Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Tesco Value Bread
Tesco Value bread
Author Name: daisylee3
Tesco Value bread
Date: 28/06/12, updated on 28/06/12 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, my boyfriend liked it!
Disadvantages: Almost everything..
While doing my weekly grocery shop in Tesco's yesterday, I decided to pick up a loaf of their value bread along with my usual loaf of hovis - mainly out of curiosity to be honest and I figured even if it tasted vile, at 47 pence per 800 gram loaf it wouldn't be a huge waste of money & at least the local ducks and swans would have full bellies! Tesco have the option of white or wholemeal bread, with the white version being thick sliced and the wholemeal being medium slice. I only eat wholemeal bread so picked up one of the wholemeal medium sliced loafs.
The loaf of bread comes packaged in a clear wrapper/bag which is made of a thin plastic type material. The branding is minimalistic and it simply has the Tesco everyday value label on the middle of the packaging. The packaging is slightly different than as it is shown in the picture as Tesco recently redesigned their Value range packaging to make the products look more appealing. The label on the front of the pack is white with brown writing stating the brand and product name. The bread's packaging is easy to open and it is not re-sealable, which is slightly annoying and I've already noticed that after just one day of being open, the bread is becoming pretty hard around the edges.. not great!
The loaf of bread should be stored in a cool, dry place away from strong odours and it can be frozen. The bread is described by Tesco as having a simple recipe, although after a quick glance at the reasonably lengthy list of ingredients I couldn't agree less. Some of the ingredients include 'fatty acids' and emulsifiers, which don't sound particullary tasty (or healthy to be consuming!) The bread contains wheat, gluten and soya and although there are no nuts in the ingredients, it can not be guarenteed that the product is nut free.
The bread itself is pretty average looking. It's not as thickly cut as I expected for a medium loaf, although it's not paper thin either. The bread isn't as dark in colour as my usual Hovis wholemeal bread is but it's around the same size and is the usual square shape! The bread has quite a strange, almost earthy doughy type smell to it which isn't particullary unpleasant but it's not a nice smell either. The texture is almost like hard, heavy dough and unlike Hovis, it's doesn't break apart easily and instead it's weirdly stuck together.. you can almost bend it in half before it breaks which worries me as surely it must have some obscure chemical/ingredient in it to make it have such a weird texture.
Because of this texture, it's very chewy and I actually found it unpleasant to chew as it felt like it was sticking to the inside of my mouth. The taste was okay, although pretty bland and tasteless in comparisson to slightly more expensive brands. I made a sandwich with this bread and as it was so tasteless and unpleasant to chew, I ended up just eating the sandwich filling as the bread was empty calories seeing as it tasted so bland! I suppose it would taste okay to people who aren't fussy about food or are used to quite low quality products, but for me I didn't like it at all.
My boyfriend ate a couple of slices of this earlier though - toasted with nutella on it- and weirdly enough he didn't complain at all, which I found suprising as he is definitely one of those people who likes the finer things in life and is quite fussy when it comes to food - even if it's junk food he will opt for the more expensive version. Saying that though, I had taken the bread out of the Tesco value packaging and placed it into sandwich bags so he probably didn't realise that it was a cheapo product. Either that, or the nutella masked the bland taste of the bread! Either way, he didn't complain and ate it all, so obviously some people will like this, while others won't.. it's personal preference I guess!
Each slice of bread has 85 calories in it which is around average for wholemeal bread. Overall, I don't personally reccomend this bread and would of given it one star out of five had my boyfriend not liked it. I found the texture really unpleasant and it was virtually tasteless as well as very dry. Yes it is cheap, but I would rather spend 30p or so more for a tastier, higher quality bread that is actually edible!
Summary: 2/5.. Won't be re-purchasing