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I've been taking packed lunches to work in a bid to save a bit of money and I came across these Sesame Snaps when I was looking for cheap snacks to go in them. 69p for a pack of 4 seemed like a really good price so I picked some up and I've since become pretty addicted to them, they're amazing!
They come in packs of 4 as I said previously, and each pack contains 3 Sesame Snaps. The packs are made of plastic and tear open easily from the tab at the back. The packaging looks a bit retro but they are a bit of an old-fashioned snack I think.
Each Sesame Snap is about 1.5 by 3 inches and about 5mm thick. The underside is flat but the top side is ridged, and they basically look like exactly what they are - lots of sesame seeds held together by sugar and glucose syrup. That's one of the great things about these, they're not full of loads of artificial rubbish, the only ingredients are sesame seeds, sugar and glucose syrup.
They're quite solid but they do snap easily as I bite into them, though sometimes bits do fly everywhere when they snap! They taste absolutely lovely, the taste of the sesame seeds comes through well and is not overpowered by the sugar, but at the same time they are quite sweet and they definitely satisfy my sweet tooth. That's another great thing about them, they satisfy my cravings for something a bit sweet but they're much better for me than a bar of chocolate or piece of cake!
Each pack of 3 Sesame Snaps contains 157 calories and 8.8g of fat, as well as 3.7g of protein (from the sesame seeds) and 14.8g of carbohydrate (from the sugar). Obviously they are full of sugar but they're still a lot better for you than most other sweet snacks, and sesame seeds are really good for you too. I love them, they taste great, they're cheap, and I think I'll be having them in my lunches for a long time!
I've recently been trying to make more of an effort to take a packed lunch to work which I hope will help me to fit in a more healthier eating plan throughout the day. I am a bit of a snack-a-holic and like having little sweet treats to nibble on when I need a bit of an energy boost or to satisfy my appetite until the next meal time. I found these Sesame Snaps in my nearby Chinese supermarket, where they cost 35p for a 30g pack. There are many different brands and variants of Sesame Snaps, and these ones are made by Anglo-Dal in Poland.
The packaging is a bold yellow colour which makes them easy to locate on the shelf in the store, and there is a little clear window that allows you to see the product inside. Each pack contains 3 individual Sesame Snaps. Once the packet has been torn open you can't re-seal it again so if you don't want to eat the whole lot in one go then you'll need some clingfilm or similar to keep the product fresh. I find that the Snaps can become stickier and get stuck together if they are left open for more than a day.
The Sesame Snaps themselves are a bit of a curiosity. I'm not sure exactly how they should be classified - are they a biscuit? a cracker? a sweet? Basically they are rectangular slices that are made up of densely packed sesame seeds and coated in a sweet sugar syrup to make them hold their shape. Upon biting into one I thought that the name Sesame "Snaps" was a bit off the mark, as they are not crunchy as you might assume from that name. They are very chewy and have a nice firm yet gooey texture. As the only ingredients are sesame seeds, sugar, and syrup the Sesame Snaps have a plain but very sweet and sugary taste to them.
I really like these little bars and think that the small packages are great, I normally only eat one or two at a time as the strong sweet flavour satisfies my cravings for sugar. They are great for taking out and about, when you want a small snack, or added to a lunchbox. I'll be buying them again and I would definitely recommend them but with a word of warning that they are very sweet, and nothing like a savoury cracker (which is what I assumed they would be from the packet). A nice snack that is simple and tasty.
Ingredients: Sesame Seeds (49%), Sugar, Glucose Syrup.
Nutritional values per 30g pack:
Energy 679kj 163kcal
Whoever makes these Sesame Snaps has obviously cornered the market in sort-of health-foody seed-based snacks, because although I couldn't tell you which company manufactures them, they are found in health food shops (and some supermarkets) countrywide, and have been steadily selling (to the best of my knowledge) in much the same format for the past few decades.
The snaps come plastic wrapped, in a deciptively small packet - about 3 inches by 2 inches in size, inside of which there are four layers of sesame snack. It's basically thinnish, wafer-like slabs of peanut brittle, only made with whole sesame seeds instead of peanuts. These wafers have a slight tendency to stick together in the packet and are sometimes a little difficult to separate - this feature I would suspect is dependent on ambient humidity / age of the sesame snacks. For example when I used to regularly eat them in Glasgow in Scotland in the 1980s - where it rains all the time - more often than not the block of sesame snaps would be all stuck together and you'd have to resort to chewing through the entire stack. Though I think they've slightly altered the shape of the snacks in the interim (they have subtle ridges on them now that mean they don't lie together completely flush) this isn't a problem I've encoutered since I've been living down here in the balmy south. (Yet another small - but significant -justification for our current geographical locale. I must get round to making a list).
As the main constituents would suggest (sesame seeds, sugar) sesame snaps taste of peanut brittle only made from sesame seeds. If you're not accustomed to eating sesame seeds in concentrated quantities (I'm afraid that sesame seeds sprinkled on top of a McDonald's bun doesn't count) after the intial hit of sugar-sweetness wears off, these bars do have a slightly weird taste / aftertaste (ever so slightly bitterish) and texture - which, concerning the seeds is sort of very finely fibrous and yet at the same time highly friable - just like sesame halva, the middle-eastern sweetmeat stuff, in fact. That's just the way sesame seeds are; the taste for them might need a bit of acquiring for some people.
About 30p buys you a packet of sesame snaps which should be more than enough for any one person to eat at any given sitting. Though they have a plesant chewy texture to eat, I wouldn't recommend them for anyone with dental problems or loose fillings as on chewing, the broken-down sesame mix sticks to your teeth and tends to get quite 'pull-y'.
Ahhh Sesame snaps - what can I say?
I found these wonderful little bars in my local Sainsburys. They are 63p for four bars or 27p each. Hmmm which is best? I think they are also available in Holland and Barratt but am not sure of the prices.
They are produced in Poland for a company called Anglo-Dal.
Each bar contains
49% sesame seeds, glucose syrup and sugar and are suitable for vegetarians.
Per 30g pack contains
9.5g fat (good fat, bad fat - no idea!)
I chose these as an alternative to chocolate for a quick fix and do they hit the spot? They are sweet and crunchy. Each single 30g pack has three slices in it which is enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. The bars have a good sesame, nutty flavour with a nice crunch, they are not in the least messy to eat and are very convenient especially in the hot weather! I now prefer Sesame Snaps to a Snickers bar(!) and feel far more virtuous aswell.
I have tried other sesame bars but they always seem to taste 'seedy' or 'earthy' if you know what I mean. I just cannot find another bar that ticks all my boxes. Please don't get me wrong I am not a vegetarian or even a health nut (nothing wrong with that tho if thats what makes you happy) I just enjoy tasty food and delicious snacks and thank goodness I have!
I have also recently discovered a yoghurt covered version, it's tasty too with a slight tang. These are 30p each, didn't spot any multipacks (yet)!
Keep selling them Sainsburys please :0))