“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Snack „
I have always enjoyed Cheese straws/twists. When my sister was younger she used to sometimes make cheese straws which were delicious; for some unknown reason I have yet to make them myself; I'm not sure if its laziness or because I think they won't turn out right; or because its so easy to buy them at the supermarket. However, I think that soon I will give it a go and make my own.
In the mean time... me and my partner love to have dips; its great when you are watching TV in the evening; to munch on small snacks; when I have dips I love them with crisps, carrots, cucumber and sometimes nice chase straws.
I have bought these Sainsbury's ones a few times and they really are lovely; very cheesy and very tasty.
The Cheese twists come in an appropriately coloured packet; dark yellow with a lighter creamy light yellow. There is a picture of the Cheese twists in a cream yellow coloured container with what looks like some sort of accompanying dip next to them. They are made with Gruyere cheese. Now personally I have never tasted Gruyere cheese on its own; all I can say is that these cheese straws are very nice with this flavour cheese in them! The twists themselves are very light and crispy; they are really Moorish; so I can eat quite a few in one go and often do! The Twists are golden in colour with some slightly crispier parts to them too. Each 125g packet costs £1.05. I think that's a fairly reasonable price; although there aren't too many of them in the packet; about 8-10.
Gruyere Cheese (10%)
Skimmed milk powder
Barley Malt Flour
Contains milk, Wheat gluten and Barley gluten
Not suitable for Nut allergy sufferers
Each Cheese Twist contains only 40 kcals
These Sainsbury's Cheese Twists are a good tasting cheesy treat; reasonably priced and deserving of 4 Dooyoo stars from me.
My mum always goes a bit mad in the run up to Xmas, she buys a lot of the food she's planning to get for the day so that we can try it out and not have any nasty surprises on Xmas Day when you discover that the stuff you've spent a fortune on is crap! lol
This is why I'm eating Sainsburys Cheese Twists today when really I want something a bit more substantial to snack on! They're very nice though and I'm not complaining about the flavour of them, it's just that they're party food and not something I'd usually choose to munch on.
They have got quite a strong cheese flavour but it's not so strong that it's harsh. The pastry is lovely and flakey and has got a yummy buttery flavour that goes wicked with the cheese. This pack has fallen to bits a bit because I don't think they're packaged very well and have rattled about too much in the tray.
I love the flavour of them but it took me a few to get used to it. The taste is like a cross between a mild cheddar and a stronger foreign cheese and the 2 go together proper nice for a good flavoured cheesy snack.
I don't think I'd eat these at any time apart from Xmas because they're not the sort of thing I'd usually go for, but I reckon they'll be yummy with some sort of dip and are a nice change from the breadsticks my mum normally puts on the buffet table.
I bought more then 10 times Sainsbury's Cheese Twists I just had no time to write a review on them. Now as I can't use my left hand for at least 3 weeks I have time to think over the products I use regularly.
Price and package
As it is Sainsbury's own brand product you will find them in Sainsbury's only. I bought a pack of 125 grams for 0.98 pounds. I never had a chance to buy them on offer. Since the picture was uploaded here on dooyoo its wrapper has changed a little bit. The picture is the same but the blue stripes are between light brown and olive colour. When you open the wrapper you will find a plastic tray and about 10-12 cheese twists. I haven't counted them yet so I just estimate their number.
The cheese twists
They smell lovely when you open the wrapper. The twists are light brown coloured and some parts of them are medium brown. I like that they are not burnt to have bitter taste. The burnt cheese has bitter taste. So these are baked perfectly. Some of them are broken. I found that usually one third of them are broken. I don't really care because we broke them anyway. They are cheese and very crispy. I love them really.
How to use them?
You can prepare them some kind of dip. I suggest sour cream with garlic and salt. Actually we don't really eat them this way. I prepare cream soups and we put these cheese twists in our plates. I share my garlic ream soup recipe with you. I think this is the quickest soup you can prepare and it is healthy.
Garlic Cream Soup
I put 1 litre of water to boil. In the meantime I peel 5 medium sized cloves of garlic. I mix 150ml double cream with one egg yolk. When the water is boiling I drop into it 2 cubes of Oxo chicken stock cubes, then I press the garlic cloves into the water. After the cubes are melted I get out a few spoons of soup and add it to the cream and egg yolk mix. I mix continuously and add as much soup to it to get this mix warm. Then I pour it into the soup. I spice it with salt, nutmeg and white pepper. Ant it's ready, serve it with cheese twists. This soup is ready in 10 minutes.
Wheat Flour, Butter* (27%), Gruyere Cheese* (10%), Skimmed Milk Powder*, Salt, Yeast, Sugar, Barley Malt Flour, * From Cows' Milk.
Nutritional information per 100 g
It is quite rich in calories as 100 g of these lovely cheese twists means 499 kcal. It contains 51.1 g of carbohydrate which is dominantly starch. The fat level of the twists is quite high as well, it contains 27% fat.
When we put them into our soup we use half a box for 3 of us. Naturally when you eat it with a dip as a snack you will eat more then 3-4 twists so take care of the calories!
I love to put these cheese twists in my garlic and broccoli cream soups. We rarely eat them as a snack. They are crispy and taste cheese. Its light brown colour makes them really inviting. I recommend you trying them you won't fail.
Ooh Sainsbury's Cheese Twists really are lovely. The first time I tried them, I was looking for finger food for a class buffet for my older ladies. You know how discerning they are. They let you know if you've given them rubbish. The foil sealed package looked nice and classy it keeps everything fresh, not that they last long enough to go stale . At 85p for 125 grams they didn't break the bank, we could afford a couple of packs. I hear they've gone up to 99p now but they are still good value.
I laid the food out and told them to dig in. One or two of the ladies said they were nice and I should try one, when I turned around and they were gone! They'd woofed the lot. Next time I got them by popular request, I had mine first.
They are melt in your mouth flakey pastry sticks that have a strong taste of mature cheese. They are crumbly in the nicest possible way, really moorish.
They are suitable for buffets, picnics and parties, in fact any occassion you share with friends. Just make sure you keep a secret stash for yourself.
125g of Sainsbury`s Cheese Twists equals two half an hour episodes of Eastenders, by the time Dot Cotton has had one of her deep and meaningful conversations with Her hapless son Nick I have manged to crunch my way through half of the box. Watching Peggy Mitchell rant and rave in the Queen Vic sees the other half of the box off!...The box is only small really.
Why is it that all of the best things in life are so moreish?
Instead of loving all of the superfoods that are packed with vitamins and minerals I always seem to pick the most calorie laden junk food that has ever made an appearance on a supermarket shelf!
Have any of you ever tried Lidl`s Cheesy Hearts?
They are amazing, rather like the Roka cheese biscuits and another big favourite of mine are Cheeselets and what about those Cheese footballs, the ones that are filled with soft creamy cheese!! Ohhhhh
Well 98p worth of Sainsbury`s Cheese twists keep me quiet for a while anyway. Classically packaged in a gold and white box with a pot of Cheese Twists arranged in a pot ready to share pictured on the front of the box. ( Sorry I don`t do sharing )
Open the cardboard box and the Perfect Cheese Twists lay in a plastic tray covered with a film. I am almost ashamed to say that neither the tray or the film are recyclable...very unusual.
The box flap opens easily, in fact too easily.
Each Cheese Twist is around seven inches long and is corkscrew shaped. I rather like sesame seeds on my cheesy biscuits but these are plain. The butter puff pastry is cooked to perfection and the sweet nutty aroma of Gruyere cheese pervades your nostrils.
Gruyere Cheese is a Swiss cheese, a hard unpasteurised cheese that has been made using cows milk. As well as having a nutty, sweet flavour you detect a hint of `fruitiness` there, a perfect accompaniment for a glass of Chardonnay...Say no more a glass of white wine works well with Cheese Twists!
The butter pastry is featherlight, as flaky as a Butter Puff and you can detect the rich butter flavour easily.
Alternate a sip of Chardonnay with a bite of Sainsbury`s Cheese Twist and Peggy Mitchell suddenly seems quite a likable character!
The credits roll , the glass is empty and the box lays redundant on the coffee table. I have pigged over 500 calories within an hour!
The Sainsbury`s Cheese Twists contain gluten, wheat, milk and barley. Nut allergy sufferers should bypass these too.
A 100g has nigh on 500 calories,12.9g of Protein, 51.1g Carbohydrates!, 2.3g fibre and 1.75g salt.
Perfect for a party snack, brilliant for using with dips.
But Dawn French constantly tell you that her chocolate orange isn't `Terry's` it is hers, these Cheese Twists are mine all mine.
Apologies to those of you who don't follow Eastenders!
I love anything that has a savoury cheese flavour so when I was in Sainsbury's buying for my granddaughters upcoming birthday party and I saw their own brand Cheese Twists priced at a very reasonable 59p I put a couple of packets in the trolley, thinking I could present them on the buffet table in nicely patterned pot as they were shown on the wrapper.
These Cheese Twists are loose inside a plastic punnet which is then covered in a thin foil packet, and this is where the one and only problem occurs. The Cheese Twists are flaky and delicate and having them rattle around in this punnet meant that the majority of them weren't only broken but quite literally shattered into pieces! I fished the big bits out and unfortunately they weren't long enough for me to put in the pots, so I had to pile them up on a plate instead for guests to pick at.
Oh, they are delicious though. I make my own cheese straws, but the shop bought ones are something entirely different in my opinion and these are definitely one of the best. They are pale and a golden yellow colour, they are nicely twisted and look flaky and very tasty.
The taste of these Cheese Twists is subtly cheesy, there is 15% cheese used to create them but I would say the flavour is stronger than this so they must have used a fairly strong tasting cheese. The Twists taste lovely and buttery, I think the flakiness and softness of the inside of each Twist really make these special.
These are a lovely savoury snack which would be as good for lunchboxes as party food, they're very easy to eat because despite how flaky and delicate they are they are not dry once you start munching on them. I provided some dips including a home made salsa and a lot of people who ate them said how well the Twists went with the sweet tomato salsa, which presumably is because of the classic cheese and tomato combination.
Each Twist (providing you can find a full one amongst all the bits) contains 34 calories and 1.7g of fat, which isn't bad on the face of it but these are so moreish that I could quite easily have eaten 10 Twists and that would have amounted to a huge 340 calories. Good job I only had a couple then!
These cost only 59p from Sainsbury's and I'll definitely buy them again, although I wish they could come up with better packaging to stop them from becoming smashed up.
Twisted cheese treats.