“ Brand: Walkers / Type: crisps „
Walkers have an up market brand of crisps, the range being entitled Sensations. There are a few flavours, but the one I have tried more recently is this one, the Chicken and Lemon flavour. The idea is to recreate the taste oif roasted chicken with a hint of zesty lemon as an aftertaste, and they hit the nail on the head in many ways.
I have always found that 'chicken' flavoured crisps often don't taste anything like chicken, tending instead to smell and taste more like a fake, slightly meaty flavour with a hint of barbequed something or other as well. Walkers Sensations Chicken and Lemon do have a certain amount of that, but the difference that they do actually taste of chicken. The lemon is a nice aftertaste, and compliments the crisps perfectly.
However, they have recently changed this recipe, and opted for the newer chicken and thyme flavour. These are nice, but they make the chicken taste a little more fake, and are too close to the regular chicken flavoured crisps. I much prefer the chicken and lemon.
Sensations are a 'better' quality crisp, using no artificial sweeteners, flavour enhancers, preservatives or colours. They use Lady Rosetta and Saturna potatoes to make their crisps with, and they infuse the real flavours of roasted chicken and lemon with the potato crisps to make this lovely flavour of crisp.
But calory counters beware. 100g of these crisps will hit you with around 500 calories, 55g of carbs and around 30g of fat. True enough that the sunseed oil they use for their crisps is lower in saturated fats, but this still quite a lot. Bear in mind that Walkers Sensations are bigger packets of crisps than their usual, more regular flavours, and their standard range, but this is still quite a bit.
A packet of these will cost you over £1 for the 140g it offers. Often, they are on special offer at either buy one get one free or a discounted price if you buy two, but expect to pay anywhere between £1 and £1.50 as a general rule.
Sensations are the up market version of crisps made by Walkers and at the moment at Tesco you can get bags at half price so they are 73 pence rather that their normal retail price of £1.46.
The question has to be whether they are worth the extra and personally I feel that they are, certainly the lemon chicken flavour were worth it and it is a shame that they have changed the recipe now and done away with the lemon in favour of thyme.
I find these crisps a lt less greasy than the standard brand and they also have a nicer more mellow flavour to them. They are golden brown in colour and in the big bags some of the crisps are quite large as well, they are different shapes rather than the uniform nature of Pringles.
They have a nice crunch to them and they look like a quality crisp, there is a subtle hint of lemon in the flavour however it is the chicken flavour that is dominant, the effect of the lemon is to mellow the chicken a bit and the lemon is detected more as an after taste rather than while the crisp is in your mouth.
Overall I do think the Sensations range are worth the extra especially as they are on offer at the moment.