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Member Name: icetsunami
Advantages: Variety of flavours
Disadvantages: One pack is never enough
Having just eaten a bag of Walkers Smoky Bacon crisps whilst sat browsing this site it occurred to me that I haven't reviewed a food item. I guess you could say Walkers are the dominant brand of crisp in the UK at least in terms of media representation. Not sure if this dominance went further a field I visited their website @ http://www.walkers.co.uk
I didn't expect such a creative and dynamic site as I was basically looking at crisps! It is pleasantly laid out with vibrant colours, primarily blues, and the obligatory Gary Linneker pose. Pleasantly Walkers are considerate enough to offer you a choice of connection speeds, high or low, which is nice as a surprisingly high number of people still only have access to dial up services.
Even though the competition has closed there is still a link to the 'make your own' flavour page which still contains useful information. Speaking of which there is a tab for 'Nation's Favourite' which provides animated information about the selected potatoes, their origin and cooking process and their history.
The 'Our Range' tab provides information and descriptions of their range of crisps, light crisps, max crisps and the baked ones. Interestingly it is not just a list of flavours for each range and some thought has gone into the wording.
The 'Nutritional Info' tab provides an extensive range of data across the entire brand inclusive of varying pack sizes and weights.
Rather brilliantly, they have included a great fun section with four fun games which have broad appeal. There is a Tetris style game in which you pack your car boot with items, a cool racing game, a food cannon to fire at a moving character and their own take on Mr Potato Head. Walkers have even gone as far as letting you upload your own face, or a friends, for the last two games. If you find Mr Linneker annoying however he is the default option!
There is also a 'Get In Touch' tab so you can email them about a product. They can reply via email or by post.
There is also the obvious 'Home' tab. Walkers are currently running a promotion for great days out across the UK and Ireland. You have to register and sign in to access this area. Examples of deals include discounts on meals out and a day pass for The National Trust but there is something for everyone.
So why am I talking about the website so much when I'm reviewing their crisps? Well put simply it is a brilliant site for a product which we kind of take for granted as we throw some packs into our shopping trolleys.
I didn't see any information relating to Walker's business demographic so I am not sure if they are a global brand or not? But who cares anyway when I uncovered this little gem. Importantly the site also affirms Walker's commitment to working with farmers and also offsetting their carbon footprint.
Get your kids on the site for an hour, they'll have fun and learn some things too.
The crisps themselves are made from own grown potatoes and have the following points clearly illustrated:
*No Artificial Colours
*Suitable For Vegetarians
*Suitable For Coeliacs
Foil wrapped in a recyclable packet which contains nutritional information and calorific guidance all clearly marked, they are a delightfully tasting crisp. For me they are probably the best but I just wished the packs had slightly more in them! The 25g or 34.5g bag always leave me wanting more. Highly recommended.
An excellent tasting product with an extensive range of flavours. All information is clearly marked on the packet. The website is brilliant fun for kids though I played the games myself. And I'm *cough*
Summary: I love 'em! I think you will too.
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