Product Type: Kraft Snacks
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Dairylea Dunkers Jumbo Tubes
Member Name: Carysb
Dairylea Dunkers Jumbo Tubes
Advantages: Good packaging, tasty,
Kraft Dairylea Dunkers as a brand have grown over the years and now include; breadsticks, jumbo tubes, nachos, Ritz and baked crisps offering a good variety of dunkers.
I prefer the jumbo tubes and therefore this review is based on them. Each individual dunker packet offers two compartments sealed with a foil top to keep the cheese and dunker fresh. The small compartment offers a Dairylea cheese dip, which is the equivalent of a cheese triangle in a more melted format, whilst the larger compartment holds up to nine jumbo tubes depending on how lucky you are. The tray itself is a sturdy plastic shaped appropriately with the two compartments easily identified prior to opening, due to the shape of the base and the plastic means that they cannot be squashed which is ideal for lunchboxes/handbags.
The foil top has a peel back tab which enables you to pull it off it one pull. Often the cheese compartment has a double layer for added freshness and on occasion the second layer will get stuck, meaning you need to remove it separately. The Dairylea brand is on the left hand corner with "dunkers" written across the centre in green. The type of dunker is written on the right hand side of the top along with a picture of said dunker. The cheese inside is soft and has added calcium and vitamin D; it's not too strong but still tastes cheesy.
Dunking is easy as you just scoop the cheese onto your preferred dunker whip up any excess and munch. There is enough cheese per serving to get two bites of each dunker with cheese, unless you overestimate your portions and then you could be left with no cheese and more corn. The jumbo tubes are made from corn and potato. They are hollow tubes approximately two and half inches in length with a real crunch to them. They have a hint of garlic to them and are flecked with green parsley.
The taste of these isn't like any other corn product I have had before and they really make this snack in terms of flavour. The flavour is strong enough to linger on the breath if you are not careful, so it is worth considering this if you are for example packing one for lunch.
Each individual packet contains 47g of product and obviously contains dairy products so would not be suitable for somebody who is allergic. Other ingredients include various starches, salts and acids which doesn't sound at all appealing. Dairylea cannot guarantee that this product is nut or wheat free so again if you have allergies this is worth considering.
In addition to the flavour, I prefer the tubes because they are shaped to scoop. This means that any cheese left in the compartment can be easily rounded up. The nachos and Ritz versions make this harder due to the shape of the crisps. That said if there is left over cheese and you have a bag of crisps handy they always make good additional dunkers.
I have been buying these for years as jumbo tubes are one of the first variations Dairylea made, whilst other brands stuck with breadsticks and I tend to take them in my packed lunch to work. The price has gone up quite considerably since I first started buying them and they now cost anything between £2.18 and £2.64 for 4 in a pack, but they can often be found on offer in most supermarkets on Buy One Get One Free or half price, which is when I tend to stock up as £2.64 is quite expensive for 4.
Additionally they are sold separately and smaller retail outlets such as the Co-op or Spar often have them on two for £1 which makes them cheaper still. Individually they sell at a price between 55p and 70p depending on the store.
Dairylea have recently started selling a different shaped pack where the snacks are stacked on top of each other in pairs rather than next to each other in a cardboard frame. I haven't bought these as the price is even more, but I think they are packets of 6, though they don't appear to be as readily available as the traditional packets.
Dairylea boast no added preservatives of artificial flavours in the dunker products and this is clearly printed on the cardboard packaging of the multipack versions but not on the foil of the individually sold products. They make ideal snacks for kids and adults alike.
I don't normally include the ingredients but due to allergies etc. I thought it would be helpful for this review.
Dairylea Cheese Dip (9% fat): Skimmed Milk (51%), Cheese (16%), Concentrated Whey, Milk Proteins, Butter, Emulsifying Salts (sodium calcium polyphosphate), Modified Starch, Calcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Vitamin D;
Jumbo Tubes: Corn, Potato, Vegetable Oil, Flavourings, Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Sugar, Salt, Onion, Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium glutamate), Emulsifier (Mono and diglycerides of fatty acids), Yeast Extract, Vegetable Fat, Garlic, Parsley, Malic Acid, Citric Acid. Contains Milk. May contain traces of peanuts and wheat
Summary: A cheese snack ideal for kids and adults alike.