These Baker's Meaty Twists are another favourite in my household - well the dogs favourite anyway!
One thing I like about these treats is that the packet is re-sealable which means that the treats stay fresh as there are 20 of so treats in each bag so its not like you can (or should) feed them all to your dog in one sitting.
The packet itself is about a 12 inches tall and about 6 inches wide. The Bakers logo is written across the front of the packet in white. Meaty Twists is also written across the front with a picture of the treat on the front underneath the writing. Underneath this is the caption 'Its Dogilicious'
On the back of the packaging, there is a chart on which you can work out how many treats your dog should be allowed depending on its size and weight.
It does state on the packaging does that these chews are unsuitable for dogs under 9 months old and dogs under 3kg so these would not be suitable for small dogs.
As well as this biscuit Baker's also produce the following treats: Sizzlers Bacon, Sizzlers Bacon and Cheese, Wirlers, Munchy Morsels, Drummers and Meaty Treats
I get these treats at Tesco and currently they are on a special offer where you get 2 bags for £2 which I think is good value for money for a brand name dog treat. Normally, when they are not on special offer, they are £1.48 per bag (350grams)
The Meaty Twist
The Twists are about 4.5 inches long and about 1.5 inches so it is quite a large treat which means my dog has to actually sit down and eat it rather then just gulping it down in one hit.
The Meaty Twists are different coloured strips of dog treats that have been bound together and then twisted at either end to give the desired effect - and hence the name - The Meaty Twist. The outside of the treat is yellow/beige (similar to the colour of a dog bone) and the middle is a reddy brown colour (similar to the marrowbone you get in dogs bones).
The outside of the treat is quite hard and my dogs certainly have to chew on them to break them apart. The inside is slightly softer though, again, I think this is meant to represent the normal marrowbone of a dogs bone.
Marley's and Dax's (my dogs) Opinion
This treat is a firm favourite with my dogs. Dax is a very fussy eater and quite often refuses to eat his dinner but whenever I get one of these treats out, he sticks his nose up in the air to have a good sniff and you can tell that he is getting excited at the thought of having one.
Funnily enough both my dogs take these treats back to their beds when I give it to them which they don't normally do, they just gulp most of their treats down in. These treats require a bit more work, they are quite hard and need to be chewed properly before they can actually swallow them which means they last longer and the dogs certainly seem to enjoy them more.
I will certainly be buying these treats again and would recommend them to any dog owner. They also contain essential vitamins and calcium for your dogs teeth and bones which is an added advantage.
I think they are excellent value for money and even more so when they are on special offer - good old Tesco!
My dogs will eat anything, and I meant anything, the more disgusting the better for them.
I was then concerned when I gave this treat to my dogs and they tried a few chews and then left it.
It must be bad if they chose foxes poo over it!!
These are similar to the Jumbone in that they have a meaty centre and an outer chew around it. They have a twisted design which make it look funky but obviously not enough for he dogs to eat it.
It is quite hard and the longer it is out in the open air the harder it gets. There is no way of cutting the thing in half, I tried this for my two smaller dogs but even my bread knife would not do it!
The dogs therefore had a whole one each and they all got left and thrown away!
These are £1.49 a bone so a very expensive to just throw int he bin!1
Not sure exactly what it was they didnt like but it was a definite thumbs down from them all! If you are looking for a treat like this go for a jumbone!!!!
Here is another dog treat I have also tried!
I write a lot of reviews on dog treats/food as I tent to dry a wide variety!
Here is another of my dogs favourites! Bakers Meaty Twists.
And I'm happy to feed him these treats also, they are reasonably cheap and the nutiritional values are quite good too!
Im not a fan of bakers complete dog foods, but I do tend to buy a lot of their dog treats!
I buy these in packs of 2 from my local pets at home store! Also they can be bought from larger supermarks!
From Pets at Home, they cost £1.59 for 2. Not the cheapest treats but they aren't too expensive for a treat to give every now and then!
This makes it around just 79p per stick! Which is just 79p a week if you chose to give your dog one stick a week. However If you do this... id suggest keeping the other stick in an air tight container as it does tend to go hard!
I tend to buy a pack and give them both to my dog in the same week to avoid this.
The sticks contain a minimum of 15% meat... which I was surprised to find as bakers dog food contains just 4%!!
In each stick there is....
oils and Fats 2.5%,
Vitamin A 5,000iu/kg, Vitamin D 500iu/kg, Vitamin E 50mg/kg.
The sticks also contain added calcium for healthy bones and teeth which is what I love about these treats!
I am quite happy to feed my dog something which has such a good protein content as a treat!
I was a little confused at the feeding guide however! When I have these treats, I only give my little dog one a day as they are quite thick... however the feeding guide says 2 sticks for a small dog! So I'm guessing that means at the most!
The feeding guide is found on the packet; ....
2 pieces- for small breeds
5 pieces- for medium breeds
9 pieces per week- for large breeds.
The sticks aren't suitable for puppies under 9 months old, or senior dogs... and there aren't any other varieties of this treat specificly for puppies or senior dogs as some other treats are!
When first opened, the sticks aren't too hard however you can't squish them in your hands! They are just about breakable for me.. the weakling I am haha!
I sometimes break a stick in half for my dog, just to keep him happy for longer! Although he is perfectly fine with a full sized stick.
Tiny dogs may find them hard to chew.
Smell and taste; ....
Each twist is packed with a meaty centre, however in my experience, unlike other treats.. the meat in the sticks doesn't make any mess! I never find any meat stuck to the carpet or trailin the hallway as ive had with other meaty treats.
I can't comment on the taste myself! But my dog loves the treats, he never leaves them untill they are all gone... and there's no getting the treat back once hes got it!
The twisty sticks don't give off any unpleasant smells, which means they are nicely kept in the cupboard without stinking the place out!
These treats also come in jumbo sizes for larger dogs, and I think Its great that the jumbo sticks cost the same as the origional sized ones... as I've seen with a lot of treats the jumbo sizes are at least 50p more!
I would recommend these to anyone, as they are treats with added calcium.. great for keeping down tartar build up... and they aren't a bad price either!
Thank you for reading.
Everytime I do my big food shop I buy a treat for my two dogs, which they are now well aware of and snuffle through the bag till they find it!
Recently I chose bakers meaty twists. The price was £1.69 and for that I had two medium sized chews in the packet which combined weigh 180g.
The packet is mainly blue with the bakers motif dog, a picture of the treat and there is also a clear window which is nice so you can see what the treat is like. On the back is the nutritional information (apparently these are low fat), website, address and phone details for the company, plus a guide on how many your size dog can have in a week.
The chews are a fair size probably ideal for medium size dogs, the bone has a creamy colour outside and a meatylious (apparently) browny red inside. They do not smell particulary to me when you open the packet, only a slight hint of chicken.
As they are low fat they are ideal for dogs which have potential weight.
My dogs love them, but as I have big dogs they chomp threw them in a few minutes, so I would probably go for a larger version next time. Saying this they are hard (I could not break or cut a piece off one with a bread knife); Meaning that they would last smaller dogs quite a while and may not be the best if your dog has poor teeth.
Bakers, a trusted brand that has been around for years now, also provide other various size treats and a dog meal; all of which are at competitive prices.
Bakers Meaty Twists
Description: Brand: Bakers / Food Type: Dog Food
If you have pets then you may have seen these on the shelf. As a dog owner, I often feel that I want to give her treats, but am also very conscious of the fact that these treats should be designed for dogs, rather than humans, so while she may look longingly at my chocolate biscuit, it isn't actually good for her and if I gave her it, I wouldn't be doing her any favours.
On that basis, I try to ensure that we have a supply of goodies intended just for canines so that she can have something nice, which I can give to her without being irresponsible. These treats come in a blue packet with the Bakers logo on the front along with a picture of the treats.
The idea of these is that they are long lasting, they are basically a cream coloured shell, filled with a red/brown filling. The label says that they are low in fat, so you know that you are giving them something that should not make them gain weight (though as with anything, these treats should be fed in moderation - see the pack for details). You can buy these in normal and jumbo sizes. As our dog is medium sized, we buy the normal ones.
These treats are available from most pet stores and supermarkets and the normal ones cost me £1.57 for a twin pack.
The taste test - does she like them? Well I can only judge by the enthusiasm that she demonstrates (a considerable amount!) and the speed that she eats them. These are supposed to be longer lasting that other treats, and while they do last slightly longer, it isn't by much! As soon as we give her one of these, she retires to bed with it and proceeds to scoff it within ten minutes max, so this certainly seems to be the sign of a happy hound!
I will definitely keep buying these, they are a great way to treat our little dog, while knowing that we are giving her something healthy, that she really enjoys. They are easily available to buy and don't smell too bad (unlike some dog treats) when they come out of the packet. If you haven't treated your canine companion to these, then try them soon, I am sure they would appreciate some in their Christmas stocking!
Remember to ensure that you provide a plentiful supply of water at all times.
Dogs needs constant attention, if we are not giving Hazel attention she either cries or jumps on the settee (both her ways of getting our attention!)
The odd time I leave her during the day, be it only for 15 minutes while I hang the washing out (if she comes with me she jumps at it and it ends up very hairy, that's the only reason I keep her inside!) she whines and scratches at the door.
She's a rescue dog and I'm sure whoever had her before us didn't come back for long periods of time, you can tell she isn't sure we'll come back whenever we leave her for any amount of time poor thing.
So this is where the quest for long lasting treats to keep her attention for more than 3 seconds comes in, she needs a distraction from the fact we've left...rawhide ticks all the boxes but I'm sure she'd like some variety.
I found these Bakers Meaty Twists at a shop called The Range in Halifex, all the Bakers treats were around £1.50 each but were on a 3 for the price of 2 offer, I grabbed 2 of these and a packet of Dental sticks.
I've had a look in Supermarkets since and the Meaty Twists RRP seems to be somewhere around £1.70 each which is quite expensive for a single treat.
The Bakers products certainly look the part, the packaging of this one in particular is clear and blue with an image of the product though through the clear end you can see the product itself so you know what you are buying.
There are 2 sizes of Meaty twists; Regular (come in packs of 2) and the one I bought, Jumbo.
The benefits of this chew are claimed as: Longer lasting chew, does not splinter, contains essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy dog and calcium for your doggies bones and teeth.
These are to be fed as a treat, no more than one a week according to the packaging.
I am also told it is a low fat treat.
Meaty twists should not be fed to dogs under 3kg or 9 months in age.
So onto the chew....
"Extra chewy with a meaty middle"
The chew is a traditional bone shape but twisted around so there are more interesting surfaces for your dog to gets its teeth into (literally!) It's cream in colour just like a normal dog bone and in the middle (in place of marrow I guess) is a meaty filling, this is a browny red colour and also in the shape of a bone.
It weighs 200g, its fairly solid and does weigh a fair bit for the size of it! The twist is about 6 inches long and 2 inch across so a decent size. You can feel from the end that the cream bit is rock hard and the red/browny middle is a lot softer, I think the two textures will make it more interesting for a dog.
The outside is meant to be the chewy bit which is long lasting; the softer middle is the reward for all your dogs chewing!
This may sound a bit odd but I had a sniff (don't worry I wouldn't taste it!) and it didn't smell of much at all, her gravy coated biscuits and other treats always smell quite meaty but this seemed plain in comparison.
According to the ingredients list the outside is made up of mostly cereals, pleasingly the inside does actually contain meat; a minimum of 15% it claims.
The first time I gave this twist to Hazel I stayed with her to see how long it lasted¸ she made light work of it to be honest! The outside seemed to my touch to be pretty solid but to her strong jaws it seemed like the equivalent of jelly, it crumbled and went soggy quite fast.
The outside was chewed and swallowed within about 3 minutes, she did slow down when she got to the meaty bit, either because she wasn't so keen or maybe she was savouring the flavour, who knows!
From giving her the chew until she was licking up the last morsels from her rug I would say about 5 minutes passed.
I don't call that long lasting, a rawhide chew of the same size lasts her about 2 hours and costs half of what this did.
She did enjoy it though so it wasn't a complete waste of a pound. She licked up every last crumb from her rug and was licking her lips for hours afterwards so it must have tasted good!
I won't be buying any more of these once she's eaten the other though.
bakers meaty twists concist of a chewy outer shell with a soft meaty middle, the outer shell is very similar to most dog chews, it is a squareish shape that has been twisted slightly. The meat in the middle is very dark in colour.
My dog absolutley loves these chews, the out side is very chewy and takes him quite a while to get through it to his favourite bit, the meat in the middle, my dog sais that this tastes and smells georgeous, well ok he didnt say it but i know that is what he thinks.
These treats contain rice to help with the digestion so they will be easier digested, calcium which we all know is good for teeth and bones aswell as other vitamins and minerals, they are low in fat so technically are actually a treat that is good for my dog.
They are designed not to shatter so there is no worry of him getting bits stuck in his gums or throat providing the greedy dog actually chews them properly.
These are available in two sizes normal for smaller dogs which cost between £1.49 and £1.99 for a pack of two or in jumbo for bigger dogs which are only available as singles at a coat of £1.49 to £1.99 each. The come packaged in a plastic wrapper to keep them fresh and nice for your dog to eat.
These are my favorite treat for my dog as they last him longer than most treats i buy him.
*What are Meaty Twists?*
These are long lasting chew treats for dogs which are made by the Bakers brand, which is part of the Purina company which also produces Go-Cat, Felix, Bonio and Winalot.
*The product itself*
Meaty Twists are very hard chew treats which consist of a hard white coloured shell filled with a brown meaty center. They look like a 'Pedigree Jumbone' which has been held at each end and twisted in different directions, the smell isn't too bad although they don't smell very appertising to me!
These treats come in a blue and red plastic packet which has a picture of the product, the Bakers mascot and the product name. On the back is a guideline telling you how many treats your dog should have in a week. The packet also says they are low in fat so will make a tasty treat for dogs that could do with loosing a few pounds.
*Price & Availabilty*
These treats can be brought from most larger supermarkets and pet stores. I buy these for my dogs from Pets At Home, where they are often on a 3 for 2 deal. There are two sizes available- 'Jumbo' suitable for large to giant dogs which are sold in packs of 1 for £1.49 and normal sized which are suitable for small to medium dogs which are sold in twin packs, priced again at £1.49.
*What my dogs think*
I brought the twin pack of these treats for my two dogs Ruby and Benson. They normally have Pedigree Jumbones but I thought these would make a nice change. Benson is a bernese Mountain Dog so is very big, but this treat lasted him a long while, they seem to be alot harder and chewier than Jumbones. The packet says that these chews are not suitable for senior dogs, which I found a bit odd, however I still gave one to Ruby who is 12 years old as it would be unfair for Benson to have a treat and not her! She ate it with no problems whatsoever!, I suppose they would be unsuitable for very old dogs though who don't have very many teeth, as they are hard to chew!
*Pro's & Con's*
+ Resonable price
+ Low in fat
+ Keeps dogs entertained for a while
+ Chewing action helps clean teeth and exercise jaws
+ No mess, although I wouldn't let your dog eat them on very light coloured carpets as they may stain
- Not suitable for dogs under 5kg in weight
- Not suitable for puppies under 9mths old, or very old dogs
- The ingredients list says there is a minimum of 15% meat in the chew (which is good because most treats contain just 4%) but it doesn't say which kind of meat it is.. wheather it is beef, lamb, chicken, something else? So they may not be suitable for dogs with allergies as you don't know excatly whats in them
I have given my dog Bakers products before as I do, in general, trust the brand. I know he is getting a top quality, nutritious product.
He has always enjoyed Bakers Complete, so when I saw this product I thought it might be good to give him these twists as a treat.
The blue box promises an excellent product and guarantees that these tasty, meaty twists wont splinter in the dogs mouth. They contain vitamins and calcium and rice to aid digestion. (Boy, oh boy does he need that! Phew!)
There is even a picture of a sweet little puppy dog with floppy ears looking excited about the treat he is being offered.
I read the label carefully I swear I did! It said that dogs enjoy this chewy treat. Its a top brand and it cost me £1.49 for each packet. There are two in a bag.
Now, I wouldnt have been so upset if I had just bought one bag but they were on special offer (a BOGOF offer), I bought six packs at a cost of £4.47.
My dogs reaction: Bog off! He wasnt interested in eating these chewy things.
He licked the one I gave him, dropped it on the floor and presented me with a paw that said, OK, so what else have you got?
I tried to tempt him into eating his treat but he wouldnt oblige. I decided to ignore him, leave the offending object on the floor and see what he did.
The next thing I knew he was trying to climb onto my knee and his muddy paws were making a mess everywhere. There was no sign of the treat.
I went out and found it half buried in the garden. My dog doesnt go in for digging projects but he does like to start excavations in different places.
So, thats what he thought of the treat I had bought him.
I still dont understand what it was that put him off eating it. His teeth and gums are very healthy and perfectly capable of chewing this product. He does each Bonio biscuits and they are very hard.
Perhaps its because he is an elderly dog and prefers what he knows. I did write to Bakers to ask if they could shed any light on what might be so different to a dogs sense of taste, but they couldnt help.
So, I ended up with six packs of doggie treats that cost me £4.50 and definitely got the paws down from Sherman. His comment would most certainly be:
The next time you see dog biscuits on sale as a BOGOF, just tell them to BOG OFF if its not my usual brand!
I have 2 dogs and Bakers Meaty Twists are a firm favourite treat for them, not only do they adore the taste they're not messy and theres no sharp bits that may harm their gums.
Depending on which store you shop at these treats are at an average of around 1.50 for 2 twists.
The only thing dissapointing with this product is that they don't last very long, my dogs polish them off in around 15 - 20 minutes.
All in all Bakers Meaty Twists are a good treat, your dog is bound to love them!
In order to provide variety for my dog, I constantly change the treats I let her have in between meals. Her main meals always stay the same but her treats vary and this week I picked up the Bakers Meaty Twists from Sainsburys. They are not the cheapest treat at £1.45 for 2, by a long shot but she will only have one every other day in between her Bonios so it shouldnt add too much to the pet food bill.
Opening the shiny, plastic bag type housing the chews was easy. You simply tear one corner down, like a packet of Maltersers and out slips one of the chews. Thankfully there are only 2 in the packet; otherwise this style of packaging would maybe present a problem in storage and keeping the chews enclosed.
The Meaty Twists are well named actually, as they are shaped like a bar of steel that has been held at each end and twisted in different directions. The outer part is meant to represent the bone and is quite hard to the touch, although you can pierce it with a fingernail if you push hard, so it is not brittle like normal bone, rather hard in a soft kind of way, if that makes sense! Inside the outer part of the Twist is a soft centre, with a meaty flavour, running right the way through.
The Twists are about 13cm long and around 3cm deep/wide, so it is a substantial chew for your dog and may even be slightly too big for a smaller dog like a Chihuahuas. In fact the packaging does say that these chews are unsuitable for dogs under 9 months old and dogs under 3kg. This may be a very important factor so please bear in mind when buying. It says Border Collies, like Chloe, can have 3-7 per week of these treats and I would say that is about right, although I would lean towards 3, rather than 7 due to price and the size of chew means if they were to eat one everyday you would be significantly increasing their diet, even though these chews are low in fat.
I am happy to let my dog have them for a few weeks or so as they do contain essential vitamins and calcium for her teeth and bones, and at one chew every couple of days she will not really be affected in terms of diet increase.
So overall, these chews seems very good, except the price, which could be a lot smaller!! All that is left is the taste test as usual and Chloe has done the honours for me again. I gave the chew to her last night, about an hour and a half after her main meal. She sniffed the outstretched offering for a full ten seconds before gently taking it in her teeth and carrying off down the hallway. This is unusual in itself for her as it usually, grab, run, gobble. Watching her as she laid down, with the chew on the floor in front of her, I clicked on the stopwatch I had ready as soon as she started to eat. Amazingly, it took nearly five minutes for her to get through this chew. This is a record length for her as it is usually under the minute mark.
I determined from this reaction that she really enjoyed the new treat I had given her. She wanted to savour it as it obviously smelt really good to her (and her only, believe me!) and I am really chuffed it took so long to eat as it means she will digest it easier and the scraping on her teeth to help remove plaque will have been prolonged, which can only be a good thing.
So thats a thumbs up from me and a thumbs up from Chloe thanks for reading! Bark!