“ Brand: Marmite / Type: Snacks „
Recovering from a stomach ulcer and having to eat plain, low fat food little but often, I have been a little stumped as to what I can safely nibble between meals. With my usual spicily flavoured snacks such as Doritos out of the question, I decided to try rice cakes, an old favourite of my sister's that I used to tease her mercilessly about when we were young.
My first reaction was that they weren't that bad after all, the initial shot of flavour being reminiscent of the old seventies breakfast cereal, Puffa Puffa Rice. However, I soon began to find them a little too bland for my tastes...although not quite as bad as chewing polystyrene as my wife claims.
On closer inspection of the healthy nibbles aisle in the supermarket, I discovered that rice cakes actually come in a number of different flavours, one of which is Marmite. There is no doubt whatsoever which camp I belong to...I absolutely love the stuff, having been brought up on cheese and marmite sandwiches from being old enough to go onto solids. Showing restraint never before seen from me however, I decided to try the 25g packet for 59p as opposed to wading straight into the 110g one at £1.19.
The 25g product comes in packaging the size and shape of a packet of crisps, in the distinctive colouring of a Marmite jar...black background with yellow, red and green logo proclaiming 'Marmite ~ Yeast Extract ~ Rich in B Vitamins ~ 100% Vegetarian'. Underneath they also assert that 'Rice cakes will never have to be bland and boring again now we've baked them with lovely Marmite'. I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree.
For those who are unaware, Marmite have mounted a tongue in cheek, self deprecating marketing campaign around the 'love or hate' angle and their website is split accordingly between the two. Each of their products is described from both viewpoints, which makes some odd yet amusing reading. Clicking the devilish 'Hate - This Way' icon takes you to an alternative description of the product which reads as follows:
'Rice cakes? Cardboard, tasteless, rubbish. Now they've made them even worse, if that's possible, by drenching them in Marmite! What was once fobbed off to dieters has now become an object of hate for everyone. Still, they do make a satisfying crunch underfoot. These foul rice cakes have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, but still manage to be grim. They're also rich in B vitamins and have less than 3% fat - big whoop'.
I can't help thinking that this takes the whole 'Love or Hate' theme a little bit too far though.
Contrary to what it says online where they describe a 30g packet, the one I have is without doubt a 25g one. The rice cakes are miniature ones, being 45mm in diameter as opposed to the 90mm of a standard slice, approximately twenty discs that are light brown in appearance due to the 16% Marmite content.
I must admit to being a little wary, having tried Marmite flavoured breadsticks before, which I wasn't keen on as they just tasted as if they were burnt or over baked. However in this case they seem to have got the mixture and process just right, strong enough to liven the cake up without making it sickly, possibly as it absorbs better into rice.
I expected that a packet of this size wouldn't be sufficient for a movie bag devourer like myself, but was surprised to find that I would have saved some for another day if it had been re-sealable. Not wanting them to degrade, I valiantly ploughed through the lot of them instead!
With no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, the ingredients read as if taken from a multi vitamin supplement label, with Niacin, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 all present. With less than 3% fat and only 98 calories, this is a healthy snack that I can certainly testify is easy on the stomach, yet appealing to the taste buds.
Another thing my mum recently brought back from England was a packet of Marmite Rice Cakes, I've never really been a fan of rice cakes, the polystyrene texture and bland, flavourless taste isn't really something that appeals but occasionally when I've been over-indulgent, I decide to cut back and eat healthily for a while.
One of the combinations that I've used in the past to liven rice cakes is marmite and I struggled to see what a company marmite flavouring rice cakes instead of me doing it myself had to offer me.
Now considering the two ingredients are the same, there's not that much of a difference but Marmite Rice Cakes are definitely better than doing it yourself, it's not as messy and the marmite seems to be more engrained in a sort of smoky, twiglet way which makes the rice cakes somewhat more exciting.
I just assumed that that would be it, the full result but the packaging recommends putting cream cheese on them and although I found the idea a bit repulsive initially, it turns out that it does actually go together rather well! They are a decent snack in their own right though and at just 20 calories a go, you can afford to have several of them!
I have never been a fan of rice cakes. Despite them being a healthy alternative for snacks, I just couldn't convince myself to like them. Bland, rubbery, boring are among the words that float around my head when thinking of them.
My colleague happened to have a packet of Marmite flavoured rice cakes on her desk one day and offered me on. I do like Marmite, but something in me still wasn't sure as it was still a rice cake at the end of the day. She convinced me to try one and I literally haven't looked back since.
You can buy these rice cakes in small 25g packets with miniature size cakes inside, much like a packet of crisps, or you can buy the large 110g tubes, much like the tubes of rice crackers you can buy.
I prefer the larger packets as you get more value for money. I find a small bag is eaten in one sitting, much like a packet of crisps, whereas a large tube can last me a couple of days if I eat sparingly.
The rice cakes themselves look fairly standard if you've ever seen a rice cake before. The big difference is that they look like they have been coated in a layer of marmite on both sides. I thought they were going to be sticky for some reason the first time I took a packet, but they aren't at all. With the larger tube, the rice cakes are thick and chunky to eat. One is enough for a quick snack, and you can take your time over it. Be careful though they have a tendency to be a bit crumbly.
If you're a lover of marmite, then you'll know that the intense flavour hits the back of your taste buds, stays there and almost zings for ages after you eat. These rice cakes have the flavour down to a tee, and are a perfect food for a marmite lover.
Eating one always makes me feel as though I have had a mouth workout, which is good for making my stomach feel as though it's getting sustenance, rather than empty air from my food.
I was particularly pleased to read the nutritional information on these rice cakes. Per two large rice cakes you will ingest 0.4 grams of fat and 61 calories. Much better for you than a packet of crisps, but yet with all the intensity and flavour making you feel like you have eaten something that may otherwise be deemed as "diet food".
When I first bought these they were readily available from my local Morrison's for £1.38 per tube or 45p per small bag.
They do like to hide now, and have disappeared from Morrison's, but I have found the tubes in Waitrose and the small packets in Sainsbury's so far.
Personally I find the small bags quite expensive for what you get and always prefer to buy the tubes. They aren't packaged terribly well, and I find the plastic feel coating they are packaged in does rip quite easily and then that makes the small tie at the top not work effectively.
Saying that however, I also find that a tube of these don't last very long at all. If you're a marmite lover then I urge you to seek these out and try them.
Marmite. I love their slogan, as it makes total sense...such a strong, unusual, addictive flavour that is carried amazingly in these ricey little lovelies...
I am, at this very second, chomping on a lovely large Marmite Rice Cake and enjoying it so much, I wanted to share it with you all. Such Marmitey goodness, on such a light yet satisfying cake, heaven! (I've got a large packet at 110g containing roughly 15, and just ate about 5)
I was just over the moon when I saw in Tesco's the whole new range of Marmite- themed savoury snacks, including the cashews, breadsticks, crisps and rice cakes, and CHEESE!! (all of which I totally can't live without, and would fully recommend). The delish goodness of yeasty Marmite is such a distinctive flavour, which carries ever so well throughout all of these products; all of which I see as rather innovative and a yummy alternative to crisps or Mini Cheddars and so on. If you want a slightly special lunchtime munch or a sneaky afternoon snack, go ahead and reach for these flavoursome little lads.
I am now licking the Marmite flavour out of the bottom of the packet.
Anyway, on with the review...each serving of 2 cakes contains a tiny 61 cals and 0.4g of fat (making them slightly healthier than cheesey Snack-a-Jacks and way healthier than dirty crisps). The pack suggests adding the following toppings: cream cheese and chives, egg mayo and cress, cheese and tomato, and ham and tomato...my advice...steer clear of any extras and just enjoy these babies for what they are...
About £1.15 for a 110g pack or around 50p for a 45g pack of the smaller version...
Go and get them. Now. Go!
I bought these marmite rice cakes as most of us in the family enjoy marmite and are big fans of twiglets too but found these pretty disappointing and have actually binned the packet before emptying it, which is fairly unheard of for a snack in this household.
They don't actually taste that much of marmite or at least not strongly enough to disguise the cardboard taste of rice cake - maybe if you are a big rice cake fan this wouldn't be so much of a problem. I also thought they would be a healthier alternative to crisps for the children but although the packet states they contain less than 3% fat I notice that a 30g serving which is the pack size contains 10% of an adult's guideline amount of salt so would be even worse for children and is slightly higher than a pack of crisps from a Walkers multipack.
Am glad we tried them but won't be buying again. Much prefer snack a jacks or crisps.
You know the cliché: Love it or hate it. I'd always put myself strictly in the "love it" camp, having been brought up on a diet of Marmite soldiers. So these new rice cakes really intrigued me. I'm a big fan of Twiglets, and these seemed like a lighter alternative; healthy and tasty, everyone's a winner.
And then I tried one. Ew. Really not pleasant. I was quite surprised as I'd been expecting great things from this little snack so I tried again - maybe my taste-buds were mistaken... No, they weren't. For me, these were far too heavy on the marmite flavour and the marmite-rice cake marriage was not a happy one. My young son, on the other hand, didn't seem to notice the foul taste and quite happily munched away, but then all things rice-cakey tend to appeal to the under 5s.
I guess this product is really going to come down to personal preference. By all means try them, and be prepared for a big Marmite hit. In that sense they deliver what they set out to do, but not a snack that I'll be repeat purchasing in a hurry.
I have always loved marmite. Its distinctive flavour tickles my taste buds in just the right way and all those B vitamins are just an added bonus really. So when I saw the adverts on the tube for these marmite rice cakes I decided I had to give them a go. I quite like the texture of rice cakes anyway, so I was sure this mixed with Marmite has to be a winner!
The rice cakes come in what is really a rather oversized bag considering each bag only contains 30g of the product, so like many a bag of crisps, when you actually look in the packet, you feel rather disappointed by what's actually there in comparison to it's size. The packet is branded in typical Marmite style, black and yellow, with a large standard Marmite logo taking up about half of the front of the packet.
So what about the rice cakes themselves? Well, some are perfectly formed, looking exactly like those on the front of the packet, others don't quite have the same smooth tops and are more bumpy but still rather round, some a very thick and some are quite flat but the important thing really is how do they taste?
The answer is - delicious! Whilst the flavour isn't quite that of marmite spread itself, it's more like the flavouring on twiglets; it's still very strong so you only get mild hints of the taste of the rice cake itself which isn't bad either really! The texture is fantastic, very crispy and crunchy yet quite fluffy at the same time - there's no squeaky-ness which I've heard many people complain about when it comes to rice cakes, so overall I'm very satisfied!
The only downside I can think of when it comes to this product is that occasionally you get the very thin rice cake, which is very hard to bite in to and is more like trying to eat uncooked rice. These are very few and far between though; I think I've only experienced it twice out of the many packets I have now consumed.
Nutrition wise, these are very good snacks! At 117 calories a packet and only 0.8g of fat for something that I personally find quite filling, I don't feel the need to eat anything again for a long time, certainly not until I have my next main meal and like all Marmite products these rice cakes are full of those all important B Vitamins! Price wise I've seen these around 60p per pack, which I would say is quite reasonable, okay, so a fair bit more than you're average packet of crisps, but these are far better for you in every way, so I would say worth the slight price premium.
So if you like Marmite - definitely give these a try. If you don't... well you're probably not to try these anyway and I wouldn't expect you to like them either!
People say you either love or hate marmite. I could say the same for rice cakes. My husband thinks they have the texture of polystyrene, and they are completely tasteless. I have to agree that the rice cake itself is, but most of us would add some butter or cheese etc to add flavour. They are excellent if you are on a gluten free diet for example.
I have tried all rice cakes and find them totally boring until I came accross the marmite one in Sainsburys this week.
I love them, although you would have to like marmite as they have a very stong flavour. The cracker itself is nice and chunky; they are very nice on their own or with a little butter. I am so pleased I have found them.
I also find that these stay fresher than the normal rice cakes once opened, maybe the marmite acts as some kind of preservative.
It is also hard to find food wheat free these days and I am sure that you will agree all wheat free products are well overpriced. The marmite cracker is reasonably priced at about £1.10.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
I have always been a fan of Snack a Jacks so I do tend to gravitate towards the rice based snacks, not due just to the taste but also because many of these types of snacks tend to be merchandised as diet food, being much healthier than the bog standard crisp varieties.
When I first came across these I was more than pleased, not only could I have one of my favourite snacks but now with an authentic Marmite flavouring to boot.
The product I will now review is - "Marmite rice cakes"
The packet is as with most crisp packets, though these do allow a little more space for the slightly larger snack within.
The packet follows the colour branding of the Marmite logo, this being black and yellow.
The packet holds all the usual information, brand name, product name, nutritional information and finally the statement that "rice cakes will never be boring again......", though I cannot entirely agree with this statement, due to the fact I loved these in the first place, these are rather nice!
You get around 15 disc shaped rice crackers per pack, each one with a visible layer of Marmite flavouring on each side of the cracker.
These particular snacks seem much smoother on both sides than Snack a Jacks do, this means that much less of the flavouring clings to the snack, with this particular flavour I am pleased with this fact, any more flavour would be far too intense.
The cracker is crunchy but with the slight "squeak" factor that you get with rice crackers and the intensity of flavour being perfect and as close to the original as humanly possible.
The nutritional information is as follows -
These are a healthy snack, low in fat and packed to the rafters with vitamins and minerals.
These are available to buy in most supermarkets but are available in Asda also, and usually on a "buy 2 for £1.00" offer, which is how much i paid for them... bargain!
For more information visit - www.marmite.com
These are a lovely snack, which if you actually like Marmite are ideal as you feel like you are getting a treat, when in reality it is a healthy snack to munch on!
Thanks for reading x
What are they?
A packet of rice cakes.
These are small mini snack sized rice cakes that have been flavoured with marmite. The rice cakes are rich in B vitamins and claim to contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
What do I think of them?
Well, the idea of having some rice cakes flavoured with something decent and familiar was very appealing, as rice cakes just have virtually no taste to them, in fact, they are very similar to polystyrene! Marmite, well, unless you actually like the taste of marmite, these will only appeal to those who like marmite, it's a very specific flavour and personally, I feel marmite has a pretty strong, and almost a hint of bitterness in them, so as they say, ' you will either love or hate them!'.
Ironically, I don't really 'love' marmite, but I don't really 'hate' it either. I probably bear on the side of dislike for marmite, but as it isn't an 'unhealthy' food, I tend to tolerate it.
When infused into rice cakes, they certainly do make them more 'tasty' and probably more of a dramatic impact on the taste buds. Going from being something completely tasteless, the rice cakes have now become strong bitter zingy pieces of so called crispy snacks...imagine; spreading a piece of polystyrene with some marmite and also letting the paste dry for a good few hours, and then you should get something very similar to this. OK, to be fair, the real thing is made of rice, so there is, at least some slight hint of rice in smell and taste.
A few bites of these, I felt as if I needed some water, the packet states that there is 0.6g per pack - that's 10% of an adult's daily intake, which is very high for such a small snack. The cakes were also very drying in the mouth, it felt as it absorbed every bit of fluid that was in my mouth and hence, you will need a good few glasses of water after eating these.
These rice cakes cost around 55p for a 30g pack, which contains about 20 small rice cakes per pack. They are so drying and salty, I wouldn't recommend having the whole pack all in one sitting, I felt I'd had enough after about 3 or 4 cakes, plus needed a glass of water for it.
A really good idea to flavour the healthy rice cakes, but probably not with marmite!
Thanks for reading. xx
© Leighsa 2009.
My apologies first off for being so predictable......you'll either love them or hate them. I personally love them; I can't get enough of the marmite spread so I guess this makes sense, whilst some people in my office wrinkle their noses up when I open the bag as they can't bear the smell of them.
They come in a 30g bag with the recognisable yellow marmite logo on the front. The bag seems rather large and you do get quite a few rice cakes for your money, 56p per bag if I remember rightly at Tesco or at the moment they are doing an offer Any 2 for 89p.
The rice cakes themselves are the same size as those you'll find in similar size bags. They vary in thickness, the thin ones are much crunchier and the thicker ones have a softer texture to them. The marmite flavour coating is visible on the rice cakes and makes them a brown colour. They taste very similar to traditional marmite with the same tang that us marmite lovers will know and adore.
Rice cakes are traditionally a low fat snack and these are no different with each 30g bag containing 0.8g of fat, 0.2 of which saturates which make for a tasty yet reasonably healthy snack.
As I mentioned earlier, if you are not a fan of marmite then the chances are you will not enjoy these but I definitely recommend them to all marmite lovers out there
I was in Asda earlier today and something caught my eye, a large black packet with marmite written on the front. I remembered people raving about them on dooyoo so decided to give them a try.
I have only tried rice cakes a few times in my life and hated them every time. They may be low in calories but I'd rather chew cardboard than eat the plain ones. The flavoured snack a jacks I tried were not much better with horrible artificial flavouring.
These are not the most attractive snack out there, each ricecake is a thin circle of compressed puffed rice about an inch or two in diamater and has a dull brown coating, to be honest they look a bit like small drinks coasters.
They are thinner than any other rice cake I have tried before, only a few milimeters thick. This gives them a lovely crunch which other rice cakes lack Once you start chewing then they become nice and soft and chewy, the distinctive taste of marmite lovely and strong and certainly not in the least bit bland.
The 30g bag cost me 58p in Asda which seems a bit much for one snack. I would have prefered a smaller bag, the rice cakes are so light that 30g is a huge portion and I could only manage half at a time. The good news is that each packet contains only 117 calories, less than 3% fat and is fortified with B vitamins and is extremely filling. I especially like the fact it has B vitamins as I ended up deficient in these a few years ago (shown up by a routine blood test) so try to eat foods rich in these vitamins now.
If you hate marmite then these are not for you. I love marmite and this snack has the perfect amount of marmite taste to give me a nice snack and is certainly a healthier alternative to crisps.
Being a big lover of anythig Marmite, i was very very happy when i came across these rice snaks in the shops. I'm always a happy girl when i see Marmite have brought out another lovely snack. I have always been a bit lover of the Snack a Jack rice cakes, so i decided to buy some to see what the Marmite rice cakes tasted like.
** My Thoughts about the Marmite Adult Rice Cakes **
When you first open the bag, the first thing you will notice is the strong smell of Marmite, it really does hit you. The rice cakes are small but very thick, and are brown in colour. If you are not a fan of Marmite you will probably think they taste a bit strong, but any lovers, will not complain about this, it just makes them that much better.
Whenever i'm feeling a bit hungry, a bag of these rice cakes always manage to fill me up, and gives me hours before i'm feeling hungry again. Because these are low in fat, you never feel guilty when opening up a bag and tucking in.
** Packaging **
These come in a black foil fresh bag. On the fron of the bag it has the well known Marmite logo, and underneath the words RICE CAKES in big letters. Also you will notice the Nutrition info on the front.
If you walked past this product, you would know straight away it was a Marmite product.
** Nutrition Info Per 30g Bag**
Energy Kjoules - 498
Energy Kcals - 117
Protein - 4.4
Carbohydrate - 23.2
Of Which Sugars - 0.2
Fat - 0.8
Of Which Saturates - 0.2
Salt (based on sodium) - 0.6
Folic Acid - 120microg
Vitamin B12 - 0.72microg
These rice cakes are rich in B vitamins and are free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and are less than 3% fat.
** Cost **
I have seen these in my local Asda for around 50p, which i think is great for the amount you get in the bag.
Marmite adult rice cakes. I saw these in the supermarket and thought I must give them a try. I love rice cakes and marmite so they sounded perfect.
They are packaged in a black bag. On the front of the pack there is a picture of the rice cakes and the well known Marmite symbol. The size bag I picked up contained 30g of the rice cakes.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag was the lovely waft of marmite. It smelt delicious and I could not wait to tuck into the rice cakes. The rice cakes are similar in size to crisps but thicker. They have a lovely texture and have a great crunch to them. When you pop one in your mouth you really feel like you are getting a good mouthful. The taste of Marmite is very apparent. It is quite strong and if you like Marmite you will love these. They are not bland like some rice cakes and the flavour really lasts throughout the pack. Not only do these rice cakes taste great, they are great healthy snack. They are low in fat and low in sugar. A bag really does feel like you are getting a very filling snack. As Marmite is rich in vitamin B you are also getting a lot of this in these rice cakes too. They also contain Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin & Folic Acid. The downside is, is that Marmite does have a lot of salt. I remember being told not to give it to my daughter when she was young due to the high salt content.
They are available from most supermarkets and cost 59p.
They also do these Marmite rice cakes in a large version. (Like snack a Jacks) These ones you can eat plain or add some soft cheese etc to. These are also available from the supermarket for about £1.50. I find these a little less flavoursome but still very delicious and they only have 61 calories for one large cake.
Since rejoining Weight Watchers a few weeks ago I've found that my diet has got decidedly boring. I love cooking and my favourite foods are the healthier options of fish and vegetables, I am so missing my tasty night-time snacks though and it was causing me to ruin my diet because come 9pm I always crave something nice to eat in front of the tele.
I went to Tesco the other day with the express intention of buying myself a stock pile of nice tasting snacks which are still healthier than the average packet of McCoys or a Whole Nut.
I love Marmite so was thrilled when I saw they have developed Rice Cakes flavoured with Marmite, you can buy them in the individual bags as shown above or larger cakes in a cylindrical packet such as Snack A Jacks are packaged in. I bought the big packet because I can eat them with a salad as well as for a snack in the evening, whereas with the little ones you're restricting yourself to munching them like a bag of crisps.
I was slightly dubious when I opened the packet as although I've eaten plain rice cakes for years, I've only ever eaten the flavoured Snack A Jacks ones which I'm not too keen on. The smell that came out of the packet is the lovely aroma of Marmite and it made my mouth water as soon as the smell hit my nostrils.
I ate one plain on it's own and it was absolutely delicious, not at all like usual diet food! The rice cakes are crunchy and have a harder and more compacted texture than Snack A Jacks, the actual puffed up grains of rice are visibly smaller too which I think makes them lovely and crunchy compared to the crispier texture of Snack A Jacks.
The flavour, to a Marmite lover like me, was delicious and such a satisfying savoury snack. These Marmite Rice Cakes are a brown colour, not the usual beige of plain rice cakes, and it's the colouring that provides the lovely Marmite flavour. It's the distinct rich flavour of proper Marmite only more toned down and much smoother on the palate. The whole rice cake is infused with this delightful flavour, but it's the surfaces which will give any lover of Marmite the intensity of flavour they crave.
I thought they were lovely and with only 61 calories and 0.4g of fat in each rice cake (that's 1 Weight Watchers point) they are not going to spoil all my hard work on my diet. I have tried them spread very thinly with cheese spread and this was lovely, also with a slice of cheddar and a thin slice of pear.
I got mine from Tesco and they cost around £1.39 so while this isn't particularly cheap, there are enough rice cakes to last for a while and my pack has kept without going soft for seven days now so they will last.
Love or loathe Marmite's new X rated rice snack.