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A lot goes on in my kitchen. I love food, I love to cook, so I've vowed in 2014 that I will be reviewing more food products and cookery books as it's daft that I don't - of course normally, once I've got into the swing of cooking and then eating the resulting goodies, reviewing them is the least of my thoughts...time for some willpower!
One staple of Rarr Towers kitchens is the humble crumpet. They're quick, easy, comforting and yummy. But there are some evil imitations out there - Asda's own brand, I'm looking at you. And you at the back Tesco, thinking you can get away with skulking in the shadows blameless - your are naff as well.
Basically there is only one king of crumpets. Short of making them yourself, if you want a crumpet that is cushion-thick, cripsy and yet fluffy on the inside with good air holes, then you've got to go Warburtons. That insipid, flat, depressed looking alternative offered up by Asda is a crime against flour.
Now I'm a proper real bread advocate and I love to bake bread so I have made my own crumpets before, but one thing I am not is a morning person, and so usually I do buy in crumpets, unlike bread which is rarely in my kitchen from a supermarket shelf. I like my work-day breakfasts to be quick and easy and so these are perfect, and this is the only brand to get.
I feel guilty for supporting fake bread pedlars but in this instance needs must. Warburtons are basically a bread giant and if you haven't heard of them then congratulations on being able to live under rocks for extended periods of time.
Based on sales, they claim to be second only to Coca Cola in grocery business in the UK. Apparently they produce two million products per DAY. Christ, I can barely organise a sock drawer. In fact I don't even HAVE a sock drawer.
Wait for it - they are branching out into baked snacks. In short, they are successful. But I'm determined to stick in a moan here - they are still purveyors of fake bread. Their loaves have a place in the world, as do their crumpets, and I know I am on here giving a positive review to one of their products, but it is in context. But please, do yourself a favour, get yourself down to your local bakery, or even better knock up a proper loaf (so to speak) yourself. You'll know what's in it, and it will be good for your soul. This lot are still selling you the bread equivalent of garbage.
As I said, this is a positive review in context. I buy these and I like them. But given a day off, and some 'me time' in the kitchen, I'd prefer to belt out a batch of my own.
But when I've fallen out of bed, knackered and facing a whacking great commute, cursed with the female sensibility of wanting to look my best and having to slap on my face and dry my hair into something socially acceptable in the least amount of time possible so as to best utilise my sleeping hours, I just want to sling something in the toaster, whack the heat on, and get something satisfying out of it at the end. And for that, Warburtons offer the best option. Were I a lady of leisure, I would perfect the recipe of the crumpet and live in buttery comfort for the rest of my days (with a waistline of epic proportions, probably).
So, in context, here we go.
Nutrition first. One of these puppies will provide you with 98 calories. This is one thing I like about them - it's easy to keep a rough guess on the calorie consumption, whereas with bread, there's a lot of variation depending on the type, and whether you're a bookmark or a doorstop sort of a person.
You will also take on board 0.4g of fat - before you whack on a load of butter of course - and 1.1g of sugars, 0.1g saturated fat, 0.81g salt and 1.3g fibre. They contain wheat gluten, but no soya, egg, milk, sesame seeds, barley or rye.
A pack of six will set you back 98/90p although you can also buy them in bigger packs.
So what are they like? Well they're thick and fluffy, which is great because there's nothing more soul-destroying than biting into a flat, soulless crumpet of a morning. You have a good structure of air bubbles through the batter, and given a good and proper toasting you have a resulting breakfast that boasts a crisp top, spacious gaps for butter to run down into, and a crisp base. Meanwhile, the inside retains its soft fluffy texture, and these don't feel claggy, stick to your teeth or leave a nasty aftertaste.
Taste wise, they're nice. But they are a carrier for food, and they are what they are - a basic batter mixture. So it's a neutral taste which doesn't overpower anything and which doesn't do much on it's own. My preference is for a lashing of butter, the ultimate comfort food on a winter's morning, but you can basically go for your life. If I'm dieting I'll just have a scrape of marmite alone, but I've also tried egg mayonnaise. You could go sweet an treat it like an American pancake or waffle with syrups and chocolate, but for me, this is all fluff. Just stick some butter on it, wear a big jumper, put your slippers on and scoff. Or, shove it in your gob, guzzle down some tea and try not to get butter on your face and hair as you fall out of the door swearing at the Gods of employment.
So in conclusion, they're affordable, they're low fat, calorifically easy to keep measure of, they're filling enough and don't leave me hungry ten minutes later, and they definitely beat all competition on the mass-produced crumpet front. They're not home-cooked, soul-filled nourishing love on a plate, but they have their place in this world and there's nothing out there that can beat them. Therefore a high rating - but only in that context.
I do enjoy a tasty crumpet.
For a long time I was making do with the cheaper shop branded alternative and while these were enjoyable I did not realise what I was missing till I had a crumpet emergency and sent my son round the local shop to buy me some crumpets. He returned with a pack of Warburtons thick and fluffy Crumpets. This was a price marked pack so cost me £1 for 8 crumpets.
For those you who don't know what a crumpet is it is a thick, flat, savoury bread cake that is distinctive because of its hole filled texture. A crumpet should be grilled till crispy and then topped with your favourite topping. Some of my favourites are butter and marmite, butter and jam and cheese.
Warbutons crumpets are thick and fluffy and incredibly moreish. I limit myself to two per meal so I will have two at breakfast with butter and jam and then two at lunch with cheese. A pack of crumpets eaten this way will last me two days, this works out at 25p per meal. The crumpets are very filling and come in at 98 calories each (minus topping) they are very low in fat (1% RDA), sugar (1%RDA), saturates (1%RDA), salt (14%RDA) and fibre (5%RDA).
I prefer Warburtons Crumpets over shop branded crumpets as they are thicker and fluffier and stay soft and moist when grilled.
The packaging is quite attractive, the crumpets are stacked 4 side by side in a plastic packet and are protected by a sheet of card. The packaging contains allergy advice that warns that crumpets contain wheat gluten and are produced in a bakery that uses milk, sesame seeds, soya and egg.
My pack of crumpets had a week best before date on and when the pack is opened it is advised that they should be used within 2 days.
All things considered I will always choose Warburtons Crumpets over shop branded crumpets, they may cost a little more but I feel that they are worth every extra penny.
Thank you for reading.
As anyone who has read some of my previous reviews you will know that my go to choice of product is the smartprice range of products. I have been purchasing smartprice crumpets for the past few years. However for a change I decided to purchase the Warburtons one and the reasons for that were, looking at them on the shelf they looked a lot more substantial in size per crumpet compared to my former purchases. In addition, there was a whopping 9 crumpets per packet compared to the normal 6 per packet I get, they cost just £1 for the 9 pack at Asda when I purchased them last week.
The packaging is very appealing; it has quite a 1950's style to it with cheerful orange rays and a bright sunshine in the middle with the large Warburtons logo at the front. The clear wrap at the top enables you to see the product inside which is a great move from Warburtons because one look at the crumpets and you don't need any fancy advertising - they literally sell themselves. They are huge, fluffy and very tasting looking and that is before you pop them in the toaster.
***The Taste Test****
Having popped them in the toaster, I put them on my normal setting of 3 - however as they are SO thick and fluffy I had to turn the toaster up to a 4 setting to make sure they were cooked all the way through. Once cooked I put my normal fair of butter and lashings of strawberry jam on and then bit into one. Wow - what had I been missing all these years, they taste and consistency was light and fluffy but still substantantial and they tasted so fresh, compared to my normal ones (which now I can only compare to dried out flat flying saucers) the quality of these was like night and day.
I have since been munching them not only for breakfast but also for supper, and when it is really cold nothing beats these with a nice hot cup of tea for an afternoon snack. Each crumpet is 98 calories (obviously without all the butter and jam!).
I have been truly amazed at how the humble crumpet can taste so different depending on which brand you buy. I am now converted to these and these will now be a regular staple on my shopping list. This is great warming snack to have in and makes a nice change from cold cereals and biscuits for morning and afternoon breakfasts and snacks.
***** - a full scorecard of 5 stars for these truly scrumptious crumpets.
"I can't bear thin, rubbery crumpets...." begins a statement from Jonathan Warburton printed on my pack of crumpets..."we made sure ours would be thick and fluffy to hold just enough butter...that's a real crumpet."
Quite right, Jonathan. Having tried various own brand crumpets over the years, which are often thin and not particularly appetizing, it's a treat to get gold star standard crumpets like these.
You get six delightfully thick and fluffy, circular crumpets in a standard pack. They come enclosed in a card wrapper and sealed in a thick plastic outer wrap. The packaging is brightly designed and eye-catching with its orange and yellow sunshine logo - but then, in all fairness a crumpet is not the most exciting product visually so a packet that grabs a consumer's attention is a bonus.
To prepare, place under a preheated medium to hot grill for 3-4 minutes turning once until crisp on both sides. You can then serve hot with butter, jam, honey - or take a leaf out of my daughter's book and put treacle on (yes, really!)
Nutritional information: Calories 98 5%, Sugars 1.1g 1%, Fat 0.4g 1%, Saturates 0.1g 1%, Salt 0.81g 14%, Fibre 1.3g 5% of an adult's guideline daily amount.
Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Raising Agents E450, E500, Salt, Sugar, Preservative Calcium Propionate.
Suitable for Vegetarians; Contains Gluten; Contains Wheat
The main reason I have bought the thin, bland, chewy crumpets in the past is to save money. They are usually cheaper than Warburton's which are usually 90p per pack, whereas own brand crumpets are often around 50p-60p per pack.
I have decided it is a false economy to buy such offerings. I got fed up of scraping them uneaten into the bin. Yes, they are edible - but hardly yummy. They lie there limp and rubbery on the plate as if they don't care whether they get eaten or not. Lethargic crumpets.
Warburton's are a treat in comparison; thick, fluffy - and when toasted are crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. They take up the butter (or whatever you choose to put on them) well. They make a delicious breakfast or snack as they are quick and easy to do. I'm lucky that I have a toaster which has lovely wide slots and I can cook them that way - but putting them under the grill is no hassle either.
Simple and tasty; oozing butter, oozing class. These crumpets are a cut above. Would recommend.
I don't tend to eat breakfast, but when I do I often have a couple of crumpets. I like the Warburtons crumpets, and purchased a pack yesterday. I purchased mine from Sainsburys, where I was surprised to see that these branded crumpets (with an asterisk stating that these are the number 1 crumpet brand according to a 2012 survey) were a few pence cheaper than Sainsburys Taste the Difference ones. The Sainsbury's ones were 83p and the Warburtons were 80p, for 6 crumpets.
I purchased a pack of 6 crumpets, although other size packs are available. They come in a cardboard sleeve, wrapped in plastic. The plastic is difficult to re-wrap around the crumpets, so I store them in an air-tight container once opened.
The card is orange and depicts a large Warburtons logo on one side, along with a description of the crumpets. They are called 'thick and fluffy' and they certainly are. They are thicker than other crumpets, at around 3/4 of an inch, but are thin enough to fit perfectly in the toaster. At 3.5in in diameter, two crumpets are enough to satisfy me for a while, which is great as they contain 98 calories, 1.1g of sugar, 0.4g of fat and 0.81g of salt in each crumpet. The crumpets have plenty of holes through them, so are fluffy and not rubbery like some.
I like to toast mine and eat them smothered with butter, and often a naughty little sprinkle of sugar. They can be a little dry eaten alone, so a drink of milk is a great accompaniment. The taste can be a bit doughy if eaten alone, but the suggestion on the packaging is to eat with butter, jam, cheese or scrambled egg.
These crumpets are vegetarian society approved, and the allergy advice states that they contain wheat gluten and are produced in a bakery that uses milk, sesame seeds, soya and egg. The ingredients are wheat flour, water, yeast, raising agents E450, E500, salt, sugar and preservative calcium propionate. The crumpets can be frozen on the day of purchase.
Healthy, tasty crumpets! 5*
I sometimes get bits and pieces of food in Marks & Spencer as they do have some good offers and my partner has recently been buying crumpets from them. However, I also shop in Iceland a fair bit and spotted these Warburton's Crumpets (Thick & Fluffy). On the pack it says they are the 'No. 1 crumpet'. Now, I cannot say that I totally agree with this as most crumpets I have had taste the same, however, they are very good and excellent value for money. You get 9 crumpets for only £1.00. Also Warburton's is a well-known brand and in my view, a good quality brand; so from now on, most often Warburton's crumpets is what I buy. I do not know if other supermarkets sell them as cheap as this but I doubt very much you could get them anywhere else cheaper.
I love crumpets! The way I like them is well done, so the top is a bit crispy; I then put cheese on the top with onions and put them under the grill for a few minutes.
These Warburton's crumpets are 'fluffy' inside and the butter melts all the way through (I recommend quite a lot of butter). Yes, I know it's fattening but as with all crumpets you seem to need a lot of butter!
Wheat flour, Water, Yeast, Raising agents; E450, E500, Salt, Sugar, Preservative, Calcium propionate
Each crumpet has around 95 kcals in it
Contains wheat gluten and produced in a bakery that handles milk, sesame seeds, soya and egg
Suitable for vegetarians
Excellent value, good taste and filling! 5 dooyoo stars from me!
PRICE: Currently 88p for six at my local Sainsbury's
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per crumpet):-
- of which sugars: 1.1g
- of which saturates: 0.1g
Wheat flour, water, yeast, E450 and E500 (which are raising agents), salt, Calcium Propionate (which is a preservative)
Suitable for vegetarians
Who can resist a hot buttered crumpet? I certainly can't. However, it isn't easy to buy really decent ones these days, possibly due to corners being cut and less care taken with mass manufacturing methods.
Never having tried them before, I bought a packet of Warburtons Crumpets recently. I do like Warburtons bread, so hoped their crumpets would come up to scratch.
Warburtons Crumpets are, as with all other brands, packed into a cardboard base which is folded around the product. The label on the Warburtons brand is part of that cardboard base, orange on top with white lettering, and shows ingredients list, nutritional value, dietary/allergy information and the manufacturer's contact details. They also claim to be thick and fluffy, which is how I like them.
Whereas some other brands of crumpets contain eight in each packet, the Warburtons variety only consists of six. Initially, 88p can seem very cheap for a pack of crumpets, but if you think of most other brands being similarly priced yet contain eight per pack, then simply as far as paying for them is concerned, Warburton's do work out to be more expensive. Are they worth it though? Read on to find out whether I think they are or not.
The Warburtons claim of the crumpets being thick and fluffy certainly is true. On opening the packet, each crumpet is generously sized, measuring about half an inch in height and approximately nine inches in circumference. The bases are a pale, toasty brown type colour, with the tops being very pale. They give off only a very slight, almost undetectable wheat aroma which is quite appetising.
Depending on how well-done anybody likes their crumpets, Warburtons may need to spend a little longer under the grill for those who prefer the surface to cook to a dark brown colour. I like mine relatively pale, so found that they satisfactorily reached my desired shade in a fairly short time.
Once removed from the grill pan, the crumpets held their heat quite well whilst buttering, and the generous surface indentations allowed the butter to slowly seep through, making them deliciously squashy.
On sampling, my teeth sunk easily into the first crumpet, finding the inside to be soft and fluffy, without being too doughy. The flavour was very good, not having a trace of that unidentifiable, rather synthetic taste which some modern-day crumpets are guilty of. They also kept their shape and size perfectly.....in fact, they were so delicious that I was sorry I'd only had two!
I kept the other four crumpets in the fridge, having two for each of the following days' breakfasts. On the third day, the crumpets were still just as fresh as the day I bought them.
These crumpets are truly delicious, and are worth the extra few pennies you pay through getting only six in a pack as opposed to eight. Volume-wise, you may even be getting better value for money due to them being so thick; I would go as far as to say that they are double the thickness of most other branded crumpets, and they don't dry up or shrink during the grilling process.
You may be a die-hard traditionalist (as I am) in only liking butter on your crumpets, but if you want to add an extra little kick, Warburtons Crumpets would be more suitable than most for adding something like honey, jam or peanut butter, due to their very soft consistency and generous depth. Like all other brands, Warburtons Crumpets are fairly kind calorie-wise, together with being very low in fat, but that all changes when we saturate them with butter. Who wants to eat a naked crumpet though (only clean answers please!!!)?
The only swings and roundabouts part is that due to the thickness of these crumpets, I wasn't able to get them into the slots on my toaster, but such is more than compensated for by the very high quality of the product and absence of shrinkage when under the grill.
All in all, I would recommend Warburtons Crumpets above all other brands that I've tried, simply because they are the closest to those old-fashioned, thick, soft, fluffy and tasty crumpets from my early childhood, which would be toasted on an open coal fire then saturated with lashings of creamy butter.
In summary, this is a very high quality product which is worth paying a few more pence for, and I don't think any crumpet-lovers would be disappointed.
Thanks for reading!
~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~
I bought these crumpets on special offer at Tesco, normally I buy tesco own but this was a better value deal! The crumpets are nice and thick and not too dark on the tops so go nice and crispy on top when you toast them. The dough / batter has a nice yeasty flavour and can be used for sweet and savoury toppings. I often too these with tomato puree and cheese to make a crumpet pizza! Goes down well with the kids! These are my favourite breakfast item and I really found this brand far ahead of the competition in terms of flavour and versatility. I will buy these crumpets again and may even pay full price for them! At the moment I have bought a few packets for the freezer and am working my way through them! Recommend over other brands especially when on offer. Am trying other products from warburtons now.
I don't know many people who would turn down a warm crumpet, glistening with melted butter.
Well, I have found the James Cordon of crumpets. Soft, sexy and with the capability to melt stuff at twenty paces, these bad boys are seriously good.
I was fed up with buying supermarket brand crumpets. Hard, flat discs of cardboard with little or no flavour which, frankly, resembled coasters.
My family all love Warburton's bread, so when I discovered that they made crumpets I decided to give them a try.
Sold in most supermarkets, I got mine in Sainsburys, for around 78p, there are six delectable crumpets in a simple plastic packet.
In their raw state they are pale and floppy but once toasted they firm up nicely and, if they are done under the grill, they become more golden. Personally, I prefer them done in the toaster so they remain soft, but either way they are delicious.
The taste is yeasty and a little more salty than other brands but I like this. They love to soak up butter, in fact they are like little Spongebob Squarepants, sucking the golden nectar deep into their many bubbly recesses, so your chin gets messy with each bite.
Much thicker than the average crumpet, they are filling. I can only manage two but my son can polish off three or four at a time no problem, however, being low in fat they are not really a guilty pleasure. Just a pleasure.
What you put on top of the butter is up to you. I love Marmite or lemon curd, but in the world of crumpets anything goes really. Jam, peanut butter, honey are all good sweet choices. My son puts ketchup and cheese on top and pops them back under the grill to make little pizzas. It's entirely up to you!
~ THE CRUMPETS ~
The crumpets are made by Warburtons who are a well-known family bakers and make a large range of bakery products including bread and rolls. Their products can be found in all good supermarkets and local shops.
The 6 crumpets sit in a cardboard sleeve which is orange in colour and has a yellow sun on. It also states that the product is made by Warburtons and that they are a family bakers. The crumpets are then sealed in plastic packaging to keep them fresh. The cardboard sleeve only covers the bottom and sides of the crumpets so you can actually see the crumpets through the plastic wrapper. The crumpets are a very light colour with some brown colour to the top of them. On the bottom of the cardboard sleeve you will find nutritional information, a list of ingredients, allergy advice, storage instructions and contact details, should you have any problems.
When you open the plastic wrapper you can smell a bakery type smell that smells fresh and mouth-watering. The crumpets feel a little rubbery when taking them out of the packet. They are approximately 2cm thick and are a nice round shape, probably the size of a standard cello tape roll or maybe slightly smaller. They are a light brown on the bottom of the crumpets and have lots of holes all over the top.
~ COOKING THE CRUMPETS ~
I cooked the crumpets following the serving suggestion which is printed on the cardboard sleeve. I placed them under a preheated hot grill for 3-4 minutes turning once until crisp on both sides. I then served them hot with butter.
The crumpets were easy to cook and only took a few minutes. They smelt delicious as they cooked as I put the butter on it melted into the holes in the tops of the crumpets. The crumpets felt a little firmer now they have been cooked. I took my first bite into the crumpet and my teeth sank into the spongy crumpet. It felt soft and fluffy in my mouth and the melted butter added to the taste making it very moreish and enjoyable. I had 2 crumpets and found this to be enough to fill me up. I certainly couldn't eat any more than this as it would make me feel too bloated. The 2 crumpets were satisfying and kept me full until lunch-time or just after.
~ STORAGE ~
Once opened store in a cool, dry place and eat within 2 days. These are kept longer if they are not refrigerated. If kept in a warm place the life of the crumpets will be reduced.
~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
I purchased the crumpets from my local Co-Op store for 90p; how-ever you can also buy these from supermarkets and other local shops. Prices may vary in different stores.
~ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION ~
Each crumpet contains:
Calories - 98 (5% RDA)
Sugars - 1.1g (1% RDA)
Fat - 0.4g (1% RDA)
Saturates - 0.1g (1% RDA)
Salt - 0.81g (14% RDA)
Fibre - 1.3g (5% RDA)
Product contains wheat gluten.
Product produced in a bakery which uses milk, sesame seeds, soya and egg.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
I don't often have crumpets and tend to only have these as a little treat every few months. The crumpets were fluffy and tasted lovely with butter, and they kept me full up until lunch-time. For 90p I also think they are very good value and would definitely buy these again. I think the only downside to the product is the high salt content, how-ever as I don't eat these much this isn't something I'm too bothered about anyway. I give these delicious crumpets 4 out of 5 stars and recommend them to others to try.
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I am not a fan of having hot things for breakfast. I think it is unnatural. I just cannot get into hot food in a morning unless it is warm toast or porridge. As a result, I have these for lunch. The only large meal I have is in the evening.
They taste fantastic and they do not go stale as fast as the cheaper options. I am very particular about crumpets. These are quite thick and squidgy, as you would expect a crumpet to be. They cook in two minutes under the grill and retain heat for a couple of minutes. This is great for melting a knob of margarine on the top. Give them a little squeeze and the margarine weaves its way through the holey texture.
They are available, as I write, for 85p in Tesco and Sainsbury's. In my local Sainsbury's they are across from the bread aisle. The products themselves are visible through transparent plastic and the view is partly obscured by an orange Warbuton's label. It has helpful nutritional information on the front:
98 calories per crumpet
1.3g of fibre
0.4g of fat
0.1g of saturates
20.0g of carbs: 1.1g of which sugars.
Considering that a standard bowl of cereal (100g) with semi-skimmed milk comes to 190-220 calories per bowl, these are a fabulous alternative (two at a time). I have mine with dairy-free margarine.
As you can imagine, these are high in carbohydrates, which makes these a perfect meal for an active person. Contrary to popular belief, carbs are fantastic, but only if you move! The same goes for energy drinks, but that's a different story. Even if you are really hungry I advise only having two in one sitting. Anymore than two and you will find yourself with an uncomfortable stomach for a few hours! They keep you going for quite a long time. You may find yourself not snacking between meals.
Warburtons crumpets are on special offer in Tesco at the moment, so it gave me an excuse to buy a few more packets than usual! The usual retail price for a pack of 6 crumpets is 85p, Tesco are currently offering three Warburtons products for £2.00. I believe their crumpets are far superior to other products in their bakery range, so 3 packs of crumpets it was for me!
That's 18 crumpets for £2.00, working out at just over 11p per crumpet, nice!
The crumpets can be found in the bakery section of most supermarkets and have recently undergone a change in packaging. They are still sold packaged in cardboard and clear plastic, however the cardboard has had a slight makeover - it is now brightly coloured orange with a pale yellow sunshine in the left hand corner and the Warburtons logo written in white across the front.
The packet is easy to open - remove the desired number of lovely thick crumpets and place under a grill for approximately 4 minutes turning once. The crumpets can be heated in a toaster but I find this results in a hard and quite brittle crumpet and doesn't do them justice!
Once removed from under the grill you can spread with the topping of your choice. The crumpets contain less than 1% fat, unfortunately, I love to spread them with full fat butter so there goes the diet! The thought of the creamy butter seeping through the light airy crumpet and leaving a few drops on the plate is enough to make my tummy rumble!
I also like to grill them with cheese and a slice of tomato (it gets worse!!), not to mention dipping them in Heinz tomato soup - I should stop, I'm making myself hungry!!
Each crumpet contains 98kcal, 3.0g protein, 20.0g carbohydrate - of which sugars 0.1g, fibre 1.3g, sodium 0.32g and salt 0.81g.
The crumpets contain gluten.
For further nutritional information visit www.warburtons.co.uk or contact customer care on 0800 243684.
Once opened the crumpets should be consumed within two days - there is absolutely no chance that 6 crumpets would last two days in my house as they are a firm favourite at breakfast, lunch and supper time! My seven year old son loves them, as do I.
An excellent product, so versatile and tastes fab!
Bring on The Butter :-)
I purchased these this week after enduring a shop branded pack of crumpets and not enjoying a single one of them, and I can safely say that it was totally worth it for me.
Warburtons, a family baking company from Blackpool in Lancashire, delight our palettes daily with their breads, buns and gluten free items as well as their simply gorgeous crumpets which I have now had every day for breakfast and adore so much I wanted to sing their praises.
Roughly 4 inches round and an inch thick, these crumpets, I would say are the absolute top of their class. They are low in fat (which is always a bonus), contain no egg so are ideal for vegetarians too and are thicker than your average shop sold crumpet (which is also a claim made on their website).
Only 98 calories per crumpet, you can afford to have a couple in the morning, spread with a tsp of low fat flora, and topped with a poached egg which gives you a fantastic start to your day.
These crumpets are one of only a few where you don't have to put them back in the toaster to crisp them up because the first time was inadequate. I find if you like the bottom crispy and the top just lightly toasted but not overly crunchy then just once is quite enough. I also don't like to overdo the spread. One teaspoon is usually enough, so as it melts into the crumpet but doesn't seep through it leaving you a whole plate of fat.
They taste like warm, sponge like thick toast that's just come out of the oven all yeasty and rich, unlike some that I've had that are just like eating plain cardboard. When you pull them apart, they tear nicely with the holes separating showing you the light coating of spread that's melted on the inside all still warm and creamy. Other ones just break apart, not revealing any of it's fluffiness inside so not really tempting you to dive in.
Overall these are my favourites due to the fact that they are twice as thick as standard crumpets, but only have around 10 calories extra plus the fact that they stay warmer for longer when you've toasted and buttered them compared to Sainsburys own brand standard crumpets. On average Warburtons crumpets stay warm for 5 mins out of the toaster which gives you ample time to devour two without them going cold.
Contains: Gluten, Wheat, Yeast
May Contain: Egg, Soya, Milk
Wheat flour, water, yeast, raising agents E450, E500, salt, sugar, preservative calcium propionate
Typical values per 100g
of which sugars 1.5g
of which saturates 0.2g
At the moment (April 2011) they are available in Sainsburys on special offer which is buy 2 packets of 6 crumpets for £1.40 instead of 85p each, saving you 30p.
A crumpet is a sweet and savoury bread snack made from flour and yeast and is typically British. It's cooked on a flat top griddle instead of being baked in an oven like bread, which gives it a porous texture. They are often round in shape although can they can also be square. They taste bland until you add a topping and then the common crumpet becomes the most delicious mouth watering breakfast or snack you can imagine. They offer a healthier alternative to bread, depending on what you smother on top!
In order to cook the crumpet, all you need to do is to pop it in the toaster for a few minutes and then when it's piping hot, you can add the topping of your choice and it's ready. It's a great time saver if you are rushing around in the morning or if you've just arrived home from work and you're too hungry to wait for the dinner to cook. They are made by many brands and supermarkets have also developed their own version. Being a crumpet lover myself and having tried the majority of brands, I can honestly say that Warburtons are streets ahead of the rest.
Warburtons began in 1870, in a small bakery shop in Bolton and the business has remained in the family for over a century. It is now run by the fifth generation of the Warburton family who are continuing the tradition of bakery. Their delicious crumpets usually come in packs of six and are available from most supermarkets. They cost around 75p although they are sometimes on offer for two for a pound.
According to Warburtons, not only are their crumpets deliciously thicker than the rest but they are also lower in fat and other crumpets. They promise that their crumpets are perfect for a warm toasted buttered snack at anytime of the day or a scrumptious and filling start to the day. They suggest trying them with your favourite jam, drizzled with honey or syrup or with chocolate spread and sliced banana. For a savoury snack you can top the toasted crumpets with cheese and tomato or serve them with eggs and bacon. My personal favourite is Philadelphia on top as the cool cheese is a yummy contrast with the steaming hot crumpet.
Each mouth watering crumpet contains
Calories - 95 5%
Sugars - 1.1g 1%
Fat - 0.4g 1%
Saturates 0.1g 1%
Salt 0.95g 16%
Fibre 1.3g 5%
of an adult's guideline daily amount and the crumpets do contains wheat gluten and are produced in a bakery which uses milk, soya and egg as a warning to those with allergies.
Warburtons crumpets are popular with both kids and grownups and provide a good way to start or finish your day. What makes Warburtons better than its rivals, is the thickness of the crumpet. They are deliciously crunchy on the outside and gorgeously chewy on the inside without being too doughy. The only crumpets I've found that are thicker have been in M&S. But these crumpets are so thick that they often get trapped inside the toaster so that not a good thing! They are suitable for home freezing so you can buy in bulk when they are on offer and keep them in storage. The crumpets are also suitable for vegetarians and at 95 calories per crumpet, they are a guilt free snack.
I have no complaints about this product at all. The price is reasonable and the taste is amazing and can be altered according to what you are spreading on top. This has all made me hungry so I'm off to have a scrummy buttery toasted crumpet!!
Every now and then I like to go a little bit crazy and have something other than cereal for breakfast. My first choice for something warm, delicious, comforting and full of carbs is usually a crumpet or two, and Warburtons is usually my first choice of brand.
Crumpets, as I'm sure you're already aware, are circular, doughy bread treats full of holes which make them soft and spongy. You can have them sweet or savoury depending on the topping you prefer. They work with butter, margarine, jam, honey and even cheese, so very versatile!
Warburtons crumpets come in a pack of six, with a bright yellow cardboard insert in the packaging showing a crumpet 'rising' as if it were the sun and with the word 'Good Morning' written above. I love this packaging, I really think it helps create a positive mood about the crumpets and it helps to wake me up and cheer me up a bit on those mornings when I'm making my breakfast in the dark and the cold and I'd rather be in bed!
Warburtons crumpets are a bit thicker than other brands I've tried, this sounds great but be aware that they don't fit easily in all toasters! I've had to squash them flat before toasting them in the past.
As for the taste, well there are absolutely no complaints from me at all. They are soft, doughy, if you toast them for just the right amount of time they go a little bit crispy around the edges. If you have them with butter then it soaks through the wholes and into the whole of the crumpet making it deliciously moist, if a bit messy. You'll have to wash your hands after eating these crumpets, they get a bit greasy depending on the topic.
They aren't exactly a dieter's dream, especially if you eat the whole pack in one sitting with tons of real butter, however if you have one or two with a low fat spread instead, they're not too bad at all and I've eaten them while dieting and still lost weight.
As for price, well they are a little bit dearer than the own brand versions, these cost 74p for six and Tesco's are 56p for 8, but I think its worth it as a treat as there is a noticeable difference in quality.