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      08.07.2010 10:58
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      Another average flavour. It had so much potential but ultimately didn't deliver.

      I know that this is very much like many of my other Walkers reviews, but please bear with me as i only have a couple of flavours to go.

      Now that the World Cup is in its final throws I thought that I would review the last couple of flavours that I've tasted in the range of crisps that Walkers launched in order to cash it on it, oh sorry, to celebrate it. They created 15 new flavours that are supposed to represent 15 of the nations that competed for the World Cup.

      As a sideshow they are also running the World Flavour cup where anyone can vote for their favourite flavour online or via text, with the winner being announced at the end of the tournament.

      The Spanish entry is Chicken Paella. Now, whenever I've had paella in Spain it's always been seafood based, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this chicken flavour. When you open the packet you're greeted with a typical Walkers meaty smell. A fair bit of the standard chicken aroma is there, but it's littered with quite a few other tangs that I couldn't quite identify.

      The crisps are generously coated in the seasoning which seems to be the norm for 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 that they might actually try and sort this issue! And even worse is the fact that the packet is still not recyclable!

      After finally getting round to tasting the crisps, I could detect the familiar taste from the standard chicken flavour (which, if you don't already know, doesn't taste much like chicken at all)! There is definitely a hint of onion, which is a familiar ingredient from many of the other new flavours in the range. But there are quite a few other vegetable type tastes as well, including tomato and possibly pepper if I'm not mistaken. It all fuses together to form quite an unusual flavour, not what I was expecting at all. They don't taste awful, they are just strange.

      So, do they actually taste like real Spanish Paella? Well, from my own personal experience the answer is 'no, not really'. Paella is a rice based dish but personally I don't think that there has been any attempt to reproduce this. I think they've just gone for the chicken with a scattering of vegetables. Maybe Walkers should have called it chicken casserole instead!

      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. This flavouring is however free from MSGs, preservatives and artificial colours. They are suitable for vegetarians, so there is obviously no traces of real chicken in there.

      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 still worth 10p of anyone's money.

      Spanish Chicken Paella was a bit of a let down if I'm being perfectly honest. They didn't taste bad, but I was expecting a lot better. There are definitely more adventurous and better tasting flavours to choose from, but it's certainly not the worst. I think that the crisps should leave it to the footballers in a bid for glory at this World Cup. There is no chance that this flavour will win.

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        07.06.2010 21:25

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        Try another flavour!!

        Once again I couldn't resist a bargain so I picked the Walkers European multi pack.
        Some of these odd flavours are actually remarkably like what it says on the packet, Chicken Paella though does not.
        This was a weird taste, not horrible, but not that nice.
        Maybe it was just me, (my husband had one and said, "these are weird," so it probably isn't just me) but these were not as good as some of the other flavours, especially from the old novelty flavours such as fish and chips. I enjoyed the other flavours in the bag, so maybe this is just a combination that didn't work.
        Generally the walkers crisp aren't too bad. The ingredients are clearly listed and not too much junk in there so as a general snack these are good. I would give them a go, you may like you may not, but where's the harm in trying?!

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        07.06.2010 13:11
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        The best flavour to come out of the World Cup range yet...

        Unless you have been living in a cave or have been in a coma, you will be aware not only that The World Cup is soon to start but also that Walkers have released a new range of flavours to accompany the contest. So far, many of the flavours have been very mediocre but I think I have finally found one I actually quite like! And what a surprise ~ it's not that popular with other Dooyoo reviewers! Am I destined forever to remain at odds with whatever everyone else on here thinks? It's not deliberate I promise you!! LOL!

        Spanish Chicken Paella is the latest flavour for me to try and is surprisingly quite yummy! With a heady taste of tomatoes, assorted spices and the merest hint of chicken, it is not exactly like a paella but comes pretty darn close! I really love the suggestion of spiciness that you get with these crisps and the combination of artifical ingredients that go into making this such a tasty snack! Out of all the flavours I have tried, this is easily and above all my favourite!

        Some have said that the flavour is not overly strong. With this, I really disagree. For me, this is one of the few of this range where the flavour really burst through and I felt like I got something very similar to what I was expecting! I could easily eat another packet straight away and you might have to if you want a decent portion because by the time I share these with my daughter, they are nearly all gone!

        Overall, this is a real winner of a flavour in my books and it is for this that I award them the highest rating I have given any in this range..... a four!

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        01.06.2010 00:57
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        Promised more that it delivered

        It seems like only five minutes ago Walkers did their last search for new flavour of crisp, with unusual new flavours such as Fish and Chips and Chilli Chocolate up for the title of Walkers new flavour. I thought this was a good, creative and fun one off campaign...

        ...Only it wasn't so 'one off.' Along with many other companies, Walkers has seen the world cup as a perfect time to cash in. With their new 'Walkers Flavour Cup' campaign they have come up with a flavour of crisp based on a national dish for countries represented by World Cup teams.

        They are selling these in multipacks sold by the area of the world. I picked up the Southern Europe multipack, which contained the 'Spanish Chicken Paella' Flavour. The prices are much the same as a normal Walkers multipack, but you'll find these on various promotions everywhere at the moment.

        There's is not a lot I can say about the flavour of these crisps. If you've tried regular chicken crisps this is pretty much what you get. They smell like chicken in crisps and they taste like them. I guess I was hoping for something a bit herby or spicy, but unfortunately not. Having said that, they are not horrible, just a little boring.

        A 25g pack of these crisps contains 131 calories and 8.2g fat. Personally, I'd waste 131 calories on something a little tastier. If you feel the urge, you can text and vote for this as your favourite flavour however, I think regardless of the taste footie fans will vote for the England flavour anyway.

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        25.05.2010 23:33
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        Walkers World Cup Spain crisps

        Following the success of their attempt to create a new flavour invented by Joe Bloggs the year before last, Walkers have this year decided to produce a number of different flavours relating to some of the countries in the World Cup.

        My wife bought a pack of 6 last week, and one of the flavours was this Spanish Chicken Paella. The bag has the colours of the Spanish Flag on the front, and is the representative flavour for Spain's entry into the World Cup. I'm a fan of paella, so I thought I'd quite like it.

        I couldn't have been more wrong, and as I opened the bag, a strange smell came out. There are hints of chicken in there, but only the sort of chicken you get in a packet of crisps. It's a strange aroma, and here, it's mixed with some spiciness that's a bit curious as well. I was intrigued, but not necessarily excited.

        Tastewise, the first taste is okay. There's something to be said for the initial taste, for sure, and the spicy chicken element is certainly something I would recognise again. However, it's the aftertaste that is really the most memorable part of the packet, and it has a strangely lingering element to it that just isn't pleasant. It's almost as if there are spices that have been around too long and the aftertaste is a bit stale. Not impressed by this, I'm afraid.

        I wondered whether this was a flavour that would grow on me, but as the packet continued, the aftertaste was added to by the volume of crisps. The taste became more powerful, and this paella flavour, although somewhat noticeable as what it's supposed to be, really doesn't have many redeeming features. I can't say I'll try them again, as it became really hard to finish the packet as I really didn't like them.

        Nutritionally, they're pretty standard where Walkers are concerned. They use sunseed oil, which is lighter in saturated fats than other oils. Even with this, a 25g bag has 130 or so calories and nearly 13g of carbs. The ingredients boast nothing much different to regular Walkers crisps, with the paella element coming from flavourings as opposed to anything 'real' being used. This may account for the fake taste and the rather lingering and unpleasant aftertaste. With them being sold in multipacks, it's quite easy to get them for relatively cheap, and you can expect to pay around the 25p mark in this instance, and up to around the 50p mark if you buy them individually.

        The crisps taste slightly of paella, and of chicken, albeit the chicken you normally get with crisps. However, it's a flavour that's altogether unpleasant, and not something I would try again. Any flavour of crisps that I find hard to finish can't be very good, and while it's okay for the first couple of crisps, the fact that I don't like them dominates my decision. Not recommended.

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          19.05.2010 20:16
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          They are worth a try

          If there is anyone out there that hadn't already heard.....The World cup 2010 is just around the corner, starting on June 11th and running until July 11th.

          With this in mind Walkers Crisps have decided to introduce some 'new flavours' !
          These flavours are based around different countries which are involved with the world cup (although there is at least one country which has not qualified, which still has a flavour).
          Altogether there are 15 new flavours, and each one is dedicated to a county in the competition - and based around that country's popular foods. For example Englands flavor is 'English Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding' which I cannot wait to try!

          So for this review we have Spain, and their flavor is. . . . Spanish Chicken Paella!

          The usual Walkers foil lined bag is decorated in the colours of the Spanish flag, i.e. a large horizontal red stripe at the top and the bottom of the gag, with a Yellow horizontal stripe in the middle. From a distance, at first glance it does look a little similar to the quavers packets.

          Upon opening the bag, the smell that meets the nose is very strong, and oozes with spices, and chicken scents. Overall quite a good resemblance to chicken paella, however I always think that the flavour and taste is easy to connect with the flavour on the packet once you know what the flavour should be...I would imagine that if I had no idea that this flavour existed, and I was blindfolded, and tasted the crisps, I would never have said 'oh that's chicken paella flavour!
          The crisps are the normal shape and size, and have the same crispy crunch to them, but are noticeably darker in colour, I think this is probably down to the flavouring used.

          The taste is quite spicy, something similar to the Walkers roast chicken flavoured crisps, but with a lot more kick to it. Most notably I could taste something like paprika spices, along with the chicken flavour.

          Once I had finished the pack, I realized that my fingers smelt quite strongly of all the flavourings on the crisps, and so washed them immediately. Also there is quite a strong after taste to the crisps, that lingers in the mouth for a good few hours after consuming.

          *** Nutritional info ***

          These bags as usual are probably less than half full of crisps!!!
          However a 25g bag contains:

          131 Calories
          1.5 grams of Protein
          12.8 grams of Carbohydrate
          8.2 grams of Fat!

          The Spanish chicken paella seasoning contains: Salt, Flavourings (with celery), Sugar, Citric Acid, Diced Onion, Colour (Paprika extract).

          These crisps also contain No MSG, No artificial colours, and No Preservatives, and they are suitable for vegetarians.

          *** Cost ***

          I purchased these crisps as part of a multipack, priced at £1:39 for 6 X 25g bags, however they were on offer for 2 multipacks for £2, so 8 bags of crisps for £2 only works out at 25p a bag, which isn't too bad.
          The multipack I purchased had 2 bags of French Garlic Baguette flavour, 2 bags of Italian Spaghetti Bolognese flavour and 2 bags of Spanish Chicken Paella flavour.

          *** Overall opinion ***

          These crisps are ok, nothing special, but just ok, and they would probably go down well with a beer while watching the world cup. The flavour resembles Chicken Paella flavour to a certain degree, and it is always nice to try a new flavour. However, be aware of the smelly fingers, and strong after taste.

          I will probably buy them again.

          Thanks for reading

          © l500589 2010

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            18.05.2010 17:22
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            Spain: great football team, less good crisp team!

            Fresh from their somewhat dubious triumph last year in bringing us the delights of Cajun Squirrel and Chilli & Chocolate flavour crisps, Walkers have really pushed the boat out this summer by launching no fewer than *fifteen* new flavours to tie in with the football World Cup. The tie-in isn't entirely perfect - for example, Ireland, who didn't qualify, are honoured with a flavour, while Greece, who did, aren't. Possibly Walkers saw a PR disaster coming if they tried to bring out a North Korean flavour, given that country's appalling famine in recent years.

            The 15 new flavours are divided into groups of three with a (sometimes fairly forced) link made between them, and this Spanish Chicken Paella variety sits with French Garlic Baguette and Italian Spaghetti Bolognese (neither of which I have yet tried!) in the "Southern Europe" set. As you would expect from Walkers, they are a little bit more expensive than the supermarket own brands, though the pricing isn't too bad: generally just under £1.50 for a six-pack and about 50p for the (larger) individual bags.

            I tested a multipack bag, which as is usually the case with multipacks offers a rather mean portion, in this case 25 grams. The bag itself is a decent size, but there's an awful lot of air in there! The design, in bright red and yellow to match the Spanish flag, is very attractive indeed, perhaps one of the best of all the Flavour Cup packets. The information section on the back is a bit too busy, with multiple competitions and texts as well as the usual nutritional information: 131 kcal per pack is okay, though 8.2g of fat is a little high; and it's good to see that the crisps are vegetarian.

            Walkers neatly sidestep the perennial question of how to admit that they still haven't worked out how to recycle foil-backed plastic... by not mentioning the fact at all! This is really unimpressive in this day and age, and the fact that Walkers are joined by all the other crisp manufacturers in throwing up their arms and going, "No idea, guv!" is just not good enough. At least have the decency to say that you're "looking into new technologies" or something; it would still be guff, but at least it would be *something*.

            And so to the actual eating. Unfortunately, I was not very impressed with this variety, and can't see a great public clamour for its retention after the summer. In truth it struck me as little more than a less interesting version of the existing Roast Chicken flavour, and even that one is not the best of Walkers' range by any means. There was a hint of a taste that you could just about convince yourself was runner bean, and perhaps peas as well, but the actual chicken was considerably too weak. The crisps also had a strange aftertaste that reminded me of the dregs of a chicken Cup-a-Soup!

            It's not all bad here: the actual texture and crunch of these crisps is very good, as I would have expected from this brand, and in my packet at least the crisps hadn't been crushed into tiny crumbs as so often happens. The smell isn't too bad, either, and is probably more chickeny than the taste. However, this flavour is not going to win any awards - from me, at any rate - and if you gave me the choice between this and something like cheese and onion, the latter would win every time. Not dreadful, but not really recommended either.

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              17.05.2010 16:14
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              Not Walkers best idea.

              Next in line for the World Cup Crisps from Walkers - I'm trying to work my way through them - is the Spanish contingent. Of all the delicious dishes of Spain, I'm a bit confused as to why Walkers picked paella. And chicken paella at that - it's a dish most of us associate more with seafood. They could have snazzed up their prawn cocktail crisps...

              Anyway, opening the bag released a strong tomatoey/brothy smell. I know I'm repeating myself here but as usual the crisps meet Walkers high quality: large crisps, well cooked, no manky eyes or funny bits, which I don't like to find lurking at the bottom of the bag.

              Taste
              Odd. Very hard to place. Definite tomato-ey overtones, not much in the way of chicken. Rice? Well, it doesn't have much flavour itself does it (which is one reason I found paella an odd flavour choice as it is mostly rice and texture). Then you get a general 'spicy' sort of flavour with a meaty tone (but not specifically chicken). To be honest, it was a bit like a miscellaneous cup-a-soup flavour!

              There was a lot of flavouring powder on mine so it did make my fingers quite messy and I had to wash my hands afterwards.


              Summary
              Oddly compelling but a very unspecific flavour. I think you'll either really like them or really dislike them.

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                13.05.2010 20:34
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                AN THE SPAIN OFFERING IS...

                Walkers have released a range of limited edition crisps to promote the World Cup. Each flavour has been created to resemble different countries most popular food.

                *Product*

                Spain is famous for its paella. Paella is made with rice, vegetables and either meat of seafood.

                The Spain offering is Chicken Paella potato crisps.

                *Packaging*

                Walkers crisps come in foil bag. The front of the bag has been designed to look like the Spain flag with two red strips and a big yellow strip in the middle. There is also a trophy to tell us these are for the World Cup, the product name and a small nutrition chart.

                Over on the back of the bag, there is World Cup promotion information, nutrition, ingredients and how to contact Walkers.

                *The Crisps*

                The crisps all come in various sizes and shapes. They are quite thin yet crunchy and are a light golden colour with an evident powdery seasoning.

                *Ingredients*

                The crisps are made with potatoes and sunflower oil. They are then seasoned with Chicken Paella seasoning.

                The seasoning contains salt, flavourings with celery, sugar, citric acid, dried onion, colour.

                *Nutrition*

                Each 25g bag contains

                131 kcal
                0.5g sugar
                0.6g saturated fat
                0.33g salt

                *Availability and Price*

                These crisps can be picked up as individual bags at around 50p from various stores. Multi-packs of 6 (3 flavours) can be bought from £1 in Poundland or around £1.40 in supermarkets. Look out for special offers!

                *My Opinion*

                Still working my way through the Walkers World Cup crisps and this is packet number 4! Despite having visited Spain several times, I have never really took to paella as anywhere that I have seen it, it has been the Seafood kind and not meat and I am simply not a fish sort of girl.

                Now opening the foil bag (which as usual is only half full), I am greeted with a strong meaty smell and is very much like chicken. I can also detect the onion and the overall smell reminds me of a chicken casserole.

                The crisps are lovely and fresh and have a nice crunch when you first bite in and then they melt nicely on your tongue. The taste is somewhat different from the smell. The strongest taste coming through is vegetables but I am having difficulty deciding which vegetables.

                The taste is quite pleasant and you do get a slight undertaste of the chicken and onion. One thing I wasn't too keen on was the aftertaste. It was quite an off putting taste like soggy vegetables and really clogged in my throat so much that I needed a sugary drink to get the taste away.

                Started off ok..finished awfully so one to be avoided for me I am afraid!

                Thanks for reading


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                  13.05.2010 14:06
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                  A tasty snack, although the 'Spanish Chicken Paella' flavour doesn't last throughout

                  To celebrate the World Cup in South Africa later this year, Walkers have brought out a selection of fifteen different flavoured crisps, each representing a different nation. 'Spanish Chicken Paella' is part of the Southern Europe collection.

                  I've never had paella before so was a bit unsure of what to expect from these paella flavoured crisps. Having said that, they taste exactly how I'd expect paella to taste!

                  On opening the bag, there isn't a particularly strong smell that immediately hits you, which I think is good as it can be off-putting. The first taste you'll get is quite a tomato-y one, although this will quickly disappear and a smokiness will replace it instead. Finally, the strong flavours of peppers and onions will develop (although I found this surprising as peppers are not listed in the ingredients). I was surprised and disappointed that there didn't appear to be much of a chicken flavour coming through, especially as the flavour is 'Chicken Paella'.

                  I also found it disappointing that after getting through the first half of the bag, the flavours all blend into one and the crisps lose some of their distinguishable 'Spanish Chicken Paella' flavour. By the end of the bag the aftertaste and overriding flavours seem to have more of a standard barbeque taste, which is a let down as I expected the 'Spanish Chicken Paella' flavour to last throughout.

                  Nevertheless, the flavours are quite strong, and around an hour later they do start to fade in your mouth, so they do last for a decent length of time. Plus, as with traditional Walkers crisps, they are exactly that - crisp. Each of the crisps is crunchy yet at the same time light, and packed with flavour.

                  These crisps contain no MSG, no preservatives, and no artificial colours. Each pack has 131 calories (7% of your guideline daily amount) so they're not too naughty a treat either. These crisps are also suitable for vegetarians, and although no specific information about nuts is given anywhere on the pack, it does say 'Packaged in a protective atmosphere'. I presume this means they're suitable for nut allergy sufferers, but this is only a guess and if you're at all unsure it's best to check with Walkers themselves.

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