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      14.05.2012 20:15
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      Another tasty bag of crisps from walkers!

      I am quite partially to a packet of crisps and my favourite brand by far has to be Walkers. I find there crisps to be high quality, tasty and light. One flavour that I had not had for sometime was smoky bacon, even though I like this flavour it is not one that I generally tend to purchase. But a couple of days ago one of my colleagues asked if I would like a packet of crisps and pulled out a multi-pack of Walkers smoky bacon and I was eager to remind myself of the taste and to see if they were as good as I remembered.
       
      The smoky bacon crisps can be purchased in individual bags, multi-packs and also in mixed multi-packs. The multi packs containing 6 bags have recently been on a special offer price in Asda for just £1.00 a pack.
       
      The crisps come individually wrapped in a foil bag which helps to keep them nice and fresh. To open the bag you simply need to pull each side gently. Walkers colour there packets to reflect the flavour inside and the smoky bacon packs are a burgundy colour. On the front of the packet you will see the large Walker's logo, a picture of the crisps and basic nutritional information. On the back of the packet you can find more detailed information including, full ingredients listings, allergy advice, nutritional information, company contact details. It also stated that the crisps are made with sunseed oil which is naturally lower in saturates and contains no artificial colours or flavours.
       
      As you know crisps are not the healthiest snack but they are something that I really enjoy and if eaten in moderation make a tasty treat. Each 25g pack of the walkers smoky bacon flavour contains the following nutritional information:
      Calories - 133
      Sugar - 1.1g
      Fat - 8.2g
      Saturates - 0.6g
      Salt - 0.34g
       
      The crisps themselves are made from British potatoes and are really thinly sliced which gives them a light, crunchy texture. As soon as you open the packet you can smell the smoky bacon flavour which is quite strong and does remind me of the mouth-watering cooking smells from smoked bacon. The crisps themselves are coated in the fine, reddish coloured fine powder flavouring which you can easily see. The taste of the crisps is just lovely the have a melt in the mouth texture are not greasy at all and have a lovely taste of bacon. As the bacon is smoked it is has a slight sweetness to the flavour too which works well with the saltiness of the bacon to balance the flavour out. I personally find these crisps very Moorish and find it hard to resist just eating one packet.
       
      Overall this is another great flavour crisp from Walkers and one that I would certainly recommended I just need to remember just how much I like them and purchase them more often.

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        12.05.2012 23:17
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        I like them.

        Walkers are my favourite brand of crisp, and Smoky Bacon is among my favourite flavours - and so when you put them together, it is inevitable that Walkers Smoky Bacon Crisps are going to be a winner with me. A decent packet of 34.5g packet of these crisps costs 49p which is not the cheapest crisps on offer, but equally, you do pay for the quality and I'm happy to pay a little bit more.

        The crisps are in a foil backed packet that is designed to keep the crisps fresh for a long period of time - and it certainly manages to do that. Once the packet has been opened though it cannot be resealed, which is okay for one of the smaller individual bags, but for the larger bags it would be convenient if they could be resealed.

        Upon opening the bag, I am hit by a waft of smokiness which smells really appetising and makes me want to dive right in. I don't like it when you open a bag of crisps and the aroma doesn't smell like the flavour it is supposed to represent - but this isn't the case here.....the flavour is smoky bacon and it smells like smoky bacon. The crisps are a decent size, with most crisps being about a comfortable mouthful, and they look golden brown and very rarely is there an over-baked crisp that's overly dark. What I particularly like about these crisps is the crunchiness of them and each crisps has a definite crunchy bite to it - and this is really satisfying. The taste is also quite powerful, and the only negative point I can make is that they are a little salty, but I do find this to be true of most crisps. I like the fact that the crisps do not taste or feel greasy and so they don't leave a greasy residue on my fingers or a greasy aftertaste in my mouth.

        Overall, these are among my favourite crisps and I will continue to eat them.

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          30.04.2010 22:00
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          Another decent flavour

          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 Smoky Bacon, 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 Smoky Bacon bag is a dark red / maroon colour (they can look a lot like the Prawn Cocktail bags in low light) and they say Smoky Bacon 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
          To be honest these are by no means my favourite flavour of Walkers crisps, nor are they even my favourite in the 'meaty' range (Smoky Bacon, Barbeque, Roast Chicken, Steak and Onion). The taste isn't bad, it's actually quite nice but they could do with being a little less smoky and with a stronger flavour. They're not amazingly moreish in comparison to something like the Barbeque flavour, which is far superior. They do roughly taste like bacon, although as i said i think they've put a little too much emphasis on the 'smoky' part of the flavour.

          NUTRIONAL INFORMATION
          The key nutritional information is as follows:
          CALORIES: 131 (7%)
          SUGAR: 1.1g (1%)
          FAT: 8.2g (12%)
          SATURATES: 0.6% (3%)
          SALT: 0.34g (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 Smoky Bacon is another decent flavour from Walkers, but certainly not one of their best.

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          13.04.2010 23:07
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          Alright but nothing particularly special

          Walkers smoky bacon crisps are my husband's all time favourite and as such there are always a few packets lurking around my cupboards as he takes them to work in his lunch box. Myself, I hadn't tasted them for years, so in the interest of all DooYoo-ers I have taken it upon myself to orchestrate a reunion.

          Packaging wise there is nothing particularly unusual about this packet. It is exactly the same as all the other Walkers packets with the exception of colour. This packet is a dark pinky, purpley colour to distinguish it as containing smoky bacon flavour crisps. However, as a word of warning, don't make the mistake I have made several times and buy the prawn cocktail flavour by accident. The prawn cocktail are a lighter shade of pink but for some reason supermarkets always align these two flavours alongside each other and are therefore very easily mixed up as there isn't a lot of difference between the colour of the two. The crisps are foil wrapped which should prevent you from tucking into a stale and soggy snack.

          So, on with the big taste test. Upon opening the packet I am faced with quite a strong smell of the smoky bacon flavouring and I have to say, they did smell quite appetising. Visually the crisps looked very appealing and were a nice golden colour. A further bonus point is that there was only one crisp in the packet which had a black bit which is a serious pet hate of mine. Once I started tucking in I was pleasantly surprised. These crisps weren't as bad as i remembered! There was plenty of flavour on the crisps but not too much and they were very crispy which is a definite bonus seen as they're crisps!!! The only point I would particularly stress is that they don't really taste of bacon? Perhaps it's just me but I've never had a piece of bacon that tasted like these.

          Nutritionally these crisps are about average with each 25g bag containing 131 calories and 8.2g of fat. Obviously they are high in fat but this is to be expected in a product of this nature.

          These crisps can be purchased from Tesco and all major supermarkets at a price of £1.16 for a six pack. At the moment they do have an offer on these and all other Walkers crisps multipacks where you can buy three packets for £3.00 so it could be a good time to try them.

          Overall, I thought the Walkers smoky bacon crisps were ... alright. They tasted ok but they didn't set my world alight and I wouldn't really bother with these again unless I was desperate for a snack and these were the only thing available. Worth a go but I wouldn't go wild for them.

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            11.01.2010 13:11
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            There are my favourite flavour of Crisps ever. They are so tasty and I could probably eat a couple of bags at a time.

            You can get these in individual 34.5g bags, or in a 6 bag multipack, where the size of the bag is reduced to 25g. Again I normally buy the 6 pack as it works out a bit cheaper. To buy a normal sized bag in the shop it would cost around 40p, but the multipack is around £1.40, with some supermarket doing offers on it at times.

            The bag looks alright. A nice deep brown colour, probably to simulate the Smoky Bacon. There is the Walkers brandind and a picture of a Crisp on the front. Again just like the Dooyo picture.

            What annoys me is that any bag of Crisps is never filled to the top. The Crisps seem to start way down the bag.

            Anway when you open the bag you will get a nice scent of Smoky Bacon. It smells rich and flavoursome. The Crisps look nice and dry, not that greasy and there is a hint of colour on them no doubt from the Bacon flavouring.

            There is 133 calories and 8.3g of fat in the 25g bag.

            These are tasty, light and crunchy. The Crisps were mostly large in size with the odd small broken one further down the bag. There wasn't many little black bits in my latest bag, and I know in some crisps you get a green tinge around the edge sometime, well none of that in there.

            Just an all round tasty flavoursome Crisp.

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              03.12.2009 15:26
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              Great tasting crisps

              Walkers smoky bacon crisps come from the king of the crisp makers, each bag is of a high quality

              The look?
              Open up the bag and inside you will find some of the best looking crisps out there, these are well monitored in the factory as you rarely find a dodgey one. Golden in their appearance and most of them are of a similar size, there don't seem to as many as there used to be in a bag I don't think.

              Price?
              One bag will cost you £0.40 pence for a 34.5 gram bag, this is £1.16 per 100 grams. Six bags cost £1.25, this comes out at 83.3p per 100 grams as appose to the price if bought individually, so if you eat them regular you may be best off buying the multipack version

              About the Taste?
              These have a good all round taste to them not too much flavouring, not too greasy either. these are just right I think. The bacon tastes really bacon like, all the crisps must be cooked for around the same amount of time too, which adds to the quality.

              Healthy?

              Fat is at 33 grams per 100 grams which makes this the only red traffic light on the bag, sat fat and salt are set as amber and sugar levels are low at green. 530 kcal per 100 grams

              Conclusion?
              Great quality and tastes, the king of the crisps, good balance of flavours and a nice amount of bacon in there too.

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              29.11.2009 20:46
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              A mostly satisfying crunch

              I'm afraid that I am a bit of a crisp lover - the things are definitely one of my guilty pleasures. I like most types, but Walkers Smoky Bacon flavour would certainly be counted amongst my favourites. I'm quite fond of most of the Walkers range - their position as leader of the mass-market crisp sector is, I think, generally deserved - but some are better than others, and the sight of the attractive deep reddish-brown bags of this variety is one that has me salivating at once.

              An individual bag of Smoky Bacon crisps weighs 34.5 grams and is on sale (at the time of writing) for 40p in Tesco. However, the bag I'm using for testing purposes comes from a multipack, which contains six packets and costs £1.25 - this sounds like quite a bargain, and it is, but not quite as much of one as you might think as multipack bags offer a considerably meaner portion than the individual bags, weighing in at a mere 25g. That's such a big difference that a multipack bag can leave you unsatisfied: I'm a bit disappointed in Walkers for this.

              The pack design is very simple, with just a picture of some crisps. Not that you can tell the flavour from that, so the words "Smoky Bacon" are prominent. On the back, we have a somewhat misjudged attempt by the company to be humorous, with a half-hearted tale of how potatoes so wanted to be Walkers crisps that they, and I quote, "even went as far as taking their 'jackets' off and 'streaking' across the field". Sorry, but Smiths (now themselves owned by Walkers) did this silliness far better years ago with their "We want to be Smiths Crisps" TV advert jingles.

              The bag is, of course, the tiresomely un-recyclable foil-lined plastic. I will, however, give Walkers credit for a very clear and prominently positioned nutritional information panel: if all manufacturers were this helpful with that, it would help no end. My 25g bag provided 131 kcal and 8.2g of fat, though only 0.6g of that is saturated fat, which is all to the good. Extrapolating, that means that a 34.5g bag would contain about 181 kcal and 11.3g of fat (0.8g of it saturates). Ironically, Walkers' use of artificial flavourings means that Smoky Bacon *is* suitable for vegetarians, whereas if they followed the "all natural" path it would not be! It's also suitable for coeliacs as it contains no gluten.

              It would be pushing it a bit - all right, a lot - to say that these crisps were immediately reminiscent of the choicest cuts of bacon, sizzling on the grill and awaiting a floury white bap. However, it is at least possible to tell what flavour they're supposed to be, which is not always the case with crisps. They smell very distinctive - I doubt I would mistake them for another brand's attempt at this flavour - but not too strong. They crunch nicely, though also melt just a little in your mouth, thus preventing the edges from stabbing you nastily in the gums!

              As for the actual taste, it's perhaps slightly awkward that what they remind me of most is another artificial bacon-flavour savoury snack, Frazzles! They're somewhat more refined than those, however, being considerably less salty, and the aftertaste is much less intense, which stops these crisps from leaving you with the raging thirst that many bacon snacks give. The aftertaste does, however, linger pleasantly for quite a while, which makes these crisps go nicely with a cheese sandwich. (Sophisticated tastes, that's me!)

              Overall, these things are pretty good. They're not really in the same league as some of the more expensive hand-made crisps (Kettle, Red Sky etc) nor even of the same quality as Walkers' own Sensations range. They are, however, nicer than the average supermarket own-brand version of this flavour. With the exception of what I consider to be an unreasonably small multipack bag, there isn't much to complain about, and Walkers will continue to get my custom for these.

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                05.11.2009 16:26
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                made a nice change from my normal choice.

                Ive already admitted my crisp addiction here on Dooyoo so it wont suprise regular readers of my reviews to see that another variety has appeared on my review list.

                Ive become a bit set in my ways recently and have only been eating salt and vinegar Seabrooks, preferring the bite they provide over Walkers but today I opted for a change and because they were on offer, bought a multi-pack of 6 Walkers Smoky Bacon flavour crisps from Tesco.

                Its been quite a while since Id had Walkers Smoky Bacon and nothing new seemed to have changed with the packaging - they are the same as the picture above so no need to describe, the only new bit of information is on the back of the pack, you are informed that theres:

                No MSG
                No preservatives
                No artificial colours
                suitable for vegetarians
                suitable for coeliacs

                So thats a new one on me. Walkers also inform us that the crisps are made with sunseed which is naturally lower in saturates and a harvested farmers field is pictured.

                This being a multi-pack packet means that the weight is slightly lower than buying a single packet on its own, so for a 25g bag you are informed that it contains:

                131 kcals
                1.1g sugar
                8.2g fat
                0.6g saturates
                0.34g salt

                So not all that bad really, especially the sugar and saturated fat content.

                Opening the bag you are met with a pleasent smoky aroma and the crisps are a nice golden colour and a good mixture of large and small crisps. Normally I find that multi-pack packets seem to be more air than crisps, but these nicely filled the bag.

                So the taste; As I had not had this flavour for quite a while I was suprised at just how tasty they were, the smoky flavouring is rather sweet and although I dont think the bacon tastes of actual bacon it definitely is meaty. Combined, the smokiness and the meat flavour does work really well together and I found myself enjoying the tasty treat in front of me. It isnt a flavour I normally buy and was pleased that I made this choice today and although it wouldnt replace salt and vinegar as my favourite flavour it was a very nice change.

                The ingredients dont reveal too many nasties only listing Potatoes, Sunflower Oil and Smoky Bacon Seasoning and there are no allergy warnings on the pack that I can report on.

                All in all, a very nice flavour that I would have no problems recommending to anyone so for that reason they get 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me.

                Walkers crisps in general can be found in most places from local shops, supermarkets, pubs etc and cost in the region of 40p for a single pack. Multi-packs similar to what I bought today cost approx. £1.25 for a 6 pack but are frequently on offer in supermarkets.

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                  09.10.2009 17:10
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                  nice smokey bacon crisps

                  When buying and eating crisps I don't usually go for the BBQ type flavours and I usually just go fro salt and vinegar in most crisps especially when it comes to walkers as these are my favourite walkers flavour, however from time to time, when I fancy something a bit different the smoky bacon flavour is a good choice.

                  The flavour is very similar to the BBQ flavour that a lot of crisps have however it does taste a bit lighter. They are meant to taste like smoky bacon and I'm not sure whether or not they really taste like bacon, but then again do you really want your crisps to taste exactly like bacon any way.

                  There is a very distinct smoke kind of hint to the crisps though, like the kind of hint you get when food is cooked on the barbeque, I think this is what makes these so different in taste to similar crisp flavours.

                  In terms of the crisp quality they are walkers and so they are pretty good, however being walkers means you also don't get that much in a pack which is a shame as I could always eat more of these. They are about the same price of the other walkers crisps at around 35-40p which isn't bad and I always enjoy these whenever I get them.

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                  Walkers Smoky Bacon

                  After trying the Steak and Onion and the Roast Chicken flavours in the past two days I decided it was time to return to a flavour that was one of my childhood favourites:- Smoky Bacon. I haven't actually had this in quite some time so it will be interesting to compare it to the other two meaty flavours I've tried from the multipack so far.


                  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 Smoky Bacon flavour itself comes in a pinky-purple 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: 546kJ {2182kJ}
                  kcal: 131kcal {523kcal}
                  Protein: 1.4g {5.7g}
                  Carbohydrate: 12.9g {51.7g}
                  of which sugars: 1.1g {4.4g}
                  Fat: 8.2g {32.6g}
                  (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 {4.0g}
                  Sodium: 0.13g {0.53g}
                  Equivalent as salt: 0.34g {1.35g}

                  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%), Smoky Bacon Seasoning [Milk Lactose, Salt, Sugar, Flavouring, Hydrolysed Soya Protein, Colour: Paprika Extract, Allspice]


                  Price:

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


                  Taste & Opinion:

                  After opening the packet I take a smell and catch that Smoky Bacon Crisp smell. Ok, we all know that these crisps don't particularly taste or smell or genuine Smoky Bacon but whether it's these crisps, Frazzles, Sainsbury's Bacon Crispies or some of brand of Bacon flavoured crisps they all have that same smell that purports to be Smoky Bacon but isn't.

                  Lookswise these look pretty much the same as the Roast Chicken flavour. They have that slight orangey coating on them which leaves your hands feeling slightly greasy after you've eaten then. Put both flavours in two separate dishes and you wouldn't be able to tell them apart unless you either tasted or smelt them. Unlike, the Steak and Onion which, of course, has those tell-tale black flecks.

                  Tastewise, it's quite difficult to describe what these actually taste of. If you've had Frazzles or Sainsbury's Bacon Crispies you'll know the sort of flavour I'm talking about but these Walkers variety are less strongly flavoured than both of the aforementioned brands. There's a hint of paprika in the taste of the crisps but this isn't over pronounced by any stretch of the imagination and the overall taste is very pleasant indeed.

                  Like the rest of the regular Walkers range these crisps 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. In nutritional terms these are very similar to both the Roast Chicken and the Steak and Onion flavour with most of the nutritional values being very close indeed. There doesn't appear to be any more than about 1.0g difference for any of the three flavours that I've had from the multipack so far and I suspect that this will be the case with all of the flavours in the regular Walkers line.

                  As I said, these are very pleasant indeed and, for my money have a nicer taste than both the Steak and Onion and Roast Chicken flavours. However, like the other two flavours they do still have a fairly high fat content and would perhaps be better as an occasional treat rather than something to be eaten on a regular basis. As crisps go there are plenty of other alternatives that are not so high in fat.



                  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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                    02.10.2009 22:52
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                    I'm Losing My Patience With Walkers Now They've Changed The Smoky Bacon

                    They've done something mad to Smoky Bacon crisps, I reckon it's because they've changed the oil that they cook them in but the flavour has all gone and they seem proper bland now.

                    At one time I would have said that they was one of my favourite flavours because the crisps had such a strong bacon flavour and were lovely and salty. Now though the taste is proper weak on the crisps and they're nowhere near salty enough for me.

                    The crisps are nice and crispy, Walkers are the best for a crisp butty and Smoky Bacon ones used to be sooooooo wicked with fresh white bread and proper butter. I used half of this bag on a butty and they tasted better like that than straight out of the bag.

                    As well as the flavour being weak I think the bacon taste isn't as strong now and the crisps are really flat. Once I've licked all the flavour off it might as well be a Ready Salted crisp because it's such a boring taste but before the whole crisp tasted bacony.

                    I'm proper disappointed in these now. When I got them I was a bit nervous because I think the Salt And Vinegar ones have lost a lot of their flavour as well now. I think these Smoky Bacon crisps are a bit too greasy feeling for me as well and even though they don't taste greasy they make a right mess of your fingers and loads of oil comes off them.

                    I'm going off Walkers quick because this is the 3rd flavour I've had that hasn't tasted right and I reckon it's got to be the sunseed oil that has changed the taste of them. It's another one of them things where they have made them a bit healthier but doing this has removed some of the flavour and personaly I'd rather they kept frying them in the bad oil!

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                      18.08.2009 20:33
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                      Tasty crisps even though they're not as good as I remember them to be

                      I used to love Smoky Bacon flavour crisps when I was younger. I hadn't had any for years until just recently, and although they're still tasty, they're not quite the same these days. Perhaps it's me holding high hopes for these, but I don't think they have the same texture or acute flavour that they used to have.

                      These crisps are produced by Walkers, and so you'd expect a tasty product with quality ingredients from a company with so many years of knowledge and experience. Being such a popular brand, you shouldn't have too much trouble picking up a packet or multi-pack of these.

                      Smoky Bacon are available in a larger individual 53.5g packet (around 40p, Tesco) and a multipack of 6 x 25g bags (around £1.25, Tesco).

                      The larger individual bag contains 183 calories and 11.4g fat, which is relatively high for a packet of crisps, though it's a larger than average size packet. The regular 25g packets in the multipacks contain 133 calories and 8.3g of fat, which is about average for regular Walkers.

                      Since Walkers moved to using sunseed oil in their products, the saturated fat content has been reduced, meaning healthier alternatives are now being used in these crisps which is good to know.

                      I'm not sure whether it's perhaps the newer sunseed usage that has changed the taste & texture of these or not, but I think that over the years the texture has become slightly drier with a taste which isn't quite as pronounced as it once was.

                      These crisps are still rather greasy to handle, and as you'll know if you've eaten flavours like this before, can become quite sticky and smelly on your hands.

                      The texture is crunchy, yet I've found the occasional ones in the packet to be slightly chewy rather than crisp. They're quite lightweight and thin, so I don't find them to be too filling.

                      The underlying taste is potatoey, so you know you're getting a proper potato-based product. The flavour overlaying this, the smoky bacon, is fairly rich but not as I remember it to be. I'm not entirely sure how to explain it, I think it's a flavour you need to try in order to be able to say whether or not you like it. I personally find the flavour to be very tasty, and there's nothing immediate to dislike about them. But obviously that depends on personal preference.

                      I would recommend these, though I can't rate them as highly as I may have done a few years ago. If you haven't yet tried these, I would try a single packet and see if you like them. Don't be put off by the smell, (although I quite like it), as you may just find you love them!

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                      11.08.2009 12:45
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                      A delicious packet of crisps - yum!

                      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 brown colouring (for smoky bacon) 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 meat instantly and it's lovely and strong. The crisps are deliciously crunchy and do not disappoint at all. The smoky bacon flavouring is quite strong and full of taste. It is one that I thoroughly enjoy (like most crisps!). It may not be for everybody though as it can be a little overpowering for little children, also, people may comment on your breath if you don't brush your teeth afterwards. My favourite way to eat Smoky Bacon Walkers is to have them with inside a ham sandwich. The crunch goes so well with sandwiches and is just delicious. The bacon flavour is a little artificial but it is still one that I enjoy and that I will continue to enjoy. The flavouring really covers my fingers and it's great to get all messy whilst really enjoying what I'm eating.

                      I would definitely recommend these as a perfect accompaniment to your lunchtime. These go great as a snack and each bag contains 181 calories and 11.4g of fat so these should be enjoyed in moderation. I am a huge fan and this is one of my favourite flavours, I am therefore rating it 5/5. These are available singly or as part of a multi-pack. The single bags are 40p and the 6 pack multi-pack is £1.24 in Tesco stores, however, the multipacks are frequently on offer with 4 packs for £4.00.

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                        Recently I've had bit of an obsession of eating crisps, trying out different flavours and brands and suff. I'd tried Walkers Smoky Bacon before, but I'd never remembered it as being one of my favourite flavours. I thought I'd give it another go, because my taste buds do change from time to time and I have to say, these crisps were better than I'd remembered them.

                        *****APPEARANCE*****

                        Smoky Bacon comes in the average Walkers crisp packet size, 36.5g. The packet is a sort of off-red colour, maybe representing bacon? Sometimes I do get mixed up with this packet colour, and the Ready Salted flavour and pick up the wrong one by mistake! The packet looks really high quality, and you can tell it's Walkers from one glance.

                        *****TASTE*****

                        The first thing you notice is the crunchiness of the crisps, then you get the flavour of the smoky bacon, the flavour is salty and tasting a little bit of bacon, but sort of different. I think to be honest, I'd rather have another flavour like Ready Salted or Cheese & Onion, these crisps weren't horrible but they weren't delicious either. I don't think I'd buy them especially, but if they were there in front of me I'd probably eat them, knowing me.

                        *****OVERALL*****

                        I think for me the taste was just a little bit overpowering, you might disagree but you could give it a try.

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                        It may be me, but I'm not so keen now

                        Until recently this has been one of my treats of all treats. I love walkers crisps and would buy no other kind, and for years this has been my most favourite flavour. They are of course as crunchy and crispy as ever, and for a vegetarian like me they give a lovely taste memory of smoky bacon without the added pig. My only problem with them for years has been that a couldn't stop eating the damn things; recently, however, I had a long break from eating them - for no other reason than I managed to get a cheap multi pack including only ready salted, salt and vinegar, and cheese and onion crisps - and when I returned to them I found them incredibly rich, and rather more intense than I remembered them. I think the packaging has been updated so whether the crisps themselves have been changed too, or whether it was just me having a funny five minutes, I'm not sure. I was so disappointed I've not bought them again, but perhaps I should to see whether it was just an isolated incident. My hunch, though, is that Walkers have made improvements that, to me, are not improvements at all.

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