Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Slightly reminiscent of a jaffa cake but do RIP!!
Tesco Value Jaffa Cakes
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Tesco Value Jaffa Cakes
Date: 22/04/08, updated on 11/09/11 (221 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap and quite a few so good value if you like them
Disadvantages: Read the review!
When I was growing up we never had biscuits that were fancy in my house. We always had digestives and rich tea and custard creams and the like if we were very lucky. Not because my Mother was tight. It was to slow us down munching them as quick as she purchased them. The only time we had 'posh' ones laid out was when we had visitors. I remember eating one or two in company as not to get told off and praying the guests wouldn't eat them all and then Mum would put them in the kitchen and I would pinch the lot when no one was looking. One of the biscuits I loved growing up was jaffa cakes and when I eat them not only do I like them lots but they evoke nice, special memories for me of mainly family times.
Now I'm a grown up (I am honest!) I can now demand what I like and if I don't get it, well I can go to the shops and get what I want myself. I love a jaffa cake. I love the original and the lime and the ones with blackcurrant in them. Any flavour it don't really matter to me. The problem is that just like when I was a child I scoff the lot in one sitting! So when I saw this 'double packet' box of jaffa cakes from Tescos value I thought I'd give them a go! Cos if they're any good I'd be making a huge saving on my biscuit/cake addiction! Good plan eh! I'm not daft, or am I? Read on lol
Large white cardboard recyclable box. On the front left hand corner in red letters I'm told this is a Tesco value product then under that in dark blue writing I'm told there is 24 jaffa Cakes. Then there is a rather nice photograph of some rather tasty, tempting looking jaffa cakes in a stack. Underneath that there is an at a glance nutritional chart, handy for shopping on the go and seeing how healthy they are, or not you decide on that one! Again, on the three sides of the box I'm told who they are by and what they are and again the jaffa cake photograph. On the back of the box I'm told what they are exactly, ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information, how to store them and contact details for Tesco's stores. All in all nice enough packaging. Inside when you open the box you have 2 packets of 12 jaffa cakes stacked and side by side within see 2 see through plastic wrappers. So you can eat 12 in one sitting rather than 24 lol
(Please note my box is very slightly different to the photograph on this review but it is exactly the same product).
What They Are....
Golden sponge base with an orange flavoured centre (36%) half coated in plain chocolate (21%)
Round and a decent mouthful in size. The base is a rough textured golden brown coloured sponge and the top part is covered in dark chocolate with ridges on it and it's very patchy meaning that in some places the cake is well covered but in some spots the chocolate looks barely there at all and you can see some sponge peeping through. The chocolate is roughly dolloped on and missing the edges on most of the cakes giving this a rather cheap look rather than a polished and tasty one. You can see a small hump where the orange filling is on the front of the cake underneath the chocolate.
The appearance is a little off putting after all this is one scruffy, ill thought out little cake! it looks cheap. When you open the packet there is no chocolaty aroma that hits you in the face and even sniffing said cake you can't smell it but anyway I continue on in my selfless quest....
So I get a decent crunch through the thin layer of dark chocolate which takes you through the rather thick layer of sticky orange filling and onto the base. The whole thing is far too sweet, I mean really, really sweet! Along with the sweet taste is a harsh taste that hits the back of your throat immediately after swallowing. I love sweet but not like this it's far too much! The chocolate isn't chocolaty it is harsh but at the same time rather tasteless. The filling is just like marmalade and not a good one at that though it is set well and you can almost chew it. The base is chewy and to me it's like eating something that's gone a bit stale and been sat in a bread bin uncovered for a couple of days and this was just upon purchasing and opening the pack the same day. The base is just stodgy really and not at all light and airy.
When you take a bite out of the biscuit the base looks quite thick. When you peer at it this way the orange filling is actually too much and appears like jelly in there and the chocolate really is thin. When you finally get rid of the biscuit and have eaten it it leaves a tinny taste on the pallet you can't shift even with mouthwash and my breath smells horrible after eating these!
This is a rather revolting cheap and nasty attempt at a jaffa cake to be blunt. I felt sick after eating just a couple and me, I can eat a couple of packets of biscuits in a sitting, no worries. I'm a pig but I had to stop. Another thing with these and it's not just my imagination but every-time I eat them I get chronic headaches straight after and I feel really sick and I've monitored this! They make me feel really bad and bloated.
They are not bland but actually too highly flavoured. Sadly the plain chocolate is too bitter, I feel like I've eaten a jar of marmalade in one biscuit and god knows what I think of a stale tasting base, words can't quite describe it. Overall Tesco's, this is a disaster and it makes me sad cos I was so full of hope with these.
Never again. Don't be tight. you get what you pay for in life. Revolting!
Nutritional Information.... Per Biscuit.
of which is sugars 6.0g
of which is saturates 0.6g
Salt equivalent trace
Contains Wheat, Gluten, Egg, Soya
The plain chocolate in this product may contain milk.
Recipe: No nuts
Ingredients cannot guarantee nut free
Factory No nuts
Suitable for vegetarians.
Only available in Tesco's priced at 58p.
Summary: Blurgh where's my bucket????