As soon as I hear the name Walkers, I think of crisps, but that's not all they make. They recently sent us through a selection of their new Sunbites multigrain snacks to try out. The first thing that the kids grabbed hold of were the Crispy Crackers and Pitta Bakes, both of which come in multipacks containing five little snack-sized 24g bags. When I saw the flavours, I wasn't sure what kind of reception they'd get though because they sounded very spicy - the Crispy Crackers were Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli flavour and the Pitta Bakes were Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli flavour.
I poured the contents of one bag of each into a bowl - the round ones are the Crispy Crackers and the diamond shaped ones are Pitta Bakes - and they have that dark reddish spice-covered look that screams "look out, we're about to remove the roof of your mouth" ! They are actually very tame though and even the kids said they weren't spicy. They were wolfed down by the whole family who all declared them delicious. Both snacks are baked rather than fried so they contain 30% less fat than regular crisps and they have the added advantage of not giving you greasy fingers. They taste lovely with a strong flavour and beautiful crispy, crunchy texture.
We also received a Sunbites Crackers and Dip pack which contains a 36g bag of crackers and an 80g tub of Caramelised Red Onion Chutney. These were also declared delicious but the box is quite big so we were surprised and a bit disappointed to see the small amount of crackers inside. Conversely, the tub of chutney seems too big, given the quantity of crackers, so I think they need to adjust their portion sizes (hopefully upping the number of crackers rather than reducing the quantity of dip !). Nothing was wasted though - the chutney was far too good to throw away so I had it in a ham sandwich for lunch the next day !
Sunbites Crispy Crackers are available in four flavours: Cream Cheese and Chive, Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli, Lightly Salted and Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary. Sunbites Pitta Bakes are available in Vintage Cheddar and Caramelised Onion, Roasted Red Pepper and Chilli and Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary flavours. Sunbites Crackers and Dip packs come in Caramelised Red Onion Chutney with Lightly Salted Crackers and Sundried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa with Lightly Salted Crackers. All products are made with natural flavours, no artificial colours and no msg and the whole range of Sunbites products are suitable for vegetarians.
We were very impressed with the flavours and will definitely be exploring the rest of the range, especially as they are a lighter and healthier alternative to crisps. The multipacks of Crispy Crackers and Pitta Bakes seem better value than the Crackers and Dip though.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £1.89 for the Crispy Crackers and Pitta Bakes, £1.49 for the Crackers and Dip
for more information : http://www.sunbites.co.uk/
Disclosure : We received the products in order to write an honest review.