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      30.03.2011 15:31
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      As good as millionairre's shortbread can get, but with a price to match.

      This is essentially millionairre's shortcake, though it is probably the best example I have ever tasted.

      Each pack contains 12 pieces. They are very small, however, being not much over an inch square. I suppose they are called 'mini' caramel shortcakes though, so that is fair enough. It does make me wonder what occasion they are designed for, though. They are too little and biscuity to constitute a dessert, and the portion size is too small for them to be a shared snack during a film or over tea. They're not suitable as a gift, either. Personally I usually end up grazing on them while I work, which probably isn't very healthy!

      If you've eaten millionairre's shortcake before, you'll be familiar with the taste, although these are of an unusually high quality. The top layer of thick milk chocolate is rich and delicious, as one would expect from Thorntons. The caramel centre is generous and tastes amazing; it has the slightly grainy texture and subtle burnt sugar notes of perfect home-made caramel. The shortcake base is very nice as well, it tastes buttery and thankfully, is not too dry. The proportions are balanced very well.

      I generally only buy them when they are on offer (which they often are), because at almost £3.00 per packet they are a little expensive. For the quality, this price is fair, but for me, there is not enough in the pack to warrant it.

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      24.03.2011 20:13
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      indulgent, moorish, heavenly little squares

      I love almost everything sweet and these Thornton's mini caramel shortcakes are like little squares of heaven!!

      I have purchased them on several occasions and most recently was on a Sunday morning on my way to work I decided to nip into Tesco Express for some treats...well if I must work on a Sunday I thought I might as well have a reward! I was looking down the cake isle and noticed these on special offer for £1.00 per pack which I thought was pretty good value for 12 squares especially as they are made my Thornton's.

      ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~
      The shortcake squares come in a foil packet with a plastic tray inside where each square sits snuggly in its indent keeping in perfectly intact. The foil packet has the distinctive brown and beige colouring often used by Thornton's. On the front of the packet is the Thornton's logo a description of the squares inside and a picture of the squares on a plate (so slightly different to the picture above). There is also a cute circular logo with a picture of a spoon and the wording 'lovingly made just for you' on the front which I thought was a nice touch.
      On the back of the packet is more detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information and allergy advice.

      ~~~~~Nutritional Information~~~~~
      Now although these little squares taste amazing they are not the best thing in the world if you are watching your weight. Each little square contains:
      Energy (kcal) - 71
      Carbohydrate - 6.7g
      Fat - 4.6g
      Sodium - 0.003g
      The squares are also not suitable for people suffering from milk, soya, gluten, wheat, oat or nut allergies. But they are suitable for vegetarians.

      ~~~~~The Product~~~~~
      Caramel Shortcakes are simply a layer of shortcake topped with a layer of caramel and then topped with milk chocolate. They can usually be found in most supermarkets usually under shops and are made by many different brands. But the Thornton's caramel shortcakes just add an extra bit of luxury as they do with all their confectionary so you know from the name you are getting a high quality product.

      ~~~~~Taste/My Opinion~~~~~
      These are by far one of my favourite sweet treats, I love Thornton's toffee and also most of their products and these incorporate the taste of the toffee with creamy chocolate and rich buttery shortcake. They are very moorish and it is difficult just to have one and slide the tray back into the packet, but it is also difficult to eat several as they can get a little sickly as they are so rich.
      The chocolate, caramel and shortcake balance perfectly together and almost melt in your mouth and are not overly sweet. If you have not tried these yet and have a sweet tooth I can highly recommend them especially if they are on offer as it makes them a great quality product for a bargain price!

      Review may also appear on ciao under the same name.

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      19.05.2010 12:18
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      A lovely biscuity treat from one of my favourite chocolatiers

      Preamble

      On Saturday my husband was sent out on a chocolate acquiring mission. For some reason my girls and I have been craving substantial quantities of the dark stuff and could no longer contain our 'hunger'. I suspect it had something to do with the old chestnut of 'synchronised cycles', this is where one week of every month we become Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair - The Exorcist), and my husband moves out.

      Anyway having been allowed home long enough to be instructed on his mission he naively asked if a medium size bar of Cadbury's would be sufficient. Silence descended and he quickly added "ok, what were you thinking?" The problem is that a red mist had descended by this point and we didn't really know what we wanted (like overtired children). So the poor devil was given an esoteric description of what was in our (ok my) mind - An old fashioned hessian flour sack bulging with all sorts of sweet delights (mainly chocolate based) - he was then told 'now go forth and sort it!'

      He returned an hour later (I think he had popped in to the pub to steady his nerves) and proudly presented a carrier bag brimming with sweet treats. He'd caught our local Co-op just as it had knocked a lot of items down on or close to their sell by date, and he'd gone mad - we're not sure if the insanity is linked with the plethora of cheap goodies on offer, or our harsh treatment of him.

      First Mention of the actual product

      Amongst the donuts (which I was miffed to see as they don't have chocolate in them), fudge brownie squares, and various bars of chocolate nestled a pack of Thorntons 12 Mini Caramel Shortcakes. At this point all I saw was the word Thorntons, so as sneakily as sneaky McSneak I slipped the pack under my top, left the girls to disembowel the bag and scuttled off to the sofa with my prize. Like some kind of chocolate crazed goblin, where I proceeded to rip open the pack and chow down.

      On opening the pack you are presented with 12 small squares about three quarters of an inch deep, and the surface being about an inch each side. The proportion of each layer is very pleasing; these proportions are even printed amongst the details on the back of the pack (49% caramel 43% biscuit and 8% milk chocolate). The biscuit squares are presented a little like a tray of chocolates, but when I think about it that is pretty much how all 'flat packs' of biscuits come - perhaps associating Thorntons with upmarket chocolates is influencing how I see the product. They come in a little gold coloured plastic tray, each biscuit nestled in its own compartment. The outer has been updated since the dooyoo picture, the colour is the same a rich chocolate brown and golden caramel, but the caramel golden colour seems to flow vertically down the right hand side and looks a little more attractive than the old packaging. There is an appetising picture of the goodies and the name of the product, and for once the picture actually is an accurate representation of what you get inside.

      My pack cost 79p at a knock down price, the normal price in the Co-op is £1.69 - this may vary a little from shop to shop. On the back of the packet we get the usual nutritional information which I've copied at the end of the review. We are also told that the biscuits may contain nut traces. Each little square is 86 calories - at least I presume that is per square as it only states 'per serving', per 100 gms it is 492, unfortunately nowhere on the pack could I find the weight of the contents, (it probably is there I just couldn't find it) and I wasn't going to enter the nether regions of my kitchen equipment cupboard to fish out my poor un-used, cobweb covered kitchen scales. Of course I had to go back and rescue the shredded packaging from going in the bin to study it for this information, as I initially didn't even notice the colour of the pack in my feeding frenzy.

      The shortcake layer is just right, enough crunch without being too dry, and sweet without being sickly as is the whole square, the shortcake has a slight almost oat cakey echo for me, which I like (I've just re-checked the packaging and it contains oat meal so that could explain it). The shortcake is darker than I have usually come across and tastes a little richer than normal, but in my opinion not too rich. The caramel is as I would expect from Thorntons, very smooth and creamy, golden, and soft without being cloying or runny, and what can I say for the milk chocolate topping, yum sums it up for me. It has that little 'click' sound as you bite into it but quickly melts in your mouth and mixes with the other components of the shortcake beautifully. I'm not a biscuit lover normally but these are heavenly, they aren't conventionally biscuit shaped and feel like a luxurious indulgence rather than a quick cuppa and a dunk biccie.

      I'm afraid due to hormonal chocolate lust and Dr. Who being on to distract me I scoffed eleven of the 12 pieces within the duration of the programme, (the twelfth piece being reluctantly sacrificed to the husband). I'm pretty sure we are supposed to share the pack or just have one or three squares with a nice cup of tea or coffee like a civilised person, but I had reverted to hindbrain activity and had no control over my rapacious craving.

      My Mam thinks they are expensive at about £1.70 (only £1.46 in Tesco) but you can pay that for a pack of fox's custard creams (if you should be so inclined) and I know which I would prefer. They instantly assuaged my raging chocolate/sweet craving, and if I had not been in the throes of hormonal meltdown and watching Dr. Who whilst eating, two or three squares would probably have satisfied me.

      Now to try and exercise off that huge extra calorie flood.... Or maybe not...


      This product is suitable for vegetarians

      Nutritional information
      nutrient per 100g per serving
      Energy kCal 492 kCal 86 kCal
      Energy kJ 2,049 kJ 359 kJ
      Protein 4.8 g 0.8 g
      Carbohydrate 46.3 g 8.1 g
      of which sugars 37.7 g 6.6 g
      Fat 31.9 g 5.6 g
      of which saturates 11.4 g 2.0 g
      Fibre 0.6 g 0.1 g
      Sodium 0.2 g Trace

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        18.05.2010 11:56
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        A delicious treat

        Admittedly, I'm biased, as I'm a huge chocoholic and fan of Thorntons, but these are just divine!
        The wrapper is a type of foil cellophane. It's not resealable, so once open you either have to eat them all or store in an airtight container.
        Inside the pack is a gold plastic tray containing 12 caramel squares, each one roughly 3cm by 3cm and about 2cm inch deep. The bottom layer is a crunchy crumbly type of biscuit about 1cm deep, followed by about a half cm of caramel, followed by a thin layer of chocolate - about 3mm deep.
        Even when trying to savour them, I find they are gone in 2 bites, but they are easily eaten in one bite!
        They are quite rich, so most people wouldn't want to eat more than 2 or 3. Due to my sweet tooth, I have to restrain myself from eating the whole packet in one sitting. Each square is 86 kcal and has 5.6g of fat and 2g of saturated fat - a healthy treat these are not!
        They are suitable for vegetarians, but there is a warning on the pack that they may contain traces of nut.
        We buy these for my children's parties, as they look good on the table and look more expensive than they are. They retail around the £1.70 mark as standard, which is a little expensive for my liking, but I find they are often on offer in the major supermarkets for £1 a pack, which is much more reasonable.
        A lovely little biscuit/cake snack

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        28.04.2010 21:40
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        a great mood lifter

        I am not normally one to write reviews about food but my friend called in today for tea and brought a packet of these Thorntons caramel shortcakes up with her and they tasted so good I just had to share it with everyone else!!

        Thorntons - The History:
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        Thorntons was established in 1911 by Joseph William Thornton Who opened up a sweet shop with his son Norman. Following this the shop was successful and additional shops were opened. Thorntons have been established now for nearly 100 years and have been making chocolate ever since. There are around 635 Thorntons shops which make a turnover of £200 million a year. In my opinion buying something out of Thorntons is a real treat and I would only really shop here on special occasions as the chocolate is a little more expensive, however very luxurious and worth every penny!

        Nutrition Values:
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        Per serving you will be eating 86 calories, 5.6g of fat (2g of which saturates), 0.1g fibre ad 0.8g of protein. The packet itself provides 12 servings and contains milk, soya, gluten, wheat and oats. The product may contain traces of nuts and is however suitable for vegetarians. The product is an alcohol free recipe with no hydrogenated fat.


        In my opinion, 86 calories is not too bad at all for a little slice of heaven! the squares themselves are about 1 inch square and half an inch thick - most of the biscuit is made up of shortcake with a thin layer of chocolate on the top.

        The packet suggests that the item is stored in a cool dry place and once opened must be stored in an airtight container. In my house I did not need an airtight container as these were so nice they did not last too long!

        The Taste
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        On the packet the Thorntons mini caramel shortcakes are described as 'A delicious crunchy biscuit base, topped with a thick layer of caramel and thorntons milk chocolate.

        I had a few of these little treats with a cup of tea and would describe them as follows: When you put the biscuit into your mouth and bite into it, the caramel on top of the biscuit is very soft and has a real fudgy taste and just slides into your mouth along with the crumbly sweet base. The chocolate on top of the biscuit is quite thin and melts last in the mouth. You get a delicious buttery aftertaste and these are a slice of heaven without a doubt!

        The drawback to these biscuits are that one just was not enough for me as I am preety greedy!! I would definitely buy them but not all of the time as I really enjoyed them today as a special treat and want to keep it that way!

        Unfortunately I cannot tell you the price but whatever they cost they were well worth it!

        If you are having a bad day, these will definitely cheer you up!

        5/5

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          09.12.2009 17:08
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          Worth it! :)

          I was bought these as a treat but I did ask how much they cost for my review and they are £1.79 for 12 mini caramel shortcakes.

          Made in Derbyshire by Thorntons these are awesome versions of Millionaire's Shortbread my Grannie makes!

          These are my favourite Thorntons treat as they are really yummy and rich in flavour!

          They come packaged in a plastic wrapper with a gorgeous picture of the chocolate covered caramel shortcakes on the front and a best before date which is a few weeks in advance at 28th Dec 09.

          The wrapper keeps them nice and fresh and inside each small square is in a golden plastic compartment which stopped them getting damaged...

          The squares are quite solid and have three layers with the buttery biscuit base which is crumbly and a caramel middle which tastes like Thorntons toffee, yum!

          The top layer is quite thick Thorntons chocolate which is solid and milk chocolate.

          These are lovely with a hot drink, I even dip mine in hot chocolate but everyone else thinks that's gross, lol! I love the fact the three flavours mingle and melt in together and are coated in a hot drink, slurp! ;)

          The calories are 86 per one or 492 per 100g which looks about the same as normal chocolate.

          Per one there is 6.6g of sugar and 5.6g of fat so these aren't good for you, but what confectionery is?

          Once opened they should be put in an n airtight container as the shortcake can go stale quickly...

          For allergies there is milk, soya, gluten, wheat and oats and may contain nut traces.

          The toffee sauce is awesome and my favourite bit, it is pretty squidgy and not solid and tastes fantastic and sweet and creamy like the chocolate does as well.

          For a delicious goody try them...five stars from me and I hope I get some more soon! :)

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            01.10.2009 11:06
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            A Lovely Biscuit From Thortons, All I've Got To Do Now Is Find Out Where Sells Them

            I first tried these when my mum brought them to share with her mates but she forgot about them so I squirrelled them away for myself because I love Thorntons chocolate.

            These are little tiny squares of biscuit that have got a thick layer of caramel and chocolate on them. They are so yummy that I ate all of them in the pack even though they are so sweet that I felt sick even while I was eating them!

            They are only little but have got loads of flavours packed into them so if you've got a bit more willpowder then you might be able to just have 1 or 2 but I couldn't!

            The biscuit is nice and buttery tasting and its crumbly like Mcvities digestives. It's quite a soft biscuit and is absolutely delish. The caramel is nearly as thick as the biscuit and that's my favourite bit of these because it has got a very strong toffee flavour but is nice and soft and not stretchy like most caramel that they use in biscuits.

            The chocolate is ok but it's nothing special because it's not very creamy and I don't think it's much like Thorntons chocolate because it doesn't taste as high quality. It doesn't melt very well either and because of this I took the chocolate off the biscuits in one piece and ate it seperate because I thought it spoiled the flavour of the biscuits a bit.

            These are lovely biscuits and I will look for them again but my mum can't remember where she brought them and they don't sell them in the Thorntons by me so I'll have to look all round the supermarkets now for them. They are very sweet and I think that's mainly because of the caramel because it's so thick and sugary but even though they're so sweet they are still lovely.

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              03.09.2009 10:42
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              I've seen these for sale in Asda for ages. They often are on the special offer price of £1, but since I am not the biggest Caramel Shortcake fan, which is basically what they are then I never picked them up. My hubby loves Caramel Shortcake, but since he is male, he is more a point and shoot shopper, so goes in, gets what is needed and never pays attention to any other aisle, or goods. I decived to buy these last week, and they were alright.

              They are Mini pieces of Caramel Shortcake and you get 12 small squares in the pack. The squares are on a plastic tray which is wrapped in a nice enough wrapper. The wrapper is a metallic gold and brown colour and it has the Thornton's writing in a kind of itallic lettering. They look sort of expensive, and being the Thornton brand, you would expect that bit better quality.

              These are made up of the usual Caramel Shortcake set up. Crunchy Digestive Biscuit Base, a thick enough layer of Sweet Caramel and topped off with Milk Chocolate. They were pretty yummy and all the flavours worked together well. The Biscuit Base was a little Salty, The Caramel was slightly runny but thick enough and really Sweet, and the Milk Chocolate topping was a little hard and thicl enough. It cracked a bit when you bit into it, and these were nicest from the fridge when everything was hard.

              Each Slice has 86 calories and 5.6g fat so can be incorporated in a healthy eating plan if you stop at 1 or 2 slices. I could have just 2 as they were kind of sickly for me, but hubby could have polished off the whole pack easily.

              A nice sweet treat.

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                05.07.2009 22:05
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                I love birthdays! Espescially when it's mine. I love the presents, the party, the family gathering, the atmosphere, and I also adore the food supplied!
                I remember when I was little, and we used to have big family parties. I used to love going shopping with my mum to chose all the party food; mini sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, pizza bites, party rings, fairy cakes, and all things nice!
                Parties at my house have never really changed to be honest, the dining room table is still overflowing full with delicious looking edibles!

                The day before my brothers birthday this year, we went shopping to Asda to purchase the delights we would be tucking into the following night. Into the trolley flew mulitpacks of crisps, sweets, savoury snacks and so on. We were just about to go and pay for the food when at the end of an aisle something caught my eye. I rushed over to the small shelf, usually assosciated with special offers and picked up the product which was sourcing my curiosity.
                The thing that had caught my eye was "THORNTON'S CARAMEL SHORTBREAD MINI SQUARES". The perfect thing for a party I decided and I plopped to packets into the trolley.

                _COST;_
                Before we purchased we never payed much attention to the price! Glancing at the reciept when we arrived home however pleasently surprised us! One packet cost only £1 from Asda! I thought this was a decent price as most Thorntons products seem like a rip off! I think that from Thortons themselves these cost nearer the £1.50 mark so you are much better off buying from a supermarket such as Asda!!

                _APPERANCE;_
                As with most Thorton's products the packaging looks very "posh". The wrapper is sort of paper-ish-cellophane type and feels quite thick! It is typical thornton's colours- A gold band along the top of the packet, with the word THORNTON'S written in swirly brown writing. Mini Caramel Shortcakes is also written on the gold band. The bottom 3/4 of the front is brown in colour. Sitting on the brown background is a picture of 6 of the little delights hidden inside. They look very tempting and I glancing at this made me desperate for the party to arrive!
                Inside the pack the 12 caramel shortbread squares sit in a gold plastic tray, each square sitting perfectly in its compartment. Every square is the same and on first glance they look very appealing!!

                _APPEALING?_
                In one word. Yes. Although the shortcake squares are quite small in length and width, they are quite deep in depth. Glancing from the top, the only thing visible is a thick looking layer of delicious milk chocolate. The top of the chocolate is very smooth and looks like it has been finished to perfection! Glancing from the side however, you can clearly see the three different layers. The bottom layer being a light coloured biscuit base, the middle layer a thick layer of delicious looking caramel and the top being a slab of chocolate! They looked delicious and my tastebuds were dancing just at the thought.
                At first the little cakes didn't have much of a smell, but when I buried my nose into the pack I could smell a creamy chocolate smell, and a slight sweetness perhaps from the caramel or maybe from the crunchy looking base!

                _THE REAL TEST;_
                It was time. The family was hungry. It was party food time. And the food was all set out beautifully on the table in a buffet like style. I grabbed a paper plate and filled my plate up with savoury snacks and a couple of cakes and biscuits. Of course, among my pile of food was a mini caramel shortbread square. It looked delightful sitting there on my plate. Almost perfect, all square and petite in size. I was planning on eating my savoury things first, however I couldn't hold the craving and I decided to polish the caramel shortcake off to begin with!
                I like to disect things so I snapped -difficultly- a small piece of chocolate from the top. I sat it on my tongue and it was delicious. I didn't recognize the chocolate but it definitly tasted milky! It was very creamy and melted down my throat leaving my cravings even stronger. Next I licked a little of the caramel off. The layer was very thick and very sweet. It tasted like the caramel you get in Cadburys caramel however it was alot thicker and somehow tougher though not chewy in the slightest. With difficulty I managed to nibble a small bit of biscuit off on it's own. It was very crunchy. Although it looked very pale and somehow unappetising to begin with, the taste made up for it. It tasted very sweet and just like a finger of shortbread.
                When I took a nibble of the whole thing together my tastebuds sang to me! The taste was delicious and the three combinations mixed together beautifully leaving my craving curbed and I didn't feel the need to go back for another, however I did go back for one more later on in the night.
                Everybody else I asked said they enjoyed these thoroughly, apart from my great grandad who found them too sweet!

                _THE DAMAGE IS DONE_
                Obviously you can't expect these to be calorie free, however you may think that because they are so small they wouldn't be too damaging. If you thought this you would soon be proved wrong. In fact, one mini sqaure contains a whopping, 99 calories and 6.4g of fat. You may think for a sweet treat like this then the "nutrition" isn't to bad, however with the size of these it's not so good, as most people wont only scoff one, but perhaps two or three!

                5 Sense summary-
                *Sound- n/a
                *Texture- smooth milk chocolate, smooth caramel, crunchy biscuit
                *Sight- pale biscuit base, golden caramel middle layer very thick, smooth slab of chocolate
                *Aroma- slightly chocolatey, slight sweetness
                *Taste- buttery biscuit, sweet caramel and delicious milk chocolate.

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                Overall, I'd definitly reccomend these! Howvever they're not very good for regular consumption as they contain no nutrition whatsoever. I think the perfect place to have these is at a party as there will be lots of people consuming them so you won't be able to scoff the lot! For £1, I find these to be extremely good value, under 10p a shortcake! They taste delicious and are sure to satisfy a sweet tooth, just like mine!!


                SweetTooth 93/

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                02.07.2009 16:16
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                Only buy one pack. The more you get, the more you will eat.

                I bought these whilst in Thorntons a few weeks back. They were £1.79, which I must say I would not normally pay but it was my payday and I was feeling flush.

                The packaging makes the product look quite tempting (well tempting enough to pay £1.79!) and was easy to open and did not spill crumbs everywhere. It is slightly different packaging to the picture provided - more expensive looking.

                Once opened you find 12 little squares of the caramel shortcakes, which are about 1 inch square. They come in a gold foil tray and you just pick them out when you want them.

                The chocolate is 3mm thick on the top (just enough, not too much or little) and the caramel is about the same thickness, as is the biscuit at the bottom.

                I personally put these in the fridge when I bought them as it was a hot day and when I ate them the chocolate had a fim bite/crack to it but the caramel was still very soft and gooey and the biscuit was firm but crumbly.

                Just pure heaven! The fact that it is a bite sized piece is great as it stops it being too big and becoming sickly, the balance of chocolate, caramel and biscuit is just enough, there is not too much of one ingredient that overpowers the others.

                I bought three more packs (they were that good!) for a girlie night in and they were gone in 20 minutes with everyone commenting on how yummy they were.

                Best part is that per serving (which I assume is 1 square) they are only 86cals. Bad part is that you can easy eat 860calories worth!

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                  27.03.2009 13:09
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                  A gorgeous treat

                  I had never tried Thorntons Caramel Shortcakes before, but a few weeks ago I noticed that they were on special offer in Tesco, and they cost me the princely sum of £1.00, which I think is a great bargain.

                  I believe they are normally around £1.50 ish, so a little more, but then again, it is Thorntons, which I see as quite a luxurious brand.

                  The packaging looks reassuringly expensive and is metallic brown and orange, with the Thorntons logo and a large photograph across the front of the actual shortcakes themselves (different to the photo shown above - more tempting!).

                  Opening the pack, you find a gold coloured tray divided into twelve sections, and within each one, a little square of caramel shortcake, all individual and ready to pop into your mouth.

                  Each one is around a one inch square, so perfectly bite-sized, and consists of a shortbread base layer, then a thick, squidgy helping of caramel, finally topped with gorgeous Thorntons milk chocolate.

                  These are basically the treat also known as 'Millionaire's Shortbread'. The packet tells us that 'per serving' these contain 86 calories and a gutbusting 5.6g of fat. I am assuming that 'per serving' means one of these little square inches, but it doesn't say.

                  The taste: Well, unsurprisingly, they are absolutely delicious and moreish. In one bite, you get several different flavour and texture 'hits'.

                  First you get intense buttery sweetness, as the chocolate and caramel combine in your mouth, but at the same time you get a bit of crunch from the biscuity base.

                  This is all strangely mixed with a hit of saltiness, which I was never expecting: I cannot quite work out which bit this is coming from, but it's welcome anyway, as it cuts through the sweetness and prevents it from being too much.

                  Unfortunately, as soon as you register all this, the moment has passed. The tiny morsel has gone down the hatch and it's all over! Never mind, there's another eleven left in the packet ..... :)

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                    27.02.2009 19:55
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                    Absolutely delicious :o)

                    I bought a pack of these the other week when they were on offer in Tesco for £1. They looked like a good deal as they can be quite costly normally and the picture on the front was oh-so-tempting...!

                    These are actually called Mini Caramel Shortcakes and are made by Thorntons (which I have previously reviewed). They're a very popular and well reputed company who have years of experience in creating mouth-watering chocolates. They seem to be very popular and I associate their chocolate as special treats, partially because of the price and partially because they have something special about them. There's a sense of passion, care and expertise in their chocolates. After all, as their advertising says, they are the master chocolatiers.

                    Thornton's mini caramel shortcakes come in a pack of 12 and can be found amongst other cakes in most supermarkets. I haven't come across these in smaller convenience stores, but I would imagine they charge considerable more than the supermarkets. Tesco's usual retail price is £1.57, which is okay if you want something a bit more special but although it sounds like a lot at 12 per pack they're very small. Compared to other cakes though, these probably aren't that bad a buy at all considering they're thorntons and a box of 8 Kipling French Fancies will now set us back about £1.80! Prices do vary however, so I wouldn't recommend Somerfields as they cost about 40p more at £2.

                    The mini shortbreads sit in a tray, divided up to keep them separate. Like I said, they are quite minute at probably 1x1 inch. More like like-bite sized treats.

                    Each mini-mouthful have a biscuit base, topped with a layer of thick caramel and milk chocolate. Thorntons claim the recipe contains 'the finest Thorntons ingredients' and no hydrogenated fat. As expected with Thorntons, the product is well-presented and both looks, and tastes, like quality. The shortbread squares themself are well made and tightly packed so you don't get sloppy caramel or half-broken biscuits.

                    How do they taste? Quite simply..delicious. The biscuit is crunchy and the caramel is nice and thick. Mixed with the smooth chocolate on the top, you get a lovely blend of textures. The taste is very sweet and rich, so just the one should give you the sweet chocolate sugar high you need. There's nothing negative about these that I can think of, except that they're small (and I'm greedy!).

                    Perhaps the only downside is for those who read the nutritional content as each little square of heaven contains 5.6g fat and 86 calories. I nibble at each piece to make it last longer and really savour the taste.

                    As they're not individually wrapped they should be kept in a cool dry place, or possibly a biscuit tin. That said, I don't think they'll last very long on the kitchen shelf, mine certainly didn't!

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                      21.02.2009 14:43
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                      Nothing has ever got close to these! Simply fantastic!!!

                      I have a sweet tooth......no matter how much I try and kid myself otherwise, so I would much rather munch away on something highly sugary and calorific than green and leafy. I am also very much a chocoholic.....it is my food of choice, and as you will have perhaps seen from other reviews, I am the first to admit that I eat rather too much of the stuff. Cake doesn't interest me so much, but biscuits.....now there's something I don't routinely buy simply because they don't often even make it home. I have been known to scoff the lot before even leaving the supermarket car park. (I should point out at this stage, that although I eat lots of bad things, I do have a balanced diet, and do a fair amount of exercise - everything in moderation and all that!).

                      I read a review on dooyoo recently about Thorntons' mini caramel shortcakes.....now, I have loved caramel slice (or millionaire's shortbread as it is sometimes called) for many many years, and will often try a piece when I see it in a deli or café. However, if you get a piece that is poor, it is really really poor.......it really is something that needs to be made well, in my opinion, or else it is just not worth bothering with! I have tried to make my own, but not as well as I would like, so I have given up!

                      Anyway, the review I read for the Thornton's ones, I knew that these had to be worth trying, and when I saw a pack of 12 available in Tescos for just £1 I felt as though the Caramel shortbread Gods were shining down on me.......

                      For those that have never experienced the delights of caramel shortcake, here is a brief description.......a base of shortcake biscuit, with a middle layer of caramel, topped with a thick layer of milk chocolate.

                      There are 12 mini caramel shortcakes in a pack, separated within a plastic tray, which although is not good on the old environmental packaging score, does keep the little squares of deliciousness intact. Each shortcake is about an inch square (probably slightly bigger, but not much) and my first thought was "they are tiny". In my book, generally the bigger the better, so I won't deny that I was expecting to scoff all 12 straight away, simply because of their size. Also, despite having a thick base, and a thick caramel layer, the chocolate didn't look that thick.....hmmm.....I felt another disappointing caramel shortcake episode looming.

                      But I bravely (!) soldiered on, and how wrong could I be!!! These slices are small because they need to be! It is like eating a whole cube full of pure sugar! The biscuit is beautifully crunchy, and because it is thick, it is more substantial than most "packet" biscuits, and therefore more filling. The caramel middle is just perfect - in fact I would say that it is better than any I have tasted before......thick, sugary, sweet, yet not sickly, and it doesn't stick to the roof of your mouth like some! Now, on to the "thin" layer of chocolate.......this is Thorntons' chocolate, and is therefore of pretty good quality, and again, the layer is only as thick as it NEEDS to be - having initially having had reservations about the lack of chocolate, I know now that too much of a good thing can lead to it being a bad thing - these mini munchies are perfect as they are.

                      My pack of 12 that I expected to be gone in a matter of minutes, actually managed to get shared around my colleagues at work.......I managed four before I felt that perhaps I couldn't eat any more, which means that my £1 really was well spent. I could have just saved them for later, or for another day, but my generous side came through for once, and we all had a sugar rush to see us through the afternoon!

                      For those that need facts and figures, these are suitable for vegetarians and are made without hydrogenated fats. They may contain nut traces and do contain milk, soya, gluten, wheat and oats.

                      Each one has 86 tiny calories and 2 weeny grammes of saturated fat.

                      I am sure that these won't always be at £1 but while they are, I would certainly recommend them, and even up to £2 I would be tempted to drop these into my trolley once in a while.

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                        19.01.2009 18:31
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                        My absolute favourite biscuit

                        When I was a child growing up in the seventies, any mum who could cook Millionaire's shortbread was someone to be revered as far as I was concerned. It was a similar feeling to when I went to someone's house and they had a downstairs toilet (or cloakroom as they were officially termed.) I knew immediately that I was moving up into a higher league. 'Uh oh,' I would think, 'I had better take my shoes off.' And this I did, in both a literal and figuritive sense.

                        Now I am a mum myself. I have a downstairs toilet and I can cook Millionaire's shortbread. But my efforts have been for nothing. Because downstairs toilets are ten a penny. And Thorntons have succeeded in mass producing the best Millionaire's shortbread EVER.

                        Millionaire's shortbread is a shortbread base, with a layer of soft caramel on top, and on top of that a layer of milk chocolate.

                        They are a nusciance to make yourself, because there are so many stages to the recipe, and because it is messy with pans of melting chocolate, and condensed milk with butter and sugar to make the caramel.

                        Done well, they are delicious. But done badly, they are disgusting, especially when the caramel is too sickly sweet with sugar and sets hard, and also when cheap chocolate is used.

                        Thorntons 12 mini caramel shortbread is the best millionaire's shortbread I have ever tasted. It is usually priced at £1.74, but are currently on offer at the Coop for just £1.

                        They contain 12 two centimetre square blocks, separated off in moulded gold plastic. They are presented as though they were chocolates.

                        The shortbread is buttery and crumbly, and melts in your mouth. The caramel is perfection, smooth and slightly salty. There is then a thin layer of milk chocolate which is of the usual Thorntons excellent quality.

                        They are absolutely excellent, utterly delicious and extremely rich. I can confirm it is impossible to eat more that three without feeling a bit sick. I may put this to the test again, later on this evening.

                        At £1 a packet, you could not make them this cheap.

                        They are heartily recommeded, but make sure there is some else around to share them with, before you eat them all yourself.

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                          03.01.2009 00:34
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                          Fresh biscuit, with a lovely layer of fine chocolate by the master chocolatier

                          I bought these magic shortcake with chocolate slices in november they were 2 for £1 in tesco and thought why not!

                          Me and my daughter just could not get enough, fresh crumb and chocolate just enough to clean your palatte.

                          These are truly the best ones we have ever tasted, infact if your a caramel shortcake fanatic these are the best!

                          The are heavy in calories, its best not to read how many.

                          They are agreat addition to a cup of coffee especially when you need a chocolate indulgence they truly take that chip away.

                          They are packaged in a plastic corrugated packet with plastic covering but they still are kept pristene and were neatly still together as we took them out.

                          Infact eveyone that has visited out house hold has loved them with their cup of coffee or tea its just simply a treat you cant miss. You should try them you dont know what your missing.

                          The slice keeps adequate without a container as well, we just kep them in the packet in a kitchen cupboard and still as fresh.

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                          A crunchy biscuit base topped with a thick layer of caramel and milk chocolate.