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      29.08.2012 12:13
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      Asda caramel shortcake mini bites

      .* INTRODUCTION *.

      When I was doing my monthly shop I was on the lookout for something different something sweet but not sickly, so I was browsing the biscuit and cake isle, nothing was taking my fancy until I came across these tempting little bites. I decided to place 2 packs into my trolley as they were on offer, and I wasn't disappointed, now these are aprt of my shopping list. Let me tell you more.

      .* WHAT ARE THEY? *.

      They are exactly what they say on the container, caramel shortcake mini bites. There are 22 in the container, and are bite size so ideal for lunch boxes, snacks and even for people on diets. Each bite consists of a shortcake biscuit on the base, not dry and very crispy but soft at the same time, just how shortcake should be, and then topped with a decent amount of caramel, smooth and soft but not overpowering, then topped with smooth milk chocolate, and they taste delicious. People reading this might think they are sickly but they aren't, they can be very Moorish, but 2 would be enough for me, as I don't have much of a sweet tooth.

      I have to say these ingredients work well with one another and provide a nice tasty biscuit, suitable for anyone with a sweet tooth. As I mentioned above they are not sickly although that can depend on the amount you eat, they can be kept in the fridge or in a cupboard it doesn't really matter. I usually keep mine in the fridge and doesn't alter the taste or the biscuit in anyway, meaning they don't go dry.

      .* PACKAGING *.

      The mini bites come in a see through plastic container, that as a lockable lid, to ensure the freshness of the bites. On top of the container you have information o the ingredients, what they are, and the amount in the container. You don't have to keep them in this container you can always transfer them to a biscuit tin.

      .* AVAILABILITY AND PRICE *.

      I bought these from my local asda, at the offer price of 2 for £3.50, without the offer they are normally priced at £1.99, which is a little expensive for some people, but they are delicious so worth the money spent. You can buy these at other supermarkets I would of thought and probably for the same price. Keep an eye out though because they do have offers on them quite a lot.

      .* FINAL THOUGHTS *.

      I have to say these are part of my shopping list now, they are very tasty in my opinion, not sickly, reasonable priced, and I wish I had the recipe to make them myself. My lad loves these too, and will be having 1 or 2 in his lunch bag when he returns to school. Be careful though you eat too many could result on your waistline getting larger :)

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        23.05.2011 13:28
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        5/5 a perfect little treat.

        As usual, whilst doing the food shop, I'm always on the lookout for a bargain. I always check the Sainsbury's website so I can make a note of offers to pick up along with my usual shop. Having a bit of a sweet tooth and noticing Sainsbury's tubs of baked biscuits, flapjacks, cookies and brownie bites all on offer for two for £2.50 I just could resist making a note to take advantage of the offer. When I got in store I was pleased to see a good variety of delicious goodies, each box with about 18-22 bites in which are usually priced at about £1.50 a box. I decided to pick up a tub of Caramel Shortcake Bites along with Caramel and Chocolate Crispy bites, and after nearly devouring the whole box of gorgeous little shortcake treats I thought it was about time I was good and reviewed them.


        These 22 little bites come in a clear plastic cube container; it's a bit flimsy but does the job of holding the 320g of biscuits. However, once the tub is open, although it does click back into place it isn't very airtight and I transferred the bites into a Tupperware container as I didn't want them drying out. Each shortcake bite is about one inch square and is just the right size for a mouthful and you really feel like you've had a treat without over- indulging. When opening up the tub the lovely sweet smell hits you and I couldn't wait to tuck in.


        The little bites really are a tasty little treat, the bottom half of the bite is the shortcake, which is lovely and rich, and it's quite crumbly without being dry and has got a lovely flavour. The top half of the bite is a layer of caramel, which is deliciously sweet and a top layer of milk chocolate. The little bites really do work well, a bite and you're greeted by a lovely mix of flavours and textures, the sticky caramel works so well with the crumbly shortcake and the chocolate quite literally tops the treat off nicely.


        Although there's no nutritional information on the container or online, I'm sure these little treats aren't light on the waistline. However, because they're so small, literally one or two bites they're perfect for anyone trying to cut back but who still need something to satisfy their sweet tooth every so often.


        I would recommend Sainsbury's Caramel Shortcake Bites, they're tasty and just enough to give you a little release of naughty sweet goodness. They're great on offer and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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        23.11.2009 16:35
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        Will not try again !!

        Sainsbury's Caramel Shortcake Bites

        I am a frequent visitor to Sainsbury's and always ensure to peep into its bakery in search of something new. I picked up caramel shortcake bites in my last visit.

        The packaging was mediocre in a niggardly plastic box with ingredient information and other details.

        This one had a great look of crispy biscuits and some chocolaty texture but I am afraid the taste is appalling. It was too much on the sweeter side and the caramel is not of a good quality one as it was rather insipid. I also wonder why Sainsbury's has been tight-fisted to put very less chocolate in this one. I feel really forcing myself to swig them and was really thwarted.

        I would have surpassed the huge fat and sugar content if the taste would have been great but I am sorry to state that this bites even failed my nutritional test both on scale of fat as well as sugar content.

        Last but not the least with a price tag of £1.99 I am definitely trying them again albeit it is on a reduced price when you buy two of them.

        I would vote against this Sainsbury's product and never bother to pick one again.

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        09.09.2009 08:26
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        Sainsbury's Caramel Shortcake Bites

        These Caramel Shortcake Bites were amongst a number of product that my partner and I purchased at Sainsbury's last week.

        Packaging.

        These shortcake bites come in a clear plastic tube which is sealed by means of a single adhesive label. The label contains the weight (320g), best before date and the ingredients.


        Ingredients:

        Caramel (48%): [Sweetened Condensed Milk (from Cows' Milk), Rapeseed Oil, Glucose Syrup, Invert Sugar Syrup, Water, Sugar, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Salt, Stabiliser: Pectin.]
        Biscuit Base (38%): [Rapeseed Oil, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Sugar, Oats, Glucose Syrup, Raising Agent: Sodium carbonate}
        Milk Chocolate (14%): [ Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (from Cows' Milk), Cocoa Mass, Milk Fat (from Cows' Milk), Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Natural Flavouring: Vanilla]


        Nutritional Information per slice {per 100g in brackets}

        Energy kJ: 302kJ {2078kJ}
        kcal: 72kcal {498kcal}
        Protein: 0.7g {5.1g}
        Carbohydrate: 7.0g {48.6g}
        of which sugars: 5.1g {35.1g}
        of which starch: 2.0g {13.5g}
        Fat: 4.6g {31.5g}
        (of which saturates): 0.9g {6.4g}
        mono-saturates: 1.6g {10.7g}
        polyunsaturates: 1.8g {12.3g}
        Fibre: 0.3g {2.4g}
        Sodium: trace {0.18g}
        Equivalent as salt: trace {0.45g}

        Allergy advice: Contains milk, wheat gluten and soya
        This product is suitable for vegetarians
        Not suitable for peanut, nut or nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of the product.


        Price:

        At the time of writing, these are £1.99 per pack, although we bought this and a further product on the current 2 for £3.50 deal at Sainsbury's.


        Taste & Opinion:

        The base tastes exactly as described on the list of ingredients ~ rather like a crumbly biscuit. It's very similar to a digestive in taste. The caramel is sweet, soft and sticky whilst the milk chocolate is smeared rather thinly on top of the other two and also has a sweet taste, but a firmer consistency than the caramel. The three tastes and textures work well together to create a fairly pleasant taste experience but, to be honest, these are nothing to write home about and they're not going to leave you thinking you've just sampled the most tasty, indulgent nibble ever to pass your lips.

        There's obviously a few things allergy sufferers need to be aware of so anyone with any sort of milk, gluten, soya or nut allergy should give these a very wide berth.

        Reading the ingredients it's clear to see that there's a fair amount of fat and sugar in there, but, on the plus side no sweeteners like aspartame and no "E" numbers either. 100g of this products (around 7 bites) will provide you with 35.1g of sugar and 31.5g of fat which is just over one third of the adult RDA for sugar (90g) and half of an adult's RDA for fat (70g) so these are very bad on both the fat and sugar fronts.

        Having tried them once the best thing I can say about them is that they're "ok". There are many other nicer tasting cakes / treats out there that I'll be spending my money on in the future because these didn't turn out to be quite as enjoyable as I hoped they would.

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          25.02.2009 15:52
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          It's good to treat yourself to a few calories once in a while!

          I first spotted these Sainsbury's Caramel Shortcake Bites online in their own Bakery section when searching for treats for young cousins who were coming to visit. It immediately transported me back to my own childhood when Mum used to bake similar delights for me and, indeed, they were favourites with my own children when they were young and I used to bake.

          Some friends, who are a teensy bit critical of my penchant for online shopping, hold that you should always 'see' what you are about to purchase. Looking at these twenty-two little cakes in their clear plastic tray I can almost see their point! I didn't count them; the number was on the label together with the weight, 320g. Fair enough they call them 'bites' but I expected something a little more substantial. They are TINY, not really big enough for the most delicate bite - just a small mouthful, a trifle more than an inch square! Not a lot and, I muse, at £1.99 per pack - that's around 9p per piece, nearly two shillings in old money - not that cheap! But maybe this is a little unfair when I compare them with similar small treats, for example, a pack of Mars funsize bars, exactly the same weight at £2.24. I must get out of the habit of harking back thirty-eight years to pre-decimal days!

          Of course I had to sample them to ensure they were suitable for the young ones and they ARE rather palatable. The fine crumbly shortcake base is topped with a layer of slightly sticky, soft caramel and finished off with thin coating of milk chocolate. Three different flavours and textures all blending together in a melt in the mouth moment!

          But they don't really please as much as I had hoped and are certainly not as good as mother used to make. For a start the base is shortcake (a crispy biscuit mix) not the traditional shortbread (a much richer, more substantial alternative)! Maybe this is a pernickety point but shortbread was the first thing I was taught to make in domestic science lessons (younger readers might not recognise this terminology so for 'domestic science' please read 'home economics'). The ingredients I still know by heart - 3/2/1 plain flour, butter, sugar plus a pinch of salt! Sainsbury's ingredients include whole-wheat flour (okay it's healthier) and sugar but not a mention of butter, just rapeseed oil. The list also includes oats and glucose syrup. What sort of concoction is this? The caramel ingredients look a little more familiar although I am sure Mum never added soya lecithin or emulsifier and it's a much thinner layer than I would have liked as is the chocolate topping. But again I am being unfair in comparing and contrasting shop bought with homemade.

          These really are quite a tasty treat especially if you have nothing to compare them with. The little ones certainly seemed to enjoy them and in that respect they solved one problem for me. One of the three, little Joe, has a serious allergy to eggs so it's difficult to find cakes/biscuits which he and his sisters can both enjoy. These squares are egg free. However they do contain other potential allergens and these are listed as milk, wheat and oat gluten, and soya. Whilst not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to the methods used in their manufacture, they are suitable for vegetarians.

          If anybody really has to know about the nutritional details the information is given here :- http://www.sainsburys.com/groceries/frameset/navigation_frame.jsp
          Okay yes, this little box of delights weighs in at around 1500 calories or about 70 calories per piece but I see these as an occasional treat to be enjoyed rather than analysed! I have now bought these several times and have often seen my diet conscious daughter (who really doesn't like or eat many sweet things) stealing out of the kitchen with a small handful. I have to say I am quite pleased to have found something that tempts her away from her sensible diet occasionally.

          I still prefer the ones Mum makes but it wouldn' t be fair to Sainsbury's to give her recipe away at this juncture. There's simply no comparison. Besides it's in my head, not written down, and I have to check the exact quantities and details with her. But I will disclose her secret soon so watch this space! In the meantime I recommend giving the Sainsbury's version a try but hurry as, at present, they are on special offer at £1.49 per pack and the offer ends on 3rd March.

          In the interests of research I have eaten five pieces whilst writing this - now I must go and work it off. Yeah right! :0)

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