Kangaroo Flavored Potato Chips? Walkers Crisps Capture World Cup Fever -- Sort Of
Walker's, a potato crisp (read: chip) manufacturer that is essentially the British version of Lay's, produces such common flavors as Salt & Vinegar and Cheese & Onion. But the company also makes a line of flavors specifically for the World Cup. These chips celebrate different countries with unique, international chip "flavours" such as Scottish Haggis, Welsh Rarebit, and American Cheeseburger. (Voters can go online and vote for their favorite as the World Cup progresses.) But as we found out by sampling a few bags in the office the other day, Walker's idea of international flavor is pretty loose -- and some of them are even sort of gross.
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We tried six kinds of crisps: Italian Spaghetti Bolognese, French Garlic Baguette, South African Sweet Chutney, Japanese Terikyaki Chicken, Spanish Chicken Paella, and -- probably the craziest of the bunch -- Australian BBQ Kangaroo.
So how did the countries rank?
6. Spanish Chicken Paella: Arguably the oddest, strangest, and plain grossest flavor among the bunch, the Spanish team left a nasty, bitter aftertaste in our mouths. "It tastes like bile!" said Mike of the crisps.
4. Japanese Teriyaki Chicken: The third bag had some people giving up. "Why am I still eating this?" asked Miche. There really was no good answer. The Japanese chips tasted as if they had been rolled around in a tub full of ginger powder mixed with ramen noodles.
3. Italian Spaghetti Bolognese: Probably the most widely ignored bag in the group, this chip had a mild tomato flavor with something like dried oregano lingering in the background. Some people even liked this one best.
1. French Garlic Baguette: Surprisingly, the French chip was by far the best of the group, with a very mild garlic flavor. "That's, like, a reasonable taste," said Reed. Too bad this is the only victory France will get in the World Cup. "Their chips are better than their team," added Mike.