“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Biscuits „
As our grocery budget has been squeezed and squeezed I've made the effort to substitute our branded or own-brand goods for the super-cheapy Value variants. One of my regular purchases now is Sainsbury's Basics Bourbon Creams.
Bourbons have always been one of my absolute favourite biscuits (chocolate filling sandwiched between two pieces of chocolate biscuit - what's not to like?) so I consider myself a bit of an expert on this kind of snack :-)
Sainsbury's Basics Bourbon Creams come wrapped in a thin, white, heat-sealed cellophane packet. A 400g pack containing around 40 biscuits, packed two abreast, costs around 45p, so just over a penny a biccie.
On the front is the Sainsbury's colour-coded nutrition wheel, and on the back is a detailed list of ingredients and nutritional information. These biscuits are high in fats and sugars, have a medium number of calories and a low level of salt. There are also allergy notices for those who have problems with wheat, gluten and soya.
The biscuits themselves have three components: two chocolate biscuit pieces, and a chocolate fondant filling. The biscuit pieces have the traditional 'BOURBON' stamp on them, as well as a number of tiny holes, which I presume are there to aid the manufacturing process and stop the chocolate fondant squirting out when it's still liquid. Size-wise, I'd say these are of standard bourbon dimensions: around 5cm x 3cm x 1cm.
I love these bourbons. To me they taste almost the same as branded variants, with good, crisp biscuits which have a sweet and chocolatey taste, and a smooth chocolate fondant in between. They hold their integrity well when I bite into them, with very little biscuit crumbling away. They are perfectly adequate for when I have a snack-attack, and I find three or four biscuits is more than enough for me, even when I'm at my greediest!
There are some slight differences between these and other bourbons I've eaten:
(1) The biscuit layers are a little sweeter, and they do seem to go soft faster than other brands, even when kept in a tupperware container.
(2) The fondant filling is less sweet than others I've tried, although this is countered by the sweeter-than-usual biscuit layers.
Also, the cellophane packaging is exceptionally thin, and I've often nicked it when transporting my groceries home, resulting in crumbs in the bottom of my shopping bags! I always open and transfer the bourbons to a tupperware box if this happens, or as soon as I open them if it doesn't.
However, these are minor quibbles, and since the biscuits are so cheap I don't let these minor points put me off.
In conclusion, I think these bourbons are another good addition to the Sainsbury's Basics range, and they form part of my regular shop these days.
=== The product ===
These are two plain chocolate biscuits with a layer of chocolate fondant cream filling in the middle.
=== The packaging ===
These biscuits come provided in a plastic wrapper. It contains all the nutritional information, ingredients and company details. The packaging is very basic with it's orange and white packaging. It has a little picture of the biscuits on the front but it's really nothing special. I usually end up opening this packet at one of the heat sealed ends which seems to be the most effective way. If I'm really lazy and/or in a hurry to open them I will just stab the packet with a knife and then drop all the biscuits in to the biscuit barrel. The packaging is thin but it's adequate to protect the biscuits from being opened on the way home, however, it's not adequate enough to stop some of the edges getting knocked off
=== Nutritional Information ===
Each biscuit contains:
9g Carbohydrates (of which 4.1g sugars)
2.9 Fat (of which 1.7g saturates)
=== Ingredients ===
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm Oil, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Dextrose, Wheat Starch, Raising Agent: Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate; Salt, Natural Flavouring.
=== Where can I buy these and for how much? ===
These are available from Sainsburys supermarkets and www.sainsburys.co.uk with a 400g packet costing just 45p.
=== Overall opinion ===
Each of the biscuit layers are crunchy, tasty and have a cocoa scent and taste to them. The layer of fondant is creamy, smooth and delicious. There is no real overpowering chocolate taste but overall the biscuits are nice. They are ideal for soaking up hot tea as the biscuits are nice and absorbent. The cream and the biscuit layers work well together as you get that hard crunch on the outside and a nice soft bite to the centre. These are delicious if they are pulled away and I do this quite often, dipping the 'dry' biscuit in to my tea and then licking all the chocolate cream off. This is a particular favourite thing for my nephew to do also and he often ends up wiping the chocolate fondant cream all over himself!
These biscuits are tasty, they have a moreish quality to them and I just find myself wanting more and more of them. The price is so reasonable that I don't mind buying these on an almost weekly basis and they are fantastic for when our nieces & nephews come to visit. They don't cost much and although they are high in fat it's nice for the kids, and us, to have a nice treat to enjoy with a cup of tea. They are nothing special but they are just as good as any other bourbon that I have tried in the past. They have a cloying kind of texture to them that becomes like a paste and then sticks all around my teeth and they do leave a sugary kind of texture behind afterwards but this is nothing that two minutes with the toothbrush won't fix!
I'd firmly recommend these if you are a fan of bourbon biscuit, they are cheap, they have a basic but decent packaging and you get lots for your money. They aren't healthy but then they are biscuits and I wouldn't expect them to be!
This week I decided to buy Bourbon Creams as I fancied a change from the custard creams I have been having for the past few weeks. I went for the Sainsbury's basics range as they are nice and cheap (33p) and the basics range has always been good before.
The biscuits come in the stand basics packaging that is white with the dark orange text on the front. The front of the pack has the slogan "a little less filling, but still a tea time treat" and a picture of some bourbon biscuits too. The rear then contains all the nutritional information and ingredients. Each pack contains about 30 biscuits in total (400g).
Each biscuit is made of two brown rectangular biscuits (6cm x 2.5cm) that are sandwiched together by a chocolate cream. When you open the pack, you are met with a nice smell of cocoa, which is really nice and makes you want to eat one. When biting into one, the biscuit isn't very crumbly and holds together well. The cream in the middle is of a nice consistency so that it seems to melt in your mouth. The whole biscuit has a nice subtle chocolate taste which is not too overpowering. I'm not normally a fan of things too chocolatey, but these are just right for my taste-buds. As they are biscuits, they sadly aren't too great for your health or diet as the contain a lot of fat and sugar per biscuit, 2.9g and 4.1g respectively. Luckily for me I can't eat too many at once as I find them quite filling and after a while the chocolate taste can become too much for me.
I would definitely recommend these biscuits to anyone as once again Sainsbury's have produced another great product in there basics range. For the price I paid, they are excellent value for money, at ~1p a biscuit, they are much better value than some of the leading brands and they taste just as good. I will give these 5/5 as they are a delicious treat for any time of the day.
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We've been buying cheap biscuits to bulk the biscuit tin out for ages and one we've always got in are these Bourbon Creams from the Sainsburys Basics range. They cost about 35p a pack and you get loads in a pack.
They are chocolate biscuits that are sandwiched together with chocolate cream. The biscuit in these is mega crumbly and I think it's very dry, even though they're always in the house it doesn't mean that I eat that many of them and I don't because I think they're proper boring.
The biscuits aren't that chocolatey and taste fake to me, they're dead sweet but it seems forced like a bag of sugar has been put in them just to take the fake chocolate flavour off a bit! lol
The cream is ok but that hasn't got a lot of taste either and deffo isn't creamy to eat! It doesn't melt in your mouth so when you get some in your mouth you've got to chew it a bit, these biscuits are deffo best eaten all in one because then the boring cream and boring chocolate biscuit does taste a bit better! Some Bourbon biscuits you can seperate and eat all the bits one at a time but I deffo wouldn't recommend that with these because you'll be mega bored by the time you've finished one.
I like how these biscuits dunk because they're strong so they'll soak up loads of coffee and hardly ever break off into the cup. The flavours come out proper nice then and I love how soft the biscuit goes when it's all wet with coffee. That's the only time I enjoy these Bourbons really because I do think they're proper boring and even though they don't taste nasty or anything I'd usually rather NOT have a biscuit than eat one of these.
They're cheap so I still recommend them because most people with families get through biscuits and this is one good way to make sure there are always some biscuits for an emergency! lol
Sainsbury's Basics Bourbon Creams - Try and see if there is something new for you !!
After completing my main shopping I thought of getting something for snacks and I thought of trying some cheaper alternatives. I am a frequent shopper in Sainsbury's as I get all my preferred products here.
Being a biscuit hunter, I usually purchase various brands to have different taste. I spotted this product on the shelves although the customary white and orange plastic packet was not very enticing in terms of packaging I picked up the 400 gram pack quickly.
The biscuits looked crunchy to eyes and even proved me correct when I tried couple of them. The dark brown biscuits were very fresh and also thick.So with a complete satisfaction of the texture and plain side of the biscuit I wanted to savour the taste of the cream inside.
The cream was average and not so great. Of course I was not expecting a great deal as it was only a value product so it managed my expectation to certain extent. I wish they could have put slightly more chocolate into it. You can also try them in tea as they hold up very nicely.
The biscuit contains around 3 gram fat which can be discounted off as you can expect a pure quality control form a basic product. I think this pack is ideal for tea breaks and munching during snacks time.
Give it a go to see if there is something new for you !!!
I absolutely have a terrible weakness for biscuits and due to this fact I always look for economy one's or my addiction would cost me a small fortune every few days lol!
Of late I've been really into bourbon creams and have tried a few cheaper brands so when I came across these they were begging to be bought for what looked like a huge packet and costing a mere 42p a pack.
White and orange large oblong plastic packet and on the front in orange scribble a couple of biscuits are shown and I'm told they are Sainsbury's 'Basics' Bourbon Creams 'Different shape, still a tea time treat' and I'm told they are Vegetarian and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and the best before date is clearly stamped on. Other information on the back of the packet tells me the ingredients used, allergy advice is given, a full nutritional breakdown is listed, contact details for Sainsbury's are also given and the size is stated (400g). Very basic packaging this is but it's simply ok and it is informative enough.
Me And The Biscuits:
Well I didn't count them to be honest before I started stuffing my face with them but there were 2 rows of biscuits within the packet and at a rough guess I'd guess there were about 40 in there. Like I say it is a big pack.
The bourbon creams shape surprised me to be honest. I'm used to them not being very thick and oblong is shape. These were not like that. They are quite thick and square in shape. So what you get is two darkish brown chocolate biscuits sandwiched together by a thick layer of dark chocolate cream and the biscuit has bourbon written on both sides of the biscuits with a few holes for decoration.
Taste wise they were ok. They never rocked my world or anything and were obviously economy but they are a sweet fix! The biscuit itself tastes chocolaty but not overly so really. The biscuit isn't that sweet either however the cream filling is firm and sweet and holds the two biscuits together very well though to call it bourbon cream is a bit rich cos there's nothing creamy as such to this biscuit in my view.
Not crunchy as such, they are a little dense and they are fine for dunking if you want to but for me these lack quality and no wonder for the amount of large biscuits you get for your pennies!
Not for me these and not sweet, creamy or chocolaty enough!
Contains: Milk, wheat gluten & soya.
Nutritional Information: Per Biscuit:
Saturated Fat: 1.4g
Total Sugars: 4.0g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores.