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Some things just tower over their competitors; skyscraper builders have been trying to outdo each other for years. Athletes do it, but some are just too good and you are only ever going to be second at best. Such is the case too with chocolate biscuits. Obviously there are many chocolate biscuit on the market and each has its own place in the ranking, but this baby is by far tops in my book.
Tunnocks have been in existence since 1890, but it was until the 1950's when they introduced four new products that business boomed. All of these products is still sell in millions and in my humble opinion they are all the absolute pinnacle of confection or biscuiteering. For they have everything everything.
Teacakes are good, very good Snowballs are probably better, marginally, Caramel wafers are divine, but the humble Caramel Log reigns supreme in my book, not just as a Tunnocks product but as a biscuit in general.
A caramel log is basically a super glorified caramel wafer, but it is the addition of the extra ingredient that makes the biscuit so special, for that ingredient is coconut. toasted and golden and rolled onto each biscuit to give it a rough yet sublimely interesting covering.
The layers of crispy sweet wafer, sandwiched together with vanilla cream, are classic in their conception, but topped with sweet sticky caramel, and finally covered in chocolate................genius in itself. Then some absolute mind blowing brilliance, when the smooth and warm chocolate is still hot cover further with tasted coconut and voila you have perfection.
The textures and sensations when eating a Caramel Log are too numerous to mention for they are also constantly changing depending on the mouthful. Crispy, crunchy, chewy, soft, sweet, chocolatey are just a few adjectives which can only scrap the surface of the orgy of pleasures hidden inside the rd and gold packaging.
They are messy to eat, and that may actually be part of the attraction, catching the falling grains of coconut as you take each bite. Taste wise they are incomparable for I have not come across another biscuit which near compares to the sheer decadence of this beauty. At about five inches long, one inch wide, and almost an inch high they are perfect in their size as much as they are in taste. Chewy bites of crispy coconut, mingled with delicious chocolate, boy they are just so blinking good there are no words to adequately describe them.
At 89p for a packet of four you are getting the best quality of ingredients masterfully crafted into the most exquisite biscuit man has ever created. It is highly unlikely this combination will ever be beaten, it is just so skilfully put together that it was an instant winner.
Tunnock's Caramel Logs...........
Ok so after sucking on nearly a whole packet of Werther's Originals I still wasn't able to keep away from the kitchen at work and stay out of the biscuit box. The main reason being these Tunnock's Caramel Logs which everyone was going on about.
I have never before seen these for sale anywhere and I am unsure where the lady who buys all the biscuits had actually purchased them from but usually she either goes to Tesco's or Morrison's and gets things that are on a special offer of some sort. I do know however that they came in a multi packet of 8 bars per pack and I was luckily enough to get the last bar! (I do also know after looking on T'Internet that you can get a smaller more family friendly pack of 4 bars!)
The packaging on these bars looks very different to the Tunnock's Caramel Wafers which I am very familiar with. The design of these Logs looks very old style and slightly outdated although certainly sets itself apart from all the other biscuit bars that are on the market. The wrapping is shiny yellow/orange and has a very simple bold white text on the front. Again as you would expect the outer wrapping has all the information you should need such as nutritional info and contact details.
So what you are actually getting with each bar is 32grams of pure bliss! I couldn't really believe how nice these bars were and found them to be tons better than the classic Tunnock's Caramel Wafers which I also really like. The bar is basically a wafer and caramel biscuit covered in a chocolate flavoured coating and sprinkled with roasted coconut. The roasted coconut has got to be the part that surprised me the most when uncovering the bar from its wrapper and not being a huge coconut fan I wasn't sure I was going to like it. However it was probably this part which made it taste so nice.
The bar itself felt not as hard as the Classic Tunnock's Caramel Wafer and there seemed to be more wafer and less caramel in this bar in comparison. The caramel felt lighter although was still wonderfully chewy and sweet and worked well when eaten with the wafer biscuit. The chocolate flavoured coating is very thin and doesn't really give an overly chocolate sensation to the bar but just enough to make it that little bit more appealing. The roasted coconut that is covering the outer layer of the bar is so tasty and I really enjoyed eating it although this has to be the messiest part too!
All the elements that make up this bar really work well together and create a truly amazing new chocolate bar that tastes great. But with every up there is a down and the down part of this story is that there is 5.4 grams of saturated fat in one bar alone! The calorie content is not too bad at 150 calories per bar but the saturated fat is really very high and therefore these shouldn't be eaten too often - no matter how tasty they are!!!
All in all though I glad I succumbed to eating one of these at work as I will probably steer well clear of buying them for home as they are just far too tasty and I could see myself eating a whole multi packet in one go! I do think a 4 out of 5 star rating and the minus marks only being because they really are too high in saturated fat!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Yesterday I was advised to try Tunnock's Caramel Log. We live in a small town in Surrey, so in our local Sainsbury's there is no such treat. I just kept in my mind to buy it once I see. We went to the shop yesterday to buy lactose free milk (all of us have lactose intolerancy) but there wasn't any. I had to go to the other town by train to buy milk in Tesco. I checked whether they have Caramel Log, and yes!!! They had. That's why I can write this review...
This roasted coconut covered wafers are also made by T. Tunnock Ltd. in Uddingston, Scotland. The T. Tunnock Ltd. was founded by Thomas Tunnock in 1890. His family operated the company as a bakery until the 1950s. As their products such as Caramel Wafers, Snowballs, Caramel Logs and Teacakes were very successful the company developed very well. You can take a look at the manufacturer's site if you visit http://www.tunnock.co.uk/ .
Price and package
Caramel Logs are sold in a pack of four. At least I haven't seen larger pack. The wrapper is golden and the Caramel Log label is written with big white letters. Each bar is wrapped separately in similar golden wrapper. The bars weight 32 grams.
As I mentioned before, I bought them in Tesco. It wasn't on offer, so its price was 0.71 pounds. I found that Tunnock's products are never or almost never on offer. They really know the secret why we buy it regularly! Lol
I cannot fulfil everybody's wishes. I believe that ingredients are important, so please if you are not interested skip this paragraph. I have a very kind friend of mine who has a lot of food allergies so I think listing the ingredients is important.
So the ingredients are: Caramel 49% (Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Invert Sugar Syrup, Vegetable Oil, Flavour, Emulsifier-Soya Lecithin (E322)), Wheat Flour, Desiccated Coconut (13%), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Rusk (from Wheat), Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder (from Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier-Soya Lecithin (E322), Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Vanillin.
As it is a sweet treat it contains a lot of yummy things which means 150 kcal per bar. Well it is quite a lot if I think to my treadmill's calorie counter. Each bar contains 21 grams of carbohydrate, about half of it is sugar. The fat content of a bar is 6.7 grams (21%) which is quite a lot too.
As I opened the wrapper the wafers were covered in chocolate then rolled in roasted coconut. I love coconut, so I thought this bar will be like heaven (especially after the high recommendation). It had lovely coconut smell. I have to admit that I wasn't amazed after tasting it.
It had mostly coconut taste but I didn't enjoy it as much as the non-roasted coconut. The texture was similar to the simple caramel wafer biscuit. The taste of caramel wasn't as dominant as the coconut. The bars are similar size at appearance. This one weights 2 grams more, little difference.
So to sum up it was a nice sweet, but I prefer Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Biscuit to Caramel Log. Naturally I recommend it because it was really good. I just can't forget the other product of Tunnock's. Sorry Caramel Log, your place in my heart is just the second...
I'll be honest, I only really got into these because of my grandad. He used to love them - unfortunately now he can't manage them, as they are very chewy. Definitely a jaw exercising treat if ever there was one!
The Tunnocks are family bakers based in Uddingston, Scotland and the company was formed by Thomas Tunnock in 1890. The company expanded in the 1950s, and it was at this time that the core products were introduced to the lines. The company has continued to expand, and now employs 550 staff. Tunnock's products are instantly recognisable due to their distingushable packaging: Bright red "CARAMEL" lettering is in a white triangle, bordered by a thick red line. This is then placed on top of a most attractive red and gold stripped foil. Initially, a cartoon boys face was also visable. This has now disappeared!
The caramel wafers consist of five layers of wafer, interspersed with four layers of caramel. The whole bar is then coated in chocolate: both milk (134 calories) and dark (137 calories) chocolate version are available. The milk chocolate version is wrapped in red and gold coloured foil, whilst the plain chocolate wrapping is coloured blue and gold. The wrappers of the milk chocolate version bear the wording "more than 4,000,000 of these biscuits made and sold every week" - a certain testament to the popularity of the chewy bar.
Each bar weighs 26.5g. The wafer, when sandwiched together is approximately 20mm high and 25mm wide, making it a decent sized chocolate bar! They are reasonably priced, coming in at 71p for a pack of four bars (106g) or £1.35 for a pack of eight bars (212g).
Tunnocks is an iconic biscuit manufacterer best known for its teacakes and the caramel wafer. Personally I dont like either of those biscuits very much but I am very partial to a caramel log.
Available in its singular form from many corner shops for around 30p or about £1 for a 4 pack it provides an excellent snack.
The picture dooyoo has provided is out of date. Caramel logs now come in smart gold packaging and are sealed to keep them fresher for longer.
Caramel logs or to give them their proper name, a caramel log wafer, is basically a pimped up version of the boring old caramel wafer. A caramel wafer is a bar consisting of five layers of wafer interspersed with four layers of chewy caramel but the outer layer of chocolate and roasted coconut make all the difference.
When you open with your caramel log you are instantly hit with the smell of the caramel and coconut. The outer layer of brown toasted coconut is pretty crumbly and prone to making a mess everywhere. Be prepared to bite down hard to get a mouthfull of caramel log as these are extremely substantial biscuits and take a lot of dedicated chewing to finish them.
The taste is divine, the quality of the caramel (made with condensed milk) really stands out and mingles really well with the coconut. They are not particularly sweet, the coconut gives them a lovely nutty flavour and they are a delight to eat.
These are pretty high in calories with 150 calories per biscuit but worth it for a treat. I can eat the four pack in a single sitting if I'm not careful, If I'm alone I will scrape the top layer of chocolate and coconut off with my teeth and then dismantle it layer by layer but in company have to sit and eat it bite by bite.
This is an ideal treat to have with your mid morning coffee although dunking is not advisable. A quality biscuit from a quality Scottish company which hits all the right spots when you have a craving for something sweet and chewy.