SANDWICHES and Crisps have long been in the British lunchtime folklore and now you can have both at the same time courtesy of Walkers’ latest batch of new crisps. Available singularly or in two separate six-packs, these new Sandwich inspired flavours are designed to showcase our favourite Sandwiches and although they’ve divided opinion, like most new products do, Walkers must be applauded for one thing; originality. In most cases, when Walkers or anyone else release new flavours that use previous flavours from their collection, they more often than not taste just like the ordinary flavour. Apart from one of the six, the rest do actually taste quite unique which is already a positive.
The six flavours are; Bacon & Tomato Ketchup, Sausage & Brown Sauce, Ham & Mustard, Roast Chicken & Mayonnaise, Cheese Toastie & Worcestershire Sauce and Cheese, Cucumber & Salad Cream. Walkers have teamed up with Heinz, HP and Lea & Perrins to create these although this might be to help drive sales as there’s no way you can tell their products have been used to make them. In the first six pack, you can try the Roast Chicken & Mayonnaise, Bacon & Tomato Ketchup and Cheese Toastie & Worcestershire Sauce flavours.
As Bacon and Tomato Ketchup flavours have already been created by Walkers, it was hard to work out how this combination was going to taste or whether one flavour would be more overpowering. In fact, Walkers have done pretty well in giving you both of these flavours. Upon opening the pack there’s quite a Tomato smell that’s similar to Prawn Cocktail Crisps. The Meaty base is definitely there from the Bacon and it does taste like normal Smokey Bacon Crisps but there is a tanginess from the Tomato which does become more prevalent. But despite the Tomato being the dominant flavour, there is a clear taste of the two flavours.
The other two flavours consist of mainly one standard Walkers flavour and another flavour combined with it. Despite Walkers having Cheese flavoured crisps, the Cheese Toastie & Worcestershire Sauce flavour was always going to come down to whether you can taste the two flavours. The answer is unfortunately no. The only Cheese flavouring that you get is when the stodgy bits get stuck in your teeth. Apart from that this is just pure Worcestershire Sauce which makes this the worst of the six flavours because of its lack of originality.
Fortunately the problem isn’t the same with the Roast Chicken & Mayonnaise flavour. Unlike normal Chicken flavoured crisps, these aren’t as powdery which arguably reduces the Chicken flavour. There is that expected base flavour from the Chicken but there’s a definite tang to these which comes from the Mayonnaise. This makes it quite an authentic flavour and actually really nice.
The other six pack consists of the Ham & Mustard, Sausage & Brown Sauce and Cheese, Cucumber & Salad Cream flavours. Again the Ham & Mustard flavour isn’t particularly new as other Crisp manufacturers have created them. Although Walkers don’t do a Ham flavour per se, there’s not a lot a difference between the Meaty flavours and these Crisps do have that normal Meaty base. There is a bit of a burn that comes from the Mustard and that is more prevalent in the after taste that builds up over time.
The same can arguably be said for the Sausage & Brown Sauce flavour. Not really a Walkers flavour and their Meaty base actually seems to taste more like Hot Dog style Sausage than a proper smokey one. There is a real tang to these from the Brown Sauce and this does seem to overpower the Sausage flavour. If you’re not a fan of Brown Sauce then this might put you off of these because of real tang to these Crisps.
The Cheese, Cucumber & Salad Cream flavour has the same issue as the Cheese Toastie flavour in that there’s no real Cheese taste to these apart from the stodgy bits getting stuck in the teeth. What is good about these though is that there is a real watery taste from the Cucumber which wasn’t expected, and would be seemingly hard to pull off on a starchy product. There is a strong smell of Salad Cream when opening the packet and although there is tang, the mixture is actually done well and tastes nice.
Price: 85p (ASDA) – either six-pack
Calories: 131 per pack
Would We Buy Again (/5):
Bacon & Tomato Ketchup: 3
Cheese Toastie & Worcestershire Sauce: 1
Roast Chicken & Mayonnaise: 4
Ham & Mustard: 2
Sausage & Brown Sauce: 3
Cheese, Cucumber & Salad Cream: 4