“ Brand: Iceland / Type: Snacks „
PRICE: £2 for 80 sausage rolls
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per sausage roll, oven-baked):
(of which sugars): 0.2g
(of which saturates): 1.6g
Wheat flour, water, margarine, pork, palm oil, rapeseed oil, rusk, pork fat, salt, soya protein concentrate, sage, triphosphates, barley malt extract, white pepper, flavouring, yeast extract, L-cysteine hydrochloride
Contains gluten and soya
Made in a production area where no nuts are present
No hydrogenated fats
No GM ingredients
No artificial colours or preservatives
Iceland Cocktail Sausage Rolls come in a large, mostly dark red coloured plastic bag. The front of the bag shows a plate piled high with the most delicious looking sausage rolls I have ever seen, and the rear shows nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary/allergy advice, storage & cooking instructions, advice that the packaging is recyclable and Iceland's quality claim together with their contact details.
Even though I'm not a great one for celebrating Christmas, for me it isn't part of the spirit if the sausage rolls are missing. I prefer to buy them as firstly I'm not the world's greatest pastry cook, and secondly I'm too lazy to make them - I just can't be bothered with rolling all those bits of sausage up, all the sealing, and everything else involved.
The bag almost bursts at the seams with 80 tiny bite-sized sausage rolls, and needs cutting open with scissors. Inside, each sausage roll appears to be perfectly formed and they truly are bite-sized.
I didn't have a baking tray large enough to cook all 80 sausage rolls at once, so I did them in three batches - I didn't know if I was going to get visitors unexpectedly drop in over Christmas, and if they did, I wanted to be able to feed them with something. Whilst the sausage rolls were cooking in the oven, a faint pastry smell was detected, though I couldn't get even the slightest whiff of anything resembling sausage.
On removing the first batch from the oven, I was delighted to see these beautifully formed, beautifully browned, very appetising-looking little sausage rolls. I left them to cool for a few moments, then sampled one while it was still warm.
The pastry was lovely and light, flaky and wispy, simply melting in my mouth as I closed my lips over it, having a lovely buttery flavour. As I bit into the sausage meat, I found that I had to chew quite hard as it was a little on the tough side - but, it had a reasonably good flavour that seemed beefy (despite pork rather than beef being listed in the ingredients). So far, so good! Once the sausage rolls had completely cooled, I sampled one and was pleased that the pastry hadn't turned into an unpleasantly greasy, chewy mass. The sausage meat seemed to hold a stronger, somewhat herby flavour that wasn't present whilst it was hot....but it still tasted beefy to me and was still a little tougher than I personally like.
I had two visitors over Christmas, and they were very impressed with the little sausage rolls from Iceland - more impressed than I was, even though it would be wrong to say I disliked them.
Because I'd cooked so very many, they couldn't be eaten all at once by either me or my visitors, and that was a good tester to see how the quality was once they were a day old.
On Boxing Day I had a few cold for my lunch, and the quality hadn't deteriorated at all.....they were exactly the same as they'd been the day before.
Considering these are sausage rolls made from flaky pastry and I note that one of the ingredients is pork fat, they aren't too unkind in the calorie and fat department. Of course they are high compared to a more healthy snack, but for sausage rolls, they are comparatively respectable.
I probably would buy these again as they are extremely good value for money at just £2 for 80 sausage rolls, but for me I think it would be just a Christmas thing in the future. They certainly weren't perfect - mainly because of the tough pork sausage meat which tasted of beef - but they were more than adequate. Another plus side is that after having eventually scoffed most of them myself, I was pleased that there were absolutely no lumps of gristle present at all - for me, that is a major advantage.
So.....Iceland Cocktail Sausage Rolls aren't exactly what I'd class as fantastic, but they certainly aren't bad, and I'd moderately recommend them.
Thanks for reading!