“ Brand: Kraft / Type: Crisps „
Recently, the Diarylea Dunkers range of little snack packs has been on offer across some of the major supermarkets. I've personally spotted them on offer at both Morrisons and Asda, at £1 for a multi-pack of four individual snack size portions.
The Dunkers range consists of a foil-lidded plastic pot which includes a separate portion of a cheesy dip (made primarily from Dairylea cheese spread) alongside a portion of some sort of savoury snack designed to be dipped in and enjoyed wherever you are. These are ideal to include within a packed lunch or picnic as they are so small, relatively mess-free and convenient but fun to eat.
This particular variety is my personal favourite, featuring tiny baked cracker/crisp type snacks which complement the Dairylea dip perfectly. This does seem to be less widely available than the other versions which is surprisingly as I should imagine it is a popular flavour. So far, I've only seen it for sale in Asda and not in any other supermarket.
The dip itself is quite firm, especially if served straight from the fridge. It does start to soften if left out for any length of time but is equally pleasant and creamy regardless of the consistency, just slightly easier to dip into as it becomes more runny. Obviously, it helps that I have very fond childhood memories of eating Dairylea triangles and Diarylea spread sandwiches so I personally love the dip. The kids also enjoy the mild creamy flavour but they tend to leave quite a lot of dip behind which is surprising as the amount offered does appear to be quite meagre when the packet is first opened. As it happens, there is actually more than enough dip provided for each little crispy cracker to receive a generous coating, without becoming too sickly or overwhelming.
The crisps themselves are supposedly 'onion and tomato' flavour although I certainly wouldn't be able to identify any specific flavours beyond a general savoury tang. I would prefer the flavouring to be slightly stronger, particularly if I were to eat the crisps separately, and think that a bacon style flavour would complement the dip nicely ( similar to bacon flavoured Cheddars, where the cheese and bacon flavours work together well.) As it is, the flavour is pleasant but easily overpowered by the taste of the dip. The delicate texture of these little crisps is the best part for me, as they snap with a satisfying crunch but are still soft enough for little mouths. They are also incredibly moreish and I could easily eat several packs of these on the trot as they aren't at all filling! They certainly need to be included as a fun little extra alongside a more substantial packed lunch or picnic.
As far as value for money goes, I'm more than happy to pay £1 for four of these little pots as I think that represents a fair price for a tasty and fun little snack. I find the standard retail price of around £2.40 per multi-pack to be totally extortionate though as that works out at around 60p per pot! Sadly, much as both I and the kids love these little snacks (particularly this variety) there is no way I will be continuing to buy them at that price. I'll be using the various varieties as inspiration for items to pack separately for picnics though and might try including various small packets of crisps, savoury snacks and breadsticks alongside some cheesy dip. Admittedly, this will be a lot less fun for the kids than whipping open a handy little pot but will be much more cost effective.
I still have to give these little snacks a four star rating as they are so tasty and moreish and fun for kids and adults alike but really do think that the manufacturers need to re-think their pricing! Fortunately, the use by date on these is surprisingly long (although they do need to be kept refrigerated.) The packets I bought last week have a use by date of October 2010 so I will certainly try and stockpile some whilst they are still on promotion. The chances of them lasting until October in my household are pretty slim though!
Suitable for vegetarians and Dairylea lovers!
Dairylea Dunkers- This is actually a review on the Nacho version as the baked crisps are not available anymore.
As a big fan of Dairylea Dunkers, I like to buy a packet every food shop I do! They make such a great snack or part of a lunch or picnic! I have tried every flavour of them so I know quite a lot about them now! These are manufactured by Kraft and the brand name is Dairylea. There are quite a lot of other Dairylea products available which include cheese slices and more.
The version I am reviewing is the Dairylea Dunker's Nacho. Nacho's are slightly salted and crisp like in little triangles. They are minature version as nacho's are usually quite large. They do look a little bit like Doritos! These come in a 42.5g plastic packet. It is split into two with a smaller section for the soft cheese and a larger section for the Nacho's. There is a foil lid which stops them from going soft and on this is a colourful design and quite a lot of text- it is very Child-aimed.
The nachos are quite crunchy but the cheese has a very soft texture and because these are to be kept refrigerated, the cheese tastes great. These are actually made with cheese and milk so they are a very good source of calcium!
Advantages of these are that the nachos go really well with the soft cheese, the have 108 calories per tub- fantastic, the cheese tastes yummy and they are on offer for four packs at £1.00 at the moment.
Disadvantages of these are probably the fact that they make my teeth go furry and there is not a lot of cheese!
They do taste great though and I would reccomend these to everyone!
I'm not a fan of the breadstick Dairylea dunkers, as they're a bit boring - tasteless breadstick with not particularly . However, I love the different versions that have flavoured dipping bits, like the crisps and tubes, as the flavour adds a bit of oomph to the Dairylea spread.
Easy to open, foil lid on a plastic tub. The lid peels back easily, first to reveal the Dairylea and second to reveal the crisps. If you needed to repackage the pack for any reason you could pop the foil back over and keep it in place with the tab - however keep it upright or you risk spread spillage!
The Dairylea spread tastes cheesy, but not strongly, more just like a creamy spread. This is why, without having flavoured dipping bits I find them a bit boring. The crisps are really lovely with the light flavour of the cheese - the tomato and onion flavour is strong but not too overpowering, but mixes with the cheese beautifully. The smell and taste is kind of like a nice version of packet soup - you know when soup in powder form smells and looks like it will taste? Kind of salty and flavour enhanced but good! The texture is good too - crunchy and baked, with no greasy feeling like on many usual crisps. However, at risk of changing the review subject, I like the tube dippers best - their chive-y, onion-y taste is strong and the texture is lovely and crisp, like tube Chipsticks (remember them??).
Nutrition, and how filling?
So, there's a few flavour enhancers in the crisps, but overall the ingredients are pretty harmless - milk, cheese, and so forth. They spread also contributes towards your calcium intake - 1/3 for a child, infact. For an adult, this is definitely not a filling snack - I ate this when I was feeling a bit peckish and it didn't hit the spot at all, in future I would eat it after or with my lunch.
I bought my tub on a whim for 48p in Tesco, which is pricey for a one off snack that isn't very filling, and would be, I think, too expensive to have in a lunch box everyday. However I have seen multipacks of the tubs on offer and in that case would certainly buy them for taking with lunch.
*WHAT ARE DAIRYLEA DUNKERS BAKED CRISPS?*
Dairylea Dunkers are made by Kraft, there are a couple of varieties, but I am reviewing the baked crisps one.
Basically Dairylea Dunkers, if you've never had them is basically a crisp and cheese dip format. A small pot holds the Dairylea cheese, and a larger pot holds the crisps, which are onion and tomato flavour. Pretty nifty for an a snack or to put in a childs lunchbox.
These are pretty much aimed for the childs lunchbox market, but if your a big kid like me then they are also for the older take to work market.
The tub that the product comes in is plastic with a peelable foil top. On the foil top is the name Dairylea Dunkers backed crisps, and a picture of the Dairylea cow holding a crisp with cheese on.
The tub is well designed, but if the foil top itsn't peeled off correctly then it is an actual cutting hazard as my sister found out the other day, when going to get the last reminents of cheese out of the tub using her finger, unwittingly got a very sore and deepish foil cut. Therefore not ideal for little ones without maybe an adult removing the foil lid properly. Personally I would of perferred a plastic lid.
*BAKED CRISPS - TASTE, SMELL*
As stated the crisps are baked not fried, therefore better for you.
Now to my favourite part the smell and taste test.
As I open the foil lid, I get a woft of the onion and tomato crisps, but the cheese smell doesn't hit me. Upon further nose inspection, I get the cheese, which smells like the regular yummy Dairylea cheese, i.e the cheese trianges, and the crisps rather smell like minestrone soup, with onion being the dominant smell.
There is an average of about 14 small crisps in the pot, they are about 2cm wide 2cm across. As I dunk the crisps into the gorgeous pot of cheese, I make sure it's loaded well on the crisp and then pop straight into my mouth.
At first for me it's suck the cheese off, which tastes well, um, cheesy really, like I said before like the Dairylea triangles. It's cheesy but not overly cheesy, not overpowering, just a nice delicate cheese taste in the mouth.
Then it's crunch time, they are quite crunchy crisps, and you can certainly taste they are baked, not friend as they don't feel greasy or fatty in the mouth.
The first taste I get, unlike the smell, is tomato, then it molds into the onion, then after my mouth is empty a sort of plain crisp potato taste. Like the cheese, the crisps aren't overpowering, just a soft delicate hint of the onion and tomato.
Honestly when I first read that these crisps were onion and tomato I wasn't that excited about the concept of them both flavours being together, but after tasting the first crisp I was hooked.
I will now finish the pot before I finish the review :)
You can have a good dollop of cheese on each crisp as there is enough in the pot, and then some, to get your finger dunked in cleaning the sides (it's the law).
*BITS AND BOBS*
The tub size is 43.5g, therefore like stated before ideal for lunchboxes/snacks.
98 calories per tub, very good calorie wise, under 100 which is quite surprising for a crisp and cheese snack.
Kids can benefit from 1/3 of their recommended daily calcium intake (unsure of what benefits it has on me, but oh well)
The Dairylea Dunkers baked crisps were bought in a pack of 4 for 59p, I think they were on promotion as they are usually dearer than this, but still well worth the money. A lovely snack to have if your peckish or for work or a childs lunchbox(apart from the foil lid, cutting risk). A great mix of flavours with the cheese, onion and tomato. Great tasting, fills a little hole, and doesn't leave your mouth feeling greasy. Not overpowering, light delicate, and for 98 calories per pot, where can you go wrong?
Thanks for reading.
My daughter has to be the world's most picky eater so when she started school I was dreading trying to feed her.
I knew there was no way she would ever eat a school dinner and as she dosn't like bread I was struggling to think of things to put in her packed lunch.
For the first few weeks of school she was eating not very healthy or filling lunches as I just couldn't find anything that she liked to include.
I came across a pack of Dairylea Dunkers whilst shopping one day, they were on special offer at 4 for £1 and I thought they were worth a try.
The packaging is nice and bright and it is the perfect size to include in a packed lunch.
As it's only 120 calories and contains a lot of cheese and milk I knew they would be healthy and filling if only I could get her to eat them.
She's not really a fan of cheese so I wasn't holding out much hope but I bought a pack each of both the breadstick and the baked crisps versions.
I first tried it with her at home. You open them by peeling off the foil layer and find two compartments inside, one filled with Dairylea soft cheese and the other with crisps,breadsticks.
At first she would only try the breadsticks but after much persuasion she tasted the cheese...... and LOVED it.
She finished the whole lot there and then.
Since that first taste I have been putting one of these in her packed lunch everyday. I'm happy as I know she is getting some goodness into her and she's happy because she loves the taste so much.
The retail value is £2 for a pack of 4 but they are very often on the special offer mentioned above in Asda.
I honestly don't know what I would have done without these as I was really stressing about her eating habits.
Pick some up next time you go shopping there great for packed luches, picnics, journeys or just a snack and they are loved by children and adults alike.
I purchase my Dairylea Dunkers Baked Crisps from my local corner store for 65p but they are available in most supermarkets for around 50p singly or cheaper as part of a multipack.
The pot is white with a blue lid which is made from foil.
Once the lid is peeled back it reveals an oblong tray with the baked crisps and a smaller tray which contains the half fat cheese for dunking.
The crisps have been baked so they are quite healthy but I would not recommend eating these alone as they are quite dry and definitely better served with the cheese.
The cheese is made from 51% skimmed milk & 16% cheese the other 33% is whey, butter, milk protein, emulsifying salt, modified starch, phosphate, lactic acid & Vitamin D.
There was enough cheese to coat all of the crisps sufficiently.
One pack of Dairylea Dunkers provides at least 1/3 of the calcium UK 'Reference Nutrient Intake@ (RMI) for children up to the age of ten.
I think this is quite a good snack for young children as long as it is provided in moderation because it does have 5.6g of fat per 47g tub.
I enjoyed this product but not as much as I enjoy the Jumbo Tubes! I only really purchased this because they did not have anything else left in the shop.
You can also find this review on ciao.co.uk under the same title, username katyeverett :)
My favorite dairylea, Dunkers jumbo tubes, made with milk and cheese is the perfect, balanced, healthy snack, that you can have as a breakfast oras an afternoon snack before dinner.
It contains 120 calories, its about 7% fat, and is so light, 47grames, they say regarding it that is half fat cheese food dip and corn and potato snack.
The proteins and the energy released by these give you the power to get over stressful working day.
Every single time when I have it, I go back to my childhood, my school and friends, so, maybe if a trip is expensive or impossible back in time, have a try and let me know if it worked. Who knows?
So, start with big, nice, crispy taste of jumbo tubes and finish by mild, smoothy, creamy cheese!
You can find it to buy everywhere: Tesco, Sainsbury, Somerfield, Asda. It costs about 50 pence by box.
Dairylea Dunkers - Baked Crisps
**WHAT THEY ARE**
Dairylea Dunkers are a dairy snack with cheese in a small tub and on the other side of the tub there are onion and tomato flavour potato and wheat crisps.
They come in a white plastic tub, which has two sides to it. One side has half-fat cheese dip and the other side has baked crisps. There is a foil lid, which keeps it fresh, and you have to peel off to get into the snack. On the front on the foil label there is the Dairylea Dunker logo in large letters in yellow writing. There is also a cute cow on the front holding a baked crisp. The packaging would appeal to young children. I think their target market would be to sell it to children for lunch boxes.
Half-fat cheese food: - Skimmed milk, Cheese (14%), Concentrated Whey, Milk Proteins, Butter, Emulsifying Salt (E452), Modified Starch, Calcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Vitamin D.
Potato & wheat snack: - Potato powder, Potato starch, Wheat flour, Vegetable oil, Seasoning (Salt onion powder, Dextrose, Yeast extract, Tomato powder, Whey powder, Sugar, Flavourings, Hydrolysed soya protein, Garlic powder, Citric acid, Maltic acid, Maltodextrin, Colour (Paprika extract), Barley malt vinegar powder), Sugar, Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin (contains Whey powder and milk protein)).
May contain traces of celery, egg, poppy seed and sesame.
This may be useful if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
The salt and sodium amounts are higher than I would want them to be but are well below the recommended daily allowance. They are roughly about a quarter of the recommended daily allowance, which is quite a lot for a snack.
I do think they have tried to make the snack healthier by using skimmed milk in the cheese and by baking the crisps instead of frying them. It is made with real cheese and milk and there is no added colours or preservatives.
These Dairylea Dunkers give you 26% of your recommended daily allowance of calcium and 17% recommended daily allowance of vitamin D which helps build strong bones and teeth (as part of a balanced varied diet with exercise. One pack of Dairylea Dunkers provides 1/3 of calcium for children up to the age of ten.
I think these dippers are very delicious. There is just the right amount of cheese to have it on each crisp. It may not fill up a hungry child though. Personally I would not eat one of these everyday but I would take them as the occasional snack. The cheese is very creamy and smooth. The crisps taste baked and are slightly dry but it is made better by adding the soft cheese to them. Each crisp has slight flavourings on them, which tastes nice. I wouldn't eat the crisps by themselves but the compliment the cheese very well. Out of all the Dunker selection I feel these are the best choice healthy wise. At 49 pence they are not very expensive but not exactly cheap either. It is alright for a snack! All I have left to say is Yum Yum!!
A baked crisp to assuage the guilt of the compulsive snacker.