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Item: Snack a Jacks
Flavour: Sweet Chilli
Size: 25g (4 packs)
Price: £1.69 for 4 packs or £3 for 8
Bought in: Tesco
These come in a multi pack bag that has the same design as the individual packs. As these are Sweet Chilli, Quaker have gone with the usual bright red colour that seems to be associated with that flavour across most brands. The whole pack is bright red and has Snack A Jacks written across the top in bold white text. There are photo's of the actual snack on the front too so you can see exactly what is inside of them. "Sweet Chilli" is written in white text too but this is inside a speech bubble. There are paler red "spots" all across the background of the pack too, I guess that is to encourage you to think that the product is "fun" haha the front also claims "8% fat" rather than "less fat than..." or "reduced fat" which I quite like. I don't necessarily go mad on exact fat or calorie counting but do know roughly that Snack A Jacks a less fattening than say McCoys, but I hate the packs that claim to be low fat, reduced etc. There's fat in most things so if packs are just factual we can make up our own minds. This pack is quite up front and tells you that 8% if it is made up of fat, there you go! Haha The packets are quite thin and usually the snacks are quite bashed inside. Usually around half are in one piece and the rest are in halves or thirds by the time you get them home. However as the pack is quite thin it makes it easier to open so that's a wee bonus.
These vary in taste and you can tell if they will be flavoursome when you open the bag dependant on how dark the flavouring is on the snacks. There seems to be a malfunction in their factory and some packs have a decent amount of flavoured powder over them and sometimes you open the bag and they are basically bald!! When you get an evenly covered snack they have a great flavour. The initial taste and smell is similar to sweet chilli dipping sauce mixed with a bit of chilli spice and garlic. I like this and they have a good balance between sweet and savoury in them. The snack itself (when whole) is round and measured 0.5 x 4.5cm. They look like someone has bonded together grains of rice and inflated them. They are soft to bite in to, although you do occasionally get a rouge hard bit, like you do when you eat popcorn.
Would I recommend these?
Yes, I like them and enjoy the taste. I do like proper potato crisps but I'm not always in the mood for them so these quench my desire for a carby snack. My husband hates the smell of them so he never takes any when I buy them in so that's another bonus!! Haha
Hooray! Anyone who has been following my recent reviews will know that I have been attempting (and failing) to "get healthy" and tone up with my forthcoming wedding as motivation. Unfortunately, most of the healthier versions of snacks I have tried have left me unsatisfied and resulted in either going hungy (I'd rather go hungry than eat some of the cardboard tasting rubbish that's out there), or binge eating and telling myself "He fancies me anyway so why bother changing". Obviously, getting healthy is more than fitting in a nice dress, and is something I'd like to do for the good of my long term health and prevent any issues arising before my mid-thirties spread gets any worse.
I went food shopping to our local supermarket yesterday (I say local, I mean Tesco which is in fact nationwide and taking over the world). My other half had asked for some healthy snacks (we're quite supportive of each other in times of trying to be healthy), and as I was browsing the aisle where the healthier stuff is kept, I noticed the sweet chilli flavoured snack-a-jacks. I've had these before, but couldn't remember whether I liked them or not so at 44p per 26g bag I thought I'd give them a try.
The price was one of the things I liked about these, as they weren't available in multi-packs in the shop I was in, but the individual bags were cheaper than what I would call "proper" crisps. The packaging jumps out from the shelf as the bag is red with purple writing. There is a picture of the product on the front of the bag, so you know to expect rice based snacks in bite-sized pieces. It also appeals with it's claim of 8% fat, and describes itself as a "rice and corn snack".
The nutritional information for these is very pleasing to the eye. Each bag (26g) contains:
Calories - 108
Sugar - 1g
Fat - 2g
Saturates - Trace (WHOO HOO!)
Salt - 0.6g
A good start I'm sure you'll agree. The smell of sweet chilli is very appetising when you open the bag, but they don't smell overly strong and have a nice appearance. They look light and healthy (probably because you can see the rice in them), and are easier on the gums and teeth than crisps. The snacks kind of melt on the tongue (a bit like Skips do) but also have a bit of crunch to them. They are very tasty, and don't leave a bitter aftertaste like some of these healthy snacks do.
I will definitely be adding these snacks to my weekly shopping list, because I don't feel like I'm missing out on not having crisps. They do come in other flavours but I've not tried these yet. I've just checked the Tesco website and they do a 6 pack for £1.99 which weren't available on the day but I will probably get next time I see them. I suspect you can probably find them cheaper in discount stores etc so I will keep my eyes peeled. You could probably get multipacks of crisps for cheaper but it works out at 33p per bag which by today's prices isn't bad for something that's better for you.
I have been trying to lose some weight recently so I went swimming one day in the week. There are always those very crafty vending machines outside in the reception areas, they are normally just fully loaded with over-priced chocolate bars and unhealthy snack. I was so hungry when I came out from my swimming session and was very tempted to buy some chocolate but the Snack a Jacks caught my eye. I thought that I had better go for the healthier option so that I didn't un-do all of my hard work!
The 'Snack a Jacks' that I bought cost me 70p from the vending machine, you can buy them from other stores and shops and in multi packs but I'm not sure how much they cost. They come in a 26g bright red packet with a picture of the snack on the front and the flavour. On the front of the packet there is also some nutrition information and on the back there are some more details on the nutritional content.
Snack a Jacks are a nice light and healthy choice for a snack, I think that they are a great alternative for crisps! They are made from rice and corn with some flavouring on them. I used to eat plain rice cakes but because of the lack of flavour I ended up eating something naughty. With the 'Snack a Jacks' I didn't get that feeling and it satisfied my flavour needs. The 'Sweet Chilli' flavour is very nice and it tickles your taste buds! I found that they can be a little dry but they are not too bad, they have a kind of crunchy yet soft texture.
I think that they are definately worth giving a try. A packet of Snack a Jacks contain:
- 0.7g of sugar
- 2.0g of fat
- 0.2g of saturates
- 0.6g of salt
If you want to know more about Snack a Jacks then you can visit their website: www.snackajacks.co.uk
I bought a packet of Snack A Jacks because I am currently attempting to watch my weight and this snack make a good, low calorie alternative to crisps.
************** Availability *************
I usually purchase these snacks from Boots - where I pay around 65p per packet, but as I've mentioned in a previous review - Boots charges astronomical prices and you can get these much cheaper if you purchase them as part of a multi-pack from a supermarket.
Each cracker is quite substantial in size, they are slightly bigger than a 50p peace and you get a quite a big portion within each 26g bag.
************** Taste **************
When you open the red Snack A Jack packet the chilli smell hits you instantly and you can see the red powder which flavours the Snack A Jacks on each cracker. Although each cracker does taste of chilli, the taste isn't too overpowering or spicy. The reason I chose this particular flavour is because they taste a bit different from your normal corn-based snack and even though they are low calorie they don't taste like cardboard. They are also quite a filling snack.
************** Nutritional Information ****************
Each 26g bag contains:
**************** Overall ****************
I do enjoy eating this product occasionally, but I won't be completely substituting crisps for Snack A Jacks because although they taste ok, they're nothing special.
They are crunchy and full of flavour but they're not as nice as crisps and can get a bit repetitive if you eat them too often. However, if you're watching your weight and you fancy trying a low calorie alternative to crisps then I recommend that you give these a try.
Three out of five stars.
When out shopping today I was feeling very hungry. I hadn't had any lunch but was about to head home so didn't want to buy anything substantial as I had something prepared and waiting for me. I'd popped into the supermarket to buy some bread when I noticed the new Sweet Chilli flavour Snack a Jacks displayed prominently by the counter. I'm not a huge fan of rice cakes I must admit, as I find them a bit bland and a bit like biting into polystyrene (not that I've ever tried!). However I was quite curious to try the flavoured variety to see if that made any difference.
The packet itself is coloured red with a picture of some rice cakes on the front. I am told the packet contains a rice and corn snack that has only 8% fat. There is also some nutritional information on the front. Each 26g pack contains 107 calories, 2.0g fat, 0.7g sugars, 0.6g salt. I reasoned with myself that as they were so light they wouldn't spoil my appetite so I would still be able to manage lunch when I got home. I bought the bag for 54p in Somerfield. Looking at the ingredients the product appears to be suitable for vegetarians.
Opening the pack the sweet/spicy aroma of the sweet chilli is the first thing that hits you which I found quite appetising. Each rice cake is bite sized and appeared to be coated fairly evenly in a red coloured powder. Biting into this still reminded me of biting into a bit of polystyrene but one that was flavoured. In fact, they even look like small polystyrene tiles! The taste was quite sweet but for me it didn't have enough of a kick of the chilli. Thinking that I'd picked up a dodgy one I continued to try the others. They were the same, quite sweet but I couldn't taste the chilli. I got quite frustrated thinking 'maybe the next one', but it just didn't happen! I know it is quite a subtle flavour and going on my experience of Walkers Thai Sweet chilli crisps, (which I adore) there is usually a slight delay before the chilli kicks in. But not in this case.
Overall, the snack was tasty enough and satisfied my munchies. They were sweet, not too salty but for me not spicy enough. Maybe I had a dodgy pack but I'm not sure I'll be buying these again.
I'm quite partial to a flavoured rice cake and have for some time been a fan of Snack a Jacks. It all started from being on a Carol Vorderman detox diet where the only thing close to sustinance that was allowed was unsalted rice cakes. As soon as I was fully de-toxed I decided to keep going down the healthy eating rice cake road, but add plenty of flavourings, flavour enhancers, salt and any other junk I could think of, yet still appear virtuous.
I spotted these in our local Tesco yesterday. My husband unusually seemed quite interested in these - I think it was the Sweet Chilli idea that did it. Perhaps if he closed his eyes he could pretend they were Walkers Sensations.
The Sweet Chilli Snack a Jacks come in 26g packets that look pretty much like your average small foil crisp packet. The packet is red with the Snack a Jacks logo and a picture of about 6 rice cakes and the information that this is an 8% fat rice and corn snack.
On opening the packet you are met with what I can only describe as a rather peculiar smell. Inside are 26 g worth of small rice cake disks, each about an inch in diameter. For those of you who don't know, the rice cakes are formed from puffed up bits of rice so have a bobbly appearance. They are a pale colour but you can see quite clearly the powdered flavouring attached to each one. The snacks are crunchy but do have an interesting texture to them.
Luckily these snacks do taste a lot better than they smell. There is a sweetness to the chilli flavour as you would expect. At first I felt that the chilli flavouring was a little bit too mild - but then I got the after burn!! Now, we're not talking vindaloo at the local curry house at midnight on a Friday night when the chef's having a bit of a laugh and wanting to see how hard the crowd who have just fallen out of the pub really are, but there definitely is a kick to these fellas! I couldn't really say that I liked the taste but they did have that moreish quality to them and I certainly wouldn't have left the bag unfinished. In fact, despite not particularly liking them, I found myself doing what we all do when we finish a packet of crisps and think no-one is looking. You know the move and technique. You put your mouth to one corner of the open side of the packet then tip your head back to get the last crumbs. In fact they are not just crumbs - they're bits of the flavouring as well that has fallen off the snacks. And then, when there's just that one awkward little bit left that gets stuck in the fold of the packet, you lick your finger and get right down into the corners of the packet!
So, now for the "low down" as they say on the back of the packet. I'll try to keep it just to the important stuff. These sweet chilli flavour rice and corn snacks with sugar and sweetener contain 107 calories per 26g bag. 2g of fat of which 0.2g is saturates. They claim therefore that the pack contains 3% of an adult's GDA fat. They do contain aspartame which could rule them out for some people, but claim that they are suitable for both vegetarians and coeliacs.
My packet had a 6 month shelf life. I have not seen this new flavour in all supermarkets, but cost 48p in Tesco, or 3 packets for £1.
This is a fairly good snack. Not as unhealthy as some but as I'm sitting here writing this, I'm kind of wishing I'd had a banana or a bowl of cereal instead. If they were put in front of me again I probably would eat them and kid myself that I was eating something really tasty and naughty. But I don't have an urge to rush out and buy them again.
But as for the sour cream and chive flavour..........................................well, that's another review!!
If I could have a half star, I would probably give them 3 and a half. But 4 stars is just a little too high so I'm afraid it's only 3.
From time to time I do dabble with healthy snacks (not often enough though to be totally honest lol) but when I leave the gym I feel so guilty buying junk food on the way home and I do try to look for healthy alternatives to nibble on!
I hadn't seen this flavour before and I love sweet chilli flavourings on things so grabbed a bag!
Large reddish coloured foil bag with a picture of the snack a jacks on the front and I'm told they are Snack A Jacks Sweet Chilli Flavour and that they contain 8% fat and are a rice and corn snack and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the pack other information includes being given a full nutritional chart and I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians and Coeliacs, size is stated (in this case my bag is 26g), ingredients are listed (no allergy advice is though) and contact details are given for Snack A Jacks. Nice enough packaging this is and it's an easy to open bag too!
Open up the bag and the first thing you get is a lovely sweet chilli aroma hitting your nostrils. The snack a jacks themselves are rather thick, creamy coloured disc shapes that look bubbly and slightly puffed up and have a slightly rough texture to them. With these you can see a slight ingrained sprinkle of red seasoning to each evenly distributed.
Taste wise I loved them! I got a real flavour of sweet chilli though it wasn't hot it was more naturally sweet than anything else but what I did appreciate that although the seasoning is highly tasty that doesn't completely detract from the taste of rice and maize and what you get is flavours from everything being involved. They are crunchy, they melt in the mouth and are simply really tasty. Not at all dry and with these you wont be gagging for a drink to help you digest them!
Although they do taste of sweet chilli (you'll be aware of that type of flavour if like me your a fan of Blue dragon sweet chilli dipping sauce and the likes) this does miss the kick of spicy chillis somewhat to me. Not at all hot but that isn't a complaint from me rather the opposite actually but don't buy these if you like spicy cos you'll be disappointed!
A really yummy, light snack that I really like and will buy time and time. They are fresh, crunchy and really tasty!
Nutritional Information Per Bag:
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at around 48p and other flavours in this range are available.
Another day, another rice cake review (which I'm afraid will be very similar to my other rice cake reviews!), and today it's the Sack a Jacks Sweet Chilli flavour. This 26g bag was picked up at Tesco the other week in a 3 for £1.20 offer (and is best before some date 7 months down the line).
---Snack a Jacks---
Snack a Jacks are a range of rice cake snacks made by Quaker - visit www.snackajacks.co.uk to find out more about the range.
The packet is a reddish colour. There's a picture of the snacks on the pack, and of course the nutritional info. Snack a Jacks have this thing on the packets where they "turn must-haves into can-haves" and the 'must-have' on my packet is "DIOR Make-up". You can e-mail them to let them know what your must-haves are if you so desire.
---The nutritional info---
The packet boasts that it contains 8% fat, which is the same as the Prawn Cocktail flavour (eugh!) but more than some of the other flavours.
My packet contains 107 calories, 0.7g sugars, 2g fat (0.2g saturates) and 0.6g salt. The main ingredients are Rice, maize (with germ removed) and sweet chilli flavour which consists of lots of things (including lactose from milk, so check if you have intolerances). They are suitable for Coeliacs and Vegetarians. A full list of ingredients can be found here - http://www.snackajacks.co.uk/products/snacks-sweet-chilli.aspx
---The eating experience---
I have high hopes for this flavour since hubby's told me that it's nice. On opening the packet there's a bit of an odd smell, can't really make out what it is.
The 1.5inch diameter snacks as usual are yellowy in colour.
First rice cake, and it's nice. Mind you, I've been here before and then found I didn't like the second one. So here goes with the second....yes, it's really not bad at all. This is such a relief after that horrible Prawn Cocktail flavour!
The chilli taste is mild, but I can certainly make out a sweet chilli taste. It does leave a slight tingle on my tongue, but it's not hot hot, just pleasant! Now this is the difficulty, how can I describe a sweet chilli taste except to say it tastes of sweet chilli? Actually, this is probably not a bad thing to say since the barbeque flavour didn't really taste much of barbeque!
Although each packet contains 10% of your RDA of salt, they don't seem particularly salty.
There were 18 and a bit snacks in my pack (I counted for review purposes!), this flavour don't seem to be as crumbly/breakable as some - I don't think I've handled my packet extra carefully!
These rice cakes leave very little mess on my fingers (and my desk), and just a pleasant aftertaste. I would definitely buy this flavour again as part of my repertoire of snacks. However, I think I need a bit of a break from rice cakes now so will leave them on the shelf for a while before buying any more!
I am sure you have heard about Snack a Jacks they have been around for a number of years now, and this seems to be one of there newest flavours and its my favourite.
***WHAT ARE SNACK A JACKS? ***
If you have not heard about Snack a Jacks before they are a rice and corn snack, and an alternative to crisps and some people say they are like eating cardboard as they are alot different from crisps but so much better for you and your waist line.
I tend to watch what I eat, I don't want to eat crisps and chocolate every day but I do tend to go through phases of eating badly (don't we all?) but Snack a Jacks really provide me with an alternative as they are just 107 calories which is a good amount for a snack.
They 8% fat, 0.7g of sugar, 2.0g of fat which of 0.2 saturates and salt is 0.6g. They state one packet of these is 3% of your daily allowance of fat!
The texture of these is bumpy but they are crunchy and the taste does not really resemble sweet chilli that much, it's a very powdery taste. I really love the taste though as they are full of flavour.
You get a good amount in the packet too, not like some crisp packets where you open it up and there's like 10 crisps, I feel like the packet is actually quite full and they do fill me up too when I am feeling peckish.
Rice, maize (with germ removed), sweet chilli flavour [salt, sugar, flavourings, spices, milk powder, whey powder and lactose (from milk), flavour enhancers (monosodium glutamate, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), citric acid, ground chilli, hydrolysed soya protein, celery, colour (paprika extract), sweetener (aspartame)], sunflower oil
Snack a Jacks are about 45p a packet in general but if you head down to Asda they have an offer of 5 for £2! Which is a fab deal so I tend to buy more when I see an offer on.
They seem to have lots of flavours too, from the top of my head Caramel, Cheese, and I can't think of anymore but there is a few more but I always tend to go with this flavour