Walkers ‘Sandwich’ Crisps: I test the new flavours!


Review of the new Walkers sandwich crisps

Walkers crisps have brought out some wacky new sandwich flavours and I was delighted to be nominated (by myself) to taste all six of them – in the name of science of course, or something like that.

In truth I meant to post this days ago but I’ve been playing way too much Mario Kart (seriously, my hands actually hurt).

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Now I LOVE both sandwiches and crisps (‘chips’ to my American buddies), so rather than recoil at the strangeness I was really quite excited. Rather than do the right thing and sell all six bags in one multi-pack, Walkers are making us buy two six pack selections in order to try each flavour. So Bag One contains:

2 x Roast Chicken & Mayonnaise
2 x Bacon & Tomato Ketchup
2 x Cheese Toastie & Worcester Sauce

Whilst Bag Two contains:

2 x Cheese, Cucumber & Salad Cream
2 x Sausage & Brown Sauce
2 x Ham & Mustard

Twelve bags in total. All in the name of science.

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I’m a big mayo fan so went straight for Bag One and the Roast Chicken and Mayonnaise. I was most excited about these ones but the reality was disappointing. Yeah they were nice but they mainly tasted like standard Roast Chicken. There was certainly a hint of something ‘different’ but for a connoisseur of fatty condiments (like me) it didn’t taste much like mayonnaise. Boo.

Next Bacon and Tomato Ketchup which didn’t sound great. I dislike ketchup anyway and bacon doesn’t always work too good as a crisp flavour (excluding Frazzles of course which are so amazing I could eat disgusting amounts until my tongue bled). Anyway. This flavour just reminded me of the Ketchup flavour Walkers brought out years ago when pulling another publicity stunt (and it overpowered the bacon somewhat). Not my cup of tea.

The last flavour of Bag One, which excited me due to cheese content (anything fatty / creamy I tend to love), Cheese Toastie and Worcester Sauce. Personally I’d have put cherry tomatoes with a cheese toastie but that’s just me. Similarly to the ketchup there was an overpowering taste of Worcester Sauce which gave the crisps a spicy, tangy taste. Definitely preferable to eating something healthy but a poor substitute for other, nicer cheesy crisps on the market.

Bag One verdict: 2.5/5

Bag Two and again straight to the most appealing flavour – Cheese, Cucumber and Salad Cream (yes I’m a freak). But this time hurrah, I was impressed! This was the first bag that actually tasted somewhat like it claimed. Okay the cucumber wasn’t massively there but cucumber is basically just water anyway. Isn’t it? I could definitely taste salad cream anyway, along with a far more prominent and tasty cheese flavour. Nice and definitely my favourite so far.

Next I went with Sausage and Brown Sauce which were enjoyable enough and a fair effort at tasting as their name suggests. In the grand tradition so far, the sauce outweighed its sausage counterpart but I could still taste more sausage than I did with the bacon (and it was nicer) and in this more instance I at least like brown sauce. However not the crisps I’d choose personally, given all the wonderful flavours we are blessed with in our supermarket aisles.

Ham and Mustard last but not leastly – boy do I love mustard. It’s worth noting (for my own satisfaction) that Brannigans do the most incredible thick-cut Roast Beef and Mustard crisps which are honestly so fucking good they taste like an actual dinner and cost NINETY PENCE for a small a bag in my local corner shop which is absolutely extortionate but that’s beside the point. My point is – they are incredible and worth extortionate prices. But  I’m going way off topic, what about these hammy Walkers effort. They were nice actually and probably my second favourite. Not a patch on Brannigans (obviously) but with a nice mustard kick and strong, adequate flavour.

 Bag Two verdict: 4/5

So there you have it. If you’re going to treat yourself to one multi-pack, you know which one to make it. And I want to say thanks for reading this. Not my finest moment I agree but it gave me a guilt free excuse to eat twelve bags of crisps – I enjoyed that a lot.

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68 Responses to Walkers ‘Sandwich’ Crisps: I test the new flavours!

  1. Blog Andrew says:

    Given a snack choice I’d take Frazzles every time!

  2. vinnieh says:

    You are amazing Emma, this post was really something. I’m not the biggest crisp fan, but I usually prefer the traditional flavours. Love that Homer Simpson gif.

  3. Congrats on your nomination…ha ha ha ha!

  4. beetleypete says:

    Thanks for suffering in the cause of nutrition, Em. I can’t abide mayonnaise, or salad cream, so I will be giving those a miss. I have been known to add worcester sauce to cheese on toast, and I like brown sauce on a sausage sandwich, so those two will be my flavours of choice. I rarely eat crisps, though I do like the sea-salt hand-cooked variety occasionally, and Penn State Pretzels, with enough salt on them to bring on a stroke!
    As ever, Pete. XXX
    (PS, I used to have Mario Kart on the old SNES platform!)

    • emmakwall says:

      Hee hee, it was a wrench…but someone had to do it!! I wish I didn’t like mayonnaise either, it’s so bad for me! But I love it 🙂 Worcester sauce on cheese on toast and brown sauce in a sausage sandwich are both okay with me too! The only sauce I really dislike is ketchup..!

      YUM to the sea salt hand cooked crisps too! *high five* hope you’re well Pete xxx

  5. Richard says:

    I remember having the Tomato Ketchup Walkers Crisps once…they were horrendous!
    Although I love the Smoky Bacon crisps, I don’t think I can risk the bacon and ketchup flavour!

  6. Tom says:

    Bacon and ketchup just sounds crazy!!!! What are people doing! (They should make a concrete flavor.)

  7. Haylee says:

    Ooh, these sound interesting (well, bag two at least!). I may have to buy individuals though as I’m not sure I like the bag combos (there’s always one I hate in any combo bag of ANYTHING!). Have you tried any of them in an actual crisp sandwich? Can’t beat a good crisp sarnie 🙂

  8. boppinsblog says:

    By the label, those look the same as the name brand Lays in Canada.
    Your country has funky flavours. We get none of those here.

    The most popular flavours we have in Canada are whale blubber & maple syrup, and hockey puck poutine.

  9. Kevin says:

    I have always found that crisps flavours all taste the same, like Paprika 😛

  10. Emma! You are so self-sacrificing! Just when I think you couldn’t be any more amazing you do something like this! Would you believe as soon as you described the favors in bag 2 my stomach started rumbling! I especially perked up at the cheese, cucumber and salad cream flavor. Yum! And of course they’re all ca!orie free, so you can eat as much as you want. What? I fiugure if I say it enough it’ll come true!
    #kindredspirits

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