“ Brand: Tesco / Type: White „
As a giant fan of white chocolate it's always nice to treat myself to a bag of white chocolate buttons, so with TESCO having their own brand ones on offer as part of what seems to be a never ending offer of 3 small treat bags for £1. In this case the bag is a small 70g bag with a light yellow colour to it and a cheeky looking "button" like character on the front spinning buttons as though they are plates on a pole. The packaging has an innocent appeal to it that is childish yet seemingly has nice appeal that even adults can admire as pretty but simple with a nice see through window at the bottom of the packet.
Inside the bag is a few handfuls of yellow coloured "white chocolate" buttons, they have a diameter of about 1cm and are slightly curved in the centre like, well...a button. They have a slightly dull colouring to the them which makes them look like the pure chocolate they are rather than anything over them glazing them. The buttons have a soft milky white chocolate flavour to them with chocolate that melts quickly in your mouth creaming up with a delightful taste being left in your mouth. Though the bags are much bigger than those of rivals Nestle and Cadbury (who both make a near identical chocolate sweet) the chocolate is admittedly not quite as good and it melts a little bit too quickly and lacks a tiny bit of the spark of the more main stream "white chocolate buttons". Though they are less "dry" than the Cadbury ones (which is a good thing) they just miss something, that's hard to actually put your finger on.
For 33p the bag is better value for money than both the Nestlé and the Cadbury's white buttons, though the chocolate does seem a little bit worse to me it may just be a mental thing, the buttons have a great taste, a good size and the bags are around twice as big as those of the leading brand. For the tiny feeling of having an inferior product, it's worth realising that they more than make up for "possibly" tasting slightly worse. These really are one of the stand out TESCO treats and well worth trying. Give them to your kids, they won't notice the difference.
Nutritional Information (per 100g)
Energy 2285KJ / 550Kcal
Carbohydrate 61.2g (All 62.1g are from sugar)
Fat 31.3g (of which a worryingly high 20.3g is Saturated, with 10.0g being Mono-Unsaturates and 0.9g Polyunsaturates)
Salt equivalent 0.3g
Product contains Milk and Soya, with TESCO unable to guarantee no nut content
My boys usually end up getting a treat when we go shopping in Tesco at the weekend and they always head of the small Tesco bags which are sold as 3 for £1 which I am pleased about as it does save me the pennies. The one which were chosen by my youngest last time where these white chocolate buttons.
The buttons come in a light yellow bag which have a picture of a big white button with a funny face and top hat on spinning buttons on sticks. The name of the sweets are above this and so too in the Tesco logo. The bottom corner of the front of the bag has a brief guide to the nutritional contents of the buttons. On the back of the bag we have the ingredients, full list of nutritional values and information about how they have been made.
~~APPEARANCE AND TASTE~~
When I opened the packet for little man the pleasant smell of the chocolate buttons was quite apparent, I have to say it was a nice smell and not overpowering like some white chocolate smells can be. The buttons are a good size and shape, they are about 2 cm wide and about 3mm thick which mean they are easy for little hands to pick up and eat by themselves. The colour is good and they are a creamy white colour.
I am not personally a big fan of white chocolate and I do find it gets a bit sickly after one or two bits but these buttons were a refreshing change. They were very creamy and pleasant to eat and tasted very good. I did not find they got sickly at all and I found they were a good consistency and I did not get a lot of chocolate left in my mouth or around my teeth after eating a few of them. I also noticed there was no nasty after taste which I sometimes get after eating white chocolate. I would say these are much creamier and nicer to eat than the Cadbury's ones.
The buttons come in a bag size of70g. This is more than enough for a serving and sometimes I do only give half the bag out at once and put the rest away for later. They do not contain any artificial colours or flavours.
The nutritional values for half of the bag (35g) is:-
Energy - 195Kcal
Protein - 1.8g
Carbohydrate - 21.4g
Of which sugars - 21.4g
Fat - 11.0g
Of which saturates - 7.1g
Mono-unsaturated - 3.5g
Polyunsaturated - 3.5g
Fibre - 0.1g
Sodium - trace
Salt Equivalent - trace
As you can see these are not the healthiest snack for children but the values are much lower than other chocolate treats.
The recipe does contain milk and Soya and although they do not contain nuts Tesco cannot guarantee they have been made in a nut free factory. These white chocolate buttons are suitable for vegetarians.
The ingredients for those wishing to know include:-
Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whole Milk Powder, Dried Cream, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), Vanilla Extract
The sweets need to be stored in a cool dry place.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
As these sweets are Tesco's own brand then they are only available to buy in their stores, they are priced at 39p per packet but are always on offer with all the other 39p packets with 3 bags for £1 which I feel to be a great price as a single bag of the Cadbury's white chocolate buttons is over 50p in some stores.
I do definitely recommend these white chocolate buttons as they have a great creamy taste, do not get all over the teeth and they are very cheap to buy. They also make a great addition to the top of fairy cakes!