“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cake „
When in Tesco''s recently, these mini rolls caught my eye. At only 42p for 6 rolls, I thought these were a bargain, so decided to give them a try.
The Mini Rolls
Each roll weighs around 21g and is a light coloured sponge, and you can see the insides peeking out through the edges of the roll. These rolls have a vanilla flavour creme inside them, which reminds me a lot of the taste of buttercream, that thick, sweet alternative to fresh cream that a lot of places seem so enamoured by. The raspberry layer I had assumed it was raspberry jam, but further investigation has led me to think it's more of a raspberry puree, or even just a raspberry flavoured thick liquid. The sponge itself is quite bland, and needs the inside flavours to make it more appealing. It's clear to see how these were assembled, you can clearly see the inside flavours, with the swiss roll wrapped once around it. Unlike some more expensive brands, which has many layers, this only seemed to be rolled once.
I felt that these mini rolls were quite a nice treat, if slightly small for me, two bites and they were gone, and I felt that I needed to eat two to get a proper sugary hit. I liked the sweet filling, and it was a nice contrast to the blander sponge. While these wouldn't be my favourite mini roll, I feel that for the 42p these cost, I really can't complain, as they were a tasty treat for only a few pence each. With each roll coming in at 74 calories, I feel that I can indulge in an occasional one without it causing too much damage to the waistline, and even though I felt I needed to eat two, it still comes in at less calories than most chocolate bars. think these rolls would be a nice addition to a trifle as well, although I haven't tried this. I think these would also be ideal as a snack for kids, as they are small, but quite sweet, so will appeal to children. Each roll is very soft as well, so ideal for younger children. There are nicer mini rolls out there, but considering the price of these compared to other brands, I feel they are a good buy, and nice as an occasional treat.
Price and Availability
I bought mine from Tesco, as they are a Tesco only product. I paid 40p for my rolls.
These rolls contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg & Soya. There are no nuts used in this recipe, but the factory does also use nuts in other items produced there. They are suitable for vegetarians and Tesco also promises that there are no artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat in these rolls.
I am utterly obsessed with these cakes. I was going on a picnic last year and I shopped in majority of the supermarkets in my area for food ideas and I found these. Ever since I have brought this product I have gone back time and time again to buy them. This is a cake ideal for a picnic because they are not dry, meaning you don't gasp for a drink afterwards. They are also not sticky so you don't find yourself needing to wash your hands immediately, if at a picnic. Per roll in the pack of 6 there are 85kcal. I think this is pretty decent for a miniature roll.
I mentioned a picnic. I find that this product is extremely ideal for a picnic. They come in a small packet, which are easy to travel with. They come four in a pack which is ideal for sharing. Each individual cake is very attractive and is generously filled with jam and cream. Each roll is not sticky and they are also not too sweet and sickly. The cakes on a whole are nice and light and easy to chew. This is very appealing and I also find them very fluffy when I squeeze them between my fingers.
When I first bought them they were 30p now they are 40p, which is still a great price for what you get. I cannot state how yummy and great this product is. I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants a small treat or like me, has a picnic to attend.
These little cylindrical packages of delight are only 40 pence* for a pack of 6! Need I say more? Yes because otherwise it would be a pretty poor review!
Sponge - Light and fluffy, not too dry, not too moist and sticky, and the filling does not seep into the sponge causing an unattractive mess.
Jam - not lumpy and chewy, actual jam rather than some other brands which use some jam flavoured relative to rubber. Smooth and plenty of it.
Cream - not too sweet and sickly, nice and light, not hard and chewy but almost fluffy, also ample amounts of this.
All in all the sponge/jam/cream ratio is spot on and means you can easily polish off the entire pack in one go without feeling sickly or in desperate need for a drink. Although this is not recommended as we are a country fighting obesity and I wouldn't want to give out the wrong impression :)
Another plus - only 85 kcal per roll rather than the possible 125 from other leading brands and chocolate covered varieties.
*40p for a pack of six at time of review - 2/11/12
I am always on the look out for small snacks to put into school lunchboxes and I was pleased when I managed to spot these at Tesco, more so as they were very cheap. They looked tasty so I did not hesitate in giving them a try.
The cakes come in a clear plastic tray which has a clear cover over them. On the top there is the Value logo on the top left hand corner and across the middle is a red flash which has the product name on. The back of the packet contains all of the product information and ingredients.
~~APPEARANCE AND TASTE~~
The individual cakes look quite attractive, they are a light yellow colour and a good size. They each measure approximately 6cm by 3cm long and 1.5 cm thick. When you look at the side profile of them you can see a small amount of the filling which is red jam and cream.
We were all looking forward to tasting the cakes but unfortunately they did not taste as good as they looked. The sponge was quite dry and I did at times find it hard to swallow it. I could not really taste the vanilla flavour in the sponge and to me it was very much like the basic sponge you get on Victoria sponge caked. The filling was pleasant enough to eat and made a nice contrast to the dry sponge but there was no where near enough of it. When I bit into the cake the remainder went as flat as anything and the sponge did not spring back up. There was a distinct lack of jam in the middle of the roll and all I could taste was the sponge and cream. My boys did enjoy their rolls and were quite happy to ask for another which was surprising to me as I was not overly impressed with them.
One good point about the cakes is that they do not make crumbs, this may be due to the fact they can be eaten in two bits, or whole in my hubby's case. I found that when my boys had sat to he table to eat them there were no crumbs on the plates or table cloth so this was a bonus.
The cakes do not come individually wrapped which is a negative as this would have made them easier to pop into lunch boxes, but I just pop them into a small sandwich bag and they seen to stay fresh in them until lunch time. The remainder of the packet of mini rolls must be stored in an air tight container after the packet is opened as they do dry out very quickly and then they are only fit for the bin.
The packet contains 6 min rolls each weighing 22g.
The nutritional values for each individual mini roll are:-
Energy - 90 Kcal
Protein - 1.1g
Carbohydrate - 12.6g
Of which sugars - 6.6g
Fat - 3.8g
Of which saturates - 1.1g
Mono-unsaturated - 1.5g
Polyunsaturated - 1.2g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - trace
Salt equivalent - trace
These are not overly bad values but for the fat and calories I would have liked more flavour.
The ingredient are:-
Vanilla Flavour filling (28%), Wheat flour, Raspberry flavour filling (14%), Sugar, Pasteurised whole egg, Humectant(vegetable Glycerine), glucose sugar, Soya Flour, Pasteurised egg white, whey powder, raising agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Potassium Carbonate), Vegetable Oil, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate), Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty acids), Acidity regulator (Citric Acid), Natural flavouring, Antioxidant (Calcium Lactate).
There are some allergy warnings on the packets and these include the fact that the mini rolls contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg and Soya. The recipe is nut free but Tesco cannot guarantee the ingredients or place of making is.
The shelf life of the mini rolls is good and the packet I bought last week has over a month on them, this is not the case once they have been opened as they need to be eaten within a few days as they do go hard and dry.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
These are a Tesco Value product so can only be bought in Tesco stores. They have the great price of just 30p per pack so I think they are good value. Other supermarkets do their own versions of these mini rolls but I cannot comment on how good or bad they are.
If it was up to me I would not recommend these as I found them to be quite tasteless but as my boys loved them, and that s who they were bought for I will recommend them. I can only give them 3 stars as they were a let down but I think for the price tag they are well worth giving a try.
Another Value product review..sorry if I am boring you all now :)
Tesco have a basic, own brand range of products called the *Value* range. The range is designed to be affordable to those on a tight budget (aren't we all?).
My packet is slightly different to the dooyoo picture. The product is Vanilla Flavour Mini Rolls. These are little sponge swiss rolls filled with vanilla and raspberry flavoured filling. They contain noo artificial flavours or colours.
The packaging is basic as with all Value products. The mini rolls are individually placed in their own little section in a plastic tray. The plastic tray is then slipped inside a see through plastic wrapper. The front has the Tesco Value logo and the name and description of the product. There is also a nutrition column and the best before date. The back of the pack and side has allergy advice, ingredients, nutrition, storage and Tesco details.
The sponges are approx 8cm in length and are a golden brown colour similar to that of a fresh made sponge cake. The sponge is quite thin and you can roll it out to reveal the filling. The cream is a good consistency..not thick and not runny enough that it will pour over you. There is a small amount of raspberry jam mixed through the middle of the cream.
Vanilla Flavour Filling (28%),Wheat Flour , Raspberry Flavour Filling (14%)
Sugar ,Egg ,Water , Humectants (Vegetable Glycerine, Sorbitol) ,Glucose Syrup ,Soya Flour ,Whey Powder , Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Potassium Carbonate) ,Vegetable Oil , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) , Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids) , Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid) ,Natural Flavouring
Vanilla Flavour Filling contains ,Vegetable Oil ,Sugar ,Water ,Dextrose ,Glucose Syrup ,Maize Starch ,Dried Egg White ,Natural Flavouring
Raspberry Flavour Filling contains ,Glucose Syrup ,Sugar ,Apple Purée ,Water , Gelling Agent (Pectin) , Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Trisodium Citrate) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) ,Flavouring
Contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya.
No nuts in recipe but cannot guarantee no nuts.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Each mini roll contains
1.4g saturated fat
Not happy? Tesco will refund or replace.
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0800 50 55 55
*Price and Availability*
Tesco exclusive..online and instore! A 5pk costs a wonderful 30p and these are also available in chocolate at 33p per pack.
I know, I know not another Value review but I think Value products are sometimes disregarded as being rubbish but this is not always true. I am trying to cut my shopping bill due to being very skint and have recently switched to Tesco for the majority of my shopping. I like the Asda Smart Price version of these so was confident I would like the Tesco Value version and I was right!
Loving the basic packaging, I can see what I am buying and the cakes look lovely!
The sponge is lovely and soft. I say soft but its not soft that its going to fall apart as you pick it up style soft! The sponge is quite moist on top and reminds me of a traditional sponge cake, just thinner. I would say the filling is adequate, the cream and jam make up more than half by the looks of it and the flavours compliment each other and the sponge beautifully.
The cream is sweet but without being toothachingly sweet. The only thing I would like more of is the jam layer. It seeps through the cream in the middle section though unless you unroll the sponge I taste it from there, you cannot really identify the jam. Nevertheless, a very tasty little treat and one kids would enjoy as well as adults.
The calorie and sugar is quite high so enjoy in moderation. At 30p a packet and 5p a roll, this promotes excellent value for money and these will certainly end up in my electronic trolley in the future.
Recommend and thanks for reading
~~~ What are they?~~~
6 mini rolls, vanilla and raspberry flavour from the Tesco value range. They come in a transparent tray wrapped in a transparent film with red, white, and blue writing. They cost £0.30 per pack.
~~~ Do they taste good? ~~~
Yes, for the price, they are surprisingly good. They are moist and have a similar taste to Victoria sponge. They are not amazingly filling but nice for a treat in a lunchbox or instead of a biscuit with your coffee.
~~~ The ingredients ~~~
I will not delve too deeply into the whole list but they are free from any artificial flavours or colours which is a step it the right direction for something from an economy range. A couple of mini rolls will only set you back 10% of your guideline daily amount of calories and fat. This is good to know if you have a sweet tooth and are on a diet.
For those of you who are lucky enough to not be watching their weight, add these to some Angel Delight or icecream or yoghurt and you have a satisfying dessert to tuck into.
These are great for parties for old and young - a couple of packets of these will only set you back £0.60 and look great spread out on a large plate. If you compare that to the price of a chocolate bar, you're laughing!
Since Martin Lewis suggested to try a lower brand of food when you go shopping I have done so and found alot of products are just as tasty and the higher ones and at a very low price.
I was making a trifle one day and I went to the supermarket to originally buy the trifle biscuits to place at the bottom but I saw these and thought I would try them and see if they worked and they did, perfectly.
I paid only 30p for 6 from the Value range at Tesco.
The sell by date is very good they give around a month to use, unopened but I freeze mine and use them whenever I need them if I am not using them within that time as for the price they are good to buy and freeze in my opinion.
They come in a transparent thin plastic wrapper with the blue and red logo of the Value range and they are in little seperate compartments to take out and offer if needed and they are not indiviually wrapped they are just as seen.
They are perfect for lunch boxes and can easily be wrapped in cling film or foil to keep fresh and are ideal for childrens parties and for a child or adult to use as a cake, they are nice and small for a younger child to hold on their own and they do not make alot of mess as they are nice and spongy and they have just the right amount of jam and vanilla centre, the cake is folded around the filling and keeps in place. They can be eaten with custard, whipped cream or icecream for a pudding.
Each roll contains:
salt a trace.
I place these in a large glass dish and there are plenty to cover the bottom and I put the jelly over the top and leave them and make the trifle.
I am pleased I tried these to replace the biscuits for my trifle base and I was not disappointed with the result and they cost me alot cheaper too.
I recommend these to anyone to try.
I give this product a 5 star rating.
I always find that when I buy snacks that they eaten by the end of the day by my son, and when buying branded products it can become very expensive. Tescos vanilla mini rolls are a great way to keep yours or your children's hunger at bay.
At only 30p for a pack of 6, it offers great value for money and Tesco's always have them in stock. They are also great for kids parties etc.
Do not let the fact that they are part of the Tesco value range put you off because they taste great and are low in calories and contain good quality ingredients.
They have just enough cream and jam filling not making them too sickly but keeps them sweet and tasty.
The product is suitable for vegetarians and although Tesco's cannot guarantee that the product is nut free, they are made in a factory which does not use nuts and nuts are obviously not part of the ingredients.
Nutritional Information per roll
Calories - 90 (5% of the recommended daily allowance)
Sugar - 7.5g (8% of the recommended daily allowance)
Fat - 3.3g (5% of the recommended daily allowance)
Salt - trace
The packaging is fairly basic but then for 30p you cant really complain and in way of taste you are defiantly getting more than your money's worth. The Tesco value mini rolls also come in chocolate which are equally as good.
Great snack at a great price.
On a recent shopping trip to good old Tesco, i was on the lookout for cheap but fun snacks for the kids to munch on during their half term break from school. I saw these value mini rolls at just 30p for a pack of 6 and decided as the children would be at home and not eating while out and about, it did not matter that they were not individually wrapped, I added 2 packs to my trolley and proceeded to complete my shopping.
A few days later the children had been busy for the morning and requested a mid morning snack, i knew exactly what they could have, i fetched a pack of these mini rolls and proceeded to hand them 2 each. i have 3 children so it was handy they came in packs of 6 (i have found that other brands tend to come in packs of 5) and this meant i could finish the pack as soon as it was opened and not have to use a food bag to store the remaining rolls in to keep them fresh so it is another bonus in my eyes and again did not matter that they were not indiviudally packed.
The children sat in front of the tv for a while munching on their mini rolls and drinking their value lemonade, they seemed to be content and there was not one complaint from any of them about the mini rolls.
I later asked the kids what they thought of their mini rolls and they all said that they were nice and tastey, my daughter commented that she liked the cream and jam filling the best.
The rolls were soft and spongy, I tried one from the second packed and found them to be generally nice and not overly sweet but sweet enough to satisfy a craving for something sweet. I liked that they are smaller than the indiviudally wrapped cake bars/mini rolls as the children can then have 2 each and feel that they are getting a treat when in fact it is a lot better in value and i am not feeling bad that they have eaten too much sweet food in one sitting.
I recommend these for children mainly, as anyone who has kids knows how expensive treats can be, i will be buying these again on a regular basis, perfect for everyday uses (not sure about lunch boxes due to not being individually packed) and definately a must to fill out the table of snacks at a kids party.
At just 30p for 6, i recommend that you try these mini rolls before spending the £1+ on other well known indiviudally wrapped mini rolls!
My mum ordered some of these in our online shopping which came today, we don't eat that many mini rolls because they're all the chocolate ones now and they're too sickly.
These are dead nice though, they're 30p for 6 and are perfect for kids I reckon. Actually anyone can enjoy these, the mini rolls are only small but have got a wickedly sweet flavour. You don't notice it straight away but you'll be tempted to eat 2 because of them being so small, and then you'll end up feeling sick! lol
The sponge is a bit sticky feeling and is soft and stodgy at the same time. It's wrapped round a layer of jam and cream, this is only a thin layer but the cream is majorly sweet so if there was any more I reckon the rolls would be too sickly to eat!
You wouldn't believe how sweet and filling these are for such small cakes, over the sugary flavour there is a nice combo though. The jam is proper fruity and the cream has got a delish vanilla taste, it all tastes a bit fake but that doesn't matter because they're so yummy!
I think these would be wicked for a kids party, they're small but they look nice and the sweet taste would deffo appeal to any child. My dad says they're too sweet for him but I think they're delish, for such a cheap price you can't moan. You know sometimes you just want a cake and you're not looking for perfection, these are ideal and don't cost half as much as Kipling and brands like that.
It's a shame they're not wrapped up individual because they'd be good in a lunchbox for kids to take to school. I know you can put them in a bag but they'd get mashed up so my sister will have to wait until she gets back from school tomorrow to try them!
I don't remember having tried these before, but with my son's 6th birthday bing yesterday, we added these to our weekly shop last weekend in the hope that they would come in useful. As it turns out, we had enough of other things and the sugar content and potential hyperactive results of using them meant that we kept them in the cupboard, and devoured them all today!
For 30p, you get a plastic tray of 6 rather small and unimpressive looking swiss rolls, with vanilla and raspberry filling. Whereas a regular sponge/swiss roll would have a bit of spring to it, this is a lifeless flat piece of sponge rolled up with a very thin layer of each of the fillings, and none of it likely to be the very best in quality.
However, tasting it provoked a bit of a response from my tastebuds, one that was rather pleasant. It helps that I have a bit of a sweet tooth, as the first thing you notice is how sugary they are. Each 20g roll contains about 7g of sugar, making it just over a third of the roll being sugar! It also gives you 90 calories for each roll, and a slightly sickly feeling if you eat three in quick succession. Trust me....
The thing about them, though, is that they do actually taste nice, and are very morish, making you want to eat them again and again, despite the sickly sugary feeling you get after a couple of them. There's not a lot of healthiness here, but I suppose if you need a sugar rush or some extra calories or just something tasty to snack on, then these are good. The fillings are flavoured as opposed to using the real thing. I don't suppose a raspberry will ever see the inside of one of these, nor are the scrapings of the inside of a vanilla pod a probable inclusion when collecting the ingredients. However, Tesco make no bones about the fact that this is a cheap and cheerful product that isn't designed to be healthy or contain 'real' ingredients. It's dirt cheap, at only 30p for the 6 mini rolls, making it 5p for a 6cm long, tightly rolled flat piece of tasty vanilla and raspberry roll. If this is for you, then who cares whether it's got real raspberries in it or that itr may look a little lifeless. If this is the sort of thing that really bothers you, then you're unlikely to glance twice at this anyway.
It's lifeless, lacklustre, flat looking, full of sugar and calories, has never seen a real raspberry or vanilla pod, but tastes really nice, gives you a little extra energy boost, and is dirt cheap. That sounds around middle of the road for me, so 3 stars all the way.
Tesco Value Vanilla Flavour Mini Rolls are a bargain buy for the kids at just 30p for a packet of 6 rolls. They're basically mini swiss rolls that are filled with the traditional cream and jam filling you'd expect.
Size wise, they are ideal for little ones, though I wouldn't say they're too small for adults - just on the smaller side of things. The sponge is relatively moist, though the outside does have a slightly firmer feel and bite to it than I personally like in my swiss rolls.
Inside, the filling is suprisingly moist and plentiful for such a cheap little cake. There's plenty of cream spread around the rolled up inside, and enough strawberry jam to give a decent flavour.
Each packet lasts for up to around a month, and I've noticed that they really do keep for that long if necessary. Just put them in a tub and they keep just fine. I suppose that's a sign that these are pre-packed junk filled with preservatives, but hey ho, at least they last!
Nutritionally they're not overly offensive, which I think is largely due to the size. Each roll has only 90 calories in it with 3.3g of fat and 7.5g of sugar. That's pretty low where cakes are concerned. I think these are decent little things for the price. My first choice would be something a little springier and fresher, not to mention larger, but these are definitely top of the list for value swiss rolls.
I keep saying I am not that into Cake items, but since I keep picking up bargain Cakes, then perhaps I am into Cakes! I spotted these in Tesco today, and since they only cost 23p for 6 Mini Rolls then I thought they were worth a try. I found these up the Bread/Cake aisle. They were quite hard to spot, as being a bargain brand buy they were on a single row on the bottom shelf. The pack wasn't that eye catching either.
These were arranged on a thin bit of plastic and wrapped in a see through plastic bag. There is a white strip on the front and it has the name and branding on the front as well. This is a Tesco Value product, so there is the Tesco value label on it.
These aren't the largest Cakes, and they aren't covered on Chocolate or anything, but they are a budget buy, so I wasn't expecting the world from these. The Rolls are rectangular bits of Cake and running through the middle of these and spiraling out from the middle are thin strips of Strawberry Jam and Vanilla Cream. The Jam and Cream is tasty, but it isn't overly strong tasting, but it is nice and sweet. I wouldn't complain if there was more filling in these, but I got what I expected for the price of these.
Each Roll has 90 calories and 3.6g fat.
I will buy these again as they were tasty, a good price and a nice taste. The only bad thing is the packaging, as when you open these and if you only eat a couple then no matter how careful you open the pack, it seems to rip across the mddle diagonally. So I folded the open part over and popped into a food bag and tied. I'm sure this will keep these fresh and moist.
Good buy from Tesco Value!