I found these interesting new crisps in Sainsbury’s, as the smart bags caught my eye. They have launched as new ‘posh’ crisps, but you’ll noticed on the packaging they are part of Walkers and have the logo on the front of their bag. As the bag is mostly cream in colour it is completely different to the black bags of posh crisp Walkers launched in their Sensations range, so I’m intrigued to see how these differ. For a start they are labelled as potato chips and not crisps, which never seems terribly English.
I chose the Flame Grilled Spanish Chorizo with Roasted Onion variety (pretentious, moi?) as it seemed the most interesting one that has launched. They are also available in Mature Cornish Cheddar and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. Apparently there are tortilla chips too in the range, but I didn’t see any of those in my local branch of Sainsburys.
I opened up the bag, and the aroma reminded me of paprika. The crisps were a nice orangey colour too, showing off plenty of seasoning. I have to say the texture wasn’t what I was expecting, they are quite hard and crunchy. There is a chain of though thought which follows that the posher the crisp the thicker and crunchier they have to be, which is a bit of shame really. I actually like crisps somewhere in the middle, with a bit of a snap to them, without them being a chore to eat. These were on my upper limit, and I would have preferred them a little thinner.
The flavour sounded quite interesting and adventurous, consisting of both flame grilled chorizo and a roasted onion, that would be two ways of cooking the ingredients in the dish in reality. The taste was mostly spicy and but was quite flavoursome. I could pick up on paprika and onion as the main flavours, with a hint of sweet and smokiness. The meaty taste of chorizo was very mild, and quite difficult to pick up, but that aside these were very easy eating and had a good flavour, despite not quite living up to the complexities of the name.
I will see if I can pick up the other new flavours available, and report back very soon.