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Mr Kipling Orange Slices

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Brand: Mr Kipling / Type: Cakes

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      28.09.2009 14:17
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      Mr. Kipling Orange Slices

      I quite like orange flavoured things so when I saw these recently I decided to grab a packet of them and see what they were like.


      Packaging:

      The slices comes are packed in plastic trays which, in turn are packed in an outer paper carton. The carton is recyclable & is a mixture of red, orange & white colours. The "Mr. Kipling" logo is on the front, along with the name & a picture of a pair of the Orange Slices. 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 French Fancies and Mr. Kipling's Lemon Slices.

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

      and the product is described as:- "Orange flavoured sponge, topped with orange flavoured icing (30%)".


      Ingredients: Sugar, Wheat Flour, Partially Reconstituted Egg, Vegetable Oil, Salted Butter, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Salt), Reconstituted Egg White, Orange Peel, Vegetable Fat, Flavouring (Contains Milk), Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Soya Flour, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Maize Starch, Orange Oil, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Emulsifier (Soya Lechithin), Colours (Paprika Extract, Lutein)


      Nutritional Information per slice {per 100g in brackets}

      Energy kJ: 488 kJ {1732 kJ}
      Calories: 116 kcal {412 kcal}
      Protein: 1.2g {4.3g}
      Carbohydrate: 17.2g {61.0g}
      of which sugars: 13.3g {47.2g}
      Fat: 4.7g {16.8g}
      of which saturates: 2.2g {7.6g}
      Fibre: 0.2g {0.8g}
      Sodium: 0.06g {0.22g}
      - equivalent as salt: 0.15g {0.55g}

      Dietary & Allergy Information

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

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


      The slices:
      Like a number of Mr. Kipling's cake the slices are packed in small plastic trays in twos. The carton contains 3 trays or 6 slices in total. Each tray is covered with a plastic film. The outer box informs us that the plastic trays are recyclable where facilities exist but that the plastic film isn't.


      Price:
      At the time of writing, I paid the sum of 99p for these in my local corner shop.


      Taste and Opinion:

      These look fairly similar in size to other Mr. Kiplings slices. They're just over 7cms long by 3 cms thick. The top of the slice isn't even and, at it's highest point it's about 2 1/2 cms.

      The ends and bottom of each slice look an appetising golden brown whilst the sides are a pale yellow colour. The main body of the icing on top of the slice is white and there are some orange slices running diagonally across it. The icing is between 2mm and 4mm thick.

      The front of the box claims that these slices have a "zesty orange icing", and whilst I wouldn't go as far as claiming "zesty" the icing is tasty enough to cover up fact that the actual cake base doesn't taste of anything very much.

      I bite into the cake base on its own to see what it tastes like without the topping and it's just rather bland sponge. The consistency was nice and it wasn't too dry or too moist but it didn't actually taste of very much. Mr Kipling maybe needs to add some sort of orange flavouring to it.

      The icing is sweet and has a pleasant orange taste which, as I said, does a good job of covering up the fact that the sponge doesn't taste of very much at all. The orange flavour isn't over-powering, although it's probably strong enough to put anyone off who isn't that keen on the taste of orange.

      Sizewise these are a very handy size to pop into a lunchbox or if you're just looking for a little treat. However, there's the issue that two of them are packed together. Do you eat both or wrap the remaining slice in something else and leave it for another time?

      The sugar & fat content is reasonably high with these, especially if you are going to eat both slices at the same time. Two slices will provide you with 26.6g of sugar (RDA for adults is 90g) and 9.4g of fat (RDA for adults is 70%). So, they're not brilliant on the sugar and fat front but then very few products in this line are. In terms of Mr. Kiplings products I'd say that this is a mid range one. There are products that taste better but then there are ones that taste worse than this. Overall then, it's pleasant enough with a average strength orange taste but probably wouldn't be your first choice from the Mr. Kipling range if you had to choose something to buy.

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        17.08.2009 13:56
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        Refreshing, sweet orange cake slices from Mr Kipling.

        Prior to Mother Lools' mission to feed me cakes I used to regularly purchase Mr Kipling Orange Slices as a treat for myself and Mr Lools. Although a few months ago we stopped during a "spending cut". These are one of the varieties of Mr Kipling cakes that my mother has not stocked in her cupboard but I am sure if she finds out Mr Lools and I like Orange Slices she will no doubt rush to the shops and stock up on mass.................


        ***Packaging***

        The Mr Kipling Orange slices come in a long rectangular outer package. The same shape as the other Mr Kipling cake slice products. The outer packaging is bright orange with the Red Mr Kipling branding on the front of the packet and also an image of an orange slice.

        Inside there are six cake slices. These are split up so that there are 2 cake slices in three plastic trays which are then wrapped in cellophane to keep the cake bars fresh.


        ***Price***

        These are a similar price to the other Mr Kipling cake products a pack of six costs £1.25 from Asda and are part of the 2 for £2 deals that supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco sometimes run. I have noticed that Mr Kipling Orange Slices are more difficult to find in supermarkets as many do not stock these in the Mr Kipling range. Asda stores do and the larger Tesco stores do but I have never seen these in the smaller Tesco stores.


        ***Orange Slices***

        The Mr Kipling Orange slices are very similar to the Lemon Slices from the range. Both size and look. The slices are about 2cm wide, 5cm long and 2cm deep. The cake slices are a golden sponge base with a light layer of white icing on top of the sponge. On top of the icing are swirls of orange coloured icing.

        When opening the individual cellophane wrapped cake trays you are immediately hit with a strong sweet fruity scent. This is quite a strong orange scent. If you do not like oranges then you are probably will find this scent quite off putting.

        The taste of the orange cakes slices is very surprising. The sponge cake base is very moist and light and has a lovely subtle taste of orange. I found this surprising as from the initial aroma of the cake slices I imagined that the orange taste would be a lot stronger. The icing on top of the cakes is very sweet and also tastes of orange. This is a very refreshing orange taste but it quite a smooth fruity taste rather than bitter or overly tangy. The taste of the icing on top of the sponge and the sponge itself compliment very well.

        Per Orange Slice

        120 calories
        4.8g fat

        The number of calories per cake is reasonable but it is worth bearing in mind that the cake slices are quite small. Therefore you are more than likely to eat two cake slices in one sitting. Therefore as with all cakes and other goodies... eat in moderation. If you are really picky about watching your weight then cakes are probably not the best snack anyway!


        ***Overall***

        These are a great snack at any time of the day. The slices are sweet but not overly sickly and the orange flavour is subtle enough to be refreshing but not overpowering or bitter. Although not my favourite cakes from the Mr Kipling range the Orange Slices are definitely in my top three. The only problem is I can't just have one at a time

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