“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I have been a tomoto ketchup crisps fan for many years. What is puzzling though is the fact that I actually can't stand the actual ketchup thats in the bottle!
Now I have been through many different brands of tomato flavoured crisps in my time; Golden Wonder, Tangy Toms (where did they go?) and SeaBrook yet none come close to Walkers crisps.
While other brands may have a slight tinge of tomatoey flavouring the crisps that Walkers produce are full of tangy tomato goodness. There is definetely a unique taste to them. Every bag is full of flavour and taste ever so fresh.
Normal Walkers crisps come in 25 gram bags. They are made with sunseed oil to make them that little bit more healthy. Walkers crisps also;
1. Have no MSG's
2. No preservatives
3. No artificial colours
4. Are suitable for vegetarians and also coeliacs
The only off putting thing about these crisps is the (what I consider high) salt content. It ranges between 5-6% of your recommended daily allowance but as with all 'junk' food they should be eaten in moderation and as part of a healthy diet.
These crisps are super hard to come by in my area and when I can find them they seem to be priced way to high but in my opinion they are well worth every penny.
THis flavour is 1 of the wife's favourite. I like the odd bag, but it isn't my best flavour in the whole world.
You can get these in 34.5g individual bags which cost about 45p, or 6 pack multipack bags which are a little smaller in size and you get 6 bags for about £1.40.
These Crisps are quite large, thin and crunchy. They have a slight greasy taste to them, but not in a bad way, it is just a nice flavouring. These don't seem to have bad bits in them, and they just seem like good quality Crisps.
The bag looks alright. A quite shiny, good quality bag which has a picture of a Sauce bottle on it, and the Heinz branding is easy to see. There is a picture of a large Crisp on the front too.
The flavouring is Saucy, sort of subtle and a good taste. You can tell it is a Heinz Sauce flavour and they are just tasty. Again still not my favourite, but a nice change, but I guess you have to like Sauce to have these.
I fancied a different flavour crisp today than the usual ones I go for (salt and vinegar, cheese and onion etc) so when I saw the tomato ketchup flavour in the shop I decided to buy them.
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. Now there are so many flavours to choose from the choice is overwhelming.
Walkers describe the ketchup crisps on their website like this, "ketchup first came to britain when 17th century Dutch and English sailors brought home a spicy fish cause from Asia. The Brits varied the mix to make mushroom ketchup but in America, they decided to try tomatoes. It was a good move. Now, tomato ketchup is popular all over the world - whether it's in a bottle or one of our bags.
To me, these crisps were lovely. When you first open the packet you are hit with a lovely spicy smell and that spicy tang carries over into the flavour of the crisps. It's not too spicy that you can't eat them though. There is an underlying taste of tomato but it is not too strong, there is more of a spicy strong taste than that of tomato. There is a good covering of flavour on all the crisps so you get a nice taste with every bite. The crisps are lovely and light and crunchy too. That might have something to do with the fact that they are now cooked in sunseed oil which, they say, is naturally high in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates.
I also like the fact that the potatoes used are 100% British potatoes. In this day and age we are all trying to buy local or national to promote our own country's products so this is a good thing. Apparently potatoes enjoy really good growing conditions in Britain due to the fact that the soil is cool and rich and this is what they thrive in and thus make a better crisp for us consumers to enjoy. They are guaranteed at least 154 days of rain a year, not so great if you want a nice sunny summer but good if you like crisps I suppose!
The thing I like about Walkers too is that each packet of crisps has a different colour for each different flavour. For example, cheese and onion are blue and this colour packet is a reddy green colour which actually reminds me of a tomato on a vine. The nice thing is if you are in a hurry you can just grab the bag you want without having to look at the label and go. Hopefully Walkers never change the colour packets or I'll end up with a horrible flavour I don't like although I have to admit I pretty much like all of the flavours.
I bought the 50g packet of crisps, grab bag size but they do come in other sizes such as 25g multipack bags and the regular 34.5g bag. Now, in a 50g bag there are 258 calories which represents 13% 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 16.3g of fat which is 23% of your RDA so again a bit high if you eat lots of packets but one will be just fine.
All in all, a nice British snack that I definitely recommend.
I thought they had stopped making these and I will definitely be putting some in my trolly next time I go to the supermarket! When I was a teenager I first discovered these and couldn't get over the flavour. Ketchup is my flaw - I have it on everything from pizza to cheese on toast. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered these. They have certainly not let me down. The flavouring is tangy and sharp and the crisps are of a very high standard, the crisps are rigid and obviously made from very high standard potatoes. The packaging is the same as all other walkers crisps minus the colouring which states quality and flavour. I was very impressed by these crisps as the taste was lovely and I'd always have a packet for a snack. Beware of the high fat content and the smelly breath afterwards though!
Having recently tried the newer flavours of Walkers' crisps, where thay are hunting for their next new flavour, I was disappointed, and felt like re-trying a number of older flavours just to restore my faith in Walkers. One of the first packets I tried was the Ketchup flavour. I wasn't sure if I had had it before, and my curiosity was enough.
Walkers have created this using Heinz Ketchup, so the quality assurance of the ketchup itself is there already. It's just a case of balancing it well enough to flavour the crisps.
They do a decent job. The smell is quite strong when you first open the packet, but this soon dissipates and you are left with just a faint aroma of ketchup. The taste, however, is a different matter. It is very tomatoey from the first bite, and the aftertaste is just as strong. Yet, it tastes nice, and it's not like eating a spoonful of ketchup, which would be too much. It is a very tomatoey taste, but then they are supposed to be ketchup flavoured, so that's to be expected.
The taste does linger a little too long for my liking, and one packet can be quite sickly if you eat them all in one go. I would suggest using them for like a picnic lunch where you have different flavours mixed in a bowl. It would counteract some of the other strong flavours quite well.
Nutritionally, Walkers do try and be healthy. They use sunseed oil, which is lower in saturated fats than other oils used to cook crisps in. A typical packet of crisps will give you 130 calories or so, and will set you back around 40p or 50p, depending on where you get them from.
Ultimately, looking at the nutritional content is kind of like closing the stable door after the horse has already bolted. Crisps aren't really the best thing to eat if you're worried about calories, so it's best to eat them and enjoy them rather than worry about their calorific and nutritional content.
Overall, I find these crisps a decent flavour. A whole packet is almost too much, but they are nice enough for the first part of the packet, and I do recommend them.
I always seem to try different crisps all the time or go for the Walkers Multi Pack of 18 because i'm happy to eat any of the flavours. But then I seen Tomato Ketchup flavour in the shop and decided to buy these as I used to love tomato flavoured crisps.
So I decided just to buy the one bag. In the original walkers bags with the walkers symbol on the front (yellow sun, red banner and white writing) they're quite easy to miss next to all the othe walkers bags on the shelf. The bag is green and red in colour but not vibrant colours they are quite dull looking.
The smell - Once you open the packet you get the strong smell of tomato ketchup that really make my mouth water. They remind me of those 10p bags you used to get called Tangy Toms.
The taste - The crisps are the usual Walkers, nice and crunchy with plenty of flavour on them. You can see the flavourings covered on both sides of the crisp. They are nice and tangy tasting and they also have a bit of a sweet taste. Definately very much like tomato ketchup.
The crisps are cooked in Sunseed oil which is naturally high in mono-unsaturates and lower in saturates which it says are the ones to watch.
Nutritional Info per 28g pack -
Energy - 540kj/ 130kcal
Protein - 1.6g
Fat of which saturates - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.1g
Fibre - 1.0g
I usually buy a pack of crisps to go with my sandwich from my work vending machine, but as they cost 40p a pack, it works out much cheaper buying a multipack. When out shopping I noticed the Tomato Ketchup flavour, and was sure I'd had them years back and loved them, so put a multipack in my basket.
These are not simply tomato ketchup flavoured, they are Heinz tomato ketchup flavoured, and the combination of what is arguably the best manufacturer of ketchup along with arguably the best manufacturer of crisps, make you expect a good quality product.
The taste of the crisps, I must admit, is nothing like I remembered. I don't know if they have perhaps changed the recipe recently, but the flavour is unusual and not really anything like ketchup in my opinion. It's a very sharp, tangy flavour, and I wouldn't immediately identify it as tomato flavoured. In fact, I'm not sure I would identify it as tomato flavoured at all, if I didn't already know that that was what it was supposed to be. There is a hint of tomato there, don't get me wrong, but it's not really all that detectable beneath the tanginess of...well...whatever that flavour is - I can't really identify it!
Saying this, the crisps are still edible. I didn't eat them and think 'these are disgusting' I just thought 'these don't taste at all like ketchup'.
Like all the Walkers crisps these ones are made with sunseed oil, which is lower in saturates than normal cooking oil, but of course at the end of the day these are crisps and they are never going to be healthy! Saying that, these didn't have the greasiness that some of the other Walkers crisps do - such as the ready salted, which often have quite a greasy feeling to them.
Nutritional info for those who wish to know:
Per 25g pack..
I bought these in a mutipack of 6 for £1 on special offer, but they usually retail around the £1.25 mark for a pack of 6, and if you buy them individually you're probably looking at around 40p a pack. Available from most big supermarkets.
Overall, I was quite disappointed with these. Like I said, they are still edible, and not totally awful, but the flavour is really not what I was expecting, and not what I remember them to be. If you want tomato ketchup flavoured crisps, I would suggest looking for another brand, because these really don't taste anything like ketchup or tomatoes for that matter!
Walkers crisps are a great high quality crisp. The potatoes are British and so you can feel you are supporting the economy! The oil is sunseed and lower in saturated fat than the oil used in many crisp brands. The flavours are varied. The crisps are cooked to perfection - neither too light nor too dark. Generally speaking, they are the best crisp on the market. Add to this the ultimate condiment, Heinz Tomato Ketchup and you really are on to a winner!
These crisps are so full of flavour - far more I think that in any of their other varieties. This is good because tomato ketchup is tangy but not rich or salty and so the more flavour they put on the crisps the better - there is no downside! I think it probably helps that they have worked with Heinz to develop the ketchup flavour - nobody does ketchup better than Heinz. The flavour is tangy and light and not overpowering so will not dry out your mouth like many sharper crisp flavours.
You can get these in 25g bags, 34.5g bags and multipacks. Even if they brought out 100g bags, they wouldn't satisfy me. These crisps are too delicious for words and I just cannot get enough of them!
For me, Tomato Ketchup flavour crisps are right up there with Pickled Onion and Worcester sauce - the three wise men of crispdom.
Regular readers of my reviews will know that I like my Crisps, as well as chocolate and so on. Walkers Tomato Ketchup is near the top of my list as well.
You can buy these crisps in a few different ways
Individual bag 34.5g roughly 40p
6x 30g multipack roughly £1.20
So what is so great about Walkers version compared to Golden Wonder, Supermarket brand and so on? Well instead of just stating Tomato Crisps, this flavour is Heinz Tomato sauce flavour. Does it taste any different compared to normal Tomato flavouring? Yes, the taste is saucy, rich and very, very tasty. Now i'm not sure if there is a change going ahead, as the Walkers crisps in my work cafe doesn't state Heinz on the front, but just tomato sauce, so lets hope it keeps the same great taste!
The bag design is just a normal bag for the product. It has the Walkers logo near the top and has a picture of some crisps with a sauce bottle next to it. Most of the bag colour is red, no doubt to symbolise the sauce.
Nutritional Information per 34.5g bag
The crisps have a nice, reddy colour to them and you can really taste the flavour. They are crispy and just great crisps, but Walkers always seem to have good crisps.
I would buy again, and I buy often. These are very very tasty
I like to eat crisps and if you've read some of my other reviews, particularly my top ten sandwiches then you'll no that I absolutely adore ketchup!! I like to put it on everything and before these crisps came out I even tried putting it on crisps. It tasted pretty good actually, although it took away the taste of crisp quite a lot. So when Walkers Heinz Tomato Ketchup Flavour Crisps came out I just had to try them. As they were part of the Walkers range I knew that I could trust them to be the best quality because lets face it Walkers do make the best quality crisps,
I bought a packet of 6 fore £1.15 from Tesco's which seemed like a pretty fair price to me. They come in a red packet, a bit darker than the plain ones and a bit more red than the smokey bacon ones. They had the massive Walkers logo on the front along with the words TOMATO KETCHUP in bold, the Heinz logo and a picture of a crisp. On the back are the ingredients and all the need to know information.
Potatoes, sunflower oil (32%) , tomato ketchup flavour[acidity regulator (sodium diacetate), flavourings, flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate, calcium diglutamate, disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate), whey powder (from milk), lactose (from milk)], salt, potassium chloride .
There's no artificial colours but for some strange reason even though Plain Walkers crisps and Heinz Ketchup are milk free, this packet does contain milk, so if you're allergic don't eat them!
They smell very tomato like, it's like there really is ketchup on them. As usual for Heinz they have a nice crunch to them and are full of flavour. They taste of ketchup, and not like its made from ketchup flavouring (which it probably is) but it tastes like real ketchup.
Overall I think these are a fantastic crisp especially for people like me who love Ketchup, they're full of flavour and live up to the high Walkers standard.
Walkers flavoured potato crisps.