Walkers Mighty Lights – 30% less fat than standard crisps

Walkers Mighty Lights (review)

They taste chickeny – JD, 5

I have a weakness for crisps. The fact is, I genuinely believe a sandwich is better when accompanied by few crunchy crisps. Problem is, crisps are laden with salt and fat, and that’s not something I want in my daily routine, let alone in the kids’ lunch boxes.

Generally, we accompany our sarnies with carrot sticks and a little light houmous to dip it in, but this week we’ve also been trying out a new Walkers range of snacks, Mighty Lights, which apparently contain 30% less fat than standard crisps.

They are made from potato, processed (though they contain no artificial colours or preservatives) and given a ridged shape. They come in three flavours: Roast Chicken, Cheese and Onion and Lightly Salted. All the flavours are suitable for vegetarians, and are available in shops nationwide.

The kids really like the Mighty Lights range, with all three varieties getting a thumbs up for crunchiness and Roast Chicken coming out as a clear favourite in terms of flavour, which is warm and moreish, while the Cheese and Onion is, well, just as you’d expect that Walkers flavour to taste.

I was quite suprised by the Lightly Salted variety, which isn’t ‘plain’ as you might expect, but actually contains a light blend of spices. The flavour is pleasant – akin to very mild cheese and onion flavour – but personally, I like my ready salted crisps plain as plain can be.

Here’s the nutritional information for a pack of Mighty Lights:

Walkers Roast Chicken Mighty Lights
Per 25g Pack Per 100g
Energy 477kj / 114kcal 1906kj / 455kcal
Fat 4.7g (0.5g saturates) 18.9g (1.8g saturates)
Carbohydrate 15.1g (0.6g sugar) 60.2g (2.2g sugar)
Fibre 1.2g 4.7g
Protein 2.1g 8.6g
Salt 0.28g 1.10g

And here’s the nutritional information for a typical pack of Walkers crisps:

Walkers Smokey Bacon Crisps
Per 25g Pack Per 100g
Energy 542kj / 130kcal 2168kj / 520kcal
Fat 7.6g (0.6g saturates) 30.5g (2.5g saturates)
Carbohydrate 13.4g (1.1g sugar) 53.4g (4.4g sugar)
Fibre 1.0g 4.1g
Protein 1.5g 5.9g
Salt 0.32g 1.30g

So, as you can see, they stack up pretty well against standard crisps, containing less salt and fat and fewer calories. They’re still not the healthiest snack in the world – crisps are crisps, whichever way you fry them – but they are an improvement.

On the treat days when the kids and I do share a pack of crisps at lunch, I’d choose these.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored review. Thoughts are my own and always honest.

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