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Fancying a change from crisps, I bought a selection of different snacks from the supermarket this week. One of these was a sharing bag of Jacobs Cheeselets. I don't buy these very often and I'm not sure why. I think I became conditioned to associating such products with buying for buffets and parties. They do make good party nibbles. There is no real reason, however, that this snack should be kept only for these occasions. I put them into my shopping basket imagining they would be good for a family DVD night.
The cheeselets are very thin, cheese flavoured, bite-size, oblongs. They are baked. A serving of these is defined on the pack as being 25g. Each serving has 125kcal, 2.4g protein, 13.9g carbohydrate of which sugars 0.4g, fat 6.4g of which saturates 2.2g, 0.9g fibre, sodium 0.3g.
Contains: Gluten, Wheat, Milk
May Contain: Soya\Soybeans
Wheat Flour,Vegetable Oil ,Cheese Flavour [Dried Cheese, Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Flavourings, Dried Yeast Extract, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dried Garlic, Malic Acid, Colour: Paprika Extract, Cayenne Extract] ,Dried Powdered Cheese (3%) ,Dried Autolysed Yeast ,Salt ,Raising Agent: Ammonium Bicarbonate
Experience of the product:
Quite simply these are a delicious snack. They are crisp, light on the tongue, gorgeously cheesy, and utterly moreish. The 25g serving is quite likely to mean very little with these unless you are really good and share them around as you should. I sat on the laptop writing this review and munched through three quarters of a pack before begging someone to take them away for my own good. Oh, the calories I've consumed! The horror! One nibble is certainly not enough with this snack. Great willpower must be required to stick to the recommended serving. I failed miserably on this score and now I feel remorse. Cheesy remorse.
My daughter put them in a plastic storage box and removed them back to the cupboard with the following wise warning: 'A sharing bag is for sharing - not for hogging the entire pack to yourself.' Good advice.
A sharing bag of Jacob's Cheeselets is 125g and costs £1.39 from Tesco.
In my Mums cupboards there is always an assortment of snacks and the other night I stumbled across these when I was looking for something to pick at and chomp my way through!
These are available in bags and the likes though ours came in a tub which is light and dark blue in colour and it has a red plastic lid to the top of it then on the front of it we are told that they are Jacob's Cheeselets 'Baked Not Fried', there are pictures of the Cheeselets on there and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on he back of the tub other information listed includes the ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart listed, the size is stated which is 230g in this case and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
These are a golden colour, smell slightly of cheese and are square in shape with little pin pricks dotted all over them. They are slightly puffed up and crunchy, some are crispy and they are really not one bit greasy though the powder cheese does come off on the fingers slightly which gets on my nerves a bit!
They taste very well seasoned and they taste like mini crackers really with a cheesy flavour to them and I find them really, really moreish and tasty.
With only 125 calories and 2.2g of Saturated Fat per 100g serving they are a filling and very tasty little snack and they have gone down a storm in this household!
Available from all good supermarkets etc, this tub cost my Mum about £2.50 but you do get loads of them!
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Nutritional Information PER 100G
of which sugars: 1.6g
of which saturates: 8.6g
Yello, sandy, cheesy colour. They look quite dry, and yes, they taste dry too unfortunately. They'e quite flat and they're a small square shape. You can easily pinch a few out of the barrel with your fingers. They're coated with a cheesy powder, it's really tasty and moreish.
The cheeselets reviewed here are the "Fun Party Size", Baked not Fried. The barrel they come in is really eye-catching and shiny. Great to make it stand out on the shelves. They don't cost a lot, but like many things, buying the bigger sizes save money in the long run, rather than buying several smaller packets. In the 230g barrel there are apparently around 9 servings. However I find them so tasty that I eat about a quarter of the barrel everytime I as much as open the lid and smell them. They smell so nice and you won't be able to help yourself from sneaking a few into your mouth. But once you've done that, you'll do it again and again and again! That's the problem with cheeselets, they're so moreish! They're a great replacement snack, you could have them instead of a bag of crisps or a chocolate bar for example. You could eat them during a break at work, or just have a bowl out in your lounge for visitors and yourself when you feel a bit peckish.
They're suitable for vegetarians, the ingredients are as follows:
Wheat flour, vegetable oil, cheese flavour (dried), flavour enhancer, monosodium, glutamate, dextrose, flavourings, dried yeast extract, lactic acid, citric acid, dried garlic, malic acid, colour: paprika extract, cayenne extract, dried powdered cheese, dried autolysed yeast, salt, raising agent: ammonium bicarbonate.
I first discovered this tasty little snack from the popular cracker manufacturer Jacobs, last christmas.
Every Christmas supermarkets stock cheeselets in large sharing tubs of 230g and are a great snack for parties - and when you are on your own!
They are available at other times from supermarkets in 125g bags at about £1 a bag, or in some pubs in 35g bags for 60p.
The packaging is attractive and eye catching. It is in a bright blue bag with Cheeselets in orange writing. They are advertised as baked not fried, so they appeal to those who might be trying to watch the calories a bit.
The snack are small rectangles which are very thin and crispy. They taste very cheesey, and beware - your fingers get covered in the cheese flavoured powder which can make your fingers smell, but does taste quite nice when you lick it off! They taste very similar to mini cheddars which are also made by Jacobs, but cheddars taste a bit more like biscuits or crackers and are softer and less crispy.
They are advertised as suitable for vegetarians but does contain gluten.
It uses monosodium glutamate which some may prefer to avoid given the press about it in takeaway foods. Other ingredients are: Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Cheese Flavour [Dried Cheese, Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glumate, Dextrose, Flavourings, Dried Yeast Extract, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dried Garlic, Malic Acid, Colour: Paprika Extract, Caynenne Extract], Gried Powdered Cheese (3%), Dried Autolysed Yeast, Salt, Raising Agent: Ammonium Bicarbonate
And how bad are they for you? 25g of the snack contains 123 kcal, 6.4g fat of which 2.2g is saturated fats.
I found these extremely tasty and moreish and couldn't resist eating loads! My husband and I managed to eat a large tub between the 2 of us in one sitting - and that is meant to contain 9 servings! So beware!
I seem to be going through a bit of a pub-based-snack series of reviews at the moment, and it's no different with today's offering. You've all heard of 'Twiglet's' right? - but have you heard of their little known brethren 'Cheeselets'? - I certainly hadn't until last week.
Price & Availability
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Cheeselets are available in either the small 34g packets (which cost about 60p from a range of pubs) or as a 125g bag from supermarkets where they retail at £1. The bag itself has a blue front with predominantly orange text, and a photographic depiction of the inner morsels which you will be soon to meet / eat. The text on the front says "Baked not Fried", implying that these particular crisps may be not be quite as unhealthy as similar potato-based products - but what do they taste like?
Appearance & Taste
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Each Cheeselet is a small square crisp which is incredibly thin. The flavour and aroma is really cheesey, and it seems to be exactly the same cheese flavour as used in Jacob's other crunchy favourites 'Mini Cheddars'. It's a pleasant taste which seems to be better suited here in crisp form than to the biscuity base of the aforementioned Cheddars.
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In terms of the ingredients, the crisps contain; Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Cheese Flavour [Dried Cheese, Flavour Enhancer: Monosodium Glutomate, Dextrose, Flavourings, Dried Yeast Extract, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dried Garlic, Malic Acid, Colour: Paprika Extract, Cayenne Extract], Dried Processed Cheese (3%), Dried Autolysed Yeast, Salt, and Raising Agent: Ammonium Bicarbonate.
The above list seems to be fairly typical for a product of this nature - although it is a shame to see the rather dodgy Monsodium Glutomate used as a flavour enhancer.
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Overall, Cheeselets are tasty little crisps which I would certainly eat again. As pub snacks go, they're not quite as good as my all time favourite 'Scampi Fries' - but they are certainly much better than the horrible 'Cheese Moments'.
Nutritional Info Per 100g
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Saturated Fat: 15.2g