I love chocolate, I love biscuits and I love orange! So you may not be surprised to hear one of my favourite naughty treats are Jacob's Orange 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 orange 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 orange is divine, both flavours compliment each other really well. The chocolate on the outsides is thick and generous, there is also a thick orange layer on top (underneath the chocolate but on top of the biscuit) which is tangy and gives the whole bar an orangey zing. 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 Orange Club Bars would please most people (young and old) providing you like chocolate and orange...
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 Orange Clubs are widely available, in most supermarkets etc. A large pack of 8 generally costs between £1.50 - £2.00 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 from Tesco. Another reason to love them!
I love my biscuits! Every week when we go shopping we get a packet of Jacobs Club Chocolate Biscuit bars. I have bought these for a few years now and I really cannot fault them. They are just one of those biscuits that has a flavor for everyone!
The biscuits come in 4 different flavors
Chocolate - the chocolate biscuit is lovely and creamy and so soft - your teeth sink into the delicious chocolatey top and then through the biscuity crunchy base.
Mint - the mint biscuit is refreshing and tastey. You first bite through a thin layer of chocolate, then a lovely minty base then the mouthwatering crunchy base.
Orange - the orange biscuit is tangy and delicious. the chocolate base comes first once again, then the lovely layer of orange comes next, followed by the crunchy base.
Fruit - the fruit biscuit is chewy and sweet. Again there is a chocolate base then a fruity layer , followed by the crunchy base.
My personal favorite is the plain chocolate. I love nothing more than dunking it into my cup of tea and licking the soft chocolate off of the biscuit. It is creamy and delicious and will make you want more!
My least favorite is the fruit one. It's not that I hate fruit, I just don't like raisins and dried fruit in general. I think it just ruins the point of having a sneaky chocolate biccy!
Each biscuit smells different because of the different flavors. The plain chocolate smells creamy and chocolatey. The orange one smells of orange. The mint one smells minty. And the fruit one smells mainly of chocolate but you do get a fruity whiff to it.
You can purchase the biscuits in packs of 8. The 8 biscuits are packed in a thick plastic wrapping. Each biscuit is individually wrapped in a paper wrapping followed by a tin foil wrapper which keeps each biscuit lovely and fresh! The colors of the wrappers match the flavors. The fruit one is purple, the orange one is orange, the mint one is green and the plain chocolate one is blue. Each packet has the name of the biscuits - CLUB - followed by the flavor.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Packs of 8 cost £1.75. I purchase mine from TESCO's. You can buy a 24 pack which is a variety of flavors which is £4.00 from TESCO's.
CHOCOLATE INGREDIENTS :
Milk Chocolate (49%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring],Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Sugar ,Glucose Syrup ,Rolled Oats ,Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder ,Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Ammonium Bicarbonate) ,Salt
ORANGE INGREDIENTS :
Milk Chocolate (49%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring],Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Sugar ,Glucose Syrup ,Rolled Oats ,Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Ammonium Bicarbonate) ,Natural Orange Flavouring ,Salt ,Colour (Paprika Extract) ,Citric Acid
MINT INGREDIENTS :
Milk Chocolate (49%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring],Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Sugar ,Glucose Syrup ,Rolled Oats ,Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Ammonium Bicarbonate) ,Salt ,Natural Mint Flavouring
Milk Chocolate (49%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring],Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Currants (9%) ,Sugar ,Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder ,Glucose Syrup ,Rolled Oats ,Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Ammonium Bicarbonate) ,Salt
These are suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial flavorings or colors according to the Tesco website.
I store mine in the fridge but on the packet it says you can store them in a dry place.
These are a lovely treat and there is a flavor for everyone! They are creamy and delicious and if you haven't tried them yet, do so ! They are quite cheap and always available in my local supermarket!
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I havn't had a Club bar for many years, until I saw these in Morrisons a couple of weeks ago on offer. I couldn't refuse the deal as I always remembered them to be yummy and the range of flavours they come in is great.
Each bar is 8.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 1cm in size which is wrapped in a paper wrapper which is orange, due to the flavour of this bar. It says CLUB in big letters and then has a picture of some orange segments in the corner. The rear of each bar has the usual information on it. On taking the paper wrapper off, each bar is then also wrapper in a paper/foil wrapper to individually protect each bar. On taking this wrapper off, it reveals the chocolate bar which has the word CLUB on the front.
The bar has a milk chocolate outer covering, which has a tangy orange cream underneath. In the centre of the bar there is a crunchy biscuit. On biting through the bar, you get to taste and experience the three tastes and textures of the bar, makes it different from other bars available. The chocolate is nice a milky, which makes for a sweet start to the bar and gives it a very appealing appearance. The orange cream is slightly tangy but is also very nice. It is quite rare to have an orange cream in a chocolate bar, so this makes this bar unique from many others. The biscuit in the centre is nice and crunchy and has a golden colour to it which makes it very appealing. The bar has an orangey scent to it which makes for an enjoyable treat any time of the day. I usually have one with lunch every day as being individually wrapped, it will go into my lunch box easily without making a mess.
Per pack, the RRP is £1.60 for 8 bars, which is quite a bit more expensive than I remember when I used to buy them. As I bought them on offer, they were a lot better value for money, especially when on a budget. They make a great treat any time of the day and to have a branded chocolate bar is a nice change over the my usual purchase of the value chocolate bars that I get.
If they are on offer again, I would definitely buy them as they are one of my favourites since childhood. They also come in Mint, Fruit, and Original flavours, all of which are just as nice and cost the same. I would highly recommend you try them if you have not tried them before.
Overall, I shall give these 4/5 as they are a yummy snack any time of the day but the high RRP could make them a little inaccessible to those on a tight budget.
Thanks for reading!
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