Product Type: Tesco Snacks
Newest Review: ... £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 ... more
Now bring us some figgy biscuits...
Tesco Fig Rolls
Member Name: Vialdana
Tesco Fig Rolls
Advantages: Cheaper than the leading brands and quite tasty with a cuppa.
Disadvantages: Not quite as enjoyable as I remember them being when I was a kid.
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!
Summary: A nice biscuit, but not as good as my home made cookies so hubby says!