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      16.07.2012 22:13
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      Can't get enough of these Jaff-tasticly moorish bars!

      I adore Jaffa cakes! But the problem I find is that once you open a packet, it's empty before you realise that your hands have been stuffing them in your mouth and how many calories you have consumed by doing so. Why do Mcvitie's products have to be so damn good? So because of my nonexistent will power when it comes to a packet of jaffa cakes I told myself I was no longer going to buy them... until I discovered Mcvitie's Jaffa cake BARS! Portion controlled, low in calories and super delicious! Whenever these are on offer they are now always in my trolley instead of their round big brother.

      Jaffa cake bars are made by Mcvitie's which has been a confectionary company for around 160 years. They produce products including the famous penguin bars, the original jaffa cakes and hobnobs. Their newest creations include quirks and medley bars.

      ~ Price and Availability ~
      Mcvitie's Jaffa cake bars are available in most major, well-stocked supermarkets such as Tesco's, Asda, Sainsbury's and Waitrose. The cake bars are available to buy in packs of five for around £1.30, however they are often on offer at £1.00 or any 2 for £2.00 - so it's worth looking around.

      ~ Packaging ~
      Mcvitie's jaffa cake bars come in a dark blue plastic outer wrapper with the jaffa cake logo printed on the front in orange. The bars themselves sit in a black plastic tray inside this wrapper and then are wrapped again separately in the dark blue wrapper. Underneath the name of the product I am told this is the perfect blend of bittersweet, dark, crackly chocolate, light sponge and zingy orange centre. The front of the packaging also tells me that there are only 94 calories per bar! On the back of the packaging you can find the ingredients list, nutritional information, contact information and allergy advice.

      ~ Taste ~
      These are so light! Biting into one of these you are hit with so many different wonderful tastes and textures. You have the crisp, creamy outer chocolate layer, which is quite thin but substantial enough. Then you have the tangy orange 'jaffa' filling which is quite a generous layer and tastes very fruity! Then, finally your teeth sink into the lightest, fluffiest, spongiest sponge ever! There is a generous amount of it too! Admittedly they are different from the original jaffa cake as they are softer and springier - which I like. These Jaffa cake bars are also extremely moist; the sponge is not a bit dry or bland. The flavour combinations work so well together and leave you wanting more! Which may be a good thing for some and may not be for others :D Chocolate and orange are just a match made in heaven and with added sponginess it just makes them so...MMMMMMM!

      ~ Other information ~
      There are 94 calories per bar, which is excellent considering a normal chocolate bar is usually around the 200 mark and I can't imagine what a whole packet of Jaffa cakes contains! EEEK. So these appeal to me much more.

      Mcvitie's jaffa cake bars contain milk, eggs, soya and gluten.

      They contain no hydrogenated vegetable oil.

      There is no mention of them being vegetarian friendly so much away at your own risk!

      ~ Overall opinion ~
      Mcvitie's jaffa cake bars taste so sinful (but there not)! Where else do you get chocolate, sponge and jaffa filling in a bar for 94 calories? These are just full of total yummy-ness! The only downfall to these for some people may be that they are pretty small; I think there a decent enough size but I know some people will want to reach for another one as they are so light and slightly smaller than your average chocolate bar, but if you did reach for another you would still have had under 200 calories! I would recommend these to anybody who enjoys a good jaffa cake, I'm sure kids will love these as much as adults! I would definitely recommend these to any calorie conscious or dieting people out there are they are portion controlled, they satisfy that niggling chocolate craving and aren't as bad for you as a whole packet of jaffa cakes!

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        16.06.2012 22:08
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        A nice cake bar thats sweet and tangy

        I recently received a coupon for a packet of Jaffa Cake Bars, I don't often buy cakes as I prefer to make my own but as I had the coupon I got some. I bought my Jaffa Cake Bars from my local Tesco where they would have cost me £1.30 had I not had the coupon.

        The Cake bars are sold in a dark blue wrapper with Jaffa Cakes written across the front in orange writing. The front of the pack also informs the customer that these are made by McVities, contain no artificial colours or flavours and are the perfect blend of bittersweet dark chocolate, light sponge and zingy orange centre. The front of the pack also shows a picture of one of the cake bars and gives the GDA's which are given per cake bar.

        The back of the pack gives all the usual information you would expect to find such as nutritional information and ingredients, they are written in very small writing but are there for those who wish to look.

        On opening the wrapper the 5 cake bars are individually wrapped and are in a plastic tray. The wrappers around the bars are basically a repeat of the main wrapper.

        Each cake bar is covered in dark chocolate which isn't that thick, there is a nice light sponge underneath which is sweet and sandwiched between this and the chocolate is a lovely orange layer which is slightly runnier than the orange bit in a traditional jaffa cake, however its really tasty and very tangy. Its obvious that its orange flavour. When eaten together the 3 flavours blend perfectly, the cake bars are sweet and tangy and at only 94 calories per bar there's no need to feel too guilty, if you can stop at just the one.

        I really liked these little cake bars, they aren't very big and to be honest it would be easy to eat all 5 in virtually one go, but the orange is so tangy and together with the chocolate and sponge they are really tasty. I don't think I would buy them on a regular basis although they are ideal as quick snack or for lunch boxes. They are not bad value for money and the calories are not too horrendous either. If you like Jaffa Cakes then I'm sure you would like these, they are currently on offer in Tesco at 2 packets for £2.00.

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        21.04.2012 21:25
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        Lovely chocolate and orange treat which tastes delicious and is low in calories and fat.

        These cake bars are based on the original Jaffa cake (or Jaffa biscuit as some people would prefer to call it. There's been a long debate over the years as to the definition of a Jaffa cake as to whether it is a cake or a biscuit!). The Jaffa biscuits are not too bad for you from a calories/fat point of view and this is the same. In one of these cake bars there are 3.5g of fat and 94 calories. Means you can have two if you want!

        The bars come in a vibrant blue and orange plastic wrapper nestled on a sheet of cardboard. If you're familiar with the Jaffa cake brand this is the exact same design on the packet. Inside the packet there are 5 individually wrapped cake bars. It is very easy to open the packets and get to the cake bars quickly!

        As soon as you open the wrapper on the bar you can smell chocolatey/orangey loveliness permeating through the air. The smell is really strong and makes your mouth water (well mine anyway!). They are a rectangular shape and covered completely in dark chocolate. It is only a thin layer but really good tasting chocolate and a distinct taste when you eat it. The bar itself is sponge on the bottom, topped with a delicious gooey orange jam bit. The combination of the soft sponge, wet jam and crunchy chocolate gives a lovely taste in your mouth. I think they're very sweet but the jam does give a more bitter twist to it. They taste divine but are over far too quickly. Because they are quite soft I think they don't take as long to eat.

        This is a delicious treat with not too many calories or fat so can be enjoyed by everyone without the guilt factor creeping in! At the moment these are on offer in Tescos as Buy one Get one Free but usually they retail at £1.30. They sell them in most supermarkets I've been to, including places like B&M Bargains.

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          13.06.2011 20:38
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          great little jaffa cake bars

          My fiance has recently started a new job so I went to the supermarket on the lookout for lunch box items and came across these Jaffa Cake Cake Bars. As both of us really like Jaffa cakes I thought that we should like these too so thought I would give them a try especially as they were on special offer.

          ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~
          The cake bars come in a multi pack of six bars which are individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper then laid in a cardboard tray to prevent them from getting crushed, the tray is then wrapped in a large plastic wrapper to keep the bars together and extra fresh.

          ~~~~~Nutritional Information~~~~~
          These cake bars are also not too high in calories and fat content as some of the other cake bars available, the nutritional content of each bar is:
          Calories - 96kcal
          Fat - 3.5g
          Salt- trace

          ~~~~~Price~~~~~
          The cake bars can be found in the bakery isles of most large supermarkets I believe they are usually priced at around £1.50 for six bars. My recent purchase was from Tesco where they are currently on offer for £1.00 for six bars which I think makes them pretty good value as they are a good quality tasty product.

          ~~~~~The Product~~~~~
          The cake bar is made up of quite a thick layer of vanilla sponge topped with a layer of orange jelly the same as you would find in a Jaffa cake and then the whole bar is coated in dark chocolate.

          ~~~~~Taste/My Opinion~~~~~
          I really like these cake bars the sponge is lovely and fresh and light while the orange jelly is tangy. The dark chocolate also compliments the orange flavour and prevents the cake bars from being too sweet. I would certainly recommend them to go in a lunch box, a picnic basket or just a little indulgent treat. They do taste very similar to Jaffa cakes but are just a little more indulgent.

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            25.04.2011 21:32
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            Prefer the good old Jaffa Cake itself.

            McVities Jaffa Cakes, Cake Bars

            *What are they?*

            The use are very similar to Jaffa cakes, that's only shaped into a cake bar. Essentially they are the same as Jaffa cakes, but probably providing a bigger portion! They still consist of a light sponge portion with orange cream centre covered with dark chocolate.

            *What Do I Think?*

            Well, I've always been a fan of Jaffa Cakes, so I am definitely going to like these! The bars are individually wrapped, so are very handy for lunch boxes and for carrying around in your handbag. The taste seems to be relatively the same, but what is notably different is perhaps the texture of the Jaffa cake. The cake bar is probably lighter and softer in texture and the bar is highly likely to get squashed easier and less you keep it in a lunchbox!

            Personally, I would probably prefer the original Jaffa cake. Simply based on the texture of the cake itself - the original Jaffa cake has, if you can say this, a better bite to it. The cake bar feels so much softer and its it is possible to finish the bar in the two mouthfuls and does not leave much time for one to savour it as it disappears too quickly.

            I actually feel that the cake bar tastes sweeter than the original Jaffa cake although I don't have any statistics to compare the amount of sugar in each portion right now.

            The cake bars still contains milk, egg, soya, gluten and sulphites, Sue which is probably not be suitable for people who have allergies to these elements. The good news is, it contains no hydrogenated vegetable oil, and appears to be relatively low in fat but each cake bar, despite being quite small contains a lot of sugar - 11.4 g per small cake bar which is very high and definitely not suitable for diabetics.

            *The cost*

            The pack contains five bars, and it costs around £1, this is okay I think, but much the better value when it's on a 'buy one get one free' offer - I would probably only ever gets these occasionally if they are on offer but I would usually avoid these simply because all the sheer high sugar content.

            *Overall*

            A novel concept from the Jaffa cake, very handy and convenience for lunch boxes. There is too much sugar in these and at the end of the day I do actually prefer the original Jaffa cake!

            Thanks reading.

            ©leighsa 2011.

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              04.08.2010 14:25
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              Good for lunch boxes and snacks

              As a lover of jaffa cakes, I just had to try these cake bars, plus seeing them on a buy one get one free offer at my local shop I knew I should try them!

              They are a sponge cake with the distinct jaffa orange layer - a bit like a jaffa cake but in a bar shape and not circular. Covered completely in dark chocolate making them very tasty. The orange and with the sponge cake perfectly compliment each other making the taste tangy but sweet at the same time. The chocolate coating being an extra bonus!

              To each pack there are 5 individually foil wrapped Jaffa cake cars, in predominantly blue colouring with the splash of orange as per the original Jaffa cake box packaging. Priced at around £1.25 for 5 bars they are fairly good value for money, especially if you manage to get them on a special offer!

              Nutritionally they are low in calories with 96 per cake bar, with 1.8g of saturated fat, making them a great alternative for those on a controlled diet.

              I was really impressed with the flavour and the presentation, McVitie's have done well with this product. The only downside is they are quite small in size so you end up wanting more after just eating one! A good lunch box filler or afternoon snack.

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              10.03.2010 18:20
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              McVities Jaffa Cake Bars - golden sponge, orangey spread & dark chocolate

              I absolutely love the amount of different cake bars on the market these days and McVities make some lovely ones. As I personally adore Jaffa Cakes and love cake bars, I can't think of much better than a Jaffa Cake Bar. Thank you McVities!

              Jaffa Cake bars are available in a pack of 5 and cost £1.35. They come in the same distinctive deep blue packaging as everyday jaffa cakes and are packed in a cardboard tray. They are individually wrapped and always taste fresh when they are opened.

              When I open my Jaffa Cake bar, the first thing I notice is the smell of yummy, dark chocolate and you can just make out the aroma of orange. These definitely make my mouth water and I can't wait for that first bite.

              When you do bite into them, the chocolate 'cracks'. There is only a thin layer of chocolate, but it is enough for me, as it's quite strong and a little bitter. The orange layer in this is softer than the original jaffa cake and is more of a orangey spread, than a jelly. It does taste citrusy and full of flavour and goes well with the dark chocolate. The sponge is a lovely light golden colour and is soft and moist. The combination of flavours and textures is perfect. I find that one of these is just right for a snack, which leaves you satisfied, but not overly full.

              One Jaffa Cake Bar contains:

              Calories - 129
              Sugar - 15.2g
              Fat - 5.5g
              Saturates - 2.8g
              Salt - less than 0.1g

              This product contains milk, egg, soya and gluten. It is free from trans fat and is suitable for vegetarians.

              At the moment, these can be purchased for £1 in Tesco until the 16th of March.

              Although I still prefer the original Jaffa Cakes, these do make a nice change and a lovely treat. They are great for pack lunch boxes and my kids always look forward to getting them.

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                20.02.2010 17:02
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                A good bar.

                From Mcvitie's, Jaffa Cake Bars are a delicious chocolatey treat vastly akin to regular jaffa cakes. They make a great change and are definitely worth paying a few pence extra for.

                In each packet of these, you'll get five medium-sized jaffa cake bars, ever blurring Jaffa Cake's line between biscuit and cake. They are comprised of the same ingredients of regular jaffa cakes, but with noticeably different ratios. Perhaps most notably, the chocolate part of the bar is all up the sides too. Also, there is definitely more food cake mix in the middle of the bar than you'd find in any jaffa cake, so in terms of ratio and ingrediencal consistency, we have;

                Jaffa Cakes
                Mostly cake
                Moderate layer of chocolate
                A thinnish line of orange jaffa

                Jaffa Cake Bars
                Mostly chocolate
                A moderate layer of orange jaffa
                A thinnish line of cake.

                This difference in consistency really shows through, and whilst there is little difference to calorie intake, (which is high anyway,) it is much taster and has much more flavour than your standard jaffa cake, despite being more expensive. The attractive packaging also helps to keep the cakes inside very fresh and safe from damage. This means that even in bar form, these things will last pretty much as long as regular box packaged jaffa cakes. Isn't that something? :D

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                  19.02.2010 03:58
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                  Highly Recommended

                  Mcvities Jaffa Cake Bars usually retail at £1.35 for a packet of five individually wrapped bars, but they're presently available on Buy One Get One Free from Tesco, effectively making them just under 70p per packet at present. This is an offer that's been going on for a little while already, as we purchased these using this offer a good few weeks ago now.

                  I really like how these bars all come individually wrapped, as it makes them a convenient snack food that can be grabbed and transported in a hurry. There's nothing worse than having to wrap things up when you're in a hurry. I should warn readers that the wrappers are just thin foil though and that don't offer the cake bar any protection from being knocked or bumped in transit. You drop one of these, and you WILL squash it.

                  The taste of these deserves five stars alone. The bars are coated in a thick, tasty dark chocolate which has a sugary but not sickly taste to it. Inside, there's the smooth, syrupy orange marmalde style filling which we've all come to know and love inside normal Jaffa Cakes. There is plenty of the filling in these bars, and I really like how moist they make the whole thing.

                  The sponge cake is plentiful too, but it doesn't dominate the bar like the cake bit does in some cheaper cake bar products. It's a really light, springy and moist sponge that smacks of good production to me. All the flavours combined taste rich, smooth and really sweet and citrusy to me. I really can't think of a single thing about the flavour that I would change if I could.

                  These are quite expensive at 27p each when not on offer, but you have to expect to pay for quality products like this (alas). I prefer to snap them up when they're available at a discount, but I don't begrudge paying the full price for these because they're so obviously worth it.

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                  26.01.2010 13:32
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                  I like Cakes and I like Jaffa Cakes, so I should like these in theory, but I wasn't keen on these at all.

                  I think these cost about £1.40 per pack of 5, but I picked them up when they were on a buy 1 get 1 free offer in Tesco. The offer was a mix and match, so I got these and some Bagels, which the wife loves.

                  These were 5 quite flat but also chunky Cake Bars. They were individually wrapped and on a cardboard tray which was all wrapped again. Always handy to get an individually wrapped Bar, as you can just pop in you pocket or bag. The pack was quite colourful with the blue and orange colouring.

                  The Cake in this was a Sponge Cake which seemed light and a bit crumbly and fluffy. On top of this was a good thick enough layer of Orange Jelly, just the same stuff you get in jaffa Cakes and the cake was covered in Plain Chocolate.

                  I think it was the Sponge that put me off this, and all the Orange Jelly was a bit offputting as well. It wasn't sweet, but not that bitter either, but the Chocolate was quite tasteless in a way.

                  Think Jaffa Cakes are better enjoyed in their normal, original state. They are just overpowering and a bit large in this state to enjoy, and although I could probably eat a whole 12 Cake pack of these in the 1 go, since they are thinner then they are nicer in that way.

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                  05.01.2010 13:33
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                  Yum, much nicer than the original.

                  ***** Introduction *****

                  Having decided to start a strict diet for the new year, I have spent the morning clearing out the kitchen and fridge of all those tempting treats, that will almost certainy cause me to fail.

                  Left over from christmas I found a poacket of jaffa cake bars, which have now been devoured, one little bar at a time.

                  ***** The Product *****

                  The jaffa cake bars are produced by Mcvities and are an addition to the standard jaffa cakes, which come in the form of biscuits.

                  The jaffa cake bars in my opinion are much tastiers than the original bars as the are more of a cake than a biscuit, each cake bar comes in a bright blue foil packet, which keeps it fresh.

                  You get six cake bars to a packet all of which are individually wrapped, and housed in a plastic tray and outter packaging, they are roughly 3 inches long and come in the form of a roll, similar to a chocolate log.

                  You can expect to pay 89p for a packet of these jaffa cakes, I bought these from home bargains but I am sure you can also get them from supermarkets, but you will almost certainly have to pay a few pence more.

                  The cake consists of an orange flavoured jame that is hosed in a sponge cake and it is finished off, by a complete coating of choclolate.

                  ***** My Views *****

                  I really like thae cake bars compared to the biscuits and they are much softer to eat, at least with the cake you can get three mouth fulls, insted of the one you get with the biscuit form.

                  I opened these this morning and all six have been eaten already, so it is one of those that once you open the packet you have to eat them all.

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                    15.11.2009 20:42
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                    A Nice Idea For People Who Are Mad On Jaffa Cakes

                    I got a pack of these today because I wanted something sweet for after my Sunday dinner and they were only £1.49 for 5 good sized cake bars.

                    The packaging is just like the proper Jaffa Cake packaging and is all the same colours so you can't miss them. Inside the main wrapper there are 5 individually wrapped bars, I thought the wrappers were a bit hard to open and I had to get scissors on it but then the next one I opened was a lot easier.

                    I'd not had these before and even though they're proper tasty they are a bit too sweet for me. They taste quite a bit like a Jaffa Cake but the sponge is thicker and that takes the flavour off a bit.

                    The jelly is lovely and tangy, it's got a proper nice orange flavour and is very zesty tasting. It doesn't taste as sweet as on normal Jaffa Cakes.

                    The sponge is similar to what they use on Jaffa Cakes but is a bit softer to make it more like a cake than the smaller biscuit sized Jaffas. Not that I'm calling a Jaffa Cake a biscuit there! lol

                    The chocolate coating is quite thin but the cake bars still taste very chocolatey. It's weird because the chocolate doesn't taste that strong while your eating it but it mixes wicked with the sponge and orange flavour and tastes richer than I thought it would.

                    The bars are yummy but madly sweet. I've got a sweet tooth but couldn't eat more than one of these bars, that's a good thing though because they taste so good that if it wasn't for the sugary taste I could have ploughed my way through all of them! Each bar has got 129 calories in it and that's not bad for how sweet the cake bars are.

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                      12.11.2009 13:47
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                      Stash these, they're fab!

                      McVitie's Jaffa Cake Bars

                      Description: Manufacturer: McVitie's / Type: Chocolate Bar


                      Who could resist trying these? All Jaffa Cake fans everywhere has probably been tempted, that old favourite biscuit (or cake, the debate continues!) but this time, in a cake bar. Recognisable (and very similar to the biscuit packaging) by its bright blue wrapper with the name in orange writing and a picture of the cake bar on the front. You can buy these in most supermarkets. A pack containing 5 cakes costs around £1.30.

                      These are basically oblong shaped bars which consist of a sponge base which are topped by a layer of orange jelly and are contained in a coating of chocolate.

                      These are really tasty, the sponge is light and fluffy and the orange tangy and sticky. The chocolate isn't too thick so doesn't overpower the other flavours, but is still thick enough to be satisfying. They aren't sickly or heavy, but just right The only issue is that you may reach for another one, because they are quite morish.

                      Nutritional info per bar as follows;

                      Energy kJ: 539kJ
                      kcal: 129kcal
                      Protein: 1.2g
                      Carbohydrate: 18.6g
                      of which sugars: 15.2g
                      Fat: 5.5g
                      (of which saturates): 2.8g
                      Fibre: 0.9g
                      Sodium: 0.1g


                      These cakes are based on the same idea as traditional Jaffa Cakes but manage to taste different. Because there is more sponge, it is also softer which is great, and just a little bit naughty. You can really taste the orange too and it isn't too sweet, and a lovely sticky consistency. The bars are also individually wrapped, which makes it easy to stick one in a lunch box or bag.

                      Definitely recommend these, 5 stars from me, even if they aren't very healthy!

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                        11.11.2009 14:53
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                        Delicious little cakes....

                        I'm sure that by now anybody who regularly reads my reviews will be well aware that I suffer from having a horrendous sweet tooth, and I do enjoy indulging this by sampling a variety of sweets and cakes from time to time.

                        I was in my local grocery store recently and noticed the pack of "McVitie's Jaffa Cake" cake bars that were on sale. I am a huge fan of McVitie's jaffa cake biscuits, and would go so far as to say they are one of my favourite biscuits, although I had never before sampled this version of my favourite treat.

                        I noted (with glee, I would add) that the pack of cake bars contained five in total, and each was individually wrapped. I paid the sum of £1.20 for these cakes, although I do believe that they can be found for a slightly cheaper price in larger stores and supermarkets such as Asda.

                        The cakes are marketed as having the same nice 'zing' to the orange jaffa filling, and this was clear to see from the statement on the front of the packet. Described as "The perfect blend of dark crackly chocolate and light sponge with a zingy orange centre", I can wholeheartedly confirm that I agree with this statement, such is my love for these little cakes!

                        When unwrapping the foil-lined wrapper from one of the cake bars, I can instantly smell the mouth-watering aroma of good-quality chocolate and this is mixed with an orange-smelling fragrance which when combined, really makes for an appetising smell, where my taste buds are concerned anyway!

                        As soon as I bite into the cake bar I can sense that the sponge filling is very soft and light, which is not normally the case with similar cake bars and the like, so I was quite impressed with this. I find too that the chocolate that surrounds the little cake bar breaks and cracks when I bite into the bar, as the chocolate is really only a thin layer surrounding the cake. The dark chocolate is quite rich in flavour, and I find that it is almost identical to the dark chocolate that the manufacturers use to surround my beloved jaffa cake biscuits.

                        Any true fan of a jaffa cake will of course tell you that the orangey jaffa filling in the centre of the little circular biscuit is their favourite part of the whole experience, and in my opinion, any true fan of these snacks certainly would not be disappointed with these 'cake bar' versions. The orangey centre of the cakes is what really brings all of the other flavours together and I find that the sponge cake centre and the chocolate coating are all complimented (very) nicely with the jaffa filling.

                        The jaffa centre is not just as solidified or 'jelly-like' than can be found in a traditional jaffa cake biscuit, and I personally find it has a slightly runnier texture to it. This does nothing to spoil the flavour or taste of the orangey filling though, and I find that it tastes really delicious and quite 'zingy' in the same tasty way that a traditional jaffa cake biscuit does.

                        Overall I really cannot fault these little cakes at all, and I found them to be quite delicious. I think it is safe to say that I have found a new addition to my biscuit barrel and I would thoroughly recommend these little fluffy cakes to you all!

                        The nutritional information on the reverse of the packaging informs me that each jaffa cake bar will provide me with 129 calories and 5.5g of fat, which I find to be quite horrendous, particularly as I usually eat two of these cakes at a time! **hangs head in shame**

                        The good news though, is that these cakes are suitable for a vegetarian diet, and there is allergy information given on the reverse of the packaging regarding gluten, milk and egg.

                        The McVities Jaffa Cake bars are available to buy in all good supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco, and there are regular offers on them such as BOGOF style offers. I have also seen them for sale in grocery stores and the like.

                        Take my advice.... Ignore the calorie content and enjoy! :-D

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                          28.08.2009 12:33
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                          Tasty, but not great on the nutritional front

                          A friend at work brought a bunch of cakes into work yesterday as it was her birthday. So, I grabbed a couple of them to review on here......


                          Packaging:

                          The Jaffa Cake bars are invidually wrapped in a predominantly blue wrapper which keeps them isolated from the air once the wrapper covering the main carton has been opened. The cake bars are laid in the carton which has part of the top missing & is wrapped with a plastic covering. Again this is predominantly blue, with various bits of writing in orange. Towards the right hand side it reads "5 pack". The back of the pack lists the Customer Care details, the ingredients, the nutritional information and a rather amusing Jaffaholics Anonymous helpline.


                          Ingredients: Jaffa filling (32%) [Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Dextrose, Concentrated Orange Juice, Citric Acid, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Flavourings, Colour (Beta Carotene)]
                          Plain Chocoolate (30%) [Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Butter Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lechithin), Flavouring], Wheat Flour, Sugar, Whole Egg, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Vegatable Margarine [Vegatable Oils and Fats, Emulsifier (E471), Citric Acid], Water, Wheat Starch, Dried Skimmed Milk, Humectant (Glycerin), Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dried Wheat Gluten, Flavourings, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Salt.
                          6% Orange Juice equivalent in product.


                          Nutritional Information per cake bar {per 100g in brackets}

                          Energy kJ: 539kJ {1713kJ}
                          kcal: 129kcal {408kcal}
                          Protein: 1.2g {3.9g}
                          Carbohydrate: 18.6g {59.1g}
                          of which sugars: 15.2g {48.2g}
                          Fat: 5.5g {17.4g}
                          (of which saturates): 2.8g {8.9g}
                          Fibre: 0.9g {2.9g}
                          Sodium: <0.1g {0.1g}


                          Allergy information: Contains milk, egg, soya, gluten.
                          These cakes are free from trans fats and are suitable for vegetarians


                          The cake bar:
                          The bar is completely covered in Cadbury's plain chocolate. On biting into it you'll notice that there's a sponge bottom layer topped with the orange above. In essence then, it's pretty much the same as a Jaffa Cake aside from the fact that it's bar shaped rather than round and that the chocolate covers the top, bottom and sides of the cake bar.


                          Taste:
                          The overriding taste is of orange. In fact this tastes more orangey than Jaffa Cakes do. The secondary taste is of the plain chocolate whilst the sponge layer doesn't particularly taste of anything at all. However, it may just be that whatever taste it does have is completely swamped by the orange and chocolate tastes. The orange isn't over sweet but nor is it sour but it does linger for a while in the mouth so if you're not a fan of things with an orangey taste then these are best avoided because the orange isn't subtle by any stretch of the imagination.


                          Price:
                          Not sure how much my friend paid for these. Last time I got them in my local shop they were 69p but I'd expect them to cost more than that in the average supermarket.


                          Opinion:
                          These are a very handy size to pop into a lunchbox or if you need a chocolate hit. However, almost half of it (48.2%) is sugar and then over almost a fifth of it (17.4%) is fat so it's not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. The average RDA for sugar is 90g so one bar of this will provide you with around one sixth of your RDA for sugar which isn't that great when you consider the size of the bar and how long it's probably taken you to eat it.
                          There are a couple of "E" number listed in the ingredients along with some other not very healthy sounding bits and pieces. However, those of you avoiding gelatine and aspartame will be pleased to note that they're not listed.
                          Overall this is a pleasant tasting cake bar (so long as you don't dislike orange) but it's rather bad on the sugar and fat fronts.
                          Nice for an occasional treat rather than something you'd want to eat lots of on a daily basis.

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