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Lovely taste and unique texture. They are thick, smooth and creamy.

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      26.01.2014 17:21
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      The pink one

      Admit it guys, no one likes the brown ones. A week after you opened the packet they are still sat there rock hard with a powdery white top like The Alps in summer time. They just don't work in context, the great tangy failure of English tea time snack cakes. The French would find nothing fancy in that chocolate creation! The pink one, of course, is believed to be the most popular yet you all secretly love the yellow one. Making one of the three flavors not as nice as the other two simply means you buy more and more packets to eat more of the yellow and pink ones, great marketing. I would say the yellow one is the only flavor you can eat two of at once as it's not as sickly as the pink one. We need at least two cakes. The perfect combination is two yellows for me although pink and yellow can be done.


      ===The Family===

      French (Fondant) Fancies were the original brand line from Mr Kipling, of course, and extremely successful as new lines and flavors followed quickly. They do a big single pink version called 'The Big French Fancy Cake' but, again, way too sweet and sickly for me.
      Fiendish Fancies are orangey yellow and delicious and the only one of the hybrids you could probably eat all at once, as you can Jaffa Cakes, Man V Food style! Then cometh the Fondant Fancies Strawberry Range in 2011, a rather odd tasting one, as Strawberry is in cakes. They are sweet and tangy on the tongue and yet the flavors don't mix. Tried them once and never again. They appeared to be a Valentines Day range. They also did a Union Jack Olympic Games and Royal Wedding edition in 2012 that was rather nice. The Frosty Fancies again fall into the too sickly category and one at a time for these babies, which is good as they last longer, taking the edge of your main meal and adding some sweetness.

      ===The Eat===

      So the basic French Fancie is a light sponge about the size of a kid's wooden building block and topped with icing, yellow, pink and brown in this ranges case. The pink one is a little too rich on the palette and the brown one too tangy, leaving the delicious yellow one for the person who first opens the packet. The apex of the cake is the tip of the icing, which has a pimple of cream inside it, which gives the cake that extra taste sensation treat to finish off. You can't side nibble with these things and work inwards by eating the outsides first like you would a Kit Kat or Twix as the main hit is the outside. No one just wants to eat a sponge at the end. Although it would fit in your mouth in one go, again its too rich for such extravagant greed. You have to bite equal proportions and try and clear it in at least three gulps, a cake to be savored and so let the last cream explosion send it home. Savor it like a woman's breast and go gentle with it.


      ===The Box===

      Packaging is as fancy as the product name and the sell by about three weeks, not exactly vacuum packed and so the 8 cakes effectively covered with a dust sheet. Obviously three flavors into eight cakes doesn't go so you can only hope for three yellows and pinks and just two browns. But it's always three browns in my experience.

      Mr Kipling French Fancies ingredient wise and food manufacturers have many fancy names and umbers for what is essentially sugar and here s most of them below. I would say 75% of this is sugar, fat and salt. 'Nutritional Information' is what they laughingly call it.


      ===Nutrition Information===

      Per cake
      Energy (kJ) 445
      Energy (kcal) 105
      Protein 0.7g
      Carbohydrate 19.4g
      of which - sugars 16.5g
      of which - starch
      Fat 2.8g
      of which - saturates 1.2g
      of which - mono-unsaturates
      of which - poly-unsaturates
      of which - Trans Fatty Acids
      Fibre 0.2g 0.6g
      Sodium (g) 0.07g
      Equivalent as Salt 0.18g

      ===Allergy===

      May Contain NUT TRACES and does contain Gluten (Wheat), Egg, Milk, and Soya...


      ===Ingredients===

      Sugar, Wheat Flour, Glucose Syrup, Reconstituted Egg, Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Egg White, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Salt), Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Milk Protein, Vegetable Fat, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithin), Salt, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Maize Starch, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Flavouring, Dried Egg White, Colours (Cochineal, Lutein)

      ===Price===

      Around 90p....

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        04.11.2013 22:13
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        A fancy little cake

        We have a local shop that sells cakes, biscuits, sweets etc very cheaply as they are near code. So I frequently pick up a box of 8 French Fancies for 50p however they frequently retail for a £1 in Asda, so quite reasonably priced anyway.

        These French Fancies are deliciously soft square of golden sponge cake, a circle of fondant on top then coated in soft icing. A standard box of Mr Kiplings French Fancies are flavoured Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, but the clever Mr Kipling people are quite ingenious. My current box are "Halloween" ones, all with orange icing with black bits, I recently had some "Olympic" ones, obviously sporting the 3 colours of Red, Blue and white, they have also had the same combination for the Jubilee. In Asda currently they have "Frosty Fancies" but I have also had Easter ones too.

        My box is square and has a picture of my French Fancies, which in this case, are bright orange and Scary...
        They are clearly Mr Kipling and have the familar logo denoting this. Inside my box, is another plain white box but with just the base and sides, it has a cellophane cover to keep them fresh. My packaging advises that they are best stored in a cool and dry place.

        Ingredients include
        Sugar, Water, WHEAT Flour, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oils, Vegetable Margarine, Icing Sugar, Humectant, Free Range Dried EGG, Vegetable Fats, MILK Proteins, Free Range Dried EGG White, Maize Starch, Whey Powder, Salt, Emulsifiers, Raising Agents, Flavouring, Preservative

        Allergy Advice
        Contains Wheat. Contains Eggs (Free Range) . Contains Milk. May Contain Nuts. Contains Soya\Soybeans.

        My Cakes are Free From Artificial Colours and are Suitable for Vegetarians.

        Each 27g French Fancie contains 106kcal
        Fat 2.7g of which Saturates 1.2g
        Carbohydrate 19.5g of which Sugars 16.1g
        Fibre 0.1g
        Protein 0.7g
        Salt 0.13g

        They are baked and package in the UK, a contact address is;
        Mr Kipling Cakes
        Premier Foods Group Ltd
        PO Box 66093
        London
        W4 9EX
        U.K.

        So what do I think.
        These little cakes never disappoint. They are always soft and moist, the icing and fondant just enough to be delicious but not enough to become sickly. The variety in colours causes indecision but they are all tasty so are never a disappointment. I do like the topical nature of the box and available colours.
        I'm scoring them a 5 as they are exceeding good.

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          26.06.2013 22:10
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          great little treat

          I don't think many people will argue with the fact that Mr Kipling does indeed sell exceedingly good cakes! I have tried many of his cakes and have been satisfied with them all and still continue to buy them each week when I do my weekly food shop. They are generally a treat but whenever I buy them they don't last long in our house!

          These cakes are actually the last ones I have tried and only first bought them a few weeks ago when they were on offer for £1 in morrisons. I had never tried them before just because of the name 'french fancies' which sounded a bit posh and not like any other cakes I eat. But they eventually caught my eye as not long before I had watched the great british bake off on television and had seen them baking some of these and they looked scrumptious!

          You get 8 in a box which for £1 is great value. They come in three different flavours which is always a bonus as not everyone will like the same flavour. They are all individual and each are in a pretty white bun/cake case which makes them good for sharing at home or even at a get together or party as they look very professionally made.

          Each of the cakes have a light sponge with a thin layer of vanilla cream hidden under the fondant icing which covers the top and sides of the cake and a drizzle of chocolate over them. The lemon iced one is quite a strong flavour, the chocolate one doesn't have much flavour and doesn't taste chocolately and the pink taste just like the Mr Kipling angel cakes. They are all enjoyable to eat and aren't too sweet or have a overpowering taste. The vanilla cream inside is really refreshing and stops them been a little dry. I will admit once I open these I generally don't just have one, but will have one of each flavour (naughty I know but they are really addictive).

          Nutritional they are aren't great for you but we all know that when eating sweet treats. Each cake has 106 calories and 2.8g of fat. If you are a healthy person - which I am - having a treat like this a couple of times a week won't hurt.

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            18.05.2013 11:04

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            The icing spoils it for the rest of the cake

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            someone offers me one, then I only go for a chocolate one, as the other
            two flavours just take my taste buds away with their overly-sweet
            icing. The chocolate flavour one, tends to help mask the over-bearing
            sugary taste, well, a tiny bit. I always need a drink with one of these
            cakes, as the icing is very sickly. Even though they all have
            buttercream on the top, it's a very tiny amount, so the icing still
            takes over your mouth. lol. It's the same type of icing you'd find on a
            wedding cake, or a well-known supermarket brand birthday cake. Maybe if
            Mr Kipling changed the coating to buttercream, they would be less
            cloying, but I doubt he will. Alas, another problem I have with these
            cakes, is that the icing falls off them all too easily(then again that
            might be a GOOD thing. Seeing as I don't like the icing that much). One
            good thing about these, is that the vanilla sponge is very light and
            airy. It's not like most other cakes where you get stodgy heavy sponge.
            So I guess it's not all bad.

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            12.08.2011 10:47
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            4/5 for me, I know it would mean more fat and sugar but they used to be bigger!

            The other day, my folks brought us up a box of Mr Kipling French Fancies, having got them for the bargain price of 50p as they were best before that same day. These are a cake that takes me back to my childhood - I seem to remember they were always on offer when I went to visit my great grandparents, and then my gran had them often as well. I had actually not had these for a good few years before mum brought them up to us, so was looking forward to one (or three!) with my cuppa.

            They come in a pink cardboard box, updated slightly from the dooyoo picture, but still very similar. They are of course claimed to be "exceedingly good" and we are also told they are now baked with free range eggs, which is good as a lot of people really do care about where their eggs come from. We are also given a brief nutritional breakdown for each cake on the front, so you can see at a glance in the supermarket how naughty these little treats are! The back of course displays full ingredients, nutritional and allergy info as you would expect.

            When you open the box, you see the 8 little cakes in a further cardboard tray, encased in a plastic wrap. Each individual cake sits in a little paper cup. This is a lot of packaging, but thankfully it is all recyclable except the plastic film. Once the plastic film is removed, you can smell these sweet treats; the scent that hits me is vanilla, along with a generic sweet-icing smell. Including the blob of vanilla topping, each cake measures approx 1.5 " x 1.5" x 1.5". I've either gotten bigger or these have gotten smaller. Possibly both! They come in chocolate flavour fondant icing, pink fondant (strawberry-ish flavour I think) or yellow fondant (lemon-ish flavour I think).

            They are a square shaped sponge with the afore mentioned blob of creamy vanilla topping, all encased in thick icing. When you bite into them, the icing crumbles in the most delicious way, and the sponge is very soft; almost creamy, in that it is smooth and not at all dry in my opinion. The proportions of icing, sponge and creamy topping I think is great. They go together and you get a wonderfully tasty little cake. I do find them to be very sweet, so I will limit myself to 2 or 3 at once(!) otherwise it would all just get very sickly.

            In terms of nutrition, well they aren't horrendous, but they are a cake. If you have just the one then it's almost a fifth of your GDA of sugar and not even a tenth of your GDA of saturated fat. These values will of course be higher for children. Considering they are very small, these values are indeed high, but one or two of these occasionally won't do anyone any harm. I would recommend them, I thoroughly enjoyed my little trip down memory lane, aided by these cute cakes!

            ** Important bits **

            Nutritional info (per cake) - 106 calories; protein 0.7g; carbs 19.4g (of which sugars 16.5g); fat 2.8g (of which saturates 1.2g); fibre 0.2g; salt 0.15g

            Contains - nut traces, gluten (wheat), egg, milk and soya

            100% natural flavours and colours and no hydrogenated fat

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              17.02.2011 19:40
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              another win from kipling

              We all know Mr.Kipling, the guy who bakes them delicious cakes, and now with only free range eggs! What a good man!. I love pretty much all the kipling cakes, such as lemon slices, bakewell tarts, country slices, and so on, but my all time favourite has definitely got to be the French fancies.

              In a bright pink box, comes 8 little fancy delights with a mixture of flavours - strawberry, lemon and chocolate. They can be bought on offer a lot of the time in supermarkets for as little as £1 but generally I think the price is about £1.29. Quite a typical price for small cake slices or bites.

              The cake's are extremely tasty, and especially good if you have a sweet tooth. The cake consists of a very light, soft sponge with flavoured icing and a dollop of cream in the middle of the icing. The cakes are extremely sweet, but that is why I love them. Each cake is over 100 calories, so if you are on a diet, these fancies might be something to avoid.

              I particularly like the chocolate one the best as the flavour is not too overwhelming yet still delicious. Whilst the lemon and strawberry are really nice, I personally find the lemon a bit tangy and the strawberry a little too sweet.

              These cakes look very decorative, and I think are ideal for a special treat after dinner, or for when visitors come around. In a lot of shops, there is some types of birthday cakes that are basically one huge version of these small fancies, so for a birthday party, it could be a good idea to get the big cake and then get a packet of the little French fancies to decorate the big cake with.

              I would definitely recommend these little cakes, although maybe just as a treat as they are quite unhealthy and bad for your teeth since they are so sweet! I personally find them quite addicting though. I would not recommend these if you are on a diet or diabetic.

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                10.09.2010 16:41
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                Overall an exceedingly good product.

                Everybody loves Mr Kipling, come on admit it! Maybe not such a loved brand for the health concious, but Mr Kipling has a very wide range of cakes and I am reviewing French fancies as they are one of my favourites. French Fancies are basically light and fluffy sponge cakes with a vanilla flavoured topping covered in fondant icing. There are three different fondant coverings, chocolate flavoured, pink, and yellow coloured. The fancies come in a distinctly colourful box with a picture of the temptations on the top.

                As just mentioned, they arent the kind of treat for the health concious. Each Fancie contains 2.8g of fat - 1.2g of which is saturated. They also each contain 16.5g of sugar. Im quite convinced they used to come in boxes of 6 Fancies - 2 of each variety. They now are sold in boxes of 8 (this may have alsways been the case). the Fancies are perfectly sized to enjoy with a cup of tea, unfortunately one never seems enough! Some may find the fondant, combined with the vanilla flavoured topping, is a little sickly. There does seem to be a case for using more cake and less topping, but I think most will agree that for just £1 they are excellent value for oney from Mr Kipling.

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                09.06.2010 12:15
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                I would buy more if they only sold the yellow and pink ones

                ---Personal Background---
                I am writing a review about French Fancies after recently stocking up on them for a BBQ. I have had them in the past but only when I have noticed they were on offer. I have friends who love them more and will buy them regularly and it was catering to their likes which made me buy them in this instance. I paid £1 per box on offer in Tesco (this offer is still available until 15th July 2010) and bought 5 boxes.

                Put simply there were none left. Everyone one I bought was eaten at the BBQ. I cant think of many reasons people will not enjoy this cake. Unlike some cakes which you know there will be people who will not want one (like cakes with raisins - not everyone likes them), French Fancies are simple and tasty.

                ---Price---
                French Fancies are sold in boxes of 8. Expect to pay around £1.70 (21.3p per cake) for a box but when on offer they are available for around £1 (12.5p per cake) which is perhaps the most I would pay for these and seems more reasonable.

                ---How to find them---
                French Fancies are widely available in supermarkets and also local shops and they are also available in my corner shop which might indicate their popularity as my corner shop hardly sells anything, its often hard to find a loaf of bread in there.

                French Fancies are well packaged and distinguishable, as are all of Mr Kipling cakes. Lookout for the large Mr Kipling logo and the pink box. The current design (which is not like the image on dooyoo) has one large yellow Fancy in the bottom right corner and two pink Fancies on the left and right. There is no particular importance given to the chocolate French Fancy and I suspect this is because everyone I know prefers either the yellow or pink ones and this could be widespread.

                ---Yellow, Pink or Chocolate?---
                As mentioned everyone I know prefers either the yellow iced or the pink iced Fancy. There is something less special about the chocolate one and I don't think people would miss it if the box contained 4 pink and 4 yellow.

                I have had a box with 3 pink, 3 yellow and 2 chocolate but more common is 4 chocolate, 2 pink and 2 yellow.

                ---What are they and what's in them?---
                French Fancies are fondant iced sponge cakes with a vanilla flavoured filling on top. The cake itself is quite dense and is covered in a pleasing amount of icing (fondant), not too much not too little.

                Pink Fondant (18%)
                (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Colour (Cochineal), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate),

                Chocolate Flavoured Fondant (18%)
                (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate),

                Yellow Fondant (12%)
                (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Flavouring, Colour (Lutein), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Wheat Flour,

                Vanilla Flavoured Filling (10%)
                (Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Modified Maize Starch, Dried Egg White, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring), Sugar, Reconstituted Whole Egg, Reconstituted Egg White, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lactose, Milk Protein, Salt, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithins), Raising Agents (Disodium Dihydrogen Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Maize Starch, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Stabiliser (Sorbitan Tristearate), Flavouring.

                ---Allergies information---
                Contains Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Eggs, Dried Egg White, Egg whites, Milk, Lactose, Milk Proteins, Soya & Soya Lecithins. *May contain Nuts*

                ---Nutrition (per cake)---
                Cal__________103kCal
                Fat__________2.6g
                Sat Fat_______1.0g
                Sugar________16.5g
                Salt__________0.2g

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                  05.06.2010 20:37
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                  A great little snack sized cake

                  Since becoming pregnant I have gone through various cravings such as olives and pickled onions or fizzy sweets! This week I have had a major sweet tooth and knowing that I need to keep an eye on how much sugar I eat I've really had to stop myself from raiding the sweet aisle in my local supermarket! My wonderful partner came home with a box of Mr Kipling French Fancies the other day for me which made me incredibly happy! Simple things!

                  *** Mr Kipling ***

                  Mr Kipling isn't actually a person! The company is owned by Premier Foods. The cakes were introduced in 1967 to the public and by 1976 Mr Kipling was the number 1 selling brand and still is to this day. Mr Kipling is known for producing individual cakes and slices.

                  *** Packaging ***

                  The French Fancies box is quite a bit smaller than the other boxes in the same brand such as the apple pies etc. It's quite rectangular and narrow. On the front is the product name in cute, swirly writing and depicts the actual cakes with the yellow French Fancy cut in half. The box is a mixture of red and pink and has the Mr Kipling logo at the top. On the back is all the nutritional information. Each cake is in its own little paper case and there are 8 cakes per box.

                  *** The Cakes ***

                  The French Fancies come in three different colours and flavours. However, they all contain a little bit of vanilla butter fondant which is housed underneath the icing at the top of the cake and they have all been decorated with a very thin icing. The main icing on the cake is actually quite thin so it isn't too sickly as sometimes icing can be too thick for my liking.

                  Brown Cake: This is chocolate flavoured icing (so they say!). This is probably my least favourite fancy as I'm not too keen on the flavour of the icing. It doesn't have a strong chocolate flavour but it is actual more synthetic and rather weak in actual taste. This is the one I tend to leave which is then normally eaten by my partner!

                  Yellow Cake: I think this is supposed to be lemon flavoured and although it doesn't state this on the ingredients or information there is definitely a mild lemony taste to the icing. It isn't strong and is an incredibly light flavour which is lovely as it isn't too sweet. The yellow cake as a drizzle of chocolate icing on it which really doesn't make any difference to the flavour!

                  Pink cake: Again, I think this is probably supposed to be strawberry but from what I taste it reminds me of pick n mix sweets! This is by far my favourite cake as I find it sweet but not sickly. This cake has a drizzle of white icing over it.

                  In all the cakes the sponge inside is incredibly light and has a very mild vanilla taste to it which is really nice as it suits the taste of the icing really well. The vanilla butter fondant is just enough so the cake doesn't become overly sweet and adds a different texture to the sponge cake which is great. Fortunately for me the vanilla flavour isn't too strong and is very mild.

                  *** Ingredients ***

                  Sugar, Wheat Flour, Glucose Syrup, Reconstituted Egg, Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Egg White, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Salt), Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Milk Protein, Vegetable Fat, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder, Emulsifiers (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithin), Salt, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Maize Starch, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Flavouring, Dried Egg White, Colours (Cochineal, Lutein)

                  *** Nutritional Information ***

                  Per fancy:

                  Calories - 105
                  Protein - 0.7g
                  Carbohydrates - 19.4g
                  Fat - 2.8g
                  Fibre - 0.2g
                  Sodium - 0.07g

                  Allergy advice: contains gluten (wheat), egg, milk and soya.

                  *** Price and Availability ***

                  Tesco - £1.70
                  Asda - £1.70
                  Sainsburys - £1.71

                  *** Overall ***

                  One of my favourites! I love these little cakes as I can get my sugar fix by eating just one, perfect! I like the fact that everything about the cake is light and delicate as I can find cakes quite sickly which is why I'm normally a savoury person. For me these are great especially with a nice cup of tea! I would definitely recommend!

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                    The perfect cake for if you don't want to spoil your dinner but still fancy something!

                    Of course, as you probably already know I am partial to a Mr Kipling cake and Fench Fancies are absolutely gorgeous. (I have noticed that all the girly Mr Kipling cake like Angel Slices and French Fancies are very light and guilt-free!)

                    ~Packaging and Apperance~
                    Mr Kipling French Fancies are sold in a pink box with plenty of airbrushed photographs of the cakes. On the front of the box it also says 'Exeedingly Good' which is on all the cake boxes and is the case for all Mr Kipling cakes. Anyway, on the back of the box is the ingredients list and nutritional infomation (per fancy):

                    Calories - 105
                    Sugar - 16.7g
                    Fat - 2.7g
                    Saturates - 1.1g
                    Salt - 0.2g

                    As with all Mr Kipling cakes, French Fancies have no artificial colours or flavours but there are a few preservatives tucked away.

                    Nevertheless, when you open the box the Fancies are on a paper tray, eight altogether. You can choose from three flavours - lemon (yellow icing [my favourite!]), chocolate (brown icing) and plain (pink icing - this doesn't have any distinct flavour apart from fondant, so I'm guessing it's just plain).

                    ~Product and Taste~
                    As I bit into the cake I experienced a surge of delcious golden sponge and sweet lemon icing. On the top of a French Fancy is a little hump. Under this 'hump' is where the vanilla buttercream is. It is very smooth, and works best on the chocolate fancy because it is a good contrast to the chocolate in both taste and colour. Each cake is very small, so they are very light, guilt-free and make the perfect snack!
                    ~Value~
                    I got my French Fancies for £2.40 from Tesco, which is a little pricey but definetely worth it.

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                      02.06.2010 00:53
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                      Naughty but nice

                      Rumor has it that Mr Kipling bakes exceedingly good cakes, so in the course of extensive research in to the truth of this statement I may have tried a cake or two from Mr Kiplings range. Its a dreadful task as you can imagine but some one had to do it.

                      Now I am uncertain as to exactly how french these french fancies really are but I do know that you get 8 of the sugary cakes for around £1.70 per pack, although they are sometimes available for even less.

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                      They come in 3 variations on the theme. First and foremost there is the highly desirable and much fought over chocolate fancy. A sweet chocolate coated fondant dream. Lets all admit that every time you get a box, you hope and pray that Mr Kipling has kindly given you 3 of these chocolate gems.

                      Other wise you may end up with the dreaded lemon fancy. Which although not as showy and popular as the chocolate variety, is still a tasty morsel in light lemon fondant. Hands up those of you have looked at these lemon yellow cakes with disdain as you find there are 3 in your box of fancies instead of an extra choccy one.

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                      Last but not least is the pink dreamy one. Mid way in popularity between the chocolate and lemon fancies this is one fancy that most people like and no one minds getting an extra one of these as they usually go down a treat.

                      Each little cake consists of a mini sponge, complimented by a lightly whipped creamy topping, which is then encased in its own fondant outer layer. They are very sweet indeed and each little cake contains 105 calories, ouch!

                      There is also a' Big French Fancy', which is a giant celebration cake version, available in pink or yellow, (what no chocolate??). Mr Kipling what were you thinking. The bigger cakes really do make a nice addition to birthday parties etc.

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                      Not surprisingly Mr Kiplings cakes have been the nations number 1 cake brand since 1976 and with products like these in their range I can totally see why. Rating them 4 stars as at 105 calories per cake they are naughty but nice.

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                        great as an occasional treat

                        Mr Kipling's French fancies are a type of cake consisting of an icing covered sponge, with a layer of vanilla cream on top of the sponge. Having been around for over 20 years, they remain extremely popular, and the range has now been increased to include a 'big pink French fancy' which is a birthday cake sized version of the normal pink fancy. Expect to pay around £1.70 for an 8 pack of fancies and £7.00 for the birthday cake.

                        French fancies come in a long cardboard rectangular box, with an inner plastic seal. The individual fancies also sit in a small cake case each. At the top left hand corner is the Mr Kipling logo, while 'French Fancies' is written in chocolate brown across the centre, surrounded by pictures of the various fancies. They should be kept sealed in a cool dark place and will keep for a couple of months if left unopened.

                        Each individual cake contains 105 calories, 16.5 grams of sugar and 2.8 grams of fat (including 1.2 grams of saturated). In comparison with other snacks, such as a chocolate bar, the fat content of these is not too bad. However (and speaking from experience) it is almost impossible to stop at just one cake so they should probably only be eaten as a treat.

                        French fancies come in three flavours - chocolate (brown icing), vanilla (this is the pink one) and lemon (yellow). They are a delicious mixture of quite hard icing on the outside which gives a bit of bite, followed by very soft cream and moist sponge. They are very, very sweet so can only be eaten occasionally, but they have a rich luxurious taste which makes these my first choice when I'm craving an instant sugary hit.

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                          10.05.2010 14:34
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                          THESE ARE GORGEOUS THESE ARE FINE. BUT PLEASE LEAVE THEM BE, CAUSE THESE ARE MINE!!

                          I love visiting my gran, she is so delightful. She also buys the most delicious array of cakes and biscuits which she serves with a mug of steaming hot tea. I hardly get two minutes to myself as a busy mum of two, therefore these moments of pure peace and pleasure are deliciously welcome.

                          One of the ranges of cakes my nan favours, is the Mr Kipling French fancies. These charming little cakes are totally gorgeous. I have tated many of the Mr Kipling range, and I can stand up and be counted as agreeing that he does make exceedingly good cakes. However these French Fancies are in my opinion the best that Mr Kipling has to offer.

                          I think it is the whole presentation of these cakes, that I love almost more than the flavour. The sight of these delicious, quaint cakes with their pretty pink, yellow and chocolate fondent toppings look so charming. It puts me in mind, of a bygone era when ladies took tea. I may be a romantic fool but I just love the notion that these french fancies are somewhat posh and pretentious.

                          The pretty pink box is very tyical of the mr kipling brand. There is the mr kipling logo on the front of the box and a delightful array of pictures illistrating the cakes that are inside. The reverse side of the box allows the consumer a good degree of information. There is a comprehensive list of ingredients a detailed nutritional content chart and allergy advice.

                          Within the box are 8 deliciously presented french fancies. There is a choice of three varieties of fancy. There is the yellow iced variety which is my favourite as it has a real kick of lemon within its fondent icing. This coupled with the smooth vanilla cream and the sponge which is as light as a feather makes for a real charming and pleasing cake.

                          The second variety is strawberry flavoured fondent, with it's sugary pink icing. I am not so keen on this variety as I find the bubblegum sweetness of the strawberry fondent quite artificial and sickly. I find this variety is much more pleasing to look at than to eat. The sweetness of the icing completley masks all the other delicate flavours of the sponge and vanilla creme within the cake.

                          The third variety is the chocolate flavoured french fancy. Oh boy this has really got the wow factor. The deliciously tatsy chocolate which has a slightly bitter kick to it, mixes perfectly with the vanilla creme. The dark almost heavy taste of the chocolate fondent contrasts delightfully against the lightness of the sponge.

                          I really do feel that these cakes offer that something a little bit extra. I think it is due to their colourful appearance that makes them ooze femininity and splendour. This coupled with the fact that they taste everybit as good as they look makes for a heavenly treat.

                          I think it is important when considering the consumtion of one of these cakes to say sod it to the calorific values and fat content. Who wants to eat a cake in one hand and have a diet calculator in the other!! Just sit back, relax and indulge in these sublime fancies. If you end up eating the box, then make sure you stay away from the sweet trolley for the rest of the week, but just enjoy!! life's too short!!

                          Calorie content incase you havent taken my advice
                          105 cal per cake
                          2.7g of fat.

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                            26.04.2010 10:04
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                            fancy cakes delicious taste

                            Mr Kiplings cakes have been around for years and so has the slogan Mr Kipling really does make extremely good cakes and its so very true. One of my favourites of his cakes has to be the French Fancies. This is the cake of past birthday parties, afternoon teas and nibbles on picnics a cake I have grown up with and a all time family treat which I now have passed onto my grandchildren who also love them.

                            A box of Mr Kiplings French Fancies will cost you around £1.79 but every so often they are on offer for £1 at Morrisons and you get eight lovely little cakes in each box.
                            Each cake is a light sponge with a thin layer of vanilla cream hidden under the fondant icing which covers the top and sides of the cake, the fondant icing comes in three delicious toppings, pink, yellow and chocolate. The chocolate has a nice chocolatey taste a smooth bite size cake with the delicious vanilla hidden inside, whilst the yellow is lemoney and sweet the pink is harder to decide what taste it is, but whatevet it is you will like it as they are all luxurious rich and indulgent little fancies.

                            There is also a clear label stating that there are no artificial colours or flavours. The nutrition information per fancy and also per 100g. is for :
                            Energy - 417kj 99kcal
                            Protein - 0.7g
                            Carbohydrate - 18.1
                            Fat - 2.7g
                            There is also a have you tried section advertising another Mr Kipling product, which is a good advertising trick, as you may think well these are good so I might try the ones advertised.
                            The box also gives a website: www.mrkipling.co.uk

                            These little cakes are in my opinion fantastic, they are dailnty but pack a taste thats rich, creamy and sweet a real cake hit if you have a sweet tooth like me.
                            Kids love them as a treat and they are great for getting out if you have visitors you might want to impress or put at ease over a nice cup of tea.
                            A small cake with a huge delivery of taste, reasonably priced and looking irrisistable once they are put on a cake stand at a party.

                            I think these are the best Mr Kiplings cakes made, my children love them and always ask if I have any in when they come to visit. Its a cake I remeber from being young as my family used to buy them for christmas or buffet meals and picinics.

                            If you haven't tried them then you really are missing out, I wouldn't eat them if you are diabetic though as the sugar content is high and they aren't suitable for children with hyperactivity either, but for a fancy cake as a treat, for me theres nothing better than Mr Kiplings French Fancies.

                            Go on treat yourself.

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                            20.04.2010 11:37
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                            These are literally the icing on top of the cake!

                            Mr Kipling is by far the best cake maker and makes some amazing little cake snacks but his French Fancies are easily his most delicious creation.

                            French Fancies are small square sponge cakes with a vanilla flavoured filling on the top, coated in a sugar fondant icing. They come in three different colours and flavours - strawberry (pink), lemon (yellow) and chocolate (brown).

                            The sponge is always incredibly soft and fluffy and the vanilla filling is very soft, smooth and creamy and adds a deliciously sweet and creamy taste. The icing is also quite soft when the pack is first opened and this is the best part for me as it's really sweet and sugary and gives the cake lots more flavour.

                            These come in a box of 8 Fancies and, if I remember rightly, there are 3 of the pink, 3 yellow and 2 chocolate - the pink and yellow ones are a lot sweeter and flavoursome so I'm taking it that they're they more popular ones. The strawberry is easily my favourite of the three flavours and I rarely go for either of the others unless I've already eaten all the strawberry ones of course! And it doesn't take long to eat the whole pack as they're so tiny and one is definitely never enough!

                            These usually cost somewhere around £1.70 and, even though they are amazing, I do think this is very expensive for only 8 tiny little cakes. I only buy them occasionally when they're on offer and at the moment Asda are selling them for only £1 which is much better value.

                            These cakes really are exceedingly good!

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