“ Brand: Asda / Type: Biscuit „
I'm a snob, a bit off a toff, only the best Jaffa cakes for me. Surely the only ones worthy enough for me are the original McVities Jaffa Cake. I did fancy some snacks though, but horrors upon horrors Asda had no McVities! They did have some of their own though and I did fancy something tasting of our orange, and at 75p I didnt think I'd lose that much. (I'm not sure the absence of the Mcvities wasnt a ploy to make you buy their own!)
You get 12 in a packet and the first thing you will notice is that they are slightly smaller than McVities (and no, I'm not going to measure them) Another thing you might notice is that the sponge base in these is a darker golden colour, almost as though they would end up crispy round the edges if they were cooked longer.
It looked like a fairly decent amount of chocolate, it went slightly over the edges of the sponge.
As it was my first taste of these I decided to go for the 'full moon, half moon, total eclipse' technique in order to get a taste of all the ingredients. Biting in you notice that the sponge is indeed firmer and a little more crisp than McVities.
The orange does come through quite quickly, and as the Asda box proclaims, it is indeed quite tangy. I wasnt expecting anything of the chocolate, too often its bland, even when described as 'dark' chocolate.
The chocolate was definately an after-thought, but my, what an after-thought! There was a boom of sudden dark bitterness which tempered the sweet tang of the orange. A collide, and a blooming nice one at that.
But would it survive the real taste test the conneisurs way of eating a Jaffa cake? It has to be biting off the bottom, nibbling round the edge of the chocolate and popping the rest in your mouth.
I have to say it manages it magnificently! The sponge came off easily, a delightfully light sponge with a crisp outside. The chocolate held its own instead of sliding off the orange and thats when you realize the chocolate has quite a powerful kick and lingers in your mouth for quite a long time.
The orange jelly and chocolate do battle in your mouth till the chocolate melts and whilst the orange is delicious the chocolate wins.
A thoroughly delightful cake, I think many a McVitie fan could be tempted to turn their coat.
I am a fan of Jaffa cakes and i would usually prefer to buy a top name brand but as asda own brand product have proven themselves a very good alternative lately so i thought i'd give them a go.
I do agree that with most food products you can't beat the top name brands for quality and with some products the quality of the item can be comprimised when you buy store own brands as you only pay a fraction of the price but Asda Jaffa Cakes are delicious they have all the quality and flavour of the big brands but an Asda price tag. They come in both 12's and 24's.
I honestly believe you can't tell the difference between the asda brand and the top name brand, i would challenge anyone to a taste test. A jaffa cake has a sponge base, this is moist, light and tasty then on top is a layer of orange jelly which is refreshing and tangy then on top of the orange layer is a layer of chocolate that crumbles nicely when you bite into the biscuit. Each bite then combines the all three layers which together are truly a truely delicious taste.
The best bit about these lovely little treats is that each cake only contains 43 calories and 0.6g of fat which means you can eat and enjoy them without a guilty conscience. I think it's important to be able to enjoy a treat, they are great for the kids after school or for mum with a cup of tea. A moment on the lips isn't a lifetime on the hips.
. contains gluten, wheat, egg and soya
.May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds
.Not suitable for milk allergy sufferers
I love Jaffa cakes, but as we are cutting down the shopping bill we are trying everything 'own brand'. I have been eating Mcvitites Jaffa cakes since i was a child and am very fond of them. The Asda ones had serious competition and i must admit i didn't expect them to be as good.
For £1.18 you can get a box of 24 Asda jaffa cakes, they are even called jaffa cakes, not sure how they get away with this. The Mcvities version cost £1.55 for the same amount, meaning a saving of 27pence! Doesn't sound much but when we eat 24 a week, over a year you are looking over £12 saved on Jaffa cakes alone! Hmm, still doesn't sound much does it?
These come in a very eye catching bright orange box, There is a picture of a couple of Jaffa cakes on the front which could have been taken in the Mcvities factory, they looked identical to the ones Mcvitites use on their packaging. When you open up the box there are wrapped in two separate stacks of 12, so if you are not a huge jaffa cake eater there is no worries of these going stale. Visually they looked the same as the real thing, they were the same size & shape, even the chocolate was the same colour.
After a long examination of how these compared to the real thing, it was time to give them a taste. I usually just put them in my mouth whole, but as i was reviewing them i thought it would be best to at least make it two mouthfuls. The plain chocolate layer on the top was very thin, just the right amount, there was a nice blob of orange jelly and then a good thick layer of sponge. I could not taste any difference between these and the real thing; a very positive outcome
I would definitely say give these a try and see for yourself how they compare to the real thing. Each cake contains only one gram of fat and 43 calories, that is less than half what a two finger Kit Kat contains. You can eat lots of these without feeling guilty which i love.
There is a downside for people with allergies, these may contain nuts and are not suitable for people with milk allergies. On a positive note, they don't contain any artificial colours or flavours.
Overall, I am happy to replace the real thing with this Asda version, not to save money though, as I have decided rather than save money, I am going to buy more of these instead! I think thats most sensible!
5 Stars from me, well done Asda!
A light sponge with a tangy orange jelly topped with chocolate. Cake consistency, biscuit size. Coming in a bright orange pack they look appealing and i believe less sinful than other chocolate biscuits or cakes.
Very moreish! I found them to be not as light in texture as mcvities, yet i wouldnt say either were nicer as they are different and both taste nice! They are thinner in size and cheaper in price hence why i would opt for these instead of the leading brand.
They come in plastic wrapping inside the box so are easy to keep fresh if u can make them last, providing you open then carefully.
I am always in the mood for a jaffa cake and these fit the bill just great. They are also suitable for vegetarians as most other jaffa cakes are i believe. Only downside in my opinion is they dont sell a big wnough pack :)
I bought these for 39p for the pack of 12 but they do come in triple packs although am unsure of the price. The box is a fairly simple design, bright orange cardboard box with white writing and picture of said jaffa cakes. They are ok for vegetarians too I noticed. Inside you find a cellophane wrapped, brown plastic ridged tray full of jaffa cakes.
As for the product itself, I bought them as I did not want to pay the premium brands price for something that husband eats like toffees when they are in the house.
I think they are a very good imitation of the real deal, the orangey bit is lovely and sweet with a slight tang of orange, the sponge is as you would expect- fluffy and slightly sweet. The chocolate as I have found with most jaffa cakes was thin but I was surprised, in a good way, that the chocolate was not as cheap tasting as I had expected considering the price difference.
Overall a very enjoyable eating experience and they now take over the premium brand version in our cupboard.
As far as the real jaffa cake lover in the house he didn't notice I had changed the ones I bought until after several cakes swallowed whole I asked him if he liked the new ones to be met with the answer....new huh? Then he proceeded to eat the rest of the box!
I bought a pack of these at the weekend for 39p and I know you get what you pay for, but I was actually pretty impressed with the quality of the jaffa cakes for that price.
One comparison I would make is with the extra value Sainsburys and Tesco Jaffa cakes which are around the same price but have awful packaging, the cheap packaging immediately puts me off wanting to eat the product as I then associate it as being cheap and nasty.
With these Jaffa cakes the packaging is reasonable an orange box, the jaffa cakes are slightly smaller than the Mcvitie brand but 12 cakes for 39p is a bargain and they do taste orangey, the sponge is decent enough the chocolate is dark but does taste cheap.
Overall in the current climate where many of us need to downsize these are a great alternative to the proper brand of jaffa cakes.
I like a little of something sweet, that said it is rare we buy anything like cakes and biscuits so when I went shopping the other week as the walking wallet I through these in the trolley while the girlfriend wasn't watching.
I love Jaffa Cakes but who wants to pay the prices they charge now a days? They are so expensive when you compare them to the cost of these, the supermarkets own version.
I opted for the cheap version with a what's the worst that can happen attitude.
These come in a bright orange box, very eye-catching. There is a picture of the cakes on the front and they look exactly like their expensive counterparts.
This box I bought was of thirty-six cakes (not that there are that many left now!) but the also sell boxes of twelve and twenty-four too. They charge a much smaller amount, lets compare the two shall we.
12 cakes/150g is just 52p from Asda or the JC are 87p
24 cakes/300g is £1.18 from Asda or the JC are £1.55
36 cakes/450g is £1.25 from Asda or the JC are £2.43.
I think you will agree that the value you get with the Asda version is brilliant.
My box of thirty-six is three individually wrapped packs of twelve cakes. This way you can then not have to eat them all in a short space of time. If a packet is left open for to long they will go stale and I would expect if left long enough mouldy too.
Now to the best part, the taste. These are almost identical to JC, they have the same thin layer of dark chocolate on the top, although on these it is slightly thinner and not quite as nice a taste of chocolate. The orange jelly is zingy and very tasty, no complaints here apart from that I wish there was twice as much. Can you guess the orange jelly is my favourite part?!
Then we get to the cake base, this is a dry sponge. I must confess this part was the only bit that let them down, it is slightly too dry. Although dry that is not to say that these aren't lovely, very tasty and have been getting eaten a little too quickly!
I would much rather pay less and get these rather than JC as they work out so much cheaper and you are not losing out on taste, just on a little moisture and as I like these with a cuppa anyway I really am not bothered about that one little bit.
My girlfriend likes these too and is glad that I picked out something that is in fact low in fat as well. These contain just 1g of fat in each cake! That is good for cakes and biscuits, so I am told. They also are pretty good on the calorie front at just 43 per cake.
I am very happy that I tried these and can see them becoming a bit of a regular thing now.
These would be a great way to save a few pennies if you have children that like this kind of treat.