Product Type: Jacob's Snacks
Newest Review: ... compare this to other savoury biscuits they do come in at a high price. But are they worth it? TASTE, APPEARANCE You can see from the st... more
'TUC' IN TO A TASTY MORSEL!
Jacob's Original Tuc
Member Name: Averilla
Jacob's Original Tuc
Advantages: Tasty, melt in the mouth deliciousness
Disadvantages: Fat content and price
I always remember my Mother buying Jacobs cream crackers and also their Tuc biscuits when I was a small child and they have remained favourites of mine. Jacobs started making their savoury biscuits when they opened their first bakery in 1881 in Ireland and, despite one or two upheavals within the company, have gone from strength to strength, their biscuits are as popular as ever.
Of the Jacob's range Tuc are my favourites, there are variations on these such as the Tuc sandwich, black pepper Tuc and a few others, but plain Tuc are the best in my opinion and a staple in our food cupboards.
Available from most supermarkets, corner shops etc these delicious delicacies come with a premium price tag. I bought my latest pack in our local Tesco for a princely £1.10, but do often find them on offer, most often in Wilkinsons. When you compare this to other savoury biscuits they do come in at a high price.
But are they worth it?
You can see from the stock picture here that the packaging is quite striking, the bright yellow does stand out on the shelf and you will normally find them alonsgside another famous Jacobs product.....the cream cracker. The packaging is, I am glad to say, very easy to open, simply pull the seam apart (you can do this from either end). For some bizarre reason they do label it 'pull here'.
There are about 30 octagonal biscuits inside the pack (rectangular but with the corners cut off and rounded), a golden yellow biscuit with pin holes on each one depicting the word 'Tuc'. The holes are designed to stop the biscuit form getting air bubbles in the baking process but add an interesting decorative effect.
Taste wise these are delicious (to me anyway, but may be an acquired taste). They are quite salty with a buttery aftertaste, comparable to Ritz crakers, but without the cheddar taste. They have a delightful crunchy texture and melt in the mouth as soon as you put your tongue to them although they are a little greasy to the touch, more salty than other crackers but much tastier, in spite of the saltiness they do not leave your mouth dry nor make you crave liquid refreshment. Watch out for the crumbs as, unlike cream crackers, these do sort of disintegrate when you break them in half or take a bite! There really isn't any sort of aroma to them to describe.
I like mine with a thin sliver of mature cheddar but they are equally as tasty plain and it is easy to eat half a packet in one fell swoop.There is no need to spread with butter or margarine, indeed I think this would detract from the flavour experience.
Of course, like all things delicious they do have a downside......fat!
Yes, sadly these are high in saturated fats. Typically a solitary 2.5" x 1.5" biscuit contains 1.3g of fat of which 1.0g is saturates! Each one has just 24 calories but 0.1g of salt. Not the healthiest of options but not many tempting foods are unfortunately.
Amongst other ingredients (I am not listing the full amount but they are all on the pack) they contain egg, gluten, sulphites, sesame seeds and milk, meaning if you have any allergies these are things to look out for.
As you may have gathered I love these. If you are on a diet they are probably not going to help much as they have an addictive quality, but if you have the willpower then it is worth tucking into a couple for a light snack. I do think they are on the expensive side so it is certainly worth shopping around for a decent deal.
So on my recommendation, if you haven't tried these already, buy a pack today....and 'Tuc' in!
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Summary: Tasty and dangerously moreish, but fattening!