Review: Walkers Baked Hoops and Crosses

A suitably intriguing box

If there’s one thing that you can be sure of with Dylan and Xander it’s that, like most kids, they’ll be interested in any food that comes in certain kinds of packaging.

With that in mind, it was a no-brainer when I was asked by Walkers if the boys and I would be interested in reviewing their new Baked Hoops and Crosses. “Ha!” I thought. “A sneaky way of getting them to eat some wholegrain!”

A suitably intriguing package duly arrived in the post a few days later and Dylan, as he does, decided it was for him. He opened it up and was greeted with a friendly toy monkey cuddling a bag of the new snack.

To say he was excited would be something of an understatement. Well played, Walkers, two of his favourite things in one small box!

Hoops and Crosses come in three flavours – prawn cocktail, salt & vinegar and the ones we tried, roast beef – all of which are suitable for vegetarians. Each bag has 85 calories and the snacks are low in fat too.

They’re also 56% wholegrain which, according to the booklet that also came in the box, 27% of kids in the UK don’t eat any of at all. I find this hard to fathom as I love wholegrain foods. Then again I’m not a kid, so I handed over responsibility for testing these tasty looking treats to Dylan and Xander.

Two monkeys and a packet of crisps
A snack-loving monkey… and a cuddly primate

The proof of the pudding is in the eating – I know Bertolt Brecht probably wasn’t referring to lunchtime snacks when he coined that phrase, but I’m using it here anyway. So the bag was opened and the contents were snaffled in under two minutes.

“Mmmm, delicious!” was Dylan’s response, while Xander literally bit the hand that fed him, such was his eagerness to get as many as his big brother. I managed to half-inch a couple too for quality control purposes and they were very tasty indeed.

I think it’s fair to say that they went down a treat here. We’ll definitely be getting Baked Hoops and Crosses again.

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

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