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      04.01.2014 19:00
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      Give these little figgy pastries...I mean biscuits a try and save yourself some pennies!

      In my household there always has to be biscuits of some form to have with a nice cuppa, however sometimes for me the plain old digestive just doesn't hack it and I fancy a bit of change - which is when I turn to fig rolls as an alternative. We always have a pack (or two) in the cupboard for when the fig roll craving strikes hiding away somewhere, but I always opt for supermarkets own brand of fig roll instead of say, jacobs unless they are on offer because I'm always out to save money.

      ~ Fig rolls? ~
      Some of you may be thinking, what is a fig roll? A few years ago I was asking myself the same question. Basically, they are described as a baked pastry with a fig paste filling. However, I don't see how they are a pastry at all, as they don't taste or look like pastry and are found down the biscuit isle of a supermarket...not the pastry isle? But apparently, that's what they are.

      ~ Price & availability ~
      These particular fig rolls are only available in Tesco's because they are Tesco's own brand, however other supermarkets own branded fig rolls are also available as a cheaper alternative to the well-known brands. Tesco's fig rolls are priced at a mere 49p for 200g, for roughly 14 biscuits. This is excellent value compared with other brands, for example jacobs are priced at £1.25, bolands at 85p and lyons at 69p for the same weight as Tesco's fig rolls! So choosing Tesco's own brand could save you up to 76p, which is a considerable amount, especially if you're like me and buy multiple packs as you can buy two pack of Tesco's fig rolls for less than the amount as one packet of Jacob's would cost you.

      ~ Packaging ~
      The packaging of Tesco's fig rolls is not dissimilar to the one Dooyoo is displaying, it has just been updated and altered slightly. The fig rolls come wrapped in a thin, bright red wrapping with an image of the fig rolls going around one side. The name of the product is printed in fairly large lettering and above this a smaller tesco logo. On the front of the packet there is a useful 'at a glance' nutritional information table so you can quickly check this and compare to others if you wish.

      The back of the packaging gives you a product description, a full nutritional break down, allergy advice, ingredients, storage advice, product weight and Tesco's contact details.

      Inside of the packet, the fig rolls are contained in a cardboard tray to keep them in place and to avoid them being squashed or damaged.

      ~ Appearance, smell, taste & texture etc. ~
      Each fig roll is around the size of an average thumb in length and the width of two thumbs (thought this was the best comparison!). They are a pale golden colour, like the colour of baked pastry and have ridges on the tops of them. On appearance, the fig filling is plentiful, explaining the thickness of the biscuit and looks just about right compared with the amount of biscuit around it. The fig filling is very dark in colour.
      They don't really smell of anything strongly enough to be detectable instantly, but there is a faint smell of sweet, fruity figs if you sniff hard enough!

      Now the important bit, what do they actually taste like? Admittingly I was skeptical at first as I've had mixed experiences with Tesco's own brand. Taking a bite, the first thing noticeable to me is the fact that fig rolls are described as a pastry, and yet to me, they do not resemble a pastry at all. They are more like a soft biscuit, but this isn't a fault of Tesco's as every kind of fig roll I have ever had never seems to be a pastry, but maybe that's just me? However, I am going to describe these fig rolls as biscuits for the purpose of this review as I feel this is what they are. The biscuit part of Tesco's fig rolls is relatively soft, with a slight bite to it, which to me is the only difference between these and a more well known brand because from experiencing other brands such as Jacob's they are usually slightly more crisp and have more bite. However, the biscuit is still, to me, of high quality. It tastes quite short, and melts in the mouth - quite like a soft, thinner shortbread. The ratio of the biscuit and filling is spot on in my opinion, the biscuit is just thick enough to give the biscuit some substance without taking away the focus that these are 'fig' filled rolls. The fig filling in Tesco's fig rolls, is rather sweet and is mildly flavoured with fig, however figs aren't a very strong tasting fruit anyway so this can't really be avoided. The filling is nice and thick, smooth and holds together well, even though it is sweet, the biscuit outer breaks this up so it doesn't become overpowering or too sickly.

      Tesco's fig rolls are pleasingly not dry at all as the filling seems to keep them moist and fresh tasting, therefore they are easily swallowed and don't need a huge gulp of tea after them like some biscuits.
      They aren't particularly filling, however I can't imagine many people managing more than around four without finding them too sweet, but that doesn't put me off at all as I have a VERY sweet tooth so can easily polish off a packet in one sitting....whoops!

      ~ Nutritional information ~
      Each Tesco fig roll contains:
      70 calories
      7.2g of sugars
      1.9g of fat
      0.9g of which is saturates
      trace of salt

      At a glance this information doesn't seem bad, but not many people just stick to one which makes both the sugar and fat content quite alarming, although the high sugar content is to be expected as they are very sweet tasting. It is a positive that the salt content is so low though as most of us have enough of that in our diets already.

      Allergy & dietary advice:

      Contains milk, wheat and gluten
      Cannot guarantee no nuts
      suitable for vegetarians

      The ingredients list isn't too long which is positive, the first few ingredients on the list are figs, whole wheat flour, vegetable oil and glucose syrup along with others.

      ~ Over all opinion ~
      For the price, I don't believe you can go wrong with these fig rolls (as long as you actually like fig rolls of course!). I don't think you can tell the difference between these and specific branded ones apart from the fact that the biscuit seems to be slightly softer. Another positive for these biscuits is that they keep well, because they are soft anyway you don't need to worry about them going soft and they don't dry out because the fig filling keeps them moist.

      I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tesco's fig rolls, just be wary if you are watching your nutritional intake though, because having a few of these won't really do you any favours (I try and tell myself this every time!) but if you enjoy a sweet, fruity snack and fancy an alternative from your usual biscuit then give these ago! For the price, you've got nothing to lose!

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      11.04.2013 15:45
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      Great value for money, great quality

      I've always loved fig rolls, so this will perhaps be a biased review! Normally I would just go for the 'posh' ones (think they're Jacobs ones?) but decided to try these as they are 1/3 the price (around 50p as opposed to about £1.25 for the same weight).

      You get 200g in both packs, which equates to around 10 'biscuits'. Which to be fair, isn't a lot. Especially as once you have one, you can't stop eating them they're so good! The sweet pastry isn't too dry (a good fig roll needs to sink a bit when you bite it - No crunch or crumble allowed!) and the fig filling is lovely, moist and figgy! They are also quite deep too which is good, as for own brand stuff they could easily make them slightly smaller. Each roll is about 1.5x3x4cm - So a good size!

      Apart from the pastry - I think the posh ones are smooth whereas these have a ridged top - there is literally no difference in quality between the own and posh brand. So the value for money here is unbeatable. And to be honest, I don't think I'd purchase the posh ones again unless they were on an offer that beat the price of these!

      Only criticism is that they could do a bigger pack size, as I would easily eat 5 in a sitting :-S

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        28.04.2010 17:37
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        A nice biscuit, but not as good as my home made cookies so hubby says!

        I'm afraid in our house, we normally do cheap biscuits if I buy them. I do make my own cookies as well though, so there's normally a reasonable choice available. The last few weeks however, I've been trying to get the garden sorted out, so really haven't had as much time for baking and have fallen back on bought biscuits quite a lot, so when hubby asked me if I could buy something nicer or make some cookies, I opted for the bought option and went searching for something a little more interesting than the value nice, value ginger and value rich tea that I'd bought the previous weeks.

        What I came up with was a packet of these Tesco fig rolls. They were 35p for a packet, and so, something a bit different without spending too much (The Jacobs ones which I also looked at were more than twice the price for the same weight of packet). I did also buy some chocolate chip cookies, but I can't review those as I can't eat them myself being intolerant to caffeine and therefore not being able to eat chocolate! Anyway back to the fig rolls. They come in a red packet that's quite distinctive which is probably why I noticed it on the shelf. Inside the plastic is a piece of cardboard that runs the length of the packet and protects the fig rolls which stand one on top of the other as you'd expect with a normal packet of biscuits. I was actually quite pleased about the way they're packaged as some makers of fig rolls seem to think they need additional plastic trays to sit in which irritates me as these aren't so very easy to recycle. The weight on these is 200g which gives you either 11 or 12 fig rolls (I can't quite remember now sorry!), and they look very nice, just like the more expensive brands really.

        A layer of soft biscuit surrounding a sweet fig paste centre, fig rolls are one of those biscuits that reminds me of my childhood and staying with my dad on weekends, he'd always have these along with garibaldi (or squashed fly biscuits as we called them), and so I remember them quite well from then. Of course, he did always buy the more expensive Jacobs ones, so how would these compare to my childhood memories. Well, the texture of the biscuit on the outside is nice, kind of crumbly on the edges but softer in the middle as I'd expect it to be, maybe not quite as nice as I was hoping, but that could just be the edge of time making me remember things as better than they were. I have to say, I was a little disappointed by the figgy centre however as it was a little harder than one might expect, and was quite chewy rather than being a little bit softer and more melty as the more expensive Jacobs ones are. Like one might expect the whole biscuit, both outer and inner is quite sweet, and they're still very much the sort of thing you want a couple of rather than just stopping at one. Obviously being biscuits they're full of sugar and not low fat or anything like that, and aren't going to be something anyone on a diet will be looking at buying hence no fat or calorie content here, but I will say they go very nicely with a good hot cuppa!

        Overall, I did enjoy these, and so did hubby, probably more so because we'd not had anything like this for a long time. I don't think I'd want to eat them every week, but for an occasional treat instead of me making something they weren't bad. Hubby did compliment me however by saying he'd rather have my home made cookies any day which I thought was rather nice. I'll have to get back to making some this weekend when its due to rain and I can't get out in the garden eh!

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          28.04.2010 11:00
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          Goes great with a cuppa.

          Sitting there last night I really fancied a cuppa tea and something nice to just nibble on. So I popped down to my local Tesco express to pick up milk and something nice.

          I came across these fig rolls. My partner really liked these so I popped two into my basket as I knew he would eat most of them.

          I'm not really sure if they would be classed as a biscuit or a cake. I found them with all the biscuit products in the store, but they have a lovely soft texture more like a cake.

          They were priced at only 34pence for a 200g packet, which contains around 12 fig rolls.

          Once you have opened the packaging you will see that the figs are held in a cardboard topless box which is recyclable and stops them from getting crushed.

          They are around an inch and a half in length and an inch wide. Depth is around 1cm. They are the perfect size for children to hold as well.

          Each biscuit has a lovely soft baked pastry outer shell and inside is a thick sugary fig paste filling. They are soft and easy to eat. I found the nice and chewy. The filling is very sugary and smooth with nice chunks of fig mixed in. The outer baked pastry does have a lovely soft texture but somewhat reminds me of the textue of shoartbread biscuits. When you bite into them they feelo slightly very yet soft. They are very tasty and will satify your need for somthing sweet with a slight kick.

          Each fig roll contains70 claries and 8.3grams of sugar, so not the best thing to have. But they are suitable for vegetarians and contain no nuts but this always isn't 100%.

          These really completed my cuppa tea nicely, and they can get very Moorish. They are excellent value and are of top quality. I would recommend giving these ago is you fancy something sweet and tasty.

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            14.03.2010 16:03
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            Go for these before you buy any other brand, cheaper, more for your money and tastier.

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            The pastry on the outside is a lot fluffier than the premium brand, I see this as a good thing, the fig is not as tough and chewy either. The premium brand seem to have flatter fig rolls whereas these are not as wide but are a fraction of a bit thicker and generously filled with fig. The pack itself is again just like the premium brand, red but with the Tesco logo in white and Fig Rolls in a paler red than the packet underneath the Tesco logo. You get around 12 rolls in a pack. Just tear open the pack and pull out the cardboard *drawer*(?) in which the fig rolls are all packed together, you may have a little bit of fun getting that first first roll out but you are ready to go when it is.

            Price-----
            I would say dirt cheap, but buying a bag of soil from B&Q will cost more (soil is practically the same as dirt). So I shall say fig roll cheap. The premium brand is 68p and these are 35p, very nearly half price for a 200g pack and I am sure the premium brand is of comparable weight.

            Nutritional Info-----(Per fig roll)
            The only info anyone cares about:
            Calories - 70 - 4%
            Sugar - 8.3g - 9%
            Fat- 1.6g - 2%
            Saturates - 0.7g - 4%
            Salt - Trace - <1%

            The ingredients on here are very simple indeed, with nothing 14 letters long that the country convinces you is deadly.

            Allergy Advice:
            Cannot guarantee nut free, contains milk, wheat and gluten.

            Clearly a great source of energy and NOT fattening! Hallelujah.

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            01.03.2010 15:22
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            Fig Rolls from Tesco - tasty!

            I've not had Fig Rolls since I was a child and today whilst browsing round the biscuit aisle I noticed these Tesco's own branded pack which at only 35p was half the price of the premium, Jacobs's brand. Putting a pack into my trolley and having just ate a couple along with a cup of coffee I was surprised at how good they actually tasted.

            Contained in a bright red packet with an illustration of its contents pictured at the end (now slightly different to the illustration above) these come in a white cardboard tray and stand on their ends in the pack. Opening the packet and taking a look at the contents these are exactly what you would expect from a Fig Roll, they are a rounded rectangular baked pastry with a generous helping of fig paste running through the centre. They have a corrugated top and are a lovely golden brown in colour with the contrasting centre being a deep purple.

            Biting into one and the flaky pastry crumbles between your teeth; the fig paste in the centre is smooth and offers a nice contrast to the biscuit exterior. The pastry has a lovely buttery flavour which when mixed with the sweet, fruity fig centre makes for a delicious treat and one that I had completely forgotten about. Remembering Fig Rolls from years ago I could not tell any difference between these and the more expensive brands that I used to eat when I was younger and these were as equally delicious and a fraction of the price.

            Surprisingly given the fact that these are a pasty biscuit the calorie and fat content is quite low with each roll only containing 70 calories, 1.6 grams of fat of which 0.7 grams are saturates. The only area of concern to anyone watching their weight or diet is the sugar content in each biscuit which is listed as being 8.3 grams which represents 9% of an adult's daily guideline amount.

            Notoriously good for being good for your digestive system and bowels each fig roll provides 3.1 grams of fibre which has obvious benefits for anyone who has problems in these areas and for me these are a great way of introducing more fibre into my diet.

            Allergy information warns that these do contain milk, wheat and gluten and that although no nuts are contained in the recipe Tesco cannot guarantee that they are nut free so if these are areas on concern it is worth noting.

            For 35p a 200 gram packet has 10 fig rolls contained within which makes the excellent value for money and a really cheap, tasty and nutritious treat and one that I am glad I have rediscovered. Being a Tesco branded product they are only available instore or online from Tesco and definitely come highly recommended by me and receive 5/5 dooyoo stars.

            Thumbs up from me for these; another winner from Tesco's own range.

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              03.02.2010 11:59
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              Recommended as special treat!

              Yesterday I bought some ready made sweet treats for us. One of them was Tesco's own brand Fig rolls. They come in a dark red wrapper and there are two cookies on the wrapper. The fig rolls look exactly as shown on the picture. When I open the wrapper I found that the rolls have no intensive scent. I thought the fig will have lovely scent but you can hardly smell anything. Anyway the rolls are very soft and you can eat a roll for 2 bites (or one big). About one third of the roll is the fig filling in it so it gives the whole roll a very sweet fig taste. I think the fig filling is prepared to jam. It is very thick and there are little fig seeds in it. The fig jam is very sweet. The rolls are very light in colour and they are soft. Even my sons can eat them easily and they like it.

              The ingredients are as follows: Figs (32%), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Whey Powder, Salt, Raising Agent (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Citric Acid (Citric Acid).

              I forgot to count the rolls in the pack but I think there were 12 in it. The pack contains 200 g of rolls which in our family of 4 disappeared in about 5 minutes. The rolls are quite good for the price they are available I think. You can buy them in Tesco shops or online from Tesco.com for 35 pence. The original ones made by Jacobs may taste better but they cost one pound for the same quantity and they contain only 23% fig.

              The nutritional information may be useful too. The energy content of 100 g of yummy rolls is 375 kcal which is normal in case of such a sweet treat. Its carbohydrate content is 69.3%. So I don't think this is the best way of eating some figs. They are wrapped in lovely rolls but they will be a rare treat at us.

              To sum up it is a delicious fig filled soft roll with really much fig jam in it. It has no tempting fig scent but it is very delicious and extremely sweet. There are fig seeds in it so take care when you give them to the kids some of them may have some red dots on their body. Some children have allergy reaction to the seeds of fruits and vegetables (tomato, strawberry, aubergine, etc.). I gave my younger one only 1 roll and 2 for my elder one. I think the price is very good for them but as I try to keep us in shape we rarely eat such sweet treats.

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                18.01.2010 10:22
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                Great taste at a cheap price!!

                I was in my local Tesco last night getting our weekly shop (only because Iceland was closed - you are still too expensive Tesco) when I came to the biscuit isle. I couldn't resist throwing a few packets in. One was a biscuit I hadn't seen in Tesco before. It was Tesco's Fig Rolls.

                The pack is red and very slimline. It weighs 200g.I'm not sure how many fig rolls there was exactly but I would say about 12. The packet and biscuit had 'cheap' written all over it (not literally of course). They just looked a cheap immitation but for 35p were worth a go.

                I haven't seen these in Tesco before, and I'm sure they must be a new and welcome addition to the range.

                Ingredients

                Figs 32%
                Wheat Flour
                Sugar
                Glucose
                Syrup
                Vegetable Oil
                Partially inverted Sugar Syrup
                Whey Powder
                Salt
                Raising Agent (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate) Citric Acid.

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                Contains milk,wheat, gluten
                Suitable for vegetarians

                Energy 1575kJ (375kcal)
                Protein 4.0g
                Carbohydrate 69.3g
                sugars 44.7g
                Fat 8.8g
                saturates 3.8g
                mono unsaturates 3.2g
                polyunsaturates 1.6g
                Fibre 3.1g
                Sodium 0.2g
                *Salt Equivalent 0.6g

                So what about the taste. Well to be honest they were okay.The baked pastry was very soft and delicious. However the roll was extremely small and I can't see somebody just having the one. The fig 'jam' inside was also extremely sweet and although there was not much of it, it was enough to get the taste. I really can't see somebody just having one though. I polished off most of the packet!!!

                Would I recommend? Yes. They are okay for 35p. Not as good as the famous Fig Roll brand, which are a lot bigger and appear to have a lot more of a filling. But for other fig rolls you can easily pay 70p a packet, twice as much. So I guess as the old saying goes 'you get what you pay for'.

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