Product Type: Quaker Snacks
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S-Jack - my new boyfriend
Snack-a-Jacks Berry Flavour
Member Name: larlipop
Snack-a-Jacks Berry Flavour
Advantages: Pink food! Kind of tastes like strawberry milkshake powder!
Disadvantages: The flavour may not be universally appealing
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.
Summary: Don't mock my bowl