Sloppy joe Jafflz (Image: Jafflz)

Face it: We live in a world of convenience products. This is especially true of families with children and working parents. Everyone follows a different schedule, which makes mealtime catch as catch can.

That doesn’t mean that healthful eating is an impossibility. Our panel of ten taste testers recently tested Jafflz Toasted Pockets, whose name and — to an extent — appearance call to mind Hot Pockets. Like Hot Pockets, Jafflz are meant to be eaten by people on the go. Like Hot Pockets, they are heated up in a microwave or toaster oven. Jafflz even come in a variety of flavors, including sloppy joe, cheese pizza, and enchilada.

But that’s where the similarities end. When it comes to nutrition, it’s no contest. As delish advises:

Hot Pockets fans who are watching their waistlines have an option that has less [sic] calories and fat than the original — though they’re certainly still not one of the healthiest foods you could ever eat.

Jafflz may not be the healthiest food you’ll ever eat either, but they come a lot closer than Hot Pockets. Compared with Hot Pockets’s average 620 calories per serving, with more than a third coming from fat, Jafflz average around 260 calories per serving, with an average 8% from fat. In addition, Jafflz are free of sugar and provide 15 grams of protein.

So how do they taste? The pockets come in a whole wheat crust that becomes nice and crunchy when baked. Flavor preferences varied among our ten tasters, though there was unanimity on the sloppy joe, which they found to be the most satisfying sandwich overall. The enchilada with minced chicken also earned high marks, as did the Indian curry.

Tasters were less enthralled with the ham, egg and cheese, in which the various elements were indistinguishable from one another. They were also lukewarm on the unidimensional pizza.

With respect to availability, currently Jafflz are sold in stores in Arizona, Southern California, Texas, and Utah. For those living on the East Coast, the product can be ordered online, however, at a price of about $3.50 per pocket.

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