“ Brand: Walkers / Type: Crisps „
I'm not a massive crisp eater but the rest of my family are. We usually buy savoury snacks and nibbles around Christmas and as I quite enjoy some of the sensations range from Walkers the girls threw a few 150 gm bags into the trolly (costing about £1.59 or 2 for £2.00 at Tesco and Sainsburys until the 3rd and 4th of Jan '11 respectively).
The Sensations range has no artificial colourings, and I didn't spot anything particularly artificial in the seasoning flavour list either.
I tried the 'Roasted Tomato and Aromatic Spice' flavour, and credit where credit is due you can indeed immediately smell the 'fragrant tempo of Indian spices' as they put it on the bag, on opening. I can pick out cumin and coriander and my 'nose' isn't even that sensitive. the roast tomato wasn't quite as evident either aromatically or taste wise. The crisps are crunchy and full of flavour with no synthetic undercurrent, and after eating they really do 'warm the palette and leave chilli overtones dancing on the tongue' (again as it is put on the bag... Walkers are getting quite poetic). If you love spicy food this will be a lovely snack which should hit the spot for a mildish curry type hit.
However if like me your idea of adventurous spicing is French mustard with your beef then these are going to be too hot to handle. They didn't just warm my palette and leave a chilli overtone dancing on my tongue, they left a fiery inferno raging on the roof of my mouth, gums and lips, which became swollen and very irritated almost painful. The crisps are thicker cut than average; I would normally laud this as a good thing, however for me it managed to become a negative. I had to have a tooth removed after a failed root canal about 6 months ago; it has healed perfectly but left a small expanse of bare gum at the back of my top tooth line. One of the crisps managed to spear this area right next to an adjoining tooth and turn me into a gruesome spectacle of blood and half chewed crisp. It wasn't a pretty sight and was a cautionary tale to my girls on some of the dangers of high calorie snacks. I do think that the crisps whilst seeming higher quality for being a teeny bit thicker cut are a little 'hard', and there is more of a harsh crunch than light crisp quality. There is nothing wrong with that 'hard' crunchiness....unless you are a bit gummy.
These crisps are a very good product, with fresh ingredients cooked and blended to a high standard, I won't be buying them again but that is only because of my intolerance for hot spices (I like spice just not heat) and my ability to injure myself on the most innocuous of items. I will continue to buy other varieties of the Sensations range.
168 Kcal per 35g serving.
I am a massive crisp fan and love anything from the more traditional flavours such as salt and vinegar, or cheese and onion to the more adventurous flavours such as Mexican chilli. I do usually however prefer more spicy flavours when it comes to crisps and therefore when I spotted this 'new' sensations flavour of roasted tomato and aromatic herbs, I was very tempted to pick up a bag, and so I did! Now, I am no crisp snob but there are certain brands I am rather partial to, and these include the likes of Walkers Sensations and McCoys. Thus I was particularly intrigued that Walkers Sensations had brought out another new flavour. Having said that, I'm not sure that I was expecting anything out of this world, as sweet thai chilli flavour in this range has remained a firm favourite despite the availability of a number of other exotic flavours. However, always willing to try out a new flavour, I did buy a bag of the newly available roasted tomato and aromatic herbs flavour Sensations.
Upon opening the bag, I was met with a deliciously 'tomatoey' smell. It was rather tangy, and instantly made me want to take a bite. Upon having a crisp or two, that tangy tomato flavour was very much prominent and was definitely the dominating flavour. As for the aromatic herbs, it definitely did smell and taste quite 'herby'. As I am no expert on the various herbs available, I would say that it smelt like a mixture of exotic herbs and almost reminded me a bit of oregano.
In fact the taste itself overall does have quite a Mediterranean feel, despite having an abstract picture of what seems to be a woman originating from somewhere in south Asia on the front of the crisp packet. That doesn't really matter though I suppose, as the crisp tastes great and it might just be my perception that it tastes Mediterranean rather than south Asian.
All in all, this new flavour is a hit with me. Whilst I have almost always reached for sweet thai chilli flavour in the Sensations range, I have to say that I like this new flavour so much that I can see myself buying it as often as I buy sweet thai chilli flavour!
You can buy Walkers Sensations at most supermarkets for anywhere between 99p to £1.49 (large share bags), however this new flavour I have only seen at a handful of stores so far. I am sure they will start to appear in more stores soon (or at least I hope so anyway!!)
Thanks for reading.