“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
I would like to say that I am not responsible for the large amount of biscuits which get eaten in our house each week but unfortunately this is not the case. I don't eat half as many as my husband but I do get through my fair share. I would say that I probably eat the most as soon as I get in from work, and will often reach for the biscuit tin when I am opening my post or putting the shopping away. I also sometimes have one or two in the evening if I have a cup of tea while I am watching tv.
I do sometimes buy more expensive biscuits but will put a few packs of Tesco value biscuits in the trolley every week. I have recently been buying this larger 900g barrel pack as they are better value than buying four individual packets of biscuits which would cost you in excess of £1.50 and these are currently only £1.29.
You get a packet of malted milk, nice biscuits, custard creams and bourbons so there is something for everyone in there. My favourite out of these is the malted milk and my husbands is the bourbons and we both like the other two so this works out well! The four different biscuits are in their individual packets so you don't have to open each one until you want to eat them so they can last for some time. They four packets are then packed in a large plastic packet. I usually put one or two packets into the biscuit tin as I find that they stay the freshest this way. To open the individual packets I find it is best to make a cut between the biscuits with a sharp knife but being careful not to cut the biscuits. You can open them by peeling the packing at the end but this can sometimes result in the end biscuit breaking.
The biscuits contain average calories for biscuits, with the custard creams and bourbon creams having 65 calories, the malted milk 46 and the nice only 40 calories which I am surprised as they do have a sugar coating on the top. All the other nutritional information is listed on the packets and they are all suitable for vegetarians which is good to know.
I love dunking biscuits especially the malted milk but I do also dunk the creams although you have to be careful not to leave them in your drink for too long or you do get a bit of a film on the top, however it does taste nice. I think the quality of all of the four biscuits is very good and I can't really tell much difference from the Tesco ordinary range compared to the value range. I don't find they taste overly sweet or artificial in any way. At this price I think they are excellent value and I will continue to buy them and recommend them as a cheap and tasty snack for the whole family.
I'm reviewing my Tesco biscuit selection, called Biscuit Barrel.
The selection costs just £1.27.
The picture above is out of date. There is a new design on the packaging.
Biscuits have recently been reinstated in our home after being banned for some time during a phase of dieting, and these days I'm ever on the lookout for cheap options. At £1.27p for a packet containing 5 separate packets of biscuits I considered these a good find.
***SO, WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR £1.27p ?***
You get a large multi pack of biscuits. Inside the main packet there are 5 individual packets of biscuits.
1 Pack of Custard creams.
1 Pack of Bourbon creams.
1 Pack of Nice.
2 Packs of malted Milk.
Each pack is around 7" long, so contains a very fair number of biscuits.
The Custard creams are nice and crunchy and the cream in them is possibly a little sweeter than the brand named custard creams, but once combined with the biscuit you hardly notice that extra sweetness .
The Bourbon creams have a similarly crunchy biscuit which is lightly chocolate flavoured (but a very dark colour) and the cream is similarly flavoured. Again these stand up well against the brand named variation, although I find then a bit milder. Less intense, which actually suits my taste for this variety.
The Malted Milk biscuits are nice and short, have that distinctive malted milk taste and the usual Malted Milk logo of cows on each biscuit .
The Nice biscuits are the ones I find least equal to the brand named Nice biscuits, because they are rather bland.
For me Nice biscuits need to be coconutty and there is little evidence of coconut in these ones. They are nicely crisp and perfectly acceptable, but I definitely feel they let the selection down.
They are also VERY liberally sprinkled with coarse sugar.
These are really good value in my opinion and I like the fact that there is something for everyone in the one pack.
They are double wrapped....having both the individually wrapped packs and then the outer packaging.....so they stay fresh, and I've never yet bought a pack that was anything other than in perfect crisp dry condition .
It works out at around 25p a packet of biscuits and that's fantastic for my purse.
I also like the fact that they are all really rather plain compared to some biscuits that are loaded with extras like chocolate toppings or icings. The only 'frills' are the creams in the custard and bourbon creams.
There will of course be people who favour the brand name biscuits, and while these have their place I still think the Tesco Biscuit Barrel selection offers excellent value .
They aren't perfect, but they stand up well against brand names and for that reason I'll continue to buy them.
The only down side is that they are high in calories, but then all biscuits are and you need to factor that in when opting to buy them.
The calorie count per single biscuit is,
Custard creams.....65cal .
As for allergy advice, they contain MILK....WHEAT....GLUTEN....SOYA.
They are made in a nut free factory, from nut free recipes, but the manufacturer CANNOT guarantee they are nut free.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Would I recommend? Yes.
I am removing one star though, because the Nice biscuits in the selection are a bit of a let down for me .
Thank you for reading~~~myloh.
me and my fiancée love it when the kids have gone to bed and we sit there with our cup of tea and biscuits! But with ever tightening purse strings we we're having to think whether we needed to cut back on the little luxuries we had.
However on my next shopping trip I spotted Tesco's Biscuit barrel pack, it was £1.29 which contained 2 packs of malted milk biscuits, 1 pack of nice biscuits, 1 pack of custard cream biscuits and 1 pack of Bourbon biscuits. Previously I had been spending over £4 on just 3 packs of various types of biscuits so this find was brilliant.
The packaging used to be as pictured above however now they have changed it and i am so glad they have as now it does not look quite so cheap! It is now more modern and bright which makes you more willing to try there own branded biscuits.
The taste of all the biscuits is exactly the same as the brand varieties, they also look exactly the same. The only thing I will say is that over the last couple of months we have bought 2 packs of these and for some reason the malted milk biscuits have had a smokey taste to them almost as if they have been burned, because of these we have had to throw them away. Fingers crossed we were just unlucky and bought an odd couple of packs!
I would say they are worth there money though.
When it comes to biscuits I really do try hard not to buy any! This is due to me living alone and 9 times out of 10 getting bored and scoffing them all to myself of an evening lol. However from time to time I like many people do treat myself and if having guests over then I feel its important to be able to offer something with a cuppa (must be the West Midlands coming out in me!).
These I bought for £1. 29 in my local Tesco store. A large pack offering 5 packets of biscuits within it for that price I thought was great value for money and gives a bit of variety too and I know from eating Tesco Value biscuits in the past that I like them so I thought why not....especially when I spotted that these have two packets of Malted Milk in them which is a top fav of mine!
Well these are no longer simply called Tesco Value they are now called Tesco 'Everyday 'Value since the brand has undergone somewhat of a transformation. The cheaper more garish and stand out packaging that was 'Value' is now of better quality and more subtle which I actually really do appreciate. There was nothing like being on a tight week financially and going through a check out with only Value products all sticking out like a sore thumb...now we can do it a little more quietly!
These come in a white plastic cover which is large and oblong and with a photograph of the biscuits on the front of it and we are told that they are Tesco Everyday Value Biscuit Barrel Selection 'Bourbon Cream, Nice, Malted Milk And Custard Cream' and that they contain no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat and there are little pictures of cups and spoons and biscuits on there too as well as an at a glance nutritional chart. On the back of the packet ingredients are listed for each biscuit as well as a nutritional chart, the size is stated which is a whopping 900g of biscuits and contact details for Tesco's are given. This is a very thin wrapper and tears ever so easily but luckily there are 5 individually wrapped packs of biscuits and they are all in clear plastic.
What you get is 12 custard creams, 12 bourbons, 25 nice biscuits and 2 packs of 23 malted milks. That is a whopping 95 biscuits for the price of £1.29! I think that is amazing value for money and particularly as these are such great quality and fabulous tasting biccies!
Oblong and slightly golden in colour with a picture of a cow on each one and we are told what they are on each one as well actually, these are not brill for dunking in hot drinks as they do cave in really easily however they are crunchy if not wet, creamy and nicely sweetened. I love the Tesco Everyday Value malted milk anyway and these are the same as those so thumbs up from me on these and these of course you get the most of in the way of packs of these too which I really appreciate!
Again these are oblong, golden and with the word Nice on top with a small sprinkle of white granulated sugar on the top these are tasty sweet and lovely and light but still crunchy biscuits. Again not so great for dunking but they are nice as the name aptly suggests lol!
Square shaped biscuits, which are golden biscuit sandwiches with a pattern to each one of the tops of the biscuits and us being told what they are they have a generous dollop of glue in the way of custard within each one. Nicely and naturally sweet these are once again and I love the crunchiness of these even when dunked and yes you can dunk these in hot drinks for a second or two before they go too soggy though do be aware they do create a scum in the cup as they do melt slightly!
Again each of the bourbons are two dark brown chocolate coloured oblongs of biscuit stuck together by chocolate cream. Very crunchy and not all that sweet these are actually my least favourite of the biscuits though with Bourbon written on each they look nice enough its just to me they lack a sweetness I'd appreciate and a creaminess but they are ok and strong enough like the custard creams to give a little dunk to!
All in All:
Like I have already said I think these are a superb selection of biscuits. Ok they are the basic type of biscuits but they are all good quality and tasty enough and for me and I like the choice and the fact there is loads of them and I don't have to empty out the whole lot onto a plate if I have guests, I can hold back and keep fresh some of them by not taking them out of their packets. Lovely buy, can't get over the price still and I will certainly be repurchasing them in the future without a shadow of a doubt!
Nutritional Information Per Biscuit (Average):
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Biscuits are something that we normally always have in the house, my husband likes them as a snack from time to time and so do I, also I find them useful to have to had if my sugar levels drop too low which being diabetic happens from time to time, having some biscuits in the house means I can have a couple to help bring them up again. The problem is me and my husband do not really like the same biscuits, personally I prefer something like malted milks, rich tea or digestives, biscuits which are a bit plainer, whereas my husband on the other hand loves any biscuits which are chocolate covered or cream filled, basically the high calorie biscuits. Because of our different tastes we either end up buying 2 or 3 different packets or one of us ends up putting up with the other persons choice. Recently when shopping at Tesco my husband spotted the Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel, basically a larger pack of biscuits which contains 4 different types of biscuits, half chocolate and cream filled, the other half were slightly plainer, these sounded perfect for us as the pack contained biscuits we both like meaning we didn't have to buy several different packets to suit our own tastes so we decided to give these a go.
The Tesco Biscuit Barrel biscuits come individually wrapped in their types, they are literally wrapped in a clear plastic allowing you to see the biscuits inside, with the best before date printed on the, the packaging directly wrapped around the biscuits is very plain and basic. The individually wrapped packets of biscuits are then wrapped all together in a large plastic wrapper, this has the Tesco Value logo printed in the top left hand corner and the words "Biscuit Barrel Selection" written in large blue letter across the middle of the packet. The rest of the wrapped is taken up with a picture of a plate with a selection of the biscuits on it. The only other information on the front of the packet is the nutritional information which is in the bottom right hand corner. There is further product information on the back of the packet including more detailed nutritional information of each of the biscuit types, the ingredients and any dietary information. This is all clearly set out and easy to read. the design of the outer packaging is very basic, but the information tells you what you need to know.
In the Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel Selection you get 4 types of biscuits and 5 individual packets. In this pack you get 2 packs of Malted Milks, 1 pack of Nice, 1 pack of Bourbon Cream and 1 pack of Custard Creams, I was quite pleased that you got 2 packets of the Malted Milks as these are my favourites, however my husband would have preferred an extra packet of Bourbon or Custard Cream. The Biscuits which come inside these individual packets are the same as the Tesco Value individual packs you can buy, personally I find that with all of the types inside the Biscuit Barrel pack there is very little difference between the value biscuits and the more expensive brands you can buy. For me the only really noticeable difference in these biscuits and the more expensive ones is the Bourbon Creams are a slightly different shape, the traditional Bourbon Creams are a long thin sandwich shaped biscuits, the Tesco Value ones inside the Biscuit Barrel Selection are wide and shorted in shape, however this is literally the only difference I have found so far. For me the Malted Milk and Nice biscuits are more to my taste, however I have also tried the other 2 varieties, they taste exactly as I would expect them to and they have a decent amount of cream filling, I did wonder if this would be a bit thin and non existent but this was not the case at all. The Malted Milks looked just the same as the more expensive brands, a rectangle shaped biscuit with a picture of 2 cows on it, as was the same with the Nice variety, a similar size and shape as the Malted Milks but with the word Nice in the middle and the whole biscuit is slightly sprinkled with sugar.
The nutritional information varies per biscuit and this is listed individually on the back of the outer packaging.
Calories - 65
Sugar - 4g
Fat - 3g
Saturates - 2g
Salt - Trace
Calories - 65
Sugar - 4g
Fat - 3g
Saturates - 2g
Salt - Trace
Calories - 40
Sugar - 2g
Fat - 2g
Saturates - 1g
Salt - Trace
Calories - 46
Sugar - 2g
Fat - 2g
Saturates - 1g
Salt - Trace
I was quite surprised to see that the Nice variety were the lowest in calories as I really thought that it would be the Malted Milks, All of the biscuits nutritional information is reasonable, although the cream filled biscuits are much higher in calories and fat which is why personally I tend not to eat these regularly. All of the nutritional information is listed in detail for each biscuit type on the back of the packet. Also what I particularly like about these biscuits is that all of the varieties are suitable for vegetarians which is handy for me as it means I can actually eat any of them if I wish, I have found with some cheaper brands of foods you find that they are not vegetarian, whereas if you buy an expensive version it is, this is not the case with these.
Obviously the Biscuit Barrel Selection of Biscuits are only available in Tesco with them being part of their Tesco Value range. This 900g packet of biscuits costs just £1.29, personally I think this is excellent value for money as you really do get a lot of biscuits for your money, the amount of biscuits in each individual pack varies depending on the type, you do get more of the Malted Milk and Nice compared to the cream filled biscuits, however you do still get a decent amount of all varieties. To buy the packets individually they are normally around 40p each in the Tesco Value range so buying them in this form works out a lot cheaper than if you purchased individual packets, also they works out a lot cheaper than other brands. In my opinion these are well worth the money, they do not taste cheap and nasty at all, you really do get good quality biscuits for such a low price.
I would definitely recommend the Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel, you get a large amount of biscuits for very little money. The biscuits inside the packet are extremely tasty and personally I cannot tell any difference in taste or flavours compared to the more expensive brands that are available. You get 4 varieties of biscuits in this packet half of which are cream filled and chocolaty and the other half are a bit plainer so there is something to suit most tastes. For us this is an ideal selection as it includes biscuits that we both like and it works out cheaper for us to buy this larger pack than to buy individual packs. The Biscuit Barrel selection would be ideal for a family as you get a large amount of biscuits ad a variety of choice, obviously you do not get loads of different types of biscuits compared to say the more expensive tins, however these are what I would call everyday biscuits, they are the sort varieties that you would buy for general consumption rather than a special occasion. I have had no complaints so far with these biscuits and will definitely be buying them again in the future, I would certainly recommend these to anyone
The general, as well as my, usual opinion of Tesco Value items are cheap, bad quality products. For these biscuits, I was wrong!
For just over £1 you get four different types of biscuits: Bourbon, Custard Cream, Nice and Malted Milk.
They come in the standard value packaging and inside, they are split into five separate plastic wrappers: 1x Bourbon, 1x Custard Cream, 1x Nice and 2x Malted milk.
They are delicious and taste just like the actual thing. They are chocolatey and sweet although not too sweet to be horrible. Only sweet enough enough to be chocolate! They look like a standard Bourbon.
Admittedly, they are very sweet and sugary but oh so delicious! The biscuit itself is lovely and the Cream filling, is lovely. The filling is similar to that of a fondant in that you can feel the sugar in your mouth as you eat it, perhaps a bit of a put off for those who don't have such a sweet tooth.
They definitly are nice! They have sugar around the outside and are very firm biscuits. They have a lovely taste to them and have a nice sweet aftertase.
By far my favourite! A creamy, sweet taste with a malty after taste. The only downside is that these seem to be very weak down the middle and always break in half when you handle them or at the slightest knock.
Overall, these are definitly worth their value! Don't be fooled by the more expensive versions; these are just as great!
I always buy these biscuits when we have a group of friends over, as they have all sorts of biscuits for everyone in.
The biscuit barrel from Tesco contains bourbon biscuits, custard creams, nice, and malted milks. Each of these are individually wrapped so you don't have to worry about eating them al at once.
I must say that for £1.08 for the packet, you get a lot of biscuit's and of a very good quality, so I would have to day these are exceptionally good value for money.
So onto the biscuits themselves:
Bourbons-These are the classic chocolate biscuits with a chocolate cream centre, ideal for dunking. I find these really tasty, and they are very moreish too.
Custard Creams-These are another classic biscuit. I do find these quite sugary, although this another one you can quite happily eat lots of.
Nice-These live up to there name of being Nice! They are coated I sugar, and whilst being quite plain, are a good snack. I do find these have a bit of a crunch to them.
Malted Milks-These are perhaps my favourite They have a sweet but not quite sugary aftertaste, which leaves you wanting more.
Overall I would have to say these biscuits are great value, and are just the same as more expensive branded makes. If you can get past the fact that they are value, then go out and treat yourself to them, you wont be disappointed!
I have never been a sweetie or biscuit eater but MRS Weebill very much is and whilst she is a very upmarket biscuit lover with things like Fox`s whipped creams, and Viscounts being her biscuits of choice, she still enjoys the humble custard cream and digestive from time to time.
On a recent trip to Tesco we picked up a Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel which is a selection of traditional biscuits such as Bourbon`s Custard cream`s and malted milks and at only 68p for what is essentially 5 packets of biscuits, they were a great offer but would they be any good was the question I was asking.
To be honest we knew that no matter whether we liked them or not they would not go to waste because our grandkids will eat pretty much anything as long as it is full of sugar and very bad for them but in fact these were pretty decent biscuits for the money and we ate easily as many as the grand kids or perhaps even more.
The Bourbons were my favourite and they were every bit as good as the Crawford's version that I usually eat, my wife loved the malted milk`s with a cup of tea and as we thought the grandkids just liked them all.
These may look cheap and you might not want to hand them round to guests but believe me for an everyday biscuit these are well worth their money and are now on our shopping list every time we visit Tesco.
Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel - A scrumptious barrel !!
I went to my local Tesco to pick some cakes but end up picking up this last month.
The packaging is just like customary Tesco value range with images of the biscuits on the front. You can find biscuits wrapped in there own wrappers inside the packet. I always prefer this as it ensures that freshness is maintained and they do not go mushy.
The packet contains Bourbon Cream, Custard Cream, Nice and Malted Milk variety. The Bourbon Cream was very crispy and was really good in taste.I could get the aroma of flavour of cocoa powder and was surprised as it was just like an expensive brand. The Nice biscuits were really delicious with desiccated coconut savour. I really enjoyed them with tea.
More often than not I like Custard cream so it was bound to impress me. I did not like Malted Milk variety as the Barley Malt Extract was little to heavy for me and ironically the box contained two of these variant.
By and large the nutritional values of all these biscuits were under my permissible range of sugar, fat and saturate level so I would tick mark this aspect without any hindrance.
I loved the way Tesco has though out for this product by including all popular ranges of biscuits .A 900g packet of appetizing biscuits at £1.00.I can not ask for better !!! Although I did not like the Malted one but still will not snatch any credit from Tesco for coming out with this first-rate product.
I've noticed over the last few weeks that we've had all the same biscuits in the biscuit tin over and over again, today I saw why and was surprised that the yummy biscuits are a selection of 5 packs all sold together for about £1.00 from Tesco Value. The surprising thing is that they are so nice for that price and I wouldn't have guessed that they were cheapo biscuits like that.
You get a pack of bourbons, custard creams, nice biscuits and 2 packs of malted milks. I love all those types of biscuit so am happy with this Biscuit Barrel selection and think they all taste a bit better than the individual Value biscuits, especially the bourbons because they have got a nice texture for sure than the bourbons in the Value packets.
The biscuits are:-
These have got a nice texture and they have got a lovely chocolate taste. The chocolate cream is nice and sweet and the biscuits are crunchy, they are wicked dipped in a cup of hot chocolate because the cream melts a bit and the biscuits go lovely and soft.
These are nice and not as boring in taste as a lot of custard creams. The cream in the middle is sweet and has got a nice vanilla taste, I like the texture of the cream as well because it melts quick and goes wickedly soft when it's in your mouth.
I'm glad you get 2 packs of these because I've gone mad on them at the minute. They are lovely and buttery and not like Value at all I don't think, they have got a proper nice malty flavour and they're not like other biscuits and that's what I like about them. I can eat these like there's no tomorrow because they're not sweet and go down soooooo easy that I always eat more than I should!
These are my least favourite but only because I'm not mad keen for Nice anyway and these are even dryer than usual. The coconut and sugar flavour is nice and if you dip them in coffee they're wicked, but on their own they're a bit boring like any Nice biscuit!
I think this is a wicked buy, if I'm honest I don't buy the every day biscuits in the house but when I buy some I'll get the top brands like McVities or Sainsburys Taste The Difference but I can see why my mum buys cheap biscuits because the rate they're eaten in this house is mad. She buys 2 packs of the Biscuit Barrel selection every week and that lasts for the week and that's with the 5 of us munching them and anyone else who comes into the house, it's a bonus that the biscuits are so nice because it'll save our mum a fortune on the biscuit bill!
I was drawn to these a couple of weeks ago when I was shopping. I love my biscuits, but usually choose fancy chocolate-covered varieties. This time though, I was looking for some traditional biscuits to keep in the cupboard as I have recently rediscovered tea after years of only drinking coffee. I used to love dunking a couple of biscuits in my cuppa in the morning, and thought that these would be ideal. For £1.09, I was getting a LOT of biscuits. Bargain!
The packaging was the usual Tesco Value simple blue and white, with a clear photo of a plate of each of the biscuit varieties.
Inside the pack you get 5 packets of biscuits (1xBourbon Cream, 1xNice, 1xCustard Cream, and 2xMalted Milk). The biscuits are contained within clear cellophane wrappers.
The first thing that struck me about these was that they were the wrong shape. Bourbons are usually a long, thin rectangular shape, but this Tesco Value version is the same shape and size as a Custard Cream. The biscuit is somewhat harder than traditional bourbons, with a slightly shiny surface. They would be better if the dollop of cream was a bit bigger, as I found many of the biscuits didn't stay sandwiched together when I took them from the pack. The dollop, it seemed, was small enough to act as a pivot, so that any pressure on the edges of either of the biscuits would lever one of them away from the cream. Not a huge problem, but when dunking, I had to re-position the loose biscuit before each dunk.
I didn't think these bourbons were quite as nice as traditional ones, but nice enough if you don't have anything else.
Each biscuit contains:
The Nice biscuits look and taste very much like traditional nice biscuits, with the delicious coconut flavour, but I actually prefer these! They don't seem to have the buttery aftertaste that I find with other brands of Nice. They are a bit messier though, as there are quite a lot of loose sugar granules in the packet. With most brands, the sugar remains on the top of each biscuit, but when you take one of these from its packet, the underside is also covered in loose sugar. They are delicious though, and are perfectly dunkable, although you'll end up with a very sweet cuppa if you dunk too many!
Each biscuit contains:
These tasted very much like any other brand but, as with the bourbons, the dollop is too small, and you often end up with two separate parts. Some of mine were wonky too, where the two biscuit parts hadn't been squeezed together evenly, resulting in a thick layer of cream at one end of the biscuit, and hardly any at the other.
Of course, none of this affects the taste, and these are just as nice as any other Custard Creams I have had.
Each biscuit contains:
Again, not too dissimilar in taste to other brands of Malted Milk, although mine did look slightly darker (burnt) around the edges than any I have tried before. They didn't taste burnt though, and were actually my favourite variety in the pack, which was great seeing as there are 2 packets provided. I haven't quite mastered the art of dunking these ones though, and on several occasions have ended up with a boiling hot mound of wet biscuit in my hand. For some reason, in this state they become disgusting and I have to run to the bin to dispose of the repulsive gooey mess, and then scrub my hands. I think that is just because it resembles something a toddler has spat out.
Anyway, as long as dunking time is kept to a minimum, these are definitely the best of the bunch in my opinion.
Each biscuit contains:
You are getting 900g of biscuits with this selection, all for £1.09. If you like all the varieties, and want a selection to choose from, this is an excellent price. They are great for families, but not so great for people who are concerned about their waistline, yet lacking in willpower. I am a biscuit addict, and having this amount of biscuits in the house all at once is a BAD idea. I quickly ate them all up though, so they are no longer sitting there in the cupboard tempting me. Phew!
On a recent shopping trip, I found the Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel that seemed like a good addition to my already huge list of favourite biscuits (its more like the stock list that supermarkets keep of all of the biscuits that they stock).
I really like the idea of having a variety of different types of biscuit in one product, because it gives me a sense of being able to choose from a range of biscuits, instead of being limited to one type.
The packaging was quite plain with blue sides, a photo of the biscuits and the Tesco branding in the colour scheme of red and blue. Although the packaging was basic, I have learned that it is extremely hard to judge a value/no frills product by its appearance or packaging because it could go either way, and the only way to be sure was to try it for myself.
After opening the main packaging, there were 5 individually packed types of biscuits which were
1x- Short Bread
1x- Custard Cream
1x- Malted Milk
1x- Malted Milk
Just by looking at those 5 packets of biscuits led me to think that must be some kind of mistake because I felt I had only paid for the price of one tube of biscuit not five.
The texture of all of biscuits were quite simple, but they were good enough for the price. The taste was quite good for all the biscuits respectively, however I noticed that the biscuits were slightly thinner and smaller than my usual brands, I guessed that this was a small compromise for the price.
For the amount of biscuits you get and the choice of different varieties, I feel this is one of the great bargains at less than 70p for a packet.
Review of Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel Biscuits
What is it?
A simply packaged collection of everyday family biscuits from the Tesco Value range. The packaging is the usual Tesco Value white wrapper with the Tesco logo and product description in red and blue.
The package contains five packs of biscuits, one each of bourbon creams, custard creams, nice and two packs of malted milk biscuits. A veritable biscuit barrel selection! The biscuits are simply wrapped in clear cellophane within the outer packaging, no fancy frill or labelling, just biscuits!
The biscuits are of a very good quality in my opinion. Their taste is sweet but not sickly, the texture crispy but not hard. The actual size of biscuits, to be fair is a little smaller than one would get if you bought a branded range, but a biscuit is a biscuit in my book! The nice biscuits are mildly coconutty and although the bourbons are the wrong shape in my view, being sort of square-ish not long and thin, the biscuits are just as I would expect them to be in appearance, taste and texture.
My partner is one of those people who cannot have a cup of tea or coffee without a biscuit and at just 68p for FIVE packets of biscuits, he can indulge his biscuit urges with a clear conscience!
The custard creams are my particular favourite, they smell 'custardy' and taste wholesome and sweet, without being sickly. These biscuits are great for visiting grandchildren and for everyday eating.
I am not going to list ingredients or calorie and nutritional information for this product as I feel it would not enhance the review or make very interesting reading! Suffice to say that the biscuits are suitable for vegetarians, the manufacturing process uses milk, gluten, sugars and although not nuts, the product may contain traces of nuts, so anyone sensitive to these ingredients should take note.
As with calorie, fat and carbohydrate information, we all know that biscuits of any kind are not a healthy option so I won't insult readers intelligence by stating more than this on the subject!
Part of the Tesco Value range of goods, these biscuits can be purchased in-store or from Tesco online, at www.tesco.com
Tesco state on their product packaging that they will refund any product purchased that proves to be faulty or unsatisfactory and they can be contacted by post, phone or online.
Tesco Stores Ltd.
Freephone: 0800 50 55 55 (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm)
**My thoughts and conclusion**
Another winner from Tesco, cheap and very cheerful biscuits at a budget concious 68p for the whole pack. Where else could you get 5 packets of biscuits for such a small outlay.
Well done to Mr Tesco and I am happy to recommend Tesco Value Biscuit Barrel Biscuits to other consumers.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 July 2009
Review published on ciao.co.uk & dooyoo.co.uk
For me personally, biscuits have to be good quality, sort of melt in the mouth and buttery. My all time favourite is the Fox's custard creams. When I was pregnant, I used to crave these biscuits. I would even have dreams about eating them...lol.
My husband recently bought the Tesco Value Biscuit barrel and I have to say, the custard creams were not up to my taste standards. Now one would argue that, ofcourse it would not be, as it is Tesco Value after all, but still I felt like I was eating just plain tea biscuits with no hint of a custardy aftertaste. It was more floury and bog standard. I had to resort to dunking my biscuits in my tea (which a lady never does) and even then, it lacked that indulgent creamy sensation and texture that is synonymous with anything associated with custard and felt more grainy(perhaps Tesco skimped on the butter). Tried the Chocolate bourbons(shouldn't be called chocolate) and the Nice and Malted Milk...no words to describe...so lets just leave it at that!
Now I know that times are hard and that with the credit crunch and all, we have to watch our pennies, but eating these Tesco value biscuits was like eating bread with no butter, or bangers with no mash, or roast dinner with no gravy...if you get my gist!
Often we tend to buy food because its cheap and we want to save, but we fail to realise that sometimes when we eat food it is not so much to fill our tummies as it is to enjoy the tastes and textures associated with that particular food. It does not have to be a premium brand in order for it to be good quality. However, Tesco Value Biscuits is no value for me!!
I have tried the Tesco branded Custard Creams, which cost a little more than the Tesco value brand and found that they were a bit more palatable. But I was still left wanting....
A quadruple bargain from Tescos can be had for £1.19.
For this measly sum you can get a whopping 900g of biscuits in four tasty varieties neatly packaged as the Tesco's Value Biscuit Barrel Selection - all that's missing is the actual barrel
Yes this is a find as far as I am concerned and despite a few niggles, I will be buying these again and again. These are often sold out at my local Tescos - which is not small, and I consider that to be a good sign of unanimous purchasing.
~~So What biccies am I talking here?~~
I'll start with the best - bourbons and custard creams. These are the favourites in my family and get scoffed first.
The custard creams are a pretty good likeness for a more expensive version of the They are custardy, creamy and they split apart for obedient licking nicely without breaking.Each one contains:
65 calories, 8.6g of carbohydrate of which 3.6g is sugar and 2.8g of fat of which 1.5g are saturates.
Yep - bad for you and tasty - perfect.
The bourbons are perhaps the most concerning biscuit in this packet as they don't retain their original shape but are morphed into a custard cream sized shape - no no no this just isn't visually right - but hey surprise they taste okay and as they get scoffed at mine anyway it doesn't seem to matter,
Each one contains:
65 calories, 8.5g of carbohydrate of which 4g is sugar and 2.9g of fat of which 1.6g are saturates.
ahh so these are as bad for you if not worse than custard creams but in my view you can't have one without the other - they're the ying and yang of each other.
In addition to the two classics we are joined by further iconic biccies:
The glorious Malted Milk is well served here. I can't tell the difference between these and more expensive varieties the cows are present and they look as they should. However, I am a dunker and these always end up in my tea so as far as I'm concerned it's all good here,
Each one contains:
46 calories, 6.2g of carbohydrate of which 1.8g is sugar and 2.0g of fat of which 1.8g are saturates.
Finally I come to our least favourite of the group - the Nice.
Again it looks like it should, sugar encrusted with "Nice" written across the biscuit with pretty fluted edges and laced with dessicated coconut. I don't like coconut and I don't really even tolerate it when these are the last biscuits in the tin - as far as I am aware they taste the same again as more expensive varieties and I have forced myself to eat them (they dunk fine too).
Each one contains:
40 calories, 5.7g f carbohyrate of which 1.9g is sugar and 1.7g of fat of which 0.8g are saturates.
This make the nice the best for you biscuit of the lot which is bloody ironic when they are the ones we like least in our gaff.
They're biscuits - it's fat and sugar and flour the nutritional information confirms this although I'm pleased to say that none of them have any e-numbers and they are suitable for vegetarians.
These fiends contain milk, wheat, gluten, soya and they can't guaruntee these are nut free (what the heck is coconut then???)
Each different type of biscuit is individually wrapped in clear plastic so you can open one variety at any one time without agravating another. The whole thing is then over wrapped with the tesco's value blue and white wrapping. The biscuits are temptingly photographed on the front cover with the bastardised bourbon holding pole position. It's not a put off in anyway.
One word sums up my feelings here - BARGAIN - no more needs adding.