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      01.11.2013 13:00
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      A lovely cheap sweet treat!

      INTRODUCTION

      I have a very sweet tooth but a very limited budget, so I always investigate Sainsbury's Basic biscuit range when I'm doing my weekly shop.

      One of my favourite types of biccy is chocolate chip cookies, and one of my fairly regular purchases is Sainsbury's Basic cookies with chocolate chips.


      PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

      These biscuits come simply wrapped in white branded cellophane with nutritional and ingredient information printed clearly on the packet. The traffic light nutrition wheel states that these biscuits are high in fat, calories and sugar, and contain a medium amount of salt. Ho-hum, what the hey, they're a treat right?!

      A 250g pack of these biscuits costs around 45p, and considering there are around 20 biscuits in the pack, each one costs just over tuppence, which I consider to be fantastic value.

      The biscuits themselves contain 6% dark chocolate chips, which I consider to be very low, although, in fairness, the chocolate contains a minimum of 35% cocoa solids, which is fairly high for this kind of product. The biscuits also contain wheat flour, palm oil, sugar and various additives. There are allergy warnings for those who have problems with milk, wheat, gluten and soya.

      Each biscuit is around 4cm in diameter and perhaps 0.5cm thick.

      USER EXPERIENCE

      I really like these biscuits. They're very sweet and the chocolate, despite the low percentage by weight, is very rich and has a very obvious presence in every mouthful of product.

      The biscuit mix is very crumbly, but since the biscuits are so small I usually pop a whole one in my mouth each time I eat one! The biscuits also have a very sugary consistency, not dissimilar to shortbread I've made myself, and they're quite buttery in taste too, so they're very rich and eating them feels like quite a decadent experience!

      I find I don't want to eat more than 3 or 4 at any one sitting, and, although they're really nice, I don't find they have that addictive 'more-ish' effect that other sweet treats can have.

      CONCLUSIONS

      I think these biscuits are very good value for money. Despite being smaller and lower in chocolate chip content than many more expensive versions, these have a very rich taste, and feel lovely in the mouth: the chocolate melts quickly and makes a nice contrast to the crumbly biscuit mix.

      These will continue to form part of my rota of special treats I purchase during my weekly grocery shop!

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      24.10.2010 11:49
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      Good value and quality.

      I eat a lot of biscuits as I have a very sweet tooth as people who read my review on a regular basis will already know and I bought these ones from the Basics range from Sainsbury's for only 40p and so I thought I would try them to see how they tasted as they were a very cheap price.

      The packaging is very basic in the usual orange and white plastic wrapper, they are a nice round shaped biscuit and they are quite thick for the price, the texture of them is very crunchy when eating them and they melt very nicely, they have a few dark chocolate chips in each biscuit and the taste of the biscuit and the chips taste very nice together and they are not at all dry as I thought they may be and they did not taste bland, they are also easy to chew and swallow.

      The quality is a very good one and I think they are not too sweet or sickly, they taste delicious, there are approximately 24 biscuits in the pack, which is a good amount for the price, I like to eat snacks at any time of the day but I like biscuits with a cup of tea in the evening while I am relaxing and watching television, I can often eat half a packet without realising I have eaten so many lol.

      My grandchildren have tried these and they like them and they satisfy their hunger as a little treat, although they do not eat too many sweet snacks as it is not healthy for them but they really enjoyed these, which is good because I have a lot of grandchildren and it can become quite costly buying their treats.

      I often eat biscuits with my lunch and I think a couple of these in a lunch box would be nice to eat at lunchtime as a sweet.

      Per biscuit they contain 52 calories, fat 2.5g, of which saturates 1.2g, carbohydrate 6.8g of which sugars 29.3g and so they are quite high in fat and sugars but if eaten as a treat I think they are fine for one or two, although I am not really on a healthy eating routine but for anyone that maybe, I think they would be fine.

      I think the quality and value for the price is excellent with these ones, and I highly recommend them for anyone to try and I will buy them again in the future as I found them to be a nice tasting biscuit for my liking.

      I rate these 5 stars.

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        28.01.2010 12:03
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        For 40p A Pack I Reckon These Are A Bargain

        We've ate loads of biscuits from the Basics shelf in Sainsburys just lately and some of them have been brill, there are some crap ones too but these Chocolate Chip Cookies are yummy.

        They're only 40p for a 250g pack and that's a lot of cookies, they come in one of them longer than usual packs of biscuits and will nearly fill the biscuit tin on their own!

        They're a lot dryer to eat than the Maryland cookies that we usually have but you've got to think about how cheap they are and I think for the money they're wicked value.

        There aren't that many chocolate chips in each cookie but they've got quite a strong flavour and melt nice in your mouth. I can't tell if it's real chocolate or chocolate FLAVOURED but they taste quite rich and have got a nice creamy taste and texture.

        The biscuit has got quite a crumbly texture when you bite into it, it's not buttery at all like Digestives and stuff like that but you get plenty of crumbs off these cookies if that's what you like. They're not majorly sweet and have got a bit of a burned flavour to them that I think is proper nice.

        The dry biscuit goes good with the chocolate chips and like I said the only bad thing about them is that I wish there was more chocolate in them.

        These dunk ok and actually I prefer them when they're dunked because the cookies are quite thick so they soak up loads of coffee without falling to bits in the bottom of my cup.

        I don't think you can moan about these for the price of them, they might be a bit dry but the flavour is deffo there. You've brought cookies and these are deffo cookies, what more do you want???

        Recommended!!!

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          22.01.2010 16:00
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          Not up to mark as compared to premium brands

          Sainsbury's Basics Cookies with Chocolate Chips - Small is not beautiful always !!!

          I got few of these during my recent shopping and decided to pick them up.The packaging is again familiar Sainsbury's one with a white plastic bag and orange & white colour.

          I opened the wrapper quickly to see what is in store for me. The cookies are small as compared to my regular chocóchip biscuits. I tasted one and was really surprised as I find them crunchy enough to think that these are basic variants.I was expecting a buttery and little creamy kind of flavour although I had in back of my mind that this might not be the attribute with this one.The biscuits did not prove me wrong either as I did not find any buttery savour.However I must admit that they were very freshly wrapped and brittle enough.

          Was it really chocolaty ? No I would say the choc chips were not that many and also lacked in the punch.It was not to the level of chocolaty taste that I would have preferred it to be.Although I am yet to try these with tea I presume these should be fairly ok as they are quite crusty in nature.

          At 40 p the packet is a good enough deal but will definitely not match the true taste of quality branded products. I would say these biscuits are only meant to satiate the chocolate craving for wallet watchers but not suitable to your regular chocochip variants.

          It is a good biscuit to try out occasionally but not on regular basis.
          My rating is 3/5.

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          16.12.2009 20:53

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          Choose these if you're looking to save quite a bit but don't want to compromise that much on quality

          When I bought these, I wasn't expecting a miracle. And they're not miraculous. But they're about 33p for 250 grams of cookie. And to be quite frank, they're really rather good! I'd much rather buy 4 of these or more to the one packet of Maryland cookies any day.
          They've got plenty of chocolate chips in, and the biscuit itself is nice and crunchy. In fact, it's perfect for dunking in tea, although not if you don't like your tea tainted with melted chocolate...

          I know that they may not match up entirely to the much more expensive, higher end brands. But really, the difference in quality wouldn't be worth the massive difference in price. I reckon that if you removed them from their telling orange wrappings and put them in a bowl, no-one would ever guess that they were Sainsbury's basics. Truth be told, this applies to a lot (though not all) Basic's products.

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          09.11.2009 16:14
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          I try most Biscuits out there. Yes, the premium or brand named ones normally have the edge, but sometimes Budget ones are alright, even if they are a bit on the small side normally.

          I got these out of Sainsbury's as Basics are the budget brand of this shop. These cost me 39p for a 250g pack, so a good bit cheaper than the Maryland equivelent ones.

          The pack isn't that exciting. It is a white cellophane type wrapper which keeps the Biscuits tightly in the pack. The Cookies are stacked on top of each other, but there's still a few crumbs falling out the pack. Bit odd as it looks like there is no room for the Cookies to move and get broken. The only colouring on the pack is the orange writing of the Basics branding.

          These look ok when you open the pack. They are round and a bit smaller than the other brands i've seen. They are a medium brown colour and look quite golden and crunchy. There isn't loads of Chocolate Chips in these Biscuits, but enough per Cookie. Then again I would say another 2 Chips per Cookie would make all the difference.

          These really are alright, but I would say you will need to have more than 1 to get a nice Biccy experience. 1 is just not enough due to the size. They are Cruncky, Sweet, Golden and the Chocolate Chips are Milky, but perhaps the next brand up would make a huge difference.

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          27.08.2009 09:35
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          A Fantastic Packet Of Basic Cookies.

          When I saw these in the biscuit aisle recently I threw some in to my basket without much thought and it wasn't until last night that I tried them out.

          The biscuits are provided in a white plastic bag with the familiar Sainsburys Basics logo and orange & white colouring as well as the relevant nutritional information as well as picture of one cookie.

          The cookies themselves are probably just under 2 inches and they don't appear to have many chocolate chips in them (when compared to more expensive brands) however these are lovely and crunchy whilst being crumbly at the same time and the chocolate chips are a welcome treat in each mouthful. The chocolate tastes very nice and not cheap at all (which is what I was expecting). There are 52 calories per cookie which is actually quite a lot considering the size of them and as they are so small it's easy enough to find yourself eating 4 or 5 without breaking for air (at least that's what I find!). I was quite pleased with the cookie overall and felt the taste was very good considering that they are just 40p for 250g (around 20-25 cookies).

          I will be buying these again (unless Maryland ones go on half price again sometime soon!) and I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for something nice to snack on or dunk in your tea. They aren't as good as branded products but then the price is comparable to the quality of biscuit that you get and if anything I think that these are quite good value for money! I am rating these biscuits 4/5 as they are very nice and all I would change would be to add more chocolate chips (I wouldn't even mind a slight increase in cost for the pleasure!).

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          12.08.2009 09:15
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          a great economy biscuit

          We don't usually buy a lot of biscuits in the weekly shop but this week I decided to try some of Sainsbury's basics range and see how they compared to other biscuits we buy for treats.
          The chocolate chip cookies are packaged in the same basic packaging all the items from the basics range are, in plain white wrapping with orange stripes and lettering. There is nothing fancy about it, but you do get a nice sized packet for your 40p.
          Compared to a 150g packet of Maryland cookies for 88p, this 250g packet from Sainsbury's is very good value in monetary terms.

          The cookies aren't as large as the ones from Maryland, but that's just a good excuse to eat more in one sitting. I think they still contain almost as many chocolate chips, despite having to save the money somewhere, I would have thought the chocolate would have been a bit less. Also considering the cookies aren't called chocolate chip cookies, but cookies with chocolate chips, I would have thought this would have been another excuse to not put so much chocolate in.

          I was expecting them not to be as buttery or flaky as Maryland cookies, but I was pleasantly surprised. They are definitely flaky as I made quite a mess after my first bite, but they definitely lack a little buttery taste. They are still moreish and have a sweet biscuit taste, but not as rich as Maryland variety.
          I found the crumbs stuck in my teeth a bit more than the Maryland variety do, but they do dissolve nicely against your mouth when eating and don't require a lot of chewing to get a good flavour and mouthful from the biscuits.
          In all other aspects of appearance, they look just like their competitors and have the same bumpy texture happening on the surface of the biscuits.

          As the packet is bigger than a pack of Maryland you obviously get more biscuits. I have found that by everyone in the house having a couple at a time, these are still lasting quite well due to the size of the packet. Once you've opened though the packet doesn't do a good job at keeping the biscuits fresh so it's an idea to transfer to an air tight pot.
          Nutritionally these biscuits aren't very good for you but in small doses it's not too bad as a treat. Each biscuit will provide you with 52 calories and 2.5 grams of fat.

          Overall I am really pleased with my bargain purchase and if they continue to last in the house without everyone grabbing at them for the sake of it then they will be a definite regular in my house. I hate depriving my family of nice treats, but with trying to save the pennies all the time it gets difficult to please everyone and the bank balance.

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