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      12.09.2011 22:09
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      Fair enough at the reduced price but I wouldn't pay the full price for these

      With the kids due home from school any minute, a quick trip to the Coop was needed to get the little darlings (and me) something quick to go with a cup of tea or glass of milk before tea proper was ready. As always, everyone would be "starving". As a rule of thumb I try to get under the £1 barrier so headed for the clearance and bargain shelves where there is usually something to meet our needs. On this occasion I spotted the Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip Cake Bars reduced to a reasonable 80p for a box of six. I hadn't tried them before so was genuinely interested in finding out what they were like.

      Looking at the dooyoo illustration it is clear that these cakes have been repackaged since that was made. The box is now in purple tones, there are six cake bars in the pack and not five and their shape has changed; they are now flat-topped rather than with the domed appearance shown. I suspect that they are also smaller; they really are very small. They remain individually wrapped; a bonus for keeping fresh once the box has been opened and more practical for use in lunchboxes too. For us it is ideal having six in a box (we are six altogether in our family). This avoids the dilemma posed by packs of four or five: do I buy two packs or take a chance that someone will be happy to share or won't like it anyway? This is a delicate path to tread!

      Taking a bite of a cake bar I am impressed with the freshness of the sponge and its natural taste, nearly home-made. It is quite light and goes down easily. However, there are not too many chocolate chips but at least they are smooth in texture and chocolatey, not hard and sugary. The overall effect is quite bland and unexciting though. The opinion of my children is similar: nice if a bit ordinary and very small. They ask me to get something different next time.

      The nutritional information provided is quite clearly marked on the front of the pack and no artificial flavours or colours are used. Even the eggs used are free range (though dried) and no hydrogenated fats are used either. So Mr Kipling is trying to make this product a little healthier for us too.

      Nutrition (per bar).
      ~Kcal: 108
      ~Sugar: 10g
      ~Fat: 5g (of which 2g saturates)
      ~Salt 0.1g

      Perhaps it's just as well they are small!

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        26.02.2011 12:26
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        Tasty treat

        When I was younger I would always have one of these in my lunchbox, however in recent years we haven't had them because we haven't really had a need for individually wrapped cake bars. At the moment a pack of 5 of these cake bars costs just £1 in Tesco so we bought some.

        The packaging of the cakes has changed from the picture above. The packaging is now a light purple in colour. The cakes come individually wrapped and are all sat in a cardboard tray. The individual wrappers are easy to open, you can easily tear the plastic wrapping therefore children could open them easily if they were in their lunchboxes.

        The cake is quite small (much smaller than they used to be!) They are about 3 inches long, an inch and a half wide and about an inch tall at their tallest point. The cake is a golden brown in colour and you can easily see lots of real chocolate chips inside.

        Biting into the cake it is harder than some cakes but as soon as it is in your mouth I find it starts to melt really quickly which really helps to highlight the sweet flavour of the cake. The chocolate chips are made of real milk chocolate and there are plenty of them and they are all of a nice size. The chocolate is creamy and rich and melts in the mouth. Overall, the cake tastes sweet and melts easily in the mouth. There is plenty of chocolate in it and it tastes really nice.

        Each cake contains 151 calories, 10.6g sugars, 8.4g fat, 2.7g saturates and 0.23g salt. I was shocked by how much fat was in this small cake. They are very tasty and do contain a decent amount of chocolate but I am sure similar cakes dont have quite this much fat in them.

        Overall, I really like these cakes. When they are on offer they are good value for money however they are high in fat so they should only be enjoyed in moderation.

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        29.03.2010 12:50
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        We had a pack of these lying about in the cupboard. The wife wasn't so keen on them, that's probably why there was some left! I like Cakes anyway so took a couple with me when I went to work.

        You get 5 Cake bars in the pack and I think they cost £1 when we got them. I think the right price is around £1.30.

        They were individually wrapped, which makes them easy to take out with you. They had an outer wrapper as well which obviously kept them all together, The pack looked alright and the Mr Kipling brand was large and easy enough to see.

        The Cakes are a sort of rectangular shape and a not bad size and thickness. The are a Plain Sponge Cake which is quite crumbly and fresh baked tasting and there was a good scattering of Chocolate Chips through this. I think I was expecting a bit more Chocolate Chips, but you could still taste the Chocolate Chips through the Cake.

        The Cakes tasted alright. I wouldn't say they were dry tasting but the outer part of these was a bit dry and a tiny bit crisp, but the inside was nice and moist.

        I don't think I would go out of my way to buy these, as they weren't that exciting, but I could have the odd one if they were in the house.

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          02.03.2010 17:22
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          Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip Cakes - Lovely individual choc chip cakes.

          I have been a Mr Kipling fan for years and have tried nearly every cake they have produced. The chocolate chip bars are one of many I have bought time and time again.

          Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip bars come in a pack of five. They are individually wrapped, which keeps them lovely and fresh. The first thing you notice when you open them, is the delicate, sweet smell of the sponge and the more noticeable smell of milk chocolate.

          The sponge is a lovely golden colour and very well risen. When you bite into it, the sponge is light, moist and sweet. It is also packed full of chocolate chips, which quickly melt in the mouth and taste creamy and very moreish. The cake is chunky and a good size, so you feel that you've had a decent snack by the end of it, without feeling sickly.

          They aren't the most exciting cakes on the market and there are others that I prefer, but they are very well made. Sometimes I do just fancy a sponge cake, rather than cakes with icing, cream or jam on them and these fit the bill perfectly.

          I find these cakes brilliant for popping into pack lunch boxes and my children love them. On that rare warm summer's day, when chocolate is likely to melt, they can still have a chocolate treat, without having it melting in their lunch box and all over their hands.

          Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip Cakes are suitable for vegetarians. They contain 151 calories, which is a lot less than a bar of chocolate.

          They are free from artificial colours and flavours.

          These are available in Asda costing £1.14 for a pack of 5.

          I do think Mr Kipling makes a lovely chocolate chip cake and I would happily recommend these.

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            02.03.2010 14:10
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            A very good cake bar!

            Mr. Kipling Individuals Chocolate Chip Cake Bars are something I have only recently tried and I could kick myself for all the wasted time gone by that I could have been enjoying these.

            The packaging on these Mr. Kipling cakes is very good; the cakes come in a blue box and inside the box each cake is individually wrapped for extra freshness, this also makes them good for packing for picnics or in kids packed lunch boxes for school.

            The sweet smelling vanilla flavored sponge cake is the scent you get first when unwrapping one of these cakes but the nice chocolate aroma soon follows and this is similar in their taste, the vanilla sponge taste has no sooner filled your mouth when you bite into your first chocolate chip and the two tastes combine to make a delicious mouthful.

            There are plenty chocolate chips in these cakes but not too many so as to take away the taste of the sponge, as with most of his cakes Mr. Kipling has got these spot on in my opinion.

            Each one of these relatively small cake bars contains over150 calories and they have high fat and sugar content also so certainly not a good for you snack but very much a tasty one and certainly one I would recommend.

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              02.03.2010 13:29
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              Not the best, wont buy again.

              I got some of these yesterday as they were reduced in Sainsbury's to 49p, so for 5 cake bars I thought that was great value.

              I was really disappointed with them. I am usually a fan of Mr Kipling but I feel like this is one of the worst cakes I have eaten of this brand. Don't get me wrong, they aren't unpleasant tasting but compared to other great cakes such as angel slices they are just not as good.

              I found these really stodgy, they are quite sticky to touch so it's a good job they are individually wrapped. I found it really hard going just to eat one of these. Usually Mr Kipling's cakes are really light and fluffy, so that's what I expected of these and I didn't get it.
              They taste quite sweet and sickly, and the chocolate chips in them are quite large, so you have to eat them really carefully, making sure you have bitten all the chocolate chips, which I found a bit strange, also the chocolate chips were really poor quality chocolate, so that added to the disappointment. I really think if you gave them to a child they would struggle with the chocolate chips.

              I'm not sure how much these usually cost but even if they are reduced again, I won't be buying them.

              Not a great cake. I will be sticking to the angel slices in future.

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              21.09.2009 15:02
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              Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

              I purchased these a while back and have only just got around to reviewing them....


              Packaging:

              The cakes bars come in a tray which the packaging tells us in recyclable. The tray is indeed a film covering which is not recyclable.The front of the packaging is predominantly a pinky-purple colour with the usual Mr. Kipling logo, the product name and a picture of 2 cake bars. We're also told the RDA's for each cake bar. The back of the packaging has the usual ingredients, nutritional information, quality guarantee and the website address:- www.mrkipling.co.uk

              and the product is described as:- "Moist golden sponge, baked with real milk chocolate chips (24%)"

              Ingredients: Milk Chocolate Chips {Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier (Soya Lechithin), Flavouring}, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Reconstituted Egg, Sugar, Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Glucose Syrup, Whey Powder, Flavouring, Salt, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Emulsifiers (Mono-and-Diglycerides Of Fatty Acids. Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Stabiliser (Xanthum Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Milk Protein


              Nutritional Information per cake bar {per 100g in brackets}

              Energy kJ: 631kJ {1972 kJ}
              Calories: 151kcal {472kcal}
              Protein: 1.7g {5.2g}
              Carbohydrate: 17.2g {53.6g}
              of which sugars: 10.6g {33.2g}
              Fat: 8.4g {26.3g}
              of which saturates: 2.7g {8.5g}
              Fibre: 0.4g {1.2g}
              Sodium: 0.09g {027g}
              - equivalent as salt: 0.23g {0.68g}

              Dietary & Allergy Information

              Contains gluten (wheat), Egg, Milk and Soya
              May contain nut traces

              These slices are suitable for vegetarians. They contain no artificial colour or flavours and no hydrogenated fat.


              The cake bar:
              The cake bar come in individual wrappers which are laid out in the tray. The wrappers are have the same colours as the outer packaging and contain much of the same information


              Price:
              At the time of writing these cost £1.00 for two boxes of these in my local corner shop (meaning I got 10 cake bars for £1).


              Taste and Opinion:

              The cake bar measures 3cms in width by 7cms in length. The top is uneven but measure around 3cms in height at it's highest point. The bar itself is brown in colour although hardly the golden brown that it claims on the packaging. You can see some chocolate chips partially enclosed within the cake bar.

              Biting into the cake bar I can tell that the interior is reasonably light and fluffy. It has a nice texture but it doesn't actually taste very much of anything. It's slightly sweet but that's about all you can say about it. The chocolate chips taste pretty much as you'd expect chocolate chips to taste and are no different to chocolate chips I've experienced in Maryland Cookies or other products on the market. In fact they are the only thing in the cake bar that actually has any sort of taste.

              If you're a big fan of chocolate chip products then you may like these but the fact that the actual "cake" element of the cake bar was a bit bland and didn't actually taste of anything in particular sp that left me feeling a little disappointed. Perhaps if the sponge actually tasted of something that worked with the chocolate chips or made some sort of contrast with them the eating experience would be a bit more pleasurable? As it is I won't be buying these again.


              The RDA's on the box tell us that each cake bar provides:

              8% RDA Calories
              12% RDA Sugars
              12% RDA Fat
              14% RDA Saturates
              4% RDA Salt

              On this basis I'd say that these are one to avoid. If I'm going to consume 12% of my RDA for sugar and 12% of my RDA for fat in one product then I'd rather have something else that doesn't just taste of chocolate chip.

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                03.09.2009 15:42
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                A chunky cake bar made by the genuis of baked goods

                I picked up a pack of these last week as my willpower was too weak to overcome the tempting photo on the wrapper.

                These Choc Chip Cake Bars are produced by Mr Kipling, a company who have become extremely popular since their product first made in onto shelves back in 1967. Known for their 'exceedingly good' bakery products, Mr Kipling are a company I trust to use quality ingredients and make tasty treats.

                Unlike in the photo for this product, the packaging seems to have changed to a pinky/purple design, and although they're not the most popular cakes in the range, they're available in most supermarkets.

                These are sold in a pack of 5, costing around £1.25 (Asda). The outer packaging has the tempting photo of the cakes on the front so you have an idea of what to expect, and inside in a cardboard tray housing the 5 individually wrapped bars.

                These are quite simply golden sponge cakes with chocolate chips embedded throughout. A simple design, which other brands have also produced (including supermarket own makes), but which Mr Kipling probably do the best.

                Each cake bar is relatively small at just over an inch wide, 3" long and an inch deep (max). The shape is quite a chunky rectangle, but one which isn't smooth because the choc chips deform it slightly, making it look like they're jumping out at you to be eaten!

                As these are individually wrapped, they're perfect for a snack to take out with you, lunchboxes, etc. Each bar contains 151 calories and 8.4g fat, so it's an average sweet treat and is midway between your average Kit Kat and Crunchie.

                Obviously, these have a different appeal to chocolate bars but combine smooth, rich milk chocolate with the soft doughy goodness of sponge cake.

                Biting into these, they are quite soft but I wouldn't say they're quite melt-in-your-mouth material. The sponge is golden in colour and has a pleasant sweet taste, with no resounding taste that can really be disliked to a great extent.

                The chocolate chips are plentiful, adding a sweet taste of quality milk chocolate. They're easy to spot amongst the sponge and add a bit of a harder texture to the otherwise soft cake.

                Overall, whilst I thought these are pleasant, I can't say that I'm in a great hurry to eat another one straight away. They're definitely worth a try though if you like sponge, cakes and a bit of chocolately goodness, as it's down to personal opinion on sponge in general. I'm not a big fan of sponge, which is probably why I haven't fallen in love with these, but my mother (who loves sponge cake) can't get enough of Mr Kipling Choc Chip cake bars!

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                28.08.2009 18:26
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                Average cake

                When you look at these cakes you feel like getting the smallest carving knife you own out as they look like mini loaves of bread with bits of chocolate chips inside of them. Made by that nice man Mr Kipling these were surprisingly better than expected as at first I thought they might be a bit dry as that has been my experience with other loaf style cakes before trying these. Having said that they are not something I would bother buying again.

                The packaging is bright blue with a good image of the cakes on the outide and inside there are five bars which are all individually wrapped.

                The sponge is a nice goldn colour and peppered throughout are chocolate chips which are quite firm however they are not the strongest of flavours to them. What I do like is the fact that the sponge is nice and moistand not overly sweet but it has a fresh sort of new baked taste even though you know they are not. The chocolate chips are milk chocolate and personally I think they would have been better as dark chocolate as they would have had a bit more flavour and combated the sweet tasting sponge with a harsher more bitter taste, as it is the milk choc chips are just another sweet ingredient alongside the buttery sweetness of the cakes.

                These cost £1.29 which I think is a bit pricey and on that basis and the fact that overall they are faily average I'm not sure I would buy them again.

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                26.08.2009 23:52
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                Four star snack for me...

                Because we eat healthily in our house I am allowed some nice snacks when we got shopping, and on one of our trips we came back with a 5 pack of 'Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good Choc Chips Bars' to try as they were on offer for £1...

                They came in a colourful plastic outer packing that held 5 individually wrapped bars which is a great idea to keep them fresh for longer and for lunchboxes and outings, etc :)

                Baked by Manor bakeries, these soft little snacks are like tiny loaves with golden sponge and a smattering of choc chips in them.

                The maker's describes them as having 24% choc chips on them and moist golden sponge which are 'great on the go!'

                Advertised as having mo artificial colour or flavours but on reading the write up on the back there may be traces of nuts and the cake bars contain gluten, milk and egg with soya too.

                Calories are pretty high at 151 as these are only small - one inch wide by about 3 inches long.

                The fat content is high too at 8.4g and the sugars even higher at 10,6g so these should only be an occasional treat :(

                On opening the little wrapper the cake smells lovely and fresh although there was only a week's use by date on ours so they don't keep well for storage...

                The sponge itself is firm and moist in texture but softer when you bite in it. It tastes really fresh and almost homemade with the sweetness of sugar easy to taste and the butter included making the bar itself almost greasy to the touch.

                I thought they were really nice but one isn't filling enough so not a healthy choice if you ate two on the trot like me, lol!

                The chocolate chips were creamy milk chocolate that went really nice in the mixture, I would have liked a few more as there didn't seem as though there was a quarter in the buns at all.

                Four stars from me. The bars were nice enough but I'd rather have a bar of chocolate for the calories! ;-p

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                  26.08.2009 15:52
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                  Tasty, handy Chocolate Chip Cake Bars, on the go from Mr Kipling

                  You will be surprised to read that this isn't a review from me on Mr Kipling cakes; it's a review from Mr Lools. Since Mother Lools has insisted on feeding us cakes on every visit to her house, Mr Lools has hinted how he would like to stock our cupboards with a selection. I declined as I really can't face the prospect of many more cakes but did offer to buy him some Mr Kipling cakes to take for his packed lunch to work. This was on the promise that he would write (or help me write) a Dooyoo review about what ever product I bought him. I decided to opt for the Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip Cake bars, which I imagined would be sweet but not overly sickly and as the cake bars are individually wrapped a great sized snack to have in a packed lunch.


                  ***Packaging***

                  The outer packaging is a bbox. On the front of the packaging the bright red Mr Kipling branding is visible.

                  Inside of the pack there are 5 Chocolate Chip cake bars. These are individually wrapped in plastic wrappers and come in a cardboard tray. Because these are individually wrapped these are excellent for taking as an on the go snack. It also means that when you only have one or two cake bars left you can throw away the outer packaging and just have the individually wrapped cake bars in the cupboard which takes up less space.


                  ***Price***

                  From Asda I paid £1.48 for a pack of five Mr Kipling Cake Bars. I feel this is quite expensive for cakes from the Mr Kipling cake range, but also for chocolate chip cake bars, as supermarkets offer their own brand cheaper alternatives. The Chocolate Chip Cake bars are not included in the 2 for £2 offer that Asda offers on this range but it does offer 2 packs for £2.50 on these products.


                  *** Chocolate Chip Cake Bars***

                  The cake bars are rectangular sponge fingers about 6 cm long, 3cm wide and 2cm thick. These are a golden coloured sponge with chocolate chips baked into the sponge.

                  The cake bars have a sweet chocolate scent mixed with a fresh golden baked sponge scent, with a very slight hint of vanilla.

                  When you bite into the cake bar you immediately can taste the sponge. This has a fresh baked taste and has a creamy vanilla taste to it. The sponge is very light and moist and no at all stodgy like some cake bars are. The light baked taste of the sponge is made sweeter and creamier when you bite into the chocolate chips within the sponge. The chocolate chips are creamy chocolate. There are a decent number of chocolate chips within each cake bar but not too many therefore those with an extremely sweet tooth may expect a few more chocolate chips in order to make the cake bars sweeter.

                  Per Cake Bar:

                  155 Calories
                  4.2g Fat

                  The Chocolate Chip cake bars have a similar amount of fat and calories to many of the cake slices from the Mr Kipling range which are smaller than these cake bars. Mr Lools did comment that he could have eaten another one of these but does have a rather large appetite. He did feel that these were more satisfying and filling than some of the other cake slices.


                  ***Overall***

                  Mr Lools has asked that "I definitely purchase these again for his packed lunch" so I take that as a thumbs up. These are great for those that have a sweet tooth and like chocolate without having a cake bar that is overloaded with chocolate and is extremely sickly and . The packaging makes these great for on the go snacks and packed lunches. A five out of five recommendation from Mr Lools, and another success from Mr Kipling.

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                    16.06.2009 21:12
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                    I think Mr Kipling cakes are pretty nice, but I normally buy Cadbury's Cake bars as long as they are on offer. When I think of Mr Kipling, I think of French Fancies, Vienesse Whirls and so on, and although they are nice, they aren't exactly Cakes. These were on offer for £1 a pack last month at Asda, so I thought they were worth a try.

                    Packaging is standard for Cake bars. There is 5 individual Cake bars, and they are wrapped individually, so each enough to stuff in your bag and take out. The cakes are in a cardboard tray and the whole lot is wrapped in an outer wrapper. The pack is a light blue colour and has the Mr Kipling branding on the front. There is a picture of the Cake bars and they look nice and golden with plenty of Chocolate Chips in them.

                    The Bars are a rectangular shape and a nice golden brown colour. When biting into these you can taste the fluffy sponge and they have a hint of Vanilla and Creaminess about them. There is a good scattering of Chocolate Chips in here and they taste Milky and Sweet.

                    I've thrown the pack away, but know they have 150 calories per Bar, so about what I would expect for a Cake Bar. They are nice and I would buy these again, as they were tasty and a nice Cake.

                    I think these cost aprox £1.40 for a 5 pack, but Mr Kipling Cakes are often on offer in Asda stores.

                    A good buy in my view.

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