Product Type: Walkers Snacks
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Walkers French Onion Soup!
Walkers French Garlic Baguette Flavour Crisps
Member Name: little_feets
Walkers French Garlic Baguette Flavour Crisps
Advantages: The *idea* behind this flavour is great
Disadvantages: The flavour is not at all garlicy!
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.
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Summary: More french onion soup than garlic baguette.