Product Type: Thorntons Chocolate
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A biscuit that thinks it's a chocolate
Thorntons Caramel Squares
Member Name: Dryad
Thorntons Caramel Squares
Disadvantages: Moreish and high calorie, each square is small, but it does say mini on the box so can't complain
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
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
Summary: A lovely biscuity treat from one of my favourite chocolatiers
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