Product Type: Warburtons Snacks
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Deliciously traditional crumpets
Member Name: GentleGenius
Advantages: Soft, fluffy, thick, low in fat and calories
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 ~~
Summary: For me, the nicest mass-produced crumpets you can buy