Review (x2): Walkers Do Us A Flavour Potato Crisps: Ranch Raccoon & Cheesy Beans On Toast
Junk Food Nation, while my mind explodes with the release of Apple’s Watch and the idea that sports betting may be allowed in New Jersey, let’s move on with the Walkers Do Us a Flavor reviews. Today: Walkers Ranch Raccoon & Cheesy Beans on Toast potato crisps!
OOH BABY. Ranch Raccoon! This is the flavor everyone has been wondering about. Not that Cheesy Beans on Toast sounds any better. Honestly, what the hell are cheesy beans? Is this like when you mix refried beans and queso together? Because that’s not bad…but then do people from the UK eat this on toast as opposed to tortilla chips? I’m so confused.
Well, whatever – let’s just get to it. FIRST UP: Walkers Ranch Raccoon Potato Crisps!
And, like yesterday, we’ll begin with Brit’s review:
BRIT: This may disturb you but neither ranch dressing nor raccoons exist in the UK. This makes me sad.
These smell pretty awful, like sour cream gone bad with almost a greasy smell. Think sour cream and chive Pringles but weaker, without the chives and slightly off.
The taste is surprisingly not as bad as I’d thought it would be but it doesn’t taste of ranch. It’s a very weak sour cream with a tiny hint of coolness. I do pick up the “off” note that I could smell and I find it unpleasant, mainly they just taste of potato chips though. These are a disappointment and I don’t see them winning.
I actually went to the official site after I’d tried these, and after reading the description I can’t imagine how they ended up with this as the final product. Gamey meat? Garlic? Nope and nope.
JFG: What?? Ranch dressing doesn’t exist in the UK? How do you eat your salad/broccoli/buffalo wings/car seats/poison then? No ranch? NO FREEDOM.
Anyways, according to the Walkers website: “A delicious combination of gamey meat flavour, with accents of sour cream and a garlic kick. They complement one another beautifully.” Yikes. I have to admit – while I have eaten game meat before at restaurants (rabbits, venison, etc.), I was a little scared to try these. BUCK UP, ERIC. YOU CAN DO THIS.
I opened the bag and smelled, fearing the worst…and smelled, well, not much. Huh. I did pick up the sour cream smell…and there was a little bit of meaty funk to the aroma. It wasn’t a good smell to be sure, but it wasn’t anything specific. Smelled a lot like the Haggis Chips I’ve eaten before.
Placing a good mouthful of crisps into my mouth, I chewed and tasted…and interesting flavor. Brit was right – I didn’t pick up gamey-ness. I could taste the sour cream flavor but it was light…the whole thing had a sort of burnt meat flavor. The sour cream/garlic flavor maybe helped round out the savoriness? But to me, the most accurate flavor I could pin down was burnt chicken. It tasted like burnt chicken. Ever get a $5 chicken from you local supermarket, one of those pre-roasted ones? You know how there are some dry semi-burnt edges on that chicken? That’s what this tasted like. Burnt chicken. Not a BAD flavor…but certainly not an appetizing one.
Is that what raccoon tastes like? Burnt chicken?
SECOND UP: Walkers Cheesy Beans On Toast Potato Crisps!
BRIT: I have high hopes for these; cheese and baked beans is a really popular topping for toast and jacket potatoes over here. They definitely smell cheesy and I can pick up a little tart tomato sauce, pretty good.
Taste-wise they’re good but too salty and definitely too weak. Salt and cheese are the main flavours with a tiny hint of tomato-y bean sauce in the background. I’m disappointed; these could easily have been the winner.
Again I looked these up after I tasted them and sorry, Emma C; there’s no “classic baked bean taste.” Maybe Walkers tried to sabotage her? If these had been better they clearly would’ve been frontrunners.
JFG: I still don’t know what cheesy beans are, nor do I know what jacket potatoes are. Apparently, it is this. Which actually doesn’t look half bad, so …there’s that.
The website describes these as: “Sweet tomato sauce overlaid with hints of mature Somerset cheese and backed up by that classic baked bean taste. Classic combinations.” I opened the bag and sniffed…I smelled a slight tangy cheesy smell. Tangy cheese? Maybe that’s the tomato? But yeah…a tangy cheesy smell.
Placing some crisps into my mouth, I chewed and got not much flavor at all. Brit describes them as having a salt and cheese flavor, but the cheese flavor I picked up really only came in at the end…it started out just as a slight creamy taste that towards the end of the chew turned slightly sharp that gave me a cheese kick. Otherwise, it was pretty lame.
Beany-ness? Zippy. I got none. I personally didn’t really pick up on ANY tomato/bean taste, and I’ve HAD good bean-flavored chips. This is definitely a lost opportunity for Walkers. Sad.
Ranch Raccoon verdict – not as offensive as I thought. Cheesy Beans on Toast verdict – weak sauce.
So far, the Walkers Do Us a Flavor flavors are not wow-ing me AT ALL. Wasabi Ginger still reigns supreme in my mind!
PURCHASED AT: UK!
COST: 1 pound per six pack.
Junk Food Guy