Product Type: Tesco Snacks
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Short on bread, long on value
Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers
Member Name: davidbuttery
Tesco Value Shortbread Fingers
Advantages: Amazing value, pretty decent taste, look all right
Disadvantages: Smell is a little disappointing
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.
Summary: Definitely one of the better Tesco Value products