“ Brand: Kingsmill / Type: Bread / Cakes „
I recently reviewed Warburtons crumpets under a clear understanding; that I would rather make my own, real bread is the only bread truly worth bothering about, and I only use shop-bought crumpets because they are quick, convenient, relatively low in calories and facilitate me getting some extra sleep. Real crumpets, and real bread, take time, love and care to produce, and work shift patterns don't always allow that.
Warburtons are nice. I don't ethically condone them (I have surprisingly strong feelings about crumpets, I realise), but they have a use and therefore a place. But the other day, they had a place for too many people and I couldn't get some. So, as shop-brand crumpets are bastardisations and filth across the board, it had to be Kingsmill.
Good grief, they're bad.
I'm not giving Kingsmill themselves the time of day as far as company research goes; it's a waste of all our time if these are anything to go by.
Stats are thus: one of these pathetic offerings will give you 102 calories (relatively high), 1.6g sugars, 0.5g fat (0.1g sat) and 0.7g salt.
Six of these will rid you of roughly 75p.
Made from wheat flour, water, dextrose, vinegar, raising agents, sodium carbonates, salt, yeast, acidity regulator, preservative and potassium sorbate.
They're not meant to have half of that in them.
Is naff. Awful. Where Warburtons manage to put out a thick, fluffy-on-the-inside-crisp-on-the-outside-ARMADILLOS! (sorry) offering, these resemble shop-brand versions.
They're flatter. Yet they have more calories. So they're denser. They're chewy. They have an odd, and not particularly pleasant, taste to them. They don't really crisp, and the only fluff is the stuff you're watching on breakfast TV when you eat them.
If you must do it, I advise a topping of strong flavour to combat the taste these offer. Like rotten mackrel, or possibly tripe.
I will give them one thing in their favour. I am currently blimmin' knackered after yet more commuting. I had been contemplating a day of gross laziness, massively low productivity and about 400 pages of the last Shardlake novel.
I am going to get off my ever-expanding rear, and make some real bread.
While doing my weekly shop I spotted a packet of 12 kingsmill crumpets for a £1 at asda and decided to buy them for my partner as he loves crumpets and cheese. I made us both some for dinner that same day and we were both extremly disappointed by these. They are thinner than any other crumpet but it wasn't this that put us off, they were very doughy, in fact they were extremly doughy. Also because they were so doughy they had a very acidic and yeasty taste which even the cheese on top of them didnt disguise. When a friend was at our house when I was toasting them and he said, "kingsmill crumpets are really gungey" I just shrugged it off and thought he must be wrong but of casue he wasnt, as the texture of these were exactly how he described gungey. I think its fair to say I shall not be buying these again and the evidence that neither my partner of flat mate want them from the fact that half eaten packet is still on the side from 4 days ago. Take my advise DO NOT BUY
Crumpets Crumpets, What can I say
You blow your own trumpets, you blow me away
I eat you at breakfast, I eat you at lunch,
I have to have my daily munch
I eat you at dinner, I always feel thinner
As I wait for you to toast
I always roast
I feel so angry
Because I'm hungry
I hear my stomach rumble
I almost take a tumble
Because I cannot wait
I must anticipate
That I will not be late
As I hear the toaster pop
I flop from shock
Your so warm
You feel like my dorm
As I butter It makes me flutter
Your flakey texture
I need extra
I spread on jam
And contemplate eating ham
Oh....... this sounds like a plan !!!!
Your always leave me wanting more
How I love you to the core
I look forward to breakfast, dinner and tea
Because I know it's you and me
I normally eat toast in the morning, but I like crumpets as an ocassional treat, if they are decent quality. I've never been impressed with supermarket own brand crumpets as they are often thin, pale and appear squashed.
I impulse bought a pack of Kingsmill Love to Toast Crumpets while they were on offer at Sainsbury's and I scoffed all six before lunchtime.
The packaging draws you in with the small butter heart on top of the nice thick crumpets, which all look the same shape and size (as they should be). They seemed to toast well and retained their heat, so make sure you have plenty of butter, as the little holes will drink it up.
Because they are nice and think you might struggle to put them in some toasters and at a regular price of over £1.00 they seem a bit pricey to me, but if they are still on offer I will probably buy some more.
I am partial to a crumpet in the morning when I get to work and am very loyal to the warburtons brand of crumpet, so imagine my distress when I went to Asda on Monday morning to buy my weekly crumpet fix only to find that there were no Warburtons crumpets on the shelves. Instead, my only options were Asda's own brand or Kingsmill love to toast. Having tasted and enjoyed Kingsmill bread, I decided to opt for this brand of crumpet.
==What is a crumpet?==
No a crumpet is not as the thinking man's saying goes an intelligent good looking woman / one who is the object of sexual desire. A crumpet is an English savoury /sweet bread snack that is very popular across the UK. The recipe is a simple one, basically, flour and yeast. You can't really confuse a crumpet with anything else as they are quite distinctive in their appearance, with their circular shape, flat top and holes across the top acting as pores. What causes these pores is the inclusion of baking powder incorporated into the dough. They are soft and spongy and generally enjoyed hot with a knob of butter or Jam or any other form of condiment. Just the right size to pop into the toaster.
===Kingsmill love to toast crumpets===
One of the first thing to note about these crumpets is they are suitable for vegetarians and they can be frozen. Like traditional crumpets this offering from Kingsmill looks exactly as I've described above but the one thing I noticed is they are quite weighty for the size of them. I like my crumpets to be a little lighter and fluffier so there's a negative straight away, but of course the proof is in the tasting.
Opening up my pack of crumpets, it's impossible not to enjoy the lovely smell of fresh doughy bread, a smell I like to savour which only intensifies when you pop them into the toaster to heat.
The one thing that I notice about crumpets is how incredibly fast they cool down - I think with all the little holes in this little bakery delight it lets the air permeate the crumpet and cools it down a lot quicker than you would expect for something of its size and stature.
===How to eat===
I always have my crumpets with butter and I always have 2 at a time but occasionally I'll spice it up with some Jam. I removed the crumpets from their card and plastic wrap, and once my crumpet had been severely cremated in the toaster (I like mine to be nice and crispy on the outside and nice and soft and fluffy on the inside), I smothered on butter like it was going out of fashion and let the buttery goodness run into the little crevices spread out over the top of the crumpet and then with great anticipation take the first bite.
Now I don't know if I just got a bad batch of crumpets from Asda but to me the crumpets I ate on Monday morning were kind of stale tasting, (you know that horrible taste you get when your bread is turning), and not as tasty as my favourite Warburtons crumpets so I was immediately disappointed. I persevered and ate 1 whole crumpet but I just couldn't bear to eat the 2nd one and so into the bin it went.
A crumpet is generally quite bland on it's own but when you add butter into the mix or jam or honey or maple syrup and bacon they take on a whole new flavour and it doesn't seem to matter if what you spread on them is sweet or savoury, anything pretty much goes. Crumpets are much doughier than bread so I suppose you could say that a crumpet is just a thicker doughier version of toast.
To keep your crumpets fresh you should store in a cool dry place as warm conditions may reduce the shelf life of the product. Crumpets can be frozen, but should be consumed within 1 month of the purchase date.
Each crumpet contains wheat Flour, Water, Salt, Vinegar, Invert Sugar Syrup, Raising agents:E450, Sodium Carbonates, Yeast, Acidity Regulator:E575, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate. Each crumpet also contains 99 calories so I don't actually think this is too high of a calorie count for something that most people would incorporate into their breakfast.
The kingsmill crumpets are currently part of a 2 for a pound offer in Asda (I'm glad I didn't go for this), or 64p a pack which is what I opted for, a single pack of 6 of which I ate 1 and the rest went in the bin. The warburtons option is also on a 2 for a pound option which I will go for next time if Asda happen to have them in stock or 74p a pack. In my humble opinion, the warburtons brand is well worth the extra 10p, but while they're on offer there's no cost difference between the two if you do find yourself faced with the option of which brand to choose.
==My overall opinion==
Although I do love crumpets, my experience with the Kingsmill love to toast range of crumpets was not a good one so I will safely say that I don't think I'll be buying them again - I'll just go back to my beloved Warburtons. I think perhaps it is the inclusion of vinegar that gives this product it's stale taste as I looked at the warburtons ingredients and note that there is no vinegar used in the recipe- but that's just speculation. If I were to offer my advice I'd say try both and see which you'd prefer because what is not enjoyed by 1 person may be thoroughly enjoyed by another.
Mmmm..... I love crumpets. Comfort food at its best. I used to love sleeping over my Nan's house as a little girl because I knew she would have got some crumpets in for breakfast. Over the years I have continued to enjoy these savoury circles of warmth and have now passed that on to my son who also loves them.
So what are they? Basically, crumpets are a bakery product which most people use as an alternative to toast. The bootoms are flat, while the top is full of little 'holes' and the inside is pretty much a big sponge. Most people, me included, eat their crumpets with butter spread on them. This is an art form in itself. Too much and they go really soggy but too little and they become a bit too bland and dry to be enjoyable. They can also be eaten as a sweet treat by adding jam or cream but for me crumpets have to be savoury.
Over the years I have bought a variety of different brands but the ones I seem to enjoy most are the 'Love to Toast' range by Kingsmill. Unlike some other brands, especially supermarket own ranges, these are really thick which adds to the overall taste. They are also quite substantial in diameter which makes them extremely satisfying.
In terms of quick but enjoyable snacks, these are the business. A minute in the toaster, a slick of butter and they're ready to eat. Although these are generally considered a breakfast item, I tend to enjoy them most at night when two crumpets make a warming but not over filling supper.
The packaging of Kingsmill crumpets is very appealing due to it's beaming yellow packet and multi coloured graphics. The heart shaped blob of butter sitting proudly astride a crumpet is mouth watering and makes you very eager to have a taste which is ultimately what they are after.
Kingsmill crumpets are extremely pleasant in flavour although I must acknowledge that it is the butter or other topping which provides most of the taste. Crumpets are typically rather bland tastewise but don't let this put you off as with a good slick of butter they are delicious. I personally like to overcook the underside slightly which adds to the flavour and makes it crispy, providing a good contrast to the soft sponginess of the inside.
The only disadvantage I can see to these crumpets is that while they are thicker than other brands (a definite positive) this also means that they absorb more butter so you find that you have actually used quite a lot of butter which clearly isn't too good for you. The fact that I prefer proper Anchor butter as opposed to a low fat spread makes this twice as bad. This obviously has an impact on calorie intake too and with 108 calories in each crumpet, plus the calories from the butter, these are probably best avoided if you're on a strict diet.
Ultimately, Kingsmill crumpets make a fantastic breakfast, lunch or supper. They are tasty and filling and incredibly moreish. I would reccomend them to everyone, but only as an occasional treat due to the substantial amount of butter they require to make them tasty. These crumpets are 64p for a packet of 6 but at the moment they are on offer in Tesco at two packets for a £1.00 so there's no better time to give them a try. I'm awarding these 4 stars because they're so yummy but I've taken one off because of the high calorie consumption they involve.
I'm not a fan of toast in a morning. However, whenever I want something warm and something that's not as much effort as a fried breakfast I turn to crumpets.
The other day these Kingsmill crumpets ended up in my trolley whilst doing the weekly shop. These arent hard to miss on a shelf as they come in bright yellow packaging. I bought these reduced to around half price, as at 75p for six crumpets they are more expensive than own brand crumpets. These are usually around 20p less for eight crumpets.
Crumpets are very easy to cook; you just warm them up by grilling or toasting for a couple of minutes. I regularly toast mine though get annoyed when they get stuck in it! I tend to cook my crumpets for longer than recommended as I like my crumpets to be fairly crispy on the outside and soft in the middle.
I think there's nothing better than a crumpet smothered in margarine or butter, it's so tasty! These Kingsmill crumpets are nicer than the own brand alternatives. The crumpets themselves are thicker and more spongey. After spreading the margarine on to the crumpet, it soaks in to even my crispy crumpet quicker than usual. However, other than the thickness, taste wise there isn't too much difference between these and a stores own brand.
When I have crumpets that are about to go off or are a little dry, I love to make eggy crumpets. They are very easy to make: for four eggy crumpets, just whisk a couple of large eggs in a bowl and season. Soak the crumpets in the eggs and fry in a little oil on a medium heat. It makes for a yummy breakfast alternative! As these Kingsmill crumpets seem to be more absorbant, I think the eggy crumpets I made with these were slightly nicer than usual.
I go through phases of absolutely loving crumpets and am definitely in one at the moment! I would definitely recommend these, but due to the price tag think they should only be bought when on offer or reduced as they are nice but not that much better than shops own alternatives.
I usually just buy a supermarket's own brand of value crumpets as they work out quite a bit cheaper, but I saw some of these Kingsmill love to toast crumpets in Iceland for better value so picked up a couple of packs. Each pack contained 8 crumpets (2 extra free) and were on offer for 2 for £1 which was excellent value.
These crumpets are much better quality than the value supermarket ones and you can tell this just from the look of them. Asda's Smart Price crumpets are very thin and so not very filling whereas these ones are pretty thick and fill you up much more.
The only problem with them being so thick is that sometimes there'll be one that's too thick to even fit in the toaster and I have to push it down so that it goes in properly. It also means that you need to coat them quite thickly in butter and whatever else you like on top otherwise they'll be too dry. The butter melts into these really well and you can see it seeping in through all the holes which makes the crumpet taste delicious throughout.
I love my crumpets with plenty of butter and then a huge heap of strawberry jam on top and this makes a very yummy breakfast. They make a lovely difference to the usual toast or cereal that I normally have in the morning although I find that crumpets aren't quite as filling as toast though.
These Kingsmill crumpets are much nicer and better quality than the supermarket varieties as they're much softer, bigger and generally better tasting so I'm going to be sticking with these from now on.
Oh dear. These were perhaps the most leaden crumpets I have ever eaten. Spread with real butter and thinly sliced cheese they sat at the bottom of my stomach for hours. I was going to feed the rest to the ducks, but they would have been unable to fly. Uggh. Never again.Jim S
I'm already a big fan of Kingsmill's bread and buy it whenever I go shopping, so when I noticed that they also made crumpets I was expecting similar quality when I recently bought a couple of packs from Tesco.
I like a crumpet every now and then, preferring them on a supper time rather than breakfast so I sat down last night with a couple of these and a hot drink and tried them for the first time.
Rather than messing around with the grill on the oven I chose to toast them in my toaster, my first thoughts we that they were nicely on the thick side and I just managed to squeeze them into the toaster. I waited the few minutes heating time and up popped my crumpets waiting to have a scraping of butter added and then enjoyed.
Whilst adding the butter I noticed that the tops of the crumpets seemed on the hard side but figured this was normal and anyway the butter would melt nicely into them, except it didn't. It seemed to just sit on top and run off, normally it seeps into the little holes and makes its way down into the middle of the crumpet so I wasn't really impressed with that. Biting into one, once past the crunchy topping the middle of the crumpet was warm but quite thick in consistency, I normally associate crumpets with being light and fluffy in the middle but these weren't, my wife who was also eating them commented on this as well so we were both left unimpressed on the whole.
I have had other brand crumpets over the years and comparing the Kingsmill ones to others I have to say that I didn't rate them overall, others have been far fluffier and even toasted in a toaster they have tasted better than these. I just don't know where Kingsmill have gone wrong here, for bread they are excellent but not for crumpets.
On a more positive note, they are not bad for you nutritionally wise, only containing 99kcals, 1.3g of sugar, 0.4g of fat of which 0.1g are saturates and only 1.2g of salt, so eaten with a little butter would make an ideal supper or breakfast but only if they had tasted as nice as they should have.
Packaged in the wrapper shown above, they normally retail for around 69p per pack of 6 but are on offer at Tesco for two packs for £1.00. I personally would not buy them again for the reasons stated above and will probably switch back to Morrison's own brand which I found to be a lot tastier.
Overall a disappointing 3/5 Dooyoo stars for me. Kingsmill, you've let me down.
I love crumpets but there's something about these Kingsmill ones that I'm not mad keen on even though loads of people I've spoken to have said how wicked they are.
For me they're just not doughy enough and no matter how short a time you grill them for the tops always go too hard and don't soak the butter up as good as other softer brands. It doesn't help that they take longer to brown than other crumpets and are also thinner and I reckon it must be because of this that they go so tough.
The taste of these isn't as good as other crumpets either and even when I've put my butter on they taste like they need a good shake of salt inside them! That's all it is, I just don't think the crumpets are seasoned well enough compared to other crumpets. I think they are just so madly bland that I ended up playing with mine on the plate and imagining how wicked it would have been if I'd picked up Warburtons crumpets instead of these ones!
Yesterday we had some Sainsburys crumpets and they're a lot cheaper than these Kingsmill ones and they taste exactly the same! They look the same, smell the same and taste the same and I reckon they are the same! Not really, but it just shows how cheap tasting the Kingsmill crumpets are that a supermarket own brand can be compared so close to them in flavour.
I think they cost about £1.00 for 6 crumpets and I don't think these are worth it at all when you can buy more or less identical crumpets for half the price with the Sainsburys logo on the packet instead of the Kingsmill one!
I fancied something different from the cereal that I have been having recently so when I spotted these Kingsmill Love To Toast Crumpets on the ocado.com website for 70p (for 6) I just had to throw some in to my virtual basket because I generally love Kingsmill products and I didn't think that this one would let me down.
They come in a plastic wrapper and a piece of card holding the 6 crumpets in place. It's a shame that the outer packaging can't be recycled as it's just taking up more space in the bin!
I toasted them on the usual setting that I use to give golden brown toast and then I spread them with butter (quite a nice dollop) and then added Marmite to the top!
The crumpet is very thick and well toasted, the inside is chewy without being too doughy and is cooked to perfection! The top is crunchy and hot and the melted butter is just delicious on these.
I have recently been saving money wherever possible and I have compared the Tesco value crumpets to these and the only difference is that these are slightly thicker but then I'd eat three of the Value ones to two of these so there's not much of a difference in terms of what I'm eating. These have a more moreish quality to them and I think the flour is perhaps better quality.
These are available in Tesco stores as well as the ocado.com website and I believe that Tesco are the same price at present with the 6 crumpets coming in at 70p. Each crumpet has approximate 99 calories and 0.4g of fat but this will vary ever so slightly as each one is unique and slightly different in size/weight.
I would definitely recommend these crumpets, they only take a few minutes to cook in the toaster and the butter will melt in to them very well. Take care when spreading it as you might think because it's all sunken in that you need to spread on some more and then when you take a bite you will be covered in melted butter and/or spread!
I am rating this product 4/5 as it's very tasty, easy to cook, comes well packaged but is a little expensive when compared to similar products from the cheaper brands/shops.
I love a crumpet or two every now and then so chucked these in the trolley the other day at Tesco, noticing that there were only two further packets on the shelf, and therefore 'they must be good'. We normally have Tescos own but as I quite often find they were sold out of those. These looked so good on the packet also, with the butter nicely melting into the crumpet.
I was very impressed with these crumpets. They are much thicker then the Tesco version and feel softer too. I got my fry pan ready and cracked my eggs before popping these into the toaster and they were ready at the same time. The crumpet bottom (erm... don't know what else to call it) crispens up nicely in the toaster and the top 'hardens' a little - thats crispy too. Served with lashings of butter and fried runny eggs these are wonderful. The crumpets are soft and moist on the inside having soaked up the real butter I have spread them with.
This is a tasty filling snack on their own with butter or with eggs as I like to serve them. And at 99 calories per crumpet that is not too bad, but its the butter that would bring that right up!!! Without butter they just would not be the same though.
I bought these the other day from Tesco, they were two packs of 6 for £1.00 instead of £0.89p each. My kids adore crumpets, and so do I, although I like them a little too much and could quite easily eat 4!!!
The packaging is very bright, yellow with only about half the actual crumpets on display. The are a pack of 6. Each individual crumpet has 99 kcalories.
The ones I bought had a use by date of over 7 days and are freezable. I keep mine in the bread bin, and they stay lovley and fresh.
The crumpets themselves are soft and squidgy, but have a very brown toasted look, on the point of burnt at the top. They look fairly homemade as they are not totally uniform in shape, like other branded and even supermarket own brand versions that I find are all the same size.
It states on the packaging 'love to toast' I was a little sceptical about this, as to me toast should come out of the toaster and not from under the grill, and most crumpets I have had recently haven't fitted in my Dualit 4 slice toaster (it doesn't have a thickness adjuster!!) These only just fitted, one or 2 had to be squashed using the palm of my hand.
I am fairly particular about how much crumpets should be toasted, they need to be still soft, but with a very slight crisping on the top and bottom. these came out PERFECT. I smothered mine with simply butter (loads and loads) and it held it in wonderfully and didnlt dribble out of the bottom, all down my arm and chin......or all over the plate...perfect. My kids like them popped under the grill with some very strong mature chedder just melted onto them.
I currently have some soaking in a mixture of beaten egg, milk, salt and pepper and a hint of very laxy garlic and chilli. Will be frying them off like french toast.....and serving them for lunch on a salad of tomatoes, avocados and peppery leaves and spring onions for the kids and I......(Jamie Oliver top tip!!!)
All in all, a wonderful alternative to bread. Great with butter, savory toppings, or as my best friend insists.......should only be served with butter and jam for breakfast!! Be carefull though.......all those lovely toppings with that crisp top and squdgy middle can make you also a bit squidgy in the middle!!!!???!!!
I bought two packs of Kingsmill Love To Toast Crumpets a couple of days ago from Asda competitively priced at two packets for £1. I usually buy Warburtons crumpets but the kids pestered me into buying Kingsmill because they wanted to collect the tokens for the Wallace and Gromit goodies that were on the promotional packets. Wanting a quiet life I gave in and let them have their way, justifying my weak-willed nature by the fact that the Warbutons cost 69p a packet so I was saving money!
Sales gimmicks aside, the packet itself contained six decent sized crumpets of reasonable thickness which looked quite appetising. I toasted a couple of the crumpets under the grill until they were a nice golden brown colour and served them buttered - they tasted quite nice and at only 99 calories each (excluding butter and toppings) they make quite a tasty snack. Later on I toasted another two, but this time, feeling lazy, I popped them into the toaster. I wouldn't recommend this method because even though they still browned the texture was doughy and rubbery.
The next day for breakfast, I took the remaining two crumpets from the pack which I had stored in the bread bin and was dismayed to discover that even though they were a couple of days within the use by date, they were rock hard and resembled clay pigeons. I think Kingsmill crumpets would benefit from packaging that could be re-sealed with a kind of zip-lock fastening to help keep the product fresh. I have never had any problems with Warburtons crumpets and these can be toasted by either of the above methods and last a good few days in the bread bin without any problems.
Needless to say, when I open the second packet, they will all be used the same day and will be toasted under the grill and I can say with some conviction that in future I will be buying my old favourite Warburtons crumpets - unless Kingsmill are offering a fortnight for two in Barbados with tokens from special packets!