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      21.08.2013 11:11
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      A very tasty snack - just try to pick them up on offer

      I'll start by saying that I'm a chocolate person rather than a crisp person, but now and again I do love buying a big bag of crisps and scoffing the lot. When we had our recent good weather, like many others we became barbeque obsessive and one of the main ingredients to a BBQ at our house is accompanying crisps on the table. I went overboard in Tesco one week when these Walkers Extra Crunchy crisps were £1.99 and on a buy one get one free offer. I've bought the sweet chilli chicken and the king prawn cocktail flavours in the past but my review will be based on the sweet chilli chicken ones as those are the ones I've eaten umpteen times now. I have also bought packets of these chilli chicken ones in the bargain stores (B and M) for 69p in the past. The large bag contains 150g of crisps and give a whopping 477 calories per 100g. Other flavours include simply salted and cheese and red onion, salt and vinegar, steak and cheese and sour cream.

      I wasn't expecting much from these at first - when it said 'extra crunchy' I expected them to be slightly thicker with a slightly bigger crunch than normal crisps but nothing significantly different - I only bought them the first time because they were the first big packs of crisps that I came across. Walkers say that to make these crunchier the potatoes have been thicker cut. These are surprisingly crunchy - so much more than I expected and definitely significantly more than usual crisps. They need a really good chew to devour them. Not so much of a chew that they're hard to eat, but I have been known to eat a full bag to myself and afterwards my jaw starts to ache a bit from the constant movement up and down - not something I've noticed with a usual large bag of crisps. I put that down to me being incredibly greedy! I think these are probably either a love them or hate them sort of food - I love them, but I know others than aren't keen on them due to their thicker consistency.

      I personally find these a perfect compromise between thicker kettle chips, which I like but find hard to eat lots of as my stomach feels heavy afterwards and normal walkers crisps, which I also like but don't find very substantial. I can devour a normal multipack bag of those within a minute or two and they leave me wanting to open another bag. I find it fairly easy to open these and eat just a few before feeling satisfied enough to seal the bag up again. That's another good thing about these - there isn't any seal on the pack but I've found that just folding the bag over neatly keeps them fresh for a couple of days without them losing their crunchiness.

      The flavour of the sweet chilli chicken is quite spicy (presumably from the chilli) but not so much that I need a drink on hand. I find them to have a bit of a kick but it's more than bearable. These are incredibly tasty crisps which although I find satisfying enough to eat just a few, I can't help but sneak a few extra sometimes from the bowl when no-one's watching!

      Nutritional Info (Per 100g)
      Energy (KJ): 1998
      Energy (Kcal): 477
      Protein: 6.5g
      Carbohydrates: 59.9g (Sugars (KJ) 4.2g)
      Fat: 22.5g (of which saturates are 1.8g)
      Fibre: 4.8g
      Salt: 1.16g

      I rate these extra crunchy crisps 4 dooyoo stars - they are extra crunchy, extra tasty but are extra expensive too at £1.99 for one bag. If they're available on offer in Tesco then they're not too bad but they don't seem to be on promotion all the time as with other foods.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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        07.12.2011 18:38
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        another wonderful crisp from Walkers

        I love crisps and salt and vinegar are by far my favourite flavour so when my mum offered me a large sharing bag of the Walkers Salt & Malt Vinegar extra crunchy crisps I could not resist. My mum had purchased several of these bags at a reduced price from Tesco as they were coming up to their use by date.

        My mum paid just £0.44 for a 150g sharing bag of these crisps in the Salt and Malt Vinegar flavour but at full price they retail at £1.75 so my mum got quite a bargain.

        These extra crunchy crisps from Walkers are one of their newest products and also come in the following flavours:
        - Simply Salted
        - Cheddar And Sour Cream
        - Sweet Chilli Chicken
        - Flame Grilled Steak

        The crisps come in a large foil packet which has the Walkers logo, a picture of the crisps and basic nutritional information on the front. On the back you can find the ingredients listings some information about how the crisps are made and full nutritional information.

        It states that the crisps are made with British potatoes that are sliced thicker and cooked a little longer to make them crunchier than regular Walkers crisps. The crisps are also made with sunseed oil which is lower in saturates than vegetable oil. But this still does not make these crisps good for you but it helps you feel a little better when eating them. The nutritional information per a 30g serving is:
        - Calories - 139
        - Protein - 2.0g
        - Carbohydrate - 18.0g
        - Fat - 6.2g
        - Saturates - 0.5g
        - Sodium - 0.15g

        I thoroughly enjoyed these crisps they had a great texture and fantastic strong flavour. Although the crisps are cut thicker they still seem quite light too which is one thing I love about the original Walkers crisps. They are also very crunchy and the salt and vinegar flavouring is very strong which is just how I like this flavour to be. I am not sure I would pay full price for these crisps as they are a little expensive but they are very tasty so I will be looking out for special offers.

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        10.05.2011 00:07
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        Won't be bothering with these again!

        When it comes to crisps I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to them! I love most varieties of them on offer on the market and particularly eating crisps I have never seen before tempts me big-time.

        I didn't realise till I spotted the advert on the tv with Gary Linekar and Lionel Richie that these were new out as I was munching them but I do like a bag of Walkers from time to time and picked these due to them being in a large bag and me being a right piglet lol!

        I purchased these in the Salt & Malt Vinegar flavour and the foil bag holds 150g of the crisps. On the creamy coloured bag we are told in dark green, white and black writing that they are indeed Walkers 'Extra Crunchy' Salt & Malt Vinegar Flavour Potato Crisps 'Made To Share', there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and the weight is stated (as I have listed already). On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the crisps and other flavours from this 'Crunchy' range, there is a full nutritional chart shown as well well as the ingredients listed and contact details for Walkers are given. The photograph on the front of the bag of the crisps looks nice and of course the bag is informative as it needs to be and easy enough to open.

        The Crisps:

        Well these crisps are of course made of potato and are rather thick compared to many Walkers crisps I have eaten in the past and although highly flavoured with salt and vinegar do really still remain to taste potatoey and do not look or taste greasy (in fact in my opinion these are slightly dry!) they are a nice beigy colour and look natural.

        Personally I wasn't really all that keen on these. I appreciated the thickness of them and have to agree that these really are extra crunchy however the thickness and crunchiness meant hard to me and my mouth and they were hard work and incredibly filling to eat.

        Flavourwise, well these get a giant thumbs up from me. Salty and tasting and smelling of real vinegar I liked the strong blend though as I did touch on just a minute ago I did find them to be rather dry not only cos of lack of grease and feeling that these have been oven baked but because the flavour is so strong and tongue tingling!

        I liked them, I have to admit they are very good quality and have a nice flavour though for me I couldn't get over how hard they were to munch on and for that reason I doubt I will be buying these in future!

        Nutritional Information Per 30g Serving:

        Calories: 139
        Sugar: 0.9g
        Fat: 6.2g
        Saturates: 0.5g
        Salt: 0.39

        Available in all good supermarkets around the £1.30 a bag mark and in different flavours too!

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          10.04.2011 10:35
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          A good all-rounder for crisp fans

          I picked these up when I saw the 'newness' of them and was tempted to see what they were like as I'm already a fan of Walker's and crispy goodness. Whilst these are nothing particularly out of this world, and some would probably say the ready salted variety is quite bland and too salty, they were still tasty and crunchy enough for me to want to buy them again.

          The bag itself is quite hard plastic compared to the standard Walkers crisp bag, making it feel that bit more special and higher quality. It says 'made to share' on the front, due to it's 150g size. If you're on your own it would be a good idea to seal these very well once opened, because I'm not convinced they'd stay too fresh for too long.

          Each 30g serving contains 142 calories and 6.9g of fat, which is relatively similar to your average packet of crisps. Of course, that's on the assumption that you eat just 30g; when faced with a bag like this, however, even when sharing, knowing how much a serving is and actually stopping when you've had said serving is easier said than done!

          As expected now from Walkers, these are cooked with Sunseed oil, which is 'naturally lower in saturates'. I find crisps also taste better with this, or at least slightly less greasy. British potatoes are used here, and the end result is a packet of crisps with no preservatives or artificial colours, no MSG and are still suitable for vegetarians.

          What sets these apart from regular crisps? They're supposedly sliced thicker and cooked a tad longer, making them 'extra crunchy'.

          Do they live up to their claims? I think they do pretty much, though I didn't find them to be anything extra special. They did seem thicker and packed more of a crunch, and most crisps also seemed a fair bit larger too. Their appearance was similar to regular walkers in terms of colour, being a slight mix of lighter and darker shades. They looked yummy, which I expected from the tempting image on the front, and they smelt potatoey and welcoming when I opened the bag. The texture was crisp and crunchy, but they were also quite dry and salty, meaning that although you may love the taste and want to eat the whole bag, that would probably hurt your mouth.

          Whilst sharing these means you could probably get through them in one sitting, you can store them for upto 3 days once opened. I did this and kept them sealed at the top, then stored in a clippy box, and they seemed to retain their freshness.

          If you're not a fan of the plain and simple ready salted nature (which I love, but I can see that they may be a little boring for those wanting more of a flavour sensation) then they come in other varieties : Flame grilled steak, cheddar & sour cream, salt & malt vinegar, and sweet chilli chicken.

          The RRP for these varies depending on where you go; I've seen them for £1.70-ish, but I don't think I'd pay that for them. I bought these for £1, strangely enough from Poundland (please do check the use-by dates on them first though!). At £1 I couldn't complain and would buy them again. They're a bit different, give you more a crunch and bite to get your teeth into, taste great and come in a large bag for sharing. Just don't expect anything out-of-this-world unique or extraordinary, and you shouldn't be too disappointed.

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          07.10.2010 19:34
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          Great tasting crisps yet again from walkers.

          I saw these crisps advertised on the television with Lionel Richie and Gary Lineker and I had to try some. Not only are they made by my favourite brand of crisps, Walkers, but also they're in a bigger packet meaning munching for longer on them.

          I bought these from Morissons for about £1.50, pretty expensive for crisps, but I think they're worth it.

          The crisps come in a creamy coloured bag with the flavour colour around it, ie blue for cheese and onion. They have the walkers logo quite big on the top so you know immediately what they are. The nutritional calues are on the back saying that the bag ontains 150g and each 30g portion contains 139 calories, meaning one bag contains over 600 claories! So try not to get carried away and eat a whole bag like I nearly did.

          The packet says that the crisps are made from fresh potatoes sliced thicker than regular walkers making the crisps thicker and crunchier.

          The crisps themselves are lovely, bigger and thicker than normal crisps and darker in colour. The flavour is quite rich, not much different from the normal walkers flavours really. They are heavenly though, I personally like to sandwich them which is lovely!

          These are really good for a long car/train ride rather than taking lots of packets of crisps, you can just take one big bag of tasty crisps, although I dont know how much you'll want to share them, I know I don't!

          They come in a small vareity of flavours including: simply salted, flame grilled steak, cheddar & sour cream, sweet chilli chicken and salt and malt vinegar. I've only tried the salt and vinegar and the cheddar and sour cream, both of which I've since bought again and love. I intend to try more of these and will update my review when I do.

          Definitley recommended!

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            04.10.2010 19:19
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            A winner

            You'll recognise these new crisps from the TV advert featuring Lionel Richie and Gary Lineker.

            Seeing these new crisps from Walkers I had to purchase a packet to try. For one they were in a big packet which is always good (not for the waistline though!), two, they were my favourite flavour and three I love Walkers crisps, my favourites being this flavour, prawn cocktail, tomato and salt and vineger squares.
            I purchased these from Asda for £1 on special offer. I know the full price is around the £1.50 mark however I bought some more yesterday over a month later and they were still £1!

            They come in a cream bag with the Walkers logo and 'extra crunchy salt & malt vinegar made to share' written on. It also tells me that there are 150g in the bag and each 30g portion contains 139 calories and 6.2g fat 0.5g of which saturates.

            The way these are different to normal walkers is explained on the back:
            'New Walkers extra crunchy is made with lovely British potatoes, sliced thicker & cooked a little longer to make them crunchier than regular Walkers.'

            So what do you get? Well inside you find crisps that are thicker than standard crisps and more irregular in shape. They are a darker colour, probably due to being cooked for longer. Bite into one and you will find that yes they are crunchy. They remind me of other brands of crisps that are sold in big packets like this, which is probably what they were going for.
            As for taste, well they are yummy! Similar to salt and malt vinegar from other brands but slightly different in that they taste a little like normal Walkers salt and vinegar. The pack of the pack also says they are tangy which I agree with.

            I really like these and have already purchased and eaten mostly by myself, two packets. They say they are made to share but once I start eating I find it hard to stop although not as bad as Pringles.

            Other flavours in the range are: sweet chilli chicken, simply salted, flame grilled steak and cheddar & sour cream.

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