“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Cake „
Being something of a Greedy Fat Pig, I occasionally succumb to temptation when buying bread at Sainsbury's. The cakes are just too tempting adjacent to the bread and even though our local Sainsbury's do not bake on the premises, I have found these muffins to be always nice and fresh. I only ever buy them when on offer and typically that means I end up with 2 packs of 4 muffins, so I have to share them with my wife. I have 6; she has 2 (Well, she's only little and doesn't want to end up with muffins spilling out over the top of her jeans, does she?) I have traditionally gone for biggest is best when it comes to muffins and Morrisons and Tesco muffins are definitely bigger. However, they are less tasty and more airy than these small but beautifully formed Sainsbury's muffins. They are really quite dense and the taste is stronger and more intense with plenty of chocolate in amongst the cake which is of a good consistency. When you have had one, it's hard to resist having another one, and I have never been any good at resisting anyway. Resistance is futile. Par for the course is to have one each in the car on the way home and later, at supper time, I often make some custard and heat them up a bit in the microwave to scoff them with custard. Lots of calories, I suspect, but you have to eat, don't you? Although these are noticeably smaller than other supermarket variants, they definitely have the edge over others I have tasted so it's a case of less is more for me........and it isn't often I find myself saying that! I have just checked and they are 258 calories each. Aaaargh!
I came across these muffins at the end of an aisle in Sainsbury's, on special offer. 50% extra free, 6 muffins for the price of 4. They cost only £1, equating to 16.7p per muffin! I hadn't tried them before so thought I would give them a go - ever the bargain hunter!! The muffins are sold in a plastic tray, in a clear wrapper with a tempting picture of the muffins on the front. Easy to open, although I somehow managed to rip the wrapper completely - possibly in my haste to try them! There wasn't much of a chocolate aroma on opening, however the proof is in the pudding as they say. The muffins are quite large and looked very moist. On trying this was certainly the case. They are fab! Really soft and fluffy but managing to retain a dense sticky quality as you bite in. The chocolate chips are not sparse, just the right size and soft and gooey - I have often found chips can be quite hard and tasteless in other muffins. These are lovely chunks rather than chips, the chocolate melts on your tongue :-) Nutrition wise, those watching their weight should avoid! Each muffin contains 293 kcal ( I did not notice this - or choose to notice this until after I had consumed 2 in a row!! I had inadvertently managed to eat 29.4% of my daily calorie intake in just a few minutes). Fat content is also high at 15.2g, carbohydrate 35.3g (of which are sugars 22.9g and starch 12.4g), protein 3.9g, fibre 1.1g and salt 0.43g of which is sodium 0.17g. The muffins are suitable for vegetarians, unfortunately for my partner (the veggie), he will have to make his own way to Sainsbury's to re-stock. Harsh but true! I was really surprised by the taste and price of these supermarket muffins and found them to be comparable if not an improvement on those bought from my local 'home made' type bakery. I would recommend trying them, particularly whilst on special offer, however I shan't be buying any more. They are just TOO nice and the packet is already empty. I am the victim this weekend of serious chocolate overdose!!
I never usually buy muffins from supermarkets, I usually get mine from a Cafe called BB Muffins where they come out fresh from the oven! When I was shopping in Sainsbury's I was looking for a birthday cake and came across these muffins, they looked so good that I couldn't resit picking them up! These delicious muffins are very light and soft, they are also quite rich and have a very fluffy texture. In amongst the soft chocolaty sponge there are lots of milk chocolate chips which gives the muffin a nice balance of hard and soft textures. The taste is quite sweet so if you have a sweet tooth these muffins are perfect for you. The chocolate sponge has quite a rich taste to it so I would recommend you to only eat one at a time if you don't want to be sick! The muffins taste lovely warm with cream or cold with a cuppa The muffins are great because you can freeze them if you don't want to eat them straight away. If you do choose to freeze them then you have to freeze them on the day you buy them and ensure that you eat them within 1 month. The muffins are also fine for vegetarians to enjoy too! They are a great snack if you want something sweet or rich and they are also great to put in packed lunches for either your children or yourself! The muffins come in a pack of four and they come in a hard plastic case that they sit in and are also wrapped in clear plastic so the muffins are visible to tempt you! On the bottom of the packet there is information on the content of fibre, calories, fat and salt per muffin. - Fibre-1.1g - Calories- 293 - Fat- 15.2g - Salt- 0.43g This shows that each muffin contains a lot of fat, calories and salt but I defiantely believe that they are worth it and I would buy them again.
I always end up trying to treat myself with a packet of chocolate muffins while doing shopping. I've therefore tried several different varities, including Marks and Spencer's, Bakin Boys, and several supermarkets home brands. Each were alright, some marginally better than others, but I rarely bought any again, because they just lacked the taste and texture needed to justify spending the money. Then I happened to buy Sainsburys Double Chocolate Muffins, and I was very pleasantly surprised. They are fluffy, rich, soft, light, very chocolately, and truly delectable. I don't normally like supermarkets home produce, but this is a definite exception. Whether you are just eating it cold, or heating it up for 30 seconds, the result is awesome. The softer chocolate turns slightly runny when heated up, and there is a nice cohesion yet separation between it and the harder parts, even when cold. They come in packets of 4, and can sometimes be found on special offer. While their softness will appeal to many, others will find it annoying that they fall apart a bit easier. I guess the only way is to try for yourself. They certainly have more texture, richness and depth compared to other makes which seem too manufactured. I know these are too, but they taste like the real thing, and that is what we pay for, after all.