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      11.10.2013 09:12
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      Nice for a snack.

      I love Ginger biscuits, I buy lots of different brands, well known ones and also a shops own brand. I do like a shops own brand because they are quite cheap to buy and so I save a little money. I eat them as a treat because I like to eat a healthy diet as much as possible.

      These biscuits come in a plastic wrapper which is the usual colours of orange and white of the Basics range from Sainsbury's. There are circular shape and measure approximately 2 inches in diameter. A good size in my opinion. There are 32 biscuits in the packet and also an extremely good amount in my opinion.

      They are a nice golden colour with a cracked design as all Gingers biscuits tend to be. The colour is good too and they do look very tasty to look at once taken from the packet and placed into a biscuit tin etc. They are very crunchy and easy to bite. They are not a really hard texture like you may imagine for the price of these. They are easy to chew and swallow with no problems. I can feel they are really crunchy when I first take my first bite, I can taste the ginger immediately in my mouth and the ginger doesn't burn my mouth at all. I do find however these are quite a moorish biscuit and I often find myself wanting to eat the whole packet lol. I don't I just eat a couple at a time, well most of the time.

      They have quite a strong taste of the ginger, I didn't expect them to have such a strong taste when I first started to buy these but they have just the right amount of ginger taste to them. They don't have a bland taste at all and just a nice taste.

      I like to use these sometimes for a topping over fresh cream. I just place a couple in a plastic bag and crush them using my rolling pin, then I just sprinkle them over the cream to give an extra boost and they taste delicious eaten in the way.

      They are fabulous for dunking into a cup of tea or coffee, I love dunking biscuits into a hot drink and these are really satisfying eaten in the way. They don't fall into the cup as much if left too long in the hot drink because of the texture of them being harder than another softer biscuit.

      Each biscuit contains, 46 calories, total sugars 2.9g, 1.6g of fat of which 0.8g of saturates and 0.11g of salt. So not a lot of calories I don't think for a biscuit treat. A couple of these is less than 100 calories and so a good amount for a treat at the end of the day or for elevenses.

      For a 300g packet I paid just 45p, I just think they are amazingly good tasting biscuits for this price and really cheap to buy. They are excellent value for money and extremely good quality.

      Allergy advice on the back of the packet tells me they contain wheat gluten. They are also suitable for vegetarians.

      My little grandson eats biscuits when he comes to my home as a treat but I find these would be a little too hard for him to bite into at his age being 3 and a half. So I don't think they are really that suitable for younger children of around his age in my opinion. I have never offered him one of these biscuits but I do think for older children they would be suitable for them to easily eat and swallow with no problems at all.

      Sometimes people can be very sceptical about buying cheaper brands of biscuits, I was myself some years ago before I started to look around for cheaper brands. But there is nothing to fear about wasting money buying these biscuits because they have a nice taste.

      I highly recommend these ginger biscuits, they are really cheap and affordable for any budget and also nice ones to try if you are looking to drop a brand for a ginger biscuit. I will continue to buy them because they give me all the taste that I expect from a shops own brand of ginger snaps and I am really happy to eat these in the future.

      Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

      I give these 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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      16.06.2013 23:18
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      a reasonable biscuit to keep in stock

      Having already reviewed my first biscuit staple from the Basics collection, I thought I may as well do the other. I've always been a fan of a ginger biscuit, cake or snap. Part of it is the flavour of ginger, and in part I find it can be soothing for an upset stomach.

      As with many Sainsbury's Basics products, they are very cheap. They are currently selling for 45p for a 300g packet. They are not the healthiest snack at 46 kcal per biscuit, but it is a biscuit so you can't expect it to be. The packaging is in the usual white plastic wrapper with orange writing - so easy to identify on the shelf.

      Dietary Information:
      Contains wheat gluten

      Ingredients:
      Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agents: Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Disodium Diphosphate; Ginger Powder, Molasses, Salt, Flavouring.

      The biscuits themselves are round, and relatively thick. This is where you can really tell the difference between a ginger snap that is lovingly made by an older relative with years of experience and the Basics one. For me, a home made ginger snap is thin, and when you bite into it the biscuit almost disintegrates into a ginger butteriness. The Sainsburys Basics ones are thicker, so when you bite it's much crunchier and denser in texture. The packet claims they are a little lighter on the ginger, but to be honest you wouldn't really notice as the flavour is still quite potent. They are also a little less sweet than some ginger snaps, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

      Overall I am a fan of these biscuits, you don't get much for less than 50p these days! However, they are not the perfect biscuit - occasionally I have found them to have a slight hint of burnt taste. They are sometimes a little too crunchy making it feel difficult to bite into them sometimes. They soften up really nicely with a dip in some cold milk, but don't overdo it as they will disintegrate quite quickly. A cheap staple to keep in the cupboard for when you fancy something naughty but the cupboards are practically bare.

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        03.06.2011 10:38

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        Pay less for you morning dunkables

        We buy at least 2 packs of these a week. One pack is for treats for our dogs as they absolutley love them and the other is for us. I no longer buy the premium brand as I feel that these are just as tasty and dunkable with a great texture for a lot less than the main brand. I can buy twice as much and still be paying either the same or a bit less.

        They are advertised as having a little bit less ginger taste but still just as much snap, but to be honest I don't notice any lack of flavour. I have also used them for bases when making cheese cakes and banoffee pies and they crumble up just as nicely as the more expensive brands. I really see no need to pay premium prices for something that is indistinguishable from the basic option. So unless someone finds out that they are made of radiation contaminated materials or are full or asenic (I would probably still think twice) I am going to continue to buy these for a long time to come. I am also going to look at what other basic ranges I can substitute for premium brands.

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        07.06.2010 09:47
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        Another great Basics product

        As the financial crisis has deepened, I've been looking to save money wherever I can, and this includes economising on food shopping. Part of my cost cutting has involved trying the 'Basics' range of products from Sainsburys and at 34p for a packet weighing 300g, the Basics Ginger Snaps are very good value.

        Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Palm Oil, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Raising Agent: Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate; Molasses, Ginger Powder, Salt, Natural Flavouring.

        This breaks down into 1.6g of fat, 0.8g of which is saturated, 3g of sugars, 0.11g of salt, which all adds up to 46 cals per biscuit.

        The biscuits are suitable for vegetarians and the allergy advice is that they contain gluten. There isn't any mention of nuts so I'm assuming they are suitable for people with nut allergies.

        Firstly, a serious concern about the ingredients. As you'll see from the list, these biscuits contain palm oil, the production of which is responsible for the loss of huge tracts of rainforest and threatens the habitat as well as the existence of orang-utans and other wildlife in south east Asia. I'm not sure whether boycotting this product is likely to solve this problem as I suspect that with palm oil currently being cheap and freely available, it is more than likely to be universally used in most biscuit production. Sainsburys are, in fact, addressing this problem and part of the official comment on their website is: 'Our aim is that all the palm oil in our own brand products will come from sustainable sources by December 2014' . This seems a long timescale but this is because the process of researching all suppliers is long and protracted.

        Now to the actual biscuit. Visually, these ginger snaps don't look particularly different to a ginger nut but once you bite into one you realise that the consistency is softer, less dense and has a more crumbly texture.

        Taste: The legend on the packet reads 'A little less ginger, still snappy'. Well, they are certainly still snappy and as for the less ginger, this didn't seem to affect the taste in any way.

        Because of the softer consistency, these are not serious dunking biscuits. If you leave them in your tea or coffee for a second too long, you run the risk of ending up with lots of soggy biscuit in the bottom of your cup. Personally, I think sometimes this adds to the flavour of the drink but that might just be because I make lousy coffee!

        Since beginning to try out the Basics range, I have been agreeably surprised by the quality of all the products. And as for the Basics Ginger Snaps, I think I'll definitely be buying these again.

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        18.11.2009 09:48
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        Delicious Ginger Paste Biscuits.

        I suffer from IBS and have days where I need something to eat that's got fat/calories in it, is easy to eat (i.e small) and will hopefully help to keep the sickness I get at bay and I find ginger nuts to be perfect for this.

        Sainsburys basics ginger snaps come in a thick plastic wrapper which has perforated edges at both ends for ease of opening and there are around 25 biscuits per packet.

        A ginger nut biscuit is made from wheat flour, ginger powder, sugar & palm oil and whilst the individual ingredients don't sound very nice when these have been mixed together and shaped in to a round ginger coloured biscuit it's absolutely delicious. There is just enough ginger flavouring for the entire biscuit to have the flavouring without being too overpowering for your mouth or your stomach. The biscuits are very crunchy and quite hard to break up but if you want something a little easier then these can be sucked to give them a softer bite.

        Each biscuit contains 55 calories & 1.9g of fat so I think that these are great for the delicious flavour that you get and the crunchiness of the biscuit. I usually have a couple of these in the morning if I am feeling unwell and find that this always works a treat and helps me face up to food in the day ahead and I find on the days when I have nothing that I just don't feel like breakfast or lunch and then I end up so hungry that I actually feel worse. The branded version (McVities) only have 2 calories less and I think the biscuits are an identical size (they look it anyway!)

        A 300g packet of ginger snaps is available from Sainsburys stores or www.sainsburys.co.uk for just 34p and this is a very reasonable price for a product that is basically the same as the branded version.

        I am rating these biscuits 5/5 and would definitely recommend them if you want something full of flavour for your tea break and these dunk very well without breaking up and the tea gives the ginger nuts an even more delicious flavour. The price of these biscuits is very reasonable and they are ideal for helping to settle my stomach when I am not feeling very well.

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        08.06.2009 12:32
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        I would pick these over the originals given thei price

        Sainsbury's Ginger Snaps are just a re branded form of ginger nuts and if you like those then you should like these. These Ginger snaps are a bit less wide than the originals however they have roughly the same depth.

        First off, these biscuits are in the Sainsbury's basics range which means two things. Firstly they are very cheap which is always handy, especially in these times. Secondly unfortunately, I think that they do not have the same quality of ingredients as the originals.

        The taste o these biscuits is nice enough however I do find they differ from the originals. There can be no complaint over whether there is enough ginger taste to them but really there is almost too much ginger in them. The ginger taste is anything but subtle and to me seems to be a bit overpowering. This means that I never want to eat too many of them in a row- however in my case I find that this is actually a great feature in biscuits.

        They taste nice enough and at their price I would personally always opt to buy these instead of the more expensive originals. Although the taste is not the same as the originals, it is not awful and it simply lacks a bit of the class of the originals.

        At the price, a fantastic pack of biscuits.

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        14.04.2009 17:43
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        Don't quite live up to other basics biscuits.

        Ginger snaps are a new addition to the basics range and like the other biscuits they are not much different to premium brands.
        A pack is 300g and costs 34p which is about a third of the McVitie's price.
        They are more expensive than other basics biscuits such as rich tea which costs just 25p and has a bigger pack size.
        If you are buying 2 packs you are 1p better of getting a bigger Sainsbury's own brand packet.
        I haven't tried the Tesco's Value equivalent but reviews here say they contain and taste of coconut. This is not an issue with Sainsbury's which have a strong, traditional ginger flavour and no coconuts in the ingredients list.
        Ginger is close to the bottom of the table but you wouldn't know from the taste; ginger is powerful so this is probably comparable to more expensive ranges.
        I think the individual biscuits are smaller than some brands and they have a drier, crisper texture which lacks a small amount of the depth you get elsewhere.
        Still they are a pretty good replica of quality ginger snaps but if you are just looking for general biscuits other basics are cheaper.

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