“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Pies „
After recently reviewing Mr Kipling's Bramley Apple Pies and finding them quite average, I decided to take a look at the Tesco alternative and see if they were any better. My main criticism of the Mr Kipling variety was the fact that the filling was far too sweet and sugary for my liking - but is the Tesco version any different?
These Tesco apple pies are almost identical in appearance to the Mr Kipling brand - even the apple icon made from pastry on the lid of each one is the same. The first difference that I found relates to the pastry, which in my opinion is better than the more expensive Kipling alternative. The apple filling is a little less sweet - and this is confirmed in the nutritional info (show at the end of the review) which shows three grams less sugar in each one. It's not a massive difference however, and I still find the apple too sickly for my liking.
I prefer these pies warmed up, and even though they are the same size as the Mr Kipling ones, for some reason the packaging recommends leaving them in the oven for over twice as long.
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The Apple Pies Contain;
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Bramley Apple (13%), Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Bramley Apple Puree (7%), Glucose Syrup, Dextrose Monohydrate, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Gelling Agent (Sodium Alginate), Milk Proteins, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Carbonate), Corn Flour, Emulsifiers (Mono-and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids , Polysorbate 60), Acidity Regulators (Adipic Acid, Citric Acid), and Flavouring.
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To conclude, i'm not really a fan of any of these heavily processed mini apple pies, but these ones aren't too bad, and I actually prefer them to the Mr Kipling ones. To be honest, the main difference is the price, and considering the fact that these are nearly half the price, I would buy them in the future over their pricier counterparts.
As the two versions are so similar, with my nutritional analysis below I have included a comparison to the Mr Kipling alternatives.
Nutritional Info Per Pie
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Calories: 218 (Mr Kipling ones = 226)
Fat: 9.1g (Mr Kipling ones = 8.5g)
Saturated Fat: 3.3g (Mr Kipling ones = 3.2g)
Sugar: 15.7g (Mr Kipling ones = 18.7g)
Salt: 0.3 g (Mr Kipling ones = 0.2g)