Wednesday 21 March 2018

Put to the test: Cream crackers

We've been gorging on Christmas fare all week so we're looking for a lighter snack. Fibre-packed cream crackers with some cheese and relish may be the way to go.

This week we tried five cream crackers; four own label and one big brand to see what taste differences there were. We also looked at nutritional values and price, which varied. But the sugar content was the exact same in all, at 1.4grams per 100grams.

Aldi Savour Bakes Cream crackers, 300g

Verdict: These crackers have the joint-lowest price (along with Lidl) and taste good. We thought that they, and Tesco's crackers, tasted the most like Jacob's crackers. They have the joint-second-highest fibre content (3.8g per 100g), and are middling on calories (436 per 100g) and on salt content (1.2g).

Price: €0.39 (€1.30/Kg)

Score: 8 / 10

Tesco Cream Crackers, 200g

Verdict: Second best on price, to us these crackers tasted the same as Aldi's ones. In addition the ingredient list and nutritional values are identical apart from one; these have the lowest calorie count per 100g at 430 calories.

Price: €0.29 (€1.45 / Kg)

Score: 8 / 10

Lidl Snacky Cracky Cream Crackers, 300g

Verdict: These are the joint cheapest of those tested, but we did find the taste to be a little bland and dry. However, on the plus side these crackers have the joint-highest fibre content at 4.1g per 100g and the second-least salt content (0.76g per 100g). The calories came in second highest at 452 per 100g.

Price: €0.39 (€1.39/Kg)

Score: 7 / 10

Spar Cream Crackers, 200g

Verdict: A big difference in price with these crackers and they also had a slightly different taste; more crunchy and even a little biscuity. They get good marks for joint-highest fibre content (4.1g per 100g), and also the lowest salt content at 0.3g per 100g. There are 456 calories per 100g.

Price: €0.89 (€4.45 / Kg)

Score: 6 / 10

Jacobs Cream Crackers, 200g

Verdict: Yes they're the big brand that we all know, but the price difference isn't justified in our opinion, even though the taste is the lovely one we are most familiar with. Fibre content is joint-second-highest at 3.8g per 100g but the salt content is, surprisingly, the highest with 1.3g salt per 100g. The calories count is second lowest at 431 per 100g.

Price: €1.09 at Dunnes (€5.45 / Kg)

Score: 4.5 / 10

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