Product Type: Tesco Snacks
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Tesco Value Malt Loaf
Tesco Value Malt Loaf
Member Name: k2705
Tesco Value Malt Loaf
Advantages: Nice and fruity
Disadvantages: None at all for me
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.
Summary: A nice value malt loaf