Monday, 26 August 2013

Walkers Mighty Lights Review

Mighty Lights, not Tighty Whiteys. Get your minds out of the gutter, there are other bits of internet for that!

Mighty Lights are the newest addition to the Walkers Crisps family, out just in time for the new school year, and the inevitable lunchbox battles that come with it.  We were sent not one, but three multipacks of Mighty Lights to try out in Squeaky Towers.  Yes, that is pretty much like letting me loose in a shoe shop with someone else's credit card, but hey, I'm not gonna argue.

Om Nom Nom.
The crisps arrived in a great big box on Tuesday, via the local Sorting Office, who officially think I'm crazy.  I managed to wait a whole day before breaking in to them, at least partly because I was in work, and if you think I'm sharing with the gannets in my office, you're deluded.  Sorry, any gannets that are reading this, but there's serious taste testing to be done!

I tucked into a pack of the lightly salted flavour first, perfect with a glass of Soave and some trashy television on a Wednesday evening (my Friday this week!).  And, they're cool.  The ridges are tinier than I expected, I've become accustomed to the Walkers Max style big ridges, so the tiny ones took me by surprise, but they're kind of cute.  The flavour, well, it wasn't quite what I expected.  Lightly Salted means slightly milder than normal Ready Salted in my expectation, but they were, I don't know, slightly sweet?  Maybe it's the taste of the potatoes coming through, but yeah, it was a little bit unexpected. Not unpleasant, and actually quite enjoyable, but not quite what I anticipated.  The crunch was right where it should be, they tasted like crisps, just not quite ready salted.  I can't describe it, you'll have to make your own mind up.

Not quite Ready Salted, and a glass of dry white.
Squeaky doesn't mind that though.  She tucked in to a packet with no concerns whatsoever, just a slight look of confusion, "WHY is Mummy encouraging me to eat crisps, and how did they magically appear out of her handbag?"  This isn't normal.  (I checked, for quality control purposes, hers tasted exactly the same as the packet I had, not quite ready salted, in an odd but edible way.)  She enjoyed them, and that's what really matters.

For the sake of completeness, I've tried both the Roast Chicken and Cheese & Onion as well.  These taste pretty much exactly as you'd expect from Roast Chicken or Cheese & Onion crisps.  Not too strong, and no lingering aftertaste. There's nothing worse than being able to taste your crisps all afternoon - smoky bacon does that to me the most.  They're not overly memorable, but they fill a corner and go crunch in a satisfying manner, and really, that's all I want in a crisp.

All three flavours are suitable for vegetarians, even the roast chicken.  And they have 30% less fat than standard crisps, making them a good choice for the smaller people in your household.  I wouldn't go so far as to say they're mighty, but they're much more crisp-like than previous lower fat crisps, and there's no loss of flavour or crisp-ness, these are real slices of fried potato with flavours on them.  All in all, I'm pretty impressed.  Previous healthy crisps have been pretty disappointing, but these are real crisps, and I can't tell the difference.

Walkers Mighty Lights are available in supermarkets nationwide for around £1.79 for a multipack of 6 bags.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I have received compensation for my time, and the packets of crisps as detailed above for the purposes of this review.  I have not been told what to write and all opinions remain my own. Links are provided for convenience, I am not a member of any affiliate scheme & will not receive reward for their use.

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