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      26.10.2008 01:24

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      Spicy crisp, unique flaour, but best left to the adults

      Doritos Extreme Chilli Heatwave does exactly what it says on the packet....it explodes in your mouth in a wave of chilli hotness, and as it travels down your throat, it leaves a pleasant burning tingling sensation, leaving you wnating more and more and more.

      I love crisps, but in my opinion there is few crisps out there that have a really distinctive flavour. But this one is definitely a unique taste that you can dustinguish form any other crisp variety even with your eyes closed.

      These corn chips come in a distinctive red packet emblazoned with the Doritos logo, in either a small 40g pack, bigger 140g, and then the share size of 245g. It sadly has a lot of calories per pack, but come on, it's a crisp....what do you expect! Salt contnet is reasonable, at only 0.4g for a 40g pack, so at least ypu can soothe your conscience there a bit.

      This is probably not the best crisp to buy for your kids, as some of them might find the spiciness too much. Oooo, something for the adults then, nice!

      Crack one open today amigos, and feel the burn!

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      13.09.2008 00:16
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      Work best with a bowl of hot chilli

      You will never eat another brand or flavour of mexican corn snack once you have tasted these. I just can't let go of these. Nothing else matters when it comes to a similar snack.
      They are great just straight out of the bag.
      They really do the trick when you have a dip with them, not just the typical mexican salsa dip, but practically any dip will do. I like those 4 in one plastic tray dips you get in most supermarkets, with cheese & chive, Garlic, Onion, and thousand island.
      But I will tell you when these hot doritis really come into their own - when you are sitting in front of the telly with a steamong great bowl of chilli con carne and white rice. Don;t even attempt to use a knife, fork or spoon to eat the chilli - that is what these doritos are for. They are a perfect little ashovel shape for gathering the lovely chilli up and sticking it in your gob!

      Oh yum

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        16.08.2008 00:56
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        Great little Mexican treat

        Doritos Extreme Chilli Heatwave are an established snack bag on the market that are suitable for fans of potato crisps with a bit of bite, a bit of blast from their bag.

        Currently retailing at about 50p for a single bag, these bad boys are priced in line with similar snacks on the market.

        These crisps have a nice strong chilli flavour. To be honest, the flavour is very similar to chilli flavour McCoys. While the flavour is strong, it's certainly quite tame. This snack will not blow your boots off.

        The smell of these crisps is a big plus point for me, similar to a spicy chicken wing, and we all love them.

        I think Doritos have made a great effort here in reproducing a taste of Mexico inside a crisp bag. The outside of the bag is pretty standard bland Doritos style, but the inside is like downtown Mexico city.

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          16.08.2008 00:17
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          A Nice Change

          I'd not had these chilli heatwave Doritos in such a long time that when I spotted a bag next to my usual Cheese and Onion Walkers in the garage today I decided to have them for a mid morning snack. They cost 47p for a standard sized bag but I know you can also get them quite a bit cheaper in multi packs from the supermarket.


          These come in a red bag with the words "chilli heatwave" emblazened on the front in a funky font so it's obvious to anyone thinking of trying them that they're not going to be mild and dainty!


          They're not overly hot though when you first bite into this which is what I think is so nice about them. You start off with a spicy, sweet taste in your mouth then as you work your way down the bag, you begin to notice the heat that lingers after every crisp.


          The texture is up there with McCoys I think. These aren't crisps exactly but tortilla chips and they have a lovely thick, bumpy texture to them. The only thing I'd say against these spicy, tasty corn chips is that they are unfortunately extremely high in fat. I looked at the back of the packet when I was eating them earlier (I know, I'm such a girl in my old age!) and noticed that there was around 10g of fat in the bag that I was eating. That's an awful lot of fat to have in a small snack.

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          22.07.2008 20:25
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          Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm

          I love foods with a strong flavour and anything chilli flavoured is fine by me. I've tried McCoys Chilli crisps and thought that they were brilliant until I wandered into Tesco's and saw a bright red packet that caught my attention and turned out to be these Doritos Extreme Chilli Heatwave Crisps.

          Basically they are a tortilla chip, excellent seeing as this means they tend to contain a lot less fat and salt than normal crisps. I find tortillas too dry on their own and so normally I like them dipped in a tomatoey dip. I didn't have to do that with these though because they have a brilliant chilli flavouring all over them. it gives them a kind of orange colour, not at all offputting.

          They are a very crunchy snack which is great because I for one really don't like soft tortillas. These have a great way of snapping inbetween your teeth. The smell is very strong and will make you sneeze if you inhale it to much. The taste is the best part of all, it's really strong, not recommended for those who don't like spices. They really do live up to their name of "Extreme Chilli Heatwave" It does overcome you like a wave of pure chilli and after about 10 of them your mouth will be probably starting to burn.

          I really l;ike them because they are less fattening than other crisps such as the McCoys chilli flavour which is great because I eat to many snacks than I should so I always appreciate something that isn't too high in fat and salt.

          Overall a fantastic tasting tortilla chip, yummm!

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          13.07.2008 21:53
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          Love them!

          As a lover of all things snacks based as I'm a piglet and also loving chilli in anything of course, these are a firm favourite of mine! Take a look at the ratings given from other reviewers on this site alone and you know I'm going to have the same opinion as them. Unless you don't like chilli I don't see how you could diss these! In which case don't buy them. It's that simple.


          Now let me just set the record straight before I start. Other reviewers call these crisps in the main. It's misleading as we are used to a crisp being a potato! No tatties are used in the making of these. The correct term for these is a corn chip. The reason? They are made of corn! People tend to forget to mention this fact! So in effect it is a tortilla! Traditionally can be baked or fried or a combination of both.

          The Packaging....

          Dark red foil bag. On the front in large white writing I'm told they are Doritos, Chilli Heatwave and under that there is a picture of a couple of yummy looking Dorito's. On the the bottom right hand corner there is an at a glance nutritional chart on and on the bottom right hand corner in black the size is stated (in my case 40g). On the back of my packet the right hand side currently has a promotion advertised and on the right hand side I have full nutritional values stated, contact details for Walker's (the manufacturers of Doritio's) and there is a bar code. The size is stated yet again, best before date is shown and the recycle symbol is on there.

          The Anticipation....

          Open the bag and you are greeted with a sweet almost meaty but certainly savoury smell which is very strong and tempting!

          The Taste....

          Delicious providing you like corn and chilli of course! Appearance wise they are large triangles and dark orange in colour and of course some edges are upturned and set and some get inevitably broken. Scrape or lick that orange flavouring off the underneath is golden. Rough in texture with little dark flecks of corn kernel adorn the chip. They are robust and none flaking and if desired these could hold a dip of your choice.

          Biting them they have a deep crunch and don't snap all over the place which makes this an unmessy snack. The only way you do get a bit messy is within your fingernails because the flavouring that actually clings to the chip very well as it's a bit moist does come off and get lodged which means licking fingers is a necessity! The flavouring isn't powdery at all although it coats the chip.

          None greasy on the fingers or in the mouth these just have a delicious flavour to them all round. The only problem is how moreish they are!

          Verdict....

          Walker's Dorito's are a quality product and in my mind much better than any rivals. They've got these completely right. My packet is full and my product is always fresh. These are not just a snacking snack but have more substance and actually do fill a hunger gap though they are not at all heavy.

          I like the way they are not sickly or too sweet and don't heat up the more you eat. The flavour stays consistent. Nicely seasoned and they really lack no flavour in any way. The flavour is perfectly blended and don't set your tongue on fire though do give me a tingle on the tip of my tongue but they don't set me on fire! They are not too overpowering on the chilli due to the sweetness and so much so you can taste the corn and other flavours as well.

          Around 45p a bag found in most supermarket's and local convenience stores and garages etc and can be purchased in big bags and multi bags!

          Nutritonal Values.. Per 40g Bag (Which I'm reviewing).

          Energy 200kcal
          Protein 3g
          Carbohydrate 23g
          of which is sugars 1.6g
          Fat 11g
          of which is saturates 0.9g
          of hich is mono-unsaturates 8g
          of which is polyunsaturates 1.2g
          Fibre 1.2g
          Sodium 0.22g
          Equivalent as salt 0.55g

          Suitable for vegetarians.

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            18.05.2008 12:22
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            Love'em

            Doritos are definitely one of my favourite crisps ever, they are just so tasty. After one packet I need another and another and so on... I love them!

            Doritos are triangular shaped crisps cooked in a Mexican way, the chilli flavoured ones have a red colour that later leaves your fingers red.

            Chilli Heat wave Doritos are my favourite flavoured dorito crisps, they have a hot chilli flavour, but not too hot which is good because they don't burn up your mouth. They are crunchy and taste really nice. It also seems to have spices added to it which makes it naturally great.

            They come in a bright red packet due to the "heat" theme, it makes sense and looks quite catchy. The Doritos logo is in the middle of the packet and some of the crisps are below.

            An individual packet of these crisps will cost you about 40-50p but could cost more. You can also get multipacks with the other Doritos flavoured crisps.

            These crisps are definitely one of my favourite crisps and if you haven't tried them before, I highly recommend them.

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              14.03.2008 22:34
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              Superb mexican crisps with a unique look, smell and taste. Very yummy and somewhat hot!

              These crisps are very nice due to their diversity and subtle flavour. They aren't actually hot in taste whatsoever. They are hotter than other crisps, but they don't burn your mouth by any means! The taste is more spicy and unique rather than a burning sensation. Even the smell is nice as they smell of some speciality oriental delicacy.

              They come in bright red packets perhaps to emphasise the 'heat' aspect of them. The new design packet has a different style logo and look. The Doritos logo is to the top of the packet and is quite a unique logo. The logo is in white letters outlined in red and black with more colours around the dot on the 'I' and the logo design. Below is the flavour - Chilli Heatwave. There is also a picture of the crisps on the front as to how they are shaped. It doesn't show the particular look of this flavour as the crisps appear to be plain with no colouring of flavours on them. At the bottom of each pack are the guideline daily amounts along with the contents of the packet. The packet isn't crammed full with stuff and is very simple.

              The rear side of the packet goes on about why Doritos are so special, having being made the traditional Mexican way. It gives a rough explanation of how they achieve this traditional way of cooking and what is done. They also boast about how they use sunseed oil, which is naturally lower in saturates and the crisps have 75% less fat than in 2006. The rest of the back contains ingredients, nutritional information and contact information. The whole layout on the back and front is very simple and easy to follow.

              Ok, straight to the taste now. Well, the shape of these crisps is triangular and they have quite a crunchy texture. They are different in the way that some are curled and others are straight. They are all made to the same size, but you will normally find a few small bits at the bottom of each pack from the ones that have broken up. They have an orange look to them with a messy texture as they are coated in the intense flavouring. As I pop one in my mouth, the immediate strong flavour fills my mouth. I then start to crunch it and I get to the original taste of the crisp after taking off the flavouring. The crisp itself tastes lovely like good-quality Mexican Nachos. They taste rather sweet and have a few mild spices in them. After having a whole pack, your mouth will feel slightly hot but not as hot as you could imagine! They smell very nice like some kind of oriental snack, and this is very appetizing.

              In comparison to other crisps I have had, their nutritional information isn't as bad at all. They are very unique to other flavours, and the actual flavouring of the crisps is delightful! Considering you can buy a 40g packet for 39p, this isn't bad at all. They are a few pennies more than some other crisps, but boy is it worth it! They are unique and their flavour must be addicting for some!

              Thanks for reading,

              - Recon -

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                09.11.2005 14:28
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                Probalby the tasiest savoury snack in the world

                As a lover of crisps and peanuts, in fact all things snacky, it is no surprise to find another review in my small portfolio dedicated to a savoury snack. Anyone who read my Chilli flavoured peanut review will know that I like snacks with a bit of "zip". Well….a LOT of zip, actually. These Doritos Extreme Chilli Heatwave certainly have the "zip" factor and are currently my favourite "crisp". Of course Doritos are not technically a "crisp" as such, because they are a corn snack, but you know what I mean…..they come in packets and are found on the crisps shelf in the supermarket.

                I'd like to say that I stumbled upon these by accident and have been hooked ever since, but that would be a lie. The truth is that I wrote to Walkers back in 2001, or whenever it was, and demanded they make some new tasty crisps instead of the boring cheese & onion ones. I had, by this time, outgrown Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce and Tomato Ketchup flavours. Strangely enough they never replied, but they did bring out these………and I was waiting!

                (To be honest I didn't really write to Walkers at all…..that was just a bit of artistic licence, commonly known as a downright lie!) Anyway; on with the review….


                ***** The Basics *****

                Doritos Extreme corn chips are produced by Walkers and, according to their own advertising, are made the traditional Mexican way…… "The best corn is ground into a soft dough, it is then shaped, lightly toasted and quickly dried before being seasoned". The other flavours available are Cool Original and Tangy Cheese plus in the "Extreme" range - Tandoori Sizzler. In addition there are also a range of flavours in Doritos Dippas and Doritos Latinos.


                ***** Taste and Consistency *****

                Doritos corn chips are a kind of triangular shape. They are quite thick (compared to crisps) and rough to the touch. On the Chilli Heatwave flavour, the chilli flavouring is quite visible with a thick coating and has a red colour seemingly sprinkled over the yellow (.. ish) corn chip.

                When first opening the packet you get a waft of sweet spiciness and you are just drooling to get one in your mouth. First taste reveals a crunchy and spicy corn chip. It's more tangy, to my taste buds, rather than hot and would probably be better described as Sweet Tangy Chilli flavour rather than Chill Heatwave. It's warm enough and sweet enough, though, that you wouldn't want too much at one time.


                ***** Presentation and Packaging *****

                Chilli Heatwave come in a dark red foil packet (which is recyclable) with the Doritos registered trademark logo emblazoned on the front. Underneath this is the "EXTREME crunch & flavour OVERLOAD" logo and another little box declaring that these are "Chilli Heatwave flavour corn chips". Just in case you are completely dumb and still think you've got something else, there is a picture of two corn chips. So, there's really no mistaking what you've got here then!
                On the reverse side of the packet are the usual consumer nutritional information, ingredients, Customer Services address and Best Before date.

                To my knowledge these Doritos come in three different size packets. If you buy them as singles packets, the standard size is 40g, but you can also get a large family pack of 200g. Now here's the con. If you buy a multipack, the packets look exactly the same but are only 33g. So not quite the saving that you might expect!

                ***** Price and Availability *****

                Obviously prices vary from shop to shop, but the 40g pack will set you back 28p in Tesco, but could cost as much as 40p in a vending machine. The large family pack of 200g is £1.08. A multipack of 10 packs costs £1.38, but bear in mind that these are smaller packets (33g). These are exceedingly popular snacks and being such a major brand as Walkers, are readily available in all good grocery and newsagent stores (as well as many bad ones).

                ***** Ingredients & Nutritional Information *****

                These Doritos are supposedly packaged in a protective atmosphere, like all Walkers products. Without boring you too much, the main ingredients include whole maize kernels, sugar, sweetener, salt and various numerous flavourings.
                As stated on the back of the pack, these are suitable for Vegetarians and contain a source of phenylalanine (whatever the hell that is!).

                A typical 40g packet contains a wapping 10.4g Fat (4.8g saturated), 200 calories and 0.4g of Salt! Phew! Not sure how that compares to standard crisps, though I suspect that there might be a bit more fat in crisps, but possibly less Saturates.

                ***** Customer Service and Information *****

                Customer Services are contactable at the following address:

                Consumer Services department
                Walkers Snack Foods Ltd
                PO Box 23
                Leicester LE4 8ZU

                In addition Walkers website has good information on all their products at:

                http://www.walkers.co.uk


                ***** Conclusion *****

                As you would expect from Walkers, these are another quality product. I haven't tried other similar corn chips, such as supermarket own brands, to compare these against. Even so, I wholeheartedly and unreservedly recommend you give these a try. As mentioned before, these are my favourite so it's difficult to give an unbiased opinion (that and the fact that I've got shares in Walkers!)

                Thanks for reading. Cheers!

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                  29.07.2004 16:40
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                  I adore savoury snacks, but sometimes get bored with standard, run of the mill ordinary crisps, no matter how many trillions of flavours they come in these days. And sometimes the very (small) health conscious part of me worries about the amount of salt in crisp products. So, I had a savoury snack attack and was on the look out for an alternative when I spotted Doritos ?Extreme Crunch & Flavour Overload? Chilli Heatwave corn chips. At 39p for a 40g bag from the local corner shop, I thought they were relatively good value. I normally associate corn chips with delicious salsa dip, but decided to give these a go without it, because I had been promised a taste sensation. ***Packaging*** A very bright dark red bag with the Dorito?s logo emblazoned across it, with New Flavour flagged across the top right of the pack, and the delicious promise of the taste to come underneath the logo, and an attractive picture of a couple of inviting corn chips. On the reverse you have the usual blurb, a little bit of marketing speak on the left, with the ingredient listings, and consumer address on the right of the pack. ***The Eating Experience*** On opening the pack you are accosted by a kind of sweet but savoury, and somewhat earthy smell, (the chilli I guess) and it really does kind of make your mouth water. The corn chips are rough to the touch and feel kind of ?floury? but this is from the thick coating of chilli flavouring on the chips themselves. The coating is deep red in colour and does stain your fingers, so be warned! The corn chips really are very crunchy, satisfyingly so, and take quite a lot of chewing so you do feel like you?ve eaten something! Now, I like spicy food, my friends tell me I have a mouth like asbestos, and would never be brave enough to eat any ?hot? foods that I cook, so I wa
                  s really looking forward to an extremely hot chilli sensation. The first Dorito warmed my mouth, but extreme heat it was not. Never mind, I thought perhaps after a few more, the heat sensation would build as I introduced more chilli sensation ?. But alas, it did not! Just a pretty consistent warming glow. Whilst this WAS disappointing for me, the taste was still nice, and I would say that perhaps other people might find this product ?hot?, but I can only base this on my own experience! ***Availability*** A well known brand made by Walkers, their distribution is pretty widespread from supermarkets to corner shops. I paid 39p for my 40g pack from the corner shop, but you can buy in multipacks from supermarkets to save on pennies. However, it?s approximately now 40p for a 25g back of crisps, so I would say that this is pretty good value overall. ***Competition*** Corn chips are a very popular product these days and you get a lot of own brand makes available in supermarkets these days. And I?ve certainly had a ?hotter? product from Sainsbury?s own brand range, although the overall quality I would say is slightly poorer. Certainly not quite so crunchy. ***Ingredients*** The product is suitable for veggies. But it does contain a source of phenylalanine, because it has aspartame (artificial sweetener) in it. Salt content is reasonable at 0.4g for a 40g pack, which is generally much better than crisps. I was quite horrified at fat content though! I was always under the impression that corn chips were oven baked and therefore better for you than crisps ? well, I have to think again, and open my eyes! This innocent 40g bag has 196 calories, and 10.4g fat (4.8g saturated). Sadly (!) I?ve lost my Weight Watchers points counter, but my head tells me that?s a
                  lot of points. Lots of calories and lots of fat. On closer inspection to rear of packet I see why ? ?Doritos taste so amazing because they are made the traditional Mexican way. The best corn is ground into soft dough. It is then shaped, lightly toasted and quickly fried (aha!) before being seasoned for that extreme chilli heatwave flavour?. ***Customer Service*** If not satisfied with the product you can contact:- Consumer Services Department Walkers Snack Foods Ltd PO Box 23 LEICESTER LE4 8ZU ***Conclusion*** Hot stuff they are NOT! But quality product it is. If you want a gently warming taste sensation then give these a try. Although generally disappointed that they didn?t meet my overall expectations, they have highlighted that it is possible to have a tasty alternative to crisps. But all I?ve done is compensated for over indulging in salt for over indulging in fat instead ?. Oh well, comfort eating always comes at a price doesn?t it ? ! Thanks for reading. Christina ;-)

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