“ Type: Crisps/Snacks „
After my partner bought the Thai Sweet Chilli sensations crisps the other day, we both fell in love with it. So it goes without saying that we should experiment with other flavors in the range.
Now the thought of freshly roasted chicken with a hint of thyme, is just mouthwatering for me, so I knew which flavor I was heading for when I went into Tesco, "Roasted chicken and Thyme".
Now the price was the same as the other sensations crisps, 1.50 pounds but Tesco regularly has special deals on this range and it is not uncommon to see a two for one special, so keep your eyes open.
The cover shows a picture of rows of potatoes as well as deliciously roasted chicken, but I believe they will be doing a revamp on the cover like they have with Thai Sweet Chilli.
Now on to the important part, the flavor, first off the smell upon opening the bag was phenomenal, there was a very strong smell of chicken and various herbs, which really was impressive.
And the taste was pretty good too, however my only complaint would be that only a few will do. Unlike the Thai Sweet Chilli which I could devour all on my own, this crisp flavor was a little too "heavy" and I found that after a few handfuls I was pretty overwhelmed by the flavor, saltiness and chicken taste.
The good news is that like all the other crisps in the sensations range they are now completely free of artificial colors, sweeteners, flavor enhancers and MSG, so you can eat with a good conscious. However they are not fat free, and a 35 gram portion contains 9.1 grams of fat, so beware of that.
In conclusion I would say that these crisps are best in small doses, and that the flavor was too much for me after a few handfuls, however on the other hand my partner loved them so it really is each to his own.
I will give these crisps four stars and will buy them again, just in the smaller pack.
Ingredients: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (26%), Roasted Chicken & Thyme Seasoning, Salt, Firming Agent (Calcium Chloride)
Roasted Chicken & Thyme Seasoning: Dried Milk Whey, Flavouring, Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Butter Oil (from Milk), Dried Onion, Sugar, Dried Chicken, Parsley, Dried Lemon Juice, Thyme
Roasted Chicken and Thyme flavour crisps (new recipe)
(this review is for the new improved version, so the packaging is different to the packet as shown above)
I love crisps! I love everything about crisps and there are few flavours l dislike. So after a long day l was in my local newsagents when l saw these for half price, so l grabbed them! At just over 80p for a 160g bag they were too tempting to leave.
This wasn't the first time l have brought these temptingly delicious crisps. l have brought these before, along with other flavours from the range of 'Sensations'. Just recently l have seen many offers on these products, so it's a perfect time to indulge.
Sensations are from Walkers. Walkers is a company l rely on for high quality products, so when l buy walkers l expect a high standard of crisp. Sensations go one step futher than this, they have made sensations to be their premium crisps. These crisps are supposed to be that little bit tastier and are generally more expensive than their other crisps available from walkers.
Sensations were launched in 2002 with what appears to have been success. The brand has recently undergone a few changes with a new look and new flavours.
The bag of crisps l have just brought is a black bag, with imaging on the front. The packaging looks quite sophisticated unlike other packets of crisps, and whilst it isn't particularly eye catching, it has a modern look.
It tells us on the packaging that these are roasted chicken and thyme crisps, which has a new recipe. Below this it tells us that these crisps are made with real ingredients. This is nice to know, and seems to be rather rare in the world of crisps. On the front it also tells us that in a 35g serving there are 170 calories, no wonder they taste so good!!
On the other side of the packaging it tells us
-there are no artificial sweetners
-no artificial flavour enhancers (no MSG)
-No artificial colours
It also tells us a bit about what we can expect in the taste of these crisps. Apparently they use carefully selected herbs and lemon, roasting them to 'perfection' and adding thyme. To make these crisps they use a thicker cuts of Lady Rosetta and Saturna potatoes.
In the information for ingredients l notice no allergy advice, however l would recommend you check the ingredients before consuming!
Just to note that the size of my product is the only size that l am aware that they sell.
On opening the bag you are greeted with the smell of chicken crisps. The smell is slightly different to walkers other chicken crisps, as you can smell the herbs too and it seems a stronger smell. The smell is tempting, and even before l've tasted these crisps l know lm going to like them. The bad thing is the smell seems to linger on you after you have eaten them, which is perhaps a little annoying.
The crisps are crunchy, but not so much so you break your teeth, but enough to tell you that this crisp is extra special. The crisps are quite chunky and you know when you bite into your crisps that care has been taken in producing this product and that these are expensive crisps.
The flavour is intense and very moreish. Id like to say that this snack is quite filling, but because of the flavour l end up just wanting more and more. If l were to eat these crisps alone, l would be consuming a lot of calories, so this is definitely a snack to share. I like to eat these while watching a film or as an occasional treat.
When l eat these crisps l am happy to know that the ingredients are real, l like to know exactly what l am eating, and so am pleasantly surprised that there is no artificial colourings or flavours. This is a 'real' crisp.
The appearance of the crisp is pleasant, you can see just from looking at the crisps that seasoning has been applied generously. You can see the darkness of the roasted chicken flavour, and you can see the green thyme that covers the crisps. Whilst eating these you will probably notice (as l did) that your fingers get covered in the flavouring.
Having probably eaten too many of these this evening, l can now tell you that too many can make you feel quite sick and leave a strong flavour in your mouth.
Would l recommend these crisps? Most certainly yes! This is a snack that is totally yummy. It's a real treat. I probably could not eat this product too regularly because l think they might become quite sickly, but they really are delicious. If your not a fan of chicken crisps however, l would stay clear!
Whilst walkers other chicken crisps are tasty these are just that bit different and a bit more of a treat!
These were recently on sale in my local supemarket as they were on a buy one get one free offer (BOGOF) and I thought they would make a nice change from the Pringles that we had been consuming and I have always quite liked the standard packets of Walkers Chicken crisps every now and then.
This crisp is part of the Sensations range which is Walkers premium brand and as such it is a little bit more expensive and also it only comes in the large size as far as I can tell as I have never seen it being sold in the sinle packet size.
I find these crisps a lot more crunchier than the normal brand of Walkers and certainly they have a better appearence and are a little thicker than the normal brand. When you bite into them there is a satisfying crunch.
They have a nice chicken flavour however to be honest I do not think they are any different to the normal brand and I certainly could not detect any of the thyme in the flavour. In addition I also found these crisps a bit greasy on your fingers.
Overall they tatse fine however I'm not convinced they are worth the extra money and I certainly would not buy them at their full price and would only buy them again if they were on offer again.
I am a big fan of chicken crisps and with a little trepidation I decided to try Walkers Sensations, Oven Roasted Chicken and Thyme flavour. I wasn`t quite sure if I would like these but I was soon to be proved wrong.
Sensations are crunchier than normal crisps and seem to have a little bit more of a deeper golden look about them.The chicken flavour are no exception and have what looks like bits of thyme sprinkled over them.
Now for the taste test, after biting into the crisps which is ever so slightly harder than in normal I could taste what is supposed to be roast chicken. I`m not quite sure if it tastes like any roast chicken that I have ever tasted but none the less it is a very nice and strong taste which hangs around for a while after finishing off the packet. There is a fairly strong aroma to them as well which also doesn`t smell too much like any roast chicken that I have ever smelt but is still very pleasant.
I cant say much more about the flavour except that it is much stronger than normal crisps and is more realistic and stays around for longer.
The packet is predominately white and rectangular in shape and oozes luxury. In the middle is a smaller rectangular block divided into four sections. The top section is mainly black with the Walkers logo to the left and the word Sensations written in white capitals with "Specially prepared crunchier crisps in a range of indulgent flavours" written underneath it.
The next section shows a black and white photo of somebody carrying a basket of potatoes and a field with a tractor in the background.
The next part shows a colour photo of a couple of pieces of roast chicken garnished with sprigs of thyme.
The final section is an orange/brown colour with a picture of two of the crisps on the right side and the flavour on the left in white capital letters.
The reverse of the packet is divided in two with one half describing the flavour and all the other Sensations flavours. The other half shows the nutritional information and all the ingredients.
****This flavour is suitable for Coeliacs****
There is also the usual contact info, barcodes best before date and weight which in this case is 40g and contains 194 calories.
These Sensations cost 43p from my local One Stop Shop and although more than I would normally pay for crisps is well worth it for the taste sensation that you get with these crisps.
I would definately recommend these to anyone who is looking for something a little bit different from normal chicken flavoured crisps.
When it comes to crisps as mentioned in previous ops its got to be Walkers all the way. Usually its Beef and Onion or Prawn Cocktail, but every now and then I prefer to go for a fancy packet. Yep that’s right the relatively new Walkers sensations range. The idea is that these are fancier flavours than your normal every day Walkers adding a bit of class to your snacking. Ok maybe I’m just making that up but they certainly do seem to be aiming to be fancier, with the flavours available. Of course Walkers who are probably the market leaders, saw an opportunity for a luxury range of crisps and that’s how you end up with Roast Chicken and Thyme. The pack I have here is a 40g one, which set me back about 40p from my local Tesco. The bigger bags contain 150g of Walkers finest crisps, which will set you back about £1.18 upwards. I noticed in Blockbusters the other day they were £1.40 so not the place to buy from. However the 40g bag does me just fine and being a whole 5.5g more crisps for your money the justification of the extra price is there to see. And as with the increase in the amount of crisps you get the amount of calories goes up as well, with 194 Kcals in every bag. To be honest though the increase in Calories wasn’t quite as much as I’d expected. Now you wont find these if you go looking for the normal types of bags as these have been given their own unique look. These come in a white bag with Walkers Sensation written on the top and a picture of a chicken breast covered in Thyme, strangely enough. Just in case any ones not aware Thyme is a type of herb that compliments chicken rather nicely. Unlike the Walkers originals, the Sensations aren’t part of the great British Takeaway meal offer so if your looking for the meal vouchers, then don’t go buying these. So now its time to get on with opening and eating this bag of Walkers delights. As soon as you open the bag you’re hit by a v
ery pleasant combination of chicken and seasoning. It’s not incredibly strong, but has that sort of smell to it that entices you in to that first taste. The crisps are covered in a layer of powder made up of a mixture of actual chicken powder and a bit of thyme mixed on, that’s why they have green specks on them. So onto the actual taste of the crisps, the smell gets even nicer as you actually bring them up to your mouth. It’s not over powering but is in fact just right making the crisp smell like something that’s desirable to eat. The first taste of the crisp is very pleasant indeed. The chicken flavouring powder makes them a very pleasant first taste. They are very crunchy, much more so than your normal kind of walkers, especially the roast chicken variety. The taste in comparison to the normal Roast Chicken is an improvement of almost 100%. I always find Walkers Roast Chicken to be far too strong and overbearing and not really like chicken at all. However these are much more pleasant, easy to eat and the after taste just leaves a nice chicken taste in your mouth for roughly half an hour after the bag is finished. I’d have to say it would seem that Walkers have got the flavour and aftertaste spot on with this flavour. The only downside is the price of them, the extra over the top of a pack of walkers but that’s about the only one really, but they are worth that bit more. Unless of course you are Vegetarian in which case you wont be able to try these. Would I eat them again? Of course in fact I may drop into Tesco on the way home and pick up another bag.
Oven Roasted Chicken and Thyme flavoured potato crisps.