Snack A Jack ~ Smokey Bacon Flavour
I am always on the lookout for a more healthy alternative to crisps and biscuits to have for my lunch or when I get the munchies at night.
One such item, which was introduced to me by my youngest daughter, is this pack of Snack A Jacks (Smokey Bacon flavour).
~~~ Packaging ~~~
These come in a little plum coloured bag with two purple 'speech bubbles' on the front giving us the name of Snack A Jacks and and saying these are the 'Smokey Bacon' flavour. The bag also tells us on the front that these contain only 7% fat and are a rice and corn snack.
~~~ Contents ~~~
When you first open the bag the mouthwatering smell of smokey bacon hits you. Each little Snack a Jack is about 3cm in diameter and looks like a little disc of puffed up rice. They look lumpy and white and the flavouring sort of sits on the top of the surface of the discs and looks a little powdery.
~~~ Taste ~~~
The initial taste of these is really very nice as you taste the flavouring on the top but then as you chew then and the flavouring comes off in your mouth the discs become a little on the dry side. They are lovely and crispy at first then they become a bit chewy, but still quite nice. I honestly think that they are an acquired taste and can take a little getting used to.
~~~ Nutrition ~~~
They are quite a substantial snack for their 26g and they seem to be a bit more filling than a regular bag of crisps. Also they are quite a bit more healthy as the nutrition is as follows:
Energy ~ 107ckals
Sugars ~ 1.5g
Fat ~ 1.9g
Sats ~ 0.2g
Salts ~ 0.5g
This pack contains only 3% of your guideline daily amounts.
~~~ Cost and Availability ~~~
These little snacks come in various different flavours including, Salt and Vinegar, Caramel, Toffee Popcorn, Sweet Chilli and Prawn Cocktail to name just a few as there are many more. They vary in price depending on which supermarket you shop at. I stock up on mine from Asda for 3 packs for £1.00 while they are on offer. There is also a large rice cake version although I haven't bought these before and don't know how much they are.
~~~ Opinion ~~~
All in all these are quite a nice and different snack that you may need the time to get accustomed to. They are flavoursome and very filling and are deffinatley a much healthier alternative to crisps and biscuits. The texture of the discs is lumpy, crispy and then quite chewy and probably best to have a nice low calorie drink on hand to wash them down. I do like them and will turn to these more so when I am trying to lose a bit of weight, but I have to honestly say that, I do prefer a bag of regular crisps.
Thank you for reading my review.
To accompany my sandwich today I was looking for a light, tasty snack when I saw a bag of Snack A Jacks. Today I have gone for the cheese flavour as these are my favourite.
Snack A Jacks now come in various different flavours such as cheese, salt and vinegar, BBQ and even caramel for the sweet toothed snackers! They can be purchased in large packs which contain a stack of Snack A Jacks, or in snack size packets which look like the average crisp packet.
For those who don't know, Snack A Jacks are basically a rice and corn snack. They are just about bite size and are disc shaped puffed rice and corn. Upon opening the packet you get a nice cheesy waft! They are not overly seasoned but they taste really nice, the taste is a light cheese flavour and once chewed the taste of the corn comes through which then overpowers the cheese.
These are a very light snack so they are ideal as part of you lunch, or something to keep the hunger pangs at bay in between meals. Each pack contains only 8% fat so they are good in that respect compared to other snacks on the market. At only 108 calories a bag, these won't set you back a big portion of your daily calorie allowance which for a man is 2500 and a woman is 2000. These would be ok for those following a low fat / low calorie diet if you really need to have a treat.
They come in a bright yellow packet with pictures of some Snack A Jacks on the front, the front also displaying the nutritional contents. The bag itself feels very light and although it is the same size as any other crisp packet, it weighs in at half the average at 26g. This in itself is an indication that this is a 'light on the stomach' snack!
I'd recommend these, I like the texture which is crunchy but light but I can see why some people say they are like 'chewing on cardboard!' For a pleasant snack that won't pile on the pounds after a packet, I'd say to give these a go!
4/5 Dooyoo stars from me.
Thank you for reading!
I'm not the healthiest eater around but I do try from time to time. Skimmed Milk, No Sugar in Tea or Coffee, Virgin Oil instead of other oils, Low Fat Yoghurt etc, so when I saw these Snack a Jacks some time ago I really did have to give them a try, and I wasn't disappointed. I have tried a few flavours but the one I will review today is the Salt and Vinegar Flavour.
The packet came in a multi pack and is a lot smaller than the other larger packets that you find in the supermarket. The packet is only 22g. Very small I think you'll agree, but I do believe that other 'crisp' manufacturers should take note. I personally need to look at resizing my meals and snacks, and this certainly helps. Salt and Vinegar came ina blue bag with Snack a Jacks blazened across the front. It was also clear to point out thatin this particular Rice and Corn Snack there was only 7% fat, which is extremely good in my opinion - comparing it to crisps anyway!
I really enjoyed the taste but I guess that many others might find the salty taste too much. Personally I love licking the salt and vinegar off. I then like eating the round 'crisp', well to be honest they really aren't crisp, they are really quite soft.
The pack only had 89 calories
It also states that the snack is suitable for Coeliacs and Vegetarians. Unlike other crisps they also have a very long useby date. In my case it was February next year.
I am going to give this snack 5/5 as it ticked all my boxes
healthy (well relatively)
low in calories
To be honest, puffed rice crackers have never really appealed to me that much...... I'm one of those people who would rather just skip the chocolate altogether than swap it for something that tastes of cardboard. According to the product range on their website, Snack a Jacks offer Jumbo rice cakes, snacks and popcorn ranges. The packet is somewhat different from the packet above, still with the blue but Snack a Jacks is now shown in a dark purple speech bubble and the packet had a computerised bubbly background on it.
As far as the snacks go, the selection of flavours is extensive; caramel, BBQ, prawn, salt and vinegar, cheese, sour cream and chives, berry and chilli. Popcorn is sold in the butter toffee, lightly salted, chocolate and salt and vinegar varieties and the jumbo rice cakes are sold in chocolate chip, salt and vinegar, caramel and cheese flavours, so quite a large selection really! All products claim to be less than 10% fat but also to offer a taste sensation; something tasty for people who are also wanting to maintain or achieve a svelte figure.
Once again I was on a mission in the cupboards for a snack to keep me going and I found a 26g bag of Salt and Vinegar flavour Snack a Jacks lurking near the front. In this house I knew they wouldn't be here for long so decided to make a grab for them and eat them before someone else did! Selfish I know, but everyone has their moments and nothing lasts 5 minutes in this house.....they cost 48p a bag at your local ASDA store. Snack a Jacks currently have a competition in liaison with the release of the film Confessions of a Shopaholic in which they can potentially "turn your must haves into can haves" and you can win your share of £100 000, although small print tells you that you actually receive it in vouchers which can be spent at the retailer of your choice...oh well, back to the snacks!
Here's a brief nutritional rundown for you, based on a 26g bag of the salt and vinegar variety:
105 calories - excellent - 5% of your RDA
0.5g sugars - not bad - 1% of your RDA
1.9g fat - almost nothing - 3% of your RDA
0.2g saturates - 1% of your RDA
0.7g salt - a mere 12% of your RDA!
The snacks look identical to what is pictured on the front of the packet. As soon as I pulled one out of the packet I could see the thick layer of salt like flavouring on each side of the rice snack and was worried that they were going to be completely wasted. Given my previous pessimistic view with regards to "cardboard snack/pet food" diet foods, I really enjoyed these. The flavour was strong enough, but not too strong and each cracker had a nice crunch to it, although was also very light.They were rather tasty!
Sometimes you eat a bag of crisps and feel oh so guilty because you know it will take you a good amount of treadmill time to burn it off, but with these you can be on and off in about ten minutes! Enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, these little beauties can satisfy your appetite without grating on your conscience and leaving you regretting that packed of hand cooked, fat filled crisps that you just ate....and now as you read the review, you're promptly putting that packet down and jogging to the shop for some of these, right?After all, the entire 26g bag is less than 7% fat!
To be honest, nothing can beat a good packet of crisps but in today's society where so many people struggle with weight and weight related problems (Britain's obesity rates are extremely high just now), the majority of manufacturers are aiming snacks at people who want to change their life, alter their weight, improve their overall health. These are definitely the way forward to aiding weight loss as part of a healthy diet. While they may have more calories than other crisps, maize or corn related products, these contain less salt, fat and sugars than others which are equally if not more important to keep an eye on than calories. Personally, I feel they leave you feeling nicely full, but not too full. They kept me full for a good 2 or 3 hours this afternoon so I can't really complain.
My favourite treat is a bag of caramel snack a jacks. They take the edge off your hunger, satisfy a sweet tooth and you feel like you are actually eating something! Around 120 calories a bag which can easily be burned off in the gym - I use them as a post work snack before a workout of a swim. I don't feel bloated on them this way and it's just enough of a sugar rush to stop me feeling knackered and tempted to escape home when I walk out of the office.
Also really nice to is to use them as a tv snack with slices of apple and grapes so you get the sweetness but the snack is healthy, or to top the savory ones with slices of cherry tomato, ham, cheese or marmite. It get a bit fiddly but it's worth it - especially as party finger food!
These little snacks have so many uses, and if you want to bite into something a bit more substantial, there's always the jumbo ones!
Let's be clear about one thing, I don't like rice cakes. They remind me of the eighties when us ladies, and possibly some gents too, were trying to lose a few pounds and there was very little available in the form of snacks so people just chewed on bland, unflavoured rice cakes to try and reduce their hunger. So when I first heard about Snack A Jacks I was sure I wouldn't like them as they are rice cakes. How wrong I was!
Years ago I worked in an office and a few of us had the jumbo Snack A Jacks to eat on our morning and afternoon breaks. However after I stopped working in offices I gradually forgot about these gems until recently.
For some reason I can't find anywhere that stocks the jumbo version so I decided if I was going to have some Snack A Jacks in the house I would have to have the crisp version. I found some at Tesco, £1.98 for a bag of 6 which is actually quite expensive but bought them anyway. I chose the salt and vinegar flavour and have been eating a packet whenever I get an attack of late night munchies ever since.
The packets are 22g in size and contain little flavoured rice cakes about the size of a 2 pound coin. The stats for this packet are as follows: 89 calories, 0.4g sugars, 1.6g fat, 0.2g saturates and 0.6g salt. Apparently they are now 50% lower in salt than they were according to the front of the packet. But forget the salt issue, 89 calories and 1.6g fat! Brilliant!
The salt and vinegar flavour come in a blue bag with pictures of Snack A Jacks on the front and the above nutritional information on the bottom right hand corner. They are suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs too.
Yes, these are rice cakes but not eighties style! The smell of salt and vinegar when I open the packet is very strong and I know these are going to really taste of something. They do. Salt and vinegar and not a hint of nasty rice cake taste. I honestly would not know there was rice cakes in these if I couldn't see what I was eating which is great for me with my dislike of them.
They are bite size snacks that crunch in the mouth and the 22g pack, although that sounds very small, is adequate to fill a snack size hole. Sometimes at night I get a bit of a craving for something to eat and I don't want to be eating high fat or calorie laden foods so I reach for a pack of these Snack A Jacks and after I've eaten them my slight hunger has gone. I doubt they would satisfy anything greater than slight hunger but they are only a snack after all.
Another great aspect to them is if I get an attack of hypoglycaemia when my blood sugar is at rock bottom a packet of these gets me quickly back on top of things without lots of calories. Sometimes blood sugar problems can happen even after a meal and you aren't actually hungry but need to eat so I always look for something low in fat and calories to be able to grab should this happen and these are just that.
The only little gripe I have is the price, I think £2 is a bit on the expensive side for 6 packs of these which is why I'm only giving them 4 stars. But for taste, a filling snack that's low in calories, fat and salt and convenience these are brilliant. Try them!
I've started getting the Salt and Vinegar flavour as part of my Boots meal deals and they are excellent. They are around 120 calories yet you feel like you're eating a big bag of crisps. They're light and crunchy with a wonderful texture (great for eating between mouthfuls of sandwich!) with just the right amount of vinegar zing - sometimes with this flavour the tanginess is overpowering and by the end of the bag your mouth is burning, but not with these. Though I do recommend you shake the bag first or some of the top 'crisps' will be a bit bland.
It's easy to forget that you're basically eating rice cakes, but you can feel virtuous as there's hardly any fat in them. You feel satisfied afterwards because they take a while to eat, unlike some low fat crisps which just dissolve in your mouth.
I would say they are slightly on the expensive side but I am only comparing these to ordinary crisps, which these aint!
I'd like to try the other flavours but they contain dairy which I don't eat. So I will be sticking to these for my lunchtime snack!
I love crisps but have given them up as I am always watching my weight! Sometimes though I really fancy a packet and have to try hard to resist temptation. A few weeks in my local Tesco I spotted Snack Jacks in the crisp aisle. Snack a Jacks are a low fat rice and corn snack and as I really like rice cakes I decided to give them a try.
Snack a Jacks are made by Quaker who are owned by the Pepsi Cola Company. They are clearly marketed as a healthy alternative to crisps. They even come in similar packaging! There were several flavours on offer including salt and vinegar, sour cream and chives and barbeque. There was also a sweet version in the form of caramel flavour. I opted for the salt and vinegar flavour.
On opening the packet I was happy to see that I got quite a few Snack a Jacks in the 30-gram packet. Snack a Jacks look nothing like crisps neither do they smell like crisps. They look, as you would expect, like small rice cakes. Next for that all-important taste test. I am really impressed with this new found snack. The salt and vinegar version has just the right balance of flavours for my palate. They are definitely less salty than your average packet of salt and vinegar crisps. I sometimes find crisps leave an unpleasant greasy feel in my mouth. However Snack a Jacks are a much dryer snack. I did find that after eating ½ the packet I needed a drink!
I liked the texture of these little snacks, not too greasy although your mouth can get a bit dry if you eat too many! On looking at the ingredients panel I see that my packet of Snack a Jacks contains rice, maize salt and vinegar flavourings as well as other flavourings! The bag has 123 calories and 2.4 grams of fat. Although they don't too salty the pack does contain 25% of your recommended daily allowance of salt, more than I would like to eat in one go!
My children enjoy Snack a Jacks although due to all that salt I only allow them to eat these occasionally. In my view Snack a Jacks are a reasonable alternative to crisps but they are not a healthy snack! Snack a Jacks are widely available and Tesco sells multi packs containing 6 bags for £1.97. I paid 41p for a 30 gram packet.
I think the biggest snack for people has to be Crisps. Most kids are sent to school with lunch of a sandwich, packet of crisps and piece of fruit. Most adults who pack lunches for work take a packet of crisps. If you go into a sandwich shop youre more than likely going to get some crisps with your lunch, but crisps are incredibly fattening, except Snack a Jacks, First launches in 2000, which boast they contain less than 10% fat! What they are flavoured rice and corn put into a packet like crisps, its the healthier version of. Not only do they do crisps they also do, Jumbo delight, Jumbo Rice Cakes, Mine Bagels, Mini Bites and popcorn all in a variety of flavours. I am currently eating a packet of Salt and Vinegar Snack a Jacks and this is how i rate them :
Packaging - Pretty basic packaging with a big Snack A Jack logo at the top with les then 10% fat written under neath. It has a big comepetion of Win a share of £100,000 in conjuction with the film 'confessions of a shopaholic' with Isla Fisher looking quite ditsy with lot of shopping bag. I think the whole company and especially this packaging i trying to intise women into buying this who probably care more about their weight and figure then men. The confessions of a shopaholic film looks a real chick flick with the chance to win £10,000 for shopping it definately appealing to women.
Smell - They dont smell as much as normal crisps. The salt and vinegar are i find the strongest in flavour of the Snak A Jack crisps but still dont have much of a smell
Taste - The taste is initial a burst of flavour which is very tasty and quite strong. The after i have swallowed it im left with a bit of a boring cardboardy taste from the plain rice cake.
Texture - The texture is quite firm but if you go to snap it it turns crumbly. It feels quite bubbly in your mouth when your chewing, like its tingling on your tounge.
Value for money - In tesco the cost is 43p per 30g pack which isnt to bad considering Walkers Crisps in Tesco is 40p for a 34.5g pack. If you want to be healthier yet still enjoy a snack then you wouldnt mind paying the extra 3p.
Compared to Walkers crips - I dont think there is any comparison. You can not beat the taste of a normal crisp. While these Snack A Jacks are quite tasty they are no where near as nice as an ordinary crips.
Nutrition information per 30g pack -
Protein - 2.1g
Carbohydrate - 23.2g
Fat - 2.2g
Fibre - 0.2g
Sodium - 0.32g equivalent of 0.82g of salt
Calories - 121
Compare this to a 34.5g packet of Salt and Vinegar Walkers Crisps which contains 11.4g of fat, 0.3g of sodium - equivalent of 1g of salt and 181 calories does show that Snack A Jacks are a healthier alternative but people who say there good for you, they certainly are not!
In all honesty I don't believe I like one for thing that is perceived as "better for you" other than fruit.
My favourite snack of all time has to be crisps, Walkers Cheese and Onion, Frazzles, Nik Nak's, Squares...mmmmmm...I could eat bags full a day.
Last year I decided to start a diet, the main problem being that I am a horrendously fussy eater, I find it hard to diet as don't get on with the food, pasta, salads, vegetables, yuck!
So, if I where to start a diet and successfully stick to it, I needed a snack substitute, something to nibble on whilst watching the telly or driving to work.
Step forward Snack a Jacks!
It was by coincidence that I decided to try these, my wife was nibbling away in the background and I could smell a distinct waft of cheese, mmm, I love cheese I thought. Upon turning and looking at what she was eating a grimace mounted my face, "they look horrible" I said.
...And they do, they don't look the most edible food in the world!
In essence they are a rice cracker topped with cheese flavouring, sounds horrible I know, but you will glad to know they taste delicious!
Rice, maize (with germ removed), cheese flavour [milk derivatives (whey powder, lactose, casein and cheese powder), flavour enhancer (Monosodium glutamate), flavourings, colour (paprika extract)], salt.
Each cake contains -
38 Calories (2%)
Sugar 0.5g (1%)
Fat 0.3g (>1%)
Saturates 0.1g (>1%)
Salt 0.2g (3%)
The pack shows a Snack a Jack topped with Mozzarella, Tomato and Spinach. My wife eats them with Philadelphia and Tomatoes, which is slightly less on calorie intake.
Salt and Vinegar
If you struggling to diet because you need a tasty snack then this is for you. Coupled with the fact they com in 4 varieties, there's bound to be one you enjoy. A great product!
As I'm attempting to eat more heathily at the moment I decided to grab some Snack a Jacks as part of my lunch. Though in my opinion there's very little that can beat the taste of an actual, nice crisp, Snack a Jacks do have a lot of things going for them.
My local shop stocks 2 flavours - salt and vinegar and a toffee/caramel type one which I assume is more like popcorn. As I was going for a crisp replacement I chose the salt and vinegar.
A 30g bag cost 55p, and you'll definitely get them cheaper in a supermarket multipack. Although this is about the same weight as a standard bag of crisps, Snack a Jacks are so light that you get a lot more and the bag is substantially bigger. This is good psychology as you feel fuller (or at least I did!!).
They are advertised as being less than 10% fat, and have 121 calories and 2.2g of fat per bag. Looking at the stats on the bag, there are low values of everything including saturated fat, sugar and salt, which is great. However, looking at the ingredients list I was surprised to discover they contain the evil monosodium glutamate in the salt and vinegar flavouring. If I'd known that I wouldn't have bought them.
Snack a Jacks taste like a rice/maize type snack which they are. My first bite into one wasn't particularly pleasant as I could taste dry maize followed by artifical flavouring. However as I continued to eat them the taste was more appealing and more like salt and vinegar - I suppose this was the flavouring and MSG kicking in. They are quite filling and I ate them with a sandwich so they were pleasant enough.
However, I do feel conned into thinking I was having a healthy, natural snack and I won't be buying these again until they get rid of the MSG. I'm unsure as to whether the other flavours contain it, I'll be looking next time I go shopping.
These have to be my favorite Low- Fat snack on the market, only containing 10% fat, they are the perfect dieters treat at only 121 calories a bag!
I love the flavors they come in Salt and Vinegar,Caramel, Sour Cream,Chill and BBQ, all the flavors have great depth and I think they taste exactly as they say on the packet.
Made from rice and corn they are a great alternative to potato crisps and have a crunchy yet light texture to the bite.
Unlike crisps that are fried in oil and all greasy,Snack a Jacks don't leave that horrible greasy mess on your fingers after eating.
The "grab and go" bags come in 30g and contain cute little round rice cakes perfect for a no fuss snack on the go.
The only thing I do make sure I have after eating is some nice mineral water as they do seem to make me thirsty after eating, but hey plenty of water daily is no bad thing!
Being on a diet is tough! Wanting to lose 3 stone is tough. The exercise is tough. But I am finally getting into it after doing it for three weeks and losing nearly 1 stone.
Now, Snack a Jacks have been a bit of a life saver for me. I love crisps and I love rice cakes.... These feel like they are a combination of the two.
What is particularly hard when either on a diet to lose weight, for health reasons or to maintain your lost weight levels is that you really do have to watch what you eat.
Most crisps have between around 25-30g of fat per 100g. This is what would be classed as a HIGH fat food. Not good on a regular basis. They will also have typically around 150 kcals per bag.
Snack a Jacks have typically less than 8g fat per 100g therefore making them (almost) a low fat food. Although a low fat food would be typically 5g of fat or less per 100g this is not far off. Snack a Jacks have around 90-120 kcals per bag.
Snack a Jacks are typically made up of (copied from the packet) rice, maize, flavourings (ok maybe not great but I can cope with that knowing that the fat content is low), citric acid, sunflower oil (vegetable oil is much better for you than animal fats) and salt.
Whether you are a savoury or a sweet tooth Snack a Jacks cater for this. They are available in the following flavours:
Salt and vinegar
Sour cream and chive
Chocolate chip etc
They are available in large packs as large rice cakes, individually as smaller rice cakes in 22g packs and multi-packs
I will be honest I haven't tried all the flavours but have tried caramel, sour cream and chive, salt and vinegar and plain and have to admit I love them all. If you like rice cakes, you will love these. If you are not so keen on rice cakes then they may not be such a hit with you.
****FEELS LIKE A TREAT***
When my children or husband are tucking into a packet of crisps I will eat a packet of these instead (I buy them in multi-packs at £1.99 for 6 packs or offers are available from supermarkets say 2 multi-packs for £3.00). I feel like I am having a treat and not depriving myself as you can sometimes feel on a diet.
Enough flavours available to keep you interested on the long road of a diet. Not cheap though as 6 bags of 22g can cost as much as 33p each or even higher if you buy them individually - look out for the offers!
I will never ever dislike these things.
I remember when they first came out, I tried a sweet one and thought ooo these taste horrible, like cardboard!!
But they grew on me.....and then I tried the salt and vinegar ones.
If you love salt and vinegar crisps like I do, I really recommend you trying these snacks.
They do have less fat as well, even though crisps seem to keep reducing there fat. But I find that these fill me up more than a packet of crisps, and you do get more in the packet.
They only costs about 10p more than a bag of crisps, or some might even be the same price.
Oooo another tip, if you do find out that you love these, try Tesco's own Salt and Vinegar rice cakes, they don't cost much more than a £1 and they taste exactly the same as a pack of Snack a Jacks, are just bigger in size!!
So if you don't like them at first, try them again and again and you might just get addicted to the things!
These are a great snack for those trying to avoid the high in fat crisps and other fatty unheathy snacks. They are rice and corn snacks and have a unique taste, the product i am focusing on is the salt and vinegar flavour of snack a jacks.
The company focus a lot on letting the consumer know that the packet contains less than 10% fat as it features numeros times around the packaging.
Salt and vinegar is the only flavour i have tried of snack a jacks, there are a few more flavours such as caramel and prawn cocktail but if im honest i haven't really looked into it.
The price is ok, a 30g bag is around 60 pence, this may seem expensive as the same weight of crisps are around 40 pence however they are a lot lighter in weight so you get more in a bag and in my opinion a lot more filling a snack. These also come in multipack bags of 6pks.
For all you people interested in the nutritional info i'll give you a quick insight. Each packet contains 121 calories and 2.2g of fat.
This product is definately worth a try!
Low fat, light & Crispy Rice and Corn Snacks.