“ Type: Biscuits „
Well I have to say, when I saw the Product Of The Week yesterday was _Sainsbury's Premium Chocolate and Cream Biscuits_, I knew what had to be done.
Weirdly enough, we had these biscuits in our house about three weeks back, however I had only sampled some of them! There were about 6 of them for me still to try.
So yesterday morning we set of to Sainsbury's (much to my persuasion) for the some shopping. My mum decided that she wanted some of Sainsbury's special coffee aswell, so it was settled. Among that, we would be purchasing the biscuits.
I set off in an attempt to find the little delights hidden on a shelf somewhere. I arrived at the biscuit aisle, full of anticipation. I scowered the various biscuits; the plain, the cream, the jam, the organic, the chocolate, and thats when I spotted them...
Sitting in between the larger packs of assorted packs of biscuits, sat a mainly blue packet. On the top of the pack was a delightful picture of the biscuits contained inside. Most of the biscuits were chocolatey, however the ones which were not were either loaded with cream, or filled fully with jam! The picture looked mouth-watering and my little brothers were glad I had decided I wanted them! Underneath the glorious looking picture was the Sainsbury's "logo", and underneath we were told that these were "_Premium Chocolate and Cream Selection_". We are also told that the biscuits are worth 400g, I thought this was quite good for a weight.
Arriving at the check out, we were faced with the cost. On the shelf I hadn't looked to check what the price was and now I was beggining to get a bit anxious. All was okay however when the sum of £2.49 flashed up on the till. They were by no means cheap, however there are some biscuit assortments which will have a more costly price. The biscuits were plopped into the bag and off we set home.
Arriving home, I decided it was time to sample the treats we had purchased in the supermarket earlier. I retrieved the shiny blue wrapper from the cupboard and sat it on the table. I eased open the end of the plastic-type wrapper, which was reasonably easy to do. I peered inside, and pulled out a black tray containing the biscuits. The biscuits were placed in little dimples in the tray, and there were either one or two of each type. The aroma which slipped out was slighty chocolate-like. However it was not very strong, and the smell of shortbread was more clear.
By this time my little brothers had come downstairs to investigate -tuck in to the biccys-! Before I had even had a chance to look at all of the biscuits, one of my brothers had grabbed the jammy-dodger type one. The JAMMY DODGER type biscuit, looked exactly like its comparison, only slightly bigger. The shortbread-biscuit was a light golden colour and the circle in the middle was pressed full of delicious looking jam. As my brother bit into it his face lit up. Apparantly the shortbread was "delicious" and the jam was very sticky and sweet. This one didn't appeal to me all too much so I didnt mind missing out.
I thought I may aswell offer my other brother one before he kicked up a fuss. He picked the biscuit in the gold wrapper. Before he tried it I had no idea what it may of been. He unwrapped it and took a sniff! Before he even told me what he had sensed, I could detect a slight tangy orange smell floating around in the air, and I was convinced it was orange flavoured. I was proved right when my little brother bit into the chocolate coated biscuit. The biscuit had a thin layer of orange cream, and then surrounded in delicious milk chocolate. "Brother" said the biscuit was very sweet and orange creme was quite tangy, but ws very enjoyabled and he wanted another.
Then it was my turn too chose. I knew I'd be having more than one so I didn't spend to much time on deciding which one too have. The first one I picked up was a dinky looking biscuit. Two golden biscuits sandwiched together with a delcious looking white cream filling. Now I am a bit of a fussy eater, and find the need too disect everything before I eat it. So I eased the two peices of yummy looking biscuit and apart, leaving me with one biscuit with a scraping of cream on, and another peice of biscuit with a layer of the glorious looking cream on. First, I took a bite of the biscuit without the cream on. The taste was brilliant. Slightly oaty, yet slightly short-bready, my tastebuds danced. Im also sure I could detect a slight gingerness to the biscuit, however I could be wrong. Once I had polished off the first round disc, I picked up the other one, and scraped a bit of the cream off with my teeth. It was very pleasent- tasting sweet, and resembeling vanilla. Allround this biscuit was scrumtious and I wished I could have indulged in another.
One of the other types I sampled (more like scoffed), was a a ring biscuit, covered in white chocolate, and drizzeled in dark chocolate. I nibbled a bit of the biscuit and sat it on my tongue. The chocolate melted on my tongue, and left me feeling slightly thirsty. The white chocolate was very creamy, and very sweet and resembled a milky-bar slightly. Infact, it was a cross between a miky-bar and a cadbury dream bar. The dark chocolate drizzle was only slightly noticable and tasted more of milk chocolate than dark- much to my delight! The biscuit inside was quite thick and tasted very yummy. This biscuit wasn't as crunchy as the first one I tried, however it wasn't soggy either. Although this biscuit was nice, it wasnt my favourite.
The final biscuit I will describe is the cream sandwich. This was a pretty plain biscuit however the taste was wonderful! Two light coloured biscuits sandwiched together with again, a creamy centre. The biscuits were alot different to the "ginger-like" one I tried. Infact these biscuits very much resembled short bread, buttery and delicious. Again I disected the biscuits and ate the two halfs sepereatly. The cream in this biscuit was very sweet, again tasting slightly vanilla-ish. The biscuits were glorious tasting, however the cream gave them "the edge"! I would definitly reccomend them.
I did try some of the other types of biscuits, mostly the last time we had them. And although it would take to long to write about _ALL_ the biscuits, I can thoroughly reccomend all of them. Inside the box there are 12 different types of biscuits, and I think (not entirely sure), there were around 28 biscuits altogether! Some of the more popular biscuits had 2 of each variety, and Im sure one even had 3.
After consuming many biscuits, I referred to the back of the pack for nutrition information just to check how much rubbish, and calories and fat I consumed. Much to my dismay, there were no information like this stored! I was very upset and I thought this was a bit un-helpful.
There was ingredients stated on the back of the pack, Im not going to list them all, but as you can imagine, sugar was pretty high up the list!
Among the ones I tried, were various other biscuits. These were either two biscuits sandwiched together with vanilla, orange, chocolate etc creams, plain shortbread biscuits, chocolate coated biscuits, multi-chocolate coated biscuits and foil wrapped.
5 Sense Summary
*Sound- None (Apoligies "TallulahBang"
*Texture- crunchy biscuits and smooth creams
*Sight- Varied- milk, dark, white chocolates, foil wrapped etc.
*Smell- biscuity, chocolatey aroma, very nice
*Taste- All biscuits are nice, some nicer than others, orange cream very tangy, milk and white chocolate very creamy, dark chocolate not too bitter tastes more of milk chocolate.
These biscuits are probably more suited to partys or celebrations than every day consumption. I can imagine these will be extremely popular at Christmas time!
Overall, I'd thoroughly reccomend these biscuits. I did my research, (clever eh!? ) and the Asda equivalent equivalant cost £2.98, for 500g. So the biscuits probably work out around the same price. So my first thoughts that the price was really good was kind of slashed when I found out they were only average.
With money as we all know being tight at the moment, I was keen to try some cheaper alternatives in my weekly shop. I always shop as Sainsbury's and I thought I should try a few of their own brands products which can I believe save you a lot of money.
I am sadly a biscuit nutter, I usually purchase at least four different brands per visit as I like to have a variety. Then I spotted this product on the shelves, it sounded idea and inexpensive so I purchased it.
The packaging was to my mind effective and eye catching in a blue rectangular plastic container. It had a clear picture on the top cover desplaying the variety of biscuits the package would contain. It also clearly advised it was suitable for vegetarians, with on the botton of the packed the dreaded list of ingredients. I suppose my only criticism I could have was it would have been better in a proper metal box, but that would cost me I bet.
I found the package very easy to open and I was surprised that no where in the package was there a list of the selection of biscuits in the package. There was 12 types of biscuits in total, with chocolate being the theme, as 7 were of varing chocolate types.
They all looked entising and tasted superb, with a total of 30 biscuits in the packed with at least two of each sort and three of some. I did find the quality and taste surprising, the only slight problem I found was some of the chocolate biscuits were stick together.
I was impressed there was even a mint biscuit wrapped up, this must have been my favourite with the biscuit with jam in being my least favourite.
This selection I think is ideal for your biscuit tins as there is something for everyone. I cannot fault the taste, quality and presentation of the selection pack. I certainly will be substituting my various different packets for this selection pack in the future and by doing this I will be saving money.
Was there anything missing from the choice? I thought about this and the only thing I could think of was a shortbread type of biscuit or a digestive type of plain biscuit.
I think this selection pack is ideal for tea breaks and when you have guests so you can offer them a quality choice without them ever needing to know that they came from one pack.
I strongly recommend these as a surprisingly high quality inexpensive biscuit selection for all occasions. They for me certainly lived up to their name of Premium Biscuit Selection.
The selection pack contains 12 different biscuits which come in a plastic tray, that most selection boxes come in with a plastic wrapping, which unfortunately makes the biscuits not seem so special anymore, but this is fine, you can just throw that away. I think if the biscuits came in a box, it would have looked better. You do also have to be careful not to place anything too heavy onto of the packaging or the biscuits could break as there is no protection. On the blue plastic wrapping a large picture of a selection of the tasty biscuits you get in the pack. You get about 2 or 3 of each biscuit, the more popular ones tend to have 3 over 2. So all together you get about 30 biscuits on average.
Most selection packs state on the back which biscuits they contain with a little menu, as I call it, but unfortunately this one doesn't, although there is a picture of the front showing you which biscuits are in the pack, but I do like to be able to see a written description so you know exactly which one you are getting. There are a list of ingredients written on the back but unfortunately there is no nutritional information for specific items, which I would like to have seen, but they're biscuits they're not going to be good for you and you know that.
The biscuits all look tasty and they don't look cheap, they do look rather premium. There aren't any plain and boring biscuits in the pack, the ones which usually get left, or are given to my dad! They are all covered in, or have something in the middle of them, so you're getting what you pay for. The only one that isn't is a shortbread, but they're so lovely, they don't need any coverings. There are quite a few sandwich biscuits in the pack, with a mixture of cream, jam and chocolate filled ones. The creams have different flavourings such as coconut and vanilla, making that bit more special. There is a selection of chocolate biscuits including dark, milk and white chocolate, so theres one for every different taste.
As soon as you open the box, you can smell a wonderful aroma of biscuits and chocolate, nothing sickly or overpowering, just a lovely aroma making you want to dive right in. All the biscuits taste yummy, there isn't one I don't like, which is unsual in a selection pack, theres usually always one I don't like.
There is a selection of chocolate biscuits including dark, milk and white chocolate, so theres one for every different taste. I love milk and white chocolate but not that much of a fan of dark chocolate, as I tend to find it too bitter but the dark chocolate ones in this selection aren't bitter, without being too much like milk, they are a creamy dark chocolate which is lovely.
One of my favourite biscuit in this selection pack is wrapped in a gold foil, it is a milk chocolate covered orange cream biscuit. The chocolate surrounded a lovely orange flavoured cruchy biscuit. This is also my boyfriends favourite one, so we have to fight over the last one of that! The orange flavouring was just right, slightly tangy with a kick but it wasn't too overpowering or sickly but very moreish. When you open this one up, you can certainly smell a lovely orange aroma which is more evident the closer you get, but again like the orange flavouring, isn't not overpowering or sickly in anyway.
Another of my favourites is the Jam filled ring biscuit, it is very similar to a jammy dodger, which is love. The biscuit is slightly more sugary than a jammy dodger and the jam isnt as jammy as a jammy dodger, but it is very tasty and I always want more of these. One of my all time favourite biscuits, which I will usually buy are Vienesse Whirls, which are two buttery biscuits sandwiched together with some chocolate. There are some in the pack that resemble these, and although they are delicious, they don't quite meet the standards of the Fox's ones I usually buy. It just didn't quite have that extra to it, that the the Fox's ones do, however I did still enjoy it.
There are quite a lot of biscuits in the pack that are filled with cream, they look lovely and fresh and taste it too. The cream in the biscuits isn't plain and tasteless, many of them have a hint of vanilla in, which just gives them that little bit extra premium feel. The biscuits are all very buttery, but not in an over rich way, in a delicious and morish way. Although they are the perfect crunchyness, they just melt into your mouth. None of the biscuits are too sweet or sickly and don't taste as if they are full of additives and sugar. They all taste of high quality. The shortbread is as it should be, with the perfect crumbly yet buttery and creamy texture, with a hint of sugar. It was very melt in your mouth.
All the biscuits are lovely dunked into a nice cup of tea, and I love dunking mine into a lovely cold glass of milk too. The biscuits don't go too soggy when you do this and don't break off into the drink, the do go slightly softer, but just as you would want and you aren't left with lots of biscuit bits in your drink. Even the chocolate ones don't break off or melt too much, creating a mess over your hands, obviously they do go softer like the biscuits but not enough to make a mess.
The biscuits contains Wheat, Milk, Egg and Soya, they don't contain nuts but they state how they have been handled in a factory where nuts have. I am allergic to nuts and was absolutely fine with these biscuits.
I find these last about two weeks once opened, otherwise they start to go slightly soggy. To keep them fresh though you must make sure you seal them, so wrap them in some clingfilm to keep out the air, and also store them out of the sun, in a cupboard is ideal. So, I wouldn't say they were ideal, if you rarely eat biscuits and are just going to occasionally pick at one, as they need to be eaten. They are probably best suited for a selection of people, or for a party or something alike or for someone like me that eats many biscuits in one go!
Price & Availability
These cost £2.49 for a 400g pack, and as they are Sainsbury's own brand they are only available in Sainsbury's. They can be located in the biscuit section, and are available in all the Sainsbury's stores I have visited, I did however find them difficult to locate in my local East Grinstead branch, they seemed to be a little hidden away and could be located nearer to the crackers rather than the biscuits, but this may not be all stores. £2.49 isn't cheap for biscuits, but it also isn't expensive compared to some other premium selection packs and I don't mind paying that for the quality of these biscuits.
I really enjoyed the whole pack of these premium biscuits and I never usually find a selection pack that I enjoy everything in. The price is good for what you are getting, all the biscuits are delicious and of a high quality without being sickly in anyway, even if you eat a lot. I would definately recommend these biscuits but I do think they are best suited to special occasions or dinner parties, as they don't last that long once opened. Overall, I am very impressed with these delicious biscuits and will definately be purchasing some more.
We had a bit of a family thing this afternoon so beforehand, the Mrs sent me down to Sainsburys to hunt out some "posh biccies" to go with everyone's tea and coffee. I came back with a packet of Sainsbury's Premium Chocolate and Cream Biscuits as they offered a good quality selection and were at a reasonable price of £2.49 for a 400g pack too. It didn't list what was in there actually but you can see all the types on the front of the packet.
Inside is the usual slide-out biccie tray with all the little biccies lined up in an orderly fashion. True to their name, they were mostly chocolate and cream ones and I thought they all looked very good quality. The presentation is good enough to put out as it is though I have to admit that for our family occasion we felt it was better to pile them onto a platter. The Mrs does like to keep up appearances over these things.
Most of these biscuits are either sandwich types (the kind you get layered cream fillings in) or chocolate ones. For the sake of my later review, of course I insisted on sampling a few just to make sure I would know what I was talking about. So I firstly tried a foil covered one - a milk chocolate covered orange cream biscuit. Ahh, it was perfect. The chocolate was nice and milky and the cream was lovely and soft. The actual biscuit was nice and crunchy without being hard or brittle in any way and it made for the perfect biscuit. I only wish there were more of these in the box!
The next one I tried was the white chocolate circle which was drizzled with dark chocolate for decoration. This was a really nice biscuit and tasted more of biscuit than chocolate unlike the orange cream one. I couldn't really taste the dark chocolate though as it was a bit on the thin side but it was still a really nice biscuit.
Finally I tried one of the jammy rings as I'm usually a fan of Jammy Dodgers (which these are just like). I wasn't as keen on this one I must say as it was a bit too chewy for my liking. The jam and cream filling was nice but it didn't melt in the mouth like proper Jammy Dodgers too. Maybe if they made the jam a bit more squishy I'd like this better. The actual biscuit part of this was nice though, very crisp and, well, biscuity!
Everyone seemed to really enjoy the ones they had of these biscuits and one of our guests even asked us if they were the Foxes luxury ones (which are twice the price). Obviously we just smiled and nodded. I think these are a four star biscuit pack that are a great way to put on a good impression for guests without breaking the bank. I think we'll see these back in the house in the future, especially at Christmas time.
In my job, I quite often run training sessions for people in small venues, and as a consequence I end up bringing along the refreshments. As well as being armed with tea and coffee, I always like to bring along some type of biscuits which most people look on as a treat.
I have just started buying Sainsbury's Premium Chocolate and Cream selection, as this seems to go down very well with most people! Also, as the word premium suggests, they are a little bit special! The selection contains twelve different varieties of biscuit, but one thing I think is a shame, is that they do not tell you on the pcket what these varieties are so there is a certain amount of guesswork involved! They are a good mixture though, although all do contain some form of cream or chocolate. All in all there are 400 grams worth of biscuit which means sometimes you get two or sometimes three of each variety.
I won't go through all the biscuits, but I will just give you a taster of some of my favourites!
I think my all time favourite is the biscuit which is covered in a gold shiny wrapper - this seems to be the one that everyone goes for though, so you have to be quick. This one has a biscuit base with an orange cream filling which is then covered all over with chocolate. It tastes delicious.
There are also a range of what I call sandwich type biscuits which are actually two biscuits sandwiched together with cream. These biscuits have a range of textures, consistencies and flavours - coconut and ginger being just two! Some of the biscuits themselves are light coloured and others are obviously chocolate flavoured. They also come in all shapes and sizes and look and taste very appealing!
Then there are the totally chocolate covered biscuits and these encompass the three main types of chocolate - plain, milk and white - and I love white chocolate so the white chocolate ring with a hole in the middle drizzled with dark chocolate has to be my second favourite. The biscuit itself has a quite hard, crisp consistency but also tastes delicious.
The one biscuit that, in my experience at least, is the least favourite, has to be the solitary jammy dodger type biscuit. This is the one that has a circular biscuit with a hole in the middle filled with jam. At least because no one particularly likes them, I get to bring them home for my daughters!
All of the ingredients are listed on the packet but the difficulty with something like this is that you don't know what ingredients go with which biscuit because it is not specified. Also, it must be one of the few products in Sainsburys which does not give any nutritional values, so I can't tell you how many calories, fats, etc there are! 'Ah well!' says she reaching for another biscuit 'What you don't know can't harm you!' Actually I'm only joking there and I do think tht they should be giving you some guide to these values!
So overall, I hope you can see that there are a good range of types of biscuits, textures and flavours which really means that there's something for everyone!
I think there must be about thirty biscuits in one of these selections which make them just right for sharing with a small crowd. Each packet costs £2.49 at Sainsburys which is not exactly cheap but I do think compares quite favourably with similar branded selections.
I hope you found this useful and I'm just about to tuck in to the last one!