Sunday 22 July 2018

Shopping Around: Jaffa cakes

You either love 'em or hate 'em, and we love 'em. In a tasty jaffa cake, all three of the main features -- sponge, orange filling and chocolate -- should be good, so that's what we were looking for when we tasted five own-brand varieties. They all contain plenty of calories and sugar, so we scored on taste, taking price into account.

SuperValu Jaffa Cakes, 300g

€1.29 (€4.30 / Kg)

Verdict: These were second dearest (or more likely second cheapest, if we knew what the weight of Tesco's biscuits were). Anyway, the taste was our favourite. Made with 2.5pc concentrated orange juice, the orange was bright and tangy, the sponge soft and the chocolate good.

Score: 8 / 10

Aldi Belmont Biscuit Company Jaffa Cakes, 300g

€0.99 (€3.30 / Kg)

Verdict: These were joint cheapest along with Lidl's jaffa cakes. The orange flavour was nice but could be stronger and the chocolate and sponge were fine, so second on taste in our opinion.

Score: 7 / 10

Lidl Sondey Jaffa Cakes, 300g

€0.99 (€3.30 / Kg)

Verdict: These tasted fine except that we thought the sponge a bit 'dull'. These also contain 2.5pc concentrated orange juice and have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. They are joint best on price.

Score: 6.5 / 10

Spar Jaffa Cakes, 150g

€1.29 (€8.60 / Kg)

Verdict: The ingredient list on these read almost identical to Aldi's biscuits and they tasted the same to us. So we preferred them to Lidl's because of the nicer sponge, but they lose points because of the higher price.

Score: 6 / 10

Tesco Jaffa Cakes

€0.79 (no weight given)

Verdict: These contain 1pc concentrated orange juice and while the orange and chocolate tasted nice, the sponge was far too dry, making these our least favourite on taste. No weight is given, but these could be second dearest.

Score: 5 / 10

Irish Independent

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