“ Brand: Cafe Continental / Type: Pastry „
As a slight alternative to the regular Pain Au Chocolat that I buy, I decided to try these for a little change instead. Unlike Tesco's Pains Au Chocolat's, Cafe Continental have 6 in a packet, and each one seems to be of a smaller size. This even's out - I don't really mind having more, but they are a bit too tiny to be filling.
Upon opening up however, we discover a favourable facet to this product, compared with others of the same sort. Each Pain Au Chocolat is individually wrapped within a plastic container, meaning they can be better preserved from going off. I usually find with pastry items such as these - you open them up to get one, and to get all the others in their best condition, you usually have to eat them within a day. Not the case here. You can eat each individually (if you choose) and spread it right up to the recommended best before date.
But most importantly, what about the taste?
Quite simply, inferior to Tesco's or Sainsbury's home makes, and certainly to the majority of those Pains Au Chocolat's found in bakery's, or even in Marks and Spencer's. Cafe Continental's version feels almost too manufactured, too synthetic - not as if it's been properly baked, but instead, processed.
We all know that most packaged pastry goods have been processed - but the key is to give the illusion that they haven't. And for this reason Cafe Continental falls short. The taste is a bit bland and characterless. It's not particularly bad to eat, just completely unstimulating on the taste buds.
In conclusion then, I'd say avoid these. They aren't a terrible product, just lacking in anything even coming close to the natural taste of a proper pain Au Chocolat that is normally so nice. Other brands seem to be able to replicate it reasonably well - not Cafe Continental.
I've been buying these for about a year now. My daughters love eating pains au chocolat and we let them have them for breakfst on a weekend as a treat.
The price of the bakery pains au chocolat had slowly been creeping up in tescos, so I decided to try the cafe continental ones as they were relatively cheap at 99p for a pack of 6.
They come packaged in a cellophane wrapper with purple branding. They are suitable for vegetarians and home freezing. The outside wrapper tells you all the nutritional information - each one contains 9.9g of fat, 195 calories and 0.2g of salt.
They are normally in date for a couple of weeks from the date of purchase and store well.
Once you open the cellophane the pastries are in a plastic tray and surprisingly, each one is individually wrapped in a cellophane pack. I've found this to be really useful, as it means that if you don't eat all of them in one go, you don't have to worry about cling filming the remaining ones.
The pastries themselves are about 4 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. Running through the centre of each one is a fairly substantial strip of plain chocolate. Admittedly, eaten cold they are nothing special and the pastry is not as flaky and crumbly as the ones you would get from the bakery counter. But if you warm them in the oven for a few minutes they are much nicer and have a good texture and taste.
Certainly, my kids love them and look forward to having them as their weekend breakfast treat - I must admit t I'm quite partial to them myself as well!
A great budget option.