“ Brand: Jacob's / Type: Biscuits „
One of my favourite biscuits has always been the lemon puff. With their crisp, flaky 'puff' which contained a generous lemon filling. This was all finished off with a sweet sugary glaze which made the puff glisten in the light. Unfortunately, due to cost constraints I suspect, Jacob's have made drastic changes to what was once a very popular and satisfyingly unique snack. They can be found on the biscuit aisle in most major supermarkets and they come in a cylindrical packet (yes, they are now circular instead of square) which is brightly labelled with 'Jacob's' and across the centre of the roll-pack is 'Lemon Puffs' which I find quite misleading to say the least!
The new 'puff' is somewhat chewy. The once flaky exterior is now a very chewy and not at all crunchy. I used to dread getting crumbs everywhere because of how crunchy it was, but the updated version is a shadow of its old self. The quantity of filling has shrunk and now doesnt offer much more than a hint of lemon flavour. The glaze is also disappointing. Overall the new recipe is an all out offensive on cost cutting.
If Jacob's are to salvage the popularity of the Lemon Puff they need to return them to their original state. It is a real disappointment that Jacob's would rather think about their shareholders and cost base than producing top quality products that their loyal customers enjoy. I am quite sure that a lot of those who once loved this puff pastry snack have turned their back on the product because this isnt the Lemon Puff we once bought. On a brighter note, there are other manufacturers that take pride in making top notch Lemon Puffs as they were intended to be made. My advice is to avoid Jacob's Lemon Puffs completely because you will only be underwhelmed when you try them.
I used to go over my nans when I was younger and raid her cupboards of all things naughty and nice. One of the nice things I used to pinch were her Jacob's Lemon Puffs, they were moreish. When I seen a packet in Sainsburys the other day it brought back memories and I purchased a packet to enjoy at home.
Jacob's are a reputable brand who have many products including crackers and even fig rolls. Their Lemon Puffs though you can find in the biscuit aisles of many supermarkets sitting neatly in a cylinder shaped yellow packet, many shades of yellow and patterened nicely. Jacob's is stamped proudly in the corner and Lemon Puff is written along the middle with a picture of a biscuit on the side. Light lemon flavoured creamed biscuits we are told on the front of the packet.
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I have to admit I was disapointed, I remember these so differently but alot has changed.
We have sort of flower shaped biscuits, plain looking things with holes decorating them and the thinnest layer of lemon cream in the middle.
The lemon cream is like I said a thin layer, it's lemon scented, but only slightly it's not an overpowering bitterness or tang it's actually a subtle sweetness with a slight fruity taste.
I'm sure the biscuits themselves used to have a light dusting of sugar sprinkled on top but these were dry. They had no flavour this time at all, they were just boring biscuits squashing a fruity flavoured cream inside. They were not too dry though but there was just nothing special about them. I can remember them soft, crumbly and the lemon layer thicker, the sprinkling of sugar on top just topped the biscuits off .. literally.
I wouldn't buy these again now they have changed so much in my opinion, they lacked in flavour and texture I remember them so differently. They are not disgusting though and if somebody offered me them I wouldn't say no but I definitely won't rush out to buy them again!