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I am watching my weight and I know if I was very good I would only snack on carrot sticks. But back in the real world I like naughtier snacks from time to time so I thought Walkers Baked sounded fab. They have 70% less fat than normal potato crisps and 154kcal per bag. Some low fat crisps are yummy and just as nice as others but these were not so great in my opinion.
I know crisps are made from potato but I can really taste it in the cheese and onion so some are weak and like ready salted. Major disappointment when you wanted a tangy onion bite. Some people might like that potatoey flavour because it is natural I guess. But I don't want weak tasting crisps. The cheese should definitely be stronger and more mature in flavour. The onion is quite mild too so maybe these are more social than others if you look on the bright side.
The crisps are baked not fried so they have less fat. This makes them nice and crispy. They have a ribbed texture but they don't feel as thick as others. I like the light texture because the crisps are not too crumbly and messy to eat. No greasy finger afterwards is also nice.
But these don't seem to fill me up so I am tempted to eat more later. Maybe you should have these when you aren't really hungry and just want a small treat.
I think these crisps are Ok if you like a mild tasting cheese and onion but they are too weak for me. I would try them in a different flavour maybe. I definitely wouldn't buy them in a newsagents again as I paid 80p and I don't think they are worth that but they are cheaper in the supermarkets and you can get the multi packs there as well.
When I went out to grab myself some lunch yesterday, I was looking at the crisps on offer when these caught my eye. 70% less fat they promised - well I wasn't expecting them to be that tasty then, but on a Monday, every little reduction in fat helps, right?
The bag of crisps was 63p which I think is about average for a bag of crisps.
The first thin you notice about the crisps is the unusual shape - they are kind of like a stretched out hexagon with the corners rounded off so you don't cut your mouth open, and then where they have been baked, some of them have folded over in half as they have cooked.
I would describe the taste as a mild, classic, but not too cheese and oniony cheese and onion! Sometimes I find a bag of regular walkers cheese and onion crisps a little too overwhelming and you can smell them on your fingers ages after you have finished the packet. Well these aren't like that at all. They are tasty but not too strong at all.
The other thing you notice is the crunch! Goodness me!! I had my ipod on while I was eating these and I could barely hear the music over the crunching!!!
All in all, delicious. I'll definitely be having these again.
I've loved the Ready Salted Baked crisps for ages but hadn't tried any of the other flavours so when I spotted them on offer in Morrisons I picked up 2 6 packs to try. The offer was 2 6 packs for £2.50, but they're normally £1.62 each.
They come in the usual foil packs which keep them fresh, and as with all Walkers crisps when you open the pack it is not even a quarter full,the pack sizes are very deceiving! The packs are easy to open and don't rip in the wrong place like others have been known to.
The crisps are a lot thicker than normal crisps and I find the texture much nicer. They're nice and crunchy and they don't have sharp edges where they break like normal crisps that have been known to cut my gums on occasion.
I find that the cheese and onion flavour on these crisps is not as strong as with normal walkers crisps so you are able to taste the flavour of the actual crisp through it as well, which is actually a really nice flavour. They don't taste too salty so you really get the actual flavour of the cheese and onion rather than being overpowered by the salt.
The main selling point of these crisps is that being baked not fried they're healthier than regular Walkers crisps, with 70% less fat. One pack contains 99 calories, 1.9g sugar and 2.1g fat, o.3g of which is saturates. So as far as snacks go they're not too bad and can easily be incorporated into a healthy diet.
The only slight issue I have with them is that whilst I love the taste, one bag doesn't really leave me feeling satisfied because you don't get many crisps per bag, and so I often end up eating 2 bags at a time.
I bought these today as a quick snack. I had missed breakfast and lunch and was halfway through a very hectic day and therefore was quite peckish! I bought my bag from Tescos where they cost me 45p for a single bag. They are also available in multipacks.
The packaging is similar to that shown above but it has changed slightly, there is a darker blue used and the packet is now matte rather than glossy. The packet boasts there is 70% less fat than normal crisps which is why I picked them up as I have just started following the Weight Watchers scheme.
When I opened the back I was immediately hit with a smell of cheese and onion. The crisps inside are just like that shown on the picture of the packet above, they are crinkle cut and are quite large in size.
Biting into the crisps I immediately noticed how crunchy and crisp they were, they are much crunchier than regular crisps. I think they taste slightly different to the regular walkers cheese and onion and they taste quite a bit stronger. You can certainly taste the onion and you can also detect subtle hints of cheese. The crisps are quite strong smelling and I needed a chewing gum afterwards!
I did enjoy the crisps, they certainly satisfied my hunger and I preferred them to regular crisps. I liked the crinkle cut texture and also the crunchiness of the crisps. There were plenty in the bag and all crisps were a good size and a lovely golden brown in colour.
Each bag (single bags are 37.5g, multipack bags are less) contains 99 calories, 2g sugar, 2g fat, trace of saturates and 0.4g salt. This is much less than regular bags of walkers and they taste good so I would recommend them.
Walkers baked markets themselves as being a healthier alternative to their standard crisps range. They are oven baked, instead of fried, and boast 70% less far than their standard range.
The crisps themselves are shallow-crinkled, and are often present in various sizes due to breakage. The baked range has a good potatoey flavour and each crisp is satisfyingly thick and crispy.
On opening the bag, there is a strong smell of cheese and onion; much stronger than the standard crisp range. This is a little off-putting, but this does mean that there is a generous level of flavouring on the crisps themselves. I found the onion factor in this flavour was too strong, as it had a tendency to overpower the cheese Dried onion is the largest ingredient in the seasoning list.
The packs I purchased often seemed half empty; perhaps the baked crisps are heavier than their standard range, as it seemed that I got less crisps compared to their standard range. I found that there is never enough crisps in a pack, leaving me wanting more.
Overall, Walkers baked isn't a bad range. I enjoy the new type of crisp, but I think there needs to be more crisps in each bag, and the flavours could be improved.
I stumbled across the crisps I am about to review completely by accident, when I picked them up instead of my usual favourite Cheese and Onion Walkers crisps.
** What are they? **
Baked Walkers crisps are exactly what they claim to be. The crisps are baked rather than fried (like traditional Walkers crisps) and therefore a lot healthier. The packaging claims that the crisps have 70% less fat than their usual crisps - this includes 50% less saturated fat - the stuff we are all trying to avoid!!
** Taste **
To be perfectly honest I expected them to taste exactly the same as the usual Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps, however the two are quite different.
The Baked crisps are a lot thicker than others and when bitten into have a very crunchy texture to them - something I personally prefer.
The flavour does not seem to be quite as powerful as the traditional Walkers crisps, having said that the distinctive taste is still there. Again for me the combination of the Cheese and Onion flavours is perfect without leaving the taste in your mouth all day - I would still recommend that you freshen your breath afterwards though!
Each bag contains 37.5grams, which I believe is about the average for regular bags of crisps - I tend to think this is the perfect size for a snack or to go with your lunch. On opening a bag of them the first time I did think the portions looked slightly small, however considering the thickness and size of each individual crisp, it is more than adequate.
** Calories **
So the important bit! Most people will try these because they want a healthier option so you will please to know that one bag of these only has 99 calories!
** Price and Availability **
These are available from pretty much all supermarkets, garages, newsagents, corner shops etc... Obviously prices will vary, I have paid anything from 45p to 65p for a bag. They work out much cheaper if you buy them in a multi-bag and are quite regularly on offer in the likes of Asda and Tesco.
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Walkers Baked Crisps - Cheese & Onion.
What is it?
Some crisps by Walkers
This crisps are actually 'baked' rather than fried. They have been oven baked twice, for crispy crunchiness and contain 70% less fat.
What do I think?
I absolutely love this and can't get enough of them. The texture is fabulous, very crunchy and crisp and a very thick wedge cut. The cheese and onion flavour is not bad either, just a subtle hint of it, rather than being so heavy and overwhelming that your mouth stinks of cheese and onion for the whole day.
It says there is 37.5g in each pack, which is roughly the standard weight for an average pack of crisps, but when you open the bag it seems to be only a third of the bag and there are only about 10 crisps in the pack(!).
These are brilliant and I always end up eating about 2-3 packs in one day, because packs are so small. To be fair the size of the crisps are pretty big, they are ridged crinkled hexagon shaped crisps that are quite large, so proportionally the weight stated on the pack would reflect on why there is only about 10 crisps in each pack as they're so huge and densely cut crisps.
They are about 45p per pack, but I usually get mine in a multipack - a pack of 6 for about £1.45 - great value!
These are a much better alternative to normal fired crisps, much lower in fat, although still a little high with the salt content.
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I bought these crisps from the vending machine at work for 60p when I was feeling hungry but didn't fancy any of the other crisps. I hadn't tried these before. They were quite a bit more expensive than the other crisps in the machine though. Sainsburys and Tesco sell individual packs for 59p and 6 pack multi bags for £2.50 for 2 multibags. Asda are selling 3 multi bags for £3.
The bag is blue with the Walker's logo at the top with a picture of the crisps on the front. It is 37.5g in size and it promises 70% less fat. Each pack will give you 149kcal, 2.4g of protein, 27.7g of carbohydrates of which 2.9g are sugars, 3.1g of fat of which 0.4g are saturates, 1.8g of fibre and 0.21g of sodium. The crisps are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs and contain no MSG, preservatives or artifical flavours. They do contain milk and soya lecithins though.
When you first open the pack of crisps, the smell is really really strong. You can smell the onion but it is mixed in with the cheese smell. The crisps themselves are hexagonal in shape which threw me a bit at first as I was expecting the usual odd shaped Walkers crisps. I did have quite a few broken bits in the bag too. The crisps are a good size. I think that the crisps were really nice. The flavour was quite strong but not in an unpleasant way. I found it was stronger than Walker's normal cheese and onion crisps. The crisps were really crispy and crunchy so they had a lovely texture. This comes from being baked twice apparantly. I was pleased with these crisps and would buy them again
As my boyfriend is on a diet, we were on the lookout for healthier options he could snack on through out the day whilst doing our weekly shop. We spotted these walkers baked, we had never seen them before and on the front they were claiming to have 70% less fat.
We looked at the calorie content of these crisps and suprisingly they only contain 99 calories per serving, which we assume to be per bag! That is less than a kit kat at 107 calories and these are twice as filling!
We bought these walkers baked crisps in cheese and onion flavour in a pack of 6 bags. They are on offer in tesco at the moment, any two bags for £2.50 which is a bargain! Thats £1.25 per bag, and only about 21p per bag! They are such a cheap snack!
They come in a variety of flavours including cheese and onion, ready salted, salt and vinegar, sour cream and chive.
These baked crisps remind me of pringles, they have a very similar taste. They are a lot thicker than normal crisps, and very crunchy. Sometimes they are a bit too hard and i find they hurt my teeth to bite into. They have lots of flavour, walkers have deffinately not comprised any flavour to make these more healthy!
On the pack they explain how they are healthier - 70% less fat, 50% of that is less saturated fat, which we are always being advised to cut down on! Walkers supports the Food Standards Agency campaign to lower saturated fat consumption. They also advertise a website to visit, to learn more on how to eat a more healthy balanced diet - www.eatwell.gov.uk
You should store these crisps in a cool dry place. These crisps are free from artificial colours, preservatives and MSG (Glutamate).
Overall, if your looking to loose weight and dont want to completely cut out all your favourite foods, then try these as a snack as part of your balanced diet!
I am a big fan of Walkers and Crisps in general, so when I had the opportunity to try a 'baked' crisp with 70% less fat* I took the opportunity with both hands (well a finger and thumb actually):-)
So whats it all about. Well as we all know crisps are not good for you. They are generally full of fat, and this is not the stuff you want to be eating regular. Walkers have a huge share of the crisps market, thanks partly to Mr Lineker, and the huge advertsing budget that Walkers put aside.
These walkers baked cheese and onion crisps were bought as part of a multi pack. I haven't actually saw them sold singular, so I can't confirm if they do or don't. My multipack cost £1.00 for 6, so we are talking about 16p a packet, which I think is very reasonable, but is also on par with many other mutlipacks.
On the front of the Royal Blue packet is a crisp, and in large letters Baked Cheese and Onion Crisps. It is also keen to point out that there is less than 70% fat*
Opening the pack you are met by some strange shaped crisps. Many of them with square edges, and not the roundish edges you expect. They also have ridges to hold in the flavour. Only small ones though. Nothing like you get on the likes of Mccoys.
I found the crisps very crunchy and fresh. I never also got the greasy taste you get on many crisps, which was a pleasant change. Sadly I don't think the flavour was as strong as some other crisps either, maybe it was just my taste buds on that day.
Each pack has 25g which is a bit less than norm. They have no MSG, No preservatives, No artificial colours. They are suitable for Vegetarians and Coelliacs.
Nutritional Value per pack
of which sugars 1.9g
of which saturates 0.3g
*Equivalent as Salt 0.36g
Cheddar and Onion Flavour Baked Potato Snack
Cheddar and Onion Seasoning
Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)
Dried Skimmed Milk
Dried Milk Whey
Dried Cheese (from milk)
To sum things up I would say that these crisps are okay. They are not fantastic, however they are healthier than normal crisps and that can't be a bad thing. I mean 99 kcals isn't bad for a quick snack. I have found in reason years that I have changed my diet slightly to gain health benefits. This resulted in going down from 3 teaspoons of sugar in my cup of tea to none. Full fat milk to skimmed, and it may mean changing to baked crisps. Okay maybe the full taste wasn't there initially but maybe my taste buds need time to adjust.
Normally for my lunch at work I like to have a packet of crisps it just adds that extra something to a boring sandwich.
I usually really like Walkers crisps as they taste great and aren't bad in value, but then I started dieting and found that normal walkers were a big no no as they are full of calories.
Then would you believe it prayers answered Walkers bring out a new type of crisp the 'Walkers Baked' all your traditional flavours but 70% less fat great!
Each 25g bag of Walkers Baked Ready Salted contains:-
I found that I actually preferred the baked to the original as each crinkle cut crisp is thicker making them more crunchy which I love. I also like that each crisp seems to be larger than the originals which I think makes them more filling.
There is a slight downside, but I do find the baked crisps quite hard to come by in most shops as it tends to be the large chain supermarkets that sell them and only in multi packs, although each multi pack costs just £1.45 for six packets which works out at 24p per pack I don't think this is too un-reasonable.
I would recommend these crisps to everyone as they taste just as good as the originals if not better but with less calories.
Cheese and Onion are my favourite flavour of crisps, and I have chosen this packet many times.
These crisps claim that they are 70% less fat than other crisps, and this has something to do with the baking.
These crisps are ridged, which makes them a bit more interesting than a regular crisp, and the flavour is just as good. I have found with these though that the flavour isn't as strong as regular cheese and onion walkers, but that makes you stink less, so can only be a good thing. I also found that these crisps taste a lot less salty than the regular cheese and onion walkers. These crisps are slightly harder than regular ones but thats because they are thicker, and it's quite nice that they have an extra bit of crunch, it's not unpleasant.
The only thing that I found to be a slight negative about these is that they don't fill you up at all, but as an accompaniment to a sandwich or something like that they are fine, but not as a snack on their own.
All in all a good crisp, I would say if you are trying to lose weight, these would be a good swap for regular cheese and onion. They are just as tasty, but not quite as filling. I really liked them though.
Walkers baked crisps are fairly new to the market and can be bought in different multiples of 6, 10 or 12 pack multipacks or individually.
In terms of nutritional information, a bag of these crisps is fairly good for you and much better than normal fried crisps. They only contain 99 calories. 1.9 g of sugar, 2.1g of fat and 0.4g salt. Walkers now make this part of their 'under 100 calories' range in a bid to cut obesity rates.
I consider myself to be a big crisp fan and somewhat of a connoisseur! Recently I have been trying to lose a bit of weight and whilst I think it's impossible to remove crisps from my diet, I thought I could cut down by trying the baked range of Walkers.
The fact that they have 70% less fat than the ordinary fried crisps was appealing but I soon discovered why this is the case. You get about half the amount of crisps as a normal bag! It really is a disgrace when you open the bag to find that it is only about a third full. It defeats the object of trying to reduce your fat consumption because you end up having to eat 2 or 3 bags to stave off your hunger!
There are other ranges in the Wallker's brand which are much more appealing and have even less calories in them if you are trying to cut down such as French Fries and Quavers. And you won't have to have 2 or 3 bags to fill you up!
Review of Walkers Cheese and Onion flavour Baked Crisps
I am not really a regular crisp eater, however occasionally it is nice to have a savoury snack during the evening and with this in mind I recently purchased a multi-pack of Walkers Cheese and Onion Baked Crisps, admittedly the special offer in my local Asda supermarket also played a part in my decision to buy!
Marketed as containing 70% less fat than standard crisps, Walkers Baked crisps certainly sound a reasonable option. The fact that they are baked as opposed to fried would lead me to believe that they may contain fewer calories than Walkers usual crisps.
I purchased mine in a multi-pack consisting of 6 x 25g bags of cheese and onion flavour. The crisps can also be purchased singly, in mixed flavour and in larger sized multi-packs
The outer bag is made of plastic and carries the Walker logo and the usual information.
The individual bags of crisps are made of shiny foiled material. The colour is a rich blue and the pack bears a picture of delicious looking ridged crisps propped up behind a little hunk of cheese and a slice of raw onion. 10 out of 10 for the packet, it is eye-catching and attractive. Naturally ingredients, nutritional values and other information are also to be found on the pack.
==Appearance and Smell==
On opening the pull apart pack, the aroma of savoury cheese and onion hits your nostrils. The smell is certainly mouthwatering and the crisps really do have a pleasing aroma. On peeping inside the pack, I was somewhat surprised to see a measly amount of pale coloured crisps lurking at the bottom of the bag. True, they looked the part, thick, almost diamond shaped and deeply ridged, but there were so few of them! I counted 8 whole crisps and a few broken up pieces, but still it is the taste that counts, quality not quantity!
==Taste and Texture==
The all important part of any food based review is of course the taste! These crisps have a flavour all of their own, it is not as cheesy or oniony as the aroma would have you expect, it is a slightly strange taste, sweet and cloying, not savoury. These crisps are actually rather unpleasant to my palate. They also have an odd after-taste, reminiscent of stale bread.
I feel that these might be nicer if eaten with a dip, a well flavoured dip at that, to disguise the nasty taste of the actual crisps!
The texture is very good, crunchy and with plenty to bite into, but the crisps are rather dry in comparison to ordinary crisps. The ridges on the crisps aid the crispiness and they are quite light in texture.
As this review is based around the cheese and onion variety, I cannot comment on whether the other flavours in the range are also strangely flavoured, however following this experience of Walkers Baked, I doubt I will be trying them out!
==Nutritional Values, Ingredients and Allergy Advice==
I do not like to replicate a huge long list of ingredients etc. as I am convinced no one really likes to read a review padded out with such information, so I will keep this section of my review as brief as I can.
Main ingredients include:-
Potato Flakes, Starch, Sunflower Oil, Cheese & Onion Flavour (Onion Powder, Lactose ) Skimmed Milk Powder, Butter Powder, Cheese Powder (From Milk), Colours (Paprika Extract, Annatto), Soyabean Oil), Sugar, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Dextrose, Salt.
Nutrition per 25g bag:-
99 calories, 1.9g sugar, 2.1g fat, 0.3g saturates, 0.4g salt.
Contains Maltodextrin, Wheat, Lactose, Milk Powder, Whey Powder, Soya Lecithins & Soya Oil
Suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.
Contain No MSG, no preservatives and no artificial colours.
Produced in the UK by Walkers. Further information about the company can be found on their website:-
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
I paid £2 for 2 multi packs of these Walkers Baked Crisps in my local Asda. The price is a 'Roll-Back' offer and valid until 31/12/10. I was unimpressed with the crisps firstly as there were so few in the bag and secondly because I consider them to be quite nasty. Perhaps it was just as well there was a small amount!
The texture of the crisps is fine, but the taste is repugnant to me. Of course everyone has differing tastes, but in my opinion these crisps were certainly not worth the money or worthy of the Walkers trade name. A big disappointment from Walkers.
I am giving the crisps 1* and cannot in all honesty recommend to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 February 2010
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I dont know what these are, but they are not crisps
Whilst i cannot say crisps are moist, these little cardboard offerings are an insult. I bought these in a multi pack, at £1.37 for 6, which works out slightly dearer for these potato "flake" monstrosities, than proper potato Walkers cheese & onion crisps.
They come in a blue foil bag of 25g, and with 0.3g of saturated fat, thats half of "normal" crisps, but do not even have half the flavour despite having more salt/sodium content than their superior "big brother"
If walkers are trying to tap into the health food and diet sector, they have failed miserably with this one, as an avid crisp fan, i was left still wanting proper crisps,
Dry, lacking in flavour, lacklustre offerings, i crunched the bag up after tasting two, and fed them to the birds, if you are looking for a healthy alternative to crisps, leave these lying on the shelf where they belong. Walkers need to get back to the drawing board
Ingredients: Potato flakes , starch , sunflower oil , cheese & onion flavour [onion powder, lactose (from milk), flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate, sodium 5-ribonucleotide), skimmed milk powder, butter powder (contains maltodextrin (from wheat)), flavourings, whey powder (from milk), cheese powder (from milk), colours (paprika extract, annatto), soyabean oil], sugar, emulsifier (soya lecithin) , dextrose , salt.