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      02.07.2010 11:28
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      A good effort from Walkers, but could do better

      Now that the World Cup is drawing to its conclusion I thought that I would review a few more of the range of crisps that Walkers launched in order to cash it on it, oh sorry, to celebrate it. They 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. As usual for Walkers the crisps come in a packet which is way too big for the amount of crisps they actually give you. You'll find that the bag is barely half full. In this environmentally friendly, cost cutting era we're living in, you would think they might actually sort this issue! Now on to the crisps. When you open a packet of Italian Spaghetti Bolognese you do get a smoky, meaty and tomato blast. It's a really rich aroma, far more than most other flavours in this new range. The crisps themselves are darker than other flavours probably due to the seasoning applied to them. They are quite orange with plenty of green flecks from the herbs in the seasoning. The flavour of the crisps is not too bad. They have a taste which is like a combination of smoky bacon (or even smoky beef) with tomato ketchup. You also get a slight taste of the onion and the herbs which are present in the seasoning. Overall it's quite a rich flavour. It doesn't accurately represent traditional spaghetti Bolognese but it's not a bad attempt. As you will no doubt already know that a packet of Walkers crisps is not all that good for you nutritionally. Each 34.5g pack contains 181 calories and 11.3g 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 (no beef at all!), but unfortunately 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. Italian Spaghetti Bolognese is above average in my personal league table of these new flavours. Walkers have made a good attempt at the taste of this traditional Italian dish, however it could still be improved.

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        10.06.2010 14:12
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        A taste of Italian bellisimo!

        Out of all the World Cup Walkers flavours released as part of their recent promotion, few so far have impressed. There have been one or two flavours which have excelled and stood out but the majority have been waaay too similar to original varieties to really have any impact on your taste-buds! Which is why I was pleasently surprised by the Spaghetti Bolognese flavour which I tried recently!! As soon as you open the bag, you are greeted by a hearty Italian smell of traditional bolognese sauce ~ lots of herbs and rich, beefy tomatoes. True...it is only an artifical representation of said aroma but it's still convincingly good! Eating these is a likewise delight! The main flavour bursting through is that of Italian herbs and juicy tomato...all in all, these are the closest flavour I have yet found to what they are supposed to be! If only all the new Walkers range had had this much care and attention paid to them, then this World Cup promotion might have been more of a winner. As it is, this is the only flavour so far that has been a runaway success and that is why I am scoring them as a 5*! If this flavour doesn't win, there is something distinctly wrong with the nation's taste-buds!!

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        19.05.2010 20:22
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        Another unimpressive Flavour Cup variety

        It's at times like this that you start to wonder whether you might be losing your grip on reality, and have passed into one of those parallel dimensions so beloved of mediocre science fiction writers, in which everything is nearly, but not quite, the same as in the universe the hero left behind. After all, what other explanation could there be for expecting us to believe that spaghetti bolognese flavour crisps were anything other than a figment of my imagination? It's just too weird to be true, surely? Actually, no. This is another of the often bizarre entries in Walkers' Flavour Cup, which thanks to the crisp company's lack of official sponsor status has, I should stress, absolutely nothing whatsoever in any way at all to do with this summer's Fifa World Cup. (I've written that without the trademark symbol, so expect the black helicopters to come for me at any moment...) This one is, unsurprisingly, the Italian entry, as evidenced by the green, white and red colours of the packet. It's in the "Southern Europe" multipack along with French Garlic Baguette and Spanish Chicken Paella, usually at just under £1.50 for a six-pack. The nutritional statistics for this flavour are not particularly interesting, but for the sake of giving people that information, here they are: one multipack bag (25 grams) provides a reasonable 131 kcal and a fairly high but also fairly typical (of crisps) 8.2g of fat. There are no artificial colours or preservatives (so the rather strange dark orange tinge to the crisps must be of natural origin!) and they are suitable for vegetarians. As usual, the packet isn't recyclable, so please put it in a bin rather than the nearest hedge! This flavour had a very strange smell, and one which is almost impossible to describe, but I'll try: actually, it had a bit of the Cup-a-Soup about it, but unlike the Spanish Paella flavour, where that was in the aftertaste, here it was in the aroma. It was really very similar to the smell from a Cup-a-Soup before you add the hot water, and that's not a scent I find particularly appetising. This wasn't so bad when you were actually eating the crisps, however, and the usual good Walkers texture and crunch were there. The taste was also a bit strange. According to the ingredients list, the spag bol flavour does include at least some real vegetables and herbs (onion, tomato, basil and garlic) and to be fair those tastes can be detected if you try, but the whole didn't really gel in the way a real dish of spaghetti bolognese would. I suspect that Walkers are rather hamstrung by their desire to keep their crisps veggie, since the biggest problem is the omission of anything resembling proper meat in the flavour. Without that, it's just not the same dish. This is the second of the Flavour Cup varieties I have tried, and sadly it is also the second which I have not been very impressed by. It's not a total disaster, and I didn't have any problem in finishing the bag, but I really don't see the point. The standard Steak & Onion flavour beats this one into the ground, and moreover will not disappear just when you've got used to it. For anyone wanting a meat-n-veg fix from their crisps, I'd recommend those over this without a second thought. Disappointing.

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          16.05.2010 15:41
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          Meaty Crisps From Walkers.

          Out of all the flavours that Walkers created recently I reckon this is the one I wanted to try the most. I am a big lover of any Italian food especially Spag Bol so I was hoping these would actually taste like they were meant to and not just an old Walkers flavour repackaged. I have to say I didnt think these crisps were going to taste like proper spag bol at all, I didnt think they would taste horrible but I didnt think they would taste proper either - I was sort of right I reckon. They dont really taste like spag bol but they are very nice all the same. Me and my little brother both decided to try these crisps at the same time so half of this opinion will probably be his LOL he can describe the taste way better than I can! Anyway when I opened the packet I was expecting the scent to be really quite strong, meaty and herby but what it was in reality was a bit different. These smell exactly like Smoky Bacon Walkers crisps which I personally dont like so I was hoping they werent going to taste like them too. However these crisps do look pretty yummy, loads of flavouring and little hearbs all over them so to be fair they did look pretty delicious so I carried on eating them. These crisps do taste incredibly meaty but that taste is mixed with what my brother reckons it tomatoes, herbs and a little bit of cheese - basically everything that normally goes into a spag bol. The meat flavour is definately the strongest out of the lot and to be honest I couldnt really detect any of the other flavours - maybe my tastebuds just arent good enough to pick them out but I reckon its because the meat taste is quite overpowering. Thank god though they arent just Smoky Bacon with a different packet - this flavour is actually pretty unique. This is quite a nice flavour however they just dont taste like they are supposed to and that annoyed me a little bit. This isnt the best "new" flavour that I have tried by a long shot - although I think I would eat them again if there were no other crisps in the cupboard! If you dont like meaty crisps then stay away from these but I reckon people should try them out. 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! Thanks For Reading x0 Salz 0x

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            14.05.2010 10:48
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            NOT MY FAVE OFFERING

            Walkers have recently been supporting the World Cup by released a set of limited edition flavoured crisps. There are 15 different flavours and each represent a different country and their food. *Product* The Italians are famous for many foods including pizza and pasta so it was enivetable they would give us Spaghetti Bolognese Crisps as their offering. *Packaging* Like the other crisps, they come in a foil bag which is easily recognisable by the green, white and red strips conveying the Italy flag. We also know they are promoting the World Cup as there is a football trophy on the front. The Walkers logo is evident and the crisps flavour as well as a small nutrition chart. On the back of the bag, you will find details of the World Cup promotion, the ingredients, nutritional information and contact details for Walkers. *The Crisps* As the bag is a foil bag, the crisps are kept lovely and fresh. They vary in size and shape but are generally quite thin yet crunchy. They are a light golden colour with an orangey seasoning which is quite powdery and messy. *Ingredients and Allergy Advice* The crisps are made from potatoes and sunflower oil. The Spaghetti Bolognese seasoning is made from dried milk lactose, sugar, salt, glucose, hydrolysed soya protein, dried onion, dried tomato, flavourings, smoke flavourings, basil, parsley, dried garlic, colour. No MSG, preservatives or artificial colours. Suitable for vegetarians. *Nutrition* Each 25g pack contains 131 kcal 1g sugar 0.6g saturated fat 0.31g salt *Availability and Price* Available at small shops for around 50p a bag. Can also be bought as part of a 6pk multi pack which includes 2 other flavours. £1 in Poundland and around £1.40 in supermarkets but mostly on offer. *My Opinion* It is my aim to try all of the World Cup range and this is my 5th packet! I am more of a sweet and savoury person and usually have to be in the mood for crisps but decided I was going to buy these multi packs from Tescos to see if they live up to their flavours. Spaghetti Bolognese (not how I spell it to be honest but Walkers do) is one of my favourite dishes and one I make from scratch every so often. To me it signifys a blend of tomato, herbs and onions mixed into my mince and loaded on top of my soft spaghetti with a side of garlic bread. With this said, I had high hopes for this flavour! Opening the bag, the tomato and herb smell is clearly evident and quite overpowering. Unlike the other flavours in the range, these have quite a heavy coating of seasoning and you can see it well as it is orange. I got in a bit of a powdery mess but my hands are easily washed. Walkers crisps always taste fresh and prove this by having a nice crunch and melting in your mouth which releases the taste. Now the taste of the Spaghetti Bolognese crisps is somewhat like the dish. They certainly taste of tomato but maybe not quite as strong as the normal tomato crisps. The dried onion makes a taste appearance and is quite nice and you can taste a mix of herbs but I wouldn't say I could taste any garlic. Overall the crisps have a pleasant smoky taste and I would say they are a combination between tomato and smoky bacon crisps. I did enjoy them but they are not my favourites. Thanks for reading :)

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              12.05.2010 22:54
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              A let down from Walkers.

              With the World Cup looming over us, shops everywhere seem to be rolling out their 'World Cup' related products - be it flags, bbqs, wide screen tvs, sticker albums or special sarnies! Walkers crisps have added to this delerium by releasing a whole new bunch of limited edition flavours especially for the period leading up to, and covering, the World Cup. Each different flavour is inspired by the popular dish of a country taking part in the World Cup, bringing crisp lovers everywhere a whole array of new flavours to try out! I'm always one to be suckered in by 'limited edition' products, not wanting to be one to miss out, and generally always purchase this type of item to see what all the fuss is about. So now, with a cupboard full of limited edition Walkers 'Flavour Cup' crisps, I'm ready to take myself on an around the world trip using only my tastebuds! These 'Walkers Italian Spaghetti Bolognese' can be purchased as part of a multipack in all good supermarkets. They are 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 as that is the official flavour for England! You can pick the 'Walkers Italian Spaghetti Bolognese' 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 found them for is £1 per 6 multipack in Poundland stores. The packaging for these 'Walkers Italian Spaghetti Bolognese' crisps is pretty charming. Each flavour in the 'Flavour Cup' range has a packet decorated with the country flag on it. These 'Walkers Italian Spaghetti Bolognese' crisps come complete with a background of green, white and red stripes to simulate the Italian 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 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. Upon opening the packet of these 'Walkers Italian Spaghetti Bolognese' crisps and inhailing the scent, I was met with an aroma that was pretty pleasant, but not as strong as I had imagined it would be. There is definitely an underlying scent of beef coming from the crisps, with a hint of something herby. There is no distinct, specific herb scent shining through, just that general 'herb' scent you get from anything containing mixed herbs. I was expecting the crisps to have a mediterranean herby, tomato-y scent with a hint of cooked beef, but I was let down and only met with a faint herby scent which was somewhat overpowered by the lacking scent of beef. To look at, these crisps don't appear to be that appealing, but Walkers crisps never are. These 'Walkers Italian Spaghetti Bolognese' crisps are pretty dark in colour, and look somewhat over cooked - but this could just be down to the fact that they are made pretty greasy from the large percentage of oil in each bag. I'm not really a frequent eater of crisps (thanks to my diet..hmm!) but I would say that these do not look particularly appetising. The crisps do have some little green/brown flecks strewn sparsely all over them, which I can only imagine comes from the herbs used in the ingredients. Overall, pretty boring and unappealing to look at, but I guess it is hard to look wonderful when you're a crisp haha! The part I was looking forward to the most was the taste. I love love love spaghetti bolognese as a dish, and we eat it atleast once a week for tea (yes it's a big favourite), so I was definitely excited to try these crisps. After diving in and popping one of the crisps into my mouth, I sucked slightly to release the flavour over all my tastebuds, and this is where disaster struck! For some unknown reason, it seems that Walkers believe that 'Spaghetti Bolognese' tastes exactly like their 'Roast Beef' flavoured crisps. How strange! I was expecting something herby and tomato-y with a hint of beef, but no - just full on roast beef flavour. I did for a while try to con myself into thinking that maybe the flavour would develop over the time taken to devour the whole bag, but alas I was wrong. The poor and dissapointing, roast beef flavour was going strong from first to last crisp, with not even a hint of anything bolognese-like. Such a let down! Out of all the Walkers 'Flavour Cup' varieties that I have so far tried, these have to be the biggest dissapointment of the lot. Spaghetti Bolognese is a favourite dish in our house, and we tend to have it on a weekly basis, therefore I am no stranger to how spag bol should taste! Unfortunately, these crisps don't come anywhere near the correct flavour at all. As with all the 'Flavour Cup' crisps, I open the packet not expecting much, as I can only assume it is far from easy to transfer the flavour of a fully cooked meal into a packet of crisps. Sadly, this flavour was a complete and utter faliure. The crisps taste exactly like the regular Walkers Roast Beef flavour, and have nothing extra about them. I definitely won't be making an effort to purchase this flavour again. What a shame! Nutritional Information per packet: Energy: 131 kcal Protein: 1.5g Carbohydrate: 12.8g Fat: 8.2g of which saturates: 0.6g of which mono-unsaturates: 6.7g of which polyunsaturates: 0.5g Fibre: 1.0g Sodium: 0.12g Equivalent as salt: 0.31g Ingrediets: Italian Spaghetti Bolognese Flavour Potato Crisps: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), Italian Spaghetti Bolognese Seasoning. Italian Spaghetti Bolognese Seasoning: Dried Milk Lactose, Sugar, Salt, Glucose, Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Dried Onion, Dried Tomato, Flavourings, Smoke Flavourings, Basil, Parsley, Dried Garlic, Colour (Paprika Extract). Dietary Information: Suitable for Vegetarians. Weight Watchers Points: 2 points per packet. ** Also posted on Ciao under the username little_feets88 **

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