In our household, cream crackers are a staple cupboard favourite and my daughter strangely enough eats them the most, and prefers to eat them dry! I quite like them with some Cheddar cheese or Wensleydale with Cranberries as a little treat now and again so perhaps once a fortnight, I end up with some crackers in my trolley/basket as part of a shopping trip. I am always looking to try things as cheap as possible, so when I spotted these in Tesco as only 29p (and they weren't even the everyday value range!) I certainly had to give them a go as I was making a huge savings from the Jacobs variety.
The crackers come in a red packet now, and they are 200g so they are quite a substiantial amount for the relatively low price. Inside the packet, are the crackers, which to me look pretty similar to the Jacobs brand, quite a nice thickness to them, with the distinct cream cracker smell which I appreciate.
In terms of taste, I like these crackers as they taste excellent quality, really crunchy with a nice bite to them and with a smooth and delicious cream cracker taste, not thin and tasteless as I probably expected for the price. They do crumble quite a bit, and I find if I try to take one out the pack too roughly they have a tendency to snap in half so I handle them with care. They are easy to spread some butter on with a block of cheese, or my sister likes these with chocolate spread and they are just as enjoyable. My daughter likes them dry as anything and she hasn't noticed the difference between these and the Jacob's brand so they are a keeper!
The crackers are quite healthy, each cracker contains only 35 calories and they are quite low in sugar, salt and fat so good if eaten in moderation. They are also suitable for vegetarians and contain no nuts and not made in a nut factory where nuts are handled.
I like the longevity of these crackers, as usually I find once the pack is opened the rest go soft and stale quite quickly, but by clipping the packet, this traps the air and these crackers last us a while without going bad. This is good as I really do get value for my money for only 29p!
On the whole we love these cream crackers in our house, and they will get consumed quite a bit this Christmas! I definitely recommend them :)
As a mum of two boys, we seem to go through quite a lot of snack based foods when the kids come out with that perpetual cry, Mum, I'm hungry! I'm not keen on them having too many sweets, biscuits and crisps, so I try to keep alternative foods in the house that they will happily eat and will go towards filling them up a bit. I tend to keep a packet of cream crackers on my kitchen bench which they can help themselves to if they want one. They will happily eat these dry, or with a bit of cheese, or some sort of spread. I also go through quite a lot of them myself when I want a snack, and my current obsession is crunchy peanut butter. However we want them, we can easily go through 1-2 packs of these per week in our house.
Firstly, this must be a really old picture in the dooyoo catalogue, as for as long as I have been buying the range they have come within an orangey coloured packet which is very similar in appearance to the branded version Jacobs. The packs are the same size, the crackers are very similar in appearance, apart from it just says cream cracker on the surface of the cracker rather than Jacobs, but apart from that you would struggle to distinguish between the two if served on a plate.
We buy two different versions. Tesco do a normal variety and a low fat variety which is in a lighter yellow pack. Both taste identical to me, but the low fat one can be a bit crumblier when you are trying to put a spread on it if you are too heavy handed. Its also more likely to snap when you bite into it. Both Tesco varieties are just 29p for a 200g pack which contains about 25 crackers. I find that the full fat version is readily available in any Tesco branch, but the low fat ones I have only seen in the extra store that we sometimes go to, so if I want them I stock up when I visit. It doesn't break the bank though at 29p a pack. The same size pack of Jacobs crackers is currently 89p.
I find that the crackers are all uniform in appearance, and are pretty tasty even without a topping, but when a topping is added they are even more delicious and morish. At 35 cals (33 for the low fat one) per cracker, I am confident that my children will not fill up too much snacking between meals, and as someone concious of their weight, I can indulge too without feeling too guilty. I sometimes have them as a light lunch option also, and find a few to be quite filling. The lower fat version is genuinely a lot lower in fat with about half the fat, but slightly more carbohydrates with the lower version.
This is one of those products that you find in many peoples homes, and I have to say, I would only buy Jacobs now if they were the only brand on the shelf, as these ones are just as good, just as tasty, and are only one third of the cost. It is a no brainer to me in these tough financial times to buy these and help fill my hungry boys at a lower cost leaving my grocery budget with more in it for other items. Highly recommended by all of us in our house.
If we were to compare cream crackers, we would all most probably compare them to Jacobs cream crackers because they are so renowned. I love Jacobs cream crackers but for over a pound, they are way too expensive to munch on whenever I feel like it. I needed a cheaper alternative and found the Tesco branded cream crackers for only 29 pence. I picked them up and bought them home to try. It is a medium sized pack and comes wrapped in orange plastic, very much like the Jacobs crackers packaging.
I got them home and tried them immediately with a little bit of butter spread over one side, I didn't notice the slightest difference in taste or texture. They are just as good as the Jacobs crackers and now I feel like I was a fool to have wasted money on Jacobs when I could have saved a lot of money and eaten them more regularly if I had tried Tesco branded cream crackers previously.
I really am pleased with them and buy at least three packets a week without having to worry about blowing my budget. If you have not tried them yet, they are too good to miss out on. We all want to save our pennies and sometimes it is unavoidable but in this case, it is more than possible. I have found that it is the little price cuts that do make a difference to my overall budget. Tesco have improved on their items a lot and they are worth trying. Not all of them are great, but most of their own branded products are getting much better.
I eat the cream crackers with butter whenever I feel hungry while watching television, but when I have guests or I am trying to feed my daughter something a little more filling, I like to but Philadelphia or cheddar cheese on the crackers. They taste great, they are filling and they really don't cost much. I am glad I tried them, there isn't a person in my house who doesn't love them.
Just recently I have made a real effort to cut down on my bread intake. I adore bread and can easily get through a large loaf all by myself in a couple of days, maybe even less time so I simply stopped buying it and stocked up on my less favoured other bread like products in the hope to slow myself down a bit!
The Tesco Cream Crackers I bought are the reduced fat ones opposed to the ones with all the fat in them due to me like I have just pointed out....trying to be a wee bit healthier.
These come in a bright orange plastic packet and on a couple of sides of the pack we are shown the cream crackers with various toppings on them and told that they are indeed Tesco Reduced Fat Cream Crackers, there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown as well as the weight being stated which is 200g. Other information on the rest of the pack includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as a full and comprehensive nutritional chart being show and of course contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough and informative packaging this is however once you have torn open the packet they seem to fall out all over the place and not stay to fresh anymore so I do think that like me you need to find a more airtight way of storing them to keep them fresh as I did or they go a bit soggy and not so nice.
Well these are mainly a cream in colour, square in shape, thinnish and with rounded corners and in some part of them they are golden giving them a baked appearance. These are very plain in flavour indeed, crispy (if stored right) though don't taste creamy or particularly seasoned however the crispiness is really nice and because they are plain in flavour and rather strong as they are thick enough you can top them with a variety of toppings and let your toppings give you the most of the flavour of any snack you choose.
I cant say that these are all that though sadly and although they are nice enough quality and in appearance look nice enough they do lack flavour and maybe next time I will go for the full fat, regular cream crackers that Tesco do and see if they fair any better however at only 33 calories a cracker and with only 0.3 saturated fat they are healthy enough and my large pack of them giving me an estimated 30 crackers only cost me around 55p so worth the money? They kind of are eh to be fair to them?!
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I'm a real cream cracker addict. You will never find a weekly shop of mine without one or two packs of cream crackers whichever supermarket I come across. Perhaps it's even time for me to accept it as part of a staple diet. As the nearest supermarket to the university is a Tesco I've obviously bought plenty of the Tesco branded packs of cream crackers, so how do they hold up compared to others?
Firstly, the packaging is simple but still stands off the shelf. It is no longer the packaging as shown in dooyoo's picture; instead the background is orange and the bold title of 'Tesco Cream Crackers' is black and in a smaller font in the middle down the length of the pack. To one side of the title is an image of crackers with a serving suggestion (tomato and what I think is watercress) and to the other is the nutritional information, which is pretty handy for anyone checking how healthy they are. You open the pack as with similar products by undoing the stuck down flaps at the top and can pull out a cracker straight from there.
At 25p per pack (200g), the price is much cheaper than well-known brands like Jacobs (75p for the same amount) and even other supermarkert brands (ASDA's is 45p, albeit for 300g). Still you get what you pay for as there is no larger pack to buy at higher price among the Tesco brand. However you can always buy two packs if you feel one isn't sufficient to last a week because together even that will beat a Jacobs pack of crackers that's the same size.
So, does this compare to premium brands? Frankly yes, as I can't taste a major difference from these crackers and a pack from Jacobs, not to mention each cracker looks the same so great consistency here. It's hard for me to describe the taste of crackers but the best I can say is they taste plain but with a hint of salt and butter in them, especially once you chewed one enough so it becomes a ball of solid in your mouth. Some brands of crackers (i.e. those sold at Aldi and Lidl) are very dry when you take a bite and that taste carries through until it goes down your gullet- Tesco crackers are not.
In general these packs are great value for money and they taste great. One pack might not be sufficient for a family or biscuit addict's weekly shop since they are quite small packets but it's no harm buying two if need be. If you like cream crackers or want a cheap savoury biscuit then check these out!
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As I am trying to loose some weight I have decided to try and cut out the large quantity of bread I eat. I have been looking for alternatives when shopping and that is when I came across these cream crackers. Other Tesco own branded items I have tried in the past have been very good so I had no hesitation in picking up their own branded ones.
The crackers come in a plastic orange wrapper. On the front there is a picture of some of the crackers with a large topping on and the product name and Tesco logo are next to this. This appears on two sides of the pack. There is one plain orange side and the other side has all of the product information, nutritional information and ingredients on it. The ends are also plain and this is where you open the pack.
~~TASTE AND APPEARANCE~~
Opening the packet way present a challenge to some as there is a small tab which is to be pulled to remove one end of the packet. I usually end up making a right mess opening them this way and have found that using a knife to cut the packet in between two of the crackers is a much easier and quicker way to get to them.
On removing the crackers from the pack I noticed that they were just the same in appearance as the more expensive branded ones. They are a light brown and golden colour and they have air bubbles all over them. They are a good size measuring approximately 6cm squared. They are not overly thick.
I have tried eating them plain but they do get a bit dry after eating half of one and I do struggle eating the remainder of it. Hubby can easily get a handful of these and sit and munch them dry but have no idea how he manages this. For me I like to put a thin layer of butter on them and usually top them with ham and cucumber and find that they are so much easier to eat this way and the butter takes away the dryness.
The crackers are nice and crunchy and do make a small mess when eating them with the crumbs but this is easy to clean up and far less than other crackers.
By boys do enjoy eating these as well and find it a nice change when I pop a few in their school lunch boxes instead of the usual sandwich. They are handy being square as you can butter two and sandwich them together and then either wrap them in foil or pop them in a small tub. I also like to give them a small tub of salad and meat so they can create their own topping and they do find this very fun.
The crackers do need to be stored in an air tight container once they have been opened to keep them fresh as when I left mine open in the cupboard t only took 2 days for them to go stale and they were not nice to eat like this.
The crackers come in a pack size of 200g and you get roughly 25 in the pack. This will last in my house for about 1 week but depending on how many you eat in one sitting depends on how long they will last you.
The nutritional values for a single cracker are:-
Energy - 34 Kcal
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrate - 5.4g
Of which sugars - 0.1g
Fat - 1.1g
Of which saturates - 0.5g
Mono-Saturates - 0.5g
Polyunsaturated - 0.1g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - trace
They are good values if you consider than one slice of thick white Hovis bread contains over 80KCal and you need at least two to make a sandwich!
These crackers are suitable for vegetarians but they do contain wheat and gluten.
The ingredients are:-
Wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, raising agents (sodium bicarbonate), yeast.
The crackers do have a good shelf life ad the new packet which I have just bought has just over 12 months on it.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
As these are a Tesco own brand product then they are only available to buy in their stores. They are priced at 25p per packet which is excellent value considering the price of the Jacob's ones. We did have a hard job trying to persuade my middle son to try these as he loves the Jacobs ones as that is his name and he says he gets to eat the whole packet as they have his name on them but he does not notice the difference when they are given to him as long as he has not seen the packet they come in. Other stores do their own brand ones of these and I would say they are probably worth a try.
Yes, I certainly recommend these cream crackers as they are just as good if not better than the Jacob's variety. They are so cheap they are worth a try even if you are still not convinced. Why pay more when you don't have to?