From being a child, I have always loved crumpets. My dad used to make them for me lathered in St. Ivel (can you still get that?!) and I remember loving them so much. While I do usually buy Warbutons Crumpets, Sainsbury's have had them on offer recently so I thought I would give them a go.
For a packet of 8 crumpets you can expect to pay around 69p or 2 packets for £1.20 when on offer. Compared to Warbutons crumpets which are 90p for only 6, this packet does seem like extremely good value.
The crumpets come in a clear plastic packet which either needs to be cut or ripped open. I do find the packet a little hard to open so I have always had to use scissors to get it open. The packet is reminiscent of the Sainsbury's Basics range as the front has the Sainsbury's logo and the name of the product in a bright orange box. The packet also has daily guidelines and a best before date on the front.
The crumpets are roughly 7cm in diameter and are about 2cm thick, which isn't as good as the Warbutons alternative. This particular packet is about the same size as the Warbutons one but you get 2 more crumpets in it which does mean they aren't as big. Other than that though, they look like any other crumpet you can find in the supermarket.
Now comes the taste test. Warbutons have always been my favourite and have found other supermarket alternatives to be nowhere near as good. Unfortunately, I can now say the same for the Sainsbury's version. To cook a crumpet you can either put under the grill for a few minutes or pop them in the toaster. As these are quite thin crumpets, I think they would fit in any toaster. I have one with wide slots and there was plenty of room at the sides. After a couple of minutes, the crumpets were really hot and slightly toasted on the top and bottom. I smothered them with butter and waited for it to melt in a bit.
On the first bite, I wasn't that impressed. The inside of the crumpet was quite dry and nowhere near as soft as my normal brand. The butter appeared to go straight through the holes in the crumpet, rather than soak in which I think is why it tasted quite dry. Maybe this is also due to the crumpets being thinner so there isn't as much for the butter to soak into. Not only were my crumpets quite dry but they really did taste cheap. While they were edible, I just didn't like them as much.
For an extra 20p or so and 2 less crumpets, I'll be sticking to Warbutons from now on.
== Ingredients ==
Wheat Flour, Water, Sugar, Spirit Vinegar, Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate, Potassium Hydrogen Carbonate; Yeast, Fermented Wheat Flour, Salt, Acidity Regulator: Glucono-Delta-Lactone; Preservative: Potassium Sorbate.
I first discovered the magical taste sensation of crumpets a few years ago, I am not one for eating breakfast first thing in the morning and a crumpet would definitely be too heavy for me until about 11ish. I hadn't had crumpets for years, and this morning since my daughter was at her mums for the weekend I decided to live life on the edge! I went to the betting shop and stuck all my football bets on and thought I would try out the new Sainsburys that's opened right across the road from my house...hmmm what do I fancy? Pizza? No, too early, Bacon? That has many possibilities...then I spotted them...two packets of Sainsburys Crumpets for a £1, what a bargain 16 crumpets for £1, just over 6p a crumpet!!! Tea and crumpets, taking a walk on the wild side on a Saturday morning.
==What is a Crumpet==
Crumpets are a 7cm diameter, 2cm thick savoury cake, baked in a griddle. They can be served with various toppings such as jam, bacon, honey, butter etc.. I usually prefer margarine on mine, nice and simple.
Wheat, flour, water, sugar, spirit vinegar, raising agents, disodium, diphosphate, potassium, hydrogen carbonate, fermented wheat flour, yeast, salt, acidity regulator, preservative: potassium sorbate.
Per crumpet: Energy 92 kcal, 0.6g fat, 0.1g saturated fat, 1.7g sugars, 0.46g salt
Contains wheat gluten.
You can either pop them under the grill for 3-4 minutes(turning over half way) or stick them in the toaster for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, I usually grill mine as my toaster can be a bit temperamental, at least by grilling I know my crumpets are getting an even heat.
I absolutely loved my Sainsburys Crumpets and tea this morning, I had three of them; crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, dripping with margarine, they were lovely. I would definitely buy more in the future, as they are suitable for freezing, as long as you use them within the month and I'm sure between myself and my daughter we would manage that no problem. I have tried other different brands of crumpets and these are on a par with them, nothing out of the ordinary, just a plain decent crumpet. At 6p a crumpet they are a definite bargain!
I am a massive crumpet fan, have been ever since my mum introduced them to me at the age of 11. The crispy, warm goodness with creamy butter all melting gloriously through those delightfully delicate holes. Pulling them apart to reveal their lush spongey centres all ooozing with butter... and each time I pop them in the toaster I'm reminded of the smell of Mum baking fresh bread rolls when I was a child.
Unfortunately these crumpets don't have the same effect on me. They're thin, and totally flavourless. Crisping them up in the toaster, basically turns them into tasteless pieces of cardboard. There's none of the yeasty note that some of the branded names (noteably Warburtons which are my absolute favourite) have as you bite into them. Nor the thickness that my favourite crumpets have. These just don't have any character at all. Even with the very best spread on them does absolutely nothing for them.
Bland, thin, tasteless. Not worth it, even when they're on special offer. You'll be better off buying a branded name because then you'll really appreciate just how fantastic and memory evoking such small wonderous delights crumpets can really be.
I haven't bought crumpets for quite a while as I have always thought of them to be too much extra to eat at breakfast. However as I have given up snacking for lent, I have decided that I need to make each meal count and so I have added crumpets to my breakfast. I decided to buy a pack of 12 from Sainsburys as they were just under £1, which seems very good value to me.
The 12 pack comes in a light orange plastic wrapper that has the product name on it and all the product information. On the top there is a clear plastic window that allows you to see the crumpets inside. The pack is 30cm x 7cm x 10cm so it is quite noticeable on the shelf and it was partially the size that drew me too it. Through the plastic you can see 12 crumpets stacked in 3 piles of 4.
Each crumpet measures 1.5cm deep and 8cm in diameter, which is a nice size and is generally the norm for shop bought crumpets. The crumpets are all lightly golden brown on top and then a light beige colour round the edges. There are lots of holes on the top that go into the crumpet and this gives it a soft and squidgy texture.
I normally toast mine for 3 minutes which makes them nice and hot and also a little bit crispy. I then spread a bit of butter over each which melts quickly into the holes. They are then ready to eat! They are firm enough to pick up but when you bite into them they have a soft squidgy texture that needs a little bit of chewing. I find that the melted butter can go everywhere if you are not careful with these which can get a bit annoying. I find that these crumpets have a slightly crispy rim to the base which is really nice. The rest of the crumpet is soft and squidgy.
I have really got back into these over the last week as I really like the taste of them and the most important thing is that they leave me feeling fuller for longer when combined with a cereal for breakfast. On the wrapper they say that you should try these toasted with scrambled egg on top. I am definitely going to give this a try soon! For the price these are excellent value for money for good quality crumpets from a reputable supermarket.
Health wise the are reasonably good. Per crumpet there are 86 calories, 0.3g of fat, 0.56g of salt and 1.8g of sugar. I would highly recommend that you try these as they are very nice in comparison to other cheaper and more expensive crumpets that I have tried. Overall I am going to give these 5/5 as they have become a great part of my daily routine that is stopping me from feeling hungry for longer.
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Given the choice of toast or crumpets for breakfast I will take the latter everytime! Not just because I love them but because they are so filling and much tastier than the average slice of toast. Even as a child when my nan gave me them and long before I actually knew exactly what they were I have loved them and even now after learning how to make them I have never managed to produce anything that resembles in either look or taste of that you can buy in the shops and so much as I love baking and cooking I have decided to retire my crumpet making skills (or lack of!).
My main supermarket of choice is Tesco mainly because it is the closest supermarket to my home and I have always, as a matter of course brought Tesco own brand crumpets. They are not as good as the Warbutons or Kingsmill ones admittedly but until now I though they were pretty decent. Last week I did my main shop at Sainsburys (I had vouchers to use there) and decided to try their basic version.
The first thing I noticed was that these crumpets, although part of their Basic range actually look far more superior and much better quality than Tesco's and they are ligher in colour (no burnt looking areas) and were much plumper. They also had the same universally round shape (Tesco version always look a wee bit squashed into the wrapper). They are quite thick, just over a centimeter, possibly slightly more and fit perfectly into my toaster (a few more milimeters and it would have to be a grill job). When finished they had held their shape really well and managed to retain an almost perfect crumpet consistency, crispy on the outside and soft fluffy, spongey center. Their taste was much better as well, no burnt after taste.
Without any question these crumpets are of a much higher quality than Tescos and considering they are "basic" they are really good value for money. I for one am now a convert. In Sainsbury's a pack of eight basic crumpets is 59pence. I brought last week on promotion for two packs for £1.00.
wheat flour, water, dextrose, vinegar, raising agents: sodium hydrogen carbonate, disodium diphosphate; salt, yeast, acidity regulator: glucono-delta-lactone; preservative: potassium sorbate
Nutritional (per crumpet):
calories 86, protein 2.7g, carbohydrates 18g, sugars 1.8g, starch 16.2g, fat 0.3g, saturates 0.1g, monosaturates 0.1g, polyunsaturates 0.1g, fibre 1.2g, salt 0.56g, sodium 0.22g
Suitable for home freezing. Contains wheat gluten
I love crumpets, especially for breakfast, and I usually buy Warburtons, but they didn't have any left so I thought I would try these instead.
I am usually a massive fan of Sainsburys basics range but these did not live up to the standard of other brands.
These crumpets cost 57p for 8 or 79p for 12. I only got 8 as I just wanted to try them out, and I thought for that price it's woth a go, and the Warburtons cost 74p for just 6.
The crumpets are very limp before toasted, they are nowhere near as thick as Warburtons and they look quite cheap. When toasted they didn't look much better. They toasted well, and didn't take very long, and the top of them went a bit crunchy, which I like, but you can avoid if you toast them for less time, but the most disappointing part was the texture. Although they were a bit crispy on top the middle was so stodgy, I found them really hard to eat. Even with a bit of butter spread on them, they were still really hard going. They didn't really have any taste either, which I found a bit strange too, I really didn't like them at all.
I have tried the sainsburys own muffins and they are excellent, so I was really disappointed that these were so below par.
These crumpets are indeed cheaper, but they are so stodgy and tasteless, and look limp and lifeless when you get them out the packet so they are not worth the saving.
This is one of products where I just can't compromise so I wont be buying these again.
I am always looking for ways to save money on my weekly shop and one of the best ways for me to do this is swap named brand items for own brand items. I normally shop in tescos, for my main weekly shop, but sometimes at the weekend I am passing Sainsburys so I pop in to buy some bits and pieces for lunch. The other day when I popped in they had some Sainsburys crumpets in the front of the shop on sale which made a nice change for lunch so I picked them up.
I really like crumpets, but I had never tried Sainsburys own ones before. The crumpets came in a large pack so I split them and we had half fresh for our lunch and I put the others in a plastic bag in the freezer. The packaging did not appear to be recyclable which is a bit of a downside as I like to be green where I can,
We cooked the crumpets under the grill which didn't take much time at all and gave a nice crispy top and made the insides all warm. The butter melted easily when spread on the top and they tasted absolutely delicious. They did not freeze well, it tasted like some water had got into them and it made the insides soggy, even when cooked which was not nice.
I would definitely recommend these if you can eat them fresh. Next time I will just put the other half in the fridge and make sure I eat them the next day rather than freeze them.
Freezing excluded they were lovely crumpets for a good price!
I love crumpets! They make such a nice change to having toast in the mornings, especially in winter when your carving something a bit more filling. They make the ultimate comfort food with me, especially when you spread them with loads of butter! Yum!
~~ The price ~~
I brought a pack of 12 crumpets in Sainsburys the other day for 79p! You can get a pack of 8 for around 60p as well, which I think is very reasonably priced, as a pack usually lasts a few days.
~~ The packaging ~~
The packaging is quite basic, and it works quite well. The crumpets sit on a little cardboard tray, piled in groups of 4. This is then wrapped in an outer plastic packet. The plastic, is bright orange in colour, with a picture of a tea pot on the front. On the top of the packet is a clear window, so you can see the crumpets inside.
~~ The product ~~
Each crumpet is about 8cms across, and about 1.5cms thick, so a decent size. The crumpets are cooked to a light brown colour, with lots of little holes on the top.
To cook the crumpets, I just place them under a grill for about 4 minutes, and make sure I turn them over half way through. You can also just pop them in the toaster, which is much easier, but you may need to put them down again if they are not cooked enough.
I love crumpets with just butter. They have a lovely spongey texture, and when you spread them thickly with butter, it will melt down through the holes, so you can taste it with every bite. The top section is quite soft, and the base of the crumpet is quite hard, which provides good texture in your mouth.
They are also very versitile with the amount of toppings, you can have them with slices of cheese, which is very nice. Or with jam, or honey etc!
They are also great with cooked breakfasts, if you toast them and then top them with scrambled egg.
They make a great breakfast, and I find if I have two of these in the morning, they fill me up until lunch, and I don't get any hunger pangs.
~~ Nutritional information ~~
Calories - 86
Carbohydrates - 18g
Sugar - 1.8g
Fat - 0.3g
Saturated fat - 0.1g
Salt - 0.56g
I am very pleased with that, they are very low fat and also low in calories too. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
~~ Ingredients ~~
Wheat flour, water, dextrose, vinegar, raising agents: sodium hydrogen carbonate, disodium diphosphate, salt, yeast, acidity regulator: glucono- delta- lactone, proservative: potassium sorbate.
~~ My verdict ~~
A tasty, filling, low fat snack. Great for breakfast or tea. Can be used with sweet or savory toppings.
I LOVE crumpets and these ones from Sainsburys are yummy, they are only 75p for 8 crumpets and that's a bit of a bargain because they've got a delish flavour and are deffo the nicest supermarket ones.
The crumpets are thinner than the ones I get that are made by Warburtons and that bugged me the first time but the flavour is deffo there and the still have a gorgeous texture.
They don't take long to grill and the top goes lovely and brown when they're done, they don't burn unless you're stupid and leave them under for too long not like Kingsmill crumpets that go from pale to black dead quick! lol
These Sainsburys ones soak the butter up lovely and that brings the taste out even better. It's hard to describe the taste of a crumpet because it's just like bread...... but loads better!!! These ones are have got big air bubbles in and that helps the butter melt all the way through the crumpet. They are chewy and delish with a doughy taste that turns buttery the more butter you add to it! lol
They're nice with butter or marmalade on them as well, the jam goes warm and that's delish! My sister love chocolate spread on crumpets but that doesn't do anything for me because it makes them waaaaaay too sickly for me.
Each crumpet has got 86 calories and that's less than a normal sized slice of bread so if you're sensible with your toppings then this is a more filling alternative to bread. Not for me though because it's got to be LOADS of butter and that's no good at all!!! lol
8 crumpets costs 57p and Sainsburys also sell the same ones in packs of 12, I buy the 8 pack because it's hard to even get through them before they start going stale but the good thing about crumpets is they haven't got to be dead fresh for them to still taste yummy after they've been toasted. You can freeze them as well and that's handy because they are quite often on special offer where you can buy 2 packs for £1.00.
**BEFORE I START MY REVIEW PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT SAINSBURY'S BASIC CRUMPETS AND DOOYOO HAVE DIRECTED ME TO WRITE HERE - THANK YOU**
Sainsbury's Basics Crumpets
I have not had crumpets in ages so when I saw these while searching out some pancakes in Sainsbury's recently, I quickly threw a pack in my trolley. My son had recently tried crumpets for the first time at a relatives house while he was having breakfast there and apparently enjoyed them.
Each pack of 6 crumpets cost around 31p and this brand is only available at Sainsbury's.
We both had eggs on crumpets, Jakes scrambled, mine fried, with a little grated cheese, the following day for brekky.
Each crumpet contains 75 calories and 0.3g of fat, oh and 15.5g of carbohydrate if you take interest in that factor. I think this is a pretty decent start to the day, two crumpets, two eggs and a tiny smattering of cheese.
These crumpets look as good as any other, flat, round, just over 1cm thick and covered in that holely appearance they have on the top. I loved these and would definitely buy them again if I was back in Sainsbury's (although I don't go often).
They are filling and tasty covered in butter and clearly do not have to be restricted to breakfast time.
A versatile food, at great value.
Crumpets are something terribly english, perfect with a cup of tea. I'm not a massive fan of stodgy food but when it comes to winter you just want something that is going to fill you up and crumpets certainly do the job. I was working on another of my culinary masterpieces this morning when I felt hunger pangs creeping up on me. I raided the bread bin and found the last 2 Sainsbury's crumpets lurking in the corner, so I popped them in the toaster and got on with my cooking. These come in packets of 8 at a cost of 57p, although we got them for 44p as they were going out of date that day :)
A few short minutes later, up they popped and I smothered them in Clover and goldn syrup. They projected a delicious smell around the kicthen as they cooked and they felt nice and soft when they popped up, not at all rubbery or hard on the bottom as some of the cheaper ones can. This also depends on how long you wish to cook them for.
As I bite into the first one, it oozes a mix of creamy Clover and golden syrup into my mouth. The crumpet texture itself is soft and spongey and abaorbs the sweet liquid mix really well, with only a little bit left to wipe up on the plate afterwards. The crumpets are quite deep and flavoursome, not too deep like some other brands and not too thin and compact. The mixture was nicely filled with holes and the texture was perfection, it held together well and fell apart nicely in your mouth. I wished that there were more than 2 left although it's probably best for my figure that there weren't!
The nutritional value per crumpet is as follows:
Calories - 86
Protein - 2.7g
Carbohydrates - 18g
Fat - 0.3g
Fibre - 1.2g
Salt - 0.56g
Nice and low in fat so it seems! These are a bargain buy and could easily do a family for breakfast one morning. They taste especialy delicious with either golden syrup, maple syrup, real butter, jam or grated cheese on them, well tasty! Highly recommended with a good cuppa aswell. They are much better quality supermarket branded crumpets than I have tried from other places and not too thick like the Warburton ones are, in my opinion. Perfect thickness and perfect consistency :)
The humble crumpet, delicious, moreish and quintessentially English. What could be nicer than a cup of tea and a few crumpets.
The history of the crumpet goes back an astonishingly long way, all the way back to our Anglo Saxon forefathers who cooked them on a griddle. Back then they were more of a hard pancake, it wasn't until the victorians came along that the crumpet as we'd recognise it today was born.
A good crumpet is covered with numerous and deep holes, made by adding extra baking powder to the yeasty crumpet mix. The holes are essential to the crumpets appeal as they soak up any liquidious substance thats placed on them. Whether that be Jam, Marmalade or my absolute favourite a good salty butter.
The network of tiny holes also gives the crumpet its distinct texture, lovely and spongy.
They are as easy as pie to prepare (well easy as toast anyway), simply whack them in the toaster or if you prefer under the grill and wait until piping hot. You can then smother away with anything you care to mention.
The origins of the word itself are fascinating. Some ruminate that the word is a corruption of crumpled referring to the crumpets mottled appearance. Others suggest the name comes from the thin flat celtic cake known as Breton Krampoez. Whoever knew there was so much to know about our dear friend the crumpet.
I absolutely adore these things and reckon that a lot of us Brits must as millions are manufactured and sold in supermarkets and shops throughout our fair land everyday.
I have only one tiny complaint about them, they can get really stodgey making your chest feel like it's going to explode but its nothing a swift sip of tea won't cure, its one tiny gripe with what is otherwise a fantastic product.
If you haven't already tried a crumpet for yourself well then you haven't lived baby, go out and try one for yourself, I gaurantee you won't be disappointed.
The Sainsbury's variety are excellent, I have come accross many varieties over the years in the pursuit of finding the perfect crumpet and I must say I think I've found it in Sainsburys. They have a good amount of holes and while still gaggy (the unavoidable bane of the crumpet fancier) they are far less so than many other varieties I've had.
Well was given a packet of these from my daughter, and they are really good value for money.
Now the colder weathers reering its ugly head, its time to have something a little bit more filling on these cold mornings, or you can eat as a snack any time of the day really.
See through plastic pack, Sainsbury's Crumpets on the front.Fairly easy to open, not the posher crumpets, but they are so good.
The Taste **********
They really are lovely, i like to have a bit of utterly butterly, or any sort of butter really goes well with these crumpets.
On the packet it tells you to place these crumpets on a grill pan, for four minutes turning halfway through. Im quite lazy so tend to pop mine into my pop up toaster until i think they are ready enough for my liking, guess we all like them cooked to different colours, i dont like mine to be cooked too brown, but then i dont appreciate them too white looking either.
They are lovely and are like little sponges to look at, or the equivelent of bread with aero holes in if you know what i mean if you have eaten crumpets you will know what im talking about, if not then they are basically little holes, that allow the butter, or topping to seep through.
My daughter likes her crumpets with butter, then marmite.
My grandaughter has peanut butter on hers.
The other one likes butter and strawberry jam, or mixed fruit jam on hers.
I like mine plain with just a good bit of butter on them. Corr writing this i really fancy one now lol. Oh and my grandson said that he likes chocolate spread on his sounds good aye.
I think the secret to eating a good crumpet is to have it warm but not so hot that all the butter runs off, and you dont see it, it does melt on top of the crumpets if you leave them so hot, then you feel like you dont have a lot of topping, so your going to add more, or you bite into them and you get covered with loads of melted butter.
The Prices **********
In Sainsbury's you can buy eight of these delicious crumpets for a mere 57p, thats Sainsbury's own crumpets, they also do a packet of basic crumpets for 26p, just different taste, shapes and sizes, i prefer the Sainsbury's own brand ones, as i like to pay a little bit more, as dont like hard crumpets. You can also get 12 of these crumpets for 67p, thats a bit of a bargain, or two packets for £1.00 when on offer.
I know that my mum and dad, eat crumpets my dad has honey on his, and my mum has butter, yes i know ive been making it my job to find out these things, as its useful not only for my review, but also gives you an insight on what to put on your crumpets.
Eitherways you eat yours, and whatever you put on yours, im sure that you would find them to be a really nice snack, or breakfast treat.
contains, fat 0.3g cals 75 and a trace of saturated fat.
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If I was writing a school report for a crumpet, then the Sainsburys crumpet would be top of the class without a doubt. I'm afraid to report that the Basics range would be sitting in the naughty corner with a dunce hat on, and the Taste the Difference range would be contemplating the fact that, in being too expensive (89p for 6) for a common-or-garden crumpet and coming in at a whopping (for a crumpet) 1 gram of fat each, they have let me, the school and most of all themselves down...
Good effort, Sainsburys crumpets. At 57 pence for 8 and only 0.3 g fat each, you are very good value for money and a healthy option, (provided you don't slather yourselves with butter and jam, boys. I'm trusting you). Best of all you taste damn good. You let your taste do the talking, sound in the knowledge that with sheer hard work and perseverance you would come to our notice. You didn't need to shout about it. You just knew. I'm welling up here. Stand up, crumpets, take a bow.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how a crumpet should look and taste. You can forget those Warburton boys at the posh school with their fancy ways and their airs and graces. For my money (all 57 pence of it, and by the way, these little fellas are currently 2 for £1) you won't do much better than a Sainsburys crumpet.
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These crumpets are usually a weekend treat after the monotonous days of bland toast and cereal with too little milk so that you save enough for coffee later in the day.
I douse these crumpets in excessive amounts of butter, jam, cream cheese and chocolate spread. Therefore, I suppose that by themselves they are not so nummy a delicacy. But for such a low price you could hardly expect a cloud of heaven. However combined with various topping and toasted for exactly 4 minutes they are absolutely blissful. What you must never do is toast them for less than this amount of time, for even the slightest bit of rubbery crumpet ruins the entire experience. If however, you get it exactly right, there is a crisp and soft texture to them and you could end up eating the whole pack in one session.
So there you have it. 4 minutes in the toaster and slather with what you will.