Having become lazy over summer I've gained more weight than I'd like to consider, so have been looking for filling tasty snacks to satisfy myself when I just need a brew and something to munch on.
On of my more recent aquisitions was a pack of mini Soreen loaves with a whole 95 calories in each one they fit the bill for being fairly low calorie and are still tasty with an interesting texture.
Soreen is a fruity malt loaf, it is a moist squishy textured loaf and available in full sized loaves as well as these mini loaves.
The loaf itself looks just like a scaled down loaf of dark bread from the outside, with the dark patches where the raisins are occasionally poking through the surface.
The flavour is malty and fruity thanks to the raisins. They are also available in other flavours than this original version including banana, apple and sultana, cinamon and raisin and chocolate so there should be something to suit everyone.
The mini snack loaves are a great size to just eat on their own as they're not too big that they start to taste dry. Being individually wrapped they can be popped in to a spare pocket and because of the consistancy of the loaf I find that even after a morning or afternoon being rattled around in my handbag they have maintained their original shape without being smashed to crumbs.
I seem to recall I picked up my pack of 5 mini loaves for a whole £1 as they were on offer but a typical price seems to be around £1.30 which still seems quite reasonable, though it is more expensive than the larger loaves (which are usually around £1.20).
I remember eating malt loaf when I was growing up. It's not much to look at and as a fussy eater in my younger years I'm surprised I used to gobble it down the rate I did. When in university I would just buy a loaf and rip each bite out with my teeth - a terrible habit but I blame Soreen for being so delicious.
Malt loaf goes back years for being a tasty snack. A bit of butter is just that nice touch to add that salty-sweet flavour contrast that sounds vile but is popular amongst all kinds of people. This is why the pre buttered snack pack is such a good idea.
With it coming in two slices it means I'm not tempted to go crazy and devour the entire loaf in one sitting and half a tub of butter while I'm at it. Malt loaf isn't good for you per se, it has some good ingredients including the fruit and the malt but it's also loaded up with sugar and should be enjoyed only in amounts such as this.
The downside to the snack pack is the way the slices need to be stored. Because of the butter on the slices, you will find these in the fridges of the shop, which means the butter hardens and when you try and separate the slices, they take half the innards of one slice to the other. To overcome this problem try leaving it out of the fridge for a while before eating, or have both slices as a sandwich!
As much as I adore this snack, it is surprisingly high in calories and I wouldn't recommend it too often.
Per 64g buttered snack pack:
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated 4 g
Carbohydrates 35 g
Fibre 2 g
Protein 4 g
Unbuttered though, this pack would be virtually fat free.
Soreen have other products now including chocolate loaves and banana bread but nothing beats the original malt loaf.
I have always loved Soreen malt loaf, my parents often used to buy it to eat for a snack in the afternoon. It would always be thickly sliced and spread with butter. Every now and again I buy malt loaf too, but on a recent trip to Tesco in the reduced section I spotted a Soreen malt loaf snack pack which I thought would provide a nice snack at work mid-morning when the huger normally kicks in.
The Soreen malt loaf snack pack contains two slices of malt loaf which is pre-buttered. The usual cost per snack pack is £0.99 but I managed to snap mine up at the bargain price of just £0.10!! I do not think that I would buy this at the full price as you can actually buy a full loaf for a similar price.
The packet is made of foil to allow the malt loaf to stay nice and fresh. It is easy to open just buy either pulling the ends open or tearing the jaggered edges. Inside the packet the two slices are sandwiched together with the butter sides in the middle to stop them sticking to the sides of the packet.
There are a couple of serving suggestions on the packet. Either to put cheese on the malt loaf for a savoury twist or for a sticky snack to top with jam or honey. Personally I like it just the way it is.
Soreen states that there malt loaf is a great source of energy as it is high in carbohydrates and low in fat. The nutritional information for the snack pack is:
Calories (kcal) - 208
Protein - 4.0g
Carbohydrate - 34.9g
Fat - 5.9g
Fibre - 2.0g
Sodium - 0.20g
Salt - 0.51g
I really love this malt loaf it is moist, fruity and has a lovely malty flavour. The snack pack is a great idea and provided me with a lovely treat at work but did not leave me feeling too full. If I see this product again for a bargain price I will certainly purchase it again.
Oh how I love malt loaf, and Soreen are the Gods of malt loaf lets face it. I dont buy it that often just because I will demolish a loaf in one sitting with a generous dose of marg on each slice, and this is obviously not the best way to balance your diet.
I was inbetween appointments today and needed something to tide me over until lunchtime and didnt want a choc bar. I noticed the bright yellow Soreen Snack Pack beconing me from the snack stand and couldnt resist. Once you open the pack you are presented with two good thickness (about 1-1.5cm) slices of loaf with Anchor butter spread inbetween. Both slices sit on a little yellow tray to protect the food item and to enable you to eat them without the wrapper around them. The butter is not spread too thickly so is not oozing out of sides but is adequate enough to enable you to pull apart the two slices with ease. You can then sit back and enjoy this sweet, sticky, yummy snack at your leisure. You dont loose any of the traditional malt loaf taste just because it is presliced and packed separately, nor do you end up with dry edges or dried out slices. It is as if you have just sliced this off the main loaf at home.
I only paid 58p for this at local Sainsburys and it more than hit the spot and filled the gap prior to lunch. It is a widely available product that I feel is good value for money and should not be overlooked for more fashionable breakfast bar snacks. The pack is 220 calories per pack, so although not in the realms of under 100 calories snack bars I find it filled me up for longer and did not leave me craving more chocolate or sweet items.
Will be buying this again next time I am peckish and an apple just wont hit the spot!
Soreen Snack Pack
I like a bit of cycling and the other week i decided to get on my bike and cycle to a local windmill that near where I live. the ride was about 10 miles and along the way decided to pop into the local Tesco Metro for a snack to much on whilst havin a rest.
The soreen snack pack caught my eye due to its brightly coloured packaging and the memories of having the Soreen loaf on a Sunday afternoon with my parents.
Opening the pack was easy enough i used my teeth as im always being told not to and i cant recommend this method of opening but i find it the easiest way to get into this type of wrapping.
There were two slices of malth loaf that had been sliced better than any I have managed to in the past I always end up crushing the loaf.
There is a small piece of Anchor butter inside as well that i found a little hard to spread as the packet had been in the shops fridge.
Tasting the malt loaf i found all those memories flooding back and i have to say the only trouble was is that after i finished off the two slices I was found wanting more but i suppose this was good as it prevented me from eating the whole loaf had i bought one. The raisins were nice and moist and the slice had a delicious malty taste from my childhood.
Overall its very good its sliced well and the option of whether to have the butter or not was a nice toucha s i know people that like unspread malt loaf. The packagin is nice and cheery as well and easy to spot in the fridge amongst other products.
What is it?
A small pack of malt loaf slices.
The malt loaf is made from Soreen's unique and secret recipe, it claims to be a great healthy source of carbohydrates, to be eaten as part of a balanced diet and is also low in fat. Normally, Soreen sells these in loaves - this snack pack consists of two small malt loaf slices and exclusively spread with a portion of Anchor's butter.
How do I eat this?
Although I reckon the loaf can be eaten at any time of day, the way it has been presented as a snack it's probably intended as part of lunch or an afternoon break sugar booster.
As a ready-made and prepared snack pack, there nothing to do but to open the yellow foil packet, take it out of the plastic tub and enjoy!
Does it taste good?
When you first bite into a slice of Soreen's , the first thing you taste is the subtle sweetness of the malt loaf. The firmness of the outer layer of the slice surprises you when you have taken a bite into its much softer middle - not spongy, but surprisingly quite chewy and is very prone to sticking to the teeth. The loaf is made with 14% raisins so there is a diverse range of soft moist textures with just one mouthful.
Served with a spread of butter, the overall sweetness is rounded off - making it seem more balanced, perhaps even more savoury tasting. The first time I bought these, they were located in the refrigerators - after all, it makes sense with the Anchor butter that is included with it... However, on another occasion I had picked up a pack of these from a standard stock shelf without giving any thought to the butter content - foolish, I know, but I think at the time I was just so hungry I couldn't think straight. You could say they shouldn't be there in the first place - but it was too late, I've eaten it and I'm still here...(touch wood). At a warmer temperature, the slices taste much softer and also stickier, this is compared with the firmer textures when it has been refrigerated. However, it doesn't really taste so good when the butter has gone soft as well. This will make me remember to buy and take it from the fridge...
Around 45p for a small pack of two buttered slices.
The loaf is suitable for home freezing and also for vegetarians.
However, Soreen does also contain wheat, gluten and whey (from cow's milk).
Personally, I find it much cheaper and better to buy the whole loaf and to spread with my own fresh butter from the fridge! However, it is quite handy to have these about when you haven't had the time to make anything in the morning and the pre-packs are not too expensive anyway.
A tasty healthy snack. Definitely recommend.
Thanks for reading, xx
I was looking for a chicken sandwich in the garage the other day as I was hungry but didn't have time to stop for a proper lunch. They only had a choice of a few left that I didn't like though, so instead I decided I'd try a Soreen Snack Pack. I do like a bit of malt loaf as a general rule and of course Soreen are the authority on this stuff as it is.
In each little pack there's a yellow plastic tray inside the wrapper to stop your malt loaf getting squashed on the shelf or in your bag etc. I think it's a brilliant idea actually and good to see that they haven't gone and scrimped on the packaging just to save their profit margin by 1p a pack or something silly! Inside the packet are two slices of malt loaf sandwiched together so that the butter on them stays put where it should. The butter used is Anchor which most people will know is a good quality, creamy butter. I think it's a great classy touch that they used a popular brand name instead of el cheapo margarine.
The taste is really nice. The malt loaf slices are quite small but standard sized for malt loaf (about a third of the size of a slice of bread). The slices were about 1cm thick each and had plenty of the Anchor butter on both slices. They were lovely and chewy and gooey thanks to all the raisins squashed into the malt loaf slices and the butter just gave it that extra nice taste.
I only paid about 65p for this packet and as that was in a garage, I bet you could get it even cheaper in some other shops. Think how much I saved on the price of a regular sandwich too. I wasn't sure I'd be full after just one of these as the packets do look quite small but because the malt loaf is so thick and chewy, I found that one packet was enough to fill a gap until I could get home for my dinner later on.
I've got to give this one five stars. It's a really original idea that's well packaged and price, tastes great and makes a great change to the usual convenience foods you get.
two slices of pre-buttered malt loaf.