“ Brand: Jacob's / Type: Breads / Cakes „
I bought ten bars for 79p! No wonder... they are not worth even 29p . They are horrible, even the packing was cheap looking and galaxy cake bars are SUPERIOR! I will not buy any more for sure. I cannot understand it , as I have always enjoyed club biscuits but these cakes are not even similar at all except for the outer packaging.
This is a review of the Jacob's Club ORANGE cake bars only.
I recently bought a pack of Club Orange cake bars as they were on offer for £1 for a pack of ten cake bars. I thought this was fantastic value as it works out at 10p per cake which is pretty good for a brand name cake bar (makes a difference from supermarket value ones).
I packed one in my bag for a snack at work and although I was a bit dubious as I remembered after buying these that I didn't really like the Club Orange biscuits, I was glad I had taken one to work for the mid morning snack.
You get ten individually wrapped cake bars. The same size to any other manufacturer's cake bars and when you open the thin plastic wrapper, you are met with your average looking cake bar. It is covered in milk chocolate and visually nothing out of the ordinary as far as cake bars go.
106 calories (so the same as a two finger kit kat)
2.7g saturated fat
8.9g sugar (much lower than I expected).
So this is not too bad seeing as it is a little cake and we all like cake but normally avoid them diet purposes. ...
When you bite into the cake bar you are met with vanilla sponge with a generous layer of orangey-pink topping that is the consistency of a good butter cream. It is about one third creamy section and two thirds cake all covered in really nice milk chocolate.
I was really relieved that they do not just taste of overpowering orange. I found the cake bar overall very subtle- you can definitely taste the orange but it is nothing like a chocolate orange cake bar or the sort of chocolate orange taste I was expecting. I think the butter cream section makes these more like the filling in a Penguin bar- that sort of smooth, subtle taste.
Overall- I would recommend these to anyone looking for a new cake bar to try as they are fantastic value for money (go to Tesco!), they make a great snack or sweet treat. They are not sickly or overpowering and the cake is just a nice sponge cake. The milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate (as you normally find with anything orange flavoured) is a welcome change as I dislike dark chocolate and don't know why everything orange as far as chocolate goes normally has to have dark chocolate. Definitely recommended and not that bad for you as far as cake bars go!
Club Chocolate Cake Bar.....
I pretty much forget the diet when I am at work for the few hours that I go in for and because I have to pay the same amount of tea and coffee fund that everyone else does (£3 per month) I do try and get as much as I can for my money. This usually means me not having to eat dinner as I have pigged out on various cakes and biscuits they have got in with the tea fund.
So anyways I have just eaten a Jacobs Club Chocolate Cake bar and cannot believe how horrible it was. It looked just as you would expect from a regular Jacobs club bar as the packaging was similar making it easy to identify and the only difference being that the label sates Cake Bar which I really had to do a double take of when first seeing it to realise it was something different than the usual club biscuits.
The cake bar is made up of three things. The outer chocolate layer, the inner sponge bottom and the inner fondant topping and I can honestly say that I don't think I really liked any of it. I found the outer layer of chocolate to be thin and not very creamy or indeed anything like how chocolate should taste. The sponge bottom to the cake bar really had no flavour what so ever and was not fluffy and light as a sponge should be as it just tasted wrong. The absolute worst part of the whole thing was the soft creamy topping of the sponge which tasted foul. There was far too much sweetness and it was no where near creamy enough to make it taste good.
I realised after eating it (of course I still ate the whole thing - waste not want not and all that) and then looking at the packaging that it states that it does not contain dairy cream so I guess this is why the creamy topping tasted to utterly not creamy! The packaging describes the cake bar as "Moist sponge cake with a chocolate flavoured cream, covered n smooth milk chocolate." Which is so what it ought to be but it really isn't.
So for the pleasure of scoffing something that I really did not like one bit I have eaten 106 calories and 5.6 grams of fat although it doesn't specify how much of that is saturated. This to me is exceptionally high for something of so little taste.
I can only award a low score of 1 out of 5 stars and say to you to stay well clear.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest you to.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I'm a bit of a Club Biscuit fan so when I saw that Jacobs had brought out a Club Cake Bar, it didn't take me long to put one of these in the basket. It wasn't the chocolate version that you see the picture of above, but the orange flavour, which is as you would expect in an orange packet.
Myself and club biscuits go back a long way. I had my first ones about 35 years ago, when I used to go down to my Nans. I have tried many of the different flavours and love them all, so these cake bars came with huge expectation.
The orange packing has a picture of a cake bar on the front, along with a couple of segments of orange. This is just to reiterate that the cakes are orange flavour. It also has the Jacobs emblem on the front saying that the company has been established since 1885. Upon opening the packet you are met with 10 cake bars carefully stacked and supported by a cardboard box.
I personally think that the taste of these bars reminded me a lot like a jaffa bar, by Mcvities. The sponge base is extremely soft and light and orange flavoured cream is complimented very well with the lovely milk chocolate. It really does melt in your mouth. They are also very very moreish and if you think you can get away with just eating one you really will be kidding yourself.
Milk Chocolate (34%)
Dried Skimmed Milk
Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin E476)
Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder
Dried Whole Egg
Emulsifiers (E471,E475, Lecithin)
Dried Egg White
(Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate)
The cake bars do not have any artificial colours or flavours and has no hydrogenerated vegetable oil.
Nutrition (per cake)
So not the healthiest snack around but great in moderation!!!
I was really pleased with these cakes although personally I think the biscuit just about beats them. They are very soft and ideal for all the family, especially the young ones, without having to worry about choking. They taste great. My box cost £1.20, so each cake was about 12p each. And for an individually wrapped club cake bar I think this is really great value. Highly recommended!!
I love Jacob's Club biscuits, so I was pleased when I spotted a cake version. In the past I have enjoyed cakes as inspired by chocolate bars, so I had no reason to believe that these would be an exception. I saw the Club cake bars on sale in Asda for £1, so I decided to give these a try. Asda had the Chocolate and Orange varieties, so I chose the chocolate one which is the product I am reviewing.
A LITTLE ABOUT JACOB'S
When I hear the name Jacob's I automatically think of cream crackers and Club. Remember the advertising slogan 'if you like a lot of chocolate on your biscuit, join our Club'? The company was formed by Robert and William Jacob in 1851, but went on to produce the first cream cracker in 1855. After numerous takeovers over the years, the company was finally acquired by Jacob's United Biscuits, in 2004. As well as Jacob's, United Biscuits owns many well respected brands including McVities and Twiglets.
The cake bars contains egg, milk, soya and gluten so not suitable for anyone avoiding those things. They are also produced in a factory that handles nuts and peanuts which means they should be avoided by anyone with nut allergies.
They are suitable for vegetarians.
The cakes are sold in packs of 10 and I paid £1 in Asda. The chocolate version comes in a blue wrapper, I would describe the colour as cyan if I am honest - but it is a lovely colour and eyecatching without being too garish. The front of the packaging proudly states that there are no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated vegetable oils, as well as stating this is a 'new' product. There is also a picture of the cake bar cut open so you can see the sponge cake and chocolate filling. The cake bars are described as being 'moist sponge cakes with a chocolate flavoured cream covered in smooth milk chocolate'.
The back of the packaging gives the usual information you can expect to find including ingredients list, best before date, contact details and the all important nutritional details. They should be stored in a cool dry place.
When you open the wrapper you pull out the cardboard tray where you will find the 10 individually wrapped cake bars packed inside. As with this kind of wrapper it tears very easily, and makes it hard to put the cardboard tray back inside the wrapper. As the bars are individually wrapped this isn't a problem, but if they hadn't been they would need to be stored in an airtight container to prevent them going stale.
The packaging on the bars is a smaller version of the outer packaging but without the picture of the cake bar.
The cardboard tray is easily recyclable but you will need to check with your local recycling collectors whether they will take the plastic outer packaging and the bar wrappers.
EATING THE CAKE BARS
On opening the cake bar, I felt that they were a lot smaller than I was expecting given the picture on the packaging, by that I mean they are thinner so I suspected there wasn't much cake or filling inside, and this proved to be right when I bit into it. Despite that, they are a good size for lunch boxes.
There is a good thick layer of milk chocolate surrounding the sponge and filling. The milk chocolate coating is nice and creamy and compares favourably with the likes of Galaxy or Dairy Milk. It is of good quality and it doesn't drop all over the place the second you bite into it, like some similar products. Sadly it was a different story for the sponge cake and the chocolate flavoured filling which I felt were tasteless. When I tasted the filling on it's own, I found it was very sweet but I couldn't taste the chocolate. I also felt the texture of the sponge was disappointing and was on the dry and chewy side rather than moist as described on the front, and didn't taste of anything. For me, the texture of the sponge was how I would imagine eating a washing up sponge would be like, if they were edible.
On an nutritional note, one small cake bar contains 9g of sugar which I think is high for such a small cake bar. In terms of saturated fat, I am surprised to find this is 2.7g per bar which is not too bad, but it is still a bit on the high side. The outer packaging explains the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and treats like these cakes bars should be enjoyed as part of this.
The chocolate coating was in my opinion the best part of this product and that was all I could taste when eating this all together. I would expect all components of a cake bar to have flavour and a good texture, not just the coating. That said, I think these bars could be improved with a lighter textured vanilla flavoured sponge and a more chocolatey filling. At the moment, I am happy to finish off this pack, but I won't be buying these again unless the recipe improves, accordingly I award the product two stars. I'm sticking to the biscuits.
NUTRITIONAL DATA PER CAKE BAR
Energy 444 (kJ) 106 (kcal)
(Of which sugars 9.0g)
(Of which saturates 2.7g)
Milk Chocolate (34%)[Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Whey, Butter Oil, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Water, Wheat Flour, Humectant (Glycerine), Glucose Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Milk Protein, Dried Whole Egg, Emulsifiers (E471, E475, Lecithin), Dried Egg White, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Modified Starch, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).