“ Manufacturer: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
I've done a fair few sweet reviews recently but this is far more my cup of tea, a nice, savoury bag of crisps. One of Walkers old competition candidates, it didn't win but I thought this flavour was far superior to the builders brekkie which won the competition.
I had my first onion Bhaji only after trying these crisps for the first time, I have to say I quite like the flavour of a bhaji but I can't abide the sloppy and soggy texture, thats what makes these ones a winner in my book.
They do taste very much like their takeaway counterparts but instead of an oily, squishy texture they are incredibly crispy.
The flavour is of course oniony, but there are curry undertones and even a very slight hint of spice (although it is incredibly slight). I don't mind a product being only very slightly hot as long as the packet doesn't have slogans all over it like "these ones are a hot gobful" or "mind blowingly hot". As these crisps never claim to be hot I can live with them being on the milder side.
I'm afraid the Walkers demon has struck again, opening a bag will reveal that there is just shy of half a bag of crisps in here, this is to be expected from walkers but doesn't make it any less annoying.
I reccomend these to fans of the real thing as the taste is incredibly similar, and for those put off by the texture of an actual onion bhaji, look no further my friends.
The only thing that could make these better is if they were 1000x hotter but as I say, at least there are no ridiculous and untrue claims on the bag to hotness.
The new Onion Bhaji Walkers flavour was a temporary flavour as part of their "Do Us A Flavour" campaign, in which six new flavours were tested, and you had to text in your vote as to which one you thought was the best. The actual winner was strangely the rather bland Builder's Breakfast, but in my mind, sadly, the actual winner was the lovely Onion Bhaji flavour.
Sadly, it seems to have had a very tepid response on Dooyoo - I must admit the ingenuity of whoever suggested it, though. I'm a big lover of onion bhajis, and the thought of it becoming a crisp flavour just made me salivate on the spot. With some truly silly and absurd flavours such as Chilli and Chocolate, as well as Cajun Squirrel (I maintain, who on Earth eats squirrel!?), Onion Bhaji is among the few relatively normal and accessible flavours.
I was very, very surprised at how accurate the flavour was - considering the remarkable nuance of an Onion Bhaji, with lots of different seasonings and flavours, they somehow seem to have captured a fairly good approximation of the taste and aroma. I imagine it must've been much harder than simply making them smell of egg and bacon, that's for sure!
The real kicker, though, seems to be the same with all of these new flavours - they have a ridiculously high fat content of 15g! I've no idea if it's because Walkers skimped on some of their processing or something to save money as the flavours are temporary, but that is ridiculous! On the other hand, you can almost understand considering how ridiculously tasty these crisps are!
I first bought the Walkers Onion Bhaji Flavour Crisps from a small newsagents in my local town one day when I was hungry and fancied something a little different that I hadn't tried before. I had already tried the other flavours from the "Walkers Do Us A Flavour!" competition and hadn't been particularly impressed at all with them so I wasn't expecting to like these ones either.
However, they were rather different to the other flavours and actually resembled an onion bhaji. This was a nice change from the other flavours which tasted nothing like what they claimed to be! They tasted quite spicy, although they weren't overpowering, and were actually quite refreshing for a packet of crisps.
The packet was mainly light blue, although it has a darker blue edging and a darker blue outline of a box and a rosette in the bottom half of the packet. This contained a picture of the product in a cartoon form and the rosette said "Vote for me" in yellow writing. This added to the appeal of the packaging that made me buy it in the first place. There is also the typical "Walkers" logo in the top half of the packet and then the name of the product (Onion Bhaji) is written in black across the middle of the packet.
Walkers Onion Bhaji Flavour Crisps was the same price as other crisps made by the Walkers brand, retailing at anything between 60p and £1 in most shops.
I think this flavour was a very good idea and Walkers should continue to make it because I for one would continue to buy it.
I've been taken in big style by the range of six 'Do us a Flavour' crisp flavours from Walkers and I've taken it upon myself to review the lot of them as I put a lot of thought into which one would get my vote.
The onion Bhaji flavour crips obviously draws it's inspiration from indian cuisine and actually does quite a reasonable job of representing it. THough the crisps don't actually smell of an awful lot when it comes to tasting them you can't help but agree that they do taste of that onion bhaji you had with your last curry.
The pack is rather cleverly given a blue packaging which although it sounds unimportant means that if you pick up the packet expecting Cheese and Onion you won't be far off dissapointed.
In my opinion although the flavour wasn't anything offensive I don't think it really had the unique taste to make it carry off being the 'next great british flavour' and is probably best off resigned as having been one of those limited edition flavours that gets discussed on a night down the pub in years to come.
These were my least favourite of the 6 limited edition flavours that were shortlisted for the overall design a new Walkers flavour competition (Do Us A Flavour). Although I think I quite liked the taste, which was pretty subtle - like a fine dusting of very mild curry powder, I was quite overwhelmed by the greasy experience which seemed to go along with it. Come to think about it, they tasted exactly like I imagine Cheese and Onion crisps would with a little sprinkle of spice. Not such a new sensation after all. Add to that the fact that the crisps just weren't 'crisp' enough for me! They seemed to lack a little bite and gave a slight impression of staleness although I confirmed that they were well within their sell by date.
The best thing about them is that after finishing the pack they left a really nice flavour in my mouth which did remind me of the spicy feeling you get after eating a real bhaji or samosa.
I'm quite gald this crisp didn't win the top prize. Allthough it wasn't half-bad it didn't copare to some of the other flavours in the range.
This is one of the latest flavours from 'Walkers' as part of a campaign for a new addition to the product line where consumers can vote for their favourite flavour.
I'm sure this flavour has never been attempted, or at least to my knowledge it hasn't, but at the same time it wasn't one of the flavours in this campaign that grabbed my attention. I'm quite the fan of onion bharji's though with the other flavours much more ridiculous in name this was one of the last packets I tried just because it didn't grab my attention; however as they say, save the best until last - and that's exactly what I did (unintentionally of course).
When you open the packet you notice the great smell of classic Indian onion bharji's! It's really welcoming because you just don't expect it to be so good. The smell is actually pretty perfect and you can begin to imagine how good these crisps must be if they smell this good! Next I took a crisps and popped it into my mouth and wow was I amazed. The taste was unreal! How had they managed to get it so right? With onion bharji's being made up of many ingredients I was surprised how accurate it was! Of all of them I'd have expected this to be the hardest to create. The only problem with having finished the packet was that I now wanted a traditional onion bhaji. They make you want the real thing - but luckily the crisps are a good substitute if you don't have any bhaji's in the house. I can see myself buying these in the future and hope they win!
I bought this packet along with the other five flavours in the campaign:
- Builder's Breakfast
- Cajun Squirrel
- Chilli & Chocolate
- Crispy Duck & Hoisin
- Fish & Chips
The pack of six, offering two packets of three flavours was on offer from my local Somerfield at a 'Buy one get one free' deal for £1 a pack.
This get's my vote. The best flavour of the bunch and well done to 'Walkers' for producing something so good! If you agree, you can vote for free by texting "ONION" to 51199.
Today I tried my first bag of limited edition 'do us a flavour' Walkers crisps. They were the Onion Bhaji flavour.
Whilst making a stop off at a BP petrol station I asked my partner to go inside and get me a pack of cheese and onion Walkers. He emerged a minute later with a pack of onion bhaji Walkers. His excuse being they had the same packaging as the cheese and onion flavour. Useless!
They cost around 70p but generally cost between 40p - 70p from most shops for a single bag. They are also sold in multi packs with the other limited edition flavours.
Of course the onion bhaji flavour didn't have the same packaging as the cheese and onion but they were very similar. The colour of the pack was mostly blue and had a rosette on the front saying 'Vote for me', along with a cartoon plate of onion bhajis and a man with an onion head.
I never had any intentions of trying this flavour but as they were brought for me I thought it would be rude not to! I don't like curry and spicy food in general but I do like an onion bhaji every now and again. I also love crisps. But the two together? Hmm.
When opening the pack I got a big waft of curry which I was suprised about as I thought it would be an oniony smell. As for apperance - they just looked like every other Walkers crisp - yellow and crispy!
In my mind I was expecting them to taste like cheese and onion, I'm not sure why but they didn't. They tasted like real onion bhaji but without the spiceyness (which in a perfect world would be spot on for me as I like the taste but not the hotness). They tasted okay but I wasn't bowled over by them and generally found them pretty average and disappointing.
The after taste was slightly disturbing. I could still taste onion bhaji upto about 10 minutes after I'd eaten them, then after about 10 minutes it tasted like I'd eaten cheese and onion Walkers and the taste still didn't go away after I had a drink. Eventually it did go away but later on when I had a nice big burp I could taste really strong onion bhaji (ewww, sorry!) which wasn't too pleasent and gave me a bit of a complex about getting to close to anybodys face!
They were fried in sunseed oil and had only 0.6g of saturated fat, which isn't bad at all. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
Although I ate the whole pack and didn't openly complain about them, I deffinatley wouldn't go out of my way to buy or try them again. In future I will be eating crisps and onion bhajis seperatley.
I can't compare them to any of the other 'do us a flavour' Walkers crisps as I haven't tried the others yet, although I do feel rather inspired to try the others now. My curiousity is getting the better of me! Next up - chocolate and chilli.
The most authentic flavour so far!
I have to say that onion bhaji as a new crisps flavour was an inspired choice. The English love their Indian food, curry now being the national dish of England. Of course, I'm sure it's very different to an authentic curry in India but still, an Indian flavour crisps was always going to work. In my opinion, the Walkers Crisps Onion Bhaji flabvour is the most authentic tasting flavour so far. To me, it was just like eating a proper Indian meal, the taste was the same and it really worked.
For those of you who are not aware of a onion bhaji, it can be described as a spicy Indian snack consisting of fried onions, chopped and then made into a dough with rice, spices and then fried until golden. They are normally served as a starter in an Indian restaurant now and always m first choice as a starter which is why I was excited to try these crisps.
Like I've done with my other reviews I'll give you a bit of background on the new flavours from Walkers. They are polling the Great British people to try and find the next flavour of crisps. A few months back they asked for people to submit flavour combinations to them in hopes of it becoming the next Walkers flavour. They have now shortlisted six flavours which they have produced but only one will survive and it's up to us to decide which one it is.
The six flavours that they have brought out for a limited time are:
Fish and Chips
Chilli and Chocolate
Crispy Duck and Hoisin
Once you have tried the flavours and have a favourite you can then vote to make sure they keep the one you like best. There are various ways to vote. You can either go on line, text your vote, Facebook your vote or e-mail your vote. Apparently, the person who came up with the flavour that wins will get £50,000 and 1% of the future sales of their flavour, not bad! The runners up will each get £10,000 too!
When I first opened the bag it didn't smell too oniony which I thought it might. I know it's a different flavour but they tastes nothing like cheese and onion which I thought they may have done but was pleased they didn't. The crisps had a lovely Indian taste to them and like I've said above, very authentic. The after taste was nice although beware, for hours afterwards my breath really smelt like onions, not a nice trait, I can tell you! The crisps weren't overly spicy either which was nice, they just had the right mix to make it a really delicate, authentic flavour.
The bag has a blue colour trim to it. This flavour was recommended by Carole from Durham. On the front of the bag there is a picture of a dish with three onion bhaji's on it and a little man who has a head shaped like an onion!
On their website, Walkers advise people to Spice up their life, cast off the bland and boring and let onion bhaji flavour tap dance on your taste buds!
The bag I bought was 46g. In it there were 240 calories and 15g of fat!!!! This was quite a lot in my opinion.
A great taste and possibly could be the winner in my opinion!
I have seen that quite a few people have been reviewing these new flavours and I myself had not got round to trying any of them out yet until yesterday. Of course that meant that I had to come on to Dooyoo and give my opinion on what I thought of these crisps.
There seems to have been many mixed reviews for this flavour and some of them I feel are unjustified. One member criticized this flavour over other flavours by saying they are very oily but in fact all flavours of Walkers crisps are oily and yet this member liked other flavours so really this does not seem like a fair point.
You have to remember that Walkers has taken a risk here and released some random flavours. Some of them sound horrible and others do not, however make sure you try them with an open mind. If you have decided before you try the packet that they are going to be disgusting then they will be exactly this so basically just don't judge a crisp flavour by its name.
The packet is a light blue colour which makes it look similar to cheese and onion and the smell is very much like an onion bhaji. A lot of the other new flavours do not taste how you would imagine, however this flavour tastes exact like imagined so definitely a thumbs up on this point.
In terms of taste I thought this was great. I prefer crisps that have extra spice and this has spice in abundance. It has hard to describe taste over Dooyoo, however I would say that it is a mix between Paprika flavoured crisps and also the Tomato Ketchup flavour that Walkers do. I love both those flavours so of a course a mix is a perfect combination for me.
Today I bought another packet as I enjoyed them so much yesterday and I try not too eat too many packets as crisps, especially Walkers, are very unhealthy, however I can make an exception a couple of times a week for this flavour. This may not be everyone's favourite, but I think Walkers have made a great decision with this flavour and I really hope in the coming weeks when I try the other flavours that they will be equally as tasty.
Having tried two of the other "test" flavours in Walkers "Do us a flavour" competition, I decided to give these a go in the hope that they might actually be a variety that I would go out and buy rather than just being another novelty taste sensation. Thankfully there is something highly original about this flavour (as there was with chilli and chocolate) but these also taste like a flavour that could sell and market well! (unlike chilli and chocolate!!)
As soon as you open the bag, you are assaulted by familiar smells of Indian spices reminiscent of a curry house. If you don't like spicy foods, you may be advised to give these a miss as not only will they make your breath hum but also have the potential for giving you smelly fingers! The initial taste is that of cheese and onion crisps without the cheese, as other reviewers have themselves noted, but then you begin to pick up the other flavours that previously only your nose had detected. There are strong sensations of cardamon, curried spice and all the flavours that make the real Onion Bahji's such a great accompaniment to curry! A look at the back opf the packet and the ingredients list shows they have tried to make these as authentic as possible and, for me, this flavour actually works on a series of levels. So far, these seem to be the crisps with the most marketable and commercial appeal and slot right in with the more modern tradditional flavours that Walkers has begun branching into in recent years!
Will I buy these again? Most defenitely without question. Will I vote for them? Most certainly. Do I think they will win? Well that depends on how much of the rest of the population agree with me but, from my own assessment, I believe these are a strong contender for the new flavour crown. And well worth a text from anybody's pocket!
Yesterday I reviewed the new Walkers flavour Builders Breakfast flavour so today I'm reviewing the Onion Bhaji flavour! These crisps are currently on sale in Tesco - 2 six pack bags for £2. I currently intend to try a different flavour each day. I'm not a huge Walkers fan - as far as crisps go they're OK but nothing special - but I love trying unusual flavours of crisps so I wanted to try these new flavours, particularly as five of them will only be around for a short while.
For anyone who doesn't know, Walkers ran a competition for people to invent a new crisp flavour. Six finalists were short-listed and won £10000 each. The six flavours are now on sale so that the public can vote for their favourite - the flavour with the most votes will be Walkers' new flavour and the inventor will win an additional £50000.
I was really looking forward to these crisps as I love Indian food, and infact most spicy food. As I said above, I like Walkers crisps but they're not a make I'd usually go for. I do however like a couple of their flavours, one of which is pickled onion and for some reason I'd got it into my head that these crisps would taste similar to the picked onion flavour, simply because I couldn't imagine how they would get the bhaji flavour across. On opening the bag however the smell was not that of onions but of curry. They smelt like curry powder, and similar to the curry sauce that I get on chips from the takeaway sometimes. And yes, I would say it did smell somewhat like an onion bhaji. On looking at the ingredients I noticed they contain cumin, cayenne pepper, fennel seed, fenugreek and cardamom, all ingredients that I tend to put into homemade curries so it became clear where the curry smell was coming from.
The taste of the crisps also reflects the ingredients as they do taste spicy although not too spicy in that they will leave your mouth too hot! There is a taste of onion aswell. I think my OH hit the nail on the head when he commented that they taste like spring onion flavoured crisps (Remember them? Can you still buy them nowadays?!) with curry powder sprinkled on them. The only downside for me was that although I enjoyed the taste, there was something a bit synthetic about the flavour. Saying that, I find this a problem with a few other Walkers flavours aswell which is part of the reason I don't eat them often. I prefer crisps with a slightly more natural flavour.
I enjoyed the taste as I like strong flavours like onion and curry so I can't fault them in that sense. There is a similarity to onion bhajis there, no doubt because the crisps contain the same spices that are found in bhajis. I can't say I found these crisps that innovative though, It's possible to buy curry flavoured crisps or cheese and onion crisps, both of which would be similar to this.
So far I've tried Builders Breakfast and Onion Bhaji flavours and out of the two I marginally prefer the Onion Bhaji as its more my sort of flavour. I'll be trying Chilli and Chocolate tonight so will review them tomorrow!
I know it seems as if the World has gone Walkers crazy at the moment and there are plenty of reviews about their new and rather different flavoured crisps, so I am going to join in and add my thoughts.
The Other Half went off to town this morning for a `wander`, the wandering process means that he avoids the vacuuming!
An hour later he stuck his sweet little face around the front door and said he had a `present` for me. Well seeing as the last present I received was a dustpan and brush from the Pound shop I wasnt going to hold my breath!
There he was stood in front of me waggling (No, not that!) a packet of Walkers Onion Bhaji crisps. I noticed that he had decided to plump for safety and had picked a packet of Roast Chicken flavour for himself.
An eye catching 46g packet that cost 45p , a picture of three mini onion bhaji`s appears on the front and they are being dutifully admired by a little cartoon character with an `onion head. The aforementioned picture represents Carole from Durham with her inspiration for the new flavour...right...OK.
Open the packet and the distinct yet very pleasant smell of onion bhaji drifts out of the foil. They smell as if they will be tasty but as yet I am not on cloud nine! The crisps look like any other Walkers crisp so the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
As I munch the first few crisps I feel a bit of an anti-climax coming on, my fingers dip into the packet and repeatedly come up with wafer thin slices of deep fried potato that are golden and look as if they have been rolled in a variety of spices.
But the appearance is better than the taste.
Now I don`t want you to get me wrong, the crisps are fine, they taste pleasant but I am just wondering if I have missed out on something that everyone else seems to have picked up on.
They do taste like an Onion Bhaji, I love crisps with lots of flavour but these are distinctly lacking something.
In fact I prefer the Walkers cheese and onion.
Oh what a killjoy I am!
Now I am casting my eyes over the back of the packet, eyeing up the other new flavours.
The Builders breakfast flavour seems to be top of the pops, I have heard lots of good reports.
Chili and chocolate, well you never know until you try!
Cajun Squirrel, Ive never eaten a squirrel in my life and I never intend to!
Fish and Chips, these might be next on my list to try.
Crispy Duck and Hoisin, who on earth dreams up these flavours!!!
I am sure the new Walkers flavours will do well, after all they are leaders in the market.
Maybe I am not overly impressed with the Onion Bhaiji but I am one of millions.
Walker's Onion bhaji crisps---Crispy but not the real Indian onion Bhaji !
More than Walker brand the recent competition grabbed my attention and I decided trying this.
Aesthetically the package was decent to me.Blue being my favourite colour without any hesitation I grabbed the packet and started munching.
The seasoning on the crisp was quite prominent. The smell of these crisps is not strong and suited me perfectly as I do not like a very strong onion smell. I loved the taste as it was crispy and seemed like a combination of potato chips and onion rings to me.I was also stupefied with the fat content as saturate fat is only around 1 gram in the overall fat composition in ingredients.
I expected it to be spicy but was bit thwarted when I found it otherwise.
The combination of garlic powder and black pepper was little too evident and might not be delectable by everyone. It has an Indian curry flavour but will definitely disappoint you if you taste it with the intent of tasting real indian onion bhaji
My decree for this is average as it meets my expectation in certain areas and fails in some.
Walkers Onion Bhaji Flavour crisps are part of Walkers new promotion 'do us a flavour, pick us a winner.'
I absololutely love Onion Bhajis so I had high hopes when coming to try them. They come in a light blue bag with a picture of a little onion man on it. I have to say I don't like the picture but I think it's a good idea that people got to submit their own picture along with a flavour.
In terms of the actual taste I really did like them. They didn't taste completely of Onion Bhaji, more of Curry itself, as if somebdoy had just poured some curry powder on them so I was slightly disappointed there.
Compared to all the other crisps they will definately be getting my vote. I do hope they stay but in all honesty I still like Cheese and Onion better than any of the new crisps!
These crisps are part of a much-hyped Walkers promotion exercise. The brand launched a national competition asking members of the public to invent a new and mouth-watering flavour. The six best suggestions were then produced and are currently being sold as limited edition products. Only one of the six can become the new flavour however. Consumers can vote by text message or online for their favourite crisps and when the competition ends in May 2009 the flavour with the most votes will become the permanant flavour whilst the others will dissapear from supermarket shelves! The six unique flavours are: Fish and Chips, Chilli and Chocolate, Cajun Squirrel, Crispy Duck and Hoison, Builder's Breakfast and this flavour, Onion Bhaji.
I purhcased a 46g bag of the crisps which is slightly larger than your average 30g bag and contains enough crisps to share. I have also seen these for sale as a bulk pack of six 30g packets. The light blue packaging distinghuishes this from the other flavours.
Upon opening the crisps there is a faint onion aroma which is quite pleasant. I was surprised by how mild the smell actually was though. The crisps are partially coloured with soft orange coloured flavouring although this seems to be rather random - heavier colouring on some crisps and almost none at all on others.
Walkers use good quality potatoes to make their crisps. The chips are always of an impressive size and are cooked well, being crunchy at first and then fluffy upon chewing. I have found that one bag contains only one of two black/green edged or withered crisps at the most. Overall the quality of the crisps is better than most other brands I've tried.
The Onion Bhaji flavour, which is described as "mildly spicy" is a real let down though. At first I thought the flavour was way too mild, tasting more like mushy peas and mustard than anything else. Then, whilst eating some of the more heavily flavoured crisps, I got the sensation of eating the dregs of sloppy fried onions, or perhaps just getting the taste of the oil the onions were fried in! It is quite an unpleasant, wishy-washy taste. The onion flavour is more noticable after you swallow and lingers on your breath like heavy petrol fumes. I can't detect any hint of exotic spices.
In comparison with the other flavours I have tried I would rank this at the bottom of the pile! I would go so far as to say I'm almost certain these won't win the competition.
The ingredients and nutritional values of the Onion Bhaji flavour are listed on the packet. Ingredients of the flavouring include: dried onion, coriander seed, cumin, fennel seed, ginger, fenugreek, celery, mustard, garlic powder.
They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs they contain no MSG or artificial colours. Basic nutritional values state that a 46g pack contains 240 calories and 15 grams of fat.
To vote for this flavour you can:
TEXT 'ONION' for free to 51199
or visit: www.walkers.co.uk