Ah rice cakes. The pinnacle of food illusion. The thing we try to convince ourselves is as tasty a snack as a packet of crisps or a bag of popcorn but really is just another kind of food penury.
However, when coated in milk chocolate, the rice cake becomes an almost acceptable snack. Chocolate-covered ones pack a surprisingly high calorie punch, so don't be fooled into thinking you can eat the whole pack just because they are rice cakes as you're looking at nearly 500 calories per 100g!
Aldi Harvest Morn chocolate rice cakes (€1.39)
verdict: This pack is slightly better value for money (the other packs contain only six rice cakes while these offer eight rice cakes per packet). These taste good and are filling, with a densely packed rice cake and a creamy chocolate topping. A solid mid-afternoon snack. These contain 495 calories per 100g, 6.7g protein, and 22.4g fat.
Bunalun chocolate rice cakes (€1.89)
verdict: This organic, gluten-free range has long been a favourite of mine and is sold in most good supermarkets and convenience stores. They have a denser texture than most, which gives them the effect of feeling a bit more filling. The chocolate is a bit less sweet and this lightens the guilty factor. These ones win on flavour with a good balance between sweet and healthy. 497 calories per 100g, 24.3g of fat and 7g of protein.
score: 4/5 (as they're pricier than Aldi's)
SuperValu chocolate rice cakes, (€1.49)
verdict: Part of SuperValu's new own-brand range, these are light and tasty but the chocolate is rich enough that you cannot eat more than two together at a time, which is probably just as well. The consistency of the rice cake is lighter than standard so if you like an airier alternative, this one is for you. These weigh in at 496 calories per 100g, 23.6g of fat and 5.9g of protein.