“ Brand: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
I havve been putting my girlfriend off trying these for a while. I have only just started to like mango chutney itself, and the thought of adding that flavour to a packet of crisps, in all honesty, scared me. Eventually, I relented and let her buy them. I was the first of us to try them, despite my protests that it was ridiculous as a flavour. I take back everything negative I ever said. These crisps are delicious. Not as sweet as their original influence, but instead they have a mild spice to them - a slightly tangy flavour. I can't say they taste very much like mango chutney, but more like a mixture of that and the spicy curry you would usually tend to mix with it. I have definitely been converted to this flavour, but I can not see me trying the other flavours in this sports-related range just yet! Walkers have certainly managed to bush the boundary of flavour and come out on top with this winner - try them now!
I recently bought a multi-pack of Walker's crisps mainly due to the flavours in the multi-pack being a bit different to the ones I usually buy... I fancied a bit of a change! The three flavours were "Sour Cream and Chive", "Mango Chutney" and "Beef and Horseradish". The multi-pack has proven to be a bit of a 'hit and miss' in my house, because all three flavours within have tended to be 'just ok' and nothing too miraculous. The multi-pack of six packets cost me 99 pence which I felt offered very good value. I bought it from my local 'Farmfoods' frozen food store. The crisps in this range from Walkers are a limited edition, and are part of the "Gary's Great Trips" promotion that is currently being run by Walkers. The promotion allows consumers to collect tokens from multi-packs of Walkers and trade them in, for which they can earn great savings on days out and pub meals and the like. Because of the promotion, it means that all of the crisps in the multi-pack are given quirky names which are related to activities and sports. The mango chutney crisps are therefore actually called "ManGO-KARTING chutney". Hmm... Anyway, the packet is a (rather unattractive) mustardy-orange type colour, with the Walkers emblem taking up about half the size of the bag, and underneath there is a couple of pictures - like photographs - of people go-carting! There is also some information on the front of the bag about how you can save £££s by using the "Gary's Great Trips" promotion. The packet of crisps is 25g in size, and the packaging proudly states that these crisps are suitable for vegetarians, and contain no artificial colours or preservatives. The nutritional information informs me that each 25g pack of these crisps contains 130 calories and 8.2g of fat. Upon opening the foil-lined bag, I am instantly aware of the smell of the crisps wafting up to my nostrils. The smell has a kind of curry aroma about it which I found to be quite appetising. I also thought that they smelled quite sweet. The crisps are quite attractive-looking and look to be on a par with similar potato crisps from the Walker's brand. They give the impression of being quite flavoursome as they have a sort of orangey look to them, although of course this is only an assumption. After popping one into my mouth, I am aware that the curry type taste is actually quite strong, which is a nice bonus for me as they appear to be as flavoursome as I first thought. The crunch of the crisps is just right, and I did not find them to be too hard at all. I found that they were very crispy and had a pleasant texture. The taste of the crisps is quite enjoyable, and I did find them to be quite flavoursome. I was definitely aware of the underlying flavour of the mango chutney, but this was a bit over-powered by the kind of curryish flavour to the crisps. The combination of the two meant that I found them to be quite 'tangy' and there was a certain element of sweet and sourness to the flavour. I did think they had a certain amount of 'spice' to the taste but could have done with a bit more to satisfy my own personal tastes. Don't get me wrong, I didn't find them to be bland or tasteless, but there was just 'something missing' for me at least. Overall, I did enjoy them for the most part, but I probably wouldn't rush out and buy them again, nor would I recommend them particularly highly to anyone. I'm pretty sure that the multi-pack I bought is only a limited edition type of thing, so if these sound like they would be your cup of tea then I would recommend buying them quite soon! Because I wasn't overly impressed with them, I won't be sobbing into my pillow when (or if) they ARE discontinued, as I was kind of 'neither here or there' about them on the whole. I would only award these crisps three stars, and I'm probably being quite generous at that. I wouldn't rush out to buy them again as there are other flavours from Walkers crisps that I much prefer to these. These are only a three star offering! :-D
A couple of days ago my daughter gave me a multipack of crisps, new Walkers flavours based around the Gary's Great Trips promotion. The first packet I tried today was the Spicy Mango Chutney flavour (called Spicy ManGo-Karting for the duration of the promotion) and I must say they were absolutely delicious. The crisps come in a yellow-orange bag, which I wouldn't ordinarily mention but it's so similar to the Roast Chicken flavour that if these are available in single packs it would be very easy to pick the wrong flavour up! They actually taste nicely of mango chutney, the mango flavour itself isn't particularly obvious but the crisps have a lovely fruity chutney flavour which is both sweet and deliciously spicy at the same time. The spiciness is one of those flavours which develops as you get through the packet, it starts off very subtle but by the time I had finished the crisps my tongue and taste buds were well aware of the fact that I had eaten something spicy. The crisps aren't quite as greasy as the standard Walkers range in my opinion, they don't feel oily to the touch and I wasn't left with the taste of grease in my mouth as I usually am after eating a packet of crisps. Of course there is an element of grease to them because they are crisps, and it could well be that the spicy flavouring is simply overwhelming the oily flavours usually evident in Walkers, but they do seem to have far less fattiness in both taste and feel. I'm not disappointed that they don't taste of mango, not really. In retrospect I don't think the real fruit flavour would go well with crisps and anyway mango chutney itself doesn't always taste of mango itself, especially the spicier ones which these crisps are trying to emulate. It's more that the flavour is reminiscent of mango but the sweetness of the crisps is surely derived from the fruit and I don't hold it against Walkers that they have not created actual mango crisps! I don't tend to use crisps as dippers, but my daughter mentioned that these are very nice dipped in proper mango chutney and also a cool raita dip. I shall try this next time I think as something tells me that these dips would compliment the crisps beautifully. Each 25g multipack bag of these crisps contains 130 calories and 0.6g of saturated fat, which isn't bad I suppose but I won't be eating them every day as the overall fat content is over 8g. I have only seen them available in multipacks which consist of two packs of these as well as two packs each of Roast Beef & Horseradish and Sour Cream & Chive - both of which are delicious and I shall be reviewing very soon!