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Mr Kipling Orange and Lemon Chequers

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Brand: Mr Kipling / Type: Cakes

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      24.12.2009 20:49
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      Mr Kipling Orange and Lemon Chequers

      Whenever I go shopping I always look to see what offers are on this brand and this week the only product I hadn't tried were on offer and this was the chequers. At first I thought they were going to be a little bit like the mini Battenburg's but they are completely different. Instead of being sweet and yummy, they are too acidic and zesty!


      As there is no image above, I will explain what the packet is like...

      The packet follows a yellow theme and it has the title in the middle with an image of the product in the right corner. On the back of the pack there is nutritional information and other useful information!

      What are they?

      These are little chequered sponges wrapped in marzipan and filled with an orange and lemon paste. They are actually well presented but I do not like the taste at all. Instead of the pink section on Battenburg's these have orange sponge which is the only difference in the appearance.


      These taste very zingy, zesty and acidic. If these were just lemon I think they would be a lot nicer. I just do not think the flavours go together right in a sponge like this.

      These smell strong and fruity and a little off putting. I hat the way the marzipan is sweet and the rest is different.

      The texture is very soft and this is one of the better parts. The sponge is airy and yummy.

      Price and Place

      You can get a pack of five of these for around £1.50 from supermarkets and other stores which is a little expensive compared to what they are...

      Nutritional Info

      Each Cake Contains:

      147 kcal
      21.8g sugars
      3.8g fat
      1.5g saturates
      0.18g salt

      Nearly 25% rda of sugar! Shocking... I would not buy again!


      Holly x


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      10.12.2009 08:15
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      Average Offering From Mr Kipling

      I hadn't seen these in the shops before Boyfriend bought them home so they're a completely new Mr. Kipling product to me. Anyway here goes with the taste test.....


      The Chequers come in a plastic tray which is protected by a film covering. The carton is recyclable & is predominantly a sort of orangey yellow with bits of red and green. The "Mr. Kipling" logo is on the front, along with the name & a picture of a couple of the chequers. The back of the carton lists the ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information & the Mr. Kipling's quality guarantee. There are also pictures of Mr. Kipling's Lemon Slices and Mr. Kipling French Fancies. Are you tempted to try some it asks.

      The website address is:- www.mrkipling.co.uk

      and the product is described as:- " Chequered sponge sandwiched together with apricot jam (15%) wrapped in an orange and lemon flavour paste (54%)"

      Ingredients: Sugar, Apricot Jam {Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Apricot Sugar, Syrup, Citric Acid, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrates, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate}, Wheat Flour, Reconstituted Egg White, Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Reconstituted Egg, Soya Flour, Skimmed Milk Powder, Humectant: Vegetable Glycerine, Coconut Flour, Citric Acid, Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate / Sodium Bicarbonate, Salt, Emulsifier: Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Flavouring: Thickener: Xanthan Gum, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate, Colours: Lutein / Paprika Extract.

      Nutritional Information per cake {per 100g in brackets}

      Energy kJ: 618 kJ {1888 kJ}
      Calories: 147 kcal {448 kcal}
      Protein: 1.6g {4.9g}
      Carbohydrate: 26.4g {80.6g}
      of which sugars: 21.8g {66.7g}
      Fat: 3.8g {11.7g}
      of which saturates: 1.5g {4.6g}
      Fibre: 0.4g {1.3g}
      Sodium: 0.07g {0.20g}
      - equivalent as salt: 0.18g {0.50g}

      Dietary & Allergy Information

      Contains gluten (wheat), egg, milk and soya
      May contain nut traces

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

      The Chequers:
      Five of these nestle in the clear plastic tray.. They're just over 6cm long, 2 1/2 cm tall and are just under 3 cm in across.

      At the time of purchase Boyfriend found these in our local shop for 69p

      Taste and Opinion:

      The first two things you notice about this product are the distinct smell of lemon and the fact that it looks pretty much like Battenberg aside from the fact that the colours of the cake here are orange and a pale yellow rather than pink and medium yellow.

      So, how did these compare to the "original" Battenberg?

      The orange and lemon flavour paste seems to contain more sugar than the usual Battenberg. You can actually taste the sugar granules as you bite into it. I'm not sure that lemon and orange was the right combination for the paste anyway as the lemon taste predominates to the extent that any taste of orange is practically obliterated. Perhaps Mr. Kipling would have done better to have gone for orange and banana or orange and apple instead as lemon is so strongly flavoured that it's going to overshadow most other fruit tastes.

      The lemon taste does, of course, also overshadow the apricot jam, so if you're expecting to be able to taste that you're going to be sadly disappointed.

      The sponge itself is soft and moist but again, any taste there is overshadowed by the strong taste of the outer paste. I pulled this paste off a portion of the Chequer to see what it tasted like without the paste and can report that the sponge has a nice delicate flavour which, unfortunately, just gets lost when combined with the outer paste.

      The sugar content for these Chequers is very high even when compared with other Mr. Kipling products. They contain almost 20% more sugar than their nearest "rival" so you might be able to imagine how sweet they are. I'm now wondering whether they chose lemon as one of the flavours in an attempt to mask just how sweet these actually are?
      On the flipside the fat content of these is the lowest, in terms of percentage, of any Mr. Kipling products I've tried so far. Overall I'd say that these Chequers are a new and interesting variation on Battenberg but that lemon is perhaps the wrong flavour to have chosen to go with the orange as it tends to dominate everything else in the product. Don't rush out to try them unless you have a very sweet tooth and really like lemon!

      Mr. Kipling Products ranked in order of Sugar Content. First figure is % per 100g {figure in brackets relates to sugar content per pie / slice etc)

      01) Orange & Lemon Chequers: 66.7% {21.8g}
      02) Orange Slice: 47.2% {13.3g}
      03) Country Slices: 41.6% {12.7g}
      04) Angel Slices: 41.5% {14.0g}
      05) Cappucino Slices: 39.1% {11.5g}

      06) Cherry Bakewells: 39.0% {18.1g}
      07) Toffee Bakewells: 36.2% {16.5g}
      08) Chocolate Cake Bars: 33.2% {10.6g}
      09) Jam Tarts: 32.6% {11.6g}
      10) Mince Pies: 31.4% {18.6g}

      11) Apple & Blackcurrant Pies: 29.4% {19.5g}
      12) Chocolate Whirls: 24.1% {6.7g}

      Mr. Kipling Products ranked in order of Fat Content. First figure is % per 100g {figure in brackets relates to fat content per pie / slice etc)

      01) Chocolate Whirls: 31.1% {8.6g}
      02) Chocolate Cake Bars: 26.3% {8.4g}
      03) Toffee Bakewells 19.4% {8.9g}
      04) Angel Slice 18.5% {6.2g}
      05) Cherry Bakewells: 18.4% {8.5g}

      06) Cappucino Slices: 18.1% {5.3g}
      07) Orange Slices: 16.8% {4.7g}
      08) Mince Pies: 15.4% {9.1g}
      09) Country Slices: 15.3% {4.7g}
      10) Jam Tarts: 12.8% {4.6g}

      11) Apple & Blackcurrant Pies: 12.7% {8.4g}
      12) Apple & Lemon Chequers: 11.7% {3.8g}


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