“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
I think the biscuit section in my supermarket is my favourite part of food shopping. I love looking at all the different varieties on display and selecting from them. Although recently I have been on another economy drive so I was looking for a good biscuit at a competitive price.
I think this was the most attractive feature of them because a 300 gram packet of Sainsbury's Rich Tea Biscuits cost just 25p at my local supermarket. This compares very favourably with the more expensive more attractive branded ones that can cost four times as much for exactly the same size.
This is always a drawback with the Sainbury's basics range. The packet comes in a cylinder which is just over 9" long. The packet looks plain and unattractive, it is orange at one end and white the rest of the way along the packet. It has writing on it advising what the product is and supplies all the necessary product information.
Part of the reason the Sainsbury's basics range are cheaper than the branded products is a lot less money is spent on packaging the goods. This includes the marketing of the product and in all honesty I would have to see it looks cheap but cheerful and if I didn't recognise the Basics range I would quite easily walk past them as they don't catch your eye like the branded items do.
I found the packet quite difficult to open. Indeed I had to rip the packet to get into it. Inside I found a total of 29 rich tea biscuits, I put them carefully on a plate but in doing so two of the biscuits broke with little encouragement from me.
The biscuits are round and about 6cm wide. When I picked my first one up, it left lighter than the branded ones. However they look very similar with rich tea biscuits on each one and the customary indentations into the wheaty colour biscuits.
I was very impressed with the taste of the biscuit. For me they tasted just as good as the more expensive branded one. There was a good crunch to the biscuit and this biscuit did not break up once I bite into it. It tasted quite sweet and quite wheaty and I enjoyed the sensation in my mouth. Indeed I found it quite difficult not to keep eating more of them. Yes they where a little dry but that is the style of biscuit they are. Plus I did find they residue of the biscuit kept sticking in and around my teeth and I needed a glass of water to feel it had all gone.
Always important for me is the dunking test. I love to dunk and I was keen to see if this product would survive it. I found these biscuits where fine for dunking and on no occasion did I lose any of the biscuit in my coffee. They still tasted great but where not as firm once dunked and I had to be careful that the biscuit did not drop before I got it to my mouth, as it was a little mushy!!
Each biscuit contains:
Sat Fat: 0.6g
This product contains wheat, gluten and barley gluten. It is not suitable for milk or soya allergy sufferers. The packaging is not recyclable.
For more information on this product go to: www.sainsburys.co.uk
==My overall thoughts:==
I definitely will be purchasing these again because not only do they represent excellent value for money but they also tasted just as good as the branded product. I think 29 biscuits for 25p is great value. This product is easy to store in any cool dry place and it has a long shelf life. Mine packet had a best before date six months time.
I suppose the only thing you have to be careful of is eating too many of them, because they are very morish. What I would like is slightly smaller packets as I think the 300g packets are fine for families but for people on their own it is far to much and need to be put in the biscuit barrel for another day.
I would recommend this product because it is good value for money. It tastes excellent and passes the dunking test as long as you are careful. The only negative for me is the dull packaging that means these products might not catch your eye and they don't look particularly appealing.
Thanks for reading my review.
© CPTDANIELS September 2011.
They say money doesn't go a long way any more but try telling that to TESCO who are selling the budget "TESCO VALUE" Rich Tea biscuits for a mere 25p for 300g. However with the reputation the TESCO VALUE brand has will these be one of the many under priced items to be ignored (much like their bin liners which are pathetic to say the least) or are they one of the shining examples of how the brand should be done?
The packaging is in the brands traditional blue and white, rather plain looking and with a simple layout. As well as the blue and white the wrapper also contains images of Rich Tea biscuits, whether they are TESCO VALUE ones is debateable but it isn't the greatest quality of image. The first things I noticed when taking them from the packet was that 2 of the the top 3 were cracked, they were also very pale looking and the writing on them was faint. The writing looks like it says "Round Biscuit" on the outside and "RICH TEA" across the centre, but the outer writer is very difficult to see and looks like a worrying sign of things to come.
The first thing I wanted to find out was their default taste, so there was no need for a cup of tea at this stage. The biscuits crunched well when bitten in to though seemed rather bland and tasteless. They seem to crumble up in your mouth before gelling into a ball of goo if you let them mix with your saliva for too long. Rather disgusting and not a pleasure to eat at all, in fact it's quite worrying that you are actually expected to dip them in to a liquid drink. On this form they are going to go soggy and collapse into a blob in my good old fashioned cuppa.
So with great fear, I did the "Tea test" the staple of any good rich tea biscuit, it should soak up some of the tea though keep it's shape until they get put in to the mouth of the eater. After dipping half the biscuit in and leaving it there for a second before eating it I was amazed it came out in a single piece. This amazement was swiftly turned back into disappointment. The biscuit hadn't really soaked any of the tea up merely coated it's self in the drink and the centre was still the crumbley horror show of the none tea'd up biscuit.
Overall this was nothing short of a flaming travesty, to call the them "Rich" tea biscuits was a joke, they may as well have been sold as tea coasters (thing about that is the coasters may actually soak more tea up and taste nicer). If you want to save some money just dip some card board in to a cup, you'll save yourself 25p in the process and at least you'll know before hand what to expect.
Nutritional Information (per biscuit-approx 7.8g)
Energy 149KJ (35Kcal)
Carbohydrate 5.6g (of which 1.5g are from Sugars)
Fat 1.2g (0.5g are Saturated a further 0.5g are Mono-unsaturates and 0.2g are polyunsaturates )
The packet also makes people are the product is suitable for vegetarians but contains Wheat, Gluten and Sulphites and although no nuts are in the ingredients they cannot guarantee the product is nut free.
An alternate use for these that I found was to actually use them out doors, stand in a confined space, say a neighbours garden. Spilt the packet between the players equally, then throw them at each other, they can hurt if they catch someone on the nose, ear or back of the fingers. Amusement for all of 2 minutes, but it's better than using them as biscuits.
Tesco Rich Tea Biscuits are a great value buy for a quality product. Because of the generic brand name, these biscuits are a fraction of the cost of other tea biscuits, but are just as yummy! They are perfect with a spread of nutella or jam on them, or shared with a hot cup of tea or a cold glass of milk.
I like these because they are lower calorie than chocolate coated biscuits, but are still just as great tasting. Careful, though, as they can be addicting! I always keep a pack in the house for a snack or treat.
The packaging could be better, ideally resealable so that it would keep the freshness, but it is the same as most other biscuit brands, so it isn't really a disadvantage to buying a pack.
If you're looking for a tea biscuit to keep as a staple in your cupboard, I suggest these, since they're friendly on the wallet and taste great!
These rich tea are excellent for people who cant resist a biscuit at supper but who are trying to cut down their saturated fat content and sugar. I think they are personally as good as the McVities version but are somewhat cheaper - i also found the low fat version tasty but they were slightly drier and too crumbly for my liking. I think they are actually a tasty sweeter option with cheese or my favourite is lemon curd or rasperry jam for a real treat. I find they dont tend to go soft too quickly if left out but are best kept in a tin if you like a crunch to them. I tend to buy these products 2 packs at a time as they are addictive. The packaging is quite eyecatching considering it is a Tesco brand. I also recommend the chocolate covered version if you are a rich tea fan though these are the healthier version for sure! I know many pregnant Mums also love them as a solution for morning sickness!
Rich tea biscuits are probably the most boring biscuit money can buy but by simply dunking them in a steaming hot cup of tea they become delicious and I cannot get enough of them.
I recently tried the Tesco version of the rich tea biscuit and having been a loyal McVities buyer for years I can tell you I will now be changing.
Once dipped in the tea which is the only way I ever eat a rich tea biscuit they taste exactly the same as the much more expensive McVities ones and they seem to take a dunking better too, they hardly ever get too soggy and break and they are slightly thicker than the McVities ones too so each bite is a more satisfying mouthful.
200g of these biscuits in their uniform like Blue Tesco packet will set you back a mere 38p as opposed to the 61p for the same amount of McVities.
Each biscuit contains 36 calories which is on a par with the McVities ones and the ingredients are almost identical too so for me it has to be the cheaper option I mean why pay more for no reason?
Tesco Rich Tea biscuits are a biscuit that I always have a few of in supply in my biscuit tin. I love biscuits in general and turn to these as a healthier option than the likes of shortbread biscuits or chocolate coated biscuits, both of which are higher in sugar, fat and calories.
Rich Tea are great for dunking in your tea of coffee. You have to be a bit careful to only briefly dunk or else they will break off and be lost into the cup. To safe guard against this you can "double up" by placing two Rich Teas together with the slightly convex side of both biscuits facing outwards.
They are made from wheat flour, sugar and vegetable oil so what you are getting is the most basic form of biscuit that is plain in flavour, sweet but not too sweet and a bit of a "filler" really to go with your hot drink.
If you are really desperate you could use it as a substitute for a cracker and put butter and/or cheese on it.
My 200 gram packet cost me 40 pence and each biscuit is a respectably low 36 calories.
Tesco rich tea biscuits at only thirty eight pence a packet are excellent value in my opinion, like these because occasionally I want a biscuit that is not too sweet and laden with sugar and at only thirty six calories per biscuit they will not put too much strain on teh waistline, I also find that because they are dry they are not as moorish as other brands of biscuits and hence I do not crave more so a couple with a cup of tea in the morning does me fine for elevenses.
These have a rather bland taste to them but one of the attractions for me is their simplicity, hey are very crunchy when you bite into them and not too crumbly, it is hard to describe the taste, there is a slight sweetness to them and to be honest I tend to dunk them in my tea to soak up some flavour.
In the summer I find these quite nice to eat with some vanilla ice cream with the biscuits broken up and mixed in with the ice cream as the two flavours compliment each other nicely.
Tesco brand Rich Tea Biscuit........
For a mere 38 pence you can get this good sized 200g weight packet of rich tea biscuits from Tesco. Now I do love a cup of tea and what I love more than a cup of tea is having a rich tea biscuit to dunk into the tea. I am a firm believer of dunking nothing more than a rich tea and those people who dunk biscuits such as bourbons are a little mad in my view.
You can't beat a rich tea biscuit and for this price you are getting a rather nice version of a rich tea at that. The biscuits are housed within a fairly nice packaging that is easy to open and looks far better than the value packaging. The taste of these rich teas is not that different however from the value version of this classic.
This version are still a nice golden like colour, they are still ever so crunchy and are exceptionally nice dunked. When dunked they take on just the right amount of tea so that the biscuit gets wet but doesn't fall into the cup at the last moment.
I do think this is a biscuit worth dunking but I can honestly say I am not sure the few pence more than the value version is worth paying because as I can tell there really is no difference.
I would give these biscuits a five star rating purely because I do love a rich tea but I would say if I needed to buy a packet of rich tea I would most likely opt for the cheaper value ones as they seem to be exactly the same!
Having a cup of tea wouldn't be the same without a biscuit (or ten) to 'dunk' into it - and i've certainly dunked my fair share of biscuits into a fair few cups of tea over the years! Sometimes I can get a bit carried away, and demolish half a packet of whatever i'm eating - then end up forcing myself to do around 100 sit-ups before going to bed.
Whilst I was in the supermarket last week, I came across the humble 'Rich Tea' - a biscuit we always had in the house during my childhood, and I though I would revisit it, and give it a go.
Rich Tea was apparently developed in 17th century in Yorkshire for the upper-classes as a light snack between full-course meals. The biscuit is circular, fairly thin and has the words 'Rich Tea Biscuit' engraved on the top side.
Tesco Rich Tea Biscuits cost 38p for the 200g packet, so this is certainly not a product which is going to break the bank. There is also a 'value' version available, costing 25p for a 300g packet, but I haven't yet tried that one.
The biscuits themselves are nice and crunchy, not too sweet and have a subtle flavour. In comparison to the McVities variety, there really isn't much to choose between them.
In terms of the ingredients, the biscuit contains: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Malt Extract, Salt, Raising Agents (sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), and Glucose Syrup. Each biscuit contains 36 Calories, which is 2% of your recommended daily allowance.
Rich Tea biscuits in general are not the most exciting biscuits in the world, but they are certainly good with a cup of tea. The Tesco version is more than adequate for my dunking needs, and the flavour is spot-on. For the price, you can't really go wrong with these.