I was introduced to Carrs cheese melts by a work colleague who had them one lunch time and said they were her favourite savoury snack, she offered me one to try and I could understand why these were her favourite!
I've seen these in all big supermarkets and the various smaller size shops. They are found by the crackers and ryvita type of items. These normally retail at around £1.39 per 150g box however I have seen these on offer for £1 or 2 for £2. These are also in the Carrs selection carton among other flavour biscuits. The packaging is standard with all Carrs range it is dark blue with simple writing and pictures on it to display what it is.
Wheat Flour,Vegetable Oil ,Dried Cheese (9%) ,Sugar ,Dried Onion ,Natural Flavourings ,Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate) ,Poppy Seeds ,Salt
Upon opening the package I am greeted with a lovely hint of cheese. I take one out, they are thin and round but appealing to me, the top side has a light dusting of cheese. Tasting it is of course the best bit, the biscuit has a good crunch to it, the thinness of the biscuit ensures its not to hard or crunchy. The cheese is a good flavour, its medium strength meaning the amount of there, which doesn't look a lot gives it a lovely cheesy taste without it overpowering the biscuit. The biscuit also contains poppy seeds which work well with the cheese, the combination in my mouth delivers a great taste. These are incredibly moreish and leaves me wanting more!
I do really like these! A 150g box contains probably 40 or so biscuits so for the price I do think they offer good value compared to similar items out there. I like to think of these as posh mini cheddars which I suppose in a way they are. I think they are great as part of a light meal or lunch or even part of a buffet as they would go down well. If you like mini cheddars definitely try these
5/5 great taste and worth the money
If you are looking for the ultimate cheese/wheat/crispy combination, search no longer.
These are your answer. The Melts oddly enough for something so crisp that it breaks by the tongue even without help from the teeth do melt in the mouth. The flakes of cheese baked into each biscuit taste even better as they don't clash with the hydrogenated vegetable oil and artificial flavours which afflict competing savoury cheese biscuits.
You could use these as part of a cheese board as the crispness blends wonderfully well with cheese. The main problem with this is that the melts are so tasty and so very, very moreish that no sooner than you open the packet you will, if you are like me, eat the lot. Each melt alone is not especially high in fat as they are so thin but they are so moreish that each melt can all too easily add upp to a busted diet.
They are expensive, though on special offer such as at Sainsbury at the moment they make a delicious everyday indulgence on their own or with cheese, as well as a great addition to a cheese board on special occasions.
The packaging is substantial, which would benefit those who have to travel bringing Christmas goodies, which this makes a great one.
And for those whose children are sensitive to artificial colours and flavours but still crave something cheesy, crisp and delicious, they are well worth considering.
Carr's Cheese Melts are one of those things that I try not to buy because they're strangely addictive and once I buy them they disappear far too quickly. The other day though I spotted them at £1 in Morrisons and just couldn't resist buying a few packets.
They come in a card box inside which they are wrapped in plastic to keep them fresh. They're round biscuits about 6cm in diameter. They're quite thin, at only about 3mm. They look more like a cracker really than a biscuit and they have little crumbled bits of cheese all over them and poppy seeds in them.
They're quite crisp and light and they break easily as you bite into them, without crumbling too much. The texture is great and really melts in the mouth. They have a lovely subtle cheesy flavour which doesn't overpower the flavour of the cracker itself which is lovely. Unlike a lot of crackers and biscuits they're not too salty either, they're just perfect for me.
They can be eaten with cheese or a topping of your choice, but I prefer them on their own as a lovely light snack. The only problem is that because they're so light you can easily eat loads of them without even realising, which is why my packs always disappear so quickly.
Each biscuit contains 21 calories, 0.3g sugar and 1g of fat, which is not bad at all if you're only going to be eating a few as a snack.
Carr's Melts - Cheese Biscuits
What are they?
Some posh cheese biscuits...
These are light crisp wheaten biscuits with melted cheese. They contain no hydrogenated vegetable oil, and no artificial colours or flavours. The company has been established since 1908.
What do I think?
I think these are more of a good example of effective advertising. The packaging conveys an air of 'high class posh' without being overstated, and also gives a good impression of good exquisite quality for these little cheese biscuits. However, stripping away all the packaging, the biscuits are good, though not as grand as they are made out to be...
To be fair, these are definitely better quality than a pack of supermarket own brand tea biscuits. And really, good decent quality as it is, the biscuits are very much to one's own taste. With or without the grand statements on the packaging, I'm not really too keen on these. I find the biscuits too crumbly and soft, and they are vey light and almost 'fluffy'. One bite and I get paranoid that it all starts falling apart and scattering everywhere so I always need a plate with these and the need to hover over one so that I make a mess - (or maybe it's just me).
The feel of the biscuits are also a bit too 'greasy' and powdery for my liking, which means I often need quite a few tissues with these.
The taste is passable, a fairly moist textured biscuit with a very subtle aroma of cheese. The packaging recommends the biscuits to be best accompanied by wine or cheese. With wine, I can imagine this, as the opposing tastes would compliment each other, though I don't think the biscuit would be able to hold anything as they seem so thin and fragile. I seem to forget, that these biscuits are called 'Melts' and hence the reason why they do seem to crumble between your fingers, particularly when you try to get a tighter grip on it as the excess grease and powdery bits make it seem as if it would 'melt' in between your fingers...
These are worth a try as they are very reasonably priced at about 99p for a 150g box pack.
Thanks for reading.
Theres's no other way to start a review for these than a big long mmmmmm!!
A few days ago I would not have considered myself a cheese and cracker lover, my sister on the otherhand always has been. As she was visiting I thought I'd get a selection, Carr's melts being one of them.
I think these are fantastic value for money costing just 97p for a 150g box (about 34 biscuits)but always on promotion of buy 2 for £1.50 in Sainsburys.
My sister instantly recognised them and was very impressed with my choice so I thought it would be rude not to try for myself! And boy am I glad I did! I can admit that I am now 100% converted to crackers and cheese!!
If you suffer with allergies against milk, gluten, sesame seeds, eggs or soya then unfortunately they are not suitable for you.
Each cracker contains 21 calories, 0.3g sugars, 1.0g fat (0.6g saturated) and 0.1g sodium.
This works out as 1/2 a weight watcher point which seems very good however ......
Don't kid yourself that you are only going to have 1 or 2 because these delicious light and crisp wheaten biscuits are so buttery and perfectly salted that they will melt in your mouth one by one until the whole box is devoured!
We had ours with various cheese, in my opinion the best accompaniment is a soft garlic variety like French Roule or if you are at this stage still trying to remain slightly on the diet then philidelphia light with garlic and herbs would not be as sinful!
Of course served with wine just adds the extra touch to an already perfect bite!
They come packaged in fully recyclable box and wrapper, on the front of the box there is an accurate picture of what the product looks like- including the finely grated yummy cheese! If these are unopened then the shelf life is huge at approximately a year!
According to the box, Carrs have been baking since 1908- Their hard work and dedication is certainly appreciated by me and the queen!
~~~~~~~~The Product description~~~~~~~~~~~~
Delicious light and crisp wheaten biscuits, containing cheese and poppyseeds.
~~~~~~The Price and Info~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I bought this from Asda for £1.50 for a 150g box. It contains around 85-100 biscuits (as a guess) and has 21 kcal/1.0g fat per biscuit. My pal however says it's all about the saturated fat content which is 0.6g per biscuit. I reckon that's pretty good considering that the daily allowance is 20g....mind you how many biscuits did I scoff!!! They are very moreish...
This is a bit of a bug bear for me for this type of product. I love crackers and biscuits and have now for ease bought some plastic lockable containers to store these in as I find that once you open the packet/box they tend to go soft very quickly.
These are packaged quite well, they are in a cellophane wrapper inside the box, and although easy to open once they are open and you start devouring the packet, the cellophane does rip.
However the other day I took them to work as I was pigging out on them at home and felt that I should share. They were left out over night and not put away properly and was surprised and pleased that they still retained their freshness the next day in the packaging provided, which I find is normally a problem with most other biscuits and crackers.
These are as claimed totally delicious and very different to many products available on the market. They are light biscuits, well I say they are biscuits but they do have the same look as crackers. They are not that filling and very moreish.
The flavours work well together with the mixture of the light biscuit cheese and poppy seeds exploding on your tounge when you eat them.. The cheese is quite strong and some of the girls in the office found this to be over powering.
I love cheese and liked the extra kick it created but it did leave a slight after taste in my mouth. And I wouldn't recommend snogging anyone after eating!!
They go nice with cheese on top as well and they also are nice to go on a cheese board with a nice bottle of red wine
Highly recommended unusual and very very tasty product :)
CARR'S CHEESE MELTS
COST - £1.35 from Tesco
AVAILABILITY - These are available from all good supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsburys. You will also find them in Spars, corner shops and other convenience stores.
PACKAGING AND STORAGE - My box is a little different from the picture shown and is navy with an orange top but with the same general design on the front. However the writing is written going down the box vertically and therefore can be opened and kept this way, with the box standing up. However the lid does not re-seal and unless you are actually going to stick the lid down with a bit of tape or put the whole box into an airtight container you would be better to keep them in a small sealed tin/box or biscuit barrel. If you opt for the latter however you will end up with cheesy crumbs over all your other bisuits because these Carr's Melts are really crumbly so actually probably better to store them alone.
INGREDIENTS AND NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION - These biscuits are said to contain only the "finest ingredients" and also contain no hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial colours or flavourings. The biscuits are 21 carories per biscuit which I think considering they contain dried cheese is actually quite low. The only snag with this is that you are very unlikely to have the restraint to only eat one of these and to be honest you would need at least four, probably with toppings for a suitably filling snack. By the time you add the calories for four biscuits and all the trimmings, it is suffice to say that these would not be great for a diet! However they are a great additive to a varried and healthy diet when eaten in moderation.
LOOK AND SMELL - Each biscuit is an extremely thin wafer-like round creamy coloured biscuit with poppy seeds throughout. They ressemble a cracker but without the hardness. They have an extremely cheesey smell - I would say they smell a bit like parmesan cheese or another strong cheese of that nature.
TASTE AND TEXTURE - You definately need to eat these over a plate and not whilst dropping crumb's all over your laptop (oops!). As soon as you take the first bite the biscuit breaks into many pieces. They are very crumbly and extremely messy to eat.
The taste however is divine. The biscuit melts in your mouth but also has a grainy texture which I attribute to the poppy seeds. The cheesy taste is prominent but not too strong or over-powering. I do not like mature cheese and find some cheesy biscuits such as RITZ far too strong and tarte. These are mild and have an altogether different taste. They are creamy and rich and in my opinion it is not possible to eat just one!
They taste great alone or with a topping.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS - My nine year old daughter actually loves these and there is usually a fight oveer the packet! To give her a change in her pack lunch, I will pack about six of these in a sealed box. In seperate boxes I also put grated cheese, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and a little ham. She then helps her self to what she wants at school and eats them with various toppings. This is one of her favourite pack lunch treats and there is never a crumb left when this is included for lunch.
I also like to eat them with a little cottage cheese on top or for an extra cheesey sensation I will add some edam cheese. My partner has a more refined taste than I and enjoys advocado and salmon slices on his.
FINAL THOUGHTS - These are a really versatile snack which our entire family enjoy. It is great to eat them on there own for a quick treat or with a topping for a more filling snack or light lunch. These are slightly dearer than other cheese biscuits on the market but they are the best out there. Other cheese biscuits on the market simply do not compare to these and in that sense these are great value and a great buy.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATON (per biscuit):
(of which sugars): 0.3g
(of which saturates): 0.6g
The packaging is in a long dark blue box with a picture of the cracker on it. Quite simple really but ok.
These crackers/biscuits are probably the nicest i have ever tasted!
They are extremely light and flaky so they are not really like the normal cracker you would expect. They are quite thin compared to a normal cracker as well so you might want two instead of one.
The ones i bought had sesame seeds sprinkled on top and some melted cheese which really adds to the flavour.
The crackers arent overly cheesy, just a bit and you can taste a hint of sesame seeds which is heaven!
I love these crackers so much and i think not many people have really heard of them or tried them so i really recommend people do because you are seriously missing out!
I dont think there are any disadvantages to these biscuits apart from they make a little bit of mess which is not a big issue.
These are the perfect crackers. They already come with a topping so you dont need to put on your own!
I do love savoury snacks almost as much as I love sweet-tasting things. I have recently re-discovered my love of "Ritz" crackers and when I run out of them recently, I made a mental note to pick up a new box of them when I visited my local grocery store later that day.
I was quite surprised to note that this particular shop did not stock my beloved Ritz crackers when I got there though, and I had pretty much no choice but to select another brand of cracker altogether.
The shop in question only really had three varieties, two of which looked really plain and boring. The third variety was by Carr's and these crackers were called 'Cheese Melts'. Given that the picture of the cracker on the front of the box looked WAY more exciting than the other two alternative brands, I opted to select this box of crackers over the other two.
I paid 89 pence for the box of crackers, which are packaged in a navy blue- coloured oblong box, with the name of the company and product quite clearly printed on the front. Under the word 'cheese' on the box, we are given a little description which states "Delicious light and crisp wheaten biscuits". Yummy! I was very keen to sample my new purchase, so I headed for home shortly afterwards, safe in the knowledge that I had a tub of cream cheese in the fridge to accompany my choice of savoury snack.
Once home, I removed the biscuits from the box, which were in sealed plastic. I could see the crackers through the plastic and was aware of the little crumbs of cheese on top of the biscuits. They looked to be well seasoned and looked very appetising on the whole. Once I opened the plastic packaging the smell of cheese was very evident, which smelled quite strong, but not over-powering to me.
I removed a couple of the crackers and spread some cream cheese on top. Out of the three crackers, one cracked and split into two. I do find that this problem happens with most crackers that I buy nowadays and think it is due to the brittle texture of crackers in general.
Not to be put off by such matters, I settled down to enjoy my snack with a large mug of tea. The first thing that struck me when I bit into the first cracker was the seasoning. As I had suspected, the crackers had a little coating of salt on the outside, which obviously led to them having quite a salty taste. This was in no way off-putting and I did think that the cheese flavouring came through quite nicely.
The cheese flavouring was not overly strong or over- powering, but was most certainly evident when eating the biscuits. I thought the taste was quite like the taste of cheddar or something similar, but I can't see any reference to this on the packaging, so who knows!
The texture of the crackers was not overly brittle, nor was it in any way too hard... I did find that they had a very pleasant 'bite' to them and the overall texture was just right for me personally.
The nutritional information on the cardboard box informs me that each biscuit will provide 21 calories and only 1g of fat, which, when compared to similar products on the market is surprisingly low! I think these might well prove to be a bit of a hit with weight watchers and slimmers alike!
There is reference to allergy information, for example the biscuits contain gluten and milk and have been produced among ingredients like seeds and Soya, which should allow anybody with allergies to make an informed choice about the suitability of this product.
The crackers have proven to be a bit of a hit with my partner too, so I think it is safe to say that these will be a new addition to our shopping list from now on. The Carr's Melts crackers are widely available in all good supermarkets like Tesco or Sainsbury's.
All in all I would definitely recommend these crackers... They are extremely enjoyable and very moreish. I am going to award them five stars out of five! :-D
PRICE: 68p for 150g at my local Sainsbury's
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATON (per biscuit):
(of which sugars): 0.3g
(of which saturates): 0.6g
Wheat flour, vegetable oil, dried cheese (9%), flavouring, sugar, dried onion, ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, salt, poppy seeds
Contains milk and gluten
Produced on a line handling sesame seeds, egg and soya
I rarely eat between meals, but the other day fancied something savoury to nibble on during the evening. I'm not a great crisp lover, nor do I like things such as Ritz Crackers; then, Carr's Cheese Melts biscuits caught my eye in my local Sainsbury's. Not having tried them before, I decided to push the boat out and see if this could be the kind of snack I'd latch onto.
Carr's Cheese Melts come in an elongated rectangular box which is dark blue, and three sides of the box show an image of one of the biscuits. The last side shows nutritional information, ingredients list, allergy advice, and Carr's quality claim.
Inside the pack, the biscuits (approximately 20 of them) are sealed inside a tubular cellophane wrapper. The biscuits are a pale yellow colour, dotted with little black bits which are poppy seeds.
On unsealing the cellophane, my nostrils detected quite a strong cheesy smell. It doesn't state in the ingredients list which type of cheese is used in the manufacture of this product, but to me the cheesy smell resembled that of something continental.
I first tried one of the biscuits on its own, and was surprised at how thin it was. As I bit into it, the piece of biscuit which remained in my hand shattered and fell back onto the plate. Inside my mouth, the biscuit (as I crunched) was lovely and light, wispy and airy, the cheese flavour being delightfully strong and prominent - yet, I could still taste the poppy seeds which was nice. I was pleased that the biscuit wasn't too salty, and the blend of cheese/poppy seeds was just right. Once the biscuit had been devoured, I immediately wanted another - 10/10 on the moreish scale. The only thing I did find a little unpleasant, yet nowhere near so much as to put me off, was the surface of the biscuit was a little greasy.
Although my first sample of one of the biscuits tasted fine in its naked state, I experimented further to see if the already delicious flavour could be enhanced even more by the addition of a Dairylea cheese Triangle.
My attempt to spread half of a cheese triangle onto the next biscuit was rather disastrous, in that the biscuit just completely shattered all over the place with only light pressure on the knife from me. On the next biscuit, I exerted even less pressure, but the same thing happened - third time lucky though, as I eventually got the knack of how to spread the cheese onto the biscuits without them breaking.
Although the addition of the cheese spread was very nice on the Carr's Cheese Melt, I decided that I preferred them as they come out of the pack, naked, as Carr's possibly intended. I found that the slight greasiness of the biscuit didn't harmonise too well with the cheese spread, and created a gloopy-ish mixture in my mouth which was hard to swallow.
Of course, I couldn't stop at just one, two or even three biscuits, and before I knew it I'd devoured the whole pack.
These biscuits are delicious, even with that slight greasiness on the surface - not too salty, and very very cheesy. The poppy seeds add an interesting little feature, and at 21 calories/1.0g of fat per biscuit, aren't unforgivably evil. Not really for dieters though, as the moreish factor will render you unable to stop at just one. Although the crumble/shatter factor was a bit of a nuisance, I took it as nothing more than an indication of how light the texture of these biscuits is, and that for me is a plus, as I hate heavy, chewy biscuits.
I would definitely buy this ultra tasty snack again next time I feel like stuffing my face during the evening, and resolve in future to just eat them as they come, and not attempt to spread anything on them.
Nice one Carr's, and full marks!
Thanks for reading!
I have recently decided that I quite like these savoury light weight biscuits. However, for once I did not have the opportunity to eat them all to myself as they are to be 'shared' The actual company have been making this style of food for years and yet it is only recently that I've realised they existed.
The thing about these biscuits is that they are very deceptive. Being so lightweight there's barely enough time to spare before you eat another one. This makes it very to consume more than your fair share.
They contain 21 calories per biscuit and 1g of fat, so again they may look small and something of nothing but for what they are you could be forgiven into thinking that the calories etc would be less.
They are circular and have a golden colour to them. Despite the fact that the box states them to be cheese melts, I failed to taste the cheese. When you actually look at them you can see it very slightly grated on top but I think that is all that all you get.
On eating them, again the cheese is not there. I find that these have quite cleverly combined sweet with savoury.
The underside has definetly got a slightly sugary flavour and it isn't until you bite into it and start to chew that the saltiness kicks in.
They are very crispy, almost to the extent that they barely exist in your mouth. I do find them quite dry and had to have a drink afterwards.
I think this to do with the saltiness of them, some of which is due to the cheese which you can't taste.
The prices can vary but the cost was £1.79. I'm not convinced that this is good value for money, although there is quite few in each pack they are so thin that it doesn't count as very much.
However they are nice to have once in a while.
A few weeks ago I did a couple of reviews on Krackawheat and Cheddars biscuits for cheese and thought that particular section of my literary creation was exhausted, but not so.
Last night I went to the cupboard and noticed a packet of Carrs Cheese Melts. I had bought these as part of my usual Christmas stock and they had never been opened. They were still fine as the use by date was 31st May 2008 so I decided to try them.
Oh dear! That was a big mistake. They are so nice I almost finished the box!
The first somewhat unusual thing I noticed about these biscuits is that they come in a cardboard box not just a wrapping. The box is dark blue with the word Carr's in large white letters, Cheese Melts in smaller yellow letters and then 'light and crisp wheaten biscuits sprinkled with cheese 21 cal and 1g fat per biscuit'. There is also a picture of two of the biscuits to show you just how delicious they look!
Carrs have been making biscuits since the company was established by Jonathan Dodgson Carr in 1908 so they should know what they're doing by now!
I opened the box to find the biscuits wrapped in a sealed cellophane wrapping. I would have liked the pack to be split into two separate halves each individually wrapped. This would mean that I would only eat half a box at a time!
I opened the wrapping and the first thing I noticed was a light smell of cheese. This was very light and pleasant and not at all overpowering as some of these types of biscuits can be.
The biscuits are flat on one side and slightly raised on the other. You can see the cheese and poppy seeds sprinkled on the top of the golden biscuit.
I put one of the biscuits in my mouth and was so surprised! The taste was lovely!
The biscuit was crisp but not too dry if that makes any sense at all! The taste was slightly salty, cheesy with a delicious home baked sort of taste too.
I could understand why they are called Cheese Melts too. They did seem to melt in my mouth.
As I said earlier they really did taste too good. I kept eating just another one ........... until I had eaten the whole boxful apart from about six biscuits!
The nutritional values per biscuit are as follows:
Energy 21 kcal
of which Sugars 0.3g
of which Saturates 0.6g
So they aren't as bad as they might be as regards calories and fat but still, eating as many as I did isn't a good idea, well, not for me anyway!
These biscuits are fine to eat just as they are but they would also be good with butter, cheese or maybe even spring onions, cucumber, lettuce etc.
The 150g box costs about £1.40 at any supermarket.
Of course the cardboard box and the internal packaging are both recycleable!
In conclusion I would say that I will definitely be buying these again but not too often if yesterday's over indulgence is anything to go by!
This review will also be posted in Ciao in the fullness of time.
Carrs Cheese melts are a real favourite on my house. Boxes arrive each week and get devoured as they are so versatile! They literally go with any top savoury topping you please, just be careful though as they are so moreish. I'm ot a huge fan of cheese. I really can take it or leave it but these are so nice as they arnt too strong and all delicately flavoured with other tastes such as sea salt and poppy seeds which make them interesting to the taste buds!
A Little About Carrs....
Carr's have been baking biscuits in the proud tradition established by Jonathan Dodgson Carr since 1908.
150g dark navy box containing the crackers which are in a see through plastic wrapper. The box is exactly the same as on the review photo and on the back I'm told nutritional values, ingredients and allergy advice. I'm not sure of the amount of crackers/biscuits you get. At a rough guess about 20 I think. Whatever its value for money in my book lol
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Dried Cheese (9%), Flavouring, Sugar, Dried Onion, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Poppy Seeds.
Contains Milk, Gluten
Produced on a line handling Sesame Seeds, Egg, Soya.
Well they're not a favourite of mine for no reason!
They appear flat on one side and on the top slightly less smooth with pieces of cheese baked on and poppy seeds ingrained into the biscuit giving it not only a cheesy flavour but a roasted one as well! On the top if you lick the biscuit you an really taste what tastes like sea salt. They are a lovely light yellowish brown baked colour and each one has a slightly different appearance due to the amount of cheese baked so to me they appear quite 'home baked'.
They are lovely and crunchy and not too thick at all and as you eat them they don't get all doughy and stuck all over your gums. Also they dont flake everywhere and are fairly strong which means they can hold cheese and that easy enough! Not at all greasy and dont make hands smell, they are a grown up must have particulary for cheese and biscuit fans!
What is great about them is here is no horrible after taste of whiffs after devouring them!
Although tasting rich and flavoursome they are not high in calories though do be aware of what toppings you put on of course! lol They don't taste too salty and no hint of sweeteners so nothing fake about them. They are just a good honest fairly filling little cracker!
Luxurious and to be trusted biscuits!
Nutritional values per biscuit....
Energy 21 kcal
of which Sugars 0.3g
of which Saturates 0.6g
Around a £1.00 per box in most supermarkets.