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      08.11.2013 22:04
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      A savoury lunch box snack

      I have three children and finding different things to put in their lunch boxes everyday can be a challenge. As mentioned in previous reviews, my strict grocery budget and "rules" have let me to only buying this type of product if they are £1, which these Dairylea Dunkers are currently in Asda. They do tend to periodically drop to this price for several weeks then jump back up to around £2, so I tend to stock up as much as sell by dates allow.
      This product is found in the refrigerated aisle in most supermarkets, so being a fridge item, it should be stored between 1°-5°C.

      The dairylea dunkers come in 46g tubs, in packs of 4. The outer box is cardboard, which is distinctively Dairylea Dunkers, with green grass, blue sky and a Dairylea Cow. I can also see a picture of my Dunkers, my personal favourite is the Ritz biscuits one but are also available with Breadsticks, Baked Crisps, Jumbo Tubes or Nachos. Favourites vary greatly in my household, with the tubes being currently very popular. Once the cardboard is removed, the containers are rectangular white plastic containers, with a silver foil lid, which again reflects the scene on the cardboard box. The containers are split into 2 sections, 1/3rd being the dairylea soft cheese, the other section being approximately 2/3rd containing the dunking snack, in my case, the Ritz biscuits.

      The box states the Ingredients are;
      Skimmed Milk, Cheese, Whey Powder, Butter, Milk Proteins, Concentrated Natural Lemon Juice, Stabiliser, Citrus Fibre, Salt, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Raising Agents, Glucose and Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flour, Salt

      Allergy Advice states that the dunkers contains Gluten, Wheat, Milk, Hazelnuts. Also that they may Contain Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Soya\Soybeans, and traces of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, egg, soya, hazelnuts.

      Other advice states that there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added. Also that Dairylea Dunkers are suitable for Vegetarians.

      My 46g tub contains;
      Energy 121kcal Protein 4.1g
      Carbohydrate 11.5g of which Sugars 4.0g
      Fat 6.1g of which Saturates 3.5g
      Fibre 0.4g
      Sodium 0.29g Equivalent as Salt 0.71g

      Kraft foods can be contacted at;
      Kraft Foods UK, Cadbury House, Sanderson Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1DH. Kraft Foods Ireland
      Malahide Road
      Coolock
      Dublin 5.
      Their website is;
      www.krafthealthyliving.co.uk

      So what do I think;
      They do make a really nice snack, they seem to have the right amount of cheese versus biscuit, although you always seem to have to use your finger to drag that last bit of cheese out. The cheese is slightly more yellow than a traditional soft cheese. As its foil wrapped, I have never had a soggy biscuit. These snacks are sometimes sneakily eaten by my husband and I when we get munchies when having a glass of wine, as do make a nice savoury munch. I really like them, I think a £1 represents reasonable value however I personally with my "rules" wouldn't pay more. I am scoring 5 stars as overall a nice alternative for lunch boxes at a good price.

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        21.11.2011 09:55
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        A handy compact snack ; very reasonably priced

        My son has packed lunches for School. He doesn't like the School meals, but it can be difficult getting things he likes. He sometimes gets fed up of something and he is quite a fussy eater! I used to sometimes buy the Dairylea Dunkers with the crispy tubes to dunk in the soft Cheese but more recently I have started buying the Dunkers with Ritz crackers. I already knew that my son liked Ritz crackers as I have previously bought these so I thought he would like these. They have been on special offer lately in a few supermarkets. I buy them in a pack of 4 x 46g and they come in small and compact packaging.

        I would not usually eat these as I save them for my son! But I was in a hurry the other day and wanted something quick so I tried a pack of these. I already know I like Dairylea Cheese spread and I also quite like Ritz. I would estimate you get about 8-10 small round Ritz crackers. You get quite a lot of the Cheese Dip. The Dip is creamy and quite thick and fairly mild in my view, although you can taste the Cheese flavour. However, in my opinion there are not quite enough of the Ritz crackers. As I said previously they are small. I found that there was some of the dip left over. It did fill the gap a little for me though.

        Ingredients
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        Dairylea Cheese Dip; Skimmed Milk (51%), Cheese (16%), Concentrated Whey, Milk proteins, Emulsifying Salt (Polyphosphate), Modified Starch, Calcium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Vitamin D

        Mini Ritz Crackers; Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Raising Agents (Ammonium carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Carbonate), Glucose and Fructose Syrup, Barley Malt Flour, Salt.

        This product has added Calcium & Vitamin D and there are no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.


        Allergy Advice
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        Contains Milk, Wheat, Barley; May contain traces of Poppy seeds, Sesame Seeds, Egg, Soya, Hazelnut.

        Calories; There are 122 kcals in each tub


        These are really ideal for children for lunches or for when out and about and wanting a snack. The Cheese Dip is quite tasty and the Ritz mini crackers go well with it. These currently cost only a £1.00 per 4 pack in Asda. Its 4 Dooyoo stars from me.

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          21.03.2010 23:22
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          Yummy But You Can Do The Same Thing With Big Ritz And Cheese Spread!

          I brought a pack of these Dairylea Dunkers With Ritz biscuits because I'd never seen them before and didn't know you could get them!!! There were 4 in the pack I got and they was only £1.20 on special offer in Morrisons.

          It's set out the same as any of these Dairylea Dunkers, you get a compartment full of Dairylea cheese and the other compartment has got mini Ritz biscuits in it. You use the Ritz to scoop the cheese up and the same as always there isn't quite enough cheese so you have to either be careful how much you get each time or put up with dry Ritz for the last few.

          It's a yummy combo, I prefer the jumbo tube variety because they've got a wicked DIFFERENT flavour but I love Ritz anyway so I wasn't bothered! lol

          The Ritz taste the same as the big Ritz you get in the boxes, they're a tiny bit softer and I reckon that's because of having to keep them in the fridge. It doesn't matter but I think the big Ritz have got a perfect texture and these weren't as crunchy.

          The salty flavour of the Ritz goes wicked with the Dairylea cheese because of how soft and creamy the cheese is. I think the cool Dairylea is perfect for them actually because it brings the flavour of the Ritz out and the salt makes the cheese feel even creamier. The cheese doesn't taste EXACTLY like the Dairylea triangles but it's still proper nice and doesn't taste like it's supposed to be for kids at all!

          I just realised that I've been having these dunkers for years even though they've only just brought this one out!!! Why??? Because one of my fave snacks is Ritz biscuits spread with a bit of soft cheese.... and this is all they are only with tiny biscuits instead of the proper sized ones!!! And that makes these a bit of a rip off. lol

          Still recommended though, they'll be wicked for your kids lunchboxes and also for a snack that's loads more healthy than a bar of chocolate!

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          17.02.2010 09:55
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          Best avoided, really.

          When you lift the lid on Dairylea Dunkers Riz crackers, you'll see a compartment full of slightly suspect-looking cream cheese, and opposite, 10-20 rich mini Ritz Crackers. At the price, they are fairly passable value for money I suppose, but it seems that most of what you're paying for is the packaging. The cheese is pretty low-quality and the crackers are often stale. The main design flaw of this though, is that cheese is supposed to be chilled, and crackers are supposed to be kept at room temperature at all times, which begs the question; Where am I supposed to keep them? Either the cheese goes too soft to dip the crackers in without getting goop everywhere, or the crackers end up too hard and cold to enjoy properly. - It doesn't really work.

          In spite of all this though, the packaging remains fairly pleasant and there's a nice novelty of picking up the crackers and dipping them in the cheese which kids will likely enjoy.

          ~ Nutritional Information: ~
          Calories : 122
          Sugar : 3.6g
          Fat : 6.4g
          Of which Saturates : 3.6g

          So although this shouldn't at all be a staple of yours or anyone's diet, it makes a fairly decent addition to kids lunchboxes, and is a pretty safe and tasty treat. Nonetheless, like most of Dairylea's produce, this is chiefly comprised of sub par ingredients, especially the cheese.

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          17.02.2010 09:25
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          A nice and very handy little snack ~ 5/5

          Dairylea Dunkers with Ritz Crackers


          Whenever I visit my young grandchildren, I try to get round to see them all every couple of weeks, I always try to take a little gift with me, after all that's what Grannies are for aren't they! I almost always take them sweets but after chatting with their mum's, and their mum's being very good mum's, they asked me if I would buy the kiddies something a little more healthy when I visit.


          I came across these Dairylea Dunkers in Tesco's who were having an offer on and were selling them at £1 for a pack of 4, which I thought was very good so I bought a few packs (I have 10 grandchildren) to take home. this product seems to be aimed at youngsters, when you see them on the TV, they are usually included in children's lunch boxes. Also, given that they are rich in Calcium and Vitamin D, they are ideal for those little growing bones and teeth, and they also contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.


          Because I had a couple of extra I thought I would give one a try ............. for the purpose of reviewing of course, lol.


          This product comes in a little white plastic pot that is divided into two compartments, when you lift the foil lid, it is revealed that the small compartment is filled with a creamy looking soft cheese and the larger compartment contains about 14 or 15 very tiny Ritz crackers. On the side of the pot you can find the nutritional information:-

          Calories : 122
          Sugar : 3.6g
          Fat : 6.4g
          Of which Saturates : 3.6g

          And on the reverse side is the ingredients and the allergy information:-

          Milk, Wheat, Barley, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, soya, Egg, and Hazelnuts.


          Well when I tried this product out I was very pleasantly surprised at just how nice they are. The cheese is really quite a nice thick, and creamy cheese that wasn't too strong a flavour to put little ones off, but a nice light flavoured cheese. The little Ritz crackers are just that .........just very tiny versions of the original cracker with its unique taste which I love.


          All in all this is an excellent little pot to add to any lunch box or to just give to children or adults alike for a tasty snack and nutritionally they are much better for the grandchildren than sweets so their mum's are happier with me too, lol.


          I would deffinatley be buying these for the kiddies in the future as they went down really well even the youngest (2 year old) loved them. A real winner in my opinion.


          These also come in Breadstick, Jumbo Tube and Baked Crisp versions too!

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            02.02.2010 16:21
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            If you can afford to pay more than try another brand.

            Recently I decided to go on a money saving kick. Working 12 hour shifts at work I was buying breakfast and lunch and spending about £40 a week so I decided to switch to packed lunches. You pack the normal sandwich, crisps and pop and then I wanted something a bit different, a treat of sorts in there and that's when I came across Dairylea Dunkers with Ritz crackers. When I bought them they were in a multi pack so 4 dunker pots for £1 at Asda, bargain I thought.

            The pots themselves are rectangular in shape, and split into two compartments. 75% is to hold the crackers and 25% holds your cheese dip for dunking. They are plastic pots with a foil wrapper on top. I have to admit I do like the sealed in freshness a foil wrapper gives here.

            When it comes to flavour though these pots are lacking. The crackers aren't anything special, they are small circles and when it comes to taste they aren't good but they aren't bad too, not very cheesy but not totally bland at the same time, just an average cracker. The cheese dip though really struggles, its just bland and tastes of nothing very much, slightly cheesy but that's it. There is no burst of cheese flavour. It's like a watered down version of the cheese spread Dairylea do, not as much flavour and a slightly more dip-able texture to it.

            As well I always find with the Ritz cracker version of the dunkers that, because the biscuits are so small you are always left with lots of left over cheese spread. Shame because with all the other version of dunkers you never have enough cheese, the balance is just never right with them. Add into that the blandness of the taste and despite the cheap pricing I just don't enjoy eating these. Especially as they were a snack treat for myself they just didn't fulfil that happy food feeling I wanted.

            My advice is despite the increase in price you want to avoid these and look out for the Ritz Cracker Philadelphia Snack Pots. Better tasting crackers, better tasting cheese with a thicker consistency and lot more enjoyable too.

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            09.01.2010 02:58
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            Dairylea Dunkers- Ritz

            Wow what a fabulous combination. I have done a few reviews on other Dunkers but I can't actually beleive that these now exist. I bought a pack of four the other day from Tesco for around £1.00 on offer which was great. I didn's use to like the soft cheese in these but I really like it now and I will make an effort to eat it all as I hate to waste things. Ritz have always been something our family used to have at Christmas time, so it is a little bit wierd!

            Dairylea dunkers come in a pack of four but they each come in their individual packs. There are two compartments, one for the low fat soft cheese and the other which is reasonably longer for the rits crackers/biscuits. There is a foil wrapper on this to keep them from drying out! They are in a 46g tub and there is an image on the front of a cartoon cow and a blue and green theme which gives a natural sort of feel.

            One of the reasons why I like these is because they are a tasty little treat and they fill me up too! In the tub there is 122 calories which is not too bad at all and this only takes up 7% of the recommended daily allowance which is great!

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            Cheese is low fat!

            Ritz biscuits are the mini version and they taste yummy and just as usual to be honest.

            They are made with cheese and milk so they are natural.

            Disadvantages:

            Cheese makes your teeth go a little furry!

            Not too good to snack out.

            Personally, I really like these because they taste really good and the cheese tastes gorgeous. I would recommend these to anyone who loves soft cheese and crackers!

            Holly x

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            22.11.2009 18:08
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            2/5 Not Recommended From Me

            Ive recently started seeing these appearing in the fridge after my mom's done the food shopping and after wanting to try them for quite some time I finally got round to it a few days ago. I used to love the Dairy Lee Dunkers as a kid and always had one in my lunchbox and Im also a Ritz biscuits fan so when I heard they had merged the two together I thought I just HAD to try them. I guess I had pretty high expectations of this product before I had even tried it and I will say they didnt impress me as much as I thought they would but maybe thats because my hopes were so high!!

            Appearance & Packaging:
            This product is in the same style as the rest of the Dairy Lee Dunkers range in a rectangle shaped tub with two seperate compartments for the cheese and the other for your crackers/biscuits. I always find with these that you get loads of cheese and only a few crumby biscuits meaning you are left with loads of leftover cheese after you have eaten your biscuits!
            The tub is sealed with a foil top to keep the freshness of the food and keep your "dunkers" cool even after you have taken them out of the fridge. Usually these dunkers come in packets of four even though I think you can buy them seperatley contained in a cardboard box. The box itself is very colourful and bright so it will definatley catch your eye in a supermarket! The box also contains all the nutritional information, ingrediants and allergy advice you may need.

            Nutritional Information:
            150 Calories
            9g Fat
            13g Carbohydrates
            Protein 3.5g
            Based on your guidline daily amount

            What Does It Taste Like?:
            The only way I can describe the "cheese" is that it tastes cold, I couldnt really get any flavours from it at all, it just tasted bland and nothing like cheese at all! So on to the "ritz" biscuits. Now I eat Ritz biscuits all the time and I dont think the biscuits contained in this packet are real Ritz biscuits or at least they didnt taste like it to me! Again these didnt really have any flavour to them but they did compliment the cheese well.
            I actually got myself a packet of Mini Cheddars to dip in the cheese just so I could taste something and feel like I had actually eaten something that got my tastebuds going!!

            Overall Opinion:
            Well I personally wont be buying or eating these again. No matter how cheap they are they just arent worth it, I can taste more from breathing thin air than I could from eating these! I would say though they are great for something to put in your children's lunch boxes or even better if your on a diet and looking for a snack that doesnt contain that many calories. This product just didnt do it for me it had no taste, the biscuits werent realr Ritz in my opinion and the biscuit to cheese ratio is all wrong! 2/5 Not for me, but maybe others will enjoy them!

            For a 47g tub it will cost you around 54p even though you can get them in multipacks for a lot cheaper I guess.

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              13.11.2009 10:51
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              A great, tasty and fun picnic or lunchbox snack.

              I recently purchased these snack products when gathering food that could be taken out on a bird watching expedition (for me to eat, not the birds!). The ideal food for these kind of outdoor picnics has to be easy to transport, plentiful, tasty and something we can whip out and just snack on whenever we like. These small, sealed cheese and biscuit snack pots seemed the obvious choice. Although the product name and the cartoon cow logo suggests these might be for children and intended for school lunchboxes I do recommend them as a product suitable for snackoholics, serial picnickers, people who love soft cheese and Ritz biscuits or those that are just too knackered to prepare a meal. The product basically offers you a handful of small Ritz crackers which you can dip into a pot of soft DairyLea cheese.

              The product comes as mini snack plastic pots which are oblong in shape. I bought a four pack of 46g size 'dunkers'. On one side of the tub Ritz crackers are housed, in the other smaller section is the soft cheese. Both sides are accessed by removing the layer of tin foil which protects them although there is an extra under layer of foil on the soft cheese side to provide extra freshness. The tub itself is very light and a nice size to fit into any Tupperware picnic box or kids' lunchbox. It measures around 5 ½ inches long and just under 2 ½ inches across. It's depth is nearly 1 ½ inches and the soft cheese is filled into its section right up to the top.

              The Ritz crackers are miniaturised so they are about 1 inch in diameter. I counted my biscuits and there were 15 in all. Although they are small it actually looks like a lot. There is certainly enough cheese to dip into and cover each biscuit with a great dollop! You need not worry about some of the biscuits being left over dry.

              The Ritz crackers are the genuine article and their familiar logo appears on the front of the cardboard packet of this product. The cracker's flavour isn't impaired by them having to be refrigerated - which isn't the norm for ordinary boxes of Ritz crackers. The Dairylea cheese is Kraft's standard original flavour and has a rich, salty undertone. Both foods are suitable for vegetarians and this is marked as such on the packet. Other information available is the full ingredients and nutritional values.

              The brand claim that the product is made with the "goodness of milk and cheese - that goodness providing vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamin D. Dairy produce is of course great for building stronger bones and teeth - another point which is brandished on the packet and aimed at parents of growing children!

              Calorific values state that each tub contains 6.4 grams of fat which sounds like a lot but have only 122 calories. The product has a warning that it contains milk, barley and possibly poppy seeds, sesame seeds, egg, soya and hazelnuts.

              I'm very pleased with the dunkers overall. They are a great, portable picnic food. They offered a plentiful amount of crackers and cheese with an abundance of soft cheese available for the small biscuits. The taste was as I hoped it would be - rich, satisfying and delicious - certainly something that fills me up when it's cold outside. I would definitely recommend these for anyone looking for quick and easy picnic food. I also think all kids would love to eat these!

              Check out:

              www.krafthealthyliving.co.uk

              for more information.

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                20.10.2009 07:36
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                After deciding to go on a "Barrow" family day out to Drayton manor last weekend I knew I had to make the mother of all picnics! After once going on a day out with the Barrows collectively before, my picnic got slated, not enough choice....apparently!

                This time I was prepared and ready for war, one of the items purchased for this purpose being the item I will now review.

                The product I will is - "Dairylea Dunkers - Ritz crackers"

                As many of you will be aware the premise of these snacks is there is a potion of Dairylea cheese spread and something to scoop the spread up with, this one being the latest version.

                The packaging is pretty generic across the range. Within the pack there are four plastic compartmented pots held together with a cardboard sleeve. The sleeve holds all the relevant information needed, brand name, product name, product description and nutritional information.

                There is again the briefest of information on the foil covers that seal over the top of the plastic pots, with the very distinctive looking cartoon cow eating a Ritz cracker.

                Once the foil lid has been removed, (carefully, they do rip extremely easily!), you are faced with a small section of thick and very cheesy smelling spread and a larger section holding around 15 tiny Ritz crackers.

                You simply dunk, scoop and throw into your gob at leisure, or at speed in my house, there is always a child there within seconds of opening begging a bite!

                The cheese spread is thick and claggy and tastes lovely and creamy without the cheese being to overpowering, set this off against the salty, buttery and crunchy cracker this has to be my favourite out of the range so far.

                The nutritional information is as follows -
                Per 46g tub,
                122 kcal,
                3.6g sugar,
                6.4g fat,
                3.6g of which saturates.

                These contain milk, wheat and barley, these may also contain poppy seeds, sesame seeds, milk, soya and hazelnuts, but fortunately do not contain artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, which is a bonus as they seem to contain everything else!

                These are aimed at children in particular as there is a big thing made of how much calcium, vitamin D & 1 these contain, with the emphasis being aimed at healthy teeth growth, though I do love these as much as my children do.

                At present these are available for £1.00 a pack, this is alongside the other variations in the range, bread sticks and jumbo tubes, this is from my shop of choice Asda.

                For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk

                Thanks for reading x

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