“ Brand: Quaker / Type: Snacks „
I was in Home Bargains tonight picking up some snacks for packed lunches etc and came across these snacks at only 10p for a 30g pack. To be totally honest I think that for me to buy 'berry' flavour corn snacks, they would have had to be 10p, because the flavour just didn't sound right for a savoury snack.
The packet itself looked very similar to the one pictured here, and the flavour was just one of many, which now belong to the snack a jack range. Far gone are the days when you could just but salt n vinegar. Upon opening the pack you could get the distinct smell of berry, and I immediately thought that I had wasted my money - even if it was only 10p.
How wrong I could be. The pack itself was crammed with round disc shaped of rice and corn snacks. They are slightly hard on the exterior but soft in the middle and taste absolute delicious. The berry flavour works well with the rice and corn, which is something I really thought would not work. It wasn't tangy but just a nice mild taste.
The best thing about these snacks are that they are only 2%Fat. and there is also only a trace of salt per pack. This is fantastic for those who are on a diet, or are trying to keep an eye out on what they are eating. They are also suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs. Add to this the fact that they have no artificial sweeteners or colours, I personally think youb would be buying a great snack.
Would I buy again? Yes I would. Certainly at 10p. Not sure at 30p plus, but the health benefits may sway me. I prefer the salt and vinegar flavour, but these are quite acceptable. Give them a try.
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Snack a jacks. Rather odd name, or is it just me? No matter, these are splendid little crispy treats.
I am sugar's whore, and therefore must have sweet versions of everything, including crisps. Yes, savoury crisps just will not do!
But why should I be a social pariah while everyone else around me is getting emotional over pringles and quavers and so on? These berry flavour snack a jacks fit neatly into such awkward situations.
These live in Tesco, but I have sneak suspicion you could purchase in any supermarket. They come in either 25g packs (49p) or multipacks containing 6 22g packs (£1.99). Why they decrease the multipack bags by 3g is beyond my comprehension, but seems they feel it's the right thing to do. Fair enough. Weirdos.
They're made by Quaker, by the way. The oat people, who thoughtfully use an old farmer-ish man as their logo. I suspect this is meant to soothe us with thoughts of caring grandfathers and knowledgeable wise elders and lull us into the subconscious where we believe this brand is a trustworthy one with gentle old folks at the helm. Quaker cares, people! They like the elderly, we must believe in their good nature and kind hearts! Hoho what sneaks. I don't hate on them though.
So these are kind of like mini rice cakes in a bag, involving corn and..rice and all that. Is that healthier than the traditional potato-based crisp? I let you be the judge.
Calorie wise these are pretty fair, with the multipack bags containing 97 calories. You get a decent helping in each bag, infact when emptied the contents will fill a standard cereal bowl (yes I do this, I wouldn't want to miss out on any of the crumb action left at the bottom of the bag. A little sad, I agree!).
When looking at the s-jacks (dyu like my cool little pet name?), you be excited to discover they are a vibrant shade of pinky purple. Bit alarming at first, I must say. But being a girl I'm into it. Pink food! Woohoo! It's almost as if they've been soaked in purple fruit juice.
They are actually rather inconsistent. Some are thicker and have a traditional rice cake appearance, whereas others look kind of..haggard. Thinner and a bit crazy and jaggery. The difference in these can be noted in the texture, the thickies being softer and puffy and the thinnies having more of a brisk, hard crunch.
There is also marked variation in flavour intensity (blimey, get me being all scientific). There will be ones that have a more vivid pink colour, blinking out at you, as if to say "save me to last, I am more tasty than the rest"
These are really satisfying to crunch into. All munchy and noisy. The flavour is quite sweet, but not maniac-inducing sweet. It's definitely a fake berry flavour, though. It really is like they covered these in a berry cordial drink, and although I think they're delicious I'm not completely convinced that everyone would feel the same. The corny, savoury-baked taste with the sweet artificial berry might need some getting used to.
Quaker haven't got carried away with the flavourings though, so kudos there. I'm going to sit on the fence, and suggest if you like the caramel version of these, or if you like trashy things like strawberry laces (shame on you!) then you should give these a go.
I also get a hint of turkish delight flavour from these. I'm fairly certain it's part of my fevered imagination, an effect of the pink colour perhaps, but there we are. Just thought I'd throw it out there.
All in all, a satisfying munch. Perhaps good as a lower-calorie alternative to toffee popcorn? Or for when you require sugar but don't want to go piggy on chocolate? Whatever, go crazy.
I like them a lot, but I think it's very much down to individual tastes.
I'll probably get over the novelty soon, and when I think about it they're rather expensive since there are apples to be freely plucked off the tree outside.
Most people who are dieting are familiar with Snack-a-Jacks products: they're low fat corn and rice snacks that come in a variety of flavours and come in either snack packets (like crisp bags) or a larger flat cakes which you can cover in toppings.
I bought my first bag of Berry Flavour Snack-a-Jacks in Sainsbury's for 45p (for a 30g bag) and then a few days later bought a six-pack (each bag 25g) for £2.00 as they were so nice!
When you first open the bag there's a sweet berry smell which makes you want to dive straight in! Some of the bags look quite flat and I expected to see lots of crumbs and broken ones but I was surprised that most were still intact although you still get a few bits at the bottom.
The individual snacks are more-or-less the same size as shown on the bag, about an inch and a half in diameter, and they're the same colour too, mainly a light pink with highlights of yellow. The only difference with the picture and the product is that they're not all such a regular shape. Some are quite twisted and sort of remind me of prawn crackers in the way they're curled over. Some also have a bit of a shine to them, like they've been glazed.
Now for the taste! They're very sweet and actually quite more-ish which I think sort of defeats the objective of having a low fat snack because I want to eat more than one pack (when I bought the six-pack I actually ate two packs in succession before I restrained myself!)
Their flavour is definitely berries, mixed berries though as they're not quite strawberry and not quite blackcurrant either. They sort of remind me of those berry jelly sweets. The ones with the darker colouring seem to have stronger flavouring than the others.
They have a very, very crunchy texture but it's not dry, I didn't need to worry too much about having a drink while I ate them.
They're suitable for vegetarians, coeliacs and contain no artificial colours or sweeteners. And the ingredients show that they're suitable for vegans too.
Overall, these make a great snack if you're dieting but craving something really sweet and the berry flavour is something a bit different to most other snacks.
Rice, maize (with the germ removed), sugar, berry flavour [juice concentrates (blackcurrant, strawberry, raspberry), flavourings], vegetable concentrates, sunflower oil, soya lecithin, salt.
(per 30g bag)
of which sugars 10.2g
of which saturates 0.1g
Sodium (equivalent as salt) trace
I am a big fan of the Snack a Jacks range - they are great for elevenses or when you need to grab something on the go. The range is extensive and they even produce popcorn in a variety of flavours.
Snack a Jacks are rice cakes that are made of rice and corn and are available in a variety of flavours including chocolate chip, chocolate orange, caramel, salt and vinegar, cheese and their newest addition - Berry flavour!
They are available in multi-packs of 6 30g bags and they are also available as the larger rice cakes. These are good for lunch - I spread them with cream cheese and cucumber or marmite - yum!
I tried the sweet Berry flavour for the first time yesterday. I was a bit dubious as to whether they would taste nice but as the sweet caramel ones are my favourite I thought I would give them a try. The packaging is plain but modern and have the Snack a Jacks logo in the top left hand corner with a photo of the product underneath. It has a dark pink background and it also include adult's daily guidlines in the bottom left corner. They have a diameter of about 3-4cm and are pink in colour which is a nice touch. The taste was very delicate and reminded me of Rainbow Drops.
The pack contains:
and trace salt
They feature less than 2% fat which makes them a good snack if you are on a diet.
Overall I am very impressed with this new flavour and will definately be adding them to my shopping list.