“ Brand: Marks & Spencer „
As with any product from M&S, you pay a little bit more and the quality of what you buy is notably higher. I've bought a similar item from Sainsbury's for less, and whilst they were fine, they weren't up to these ones; the best, crispy, chocolatey, which, I suppose is exactly what you would expect. Now, perhaps I may be greedy (in fact, that's more of a definite...) however I didn't find there to be as many "bites" as I'd hoped for. After all, looking at the size of the tub from the outside, you'd expect it to be pretty filled up, but it only tends to be around half full (or half empty, depending on your perspective). So maybe either they could reduce the packaging size; a great environmental incentive in itself, because it seems ever so slightly disappointing when you open it up. Nonetheless, the quality of the food is great; can't knock it, although they are pricy, so unless buying in one of the M&S deals, I wouldn't recommend it that highly.
I love wandering around Marks and Spencers Food Halls, the sheer variety of food they have on offer is breathtaking. I have seen some very good reviews about their Two Dine For £10 offer too, I recently read a review from a fellow Dooyooer who had very much enjoyed one of the desserts offered in that deal. It was more than likely that I first came across the tubs of mini bite cakes during a visit to Marks and Spencers and the whole mini-tub idea seems to have caught on like wild fire. Not only do Marks and Spencers produce chocolate cornflake mini -bites but they do a mean flapjack mini-bite and a very good mini chocolate rice crispy bite too. The mini cake bites have been marketed well, the tubs that they are packed into are very eye catching and the thought of having a whole drum filled with tempting treats is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks to pick some up off of the shelf. Marks and Spencers usually have the mini cake bites on offer and you can buy two tubs for £4. I have noticed that the motoway service stations seem to have the Marksy's mini cake bites strategically placed so that the hungry travellers practically fall over them as they go through the door. Lets be honest if you have children with you it would be hard to come out of the service station without any ! I am more than sure that most of us have made cornflake cakes at some time or another, melt a block of chocolate and just pour in some cornflakes, then place the mixture in little piles onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and leave them to set. Yes, I agree the whole process is easy and the recipe is not Cordon Bleu but if you have an attractive tub of ready made cornflake cakes staring at you then often the temptation is just too great. The Marks and Spencers cornflake mini-bites are but a mere mouthful but a tasty morsel never the less. They have the right balance and the chocolate covers the cornflakes well. The combination of semi-sweet cornflake and sweet chocolate work well together, the mini-bites are crunchy, sweet and dry. I say `dry` because I have bought some cornflake cakes that have had syrup added to the mixture and in my opinion it has ruined the recipe. A strong `bite` is needed to break into the cornflake mini-bite and if you are prone to mouth ulcers or a sore mouth then you might find that these cornflake mini-bites are a bit too much to bear. The edges of the cornflakes can feel sharp in your mouth but they soon soften as you begin to chew them. We both love them but we would love to have enough self restraint to know when to be able to put the lid back onto the tub ! On more than one occasion we have only eventually put the lid back on when there have been about three mini-bites left, this means that five minutes later we are ripping the lid off of the tub to finish them off. When the tub is empty don't throw it away, wash it out and keep it. You can make excellent use of the tubs for storing bits and bobs in either the fridge or the freezer. The Marks and Spencers Chocolate Cornflake Mini-bites are a smashing treat and I admit that I thoroughly enjoy eating them. Maybe you should approach these with caution owing to the amount of calories they must contain!
The other purchase I bought on the 2 for £4 offer. Again I will summarise what the tub looks like and so on. These are part of the Mini Bites range from Marks and Spencer. They cost £2.59 for a tub, or are on offer 2 for £4 just now. It may sound expensive, and they are in a way, but Marks and Spencer food is a bit dearer than other shops. These come in a tub and the weight is 210g. The tub is circular and is narrower at the bottom and widens at the top. The lid is circular and comes easily off. There is a picture on the lid of the item and the colourings of the tub is light browns and dark browns. So what are these? They are chocolate covered Cornflakes. They are circular and size wise are a good bit bigger than a £2 coin. They are very crisp and crunchy, but when you bite into these then the flakes come away easily. The flakes are well covered in chocolate and not too sickly. Nutritional information per flake 70 calories 0.6g protein 7.2g carbs 1.8g fat 1.1g saturates These are lovely, but I guess not too special tasting since you can buy Crispy cakes from Supermarkets for about 70p. These are tasty and are nice and sweet. Again these are not my favourite in the range, the Caramel Crisp ones are the best, but I do like to have things like this in the house to snack on.
Another fine treat from Marks & Spencer in the form of these cornflake mini bites. They can be easily located instore, just head to the cake and biscuit aisle. What are they: They are essentially cornflakes, all scrunched together and covered in delicious chocolate. You know, like the cornflake cakes you used to make as a kid? The taste: A wonderful rich and arousing chocolate taste will hit you straight away. The chocolate is powerful and will melt in the mouth at the first lick. The cornflake mix is crunchy, fresh and wil work the jaw muscles nicely. The cornflakes are packed so tightly that you might actually have some trouble eating them! Thoughts: Not wise to eat on a summers day. I did this and the chocolate can melt quickly and leave you with messy fingers. You would probably only want one or two in a sitting, they are very rich and filling The taste and texture is far superior to other chocolate/cornflake cakes or bars I have encountered. This is down to the generous amount of cornflakes and I think the syrup binds them together really well Overall: Worth buying for parties or for a treat to have with a cup of tea
"Hello, hello, what do we have hear then?" Not the local fuzz coming around to inspect for criminal activities, but myself inspecting my latest venture to M&S and want premier quality treats she has returned with. Whether it be microwave chocolate puddings or bacon lettuce and tomatoe sandwiches, it is well known that M&S always performs when it comes to food. You must have seen their ridiculously seductive food advertising campaign. Marks & Spencers chocolate cornflake mini bites are as you would expect, similar to the treats you may have made as a family on a chilly Sunday afternoon, whether it be with rice krispies or frosties, the choice is usually up to you. Homemade cookery is going out the window a bit now though, and why not when the store bought product tastes this good. Coming in a large circular tub, once you have broken the seal the product is easy to get access to and gives you that coming back mentality. At least you are exercising your fingers slightly by removing that lid everytime. Inside the cornflakes are covered by a familiar amount of chocolate, however there is something incredibly unfamiliar about the presentation of the product. They are, as the name says, mini bites - and to someone who has either seen them in Square brand form or childish small portions with sticky bits sticking out everywhere, it was a surprise to see portions go from small to miniature. M&S do keep the childish charm of the product though, in terms of not taking the exact size of the product too strictly. The products are all very similar in size, but not identical. Two bites are the maximum you shall reach here, but they taste sensationally like no other chocolate covered cornflake treat I have received before. The chocolate is milky and if it wasn't so crispy with the jagged edges of the cornflakes, it would melt in your mouth. Each mini bite does not feel at all sticky, although it all stays in place well even after being crushed between your teeth with very few crumbs. The whiff of smell you get from removing the lid on the product is that of pure chocolate, and shows no expence spared. I could very easily go back for more, although having already had two before even starting this review I would not want to run through the whole tub and feel the force of my families retribution. I would recommend this to anyone who feels this product would be a good treat, and can give it full marks as far as a food product goes (that's not a full five stars). You can't miss this on the shelf, and the best before dated is very well presented - my product lasts a month and a day.