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Now made with 100% Sunseed Oil, it’s never been so hip to be square! With a funky new bag design, our crunchy potato snack looks cool on the outside and tastes great on the inside – and is now better for you! Each standard bag of Squares now has: 80% less saturated fat. Up to 55% less salt. And only contains 2% of an adult’s guideline daily amount of saturated fat (Excludes Big Eat).

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      13.05.2013 00:23
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      Tasty snack size crisps for under 100kcals

      I have been on a diet for a while now but am trying to make it one that I can maintain longterm long term so needed some crisps which were tasty, don't resemble or taste like pieces of cardboard and were less than 100 kcals a packet.

      When I looked at Walkers Squares in my local supermarket I was surprised to see that they are less than 100kcals a pack as they have always seemed like 'substantial' crisps to me so I thought they'd be higher calorie.

      This multipack of 12x22g packs has 4 packs each of the 3 flavours - Salt & Vinegar, Cheese & Onion and Ready Salted. The packs are slightly smaller than the average pack of crisps but enough to satisfy a crisp craving without going overboard in calories or fat! Walkers claim that they have reduced the fat in these crisps by 40% which has to be good and they come in at around 18% fat which is lower than the average 25% for standard crisps.

      The packs are foil based so keep the crisps fresh and crunchy. Unlike some multipacks I actually like all 3 flavours in this one! The Salt & Vinegar are quite strong but not overpowering, the Cheese & Onion have a realistic cheese taste unlike some crisps and the Ready Salted are not too salty. The crisps are lovely and crunchy and make you feel like you are eating a 'proper' crisp not a low calorie option.

      This multipack retails at around £3.29 in the supermarkets so not the cheapest option, but they can be found on offer if you shop around.

      I would recommend these to anyone looking for a crisp fix without too much guilt!!

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        31.08.2012 13:23
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        Walkers Squares Crisps.

        THE CRISPS
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        The crisps are made by walkers and have been around for as long as I can remember. My mum always used to buy the multipacks of mixed flavours for me, my sister and brother when we took lunch to school. I always used to like all the flavours in here but Cheese & Onion were my favourite flavour, whilst my sister loved the Salt & Vinegar flavour. The crisps are available to buy in large multipack bags from supermarkets and local shops. You can also buy the Salt & Vinegar and Cheese & Onion flavour in single bags form your local shop or supermarket. I often purchase single bags from my local Co-Op store near where I work. You can never seem to buy the Ready salted flavour packs on there own so these must be the least popular flavour.

        You can purchase single bags of Square crisps for approximately 60p.

        The following information has been taken from www.mysupermarket.co.uk

        You can purchase a multipack of Squares which includes 6 x Salt & Vinegar, 5 x Cheese & Onion, 5 x Ready Salted from Asda for £2.00 which is good value. It doesn't list these crisps available to buy from any other supermarkets; how-ever I have seen them in my local Sainsbury's and Co-Op store.

        PACKAGING
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        The crisps come in 3 different coloured bags which represent their different flavours. The Blue bag represents salt and vinegar; the green Cheese & Onion and the Red represent Ready Salted flavour. The bags are made of a plastic foil and have a square mosaic type pattern all over it with Squares in very bold writing on the front. It states that the product is made by Walkers and it has some nutritional information on. On the back of the packaging is more detailed nutritional information, a list of ingredients and contact details if you are dissatisfied with the product. There is a best before date on the back of the pack which is 1st November 2012, so these will keep in the cupboard for a good few months. The packaging can't be mistaken for any other crisps due to the pattern on front of the packet and the fact that there is a small picture of 2 of the crisps on the front as well.

        NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
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        Salt & Vinegar:
        * Calories - 121
        * Sugar - 1.0g
        * Fat - 5.0g

        Cheese & Onion:
        * Calories - 121
        * Sugar - 1.2g
        * Fat - 5.0g

        Ready Salted:
        * Calories - 88
        * Sugar - 0.3g
        * Fat - 4.2g

        Allergy Advice: Contains Sulphites
        Made in a factory that also handles: Milk, Gluten, Wheat, Barley, Soya, Celery & Mustard.

        APPEARANCE/SMELL
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        * Salt & Vinegar - As soon as I opened the bag I could smell the salt & vinegar from the crisps which smelt much stronger than any other salt & vinegar crisps I have had before. The bag was just under half full, so I personally think they could make the bags a little smaller. When peering into the bag I could see the square shaped crisps, some curled at the edges and some totally flat. They were a golden yellow colour with some crisps more of a dark golden colour. I could see some traces of salt on some of the crisps and on the inside of the bag, there looked as though there was a fair bit of salt in the bag and I wondered how salty these would taste.

        * Cheese & Onion - When I opened the bag I could smell the Cheese & Onion, how-ever it wasn't as strong as I expected to be and it didn't smell as strong as a packet of Walkers Cheese & Onion crisps. The crisps were square shaped, some smaller than others where they had broken in the bag. The crisps were a golden yellow colour and there was no trace of flavour on the actual crisp when looking at one.

        * Ready Salted - These crisps were a light potato colour and were a much lighter colour than the other flavours. They smelt slightly salty but didn't smell too strong; there was also a potato like smell as well. You could see the salt on the crisps slightly which gives them the salted flavour. There didn't look as though there was lots of flavouring on them, how-ever enough so that you could taste it.

        TASTE TEST
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        * Salt & Vinegar - I put a crisp into my mouth. The first thing I noticed was how hard and crisp it felt when on my tongue. I could taste a little of the salt & vinegar taste already. I bit into the crisp and there was a crunchy sound and the crisp broke into a few pieces in my mouth. As I chewed the crisp the salt & vinegar flavour filled my mouth and it didn't taste as strong as I thought it would. There was a lovely amount of flavour on the crisps to give them a lovely taste and not be too strong to finish of the packet. The crisps were delicious and I loved the crunchy taste/texture to them. After eating the bag there was an after taste in my mouth which was slightly salty and tasted of potato. This soon goes away after chewing some gum or washing your mouth out though.

        * Cheese & Onion - I put a crisp into my mouth and bit into. Like the Salt & Vinegar flavour the crisp was very crunchy and crisp and I soon got the taste of the Cheese & Onion. The flavour wasn't too strong but it was just enough to fill my whole mouth with an onion taste. I think the crisps tasted more of onion than cheese, how-ever they tasted nice and I liked the flavour. The texture of the crisps is rough on your tongue but the crisps soon soften when they have been chewed. As I chewed the crisps I could feel them crunching in my mouth. After eating the crisps there was quite a strong after-taste in my mouth, and I can't imagine my breath smelt too pleasant either so I ensured I had some chewing gum handy to freshen my breath and take the smell/after taste away.

        * Ready Salted - I picked up one of the crisps and put it into my mouth. I could feel a light salty taste on my tongue and as I bit into the crisp there was a crunch sound. The crisp was very crunchy and as I chewed it I could taste the slight salty taste. The crisps tasted more of potato than anything else; how-ever the salt gave the crisps a bit of extra flavour so they didn't taste as plain or bland. The crisps were as crunchy as the other flavours; how-ever I prefer something with a little more taste so these are definitely my least favourite flavour out of them all.

        OVERALL OPINION
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        I have always loved walkers squares due to the crispy, crunchy texture of the crisps when you bite into them. I also think the flavours are delicious and currently my favourite flavour is definitely the Salt & Vinegar flavour. I don't eat crisps every day but I do like to have them in the cupboard at home when I feel like a snack or something to eat in between meals. The packaging stands out in comparison with other branded crisps available to buy. If you purchase these from Asda for just £2.00 I think this is fantastic value as I often find that crisps are really expensive to buy now and this probably has to be one of the cheapest branded multipack crisps available to buy. I would highly recommend these to others as they are crunchy and taste great. This is another fantastic product from Walkers.


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        09.06.2012 02:47
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        Great quaility square crisps from Walkers

        In our household I am the one with the sweet tooth and my husband savoury and one thing that he has a slight addiction to is crisps or any type of potato snack. One of his favourite brands of crisps is Walkers with his favourite flavour being salt and vinegar. One pack of potato snacks that I recently treated him to as he has been trying to cut down is the Walkers salt and vinegar squares which of course I had to taste test myself too.

        I purchased an individual 27.5g bag of the Squares in the salt and vinegar flavour from my local boozebuster store where they were priced at £0.55 per bag. The Walkers Squares are also available in multi-packs and if you are lucky some supermarkets sometimes have them on special offer prices which are much more cost effective than purchasing individual bags.

        The Walkers Squares are as the name suggests square shaped potato snacks, I purchased a bag of the salt and vinegar flavour but they also come in ready salted and cheese and onion flavour too. Rather than these potato snacks being made from slices of potato they are made from potato granules instead which are formed into flat square shapes.

        The Squares come packaged in foil packets to help to keep them nice and fresh. The individual packets are quite jazzy and have a picture of the squares on the front alongside the Walkers logo and some basic nutritional information. On the back of the packet you can find further information including full nutritional information, ingredients listings, allergy advice and that the Squares contain no artificial colours and are suitable for vegetarians.

        The Squares have a nice golden colour and as they are very crisp and crunchy they do retain their shape and there was very few in the packet that was broken. The squares have a lovely crisp texture but are also quite light and not at all greasy. They also have quite a strong flavour which is lovely and tangy just the way I like my salt and vinegar flavour snacks to be. These Squares also have the added bonus of being lighter in calories than many other crisps with a 27.5g packet containing just 121 Calories.

        Overall I think these are great, crunchy, tasty great quality snacks from Walkers and I will be certainly be purchasing them again in the future.

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        09.06.2010 01:40
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        Yummey yum.

        I am a an ardent lover of the humble crisp and as such am always looking out for something a little unusual in the crisp world. While squares aren't a world apart from their potato based piers, they are different enough from the standard walkers fare to warrant a closer look.

        Firstly, and most obviously the crisps are a lot smaller than the average crisp, each square is about an inch, well...squared. Also the novel shape helps seperate them from the hordes of other crisps out there.

        Thankfully their difference to other potato snacks goes deeper than just looks, they taste quite individual to. When inspected more thoroughly you can see the crisps are covered in loads of tiny bubbles which adds an interesting texture to these slightly rough surfaced snacks.

        They taste similar to the teddy shaped pom bear snacks, a bit like if the teddys had been trimmed down and squashed flatter. Very crunchy and nice and salty.

        I have noticed on opening up a packet (to refresh my memory of how they taste) that they are alot greasier than I remember, after only two squares eaten, my fingers are covered in oil. Luckily they taste neither oily or greasy so I can live with grubby fingers.

        A nice touch, some of the squares that make up the bag are cooked to a much deeper brown, with a better texture and flavour. While this isn't intentional on walkers part, it does give the crisps a bit more character, as well as the added bonus of a nicer flavour and crunchier quality.

        One gripe that is significant is that Squares are only available in a basic set of flavours, ready salted, cheese & onion, salt & vinegar and beef. I haven't tried the beef but judging by the other flavours I'm sure they would be delicious. It would be nice to see Walkers release some more exciting flavour combinations.

        I definately reccomend these crisps, they have an interesting shape and texture, a pleasing flavour and despite being a little on the oily side they're well worth checking out, and at 99 calories a bag they aren't the most fattening of snacks out there either.

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        20.04.2010 17:16
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        My preferred crisp!

        Walkers squares are not usually given pride of place on the shopping shelves in supermarkets, alongside the more popular brands. I haven't spotted them in a multi pack (but I checked, they do exist), usually I find them sitting on their own, waiting for me to turn up. They come in a small sized red or blue packet packets with tartan style square boxes in the background that is quite distinctive. Salt and Vinegar, Cheese and Onion and Ready Salted are the flavours available.

        The packet contains 97 calories worth of crisps. The texture of these crisps is very crunchy and the crisps taste satisfyingly of potato. They are more oily than your standard crisp, don't know if its the smell or the greasy feeling on the inside of the packet, but the crisp is in no way soggy or tastes over oiled. They are also quite moorish, so its best not to eat them if you are very hungry.

        I must admit that these are a favourite of mine, particularly the salt and vinegar flavoured ones which are quite strong on the vinegary taste. I'm also pretty keen on the potatowy (is that a word?) aftertaste. They are ideal for a snack to keep you tied over until a meal, or to stash away in your desk / bag to raid towards the end of the working day.

        You can buy them for 35p for the 25g bag and (apparantly) in a multipack for about £1.40.

        If you like crisps I recommend that give these a go, although you might find youself developing a bit of habit as I have!

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        16.03.2010 15:49
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        Great taste and leaves you wanting more

        I love these crisp. I use to eat them when I was at school and I believe that they where originally made by KP but since walkers have now took them over they are lower in fat which is great when your on a diet and the flavour is more another added bonus to making a great thing to eat.

        There is also more of a crunch to the crisp and being square shaped makes them fun for the kids. I think that there are only about four flavours out which 3 of them are the ones in the multi bags and are the standard flavour to any crisp. But I do remember having a Beef flavour which is so hard to fine but very nice. Wish I could find it more often.

        Another good thing is these are normally on offer in the major supermarket currently Asda have them in buy 3 for £3

        My favourite flavour is Cheese and Onion they go down very well but the others are just as good and before you know it the multi bag has disappeared this is due to the crisp being very Moorish. Maybe that is way they reduced the calories as one bag usually becomes two and so on. The packaging is very eye catching they are all brightly coloured like other crisp packets but these have the square pattern on them which makes them stand out in a shop.

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        04.03.2010 23:16
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        Lovely and yummy snack.

        It is interesting to see from the other reviews that fans of these crisps remember eating them as children! I have fond memories of these crisps and I think to a child they look really special because they are a different shape to normal crisps.

        I usually buy the salt and vinegar variety, although the crisps come in a variety of flavours. The salt and vinegar squares are a favourite in our yhouse because they are so moreish and packed with flavour.

        The packaging is fresh and appealing, with bright colours and a stylized logo on the front. There is also abold red diamond on the front of the packet which announces that each pack contains 97 calories, which i think is quite good for a bag of crsips.the nutritional information is on the front of the pack and is as follows per pack:
        Cal: 97
        Sugar 0.8g
        Fat 4.0g
        Saturates 0.3g
        Salt 0.5g

        This makes squares a relatively good snack option, apart from the salt level,which to me is a little high, especially for a product aimed at kids.

        The product is suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.

        The crisps themselves are quirky to look at. They are thin and crispy and wonderfully crunchy. The salt and vinegar flavour is quite strong, which is just how I like it, and you always want more! The pack gives a suggestion that you could build little crisp houses before eating them, something you can't do with normal crisps.i must admit, i havent tried this, but it sounds fun. Mind you, I have yet to find a perfectly level square in a pack, so building a crisp house may be tricky (and wonky)!

        Walkers are a well trusted and quality brand. these crisps are a fun occasional treat and taste great.

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        Great, tasty snack

        I ate Walkers Cheese and Onion Squares for years as a child, but it's only recently as an adult I have re-discovered them!

        Firstly, correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't think of any other square shaped crisp on the market, so they pretty much have a monopoly on the market of the angle loving consumer.

        Secondly and more importantly, they taste absolutely brilliant!

        The packets aren't exactly huge and someone with a big mouth could hoover them up pretty quickly however the amazing crunch when you bite into them makes up for it.

        Each bag contains around 99 calories and 4 grams of fat, of which 0.3 grams are saturates. They are not the least calorific snack on the market and the small bags mean they can be a little less satisfying, but if you are looking for something to satisfy your taste buds rather than your stomach then these are hard to beat. They are also fee from artificial colours and are suitable for vegetarians.

        If you are really going for it, buy the Walkers Favourites multi-pack which also contains frazzles, chip sticks etc. It really is a blast from the past!


        Nutritional Information per 25g bag:

        Energy - 99 Kcal
        Protein - 1.4g
        Carbohydrates - 13.4g
        Fat - 4.0g
        Saturates - 0.3g
        Fibre - 1.2g
        Sodium - 0.16g

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        Walker's Squares

        Whilst in Morrisons at the weekend I spotted that they had an offer on the Walker Squares. I can't actually remember the last time I had these but, as they came in a salt and vinegar flavour multipack I decided to grab a bag as it's one of the flavours that both Boyfriend and myself like.


        Packaging.

        The Walked Squares come in a multipack bag which is predominantly blue. On the front is the usual Walkers logo, a picture of some crisps and a red square proclaiming that these are 97b calories per bag.

        The back of the bag contains the usual lists of ingredients and nutritional information as well as a blurb about how Squares are different because you can bite off their corners and build little crisp houses. Hmmmm. There also a little promo to let you know that Squares, French Fries, Wotists and Quavers all contain 99 calories or less.

        You can also visit Walkers at:- www.walkers.co.uk


        Nutritional Information per bag {per 100g in brackets}

        Energy kJ: 398kJ {1810kJ}
        kcal: 97kcal {441kcal}
        Protein: 1.4g {6.5g}
        Carbohydrate: 13.4g {61.0g}
        of which sugars: 0.8g {3.5g}
        Fat: 4.0g {18.0g}
        (of which saturates): 0.3g {1.5g}
        (of which mono-unsaturates): 2.9g {13g}
        (of which polyunsaturates): 0.4g {2.0g)
        Fibre: 1.2g {5.5g}
        Sodium: 0.19g {0.88g}
        Equivalent as salt: 0.49g {2.24g}

        Allergy advice. These are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians.
        These crisps contain no artificial colours


        Ingredients:

        Potato Granules, Preservative: Sodium Metabisulphite, Sunflower Oil (18%), Potato Starch, Salt and Vinegar Flavour [Flavouring, Citric Acid, Sugar, Flavour Enhancers (Monosodium Glutamate, Disodium Guanylate)], Maltodextrin, Salt, Potassium Chloride.


        Price:

        At the time of writing Morrisons are charging £1.25 for a multipack containing 6 bags of Salt and Vinegar flavoured Squares. There is also a multipack available which includes Ready Salted, Salt 'n' Vinegar and Cheese 'n' Onion flavours.


        Taste & Opinion:

        As the name suggests, these crisps are square in shape, although they tend to be slightly curved squares rather than completely flat crisps. They're around 3 1/2 centimes in length and width and between 1mm to 2mm in thickness and are a pleasing medium yellow in colour.

        They're pleasantly crunchy, but, because they don't have ridges to them like the McCoy's brand do I find them nicer to eat than some of the other brands with an equal crunchiness. If you have any sort of issues with eating hard, crunchy foods then this brand of crisps may be one that you might wish to avoid.

        Tastewise these have a very strong salt and vinegar taste and are perhaps the strongest flavoured crisps in that flavour that I've tried so far. They certainly have a stronger flavour than both the regular Walkers and the Walkers Baked salt and vinegar varieties. If you are a fan of strong flavours and salt and vinegar in particular then you should give these a try as they more than satisfy on the flavour front.

        Healthwise these come in at a fairly low (compared to some other brands of crisp) 18.0% fat which places them in the bottom quarter of my fat content chart. They do however contain Monosodium Glutamate which is something a number of brands of crisps are now stating that they no longer contain. If you're after something with a decent crunch that's also strongly flavoured then look no further than these.....



        Crisps ranked in order of fat content:-

        01) Golden Wonder Nik Naks (Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour): 38.3%
        02) Frisps (Ready Salted Flavour): 35.1%
        03) Walker (Ready Salted): 34.1%
        04) Frisps (Cheese 'n' Onion Flavour): 34.0%
        05) Frisps (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 33.9%

        06) Walkers (Salt and Vinegar Flavour): 33.1%
        07=) Walkers (Cheese and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
        07=) Walkers (Steak and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
        09=) Walkers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 32.7%
        09=) Walkers (Roast Chicken Flavour): 32.7%

        09=) Walkers (Worcester Sauce Flavour): 32.7%
        12=) Walkers (BBQ Rib): 32.6%
        12=) Walkers (Smoky Bacon Flavour): 32.6%
        14=) Pringles Extreme (Smokin' Ribs Flavour): 32.0%
        14=) Pringles (Hot & Spicy Flavour): 32.0%

        16) Quavers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 31.0%
        17) McCoys (Flame Grilled Steak Flavour): 30.7%
        18) McCoys (Roast Ham and Mustard Flavour): 30.6%
        19) McCoys (Thai Sweet Chicken Flavour): 30.3%
        20=) Quavers (Cheese Flavour): 30.0%

        20=) Quavers (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 30/0%
        22) KP Discos (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 29.6%
        23) KP Skips (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 29.5%
        24) Hula Hoops (Roast Chicken Flavour): 28.6g
        25) Hula Hoops (Barbecue Beef Flavour): 28.5g

        26 Hula Hoops (Original Flavour): 28.4g
        27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Crispy Bacon flavour): 25.1%
        27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Worcester Sauce flavour): 25.1%
        29=) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Spicy Tomato flavour): 25.0%
        29=) Monster Munch (Pickled Onion Flavour): 25.0%

        31=) Smith's Chipsticks: 23.0%
        31=) Smith's Frazzles: 23.0%
        33) Space Raiders: 22.8%
        34) Red Sky (Anglesey Sea Salt flavour): 21.8%
        35) Red Sky (West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese flavour): 20.9%


        36) Sainsbury's Bacon Crispies (20.6%)
        37) Walkers Squares (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 18.0%
        38) Walkers French Fries (Ready Salted / Cheese and Onion / Salt and Vinegar flavours): 16.0%
        39) Walker Baked (Sour Cream and Chive flavour): 8.7%
        40) Walkers Baked (Bacon and Cheddar flavour): 8.5%

        41) Walkers Baked (Cheese and Onion flavour): 8.3%
        42) Walkers Baked (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 8.1%
        43) Ryvita Limbos (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 1.9%

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          12.10.2009 21:19
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          great crisps

          Walkers squares are a product that came out a fair few years ago now, however I do remember these coming out and buying a packet pretty shortly after as they did have a big advertising campaign, well after all they are made by walkers so that's not really surprising.

          They are basically like crisps however instead of being random circle shapes, they are shaped like squares. They are also a different taste and texture to normal walkers crisps. Instead of being quite soft and flaky like normal ones, these squares are really hard and seem to be cooked for longer maybe, this gives a nicer potato taste, and they are also a lot thick than normal crisps which is what the taste could be down to as well.

          In terms of the different flavours, they are similar to other walkers crisps, most flavours are available and you can buy these separately and n multipacks for the same or similar price to the normal walkers crisps too.

          The salt and vinegar is my favourite, I think the nicer tasting potato tastes better with the salt and vinegar and I prefer these ones to the normal walkers but the other flavours I'm not too bothered about.

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          Whoever came up with the idea of Walkers Squares wasn't exactly a genius. As far as ideas for products go, this one was very simple but sometimes simple is best especially when it comes to food. Lately I've been varying the crisps that I eat and really enjoyed trying Walkers new flavours that were invented by members of the public. Last week at work however, I had a sudden craving for a nice pack of good old salt and vinegar and as the local newsagents had sold out of Walkers original Salt and Vinegar I had to settle for Squares.

          I'd never really tried Squares before, not particularly because they didn't appeal to me but I'd just never really considered them. I was pleasantly surprised after tasting them however and they are now a frequent addition to my supermarket trolley.

          The packaging
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          Squares come in a standard size packet of crisps and the packaging is coloured according to which flavour they are. The crisps come in three flavours, salt and vinegar (in a blue packet), ready salted (red) and cheese and onion (green). Each packet has the Walkers logo on the front, the name 'Squares' and an image of the crisps, all on a coloured background patterned with squares. The back of the packet displays the ingredients, nutritional information and everything else you need to know about the product. Simple and effective packaging to go with simple and effective crisps!

          The taste
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          Personally, my favourite flavour of these crisps is Salt and Vinegar as I have always loved this flavour but I've also tried the other flavours which are very nice.

          Salt and Vinegar
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          One thing that really annoys me about some Salt and Vinegar crisps is when they hardly have any flavour and you can barely taste the salt, let alone the vinegar. Squares are nothing like this however and are so vinegary that I can't eat them if I ever have a cold sore as they sting like mad! You can really taste the vinegar which is good in my opinion and they are are flavoured evenly so you don't get some that taste more than others.

          Ready Salted
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          I'm also a big fan of this flavour but these are just a bit too salty for me. If you like the taste of original ready salted Walkers crisps then you'll probably like these but they are too salty for my liking and make me really thirsty after eating a whole packet. They might be a bit better with dips as it may take away the saltiness but on their own they aren't so good.


          Cheese and Onion
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          Cheese and Onion flavour crisps are my least favourite but I don't mind this flavour of Squares. They are quite cheesy with just a hint of onion that you can taste more after you have eaten a few of them. The only thing I don't like is that, as with most cheese and onion crisps, they leave an after taste in your mouth that doesn't go away for ages. I avoid eating these at work as I'm really conscious about my breath after eating a packet!


          Texture
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          One of the things that make Squares different to the original Walkers crisps is their texture. They are obviously square in shape but are really thin and have kind of bubbles within the potato. This sounds a bit weird but when you try one you'll know what I mean! Their crunchiness compliments their flavour well and they are nice and light to eat for a snack.


          Nutritional info
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          Amazingly it's not just their texture that is light, they aren't too high in fat either. Hurrah! A packet contains around 95 calories and 0.3g of saturated fat which isn't too bad for crisps. They also contain 55% less salt than other Walkers crisps which is an added bonus! Granted, they aren't exactly a health food, but if you're going to be a bit naughty they are a good option.

          Price
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          There's nothing particularly special about the price of these as they are average really. A single pack will usually cost you 45p-50p although it's much better to buy a multipack as you get 12 packs for around £1.40. Buying a mixed multipack means you can also try all the flavours so you know you've had the full Squares experience!

          Overall I love these as they are a tasty snack that isn't too pricey, either money or calorie wise!

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            28.09.2009 21:32
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            tasty alternative to crisps ;-p

            Recently I was out at a gig with my friend and we were hungry so I bought a Big Eat bag of Walkers Squares in Salt &Vinegar flavour from behind the bar for 60p...

            Squares are one of my favourite snacks as they are really brittle and seem hard to chew and I like that!

            Cooked in Sunseed which is a healthier oil which is naturally lower in saturates and higher in mono-saturates and is now advertised as with 55% less salt, this snack is obviously being markets as a healthier product now...

            With a best before of Dec this year they keep well in the blue foil lined packet too.

            In my packet there are 172 calories and 1.4g of sugar, plus 7.2g of fat which is high considering they are being sold to the public as a healthier snack.

            Salt there is 0.9g which is 15% of an adult's daily allowance and the fat content is 10%.

            The squares are a really cool solid shape which of course is the biggest selling point, and they are made from potato granules and are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs...

            Fried in 18% sunflower oil I do think they are really greasy but tasty with it.

            The vinegar tang is really nice and there is just enough salt without it being overpowering. The texture of Squares is really crunchy and one pack is definitely enough, lol!

            These are said to have 33% less fat than Walkers standard crisps but you wouldn't know it form the taste.

            Five stars from me for a good brand that are a bit thicker therefore more satisfying than ordinary crisp-type snacks and are fun to eat :)

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            10.08.2009 17:24
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            A delightful little snack

            You cannot beat a decent packet of Salt and Vinegar crisps and for me Squares are up there with my favourites. Now admittedly I change my mind more frequently than the wind but Squares will remain in the top three because they are lower in calories than most, at only 108 calories (that's 5% of a ladies recommended daily amount) they save me a whole 4% compared to my number one favourite Mr Pickled Onion! Woohoo to that little success!

            Walkers make Squares and the packet for the Salt & Vinegar is a distinctive blue colour with squares in the background and a Robot-esque font indicating the product name. The calorie and other nutritional information is clear on the front highlighting that they nothing to be afraid of. The brand also makes a Cheese and Onion which can go and throw itself off a cliff for all I care but I thought in the interests of DooYoo I should mention it. I believe I have seen ready salted as well but we all know S&V are the supreme flavour! The packet proudly announces that they are cooked in Sunseed oil which is lower in saturates (the nasty fats we should have less of) on the back of the packet they clarify further that the packs contain only 2% of your guideline saturated fat intake which for an unhealthy snack is pretty good going. To boot the packet also claims that since 2005 the crisp now contains 50% less salt! Don't get too excited its still 9% of a ladies recommended consumption but we aren't talking about eating a health food!
            The packet also states they have 33% less fat than your average bag of Walkers, what a pity that 33% is lurking in the missing Squares from my packet as the packets are a smaller than average portion.

            **The look**
            Well they are square and a light golden brown, I find because they are thinner than your average crisp that they do seem to be overcooked more often but not enough to impair the flavour. For an adult one square is one bite and on average they are 3cm long. Surprisingly the shape isn't too awkward when its in the mouth.

            **The taste**
            Because of the taste and thinness they have a reassuring crunch, much more substance to it than your standard crisp snack and a nice even salt and vinegar flavouring. Not to strong like Discos but much more consistent then Walkers most popular brand. They really do taste delicious and hit the snack craving without impacting the healthy eating too much.

            The packet is a little small at 25grams but it is enough to make you feel like you've indulged, the product is suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. They retail at 45p from the box in our office but you can pick them up much cheaper in multipacks, £2.18 for a 12 pack from Tesco and Sainsburys.

            They lose a star for stingy portion sizes....

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              02.08.2009 16:26
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              Just the Salt and Vinegar ones

              Squares come in a handful of flavours, but this review is specifically for the salt and vinegar flavour ones, that I've been meaning to review for ages, but always end up just eating them with out thinking of writing about them. So finally I've got a pack, a pen and a pad and I've written a review in pen whilst at work to copy online (here), seems a better idea than writing it on the fly and making a mess of it altogether.

              Squares are a potato snack (crisps in the UK or Chips in the USA) that as the name suggests are made from potatoes and are square in shape. As flavours go I'm quite limited to Chicken, Bacon and some Salt and Vinegar types, so when it comes to squares I'll stay solely a creature of habit and stick to the blue packeted ones that I've been eating since I was a much slimmer kid. A bit of a kids crisp in the same vein as Skips, Quavers, Matchsticks, Space Raiders, Frazzles and Hula Hoops, they are targeted at the young and get the customers at an early age that stay with them into adulthood.

              Upon opening the bag, you don't get much of whiff coming out of the bag, but it does look like you get a decent bagful of crisps. Cleverly to do some experiments I put a handful onto some tissues, and they showed a lovely golden brown colour that crisps should always show (unless their covered in some sort of a spice and have a reddish tint), just to show the oils (natures best flavours) have been cooked properly.

              So onto the flavour, something I find hard to do with crisps is "eat 1 at a time", anyone who does it, I feel misses the whole purpose of having a mouth. As a result of shovelling handfuls (or should that be mouthfuls) down at a time, I couldn't (previous to the experiments) tell you what a single square tasted like. So the flavour test is broken into the two methods:

              1 at a time-The crisp is fresh and crunches loudly in your mouth as it's really brittle with an obvious but rather restrained taste overall.
              Lots at a time- The taste of 5 crisps at once magnifies everything exponentially, the crunch is louder, the taste is far stronger and the enjoyment is significantly enhanced. This is the way the crisps are meant to be eaten.

              After having a mouthful you'll agree with every word of that, there is no going back to single crisp eating. The flavour when it's multiplied is nigh on perfect, by Walkers, who know plenty about crisps.

              As I wanted a good view of the crisps for the colour description, I ate the others from the bag and left some on the tissue. Which started to get little wet patches on it from the oil running into the tissue (I think) which seems rather odd. Though on the subject of the oil, these are cooked in sunseed oil, which is higher in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates (the bad ones). This apparently makes them healthier as the saturates are the ones that lead to cholesterol and the dangers linked to that. And better yet, as far as I'm concerned, they've done it with out compromising on taste, something Coca-cola could learn from.

              Nutritional Information per 25g bag:
              108 Calories (5%)
              0.9g Sugars (1%)
              4.5g Fat (6%)
              0.4g Saturates (2%)
              0.6g Salt (9%)

              Overall a snack that is scrumptious in bunches.

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                31.07.2009 14:07
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                A crisp of a kind - not a 'kind' crisp!!

                I was feeling a bit square today, sitting in front of the box watching the Test Match so I popped into the kitchen and had a hunt around in the cupboards. First food than shouted at me was a packet of Cheese and Onion square crisps. Not one to waste an opportunity to do a review, here it goes.

                I'm not sure how long these have been getting produced, but I would say at least 20 years and they have been very popular.

                Flavours

                The crisp comes in for different flavours:

                Salt n Vinegar
                Beef
                Cheese n Onion
                Ready Salted

                I haven't seen the beef ones for a while so maybe they have been discontinued. In the multi packs today however they keep to the other flavours.

                As with many crisps over the years Walkers have tried to make these 'a bit' healthier and they now have 55% less salt than in 2005. They are also cooked in Sunseed Oil which is 'naturally higher in mono-unsaturates, and lower in saturates (the ones to watch).

                Ingredients

                Potato granules (preservative (sodium metabisulphite)),
                Sunflower oil (18%)
                Potato Starch
                Cheese and Onion Flavour
                (lactose (from milk), cheese powder, flavour enhancer(monosodium glutamate), dextrose (from wheat), sugar, flavouring, acidity regulator (calcium lactate), onion powder, colour (paprika extract)), maltodextrin, salt, potassium chloride.

                Suitable for vegetarians
                Suitable for coeliacs

                Nutritional Values per pack

                Energy 95 kcal
                Protein 6.5g
                Carbohydrate 13.4g
                of which sugars 1.0g
                Fat 4.0g
                of which saturates 0.3g
                of which mono-unsaturates 3.1g
                of which polyunsaturates 0.4g
                Fibre 1.2g
                Sodium* 0.16g
                *Equivalent as salt 0.41g

                I must say that I found these crisps extremely hard and greasy. Not greasy as you would get your hands greasy, but like solidified fat built inside the crisp. I am not that keen on these crisps at all. I can honestly understand why these were left in the cupboard, as my wife and children are very keen on eating low fat food.Don't get me wrong I would eat them again (I do like crisps) but it would these would be far down my pecking order.

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