7 Oct 2014

Review: M&S Christmas Cranberry & Chocolate Jaffa Cakes

I previously posted about the new range of Christmas biscuits at M&S (see my post HERE). Even though I was tempted by the Christmas Pudding Cookies, it was always going to be this new flavour of jaffa cakes that I was going to try first. I just have a thing for unique flavours of Jaffa Cakes, and the idea of a Cranberry & Chocolate variety was enough to make me want to try these so early!

I bought these as a twinpack for £1.40. Each jaffa cake has 46 calories. They're described as chocolate sponge cakes topped with a tangy cranberry flavour filling (53%) and half coated in dark chocolate (19%). Earlier this year, M&S released a summery Passionfruit & Mango Jaffa Cake (see review HERE) which were quite disappointing, so I was interested to see how this Christmas edition would compare.

Even though the sponge is described as chocolate it doesn't have much of a chocolate flavour itself. Perhaps because these biscuits are quite thin, there just isn't enough of the chocolate sponge for it to have an impact. Of course, there is plenty of chocolate flavour already from the dark chocolate coating on top of each Jaffa Cake. The cranberry layer is made with concentrated cranberry juice and it certainly has a tangy edge to it. However, the overall effect is very much like a sour version of a normal Jaffa Cake. The actual flavour doesn't quite live up to the gorgeous sounding flavour combination of Cranberry & Chocolate, which is disappointing, but I'm still pleased that M&S keep bringing out new Jaffa Cake flavours. 

Grocery Gems Verdict: M&S Cranberry & Chocolate Jaffa Cakes

Rating: 6.5 out of 10.
Buy it again: Probably not - I'd try the other biscuits in the range.
Nutrition: 46 calories each.
Vegetarian: Suitable for vegetarians. 
Purchased: Marks & Spencer.
Price: £1.40 (two packs).


  1. I picked up 2 new limited edition Options hot chocs at my local sainsbury today - a strawberry one and a butterscotch one, they had a choca latte as well. Thought you may wanna give them a review

    1. ooh thanks Charlotte! I always take a peak at the Options range - it feels like there hasn't been anything new for ages. I can't wait to try the strawberry one!

      Thanks again for the heads up, I really appreciate it :)

  2. I think I might still have to give these a go!

  3. I can't understand why M&S gets their flavours so very wrong. These sound quite vile and I think I'll be sticking to the orange ones. Thanks so much for your review; I love trying new flavours and products so this has stopped me wasting my time and money on this variant.

    1. You're welcome RedSetter, I'm really pleased that my review was helpful to you. Unfortunately these jaffa cakes are nothing special. I'm still hopeful that M&S will get the flavours right one day.

  4. Nah... think i'll be sticking to regular McVities Jaffa Cakes.
    I was wondering if you could do a review on Krave cereal. I know it's not new but it would be great.
    I love your reviews.

    1. Yes, I think that's probably wise, I wish I'd just bought a box of Jaffa Cakes instead.

      Funnily enough one of my kids was asking me to buy Krave cereal - I'll try to pick up a box soon and review it.

      Thanks for the kind words!

    2. i loved the cranberry jaffa cakes, different and not heavy

  5. I actually really enjoyed these and the regular dark chocolate/orange ones. I don't understand the criticism. I would have rated these at least 8/10.

    Very delicious, would more likely buy it as a gift too. Purchased these for £1 which I felt was a great deal.


    Lily L


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