Walkers Extra Crunchy Cheddar & Sour Cream Crisps Review
Bag Calories Fat Saturated Salt Sugars
30g 143 6.8g 0.7g 0.37g 0.9g
Walkers have managed to outdo themselves with the bag [un]design. There are a few traditional brands that refuse to move with the times or who do not have the resources to employ artists and designers, but Walkers do not have that excuse. There is a giant branding logo. The flavours are colour coded. The Crisps type is dominant and there are a pile of out of focus Crisps on display. The background is dull beige.
The 'extra Crunchy' tag is easily ridiculed if these Crisps do not stand up to the Chips & Crisps Crunch Test. But they do. Very well in fact. The first few crunches are teeth pressurising and this continues at a very gradual decrease in munchiness as the Crisp eating goes on. Even at the last gasp for the poor potato slice, the mush refuses doggedly to appear.
These 'Extra Crunchy' Crisps were thickly cut and hardened by oil saturation. There were glazed areas where the oil had soaked into the predominantly yellow Crisps. There was some skin on edges and a few oil boils on every Crisp. There were also many bent and irregularly shaped Crisps, as you would find in a bag of Hand Cooked Crisps.
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a fairly pungent Cheese aroma, which augured well. After getting over the disappointment of the Crisps not being Cheese & Onion flavour, despite the blue flavour colour coding of the bag, for which Walkers are famous in the UK, the taste was certainly of Cheese. Cheese & Sour Cream is popular Crisps flavour in the USA, but these did not match up very well with the very best of them, which often feature a milder Cheese and a creamy undercurrent. These featured a stronger Cheese, which is more familiar with UK Crisps munchers, which may have subdued the creamy backdrop of the Sour Cream.