“ Type: Biscuits „
The Smartprice/Value range triers on here and the ever-rising price of my weekly shop have both spurred me on to take a bit of a gamble and see if I can substitute a few of my purchases for the Smart Price alternative. Not that I'm a brand freak at all, supermarket's own range is fine with me but I do usually shy away from their cheapest choice. First up are these caramel wafers, and so with a brave heart and worried taste buds, here goes...
Asda Smartprice caramel wafers come in a slightly different packet now to the one shown above. Gone is the red fox and in its place is Asda's well known green and white Smartprice packaging. All the nutritional information is in green on the back and the wafers themselves are all individually packaged in basic white wrappers. They do have the word Caramel stamped on them under the fold, but otherwise they're completely blank. It's all very plain and undeniably cheap, but despite occasionally being tempted by pretty boxing, I'm usually not fussed by the stuff that goes in the bin, as long as the product itself is a winner.
One pack of these contains five caramel wafers and costs just 40p, so that's 8p each! You can't even get eight 1p sweets for that these days... ;)
Milk Chocolate (45%) [Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Butterfat (Milk), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins) , Natural Flavouring] , Caramel (36%) [Invert Sugar Syrup, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Sugar, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins)] , Salt , Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate) , Cornflour .
I was quite impressed by the 45% milk chocolate content, that's definitely much higher than I was expecting.
Apparently these contain gluten, milk, wheat and soya so worth being aware of this when purchasing.
As for the nutritional value (and I use the word 'nutritional' in the most optimistic way possible...) - we're only given the measurements per 100g, but they are as follows:
Typical values Per 100g:
of which sugars 46.3g
of which saturates 12.0g
equivalent as salt 0.5g
Given that the whole packet of five wafers weighs only 85g, my shoddy maths works this out at approximately 78 calories per wafer, which (if accurate!) isn't too bad at all.
Wrestling the wafer out of its plastic restraints was an absolute nightmare. I can only assume that Asda have given me some kind of impenetrable plastic so that I wear off the 78 calories in opening the wafer first.
First impressions are good. These are definitely smaller than the branded alternatives, but they look appealing and there's a nice smell of chocolate to them.
I loved the taste of these. The layer of chocolate is quite thin, but it's delicious. I had expected a cheap, fake taste to it but I'm delighted to be wrong, this tastes every bit as nice as Cadburys chocolate to me.
When you bite into these there is a slight crunch, but it's not hard to chew so the wafer is quite soft really. It's lacking in certain areas - like the caramel, there's a lot less than in more expensive brands. But what you do get is lovely, and it's not just a mouthful of over-sweet chocolate and cardboard wafer which is what my expectations had been.
These aren't Tunnocks of course, and I'm not going to pretend they're miles better than something that costs twice as much. But for the measly cost of 8p each you get a moreish wafer with surprisingly good quality chocolate and an over-all great taste. I imagine these would be perfect for kids' lunchboxes, or a little lunch time treat. They're relatively low in calories for a sweet treat too, so that definitely adds to the appeal for me. I'll definitely be buying these again to have with my cuppa!
At 40p for a pack of 5 (8p a biscuit) i was quite impressed with these. Thinner than like the tunnocks caramel wafers and not as deep either but nice none the less. The wafer was crunchy, more caramel around the wafer would have been nice but i enjoyed them still. The chocolate was nice not cheap and nasty tasting like some. This difference would owe to the fact that these are 50% choc and 36% caramel compared with tunnocks which are the other way round at 33% chocolate and 50% caramel. These are suitable for vegetarians.
The packaging is a dead giveaway but overall i think they are good to have in for the kids, lunchboxes, snacks for outside or even for mummys and daddys to dunk in their cuppa. The packaging is the usual smart price packaging white with green writing etc.
When you are buying smart price you are aware there will be some difference in quality to the brand names be it size taste, packaging etc. But with all things considered i WILL be buying these again. You cant buy any other biscuit bar at this price and i found them enjoyable even more so thinking i had saved money!
I don't like to shop in Asda but sometimes I have no choice if there aren't any supermarkets nearby. At one of these times when I had no choice but to shop there I felt the need for something chocolatey and crunchy so I decided to buy Asda Smartprice Caramel Wafers. I thought that they would be chewy with a crunch, the nearest thing to what I wanted. I chose Asda Smartpirce against my better knowledge. I have always found their products to be of incredibly poor quality but I bought it anyway because they were quite cheap compared to the other named brands.
They come in a pack of 12, each one is individually wrapped and then they are all wrapped in a large white plastic which has a picture of the Asda Smartprice Fox on it. It is in the usual colours of white and red.
The caramel wafers did live up to my expectation of being really bad. I had expected the wafer to crunch and the caramel to be chewy. But I was bitterly disappointed, the wafer was of an ok quality, not crunchy though and the caramel certainly wasn't chew, it was hard and actually gave more of a crunch than the wafer. It didn't taste very caramel like either, it was rather bland and plain.
Overall I think that this are an awful product and really don't recommend them to anybody, pay a little more for a brand one of buy Tesco's Value or Sainsbury's BetterBuy you won't regret it.
Kids loved these, but the adults didn't! I think if you are under 12, then they will be fine! These are not the best wafers I have bought, the caramel is not chewy at all but hard and dry, the actual wafer part is good though! These will be ok for lunch boxes if there is nothing else, but the price is good and if you are happy with hard caramel they will be good.