Whilst I am at work, I get rather peckish and rather than head to the vending machine and spend an extortionate amount of money for a solitary chocolate bar, I've been investing in cake bars and other snacks during a supermarket shop to last me throughout the working week. One of my purchases was Mr Kipling's Double Choc Chip Cakes, which have gone through a rebranding and differ from the image above, but the actual product remains the same.
Each box contains six individually wrapped mini cake slices. The fact that each one is in its own sealed plastic wrapping is handy, as there is no worry about the rest of the cakes going hard and stale if you open the box to nibble on just one. The cakes are fairly well sized and are ideal for a little snack inbetween meals and won't spoil your appetite too much, unless you over-indulge!
The box displays the nutritional details, which is surprisingly low in calories (6% of your RDA) and about average on sugar content (12% of your RDA) - This is per slice, however, so again if you begin to eat your way through the box, you'll find yourself ending up with more calories and sugars than you originally intended to have. The box also mentions 100% natural flavours and the fact they are baked with free range eggs, which shows that there is a great deal of thought and care going into these cake slices.
As for the taste, they are soft and moist, with just the right texture for the perfect chocolate cake. The addition of choc chips into the mix varies up the flavour as you bite into a slice and find little lumps of hard chocolate inside the cake. I love the flavour of the chocolate chips against the sponge and Mr Kipling is the master of these types of cakes. As I mentioned before, the individual wrappings help contain the moist feel to these cake slices and prevents them from drying out and becoming stale.
I recommend these cake slices to anyone who has a sweet tooth, as they aren't overly high in the sugar and calorie content (in moderation!) and they are baked using free range eggs and natural flavourings, so it isn't just processed junk. Mr Kipling is a well known brand and very well established, so you know that the quality mark will be high. These are my favourite of their cake slice brands, due to the sweet chocolate taste, although their Bakewell Slices are equally as yummy!
I like the range of cake slices made by Mr Kipling as I normally find the flavour and texture superior to other products in their price range. These chocolate slices have become a favourite since I first came across them.
Like all the slices, these come wrapped in packs of two, which is very convenient for taking to work. It also means you're unlikely to have bits of cake going hard at the edges, which is always happening to me!
There's a rich smell of chocolate as soon as you open the cellophane. The touch of the slices is slightly moist and a little squidgy. So far, so tempting...
The flavour doesn't disappoint, with a big, milk chocolate taste. This goes perfectly with the rather sticky, slightly chewy texture. The slices also have a good amount of chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks on and in them, which gives a nice contrast to the sponge.
Overall, I am impressed with the quality of the cake's flavour and texture given its price. I could have imagined a dryer, less tasty sponge and cheap chocolate chips. Instead, the ingredients are all satisfying.
I'm also pleased with the nutritional value. At 125 kcal per slice, these are a good treat in any diet, including calory-restricted diets - you'd think they had far more calories in them! They satisfy the crave for something sweet while have just over half the calories of a standard chocolate bar. They also have no hydrogenated fats.
I'd recommend these to anyone who enjoys chocolate snacks, but doesn't want to end up eating more than they should! I often see them on sale in the supermarket for £1, which is very good value.
Another review about another mr kipling cake. Not that I have a sweet tooth or anything!!!
These chocolate cakes come in a purple box just to grab your attention.
Right enough on the box, the cakes as always come in their little two slice trays wrapped for freshness.
The chocolate cakes themselves are roughly the same size as all of the others the company make, which is quite thin and small really.
The cakes are dark in colour with quite large chocolate chunks plastered over the top. The chunks of chocolate are square in shape, none of these little chocolate drops. These are real chunks of chocolate. And are lovely dark chocolate, which are intense in taste.
Upon opening the cellophane your two pack tray and you get a waft of chocolatey goodness. Basically encouraging you to eat them.
The sponge itself is also very moist, it sometimes seems a bit sticky too. Only a good thing in my book.
So the conclusion is that these are superb cakes, and the balance of flavour and texture is perfect!
Can't go wrong if you like chocolate, but just watch the calorie count!!
I usually love Mr Kipling's cakes but these Chocolate Slices are the exception to the rule and it's quite disappointing to say that I don't think Mr Kipling has done very well with these.
I seem to remember them being very different to this when my nan used to buy them when I was little. I remember them having a layer of chocolate icing on top and these were really lovely but the only chocolate ones that he makes now are different to those.
These ones are a rich chocolate sponge slice full of milk chocolate chips and chunks of dark chocolate on top. Although it sounds nice and very chocolaty, I'm really not keen on these at all. There is no icing or anything moist in the cake which means that it tastes very dry. Despite there only being a couple of mouthfuls to each slice, it's still far too dry to eat without some sort of drink with it and this is what totally puts me off. The chocolate though is very rich and sweet and I like the milk chocolate chips inside which give it a bit more flavour and a different texture. I don't like dark chocolate so the chunks coating the slices aren't a great addition for me personally. They're quite hard and have that strong dark chocolate taste and the chunks are just a little too chunky!
As usual with Mr Kipling's cakes, these come in a box with 6 slices in and inside there are 2 slices in individual wrappers so they won't all start getting dry as soon as you open them. Saying that though, I really don't think that these could possibly get any drier so they may in fact taste exactly the same when they're stale!
Although the rest of Mr Kipling's cakes are all delicious, these aren't one of them and I wish he'd bring back the old chocolate slices that I remember with the icing on them as they were so much nicer.
I used to love Mr Kipling cakes as I was growing up, you could even say as I got a little older I was thrilled to find out that my other half's dad used to work there and would fetch home bags and bags of them, but over the years and after my father in law retired they have become more and more expensive and to be honest an expense that I just couldn't justify. However Tesco currently have an offer on a variety Mr Kipling's offerings so at any 2 boxes for £2.30 my arm was well and truly twisted. One of the boxes I purchased is the result of this review, 6 Exceedingly Good Chocolate Slices ( Exceedingly good being debatable).
~~ Whats in the box ~~
Mr Kipling's boxes always have a mass of information on them including the well known and familiar Mr Kipling logo, a picture of the product inside, allergy advice, nutritional advice, guideline daily amounts, Mr Kipling quality guarantee and loads more that I won't bore you with. My chocolate slices box had a picture on the front good enough to tempt you into buying them.
Each box contains 6 chocolate slices these are wrapped in two's to keep the cakes extra fresh, this was a bit of a hindrance rather than a help for me because you can't eat 1 when there is 2 in a packet, ha ha.
~~~ Taste and texture ~~~
On opening the plastic tray, mouth watering at what I was about to eat I picked up one of the slices and was rather disappointed, these cake slices were not light like I expected but rather dense and sort of clumpy and really quite heavy for a 1 inch by 2 inch bit of cake, they felt wet to touch and were extremely sticky, not at all how I remember them to be, there was about half a dozen chocolate pieces on top of the cake and after eating both of them can now report that they really didn't taste anything special at all just a sweet, sickly, rather bland chocolate cake with a few bits of chocolate pieces.
~~ Price and availability ~~
As I said earlier I bought these on offer at Tesco 2 boxes for £2.30 but the normal retail price is approximately £1.30 each and they can be found in all supermarkets.
~~ Ingredients ~~
Sugar, Milk Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring), Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Egg, Dark Chocolate Chunks (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifiers (Ammonium Phosphatides, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate)), Reconstituted Egg White, Invert Sugar Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Glucose Syrup, Soya Flour, Whey Powder, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Flavouring, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Salt, Milk Protein
~~ Nutritional information ~~
Nutritional information per slice is as follows,
Energy 552kj / 132 kcal
(of which sugars) 12.2g
(of which saturates) 2.6g
*Equivalent as salt 0.13g
~~ Allergy advice ~~
May contain traces of nuts, contains gluten (wheat), eggs, milk and soya.
~~ Overall ~~
Nothing to rave about and if you can make a basic chocolate sponge throw some chocolate pieces on 5 Min's before it is cooked and you have made your own, for at least half the price. These were disappointingly dull and unappetizing.
I really should have shares in Mr Kipling, as I eat their cakes everyday, in fact I believe they should make me an honoury member of the Kipling family!
I gave up eating chocolate bars over 6 years ago. It wasn't that I didn't like chocolate (I'm not a loony you know), it's just chocolate doesn't really like me. These days I get my sweet tooth fix, by eating a Mr Kipling cake, every night of the week and what a pleasure that is.
I have many favourite Mr Kipling cakes and one of these is a chocolate one! (Well at least it isn't a solid block of chocolate, so I can just get away with it!)
Mr Kipling Chocolate Slices are absolutely gorgeous. The chocolate flavoured sponge is so moist and it gently crumbles as you bite into it. The sponge is full of soft, creamy milk chocolate chips, which melt in your mouth. To finish the cake slice off, you have large chunks of dark chocolate chips on the top. This chocolate has some bite to it and has that rich, dark chocolate taste.
The cake slices are very well packed. When you open the outer box, you find 3 individually wrapped packs containing 2 cake slices each. This is a great idea, as it keeps the cakes lovely and fresh. You can eat a couple of cakes, then move on to a different type of cake the next night. This is exactly what I do, as I don't really want to eat the same type of cake for 6 nights running. I usually have two different boxes open at the same time and work my way between them.
Sugar, Milk Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring), Wheat Flour Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Egg, Dark Chocolate Chunks (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifiers (Ammonium Phosphatides, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate), Reconstituted Egg White, Invert Sugar Syrup, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Glucose Syrup, Soya Flour, Whey Powder, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicaronate), Flavouring, Emulsifier (Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Thickener (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Salt, Milk Protein.
This product contains Gluten (Wheat), Egg, Milk and Soya.
It has no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and is suitable for vegetarians.
*Nutritional Value Per Slice*
Energy - 126 kcal
Protein - 1.7g
Carbohydrate - 16.1g
of which sugars - 11.8g
Fat - 6.1g
of which saturates - 2.5g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - 0.05g
Salt Equivalent - 0.13g
Mr Kipling Chocolate Slices are available in Tesco for £1.30, but are on regular offer at 2 for £2.30.
If you fancy a change from a bar of chocolate or just want a nice treat, give these a try!
You may just find yourself going back for more!
As a hopeless chocoholic with a bleak future of undoubted obesity and type 2 diabetes I have tried a broad range of confectionary and Mr Kipling's Chocolate Slices are a treat which feature very highly on my Things-To-Eat-Excessively-Before-I-Die list. Or maybe that should be the Things-To-Eat-Excessively-Causing-My-Death list. Apologies - I do try to keep my morbid thoughts to myself.
A brief intro to Mr Kipling
The brand of Mr Kipling was established in 1967 in London and south England from within the company Rank Hovis McDougall (RHM) - it's easy to see why a new brand name would be necessary - any name starting with rank is never a good start for launching a new food range. By 1970 Mr Kipling was nationally known and became the market leader of the cake market by 1976 which is still true today.
Their range includes:
French Fancies, Battenberg, Jam Tarts, Almond Slices, Fruit Pies, Cherry Bakewells and an assortment of Cake Slices including the mouth watering Chocolate Slices not to mention many more.
Carbohydrate: 16.1g (11.8g of Sugar)
Fat: 6.1g (2.5g Saturates)
Sodium: 0.05g (0.13g Salt)
- May contain traces of nuts
- Gluten (Wheat)
- Milk and Soya
- Suitable for Vegetarians
- No artificial colours or flavours
- No hydrogenated fat
The Chocolate Slices
So what makes up these delicious Chocolate Slices? You get six slices in a box and they are made of a soft and moist chocolate sponge filled with milk chocolate chips and layered on top with rich dark chocolate chunks. Three different chocolate indulgences for the price of one cannot be bad!
To be honest if I hadn't have read it on the box I would have remained completely unaware that there were in fact milk chocolate chips embedded within the sponge as I've never noticed them before, but this takes nothing away from the overall eating experience as when you bite into one of these babies you get a subtle and yet delicious taste of sweet chocolate from the moist sponge contrasted with the slightly bitter taste from the crunchy dark chocolate chunks on top which hits you with a double whammy.
Thankfully the slices are fairly small - perhaps about the size of two index fingers side by side so can be gobbled down in three quick bites without you psychologically feeling that you are eating too much bad stuff. The six slices are wrapped into twin packs so it is hard not to feel like you should eat two slices at a time, but the fact that you would have to physically open a new packet to begin eating a third aids in preventing excessive consumption unlike, say, the Jaffa Cake (which I am currently seeking professional help with my addiction to).
So the size and easiness to carry these tasty slices makes them ideal for a quick snack or a sneaky little treat, and the fact that consumption of even 10 of these slices would still not exceed the Recommended Daily Allowances for food and nutrients means that as long as you eat them in moderation you won't be eating anything too hazardous for your diet.
These slices used to be packaged in a dark purple box which was always a little weird and not instantly conducive to thoughts of chocolate, but recently they have been repackaged to a much more sensible and appealing light brown box.
The slices cost £1.30 for six, but it is always worth looking out for offers, for example at Sainsbury's you can buy any two Mr Kipling's Slices of any flavour for £2.30 (a 30p saving - not exactly earth shattering but better than a kick in the head). In comparison Sainsbury's own brand of Chocolate slices only costs 93p so are relatively cheaper, but are nowhere near as nice as Mr Kipling's.
Recommended for all chocolate lovers - in moderation.
I'm always on the lookout for slightly sinful (but not too sinful) treats to pack for lunch at my desk at work. I bought a package of Mr. Kipling's "Exceedingly Good" chocolate slices for this very purpose from Tesco's. Part of the reason for my choice is that they were on special offer at 2 boxes for £2.50. The other reason was that they say they only have 126 calorie per slice. Not too bad for chocolate cake!
These cakes come in a funny red, purple and brown box. This colour combination is not terribly appetising to tell the truth. But at least it's distinctive while at the same time fitting well with the design of all of Mr. Kipling's other tempting selections on the supermarket shelf.
There are supposed to be six cakes in every box. The cakes themselves are meant to be taken out and packed into my and my boyfriend's lunchboxes, as I mentioned earlier. The problem with this is that the cakes are not wrapped individually, but two cake slices are put together in the same carton with plastic wrap around them.
Therefore, I have the choice of either unwrapping them, separating them, and rewrapping them in my own foil or plastic wrap, or simply packing two cakes with each lunch. It's a dilemma, because if I pack two cakes we will each eat two cakes, therefore getting through them twice as fast, spending money twice as fast, and getting fatter twice as fast!
Now, on to the cakes themselves. The slices are very inviting to look at once they are unwrapped. They are a rich dark brown making me think they will be very chocolatey. And on top are thick chunks of solid chocolate which certainly look very appealing as well.
So how do they taste? Well, they're pretty good, but certainly not exceedingly good as they claim. The problem with these cakes is that they taste really rather dry rather than being moist like real chocolate cake should be. They also have a strange sort of manufactured taste to them and it would be pretty much impossible to mistake them for homemade. In addition, the chocolate flavour isn't as rich as I thought it would be based on the colour.
In all, I quite like these cakes but they are far from being my favourite Mr. Kipling product. I do think they're fine and if you manage to eat just one cake at a time they're a good product for those like me trying to diet. But if you're going to scoff two at a time you'd be better off spending your money and calories on something richer and more chocolatey - something from the Gu range perhaps!
Doing the usual shopping trip myself and my husband decided we wanted something nice to snack on and we spotted that many of he Mr Kipling products were reduced to £1. Having decided many of these items fitted the bill we decided to buy a couple of boxes. I chose the chocolate slices as these looked to me as the most treat like out of the lot!! Well and that it was the only one with chocolate in!
I am sure many of you have heard of Mr Kipling cakes - hey have been around for years since 1967 when the cakes were officially launched. By 1970 the brand was completely national and ever since then the brand has continued to grow and grow with a huge range of cakes, pies and tarts. The logo is always easy to spot and many instantly know it is 'Mr Kipling'.
These chocolate slices come in the usual slim rectangular cardboard box. The slim box is a deep purple with the famous logo in the top left corner. The name of what is in the box is printed in big brown letters right across the front with a picture of two of the chocolate slices in the bottom right corner. The picture certainly looks tempting as the sponge looks in my opinion very moist!
Inside the actual box the slices are then packaged in three plastic trays - two slices are in each try and then each tray is then wrapped in plastic. I presume this has been done so that the slices keep fresher for longer as you would not then unwrap the whole lot at once. I also think it makes them ideal to pop in a lunch box as a two slice section!
Taste and smell:
I could not really smell much of the chocolate upon opening the tray packet even though there are chocolate chips imbedded in the sponge on the top of each slice. Yes it was evident when sniffing much closer but, not really as strong as I had expected.
When biting into the slice the sponge is quiet soft living up to my expectations from the picture on the front of the box. The chocolate chips are lovely and melt in the mouth almost. The combination of the sponge and chips is a good one and the sponge does taste of chocolate although not as maybe as strongly as I would have liked! I do have a very sweet tooth though!
The box of 6 slices is priced at £1 in Tesco at the moment - when not on offer the normal price is £1.31. Of course there will always be times when products are on offer and it is worth looking if it is before buying.
I thought these were nice as a little treat to have with a cup of tea or coffee especially during my break at work! I like that they have chocolate chips as well as the chocolate sponge and the taste overall is rather nice! Of course I would prefer hem to have even more chocolate in them but, that is only because I have such a sweet tooth. However these are ideal if you prefer a milder taste and want a little treat. Each slice has 132 calories in which although high is much lower than a lot of the other Mr Kipling treats! I would definitely buy these again and think they are well worth the £1 I paid for them!
Mother Lools is not the type of person who has an abundance of cakes in her cupboard. Instead she would usually have a very limited "snack cupboard" and a fruit bowl literally overflowing with (organic) fruit.
However since she has found out she is going to be a grandmother to twins, she seems to be on a mission to "fatten me up". Not only do I now get the fruit bowl shoved in my face as soon as I step into the hallway when I visit I now get offered a cup of tea and a cake offered about 10 seconds later and quizzed if "I'm eating properly" . Her concern is only valid I have been pretty poorly and am lucky if a day passes and I don't get at least one incident of "pregnancy sickness" (I refuse to call it morning sickness as it's more like all day and night sickness).
So back to my point. Not only does that mean I get to taste test lots of cakes, I get to write about them on Dooyoo and even better I don't have to pay for them! Result! My favourites so far have been Mr Kipling Chocolate slices.
The cake slices comes in a long purple rectangular outer box. This has the red Mr Kipling branding on the front of the box and images of the chocolate cake slices. Inside there are three plastic trays each individually wrapped with two cake slices in each tray. A plastic wrapper keeps these fresh so if you open the main box you don't have to worry about the cakes going off.
A pack of 6 Mr Kipling chocolate slices cost £1.20 in Asda and are £1.25 in Tesco. Often both supermarkets have a special offer on the Mr Kipling cakes and cake slices and offer a 2 packs for £2 offer on all of the range. This is a great way to stock up on your favourites and save some pennies.
***The Chocolate Slices***
Each chocolate slice is about 5cm long, 2cm wide and 2cm deep. The slice is a firm piece of cake with chocolate chunks in baked into the top of the cake.
The scent of the chocolate slices is fantastic, a very rich chocolate scent. This is a very sickly scent but personally I find this very appealing.
The cake slices when bitten into are very soft and spongy. I was surprised as they are extremely moist and I expected them to be a lot drier so I was pleasantly surprised. The taste of the cake slices are gorgeous the sponge has a lovely rich creamy chocolate flavour. The added chucks of chocolate add to the rich chocolate taste.
Per cake slice-
The cake slices do come in a six pack but are separated into three sealed packs of two cakes. Unless you decide to share one of these mini packs it is very tempting to eat both cakes as they are so tasty. A little treat (or two) won't do you any harm, if you eat in moderation though.
These are fantastic cakes. Being from the Mr Kipling brand they are slightly more expensive than the supermarkets own brand equivalents but they are definitely worth paying extra for the taste and quality of the cakes. I am still shocked at how moist the cake slices are inside. I might not be purchasing these myself but Mother Lools certainly will be. I made the fatal mistake of saying how much I loved these cakes so I'm sure as we speak she has been to Asda and bought every pack of Mr Kipling Chocolate Slices. I'm sorry to everyone in the North East getting your hands on a pack of these may be more difficult .............
I'm sure i've had these sometime in the past, but I had a slice of this on another work buffet, and they are lovely.
Continuing on my quest of working my way through Mr Kipling Cakes slices, it was now the turn of these, and even better I didn't buy them, so they didn't cost me! I guess they cost the same as the other Mr Kipling Cake Slices, which are £1.34 in Asda just now, or 2 for £2.20.
The box is a rectangular box and has the branding right in the middle and it is pretty large, and has the normal lovely looking picture of the Cake Slices on the front. The packaging is qyuite dark and with the red of the branding and the dark brown slices, they aren't so bright and colourful.
There is 6 slices in the box and they are in twin pack trays, so you get 2 Slices wrapped together. I would normally just eat the 1 slice, but when you see them like this, them I am always inclined to reach for the other slice so I can bin the packaging. Since they are packed in their own little pack, then you can pop them in your bag and eat on the go.
At first the Cake slices look pretty dry, but when you bite into them you will find that they are pretty moist and tasty. There is plenty of CHocolate Chunks in these are well, and you do get a nice taste of Chocolate through the slice.
One of my favourite in the range, as they are tasty and it satisfys my sweet tooth just right.
Mr Kipling 6 exceedingly good ... chocolate slices with real milk chocolate chips, so are they really exceedingly good as they claim to be? Well let's find out.
I purchased this along with another Mr Kipling cake as part of a buy 2 for £2.50 offer in ASDA. The chocolate slices come in a rectangle box in red and purple. On the front of the box it states Mr Kipling 6 exceedingly good... chocolate slices with real milk chocolate chips, contains no artificial colours or flavours and that it is an improved recipe. It shows a picture of two of the chocolate slices with dark chocolate chips on top.
Recycling information: Carton is recyclable, tray is also recyclable where facilities exist and film is currently not recyclable. So yeah, have fun recycling, but I have a feeling the tray will end up in the bin, who on earth is going to go out of their way to find somewhere that recycles it.
May contain nut traces, definitely contains Gluten (wheat), egg, milk, soya, if you have allergies be aware. Says it is suitable for vegetarians but I am confused as to how eggs are considered vegetarian, it is one of those questions that has continued to bug me over the years. Oh well, it is not suitable for pure vegetarians then.
You get six cakes, which are divided up into sets of two. They are packed in a tray covered with film to keep them fresh. Looking at the cake it has a dark chocolate looking sponge with large dark chocolate chips on top. I was actually wondering where are these milk chocolate chips they mentioned, well these were actually throughout the sponge and I only noticed them every time my tooth hit one.
Saturated fat: 3.0g
Can not believe my mum nicked two of these the other day without my knowledge, she does not buy stuff like this any more but when I do she has most of it and then complains she really shouldn't eat them for health reasons and that I should stop buying stuff like this and I am like I brought it for me, stop eating them! Mum should definitely pay half towards it I hardly get any.
I really should have just stuck to eating one piece of this cake but since it was in a tray of two, I had eaten the second one too, only feel a bit sick. Taste wise - chocolately and moist sponge. The dark chocolate chips give it that bitter edge but makes it taste much more chocolately. I really would have preferred it without the milk chocolate chips throughout the sponge it was like I would sink my teeth into sponge 1 second and the next clash with a chocolate chip. I found it annoying. I do not mind it in cookies because they are hard and you can actually see them but in these chocolate slices you can hardly tell it is in there until your teeth hits it and it just not a nice feeling.
Overall I would have been happier with just the sponge but even if I was to pick the chips out my sponge, it would have fell apart. tastes nice and sweet, just not nice to bite into.
In previous reviews I have given my opinion on some of MR Kipling's finest cakes, these chocolate slices are yet another favourite of mine from the Kipling range.
They come in a purple coloured box which has several pictures of the chocolate slices on it and unlike some products the pictures do actually reflect what the cakes look like.
Inside the box there are six slices wrapped in sets of two in little white plastic trays. The cakes look lovely, they have a rich dark chocolate look to them and there are loads of chocolate chips on view too. Unwrap a pack and you get a very strong chocolate smell which is also lovely.
Taste wise MR Kipling has got chocolate cake down to perfection, the chocolate slices are rich, moist dark chocolate sponge with delicious melt in the mouth large chunks of chocolate chip, the moist sponge and the masses of chocolate chips complement each other beautifully and as with all MR Kipling products they are always very fresh and in perfect condition when you buy them.
A box of six is typically £1.13 well it is in Asda anyway but they are almost always on 2 for £2 so you can save a little if you buy that way. As for the dreaded calorie count and stuff they are of course fattening as any cake is and they have 95 calories, 2.3g of fat and 9.7g of sugar per little slice.
I always eat two slices at a time and as they are not that big and come wrapped in twos I think most people probably would do the same, so you are looking at a couple of hundred calories per snack!
These are lovely cakes but like everything that tastes especially good they have to be eaten in moderation or the pounds will pile on!
Last week I went down to my local Somerfield and noticed a box of Mr Kipling delightful chocolate slices in with the reduced bread for only 28p, down from the original price of £1.14 because they had to be eaten by the day after. Loving both chocolate and a bargain, I decided to try them, conveniently forgetting I am supposed to be on a diet!
~About the product~
I'm sure we will all be familiar with the name Mr Kipling - the guy who makes exceedingly good cakes! These are chocolate cake slices containing chocolate chips. They are called 'delightful', which is pronounced with the emphasis being on the 'light'. It states that they are 'lovingly baked so they are lower in fat and calories.' This sentance to me doesn't quite make sense to me. Does it mean they are baked in a different way to make them healthier? Or the fact they are baked 'lovingly' keeps the calories down?! If it's the latter I'd like to speak to Mr Kipling and ask where I'm going wrong, as whenever I lovingly bake chocolate cakes they always make me fat!
These come in a pale blue box, which have a picture of the cake slices on the front, as well as a picture of a couple of chocolate chunks. For once the product inside the box does actually look like the picture! There are six cakes in a box, and they come wrapped in twos 'for freshness'.
~What I thought~
The cakes look very appetising, being dark chocolate in colour with plenty of chocolate chips visible and a sort of shininess to the top of them. They were a fair enough size being about an inch wide, an inch high and around 4 or 5 inches long.
When I picked up a cake I was surprised to find that they were really sticky on both the top and sides, and some of the chocolate chips on the sides were sort of gooey and melted straight onto my hands, which I wasn't really expecting, as the cakes looked quite solid.
When I bit into one, the taste was not quite what I was expecting. Obviously, being chocolate cakes, with chocolate chips, I was expecting a chocolate flavour, but they actually had a very strange flavour, and I seriously wondered if it was alcohol. On checking the ingredients on the pack, I can't see anything that looks like alcohol, so what this strange flavour was I don't know, but it wasn't very chocolaty and almost had a chemical quality! I was also surprised when I read that there are no artificial colours or flavours in these, as that pretty much disproved that theory too! The cakes are also very moist, almost too moist, which gives them a strange texture and makes them almost chewy. The chocolate chips are a nice addition and they almost melt in your mouth.
The cakes were still edible, just a lot different to any cake I've tried before, and not as high a standard as I would have expected from this brand.
At the end of the day, these are cakes and they are never going to be healthy. As with most products though, in these health conscious days, Mr Kipling are trying to advertise these as healthy - with the declaration that they only contain 95 calories each and 2.3g of fat. They don't, however mention that they also contain 9.7g of sugar. It also states that they contain no artificial colours or flavours, are suitable for vegetarians and may contain traces of nuts.
These are normally priced at £1.14 for six in Somerfield, which works out at 19p per cake, but as I said, I got these when they were reduced. They are available from most major supermarkets.
I might consider buying these if they were reduced again, but I certainly wouldn't buy them at full price. I never buy Mr Kipling cakes because of the price tag, and I know that had I parted with £1.14 for these, I would have been disappointed. I think I'll stick to own brand in future.