I am a real chocoholic and buy lots of different brands to consume. I recently purchased a bar of this Sainsburys Basics White Chocolate. I have tried shop's own or basic brands before but I have to say that I feel of all the different bars I've tried this Sainsbury's white chocolate is by far the best I've tried. It rivals even big brand names like Nestle Milky Bar.
The chocolate comes in a 100g sized bar which only costs 35p at the moment. The wrapper is a plastic one with perforated edges to make opening easier. The wrapper is quite plain in design and it does LOOK like a cheap chocolate bar, but don't let this fool you!
The front of the packaging has a easy to read nutritional chart whilst the back of the packaging shows full ingredients, more detailed nutritional values and specifically calorific values and brand contact information. The product is labelled as suitable for vegetarians and it contains "5 servings" according to the brand. The chocolate is not suitable for anyone with wheat or nut allergies due to the factory conditions during manufacturing.
There are 547 calories per 100g of this chocolate and 31g of fat. Per strip of squares, which is 3 squares, contains 109 calories and 6.2g of fat.
The chocolate is in an almost flat slab with just small indents to break each piece off into a square. Each square is marked with a pattern of lines. What I like about the chocolate is that it feels thick and chunky when you put it in your mouth. It's texture is velvety smooth and it melts into a sweet, dreamy cream. It's very satisfying and delicious. It does not at all taste like a shop's own brand chocolate and I would heartily recommend it to anyone who really loves white chocolate but who wants to save a bit of money too!
You can find this at Sainsburys in the UK in their confectionary aisle. At 35p it is slightly more expensive than Asda, Morrisons and Tesco's own brand white chocolate (5p more!) but it's definitely the best out of all of these brands.
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I have been buying and using this Sainsburys basic white chocolate for many years now. It has recently gone up in price - It is now 35 pence for 100 grams, which I feel still represents good value for money. I think this chocolate is OK taste wise for a treat (although it can be a bit sickly after a couple of chunks) but its brilliant for baking with. The white chocolate is quite sweet and quite tasty. Consistency is Ok aswell, its quite amooth in texture and appearance except fo a few waves indented in each chunk of chocolate. I dont find it as smooth in the mouth as some of the more expensive brands but if you have a sweet tooth and dont want to spend more than a few pennies then this chocolate bar is a worthwhile purchase. The packaging doesnt help the chocolate bars appeal, it is very bland and cheap looking, which I think cheapens a perceftly good chocolate bar! Calories wise this is chocolate, so a little in moderation is OK. However, should you eat the whole bar you will have had more than a few calories towards your daily allowance - and no doubt be feeling really sickly afterwards. I have eaten a whole bar before and I think white chocolate should be eaten in moderation to really enjoy it. Overall I thinks its a product that is well worth its money. When you think what branded white chocolate bars cost thi one is a real steal. Size wise I have never found any bar biger than 100g which is somewhat frustrating if you want to do lots of baking or eating?
I was on a diet untill I found this white chocolate.
I eat a bar every night in bed . I dont find it too sweet or sickly , it just seems to get to the end too soon.
I wish they made a bigger bar. I find with normal milk chocolate I can stop after a few squares , and I always mean to do the same when I eat the white , but it never works . , before I know it , it has all gone .
If its any consolation I eat salad 6 days a week from march to October so I suppose I do deserve some sweet things to keep me smiling, and I do excersize quite a bit for my age so that also helps to burn up those chocolatey calories. I did try Tesco's white chocolate but that has a strange taste
This bar of chocolate often finds its way into my shopping trolley when wandering around Sainsburys - sometimes as a treat for myself - (because it's so cheap I don't feel guilty about buying it) and sometimes for cooking purposes, as I find it both nicer and cheaper than the specialised 'cooking chocolate' available.
A 100g bar of this chocolate costs a mere 30p.
I find it very sweet and not the sort of chocolate bar I can demolish in minutes. But it is tasty. It is creamy and firm to bite into. I store mine in the fridge before I eat it for that extra firmness. It tastes almost as good as some branded white chocolate - if a little less smooth.
Melted down in a Pyrex bowl over hot water, it covers my cup cakes just as well too - and for a fraction of the price I could spend topping my cakes. I have also used it with a little melted butter to cover popcorn and when broken up into small pieces; in muffins.
Like most chocolate alas, this is a 'sometimes' food. There are 547 calories per 100g. The FSA rating gives this product red lights for its fat, sat fat, sugar and calorie content - it just gets the green light for a low salt content.
Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder (from Cows' Milk), Whey Powder (from Cows' Milk), Skimmed Milk Powder (from Cows' Milk), Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithin, Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate; Butterfat (from Cows' Milk), Flavouring.
The product contains milk and soya. It is not suitable for nut or wheat gluten allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product. Suitable for vegetarians.
It is produced in Germany.
Would recommend as a nibble on a budget or for using to top cakes etc.
I love Sainsbury's products but this one dissappointed me very much. When I was eating it after the 3rd piece I got a very bad throat irritation despite having no alergies to food whatsoever. In a minute the irritation became so strong I lost the breath. I thought I am going to die. Thanks god I had some water in the room. There was a feeling inside my throat as if I've eaten some soup. I swear, beware of this product as it's something strange with this product's ingridients. It must be something wrong with it, I am 24 yrs healthy person with a strong imunne system and I have never had such thing happened to me (I am not allergic to cow's milk or gluten). Now I am very worried about it. What if all Sainsbury's products' descriptions do not say the whole truth about them. I would really suggest someone to check the chemical ingredients, it must be something strange in there. Very dissapointing. Never had a similar thing with dark chocolate of Sainsburys happened. I have bought 2 packs but thinking of going to the store and giving it back What if that stuff goes to a small child? dangerous stuff
I have always found white chocolate to be my least favourite. To me it seems more "sweet" than dark or milk chocolate. There is undoubtedly a difference between the higher cocoa content of dark or even milk chocolate whereby the higher the cocoa the higher the price (usually). However, I have found personally that with white chocolate this is not the case.
I decided to try this chocolate as my children wanted to make chocolate crispy cakes.
PACKAGING & COST
This chocolate comes in 100gram slab and is suitable for vegetarians. It costs around 35p from Sainsburys, Sainsbury Local and online at www.sainsburys.co.uk.
The packaging is the classice no frills or as Sainsburys call it "Basics" range which is white and orange. In the front there is nutritional value information per quarter of a bar (which is considered one portion) as well as the wording "no fancy packagin, just a good bar of chocolate".
On the back there is best before information, how to store, more detailed nutritional information per 100g, ingredients, allergy advice, contact information for Sainsburys should you be unhappy with the product and recycling information.
So, basically all the information you could need!
I cannot fault this chocolate, it tastes just the same as the far more expensive white chocolate. Its creamy and sweet and it also gets the thumbs up from the children too who absolutely loved it!
I used this chocolate melted and mixed with cornflakes and then put in the fridge to set. These type of cakes take alot of chocolate to make these cakes as you have to coat each cornflake in chocolate so I purchased four bars of this chocolate which worked out at least half the cost if I had purchased any other white chocolate!
Thumbs up for the basics range on this one!!!
Thanks for reading x
I like to give my little grandson a treat when he comes to visit my home or he stays over night and he loves white chocolate and so when I spotted this bar in Sainsbury's a couple of months ago, I decided to buy it since I had not bought it before and I have found that a lot of the basics range are quite nice tasting foods. So I thought I would give this one a go to see if he liked it or not for the cheap price I thought if he didn't like it then I had not wasted a lot of money. I have bought it many times since because it is affordable.
It was priced at just 31p for a 100g bar, it comes inside a basic plastic wrapper and in the usual colours of orange and white from the cheaper products from Sainsbury's. This bar is a good size and inside the packet there are 15 squares of chocolate. Each square is around an inch or so and they each have a swirl pattern in the front and just a plain back.
The thickness of the chocolate is quite a good thickness for the price.
The texture of the chocolate is quite soft to the touch, it melts in the mouth perfectly and it is very easy to chew. My grandson has had no problems eating and chewing this chocolate and he is just 2 years old. He loves the taste and finds it very enjoyable to eat. He asked for some more once I broke off a couple of squares for him to eat, so I knew he liked it or he would not have asked for anymore because he really does know his own mind like most little ones.
The chocolate does not taste at all bland and has a really nice taste, it does taste sweet but it is not a sickly taste as you would imagine a cheaper brand to taste, with this one it is a nice taste to suit most people. I would say if you are a little picky about the kind of chocolate you buy then this one probably would not be so suitable because it is not to the standard of a branded one but it suits my taste buds well and that of my grandson too.
It is so affordable if you have lots of children and need to buy lots of treats to keep them happy because it can become quite expensive buying some other brands on the market, especially white chocolate because the manufacturers know children always like the white variety and so that is why they price it sometimes a little higher.
It tells me on the back of the wrapper that this chocolate is however not suitable for anyone who has a nut or wheat allergy due to the manufacturing of this one. It also contains milk and soya.
It contains per quarter of the bar, 137 calories, 7.8g of fat, 4.9g of saturates and 15.5g of total sugars.
I like to eat my chocolate cold from my fridge as I like the taste of cold chocolate in my mouth and I like the feel of a hard chocolate for some reason. I have used this chocolate grated over a chocolate mousse for a pudding and it has tasted really nice with the milk chocolate mousse. It is not a cooking chocolate but it works well for a topping for a pudding in my opinion.
I have also melted it and made some chocolate rice buns with my grandson and had a lot of fun making them because he likes to now have fun days making little baking buns and this chocolate is ideal for those occasions and it is very easy to melt in a dish in the microwave and left to cool for awhile until cooler and then just mix in the rice crispies or cornflakes in the usual way we all know.
I think this is a really good value for money chocolate bar and one that I highly recommend and I think it is suitable for any budget and fabulous value for money if you have lots of children to keep happy for treat days in my opinion. It is one that I will continue to buy in the future because it suits my little grandson very well and he loves it and that is the main purpose of buying it so that he is happy eating his treats.
I give this chocolate bar 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
Not everyone is the greatest fan of white chocolate as it isn't really a proper chocolate as it only contains cocoa butter. I decided to buy the Sainsbury's Basics chocolate as I was a bit short of cash again this week. At 31p for a 100g bar, I couldn't pass on the offer.
Each bar is 6 blocks long and 3 blocks wide, so 18 blocks in total. It comes in a plain white pack with the name of the product and a small picture on the front. On opening the wrapper, you are confronted with a chocolate bar that is off white in colour and has a slightly sweet smell. I didn't put mine in the fridge as I was quite hungry so I found that it broke quite easily.
On biting it, it has quite a dense texture that is quite creamy to the taste. When breaking the blokes up it doesn't crumble, but when eating it is slightly crumbly. This is nice as it makes it easy to eat and has that melt in your mouth taste. I find white chocolate is a lot different to normal chocolate as it has a taste that is a lot sweeter than milk or dark chocolate. In small quantities this is nice but as you eat a lot of it, the sweetness can become a little too much.
Overall it is quite nice to eat over an evening, but if you eat it all in one go then it can be a bit too much and you will feel a little bit sickly. It is not the healthiest chocolate available as each quarter of a bar contains 137 calories, 7.8g of fat and 15.5g of sugars, which is a huge amount for only 25g of white chocolate! This means that you probably shouldn't eat too much at all!
I will therefore give this 3/5 as the high sugar, fat and calorie content makes it very unhealthy and eating too much in one go gives me a bit of a sicky feeling.
Thanks for reading.
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When looking for some cheap white chocolate, I managed to find the 100g slab of Sainsburys basics white chocolate for the not too expensive price of 37p, and I decided to buy it, not knowing what to really expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.
I decided to try it whilst watching some TV, to give me something to munch on. The packaging isn't fancy (as it is quoted on the front of it!), but it does what it is supposed to! The slab itself is split into 15 pieces (3 columns with 5 rows).
The most important aspect was the taste though, and I must say it is very nice indeed. It is quite sweet, but not sickly sweet like some of the higher priced options available, and I am ashamed to say that I managed to get through the whole pack in one sitting. It is almost like eating a milky-bar, if one wants the best idea of how it tastes!
As a tool for cooking it is also very good indeed. I made a chocolate mousse with it, and everyone seemed to love it, and assumes that (wrongly) I used some slightly higher value chocolate for it, which in my opinion is another validation of how nice it is.
The only issue anyone could have with it is how unhealthy it is. A quarter of the bar contains 137 calories and 7.8 grams of fat, which isn't a small amount, so for the health conscious it is probably best shared (but for the naughty, it is definitely not for sharing ;) )
Overall it is brilliant value for money and definitely a top option for buying white chocolate.
As a hobby, my sister and I like to bake and make chocolates so the appeal of this product was definitely the price. At around 25 pence per 100g bar, it is incredibly cheap and good value.
I only ever really use white chocolate as decoration, and this is ideal. It has a very milky texture, so it melts quickly and easily into a very smooth consistency. This makes it very simple to work with. As with all chocolate, take care not to overheat it as this is guaranteed to ruin it. My advice would be to watch it as it melts, stirring it regularly.
The taste of the product isn't actually to my liking, as I prefer dark chocolate and find white chocolate too sweet. As with all cheap chocolate, it is not likely to be one that you would choose to eat lots of on its own. Despite this, for what I need this product for, it is perfect and has a lovely vanilla shade to it.
Even though the packaging is very basic (no pun intended!) it does what it says on the tin, so to speak, and is amazing value for what you get. I can recommend this product for baking, decorating cakes and chocolates and for use in other recipes that use chocolate (why not try a white chocolate fondue, for example? I can guarantee it would be easy to do!)
Unlike it's darker relative, I find Sainsbury's Basics White Chocolate a bit too sickly, especially if you are going to wolf the whole bar down. At 26p for a 100g bar it is obviously fantastic value, but I would be more inclined to spend a little bit extra and avoid Sainsbury's Basics White Chocolate, especially if you are eating it on its own. I am a big fan of the Sainsbury's Basics Dark Chocolate but the White variety is just too sweet and sickly for me.
For cooking purposes however, Sainsbury's Basics White Chocolate is absolutely fantastic. I used a bar of it to make white chocolate meringues recently and they turned out really well (even though the recipe called for high quality white chocolate). If you are using it to make a sauce, it melts down quite easily and re-sets without too many problems.
As with all the products in the Sainsbury's Basics range the packaging is decidedly 'no-frills'. Despite this, it provides all the pertinent nutritional information that you would require in an easy to interpret manner. It also states that Sainsbury's Basics White Chocolate is suitable for vegetarians.
All in all I would say that Sainsbury's Basics White Chocolate is really reasonably priced. It is too sweet for me to eat on its own (and I am a big white chocolate fan) but for cooking purposes it is absolutely ideal. I would have no hesitation recommending it for cooking purposes but not for general munching! 3 out of 5.
I'm always up for saving a bit of money especially on luxuries such as chocolate. For a mere 30p for 100g I had to give this one a go!
I'm don't know when white chocolate ever became a food cupboard "basic" but I'm not complaining. It comes in the typical Sainsburys Basics packaging with is plain white with red lettering which isn't particularly attractive, but I'm not eating the packaging afterall. The nutritional value is as follows per quarter of the bar:
Sat Fat: 4.9g
Total Sugars: 15.5g
...so unfortunately the nutrition wheel is all red apart from the salt section, but you can never expect chocolate, especially white chocolate, to be low in fat or calories. However, I think this brand is slightly higher possibly due to the fact it is a cheaper brand which adds sugar to enhance the taste.
For what you're pay, I think the taste is actually really good. Of course it doesn't taste as good as the more pricey brands such as Cadbury's but it still tastes rich and creamy. However, I love all white chocolate so I may be slightly biased - if you're more of a fan of milk or plain chocolate then you may find more errors in the taste.
The main disadvantage of this product is of course the fat content and calories. But as I said earlier, no chocolate is healthy! It also feels a little bit greasy and leaves your mouth dry, but I personally find that present in all chocolate.
I'd definitely buy this chocolate again and it's especially perfect for satisfying annoying cravings because of how cheap it is. It's not the best brand of white chocolate but still tasty and even if you aren't keen on eating it on it's own, you can save a lot of money by using this in any cooking.
I like cooking with my little sisters but the ingredients work out mega expensive sometimes. When I was in Sainsburys the other day I picked up a bar of Milky Bar to make some icing with for the fairy cakes we was going to make but then I looked down and saw that Sainsburys make their own bars of white chocolate in the Basics packaging. A 100g bar is only 27p so that's loads cheaper than the Milky Bar I was going to buy.
Yeah, yeah, yeah it comes in crap packaging but who cares about stuff like that when you're saving a bomb??? At the end of the day I'm not mad keen on white chocolate ANYWAY so even the expensive ones taste cheap to me.
The chocolate bar is quite thin but that was brill for me because it meant it melted dead easy in the microwave. It smells a bit greasy while it's melting and that's why I wouldn't buy it for my little sister to eat but for mixing with icing sugar and putting on top of cakes it's fine. I kept a square back so I could try it and it's not all that good on it's own. It has definitely got a greasy flavour and isn't creamy at all, it tastes like the CHEAPEST white chocolate in the world..... and it probably is!!! lol
For cooking it's wicked though. The icing came out perfect and tasted exactly the same as if I had brought the Milky Bar chocolate. The chocolate definitely tasted richer in the icing than it did when I ate a piece on it's own and it tasted creamier as well, that's probably a lot to do with the icing sugar but it shows that it's a cheap way to use white chocolate when you're cooking even if you're not planning to eat it for a treat.
The whole bar has got 527 calories and 31.1g fat, that sounds like loads but it's about the same as any other white chocolate because there's more fat in white chocolate then in the brown stuff. Even if it tasted better I still don't think I'd want to eat much of it because it's got a madly sweet flavour that makes your mouth go proper dry after a bit, I could feel it even after just eating 1 piece so I know I'd deffo end up puking if I tried eating a whole bar of it.
Recommended.... for cooking more than eating but you might even like the taste of it on its own.
Sainsbury's basic's white chocolate retails at only 27pence. I'm a huge fan of Cadbury's but money being so tight all the time since the birth of my youngest I decided to give it a try. To my amazement it was actually quite good. It wasn't as creamy and satisfying as my regular purchase of Cadburys dairy milk but it was lovely. And I'm not usually a fan of white chocolate.
The chocolate just melted away in my mouth and didn't leave a nasty taste as I have found when purchasing Asda's own branded smart price chocolate. Each bar contains 15 squares of white chocolate weighting a total of 100grams. The squares are quite thing but are full of chocolaty flavour.
The packaging is very simple like all the other Sainsbury's basic products with a white back ground and all the details in orange. Also in the top right corner is the Sainsbury's wheel. This tells you all the small but important details of the products.
The chocolate is suitable for vegetarians and contains a total of 548 calories for the whole 100gram bar! This is a lot so I would recommend having maybe one or two chucks as a treat. Or unless you're a chocoholic like me that just wouldn't be enough and you'll regret it in the mirror later. The bar also contains a total of 31.2 grams of fat and a total of 62grams of sugar!
I would defiantly recommend this for children who love chocolate as it'll save you a lot of money, but yet again only one or two chucks otherwise you'll have a very hyperactive child. It's also great to melt and make crispy cakes with as well.
Sainsbury Basics White Chocolate
I buy this chocolate quite often, though I had never actually eaten it as a chocolate bar until last night. Ordinarily I use it as an ingredient for making chocolate chunk cookies as I find it tastes lovely in them.
Last night I really fancied some chocolate but had nothing in the flat. I was contemplating baking a chocolate cake or at least making some cookie dough to eat when I stumbled across my stash of cookie making chocolate. I decided eating a bit of that was far easier than making cookie dough and I would get my sugar fix a lot quicker.
The packaging is very simple, being a basics product, and comes in the usual white and orange wrappings we expect. It also contains the usual style of slogan, telling you it's the same but just simpler ("no fancy packaging, just a good bar of chocolate"). We also have the familiar health wheel on the front with four of the five wedges being red (well really, would you expect it to be anything different?) We are also told that the bar is suitable for vegetarians.
The chocolate was lovely. Really creamy and tasting far nicer than Cadburys white chocolate (which I find overly sweet and sugary). It certainly reminds me of the taste of Nestle, who I try not to buy from because of their overseas policies. I also surprised myself that I managed to not eat the entire bar in one sitting, which is what I have done with Milky Bars in the past, perhaps because after just a few squares I actually felt my sugary craving had been satiated.
The back of the packaging gives us the ingredients list and the fuller list of nutritional information. Costing just 27p this really is a great value bar of chocolate. As already mentioned, this isn't exactly a healthy snack, but it definitely is a nice treat to have and also is great for baking with. I will certainly be buying this again, whether it is to use for baking or just for eating!
Type: Chocolate Bar / Brand: Sainsbury's