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      20.03.2012 09:16
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      I have been buying these Snowballs for quite some time. I originally bought them for my little grandson to try for a little treat. He loved them and so for that reason I have bought them ever since. They are from Tesco's lowest range of items and cheap enough to buy.

      They come inside a clear plastic container with a plastic wrapper. There are snowballs which sit nicely inside the separate compartment holes, so that they stay in place a little better. They are round and quite chunky. Each one is covered with milk chocolate. Inside they are marshmallow. The mallow is white in colour and quite fluffy. The white colour does not look off white or cheap looking, it is just a good colour for the price. It does have a soft texture but not at all runny. The chocolate is coated with coconut bits. The amount of bits that cover the buns is just the right amount, this coconut has a good strong taste and not bland. They also do not fall of the bun and make a mess. Admittedly a few do drop but not that much that it is noticeable. They do look very appetising in my opinion once out of the packaging.

      The smell of the coconut is apparent once taken from the container. They smell nice too. They have a nice marshmallow taste and one that certainly doesn't taste bland like you may expect. The combination of the chocolate, coconut and the mallow work really well together and taste delicious.

      They are easy for my grandson to hold because they are quite small and around 2 inches in diameter. He can chew and swallow them too with no problems at all and he absolutely loves these for a treat when he comes to visit.

      They do taste sweet but they do not have that sickly sweetness that some cheaper brands tend to taste. These ones are a really nice sweetness for anyone who loves marshmallow. I just these, I usually almost always eat one when I come home from the shops after buying them because I find them irritable. What I do like about them is the fluffy mallow. This mallow is not a nasty taste at all and one that certainly is liked in my family. I also love the way they crunch as I bite into them, they kind of make a pop noise because they have a very soft centre and the quality of the chocolate is very good and not too soft. The chocolate is just the right thickness for these snowflakes.

      I have bought these for my parties when I have wanted a cheaper food for the table. It can be quite expensive sometimes holding parties and so these add an additional food to the table quite nicely. I think these are ideal for children's parties. They are so affordable for any budget and would certainly be ones that the little ones would like to eat.

      Because they have a soft centre, I always take care packing them at the checkout so not to squash them. For the pack of 6 these usually cost around 49p. Sometimes the price does vary at the moment and I have bought them many times at just over 40p and so a good buy.

      Each one contains only 80 calories, so not a lot if you are on a diet and just fancy a little treat in my opinion.
      The chocolate is a good quality as with the marshmallow and coconut. They are extremely good value for the price and I most definitely highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for a cheap, nice tasting little treat. They are small enough not to spoil an appetite for the little ones who may want a snack after school or in between meals. I just don't think you can go wrong with these, they are fabulous for anyone with a lot of children and short of money and looking for a decent bun for their treats.
      I will keep on buying these in the future because they give me all the taste that I expect from a shops lower brand of snowflakes.

      The packaging can easily be recycled.

      Also on Ciao under my username Pinky50.

      I give these 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        05.03.2012 23:51
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        A pleasant and inexpensive alternative teacake from Tesco Value.

        Since I enjoyed Tesco Value's Mallow Teacakes, I thought I'd try this sibling product to see how they compared. In my local branch, at least, the Snowballs hold the advantage of having no direct brand-name competition, so I was quite keen to try them out.

        They come in a pack of six, and are a steal at only 59p. The packaging isn't the best - a bit flimsy, and the Value design never flatters anything - but if the contents are wolfed down in one sitting (whoops!) it's not a big issue. Take care not to tip coconut everywhere when opening, since the flakes are prone to coming loose in the tray.

        The Snowballs themselves are 54% mallow, 21% "chocolate flavour" coating and 21% desiccated coconut, containing milk, egg, and soya. The use of egg white rather than gelatine makes them suitable for vegetarians, unlike the regular Value Teacakes, and makes the mallow more like Tunnock's in texture: creamy and moist. They're fragile and messy to eat, since they don't have a solid base, only a thin chocolatey shell - I've accidentally staved them in many times, just opening the packet! So be mindful to keep them out of the warm, and to open the pack with some care.

        As far as taste goes, they're pleasantly sweet; the chocolate flavour is a bit mild, but the mallow is tasty. I like coconut, so enjoy the taste of it, but also find the coconut shavings a bit coarse and chewy, leaving a mildly sour aftertaste. Overall, they work well, but the coconut could have been more refined. I find having them with a cup of tea takes the edge off any funny lingering flavours.

        Minor coconut-related reservations aside, I enjoy these a lot, and always keep a packet around for when I'm feeling indulgent. If you like marshmallow teacakes and coconut macaroons, Tesco Value have combined the best of both worlds into a moreish treat that only costs pennies.

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          15.02.2011 14:04
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          I love this product, will happily eat a whole pack. For a value product it certainly surprises..

          I recently came across Tesco Value products having changed supermarkets and discovered these, since then I've never looked back. They are absolutely delicious.

          For only 41p you can purchase a product that has a lovely crunchy chocolately exterior and a smooth gooy interior. I wasn't expecting much but after that first bite I was hooked.

          For anyone that doesn't know, these are small, golf ball sized domes. Chocolate covered in coconut on the outside and filled with marshmallow on the inside. The strength of the coconut was perfect, not too dominant as it can sometimes be, but present. This in combination with the milk chocolate meant the perfect crunch when eating. After eating the teacakes I was expecting the marshmallow to be slightly on the dry side but it was so sticky, the texture of marshmallow when heated slightly, my favourite consistency. Very moist, sticky and perfect. These were and are truly delicious.

          The packaging is typical Tesco value packaging with the blue and white pattern. What I liked was that you could see through the window at the product inside and this counters one of the disadvantages. Since the packaging is just plastic the snowballs are frequently crushed, whilst this doesn't affect the taste I feel that I miss that first crunch if they are already cracked. Therefore having the see through packaging ensures that you can select the product that is the less crushed and get that satisfying texture on first bite.

          Overall I would certainly recommend this product to anyone that has any doubts about the value range. It is absolutely delicious and worth everyone of it's mere 41p and so much more. Save the money and buy this product but remember don't forget to check for crushed ones!!

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            17.04.2010 00:22
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            Sweet Gooey Snowballs, Very Bad For You But Man Do They Taste Good!

            Ooooh I felt quite giddy when I spotted these lovelies in the Tesco Value range.

            6 individual snowballs. You can keep "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" and give me gooey marshmallow in a milk chocolate flavoured coating with a generous sprinkle of desiccated coconut. These are indeed a few of my favourite things!

            As always with the value range, the packaging is basic. Transparent film bag, so you can view the product and the 6 little delights are housed in their own separate compartments in a plastic tray as they are extremely delicate and will crack under very little pressure. I suggest if you buy them, that you stick them in the very top of your shopping bag. Otherwise you will end up with a very sticky mess indeed.

            Taste wise, they are very nice indeed. If you have a sweet tooth, like me, then they will be right up your street. They are soft, sweet and melt in your mouth. I find them very moreish and have to admit that I demolished the whole pack myself in an evening. Not a good idea really, as they are 80 calories and contain 9.1g of sugar and 3.7g of fat per snowball. Still, coconut is good for you... isn't it???

            As I said earlier, they are pretty delicate so if you have the oral capacity, I recommend that you put them in whole. If not then wear a bib, as you might find yourself covered in chocolate, coconut and marshmallow. Tastes great in your mouth, looks rubbish down the front of your shirt.

            Currently at 40p for a 110g pack, they are a very reasonable price for a yummy, childish treat.

            Also, please be aware that they do contain milk, egg and soya but are suitable for vegetarians if you are that way inclined.

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              01.04.2010 17:38
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              Not awful, but there are better Tesco Value sweets around

              A certain other reviewer on this fine site (who shall be nameless, but is responsible for alerting me to all kinds of tasty but unhealthy snacks!) drew my attention recently to the fact that the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is the Tesco Value range has now added to its portfolio a pack of six snowballs for just thirty-nine of your Earth pennies. Of course some parts of the country have probably seen quite enough snowballs over the last few months, but the ones I'm looking at here are unlikely to block any roads. Well, unless a lorry delivering them sheds its load, I suppose!

              Commenting on the packaging for Tesco Value stuff is rarely a particularly rewarding experience, and so it is here. It's a basic see-through plastic tray covered in cellophane. Wasn't that exciting to discover? No, I didn't think so either. The snowballs themselves are not individually wrapped, which means that I wouldn't advise opening the packet anywhere from where you can't clear up a few stray pieces of coconut, since if you can keep *all* of them in the pack until you've finished the lot (around four minutes if you have my level of self-control) then you're a tidier person than I am!

              The nutrition figures are not actually as frightening as you might imagine for a sweet treat of this nature. One snowball will add a mere 80 kcal to your calorie bill, which is around a third of an average chocolate bar. You might want to avert your eyes, however, from the 9.1 grams of sugar (10% of the Guideline Daily Allowance) and the massive 3.3g of saturated fat (no less than 17% of your GDA). These snowballs contain milk, egg and soya, but (a pleasant surprise in a rock-bottom product) they *are* suitable for vegetarians.

              The snowballs themselves don't look too bad. They're actually half-snowballs, spheres cut in half, as though someone's been at their undersides with a blowtorch (ooh... nasty), but that does keep them a bit more secure in the tray. They're a reasonably pleasant mid-brown "milk chocolate" colour, with a pretty generous sprinkling of coconut strands. They don't smell of anything much beyond the coconut; this can be explained by the fact that the brown substance is only chocolate *flavour* coating, so doesn't actually contain the real McCoy.

              Picking one up, they feel initially fairly hard, but then a little extra pressure will squidge your fingers through the surface quite quickly. (Yes, of course this is scientific research and not just playing with my food!) In the mouth the texture isn't too bad, with a nice creamy feel to the mallow filling (no jam here, by the way), but the rest - especially the coconut - is too somewhat dry for my taste, and it takes rather a lot of chewing to get all the coconut strands to go down. All in all, an acceptable effort considering the 39p price point, but not something that I'd call unmissable.

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                29.03.2010 22:28
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                39p A Pack And Yummy!

                When I was in Tesco the other week I saw that they have started selling Snowballs in their Value range, you get 6 for less than 40p so I thought I'd buy a pack to try because we all like these . I was expecting them to be a bit crap for that price but they're yummy and everyone said how nice they was and they couldn't believe that they were so cheap!

                They are marshmallow cakes that are covered in chocolate and then have got dessicated coconut on the top and down the sides of the chocolate. You can't tell they're as cheap as they are and the taste like any other Snowballs you can buy including the more expensive ones.

                It's not real chocolate over the marshmallow, Tesco have used a chocolate flavoured coating. It's proper nice though and doesn't taste anything like the disgusting chocolate coating you get on some cheap cakes and biscuits, it's quite creamy when you let some of the chocolate come off in your mouth and melts loads better than I thought it would..... a bit too quick actually because I ate my Snowball slow last night and my fingers got into a bit of a mess! lol

                The marshmallow is delish, it's just the right texture and has got a lovely sweet taste to it. It's sweet in a marshmallow kind of way but isn't all that sugary, it melts lovely in my mouth and is soft and stickey as it melts. The coconut taste takes over the whole Snowball, it's gorgeous and weird at the same time because it doesn't look like there's enough coconut on each one to give it such a strong yummy flavour.

                I reckon the marshmallow, chocolate and coconut all go proper nice together and the deffo don't taste like they only cost 39p. They are average size so it's not like Tesco are being stingy on the size of them to cut the costs down, I reckon it must be them using chocolate covering instead of real chocolate which is where the saving has been made but that doesn't matter because like I said before the chocolate is still nice on these anyway.

                Each Snowball has got 80 calories in it, that's wicked if you can stop at just 1 but I could easily all 6 I reckon so I'll have to be careful about that! lol

                Recommended!!!

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                  29.03.2010 10:11
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                  good cheap price

                  I love sweet things and I cannot resist anything that is sugary or chocolate flavoured and I absolutely love anything with coconut either in or outside cakes or biscuits. I am always hunting the shops for something different to try and I have been eating these for a few years now and find them excellent value for money.

                  This product from the Tesco Value lower priced food come in a plastic carton which has 6 individual places to house the 6 round teacake sized buns and they are covered in a outer plastic bag to keep fresh, both plastics can be recycled. The packaging is very basic but they are kept firmly in place very well.

                  The bun is a marsh mallow soft centre and is covered in milk chocolate and sprinkled with coconut flakes, they are nice,light and delicious and they melt in the mouth beautifully. The texture of the filling is very good on the palette and is easy to swallow, and the softness of the mallow is very creamy.

                  They are ideal if you have a sweet tooth, they are very basic but tasty and they are ideal for children's parties or packed lunches as they are very cheap to feed a family.

                  For 110g they only cost 39p and that is very good value, they can be placed in a cake tin for a snack or even wrapped individually in cling film or foil and taken on picnics in the summer, although they may melt a little, I have found them to be fine in a cool bag, whenever I have taken the outdoors.

                  Each cake contains:

                  80 calories
                  10.9g carbohydrate
                  3.7g fat
                  0.6g fibre
                  Trace of sodium

                  They are ideal for giving to guests when they visit, especially young children as they tend to go for sugary type of foods.

                  I rate it 5 stars.

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                    31.08.2009 21:37
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                    Another bargain from the Tesco Value range. I love these and the Teacakes probably equally. I cannot taste the difference between these and the Tunnocks ones. Well I guess the Tunnocks ones are slightly fluffier and a bit larger, but these are about 3 times cheaper.

                    These cost 38p for for a 6 pack and the pack weight is 110g.

                    The packaging is pretty basic. The Snowballs are in a plastic tray. The tray is quite deep and they sit in here alright. The whole pack is wrapped in a cellophane wrapper. It is a white wrapper which has the Tesco Value writing on it, and the writing on the pack is in blue.

                    Each Snowball has 80 calories and 3.7g, so I guess these can be enjoyed as part of a calorie controlled diet.

                    Now to the Snowballs. What are they? They are slightly sticky Fluffy Mallow which is covered in Coconut strands. There is a lot of strands overing the Mallow, and although a lot of them fall off and perhaps this is kinda messy, you can just stuff this into your mouth and not get mess anywhere! I eat this in 3 bites normally.

                    These are just really great. They are sweet, nice and Mallowy and the Coconut strands are nice and make a nice contrast to the sticky sweet lump.

                    A great bargain buy from Tesco again.

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                      23.07.2009 18:59
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                      A great, cheap biscuit cupboard essential

                      Hubby was complaining recently that the biscuit jar was emptier by the week, so during my weekly shop at Tesco, I needed to stock up. Strangely enough at that time, there were no decent offers on biscuits that hubby would like, but I did spot these Tesco value snowballs for 38p.

                      I don't often buy many Tesco value products, because many of the ones that I have experience of have been extremely poor quality, however, I though it was worth a go at 38p.

                      Well I am very glad that I did as they are lovely. The packet contains 6 snowballs, each containing 80 calories, 9.1g of sugar (bit of a snag) and 3.7g fat. So not too bad calorie wise, but a little sore on the sugar content.

                      Tesco describes this product as 'mallow with chocolate flavour coating covered in coconut'. It is suitable for vegetarians, and contains milk, eggs and soya, so may not be so suitable for someone with allergies.

                      The packaging, like all tesco value items, may be bland, but the snowballs are definitely not! Although they may be slightly messy when you go to eat them, or even simply take them out of the packaging, with the coconut falling everywhere, they are delicious. The mallow inside is not too sticky or dry and the chocolate coating only adds to the great taste. They are also very light, which means, that I have to restrain myself from eating more than one at a time.

                      All in all, these are unbeatable value at 38p for 6. They taste just as delicious as other more expensive snowballs, and I have ended up buying them every week during my shop in Tesco. Yes they may be high in sugar content, but they really do taste great. This is the first tesco value product that I have really liked and buy regularly, so I may be tempted to re try some other value products, as I can highly recommend this one.

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