“ Type: Snacks „
This afternoon the guys and gals at work wanted some snacky type food. With not many pennies to my name I picked a few bits and pieces and then came across the raspberry mini rolls for 30p. You cant really go wrong for that price but this was my experience:
There are 6 sponges filled with a raspberry and vanilla flavouring. They are in the basics range and are in the standard packaging with cellophane wrap. The nutrional info along with the allergy advice and ingerdiants is written on the back of the packet.
Firstly on opening the pack it does slightkly stick to the rolls so its a bit messy and you end up losing a bit of the sponge!!
They are fresh and tasty but I feel that the vanilla flavouring overpowers the jam filling. You cant really be sure that its raspberry as there is hardly any of this included.
For a cheap alternative and maybe for a kids party these would be ideal. They arent overly filling and I have to say myself and a colleague sat and ate through the packet between us in a little under 1/2 an hour..but that just could be because we are proper gannetts!!
For a cheap alternative for a quick sweet fix these would be ideal..
I have never tried these Asda Swiss rolls priced at 13p a roll! I've seen them of course on many occasion within the store but always simply dismissed it, till this afternoon when I decided to try one!
Clear, white and lime green plastic tube shaped wrapper which you can see the Swiss roll through. On the front in matching coloured writing I'm told it is Asda 'Smart Price' Raspberry Swiss Roll and that it is suitable for Vegetarians. Other information on the wrapper includes ingredients and allergy advice is along with nutritional values, storage information, contact details for Asda are also listed and finally there is a bar-code on there. It is a cheap looking wrapper but it does the job and it's informative enough.
The Swiss roll....
The outer layer of the sponge is a light golden colour and very slightly sticky which means when you try to remove it out of the wrapper that layer does end up sticking alot to the wrapper so you end up with a slightly messy Swiss roll with lumps of sponge missing! Under that layer is the creamy coloured sponge which of course creates it. It is lightly sweet and tasty though a wee bit stodgy and not all that airy and light and of course to 'stick' the roll together there is a light slither of raspberry jam.
Now although I thought the sponge was acceptable I did think the jam was a a bit thin and flavourless really. No seeds in there and if someone asked me what flavour it was I would of simply assumed it was strawberry, cos like I say it didn't taste much it was just a thin, sweet reddish coloured conserve.
At 13p per roll it's simply ok. Personally I wouldn't feel happy to serve this to guests on it's rough appearance but it's ok to sit and stuff all by myself. I wasn't disappointed by this as I got what I expected! Not the best quality but certainly not the worst!
Contains Gluten, Milk, Wheat, Egg and Soya.
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Roll:
of which sugars: 11.1g
of which saturates: 0.2g
Equivalent as salt: Trace
Only available in Asda Stores.
I've always liked swiss roll, it is a very straightforward dessert and is particularly tasty with plenty of jam in the middle. However, having looked around the shops for swiss rolls, I've found that the prices are quite expensive for what you get. Some places can charge up to £1 for a large swiss roll, which is a bit excessive in my opinion.
However, Asda have come along with their Smart Price range and produced a swiss roll at a reasonable price. Asda will sell a small size swiss roll for 13p, which is incredibly cheap for a snack/dessert and, as far as I am aware, Asda is the only place that will do a jam swiss roll for that price. Sainsbury's, along with Asda, do a chocolate version for a similar price.
The swiss roll can be sliced up and used as a post-tea treat for children or if you're feeling greedy, eaten whole as a snack. Each swiss roll has 2.3g of fat in it, which isn't as bad when it is cut up and shared out.
However, with it only being 13p per roll, you should be aware that it is not going to be the tastiest swiss roll around, but the sponge is quite tasty and soft, although the amount of jam, or as they describe it, Raspberry flavoured filling, inside is slighly less than ideally required.
But, for the price they charge, you can't really argue with what you get, which is a nice dessert at a very good price.
What I love about shopping at Asda is the ever increasing variety of smart priced products. Ever since I was at Uni, my tight budget meant I practically lived off the stuff. With money becoming an every increasing worry in the days of the dreaded 'credit crunch', I find myself reverting to the shopping habits of my student days.
Walking round the aisles of my local asda I always fill my trolley with lots of smart price bargains and without fail I always pick up a couple of these swiss rolls as a treat. What first drew me to them was the price - a whopping 13p for quite a fair sized cake. I thought for that price you couldn't really argue.
Like most smart price products this cake comes in the basic green and white packaging which does look like cheap and nasty. However once you get past this and realise that it it's like this so they can keep the prices low it's not that bad.
One advantage to the basic packaging is that there is only one layer of packaging so you don't have to go through three of four layers to get in, particularly good if you are hungry! This is also a bonus for the environment as you are only throwing away one piece of packaging. The downside to this is that the cakes are inevitably quite squashed - either when you buy them or by the time you get home. For me this isn't too much of an issue as it still tasted the same even if it is mis-shaped but if you like your cakes to be protected by it's packaging then this is not the cake for you.
When you get past the packaging and get to the good part - the cake, you find a moist sponge with a just enough raspberry flavoured jam and vanilla flavoured cream. As this is from the smart price range - don't expect miracles. You won't get be getting a luxury swiss roll. However what you do get is a good swiss roll that tastes nice, even better when you remember how much you paid for it.
Overall I love these cakes as they are good value for money. Everytime I buy these they always disappear very quickly in my house. On the packet it does state that each swiss roll serves 4, however I feel this is a bit ambitious as I cut mine in half or just eat it whole!
Just a word of warning - if you are watching the calories these probably not for you as they contain lots of them. But as a treat now and then I can't fault them. One of my favourite was to eat them is warmed up in the microwave with vanilla ice cream! Yum!