'Malt loaf is a common snack food in the United Kingdom. Malt loaf has a sweet taste and a very chewy texture like very heavy, soft bread. It is made from malt and often contains fruit such as raisins. Malt loaf is usually eaten sliced and with butter.' (Wikipedia)
---Why I Buy This---
Well actually I decided to try this after reading such good reviews on here - and as it was only 28p I did not have much to lose. It is always good to have something to snack with when having a cuppa.
This is the basic Tesco Value no frills range.
There is no weight given on the pack but I estimate it to be approximately 204 grams (given that a sixth of the loaf is 34 grams).
The loaf comes in a white plastic sealed sleeve with the usual red and blue branding of Tesco Value.
The front has a depiction of a malt loaf.
* 'New Recipe'.
* Suitable for vegetarians.
* Suitable for freezing.
* One sixth of the loaf is 95 calories.
* Allergy - contains wheat and gluten - cannot guarantee nut free.
* Produced in uk.
28p. Compared with the Soreen Malt Loaf at Tesco for 70p - though the Tesco Value one might be slightly smaller.
Well for 28p this was not a very large loaf - but what do you get for that money anyway?
I would not say that malt loaf is one of my favourites, but after reading about it I just fancied giving one a try.
The loaf is a good brown colour and reasonably soft when you try and cut it.
I was having two slices at a time with spread on (but would probably have been better with butter).
It has good juicy raisins in and is dark and soft all the way through.
As the slices were quite small I also had some cheese with mine and they we quite pleasant - though I am one of those people who malt loaf (just like crumpets) is always more appealing in anticipation than in the actual eating - a bit like Hot Cross Buns!
I finished the loaf in three servings - not all at once.
For the money it is a nice little treat - not too sweet and very low in fat compared to having fruit cake - so something I would eat again as a little treat whereas I try and steer clear of cakes and biscuits - more from the cholesterol point of view than dieting.
---Would I Recommend?---
Yes definitely - a low fat treat.
Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour (15%), Water, Raisins (10%), Malted Barley Extract (3.5%),Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup, Colour (Plain Caramel), Salt, Yeast.
As you may see from a previous review I am a fan of Malt Loaf and usually buy the Soreen variety, however when I was doing my shopping the other day I spotted that Tesco's did one. I had a quick look at the packet and the product looked pretty much the same as my regular brand so I decided to give it a go, after all if it turned out to be horrible I hadn't wasted much money at all.
The Tesco Value Malt Loaf comes in a less eye catching packaging compared to the Soreen loaf and it is quite basic. The majority of the plastic packet is plain white, it has the Tesco Value logo in the corner, this is also repeated on both sides of the packet as well. There is a picture of the malt loaf with slices cut off of it which takes up most of the top of the packet, however this is then covered with a red strip with the words "Malt Loaf" written inside in white. Right at the bottom of the top of the packet is the nutritional information all written in blue and white to match the Tesco Value brand, that is basically it for the front of the packet. The back of the packet is plain white with no pictures just black writing, this includes the nutritional information, allergy advise, ingredients and freezing guidelines, all of this is clearly set out and easy to follow. I would certainly say that the packaging fits in with the Tesco Value brand and is a little basic, next to the bright yellow Soreen Malt Loaf packet it really doesn't stand out, however that doesn't really matter its the malt loaf inside which matters.
When I removed the Malt Loaf from its packet the first thing I noticed about it was the colour, it is a lot lighter than my regular malt loaf, whereas I was expecting it to be a very dark brown, this one was a light brown and had the appearance of a fruit cake rather than a malt loaf. The size and shape of it were as I expected and it was shaped like a mini loaf of bread. I cut myself a couple of slices to try and noticed that although it was very light in colour it did have a lot of fruit in it, I had wondered whether there would be considerably less raisins etc in this one as it was so cheap but from what I could see it was packed with plenty.
One of the main features of a malt loaf its the stodgy and chewy texture, looking at the Value Malt Loaf I was expecting it to be soft and crumbly as it looked just like cake, however as I started to slice it I noticed that it had the same sticky texture as a malt loaf and was quite hard to cut, it didn't feel overly sticky but it certainly had that same stodgy texture to it. I spread some butter onto mine as I prefer to have something on it rather than having it plain, as I bit into it again the texture was just as I expected, it was extremely sticky and chewy and stuck to your teeth as you ate it. Taste wise I could tell that there was a difference in it, the flavour wasn't as strong as my regular brand, it was much milder, however I actually didn't mind this and I think I almost preferred it.
It was certainly tasty and had a lot of flavour to it, it was very fruity and sweet without being too over the top. Despite its deceptive appearance there really wasn't a lot of difference between my new Tesco Value Malt Loaf and my regular brand. I really enjoyed the Tesco Value Malt Loaf and loved the slightly milder flavour it had.
Obviously this product comes from Tesco from their value range and cost me about 28p, personally I thought this was excellent value for money, the loaf serves 6, well that's what the nutritional information states however you can cut the slices as thin or thick as you like, as I am the only one in our house who likes malt loaf then one loaf lasts me about a week if I have a piece every day.
Tesco Value Malt Loaf is so much cheaper than my regular brand, I could buy about 5 Tesco Malt Loafs for the same price that one of my other brand would cost me. I would definitely say that this is well worth the money, yes it has a slightly different taste to it but in my opinion this is a good thing, other than that the product is just as it should be, chewy, stodgy and packed with fruit.
There is a section for allergy advise on the back of the packet which states that this product contains wheat and gluten, also whilst the malt loaf does not contain any nuts they cannot guarantee that it was not prepared in a factory where nuts are used, this is clearly labelled on the back of the packet should you require this information. Other information on the back of the packet includes freezing guidelines, this suggest that you freeze the product on the day of purchase and when defrosting it should be defrosted for a minimum of 1 to 2 hours, personally I have never frozen mine, however it is useful to know that I can should I ever need to.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Tesco Value Malt Loaf, it is extremely tasty and is basically the same as other brands of malt loaf, it has the same stodgy chewy texture that you expect from a malt loaf and has plenty of fruit in it. It does have a lighter colour to it and the flavour is a little bit milder, however this does not put me off this product and personally I quite like this milder taste as it is less heavy going. I would certainly recommend the Tesco value Malt Loaf it is ideal for lunch or just for a snack, the only disadvantage for me is that I do find that this puts my sugar levels up a bit high which being diabetic I have to be careful of, however if I am having this for lunch or due to low blood sugars it is ideal. I will definitely continue to buy the Tesco Value Malt Loaf and would recommend it to anyone.
I love malt loaf, as does my son, and we often have a slice or two with a smear of butter as a healthy snack. Not only does it contain fruit which is great for energy, but it tastes yummy as well.
Back in the old days (when I was a kid) you could only really get Soreen, but this is a really great alternative, especially as it costs very little in comparison, around 30p against £1.50-£2.
In appearance, it's brown, with a yeasty smell and can be squished easily, something you want to watch out for when you're packing the shopping.
Slicing can also squash it slightly but it's quite easy to stretch out again.
Once sliced you can clearly see raisins in the bread and it looks quite appetising.
Taste is again slightly yeasty, but it's quite moist and not dissimilar to Soreen so really quite a good substitute at a reasonable price.
This makes a really good snack so I tend to buy several loaves and freeze them. To defrost just leave on the side for an hour or so or you can cut a few slices from a frozen loaf and toast. They keep for the same length of time as bread, which according to my freezer is 1-3 months and we eat at least 2 a month.
Overall I would recommend these as a good substitute for Soreen if you're on a budget. Also if you want your children to eat something more healthy than biscuits, they are quite filling and pack a lot of taste into a small slice but they're also sweet which appeals to children.
If you don't like Soreen though you won't like these.
There's somethign about Malt Loaf. Maybe it's the name.Maybe it's the fruit. Who knows? Anyhow,for some reason having a slice of malt loaf seems so much better for you than a slice of chocolate cake for example! Of course, rationally I KNOW it is packed full of sugar, but still I choose ot gloss over that fact, and buy and eat Malt Loaf quite often.
Initially we were buying the traditional Sorreen Loaf. Then we moved on to explore other options. Initially we tried the Morrissons value brand. Nice, but just not as rich and gooey! Not expecting great things we tried the Teco Value Loaf, and I have to say we were pleasently surprised!
It comes packaged in the standard Teco Value wrapping. The white/blue/red packet.It is slightly smaller than the sorreeen laof, but enough so as to take away the fact it still works out cheaper.
The consistency os pleasing. Nicely gooey! Just the right level of sticking to the roof of your mouth. It is a nice dark colour,and has a good full flavour to match. It actually slices better than the sorreen loaf, without squishing too much! It is lovely with butter, or toasted or with jam. Any way this is a great value product where you can win on price and quality!!
The Value range is Tesco's basic, cheap range of products.
Here we have the Value Malt Loaf which is fruited. Malt Loaf in general is described as being a sweet tasting a chewy textured snack and is like a heavy yet soft loaf of bread. It is put together mainly with malt and fruit such as raisins.
As with all Value products, the packaging is basic and quite boring. It is a standard plastic wrapper which can be recycled. It is mainly white with the familiar blue and red inserted colours. The front has the product name, a nutritional chart and a small image of the malt loaf. The underside of the wrapper has the ingredients, allergy advice, full nutritional information and storage.
The Malt Loaf is a good size length wise and quite tall. It's exterior is a dark brown colour with speckles of fruit pieces throughout. Cutting into the loaf, you are greeted with a quite light and moist filling and a reasonable amount of raisins.
*Ingredients and Allergy Advice*
Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour (15%) ,Water , Raisins (10%) ,Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup , Malted Barley Extract (3.5%) ,Salt ,Dried Yeast , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
Contains wheat and gluten.
No nuts in ingredients but cannot guaratee a nut free factory.
Each 1/6th of the loaf contains :
0.3g saturated fat
The Malt Loaf can be frozen. This must be stored in a cool, dry place and kept in an airtight container once opened.
*Availability and Price*
Available in Tesco or online at www.tesco.com for 28p! The similar Soreen variety is 52p so a good saving.
I love Malt Loaf and generally buy the Soreen variety once on offer. I decided to buy this Value Malt Loaf after reading a few great reviews from the wonderful dooyooers! At 28p its nearly half the price of Soreen so that is a bonus! I ordered one a few weeks ago with my Tesco order and they sent me one 3days out of date so please check your dates! The most recent one they sent me was perfectly in date.
The packaging is of course basic and unattractive. I am not interested in that though..I want the goodies inside the wrapper!
The Malt Loaf is just a bit smaller that the Soreen one and looks identical on the outside. I cut into the loaf and was pleased with out easily my knife went through it. It was lovely and soft in the inside with a more firmer exterior.
The inside is quite pale which is very different to Soreen which is jam packed with fruit. Nevertheless, the fruit is evident and looks very juicy. The loaf itself is moist and smooth. I lke to cut a thick slice and slather it with some butter.
The Malt Loaf melts perfectly in my mouth and provides a sweet yet quite plain taste. The aftertaste was nice and the butter provided a creamy addition. The loaf goes down nicely and was not as sticky as the Soreen which is an added bonus.
Overall I am quite impressed and I can handle a little less fruit for a decent saving! Go on try it for 28p what do you have to lose?
Thanks for reading
Having decided to go on a economy drive, we have been trying lots of value products some with success, some without. This malt loaf certainly is a winner in my view.
After normally buying the branded malt loaf, I decided to give this a go, with a vast difference in price- around the 20p mark for a loaf.
The loaf is a decent size, and is packaged in the usual value basic style packaging. One thing that really impresses me about this is how fresh they always seem to be. Compared to the branded makes like Soreen, this malt loaf is a lot softer, without compromising on the taste of texture. It also seems to keep better, and remain fresher, although I would suggest once opening the pack you put it in a air tight container so doesn't go hard.
The taste itself is exactly what you would expect from a malt loaf, and it actually quite moist and wholesome, I must admit I normally eat malt loaf as a snack, which keeps me going and gives you energy, without being to unhealthy. I eat mine without butter spread on, as I find it nice and moist anyway.
Overall I would say this is actually better than more expensive makes, so as long as you can get over the fact that its Tesco 'value', then buy it!
I think Malt Loaf is a proper weird food, it's like Jaffa Cakes in a way because I never know whether it's a loaf or a cake and can eat it both ways!
We normally buy Soreen but last week they only had the double packs of that one in and that would be a waste for us because we don't eat it a lot as a family and even part of just one loaf usually gets chucked away. The problem was my dad had specifically asked for malt loaf so I picked up a Tesco Value one that was only about 20p, I knew he'd be able to tell the difference but because he normally has his toasted I didn't think it would matter that much.
It looks a bit paler than Soreen malt loaf but smells the same, when I cut a slice I can see loads of sultanas inside it and it's got the same sticky feel to it.
The malt loaf isn't quite as stodgy as Soreen and I could tell the difference straight away because it's quite a bit drier. The flavour is about the same but over all it's not quite as malty and the fruit inside isn't as fresh tasting or juicy. You can only tell the difference if you're having it plain though and if you add a bit of butter or toast the malt loaf then you wouldn't know if you were eating this or the more expensive Soreen.
My dad is the main eater of malt loaf in this house and he said it was nice, he knew it wasn't Soreen without even seeing the packet but said he would be happy for my mum to buy this from now on because he enjoyed the flavour.
Myself I prefer Soreen because it's more of a treat I think but this one wasn't that bad, just average.
I grew up in Preston and in those years malt loaf was something my mum used to dish up - except that she didn't call it malt loaf.
"D'ya want some claggy?" She would offer when my brother and I came in from playing in the fields. The answer was invariably yes (as we were scrawny little scraps who were always hungry because we spent a lot of the time running wild outside). We would wash it down with gulps of warm dandelion and burdock and be off again.
'Claggy' was a staple of my childhood together with beans on toast, jaffa cakes and supermousse.
Tesco Value Malt Loaf seems to me to be an authentic version of the malt loaf I used to enjoy.
The malt loaf comes packaged in the standard white value pack with the blue striped flashing , image of the product and red border. It is definitely much smaller than the standard malt loaves like Soreen and it stands out next to the deeper colours of their packaging. The crust of the loaf is dark but the actual bread of the loaf is actually a little lighter to the bread of other more expensive malt loaves. The raisins are clearly visible in the bread.
Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour (15%), Water, Raisins (10%), Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup, Malted Barley Extract (3.5%), Salt, Dried Yeast, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
These are unremarkable - except for the fact that the value malt loaf seems to be vegan whilst the other malt loaves are merely vegetarian; Soreen contains whey.
A portion of malt loaf contains 95 calories, 4.2g sugar, 0.6g fat of which 0.3 is saturated and 0.3g salt.
I am not sure how large their portion is, but once you have sliced the loaf it compresses and leaves you with quite a small square. I would conclude that the malt loaf is actually quite a dense calorific snack.
This malt loaf is actually preferred, by members of my family, to the more expensive brands (don't you just love that when it happens). It is full of flavour and tastes good on its own, with spread and jam and toasted with jam. I also really like to take it when I go fell walking because it gives you an energy boost.
The malt loaf costs just 28p. Compared to the Soreen which costs 62p this is value for money, however you must remember that the value malt loaf is a little smaller.
Visiting Grandma on a Sunday, always consisted of "High Tea" at about 4pm. Hard boiled eggs, silverskin onions, sliced meat, buttered finger rolls, chocolate eclairs and Mr Kipling fondant fancies......and malt loaf with a slab of butter on each slice. All served on the Sunday best china, with doilies where appropriate, and those net covers to stop the flies.
Grandma would prepare this tea early in the morning.....and therefore it sat, looking lovely, for most of the day. We very quickly learned that if it was a hot day, you had to be careful about what you ate at tea-time.......fresh cream eclairs were obviously a no-go as were some of the sliced meats, but you could be pretty safe with a boiled egg, silverskin onions.......and malt loaf!
Malt loaf, for anyone that has not been introduced to it, is a dense fruited bread. It is not like a normal bread, yet cannot be called, in my opinion, a cake.....almost a hybrid I think! As the name suggests, it is made with malt extract, which gives it a wonderful malty (surprise surprise) taste, and also makes it wonderfully stodgy, and verging on sticky......yum!
The big brand of malt loaf is Soreen, but why pay brand prices, when you can pay 28p for a value version which is just as good? This has recently risen, like most bakery products, from 18p, but I think 28p still represents excellent value.
The loaf is a lovely deep brown colour - some loaves look very pale in comparison, and I put this down to the level of malt that is used. Malt extract is very dark and syrupy, so contributes to the colour as well as the taste and the texture.
It contains 10% fruit - raisins in this case. This means that you have not had to sacrifice fruity flavour or texture for the price, and the fruit is deliciously sweet.
One of the real advantages to malt loaf is that it is low in fat, therefore an ideal if you want a sweet treat when trying to monitor your calorie and fat intake. One malt loaf does 6 generous slices, and each slice has just 95 calories and 0.3grammes of saturated fat. Compare that to many cereal bars that are aimed at the "diet" market, and you will see that this malt loaf is an excellent alternative at a fraction of the cost.
It is ideal for lunchboxes - the children love it, and it is a good source of energy. My children are more than happy to have a slice of this - no butter needed - just as it is, and I am more than happy to let them!
For me, though, it is just perfect when topped with generous lashings of real butter, preferably butter that has come straight out of the fridge so has to be sliced, not spread! A guilty pleasure.....!
This value malt loaf can be frozen very successfully, and defrosts easily in just an hour or two when left in a cool place.
It is suitable for vegetarians, and contains no nuts. It is produced in a factory that contains no nuts, but they say they cannot guarantee their ingredients have not been in contact with nuts - usual disclaimers, I suppose.
For 28p, you just can't go wrong, and I regularly pick up a couple of these when shopping. I certainly don't want to pay more, knowing that there is a particularly good value substitue around.
Undoubtedly it was the price that first drew our attention to this loaf, and if you can find it, conveniently nestled in at the bottom of the shelf almost hidden from view, I highly recommend you try it.
Coming in at an astonishingly cheap 18 pence (at the time of writing), there is an immediate "buy me" appeal of this malt loaf. When you further consider that this malt loaf is less than half the price of the other well known brand, the value shines even more, and the descision becomes a no brainer.
Other than the dissapointing "Tesco Value" brand image, and unattractive packaging, there is nothing negative about this product at all (an when you think about it, the package is what goes in the bin anyway). As the label indicates it is also suitable for vegetarians and freezable.
Once out the packet, there is no cheap about it. It simply smells deliciously malty, and looks like a delicate fruit loaf (although admittedly looking less malty and mature than the expensive competitor, but does appearance matter that much).
When it comes to the taste test there is certainly no or only marginal difference in taste, and served up with butter its absolutely delicious. I am sure most people if blind tested this product would not be able to tell apart from its competitors.
I just wish it would come as a pre-sliced too. This is definately one to add to the shopping list.
When I saw that Soreen Malt Loaf was on offer in Tesco this week at two for £1 I thought I'd get away with it but no, the Mrs insisted that I had to try value malt loaf as part of our economy drive too. I was not amused, what's wrong with 50p for a nice malt loaf?!!
This cost 18p though which I suppose is a lot less in the grand scheme of things so I relented (only so as not to cause a scene mind) and agreed I'd give it a go.
Cutting this up was as hard as it is with the Soreen but that's just a malt loaf thing. I found that carving it like I do with my usual brand worked fine. Then I spread over some buttery spread and set to work to see if this was any good.
Well, although this is no Soreen, it's actually pretty darn good for an 18p purchase! I thought the texture was really nice and there are just the right amount of fruity bits in here. I found this went down nicely with a cup of tea and really wouldn't know it cost only 18p if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.
Malt loaf is a firm favorite in our house when it comes to finding something to snack on in an evening when we are getting a little peckish, at less than 20 p each the tesco malt loaf is great value for money, it comes in the usual basic plain packaging that there value range comes in without any frills but after all its not the packet I am going to be eating.
The malt loaf it self is lighter in colour than the branded ones and has a dryer less stiky texture to it, the taste isnt quite as strong as the brand named ones but this tastes just as good, the texture is more chewey which I actually prefer and with a bit of butter on it you dont notice that it is any dryer than the branded malt loaf.
If you are loking to save on your shopping this week I would definately recomend trying this malt loaf.
My 4 year old son has a strange obsession with Malt Loaf. Normally, we buy brand names for things he eats, as we feel he needs the necessary quality food while he is young to give him the best nutritional start possible. However, we decided to give this a go as a one off just to see what it was like, and if indeed he liked it.
In general, a brand name Malt Loaf will cost well over 50p for a small loaf, but I was instantly impressed that the Tesco Value Malt Loaf, in the uniform white packaging with the blue stripes and red markings, was under 20p! Stager 1 was successful, but I did worry that I was going to get what I was paying for!
Once we opened the packet, I have to say that it didn't look as appetising or fruity as brand name Malt Loaf, but my son seemed to enjoy it and I don't think he realised he was eating anything different. We were glad he liked, as he can be quite fussy about what he eats, and it is very hard to get him to eat anything once he sets his mind against it (I'm sure many of you with children will understand this!!)
Nutritionally, it is surprisingly good, not differing much at all from most brand name Malt Loaf products, so overall I can't really say much in a negative way about this product. I recommend it to all who like Malt Loaf. I don't personally like it, but a more educatecd palate than a 4year old's may find it not as good as the brand name Malt Loaf. However, although we have reverted to the brand name product as it is often on a Buy One Get One Free offer, the Tesco Value Malt Loaf will be our product of choice should this offer stop.
I would never have bought this but tried it at a friend's house. It wasn't half bad! I probably still wouldn't choose to buy it but I wouldn't turn my nose up if it was offered to me. It is really tasty!
It is quite a sticky loaf, which I really like. It is also very dense and pretty filling. There is not as much fruit in this loaf as other well known brands. However, it is still quite sweet.
This value malt loaf is rather small, which is good because if you don't get through it very quickly, there is less to go off!
A serving suggestion is one sixth of the loaf. Therefore nutritional info is per sixth of the loaf.
At a cost of 18 pence, this is a real bargain. I would not say it was the best malt loaf I have ever tried and it didn't have many raisons in there, but it is most definitely good for the money. At that price you can't go wrong!
I decided to buy this malt loaf after reading some reviews of it on this site. I have tried quite a few of Tesco's Value products, and have generally been very pleased and satisfied with them. The Tesco Value Malt Loaf costs 18 pence for a smallish loaf (it doesn't give the weight on the packaging). The information on the front suggests that it can be cut into six slices. As malt loaf is quite dense and solid, I imagine that one sixth of the loaf would be quite filling.
The malt loaf is a mid brown colour on the outside, and appears lighter than the well known Soreen one. It is also fairly light on the inside too. This may be due to the fairly low amount of fruit it contains (10% raisins) which will keep the costs down. The loaf contains wheat and gluten, and though the recipe cotains no nuts, it cannot be guaranteed nut free. It is suitable for vegetarians.
The malt loaf is quite difficult to cut, as it is very soft and sticky, but this is usually the case with all malt loaves. I found the taste to be very sweet, and the texture moist and dense. I would like it to have a few more raisins though.
One sixth of the loaf contains 95 calories, 4.2g of sugar, and 0.6g of fat, of which 0.3g saturate. I think that this isn't too bad, though the sugars are a little higher, some of them will be natural sugars from the raisins, and it is a better alternative to a lot of cakes and biscuits. There is also a good amount of fibre - 6.2g per 100g of the loaf. This malt loaf also freezes well - I bought two and put one in the freezer. This is handy if you have visitors, as you have something that can easily be taken out of the freezer and defrosted in an hour or two. I shall buy this again, as it tastes good and for the price, it is a bargain.