Why pay more when you don’t have to if a saying I have been using a lot when shopping with my hubby lately as he wanted the branded biscuits and I put my foot down as these were on the shelf next to them. All the other Tesco Value products we have tried, including the biscuits have been of a great quality so I had no problem in getting these Value Jaffa cakes.
The Jaffa cakes come in a cardboard box which is the standard white and blue colour and on the front and sides of the box is a picture of some of the cakes and the product name and Tesco Value logo. The back of the box has all of the information you need about the cakes including the ingredients, nutritional values and allergy warnings.
Inside the box you will find the biscuits in two separate packets. They are wrapped in plastic cellophane and stacked up.
~~TASTE AND APPEARANCE~~
The cakes look like the rival branded ones. They have alight sponge bottom which is a golden brown. The top is covered with plain chocolate. They are a good size and measure approximately 5 ½cm across.
There is a faint smell to the biscuits and this is mainly from the chocolate topping. They are great to eat and taste wonderful. The sponge is very light and soft to eat and the chocolate is a good amount on each one. Under the chocolate there is a tangy orange jelly type filling and I find that when eaten against the hard chocolate the mix of soft and hard works well. The overall taste with the three layers together works very well and they are a joy to eat.
For me I tend to have to eat these in two bites but hubby does manage them in one mouthful so we do get through the packet quite quickly.
These are not biscuits and they are cakes as the bottom is made from sponge and will go hard and stale if they are left out in the fresh air and not stored away correctly. I hope this info has stopped some arguments over what they are classed as, as both me and hubby used to argue over this!
The biscuits come in a box which contains 24 of the cakes, there are 12 in each pack inside the box.
The cakes must be stored in a cool dry place and once the packets have been opened they are best stored in an air tight container to keep them fresh.
The ingredients for those wishing to know are:-
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Plain chocolate, Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour), Sugar, egg, Sucrose Syrup, Dextrose, Orange Juice from Concentrate, Citric Acid (citric acid), Humectant (Glycerol), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Natural Flavourings, Acidity Regulator (Trisodium Citrate), Plain Chocolate contains:- Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithns).
There are some warnings for allergy sufferers which include the fact the cakes include, wheat, gluten, egg and soya, the recipe does not contain nuts but Tesco cannot guarantee that the factory they are made in is nut free. These cakes are suitable for vegetarians.
The nutritional values for each single cake are:-
Energy – 42 Kcal
Protein – 0.5g
Carbohydrate – 7.6g
Of which sugars – 6.0g
Fat – 1.0g
Of which saturates – 0.6g
Mono-saturates – 0.4g
Polyunsaturates – trace
Fibre – 0.2g
Sodium – trace
Salt equivalent – trace
The packet which I bought 2 days ago has a shelf life of 2 months on which is very reasonable considering they are cakes and not biscuits, not that they last that long in my house.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
There is only one rate these cakes can have and that is the full 5 stars. They taste great and are so much better value than the branded ones. They are certainly worth a try if you are a fan of these cakes.