Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps & I Used to Be Good at Science
Junk Food Nation, the fact that the title of this post is “I used to be good at science” reflects the fragile state of my brain right now. But it’s true. I have already posted on this site before about my inability to do long division. And now my lawyer brain has another thing slipping away from the knowledge noggin-library: science.
On the way back from Ireland, a bag of chips I had inflated until it was tight and about to burst. It looked like this:
At 35,000 feet, this chip bag looked like it was about to bust open. It felt like a balloon. And I was trying to remember why… I figured it had something to do with the pressure inside the bag being much higher than the pressure outside the bag, caused by the fact that air pressure is much lower at 35,000 feet than at sea level. But doesn’t a plane stabilize the air pressure somewhat? I’m lost here. Someone help! Post the explanation in the comments below – PLEASE! I’m getting stupider by the minute.
While in Ireland, I was struck by the number of meat-flavored snacks. Beef flavored chips, etc. I even saw these:
I’m PRETTY sure these are just chicken flavored corn puffs. Wow. Had these not been a six pack I probably would’ve purchased these to review. Chicken-flavored Cheetos??? Only in Ireland.
These Taytos Chickatees were not the chicken snack I chose to review – Instead, I bought something I’d been DYING to try before I even went overseas: Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps!
Meat flavored chips are always tough. As I found out with the Prawn Cocktail chips, sometimes these companies design these chips to taste like the condiments that are applied to meat – for example, making “Baby Back Rib” chips taste more like barbecue sauce than meat. Would these Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps hold up, and actually taste like meat?
Or would these Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps taste like something else? Rosemary and thyme. Maybe they’d have a bouillon cube taste. Or best of all, maybe they’d taste like the greasy crispy chicken skin that I love!
I love chicken skin so much that when I roast a chicken, I will often eat all the chicken skin first. THEN any flabby pieces of chicken skin…I’ll put in a frying fan and RE-FRY to make crispy. AMAZING.
Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps came in a normal bag the size of …well something you’d get out of a vending machine. I wasn’t sure how this was a GRAB BAG. Of course, this probably reflects that I have a pretty warped view of what a GRAB BAG should be. To me a GRAB BAG is big enough to feed a family.
Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps has chicken seasoning, but the chicken seasoning contains no mention of chicken except for presumably the “flavouring.” I feel like the British are skirting some kind of health laws here.
I stuck my nose into the opened Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps bag, and breathed deep: and it smelled like chicken! Like, for reals, yo – this smelled like the chicken that you just pulled out of the oven. I was beside myself. It actually smelled like roast chicken, with all the hints of smoky roast. Walkers, +1.
I chewed some Walkers Roast Chicken Potato Crisps, and the verdict: I must say, this is closest I think I’ve ever tasted a chip coming close to real meat. Really incredible – the chip itself, as I’ve described before is nice and flaky. And the flavor is spot on. I immediately get the briny chicken flavor mixed with what seems like a bit of rosemary and thyme spice. The more I savored and chewed these crisps, the more the roast chicken flavor came out – slightly smoky and had that slight tang that rosemary-infused chicken stock has.
Walkers, bravo with this one. You’ve taken the top seed with meat-flavored chips, for sure.
Sincerely, Junk Food Guy