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      27.06.2012 23:19
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      They fill a hole.

      I recently tried Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes on my never-ending quest to find decent food that I can eat while on a diet. A packet of Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes costs £1.29 from Tesco and I think this is a fairly good price as they usually last for about 10 individual snacks - and so that equates to about 13p per snack break (plus whatever topping you put on of course).

      The Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes are low in calories and fat and therefore they are good if you are on a calorie controlled diet. Each rice cake contains just 30 calories and only a trace of fat - and so for a snack they are perfect. These rice cakes are pretty similar to other rice cakes I've had, although they are slightly thinner than I would usually expect, but they are quite wide in diameter and therefore there is a good base for a topping. You don't need to put a topping on them because they can be eaten on there own, but occasionally I like to put a little tuna on the top because this brings out a really nice flavour.

      The rice cakes are quite crispy but they do become less crispy if you put a wet topping on the top. I would generally only add the topping as I'm about to eat it because this keeps them crisp. The salt and vinegar flavour is quite mild and so they are not overpowering and therefore very palatable.

      Overall, I think these make a decent snack. I don't love them.....but they will satisfy a hunger craving between meals.

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      28.05.2011 20:25
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      Thanks to them I don't miss my favourite food: crisps.

      Summer is approaching and suddenly everyone* is trying to be healthy and active. Unfortunately, a claim that I am exempt from this would be a lie. Diet wise, my main downfall is crisps. I love them. I could live off of them. They are, unfortunately, not the most healthy of foods. Which is disappointing because if I could lose weight on a diet of crisps I would be in heaven! So, in order to reduce my crisp intake I made the decision to swap crisps with rice cakes.

      (*slight exaggeration maybe)

      -- Health benefits --
      It doesn't take much to assume that rice cakes would be a bit healthier for you than crisps; a lot of things are to be fair. Even then, comparing their nutritional values was an eye opener. I'm not going to recite both lots of nutritional values for you (that would hardly be an exciting review) but I will compare the fat content to give you an idea:

      Rice cracker (per 100g) - 2.5g (0.5g saturated)
      Example bag of crisps (per 100g) - 26.2g (2.1g saturated)
      (Plus, 100g of rice cracker is far more filling than 100g of crisps)

      This was enough to cement my decision to make the swap.

      They are also made from wholegrain rice for that extra health kick. They may not have the nutritional value of fruit or veg but as an alternative to crisps it definitely works! A great tool if you are just starting on your weight loss journey or like me can't live without a savoury snack.

      -- The cakes --
      As for the cakes themselves, they are about half an inch thick and slightly larger than my (albeit rather small) palm. They are smaller than the more well known brands but it does make it better as a small snack. I'd consider them to be a decent size, anyway.

      As they are flavoured you can add toppings to them or eat them on their own as a snack. I decided to just eat them on their own as I prefer my food that way.

      As you bite into it, it is initially quite crispy but as you continue down and as you chew it is a lot more fluffy and smooth. They are quite light but they also leave your hunger satisfied. I was quite surprised by how filling I found one cake to be. Considering I could eat mountains of crisps and not feel that much more full. I also found them more filling than other brands of rice cakes on the market.

      I was quite surprised with the taste as I thought the salt and vinegar would be nearly non-existent. Instead there is a very strong flavour when you first bite into it. Obviously it disappears as you continue to chew but the rice cake themselves do not have a horrible taste. It is hard to describe but it is not unpleasant, just as you would expect a 'rice' cake to taste. I was definitely impressed with the flavour of the cake.

      -- The boring stuff: Packaging and Price --
      One thing I have found with these cakes is getting them out the packet can be tricky if you don't want to rip down the bag. It takes a bit of manouvering and use of the nails to get them out.

      As for price you can pick up a 132g pack (each cake is 8.8g) for £1.15.

      -- Overall --
      I will definitely be buying these again, above the larger brand counterparts. The flavour is just right for me. The cakes are a decent size and are very filling without leaving you feeling too stuffed. Also they taste great and the salt and vinegar flavouring satisfies my crisp cravings which is perfect. Plus they come at the very reasonable price of £1.15. They are a perfect replacement for crisps for me.

      I have no reason not to like these rice cakes.

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        18.02.2010 17:03
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        Nice rice cakes!

        Having got into rice cakes recently, and using them instead of bread, I have discovered these by Tesco.

        Tesco seem to be the only make that make Salt and Vinegar flavour, which is a shame, because I find these really tasty.

        The Tesco rice cakes come in a neat packed tube, stacked on top of each other. In a pack, you get 15 rice cakes, which are ideal for using as a bread substitute. I normally spread cheese on mine, or put tuna on the top, but you could literally have anything spread on the top, or simply eat plain, as they have a great flavour to them.

        I must say that compared to Snack A Jacks, these rice cakes are much thinner, perhaps about have the depth, but at the same time, the seem to be denser and not as full of air.

        Each race cake is very low in fat, but they actually fill you up, and keep you going throughout the day. I find the taste of these to be rather appealing, despite not really liking salt and vinegar crisps. Before I bought rice cakes, i thought hey would just taste of cardboard, but these actually have quite a strong flavour without being over bearing. They also have a nice crunch to them.

        The only downside to these rice cakes is that they are quite hard to keep fresh, and they will quickly go off. You can open at the top, but you have to be careful, otherwise we the pack will split down the side. Its true the top of these comes with a plastic clips, but it still is hard to keep them ultra fresh, and if you don't have them for a couple for days, then chances are you will have to throw the top rice cake away as its gone soft.

        Overall, they cost about 20p less than other branded makes, and you get a few extra rice cakes in the pack, so I would say these are a great way to fill up whilst losing some weight!

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        21.01.2010 17:34
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        Like possibly everyone else who is reviewing this product, I am always on the look out for something tasty to munch which is not too laden with calories and fat. I saw someone eating this product at work and decided that I would give them a go. I am not particularly clued up on these type of foods for instance ryvitas etc, and thought I would try something with a little bit of flavouring to it. I think they only do these in plain or salt and vinegar, and being the worlds biggest salt and vinegar fan thought I would try these particular ones from Tesco.

        They are a little over a pound at £1.11 for 132g. The packaging is still the same as in the advertised Dooyoo picture, that of a thin blue plastic with a plastic tie to reseal once the packet has been opened and started upon. You get quite a lot in this packet seeing as that they are light as a feather!!

        They are circular discs which are rather pale in colour, although rather pungent when they packet is opened due to the fact that they are quite highly flavoured, and personally for me they need to be because the plain ones are disgusting in my opinion. They are a crunchy and crispy bite.

        Now the taste, well I foind that they have a pretty large dose of salt and vinegar, and really in all fairness they need all the flavour that they can get, and whilst they are definitely an acquired taste they are OK in the grand scheme of things, in fact I would go as far to say that they are tasty as a bit of a snack when you are on a diet, but for those not calorie counting just stay away because like I say they are an acquired taste.

        Ingredients=, Maize (17%), Seasoning.
        Seasoning contains: Acidity Regulator (Sodium Acetate), Salt, Maltodextrin, Antioxidant (Citric Acid), Yeast Extract, Vegetable Oil.

        Name Per Serving Per 100g
        Energy 117kJ (28kcal) 1331kJ (314kcal)
        Protein 0.7g 8.4g
        Carbohydrate 5.4g 61.9g
        sugars trace 0.8g
        Fat 0.2g 2.6g
        saturates trace 0.5g
        mono unsaturates trace 1.0g
        polyunsaturates trace 1.0g
        Fibre 0.5g 6.0g
        Sodium* 0.1g 1.3g
        *Salt Equivalent 0.3g 3.3g

        Suitable for vegetarians.

        I would recommend trying them just to see what you think of them but I do not think that a non dieter would want to replace crisps with a couple of these.

        I am giving them a 4/5 due to the fact that it is not Tescos fault I do not like rice cakes a lot in general, they have made them as tasty wth the flavouring as they can, and they are not totally repulsive, just a little bit.

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          11.12.2009 22:50
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          Buy and try if you're trying to be good!

          I recently decided to spend a Friday night in, watching Christmas films and eating chocolate. However, after having spent the day at the gym, it seemed a waste to binge on chocolate. I went to Tesco in the hope of finding a healthier alternative; I considered fruit, cereal bars and yoghurt, but I was desperate for something sweet.

          I hadn't even considered rice cakes, but whilst wandering down the crisp aisle, I spotted Snack-a-Jacks. They cost 48p per small bag, which I thought was a little excessive (especially considering a chocolate bar costs around the same and I would have got much more satisfaction from that!) I then spotted these rice cakes; Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes cost £1.09 for a packet of 15. I thought this was very reasonable, and so I decided to try them. I hadn't previously bought these, yet I had tried the Snack-a-Jacks salt and vinegar, and I love them, and so opted for this cheaper alternative.

          The rice cakes come in a pale blue packaging, with a picture of the rice cakes on the front (NOTE the packaging has changed from the photo included in this review, hence don't go looking for rice cakes that look like this - the new package is a little more modern and the picture is bigger).

          Each rice cake is around 10cm in diameter, and around 1cm thick, hence they are rather large. They weigh only 8.8g each, and so are very light. The rice cakes are made from wholegrain rice and corn, and are flavoured with salt and vinegar. They are incredibly crunchy, and (surprisingly!) very tasty. I half expected them to taste like cardboard but they are in fact delicious. The taste of salt and vinegar isn't as prominent as in some of the other brands of rice cakes (i.e. Snack-a-Jacks) or crisps (i.e. McCoy's), but this doesn't bother me. This way, the rice cakes don't leave a lingering after taste, and also aren't so strong in flavour that you feel the need to keep on munching them just for the sake of it. I could happily stop myself after 2 or 3 of these rice cakes, and the same can definitely not be said for chocolate or other unhealthier alternatives. However, at the same time, I could happily spend the night snacking on them and (bonus points) not feel guilty about it.

          Finally, the absolute best bit. These rice cakes, although incredibly tasty, are also very healthy. There are only 28 calories per cake, and given that most cubes of chocolate contain more than this, these rice cakes are definitely the better option. They don't leave you feeling heavy or bloated, and definitely don't leave you feeling guilty. If you're trying to be good, but still fancy a sweet snack, I cannot think of anything better.

          Nutritional information (per rice cake):
          Calories - 28
          Sugar - trace
          Fat - 0.2g
          Saturates - trace
          Salt - 0.3g

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          29.07.2009 17:23
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          A nice snack alternative from crisps and crackers!

          I used to find rice cakes very boring and bland. I know they are good for an alternative to crackers, bread ect.., being so much more lower in calories, but
          I couldn't get on with them until I discovered these lovely salt and vinegar ones from Tesco's.

          I was trying to be good and look for something for my low fat cheese to go on, Ryvita's were out of the window as I had about as many as I could eat, be it sesame seeds, rye, multi-grain I couldn't eat anymore of them. The same went for Crackerbread I tried to convince myself that I was enjoying them, but I wasn't!

          Then I spotted this turquoise blue packet jumping out at me, I hadn't seen them before, Salt and Vinegar flavour Wholegrain Rice Cakes, So I thought I
          would give them a go.

          On taking the twisty band of and carefully opening the packet as not to rip it
          I noticed that there was no smell of vinegar liked I had been expecting, just
          a rice cake smell like all the others. So now for the test I'll try one with nothing on it for it's true flavour. Well what a great taste, it certainly was a salt and vinegar rice cake that's for sure!

          It had quite a strong vinegary taste with not to much overpowering salt taste. I found it also didn't break up as easy as some of the others I have tried. It was delicous! I can eat these without having to put any spread or cheese on which makes it a lot healthier.

          They come in a round pack of about 15 rice cakes and they are about half an inch thick. They weigh 132g and are made from wholegrain rice 69% and maize 17% the rest is made up from the seasoning which consists of;

          Preservative (Sodium Acetate)
          Salt
          Maltodextrin
          Antidoxidant ( Citric Acid)
          Yeast Extract
          Vegetable Oil

          Each Rice Cake is (8.8g) has;

          Energy:
          117kj
          28kcal

          Protein:
          0.7g

          Carbohydrate:
          5.4g

          of which sugars:
          Trace

          Fat :
          0.2g

          of which sats:
          Trace

          Mono-unsats:
          Trace

          Polyunsaturates:
          Trace

          Fibre:
          0.5g

          Sodium:
          0.1g

          Salt Equivalent:
          0.3g

          These are suitable for vegetarians, but cannot be guaranteed to be nut free.

          These rice cakes can easily replace a packet of crisps and by just having a
          couple you will feel like you have just had a bag, the only problem with them
          is it is had to put the packet down as you can just keep eating them. I have to just take two out and put them back in the cupboard otherwise I might eat the whole lot!!!!!

          CERTAINLY GETS YOUR TASTEBUDS TINGLING!

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          15.04.2009 00:26
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          A nice, healthy snack and a great alternative to crisps

          When I was pregnant, I had cravings for lots of very strong flavours; Lemons, salt and vinegar were the main ones. Due to this I ended up eating more than my fair share of Salt & vinegar crisps. Not the healthiest of options!

          On one of my weekly shops I came across Tesco's rice cake selection. There were three in the range; BBQ (quite nice), caramel (hate the stuff so have never tried these ones) and Salt & vinegar (Bingo!). At only 28 calories per rice cake they were definitely worth a try.

          They come in a tall, round plastic packet and are in a bright blue colour.
          The rice cakes themselves are quite strange looking, they are huge puffs of white rice and a few grains squished together to form a large round disc that is around 3.5" diameter and around 1/2" thick.

          The great thing about the Salt & Vinegar flavour cakes is that the flavour carries all the way through, some other brands (and the BBQ flavour) have a powdery coating on top of the cakes, which are quite useless and makes the rest of the cake tasteless. These taste the same with every bite.

          It is an artificial salt and vinegar taste, similar to many of the crisp flavourings that you will find. There is a nice crunch and texture to the cakes. They can't beat a good pack of Walkers but they are a nice alternative.

          The fact that they are made of rice and corn means that they can be quite filling, especially when incorporated in to a meal. They are also great as a snack. The only problem is that they can be quite moreish! I have been known to eat half a packet in one go! Especially when sitting in front of the TV when you don't realise how much you are eating.

          One bad point is the smell... apparently! I have never really noticed but my ex-partner used to hate the smell of them and could even tell when I had been eating them as he could still smell them in the room (salty rice?)!

          He felt this way about all rice cakes though so if you have ever tried them you will know that there is nothing wrong with the smell and that he is just extremely odd, lol!

          Overall, a nice change to crisps and good for either a snack or as part of a meal. Not everyone will like them but isn't that true of every food!

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            29.01.2009 22:04
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            A delicious snack

            Salt & Vinegar Rice cakes. These rice cakes are brilliant if you are looking for a healthier alternative to chocolate or crisps!

            I absolutely love these rice cakes, I am not even on a diet but find them delicious. I personally think they taste fairly similar to popcorn. However, they have a salt and vinegar flavour which makes them even nicer. The cakes smell quite strong and there is a strong vinegar taste. Some people think that these have a rather poor texture however, this is what I like the most. They are very similar to " Snack a Jacks". Therefore if you do not like them then I would not suggest these for you.

            In each rice cake there is :

            * 28 Calories
            * 1 % fat ( 0.2g )
            * 5 % salt ( 0.3g )

            This definately makes them a great alternative to crisps, which I tend to eat a lot of or even better chocolate!

            These packs are as the picture shows ^ ^ can be bought at Tesco's.
            The packet is Bright blue. It states the name of the product , its flavour and it's brand- in this case "Tesco".

            They cost just over a pound, around about £1.08. There is around 15 ish rice cakes in each pack. I prefer them as they are, however for extra taste a topping could be added to the cakes. They also sell these rice cakes in Chilli flavour.

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            13.01.2009 20:18
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            Great tasting alternative to crisps

            As a lot of us are at this point in the year, I'm currently on a bit of a healthy eating kick. When it comes to food I'm really picky and I like food that is full of flavour.

            Before finding these rice cakes, I was buying plain rice cakes and adding a topping. This was great if I was at home, but at work it's sometimes quite hard to find 5 minutes to prepare something nice.

            That's why these rice cakes are so good. They are great to eat on their own. The salt and vinegar flavour is quite strong, as soon as you open the packet the smell is a bit overpowering. TIP - Don't eat them in a confined space! Your eyes will water like mad! Like I said, they taste strong and I found the vinegar to be the predominant flavour, but I could definitely tastes the salt too. Although added toppings are nice, they are definitely not needed.

            The texture of the cakes is nice and crunchy, but when they are in your mouth they do go soggy quite fast. Likewise if you have a bite, put it down and come back to it, the edges will probably be a bit mushy.

            There is approx 15 in each pack and the packaging is a bright blue colour. When I first started buying these they also had an inner plastic bag along with the outer packaging. This seems to have disappeared, which I've found seems to shorten the life of the rice cakes. I would suggest putting them in a sealed container or eating them all really quick!

            Also, when I first bought them about 6 months ago, they were 72p. Now they are priced at £1.07 which to me is a giant leap in price in a short space of time.

            That said, they are still great for snacks and I would equal maybe 3 of these to a packet of crisps. Each cake contains 28 calories and 0.2g of fat.

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              08.01.2009 02:53
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              Not recommended!

              I am by no means over weight but from time to time I go through spells of trying to shed a few pounds and when I do I am always looking for something new, interesting and good for me to munch on instead of chocolates and crisps.

              I recently came across Tesco salt and vinegar rice cakes and though I would give them a try but this turned out to be a huge mistake. Ok these are much better for you than munching on chocolate but they taste horrible and have a very off putting texture also.

              They came in a pack of around 15 and cost me a little over a pound but after two of them my mind was made up and I did not try any more.

              The texture of them was something along the line of trying to eat woodchip wallpaper that has already been pasted (not that I have tried that but that's how I imagine it would be).

              I normally like strong flavours when it is on crisps and the likes but these were way too salty and burned the tongue a bit and you could not taste the actual rice cake (although that may have been a good thing).

              If you are dieting or watching your weight and looking for something tasty to snack on then do not waste your time with these, they are horrid and would not recommend them to anyone!

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              07.01.2009 21:28
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              From time to time when I am feeling healthy I tend to head to Tesco and buy some rice cakes.

              I normally buy them plain and add flavour myself with the topping. I have purchased the salt and vinegar rice cakes in the past. They are not my favourite kind but they offer a different taste when I feel like a change.

              Currently in Tesco they cost £1.07 for a 132g pack.

              I will list the ingredients, however after reading these I am somewhat concerned how healthy these rice cakes actually are.
              Ingredients

              Brown Rice, Maize, Seasoning.
              Seasoning contains: Preservative (Sodium Acetate), Salt, Antioxidant (Citric Acid), Flavour Enhancer (Monosodium Glutamate), Yeast Extract, Thickeners (Xanthan Gum, Sodium Alginate), Vegetable Oil, Flavouring.

              Each rice cake contains 31 calories and 0.2grams of fat.
              So as you can see the calorie content will come from what you place on top rather than the rice cake itself.


              They are sold in bright blue packets with the rice cakes stacked on top of each other and tied at the top with plastic tie.

              Okay so Salt and Vinegar flavour. The salt intake is quite high at 0.4g which is 6% of our daily allowance. You smell the salt and vinegar flavour as soon as you open the pack. The rice cakes them self are crunchy but soft to chew with a strong salt flavour. The vinegar flavour is not so strong.

              I cannot eat these rice cakes dry. My taste buds just won't let me. I have to add toppings. Cottage cheese, cheese, cheese spread or jam.

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                A nice midmorning snack - but not all will agree!

                ---Introduction---

                I've just had my midmorning snack of 2 Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes, and they have inspired me to write a review since there isn't one on DooYoo already, and I think that they're a pretty good thing to have in your desk at work/cupboard at home!



                ---Rice Cakes in General---

                There isn't really a great deal to say about rice cakes in general - they can also be known as puffed rice cakes. Basically they are disks (and 3 and a half inches in diameter) made of rice and maize. Generally seen as a healthy and boring snack, rice cakes have got a bad name for themselves, but in my opinion they're really not as bad as people make out, especially ones which have some flavour.



                ---Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice Cakes---

                My rice cakes of choice are the Tesco Salt and Vinegar Rice cakes which come in a bright blue packet (Tesco also do barbeque flavour in a red packet). They have a clip at the top of the packet so you can reseal it, but I never seem to manage to open it properly - if I don't seal it in some way the top cake tends to go stale.

                I am pretty sure that there are 15 in a pack and they currently cost £1.07.



                ---The Nutritional Stuff---

                According to the Tesco online shopping website each rice cake contains 31 calories. However, if you look at the packet it says 28 calories - so, even better for those watching their weight. I'd say that three rice cakes are as substantial as a packet of crisps (and you can spread out eating them - I find it impossible not to eat a packet of crisps in one go), so they're not going to make you huge!

                Unsurprisingly since these are salt and vinegar flavour, these are not the best snacks if you're trying to be careful with your salt intake. Each rice cake contains 0.3g salt which is 5% of your daily recommended amount. Mind you, that isn't anywhere near as bad as something like tinned soup. Having 2 or 3 of these rice cakes as a snack on a work day is not going to make your blood pressure go through the roof!

                The rice cakes mainly contain brown rice (69%), maize (17%) and seasoning (made up of lots of things).

                These rice cakes are suitable for vegetarians, but although they don't have nuts in them, it can't be guaranteed.



                ---The Eating Experience---

                The smell of salt and vinegar is quite strong as you get the rice cake out of the packet.
                The rice cake is crunchy, and then chewy. The salt and vinegar flavour is strong, but not in a nasty way. It's difficult to describe eating a rice cake - I would imagine most readers will have tried them. The only down side of eating a rice cake is getting covered in crumbs.

                Personally I'm happy to eat these rice crackers on their own as I find that the salt and vinegar flavour is enough (unlike on plain rice cakes which really can be too bland). However, on the front of the packet the rice cakes have lettuce, cheese and red onion topping them (as a serving suggestion), so if I was going to have these as a lunch no doubt I'd add something to them to make them more substantial.



                ---Overall---

                The only niggles I really have with these is that my desk drawer at work ends up full of rice cracker crumbs, and also that people always say to me "Are you eating rice cakes on their own with nothing on them?" which gets a bit annoying!

                So in conclusion, definitely worth having in, but probably not if you don't like rice cakes in the first place!

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