WHAT ARE THEY: Despite what many people think, they are not bits of tree that have fallen off and been stuffed into a bag (although some would argue bits of tree would taste better). They're actually crisp wheat-based snacks with a "distinctive knobbly shape" (like a small twig). Amazingly, they've been around since 1929. I can only imagine that when the Great Depression hit, Twiglets were among the first victims of cutbacks. I certainly know, in this current economic climate, that I'm not eating as many packets as I used to.
ARE THEY NICE? Well, this sort of depends on whether you like Marmite or not. And twig-shaped snackery. Essentially, the main thing the Twiglet has going for it (for me) is the Marmite-y taste. Other than that, it not only looks like a twig but tastes like one. I know because I've tried it. I've licked off all the Marmite, let it dry out then eaten it. Totally tasteless. Actually, I don't think it's real Marmite on them - simply yeast extract, but it all tastes the same to me. So bottom line - if you hate Marmite, your'e going to hate Twiglets. If you like Marmite, however, this isn't necessarily a guarantee that you will like them. The Marmite blast is fleeting really.
ARE THE GOOD FOR YOU? They're not as good for you as, say, a stick of celery (slathered with Marmite) but they are certainly better for you than eating real twigs. They're probably also preferable to quaffing down a similar-size bag of Monster Munch. A 25g bag is 97 calories and is actually quite filling. But if you want to look like Victoria Beckham (who, ironically, actually looks like a twiglet with arms and legs - oh, and a head) then you're probably best not to eat too many packets in a day.
I've never been a big fan of crisps but I do like Twiglets (or loglets as we call them in our house!) These knobbly little savoury snacks were first made in 1929 making them over 80 years old. As far back as I can remember Twiglets have made an appearance at every Christmas, birthday party or family occasion we have ever had.
Twiglets are little whole-wheat knobbly sticks, designed to look like twigs I assume, that have a sticky marmite flavour coating on them. They don't feel at all greasy like crisps can. They can be bought in tubs or various size packets.
The packets are mainly black with Twiglets written in a red circle. They are made by Jacobs and can be found in most supermarkets. Twiglets contain 96 calories and 2.9g of fat ( of which saturates 1.3g) per 25g bag, not too bad if eaten in moderation. However if you are like me and buy the bigger bags to pour into a bowl its easy to consume much more than 25grams. Twiglets are actually backed rather than fried so are marketed as a more "healthy" snack. This of course depends on how many you munch.
When you open the bag the smell is quite strong, very wheaty and savoury.
Twiglets have a strong flavour, and if you hate Marmite then its likely you will hate these too, as they are flavoured with yeast extract. They are quite a hard little snack, very crunchy. They have an almost sticky feel to them too.
Twiglets are sold as a snack but they are also great to use with dips as an alternative to carrot sticks or bread sticks. They are really nice dipped in cream cheese. Another thing I like to do with them is crumble some twiglets up and mix with grated cheese, this makes a lovely crunchy topping to sprinkle on the mashed potatoe on shepherds pie.
I get my Twiglets from Tesco, a multi pack ( 6x25g bags) and a 150g bag are both £1.49. Twiglets have a distinct flavour and like Marmite I think most people either love of hate them. As for me I love them!
Believe it or not, I have made my way to this grand old age without ever trying Jacobs Twiglets, well that was until a few weeks ago when I finally gave in to them and had a try, I had a handful out of my wife's packet and will not be having any more.
I had always been put off by the stick like appearance of these and to find out they tasted as much like stick as they looked should not really have come as a surprise to me.
When I say tasted stick like I actually mean there texture was stick like and not the taste, the taste itself isn't one I could begin to describe in words but to say it was very strong and awful to go with it should be enough to put anyone off.
These are more like snacks for a dog than for a human and the taste isn't nice when you're eating them and the after taste is even worse, I only had about seven or eight of these but the after taste lived on for about ten minutes even after a glass of Coke.
My wife has just informed me that a 150g packet of these costs £1.44 in Tesco and I have to say they seem very expensive at that price, not that I would ever buy them whatever price they are.
I have to be fair and say that although I hated these, my wife loves them so perhaps they have a bit of the Marmite effect going on (you either love them or hate them) and I am very much in the hate them camp!
If my dog could write reviews, he'd definitely be writing this one! As much as I love twiglets, he seems to love them ten times more than me! I feed them to him as mid afternoon snacks (probably not very good for him though).
The twiglets tend to come in 45g packs, and can be bought in multipacks too. They also do special tubs. The 6 packs are usually around £2.80, which turns out around 47p each.
The shape and form of the snack is one of its great assets. I've been trying to find two of exactly the same shape for years, before finally conceding that it's never going to happen! They are brilliant bite size crisps.
The flavour is marmitey I suppose. So, if you're not really a big marmite fan, then I'd advise you to stay away. They are pretty strong and tend to get stuck in the teeth quite a lot. The smell remains in your breath too for quite a long time, which might be a little risky just before a date!
I think that enjoying a snack is about what you're used to. For me, I've enjoyed these for years and so automatically pick them up from the shelves. Of course I'm sure I'd love many of the other products, but the fact that I've been eating these for years, draws me towards them every time.
I think I'd better check out whether they are good for my dog or not before I keep feeding him potentially poisonous treats!
I very rarely eat these and never buy them for myself but whenever I come across someone else who has a pack, I find that I can't stop eating them.
Twiglets are knobbly shaped and very crunchy wholegrain twig sticks and the shape is kind of appealing as they're different to anything else and quite fun to eat. The sticks are coated in a zingy dark coloured sticky sauce which is what gives them their delicious flavour. The coating tastes extremely like Marmite so any Marmite haters probably won't like these. The pack doesn't say anything about them containing Marmite but they use yeast extract which is where Marmite comes from and this flavour is the reason I like them so much.
Twiglets are a perfect savoury snack to have at parties as you can just tip a load out into a bowl and people can just help themselves as you do with other dips and crisp snacks at parties. This is the only time I really eat them as they're the kind of unique snack that you don't want all the time but are great only occasionally.
The snacks come in a large sharing bag size for around £1.30 in most places. The big bag makes them even more perfect for using at parties as you can just keep pouring more out whenever a bowl of them is finished.
Twiglets have been around since 1929 and they're still very popular today so they really are one of those real classic snacks. If you like Marmite then you should definitely be a fan of these but I'd still recommend anyone who hasn't tried them to at least give them a go as they're delicious!
What can I say about Twiglets?..well, like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them. There doesn't seem to be much in between with this snack. Actually, I love them and have done since I can remember. My brother and I used to have them as a snack...a few Twiglets on a plate with some fruit and a glass of milk, before bedtime. this is going back a few decades so I suppose that Twiglets must have been going for some time.
My husband hates them and can't even stand their smell. My children are split down the middle as to liking them- two do and two don't. Well, that's fair!
What exactly are twiglets?
Well, they are not, as we were told as children, twigs but are 'crunchy savoury whole wheat sticks' with a spicy sauce on them. They look like twigs and taste savoury and are very crunchy.
They are made by Jacobs and can be bought in various packs- large packs and large packs containing small individual packs, mini packs, large party packs and fun party size. The fun party size are in fact smaller Twiglets but they taste every bit as nice.
I see from the pack that each 25g serving contains :
Calories - 96
Sugars - 0.2g
Fat - 2.9g
Saturates - 1.3g
salt - 0.5g
They are baked, have no artificial colour and are high in fibre...personally I eat them just because I like them and it's not as if I would eat lots in one go. Although, saying this I find them very more- ish.
You have to eat them quickly or the sauce gets sticky on your hands.
I buy them mainly for parties and special treats. At family parties I put them out in small dishes along with the peanuts and crisps. I find that the Twiglets have to be replaced before the other snacks so, either they are very popular OR, those who like Twiglets have big appetites! (To put it politely!)
One of the bits that came in my Christmas hamper was a 45g bag of Twiglets . I hadn't had any of these for years, but remember them being a regular thing around christmas at my parents house when was a youngster .
I'm not going to blather on about the packaging too much, as there's a nice little photo there so you can see for yourself .It does however let us know that Twiglets are baked instead of fried, and that per 45g bag there are 173 calories and 5.3g of fat .
Opening the pack, I'm hit with a very strong smell . And I do mean VERY strong . These smell very much like marmite, strong and yeasty, and I can't really decide if I like the smell or not . Taking one out of the bag, they are a kind of knobbly twig like shape, brown with darker brown splodges of coating on them, and each twiglet is a couple of inches long .
Biting into one, they are quite hard and crunchy, and there is again a strong, meaty, yeasty flavour, very much like Marmite, but mixed with a dry wheaty texture of the twiglet itself. They are a little bitter, and there is something smokey about the flavour too .I find the flavour actually very overpowering, and quite salty - and I certainly needed a drink after a few of these as they made my mouth feel very dry .
I can never quite decide if I like these or not . There is something about them that makes me eat them if they are around, but I can only eat a few, and I eat those with an expression of pained disbelief at the strength of the flavour .
I think I can only give these 3 stars - I'll eat them if they're around, but I don't think I'd ever go and buy them, the flavour is just a bit too much for me .
WOW! What can I say?! I totally HATE Marmite, yet a twiglet? I love, love, love them. Strange I know but they are very addictive.
The strange, tangy and bitter taste is enough to render a bowl full empty as soon as quickly as it was filled. A tube or a bag of the twiggy little things spill right out, so be careful. My favourite part it the brown stickiness it leaves on your fingers. Mmmmmm licking that off at the end of a much is the best bit ever. Not only are they a tasty treat but they are high is wholegrain and can be used as a part of a healthy diet. I'm sure if you sat and ate the whole lot in one go this could only end in one way. A good clear out, with all that wholegrain it can only go one way can't it?! Anyway enjoy yourself in a bag or tube of Twiglets.
I love Twiglets but it's one of them things that I don't have that often except if I'm in the pub down the road because they sell them. Last week though my mum brought some of the tubs from Morrisons because they were on special offer and I munched some last night and finished the tub with my mate today.
Twiglets look like little twigs and taste a bit like Marmite. They are crunchy and you can taste the wholewheat in them, I don't think the Marmite taste is very strong but I like Marmite. My dad hates it and says that Twiglets are loads too strong for him.
I love them though. The taste of them are mega salty and they make your hands dead sticky while you're eating them, the best thing is all the bits at the bottom of the bag I think because they are so strong and yummy. They get a bit dry sometimes if you eat a lot of them but that doesn't bother me because they're not that dry that they're going to choke you.
They're nice dipped in sweet chilli sauce or mayo as well because they don't go soft when they've been dipped. At Xmas my mum always puts some out on the Xmas night 'help yourself table' because they're perfect to dip into through the night.
They last good as well so as long as you put the lid on the tub properly you don't have to eat them all at once. They are lower in fat than crisps and other snacks because they are baked and not fried, they don't taste greasy or fatty at all either.
I am struggling to think of something to say about Jacobs Twiglets that has not already been said by other aficionados. I haven't read other reviews (deliberately) so this is just me 'speaking my brains' (does ANYONE else remember The Day Today where members of the public are asked to 'Speak Your Brains' in a street vox pop? No? Sigh, it's just me then...)
Anyway, to make up for that digression I will jump straight in and off the fence in the process. I LOVE Twiglets, and always have. As they are closely aligned to Marmite I can see how there are not for everyone. However, I would like to urge anyone who does not like Marmite to try these.
I will come clean here, in making this plea. I did not like Marmite for about 35 years. That's quite a long time not to like something. But I didn't. Found it too strong and salty in flavour. Something changed. So many things change in life as the years pass I don't know why this should be a surprise, but it is. I also now eat cheese and eggs and olives, which I would have placed a large sum of money on not EVER liking. So with this in mind I appeal to the non-Marmite constituency:
Give it a go.
Twiglets have untrumpeted added value. They are (for me) a totally brilliant appetite suppressant. They just kill it stone dead. Whether it is the strength of the flavour I am not sure, but it does work. If I had a choice between a sandwich or a bag of twiglets to stave off hunger it would be the twiglets every time. But this is just a side comment for all you dieters out there. Goodness knows I have been one in my time so this is a top tip! Forget Hoodia!
As for the product itself, well, what can I tell you. They are crunchy so they satisfy the dieters craving for savoury CRUNCHY things that are low in fat and aren't crisps. They are strong in flavour, but way lower in flavour than actual Marmite, so don't be put off. And they go wonderfully with a glass of wine at the end of a long day. They're a staple at Christmas of course (you know it's Christmas when that big family sized tube of Twiglets starts appearing on the shelves). They normally come in useful small bag sizes or mega large sizes. Needless to say the big bag does not last long!
As a diet aid I think it is second to none for me. Haven't exactly compared it to Slim Fast Nibbles or Weight Watchers Crisps but I will do and update with results.
My advice is just try them. I can't imagine life without them myself!
Twiglets, like marmite(and tasting similar) you either love them or hate them!
I love them!!
They are basically a wheat based snack in the shape of twigs (hence the name). The main flavour (similar to marmite) comes from the yeast, and you cant help but just suck the flavour of each indvidual stick as it enters your mouth.
Once you open the bag, the first thing you smell is marmite, the flavour of the sticks basically, you get a good portion in each bag and aren't ripped off like other brands.
Twiglets go as far back as 1929 when a company introduced them for christmas that year, and now they are a huge hit and have a large cult following. They did come in other flavours including 'curry' and 'worcestor sauce' flavour. These are no longer available as far as im aware, i did like the curry ones, maybe we should start a petitin to bring them back for a limited time!!!
There not a fatty pack of snacks to similar snacks on the market, as they baked it makes them a litte more healthier. They are manufactured in aintree by Jacobs Bakery these days, they come in 25g, 45g bags and even 200g tubs. They do make a good party snack and are sure to go down well with many people.
I love the taste of twiglets and cant help but pouring the empty bag in my mouth with the remaining flavouring at the bottom pouring in my mouth, you just cant leave that flavoruing!
Average Values Per 100g Per 25g Bag
Energy (kcal) 388 97
Protein 12.8g 3.2g
Carbohydrate 56.1g 3.1g
of which Sugars 2.1g 0.5g
Fat 12.5g 3.1g
of which Saturates 5.5g 1.4g
Fibre 11.8g 3g
Sodium 0.7g 0.2g
Twiglets have a very distinct and unique taste that will either be loved or hated. They are made by jacobs and come in original (which is basically marmite) or worcestershire sauce flavour which i am not too keen on.
They are long thin crisp wholewheat "biscuity" (for want of a better word) sticks coated in marmite and baked not fried (for you health nuts out there ;p You know who you are) until delicious and crunchy.
The bag size is perfect in my opinion as you get just enough to satisfy your cravings while not getting too many so as to become sickly (as the old saying goes "always leave'em wanting more")
There is only one ever so slight drawback and that is your fingers get a lil grubby by the end of a whole bag, lots of marmite thumb prints all over the place, but why not turn this negative into a positive and suck all the super concentrated marmite off each digit in turn. In the words of the good colonel, these snacks are most definately finger lickin' good
This is another product that I have grown up with, my parents would buy these at Christmas time and they would always be the snacks we would have in the evening and Boxing Day. They still bring these out at Christmas time in big tubs although you can buy them all year round in big packets and multi packets.
***How they taste***
Twiglets are great if you are on a diet, they are a low calorie snack that is both satisfying and tasty.
Twiglets are knobbly and full of flavour and are made of wholegrain and taste very yeasty and can be compared to marmite. So you may either love them or hate them!
They are low in calories of around 97 calories for a 25g bag, which is good, any snack of 100 calories or less is pretty good going and I wish I had some in my cupboard now! As I really fancy them!
With them being knobbly they retain lots of flavour, my husband sucks all the flavour off and takes ages eating them, unlike myself who rams them all in as quickly as I can! They are very Moorish, once you start on a packet you will find it hard to stop!
Wholewheat Meal (77%) , Flavouring [Yeast Extract, Vegetable Extracts, Spice Extracts (Contains Celery Seed), Niacin, Riboflavin] , Vegetable Oil , Salt , Dried Cheese , White Pepper .
As you can see from the ingredients there is no nasties!
Typical values PER 100g PER 25g SERVING
Energy (kJ) 1634 409
(kcal) 388 97
Protein 12.8g 3.2g
Carbohydrate 56.1g 14.0g
of which sugars 2.1g 0.5g
Fat 12.5g 3.1g
of which saturates 5.5g 1.4g
Fibre 11.8g 3.0g
Sodium 0.7g 0.2g
I love the packaging that these twiglets are supplied in; they are very fresh from the foil style of bag. They are also so crunchy and are a great alternative to crisps and much for filling.
So if you are looking to improve your diet, give the crisps a miss and eat these instead and I am sure you will enjoy eating them as much as me!
They cost around £1.30 for a 150g bag and you can get them in multi packs too at certain supermarkets.
Im a big fan of almost all savoury snaks, and Twiglets are right at the top of the pile for me. A big factor for a lot of people here, is the whole Marmite 'love it or hate it' concept, as Marmite, and twiglets pretty much go hand in hand with each other.
I love Marmite, which is probaly a lot of the reason why I love Jacobs Twiglets. A slight downside to these is that they do make your fingers very dirty with the marmite coming off them!!
Jacobs Twiglets are 'Twig' shaped, hence the name, and are a whole wheat savoury 'marmite' flavour snack, produced in Leicestershire. They come in a foil lined black and blue coloured bag, and are available in 25gm, multipacks available from most supermarkets, at a price of approx £1:50 for 6 bags.
They are also available as 150gm bags, which are better value at around £1:20, but not very useful to use as part of a packed lunch.
I always have had the impression that eating a bag of twiglets is far more healthier than a bag of crisps, and so just before writing this review, I checked out the Nutrion Information, and it is as follows:
A 25gram bag contains:
A comment on the bag also says that each bag contains 41% of the suggested daily amount of wholegrains.
Looking at the ingredients, I was quite surprised that they contained Celery, not something I would have thought twiglets were made out of!
There are No Artificial Colourings, or Flavourings either!
So in comparrison to an average bag of crisps, there are almost half as many calories in a bag of twiglets, about a third as much fat, and 2-3 times as much protein and Fibre!! Wow, Im amased at the difference, I'm glad I really enjoy these things!!
If you like Marmite, you will love twiglets, they are extremely tasty, and very very healthy compared to a bag of crisps.
I would say that Dooyoo is making me fat based on the fact that I keep buying things purely for the purpose of reviewing it, but it is personal choice at the end of the day haha! Plus, like I really need any reason to buy Twiglets anyway....
So as I wandered the crisps and savoury snacks aisle of my local Tesco Express, I stumbled across Twiglets. Such a childhood favourite, long forgotten for some reason unknown to me. They are basically knobbly wholegrain sticks shaped in a twig like manner, covered in a coating which is not dissimilar from Marmite. The size of them is reasonably consistent, around 2 inches long, but there are also smaller ones too. The bag that I settled for was 150g in size and it costs £1.08 from Tesco.
Twiglets are contained in a black foil packet. In the centre of this packet on the front there is a bright red oval with a white line around the outside and "Twiglets" written in white knobbly letters to represent the knobbly nature of the snack. This red oval has a bright blue ring around it with "Original" written across the top and "a whole lot of crunch in a wholegrain munch" across the bottom. There are pictures of Twiglets scattered across the front of the packet to show the consumer what they look like. The Jacob's logo is in the top left hand corner of the packet. On the bottom left of the packet there is a series of knobbly red lines that contain some nutritional facts and figures to encourage you to buy them and they are as follows:
96 calories per 100g serving
79% wholegrain per bag
No artificial colours
No artificial flavours
Baked not fried
High in fibre
The entire nutritional value table for Twiglets per 25g and 100g is displayed on the left hand side of the back of the packet. Here are the nutritional values per 100g of the pack:
Calories - 383 calories
Protein - 12.7g
Carbohydrates - 57.0g
Fat - 11.6g
of which saturates - 5.2g
Fibre - 11.8g
Sodium - 0.7g
Below this table it states that the packet contains approximately 6 servings. It also says that a 25g serving contains 41% of the RDA wholegrain intake. They are suitable for vegetarians. As far as allergies are concerned, Twiglets contain wheat, gluten and celery. They are produced on a line handling milk and eggs and in a factory handling sesame seeds.
On opening the packet, there is a generous amount of Twiglets, all of a reasonable size. There are dark brown patches on them; this is the marmite style coating. Most of the Twiglets are completely in tact and there are some delicious flakes of flavouring at the bottom of the packet mmmm. I put one in my mouth and there is a really powerful crunch. As it is a wholegrain snack, the crunch is much harder than that of potato crisps. They are quite hard but not to the extent where they would break your teeth. However you want to eat them, whether you lick the coating off first or not, they are delicious! I know that with Marmite it is a love or hate situation due to its unique flavour, but the coating is much elss salty tasting than Marmite. Each Twiglet has an even coating of this flavouring.
Personally I ignore all nutritional information and consume the entire bag in one sitting! Twiglets are fantastic, whether as a nibble at a party or a quiet night in for yourself with a massive bag. They are also available in multi packs of 6 for £1.99 in packed lunch size packets. Even if you don't like Marmite, they are definitely worth a try.
45g. Manufacturer: Jacob's. Snacks.