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Tesco Value Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

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      30.10.2012 13:48
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      Tasty and cheap....the perfect combo.

      Every day value chocolate chip cake bars. These are another one of Tesco's increasing range of `everyday value` products. I usually make my own cakes as I find bought ones smaller and more expensive than I can make at home and a little over produced(if you understand my euphemism). However having two boys who seem forever hungry I like to keep a few in the cupboard for when I'm feeling a little lazy. As I have said in other reviews I prefer to not spend money unnecessarily, so thought on seeing these that they would be worth giving them a try. At 50p for a five pack how could I go wrong?

      Each cake is individually wrapped keeping them fresher for longer and also making them an ideal addition to an adlib picnic. They are approximately 15cmx3cmx2cm of chocolate chip sponge cake that upon trial were surprisingly sweet and succulent. I wasn't expecting anything amazing and these certainly lived up to my expectations. They are tasty and have plenty of chocolate chips which is a shock as I was expecting perhaps one or two per cake. Although in reality they are quite liberally dispersed. They are great as a backup but I won't be hanging up my apron quite yet!!! I have used them as the base for a chocolate trifle quite successfully and have broken them up to make a rocky road tray bake which was also very tasty.


      The packaging is a white cardboard box with the everyday value, no frill packaging with purple writing and a picture of the cake bar emblazoned on the front, much more appealing than the old blue and white value packaging. Each cake is in a transparent plastic bag. All of which is recyclable.


      The ingredients are:

      Wheat Flour, Pasteurised Egg ,Vegetable Oil ,Milk Chocolate Chips (12%) ,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Sugar ,Humectant (Glycerine) ,Whey Powder ,Flavouring ,Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids) ,Raising Agents (Potassium Carbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Glucono-Delta-Lactone) ,Maize Starch ,Thickeners (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum) ,Salt ,Milk Chocolate Chips contain: Sugar ,Dried Whole Milk ,Cocoa Butter ,Cocoa Mass ,Whey Powder ,Dried Skimmed Milk ,Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins) ,Flavouring


      Quite an extensive list, but unfortunately these days nearly all product contain some additives, for various reasons which I cannot fathom.


      Each cake bar which weighs around 28g contains:
      Energy 510kJ (125kcal)
      Protein 1.7g
      Carbohydrate 14.8g
      Sugars 6.6g
      Fat 6.0g
      Saturates 0.7g
      Mono Unsaturated 3.5g
      Polyunsaturated 1.5g
      Fibre 0.5g
      Sodium* trace
      *Salt Equivalent trace


      It needs to be kept dry and once opened should be kept in an air tight container. For people with an allergy to nuts you will be pleased to know these are nut free. They are also vegetarian. These are not suitable for home freezing although I have always found them to have a fairly long `use by` date. My sons both enjoy them, they are on par with the more expensive brands and I am extremely happy with both the quality and the exceptional price. All in all a very good bargain and I still continue to purchase them, I definitely recommend them.

      They are available at most if not all Tesco stores; however I buy mine at www.tesco.co.uk

      Tesco stores ltd,
      Cheshunt
      EN8 9SL
      UK.

      Customer service telephone number is 0800 50 55 55.

      Overall I was very impressed considering the extremely low price.

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      18.03.2012 22:55
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      Great quality snacks for a tiny price.

      Tesco's cake aisles are such a temptation, and I can never walk by without something turning my head. All that cake crying out to be eaten! The prices invariably put me off, though: who wants to pay extortionate amounts for bite-sized little fancy snacks? When I read about these Value bars on here, I just had to give them a try, hoping to finally strike cake-related gold.

      The bars come in a small box that's one of Tesco Value's better-looking pieces of packaging, costing 50p for a pack of five. Inside, each bar is individually wrapped in plain, clear plastic; they look misleadingly small at about three inches long, but really they're quite thick and the ideal size to enjoy with a cup of tea or a packed lunch. I can happily eat one of them without feeling sickly or over-indulgent, which is too often the case with me and any cake in my vicinity.

      The bars contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg, and soya, and are suitable for vegetarians. I don't normally pore over the nutritional value of snacks like this, since they're obviously not that healthy, but it's worth noting that these are pretty low in saturates (4% of your GDA), which is good going compared to other small snacks - Mr Kipling's similar chocolate chip bars contain over twice as much.

      They smell and taste much like chocolate chip muffins, but in a more manageable, handy size. The sponge is light but firm, more moist and refined in texture than you'd expect from a cake worth 10p, and the milk chocolate chips are a bit on the sweeter side, but nonetheless chunky and substantial. They taste easily as good as brand-name cake bars I've eaten in the past (which cost way more, to boot).

      In the occasionally dodgy realms of Tesco Value, these are a definite winner in my book, and they're great to always keep a few of. I just wish they came in bigger packs, though for a daily treat or lunchbox-filler, five is a perfect number.

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      06.03.2012 10:49
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      See review.

      Looking for a nice treat for my little grandson is always on mind when I am shopping. When I saw these cake bars I thought I would give them a try because they were quite cheap. They are from the Value range from Tesco's and have very basic packaging.

      They come in a cardboard box, there are 5 bars in the box of which they are all individually wrapped in a transparent plastic wrapper. They are oblong shape and measure approximately 3 inches in length, 1 and a half inches in width and an inch in depth. So a brilliant size for the price of just 50p for the pack of 5.

      They are a sponge cake with chocolate chips, there are quite a lot of chips in the bar considering the size of them. I tried to count them in one of the bars I ate and I could roughly count around 10 or so. The chips are soft and quite tasty and do not taste bland. The sponge is light and fluffy for the price and I was amazed how nice these bars taste for just 50p. They have a soft texture and they are very easy to chew and swallow. My little grandson can easily hold these bars and swallow them with no problems at all. They are also very moist bars and not dry and ones that are too dry they stick in the throat. These bars have a super moist taste and the chocolate chips in the sponge give for a really nice taste. The chips are a good texture too and so it is not just the sponge that is soft, it is also the chips. No point having a nice soft sponge if the chips are hard. With these bars they are both soft.

      I think these are very good quality bars, they are excellent value for money in my opinion. They are just the right size for a snack and very filling until a main meal time. They are easy to cut with a knife if you want to eat them sliced as a sponge pudding. Because they are individually wrapped it did mean that I could save a some for a later date. When I first bought them, myself and my grandson ate one each. He loved them and so when he came for his tea one night I decided to myself and my hubby and grandson could all eat the cakes for a pudding with custard over the top. The custard and cake work well together and make for a really, cheap nice pudding.

      They are not as sweet as I first imagined they would taste when I bought them. I thought they would maybe have a sickly taste but I couldn't have been far wrong. These have a really nice taste with a just a nice amount of sweetness for a cheap cake bar.

      They would be excellent for packed lunches because of the wrapper, the wrapper keeps them nice and fresh until lunch time. They are ideal for picnics and even parties. I think Tesco's have produced a really lovely cake with this product. They certainly have the price and quality spot on and with a nice taste too.

      Each bar contains 120 calories, 7g of sugar and 5g of fat.

      These bars work out at just 10p each and for that price I just think they are so affordable if you are wanting a little cake and just want an individual bar and nice a slice from a large cake. They are best stored in a cool dry place to keep them nice and fresh.

      I would not hesitate in recommending these cakes, I think they are suitable for all budgets but especially anyone on a low budget to help save some money, especially if they have a large family and lots of children. For 50p I just think they are a give away price in my opinion.

      I will definitely buy these again in the future because they give me all the taste that I expect from a shops own brand of chocolate cake bars.

      It tells me on the box that these are suitable for vegetarians too.
      The packaging is also recyclable after use.

      Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

      I give these 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        29.11.2010 07:59
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        Cheap and tasty chocolate chip cake bar

        When I have had a busy weekend and not got around to baking then I always rely on Tesco to get my snacks to put into my boys lunchboxes. I recently found these cake bars and have to say they have been a big hit in my house for all of us. They are a Tesco Value product so only cheap yet they taste great.

        ~~PACKAGING~~

        The cake bars come in a cardboard box which is read, white and blue in colour. There is the Tesco Value logo on the top left hand corner and the product name across the middle of the box, we also have a picture showing us what the cake bars look like. The back of the packaging has all of the information about the cakes, the ingredients, nutritional values and warnings.

        Inside the box the cake bars come individually wrapped in clear plastic wrappers which is a bonus as children will not be embarrassed taken them to school as they do not have the Tesco Value logo on them!

        ~~APPEARANCE AND TASTE~~

        The cake bars to look very tasty. They are a good size, measuring approximately 8cm long by 4cm wide and 3cm thick. They are a golden brown colour and you can clearly see the chocolate chips in them.

        When it came to taste the one thing I did worry about was them being too dry but this is not the case, the sponge cake is very moist and delicious, it feels light to eat and not at all heavy like some cheap sponges are. They are easy to eat and do not get stuck in the teeth. The cake is full of chocolate chips which are milk chocolate and also taste very good. The comparison between the soft sponge and the harder chocolate chips is great. I have to say love leaving the chocolate chips in my mouth until the sponge has gone so I can suck the chocolate. It does taste nice and pleasant and not overly rich. I am happy that it is milk chocolate and not dark chocolate like the majority of chocolate chip cakes are.

        The cakes do crumble slightly but no where near so much as others, I do find I sometimes have a few crumbs on the table cloth when my boys have eaten these but it is only a small mess compared to biscuits. For adults this will not be a problem as the cakes can fit into the mouth whole with ease, I have not tried this but hubby does on a regular basis.

        The cakes are nice and easy being individually wrapped so they make a great addition to a school lunch box. They are also good for picnic or a snack when travelling.

        ~~INFO~~

        The cakes come in a box of 5.They have a good best before date and the pack which I bough yesterday have a life until December so they are good to keep in the cupboard for emergencies.

        The ingredients for the cake bars are:-

        Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Milk Chocolate Chips (12%), Pasteurised Whole Egg, Pasteurised Whole egg white, Glucose-Fructose syrup, Stabiliser (Sorbitol), Humectant (Glycerine), Dried skimmed milk, Modified Maize starch, Raising agents (Potassium Carbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Glucono-Delta-Lactone), Salt, Natural Flavouring, Thickeners (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids).

        Milk Chocolate Chips contain: Sugar, Dried Whole milk, Cocoa butter, Cocoa Mass, Whey powder, Dried Skimmed milk, Emulsifiers (soya Lecthins), Natural Flavouring.

        The nutritional values per cake bar are:-

        Energy - 115 Kcal
        Protein - 1.8g
        Carbohydrates - 14.6g
        Of which sugars - 6.3g
        Fat - 5.5g
        Of which Saturates - 1.1g
        Mono-saturates - 2.9g
        Polyunsaturates - 1.2g
        Fibre - 0.5g
        Sodium - trace
        Salt Equivalent - trace

        From these values we can see they are not very health but they do contain less calories per bar than one slice of thick white Hovis bread (this is my reasoning for eating them!)

        The cake bars have some allergy warnings on the back of the box and these include the fact that they contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya. Tesco cannot guarantee that they have been made in a nut free factory but the recipe is nut free. These are also suitable for vegetarians.

        They must be stored in a cool dry place and once opened in an air tight container.

        The packaging is 100% recyclable, with the exception of the individual wrapper.

        ~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~

        These are a Tesco Value product so they can only be bough in Tesco stores. Other supermarkets do their own versions of them but I cannot comment on their quality. These cakes are priced at the bargain price of 68p.

        ~~RECOMMENDED?~~

        Yes, I am more than happy to recommend these as they taste great and are quick and easy to pop into a lunch box or pocket for a snack. They are certainly worth trying for the very small price tag.

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