“ Brand: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
As a huge Duck addict and someone who loves crisps, I was overjoyed when I found out one of the competition flavours was going to be Duck with Hoisin sauce.
I really hoped walkers would get these ones right and not simply turn out a very slight alternative to the roast chicken flavour.
The packet is a pleasing purple colour with a picture of a very shifty looking duckling. So far so good, I opened the bag and was greeted by a lightly coloured crisp (although in classic walkers fashion there aren't many to a bag) and a wonderfully exotic aroma.
I reached in and plucked a crisp from its foily home, a ridiculously oversized crisp that seemed to comprise about 90% of the bag. I bit into it and instantly fell in love. This is one of the only flavours (not just by walkers but any crisp) that actually tastes like the thing it's supposed to, and to my joy it was clearly not just a mock up of their chicken flavour.
A deeply ducky taste comes through instantly, accompanied by a delicious Hoisin hit, in fact the Hoisin tasted so good that I half expected my crisp to drip all over me. A really saucy flavour that is absolutely sublime.
Flavour wise these are among my absolute favourite crisps, think duck & Hoisin sauce and thats almost exactly what they taste of. I really wanted these guys to win the competition and become a regular feature in the Walkers family, alas it was the slightly minging Builders Breakfast (I think) that won.
Maybe Walkers will introduce them in a more permanent capacity but until that day I will have to mourn and lament the loss of the only crisp I have ever truly loved (sniff....sniff).
If you love duck and Hoisin then I would reccomend these little beauties with a passion, if it weren't for the small fact that you can't get'um anymore.
At first observation, this seems like an utterly crazy idea, surely, but it is part of Walkers' recent highly publicised "do us a flavour" campaign, where the general public could suggest flavours to Walkers. Walkers chose six of those flavours, which were sold for a short time whilst a vote took place. The flavours include the likes of "Cajun Chicken", and "Builder's Breakfast" (which ultimately won). My favourite, however, is Crispy Duck & Hoisin.
Nutritional Information (per pack):
Judging by the reviews on here, as well as people I've spoken to, a lot of these flavours didn't go down so well, not to mention this one. In honesty, I thought the winning flavour itself was pretty bland, but the Crispy Duck and Hoisin flavour, to my bewildered surprise, actually tasted something like the actual article. I eat a lot of Chinese food, so regularly buy this, and found that there was more than a hint of Hoison sauce in the crisps, and although difficult to replicate, the very distinct, wonderful taste of duck was definitely there.
Like other bags of Walkers, they cost 45p each, which isn't too bad, especially when they're limited edition and taste this wonderful! Sadly, though, that taste comes at a price - they contain a colossal 15g of fat, which is absurd for a packet of crisps, and may well be one of the reasons that they didn't win the vote, considering they taste so utterly delicious! I'm sad that these are no longer available, because they're among the best Walkers crisps I've ever tasted, and for Builder's Breakfast to win over this is, in my opinion, totally ridiculous!
Having seen the advertisments for the do us a flavour crisps both my wife and I were very excited when on a journey to Essex we finally found them in a petrol station. We picked up packets of each to try and I must admit that this is the one that I just couldn't take to, to me it was revolting, so I've let my wife write a more balanced review as she loves duck as a meet.
The crisps smell of Hoisin as soon as you open the packet and that you can taste it a lot when you put them into your mouth. You can also taste cucumber mixed in with them but apparently not an awful lot of duck, somewhat to the lack of chip taste in the fish and chip flavours. Still, if you like the flavour of Hoisin sauce without the cost then these are the way to go, but definitely take a little getting used to.
The packet is purple, similar to the Worcester sauce packets so again Walkers seem to have tried to brand the crisps to roughly match their existing flavours to that customers can look by colour coding much as how the onion bhaji flavour was blue like cheese and onion crisps, a rather clever idea really.
This is one of the latest flavours from 'Walkers' as part of a campaign for a new addition to the product line where consumers can vote for their favourite flavour.
This flavour has been re-created so many times and I wasn't too bothered about trying them, though of course I did and was pleasantly surprised. I guess because 'Walkers' hasn't yet produced this flavour, then they thought they'd jump on the band wagon. Unfortunately there are several packets to choose from out there, some of which however really get this flavour wrong, and thankfully 'Walkers' didn't.
Firstly they smell very 'Hoisin'-y but it's a flavour I like and the smell isn't too bad so it wasn't such a problem. Once I'd tried the crisps though I was glad I had, finally a company to get this flavour right! The 'Duck' is flavoursome and really comes across in these crisps. The 'Hoisin' sort of steals the show because it's so powerful, so for those who aren't so into 'Hoisin' maybe these aren't the crisps for you. However the flavours work well together, of course it doesn't beat the real thing, tasty duck wrapped in pancakes with hoisin trickled over, but it's a good substitute that doesn't involve any work.
I bought this packet along with the other five flavours in the campaign:
- Builder's Breakfast
- Cajun Squirrel
- Chili & Chocolate
- Fish & Chips
- Onion Bharji
The pack of six, offering two packets of three flavours was on offer from my local Somerfield at a 'Buy one get one free' deal for £1 a pack.
I'm glad 'Walkers' got this flavour right; though it's not for anyone who isn't too keen on 'Hoisin'. With this becoming so popular it doesn't steal my vote, and misses out to another flavour in the campaign. If however you disagree, you can vote for free by texting "CRISPY" to 51199.
This is the first and so far only new flavor of crisps that Walker has been advertising, that I have finally decided to try.
I wasn't brave enough to try the chili and chocolate and since that was the only other one they had available at the local store at the time, I picked up the seemingly less controversial flavor.
For any of you who are completely out of the loop, Walkers are holding a competition for six different flavors which are
Fish and Chips
Chilli and Chocolate
Crispy Duck and Hoisin
You the customer will vote for the one you like best and it will be the new Walkers flavor! What PR, I have to give them that, I don't think someone has had such a bright idea since the light bulb.
Well on with my review, so here is what I thought....
Well guess what these chips actually taste like the flavor they are supposed to!
The first chip I tasted was very duckish, and not at all unpleasant, I was a bit worried at first that it would be some greasy fowl flavor but this actually tasted like a potato duck, ha!
To be completely honest though I don't really know what hoisin sauce is so I cant be a accurate judge on that. But it tasted very similar to the regular crispy duck that I have had several times at the normal restaurant ,which had nothing to do with China so maybe this flavor isn't so strong, but more like a subtle background taste.
The texture was good, typical Walkers quality, large and crispy chips without any burnt or sorry looking ones hiding in the bottom of the bag.
The aren't ridged but normal flat chips.
The bag weighed 46 grams and the nutritional info is:
0.61g (that's allot of salt!)
Taste wise these were very good and had a good strong flavor, they were a bit more greasy then I had expected but the nice flavor compensated for this.
Four stars minus one for the extra fat.
On the down side I found these crisps to be a bit salty, and they do have more fat then other Walkers flavors.
Many of you may have read my review on Walkers Crisps Builders Breakfast, so I'm not going to repeat my history of being 'addicted' to crisps. What I will say though is that I had to stop for a while eating any type of crisp. If I eat one packet - I need another and another!! After trying out these 6 new flavours I'm going to abstein again for a while. Crisps just aren't good for you - are they?
Moving swiftly on to the Crispy Duck and Hoisin Flavour. I must admit it did taste very well. A little greasy again but duck often is. I eat duck quite a lot and this certainly reminded me in some way of the one I get from the chippy - minus the pancakes of course. The flavour was very tasty and the sauce gave it a nice sweet flavour. My daughter tried some and immediately refered to our takeaway, so it must have some resemblence. It did also say it was suitable for vegetarians and coelliacs. Can somebody please explain this for me. I've never really understood. How can a duck flavour tase of duck - er without any duck?? There is also no MSG or artificial colours.
I'm still really disappointed that these crisps are only available in 46g. These crisps contain enough fat to run my car for a week, so why try and shovel more down your mouth. What is wrong with 30g. It isn't as if we've even got any choice of what bag we can buy.
For those who don't know you can vote for any of the 6 flavours, to be your favourite. Walkers will then continue to make this flavour. The others will be resigned to crispy heaven.
The flavours you can choose from are Fish and Chips, Chilli and Chocolate, Cajun Squirrel, Onion Bhaji, Builders Breakfast. I have tried 2 now.
I am also not impressed with the price. This packet was bought at boots at a whopping 65p.
I won't list all the nutritional values other than to say it has a huge 241 kcal. So if you are trying to watch what to eat, this isn't for you.
To Be Honest I Think That The Idea Of It Is Good... But I Couldnt Actually Tell They Were Duck And Hoisin, And Had I Been Blindfolded, I Doubt Very Much I Would Have Guessed The Flavour. I Was Expecting More Of A Unique Flavour. Not To Be !!!
This is the fifth Walkers trial flavour that I've tried, and is marginally my favourite!
Ironically this was the one flavour I was dubious about as I don't eat duck so wasn't sure if I would enjoy the flavour of it. On opening the bag, the smell reminded me of spare ribs from the Chinese takeaway so I figured that if nothing else, they may have an authentic oriental smell.
The first taste was quite unusual as I couldn't pin point what the flavour was. It wasn't unpleasant, just unusual. However as I got further down the pack I beagn to enjoy the crisps. There is a taste of duck there but I didn't mind it, as the taste of hoisin sauce is definitely stronger. The crisps have a sweet taste, but I also got the tastes of spring onion and cucumber in there aswell. The taste isn't too strong and I didn't find they left an aftertaste. I didn't find them too greasy either, which was good as I've found a couple of the other flavours a bit too greasy. As is the case with Walkers, the crisps are good quality and a decent size.
One downside to these crisps is that a 46g bag contains 15g fat! But as i won't eat them often this doesn't bother me too much.
These are my favourite of the new Walkers flavours so far (only one more to try) but I can't say that they're so special that I'd buy them again. I'm not sure how convinced I am that the winning flavour will be a long-term hit but in terms of innovation this is probably the most original as I've never seen duck flavoured crisps before! I also enjoyed this flavour the most so unless Cajun squirrel tastes a lot better, this one will be getting my vote!
I was reasonably optimistic trying this flavour of the limited edition range but unfortunately was extreemely dissappointed...they were truly horrible! I love duck and dont have a problem with odd crisp flavours do thought these would be perfect, this was not the case! I tried the first one and thought it actually tasted like vomit! I did give them another chance and this wasnt as bad until the after taste hit me!!! My conclusion...I think you could grow to like them but should you really have to train yourself to like crisps!!!
This is my penultimate review of Walkers new taste range launched as part of a competition to decide a new flavour as suggested by consumers. All of the flavours so far have aimed to be different and unique and while some of them have succeeded, this doesn't nessecarily mean that they will be a commercial or viable success. Duck And Hoi Sin flavour however looks as though it might have much appeal for a crisp that is significantly different from any other variety currently available. Whether it works as a Walkers brand or whether it should be launched as part of their taste sensation range remains to be seen...personally I think it would be better as a new addition to the Sensations family!
I have never been a big fan of Hoi-Sin sauce and so these crisps are a bit of a mixed bag for me. The duck never really sprang out at me and this might be because it was drowned by the sticky, sickly sweetness of the sauce flavour. Like chilli and chocolate, these are quite a sweet crisp but this variety has a sharp, oriental punch that make them very much an aquired taste! The Hoi-Sin doesn't taste exactly how it would in a chinese but you can certainly tell thats what it is aiming for. My overall feelings were one of confusion- should I like these or not?
Getting two packets in my multi-pack selection, the first packet left me feeling "hmmm, that actually was quite nice" whilst the second packet more provoked a sense of "I don't think I would have them again!" I have never been a fan of their BBQ flavoured crisps and these remind me very much of them in that you have to really be a fan to properly enjoy them; there is no middle ground, any uncertaintity as to whether or not these are for you will ruin your enjoyment!!
Defenitely don't get my vote- but better than the fish n chip flavoured Walkers!
Do us a Flavour!!
This morning I reviewed the Fish and Chips flavour of crisps and now I am reviewing the crispy duck and hoisin flavour. Just as a little bit of background on the subject, as you all know, Walkers Crisps are polling the Great British people to try and find the next flavour of crisps. A few months back they asked for people to submit flavour combinations to them in hopes of it becoming the next Walkers flavour. They have now shortlisted six flavours which they have produced but only one will survive and it's up to us to decide which one it is.
The six flavours that they have brought out for a limited time are:
Fish and Chips
Chilli and Chocolate
Crispy Duck and Hoisin
Once you have tried the flavours and have a favourite you can then vote to make sure they keep the one you like best. There are various ways to vote. You can either go on line, text your vote, Facebook your vote or e-mail your vote. Apparently, the person who came up with the flavour that wins will get £50,000 and 1% of the future sales of their flavour, not bad! The runners up will each get £10,000 too!
I bought the Crispy Duck flavour as this was the only flavour I could find in Tesco's yesterday, other than Fish and Chips which I also bought. Like I said in my other review, this could either mean no-one likes these flavours and they were the only ones left on the shelf or they are so popular that they are the only ones the supermarket will stock. I really liked this flavour and so far is my favourite and these are the reasons why.
Firstly, I would say that the crisps definitely taste like crispy duck and hoisin sauce, just the same flavour you would get when you have this dish in a Chinese restaurant. I was really pleasantly surprised with this fact because sometimes the flavours don't always taste like how they do in real life. When you first bite into the crisps you definitely get a very sweet flavour and the is the hoisin sauce coming through obviously. The after taste of the crisps then has a duck flavour which is actually really nice.
The Walkers quality was just the same as always, very good, lovely crunchy crisps with a nice potatoey flavour. I would definitely say that this flavour is something new and different and would be a good addition to the Walkers range.
The bag has a purple trim to it. This flavour was recommended by Vicky from Northwich. On the front of the bag there is a picture of a duck made out of crisps, hence the flavour suggestion, crispy duck! On their website, Walkers talk about the crispy duck flavour using words set out in the form of an old Chinese proverb:
"We deliver. A wise man once said, "As a bird sings so shall a fool give away his last crispy duck and hoisin flavour crisps" Wise words indeed because as a flavour crispy duck and hoisin sauce will always deliver"
The bag I bought was 46g. In it there were 241 calories and 15g of fat!!!! This was quite a lot in my opinion.
My favourite flavour so far!
These crisps are currently on sale as part of a national promotional campaign by manufacturer Walkers. The company launched a competition to invent a new and unique crisp flavour. Six of the best ideas were then produced and put on sale. Only one of the six can become the new permanent flavour though. Which it will be is going to be decided by public vote (cast via text message or online). The competition ends in May 2009 and the flavour that is most popular will continue to be sold whilst production of the other flavours will cease. The six flavour finalists in the competition are: Fish and Chips, Chilli and Chocolate, Cajun Squirrel, Onion Bhaji, Builder's Breakfast and this flavour, Crispy Duck and Hoisin.
I bought the crisps in an individual 46g sized bag. These are around 50p to purchase and are slightly larger than the average 30g packet. They contain enough crisps to share if desired! These crisps are distinguishable by their purple wrapper and 'duck-made-out-of-spuds' illustration. I have also seen them available in 6 packs or as two bags in a multi pack of six along with two of the other finalist flavours.
Upon opening the crisps packet the aroma is quite pleasant. I would describe it as the sort of smell that a takeaway Chinese meal has - sort of spicy, meaty, mouth-watering and undoubtedly oriental. It is a rich and distinctive aroma.
The potatoes that Walkers use are very good quality. The chips are usually large in size and there are very few blackened or green crisps per packet. They have a crunchy, firm texture when first biting then become fluffy and soft upon chewing. They are neither too greasy or too dry.
The crisps have a very light dusting of orangey-yellow colour, which is the natural spices used in the flavouring. The flavour is certainly distinctive and unlike any other crisp flavour I've tried before. They have a mild, sweet taste that is rather like buttery carrots. I think that the 'crispy duck' flavour is rather mild and the flavour is more vegetable based than meaty but that overall the flavour does somewhat emulate the overall taste of the popular Chinese dish. I like the flavour very much. It lingers in the mouth after eating but is not too strong an aftertaste. My one concern is that the crisps have a very sugary taste and remind me of the kind of maize crisps you eat when you are a teenager - like 'Skips' or 'Frazzles' or 'Monster Munch'! The flavour is possibly not as savoury or sophisticated as some people would prefer!
I am really uncertain about how this flavour might do in the competition.I think it's one that you will either love or hate. It is my second favourite of the six finalist flavours, coming behind Cajun Squirrel.
The crisps are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs and contain no artificial colours or MSG. Ingredients of the flavouring include: sugar, salt, dried onion, star anise, cinnamon, allspice extract, fennel oil, pepper oil, aniseed, cream, butter extract, ginger.
Dietry guidlines on the packet inform us that there are 241 calories in the 46g packet and 15g of fat.
If you want to vote for this flavour you can:
Text 'CRISPY' for free to 51199 (UK)
or visit the website:
Having read an abundance of these Walkers crisps reviews on dooyoo I was quite disappointed when I couldn't see them in our local Tesco, as I felt I was missing out, not being able to see for myself what they were like!
I cannot imagine that anyone reading this review will not know what it's all about - I can't imagine how you'd come across this review if you didn't know about it! But in short Walkers decided to let the public choose a new flavour for crisps...from the suggestions made they picked 6 which are as follows:
* Chocolate and Chilli
* Builder's Breakfast
* Fish and Chips
* Onion Bhaji
* Crispy Duck and Hoisin
* Cajun Squirrel
Then people will vote for which one they like best and that will be the new Walkers flavour - you need to send a text message to the number of the one you want to win (it doesn't cost anything). Each packet has a picture on the front representing the flavour, and saying who suggested it - although I imagine that each flavour was suggested by a lot of people, these are just the people picked out of the hat, or whatever! Basically it's all a big marketing and money making scheme, and it seems to be working very well - I mean it made me want to try these crisps just so I could say that I have! Oh dear, I think I need a life!
Anyway, hubby managed to find me a packet of Chocolate and Chilli crisps, and I have to say that I felt that they were absolutely vile, quite possibly the worst crisps I've ever eaten - EVER! I couldn't get a third of the way through, and was left with that taste when you've drunk too much the night before and were too drunk to clean your teeth before bed. Another day we stopped off at a service station and I had one of hubby's Builder's Breakfast crisps, and it tasted of egg which was very off-putting. I did make my way through a whole packet of Cajun Squirrel flavour, which were just about alright, nothing special though.
Last night I found that our Tesco now does sell them (no multipacks though), so I bought packets of the three I hadn't yet tried. These crisps only come in 46g bags which is too big (well saying that though I could quite happily munch through 46g of salt and vinegar!), but again that's a way to make more money. A bag of these can set you back between 50p and 70p.
It's rare that I have crisps while at work, but today I've made an exception.....
The Duck and Hoisin falvour crisps were apparently suggested by Vicky from Northwich, and a cute picture of a duck made from crisps illustrates it. The packaging is light blue with a bright purple, including a rosette saying "Vote for Me!"
This is the bad bit. The packet contains 241 calories (12% of the rda), 1.4g sugar (2%) 15g fat (21%), 1.2g saturates (6%), and 0.61g (10% salt). NOT a healthy snack by any means....I would feel much better if it was a 30g bag of crisps.
Onto the back of the packet and we find that the main ingredient is unsurprisingly potatoes, followed by sunflower oil (33%) and Crispy Duck and Hoisin Seasoning. The seasoning comprises of various unappetizingly sounding things - dried garlic, hydrolysed soya protein, and various extracts.
There is NO DUCK in these crisps whatsoever which I think is stupid really. I see no reason why a duck flavoured crisp should be vegetarian, but it is. I don't see why a vegetarian (unless they were a vegetarian for medical reasons) would want to eat something meat flavoured, just makes no sense to me I'm afraid!
The crisps are also suitable for coeliacs.
However, it doesn't seem to say who they are not suitable for...so not very helpful for those with allergies. I presume you need to avoid.
They smell a little bit like curry.
Well, they look like crisps really - fairly yellowish.
They do actually taste a little bit like crispy duck...overall they do have that kind of Chinesey flavour.
I gave one to my colleague and she said she could taste the duck too.
As I munch through the bag I find that while they aren't really anything special, and aren't really anything different (haven't Walkers done a duck flavour in their Sensations range?) they are somehow quite moreish.
Unfortunately there is a bit of an aftertaste from the crisps which isn't particularly pleasant.
They are crisp textured! They are not as greasy as some crisps.
These actually aren't too bad at all despite the aftertaste, my favourite of the 4 I've tried so far. However, they really aren't anything special, and even if this flavour wins I can't see myself ever buying them again!
To find out more visit www.walkers.co.uk
Well with me being a fan of anything new to try on the market and a great fan of walkers crisps already i decided to try all the new flavours in the competition and have to say i so far have not been very impressed and only have one flavour left to go, the fish and chip.
I brought this particular flavour from our corner shop on a 2 for 70p deal so were not too badly priced compared to the prices we have seen them else where.
The idea of duck realy appealed to me as i like crispy duck a lot and i am a fan of chinese food so thought this would be very nice.
Upon opening the packed i could smell the duck flavouring quite strongly, i say flavouring as the packet clearly states there is no actuall duck go into these crisps and they are suitable for vegitarans. By this point i was salivating just at the smell of them and was convinced these were going to be lovely but after putting the first crisp into my mouth there was such an over powering taste of aniseed that spoilt the whole thing for me,
I dont like aniseed at all which is obviously why i didn like these crisps, if you do like aniseed then you will probably enjoy these but i didnt so they wont be getting my vote.
Number three to try on the new Walkers flavours is Crispy Duck and Hoisin. I don't eat duck, so I had a quick scan of the ingredients to see if there was in fact any Crispy Duck used in these crisps whatsoever and no surprises that no there is not and it fact it clearly states that they are suitable for vegetarians! So what we have is Hoisin flavoured crisps then.
The quote on the back is as follows "Vicky's sweet and tangy sensation could lead to new Chinese proverb 'Man with bag of Walkers Crispy Duck & Hoisin flavour crisps has many hungry friends'" Hungry for a Builders Breakfast maybe?! They do taste sweet and I did get a very faint taste of that unmistakable Hoisin sauce flavour but that's all it was..faint. Hoisin Sauce is a really punchy rich sauce and that's what I was expecting from these crips. Like the other special flavours so far it was far from exciting and bordering on boring.
I bought my other bags from Tesco and another from a corner shop in town. This bag I got this morning from my newsagent and they win the price war so far. The 46g bag of Crispy Duck and Hoisin cost me 45p.. bargain. Also what was interesting was that so far on all the packets and promotional material I have seen for this campaign, in order to vote for your favourite flavour you need to text the name of it to 51199. In my newsagent they has a poster up advertising the fact that Walkers are now running a daily prize draw to win £100, and all you need to do is text WIN plus your flavour choice to 51199. Also which is good, all texts are free. So remember if you are voting add WIN to the text and you might get £100, they don't put this on the bags though!
As I've said in the other reviews, I think these bags are far too big and the calories content is horrific as the other flavours 241 calories per bag, 15g fat and 0.6g salt. When I've tried them all I'm giving crisps up for a little while.
Overall I rate these above the Cajun Squirrel and Onion Bhaji flavours but I'm still only half way through the tastings! NEXT!