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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Walkers Sensations Buffalo Mozzarella and Herbs Confirmed sighting: Walkers Sensations Buffalo Mozzarella and Herbs
Posted: 21:43 Tue 21-Apr-2009. Price: 1. Location: Asda, Leicester. Nutritional unusualness: No buffalo were harmed in the making of this snack.
Another extended crisp contribution today, so it's straight over to "Nick T": If you're old enough to remember walking into Woolworths - if you're old enough to remember Woolworths, that is - and spending your pocket money on a Top Of The Pops compilation LP, you'll know the clanging disappointment when you skip home and realise it's not a bargain containing all the current teen chart-toppers at all, it's a bunch of 40-something session musicians gamely but hopelessly imitating your pop heroes. It's that cheek-slapping dawn of bitter realisation which will also be familiar to anyone googling for archive photos of Michael Jackson only to be initially puzzled, then appalled, when the search returns pictures of a sparky little black lad with the same name. Sometimes, things just aren't what you expected.

And so it is with this latest addition to the Sensations (am I the only person unable to say the word "Sensations" without the disturbing image of Tony Blackburn saying it in his Smashy and Nicey voice?) range. Open the attractive keenly-priced bag and you'll be welcomed by a pleasant whiff of herbs. Things are looking up. But pop one of these fragile, pale russet crisps in your mouth and the faint but unmistakable flavour is of... chicken. Hunh? Perhaps it's because mozzarella is too bland to use as a base flavour? A quick check of the ingredients and, despite the bizarre claim "Made With Real Ingredients" (as opposed to what?), things are actually better than you'd expect from Walkers Corp. There are authentic seasonings and flavourings in there, plus a few inexplicable additions such as dried pomegranate juice, skimmed milk, and that signature Walkers sweetness.

So you try another and, sure enough, there it is again in the background. Chicken. Well, chicken-flavoured crisps, anyway. No matter. I turn off my big-brand prejudices and scoff the rest of the bag contentedly. I can't see them being around for long but hey, they're worth a punt for a pound. Pondering on this odd taste swap, I am reminded of the French socialist philosopher Charles Fourier. I'm sure you are too. M. Fourier was a 19th Century Utopian who believed the seas would slowly lose their salt and finally taste of lemonade. And whilst I hope I'm not quite that batty, I do wonder if perhaps this is a precursor to a new Walkers cost-cutting stratagem: a gradual leaching out and blurring together of flavours to create one global homogenised McFlava, centrally controlled and marketed in endless variations of packaging? Pop pickers, you heard it here first.



Posted: 01:18 Wed 22-Apr-2009 by "snackkin heaven" # permalink comment
Comment: great accurate reporting there 'Nick T'.

i love crips but walkers sensations aint a brand i make a dash for. this latest flavour is just bland as 'Nick T' writes and for me not worth buying a second packet.i tried a bag but crushed up half of the bag and fed it to some birds - but some of the crisps were still there when i passed by a day later!

the only sensations i have tried and actually enjoyed, however, are the caramised onion and balsamic vinegar ones but for me they are simply not strong enough. walkers regular pickled onion are preferable and great when they can be located.

best hitting flavour tastes in town around personsally for me right now are ''mccoys twisted'' malt vinegar with chilli -my mouth was still zinging 5 minutes afterwards and the delicious new mccoys sizzling king prawn flavour which were truly strong and satisfying - and only one bag was required as i was full afterwards so well done mcocys - spot on!

Posted: 07:41 Wed 22-Apr-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Yes, I found those Buffalo Mozzarella and Herbs crisps sadly lacking a flavour. It must be said that mozzarella isn't the strongest tasting cheese anyway. Nick, I said the same to my better half, "Real ingredients?! As opposed to imaginery?"
Posted: 09:47 Fri 24-Apr-2009 by "TERRY JENKINS(kinsgen (at!) aol.com"
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Posted: 13:10 Fri 24-Apr-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Where is the "Oh FFS!" icon on here, please?
Posted: 13:15 Fri 24-Apr-2009 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Zeddy, I think I've worked out who had all that Buckie.
Posted: 14:16 Fri 24-Apr-2009 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: in Terry's defence, he makes a moderately interesting point about the Oatibix advert - perhaps there'll be "My Sharonaaaaaaaaaa!" alternative ending from the always-wear-a-seatbelt campaign?
Posted: 22:04 Sat 25-Jul-2009 by "GSD Owner" # permalink comment
Comment: I have to say I loved this flavour!
Posted: 16:03 Thu 13-Aug-2009 by "Bow Vine" # permalink comment
Comment: The flavour was indistinguishable from cow mozzarella.
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