“ Brand: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
I might be a little late for reviewing this crisp curiousity, but now here goes my review for the "Flavour Cup" Walker variety "Cheeseburger". Of course, this flavour stands for the taste of the U.S.A. ! As most of you can guess, this is not a regular flavour. Walkers started a little competition between the countries, producing a new flavour for various countries around the world. Consumers have the possibility to vote for their favourite flavour online or by text message! Prices were also to be won by taking a picture of yourself enjoying your favourite new flavour. Sadly this competition was only open to Britain and Ireland, but at least I was able to try out the new flavours over here in Germany! ;) My parents were so kind to bring me for multipacks from their last trip to England, so I was able to try them all out! The packaging As usual, these crisps can be bought in big multipacks containing smaller packages. Each multipack contains three different flavours of geographically related countries. The "American Cheeseburger" variety was sold in the "Americas Unitd" pack which also contained the flavours "Argentiean Flame Grilled Steak" and "Brazilian Salsa". The "American Cheeseburger" bag is decorated with the Americen flag and really looks quite nice. The back of the package shows the nutritional values and gives the consumer information about the "Flavour Cup". Taste and smell When I opened the bag, I was really oberwhelmed by the smell. These crisps really smell like cheeseburgers! I've been a vegetarian for a few years now and I really miss cheeseburgers, so I was positively surprised when I was greeted by the McDonalds-worthy scent of a burger! So the smell is really authentic. It smells abit sour but cheesy at the same time. The taste also comes really close to the real deal. I think I would have recognized the flavour even if I hadn't known it was supposed to be cheeseburger flavour. You get the taste of beef, cheese, ketchup and gerkins. On the downside, I found the whol composition slightly too sour. Back then when I used to eat cheeseburgers, I always got right of the gerkin bit before taking a bite, but with these crisps you can't just do that. ;) Altogether, I really tzhink this flavour is a success and I might even go as far as saying it is my favourite out of the Flavour Cup - but it would have been even more pleasant if they had made it a little less sour. The ingredients American Cheeseburger Flavour Potatoe Crisps ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), American Cheeseburger Seasoning.Argentinean Flame Grilled Steak Seasoning: Salt, Flavourings, Mustard, Dried Milk Whey, Milk Lactose, Cheese Powder (From Milk), Dried Onion, Dried Tomato, Paprika Extract, Vinegar, Sugar, Citric Acid, Caramel. Nutritional values (per 25g pack) Energy 545 kJ / 131kcal Protein 1,5g Carbohydrate 12,6g of which sugars 0.3g Fat 8.3g of which saturates 0.6g of which mono-unsaturates 6.7g of which polysaturates 0.5g Fibre 1.0g Sodium* 0.12g *Equivalent as Salt 0.31g Price I do not know the exact price of these crisps, but I suppose you can expect the ordinary price for Walkers crisps. A single pack should be about 60p. Conclusion I really had fun trying out this nw flavour - it's tasty and defnitely something different. However I really find it too sour to enjoy it regulary, which is why I am taking away one star. But I really recommend trying this out - I wish this was a regular flavour! It tastes curious and exciting but will provide you with the usual fab quality that makes Walkers a favourite!
American Cheeseburger flavoured crisps are part of Walkers World Cup range. They come in a brightly coloured American flag patterned packet so there's no mistaking which country the represent. These cost around 60p for a standard size packet, or around £1.50 for a multipack (note this contains smaller 25g packets) and are available from supermarkets, newsagents, and anywhere else you might expect to purchase crisps. The crisps themselves are the usual quality you'd expect from Walkers. They are crispy, crunchy and have that slight greasiness I like from my crisps. They smell strong, tangy and slightly meaty. My initial thought on opening from the aroma was that I'd gotten Monster Munch instead as it very much reminded me of the smell of those. I'll admit for the record that I've not eaten a cheeseburger in nearly 20 years so my taste buds for such things may be a little off. I'll do my best though. The crisps taste very meaty, and what I would consider burgers to taste like going by the meat free ones that I've been told by my meat eating husband are the most realistic. I could taste tangy ketchup but disappointingly no cheese or gherkin. I felt the flavour was tasty but could be a little stronger. These contain 180 calories in the standard size bag and 131 in the smaller multipack bag so they're by no means healthy. As always though, crisps can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet. For those of you who are interested, these are suitable for vegetarians, but contain dairy so are not vegan friendly.
The USA must find it strange being in a World sporting tournament where other countries from around the world actually participate and compete. They tend to like playing in things like the "World Series" of baseball where only teams from American and Canada play. So being in the soccer world cup must seem daunting as a team from North America is not guaranteed to win. Well, unfortunately they will not win this year either. Apart from a few good second halves and a 91st winning goal to take them into the knock out stage they were not that impressive. One thing that is impressive about the USA is their food and what can be more American than the classic cheeseburger! Walkers have captured this classic flavour and made it into a new crisp for their world cup range of varieties. Walkers say on the back of their bags that there are 15 new flavours going "bag to bag" against each other in the Walkers Flavour Cup but only one can be crowned Walkers Flavour Champion. To me it's a great marketing ploy to get you to buy more of their crisps, especially for all those world cup parties people are having as I think its quite a nice gimmick to have crisps from the country that you are watching or supporting. These crisps are on sale in Sainsburys for £1.50 for a pack of 24 so I saw it as a good bargain and bought a bag. This is all part of a competition so you can text or apply online for your favourite and you then have the chance of winning prizes and even a cool £10,000 if you post a photo of you online being a "Superfan". You can visit www.walkers.co.uk for more details. Walkers crisps have been around now for well over 60 years now. A gentleman called Henry Walker took over a butchers shop in the 1880's but after the second World War he saw production go down and had to look for other ways to make money. He began hand-slicing and frying potatoes and sold them as potato crisps, the first flavour being Cheese and Onion. I definitely think the USA are onto a winner here. For anyone who has ever had a burger in the US you will know that they use a lovely special relish in a lot of these burgers, a tangy, pickle taste and somehow Walkers have manufactured exactly that flavour in these crisps, it's really amazing how similar the taste is and as I love relish I also love these crisps. I would say that the relish flavour is definitely the defining flavour but they do also have a meat based taste to them as well which is nice but I have to say I don't really taste any cheese. I bought the 25g multipack bag and per bag there are 131 calories which represents 7% of your daily amount. Not bad for just a snack but it's not a great idea to eat loads of bags in one day. The crisps also have 8.2g of fat which is 12% of your RDA so again a bit high if you eat lots of packets but one will be just fine. All in all, a nice snack that tastes exactly like a cheeseburger with a lot less calories.
Walkers do like to jump on a band wagon and use special events to promote new flavours, some work and some well don't. The football world cup has given the company an excuse to produce a range of flavours associated with qualifying countries, so we have Brazilian Salsa, Argentinian steak etc. The US entry is the iconic Cheeseburger and well I must say it tastes really nice. Some of the flavour of crisps don't work as well the French garlic baguette didn't work for me. I guess one of the considerations is whether the flavour imitated goes with potatoes, garlic and potatoes aren't a completely natural partner but burger and chips is as classic as you get. The key for me with a new crisp flavour is does it taste how it claims and does the flavour work as a crisp flavour. Well in this case, the crisp certainly tastes like a cheeseburger, it was mild cheese, a bit of a burger taste and a hint of pickle. In fact there was more than a sense that there was a mustard taste somewhere in the back of the mouth, as this was gentle rather than harsh the taste worked well. The crisps also smelled like a famous American fast food chain starting with M, it made you feel that you could be there and should be drinking a coke whilst eating the crisps. So far this is the best flavour as made by Walkers in celebrating the world cup and is one I'd actually buy again. What it says about American cuisine in which the dish picked was a generic burger and cheese is a larger topic and may answer the question about why America is the fattest nation on earth but thats for another day and another dooyoo review. Cracking crisps, tasty and enjoyable, none of those attributes could be labelled on the US football team.
Now that the World Cup is well under way, I thought that I should review some more of the range of crisps that Walkers launched in order to cash it on it, oh sorry, to celebrate it. They have created 15 new flavours that are supposed to represent 15 of the nations that have qualified for the competition. As a sideshow they are also running the World Flavour cup where anyone can vote for their favourite flavour online or via text, with the winner being announced at the end of the tournament. Typically for Walkers the crisps come in a packet which is far too big for the quantity of crisps they are giving you. You will find that the bag is barely half full. In this environmentally friendly, cost cutting era we're living in, you would think they might resolve this issue! When you open a bag of American Cheeseburger you don't get much of an aroma. The smell is a little oniony, but isn't very strong at all. The taste is somewhat different. When you initially bite into the crisps you just get a slight onion flavour. However, after you have crunched them for a while the cheeseburger flavour comes through. It's brilliant, just like a real cheeseburger; with onions and gherkins. I really have to give Walkers a big pat on the back for this flavour. They have finally been able to produce a flavour to taste how it should. Furthermore it's completely different from other flavours they have produced. As you might well expect from a packet of Walkers crisps they are not all that good for you nutritionally. Each 34.5g pack contains 180 calories and 11.4g fat. So I wouldn't have too many if you're watching your figure. This flavour is however free from MSGs, preservatives and artificial colours. They are suitable for vegetarians (no real burgers in here!), but NOT for coeliacs or vegans. I would suggest though that a packet of these is much healthier than a real cheeseburger! I have seen them available at wildly varying prices, ranging from 60p in petrol stations to as little as 10p in Home Bargains and B&M Bargains. These crisps are definitely worth 10p of anyone's money. American Cheeseburger is certainly up there with my favourite flavours of the new range. It's an excellent attempt from Walkers to get a real cheeseburger flavour.
Intro In their infinite wisdom Walkers jumped on the World Cup bandwagon a month or so before the competition had actually started. In order to get spirits up and enthusiasm raised they produced a selection of crisps from around the world in particular countries that had qualified for the 2010 South African World Cup. Such diverse and succulent flavours and Mexican salsa Australian BBQ Kangaroo, which incidentally is very similar to beef and onion but who am I to complain. Packaging Well as you might have guessed they went for the traditional colours of the Countries whom they blessed with a flavour, I say blessed some might consider a few of the flavours a cursed as indeed are the BBQ Kangaroo. The Japanese Teriyaki Chicken is quite good, but as with most things the Yanks have come up trumps, and their stars and stripes decorated packaging is definitely an eye- catcher. The Flavour As I have briefly mentioned some f the other competitors and very similar to flavours already around, but with the American Cheeseburger ones I reckon they have come pretty close. Many of the crisp do resemble some already available flavours one being tomato sauce and their does seem to be various flavours rather than just a cheeseburger flavour. Components that's the word I was looking for as with a cheeseburger there are several components, which are required to get the finished article. Beef/Burger Relish/Tomato sauce Cheese/Cheese and Gherkin. Well I'm blowed if I know how they managed it but they certainly got the gherkin down to a tee. Even so to the fact that on a real cheeseburger I usually remove the gerkin and just have a hint of its unique flavour, Walkers seem to have captured this. So you have various crisps randomly placed in a delightfully bright package and you removea few to taste. The mix is pretty good and you can definitely get the idea of a cheeseburger. The crisps themselves are of the usual high standard we have come to expect from Walkers. Yep it's a cheeseburger taste alright and at around 55p cheaper than a MacDonalds and no doubt slightly healthier. Overall I'm not going into nutrition and the likes cause you are all obviously aware of the perils of eating too many of such a product. They are well worth a try and I think they are good value for money. The packaging is perhaps a bit cheesey if you forgive the pun, but it is done in the kind of spirit I wish the World Cup was being played in. Of all the flavours I have currently tried in the choices available this one is way out front in being a bit unique since the others are very slight variances on other flavours. Gone on get a BIG Walkers.
I do a lot of driving for work and find that it's very difficult to eat on the move, and nigh on impossible to eat healthily. So it was a heavy heart that I picked up yet another packet of crisps at the garage while refuelling my car. The ones that were closest to hand were these Walkers crisps. The company's World Cup campaign is to launch a "Walkers Flavour Cup" with 15 new flavours - each representative of a World Cup country to go "bag-to-bag". Customers are invited to text in to vote for their favourite. "Superfans" can upload a photo of themselves enjoying their favourite flavour with a chance of winning £10,000. So the packet I picked up happened to be "American Cheeseburger'" flavour. The packet is appropriately decorated with the Stars and Stripes and the crisps really do seem to taste of cheeseburgers, although I have to say that I gave up eating meat some time ago! However, these crisps are suitable for vegetarians! These flavours are a great idea and definitely a change from the usual range of standard flavours, however, I found the flavour to be a bit too ripe and tangy for me, and also a little 'manufactured'. However, I'm sure these crisps will have lots of fans and I wouldn't be surprised if they end up being voted "the world's best crisp flavour". One standard packet of these, incidentally, provides 16% of your recommended daily fat allowance. I'm glad I tried them, but probably won't opt for these again. My favourite of the range so far has been the Dutch Edam.
I was out and about recently and I stopped in a café for a drink and a snack and on the counter was these crisps and I have read quite a few reviews about them and thought I would buy them and try them for myself to see what they tasted like and with them being Walkers a well known brand I thought they would be tasty as the flavours usually are for me. The packet is attractive with bright colours and Walkers have a way of using bright colours to attract the customers and this one is no different, the flavour is supposed to be American Cheeseburger but I did not think they tasted nothing like any kind of Cheeseburger at all, in fact I thought they tasted more like Worcester Sauce flavour and they were quite salty in my opinion too. They are nice and crunchy and for 34.5g bag the contents were not a good amount either in my opinion, I think the amounts are getting so much smaller now too. I could not even taste any Cheese, not even a slight amount and as for the Burger it was just the same, nothing at all, but they did taste nice and a good quality as they usually are from this well known brand. There were quite a few people buying these and commenting as they ate them and I heard one person ask his wife to try them and see if she thought the same and she did. I would not really recommend these crisps for anyone wanting to try them for the taste of the flavour it says but for the quality I do recommend them but nothing else, I did enjoy them when I by passed the initial flavour it should have tasted like and I snack a lot and just had to give them a go and I am pleased I did because I have to try new products to see for myself. For a bag they contain 180 calories, 11.4g fat, 0.9g saturates and 0.43g of salt. These are also suitable for Vegetarians and they have no preservatives or artificial colours. I would not buy these again as they are not the flavour described and I was a little disappointed in the incorrect flavour in my opinion. I rate them 3 stars for the flavour.
After reading many reviews of the new Walkers World Cup flavours on this site and on the other side, I have been inspired to try some and write some of my own. I remember trying a pack of the USA flavour a couple of months ago and really enjoying them, but after reading a few negative reviews of them I decided to give them a go and see if they were really as nice as I remembered them to be. So, I'm sitting here with a bag of American Cheeseburger flavoured crisps and my reviewer's hat on for your reading pleasure. Firstly, the packaging. I normally don't talk about packaging in my reviews but I do really like the bag that these crisps come in. The normal Walkers logo is there at the top along with the title in the middle, some nutritional information in the bottom left hand corner and a 'Walkers Flavour Cup' in the bottom right. That's all fairly standard and not very exciting, but it's the fact that the background of the packet is a fairly blurry American flag which makes the packet really stand out to me. I think that this collection of flavours have much nicer packaging than the traditional single coloured packs that Walker normally has. Secondly, and more importantly, the crisps themselves. I read one review a week or so ago that said that these crisps smell a bit like prawn cocktail crisps, which I thought was a strange thing to here, and I am surprised to say that I agree! On opening the pack I get a definite scent of Walkers Prawn Cocktail crisps, which is a little bit bizarre but not offputting. Fortunately, the taste is absolutely nothing like the seafoody flavour. I have read a review which says that these only taste of gherkin and not like burger itself, but on this note I have to disagree. I can quite clearly taste a flame-grilled beef flavour, as well as a sweetish note of tomato sauce (which is probably where the prawn cocktail smell comes from). I have to say that I really do like the flavour of these crisps, and think that they do have a nice burgery taste which is quite different to Walkers' normal beef flavour. These crisps are tasty and have more of a depth of flavour to them than most other crisp flavours. At 180 calories a packet, they're not bad for a snack, but I won't be eating them too often as I'm a little bit chubby at the moment. I am looking forward to trying the other flavours as if this one is anything to go by, they should be pretty good!
Seeing as everyone else is reviewing this new range of Walkers crisps, I decided I wanted to get in on the act too. The crisps I am reviewing here are the American Cheeseburger flavour, representing the USA. Despite the name, these crisps are actually suitable for vegetarians - which will be either a positive or a negative thing depending on your viewpoint. The crisps cost 47p at Tesco and are brightly coloured with the American flag. The packet gives details of the Walkers Flavour Cup - visit www.walkers.co.uk or text 51199 with your country of choice. The crisps contain 180 calories per bag (though this is a single pack, multipacks are usually smaller and therefore contain fewer calories). They contain no MSG, no preservatives, and no artificial colours. The ingredients are as follows: potatoes, sunflower oil, seasoning: salt, flavourings, mustard, dried milk whey, milk lactose, cheese powder (from milk), dried onion, dried tomato, paprika extract, vinegar, sugar, citric acid, caramel. Opening the bag, the crisps are faintly orange in colour, not as orange as the Brazilian Salsa crisps though. They have a general cheesy-tomatoey smell, remarkably like a McDonalds cheeseburger (which I did used to eat before my veggie days). When eating the crisps, the cheeseburger-ness was not so apparent. They had a rather artificial cheese taste, which wasn't exactly unpleasant, with a hint of gherkin and tomato. I thought they were quite tasty, though one packet was definitely enough. I thought these crisps were ok, though I don't know if I'd be rushing out to buy them again. They tasted interesting but there's others I like better. I'm looking forward to trying more from the range!
'Cheeseburger flavoured crisps? How will that work?!' I hear you asking. Yet somehow this flavour is one of the most accurate amongst the World Cup themed crisps introduced by Walkers, and is one of my favourites. On opening the bag it's nice for once to not be hit with a particularly strong, overpowering smell. However, when you eat the crisps, you really go through a range of flavours, so it actually tastes like a cheeseburger! First of all you get the unmistakeable flavour of gherkin (or pickle, if we're going along with this whole American thing...!), but after a few seconds this melts into cheese - that special plasticky cheese you only find in burgers, not your average off-the-shelf cheese - before you get a full on meat patty flavour. Added to that, somewhere along the way you'll get a hint of tomato sauce and mustard, and there's a bit of onion in there too. If only crisps were soft and squishy, you'd think you were eating a real cheeseburger! However, softness is not something you have to worry about with these crisps - provided your bag is properly sealed, of course! As usual with Walkers they're thin, light and crispy, and as Walkers themselves put it, 'It's very rare that [their] spuds don't make perfect crisps!' But back to the flavour... The cheeseburger taste actually lasts throughout the whole bag, and the flavours do not blend into something generic at all. What's even better is that the taste doesn't linger in your mouth for too long, which also means you won't go around stinking of gherkin, onion and general cheeseburger for too long either! Overall, I don't really see how you can go wrong with these crisps. The flavour is really accurate, which is pleasantly surprising, and lasts throughout the bag. Having said that, if you don't like gherkins then these crisps may not be the ones for one, as gherkin is one of the strongest flavours. Apart from this, the only downside I can see to these crisps is that they're not a real cheeseburger! Now for the boring bits: No MSG No preservatives No artificial colours Suitable for vegetarians Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, American Cheeseburger seasoning American Cheeseburger seasoning contains: Salt, Flavourings, Mustard, Dried Milk Whey, Milk Lactose, Cheese Powder (from Milk), Dried Onion, Dried Tomato, Paprika Extract, Vinegar, Sugar, Citric Acid, Caramel
To celebrate the World Cup (and earn a few extra pennies) Walkers have launched a range of crisps to celebrate teams that are competing in this summer's World Cup. I'd read some good reviews on the American Cheeseburger flavour (which have been produced to celebrate the USA), so I decided to try them for myself... ***************** Price and availability ******************* These crisps are quite widely available - I have seen them on sale in a few different corner shops and yesterday I bought a packet in Boots for 50p. You will find these crisps very easy to spot because the foil packet has an American flag on it. You can also pick these up in all the major supermarkets. Asda are selling multi big of six - for around £1.30. However I was in my local Asda (which is a huge store) last night and the World Cup crisps were completely sold out - apparently the crisps have been more popular than expected and a new delivery was due to arrive this morning.... So will I be rushing out to buy another six packets? *************** Nutritional Information **************** Per 25g packet: Calories: 131; Protein: 1.5g; Carbohydrates: 12.6g; Fat: 8.3g; (of which are saturates: 0.6g); Fibre: 1.0g; Sodium: 0.12g. Ingredients: potatoes; sunflower oil (33%); American Cheeseburger Seasoning. The American Cheeseburger Seasoning contains: salt; flavourings; mustard; milk lactose; dried milk whey; cheese powder (from milk); dried tomato; dried onion; paprika extract; vinegar; sugar; citric acid; caramel. Other information: This product is suitable for vegetarians. **************** My opinion ******************* When I first opened these crisps I was a little disappointed, because the smell reminded me of a reheated McDonald's Happy Meal - the crisps had a very stale whiff and they hardly set my taste buds alight... When I started eating the crisps I could taste gherkins and ketchup really strongly... but I couldn't detect any cheese or beef flavours. I like to eat the gherkin on my cheeseburger, so at first the crisps tasted okay, but I soon got sick of the ketchup and gherkin flavours. Usually I complain when I eat a 25g bag of crisps that there aren't enough in the packet, but not on this occasion... 25g was more than enough, thank you very much. After I'd eaten these I felt like I'd just demolished a large, greasy McDonalds that I hadn't particularly enjoyed - so I had all the McDonalds guilt without the eating pleasure! I didn't like these crisps and I won't be eating them again... give me a real cheeseburger over these any day of the week. Two out of five stars.
As Part of The World Cup promotion, Walkers have again launched a series of new limited edition flavours, as they did last year, this time to fit with a World Cup theme with flavours representing various different countries. America, not stereotypically at all, is represented by the American Cheeseburger variety! Upon opening the packet, I was greeted with a strange aroma that didn't really smell as I had expected it to. It was not unpleasant but neither was it the beefy-steak 'n' cheese smell I might have anticipated. Instead, it was something I could not quite put my finger on! The crisps themselves don't actually taste too bad and have a slight cheeseburger-associated flavour to them but it was not until I got half-way through them that I realised what it was about these crisps that I recognised but couldn't quite name. The main over-powering taste for me here was one of a mild burger relish! Some people have mentioned in their reviews that the taste reminds them of gherkins and I can see that as well; hell, maybe that is the main taste but I just register it as burger relish on my tastebuds ~ I would be the first to admit I might be mistaken as there is nothing in this variety that clearly stands out and declares itself, this is more a more a mish-mash of flavour combinations! That is not to say they are not nice, just not that great and, as I said last year, if you are going to do (try) something different, then it needs to stand out and be worth the price you expect punters to pay for it! These come in a multi-pack with two other flavours and I paid I think £2 for two multi-packs on a deal the other night. If they had not been on offer, quite frankly I might not have bothered as I think Walkers are over-rated at the best of times! Give them a go by all means but be prepared not to be blown away! Nutritional Information per packet: Energy: 131 kcal Protein: 1.5g Carbohydrate: 12.6g Fat: 8.3g of which saturates: 0.6g of which mono-unsaturates: 6.7g of which polyunsaturates: 0.5g Fibre: 1.0g Sodium: 0.12g Equivalent as salt: 0.31g Ingrediets: American Cheeseburger Flavour Potato Crisps: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), American Cheeseburger Seasoning. American Cheeseburger Seasoning: Salt, Flavourings, Mustard, Milk Lactose, Dried Milk Whey, Cheese Powder (from milk), Dried Tomato, Dried Onion, Paprika Extract, Vinegar, Sugar, Citric Acid, Caramel. Dietary Information: Suitable for Vegetarians.
When it comes to thinking about good old American food, the first thing that springs to mind is a wonderfully fat and juicy cheeseburger. Served up with a side of fries and ketchup, could you really say no? I know for a fact that I couldn't! So, when Walkers decided to release a whole host of new flavours in celebration of the World Cup, I was rather excited to see that America was being represented by the 'Cheeseburger'. At the same time, I was somewhat aprehensive as to whether these crisps would be an absolute delight, or whether they'd be completely and utterly disgusting! At that moment, I knew I had to try them for myself! These 'Walkers American Cheeseburger Crisps' can be purchased as part of a multipack in all good supermarkets. I have seen them stocked in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's. I have purchased these crisps from my local Poundland store too. I have not yet seen this flavour being sold as an individual packet. The only flavour I have spotted being sold individually is the 'Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding', but this could just be a biased promotion to push the sales of the official England flavour! 'Walkers American Cheeseburger Crisps' as part of a multipack of 6 with 2 other different flavours costs around £1 - £1.30 depending on where you make your purchase. The cheapest I have purchased them for is £1 per 6 pack multipack in Poundland stores. The packaging for these 'Walkers American Cheeseburger Crisps' is rather clever. Each flavour in the 'Flavour Cup' range has a packet decorated with the country flag on it. The 'Walkers American Cheeseburger Crisps' have a background of red and white stripes with the top left hand corner being blue with white stars to replicate the USA flag. The front of the bag has the large 'Walkers' logo at the top of the packet, with the name of the product below. I like the idea of the packaging and the brightly coloured country flag backrounds do make it easy to spot your favourite flavour on the shelves! The front of the packet also has the 'Flavour Cup' logo, which is a silver football trophy filled with various edible ingredients. The nutritional information at a glance can also be found on the front of the packet. The back of the packet carries the usual full nutritional information, ingredients list, best before date and contact details. The back also gives information on how to enter a competition to win £10,000 with the 'Flavour Cup' range during the promotion of this range. I was quite suprised to find that these 'Walkers American Cheeseburger Crisps' didn't smell at all like what they were meant to be. I was rather expecting a strong smell of ooey, gooey, melted cheese and juicy, greasy beef burger. However, instead I was met by the rather familiar scent of Walkers Prawn Cocktail crisps. This took me quite by suprise, as prawn cocktail and cheese burgers smell absolutely nothing alike. The scent of the crisps is completely disjointed from what the flavour was supposed to be, and I couldn't really get my head around it. At first, I assumed maybe Walkers had some sort of mix up and had packaged their Prawn Cocktail flavoured crisps in the wrong packaging, but upon tasting the crisps, this wasn't the case. I have no idea at all why these crisps smell like Walkers Prawn Cocktail, but I can only assume it has something to do with the ingredients used. Rather odd indeed! To look at, these crisps don't appear to be that appealing, but Walkers crisps never are. They were plain yellowy-brown crisp colour, with nothing special about them what so ever. I guess it is difficult to make a crisp look appealing, and as you can't see them before you purchase them, it isn't necessary. Crisps are essentially all about the flavour, so the fact they looked pretty boring in the half filled bag didn't put me off. After being slightly confused by the scent of these crisps, I half expected the crisps to taste like Prawn Cocktail, however thankfully they didn't. However, they didn't exactly taste like cheeseburger either. When I purchased these crisps I imagined they would taste quite strongly of a mix of beef and cheese, but upon tasting the crisps, my tastebuds were met with the exact flavour of the onion/ketchup/gherkin relish you get splodged on your McDonalds burgers. Gherkin flavour crisps (or Dill Pickle to all you Americans out there..)? Surely not? The taste was neither acceptable, nor unpleasant, and it reminded me greatly of tucking into a hamburger out of my happy meal at McDonalds as a child before my Mum had chance to pick the gherkin off it for me. I will say that there is definitely no cheesey or beefy flavours in this bag - which one would expect from a cheese burger!! The crisps tasted ok, nothing special, and I managed to finish the bag, but was then somewhat put off as my mouth was left coated in a sour, pickled gherkin after taste. Vinegary and hard to shift! Ugh! In my opinion these 'Walkers American Cheeseburger Crisps' are one of the 'ok' variety from the entire range. Some of the crisps in the 'Flavour Cup' range are a complete let down and taste absolutely nothing like what they are meant to. These crisps are passable, tasting only of the gherkin drenched relish that comes with a cheeseburger at McDonalds. At least Walkers seem to have made an effort with this flavour, unlike a lot of the others. I doubt I'd buy this flavour again as it isn't exactly anything special, and the after taste that I was left with was rather off putting. I'm not a fan of gherkin, so when it comes to being left with a pickled gherkin type sour taste in my mouth for a good while after, I'd rather pass on the opportunity of eating these again. Maybe Walkers should have just labelled these as 'Gherkin Flavour' and be done with it - that way they'd be telling the truth! I'm beginning to lose all hope in this World Cup related range of crisps, and just hope that I can somehow stumble across a bag in the range that actually tastes like it is supposed to - but I remain very doubtful! Unfortunately it has to be a thumbs down for me on this flavour - they're edible, but sadly they're far from the real thing! Nutritional Information per packet: Energy: 131 kcal Protein: 1.5g Carbohydrate: 12.6g Fat: 8.3g of which saturates: 0.6g of which mono-unsaturates: 6.7g of which polyunsaturates: 0.5g Fibre: 1.0g Sodium: 0.12g Equivalent as salt: 0.31g Ingrediets: American Cheeseburger Flavour Potato Crisps: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), American Cheeseburger Seasoning. American Cheeseburger Seasoning: Salt, Flavourings, Mustard, Milk Lactose, Dried Milk Whey, Cheese Powder (from milk), Dried Tomato, Dried Onion, Paprika Extract, Vinegar, Sugar, Citric Acid, Caramel. Dietary Information: Suitable for Vegetarians. Weight Watchers Points: 2 points per packet. ** Also posted on Ciao under the username little_feets88 **
And so we continue our journey around the world with Walkers' Flavour Cup promotion. This time around it's one of the stranger flavours on offer, "American Cheeseburger". I'm not sure how this might differ from, say, Swedish Cheeseburger or El Salvadorian Cheeseburger, but I suppose marketing is marketing. This variety benefits from being able to base its pack design on the US flag, which probably violates some obscure piece of the Not Eating Crisps Out Of A Pack With Our Flag On It Code (Americans can be amazingly touchy about their flag, y'know) but which really does look pretty nice. Red, white and blue go well with almost anything. The nutrition stats here are virtually the same as they are for all the other flavours in the promotion. In fact, the kcal count for a 25g multipack bag, at 131, seems to have been identical for the last three varieties I tried - though I certainly did feel a frisson of excitement when I noticed the fat content of 8.3g per bag was a whole 0.1g more than it had been in the South African Sweet Pickle flavour I ate last. My goodness, you can see why the US has an obesity crisis with figures like that being thrown around the place... ahem, sorry; back to the review. And... Gherkins! I'm sorry to cut into the smooth flow of things here, but I really think that this needs to be said. I happen to love gherkins in my burgers (though, curiously enough, not in most other dishes) and so I was delighted to find that what these crisps taste of more than anything else is indeed that famed cucumber-like pickled vegetable. Strange, considering that the ingredients don't actually list gherkins at all, but there we are. Admittedly it might just be that I have odd taste buds, but if that's the case then if you go relying on food reviews by me then you really have only yourself to blame if they turn out actually to taste of banana and Marmite. But yes: gherkins! Get the idea? Of course, there are other flavours here, but none of them so obvious. There's an edge of relish after a bit, and you can more or less taste the cheese (which is more than you can in a lot of actual cheeseburgers!), though curiously enough the thing that you really have to wait for is the actual beef. This *does* appear eventually, but it's stronger in the aftertaste than it is anywhere else. Maybe it's because those gherkins (did I mention the gherkins?) tend to shoulder their way to the front early on. Even though they don't actually have shoulders, but this is a food review, and food reviewers are allowed to spout bizarre drivel. It's practically the law. In a nutshell - which would be a strange place to put them, unless it was a very *large* nutshell - these crisps are great. They're properly different from the usual Walkers flavours, for one thing, which the multiple slight variations on "chicken" really aren't. They actually taste something like the product they're supposed to be imitating (although as they're vegetarian, that's one big difference right there [you see? I've even got the lingo down pat now]) and they're cheap enough at £1.50-ish for a six pack (two each of these, Argentinian steak and Brazilian salsa) to be a fun impulse buy. Listen up, y'all. These are swell. And they have artificial flavours everywhere, in best American fast food tradition. One of them being gherkins. Just sayin'.