Monday, December 18

Tesco Cream Crackers Review

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As I am trying to loose some weight I have decided to try and cut out the large quantity of bread I eat. I have been looking for alternatives when shopping and that is when I came across these cream crackers. Other Tesco own branded items I have tried in the past have been very good so I had no hesitation in picking up their own branded ones.

~~PACKAGING~~

The crackers come in a plastic orange wrapper. On the front there is a picture of some of the crackers with a large topping on and the product name and Tesco logo are next to this. This appears on two sides of the pack. There is one plain orange side and the other side has all of the product information, nutritional information and ingredients on it. The ends are also plain and this is where you open the pack.

~~TASTE AND APPEARANCE~~

Opening the packet way present a challenge to some as there is a small tab which is to be pulled to remove one end of the packet. I usually end up making a right mess opening them this way and have found that using a knife to cut the packet in between two of the crackers is a much easier and quicker way to get to them.

On removing the crackers from the pack I noticed that they were just the same in appearance as the more expensive branded ones. They are a light brown and golden colour and they have air bubbles all over them. They are a good size measuring approximately 6cm squared. They are not overly thick.

I have tried eating them plain but they do get a bit dry after eating half of one and I do struggle eating the remainder of it. Hubby can easily get a handful of these and sit and munch them dry but have no idea how he manages this. For me I like to put a thin layer of butter on them and usually top them with ham and cucumber and find that they are so much easier to eat this way and the butter takes away the dryness.

The crackers are nice and crunchy and do make a small mess when eating them with the crumbs but this is easy to clean up and far less than other crackers.

By boys do enjoy eating these as well and find it a nice change when I pop a few in their school lunch boxes instead of the usual sandwich. They are handy being square as you can butter two and sandwich them together and then either wrap them in foil or pop them in a small tub. I also like to give them a small tub of salad and meat so they can create their own topping and they do find this very fun.

The crackers do need to be stored in an air tight container once they have been opened to keep them fresh as when I left mine open in the cupboard t only took 2 days for them to go stale and they were not nice to eat like this.

~~INFO~~

The crackers come in a pack size of 200g and you get roughly 25 in the pack. This will last in my house for about 1 week but depending on how many you eat in one sitting depends on how long they will last you.

The nutritional values for a single cracker are:-

Energy – 34 Kcal
Protein – 0.8g
Carbohydrate – 5.4g
Of which sugars – 0.1g
Fat – 1.1g
Of which saturates – 0.5g
Mono-Saturates – 0.5g
Polyunsaturated – 0.1g
Fibre – 0.3g
Sodium – trace

They are good values if you consider than one slice of thick white Hovis bread contains over 80KCal and you need at least two to make a sandwich!

These crackers are suitable for vegetarians but they do contain wheat and gluten.

The ingredients are:-

Wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, raising agents (sodium bicarbonate), yeast.

The crackers do have a good shelf life ad the new packet which I have just bought has just over 12 months on it.

~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

As these are a Tesco own brand product then they are only available to buy in their stores. They are priced at 25p per packet which is excellent value considering the price of the Jacob’s ones. We did have a hard job trying to persuade my middle son to try these as he loves the Jacobs ones as that is his name and he says he gets to eat the whole packet as they have his name on them but he does not notice the difference when they are given to him as long as he has not seen the packet they come in. Other stores do their own brand ones of these and I would say they are probably worth a try.

~~RECOMMENDED?~~

Yes, I certainly recommend these cream crackers as they are just as good if not better than the Jacob’s variety. They are so cheap they are worth a try even if you are still not convinced. Why pay more when you don’t have to?

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