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      04.10.2011 08:35
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      OK if you don't mind lots of E numbers!

      I was in Asda yesterday when I suddenly felt like buying something for lunch that we had never had before. I was at the freezer section and saw these Maggi Hot Pockets. They had several different varieties, bolognese, bacon and egg, and these cheese and ham ones. I didn't fancy the bolognese and I'm allergic to egg, so went for this, as the picture on the front of the packet looked quite appetizing.

      The packet is quite appealing to the eye, with a picture of the hot pocket, corner cut off with oozing cheese and ham filling steaming away. The packet contained two pastries, so I thought they would do for me and my hubby for lunch. The packet also claimed that the pastries would cook in two and a half minutes in a microwave, so they were obviously good for when you were in a hurry.

      On the reverse of the packet there is the usual nutrional values and a clearly set-out guide as to how to cook them.

      One of the statements on the box did make me smile. It claims that Hot Pockets can be part of a healthy balanced diet if served with salad or vegetables. When you look at the fat content, which is 20.3g per pastry, I think this statement is quite misleading! This is not a snack for when you want something healthy....this is junk food at it's best! The calorie content of each pastry is 377kcals, so not really what one would choose if you are trying to lose weight!

      How To Cook:

      I decided to microwave the pastries and you are provided with a small cardboard tube that you insert the pastry into, then place on a microwave plate and cook on high for two and a half minutes. You then have to wait for three minutes to allow the filling to cool slightly to avoid burning your mouth. I cooked both pastries together for the recommended time and found the filling of each was still cold! They haven't put a recommended time for cooking two at once on the packet, so I had to guess how much longer they needed.

      The cardboard tube is designed to help crisp up the pastry, though I found that it was not really very effective. The pastry was slightly soggy, though it looked OK.

      The Filling:
      The cheese and ham filing was quite plentiful, though the sauce was a bit lumpy. There was enough ham in the pastry I had, but the cheese taste was odd. There was actualy cheese in the recipe, but only 9.8% according to the ingredient list, and the rest was flavouring. It certainly tasted artificial!

      The Pastry:
      The pastry is supposed to be puff pastry. I saw no evidence of this as the pastry was quite flat and somewhat soggy. I think maybe it would have been better to cook in a conventional oven, which it says you can do. It takes 20 minutes at 200c/ gas mark 6 though, so if you are not in a hurry, I would advise that this is the best method of cooking.

      Ingredients:
      Pastry: (53.6%) wheat flour, water, vegetable fats and oils, whey, yeast, salt, sugar, emulsifiers (E472e, E471) acidity regulator (E330)

      Filling: 9.8% Cheese, 46.4% Ham (Pork, Water, Pork Gelatine, Preservatives: Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Erythorbate, Glucose, Stabilizers: Polyphosphates, Thickener: Carrageenan , Flavouring, Celery), Cheese (Emmental and Mozzarella), Modified Maize and Potato Starch, Sunflower Oil, Whey, Flavourings,
      Thickener: Cellulose Gum; Spice Extracts, Salt .


      Nutritional Values:
      Typical values Per 100g Per Hot Pocket 125g
      Energy 1264kJ/1580kJ 302kcal/377kcal
      Protein 9.4g 11.7g
      Carbohydrate 29.4g 36.7g
      of which: sugars 1.7g 2.1g
      Fat 16.3g 20.3g
      of which: saturates 5.0g 6.2g
      Fibre 1.4g 1.7g
      Sodium 0.5g 0.6g
      Salt 1.2g 1.4g

      A packet of two Hot Pockets cost me £1.88

      To sum up:
      If you can cope with all those additives, Hot Pockets do not taste that unpleasant and my hubby quite liked the one he had, though I'm not sure I would buy any more. I guess if you want a quick snack, then this is quite good if you ignore the fact that is isn't as healthy as the label on the packet suggests.

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      03.01.2010 22:30
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      Maggi Hot Pockets Cheese and Ham

      Ive been meaning to try these for quite a while because my friend who is a student (says a lot about the product IMHO!) raves about them all the time saying how tasty and filling they are so I was quite looking forward to tasting them. Im a fan of anything that can be cooked quickly and easily not because Im lazy but because I am possibly THE worst cook on the planet, Im so bad my mom says I could burn ice-cream so that should give you an idea of how bad I truly am. So I finally got around to trying these when I saw them on offer for £1 in my local Iceland so pop into my moms trolley they went.

      Nutritional Information:
      Based on the serving size of one "pocket"
      Energy: 1511 kj, 361 kcal
      Protein: 9.0 g
      Carbohydrate: 34.0 g
      Fat: 21.0 g

      Useful Information:
      Each packet contains two "pockets" and this particular flavour is cheese & ham

      Other Flavours Available: Pepperoni, Bolognese & Egg & Bacon

      Cooking Instructions:
      Each pocket is concealed in a plastic sheet and all you need to do is remove that and pop your pocket into a sleeve that is provided with the pack.

      Then you simply microwave for around 3-4 minutes but that depends on the watt of your microwave.

      The Taste:
      Well let me start this review by saying when I first took a bite of this pocket it full on burnt my tongue so I would leave it to cool down for about 10 minutes after you take it out of the microwave.

      Everytime I picked up this pocket to try and eat it cheese kept seeping out of the little holes and burning my hands and it was just generally very messy but I persevered.
      I found that the pasty was very crumbly which is just how I like it but it was also very greasy which trust me was not a pleasant experience for my tastebuds.

      The cheese for me did taste very nice but I found there was just too much of it and after eating about half I started to feel pretty sick but I carried on because as yet I hadnt actually eaten any ham! Unfortunately I didnt get any ham in this entire pocket which disappointed me because that was one part I was looking forward to trying so that really annoyed me.

      *I got my mom to try the 2nd pocket and she said there was ham contained in it but the pieces were very few and far between and they tasted far to salty*

      Overall Opinion:
      I wont be bothering to buy these again and I don't recommend that others do either. They are filling but they taste pretty rank and are way to greasy and salty for my taste. I thought they would be great for a quick snack when I didnt have time to cook myself a proper meal but they left me feeling a bit sick to be honest. I dont recommend this flavour.

      Thanks For Reading

      x-0 Salz 0-`x

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        04.09.2009 19:03
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        A tasty crispy snack or part of a main meal which cook quickly.

        Hot Pockets are a microwaveable food stuff made by Maggi.
        You will find them in the freezer isle of your supermarket and the price usually range between £1 and £2. You get two hot pockets in one packet.
        The two hot pockets are separately rapped so if you only want to have one of them then don't worry as you can just keep the other one in the box without it going off.

        To cook them, you take them out of the cardboard, then out of the plastic film wrap. You then place them in a special piece of card with a foil lined inside which helps crisp the pockets. Then you simply just put the hot pocket on a microwavable plate and set the time to 2 minutes 30 seconds.
        When they are done, they will be very hot so you may have to let them cool a little before eating, especially if they are for children.
        They are nice just on their own with a little tomato sauce as a snack, or as part of a quick mean with chips or potatoes.

        However you want to eat them, i'm sure you will enjoy these tasty crispy pockets full of cheese and ham.

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          27.08.2009 13:59
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          I Could Eat These Every Day Cos They Are So Yummy

          I love these and could eat them for every meal every day cos they're so yummy.

          Hot Pockets come in 2 different flavours, one is the cheese and ham one that I am reviewing and the other is a meaty one that I think is bolognese. It is the cheese ones that I love though cos they are wickedly tasty.

          They are a pastry case that is filled with cheese sauce and thick pieces of ham.

          The cheese melts in the oven and is v. creamy but still has a strong cheesey taste. The ham is smoked and it goes good with the cheese. The cheese is a bit stringy and its like eating pizza cos as you cut it the cheese stretches.

          The pastry isnt greasy at all and is quite dry. I like this though cos it makes the pastry nice and crispy and it leaves loads of bits all over the place when you cut it cos the pastry is so flaky.

          The flavours all go nice together and cos the cheese sauce is so rich it makes these perfect for tea withchips or a baked potatoe. They are not sicky though and not too greasy even though there is some grease cos of all the cheese.

          I brought mine in Iceland cos I don't think many of the super markets sell them now and they were £1.00 for 2 Hot Pockets.

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            15.11.2008 15:08

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            Not good at all!

            These hot pockets were being advertised on the TV for some time but they didn't really catch my attention till one day when I was travelling and after getting over with the checking of my bags I still had some time to get some lunch. as usual I headed for the nearest cafeterias but soon realised that they were quite a bit of a walk. That was when I passed in front of a vending machine and saw packets of Maggi Hot Pockets.

            These Hot pockets were available in flavours of Egg and Bacon and Ham and cheese. I picked up Ham and cheese thinking that maybe these would be leaner. There was a microwave next to the machine and after reading all the instructions, I stuck the pockets inside the microwave for 3 minutes. The box had two pastires filled with cheese and ham. After 3 minutes, the cheese was oozing out and the ham too seemed piping hot. I went to take a bite and realized it was too hot and the cheese was sticking all over the pastry making it hard to chew it up. It was also tasteless.

            If you are really in a rush or cannot fix anything else for your meals then perhaps you can go for this , otherwise would never suggest this to anyone .

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            28.10.2008 01:32
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            Waste of money and not at all tasty .

            I picked a couple of packs of these up when they were on offer in Asda for a pound for a box of two. I'd heard various American friends of mine mention them, and was quite keen to try them and see if I liked them as much as my friends seem to .

            The boxes are brightly coloured in yellow and red, and Maggi is a brand I've used for years, mainly for the'Maggi' Sauce, which goes so well with many things. Its perhaps not such a well known brand in the UK, but certainly when I was growing up in Germany it was often used in our household.

            They have a few different flavour combinations, Egg and Bacon, Bolognese, Cheese and Ham . Being a cheese fan the cheese and ham was the first flavour I tried .

            In each box are two pasties , golden in colour. They're not overly big, about 4 inches by two, and not particularly thick either . Each pasty is sheathed in platic film, and to cook them, you take off the film, stick the pasty in the handy sleeve provided , and microwave it according to the packet instructions, which took 3 minutes for me with a 650 watt microwave.

            After that, you take off the sleeve,(which is quite tricky due to the pasty being burning hot, and seeping cheese having glued it to the sleeve) leave it for a couple of minutes to crisp, and then munch it!

            The first problem is that the recommended 3 minutes does not seem to be long enough to allow the pasty to cool down - its still scalding hot, and some of the cheese is seeping out from the seams as I try to eat it, which makes it a little messy . The pastry isn't particularly crisp, and tasted a little greasy, with bits of it flaking off all over the place and making a mess . While the cheese seems to be fairly generous, its the kind of cheese that tastes ever so slightly of manky feet, and there isnt much ham, only a few lonely little pieces .

            Nutritionally - well, these arent very good! 326 calories per pocket, and a whopping 16.3 grams of fat . Then, theres 1.6 grams of salt - bearing in mind the RDA of salt is 2g for a grown woman thats 75 percent of it right there!

            After eating this, I wasn't left feeling satisfied either with the taste, or with the amount I'd eaten, and half an hour later was scouting around for something else to eat . While they may eb handy for snacks on the go, they dont taste great, and really aren't that filling .

            In all honesty, I wont buy these again - I was tempted by the low price on the offer, but, even at only 50p per pasty, I feel this is still too much to pay for something that just doesn't taste nice .

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              25.10.2008 23:42
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              A nice hot snack made in minutes.

              These are my son's favourites.
              Put these in the microwave for just under 3 minutes and there you have a nice hot snack just like that.There are over twenty varieties of Hot Pockets which includes Cheese and Ham,Bolognese,cheese and egg,amongst other delicious flavours to choose from.

              Really crispy layers of pastry with a nice filling on the inside.Hot Pockets were invented in 1970,and they are still very popular to those who needs a quick snack to keep them going.Hot Pockets, which come frozen, are often known for a "sleeve" or "crisper", used to crisp food using a microwave. The sleeve converts microwave energy into heat in order to crisp the crust.

              Recently, Hot Pockets began introducing whole grain crusts.This new variety is part of their "Lean Pocket" line, under the heading "Lean Pocket Ultra".
              I find that if you are in a hurry,that these comes in handy.There are 2 in a box and normally just the 1 is filling enough.They are good value for money, costing £1.50 per box.
              You can buy these from most superstores.


              They taste great..very cheesy with slices of thin ham.Very filling.
              So if you fancy a cheap,tasty and filling hot snack,Hot pockets are ideal.

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                16.08.2008 18:30
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                Good as a treat

                I eat a lot more junk food than I probably should, especially when I have too much to on my hands to bother cooking properly. In Iceland the other day I found Maggi Hot Pockets Cheese and Ham, thinking that my husband might like them I decided to try a box.

                They cost £1 for a box of two hot pockets so that's not too bad. The box is red, orange and yellow with a picture of the cooked hot pocket on it with steam rising from it and the name of the food. On the back of the packet are the ingredients, nutritional information and the cooking instructions.

                These hot pockets are really easy to cook which is part of the reason why I chose them. They're great for when you don't have much time and just want a meal quick and easy to make. Inside the box are the two hot pockets, you have to take them out of their plastic and place them into the crisping sleeve which is a little piece of cardboard and put them into the microwave for 2 and a half minutes. Once they're done take them out and remove the sleeve, let them cool down for a minute so you don't hurt yourself and then eat them!

                On first impressions I was disappointed with these as they are very small. They look like a pasty but are quite a bit smaller, they didn't fill us up with one each so if you're eating them as a meal then you'll have to add something to them. They look quite crispy and smell of cheese and pastry. They're a golden colour. Luckily they are not too hard or stringy like some microwave foods. They have a pleasant soft texture when you bite into them apart from the top which is slightly soft. The cheese inside is very hot so be careful! It tastes just right and there's a lot of ham. I think they tasted really nice.

                The only downside to these is that they are really unhealthy. Considering that they are merely a snack rather than a main meal they contain a lot of fat, about 17g per pocket with over 300 calories! I therefore would only recommend these as a treat and they shouldn't be eaten everyday.

                Overall I think that they are a great snack and I will buy them again but not very often because of the high fat content. 8 out of 10.

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                  29.03.2008 19:07
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                  a great snack food

                  Maggi hot pockets are available from lots of different supermarkets, you will find them in with the frozen foods as they are a frozen snack, I wouldnt call them a meal as they dont fill you up enough for you to be able to eat them on there own as a meal.

                  You get two pastries in a box which only take 2 mins 30 seconds to cook in the microwave but you will have to leave them to cool for a couple of minutes as they are very hot when you take them out.

                  They concist of a pastry out side which is light fluffy and crispy to the taste which is realy nice, inside you get a very generous amount of filling, in this case You get little cubes of ham which has been smoked and tastes quite strong but not too over powering, you have also got cheese which is realy rich and creamy tasting but also a little stringy in places, i think it is a cheese sauce with real grated cheese added in.

                  Hot pockets taste great and are an ideal snack inbetween meals.
                  They are available in a couple of different fillings each as nice as the other.

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                  23.02.2008 20:59
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                  would be nice with chips as a meal

                  I love these, this is my idea of food in minutes.

                  I get these from farmfoods for 75p a box and there are 2 in a box.

                  To cook them all you do is take one of them out of the box, remove the plastic wrapper, slide it into the cardboard sleave provided, pop it on a plate and put it in the microwave for 2 min 30 seconds and its ready.

                  They are red hot when they come out of the microwave and take a few minutes to cool down enough to be able to be picked up and eaten like a pastey.

                  The pastry on these is realy nice, i like my pastry dry and flakey like these are not soggy like most reheatable pastry items are.

                  There is loads of filling in these which tastes lovely, the ham is smoked ham and has been cut into cubes which are small but not that small that you cant taste them, there is also a cheese sauce inside but i think this has got real cheese in it because if you leave them too cool a little too much the cheese goes stringy.

                  The cheese sauce is nice and creamy and the smoked ham isnt too strong or over powering in taste.

                  These realy are lovely and are also available in cheese and tomato which in my oppinion taste even better.

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                  23.02.2008 14:14
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                  These pastries are high in salt and fat and couold burn your mouth if care is not taken.

                  I picked up a box of Maggi Hot Pockets in my local Iceland shop because they were on offer at two for £1.50. There are two in each box and I thought they might be useful for lunchtime snacks.

                  The packaging is bright yellow and red and certainly eye catching and the Maggi name is one I remember from dried packet soups and stock cubes. This particular product is made in France by Nestle.

                  There are several flavours available but I have only tried the cheese and ham ones and I'm unlkely to try the ohers..

                  Inside the box were two pasty shaped pastries and I must admit that they were smaller than I expected them to be. Judging by the size of the box I had expected two good sized portions. They turned out to be less than four inches long, thin and fairly flat and somewhat smaller than a standard pasty from a baker's shop.

                  These snacks are simple to cook from frozen. They can be cooked in the microwave, or in a conventional oven. I chose the microwave method to test them out.

                  The plastic film, according to the instructions, should be removed. Then you simply open up the cardboard crisping sleeve, slide the pastry into it and microwave for 2.5 minutes at 850w, or 3mins at 650w. (A conventional oven takes twenty minutes.) Then you remove the food from the sleeve and leave it for three minutes to crisp. So far so good.

                  Then the problems started. The cheese had started to seep out of the flaky pastry and it stuck to my hand as I tried to remove the sleeve. It was hot, to say the least. I had to tug quite sharply to release the sticky cheese filling from the inside of the cardboard sleeve.

                  I put the pastry on a wire rack to cool down for a five minutes and then attempted to bite into it. It was still piping hot and it burned my tongue. The filling was sticky and greasy and there were only a few very small pieces of ham inside. The flavour was kind of smoky, cheesy and salty. I was reminded of the flavour of cheap pea and ham soup. Bits of flaky pastry were falling all over the place, so it certainly was crispy and flaky.

                  This product is very high in fat and has information on the box that tells you that it can be healthy if eaten in moderation. It even suggests that you make this product healthy by adding a salad. Each pocket contains 16.3 grams of fat and 326 kcals. With that you are eating 1.6grms of salt so you certainly need something to balance it out.

                  There are warnings on the box telling you that these things get very hot. They certainly do and extra care is needed if you are feeding them to children.

                  I would not buy these again because I don't think they are good value for money. They are not filling, care is needed so that you don't burn your hands, or mouth, and they are extremely unhealthy. Even the suggestion by the manufacturer that you add salad to make your snack healthy, doesn't help with the salt and all that fat. In future if I must eat pasties I will buy them from the baker's shop ready cooked, and probably cheaper.

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                    10.07.2007 12:33
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                    I have been off a lot lately since it is the summer and I am not at university. So I do find since being a student I did get lazy but for going back in Autumn I have been trying to find different products that I could use for snacks or lunch in between classes. While at my local supermarket I came across the Maggi Hot Pockets which were microwavable which I do try to stay away from as it is unhealthy but they looked too good to resist and with a preparation time of only two and a half minutes it sounded like something I would benefit from.

                    The packaging is very eye catching with this product, I haven’t heard of Maggi before but I soon would. The cover has a very appetising photo of the hot pocket piping hot with steam arising from it and a very filling tasty flavour oozing out. The box is yellow, read and orange so all the warmest colours and the text says Hot Pockets in bold white writing. On the back there is a picture guide so that you can follow along how to cook them yourself quite easily. There is also nutritional information on the back and instructions of what not to do. They also have a contact phone number and it says they are owned by Nestle so all of a sudden it is a familiar name.

                    To cook these pockets you put them into what is referred to as the crisping sleeve. This is in other words a cardboard triangle which is silver inside to attract the heat. It then gets left to microwave for about 2 and a half minutes in the microwave while placed in the sleeve depending on your wattage. All instructions for cooking are on the sleeve also, usually after this time length I can really start to smell the cheese and ham so I would definitely say it is ready to be eaten. It does recommend though that you leave the pocket to cool for about two to three minutes so that you do not burn your mouth as it will be very hot after the cooking time.

                    After waiting a few minutes I remove my hot pocket it is still quite soft but crispy on top and remain the golden colour as before. It is a strange shape rectangular with a point at each end. To bite into the hot pocket is almost like biting into bread so it is not too hard thankfully as I hate microwavable foods which burn in the microwave and taste almost like plastic. Once you bite in enough you will get to the hot melted cheese which is very nice and goes well with the outer pastry coating. There is a good amount of ham in here so they are not holding back with the ingredients.

                    This is filling enough for a lunch and I wouldn’t say it will fill you up for hours as it is mainly a snack but it does the job of filling that space of hunger. Maggi are definitely a foreign brand as the brand website is all in another language and has no option of changing to English. The hot pockets used to come in other flavours I once had the Bolognese one which was very nice but of course like all good things I could never find it again and that was one of my favourites. They also do tomato and mozzarella flavour as well but the ham & cheese ones are the ones I seem to be buying a lot lately as they are the most commonly found to me.

                    The only website I have found information on is the Nestle website, which also confirms that they do a Pepperoni flavoured Hot Pocket too.

                    Now I’m sure you’re all wondering where exactly these can be bought. As much as I’m sure all supermarkets do stock these I am a very loyal Morrison’s customer and so this is where I found the product while lurking around the freeze aisle. They are on offer at the moment so only cost 84p which is very cheap and you get 2 pockets in a box. They are normally just over a pound when not on offer. They have different flavours in all of the time so you cannot guarantee you will always get the same flavours.

                    These are not the healthiest snack of course and have 326 calories per Hot Pocket as well as 16.3g of fat which is quite a lot but of course quick microwavable food always has its downsides. I only eat these every once in a while I couldn’t live on them daily. I think these are ideal if you are in a hurry and only have a few minutes to cook or like me if you’re a lazy student these are a handy option.

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                    Ready meals. Hot Pockets – a crispy fresh baked pastry parcel packed full of delicious flavours. Great for after school snacks or a quick meal on the run!