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      21.06.2010 15:27
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      Walkers Australian BBQ Kangaroo

      It's the World Cup and so, just like every other company, Walkers crisps are getting in on the action (get it, action, football ha ha) and asking us, the great consumer public to find the World's best crisp. If it has anything to do with their country's football performance then England will never win but that's a whole other subject.

      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 were also half price in Sainsburys this week, £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.

      The first flavour from this bag I tried was the Australian BBQ Kangaroo. Now, I love Kangaroo's so the thought of eating one of these cute little creatures did not appeal too much but I persevered! (They don't actually contain Kangaroo you'll be glad to hear) The flavours listed on the back of the packet include paprika, dried onion, dried garlic and dried tomato so you get an idea of the flavour, a little smoky and quite spicy but they didn't blow me away as they taste just like a lot of their other flavours and are nothing different in my opinion. Having said that the Walkers quality is still the same, very high and very nice crunchy crisps with 100% British potatoes and the fact that they are cooked in sunseed oil which, they say, is naturally high in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates.

      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 but nothing different so it doesn't look like Australia is going far in this competition for me.

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        20.06.2010 22:40
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        A strong meaty flavoured crisp

        Now that the World Cup has finally arrived, 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 Australian BBQ Kangaroo you instantly get a wave of a strong meaty aroma. The taste is somewhat similar. It is quite powerful and like a cross between the standard beef and chicken flavours from Walkers. There is a hint of barbeque smokiness which adds to the strong flavour. I really can't tell you if it tastes like real kangaroo because I've never tasted it. All I can say is that it's a strong potent meaty flavour that is much tastier than Argentinean Grilled Steak as is well worth a sample.

        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 11.3g 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 kangaroo at all!), but NOT for coeliacs as the seasoning must contain some wheat flour.

        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.

        Australian BBQ Kangaroo is certainly up there with my favourite flavours of the new range. I would suggest that Australian BBQ Kangaroo has a much better chance of winning the World Flavour Cup than Australia has of lifting the Jules Rimet trophy!

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          02.06.2010 14:39
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          NOT MY FAVOURITES BY A LONG SHOT

          Walkers have released 15 new flavours dedicated to this years World Cup..each flavour represents a country.

          *Product*

          The Australian offering is BBQ Kangaroo. These are potato crisps seasoned with what is supposed to taste like a BBQ Kangaroo but do they? Read on to find out!

          *Packaging*

          The crisps come in a foil bag. The front of the bag has the Australia flag. The white stars really stand out and make this design a bit more noticable that the others in the range.

          The front of the bag also has the Walkers famous logo, flavour of crisps, a small nutrition chart and a football trophy.

          The back of the bag has the details of the World Cup promotion, ingredients, nutrition and contact details for Walkers.

          *Ingredients*

          The crisps are made from real potaoes and sunflower oil. They are then seasoned with dried milk lactosr, dried milk whey, salt, dried onion, paprika, flavourings, potassium chloride, sugar, dried garlic, dried tomato, colour, smoke flavouring.

          The crisps contain no MSG, aritificial colour or preservatives. They are even suitable for vegetarians!

          *Nutrition*

          Each 25g bag contains :

          131 calories
          0.8g sugar
          0.6g saturated fat
          0.30g salt

          *Availability and Price*

          Large single bags can be bought for around 50p. Multi packs containing 2 of 3 different flavours can be bought in supermarkets for around £1.30 or 2 for £2/3 for £3.

          *My Opinion*

          I have been sampling these new crisp flavours out and this is my 12th flavour. I left this flavour to last as it sounded the most daunting. Although I like BBQ flavourings, the word Kangaroo kind of put me off but I bucked up the courage and here is my thoughts.

          I really do like the Australia flag by the way, it is so much prettier than others with the twinkling stars on it!

          The crisps as always are nice and fresh and varied in size. These ones are noticable darker in colour than most others and the seasoning is noticable and quite powdery. Best to wash your hands after eating as they will stink.

          First scents as I open the bag were strong and meaty. I did feel rather sick but I didn't want to waste them so I popped the first crisp into my nervous mouth! They had a nice crunch and I noticed that the BBQ taste mixed with a tomato tangy taste was clearly evident. They didn't taste too bad and certainly not what I expected.

          They weren't quite as strong as normal Walkers BBQ crisps. After devouring the first few crisps, the flavour began to change. The tangy BBQ was replaced with a weird meaty taste. I can only describe it as resembling beef as I have never had the courage nor the opportunity to try Kangaroo! The meaty taste lingered as I really needed a drink after eating these.

          Overall they weren't too bad and I am glad I tried them but they are far from being my favourites.


          Thanks for reading :)

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            02.06.2010 02:19
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            3 stars only because they are the strongest flavour so far even if they are a bit too familiar!

            In a bid to discover a Walkers World Cup flavour that I a) like and b) which actually stands out from the crowd, I next decided to sample the Australian Kangeroo variety. To be fair, this is the first flavour I am remotely impressed with- not because it tastes like it ought to but more because it is actually full in flavour....

            Unfortunately that flavour is not Kangeroo but more like Roast Chicken!

            And how it can be vegetarian is beyond me!

            Oh yes, it's because it has no real kangeroo in it but instead uses a clever combination of herbs, spices and artifical flavouring in a bid to trick your senses!! Silly me...

            So...first thoughts. Well, opening the packet reveals a strong beefy aroma that is instantly pleasing and reassuring! These are going to be nice, you think. And they are...but in a blind taste taste, I would not guess these were kangeroo but more tradditional Roast Chicken Walkers! And yes, I have tried Kangeroo and no, it tastes nothing like these crisps. But then Prawn Cocktail flavour is not really all that similar to real prawns so at least there is a precedent!

            Are these worth buying? Well, I suppose so but only if they are on offer. Tesco are currently doing 2 six-pack multipacks for £2 so these aren't a bad buy. But don't expect anything too different and you won't go home disappointed!

            For these could be a regular pack of Walkers and you would never know.... one thing though, the taste hangs around for ages meaning this loses a star from a 4 * to a 3 *

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            31.05.2010 13:28
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            Tasty enough but by no way my favourite crisps!

            When it comes to crisps they're something I get through an awful lot of in a week and are seriously a bit of an addiction of mine if I'm honest! I tend to miss meals out and stuff myself with crisps so when I spotted this flavour that I hadn't seen before in Sainsbury's and in a multi pack of 6 bags (3 flavours of 2 bags each), on offer for 99p I couldn't resist buying some!

            The Packaging:

            Like I have just said I bought mine in a multi-pack option. The bag for this flavour is mainly blue and white in colour and made of foil and on the front of it I'm told that they are Walkers Australian BBQ Kangaroo Flavour Potato Crisps and there is a picture depicted of a silver cup on there where I'm asked to support my favourite flavour and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the packet other information listed includes being told a bit about the new flavours added to the range which are flavours representing all the countries in the world cup (text a number), a full nutritional chart is shown as well as ingredients listed, the size is stated (which in this case the bag is 25g as it is a multi pack bag), I'm told that they contain no MSG, no artificial colours or preservatives and are suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for Walkers are given. Nice enough packet that informative enough this is and of course it's easy to open etc.

            The Crisps:

            I opened the bag to be greeted by a beef aroma. Inside the bag I got crisps as you would expect me to (lol) that were an orangy colour.

            These were rather nice to be fair to them. I don't know what I expected the crisps to taste of exactly but to me these are a beef flavour which are intensely flavoured and rich with a hint of underlying sweetness to them. Very highly seasoned the only quibble with these crisps I had, is that they didn't half make me feel thirsty after just eating a couple of them!

            The potato flavour didn't get lost although these were highly seasoned and I felt that they were moist in there own way but very crispy indeed!

            Verdict:

            By no way my favourite flavour but they are pleasant enough. Don't be fooled though by them being called kangaroo flavour these have no kangaroo or in fact any meat in them at all and are simply a blend of seasoning which in the main is dried onion, paprika, dried garlic and dried tomato that in the end actually makes them taste beefy in a none Skippy the kangaroo way!

            Not a bad crisp and of course these are the usual standard of Walkers!

            Nutritional Information Per 25g Pack:

            Calories: 131
            Sugar: 0.8g
            Fat: 8.2g
            Saturates: 0.6g
            Salt: 0.30g

            Available in all good supermarkets.

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              23.05.2010 15:30
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              One to miss in my book

              Im sitting on my veranda looking in the packet for skippy and quite frankly I dont think Ill find him in this packet of BEEF flavoured crisps

              To be honest I dont really know what kangaroo tastes like but I dont think it tastes like roast beef as these crisps do which was a bit of a disappointment , as I have tried other flavours in this variety and was impressed that they did taste like the packet

              One of the other things that hit you when you open your kangarooless crisps is just how little of them there actually is , the back of the bag claims there is 25g in each packet , however I would imagine that since the bag is only half full that 20g of this is actually air and only 5g crisps

              The crisp its self is very light and well 'crisp' with no black bits that I have seen in other crisps , it has a barbeque coating on the potato which makes it in my opinion even more beefy flavoured

              The smell when you first open the packet is a distinctive bbq flavour which could be quite off putting add this to the lack of crisps in the packet and you could be led to believe that you have been slightly ripped off

              These crisps have been produced as part of the world cup flavours and so far have been the most disappointing that I have tried and wouldn't get them again

              Im not going to run through the ingredients as I dont think thats really necessary but will list the GDA below

              Calories 131 (7%) Not for the salad munchers
              Sugar 0.8g (1%)
              Fat 8.2g (12%) Def not for salad munchers
              Saturates 0.6g (3%)
              Salt 0.30g (5%)

              I bought these as part of a multi pack so cant say how much they would be individually

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                20.05.2010 14:44
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                Whats that Skip?....A nice new flavour from Walkers....really?

                So it's that time of year again. Walkers are releasing completely weird and wonderful flavours which we wouldn't even contemplate buying normally. However, add a quirky twist (on this occasion the world cup) and the chance to vote for our favourite and we're all happy and intrigued about buying quite strange crisps.

                I'm not ashamed to admit that I buy in to this, even though the likelihood is there will only be a couple of nice flavours. Most of the flavours will either be duplicates of what we already have on the shelves cunningly disguised with an interesting name or will be just plain nasty. The various world cup flavours (15 in total) can be bought individually or as part of a six pack multipack. The kangaroo flavour comes in the world wanderer's selection along with South African sweet chutney and Japanese teriyaki chicken. Personally I will only buy these crisps when on offer because of the likelihood that I wont like half the flavours. In Tesco there is a multipack offer of buy two for £2.00 which is much better value than their usual price of £1.30.

                The multipack bags weigh 25 grams and are slightly disappointing (as always) because over half of the packet is air. The crisps are of the usual high Walkers standard, very crispy and not too many little crumbs at the bottom of the packet.

                I was a bit worried about trying these crisps purely because I don't like the normal BBQ flavour crisps. However, these are different enough to actually be quite nice. There is the normal BBQ flavour there but it's been toned down to make way for the meaty supposedly kangaroo flavour. Now I've only eaten kangaroo in Walkabout in the form of tiny kebabs or in a burger so in no way am I a kangaroo expert. However, I do think there is a taste that is similar to kangaroo there. It's difficult to describe as kangaroo is fairly similar to beef but I wouldn't describe these crisps as BBQ beef though the taste almost reminds me of a beef jerky or biltong. Describing these crisps is actually harder than I thought though I do think these crisps work well and if you normally like BBQ/meaty crisps then I definitely think you will enjoy these.

                For those of you who are worried about eating a precious kangaroo, don't worry these are suitable for vegetarians so I think I can confirm that no Skippy's were harmed in the making of these crisps lol.

                I do really like these crisps and would definitely recommend them. However, until I've tried all the others I wouldn't like to confirm these as my favourites quite yet!

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                  11.05.2010 17:23
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                  Quite nice, but didn't meet up with the flavour I was expecting

                  Walkers have brought out a range of 15 weird and wonderful crisp flavours to go alongside the world cup, each flavour representing a different country. The representative for Australia flavourwise is BBQ Kangaroo flavour crisps , which, as another review commented, almost makes it seem as though they are trying to glue a couple of stereotypes together.

                  As with the French Garlic crisps I reviewed a while back, I actually think ot enough thought has gone into making something original here. Yes, Australia has excellent weather for barbecuing, and yes, they have a lot of kangaroos, but there are other recipes of flavour they could have introduced that perhaps might have been a little more challenging - Wattleseed and Lemon Myrtle are two flavours I associate with Australia that are much harder to come by over here than kangaroo, which can be found on the menu of 'Walkabout' theme pubs.

                  I've eaten Kangaroo before quite a few times - it's a delicious dark meat with a flavour like a nice beef steak, but kicked up a notch. However, the texture is rather different from beef, easier to cut but somehow a little chewier. As with beef, you can eat it in various levels or rareness - myself, I like just a tiny touch of pink, so tend to go for medium well .

                  The challenge is to see if the crisps compare to the real flavour . Upon biting into one, there is a hint of slightly smokey slightly sweet barbecue sauce. Initially, this was the only flavour I could pick up, however after a few mouthfuls, I did detect a slight meaty beef flavour - however, this tasted more 'roast' than steak, and didn't accurately resemble the flavour of a barbecue beef steak, much less a kangaroo.

                  With that said, although the flavour did not accurately live up to it's name, the flavour itself is actually quite pleasant, although I do think it was a tad to mild and could have done with packing more of a punch .

                  You can buy these crisps for 40p a pack in many local newsagents, and the packaging is recognisable by the Australian flag on the front of the pack. And actually, I do rather like them and think I may buy them again - but if I want kangaroo, I'll buy kangaroo and cook it myself!

                  4 stars

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                    01.05.2010 15:14
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                    Not that good

                    Walkers have, once again, brought out a range of wacky crisp flavours and this time it is to coincide with the World Cup. The flavours are based on countries and whoever thought of the Australian flavour can't be accused of political correctness, just think of a couple of Ozzie stereotypes and as they like barbeques and Kangaroos lets make a BBQ Kangaroo flavoured crisp!

                    These crisps are available either as a single pack for about 40p or as part of a multipack with the other Southern Hemisphere flavoured crisps for about £1 for a six pack and consumers are encouraged to vote for their favourite flavour. You will recognise this flavour as there is an Australian flag in the front of the packet.

                    Upon opening the crisps it was time for the smell test and I had to stick my nose deep in the packet to detect any aroma and the smell I got was like weak BBQ flavoured crisps.

                    Onto the taste test and they taste pretty bland, like weak BBQ pringles. My daughter says there is a hint of twiglet with a hint of roast beef and I can detect a nice smokey flavour if I concentrate hard enough. Of course I have never eaten Kangaroo so can't directly compare the flavour to the meat but I imagine Kangaroo is a fairly strong gamey meat, those who are animal lovers will be happy to know the crisps are suitable for vegetarians so no real kangaroos were harmed in the making of this review.

                    Another flop as far as I am concerned with these wacky flavours, I suppose there are only so many base flavours that Walkers have to work with and these were just like an inferior version of normal BBQ flavoured crisps. They are reasonable enough quality crisps made to the usual Walkers standard and my daughter likes them but not a winner in my book.

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