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      03.06.2010 19:47
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      Little discs of happiness!

      I will admit to being somewhat of a big kid and a huge fan of chocolate buttons. For me, the crème de la crème of chocolate buttons has always been the Cadburys variety. However, having recently lost my job, it is now time to economise and I decided to give Sainsburys Basics Chocolate Buttons instead.

      At 38p for a 100g packet they are ludicrously cheap and certainly score points against the more expensive branded varieties.

      The buttons had a smooth milk chocolatey taste which I found really enjoyable. They have a slightly strange texture, slightly gritty or floury which I attribute to the cheapness of the chocolate used. Although they weren't quite up to the high standards of Cadbury's Chocolate Buttons I have to confess that I did enjoy munching my way through the entire pack in one sitting. That has to mean that they tasted good (or possibly that I am a glutton!).

      In terms of nutritional value, it won't surprise you to hear that these are from the healthiest snacks available. That being said, they are pretty much par for the course for chocolate.

      Per ¼ pack, the buttons contain 128 calories and 6.6g of fat (that's a whopping 512 calories if you polish off the whole bag in one sitting). At the end of the day it's chocolate and should be enjoyed in moderation. You wouldn't expect a pack of chocolate buttons to be good for you and to be honest they aren't!

      Sainsburys Basics Chocolate Buttons are a really tasty chocolate treat. If I am being truthful, they don't really compete with my favourite Cadbury's product, but they are still perfectly munchable. If you are looking to save some money, you could do a lot worse than trying these.

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      26.05.2010 12:23
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      good product; lovely taste and bargain price

      I have been buying Sainsburys Basics products for a good 6 months now, after realising that I was spending far too much on food for myself and my two toddlers; I used to spend over £100 a week as I was a total label junkie! (only brand-name food was good enough).

      I usually buy online working from a strict shopping list, but recently went into my local store and in a moment of madness (lol) decided to walk down the chocolate aisle.

      I was desperate for a chocolate fix but knew couldnt afford it; after all, confectionary is generally a waste of money.

      I then saw bags of the Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons - 100g for 38p!

      This was too much to resist; I did think that the buttons themselves would be as bland in taste as the Basics packaging is, but was pleasantly surprised - I put one of the buttons in my mouth and waited for a second to see if it would start melting (as Cadburys buttons do).
      And it did start to melt, a little, the taste was almost as good as Cadburys, but with that slightly cheap chocolate taste.
      A kind of bland aftertaste, but not nearly as strong an aftertaste as I thought there would be.

      My two toddler had a taste of the buttons and seemed to like them, and they werent climbing the walls afterwards so obviously there arent too many of those dreaded e-numbers in there!

      All in all, a nice tasting product and a bargain for the price - although the packaging is awful, this product satisfied my chocolate cravings which is all you can ask for really, isnt it!

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      25.03.2010 21:19
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      Nice quality chocolate. Shame its not a larger packet.

      Nothing can compare to the taste of Cadbury's buttons but these are a close competitor. Being on a tight budget we can no longer afford the luxuries we used to have. But I'm not going to give up chocolate. So walking down the chocolate aisle knowing we can't really afford anything I skimmed the shelf's looking at the prices.

      That's when I saw the price label. Only 38p for a large packet of milk buttons. So I popped them in the trolley hoping they would be alright.
      The milk chocolate buttons contain only natural flavours and the bag weighs a total of 100gs. There are a lot of buttons in this pack a lot more than the small packets of Cadburys buttons.

      25grams of these chocolate treats contain 128 calories, 6.6grams of fat and 15.5grams of sugar.

      Each button is about 2 cms wide.

      I opened the packet and I could smell the sweet smell of milk chocolate. I pop one in my mouth and within minutes it had melted. It tasted so good. I must admit they aren't the best of the best but they are a good chocolate fix if you're short of cash.

      This sweet treat is excellent value for money and your kids will love it.

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      02.03.2010 11:11
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      Good for a cheap chocolate fix

      Whilst in Sainsbury's looking for a quick chocolate fix, I saw a 100g bag of these Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons for 38p. As the slightly more up market Sainsbury's own Milk Chocolate Buttons (ie Sainsbury's but not their Basics range) were adjacent to these on the shelf at 3 for £1 for smaller bags, I thought I would try the Basics Buttons as the bags are larger so it works out more chocolate for your money.

      These come in a white plastic bag with the normal simple orange writing on to indicate these are from the Sainsbury's Basics range. The bags are easy enough to get into if you just tear into the top of the pack. There is no specific "open here" tab or perforation. Once inside the chocolate buttons are quite large- larger than Cadbury's buttons. Each button is just under an inch in diameter (2.3cm to be exact).

      The buttons do not look very appetizing as they all look a bit scuffed and have white/ pale brown marks on them all as if the chocolalte has been scratched in transit. So they are not as pretty as smooth brown Cadbury's buttons. But they are larger and they do not taste at all bad. They are very palatable and the chocolate melts in your mouth and although it does have a bit of a dry slightly powdery taste at first, once the chocolate has melted in your mouth these are creamy and for a value chocolate these are very decent.

      I prefer the Basics buttons to the Basics bars of chocolate as the buttons just seem to taste nicer whereas the bars can taste a bit like cooking chocolate sometimes. If you are looking for a cheap chocolate fix or if quantity is more important than quality, then you will not go wrong with a 100g bag of these for 38p! They do taste nicer than they look.

      Nutrition:
      Per 100g: 513 calories
      26.5g fat (16.5g saturated fat)

      I would recommend these are the buttons are large and you can just grab a few for a quick chocolate fix. I have tasted far worse chocolate so these are quite high on the taste scale when compared to other value chocolates.

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      09.02.2010 13:45

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      Ideal for the cinema or theatre

      I tried Sainbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Buttone for the first time yesterday, having become a fan of their Basics chocolate bars. Compared to their Basics Milk Chocolate, I was slightly disappointed as I didn't think that the chocolate tasted as nice. Their bars of Milk Chocolate are made in Belgium, where as the Milk Buttons are made in the UK so I would guess this is where the difference in taste comes in (different manufacturer).
      Whereas the Milk Chocolate bars are creamy tasting, I found that the Buttons tasted more like 'advent calendar' chocolate. However, they were an absolute bargain compared to their premium branded equivalent. I had bought the Basics Buttons for a trip to the cinema, and I thought they were ideal for this - much better than paying a fortune for popcorn, and a very generously sized bag. If I was having a night in I would probably stick to the bars of Basics chocolate, but for a future cinema visit I would definitely return to the Basics Chocolate Buttons.

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      07.11.2009 19:36
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      Decent chocolate for the price

      I have tried quite a few of Sainsbury's Basics products recently, and have been happy with the quality of most of them. The Basics chocolate bars are quite good, though obviously not the same quality as a higher priced one, but still good if you are on a budget and want to have a chocolatey treat. I saw these Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons when I was out shopping the other day, and decided to try a couple of bags. They cost 38p for a bag containing 100g.

      The packaging is very plain and has the Sainsbury's Basics orange and white logo. It says 'real chocolate and right on the button'. The front of the pack also says that the buttons contain only natural flavours. They also contain milk and soya, and are not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of the product.

      The bag contains a decent amount of chocolate buttons. They appear to be all slightly different in size, and are not quite uniform. The appearance is not as attractive as Cadbury's Chocolate Buttons, but, of course, they are a lot more expensive. These ones look as though they have been thrown around in the bag, and have become a little damaged, as they do not have a smooth surface.

      The taste is quite good, though, for such a cheap product. The buttons have a slightly harder texture when compared to the Cadbury's ones, and the taste is not as creamy and rich. They are still very tasty, and I shall definitely be buying them again. My two year old daughter tried some and ate them all, so they went down well with her, and she is not aware of packaging and brands yet.

      Per quarter pack (25g) the buttons contain -
      128kcal
      1.4g protein
      15.8g carbohydrate (15.5g sugars)
      6.6g fat (4.1g saturates)
      0.4g fibre
      0.08g salt
      The milk chocolate contains 25% Cocoa Solids minimum.

      They are not that healthy, but are fine as a treat for both adults and children. The quality is not as good as that of more expensive brands, but they are perfectly good and tasty.

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        01.10.2009 06:06
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        Great For Family Gatherings On A Budget; Remove From Packet First And They'll Never Guess The Price!

        My review of Sainsbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons.
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        Introduction
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        Sainsbury's do a 'basics' range of food, which is the 'umbrella' under which they market their own economy brand. Though blandly (but not necessarily minimally) packaged, the Sainsbury's 'basics' range (strangely considering the 'basics' name) includes more non essential (dare I say it; non-basic -lol!!) items such as chocolate and confectionary...


        A Bit Of 'Basic' Shopping
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        After a trip to the Post Office this afternoon I wondered into Sainsbury's and picked up a few groceries and other food items, among which were a 38p packet of Sainsbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons.

        My family are mostly chocolate mad (where as the rest are just mad -sorry couldn't resist that one!), and since it's nice to have a few sweets to hand round when there's a movie on, I invested 38 of my hard earned pennies and took the plunge and bought some.

        To be honest I was going to buy some Cadbury ones - as everyone in the family loves them -but at just 38p I thought I'd give the Basics ones a go...


        The Good, The Bad And The Ugly... I Mean Quantity!!
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        Initial impressions were mixed; the buttons come in a small opaque plastic bag - coloured in the bland orange writing on a white background 'basics' design; which does not inspire confidence...

        ...But on the other hand, there's a fair bit of weight to the bag as it comes in at a generous 100 grams (don't you just wish you could still buy sweets by the 1/4 pound -lol!!), so what ever else Sainsbury's might be skimping on; it's certainly not quantity!


        Button Down The Hatches!!
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        So home I rushed, (okhome I pottered) looking for willing victims to taste my bag o' budget buttons!! After we'd had tea, I took a few buttons for myself and passed the bag round to everyone, actually I was quite impressed with the taste; they were very chocolatey, and slightly creamy -though not as creamy or tasty as Cadbury buttons (in my opinion).

        The verdict from the rest of my family was pretty much the same; everyone thought they were pretty tasty, and considering the price there really were a lot of buttons (the packet made the rounds at least 4 times before it was empty -lol!).

        I can see Sainsbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons being dead useful at Christmas when everyone's visiting; I bet that if I emptied a few packs of them into a bowl and quickly discarded the tell tale 'basics' packets, no-one would suspect they were amazingly cheap chocolates...


        In Choc-clusion!!
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        My opinion of Sainsbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons is that they're really much better quality than I expected, there's more of them than I expected and I think they're excellent value for money...

        Any disadvantages? - well they don't taste quite as nice as Cadbury Buttons; there's not a huge difference between the two brands, but I do think the Cadbury one's taste better... but then again Cadbury Buttons are a lot more expensive too... so it's swings and roundabouts!

        At the end of the day I think I still like Sainsbury's Basics Milk Chocolate Buttons enough to want to pick up a packet or two on future shopping trips, at least for as long as the price stays sub 40p anyway!!

        Thank you so much for reading my review and I hope you found it interesting!!!

        Best wishes,
        Caveat-Emptor

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          28.08.2009 22:42
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          will be buying some more of these, definitely.

          Sainsbury,s Basics

          MILK CHOCOLATE BUTTONS.



          Went to visit my daughters new place, this week and my beutiful grandchildren, and before i left i popped into Sainsbury,s to buy the children some treats, and noticed these bags of Milk Chocolate Buttons, on sale in their sweeties and Chocolate isle.

          They come in the Sainsbury,s basic bags, and are only 38p a bag, they have three little chocolate buttons on their illustration on the front and state that they contain only natural flavours.

          The Package**********

          Easy to tear open, basic white and orangy red bag, a quarter of one of these packs contain 128 calories, fat 6.6g, total sugars 15.5 g, salt at 0.08g, and sat fat at 4.1g.

          They have the reconised logo its a kind of little green circle, with a picture of a leaf on top of it, stating vegetarian.

          Store in a cool dry place, i keep them in the fridge, but as you can guess they soon disapear when i give them out, after dinner at my daughters.

          The Taste**********

          Yes one for you one for me, and i did have just a couple to try just so that i could let you know what they were like for a 100 gram bag full, for a cheap price. And to be fair they do taste quite nice, the chocolate wasnt too bad at all, and they were obviously not as nice as Cadburys, but for the price they were ok, not as creamy but still not too bad chocolate, and they did snap in your mouth.

          ALLERGY ADVICE **********

          Contains : Soya and Milk. Not suitable for peanut allergy sufferers (must be awful because of the amount of food products that nowadays eith contain some kind of nut, or are prepared in an environment that has been used to prepare food where nuts have been).

          Suitable for coeilacs.

          Containing protein, energy carbohydrates, fat fibre, and salt.

          Well they soon polished of these treats. and seemed to enjoy them.

          Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.

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          13.08.2009 21:14
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          A cheap chocolate that isn't bad!

          I do like to eat chocolate and I love Cadbury buttons so when I saw this cheap option in Sainsbury's I was too curious to try them to simply walk past them lol.

          The Packaging....

          White and orange plastic oblongish bag and on the front I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Milk chocolate Buttons 'Real chocolate and right on the button' there is an at a glance nutritional chart, I'm told the product contains only natural flavours and that they're suitable for Vegetarians and there is a scribble in orange of the buttons. On the back of the bag nutritional information is given, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told how to store them the size is stated (100g) the best before date is stamped on, contact details for Sainsbury's are given and finally there is bar-code on there. Cheap looking packaging this is and do be careful if opening this packet because it tears badly and you lose loads of the buttons all over the place!

          The Buttons....

          Round, smell nice and sweet and chocolaty but not very big at all however my bag was rammed full of them. These are best stored in a cool place other wise they do melt mega quickly!

          Taste wise they have a weird texture really. I mean once in the mouth they are smooth but if you bite them they have a sort of snap to them. They do taste chocolaty but a bit sweeter than I'm usually used to and although they are milk chocolate they are not rich and creamy at all.

          They taste ok and the more I ate of them the more I liked them oddly enough and I would buy them again for a sugar fix with no hesitation at all. They're not the best chocolate I've ever tasted for sure but they are simply ok and do a job! Do watch them though they melt quick in the hands for some reason so have something to at hand to wipe with lol.

          Allergy Advice....

          Contains milk & soya.
          Not suitable for peanut or nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

          Nutritional Information Per Quarter Of A Pack....

          Calories: 128
          Fat: 6.6g
          Saturated Fat: 4.1g
          Salt: 0.08g
          Total Sugars: 15.5g

          Only available in Sainsbury's priced at 38p a bag.

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