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      12.07.2010 10:44
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      A very nice sweet flavour of crisp

      Well I understand if you're getting fed with my same old reviews of this new range of Walkers crisps made to coincide with the World Cup, but bear with me because it looks as though this is going to be the last one. This is because I've searched high and low for the three remaining flavours from Wales, Scotland and Ireland. I've not been able to find them anywhere. I will endeavour to keep looking, but its not looking good.

      As regular readers will know, Walkers ran the World Flavour cup where anyone can vote for their favourite flavour online or via text. For anyone that's interested the English flavour of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding won. Personally i thought this flavour was one of the worst.

      I'm supposed to be reviewing South African Sweet Chutney flavour here, so i had better crack on. When you open the packet you're greeted with a very pleasant aroma indeed. It's very different from the many meat flavours that Walkers offer. This one is very sweet and fruity, indicative I suppose of a sweet chutney.

      The crisps have a generous coating of seasoning making them quite orange in colour, which seems to be symptomatic of this new range. As usual for Walkers, the crisps come in a packet which is way too big for the amount of crisps they actually give you. The bag is barely half full. In this environmentally friendly, cost cutting era we're living in, you would think they might actually try and sort this issue! And even more surprising is that you still can't recycle the packet!

      After finally getting round to tasting them, I was not disappointed. This flavour really is like no other I've had from Walkers before. The crisps are really sweet which is a bit odd at first because you don't expect a crisp to be sweet. But actually it works quite well. It blends with the fruity flavours of orange and tomato. There are also contrasting sour flavours vowing for your attention in the form of onion, mustard and garlic. There is a hint of a spice too in there too which I can't identify, but it fits well with the chutney flavour anyway. All mixed together it sounds like a mess, but they actually compliment each other pretty well resulting in a rather surprising good taste.

      So, do they actually taste like South African chutney? Well, I guess they do. Assuming a South African chutney tastes pretty much like chutney's we have here, then yes, I would say these crisps do capture the sweet, fruity flavours of a good chutney.

      As you will no doubt already know, a packet of Walkers crisps is not all that good for you nutritionally. One 34.5g pack contains a whopping 181 calories and 11.3g fat. So I wouldn't have too many if you're watching your figure, but I would allow yourself one sample pack. This flavouring is however free from MSGs, preservatives and artificial colours. They are suitable for vegetarians, but unfortunately not for coeliacs or vegans. This is a little disappointing because it should be made available to as many people as possible. But, I suppose that this particular flavour only comes from using these ingredients, so unfortunately not everyone can share the experience.

      I have seen them available at wildly varying prices, ranging from 60p in petrol stations to as little as 10p in Home Bargains and B&M Bargains. These crisps are definitely worth 10p of anyone's money.

      South African Sweet Chutney is certainly up there with my favourites in this new range. It's a really tasty new flavour and i wouldn't have complained if this had won the World Flavour Cup.

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        12.06.2010 08:52
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        Not recommended

        Companies are never slow to try and cash in on an event like the World Cup and Walkers are no different bringing out a new range of flavours to represent some of the teams competing in South Africa and quite naturally the hosts get a flavour of their own.

        A bit like the host football team these crisps are rather average and not expected to win over all in the voting competition Walkers are also running, the packet carries the colours of the South African flaf so it is easy to spot.

        Being sweet chutney flavour then the rather tangy smell that greeted my nose was not exactly surprising and they do have a sweet taste, the problem is that it is a very synthetic fklavour with a tangy chemical taste to it as well that was not very nice. The crisps themselves have an orangey flecked colour to them from what I assume are spices and apparently oranhe flavouring to give it a fruity sweet taste.

        A 100g of these will add on about 520 calories to your daily intake so quite a lot but then I would expect that from a packet of crisps.

        Personally this is one flavour that I will not be buying again as I did not find them that nice, expect them to struggle to qualify out of the group stage, a bit like the team actually.

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          05.06.2010 01:37
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          Not a bad crisp and certainly one of quality!

          Having recently tried out (and loving) another flavour from the new range of Walker's crisps which are out at the moment to celebrate the 2010 world cup, a couple of days ago I went out to buy a multi-pack of Walker's to try out. I was excited to see the flavour I really like in the packet (Japanese Teriyaki Chicken) and was please to see that also there were a couple of packets of the South African Sweet Chutney flavour that I really did fancy trying in there too!

          The Packaging:

          25g (cos it's in a multi-pack) green, red, yellow and white foil packet and on the front of it I am told that they are Walkers South African Sweet Chutney Flavour Potato Crisps, there is an at an at glance nutritional chart on there and then I'm told to 'Pick my favourite flavour' (which you do by texting a number). On the back of the packet other information listed includes ingredients being given, the size and best before date are stated, a full nutritional chart is shown and contact details for Walkers are listed. It's a nice informative bag that is easy enough to open etc.

          The Crisps:

          Open up the bag and you are not only met by a wonderful sweet aroma but crisps that are a light golden in colour and scattered with orange coloured spice s evenly and all over them.

          These are light and crispy potato crisps as are usually all of Walker's crisps to be fair to them. Although highly flavoured these do not lose their potato taste at all and the flavouring actually compliments that very well indeed. The flavouring is slightly sweet and sour really. Flavoured with orange and garlic these have a tang of tomato and onion to them and although sweet the sweetness given is rather natural and rather pleasant.

          These actually do taste like a chutney on potato and I find the flavours all to be in harmony with each-other though after eating a whole bag I got thirsty really quickly and felt the flavouring became a bit too overpowering for me and my taste-buds though at first they were fine!

          Tasty and unique though these are worth trying to anyone who enjoys a sweet and sour, slightly fruity and very tangy crisp!

          Nutritional Information Per 25g Bag:

          Calories: 131
          Sugar: 1g
          Fat: 8.2g
          Saturates: 0.6g
          Salt: 0.32g

          These are currently available to buy singly for about 45p a bag or in multi-packs which include six bags for about 99p (though they are smaller bags).

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            26.05.2010 17:38
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            ONE OF MY NEW FAVOURITES

            This year is the 2010 World Cup. Walkers have produced a special range of crisp flavours dedicated to the countries who are playing.

            *Product*

            Here we have Walkers South African Sweet Chutney Crisps.

            *Packaging*

            The crisps come in a standard foil bag for freshness. The front of the bag has been designed with the South African flag colours. The familiar Walkers logo and flavour name are also present alongside some basic nutrition and a trophy.

            On the back of the bag, you will find details of the promotion, ingredients, nutrition and the address for Walkers.

            *The Crisps*

            The crisps themselves are pretty uniform. They come in various shapes and sizes and are quite thin. They have a golden brown colour and are coated in an orange powder.

            *Ingredients*

            The crisps are made using potatoes and sunflower oil.

            The seasoning is made using sugar, salt, flavourings, mustard oil, wheat gluten, barley gluten, milk lactose, dried onion, malic acid, dried tomato, garlic powder, dried orange, colour

            No MSG, artificial colours or preservatives and suitable for vegetarians.

            *Nutrition*

            Each 25g bag contains :

            131 calories
            1g sugar
            0.6g saturated fat
            0.32g salt

            *Availability and Price*

            Single (larger) packs can be bought for around 50p. Multi packs of 6 (3flavours) can be bought in supermarkets for around £1.30. Currently on offers such as 2 for £2 and 3 for £3.

            *My Opinion*

            I have been enjoying testing out these new flavours and have found a few I like and most that I am not keen on. I only have a few packs left in the cupboard. I am really bricking trying the Kangaroo ones so they are getting left til last! Here we have the Sweet Chutney crisps. When I think chutney, I think the wee tub of mango chutney you get from Indian Takeaways and you dip your poppadoms into! I expected a fruity taste with a nice spicy kick so did these live up to my expectations?

            As with all Walkers crisps, the foil has kept them perfectly fresh and crispy. The look delicious and have a noticable orange seasoning which to me depicts flavour! The aroma coming from the bag was quite tomato like.

            Biting into my first crisp, a delightful fruity taste whips around my mouth. I can only imagine this is the dried orange. It is perfectly sweet and despite being a savoury item, this flavouring works extremely well. As you crunch further, the spicyness comes through as it is the perfect amount. Enough to taste but not spicy enough to require drinking a pint of water to soothe a burning throat!

            You could definently taste a hint of tomato and onion but these fade into the background of the fruity yet spicy combo. The flavours all work well together and do resemble the chutney that I know and love from my local Indian takeaway.

            The crisps leave a pleasant, sweet taste in my mouth and I certainly enjoyed them!

            These are definently high up the ranks along with Japans offering and one I would love to try again soon.

            I highly recommend them. Cheap, guiltfree and tasty, what more could you ask for really?

            Thanks for reading!

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              24.05.2010 16:57
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              Can we have this one in the range permanently?

              I think it's about time that I had another look at one of Walkers' limited edition "Flavour Cup" varieties, and this time around I have chosen to review the flavour associated with the World Cup hosts. I can't say that I am all that au fait with South African cuisine, but I am fond of most types of pickles and chutneys, so a sweet chutney flavour does appeal to me. It also seemed time that I tried a flavour from outside Europe!

              I don't think that this is one of the most successful pack designs in the series. The South African flag, although very well known and extremely distinctive, is perhaps a little too busy for the rather stylised treatment it is given here, and the front of the packet does not quite have the impact that some of the versions based on simple tricolours do. As usual, I am testing a 25 gram multipack bag: in a six pack, you get two of these, and two each of Australian BBQ Kangaroo(!) and Japanese Teriyaki Chicken. The multipack sells for about £1.40, but you can also get larger 40g bags individually for 50p or so.

              The nutritional figures for this flavour are almost identical to those of its stablemates that I have looked at, which leads me to think that Walkers are probably being quite careful to make them close in this regard. The 25g pack will cost a relatively modest 131 kcal, and the 8.2g of fat is nothing out of the ordinary for crisps; they are also, as I would have expected, suitable for vegetarians. Surprisingly perhaps, there seem to be no specific allergy warnings, in spite of the fact that the ingredients include milk, wheat, gluten and mustard.

              Opening the pack, I found that this variety hits you harder than others with the smell. It's a very good smell, too, with just the mix of fruits and spices you would expect from something calling itself chutney. This encouraged me to think that the taste might match up to it... and it did! The Sweet Chutney flavour is easily the best I have eaten in this range so far. If you liked the limited edition Branston pickle flavour from some while ago, then I'm sure you'll like these as well: not a hot chutney, but a lovely blend of herbs with a tangy, fruity edge - which the ingredients reveal to be orange, and not mango as I had earlier guessed.

              There is no doubt in my mind that this one is a success, and for the first time I can say that here is a Flavour Cup offering that I really will miss when it's no longer on the shelves. I recommend you give this one a go.

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                20.05.2010 14:14
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                Best so far, worth a try

                Another of Walkers new flavours to celebrate this year's World Cup Finals.

                This is my third review of the crisps, so apologies if they are similar in style, but I am trying to give a sense of the flavour.

                Having tried and not particularly liked the American Cheeseburger and Brazilian Salsa (already reviewed here, plug, plug!), the next flavour we came across was the South African Sweet Chutney. I was hoping for Biltong or Ostrich.

                With the previous two flavours, I got to finish off a packet of them because my son didn't like them. This time he did, but he let me have a pack to try for myself - what a generous soul.

                The bag has a representation of the South African Flag, in the green, yellow and black.

                Opening the pack and the first smell was not something I could pinpoint. The crisps have a red hue to them, possibly due to the paprika flavourings, but that is not un-appetising.

                The first taste was quite spicy, with mustard coming through quite strong. There is a taste of slight fruitiness, which, looking at the ingredients, is orange. Sweetness? Yes also there. Aftertaste is good, tingly due to the spices and also the fruity taste.

                The crisps are up to Walkers' usual standard. Thin and crunchy and not too greasy. Fingers are left with a coating of the flavouring, but isn't that part of the fun of crisps - licking your fingers afterwards?

                Calories, fat content, salt, etc - not good, but you don't expect them to be, they are crisps, after all.

                Cost - best deal is to buy the 25g bags in multipacks of 6 (2 each of 3 flavours). There are several different multipacks on offer with different combinations of flavours which, at the moment, can be found widely for £2 for 2 (or 16p per bag).

                You can go online to Walkers Crisps and vote for your favourite flavour. So far, I think these are my top flavour, but that is only out of 3.

                Onwards and upwards, my wife has gone shopping today, so hopefully there will be more to try.

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