“ Brand: Walkers Snacks „
I first tasted snack a jacks popcorn about a year ago now when I really fancied some popcorn and I went to my local late closing store to get my usual butterkist, however they didn't have any left so I ended up getting a few bags of the snack a jacks variety. I knew snack a jacks to be quite low in fat which worked out better for me health wise anyways.
Snack a jacks butter toffee popcorn comes in a copper and gold shiny foil bag with a picture of popcorn on it. The bag contains 35g. This product definitely stands out on a shelf and looks attractive to buy.
I was quite surprised when I opened the bag to see that it was rather full I expected it to only contain a small amount like you usually get in low fat snacks. The popcorn was nicely coated in sweet butter toffee and each piece tasted the same. I am yet to find a single one that tastes bland from lack of coating. The popcorn is very crunchy to taste which is exactly how I like it.
Each bag of toffee popcorn contains:
Overall snack a jacks are a nice tasty treat that is low in fat. I have to say I always buy this variety now instead of other brands as it is healthier for you and it is the nicest toffee popcorn I have tasted. I love how sweet the taste is and it is complimented by the crunchiness of the corn.
I would definitely recommend these if you like something sweet and you are on a diet. They are ideal for all the family and they definitely fill you up as a snack before your meal.
Snack a jack's popcorn will cost around 49p per bag depending on where shopping.
My mum gave me a packet of this Snack A Jack popcorn yesterday and they are so nice that I'm going to start buying them instead of Butterkist because they taste quite the same.
They are brill and so sweet that it's hard to understand why people eat the full sugar version when they can have a lovely crispy treat like this.
They taste a bit like toffee and caramel mixed together and if you can imagine the taste of Butterkist popcorn then that's more than less what this one tastes like. It's very sweet but it's a nice kind of sweetness that doesn't kill your teeth but will definately stop your sweet tooth from winding you up.
The texture of them is crispy and a bit crunchy. They have got that crisp sugary shell on them like Butterkist and the inside of the popcorn is light and melts in your mouth but still feels like your having something filling to eat.
I think these are a proper nice snack because they are so sweet and yummy. I reckon if you're dieting and want something nice then you should try a bag of these because they're loads nicer than the normal Snack A Jacks and should keep you from snacking on more naughty foods.
I think these only come in multipacks, my mum got hers from Home Bargains and they were £1.00 for 6 bags and I think that's a good price because they are soooo nice and usually Snack A Jacks are very expensive.
I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant and every now and then have been craving something sweet... Of course being pregnant and overweight to start with, Snack-a-Jacks Butter Toffee Popcorn caught my eye as I thought it would be a sweet treat with less guilt as the pack promises "less than 10% fat". I bought the 6 pack from Morrissons (can't remember the price, sorry) and opened a packet in the car after I finished my shopping to give me a bit of a sweetness boost!
I have tried Snack-a-jacks products before and am a massive fan of the caramel rice cakes and I wish I'd stuck with what I knew as I didn't like the popcorn at all... It felt very cardboardy in my mouth if the popcorn wasn't coated in the butter toffee flavour, although if the popcorn did have a nice coating of the flavour it was very crunchy, but the majority of the bag didn't have a nice coating.
I felt that maybe this was just a bad bag so I tried another the next day and came to the same conclusion... ALso there were few big bits of popcorn but lots and lots of little bits (the kind that get stuck between your gum and tounge and you can't get out!).
I won't be buying this brand of popcorn again, I think I'll stick to Butterkist or even Morrissons own cinema popcorn in future and give in to my sweet tooth when the need takes me! And when I'm feeling a bit more saintly will buy the Snack-a-Jacks caramel ricecakes!
Snack A Jacks, Butter Toffee Popcorn.
Really love chocolate as you might have already gathered, and what with all the Easter Eggs floating around my flat, bearing in mind that i now am nanna to seven grandchildren, wanted a product that made a change from all that chocolate, and thinking that we all needed a change, spotted these Snack a Jack Popcorn products in sale at my local convenient Co-Op store.
Yellow and Orange Packages, quite noticable on the shelf and kind of associating Snack A Jack Products with the conventional Snack A Jack Lower Calorie Cracker type Biscuits, purchased a couple of these packets.
Snack A Jacks written in white on a purple background, with pictures all over the packet of these yummy popcorn pieces, quite attractive i think.
The Taste **********
The Popcorn, quite generousily filled packets, crunchy pieces of popcorn , covered in a light thin coat of buttery, caramel flavoured syrup, make for a tasty snack.
NOT TOO MESSY, good for the kids.
Yes have now seen them in all the local supermarkets too. Great way to save money, multi packets available for under £2.00.
Or sold in single packets.
Great fill up a bowl with these popcorn pieces, then cover in melted chocolate and place in fridge to allow chocolate to cool, obviously i like chocolate on most sweets and snacks, taste great. great snack.
Good as an additional item, in a packed lunch, or day out picnic.
Less fattening (without the chocolate addition) but not as fat free as ordinary Snack A Jack Cracker type biscuits.
But do make a good alternative to other type of snacks, Quite morish, but not as morish as the other brand of toffee popcorn.
But Yummy all the same. Made by Walkers, who incidentially i would reccomend as most of their products seem to be of excellent quality and good value for money.
Thanks for reading this review and any others. X Jan
I am always on the look out for a low fat snack to indulge in without breaking my Weight Watchers plan, I am not the biggest fan of Snack A Jacks as I find them too cardboard-like and anyway the flavour is only on the outside so as soon as that's gone you're left with a tasteless and too hard mouth full of stuck together puffs. And that is the only way I can describe Snack A Jacks.
However, I was given a packet of their Butter Toffee Popcorn in my Weight Watchers meeting last week and think they are delicious. They're not the healthiest snack on the market with 149 calories and over 3g of fat in each 35g bag, but considering how many calories a packet of Butterkist will set you back then I think these are a pretty good alternative.
The popcorn has a lovely texture, it's dry as you'd expect from popcorn but has a wonderful caramel flavour which blends beautifully with the buttery taste that underlies the whole bag of popcorn. They smell strongly of toffee and I was worried they were going to be synthetic tasting but I was wrong and think they are at least as good as the Butterkist popcorn my granddaughter eats.
I love the crispiness of this popcorn, the toffee coating has set slightly to give the popcorn a small crunch as you first bite into a piece which is not dissimilar to the sugar shell you find on some chocolate bars although obviously this is much thinner.
I must admit I won't eat this too often even though I enjoyed it so much simply because of the high calorie and fat content which makes slotting it into my diet rather difficult. I savoured this bag though and made them last for as long as possible, I was impressed that there wasn't a single unpopped kernal in the bag, I hate the unpopped ones since I cracked a tooth some years ago on a kernal so am happy to confirm that every single kernal has been nicely puffed up in this bag so no risk of bad teeth here - unless you count the sugar content that is!
You can buy these individually for around 45p or in a multi-pack of six which would probably cost anything up to £2, not a bad price for such a tasty treat really but to be honest you'd be better off to spend your money on some lower fat crisps to make the most of your daily calorie allowance.
I am struggling with my diet this week so decided that I would buy some healthy treats.
Amongst my purchases was a packet of snack a jack's butter toffee popcorn at 47p from Morrison's.
They are also available in three other flavours
Salt and vinegar
Lightly salted and
It comes in metallic gold packet with inviting pictures of popcorn floating around to draw you in. It also states in big red letters less than 10% fat which isn't great but I just saw the snack a jack brand and ignored the information.
I am not sure if it was the pack I bought but it has a very short shelf life for a sealed packet of preserved food. I bought these today and the best before date is 7th February 2009.
For a 35g the packet states it contains
3.2 grams of fat
The ingredients show that the popcorns contains 82% toffee so not what I would consider to be a healthy snack
It is suitable for vegetarians
Also suitable for celiac
The popcorn itself looks the same as Butterkist .it has nice golden puffs and they taste very sweet but they lack the stickiness I love in Butterkist. They are very light on the inside.
On the downside there were quite a lot of crumbs in the bottom of the bag.
There is a website www.snackajacks.co.uk which gives nutritional information and also has a competition offer to win a share of £100,000 to celebrate the release of confessions of a shopaholic on 20th February 2009.
I did enjoy this product but don't feel like I have had a dietary treat more just a treat
Snack a jacks are a favourite in our household. My girlfriend ate loads of the caramel snack a jacks while she was doing weight watchers because they have a low point count and we were out shopping one day and saw the popcorn snack Jacks on offer so we bought some.
The children really enjoy these and they are really good for when they have friends round for tea parties because everyone seems to enjoy them.
We buy the 6 packs of Snack Jacks butter toffee popcorn and each bag is just the right size for the children, we love eating these when we go the cinema too as they are more tasty and cheaper than buying popcorn at the cinema.
These are big puffs of popcorn with a generous helping of toffee all over them. I like to put them in my mouth and let the popcorn melt and then I am left with lots of toffee bits to suck. The only part I do not like is the little bits of corn shell because they can get stuck in your teeth.
I had a bit of toffee shell stuck in my teeth for 3 days because it got wedged in there and no matter how hard I tried to get it out it would not budge !
Lately I have been able to find 2 x 6 packs for 99p and the 99p store which is fantastic value.
One problem with this is that it has a high sugar and calorie level, it is much healthier to eat the Snack a Jack cracker type biscuits, but these butter toffee popcorns do taste great so as long as you eat in moderation I think they are fab !
I like to watch what I'm eating and I tens to stay away from snacks like bags of crisps but I do sometimes buy Crack A Jack mini snacks. They comes in a few different flavours and contain hardly any fat and no sugar, so when I spotted their Butter Toffee Popcorn I didn't hesitate to buy them.
I was doing my weekly Tesco shop on-line and these were on offer at 3 bags for £1. So, of course, I had to have all three. While I was unpacking my shopping I looked at these bags of popcorn and saw the less than 10% fat promise on the bag.
Hang on a minute, I thought.
10% is a lot of fat.
I looked again and decided that a product with the Snack a Jack name would be okay and maybe I was misunderstanding (or perhaps purposely misunderstanding.)
I didn't have any reading glasses on, so I couldn't read the very small print on the pack.
The bag of golden coloured with the purple Snack a Jack logo. It promises butter toffee popcorn drizzled with sweet butter toffee. So, I open the pack and start eating.
Then I read the bit where it says:
149 calories (errrmmm?)
10.5g sugar (oh dear!)
3.2g fat (yikes!)
0.1g salt (oh..that's healthy!)
By the time I've finished reading this there is no popcorn left in the bag. I console my as I tot up the calories and fat. There's no way I would have eaten these if I had known how unhealthy they are. Honest, I swear! (I have my fingers crossed.)
This popcorn is delicious. I really enjoyed it and it took a lot of willpower not to reach for another bag. After all a 35g bag of popcorn is not a lot. They are sweet and have a lovely caramel taste. The popcorn was crisp and crunchy with none of those hard shell bits you sometimes get.
Don't be fooled into thinking they are okay if you are on a diet, just because you see the Snack a Jack name. There's far too much fat and sugar here!
However, if you just want something delicious to snack on, give them a try.
Slimming World was out the window even before the Christmas festivities began and all the hard work I had put into losing a stone and a half was ruined when throughout the holiday season I continually stuffed my face with everything that contained too many calories and too much fat. New Year came and went and I realised I had to become that sensible person again who was lurking under my weight gain somewhere.
Perusing Sainsbury's aisles for some inspiration on low fat treats I saw the Snack-a-Jack range. Initially I was put off as all I could think of were those awful rice cakes my mum used to eat when I was young and the smell and texture was just vile, but then I read the packet a little closer and realised that this Butter Toffee Popcorn made by Snack-a-Jack was in fact proper popcorn and not round chunks of "polystyrene" rice cake.
Now I am not so stupid as to think that if I eat four bags of these a day I will still lose weight and get back to that size 12 I used to be, however I do suffer from a very sweet tooth which does not unite too well with a healthy eating plan or a weight loss attempt. This popcorn is supposed to be lower in fat and sugars than the average popcorn but I have done some comparisons with Butterkist toffee popcorn and the results were quite astounding for me.
In terms of calories Butterkist has 385 cals per 100g. Snack-a-Jacks have 425 cals per 100g.
In terms of fat Butterkist has 3.7g of saturated fats per 100g and Snack-a-Jacks have 4g of the same per 100g bag.
I was completely amazed at the way I was taken in by the packaging on the Snack-a-Jacks popcorn bag. It has "LESS THAN 10% FAT" in big red letters across the front and because it is made by the Snack-a-Jacks brand you immediately think they must be OK as a treat when you are on a diet - however from some simple comparisons it is clearly not the case and you would be better off eating the "non-diet" version from Butterkist, which is slightly tastier.
The only good thing I now think Snack-a-Jacks have going for them is their taste. I am not a huge popcorn eater as I find with the popcorn you get in the cinema I always end up with kernels of unpopped corn that crack my teeth when I bite down on them by mistake. So when I do indulge in popcorn it is usually the toffee kind as from experience they have far less unpopped kernels than regular popcorn. This has proved to be true of Snack-a-Jacks as well.
However, the taste is what you are interested in and Snack-a-Jacks did not disappoint me. The popcorn itself is soft and airy, without being the kind of stale, polystyrene taste you sometimes associate with uncoated corn. The toffee that is drizzled over the popped kernels is sweet enough to be the overriding flavour which is good. The popcorn itself provides the texture and the blandness of it offsets some of the sugars in the toffee making a very nice coupling.
Some of the popcorn has large chucks of toffee that has set into the grooves of the corn and these are my favourite. The toffee is crunchy when it is thick and adds so much to the texture ands taste of each kernel. I do find when I am on a diet that I savour every last scrap of a sweet treat and make it last as long as possible, so I tend to eat these one at a time. This way I can relish the kernels that have this extra treat of thick toffee deposits.
Overall, a small bag of Snack-a-Jacks Butter Toffee popcorn is very delicious, although I still think Butterkist has the edge. In terms of making them a healthier snack than the normal popcorn I was greatly disappointed. Butterkist seems better for you in fat and calories than these "lighter" versions. And in terms of price too, Butterkist comes in at just 16p for a 30g bag (if bought in a multipack) while Snack-a-Jacks popcorn is 29p per 23g bag (again if bought in a multipack).
So where does that leave me in terms of a recommendation? I have to say that I would now plump for Butterkist over Snack-a-Jacks. Snack-a-Jacks are tasty and are handy little bags for lunch boxes and snacks, which leads me to giving them three stars as an average product, but for a slightly larger bag you are getting less calories and more change in your purse if you go for Butterkist. There is no competition if you ask me.