“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
I am a big fan of supermarket-branded products, as they are sometimes made by the same factory that manufactures the branded products. The only difference is the packaging. Sometimes that is not the case. Some supermarket-branded products are truly rubbish, so you have to find the decent stuff by trial and error - but it is always fun finding out!
For those that don't know, a jaffa cake is a soft biscuit/cake base (more of a cake base) with a small circle (usually a few mm in diameter smaller than the cake base) of orange jelly-like substance. Now, I don't like jelly - at all but this base only resembles it slightly. I have no idea what to call it! It is sticky, jelly-like and wobbly. Covering the cake base and jelly circle is a coating of plain chocolate.
These are currently a 12 pack and are available at 69p. The branded version is currently (early May 2012) £1.19. The branded version also containes 12 cakes.
The nutritionalvalues for the supermarket-branded pack are:
43 calories per cake
7% RDA of sugar
1% RDA fat
3% RDA saturated fat
The plain chocolate is of reasonably high quality. It snaps when you bite into it and it has a lovely plain chocolate taste, though not too bitter. The jelly is soft and is easily bitten into. I have not noticed a taste difference between this pack and the branded version's orange jelly. The cake base is the only difference, really. It is not stale as such, but it is a tini amount 'stiffer' if you will. It doesn't feel as soft and fresh, but this drawback is small and barely noticeable.
The packaging is currently orange, being all nice and prominent on the shelf. It opens at the end easily by ripping the end flap and the twelve cakes are packaged on top of each other (cake base to chocolate) within a noisy plastic pack that you open like a crisp packet at one end.
Not bad for a sweet nibble! Be careful, it is very easy to get through an entire back in one sitting!
I was on the lookout for something sweet to go with my cup of tea. I searched in the cupboard and came across Tesco's own version of Jaffa Cakes. I am not sure how much exactly they cost, although I have seen some prices on the internet for 60p for 24 Jaffa Cakes which I think is fantastic value for money. Obviously, being Tesco's own make, they are only available at Tesco's.
The Jaffa Cakes come in small-ish sized circles - say around 5cm each way. They have a dark chocolate topping and a golden brown base.
Compared to McVities Jaffa Cakes, the base on these ones are quite crunchy and seem to be slightly 'over-baked' although I have to say I do like this crunchy texture. They aren't as spongey as McVities Jaffa Cakes either - they have a sort of hollow-ness to them. I like them though.
They have a lovely orangey taste (from the jelly bit in the middle), although it is not a strong orangey taste - just right. As for the topping, I am not really a fan of dark chocolate; I much prefer milk chocolate. However, I can actually 'put up' with the dark chocolate on these as it is not too bitter. It also helps the cakes not be too sweet.
The Jaffa Cakes are incredibly moreish and is very hard to resist the whole packet. Once they have been opened, they do not hang around for long. That's how tasty they are.
I find these cakes to be really filling - I'm full after couple...that doesn't stop me eating them. Compared to other cakes, they aren't TOO bad; around 40 calories per cake. They are also suitable for vegetarians!
I like to have mine with a cup of tea - you can actually dunk these because they are quite 'crunchy' and 'solid'.
I would definitely recommend these, and I will definitely be buying these again!
Thanks for reading!
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On a recent trip to Tesco I really fancied some Jaffa Cakes, so I headed to the biscuit isle in search for them. Normally there is an offer of some sorts on Jaffa cakes, usually a multi-buy one but sadly this time there was not! As I have been on a very tight budget recently I decided that I would instead try the Tesco own branded Jaffa Cakes, so popped a box in my basket.
The Tesco Jaffa Cakes come in a box containing 12 cakes, they were priced at just £0.59 this was almost half the price of the branded McVites version.
The Jaffa Cakes come in a bright orange box with pictures of the Jaffa Cakes on the front, allowing you to see what they look like inside. From the picture they do not appear to look any different from the branded variety. It also states on the front of the box that they are made with 'real fruit juice'. On the front right hand side of the box you can also find the nutritional information for a single Jaffa Cake. On the base of the box you can find the usual information including, ingredients listings, full nutritional information, storage advice, allergy advice and company contact details. It also states that the Jaffa Cakes are suitable for vegetarians. Inside the box you will find the 12 Jaffa Cakes neatly lined up and sealed in a clear plastic wrapper allowing them to stay nice and fresh.
Jaffa Cakes are not as high in Fat or Calories as many other biscuits/cakes (depending on which category you put them in). If I am ever trying to lose a bit of weight I tend to have Jaffa Cakes as my sweet treat as you can actually eat two of them and still be consuming less than 100 calories. The nutritional information for a single Tesco Jaffa Cakes is:
Calories (kcal) - 43
Sugar - 6.3g
Fat - 1g
Saturates - 0.6g
Salt - trace
For anyone who has not had a Jaffa Cake before they consist of a layer of sponge cake, topped with a layer of orange flavour jelly filling and then half coated in dark chocolate.
Now I didn't need to worry about storing this packet of Jaffa Cakes as once I had offered them to my husband then I knew the packet would not last more than 10 minutes. I was lucky that I managed to get my hands on two of them before the entire packet disappeared. I found these Jaffa Cakes to be very nice, the sponge was soft yet slightly crisp on the bottom adding a nice texture. The orange filling inside was not quite as tangy as the branded ones but still had a good orangey flavour, and the dark chocolate worked well adding a slight bitterness which means the Jaffa Cake was not overly sweet. All in all a great Jaffa Cake for a great price and something that I would certainly buy again!
We always have Jaffa Cakes in our house. They are one of my favourite snacks and I also like the fact that they are quite low in fat too! As I am currently following the weight watchers plan I can have a Jaffa Cake in exchange for 1 weight watcher point so I see them as a little sweet treat that isnt going to ruin my diet.
When I was growing up we always had McVities Jaffa Cakes. However, when you find yourself footing the food bill then you are willing to swap some of your branded sweet treats! You can buy 36 Jaffa Cakes (wrapped in packs of 12) from Tesco for £1.75, the McVities equivalent costs £2.88 so this is quite a saving.
So the Jaffa Cakes come in a box a little different than the one shown above, it is still predominantly orange in colour but the box has had a bit of an update. Inside the jaffa cakes are wrapped in packets of 12. I think 12 is a great number for sharing between 3 or 4 of you.
So the Jaffa Cakes are round with a chocolate coating on the top and a cakey bottom, inside of course there is the orangey bit! The cake tastes quite dry but it is lovely and buttery and provides a nice base, the orangey bit is my favourite bit, it is a soft of jelly, it is soft to eat and easy to swallow and tastes very tangy! The chocolate is of good quality and has a nice flavour to it. Together, the parts all taste very nice and provide me with a sweet treat that is tangy and enjoyable.
Each Jaffa Cake contains 43 calories, 6g sugar, 1g fat, 1g saturates and trace of salt. Now this is ok for a sweet treat thought I would recommend having at least 3 to settle your sweet craving!
I really like these Jaffa Cakes and I will certainly buy them again.
Tesco Jaffa Cakes
What is it?
Tesco describes them as ' golden sponge base with an orange centre half coated in plain chocolate' - aka, Jaffa Cakes!
They are Jaffa cakes under the Tesco brand name.
What do I think?
I think these are fantastic and they are exactly like Jaffa cakes but at a third of the cost. These cost 54p for a pack of 24 compared with the real thing which is about £1.40 for 12. The real thing probably tastes sweeter and is presented more nicely with a nice quality outer box and a swanky orange caged plastic tub, these Tesco ones, only come in a thin basic box with a thinly packaged cellophane wrap, sounds flimsy, but surprisingly and entirely adequate.
In terms of taste, as already mentioned the 'real one' taste much sweeter, I actually prefer the Tesco ones as they contain less sugar. With texture, the Tesco ones are probably a bit drier but are still quite similar with the real Jaffa cakes. At the end of the day, you do get what you pay for, but I feel that Jaffa cakes aren't exactly the most luxurious snack on earth so it doesn't really matter if they're not exactly a perfect sensation.
Definitely, brilliant for the budget and they're just jaffa cakes, unless you're really particular about jaffa cakes, I don't think anyone need ever buy the 'real' thing anymore!
Thanks for reading.
I'm not a huge fan of Jaffa cakes but sometimes buy them in when we have visitors or for my daughters when they come home. There's something very different about these cakes/biscuits & the concept has been around for about 60 years. I was really surprised that Tesco's have used the same 'Jaffa' name as McVities use on their original ones - makes you think ....
The Tesco ones are very different in price to McV's - eg 36 would cost around £2.41 whereas Tesco ones cost £1.24 & to be quite honest I couldn't tell much of a difference either in look or taste between the 2 brands.
They're available in 12s/36s & come in a rather smart box which contains the ckes neatly lined up in cellophane. Each one is approx 5cm & is said to contain a 'tangy orange centre with real fruit juice'.
They certainly taste nice & orangey - not too bitter nor too sweet & have around the same amount of chocolate & sponge I would think as McVities? IIn my opinion you'd have to be a real Jaffa buff to tell the difference betwwen the 2 if they were to be served unwrapped.
As cakes go Jaffas are fairly friendly in that they each contain only 1g of fat & 43 calories & if you have them cold from the fridge you can take longer to eat one lol! I couldn't swear to this but I'm sure I saw a diet once in a mag that said you could have 4 as a 'treat of the day'?
It's a shame I don't like Jaffas that much - don't get me wrong I could a whole packet - but they just don't hit the right spot for me, but that's just me as I'm a bit strange lol!
In summary, if you like the taste & consistency of Jaffa cakes then I would give these a try because they are a great price.
WARNING - don't get these confused with the Value ones (unlikely though because of the packaging on the value range!) which, in our family's opinion, are gross , but that's another story....
I am always on the look out for ways to save extra money when buying the essentials, and especially when buying the extras as then they are more justified and you don't have to feel quite so guilty. I have tried lots of Tescos own equivalents, and they are making a great profit now in the recession where everyone has tried to become much more careful, so when I saw they did their own version of jaffa cakes I just had to give them a go.
The packaging is very similar to the main brand of jaffa cakes on the market. They come in a cardboard box, which is great as it is recyclable, and inside the box in a clear plastic packaging, which is not recyclable, but essential to keep the biscuits fresh. It is worth noting that if you undo this packaging and don't eat all the biscuits in one go (how much control do you have) that to keep them fresh, keep them in a sealed container.
The biscuits themselves are identical to jaffa cake, they look exactly the same, and inside consist of almost identical components. They have a sponge base, a jelly orange layer and a chocolate coating on the top half. When you describe it like that they do not sound appetizing, but the combination of the three together, makes a biscuit heaven. The textures and tastes go together really well to give a really yummy biscuit.
The main difference between tescos own jaffa cakes and the more expensive brands, other than price of course is that The sponge tastes a little bit drier on the tescos ones. This is not a huge problem only a tiny one I have noticed by critical comparisons! It makes it even more important to keep them fresh, as I have described above.
I would definitely save the money and go for the cheaper ones. They taste great, and the money saving means you can buy even more of the things.
I am constantly looking for ways to save on my shopping bill. I have always been a fan of jaffa cakes and eat a couple everyday along with a nice cup of tea. I therefore decided I could save a few pennies by changing from McVities to Tesco's own brand.
Tesco's Jaffa Cakes are not the same quality as McVities. Maybe my taste buds are on overdrive, as I seem to be in the minority in not particulary enjoying Tesco Jaffa cakes.
The sponge base on a Tesco Jaffa Cake is just not spongey enough. I actually found them quite flat so it tasted more like a jaffa biscuit, than a jaffa cake. The orangey bit is quite bland and is definately not the tangy, citrus orange you get in McVities Jaffa Cakes (you can see where I'm going with this). The plain chocolate on top tastes like cheap cooking chocolate.
I wish I had enjoyed Tesco Jaffa cakes, as they are much cheaper than McVities, but after eating my way through 2 boxes, I realised I never would. I ate them for the sake of it as I do not like to waste things that I've paid good money for.
A pack of 12 Tesco Jaffa cakes costs 62p compared to 98p for McVities, so there is quite a saving to be made.
Calorie wise: 1 Jaffa Cake contains 43 calories compared to 46 for McVities.
I am a great fan of saving money, but for me this isn't a saving worth making. I do love a good Jaffa Cake and for me McVities cannot be beaten.
I purchased this packet of 12 of Tesco's Jaffa Cakes for just 62p which is the long term price and one that I just couldn't resist, even on my limited budget.
The packaging is very basic; a cardboard box with orange, nutritional information, company information, barcode etc and the best before date is several months away although there is no danger of them lasting that long with me around!
Each jaffa cake contains 43 calories and 1g fat per jaffa cake so they actually have 4 calories less than the 'real' version and they appear to be an identical size.
These jaffa cakes have been wrapped up in 12 and I always find that once a packet is open it doesn't last the day between me and my fiancé or even my Mum as there is something so deliciously moreish about these and I can never resist several in a matter of minutes.
The Jaffa Cake itself is a sponge based biscuit with an orange flavoured jelly in the middle half covered in chocolate. The chocolate is not the best quality ever but it's perfectly tasty, the sponge is indeed sponge like and easy enough to bite through and the orange flavoured jam in the middle is very nice and sweet. These are by far improved in the taste stakes after they have been chilled in the fridge for an hour or two.
I personally really enjoy biting off the chocolate, then eating the orangey centre and finally chewing away at the sponge base but then I guess everyone is different and from time to time I will just devour it in one or two bites!
I would recommend these as they are a great snack but be warned that once you have one you always want another! They are very tasty and almost as good as the usual McVities ones that I would buy. I think I will buy these again as it's quite hard to tell the difference between these and McVities once they are out of the box and they are always a nice treat for when I have guests. I am going to rate these 4/5 and would definitely recommend them!
It is part of the unwritten rules in our office that team biscuits and cakes are brought in on a Friday. Jaffa Cakes are a very popular choice, for those with a sweet tooth and also for the dieters amongst us, who see these as a "healthier" biscuit. However as the department has expanded in terms of number of people working here buying the branded McVities Jaffa Cakes has proven expensive. So the compromise for happy stomachs and happy bank balances has been Tesco Jaffa Cakes.
The Tesco Jaffa cakes come in a rectangular box holding 12 Jaffa cakes. This is an orange cardboard box which has and image of the Jaffa cakes on the front and the Tesco branding (in orange).
Inside of the packaging the Jaffa cakes are wrapped in a plastic cellophane wrapper for added freshness. As the Jaffa Cakes do not last for long in our office this is not a great concern.
A pack of 12 Jaffa cakes costs 62p. As this is a Tesco product they are only sold at Tesco. This is relatively cheap as a pack of 12 McVities Jaffa Cakes costs £1.10 in Tesco. At half the cost of the branded version this is very good value.
***Tesco Jaffa Cakes ***
For those that have not eaten Jaffa Cakes before they are sponge cakes with an layer of orange jelly filling with a half coating of plain chocolate. The packet also states that the Tesco Jaffa Cakes contain real fruit juice in the tangy orange filling.
When you open the packaging you immediately are hit with a sweet rich dark chocolate scent.
With the first bite of the jaffa cake you can definitely taste the plain chocolate. It has a very rich sweet taste which is exactly the same as when you bite into a McVities Jaffa Cake. The flavour of the tangy orange filling also becomes apparent. This is a tangy and quite sharp taste but not at all bitter or sour which compliments the soft taste of the sponge base well. Texture wise the chocolate and the jelly filling is exactly the same as McVities Jaffa Cakes.
The only noticeable difference is the base on the Tesco Jaffa Cakes is slightly firmer than the McVities Jaffa Cakes and are slightly drier. This is only very slight but I do prefer the softer more spongy base of the McVities Jaffa Cakes.
Per Jaffa Cake
So as a "sweet treat" these are not the worst nutritionally, hence the popularity of these Jaffa Cakes amongst the dieters in our office.
They are suitable for vegetarians.
I really like these Tesco Jaffa Cakes and feel that there is not much difference between these and the more expensive McVities Jaffa Cakes. The chocolate and orage flavoured jelly filling tastes identical. The only real difference I noticed is that the Tesco version have slightly firmer sponge bases which are very slightly drier sponge. But this is hardly noticeable. At half the price of McVities it is worth stocking up and saving a few pennies !
Before getting married, my husband was spoiled by his mother who made him a pudding every night after dinner. When we got married, that needed to change, otherwise I would be twice my size, unlike my husband who can seemingly eat for Britain and not put on the teeniest amount of weight. As a compromise we now have a cup of tea and a biscuit after our dinner every night - that biscuit being one or two (or even three) jaffa cakes.
Now when the supermarkets have offers on the Mcvities jaffa cakes, I will always purchase them above all else, however for the most part when there are no such offers, I am perfectly happy to purchase these Tesco pack of jaffa cakes. I usually purchase the 36 pack of these, because we seem to go through so many of them, but you can also buy them in a box of 12 which sell at 62p a box. The box is a distinctive orance colour, and the info at the front states that these jaffa cakes have a 'tangy orange centre with real fruit juice'.
According to the nutritional information, each jaffa cake contians 43 calories, only 1g of fat, but 63.g of sugar - so all in all quite a low calorie treat in comparison to some other biscuits - which of course is why my husband and I delude ourselves that eating three is really not that bad and is rather the equivalent of eating one other type of biscuit.
On the back of the packaging, it states that these jaffa cakes are 'sponge cakes topped with orange flavoured filling, half coated in plain chocolate'. They are suitable for vegetarians, but do contain wheat, gluten egg and soya.
Both my husband and I really like these jaffa cakes and find that there isn't a huge difference between these and the real mcvities jaffa cakes. They are incredibly addictive, which is why I tend to purchase the bigger pack, and much better value than their big rival mcvities. However, as I said, there is something a little bit richer and yummier about the mcvities jaffa cakes in comparison to not just these but also every other jaffa cake, and therefore, although I will be perfectly content to continue purchasing these great jaffa cakes, should mcvities be on offer in the supermarket, I will always opt first for them, and that it not me being a brand snob, it is simply due to the quality and taste, which is a notch above all the others.
My husband adores Jaffa Cakes and I suppose, given his sweet tooth, they are one of the better things in the sweets, cakes and biscuits selection that he can eat.
Each Jaffa Cake only contains 1g of fat and 46 calories although each one does contain 6.2g of sugar!
Before we start let's get one thing straight Jaffa Cakes are definitely a cake and not a biscuit. Apparently the Inland Revenue took McVities to court saying that Jaffa cakes were liable for VAT as they are classed as a 'luxury biscuit'. McVities said that they weren't and they won with the explanation that Jaffa Cakes go hard when stale as cake does, whereas biscuits go soft when stale.
Have the Inland Revenue got nothing better to do?
Anyway, having sorted that out, I was shopping in Tesco's when I remembered that I had read many positive reviews of Tesco's own brand Jaffa Cakes so I decided to investigate.
Currently in Tesco's McVities Jaffa Cakes are available in packs of 12 for 98p, 24 for £1.62 and 36 for £2.41.
Tesco's own Jaffa Cakes were available of packs of 12 for 52p and 36 for £1.24 and I chose to buy the box of 36. Incidentally the Tesco Value Jaffa Cakes cost just 38p for a pack containing 24 so I shall be trying these next time!
I purchased a box of 36 and the box is bright orange with a picture of a pile of Jaffa Cakes on the front and the words 'Tesco 36 Jaffa Cakes -Tangy orange centre with real fruit juice'.
On the back of the box there is a full list of the ingredients, nutritional value and allergy advice. By the way these are suitable for vegetarians.
Inside the box the Jaffa Cakes are further wrapped in cellophane in three lots of 12 so you can eat one lot at a time - if you can resist the others of course!
I must say that I was surprised that they were actually called Jaffa Cakes - I thought that it may be a trademark registered by McVities but obviously not.
The Jaffa Cakes
According to United Biscuits the original recipe for McVities Jaffa Cakes is a closely guarded secret so we must assume that the Tesco variation is slightly different. Having compared the ingredients there isn't as much of the orange juice in the Tesco ones but there is slightly more dark chocolate than in the McVities ones. I could continue but it would just get silly if I compare every ingredient!
Suffice it to say that Tesco Jaffa cakes are composed of a base layer of light sponge topped with dark chocolate and they have that lovely orange flavoured filling we all associate with Jaffa Cakes.
Just in case you've been hiding for the last 60 years (and the originals are that old!) Jaffa Cakes are round and about 5cm in diameter. The filling is a tangy orange flavour and is jelly like in consistency. The mixture of the sweetness of the sponge, the sharpness of the orange jelly and the bitterness of the dark chocolate makes for a perfect taste sensation in the mouth.
What you all want to know is do they taste as good as the original? I am here to give the answer to that question as a resounding yes! They taste gorgeous and, in my opinion, they are equally as good as the McVities ones - in fact we couldn't taste the difference.
The Nutritional Value
Again the nutritional value of Tesco's Jaffa Cakes are just slightly different from the McVities equivalent and for your information I have put the McVities information in brackets.
This is the nutritional Value per cake:
Calories 43 (46)
Protein 0.5g (0.6g)
Carbohydrates 7.5g (8.7g)
Of which sugars 6.3g (6.2g)
Fat 1.0g (1.0g)
Of which saturates 0.6g (0.5g)
Fibre 0.2g (0.3g)
Salt trace (trace)
Price 3.44p (6.7p)
So you can see that the two types are almost identical in nutrition as well as taste but the Tesco ones are about half the price of the McVities ones.
We both loved the Tesco's Jaffa Cakes and thought they were just as good as the more expensive McVities ones and I will certainly be buying the Tesco ones in future.
I also intend to try Tesco Value version which work out at only 1.58p per cake to see what they are like so I might end up saving even more money! I'll let you know what they are like when I have tried them.