I've found that there are some things in life that are very noticeably worse when you buy a cheaper version. I was worried when my Mum bought me these Value biscuits a few years ago that this would be the same, as I often find that Value Chocolate is very noticeably different. However I was very pleasantly surprised. I could not really tell a difference between the taste of the Value Bourbons compared to the regular Tesco bourbons I normally buy. Considering a Tesco Value pack is just £0.49 for a pack of 400g, I immediately switched to buying the Tesco Value pack from then on, as the regular pack is double the price.
The main disadvantage is, as would be expected with the price, the packaging. It definitely looks like a cheaper product but, as I have found many times, present them on a plate and your guests will never know the difference! Also, as with the regular Tesco pack, the packaging is not re-sealable so I will often transfer the biscuits to an air-tight container once the pack is opened which keeps them much fresher. If you don't do this the biscuits do tend to go soft after a few days and don't taste as good.
I have been looking for products I can save money on in my weekly food shop (probably like many other shoppers after Christmas!) and this product is something I am really happy to have switched too. Money saved without having to sacrifice the taste!
My children (and actually my husband too) love biscuits and bourbon creams are a definite favourite in our house. I have found that the super market basic of nearly all biscuits are just as good as the main brand and Tesco Every day Value bourbon creams are no exception.
They cost only 43 p for 400 g , so you really can not go wrong for that price!
In a pack you get thirty biscuits, they are packaged in two rows of fifteen.
They look pretty much exactly the same as any bourbon biscuit. If it was not for the packaging, I am pretty sure most people would not know the difference.
Each one consists of two chocolate flavoured biscuits, with a chocolatey cream in the middle. The two biscuits are sort of sandwiched together.
I think Tesco have got the taste of these biscuits just right! They are nice and chocolatey but without being overly sweet and sickly or anything.
I also really like how they are nice and crunchy. I can not stand soft biscuits! Yuk!!
My husband thinks these biscuits are delicious dunked in a cup of coffee. I personally can not think of anything worse! And much prefer a rich tea in my cup of tea!
But each to their own I guess!!
The only little criticism I could possibly think of was the packaging. To me I don't mind what the package is like at all but I know some people can be picky about these things.... *cough* snobs *cough*.....
To me it does not matter at all what the packaging is like but I guess this one is pretty plain and boring, it's basically just white, with a few of the new "Every Day Value" design on it.
We empty all our biscuits in to our biscuit tin to the packaging does not last long in our house any way.
All in all these are brilliant bourbons that taste just as good as the pricier brands just kinder to your wallet!
I would 100% recommend these to any biscuit or chocolate lover!
Thank you for reading
xx Mrs K xx
The kids love Bourbon biscuits the last couple of times I just bought Everyday Value. A pack of these is only 40p for 400g, Tesco own brand are 49p for half that amount proper brands are dearer still. I normally buy them in Home Bargains but will probably stick with these.
The wrapper is white with pictures of the biccies on the front, it's pretty useless once opened for keeping them fresh so I tip them into a biscuit jar. They keep for ages this way and retain their crunch for a couple of weeks. I've looked up the ingredients of these and compared them to the expensive ones and they're virtually the same. Each 14g biscuit contains 70 calories and it's difficult to stop at one.
Bourbons are two chocolate (not Bourbon) flavoured biscuits sandwiched with a nice chocolate fondant cream filling- like a penguin but without the chocolate covering. They're a couple of inches long and half an inch deep, each have Bourbon 'printed' on the biscuit. Their brown colouring isn't as dark as 'posh' ones.
I think they've got the flavour just right, not too sickly or sweet with a nice chocolatey taste, they're not bitter at all, they taste more or less like any other except maybe they're not as rich which I prefer. The biscuits have a good crunch without being hard, the filling is nice and not sickly.
I would recommend them.
4 stars from me.
I have bought these value biscuits quite a lot because they are cheap to buy and also taste quite nice being a value biscuit. I love bourbons and also buy the branded ones quite a lot but buying these does save me some money.
They come wrapped in a plastic wrapper, there are 30 biscuits in the packet and there are 2 rows of 15 in each row. I think for the price there are a lot of biscuits in the pack. I paid just 45p and I think this is an amazingly good value for money for 30.
They are rectangle shape and a nice dark brown colour, they measure approximately 2 and a half inches in length and 1 inch in width. A good size biscuit. There is a nice soft filling sandwiched between 2 of the biscuits. The centre is a nice brown colour too but a little lighter shade than the biscuit.
They are quite crumbly for the price and being so cheap. I was amazed how crumbly they were when I took my first bite. They are not too hard to bite into the biscuit, I expected them to be quite hard to chew but I found them to be perfectly fine. Easy to swallow too. The creamy centre works well with the biscuit. They are not too sweet and certainly don't taste bland like you may expect. These have a really nice taste. They don't taste quite as good as the branded variety but the taste is still a pleasant one.
These are ideal for dunking into a hot drink, they taste nice dry or wet in my opinion. I love the creamy filling quite a lot and find I have to eat a lot more than one at a time. They are quite filling too and ideal for a nice snack. My grandson loves these biscuits and enjoys one for a snack when he comes to visit me in my home. He only has one at a time because he doesn't eat too many sweet snacks. He can easily chew and swallow them with no problems at all.
What I like about them is the quality, they are really a good one and not a sickly biscuit. Sometimes cheaper biscuits can taste a little sickly and this taste can be very off putting but these don't have that sickly taste at all.
These are so affordable for any budget in my opinion, if you are wanting to drop a brand, I think these are very suitable, they are suitable for my taste buds and I can be a little picky sometimes when it comes to the taste of a biscuit. My visitors have eaten these and they have not complained that they have a nasty taste and they have eaten them and eaten more than one, so that indicates to me that they are suitable for my guests too.
Each biscuit contains 70 calories, 4.1g of sugar, 3g of fat of which 1.8g saturates.
I don't think the amount of calories is too bad if you are on a diet plan and just want a couple of biscuits for a little treat. 2 would only be 140 calories and so not too many from your daily allowance in my opinion.
Ideal for packed lunches and picnics, ideal for parties to place a little extra food on the table. It can be quite costly when hosting parties, especially for children's birthdays and I just think if you are struggling with money a little bit, these would be ideal just to give a little extra cheap food for the party day. It means that the little ones can have a party at home even when you may be on a lower budget and still have fun with their friends.
It tells me on the packet that the allergy advice is they contain Wheat and Gluten and so this is worth bearing in mind.
They are also suitable for Vegetarians.
They contain no artificial preservatives, colours or flavours.
I highly recommend these biscuits, I will buy them again in the future because they give me all the taste that I expect from a shops own brand of biscuits and are very suitable for myself and my family and visitors to enjoy eaten for a nice snack. You just cannot go wrong buying these and they are well worth the money in my opinion.
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I give them 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
For the past few years I have been seeking nice value products to reduce my shopping bill.
I used to be an avid Tesco shopper and we found the Tesco Value Bourbon. A large pack (400G) of bourbon biscuits is 49p.
They taste just as nice as the brand named bourbons and a much tastier price. The only difference I could find is the lack of sugar sprinkled on the top.
The packaging is the typical Value style white, red and blue. It has an opening strip around the top for ease. The normal information is printed - nutritional value, storage suggestion, ingredients etc.
Bourbon creams are a household favourite here. With the crunchy biscuit filled with chocolate cream we can't stop at one. At least 2 are removed from the pack on every trip, at 70 calories per biscuit we have to try not to get carried away. These are always in our cupboard for a quick chocolate fix.
Contrary to their storage suggestion (cool, dry place) we always keep them in the fridge as we like them cold and hard cream centres. They never taste stale regardless of our storage technique.
I would recommend these to anyone who like bourbon biscuits as their LUSH!!
I had a hankering for bourbon creams recently and couldn't resist giving these a go when I saw the price difference between these and the regular Tesco branded ones - Everyday Value are 45p for 400g, regular Tesco are 49p for 200g, so the Everyday Value ones are better than half price.
I really like the new packaging for this product. Tesco have done away with the old blue stripes/boring picture combination and replaced it with a cream coloured background with soft brown writing and little drawings of teapots, mugs, chocolate etc. It's a little tough to open and sometimes I get a couple of broken biscuits on the top but that's about it (I deal with this issue by dunking and devouring these biscuits first, it's a happy solution).
Addictive! I've started dunking these in my coffee and almost wish I hadn't because they taste so good dunked that me and my husband always end up having 'just one more', which is then followed by several more after that. The biscuit is chocolaty and not too sweet and the filling is lovely - creamy, chocolaty and again not overly sweet.
I can't say I've compared these to any others as I didn't try any other brand before buying these ones. What I can say though is that I enjoy them enough that I don't want to try more expensive ones - for 45p these are keeping me happy. These are lovely for a comforting, chocolaty tea or coffee break (recommended for rainy Saturday afternoons with a hot drink) and nice to have in the biscuit tin for visitors.
I've got a bit braver with own brand foods lately, I used to buy supermarkets own labels to a certain extent, but tended to go middle of the road rather than the very basic range. Lately though, in an attempt to shave some pennies off our weekly shop, I've been experimenting with Tesco value products, and have discovered to my delight that they have been vastly improved compared to when they were first launched.
The Tesco value bourbon biscuits caught my eye because they were on display at the end of an aisle with lots of other Tesco value products. I decided to give them a try because they were only 45p for a 400g pack. My theory was if they were truly awful I wouldn't have wasted much money.
The biscuits come in a white packet with the blue and red trademark Tesco value colours, and a picture of the biscuits contained within. The packaging is nothing special, and I found the wrapper a little tricky to open. There's no little red tag to help you open it, or to reseal the packet with, but then we are talking 49p for a big packet so what do you expect?! I'd say these biscuits are best kept fresh in a biscuit tin for this reason.
The biscuits themselves look like the real deal, with "Bourbon" written on them and the little holes you get in the top of Bourbons. They smell of chocolate when you open the packet which is a good sign. I'm not too sure what I expected of these biscuits, but they're actually very tasty and quite addictive. The biscuit is made up of two layers sandwiched by a chocolate cream filling. I found the cream to be melt-in-the-mouth smooth and creamy, and the biscuit part had just the right amount of 'bite' to it, not too hard or soft. The different textures went well together, and these taste very chocolately but by no means sickly.
The biscuits are equally good for dunking in your cup of tea, and surprisingly don't go too soggy or drop into your brew! The only tricky part about these biscuits is that because they are quite crunchy, they create a lot of crumbs so I'd recommend a plate especially for younger children.
Nutritional information per biscuit is as follows:
Calories - 70
Sugars - 4g
Fat - 3g
Saturates - 2g
Salt - trace
They are very handy to have in the cupboard, and to offer to visitors, because after all once they're out of the packet, nobody will know they're Tesco Value.
=== The product ===
Bourbon biscuits are plain chocolate biscuits with a fondant cream chocolate flavoured filling in the middle, creating a chocolate sandwich style biscuit.
=== The packaging ===
The packaging for these biscuits is very simple, they come in a white, blue & red plastic wrapper. The wrapper shows all the usual information such as ingredients, nutritional information and company information. There is a best before date, mine is next year, and a barcode is there also (obviously). The packaging is simple but it does show some of the biscuits on the front which is always tempting. This is a heat sealed packet and can be a little fiddly to open, there is no 'pull here' tab or any other frivolities but that's fine as I just rip or cut an end open and then pour this in to my biscuit jar. The plastic wrapping is quite thin but it protects the biscuits completely until I want to open them.
=== Nutritional Information ===
Each biscuit contains:
9.3g Carbohydrates (of which 4.2g sugars)
3g Fat (of which 1.8g saturates)
=== Ingredients ===
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Dextrose, Wheat Starch, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Flavouring. These ingredients, incidentally, are the exact same ingredients as the ones in the Sainsburys basic ones, however, there are slightly more calories and fat in these.
=== Where can I buy these and for how much? ===
These are available from Tesco supermarkets and www.Tesco.co.uk with a 400g packet costing just 45p.
=== Overall opinion ===
These biscuits are delicious. They are very tasty, have a cocoa scent to them and they are crunchy yet creamy in the middle at the same time. The fondant is absolutely delicious, it is rich, creamy and fairly thick. It works well at sandwiching the two layers together and the whole biscuits works very well together. These biscuits are delicious for dunking in to a cup of tea as they are absorbent but they won't last particularly long if you hold them in place! The biscuits are crunchy and the fondant is creamy so this gives a real contrast in textures which is wonderfully delicious and moreish. Occasionally, usually when my nephew is round, I find myself taking these biscuits apart and licking off all the fondant cream first, a little like you would with an Oreo, this is great fun and makes one or two biscuits last that much longer.
These biscuits certainly are moreish, I could easily eat 6 or 7 in one sitting, I don't, but I could! These are fantastic value for money and we usually end up buying about two or three packets a month, mainly for when visitors come and for enjoying with a nice cup of tea. As they are so cheap I don't mind my nieces and nephews rinsing through a whole packet when they are here for the day (there are lots of them they aren't just greedy!). The texture of these is quite cloying and they will end up stuck all around your teeth and because of the vast amount of sugar you will find yourself wanting to brush your teeth not long after finishing these.
If you are a fan of the bourbon biscuit then these appear, to me, to be as nice as any others and they are the same as the 'basics' ones that I was purchasing until I changed the bulk of my shopping to Tesco recently.
How many of us have grown up eating bourbon biscuits? They were always the ones you went for in a box of assorted (after the chocolate half-covered ones at any rate) whenever they were handed round at tea-time. My kids have always loved them too. I used to watch them eat the things, carefully taking each biscuit and pulling them apart, then licking off the chocolate cream, leaving the actual biscuit till last. Just like I used to!
I still love a bourbon to this day, and recently tried Tesco's Value version. I'm having to save money these days, like a lot of people, so every penny counts. I was quite surprised at how many you got for 45p a pack....a good biscuit barrel load! Naturally, I was a tad skeptical about whether they would taste any good. Some Value products are short on flavour, but to my surprise, these were actually very good. In fact I couldn't tell them from the more expensive ones. I wonder whether they are made for Tesco by the same firm?
The biscuits are pretty much the same size as the more expensive brands and look identical. They have a lovely chocolate taste and the biscuits themselves are lovely and crunchy. The chocolate cream inside is divine!!! I did resist the urge to pull them apart and lick the cream off first....but it was difficult!!!
Now if I buy bourbons these are the ones I go for. I don't care about the packaging (though I'm sure some people wouldn't be seen dead buying Tesco Value products) as for me, it's all about the taste!
And these little bourbon biscuits are choctastic!
Doing the shopping online as I do now to stop the impulse buys I came to the biscuit aisle and decided that I would have a look what biscuits Tesco offer in their value range. I found that there was quite a lot of choice, custard creams, bourbons, nice, shortbread, digestives and if you buy the biscuit barrel selection there is malted milks aswell.
I selected the bourbon biscuits as these are my favourites along side rich tea, I paid 45p for 400g of them and this is for a long packet with two columns of biscuits in, I have counted yes sad I know and you get 30 biscuits in the packet. The next cheapest is 44p for 200 grams so nearly double the price so these biscuits were definitely worth a go. The whole range really is a good price as the Value range of biscuits ranges from 23p - £1.08, £1.08 is however the whole biscuit barrel pack so this is for 3 different packs of the range.
The packet is white all round with blue ends and the Tesco Value Logo across the top of the packet, there is a description of the product across the middle "chocolate sandwich biscuit with a chocolate flavour filling" there is also a picture of the biscuits and the nutritional information per biscuit at the bottom. On the rear of the packet there is numerous lots of information, allergy advice - contains wheat, gluten and cannot be guaranteed to be nut free, storage - cool dry place in an airtight container once opened, a satisfaction promise that if you are not happy that the product is off standard then tesco will refund or exchange the product and of course the nutritional information and ingredients.
For those of you who are interested these biscuits contain, wheat, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, fat, reduced cocoa powder, glucose syrup, dextrose, wheat starch, raising agents, salt and natural flavourings, the biscuits are suitable for vegetarians.
The biscuit is a milk chocolate colour and is rectangular in shape as you would expect a bourbon to be, the biscuit is crunchy and has bourbon written across either side of it with little holes in for detail. Inside the biscuit is the creamy chocolately filling which is firm but melts in the mouth. I like to take these biscuits apart one bit at a time and these come apart nicely. This is definitely a bourbon that I would rate and I don't think I will ever pay a higher price for them when these ones are as good as any other I have tasted.
Per biscuit there is 70 calories = 4% of daily allowance for a typical adult, 4.2g of sugar = 5%, 3g of fat = 4%, 1.8g of saturated fat = 9% and trace of salt <1%.
The above figures do put me off a little but I have never actually compared to a more expensive brand and I would imagine they would be about as bad, the ingredients do seem to have a lot of different sugars and the saturated fat content is high but as a treat these are highly recommended.
I'm not really a biscuity person but I do like to keep some stocked up in the cupboards for me to have the odd snack on and for my twins to snack on to. I'm not fussy about brands, a biscuit is a biscuit to me, OK so yes you do get the odd indulgent luxurious ones but I'm too much of a cheapskate to pay for them. Having been very impressed with alot of the Tesco value products I decided to pick up a few of their value biscuits to and these included their bourbon creams.
Tesco Value bourbon creams, don't come in any fancy packaging, it's just a thin wrapper which needs to be ripped off in the white/blue and little bit of red tesco value colour theme, with a picture of a few bourbons to. We are told on the front of the packet that these are Bourbon Creams - Chocolate sandwich biscuit with a chocolate flavour filling.
Each of these biscuits contains;
The 400g pack of Bourbon Creams will set you back just 45p which in my eyes is a bargain as depending on the size of your household etc these can last for ages, well they do in my house even with two greedy toddlers.
The biscuits are crunchy, sweet and slightly chocolatey in taste, maybe a bit 'dry' compared to higher brands but nothing major as they still taste good and the cream in the middle softens things up a little. The cream in the middle is soft and smooth, very creamy and sweet, oh and last but not least it's chocolatey to. Mixed with the crunch of the biscuit you have a wonderful taste and texture in your mouth as you eat them. They don't taste cheap in my opinion, to me bourbon creams are all the same but for the price of these I won't be buying more expensive brands for them to taste just as crunchy from the biscuit, sweet from the cream and chocolatey.
One of my favourite biscuits has to be a bourbon cream. On my bid to save money on my food shopping knowing that I cant cut out treats altogether I'm trying to opt for cheaper alternatives (I'm succeeding in some parts but failing in others, I mean who can give up Cadburys or cakes that are reduced lol).
In fairness when it comes to bourbon creams I don't think I have ever had anything other than the shops own brand so dropping down a step to the value range isn't particularly massive. These Tesco Value Bourbon Creams come in a 400g packet with the usual blue and white packaging and cost about 45p.
If you have never tried a bourbon cream before they are made up of two chocolate flavoured biscuits with a chocolate filling in the middle to stick the two bits of biscuits together. The biscuits look normal and chocolaty and there is plenty of filling in the middle, its nice to know Tesco haven't tried to save the pennies by reducing the amount of filling. Taste wise I find that these biscuits are not the greatest in the world but they are perfectly fine for the price. The chocolate flavour for the biscuit does taste a little cheap, almost powdery but you don't really notice it when you are eating a couple whilst having a cup of tea. The biscuit does not taste overly sweet and the chocolate filling is a nice smooth contrast in comparison to the crunchy biscuit.
The only problem I have with these biscuits is that whenever I open the packet there are always broken biscuits. I don't know if it's caused by me and I'm always squishing the biscuits on my way home from the supermarket but somehow I can't help but think that Tesco is to blame.
I would recommend trying these biscuits and saving some money, especially if you have your biscuits with a cup of tea. However, if you regularly snack on biscuits without a drink then you might not like these as much due to the powdery chocolate taste.
My daughter is now twenty one and has left home, but everytime she comes home for a visit she goes straight for the kettle and the biscuit tin to raid her dads bourbon biscuit stash. he and she both love them, i'm always dieting so try to avoid them but still they are a tasty nibble if you do get tempted off your diet.
I used to buy brand named biscuits and never really bothered with the shops own until i started to pop into Tesco's and found that their value products are quite good and surprisingly taste simular to the brand named products. So why pay more?
Tesco Value Bourbon Creams are 45p for a 400g packet which is a really good deal as the branded names are much more. The packets are easily spotted on the supermarket shelves as all the value products are white, red and blu and stand out in the shop. I think more and more people are now beginning to see that the value products from Tesco's are really good value and have good quality, you expect to get a cheaper version when you buy value products but to be honest the biscuits are delicious.
I like the bourbon biscuits as they are very chocolatey, a oblong snadwich of chocolate bisciuts with a rich creamy chocolate middle. I can't tell the difference from other bourbon biscuits, they are just as crunchy and dunk just the same.
If your looking to save money then its good value to buy them, my hubbie loves them and so doea my daughter so for me they get a 10 out of 10.
They have Nutritional Info (per serving)
Calories - 70
Sugar - 4g
Fat - 3g
Saturates - 2g
Which if your on a diet them you can only have one if you get tempted as the fat content is very high but them you are eating a sugary chocolatey product.
Personally I think its a good biscuit, with a great taste I really can't see the point of buying a more expensive bourbon biscuit when tesco's are just as good.
have fun x
Tesco Value Bourbon Creams - 56p for a 400g packet.
I have tried lots of the Tesco Value Products some I find really good and I buy them again - some I find really awful and I never ever buy again. Tesco Value Bourbon Creams are very good and I will definately buy them again.
Bourbon Creams are rectangular shaped biscuits. They have a biscuit on the top, one on the bottom and a creamy chocolate flavoured fondant centre in the middle. On tasting the biscuit it is as it should be - it is crisp, short and tasty and is a dark brown colour. The creamy fondant chocolate flavoured centre tastes good - there is just enough of the fondant to seal the two biscuits together. I think if they added more fondant then the biscuit would become a bit too sweet. Nice to dunk into your tea if you are a dunker!
The Bourbon Creams come in a sealed plastic packet with the Tesco Value Logo in red on the front of the packet along with a picture of the Bourbon Creams. The packaging tell you exactly what you are buying.
Calorie wise each Bourbon Cream contains:
Salt - Trace
Wheat flour , sugar, vegetable oil, fat reduced cocoa powder, glucose syrup, dextrose, wheat starch, raising agents (ammonium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate), salt, natural flavourings.
These biscuits are dairy free so may be useful for anyone on a dairy free diet.
All in all a very crunchy and tasty biscuit with a delicious chocolate fondant cream centre. To me they taste no different to more expensive branded Bourbon Creams. Basically you can buy 400g of Tesco Value Bourbon Creams for the same price as 200g of branded Bourbon Creams.
Good for anyone on a budget.
I am trying lots of different products in the value range at the moment to reduce the shopping bill. I wont stick with anything that doesnt taste as nice, just to save a few pennies, but these bourbon creams are absolutely no different to leading brands! As i have found with quite a few value products, they are no different in taste or appearance.
These value bourbon creams come in a 400g pack for just 45p. We dont eat many biscuits, so these last ages in our house. They come in the usual basic, white, blue and red packaging that all value products come in. If you are a bit of a snob and dont like being seen with value things in your trolley or your cupboard you could go up to tescos own brand, a bit better than value, but you only get a 200g pack for 40p. Id rather pay 5p more for double the amount, i dont care what packaging it is in!
Once these are in your biscuit tin, no one would ever tell the difference! They look a little bit paler brown than more expensive brands, but only if you were to compare the two next to each other, otherwise it is such a small difference in colour, you wouldnt even really know.
Bourbons creams are chocolate flavoured biscuits which have a chocolate flavoured cream filling. Once i start eating these i just cant stop, they are not too sickly, they are gorgeous! The biscuit is nice and light, and the filling is creamy and smooth.
Just like all biscuits, these are not good for you! Each biscuit has 70 calories, i usually try and have just three with a cup of coffee, which is 210 calories! They are a nice treat though to have now and again.
You need to store these in a cool dry place, and once you open a pack of these you need to store them in an airtight container or they might go dry and stale. These may contain traces of nuts, they dont say they are free from preservatives or artifical colours so i am guessing they are not!
These value bourbon creams are highly recommended, they are no different in taste to other leading brands, only 45p a pack and they are yummy!