“ Brand: Blackfriars / Type: Cake „
Share or expand your waistline! On looking round my local Holland and Barratt this week I came across an old friend- the Blackfriars Flapjack. He is an old friend having kept me company on many long hill walks in the Scottish mountains in my younger days. He is not for the weight watcher but for the active, not for the one counting calories but for the one who enjoys a substantial snack to keep them going! The one I am reviewing is called Ginger and Chocolate Chip and I was amazed how the range has grown from what I remember in the early days when there were only a handful to choose from. The package has the slogan "Bake A wicked Flapjack" and I am sure a nutritionist would agree as the product can't really be described as sacred! Part of the bar is clear so you can see the chocolate chips perched above the oaty layer as thick as one of those high divan beds my mum has in her house. You almost don't want to fall asleep incase you tumble off in the night over the edge. These are some bars-thick and chunky. We had better talk calories- 469 in 100g and this one is 110g so pretty much a 500 calorie treat about the same as 2 Mars Bars. Also the fat is 24g per 100g which is quite a sizeable chunk out of your day's allowance. The bar is made from oats, non hydrogenated margarine and has 9% chocolate chips, sugar, and ginger powder so the ingredients are healthy pure and natural. The truth is the size of the bar is in my opinion too large as to be healthy, it needs to be halved because it is so delicious it is just too tempting to eat the lot in one go. Now if you were scrambling up Scafell you might be forgiven for indulging, but just pottering about this is a very high calorie indulgence. The website www.blackfriarsbakery.co.uk is a great one and well worth a look. Here they advocate eating their bars as they are cholesterol lowering due to the oats. These act like sponges mopping up excess cholesterol from the gut as they pass through so great news. They are also vegetarian so for me this is a bonus. Cost wise they are 62p- a bargain for such a large bar! Taste is unbelievable, moist ginger flavoured oats adorned with chocolate, it's like eating pure stem ginger and chocolate drops. They are quite crumbly but if you are eating it on Snowdon or Ben Nevis it probably doesn't matter- but better get a plate for the best settee. The taste of this is really great and moreish which is going back to what I was saying earlier, it would be better to package these in smaller chunks as I would find it hard to resist eating the lot! A great snack food from a Leicester bakery and one I will purchase again and endeavour to share.