Market Deli Chips Review:
While I love crisps and chips of all sorts, I tend to avoid buying them except for special occasions. It’s simply the only way I can stop myself from eating an entire family bag in one sitting. But being offered the chance to review some of the Walkers new Market Deli range of snacks for grown-ups seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.
So, when four family sized packs of potato and tortilla chips arrived I was both apprehensive and delighted. An excuse to tuck in.
The packaging is classy and elegant. Design is smart without being in any way ostentatious. It’s also quite functional. My potato chips were not a mass of tiny pieces as can all too often happen when this kind of food is sent in the post. The bags open easily at the top, so you can fold them over to close them if you don’t finish them all in one sitting. And the matt finish means that if you happen to sneak a few extra out from the bag you won’t leave finger prints!
Both the potato and tortilla chips were relatively uniform in size and the potato chips seem to be skin-on (I’m not sure if that genuinely makes them healthier but I’m going to convince myself that’s the case).
In terms of flavour, my favourite and the most authentic was the Cornish Mature Cheddar which had all the rich creamy flavour of a good cheese without overpowering the crisp.
I was a little less convinced by the Balsamic Vinegar of Modena chips. For me, they were just a bit too overpoweringly vinegary. I do cook with balsamic vinegar but I find you only need a tiny amount for great results.
Of course, taste is very much a personal thing and just as a Rogan Josh may be way too strong for many people, for others it’s the perfect curry.
I did enjoy the Wiltshire cured ham with cheddar and chutney. Just a little more complex in flavour profile than the Cornish Mature Cheddar, these would be excellent with a pint of beer and (at least for me) don’t need any kind of accompaniment other than that.
There are two types of Tortilla chips – mine were roasted red chilli with Mediterranean sundried tomato. They were quite overwhelmingly tomato flavoured and I would certainly have preferred a bit more chilli. But, the counter to that is a Tortilla chip that will work well alongside all sorts of different foods – from chilli con carne to guacamole or salsa. I liked the texture, they were not at all chewy, very crunchy and quite light.
Would I buy them again? I’d definitely buy the Cornish Mature Cheddar and I’d be interested to try the Flame Grilled Spanish Chorizo potato chips. The other two chips or crisps are not my personal favourites but since they come in sharing bags for £2.39 and single bags at £0.83 I’d be tempted to buy all four flavours in smaller bags.
There are a few other flavours and varieties I haven’t tried too. I just need an excuse – and Christmas seems like the perfect time to indulge
This is a commissioned post for PepsiCo all opinions are my own