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These crisps are my absolute favourites, I could eat them until they're coming out of my ears! I picked a packet up from Boots today and realised I hadn't had them for ages. They're not stocked in that many places to be honest, but Boots have them as part of their meal deal, and I've seen them in our local newsagents and smaller shops. I've never noticed them in multipacks although this is probably a good thing because I'd get through far too many packs of these. They're not cheap, costing around 75p per bag (is it just me or have crisps got expensive recently?), but I buy them as part of the Boots meal deal which works out better value. They are also bigger than an average bag of crisps, being advertised as 50g bags (compared to average bag sizes which are around 37g).
The crisps are from Walkers but are ridged so they're a little different to the usual Walkers crisps. They are thick and crunchy and much more satisfying than an average packet of crisps. I love everything from the texture which is crunchy but not too hard that it hurts or gums or sticks in your teeth, to the flavour which is truly unique. These crisps are Paprika flavoured, although if you tasted them without knowing what they were, it's unlikely you'd guess what flavour they are. They taste almost meaty to me, with a hint of paprika which just makes them a bit sweeter than meaty crisps would otherwise taste. They have plenty of flavouring on them and you can see the covering of powder on them which makes them very orange looking. They also leave a layer of powder on your fingers after you've eaten them, which I think signifies a good quality of crisp.
The crisps come at a price in terms of the nutritional information. A bag contains 265 calories, 16g fat, and 2g saturated fat. My attitude to this is that crisps are a bit of an unhealthy snack so I'd rather have a really nice bag once in a while than an average bag every day.
The only downside to these crisps is that they're not very easy to get hold of. It's worth keeping your eye out in smaller newsagents and corner shops, as these places tend to stock them more than the supermarkets. Failing that, Boots usually have them, although just make sure you walk past the make-up counters on your way to get them otherwise it could be an expensive journey.....
As a vegan I never previously tried these crisps as they contained milk, however Walkers changed the recipe a few months ago and I had to give them a try. The last paprika snack I tried was rice cakes and although delicious they weren't as nice to eat as crisps so I knew I could be on to a winner.
At work I'm in charge of ordering the crisps and as I hadn't seen them around in many shops I ordered a box in. I tried my first bag in the morning whilst the pub I work at was still closed and was delighted, needless to say I immediately had another bag.
The taste is quite smoky and the paprika is delicious without becoming overpowering. They do have a mild sweetness to them and are ideal on a sandwich with the filling of your choice (I go for houmous whilst my boss has brown sauce).
Because these are MAX they are not like your standard crisps. Normally crisps are thin and oily and although crispy, they lack any real bite and rely on some crystaly powder for flavour. Max on the other hand are large chunky mammoths of crisp, your standard size MAX crisp is the type of thing you would marvel at should it have arrived in a regular pack of crisps. The crisps are not only giant but they have a great thickness and are ridge cut for extra texture and bite. The flavouring is more of a talky (texture not taste) powder which dyes the crisps a wonderful orange colour and although not by any means healthy the crisps do not appear or taste particularly oily.
A bag of these crisps is surprisingly filling (compared to a normal bag of crisps, not a Sunday lunch) but they are very moreish. Although I can take my time over a bag I do sometimes have a second because
A) I'm greedy
B) They are the best tasting crisps I've had
Not because I'm still hungry though.
Since I've ordered these in they have become our highest selling snack out of all the crisps, nuts, pepperamis and pork crunch. I've not heard a bad word said against them by any of my customers young or old and this further convinces me of the 5 star rating that I will award to walkers Paprika MAX.
These crisps are on sale for around the 50p mark. We sell them at 50p which is the same as our walker's grab bags. I feel this is a good price as they are tasty and delicious, although try not to eat to many as they are high in fat, salt and sugar sugar.
I'm going a bit mad on these Walkers Max crisps and this morning I had a bag of the paprika flavour and really loved them.
Max are ridged crisps like McCoys but they are thinner and that makes them more crispy and they taste a lot lighter, the ridges are also very close together and I think that makes them taste fresher than McCoys for some reason.
The flavour of these is yummy. The paprika isn't too strong and it gives the crisps a lovely smokey flavour, it's quite sweet and spicy and tastes very nice. Under the paprika flavour you can taste the potatoes in the crisps and they do taste a lot fresher than other crisps I think, after I've sucked all the flavouring off I like to crunch the crisp afterwards and then it's lovely.
The taste of the paprika in the crisp lingers in your mouth for quite a long time, it's not a nasty aftertaste but it does last for longer than I thought it would and it starts tasting a bit stale after a few minutes.
You get quite a lot of crisps in the bag and I reckon that's a bonus because they're so yummy that I can't stop eating them! A bag contains about 250 calories and that's not bad because you can make the bag last for ages.
Sadly, my work's snack machine is starting to become a bit of a regular feature on here, particularly when (like now) they change the contents. Today's lunch was a pack of paprika flavoured Walkers Max, which at 60p were a bit more than I usually spend on a bag of crisps, but the bag was 50g, which is a little under twice the normal 30g size of bag of crisps.
The size of the bag was a little larger than I am used to (but after all it does have more crisps). The packaging was a garish orange colour, with the word MAX sprawled across it in a black stamp-like font, together with a giant picture of a crisp next to a potato that was positively dwarfed in comparison. The rear of the pack also had a smaller version of this mismatched picture on it. I'm not sure if I was supposed to interpret this picture as "Buy our giant crisps, they're even larger than potatoes", but that's how it came across to me. Also included in the back are nutritional information and ingredients in four different languages.
===The crisps themselves===
These crisps are ridged and not actually as large as is implied on the bag. Fortunately, they are less orange than the pack as well, although not by nearly enough - this really does have paprika in the seasoning and like the real thing, it stains the fingers.
I cook with paprika quite often and know that anything as strongly coloured as paprika crisps tastes seriously smoky to the point where you start coughing. The taste from these crisps was nothing like that - it wasn't anywhere near as strong as the colour suggested though - it was a fairly gentle and almost mellow flavour. It was pleasant enough to the taste, but the topping was clearly not neat paprika. The ingredients claim that one of the flavourings is paprika and the colouring is paprika extract - I suspect that "extract" means that they extracted the flavour and used it elsewhere and just used the colour for these crisps and had a small bit of real paprika for the flavouring. One good thing about the flavour was that it didn't taste too salty.
The crisps were crunchy and quite brittle. The ridges didn't seem to affect the flavour or texture all that much - I'd have been equally happy without them. The 50g bag was extremely filling, but that's just as well because it formed the whole of my lunch. The individual crisps were a little bit larger than normal - I suppose they made them from large potatoes, but not big enough that I thought "wow, I see why they call these crisps MAX". They were rather thicker cut than normal crisps, which leads to a crunchier crisp.
The bag contains 262 kcal - 13% of my daily requirement, 1.9g of sugar, 16.3g of fat (23% of my allowed intake!) and 0.3g of sodium. All that in one bag! That makes it the least healthy snack I have reviewed so far. I won't be having these crisps again on these grounds alone!
The ingredients panel says that these crisps are made from potatoes, 33% oil and paprika seasoning (a very long list of things that aren't very good for you). Annoyingly, there is no allergy panel on the bag, though one it says one of the flavourings is from barley, which is a common allergen. It does, however say that it has no MSG, no preservatives, no artificial colours (paprika is a vivid natural colouring) and is suitable for vegetarians.
Crisps are not healthy. These are not healthy even compared to regular crisps. I won't be buying these again any time soon unless they make them in smaller sized bags and that doesn't seem very likely given that the brand name is MAX and the large bag is the point of the product. I found them tasty enough, just a bit too much for everyday bag of crisps and not quite large enough for two portions.
As everyone knows, Walkers are the name when it comes to crisps. The popular brand has a plethora of different flavours, for any conceivable taste. Walkers Max are the crisps with a kick; ridge cut to give that extra flavour to the customer.
I was then somewhat disappointed when I first tried these crisps to discover that the flavour is not what I would call 'Max'. Don't get me wrong, the flavour is excellent, and very delicious, however, the paprika flavour is merely a mild taste that will soon disappear - this is excellent if you enjoy a nice paprika crisp that doesn't give a long remaining after taste, but if you're going to put 'Max' on a bag, then you should make the taste stronger and longer lasting.
While the taste is not as 'Max' as I believe it could be, the crisps are still very flavourful and highly enjoyable, especially when eaten with a sandwich containing salad - the salad cleanses the pallet slightly as you eat, meaning the next crisps tastes as good and clear as the first.
Sold at roughly 45p (the price will obviously change depending on where you buy from) the crisps are excellent value for money, and the sizeable bags are perfect for a light snack, or enjoyed with a sandwich.
Per 50g Bag
- 263 cal
- 16.0 g fat
- 1.5 g of which saturates
COST: 45p in my local village shop for a 50g pack
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per pack):
- of which sugars: 1.5g
- of which saturates: 1.5g
Salt equivalent: 0.9g
Potatoes, sunflower oil, paprika flavour, milk whey powder, wheat rusk, monosodium glutamate, paprika extract, aspartame, milk lactose, hydrolysed soya protein, wheat maltodextrin, salt
NB: The pack appears not to show any allergy information
Walkers Max Paprika flavoured crisps come in a largely orange-coloured bag, with the standard Walkers logo and an image of a huge ridged potato crisp on the front. The rear of the pack contains nutritional information, ingredients list, quality claims from Walkers, and their contact details.
I have been a massive fan of these crisps ever since they hit the shelves of our shops some years ago. The crisps inside the bag are a golden-yellow, sprinkled with a dark orange-coloured paprika coating, and they have deep ridges. Most of the crisps seem fairly large-sized, and I assume that if a pack is bought where it is found they are broken into little pieces, that could have more to do with transportation and storage than Walkers deliberately (or carelessly!) producing tiny crisps.
On opening the bag, there is a faint smell of paprika which wafts gently upwards, and to delicately lift a crisp out between two fingers, place inside the mouth and crunch down firmly, is (in my opinion) an experience which is closer to paradise than a lot of other things in life manage to achieve.
Though the salt content of the whole bag is on the high side, the salty flavour is quite mild - it has to be for me, as I really don't like salty food, and the crunch-factor is superb. The crisps are substantial in themselves, though I would prefer to see a few more in each packet - it seems to me that the bags are less than two-thirds full of crisps, the remainder being air.
As a great fan of paprika, I have tried many other paprika-flavoured crisp products, and to me Walkers are by far the best. The flavour is rich and spicy, without being sweet, and the amount of paprika used is generous.
Though the overall size of the crisps is large, I always do manage to find a few stray small bits and crumbs at the bottom of the bag, and in the spirit of waste not want not, I tip the bag up to my mouth and "drink" the little bits. Some of these little bits at the bottom can be a tad greasy, but for me not unpleasantly so....I'd describe it more accurately as oily.
Walkers Max Paprika are for me, streets ahead of all other brands of paprika-flavoured crisp products, and are my favourite flavour out of their own range. I'm not sure if they are worth 45p for a pack that isn't as full as it should be, but that's how much we have to pay for crisps in general these days.
If you love the taste of paprika, I'm sure you'd adore these crisps.....but of course if paprika isn't your thing, then it's probably wise to give them a miss. Watch out for the paprika coating though, as it turns your fingers temporarily orange.
Walkers can carry on making their paprika flavoured crisps for as long as I live, and I'll always be a dedicated follower. I award full marks for the most delicious crisps on the market. High in fat, calories and a touch on the evil side as regards salt, but....hey, life's for living! Have some fun!
Thanks for reading!
Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will know how much I love crisps, I just adore them! I stumbled across these in my local convenience store and I'm sure I've become addicted! I just love em!
50g orangey/pinky colour foil packet. On the front I'm told they are indeed Walkers, Max Deep Ridge Potato Crisps and that information is on a crisp which is the background picture. On the top left hand corner of the packet I'm told 'Sunseed, Naturally, Lower In Saturates'. Then bottom right hand corner I'm shown an at a glance nutritional chart. Then on the right hand side of the packet I'm told' Max flavour, Paprika flavoured ridge crisps. The back of the packet is white and I'm told a bit about the product, given a bar-code and contact details for Walkers and the size is stated again (as I've listed already), the recycle symbol is displayed, full
nutritional chart is shown, ingredients are listed and the best before date is stamped on there as well. The review photograph is exactly the same as the product I buy.
About The Product....
Because they are cooked in sunseed oil, which is naturally low in saturates. The bag of great tasting Walkers Max Crisps has 1.5g of saturated fat, that's 8% of your guideline daily amount.
Suitable for vegetarians.
No artificial colours
So yummy! I just love them. From the moment I open the bag I start to drool with a slight sweet waft of smoky meat tantalising me. The crisps themselves are cream in colour and thicker that the average walkers crisps. Cream in colour lots of deep wedges and partially coated in an orange flavouring which is thicker in some places than others.
To the taste they are always incredibly fresh and deeply crunchy. These are more than a snack. They are actually rather filling. Taste wise they aren't what I was first expecting when I read they were paprika flavoured. In fact to me they don't taste of paprika at all. The flavour to me is rather like a meat flavour, maybe bacon and and very smoky with a hint of natural sweet. Nicely seasoned as well I just rate them as the perfect crisp really!
Not at all greasy and leave no nasty after taste they are really pleasant and very, very moreish!
Expect to pay around 50p per bag and can be found in all sorts of places! My shop actually keeps selling out of them so i can only assume they are very popular indeed!
Nutritional Information... Per Bag
of which is sugars 1.5g
equivalent as salt 0.9g