“ Brand: Dairylea / Type: Snacks „
I didn't even know you could get these Lunchables in Chicken And Cheese variety, I thought it was just ham and cheese but my sister came in from her mates house the other day with one because she'd been just about to eat it when she was called back round.
The idea of them is that you use the crackers, chicken slices and cheese slices to make like sandwiches or towers. They are all cut to be about the same size so it's up to you how you stack them up, there's only a couple of ways of doing it actually as there aren't many different orders you can put these 3 things in! lol
The crackers aren't all that good because they've got a bit of a damp feel to them, they're ALWAYS like this in Lunchables and I reckon it's to do with them being kept in the fridge. They haven't got a lot of taste and neither has the chicken and cheese so it's all kind of disappointing when you realise you're not going to be able to taste much of anything because it's all so bland!
The chicken is that processed stuff and has got a bit of a salty flavour, that's all you can taste though and there doesn't feel like there's any real chicken in it! lol The cheese slices are yummy, they've got a gorgeous creamy flavour and actually taste like solid Dairylea to me. When you put a piece of cheese together with a piece of chicken you'll see that neither of them have got much flavour and if you have them on the crackers you'll lose all the taste completely I reckon.
I think the over all taste is a bit too salty and there's quite a lot of fat in this Lunchable even though it's chicken and not ham, the whole pack has got 11.5g fat and that's not good because it's a tiny and mega dry snack that isn't worth wasting all those calories on!!!
I can see why kids love these because it's fun putting them together into towers and munching them off, for older people though it's boring and pointless. It's not big enough to be a meal and too crap tasting to be a snack so why bother spending £1.15 on it????
Not recommended.... salty and boring!!!
I wanted a quick something to eat the other day and wasn't sure what but I opted for a Chicken and Cheese lunchable from Dairylea. I'm a great fan of Dairylea products anyway they have never failed to impress me but these have I'm afraid.
The idea behind them is good, convenient snacking, fun lunchboxes etc but what's inside them is a real disapointment in my opinion.
Lunchables come in square plastic trays split into sections, you have a larger section for the crackers, the two smaller sections contain the Cheese and the Chicken. The trays come sitting neatly within a cardboard sleeve that's decorated in the usual Dairylea blue with that cheesy cow at the bottom holding his bottle of Milk and the letter D saying Vitamin on it! The top of the sleeve tells us that the tray contains 10 white and wholegrain crackers, formed chicken slices and dairylea slices, with no artificial colours and flavours. One of these lunchables contains half kids recommended daily calcium intake per serving and Vitamin D to aid calcium consumption.
Each Lunchable contains;
Once you've removed the tray from the cardboard sleeve you need to peel off the see through film attached to get to the food inside.
The crackers are roughly the same size as a Ritz Cracker but a pale creamy colour with dark specks dotted all over. Not the most appealing of crackers. The circle chicken pieces are stacked up and plentiful and the square cheese pieces are meant to be stacked up to but instead they all seem to join and combine as one large block making them hard to peel apart.
The idea behind these is to top a cracker with a chicken slice and a cheese square or one or the other, or even all if u fancy a bit of fun lol.
The idea for me though is dampened as the crackers are dull and dry but even with the cheese or the chicken on top it makes no difference as they are just as bland then. The erm chicken? does have that fake chicken taste about it but it's so wet, chewy and slimy and now and then I bite into a hard chewy bit which is a little worrying. The cheese is the best bit and even that doesn't live up to Dairylea's standards for me. I am going through a phase of eating Dairylea triangles (not the soft spread ones) and they are really impressive, tasty solid cheese that has that Dairylea edge so I was expecting the cheese in these to taste exactly the same. Instead all of my slices had softened at the edges by the looks of things and overlapped each other making it impossible to peel off a slice to top a dry cracker. As for the taste, well have you ever tried chewing plastic as I'm sure these taste just like that!
I always used to eat lunchables as my Dad used to buy them for lunchboxes etc but after trying that one recently I definitely won't be buying one again, the 'chicken' for me was rank and so wet there was just no need. Personally I wouldn't reccomend them as Dairylea produce much better and tastier snacks now that you can buy.
I decided to buy this for my lunch one day after seeing a pack on offer in a local supermarket.
I like dairylea, like crackers and I guessed a bit of chicken wouldn't go amiss. Opening the pack, I found 10 little buttery tasting rich savoury crackers (about the size of ritz crackers) all lined up in one section of the container with two other segments. One contained a pile of small sliced of Dairylea cheese (not the spreadable cheese, the harder cheese similar to a cheese slice) and the other segment contained a small pile of chicken slices- the sort of processed chicken slices you see for sale in supermarkets, like "Chicken roll".
I must admit I did have fun stacking the crackers up and making little cracker sandwich type things with a cracker, then a piece of the chicken the a piece of the cheese and so on.. But I soon ran out of the crackers and spent the next few minutes snacking on individual slices of cheese leaving a few bits of the chicken as it was amy least favourite part of the pack.
These are fun for a change. I couldn't eat a pack every day as I found the crackers were too buttery (they have somehow seemed to lock a butter taste into them in the smae way shortbread is rich when you eat it), the chicken wasn't all that appetising and these normally retail for £1.17 in supermarkets but I have seen them on sale for up to £1.85 which to me is a bit pricey for a pile of crackers, some cheese and some mini slices of chicken.
They really do fill you up, but it is quite a rich oily experience. One box contains 265 calories and 11.5g of fat. They have added vitamin D and contain half the recommended daily allowance of calcium for a child of ten (according to the box) but for me they were too rich.
Dairylea Lunchables Chicken/Cheese are something that I enjoy for lunch occasionally and although it's mainly designed for little ones I always find it catches my eye on the supermarket shelf. I am always very pleased with how filling these actually are and when I see them on offer I'll always buy a few as they keep for a good few weeks.
A Lunchables pot is a plastic tray with three sections, half of the pot contains 10 or 11 white & wholegrain crackers, quarter of the pot contains chicken slices and there are around 20 slices of chicken as well as one final quarter of the pot that contains Dairylea slices and there is usually 10 of these. I normally have 4 slices of chicken and 2 slices of Dairylea cheese for each of my two cracker 'sandwiches' and this is just the right size to eat without it being just a little too big for me to comfortably bite in to without giving myself a sore jaw!
When I eat any of the individual ingredients they really aren't anything special when combined they take very nice indeed. The chicken is a little rubbery but not too bad at all, the cheese is just Dairylea slices and these are fairly thick and taste quite nice. The crackers are very crunchy & tasty but are a little dry if eaten along so the chicken & cheese are a very nice accompaniment to them. I always use the entire packet and all of the chicken, cheese & crackers and for just 265 calories per packet I am always pleased with this for my lunch as it's not too bad at all. The packet contains 93.9g in weight and costs £1.19 From Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk but these have recently been on offer in my local Co-Operative and I did buy a few packets because of the fairly long sell-by dates.
I am rating these 4/5 as they are very tasty and great for young children as they will enjoy building the crackers up with chicken and cheese and everything is bite sized so great for little hands. The snack is very tasty and is a filling lunch for me and I have a pretty large appetite! I often eat these if I've missed breakfast and they are always a great treat that aren't too high in calories!