“ Brand: Mc Vitie's / Type: Biscuit „
I was in my local corner shop the other day and I noticed they've currently got an offer on for Jaffa Cakes. It was for buy 1 get 2 free! So of course I picked up 3 packets of these and payed for just one. One packet of Jaffa Cakes cost £1.19 for 12 cakes. I say cakes, some people consider them biscuits, some cakes, but on the packet it refers to them as cakes, so I shall call them that.
The pack of 12 cakes comes in a predominantly navy blue box with the orange McVitie's Jaffa Cakes on the the box. On the back of the rectangular box is the ingredients, contact details, nutritional information etc and a bit of information about the VIP Club.
On the back of the box it gives a short description about eating healthily and enjoying snacks as part of a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat, protein and fibre.
It states on the box that:-
"McVitie's Jaffa cakes: The original blend of dark crackly chocolate, light sponge & the smashing orangey bit."
On opening the box the cakes are sealed in an orange celophane packet to keep them fresh. Undo the packet and take out a cake. There is a slight orangey aroma to them. On biting into the cake, it is, indeed, spongey and soft to bite into. There is a generous helping of chocolate on top of the cake, and in the centre of the cake is the orange bit sandwiched between the cake and the sponge cake. If you're anything like me, I sometimes lick the chocolate off and peel off the orange bit and eat that seperately. I just like to play with my food. Each cake contains 1g of fat.
Unlike my last review about chocolate digestives, I don't consider these good for dunking in tea or coffee, and I feel I only need to eat 2 or 3 of these in 1 go as they are sweet and quite filling I find, so 3 boxes is going to last me a good while lol.
Would I recommend these? Well, for 3 boxes for the price of 1, you can't grumble at that, can you? But I have always liked Jaffa Cakes anyway, so yes, I would recommend these. I find these an enjoyable treat and, although I'm not a particular fan of fruity sweets or chocolate, I do find I like these with the added sponge.
NOTE: This review is also written on Ciao under the same username.
Jaffa Cakes are one of my favourite snacks and McVities do them really well. A 150g box of these will set you back £1.19 from Tesco. The box is rather small. Yes, this is a bit pricey for a couple of Jaffa Cakes, but it is not that expensive for a branded product made by McVities, and anyway these are way better quality. Obviously you can get Jaffa Cakes not only from McVities but from other brands most commonly supermarkets' own ones. These will cost you less money to buy, obviously, so you might think that they are better value for money, but they do not taste as good as these ones. McVities Jaffa Cakes are noticeably better in quality than others available and they are really tasty. Anyway, I see these Jaffa Cakes on special offer really frequently from store to store which provides even better value for money.
A box of Jaffa Cakes is recognisable from basically a mile around as the packaging is really distinctive and eye catching. It uses bold colours on the box; blue and orange. I don't find this particularly attractive, but it is not unpleasant either and at least it is instantly identifiable. Inside the box the Jaffa Cakes have a neat plastic wrapper around them to keep them fresh.
You can get different pack sizes of Jaffa cakes; the ordinary one that I normally get is quite a short rectangular tube, but you can also get these in double packs. They sell cake bar versions of these Jaffa Cakes which I have never tried before but plan on tasting sometime in the near future as I expect that they will taste rather nice. And at around Christmas time, I saw tubes of Jaffa Cakes which were about a metre long for sale which I thought would make a really cool gift.
It says on the packaging that you can earn McVities VIP points on these which is some sort of loyalty scheme. I don't have an account with them so I have no wisdom to impart on this topic though I should probably join up soon since I do buy a lot of products from them and it would be nice to get something back.
Jaffa cakes are shaped like biscuits, but when you bite down you realise that it has a lighter, more cakey texture. It feels lighter than your average biscuit. There is a circle of orange with a very jelly like texture on top of this. This is both sweet and slightly sour which I like. And on top of this there is a nice coating of chocolate. They taste really nice as the tangy flavour of the orange corresponds very well with the darkness of the chocolate and these are quite filling. However, it is far too easy to eat lots and lots of these without even noticing!
In conclusion, these are very nice Jaffa Cakes which are ideal for snacking on and even though it is a branded product it is even good value for money if you find on special offer, which is rather often. These are a very good buy and I would highly recommend them with 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I just realised I hadn't reviewed Jaffa Cakes and they are my absolute favourite so thought it was about time!
The infamous argument: cake or biscuit? Well to me, I simply don't care. I don't have time to debate this; I just want to eat them.
Jaffa Cakes are round pieces of sponge with a tangy orange jelly filling and half covered in dark chocolate. They usually come in stacks of 12 (or multiples of 12) in an orange plastic film in a blue cardboard box.
The orange jelly in the middle is vegetarian and whilst very flavoursome, it's not overpowering. The sponge is quite dry and crumbly so not like a sponge cake and can go very stale if you leave a packet open too long (not a problem for me!). The chocolate, although dark, is not too bitter and compliments the other flavours. I've tried the Cadbury Jaffa Cakes with milk chocolate on top and, while still delicious, it just wasn't the same and I don't think it worked as well.
I think the mixture of the 3 textures (sponge, jelly and chocolate) is a winning combination! Every bite is pure perfection. Unfortunately they are so good that I regularly eat a whole tube of 12 by myself (I know - it's terrible and most people wouldn't even dream of it, but I just can't help myself!!).
Luckily for me they aren't actually TERRIBLE for you on the calorie and fat counter. Each cake contains 1g fat and 46 calories. I realise when you times this by 12 it gets pretty bad, if you are a normal person these are a snack you can enjoy without worrying too much about how bad they are for you. Having said that, all of the fat in them is saturated fat which is never good.
They're not too expensive either - the single tubes of 12 are £1.19 at the moment From Tesco. I've tried own brand Jaffa Cakes before and while not being as good, I found them perfectly OK and would go for them again if I was really watching my money. McVities are obviously the original and the best, but I'm not overly brand loyal.
I also love the little snack packs they do of mini Jaffa cakes in orange plastic cases - they're ideal for lunch boxes and eating my favourite snack on the move! If you have the opportunity to try the Big Jaffa Cake (as in the celebration cake size) definitely go for it - it was delicious when I tried it (although £7 is a bit steep in my opinion)!
5/5 - couldn't give them anything less.
AHHH the orangy taste of mcvites jaffa cake. This is the taste that I can not resist, I mean I eat 3 then I tell my self that the next one is the final 1... and it goes on and on and on!!!
The delicate coating of dark chocolate on the orange flavoured "jam" that sits on the spongy biscuit/cake.
the flavour is very unique when comparing this product when comparing with the other "versions" as it leaves a distinct after taste after eating. The chocolate is nice (clearly not compromised).
The price of these jaffa cakes is around £1.20 for a box, this is ok for the quality. I would rather buy a more expensive product for good taste and value, unlike the 60p/100p jaffa cakes that sainsburys and asda sell.
I must admit that the packaging is quite exaggerated and they do seem to get very soggy in damp rooms very very quickly. Other than that I would recommend them to any one who wants a nice and sweet biscuit to have with the morning coffee or the afternoon tea.
===Why I Got This===
I only normally buy Jaffa Cakes to give as presents at Christmas but this year I got given some boxes back from my sister so decided to eat them myself for a change. Normally if I am eating any Jaffa Cakes I always buy the Cadbury ones as although harder to come by I find them superior.
McVities Jaffa Cakes boast that they are 'The Original' and began making 'Jaffa Cakes' way back in the 1920s. However other manufacturers also make these now - such as Cadbury and Tesco.
Blue rectangluar standard box.
Contains 12 cakes - 'Light sponge cakes with dark crackly chocolate and a smashing orangey centre.'
The box is bright blue and the name 'Jaffa Cakes' is written in bright orange to represent orange peel.
Contains 1 gram of fat and 46 calories per cake.
Made by United Biscuits (UK).
The cakes inside are sealed in bright orange transparent cellophane.
Contains - Milk, Egg, Soya, Gluten.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
£1.19 at Tesco.
Also comes in 24 and 36 cake boxes as well as snack packs for lunch boxes and cake bars.
The McVities are the original Jaffa Cake and they fought a court case to have Jaffa Cakes classed as a cake and not a biscuit - thus avoiding having to pay VAT - as apparently a cake goes hard when it is stale but a biscuit goes soft - so these were classed as 'cakes'. However although we call then 'cakes' I am sure we all eat then as biscuits - just to add to the confusion - and they are always sold in the biscuit aisle - not with the cakes.
To confuse matters even more they now sell a Jaffa Cake 'Cake Bar'!
As most people know Jaffa Cakes are little biscuit sized discs of soft sponge about 2 inches across, with a dollop of orange type jelly on top and finished off with a layer of thin dark chocolate over the top of the 'cake'.
I am sure most people will have eaten a Jaffa Cake at one time or another. The base is soft and spongy, the orange layer is like a clear solid jam consistency and the top dark chocolate is very thin and crispy.
The new bright orange cellophane around the biscuits is new to me and very bright and colourful - and would be good for craft projects.
But back to the 'cakes' - I eat mine as I would biscuits - having two or three with a cup of tea.
I find if left in a hot kitchen they are a bit soft so I like to put them in the fridge which hardens up the chocolate topping and makes it nice and crispy, without spoiling the softness of the base. The thick layer of orange is lovely and flavoursome and I find two or three quite sufficient for me.
These are a good sweet alternative to other biscuits, though I would not want to try dunking them!
Although these were the original I am afraid to say I do prefer the Cadbury Jaffa Cakes the best - I have not got the two here to compare at present but there just seems to be a better flavour to the Cadbury ones.
Regardless of that I give the McVities Jaffa Cakes 4 stars as they are a nice sweet and tasty treat and come from a reputable manufacturer.
Being such a well known 'cake' they are always welcome at children's parties or if you are having friends around as someone will always love them.
4 stars - not quite as nice as the Cadbury version.
===Would I Recommend?===
They have their own page on Facebook - jaffacakes.
There is also a VIP Club which you can join by using the code on the inner cellophane wrapper. You collect points to exchange for rewards.
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Plain Chocolate (19%)[Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Butter Oil, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Natural Flavouring], Sugar, Wheat Flour, Whole Egg, Water, Dextrose Monohydrate, Concentrated Orange Juice (8% Orange Juice Equivalent), Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Humectant (Glycerine), Citric Acid, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Emulsifier (E471), Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dried Whole Egg, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Orange Flavouring, Colour (Curcumin).
I don't know what it is about Jaffa Cakes that make them so popular. After all it's just a bit of sponge, chocolate, and orange jelly stuff. Ok, so it sounds nice. But you really do have to just eat one to appreciate the simple genius. The problem I often have with Jaffa cakes is that I HAVE to buy the single box, just because I know once I've ate one, there's no turning back. And before I know it, the packet is empty. Despite how moreish they are, I often find that they're still something I don't often think to buy. Not unless someone shoves a pack in my face, I'll reluctantly (read: eagerly) pick a pack up. Although writing this, it is really giving me a craving for the things...
Is it a cake or is it a biscuit? The question we've all asked at some point. The fact that it looks like a biscuit would suggest it is. After all, how often do you see round, flat little cakes piled in a plastic wrapper like biscuits? On the other hand, the sponge, plus the clue in the name, would suggest they're a cake. Either way it's amazing that Mcvitties have managed to confuse us over what it should be classed as. However after hearing someone's explanation (possibly on QI) on the whole biscuit or cake issue, I now believe that Jaffa Cakes are in fact... A cake. The reason? Biscuits become soft when they are stale, cakes harden when stale. And because Jaffa Cakes lose their softness when the packet is somehow, open for too long, therefore, in my opinion, justifies them as being a cake. If only we had listened to Mcvitties in the first place!
Now that's cleared up, I can comfortably continue with the review. Eating Jaffa Cakes always seems to bring back memories of childhood when I would be excited to find that Santa had left me a whole box of Jaffa Cakes to myself! You can imagine then how excited and amazed I was when I saw the yard long Jaffa Cakes for the first time. Wow. I was instantly a little kid again with the 'I want one' phrase. If I'd a mirror in front of my face at the time, I think I would have actually seen my own eyes light up! Before there were the giant box of Jaffa Cakes, (a giant Jaffa Cake, how good would that be?!) There were the packs of mini Jaffa Cakes. I always remember taking a pack of the mini Jaffa Cakes in my packed lunch to school. Then the moment of excitement at lunch time, when I'd count how many I have before eating any, to find I have 7 or 8 mini Jaffa Cakes instead of the usual 6. Admit it, you've done it too.
Now that I'm older, Jaffa Cakes are just a tasty little treat that I love to find hiding in the back of the cupboard. And I think one day, I may just have to invest in one of the yard long boxes for Christmas. Or get someone to buy me one, just to add to the childhood excitement that little bit more.
MCVITIES JAFFA CAKES
Mcvities jaffa cakes come packaged in sturdy cardboard packaging that is blue in colour with orange writting, Inside the pack the cakes/biscuits are packaged in bright orange cellophane.
Jaffa cakes have a sponge base, with a tangy orange jelly on top which is then covered by a thin layer of chocolate.
They come in packs of 12 which retail at approx £1.25 in my local shop and are available in most smaller shops as well as larger supermarkets.
Each jaffa cake contains 1g of fat, 46 calories and 6.4g of suger, They also contain gluten, soya, eggs and milk and are suitable for vegetarians.
In my house me and the kids can't quite decided if these are a biscuit or a cake, if you ask my mum she will say cake, I like to think more biscuit, my son says its a biscake.
All of us love jaffa cakes and they are something which we always have in and buy whilst shopping, the sponge is soft and moist while the jelly layer has a nice tangy taste to it, and the chocolate covering tastes so dam good, a bit like cadburys chocolate, very yummy indeed.
The only thing I find with these is that they are moreish so a pack never lasts long and I have to go out and buy some more.
They make a great snack and go down well at kids party's as well, so if you have never had one I advise you to go out and buy some, you'll e wanting more soon after
Our family just love Jaffa cakes and the original ones from McVities are the best you can buy. They are a lot dearer to buy than the shops own brands but they definitely taste better.
The McVities Jaffa cakes come in a box which feels quite strong and inside the cakes are wrapped in a cellophane wrapper to keep them nice and fresh. The box stops the cakes getting squashed so the chocolate is still nicely intact when you open the pack up.
The chocolate on top has a nice taste to it which actually tastes like proper chocolate, not like the cheaper versions and it doesn't crumble off the top and go all down your front when biting into it like the cheaper versions either. The orange jelly inside is a lot thicker and has a lovely orangey taste to it. The cake part is always nice and moist and tastes like proper cake.
The good thing about these cakes is that they are low in calories, they are just 46 calories per cake which is quite good for a nice sweet treat. The bad thing is that it is so hard to eat just one or two if you have a normal size packet. You can easily just keep munching on them until the pack is all gone as they are so light to eat, they practically melt in the mouth so you don't feel like you are eating a lot. If you are dieting then its a much better practice to buy the snack packs and just take one pack at a time so the temptation stays in the cupboard.
As for the traffic light labeling, the fat content is yellow (1g per cake), sat fat is also yellow (0.5g per cake), sugar is red (6.4g per cake) and salt is green (<0.1g per cake).
To buy a box of these at the moment you are looking at approximately £1.19 for a pack of 12 which is quite expensive. I would give these 5 stars if it wasn't for the price as they are by far superior in quality and taste but the price stops me buying them unless they are on special offer.
I am a huge fan of jaffa cakes and have been for a number of years, I try and buy the big packs where possible and rather than eat them with something i try and eat them just on their own, i don't dunk them in tea or anything like that. I don't do what some people do and just take the orange and chocolate bit off and eat that, i eat the whole thing, but i suppose this is another way to do it...
For starters, the top bread like bit is quite dry, it's not salty though so that's a good thing (i hate salty food) and it doesn't have any distinctive taste. Its rather plain, bland if you will. It is very soft beneath the surface despite appearing and feeling quite rough on the outside, and this is actually quite pleasant. Makes it more sort of a biscuit rather than a profiterole like cake.
The chocolate is smooth and isn't at all bitter. It is Milk Chocolate even though it does look like dark chocolate, and again, no salty taste, it's not rammed with sugar and there are no bad after tastes. It melts pretty quickly like regular chocolate and isn't the strongest of flavours meaning there is plenty of flavour to be had when you get to the tangy orange bit in the middle.
The orange is like a jelly, like it has been spread on as a paste and it sticks to the chocolate and the bread like top. The orange flavour is quite obvious and strong, being the strongest flavour of all three parts to these cakes.
It doesn't taste too sweet but equally isn't sour. The orange will leave a taste in your mouth for some time if not washed away, but its not like a bad after taste its just the same taste as before but on a smaller scale of flavour intensity. It's not at all dry of in any way chewy, its just a soft orangey paste.
The packaging is made of cardboard and then there is a plastic sleeve (also orange) which holds the cakes together in a nice line. They all face the same way so some form of organisation there, but only the box can be recycled of course.
Overall some very nice cakes, recommended for snack food but i wouldn't dunk them in your tea. Having seen others do it, they don't look or taste nice afterwards.
Who can't resist a couple (or five) Mcvitie's jaffa cakes with a cuppa? I know I can't! There's just something about jaffa cakes that makes them so appealing. It probably has something to do with the fact that chocolate and orange go together like fish and chips and adding cake into the equation just makes them even more exciting!
These Jaffa cakes are made by Mcvitie's who are a confectionary company. They are one of the most well-known biscuit companies and have been around for over 100 years. As well as Jaffa cakes Mcvitie's produce biscuits such as the traditional digestives and rich tea, gingernuts, fruit shortcakes, hobnobs, boasters, penguins, taxis, gold bars and their latest additions medley cereal bars and quirks.
~ Product and availability ~
Mcvitie's Jaffa cakes are widely available in most supermarkets (I think it would be a crime if they didn't sell them!)They are available to buy in packs 36 for around £3.09, packs of 24 for around £2.19, packs of 12 for around £1.19, 6 miniature pots of 6 cakes for around £1.69 and lastly in share bag form for roughly £1.59. Make sure you shop around though as there are usually some sort of 2 for 1 or BOGOF deals on. Mcvitie's Jaffa cakes are also available to buy in dark chocolate, as mini rolls and as cake bars.
~ Packaging ~
Mcvitie's Jaffa cakes come in a deep blue rectangular cardboard box. On the front of the box you will find the Mcvitie's logo and underneath this in large orange letters the words Jaffa cakes in font stylised to look like the skin of an orange. In the corner there is a little picture of an orange and inside this it tells me there is 1g fat per cake. Basic nutritional information is also on the front of the box for convenience and is easy to read at a glance. The end of the box describes this product as the perfect blend of bittersweet dark crackly chocolate, light sponge and zingy orange centre. The back of the box gives you details about healthy eating, keeping active, allergy information, nutritional information in more detail and the ingredients list. Inside the box the Jaffa cakes are wrapped in an orange plastic wrapper to keep them fresh whilst in the packaging.
~ Appearance, smell, taste and texture ~
Mcvitie's Jaffa cakes are small and round and quite fragile/soft to hold. They look very cute and appetising with their soft, spongy golden base and their dark rippled chocolate topping. They smell slightly of orange but not a lot. Biting into one of these you are met with a mixture of perfectly bonded textures and tastes. Just as Mcvitie's describes it; bittersweet crackly chocolate, zingy tart orange filling all on top of a bed of spongy cake. The chocolate is quite thin so perhaps a little more would be nice for more of an intense chocolaty taste but there are definitely ample amounts of orange filling and sponge. The orange filling tastes a lot like marmalade. The chocolate isn't very sweet but it doesn't need to be because it compliments and balances out the sweetness of the orange. These are very easy to eat and very soft in your mouth, they almost crumble and melt in your mouth as you munch your way through. I'd say there are about 2-3 bites per cake but I know for a fact my partner prefers to do it all in one! These cakes are extremely Moorish and light, they don't leave you with that full, heavy feeling after eating a whole packet (not from past experience obviously :D) but I'm not sure if this is an advantage or not, decide for yourselves.
~ Other information ~
Each Mcvitie's Jaffa cake contains 46 calories, 6.4g of sugar, 1.0g of fat, 0.5g of saturates and less than 0.1g of salt. Shame about the sugar but I guess that's what you get for eating a chocolate, orange cake! Calories don't seem too bad but they soon mount up when you have 5 or 6. Who stops at one? I am seriously envious of you if you can!
Allergy advice: Contains milk, egg, soya and gluten.
Mcvitie's Jaffa cakes are suitable for vegetarians.
Some ingredients include: plain chocolate, glucose- fructose syrup, vegetable fat, cocoa butter, citric acid and orange juice.
Contains natural orange flavourings.
~ Over all verdict ~
Well, I can't really say a bad thing about this little chocolaty, orangey, cakey delights other than the fact that they leave me with no will power as I can't possibly stop at just one or two. They make a delicious alternative to your usual cuppa and a biscuit, pair up well with your packed lunch or just as a quick pick me up. Just a word of warning that they do dry out if left in the opened box, so I would advise you to transfer them into a biscuit tin or airtight container of some sort (if they last that long!). I would for sure recommend these to adults and children alike, Mcvitie's is a brand that most people can rely on for quality and this product doesn't let them down one bit. I dare you to try and resist the temptation!
A well deserved 5/5 stars! My favourite biscuit/cake in the Mcvitie's range by far!
Jaffa cakes are brilliant and at only 48 calories and just 1g of fat they are a girl's best friend - trouble is 10 of them is 480 calories and 10g of fat!!
If you can limit yourself to just having a couple of them, they are a low fat little treat.
Jaffa cakes have a soft cake base with a layer of orange jelly and then a coating of tasty dark chocolate. It has been hotly debated whether Jaffas are a cake or biscuit and this even went to court (because the VAT is higher on a chocolate biscuit) and it was decided that they are a cake. This means you can eat your Jaffas safe in the knowledge that you're giving the taxman less money than if you were eating a digestive!
The only way in which Jaffas let themselves down is if you try to dunk them in your brew - you just end up with a soggy mess but then I guess this comes down to the fact that they're a cake!
They also make Jaffa cakes in a cake bar and these are also very nice - they're not just big jaffas- they're a bit different with a creamy chocolatey layer - yum!
Jaffa Cakes are orange flavoured biscuits with around 1g of fat per biscuit, so they make an ideal treat when you are on a diet. They are low in calories too, with around 40 calories per individual biscuit. The biscuits are coated with genuine milk chocolate that tastes both rich and creamy. Inside the biscuit is a gorgeous orange filling. The biscuits contain real orange juice in the filling. The filling is like jelly almost. It has a gooey consistency and it fits in between the chocolate topping and the biscuity base, so you get a really good texture of flavours when you bite into the biscuit itself.
The biscuits are quite light so you can enjoy a few of these without spoiling your appetite. They boost your energy a little too so they're great for putting into a lunchbox or taking out and about with you. They're great for kids as they aren't too high in sugar and they're mostly natural too, plus they're not messy to eat!
You can buy them almost anywhere, they're widely available. Try them!
Mmm, my ultimate favourite snack, i don't mind whether they are a cake or a biscuit, to me they are just pure indulgence.
You have the best of three textures in one, first is the soft, light sponge base, then the gorgeous tangy orange flavour and last but not least, a generous coating of milk chocolate.
I can't resist buying a packet each time i go shopping, but by the end of the day, they have somehow disappeared! Unfortunately, i can't blame anyone else, because i am the only one living in my house! The are just so addictive, once you have eaten one, then you are addicted.
I say to myself, i shouldn't feel too guilty, as they are a light snack with very few calories in each biscuit/cake.
There are many ways, to make them interesting to eat, imagine sitting there saying to yourself, full moon, take a big bit, half moon, then before you know it, total eclipse!!
I like to nibble around the edges first, then demolish it, all depends on the mood you are in at the time.
I have found out at my expense that they are not ideal for dunking, so beware!! As long as jaffa cakes still exist i shall be a very happy lady!
Mmmm Jaffa Cakes .. I decided to write a review up on my favourite biscuit / cake Jaffa Cakes. I feel I have more than adequately reviewed them in the taste department over a few years and added to that I have also tasted rival 'cheap' versions of the superior McVities version.
Firstly the taste of a Jaffa cake is unlike any other biscuit you can buy, mainly because it is so light to bite into that it borders on a highly whisked cake consistency. The soft fullness of the cake like bottom combined with the sharp, zesty but sweet juicy topping of orange gives its it a uniqueness all of it's own. Add to that a thin layer of dark moreish soft chocolate and you have the full package. The reason I love this biscuit so much is it is so moreish, I have been known to snaffle up a whole packet with a large cuppa of tea in one sitting; I tell you this as I am not normally a sweet toothed person and usually one rich tea biscuit is enough for me, so that tells you the morishness of this super snack.
Over time and due to budget restraints I have tried out the cheaper supermarket own brands of this luscious treat of a biscuit however they have sadly pulled up short in the taste department. In comparison the cheaper versions have a cardboard dry consistency as the base and the sweet orange topping is somewhat not up to scratch to the McVities variety; I think due the fact the full round taste of the oranges is just not there. Add on top of that a cheaper version of the chocolate and alas they were always going to come up short on the taste front. It is for this reason even when budgeting I have to have the real deal of the McVities Variety.
Although the orange flavour is the original version they occasionally do a few variety of flavours including strawberry, blackcurrant and lemon and lime. I once tried a limited edition strawberry and white chocolate one I believe - nice for a fad but the orange one always comes up trumps.
The only concession I have against these is once you open the packet if you do not put them in a sealed tin then the base of the biscuit dries out very rapidly resulting in a hard texture to the base which ruins the enjoyment of the snack (in my opinion).
Would I recommend? Yum yum ! Too right - so go on treat yourself and grab a box when your next in the super market as it only has 1gram of fat per packet! it is an occasional treat that does not feel too indulgent especially as there is just 46 calories per biscuit - Get in there! . You can get them in 12, 24 or 36 packs and they have also bought out a muffin version but I have yet to try that. A 12 pack costs £1.19 at pretty much most supermarkets, like I said you can get cheaper, inferior versions which in my opinion are not worth skimping on when you can get the real deal for just over a quid..
Thanks for reading.
I began eating Jaffa cakes as a snack in between meals at work, to keep the hunger at bay. Jaffa cakes come either in big packs of around 24 round biscuits/cakes, or you can get mini Jaffa cakes in little tubs, usually 8 tubs together. The tubs are more convenient to carry around, in your bag or lunchbox, but as they only contain 6 Jaffa cakes that are small versions of the normal Jaffa cakes, this might not be enough for one day.
The Jaffa cakes look like a biscuit and are usually found in the biscuit aisle, however, if left open they do harden like a cake, and do not taste very nice, so always keep them closed. They have a spongy bottom, dark chocolate top and are filled with an orange jelly.
The jelly looks a lot like marmalade, but definitely tastes very zingy and sweet orange, and mixes well with the chocolate. The jelly has a smooth texture and much like jelly can just be bitten off into pieces. I do not particularly like dark chocolate, but it is difficult to tell that this is dark chocolate; it is sweet and not bitter. The layer of dark chocolate is fairly thin. The spongy bit is also sweet and almost melts in your mouth.
The Jaffa cake smell is not particularly strong, mostly it just smells mildly of chocolate orange, and it is not sickening.
The mini Jaffa cakes are basically one bite, and the bigger one is two bites, unless you just like to nibble on them to make them last longer. I have to admit I wasn't a huge fan of Jaffa cakes at first, but then they started to get addictive. I prefer to eat them on their own, occasionally they go well with salty crisps, just to even out the salt sweet ratio in my mouth.
Available in most supermarkets, often you will find mini jaffa cake tubs on offer for around £1, and the big jaffa cake pack for just over £2.