“ Brand: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
I might be a little late, considering that the Walkers Flavour Cup is well over, but I still have the need to review the flavour that represented France in this tasty battle of the countries!
Since I live in Germany, I only get to enjoy Walkers crisps when I go to a Subway restaurant, an Irish pub or make the journey to Collogne where we have a tiny "British Shop". These places usually carry the regular flavours only and I had almost no chance to get my hands on the special Flavour Cup flavours. But I was lucky - my parents went to the UK shortly before the Flavour Cup was over and got me a pack of almost each flavour. Among them was the French Garlic Baguette variety which I am telling you about now!
The package is coloured in the style of the French flag. The Walkers logo and the logo of the Flavour Cup can also be seen.
On the back of the little bag, you are told how to vote for your favourite flavour. Nutritional information is also given.
I like the design, but it's a little simple - I think the bags would have looked nicer if there were sights or symbols for each country, for example the Eifel tower or at least a picture of a baguette. Last year's flavour contest had much nicer bags!
When I opened the bag, I immediately recognized the strong smell of garlic. Since I like garlic and was not expecting anything else, that was absolutely fine with me. ;)
But I already realized these aren't the kind of crisps you should eat before a date or any other social event.
In general the taste was alright but, sadly, a little simple. I don't know what I would have expected to be exciting about crisps with garlic baguette flavour, but altogether the taste was a bit boring. The crisps turned out to - well, guess what! - simply be garlic crisps. While all the other Flavour Cup crisps had a twisted, original taste, these came across as really boring.
The usual Walkers quality still made them a enjoyable snack, but they were just too simple on not exciting.
As I said, these crisps defenitely provide the quality I love. They were crunchy and generally speaking of good quality.
French Garlic Baguette Potato Crisps: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), French Garlic Baguette Seasoning
French Garlic Baguette Seasoning: Salt, Flavourings, Milk Lactose, Dried Milk Whey, Milk Butter Oils, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Parsley, Sugar.
(per 25g pack)
Energy 545 kJ / 131kcal
of which sugars 0.3g
of which saturates 0.6g
of which mono-unsaturates 6.7g
of which polysaturates 0.5g
*Equivalent as Salt 0.27g
I do not know the exact price my parents paid, but I suppose an individual pack is about 50p and a mutipack would be about 1,50 pounds.
Out of all the varieties in the Flavour Cup, this was in my opinion the most boring and unspectacular one. To me, a typical french flavour is the dish "coq au vin", which would have been far more exciting flavour for crisps.
These were edible, but not great!
Did the French even turn up to this years World Cup??? I don't think so as the French team that played were not very good at all and I have to say neither are their Walkers crisp variety. The French are well known for their lovely baguettes, beautiful, crunchy, sticks of bread but unfortunately Walkers seem to smother their crisps with garlic and called them French garlic baguette crisps. I love garlic but these were way too overpowering for me, I smelt like garlic for the rest of the day, even with toothpaste, not a pleasant situation, believe me, for me and everyone around me. You could see the herbs and spices on the crisps so it's no wonder they were going to be strong, they were just spoilt by being way too strong unfortunately as they in theory could have been a good taste.
In recognition of the World CUp 2010 Walkers have introduced 15 new flavours that are going "bag to bag" against each other in the Walkers Flavour Cup but only one can be crowned Walkers Flavour Champion. So far I have tried quite a few different flavours now and so far the winners have been England and the USA, it's just a shame their football teams have not faired as well as their crisps.
Walkers are actually running a competition for consumers as well where you text or apply online for your favourite and you then have the chance of winning prizes and even a cool £10,000 if you post a photo of you online being a "Superfan". You can visit www.walkers.co.uk for more details.
Walkers crisps have been around now for well over 60 years now. A gentleman called Henry Walker took over a butchers shop in the 1880's but after the second World War he saw production go down and had to look for other ways to make money. He began hand-slicing and frying potatoes and sold them as potato crisps, the first flavour being Cheese and Onion.
So unfortunately for the French they are not going to be a winner in the crisp stakes in my opinion.
I bought the 25g multipack bag and per bag there are 131 calories which represents 7% of your daily amount. Not bad for just a snack but it's not a great idea to eat loads of bags in one day. The crisps also have 8.2g of fat which is 12% of your RDA so again a bit high if you eat lots of packets but one will be just fine.
With the World Cup with us and it's the time for theme based products, so here we have Walkers selling their take on national identities in terms of crisp flavours. Some of the flavours are in truth only slight variations on existing brands like Argentinean Steak and Dutch Edam but some are more of a punt in the dark and this is definitely one of the odder flavours.
How to communicate the cultural and cuisine history of a country in one flavour? Well in terms of France you'd think they would have a huge range of potential taste or flavours but they seem to have picked a kind of garlic bread thing which is pretty far away from French high dining. They could have made a classic French onion soup or croque monsieur but they picked a type of garlic bread, now not wanting to go into a bit of Peter Kaye - but Garlic bread!!!
Anyway that was the choice and well it could have worked but the crisps are just plain wrong. I starting eating the crisps and couldn't work out why I disliked the flavour, the crisps tasted a bit oily and left an unusual emulsion on the tongue.
After taking a few more crisps I realised the taste wasn't the oil but the underlying taste of garlic which came with the crisps. The combination of garlic and potato in this instance created an unpleasant flavour in the mouth; the garlic seemed to give a sour flavour to the crisps and made them unpleasant to eat.
The overall feeling is that the French entry into the Walkers world cup crisp challenge rather echoed the football team in general; it feels confused, lacks direction and feels misplaced. The flavours don't work and there is a taste of oil and a sour garlic taste, the wish that the makers had gone for onion soup was only the higher after tasting the crisps.
Now that the World Cup is with us I thought that I should review some more of the range of crisps that Walkers launched in order to cash it on it, oh sorry, to celebrate it. They have created 15 new flavours that are supposed to represent 15 of the nations that have qualified for the World Cup.
As a sideshow they are also running the World Flavour cup where anyone can vote for their favourite flavour online or via text, with the winner being announced at the end of the tournament.
Typically for Walkers the crisps come in a packet which is far too big for the quantity of crisps they are giving you. You will find that the bag is barely half full. In this environmentally friendly, cost cutting era we're living in, you would think they might resolve this issue!
When you open a bag of French Garlic Baguette you instantly realise that this flavour is a bit of a deception. The aroma is very cheesey and you don't get the garlic smell that you're expecting. The first thing I did was look back at the front of the bag to confirm what flavour I was eating! When it comes to the taste nothing much improves for garlic fans like me. They taste just like cheese and chive flavour crisps. I'm not saying these crisps taste awful, in fact they are quite pleasant, the problem is that they are just not garlic bread!
As you might well expect from a packet of Walkers crisps they are not all that good for you nutritionally. Each 34.5g pack contains 180 calories and 11.4g fat. So I wouldn't have too many if you're watching your figure. This flavour is however free from MSGs, preservatives and artificial colours. They are suitable for vegetarians, but NOT for coeliacs or vegans.
I have seen them available at wildly varying prices, ranging from 60p in petrol stations to as little as 10p in Home Bargains and B&M Bargains. These crisps are definitely worth 10p of anyone's money.
French Garlic Baguette is a nice enough flavour if you like cheese and chive. If you're expecting a strong garlic flavour then move on. Because of this it will not get my vote in the Walkers World Flavour Cup. Very disappointing.
French Garlic Baguette is the latest flavour I've tried from the new Walkers Flavour Cup range. Like the other packets in the range, it is decorated in the colours of the appropriate flag, in this case red, white and blue. The packet tells you how to enter the Walkers Flavour Cup, should you so desire. It states that each bag contains 180 calories, but no MSG, no preservatives and no artificial colours. The crisps are suitable for vegetarians.
The ingredients are potatoes, sunflower oil and seasoning which consists of salt, flavourings (somewhat vague), milk lactose, dried milk whey, milk butter oils, dried garlic, dried onion, parsley and sugar. That's a lot of milk products.
Opening the bag, the crisps are light-coloured with little green dots - presumably the parsley. There is a pleasant herby-garlicky smell.
Upon eating the crisps I decided that these were one of my favourite flavours from the new range. There was a distinct buttery-garlicky taste to the crisps, which for some people might not be pleasant but for me really did evoke garlic bread. Out of all the flavours I've tried these seem to be the most authentic. I really enjoyed them, although one bag was certainly enough, as they are quite heavily flavoured. This is probably a good thing, though!
Overall, these crisps are very tasty, but remember to clean your teeth or have some chewing gum afterwards!
I purchased these crisps at my local shop on special offer (2 packs for 60p) which I thought was pretty good.
The Walkers is a British snack food manufacturer, that is operating mainly in the UK and Ireland and best known for manufacturing crisps. In April 2010 the company launched a promotional campaign entitled the 'Walkers Flavour Cup' to find the world's favourite flavour, in which a special range of crisp flavours dedicated to the World Cup countries were produced. The one I'm reviewing is one of the new flavours : Walkers French Garlic Baguette flavour potato crisps.
The crisps come in a foil bag with a feature of French flag as a background. The front of the bag resembles a Walkers name and product flavour. A small nutrition breakdown is on the left bottom and Walkers Flavour Cup picture on the right bottom.
On the back of the bag, you will find more details about Walkers Flavour campaign and nutrition information.
The crisps in a light golden colour with various sizes. They are quite thin with green herb powders on.
Potatoes with 33% Sunflower Oil and French Garlic Baguette Seasoning, that contains salt, flavourings, milk lactose, dried milk whey, milk butter oils, dried garlic, dried onion, parsley and sugar. The crisps contain no Artificial Colours or Flavours, no MSG and no preservatives and suitable for vegetarian.
Each 25g serving contains 131 calories, 0.3g sugar, 8.2g fat, 0.6g saturates, 1.0g fibre and 0.27g salt providing 545 kj energy, that is roughly 7% calories and 12% fat of a daily amount for adult.
Availability and Price:
The 140g pack can be found at most supermarkets. The 25g pack is mixed with other flavours in 18 packages that is on half price promotion for £1.74 at Sainsbury's.
When I first heard the campaign I was very excited. I thought it was a great idea. You can experience the representative taste of 15 countries when you have crisps. However after tasting Walkers French Garlic Baguette flavour I was very upset. I like French Garlic Baguette, but I can't get the flavour from the crisps. The crisps tasted dry with some strange flavour, that I was not sure from a garlic and found difficult to get rid of.
I would definitely not buy or try it anymore. I also tried walkers other world cup flavours and found most of them are not as good as their previous flavours. Personally I think the French Garlic Baguette flavour is the least appealing among them.
Shops everywhere are now filling their shelves with World Cup related merchandise in hope that football fans everywhere will fill their trollies in preperation for the big kick off. Walkers crisps have decided to support the World Cup tournament by releasing a series of various limited edition flavours, one for every country taking part in the World Cup. These new flavours form the 'Flavour Cup', and each country is distinguished by a specific 'dish' that Walkers have chosen to represent the country. Our mission, as consumers, if we choose to accept it, is to take a trip around the world with Walkers and sample all the dishes from around the world in the run up to the World Cup!
These 'Walkers French Garlic Baguette' can be purchased as part of a multipack in all good supermarkets. I have seen them stocked in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's. I have also purchased these crisps from my local Poundland store. I have not yet seen this flavour being sold as an individual packet. The only flavour I have spotted being sold individually is the 'Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding', but this could just be a biased promotion to push the sales of the official England flavour!
You can pick the 'Walkers French Garlic Baguette' crisps up as part of a multipack of 6 with 2 other different flavours for around £1 - £1.30 depending on where you make your purchase. The cheapest I have purchased them for is £1 per 6 pack multipack in Poundland stores - so it is worth checking in your local store before purchasing from a supermarket!
The packaging for these 'Walkers French Garlic Baguette' crisps is rather clever. Each flavour in the 'Flavour Cup' range has a packet decorated with the country flag on it. These 'Walkers French Garlic Baguette' come with a background of blue, white and red stripes to match the French flag. The front of the bag has the large 'Walkers' logo at the top of the packet, with the name of the product beneath. I do like the idea of the packaging and the brightly coloured country flag backrounds to make it easy to spot and pick out your favourite flavour! The front of the packet also has the 'Flavour Cup' logo, which is a silver football trophy filled with various edible ingredients. The nutritional information at a glance can also be found on the front of the packet. The back of the packet carries the usual full nutritional information, ingredients list, best before date and contact details. The back also gives information on how to enter a competition to win £10,000 with the 'Flavour Cup' range during the promotion of this range.
These 'Walkers French Garlic Baguette' crisps didn't let off a huge whaft of garlic scent in my face upon opening the bag, which was both suprising and dissapointing. Everyone knows that garlic has a ridiculously strong scent and can be sniffed out a mile away. I was expecting these crisps to follow suit and greet me with an almighty whiff of garlic, but alas, nothing! Upon having a good inhale of the bag, the only smell I was able to pick up on was one of faint onion. Surely garlic flavoured crisps should pong of garlic? Afterall, what is garlic without its trademark, strong and powerful scent! Surely something isn't right here, Walkers?
To look at, these crisps don't appear to be that appealing, but Walkers crisps never are. They were plain yellowy-brown crisp colour, with nothing special about them what so ever. I guess it is difficult to make a crisp look appealing, and as you can't see them before you purchase them, it isn't necessary. Crisps are essentially all about the flavour, so the fact they looked pretty boring in the half filled bag didn't put me off.
With these new limited edition crisps, the most important part is the taste! With all these new flavours out there to try, surely there's a few taste sensations to be had? Or maybe not, as the case was! I was really looking forward to trying these crisps, as I do love garlic, and can be a bit of a garlic fiend (but I don't like the nasty after taste and stinky breath that follows!). Unfortunately I was met with nothing but dissapointment after putting the first crisp into my mouth. These 'Walkers French Garlic Baguette' flavour crisps have nothing garlic-y about them. Not even a smidgen! At first, I thought Walkers had switched the contents of my bag with those of the 'Cheese & Onion' variety. However, after getting more of a taste for the crisps, I realised this was simply my brain tricking me and making a connection, as there was a destinct lack of cheese flavour, with the only flavour belonging to these crisps being one of onion. I'm not sure whether Walkers have mistaken an onion for garlic, but the only flavour available to taste in these crisps is onion - and a faint, waning onion at that! The taste wasn't in anyway hideous, or horrible, but was simply a huge let down, as they are meant to taste like pure garlic. Walkers, you need some taste testers with taste buds!
After trying these for the first time lastnight, unfortunately I have to give them a huge thumbs down. I don't really know what Walkers are playing at with these 'Flavour Cup' limited edition flavour crisps as so far, the ones I have tasted have been far from the flavour they are meant to be. I'm not entirely sure why Walkers picked 'Garlic Baguette' as the signature flavour to represent France in the first place - surely they could have gone with something a little more inventive like 'Frogs Legs' or 'Slow Roasted Snails' ? Garlic baguette is something I associate with being a side order to a pasta dish! Whatever their reason, Walkers failed on the flavour of these crisps, as there was definitely not even a slight hint of garlic about them. Maybe if they had named them 'French Onion Soup' instead, this would have been more of a suitable name for the crisps, as the predominant, single flavour is onion. Come on Walkers, pull your socks up! Unfortunately I won't be purchasing these crisps again, and definitely wouldn't bother to recommend anyone wasting their money on trying this flavour.
Nutritional Information per packet:
Energy: 131 kcal
of which saturates: 0.6g
of which mono-unsaturates: 6.7g
of which polyunsaturates: 0.5g
Equivalent as salt: 0.27g
French Garlic Baguette Flavour Potato Crisps:
Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), French Garlic Baguette Seasoning.
Italian Spaghetti Bolognese Seasoning:
Salt, Flavourings, Milk Lactose, Dried Milk Whey, Milk Butter Oils, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Parsley, Sugar.
Dietary Information: Suitable for Vegetarians.
Weight Watchers Points: 2 points per packet.
** Also posted on Ciao under the username little_feets88 **
Since a few days ago when I tried the American Cheeseburger crisps from this new range from Walkers my little brother has been moaning about how much he wants to try the other flavours and I was getting annoyed. So when I went to town yesterday I found the mulitpacks and I bought about 3-4 because then we would each get to try at least one of every flavour. While I dived straight for the Italian flavoured crisps by brother chose these French ones and I have to admit I stole a few (and then had my own packet!) so I thought Id write a review on them.
Ive never been a massive fan of the new flavours Walkers bring out but as I was pleasantly surprised by the cheeseburger flavour I thought it only fair to give the other ones a chance as well and I am very happy that I did.
When I opened the packet I was expecting to be greeted by a very strong garlic smell but there was just nothing. No distinctive smell at all and the crisps didnt look like they had much flavoruing on them at all so at this stage you could say I was quite disappointed. Theres nothing special about the smell or rather lack of it.
These crisps do actually taste very nice. They just dont taste like garlic in the slightest. I was really looking forward to trying these because I am a big fan of anything with garlic in it and the stronger the better in my opinion but these didnt taste anything like it. As soon as I popped one in my mouth I knew exactly what these tasted like : Sour Cream Cheese & Chive Pringles! They dont taste anything like garlic though and although they do taste proper nice I felt let down because they didnt taste like I was expecting them to. Unless they do have a garlic taste and it was just so weak that I couldnt taste it - which admittedly is possible.
These are a nice flavour dont get me wrong but if your expecting them to taste like garlic bread then you will be disappointed because the simple fact is they dont. I would definately eat them again and I recommend that others try them as well but if you dont like cheese and chive crisps you wont like these.
Again I cant find the exact nutritional values for this particular flavour but as they are crisps I dont think they will be very good for you. Great for a once in a while treat but just dont eat them everyday!
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Having tried some of the other World Cup themed crisps introduced by Walkers to celebrate the World Cup in South Africa later this year (reviews to come), I had high hopes for the 'French Garlic Baguette' flavour, part of the North Europe collection. Unfortunately, they didn't deliver.
To be honest, first impressions are not the best, as Garlic Baguette does not seem a stereotypical, traditional French dish. Had the flavour been something more exotic or a French speciality it may have been more appealing, but as it is Walkers could have done so much better.
When the bag is opened the smell you are faced with isn't particularly strong, but you'll certainly smell strongly of garlic long after you've finished the bag! Not a snack to try before a date... At a first taste these crisps do taste quite garlicky, although it's more of a strong fresh garlic flavour than the lighter garlic butter you get on garlic bread. Half an hour later when I still have the strong taste of garlic in my mouth (and probably smell of it too!) it's not ideal. Having said this, the parsley taste also comes through nicely, but after the first few crisps they started to taste more of ordinary Cheese and Onion and less of Garlic Baguette. Nevertheless, the aftertaste I'm left with is unmistakeably garlic! As usual, these Walkers crisps are very light and crispy, although the strong flavours can weigh them down a bit and be overpowering.
All in all, these are very disappointing from Walkers as I was expecting a lot more. The flavours are too strong, and it's not a typical French dish. I'd buy these again - only to get the other flavours in the North Europe multipack bag - but these 'French Garlic Baguette' crisps are definitely the ones I'll be leaving 'til last!
No artificial colours
Suitable for vegetarians
Packaged in a protective atmosphere
Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), French Garlic Baguette Seasoning
French Garlic Baguette Seasoning contains: Salt, Flavourings, Milk Lactose, Dried Milk Whey, Milk Butter Oils, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Parsley, Sugar
In preparation for the World Cup, Walkers have introduced a range of crisps that symbolise different countries. For expample Spaghetti Bolonaise for Italy and Paella for Spain. There are 15 different flavours available.
The crisps I will be reviewing are the French Garlic Baguette flavour which are rooting for France! Basically these are potato crisps made to Walkers high standard and seasoned with garlic, onion and parsley.
As with all Walkers crisps, the crisps are contained in a foil bag for freshness. You are made aware that these are the French crisps as the front of the bag has the French flag colours and a big world cup trophy. The back of the bag gives the opportunity and details of how to vote for your favourite World Cup flavour as well as ingredients, nutrition and how to contact Walkers.
The actual crisps look like standard crisps. Not too thick and not too thin and they vary is size. They are a light golden colour with tiny speckles of garlic.
The crisps are made with potatoes and sunflower oil. The seasoning is made up of salt flavourings, milk lactose, dried milk whey, milk butter oils, dried garlic, dried onion, parsley and sugar.
Each 25g bag contains :
0.6g saturated fat
*Availability and Price*
Available in single packs at approx 50p or multi packs of 6 (3 flavours) for around £1.30. Sold in Poundland and supermarkets.
I have heard very mixed reviews about these new crisps and not being much of a crisp fan (I have to be in the mood for them), I am a bit behind with trying these out. I picked up the 2 multi packs on offer in Tesco for £2 and the French Baguette ones are the first ones that I decided to try.
Packaging pretty standard for Walkers though I do feel a bit conned when you open the bag and it is only half full :( First impressions on opening the bag were..wheres the garlic smell? I love garlic bread and know a quality garlic bread when I catch a whiff but all I could smell was saltiness like Ready Salted crisps.
The taste test provided me with slightly more flavour but resembled cheese and chives. That is my opinion anyway! The crisps are of good quality and have a nice bite though the flavours omitting from them are simply not what you would refer to as being garlicky! They left some sort of after taste though still nothing to be overly impressed about.
They were worth a try and I will try the other flavours though I don't feel like we got off to a good start. Calorie wise not too bad and price pretty standard.
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French Garlic Baguette Flavour Crisps
I got these yesterday from the co-op I think as they were three for £1. So I got one of the french baguette ones and I also got two of the American cheese burger flavour ones (Which are really quite nice too, but in my opinion they are not as nice as these ones).
Walkers have launched this new range of weird and wonderful crisps (the flavour cup) from Welsh rarebit and BBQ Kangaroo to Scottish haggis and spagetti bolognese. I have tried the American cheese burger, This one and the American cheese burger one. I wanted to try the german bratwurst one but it has on the ingredients list... Poultry extract, which I don't know why as Bratwurst is pork sausage!
Anywho This is one of my favorites of all of the walkers versions it is not too strong like some of the others can be and it is actually kind of tastes like a french garlic baguette, as some others (Spagetti bolognese does not even taste like it should)! And you can also vote for your favorite flavours online, so vote baguette!
But one down side is that each bag (the small individual ones) contain 180 calories and 11.4g of fat (But I think I will ignore this for now). but these ones are really my favorite flavour out of all of the normal ones and the flavour cup ones that I have tried.
*Really really yummy
*Good high quality brand
*Actually kind of tastes like a real baguette - well they are crisps after all they can't taste exactly like the real thing
*They are cheap at about 70p a packet I think
*I have bough these individually from Asda and I have bought them as part of a pack from the co-op and asda.
*They have so many other flavours to try
*But VOTE BAGUETTE! :)
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Walkers have launched 15 new flavours of crisps in honour of the world cup, with each flavour representing a different country. In this review I will focus on the French entry - Garlic Baguette.
Now, I'd like to start by saying that, If I were to pick a flavour representing France, garlic baguette would not be it , being something I usually eat as an accompaniment to a nice big plate of pasta. I do think Walkers could have found a more creative 'French' flavour - perhaps French Onion Soup, Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon , or even something more offbeat involving frogs legs and snails .
I picked up a pack of these as part of a multi pack, at £1.16 for 6 bags in my local supermarket.,the packaging for this particular flavour being in the colours of the French Flag . Apart from the words on the pack, there is no visual indication of the flavour, although there is, rather confusingly, a trophy full of various ingredients, none of which relate to this flavour. The pack does state that this image is to promote the world cup flavours, as well as encouraging us to vote by text for our favourite flavour.
Opening up the pack, It take a sniff, and am greeted by - not an awful lot really . There is a vague herby smell, but certainly nothing I could actually pinpoint as garlic, or indeed as baguette . However, the crisps were all an attractive light golden colour with no visible manky bits, and upon biting into one I was greeted with a satisfying crunch.
The taste of these is surprisingly mild - I was expecting something a bit more assertive . They did have a light garlic flavour,but I couldn't identify anything I could name as bread,and I can't help thinking that the flavour was just too weak really, and needed to be much more assertive .
Unlike some of the other flavours in this promotion, these are suitable for vegetarians. Now, I may be wrong, but I think that at 25g these multi pack bags are smaller than single bags you buy, but per bag these contain 131 calories and 8.2 of fat
These are a really wishy-washy crisp flavour. I neither like nor dislike them - in fact, I don't care either way .
I was intrigued by these crisps when I saw them at work in the vending machine. I love garlic bread so although I don't eat crisps very often, I had to buy these. I paid 60p for them which seems about average for crisps now. This range of crisps is new to Walkers and they want people to vote for their favourite flavour by texting in the country that the flavour comes from. Obviously, these are the French option.
The crisps are suitable for vegetarians and contain no MSG, preservatives or artificial colours. They do contain milk though. The bag I bought was 34.5g in size and contain 180kcals, 2.0g of protein, 17.5g of carbohydrates of which 0.4g are sugars, 11.4g of fat of which 0.9g are saturates, 1.4g of fibre and 0.15g of sodium.
When I opened the bag I was very surprised that they smelt of onion rather than garlic. I don't have much of a sense of smell after numerous operations on my nose to sort out my sinuses but I asked other people to smell them too and they said the smell was more onion than garlic. The crisps are golden coloured and come in a range of sizes from half a bite size to huge crisps that took 3 or 4 bites to get through. The bag was quite full which pleased me and they were really crispy and had a good crunch to them. That is where the good bit stops and the disappointment kicks in. The crisps do not taste anything like garlic bread or baguette. I couldn't taste any garlic what so ever and I forced some of my friends to try them just to make sure it wasn't just me. Nobody else could taste garlic either. Such a shame as I love this idea for a crisp flavour. The after taste is almost buttery so I guess that could be part of the baguette flavour. I think that these crisps would have been better off being advertised as French Onion soup flavour as I feel that naming them French garlic baguette is false advertising. My work colleagues now think I am totally nuts for forcing them to smell and taste my food for me but at least I didn't have garlic breath at the end of the packet.
I would say the flavour is different to all others available on the market as it is not a pickled onion taste but I was very disappointed in the flavouring so won't be buying them again.
I walked into my local newsagents and was blocked in by a huge Walkers display of new weird and whacky flavours. It took me a minute to work out that these were all themed to one country - I still don't know if it's because of footie or something? - but while I was peering a little dubiously at them, the newsagent told me those magic words. 3 for £1! Now you're talking!
Walkers are my favourite crisps. I think they have the best quality of potatoes (very rare you get a 'funny' bit or a potato eye peering at you), they are nicely cooked (not too much or too little) and the flavours are mostly good.
So as usual, these were attractive light golden crisps, with a good crunch to them and just the right amount of greasiness to feel good in your mouth, but not stick all over your fingers.
How was the flavour? Quite mild really. They had a good garlicky smell to them when you opened the bag, but just a small hint of garlic in the taste. Did they taste of bread, French or otherwise? No, not really, but what do you expect of a slice of potato. Looking at the flavouring ingredients it's the pretty standard base stuff plus garlic powder. Imagine a ready salted crisp with very mild garlic salt instead of normal salt.
I did like them very much, however, as they were something different without being too strong, which is the mistake most of the 'weirdy' crisp flavours make.