Having being health conscious, I tend to purchase the healthier versions of foods and snacks, diet foods are not always better than other brands though as they substitute one nutritional item for another, so be sure to check, if that is what you are looking for.
PRICE AND PACKAGING
I first came across these Weightwatchers Jaffa Bars in my local Poundland for a 6 bar pack per £1, available in most other supermarkets for around the same price. They are in the usual light blue weightwatchers box, with their large logo on the top left and the product picture on the bottom along with the nutritional value guide. The box also includes that these are 2 Weightwatchers points per bar, if you are following the Weightwatchers diet.
VISUAL, TASTE AND TEXTURE
These Jaffa Bars are in their own separate wrapping, matching the outside of the packaging, the cake bar itself is around 4-5 inches long and has a soft, plain sponge base, with a line of chocolate down the centre, covering three fifths of the bar. Underneath the chocolate is a soft, zesty, jam jelly, similar to the leading brand of Jaffa products.
A stunningly soft, light spongy base, complimented by the milk chocolaty, zesty, sweet orangey filling/topping, making it a great pudding or chocolaty sweet treat that is perfectly portioned for you, great to take to work, the separate wrapping makes it easy to eat and all packaging is fully recyclable too.
It would be much more appealing to me if the weightwatchers logo was a little more discrete and if they were able to reduce the sugar content a little, but overall a beautiful, tasty cake and chocolate bar alternative, one is just enough.
Sugar, Wheat Flour, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Chocolate (14%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Oils, (Palm and Rapeseed), Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin), Whole Egg Powder, Orange Juice from Concentrate (4.5%), Humectant: Glycerol, Modified Maize Starch, Whey (from Milk), Raising Agents: Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Tartrate, Natural Flavourings, Citric Acid, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Colour: Paprika Extract.
Suitable for vegetarians, free from artificial flavours and artificial preservatives.
315 Energy kJ per serving, 75 Calories per serving, 1.1g Protein per serving, 14.2 Carbohydrates per serving, 10.0g Sugars per serving, 1.3g Fat per serving, 0.8 Saturates per serving, 0.7g Fibre per serving, 0.04g Sodium per serving and 0.1 Salt equivalent per serving.
A few years ago I finally reached my goal weight after getting rid of just under five stone of unwanted weight and since then have gradually piled another stone back on which I am now trying to get rid of again before that one stone becomes two stone and so on. I am, however, a firm believer that dieting doesn't mean you can never have any sort of treat and I've stocked up on lots of treat like food items which will satisfy my sweet tooth as well as being low calorie.
Weight Watchers do copious amounts of such items with these jaffa cake bars catching my eye in my local Tesco store recently. I purchased a box of six bars for £1 which I didn't think was too badly priced and these are available in most supermarkets for around the same price.
The bars come in the usual packaging of a Weight Watchers food product being the bright blue colour scheme set behind the Weight Watchers logo along with the product name and a picture of these bars. We are also given all the nutritional information and ingredients list and told that one 21g bar contains two propoints for those following the Weight Watchers diet.
The bars inside the box are individually wrapped making them ideal for me to take to work with me. The plastic wrapping of each bar is virtually identical to that of the box and gives us all that same information again.
Each bar contains 75 calories and 0.8g of saturated fat. The bars are suitable for vegetarians but those with allergies should be aware these may contain traces of nuts and do contain milk, egg, soya, wheat and gluten. These are also a source of fibre and free from artificial flavours and preservatives.
The bars are a decent size which I must admit did surprise me a little as I usually find Weight Watchers products contain half the calories because they're half the size of their full fat rivals! These, however, are about the same length and width of an average mars bar, perhaps a little bit shorter, and about in inch thick. There's a strip of dark chocolate down the middle hiding the jaffa filling set on top of the vanilla sponge base. It's basically a long jaffa cake rather than a round one.
Taste wise they're pretty decent actually! The sponge is quite plain tasting but very soft and moist getting rid of that awful stale taste some cheaper own branded jaffa cakes offer. The jaffa filling is very tangy with a definite orange taste and again, is more flavoursome than some of the cheap versions of jaffa cakes. Despite their not being an awful lot of jaffa filling there is an adequate amount to get amount of flavour from it with each bite. The dark chocolate top is a little pointless though. There isn't really enough of it to get any flavour from it and it definitely doesn't have that strong taste you usually get of dark chocolate which is nice in a way as I feel dark chocolate usually over powers the taste of anything else you're eating with it but at the same time it would still be nice to taste some chocolate. The chocolate top adds a nice harder texture to the otherwise soft bar but in terms of taste I don't think you'd miss it if it wasn't there.
I will be purchasing these again as I did find them satisfying way to fill that desert gap I was feeling after a meal and, unlike a lot of these low calorie 'treats', I do feel the calorie content is worth the taste and size of the bar. Because they're slightly larger than a jaffa cake and in bar form I don't find myself thinking 'I'll just have another one..' like I would with the traditional jaffa cake. All in all these are a nice, low calorie and tasty way to have a treat without using up all your calorie allowance!
As a lover of all things Chocolate, but being aware of the calorific value of most bars, i came across Weight Watchers Jaffa Cake Bars and decided to give them a try. Weight Watchers do a range of cakes and desserts but i have never noticed these bars before picking them up yesterday.
I was pleasantly suprised. The cakes come in packets of 5 bars and are individually wrapped so are ideal for lunch boxes or just for a quick snack when the chocolate monster strikes.
Each bar consists of a light vanilla sponge and is topped with a jaffa sauce which is tangy. All of this is surround by milk chocolate.
When i first tried it i was suprised by the creaminess of the chocolate which melted very quickly in the mouth and almost had a caramel taste to it. The jaffa orange sauce breaks through the chocolate and the combination of both of these ingrediants is delicious and a pleasure to the taste buds. The sponge is very light and sweet. Three bites and it's gone but what do you expect from a low calorie chocolate bar!
If on a Weight Watchers diet, the Jaffa Cake Bar has 2 points value, 2.4g Saturated Fat and 105 calories per cake bar. It is suitable for vegetarians and the wrapping provides allergy advice.
If you need a chocolatey fix and like the taste of tangy orange, then this full flavoured bar is worth a bite or 3.