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I'm reviewing Cadbury's Jaffa Cakes.
The box I have contains 24 and cost £1 in Poundland.
I won't post a boring list of ingredients ,because if you have food issues then the full list of ingredients is available online before purchasing , or on the box in the shops.
However, there is NO mention of nuts.
***WHY I BOUGHT THEM***
I love jaffa cakes but had resigned myself to the cheaper version ,Tesco own brand, which is not bad taste wise and only 89p for a pack of 24.
HOWEVER ! I spotted these Cadbury ones in Poundland with the banner shouting "100% EXTRA FREE" and in my basket they went.
***WHAT THEY ARE***
Well, there is some debate regarding whether they are cakes or biscuits (the debate rages in purist cake circles. Sort of). For the purposes of this review they are 'cakes'.
They are small round cakes roughly 2" in diameter .
The base is sponge and on top of the sponge there is a little mound of orange jelly/jam.
Then the cake is covered in chocolate to seal in the orange jelly.
The chocolate covers the top and sides,but not the bottom.
They are bare bottomed so to speak. OOH LA LA !
***SO, WHAT DO I THINK ?***
These are just delicious.
The sponge base is a nice firm sponge crisped lightly on the outside and softer inside in the manner of the little sponge pieces one can buy for making your own trifles.
These are manufactured by Burton's and they have been a big name in the cake and biscuit industry since the Pope was an altar boy, so they know their stuff.
The jelly/jam used is tangy and tart and tingles the taste buds. It is a very dark orange with an adult sharpness ,not a sweet fruity one like the cloying fondant cream one in boxed chocolates (the one we give away ). It's like when you almost burn something and it takes on an edgy tang.
The chocolate used is Cadbury's own rich dark chocolate and finishes the whole thing off beautifully.
I'd class these as an adult treat. Which means I can hide them from the toddlers with a clear conscience.
Each box of these contains two separate packets of 12 cakes. So you can just use one pack and not worry about the rest going soggy in the cupboard.
I don't know who decided orange and dark chocolate was a potent marriage of flavours but they hit on a winner because it works incredibly well. Add the rather simple basic sponge and it helps calm the sharpness down and stops them from being sickening.
Like I said, I normally buy the Tesco Jaffa cakes and they are not bad at all, but when you get two big names like Burtons and Cadbury colluding on a project then you know you are going to get something special.
I love these little cakes and regularly buy them now because they seem to have been around at "100% EXTRA FREE" for months now and at just 11p more than Tesco own brand they are a winner in the Jaffa Cakes Stakes for me.
Would I recommend them ? Yes of course I would. Fill your boots. Or baskets.
Thank you for reading~~~myloh.
---Why I Bought This---
I am never one for buying many biscuits and cakes unless as a treat for Birthday or Christmas. Eldest son was a fan of the McVities Jaffa Cakes and he would get loads of packets at Christmas. One year my sister got him these Cadbury ones instead - and as he had so many and I fancied something sweet one day I was allowed to try them!
Cadbury - but made under licence by Burtons.
Comes in an oblong cardboard tube box.
The standard Cadbury purple on the box with Jaffa Cakes written across the front on an image of orange peel.
Made with 'dark chocolate'.
12 'cakes' in a box.
Each cake is 45 calories.
Contains wheat, milk eggs and soya.
Made by Burton's Food Ltd under licence form Cadbury.
Suitable for vegetarians.
£1.29 for box of 12 biscuits/cakes.
(McVities Jaffa Cakes are currently £1.19 in Tesco.)
---Cake or Biscuit?---
These 'cakes' are about two and a half inch circular biscuits with a base layer of a cake mixture, then a jelly orange layer and topped off with a thin layer of chocolate across the top.
Surprisingly Jaffa Cakes were invented as far back as the 1920s. McVities fought a court case to have Jaffa Cakes classed as a cake rather than a biscuit to avoid having to pay VAT on them. So although now classed as a cake I am sure most people think of them as a biscuit.
I have on occasion bought the McVities ones from Tesco when these were not available but that was a big mistake as they are nowhere near as nice as these Cadbury ones - in fact I do not like them at all.
These Cadbury ones however are a great treat for me. There are twelve in a box and I only treat myself at Christmas and Birthdays - as they are not a healthy snack but now and again I think it is good to have a little something different.
It was my sister who was first raving about these but I was not a fan of Jaffa Cakes as such - and the most well known ones are the McVities brand.
These however are really nice. They have a good chocolaty smell and look almost identical to the McVities ones.
The layer of dark chocolate on the top is thin and crispy and the jelly type middle layer is thick and solid and very fruity and orangy tasting. The base of 'cake' is just the right consistency - not too cakey or biscuity but just in between.
These are very morish but I try to only have one at a time to make my box last longer.
Definitely something I could eat every day if I was not trying to have a healthy diet!
---Would I Recommend?---
Orange Flavoured Filling (37%) (Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar Solution (Sugar, Water), Orange Juice Concentrate (1%), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Natural Flavouring, Acidity Regulators, (Sodium Citrates, Citric Acid), Plain Chocolate (24%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Egg, Dextrose, Humectant (Glycerol), Citric Acid, Raising Agents (E450, Sodium Bicarbonate), Colour (Curcumin).
My sister brought these by mistake cos she thought they were the proper MCvities ones and she thought she was doing good buying them cos they were only 59p.
My dad moaned cos hes a bit stuck in his ways with food but I loved these.
The chocolate on top is proper Cadburys chocolate and loads nicer than the Mcvities chocolate cos that's a bit dry but this is creamy and like proper chocolate.
The orange is a bit sweeter than the orange in the normal Jaffa cakes but its still nice and tastes like real oranges.
The cake bit at the bottom is nice and soft. Its sweet and chewy and the best thing about the Jaffa cake for me.
These are too addictive and the 2 packs my sister got from the shop are gone now but they didn't make me feel sick cos even though theyre sweet they are not too sweet. I like all the different flavours in them and think they are nicer than the proper ones cos the chocolate is better and that makes the whole cake better.
PRICE: 99p for 24 Jaffa Cakes at my local Morrisons - 100% extra free offer from Cadburys, 24 cakes for the price of 12
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per cake):
Glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, dried skimmed milk, milk fat, soya lecithin, wheat flour, pasteurised whole egg, dextrose, concentrated orange juice, citric acid, glycerol, pectin, disodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium citrates, curcumin
NO DIETARY/ALLERGY ADVICE SHOWN ON PACKAGING
Though I do eat them occasionally, I'm not the world's greatest fan of any brand of jaffa cakes as firstly I find them all too sweet, and secondly I'm not keen on plain chocolate.
I didn't realise that Cadburys had branched into making jaffa cakes until I recently saw them in my local Morrisons, and noting that they are covered in milk chocolate as opposed to plain, I thought I'd give them a try - plus being on temporary special offer by Cadburys at 99p for 24 cakes, I felt them to be a bargain.
The box is quite large and deep, mostly coloured with Cadbury's usual purple and bearing their standard trademark logo. On one side of the box is nutritional information, ingredients list, product description and Cadbury's quality claim together with their contact details. There is no allergy/dietary advice whatsoever on the packaging, nor is there a statement that any of the packaging could be recyclable. Inside the box are two sealed cellophane wrappers, each containing 12 jaffa cakes.
The appearance of Cadburys Jaffa Cakes is identical to all other brands, with the exception that the chocolate is paler in colour because of it being milk - the size is approximately the same too.
On opening one of the cellophane packs, I could detect a faint orange smell blending with faint milk chocolate, and the chocolate coating appeared to be fairly thick.
Then came the taste test!
I bit into the first jaffa cake, noting that the texture of the sponge is a little softer than that of other brands....probably more cake-like than biscuit-like. The orange gunge portion inside is generous, quite firm, and not overly sweet. It took two bites to finish the jaffa cake, and overall I was reasonably impressed.
I personally found the milk chocolate coating much nicer than plain, and it blended very well with the sponge and orange-flavoured filling. The filling was fairly tangy and sharp, but less so than with other jaffa cake brands, and I found this enhanced the flavour of the milk chocolate rather than overpowered it. Had the filling been more tangy, I think it would have cancelled out the chocolate taste.
Whenever I eat a jaffa cake, it's rare that I want a second one immediately afterwards, but with the Cadbury's variety, I was tempted into another - then another, then another - but found that after four, I'd had enough. I was pleased that after each cake I ate, there was no under taste or unpleasant after taste.
Over the period of a few days, I managed to finish the whole box of jaffa cakes, and my final verdict is that for me, they are significantly nicer than other brands, and though it's a rare occurrence, whenever the mood for jaffa cakes washes over me again, I will opt for the Cadbury's brand. Having said that though, I'm not sure that I'd personally consider them to be worth the money once the 100% free offer from Cadburys ends - that would make a price of 12 cakes for 99p, which I'd consider on the expensive side.
I do in general find that Cadbury's brand of cakes and biscuits is one of mixed fortunes in that they are either delicious or dubious, and as far as the jaffa cakes are concerned, quality-wise they are excellent, and to me, taste so much better than all others that I've tried.
As far as my star rating is concerned, it gets a full house for the quality of the product, pushing my personal indifference to jaffa cakes aside. Highly recommended, especially if you prefer your jaffa cakes less sweet.
Thanks for reading!