Product Type: Quaker Snacks
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Snack A Jacks caramel - A Sweeeeeet snack!
Quaker Snack-A-Jacks Caramel
Member Name: geodougal
Quaker Snack-A-Jacks Caramel
Advantages: Sweet, low in fat and calories and light!
Disadvantages: Price when not on offer and the strange ingredients...
As some of you may know I'm recovering from an eating disorder so I'm on the hunt for snacks that aren't too filling, aren't unhealthy, are easy to eat and make it easier to top my calorie goal off. Things like Snack A jacks are ideal to just pop in my mouth without really knowing I'm eating them. I hadn't bought any in a while but when I was in Asda this week I noticed snack a jacks 'jumbo' were on offer and thought the caramel flavour sounded yummy and thought they would satisfy my sweet tooth, so in the trolley they went.
In case you're wondering what a snack a jack is because it isn't entirely obvious, they are flavoured wholegrain rice and corn cakes. The snack a jacks company produce a wide range of snack products all low calorie and with 8 % fat or less. Their products include jumbo rice cakes (which I am reviewing today), single 'crisp' style packs and 'crisp' style multipacks.
~ Product and availability ~
Snack a jacks jumbo rice cakes are available to buy in most major supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco's and Sainsbury's. The jumbo rice cakes are only available to buy in one size of 159g but as I mentioned earlier you can buy the single bags which contain a number of smaller rice cakes. At full price a bag of jumbo rice cakes contain £1.69 which is a bit steep and I refuse to pay that for what they are (you get roughly 17 rice cakes in a bag) but they are currently on offer in Asda at £1.00 or 2 for £2.50 at Tesco's and Sainsbury's, which is an excellent saving and much more of a reasonable price - I opted for the £1.00 option from Asda. You can buy Snack a jacks jumbo rice cakes in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours including salt & vinegar, cheese, barbeque, caramel (the one I'm reviewing), choc chip and choc coconut. The single packets have a few more extra flavours to the range including sour cream & chive, sweet chilli, prawn cocktail, hot tomato and chutney. So there's really a flavour for everybody to enjoy!
~ Packaging ~
Snack a jacks jumbo caramel come in an orange packet with a twisted top, the same sort of packaging that bread comes in only thicker. There is a plastic tie around the top to keep the rice cakes fresh and crisp. On the front of the packaging you will find the snack a jacks logo and some pictures of the rice cakes themselves. You can also find basic nutritional information in the left hand bottom corner. On the back you will find the ingredients, allergy advice, detailed nutritional information, snack a jacks quality promise, contact details and a picture of the snack a jacks range. I'd say the packaging was quite nice, its eye-catching on the shelves because of its shape (cylinder with a twist at the top) compared to the other snacks in old plain boring bags and it's very helpful that it comes with its own plastic tie so you don't have to dig out a tub to transfer them into.
~ Smell, appearance & taste ~
Opening the bag you are greeted with that lovely smell of caramelised sugar, almost like a flapjack type smell. Very sweet, but not in a sickly way with a hint of golden syrup and perhaps butterscotch. There smell is very appealing and quite rich which fills me with hope that these taste as good as they smell. Digging one out of the bag I noticed that they are of a very decent size, I'd say they are about the size of a small saucer, they crumble quite easily so you have to be careful when getting one out of the bag so you don't get a fist full of crumbs but I think it's the same with anything like this; biscuits, crackers...they all break and thinking about it you can't really expect these to be very strong because they are only made from rice after all. They don't look that exciting; there round and slightly golden which is obviously the caramel coating and you can see the little bubbles of rice joined together. Biting into one you definitely get that gorgeous strong caramel, sweet hit but it doesn't last long. Once you get through the coating they are quite bland, it would be nice if the caramel went all the way through the rice cake rather than just on the outside. The caramel coating is definitely full of flavour though, very balanced and moorish, just like the caramel inside a Cadburys chocolate bar I think but obviously without the gooey-ness. In fact these aren't sticky or gooey at all which is great because I hate having sticky fingers, so these are a nice clean snack. The texture of the rice cakes is crisp when you first bite into it and then it turns quite chewy. My mum describes these as flavoured bits of cardboard, I can see where she's coming from but clearly I enjoy flavoured cardboard? I guess they are an acquired taste because rice cakes alone don't really taste of anything.
~ Other information ~
Each snack a jack caramel jumbo rice cake (wow that's a mouthful) contains only 51 calories and 0.3g of fat! I think this is excellent considering how sweet they taste, so they do no harm to your waistline and you could even afford to have two or three without feeling too guilty.
These caramel rice cakes are suitable for vegetarians. They contain soya, milk, wheat, gluten, barley, CELERY AND MUSTARD...ok? Why do caramel flavoured rice cakes have celery and mustard in them? That is really weird, but at least you can't taste it.
~ Overall verdict ~
I love too much on these as snack, they are light, last a long time and satisfy that craving for something sweet. I would certainly recommend these to anybody looking for a tasty snack, especially if they are watching their calorie and/or fat intake. If you're not such a sweet tooth I would highly suggest trying these in one of the savoury varieties instead. I will be buying these again but only when they are on offer and I may try some of the other flavours too!
Summary: Ideal for that much needed sweet treat without the added guilt!