“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Biscuits „
My Hubby is a shortbread addict so we usually have some in the house, either homemade (when I have the time) or shop bought. This Tesco Value shortbread is one of my usual standbys and I often pick up a pack for both of us to nibble on when I'm passing.
Like many of the Tesco Value products the price of these biscuits varies. Last time I looked they cost around 25p, and with each pack containing around 10 fingers of shortbread, they're just tuppence each!
The nutritional information states that each finger contains 65 calories, 2g of sugar, 3g of fat, 2g of saturates and a trace amount of salt. Considering an average chocolate bar contains around 250 calories, 20g of sugar and 25g of fat, I think a couple of shortbread fingers is a much healthier (or at least, less unhealthy!) option when I want a snack!
There are allergy warnings for milk, wheat and gluten, and ingredients are listed as being Wheat Flour, Butter, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Salt. No additives or chemically preservatives are listed, which is a significant plus for me with cheaper, value range products.
Each finger is approximately 6cm x 2cm x 1cm.
Each finger has a slightly crumbly texture, although when bitten they don't make as much mess as other biscuits. Each finger is quite hard, but doesn't put strain on my teeth, and I don't feel as if I'm going to lose any fillings! The shortbread feels very nice in my mouth, with the crumbly texture meaning it takes a few seconds for the sweetness to come through. I don't get any unpleasant aftertaste from this shortbread, and neither my mouth nor my fingers feel greasy after eating this shortbread, despite the 23% butter content of the product.
The sugar used in the manufacturing process is well blended, and the shortbread doesn't have any trace of the grittiness I've detected in other bought shortbread.
These shortbread fingers taste pleasantly sweet, but not sickly, and one or two is perfectly adequate to satisfy my munchies!
In conclusion, I think these are a nice, cheap alternative to a chocolate bar, and aren't too unhealthy when I want a snack. I like the fact that the ingredients list is very simple, with no chemicals, and that they are so blimmin' cheap!
I was reminded about how good shortbread tasted (whilst at my local knitting group at Age Concern) last week so I decided to treat myself to a pack from Tesco which only cost me 39p. As Tesco have re-vamped their Value range my pack has been updated to the new blue Everyday Value one but is still 125g and contains 10 fingers.
The pack has a representation of the fingers plus random pictures of cups, mugs ,teapots, spoons and wheat on the front and it tells me that there are no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. Tesco have also provided the calories, sugar content, fat and salt content of each finger clearly on the front whilst on the reverse there is allergy advice. Underneath the flap there is a comprehensive list of nutritional information, advice for storage and disposal of the wrapper plus I am told the shortbread is produced in Scotland.
The fingers themselves look slightly smaller and less deep than more expensive shortbreads but nevertheless they DO look inviting and, I hate to admit, I ate the lot in a couple of evenings. Although they were very pleasant I do not think these are very buttery and tend to crumble more than others but even so I found them tasty and moreish and thought they were well worth 39p.
Each finger contains 65 calories, 2.4g sugar and 3g of fat which isn't too bad unless, like me, you scoff the lot! I seem to remember when making shortbread at school that we used a generous amount of salt but these shortbread fingers apparently only contain a trace.
Although I would say these are nowhere near as good as homemade shortbread fingers I have to say that I would buy them again for a treat for myself but may fork out more money for better quality ones if I had visitors.
I am a great believer in 'you get what you pay for' and I think this applies to this shortbread so I am awarding 4 stars.
These used to be really nice. Ingredients were (in order of quantity) Flour, butter, sugar, vegetable oil. You really got that butter kick from these. Mum bought some of these recently because I like them. I tried them and something about them wasn't right. The buttery flavour is almost non-existent. Checking the ingredients I saw why. Flour, vegetable oil, sugar, butter. They've cut down on the butter for cheaper vegetable oil. This might work in other biscuits but not shortbread. These now taste like plain pastry. Avoid.
I felt a little guilty picking these up in Tesco the other day because i know just how easy it is to make shortbread from scratch. I fairly often whip up a batch much to the delight of my flatmates. However, sometimes you just want something in ready-made for when unexpected sweet cravings strike, fairly regularly if you are anything like me, and these seemed perfect to accompany a cuppa or as an after dinner treat.
There is just something about shortbread that always seems a bit fancy and this is a feeling that can't even be squashed by plain and basic Tesco Value packaging. Featuring a picture of the fingers on a plain white background and lots of blue and red it doesn't exactly evoke fond memories of Scotland but i was still excited to get home and try them out.
About 30 seconds after getting in the door the packet was open in front of me. Pale beige biscuits, lightly sprinkled with sugar and poked with a fork were what i was greeted with. Very similar to any other shortbread finger i have ever seen. Definitely off to a good start. My only gripe was that they seemed to be a little smaller than other brands.
After the all important taste test i still wasn't disappointed. Sweet and buttery, exactly how i like them! They had a pleasing texture when bitten into and didn't crumble into a big mess. I was happy.
Now, if you want to get picky then i have to admit that these weren't the most buttery i have ever tried. I did feel that the flavour they did provide was perfectly adequate for what i was looking for though. Sometimes i find that other brands can be a bit rich and so these are perfect for when i just fancy a sweet treat midweek. Now, if i had visitors i don't think that i would provide them with these biscuits, i would give them something a bit more luxurious, but these are fine for when it is just me.
These biscuits are available from Tesco stores and cost me just 29 pence for 10. I am very impressed with these biscuits and they are something that i would definitely recommend, particularly if you find other brands overly rich like me. Amazing value for money and just generally another great product from the Tesco Value range.
Knowing my parents were coming to stay this week one thing I grabbed was a few packets of these shortcake fingers cos he loves them and these at 27p a pack seemed a decent buy to me!
The packet is plastic and oblong in shape and blue, red and white in colour and there is a photograph of the fingers on the front of it and we are told that it is Tesco 'Value' Shortbread Fingers 'Delicious crumbly shortbread fingers' and there is an at a glance nutritional chat show and the weight is stated which is 125g. On the back of the packet other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart listed and contact details for Tesco are given. This is cheap looking packaging but easy to tear open etc.
The Shortbread Fingers:
Oblong and cream in colour, each one is thick, with fork holes to the top of them giving them a baked appearance with a small dusting of white granulated sugar on each one too.
Made from wheat flour and butter (as well as a few other things) these are crunchy and for me although they are not overly sweet but sweet enough in a very natural way they do lack a buttery flavour to me. For me these are too crunchy and don't melt in the mouth enough for me and simply taste a bit too floury and hard. Not for me these and my Step-Dad didn't appreciate them either!
Nutritional Information Per Shortbread Finger:
Only available in Tesco stores costing 27p a packet which contains 8 fingers per pack.
When I was a little boy shortbread was a real treat, in fact we only had it at Christmas. These days it certainly feels more affordable and when I was in my local Tesco's I couldn't resist buying a couple of packs of their own Shortbread Fingers.
I paid just 13p for a 125g packet, which compares very favourably to the other branded packets on sale. As you can pay well over a £ for a similar item, with the specialist and one presumes quality tasting ones several pounds.
The shortbread comes in a rectangular packet. It is not particularly noticeable but has the recognisable value logo on it. The idea behind these value products is inexpensive products, which do not waste money on advertising or packaging. To be honest this looks quite basic, with its dark blue border and a picture on the front of the shortbread fingers.
While on the reverse you have all the ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional information and storage details. I like the fact the product has easy to tear ends so that you don't have to struggle to open it.
Inside I discovered 10 individual shortbread fingers, which were 7cm long by 2cm wide and a depth of 1cm. What surprised me was I did not have break them up as that was already done for me.
I put the fingers on a plate and offered them round when a couple of friends came round for coffee. As I did I vaguely noticed a sweet floury smell that reminded me of oats and biscuits. It was pleasant and the look of the fingers reminded me of the type we had years ago as a Child.
When I bit into the finger it had a sweet but quite dry biscuit taste. I could certainly taste the flour immediately. It was quite crunchy and a very pleasant taste, although I must admit after a few mouthfuls my mouth was dry and I needed a coffee to wash it down. I found the biscuit crumbled sweetly in my mouth with an aroma of butter adding to the flavour.
I really believe this product constitutes excellent value for money and you could not find better value than these. Yes admittedly when on sale in the store they are not the most eye catching, as they look a little sad and bland against the branded and more colourful ones.
However the proof of the pudding is in the eating or so they say. I found the Shortbread Fingers to be of good quality, each finger seemed well produced and did not break or crumble in transportation on when I put them out for my friends. Not only that they looked good quality too, with an effective design and even sugar on the top of each one.
Taste wise I would say they were very pleasant. I enjoyed the fact they were well made and were quite crunchy to the taste. I felt the taste was good rather than a quality one, it truth for me they were a little bit bland in flavour and quite dry. I found they definitely needed a drink with them to help wash them down.
The product has a good shelf life mine was six months. That is because it is stored within an air-tight package that prolongs the life of the shortbread. It surprised me that this product was not higher in calories or sugar content as it tastes to me very sweet, so that was a pleasant discovery. The allergy advice from Tesco is the product contains: milk, wheat, and gluten. And while it contains no nuts they cannot guarantee it is not nut free.
Each shortbread finger contains:
I will definitely be purchasing these again. For me they constitute very good value for money, while the taste was good if a little dry after a few bites. I found the blend between the flour, butter, wheat and sugar to be exactly right and when dunked in my coffee I found them super. . They were presented well and my friends never guessed I was giving them value shortbread until I admitted it after the plate was empty.
Thanks for reading my review
@CPTDANIELS October 2010
I picked these up at a recent visit to Tescos as I have been trying to save money - I have become a little obsessed with trying out products from the supermarket 'value' ranges. Like many other shortbread fingers, they come in a pack of ten fingers, neatly packaged in the familiar tesco value wrapper. They are just the right size for enjoying with a cup of tea, or as a cheeky snack when you think no one is looking.
At 13p for a packet that contains ten individual biscuits, therefore working out at just over a penny each - in my opinion this is amazing value. The pack in total weighs 125 grams.
These fingers don't look any different to some of the more expensive competitors. However, while I think they are great value for money at 13p, there is a much less buttery and sweet taste than you might come to expect from shortbread. While eating them, you can definitely tell that they are not the real McCoy! The taste a lot more biscuity than other shortbread and you loose that sweet sugary flavour - however, you could always use this to your advantage (as I do) by telling yourself that they are therefore better for you as they contain less of the ingredients that make shortbread such a fattening snack.
The Nutritional Information:
This product contains (per 100grams)
- 65 calories
- 2.1g of sugars
- 3.3g of fat (of which 1.9g is saturates)
Although this isn't the healthiest snack in the world, as previously mentioned, it does fare better when compared to some of the more expensive brand!
As mentioned before, they are not as sweet or buttery as some of the more expensive brands, however, I think they still taste great! And for 13p per packet - I think you could do a lot worse! Give 'em a dunk!
These are the unsung heroes of the tesco value world. Seriously, books should be written, fables told...
Money: So when I started uni these started out at 8p. I think people suddenly realised these amazing little biccies because the price suddenly shot up to something like 25p in a week. But the price has now settled back to a very respectable 13p for 10 shortbreads.
Taste: These are honestly really tasty! Especially for dunking in your coffee for those long nights studying!
Ease: Pre-packed in simple packaging, I guess they could be easier but having little compartments or something like big biscuit brands but this is where Tesco saves most of its money. An understandable sacrifice.
Downsides: Not for anyone on a diet or watching their weight! Quite high in saturated fat for such a small biscuit which is a shame, but I guess most buscuits will be similar.
Moneysaving tip: These are unbelievably moreish so only eat two at a time or so otherwise you can easily eat the whole pack straight away!
Overall: These are great, a yummy treat when you're sick of pasta. However, stay away those on a diet!
Well they are not the most glamorously packed item in the world and they really don't scream out "buy me as I am so delicious", but Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers are one of the best bargains in the biscuit or should I say shortbread world.
They cost a miraculous 13p, yes that right, just 13p! For a pack of 10 short bread fingers, that come as 2 neat rows of 5 shortbread biscuits. The pack is in the style of the usual Tesco value range. Its white plastic wrapped and has the medium blue barcode effect value logo thingy at the top.
Understated and not all that attractive looking as a product, you could easily walk on past these shortbread biscuits. But they really are worth trying, as for the money they cost, they offer a decent enough taste and are nice and sturdy enough to withstand a good old dunking into your tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You get more than enough per pack to share with a friend too.
When compared to other more expensive shortbread biscuits on the market, the Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers do not have that luxurious buttery melt in the mouth feel that you get with the higher end products. This it to be expected really, but what the Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers do offer is great value and a decent enough taste.
For the price of one small luxury pack containing a similar amount of 10 shortbread fingers or cookies, you could buy 10 of these little gems. Thats 100 shortbread fingers for the price of around 10 or so luxury ones.
Now I know that there are certain times when nothing but the very best will do, but Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers are not for those times, they are for the every day moments when you wish you had a biscuit or two to dunk into your cuppa. Well with Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers you can do just that and not feel at all guilty about the price.
At 13p Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers are one of those not so guilty pleasures. Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers give true 5 star value .
Tesco's Value Range really does come up tops sometimes. These shortbread fingers are 13p for a 125 gram packet containing 10 biscuits. (Mind you, I remember not too long ago these used to cost 9p! Oh, how things have changed...) It works out that you are paying 1.3p per biscuit so there really isn't much room for complaining.
The biscuits are cut into traditional finger shapes, and look as tasty as any other type of shortbread I've seen, it's just the packaging that looks a bit undesirable with the blue and white colouring and stamped with the Tesco Value logo.
They contain only your basic ingredients of Wheat flour, butter, sugar, vegetable oil and salt. Per 100g you are looking at 510kcal, 6.8g protein, 61.1g carbohydrates (inc 16.5g sugar), 26.2g fat (inc 15.2g saturates), 2.6g fibre, 0.2g sodium. So not the healthiest snack but then again it is a biscuit! Not bad over all, just try to resist temptation and stop before you eat the whole pack in one go (which is easily done, trust me).
As for texture, the biscuits are quite firm, crunchy, and fairly dry. There is a sprinkling of sugar on top for extra-sweetness and the biscuit crumbles away in your mouth, very nice! They do smell appealing but nothing can quite match the aroma of freshly baked shortbread, so nothing spectacular here. They are perfect for a quick snack or accompanying a cup of tea on your tea break. They are satisfying without being too filling, that depends on how many you eat. I always want at least two or three at a go.
So overall, they are sweet, tasty, satisfying, and at 13p a pack you can afford to keep your biscuit tin stocked! Great job Tescos.
I love shortbread, whether in rounds or in fingers. They're extremely tasty, and I can kid myself that they're rather more healthy than a chocolate bar (probably true) and other types of biscuits (probably less true). They also feel a little bit special and luxurious, so I tend to expect them to be quite expensive, especially when they come from Scotland, the true home of shortbread. Not these: they cost 13p, which is astounding whichever way you look at it. Even by Tesco Value standards that's rock bottom, so it was a pleasant surprise when they turned out to be really quite nice.
The packaging design has changed a bit since the photo on this page, but it's still very basic, as you'd expect, though perhaps not *quite* as much so as is sometimes the case with this range. Actually, the photo of the fingers on the front is quite attractive, and while you'd never mistake this for a posh pack it's not something you'd be embarrassed at someone seeing in your bag. (Well, unless you worked for Morrisons, I suppose...) It's actually a nice little pack, which feels about the right weight (125 grams) in the hand. A silly thing, but there it is...
I mentioned above that I tended to make myself believe that shortbread was healthier than biscuits, but in all truth the nutritional information on the pack doesn't really bear that out. The numbers for a single finger aren't bad at all - 65 kcal, 3.3g of fat and 2.1g of sugar aren't likely to scare most people too much - but let's face it, who only eats one finger at a time? If you can answer "me!" to that question then you have my respect, but I certainly don't. Allergy info: gluten, wheat and soya are all in here.
You get ten fingers in the packet, in a five-by-two arrangement, which is rather too many for a single meal (even for me!) so you'll need an airtight container to store them in. At least you don't need a fridge: the amount of food that the makers feel needs refrigerating seems to increase every year as squeezy bottles replace glass, so it's nice that these fingers can simply be stored in a traditional box in the larder cupboard. I haven't had any problems with their going soft after storage.
The biscuits look okay, with the familiar "long rectangle with lots of round holes in" appearance, though they are just slightly pale for my liking. They don't really smell of very much, despite containing a decent quantity of butter, which is slightly disappointing as the scent of butter is one of my favourite things about shortbread. On the plus side, the flavour is actually quite good, with a nice but not overblown sweetness that lingers on the palate. There's a touch of the digestive biscuit about them, which some people may not like, but it doesn't bother me.
In short: for the price, these are absolutely unbeatable, and although I had to think quite long and quite hard about giving them the top rating, given that they aren't perfect, in the end I considered that it would be a harsh review indeed that denied Tesco five stars for producing a product that really does bely its 13p price tag. If you're on a very tight budget, these are highly recommended, and even if you're not they're worth considering.
So I was wandering through Tesco Express desperately trying to find a tasty snack who's price would not exceed the shrapnel I had in my pocket. I stumbled across a 13p label in the confectionary section and thought 'surely not?'. I thought this was an amazing price for a substantial snack product, particularly as I had not imagined such a popular biscuit costing so little!
Not only that, but they were actually really nice! Crunchy, sweet and pretty resistant to a hot cup of tea. That's right, they are 100% suitable for dipping. You can tell if a cheap product deserves its price tag, but this is not one of those.
Another thing I liked is that they are not too sugary. Many branded biscuits are dusted in sugar and just too sweet to be palatable, but this product is only gently sugared. This may be a problem for the waistline as you can keep eating them without feeling sick, but in my opinion it still makes them more pleasant to eat in indulgent portions. Equally, some products can be overly buttery which can be offputting, but here the balance between sweet and savoury appears to have been achieved remarkably well for a cheap product.
So, you can keep your hobnobs, bourbons and garibaldis. For 13p you can't argue with these shortbreads and despite the somewhat dubious reputation of the Value range, these seem perfectly good quality (perhaps as long as you ignore the calorie count!).
Highly recommended as a tasty snack for those on a VERY tight budget.
Whilst doing my weekly shop I decided to buy a packet of Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers. I was reaching down to buy my usual packet of Value Bourbons when I noticed these discreetly sitting next to them. Now I love shortbread but I always feel cheated whenever I buy it because I think you don't get a lot of biscuit for your money. However, at a whopping 13p for 125g of shortbread I thought I couldn't go wrong!
The packaging has changed to the picture above and the biscuits are now in the usual Tesco Value blue and white packaging with minimum information. However, the packaging does say that they are 'deliciously crumbly shortbread fingers'. These can only be bought in Tesco but you do have to look out for them because as with all their cheap and cheerful products they are usually hidden away on the bottom shelf so you get tempted by the more expensive stuff first.
Now on to the taste test! In the interest of perfect tasting I have made myself a cup of tea and fairly greedily sat myself down with the whole packet (though I don't intend to eat them all!). On first opening the packet the biscuits look a little smaller in depth compared to a normal shortbread finger, though other than that look quite yummy, they are a normal colour and covered in sugar. In fact they seem covered in sugar a little too much!
The biscuits themselves are crunchy on the outside but crumbly on the inside. They taste really nice and not too far away from what I would describe as a normal shortbread biscuit. I think the only difference is that these don't taste quite so creamy but I would guess that to make these so cheap they probably use less butter. Though I dont think this is anything to complain about when I paid 13p! You get ten biscuits in the packet and they are that tasty that in the interest of this review I have already managed to eat three!
Just having a quick look at the Tesco website these shortbread fingers work out to be 10p for each 100g with the next least inexpensive shortbread being 37p. However, these prices do go up to a massive £1.00 for 100g! I'm sure there is a taste difference too but the price saving is so huge I'll continue to buy these biscuits for a tasty shortbread treat!
Tesco Value Shortbread I think, compares pretty darn well to some of the more expensive shortbread fingers that are available out there. It's not at the top of the tree, but it's certainly not at the bottom either.
Most of the supermarkets do a value version and a regular version, and some also do a more expensive special version as well. Now I love shortbread, but it can be very expensive to buy, so until I discovered Tesco's value shortbread was quite good, we hardly ever bought it.
When I bite into a piece of shortbread, I want to taste just how short it is. Now, any bakers out there will probably know what I mean, but for anyone who doesn't bake let me explain what this means; 'short' is actually an old fashioned word that means crumbly and rich. It's caused by using a lot of fat in a recipe. If you want short crust pastry you use a lot more fat than you would in other types of pastry. So in this instance, I want the biscuit to crumble and melt in my mouth because of the richness.
These are just over 26g of fat per 100g of biscuit. It's high, and I know it's high, but then it's shortbread, and so we sort of all expect it to be high. Actually, again compared to many brands this isn't too bad really some are way up over the 35g mark (It's what makes em taste nicer I reckon lol). So this is quite good for being middle of the road on nutrition too.
Now, I'll admit that the Tesco value stuff isn't as rich and superb tasting as some. If I want a real treat then I'll buy the better stuff definitely. BUT... it's not bad, and when you take into account the price, and the fact that it is pretty much head and shoulders above everyone else's value brand shortbread, I think it does pretty well.
I think that it's the price that for me is the really special thing about this shortbread. At just 13p for a pack of 12 shortbread fingers these are such excellent value because even the middle of the road ones (which as I've said these compare reasonably well with), are normally around 85p for the same size pack. Lets face it, it's nice to try and keep a few decent biscuits in the box and when you can do so without overspending it's even better. It's for this reason that I like these so much and rate them so highly.
I think overall, when I can afford to, and particularly if I've got a special occasion when I'm likely to have lots of people round (Christmas and things like that), I'd prefer to have one of the better brands, but for every day use, and while we're trying not to overspend, these will do nicely thanks.
For people who read my reviews regular will know I snack a lot and love most foods and I am now on a budget since some of my work has had to suffer during the recession as it has for a lot of people and so I am slowly trailing my way through a lot of the lower brands of all supermarkets to see how I like them and so far I am doing very well liking most of them.
My wife bought these biscuits from the Tesco Value range and they are delicious, they come in a shiny plastic wrapper with the usual blue and red colours of the lower branded food and inside there are 10 rectangle biscuits, on 2 rows of 5 and they are a nice size of around 1 inch x 3 inches, they are pale in colour and have tiny little hole over the top of one side and flat on the other, they are sprinkled with sugar and they taste nice and sweet.
When eaten they are nice and crumbly and have a nice rich texture and taste buttery. They are a good quality for a lower brand and are nice dunked into a cup of tea or coffee or any hot drink.
They are best stored in a biscuit tin to stay nice and fresh and they are very good value for anyone like me on a low budget, they are good for large families as children love to snack when they come home from school and are looking for something to keep them going until meal time and for one of these biscuits I would say it is quite enough to fill them up until their main meal perfectly.
For a 125g packet they were priced at only 13p and so my wife bought more packets to stock the cupboards because for the very low price it makes sense.
For each biscuit they contain 65 calories, 2.1g sugar, 3.3g fat, 1.9g saturates, and a trace of salt.
They are ideal for packed lunches for school or work and they can easily be stored in a biscuit tin or plastic container to keep nice and fresh.
I think if you have not tried these shortbread biscuits you should give them a go as they are a good tasting biscuit for the very low price and for 13p they are an absolute bargain.
I rate them a 5 star dooyoo rating.