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      31.10.2013 10:10
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      Good value jaffa cakes that satisfy my need for a sweet treat!

      INTRODUCTION Hubby and I are having to increasingly tighten our belt with the household finances, but we still enjoy treats and wherever possible I like to buy us cheap, nice munchies on my weekly grocery shop. After buying essentials I always head to the Sainsbury's biscuit aisle, and these Basics Jaffa Cakes often make their way into my trolley! PRODUCT DESCRIPTION A pack of 24 cakes costs around 85p. The Basics Jaffa Cakes come packaged in a cardboard box. The front design is similar to that seen above, although the newer boxes also include a 'nutrition wheel' with the traffic light red/amber/green colour coding which gives a breakdown of the calories, fats, salt and sugar in each cake. The back of the box contains a full nutritional breakdown and ingredients list. According to the box, these cakes contain sponge, 37% orange flavour filling and 21% plain chocolate, which I consider pretty decent for cakes that cost less tha 4p each! The package also states that the plain chocolate used contains a minimum of 30% Cocoa Solids, which again I consider pretty good. These jaffa cakes have allergy warnings as they contain egg, wheat gluten and soya, and they state that they aren't suitable for milk allergy sufferers. The jaffa cakes themselves come packaged in two plastic-sealed cellophane wraps, each containing 12 cakes. They are easy to open by simply tearing the top of the plastic. I find that these cakes transport well and I haven't had any squished during transit. The circular cakes are around 5cm in diameter, with a dark chocolate coating on the top, sponge on the bottom and the orange layer sandwiched in between. USER EXPERIENCE I think these jaffa cakes taste lovely. They are a little smaller than the branded variety, but not enough to justify the extra expense of buying the 'proper' brand. The chocolate tastes nice but not overly sweet and the orange layer is smooth. My one slight complaint with this product is that the sponge layer is a bit harder than I would like - even fresh out of the packet it is a little dry and crunchy - more like a biscuit layer than a cake. I'm knocking off one star for this flaw. I have found these jaffa cakes store well in a sealed plastic box, maintaining flavour and consistency for up to a week after being opened, that is as long as Hubby doesn't find them and scoff them! CONCLUSIONS I think these jaffa cakes are great value for money and a good addition to the Sainsbury's Basic range. They satisfy my need for a sweet treat but I can't pig out on them as they're too filling - two or three at one sitting is more than enough!

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        05.08.2012 21:24
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        Taste nice, good enough for me

        I have a very sweet tooth and although a prefer chocolate to biscuits and cakes, Jaffa cakes are an exception. Jaffa cakes are light sponge cakes with orange jam centre covered with chocolate. Yummy yummy. I buy them on a regular basis (every week on weekly shop) and due to my favourite McVities Jaffa's being quite pricey, I have started buying these Sainsbury's Basic Jaffa cakes. Sainsbury's basic Jaffa cakes are packed in very simple very cheap looking white cardboard box with red writing on it. There is 24 Jaffa cakes in the box neatly packed in the 2 see through foils pack, each containing 12 Jaffa's. The box clearly states the name of the product; it has a nutrition wheel chart on the front and more information and ingredient list at the back. I do not mind cheap look, considering the cost, I would not expect fancy packaging. The taste of them is not bad, they taste like Jaffa cakes, quite tasty actually but they are definitely not McVities. They still manage to disappear in my household with the speed of light though. They look little uneven (this is not an issue for me) no one Jaffa matches the other but they all have sponge, jam centre and chocolate on the top. Main issue I have with some these is the sponge. Is not as soft as McVities Jaffa's and there have been times when sponge was rock hard yet Jaffa's have been in date! They go down well thought when dunked in the tea/coffee. Jam filling is on a stingy side but amount of chocolate on them is ok, well, enough for me, my hubby and my daughter at least. Jaffa cakes are quite low in calories (well definitely a lot better than chocolate). One Jaffa cake contains just 1g of fat and 42 calories which is a good news if you are trying to watch what you eat just like me and still want to treat yourself (unless you eat whole pack like I manage to do sometimes). Sainsbury's basic Jaffa cakes cost currently 0.85p per pack of 24 which is bargain comparing to McVities pack of 24 which normally cost £2.19. I would recommend Sainsbury's basics Jaffa cakes, they are not as good as original McVities but for me they taste perfectly fine and I will definitely purchase them again as a cheap alternative. Givin 4/5 as sponge could be little softer.

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        10.08.2011 17:32
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        Jaffa cakes from Sainsbury's basics range

        Jaffa cakes are my favourite biscuit/cake (not getting into that debate!) but I tend to go through the whole box in one or two sittings which makes funding my jaffa cake habit costly! I'd always bought the branded jaffa cakes before retailing at anything from £1-3 depending on where I shopped and if there were any offers. So when I spotted these Sainsbury's basics jaffa cakes for 72p I decided to give them a try. The box contains 24 jaffa cakes and to look at the box is like any other basics product - white with orange writing nothing special or fancy about the packaging. Inside is a cellophane bag containing the jaffa cakes. The cellophane bag means that the freshness of the jaffa cakes is sealed in and I tend to reseal the bag using a peg or an elastic band to pro-long the freshness further. Inside the jaffa cakes look exactly like the branded ones: a sponge topping which encases a thin slither of jaffa orange jam and a dark chocolate base. I have to say I could barely taste the difference between these and the branded jaffa cakes. Prehaps the only difference is that the chocolate base on the branded ones is tastier but other than that I was pleasantly surprised at the great taste! Other than the chocolate base everything else was the same: the look, the smell, the size. Given that this treat is considerably cheaper than the branded jaffa cakes I don't feel as guilty when I munch my way through the whole box! The thing for me which lets this product down is it's high sugar content there is 6g of sugar per jaffa cake and 53.0g per 100g which I feel is disproportionately high. Ingredients Glucose-fructose Syrup, Plain Chocolate (21%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin;vanilla), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Egg, Sugar Solution, Dextrose, Concentrated Orange Juice (7% Orange Juice Equivalent), Citric Acid, Humectant: Glycerol, Gelling Agent: Pectins, Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Trisodium Citrate. Plain Chocolate Contains Cocoa Solids 30% Minimum.

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          27.06.2011 11:25
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          An overall good biscuit or cake whatever you wish to brand it at a good price!

          The basics jaffa is a jaffa the same as any other jaffa in design and appearance. There is the firm round cakey base with some orange flavoured jelly or in this case called jam topped with a smooth ample layer of chocolate on top. Priced at 72p for 24 jaffas (thats a double pack) you get two clear plastic wrapped packs of 12 within the classic sainsburys basics packaging of a white box with orange writing. These jaffa cakes are perfectly enjoyable, slightly smaller than your leading brand jaffa but still tasty. The part about these i found does separate them from popular brands is the orange centre is more of a sweet sticky sort of orange rather than a refreshing citrus taste of orange. The cake is a much paler colour than the golden colour you get with branded and is slightly harder but in no means dry. The chocolate is a milk chocolate more than a dark chocolate but good quality tasting none the less. I feel taken out of the pack and put on a plate for coffee with friends they wouldnt stand out as being basics biscuits and calculating at 36p for 12 jaffas compared to others is a huge saving and worth losing the tang for. These biscuits are found on the usual aisle with your everyday biccies digestives etc.

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          18.09.2010 21:04
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          Nice cake and value for money.

          When I was on a recent visit to Sainsbury's I saw these Jaffa Cakes for only 72p for a pack of 24 and thought they appeared a very good price for the amount in the pack, and so I thought I would give them a go and see if I liked them, since I am constantly eating sweet foods and have a very sweet tooth. They come in a box, the packaging is very basic and in the usual colours of orange and white of the cheaper range from the store, inside the cakes are wrapped in a plastic bag to keep them nice and fresh. Each biscuit is a nice round size and the same size as the branded ones, they look almost the same to me, and they are nice tasting too, they have a nice tangy orange taste and the texture of them is very good, the quality of these are brilliant for the price and I enjoyed eating them but once I had opened the packet, I could not resist eating most of them, once I had started eating. The middle has a nice orange tangy taste and it is nice and soft to eat, they also have a nice soft biscuit surrounding the orange centre and then covered with plain chocolate, they are soft and when they are eaten, the combination of the biscuit and the orange centre, are perfect together and are yummy and the quality of the chocolate is super. My grandchildren ate some of these too and really enjoyed them, they are very satisfying for a nice little treat for them and myself, they are easy enough for them to chew and swallow. I gave some of my guests these to eat and they did not even notice they were a lower brand and they went down well and they all enjoyed them enormously. Each cake contains 42 calories, 5.7g sugars, 1.0g fat and 0.2g of fibre. These cakes also have a nice plain soft chocolate coating them and when they are first eaten they have a nice crunch to them and the biscuit and the centre, along with the chocolate are divine together. i found these are not much difference from the branded ones and I think they good value for money and worth every penny. I think for the price these are an excellent buy, they are super quality and very good value for the money and I will be buying them again in the future and I highly recommend them for anyone to give them a go. I rate them 5 stars.

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            22.07.2010 15:28
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            Fantastic value and taste

            INTRODUCTION   Jaffa cakes are the cause of many a food based argument - are they are a cake or a biscuit?  This review will not discuss the identity of the jaffa or try to find resolution to the "cake / biscuit" debate - I just want to write about the qualities of Sainsbury's Basics Jaffa Cakes.   The product's one liner blurb on the packaging says "some jam, some chocolate, definitely jaffa" - an apt description.  As with the rest of the Sainsbury's Basics range, you get a basic product, minimally presented and containing fuss free ingredients (I'll give all my dooyoo miles to charity if they ever bring out a Sainsbury's Basics jar of caviar!) but actually with an end result that is far from basic.     I would even suggest that if Sainsbury's decided to conduct an experiment by using the Basics range Jaffa cakes and substituting the packaging with that of a more "fancy" range, most of us probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference.   TASTE   The chocolate covering the top half of each biscuit is plain chocolate - don't worry if you are more in the "dairy milk" than the "Bournville" camp, the slight bitterness of the plain chocolate works well with the sweetness of the orange jam.   The orange jam (or orange flavour filling) is what gives the jaffa cake it's sweetness - a circular disc which is slightly larger than a two pence piece sits in the middle of the top of the sponge, and is covered in the plain chocolate.  The orange filling isn't completely a chemically synthetic dieticians' nightmare - there are some natural ingredients in there, the largest component being glucose-fructose syrup which is a natural ingredient.   The sponge is light and sweet, containing wheat flour and eggs - allergy sufferers have my sympathy if they are medically restricted from tasting these jaffa cakes because of this.  Ask a friend to peel away the sponge for you and keep the anaphylactic shock pen close by instead - they're worth the risk!   VALUE   You get 24 for 72p from Sainsbury's - that works out at 3p per jaffa cake!  The box is typically "basically" presented, as you would expect from the Basic range, and contains two plastic wrapped cylinders of 12 cakes per cylinder.  The cost of 3p per jaffa cake makes these well worth a look in my opinion.   SUMMARY   Another fantastic product from the Sainsbury's Basics range disproving the myth that quality costs more.  Oh, and in my opinion, it's a mortal sin to dunk jaffa cakes in a brew - save the dunking for rich teas and digestives!    

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              24.06.2010 18:13
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              A cheap treat.

              I love McVitie's Jaffa cakes, but due to present economic circumstances I decided to test out the Sainsbury's Basics version, and I was very glad that I had. Their Jaffa Cakes are thin sponge 'cakes' with a disc of orangey jelly on top, covered in a very thin layer of plain chocolate. The chocolate is almost imperceptible, despite the fact that it says on the packet that they have got twenty two percent of plain chocolate, and as far as I can tell, its only purpose it to keep the orangey bit in. The cakes are light and fluffy in texture and have a reasonable amount of jam inside. The jam is sweet and has a zingy orange flavour. I thought they were simply delicious! alternative. You are advised on the packaging that they are not suitable for milk allergy sufferers. They come packaged in a 'Basics style'cardboard box which is divided into two inside, with two packs of twelve cakes wrapped in plastic to keep them fresh. Each cake has forty two calories. There are twenty four Jaffa cakes in all, and they cost sixty five pence, so they therefore cost less than three pence each. The McVitie's ones are about ten pence each so there is a big difference, and for the money I certainly found the Sainsbury's ones a very acceptable alternative. With all the imminent cutbacks and price rises it will be important to feel as if you can still have some treats. With these Jaffa cakes you can.

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              25.05.2010 13:06
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              A massive success for the Basics range

              I defy anybody to successfully tell the difference between Sainsburys Basics Jaffa Cakes and the McVities variety. Honestly, the Sainsbury's Basics variety are just as munchable and moreish as the branded varieties and are just a fraction of the price. For the uninitiated, Jaffa Cakes are sponge biscuits (or are they cakes?), topped with an orangey jelly and smothered in dark chocolate. I could quite happily sit and eat these until the cows come home. At 54p for a packet of 24 they really are fantastic value, and significantly cheaper than the branded varieties. As you would expect, the packaging is not as lively as the branded varieties but you are not buying them to be entertained by the box, are you? The packaging gives a good amount of nutritional info which is clearly and concisely presented. The quality of these Jaffa Cakes really is sublime. Cake and biscuit conoiseurs may be able to detect a slight grainy quality to the chocolate used in the Sainsbury's Basics variety but you have to look really hard to notice it. The sponge is fresh and springy and the orange jelly is as tangy and satisfying as you would want it to be. Nutritionally speaking, there are certainly healthier snacks available. At 42kcal and 1g of fat per cake they seem healthy enough; the problem comes when you polish off a whole 24 pack in one sitting (I've managed this a fair few times). So, try not to get carried away with the great taste and exercise some restraint! I can't fault these Jaffa Cakes. They taste fantastic and are cheap as chips (probably cheaper in fact). Well worth a hearty 4 out of 5!

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              10.05.2010 22:12
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              who cares about the packaging...your not going to eat the box

              Sainsbury's Jaffa cakes are so close to Mc Vities it is unbelievable, when I first purchased these from Sainsbury's i had my doubts but I picked this up purely because I was a bit strapped for cash and I really fancied myself some Jaffa cakes. Usually when I go shop at Sainsbury's I do try to see all offers but its only recently I have started to move my eyes lower and see the bottom shelf with the basic products, I am now starting to see that there are Sainsbury's basic products for almost everything in the store (food wise). I don't know when it started or what age I was but at some point when you buy anything if the packaging looks good then the product is good but if the product is bad then it must be bad, when did that happen. The Packaging Well there is nothing special to the packaging at all, it's a white box with one orange stripe on each side on the front it has the writing "24 Jaffa Cakes" With a Caption underneath saying "Some Jam, Some Chocolate - Defiantly Jaffa" And all the writing is in orange with a very very basic picture of a Jaffa cake above the writing and just to the top right of the box is a graph of details of what 1 Jaffa Cake provides One cake provides: Cal=42 Fat=1.0g Sat fat=0.6g Total sugars=6.0g Salt trace Once you open the box expecting the aroma of something sweet to invade your nose only to find absolutely nothing, you find 2 long transparent plastic packets of Jaffa Cakes each holding 12 cakes, when you open the plastic to one of them the smell is finally released and the scent is as you would expect it to be. The Taste You have 2 parts to the cake 1 is the basic spongy base holding a orange jelly on the top covered in chocolate. When you lift it up to your mouth it smells as the Mc Vities does and when you take that first bite of your cake feeling the chocolate slightly crunch under your teath, biting through the orange jelly and into the sponge releasing memories of when I was a kid getting my Jaffa cakes as a treat if I was good. People have their Cakes differently but I like making it last as long as possible so I eat the chocolate first (very carefully) then eat the sponge then go for the orange. I have been known to eat them whole but then its over too quickly and lets face it that's fun for noone. Nutrition Information: Per Cake 42 Calories Protein 0.5 g Carbohydrate 7.8 g Of which sugar 6.0 g Of which starch 1.8 g Fat 1.0 g Of which saturates 0.6 g Of which mono-unsaturates 0.4 g Of which polyunsaturates 0.1 g Fibre 0.2 g Salt trace Of which sodium trace So if you're a person that keeps count of their calorie count then you should know that there isn't much different if not the same as Mc Vities but if your still deciding to choose these over the bigger brands keep this in mind the basic brand are slightly (and I stress slightly) less than what you would get with Mc Vities but I would rather get these ones than pay for all that fancy packaging which face it I cant exactly eat.

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                16.04.2010 17:08
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                Well worth trying!

                Sainsburys Basics Jaffa Cakes Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Biscuits Anyone who has read some of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all the reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am a big fan of the supermarket ranges which save me money by spending less on posh packaging and wrappings. There was a time when I would walk past the "cheap looking" brands, assuming that the ones with fancy packaging would be better. Since then, I have been pleasantly surprised by how good some of the items in these ranges actually are. The packaging only gets thrown in the bin, so does it really make sense to spend extra money on it? I think not - especially when we are all trying to save money and spend less. I have loads of other things that I would rather spend my hard earned cash on! Now they may not be very healthy but there is something about the humble jaffa cake that I just can't resist. They are unfortunately, far too easy to eat so I try not to buy them very often because I know that I won't be able to resist having more than I planned to. A box of these jaffa cakes will cost you just £0.49 which is significantly cheaper than the main brands. Each box is plain white with orange writing (as with all products in the Sainsburys Basics range) and contains 2 individually wrapped packets of 12 biscuits. In case you don't know what a jaffa cake actually is, they are little cakes of sponge with a circle of orange jelly on top. The top of the cake is then coated in plain chocolate. You can now buy milk chocolate ones too but for me, the plain chocolate is essential so I always go for the original ones. These cakes are pretty good! They may seem a little smaller than the ones that you normally buy but the sponge is light and fluffy, the orange jelly is tangy and the chocolate is ever so slightly bitter and delicious. All in all, the combination of ingredients create a tasty and sweet treat which manages to be slightly tart too. These biscuits are perfect enjoyed on their own or with a hot drink, unfortunately though, it is far to easy to keep snacking on them and if it wasn't for the calorie content, you could well afford to at this price! Each jaffa cake contains the following; 42 calories 5.7g sugar 1g fat 0.2g fibre

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                  04.03.2010 11:28

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                  Overall an excellent way to save money and still be naughty.

                  Sainsbury's basic Jaffa cakes do taste different for the lending brand but if anything I think they are just as nice. They aren't as sweet and the orange jelly inside isn't as full of flavour as the leading brands, But they can get very addictive. One minute I've got a pack of 12 in front of me then within minutes my daughters normally run off and ate them all. At only 59p for a twin pack of 12 is excellent value. That's right 24 Jaffa cakes for 59p. I don't feel so naughty when i pick up a packet on my weekly shop. Also compared to the McVitie's Jaffa cakes they are priced at £ 1.15 for a pack of 12. That's just over double the price for half the quantity. Being on a budget for our weekly shops I've started picking up own brand products and now I would much rather save my pennies and pick up food I'm enjoying more buy purchasing the Sainsbury's basic ranges.

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                  23.01.2010 13:44
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                  Yummy basic Jaffa cakes.

                  So I have been buying these Jaffa cakes for quite a few months now and I am slightly annoyed that the price has gone from 34p to 49p this week but I must admit that I will still be buying these because they are cheaper than the branded Jaffa cakes from mcvities and I can't really notice any difference in the product and I'm sure my children can't either! These Jaffa cakes are provided in a cardboard box which is very budget indeed and there is a pull off tab to get in to the box easily. Within the box there are 2 x 12 packets of Jaffa cakes which are wrapped in a clear plastic which makes it nice and easy to just rip open and get to the Jaffa cakes without making all of them go stale at the same time. These Jaffa cakes are a lovely soft sponge with a nice circle of orange Jaffa jam & they are topped off with plain chocolate. The sponge is wonderfully soft & springy, the orange Jaffa jam has a lovely sweet taste to it that actually is like oranges and it's wonderfully chewy and yummy. The plain chocolate is a welcome addition to this biscuit and really helps to bring the whole thing together. Now I personally like to take my Jaffa cake apart in sections but I have noticed that my children usually just cram them in to their mouths as fast as they can and I am sure I would have eaten it like that when I was little as I just wanted to enjoy it as quickly as possible, kids hey! I do find that these Jaffa cakes taste much better if they have been placed in the fridge first but to be honest I'm really not fussy and sometimes just want a nice chocolate hit and fast. Each Jaffa cake contains 42 calories, 5.7g sugars, 1g fat (same as McVities ones), 0.2g fibre. Overall these aren't too bad and they are the ideal size for wrapping up and placing inside a lunchbox as I do with my little ones from time to time. I would not recommend that you eat these everyday as you'll soon end up looking like a Jaffa cake but as a nice occasional treat they are yummy and fairly reasonable priced. I usually just rip a few packets of these open and lay out on a plate if one of the children is having a sleepover or if I am doing a birthday spread as I did a few weeks ago.

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                  17.11.2009 20:28
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                  Cheap is all they are when you compare them to branded jaffa cakes

                  Despite not being a branded product, these jaffa cakes arent too bad. Their branded rivals certainly dont post a threat on price at 38 pence for a pack of 24. I personally buy them as a snack, which will last more than a day if i just eat them usually, although they are very moreish and i will end up eating 12 during lunch. They come in 2 wrapped packets of 12, side by side. Cakeyness on the bottom, orange jelly stuff in the middle and chocolate on top, im sure you are familiar with the concept of a jaffa cake. If i buy any jaffa cakes myself they are these ones purely because they are cheaper than other jaffa cakes - that and there is a sainsburys close by. Tastewise, they arent as good as Mcvities, but sainsburys also sell another own brand jaffa cake and i cant tell the difference other than packaging. The reason they arent as good as mcvities is the lack of chocolate coating. you can see holes in the chocolate layer through to the cake part, which on the mcvities jaffa cakes would cover them completely, this is probably one of the places they save a lot of money per annum. Also, we know what defines a cake as being a cake, so jaffa cakes over time will harden up on the cake part right? Well these are very hard, almost biscuity on the base, so i assume they must stay in storage a while before being bought. Overall, then if you arent bothered by price, go for the tastier option of a branded jaffa cake. If you just want something cheap, these are for you.

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                  19.10.2009 18:08
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                  Well worth a try.

                  For those that are unaware, Jaffa Cakes are a low fat (on average 1 gram of fat per cake) confectionary item that is composed of a semi-soft sponge base which supports a sweet orange gelatine and is finally topped with a layer of milk/dark chocolate. Suffice to say, each one is an absolute delight. When I played rugby at University, it was often a chore to find a snack that was high in sugar but low in fat whilst also being cheap given our student status. Cue Sainsbury's basics jaffa cakes. These things, as I pointed out, are roundabout 1 gram of fat per cake whilst packed full of energy filled sugar which was great for such a vain bunch of men; and meant we could drink substantially more beer later on without fearing too much for our waistbands. At 60p for a pack of 24, these Jaffa Cakes were also a far more cost-effective option to their McVities counterparts. On a more broadly relevant point, parents will find that these are perfect lunch box fillers for their children and can allay most fears about giving their children unhealthy food. Children are also unlikely to notice the difference between these and the brand name version; I certainly didn't. All in all, this is a great product with no discernible difference between these and the brand name alternative. Thoroughly reccomended.

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                  04.10.2009 11:19
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                  Definitely worth a try, you will not be disappointed

                  These jaffa cakes are such a delicious bargain! Sainsburys is currently selling a pack of these containing 24 jaffa cakes for just 38p! Each cake comes covered in slightly less chocolate than the McVities versions, but there is still enough chocolate for it to be an indulgent treat. The orangey bit is tangy and full of flavour, and the biscuit base is light and tasty. For any jaffa cake lovers out there- these are definitely worth a try. The cost savings are immense and the quality is very good- incredible given the tiny price! What is more, the nutritional information is just as good, with only 1 gram of fat per cake. These have become a staple in our house and we easily get through a pack a week- more if we have guests! I gave these to my partner on a plate instead of our usual McVities jaffas and he didn't notice any difference! When I told him they were Sainsburys basics jaffas he didn't believe me to start with, I had to go and get the half empty box as proof! In summary, a great quality product for a tiny price- give them a try, you will be surprised!

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