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We all have our little indulgences or bad habits and I'm no exception, for me it's crisps (I can never get enough). Walkers are generally my crisps of choice but sometimes I get bored of the flavours available, seek out greener pastures. When I came across Red Sky I fell in love so imagine my surprise when I discovered that these were in fact made by Walkers.
~Walkers, who are they?~
Walkers is originally a British company (Now owned by PepsiCo) that have been making crisps since the 1880s. With a large range of flavours and varieties (Including Sensations, Baked, Max and Extra Crunchy) they are responsible for 47% of the British crisp market and the website claims that "11 million people will eat a Walkers product every day". Walkers have had Gary Lineker, formerly a Leicester City footballer, has the face of the company for quite some time, highlighting their links to the town of Leicester where the company was born by Henry Walker, a butcher originally by trade.
~Walkers make Red Sky?~
Whilst you'll be hard pressed to find any evidence on the packet, Walkers are indeed behind the new brand but have omitted its more mainstream name and logo from the product in order to create a standalone brand and a move into the higher quality crisp market.
~Why are they different?~
West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese are marketed more as a wholesome, fresh crisp. When you visit beer or food festivals they always have those farmer's fresh type crisps, made free from persavatives and packed with flavour and crunchyness (Think more Kettle and Burts Chips). Well this is the competition that Red Sky aim to take on with more 'life in the country' themed flavours (Roasted Red Peppers & Lime, Sour Cream & Green Herbs and Anglesey Sea Salt as well as West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese) and claim to be 100% natural. Whilst a red sky at night is meant to be good for shepherds (I've never really understood why) these crisps claim that "Red Sky potato chips (Potatoes chips? Wow, they are trying to be posh. Or American maybe.) are our promise of something just as good". "We only use the best incredients to bring you these beautifully crunchy potato chips (They like that term!) which taste as good as you would expect when made with 100% natural seasonings."
~What's in 'em?~
West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese flavour crisps contain "100% natural seasoning" with actual incredients of British potatoes (They're really going over board to tell us that), sunflower oil, sea salt , natural flavouring, dried cream cheese, dreid yoghurt, milk, whey powder, cane sugar, colour (paprika extract) and are suitable for vegeterians. Words of warning to those with allergies, the crisps are made in a factory that also handles wheat, gluten, barley, soya, celery (Are people really allergic to celery?) and mustard.
~What do they taste like?~
When I eat bacon sandwiches I like to put cheese on them (Have you figured out I don't understand the word diet yet?), it's a great combination and walkers have managed to capture this into a packet, it smells like breakfast to me but the nice kind, not greasy spoon. Walkers crunchy have the same consistency (Not as hard as kettle chips but still very crunchy) yet the flavour is far richer than run of the mill bog standard packets, with exactly the right balance. Whilst other crisps can leave a greasy aftertaste (I guess it's the artificial flavouring) you don't get this from Red Sky, I would liken it to the difference between Philadelphia and supermarket own brand cream cheese where essentially you know they're the same thing but the supermarket own brand is cheaper and tastes it. Walkers finally have a crisp that tastes expensive, sounds cheesy (And bacony! Hehe) I know, but words cannot do the taste justice.
~Will they cost the Earth?~
With great indulgence comes a great cost, at approximately £1.79 for 150g (apparently meant for sharing but not in my house) and 59p for a 40g they are not cheap yet there are deals to be had. When Walkers tried to distance themselves from the Red Sky brand the supermarkets obviously didn't pay attention as they are always in the same deals as Walkers Sensations (Which cost around the same price) and if you look around you can often get two bags for £2.50 or 3 for £3, bringing the cost down quite a bit.
~Will they save the Earth?~
Working in partnership with a number of other companies, Red Sky became a founding member of The Prince's Countryside Fund, which was launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010. Walkers source their potatoes, oats and apples from British farms but the new commitment means a pledge that sustainable agricultural practices will be applied on farmed land used, funding, technical support and training will be provided to local farmers and promotion of environmental education and best practices will be shared among their associates and business partners (If even only a small amount of this is carried out it is still a big step in the right direction).
"We're committed to ensuring UK farmland can remain resilient for future generations of farmers. We have long standing contracts with our growers - this means we have a vested interest in their long term viability and can create sustainability strategies collaboratively" says the President of PepsiCo UK & Ireland, Richard Evans (Guilt free eating, give me more).
~What about the nutrition stuff?~
When trying to tighten the waist band crisps are generally not the best thing to eat, at 140 kcal per 30g, 466 kcal per 100g and a whopping 700 kcal per bag (150g) these are no exception (I should probably learn to share). West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese (per 100g) also contains 7.1g of protein, 59.9g carbohydrate (Of which sugar is 2.1g), 20.9g of fat (1.7g saturates), 4.8g fibre and sodium at 0.49g (Equivalent as salt is 1.24g). When I finally get my brain from the Wizard I may begin to know what some of this means, until then you're on your own sorry.
~Where can I buy them~
Waitrose stock Red Sky as well as Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrison's and local shops and supermarkets although they can be difficult to find other than in the larger stores.
~Well... what's the bottom line?~
Whilst I'm never convinced when someone tries really hard to tell me that something is natural, there is a lack of E numbers in the ingredients list. When they were handing out brains they made mine incapable of seeing nutritional information as anything other than swirls on the package, but I'm pretty sure they're not good for me. Whatever, they taste great and as long as supermarkets keep putting them in deals to make them cheaper I'll keep buying them (Plus it's good for the environment, apparently, just in case I need an excuse to keep indulging).
Why does this British company use the awful Americanism of "CHIPS"The crisps were bland a too greasy
When I was younger there only really seemed to be one name when it came to high quality, expensive crisps. I am of course talking about Kettle Chips, however in recent years a number of companies have tried to break into that market and as far as I'm concerned very few have succeeded. There is the odd exception to that rule however and for me one of those is the Red Sky branded West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese. The bacon flavour appealed to me from the first moment I saw these in my local Tesco's and when we finally tried them we were not disappointed.
Who Makes Them
This is where things with this packet of crisps get complicated, well as complicated as a packet of crisps can get. You see despite the rather misleading Red Sky branding these are actually the latest product from Walkers, although don't expect to see the famous logo on the bags. Having tried to launch numerous different types under the Walkers brand it seems they've taken a step to distance the normal range from this new premium branding and it would appear to have worked a treat.
Drawing You In
Perhaps the most notable aspect of these crisps is the unique packaging which, whilst sat on Tesco's selves, really draws your eye. One of the most important factors with a new product is to stand out and with a Sunset the prominent feature of a red and yellow coloured bag. It really jumps off the shelf in the supermarket and that was really the first aspect that drew me to the West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese flavour.
Once you've bought the bag and decided to open her up you are greeted with a very pleasant, yet unmistakable scent of cream cheese. It isn't overwhelming but certainly the Cheese is the overriding scent as you open the bag up. There is a slight hint of Bacon as well and it really compliments the Cheese well. The combination of scents work well together and having found the bag appealing, the scent made me even keener to try one. On the bag it mentions that there is Paprika Extract in the flavourings as well but there would appear to be no hint of it within the aroma.
Finally it comes to the taste test and while my expectations were quite high the end result was certainly no disappointment. With the use of natural flavours it would appear that Walkers have got these just right and as with the aroma the crisp tastes of Cream Cheese, but the West Country Bacon really compliments it. You get a real taste of the flavours unlike the artificial taste that normally accompanies a Walkers branded product, but then you do pay a premium for the privilege.
Whilst getting the favour right was important I think the crunch of the crisp is just as imperative. The actual cut of the crisp is a lot thicker than you would normally find and it's through the cut that Red Sky's appeal really shines through. With the thicker cut you get a crunchier crisp and when you combine that with the excellent choice of flavourings for me Red Sky is a real winner. I've always liked Kettle Chips but found the flavours a bit too standard. With the introduction of the Red Sky range I think Walkers are really going to test their hold on the high end crisp market.
The Cheese and Bacon really work well together and it would seem within the red Sky range that walkers have got the flavours of this bag at least just right. They have a very addictive flavouring and I've certainly found that a bag of these disappears far quicker than is perhaps good for me in terms of calories. The combination of flavour and the crunchiness of the crisp make them a flavour I really enjoy and would without question recommend.
The Boring Bit
The crisps themselves are available from all of the UK's major supermarkets and tend to come in a 150g bag. There are smaller 40g packs starting to appear but these are incredible rare sight at present. The 150g bags usually retail for anything between £1.60 and £1.80 depending on your choice of supermarket, however our local Tesco's retails at £1.75 but regularly have them on offer.
A New Contender
It would be fair to say that although the brand comes from Walkers it was a great idea to distance the parent company from the packaging of these crisps. They are certainly a better quality than the regular Walkers crisps, however you do end up paying for the privilege. The extra cost is well worth it though as the Red Sky Crisps for me are better than the market leading Kettle Chips.
I'm yet to try the other crisps in the Red Sky range, however if they have the mix and blend of the flavours to the same high quality as the West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese they wont go far wrong.
150g bag approx
Of which 3.45g Sugar
...One day I was in Waitrose and really felt like some bacon crisps for some reason. So after searching on the shelf completely dedicated to crisps- I found this brand Red Sky- but let me tell you now I defineitly did NOT pick it up for a good price- it was more of a "what the hell" and into the basket it went....
Taste + Product Quality; I can honestly say I will never by another brand of crisps again. These are the best crisps I have ever encountered. This is probably because they only use Natural ingredients, so real cheese and bacon powder is used in these crisps. The effect was great though they taste oh so meaty with the added help of them being very thick making it like there is something there, unlike other brands - Here is the list then... of all natural ingredients
British Grown potatoes
Dried cream cheese
Dried Yoghurt- Don't ask me why that's in there!
Milky Whey powder
On top of that they are suitable for coeliacs
Smell; The crisps smell very strongly of cheese and slightly like bacon frazzles unsurprisingly they smell allot less artificial to other brands. They smell great.
Packaging; The smell and the taste can definitely define the packaging as the package is incredibly unique and has a red sunset in the background picture hence the title! The packet looks so much better than your usual Walkers bag of crisps.... It is also nice to see a better range of interesting flavours rather than the usual Cheese and Onion and Ready salted!
Value For Money; I am quite prepared to pay the price for theses crisps. As they are the best I have tasted and are individual compared to the boring other flavours. Such as Ready salted. The product quality is also great as it all comes from Gods own kitchen rather than the nasty chemically trash that the school used to cram down you face until Jamie Oliver stepped in. Saying that they are on offer at Tesco + Waitrose for 2 for £3.00 rather than the usual £1.77 per 150 gram pack. I was also impressed by the way they fill about 3/4 of the pack rather than the usual 1/3 in other brands, to make it look as if you are getting more for your money- You really do get more for you money with Red Sky
Verdict; These are the best crisps I have ever tasted and will not cease to buy them no matter what the price. They are Natural- therefore better for you (than other brands) they are individual to other boring flavours such as Prawn Cocktail on top of that you can buy them almost anywhere and contain a mere 183 calories and 0.7 grams of saturated fat per 40 gram serving!
Walkers is a British snack food manufacturer that operates mainly in the United Kingdom and is best known for manufacture of crisps. Red Sky is Walkers' new premium crisp brand. The one I'm writing about is Walkers Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese.
Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese comes in a foil bag that looks very appealing. The brand name of Red Sky is written in black and overlays on sunset looking sky. The product flavour of West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese is written in smaller black and displayed under the logo. Along with packet quantity and other product discription(100% natural ingredients) a small nutrition breakdown is on the bottom of the bag too.
On the back of the bag, you will find more details about Red Sky products, West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese crisps ingredients and nutrition information.
The crisps are kept fresh in the bag. They are in various sizes, but all are quite thick. Different from most crisps produced by Walkers the crisps are golden with a tinge of red.
Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese ingredients include British potatoes, natural sunflower oil, sea salt, natural flovouring, dried cream cheese, dried yoghurt, milk whey powder, cane sugar, colour(paprika extract). It's suitalbe for coeliacs.
Each 40g serving contains 183 calories, 0.9g sugar, 8.4g fat, 0.7g Saturates and 0.5g salt. That provides 768 kj energy that is roughly ten percents of a daily amount for adults. One 150g pack contains approximately 4 servings.
Availability and Price:
In the UK the 150g pcak can be found at most supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Tesco, ASDA, Morrison's just to name a few. The prices vary little and are around £1.50. As a guide the current price at Sainsbury's is £2.50 for 2 bags. The 40g format is availbe in some pubs too.
I love crisps, particularly those made by Walkers. However I didn't know Red Sky is one of Walkers brands until I started to write a review about Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese. Before I tried Red Sky Anglesey Sea Salt Potato Chips and I was really impressed. So I had a high expectation on Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese.
On opening the appealing bag I saw the crisps colour. It has a tinge of paprika extract that just makes my mouth water. I thought it would be a little spicy. Tasting is believing. It does not taste spicy at all. I can not taste any artificial either. These crisps are amazing. They are very crunchy and have a lovely strong taste of the Country Bacon flavour. However I hardly taste the cream cheese flavour. Also due the storng taste of bacon flavour I think Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese is better to come along with beer or wine.
I compared Red Sky West Country Bacon and Cream Cheese with Phileas Fogg Sea Salt & Indonesian Black Peppercorn Flavour Crisps due my curiosity. I found Red Sky has less fat, Saturates and salt than Phileas Fogg.
I find Red Sky to be a better quality crisp than the standard brands of Walkers, Golden Wonder, etc. (Even though they are a subsidiary of Walkers!)
Even the packaging feels more upmarket. It feels like a sturdy paper bag and its foil lined to keep the crisps extra fresh. The packet is also aesthetically pleasing with its sunset sky overlooking a rural English farm scene. It all adds to the appeal of this brand. Red Sky continues to please by stating that the ingredients are 100% natural, the potatoes are British and that the packaging is made from well-managed and sustainable forests. It's good to know that British farmers are being supported and of course that helps the British economy as well.
When you open the packet you get a pleasant gust of the bacon flavour. The crisps themselves are darker, thicker and generally more robust than standard crisps, adding to the sense of premium quality. To eat, they are hard and crunchy but not too hard like Kettle crisps. The taste is a little like traditional smoky bacon. The bacon flavour is satisfying without overpowering and there is just a subtle hint of the cream cheese to offset the bacon. I think the fact that all the ingredients are natural really does stand out giving a proper authentic flavour.
For crisps these are nutritionally not too bad. A 40g bag contains 183 calories and 8.4g of fat, only 0.7g of which is saturated. They don't contain any wheat so they are suitable for coeliacs. However, this flavour isn't suitable for vegetarians.
For all the reasons mentioned above these crisps are usually quite expensive to buy. However, 40g bags are currently available from Home Bargains for just 15p. Get them while you can, as they are worth every penny of that.
I think that this is Walkers jumping on the environmental bandwagon, because if they really cared then all of their crisps would be made this way. They are just trying to appeal to all the environmentally conscious people out there.
On Saturday night our family sits together and watches a DVD. We also have various snacks to much whilst watching, usually some popcorn, crisps and dips. Last week I spotted a display of crisps I hadn't seen before on the supermarket shelf. The crisps were on offer and looked like a new up market brand so I decided to give them a try.
The crisps in question are called Red Sky. They come in a variety of temping flavours including roasted red pepper and lime, Anglesey sea salt, English cheddar and red onion, sea salt and cider vinegar, sour cream and green herbs and the flavour that I chose -West Country bacon and cream cheese.
The packaging states that these crisps are 100% natural and are nature's promise of a good day. There is an appealing picture of a sun set over brown earth all meant to convey that these wholesome product. The ingredients list on the back states that all the ingredients are sourced from the West Country. The main ingredient is potatoes with sunflower oil, sea salt, dried bacon, dried cream cheese and sugar. However as you would probably expect these are no healthy option, with 100 grams of these crisps containing 530 calories and a massive 34.2 grams of fat and 2.0 grams of salt!
There is more information telling you that for each 150 gram bag purchased,10ft2 of rainforest will be purchased in partnership with coolearth.So getting fat can help save the rain forest!
The crisps are a good colour as you would hope with few burnt ones lurking at the bottom of the pack. My all important taste test confirms that these crisps taste delicious and are very moreish! They are quite crunchy and not as greasy as some other brands. The flavours of bacon and cream cheese do come through too. There was no greasy aftertaste with these crisps either. It didn't take my family long to demolish the 150 gram bag!
Next I decided to do a bit of research to find out a bit more about the manufacturer of these crisps. I felt a bit let down to discover they are in fact made by Walkers! Walkers are a subsidiary of PepsiCo. I am a bit suspicious that nowhere on the packet does it mention who the manufacturer is, so can only deduce they don't want you to know! The Red Sky label was launched in the summer of 2009 as Walkers attempt to launch an up market crisp. They are also clearly jumping on the popular environmental theme to help boost sales.
Overall, despite feeling a bit conned I still think these crisps are delicious and a lot nicer than Walkers mainstream offerings. They are a lot more expensive with the RRP of around £1.59 for a 150 gram bag. At the moment they seem to be on offer in several supermarkets for £1. They are also available in smaller packets.
I'm more of a Crisp person than a Cake girl, and like to try out new flavours of Crisps when I see them. I spotted these Crisps in Tesco next to the Kettle Chips bags, and this 100g bag cost me £1.45. The same price as most other premium brand Crisps, and much the same quantity.
The pack is a thick pack. It is easy enough to open at the top, but a little stiffer feeling packet that cheaper bags. The colouring on the bag is a merge of yellow and red with the writing in black. A nice looking bag and it looks quite expensive. On the bag is states that these Crisps are made with 100% natural ingredients.
When you open the bag you get a nice scent of the flavouring of the Crisps. The smell is of Sour Cream with a lighter Cream Cheese mixed with a Meaty, Smokey Bacon scent. Upon feeling the Crisps they are slightly oily feeling, but with a nice grainy covering of flavouring.
The Crisps are a light brown colouring and very crisp and hard. The Crisps have a slight curve to them, and some are curled up. When you bite into them the crunch a lot and they are nice, but perhaps a little bit too hard.
I liked the flavouring of these, as it is different to other Crisps out there, and I will be trying other flavouring in the range, but I would rather they weren't as Crunchy as what they are.
A pricey Crisp, but worth the money.
I bought a large bag of these crisps a while back because they were a new brand and were therefore on offer as a way of promoting them. There is a lot of competition out there in the 'big bag of posh crisps' market, but these are my favourites by far.
Bacon and cream cheese is a wonderful combo of flavours. They taste more bacony than cream cheesey but there is a nice hint of cheese so that neither flavour is too overpowering. If you're a fan of simple bacon flavour then you will almost certainly enjoy these.
The packaging is really attractive in my opinion and creates a lovely warm feeling towards these crisps more so than any others on the market. They also sell them in a smaller individual size pack, although you do pay over the odds for them (well worth it though, in my opinion).
The crisps themselves are lovely and thick, such as you would get with Kettle Crisps, and a big bag does well for nibbles at a party. I have introduced several friends to these crisps and they have all loved them.
If you're into your 'posh crisps' then definitely give these a try. They give their more established competitors a good run for their money.
Maybe it is just me but there seems to be a lot of new variety of 'Posh' crisps brands at the moment which cost a lot more money than normal brands of crisps.
My brother picked these crisps up in Morrissons they were £1.49 for a 150g or 2 for £2, seeing as he was visiting my house I of course asked him if I could try his crisps!
The first thing I noticed about the pacakaging is that the bag feels very papery, on the front of bag is an orangey/red sky scene with a picture of a tractor and you can just make out a house and trees.
Opening the bag I could straight away smell a bacon flavour crisp but there was no smell of cheese, the coating inside the bag is white and looks plastic rather than a foil that you find with a lot of crisp bags.
Looking at the crisps they look golden brown and come in various sizes but there does not seem to be any tiny small crisps and like other posh brands no green crisps!
British Potatoes, Natural Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Natural Flavouring, Dried Bacon, Dried Cream Cheese, Dried Yoghurt, Milk Whey Powder, Cane Sugar, Colour (Paprika Extract)
Suitable for Coeliacs
-What Do I Think?-
Well it says on the bag that the flavour is Bacon & Cream Cheese but to me there is not a slightest hint of cheese, maybe because there is such a strong bacon taste. My brother and husband also tried these and they to could not taste any cheese, my husband thought the bacon was too strong but I love bacon crisps so these are perfect for me!
When I tried the crisps they were very crunchy but not hard and WoW it was a good thing that these were my brothers crisps or I would have eaten the whole pack as they were so moreish!
I have tried lots of different brands of crisps recently and these are one of my favourites, the crisps seem a lot thicker and there is no sign of grease on the crisps or inside the crisp bag.
Would I buy these again? - Yes even though I cannot taste any cheese I would but only if they were on offer as I think £1.49 a bag is just too expensive when there are other good brands around which are a lot cheaper.
of which sugars 2.3g
of which saturates 1.7g
*equivalent as salt 1.27g
I've just had a wicked bag of crisps and I've never seen them before so I thought they must be new but now I look there are already a few reviews about them so I must be behind the times!
The flavour is West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese and they are delish. They taste a bit like smoky bacon crisps but you can taste the cream cheese and that makes the crisps less salty and makes they feel a bit creamy to eat even though they're proper crunchy crisps.
They have got a nicer texture than Walkers crisps because they're a bit thicker and have got a wicked crunch as you eat them. My favourite ones are the crisps that have folded over the top of each other because they are crunchier than ever.
I love the flavour of these because they are so yummy and have got such an unusual taste that I've never tasted before. The bacon flavour is quite natural tasting and it's blended so good with the cream cheese that you can pick the 2 flavours out seperately and they are proper tasty.
The normal size pack of Red Sky crisps cost 60p and that's a bit dear for a bag of crisps but these are a bit posh and come in those papery bags like Kettle Chips. These are loads better than Kettle though and I love them so much that I'm going to go to Sainsburys and get one of the bigger bags instead.
I first tried these due to my sister raving about them. I am a big savoury snack fan and after hearing such good things, couldn't resist giving them a try when I spotted them in my local supermarket. First impressions of the packaging were good. The front of the packaging is very attractive and contains elements of the 'natural goodness' persona which is quite prominent on the back of the packet. The words 'nature' and 'natural' are mentioned on the packaging at least seven times overall. It is also made apparent on the reverse of the packet that 'Red sky' will commit to buy and protect 10 square feet of rainforest if you purchase a large 150g packet of their crisps- another bonus for nature lovers. As it turns out, the ingredients are pretty 'natural' compared to other crisps: British potatoes, natural sunflower oil, sea salt, natural flavouring (whatever that means), dried bacon, dried cream cheese, dried yoghurt, milk whey powder, cane sugar, colour (paprika extract).
So how do they taste? Pretty near perfect to me. As a life long crisp connoisseur, I find very little not to like about these crisps. There is an almost equal distribution of both the cheese and bacon flavour and they complement each other perfectly. These crisps have just enough flavour and are fairly thick and crunchy and most importantly- not greasy. I personally love them and on that note, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to the cupboard to go and munch some.
I was doing my weekly shop today at the Co-op and I fancied something savoury. Wandering down the crisp aisle I spied something I hadn't tried before. The flavour of the crisps is what jumped out at me first - West country bacon and cream cheese. I am a huge fan of both so what could be better than a crisp that combines the two? I paid around £1.40 for a 150g bag of these so not that cheap really.
Red Sky potato chips come in a 150g bag made of paper that kind of feels waxy. The inside is a sort of silver foil. It is yellow and red with a silhouette of a farm on the bottom. Looking at the packet I am pleasantly surprised to see that their packaging comes from FSC certified mixed sources. FSC certified means that the packaging is sourced from well managed sustainable forests, and in today's environment, that is extremely important.
The crisp itself:
These flat cut potato crisps are of varying sizes, with my bag leaning towards the smaller - perfect size for putting the whole thing in your mouth! All the crisps were generously and evenly flavoured, none were burnt and all were perfectly crunchy. The grease factor was low, leaving little grease on your fingers, but a fair amount of flavouring.
Excellent. I can't comment on whether the bacon tastes like it is from the West Country, but it did have an excellent crispy bacon flavour. The cream cheese flavour sometimes tasted more like sour cream, but there were times when it really did taste like cream cheese straight from a tub. If there was a criticism on the taste, it would be that the cream cheese flavour slightly overpowered the bacon flavour. Overall a very tasty and slightly tangy flavour that stayed on your taste buds for a while after you had finished.
They claim all the ingredients are 100% natural. The crisps contain British potatoes, natural sunflower oil, sea salt, natural flavouring, dried bacon, dried cream cheese, dried yoghurt, milk whey powder, cane sugar and paprika for colour.
The crisps are therefore suitable for the gluten intolerant. However, they will not be suitable for vegetarians or people with lactose intolerance.
Being a crisp, they are not healthy and are best enjoyed in moderation. This particular crisp has low levels of saturated fat which is great, and low levels of sugar. But is still high in calories, salt and fat overall.
Per 100g - 458 kcal, 7.2g protein, 60.2g carbohydrate of which 2.3g is sugar, 20.9g of fat of which 1.7g is saturated fat, 4.8g fibre and 0.50g of sodium equivalent to 1.27g of salt.
A very tasty crunchy crisp that I found extremely hard to stop eating...And as a bonus, each time you purchase a bag, the company commits to purchasing and protecting 10 square feet of rainforest so you feel like you've done something good for the environment when you buy these.
I decided to give these a go when I saw them on offer in my local Tesco; two 150g bags for £2, (usually £1.47 per bag).
Red Sky crisps seem to be the new kid on the block, and I assume, a rival to Kettle Chips (which I'm not a fan of); therefore it is unlikely that I would've bought these if they hadn't been the only crisps on offer at the time.
Red Sky crisps also come in smaller 40g bags (around the 60p mark), and currently the only flavours I've come across are the bacon & cheese, and sea salt flavours.
The packaging is fairly distinctive, and yes the colouring does somewhat resemble that of a red sky.
The actual packet is more of a papery feel than your standard crisp bag, and when reading the blurb on the back there are various mentions of where the packaging has come from (along with the 'Forest Stewardship Council' logo to back this up).
I'm not one for all this eco panic, but I did like that the pack states that "each time you buy a bag of this size we commit to purchase & protect 10ft [squared] of rainforest".
The ingredients list was a less concerning read than other crisps I've bought recently. The pack claims 100% natural ingredients; British potatoes, natural sunflower oil, dried bacon, dried cream cheese, dried yoghurt, milk powder, cane sugar, & paprika extract (for colour). These crisps are suitable for coeliacs too, but obviously not veggies!
Per 40g serving you will find:
183 Calories; 0.9g Sugar; 8.4g Fat; 0.7g Sat Fat; 0.5g Salt.
OK... so they're no diet food but I've definitely seen worse nutritional content in packs of crisps!
Enough of the facts and blurb...
**Are they yummy?**
On opening the pack I was greeted with a pleasantly strong bacon/ham smell, with a hint of cheese, and various sized golden crisps.
The crisps themselves aren't as 'clean-cut' as you would expect from a brand such as Walkers for example, but I think this is due to the method of production. Some of the crisps were stuck together a little (the way thicker crisps tend to).
When shoving some into my greedy gob, I was met with a perfectly crispy crisp! You can tell that these have been dealt with in a different manner to other crisps, as the slivers of potato have been cut slightly thicker to give a better crunch to them. The oil seems to have helped this, but unlike Kettle Chips (which I can't eat as I find them disgustingly greasy), Red Sky have got it just right in my opinion.
Aside from the actual texture being a pleasant surprise, the flavour was so much better than I was expecting.
You really can taste the bacon (but not in a horrible sickly sweet manner, as with artificial flavourings), and this is complimented by a creamy cheese undertone. Again, this is strong enough to be recognised, but not so much as to overwhelm the saltiness of the bacon.
In a strange way, the flavour reminds me of the saltier (& stronger) tasting ham flavoured crisps that we used to buy abroad on the continent when I was a kid. Maybe this is another reason why I like these so much... holiday memories!
**So's... what's your reckoning?**
Well... these definitely have my vote, and I will be buying them again for sure.
These probably aren't for those who don't like whiffy crisps, as the flavour is very prevalent. Similarly, I love salty snacks; but if you're not overly keen on salt, these may not be for you (as the bacon flavour is very, well... 'bacony' & salty)!
As far as I'm concerned, I would buy Red Sky crisps over their rivals any day...
Driving back from North Wales last weekend me and my daughter stopped off for some munchies in a local garage, we had two of my granddaughters in the car with us and we adults were absolutely starving so I don't like to think about how hungry the girls' were.
After filling a basket with 'kiddie' treats I started perusing the shelves for something a little more grown up for me and their mum - the grown up items eventually turning out to be a large bag of Cadbury's Peanuts and a packet of Red Sky crisps each.
Wow is all I can say, I think I've found my new favourite crisp!
The flavour I chose was Country Bacon and Cream Cheese while my daughter had something equally nice tasting, Salt & Pepper I think although I could well be wrong about this as I was enjoying my own munchies so much that I took very little notice of what she was eating.
These crisps are fairly small in size, much smaller than Walkers are making their crisps just lately, and are visibly coated in a pale orange flavouring the scent of which is apparent as soon as a opened the rather nice waxy paper packet.
The first thing I noticed was that although these are marketed as slightly posher crisps than the norm they have not jumped on the bandwagon of making incredibly hard and crunchy crisps, as Kettle and the premium supermarket brands. I almost broke a tooth on a Sainsbury's Taste the Difference crisp the other day and as I have very few teeth of my own left I shall certainly not be eating anything like those again. Instead these have a similar texture to Walkers and are crispy with a slightly softer texture which means they melt down nicely in my mouth on the occasions where I decide to allow myself to savour the delicious flavour of the crisps rather than just chewing them up piggy-style!
The flavour of these crisps is nothing short of divine in my opinion. They have a mild bacon taste which is absolutely nothing like your bog standard Smoky Bacon crisps, it's actually more of a ham flavour in my opinion very similar to the Honey Roast Ham flavour that Walkers brought out as part of their Sensations range for Christmas. It blends beautifully with the cream cheese flavour and together the two very different tastes give a slightly sweet, very moreish taste which makes them feel (to me) like they are the most premium crisps I have tasted in a long time.
I really like the inclusion of the cream cheese which I believe actually does make the flavour seem very creamy, which might seem an odd thing to say after mentioning how delightfully crunchy these crisps are! This flavour works extremely well with the bacon/ham meatiness of the crisps and adds a deeper dimension to the overall taste of them.
I shall certainly be buying these Red Sky crisps again, even with their 60p price tag for a normal sized bag! I may even venture into other flavours, although even if I don't these Country Bacon and Cream Cheese will keep me interested for some time to come!