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Good quality crisps
Member Name: annie47
Advantages: Great tasting; good variety
Disadvantages: Weight gain; salt.; expensive in single packets
When i was a child the brand of crisps i always remember was Smiths. They had a most amazing flavour called savoury vinegar; i am giving my age away now (to anyone that remembers these crisps!) Anyway, having done a little research, i never knew that Smiths were taken over by Walkers in 1979. I do miss that savoury vinegar flavour and to be honest i am suprised they have not brought it back. They relaunched the old 'salt nd shake ' crips with the little blue packet of salt. Personally i think these are a waste of time but for some unknown reason, my young son likes them; i guess its the novelty of sprinkling the salt on the crisps!
There are many flavours of walkers crisps, but the one thing i don't like is when they bring out all these wierd limited edition flavours. I rarely buy these at all, but i do remember buying some once and I didnt like the flavour so i don't bother buying any of those as and when, they come out. I actually don't think much time is spent thinking about whether or not the public will like such strange flavours and i wonder how much tasting/testing has been done. Whilst red nose day is of course a very worthy cause and it is great if walkers were giving to charity but i thought the adverts were ridiculous in regard to walkers crisps/the celebrities involved etc and to be honest i was really put off buying the weird flavours. However, walkers are to be commended for giving 5 pence out of each packet sold, to comic relief. I do like most of the Gary Linneker adverts though; i think they are very amusing!
With regard to their more regular flavoured crisps, i usually buy the 26 pack when its on a speciall offer. I think the most popular mixture of flavours is the one i buy;cheese & onion, ready salted, salt & vinegar, prawn cocktail, worcester sauce and bbq rib. A few weeks ago Morrisons had a fantastic offer on this mixture ( only £2.00 for 26 packets!!) That works out at less than 8 pence per packet!! I could kick myself now as I only bought one bag and the offer is now expired! My kids eat quite alot of crisps, especially my son; actually i usually have to hide them from him otherwise he would scoff the lot!! It is important that crisps are generally rationed re children as they do have salt in them and i certainly wouldnt class them as a healthy snack! but the kids and adults alike, do like their crisps and as with most more unhealthy foods, in moderation, i think they are fine to eat.
Walkers do another mixed bag, but i have only bought it once because i don't like some of the flavours; it has the following flavours in it; smoky bacon, roast chicken, cheese & onion, ready salted, salt & vinegar and cheddar cheese & bacon. It is this large mix bag that you will find more often on sale than the other mix. (Its curently on special offer at Asda @ 2 bags for £5.00/26 25g packets) which is good bargain, provided you like the majority of the flavours.
Fairly regularly you will se their 6 packet single flavour crisps on offer (usually costing around £1.00); sometimes with a BOGOF offer. It's really not worth buying single packets in the shops; they are so much more expensive at between about 40-50 pence per packet; which in my book is a rip off.
Nutrition; On average there are about 131 kcal per bag of walkers crisps; besides salt they also contain fat and sugar; they do have very small amounts of protein and fibre though. Walkers crips also do not contain any preservatives or atificial colours; they are made with sunseed oil and they are suitable for vegetarians.
Taste/flavour; My favourite flavours are ready salted, tomato ketchup, bbq rib and worcester sauce. I prefer a slightly more spicy flavour; so of course its each to his/her own re taste. Walkers crisps do taste very fresh and crunchy. They are good as a snack but should be eaten in small doses othewise the pounds will pile on!
Summary: Fresh tasting crisps/ a bargain if purchased when on special offer.
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