“ Brand: Maggi / Type: Snacks „
I got these Bacon & Eggs Hot Pockets in Cool Trader for 79p for 2 pockets, that's a bargain because the same thing is about £1.39 in the supermarket. I've had the Cheese & Bacon one before but was dead curious about how the eggs would taste.
A hot pocket is basically a pastry pocket that has been completely filling, in this case with bacon and egg. You can cook them in the oven or in the microwave, I usually do mine in the oven to get the pastry as crispy and flakey as possible but these particular ones are very good nuked too.
I'm not sure if I like these even though I LOVE the cheese ones. There's loads of scrambled egg in the filling but it's very bland and I ended up having to squirt ketchup over it to give it a bit of flavour. The egg stays nice and moist though and that was a surprise because I was expecting it to dry up while it was cooking.
There a good taste of bacon in the filling but the pieces of bacon that are mixed in with the scrambled egg don't have a very good texture I don't think. The pastry is the business, if you do it in the oven it goes crispy and tastes so light to eat. In the microwave the results will be a bit stodgier but still very nice, you have to watch with nuking these Hot Pockets though because sometimes it doesn't feel like the pastry on the bottom has cooked properly.
I'm undecided if I like these or not because of how bland the scrambled egg is, the main flavour in them is the pastry and that shouldn't be right because the filling is so important. I'd love to see them with my mums buttery scrambled eggs inside and I reckon they could have done a lot better with their filling here.
I had seen Hot Pockets in the shops many times, but didn't actually buy them until recently when I was doing an online shop. People say shopping online saves money as you don't buy things you don't need, but to be honest, I've found it to be the opposite with me, I end up buying loads of stuff I wouldn't normally, these being a prime example.
These are basically 'pockets' of puff pastry with a bacon and egg filling. I suppose they are similar to sausage rolls, except the ends are pointed into a triangle and sealed. You get two in a pack and I'd say they are best as a snack, although you could have them as part of a main meal if you wanted.
You can cook these either in the microwave or the oven. I chose the microwave, because it's so much quicker. When microwaving you must put the hot pocket into a 'crisping sleeve' which is provided in the box. This is basically just a cardboard sleeve, but I must admit, I found it a bit fiddly getting the product into the sleeve both times. In the microwave it only takes 2min 30 to cook, so they are very quick as a snack.
When cooked, you need to wait 3 minutes before eating as the filling is extremely hot. I found that some of the filling leaked out onto the plate both times, but they smell absolutely gorgeous, and waiting three minutes seems like forever!
The puff pastry is absolutely delicious. It's the sort of pastry I wish I could make myself, but of course mine never comes out so well! It's crispy around the edges, but softer in the middle, without being too greasy.
The filling is also lovely. It looks like scrambled eggs with ham, as although the ingredients list describes it as streaky bacon, it's all cut into uniform chunks, and is a lot paler pink than you might expect bacon to be. The eggs have a beautiful texture, but I didn't feel that they had much of an eggy flavour. If it wasn't for the fact they looked like scrambled eggs and had the same consistency, I'm not sure I would have known what it was I was eating. The bacon on the other hand has quite a nice subtle, but smoky flavour to it, and is quite pleasant.
Although the eggs didn't have a lot of flavour, the product as a whole tasted very nice, and was surprisingly filling for something so small. Each one contains 392 calories and 22.5g of fat, so these are by no means a healthy snack, and they are of course very processed and contain a total of eleven E numbers, which is slightly worrying.
A box of two costs £1 from ASDA and they can be found in the freezer section.
In conclusion, these did taste really nice, and I would buy them again, but I am slightly concerned about the amount of additives and preservatives in them, as they're obviously not the healthiest snack around, so that's why I've knocked one star off.