Sensations Mexican Smoked Chilli Coated Peanuts

by Martin 'Scooby' Arnold on June 10, 2012 · 2 comments

in Product Reviews

Sensations Mexican Smoke Chilli Peanuts

Sensations Mexican Smoke Chilli Peanuts

Come on then guys, what did the left nut say to the right nut? The guy in the middle thinks he is so hard haha Moving swiftly on, as you’ve probably guessed my review today is on, nuts. Walkers nuts no less. You have probably no doubt tried some of the Walkers range of sensations crisps. My favourite being the Thai sweet chilli which are very nice. Most of the range are to be fair which is why I’m quite keen on trying these. ‘Sensations Mexican Smoked Chilli coated peanuts’. They come in a very nice and sturdy non glossy foil style pack. Unfortunately it is not a reseal able pack but one that has a bit of tape to hold the pack down. The pack carries its usual flair from the sensations range with dried chillis and nuts exploding on the font of the packet. One big downfall that I have noticed on close inspection is the word ‘flavour’ in extremely small lettering under the Mexican smoked chilli. So they are not exactly Mexican smoked chilli, but are meant to contain the flavour of them. Lets see.

Ingredients: Peanuts (41%), Starch, vegetable oil, Mexican smoked chilli flavour, yeast extract, potassium chloride, sour cream powder, yeast powder, citric acid, maltodextrin, rice flour, salt, colours.

Sounds like more the contents of a chemistry set rather than a pack of nuts. They smell pretty good though. Although when I say good, I mean they smell of normal peanuts. Nothing more. If anything they smell of dry roasted, nothing else comes out of the pack other than that. It does however look like the honey monster has left a load of sugar puffs in here. These are completely coated peanuts, as in, peanuts in a crispy shell. Not the coated I had thought of being dusted with some lovely chilli powder.

So far, bit of a mix of emotions, you guessed it, I’m not completely ‘nuts’ about these as yet haha……ha??? They do taste pretty good. Not as appealing as a straight peanut due to having this outer coating but do taste pretty nice. A mild smoky flavour with a non existent element of heat. That has let me down in a big way now, no heat????? There should at least be something surely? As you can see in the picture my 3 year old son Oliver loved these nuts. He normally goes for pistachios but today he grabbed these. And after 3 handfuls then turned around dancing saying they where hot. I think that sums up the heat level don’t you?

So…..Packaging looks good but needs a proper seal system. Don’t try and hide the fact that its only a flavour and not the real deal. Lose the outer coating, its not bad at all but I think would be lot better without it. Keep the smoky flavour as it is in keeping with the sensation range but please grow some nuts and stick some heat in. I don’t mean blow your head off heat, but you need to get something off. If I was given these as a non chilli product I could quite happily eat the whole pack as the flavour is pretty damn good ultimately.

A 165g bag of these will set you back a mere £1.99 which in the terms of peanuts, is pretty cheap. Looking back though the pack is only 41% nut, the rest is coating and flavouring. They can be picked up from pretty much any supermarket by the look of things. Get them if you enjoy a nibble with a bottle of wine or whisky and relax. Not if you are after a hot snack fix. You will enjoy if not a big hot hot hot fan.

So until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(0.5/10)
Packaging
(8.5/10) (would get 9.5/10 if had a proper seal grrr)
Value
(8.5/10)
Overall
(7/10) (More heat please!!)

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avatar Jason December 2, 2014 at 12:11 am

I’m no chef but I know what is good food. To be honest, this is the worst and by worst, I mean literally terrible combination of flavour. Peanuts, by itself, is wonderful – with that little sweet coming along the crunchiness. Now, this Mexican Smoked Peanut garbage comes with sweet + a little bit of spiciness + sour and salty. Just, What on Earth is with that taste? I believe if you sell a packet of original peanut, it’ll definitely outsell this pack of junk.

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