“ Type: Biscuits „
Last week Tesco sent me a voucher for 1000 extra Clubcard points if I spent £6.50 on items from the Finest range. While I'm not an avid collector of points I realised straight away that this was quite a bargain, especially as I'm a regular buyer of this range anyway.
These Caramel Shortbread Squares are absolutely delicious. I've had them before but it's one of those sweet products that I have to make sure I have visitors as they are so sugary that they certainly won't do my blood sugar any favours, so I have to share them to avoid me eating them all myself!
They are a very simple idea and is basically Millionaire's Shortbread which has been made with top quality ingredients rather than the standard biscuit, caramel and chocolate. Well, it's still made up of those three components but they are absolutely delicious and far better than other biscuits of this type I've eaten before.
The shortbreads are a little larger than my other favourite from Thorntons but are still gone in just two bites - and that's not just me being greedy, they really are very small indeed! The shortbread itself is deliciously buttery and crumbly, it has a slightly treacle flavour which is a wonderfully different to the bland shortbread you usually find in this type of sweet treat.
The caramel is delicious. In my mind it's a kind of cross between the sweet and sticky caramel found in Cadbury's bars and the glorious stretchy toffee I buy from Thorntons when my teeth are feeling particularly strong! It has a sweet flavour and is soft and glossy, completely infusing the shortbread with its very pleasant golden flavour. It sounds strange describing a flavour as 'golden', but this is really a good word for it as it tastes so very smooth and sweet!
The chocolate is apparently Belgian, and very nice it is too. It's in a very thin layer compared to the much thicker caramel but is delightfully rich and rounds off the wonderful sweet flavours of the Shortbread Squares beautifully. It's creamy and not as sweet as most chocolate toppings on this kind of biscuit, but in my opinion that's good news as they really are sweet enough without a thick layer of chocolate.
Overall I think these are wonderful, absolutely delicious. They become sickly rather fast so I can rarely eat more than two, and my limit is usually one simply because of the aforementioned blood sugar problems! It's strange though as they are sickly sweet but are extremely moreish so even though I sometimes feel as though I can't quite manage to finish my second one I'll still munch it up and ignore the growing protestations of my stomach!
These five small Caramel Shortbread Squares cost £1.59 a packet, which is expensive I suppose but for such a tasty and luxurious treat I don't think that is too bad a price.
I was in Tesco earlier today and we were picking up some lunch. I decided on some shortbread caramel squares for my sweet treat. The only ones I could find in Tesco were the finest range so in my basket they went.
For my £1.19 I got five miniature squares. Each square is approximately 1 inch by 1 inch square and looked very inviting through the somewhat clear packaging.
Straight away they were screaming at me that this was an expensive treat for what I was getting but there was nothing else I fancied so I was going to have them regardless.
The shortbread caramel squares came packaged in a clear plastic tray, enclosed with a clear plastic wrapping, and the n it was half covered with a cardboard outer base with the traditional silver and black colours for Tesco finest range products. I found the packaging to look quite cheap considering it was their most expensive range but I wasn't put off as I could see the little treats that waited for me inside.
The outer layer promised me Belgian chocolate on top of my caramel and shortbread. I was almost salivating at the tills, but I resisted until I had gotten home and eaten my lunch first before delving into the packet.
Each little square on first glance appears to have more caramel and chocolate than it does shortcake. As I prised one out of the packaging, I noticed the shortbread was very crumbly, and I knew I was going to have to eat these sharpish before they crumbled all over my hand.
The square was easily gone in two bites, but I tried to nibble the first bit off. You won't be able to eat these in a ladylike manner so be forewarned. Best enjoyed and don't worry about who is looking at you with crumbs around your mouth.
The shortcake comes across as very rich and buttery. Caramel is fairly slid which is quite a nice texture against the shortbread. It's fairly sugary and sweet, but the classic is the thick chocolate layer that crunches as you bite into it.
All of the tastes and textures together make for a mouthful of loveliness and your taste buds will explode with all the different sweet flavours rolling around your mouth.
The most predominant taste and the one that lasts the longest after the square is all gone is the caramel.
Each square is ridiculously bad for you, coming in at 170 calories and 8.1grams of fat. This is really high for such a nice treat but then think of all the sugar that goes into making each layer and there's the answer.
With five in the pack try to share them out to ease the guilt. Unfortunately I chose to keep them all for myself.
For allergy information, there are no nuts in the product but the packaging can't guarantee it's nut free.
For a cake with coffee these are a good buy. I would have preferred to buy Mr Kipling ones but I haven't seen them on the shelves for a long time. As part of what seems to be a dying breed these are a nice change for a cake.