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      15.10.2009 12:55
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      They Used To Be My Favourites But Now They're Horrible

      Walkers bbq crisps have been one of my faves since they brought the flavour out, but when Walkers started using sunseed oil some of the flavours suffered and I reckon these bbq ones were the worst affected.

      They used to have a proper meaty flavour and even though there was never a mad load of flavour powder on the crisps they were very strong and addicting.

      Now though the meaty flavour isn't there as much and the crisps taste proper artificial and you can taste the chemicals in the flavouring. There's a bit of a sweet flavour in them as well that you can't taste when you're eating them but it comes out just as your about to swallow them and then it lasts for ages as an after taste.

      They taste very salty as well and I didn't like that at all because they were always one of the saltiest flavours and now it just makes me feel a bit sick because my mouth gets so dry when I'm eating them.

      The flavour lingers for ages as well and it got staler as time went on, even after I'd brushed my teeth I could still taste them when the flavour of the toothpaste wore off!

      The crisps have got a very crispy texture but that's been spoilt as well because they're proper greasy feeling and tasting now and I've gone from loving this flavour to not wanting to eat them again.

      A bag costs about 50p but I wouldn't bother, actually me and my mate have started a quest to find the perfect bbq flavour crisps and your welcome to join us!

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        15.02.2009 19:58
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        A great snack

        From my other Walkers Crisps reviews you will have gathered that I do quite like a bag of crisps every now and then and that due to the fact that I am often left with the Salt and Vinegar flavoured ones I do snatch up a bag of my choosing every so often. The bag I pinched out of the basket today was a packet of Walkers Barbecue flavoured crisps.

        Walkers have been producing crisps since 1948 are a well-known and well-loved brand. They produce numerous flavours including Roast Chicken, Ready Salted, Smoky Bacon, Salt and Vinegar and Beef & Onion as well as many, many more.

        The packet for the Barbecue flavoured crisps is black in colour, which makes the packet in a strange way look quite luxurious, as the iconic Walker's logo and name of the crisps, which is written in a shimmering gold, really stand out. As well as the flavour of the crisps and the Walkers logo the front of the packet also contains the information that the crisps are made using Sunseed Oil.

        The back of the packet then contains a list of ingredients and the nutritional values for the crisps, which I have reproduced below.
        Energy 131kcal
        Protein 1.6g
        Carbohydrate 12.5g
        of which sugars 0.1g
        Fat 8.3g
        of which saturates 0.7
        Fibre 1.0g
        Sodium 0.2g
        equivalent as salt 0.6g

        Upon opening the bag you are immediately met by a quite intense barbeque smell. The smell is smoky and does in much respect transport you to a lovely sunny day with the barbecue flaming away in the background. The smell in my opinion isn't overpowering like Barbecue sauce and is both appetising and unique at the same time. The bag itself is relatively full of crisps, which is something Walkers are known for and all over the crisps are a lovely golden colour with specks of black dust on them. The crisps do however vary greatly in size and shape ranging from teeny tiny crisps to gigantic ones.

        The taste of the crisps is like the smell rather unique and definitely in my opinion distinctive. Again like the smell the taste isn't too overpowering and so when you pop one into your mouth you are greeted to a subtle barbecue taste rather than hit by something that tastes rather like cheap barbecue sauce smells - cigarette ash. The taste itself doesn't linger for a great length of time like the taste of some of Walker's other flavours do but this isn't a particular problem because I think if it did the crisps wouldn't be as delicious as they currently.

        By dad is a great fan of these crisps and I must admit that the more I eat them the more I am getting to really love them too. My mum on the other hand cannot stand them and would rather be in another room when we're eating them to be honest.

        All in all Walkers barbecue flavoured crisps make a lovely snack or addition to the lunchbox.

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          07.07.2008 17:51
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          not a great Walker's crisp I'm afraid

          I often get the 'munchies' in the evening watching TV so last night I rooted round to see what the family had not eaten and found a pack of Walker's BBQ crisps - standard size - 25g 131 kcal so thought I would tuck in...
          Quite a strong taste and OK but nothing to get excited about I thought.

          When I woke up this morning I had a dreadful taste in my mouth and realised it was the flavour of these wretched BBQ crisps - 4.41pm the following day and I can still blooming taste them!

          I can honestly say I have never in my life thought I would be sitting here telling the world about a nasty-tasting bag of crisps but I really think they should have a warning on the packet.

          I don't know about you but I prefer to taste the food I eat the same day and not the day after- will I still be able to taste them tomorrow??!!

          I usually love all types of crisps and tend to buy Walkers as they are usually good but will keep away from this flavour - is this why they were in the multi-pack I wonder...?

          I've tried to work out what the taste is, but the ingredients,apart from potatoes and sunflower oil, are gobblydegook to me so the only clue I've got is ''barbeque rib flavour' - UGH!

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            21.08.2006 10:06
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            would rather grab a different flavour

            Ive seen these in a multipack, but it was a mixed one with 2 other flavours and I cant for the life of me remember which flavours they were. However this multipack will set you back 96p from any supermarket. Otherwise the standard packet of crisps is available for just 36p or the grab bag variety will set you back anywhere between 45p and 80p depending where you buy it from.

            The multipack obviously works out cheaper then buying your 6 packs at once but you get roughly 10g less for your money than with a standard bag. The standard bag contains 34.5g each, which is good enough to have as an addition to your lunch. The main downside to Walkers is for the calorie counters amongst us with each bag taking about 181 Kcal?s of your daily allowance, so probably not a regular item on you list.

            The colour of the packet always catches me out. Ive already mentioned and written about my love of Beef and Onion, which come in a brown bag. The amount of times whilst not paying attention I have picked up the black Barbecue bag really isnt something I like to think about. Again like the other packs the details of Walkers current offer take up most of the bag, at the moment its the Indian and Chinese meal offer.

            Right so onto the actual taste test, the most important thing about all this rambling. Opening the bag up you get a strong waft of a sort of barbecue sauce smell. Its quite strong but not overpowering. In fact the smell is quite pleasant and really adds to the appeal of this particular flavour. And the actual smell seems to disappear fairly quickly leaving just a faint waft of the flavouring in the air.

            And finally it comes time to actually start eating the crisps, the first thing that annoys me is the amount of powder from the crisps that rubs onto your fingers leaving them a bright orange colour. The smell is quite pleasant as you put them in your mouth before taking that first taste. Like with the smell the crisps do actually taste of Barbecue sauce, but its not a strong taste. They seem to have a tangy kick to them, which is the barbecue sauce, which means if you really arent a fan of Barbecue Sauce then give these a miss.

            The taste is quite nice at the start but as you gradually work through the bag they start to get a little sickly. In fact I find it very hard to actually finish a whole bag usually leaving half to be finished off later. The after taste isnt too pleasant either, leaving you with a very dry throat and the rather sickly twang of the barbecue sauce lingering for a while.

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            04.11.2005 16:58
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            Delicious value for money savoury snack.

            "Oh no!" I hear you say, "not another b***dy crisp review" Er..."yes", is the simple answer. The problem is that I like crisps. I like all savoury snacks, and some sweets too, but Savoury Snacks are my "thing". So, today I'm spouting forth my bit of "wisdom" on the king of all crisps: Walkers Barbecue flavour crisps (mmmm..heavenly).

            *** Who are Walkers (in case you live on a different planet)? ***

            Walkers Snack Foods are Britain's biggest crisp manufacturer who, according to their website, employ 4,000 people in 15 locations. They started from humble beginnings - a man named .... yes you guessed it .... Mr Walker (Henry), who ran a successful butchers business. In 1948, with severe rationing, the company decided to move into the potato crisp market and have never looked back! Since those early days they have expanded and bought out other already successful brands thus enlarging their portfolio to the extent that they now claim "an estimated 11 million people will eat a Walkers product every day"!

            *** The Walkers Product portfolio ***

            Besides their standard potato crisp range, Walkers Snack Foods also produce:

            *Wotsits
            *Max
            *Lites
            *Quavers
            *French Fries
            *Monster Munch
            *Square Crisps
            *Salt & Shake
            *Dippas
            *Doritos
            *Doritos Latinos
            *Potato Heads
            *Sensations

            *** So what makes Walkers Crisps so good?***

            Obviously it's down to the way they're made. Apparently they select the best potatoes and thoroughly wash them. On arrival at the factory they're checked again for quality and any damaged or inferior potatoes are not used. They are again washed and peeled before being sliced. After the slicing process, they're further washed to remove starch, they are then fried and flavours are then added. More quality checks and then they're weighed before final packaging. Walkers claim that they now blend their vegetable oil with a special sunflower oil "to produce a better crisp" and reduce the levels of saturated fat.

            They further claim to take quality very seriously and I have to say I agree as they're without doubt the best crisps I've ever tasted.

            *** The Variety ***

            Although they bring out special limited flavours from time to time, the current standard range includes Beef & Onion, Cheese & Onion, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Marmite, Pickled Onion, Prawn Cocktail, Ready Salted, Roast Chicken, Salt & Vinegar, Smokey Bacon, Worcester Sauce and, of course, Barbecue.

            *** Barbecue Flavour - Taste & Smell ***

            OK. This is what we're here for. These are, in my humble opinion, the most scrumptious crisps in the entire range! Ripping open the pack releases a strong, but pleasant, aroma that might remind you of BBQ sauce or perhaps barbecue spare ribs. It entrances you, trapping you in its intoxicating embrace - demanding your instant and undivided attention. Nothing, but NOTHING can stop you delving into this packet and taking what's rightfully yours! In go your fingers, wriggle about, and pull out those first few crisps in their grasp. Without another thought, the hand has raised the crisps to the mouth as you drool in anticipation of the taste to come. Crrrunch .. Crrunch … Mmmm ....…. crrunch…oooh…ah.. Delicious!! It tastes of…..er…barbecue sauce, surprisingly. A bit raunchy and tangy, but without too much kick. More, more, more! Before you know it, the entire contents have been finished. You're licking your lips, wiping your hands of the flavouring residue and brushing a few crumbs off your shirt. Gorgeous!

            *** Nutritional Information ***

            Each 34.5g pack contains 181 calories; 11.4g Fat, of which 3.5g is Saturates; 17.3g Carbohydrates (of which 0.7g sugar); 2.2g Protein; 1.4g Dietary Fibre and 0.2g Salt. The main ingredient is potatoes, of course, and this product is suitable for Vegetarians. Interestingly, Walkers are proudly boasting that they have been reducing the levels of saturated fat so that their crisps today contain 30% less than in 2003.

            *** Packaging ***

            Walkers Crisps are available in pack sizes of 34.5g, 50g and a Family size 175g. In addition you can get multipacks of 6, 12, 18 and 24. It should be noted that the crisp packets in these multipacks are only a measly 25g!
            Each flavour has a different colour pack in order to aid recognition. Barbecue flavour come in a lovely little black pack and like all the rest this has the Walkers logo emblazoned across the front. The reverse side of each pack contains all the nutritional info, ingredients, Customer services info and Best before date.

            *** Prices & Availability***

            Although prices can vary slightly, you should be able to pick up a standard 34.5g pack for about 28p. Having said that, my most recent purchase was from a vending machine which ripped me off for the princely sum of 40p! The 50g "Grab bag" commonly sells between 40p-50p, although I've seen this on South West Trains at an incredible 85p! The multipacks work out cheaper, with the 6 pack at 98p, the 12 pack at £1.68 and the 24 pack at £2.74. You will find these available just about everywhere!


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

            Customer Services can be contacted at the following address:

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

            For additional information on all Walkers products, visit their website at:

            http://www.walkers.co.uk

            ***** Final Thoughts *****

            Over the years Walkers have made some quite amusing adverts with football legend, Gary Linekar. In fact, 25 different Ads in 10 years! In all those Ads I have only ever seen him eat Barbecue flavour once!! It's an absolute bloody disgrace!

            Many thanks for reading. Cheers!

            * Note: Previously posted, as user "eldergill" on Ciao - 28th October 2005.

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              17.12.2003 03:43
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              So next on my sudden addiction to Walkers crisps and my tour of the flavours comes the Barbecue ones. I have to admit that I?m not really a big fan of this flavour but do like it a lot more than those evil Cheese and Onion ones. Of course as already stated in previous ops, my favourites are easy to establish. The Beef and Onion and Prawn Cocktail in the original and the Chicken flavour of the Sensations brand. I know I?ve seen these in a multipack, but it was a mixed one with 2 other flavours and I cant for the life of me remember which flavours they were. However this multipack will set you back 96p from any supermarket. Otherwise the standard packet of crisps is available for just 36p or the grab bag variety will set you back anywhere between 45p and 80p depending where you buy it from. The multipack obviously works out cheaper then buying your 6 packs at once but you get roughly 10g less for your money than with a standard bag. The standard bag contains 34.5g each, which is good enough to have as an addition to your lunch. The main downside to Walkers is for the calorie counters amongst us with each bag taking about 181 Kcal?s of your daily allowance, so probably not a regular item on you list. The colour of the packet always catches me out. I?ve already mentioned and written about my love of Beef and Onion, which come in a brown bag. The amount of times whilst not paying attention I have picked up the black Barbecue bag really isn?t something I like to think about. Again like the other packs the details of Walkers current offer take up most of the bag, at the moment it?s the Indian and Chinese meal offer. Right so onto the actual taste test, the most important thing about all this rambling. Opening the bag up you get a strong waft of a sort of barbecue sauce smell. It?s quite strong but not overpowering. In fact the smell is quite pleasant and really adds to the appeal of this particular flavour. And the actual smell seems to
              disappear fairly quickly leaving just a faint waft of the flavouring in the air. And finally it comes time to actually start eating the crisps, the first thing that annoys me is the amount of powder from the crisps that rubs onto your fingers leaving them a bright orange colour. The smell is quite pleasant as you put them in your mouth before taking that first taste. Like with the smell the crisps do actually taste of Barbecue sauce, but it?s not a strong taste. They seem to have a tangy kick to them, which is the barbecue sauce, which means if you really aren?t a fan of Barbecue Sauce then give these a miss. The taste is quite nice at the start but as you gradually work through the bag they start to get a little sickly. In fact I find it very hard to actually finish a whole bag usually leaving half to be finished off later. The after taste isn?t too pleasant either, leaving you with a very dry throat and the rather sickly twang of the barbecue sauce lingering for a while. I do prefer these to the Cheese and Onion but only in small amounts. Not a pack of crisps I would go for on a regular basis unless I?m picking up the wrong bag, which as I said does happen every now and again. Probably the best BBQ crisps on the market but to be honest I don?t think I?ve actually seen a rival brand, perhaps it?s because Barbecue flavour really doesn?t work that well and should be left as a dip for your Chicken nuggets

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              Walkers Barbecue flavour potato crisps.