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I have to admit I have a big weakness for snacks and often give in to the vending machine at my place of work when I am passing. One product which it stocks and that I have become quite a fan of are these Walkers Max crisps. I have had a couple of the cheese and onion variety in the last few days and so have decided to review them. The price of single pack crisps can vary quite a lot depending on where you buy them. These crisps are a larger bag than the standard walkers crisp single packs you may be aware of, holding 50g of crisps, and are consequently more expensive. The vending machine has them priced at 60p, although in boots I know they are sold at 75p individually.
The crisps come in a good sized glossy bag with the walkers logo on, a picture of the crisps on and the word MAX included in big letters. Unlike the pictures above, the bag I have also has a picture of a potato on in case you didn't know that that was the main ingredient! The crisps themselves are described as being "deep ridged". This means they have a crinkly effect and are quite thick compared to normal crisps. This has several advantages for me; the ridges effectively take up the flavouring of the crisps given them a stronger, richer flavour than the standard variety. The thickness also gives the crisps more substance and makes them taste less greasy to me (although compared to the walkers baked crisps, if you have tried those, the fried nature of the product is still evident). They also have a satisfying crunch. I like to buy these crisps when I want something to fill me up and satisfy my hunger, which the thick crisps and bigger bag nicely achieves. I sometimes buy them as part of the boots meal deal as I find that a sandwich on its own is often not enough for me at lunchtime and these hit the spot nicely. I have tried the other flavours as well, although not so recently and enjoyed them both. They both have richer, fuller flavours than many crisps I have tried, although I am a big fan of cheese and onion in general so these remain my favourite.
As far as nutritional information goes, these are obviously a fried crisp and so not something you should eat too much of. The pack contains 264 Calories, 1.3g salt, 16.5g fat, 2.1g Saturates and 0.7g salt. On the plus side, they have no preservatives or artificial colours and are suitable for vegetarians.
Overall I would reccomend these crisps, particularly if you enjoy similar ridged varieties and if you find normal crisp packets don't always hit the spot. They should, however, not be consumed too frequently and as part of a balanced diet!
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I've never fancied the Walkers Max crisps because I thought they were going to be a cheap rip off of McCoys but today I brought a bag of their Chargrilled Steak crisps because there was hardly any choice in the shop.
They're yummy and it's mad to think that I haven't bothered with them before because I think this flavour is even tastier than the beefy McCoys crisps that I love!
They are ridged crisps and the steak flavour collects along the ridges so that every one has got a much stronger taste than normal Walkers crisps. They taste proper meaty and I can taste the beef in them as well as a bit of a smokey flavour that I reckon must be the chargrill flavour.
These Max crisps are very crunchy and I like the fact that they're not madly greasy like most Walkers are at the minute. They're loads crunchier than normal crisps and about the same as McCoys only they are a bit crispier because of the crisps not being as thick as McCoys.
I really enjoyed this bag of crisps and because they are ridged they seemed loads more filling than normal crisps, the bag lasted for ages and I reckon that's because they have got such a strong flavour that I wasn't dipping into the bag every 2 seconds because the flavour lasted in my mouth for a long time.
I paid 50p for this bag of Walkers Max and loved them so much that I'm going back round the shop in a minute with another 50p to get another bag! They come in other flavours as well but there was only Cheeseburger flavour in the shop today and I didn't fancy those, the other flavour I've seen was cheese and onion but I don't think they do a salt & vinegar flavour.
*THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE NEW WALKERS MAX CHEESEBURGER FLAVOUR CRISPS ONLY*
I recently saw a new flavour on sale in a Londis newsagent in Leicester in an in store display stand/ box.
Having been a big fan of the 10p American Quarterback "Cheeseburger" flavour snacks as a child, and generally liking any cheese (cheese on its own rather than cheese and onion) flavour crisps, I had to try them.
The purchase part was a little bizarre after the cashier scanned the pack and it flashed up 50p on the till but set all the till alarms off, then she charged me 60p for the pack... Still, I was rushing to get back to work and quite curious to try these so I got over the till alarm incident and paid and left.
For your 50-60p you get one 47g (large!) bag of Walkers Max crisps.
This pack, as stated earlier is the new CHEESEBURGER flavour.
For the 47g bag:
As this is a large pack of crisps, the above is no surprise.
Potatoes, sunflower oil, cheeseburger seasoning (salt, sugar, dried onion, dried tomato, mustard seed, vinegar, dried cheese, milk proteins, citric acid, paprika extract, dill oil, dried milk extract).
The pack states suitable for vegetarians.
*Opening the pack....*
Once back at work, I tucked into these. Opening the bag you get what you normally do with Walkers Max- a half empty bag of extremely large but very thin crinkle cut (very finely crinkled almost like narrow ruled paper as oposed to McCoys crisps whose crinkles are much deeper/ wider). I had to crush the pack a little as I normally do as you get about 10 massive crisps in a bag so I crushed them a little to make them easier to eat.
I was a little surprised with the flavour. The first thing I could taste was a hint of tomato ketchup, then I giggled to myself as I was sure I could taste a hint of gherkin (like on a McDonalds cheeseburger). Then I was quite annoyed I was eating a pack of crisps and not biting into an actual cheeseburger as the hint of gherkin taste was making me want a McDonalds cheeseburger. Despite the calories and fat content they didnt fill me up and I was starving hungry by the time I got home a few hours later and I really wanted a cheeseburger by then!
They are not overtly cheesey. The emphasis with the flavour is definitely on the trimmings that make you think of a cheeseburger- the ketchup, the gherkin (its very subtle- at first I wondered if it was psychological I could taste gherkin, the ingerdients do not state "hint of gherkin" but it is a really clever touch if someone at Walkers has added "eau de gherkin" to make the taste more authentic). Maybe it was psychological, but I would certainly say if you like walkers max, do give these a try for a change- you will either love them or hate them, or like me you may decide its better t buy the real thing.
It is not something I will be buying again- I'd rather just go and buy a cheeseburger from the poundsaver menu as a Mcdonalds cheeseburger has LESS FAT in it than these crisps (295 calories and 11g fat in a McDonalds cheeseburger compared to 246 calories and 15.4g of fat in a pack of cheeseburger crisps...).
Walkers Max are Walkers take on the ridge crisp which became popular in the early nineties with the McCoys range of crisps, they are marketed as crisps for men so tend to have more masculine flavours such as chargrilled steak.
These crisps are big thick chunks of potato. with ridges as the name suggests. They are strong on crunch and strong on flavour leaving little to the imagination or the palate, indeed one knows you've eaten a pack of max crisps from Walkers. Unfortunatley so does every one else in the train carriage or bus whilst your eating them.
They are cooked in sunseed whic according to the blurb on the back is a naturally low fat oil, each bag therefore only takes up 8% of your recommended daily calorie intake. Each pack comes in at 260g with 15.5g of fat and usually cost around 60p for a 50g pack.
Do they deliver on taste? Yes, they are certainly strong on flavour, maybe too strong because you do taste them for the next few hours but rahter too much than too little in my book.
Are they satisfying at a core level?
Yes, they satiate that craving for crisps, and go well with a lunchtime sandwich being all thick and crunchy.
Should you eat them? Probably not, they are after all high in fat and probably not good in a calorie controlled diet but as an occassional snack they are just the ticket.
I enjoy them and love the chargrilled steak version as it truly does remind me of barbecues, the cheese and onion is a bit overpowering in my opinion and the paprika is a strange one but tasty none the less. Do I prefer them over traditional walkers, probably find them less greasy too touch and more satisfying to eat, are they as nice as kettle chips then no I'd have to say not really.
n.b. is it a contradiciton to buy a pack of these with a diet coke?
Pass me any hearty, beefy, roastlike crisps that stink and I'm in my oils - I love crisps anyway but meaty and beefy beasty ones really get me going so when I spotted Walkers Max - Deep Ridge Potatoe crisps in Chargrilled Steak Flavour you can only imagine my excitement.
The packet is quite large and is a bergundy/brown colour to resemble the flavouring. Max is written on top of a picture of one of these Deep Ridged Potatoe crisps. Such a mouthwatering tease I must say for any crisp lover.
Upon opening the packet I took a whiff and my mind whirled as I really took in the tangy, meaty stench that was strong but not overpowering like some can be. Each crisp was as promised, ridged, each crisp varying in size - I suppose you could say they are quite similar to mccoys but they are much thinner and paler in colour.
As you bite into them they have a satisfying snap and they are quite crunchy. They are flavoursome, meaty - of course they don't taste like an actual steak but they tease you enough to make you want one. The flavour is addictive and I find after savaging a bag I could easily rip open another. Although they don't taste like an actual steak they do however have an intense meaty flavour. To me to be chargrilled it has to have that tang that chargrilled foods have but these just don't have that tang to them at all.
Yes I do enjoy these crisps and yes they are very tasty but they just do not live up to Mccoys and to be honest I feel they try copy them. There tends to always be a 'weaker' version of a product and these to me are the weaker version - they are not as thick, the ridges are not as distinctive, even though they are tasty the flavour is just not as toothsome as those on a Mccoys crisp.
I would buy them again if I was feeling a bit flush with my money. They come in 50g bags which is larger than most and have a hefty price tag of 60p, but half of this 50g bag is air anyway so really you are paying more just for the actual bag which is nothing special.
15.5g fat of which 1.5g sats
I'd say to anybody 'try them' but I personally wouldn't want to rush out and buy them in a hurry and they definitely wouldn't be my first choice from the crisp shelves but they are decent enough crisps with a pleasant meaty taste to them.
Walkers are the well known makers of crisps. They have a range out which is different to the standard crsip. These are called Walkers Max. These crisps are thick cut with ridges cut into the crisp.
Walkers crisps are made from British potatoes. If you ever wondered how crisps are made it is not rocket science. The potatoes are washed sliced, dried and then cooked in 100% sunseed oil. They are then sprinkled with the Walkers flavourings.
The range does not have a great choice of flavours at the moment. There are currently three flavours : Paprika, Chargrilled steak and Cheese and Onion. The flavour I picked up was Chargrilled steak.
The crisps are packaged in a brown foil bag. On the front there is a picture of the thick ridge crisp. Also there is the Walkers name and the pack also contains nutritional information. A great thing about these crisps is that they come in a 50g bag. The packaging is recyclable.
When you first open the packet of chargrilled crisps you get a lovely whiff of the meaty crisp. The crisps themselves are pretty much the same size as a standard crisp however, they are much thicker. When you bite into them they are very crunchy. The taste is very pleasant. They have a meaty taste and do taste a bit chargrilled. They also seem to have a sweet after taste. I would not say that I could particularly distinguish that the meat was steak flavour. The ridges in the crisps seem to make them more flavour some then standard crisps. I think this could be of the increased surface area which means more of the flavour is on the crisp.
A bag of these crisps contain 260 calories. Which is quite a lot of calories for a bag of crisps but these are a bigger than standard bags.
They are available from supermarkets and cost around 50p a pack.
1.8g of which sugars
1.5g of which Saturates
On the way to collecting my eldest from school gave into temptation, again, and bought myself some crisps! I did fancy a bag of McCoy's Flame Grilled Steak but unfortunately they had none so I opted to try these Walkers Max Chargrilled Steak. I was not disappointed.
The crisps are the average shape and size of standard Walkers crisps but these ones are ridged. They are only slightly ridged despite the front of the packet claiming that they now have deeper ridges. I would say that they are not even half the depth of McCoy's. The crisps are all a light golden colour.
The front of the packet is a brown colour with a picture of a massive ridged crisp and the name of the product written on it. There is also the Walkers sunseed logo and the Walkers logo.
The back of the packet has all of the ingredients and Nutritional information. Also it states that as they are now cooked in sunseed oil they now only have 1.5g of saturated fat.
1.8g of which sugars
1.5g of which Saturates
These are a great tasting crisps although I have to say that for me personally they taste nothing like steak, Chargrilled or not!
There fat content is quite high but they are OK for an occasional treat.
The bags come in 50g packets which are much larger than a standard Walkers bag but this packet did cost me 50p which I think is quite steep for a packet of crisps.
I would recommend these crisps for occasional consumption but try not to eat them on a regular basis as they are quite high in fat and are not very good for you!
These crisps have no artificial colours and are suitable for vegetarians.
I love crisps, and whilst on a rare visit to the mecca found that there was an offer on Walkers Max Chargrilled Steak crisps, at a knock down price of 50p for two packets. So I bought two packets for my partner and myself. I also won 130 quid so maybe these crisps are lucky bingo crips, but I guess this is pushing it slightly.
Whilst sitting in the smokey faded opulance of the Brighton Mecca I opened the packet. The smell took me back to my junior school, I was eight years old, it was the worst time of the week- compulsory country dancing, the girls had to pick the boys they wanted to dance with - I always ended up with the girl whose hands smelt of beef crisps... I digress.
The bag is a brown with Gold trimming. The walkers logo is prominent in the left hand corner, then a huge image of a giant Max crisp. The flavour is highlighted clearly in the bottom right hand corner. On the back is a statement about deeper ridges + max flavour = walkers chargrilled crisps. Someone in the marketing department must have thought really hard about that one. The usual blurb about nutritional values is on the back. To help you I wil highlihght the main points per pack (55g)
Energy = 289 Kcal
Protein= 3.6 g
Carbohydrates= 27.5g of which sugars : 1.1g
Fat = 18.2 g of which saturates: 7.7g
Sodium= 0.4 g
What do the crisps look like?
Your bog standard crinkle cut crisp. They do look pale and I wondered if they had been cooked properly.
Texture- rather like an armadillo?
I found them crispy, which you would expect! The max title I think relates to the intense noise and crunchyness you get when you bite into one. These crisps are definately more crunchy than your traditional crisp.
Is intense, though I should point out I am a strict vegetarian so to someone who eats meat they may be a little artificial or weak. I thought they had a nice meaty beefy taste, that I enjoy. I like the taste of animals I just don't want to eat them!
I enjoyed these crisps, they had an intensity of flavour that other crisps don't have. So if you fancy something very crunchy and rather intense, you can eat these instead of an armadillo.
The recommended retail price is £0.40 so on a par with other types of crisps.
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Right, it’s time for another one of those money-making opinions I think, to boost my petty cash supply. This time I thought I would opt for a packet of crisps to help me get over my couple of desolate experiences with pizzas over the past few weeks. Okay then, I bought a packet of these Walkers Max deep ridge potato crisps (chargrilled steak flavor) yesterday and before I had the pleasure of tasting them one of my mates quickly scranned down the entire bag. So today, whilst I had some peace and quiet, I decided to treat myself to another bag. Door locked, curtains closed and the key removed from the keyhole, I WILL enjoy this bag all to myself. * THE PACKAGING * Walkers Max are available in quite a few rather exotically named flavours. Flavours like Hard cheese and onion, (eeew!) chip shop curry and chargrilled steak. They come in 55g bags and so are larger and more filling than your average packet of crisps. The chargrilled steak variety comes in a dark burgundy pack with a huge crisp on the front label and the pathetic line, ‘Not actual size’ written underneath. Now, what exactly do they take the British public for? When purchasing a packet of crisps you just do not expect to open the pack and find a seven inch by five inch crisp inside, WE BLOODY KNOW THAT THE CRISPS INSIDE THE BAG AREN’T REALLY THAT BIG YOU SILLY PLONKERS! There is also a huge NEW badge at the top of the packet despite the fact that they have now been on the shop shelves for over a year. The inside of the pack is coated with foil so they are nice and fresh when you open them. * NUTRITIONAL VALUES * Each packet contains, 289 Calories 18.2g Fat 3.6g Protein 27.5g Carbohydrate 2.2g Dietary fibre 0.4g Sodium * INGREDIENTS * Here is the information that shows you just what you are eating and l
ets you know that your product doesn’t contain Arsenic, or Cyanide. (Not that you would know about it if they did) Potatoes, Vegetable oil, Chargrilled steak flavor: (Wheat flour, lactose, flavor enhancer, monosodium glutamate, flavoring, colour, paprika extract) Salt Gee, what an interesting section. * TASTE * Walkers Max are a lot thicker than most crisps on the market and crunch almost as if you have a microphone strapped to the inside of your mouth. It is definitely a good idea not to open a packet on say, a crowded bus or in a supermarket queue as you are likely to get more stares than Kylie Minogue walking naked through your local Morrisons. Right, do they actually taste like a chargrilled steak? Answer: Do they B*llocks but they do taste exceptionally nice. In fact I would go as far as saying that they are absolutely Moorish to the point where, once your bag is empty you will instantly have the urge to rush out and buy another pack. The best thing about them though is the smell, I could sit here and sniff a bag of these little treats all day long. They smell so beefy it’s almost punishment knowing that your nearest chargrilled steak, is waiting for you in your local restaurant priced at about fifteen quid. (Sigh) Although these crisps are meat flavoured, they don’t actually contain any meat products and so they are suitable for all of you rabbits out there. (Or Vegetarians if you prefer) * WALKERS CONTACTS * If you have any complaints about any of Walkers products then you are asked to return them to: CONSUMER SERVICES DEPARTMENT WALKERS SNACK FOODS LTD PO BOX 23 LEICESTER LE4 8ZU UK This only applies to the UK and the Republic of Ireland. You can also visit the Walkers web site at www.walkers.co.uk * MY FINAL THOUGHTS * Walkers Max are
one of best tasting crisps on the market, they are full of flavor and quite chunky. They crunch louder than your average box of Pringles and at 40p for a 55g bag, they are quite good value. These used to be known as Walkers Max Ridges but have since done away with the ‘Ridges’ and are now just described as ‘Deep ridge potato crisps’. My only gripe with these would be the packaging, there is not exactly a great deal of thought gone into the design and I am still reeling over the NOT ACTUAL SIZE line. But then again, you don’t buy a product for the packaging, you buy it for what you get inside and Walkers have done their homework here. I’d gladly recommend these crisps to anyone and you can always have a good sniff of the bag when you’ve finished eating them. Thanks for the read.