-hand column covers the competition and how to post your vote. It also clarifies that "no squirrels were harmed in the making of this crisp". How Walker's quite got to the conclusion of what a squirrel tastes like concerns me, but I'll come onto this later. The right-hand column covers off the nutritional details, best before date, ingredients and Walker's reminder that the bag contains:
* No MSG
* No artificial colours
* Suitable for vegetarians
* Suitable for coeliacs
As per the Fish & Chips flavour which I recently tried, Walker's have not included whether the crisps contain milk, egg, wheat, gluten, soya or mustard. I find it surprising that Walker's do not include this information when most other crisps on the market seem to at present. I would presume Cajun Squirrel crisps should also come with a significant warning about nut allergies.
Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), Cajun Squirrel Seasoning (which contains Milk Lactose, Salt, Sugar, Flavourings, Dried Onion, Dried Garlic, Dried Lemon Juice, Cardamon, Ginger, Coriander, Chilli, Cumin, Oregano, Thyme, Allspice, Parsley, Paprika Extract). Fairly wide-ranging set of ingredients here, I think you will agree!
One bag of Cajun Squirrel (and not sure how many squirrels each bag contains) contains 131kcal of energy (a little more than some other crisps on the market). They contain just under 1% of your guideline daily amount (GDA) of sugar, 5% of your GDA salt intake, but a whopping 8.2g of fat - some 12% of your GDA. However, I would hazard a guess that squirrels are high in protein, although do not quote me on this.
After the disappointing Fish & Chips flavour, I felt quite pessimistic about trying Cajun Squirrel. However, the taste was slightly, fractionally, mildly better than I expected. I am a fan of spices and the like so tasting something covered in cajun spice was always going to tick a box with me. I am not quite sure what a squirrel should taste like, but based on the fact that most things that do not regularly enter the human palate are referred to as "tasting like chicken" I will go with the general consensus. I did draw a similarity between Walker's own Roast Chicken flavour crisps.
I bought this bag of Fish & Chips as part of a multipack so the cost equates to about 35p per bag. However, if you buy the bag by itself you will likely pay around 50p.
Better than expected, although Cajun Squirrel did not leap into my mouth and satisfy my taste buds in a way I would have hoped. I cannot help munching on the crisps and thinking of the poor little blighters - one day running around a park gathering nuts; the next being mixed in with a medley of spices and chomped on by me. At least Cajun Squirrel tasted more like you expect the flavour too, following the Cheese & Onion-esque attempted on Fish & Chips, so I will give Walker's a bit more positivity after trying this bag.
Overall, based on my study of crisps on the market so far, my personal order of products tried and tested to date as is follows:
1. Kettle Chips - Lightly Salted (3/5)
2. Skips - Prawn Cocktail (3/5)
3. Walkers - Cajun Squirrel (2/5)
4. Walkers - Fish & Chips (1/5)
Furry little animals.
So, I vowed never to eat a packet of Cajun squirrel crisps but when they were the only flavour left in the supermarket and after reading on the back of the packet that "no actual squirrels were harmed in the making," then I relented and decided to bite the bullet (or squirrel as the case may be)!
Just as a little bit of background on the subject that I have added to my other reviews too, as you all know, Walkers Crisps are polling the Great British people to try and find the next flavour of crisps. A few months back they asked for people to submit flavour combinations to them in hopes of it becoming the next Walkers flavour. They have now shortlisted six flavours which they have produced but only one will survive and it's up to us to decide which one it is.
The six flavours that they have brought out for a limited time are:
Fish and Chips
Chilli and Chocolate
Crispy Duck and Hoisin
Once you have tried the flavours and have a favourite you can then vote to make sure they keep the one you like best. There are various ways to vote. You can either go on line, text your vote, Facebook your vote or e-mail your vote. Apparently, the person who came up with the flavour that wins will get £50,000 and 1% of the future sales of their flavour, not bad! The runners up will each get £10,000 too!
I have to admit that this flavour did not appeal to me at all! I do like spicy Cajun food and this is marketed as an exotic mild Cajun flavour but it really was the squirrel part that was putting me off! However, this may be clever marketing and may actually make people more inclined to try it because it is a talking point and something completely different. This flavour was submitted by Martyn from Hednesford and it says on the packet that the idea came from the fact that he is constantly harassed by cheeky squirrels and got a picture of one as his inspiration. Is his flavour just a bit of fun or revenge? An interesting way of looking at it in my opinion!
I found the crisps spicy but not too spicy which I think was a bit of a shame as I think Walkers could have really pushed the boat out here and gone for a very different type crisps that would literally knock your socks off. After the initial spicy taste there was a slight aftertaste, I'm actually having a hard time deciding what I think the aftertaste tastes like exactly but it's an almost meat based after taste I think. I think I can't get away from the fact that the aftertaste may be that of squirrel, even though I know it's not I've still got that name in my head and can't get away from it. I probably would not have this flavour again as there was something I didn't like about them even though I couldn't put my finger on it.
The Walkers quality was just the same as always, very good, lovely crunchy crisps with a nice potatoey flavour. I would definitely say that this flavour is something new and different and would be a good addition to the Walkers range.
The bag has a green trim to it. On the front of the bag there is a picture of a squirrel standing behind a fence. I can't work out though whether it's meant to be a cage, as in cajun? On their website, Walkers talk about the cajun squirrel flavour like this, "Cajun squirrel you'd be nuts to. We believe in the right for a man to bare nuts, we believe in the freedom not to be chased by dogs. Vote for Cajun squirrel flavour and place a big bushy tail in the face of convention."
The bag I bought was 46g. In it there were 240 calories and 15g of fat!!!! This was quite a lot in my opinion.
Thank god thats over- is my first response on trying this final Walkers flavour. As determined as I was to try all six finalists in the Walkers "do us a flavour" campaign, there have been times when I felt I was taking part in some kind of human scientific taste test. Give me some plain ready salted someone, my taste receptors need a holiday!!!
Cajun Squirrel flavour is actually a mis-nomer in that the crisps contain less squirrel in them (i.e none) than Walkers vegetarian-friendly chicken flavoured crisps! There is plenty of cajun spice however and that is evident from the moment you put a crisp into your mouth. The problem is that cajun seasoning in and of itself is not terrifically exciting as far as spices go and hence this is a crisp that is okay but not really going anywhere. The variety seems to be getting a lot of positive vibes both on here and in the press, but I am going to buck the trend and say that I am not a fan! Now if they really did contain squirrel then that would be a different kettle of rodents...
In fact, there is little to differentiate this fro chicken flavoured Walkers other than a touch of tang and a taste of the deep south. There are certainly better and tastier varieties of crisp out on the market and this flavour sums up what has been the fundamental problem with this campaign- two many of the new flavours resemble already existing counterparts....such as duck and hoi sin resembling BBQ flavour and fish n chips being a poor mans salt n vinegar with a hint of something a bit fishy!
I think that I have been swallowed by the hype machine in purchasing these flavour combinations and don't feel any better off for it! Not one variety has made me think - "well that really stood out and was well worth trying all the different competitors- not even my favourite of the bunch, onion bahji which, although very nice, I would not have suffered for not tasting. It will be intresting to see which flavour finally catches the public eye but for me, I think I am going to opt out of any future Walkers novelty experiments!
Walkers Cajun Squirrel crisps are part of Walkers new promotion 'do us a flavour, pick us a winner.' It took me quite a while to get my hands on these as they were sold out everywhere on release but when I managed to find them and get them home I was very excited about trying them!
The packaging is a green colour (not sure why?) and features a little picture of a squirrel to remind us what we're 'eating.'
I was very excited about trying these, as it is quite a strange flavour for crisps and I wanted to know what squirrel tasted like. When I tried them, I suppose you could say I met it with mixed reactions - they are nice, don't get me wrong, they are my second favourite and only just. They do taste good but they were very similar to roast chicken and they didn't seem Cajun enough. They seemed to lack a 'kick.'
I would still definately recommend trying them though.
This has got to be the most unusual flavour to have out of all the 6 new flavours Walkers have released! And because of this I decided to give them a try as the more normal flavours were doing nothing for me.
The packet is a white colour with a thick band of green along the top and bottom, for some reason this made me think these crisps would be salty (this may be because this is the flavour green is usually associated with) There is also a picture of a cartoon squirrel pearing through a wooden fence...he looks to cute to eat!
The smell of the crisps I would describe as the exact same smell as chicken flavoured crisps, its a very meaty smell with maybe a hint of spice and I have to say a very appetising one at that too.
The crisps when eaten were nice and crunchy and quite large which is always good. When first eating them they reminded me very much of the normal chicken flavour crisps, however then a very fresh flavour kicks personally I would describe it as a cucumber like taste, this immediatley put me off this flavour as the two just didnt seem to compliment each other very well!
For me this crisps just didnt deliver all I had hoped and sincerely hope they dont win the vote!
I'm nearing the end of my quest to try all the new Walkers "Do us a flavour" Crisps. Will summary this a bit just now though, but i'm sure most of us know what this is about.
Walkers were running a competition to find a new flavour. 6 flavours were shortlisted, manufacturered and the public got to vote on what flavour was the favourite and the winner gets a load of money and the flavour stays on sale.
The new flavours are Chilli and chocolate, Builders Breakfast, Cajun squirrel, fish and chips, onion bhaji and duck and hoisin sauce. You can buy all the flavours in individual 45g bags, which cost about 50p, 6 bag multipacks, which cost about £1.30 or most shops are doing 2 for £2. You can buy 6 bags of the same flavour, or there are 2 variety packs available of 3 different flavours of crisps in each, which allows you to try the different kinds and not be stuck with 5 bags of fish and chip ones that I hated.
The title doesn't exactly sound appetising, but these are not bad. I'm not sure what Squirrel tastes like, but these crisps taste a bit like either beef bovril, or Chicken and herbs - I know they are totally different tastes, but I can't make my mind up about this one. They taste nice and meaty, with a dash of spice and a herby flavouring as well. I think these crisps could get a bit sickly and I shared my bag around so others could try them, and after not eating half the bag I didn't want any more.
A different taste and not all that bag. I would probably buy this one again and my husband says he would certainly eat these again, but I would only eat another bag and then probably not bother again.
Walkers have been running a competition where the public have given them the flavours they would like to see go into production and we are now being asked to try out the six that they have narrowed it down to, so being a good sport I have given them a go.
The first I tried were the Cajun Squirrel flavour, don't worry there is as much squirrel in these as there is shepherds in a shepherd's pie. On opening the bag it is just a waft of various spices that fill the nostrils and they actually smell quite inviting.
The taste test on the other hand does not go so well, the best way to get an idea of what these taste like without actually trying one would be to eat a raw chicken stock cube.
There is a very strong chicken flavour to these and as they are not supposed to be chicken flavour that's not great really.
The more of them you eat the more spicy they become but they are not hot spicy just tasty spicy. The actual flavour is not a bad one it is just a bit odd and I have no idea why the title would be Cajun squirrel.
To me the title should have been roast chicken and paprika because that is what they taste like.
The meaty chicken taste outweighs the spicy taste and the spices are really an aftertaste, these crisps are ok but certainly not one that is going to become my new favourite and probably not even one that I would buy again.
These do not get my vote, keep reading my reviews to find out which ones do!!