I love crisps and savoury snacks and am a big walkers fan. I love there Sunbites range but until today I hadn’t gotten around to trying the run ripened sweet chilli flavour.
I purchased a multi-pack of the sweet chilli Sunbites when I spotted them on special offer at my local Morrison’s priced at just £1.00 for a bag containing 6 x 25g packets.
The Sunbites are described as multigrain crispy snacks with a sun ripened sweet chilli flavour’. They come packaged in a really cute pink foil bag with illustrations of butterflies and wheat on with the slogan ‘tiny moments of extraordinary pleasure’. Each 25g bag contains 120 calories and 5.4g of fat.
The Sunbites are brown in colour and shaped into wavy rectangle shapes. You can clearly see the red sweet chilli seasoning covering the bites which makes them look more appealing. .
As far as the taste is concerned I really like these snacks which I find have a great crunchy texture and are very tasty. I can see why they might not be everyone’s cup of tea as they are quite wholesome tasting I suppose a little like eating brown bread over white. But the taste of the sweet chilli seasoning is just perfectly balanced. You can notice very light spiciness but it is not too overpowering and more sweet that spicy. They are also not greasy in any way unlike normal potato crisps.
Overall I really enjoyed these sweet chilli Sunbites they are very tasty and make an excellent snack. They don’t feel as naughty as crisps with them being made from multigrain but still give the same satisfaction. 5 stars from me.
Item: Walkers Sunbites - Multigrain Crispy Snacks
Flavour: Sweet Chilli
Price: £1.79 for a 6 pack (or 2 x 6 packs for £3.00)
Bought in: Tesco
Are these crisps or crackers or cardboard? This discussion has raged on in my house and as yet the outcome is undecided! But I do like them so they keep getting popped in the shopping trolley haha
These crisps come in a multi pack bag that has the same design as the individual bags. I bought the Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli flavour and the main colour on the packaging of this flavour is pink. Across the bag you can see both the Sunbite itself and a couple of red chillies. Visually giving you the idea of what lays inside. The Walkers logo is across the top left corner of the pack and the actual design of the front of the pack is quite "jolly" and childlike. Possibly this is to encourage you to think that they contain simple ingredients and will make you happy when you eat them. There are images of butterfly and corn heads across the packet too and there are bright red lines beaming out around the words "sweet chilli" as if they bag is shouting to you from the shelf. OK maybe not shouting at you but they caught my eye. The front also gives you details on the calorific, fat values so you can decide if they are a wise choice to add to your daily diet. The back has yet more cartoon images and exclaims that they are "30 less fat" but as usual it followed by "than regular crisps". So you can decide yourself if you have moved about enough that day to warrant munching a pack.
Taste and smell test:
"Try moments of extraordinary pleasure"
Ok so let's not go mad, they are tasty but I have yet to feel any "extraordinary pleasure" haha the Sunbites look like what I imagine would happen if you put a mini Weetabix under a steam roller then gave it a squeeze in a hair crimper. Basically they are brown and wavy and cardboard-ish. But they do actually taste really good. I like that they have an almost bland taste at first then you get a burst of the sweet chilli flavouring. They are a proper savoury snack. Sometimes snacks such as Skips or Wotsits can have an almost sweet taste but these really do have a nice savoury taste to them. The Sunbites are actually quite big so I usually bite then in half to eat them, they aren't quite as big as a Pringle but they are square in shape so can be a bit awkward scoffing them whole. You can really smell the sweet chilli through these, when you open the bag and when you lift them to your mouth. But be aware they can linger on your tongue so brush your teeth if you don't want everyone around you having to sniff sweet chilli for the couple of hours after you have eaten them.
"Bursting with 67% Whole Grain!"
I'll not list all the ingredients, but you can tell straight off that these aren't potato snacks so if you fear you are allergic to any ingredients have a look. You absolutely can tell by site and taste that these contain grains and I really like that taste and texture. They seem to be sturdier than average crisps too and usually there is only a couple of them that aren't still in their square shape. The quality of the bag also contributes to this I'm sure as the bags are quite thick and of a good quality, thicker than the average multi bag packet.
Overall I do really like these crisps, crackers, cardboard snack. They have a nice tangy smell and a decent savoury taste. I really only buy them when they are on a deal so each pack works out at 25p, which I feel is a decent price for a 25g packet.
Tasty savoury snack, that the OH is not keen on so I get to have them all to myself!
All types of different flavours and shaped crisps pass through the doors of my house on a near weekly basis. Most of the time they are for the children as part of a snack, but this particular crisp I buy specifically for me. I bought a multi pack of 6 for 99p from my local Home Bargains store.
Why did I buy them?
I actually tried these just over 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. I didn't buy them for any particular reason except I wanted to take some snacks into work with me, I had never tried them before and at the time they were very cheap as I purchased them from a discount store.
What are they?
Wholegrain crispy snacks containing 67% wholegrain per pack.
How are they packaged?
Exactly what you would expect from a packet of crisps-they come in a packet. Each packet weighing 25g, they feel as if they are made from some form of plastic with a lining of some form of foil like substance inside.
The colouring is quite fresh and alittle on the feminine side. Sorry-Ill change that statement, its on the summery side! Peachy pink in colour with butterflies and pictures of corn on the front. The ' Walkers ' logo is at the top left hand corner with the actual product being in the centre and in bold, ' Sunbites '.Beneath that is what the product is which is a wholegrain crispy snack. The flavour is mentioned along with an adults GDA per pack for product.
On the back is the nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy advice, whats so good about this snack and company contact details. It also mentions that this snack is suitable for vegetarians.
WHOLEGRAINS (67%) (WHOLE CORN, WHOLE WHEAT, QUAKER® WHOLE OAT FLOUR),Sunflower Oil (18%) ,RICE flour (14%) ,Sugar ,Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli Flavour [Natural Flavouring, Chilli, Soy Sauce Powder, Fennel Oil, Star Anise Oil, Ginger, Paprika, Dried Onion, Citric Acid] ,Salt
Calories 120 6%
Sugars 2.4g 3%
Fat 5.4g 8%
Saturates 0.6g 3%
Salt 0.2g 3%
How do they look and taste?
Its nice to see a crisp type snack that isn't round, more rectangular close to square. Most of them are roughly the same size ( minus a few that have been squashed or settled at the bottom ). They have deep ridges throughout and you can clearly see the wholegrain texture as small speckles running through each piece. They are a golden ' orangish ' colour to them.
The taste is quite sweet but subtle. I don't normally do sweet chillies so couldn't say if it tastes like that but I can say they are pleasant, sweet with the teeniest after kick to them. Its not heat, more a flavour. Quite mild but has depth to the taste. Just the right seasoning, no too salty and no funny lingering tastes after eating them.
I adore the texture-crunchy and thick. It gives them more substance and makes you feel as if they are more filling compared to other crisp style snacks.You can definitely taste the bits in it which adds more flavour and substance. I find these to be very moorish, and could quite easily eat afew packets of these.
What do I think?
I love these! As mentioned I first discovered them when I was pregnant and got hooked on them ever since. I find them enjoyable to eat, I love the texture and mild taste to them but they have great flavour without killing your taste buds or repeating on you. The fact that they are full of wholegrain is great, makes a snack just that bit healthier and tastier to.
Would I buy these again. Yes I would. Not at full price, because you have to remember I have two very greedy children at home who can wolf these down faster than me-they both like them, so to buy them at the standard price for a multi pack isn't worthwhile but for less than £1.00 no brainer!
Great alternative to normal crisps.
I recently came across Walkers Sunbite's when they were on offer at a local supermarket. They cost £1 for 6 individual packets and wanting to keep my shopping price low i opted to give them a try. There were a selection of flavours to choose from but I am a chilli fiend and therefore decided to try the sun ripened sweet chilli flavour.
The individual packets are a pinky salmon sort of colour and look a lot different to the stand walkers packets. The walkers logo is in the top left corner, small but visible and the word 'SUNBITES' is displayed across the centre of the packet clearly. There is a photo of the crisps and a couple of chillies underneath this, just in case for some reason you have no idea what a chilli looks like :P They have some wording underneath that says ' Tiny moments of extraordinary pleasure'. Also on the bottom of the packet is nutritional information and for those interested :
All of these are pretty low compared to your average packet of crisps and along with the flavour, this makes me a happy girl!
The crisps themselves look visually different to any that I have come across before. They are 67% wholegrain so have a browny grain look to them, and admittedly i was a bit sceptical on the appearance at first. The crisps are a square shape and have a rippled effect to them.
When I decided to go for it and taste them I was pleasantly surprised, there was a lot of flavour and could definitely taste the sweet chilli. It wasn't over powering or the sort of chilli that stings the taste-buds but it was pleasant and moreish. I have not tried the other flavours as of yet but if they all have as much flavour as these I will be impressed!
Overall I really like these crisps, they don't get boring, or at least not for me anyway and have repurchased them a couple of times. Great for a light snack, or to have in a lunchbox. I would even recommend them as a 'healthier' crisp option for children should they need any.
Give them a go and let me know what you think, or any similar options.
There isn't much new in the crisp world these days. Most new types are basic variations on the idea of sliced, shaped, fried potato or maize or corn. Any new flavours tend to be gimmicks that taste awful, or are entries in a publicity stunt competition. But Walkers have proved that they deserve to be the market leader of the crisp universe with their new range of Sun Bites. The packaging is gorgeous with luscious pastel colours and cartoon style flowers and suns. Of these different varieties, the Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli flavour has to be my personal favourite.
The flavour itself is delicious, which is created using ingredients that you would not usually find in mainstream crisps. In the sweet chilli flavour, you can taste the more unusual tones of soy sauce, ginger and star anise. There is a very definite kick of chilli to these crisps, though, so thry may not be to everybody's taste. Perhaps this is shown by the ingredients list, which does not read like a list of E-numbers and chemical names but with natural ingredients. Their texture is their unique selling point. They are 67% wholegrain, which makes them extremely crispy with their undulating ridges and yet they are light, without the usual greasiness associated with ridged crisps. Moreover, they are healthier crisps since per pack you only consume 6% of your daily calories, 3% of your saturated fat and 3% of your salt recommended daily allowances. However, this may only be in part because the packs are so small at only 25g and so do not last long or be enough to satisfy your snack cravings in a single sitting. Overall, while much of the new brand is marketing bluster, they do as much as possible to live up to their ostentatious slogan - 'tiny moments of extraordinary pleasure'.
I asked my boyfriend to buy me a multi pack of sunbites expecting my usual sour cream flavour but instead he came back with these. I generally like chilli crisps but before I tried them I was a little disappointed - apparently the supermarket didn't have the sour cream ones in stock.
Once I tried them I was actually pleased to find another nice tasty sunbites flavour. I'll start by telling you about sunbites generally and then this particular flavour.
Sunbites are an alternative to crisps and are made by Walkers. They're made with multigrain and are crunchy and ridged. They are marketed as a healthier alternative claiming to have 30% less fat than regular crisps. The bag I have in front of me has 120 calories, 2.4g sugar, 5.4g of fat (0.6g saturates) and 0.17g salt. In terms of percentage of daily allowances, the highest is fat which is 8% of your daily allowance. They also only use natural flavours.
I'm a fat of sunbites, they are very tasty and I think because they're wholegrain seem to fill you up for a bit longer than crisps.
You can actually see the flavour on the sunbites - it has sent them a little red in colour. I like spicy food and I didn't find these very spicy but the flavour is very nice and you can taste the sweetness.
I tried these crisps for the first time about a week ago and I think I'm hooked! They are an absolutely delicious and slightly healthier alternative to traditional crisps. I say 'slightly' healthier because the danger is that even though they are lower in fat and salt than other crisps, they are so addictive that you may find you eat far too many!
Sin Bites come in packs of six, all the same flavour. I have seen them sold individually in the original flavour but not in the sweet chilli. I got them at Tesco, currently on special offer at 2 six packs for £2.50 which I feel is quite good value.
The crisps are a ridged shape, which is a little bit annoying as when you bite into them they tend to shatter and its a bit messy.
The flavour, ah the flavour. These crisps have a sweet, slightly spicy quite rich taste. They are nowhere near as strong tasting as Walkers Sweet Chilli Sensations, but are kind of like a milder version. The flavour is in a sort of dust on the crisps, and licking this dust off your fingers after eating these is a guilty pleasure (as long as you're alone!)
There are only 117 calories and 5.4 grams of fat per bag, so they aren't quite as bad for you as most other crisps. They do have more calories than other low fat options such as quavers or wotsits, and there aren't quite as many in the pack as with snack-a-jacks, but if you've got the willpower to stop at one pack they would fit in fine with a lot of diets.
Writing about them has eroded my willpower though, I'm off to go get a pack!
Sunbites are from Walkers and as they say "they are deliciously light and crispy wholegrain snacks made with whole oats, whole wheat and whole corn, every bag of sunbites provides more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount of wholegrains. They contain no artificial colours or preservatives. Sunbites also contains 30% less fat than regular crisps".
This review is on their new flavour Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli.
Wholegrains (67%), sunflower oil (18%), rice flour (13%), sugar, sun ripened sweet chilli flavour, salt.
There is a warning that it may contain traces of barley due to farming practices.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
Per 28g pack
Energy 131kcal, Sugar 2.7g, Fat 6g, Fibre 1.8g, Salt 0.2g.
I really like the sour cream and cracked pepper flavour s when I saw these on the shelf at the garage I just had to try them.
The packet has a nice scene of a field with a lovely blue sky above then a picture of the sunbites and some chillies.
The bites are corrugated squares of wholegrain, which I find a little too big in size. Maybe I've just got a small mouth but I find I have to either break the square in two or nibble away at it. They are lovely and crisp with a lovely sweet but chilli taste. There is a red colouring to the flavouring on the bites.
With crisps I find that I need to eat more than one packet to feel full but with these the 28g pack was just enough.
They also come in original flavour; oven roasted onion & rosemary and sour cream and cracked pepper.
Haven't seen these yet in the multipacks, mine was an individual packet costing 39p.
Will definitely buy again.
I love snacking, I know I shouldn't but sometimes I get a real attack of the munchies and have to find something to stop the craving! I do like chocolate but sometimes I like a savoury treat and that is where Walkers Sunbites come in.
The Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli flavour is presented in a mainly red bag. There is a good representation of the snack itself and also some ginger and chillis on the front. The top part of the bag shows an idyllic country scene to make you think of all good natural things! The bright colour makes them easy to spot in the supermarket.
These snacks sell themselves on being healthier than your normal crisps. They are made of 67% wholegrain so each bag gives you one third of the recommended amount of wholegrain so that can't be too bad. Reading the ingredient list I had a pleasant surprise, I had heard of everything on the list. There are no Enumbers of MSG which is good. As these are a wheat based product not potato based they are not suitable for many people with coeliac disease.
I have only seen these snacks in the multipacks. In these each separate bag is 25g and contains:
Fat 5.4g (0.6g saturates)
There are several packs of crisps on the market with fewer calories but the manufacturers emphasise that they use "Sunseed" oil which they claim is higher in mono-unsaturates. They also claim that they are 30% lower in fat than standard crisps.
I tend to try and buy the healthier versions of snacks so I felt reasonably righteous with these. However the taste is the all important part!
On opening the bag there is a mild spicy aroma which is quite mouth-watering. The snacks themselves are rather bizarre looking. They are thin but very wavy. They are dark orange in colour with dark spots which are the wholegrain I presume. They are very crispy with a satisfying crunch! The only problem I have is that they are actually quite big when whole and I can only just fit them in my mouth. The taste however is splendid. They have a distinct spicy hit but not so strong that you are immediately reaching for a drink. There is a lovely flavour that develops as you eat them and there is a satisfying tingle in the mouth after finishing the bag.
These are not a filling snack but due to the strong flavour and the aftertaste I find them very satisfying when I have a savoury craving! These are one of the nicest new snacks I have tried lately so will certainly be munching on them for a while yet!
These crisps (wholegrain snacks) are my new favourite snack! They taste amazing and are reasonably healthy for you, two for the price of one! These snacks are one of Walkers best, apart from the obvious original crisps. They are a healthy alternative to a loved snack, and still taste good too.
---Packaging & Price---
The crisps can either be bought separately or in a multi-pack. In a multi-pack you get 6 packets and they cost £1.67 from my local Waitrose, I was unable to find them in Tesco. The packets are a bright orange on the bottom half and on the top half is a picture of a meadow and sky. The name Sun Bites in next to the Walkers logo and underneath that is a picture of the crisps. To the right of that picture is another one of the main ingredients, two chillies and ginger. The packaging is quite attractive though it doesn't make the crisps look very appetising.
---Look & Smell & Taste---
The crisps have a similar shape to that of a piece of corrugated iron, which doesn't sound very nice but it does do the crisps justice, and are a type of orangey colour. It is obvious that they are wholegrain as you can see seeds and such in the crisp itself. They smell like chilli and a bit similar to the 'Cool Ranch' flavour of Doritos, they taste similar too. They don't have an amazingly strong chilli flavour but it is nice, strong chilli can often be a bit too overpowering. Overall these crisps are totally delicious and yet healthy!
Calories: - 117
Protein: - 1.8g
Fat: - 5.4g
Salt: - 0.17g
These crisps are delicious, especially if you are trying to keep off the snacks. They are perfect just to have with lunch, or snack at night, or whenever you get the munchies, as we all do. Often wholegrain snacks are a bit sickly though these are nothing of the sort. These are also not too expensive and well worth the money. I would have to recommend them to you as they are delicious.
Well, I'm still fighting the flab and on the whole I'm getting there - 10lbs lost in about two months - But I'm aiming for another 11lbs off. I have been eating quite a lot of these Walkers Sun Bites in the Sour Cream and Black Pepper flavour (as a substitute for other less healthy snacks, not just eating quite a lot of them!!), but the other day I spotted a NEW variety in Boots - Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli, so into my meal deal they went (along with 3-cal cream soda and Shapers sushi!!)
Walkers Sun Bites come in a normal 28g crisp packet with an ever-so-wholesome countryside image of fields and trees on the front, which, along with the THREE references to wholegrains on the front of the pack alone, give you the impression that this is a lovely healthy and natural product. The overall colour of the Sweet Chilli pack is more red than the other flavours so it's easy to spot. There is also an image of two of the 'bites' (they look a little bit like corrugated cardboard) alongside a couple of red chillies and a piece of ginger (bizarrely, as it is only mentioned otherwise at the bottom of the ingredients list).
As with the other flavours, the bites are a lot bigger than I first expected them to be - a good 3cm square - and yes they are corrugated like card or iron, not a very appetising comparison I know! The Sweet Chilli flavour is redder in colour than the other flavours, which led to a small sense of foreboding on my part as I don't like anything TOO spicy. The first thing that hit me about the taste though was the sweetness; it really made my mouth water. The spiciness only hits once you've swallowed - tingling, rather than burning, the back of your throat. After a while my tongue and the roof of my mouth began to tingle too, though this feeling didn't last long after I'd finished eating. I noticed they made me very thirsty - but hey, at least it helps towards your 8-glasses-a-day! Sun Bites are not at all greasy like crisps and are crunchy in a brittle, crispy way rather than a makes-your-mouth-bleed way, if you know what I mean. And they are incredibly moreish!
Now, much as the packet likes to draw our attention to the fact that these snacks contain wholegrains (more than 1/3 of the suggested daily amount in fact), are made with sunseed oil, contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and have 30% less fat than regular crisps, I still don't think we can count them as a healthy snack (unfortunately). They contain 131 calories, which is only 18 less than a packet of Walkers Cheese and Onion, surprisingly, and obviously a lot more than a fruity alternative. They also contain 6.1g of fat (9% of your daily allowance) and 0.4g of salt (6%). I do feel a bit that Walkers are luring us into buying them on false pretences based on their wholesome images and marketing.
The Sour Cream and Black Pepper are still my faves I have to say, but these are definitely worth a try if you like a bit more 'bite'!
They cost around 50p per packet and are available in multipacks of 6. Also available in Original, Sour Cream & Black Pepper and Roasted Onion & Rosemary flavours. Suitable for vegetarians. More info can be found at: www.sunbites.co.uk