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      12.05.2010 15:56
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      Another great product from Walkers

      I`m a big Walkers fan and most the time I purchase these , because the quality and flavours are second to none. I usually purchase Salt & Vinegar or Cheese & Onion, but my son has just come in with a bag of Roast Chicken, so I`m sat here, writing and munching.

      On first impressions on opening the bag, you definately have the aroma of roast chicken. On taking the crisp from the bag the first thing I notice is the crisps like the bag are orangy coloured. (They been tangoed)

      On placing one in my mouth, I can immediately tell these are chicken crisps, they have a strong flavour and are very tasty. They are also very crunchy. These roast chicken crisps are a credit to Walkers, as alot of their range is . But the fact remains although they are greatly flavoured and crunchy, my favourite remain, salt & vinegar. The price of these little beauties comes in at 18 packs of 25g for £2 at the moment and when you shop around the various supermarkets you will always find them on offer somewhere

      Nutritional Values
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      Per 25g bag

      Energy 131g
      Protein 1.5g
      Carbohydrates 12.8g
      of which sugars 1.0g
      Fat 8.2g
      of which saturates 0.6g
      Fibre 1.0g
      Sodium 0.12g

      Suitable for vegetarians
      Suitable for coeliacs
      No artificial colours (surprising)
      No MSG
      No preservatives

      For more information goto www.walkers.co.uk

      All in all these are worthy of the Walkers name and I will pick up bag in future

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        01.05.2010 02:56
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        Another great flavour from Walkers

        Walkers are one of the most popular and most prominent crisp manufacturers in the UK, as well as, i imagine, in the US and Europe. They produce several different flavours and brands, including Quaver, Squares, Wotsits, Doritos and many more.

        I'm a fan of crisps in general, although i have to admit my favourite brands, when i can find either of them (which is rare), are Roysters and Seabrook. I do however often go for Walkers as their constant flavours are great (Salt and Vinegar, Ready Salted, Cheese and Onion, Roast Chicken, Smoky Bacon, Steak and Onion and a few others) and they're also constantly producing limited edition flavours, often relating to a specific event. At the moment Walkers have released flavours based on countries playing in this summers' World Cup.

        So, on to the Roast Chicken, as usual I'll split the review up into sections:

        PACKAGING
        As with all Walkers crisps the crisps come in an air-tight, sealed foil bag. The Roast Chicken bag is a brown colour and they say Roast Chicken flavour potato crisps on the front.
        The key nutrional information is displayed in the bottom left hand corner and the reverse of the bag features other nutrional information, ingredients and details of the flavour and company.

        TASTE
        I really like the Roast Chicken crisps, i used to have them even back in primary school and they've always been a personal favourite. Strangely a lot of people i know don't like them, which is fine with my as they don't get stolen! They've done a really good job with the flavour capture with this one, they really do taste of chicken and they've got the strength of the flavouring just right. Far too easy to eat several bags of these!


        NUTRIONAL INFORMATION
        The key nutritional information is as follows:
        CALORIES: 131 (7%)
        SUGAR: 1g(1%)
        FAT: 8.2g (12%)
        SATURATES: 0.6% (3%)
        SALT: 0.31g (6%)
        The % corresponds to your RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
        This isn't too bad on the whole - the calorie content is around the same as a chocolate bar - there is a fairly high amount of fat in these crisps though, 8.2g of fat in a 25g bag of crisps is a little higher than i would like. I therefore certainly wouldn't recommend eating too many packets of these in one day - everything in moderation!

        Overall Roast Chicken is another great flavour from Walkers; although i'd highly recommend them they seem to be one of those flavours that people either love or hate, so go and try them for yourselves!

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          11.11.2009 21:18
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          It smells of Roast Chicken but tastes of Chicken Stock

          Lunchtimes have always included Walkers crisps for me, from the salty taste of Ready Salted to the nice acidic texture of Salt and Vinegar, when we used to get multi-packs the one I always wanted to avoid was Roast Chicken, don't get me wrong I love roast chicken as a meal but this crisp flavour for some reason has always left me a bit cold!

          Packaged in the traditional walkers packet, Roast Chicken is a bright yellowy orange packet, it looks a bit grim as the colour looks very unsavoury. For some reason (because I was at a party and they were free) I had a pack, the crisps isn't too strong or overpowering, it does taste a bit like Roast Chicken but you are always aware that there is a real artificial flavour to the crisps, this is off-putting and for some reason I assess the flavour more than I do with other flavours.

          The flavour is strong and a bit salty, it is almost chicken stocky in its flavour as opposed to Roast Chicken, it smells of roast chicken but tastes of chicken stock.


          Nutritional value for one 25g packet

          131 Calories (7%)
          1g Sugar (1%)
          8.2g Fat (12%)
          0.6g Saturated Fat (3%)
          0.31g Salt (5%)


          So a small packet of crisps takes up 7% of your daily calorific intake, being honest these aren't a great part of a diet. I have since checked in supermarkets and a packet costs 45p which is a bit steep for a small packet of crisps.


          The crisps are also available in multi-packs but if your like me you'll find they are the last packets left as you'll want to eat all the other flavours first.

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            04.11.2009 08:28
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            Good snack to satisfy the most savoury of tooth.

            Out of all the flavours of crisps on the market at the moments walkers roast chicken are my favourites. They are such a good substantial crisp with in my opinion such an intense chicken favour that you actually feel as if you have had a satisfying snack. Unlike some other crisps on the market where you feel as if you are eating air.
            The crisps themselves are nice and big in size. There are very rarely any tiny bitty crisps. Its obvious that these crisps have been selected to be in the walkers elite club. I can just imagine two "crisp bouncers" sifting through all the crisps and handpicking the best to go through to the equivalent of the x factor in the crisp world!!
            Also I it is important to point out that there are no black or green spots on any of these crisps, which you can sometimes get with a cheaper brand.
            The flavour Itself in my opinion is delicious, as soon as you open the crisps the strong smell of chicken hits you immediately making the experience all the more appetising. I have a very savoury tooth and the intense chicken flavour on these crisps never fails to satisfy my cravings. The flavouring is clearly visible on the crisps as they are almost coated in a orangey yellow seasoning. I have the habit of licking this flavour of the crisp first before eating. This however has a downside as I often end up with a sore tongue, but that's my own fault for being too greedy.
            I think chicken walkers are a great for a Saturday night in front of the TV treat. However If I was providing a little buffet for my friends coming around I would probably stick to ready salted as these chicken crisps are quite strong in flavour and may not to be to everyone's liking. Also I would use a cheaper branded crisp for friends because walkers are quite expensive and there are not due to them being large crisps there is not very many in the average packet.
            Regarding packaging I would say that you wont be blown away by the excitement of the packaging of these crisps. However I like the way in which walkers don't need fancy packaging because the quality of the brand name is appealing enough. I also appreciate that every flavour has a different coloured packet which saves you time searching through the crisps on offer when you are racing around the supermarket after a hard day.
            In my opinion these crisps are quite high in calories and fat content. How ever Walkers do provide the consumer with a choice of lower fat options. (don't know if they do these options in chicken flavour).
            I would certainly give them a go. They are good quality crisps and although they are more expensive than supermarket branded crisps they are I feel good value for money. Also sometimes they have buy one get one free offers so they are worth looking out for.

            This review has also appeared on ciao. However I have revised and edited quite a bit of it.

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              07.10.2009 14:58
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              Walker Roast Chicken Flavour

              After trying the Steak and Onion flavour for the first time yesterday I decided to plump for the Roast Chicken flavour today. I'm pretty certain I've tried this before but I can't actually remember when I last had a packet of them so it must be quite some time ago. These came from the same multipack as yesterday's crisps.


              Packaging.

              The front of the multipack bag is predominantly red and brown with the usual Walkers logo and various bands of colour telling you that it contains:-

              4 x Roast Chicken
              4 x Smoky Bacon
              4 x Steak and Onion
              4 x Salt and Vinegar
              4 x Ready Salted
              4 x Cheese and Onion.

              The back of the bag contains the usual lists of ingredients and nutritional information for each of the flavours and a blurb about the spuds used for the crisps.

              The Roast Chicken flavour itself comes in a orange bag and has the usual ingredients and nutritional information printed on the back of the bag as well.

              You can also visit Walkers at:- www.walkers-baked.co.uk


              Nutritional Information per 25g bag {per 100g in brackets}

              Energy kJ: 545kJ {2179kJ}
              kcal: 131kcal {522kcal}
              Protein: 1.5g {6.0g}
              Carbohydrate: 12.8g {51.0g}
              of which sugars: 1.0g {3.8g}
              Fat: 8.2g {32.7g}
              (of which saturates): 0.6g {2.5g}
              (of which mono-unsaturates): 6.7g {26.6g}
              (of which polyunsaturates): 0.5g {2.1g}
              Fibre: 1.0g {4.1g}
              Sodium: 0.12g {0.49g}
              Equivalent as salt: 0.31g {1.24g}

              Allergy advice. These are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians.
              These crisps contain no MSG, no preservatives and no artificial colours


              Ingredients:

              Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (33%), Chicken Seasoning [Salt, Glucose. Dried Milk Whey, Dried Yeast, Barley, Potassium Chloride, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Flavouring,Colour: Paprika Extract]


              Price:

              At the time of writing Morrisons are charging £2.68 for a multipack containing 26 bags of crisps.


              Taste & Opinion:

              What does chicken actually taste like? How many times have you seen somebody try something that they haven't tried before and then heard them say "tastes like chicken"?

              Personally I don't think that chicken has a particularly strong taste. What we really remember are the other things we add to it, the gravy, the various sauces, coatings, flavourings. So how does a crisp manufacturer go about creating a chicken flavoured crisp?

              Walkers seem to have gone down the nondescript route. These crisps definitely have a taste, but precisely what that taste is isn't easy to pin down. There's obviously a little salt in there, the taste is slightly sweet and I got a vague taste of onion but beyond that you couldn't really claim that the crisps had an obvious flavour of anything. Try something like Salt 'n' Vinegar or the Pickled Onion flavoured Monster Munch and the taste hits you between the eyes ~ it's obvious what it's meant to be. But these crisps aren't like that at all. As with the Steak and Onion flavour I tried yesterday you could stick almost anything on the bag and claim that they represented that particular taste.

              Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that these are bland, boring or tasteless, because they're not. But neither is the flavour so obvious that you could eat them blindfold and say "those taste of.......".

              In appearance they have the same slight orange tinge that the Steak and Onion flavour do. However, the little black flecks of whatever it was in the Steak and Onion packet are completely absent from these Roast Chicken flavour. As you would expect the crisps themselves are pleasantly crunchy, not too hard that they're uncomfortable to eat and not so soft that they melt as soon as you put them into your mouth.

              Like some of the other Walkers flavours, these crisps are slightly greasy to the touch than some other crisps so you may feel as if you need wash your hands after eating them.

              In nutritional terms these are very similar to the Steak and Onion flavour I tried yesterday as most of the values are very close indeed. The main difference really is that this flavour contain 1.0g of sugar as opposed to the 0.5g of sugar in the Steak and Onion flavour. In terms of fat content, these contain slightly less than the Steak and Onion flavour, but they're still very high when compared to other alternatives such as French Fries or Walked Baked.

              Like the Steak and Onion flavour I find these pleasant but they're nothing to rock your world and write home about. Due to the fat content I'd recommend them as an occasional treat rather than an everyday food.



              Crisps ranked in order of fat content:-

              01) Golden Wonder Nik Naks (Rib 'n' Saucy Flavour): 38.3%
              02) Frisps (Ready Salted Flavour): 35.1%
              03) Walker (Ready Salted): 34.1%
              04) Frisps (Cheese 'n' Onion Flavour): 34.0%
              05) Frisps (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 33.9%

              06) Walkers (Salt and Vinegar Flavour): 33.1%
              07=) Walkers (Cheese and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
              07=) Walkers (Steak and Onion Flavour): 33.0%
              09=) Walkers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 32.7%
              09=) Walkers (Roast Chicken Flavour): 32.7%

              09=) Walkers (Worcester Sauce Flavour): 32.7%
              12=) Walkers (BBQ Rib): 32.6%
              12=) Walkers (Smoky Bacon Flavour): 32.6%
              14=) Pringles Extreme (Smokin' Ribs Flavour): 32.0%
              14=) Pringles (Hot & Spicy Flavour): 32.0%

              16) Quavers (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 31.0%
              17) McCoys (Flame Grilled Steak Flavour): 30.7%
              18) McCoys (Roast Ham and Mustard Flavour): 30.6%
              19) McCoys (Thai Sweet Chicken Flavour): 30.3%
              20=) Quavers (Cheese Flavour): 30.0%

              20=) Quavers (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 30/0%
              22) KP Discos (Salt 'n' Vinegar Flavour): 29.6%
              23) KP Skips (Prawn Cocktail Flavour): 29.5%
              24) Hula Hoops (Roast Chicken Flavour): 28.6g
              25) Hula Hoops (Barbecue Beef Flavour): 28.5g

              26 Hula Hoops (Original Flavour): 28.4g
              27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Crispy Bacon flavour): 25.1%
              27) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Worcester Sauce flavour): 25.1%
              29=) Golden Wonder Wheat Crunchies (Spicy Tomato flavour): 25.0%
              29=) Monster Munch (Pickled Onion Flavour): 25.0%

              31=) Smith's Chipsticks: 23.0%
              31=) Smith's Frazzles: 23.0%
              33) Space Raiders: 22.8%
              34) Red Sky (Anglesey Sea Salt flavour): 21.8%
              35) Red Sky (West Country Bacon & Cream Cheese flavour): 20.9%


              36) Sainsbury's Bacon Crispies (20.6%)
              37) Walkers Squares (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 18.0%
              38) Walkers French Fries (Ready Salted / Cheese and Onion / Salt and Vinegar flavours): 16.0%
              39) Walker Baked (Sour Cream and Chive flavour): 8.7%
              40) Walkers Baked (Bacon and Cheddar flavour): 8.5%

              41) Walkers Baked (Cheese and Onion flavour): 8.3%
              42) Walkers Baked (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 8.1%
              43) Ryvita Limbos (Salt and Vinegar flavour): 1.9%

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              14.09.2009 13:02
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              Delicious roast chicken flavour crisps with intense flavouring

              One of my favourite flavours from the original Walkers range has to be the roast chicken flavour. It's quite authentic and very flavoursome and addicting. It's unique too and still widely available. You can get a standard size packet for around 40p or a multipack containing 6 25g packets for £1.25, which isn't bad at all. The multipacks are ideal to take to work or school as they are good value and last about a week.

              The packet is orange in colour with the Walkers logo on the front and the Roast Chicken flavour below. The packet opens easily to reveal a good deal of crisps inside. The crisps are also golden in colour and have a very good amount of flavouring on them so they don't lack any flavour!

              As soon as a crisp touches your tongue, the intense flavouring fills your whole mouth with a sensation. The flavour is really nice, unique, intense and quite authentic too. They are definitely the best tasting original Walkers crisps. The crisps don't have any special shape to them but some are small and some are larger. They are quite crunchy, which is nice whilst eating them.

              The crisps are really tasty and filling too. They are ideal to go alongside a sandwich and drink for lunch time or even as a snack between meals to keep you going. They do satisfy your craving for food or a packet of crisps and fill you up a good amount. I'd recommend these ones as they have a unique flavour and are really tasty.

              Thanks for reading,

              Dan ©

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                10.09.2009 22:54
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                Tasty crisps that do however provide a terrible aftertaste which repeats on you!

                Walkers crisps, in my opinion, cater for all as they have a variety of flavours so that if you do enjoy these crisps you have plenty of choice and change. I am forever trying new crisps, varying shapes, styles and flavours but I do come back to the well known Walkers. One flavour I do enjoy now and then is Roast Chicken.

                Roast Chicken Walkers can be found in the orange coloured bags. Easily recognised by the yellow globe and bright red banner logo stating they are Walkers.

                One pack of these crisps contains;
                131 calories
                1g sugar
                8.2g fat
                0.6g saturates
                0.31g salt

                The crisps inside have the same appearance as any other flavour being varied sizes of thin potato slices. I do however find this flavour a little greasier on the fingers than the others.

                This flavour for me is an extremely satisfying savoury snack. They don't taste of an actual chicken if you ask me but they do taste of 'chicken crisps'. They are strongly flavoured and I find them quite salty too. The chicken flavour is very strong and tasty, the smell doesnt fail to deliver either. They are a crunchy and satisfying crisp and taste even better when eaten in a sarnie. The chicken crunch amongst the soft bread is a real delight!

                Despite me thinking they are very tasty crisps they do disapoint me in the fact that they leave me with a rank aftertaste that continuously repeats on me for hours afterwards. Leaving me burping and puffing out chicken breath air, which isn't that appealing!

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                  30.08.2009 23:05
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                  Walkers Roast Chicken Crisps

                  I used to like Walkers crisps but they have changed how a lot of them taste so I don't buy them much any more. In the pub yesterday though I had a bag of their roast chicken crisps and enjoyed them so today I brought another bag from the shop. Not all shops sell the chicken crisps but my corner shop always has them and the smoky bacon ones which are also quite hard to find as well.

                  They come in an orange packet and stand out good in the shop next to all the dull green and blue packets of crisps.

                  The crisps are proper salty and thats the first thing I noticed about them when I had them and I had to have a drink of water because they made my mouth go dry. Its a nice salty flavour though and tastes like it should be there and not just because Walkers have threw loads of salt at the crisps to give them more taste.

                  They don't taste of chicken but I don't expect them to because chicken is so tasteless. They do taste like good chicken flavour crisps though and I think these are loads better than other makes of chicken crisps becasue the flavour is so straight forward and hasn't been messed about with. They taste of herbs a bit too and this is good because it makes the flavour more interesting and i think it adds something to the crisps to help them to taste more like chicken.

                  I like the texture of these crisps because they seem a bit thinner then other crisps and are proper crunchy. I love crisps that have a good crunch and these are wicked for that. They aren't greasy either like a lot of Walkers crisps and don't make my fingers feel sticky and manky after I've eaten a bag.

                  I was talking to my aunt today who is doing a nutrition course and she told me that crisps are complete empty calories with no goodness in them at all and after eating these I believe it because even though I liked them they didn't fill me up and they taste so fake that I don't think anyone thinks theyre good for you. I had my bag today in a butty and it was yummy with proper butter and wickedly soft white bread and even though its probably a heart attack on a plate I reckon I'm still young enough to get away with it!

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                    Walkers crisps

                    Walkers must be my favourite brand of crisps although I do like Pringles as well and while my favourite favour has to be cheese and onion I also occasionally eat their chicken flavour ones as well.

                    A pack costs about forty five to fifty pence and they come in a golden yellow coloured sealed packet. There is a chickeny smell when you open the pack however it is not the nicest of chicken flavour to these crisps but they are nice enough.They have a great crunch when you bite into them and they are not totally smothered in the artificial flavouring that some crisps are.

                    The crisps are a light golden coloured and are all different shapes, they can be cut quite thin but this does not affect their crunchness as all.

                    Overall these are ok however the one big downside to them in my opinion is that they are rather greasy to the touch and they could do with being less so in my opinion as they do get a bit messy and also the grease reminds you that they are not very healthy.

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                    A tasty bag of crisps.

                    Walkers crisps are the original and one of the best in my opinion. The crisps are a good size and cut from good potatoes, it is very rare to find a bad crisp in your bag and this is great as I don't have to particularly worry about paying much attention when delving in to the bag and wolfing down a whole packet in 2 minutes flat! 

                    The crisps come in a foil bag (for freshness) with orange colouring (for roast chicken) and the familiar Walkers logo as well as nutritional information, ingredients and further details on cooking methods, potatoes used and information on Walkers themselves. The bag is very informative and for the purposes of reviewing I had a good old read of the changes that have been made in recent years (less fat and better oil etc) and was astounded by the sheer amount of information that they feel necessary to print. 

                    Once the packet is opened I am met with a smell of chicken instantly and it's lovely and strong. The crisps are deliciously crunchy and do not disappoint at all. The roast chicken flavouring is fairly tasty and one that I enjoy. It may not be for everybody though as it can be a little meaty and these can get boring after a bag. My favourite way to eat any Walkers is to have them with inside a sandwich. The crunch goes so well with sandwiches and is just delicious. 

                    I would definitely recommend these as a perfect accompaniment to your lunchtime. These go great as a snack and each bag contains 184 calories and 11.6g of fat so these should be enjoyed in moderation. I am a fan and do enjoy these crisps, although they aren't my favourite. I am therefore rating them 4/5. These are available singly or as part of a multi-pack with single bags costing about 40p and multipacks often available on 4 packs for £3.00 offers. 

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                    07.08.2009 18:26
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                    Surprisingly tasty

                    I love crisps, whenever I fancy a snack crisps would be my first choice. I'm very much a savoury type person and do not have much of a sweet tooth so I always have plenty of crisps in the house. I generally buy Frisps, Squares, French Fries or Hula Hoops as I find these have my favourite flavours and the taste are usually more pronounced than the normal Walkers crisps.

                    Walkers use 100% british potatoes in their crisps and first started making crisps in 1954, their first flavour was actually Cheese and Onion.

                    I recently bought a multi pack of 18 Walkers Crisps as they were on offer, it was the meaty variety which was on offer of £2.50 when they are usually around £3.40. Now the Roast Chicken flavour crisp is not usually the first pack I reach for and if i'm honest it was the last flavour I ate this time.

                    The thing I liked about the chicken flavour is the taste. They are really quite strong but not too overbearing. I tend to find that the Walkers regular crisps are usually quite bland although it doesn't really stop me eating them. So I was surprised to find that the chicken flavour crisps were really tasty and pretty moreish. All the crisps in the pack are a decent size and there all of good quality. What would be nice is if the packets actually held more in them because they are gone pretty quick.

                    The ingredients in these crisps are quite simple; Potatoes, sunflower oil(33%) and roast chicken seasoning. There are no preservatives, no artificial colours and they are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. Each packet which only has 25g in have 131 calories, 1g of sugar, 8.2g of sugar, 0.6g of saturates and 0.31g of salt. They can also be bought as a single pack which do contain more than a multi pack packet. They hold 34.5g and can be purchased in stores for around 40p each.

                    Roast Chicken flavoured crisps are a nice addition to the Walkers family and I think they may actually be one of the best crisps in the whole range as the taste is much stronger making the crisp a taste sensation. They are that moreish i've just finished my second packet and trying to summon up the will power not to eat a third.

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                    The Switzerland of crisps

                    Forgive the title, please, I don't get out much.

                    Anyway, it is a long-held truism, perpetuated in such diverse works as Red Dwarf and The Matrix that everything tastes a little bit like chicken. Up to a point, my own experience has upheld this strange claim. Crocodile tastes a little bit like chicken, as do guinea fowl, frogs' legs and even calves' brains (don't ask)...

                    In fact, the one thing I've eaten in my entire life that tasted in no way like chicken was... you've guessed it. A packet of roast chicken crisps. In fact, I think the tastiest thing I've ever pulled out of a packet of roast chicken crisps was a Limited Edition Star Wars Tazo (I have the full set, make me an offer and we'll talk, er, turkey).

                    Roast Chicken crisps had an odd reputation when I was at school. I was educated in a part of the country remote enough and dull enough that the playground was virtually segregated by your crisp flavour preference. The hard lads went for the harsh burn of Salt and Vinegar, while the piquancy of Prawn Cocktail was definitely reserved for girls. Cheese and Onion was for the 'dirty kids' who didn't clean their teeth often enough, and Ready Salted was the potato snack of the studious over-achievers. As a creative kid, I was a Smokey Bacon afficionado, which was just one step away from eating Tomato Ketchup or Worcester Sauce or any of the other flash in the pan flavours for 'ponces'. While all of this crispy apartheid was going on, Roast Chicken was sort of Switzerland, a neutral haven from playground battlefields, because Roast Chicken crisps were what you ate when your Mum hadn't managed to get anything else in the Co-Op.

                    While the Salt n' Vinegar munching rough lads would still call you a spaz, it was muted, the thought running through their brow 'there but for the grace of Tesco go I'.

                    While I could riff wittily on the subject of schoolyard crisps for hours, the point of this drollery is that it was a universally ignored flavour. No one actively disliked it, but equally I know of nobody in the history of the world who has ever thrown a hissy fit because they can't get a packet of Walkers Roast Chicken Crisps. Er, except me, forty minutes ago when I popped to the shops to get a packet to review and the first three places didn't have any.

                    Get on with it, for the love of God!
                    Well, quite. Just as they did when I last ate them twenty years ago, Walkers Roast Chicken crisps come in a sort of orangey coloured foil packet illustrated with tempting pictures of golden potato slices that are probably supposed to approximate the crispy snacks that lie within, squashed beneath an enormous Walkers logo. I think it says a lot when a brand logo is bigger than the picture of the actual product, don't you?

                    I opened the packet at the bottom, as a sop to my pointless non-conformity of childhood (although the justification used to be that all the surplus flavouring fell to the bottom of the bag) and pulled out a thin yellowy disc about the size and general shape of a teabag. Reader, I bit it.


                    Texture
                    I hope you're enjoying this lesson in how to suck eggs, dear reader. The crisp was, as expected, crisp. I chewed about half of the morsel and it kept its brittle crunch for about half a dozen chews before gradually being masticated into gritty sludge. Again, in deference to my crisp-eating prime aged eight, I opened my mouth and stuck my tongue out, but sadly only my cat was around to inspect the contents of my jaws. And as I affect great disinterest in the dead mice she brings me, I can't really blame her for yawning and wandering off.

                    Feeling slightly cheated, I swallowed, and the mouthful slipped down my throat with a slight scratchiness that reminded me it wasn't that long since I'd had a throat infection and I really probably shouldn't be eating crisps at all. That's dedication for you.

                    Taste
                    They still don't taste of chicken. The problem is that Roast Chicken crisps have now been around for so long that they have a flavour all of their own. I imagine if anyone brought out some crisps that actually tasted of chicken, there would be a national outcry.

                    Weirdly, they smell a lot nicer than they taste - I've always thought that about this flavour. But how to describe the flavour...

                    So... they're salty, obviously. And the general flavour is quite light, just beating the salt and general crisp taste with notes of, I don't know, I want to say pork, to be honest. They've got a kind of pork scratchings flavour to them, if anything. Which just makes me want to go out and get some pork scratchings, but I've had one unhealthy treat today, and that's probably more than enough...

                    Damage
                    OK, they're crisps, slices of spuds fried in oil and then covered in salt and flavourings and foil-packed. We all know they're not good for us, and frankly it's an insult to our intelligence when companies like Walkers try and pretend otherwise. But I've got to be honest, I was a little surprised that they weren't as bad as I was expecting. For a standard multi-pack 25g packet, the nutritional values are as follows. Percentage figures represent proportion of Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA):

                    131 Calories (7%)
                    1g Sugar (1%)
                    8.2g Fat (12%)
                    0.6g Saturated Fat (3%)
                    0.31g Salt (5%)

                    So 15% of your day's fat intake in a snack you can eat in less than two minutes (if you're a pig like me). That's bad, and probably a good reason to stick with the smaller multi-pack packets where you can keep an eye on how many you're eating, rather than the big crisp bowl in the middle of the table at every dull party you've ever been to.

                    On the other hand, I was expecting a LOT more salt, and frankly a bit more fat than that. I'm no nutritionist, but I don't see that a packet of these each day or every other day would do you any serious damage.

                    I won't go into the ingredients in exhaustive detail, as to be fair the main two are potatoes and sunflower oil, but I did notice our old friend MSG being listed as a flavour enhancer. I don't quite know why everyone's so down on Monosodium Glutamate, but it's there and be warned. If you care. Using paprika extract as a colouring rather than an artificial colouring agent gets a big thumbs up from me, though. I like paprika.

                    Hilariously, the packet states that the product is suitable for both vegetarians and coeliacs. Well, the only coeliac I know won't touch Walkers crisps after an incident involving a toilet (I'm sure I don't need to draw you a picture), and what kind of vegetarian is going to chow down on a packet of roast chicken crisps? The whole product is a shrine to meaty goodness, transforming pure vegetables into a shambling approximation of deep-fried poultry! They'd be better off putting some chicken stock in with the sunflower oil at the frying stage and cutting out the flavour enhancers!

                    All in all?
                    Walkers Roast Chicken crisps are not quite as easy to get hold of as I thought, and not really worth the effort when you do. They're a very light flavour, though, and so I'd suggest they're good for parties when everyone has different preferences, as I can't imagine anyone actually finding them unpleasant. They're pretty bland, but easy on the throat. Just go easy on them with all the fat and salt and MSG (whatever the problem with MSG actually is)...

                    I'd advise you to get them in multipacks where possible - you can get six 25g bags in most supermarkets for around £1.30. And given that my local shops sell 35g packets of crisps at 52p a time, you can see that you'd be making a significant saving.

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                      Great crisps with nasty MSG added!

                      Everyone knows we should not eat too much potato crisps as they are not exactly good for us but they are just so tasty, they are the ultimate temptation and I for one give in to that temptation every time.

                      I have a few flavours of crisp that I really enjoy and most of those are the more upmarket ones if you like, things like the mighty Walkers sensations and I just love salt and vinegar Pringles but there is also a less exciting and more down to earth crisp that I love and that is the humble Roast chicken flavour Walkers.

                      When I was younger the chicken flavour crisps were seen as the ugly duckling of the multi-pack, they were always the ones left till last or sometimes even left to go out of date. Neither me nor my brother would touch them and my mum and dad did not particularly like them either.

                      Even the packets seemed less interesting that the other brightly coloured salt and vinegar or cheese and onion, my god even ready salted were higher in the pecking order than chicken.

                      As we get older though our tastes seem to change and over the last few years one of the first flavours I eat from a Walkers multi-pack is now the roast chicken, the bags are still not as attractive as the others being a somewhat dull and uninteresting murky shade of orangey yellow but the smell I once disliked as you opened a packet of chicken crisps now for some reason seems to get my mouth watering.

                      There are many things involved in a crisp being a good crisp, it has to have the right type of crunch, it has to have a nice tasting flavour of course and it also needs to have the right amount of flavouring, too much flavouring or too little both makes for a poor crisp.

                      With Walkers the texture of the crunch is always perfect no matter what the flavour, they do not melt in the mouth, they are crunchy to the last bite and yet they are not hard like kettle chips where you risk breaking a tooth, therefore they are the perfect crunch.

                      With Walkers you also always get the right amount of flavouring, each crisp has a proper amount, you don't get one crisp covered in flavouring and then two that taste plain, oh no not with Walkers. Walker's crisps are always fairly strong in flavouring but never too strong so you end up sucking half the flavouring off before you have even taken a crunch at the mouthful you have shoved in.

                      Now the actual chicken flavour itself, well how to describe this has me struggling a bit, firstly you would think creating a roast chicken flavour crisp would be easy, after all anytime anyone tastes something a bit different and they cannot describe it they say it tastes a bit like chicken don't they? So whatever these tasted like we would probably all think "ah chicken".

                      Joking aside though how would someone go about making a chicken flavour, well that's the reason for them being called roast chicken because when roasting a chicken you would normally use a little seasoning of sorts and this is the actual taste they are emulating.

                      The first and most outstanding taste you get is a salty one and every crisp no matter what flavour they are has a fair bit of salt in the flavouring but you do get the meaty taste from these crisps it is more like a chicken stock kind of taste rather than one of fresh white chicken meat but it is really nice and Walkers should feel very proud of what they have created.

                      I have had a few other brands of chicken crisps over the years and to say how they tasted would be impossible but it is fair to say that it was nothing like chicken.

                      Now as I said way back at the beginning of this write up about my favourite snack, potato crisps sadly are not very good for us, well they are slices of potato (full of carbohydrate) cooked in oil (even though it is sunseed oil now) so that should be obvious but it is more than just that, they also have a high salt content no matter which flavour you buy so crisps of any flavour, including Walkers roast chicken, should be enjoyed responsibly in small amounts.

                      NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (25g multi-pack, packet)

                      131 Calories (7%)

                      1g Sugar (1%)

                      8.2g Fat (12%)

                      0.6g Saturated Fat (3%)

                      0.31g Salt (5%)

                      There is another worrying thing with Walkers roast chicken flavour crisps and that is when you read the ingredients which I have avoided listing for fear of upsetting "the we hate lists people", you will find that the much maligned MSG flavour enhancer is used and that might even put some people off eating these at all but for me it is just another reason to limit how many I eat rather than stop eating them.

                      MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) for anyone unfamiliar with it is a flavour enhancer, it looks a bit like sugar in its raw form and it is added to many foods to bring out the natural flavours.

                      The trouble with it, is it is said to be addictive and also that it triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates and therefore causes people to become obese. Studies across the world have supposedly confirmed that MSG is safe for human consumption but they also regulated the amount that should be used leaving me wondering if it is safe at all.

                      I hope that little bit of info on MSG hasn't put you off these crisps because honestly check the foods in your cupboards and you will find you have been eating it for some time already, it can be found in things like Campbell's soups, Kraft dressing and much, much more, just limit them as you should anyway and continue to enjoy them.

                      So all that is left is to let you know how you can get your hands on these and how much they cost, well a single packet will cost you around the 45p mark whilst you can get these in the meat flavours multi-packs from Walkers and save a bit as well as getting some of the other delicious Walkers flavours thrown in. the multi-packs differ in price from store to store but Asda regularly have them on offer as do Tesco so there are good deals to be had.

                      The multi packs come in many styles too, you get small ones containing six packs right up to huge multi-packs containing 26 packs, the bigger the multi-pack the bigger the savings, Asda were doing two 26 packet multi-packs for a fiver which is a great deal and one I utilise to maximum effect. LOL!!

                      I hope you enjoyed my little write up in honour of a delicious crisp, thank you for reading!

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                        Yummy Roast Chicken crisps made by the popular Walkers brand.

                        ***ABOUT WALKERS***
                        Walkers are best known for manufacturing crisps in a great range of different and popular flavours such as Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Steak & Onion, Smoky Bacon, Prawn Cocktail, Pickled Onion and more great mouth-watering flavours. Walkers sponsor Leicester City football team's stadium, the Walkers Stadium. Gary Linekar who was formally a Leicester City footballer is the face of Walkers and I'm sure many of you will have seen him in the Walkers adverts.

                        In 2006 Walkers announced that they were to reduce the saturated fat in their crisps by 70%. They started frying their crisps in Sunseed Oil. They also added Nutritional Information to the front of their crisps as well. In 1997, Walkers became the brand name of Quavers and Monster Munch snacks. In 2002 Walkers also bought Wotsits from Golden Wonder and in 2007 Walkers launched the Sunbites range which is a yummy range of crisps made using wholegrains.

                        ***EATING CRISPS***
                        I only tend to eat crisps once in a while and I like to try new and different flavoured crisps rather than the standard Ready Salted or Cheese & Onion flavours. I never seem to buy multi-pack bags of crisps and only ever pick crisps up as a spare of the moment thing whilst I am in my local shop or a supermarket. I'm a big fan of Walkers crisps anyway, as you can't beat the freshness and the quality and flavours of Walkers crisps. I have had Walkers crisps a few times before and have always enjoyed eating the Roast Chicken flavour so I thought I would write a review about them.

                        ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY***
                        These crisps are available to buy as a single bag or in multi-packs as well. Single bags can be purchased from local shops and supermarkets and cost approximately 55p for 1 bag. Multipack prices are shown below, where prices were taken from www.mysupermarket.com.

                        * Tesco - £1.23 (Any 4 for £4.00)
                        * Asda - £1.28 (Any 3 for £3.00)
                        * Sainsbury's - £1.25 (Any 3 for £3.00)
                        * Ocado - £1.25 (Any 2 for £2.00)

                        Each of the multipacks contains 6 bags of Roast Chicken crisps, which are 25g per bag. The bags you buy as singles in the shops are slightly bigger and are 34.5g.

                        ***NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION***
                        Each 34.5g bag is Roast Chicken Crisps contain:

                        * Calories - 180 (9% RDA)
                        * Sugar - 1.3g (<1% RDA)
                        * Fat - 11.3g (16% RDA)
                        * Saturates - 0.9g (5% RDA)
                        * Salt - 0.43g (7% RDA)

                        ***PACKAGING***
                        The Roast Chicken Crisps come in and orange bag and have the large Walkers logo on top of the bag with Roast Chicken written in big clear writing underneath the logo. The crisps come in a foil bag which keeps them fresher for longer. On the front of the bag you will find nutritional information and their latest promotion on the bag which is currently win VIP trips, such as Wembley Stadium tickets and more. On the back of the packet it has more information about the VIP trips you could win and also has a chart with guideline daily amounts, ingredients and contact information for walkers. It also has the best before date circled as well.

                        ***SMELL/APPEARANCE***
                        When opening the foil bag and taking a deep sniff you can smell the gorgeous smell of chicken and smelling it makes my mouth-water. The smell definitely reminds me of Roast Dinner's on a Sunday and I couldn't wait to taste these crisps. The crisps them self are all different shapes and sizes and are a lovely golden yellow colour. These look a bit darker compared to other crisps but I presume this is just from the ingredients they use to get the chicken flavour.

                        ***TASTE TEST***
                        When putting one of these into my mouth you can taste the lovely chicken flavour on the crisps and you can feel how crispy the crisps are on your tongue. As the crisp sits on my tongue it makes my mouth-water and fills my mouth with a yummy, chicken flavour. As you bite into the crisps you can feel how crispy they are beneath your teeth and they taste and feel fresh as you bite into them. Some of the crisps have a slightly stronger flavour than others which must be the flavouring on them, but they still taste just as nice.

                        Although these smell really yummy and the smell reminds me of a Roast Dinner did they taste like a roast dinner? They definitely tasted of chicken and were very yummy, but they didn't taste quite like the chicken I have for a roast. After eating these you do get an after taste of chicken in your mouth, which does seem to linger for a short while.

                        ***OVERALL OPINION***
                        These are great tasting crisps and I prefer these to the popular flavours such as Salt & Vinegar, and Ready Salted etc. I have bought this flavour a few times now as single bags from my local shop and they always taste really yummy and are also very satisfying. These crisps do how-ever have quite a lot of fat and quite a lot of salt in as well compared to some other flavoured crisps, which puts me off eating them regularly. I only tend to have these once every so often if I see them in my local shop. I have never bought these in the multi-packs before, but if course as these are smaller bags they will contain less fat and salt than the 34.5g bag I bought from my local shop.

                        When comparing this flavour with Tesco or Sainsbury's own brand of Roast Chicken crisps of course Walkers stand out for their quality and freshness of their crisps. I would definitely buy these again, but it's not something I could/would eat every day.



                        (Review also on ciao)

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                          14.07.2009 17:20
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                          A tasty little snack

                          At around 45p a packet I guess Walkers crisps are reasonable value for money, although the new Grab bag and Family bags do offer slightly better value if you are into crisps, and sharing. Quality wise there are few other brands that can truly compare to Walkers, whose various varieties are of an exceptional standard. Quality aside though the quantity seems to be diminishing, or perhaps I'm just a bit more greedy than I used to be. I always seem to want more from a bag than that which is available, and although as I mentioned value can be had by purchasing the larger packs, I'm not usually greedy enough to eat a whole packet of this option.

                          If I think about it I can honestly say that there are perhaps three flavours which are my real favourites, Cheese and Onion, which are just adorable on a buttered roll, Slat and vinegar for the movies, and Roast Chicken for when the urge takes me, which it appears to do more often these days. Of course it could be said that all three of my choices and indeed any of the other huge choice of flavours would be equally acceptable placed strategically upon a lovely fresh buttered roll, and this of course would be true, but when you get the munchies you need something a bit more fulfilling, not necessarily filling, just something that satisfies the urge for a quick snack.

                          Satisfying a snack urge is for me is more often than not a choccie bar, but there are times when a packet of Roast Chicken crisps just ticks all the boxes. Generally there is enough in the pack to tick the quantity box, so if I can just tick the flavour box I've got me a top snack for killing that urge. Roast Chicken has a unique flavour and one, which should be accompanied by some nice gravy and some roast potatoes, but being that it is a snack I'm after this isn't really an option. Roast Chicken crisps do qualify because they too have a very unique taste, slightly herbie and with a definite taste of chicken, not so sure it is roast chicken but it is chicken. The saltiness in the crisp seems to compliment the hint of sweetness, which I get, and although I would not normally add salt to any chicken I was eating, I find this quite a nice sensation. My normal Roast dinner would not obviously be quite as crispy as a crisp, but again this is most pleasing, and my overall feeling whilst indulging in a Roast Chicken crisp is that of satisfaction, the tiny morsels that linger in the bottom of the bag a quickly dabbed up by licking a finger and dipping it into the waiting crumbs.................luvly jubbly.

                          I reckon 45p to 50p depending on where you shop is a pretty good price for such a flavoursome and very pleasant crisp and I have no problems recommending them. They are instantly recognisable with the bright mustard colour packaging and currently ASDA do a six pack for £1.25 which is a really good deal, they are also to be found in variety packs also at £1.25 for a six pack. I'm not going into all the nutritional info since we all are blatantly aware that there a few benefits to eating crisps even if they do taste very good. They are going to add a fair amount of calories, but if you want a crisp have a crisp, life's too short to be worrying about a few calories.

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