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      23.03.2013 23:26

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      Walkers have axed steak & onion due to low sales. A disgrace let them know how wrong they are on their facebook page. Join the campaign to bring Beef & Onion back:http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/walkers-beef-and-onion-crisps.html

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      30.04.2010 22:12
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      Really nice crisps

      Walkers are one of the most popular and most prominent crisp manufacturers in the UK, as well as, i imagine, in the US and Europe. They produce several different flavours and brands, including Quaver, Squares, Wotsits, Doritos and many more.

      I'm a fan of crisps in general, although i have to admit my favourite brands, when i can find either of them (which is rare), are Roysters and Seabrook. I do however often go for Walkers as their constant flavours are great (Salt and Vinegar, Ready Salted, Cheese and Onion, Roast Chicken, Smoky Bacon, Steak and Onion and a few others) and they're also constantly producing limited edition flavours, often relating to a specific event. At the moment Walkers have released flavours based on countries playing in this summers' World Cup.

      So, on to the Steak and Onion, as usual I'll split the review up into sections:

      PACKAGING
      As with all Walkers crisps the crisps come in an air-tight, sealed foil bag. The Steak and Onion bag is a brown colour and they say Steak and Onion flavour potato crisps on the front.
      The key nutrional information is displayed in the bottom left hand corner and the reverse of the bag features other nutrional information, ingredients and details of the flavour and company.

      TASTE
      These are one of preferred flavours of Walkers crisps; they're a really nice flavour and extremely moreish. They've done a really good job with the flavour capture with this one, you really can taste both steak and onion and they've got the strength of the flavouring just right. Far too easy to eat several bags of these!
      My only real issue with this flavour is that they're very hard to find in individual bags in shops, everywhere just seems to go for the standard Ready Salted, Salt and Vinegar and Cheese and Onion flavours - i only ever see Steak and Onion in multibags.

      NUTRIONAL INFORMATION
      The key nutritional information is as follows:
      CALORIES: 131 (7%)
      SUGAR: 0.5(1%)
      FAT: 8.3g (12%)
      SATURATES: 0.6% (3%)
      SALT: 0.35g (6%)
      The % corresponds to your RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
      This isn't too bad on the whole - the calorie content is around the same as a chocolate bar - there is a fairly high amount of fat in these crisps though, 8.3g of fat in a 25g bag of crisps is a little higher than i would like. I therefore certainly wouldn't recommend eating too many packets of these in one day - everything in moderation!

      Overall Steak and Onion is another great flavour from Walkers; really nice and extremely moreish.

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      12.03.2010 07:58
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      These are 1 of my favourite Crisp flavours. The wife thinks these are boring, but that just means I know she won't steal my Crisps.

      I find it hard to find these in individual packs in the shop of 34.5g, which is a shame, but they can be found in 6 pack multipacks in my local Asda. The multipack bags are smaller as I think they are 28g, and you get 6 bags for around £1.30, or Asda has them on a 3 for £3 offer which covers a large mixture of Crisp flavours.

      The bag doesn't look that interesting. A deep brown bag with the Walkers logo on the front and a picture of a Crisp. No nice picture of a piece of Steak or Some Sizzling Onions.

      You can smell the scent when you open the bag. I think they smell really Meaty, and you can see the flavouring on the Crisps. The colouring is a reddish colour.

      These taste like how you would expect. They taste like Flamegrilled Steak with some Onions sizzled on top. The flavourings seem to mix well, and I think the flavouring is authentic, and not tasting fake.

      These have the normal amount of calories per bag, which I don't have to hand just now.

      I like these because they are full of Meaty flavour and will keep having a stock of them in the house.

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      15.02.2010 16:42
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      Great packet of crisps

      Today while out shopping I went to look in the crisps section in Tesco. I was browsing mainly the Walkers flavoured crisps as usually they are the high quality crisps with the best taste of them all. I came across these Walkers Steak and Onion crisps, and just the flavour made me lick my lips so I popped them in to my basket, and at only 6 packets for £1.36 they really could not go wrong.

      They come in a brownish coloured packet which goes well with the steak and onion flavour. At the front as of all the walkers crisps there is a picture of a potatoe all finely chopped, as it goes more outwards they turn into delicious looking crisps which makes you want to eat them straight away.

      At the back of the packet there is a small picture of a tractor harvesting the potatoes, then there is small quote '' When it comes to getting into a bag of walkers crisps our homegrown spuds know the steaks are always high! So we make sure we choose the potatoes that really want it. And as you can taste by this mouth-wateringly meaty bag of steak and onion flavour, its rare for our spuds to let us down!'', and so the quote by walkers tries to convince to make people buy there products, which is a good buying scheme!

      These are the basic information:

      It has no MSG
      It has no preservatives
      It has no artificial colours
      Suitable for vegetarians
      Suitable for coeliacs

      Now coming onto the taste of the actual crisps them selves, the crisp shape is fairly in the shape of a full circle, though some can be broken. It really does have the taste of the onion but not so much of the steak as it is only a flavouring, if it was not a flavouring then I suppose it would not be suitable for vegetarians which would mean less customers for them. There is also some additional herbs and spices to cook up the flavourings, which in other words it makes you want to eat the whole 6 packets!!!

      Overall the crisps themselves have been definitely enjoying to eat while watching some movies. I suppose I love all crisps but this flavour seems to give the best smell and flavouring of them all!

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        09.02.2010 16:37
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        Walkers Steak and Onion, Absolutely Champion

        Couldn't resist tring these when out once, and boy was I happy, you are immediately met by a hunger inducing smell of steak which hits you like a blanket. If that doesn't make your mouth water then the sheer appearance of the crisps themsleves will.

        They come pakcaged in foil fresh bags for extra freshness, as with all other walkers brands, so you can always be sure they will be dry and crispy at all times.

        The average snack bag size I go for is normally 40gs which are about 46p a bag where I live. These can also be bought in multipacks. In fact, I frequently buy the "meaty" multipack, which includes these within them.

        They are also becoming healthier in comparison with other crisp manufacturers, they are cooking their crisps in sunseed oil now, and this reduces the amount of saturated fat within each crisp. They are also working to reduce the salt level. And Walkers also pride themsleves on supporting British Potato farmers. So here we have it, a tasty crisp and we are supporting British trade for a change.

        One other thing I did like, is the fact that the onion taste isn't very dominant as I am not a massive fan of anything thats tastes too strongly of onion. This is my preferenceand some may prefer.

        Thumbs up though to a great, tasty, british crisp.

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          02.01.2010 00:05
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          Don't eat too many!

          When you open a packet of these crisps, you are met by an intensely rich 'steak' smell. The smell is also quite smoky as well which makes me want to tuck in straight away.

          The crisps are of fantastic Walker's quality that cannot be beaten. Nice, thin and crunchy crisps with a good coating of the flavour making sure every crisp tastes the same as the last. However, with the flavouring of the steak and onion flavour, I find that it is a bit powdery. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as it means you can lick you fingers after finishing the pack. The flavouring is responsible for the dark green and black specs that appear on the crisps and can make them look somewhat unappealing compared to the normal Walker's crisps you get.

          After eating a multipack bag (25g) of the crisps, it leaves my mouth tasting salty and makes me quite thirsty, even more so than with any other flavour. I imagine this is down to the artificial taste of the Steak and onion flavouring. There is no meat whatsoever included in the flavouring with dried onion, dried parsley and salt as the main ingredients. Although there is no real meat in the flavouring, it does make it suitable for vegetarians to eat which I suppose is a bonus, however, I would rather eat a crisp with a natural taste and not the artificial flavouring walkers provide.

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          02.12.2009 21:13
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          Middle-of-the-road by Walkers standards, but that's enough for most

          As is probably fairly apparent to regular readers of my reviews (should such a thing exist!) I'm rather partial to a packet of crisps every so often. Perhaps a little more often than I should be, if I'm honest. Walkers seem to me to be the market leader at least partly on merit, rather than simply because everyone's heard of them, and their Steak & Onion flavour continues their generally reasonable record without setting the world alight.

          I obtained my packet as part of a multipack of 18 sold as the "Meaty" collection: six each of this, Smoky Bacon and Roast Chicken for a total of £2.00 at Tesco. Should your appetite not run that far, you can buy a six-pack of just the Steak & Onion flavour for £1.25, or even individual packets at around 40p. As usual, the multipack bags are quite a bit smaller than the ones you buy singly, tipping the scales at 25 grams as opposed to 34.5g.

          The packet is a dark brown background, presumably supposed to be redolent of a sizzling, succulent steak straight from the grill. Let's face it, folks: it isn't. Still, when you consider that brown is not always the most appetising colour given some of its other associations (and I don't mean chocolate!) I think Walkers have done about as well as they could have done. As usual, the main illustration - such as it is - simply shows a handful of crisps. Dull but inoffensive.

          On the back, we have the usual half-hearted attempt at humour ("our spuds know the 'steaks' are always high", would you believe?) together with that all-important nutritional information. Despite their meaty flavour name, these crisps are suitable for vegetarians, so take your pick: you can either praise Walkers for their thoughtfulness or lament the lack of any actual beef in the recipe. No gluten either, which is unequivocally a good thing. One pack provides 131 kcal and 8.3g of fat.

          Opening up the non-recyclable pack (and yes, I am going to keep mentioning this until something is done about it!) the smell hits you - and to be fair, it's rather pleasant. You do have to work quite hard to convince yourself that it's actually steak, and there isn't much at all in the way of onion aroma there - a shame, as the recipe *does* contain those! - but it's in no way off-putting. Walkers seem also to be more successful than some brands in stopping their crisps getting squished into tiny pieces.

          Taste? Not bad. If that sounds a little less than a ringing endorsement, then that's because it is. The Steak & Onion flavour is actually relatively successful: unlike with the smell, you can actually convince yourself that some vague approximation to beef flavour is tickling your tastebuds, and while the onioniness doesn't come through at once it's actually fairly prominent in the aftertaste. However, it's not as rich as the baconiness in the Smoky Bacon flavour of the range.

          Overall, a pretty solid crisp. So long as you appreciate that this stuff is made down to a price, and thus you're not really paying for anything more than an approximate flavour and an (admittedly quite good) crunch, you shouldn't be too disappointed. You can buy cheaper crisps than these - sometimes much cheaper - but they're almost never better, and are usually worse. For the money, this variety is fairly good.

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            06.10.2009 08:19
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            Walker Steak And Onion Flavour

            I spotted an enormous multipack bag containing 26 packets of different flavoured Walkers crisps at the weekend and, due to the fact it was on offer and that there were a couple of flavours I hadn't tried before I decided to buy it.


            Packaging.

            The front of the multipack bag is predominantly red and brown with the usual Walkers logo and various bands of colour telling you that it contains:-

            4 x Roast Chicken
            4 x Smoky Bacon
            4 x Steak and Onion
            4 x Salt and Vinegar
            4 x Ready Salted
            4 x Cheese and Onion.

            The back of the bag contains the usual lists of ingredients and nutritional information for each of the flavours and a blurb about the spuds used for the crisps.

            The Steak and Onion flavour itself comes in a brown bag and has the usual ingredients and nutritional information printed on the back of the bag as well.

            You can also visit Walkers at:- www.walkers-baked.co.uk


            Nutritional Information per 25g bag {per 100g in brackets}

            Energy kJ: 546kJ {2183kJ}
            kcal: 131kcal {523kcal}
            Protein: 1.6g {6.2g}
            Carbohydrate: 12.6g {50.4g}
            of which sugars: 0.5g {1.9g}
            Fat: 8.3g {33.0g}
            (of which saturates): 0.6g {2.15g}
            (of which mono-unsaturates): 6.7g {26.9g}
            (of which polyunsaturates): 0.5g {2.1g}
            Fibre: 1.1g {4.2g}
            Sodium: 0.14g {0.55g}
            Equivalent as salt: 0.35g {1.40g}

            Allergy advice. These are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians.
            These crisps contain no MSG, no preservatives and no artificial colours


            Ingredients:

            Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), Steak 'n' Onion Seasoning [Flavouring, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley, Salt, Glucose, Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Paprika Extract, Hydrolysed Soy Protein]


            Price:

            At the time of writing Morrisons are charging £2.68 for a multipack containing 26 bags of crisps.


            Taste & Opinion:

            I'd never actually tried this flavour before so I was quite interested to see what it was like. After opening the packet I take a smell and can't detect much of anything. Other reviews I'd read suggested that these have a 'meaty' smell but I certainly didn't find that to be the case. However, I do have a notoriously bad sense of smell (combined with a slight cold at the moment!) so it's possible that any smell present has well and truly slipped under my radar.

            The crisps themselves seem to have a slight orange tinge from whatever flavouring process they've been subjected to and there are little flecks of black on them which is odd as I'm not sure where that came from. I wouldn't have though that it's from the dried onion or the dried parsley and other crisps I've had that have Paprika Extract listed in the ingredients don't have these little black flecks so I'm not sure what the flecks are or where they came from.

            The crisps themselves are pleasantly crunchy as you'd expect any flavour in the standard Walkers brand to be. They're in the mid range of crunchiness, being crunchier than Skips or Quavers, but are less crunchy than McCoys or Walker "Baked" Crisps.

            Tastewise these aren't particularly representative of Steak and Onion at all. They're pleasantly flavoured with a vaguely meaty taste but you could just as easily stick the name of almost any meat on the packet and it wouldn't particularly matter. There is the merest hint of onion but this tends to hit your tastebuds more as an aftertaste rather than being something that is readily apparent when you're actually eating the crisps.

            These crisps are slightly greasy to the touch than some other crisps so you may feel as if you need wash your hands after eating them.

            Walkers claim that using sunflower oil in these crisps has reduced the saturated fat by 70%. That may well be the case but, even so, these crisps are towards the higher end of the table when you look at their fat content (33.0%). As such they're quite nice for an occasional treat but, when choosing crisps, there are other options on the market which are equally (if not more) tasty without being quite so bad on the fat content front.

            Personally I find them pleasant rather than something I'd consider as one of my favourite flavours. If I was asked to pick 10 different bags of crisps to take on a trip with me then these wouldn't be amongst the ones I'd pick because there's nothing about them that makes them stand out for me.

            Then, of course, there's the amount of crisps in a bag. Either we used to get more than 25g or the bags have got bigger......


            Crisps ranked in order of fat content:-

            01) Golden Wonder Nik Naks (Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour): 38.3%
            02) Frisps (Ready Salted Flavour): 35.1%
            03) Walker (Ready Salted): 34.1%
            04) Frisps (Cheese 'n' Onion Flavour): 34.0%
            05) Frisps (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 33.9%

            06) Walkers (Salt and Vinegar Flavour): 33.1%
            07=) Walkers (Cheese and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
            07=) Walkers (Steak and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
            09=) Walkers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 32.7%
            09=) Walkers (Roast Chicken Flavour): 32.7%

            09=) Walkers (Worcester Sauce Flavour): 32.7%
            12=) Walkers (BBQ Rib): 32.6%
            12=) Walkers (Smoky Bacon Flavour): 32.6%
            14=) Pringles Extreme (Smokin' Ribs Flavour): 32.0%
            14=) Pringles (Hot & Spicy Flavour): 32.0%

            16) Quavers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 31.0%
            17) McCoys (Flame Grilled Steak Flavour): 30.7%
            18) McCoys (Roast Ham and Mustard Flavour): 30.6%
            19) McCoys (Thai Sweet Chicken Flavour): 30.3%
            20=) Quavers (Cheese Flavour): 30.0%

            20=) Quavers (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 30/0%
            22) KP Discos (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 29.6%
            23) KP Skips (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 29.5%
            24) Hula Hoops (Roast Chicken Flavour): 28.6g
            25) Hula Hoops (Barbecue Beef Flavour): 28.5g

            26 Hula Hoops (Original Flavour): 28.4g
            27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Crispy Bacon flavour): 25.1%
            27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Worcester Sauce flavour): 25.1%
            29=) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Spicy Tomato flavour): 25.0%
            29=) Monster Munch (Pickled Onion Flavour): 25.0%

            31=) Smith's Chipsticks: 23.0%
            31=) Smith's Frazzles: 23.0%
            33) Space Raiders: 22.8%
            34) Red Sky (Anglesey Sea Salt flavour): 21.8%
            35) Red Sky (West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese flavour): 20.9%


            36) Sainsbury's Bacon Crispies (20.6%)
            37) Walkers Squares (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 18.0%
            38) Walkers French Fries (Ready Salted / Cheese and Onion / Salt and Vinegar flavours): 16.0%
            39) Walker Baked (Sour Cream and Chive flavour): 8.7%
            40) Walkers Baked (Bacon and Cheddar flavour): 8.5%

            41) Walkers Baked (Cheese and Onion flavour): 8.3%
            42) Walkers Baked (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 8.1%
            43) Ryvita Limbos (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 1.9%

            I added the fat content for the Walkers Cheese and Onion flavour to the table now. I don't like them and won't be reviewing them but, for information purposes I've included the fat content percentage.

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              29.08.2009 20:42
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              Fab crisps

              I rarely eat a packet of these but when we bought a multipack containing these in our weekly shop I felt I had to have a packet, since then I've eaten all of this flavour! I remember years ago when Marmite crisps first came out, tesco substituted them for these in our order, I wasn't keen then but actually was really impressed! As I said these came in a 'Meaty' multipack but I think you can also buy these in multipacks of 6 (£1.25) or on their own (around 40p), the singular bags are slightly bigger in size but this review is for the 25g multipack bag.

              The packaging is slightly different to that in the picture, the packet is a lighter brown colour and although the walkers logo is the same, the product title is in a different font. Upon opening the bag I am greeted by a strong meaty smell. The crisps are all a golden brown colour and each are flecked with small green pieces. There are a good number of crisps in the bag. Each crisp has a strong steak flavour but you can also detect the onion well. The crisps vary in size but all are of a good quality and it is obvious they have been produced using good quality potatoes.

              Each multipack bag contains 131 calories, 8.3g fat (0.6g which saturates) and 0.35g of salt. I am told on the packet that there is no MSG, no preservatives, no artificial colours and they are suitable for both vegetarians and coeliacs. Therefore you can feed them to your children happily.

              I really enjoyed these crisps. I am not a fan of either regular crisps or meaty flavoured crisps but I really like these due to the distinctive flavourings. I find that although they taste quite strong they do not leave an aftertaste. I would recommend these to anyone who likes meaty crisps (or marmite because they taste nearly the same as marmite crisps!).

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                29.07.2009 12:35
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                not bad

                I prefer my crisps to have a real depth of flavour, something that you can really get your teeth into and savour. Some of the Walkers range leave me feeling that my pallette has not been truly tested, these crisps, however do come somewhere close to achieving their potential.

                Straight forward enough in the packaging department, the brown bag does the job, though I do feel a paper bag would be more eco friendly, maybe a photo of a bit of steak and onion would help reinforce the flavour you're getting too.

                The texture of all Walkers crisps is always good, there is a decent level of crunch which puts the teeth to the test. A new bag always comes with the promise of a good crispiness, they are never chewy, so top marks there.

                The taste here is the selling point, the resonating machoness of steak forces its way through the crisps to come out as the overriding flavour, while more subtle hints of onion bury themselves underneath. The balance is about right. When I eat these, I don't think of eating a big piece of rump steak though, the steak is more Oxo cube beefy. That is not a bad thing, as the taste sensation is strong enough to please and also rather moreish.

                I do feel that a little seasoning could have helped these along, maybe some rosemary or thyme would have added a layer of flavour, helping to give the crisps a real edge.

                The lack of crisps in the bag remains an issue, smaller crisps would perhaps allow for a more full effect. I find I demolish a bag within a matter of two minutes. That said, they are a fine sideline when one has a pint; maybe try drizzling them over a pasta bake and baking in the oven, to give the top layer a meaty, crunchy finish.

                Expect to pay between 40 and 60 pence for a bag.

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                  20.07.2009 17:20
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                  Taste fantastic and very meaty.

                  So its Saturday and I am seriously bored. I left home at an insane time to ensure I would not be late for a job and as luck would have it shot through and have time to kill. Now if you are normal or sensible you get some shut eye or do something interesting but if you are me you go to the supermarket(I know I know)..

                  So I am in a reasonably large Tesco having a mooch for bargains and I come across a six pack of these crisps for 55p! So in the name of research (honest)I bought them.

                  The first thing that struck me was just how few crisps you get in a bag a whopping 25g! However that aside the smell as you open the bag is terrific really meaty and very inviting. The crisps(what few there were) were golden and not at all greasy. Most were of a decent size with very few crumbs.
                  The taste was very meaty although it should be noted that this product is suitable for vegetarians.Given that, I was surprised just how strong the taste of meat was although I didn't pick up much onion.

                  The crisps were a lovely surprise both in terms of quality and taste.
                  The pack was brown and currently has an offer(on all the crisp range)where you can "bank" points in the form of codes on packets that can be used to gain savings at various attractions very useful in these times.

                  Also the front of the pack clearly displayed all the nutritional information needed to help consumers make an informed choice with regard to the the recommended adults daily amount contained within.

                  Each 25g pack contains
                  Figures in brackets represent the percentage of an adults guideline daily amount
                  Calories 131 (7%)
                  Sugar 0.5g (1%)
                  Fat 8.3g(12%)
                  Salt 0.35g (6%)
                  I also think it important to note that these have no MSG, artificial colours or preservatives and are also suitable for coeliacs. All the information is clearly stated on the pack.
                  I feel that having the above information easily available helps consumers to make an informed choice. Although I have to confess I only read the reduced sticker!

                  This is a decent quality product that tastes excatly as it should. One of the reasons I stopped buying crisps was that "what is this flavour" moment I so often found myself having, with these it does exactly what it says on the packet.
                  The downside for me would be that they are so tasty I would be very tempted to eat more than one bag particularly given the amount of crisps in each packet- but then again I guess most of you have more willpower than greedy old me!
                  (I haven't eaten them all though yet! I really enjoyed (scoffing) researching this very tasty and good quality item for YOU things I do for dooyoo eh?

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                    A nice snack - for the odd occasion.

                    As I've mentioned in other reviews, over the years I have been 'addicted' to crisps. So much so from time to time I have actually banned myself from eating them. Two years was the longest I went without a packet. Sadly like all addictions, they often come back to haunt you. This has happened to me over the last couple of years.Temptation gave in and I was hooked again.

                    I was in Home and Bargain yesterday and picked up 2 packets of Steak and Onion. I often find that Home and Bargain have the less popular crisps, with a small sell by date. I wonder if it is because the manufacturers have too many left of a certain flavour and have an agreement with Home and Bargain to let them go cheap. I may be well off the mark here, but how else can Home and Bargain afford to sell these large packets (not the normal size) for a mere 15p.

                    Back to the crisps. The GRAB BAG weigh in at a huge 50g. I have always thought it was very irresponsible of manufacturers to encourage eating larger packets of crisps and chocolate and my view still holds here. The packet is brown in colour and is emblazened with the Walkers logo across the front. It also advertsises the fact that you can win VIP trips and the offer ends 31.12.09 Each pack has a unique code, a bit like the coca cola offer. You text the code to get the points with a chance of winning. Too much hassle in my opinion.

                    Once the packet was opened I could smell the meat flavour very strongly but not as much the onion. The crisp itself also gave a very meaty taste. As usual with Walkers crisps they were extremely fresh and crispy.

                    The calories for my packet was 262kcal and the protein 3.1g.
                    The fat content was 16.5g of which saturates were 1.3g, mono-unsaturates 13.5g and polyunsaturates 1.1g
                    Fibre 2.1lg
                    Sodium 0.28g equivqlent to Salt 0.70g

                    There is NO MSG
                    NO Preservatives
                    NO artificial colours

                    It is also suitable for vegetariansand coeliacs

                    Flavouring includes

                    Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%) Steak and Onion Seasoning

                    The seasoning contains

                    Flavouring, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley, Salt, Glucose, Sugar, Barley Malt Extract, Paprika Extract, Hydrolysed Soy Protein

                    I'll give the crisps 5/5 for taste and freshness and 2/5 for nutrition.

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                      17.04.2009 17:39
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                      Nice crisps, but only if they're a bargain!

                      Normally I'm quite conservative when it comes to my crisp choices. My favourites have always been Salt & Vinegar and Ready Salted with the occasional foray into Prawn Cocktail territory. I was in my local Home Bargains last week and they were selling the larger pack for only 15p each so I bought a few packets to try.

                      This flavour comes in a brown packet, similar to the old Beef & Onion flavour, which I thought was appropriate for a meaty flavour. The pack I bought was, as mentioned previously, the larger 50g size.

                      Upon opening the packet, the smell immediately hit me. It was strong and definitely meaty, although not instantly recognisable as steak. The crisps seem to be coated in a lot of flavouring and all have black flakes of seasoning on them. I tried offering one to my niece, but she steadfastly refused to even try them as she didn't like the idea of crisps with black bits on them.

                      After trying the first crisp I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, it seemed to have a strange taste, but after I tried a few of them they started to grow on me. While the taste is nothing like steak, I found them to be quite pleasant, if a little artificial. The onion flavouring is far less obvious, more of an aftertaste, but I found I could still taste the onion an hour later. I would liken the taste of these crisps to Roast Chicken flavour, in that while not unpleasant, they do not taste anything like the flavour they are intended to be.

                      They are suitable for vegetarians, coeliacs and contain no artificial colours. Like all of Walkers crisps, they are made using sunseed oil which Walkers claim reduces the saturated fat in the crisps by up to 70%

                      This 50g bag contains 260kcal and 16.5g of fat, so they are in no way good for you, but as an occasional snack they would be fine.

                      In summary, I found them to be quite tasty and I probably will get them again, but only if I find a really good bargain! Otherwise I'll be sticking to the Salt & Vinegar......

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                        25.02.2009 11:04
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                        Not the best Walkers crisps

                        The recent new flavours of Walkers crisps are causing a bit of a stir in the crisp world. It's certainly making me eat more crisps! I have tried a few of the new flavours, only one of which will be a lasting brand, and I have also been eating other flavours. The Steak and Onion flavour hasn't been the most popular. In fact, the Beef and Onion crisps were considered better.

                        The crisps themselves carry quite a nice aroma when you first open the packet. You do get a bit of a meaty smell, although if you don't like this, then you probably won't venture any further with eating them either! They are okay to taste at first, but after a couple of crisps, I found I didn't particularly like them. There is a bit of a steak taste to it, but it is so synthetic that it's hard to enjoy. There is a slight onion aftertaste as well, which lingers a little too long for my liking. It would have been nice to get the onion taste without onion smells lingering on my breath for too long after!

                        So, not a great success with me then, I'm afraid. There are much better meaty flavours out there, although I wasn't too enamoured with the Smoky Bacon ones, either. As with all Walkers varieties, Steak and Onion crisps are made using sunseed oil, which is lower in saturates than other oils used to make crisps in. A packet of these will set you backa round the 50p mark depending on where you get them, and will give you 131 calories, over 8g of fat and over 12g of carbs. So, not the healthiest snack either, but then it's a packet of crisps, not exactly the healthiest option!

                        If you are looking for a meaty flavour crisp, these probably aren't the best. They may have been better without the onion or perhaps with the steak flavour being less fake, but as it stands, I probably wouldn't pick this over some of the other options out there.

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                          09.01.2009 11:36

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                          I personally have never liked the Walkers Steak and Onion flavour, but whatever happened to the Beef & Onion which was a much nicer tasting crisp? In fact I would eat 2 or 3 bags at any one time if I was really pigging out as I really loved them and was most disappointed that Walkers seemed to have replaced them with the S&O??! Walkers should bring Beef & Onion back!

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                        Flavoured crisps.