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      27.07.2012 14:29
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      great tasting low calorie rice cakes

      So, as of lately I have decided to become more healthy in my diet (bye bye Mcdonalds!) and eat a lot more nutritious, and filling snacks which I could bring to work and curb my constant eating habits. So when I saw these in Sainsbury's today I thought i would pick up a bag.

      A multi-pack of 4 costs £1.60 which definitely isn't cheap by anyone's standards! It works out about 40p a bag, but have to say when a 6 pack multipack of walkers was £1, I was on the fence but stuck to my healthy eating guns.

      The pack is light, containing 22g of of these sour cream and chive flavoured rice and corn snacks. They are light, and round rice cakes with are extremely light and only 92 calories per bag! These definitely let me feel much better about myself! They taste lovely, with a strong sour cream and chive flavour which is very addictive, and have to say extremely moreish! Once the bag is opened, I am able to devour them in under a minute (there really isn't much in the bad, probably 40% air!) and whilst they are filling enough from consuming one bag it is more the flavour that keeps me wanting to eat more, which I manage to control my urges by just taking one bag out with me in my handbag.

      Overall I would definitely recommend these to anyone wanting a light, tasty and filling snack whilst out on the go. A great alternative to less healthy bags of crisps!

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        30.10.2011 23:17
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        A tasty snack or lunch

        I have always enjoyed eating things like rice cakes and will often prefer them to a sandwich for my lunch especially when I am at work. I usually go for the sweet chilli flavour Snack a Jacks however recently someone recommended I tried the Sour Cream and chive flavour, I wasn't sure to start with as I'm not keen on that sort of thing but I decided to give them a try. I was very impressed with the Sour cream and Chive Snack a Jacks and they are now one of my favourite flavours.

        Packaging
        When I purchase Snack a Jacks I tend to go for the multi packs rather than the individual bags, this is purely because they work out slightly cheaper. The bags of Sour Cream and Chive come in a large green colour plastic type bag, similar to that of multi bags of crisps. There is a large purple circle shape at the top of the bag with the word "Snack a Jacks" written in it in white writing, just below this is a speech bubble shape with the flavour of the Snack a Jacks written inside again in white lettering, in this case it says "Sour Cream and Chive". The nutritional information can be found right at the bottom of the pack along with the word "8% fat rice and corn snacks". There is no other information on the front of the packet other than a picture of some of the Snack a Jacks themselves. The back of the main packet is in a way split into 2 halves, one half contains information about other flavour Snack a Jacks you can purchase, although to be honest I have never actually seen these new flavours in any of the shops. The second half of the packet contains information such as the ingredients and the nutritional information. The back of the packet also states that this product is suitable for vegetarians which is perfect for me. The individual bags which are inside the main packet contain exactly the same information, there is no difference in the 2 packets at all.
        Appearance
        Snack a Jacks are basically mini rice cakes, I always used to buy the large rice cakes which come in a tube and then take 3 or 4 wrapped up to work with me, however the Snack a Jacks in bags are much easier, they are exactly the same as the larger ones, made from corn and rice only they are much smaller. The Sour Cream and chive ones are a light creamy colour with slightly darker yellow patches in then, this is the difference in colour between the corn and rice which makes up the Snack a Jacks. They have a visible coating on them which is mainly a creamy white colour I assume this is the sour cream flavouring, this is then sprinkled with little green flecks, the chives.
        Nutritional Information
        What I particularly like about the individual bags of Snack a Jacks is that they tell you the nutritional information per bag, it does tell you the same information per 100g, however I only ever pay attention to what the bag I am eating contains.
        * Calories - 92
        * Sugars - 1.4g
        * Fat - 1.7g
        * saturates - 0.2g
        * Salt - 0.6g
        * Carbohydrates - 17.2g
        The two main things I look at when I am eating something is the calories and the carbohydrate content, the calories mainly because I like to keep an eye on what I eat, the amount of calories in a bag of Snack a Jacks does vary slightly depending on the flavour you purchase but there is only a couple of calories difference. Secondly I study the carbohydrate content as I am diabetic and am advised to count the amount of carbohydrates I eat per meal, so having the information clearly labelled and available is extremely helpful to me.
        Price
        I always buy my Sour Cream and Chive Snack a Jacks from Tesco when I do my weekly shop, I do think they are a little on the expensive side at £1.50 for just 4 packs, particularly because they used to be available in packs of 6, this means I now have to buy 2 multi packs so that they last me a week as I have a bag a day for my lunch, this is not too much of a problem at the moment as they are on offer where you can buy 2 multi packs for £2.50. I find that this product is often on offer so I tend to stock up, I will buy 2 bags every week whilst they are on offer so that when the offer finishes I do not need to buy any for several weeks, this works out much cheaper. Whilst they are a bit expensive I do think they are worth the money and I wouldn't not buy them purely because I enjoy them so much.
        My Opinion
        Personally I would definitely recommend Sour Cream and Chive Snack a Jacks, they are ideal for lunch or for a snack, they are reasonably healthy and a healthy alternative to a bag of crisps which I'm not too keen on anyway. They come in several flavours including Sweet Chilly and Salt and Vinegar, I particularly like the Sour Cream and Chive ones as they do have quite a strong flavour, each rice cake has a thick coating of the flavouring making them quite tangy, I like it when you get a little pile of the flavouring at the bottom of the bag which you frequently do with this particular flavour. Whilst they are a little expensive and only come in packs of 4 now rather than bags of 6 for me they are worth the money. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a lunch time alternative or a tasty healthy snack.

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          18.06.2010 23:14
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          Snack a jacks are the healthier option to standards crisps. They either come in an average crisp size packet with round discs or you can buy a big packet with large discs aprox 15cm on diameter. The snacks themselves are made from corn and are very light and crunchy. There are various flavours such as salt and vinegar, caramel, berry and BBQ. I lfe the cream cheese and chive flavour.

          The snacks and packed full with tasty flavours and are so very more-ish. They are lighter than crisps on texture and contents so you feel full but not bloated. I would recommend shaking the bag before opening to spread the flavor evenly.

          A standard crisp size bag costs between 40-60p but are usually on offer 5 for £2 or you can buy multiple packs however the bags are around 3g lighter

          I am addicted to these snacks as I love the cream cheese and chive flavour, enjoy the different texture, like that it's more healthy than crisps and enjoy eating them

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          27.02.2010 16:55
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          The best food product EVER - my favourite snack.

          Snack A Jacks are a range of flavoured rice-cakes.
          The ones I'm reviewing here are sour cream and chive.
          These seem to only come in the small versions (whereas some of the other flavours come in a large size too).

          They come in a green crisp-packet.
          Inside there is just over a handful of circular rice-cakes covered in a powdery substance - that's the flavouring.

          The best thing about these is that they have a tremendous amount of flavouring - that's what makes them better than a lot of rice-cakes, crisps etc which are usually lacking in flavour.

          The flavouring on these tastes amazing - the sour cream isn't overly sour and the chive flavour comes through beautifully.

          They are much healthier than crisps and contain very few calories - the large ones typically have around 60 calories each and I think the packet of small ones have around 100-150 calories.

          These are great for if you're on a diet but want a treat - I prefer them to fattier, calorie laden crisps etc. as they have more flavour and less guilt!

          The flavour may be too rich for some, but for me these are just right.

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            25.01.2010 16:58
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            Highly recommended for those watching the waistline or those looking for a tasty snack.

            I like to keep a stash of low calorie snacks which are quick, convenient and filling to hand in our house. As a busy mum to one I have found that time really can be pressed when trying to fix lunch or a healthy snack, even crackers with soft cheese can be very time consuming. Our little one seems to know when you are about to do something time consuming like making a phone call or fixing lunch and has taken to rolling over and shouting, so Snack a Jacks was a very welcome find for a hungry mummy.

            Snack a Jacks are small disc shaped rice and corn cakes with a powdered flavouring which covers them. This is unique to the savoury flavours, other flavours which include berry and caramel have a sugary glazed coating. Rice cakes may well be the most boring of diet foods so the flavouring is appreciated, the flavour is string and the chive and cheese flavour really pops out. The flavouring is a mixture of milk powder, salt and onion powder, flavourings, herbs and butter, which tastes much nicer than it sounds.

            My favourite flavour so far has to be the sour cream and chive flavour. I have tried the berry and caramel flavours and can't get on with the sickly sweet taste of the coatings, the tomato flavour is not bad either.

            Sour cream and onion flavoured Snack a Jacks come in a light green foiled packet, similar to a crisp packet with the Snack a Jack logo clearly displayed on the front in a purple speech bubble. Not far below, there is a grass green speech bubble telling us it is sour cream and chive flavoured. The packet shows the product clearly on the front and I am quite surprised it is remarkably accurate, unlike some food products.

            Each individual packet is 26g and will set you back around £0.59 varying from store to store, Asda usually have a buy five packs for £2.00 deal or a similar offer online. Each pack contains 107kcal and 2.0g fat which equates to 8% fat in the packet, which is 3% of your daily guideline allowance. It is worth noting that the sour cream and chive flavour is suitable for vegetarians too.

            Personally I love having these in cupboard, they are low in fat and calories, they are filling, taste great and best of all I am usually full up after eating half a packet. This in my opinion is a healthier alternative to many crisp snacks that you can buy in the shops and taste a lot better. There is a wide variety of flavours so you're sure to find a flavour that you love.

            I would recommend these to anyone, especially mums on the go or an alternative to crisps in the lunchbox.

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              23.10.2009 14:00
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              Better than crisps for you but still not fabulous

              I recently had to make a decision - go on a diet or buy a whole new wardrobe. I couldn't afford to buy all new clothes so it had to be a diet - and one of the products that helped me along my way was Snack A Jacks. Because of Snack A Jacks, I was able to completely break my crisp addiction.

              Snack A Jacks come in many different flavours. I like all the salty flavours (and dislike the caramel one) but this review focuses on the Sour Cream and Chive flavour. Sour Cream and Chive flavour Snack a Jacks come in a green packet and can be purchased in packs of 6 or individually. Most supermarkets stock them with the crackers for some reason and not with the crisps, so don't just assume there aren't any if you can't find them with the crisps. Just about every grocery store I have visited has stocked Snack A Jacks, it's just a question of hunting around for them!

              Snack a Jacks Sour Cream and Chive flavour is suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. They are made from puffed rice and if you have ever had a rice cake, they are basically small versions of rice cakes with lots of strong salty flavouring on them. The sour cream and chive variety does taste strongly of sour cream and contains lactose so probably does contain real sour cream. The chive flavour is more subtle but there is definitely a herbed garlic flavour in there as well.

              I personally find there is a little too much of the flavoured powder in each bag as the taste is quite overwhelming but they are still good, if a little too salty. Each 26 gram bag contains .7 grams of salt which is 12% of an adult's daily supply. I have stopped eating these for this very reason due to blood pressure issues although I do still crave them.

              Each 26 gram bag of Snack A Jacks has 107 calories in it which is excellent for a crisp substitute. A packet of 6 costs £1.99 at Tescos and they are currently on sale at 2 for £3 so it might be the time to stock up!

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                19.10.2009 21:29
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                This review is for snack a jacks- sour cream and chive flavour.

                These come in a bright green pack and has a picture of the snack a jacks on the front.
                It also states on the front in large, white writing that it is an 8% fat rice and corn snack.

                There are a huge range of flavours for snack a jacks but this for me is the best.
                The sour cream and chive flavour is very strong which i really like.

                The snack a jacks are small circular rice cakes and the pack holds about 15 and they are covered in the flavoured powder.

                My favourite bit is when you've eaten all the cakes and your left with the powder at the bottom- it's very tasty.

                Ingredients: Rice, maize (with germ removed), sour cream and chive flavour (lactose (from milk), salt, onion powder, glucose, flavour enhancer (monosodium glutamde), milk powder, flavourings, herbs, butter (from milk), citric acid), sunflower oil.

                (These are suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians).

                Nutritional value: (Per 26g bag)= Energy-454kj, 107kcal/ Protein-2.0g/ Carbohydrates-20.4g/ Of which sugars-1.7g/ Fat-2.0g/ Of which saturates-0.2g/ Fibre-0.3g/ Sodium*-0.28g/ *Equivalent to salt-0.71g

                (If you are on weight watchers like me- these are 2 points per bag)

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                29.09.2009 17:38
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                A great snack for dieters that feels as if you're eating something substantial

                PRICE: £1.99 for a six-pack (each individual bag inside is 22g) at my local Morrisons

                NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 22g bag):

                Calories: 91
                Kj: 384
                Protein: 1.7g
                Carbohydrate: 17.2g
                (of which sugars): 1.4g
                Fat: 1.7g
                (of which saturates): 0.2g
                Fibre: 0.3g
                Sodium: 0.24g
                Salt equivalent: 0.60g

                INGREDIENTS:

                Rice, maize (with germ removed), sour cream & chive flavour (milk lactose), salt, onion powder, glucose, monosodium glutamate, milk powder, flavourings, herbs, butter (made from milk), citric acid, sunflower oil

                DIETARY ADVICE: Suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians

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                NB: Though these are marketed as sour cream & chive flavour, I have written my article from the aspect of them being cheesy, rather than creamy. The reason for this is that I can detect a strong cheese, rather than cream flavour in the product.

                Quaker Snack-a-Jacks are mini rice cakes that are available in quite a few different flavours, some of which are sweet, but my favourite is the sour cream & chive variety which I review below.

                Sour cream & chive flavoured Snack-a-Jacks are a good thing for me to have around and to buy in multi packs, as though I enjoy them very much, I'm not tempted to binge on them and gorge several bags all at once, as I would be with some other types of savoury snack.

                The multi pack consists of six small bags, and is varying shades of a rather nice green colour, with an image of a few of the jacks on the front. The back shows nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary advice, basic nutritional guidelines and the manufacturer's (Quaker) contact details. Each individual bag is an exact replica of the large one.

                Snack-a-Jacks sour cream & chive variety are little bite-sized pieces of rice cake. The cakes are a dull white colour, speckled with green dots which are probably the herbs mentioned in the ingredients list. There are also small areas of pale yellow, which I assume is the cheese flavouring. Each Snack-a-Jack has a light dusting of what I believe is onion powder, and this can cling to your fingers, but it's rather nice to lick off.

                The flavour of the Snack-a-Jacks is quite strong, with a good cheesy tang, and the puffed rice is nice and crispy. The onion flavour is fairly pungent, although I personally don't find it's so powerful that it drowns out the cheese, but I can't detect any taste of chives whatsoever. Maybe the product should be renamed cheese & onion flavour?

                I do find the overall combination of flavours within Snack-a-Jacks to be somewhat synthetic, but not unpleasantly so, and they don't have a horrible under-taste. The onion flavour can repeat on me for about half an hour after I've eaten a bag, but it doesn't go on forever.

                Even though these Snack-a-Jacks are very palatable and quite delicious, there's something about them that, as touched on above, isn't overly moreish. One small packet is enough to satisfy my often gargantuan cravings for a savoury hit, and these fill a little hole in my stomach very nicely.

                As one bag of cheese & chive flavour Snack-a-Jacks has only 91 calories and 1.7g of fat, they are not too evil for those watching their weight and counting calories.

                Overall, I declare Quaker Cheese & Chive Snack-a-Jacks to be a tempting, tasty snack, plus one small bag is actually quite filling, especially if taken with a drink of water, as this makes the fibre in the rice swell slightly in your stomach. Much healthier than a bag of crisps, and they aren't too salty either - I cringe at foods with a high salt content, and these are fine for me.

                If you hate getting your fingers mucky though, I'd recommend handling the Snack-a-Jacks with a clean tissue - that way, you won't get covered in the dusting of onion powder which coats the surface of them.

                Summary: A nice little low fat, low calorie, tasty and reasonably filling snack for those who like rice cakes, and cheesy/oniony flavoured things.

                Thanks for reading!

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                  03.09.2009 17:00
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                  A great snack and not greasy

                  If you are like me and always hungry, then snack a jacks are perfect to keep you going, or maybe you're looking for a healthier alternative to crisps. Not that they really taste like crisps but they make a nice difference to eating breakfast bars to stop feeling hungry and are a savoury option.

                  Description
                  They are basically little rice cakes with a sour cream and chive powdered flavour on them. Each little disc is about 4cm in diameter.

                  Taste
                  Quite flavoursome, but a little dry.

                  Nutritional Content
                  There are only 91 calories in one 22g packet, 1.4grams of Sugar and 1.7grams of fat, 0.6g of salt.

                  Ingredients: Rice, Maize, Sour cream and chive flavour, lactose, salt, onion powder, glucose, flavour enhancer (monosodium glutamate), milk powder, flavourings, herbs, butter, citric acid, sunflower oil.

                  It is suitable for Coeliacs and Vegetarians

                  Packaging
                  They come in a bright green pack with snack a jacks written on in White.

                  Price
                  An individual pack costs 48p for 26grams, but you can also get the value pack which has 6 small packs in it. The value packs costs £1.97.
                  At the moment Tesco do a deal where you can get 2 value packs containing 6 packs for £3.00, so pretty good

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                  17.06.2009 09:00
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                  Give these a go, but not if you hate sour cream and chive flavour!

                  ---Intro---

                  Whilst perusing the snacks at Tesco I came across the Quaker Snack-A-Jacks Sour Cream & Chive in a 6 pack. I do like rice cakes, and wanted something a bit different, so put a pack in the trolley.

                  I enjoyed the first pack very much, and hubby really enjoyed his (but they were MINE, not his, he wasn't meant to be eating them)


                  ---The Packet---

                  The packet is a bright green colour with pictures of the snack-a-jacks. On the back it walks of a Kama Snackra - this packet may seriously improve your snack life apparently!


                  ---What's in them---

                  Each 22g pack contains just 91 calories (excellent stuff!), 1.5g sugars, 1.7g fat, 0.2g saturates, and 0.6g salt (10% of daily recommended salt intake, so this is the only slight concern really if you get concerned about these things).

                  Ingredients are Rice, Maize, Sour Cream and Chive flavour (includes lactose, dried onion, glucose - from wheat, flavour enhancer, skimmed milk powder, cream powder, herbs, flavourings), sunflower oil and salt.

                  These snacks are suitable for coeliacs, and vegetarians. There is no allergy info on the packet (or on the main packet either), but judging by ingredients it won't be suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.



                  ---Inside the packet---

                  On opening the packet I get a waft of sour cream and chives. There are about 12-14 snacks in the packet (I would get them out and count, but am at work and don't want to draw attention to my extra-curricular activities - i.e. review writing).

                  Each snack is about an inch and a half in diameter, and like a mini rice cake really. They are rice cake coloured (no surprise there then), with small yellow patches, and little green dots (that'll be the chives).


                  ---The Eating Experience---

                  The sour cream and chive flavour is relatively mild, however sour cream and chive I feel is quite an acquired taste as it is - I used to HATE sour cream and chive Pringles, but now I love them. If you don't like that general flavour then you probably won't like these!

                  The snacks do not really taste salty....the sour cream flavour is the main taste. These are very moreish. Hubby describes it as a 'warm' taste - I know what he means, but can't really think of a better way to describe it!

                  The rice cakes do stick slightly to my teeth, and have left me feeling slightly thirsty, but nothing a glass of water won't sort out. I am also left with some of the lovely flavouring on my fingers to lick off.


                  ---My thoughts---

                  As already described, I enjoyed the eating experience. I also have to say that eating a packet of these was far less messy than eating 2 or 3 normal sized rice cakes. However, with the convenience comes a cost - extra packaging, and extra cost. However, I will certainly be buying these again.

                  Due to the nature of these, eating a packet probably takes me longer than eating a packet of crisps (hubby and I both find a packet more satisfying than a packet of crisps), and there's less calories in a packet than in most packets of crisps. I'm not going to start eating these every day, but they will fit nicely into my repertoire of snacks.


                  ---Other---

                  My packet has 6 months before it expires, so these do have a good shelf life.

                  The 6 pack of 22g packs which I bought currently retails at Tesco for £1.99, or two packs for £3 (along with salt and vinegar flavour which I haven't yet tried - however, our Tesco doesn't seem to sell these). We've just been shopping and stocked up as 12 packs for £3 works out at 25p a packet.

                  Alternatively you can currently pay 48p for a 26g pack (slightly more than the 22g packs in the multipack), or 3 for £1.20. Obviously this works out more expensive, although our Tesco does stock a variety of flavours in this size packet.


                  For more info visit www.snackajacks.co.uk

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