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Fig rolls are a biscuit that really has the love or hate it factor, I have never met anyone that has these on occasions, people either have them as a favourite or wouldn't dream of eating them.
With me they are a favourite and although I went for years not having them, I used to buy them regularly and do again now, the reason I went a long time without them is simply that round my way they became very hard to get hold of but with Tesco and Sainsbury now stocking the Jacobs version I am now hooked once again.
It has to be the Jacobs version for me, I have found issues with all the other versions with the Tesco own brand ones being a bit soft and the Asda ones being a bit low in taste, the Jacobs ones always have a very juicy fig centre and a thick pastry outer.
You get 12 fig biscuits for around 90p and being that the pastry is so perfect and soft on these they are more like a cake than a biscuit in my opinion and for 12 little sweet tasting cakes I reckon 90p is pretty good value for money.
These have a very fruity taste from the fig but they are also sweet from the sweet pastry but never sickly sweet and I can easily manage six of these at one time which I could never do with sweet biscuits.
NUTRITIONAL INFO (per biscuit)
Calories - 60
Protein - 0.6g
Fat - 1.3g
Fibre - 0.7g
Being quite high in fibre and low in fat and calories these are a healthier biscuit than most and also a very different tasty snack from others and that is partly why I love them but I understand that if you do not like figs then you won't like these.
These are usually a childhood favourite, especially if you grew up in the eighties. After trying all the baby biscuits when weaning my son I was searching for something else to feed him at snack time and thought of these.
They're not biscuits in the traditional sense as they're quite soft, almost pastry like?? In the middle there's a fig fruit puree that has quite a bit of actual fruit in it.
I love them for him (and me) because they provide a lot of energy, but also a small source of fruit. And anything helps when trying to get your 5 a day doesn't it.
There are a lot of cheaper own brands out there, but I don't think they taste as figgey as these ones. I generally pay around 65p in the supermarket for them, but own brands are about half the price.
I think they're a great baby friendly snack if your child can chew well because there isn't much sodium in them. My son wolfes them down.
I have always loved fig rolls and used to eat them as a child. I still buy them as an adult and my husband and kids all love them too.
Jacob's Fig Rolls are a combination of chopped figs surrounded by a biscuit casing. The biscuit is light golden in colour and has a flat base and rounded top.
When you bite into a fig roll, the biscuit is quite soft. It actually tastes like a cross between a biscuit and pastry. The biscuit has a slightly crumbly texture, then it just melts in your mouth. The fig filling is very finely chopped (maybe even mashed), it is sweet and sticky and very more-ish. The only problem I find with this sticky centre, is it does have a tendency to super glue itself to your teeth!
Fig Rolls are quite a healthy compared to many other snacks. They have a high fruit content and are a good source of fibre.
Wheat Flour, Figs (23%), Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Citric Acid, Emulsifier (Sodium Stearoyl - 2 - Lactylate)
This product contains gluten.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
*Nutritional Value Per Biscuit*
Energy - 60kcal
Protein - 0.6g
Carbohydrate - 11.5g
of which sugars - 7.6g
of which starch - 3.9g
Fat - 1.3g
of which saturates - 0.6g
of which trans - Trace
of which mono-unsaturates - 0.5g
of which polyunsaturates - 0.2g
Fibre - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.03g
Salt Equivalent - 0.07g
A 200g pack of Jacobs Fig Rolls are available in Tesco for 69p. You get 12 rolls in the pack.
These rolls make a great snack. They are relatively healthy and because they are packed with fruit, they are quite filling. If you are looking for a snack that is just that bit different, or you fancy the chance to reminisce, pick up a packet of Jacob's Fig Rolls.
Memory Lane - here I come!
Fig rolls are a bit like scones and eccles cakes, not particulary glamourous but I love them. These by Jacobs top the bill. I have tried alternatives such as Sainsbury's which were acceptable, neither overwheliming bad or good enough to make me grab them again the next time in the shop and then there were Tesco's versoion which were just about as dry as you can get.
These Jacob's version are much better and at about 77p for a pack, they certainly don't break the bank either. They come packaged in a bright red outer wrapper with a plastic tray inside. There are four compartments each holding 3 rolls apeice. So each one works out at 6.7pence. Bargain. Each fig rolls has 63 calories so eat four like I just did and it's the same as a KitKat. Yikes1.
Each roll is baked to a becautiful brown colour. They are very almost a rectangle apart from a very small hourglass curve in the middle. What's important in giving this a genuine taste is the proportion of fig to pasty. There is about a 1/3 compared to 2/3 so it's a bit like a sandwich in that respect. But what this means is that the roll is suffieciently moist as this is where competitior versions are let down. The fig is plentiful and moist and the surrounding pastry is soft and just very gently chewy which is the perfect combination. Moreover, figs are full of fibre and apparently they are one of the best fruits for aiding digestion so it's even a little bit healthy....
With Son still stuck in bed with his leg in plaster, I thought I would look for some different biscuits when I spotted these Jacobs Fig Rolls, in their distinct Red packaging that they have always been in. I have just noticed that instead of Jacobs written in the top left corner it has the word "Bolands". Oh no don't say I'm writting under the wrong title again( done this when I first started on Dooyoo with a review about Tiptree Jam and ended up writting about the Factory, still not sure what title it should be under!). On checking online these are still made by Jacobs, thank goodness for that!!
This is the usual biscuit shape packet, maybe slightly fatter in size. You can feel that the biscuits are sitting in a tray of some sort through the packaging.The front of the pack has 3 fig biscuits pictured with FIG ROLLS written in a large bold print, with the words sun drenched figs baked in a golden pastry. The total net. weight is 7.06oz(200g).
On opening the pack you can slide out a clear plastic tray with four individual pockets each holding 3 fig biccies, so that being a total of 12. Sitting looking like little soldiers they look very inviting as they are quite big and fat. With the fig sitting neatly in the middle covered by a thick golden crispy pastry. On biting into one it gently breaks in half and has a very thick figgy middle. These taste delicious and feel more like a mini cake than a biscuit. I don't think you could eat to many of these as the fig is very strong to the taste and gives it a sweet taste with the covering pastry giving it a soft nice finish.
Each fig biscuit has;
So as biscuits go these are not to bad as they are 92% fat free, with a good source of Fibre, High Fruit content and are also vegeterian friendly!
Did you know that these are Irelands best selling biscuits and that 4 fig rolls are eaten every second in Ireland and that if you joined all the fig rolls brought in one year in Ireland back to back they would measure the distance of going to the moon and back twice! Handy little tit bit I discovered never know might come in handy for a pub quiz!!!!!!!
A great biscuit that thinks it's a mini cake, handy and good to put into packed lunches as a treat!
I'll give these 5 stars!
Fig rolls were around big time in our house when I was growing up, and I had a fondness for them then - the other biscuit/fig roll addict in our house was my dad! Apart from chocolate digestives, these were the other biscuit I navigated the kitchen worktops to get to the top cupboard for!
Fig rolls can be described as thick, rectangular shape cakes/biscuits made of golden pastry, which have either a thick or think layer of sweet fig paste filling in the middle. Jacobs fig rolls, in my opinion, have a medium-sized layer of fig filling, lower compared to some other brands (e.g. Tesco) that is very sweet. In fact it is too sweet for my liking, and when you take a bite, there seems to be more pastry in your mouth than fig, which I personally do not like (others may!).
Here are the ingredients and nutritional information for Jacobs fig rolls:
Wheat Flour, Fig Paste (30%), Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Wheat Starch, Citric Acid
Typical Values Per 100g Per Biscuit
Energy (kJ) 1606 268
(kcal) 380 63
Protein 4.0g 0.7g
Carbohydrate 71.4g 11.9g
of which sugars 32.4g 5.4g
Fat 8.8g 1.5g
of which saturates 3.9g 0.7g
Fibre 3.3g 0.6g
Sodium 0.2g <0.1g
Other information: Produced on a line handling milk, nuts, egg and soya, but suitable for vegetarians. Keep these in an airtight container once opened.
At around 92p for 200g, more than twice the price of Tesco's own version of the fig roll (41p for 200g), I am going to stick to my favourite brand of these traditional sweet treats (Tesco!).
p.s. The Co-operative brand of fig rolls are delicious too!
***Why/Where I brought these***
As mentioned many times, I am a complete skin-flint when it comes to food shopping, or at least I try to be.
However, the other day I spied a packet of Jacobs Fig Rolls on the shelf in my local Tesco, and impulsively reached out and threw 2 packs into the trolley, without even a moments consideration of the price. (though fortunately they were 2 for £1.50 at the time).
The reason I did this heinous act, was because of fond memories of eating these as a kid. I can remember Fig Rolls as being huge cake-like biscuits that were ultra sweet, and very filling.
If memory serves me right, the packets haven't changed much outwardly in appearance at all since the last ten years or so. However considering we are now green minded, In my opinion they are incredibly wasteful and not environmentally friendly. There is an outer plastic packet, and then an inner sleeve of hard plastic comparmentalised into four pockets. I seem to remember that the old packets were internally corrugated paper/cardboard which would make them fully recyclable.
I know you can recylce plastic, but it takes more energy and uses more fossil fuels to create in the first place. This probably doesn't seem to much of a big deal, however consider that this overly engineered packet contains ONLY a measly 12 (yes just 12) fig rolls, and weighs in at around 200g.
The price you pay will depend on where you get them, however according to the price comparison website "Mysupermarket" they come in at around 93p at most supermarkets, except for Asda which prices them at a 15p more, a whopping £1.08 (prices correct at time of writing review).
***Food facts and Nutrition ***
There is a rather amusing slogan on the side which says "How do Jacobs get the Figs inside the Fig Rolls".
The smile vanishes when one reads the ingredients the answer is slightly less amusing.
Presumably the answer is, Jacobs processes the stalks, figs, and god knows what else, adds a huge unhealthy helping of sugar and turns them into a paste, before rolling them into an artifical pastry.
On the whole though to be fair, the ingredients list is not too startling, there is not a mass of E numbers, or artifical ingredients. They are fairly natural. A healthy option though they are not.
If like me you would scoff the whole packet you would be devouring 700+calories, and consuming a startling 90g of sugar. Thats 18 teaspoons of sugar!!! Which is totally silly, considering figs should be naturally sweet. This leads me to assume that the "Fig" paste used in these, is not the natural, delicuous product we assume that it is.
***The Taste and Summary***
Well far from brining back fond memorys of childhood, these only aroused thoughts of "Is that it" and "Is that all".
Rather inconveniently (or intentionally) the packets are divided into four compartments of three biscuits. So what happens if your sharing? Well what happens, is that you rip further into the packet, which is so poorly designed it just rips open almost entirely, and then you end up eating more. Not that these aren't moreish enough anyway.
An the size, have they shrunk? Im sure they were bigger.
They measure in at around 4 cm long, 2.5cm wide, an probably no more than a 1.5cm thick. Maybe Jacob got confused with his metric, and those measurements are the old measure in inches, and didn't get converted correctly into cm. Just a theory!
When it comes to taste. I can't describe these as overly flavourful, they taste of figs undoubtedly, and as you would expect (obviously) but they make no mistake in declaring loudly that they are too sweet. Nice, but too sweet. Further, the texture of the cakey baked outside does compliment the filling nicely. In a few less words, the end result is utterly utterly Delicious!
I suspect the craving for that sugar rush is what makes them so moreish. I confess to polishing off the packet in a day. An was almost in two minds over opening the second packet.
For anybody who hasn't tasted these, I would liken them to those Kellogs slow baked Nutri-Grain bars, which have a similar paste in the middle and toasted outer case. Only they are more genorously sized, can be eaten individually, and are just plainly better value in my opinion.
In summary, if like me you remember these from childhood days, I would advise you to leave them back there! As fond memories of the past.
In the modern world where we already indulge in far too much sugar, these overly sweet biscuit things have no real place. However make no mistake, these do taste utterly delicious! An the packet is hard to put down!
Fig rolls are square shaped and inside them is the fig. The outer layer of the roll is golden brown and looks very inviting as does the dark brown centre of fig. The outer layer is very crunchy which contrasts wonderfully with the soft and chewy centre. The fig itself is quite sweet and there is a hint of a fruity flavour which is nice. The crunchy biscuit which is on the outside is also very sweet.
The packets are long and rectangular in shape and are a dark red purple colour which represent the fig. The fig rolls themselves are free from damage due to the cardboard tray that is inside the packaging which holds all the fig rolls nicely. There are around 15-20 rolls in a packet.
Whats great about these fig rolls is that they are very filling so although they are extremely addictive you luckily cant eat the whole pack!
I think these are defiantly one to try but if you don't like figs then I wouldn't think you'd like this as they have a very figgy quality to them!
Jacobs Fig Rolls are a firm favourite in our household. There are many Fig Roll makers but none have perfected the art like Jacobs.
The consistency of the biscuit is nothing less than perfection, crisper on the outside and softer towards the middle, the layer of fig is perfect and combined with that almost pastry style semi-sweet biscuit they are wonderful.
Jacobs products are always first class, their range of sweet biscuits, semi sweet biscuits and biscuits for cheese are all top quality products.
Fig rolls are not `dunkers`, if you are looking for a dunker then this isnt the biscuit for you. They are quite filling, but they have produced a low fat fig roll biscuit now.
The figgy biscuits have been around for as long as I can remember, I would hazard a guess and say that there wouldn't be many children who would relish the thought of them!
In April 2008 a drought in Turkey had a huge impact on the number of figs that were grown.
The exceptionally hot weather and the drought endangered the survival of the Fig Wasp.
So for a while the Fig Roll fought for survival.
Sainsburys went as far as putting up notices to explain to their customers why there was such a shortage of figs.
Internet discussion groups and Forums pondered over the existence of the Fig Roll.
But thankfully the matter was resolved, production is back to normal.
The fig is packed with small seeds and is more often than not eaten dried.
The skin of a Fig is very delicate, Figs are dried to transport because of this.
A Fig is best eaten straight from the tree.
There are over 600 types of fig.
Each dried fig is about 60% sugar.
Fig Rolls could definitely be considered pretty moreish and there arent that many in a packet so they arent meant for sharing!
Jacobs' Fig Rolls have to be one of my favourite biscuits. Not only do they taste of pure scrumptiousness, but you can try to convince yourself that because they contain figs they aren't really biscuits at all but count as health food.
So, what are they? Lovely sweet figs, which I assume are mashed or minced together somehow, wrapped in biscuit. The biscuit layer is quite thin - only about a millimetre thick - but I think it works best that way. Any thicker would detract from the figs.
So, how much does that "health food" excuse actually hold up in reality? Well, according to the packet they're 23% figs which has to be a good start. 92% fat free, only 60 calories per biscuit, no artificial colours or flavours - yeah, it's looking pretty good there. They're even suitable for vegetarians.
The only downside is that at just under a pound a packet they're not cheap, and this is one biscuit that doesn't seem to have any non-brand name alternatives. Still, for this kind of tastiness it's almost worth it.
I think that it is quite fair to say that fig rolls are an acquired taste...and boy, have I acquired that taste!
I'm holding my mother-in-law entirely responsible. After my son spent the day with her she announced, "Jack loves fig rolls doesn't he?" My response being, "Does he? I've never bought them before so I wouldn't know"
He'd apparently liked them so much that he kept asking for more! So the next time I was doing the shopping I did a quick search for some, selected the Jacob's variety at 95p for a 200g packet and put them in my virtual shopping basket.
When the groceries arrived a few days later Jack immediately spotted the packet of fig rolls and he went wild with excitement (I guess grandma buys Jacob's too!) so I opened the distinctive bright red wrapper that he seemed to recognise so well.
Now I absolutely love sweet snacks but I'd never tried these before. A gorgeous aroma instantly wafted out of the packet. Such a subtle sweet smell, not too strong but so unbelievably tempting and appetising! Slightly fruity with perhaps a hint of cereal goodness. I thought it would be positively rude not to sample one...just to test them out before passing one to Jack, of course.
I took a tentative bite of the curious looking baked biscuit and was pleased to discover contrasting textures and tastes. A delightful crunchiness to the golden outer pastry breaks to reveal an almost 'cakey' softness which melts in the mouth to release a buttery flavour. This relatively thick layer encases a filling of delicious figs - rich, fruity and moist with just the right amount of sticky chewiness. The two compliment each other perfectly in my opinion.
At this point I was left questioning whether fig rolls are in fact 'biscuits' or not. They don't seem like it to me but they are found on the biscuit aisle in the supermarket and the pack actually calls them biscuits. So, who am I to argue?
On taking a look at the nutritional information (found on the back of the pack, as usual) I was surprised to find out that the actual fig content only counts for 23% of the total biscuit. As simply a figure this percentage does sound quite low and even initially somewhat disappointing but as far as the fig roll is concerned, it feels right and not at all measly in its proportion. To be honest, if there was any more figgy filling I think the fruity richness would be too overpowering, resulting in a sickly sweet offering. The overall texture wouldn't be as nice either as it would become 'claggy' instead of suitably sticky.
With my taste test completed I handed one to Jack who was virtually drooling by now. And I can understand why! I even contemplated sitting and finishing the pack of 12 fig rolls with him but decided against it and put the pack away...after trying just one or two more.
Thanks to my mother-in-law I have discovered that fig rolls make a tasty alternative snack. With 63 calories per biscuit this seems quite high considering the size of them but containing only 0.7g of fat, they are certainly healthier than some of the other lovely treats that are available. In fact, the fruit content creates a good source of fibre so they are good for your bowels too.
I would much rather Jack eat a fig roll instead of a choccie bar or a packet of crisps. I must admit, he prefers fruit if anything but fig rolls come next on his list of favourites. I always carry a few around in a little air tight tub if we are out and about so they are always fresh at hand if he wants a nibble.
As I mentioned earlier, I don't think everyone will be a fan of fig rolls. Indeed, some people won't even be able to give them a try due to allergies as they are produced in a factory that handles nuts, milk, egg and soya, and the fig rolls also contain gluten. On a brighter note they are actually suitable for vegetarians.
So, how do Jacob's get the figs into fig rolls? I couldn't give a fig really. I do know that they are absolutely figgin' lovely though!
I did not know they still made fig rolls! I thought they were destined to be resigned to the anoles of my long departed childhood along with jumpers for goalposts and long hot summers. When I was a lad my Mum used to keep a big biscuit barrel constantly stocked yet tantalisingly out of reach on the highest kitchen shelf, when my brother and I came home from the mandatory twenty-five aside football matches to glean refreshments we were allowed two biscuits from the tin. While my brother in his petulant way would grab the two biggest biscuits available I was a far more cunning creature, and would take my time in my biscuit based choice, much to my Mums chagrin. For me, a biscuit had to have more than mere size in its favour, it had to have that certain something extra, I liked Garibaldis for their chewy fruity quirkiness, I enjoyed jammy dodgers for their sweet elastic jam centres, but most of all I loved fig rolls for their shear cheek at having chopped up figs in the middle of a biscuit casing.
Such sweet memories, but memories were all I had, until one day I happened down the biscuit aisle of my local Tesco, an aisle I usually try to avoid for fear of my waistline rebelling. Sitting between a display of iced gems and an assortment of cut price custard creams was a red packet emblazoned Jacobs Fig Rolls, I was shocked, scared and excited all at the same time, a blast from the past was staring me in the face demanding to be bought and reminisced over. In such a situation I did what any like minded person would do and bought the entire stock of Fig Rolls for fear that they may be snatched from me just as soon as Id discovered them again, with eleven packets of the biscuits I paid the 69p per packet price and headed home with my new found favourite treat.
There are twelve Fig Rolls held tight in a plastic tray which in turn is encased in a deep orange wrapper. Fig Rolls is written large in a jaunty comic font with pictures of one of the biscuit treats dotted around for effect. In common with most food products the back of the wrapper is given over to Ingredient, Nutritional and Customer satisfaction information. Each Fig Roll contains a fairly hefty sixty-two calories which for their size seems rather high to me, the chopped fig portion of the biscuit makes up 23% of the total content which is less than I would have expected or liked. On the plus side Fig Rolls are said to be a good source of fibre and the fat content is low at 0.6 grams per biscuit. Finally, Jacobs Fig Rolls are produced in a factory that also produces milk and Soya products so cross contamination is possible, they are however suitable for vegetarians.
So to the taste test and on lifting a Fig Roll from the packaging I am struck by the size, Im sure they used to be bigger and more rounded. Each Fig Roll measures around three by two inches and is a pale golden brown in colour with the encased chopped fig a deeper brown. Odour is practically non existent save for the faintest of cereal smells and the Fig Roll is soft to the touch. On biting a Fig Roll in half the biscuit portion crumbles effortlessly with the chopped fig portion offering a little more resistance. The biscuit portion melts in the mouth and leaves a subtle yet enjoyable buttery taste on the palette, the chopped fig section is not at all strong and does not resemble the flavour of figs in there unadulterated state. Chewing the second half of the biscuit results in an amalgam of biscuity figiness which again is pleasant in its many different textures and flavours, the fig and biscuit tastes compliment each other perfectly without either one overpowering the other.
Of course any biscuits reputation stands or falls depending on its performance when dunked into a cup of tea, and Im happy to say the humble Fig Roll passes the test with ease. A five second dunk renders the biscuit outer layer soft but not to such an extent that disintegration follows, the chopped fig centre simply warms up and softens a bit to produce a delicious fruity taste reminiscent of warmed mince pies. I give Jacobs Fig Rolls four stars out of five, as well as extra brownie points for the nostalgic glimpse of times gone by it gave me.
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