I don't eat bread, and I am getting a bit bored of Ryvita, so I have turned to rice cakes for a bit of a change. I was originally buying Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself rice cakes, but I might as well have chewed on some cardboard. They were really dry and bland - even by rice cake standards.
This brand was sitting beside the Sainsbury's rice cakes when I was doing my grocery shopping, and as they weren't much dearer, I decided to buy them instead. I was also convinced when I saw on the packaging that they were lightly salted.
They come stacked on top of one another inside the plastic packaging. The packaging is blue, white and green, depicting a blue sky and a green field with a scarecrow on it - it gives the impression that this is a very natural product (it is organic, after all). The ingredients list on the back is pretty simple - just wholegrain brown rice. The rice cakes themselves are made up of puffed rice, and are circular and flat. They are an off-white colour.
You can't really eat rice cakes plain, well not unless you're a masochist, so I usually spread a little houmous over them. But you can put anything on them - smoked salmon, cream cheese, ham, tomato, tapenade... anything you like. Sometimes I just put a tiny bit of margarine on them too.
Once bitten into, initially they are quite soft with a slight crunch to them. They don't seem like cardboard. They then become chewier and feel filling and more substantial than you would expect. Because they are very lightly salted, there is some flavour to them, and it compliments whatever topping you have chosen.
I really like these rice cakes and will be buying them from now on. The chewiness makes you feel that you are eating something filling. Rice cakes are never going to be a substitute for bread, BUT due to their consistency and slight salted flavour, they do serve as a good replacement if you are watching your weight. They feel more substantial and less cardboard-y than other rice cakes. Maybe I am an oddball but I find them really moreish!
These cost around 94p for 130g.
My children have to take healthy break to school for their morning break, sometimes they take fruit and other times they take, French toasts or Kallo rice cakes. My children have eaten rice cakes since they were small babies, I gave them small rice cakes as finger foods when they were being weaned onto solids so they have always had a taste for them. Personally I find rice cakes a bit bland on their own but my children just eat them plain with no topping.
These Kallo rice cakes , are wholegrain, they are large circular discs measuring approximately 9cm in diameter and 1 cm depth. They are basically pieces of puffed rice fused together to form a crispy circular snack. They are an off white colour with little bits of brown through the cake, the wholegrain rice. The rice cakes are not sweet they are a savoury item, they taste rather nutty and have a slightly salty tinge to them. They don't really taste of very much but they are not unpleasant and my children eat them all the time, you could add toppings to try and make them more interesting, perhaps cream cheese or some other spread, even just sliced tomatoes or cheese. I don't find them very filling and would consider them to be quite light in texture, not at all stodgy.
We have tried various makes of rice cake but Kallo id definitely my children's preferred choice. They come in a 130g cylindrical paper pack, with Kallo logo on the front, it is quite distinctive packaging. I never have any bother finding them in the supermarkets, they are sometimes in the biscuit aisle with the savoury crackers and sometimes they are in the "free from" section, but usually I can find them easily enough. The rice cakes have only 28 calories and are low in fat. These are a regular in our shopping basket, even when the children are not a school, they sometimes just have them as a snack between meals. My youngest child is nearly three and I find it very difficult to get him to eat a breakfast in the morning before he goes off to the childminder, but most mornings he will munch on a Kallo rice cake before we head off.
There are some other varieties in the Kallo range but we generally buy the wholegrain rice cakes. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are gluten free. If they are left exposed to the air they can go a bit soft, so they could be stored in an airtight container, I usually have no storage problems with them because they get eaten quickly in my home. These are a relatively healthy snack that taste fine, they are versatile and can have toppings added or just eaten on their own. We recommend these rice cakes.
These rice cakes are amazing. I buy them every time I go shopping. I eat them mostly as a snack. Lovely if not a bit dry by themselves but you can spread whatever you like on them. I personally like jam or nutella. Not that they are the healthiest options, but it's all about moderation really. These are so cheap going at 97p. I tend to eat a pack a week so a week of snacks for 97p is just great. Great to accompany a healthy diet or to start one. The only downside to this product is that it is a bit dry but then again it is to be expected. Available in large food stores I usually get mine from tesco. I never eat them as part of a meal but I guess you could. Maybe having them with a spread for breakfast might be a good idea.
I think this would be a good product to buy if you are trying to keep a healthy diet or start one.
I am constantly on the look out for healthy, low fat snacks, as not only am I trying to lose weight I am increasingly conscious about the nutritional and health aspects of the food I am eating.
Despite all this I am a massive snacker and could easily snack my way through crisps and biscuits all day if I let myself, so I have to find healthy alternatives.
I have been eating rice cakes for years as my mum used to buy them when I was younger and had some bad food allergies (at the time I was not impressed at this alternative to additive fuelled sweets but hey she tried her best!)
We used to buy own brands of these but recently I saw the Kallo variety int eh shop and thinking they looked pretty nice , decided to try these instead. Ok so I have to admit I was swayed by the pretty blue packaging and the fact it just looked all healthy and organic with the picture of the grass etc. Shallow I know but hey I cant help it, packaging is important I think.
I think they were slightly more expensive than the supermarket own brand, they were approx £1.70, but they weren't extortionate so this didn't put me off. And I have to say that in this case you get what you pay for. I really believe that Kallo are a superior range of rice cakes.
Firstly they do a wholegrain variety, something that cheapo brands don't offer. This instantly made me feel healthier just by buying them.
You can tell the difference when you open the packet and look at them as well as they are not as stark white as some cheaper brands and you can see the draker flecks of wholegrain in them.
A rice cake is pretty hard to describe in terms of flavour but they are round with a crispy, slightly salty taste to them. My colleagues at work told me they smell like popcorn, which made them jealous every time I took them out at work. Although the taste is similar to that of any rice cake I noticed that Kallo had made theirs with a slightly salted taste to them which makes them tastier than some own brands which can taste bland in comparison.
Kallo rice cakes were also crisper and less prone to sogginess as some cheaper brands I found, which is particularly useful when taking them to work as you don't want to find them a soggy mess by the time you go to eat them in the afternoon.
Kallo's packaging is also ingenius in that they have extra packaging at the top tied with a plastic toggle (not the official term) which means that once open you can reseal them. This might seem simple to you, but having bought own brands that just come in a packet like normal biscuits they are prone to go staler quicker and you have to keep them in a container.
Rice Cakes are a brilliant snack by themselves , or used as a cracker or bread substitute. And even better than that each rice cake is only around 20 calories and really fills you up! Way hey!
PRICE: 97p for 130g at my local Morrisons
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per rice cake):
(of which sugars): 0.3g
(of which saturates): 0.1g
Wholegrain brown rice, salt
Gluten-free, no artificial additives, suitable for vegetarians & vegans, may contain traces of sesame seeds
I am one of what seems to me the rare individuals who actually enjoys rice cakes, not easily deterred by the feeling of eating polystyrene. I've tried most brands, Kallo being last on the list, so a pack slipped into my supermarket trolley the other day.
Kallo Low Fat Wholegrain Rice Cakes come in a mostly blue sealed plastic pack, with the Kallo trademark and an image of a couple of silhouetted ducks and butterflies wandering across a rural scene. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice and tips, plus Kallo's quality claim and contact details.
The seal on the pack is glued down very tightly and I had to attack it with scissors in order to get to the contents inside. The act of opening the packet broke the first rice cake, but I didn't become unduly panicked, as I feel there are worse things in the world to worry about.
Though I didn't actually count them, I estimate there were approximately 16 rice cakes inside the pack. Each rice cake is coloured a bright, almost steely white, with little pale brown flecks of wholemeal material. The circumference of each cake is I'd guess slightly larger than a standard digestive biscuit, having a thickness of approximately 1/4".
Great care has to be taken in removing the cakes from the packaging, as they break and shatter easily. If they aren't going to be eaten all at once, it's a good idea to store them in an airtight container, as they go stale very quickly.
My favourite way of eating rice cakes is topped with thin slices of Emmental cheese, but on this occasion I decided to sample them in their naked state, so as to get an accurate experience of their flavour and texture.
On biting into the first cake, a few grains of puffed rice fell back onto the plate, but the texture was pleasing - light, airy and delicately crispy. As I chewed, the rice cake didn't (as some other brands can do) go all gluey in my mouth, and the experience of crunching gently then swallowing, was a pleasant one.
As far as taste is concerned, I liked the wholemeal touch as it felt as though I was actually eating something worthwhile rather than chewing on air.
The only slight problem I personally had with the taste, was that despite the low-salt claim, these rice cakes are just a tad over-salted for my own palate. That's not to say I won't buy them again though, but in future I shall eat them with something else so as to drown out that salty flavour.
Gradually over a period of about three days, I finished off the packet - complete with slices of Emmental - and I found the whole experience rather delicious.
The difference between Kallo Low Fat Wholegrain Rice Cakes and other brands is negligible, except for them being maybe slightly saltier than other low-salt varieties - plus I'd estimate they are just a tiny, tiny bit thinner than others I've tried.
I wouldn't declare Kallo to have created a wondrously new and different rice cake experience, but they are quite nice and I'd probably buy them again.....always making sure I have something suitable to eat with them. I am awarding Kallo four stars, but if the product had contained just a little less salt or none at all, it would be a case of full house.
Rice cakes per se are very versatile and you can comfortably top them or eat them with pretty much anything, sweet or savoury, and they are much healthier than some crispbreads and most manufactured biscuits.
Thanks for reading!