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Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps have been around for years and they have been my go to crisp of choice for quite some time, however not any more.
The packet may still be the same, but the crisps themselves have changed. Yes they are still made of potatoes, but is it just my imagination or have they got slightly thinner in recent years. The weight of the packet has definitely changed, it is much smaller than it use to be, but we seem to be paying a lot more for them. Perhaps the price increase is an attempt to make us eat less of them, as well as reducing the amount in each packet.
But what they've also done is changed the taste, they don't have as much flavour in them as they use to, yes they still taste of cheese and onion, but it is somewhat more diluted than it use to be. You could open a bag of crisps and the smell would immediately hit you, now you really have to stick you nose into the bag to get any kind of smell. They still have a good crunch and are less greasy than they use to be, one good thing I suppose and they still fill that little craving you get between meals, but they are certainly not as good as I remember them from my youth.
I'll still continue to buy them, but only when there's an offer on in my local Asda or Morrisons, Walkers now make much better cheese and onion crisps in other varieties.
Walkers crisps seem to have become the most popular choice as all supermarkets, general stores and garages seem to stock them. Cheese and onion were my favourite and had been for some time. They may not be the healthiest of snacks but they are quite filling and are lower in calories compared to chocolate bars.
The strange thing is that while they have a nice taste, I can't make out cheese or onion in them. They come in a blue bag with Walkers in red across it and all the other details in white. It says that the cheese is Cheddar from Somerset and there are details regarding calories and salt content.
When it comes to the crisps they look very much like most other crisps - light brown with some being big and others much smaller and then a lot of crumbs at the bottom of the packet. Even if there is no longer as much salt in there they are still salty. As with most things they have got smaller as at one time each pack was 28g but has since gone down to 25g.
They still have a good crunch and it is easy to tell if they are past their best as they start to go soft. The smell is distinctive but again there is no real smell of cheese and onion. I have just sniffed inside the pack - purely for the intention of writing about the smell not some weird fetish - and it is actually quite unpleasant.
Each bag has 130 calories and 7.7g of fat along with 0.30g of salt. They are made with British potatoes and there is no MSG. The pack also claims that they are 75% lower in saturates than other crisps and I do think they taste different than they did a few years ago so this may be the difference. They have not really changed that much for the worse but I do remember them being a lot nicer in the past. I used to really look forward to a bag but my enthusiasm has really waned recently, especially as they also leave a not so nice aftertaste and I wonder how long that will show on my breath.
Not a product I will give up altogether but I can see me cutting back, especially as they are more expensive than many other brands.
They can be as much as 60p a bag sold individually but Asda often have them in a 6 pack as part of their 3 for 2 so they work out at about £4 for 18 bags.
100% British potatoes Naturally lower in saturates No artificial colours or preservatives Delicious seasonings Same great delicious flavour