When Walkers asked if I would like to try out their new Mighty Lights crisps I was more than happy to oblige. Whilst not a huge crisp eating family we do like to snack on them occasionally especially if we have friends and family around and sometimes as an after school treat. I tend not to allow them into my daughter’s lunch box (the only child that has a packed lunch for school) as I think they usually add a large amount of unnecessary calories, fat and salt. However there is a place for savoury snacks if used in moderation, and I probably let her have crisps about twice a term in her lunch box. My motto is to not ban anything completely otherwise it tends to become a forbidden fruit.
Anyway, back to Walker’s Mighty Lights. These are crisps made from real potatoes, as opposed to pretend ones They contain on average 30 % less fat than standard potato crisps, are a source of fibre, and are suitable for vegetarians. They do not contain any artificial colours or preservatives or MSG.
Give me a choice of a crinkle cut chip or a straight cut one and I will always choose the crinkle cut one so I like these crisps with their ridges and most of them come in manageable handy round slices which makes them easy for little mouths to eat. Nothing worse than finding a huge crisp in your packet which then breaks into a million little pieces and falls to the floor when you bite into it because it won’t fit in your mouth whole!
Walkers Mighty Lights crisps come in three flavours; Lightly Salted, Cheese & Onion and Roast Chicken.
I really like the Lightly salted flavour, I was pleasantly surprised to discover they aren’t just salted but have herby seasoning too. I also like the cheese & onion flavour, a revelation because I normally hate this flavour! The crisps have a good crunch and then melt in your mouth.
The girls have favourited the Roast Chicken flavour, and M the cheese and onion ones.
Each 25g packet contains 114 calories, so not too dangerous in a balanced diet. The salt content is fairly low; 0.28g, the fat higher at around 4.7g but low in saturates. These will probably make it into my daughter’s packed lunch for the odd treat, and certainly have more chance than a standard packet of crisps would. I am all for reducing fat and salt in our children’s diets.
I am very disappointed that my son who has coeliac disease cannot have Walkers Mighty Lights crisps because they have an allergy advice that the factory the crisps are made in handles milk, wheat, gluten, barley, soya, celery and mustard.
I will be buying Walkers Mighty Lights again as I would much rather the children have a healthier version of crisps for the occasional treat
Disclosure: We were sent the crisps to try and this review is being paid, however it does not change my opinion of the crisps.