When my mum went away for a holiday I was left on my own in the house, so to cut a long story short I was in charge of the shopping so I brought various items, this being one of them, and I have loved them since.
The packaging is very simple there is not much too it at all, just a plain white sleeve with ASDA written on it. (Like anything else value wise).
The biscuits are really nice for a value brand and I cant really complain about them as they were really nice and really cheap 23p for a pack.
In my opinion they taste exactly like any leading pack of bourbon biscuits you really cant tell much difference at all.
They are great for dunking in teas, coffee or hot chocolate and I was surprised then they didnt crumble straight away like leading brands do.
The chocolate inside the 2 biscuits is my favourite part although after I have had a few they do taste a sickly.
I would recommend anyone to buy these biscuits, they are cheap and affordable and offer great taste for under 25p. The size they give you is very generous too, I thought to myself how do they even make a profit on these, it must be a small one.
I give these 4/5 the only reason being I think they could make the packaging look a bit more brighter so more people are attracted to them.
Apart from that very good!
While my husband and I went away recently, our son and his girlfriend took charge of the house. I'm pleased to say that we got back everything was in one piece and they had gone overboard on the cleaning. Apart from gleaming kitchen and bathroom, we discovered food in the fridge and cupboard that I wouldn't normally buy. Amongst these unfamiliar items was a large unopened packet of Asda Smartprice bourbon biscuits. In need of something to have with a cup of tea when I got in from work one evening and finding nothing else in the cupboard, I decided it was time to try see how these bargain biscuits measured up.
The packaging isn't fancy - a plain white and green wrapping. The biscuits look fine - just like a typical bourbon biscuit. Bourbon creams are a sandwich of two dark chocolate biscuits with a creamy chocolate filling. Like the original biscuits made by Peek Freans, the Asda Smartprice ones have the letters B O U R B O N imprinted on the biscuit just to make sure that you know what you're eating. Maybe it's psychological but I couldn't describe the taste as luxury. That said, they are perfectly acceptable and (unfortunately) very moreish. They have a definite 'snap' to them, when you break them in two - I've learnt from 'Great British Bake Off' that this is what you should look for in a biscuit.
Each biscuit has 66 calories, which would be okay if I just ate one at a sitting. The biscuits have no artificial colours of flavours and the ingredients are listed as: wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, wheat flour, sugar, palm oil, fat reduced cocoa powder, glucose syrup, dextrose, wheat starch, raising agents (sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate), salt and flavourings.
The packet tells you that once opened, the biscuits should be stored in an airtight container. I'm sure this is good advice although I'm confident that the packet will be empty before I get round to finding a suitable tin. The pack's been open for a week and there's no sign yet of the biscuits going soft.
Indeed judging from the near empty packet, I've found them a very acceptable alternative to more expensive biscuits. I can't be 100% sure from the few that are left, but I think they were probably 30 when I first opened the pack which at 400g is bigger than the packet above. At 43p, that works out at less then one and half pence a biscuit. Now that's definitely a Smartprice.
these biscuits come in very plain,simple packaging the packing is plain white and green basic packaging as with most of the smart price rangethe biscuits are nice and crumbly and the choclate cream inside of the 2 pieces of biscuit is nice and choclately,also these biscuits are great for dunking in a hot cup of tea as they dont melt as quick as the leading brand bourbon creamsthey have a nice taste and they are not to crumblyoverall i really like these i think for the money they are really nice and 23p a pack they are a bargain andare great if you fancy a cheap sweet treat that doe's not have too many caloriesoverall one of the smart price ranges best products10/10 from me
I often buy a variety of biscuits and snacks for my household as I do enjoy indulging my sweet tooth most days, with my other half being more of an 'occasional indulger'. One biscuit that my other half absolutely loves however, is that childhood favourite, Bourbon Creams.
Due to his liking for these biscuits, we have tried out several different brands and varieties over the years, with the most recent purchase being from the well-known budget brand from the Asda range, known as "Smartprice". Costing a mere 23 pence for a package of Smartprice Bourbon Cream biscuits that is 200g in size, I couldn't see any reason for not giving them a try out recently and with that, they went into my 'virtual' trolley whilst shopping online at www.asda.com.
When the biscuits arrived with the rest of my grocery shopping, I must admit that I was fairly nonplussed about the basic looking packaging. A plain white wrapper with the familiar bright green-coloured font printed on it encased the biscuits within. The wrapper seemed to be very flimsy and really quite thin. I was not at all surprised at the basic look of the packaging as I am very familiar with the Asda Smartprice brand due to buying many products from this budget brand on a regular basis, and so have become accustomed to the cheap-and-cheerful look that most - if not all - of the products in the range have.
Not one to be put off by such matters however, we opened the package of biscuits with our evening cuppa the following night and the first thing that struck me about the Smartprice Bourbon Cream biscuits was their size. They were much thinner and slightly more oblong than other brands that I have bought recently, which tend to be slightly thicker and well, more square in shape. The other thing that I noticed as I removed a biscuit from the wrapper, was the familiar chocolate-like smell that was evident straight away. I was pleased that they smelled like I had expected them to and I though the aroma was very sweet.
Biting into the Smartprice Bourbon Creams has proven to be quite an enjoyable experience, if the empty wrapper is anything to go by! The biscuits - for those of you who have not come across them before - are a sort of 'layer' or 'sandwich' design, with the centre layer being a soft fondant-type cream, being sandwiched between two chocolate flavoured biscuits. There is no actual chocolate on the biscuits, so they won't melt or anything, but they have a sort of chocolate flavour to them.
I found that the biscuit layers on the outsides of the Smartprice Bourbon Creams were quite delicious and had a lovely flavour that was neither sickly or overly sweet, which is something I have found with very cheap biscuits that I have bought before, so I was pleased that these biscuits seemed to have a gentler flavour to them. The cream or fondant in the centre was quite thick, and I thought there was a reasonably-sized helping of fondant centre to compliment the outer biscuits perfectly. I have found that cheaper 'sandwich' type biscuits such as these ones can often have a rather meagre portion of cream/fondant in the centre which can result in the biscuit being quite dry when eating it, but in the case of the Smartprice offerings, this was not the case at all.
I thought too that the outer biscuits had a very pleasant crunch to them and they gave the biscuit quite a crunchy texture without being too hard. The chocolate flavour was really quite sweet although I didn't find it took anything from the fondant centre of the biscuits.
The only thing I would say that is at all negative is that I found the Smartprice Bourbon Creams got broken very easily. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the majority of biscuits I removed from the package were actually broken in some shape or form. More often than not, a small piece of one of the outer biscuits had come off, and the damage was fairly minor. It was, however, definitely something that I found was quite noticeable, and it is not something that I have found is a particular trait of Bourbon Cream biscuits in general. Certainly, other brands have not brought this little flaw to my attention. Don't get me wrong, it didn't stop me from enjoying eating the biscuits or take anything from their taste or flavour, but it certainly would have prevented me from putting the biscuits onto one my pretty china plates if I had a guest over for tea. The broken corners gave the biscuits an overall sort of 'shabby' look and for this, I will be deducting one star from the product rating.
For me and my hubby however, these little biccies have proven to be quite a hit and I will definitely be buying them again! I have thoroughly enjoyed dipping them into my evening cuppa and I think they are a tasty little addition for kids parties or a little treat to pop into lunch boxes. Their slender size and thin design would make them ideal for this!
The nutritional information on the packaging informs me that each biscuit will provide 2.5g fat and 58 kcal. They are suitable for a vegetarian diet. The Bourbon Creams may contain nuts.
I would wholeheartedly recommend these little biscuits and I will definitely buy them again!
Some people think that Asda smart price food range is really rubbish and doesn't taste very nice at all, because it is so cheap. Yes they are right, the food is cheap but it taste rather nice to me. I wouldn't stop buying Asda smart price food range.
The smart price bourbon creams biscuits are delicious and to be honest i actually think they taste a lot better then the name brand bourbons. The creamy chocolate inside the to slices of chocolate biscuits is to die for. the chocolate doesn't taste cheap, it taste amazing. just like the actually branded bourbon biscuits. To me there is no difference in the taste, only in the price.
Asda price bourbons only cost 13p. compered to most expensive biscuits your saving at least well over £1 and the taste is actually better. The only down side is that they have seemed to make the bourbons a lot slimmer, They used to be quite chunky. You still get your 13p worth though.
I'm not normally an Asda shopper I must admit. However, being a starving *ahem* university student and having lovely friends who offer me bourbon biscuits (One of my favorites) that were brought for them among other food items by a visiting family member, I put this simple fact aside and decide to sample one to see if they are any different to the Sainsburys basics ones I usually buy.
WHERE TO BUY, WHAT YOU GET AND COST.
Asda Smartprice bourbons are obviously only available from Asda (Obviously) and you get 200g (Around 10 - 12 biscuits I believe...) for the princely sum of just 23p! Now that is good value in my opinion particularly if your have a house of hungry, biscuit mad, munching children to feed. However, due to the fact that there were only 10 - 12 biscuits in a pack, they probably wont last very long but as I mentioned before, for the sake of 23p, you can afford to put a couple of packs in the trolley. For comparison purposes, Sainsburys basics bourbons come in a 400g pack which costs 50p so Asda comes out on top of the value for money stakes (Buy 4 pence!) if we take into account the cost when buying two 200g packs. Interestingly, the more *premium* (EG: Not Sainsburys basics) bourbons cost 50p for a 200g pack so if you buy the basics ones, you get double the biccies for nothing.
The packaging of Asda Smartprice bourbons is hardly likely to make you jump up and down with excitement but who cares to be honest. You eat the biscuit not the packaging. Anyway, the biscuits come in a simple, bog-standard, white plastic packet with green writing on the front stating what you get in the pack along with a cup of steaming tea (As many people are fond of biscuits with a hot drink). Its not going to change lives but it keeps the biscuits relatively well protected (There were a couple on the top with broken corners but nothing major as this tends to happen with all biscuits anyway). Again, to compare, Sainsburys basics also come packaged in a very similar way except in a larger pack and with orange writing instead of green.
WHAT THEY LOOK AND SMELL LIKE.
Hmm. How to describe an Asda Smartprice bourbon in a way that hasn't been done before...This is difficult as these biscuits look EXACTLY like any other bourbon biscuit. If you don't know what this looks like then it is a finger shape biscuit that comprises of two biscuits stuck together by a heavenly chocolate buttercream substance. Bourbons are brown in colour (Due to being chocolate flavoured) and have little pin marks pricked around the outside of each biscuit and the word "Bourbon" written on each. Some seem to have the odd few granules of sugar stuck to them too but by no means are they sugar coated and they are probably around 2 inches in length. They smell chocolately and sweet although these bourbons did have a slightly artificial cocoa type smell about them as opposed to a rich chocolatey aroma (But for 23p, I wasn't expecting the latter to be honest).
WHAT IS IN THEM AND NUTRITIONAL CONTENT.
The ingredients list for Asda Smartprice bourbons is as follows:
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Dextrose, Wheat Starch, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt, Flavourings.
No Colours or Preservatives.
This is pretty much as standard but it pleased me to know that no colours or preservatives were used as the less rubbish like that we have in our diets, the better. The fat reduced cocoa powder was no real surprise either if you go on to read the taste part of my review. The calories per 100g are 479 with 21.4g of fat (12.8g being saturated). This translates as 65 calories a biscuit with 2.9g of fat (1.7g saturated) so it is hardly a healthy food item but lets be honest, who consumes bourbons expecting them to be a substitute for carrots?! They aren't the largest of biscuits by any stretch of the imagination so it is probably easy to get carried away if there is an open packet laying around for too long. The nutritional values for the Sainsburys basics equivalent were, surprise surprise, exactly the same.
For the price of these biscuits, I must say, I was surprised. They were by no means inedible but eating them wasn't exactly the highlight of my day. Upon biting into my biscuit treat, I was greeted by a gritty crumbly textured biscuit that fractured in various places as I bit. I chose not to dunk mine in a hot drink but my friend who did found pieces of bourbon floating conspicuously in her cup of tea which somewhat put her off. I therefore wouldn't recommend these as being durable enough not to disintegrate upon dunking. The taste wasn't tremendously unpleasant but it was quite artificial and the cocoa element was weak and underwhelming. The generally graininess of the biscuit left your mouth feeling a little strange and dry afterwards and I ended up having to have a drink after eating just one of these but if you choose to consume these biscuits with a drink, this won't be a problem. The buttercream sandwiching the two biscuits together was actually more pleasant than the biscuit itself as it had more chocolate/cocoa flavour than the biscuit but it was let down a little due to the fact it was exceptionally sweet and had detectable, gritty sugary bits in it (Although I feel it would be practically impossible for a biscuit to contain 4.1g of the stuff and for it not to have a slightly grainy/bitty texture). One or two would personally be enough to cure a sugar craving for me as I think I'd be getting a toothache or end up bouncing off the walls if I ate many more. Although the ingredients and nutrition lists for the Asda Smartprice and Sainsburys basics bourbons are basically identical, I feel that there is a stronger yet less artificially sweet chocolate/cocoa taste in the Sainsburys ones. They also seem to have a more pleasing, less crumbly consistency when compared to the Asda ones.
For those in search of something to fill a biscuit barrel with, you can't really go wrong with these. They are cheap, sweet, appeal to most palates, are relatively satisfying and are sure to go down a storm with young children in particular. For 23p, you would be hard pressed to find a biccie that was better value for money in my opinion. I'd personally stick to Sainsburys basic bourbons due to them being less crumbly and artificially sweet but those with a real sweet tooth may prefer the sweeter biccie.
Me and my daughter both love a good biscuit whilst watching In The Night Garden mid morning. Every time we run out of a packet we try a new biscuit, this time it was Smart Price's Bourbon biscuits.
** Packaging **
These biscuits come in a pack of around 15 biscuits (200g) for 23p. Yes, 23p! No prizes for guessing what the Smart price packaging looks like! It's the typical green and white Smart price colours. The only problem with this packaging is there isn't a tab where you can wind the wrapping off nice and easily like on the custard cream packaging. I nearly lost the whole packet of biscuits when trying to open these like a bag of crisps!
** Bourbons **
If you don't know what a bourbon looks like, it's simply a chocolate sandwich, but on a much smaller scale. The creamy chocolate filling is sandwiched between two layers of crunchy chocolate in a rectangle shape. The bourbons do smell of a rich chocolate smell, but upon tasting them the taste doesn't quite match. Of course, this isn't a rich indulgent chocolate biscuit, but it does taste a lot like what it is supposed to be, a cheap, dunking, snack type biscuit.
I like to eat these biscuits in a different way to the normal, bite by bite, or dunk by dunk way. Firstly, I bite the top layer of crunchy chocolate off, bite around the creamy chocolate to get as much of the crunchy chocolate away from the creamy stuff, then devour the creamy centre. With some more expensive bourbons I've found that the chocolate crumbles away as I do this so I can't get the top chocolate layer off as easily, and it sticks to the creamy centre and just ruins my experience. But with these Smart Price bourbons I haven't yet experienced them crumbling.
** Overall **
These biscuits are fantastic quality for the price paid. They are better than more expensive bourbons, taste great, don't crumble and are just, all in all, amazing. I will definitely keep these on the buy again list! In The Night Garden just isn't the same without them!
Biscuits......................love em too bits. A nice cuppa and a biscuit pretty much takes the blues away for me, especially if the biscuit is of the dunking type. If there is any kind of chocolate involved then the blues are obliterated, heaven has arrived.
Even those biscuits covered in real milk chocolate, have a fight on their hands when it comes to bourbons. To look at they are nothing special, two oblong chocolate flavoured biscuits sandwiched together with an even falser chocolate cream filling.
How can these possible beat a full covered choccie biscuit. Well truth is on most occasions they won't, but sometimes it isn't the chocolate that is that important sometimes it just the chocolatey taste. It might even be that I have over the years found the simple bourbon so comforting that it surmounts anything else.
At 28p per pack in ASDA, the smart price bourbon is just as good as any other bourbon, it looks the same and tastes the same. It even dunks the same and this is where the humble bourbon surpasses. Although there are the odds times where this fails in general they stay in one piece when dunking soaking up all the coffee and adding to the chocolatey biscuit taste.
I can eat a whole packet at a time given half a chance and quite often this chance is given, since, only me and the dog like bourbons in this house. Some people don't like dunking but for me it is just great with a bourbon. It softens the cream filling not that it particularlt needs doing so, it softens the biscuit and together with the coffee flavour present me with a delcious mush.
Not to everyones taste I agree, but when you're a bit ****** off and need cheering up what better then a good cuppa and a good biscuit, and ASDA smartprice bourbons definitely fall into that category.
As with all the ASDA Smartprice products, these bourbon biscuits come in a plain white packet, with a green stripe and the words "bourbon creams biscuits" written above it in green.
The biscuits themselves look exactly as they should; an appealing chocolate brown rectangular-shaped biscuit, with the word "bourbon" printed on the top and chocolate coloured cream inside.
All good so far.
Biting into the biscuit,you get a nice hit of sweetness, followed by a kind of rusk flavour (I LOVE rusks, so this was great for me!) and then finally the chocolate.
There is quite a strong flavour of chocolate, which surprised me as I was expecting these cheaper biscuits to be slightly bland. There is also a lovely creamy aftertaste, which is nice too.
I was very pleasantly surprised, and at under 50p for a 200g pack (around 15 biscuits) I will definitely be buying these from now on.
I love the fact they are not too bland, nor too sweet, they can be eaten anytime as they arent too strong in flavour.
The balance of flavours works rerally well, and the biscuit itself has a great texture; crunchy and not so crumbly that it falls apart.
It holds its shape well - even after dunking!
After having a recent get together with a few friends, one of them decided to bring a few little treats over for the kids to munch on when they got peckish. One of the things my friend brought was asda smart price bourbon cream biscuits.
The packaging is a normal biscuit wrapper which is white and green and to be perfectly honest you can tell they are from a super markets own branded name. The fact that these biscuits were asdas own make didn't bother me at all as I have tried a few smart price and asda items in the past and I have actually been pleased with them. I think I would go as far as saying that asdas own brands come up tops against other supermarkets own make items.
Bourbon creams are basically 2 chocolate flavoured biscuit pieces that are placed at either side of a smooth cream. They are basically the chocolate version of the custard cream. When I'm in the sweet mood there is nothing better than a nice biscuit or 5 dipped in a hot cup of tea and I have tried bourbons in the past and liked them. A lot of people think that because food is smart price that it will automatically be bland and tasteless but when I tried these biscuits I was very surprised.
The biscuit part is very crunchy and the chocolate flavour is delicious and rich and certainly is far from bland. The cream inside is smooth and also very tasty and the two go together beautifully to make these biscuits very tasty indeed.
I must admit I didn't think I would have liked these biscuits as much as I did and they were a hit with my daughter and her friends too and for 23p for 200g there is no way I can complain about that.
One of these biscuit contains:
Calories - 65
Salt - trace
These biscuits are suitable for vegetarians however the pack advises that they do contain gluten, wheat and may also contains traces of nuts and seeds.
Overall these biscuits are very tasty for an absolutely bargain price and I think they are definitely as nice as other more expensive brands. I would even go as far to say that they are nicer. I would definitely recommend.
I don't usually eat many biscuits but my husband is addicted to bourbon biscuits so we always have a pack in the kitchen. Sometimes, when I've made myself a cup of tea, I fancy a biscuit with it so I pinch one of these as they're the only ones in house.
Each biscuit is a small rectangular shape and has a brown milk chocolate colour. These biscuits are like sandwiches with a thin layer of crunchy biscuit on the outside and a layer of chocolate cream in the middle. The cream is what makes these biscuits so nice, as otherwise they'd be far too plain and dry, but the cream gives them a bit of moisture and a sweet taste as well.
The biscuit layers in these Smart Price ones are very crunchy and it's not a crumbly sort of biscuit so you can bite into it without worrying about crumbs falling all over the floor. The cream is very smooth and has quite a milky chocolate flavour.
We don't buy Asda's Smart Price ones every time but probably the majority of the time and I can't say that there's anything to complain about. They taste perfectly lovely to me and my husband obviously likes them as these are the brand of them that he buys most often. Even when I eat a more expensive brand of bourbon biscuits, I can't tell that there's any difference between those and these cheaper ones, except that maybe the biscuit in these are a little harder.
Saying that though, the normal Asda bourbons aren't actually that much more expensive than these. The Smart Price ones cost 23p for around 15 biscuits whereas the standard Asda packet costs 58p for double the amount, so for an extra 12p you might as well go for the better quality ones, even though these ones are good enough anyway.
We all love bourbon biscuits in our house, so a few months ago I thought we would try out the Asda smartprice bourbons. They cost 23p for a 200g pack, much cheaper than a branded bourbon, and in a house where every penny counts I thought they were worth a try.
I have been pleasantly surprised by these biscuits (as with many Smartprice products). They have the typical bourbon appearance - two brown biscuits sandwiched together with chocolate cream.
With regards to the texture, the biscuit part is perhaps a bit crisper than branded bourbon biscuits, not so crumbly. Although I slightly prefer the crumblier texture, these biscuits are not unpleasant at all, and for me personally this is certainly not enough of a difference to bother about.
The chocolate cream in the middle is lovely, I really couldn't tell the difference between this and any other bourbon biscuit I've tried. It is an almost solid cream, with a thick texture that is lovely to bite into and feel in the mouth.
Overall, the biscuit has a lovely chocolately taste, but is not too sweet.
I would say the only difference that I have been able to tell between these and other similar biscuits is the slightly harder texture of the biscuit part. That's not a deal-breaker for me, but worth pointing out.
In any case, if you are watching the pennies, I would recommend at least giving these a try. The packets are only 200g, so if you really hate them it's not too many to soldier through, and at only 23p you won't have lost much. For us though, we have stuck with them, and they are now our staple biscuit, supplemented with something a little more luxurious from time to time.
Having enjoyed Bourbon biscuits for years and having had various different versions of them which were all much of a muchness, I decided to give the Asda smart price version a go as they were very cheap and I guessed would be pretty much the same as others.
Having tried them now I am no longer of that opinion, these smart price bourbons were a bit dry overall, the creamy cream that you normally get in bourbon biscuits is replaced by a sort of powdery substitute and the biscuit is very crisp and hard rather than the melt in the mouth biscuit you get with others.
They are the same to look at as other bourbons, two rectangular brown coloured biscuits and a layer of chocolate flavoured cream between them but taste wise they are much different, the chocolate flavoured cream has a very cocoa powder taste and the biscuits themselves are virtually tasteless.
Even though these are only 23p for a 200g packet I would not recommend them to anyone and as you can get the large 400g packet of normal Asda ones for only 68p, are these really all that cheap after all because the normal Asda ones are very good and the smart price ones are not!
Although I mostly like Chocolate Biscuits, I can happily eat some normal Biscuits. Not too keen on Custard Creams, or Fig Rolls, but anything else I think is ok to me. After all I like my Biscuits!
We picked up a pack of these last week in Asda. Although there was Asda's own Supermarket brand of these, these ones cost a bargain 34p for the 200g pack. Worth a try for that price.
Yes, the pack doesn't look that exciting, but considering these get taken out the pack and put into a Biscuit tin then we were hardly going to bother. This is just white with the Asda smart price branding and green colouring on it.
The Biscuits just looked like any other Bourbon Creams i've had. 2 Brown rectangular Biscuits with a layer of Chocolate Cream between them. There was enough Chocolate Cream, but I guess a little bit more would have made these taste even better. The Cream didn't come straight out to the edges either, and seemed to be more concentrated in the middle. It's not as if you could scrape it around yourself either, but it was all ok. The Biscuit part was quite sweet and the Cream was sweet as well.
I would buy these again as they were good value for money and tasty enough as well.
If i asked you if you would eat a large (200g) pack of bourbon biscuits that you could buy for just 23 pence, the answer would probably be no. But before you make assumptions, please hear me out.
They come in a quite boring, plain white plastic package, which emblazens Smartprice all over them, which most likely puts a lot of people off buying them! This is a really good strategy from Asda, keeping the packaging simple reduces costs - which means they can sell quality products to people like us for a lot less!
The biscuits themselves are extremely pleasing to the eye, looking just like the more expensive branded ones. This made me think that they must have scrimped on quality to produce and package them for so little money, but they certainly have not!
These little biscuits are amazing and often have pride of place in my bag, ready for questions when people see them. I often get "Are they nice?" or "How can you eat Smartprice?" but i just give them a biscuit and let them see for themselves! I seriously suggest that you do the same..