“ Brand: Quaker / Type: Biscuits „
The Mrs has insisted that we begin to eat more healthily. We love snacking and munching on treats especially in the evenings and we cannot just cut that out so we have tried to replace what we would snack on usually with healthier options instead. We bought these Snack A Jacks along with a variety of other healthy options and I am really surprised by how nice they are! If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to be healthy then these come highly recommended by me!
What you get
Snack a jacks Chocolate chip Delights are large circles of puffed up corn, they are about 10cm in diameter so are rather large- unlike when you buy diet snacks normally they are tiny and just give you a small taste but these are large enough to make you really taste it and appreciate it, you feel like you've eaten something when you've had one. They come in a plastic packet, stacked on top of each other and tied with a plastic tie. The packaging is rather unique I don't think I've seen anything like it before but it works well as it is practical, if they were just in a normal packet they would get bashed about more and break up.
I wasn't sure whether we would like these or not. I had been told that they would just be like eating cardboard and I often think that 'diet' snacks are not very exciting but I was really surprised. These are really crisp and very chocolatey. The corn is flavoured with chocolate and there are lots of tiny chocolate chips scattered on them which are really rich and it's nice when you get a few together in one clump it makes it a very tasty mouthful! These are crisp, like popcorn and really more-ish. I was so surprised that I liked them as much as I did. They are moreish but because they are quite large you don't feel like you need to eat the whole packet. If I had a packet of digestive biscuits in front of me I could easily get 3 or 4 and they are about 70 calories a biscuit. These are 60 calories each and if I ate more than 2 I wouldn't feel like having any more so these work really well at being something to snack on and feel like you've actually eaten something worth while.
Now one thing about these is that if they go soggy then they are really not enjoyable- at all! When they are soggy they lose all their crispness and are hard to actually eat and that is when it is rather like eating cardboard just with a chocolate flavour to it. So it is really important to store these well to reduce the risk of them going soggy! The tie that comes with the packet can help seal them but we find that the top one still goes slightly soggy so we keep these in a biscuit tin now which is air tight and that works really well at keeping them crisp.
It is so refreshing to come across a snack that we both enjoy that is low fat and doesn't make us feel like we still need to keep eating. We have had Snack A Jacks before in various forms but I never really thought they were great, we had the salt and vinegar mini disks which we would eat instead of crisps but I always found one packet was never enough. With these when you have one it's worth it, they last a while and you have had more than just a mouthful or two. The taste is really nice which I was surprised about. We share these with our children too who really enjoy them and it takes them a while to get through them so they too are more satisfied than if they'd just had a biscuit or something.
These are not the cheapest of products around, I paid £1.60 for a pack and they usually last about 5 days in our house with us all snacking on them but they do help to curb those chocolate cravings and give you a sweet fix without being really full of calories. There are 60 calories per 'biscuit' which is surprising given the size of them.
These are now a product which we will be buying regularly. I am glad we tried them, it is nice to have a healthy alternative to our usual snacks so that although we are trying to eat more healthily we can still enjoy something which tastes nice.
I was recently in Asda shopping when I noticed the packs of the large snack-a-jacks reduced to £1 each. I love the salt & vinegar flavoured ones and so picked a pack up straight away. It was then when I noticed this chocolate chip flavour available, which I hadn't seen or tried before. I thought it was a new flavour but it looks like they have actually been around for a while, I just must not have noticed them before!
I think the chocolate chip flavour is only available in the packs of the large snack-a-jacks and not in the multipack bags of mini snack-a-jacks, which is what I usually buy... maybe this is why I hadn't noticed the chocolate chip flavour before.
The pack contains 12 'rice and corn cakes' and usually costs £1.77 but as I mentioned these are currently on offer in Asda for £1 each. I have never thought or referred to these as a cake, I have always thought of them as crisps, especially as the multipack bags that I usually buy are found in the crisp aisle. For a cake they are very low in calories though at only 62 calories (3%) per cake. It is very hard to just eat one cake though, I usually always want more after I have started! I do think that with this particular flavour though I can eat one and then put the pack away as I am not a huge chocolate lover, although I do go through my phases. If you are a chocolate lover though then you may struggle to just eat the one, as my boyfriend does!
As for the taste of these particular snack-a-jacks, they instantly reminded me of eating dry coco pops! The chocolate isn't too strong that they are sickly, I think it is just right. I think if you just imagine eating dry coco pops but all stuck together, then this is what these rice cakes taste like.
Each cake contains 62 calories, 4.5g sugars, 1.1g fat, 0.5g saturates and a trace of salt that equates to less than 1% of an adults guideline daily amount. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
I have only seen the chocolate chip flavour in Asda but I am guessing they are also available in the other larger supermarkets, I just wasn't aware of it until now. I think these make a lovely light snack and any chocolate lover will like them! I would buy these again if priced at £1 again otherwise I will stick to the packs of the mini snack-a-jacks as they are easy to take to work, and unfortunately I have not seen this flavour available in that range.
I am trying to lose a bit of weight after having had two children. I have really got into the snacking habit after being at home with them, so i was looking for something that was a better option for me.
I spotted these alongside all the other varieties of snack a jacks. I could immediately disregard the savoury ones i had tried before as i knew i didn't like the taste, so i went for a pack of these as i had not tried them before.
The pack contains 12 large rice cakes. Each one is a light brown cocoa colour, and doesn't particularly smell of very much. Each one contains 62 calories and 1.1g of fat (0.5g of saturated fat.) It feels like a fairly substantial snack as it is quite large to say it only weighs 15g.
When i was eating it, the rice bits themselves are not all that chocolatey. Although not unpleasant, they are just a little bit bland in my oipinion. Then you get a little bit of a real milk chocolate piece that are spread quite nicely throughout the rice cake, and this is what makes the snack worthwhile. If it didn't have these, then i would not personally buy them again.
I have since bought a few more packets of them, and my kids have taken a liking to them and started eating them too. I am happy with them eating them as i view them as a healthy snack compared to eating a biscuit. I just wish they would leave me one at least.
The only thing i am going to knock them down for is i find once the pack is open if they are not eaten within a few days they can go a bit soft and soggy, which is not that nice a texture.
Snack a Jacks Chocolate Chip Jumbo ......
Since loosing nearly 3 stone in weight I have been eating things that contain less fat and less calories and trying to fill myself up this way rather than on high fat high calorie high stodgy things. These Snack a Jacks Chocolate Chip Jumbo Cakes are something that I used to eat when they first came out onto the market a few years ago. But because I hadn't really been watching my weight since then they weren't something I would regularly buy.
The packet of around 20 large rice cakes costs roughly £1.50pence in most larger supermarkets (although my local small Sainsbury's and Somerfield do not stock them). Per packet there is 180 grams of the product inside which doesn't sound a lot but because they are literally rice puff cakes they are not very heavy at all. The colourings of this particular packaging is a rather appealing purple colour and obviously having chocolate and the purple colour makes you instantly think of the delicious taste of Cadbury and their purple wrappings.
The rice cakes themselves are not too bad to eat and I would say fill somewhat of a gap. For me I would say that the times when I eat them are when having a cup of tea at work and this is usually when the full fat biscuits come out and I try to resist them and have a Snack a Jack instead. Compared to a biscuit these Snack a Jacks take a lot longer to eat because they are much larger in size. They are also far, far better for you in the fat and calorie department. One Snack a Jack is only 62 calories and 0.5grams of saturated fat which compared to a biscuit is brilliant and you could easily eat two Snack a Jack instead of one fancy biscuit.
Of course they really do not compare to the lovely flavour of my favourite biscuit the Bourbon but bourbons have a ridiculously high calorie value and should really be eating sparingly! However the Snack a Jacks are made with real chocolate pieces and these little chips do taste nice and give me perhaps some of the chocolate hit that I so often need.
They don't have a very nice smell to them and to me this comes across as a little plastic like and not at all anything close to smelling like chocolate. They look pretty much as you would expect puffs of rice in a cake to be. They are large in size and don't look overly appealing. They are however very crispy and light and give a delightful crunch when you bite into them. The fact that they are light does however work against them in as much as you don't really feel like you have tucked into a heavy biscuit and I probably don't feel as satisfied as I would do having eaten a Bourbon.
I would say they are tasty and they do fill a gap and an eating habit for me. They are cheap for the size and the amount you are actually getting. Of course I did say at the start that I really only buy these Snack a Jacks when I am watching my weight and to be honest if I wasn't at all worried about putting on weight I do not think I would choose to eat these. They are okay as a guilt free snack and the chocolate is a nice change. Of course they are available in a few other flavours and I still think that the cheese flavour is the best of the lot.
However because they have helped me through some dark (starving) hours I would be inclined to award these puffy snacks a good 4 star rating and a dieters recommendation.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I've recently found my new favourite not so naughty snack, and it's name? Well Snack a Jacks chocolate chip jumbo delights of course!
I found these babies on the biscuit aisle in Tesco. They cost £1.77 which isn't bad as they contain about 20 per pack, but they are slightly more expensive than the other flavours in the jumbo delight range (I'm convinced this is because of the popularity of this flavour). I was a little unsure when I first brought these as I generally don't like rice cakes but thought I would give them a try as I could do with shifting a few pounds and the thought of chocolate chips drew me in!
They come in a very girlie and eyecatching packaging - different shades of purple with pictures of the chocolate chip delights over it. It also includes some information about the product on the front - "7% fat rice and corn cakes", "chocolate chip", "with real milk chocolate pieces" and calories, sugar, fat, saturates and salt contents of each cake. The cakes are stacked on each other so the packaging looks long and tube like. They are also packed in plastic with a clip at the top to keep them fresh.
On opening the pack you get the waft of unmistakable sweet rice cakes. As for the appearance, well they are big (about 4 inches all round) and look like usual rice cakes (lumpy) but brown and slightly yellow in places. I was quite suprised about the chocolate chips as I thought they would be big and dark but they are actually small and a very light brown colour. You have to look very hard to see the chocolate chips as they are blended in with the colour of the cakes and almost camouflaged. Although the chocolate chips are small there are also plenty of them.
The cakes have the texture of normal rice cakes - that initial crunchyness then softer texture as you begin chewing (cardboard anyone!?). When you bite into them you notice that the cakes aren't brown all the way through and are infact more of a yellow, white colour inside. As for the taste, they are complete winners. They are not absolutley caked in chocolate but instead have a much nicer and sweeter taste - the best way to describe them is like sweet popcorn or sugar puffs. When you bite into the chocolate chips you notice straight away as they are soft textured and very chocolatey indeed. As the chocolate chips are made from real chocolate you also get that much needed chocolate fix which you generally get whilst trying to eat healthy!
I was also suprised that whilst leaving them uncovered for a week whilst I went on holiday, I came back to find they weren't stale.
The best part is that each cake contains only 62 calories and 1.1g of fat. In my opinion this is very little naughtyness and would benefit even those on a diet. They are also suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs.
Overall a totally yummy, chocolatey, not very naughty snack!