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You can currently purchase 300g of Jacob's Cream Crackers from Tesco for ninety pence which are presented in their famous and bold orange packaging. You can find less expensive and own label versions of the cream cracker but the offering from Jacob's is seen as the quality market leader. Cream crackers are made of wheat and are extremely dry; in fact you would not really attempt to eat these by themselves as they are so dry that they become almost too difficult to eat. They are also on their own fairly tasteless.
However they are very versatile as they really come in to their own when you add toppings to them. The classic addition to a cream cracker is usually some kind of spread and then cheese but the possibilities are endless involving salads, relishes and pickles. The world really is your oyster as you can add as little or as much as you wish. Each cracker is on average 35 calories and just over a gram of fat so they are nutritionally very reasonable, so good for those eating healthily or on a diet. You have to be careful what you add in the way of toppings for flavour though as obviously this can increase the calorie intake and fat content dramatically, so something to remember.
These crackers are free from artificial colours and preservatives which is good to know. A good game to play with these is to try and eat a predetermined about of crackers in a minute and then try and whistle without drinking any water, as well as being quite fun to some extent it also demonstrates exactly how dry these are and proves that you need to add a little something to make them enjoyable and tasty. When I was younger my friend and I watched the first Wallace and Gromit short, A Grand Day Out and we ate quite a lot of cheese and crackers after that, they are cracking!
I realised as soon as I decided to write a review on Jacob's Crackers, that I have very little experience when it comes to other rival brands.
Quite simply, I've always purchased Jacob's Crackers, so I can't honestly say that compared to other crackers, these are the best.
However, what I can say, is that in all the many years that I have been buying them, they have never disappointed. Which isn't bad considering I probably consume two 300g packets per month. So over the course of a year that's.. erm.... lots!
On there own they are, I must admit, dry and rather bland.
With company though, they are outstanding.
Cheese and crackers = the perfect double act (definitely a savoury Morecambe & Wise rather than Cannon & Ball)
These crackers are not adverse to a threesome and will quite happily sit there with cheese and tomato on top of them. In fact they are very open minded when it comes to toppings and anything goes! I'm rather partial to something sweet with my crackers and can often be found spreading copious amounts of jam on them. Delightful!
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Yeast.
Nutritional Value Per Cracker:
Energy - 35kcal
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrate - 5.4g
of which sugars - 0.1g
Fat - 1.1g
of which saturates - 0.3g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium* - less than 0.1g
*Salt Equivalent - 0.1g
Contains Gluten & Wheat Flour
As you can see they are very low in calories, but then again, you're probably going to plop something tasty on top so it's pretty much irrelevant. They have reduced the saturated fat content by 30% and I haven't noticed anything lacking in the flavour so fairplay to them.
At a cost of 65p for 200g and 75p for a 300g pack, they are hardly an extravagance and really handy to have in the cupboard just in case you have a snack attack.
Oh and by the way....
Remember to keep them in an airtight container once you've opened a pack, unless you want them to go soft.
Thanks for reading.
Apologies for the summary but I asked my son who is 13 to suggest something suitable and this was his reply, word for word!
Whenever we had crackers in our house when we were growing up they were always Jacobs so I have never considered trying any other brand. Jacobs Cream crackers are small square savoury biscuits made with wheat, flat on one side and little holes punched into the other. They are very crunchy and dry with a slight creamy taste if they are eaten on their own but are delicious with various toppings.
Jacobs cream crackers have been around as long as I can remember and out of interest I did a little research and discovered they were first manufactured by William Jacob around 1885.
I had not had these crackers for a few years I had scrubbed them off my shopping list mainly due to the fact when I bought them I could eat half a packet in the morning smothered in marmalade and the other half at lunch time with strong cheddar cheese on. The crackers themselves are quite low in calories but the toppings are definitely not. The crackers were out of sight and out of mind for me until I saw an advert about Jacobs's crackers which told us they are now with 30% less saturated fat.
This was my excuse to pick a packet up on my next shop to "test" if they still tasted the same and on looking at the packet saw that they had reduced the saturated fat in 2009 from 6.2g to 4.1g per 100 grams, not bad now there is only 8.2g saturated fat in a whole of a 200g packet.
Now to put them to the test. Determined not to fall into the cheddar cheese trap again I passed by the hard cheese and picked up a packet of low fat spread cheese and on getting home made a cuppa and a few crackers with the spread cheese.
There is no difference in the taste of the crackers they are still exactly the same so well done to the manufacturers for giving us a healthier cracker with the same great taste.
Jacobs Cream crackers contain 35 calories, 1.1g fat and 0.3g saturates per cracker and are sold in 200g packs and 300g packs at around 65p and 75p respectively.
Jacob's Cream Crackers
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Since I was younger I have always enjoyed the simplicity of crackers as a quick and easy snack or light lunch. I especially like them with a spread of margerine, lump of cheese and tomatoes or cucumber. I have also tried and enjoyed cottage cheese and marmite as options to put on my crackers.
Cream crackers are a flat square savory biscuit and approximately 8cm squared (size of a post-it note). Jacob's were the first comapany to produce crackers in 1885, and at the height of their popularity Jacob's held a 50% share of the market.
They are cream and brown in colour, with one side quite flat and the other more bumpy and flakey. On the flatter side the following words are imprinted into the biscuit; " Jacob & Co. Cream Crackers".
Taste & Texture
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They are dry, crunchy and flakey to eat. This doesn't really make them sound all that appealing, but add some creamy margerine and a chunk of cheese and they become quite an appealing mouthful! Eaten plain I think they are too dry so I would advise that they are consumed with a spread or topping. In terms of taste you can pick up wheat and yeast, and they smell of baked bread.
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The following ingredients are listed on the packaging; Wheat flour, Vegetable oil, Salt, Bicarbonate and Yeast. For those who have intolerences this product contains gluten.
Each cracker contains:
of which sugars=0.1g
of which saturates=0.3g
Jacob's claim on the packaging that these crackers are a good source of fibre and contain no artificial colours of flavourings or hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Packaging & Price
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Jacob's crackers come in a bright orange plastic wrapper with all the usual information included, such as nutritional information, ingredients, weight, contact details and brand name. The brand name and product description is displayed in a black diamond shape on the front of the pack making it easy to see and stand out against the orange background. Also on the front is a picture of the cream crackers with cheese and tomatoes as a topping (see picture).
These crackers are available in two different sized packet, either 200g or 300g. I most recently bought the 300g packet for 0.75p in Tesco.
Overall I think that they are a quick and easy snack to enjoy. Limited fuss and you will have something that is appealing to eat. I think best served with cheese!
Thanks for reading x
Jacob's Cream Crackers is something I remember eating as a child along with Ryvita which I remember particularly disliking. I had rather forgotten of their existence until I saw them on a colleague's desk and feeling a bit peckish grabbed one to snack on and I really liked it. Since then I have eaten loads of them.
Some people, particularly health conscious people, or those on diets, eat these as an alternative to biscuits or cakes but me I need my sugar so I don't do that. I see them as a bread replacement and tend to have mine with cheese but not cheese chunks or slices as is traditional, I like to dip mine in Philadelphia cheese spread at lunch time.
These crackers come in 300g packs for 70p or you can buy a double pack of two 200g packs for 85p at Sainsburys. They seem to have 33% extra free in the single versions at the moment too so it's a cheap food to buy and a good thing to keep in the store cupboard as unlike bread it won't go mouldy, though perhaps a bit soft with time.
These crackers come in simple orange packaging with the name printed onto a back diamond shpaed background. There is a picture of some crackers and cheese as a serving suggestion. Each cracker contains 35 calories.
These crackers are of course a bit dry and I wouldn't eat just these for lunch, I do like to have something with it though if I just grab one for a quick snack then I will eat it dry but they are not really really dry because they do genuinely seem to have a creamy edge to them which stops them becoming unbearable in taste. They are also quite crumbly and if you try and break them, then the remnants will end up on the carpet without fail so be aware.
In my humble opinion, I feel that it is of utmost importance that I always have a packet of Jacobs cream crackers in the back of my kitchen unit. These are one of the most versitile basic ingredients there is. You can either go the whole hog and create a cracker extravaganza with cheese, ham , salad, relish, pickle and the like. Or you can have a couple of these crackers with a low fat spread to munch on while watching tv.
I have always loved Jacobs crackers. As a child, we would have them for tea on a sunday night as a light supper was just the tonic after a large roast lunch. We would have the crackers with butter, thin slices of cheese, ham and pickled onions. Oh how such a simple snack can conjour up feelings of perfect times.
Out of my family now, my son loves Jacobs cream crackers the most. He would eat them all the time if he had his own way. He is strange though in the fact that he likes them plain. No butter, nothing. I dont understand how he can eat them like this as I am assuming they would make your mouth very dry. But he is the world champion at eating dry crackers in record time. (this is not a bad thing as he may win quite a few bets in the pub with this trick in the future)
Right, down to business. These Jacobs crackers were founded in 1885. So it is safe to say that they have pretty valid experience in making crackers. These wheaty, square snacks are claimed to made using the finest wheat. I think that this is apparent when tasting these deliciously crunchy crackers.
The crackers come in a bright orange packet. This packet has the Jacobs logo printed in white lettering against a black background. This packaging has not really changed at all in my memory of the snack. I think this is great as you can pick out the Jacobs crackers on the supermarket shelf with great ease.
On theback of the packet there is a comprehensive list of ingredients. There isalso an easy to understand chart containing nutritional information. It does also offer dietry advice in the form of allergy information.
Each Jacob cracker contains a very reasonable 35kcal. I think this is exceptional as an alternative to a sandwhich at lunch time. Especially if you are watching your calorie intake. These crackers are also claimed to be a good source of fibre.
The flavour of these crackers is basically wheaty. On their own they can taste very boring. However when a topping is added these crackers add a great wheaty crunch to proccedings. The Cream crackers are very crumbly and indeed quite creamy. They do however always leave a slightly bitter aftertaste in my mouth. I am assuming this is down to the fact that they are so very dry.
I would certainly recommend these crackers as a great snack and alternative to a sandwhich. My son sometimes loves to have these for his packed lunch with a smearing of strawberry jam. I however love a ploughmans lunch with these crackers and they certainly bring a great wheaty texture to the dish.
Normally I would say that there is not very much difference when buying branded to cheaper products. However I have to state that for crackers I will always stick to Jacobs. I have indeed tried cheaper alternatives in the past and have to say I could really tell the difference. In both taste and appearance.
Jacob's Cream Crackers have always been a popular snack in our house. They are a flatish, square, savoury biscuit and are the most well known cracker in the U.K.
Jacob's crackers are a combination of pale cream coloured cracker, with darker brown bubbled areas. The bubbles flake and crumble when you bite into them. They do not have much of a flavour on their own but they are great with a topping. My personal favourite topping will be the same as the majority: cheese. I also like mine with a twist though, as I absolutely love putting cheese and strawberry jam on mine. This combination of sweet and savoury cannot be beaten. The hard crunchy savoury biscuit, topped with smooth, mild cheese and sweet strawberry jam is a sensation for the taste buds. As well as making a great snack, you can eat them as a light lunch. They are lovely with Philadelphia cream cheese and sliced cucumber or a thick spreading of pate.
Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Yeast.
Jacob's Cream Crackers contain gluten. They are free from artificial colours, flavours and have no hydrated vegetable oil.
They are a good source of fibre and are suitable for vegetarians.
*Nutritional Value Per Cracker*
Energy - 35kcal
Protein - 0.8g
Carbohydrate - 5.4g
of which sugars - 0.1g
Fat - 1.1g
of which saturates - 0.3g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium* - less than 0.1g
*Salt Equivalent - 0.1g
Jacob's Cream Crackers are available in Tesco, in 3 different sized packs:
Snackpacks with 8 individual packs - £1.08
200g pack - 65p
300g pack - 70p
Jacob's Cream Crackers make a great low calorie snack. They combine well with a variety of toppings, to suit all tastes. They are great value too, especially the 300g pack at 70p.
If you are looking for a change from the average digestive or tea biscuit or fancy a low calorie lunch, these are well worth trying out and I would be more than happy to recommend them.
I know it seems weird, but I actually like to eat just plain crackers, and these are my favorite. Of course after a couple, I need a drink to help wash them down, but I still like to eat a few plain crackers now and then!
As crackers go, its hard to be anything other than just a cracker, but I have found there to be a bit more taste and substinance to Jacobs cream crackers than there is to other brands. They just seem to have more bite, crunch and texture to them, and this for me puts them at the top of the cracker board.
I also enjoy these crackers with peanut butter, cheese, butter, cucumber and a few other things. You can basically put anything you like on them for a nice quick and tasty snack anytime day or night.
They are usually quite cheap in most supermarkets, so pick yourself up a packet today, as they are great to have in the kitchen cupboard for when you are in a snacky mood, trust me, its a great idea.
Due to my wife's recent attempt at losing a few pounds I have been reminded of how dull and boring Jacob`s cream crackers can be and also how to make them bearable. They are a dull snack on their own but then everything that is seen to be good for you is a little drab and boring.
The good thing about Jacobs cream crackers is that they can be made interesting but in doing so I take away the whole good for you part so I am probably best sticking to the fattening things I like anyway.
I can remember years ago a challenge that went on and people reckoned there was a set amount of these crackers that it was simply impossible to eat dry without a drink as they are so dry they just stuck up your mouth and throat.
Ok so they are crackers and they are very dry, we have established that, I can also tell you that they have only 1.1g of fat per cracker so we now also know they are good in a low fat diet, so now here is how to make them interesting and tasty.
You can have these in many ways, with butter, with spreading cheese or pate`s, with slices of cheddar cheese or perhaps even cheese and pickle but my favourite and the way I always eat them when my wife sees fit to buy them is to melt cheese on them and add a slice of tomato and a pinch of salt, delicious but sadly the melted cheese means they are no longer low in fat!
How can you possibly get enthused over such a ridiculously boring savoury snack. I persist in buying them, yet aren't they so very very dull! The humble cream cracker is possibly even more tedious than the water biscuit. And why do they call them cream crackers? I am yet to come across any cream in them.
A cream cracker is a dry savoury biscuit designed for eating with cheese. If you are exceedingly boring you can have them with just plain old margarine or butter. And if you're a right stick in the mud, why not have one dry. I don't recommend this, as it would be like eating cardboard.
Square shaped and prone to cracking if you exert even the slightest bit of force on it, I always buy them last when I shop. If they're at the bottom of your basket you will have a nice packet of dust by the time you get home!
The Jacob's crackers are easy enough to spread things on, if you grip them at both edges. Sometimes they will crack, but then that is part of the challenge! I always like to see how many I can do before one breaks.
It has to be said, they are best served with many things piled on top of them. By this I mean cottage cheese, celery, marmite, stilton, bovril, cherries, etc. If you don't do this you will be facing a very bland snack.
A pack will last you about two weeks, but be careful to wrap the packaging back down because the top biscuit can sometimes go a bit soggy if left exposed to air. They are great value though at about thirty odd pence for a pack, so no quibbles there. I shall continue to buy them and frown at how tedious they are in the meantime!
When I'm a bit peckish and fancy a little nibble, there is nothing easier and faster to prepare than Jacobs Crackers topped with generous slices of cheese .
They come in a bright orange wrapper, with the jacobs logo in black and a big black diamond with the word Cream Crackers written on it. There is an image of some topped crackers to give you an idea of how to eat them . The packaging also contains all the nutritional and ingredient information, and it cost me 76p for my 600g pack .
Opening the pack is easy, there is a small tab you pull which takes off one end of the pack . I would recommend that once you open these you pop them into an airtight container, preferably a proper cracker keeper, as they lose their freshness quite quickly and start to lose that satisfying crunch.
The crackers are square with as bumpy surface and some small holes in them . They are a nice pale golden colour, and really look very appetsing . You can eat them just on their own, and they taste fine, but they are very dry and you'll soon be needing a drink . I recommend at the very least spreading with a little butter or marge, which helps them slide down much easier.
I generally top mine with a good mature cheddar, but these work with so many other things - pickle, cheese spread, jam, marmite , pate - the crackers themselves are quite bland, with only a slight wheaty taste, so they lend themselves perfectly to any kind of spread or topping .
Per cracker there are 34 calories with 1.1g of fat . Not too bad, but I can never stop at one, and I never eat them plain . But, depending on your topping, they can easily be part of a healthy meal.
Overall, I really rate these crackers - they make a quick and easy snack, are cheap, and very versatile . The only downside is that unless properly stored they lose their freshness very quickly , which is a bit of a pain in the bum .
I love Jacobs Cream Crackers because they make a good snack or you can have them with a salad. They are just as good with plain butter as they are dressed up with other stuff.
They need a savoury topping really but I've put chocolate spread on them before and it's not that bad.
The very best way of eating these I reckon is plain and simple cheese and pickle on the top. Butter the crackers, top with thin slices of cheese and then a teaspoon of pickle. Yummy.
They're not filling on their own but you can put a topping on them that will make them more filling. I've had them with tinned red salmon before and that's nice and filling, make sure you put the salmon on just before you're going to eat them though because it will make the cracker go soggy otherwise.
The taste of them is very unusual and hard to describe, they've got a bit of a burnt flavour and taste healthy even though they're not that low in fat compared to Ryvita! They're not salty tasting but have deffo got a savoury flavour, they're not as dry as they look either even though cream crackers have got a very crunchy texture.
They keep well as long as you put them in an airtight container, but if you don't do that then they will go stale and soft very quick. Once they start going soft they lose a lot of their flavour and to me are inedible then so I always put mine in the special cracker container in the breadbin! lol
Arent Jacob's Cream Crackers fabulous? They make a perfect light lunch or late supper and have been around for years and years. Established in 1885 Jacobs have been making these little squares of chrunchy goodness for us to enjoy for generations.
For the most part the packaging has remained the same over the years, the orange rectangular packet still has a serving suggestion picture of 2 crackers with cheese and tomato on and in a more health concious age we are now informed that there is "30% less saturated fat" but "Same great taste" in an eyecatching yellow box.
GDA information is listed on the side of the pack with each cracker containing:
Jacobs even point out the benefits of their cream crackers which are:
A Good Source of Fibre
No Artificial Colours or Flavours
No Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
And even suggest toppings for our crackers:
Brie and Tomato Relish
Thick Cut Marmalade
Personally, though for me, you cant beat a cream cracker with a thin scraping of butter or margarine topped off with either grated or sliced cheese. They make a lovely change if you dont fancy the stodginess of bread and you dont need to eat many before you feel satisfied.
There are very few ingrediants that go into creating a Jacobs Cream Cracker, just Wheat flour, Vegetable oil, Saly, Raising Agent and Yeast, although the product does contain Gluten so those with allergies must be aware.
There are many other crackers out there to choose from and with Jacobs being a premium brand you can expect to pay a few pennies more than supermarket or value brands. However, there are some things that are worth paying that little extra for and these are one of them. At around £1.70 - £2.00 for a 300g pack you get around 40 crackers in a pack so excellent value for money.
5/5 from me, cant fault them one bit.
Jacobs make the original cream crackers and although there are many copies, most of them much cheaper than Jacobs on our shelves I still usually go for these just because no one can quite make the cream cracker the same as Jacobs can.
The cream cracker itself is a really dry hard but flaky layered cracker that tastes great with most toppings put on it. Iv never tried to eat one of these dry but I can only imagine how much they would dry your mouth up, so I usually eat these with either butter or jam on as these make such a great snak if you fancy something light to eat.
However you can have many different things on these crackers as the crackers themselves are fairly plain tasting so a lot of different toppings would go well with them.
These can be bought in packs in which you do get quite a lot in a pack, there usually about 70-80p for a pack, which isn't too bad as they do seem to last a while. However they can go soggy if you don't eat them soon enough and they do break easily so you do often get home and find you have a lot of broken ones in your pack, but apart from that, a great product.
Jacobs Cream Crackers
Although Jacobs Crackers have been around a good long while they really have had a second breath of life thanks to Wallace and Gromit, and Wallaces obsession with Jacobs Cream Crackers topped with Wensleydale Cheese.
Highly visible in their bright orange packaging you can't fail to miss them on the supermarket shelves. Showing Cheese ladden crackers topped with tom's and allready I fancy one.
The packaging is to be honest a bit of a let down for the fact that it is not resealable. I have lost cont of the times I have ended up throwing out stale, ie damp or soft stale crackers. After all who can eat that many in one go.
In this day and age of striving to save the pennies my wife has taken to put them in tupperware, god I hate tupperware. It's to be found in most of the kitchen cupboards, anyhow back to the review.
The cracker can simply not be eaten dry, try it and you could end up chocking. It simply absorbs every bit of moisture in your mouth. I believe there is a world record for eating 3 dry crackers in under 1 minute but not too sure on that.
Quite simply the cracker is tasty with almost anything you decide to put on it from cream cheese with cucumber, butter and plain cheese, branston pickle and my son reckons he made a strawberry jam sandwich with 2 crackers in his student days!
The taste is lovely and I really can't fault it, not too salty like some other crackers currently on the market and not too tiny either, a palm sized snack.
At 55p from Tescos a decent buy although of course you need to buy an accompliment. A cracker that will be around for a long time whilst other contenders will fall by the wayside.
Give them a try, pop some in your cupboard and have one instead of a chocky bar or a packet of crisps if you get the munchies.
1.1g of Fat
0.4g of Sat Fat
Trace of Sodium.