“ Brand: Thorntons / Type: Cake „
I'm always sceptical about buying Thorntons cakes. I am not a huge fan of their chocolate due to thinking it is a bit sickly. Therefore, I often assume that their cakes might be the same. However, I'm glad to say I was wrong! I picked these up in Asda where they cost £1.00 for 5 individually wrapped cake bars. As you can see from the picture, the packaging is elegant, with a large realistic picture of the product on the front. There is a large Thorntons logo to the upper of the packet and there is a large band towards the left stating what the product is. They can be found is the biscuit and cake aisle, with the other premium brand cake products.
On opening the outer wrapping I saw that the cakes are in a plastic tray. Each cake is wrapped in thick dark brown plastic, with a see-through bit so you can see the cake inside. Again, there is a white Thorntons logo and a description of whats inside. The cake itself is a generous size, probably about 3 inches long, one inch wide and one inch tall. The cake is coated in thick milk chocolate with milk chocolate detailing on the top. Inside the chocolate, there is a good portion of toffee coloured cake which is a bright brown colour in orange and looks very rich and sticky. Topping this there is a generous layer of toffee which looks thick and stikcy and a sort of buttercream.
Biting into the cake, the first thing I could taste was the toffee. This was rich, thick and had a really nice flavour to it. Then the buttercream which was thick, creamy and very good quality, this was probably my favourite part of the cake. There was a really good amount of chocolate which really complemented the cake, this was true to Thorntons name and was thick, creamy and smooth. There was just enough chocolate not to make it sickly. The cake itself was moist and soft, it had a subtle toffee taste to it and tasted very good, especially when complemented by all the other ingredients.
Obviously, due to all the really tasty ingredients, these cakes aren't going to be very good for your waistline! However, they make a really nice treat every once in a while. Per cake contains 177 calories, 15g sugar, 9.9g fat (5.2g saturates) and 0.06g sodium.
I really enjoyed these cakes and although they are from a premium band, I was really impressed by them. Every ingredient in them was of really obvious high quality and all of them complemented each other really well. Thorntons obviously spent a lot of time and effort getting these cakes just right and they are perfect! I would recommend these to anyone, but especially fans of toffee and chocolate!
I went to my mother in laws the other weekend and she was kind enough to give us lunch whilst we were there. After lunch she said she had a nice cake for us all. I am never one to turn down cake so I was ready to accept all offerings.
She handed me an individual Thornton's toffee cake bar. I am not a fan of toffee as a flavour in cakes, but I wasn't going to hand it back without at least trying it, so I accepted gracefully and proceeded to open the wrapper.
Thornton's as a brand are quite classy, and their process usually reflects this. To be fair however the quality of the products are on the top end of the scale as well so I was expecting good things.
The wrapper was quite flimsy for such a quality brand, but it also peeled away easily leaving the cake showing through the wrapper.
The cake bar was fairly small, and I was expecting it to be bigger, but I soon realised there was a reason for the size and that was going to be due to the taste. Approximately an inch wide by two inches long, it could easily be devoured in a couple of mouthfuls. I am too much of a lady to eat my cakes like this, but for anyone who doesn't appreciate taste and texture could easily manage this.
Appearance wise the cake looks appetising. The chocolate is milk chocolate but a deep brown in colour with plenty of white chocolate decoration on the top in the form of lattice squares. I do like Thornton's for their appearance, they always seem to look that little bit nicer than cheaper brands.
Biting into my cake for the first time, my taste buds were met with soft melt in your mouth cake that when mixed with the smooth butter cream and a hint of colder liquid, my mouth was filled with toffee.
I didn't have to chew my cake very much, apart from the crispness of the chocolate as it crunched through my mouth. The cake almost dissolved against me without any effort at all.
The flavour was very strong of toffee and if you're not a fan then I don't think you will like this cake very much. Every section of the cake is toffee flavoured but it's not too sickly or an overdose of toffee in itself.
I think that Thornton's could have made one of the ingredients another more neutral flavour to compliment the toffee but they are the manufacturers and not me.
The cake is made up of toffee flavoured sponge, toffee buttercream and toffee sauce, coupled with some milk chocolate.
I was quite pleased that the bar wasn't too big as when I had finished it I realised that the small cake really is enough in one sitting. Whilst it's not sickly mouthful to mouthful, eating too much of it in one go really would be too much for the average palette.
Straight away after eating this I knew it was going to be extremely bad for me. I was almost tempted not to find out, but for the purposes of research I knew I had to discover the horrible truth.
Once cake bar will provide you with 177 calories and 9.9grams of fat. That's an extortionate amount of fat for such a tiny cake, but well worth it for a treat.
You will get five bars in the packet for around £1.40. Whilst they are on the high price scale for a packet of cake bars, give them a try if you fancy a bit of a treat now and again.
I recently treated myself to some Individual Toffee Cakes from the wonderful Thorntons. Thorntons generally are a great chocolatier and the quality of their chocolate is really high class. I occasionally pop into their shops just to stare in awe, as they are pretty expensive. When i saw some Thorntons products on the shelf of the supermarket, I could not resist... it's annoying how they get you when you least expect it!! Anyway, I instantly put them in my trolley.
I bought them without thinking too much. They were absolutely delicious and worthy of being bought without much thought. They didn't need much thought - just buy them. You will not be disappointed!
They come in packs of five and it is pretty easy to eat all five in one sitting if you are a pig like me! I wouldn't recommend it though. They are pretty sickly after 4! They are individually wrapped so Thorntons obviously do not intend you to eat all in one sitting. If you have some self control then rest assured you can keep these cakes for a while and they will stay good and fresh.
The cakes are a fair size for a little treat. They are soft and spongy and moist. The cake centre has a layer of toffee sauce and a layer of buttery toffee cream. It is then all encased in delicious Thorntons chocolate.
I often find that cake bars leave my teeth feeling funny because of the poor quality and high sugar content but not so with these Thorntons cake bars.
They costs about £1.40 for a packet of 5 cake bars. This is a real bargain for a delicious treat.
"Thorntons Individual Toffee Cakes" are superior quality individual bar-shaped cakes from one of the UK's favourite chocolate companies. They can be purchased in packs of five from the bakery shelves of the major supermarkets such as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco. They are, in fact, part of a special offering for supermarkets and are not available from Thorntons chocolate shops or the Thorntons online store.
~ Packaging ~
The five cake bars are individually cellophane-wrapped and presented on a lightweight gold-coloured plastic tray that protects and separates them. Everything is enclosed in a foil covering, silvered on the inside, to ensure freshness by protecting from light and smells.
The packaging is predominantly a dark rich chocolate colour with the familiar "Thorntons - the Art of the Chocolatier" logo. Beneath is an appetizing photographic illustration of two cakes; one cut in half to show the scrumptious layers of toffee sponge, sauce and buttercream within. To the right is a golden band with the product name, best before date and a brief mouth-watering description of the cakes. On the reverse there is the usual information on storage, ingredients, nutrition and allergy/dietary details.
Care should be taken transporting the cakes home as the packaging is not very rigid and only provides superficial protection from damage. There is no indication that any of the packing is recyclable.
~ Look, Smell and Taste ~
The appearance of the individual toffee cake is very attractive - much more appealing than your average supermarket bought mini cake bar. The little treat is made up of layers; first there is caramel coloured sponge, then a thin layer of toffee sauce and then a generous layer of toffee-flavoured buttercream. The entire creation is covered in Thorntons own delicious milk chocolate and decorated on top with a swirling figure-of-eight design in white chocolate.
The cake has a delicate sweet chocolate and caramel smell, and once you bite into it a stronger aroma of treacle becomes apparent.
I often find myself disappointed with the sponge in mini cake bars from other manufacturers as it can have the consistency of compressed fluff. Happily, the cake layer in the Thorntons bars is full of air bubbles and reminiscent of homemade sponge. The lovely layer of toffee sauce and the fluffy toffee-flavoured buttercream keep the treat moist. The gorgeous Thorntons chocolate covering is reasonably thick and holds well to the cake. The overall combination is heavenly!
~ Price guide ~
I recently purchased a 5 pack of 'Thorntons Individual Toffee Cakes' for £1.34 from my local Asda supermarket.
~ Verdict ~
Lovely occasional treat, probably most suited to adults. They look very pretty and are a nice item to offer your guests. They are a little more expensive than other mini cake bars, but worth the extra.
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