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      14.03.2012 10:49
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      A cheap and satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner (if you make crumpet pizzas)

      ---Intro---
      On Tuesdays I have to get the 6:48am train to work to guarantee being able to get a bus so that I'm ridiculously early for an appointment - I like to be early! Generally I get the 8:29am train since I don't (currently - until I start my second job) work a full week. So, on a normal day I have time for porridge and coffee before I leave home.

      This Tuesday I arrived in Carlisle planning what to have for breakfast. I wandered around Tescos, vaguely contemplating instant porridge, but then I headed to the bread aisle. I decided that it was time for crumpets.

      ---Different Crumpets---
      Initially I picked up a well-known brand which was on special offer - 2 packs of 6 for £1. But then I realised that I might not get through 12 crumpets (they can of course be frozen, but we don't have a freezer at work) as they don't have a long shelf life. Then I spotted the Tesco extra value crumpets which were only 35p for a pack of 6. Admittedly they looked a lot thinner than 'normal' crumpets. However, they only contain 75 calories per crumpet as opposed to the 'normal' ones which have over 100. Packaging is typical extra value packaging (film can't be recycled, but there's no unnecessary card in with them).

      ---'Cooking'---
      I got to work, put the kettle on, and stuck 2 crumpets in the toaster. When they came out I smeared them with Flora Light (which I had to buy in Tesco - so initially not the absolute cheapest breakfast in the world, BUT that will last), and enjoyed them with my coffee. They can also be done under a medium grill for 2-3 minutes.

      ---Eating---
      They are not the best crumpets in the world by any means, but they taste of crumpets. I think they are perhaps slightly less salty than others, although perhaps my spread is less salty than others.

      Once I get a food on my mind I want to eat it all the time, so I had a further 2 crumpets for lunch (I probably should have gone for the special offer branded crumpets after all)...and today (Wednesday) I ate my final two.

      ---Ingredients---
      They contain Wheat flour, water, raising agents, spirit vinegar, yeast, preservative, salt, and acidity regulator. They are suitable for vegetarians. However, they contain wheat and gluten - no nuts, but can't guarantee nut free, although the factory has no nuts!

      As said, each crumpet contains 75 calories. There is only a trace of fat (that's good!) and 0.5g salt (8% of GDA - not so good if you eat the whole packet.)

      ---My Verdict---
      If you want a more substantial or higher quality crumpet, then these are not for you. However, for the price and the lower calorie count than other crumpets then I think these are definitely worthwhile.

      ---Final Crumpet Stuff!---
      Although I haven't tried it with these crumpets, my favourite thing to do with crumpets is:
      * Toast in toaster
      * Spread tomato puree on them
      * Put grated cheese on top (also good to add some ham before the cheese)
      * Grill for a couple of minutes, and then you have crumpet pizzas!

      Enjoy!

      PS. Any proceeds from this review will go towards me buying more crumpets!

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        16.11.2009 20:18
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        Tesco Value crumpets: cheap and somewhat cheerful

        I was a bit unsure about getting these crumpets. Normally, I would err towards the side of Tesco Value products, but ultimately there are some products that I would normally err on the side of caution and go for a different brand.

        The other week we got this brand of crumpets. They didn't look too impressive in their packaging, which is the standard Tesco Value white and blue. The packaging opens easily enough, adn they smell just like any other crumpets would do. They are a bit flat and squished, as if they had been stacked and never regained their shape.

        Eating them provides options. Normally, it's best to lightly toast them and then spread butter on the top while it's still warm, so the butter melts into the honeycombed shape on the top. This makes it lovely and soft and buttery. With the tesco Value crumpets, they do crisp up nicely on the top, and remain nice and soft on the inside, but there is something not quite as ncie as other brands that we have tried.

        The other option is to eat them without toasting them. Spread butter and/or jam on top and eat them as they are. This can be anice, and saves time if you can't be bothered to turn the grill on or pop them in the toaster. However, I found with Tesco Value crumpets, they were a bit flimsy and tasteless. Very bland indeed, really. I suppose that without the butter melting down into it, the taste of the actual crumpet comes through, and it's definitely lower in quality than others I have tried.

        Nutritionally, each crumpet has just under 100 calories, which is a little more than the next step up, Tesco standard crumpets. You get six in a pack, and it costs you 47p, whereas 6 of the Tesco standard crumpets are over 60p. However, for the slight price difference, I would go for the latter, as I wasn't really that impressed with the Value crumpets. They seemed smaller and more squished, and didn't taste too nice without grilling. With grilling, they were about the same.

        Overall, this is a product I wouldn't shy away from if offered to me. I'm unlikely to buy them again as the next step up isn't that much more expensive. They're okay crumpets, but not the best by any stretch of the imagination.

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          09.07.2009 20:04
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          These can be found only in Tesco as they are Tesco own brand. The equivalent can obviously be found in other supermarkets for example Asda and Sainsburys. They can be found in the bakery aisle alongside the likes of the breads, croissants, hot cross buns and pancakes. There are often freshly prepared crumpets however these do not come in multipacks like this one.

          These come in packs of either 8 or 12. The 8 pack costs 57p and the 12 pack costs only 69p. You are as well going for the 12 pack as you will get a lot more for your money! This is compared to a pack of 6 branded (Kingsmill) crumpets which will set you back between 70 and 80p.

          The packaging is very plain, and there is not much to the cellophane wrapper. Simply a breif product description, and some nutrition information. The back of the wrapper gives more information however focussing on nutrition, ingredients and how to contact Tesco if you have a problem. The crumpets can clearly be seen through.

          The packet is easy to open and requires just a slight rip at one end. The crumpets are a decent size. Not to thin but not too thick either. They are a fairly golden brown colour with a darker brown colour on the top. There are of course the little dimples in the top which come with all crumpets.

          These can be eaten cold, "raw" or toasted or grilled. I tried both. Onto the cold ones I spread a nice layer of jam. Biting in I noticed just how soft they were. Normally crumpets are quite rubbery but these weren't too bad. They had a nice sweetness to them and would have gone great with butter too. There was a definite dough taste too though! They were a decent size too and it took 4 decent bites to get through it!

          I put 2 more under the grill and grilled for a couple of minutes before lathering butter. They had a nice crispness to them but kept the delicious soft doughy texture too. They tasted sweeter like this and actually had more flavour to them. They went lovely with the butter and it melted right in, through the holes.

          One crumpet contains 96 calories and 0.3g of fat. This isn't amazing but it isn't too bad either. These would be perfect for a mid morning or mid afternoon snack and could have any topping from jam and butter, to salmon and cheese, to peanut butter. You could also have them for breakfast with some grilled crispy bacon!

          Overall these are really good and worth trying!

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          15.05.2009 15:51
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          A fantastic value product

          My continuing value crusade:

          I like to have crumpets for my breakfast every so often. I just like them with lots of butter - so its not the healthiest of options for the day, but as they don't have much fat and only 92 calories they aren't too bad before I start putting my butter on.

          These crumpets at first glance seem fine. I did find that the ones on the bottom stuck a bit to the paper liner, but perhaps they had been a bit squashed together in the shop - not sure. The packet gives you eight crumpets so they are a bit thinner than maybe warburtons version. this is a plus point though because it means that when they go in the toaster they crisp up really nicely.

          I find that with some crumpets they are so thick that they end up tasting really stodgy. This is not the case with thes crumpets and the texture is quite nice an has the right amount of holes.

          Well done tesco - this one is good

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          06.04.2009 21:27
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          These are a great money saving replacement for the normal leading brand.

          As I have mentioned in a few of my reviews I am trying my best to cost save at the moment having lost my job.

          A packet of 8 of these Tesco Value Crumpets are available for 50p from Tesco stores or tesco.com and are about half the price of the leading brand and you get an extra 2 crumpets for half the amount of money!

          Each calories has 90 calories & 0.3g of fat per crumpet.

          To serve the crumpets you just toast them either under the grill for a couple of minutes on each side or pop them in the toaster for around 3 minutes until lightly browned. The outside of the crumpets should be nicely toasted and the inside should be lovely, soft and springy.

          To make the perfect crumpet put on a nice dollop of butter and eat or even add your own favourite spread, I love crumpets with chocolate spread and crumpets with Marmite (but don't over do it!). Be warned that the butter will sink in to all the holes and this might well trick you in to putting more butter on but it really won't be needed otherwise you'll bite in to the crumpet and end up with greasy melted butter all over the place!

          These crumpets taste just as nice as the leading brand (I normally purchase Warburtons) and they are a fantastic snack or lovely as part of a nice hearty breakfast.

          I tend to only eat crumpets in Winter as they are quite heavy and are a real winter warming food, that's providing you don't mind putting on a few pounds over the Winter months!

          For 50p you really can't go wrong with these, I would highly recommend them and for that reason I am rating them 5/5.

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            03.11.2008 21:09
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            Tesco crumpets taste great look good and are fantastic value

            Crumpets are one of my weaknesses I love crumpets as a snack and can eat loads of them so I worry about the cost. I have been buying top brand crumpets when they are on offer for sometime but the spending is adding up. I eat two crumpets for breakfast most mornings and as a snack some evening the crumpets I usually buy cost over 50p and there are only six in a packet while the Tesco crumpets are 50p for a pack of eight, which is great value.

            I have bought cheap crumpets in the past and I was not pleased. They were pale and chewy but the Tesco crumpets are surprisingly nice. On opening the packet I was met buy 8 crumpets these crumpets were very fresh and springy to touch they smelt lovely and look a nice colour with a nice brown top.

            I popped them into the toaster and they took slightly longer than normal crumpets to cook once they were hot and a little crunchy on the top I popped on some butter (you need butter on crumpets) I love the way the butter disappears into the holes in the crumpets this in the past has tricked me into putting on more butter but over the years I have become wise to this trick. If you put on to much butter, it will drip out the crumpet all over your clothes when you eat it!

            The crumpets in my opinion tasted just as good as the more expensive brands, it is hard to describe the taste but they are not too chewy or to hard. They are nice and springy and do not deflate or go flat.

            My preference is to eat crumpets fresh from the toaster covered in butter and cheese. I know not very healthy but tastes great and they actually fill you up.

            Tesco crumpets are suitable for vegetarians are suitable for home freezing. I have frozen some in the past and they taste fine once they have defrosted and been toasted.

            Each crumpet contains 90 calories, 1.8g sugar, 0.3g fat and 0.6g salt so they are not very good for you but like everything, they should be eaten in moderation.

            My opinion of Tesco crumpets are that they are as good as the leading brand but cheaper and more in a packet. They taste fantastic but need to be cooked slightly longer.

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              15.10.2008 14:29
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              not the best crumpet around

              I completely forgot I'd bought these in September at Tesco.com & found them in the freezer last night - just the job as it's been pretty nippy here in Cheshire the last few nights!

              I paid 50p for a pack of 8 crumpets - we ate 1 pack 'fresh' & started the other ones which had been frozen & de-frosted and didn't seem to have much difference in taste.

              I've always loved loved crumpets and, as a child, used to watch my Dad toasting them on a big toasting fork over a real fire - then we ate them with a big dollop of butter - pure heaven!

              I think there's nothing else in the world that compares to the good old British crumpet - proper stodgy, winter comfort food or what??!!

              I've tried making my own but it's much more convenient to buy them as they're usually easy to find this time of year with the bread & rolls at the supermarket/ local shop.

              I usually buy Warburtons but thought I'd try Tesco's for a change - they looked good & the price is great.

              The packaging is clear & you can see the 8 crumpets very clearly - they are a decent depth & look golden brown on the top. I think the holes look about the right size which is important when crumpet-shopping...

              The texture's good but I'm not sure about the taste - I'll probably stick to Warburtons in future & pay a bit more.

              I tried putting them in the toaster as our grill is very slow -not a good idea as they got stuck so I had to switch the toaster off, unplug it & fiddle about with a knife to get them out.

              They're better grilled I think, but still a bit disappointing.

              The texture is doughy & stodgy - to be honest I couldn't really taste the crumpet, only the butter & jam.

              When I next grilled them I just popped a little butter on the top & made a conscious effort to try the taste but still couldn't find it!

              However, they did the trick in that they filled our tummies & gave us that 'comfort-eating' feeling - I suppose if we'd liked the taste we would have finished them all off which is bad for the waistline....

              each crumpet contains 90 calories, high carbs but the fat is only 0.3g which is OK - but it's the butter that we put on which makes them a 'baddie' for the health-conscious among us.

              On the reverse of the packet it lists all the ingredients, nutritional info plus ~
              -Suitable for veggies.
              - contains wheat, gluten.
              - freezing guidelines
              - Tesco's website address for comments

              Summary
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              -very cheap
              - fills the gap
              - comfort food
              - texture & appearance good
              - but the crumpets lack taste

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                04.08.2008 23:57
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                Next time I'll definitely buy the Warburtons crumpets.

                The latest product from Tesco's Value range I have tried is their crumpets. I love crumpets but do not really go out of my way to buy them, with my granddaughters staying over last night though I bought a pack because they like them for a change from cereal in the morning. I usually buy Warburtons crumpets because for me they are perfect with their light fluffy texture and moreish flavour, but today I bit the bullet and bought a pack of 12 Tesco Value crumpets for just 48p.

                They do not look terribly appetising in the packet but I thought for this price I could put up with odd looking crumpets providing they taste good.

                The tops of them look almost burned they are so dark, while the outside edges are so pale that they look decidedly undercooked to me. They are also very thin and do not look half as nice as my usual Warburtons or Kingsmill crumpets.

                I popped a couple under the grill and waited for them to brown sufficiently so I could tuck into them. I waited, and I waited, and I waited. Be careful while toasting these crumpets because they'll go from uncooked-looking to burned to a cinder within nanoseconds! So, the first two were wasted because I took my eye off them. In go another two.

                When they were eventually as golden brown as I could manage I spread them both with butter and added jam to one of them.

                They are awful, absolutely horrible! I am by no means a foodie snob, but you are better to ditch these and pay the extra few pence for a better quality crumpet. They taste like warm bread, but not nice warm bread. These crumpets are doughy and very stodgy in texture with a strange aftertaste that I can only liken to the sort of burned flavour you sometimes get on the very bottom of a fresh tinned loaf from the supermarket.

                Even with butter and jam they are extremely dry and I cannot imagine what else I could have added to give these crumpets some much needed moisture! I actually almost choked on one mouthful because of the dryness and I am certainly not a pig who stuffs my mouth full of food, this was an average sized bite I took but couldn't conjure up the saliva to get the chunk of crumpet down!

                Another thing I do not like about them is the base of the crumpet which was very tough to bite through, I like the little puddles of butter left on the plate when I've had crumpets but the bases on these Value ones are so hard that the butter just sits inside the crumpet instead of leaking out which made for a very greasy snack indeed.

                I won't be buying these again, I haven't even cooked them for my granddaughters as I think they deserve better than this for their breakfast. For the price, if you like them then you're getting a bargain. It's liking them that will be the tricky part!

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                  04.08.2008 04:24
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                  Really great as a comfort food

                  Crumpets are the best and the worst food all rolled into one. They're the best because they taste brilliant and nothing will make you feel better on a cold winters day than a hot crumpet but they are also the worst because they are so very, very, very bad for you! For those of you who don't know a crumpet is it's sort of a cross between a type of bread and a pancake, it's very difficult to describe but it is round and full of little holes into which the butter and other toppings can melt.

                  I don't think they actually make Tesco Value Crumpets anymore since they did a total revamp of all Tesco Value products a couple of months ago. They changed all the packaging and got rid of a lot of the products, who knows why but whatever the reason they aren't available anymore so I'll write this using the facts from the Tesco Crumpets instead as they were pretty much the same just about 10p cheaper I think.

                  I have always liked to eat my crumpets straight from under the grill with a layer of butter to melt into them followed by Marmite, I know that not everybody likes Marmite but if you do then I really recommend you try these as they will give you the most fantastic flavour.

                  They are available in either packets of 8 or 12. The packet of 8 costs £0.54 and the packet of 12 costs £0.64. They come in a clear packet so that you can easily see the yummy crumpets inside. On the front in one corner is the Tesco logo and the name of the item. Inside the packet the crumpets are stacked in piles of 4 on top of each other and the stacks are on a piece of white cardboard to keep them in place and make sure they don't get too badly squashed. On the back of the packet are the ingredients, nutritional information and cooking information.

                  These crumpets contain:
                  Wheat Flour, Water, Dextrose, Salt, Vinegar, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Yeast, Acidity Regulator (Glucono-Delta-Lactone), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

                  Each serving, 2 crumpets contains:
                  90 Calories (4% GDA)
                  1.8g of Sugar (2% GDA)
                  0.3g of Fat (0% GDA)
                  0.1g of which Saturates (0% GDA)
                  0.9g of Salt (15% GDA)

                  They may not look that bad for you but just wait until you've loaded them up with butter and in my case marmite and the fat content soon shouts up. Plus seeing as just 2 crumpets already contains 15% if your Guideline Daily Amount of salt you could be in big trouble after you've added butter and marmite seeing as they both contain high levels of salt.

                  These are really simple to cook. They are thin enough to put into the toaster but I don't like doing this as my toaster has a bad habit of jamming them in and not popping back up so I cook them under the grill which only takes about 2-3 minutes, you need to take them out when they start to go a pale brown colour, try not to burn them. I like to get the butter and Marmite ready on the side with the knives whilst the crumpets are cooking that way I can coat them as soon as they're done. Thos means that the toppings can soak in a lot better which won't work if they're cold. To really enjoy the crumpet experience they need to be spread on whilst the crumpets are still hot.

                  They have a really great texture, the dough isn't too thick and is therefore really easy to eat. It also has a nice soft texture when you bite into it rather than being chewy or stale as some other versions are. The taste is delicious on it's own but with the toppings I put on it mainly tastes marmitey which is great. There's something about crumpets that gives each of the individual tastes something extra, like magic so there isn't really anything to compare eating a hot crumpet with.

                  It's a one of a kind food that you really should try and after a bad day in cold weather it's the first food I'll turn to, to help cheer me up. 10 out of 10 because they're good value and really tasty.

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                  20.02.2008 13:23
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                  eat in moderation to save your heart!

                  For me crumpets are the ultimate comfort food-i love them smothered in melted butter, straight from the toaster. I like my treats but as i have 3 young children i am conscious of my shopping bill. I also have a ravenous husband that has no concern of his health and will polish off 4 crumpets at a time without so much as a blink of his eye.

                  These crumpets cost me 50p for 12, so thats 4 pence per crumpet-bargain! they are great value and taste as nice as more expensive brands in my opinion.

                  They are only 0.3g of fat (until you smother them in butter that is!), however the word of caution i have on overeating them-and its something i constantly berate my husband for, is the salt content-at 0.9g of salt per crumpet that equates to my husband eating 3.6g of salt just in his snacks before any proper food.

                  they are tasty though, they are also easily prepared.
                  they are slim enough to pop in the toaster for a minute until heated through and then top them with your choice of topping (most people prefer butter, as it oozes into the crumpets making them moist and moreish!)
                  they are intended to be eaten upon heating, as they arent so tasty when they go cold.

                  Freshness wise, they usually last around 2-3 days when the pack has been opened-although its rare for us to have a pack after that long!

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