I love chocolate, I love biscuits and I love mint! So you may not be surprised to hear one of my favourite naughty treats are Jacob''s Mint Club Bars.
Jacobs are probably best known for manufacturing crackers and savoury snacks, but they are behind lots of sweet treats too. Club bars have been around for as long as I can remember, I can recall having them at home and in my lunch box as a child. I can also remember the nostalgic advert! "If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, join our club!".
The bars come in a long plastic packet which contains 8 individual Club bars. The packet is bright green with ''CLUB'' written across the front in huge letters (you can''t miss them on the shop shelf!). Each Club bar is individually wrapped in silver foil with a paper wrapper over the top. I prefer foil wrapping as it not only keeps food fresh but it''s easy for children to open by themselves (plus the food can be resealed if they don''t wish to eat it all). I suppose this isn''t great for the environment but it does make them suitable for taking out and about (putting in lunch boxes etc). The bars are around 4 inches long, quite chunky and are covered in smooth milk chocolate with ''Club'' embossed on the top.
Everything is delicious about these bars, they have a great taste AND great texture. The combination of milk chocolate and mint is divine, both flavours compliment each other really well. The chocolate on the outsides is thick and generous, there is also a thick mint layer on top (underneath the chocolate but on top of the biscuit) which gives the biscuit a very minty taste but quite a subtle minty taste, not mouth burning. The biscuit is crunchy (but not chewy) and goes really nicely with the smooth melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. The chocolate is a good quality chocolate too, none of that cheap tasting nonsense! I''d say Jacob''s Mint Club Bars would please most people (young and old) providing you like chocolate and mint...
Each bar contains 6.0g of fat, 116 calories an 13.9g of carbohydrates. These obviously aren''t the healthiest of treats (I''m actually surprised how many calories are in one bar) but you will be fine if you eat them as treats and in moderation. They''re made in the UK and are suitable for vegetarians. They contain no hydrogenated vegetable oil and are free from artificial colours and flavours.
Jacob''s Mint Clubs are widely available, in most supermarkets etc. A large pack of 8 generally costs between 1.50 - 2.00 GBP which I think is pretty reasonable. I have also noticed that Club Bars are often on offer, our most recent pack cost just 1.00 GBP from Morrisons. Another reason to love them!
We always have chocolate in the cupboard and recently on offer was Club, mint.
These bars are about 7cm long so what I would class as a small bar ideal for a snack or a lunch box treat. Me, my husband and 2 year old enjoy these. The club has a layer of mint in between a layer of biscuit which is coated in milk chocolate. The mint is a spearmint like flavour and doesn't over power the rest of the ingredients.
The packaging is brightly coloured in green which is to highlight the fact it's mint flavour. The chocolate bar is wrapped in foil to keep fresh and there is a paper sleeve wrapped around it. The green paper has "Club" printed central in brown, bold font.
Club bars can be brought in a few different flavours - mint, orange, fruit and plain. I brought my pack from Tesco where I purchase a multipack of 8 for £1, normally priced at £1.59. 12p for a chocolate bar seems very reasonable to me
I enjoy this chocolate bar but am not going to rave about them and tell you to go out and buy them. I think there ok but would pick many more over these if I had a selection.
They are only 116 calories per bar and more than satisfy a chocolate/sweet craving. They also advertise the fact they use NO hydrogenated vegetable oil , artificial flavourings or colour.
I have to admit up until a couple of years ago I used to eat a lot of chocolate, your talking like 1 - 2 bars a day, now I am lucky if I have that a month. Although I do tend to have the need/craving for a bar of chocolate every now and then, and is normally something with a bit of flavour to it, and something that isn't leaving you feeling sickly, as like most bars do. My partner went out to get a few essentials and notice he bought these and some orange ones, so I did have a bar and I was satisfied without feeling sick afterwards.
--*ABOUT THE CLUB*--
The club is an ideal size for pack lunches or for a snack in between meals, as it doesn't leave you feeling full and bloated, my son and partner take these to with them on their daily journey to work and school. I would have thought the mint in this bar would be overpowering but it isn't, it gives the club a cool fresh taste with every bite. The biscuit of the club is very crunchy but not hard to bite into, and works well with the thin layer of mint. The whole biscuit is then covered with a generous layer of milk chocolate, which doesn't leave you feeling sickly afterwards, and works well with the other ingredients.
The packaging is eye catching with its bright colours, its green which represents the mint and club written on the front in brown lettering representing the chocolate. The Jacobs logo is at the top of the wrapper, useful information about the ingredients within each bar, in which the calories are quite a lot so if you're on a diet these are not for you. Each biscuit is wrapped up in a silver foiled paper keeping the biscuit fresh, and the wrapped in a wrapper same as the main packaging.
--*AVAILABILITY AND PRICE*--
My partner bought these from tesco express when picking up a few essentials that we had ran out of, he said he came across these at a price of £1 for 6 bars, he said he thought it was a deal so got them and some orange ones. With them being Jacobs you know your going to get value for money as they are a well branded name. Although these was on offer at the time when we got them.
I have to admit I do love these, especially because they are mint, my son loves having these in his lunch bag for his lunch at school, my partner don't like these ones but does like the orange ones. As I have mention they don't leave you feeling you want more and don't leave you feeling sickly afterwards. One bar is enough to satisfy you. I will be buying these again as they are great just as a snack, and does not tend to fill you up or become bloated.
Back to school and back to pack lunches and no matter what attempt I make at the pack lunch treat being very healthy, my children always pick a biscuit bar treat!
On our recent shopping trip Club Bars were on offer at buy one get one free so these were the choice and one Daddy was very happy to see in the biscuit box!
Cost and Stockist:
These were purchased from my local Coop my supermarket of choice if I really have to go to a supermarket then it has to be the Coop. I paid £1.75 for an 8 bar pack but of course got 2 packs for that price you can also get these from all major supermarkets I also picked a pack up from B&M Bargains for £1.00.
The bars are also available in a large variety pack containing 24 bars and costing around £4 this pack contains mint, orange and chocolate you can also get fruit ones.
Eating these are not good for you lets be honest about it however in moderation in a diet that is well balanced these will not cause great harm however should you eat these by the packet then they will ruin your health . I am not going to fill my review with nutritional information as that is available on the packaging.
What is the Biscuit?
Club bars have a very crunchy biscuit base and then a layer of filling in this case mint which I would describe as fondant then all wrapped up in thick milk chocolate extremely yummy and as they famous advert stated "if you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our club"! And in our house we certainly do!
As a child of the 80's I really do recommend these this id good retro! The children like these and they are not to big as a treat in the lunch box and my girls know they only get one in there lunch if they eat all there sandwiches and fruit so as a blackmail tool they are brilliant. One warning I must advise is to hide these away as my husband is rather partial to eating these very irritating when trying to make lunch and they are all gone he says they make him feel young!!
In summary head to the nearest supermarket and grab a pack of these
I always really liked Mint and the Orange flavoured Clubs from Jacob's but my mother always seemed to buy the Fruit versions, I don't know if she was able to get them on a really good deal or something. Normally you don't buy these individually but you can purchase them in multipacks in which you get 8 bars or something like that. These are a traditional lunch box favourite that I was always given to take to school in the same way that Penguins and two finger Kit Kats could end up in there as well.
Each one of these is a thick crunchy biscuit with a layer of mint cream which is then coated in really thick milk chocolate. The chocolate coating has the word CLUB spelt out on the top in large letters. These are very tasty as mint always seems to combine well with chocolate and the texture is wonderful as the biscuit is crunchy and is a pleasurable experience to eat all around. I think that these are ideal for placing in their individual wrappers on a plate at parties and of course fantastic to sit down in the afternoon and have a cup of tea with one at work or home.
These contain no artificial colours or preservatives and typically 116 calories and 6g of fat so although they are not as big in actual size to a lot of confectionery items they are better nutritionally so if you like the occasional treat and are trying to be self controlled then these mint clubs could be the way forward.
These jacobs club bars are mint chocolate biscuits. They consist of a nice cruncy biscuit, which has a layer of cream on it. This is mint flavoured in these clubs, and then the whole biscuit is covered in a thick layer of milk chocolate.
The jacobs clubs cost around £1.40 for a pack of 8 biscuits. This is roughly 18p a bar which is a bargain as these are so yummy! These are currently on offer in tesco, 8 bars for £1 which is a really good deal. Sometimes they do offers such as 2 packs for £2, which is the time i really buy them. I always pick up the biscuits that are on offer, and as we dont eat them much they last a long while if you stock up on a few packs.
These club biscuits dont just come in mint flavour! They also come in orange flavour, which have an orange packaging. The clubs in the purple packaging have raisons in them. These are also available as cake bars,which i have never tried, but i am sure they are gorgeous!
What i love about these mint clubs is that they are very filling. The biscuit is really crunchy, but sometimes hurts your teeth to bite in to. The mint flavouring is very strong, and the cream is really smooth, but quite sickly. The chocolate is actually a very thick layer for a biscuit, and this is very soft and creamy.
The mint taste isnt too overpowering, but it is strong, in some mint products you can hardly taste the mint, i hate that but with these you can really taste a peppermint flavour.
Each biscuit contains 115 calories which is roughly the same as any other biscuit such as a kitkat, which has slightly less calories at 107, but they are all roughly the same. If eaten in moderation, these biscuits are no more bad for you than any others.
These need to be stored in a cool dry place, but i think they are nicer eaten straight from the fridge. They are fine for vegetarians and are free from artificial colours and flavours.
If you love mint and chocolate i would highly recommend these! I do like the other flavours too but i wouldnt choose them other mint!
The Club brand that been around for many a year, and was a must have in my lunch box as a child. Club's are produced by Jacob's
Club Mint combines thick milk chocolate with a smooth, cool mint flavoured cream and a crunchy biscuit. They are generally packages in a pack of 8 biscuits, which are individually raped with silver paper followed by a paper cover with the general product information on, in the Mint Club's case this is green.
The chocolate coating tastes nice, but I thing it's a bit of an exaggeration to say that it is 'thick' milk chocolate. The mint cream is a really nice subtle flavour that is not overpowering which I find just right when having it for a little snack with a cup of tea. The biscuit is OK but the texture is quite course. One problem I do find with these is that the chocolate covering melts really quickly leaving you with chocolate coated finger tips. The packaging says to store them in a cool place, the fridge is by far the best place for them.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (43%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Rolled Oats, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Natural Flavours.
These bars contain Milk, Soya and Gluten. They are suitable for vegetarians. Do not contain hydrogenated vegetable oil and have no artificial colours or flavours.
So the important bit, how many calories and fat are there in them, per biscuit:
of which Sugars: 8.4g
of which is Saturated: 3.6g
As well as the Mint Club there are also 3 other flavours in this brand, being Milk Chocolate, Orange Chocolate and Milk Chocolate and Raisin. The packs usually cost around £1.30 but are often on offer for BOGOF or half price.
So overall how do I rate these biscuits? Well they are tasty but to be honest they are not high on my list of biscuit bars to buy first. Mainly because of the amount of calories and fat in them, it is quite high for a biscuit so small. Based on this there are nicer and bigger treats I could have for the same calories. But I do buy them now and then if they are on offer.
Like many other supermarkets, our local Tesco like to immediatley grab our attention on entering the store by erecting a type of assault course with the products on special offer forming huge obstacles.
A few weeks ago, on entering the store for my weekly grocery shop, I was met with what I can only describe as a "chicane" of Jacob's Club biscuits. One side was Orange, the other was Fruit, and what should have been the safety wall of tyres was actually made of Mint Clubs.
It's been years since I had a Club biscuit and with the Tesco offer being a generous pack of 8 biscuits for 65p rather than £1.35, meaning each biscuit was a mere 8.1p, it seemed a good time to reaquaint myself with what used to be a childhood treat.
When I decided to write a review on these biscuits, I was very surprised not to be able to find them on Dooyoo. In fact, I started to question myself. "It is "Jacob's" Club isn't it?" I found myself asking. "Hang on a minute. Jacob's make cream crackers............maybe I've got it wrong and that's why I can't find them. No. I'm sure it's Jacob's." Eventually I put in my product suggestion and whilst waiting, started to do a little research into the mysterious Jacob's.
This is what I found out - I'll try to be as concise as possible.
The originator of the Jacob's brand name was a small biscuit bakery, founded in 1881 in Waterford, Ireland, and called W+ R Jacob. A branch of the bakery was also opened in Liverpool but in the 1920s the two branches separated. The Irish branch kept the name W+R Jacob and the Liverpool branch was re-named Jacob's Bakery Ltd.
In 1990, the two companies again came under common ownership being called Jacob's Biscuit Group when they were aquired by Groupe Danone. However, in 2004, United Biscuits acquired the Jacob's Biscuit Group and soon announced that again the Jacob's Biscuit Group would be split. United Biscuits would actually only take over the UK portion of the group. Fruitfield Foods aquired the Irish portion - becoming Jacob Fruitfield Food Group. Both United Biscuits and Fruitfield fought fiercely for the use of the Jacob's brand name, however, earlier this year, Jacob Fruitfield closed it's Irish plant.
The thing I remember about Club biscuits when I was growing up was that they were a small chocolate biscuit. My mother would give me them as a kind of compromise. I would nag for a chocolate biscuit of Kit Kat or Penguin proportions. She would be happier to part with just a boring old Malted Milk or if I was lucky, a chocolate bourbon. We'd sometimes meet somewhere in the the middle and she would allow me a Club biscuit. Secretly I was always rather pleased with this because as I remember, there was a lot of chocolate in these.
I chose the mint variety from the Tesco display and looked forward to finding a moment later in the day to enjoy my biscuit with a cup of tea.
The packaging is not much different from how I remember it from childhood. Perhaps a more vivid green colour, but the orange diamond with the Jacob's logo is still there, and a picture of a couple of mint leaves, as well as the word "CLUB". The biscuits are wrapped individually in a type of silver foil (when I was a kid I used to love trying to separate the silver foil from the paper backing, smooth out the foil without ripping it, then make silver aeroplanes!), and then covered with the green paper sleeve.
I'm sure it's not my imagination. These biscuits are longer but thinner than they used to be. Club biscuits used to be short and stubby. They were different from other biscuits. Unusual. But these ones I bought were quite boring in appearance.
On biting into the biscuit I was also rather disappointed. Certainly the biscuit tasted minty. It wasn't sickly or overly sweet, but it was just a little bit ordinary, The chocolate coating was OK - but not a "thick milk chocolate" covering as I was both promised from the information on the back of the wrapper and also remembered from childhood. The "crunchy" biscuit was certainly crunchy, but the texture was a little bit coarse and I seem to remember more of a shortbread type biscuit from the old days. The "smooth, cool, mint flavoured cream" that topped the biscuit, beneath the chocolate, was pretty much as I remembered. I suppose it could be argued that there could be more of this topping, but I felt that the cream provided a strong enough minty flavour and any more could make the overall result rather too sickly.
The overall biscuit eating experience could only be described as being very average. These biscuits could easily pass for being a Supermarket budget chocolate biscuit. And at 8.1p per bar, they are being sold at a supermarket budget chocolate biscuit type of price.
But the overall feeling was one of great disappointment. Sure, I realise that often, foods we remember loving through childhood, turn out to be not as good when we revisit them. This can be for a number of reasons. Was it the taste of the food we remember, or was it the association with other happy memories. For me, a Club biscuit would always taste good because it wasn't a Malted Milk. And also, I would associate it with I sense of victory over my mother!! The nagging kind of paid off.
Also, our tastes change. I loved Black Jack chews when I was a kid. I daresay I would still like the taste of one.......................but not a whole bag!
As well as tastes changing, we have also , over the years, tried many new, different and exciting biscuits. In the 1970s, a mint Club was still quite novel, but these days they seem quite tame.
However - I am certain that these Club biscuits are very different from the originals. The first Club biscuit (the Club Milk, I believe) was launched in 1919, so these biscuits are 90 years old. Other biscuits that Jacob's are responsible for manufacturing are, Iced Gems, Fig Roll, Cheddars and Twiglets.
The 1970's jingle for the Club Biscuit was, "If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit join our Club".
In 2009, I feel I ought to say....................If you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit...............buy a Kit Kat Chunky!!