PRICE: 92p per pack @ my local Sainsburys (approx. 15 biscuits)
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per biscuit):
(of which sugars): 0.1g
(of which saturates): 1.5g
Wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt
Produced in an environment which uses sesame seeds, milk, soya & egg
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours or flavours
One of my favourite late night snacks is some kind of savoury biscuit, covered with butter, cheese spread or eaten with a chunk of blood-curdingly potent extra matured farmhouse Cheddar cheese. Jacobs Cornish Wafers have always been a firm favourite of mine, but I try as hard as I can to buy them just as an occasional treat. I turn to Jacobs Cornish wafers, as I generally find most other types of savoury biscuits too crunchy, too salty or lacking in flavour and versatility.
Jacobs Cornish Wafers come in a pale yellow pack with the standard Jacobs logo on the front, together with an image of a couple of the biscuits served with what I assume is cheese spread, and something which could be peach slices. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage instructions and Jacobs' quality claim together with their contact details. There appears to be no recycling information anywhere on the pack.
On opening the outer packaging, the biscuits rest in an open-topped, ribbed white card container - three rows of biscuits, each row comprising of five. They are a pale brown colour with slightly dimpled surfaces and are quite thick, compared to other types of both savoury and sweet biscuits.
I often find it a bit awkward to slide the biscuits out of the ribbed card container, but usually manage to remove them without breakage.
The biscuits are very light, flaky, and though there is no mention of butter in the ingredients list, to me they do taste rather buttery. Because of the thickness of the biscuits, it is very easy to spread topping(s) onto them, and the worst that will be suffered is just a couple of stray flakes falling onto the plate. To date, bearing in mind I have been eating Jacobs Cornish Wafers for as far back as I can remember, I've not ever had one break on me whilst spreading with butter, gooey cheese or similar.
It's difficult to describe the consistency of these biscuits while eating them. They aren't crunchy, yet they certainly aren't soft - nor are they what I'd call crispy. There is a very slight resemblance to flaky pastry, and they have a great melt-in-your-mouth factor. Because of the very nice, but somewhat bland flavour, the biscuits go well with a huge variety of toppings. As well as what I've mentioned in my opening paragraph, I find they are delicious with a smear of jam or peanut butter on top. They are a little boring eaten on their own, though.
Despite the lightness of texture, Jacobs Cornish Wafers are very satisfying and filling - but, here comes the downside. Compared to other savoury biscuits and crackers, they are naughtily high in fat and calories, so if you are watching your weight, it's probably better to limit yourself to just one or two, or maybe avoid them altogether.....or swap them for another type of biscuit which is kinder to your diet.
I can quite easily polish off a whole pack of Jacobs Cornish Wafers at one sitting, which certainly is bad news as far as clocking up the calories is concerned; if ever my willpower abandons me and I do devour the whole pack, it's shameful that I've then consumed a massive 675 calories from the biscuits alone, not counting anything I've eaten them with. Who can blame me though, because Jacobs Cornish Wafers truly are delicious and one massive bonus is that they aren't in the slightest bit salty.
I just hope Jacobs don't ever stop making this product or alter the recipe (which as far as my taste buds can detect, hasn't altered at all over several decades) because despite the fact that I have to ration my intake of the biscuits, a few covered with some kind of spread makes a perfect bedtime snack, accompanied by a steaming mug of hot chocolate or Ovaltine.
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I have been buying Jacob's Cornish Wafers for some months now, and they have become one of my favourite snacks.
I first bought them when I was browsing the cookie aisle at the supermarket, looking for an alternative to my usual Cream Crackers.
I love cream Crackers, but I thought I'd try something new. So I gave Jacob's Cornish Wafers a go.
I cannot remember why I picked the Cornish Wafers instead of any of all the other crackers available, but I am glad I did: They are delicious.
They are round, wheat crackers, in taste not too different from Cream Crackers, but they have a more delicate flavour and lighter texture.
They are also more fragile and flaky, and they like to crumble to pieces at the first bite.
I was so happy with them that the day after I bought the first pack of Wafers I went back to the supermarket and bought another 6 to keep in my cupboard, to make sure I wouldn't suddenly run out.
The wafers can be eaten with a multitude of spreads, sweet and savoury. Personally, I like to eat them plain with my tea.
It should be noted, though, that for such a delicate little wafer, it is rather caloric.
Each Jacob's Cornish Wafer (weighing 9 g) contains:
* Kcal: 48 g
* Protein: 0.7 g
* Carbohydrates: 4.9 g
* Fat: 2.8 g
* Fibre: 0.2 g
If you eat 10 wafers, that's almost 1/4 of an average woman's daily caloric needs, and almost 1/5 of the average man's.
I would recommend Jacob's Cornish Wafers to anyone, especially if you like Cream Crackers.
Jacob's Cornish Wafers come in packs of 150 g, which cost around £0.79 and are available in most supermarkets.
I love Jacob's Cream Crackers but have become bored of them over the years, for this reason I have been looking more towards other products in the Jacob's range. My favourites at the moment are their Cornish Wafers which are delicious round crackers that are extremely versatile and can be eaten with or without toppings at any time of day.
What sets these apart from standard crackers is how soft they are, the Cornish Wafers are much flakier than other crackers and have a delicious buttery flavour which lingers for a long time after I've finished eating. I sometimes just have them thinly spread with butter for a snack but often will have the decadent breakfast of smoked salmon and cream cheese on top of these wafers, as suggested on the packet, which is what I had this morning.
There is no snap when you bite through a Cornish Wafer, more like it crumbles into your mouth and the part you've bitten off slowly gets softer and softer as you chew. They are not claggy in the slightest though and chew down nicely, I love the flakiness of them because it makes it feel like you're eating something so much more exciting than a cracker. Saying that, the flakes can leave quite a mess down the front of my blouse and when they end up in the keyboard I cuss these delicious little wafers but it's not their fault it's mine for eating over the computer!
Other good toppings for Cornish Wafers that I have tried include a spread of Boursin topped with a slice of wafer thin ham, strong cheddar cheese and Branston pickle, tuna mayo, red salmon and cucumber plus anything you fancy really. I did a nice lunch the other day using Cornish Wafers, I scrambled an egg using very little milk to give a solid scrambled egg after cooking then arranged the egg on top of the wafers. This I topped with some sliced cherry tomatoes for a delicious light lunch which really rung the changes from scrambled egg on toast.
One thing you do have to watch is how you store the Cornish Wafers as they go soft very quickly if you leave them exposed to the air. I have a special tin that I store all my crackers in and this keeps mine in perfect condition but if you plan on leaving your crackers in the packet only then be aware than you will need to tuck the packet in carefully so you completely wrap the remaining crackers securely.
These are available from all of the big supermarkets and I've noticed they're appearing more and more in smaller shops alongside the regular Cream Crackers, they cost around 85p a packet and are absolutely delicious!
Jacob's make some extremely good savoury crackers and I feel that they have created recipes to suit everyone's taste. Savoury crackers can vary greatly, from the crunchiness of the cream cracker to the semi crunch of the whole grain right down to the softer crackers like the Cornish wafers.
Although I love the crunchy crackers they do tend to niggle if you wear a denture, the softer crackers are easier to cope with.
The Cornish wafer is a decent sized biscuit and they make a good lunchtime or supper snack.
Whether you choose to put a sweet or a savoury topping on the biscuit is entirely up to you, the wafer lends itself to either. On the front of the packet they have topped the cracker with cream cheese and smoked salmon but if you prefer to have butter and honey then that's fine.
Cornish wafers are soft and would be easily broken, so to preserve them during transit the wafers are placed in a corrugated paper sleeve before they are popped inside of a plastic wrapper that is heat sealed at either end.
If you take a Cornish wafer and break it in two it is easy to see that the biscuit comprises of many soft and flaky layers. On the top the wafer is a light golden colour and Jacob's have made the biscuit look attractive by placing rows of tiny holes that line up to form squares on the top.
Much as I love the harder savoury crackers these are much easier to eat, if I was going to pick a favourite topping I would choose a good hard cheddar cheese.
My niece adores them when they are spread with crunchy peanut butter, you can even eat them topped with jam and cream.
If the wafers are just buttered they still make a delicious and filling snack. The wafer biscuit may be flaky but when you are busy making light work of it you will notice that the biscuit lingers around for a while after you have chewed it, but that is an added bonus as the taste is gorgeous.
Jacob's make their Cornish wafers using the finest wheat, they contain no hydrogenated vegetable oils and they are 25% lower in saturated fats.
As well as producing good old everyday crackers Jacobs also manufacture flavoured crackers, nutritious crackers and boxes of assorted crackers.
We usually buy the individual packets, this means that we can freely enjoy our favourites without feeling guilty for leaving the not so favourites behind in the tin.
If you have guests and choose to serve cheese and biscuits then the Cornish wafers are an attractive choice.
A 150g packet of Jacobs Cornish wafers will cost you somewhere in the region of 80p, though I have often been able to buy two packets for £1 in Farmfoods.
They are fine for vegetarians but they do contain gluten.
Jacob's have been producing their popular crackers since 1885 and I am sure they are a family favourite for many.
These are my favourite types of crackers. I often eat crackers in the evening when I don't feel like having anything too heavy or as a snack during the day instead of crisps or chocolate.
What Are They Like?
I love the fact that they are so flaky and crumbly when you bite into them. They are quite a bit softer than cream crackers as you might have anticipated from their name. I usually spread Primula cheese spread or another type of spread on them as they can be on the dry side if you eat them without anything on them.
From Sainsburys, these cost 84p for a 150g packet. They seem to vary in price depending on where you shop. When I ran out a while ago, I picked up a packet from a nearby Tesco Extra shop and they were more expensive than this for the same size packet.
They are suitable for vegetarians, but the packaging states that they may have been prepared near to sesame seeds, milk, egg and soya ingredients, so this is worth bearing in mind if you have any allergies relating to those.
Once you have opened the packet, seal them up or they will quickly start going soft. I usually wrap them up in a clear plastic food bag but you can also keep them in an airtight container.