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I like a treat as much as anyone else, but I've been trying to keep the weight off just recently - so when my mum passed a packet of these underneath my nose this lunch time you can imagine it was pretty difficult to say no. In fact I was naughty and had three, but my excuse is they're not that big, and well I'm going to the gym later despite the rain, so I'll more than work them off after an hour working out!
~*~ Thorntons ~*~
Anyone out there that doesn't know what Thorntons do?
If you don't, it's a company that makes chocolate items predominantly - they also make fudges and toffees as well but if someone says Thorntons I immediately think of chocolate. So today I've had some of their cake range, which I haven't seen in any Thorntons shops near me but they're everywhere in the supermarkets and in some bargain stores I've spotted them. Thorntons are notoriously expensive, but it's justified because well it's good stuff!
~*~ Mini Caramel Shortcakes ~*~
These offending items are what have added a bunch more calories to a cup of tea and a sarnie, how dare they. They are quite tiny though, I genuinely thought that even though they were mini that they might be a bit bigger than bite size! They are quite literally tiny, so that's my excuse for wolfing down three of them, though if I'm honest it was more a matter of inhaling them they're that small. No that makes me sound like I've got a ridiculously large mouth, and no one that knows me is allowed to comment on that declaration! They smell so rich and creamy, I defy anyone to look at them and smell them and not want one or two.
The come with a layer of shortcake on the bottom, which is very soft and crumbly when you bite into it, and it's got quite a rich biscuit taste to it but it's not unpleasant - it's just a little too soft for my liking personally. I like my shortcake quite hard and crunchy to bite into personally, but the idea behind these mini shortcakes are that they're quite soft I think looking at them. The caramel in the middle is very caramel-ly as well, (I know that's not a word) but not runny like caramel it's more like a fondant caramel than a runny one than you'd get in the middle of some tasty chocolates - so I quite like it actually. Still squeezes out between the layers though so you'll still get it on your fingers or at least on the sides of the packaging when you open it up. The chocolate on the top is quite thin actually, so there isn't a lot of taste to it - it's just a wafer thin snap of chocolate that once you've bitten into the chunk it's pretty much already melted in your mouth so you're not going to nothing much of a taste unless you pickle it off and eat it separately. They can get a bit sickly, I found I needed to wash them down with a drink afterwards to get the caramel taste to go away else it would impact on everything else I attempted to eat - nonetheless they are really good tasting snacks in moderation.
Now comes the scary part, these little tiny mini bites are 71 calories per bite, and 1.7g of fat per bite - which considering a jaffa cake has 1g of fat per cake it isn't really that bad. Not as bad as I was expecting when I went to look at the nutritional information anyway. With 0.1g of fibre, they're not too good in the hunt for a fibrous diet, or with 5.5g of saturated sugar helping anyone that wants to cut down their sugar intake. Which is unfortunate, because they do smell so good - though I feel like I put calories on just smelling them!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
In Tesco you can get these for £1.40 with 12 in a packet, and in Asda well the website says they are no longer available - not sure how truthful that is though. Waitrose do them for £1.40 for 12 as well, they are available in mini 3 packs as well in some bargain places; eBay sell them if you really can't find them as well as amazon. So for around 10p a bite you can get something highly sugared and calorific but will make you feel better!
Thorntons mini caramel shortbread is normally quite expensive in my local Coop food store at around £1.80 so I was interested to see a large stack of them in the clearance corner at just 89 pence, which is more like what I am prepared to pay. They were still a day within date so I didn't expect any quality problems despite the lower price. A treat was in order anyway since my youngest had just come home from his first day at secondary school; a happy one too by the sound of it.
The attractive and traditionally styled packaging contains twelve tiny squares of what I would call millionaire's shortbread in a moulded plastic tray. From previous attempts in the kitchen I know this is quite hard to make - the caramel never sets properly for me - and the ingredients are quite expensive to buy so all the more reason to buy ready-made, and with Thorntons the taste should be close to home made, if not the portions!
In our family of six, twelve is a good number as we get two pieces each - if quick enough - and that is probably enough for most people. Although tiny at about the size on a man's upper thumb joint they are extraordinarily sweet. Nice though, with a good thick creamy caramel and quite a rich milk chocolate topping. The shortbread does tend to get a bit overwhelmed and you sense little more than a residual crunch. However, by trying a piece before going for the topping I found it has a (sweet) buttery taste with a hint of salt. It is of the hard type of shortbread rather than the soft, which I would normally prefer, but in conjunction with the gooey topping it works well.
Given that these are so small and tempting it is unlikely you will keep them very long but if you do you will need your own container since the packet can't really be resealed.
Nutrition is probably the wrong word for it but this is what you get (per shortcake piece):
* Kcal: 86
* Carbohydrates: 8.1g
* Fat: 5.6g (saturates 2.0g)
Overall I would rate these very highly for quality but recommend them as no more than an occasional treat given the high levels of fat and sugar.
Recently a friend who I hadn't seen for a while called round at my house, and very kindly brought with her one of these packets of Thorntons mini caramel shortcakes, which I had never noticed in any of the supermarkets or shops before. Obviously I was aware of the brand of Thornton, but I did not realise that they had branched out into little bisuits as well.
This little packet contains 12 mini caramel shortcakes, and is currently on offer in tesco for £1.05, which I think is pretty reasonable for the number in the packet, albeit they are small and really just a bite, but they are a very nice treat. Inside the packet has been divided up like a sweet box into 12 little squares holding each shortcake. On the front of the packet, there is a rather enticing picture of the shortcakes, as well as a description that would make your mouth water stating that these 'shortcake sqyares (are) covered with a delicious caramel layer and topped with smooth milk chocolate'. Now, I have tried Thorntons chocolate before like most people, and I am a fan, even though I tend to have more of a savoury tooth.
Each shortcake is thickly layered with a biscuit base, then a good 5mm off layer of caramel and then the rich milk chocolate on top. When you bite into one, the caramel really is the overwhelming taste that you get, alongside the biscuit, rather than any of the chocolate, so if you are not a fan of caramel, then you would be advised to avoid this, as you really can't get away from its taste. Luckily for me, I enjoy caramel, and I really loved the thick sweet caramel taste in my mouth, that lingers even after you have finished. The major problem with these however is that they are ridiculously addictive - it is virtually impossible to stop at one, and you very quickly find yourself reaching for another, and then I really need to restrain myself.
My husband is usually the one with the sweet tooth in our home, however, I really love these caramel shortcrusts, and could eat them all day long. As I said, I don't think £1.05 is a bad price for these little treats, however I know that they are currently on offer from around £1.40, an I don't know that I would buy them at that price, given that they really won't last long in your house due to the additiveness of them. I certainly woudl buy them if I see them on offer, and they are a great little nibble to have out if you have guests round, as not only do they look rich and inviting, but taste just as good.
I seem to have a ridiculously sweet tooth nowadays and i seem to always have something that i can't resist jump out at me at the supermarket as i am walking at toddler pace. The last visit it was a pack of these caramel shortcakes, which are sometimes found elsewhere as millionairres shortbread. A gooey delicious piece of heaven if done right. One of my old work colleagues used to make me this as a treat when i was pregnant so i think it was a bit of nostalgia that made me choose these.
Firstly, price - currently these are on offer at Tesco for only £1. Now that appeals immediately to my sense of being a bargain hunter, although really a cunning ploy as i would have been less likely to indulge at the normal price of between £1.40 and £1.60 in the supermarkets. (mysupermarket.com on 1/4/11)
The outside of the pack is a plastic sleeve which is heat sealed at each end. The pack is slightly different to the one shown in the picture above. The pack is mainly a dark chocolatey brown in colour, but the branding has been moved over to the left hand side of the pack. The orange band going vertically up the pack is now thinner, with lighter stripes, and the Thorntons logo and product information is in a white and light orange striped box that looks a bit like a page torn from a notebook. The product is now placed on a white plate, which makes it stand out really well.
On opening the pack, there was a gold tray inside with 12 slots to hold the 12 pieces of shortbread. Each one was not quite one inch square, and looked appealing in the pack. There wasn't much scent to the product before tasting, and each bit is really only one bite for an adult. Maybe 2 bites for a smaller child. There is no way of resealing the outer pack, so i could imagine the cakes would go stale if not kept in a box of some sort once opened.
I found that they looked really pleasant, with the 3 layers of biscuit base, caramel middle and chocolate topping to all be substantial. One thing i noticed was that the caramel was quite firmly set compared to the homemade version i am used to. Tasting the squares, i noticed that the shortbread was suitably buttery, and the flavours all worked nicely together. They were a little on the too sweet side even for my sweet tooth, but not too sweet that one was enough for me unfortunately.
There is 71kilocalories per square, so if you are disciplined enough to only eat one, then you might be onto a winner, but if you are like me, the whole pack will soon disappear. If i had will power, these were dated to last about 5 weeks after i purchased them, and they disappeared in our house in one day. (I swear i didn't eat them all.)
Overall, i would definitely buy them again, particularly at £1. I think i would buy them as a little treat if someone was coming to visit though. They would look great on a serving plate with cups of tea. I don't think i would buy them as a normal snack as i think they are just too sweet and not helping my sugar addiction. Best to leave temptation in the shop for me.
Allergy advice is that the squares contain milk, soya, gluten, wheat and oats, and may contain traces of nuts. These are also a product that vegetarians can eat. A tasty treat from a well known chocolate brand.
I've just bought my second ever packet of these as they're currently on offer at Tesco (well,my local Tesco Express at least...) for a pound.Normal price is £1,52 though,which I think is pretty good for a Thorntons product anyway.
I absolutely love millionaire's shortbread and have tried pretty much every version of it I've seen in various shops and bakeries, but I think these Thornton's ones will take some beating now.Although they're "mini",they're the perfect size in my opinion, and I tend to have 3 or 4 in one sitting,which probably equates to around half the size of a bar you would buy at a bakery.The biscuit is nice and crumbly (I believe there's a time and a place for harder shortbread,and little luxuries like this isn't it),the caramel is super soft and almost creamy,and the chocolate is a good quality milk chocolate layer which isn't too thick or thin. Actually the chocolate to caramel to shortbread ratio is pretty good,there isn't too much of one thing or not enough of another, which makes eating this little squares a very enjoyable experience indeed!
I'm not sure when the £1 offer at Tescos runs out,but these deals don't tend to last very long...
I popped down to co-op today as I fancied some fresh bread for lunch, as the small Tesco I usually do my top-up shops at doesn't sell fresh bread. While I was in the co-op I spotted these on one of the shelves and thought I'd give them a try as it's been a long time since I had what I know as 'millionaires shortbread' and Thornton's is a well known brand so I doubted that I would be disappointed in the quality.
For just under £2 you get 12 mini caramel shortcakes, each roughly 1" square, in a vacuum packed tray covered in a plastic packaging (seen in the photo) to keep them fresh. You may think these seems like quite alot of money however if you compare it to Mr Kipling cakes - they're only a little cheaper and you get less cake, also caramel shortcake is very sweet and therefore you only tend to eat a small amount at a time.
I would say that Thornton's have got the packaging just right for this product - not too little and not too much, so there isn't any unnecessary wastage. The outer packaging is nicely designed with a tempting photo of the contents and brief item description, followed by all the details on the back that we have come to expect on food packaging.
Now for the taste test - I've had 'millionaires shortbread' from a large number of different manufacturers over the years and although this isn't the best I've ever eaten, it's certainly very good. The consistency is just right and while the biscuit is crumbly, the caramel helps hold it together so that you don't get crumbs all over the place.
There's not too much on any one part (the biscuit, caramel and chocolate) - the balance is just right, to give you a decent sample of the flavour of each, without any one becomming over powering. The taste is very rich which is just the way this sort of thing should be and I find I can only eat one or two at a time - which if you think about it is a good thing as it's kinder on the pockets and the hips! The only slight compaint I would have in regards to the taste is that I think there is maybe a little too much sugar in the shortcake base - I think this could easily be cut down without affecting the taste in a negative way.
Overall I would recommend these if you've got a craving for caramel shortcake, or indeed if you've never tried it before and would like to give it a go for the first time. It should be obvious though that due to the nature of the product, it isn't suitable for diabetics.
These mini caramel shortcakes are part of the small Thorntons selections which you can now buy in most supermarkets as well as in thorntons stores. They are generally priced around £2 and each pack contains 12 little bitesize squares.
The shortcakes come in a plastic divider tray which keeps them all from sticking together. The tray is then wrapped in the foil you can see in the picture. On the outer packaging, the description states these are "A delicious crunchy biscuit base, topped with a thick layer of caramel and Thorntons milk chocolate".
Each shortcake square measures about 1" all round. The base is like a dense, crumbly, buttery biscuit which is much finer than a digestive base. It's more reminiscent of a moist shortbread and it has a lovely soft texture. The caramel layer is lovely and thick. It is very soft with a buttercream like texture and it tastes very sweet, rich and creamy with a nice toffee taste to it. On top of the caramel is a thick square of the classic Thorntons milk chocolate of which all their products such as Easter eggs are made. It is a mild and sweet chocolate.
These are really delicious little treats and a pack doesn't last long at all! It's hard to stop at just one. They are suitable for vegetarians but may contain traces of nuts so would not suit anyone with a nut allergy.
Nutrition wise, per square you're looking at 86kcal, 2g sat fat and 6.6g of sugar so these are definately not something that should be eaten all the time but since they're so tasty then you should definately treat yourself occassionally!
I love nice biscuits and cakes. You know the one's I mean, from brands I'm aware of and have nice packaging and are a little more expensive than value ones and the likes. I have them as a treat with a cuppa, but only very occasionally!
Thortons products I love and see them as a little touch of luxury and so when I spotted these the other day in Asda costing £1.42 a pack I decided they really must come home with me for an all important taste test!
The shortcakes come in a see-through plastic tray, lined up. Over that they are covered by a brown coloured, foil wrapper. On the front of the wrapper there is a photograph of the shortcakes and I am told that they are Thorntons 'The art of chocolatier', 12 Mini Caramel Shortcakes 'A delicious crunchy biscuit base, topped with a thick layer of caramel and Thortons milk chocolate' and there best before date is clearly stamped on. On the back of the wrapper other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, a full nutritional chart is listed and contact details for Thortons are stated. Nice quality packaging and of course it is informative enough.
The Caramel Shortcakes:
Well these are small in appearance though rather thick and square in shape. They smell sweet and somewhat chocolaty and are well formed, smooth and tidy looking in their appearance really!
What you get is a moist shortcake biscuit base. It is a little on the creamy side and crumbly whilst as I just said moist. Then you get a thick layer of gooey golden coloured caramel and this bit is incredibly sweet indeed. Although its gooey it doesn't get you in a mess to be fair to it and it does melt in the mouth but to me it was just far too sweet and sickly! The chocolate, although thick and smooth and milk actually, for me got lost in flavour and was wasted because the sugary caramel over took everything but the shortcake biscuit texture.
Very nice looking shortcake biscuits these are. Unmessy to eat and eaten one at a time...maybe. However for me these are far to sickly sweet and made me feel a bit ill after just a couple of them. I can do sweet foods too but sadly these are not for me!
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
of which sugars: 6.6g
of which saturates: 2.0g
Available in all good supermarkets etc.