These Walkers Christmas pudding flavour crisps are described as ‘sweet & spiced’ on the packet, as you’d expect for something claiming to replicate the taste of that traditional Christmas dessert. Upon unsealing the bag, a quick sniff inside reveals an indistinct but mildly festive aroma and the initial taste sensation is of a sweetness that you wouldn’t normally expect, or indeed welcome, in a fried potato snack if you weren’t forewarned.
That sweetness soon blends with the mix of spices to create a fairly plausible simulation of the taste of a Christmas pud. I think it’s a pretty decent effort at recreating that flavour in crisp form. They’re nice enough to eat, although the experience has reaffirmed my opinion that I prefer my potato snacks savoury. I just don’t think there’s a sweet-flavoured-crisp shaped gap in my snacking regime. If I am looking for something sweet to nibble on at this time of the year then there are plenty of things that would be ahead of these crisps in the queue.
I’m not sure they’re going to catch on and I can’t see myself buying them again aside from this once for novelty value as there are far superior flavours out there. I guess they’re only really meant as a novelty for the festive season anyway, so it will be interesting to see if they reappear on the market in future years or prove to be a one-off. They’re nice enough, but they can’t compete with either a real Christmas pudding or with savoury crisp flavours.
- Pack weight: 24g
- Multipack size: 5 packets
- Multipack price: £1.25 (Iceland, 18/12/23)
- Verdict: 2/5
Nutritional Values (per 100g)
|1991KJ / 475kcal
|of which saturates
|of which sugars
Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Christmas Pudding Flavour [Sugar, Salt, Flavourings, Mixed Spices (Clove Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Ginger Powder, Nutmeg Powder), Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Acid (Citric Acid)].