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      03.04.2013 18:33

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      Amazing product wish I knew of it before, will be getting it for my baby all the time now.

      I'm a first time mum with a very cheeky little monkey as a son, I had serious difficulty trying to get him to drink formula from the start. Weaning wasn't such an issue but I was worried he was not getting enough calcium in his diet. He refused to drink blue top milk even, so I was forced to look at other means. That is where this bread comes in, whilst talking to a social worker they mentioned this bread and how good it is. The fact that it has calcium in it is great for weaning babies who are going off their milk. My little man goes through three pieces a day with each slice having approx 29g of calcium in every slice you can't go wrong. He especially likes it with butter and scrambled egg on top. For the price it is worth it knowing that my baby is now getting the right amount of calcium a day.

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      23.03.2013 20:03
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      Great loaf of bread for children and people with small appetites

      I recently discovered this bread after a stomach operation which meant I couldn't really eat thick bread. The bread is circular and very thin, which is perfect at the moment! The slices aren't very big which is very handy. People with small appetites may also enjoy this bread.
      I have also found it tastes very nice toasted. I'm not a huge lover of toast but with a bit of peanut butter on top this bread is amazing.

      This loaf of bread does taste slightly different to a more 'normal' shaped loaf of bread but, this is probably due to the milk in it. I would personally say it has a more sweeter taste to it. Due to this fact I think children will probably love it!

      The bread is in bright blue packaging so you can't really miss it on the shelves. Although, it is quite hard to find. So far, I have found Sainsbury's to be the only place in my area selling it. It is currently priced at 85p for a 400g loaf. This bread is suitable for home freezing which is handy to know as I always keep a spare in the freezer.

      The bread is suitable for vegetarians but, contains gluten, wheat, milk and soya.

      Nutritional information per slice:
      - Calories: 47
      - Protein: 2.0g
      - Carbohydrate - 8.3g
      - Sugars - 0.7g
      - Fat: 0.5g
      - Saturates: 0.2g
      - Fibre: 0.4g
      - Sodium: 0.07g
      - Salt: 0.18g

      The bread also contains 29mg of calcium per slice.

      Make a sandwich for your child/children's lunch box and see their friends be amazed at circular bread. Also, because of the smaller slices there may not be as much waste either. If you have a small appetite though, then this bread is absolutely perfect. I find I can't manage to eat a sandwich made with a normal loaf of bread but, I can happily and easily eat a sandwich made from the milk roll bread. There isn't a lot of slices in the loaf and if you have a slightly larger family you may find you need to get more than one to last you the week.

      I would definitely recommend this load of bread to others. It's now a regular on my shopping list!

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        30.03.2010 23:13
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        Poor Quality Roll

        In my ongoing quest to discover the perfect lunch box sandwich. I decided to give Warburtons Blackpool Milk Roll a go. It was to be a first for my six year old son. I remember eating it when I was very young - perfectly formed, soft, very white sandwiches! As I live in Blackpool, what could be better?

        Sadly, all other options I have tried are better! On removing the first slice from the packet, it appeared dry and stale around the edges. White in the middle but discoloured towards the crust. I assumed that this could be put down to 'first and last slice imperfection'. I often find that the first and final slices of a loaf of bread are quite dry and unappetising.
        I am not alone - today I discovered a Facebook Group 'I skip the first slice of bread in a new loaf'.

        Unfortunately, the quality of the bread did not improve. I had bought two loaves!!! The only solution was to cut off the crust and offending stale area with a pair of scissors (thus increasing my sandwich preparation time, sob!).
        After making my sons lunch, I really couldn't be bothered to remove the crusts for my own and endured the dry roll the next day.
        The packet claims 'a thin slice and soft crust'. I think not! Although I do not dispute that the slice is thin.

        Each 18.4g slice contains 46 wasted kcal's, 2.0g protein, 8.3g
        Carbohydrate of which are sugars 0.7g.
        Fat content is 0.5g, of which saturates 1.3.
        Fibre 0.4g
        Sodium 0.08g
        Salt 0.20g
        Calcium 29mg - 'with calcium for healthy teeth and bones', the recommended intake of calcium for a child aged 4-8 years is 800mg, increasing to 1,300mg at ages 9-18.
        That is a lot of milk roll to consume!

        The roll can be found in the bread aisle. It has distinctive pale blue packaging and predominantly white writing. It's look and text are very child friendly.

        My son actually loved the taste, although he has not yet tried it with the crust. He also enjoyed it toasted covered in chocolate spread, yuk!

        I paid 72p for a 400g roll. I certainly won't be buying this for myself again. I will buy it once in a while as my son is now asking for it. There is no accounting for taste!

        Warburtons - Family Bakers since 1876, you'd think they would have got it right by now!!

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          25.02.2010 11:57
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          Not bad but not great either to be honest!

          Getting through so much bread me and my mate who were on holiday recently were spending a fortune on the stuff which is why when we were in Sainsbury's and saw this reduced from it's usual price of 69p a loaf to 35p we decided to give it a go!

          The Packaging:

          Blue and white plastic bag with the slices lined up single file inside and tied to one end. On the front and the back of the bag I'm told it is Warburtons 'Family Bakers Since 1876' and that it is Milk Roll 'With calcium for healthy teeth & bones' and that it is a thin slice and soft crust loaf. Other information on the bag includes an at a glance nutritional chart as well as a full nutritional rundown chart, I'm told it is suitable for home freezing and is also suitable for Vegetarians, ingredients and allergy advice is listed and contact details for Warburtons are also given. Nice enough informative bag and easy to defrost naturally due the size of the slices and also easy to reseal the bag and keep it frozen if preferred.

          The Bread Itself:

          Thin, white and in squares with a delicate light golden brown crust on each slice, the slices of this are really small and extremely light in feel. Taste wise it has a slight taste of milk to it which it should have considering it is called milk roll and it is seasoned well enough. It is a really light and airy bread not bad for using for sandwiches etc but rubbish for toast unless you like crispy toast of course!

          This to me and my mate doesn't taste of that much really, though due to the fact you can't criticise it really. Stays fresh in a bread bin for a good 2-3days and like I stated at the top of this review it is suitable for home freezing and defrosting with ease as well!

          Nutritional Information Per Slice:

          Calories; 46
          Sugars: 0.7g
          Fat: 0.5g
          Saturates: 0.2g
          Salt: 0.20g
          Fibre: 0.4g

          Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at about 69p a loaf.

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            20.02.2010 21:14
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            Milky goodness!

            I first came across Warburton's milk roll over a year ago, and since then have become addicted to the stuff!

            With this loaf being called a milk roll, you'd expect it to contain more milk than a normal loaf of bread. And you'd be right! The higher milk volume means that the bread contains more calcium per slice, which as we all know is very useful for keeping teeth and bones healthy. The higher milk content also means that the bread tastes a lot sweeter than other loafs. This taste takes a little getting used to initially and I find that I need to be very sparse when applying butter or margarine as too much can leave this already sweet bread tasting very sickly.

            When you open the packet, the first thing you notice is the shape. Unlike most other breads, this bread is circular. I don't know the reasons behind this, but it certainly makes the slices very distinctive. The slices also seem thinner than normal bread. Due to this thinness, the bread is very light and is ideal for snacks and thinly-cut sandwiches. My personal fave is a sandwich consisting of lettuce, cucumber and thinly sliced cheddar. The creaminess of the bread compliments the cheese perfectly.

            However, the thinness of the bread does have its drawbacks. The main problem I find is that when toasting it's all too easy for the bread to burn if you're not vigilant. On the other hand, leave it in the toaster for the right amount of time and the bread becomes lovely and crispy .

            While the slices are thin, the crusts more than make up for this. They are absolute beasts! Imagine two crusts of normal bread stuck together and you get some idea about the thickness of the milk roll's crusts. They are way too thick to use for conventional sandwiches, you simply cannot taste any of the filling in the middle! There's also no way you'd get them in a standard toaster, however they do toast quite nicely under the grill and if you melt some cheese on top they come out tasting divine.

            If you like white bread then I'd recommend giving this roll a try. Annoyingly not all shops stock this bread, so your best bet is with the supermarkets who charge around 70p. It's one of the more healthy white breads around, due in large part to its milk content. For those curious about nutritional information, each slice contains the following:

            Energy 46 kcal (46 calories)
            Protein 2.0g
            Carbohydrate 8.2g
            Fat 0.5g
            Fibre 0.5g
            Sodium 0.1g
            Calcium 29mg

            This bread isn't suitable for those allergic to milk (for obvious reasons!), wheat, gluten or Soya.

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              30.05.2005 21:10
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              In our house I am the only one who eats white bread, so it makes sense to buy a small loaf. I can't stand it when you buy a standard size loaf and have to throw half of it away because it is past its best. It's just so wasteful. Unfortunately, though, not all shops sell the smaller white loaves, so all too often I have to buy a larger loaf of bread whether I like it or not. However, one place where I have been able to get smaller loaves of bread is Sainsbury's. They sell one of my favourite breads, Warburtons Milk Roll, and it is this that I shall be reviewing today.

              When you see this on the shelf, something about it immediately catches your eye. It's not so much to do with the packaging - although this is quite striking in its own way - but more to do with the fact that the loaf is round and not square as you would normally expect. I don't think I've ever come across a round loaf before! This isn't the only thing that is unique about the loaf, however. Because it is made from milk, it is also full of calcium and is a good source of protein. How many white loaves can claim that…?!

              The Milk Roll - or Blackpool Milk Roll as it was originally called - is made by Warburtons. According to their website, they are the largest family owned bakery company in the UK. The company has been making bread since 1876 and is a family business which is now in its fifth generation. The company has become renowned for its high quality breads, rolls and fruited snacks and prides itself on using only the finest ingredients.

              The packet is fairly simple and, as you might expect, is made of plastic to ensure lasting freshness. It has the name, 'Milk Roll', in bold blue lettering across the front and this is set against a pale yellow background, which is surrounded by a red oval-shaped ring with the Warburtons emblem at the top. On either side of this is a pattern which looks like slices of the bread all lined up in a row. It is a golden-brown colour and looks very enticing. Both ends of the packet are light blue and have the word 'calcium' repeated over and over. Do you think they're trying to tell us something?!

              As you remove the sticky seal and open the packet, you are immediately met by a wonderful smell of freshly baked white bread. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest smells around. If you take a closer look at the loaf, you'll see that it looks like any other white loaf, except for the fact that it is round and the slices are slightly thinner than usual. Its crusts are golden brown and look nice and soft too. The bread also looks finer and more delicate than a standard sliced white loaf.

              The taste is not that different to any other white bread, although it is perhaps slightly sweeter. I like the wheaty flavour, as it gives it a freshly baked taste. I also like the softness of the bread and its unusually light texture. It doesn't take much chewing and is not as starchy as some other breads. Warburtons Milk Roll is also ideal for toasting. All you need is a generous dollop of butter and you are away! But beware: slices are quite thin and tend to burn easily when toasted.

              Warburtons Milk Roll is one of the healthier white breads around. As I mentioned, milk is one of the main ingredients used to make this bread. This means that it is an excellent source of calcium - an element which is essential for keeping teeth and bones healthy.

              Its ingredients include wheat gluten, soya and milk, so do not eat it if you are allergic to any of these.

              Each slice (average 18.2g) contains the following nutrition information:

              Energy 46 kcal (46 calories)
              Protein 2.0g
              Carbohydrate 8.2g
              Fat 0.5g
              Fibre 0.5g
              Sodium 0.1g
              Calcium 29mg

              According to the packet, Milk Roll should be stored in a cool dry place, but ideally not refrigerated. It is, however, suitable for home freezing but should be frozen on the day of purchase.

              Overall, I like this bread a lot and will definitely buy it again. Being a smaller loaf, it suits my needs well and tastes like a quality bread. The added milk gives it a lightness that standard white loaves simply cannot match. At 57p, it may be a little pricey, but it is still worth buying. Well done Warburtons!

              Recommended.

              www.warburtons.co.uk

              Warburtons Limited,
              Hereford Street,
              Bolton.
              BL1 8JB.

              0800 243684



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                04.06.2004 19:50
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                I?d seen Warburton?s milk roll before in my local Sainsbury?s but due to the smallish size and the largish price, I had always declined my temptation to make the purchase. However, on a recent trip to my local Sainsbury?s I spied a loaf that had been reduced from its usual 62p by a WHOPPING 20p leaving me to pay 42p! Now okay that might not count as bargain of the week, but at least it gave me a chance to try the product at a lesser price. Looking at the packet you?d be forgiven for thinking this product is anything but a loaf of bread. The unusual round shape of the loaf is far from the standard squarer shape of a normal loaf. The wrapping on the loaf is blue in the main with the word ?calcium? dotted on it, next is a ?wooden? effect background telling us a few details of the product. The product is made by Warburton?s who are a family business and in existence since 1876. So what?s different between the milk loaf and a normal loaf? Quite a bit actually! Firstly the shape and size of the loaf, it is about a similar length to a normal loaf, but the actual depth and width of the loaf is far shorter. Open the packet and you are faced with a round, rather than square loaf, which is sliced for your convenience. The slices fit into a toaster at four at a time, though you may have trouble getting the ?crusts? in as they are about three times as thick as the rather thin slices. So what was I expecting from the loaf? I personally love the lightness of breads such as Danish or nimble etc, the lightness when toasted is just unbeatable. So I guess I was sort of expecting something like that, which was more nutritional due to its added calcium. However what I got was a round loaf which apart from being sliced very thinly didn?t actually taste any different from that of a
                normal loaf. Its density was equal to a standard loaf, and the taste was too. The loaf does contain the preservative Calcium Propionate (w hich inhibits mould growth, and also contains skimmed milk (which is higher in calcium than other milks). Each slice is worth 46 calories; 8.2g carbohydrates; 0.9g sugars; 0.5g fat. Overall: I enjoyed this loaf and as a diabetic found that I could eat four slices of toast without it affecting my blood glucose as one or two slice of normal toast does. Now that?s probably down to the slices being smaller and thinner. However, I?m not totally convinced that the benefits of the extra calcium weigh up against the high price of the loaf. I guess anyone with osteoporosis or similar might benefit from it, but taking a calcium tablet might be cheaper and easier. The taste of the loaf was certainly no worse or no better than a standard normal loaf. It did toast very well, and I certainly did enjoy it ? but again I guess it?s a price thing. The loaf is suitable for freezing, contains dairy products, and storing in warm conditions may reduce its storage life. Recommended Thanks for reading ? Dave www.warburtons.co.uk 0800 243684

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                  30.11.2003 18:33
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                  Being an oldish lady I do find it quite tiring to prepare huge sunday roast dinners and main meals nowadays. When cooking for myself I tend to stick to the simpler things, namely hot buttered crumpets, sandwiches or toast. When it comes to the choice of bread i use for my toast or sandwiches there's only one choice for me. Warburtons white Milk roll bread. There's just something about the taste which seems so superior to most other brands. The bread slices are small, round shaped and quite thin but ample for a pensioner like myself and they don't stick together in on large mass when you try to freeze them for storage. You can just pop a slice into the toaster straight from frozen. Warburtons white milk roll loaf has a home baked and clean taste to it and makes perfect sandwiches. It also smells fabulous, almost as if it has just come out of the oven. It comes in a blue and cream plastic wrapper and is priced at 69p per loaf, which is a little on the expensive side but well worth the extra few pence. The bread does keep fairly well also, and doesn't go stale as quickly as some other brands. Try it toasted with loads of melted butter and beef dripping or smothered with bubbling cheese. Magic. Thank you for reading. Nancy.

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                    22.07.2003 13:52
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                    When I lived at home and had to make a shopping list for the coming week, brand names didn’t usually appear. I’d write “Cornflakes” and it went without saying that I meant Kellogg’s. Peanut butter meant Sunpat, and Coke meant proper Coca Cola, not that horrible rip off cheap stuff. With bread, the only thing I needed to specify was the shape – round or square. What we called “round bread” was this one, Warburtons Blackpool Milk Roll which I think has now dropped the “Blackpool” in its name. I’m not sure why this became my loaf of choice – perhaps it was the fact that it was “local” for me, or maybe it was the novel shape – but loaf of choice it did become, and for many years it was the only brand I ate. The loaves of this bread are shaped like barrels rather than the usual cuboids – that’s how you get the round slices. Each one is fairly thinly cut – around the same thickness of a normal medium load – and flimsy. While most loaves’ slices could be propped up against a pot of jam, trying this with one of these makes the slice collapse and fold in on itself. Because of this, the bread is best suited for thin-filling sandwiches – butter or jam or nutella or any other spread all work fine, but filling them with, say, salad and thick slices of meat and cheese can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. The width of the slices is less than the width of square bread, so they can fit in toasters. However, I’d not recommend this because due to the floppy-ness of the bread they’re prone to bending here and there in the heat and eventually getting stuck. Grilling works perfectly well, but you need to keep and eye on the bread because it doesn’t have quite the same consistency of “normal” varieties, and will burn quicker. The only exception is the crusts which are usually really thick and juicy. If I had it my way they&
                    #8217;d sell loaves which were just crusts as they really are my favourite part as long as they’re served as they come – not frozen and defrosted, and certainly not toasted. Cold, fresh lightly buttered round crusts. I’m drooling at the thought. Something that does occasionally happen with the Milk Roll loaf, and indeed with most other breads, is that the cutting machine goes a bit wrong and one crust pays the price – it comes out ultra thin, and with holes in, and the next slice in is then a crust/non-crust half breed with a normal outer but the remaining middle section of the crust tacked to its back. This seems to happen a fraction more frequently with round bread compared to square types, but it is still a very rare occurrence, thankfully. The taste is also slightly different. It’s a loaf with more milk than normal in which is good for you health-wise because it means it’s full of calcium. But, it also gives it a sweeter taste than some others, which may seem strange at first. For me of course it was the other way round, and I found square bread odd when I switched to it, because I was so used to the round stuff. Though different in many ways from the other Warburtons loaves, this one does have one thing in common with them – it tastes of quality. The bread is soft and delicious, and opening the packed releases a just-baked aroma into the room. I detest cheap value loaves with which you realise exactly why they only cost 7p a loaf the second you bite in, but this is not like these in the slightest. The bread can be frozen, but I usually prefer to eat it in the first few days after it has been bought. This is to do with the size and style of the slices again – they get “iced up” quicker than other loaves, and this does affect the taste once you’ve defrosted it. The loaf still comes wrapped in a plastic bag style affair despite some changes to other Warburtons packaging in recent
                    years and the introduction of waxed paper designs for added freshness. The sticky seal that comes with the bag is fine for keeping the loaves fresh in the store, but once opened you really need to use a proper tie or elastic band to keep it nice. Warburtons Milk Roll is an acquired taste, and the differing slice sizes and thicknesses take some getting used to, but children usually adore this stuff due to the sweeter taste and the fun value of the shape, and it’s an easy way to get them eating bread if they don’t normally care for it. It’s how I started, and I’m now a complete bread-a-holic. If you eat mass-produced bread and have a grill you might like it, but for those who prefer their breadmaker’s creations, or are die-hard toaster-users, this probably isn’t something you’ll be wanting to try. The 400g loaves cost 56p from Tesco.com, about the same price of other branded loaves. A wholemeal variety is available too, and in the past they’ve also had limited edition healthy eating / low fat loaves produced in this shape. The bread can be bought in all major supermarkets and many smaller grocery shops. www.warburtons.co.uk for info on this and the other products they make.

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