I hardly every shop at Asda but I did venture in there just before Christmas and bought a few of their own brand products. I was with my husband at the time and usually his eyes are bigger than his belly, so when he spotted these Smartprice Apple Pies he popped a pack of six of them into our trolley. Personally, I am not a fan of apple pies at the best of times but as they were less than 60p, id didn't complain. He ate two of them almost as soon as we got back home and mentioned to me how lovely there were and how they were well worth the price.
Later than same evening I was brave and tried one for myself. They were 'okay' but really I think he must have been quite hungry as his compliments were slightly over the top, in my personal opinion. The amount of apple inside these pies was disappointing, to say the least. They were definitely well less than half full and the pastry, whilst it looked fine, was a little bland and quiet doughy in texture. There was a lot more pastry than there was filling and it was hard work chewing my way through to the end. Having said that though, I am not generally speaking, a fan of the apple pie anyway, so perhaps I am not the best judge in the world.
These apple pies were very simply presented and packaged in transparent plastic. They looked plain and simple on the outside and the inside and I don't think I'd be over the moon if I was served one of these at a friend's house. Maybe I am just an apple pie snob, but they were not the best apple pie I have ever tasted. There were three pies left by the end of that evening and my husband finished these off, this time with a small amount of single cream and one scoop of vanilla ice cream.
They were quite sweet and artificial tasting and didn't really taste very much like apple, more of an apple jelly texture than fresh apples, to be honest. I think they might be better if they are slightly warmed and served with cream but I don't think I will be buying any more of these.
Not really great pies and not really recommended.
I very rarely buy biscuits and cakes though the other night I was late night shopping in my local Asda store and saw a pack of 6 of these costing only 50p and I decided to buy them and give them a try just for a change really!
These come in see through plastic packet over a plastic tray to which the pies sit on foil trays. On the top of the pack we are told that they are Asda Smart Price 6 Apple Pies and that they contain no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat, that they are suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown too then on the back of the pack other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as full nutritional chart being listed and contact details for Asda are listed. This is cheap looking packaging to me but to me its product that always counts!
Round and cream in colour these are made from pastry, tops and bottoms and filled with diced Bramley apples (16%) and Bramley apple puree (as well as a few other things as well of course) which is all light green in colour and basically looks like a thin puree and is quite runny.
The pastry doesn't taste of much, the apple pie filling does taste of apples and smells like apples too and its naturally sweet opposed to tasting full of artificial sweeteners though my only criticism is that although there is plenty of filling within each pie it is a bit too drippy for me and not with big enough apple chunks to sink my teeth into.
They look nice enough though but they do fall apart in the hands easily just through being held and so soggy and with 192 calories per pie and and 7.9g of fat I can't justify eating these personally as they are rather boring in my opinion and lack good quality and flavour!
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This story begins on a usual university student style shopping trip, working my way around ASDA trying to save money by buying 'sensible' food like sauces and meat to make some good meals out of......as always just as i get to the checkout i look down into my basket to find apple pies and fruit juice! Not so successful!
I have had very much a 50/50 experience with asda smart price products in the past, things like meats from the range i would not ever buy again but things like the big bags of pasta you can't really go wrong with....pasta is pasta! Thats what i thought would be the case for the apple pies, in some ways i was right.
For a little over 30p for the pack of 6 you may think, too cheap to be an edible product or like me, apples and pastry don't cost too much so thats a very far price!
As i started to eat into the pies, nothing came as a suprise, i could taste the pastry and the apple filling. The thing that people would not at first notice is the pastry to filling ratio! The pastry is very thick leaving a minimal amount of space for the filling.
So to anyone who buys them, yes they will taste as you would expect but of course the cheap price does have an effect in that you are paying less money for less filling.
Not bad tasting at all but not as satisfying as spending that little extra!
We don't eat that many fruit pies so my mum brought a pack of these Smart Price apple pies from Asda. They were only 36p and look proper nice, they're not as nicely decorated as the Mr Kipling or other more expensive apple pies.
They look quite deep, they're deffo not what you'd call a deep filled pie but they stand a lot taller than you think they would from the price and cheapo plastic wrapper.
The pastry is a bit dry when you eat them on their own but with a bit of custard it softens up nice and tastes lovely and buttery. The apple filling is wicked, it's chunky with pieces of apple and the sauce holding them all together is lovely and sweet. Asda could fit a bit more of the filling in because there's a bit of a gap at the top of the pie but I don't think that matters much because it's got a nice strong flavour anyway.
The apple taste is a bit artificial but that's ok and it goes wicked with the pastry. I heated mine in the microwave today and it was yummy, the filling got mega hot though so if you do this you'll have to watch you don't burn your mouth! The pastry goes nice and crumbly when you nuke it though and I think they taste a lot better quality when you warm them up and pour custard over them
I like the tangy flavour of the apple in these pies and because they're also quite sweet the 2 different flavours go proper nice together. The pastry isn't very sweet but that's a good job because if it was I reckon these apple pies would be too sugary tasting.
For the price they're wicked. They might not be as pretty or full as Mr Kipling cakes but they cost at least £1.00 less and when they're covered in custard I bet you can't tell much of a difference.
Since moving to England I love apple pies with hot custard, it's just the best pudding in the world - definitely at the same step as Italian ice cream and austrian apple strudel if you ask me.
Being a big fan of the Tesco Value range I started to give ASDA Smartprice a try too and I really wasn't disappointed. The pies are lovely and I cannot taste a difference between the cheapies and a more expansive brand.
The packing is quite minimalistic, a plastic tray with cellophane wrapped around the pies. That is actually quite good, you can see the pies and don't have to have the disappointment at home when you realise that they are broken or damaged.
In the front is a label in the typical ASDA Smartprice green & white and on the back is another label with the nutrition info and the ingredients.
I'm ok with the basic packing, I can see the pies before I buy them and it's not too much (or indeed) any useless design on it.
Oh god, I wish I'd never looked at the back of the box! One single, tiny pie contains 12.6g sugar and 7.2g of fat, that makes together 170 calories a pie! And I could easily eat two of them with custard for pudding.
Look & Taste
I remember that I was a bit disappointed when I opened the pack for the first time ever, no sweet apple smell, nothing. I love it when you smell the sour apples, the buttery pasty and the sweet sauce, unfortunately not so with the Smartprice pies.
The look is ok, light golden brown with a light dusting of sugar on top. They do look a bit lighter than the apple pies you can see in bakeries but not pale white as if they hadn't baked well enough.
There are two ways to eat the pies, cold and straight from the box or hot. I prefer them hot, it just takes one minute in the microwave till they are nice and hot. Then you can actually smell them, a lovely sweet smell, not too much of apple, more of butter.
The pastry is surprisingly thick around the outside of the pie. I expected them to be soggy but they were absolutely fine. The apple pieces inside are quite big - what surprised me as I thought there'd only be tiny pieces blended in the sauce.
The sauce is very sweet, a bit too sweet if in combination with custard for my taste. On the other side that's really nice when you enjoy the pies straight from the pack without heating them.
Price & Value
36 pence for 6 pies is amazing. I couldn't believe it at first; in the bakery I'm currently working in we are selling apple pies of roughly the same size for 79 pence a piece. The ASDA Smartprice box works out as an unbeatable 6 pence per pie - that's a cheap pudding!
They taste good, they are cheap - what can I want more?! Well, maybe less sugar and fat.
Asda Smartprice apple pies are by far the cheapest apple pies on the shelf at just 36p for 6 little treats. They come packaging in a plastic tray with six holes cut out and covered with celophane which is partly decorated with the white & green Smartprice logo, nutritional information etc. Apple pies, in general, can be heated up or eaten cold and are nice with ice cream or custard but I usually eat mine alone.
The apple pie looks quite basic, there is no leaf adorning the top of this pie, it does have a fluted edge & comes within a little foil tray which should avoid too many crumbs getting everywhere although I didn't really find crumbs to be a problem with this particular apple pie. The pastry is very thick and a little too dry for my liking. The sauce is very thick and does have some lumps of apple within it but not many, the sauce itself is quite nice but overall I had difficulty really tasting any apple filling when eating the pie, although, if you ate the filling alone it does have some flavour to it.
I wouldn't buy these as something premium to give to my friends or relatives but I would consider buying them again as I snack for myself and prehaps having them with some cream or ice cream so that they are nice and moist and not so dry.
Overall I would rate these a 3/5, there was some apple filling in the pie and the pastry was very nice, if a bit too dry, and for 36p I think that these are a bargain.
Last week we decided to head off to our nearest Asda store to see what Asda `George` had in their sale. Although it can be time consuming working your way through the hundreds of items that they pack onto the sale rails, a good search can often be worth it.
I managed to find some Tee shirts for a £1 each.
Asda try hard to keep their customer focus by offering cut price groceries, electrical goods and home-ware.
It might sound a bit on the mean side but sometimes we make a flask of coffee and take it with us and when we shop we will buy a snack to go with it. It is good to stop on the way home and sit in the car and watch the World go by.
The Other Half was feeling a bit peckish and he spotted the Asda Smartprice apple pies, There was no stopping him then!
Six apple pies for 36p he kept saying, I wanted to buy the Asda Bramley Apple pies that were 68p for 6, but to keep the peace I gave in quietly.
The Asda Smartprice Apple pies look basic, a clear plastic tray containing six not very appetising looking fruit pies that are then sealed inside a plastic covering. On the front of the packet there is an apple green and white square, the Smartprice packaging design.
The words written on the square tell you that you are buying six apple pies, there is a cup of tea symbol underneath the lettering which I presume refers to the fact that they make a good snack and a small rectangle with a white letter `V` inside of it which is Asda`s way of indicating that the product is vegetarian friendly.
When we got back to the car park we decided to have our coffee before we set off for home, so I pulled the packet of Apple pies out of the carrier bag. One of the first things I noticed was the pale concave pastry crusts, it looked as if the pies could well be a little short of filling. It seemed quite uncharitable to pick holes in the Smartprice pies, after all they were only six pence each.
The over-seal split easily and I lifted a pie out to pass to the Other Half, as I lifted it the pastry stayed intact and felt a bit too firm for my liking. It was clear, each pie cost six pence and they were sized accordingly. I poured my cup of coffee and took my apple pie out ready. Now Mr Kipling at least makes his pies look worth eating, he usually decorates them with a pastry cut out on the crust and his pies make a good handful.
Smartprice Pies? Hmmm not very spectacular looking at all.
The fluted edge made its way to my mouth and I took my first bite of what can only be described as adequate pastry, nothing `short` about the pastry whatsoever. It tasted pleasant enough but the texture was weird, maybe cloying is the best way to describe it. The pastry was only semi-sweet and after it was swallowed it still hung on in there...for want of a better expression.
The Other half was embarking on pie number three by now! he has a healthy appetite, in other words he is like a waste disposal unit. As I took a peep inside of the pie there wasn't any sign of Bramley apple, just a glutenous sauce with lumpy bits in it.
The filling is described by Asda as an apple filling and its clear that maybe a dried apple has been used (the apple only represents 14% of the entire pie). But never judge a book by its cover, the wallpaper paste filling tasted OK!
A sweet sauce and even the lumpy bits were fairly tasty.
Three bites and it was all over bar the shouting, I had no need to wipe away the crumbs or look for a paper hanky to wipe my mouth, the pie wasn't as lavish as that.
But as I slid my hand over to get pie number two out I saw that pie number two would be my last, while I had been sat there picking holes in the Smartprice Apple pies the Other Half had gone to town on them.
Asda say that they have removed all of the hydrogenated fats, that the pie is a shortcrust pastry with an apple filling.
They contain gluten, wheat and they may contain nuts.
The pies also contain sulphites (preservatives)
12.6g sugar and 7.2g of Fat and a massive 170 calories a pie!!
The pies were at the back of the queue when good looks were given out, they gained a tiny bit of street Cred after a tasting session. When I saw the nutritional values I could not believe my eyes!
Sorry Asda, 6p or no 6p these aren't going in my shopping basket again.
The credit crunch has hit and trying out cheaper brands on regular buys has become something I am trying more than ever.
A few days ago in Asda, I saw 6 mince pies for 36p. Well, for 6p each I thought they were worth a try at least.
The packaging looks quite unappealling, however I was prepared to overlook this if the pies tasted nice.
Now, I normally buy Mr Kiplings and am comparing these to a much higher priced product.
The Asda pies are obviously made up of the pie itself and the filling. Both of these I thought tasted quite nice.
However, the mix of the two seems to be the problem for me. It seems that the filling must be the most expensive out of the two items since there was either too much of the pie or too little of the filling, however you wish to look at it.
Put simply: They taste too much of the pie.
These aren't bad, but they are not as nice as Mr Kiplings by a long way.
If you want a nice tasting apple pie, I would recommend getting a better one than this. I quite like Tesco's own, but they are about 75p for 6. There is probably an Asda equivalent and I may have to try them if they do.
To be perfectly honest, I might buy these again. But I would only really recommend these if you are on a very tight budget.
Looking for an alternative to those expensive little apple pies that taste so good with cream on - forget it these things are dire.
The pies look ok from the outside tempting you with those sweet sugar crystals on the top begging to be devoured in a bowl of single cream as an after tea time treat well forget it.
I had two of these pies for my desert the other day and the similarity to mr kiplings ends with the sugary coating on the top.
The first mouthful was taken lovingly cutting into the pastry with my spoon and getting a nice portion of single cream with the pie.
The first question my tastebuds asked was wheres the taste the second was wheres the apple filling. To be honest after disecting the remainders of the pies i found very and i mean very little apple filling. Its a swizz with these babies you get half price apple pies but you get half the filling and taste. The pastry doesnt even taste of pastry rather than some unsugared shortcrust.
If i want an apple pie on the cheap im gonna have to make it myself i wont be buying these again.
On the plus note not one to waste food and throw it in the bin i gave the rest of these to the birds in the back garden and within a few minutes a flock of about 30 starlings had devoured the lot so they must have found them appealing im very sure i didnt.
If I gave you the choice of buying 6 individual apple pies for £1.05 or buying six individual apple pies for 37p it would be a no brainer right? Well how about if I told you one six pack was made by the very famous MR Kipling and the other was the Asda smart price offering, you would now probably be thinking a bit harder about which to choose right?
You should in fact think really hard because whilst the saving of around 70p may seem very appealing, the Asda smart price apple pies are not appealing in the slightest. The casing of the smart price pies is nice but it is what is inside that causes me the problems.
Each apple pie had about two chunks of incredibly hard apple which was surrounded by a far too sweet apple sauce. When compared to the delicious apple sauce in a MR Kipling apple pie and the many small pieces of apple that you get in the MR Kipling pies, well there is just no comparison.
The Asda pies are packaged in very plain and cheap packaging which is of course how they keep the price of these products down but they have also clearly skimped on the apple content to help a bit too and seem to have gone for overpowering the whole thing with sugar to give it a taste. These may well appeal to kids or people with a very, very sweet tooth but they were definitely not for me.
If I told you Id just bought a pack of six individual apple pies for 37p, what would your initial thoughts be? If youre very slightly greedy, as I am, then your thoughts probably wont go any further than the simple apple pie to share. However, the more cost conscious amongst us might take note of that 37p. I mean, that isnt a whole lot of money to pay for six apple pies, is it? Mr Kipling sells his apple pies for £1.03 for six in my local asda, so how can these be so cheap?
Well, Im guessing here, but Id imagine that Asda have cut corners wherever possible, when producing their Smart Price Apple Pies. For example, these apple pies are sat on your bog-standard six slot plastic cake case, each encased in its own little metal cup, then all six sealed into one plastic bag which proclaims Asda Smart Price 6 Apple Pies on the front. Theres a small picture of a cup and saucer on the front but that is the only decoration on the pack. All other information on the plastic bag is in green, black or white ink the only three colours used, thus cutting down on ink costs. Obviously, as these pies are in a see-through plastic bag, not a costly cardboard box, theres also no need to stick an expensive picture on the front of how wonderful the apple pies look, we can actually see the real pies and make our decision from that.
Well, I didnt see the pies before I bought them, because I shopped online, but I certainly wasnt disappointed when they arrived. Before even opening the packet I could see that the pies are beautifully golden brown, with thick pastry and a sprinkling of sugar glinting on top. Of course, the minimalist packaging is also better for the environment, so youre a double winner on that score, but Id suggest that Asda only make a very minimal profit on their Smart Price produce, if any profit at all. I was taught when I worked at my local Safeway many years ago that these very low price products are offered as a loss leader to get people into the store in the hope that once theyre in theyll spend extra money they hadnt intended to spend. Not quite sure how that works out with shopping online, though
Checking the packaging I was pleased to notice that these pies are suitable for vegetarians, some Smart Price products Ive recently bought havent been, which is always a disappointment. For allergy sufferers the advice is clear, this product contains gluten, wheat and sulpher dioxide and may also contain traces of nuts/seeds.
Of course, apple pie is never going to be an aid to dieting, but if you do have a craving youll need to know that each one of these little pies contains a whole 176kcal, 12.6g sugar and 7.2g fat which is making me feel just a little guilty, as Ive just eaten three of the little devils. Still, they did taste exceedingly good But Im getting ahead of myself again, I do have a habit of doing that.
When I first opened the pack of apple pies I certainly couldnt smell any apple at all, but then I reasoned that the apple is all sealed inside the pastry, so I wouldnt be able to smell it. The only thing I could smell was the pastry, which does make sense. It smells warm, even though its freezing cold today. Warm, and, well just like pastry, to be honest. Sorry, smells were never my best point. The pie comes out of its foil cup easily, and at this point looks no different to any other apple pie Ive ever eaten. The apple filling is generous (14% according to the pack) and sweet; the marriage between apple and pastry is a good one, though this is definitely a pie for the sweeter toothed amongst us. The pastry itself is soft, sweet and almost melt in the mouth, almost, but not quite. Theres still a little bit of chewing required.
Im far too greedy to wait to heat them through, so ate these pies cold, straight from the packet. However, I bet theyd be even better warmed through and served with a hot custard or a scoop or two of really creamy icecream.
Over all, for 37p a packet this is a very nice apple pie, and a damn good value product. Of course, Smart Price is a no frills range, but if you did a blind taste testing of an assortment of apple pies, I think these would still score highly. The only criticism I have is that the apple in the first of the three pies I greedily munched today was just a little bit too crunchy, it felt as if it shouldve been cooked for just a little longer. The other two were fine, and if Im honest, Ive had the same slightly too crunchy problem with named brands of apple pies too.
As its getting closer to Christmas now, Ive been checking out No Frills products from all of the major supermarkets, in a hunt for better value. Some of them have been exactly what Id previously expected of a basic product Sainsburys foam fruits, for example, are not my cup of tea at all. However, in general Ive been pleasantly surprised by the quality of Asda Smart price products, this one included.
I may have only begun to shop Smart Price because Im on a budget, but I dont think Ill stop when the budget increases again this has been a real eye opener for me. This pack of six apple pies is, in my opinion, every bit as good as pies youd spend two or three times as much on and if were honest here, once the wrapper is in the bin and these are displayed nicely, whos going to know theyre Smart Price anyway?
If youre an apple pie fan, my advice would be to give them a try. If you enjoy them youll be making a huge saving on your usual brand. Even if you dont like them as much as I do, youve only lost 37p. Plus, even if you find anything wrong with your pies, Asda offer a refund and replace guarantee so you really cant lose.