“ Brand: Dairylea / Type: Snack „
We often go out somewhere for the day. When we do I will usually make my children a little packed lunch so I know they will eat properly no matter where we are. They usually have sandwiches and normal packed lunch type things. Sometimes I like to give them something a little different though so that's when I'll buy these dairylea lunchables.
I remember having these little snack packs when I was a kid, so they've been around for sometime!
WHAT ARE THEY
Dairylea lunchables are little snack packs aimed at children.
They are a small plastic, square pack spilt into 3 sections. One long section (half the pack) which has crackers in and then the other half is split into two again and one side has slices of cheese in it and the other side has slices of ham.
These are always a big hit with my two little monkeys.
They especially like the fact that they are in charge of creating their own little ham and cheese cracker 'sandwiches'.
Both of my children think they are "very yummy!" and always enjoy eating them.
The cheese is quite typical of dairylea cheese and is nice and creamy.
I know it's probably not the healthiest lunch to give my children as it is processed cheese and processed ham with some crackers. It can't be the worst thing for them either.
I have just noticed that they are pretty high in salt which is the main problem with them.
I would say for every now and again it's great. My children enjoy having them occasionally as a little treat.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
These generally sell for £1.50 per pack. I don't see them on offer very often at all but have previously seen them on offer in Asda for £1 each.
They are available from most supermarkets, e.g, Tesco, Asda, Morrissons, Sainsburys...
I think these are really nice little packs as long as they are only for an every now and then treat.
They are tasty and handy. They are packaged really well and small so they are great for just popping in your bag as a treat or for a quick packed lunch option. I love that they are convenient and something that my children will actually eat.
4/ 5 from me. I star is knocked off for not been very healthy.
Thank you for reading my review
xx Mrs K xx
I'm not normally one for boring sandwiches at lunch. I like to mix it up a bit with different items, salads, jacket potatoes, curry, noodles etc and Dairylea lunchable is usually in the mix.
I remember the lunchable came out around 1997 time, I was at school and I used to beg my dad to get me these for my lunch box which he did occasionally! Back then I think they were around 80p, these days the price is around £1.50 each but many supermarkets do have them offer at £1 each or 2 for £2. Availability wise these are in all the major supermarkets although I do find Asda only tend to do them when on offer at £1 but Tesco almost always have them as do Morrisons.
These come in a plastic container which is square and quite flat. Its split into 3 compartments 1 for the cheese slices, 1 for the ham and other for the crackers. These are sealed with a colour seal stating that its Dairylea and fits in well with the brand. All ingredients and nutritional information is on the back, as it contains meat and dairy it would not be suitable to vegetarians or vegans.
Opening up the seal presents the crackers, ham and cheese filling. The box should contain 10 of each however often I might have 11 crackers and only 10 ham and cheese slices. Im a bit sad and I like to count how many I have to begin with, normally its the crackers you have more of than the filling. I like to stack mine ham first them cheese and eat it like that however you can stack it up however you like. The cheese is Dairylea cheese, nothing special but I quite like it. The ham is the usual processed ham and the crackers have a nice crunch to it. All in all its quite nice and I do enjoy eating it. When I do have them I don't tend to have it alone I do have crisps and/or other snacks as it would fill me up for very long, but as a novelty its quite cute and it is aimed at kids rather than adults!
I do like these occasionally for lunch. I wouldn't have it every day or even once a week but if I see them on offer I will pick up a few and enjoy at lunch times. They are aimed at kids and I think novelty wise of creating the stacks it is cute but probably not very filling even for them. As part of a treat and on offer they are good to have, not worth £1.50 but for £1 I think they are ok.
I have never seen the appeal with these Lunchables things, I think they're majorly expensive considering there's hardly any food in it when you open the pack! lol
It's a container that is seperated into 3 sections and you get 10 crackers, 10 bits of ham and 10 slices of cheese. You are supposed to make little sandwiches out of them or stack them up but that gets boring after a minute because you can only put ham cheese and crackers together one way! lol
The cheese is the best bit about them, it's like Dairylea has been used to make the cheese slices and they've got a wickedly creamy flavour. They're too good to be in this kind of kid food and are delish with a processed flavour that is creamy and proper yummy. The ham isn't so good because it's not hardly got any flavour to it, it's big time watery and isn't meaty at all. It's got a weird chewy texture and it makes me think of meat gristle even though it's not fatty or anything like that and just doesn't taste of much.
The crackers are ok but are just normal crackers, not that nice like cream crackers and they haven't got that delish burnt flavour either. They're a bit damp feeling and I reckon that's because of them being stored in the fridge, they haven't got much of a crunch and I think they deffo feel a bit stale and soggy.
When you put the ham, cheese and crackers together I don't see what the point is much because it's not filling enough for you to have as a meal but is too boring for a snack! lol When they are together in like a sandwich you can't taste much of any of the different things, the creamy cheese comes through but that's about it and you deffo lose a lot of the flavour.
I can see why kids love these because they're nice tasting and are fun to eat because of having to put them together yourself. The cheese has got a bit of calcium but Lunchables are quite high in fat and have got 11.2g fat in each pack.
Not recommended..... a rip off and taste majorly boring!!!
I picked this up for my lunch the one day as I thought it would be a change from a sandwich.
I opted for the ham 'n' cheese version.
Your ham 'n' cheese and crackers come in a square plastic box covered with a cardboard sleeve. Inside the plastic box you get 10 white & wholegrain crackers, round slices of ham and some rectangles of cheese.
The packaging is very colourful and certainly looks apealing with a lovely blue sky with white fluffy clouds and nice green grass underneath.
I started with one cracker and a bit of cheese and a bit of ham. It all tasted pretty good. Ok the cheese is a bit tasteless and plastic like but perfectly edible. The ham is cut into circles, which fit the crackers perfectly, and again it tastes OK. I finished the rest ending with a triple cracker tower! I bet kids love trying to use the whole contents to make one big tower!!
On the front of the packet it says that it contains half a child's recommended daily calcium intake and it has vitamin D to aid calcium absorption.
Each pack contains 270kcal, 2.8 g sugar, 11.5g fat, 6.9g saturates, 1.8g salt. For a child this has 44% of their daily salt allowance!!
They were quite filling but I would have preferred more cheese to ham.
I probably won't bother buying these again at £1.34 I think I'd prefer paying a bit more and buying a sandwich.
I struggle to make myself a 'proper' meal at times due to my ill health and for this reason my partner quite often buys me 'snacky' type items that can be kept until they are needed, and do not require much in the way of preparation or cooking on my part.
He came home last week with the Dairylea 'Lunchables' snack box for me which I had not tried until yesterday when I was quite weak (and would have struggled to 'cook' or 'prepare' anything) and wanted a quick bite in the afternoon.
When I removed the outer cardboard-type sleeve, I was surprised to see three little compartments in the plastic tray underneath. Removing the clear film, I could see that the little biscuits or crackers looked very nice and the first impression overall was quite a positive one.
The three items contained in the plastic tray were some little crackers (11 of these, although the box states 10 contained in the pack), some circular pieces of ham and some little slices of white cheese which looks quite similar to cheddar.
I opted to try a cracker topped with a little slice of ham and top it all off with one of the little cheese slices. This is the way I chose to eat the first three or so crackers.
The crackers were a bit salty, although not overly so. I found the texture of them to be quite pleasant and was pleased that they were 'wholegrain' as I felt this was slightly healthier than if they hadn't have been.
The cheese I thought was a bit 'plastic' looking and it had unfortunately stuck together so that all of the individual little 'slices' were really forming one small block of cheese. This of course meant that I had to retrieve a knife from the kitchen and prise the cheese apart, thus taking something away from the 'open and eat' idea to this snack I would have thought?!
The cheese was a bit artificial in terms of taste as well as appearance. I didn't find that there was much taste coming from the cheese and I even tried eating one of the little 'slices' on a cracker by itself after I had sampled a few ham and cheese combination ones, but found it was indeed quite bland.
The ham was the item in the little 'snack box' of which there was the largest quantity, which spoke volumes to me about what I could expect in terms of quality and taste. I was right! The ham was quite artificial and the only real thing I could taste from it was salt. I found it to be so overly salty that I actually abandoned the ham about half way through eating the snack and stuck to the cheese alone. The remainder of the ham was fed to the cat and she even turned her little nose up at it! (And she eats just about anything!)
The quality of the ham puts me in mind of a supermarket-own 'Value' brand in that it is obviously reformed and it is very false indeed.
All in all I found the little snack box didn't really do it for me in terms of taste and I probably wouldn't rush out to buy it again. I found it to be a bit over-priced too, considering the quality of the contents.
The price on the packaging is printed on the top corner and states £1.49 RRP. I personally thought this was really quite expensive considering the size of the snack. However, as Dairylea is a kind of trusted brand in our house it didn't really surprise me that my partner had picked this particular snack for me to try.
The lunchables pack will provide 270 calories and 11.5g of fat per pack which is 101.9g. There is allergy information detailed on the packaging so that you can make an informed choice, should you have specific dietary requirements.
I am only going to award this snack pack one star as I thought it was really disappointing and I couldn't recommend it too highly either! >:-o
I had actually forgot these existed until I read a review by my friend Supersonic75 - check her stuff out, she's good! Anyway after reading her review, and remembering how I like these, I had to buy some while doing one of the many Supermarket trips. You get this product in a few different tastes, but it is the Ham and Cheese 1 I am reviewing.
These are made by Dairylea and since they deal with Cheese, you get Cheese in all the packs. The pack is a square plastic tub split into 3 sections. There is 1 long section and 2 smaller square sections. So what do you get in here?
This is kind of like a packed lunch, and more so designed for Kids. You used to get a larger pack which had all this in it, a few mini Dime Pieces of Chocolate and a Capri Sun drink, but i've not seen this style of pack in years. In the pack you get 10 round Crackers, about 6 round pieces of Ham and about 6 square slices of Cheese. So you make your own filled Cracker. Will you have double Cheese, loads of Ham, or be traditional and have 1 bit Cheese and 1 bit Ham? The Ham fits perfectly in the Crackers, but the Cheese being Square hangs out a bit - that's ok though! Having 2 things between the 2 Crackers makes it just a right thickness, but when you bite into these and not eat whole, then they do break up and can be a little messy
These are probably great for kids, as they get to make their own combinations up, and they will probably feel grown up and you know how they like to play with food? I like these as it is a snack with a difference. I couldn't just eat this for lunch, as it isn't that filling, but I could eat 1 on an afternoon break and feel like i've eaten quite a healthy and fresh thing!
Not the cheapest at around £1.40 each, but can be on offer in Supermarkets sometimes for £1. Found in the chiller aisle around the Cheese products.
dairy lea lunchables
What is a dairy lea lunch able
it is a plastic container with cardboard outing, on the box is the dairy lea logo, the word lunachable, I found the colouring of the last 5 letters of lunchables made me think of veg because of the colours. I don't know if this id the plan (even tho there no veg in a lunch able) or it just my crazy mind. It also has a picture of a cow with a bottle of milk, so you think that the item is very good for you children. There is also a picture of the lunchable all stacked up.
Inside the box the plastic container is divide in to three compartments, one with wheat crackers in, one with cheese in and the last one with ham in.
Lunchables retail around £1.35 tho they are often on special offer at £1
What do they taste like
I found the wheat biscuits very dry and tended to stick to the roof of the mouth. The ham is called cooked formed ham on the ingredients with sounds lovely, this is only 80% pork so not the best meat and is very rubbery. The cheese which is 80% cheese has the creamy dairy lea taste this is the best tasting out of the 3.
Cooked Formed Ham (Pork (80%), Starch, Acidity Regulators (Potassium Lactate, Sodium Acetate), Salt, Flavour Enhancers (Potassium Chloride), Antioxidant (Sodium Ascorbate), Preservative (Sodium Nitrite)).
Cheese Food) (Cheese (80%), Butter, Emulsifyinng Salts ((sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate)), Milk Proteins, Whey Powder, Lactic Acid, Preservative (Sorbic Acid), Vitamin D, Anticaking Agent (Soya Lecithin)).
Wheat Crackers (Wheat Flour (48%) (Sulphites), Wholemeal Wheat Flour (27%), Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Butter (From Milk), Glucose Syrup, Whey Powder (From Milk), Raising Agents (Ammonium Carbonate, Sodium Carbonate), Salt, Flavourings).
Nutrition per 101.9g pack
13.4 g far
7.9 sat fat
I am not a big fan of these because of the health factor, even to my children love the taste of them and always ask for them when they see them in the shops. I think these are find once in while but not every day for lunch
When my older son started full time school last September (*sob, sniff my baby!*) he tried out school dinners, but being the fussy eater that he is he didn't eat much and decided to change to packed lunches. This presented me with a problem of what to put in his new shiny lunch box as he will not eat sandwiches at all. I tried various combinations - sausage rolls one day, crackers another etc but everything was coming back mostly uneaten. I took him shopping and told him to pick what he wanted for lunch and he surprised me by picking this- Dairylea ham and cheese lunchables- though he loves crackers he is not keen on ham or cheese.
Never the less even after I explained what was actually contained in the fancy box he was adament this was to be the following day's lunch...
So what's all the fuss then?~
These little 'pre- packed lunch boxes' are marketed towards children though I used to work with a woman who frequently bought these for her lunch (and thoroughly enjoyed them, might I just add). They are a plastic container sectioned into three seperate compartments; one contains 10 crackers (white and wholemeal); another has several, small circular slices of ham (approx 20) and the third compartment has about the same number (20) of small, square dairylea cheese slices.
The idea is kids - or adults- can make their own 'sandwiches' and they are designed to make mealtimes more fun.
Ham- these are cooked, cured ham slices (37%) formed from pork leg pieces with starch.
Cheese- these are cheese food slices (31%) with added calcium and vitamin D
Crackers- the crackers are butter flavoured made with wheat, flour and wholemeal wheat flour.
Also the box does state the contents may contain traces of sunflower seed, so allergy suffers take note.
The packaging and price~
As mentioned the ham, cheese and crackers all come in a plastic white tub, that has a clear film on top so you can clearly see the food. This is encased in a thin cardboard sleeve with no sides, which slides off easy enough. The sleeve contains all the relevent information on the back, and on the front is a picture of a field, a cow holding up a milk bottle for the calcium reference (cartoon of course- would be a very clever cow if real) and a ham, cheese and cracker 'tower'.
I paid £1.49 from Iceland for one of these which are okay as a treat now and again but would be too expensive to buy on a regular basis.
My son came home with an empty lunch box the day he first took one of these, and said they were tasty and fun- thumbs up from my fussy five year old!
Having his stamp of approval I decided to try one myself so bought a box on my next shopping trip. I can agree with my five year old they are tasty- the ham is nice as is the creamy dairylea cheese slices, however I found the crackers needed a light spread of butter/ margarine as they were a bit dry, but apart from that no complaints from me either!
Dairylea Lunchables Ham/Cheese are something that I enjoy for my lunch from time to time and although it's predominantly designed for children it doesn't stop the little box catching my eye every time I'm in the supermarket or local store looking for something different, fast & simple and I always find myself surprised at how much these actually fill me up!
The 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 reformed ham slices and there are around 20 slices but occasionally there will be one or two more the final quarter of the pot contains dairylea slices and there are usually two of these. I normally use 4 slices of ham & 2 slices of cheese for each of my 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 jaw ache!
When eating any of the ingredients individually I don't find them to be particularly nice but when they are together it tastes very nice. The cheese is quite rubbery and the ham, although reformed, looks nice & tastes pretty good too! The crackers are nice without being too dry and the ham & cheese go very well. I really enjoy this as my lunchtime snack and the crackers are surprisingly filling. I always use up the whole packet of cheese, ham & crackers and for just 270 calories per packet I am very pleased with this packet. The packet contains 101.9g and costs just £1.37 from Tesco stores but these were recently on offer for £1.00 from my local Co-Operative and I did buy a few packets as they usually have a sell-by date of a good few weeks so keep well.
I am rating these 4/5 as they are very good for young children as they will enjoy building the crackers up with ham & cheese and everything is bite sized so great for little hands. The snack is very nice and would be a nice filling lunch or mid-morning snack if you've missed breakfast.