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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Walkers Potato Heads Confirmed sighting: Walkers Potato Heads
Posted: 23:47 Tue 11-Jan-2005. Price: RSP 28p/ 23g. Sub-flavours: Ready Salted, Roast Chicken, Cheese and Onion, Prawn Cocktail. Nutritional unusualness: "70% less saturated fat", as "cooked in high Oleic Sunflower Oil".
"Reg" reports: Right then, the Roast Chicken packet had the same flavour as the normal Walkers roast chicken flavour, but far less greasy. The crisp itself is a thin crinkle cut, with small undulations, as opposed to big ones like on a McCoy's. This gives it a slight abrasive feel, and made my tongue a bit sore. Nice though, and much less fat than normal Walkers (4.8g per 23g).

..."Reg" here confirms previous Mr Potato Head-related ponderings, his excellent photographic skills and attention to detail just about making up for the fact that he neglected to mention where he purchased them. Full info is available from Walkers' official site (small-ish PDF, sorry) along with details of their other new range (ditto), regarding which "Stuart Campbell" has already mailed to say: Just tried the first of the new Comic Relief "mixed-up" Walkers - am keenly searching for the "Bacon and Ketchup" flavour.

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Posted: 08:32 Wed 12-Jan-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: Drat, beaten to it. After enduring the scorn of my girlfriend for taking photos of empty crisp packets, too.

Good crisps, these, and 70% less saturated/33% less fat than regular Walkers (which I'm convinced are kept ultra-fatty so they can bandy these figures about on their other crisps - Squares, Discos, Quavers, everything claims to be 33% less fatty).

Mr Potato head is intriguingly licenced from Hasbro for this one - perhaps Walkers are hoping this will encourage kids to eat what is, relatively speaking, a healthy crisp.

The ready salted flavour contains 3 ingredients - potatoes, oil, salt. The golden rule of less ingredients = better food seems true here.


Posted: 10:31 Wed 12-Jan-2005 by "Stuart Campbell" # permalink comment
Comment: What does "high Oleic Sunflower Oil" mean? Anything related to Olestra, at all?
Posted: 13:47 Wed 12-Jan-2005 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: oleic acid is that thing that was in the news this week as an anti-cancer agent wasn't it? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4154269.stm doesn't seem to be related to olestra: http://www.health-diets.net/healthsearch/oleic.htm (at least you'd hope not. can't see everyone trading low cancer risk for 'chronic faecal urgency')...
Posted: 14:23 Wed 12-Jan-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Let's hope not...

"it tends to pass straight through the gut, causing orange stains on underwear and tightly fitting clothes"


Posted: 13:14 Thu 13-Jan-2005 by "Rob" # permalink comment
Comment: Just tried the Ready Salted variety, and I'm quite impressed. Nice taste of actual potato. If you're doing we1ghtw(at)chers, I reckon they're about 2 p0ints per bag. Just 0.5 grams saturated fat, which is the crucial figure on ww, so a nice treat you can sometimes afford to have. Also tried a pack of Quaker's Seasons, crispbread snacks that have been "baked not fried." The black pepper and salt flavour. Nice burning sensation in the mouth (good pepper), but snack itself a bit glutinous and stuck in teeth. 2.5 p0ints, I think, 0.4g saturated fat, but not very nice.
Posted: 18:57 Thu 13-Jan-2005 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought a 12 bag multipack of these in Tesco's on Saturday for £1.19. The crisps are quite tasty despite the reduced fat. Normally I avoid Walkers crisps because they are too greasy for my liking. I especially liked the Prawn Cocktail flavour, but the other 3 flavours were also very nice.
Posted: 23:25 Mon 17-Jan-2005 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: Walkers used to have a range of 'Fine Cut Crinkles' until the mid 90s that had the same tiny ridges as these new Potato Heads. I think it was about 1999 that they stopped making them. They were available in Cream Cheese & Chives flavour and Cheese & Ham flavour. Looking at the nutritional information on the back of the packs, the protein and carbohydrate have both gone up slightly in the Potato Heads but the fat content has dropped massively from 11 grams to 5 grams and the calories per bag from 150 down to 110.
Posted: 08:43 Fri 28-Jan-2005 by "elaine elaine" # permalink comment
Comment: show a blimming picture of the bloody potatoes you twart. thank you
Posted: 09:20 Mon 14-Feb-2005 by "moosa" # permalink comment
Comment: I think walkers should put a toy potato head free in multipacks.p.s I think the crisps taste great too.
Posted: 10:06 Mon 28-Feb-2005 by "Baby David" # permalink comment
Comment: Have bought 2 multipacks from Sainsburys and both have suffered from all packs having stale, soft crisps. Single packs bought on their own have been fine....weird.
Posted: 12:02 Mon 28-Feb-2005 by "Whomper" # permalink comment
Comment: These have become my workaday crisp, and I've been buying multipacks without any problems. That said, in all packs, about one crisp in every eight tastes unpleasantly like vegetable oil. The overall effect is good, though.
Posted: 20:41 Tue 08-Mar-2005 by "Happier" # permalink comment
Comment: It is great that I can now have Chicken/Prawn Cocktail crisps, as these have no MSG in it. Fantastic and they taste nice. Well done Walkers
Posted: 17:34 Sat 26-Mar-2005 by "Justme"
(apparently posting from 172.213.16.114: acd51072.ipt.aol.com) # permalink comment
Comment: The crisps are great but what a rip off as the bags only carry half a dozen crisps... I couldnt believe it when i bought a six pack how empty the packets were.... They will not sell at this rate despite the claims,as those with kids with want quantity. I think Walkers are treading a fine line and its sad they have a great product but are ripping off the public by only putting in a few crisps because its additive free yet the other packs are stashed and full of additives...
Posted: 16:20 Sun 27-Mar-2005 by "Michelle" # permalink comment
Comment: disgusting, I don't like walkers lites aswell, thier is a strange fatty scent AND TASTE TO THEM
Posted: 10:41 Tue 05-Apr-2005 by "emma"
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Comment: really good but need more nude pics and some pictures of me n my friends xox
Posted: 19:29 Wed 06-Apr-2005 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: Did I just miss something?
Posted: 14:11 Thu 09-Jun-2005 by "frankwise school"
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Comment: why is it not possible to find the ingridents for little notions lovely lemon cheesecake fingers
Posted: 19:19 Thu 09-Jun-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Cause this is a Potato Heads thread?
Posted: 09:54 Thu 23-Jun-2005 by "the sanest person here" # permalink comment
Comment: you are all insane
Posted: 13:37 Thu 23-Jun-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Frankwise the ingerdients are (greatest first): fat, lard and sugar.
Posted: 14:38 Thu 23-Jun-2005 by "bob"
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Comment: rubbish 2075
Posted: 14:12 Mon 20-Nov-2006 by "lassie dumb" # permalink comment
Comment: this is good 5
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