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      12.12.2011 22:06
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      Great taste - I would pay treble the price!

      I love making shortbread at christmas but there is no way I can keep up with the demand from my extended family! Last year I went around the supermarkets buying a packet here and there so we could taste test a variety. I didn't think that the very cheapest would turn out to be the stand out favourite. They were these - Sainsbury's Basics Shortbread fingers..


      THE PACKAGING

      These lovely biscuits come in a thin plastic packet which I would say is basic rather than pretty. I don't mind the simplicity of the design myself as it is really what I would expect from an own label range. As the packet is small [160g/8 fingers], it isn't something I would give as a gift anyway. The pack does contain all the essential information such as nutritional details and an ingredients list. As it isn't reinforced with cardboard or a plastic tray the biscuits don't have much protection from knocks. This means that most packets seem to contain a broken piece or two. I think this is ok given the price and it also means that unnecessary packaging is at a minimum.


      APPEARANCE AND AROMA

      The shortbread comes in the form of chunky fingers. I much prefer the thickness of these to the thinner "petticoat tails" biscuits you can often buy. I find it much more satisfying to sink my teeth into these. The fingers have the traditional "dimples" on the top and are a nice pale golden colour. They smell fresh and buttery. The aroma is obviously not as strong as it would be if you had taken your own biscuits straight out of the oven but it is still appetising.


      TASTE AND TEXTURE

      I love the fact that these fingers are satisfyingly crispy on the outside whilst still having a melt in the mouth texture in the middle. I prefer my shortbread to be quite smooth although I know some people like it to be more granular in feel. This one is definitely the former. They are crumbly but not so much that they are difficult to eat. The taste is wonderful - light and buttery. You can tell that a high proportion of real butter has been used to make these. Despite the fact this is a cheap product proper butter is the main ingredient although it also contains vegeatble margarine. It isn't too sweet which unfortunately means I can easily eat a 3 fingers in one go! Overall, it tastes the best of all the supermarket shortbread we tried including the more expensive ones such as those from Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.


      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

      It is no surprise that these are only available in Sainsbury's where they are part of the shops own brand Basics range. The downside of this is that not all Sainsbury's branches stock all items in the range. I usually have to stock up on these when I go to one of the larger branches. It is no trouble to do so though as the best before dates usually extend 4-6 months after purchase.

      As of last week these cost 21p a packet which is great value considering their quality. It is especially so as I first paid 33p for these when I bought them a year ago. It is nice to have a favourite product actually go down in price!


      NUTRITION

      It is no surprise that a biscuit made with plenty of butter is not low in fat. Using the "traffic light" healthy eating rating system, these fingers score red for fat and calorie levels. This means you should be especially careful to eat them in moderation. I am happy to eat these from time to time as a treat as I just make sure I don't eat anything else too fatty that day. The sugar and salt content is given an orange level, one step down from the red.
      They are suitable for vegeatarians but not for those with a nut allergy due to manufacturing methods used.


      CONCLUSION

      I would thoroughly recommend these and not just to those on a budget. They are good quality and taste superb. The only downside I can think of is that these Basics fingers are not available in any other flavours. I am just happy that Sainsbury's do these though! If you want to make them extra special, you can do as I sometimes do and dip them in slightly cooled but melted milk chocolate. Heavenly but best avoided by those on a diet!

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        04.04.2011 13:01
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        An unpleasant biscuit experience

        Despite my good intentions to improve my eating habits and attempt a healthier eating plan, I must admit that I am still addicted to biscuits. It just seems wrong to have a cup of tea and nothing to dunk in it! Shortbread is one of my favourite biscuits, and I picked up a packet of these Sainsbury's Basics Shortbread Fingers because they were incredibly cheap. They cost 33 pence for a 160g pack, and are available only from Sainsbury's supermarkets.

        Product description: "Shortbread Fingers. Rich, buttery shortbread fingers."

        The biscuits are cut into traditional finger shapes, and look as tasty as any other type of shortbread I've seen, it's just the packaging that looks a bit undesirable with the orange and white colouring. The packaging even includes a "no fancy packaging" slogan across the front, to reinforce the idea that you are saving money by not paying for a more pretty looking packet. The packaging is not resealable and it is probably advisable to transfer them to a biscuit tin or some other suitable container. I've kept them in the open packaging in my desk drawer at work for a few days and they've been alright in there without going soft.

        The shortbread fingers look very much like an ordinary shortbread finger. They have a pale colouring and are formed into a nice 'finger' shape which is easy to pick up and bite into. The texture of these biscuits is quite crunchy and on the dry side. After biting into them I would find myself with a mouthful of crumbs, and they did seem to crumble apart. The taste was bland if truth be told, and there was a hint of a buttery taste but the biscuits did not really seem to have any flavour or substance to them. A quick dunking helped a little with the dryness, and made it easier to swallow without coughing on all the crumbly bits. However, these are not a very good quality biscuit, and I can see why they are such a low price and part of the Basics range.

        Nutritional content is not much better than the flavour content. I would usually have 2 or 3 of these shortbread fingers to accompany my cuppa on tea breaks, so that quickly adds up to 243 calories for one of my daily snacks. There are also high levels of fat, sugar and saturates. These are not tasty enough to balance out the extremely unhealthy ingredients, so it's a good idea to try and limit the amount of biscuits you have at one sitting, or just avoid them altogether.

        I really didn't enjoy these Sainsbury's Basics Shortbread Fingers and I would not recommend them. Not worth the saving as they are no fun to eat!

        Typical nutritional values per biscuit:
        Energy - 341kJ - 81kcal
        Protein - 1.0g
        Carbohydrate - 9.6g
        Sugars - 2.0g
        Starch - 7.6g
        Fat - 4.4g
        Saturates - 0.6g
        Mono Unsaturates - 1.5g
        Polyunsaturates - 2.0g
        Fibre - 0.4g
        Sodium - 0.06g

        Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Butter (from Cows' Milk), Vegetable Margarine, Sugar, Sea Salt, Natural Flavouring.
        Vegetable Margarine contains: Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Salt.

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          18.04.2010 18:18
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          Tasty shortbread that's as good as the leading brand. Worth every penny!

          At a rock bottom price of 17 pence a packet, these are worth going for. A hell of a lot cheaper than the branded equivalent, they are delicious in everyway.

          The packaging is simple and effective - it tells you what you're buying and it shows you the traffic light system. It shows red and orange in sectors of the traffic light system, which insinuates it's not good. Everything is good for you, as long as it is eaten in moderation. These are so delicious, it's hard not to resist, but you'll have to try your best!

          As I mentioned the nutritional content of the fingers, I will tell you that there are 81 calories per biscuit but I don't think that posting all the nutritional information on here would be beneficial. However, should you want to look this up, here is the link: http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1271604623877

          They aren't too solid, nor are they too crumbly. The consistency is perfect and I prefer these over big branded names - mainly because I can have so many more for my money. In terms of colour, they are nice and golden. If you were having friends over, I would recommend these, they compliment a cup of tea lovely. Don't tell them they're Sainsbury's basics and I'm sure they'd never guess they were!

          Every time I got into store, the shelf isn't packed with these which tells me they do sell well so it is hit and miss as to whether they're in stock.

          I give them 5 stars for the pure quality of taste and texture. These delicious litttle treats are a must have for any cupboards - just don't eat too much!

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            18.03.2010 12:37
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            Sainsbury's are great for thre tasty basic's range.

            We are big tea drinkers in our household and like nothing better than a cuppa tea in the evening accompanied by some biscuits. After buying the same old biscuits I wanted something different than my normal purchase but didn't want to pay a lot of money just for a few biscuits.
            Sainsbury's have a great range of cheap store branded products call the Sainsbury's basic's range. I recently have been purchasing a lot of these products and switching and saving on my weekly shop. This is when I saw the Sainsbury's basic's shortbread fingers. Being priced at only 21 pence I thought this was really good value but would only by the one packet as I didn't know what they would be like. I really wish I picked up more now though. They didn't last more than 5 minutes in our house.
            The packaging is just like all the other products in the Sainsbury's basic rang being white with all the details and store logo on the front in orange. The best before date is also a very long period the most recent packet I purchased was on 13th march 2010 and they last until the 18th Sep 2010.
            There are 10 shortbread fingers in the packet each containing 81 calories, which is quite high for such a small biscuit, and 4.4gs of fat. I wouldn't recommend eating the whole packet in one go.
            The shortbread itself has a lovely buttery taste that melts in your mouth and is coated on the top with sugar. They are just great for dunking.
            Make sure you store n a dry place and once you have opened the packet to pop them in a sealed container or cookie jar otherwise they will go soft and not taste very nice.
            Sainsbury's have a great range of basic products, yet again this is another excellent basic's product. I would recommend you try it. It's only 21 pence am dim sure it won't break the balance.

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            07.03.2010 05:15
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            Great value. How do Sainsbury's make them for the money?

            ** Sainsbury's 'Basics' Shortbread Fingers **

            What with the way things are atthe moment for everyone economically we always try to save money buy buying a lot of supermarket home brands. As most of you will I am sure already know most supermarkets offer a really cheap own brand of groceries and other food items. Sainsbury's brand of cheap own brand food is called 'basics'.

            So when shopping at Sainsbuy's for the main weakly shop the basics range feature heavily in our purchases. By no means do we shop exclusively at Sainsbury's as there are a lot of supermarkets near by so we are spoilt for choce. But Sainsbury's is one of our more regular places to shop.

            Everyone in our family loves biscuits. So Sainsbury's 'Basics' Shortbread Fingers are a slightly irregular addition to the family shopping list. In common with all the basics range of food the shortbread fingers come wrapped in very boring looking white packaging with the orange basics product range design emblem.

            Most of the basics range are reasonably good quality items and the shortbread fingers are no exception. For under 20 pence you get a decent sized packet of shortbread fingers. 160 grams whichis no smaller than you'd get for some of the more expensive brands.

            Taste wise I really can not tell a great deal of difference between these shortbread fingers and the fancy ones we get given in tins at Christmas. For the money the Sainsbury's 'Basics' Shortbread Fingers are truly excellent.

            The fingers look just like normal shortbread. They taste suitable sweet and crumbly. I tend to dip my biscuits into my tea. If I'm honest I dip most things into my tea including chocolate bars sometimes :o)

            Dipping the shortbread fingers into tea makes them easy to bite into and less likely to cover me in crumbs. I also prefer the flavour that way.

            I would be happy to put these Sainsbury's 'Basics' Shortbread Fingers on a plate to hand out at family gatherings once I'd hidden the basics packet! No one would no the difference I between these rock bottom priced shortbreads and one's a lot more expensive.


            ** In conclusion **

            Unbeatable value for money shortbread. I don't know how they make it for the price.

            Thanks for reading my review.

            Mike xx

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            27.02.2010 13:41
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            Not recommended

            I visited Sainsbury's this week which was only due to the fact that I do love their clothing and there was 25% off so after browsing the clothing aisle we ventured down to the biscuit section. I do tend to buy either biscuits that are on offer or from value ranges.

            I was immediately drawn to the value shortbread biscuits, which were in the basics range, as there tend to be something I only tend to buy at Christmas due to the price but these were the bargain price of 12p. They are in the Sainsbury's white with orange packaging but I am personally not concerned about the packaging.

            The pack is 160g and contains ten fingers.

            Nutritionally

            Each biscuit contains 81kcals and 4.4g of fat which I find quite shocking. It does have the traffic light system circle on the front of the pack and so am not surprised these show red lights for both calories and fat

            Allergy advice:
            These biscuits do contain milk, wheat and gluten. It also is not suitable for people with nut allergies due to manufacturing methods.

            Upon opening they are a light golden brown and do look extremely similar to traditional brands. The biscuits smelt more oaty than buttery but weren't over concerned.

            I was feeling quite impressed until I took a bite. I found that the sugar coating top was completely missing and instead of large crunchy sugary top is a slight powdery topping. While you can taste butter it isn't the strong buttery taste that I expect from traditional biscuits.

            My son on the other hand who has no expectations of what they taste like has happily devoured. This is not a reflective of taste as I am yet to find a biscuit that he doesn't like.

            The pack does have a free phone number which you can call to claim a refund if you do not love them but I don't think I will be calling for a 12p pack of biscuits however I will not be purchasing in the future.

            I won't be recommending these biscuits despite low cost for reasons stated in the review .This is one case of you get what you pay for.

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              17.02.2010 09:12
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              They have to be worth sampling.

              Our local Sainsbury's is only ten minutes walk away from me and although I would never consider doing my weekly shopping there I do pay a regular visit to pick up some of the Basic range items that I use constantly. When I go into the store I have to steel myself and make sure that I don't start looking in the direction of all of the luxury goods that they have on their shelves. I admit that there is a huge temptation to find a few `goodies` that you may not normally buy.
              But the store is super to walk around, I enjoy looking at the clothing, the homeware and the electricals.

              Plain biscuits are a must, the biscuit barrel is always filled to the gunnels with plain biscuits that can be enjoyed with elevenses. It all depends where I am at the given time as to what gets put into the biscuit barrel.
              I noticed the Sainsbury's Basic shortbread fingers and I had to admit that I thought the price was amazing. 12P a packet ? How on earth can they bake and pack a packet of shortbread fingers and put them on the supermarket shelves for that price.

              Before we all get carried away the packet is not that large, for the grand sum of 12p you get 160g of shortbread. This equals ten fair sized finger biscuits and if you compare it to some of the brand named shortbread then 160g of brand named shortbread will cost you upwards of £1.
              The packaging is very basic and as far as I am led to belive the PP film that is used can be recycled after you have finished with it.
              The ten shortbread fingers are just slipped into the one layer of PP film and they are then heat sealed to keep the biscuits fresh.

              The Sainsbury's basics shortbread fingers do contain butter and that is quite evident when you open the packet, I didn't expect the shortbread to smell of anything much at just 12p a packet so I was pleasantly surprised.
              The shortbread finger biscuits are neat and look good, they look traditional owing to the rows of little holes that are running along the tops of them.
              The shortbread is crisp to the bite but as softer when you reach the inside of the thick finger, they are sweet but not overpoweringly so and the texture is close - just as shortbread should be.
              I feel that the Basics shortbread fingers are a good colour, they are a very pale golden colour and if you offered them to guests I don't feel that there would be any objections - not from my lot anyway!

              Vegetarians can enjoy these biscuits but if you suffer from a milk, wheat gluten or nut allergy then that rules them out for you.
              The ingredients are as basic as the product and each shortbread finger contains 81 calories, so try not to get too carried away !
              Once you have emptied the packet then make sure that the remainder of the shortbread fingers are stored in an airtight container/ biscuit barrel, if the air gets to the they will soon become soft and soft shortbread is a no- go area for me.

              While I was in Sainsbury's I picked up another packet of the Basics shortbread fingers for my Mum, she loves the buttery biscuit. I had a thought that she would tell me to take that rubbish home with me - she is a big fan of Walkers shortbread but she agreed that the biscuits offered very good value for money.
              If you happen to be passing the Basics biscuits then pick up a packet of the shortbread fingers and try them for yourself - I think that you may well be pleased with your purchase.

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                07.02.2010 00:29
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                At Least 12 Shortbread Fingers For 12p! Bargain!

                I can't believe these shortbread fingers are only 12p a pack, they're yummy and deffo one of the biggest bargains in Sainsburys. You get a 160g pack for that and I've never actually counted them but I reckon that's about 12 fingers, it might even be 14 but you'll have to count them yourself! lol

                The biscuits are a good size and have lot little holes on the top and sugar sprinkled over them, they're a bit light looking and don't really look like they've been cooked for long enough to me!

                They've got a nice soft but crunchy texture. The fingers crumble as you bite into them and have got a proper nice buttery texture. They ARE a bit dryer than the shortbread I usually buy but they've still got a delish texture and are nearly 2 quid cheaper!

                They don't taste buttery but have got as good a shortbread flavour as any other biscuit apart from that. I love the sugary flavour of them and when you chew the fingers you'll get a bit of a pastry flavour that comes through and that's wicked because it makes the shortbread sweet and savory at the same time.

                The fingers don't taste like mega high quality but they are yummy and for the price I wouldn't expect miracles anyway. They don't dunk very well because of them being a bit soft inside when you bite them, you can get away with a couple of seconds but don't try and take the mick or you'll end up with a soggy shortbread finger in the bottom of your cup.

                I deffo recommend you give these a go because the mega low price makes it an easy way to make sure you've got a full biscuit tin. We buy some of the cheapo biscuits and mix them with a pack of the branded so there's always a nice mixture, at the minute we've got these and McVities Choc Digestive and it's these I go for over the digestives every time.

                Recommended..... yummy and only 12p a pack!!!

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                06.01.2010 20:57
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                Buy it and love it!

                Who does not love a short-bread finger with a nice cup of tea..I was looking for a some cheap shortbread at Sainsburys, knowing that it might taste awful- but this shortbread didn't disappoint me and noone can be beat 12p per pack! Read about my experience now in this review.

                Where to get it?
                Obviously, as it is from Sainsbury's basics you can only buy it at Sainsbury's. Each pack contains 10 fingers costing 12p.

                Nutrition of one biscuit?
                -81 calories
                -4,4 g fat
                -9,6 g carbohydrate
                -0,2 g salt
                -1,0 g protein

                Fortunatly,I've only made positive experience with this short breat fingers. First of all, I believe no one can beat this price for this pack!The foil is easily to open and then the biscuits already lie there open. This is definitely a disadvantage, because then they can't be wrapped up again properly. Taste-wise these biscuits are so lovely! They can't beat the walkers Shortbreat I believe. The fingers look well baked and there is a tiny amount of sugar spread on top of the fingers. Eating the biscuit, it feels like eating the typical shortbread:It is crunchy and can be perfectly dipped into a cup of tea without breaking together. Lovely.

                Concluding I want to recommend these biscuits to you, there is no difference to more expensive ones. The packing could be improved.

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                  28.12.2009 20:15
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                  there is no need to be a biscuit snob with these biccies!

                  I don't often go into Sainsbury's because I don't think that they represent good value for money and find my regular supermarkets ...tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Lidl are much cheaper. However, with the annoucement on the TV this morning that Sainsbury's sale had started I decided to go to my nearest Sainbury's store and have a mooch. I did not pick up any sale bargains buit grabbed a few 'essentials while I was there... mostly from the Basics range. After having tried the Tesco Value 9p version of these biscuits I actually hunted these out.

                  At 12p for ten biscuits these are very cheap shortbread, as shortbread is notoriously expensive. But do they look and taste cheap. Yes and no. The packaging is typical Sainsbury's Basics orange and white, nothing fancy, very simple and looks a bit cheap to be honest.

                  On opening the pack I notice two layers of biscuits which look just like any other brand of shortbread fingers.

                  These taste really good considering the cost. They are surprisingly buttery and, to me, actually have a slight hint of almond (though I don't know where that flavour comes from as the ingredients list does not mention almond at all). They are crunchy and melt in the mouth.

                  Each shortbread finger contains 81 calories and 4.4g of fat. These biscuits are suitable for vegetarians. Purchased today, 28th December 09 my packet has a best before date of 7th August 10 - so a pretty long life.

                  Overall I think these biscuits are fabulous value and I would recommend them to anyone, even a biscuit snob!

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                    22.12.2009 23:38
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                    At 12p you can afford to be tempted by this Shortbread!

                    Review of Sainsbury's Basics Shortbread Fingers


                    Sainsbury's Basics products are a range of no frills household and food items, designed to appeal to the budget concious shopper. These Shortbread Fingers in this range are a favourite in my household, as they not only taste good, but at 12p per pack, represent excellent value for money.

                    ~~The Product~~

                    Clad in the instantly recognisable Sainsbury's Basics trademark white and orange wrapper, these biscuits can usually be found on the lower shelf of the biscuit display. My sources, OK, my neighbour's son who works in the supermarket (!) tell me that it is standard practice to stock the budget ranges on a lower level shelf and the higher priced goods at eye level, where impulse purchasers will spot them. Supermarket mechanising strategy seems pretty universal, as most major stores seems to follow this rule! But I digress!

                    The shortbread is wrapped in a non-recyclable plastic wrapper bearing the Sainsbury's Basics logo on an orange flash, the product weight (160g) and a nutritional value 'wheel' on the front and full nutritional values, ingredients, Sainsbury's contact information and storage instructions can all be found on the reverse of the packaging.

                    On opening the wrapper, the 10 pieces of shortbread are neatly stacked in five piles of two. Each oblong shaped, shortbread finger measures approximately 3" x 1". The shortbread fingers are a beautiful golden colour and are decorated with a light dusting of caster sugar. The shortbread smells buttery and sweet. The texture of the shortbread is light, crisp, yet melt in the mouth, just as you expect shortbread to be! They taste sweet and light, with no apparent after taste or the cloying sweetness that I find is sometimes associated with biscuits from the cheaper end of the market.

                    These Basics Shortbread fingers are ideal with a cup of tea or coffee or as a light snack, they are not too rich but taste very satisfying. The Shortbread fingers should be stored in a cool dry place and once opened, transferred to an air tight container, that is if there are any left after opening them!

                    ~~Ingredients and Nutritional Values~~

                    No huge long list of unrecognisable ingredients for this product, simply Wheat Flour, Butter, Vegetable Margarine, Sugar, Sea Salt, Natural Flavouring.

                    Naturally biscuits of any kind are rarely good for the waistline, however, nutritionally each biscuit contains 81 calories, 4.4g fat, 9.6g carbohydrate (2.0g of which sugar), 0.2g salt, 1.0g protein, 0.4g fibre.

                    Allergy advice:- The product contains Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Milk & Cows' milk.
                    May contain Nuts, so nut allergy sufferers should beware. These biscuits are suitable for vegetarians.


                    ~~Price, Availability and Sainsbury's Contact Details~~

                    Obviously being a Sainsbury's own branded product, these Shortbread Fingers are only available from Sainsbury's supermarkets and the company website.
                    The cost is a purse pleasing 12p per pack, an absolute bargain in my opinion!

                    Sainsbury's offer their 'Try Me' guarantee, the company promise to fully refund the purchase price should the product fail to please. For more information on Sainsbury's supermarkets and their products see their website:- www.Sainsburys.co.uk
                    or call the free care line on 0800 636262.

                    ~~My Thoughts and Conclusion~~

                    For the price you would have to a long way to beat Sainsbury's Basic Shortbread Fingers. I won't pretend that they are as delicious as real Scottish shortbread but as an everyday biscuit they are very good value for money. The taste is excellent, as is the texture and overall appearance.
                    I would recommend this product to others.

                    Thank you for reading
                    ©brittle1906 December 2009


                    N.B. My reviews may be found on other review sites under the same user name.

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                      21.09.2009 23:24
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                      Great price for great tasting biscuit

                      All my family love shortbread but I usually only buy it around Christmas time, not really sure why, just a tradition we have. However, I was in the biscuit aisle in Sainsbury's last week trying to decide which ones to buy that wouldn't be too bad for us, when I saw their basics Shortbread fingers. They really stand out with their bright orange and white packaging and I was tempted to pick up the packet for a look.

                      Now I am not a fan of food basic ranges in any supermarket as I always assume that they have more fat and sugar than the normal ranges to make up for lack of other ingredients. However, on comparing the fat and sugar content to another leading brand I was pleasantly surprised .... both sugar and fat and calories were lower in the basics biscuits. I, therefore, decided to give them a chance and popped them in my basket. I have to say that the price was also an attraction - 12p for 10 biscuits!

                      On arriving home I opened the packaging and tried one of the biscuits. It tasted very similar to other more expensive shortbreads - nice and buttery, just sweet enough with a slight hint of lemon. The biscuits are a decent size (oblong) and in fact tasted so nice that I had to stop myself having two. It may be that if eaten alongside one of the more traditional makes there may be a difference in quality but eaten alone it definitely has a good taste and texture.

                      I then took them out of the packet and put them into a biscuit tin so that I could test if the rest of family noticed my cheap skate ways. Apart from being surpised at getting shortbread when it wasn't Christmas they were none the wiser and when I came clean my husband said that he would eat them again.

                      A note on the calories etc:

                      per 100g per biscuit
                      Cal 81kCal
                      Fat 4.4g
                      Sat Fat 0.6g
                      Sugar 2.0g
                      Salt 0.2g

                      I would definitely buy these again as I thought they tasted very good and the price is also brilliant!

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                        an ok biscuit

                        Ever since I have been reading about the great prices and quality of Sainsbury's Basics range of biscuits, I have been finding my trolley has been breeding packets of biscuits. Our household doesn't usually buy biscuits due to the fact we eat them too quickly, so this revelation probably isn't one for the good of our household. However, we are still buying them because the prices are too good to resist.

                        Each Christmas I would always buy a packet of shortbread as it's my favourite biscuit. When I saw the basics range for the bargain price of 12p, I had to see how they were going to compare to my Christmas luxury treat.
                        Packaged in the trademark white and orange packaging, these biscuits are shapes as fingers and packed tightly inside the wrapping.
                        As with all these biscuit wrappers I would recommend placing them in an air tight container once opened to prevent them from going stale too soon. That is if they last that long.

                        The biscuits themselves are a decent thickness for the price. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but they looked very similar to any others I have previously bought. Appearance wise they were shaping up nicely and had I have placed them on a plate they wouldn't have looked like the poor man's biscuit at all.
                        There did appear to be a slight lack of glistening from the sugar that coats some other brands, but without this they still didn't look out of place.

                        Taking my first bite into the biscuit, I was met with a crumbly texture. Described on the packet as a rich and buttery biscuit, the flavour came across with a slight buttery flavour, but nothing compared to how it was described.
                        The texture of the biscuit once in my mouth was quite thick and condensed. This meant that nothing was going to dissolve in my mouth too quickly. I do like my shortbread to almost melt when you chew it. This one required a bit more work to get the same result.
                        Once I had eaten a whole biscuit, I was left with a slight aftertaste in my mouth. I think this was down to the lack of sweetness from the sugar, as I found out when eating that these biscuits definitely didn't have enough sugar included in them or placed on the top. This was definitely where the money saving was made in these biscuits which was a shame as it does affect the flavour quite a bit.

                        Overall they are an ok biscuit to eat, and added to a dessert they could be lovely and perhaps even with some added sugar. Despite the lack of flavour, they were still quite moreish as a snack. I found I reached for them when I was actually hungry rather than when I needed something sweet to munch on.
                        Each biscuit will provide you with 81 calories and 4.4.grams of fat. This makes these biscuits very bad for you as you can easily eat a few in one sitting.
                        For the price you can't go wrong.

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                        22.07.2009 00:13
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                        good value for a mere 30p.

                        Sainsburys basics Shortbread fingers.


                        The Package **********

                        This is another great product from Sainsburys Basic range, thats cheaper products because of the basic package it comes in.


                        The wrapping, white with easy to open plastic no fancy packaging. The usual writing of the product written in red, with a picture of a shortbread finger with one broken in half and a whole one.

                        Best before date on the front of the package 16 jan 2010 so lasts a long time, but they usually go before that lol. Each biscuit provides 81 calories, and fat at 4.4g, total sugars 2.0g, and salt at 0.15g.

                        These biscuits are suitable for vegatrians too.

                        On the back there is a freephone telephone number, in case you have any complaints, and they offer a full refund if there is any need to, i really enjoyed these biscuits for a mere 30p, for a whole packet, great value for money.

                        These biscuits were baked nice and cruncy and not burnt, and tasted good, i love to dunk them in a nice cup of tea, as im not really a coffee lover.

                        Allergy Advice*********
                        Not suitable for any nut allergy sufferers. Also these biscuits contain milk and wheat gluten.

                        The Wrapping, is not as yet recycled.

                        Shortbread fingers cheap and basicially wrapped, but nice and sweet and tasted really as a shortbread biscuit should.

                        I was pleasantly suprised by the quality for a cheaper shortbread biscuit.

                        I only brought one packet but will definetely add these to my shopping list at Sainsburys again.

                        Once openned if you dont eat them all, store in a cool dry place, i store mine in a biscuit barrel, mines shapped like Tweetie pie.

                        The packet contains 160 grams of Shortbread Biscuits.

                        I usually only buy Shortbread Biscuits at Christmas time, but at a mere 30p a packet i will definetely be purchasing these again. I think they will be good to keep in my biscuit barrel for when my children or my grandchildren come to visit.

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                        Not something I'd buy again!

                        My Step-Father loves shortbread biscuits. Why am I telling you this? Cos I bought him a packet of these for 30p in my local Sainsbury's but he got in from work started yelling at me for no reason and in pure defiance I ate the lot with a much needed cuppa shortly afterwards lol.

                        The Packaging:

                        White and bright orange oblong plastic packet with white and orange writing on it telling me that the product is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Shortbread Fingers, 'No Fancy Packaging' (scribble of two of the shortbread fingers is on there too), I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians, the best before date is stamped on and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the packet I'm told how to store the product, contact details for Sainsbury's are given as are recycling details, nutritional information (in full), ingredients and allergy advice is also listed. Very simple packet, informative enough but does look economy opposed to high quality but hey it's the biccies that count so what about them?!

                        The Shortbread Fingers:

                        I got 10 'fingers' in my packet and and they are stacked in two rows of 5, side by side. All are the same size, light golden beige in colour with fork pricks to each. All are quite powdery to the touch and have a stodgy feel to them but they look appealing enough and they are a nice thick size but I did notice no real smell came off these that was tempting.

                        Taste wise they are ok really. A bit too floury for me however creamy enough (though not as creamy as more expensive one's of course) they have a nice sweetness and crunch to them and don't taste crammed full of nasty sweeteners. They are very slightly salty in the mouth and a bit gritty but well seasoned (yep they contain sea salt too).

                        They are robust enough to dunk into hot drinks and they don't scum in cups or fall apart, these are simply a very basic version of shortbread and nothing special in my view. I missed the usual creamy buttery taste however appreciated them not being too sweet for my palette. For me though I'd rather pay more for a little luxury and a smoother less gritty biccie!

                        Allergy Advice:

                        Contains milk & wheat gluten
                        Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.

                        Nutritional Information....Per Biscuit:
                        Calories: 81
                        Fat: 4.4g
                        Saturated Fat: 0.6
                        Salt: 0.15g
                        Total Sugars: 2.0g

                        Only available and exclusive to Sainsbury's costing 30p a packet!

                        This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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