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      07.11.2013 11:27
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      little ones like

      Being a parent makes you feel guilty constantly. There's pressure on all the time to make sure you give the best to your baby especially when it comes to food. At the moment the latest weaning trend is 'baby lead weaning' which encourages babies to start on solid food at 6 months old without having a change to adapt from just milk. As well as baby lead weaning there is also a huge drive in parents making everything from scratch so that they know exactly what goes in their baby's food. This is all well and good but sometimes you simply do not have the time to cook everything and so it is great to have alternatives available which don't make you feel riddled with guilt should you find yourself reaching for the packet or tin.

      Who are Organix?
      Organix are a baby food manufacturer who believe that children/babies should be given all natural and organic produce which is made in an ethical and organic environment. They make their baby food products with only organic produce and never include any arteficial colours, flavours or sweeteners. They make a wide range of products from finger foods, powders, pureed meals and more.

      The rice cakes.

      I bought a packet of their raspberry and blueberry rice cakes as I was wanting to find a snack for my baby which didn't just involve boring bland flavours or overly sugary treats. A lot of snacks tend to be fruits, yoghurts and crisps which are full of all sorts of additives and I was constantly being told that only homemade snacks should be given to my baby. I came across these rice cakes though and after studying the ingredients I decided they sounded really natural and quite tasty and so wanted to give my daughter a chance to try something which is a different texture and flavour to what she is used to.

      The ingredients:
      Wholegrain brown rice
      Apple juice concentrate
      organise raspberry juice concentrate
      blueberry juice concentrate
      vanilla extract
      vitamin B1
      Only contains natural sugars and, as it states on the packet- no junk!

      Taste/look.
      The rice cakes are a good size- about the size of a jaffa cake. They look really appealing as they are a purpley colour so look appetising compared to the boring plain coloured ones I've seen before. They are a good size for my daughter to be able to hold and suck on herself. The taste of them are really nice! I was surprised! Usually baby food tastes sickly sweet or very bland but these taste great- I have been known to sneak a few myself for a quick snack! They are really crunchy and taste fruity, you can really taste the different fruits.

      Baby test.
      My baby is just learning to chew on things despite having no teeth yet. These rice cakes are ideal for teaching her how to do this. If she manages to chew off a big chunk after a few seconds of moving it around her mouth it begins to disolve so although it doesn't quite rule out the chance of her choking on a bit, it definitely helps with avoiding this. They are very quick to go soggy which is good as it helps her to be able to break bits off and eat them. My baby makes lots of mmm 'nom nom' noises whilst eating them and really enjoys sucking on them until there's barely anything left and her face is covered in purpley stickiness! She definitely rates them!

      The packaging.
      I guess this is where this product is a bit of a let down. The packets are 50g so as you an imagine you get quite a lot of rice cakes for that amount. They are like a bag of crisps so once opened they need to be kept sealed somehow else they go soggy and there's nothing worse than soggy rice cakes! With my baby being so young she only has about 1 or 2 a day so a packet can last a long while so we have to find a way to keep them fresh. Usually we just roll the top over and stick a peg on to keep the air out so it's not too much of a hassle but it would be good if they coul dbe packaged in a tub or something to make them easier to store and transport.

      Facts.
      The product says that it's suitable from 7 months old although we have been using them since our baby was 6 months and this is what a lot of health visitors now recommend as it fits in with th ebaby lead weaning.

      The price varies depending on where you buy them. We bought them for £1.05 from Boots. I haven't seen them in other stores and I have checked on mysupermarket and can't find them on there either so for some yummy rice cakes I recommend checking out your local Boots store or Boots online.

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        23.04.2013 23:06
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        a great finger food for babies

        I started weaning my daughter at 4 months old when even hungry baby milk did not satisfy her, so we started on purees. When she got to six months however she showed lots of interest in holding food for herself and wanting to feed herself- obviously I did not want to let her have the spoon and end up with puree on the ceiling so we started looking around for finger foods and discovered the Organix range.

        As I have a choking phobia I was understandably quite nervous about giving my daughter finger foods and was unsure where to start and what would be appropriate both in terms of safety and ease and enjoyment for my daughter. I then found the Organix range. There are lots of different finger foods in the Organix range including biscuits, rice cakes and crisps and we have tried lots of them (I haave pinched a few!) ! I love that the Organix range has so many choices.

        My daughter particularly loves the Raspberry and Blueberry rice cakes. The packet says they are suitable from 7 months however my daughter is slightly under this and has managed them very well, but obviously you need to consider each indiviual child and exercise great caution. Also bear in mind that my daughter was weaned early.

        The rice cakes do not contain any added salt, sugar or colourings and Organix have a no junk promise which really appealed to me as I want to give my daughter healthy finger foods. As a first time mummy, learning the weaning process, these really appealed to me as a healthy snack.

        The rice cakes come in a raspberry coloured bag clearly marked with the Organix logo and our packet was 50g and cost around 75p.

        The rice cakes themselves are the perfect size for small hands to hold, and my daughter holds them quite easily. As she sucks and gums them they soften and small bits come off but she manages them very well. She loves the flavour of them and I think the bright coloured coating also appeals to her.

        I normally feed her before our meal, however she likes to have a rice cake to eat whilst we are eating and very proudly keeps showing it to us. When they are soggy they do get a bit messy but thats to be expected of just about any finger food you give to a baby, and any marks on her clothes have easily washed out.

        My daughter absolutely loves them and a packet lasts us quite a while. We keep them in an air tight container to keep them nice and fresh. I think these are excellent value and we would highly recommend them. I think they will be a firm favourite in our house for a long while to come.

        This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.

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        21.06.2012 15:47
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        Good product, shame about the strong purple colouring.

        I bought these Organix rice cakes as I was looking to introduce finger food to my son and I thought they provided a good alternative to chopped veg and toast.

        As I was looking in my local Tesco store these caught my eye as they are from 7 months and has a no junk promise, which means there is no added salt, sugar or colourings. The product does come in a variety of flavours.

        I thought this product was quite on the expensive side at £1.19 per packet but as they are specially designed for babies and only contain good ingredients and most importantly my son likes them, and last him at least a week, overall they are good value for money.

        On closer inspection I noticed that the packaging is a foil bag which at the time it didn't cross my mind that my son would not eat the full packet in one go and I would have to store them in an air tight container. The bag contains 50g of rice cakes which is quite a few small rice cakes.

        The rice cakes themselves are wholegrain rice coated with an apple, raspberry and blueberry juice and vanilla extract and are a perfect size for little hands. I initially thought the rice cakes might be a bit hard on my son's gums and that he may choke due to this, but I need not have worried as they seemed to melt in his mouth quite quickly.

        The ingredients are as follows:

        Organic Wholegrain Rice 78%
        Organic Apple Juice Concentrate 14%
        Organic Raspberry Juice Concentrate 4%
        Organic Blueberry Juice Concentrate 3%
        Organic Vanilla Extract less than 1%
        Thiamin (Vitamin B1) less than 1%
        Junk 0%
        Total 100%

        My son really loves these rice cakes and eats them on a regular basis as a snack after he's been fed or they are great to take out and about to keep him entertained if he is getting bored. They are also great for sharing with his friends. The only real down side to these rice cakes is that the coating is a purple colour and can be difficult to clean off face and hands especially when out.

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          03.06.2011 19:20
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          Great healthy snack for all

          On the advice of our health visitor we are now attempting to introduce finger foods to our 6 month old as part of his weaning process (we had to begin weaning early as milk was no longer satisfying him - he is unusually tall for his age and is currently wearing 18 - 24 months clothing, although he is not at all over weight).

          Organix raspberry & blueberry rice cakes are aimed at infants 7+ months at stage 2 in the weaning process. They are sold in a distinctive purple packet displaying the Organix logo and a happy looking baby eating a rice cake in the upper right hand corner. Each packet contains 50g, I bought mine from Boots and paid £1.05 but have since seen them on sale in Tesco at £1.19.

          The cakes themselves don't smell of anything in particular, there is a slight aroma of popcorn but nothing more. The circular cakes are approximately 4cm in length and are coated on one side with raspberry and blueberry leaving them a slightly purple/plum type colour, the other side is a pale rice colour.
          Their size means that they are easily held by little fingers (once practiced!).

          My sons initial reaction on tasting the rice cake was that of horror, his face extremely wrinkled with a 'what are you feeding me'?! expression. Despite that he managed to persevere and after a few misses of his mouth the cake was firmly implanted under my watchful eye!
          As he is also teething at the moment, I think he enjoys chomping the cakes, distracting him from painful gums.

          Having tasted the cakes myself, they are quite sour tasting but also quite refreshing - very moreish! I have had to hide away the packet as I tend to grab a cake whenever I'm passing - my 7year old is also a fan, the cakes are a great addition to his lunch box and also eaten as a snack throughout the day!

          Organix promote a 'No Junk Promise', their products contain no added salt, sugar or colourings - stating that their rice cakes are pure, safe and nutritious. The cakes are wholegrain and therefore contain more minerals, vitamins and fibre.
          I love the Organix packaging. As a busy working parent, this is exactly the type of product I am looking for - I don't have to scrutinize the label (although I do have a quick scan!) and worry about what is contained within.

          I certainly intend to work my way through the Organix range safe in the knowledge that my baby's tummy and development is being well cared for.

          Further nutritional and product information can be found at http://www.organix.com/

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          15.02.2011 10:54
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          Ideal snack to carry for those moments!!

          My grand daughter loves her rice cakes!

          In particular she seems to like these ones. She loves the flavour, she will have apple rice cakes but these are her favourite.

          They are an ideal light snack to carry around, not taking up much room in the ever full bag of tricks that follows every baby around!

          However, my grand daughter only ever wants a couple at a time, and the bag does not re seal - so if i am not careful, i can end up with crushed raspberry and blueberry rice cakes in the bottom of the bag.
          So a resealable bag would be great please! Or individuall snack packs of 2 or 3 rice cakes.

          But they are a value for money snack, that is much more preferable to chocolate and other such sugary snacks.

          A good product. I recommend always keeping a pack in the cupboard, you never know when you may need them!

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            07.10.2010 11:01
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            Organix raspberry and blueberry rice cakes

            I am a big fan of the Organix range of baby snacks and one of my little girls favourites are the organic raspberry and blueberry rice cakes. Mummy has been a fan of rice cakes for many years as this were my staple diet whenever I decided to go on a diet. Actually, I do like the taste of rice cakes and was quite excited to try these myself as they did sound really rather yummy.

            Organic have a no junk promise which says that by, "choosing Organix you are helping to give your baby the best start in life. Our organic foods are prepared with care to give your baby natural tastes and flavours. We use ingredients that are grown or reared organically without artificial pesticides and with respect for the environment and our no junk promise guarantees no unnecessary artificial ingredients." It also says on their packaging that the rice cakes contain no added salt, no added sugar and no colourings.

            The rice cakes are mini rice cakes so perfect for little fingers and are for babies 7 months onwards. They are a stage 2 food. The cakes are made out of organic wholegrain rice and you can definitely see lumps of puffed rice which looks very appealing. What I was really pleased to see is that each rice cake has a very generous coating of the raspberry and blueberry. This is in the form of organic berry juices and it is manufactured to give your baby a natural fruity taste. The flavours are apple, raspberry and blueberry juice with vanilla extract. I have tried these rice cakes and the taste is very fruity and tangy and must be very appealing to curious little mouths and taste pallets. The fruit is a bit sticky on the rice cake and does get stickier when wet but this is not really a negative about the rice cakes. In actual fact it actual helps to stick to my daughters hand so she can hold onto her food a little easier than other foods and prevents them from going over the side of the highchair onto the floor. They have a sweet taste and a natural taste to me.

            According to the packaging the puffed rice texture is firm to hold but gentle enough for your babys developing gums. These are very easy to suck and do get very easy to eat once they are a bit soggy. Also they say the easy to hold rice cake helps to encourage self feeding which I really like and want my baby to enjoy so she will like food and have a good relationship with it.

            A fun and different snack for baby and yourself!

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              06.08.2010 13:35
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              Healthy and Delicious

              Although I like to make most of the food and snacks for the children in my care I do have to buy quite a lot of treats and foods for outings and trips. I do try and buy healthy foods and snacks for the babies and children I look after and I usually buy the baby/toddler food from Boots. Having bought products from the Organix range before I decided to try more of the range and bought a packet of the organic raspberry and blueberry rice cakes. The ORGANIX range has a no junk promise and has won several Mother & Baby Awards which originally gave me the confidence to buy this range.


              ==Packaging==

              These are attractively packaged and come in a foil bag which is coloured purple, green and blue. There are pictures of the rice cakes on the front of the bag as well as blueberries and raspberries and a baby girl in her highchair eating one of the rice cakes. The pack weighs 50g e and there are about 30 rice cakes in each pack.

              On the front of the pack is the ORGANIX logo with the no junk promise.


              ==The Rice Cakes==

              The rice cakes are small circles of wholegrain rice coated with apple, raspberry, vanilla extract and one side of them is a deep purple colour this must be the fruit juices as they do not contain any colourings. They are about the size of a small cookie and easy for small hands to grasp and hold.



              ==Taste And Texture==

              These are crunchy yet light and bumpy and a bit rough in texture. They taste sweet and fruity you can really taste the raspberry and blueberry in them.


              ==Ingredients==

              I don't always add ingredients/nutritional Information to my reviews but I think it is important where babies/toddlers are concerned. These rice cakes are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten and wheat free.

              Organic Wholegrain Rice 78%
              Organic Apple Juice Concentrate 14%
              Organic Raspberry juice concentrate 4%
              Organic Blueberry juice concentrate 3%
              Organic Vanilla extract less than 1%
              Thiamin (Vitamin B1) less than 1%

              Thiamin is an essential nutrient for growing children it does not have an organic certification.


              ==No Junk Promise==

              No added sugar
              No added salt
              No colourings
              Junk 0%



              ==Nutritional Information Per 6g 3 cakes==
              Energy 23Kcal
              Protein 0.4g
              Carbohydrate 5.0g
              of which sugars 0.9g
              Fat 0.2g
              Of which saturates trace
              Fibre 0.2g
              Sodium Trace
              Thiamin Trace
              Contains only naturally occuring sugars

              These are not suitable for children under 7 months.


              ==Price and Availability==

              The Organix range are available in most supermarkets and are priced around £1.00 - £1.50. I paid £1.10 from Boots for mine. Boots stock nearly all the Goodies Organix range and you can sometimes get them on offer.


              ==Storage==

              Store in a cool dry place. After opening I store these in an airtight container to prevent them from going soggy or just clip the top of the bag with a peg.

              ==Opinion Overall==

              I would highly recommend these they are delicious and you know you are giving your baby wholesome natural foods. I like the fact they encourage your baby to eat by themselves and are good for developing babies eye and hand coordination. They are easy for baby to grasp and hold yet the puffed rice is gentle on their gums. They also introduce baby to different textures and tastes and babies seem to love the fact they can hold them by themselves although it is important your baby is sitting whilst eating and you never leave your baby alone to reduce the risks of them choking.

              We also like them because they are not messy which makes them ideal for trips and outings.

              Babies and toddlers seem to really like them and as soon as the 20 month old little boy I look after sees the packet he shouts "cakes cakes Josh". I have found some of the Organix range a little bland for my tastes (younger babies seem to like the blander tastes) but these are really nice and we often share a packet.



              ==Other Products In The Organix Goodies Range==

              Carrot Sticks
              Animal biscuits
              Spicy Stars
              Alphabet biscuits
              Raspberry fruit wobblers
              Fruit cereal bars
              Cocoa and raisin bars
              Cheese and herb curly puffs
              Gingerbread men

              To find out more about the organix range and their no junk promise go to :

              www.organix.com
              Organix Freepost
              BH1 336 Christchurch,Dorset BH23 2ZZ
              UK Freephone 0800 39 35 11

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                26.02.2010 00:01
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                Great Snack For Kids & Reassuring For Parents

                My son who is 3 years old absolutely loves these rice cakes and I really can't blame him.

                Produced by Organix with their reassuring "No Junk Promise", they are a handy snack to have around the house. In an effort to be responsible parents, my wife and I try to avoid chocolate buttons and smarties, for the sake of our child's well being and our sanity. Having discovered that even a small quantity of sugary treats can have him climbing the walls and me pulling out what little remains of my hair.

                Before I discovered Organix, it was my opinion that any snack that claimed to be healthy, was almost certainly bland. The raspberry & blueberry rice cakes really blew my theory out of the water.
                Being rice cakes they are naturally crunchy and as these are then coated with apple, raspberry & blueberry juice, with some vanilla extract also thrown in for good effect. They really prove to be a flavoursome treat without the troublesome sugar rush.

                The manufacturers promise that their rice cakes are pure, safe and nutritious and only contain wholesome ingredients. They are also approved by the Soil Association.

                Suitable for kids from 7 months, they are just the right size and shape to encourage a child to feed themselves, thus enhancing their co-ordination skills. Another advantage is that they are dry and apart from the crumbs, the mess is very limited. We always make sure we have some of these with us when we go out for the day as they can be a blessing should he get hungry between meals.

                Organix raspberry & blueberry rice cakes and other items in their organic finger food range are available in most supermarkets and are usually priced at approx £1.10 for a 50g bag.

                There is also a website at www.organix.com that has a lot of very useful information and is well worth a look.

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                  01.02.2010 23:38
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                  A healthy alternative

                  I've reviewed other Organix products before and I have been really impressed with them. There is always pressure to give your baby the best of everything and being a parent, you try to buy organic, fair-trade etc, but it is expensive, so I often make my own. However, when you're out and about or your baby just needs a snack, these come in really handy.

                  Basically, Organix are a baby and toddler food manufacturer that believe that children should be fed natural produce and the food that they make, is made in an ethical environment. There baby food never includes artifical flavours, artificial colours and sweetners. Organix have recently expanded their product range to now include finger foods and organic meals.

                  I bought a packet of their blueberry and raspberry rice cakes as I was looking for a healthy snack for my daughter when we are out and about. She is becoming more independent and likes to feed herself, instead of offering her sugary treats, I wanted something healthy and not full of e numbers. Fresh raspberries are not the most convenient and tidiest of snacks to eat. A lot of the snacks are full of sweetners but after spending a good twenty minutes up and down the baby food aisle, I spotted these rice cakes and decided they looked very wholesome and yummy. I always like to try food that my daughter has to eat first, and after giving it the seal of approval, I gave it to her.

                  As you can tell from the ingredients, they are very natural and only contain natural sugars found in the fruit :
                  Apple Juice Concentrate
                  Organic Raspberry Juice Concentrate
                  Wholegrain Brown Rice
                  Blueberry Juice Concentrate
                  Vanilla Extract
                  Vitamin B1
                  Natural Sugars

                  The rice cakes are really appealing, they are a purple blue colour and look really appetizing. They are a good size, about 5cm in diameter, which is good for my daughter to grip onto and eat. Very often, baby food is too sweet or really tasteless but these are very fruity and the texture is different to other stuff my bubba has had before- quite crunchy but not really chewy. It begins to melt in your mouth after a few seconds, so t isn't too difficult to eat. My only slight problem is they become quite soggy after my baby sucks on them, she ends up with quite a sticky purple face.

                  The rice cakes come in a 50gram packet, so you get quite a few in a pack. You open a pack like a pack of crisps, so they become exposed to the air. I find we only have a couple at a time, so they can become soggy as the pack isn't resealable. Usually I just roll the top to keep the air out and stick a peg on them, which keeps them fresh and easy to pop in my bag.

                  The product is suitable from 7 months but we started used them at about 10 months, I think at a younger age a baby might struggle with them, but I find them a good alternative to the sugary snacks that the supermarket shelves are full of.

                  Finding them is the difficult thing, I buy mine from a large Boots store and they cost just over a pound, which I think is excellent values as lots of organic produce is very expensive and I normally end up having to throw half a pack of food away. I have only ever seen them in a big Tesco before, so they are difficult to source. I will definitely continue to buy them as they are a great convenient snack for baby and mum (or dad).

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                    A handy snack

                    My two year old little girl is a really fussy eater and always has been. Her older sister has always eaten anything I have given her and never refused to try anything but the little one is just plain stubborn. She is very set in her ways when it comes to food and introducing new things is always a trial and it takes an awful long time of serving up the same thing before she'll let it anywhere near her mouth. She seems to enjoy really traditional hot cooked meal which is fine when we are at home but when I am out and about I really struggle to find foods that she will eat.

                    Lunch in particular is always quite tricky because she will not eat sandwiches. Consequently I am always looking for new snacky food that she will eat that is convenient for me to take out with us. Now I gave her rice cakes when she was a baby and she always enjoyed them but it has been a good year since I last bought them for her.

                    When she was little I always used to buy the Organix Apple Rice cakes for her and I am a big fan of the Organix range. They provide a fantastic range of baby and toddler snacks which contain 'no junk'. They are slightly more expensive than other brands but I think it is worth every penny to be happy in the knowledge that they are free from any nasties.

                    I was out for lunch with a friend today and she pulled out a bag of the Organix rice cakes in a variety that I had not seen before. These were Raspberry and Blueberry and came in a distinctive purple bag. She pulled out a couple for her 18 month little girl and offered some to my little monster. I wasn't convinced that she would eat them as rice cakes are pretty bland and tasteless but she gobbled them down and was quickly asking for more.

                    These rice cakes are circular and the perfect size for a little hand to hold on to. The thing that really made them stand out as different to the apple ones I had bought before, was that they were quite a bright purple colour. I had a bit of a sniff of one of them and there was a very faint raspberry aroma mixed in with the funny rice cake smell.

                    Now my little one did really enjoy these but the downside I think is that they do make a bit of a mess. My friend bubba quickly developed a purple mouth and her hands were coloured by the rice cakes. This wasn't such a problem for my two year old but I imagine if they were being eaten by a young baby they could potentially end up in a right mess.

                    I would probably buy these occasionally for my little one just for a change but I would recommend the apple variety to mums of younger babies. I believe a 100g bag cost approx 98p

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                    06.11.2009 13:20
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                    3 Stars

                    If you read some of my other reviews, you will know that I am a big fan of the Organix range, and I do buy alot of their products for my children. All the Organix products have a 'No Junk' promise, which means that there are no nasties in the recipes no harmful fats or artificial colourings and all the ingredients are organic.

                    I had been buying the Apple rice cakes for a while, my toddler loves them and my baby daughter was just getting toards the stage where she would be trying her first food. Then the Apple ones seems to disappear altogether from our local Tesco, replaced by plain ones in a pink packet (why would you do that to anyone?) and then a new purple packet emerged! Raspberry and Blueberry flavour had arrived.

                    A 50g packet of ricecakes cost £1.05 from Tesco, which is more expensive than the apple ones, but I suppose this is beacsue of the difference in the cost of the ingredients. In a packet you get around 30 rice cakes, each one a little bigger than a £2 coin, so they are infact quite an expensive snack.

                    Each ricecake has a bumpy texture, and on the top is a splattering of purple powder. They smell like fruity sugar puffs, and I dont know if that is a good combination or not!

                    When you bite into them the sweet taste hits your first. It reminds me alot of summer fruits squash, though its a stronger flavour. After that initial flavour hits you and has disappeared you are left with the actual rice cake and to be honest it tastes awful. Never have I been a big fan or rice cakes, and these have the same polystyrene texture, and they are just chewy and bland. The swetness leaves a nasty taste in your mouth too.

                    Having said that (and as I have said with the other Organix products I have reviewed) they are not meant for me, they are meant for babies from 7 months who are just finding out new flavours and textures, rather than an adult pallette. My younger children love them, and a packet wont last a day in my house (which is unlucky for me as they are a little pricey!)

                    My daughter who is still learning about eating just sucks them to death, and so they do dissolve easily, whereas my son eats them like crisps, cruching his way though one and helping himself to another.

                    The main problem I have with them is the fact the Raspberry and Blueberry powder makes such a mess. The powder gets on the childrens hands and all over thier clothes, expcially my daughter who is a bit of a dribbler. The thing is that it stains the clothes, and depsite washing and using stain remover I still cant quite get it out.

                    I am giving the product three stars, in my opinion they are awful, but my children love them. Its the staining and the mess that sways it for me, as if they eat them it means I have to endure trying to pin down my little angels while I wipe their face and hands!

                    ~~~Ingredients~~~
                    Organic Wholegrain Rice 78%, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate 14%,
                    Organic Raspberry Juice Concentrate 4%, Organic Blueberry Juice Concentrate 3%, Organic Vanilla Extract less than 1%, Thiamin (Vitamin B1) less than 1%, Junk 0%

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                    26.08.2009 00:11
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                    Great for a treat with no guilty conscience, but messy fingers

                    I am always on the look out for different snacks for my little boy, that don't have added sugar, salt or preservatives, and when I saw these on the shelf I thought I would give them a go for a change - I think the apple/orange ones tend to lose their appeal after a while.

                    I have given my boy rice cakes from 8 months old as they are a great first finger food. They are a lovely shape to hold and they get babies used to feeding themselves. Somehow they manage to suck the rice cakes without any teeth so they do break off into bite size chunks. The rice cakes also disintegrate in the mouth so there is limited likelihood of choking (though must say the carrot sticks dissolve more easily so they are probably better for a very first finger food).

                    I am very careful what I give my boy, but I am happy to give him these - they are made from organic wholegrain brown rice, with apple juice concentrate, raspberry juice concentrate and blueberry juice concentrate plus a trace of Vitamin B1 and vanilla extract.

                    I have to say, that from the first taste, my boy absolutely loves these rice cakes - I don't know whether it is the shockingly bright pink colour, or the actual taste, but as soon as I get the packet out and rustle it, a little hand appears to grab one (or three if I would let him!). I even have to be careful that he can't see them whilst having his main meals or he will just want the rice cakes and not his proper food!

                    These rice cakes do taste very sweet from the fruit juice, which is probably why my boy loves them so much, so I do make sure his teeth have an extra clean when he is been eating them, but as there is no added sugar I don't feel too bad it.

                    One big negative is that the pinky/purple colour really does get everywhere - stains face hands and clothes so you really need to be ready with the baby wipes! The other negative is the price - almost £1 a bag, although if you ration them they do last a fair while.

                    On the whole a great snack for a treat, but not to be given everyday.

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                    an OK snack for toddlers but I wont be buying again not one of the best products from this company

                    My son loves rice cakes as a snack and most of the time I buy Organix apple flavoured rice cakes but about a fortnight ago I was in Tescos and I noticed they had these new in on special off so decide I would give them a try.

                    About Organix
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                    "Organix was founded in 1992 by Lizzie Vann. Her own experience of poor health in childhood left Lizzie with a passion for changing the children's food industry so that parents have more choice to give their children high quality, nutritious, organic food."

                    All their packaging has the "No Junk Promise" which they see as a "promise to you that our foods are always safe, pure and nutritious"
                    Which means that there is no added sugar; no artificial colourings; no MSG or added flavourings and no hydrogenated fat. All the ingredients are organically grown with reduced levels of salt fat and sugar.

                    The rice cakes
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                    These come in in a purple bag that is similar to an up market crisps bag with a foil inner. The Bag is contains 50grams of Rice cakes.
                    On the front of the packaging there is the Organix No junk promise and the Soil Association certification

                    On the back there is the following information:

                    Stage 2 From 7 months onwards. When your baby is used to eating solid food they will begin to develop facial muscles that aid chewing and speech development. Organix stage 2 foods help a child develop hand eye co ordination. More information at :wwworganix.com/weaning

                    Ingredients
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                    Organic Wholegrain Brown Rice (78%), Organic Apple Juice Concentrate (14%), Organic Raspberry Juice Concentrate (4%), Organic Blueberry Juice Concentrate (3%), Organic Vanilla Extract (less than 1%), Thiamin (Vitamin B1) (less than 1%)

                    The Important Stuff
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                    Energy (kJ/Kcal) 1648/389 (per 3 cakes) 99/23
                    Protein (g) 7.2 0.4
                    Carbohydrate (g) 83.7 5.0
                    of which sugars (g) 14.5 0.9
                    Fat (g) 2.8 0.2
                    of which saturates (g) 0.7 Trace
                    Fibre (g) 2.7 0.2
                    Sodium (g) Trace Trace
                    Salt Equivalent (g) Trace Trace
                    Thiamin (mg) 0.6 Trace

                    Useful Information
                    Gluten and wheat free. Suitable for vegetarians. This food has no added colourings, but the natural ingredients may cause staining.


                    Keeping them great!
                    Storing them in an airtight container will keep them tasty

                    There is also information about the company address and Soil Association certification number

                    Where to buy
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                    Although Organix rice cakes are available in Asda Boots Sainsburys Tescos and Morrsions. This flavour at the moment is only available in Morrisons, tesco and Waitrose. They sell for £1.05 per bag at Tesco's at present

                    Taste Test
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                    The appearance of these rice cakes is a small approximately 5cm diameter press circle of wholewheat rice cake. One side is plain and the other side has a dusting of burgundy powder which i assume is the raspberry and blueberry flavour.
                    A quick lick of this confirms that this is the case. Now the taste of this topping from just licking it is minimal I have to say and the only smell is that of the brown rice cake. Now my son loves both raspberry and blueberries but I don't actually think these have that flavour you would get more taste of the fruit from the raspberry in raspberry ripple ice-cream or even a fruit pastille.

                    On biting into it there is a satisfying crunch sound but the rice cake still holds it shape which is great for little ones as rice cakes can have a tendency to crumble which is no good

                    The taste of them is again really on that of a plain rice cake ie polystyrene but you know it's good for you and them.

                    Overall impression
                    My son though he enjoys rice cakes normally actually isn't that impressed with this flavour and actually prefers the apple flavour by the same manufacturer. The staining that the packaging refers to actually can occur and is a nightmare to get out of clothes. I haven't stored these in a container but find a food clip at the top of the package keeps them fresh. However I wont be buying them in future once this package runs out

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