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Posted: 17:06 Wed 05-Apr-2006. Price: 46p for a 40g bag, or three for 1. Location: Co-op, Wigan. Sub-flavours: Slow Roasted Lamb and Moroccan Spices; Lime and Coriander Chutney poppadoms; Japanese Beef Teriyaki crackers. Nutritional unusualness: Contains sweetener.
"Cap'n Crisps" reports: Americans have had the pleasure of lime-flavoured crisps for ages now, but they've finally made it across the Atlantic in the shape of this ginger-and-coriander-enhanced "Thai spices" interpretation. The taste isn't that different, and the clearly-detectable lime works better in crisps than you'd think it would. With this and the not-bad Lime Coke now available, these are happy days for lime lovers.

...The Grocer magazine reveals that this is part of Walkers' 2.5m relaunch (and packaging redesign) of their "ailing posh crisps brand" (after a 17.8% "decline in value" - presumably year on year), which includes the tragic delisting of Walkers Sensations Olive Oil. In other upmarket upheavals, Salty Dog have apparently added a Black pepper and ginger flavour, while "Deb" sounds almost suspiciously enthusiastic about Dairylea Dunkers Baked Crisps (1.95 for 4 bags, Sainsbury's, "50% less fat than a bag of crisps"), declaring: I thought Dunkers were all for kids, but tried these and am addicted! Just the right amount of cheese for generous dipping - it's half fat but tastes fine. The crisps (apparently they are potato and wheat snacks with a tomato flavour) are really tasty too and nice and crunchy.


Posted: 19:24 Wed 05-Apr-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: I am *extremely* upset that Sensations Olive Oil are being delisted.

They were the best crisp Walkers did by *miles*.

Posted: 20:49 Wed 05-Apr-2006 by "Cap'n Crisps" # permalink comment
Comment: Nonsense. Roasted Onion and Balsamic Vinegar were the best, and have been rebranded in the new range as *Caramelised* Onion and *Sweet* Balsamic Vinegar. Hopefully they haven't screwed with the recipe.
Posted: 16:17 Thu 06-Apr-2006 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: There have already been lime crisps in the UK for ages- lime Doritos, which are gorgeous. And I don't even like crisps.
Posted: 06:35 Fri 07-Apr-2006 by "Cap'n Crisps" # permalink comment
Comment: Doritos aren't crisps. And I should know!
Posted: 16:07 Fri 07-Apr-2006 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: Well I suppose that might be why I like them.
Posted: 17:25 Sun 09-Apr-2006 by "bobsy" # permalink comment
Comment: oh no, these lime ones are awful.. at least they're veggie friendly though.
Posted: 19:33 Mon 10-Apr-2006 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: The new range of Sensations crisps have been on a 3 for £3 offer in most supermarkets for the last couple of weeks, giving you a chance to sample the new flavours.

Thai Sweet Chilli and Sea Salt & Black Pepper are the only two surviving flavours from the old Sensations range. But the only flavour to completely disappear is the Steak & Peppercorn flavour. Most of the other flavours just get subtle facelifts...

The Four Cheese & Red Onion flavour changes to Vintage Cheddar & Red Onion Chutney flavour. This effectively changes what was a nice cheese & onion style flavour into a less desirable tangy cheese & pickle flavour.

The Lamb & Mint flavour now becomes Lamb & Moroccan Spices flavour. It was obvious Lamb & Mint was going to have to be replaced since it was moved into the standard range of crisps. Sadly the spices used are a bit overpowering for the lamb.

The Roasted Onion & Balsamic Vinegar flavour is now Caramelised Onion & Sweet Balsamic Vinegar flavour. To my mind this is a step backwards destroying the lovely sweet/sour balance of the old flavour by now making it more of a sweet/sweet combination.

The Chicken & Thyme flavour is replaced by Chicken, Lemon & Thyme flavour. Only a subtle change here, but the hint of lemon they have added goes well with the chicken.

Then there are a couple of brand new flavours. Suprisingly for the first time in the Sensations range we get a plain Sea Salt flavour. The ones I had were not very salty at all and a bit like chewing cardboard. The most controversial of the new flavours is Lime & Thai Spices. These are surprisingly nice crisps - with real lime and coriander ingredients making a nice refreshing taste on your tongue, just as if you had a slice of lime rind in your mouth. Makes you wonder what the Lime & Black Pepper flavour crisps in the Lays Sensations range in America taste like.

Apart from crisps, all the Sensations ranges of poppadoms, crackers, etc. have been reduced to just 4 key flavours. Creamy Chicken Pasanda Poppadoms and Peking Spare Rib & Five Spice Crackers survive the cull, and are joined by 2 new flavours - Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms and Japanese Beef Teriyaki Crackers. You can spot these easily on the shelves in their new bright blue or purple packets.

All the redesigned packets - crisps and snacks - now credit a Stylist on the back for the first time, alongside the photographer. This makes these packets possibly the first 'designer' crisp packets to appear. Whatever next ??

Posted: 19:48 Mon 10-Apr-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Ridiculous. I think the new style packaging is less eye-catching than the previous one.
Posted: 17:27 Tue 11-Apr-2006 by "Mr Plop" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm a crisps fan but I've never liked any of the Sensations range and can't say I'm excited by these changes.
Posted: 19:28 Sun 14-May-2006 by "Kristy" # permalink comment
Comment: The lime ones are gross.
Posted: 00:06 Tue 30-May-2006 by "chars" # permalink comment
Comment: Ok, firstly, the new vintage cheddar and onion chutney tastes like feet; they are gross. secondly, why did they stop making sea salt and malt vinegar flavour?? they were the best!! sign the petition to get them back!! http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/SaltandVinegar
Posted: 12:48 Fri 01-Sep-2006 by "smeg_head" # permalink comment
Comment: On first tasting these crips have gone straight to the top of my favourites. When a friend said they were lime flavour I was very dubious but now I'm addicted to them - absolutely gorgeous crisps. 94746 6 60
Posted: 21:44 Thu 25-Jan-2007 by "BIGPUFF"
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Comment: I agree totally with 'Magnetic Ham Sandwhich'about Walkers Sensations re:Caramelised Onion & Sweet Balsamic Vinegar flavour. They are no way as strong or as tasty in a zingykind of way as they were prior to the branding and flavour name makeover.Nor are they as brightly coloured as they were previously practically covered in flavouring/colour. Pah! Imagine my horror when I finally tracked em down on the Tescos home ordering food webpage and each of the three bags i purchased were just boring old big bags of oniony flavoured drivvel. And they are the only Sensations I like and can actually buy being a veggie!!

Why do Walkers do this?Soon the whole world over will have Walkers and Lays brands/flavours in every country worldwide all looking and tasting the chuffin same. Its not far off!Betcha!

Posted: 22:41 Wed 04-Apr-2007 by "new_fan!" # permalink comment
Comment: i just came back from a trip in London and LOVE the Caramelised Onion & Sweet Balsamic Vinegar ones! sorry! maybe the "old" was better, but i have no point of reference. i can eat a whole bag at once. yummy. i'm afraid to look for it in the states!
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