Sunday, 12 May 2013

Walkers Hoops & Crosses Review

We have a new addition to our household!  Before you get cross with me for keeping big news quiet, I don't mean anything like that, oh no.  This new addition goes by the name of "Oo Oo Ah Ah"!  And she's a monkey.  A girl monkey, I'm reliably informed.  A girl monkey with a soft spot for Walkers Hoops & Crosses

Pass The Parcel
Oo Oo Ah Ah arrived in style to our house just over a week ago.  In a box, inside another box, inside another box, it was like a game of Pass The Parcel.  In fact, that's exactly what it turned in to, as Daddy went to the door to deal with the postman, I removed the outer posting box, and then Squeaky decided that I couldn't be allowed to deal with exciting packages by myself, and needed some assistance.  As soon as Oo Oo Ah Ah was spotted, Squeaky announced that "Toy Monkeys are for small children, not grown ups", grabbed her out of the box, and ran around the room cuddling her and shrieking "Oo Oo Ah Ah"  They're now inseparable.

Guarding the tasty treasure!
Aside from finding Oo Oo Ah Ah in our box, we also received a pack of Walkers new Hoops and Crosses. A baked wholegrain snack, designed to help keep children happy, and parents confident that their children are getting a balanced diet.  Snacks don't have to be bad, and healthy snacks don't have to be boring.  Our Hoops & Crosses were Roast Beef flavour (oddly, suitable for vegetarians!), and they also come in Salt & Vinegar and Prawn Cocktail flavours.  It seems like an odd selection of flavours to begin with, but thinking about it, they're all pretty strong & distinctive flavours, and Cheese & Onion never appealed to me as a child.  I wouldn't have minded seeing another obviously vegetarian flavour in the range. Though they are all suitable for veggies, it's not all that clear, especially for children.  Maybe cheese and chive, or pickled onion, something like that?

Anyways, on to the all-important taste test.  I thought I was going to struggle with this, to tell you the truth.  Once Squeaky realised that she was allowed to eat the crisps, as well as playing with Oo Oo Ah Ah, she thought it was a bonus extra Christmas, and curled up on the sofa with the bag, shouting at anyone who came near.  I risked life and limb (and camera) to take a photo for you.  The Hoops & Crosses are (oddly enough) shaped like O's and X's, which caused her some initial confusion, and then she decided she needed to eat all the O's first, saving the "No's" for later.  How she's cottoned on to X as an incorrect marker, I don't know.  Fortunately for reviewing purposes, she found herself too full to finish the packet and I was allowed to eat the last handful of X's.  Being wholegrain, they were actually quite filling, and maybe a full sized bag is a little too big for someone Squeaky's size.  I really liked the flavour and the crunch, not too overpowering, but certainly not a taste that gets lost in the wilds of a lunchbox.

I'm definitely going to be on the look-out for Hoops & Crosses.  With 85 calories per bag, they're great as a snack after our endless cycle of pre-school activities - gymnastics, dancing, etc.  And if I can grab the last few, I get a treat as well!  Everyone's a winner.

Walkers Hoops & Crosses are available from all major supermarkets in 6 bag multipacks.

Best Friends Forever!
I'll leave you with Squeaky & Oo Oo Ah Ah curling up for a well earned rest.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post. I was provided with the snack and toy free of charge, and have been offered payment for this review. I have not been told what to write, and all opinions are my own.  I am not a member of any affiliate scheme, links are provided for your convenience, I will not receive reward for their use.

1 comment:

  1. Love it, especially photos! Can't wait to try Hoops & Crosses myself!


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