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Tesco Value Mallow Teacakes

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      21.02.2012 20:18
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      A great sweet treat for very little cost, though best not for binging.

      I have a terrific sweet tooth, but lately I've been trying to cut back my spending on sweetmeats. My reasoning is, "It's all sugary junk, so why not buy cheaper sugary junk?"

      I usually buy Tunnock's teacakes, but I thought I'd making a saving and dip a toe into the waters of Tesco Value. I'd never bought Value before, since the drab packaging design just strikes fear into me, but I was feeling optimistic (and peckish) that day.

      According to other reviews, these used to be much cheaper; I paid 60p for mine, which is quite a jump up from 39p, but still cheap. One pack contains six teacakes, with a 28% chocolate coating, 38% marshmallow filling and a biscuit base. The ingredients contain milk, wheat, gluten, soya, and also pork gelatine, so these aren't veggie-friendly. As to be expected, they aren't very healthy; I'm not one to count calories, but according to the FSA's traffic-light system, these are in the red for saturated fats and sugar, and amber for fat. The individual teacakes sit in a plastic tray with six compartments, but they aren't wrapped, so be careful not to manhandle them too much or let them melt.

      At first I was dubious that the coating was described as chocolate "flavour" rather than just chocolate, but I honestly wouldn't have guessed from the taste. Flavour- and texture-wise these are very much like Cadbury's teacakes, with a firm spongy filling as opposed to Tunnocks' stickier mallow. I find these are actually better than Cadbury's, being more moist and squashy, while Cadbury's seem quite dry and hollow despite the noble purple packaging. The plain biscuit base is slightly crumbly but pleasant, adding some welcome extra texture. Overall, they're sweet and mildly chocolatey.

      Despite their plain looks and low price, these are easily as tasty and enjoyable as leading brands. I'm surprised at their flavour and quality, and hopefully they won't get bumped up further in price. Tunnock's are still my favourite purveyors of the teacake, but I won't be afraid to pick these up again.

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        13.09.2010 17:20
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        An excellent product from the Tesco value range

        Anyone who has ever purchased any Tesco value products will know that some items suh as lasagne sheets, snowball and flour are excellent whereas some other value items like toilet roll are of very poor quality. One item that falls in the former category are these Tesco value mallow teacakes, which cost 40p for a pack of 6 (125g)

        I am not a food snob, and I really don't mind whether a product is from the value range or not, as long as it is good quality. My husband, on the other hand, would never voluntarily buy ANY value product, thankfully I do the household shopping, so very often I just produce something, like these teacakes and do not tell him that they are from the Tesco value range. And did he notice or question?? not a jot, and in fact enjoyed it.

        These value mallow teacakes come in the usual value packaging with the VALUE logo in red. On the front it states that these mallow teacakes are 'covered with chocolate flavour coating'. The nutritional information is also on the front telling consumers that there are 90 calories per cake, 8.8g of sugar, and 3,4g of fat - not the best, but fat from being the worst kind of sweet thing to eat.

        On the back of this product, it claims that these mallow teacakes are made of 28% chocolate flavour coating, and 38% mallow. It is not a product that is really suitable for those with a nut allergy, as it states on the back that although the recipe does not contain nuts it cannot guarantee that it is nut free- so a bit of a risk for those with an allergy.

        THere are many good value products on offer in Tesco, and this is definitely one of them. I usually purchase a packet of these and a packet of the value snowballs each week, both costing a mere 40p, and they both taste great. I would have no hesitation in recommending these as I doubt you would be able to notice any difference between these tesco value teacakes and some of the branded products, with the exception that the mallow in the some of the branded teacakes may be stickier.

        A great product from the Tesco value range, and a good value to save a few pennies on the sweet treats each week.

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        26.04.2010 10:45
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        Although these aren't in the same class as Tunnock's tea Cakes, they are nice in a different way. Yes, the Chocolate isn't Crisp and breaks off easily, and the Mallow seems a bit spongy as well, but they are nice enough.

        These cost a bargain 35p for the 6 pack. They are part of the budget range in Tesco which we have tried quite a few things from. Most of the things are pretty nice and I would keep buying them. They are a good money saver and often pretty nice tasting as well.

        These are in quite a plain packaging. It is a white wrapper with the blue and red writing on the pack. There is a picture of a Tea Cake on the front as well. The Cakes are in a plastic tray.

        They are a decent size, but I can still eat about 3 at a time. They are round, quite wide and sort of squashed up. The Chocolate tates a bit plain and not that milky but it is a nice enough taste. The Biscuit part on the bottom is not that thick, but enough, and the Mallow on top is sticky and that bit spongy and springy.

        Each Teacake has 85 calories.

        A nice cheap Chocolate treat. It is tasty, doesn't tast all that cheap and although the packaging isn't that exciting, who cares about that part when you throw it away?

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        10.03.2010 19:47
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        A cheap thrill!

        At this point, people may have noticed the fact that I review a lot of chocolate things, in fact a large percentage of the items I have reviewed have been chocolate. you must realise that I am doing this for the good of the dooyoo community, and that scoffing all this choc is for the sole purpose of my reviews and not to benefit myself in any way (Yeah right).

        Tesco Value Mallow Teacakes are extremely good value at 39p for a pack of 6. They evoke memories of childhood and kids parties, or tea at your nans house. a very special food item indeed.

        They come in a thin plastic compartmentalised tray, covered in a thin wrapping, so beware when transporting these. Do not squash them! The front of the packaging shows a delicious looking picture of the teacakes, cut open so you can see the marshmallow filling inside. The weight is 125g per pack.

        On the front of the pack is the Nutritional information which is as follows per tea cake:

        Cal 90
        Sugar 8.8g
        Fat 3.4g
        Saturates 1.9g
        Salt trace

        Beware though, that there is no way you will ever eat one of these on its own. they are very moreish and one will inevitably lead to two, three....and so on!

        The teacakes contain Pork gelatine, so would not be suitable for vegetarians.

        The cakes themselves have a soft biscuit base, not crunchy at all, covered in a ball of sweet, white, fluffy marshmallow. The whole thing is covered in a thin layer of chocolate flavour coating, which is very similar to chocolate, in fact, I thought it was chocolate. The eating experience is a soft squidgy love feast, and feels naughty, rather than decadent!

        The marshmallow filling is lovely and gooey and very sweet.

        The teacakes would probably appeal to kids more than adults,or maybe people who like to go retro and remember the things they used to eat in their childhood.

        At 39p there is absolutely no reason not to try these cheeky chappies, and for me they are an absolute essential item on my weekly shop.

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          23.02.2010 19:42
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          Brilliant snack and treat

          These teacakes are absolutely divine, they are really yummy and are great for all the family.

          I think they are just as good if not better than the leading brand and at only 39p for a pack of 6 they are a real bargain.

          Im very particular with the types of chocolate I eat and too be honest I didn't expect to like these at all but knew that they would be fine for my son to much on between meals. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the chocolate taste very nice and is not too overpowering, the mash mellow is not sticky as some can be and nice and sweet, the biscuit base is really nice and melts in your mouth.

          After eating the teacakes you are left with a nice after taste.

          These would be great for kiddies parties or just for general snacks at home, they are low calorie too so you can have one without spoiling that dreaded diet.

          Nutritional Information per Teacake

          Calories - 90 (5% of the recommended daily allowance)
          Sugar - 8.8g (10% of the recommended daily allowance)
          Fat - 3.4g (5% of the recommended daily allowance)
          Salt - Trace

          Do not let the fact that they are Tesco value put you off, they still taste great and are excellent value for money. The packaging is basic as are most of the products in the Tesco value range but at 39p a pack you are getting excellent value for money.

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          31.08.2009 11:09
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          I actually came on to write about something else just now, but since I am working my way through a pack of these just now, I may as well write about these.

          I've bought these loads of times before, so I guess I really do like them. situated on the bottom shelf at the Biscuit aisle in Tesco, these are Tesco's version of the Tunnocks Tea Cake in a way. This is part of the Tesco Value range, which is the cheapest budget range. I like a lot of the things from the range, and you cannot fault the price of things in this range either. These cost 39p for a pack of 6. The pack is 125g.

          Packaging isn't that exciting, but it is better than some budget packaging i've seen. The pack is a cellophane pack and instead of being a stark white colour, it is a beige, cream colour. It has the Tesco Value branding up the top in red and blue, and the writing on the pack is blue as well. There is a few pictures of the Mallow teacakes on the front, and they are in the pack how they look on the pack. The mallows are on a plastic tray inside.

          Each Mallow tea Cake has

          90 Calories
          8.8g Sugar
          3.4g Fat
          1.9g Saturates
          Trace Salt

          Now to the Mallow. They are circular and consist of a Thin spongelike base with a generous amount of fluffy, white Mallow on the top and the whole thing is covered in a thin layer of Milk Chocolate. For once I think the thin Chocolate Covering is alright, and you get a good taste of all the layers. The Chocolate is Milky, the Mallow is sweet and slightly sticky, and the Sponge on the bottom is slightly salty, and malty, and just a nice slight contrast.

          Yes, these aren't perhaps as nice as the Tunnocks ones, but I don't feel the Chocolate has that cheap nesty taste to it. I will keep buying these, as they are a great price and they taste good as well.

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            28.08.2009 13:22
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            Lovely!

            I do love chocolate and so when I was mooching around Tesco the other day and spotted these priced at 39p I simply had to buy them. I have tried a few sweet offerings from Tesco before and been quite pleased and it was a horrible rainy day where I just fancied going home, slipping on my pyjamas and having a nice coffee with a pack (all 6 of these) lol.

            The Packaging...

            White and blue plastic wrapper over a clear tray of 6 of the teacakes. On the front of the wrapper there is a photograph of the teacakes and I'm told they are Tesco 'Value' 6 Mallow Teacakes which are 'Mallow teacakes covered with milk chocolate flavour coating' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, the best before date is clearly displayed and the weight is stated (125g). On the back of the packet ingredients and allergy advice is given along with storage instructions and a full nutritional rundown, contact details for Tesco are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. This does look really economy and do be careful opening this wrapper cos it's really flimsy and you can easily drop the lot!

            The Teacakes....

            I loved these! So much so (and bearing in mind I had, had a bad day lol) I sat and I stuffed the lot of em in one go!

            Round in shape, covered in a light brown and somewhat crispy looking milk chocolate which has a thicker base to the bottom which covers the biscuit base they are simply lovely. Like I said this has a biscuit base which is golden and a bit like digestive biscuits in flavour and rather grainy and that is topped with sweet (but not overly so) mallow which is sticky, light and moist and then of course you bite into it and your teeth crack through the chocolate, and that chocolate is smooth, sweet and once again.... just really nice.

            I was surprised at these being so low in calories really, not too sweet (even though rather full of what you'd consider sweet stuff) and just simply excellent quality. I love these and recommend these to you to try! A great, economical but more importantly really tasty buy!

            Allergy Advice:

            Contains milk, wheat, gluten, soya.

            Nutritional Advice...Per Tea Cake Contains:

            Calories: 90
            Sugar: 8.8g
            Fat: 3.4g
            Saturates: 1.9g
            Salt: trace

            Only available In Tesco Stores.

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