“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
I love the combination of lamb and mint - in fact I would go as far as to say I can't ever remember eating lamb without some sort of mintiness involved. Even when I used to eat take-away kebabs, they had to have mint yoghurt on. Some of you may have gleaned from my other reviews that I like to eat a bag of crisps now and again! I was given a bag of these recently and thought all my dreams had come true at once. Lamb AND mint AND crisps! All at the same time! As some would say, I got tore into these straight away. Did I think to myself:- "I had better savour these, as there is a good chance I will review them on Dooyoo at some point"? Did I heck! That packet was torn open in a glance. These crisps were well and truly gulleted. I was going to say something about the flavour, but I don't think they got a chance to stop on the way down and say "Hi!" to my taste buds. No, now to be serious for a moment. Apart from the taste these are no different from any other standard pack of Walker's crisps. It is though that flavour that sets them apart from your ready salted, cheese & onion and salt and vinegar of the 'normal' crisp experience. I can't say they particularly taste of lamb or mint, in that way you would get from a lamb dinner. They have a distinct "lambandmint" rolled-into-one comibation sort of flavour - and it works. We all know there is no actual lamb or mint in these crisps - it is a created flavouring. Three cheers though to the food scientists though. I thoroughly enjoyed these and will be hunting these down very soon, for another episode of "lambandmint" flavour crisp guzzling.
In terms of original flavours to produce for crisps, there are a number of hit and miss flavours that have come from the thinking shed at Walkers. While I am often on the fence with a lot of flavours, one that actually impressed me was the Lamb and Mint flavour. I am a big fan of Roast Lamb anyway, it's actually my favourite roast, and I'm one of those people who has mint sauce with just about anything - I love the flavour of mint. So, I had high hopes for these crisps, but was a little bit tentative as I have found that crisps that experiment with flavours often produce a bit of a manufactured and fake flavour with one overpowering the other. I fully expected the mint to take over here and ruin the flavour, and when you first open the packet, the mint is the first thing you smell. However, the taste is a bit different. There is definitely mint in there, but it is cleverly disguised and mixed in with the lamb and potato flavours that come through. I found myself devouring these crisps and wanting more, pig that I am! However, a couple of minutes after eating the crisps, it is the mint that still lingers, and it is a more bitter and harsh mint aftertaste than a soothing minty fresh taste. I found that the lingering thing could be a bit of a put off in future, especially if I didn't want to be smelling of mint sauce all day. A bit vinegary if anything. The crisps are pretty much standard in terms of Walkers production in the way they are made. Walkers use sunseed oil in their cooking which in a lot lower in saturated fats than other cooking oils. A bag of these will give you around 120 calories and 8g of fat, and 15g of carbs, so they aren't too good if you're looking for something as part of a controlled diet. Ultimately, crisps are snack food and not designed to be particularly healthy. My suggestion if you're looking to cut on calories, fat and carbs is to just not eat crisps at all - avoid trying a poor excuse of 'reduced fat' crisps. I recommend these crisps. I'll admit, I haven't had them in a while, but next time I see them, in the trolley they'll go!
As you may be aware Walkers have not only revamped their style of cooking & packaging , They have also introduced some fabulous new additions to the Walker family. The lamb and mint flavour is truly a crisp to die for. As soon as you open the packet you are captured by the alluring smell of cooked lamb and mint. Each crisp makes your taste buds work overtime capturing every succulent flavour that oozes from them . What more could you want from a crisp ? Not only does it tastes divine but its also now healthier so there is no need to feel guilty about indulging once in a while. One bag of Lamb and Mint contains 0.4g of salt (which is 7% of your daily intake, This is taken from the guideline of 6g per day for adults and children over the age of 11 ) and also contains 70% less saturated fat than walkers crisps did in 2005. They are cooked in one of the healthiest oils there is which is called sunseed oil , this is similar to olive oil in the fact that it is naturally high in mono-saturates and naturally low in saturates which are the fats to watch out for. Per 25g pack you can expect to find that it has the following nutritional value 131 calories and 8.3g of fat. It contains no artificial additives and is suitable for coeliacs as stated on walkers website. so go on treat yourself and have a sunday roast in a bag any day of the week...I know i will