“ Brand: Quaker / Type: Crisps „
As I have previously mentioned I am on a bit of a diet at the moment so am trying to cut out unhealthy options and replace them with something a little more friendly on the waistline. I find that with most diet style foods they tend to be a little tasteless and dull. Normally I take packed lunch to work and often add in a packet of crisps so recently I have been looking at healthy options to replace my standard pack and one that I tried today was the Salt & Vinegar flavoured snack a jacks.
These salt and vinegar snacks come in 26g bags and I purchased mine from Tesco at a cost of £1.00 for two packets. If I had purchased them individually they would have cost £0.69. It is also possible to purchase these in multi-packs containing 6 bags which tend to work out cheaper if you are going to eat them quite frequently.
The snack a jacks come packaged in a foil bag which is predominantly blue in colour. It has pictures of the snacks on the front as well as basic nutritional information. On the back of the packet you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listings, allergy advice, storage instructions, full nutritional information and it also states that they are suitable for vegetarians.
The snack a jacks are lower in fat and calories than crisps with a 26g bag containing the following nutritional information:
Calories - 106 kcal
Protein - 1.8g
Fat - 1.9g
Fibre - 0.2g
Carbohydrates - 20.1g
The snack a jacks are small round discs made from puffed rice and corn. They are white/yellow in colour and have a dusting of the salt and vinegar flavouring covering them. I do find these salt and vinegar snack a jacks very nice indeed, they have a great crunchy texture and are quite strongly flavoured. Salt and vinegar tends to be my favourite flavour in crisps so I feel that I can still get the same great taste in these but for less calories. Also the snack a jacks are light so you get quite a few in the pack which makes you feel quite satisfied and that your getting quite a big portion even though again the calories and fat content are still quite low. Like some maize and corn snack these do not stick to your teeth either which is something I really do not like.
Overall these are a great alternative to other crisps or savoury snacks and are much tastier than some other healthier alternatives.
I will admit that i'm someone who is fairly slim but i do like to maintain my weight by eating a balance of foods. Because i am quite partial to chocolate and cakes i find it's best if i stick to the lower fat options of things that can pass of as nice while being low in calories at the same time. I saw these salt and vinegar flavoured snack a jacks in Tesco of offer for two multipacks for £2.50. In each multipack you get four packets so they aren't the cheapest crisps in the world but i think they are worth it.
They come in a blue packaging which states they are a rice and corn snack and are only 7% fat. You will also see that these are only 89 calories per pack which i think is really good considering your average pack of crisps can be anywhere from 120-170 calories. They also have quite a lot of crisps per bag aswell rather than being a bag full of air.
The first time i opened these i didn't think it would be promising considering the bag feels so light and they are only 89 calories. Each crisp is small and round and you can see that it has the speckles of the salt and vinegar flavouring on it. When i first bit into one i realised how nice they are. The one thing that i'm not usually keen on about salt and vinegar crisps is that they don't have a very strong flavour but that isn't a problem at all with these. The salt and vinegar is so strong it actually started to make my mouth sting by the end. I see this as a good thing since i love my crisps with lots of flavour. I finished the packet and to my suprise i found they filled a gap quite well. I'm not going to lie and say they were super filling but lets just say they were just as filling as your usual walkers packet of crisps. Added to that, i didn't have the guilt of eating something super fatty and they didn't leave a greasy taste in my mouth like regular fried crisps do. I find a packet of these are great on the side of a sandwich at lunch or just as a snack between meals.
The whole nutritional breakdown per pack is:
1.6g of fat
0.6g of salt
Personally i think this is great and would be great for any dieter who needs a crisp fix. The salt is a little high but i think you have to accept that considering there is only 1.6g of fat when a regular bag of crisps usually contains around 8g.
I have always loved savoury snacks, and I remember being completed addicted to Twiglets when I was a teenager. Since then my tastes have ranged far and wide, but over the last few years - since poor health and medications have added unwelcome weight to a once-slender frame - I have been actively looking for treats that are fairly low in fat. I really like good quality crisps, such as Walkers Sensations (they have some wonderful flavours), but when I realized that I was eating them on too regular a basis, I began my quest for something that will please my taste buds as well as my waistline.
I am still loyal to Twiglets, which is something I thought I would never be able to say. About twenty years ago I developed a dairy allergy, which meant that I had to give up these knobbly little savoury sticks. However - to my delight - they changed their recipe some time ago, replacing cheese powder with celery salt, and I can now eat them without fear of digestive reprisals.
I also really enjoy rice cakes and corn thins, but a fairly recent discovery has been Snack-a-Jacks. They come in a wide range of products, and at first I bought the thick rice cakes. After enjoying these for some time, I have now also discovered their little bags of small, crisp-like thins. These snacks are a mixture of rice and corn, and come in a variety of flavours. The only ones I have tried so far are the salt and vinegar flavour, and they are the subject of this review.
I find that most salt and vinegar crisps contain some kind of dairy product, such as whey powder or skimmed milk, and this means that they have been out-of-bounds for me for many years. So finding Snack-a-Jacks salt and vinegar rice and corn snacks was a real treat. They are really salty and really vinegary, and although they are very light, they are deliciously crunchy. My husband finds them too insubstantial, and has described them as like eating 'air', although he does agree that the air is very nicely flavoured. However, I like to savour these little treats, and carefully nibble my way around the edges. They keep their crunch until the last bite, and are wonderfully tasty. I think they are ideal for when you are really hankering for a crisp savoury treat, but still want to keep an eye on your weight.
I am not reviewing these snacks in terms of their dietary wholesomeness, only in terms of their taste and their fat content. The contents of each individual bag contains only 1.6g of fat. Although it states on the front of the multi-pack bag as well as on each individual bag that these snacks contain 7% fat, this is measured per 100g of product. They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. Their salt content is quite high, however, which some people may wish to take into account.
The contents (taken from the packet) are: Rice, maize (with germ removed), salt and vinegar flavour [flavourings, salt, sugar, flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate, disodium guanylate), citric acid, potassium chloride], sunflower oil.
Each 22g bag contains 0.61g of salt. I don't need to watch my salt intake, but am usually fairly careful with the rest of my diet, so I don't mind the saltiness of these crisp-replacements. If you do need to watch your intake, you might want to tread more cautiously.
This flavour of Snack-a-Jacks comes in bright blue packaging (not quite the same as the illustration provided by Dooyoo), with a yellow band around the top of the pack, and a large Snack-a-Jacks logo in purple. There is also a photographic illustration of the snacks, and the front of the pack lists how much of an adult's daily allowance of the following is contained in each packet:
Calories - 89 (5%)
Sugars - 0.4g (1%)
Fat - 1.6g (2%)
Saturates - 0.2g (1%)
Salt - 0.6g (10%)
The outer pack also lists the average daily guideline amounts for adults (these are average value for adults, and individual requirements may vary):
Calories - 2,000
Sugars - 90g
Fat - 70g
Saturates - 20g
Salt - 6g
This particular snack comes in other flavours: Barbecue, Caramel, Cheese, Prawn Cocktail, Sour Cream & Chives and Sweet Chilli. Snack-a-Jacks also make Jumbo Rice Cakes, in Caramel, Cheese, Chocolate Chip and Salt & Vinegar Flavour. They also make Popcorn (I'll be trying this next!), in Butter Toffee (no thanks, for obvious reasons), and Lightly Salted. A fairly recent addition to their range has been Crunchy Curls, which come in Cheeky Chutney and Sweet Chilli Kick flavours.
After checking online today, I have found that Tesco sell the 4-bag pack of rice and corn snacks for £1.50, although they have an offer (valid until 25th December) of 2 packs for £2.50. Asda sell the same product for £1.58. In each case, an individual bag costs 44p.
I'm not sure how many stars these snacks would earn in a healthy-eating survey. However, as far as I'm concerned, they are a treat, and the low fat content is what I'm looking for. So on that they score highly for me. I know I would probably be better off nibbling a few celery sticks, but really, it's just not the same! If you're looking for a low-fat alternative to crisps, then I think these snacks are definitely worth a try. Although I still really enjoy crisps on those now rare occasions when we have them at home, I don't crave them, and actually prefer my Snack-a-Jacks. They've been a good find for me, and so - in spite of their high salt content - I am happy to give them five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I am on a bit of a health kick at the moment in an attempt to shed a few pounds and get in shape as I am getting married next year and want to look my best for the wedding and honeymoon. Crisps are one of my biggest vices and in an attempt to make small changes to my diet so I decided to give these a go.
Snack a Jacks are made from Rice and Corn and they come in a variety of different flavours, 2 of which I have tried. I have tried Salt and Vinegar, which are my preferred choice and Cheese and Chive which I wouldn't rush to buy again.
The Salt and Vinegar flavoured ones for me, taste fairly similar to that of an actual crisp, where as the other flavour I tried did not. The small round discs aren't as crunchy as a crisp, but they do taste good in my opinion.
Of course, the best thing about these is that they are a healthy alternative compared to a bag of crisps. I am often skeptical about how much better these are for you compared with the alternative. So I had a look on Tesco website the last time I was doing a shop to compare them with a bag of Walker's Salt and Vinegar crisps and found the following:
~Snack a Jacks~
Calories - 89 - 4%
Sugar - 1g - <1%
Fat - 2g - 2%
Saturates - Trace - 1%
Salt - 0.6g - 10%
Calories - 132 - 7%
Sugar - Trace - <1%
Fat - 8g - 12%
Saturates - 1g - 3%
Salt - 0.5g - 8%
I suspect that the slightly higher salt and sugar in the Snack a Jack's is down to improving the flavour of the product. Yes, they don't taste as good a crisps and you could argue that they aren't that much more healthy for you, but I believe that every little helps and these small gains throughout your diet along with exercise can go a long way.
They help satisfy my crisp craving and would recommend them to anyone looking to do the same thing.
I've fallen in love with these over the past few weeks! I usually have a packet at lunch time or as a snack.
I wasn't sure about them when I first tried them as you think they might taste of nothing. but i was wrong! They look like mini rice cakes and come in a variety of flavours, my favourite being salt and vinegar or the caramel one. I have recently found a sour cream and chive flavour which to me tastes like cheese and onion crisps! The caramel ones are quite sweet so i prefer the more savoury flavours.
You can buy them in individual packets at 22g or in packs of 6. A 22g bag will cost 45p but there are lots of deals on such as 5 packets for £2. Or you can buy the 6 pack for £1.95.
These little packs dont contain much fat, the salt and vinegar flavour has less than 7% fat (or 1.9g per bag) and just 105 calories.
The size of the bag is big enough and sometimes i can't finish off the whole packet, so i save it for later. I would highly recommend snack a jack, especially if you are on a diet and love crisps! They are also great for dipping into Hummous etc...
ingredients include: rice, maize, flavouring, salt, onion powder, glucose, flavour enhancer, milk powder
This product is suitable for a vegetarian!
It's fair to say that we've overindulged in our home recently, whether it's takeaways, party food or wedding cake we've eaten our share, and someone elses, of junk and fat lately. It's for this reason that we've both decided to try and eat healthier now. While shopping at Tesco I spotted that they had a 2 for £2.50 offer on 6 packs of Snack-A-Jacks. I opted for the cheese & chive flavour (I think that's it!) and the salt & vinegar flavour.
These Snack-A-Jacks are rice & corn cakes, flavoured with salt and vinegar flavouring. Each cake is a similar size and is round, like a small disc. They aren't huge but then you get more in the packet which always makes me feel like I'm getting something substantial. You can clearly see that these are made with corn & rice because of the white and yellowish colour that they have. There is a large amount of flavouring on the rice cakes meaning these are a little bit of a messy snack as you seem to end up with a white kind of dust on your fingers.
These cakes are deliciously crunchy when you bite in to them, they feel light and airy but they also hit the crisp spot. The flavouring is nice and strong, with a slight tang to the vinegar without taking your breath away. I love how crunchy these cakes are and there is quite a few in the bags meaning this snack lasts a good few minutes of my lunch break. I find that these aren't as filling as a packet of crisps but then each bag is only 22g.
I must say that while these aren't much lower in calories than say, Quavers, with 84 calories per bag they are significantly lower in saturated fat than standards crisps. Each bag contains just 1.6g of fat, of which 0.2g saturates.
As well as eating these crisps on their own I've found another fantastic use for them which is to be enjoyed with a chilli. It saves me cooking up rice and they're very convenient. I use the little discs to scoop up the meat and they are robust enough not to snap and the salt & vinegar flavour works very well with my spicy home made chilli.
Overall I would say that these are lovely rice & corn cakes. I love the flavour, the satisfying crunch and the fact that they have so much less saturated fat than crisps. As 'healthier options' go this is one that's been well received in my household so I'm hoping to continue buying them and trying out the different flavours.
You can purchase Snack-A-Jacks in individual packets or in packets of 6 x 22g bags (as I did) for £1.99. I purchased mine from Tesco.co.uk and paid £2.50 for 2 x 6 packet multipacks. I felt that this was a little bit expensive when I was initially making the purchase but because these are tasty and much lower in fat I don't mind paying a little more and will definitely be purchasing them again in the future.
Having recently plucked up for courage and motivation to go on a diet to get the bikini body I am after for summer, I found the most difficult thing was stopping myself from snacking. Before I never realised how much I snack throughout the day on really little silly things like biscuits, but all the calories add up, I just never really thought about it. I've never been much of a crisp addict to be honest, but I'm partial to a packet of Doritos every so often! Chocolate is more of my down side, which I am yet to find an alternative for (all suggestions are welcome!). But now when I fancy a snack, I turn to the next best thing to a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar... Snack a jacks.
The concept is a little odd really, as they are literally rice cakes with a bit of corn in amongst a few other things which isn't the most appealing selection of ingredients by far. They don't look all that appetising either, a little bit like popcorn flattened out and stuck together really badly I suppose. Made by Quaker, I have grown to love these in recent months and they are a daily snack for me now. They come in a variety of flavours such as caramel which I think is the original and sour cream and chive which I didn't like that much. These salt and vinegar are definitely my favourite flavour as they really as the closest thing to crisps.
You'll find these in a brightly coloured blue packet that are stocked in most major supermarkets. They are something like 50p per packet but can be found on offer in a lot of places for 5 packets for £1.50 or something similar. They come in 22g packets which is quite a lot for the price you pay especially in comparison to other crisps. Here is the best part, they have less than 7% fat, 89 calories and they are really low in saturated fats, sugar and everything else apart from the salt content which is a little higher, but still low when you consider the daily allowance.
These Snack a jacks have a taste that is difficult to relate to until you've actually tried them as they have a texture that is different to any other crisp I have ever tried before being quite bumpy. They are easy to bite into and have an unbelievable amount of flavour in them which is evident as soon as you bite into them. Despite the size of the packet they are extremely satisfying and filling which is something that suprised me as other crisps I have tried with low calories are either really high in sugar or salt or they just taste disgusting and none of the previous are true to Snack a jacks. They have so much flavour and are full of goodness. I would definitely recommend these to anyone who is currently dieting and struggling not to snack - these are a great alternative, you wont be disappointed.
Snack a Jacks are a great healthy alternative to some of the more processed foods that are available on the current consumer market. They are basically made of rice and maize with the addition of different flavourings, which in this case is salt and vinegar.
On average in a 22g bag of the snack food there is only 89 calories, meaning that it comes to about half the content of a normal bag of crisps, while you get twice the amount of product.
The highest thing you will find in the packets is the amount of salt that they add to give the product flavour and in a 26g bag this is usually only still 12% of your recommended daily allowance. This may seem quite high for such a small bag but if you are only eating one bag a day as a healthy snack you can be assured that the salt content is actually very little.
I find Snack a Jacks to be a fantastic little addition to your lunchbox as they are filling and I think that they taste a lot better than the fattier snacks you can usually buy (and are usually encouraged to buy), as well as being relatively low in price as they are always on offer at most of the big name supermarkets.
The salt and vinegar version are my favourite to snack on as they are the tastiest product to me but my housemate swears by the caramel alternative. I usually buy the big multipack that contains the smaller bags as this seems to work out as cheaper when compared with buying the big versions of the product.
Although this review is solely about the salt and vinegar Snack a Jacks, there are a whole range available, along with different varieties of snack, such as popcorn and jumbo rice cakes available at a good price, usually similar to the salt and vinegar packs.
Mrs B is trying to slim down for our summer holiday and wedding later this year. I don't think there is any need, she is perfect as she is but still she insists on buying treats that will allow her to snack without feeling too guilty. I on the other hand go for the full fat crisps but one day last week as I was packing my lunch box, I discovered my crisp cupboard was bare. Bare I say. Because of this I quickly grabbed one of Mrs B's Salt and Vinegar Snack A Jack Packs. In all honesty, I didn't hold out much hope of liking them as I've never been inclined to ever try rice cakes before but much to my surprise, I can sheepishly say I did enjoy them.
The Snack A Jacks are made by Quaker and billed as being tasty rice and corn snacks, which have less than 10% fat. Mrs B informs me that the Snack a Jacks also come in different flavours, including cheese, sour cream and chives, sweet chilli and caramel. My salt and vinegar pack was an appealing shade of blue and more or less looked like a crisp packet and of a similar size at 26g . Unfortunately, the Snack A Jacks are far from being the prettiest things but then again neither am I so I will try not to hold it against them. One bite sized piece is about the size of a standard crisp and is vaguely round shaped. Instead of being smooth like crisps they are all bumpy and lumpy. They have a slight golden colour as well as having flecks of orangey yellow in them. At first I found these flecks a bit disconcerting but after trying to work out what they might be I settled on it being the corn. I think the appearance of the Snack a Jacks may put people off, especially as many people eat with thier eyes.
The smell of strong salt and vinegar hit me as soon as opened the bag. I often find when it comes to food this initial smell can be misleading as it lulls you in and then lets you down once in the mouth, not with these snacks though. I think the thing I was most surprised about is the flavour, these snacks really pack a punch and yes they will almost make your eyes water they are that strongly flavoured of salt and vinegar. In fact, they probably have more salt and vinegar flavour than your average bag of crisps. This suits me though, I've always been of the mind that you can never have too much salt on vinegar on your chips so why not on your rice cakes as well. The smell and taste of rice is also present but not overpowering, the overriding flavour is definitely salt and vinegar. The texture of the rice cakes does take a bit of getting used to, it is completely different to crisps and I guess to some may be really unpalatable as it could be likened to polystyrene. Not that I've ever eaten polystyrene, this is just a guess. I quite like the texture of the snacks they are very crispy so you get a big crunch when you bite into one but then once in the mouth they start to melt and become much softer and almost chewy. I did need to drink some water whilst eating them though as they are very dry and salty and this can tickle the throat, especially with the salt and vinegar flavouring.
I didn't expect them to be very filling because really they are so light they almost feel non existent but I am pleased to report they did do a good job of filling up a gap for a couple of hours before my lunch. Right then, on to the overall verdict. I'm not going to lie, give me a bag of crisps any day over these but that definitely isn't to say these aren't tasty because they are and I think they make a healthier alternative to crisps if that is what you are looking for. If I should find myself is a crisp less situation again then I would not hesitate to pinch myself a pack from Mrs B.
The Snack A Jacks are suitable for vegetarians and also coeliacs. Each 26g bag has 105 calories and 1.9 grams of fat. This amount of fat is considerably lower than a lot of crisps. My 26g bag was individually bought from Sainsburys and cost 45p so again a similar price to a packet of crisps. A multipack of six 22g Snack a Jack bags is available from most supermarkets and costs around £1.95.
I have always been a skinny minnie. One of those girls who everyone secretly hates, who can eat anything and not put on an ounce. Well all this has changed with a vengence recently and i'm developing quite an awesome pair of love handles. Although I am embracing my new curvacious body, I do not want to put any more weight on and so have had to cut down on sugary snacks and crisps.
I stumbled across these snack a jacks in asda. I have heard of these snacks before, infact a few of the girls in the office rave over them. I have to admit I always thought they looked like the tiles my grampa used to put on the ceiling. But hey when the buttons are pulling, they suddenly appear more attractive.
I decided to try the salt and vinegar snack a jacks. I have always been more of a savoury person than a sweet. There is quite a selection of flavours to choose from. Including toffee and chocolate or cheese flavour.
The snack a jacks I bought came in a multipack of six packets. Each pack is presented in a light blue package. I was quite pleased to see that the bags are quite generous in size. There is quite a lot of detailed information on the packaging regarding nutritional information, ingredients and dietry advice.
Each 26g bag of snack a jacks provides an impressive 105kcals. I think this is excellent. As you really do feel like your having a great, satisfying snack. I would have thought the calorific content would have been much higher. The fat content is also quite low, at 1.9g. So you are really having a decent snack which is not only tasty but healthy too.
The taste of the snack a jacks are pretty delicious. I really like them!! they are quite large discs which I would describe as rice cakes. They have a really nice crunchy yet chewy texture. The salt and vinegar flavour is really strong and I like that. They are well seasoned and although they are light, they really do fill a gap until lunch time.
I would highly recommend these snack a jacks. I must say that I tend to prefer them to most crisps. They are really gorgeous. There is no greasy texture to them that you get with many crisps. Many foods that are designed to be healthy or 'diet' usually means that they have little or no flavour. But I must admit these snack a jacks are really good and I would eat these even if I wasn't on a diet.
They are quite reasonable in price too. A multipack of six bags will set you back about £1.50. Which I think is a great price as it is a high quality product.
I always keep snack a jacks in the house because I find them to be a great alternative to crisps when I am craving a savoury snack. They are a great alternative for me because each 26g bag contains only 105 calories and 0.2g of saturated fat which equates to only 1.5 weight watchers points. A standard bag of crisps would be at least 3 times this.
Each bag costs around 43p but I buy mine from Asda where there seems to be a continuous promotion on, whereby you can buy any 5 bags for £2. The salt and vinegar are one of my favourite flavours so I always chuck a couple in when choosing my 5 bags for the week.
I find these to be an excellent mid-morning snack when I get peckish, I have always been much more inclined to graze on savoury rather than sweet things and these certainly leave me feeling like I have had a filling snack, despite these being made of essentially, puffed out rice and maize.
The texture of these is nice and crunchy, each disc is bumpy like a rice cracker would be, but less tough to chew on, they feel quite light in your mouth and the flavours are always pretty strong, this salt and vinegar version is quite frequently of the kind where it makes your mouth tingle from the strength of the vinegar, which I personally love!
These are very good at taking the edge off your hunger and each bag contains a decent sized portion. I think they are a wonderful aid to watching what you eat and are one of those rarities of a diet snack which does not leave you feeling like you have been cheated out of something nice.
The salt and vinegar flavour is one of the main flavours sold and therefore also comes as a multipack of six bags (which retails for around £2) and in the giant version which sells for around £1.50 for a packet of about 10 large discs.
Snack-a-jacks are a dieters dream! Seriously. They are a saving grace for me when im trying to shift a few extra pounds.
Made by Quaker, they are a rice snack - basically they are a rice cake that looks like crispy puffed rice grains stuck together. Unflavoured (and very often unbranded) these can be really cardboard like and untasty, but add a yummy flavouring and have them made by a recognised company and they can be delicious.
My favourite flavour is the salt and vinegar. The bite sized rice cakes are really crispy and crumbly, and are heavily dusted with a really tangy salt and vinegar flavour powder. If your a crispaholic on a diet, then these really make a delicious alternative.
Dont get me wrong - theyre hardly as good as tucking into your favourite flavour bag of walkers, but they arent half bad.
Plus they are calorie heaven - per 22g bag you'll find 89 calories and 1.6g of fat! Thats nothing!
You can buy them in multipacks too - 6 bags for about £1.99, or you can pick and mix your flavours. Tesco has a 3 for £1.20 offer on so you can try all the flavours and find your favourite.
Really worth trying.
Now normally I am not a big fan of salt and vinegar crisps and I'd say they were my least favourite flavour. Today at work, as I am trying to watch my calorie intake, I made my way to the vending machine and in horror realised they had run out of my favourite Worcester sauce French fries. Looking for the next best thing calorie wise my eyes fell upon Snack A Jacks salt and vinegar flavour and at 105 calories a pack these were not too bad on the waist line! I bought these for 60p which sounds pretty average to me. These are also available in most supermarkets in multi packs and a variety of flavours.
Upon opening the packet there is 15-20 mini snack a jacks, these are just small enough to be bite sized but would be too big for children to eat the whole thing at once. They are pale in colour with flecks of yellow and come in a round disc shape. Snack a Jacks are made of rice and corn and are a light alternative to crisps. Upon eating one they slowly dissolve in your mouth and the salt and vinegar taste is pleasant and not too overpowering.
I was pleasantly surprised by this snack and I would have it again. I wouldn't recommend these if you are hungry and looking to fill up a bit as they are a very light snack but I find they do stop cravings for unhealthier types of crisps! I have also had the cheese variety which are very nice.
The packaging is light blue in colour and looks attractive to the eye. On the back is all the nutritional information and also explains that these are suitable for vegetarians. A bag contains 1.9g of fat which is not very much for a tasty snack in my opinion.
Overall I'd recommend these for people to at least try once, you may just love them!
Thank you for reading.
Since starting University I've become a lot more prone to snacking, probably because of the bizarre hours I seem to be awake as a student. Having also recently booked a holiday to Spain with two friends for the summer, I decided to start trying to be healthier so I can feel more comfortable on the beach. With both of these facts, the latest thing I picked up to try was a bag pack of Snack-A-Jacks.
When I was younger I hated the rice cakes that everybody seemed to be obsessed with. I always thought they tasted disgusting, and automatically assumed that Snack-A-Jacks would taste similar and I would hate them. However, knowing that they were much better for you than many other snack foods, I thought they were worth a try anyway.
I picked up a 6 pack of salt and vinegar to try, and was pleasantly surprised.
Snack-A-Jacks are available in most supermarkets and convenience stores. An individual pack would set you back around 50p. The packet which I bought cost just under £2 for a pack of 6.
As well as salt and vinegar there are many different flavours, including caramel, sour cream & chive, cheese and barbeque.
When opening the bag, there is a definite smell of salt and vinegar, although it doesn't smell too strong. The Snack-A-Jacks are circular shaped and crunchy to bite, but if you leave them on your tongue they will dissolve. The salt and vinegar flavour tastes like it is soaked into the snacks, although they taste quite light as well.
The packaging is a fairly attractive blue colour, and it states on the front that there is 7% fat per packet. The nutrition details on the back reveal that there are 89 calories per 22g bag and only 0.6g of salt, so I assume there is more flavouring in these than actual salt. They are suitable for vegetarians.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised when eating these. As I am a large snacker, this is something I can snack on when I'm a bit peckish, without all of the extra calories of a packet of crisps. Although saying this, I do not find them as filling as crisps, as they do feel a little like you're eating air. However, as a tasty and healthier alternative for a snack, these are definitely worth a try.
Snack a Jacks Salt and Vinegar
Snack a Jacks have been around for years now, available in both large form, and also individual bag form. They're known for their wonderful tastes and their healthiness.
Available in a variety of wonderful flavours, sour cream and chive, salt and vinegar, Barbeque, Sweet chilli, cheese, prawn cocktail, hot tomato, and also a variety of sweet flavours too: Caramel, Berry, Toffee Popcorn and Chocolate. So they can either be a savoury or sweet snack! Both kinds as delicious as the other!
But, of the savoury flavours, the salt and vinegar have got to be my favourite! When choosing crisps I always choose salt and vinegar if it is on offer to me, but sometimes it just isn't as nice as I would like, and I tend only to like branded salt and vinegar crisps finding many "cheap" ones, having a nasty malt vinegar taste which I don't really like. Whereas these don't have that, and have a gorgeous amount of flavouring, just enough to tingle your tongue, but not so flavoursome that they sting your lips!
== Price ==
First off, I will tell you the price of these individual bags, which are 26g, but a bigger bag than a normal bag of crisps. In Asda this month, they are on offer, 3 bags for £1, which makes each bag just over 33p each (less than you would spend on a bag of Walkers in many places!), but usually they cost between 38p and 42p per bag, which I think it really very good, as sometimes you can pay double what you would pay for a bag of crisps for a healthier option, and usually you get less in the bags, which is probably why they're always classed as "healthier", well yes if there is less in them...of course they'll be healthier!!
So where price is concerned, these are excellent value for money!
== The snacks! ==
Made from rice and corn, these snacks are around 7cm in diameter and you get around 10-12 per pack, which may not seem like many but there are plenty in a bag for one person as a snack or part of a packed lunch!
They taste gorgeous as I said earlier, and have just enough flavouring on them!
These are nothing like crisps in texture, so they're not really an "alternative" to crisps, if you love that crunch of a crisp, but they are very much like a potato snack, like Disco's!
These crisps are classed as healthy by the makers, but upon looking into the nutritional values of these against Salt and Vinegar Walkers, I must say...I'm not all that impressed...
Calories per pack (25g) 131kcal
Saturated Fat: 0.7g
SNACK A JACKS:
Calories per pack (26g) 105kcal
Saturated fat: 0.2g
As you can see, there are only 26 calories difference between the two, and only 0.5g of saturated fat between the two. So unless you were seriously counting calories seriously, I don't really see that 26 calories make all that much difference, especially as you will probably walk that off if you use the stairs a couple of times a day! But, they are less in all the above but salt, which they are 0.08g higher in, so they ARE healthier, even if it's only slightly!!!
== Overall ==
Snack a Jack salt and vinegar really are delicious, they are so tasty and even quite filling which I didn't expect! I will continue to buy these, not because they're healthier or because I am watching what I eat (although I probably should!!), but because they are delicious, great value for money, and great to share too!
Also try Caramel flavour, which are a gorgeous sweet variety of the snacks, which taste just like toffee popcorn!!! Yummy!