Bertolli Baked Bites:
I was browsing round Morrisons looking for lower-fat, lower-calorie snacks and I saw some Bertolli Baked Bites reduced from 45p to just 15p a packet so I thought I'd give them a go, (at that price it would be rude not to).
Each bag weighs 30g and contains 121 calories, 1.2g of sugar, 2.7g of fat, (of which only 0.39g is saturated), and 0.7g of salt. This information is located on a handy strip down the right hand side of the front of the packet.
The rest of the packaging looks very Mediterranean and is a lovely olive green colour. The pictures of the product on the packet, (which is foiled for freshness), look exactly like the product inside.
When you open the pack you are hit by the smell of very strong cheese, like the smell you get from that generic dried "Italian Cheese" you can get. I don't really like the smell at all although I do like Italian hard cheese.
The taste is very similar to the smell; very strong and cheesy. I was hoping for some oniony sweetness from the red onion but all I could taste was cheese. The "bites" are thin and crispy and have a lovely crunchy texture. They are not too dry because of the olive oil they contain. It is a shame that you can't taste that lovely Bertolli olive oil though.
There are two other flavours available, sea salt and cracked black pepper and sweet chilli and red pepper which I will be looking for as I like the idea and the texture just not the oh-so-cheesy flavour.
For 15p I am not too disappointed to be honest and if you like strong cheesy snacks there is a good chance you will like these.
We saw these in the shops the other day and decided to give them a try. The Bertolli sauces we've had, have always been nice tasting so we thought, why not?
*WHAT ARE THESE?*
These are called Bertolli, Pepite, and are Italian cheese and red onion flavour baked bites, which are baked with Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They are small little bites just over a centimetre in length and depth.
They come in a foiled bag. On the front of the bag is the name 'Bertolli Pepite' and a picture of the product in a bowl, with cheese and red onions at the side, which looks really nice. Also on the front is some nutritional info and the flavour of the product. On the sides of the bag it tells you bits of information about the product itself like more indepth nutritional info, ingredients and best before date. On the back of the packet it tells you a little about Bertolli, and also has a serving suggestion.
*THE BAKED BITES*
Like I said before they are small little bites, about a cm each. They are square and are a golden yellow/brown colour.
When I smell into the bag, the main scent I pick up on is that of cheese, nice a nice strong mature style cheese. I can't really smell the red onion however.
When I first pop one into my mouth, I get the main flavour of the cheese, which then sort of blends into a herby onion flavour, and as I chew it grows more into the actual baked crisp taste. When all put together is a really appealing taste.
Energy - 460kcal/1930kJ
Protein - 10.3g
Carbohydrate - 63.2g
of which sugars - 2.6g
Fat - 18.2g
of which saturates - 4.7g
Fibre - 2.7g
Sodium - 1.0g
Contains: gluten (wheat), milk, soya.
May contain: sesame seeds, nuts.
The product is really nice tasting. Ideal as a snack or as an appetiser. It's hard to just have a couple though, I end up shoving a handful into my mouth. I can taste they are good quality which is nice. A lovely little Italian treat.
Bertolli make a large range of items including Olive Oil, Baked Bites & Pasta Sauces.
From its beginnings in olive oil, Bertolli today has grown to include a broad range of restaurant-quality pasta sauce and meals. While the Bertolli portfolio of products is constantly evolving to meet changing consumer needs, it continues to stay true to its Italian origins of culinary craftsmanship and trademark values of guaranteed quality, consistency and authenticity.
Today, more than 140 years since Francesco Bertolli began selling his olive oil in Lucca, Italy, the original "Villa Bertolli" at piazza S. Donato still stands, just as Bertolli remains at the heart of the authentic Italian cuisine enjoyed at home by millions of families around the world. (Please note most of this section was taken from their website!)
***BERTOLLI BAKED BITES***
These are thin and crisp mini biscuits baked with Olive oil and flavoured with Italian Cheese & Red Onion. Inspired by the Italian passion for food, these light and crispy bites are baked with the finest bertolli Olive Oil and gently seasoned with a tasty flavour combination. These come in bags of 30g.
These are also available in:
* Sea Salt & Black Pepper
* Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper
Typical values per 100g provides:
* Energy - 404kcal
* Protein - 7.5g
* Carbohydrate - 73.4g of which sugars 4.0g
* Fat - 9.0g of which saturates 1.3g
* Fibre - 6.0g
* Sodium - 1.0g
* Salt Equivalent - 2.5g
These are baked with Betolli Olive Oil and free from Hydrogenated Fats.
When opening the packet and taking a sniff, you can smell a cheese & onion smell, but they don't smell like crisps! This sounds awful but they smell a bit like cheesy feet! These are thicker than crisps and are a square-ish shape, and I personally wouldn't call them crisps at all as they look like mini crackers. They are a yellow/golden brown colour and have speckles of red on them which I'm guessing is the red onion flavour.
As I put one into my mouth, they are very crunchy and I can taste a slight cheese taste. I can taste the onion but it isn't very strong. These are quite Moorish and I found myself munching through the packet quite quickly. There isn't much of an after taste which is good, as there's nothing worse than having an onion breath!
I saw these in Morrison's and decided to try them, they cost me about 57p a bag, which is probably the cost of a packet of crisps (which I think is very expensive, considering I remember when crisps cost about 40p!) You can probably also get these in Sainsbury's and Tesco as well.
Shopping in Sainsbury's, trying to resist all the stuff I deem to be naughty is a really hard task. I decided a couple of days ago to get myself into line. Stop downing so many cocktails and eating out all the time. Stop munching my way through anything unhealthy and basically sort my life out and cook more etc. So yes there I am looking at the crisps thinking a couple of bags would do me for my tea with a packet of hob knobs when my conscience kicked in and said no tea will tonight be hot and served on a plate and biscuits don't go with bottled water!
Feeling a bit down and really missing crisps before I started the regime I came across these and they tickled my fancy. The first thing I checked was the calories and at 121 per bag and only being 0.4 in saturated fat I could justify having them as a snack considering I could of easily at that point bought a 6 pack of Walkers to munch on the way home, so why not!
I bought a 30g pack which is recyclable and light green on the outside and foil on the inside. On the front of the packet I'm told they are 'New, Bertolli, Baked Bites (with Bertolli Olive Oil), 'Italian Cheese & Red Onion Flavour'. There is a picture of a couple of the biscuity crisps on there and some red onions and on the left hand side of the packet I'm given an at a glance nutritional chart (came in very handy when I was for once making an informed choice!). On the back of the packet I'm once again told what they are, ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional informationis all listed, I am told about other flavours in this new range of products (sea salt & black pepper flavour and sweet chilli & red pepper flavour), contact details for Unilever (the manufacturer of Bertolli products)are stated a recycle symbol is on display and the size is stated (as I've listed already). Nice enough and informative enough packaging this is.
I opened the packet up and was greeted by a smell that reminded me a bit of old socks to be brutally honest with you. I'm hoping that was the cheese products this contains! To try cover this up there's onion flavouring in here as well and that's a bit on the sweet side smell wise so after the initial shock of smelly socks your nasal passages do hunt this out and it's not so bad but it is a strong smell.
The bite itself is a white and golden colour and not like crisps at all! Shiny in appearance, it looks baked but quite glossy like it has at some point seen cooking oil (which it has reading the packet lol). In shape it's a bit oblong and has bumps to it's sides and it's slightly puffed and bumpy in texture with little dark red dots adorning it (which I assume is the red onion flavouring).
Taste wise they are ok but I wouldn't describe them any better than that. Quite highly flavoured, they remind me of crackers. Quite dry and the more you eat the more thirsty you become. They had more of a smell of cheese than a taste of it and oddly enough I couldn't taste much onion flavouring till I sort of chewed one up up and exhaled though then I could taste the saltiness!
To be fair to them they are quite nice and are not too greasy and are rather filling for a small bag. Easy to chew up and eat they make a decent little snack but the flavour isn't my favourite being cheese anyway but I shall be trying the other flavours in the range out of curiosity!
Wheat Flour, Dried Potato Flake, Maize Starch, Rice Flour, Sunflower Oil, Italian Cheese powder (Milk), (Italian Cheese (0.49%) Milk Solids), Wheat Flour (Gluten), Cheese Powder (Milk), Butter Milk Powder, Flavorings, (Gluten, Soya, Milk), Red Onion Powder (0.27%), Citric Acid, Colour(Curcumin), Olive Oil (2.7%), Sea Salt, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Dried Yeast, Sugar.
Contains Gluten (Wheat), Soya, Milk.
May contain Egg, nuts, Sesame seeds, mustard.
I purchased my bag in Sainsbury's at the price of 49p thought they are widely available to purchase and in other sizes and flavours too!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.