I don't normally get these crisps to be honest because even though it's really nice I'm not much of a crisp person I usually crave for sweet things. However the other day I purchased a 100 g Thai sweet chilli packet and I have to say it was really hard to stick to the 30g serving portion.
With every tasty crunch, experience the savoury flavours of delicious chilli,onion, herbs, building to a moreish kick off sweet satisfying heat. This is written on the back of the packet which I think is really on point to what the crisps taste like. I think this is a perfect treat and most crisps I feel have such a strong salty taste which stays in your mouth which isn't so pleasant but with these you do not feel that way maybe that's why I couldn't stop eating it! For a pound to me it's worth it.
It would be fair to say that I am slightly addicted to these crisps nowadays. Although they have certainly been around for a fair while, it's just recently that I have become keen on them. If you haven't seen these crisps before, they are being billed by Walkers as a type of 'posher crisp' with a more flavoursome taste. I would certainly agree that they are a cut above their standard range.
I'll list the flavours and then I'll talk about some of my favourite's from the range.
Currently you can choose from...
- Thai Sweet Chilli
- Smoke Monterrey Chilli with Goat's Cheese
- Mexican Fiery Sweet Chipotle
- Roasted Chicken and Thyme
- Caramelised Onion and Balsamic Vinegar
- Southern Style Barbecue
- Vintage Cheddar and Onion Chutney
I've tried most of the flavours, and enjoyed them all very much, but I would have to say that my favourites are the Thai Sweet Chilli. They have a gorgeous slightly spicy tastes that builds as you eat them, but aren't so strong as to blow your head off! You can taste a slight sweetness coming through on your first bite, and it's just a deliciously unique flavour.
My boyfriend loves the Mexican Chipotle flavour, as he says they remind him of the Fruit and Chutney crisps that are popular in South Africa (where he's originally from). They certainly have a certain smokiness to them which I find very appealing, but he's right in saying that they do taste a little sweet and fruity, and they are unlike any other crisps I've tried so far.
I think that all the flavours are gorgeous though, and I'm certain that everyone could find something they like in this range. They really do seem to be very good quality, and a little different from most other brands. I love that they have a good crunch to them, which I would expect from a decent crisp.
The packaging also looks very classy and appealing to me. Each packet is black, with an illustrative photo on the front displaying the ingredients of each flavour. I think it really stands out on the shelf, and aesthetically looks like a high quality product.
A little bit about the nutritional information...
Of course, I never expected these crisps to be good for me! Each 40g serving contains 202 calories, and 10.5 grams of fat, so these are probably better left as a treat! I'm pretty sure I eat more than 40g in a serving, so I should probably avoid doing that in the future! These gorgeous crisps are also suitable for vegetarians.
Sensations are widely available, and come in small packets, and large 'sharing' bags. I often see them on offer in Tesco, so I tend to grab a few packets then.
A 40g packet is currently 73p from Tesco, with the larger 150g bags coming in at just £1.00 as they are on special offer (they are usually £1.99). I find these crisps to be fairly expensive, so as I said, I only really buy them when I see they are on offer.
I would definitely recommend trying out these crisps, as they are pretty sensational!
I'm not a "crisps" type of girl, but seriously, a friend shared her Balsamic Vinegar and Caramelised Onion flavour Walkers Sensations with me and I was absolutely addicted! They are everything crisps should be.....flavour-some, fresh, crisp - and delicious!
Most flavour crisps are pretty standard but what I love about this range is that it introduces new flavours as well as going to the next step with the traditional flavours. The flavour of these crisps are much stronger than other crisps and result in a mini explosion of taste in your mouth. Honestly, I'm not joking when I say that once you start eating them you won't be able to finish until the packet is empty.
The are foiled sealed and, in my opinion, this packaging undoubtedly contributes to maintaining their freshness and crispness. It would be nice however if these packets were resealable, but unfortunately they're not and so once opened you feel obliged to finish the bag.
I buy them from Tescos and they are £1 for a 160g bag. I have also seen them in Morrisons and in Asda - and so they are readily available.
Of course ultimately they are not good for you! They're crisps - and as such, they do have a fairly high fat and carbohydrate content. A 35g serving contains 170 kcals, 20g of carbohydrates and 9g of fat - and so they are not something that should be eaten everyday. However, as a treat they are delicious and something to indulge in!
Walkers Sensations - Sweet Chilli Flavour
What is it?
A packet of crisps by Walkers
This is the thai sweet chilli flavour in their new 'Sensations' range. It contains no artificial sweeteners, no artificial flavour enhancers (e.g. MSG), no preservatives and no artificial colours.
What do I think?
I was a bit sceptical when I looked on the packet and it stated 'no MSG', after first tasting this, I was so sure that it contains MSG, but no, then it's a good plus. For some reason these crisps still make you want to eat more. They are also very addictive, well, it'll be good for their business anyway (!).
The crisps themselves are a thicker cut than their normal Walker's crisps. Each slice feels more dense and there is definitely more crunch when you bite into them. I feel that Walker's have done a good job on this front, because with their normal crisps I always find them too thin and light, like I'm almost biting into candy floss, some 'flimsy' potato crisp.
The Sensation crisps are chunkier in a sense, although I don't mean like wedges, but it does really show that Walkers have given some thought to make the 'crisp eating' experience a more enjoyable and significant one - sounds so cheesy, I know...
The sweet chilli flavour tastes a quite authentic and is a good combination of sweet and hot, not one over powering the other. The crisps themselves are still feeling a bit too 'powdery', I tend to find this with all their crisps, not sure if it's the flavouring part of it or the oil that's making the potato 'fluff up' but it's just about bearable, it's just annoying that I always have to have tissues ready on hand when I dig into these (!)
For a large 95g bag it cost 99p, which I think is fair as it works out about three packets of standard sized crisps. Great for parties, but be careful if you're eating alone, they are sooo addictive...
Thanks for reading.
Walkers Sensations are definately the tastiest crisps on the market at present. I am 100% a crisp lover and have still a type or flavour of crisp to ty that i dislike!!
When I discovered these "posh crisps" at my local tesco I HAD to have them. The tasteful packaging they come in is very appealing in its glossy material with the pretty looking images of food on the cover relating to the flavour.
These crisps currently come in huge bags of 150g (which i could happily eat all to my self!) or smaller bags of 40g. Walkers state that their range of Sensations are made with real ingrediants and no artificial colours. The flavours are as follows
- Thai Sweet Chilli - Gives the aroma and flavours of fried onions, chilli's and herbs. Gives a nice hot taste in the mouth - my personal favourite by far!
- Roasted Chicken & Thyme - Gives the flavours of chicken, lemon and thyme. My least favourite as i do not like thyme however i can still make my way through a packet of these!
- Balsamic Vinegar & Caramelised Onion - Sweet and sour flavours from the vinegar and the caramelised onion. A very good option and much loved by me!
-Oriental Curry - Coconut, ginger and soy sauce combined with chilli give a lucious spicy flavour. Although my palete enjoys very spicy foods and felt this crisps could be a little hotter.
-Southern Style Barbecue - Spicy tomato and barbecue flavour with a slight kick to it that tastes absolutely devine. - My second favourite by far.
-Vintage Cheddar & Onion - A fruity chutney flavour but slightly overwhelmed by the strong vintage cheddar slavou however a vey good mix of ingrediants.
-Buffalo & Mozzarella Herbs - Creamy Mozzerella texture with a hint of basil. Guarenteed to make you want more.
The Walkers Sensation's Range have also started a range of Oriental Crackes. Briefly the flavours include -
-Peking Spare Ribs
-Lime & Coriander Chutney
Currently the price for this product is £1.74 for a 150g bag and 65p for a 40g bag. I find both of these prices very reasonable and more often not numerous supermarkets have the product on offer usually at £1.00 or 2 for £2.00. Stores that currently stock Walkers Sensations are Tesco, Asda, Sainsburies and Morrisons (I have also been informed Aldi sell them there also however I have not seen this myself).
The strong flavours of all of the crisps blended with the crunch from the oven bake crisp really are a treat for your tastebuds. The best crispis on the market by far, not to mention the low price.
With the rising popularity of kettle chips it is perhaps not surprise to sell Walkers responding accordingly and putting their own brand in this section of the market.
We currently buy them in the 160g bag which does leave to substantial savings but it is still by no means cheap. What seperates these from the typical Walkers of course, is the health content. Finally we are free from the added rubbish they added into the crisps such as msg which has been linked to all sorts of conditions. It is quite telling that the words "made from real ingredients" appear at the bottom.
You can purchase them in many different flavours but my favourites at the moment are the Balsamic Vinegar and Caramelised Onion. This may sound like something of a strange mix, but it has a sweet smell and the taste is wonderful. Gone is the flat taste of typical Walkers and it is instead replaced by something with a real flavour to it. It is difficult to describe them precisely but they have a very sweet, full taste to them, very rich and spicey with an aftertaste which is slightly on the hot side. It is of course the combination of herbs and spices which gives these crisps their standout flavour.
The crisps themselves are quite big and so a serving does not seem to go very far. Of course this is exactly what Walkers intended but a few never seem to be enough. The crisps do have a tendency to make you very thirsty though. These are excellent crisps which are the test I have tasted so far and what's more I can be as greedy with them as I like knowing that I am doing my body much favours with these , than with the artificially produced, artificially flavoured kind.
I gather you can also buy these in smaller packs to but you will definitely pay a premium price when doing so. If you haven't already tried these, then what are you waiting for?
Walker's sensations comes in a range of flavours such as Thai Sweet Chilli, Roasted Chicken and Thyme; and many more. Apart from the normal crisps, they also does prawn crackers and snack sized poppadoms. I will be reviewing the Thai Sweet Chilli flavoured crisps.
Walker's sensations are packaged in large plastic foil bags which are black in design, and have an oriental flair about the surfacial design. They don't immediately grab my attention and I have to look for them in the supermarket.
I wish they sold these in multipack, as one large bag is too big to finish in one go. Once you open one, you can't stop eating!!
~~~APPEARANCE TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
The crisps are a nice shape which is typical of Walker's, and are mostly rounded and smoked at the edges- sometimes has a bit too much of a factory made feel. They are golden brown, and looks attractive. The crisps not only look good, but are crunchy when bitten on. The thai sweet chilli flavour is perhaps a bit overwhelming for me after eating many, but it has a very strong, vivid and genuine taste.
I also find that these give me a bad sore throat if I eat too many of them and that I go off them quite easily. Nonetheless, they are very addictive and make a great snack for sharing.
35g of these contain 13% of an adult's daily guideline salt content, so it is high in salt, but it is a nice snack and treat that you can indulge in every so often.
They are often sold in supermarkets on special offer, 2 for £2, which is immense value. You can also choose different flavours to mix and match, and choose the ones that you like!
Walker's Sensations are a well established brand now and offer a range of diversely flavoured crisps that are extremely exotic. The crisps are attractive, and provide a genuine, vivid taste which is bound to be addictive. The crisps are great for sharing, and the large bag means that it is difficult to finish on your own. I personally find that I go off these easily, hence I choose to get Kettle Chips instead for a more genuine taste and texture.
Walkers' sensations have been heavily advertised as posh crisps and the flavours do reflect this image. They come in a range that consists of Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme, Lime & Thai Spices, Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Vinegar, Four Cheese and Red Onion, Sea Salt & Pepper, Lamb & Moroccan Spices, Vintage Cheddar & Red Onion and oriental red curry.
I was in Home bargains today and purchased a bag of Thai sweet chilli in a 40gram pack. The bag has a price of 2 for £1 but I picked up a bag for 15p today. These are also available in large bags for sharing.
The bag is a newer design than featured on the Dooyoo image. It has a black bag with a subtle red design of dragons mixed with chilli which gives the pack more of a sophisticated look. It also tells you on the pack that they are made with Saturna potatoes while I had never heard of this type of potato until I wrote this review with a little research I found that these potatoes had been in a research project comparing different potatoes and texture in crisps and these with one other had come out on top.
When I opened the bag I noticed the crisps were a pale yellow colour but had green speck which I am assuming is chilli. The crisps are the fresh crispy taste that I would expect from Walkers. I do find these are not over greasy and they do have a kick that seems to build the further down the pack you eat. It says on the bag made with real ingredients and this does make the favour feel less chemically manufactured then many other crisps.
I did feel completely satisfied after eating the bag. They are a little bigger than a standard bag of crisps which did mean I ate more than I would normally and also did feel the need for a drink of water to freshen my mouth up about five minutes after I had finished them as the taste was lingering in my mouth.
Each 40 gram bag contain
10.4grams of fat
Do I feel posh eating these crisps? No not particularly but I did enjoy them and do think they are worth a little extra for the taste. I do think they are a more delicate and sophisticated taste than a standard bag of crisps. I am exceptionally happy to pay 15p a bag and will be purchasing more on my next trip to home bargains.
I have tried other flavours in this range but the favourite is definitely the sweet chilli. I would recommend these crisps but only if you enjoy spicy foods.
About a year ago Walkers jazzed up its range of crisps by bringing out a new range of more exotic luxurious crisps. They bought out a few flavours along the same theme, but the ones that caught my eye were these, thai sweet chili.
I have seen the crisps in single sized packets and in larger share sized packets. At the moment Tescos are doing a share sized packet for 99p on special offer. The share sized packets are easier to come across, as it is harder to find the smaller packs.
The packs are dark in colour with red swirls over them. They have a taste of the orient style in design and appear quite exotic and a bit classier than the usual walkers crisps. The pack is made from the same material as normal crisp packets which keeps the crisps inside lovely and fresh. One thing which would be an added bonus would be if the crisp packets were resealable, especially the share sized packets as then you wouldn't feel like you have to eat them all in one go!!
The crisps themselves are the usual shape and thickness you see of most everyday crisps. They are covered in a reddish seasoning which gets on your fingers when you eat them. The crisps are very spicey to the taste. They do taste like hot spicey thai chilli. I wouldn't recommend them for anyone who doesn't like spicey food! I like them with sandwiches as this calms them down a bit. The best way to eat these crisps is dipped in something cool like humous, I can eat tons this way!
I love the taste of these crisps, they are great and quite unique. If I don't have something to break up the taste then one small pack is more than enough by the end of it!
I found these a bit of a let down. The branding is smart and attractive, taking its cues from the ingredients (or at least, the ingredients the flavourings are trying to capture!), but I didn't find the reality matched my expectations.
The crisps themselves are similar to normal walkers, a bit thicker perhaps, but the tastes are different, with flavours like sweet chilli and roast chicken and thyme.
The flavourings do taste a bit more organic, but when it comes down to it, it's hard to make chicken taste unartificial on a crisp no matter how many herbs its twinned with. And the flavours themselves have become a bit commoditised. Sweet chilli reminds me more of deep fried pub thai food than the orient.
That's not to say they aren't tasty. They are nicer and perhaps a bit more multifaceted than the somewhat brutal flavours of normal crisps. But it's not enough for me to justify the 'premium' ratings.
One great use I did find for them though - if you're the sort of person who sticks crisps in their sandwiches these are a much more interesting way to jazz them up.
Walkers Sensations are essentially the Ferrero Rocher of the crisp world - they're a little bit pretentious, with their packaging overselling what's actually inside, but they're also pretty tasty in their own right. The main selling point of the crisps, as evidenced by some adverts a while back with Tara Palmer Tomkinson, is that they're very posh, and something of a mockery of "aspirational" products and advertising.
Nutritional Information (per 100g):
There's a plethora of posh-sounding flavours that are little more upmarket than Ready Salted and Salt and Vinegar. Some flavours include Thai Sweet Chilli, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar, and Caramelised Onion and Cheddar Cheese. Having tried the aforementioned, I must confess to finding the taste very delicious, and a nice change from the regular flavours that we've come to expect. It might just be me, but they also appear to be a little crunchier than normal crisps.
A 175g bag costs about £1.50 and is incredibly filling, although understandably not too good for you. With 28g fat per 100g, they're going to seriously affect your waistline if you indulge them too much, so I simply warn to treat them more as an occasional treat than a frequent snack. That said, they do taste wonderful, but it's not quite enough to justify just how horrendously unhealthy they are!
These very tasty crisps are probably too expesnive for the amount of crisps that you get, but in opinion are definitly worth paying for. They are also very frequently on offer on various supermarkets, tesco has been selling them for half price recently and in Sainsbury's they seem to be pretty much permanently on offer at two large bags for £2, the typical price for a single 160g bag being around £1.39. They come in a variety of flavours including Thai Sweet Chilli, (my personal fav), roasted chicken and thyme, balsamic vinegar and caramelised onion, oriental red curry, buffalo mozzarella and herbs, southern style BBQ and vintage chedder and onion chutney.
Nutritionally these sensations are not too bad for you in comparison to some other crisps from other brands. They come in at 170 K/cal for 35 grammes. There is quite a high fat content of 9g in a 35 gramme bag but this is not too bad when we consider that only 0.7g of this is saturated fat.
What I particularly like about them is that there are no artificial colours, sweeteners, and most importantly for me, no MSG. The normal price of these and fat levels maybe mean that they are not a snack that we should indulge in too often, but definitly worth it from time to time
Walkers Sensations are the more expensive variant of Walkers Crisps and are packaged in such a way. The packaging is more restrained than their normal crisps with less vibrant colours and more emphasis on style. The bags are also bigger- though there are less varieties in this range.
However, in my opinion buying these is the equivalent of buying Tesco Finest Italian Parma Ham, at the end of the day these crisps are still Walkers crisps and they don't taste all that great.
They don't taste bad however if you take away the packaging and put them in a bowl I'm not sure you would know that they were more expensive crisps. They are still pretty greasy and salty- too much so for my liking given the circumstances and context in which I will eat this type of crisps.
Personally I would far rather have Kettle Chips for instance than Walker's Sensations. These are probably worth a try at least however since some people do really like them and atleast the packaging looks a lot more expensive.
I do love my crisps and so am amazed at all the new flavours that are available now, always coming up with new flavours and that appeals to me.
The Walkers Sensations range, just a bit more expensive than their average crisps, but well worth paying that little bit extra in my opinion.
Foiled sealed Made with Real Ingredients.
The Bag I brought was Vintage Cheddar and Onion Chutney Flavour, part of the new Sensations range, and they were absolutely lovely.
The Taste **********
Yes you could taste the Cheddar Cheese Flavour, and the hint of the Onion Chutney was delicious.
Guess these are just a posher variety of Walkers Crisps. Quite a large packet and not easy to put down, once you have started. they also do other flavours that have already been reviewed.
Calories : 168.
Salt : 0.6g
Thats each serving of 35 grams, of an adults daily amount.
The chessy flavour is a real flavour boost, and the fruity chutney flavour, made me think of summer days eating a ploumans lunch outside one of those oldie type pubs. But they are also sweet and savoury at the same time.
I found the flavours blended together brilliently and perfectly balanced each other, will definitely be buying some more of these to try.
Apparently they contain no Artificial Sweeteners, No Artificial Flavour enhancers.
No Preservative3s, and No Artificial Colours, guess thats why they are a little bit more expensive. Contains good potatoes, and not too greasy to the tastebuds, The Best Before date was 13th June 2009, not that they would last long in my household.
Other Flavours in this new range:
Thai Sweet Chili.
Balsamic Vinegar and Caramelised Onion.
Buffalo Mozzarella and Herbs.
Oriental Red Curry.
Lime and Coriander Chutney.
Roasted Chicken and Thyme.
Peking Spare Ribs.
and Southern Style Barbecue. They all sound delicious, aye. Think ill have to work my way through these.
Give them a try, i liked them so am rating them high..
Thanks for reading and rating my revierws.
The packaging of Sensations has been updated recently so now they're not in the white bags which are shown in the pic above.
The bags are now black, they look much better and posher in my opinion which was probably the aim as they are known as Walkers version of 'posh crisps'. "Black is the new white! A mouth watering new flavour, for a sensational new look!"
On the front of each bag is a big S shape in a colour relevant to the flavour, this shape is made up from images which go with the ingredients.
As always -
Thai sweet chilli
Roasted chicken and thyme
Vintage cheddar and onion chutney
Balsamic vinegar and caramelised onion
And 3 new flavours which came out when the packaging changed-
Oriental red curry
Southern style barbeque
Buffalo Mozzarella and herbs.
Buffalo Mozzarella and herbs
I chose to buy this flavour on my shopping trip to Somerfield this morning, they were reduced to £1 a bag and this new flavour stood out to me.
The S on the front of this bag is in cream and green with little images of herbs, cheese and other stuff. It says underneath this S that they are 'Made with real ingredients' which sounds good!
They contain no artificial colour, flavour enhancers, sweeteners or preservatives which is nice to know.
On the back is a fairly long write-up, almost like a story which explains all the flavours of the crisps inside, "The secret of the mellow flavour in Sensations Buffalo Mozzarella and Herbs crisps starts with creamy mozzarella which combines with an abundance of herbs.. The fruitiness of pomegranate juice brings balance and a dash of syrupy balsamic ensures the finale is light, yet flavoursome" The words CREAMY and FLAVOURSOME are for some reason in a different bolder font so they stand out.
The flavour sounds promising and very different from this write-up so I was looking forward to the all important taste test!
When I opened the bag I smelt the balsamic vinegar first, they smell very similar to the Balsamic vinegar and caremalised onions flavour which is odd....
The crisp themselves are golden brown with a light dusting of an orangey coloured powder, they also have a VERY light smattering of green bits of herbs on them. If I didn't have perfect vision there's a chance I wouldnt have seen them they are that small and sparce.
I was expecting them to be cheesy with a herby taste (obviously) but having read about the pomegranate juice ingredient I wasn't sure what that would add to the flavour!!
I know Mozzarella isn't a strong cheese but it is still cheesy so i'm confused where that flavour disappeared to, these just taste very slightly of parsley with vinegar...very mild though not enough to even be enjoyable. The main taste was just potato with a bit of parsley, boring.
I was disappointed as I thought this flavour had promise, it sounded great and it could have been so much better.
I like flavour on my crisps and I expected that from Sensations as the other flavours are really yummy and accurate too.
I think these should be renamed 'Hint of parsley' lol!
I don't dislike them as there's nothing really to dislike, they just don't taste of enough. I will make my way through this bag but i'm not sure whether to try the other 2 new flavours as I don't want to be disappointed again!