“ Type: Biscuits „
I am revising at the moment and as a student I am always looking for little treats to get me through the work. I don't at all understand how I gain so much weight during the exam period...
However I do get really hungry when I work and I do crave the wrong things. I caved and I bought these for the mere 50p they were. I couldn't leave them on the shelf.
These come in a paper bag with a clear plastic circle so you can see the delicious cookies inside. I love bakery cookies as they are always a little crispy on the outside and nice and soft in the middle. These are no exception. They are slightly crunchy and caramelised on the outside and in the middle they are very soft and sweet. They are not very sweet compared to chocolate ones but like I said they do have a caramel/brown sugar flavour to them. I was also surprised for them to have a strong banana flavour to them and my mum cannot eat them due to this banana flavour. Like most cookies they are quite fatty in flavour and probably should only be eaten as a treat.
If you don't like banana avoid these but otherwise they are a sweet treat and not as sickly as chocolate cookies. For the price and if you're not on a diet they are a must have. I'm sure they will make my revision a little more bearable.
Anyone who knows me, will be aware of the fact I have and have always had a sweet tooth. Not just a sweet tooth, but a love for any form of carb such as cakes, biscuits, breads and cookies. These cookies, from Sainsburys, I bought today and they were half price costing 50p per pack which includes 5 cookies.
Why did I buy these?
As much as my own home baked cookies, in my opinion, are pretty good, myself and my kids really enjoy Sainsburys baked in store varieties. Im not a fan of them all, I much prefer the Taste the Difference White chocolate and raspberry, but these are still a firm favourite and cheaper with an extra cookie included!. With them costing only 50p a pack I had to pick up afew! We have had these numerous times so know exactly what to expect.
How are they packaged?
They come in a paper bag with a circular clear plastic window on the front. Right at the top there is the ' Sainsburys ' logo in small writing, underneath Bakery and then the actual product which is 5 oatmeal and raisin cookies. It states product is baked in store and contains British flour.
On the back it has the best before date, allergy advice and contact details for Sainsburys.
The colouring of the paper bag is orange and brown.
No listing on the packaging or website, just says they are suitable for vegetarians and contains artificial preservatives.
How do they look?
Not completely circular, which gives them a slight home baked feel. Each cookie has a diameter of between 3.5-4 inches. Lightly brown in colour, quite a dimpled look due to the oat content and afew raisins visible throughout.
How do they taste?
Lovely. I personally like my cookies to be soft and gooey, but still hold their shape. I like a slight doughy uncooked feel to it, especially the middle and this is what I get 8 out of 10 times with these cookies. The edges tend to be alittle crisp, and from there going into the middle the texture is soft. Slightly on the chewy side when eating, but the raisins and the oats give a good texture to it and substance.
I don't feel they are too sweet, but the balance is just right as the raisins provide quite abit of sweetness to them. I can taste some form of spice, maybe mixed spice, cinnamon etc so gives an added depth to it and makes the cookie more appealing for me.
Just the right amount of raisins and oats, doesn't feel or taste overpowering with ingredients and both elements really compliment each other and make a very filling snack.
No weird or unusual after taste once consumed. I tend to find eating two leaves me feeling very satisfied and anymore than that would make me feel alittle ill! I maybe greedy but not suicidal!
Would I buy again? Of course, especially at this price which is fantastic. Lovely tasting treat for me and the kids. One packet for us lasts roughly 30 minutes! Be warned.
Though cookies are by nature an unhealthy food, it was whist looking at the bakery counter at Sainsbury's that I came across these cookies that seem to be trying to be healthy cookies for they are Oatmeal and Raisin.
They belong to a range that offers Milk Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Chip. They come in a distinctive orange bag with purple print and a big window so you can see which cookies they are and check they are the right ones as I often find they mis-label the bags. For £1.09, you get five big cookies. Sometimes, you get a 2 packs for £2 offer which is good but you don't save that much.
These cookies are not too soft, but not so hard that you must snap them apart, they are chewy but not to the extent that they take ages to eat and seem to sit just in the right place in the middle. They are full of raisins and generously sprinkled with them and they are lovely and moist which combats the natural dryness of a cookie.
Though you can't say cookies are healthy this is a fantastic combination and they smell great too. Really recommended.
Whilst doing my usual shopping in my local Sainsburys last week, I saw these cookies at the entrance. They were on a buy one get one free offer and looked incredibly yummy, but I resisted the temptation to buy them and carried on sticking to my list, all of a sudden there was an announcement 'delicious in store bakery cookies buy one get one free', ooo they did look nice and were a fabulous bargain but again I resisted, I was almost at the checkout when I walked past the bakery department the smell of freshly baked cookies was too much temptation and I popped two packs into my trolley - here is what I though of them.
What you get - The cookies are freshly baked in store, you get five large biscuits in a pack. When I say large, I do mean large they have a diameter of about 10cm.
They come in a paper bag which is fully recyclable. This packaging is great as the bag can be resealed after taking a cookie out to keep them fresh.
The packet does not contain any nutritional information other than that they are suitable for vegetarians. You can ask a member of the bakery for a list of ingredients and nutritional content if needed. To enhance my enjoyment of the cookies I think I would rather not know the calorie content.
As the cookies are made in store one by one, they are not identical and well they are all a bit misshapen. But I find this unique look lovely and appealing. Some are slightly bigger, some darker where they had been cooked longer and some had more raisins than others but they all looked delightfully yummy.
I found the texture of the cookies changed over time, I had one about an hour after buying it, it was crunchy and very crumbly. When I had one the next day it was very chewy and soft. The taste remained the same they had a very strong raisin taste mixed with the oatmeal it tasted a bit like that porridge that comes with fruit in.
I found that there were a bit too many raisins, I know lots of people would like lots but I thought it gave the cookie too much of a flapjack taste rather than the biscuit flavour I was looking for.
The dunk test - sadly these cookies failed miserably when dunked into a cuppa. They couldn't even withstand a one second dip without quivering.
The cookies have a short shelf life of only two days from when they were made. This wasn't a problem for my household but for some people it might not be ideal especially if they are on a buy one get one free deal.
The cookies are available from all Sainsburys stores that have an in store bakery. You can also order them online at www.sainsburys.co.uk.
They cost £1.00 for a pack of five cookies, which I think is incredible value for money considering their size. If you hurry you might catch the BOGOF deal, you can mix and match with a variety of different flavours.
I nipped out to Sainsbury's this afternoon for my weekly shop, and decided to buy the boyfriend a treat. He loves the oatmeal and raisin cookies from Subway, and since these class as a 'healthy' treat for my favourite sugar and salt addict, I decided to get Sainsbury's own version and hopefully get some oatmeal goodness for him.
At just £1 for five cookies, they are pretty good value for money. They come in a paper bag typical of Sainsbury's baked goods, and the nutritional information is not listed. So you have to ask the staff about the ingredients, calories etc. if you're on a diet or have allergies. I really couldn't be bothered to do that, mainly because the shop was closing in 15 minutes, and I knew Joe wouldn't care anyway, so into my basket they went.
These kinds of cookies from Sainsbury's, Greggs, Subway etc. are usually brought in frozen and then baked in the instore oven, so they taste fresh (and sometimes warm if you're very lucky). Because of this they are often reduced by the evening, and then thrown out if they don't sell - a massive waste in my opinion.
Onto the cookies. They are the big, flattish American style cookies with a crispy top. They smell nice and cinnamon-y, mid brown in colour, and you can see a few raisins peeking out of the top of each one.
I had to sample one just to make sure, you understand, and biting in I found that they were quite a lot thicker than Subway cookies and much crunchier and chewier. They were also much less greasy and took more time to eat. One cookie was definitely very satisfying (though I wanted another not too long after! - but in fairness I hadn't eaten dinner).
The taste is quite rich, and the raisin and oatmeal work well together. I found that there was a good balance of flavours and although this isn't my first choice of flavour, I thought they were really nice.
I had a discussion with Joe about them and he said that he didn't like them as much as the Subway ones because they are much softer. This was the exact reason I preferred Sainsbury's though - they are chewier and last longer, and taste more 'natural' somehow. So I would say that these aren't for everyone, and they are probably crammed full of fat, sugar and chemicals, but they are fairly nice and you could do a lot worse for £1.
Sainsbury's do quite a selection of their own baked cookies. Back when I was able to eat food without a worry, I always asked my mum if I could have some of the supermarket's baked white chocolate chip cookies, or if it was my sister's choice it would always be the milk chocolate chip. But now, because of my eating disorder, I'm unfortunately unable to enjoy these amazing things in life. Hopefully with the help I need I'll be able to recover and in a couple of years be able to enjoy these amazing creations without a care in the world like I used to, because they're seriously worth it!
Anyway, enough about me - you want to hear about these amazing cookies. And they really are amazing! I tried these around a year ago, and yesterday my mum made me have one after my dinner due to a diet plan I have to unfortunately now have without a say.
Sainsbury's Oatmeal & Raisin cookies come in packs of five - which I've always thought was a strange amount, and I still think that they'd be better sold in packs of four. Not only because it's an even number, but because of the short shelf-life date. These cookies should be eaten atleast a day or two after they've been purchased, otherwise they won't be worth eating because they won't have the same taste or texture.
They are now sold in an orange coloured bag, and the little bag is sealed with a sticker, with the barcode and name of the product on it. On the front of the bag, there is a see-through window, which allows you to see the cookies inside. From outside, they appear to have lots of raisins in, and an uneven texture, but this all adds to the lovely look of them. They look really good and in no doubt tempt you to buy them. Above the see-through window, in white lettering are the words 'Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies', and in the bottom corner of the bag is a little green icon, indicating that these are suitable for vegetarians. Yay! Unfortunately they don't contain any nutritonal information on the back, which is good for me because I'm not allowed to read that anyway, but bad if you want to know the contents if you're keeping an eye on your weight or if you're just curious. As far as I know, they don't list the ingredients either, but they do warn allergy sufferers that they may contain nuts. So if you are an allergy sufferer, they may not be suitable for you!
Anyway, onto the actual cookie itself. When you take it out, the smell of the cookie is insanely good. There is definately a subtle hint of oat, but overpowering that smell is something you wouldn't expect if it's your first time trying them - ginger! They definately smell of ginger, and although this isn't to be expected, it definately makes them more interesting. And in my opinion, it adds to them perfectly.
Exactly like when they were inside of the bag, they do have that uneven texture on them, and they're not in perfect circles like other shop-bought cookies/biscuits. Obviously, this adds to be just-baked look and it's actually a really good thing. You can clearly see oats in the cookies, and juicy-looking raisins that are actually bigger than you expect. There is a generous amount of these, but thankfully not too much :)
When you first bite the cookie, you realise just how chewy and moist they are. This is great and I wouldn't expect or want them to be any different texture. Just like the smell, there's definately that strong-tasting ginger there, so if you don't like ginger, I don't think these would be the right cookies for you. The raisins are really juicy, and seem pretty fresh and go perfectly with the whole cookie. The outside of the cookie is harder, still soft, but harder than the middle of the cookie. The middle part is my favourite part, as it's the chewiest part and I love this texture of it.
Overall, I think these cookies are great for having when you're feeling particularly hungry. Maybe it's because I have a small stomach, but I couldn't eat more than one. They're not that big, just baked-cookie size, but one is just enough to satisfy a craving. If you like the taste of oats, raisins, ginger and perhaps honey, then these are definately for you because you can taste them all, and they all balance out each other perfectly. Usually they sell for 99p a bag, but they are often on special offer or buy one get one free - I think this is because they really don't last long at all. So next time you go into Sainsbury's, take a look at them and give them a try. I highly recommend them!
I often buy Cookies like this in Asda and Tesco as well. Although I like to buy the normal Biscuit packs, I like the idea of Fresh Baked Cookies as well, and although it is mroe expensive to buy this way, it makes a nice change.
The packaging isn't that exciting, but it adds to the home made style of it kind of. The pack is a thick paper bag, which is folded over at the top and sealed with a sticky label. Once you break the label it is still easy enough to keep this folded over though. There is a small see through panel on the front and you see the Biscuits easily through this. The pack is a medium red colour and it has the Sainsbury's brand name on it. The Oatmeal and Raisin writing is quite small on the pack, I would have thought it would have been a bit larger.
You get 5 in a pack and they cost £1.05. The Biscuits are quite large, and at Sainsbury's prices it doesn't seem that bad for what you get.
The Biscuits are quite crumbly, but of a good texture. They don't all break up when bitten into, and they taste Oaty, Sweet and are well dotted with Raisins through them. They taste home made, and I know they will be massed produced, but they don't taste it.
There is no Nutritional Information on the pack, which I would have thought thesedays that every product should have had that on it, as you can bet these aren't that good for you, but everything in moderation and all that!
A lovely Biscuit treat.
You know, I really should stop myself buying biscuits every time I go to Sainsburys, but these oatmeal and raisin cookies are just that bit special, so it's really difficult to not buy them. They are freshly baked in store, and you will find them with all the other freshly baked products and there is always wafting a very tempting smell!
These cookies come packaged in bags of five (which always strikes me as a very odd number - I mean who is going to have the last one?) and are presented in an attractive red paper bag with a window at the front so you can see exactly what you are getting. There are other cookies in this range including milk chocolate and white chocolate cookies, but the oatmeal and raisin ones are by far my favourites!
They have a very rustic appearance and because they are made in store they are not perfect round circles and I like this about them. They look more like home made biscuits. Also the texture is very uneven, again contributed to by the just baked feel!
Now because they are baked in store you are never quite sure whether they are going to taste the same as last time, but generally the bakers are pretty consistent. Usually, the consistency when you bite into it is delightfully chewy. It's a really good texture for this type of biscuit which also adds to the rustic feel. Occasionally I have been disappointed because the biscuits are slightly harder to bite into but generally I love this consistency.
The taste is also pretty superb. There are no ingredients listed on the packaging but the main tastes I can detect are obviously the oatmeal and the raisins but I think there's also a trace of honey in there which I love. The oaty taste is not too overpowering and the raisins are plentiful, large and incredibly tasty. The combination of the ingredients and the consistency all work together so well.
As well as not listing any ingredients, there are also not any nutritional values which is a shame but I suppose it's because each cookie is unique they cannot be exct. You can probably guess though that the calories and the fat content are not likely to be low enough to make it into any controlled diet! Perhaps I'm better off not knowing! I did go to Sainsbury's website to see if I could find any more information but there wasn't any. The only other bit of information that I could glean from the packet is that they are suitable for vegetarians.
Because they are freshly baked, they don't seem to have a very long shelf life. You will normally have to eat them within a couple of days of buying them - what a shame! However, because of this, quite often if I pop into Sainsburys in an evening I will find them selling at about half price which is a great bonus! Normally they sell at 99 pence for a packet of five, although quite often there's a two for £1.50 offer. Even at 99 pence a packet though, I think these are really good value for suach an incredibly tasty biscuit!
There is just one little secret I have as to why I buy these - my daughters are not very keen on fruity biscuits so they actually don't want any which is all the more for me! Don't tell anyone though!