Walkers Bring It Back

TIME is almost running out for you to vote for which flavour you want Walkers to bring back into production.

If you haven’t seen the competition yet, you have the choice to bring one of five flavours out of retirement. Voting closes on Monday, November 1, and the winner will join the Marmite flavour which has already been recommissioned by Walkers. The Marmite flavour was initially introduced back in 2002 alongside the recently reinstated Heinz Tomato Ketchup flavour and the Branston Pickle flavour. It gained notoriety amongst the crisp world and Walkers did decide to keep it as a permanent member of its roster for a time.

For those of you who didn’t get the chance to try it all those years ago, it does taste slightly similar to the normal meaty flavours that Walkers have. Not being a Marmite eater, it’s impossible to say whether these crisps taste like the real thing but these do have a bit of a tang to them. Overall though, these are a nice flavour but, being Marmite, it is bound to split opinions.

But who should you vote for to join Marmite back onto the supermarket shelves?

Lamb and Mint: Invented back in 2003, this flavour was around for four years before being phased out, causing a lot of disappointment. They were introduced as part of the roast dinner range alongside the likes of Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding and Roast Turkey with Paxo Sage & Onion. Out of the three, these were certainly the most popular and stuck around the longest. In terms of taste, these are really moreish and potentially one of the best tasting flavours. It’s slightly different to a normal meaty flavour as the mint sauce does give the crisp a slightly sweet twist. It doesn’t have the overpowering nature that real mint sauce tends to have but it does liven the crisp up and offers and alternative to normal ‘just meat’ flavours. Calories per pack: 169

Cheese and Chive: Walkers have always toyed with the cheese flavour and this one was always an original idea that offered a slight alternative to Cheese & Onion. The slight issue with voting for these is that the Sour Cream & Chive flavour is still on the shelves in six pack form and, although the Cheese & Chive flavour is slightly different, it would be a bit of a waste to see two flavours that are extremely similar together. Initially, this flavour was introduced to celebrate Leicester City’s promotion back in the Premiership for the 2003/04 season with around 7,000 packets being made. If anything, this flavour is actually similar to the Golden Wonder equivalent so if you like those, you’ll like these. They feel and taste slightly lighter than other flavours but they ultimately taste like the Cheese & Onion flavour with that herb style kick. Calories per pack: 168

Barbecue: This was arguably one of the most popular original flavours before it was changed into the BBQ Rib flavour between 2006/07. When the change occurred, the flavour changed dramatically as the crisp lost its smokiness as well as it’s orange-tinged look. This caused a massive loss in popularity and ultimately the BBQ Rib flavour also had to be shelved. The original Barbecue flavour tended to be smoky but with a saucy taste. This saucy taste actually made them quite moreish and it probably wouldn’t be a surprise to see these back where they belong after the huge disappointment when these were first changed. Calories per pack: 169

Beef and Onion: Like the Barbecue flavour, Beef and Onion was also replaced in 2006/07 by the recently shelved Steak & Onion flavour. Being virtually the same flavour from the same animal, it seemed more of a ploy to catch the customers’ attention with the thought that steak is more popular than beef. As you would probably imagine, it tastes like any other meaty flavour. There’s no real stand-out taste so if you like any other meat flavour, you will enjoy these but they really don’t offer anything different. However, with Steak and Onion being taken off the shelves, it could be an opportunity to reinstate a classic. Calories per pack: 168

Toasted Cheese: This flavour has gone through so many names and so many tweaks that is slightly hard to keep up. It’s modern day title is probably the Cheddar Cheese and Bacon flavour which is now only available in a six pack. Being introduced back in the 1980s, this is the oldest flavour in the line-up and its more recent renditions just haven’t lived up to the original. In 2006/07 Walkers attempted to revive the cheese flavour by releasing the Cheddar Cheese flavour. But these tasted quite off and never really took the nation’s fancy. There were replaced shortly after by the Cheddar Cheese & Bacon flavour that is around today. Overall it’s hard to tell if these crisps taste toasted but the crisps are very cheesy and definitely taste better than what is currently available. So if you want your cheese fix, these would be the ones to reinstate. Calories per pack: 130

Voting can be done here: https://www.walkers.co.uk/bringitback.

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