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I do enjoy the odd packet of crisps and I also love a bargain so when I spotted packets of the Walkers lights for just 10p per bag 24g in a B&M store I couldn't resist trying them. They only had the simply salted flavour in stock for the bargain price which was fine with me as I quite enjoy just salted crisps.
The Walkers lights come packaged in almost identical packaging to there standard ready salted crisps apart from the word 'lights' across the middle of the pack and the flavour being described as simply salted rather than ready salted. The bag is made from foil and is red in colour on the front of the packet there is a basic nutrional information chart and the back dispalys more detailed product information including ingredients listings, allergy advice, full nutritional information and that the crisps contain no msg, no preservative, no artifical colours and are suitable for vegetarians.
These crisps are said to contain 33% less fat than a standard packet of Walkers crisps. The nutritional information per 24g pack is:
Calories - 115
Sugar - 0.1g
Fat - 5.3g
Saturates - 0.5g
Salt - 0.37g
These crisps look the same as standard Walkers crisps and all are thinly cut and have a nice golden colour. The crisps had a nice light, crispy texture and were not at all greasy. The salty flavour is quite strong but I quite like them like this but the flavouring was distributed well over the crisps. Personally I could not tell the difference between the lights and standard Walkers so the next time I am trying to loose a little weight I will certainly consider purchasing these instead to save a few calories.
Overall I really enjoyed these crisps, they had a good texture and flavour and the fact they are lower in calories and fat makes them even better. I will certainly purchase these again and would recommend them to any crisp lovers.
I am reviewing Walkers lights simply salted crisps
I bought my multi pack of Walker's lights at Tesco ,theo cost me £1.79 p for a multi pack of 6 packets.
I could have had 2 packs of 6 for £3 , but as only I eat them , I thought it would be false ecomomy to buy the extra pack .
Each single pack contains 24g , and only 115 calories.
I have been eating these as part of my calorie controling diet , I love crisps , and only eat ready salted so it made sense to try these.
The packet they are in , is made from bright red plastic with a blue flash on the front, this blue bit has the Walker logo on the top , and the word lights written across the body of it .
At the bottom it tells you they are simply salted, by this , I think they mean very lightly salted .
they contain 33% less fat
Sunseed naturally lower in saturates
No MSG, preservatives and artificial colours
Suitable for vegetarians
I find they have not got the big salty taste that you get from the salt your own bags of crisps , but I think they do satisfy the salted crisp craving ,which I get sometimes.
I am giving them 4 stars as they dont seem to contain as many crisps as other packs ,maybe that's why they are called Walker's lights
I reccomend them as they have less salt than other snacks ,so are marginally better for you.
Walkers are the undisputed giants of the crisp world, with a wide range of flavours and varieties (most of which are fantastic). However walkers lights are in my opinion pretty disappointing.
What sets the lights apart from their regular counterparts is that they contain 33% less fat. Unfortunately the curse of the low fat content is a very low flavour content also.
The packet design is very similar to regular walkers except with a blue sort of leaf shaped emblem.
Im pretty slim (for a guy thats not really a good thing) and although i wish i was a bit tubbier it can be good not having to worry about gaining too much weight. It means i dont have to eat low fat stuff like walkers lights that have only a very slight flavour.
If you are someone who is watching their weight then i would reccomend these crisps but if your lucky enough not to worry about stuff like that then id go for the original varieties.
The packets are the same size as the regular varieties 24g. Each packet contains:-
Walkers are perhaps the most well known brand of crisps around at the moment, particularly with their campaign to find a new flavour, created by a member of the general public. While I usually enjoy their crisps, I'm afraid to say that this campaign has produced six flavours that I haven't actually been all that impressed with.
Unfortunately, the same goes for these crisps. Walkers have intended here to go for a crisp that is lighter, and ultimately better for you. And, no, you cynics, they haven't just put less crisps in the bag!
What they have done is create a crisp that feels like it is healthier when you start eating. However, it also feels like you're not eating that much at all, and it does lose something in the taste as well. It is almost like it's a feeble crisp compared to the more regular products from Walkers.
True, it is healthier, cutting the calories by 33% apparently, and reducing the fat by a substantial amount, too. But I'm not so sure that it's worth the cut in taste. A 24g bag of these will still give you 113 calories, 14.6g of carbs and 5.3g of fat. This is a step down from the 8g of fat you normally get in a packet of Walkers crisps, but it is STILL A PACKET OF CRISPS!!!
Personally, I buy crisps because I like them. I like them because they taste nice and they often fill me up, and they're easy to use. If you take away the full flavour, as Walkers seem to have managed to do with these crisps, then they lose a large part of their appeal. If you are looking to reduce fat and carb and calories, then perhaps eating crisps is the first thing to completely cut out of your diet altogether.
That having been said, these crisps are better for you than regular Walkers' flavours, so if you are going to carry on eating crisps, then these are better than a lot of brands and flavours (as long as you don't mind the lack of taste) and you could do a lot worse. The crisps are readily available in many supermarkets and shops, and generally, you can get a single apcket for under 50p and a pack of 6 for around the £1.50 mark. Not one I recommend, although for me it's all about taste.
I do tend to eat crisps with my lunch at work, and usually buy the full fat Walkers ready salted crisps from the vending machine. When I was in Somerfield last week I noticed that the Walkers Lights Simply Salted crisps were half price, as well as having an extra 25% discount as they were nearing their use-by date. At only 52p for 6 packs, I couldn't really refuse the offer, as the ones I buy from the vending machine at work are 40p for just one pack.
Walkers lights are the lower fat version of Walkers crisps. They come in a red foil pack which is not too dissimilar from the regular walkers crisps.
It states on the pack that compared to Walkers standard crisps they contain 33% less calories.
The crisps certainly don't look any different to the regular one, but it's evident when you remove one from the pack that they feel a lot less greasy to the touch than regular walkers.
Taste wise, I found the crisps to be quite nice. Often with low fat or diet versions of products, you seriously compromise on taste, but this wasn't the case here. The crisps did taste a lot lighter and slightly crunchier than the regular ones, but still tasted just as good. I had thought perhaps they would use extra salt to overcompensate for lack of taste, however they were not any more salty than the regular version I am used to.
Each 24g pack contains:
0.1g sodium, equivalent to 0.4g as salt
So, looking at those figures you will see that they are still not particularly healthy or low fat, but I suppose if you are eating the standard version regularly, it could be worth switching to these ones if you want to consume less calories, without giving up the crisps completely.
A six pack of these crisps will cost £1.40 from Somerfield, however I'm sure if you look around you will be able to find them cheaper. They are also sold individually, for around the 40p mark.
Overall, I was quite impressed with these. They taste just as good as the regular ones, and although I know they are still not good for me, I will consider buying these instead of my regular ones from now on.
I recently wrote a review on the subject of Walkers Ready Salted Crisps and I began with the sentence 'There's no crisp like Walkers'. I also said at the end of the review that I had tried Walkers Lights and didn't find them as nice as the standard version.
However as I read the review back I realised that maybe at 133 calories and 8.5g of fat per pack they weren't as healthy as they might be so I decided that it was time to try another pack of Walkers Lights to see if my tastes had changed or the crisps had improved for me.
As I have said in other reviews it has to be Ready Salted for me, I can't even stand the smell of most of the flavours let alone the taste! I do have an occasional pack of Salt & Vinegar but that's about as adventurous as I get! To be absolutely correct the Walkers Lights are known as Simply Salted rather than Ready Salted which may imply that the slat content is lower than in the standard version but this is not true they are exactly the same.
To try Walkers Lights I went for a 24g pack which was part of a multi pack of six. The cost was about £1.10 I have just taken a look at the Tesco website to get the correct price but they don't appear there so it looks as though you can only buy them directly from the store.
There are a few different flavours in the Walkers Lights range including Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper, Sour Cream and Chive and Cheese and Onion, but as I have already said it has to be Ready Salted for me.
The Ready Salted variety comes in the traditional bright red bag with a picture of a crisp on the front with the Walkers logo wrapped around it. The word 'lights' is written across the front of the pack in blue. I did wonder if the choice of colour was for psychological reasons - maybe blue is to suggest sky and air and crisps as light as air. Maybe I am just reading too much into it!
Also on the front of the pack is a note to say these crisps are cooked in Sunseed 'one of the healthiest oils there is'. This is actually no different from the standard Walkers crisps as they are all cooked in Sunseed, which is a variety of sunflower oil.
There is also the now familiar information showing the nutrition which is also expressed as a percentage of RDA. (Recommended daily Allowance)
The crisps themselves are made from potatoes (bet you'd never have guessed that then!), sunflower oil and salt. The use of Sunseed means much less saturated fat.
What I am now struggling to understand is that as the ingredients for Walkers standard crisps and Walkers Lights are potatoes, sunflower oil and salt how can the calories and fat be different?
The full comparative nutritional values of between a 25g bag of standard crisps and a 24g bag of Walkers Lights are as follows:
Carbohydrate 12.3 g
of which is sugars 0.1g
of which is saturates 0.7g
of which is mono-unsaturates 6.8g
of which is polyunsaturates 0.7g
Equivalent as salt 0.4g
Energy 113 calories
of which is sugars 0.1g
of which is saturates 0.5g
of which is mono-unsaturates 4.3g
of which is polyunsaturates 0.5g
Equivalent as salt 0.4g
I did try to post these side by side but when I transferred it from Word to Dooyoo it got all mixed up!
They are suitable for vegetarians and are also gluten free. I know it sounds obvious to say that they are suitable for vegetarians but some Walkers crisps that you would expect to be so are not and some of the alleged 'meat' flavours are actually suitable for vegetarians!
Anyway now we have all the nutritional information out of the way, even though it is a bit confusing, lets get on to the taste!
I opened the bag of Walkers Lights to find the bag about half full which is pretty much the norm for packets of crisps is these days!
The smell was just the same as the standard crisps - just crispy!
The taste of Walkers Lights is very similar to that is the standard Ready Salted crisps but is considerably less greasy. They are light and lovely and crunchy. Apparently the potatoes used by Walkers in the manufacture of all their crisps are specially grown for Walkers, so maybe that makes a difference. I have to admit that I like the taste of salt far too much for my own good but although these don't contain too much salt they are salty enough to satisfy my craving.
I think I can safely say that I have changed my mind and will go for Walkers Lights in future - at least it saves a few calories!
This review will probably appear on Ciao at some point in the future.
Light, salted crisps from Walkers.