Have you seen this special offer of a box of 100 Jaffa Cakes for £3.99?! We’ve seen it, too! And the only thing that stops us (Pako, to be exact) from spending half of our salary on it and stacking up on them for the next month (or two) is… their nutritional value. But not all is lost! Saving us, once again, is Fulfil with their protein bars, this time with their Chocolate Orange flavour. They are a worthy substitute for our beloved Jaffa Cakes. To be honest, we’d bet on it that these hugely popular jelly sponges are at least as English as the Full English Breakfast, but what do you know…
Fulfil has already left a quite well impression with us thanks to their Milk Chocolate & Mint flavour Protein Bar (review soon!). We reckon that those are the almost perfect alternative for the equally popular After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins. Why almost perfect? Well, not everything went according to plan. You should see it for
All the while, if you’re carefully reading our website, you’ll know that we not only have a passion for the
Why is that so impossible? You only need to have a look at the nutritional value to see why.
Even though, the
Moving on! Even though the Fulfil Chocolate Orange label has Jaffa Cakes on it, it’s not such a big surprise that they’re not very similar in the end. All of that, because on top there are soy nuggets covered in milk chocolate and on the
The taste. Oh, the taste!
It’s pretty sweet (as if Jaffa Cakes were bitter, right?) and both the orange and chocolate are very detectable. Both those flavours are ideally balanced, so that the bar is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The taste stays the same throughout the whole bar and even after the last bite. That’s what we’re talking about!
Do we want another serving after that one? Definitely yes, even though for some it might be too sweet (in that case we recommend preparing a cup of black coffee to go with it).
Now’s the time for comparing the nutritional value of the Fulfil Chocolate Orange bar with the legendary Jaffa Cakes. First, in the table below you’ll find the comparison.
|Jaffa Cakes, per 100g||Fulfil Chocolate Orange|
Flavour Vitamin & Protein
Bar, per 100g
|of which saturates||4.0g||7.4g|
|of which sugar||52.6g||4.9g|
|of which polyols||–||27.0g|
That’s pretty solid, right? Yes, but what about the ingredients? Well, we don’t have any good news here. Good snacks, the very best
And those are the only good news here.
The situation isn’t helped by the added 9 vitamins and minerals (Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Folic acid, Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Panthotenic acid). That covers 100% to 100.9% of our daily required intake of all of the aforementioned elements. Nice.
Is this bar a sustainable snack on the go? No! All because of the unholy trinity (added sugar, palm oil and glucose-fructose syrup) that ruins everything. And that’s a pity, because a Jaffa Cake substitute like this with better macros would be a snack that even we would carry around all the time, just in case.
It would’ve been too good to be true
Great smell, great flavour, easy to eat, alright macros. A combination like this could be quite a triumph. And then sugar and its unwelcome friends entered the stage and ruined the whole fun. Sorry, but the party’s over. Go and wreak your havoc somewhere else…
Will we ever go back to this protein bar? We’d really, really love to (oh, that taste!) but it probably it won’t happen in the near future. Not unless we’ll get unstoppable cravings for Jaffa Cakes and their slightly healthier alternative, then we’ll just have to turn a blind eye on the unholy trinity and enjoy ourselves.