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      28.11.2012 22:53
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      A nice cake at bargain value but best with a small scoop of vanilla icecream!

      I honestly am suprised at the bad reviews on here! I always try and pick up some everyday value brands. If my shopping hits under budget (i shop online usually) I'll add in a few treats and at only 25p the value swiss roll often is selected. Me, my boyfriend and my sweet tooth toodler all enjoy it. PACKAGING The packaging is actually different to that in the picture now that tesco have redesigned their value brand going for a less cheap effect I believe. They have their beige colour on it with Tesco Everyday Value printed on it. It says what it is and states there are no artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fats. They then have their usual clipart below. The other half of the package is clear so you can see the chocolaty outside of the roll. On the far side it states the nutritional values of one portion. It claims to serve 4. Id say more 2 or 3 but then I've always been a large portion person (lucky I have my fathers metabolism!) The back of the packaging tells you the usual stuff- nutritional values, allergy advice, recyling suitability & ingredients. THE PRODUCT ITSELF I find this cake very tasty when I need my sugar fix. The only downside I'd say is its a little dry so if possible I serve it with a small scoop of icecream. If you're having it alone id definitly reccomend a drink to help wash it down with! There has been complaint that this product is small but for 25p you cant expect a huge slab of cake! The packaging makes the size obvious in my opinon. The vanilla filling is used thinly but never the less is nice. Overall it definitly sees to my chocolaty and sugar cravings leaving a nice sweet taste in my mouth. 4 stars for me, only one knocked off for the dryness!

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        28.01.2012 12:19

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        very cheap snack/dessert if you dont mind the lack of taste

        As part of my eternal struggle to reduce my food shopping bills I have been trying to "downgrade" my shopping basket as much as possible, so when I saw this swiss roll for the very cheap price of 25p I decided to give it a go. The swiss roll itself is rather small, it says it serves 4 but divided into four I think would leave people rather hungry so I would suggest it only serves 2. I had half the swiss roll with custard for desert, just what you need to warm up on these cold winter nights. I was pretty disappointed with the swiss roll. The flavour is not very good (not horrible, just not very flavoursome) and the texture is rather dry, I guess you can't really make much of a complaint against something that only costs 25p and I'm glad I gave it a chance, but I think in future I will spend a bit more to get something more tasty.

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        11.05.2011 18:35
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        Ideal for desserts, not for serving to guests

        I don't buy a huge amount of sweet things, but I do have to buy some for my husband. I occasionally buy him a swiss roll that I can slice and put in his lunch box for work, however, I would usually always stay clear of Tesco value swiss rolls for something like that and take the Tesco main brand or another. However, when it comes to making a dessert such as a trifle then I really do not think that the extra money spent on a better swiss roll is worth it, and the value one does just fine. We were recently invited to a BBQ by some friends and to help them out, I offered to bring a dessert, which they were very grateful for. FOr handiness, I decided to make a black forest trifle, of which the base is made of chocolate swiss roll, without any chocolate coating. My husband was with me when I picked this and some of the other ingredients up in TEsco and he thought I was being cheap for opting to buy this 25p value roll rather than the Tesco own brand version. When I explained that I would be breaking it up at the bottom of the dish and pouring a liquid over it, he realised why I had chosen it. Like all Tesco value items, the packaging is cheap and cheerful. My packaging varies slightly from that at the top of the screen in that mine is in white packaging the entire way round, with the value red and blue colours. On the front is some nutritional information stating that per quarter of this roll, there are 75 calories, 6.4g of sugar, 2.6g of fat, of which 1.2g are saturates and only a trace of salt. It also claims that this serves 4 and is suitable for vegetarians. Obviously like any swiss roll, it isn't the healthiest of sweet treats, but then since I am putting it into a dessert, the calories wil only increase alongside the rest of the ingredients, so for this case, I wasn't so worried. There is no doubt when you open up this roll, you would know that it is cheap. It sticks a lot to the thin packaging and doesn't always maintain a good shape, partly due to the fact as well, that it isn't packaged in a box, but just plastic, offering no protection as it gets thrown into shopping bags or into a cupboard. It is also important to note that this swiss roll is definitely a lot lot smaller than even the Tesco own brand, and if you were wanting to serve this to guests on its own or even for a sweet treat yourself, it won't go a long way. THankfully, this is the perfect amount for my dessert, especially since I cut it up into smaller pieces anyhow. In terms of the taste, I don't think it falls down here in comparison to other swiss rolls, although there is no doubt that the chocolate covered swiss roll is much more appetising, but a plain chocolate swiss roll with no coating tastes not much different in my view, but definitely more presentable. So, all in all, whether you buy this probably depends on a few factors, particularly what you want it for. If you are looking for a swiss roll to put in a dessert (like me) then this really is ideal, and no one will notice the difference at all. If you are wanting a sweet treat that is cheap and cheerful then this is also ideal. As for serving to guests, of for a little bit more luxury, I would definitely suggest you buy better than this, as it doesn't look quite as presentable compared to more expensive brands, and it will cut a lot better. At 25p though, it was ideal for me!

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        12.05.2010 08:06
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        Cheap price for a cake

        I have a lot of grandchildren and when they come to visit or stay over they are always looking for treats and so I am always looking around for different foods and snacks for those occasions and recently I saw this little cake from the lower brands from Tesco and it was only 13p and so it did not break the bank lol. The packaging is very basic, it comes in a plastic wrapper and has the usual blue and red colours of the Value range of products from Tesco and inside the wrapper is a rectangle shaped cake, it is a light brown in colour with soft cream in the middle of the cake and is very basic looking also, it is not fancy at all, and is very plain. It tastes very bland in my opinion and does not have a lot of chocolate taste to it at all, and although I have bought a lot of lower brands in recent months, this one is not a nice one in my opinion, it is very bland and does not have a nice texture at all, my grandchildren found it a little hard to swallow , especially the younger ones, I did buy 3 and they were eaten but they did not enjoy them very much. I made some custard and poured it over the cakes and it did taste a little better that way but I think as a cake as a snack it does not have a nice taste to it. I do think it would be fine to be used as a base for a trifle as the other ingredients would disguise the taste a little more and the texture probably would be fine. The cream filling is Vanilla but I could not taste any Vanilla at all and it tasted just like butter cream in my opinion and very bland also in the same way as the cake itself. One quarter of the roll contains 75 calories, 6.4g sugar, 2.6g fat, 1.2g saturates and a trace of salt. I would not buy it again and although I did not break the bank, I would not recommend it in my opinion but it may be fine for others but not for me and my family and I love anything sweet but with this one it is certainly a no for me, which is very rare. I rate it 2 stars.

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          14.04.2010 15:51
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          For the price, unbeatable, but that's not saying a lot

          Yes, folks, I'm slumming it again today, since my yearning for sweet and sticky food has once again come into conflict with the lightness of my wallet. (Actually, that's a rather silly phrase, since a hundred 1p pieces is a lot heavier than a single £10 note!) While wandering through Tesco's cake department in search of something to satisfy both my stomach and my bank balance, I came across this chocolate Swiss roll for the startlingly low price of 13p. It had to be tried! I'm not sure how much help it really is to talk about the packaging of Tesco Value products, since they're all much the same: cheap white crackly plastic with the occasional splash of red and blue. One of these days someone will leave a pack out in the sun by mistake and the red will fade to orange, thus precipitating utter panic as the staff attempt to work out the source of the raid by Sainsbury's. Until then, however, the best we can do is try to stay awake... When it comes to nutrition, there is at least something worthwhile to be said, which is that this Swiss roll is vegetarian. Of course there's no reason why it shouldn't be, but I doubt that at this price point the makers are that fussed about whether or not their ingredients have animal origins, so it's probably just luck. The 80 gram roll allegedly serves four people - all I can say is that they must be a lot more restrained in their chocoholism than certain people around here! A 20g slice contains 75 kcal, 6.4g of sugar and 2.6g of fat, actually quite reasonable in all respects. Opening the wrapper was a bit of a fiddle, with no easy pull-tag to help break the seal, but that can be excused at this price. The rolls seemed to have sweated a little inside (unsurprising given all that plastic) and stuck to the packaging irritatingly. Actual appearance was acceptable, I suppose: a decent dark brown log with a creamy-white swirl of vanilla in the middle. I wasn't too keen on the smell, however, which although not actively unpleasant was not particularly chocolatey; actually it didn't smell of anything very much. So, what of the taste test? Well... it was okay, I suppose. When you pay 13p for a product it really is unfair to expect it to be any more than that, and in that respect Tesco have done their job. However, the roll didn't taste of chocolate very much and was disappointingly dry; I much prefer this sort of product to be moister, which I find helps it slip down the throat more smoothly. It wasn't *awful* by any means, and I've eaten worse chocolate Swiss rolls costing a good deal more, but a luxury food this ain't. Strictly for the impecunious, I think.

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            15.12.2009 23:55
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            Tesco Value Swiss Roll- Good Times! When I was at high school they built a Tesco just down the road and of a lunch time we were allowed out to get some dinner and clear our heads etc. I had a friend that would actually go their just to buy this Swiss roll and she would not let anyone have a taste! Greedy! When I was in Tesco the other day I noticed the rather large selection they had of Swiss rolls and I really could not decide which one to pick for the best. Being a bit of a bargain hunter, I love cheaper products so I picked this Value Swiss Roll ( The one that jumped off the shelf ). This is a chocolate flavoured Swiss Roll- Yummy! Packaging This comes in a clear packet with red and blue fonts and designs on it. With it being clear, you can see straight through the packaging to the gorgeous brown coloured roll which looks ever so delightful! The Roll itself looks light and fluffy and if you turn it so you can see the end you will spot the white cream swirled into this creating a great pattern. When you first open this, the smell of chocolate is a little overpowering but you get used to this the longer that it is left out. When you cut a slice of you realise just how soft it is, also a little crumbly. The cream gives that sense of divine in your mouth and you just want to eat the whole thing! Price and Place At 13p a roll from Tesco this is great! High quality! Low Price Tastes Good Love It! 2.8g of Fat! 5/5 From me!

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              30.10.2009 23:28
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              10 out of 10

              Well where do I start with this fantastic cheap and very yummy treat? Tesco Value has got a reputation for being pretty good I think and this is a regular visitor for my trolley. I was looking for French Fancies last night as per my obsession with them but settled for these as I could not find them, the added bonus was I saved well over a quid buying these. Now it is extremely easy to eat one in a sitting. They are small. They are ruddy 13p what on earth do you expect???!?! Probably half is good for a serving, but if you are really craving then I'll let you eat a whole one. Packaging= Plastic with those all important easy tear side and of course all your facts upon the back. Allergy advice and storage information also. Also suitable for vegetarians as stated on the back of the packet, handy to know. Appearance= As mentioned, it's 13p, it's small, around 80g. Chocolate flavoured sponge has been laid out flat, spread with a vanilla flavoured flavouring and rolled back up in order to create a swirl inside the chocolate sponge. Looks very nice, mine was a bit squashed as I am rubbish at packing my shopping bags preferring to throw everything willy nilly into as few bags as possible. Taste= Light, soft, but still a firm bite, not overly chocolatey so you will not think that it is sickly, the vanilla cream inside really does complement it well and provides a good taste. Slightly sweet sponge and just the right balance of everything. Extremely easy to just eat a whole one without getting fed up or too full, apparently a quarter of the roll is a serving size, pffft what do they know. Get it down your neck!! Price= As mentioned these bad boys are a measly 13p they are amazing value. I choose these sometimes when I am conscious of the fact that I do have a budget to stick to and then therefore I can treat myself to a guilt free snack knowing I've saved a lot of pennies on some of the more expensive treats that try to tempt you at Tesco. I would rather eat these than expensive ones which I find to be mostly sickly and too sweet. Ingredients= Sponge Cake, Vanilla Flavoured Filling (25%) Sponge Cake contains: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Egg, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Glucose Syrup, Humectants (Glycerine, Sorbitol), Vegetable Oil, Whey Powder, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Carbonate), Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Acetate), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Acetic Acid, Natural Flavouring Vanilla Flavoured Filling contains: Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water, Humectant (Glycerine), Rice Starch, Citric Acid, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Natural Flavouring. Nutrition= Name Per 100g Energy 335kJ (80kcal) Protein 1.0g Carbohydrate 12.5g sugars 30.1g Fat 12.9g saturates 6.0g mono unsaturates 5.1g polyunsaturates 1.2g Fibre 2.1g Sodium* 0.2g *Salt Equivalent 0.6g Summary= Try them for yourself and see what you think.

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                03.10.2009 19:26
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                I have written several reviews on the Tesco Value range, and as a whole they have been very positive. Sadly this one falls into the categeory of awful - in my opinion. I was shopping in Tesco last week and this little beauty (or ugly) caught my eye. Surely not 13p for a Chocolate Swiss Roll. It must be a mistake. Checking it on the scanner nearby, it confirmed that the price was in fcat 13p. So I threw one in my trolly and carried on with my shopping. Upon arriving home I thought I'd have a piece with my cup of tea. Good job it was actually only me having a cup, because this roll would not go far between a family of 5 - not that it advertised it would. Opening the plastic wrapper I was greeted with what looked like a swiss roll. Well it was certainly a roll. It had cream in it. The only disappointing thing was that it looked terribly small. Upon biting into my piece (nearly half the cake) I immediately noticed how dry it tasted. It tasted okay though, I just felt it needed not to be so dry. Nutrition per 1/4 roll Energy 80kcal Protein 1.0g Carbohydrate 12.5g of which sugars 6.6g Fat 2.8g of which saturates 1.3g mono-unsaturates 1.1g polyunsaturates 0.3g Fibre 0.5g Sodium 0.1g *Salt Equivalent 0.1g Suitable for Vegetarians Summary Well I wasn't all impressed with this roll. I mean to be fair it only cost 13p, but it didn't really justify charging it any more. It was very soft but dry. Perhaps next time if it fell in my trolly I'd get some fresh cream as well. Not one of the best Tesco Value products out there by far. Not Recommended. A lowly 1 star.

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                  21.09.2009 21:38
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                  Really awful swiss roll

                  I was recently in my local Tesco shopping for party food for my little boy's fifth birthday party. I was hoping to buy as much as possible for as cheap as possible and when the food is all laid out on party plates nobody knows whether it is value range or a more expensive alternative, so it was value I was on the lookout for. I saw the Chocolate Flavour Swiss Roll and it was priced just 13p, I could not believe how cheap it was and straight away put four in my basket, what a bargain. The Swiss Roll is only small, about 4 inches long and two inches wide. It is a chocolate flavour swiss roll sponge with a vanilla flavoured filling. It suggests the roll should be cut into four and each quarter contains 80 calories and 2.8g of fat. The roll also has a good best before date of about 5 weeks. It needs tobe stored in a cool dry place and once opened in an airtight container. So far so good, until you talk about the taste of the roll. It is quite hard to touch and tastes very dry. It doesn't really taste of chocolate, just a not so pleasant sponge. I really haven't got anything good to say about the taste and it was also not very popular at the party. Having bought four rolls I put quite a bit on display and not many people ate it at all, the appearance must have put people off and those who did try it did not speak very highly of the roll. I am disappointed that I did not like the Tesco Value Swiss Roll as at 13p it really is a bargain but if you buy cheap then you get cheap. It tasted value and I will not be buying it again, even for a bunch of 5 year olds. Don't get me wrong there are many Tesco Value products I do like but this is just not one of them.

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                    12.09.2009 17:33
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                    Good tasting cake

                    When I was shopping in Tesco the other week I saw this chocolate swiss roll for just 13p. I usually prefer to buy jam swiss rolls but because of the price I was tempted to try this. I am a big fan of chocolate cake so thought I had nothing to lose by trying this. I'm not sure how much it weighs as I have thrown away the packaging but the cake is about 5 inches long and about 2 and a half inches wide. The packaging is mostly clear with the Tesco value logo on it, this meant you could see the product inside easily. When I took the roll out of the packet I noticed that the cake was a rich brown colour and looked very nice. It looked a lot like more expensive alternatives I had bought in the past. The cake had held together well and I could see the cream in a spiral pattern at the ends of the roll. I cut myself a piece and wasn't expecting it to taste that good but I was really impressed. The cake was moist, soft and had a strong chocolate flavour to it, but this was not too much or false tasting. The cream tasted slightly of vanilla and was thick and smooth. The cream worked really well with the cake and there was just the right amount of cream to cake. I really liked this cake and easily ate half of it before putting the rest away. Tesco do not give a serving size but from some quick maths I would guess a serving is around 20-25 grams. Each serving contains 80 calories, 6.6 grams of sugar, 2.8 grams of fat, 1.3 grams which saturates and 0.1 grams of salt. As you can see these values for fat and calories are quite low for cake so it is good for a treat. I really enjoyed this cake and will be buying it again. For 13p it was fantastic value and I would recommend it for anyone to try. Although I usually prefer the jam swiss rolls I think this will be featuring on my shopping list a lot more in the future.

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                      21.06.2009 19:58
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                      a great budget cake

                      I went to visit my Mum today, and whenever we go, a Swiss roll always comes out with the cups of tea. Until today I never realised she was serving us Tesco Value Swiss roll. That makes me sound like a snob but I'm far from it, as you will know from reading my reviews. I don't tend to ever buy this at home because it goes so fast, but at only 13p each I might be tempted to push the boat out in the future. There are no frills about this products packaging, as there aren't with much of the value range. You can see right through the clear packaging and into the cake within. This means that straight away I can see that for my pennies I am getting a much smaller cake than the next range up would provide me with, but I can also see that the cake I am buying has a half decent amount of cream hidden between the layers of sponge. We always have this cake sliced up between four of us, and my Mum tends to slice average portions. This means we all get two slices each from the cake, and usually this is enough to go with a cup of tea. On the plate the cake sponge is fairly thick per layer, and seems to be rolled round once and a half with a fairly thin layer of cream in between. Appearance wise it looks just like a more expensive brand, otherwise I would have noticed a long time ago. The only difference I would say is that you can tell it's a bit thinner and perhaps a little flatter than others, but that could have been achieved from squashing in transit which always seems to happen to me with Swiss rolls. Taste wise the cake is slightly drier than other similar I have tasted in the past. The sponge has a nice chocolate flavour to it and lasts after you've eaten. Due to the dryness, I find it sticks to the roof of my mouth more than I would like, but this is not a problem when washed down with a cup of tea. The cream which is actually classed as a vanilla flavoured filling, is quite dense, but does compliment the chocolate flavour well and provides lightness to the sponge. There isn't a huge flavour of vanilla coming through however. Overall this is a nice piece of cake, especially for those on a budget. I can confirm it's nice when mixed with ice cream as this is another form we eat it in when visiting parents. This also helps prevent the dryness from the sponge. I would recommend this cake to anyone who fancies a budget change. Nutritionally however the cake doesn't match the greatness of the price. A serving contains 80 calories and 2.8 grams of fat. When you probably consider the cake would serve two it makes it a little less desirable, but still not as bad as some cakes you can eat. For allergy information this cake does contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya.

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