Product Type: Asda Snacks
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Asda Smartprice Bourbon Biscuits: Definitely Better Biccies Out There.
Asda Smart Price Bourbon Creams Biscuits
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Asda Smart Price Bourbon Creams Biscuits
Advantages: Sweet, tasty, chocolate flavoured, cheap, widely available.
Disadvantages: A little TOO sweet, grainy texture, crumbling upon dunking, bits of biccie in your cup.
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.
Summary: A good bog-standard bourbon budget buy.