“ Brand: Walkers / Type: Crisps / Snacks „
"Ginger, lemongrass, coconut and soy sauce combine to deliver sweet intensity, whilst coriander and chilli add tang to an explosive ending"
The Walkers 'Sensations' range of crisps has undergone a bit of a makeover recently, with the packaging design, ingredient list, and range of flavours all being updated. One of the new flavours is the 'Oriental Red Curry' variety, of which, the 175g packet is currently available from Tesco for £1.48. The crisps are also in a promotion at present, which allows you to purchase three packets for a total price of £3.50.
When I reviewed a couple of the Sensations flavours last year, my general conclusion was that they tasted good, but could have been a bit healthier in terms of their ingredients. Thankfully, some of the issues I commented on have been addressed, and the crisps no longer use monosodium glutomate as a flavour enhancer. Similarly, Walkers Sensations are free from artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and colours, which is certainly good to see.
The full list of ingredients is as follows: Potatoes, Sunflower Oil (25%), Oriental Red Curry Seasoning, Salt, and Firming Agent (Calcium Chloride).
Oriental Red Curry Seasoning Contains: Sugar, Fructose, Dried Buttermilk, Dried Onion, Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Dried Red Bell Pepper, Dried Soy Sauce (Made With Wheat), Dried Garlic, Flavouring, Coconut Powder, Chilli Powder, Milk Protein, Ginger, Lemongrass, Coriander, and Colour (Paprika Extract).
What I do find a little strange is that Walkers seem to have returned to using Sunflower Oil instead of the 'SunSeed Oil' which they were heavily promoting last year. The SunSeed was said to be a lot healthier, so I'm not sure why it is no longer an ingredient.
The flavour of the Oriental Red Curry crisps is very pleasant - but actually it's a little too similar to the 'Thai Sweet Chilli' variety. In fact, the only difference in taste seems to be an overriding lemongrass flavour, which is in fairness rather tasty. The overall sweetness is just right, and there are noticeable coriander overtones in the aftertaste. The crisps are lovely and crunchy, and utilise both Lady Rosetta and Saturna potatoes in the production process. In terms of their spiciness, the crisps have a kick without being too hot, although that said, the closer you get to the bottom of the bag, the hotter they seem to get.
In conclusion, Sensations Oriental Red Curry are tasty crisps, but perhaps not as nice as my favourite flavour (which happens to be the 'Roast Lamb & Mint Sauce' variety). To be honest I can't seen both this flavour and the Thai Red Chilli variety staying in the range, as they are just too similar - I expect to see the latter disappearing soon. Overall then, not a bad effort, but I probably won't be buying them again.
Nutritional Info Per 100g
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Saturated Fat: 2.1g