“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Cake „
As many of you will know, I am currently on the Weight Watcher's diet. I love my naughty treats so I was pleased to discover that Weight Watchers do their own version of Mini Chocolate Rolls.
There are 6 rolls per packet. A packet tends to cost around £1.50 from supermarkets, however keep an eye out for them in Poundland. Each roll is individually wrapped - that's good because you have to unwrap them and so it means that it makes you think about how many you are eating.
These chocolate rolls are lovely and chocolately. The 'spongey cake part' is light and moist and the chocolate is lovely and chocolatey. They are very chocolately; nice and sweet. To be honest I can't tell any difference between these and the 'real ones'. They are that good.
I really like these chocolate rolls. A lot of Weight Watchers' products lack flavour - although I was really impressed with these as they are full flavoured. They go well with a cuppa - plus they are only 2 points per roll!
Thanks for reading!
Even though I am on WeightWatchers at the minute, I find the plan so versatile that I am able to have my usual cuppa and bun or biscuit every evening. Therefore I am always on the look out for products which I can have for that. Some days I can quite easily fit something like a Curly Wurly or Crunchie into my daily ProPoints allowance; however on occasion I only have a couple of points left, and so need something lower fat.
I spotted these WeightWatchers chocolate mini rolls in the bakery aisle of the supermarket, and these seemed to fit the bill, as they only have 2 ProPoints per bar. According to WeightWatchers they have about 30% less fat than regular mini rolls.
WeightWatchers have changed all their packaging in the past couple of weeks, so they do not come in a box like the one pictured anymore. Instead each pack of 5 comes in blue coloured plastic packaging. Inside the bars are individually wrapped, so I find these handy to pop into my handbag and take to work if I fancy one for my morning break.
The bars are chocolate sponge with vanilla fondant icing inside. They are covered in milk chocolate. I would estimate that these are about three-quarters of the size of a normal mini roll, so I do tend to wolf these down rather quickly!
I have to say that I personally don't notice much difference in taste from other mini rolls. They are soft and sweet, and the sponge is nice and cakey. I do think that there could be more vanilla icing inside as you can't taste that very much. Similarly the chocolate coating isn't thick and I find it falls off in one bit bit when you take a bite... but taste-wise it's fine.
These cost £1.10 for a packet of 5, in comparison with the likes of Cadbury's mini rolls, which come in a pack of 6 for £1. Therefore these are a bit pricier than standard mini rolls, but that's the norm for this type of product.
WOULD I BUY AGAIN/RECOMMEND?
I would buy these again, as they are low fat, and it's handy to know right away how many ProPoints are in each mini roll. As far as recommending them go - I would only recommend them to someone else who is on WeightWatchers. I wouldn't recommend them to someone who isn't, as if you are not watching your weight or need a low fat diet, then you are much better off buying regular mini rolls.
Has anyone else noticed these super treats have been greatly reduced in size over the last few months!!
I said in a review yesterday that Weight Watchers products tend to fall into 2 categories - really nice and really bad. Thankfully these chocolate mini rolls are in the really nice camp!
There is 6 mini rolls in a pack and they are each individually wrapped which makes them great for adding to your lunch box for work or chucking one in your bag to have as a treat if you get peckish. The individual packaging also works psychologically I think, in that it means you're not tempted to have another!
Each mini roll is worth 2 weight watchers points which for non weight watchers equals 111 calories and 1.8g saturated fat.
They're effectively mini chocolate swiss rolls covered in milk chocolate and they're absolutely yum!
If you compare them to Cadbury's mini rolls (which I would!) they have less calories and saturated fat and are just as nice. They're very moist and chocolatey and you don't feel that you're missing out or that they aren't a treat when you have one. In fact you can even take them out of the WW wrappers and put them on a plate for guests and they'll have no idea that they're "diet" products!
Some harsh people would say that 111 calories is still high for a small treat but I think they're just miserable - i'd much rather have one of these with a cup of tea than a zero calorie stick of celery ;-)
Weightwatchers 6 Chocolate Mini Rolls
I have been feeling very poorly this last couple of days with having swollen glands in my throat and a very sore, scratchy throat, so I have been consoling myself with only eating things that I really like and that I find really yummy.
Having said that though I have also tried to be really good as yo-yo weight gain for me is a big problem. So soup has been on the menu as it is nice and soft and not harsh on my throat, and for my pudding I have been treating myself to these lovely mini rolls from Weightwatchers.
These can only be described as chocolate covered mini chocolate swiss rolls but without the jam. They are very similar to the Cadbury's version except perhaps slightly smaller and quite a bit cheaper at around £1.00 for these as opposed to around £1.50 for the Cadbury's version.
They come as a pack of 6 rolls that sit in a plastic tray, for protection in transit, and then individually wrapped in brown wrapping which displays the familiar Weightwatchers logo on and tells us that these have a Weightwatchers points value of just 2 points.
For those who don't follow the Weightwatchers plan and wish to know the nutritional value 'in old money' they are as follows per mini roll:-
Energy ~ 111 kcals
Fat ~ 3.3g
Saturated fats ~ 1.8g
Salt ~ 0.1g
They also contain Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Egg, Soya and are made in a factory that handle nuts. They are suitable for vegetarians.
The taste of these little rolls is just so sooo moreish they are deliciously chocolatey with a good covering of crispy chocolate on the outside, and a sweet vanilla cream filling in the centre. The sponge of the cake under the chocolate outer is so soft and gooey with a really strong chocolate flavour and the vanilla cream filling is sweet enough to hold its own against the chocolate. And at only 2 Weightwatchers points per roll they are not at all bad for the waistline either.
All in all these are a lovely sweet snack or something light when you fancy a real sweet chocolatey treat but don't want those extra calories added. I would highly recommend these whether you are watching your weight or not as they are totally delicious. If I do have a gripe about them it's that it is extremely difficult to limit yourself to one !!!
These can be found in all good supermarkets at a cost of around £1.00 or just over depending on where you shop.
For more products and information visit: www.weightwatchers.co.uk
Thank you for reading my review!
Now that I've been dieting for a while, I'm getting a bit tired of what I'm eating and trying new options wherever I can. As many of you will know, low-fat and calorie foods can be hit or miss, and when they miss it tends to be spectacularly!
Even though I'm not following the Weight Watchers plan, I do like a lot of their foods, especially the cheese triangles and pizza ovals. This is the first of their sweet treats I've tried.
These mini rolls are very similar to the Cadbury versions we all know and love - a chocolate-coated chocolate swiss roll filled with...more chocolate! Not so great for the waistline then. Rather than being filled with the traditional chocolate cream, the Weight Watchers version contains a gooey chocolate sauce. This really doesn't detract from the flavour I don't think, and roll-for-roll Weight Watchers' offering fares a lot better in the nutrition stakes. Compared to the Cadburys version, these have 33 less calories at 87 and 2.8g less fat at 3.4g per roll. If you're following the Weight Watchers plan, these are worth 2 points.
So not huge differences, but for such a small snack cutting out 2.8g fat is quite welcome. You could be forgiven for thinking that the taste might suffer, but if anything I prefer these. The chocolate is just as good as Cadbury, and you even get those delicious thicker "crusts" at the end of the roll. The cake is moist and the sauce not as sickly as the cream that usually fills a mini roll.
The rolls are individually wrapped and come in packs of six, exactly like their biggest competitor. Here's the best part, not only do they taste better and do less damage to your waistline, they are also cheaper at only £1 (Tesco) for a six-pack.
My only quibble is that by the time I come to eat these they are usually incredibly mangled from being in my bag and the chocolate is all broken. While this does prolong the enjoyment as I get to pick off the pieces (I'm currently eating one as I type which has lasted me at least 15 minutes so far!), it sometimes makes a mess and it would be nice to maybe have a little paper tray to protect it a bit.
If you're dieting and find yourself needing chocolate fixes, I definitely recommend these! They certainly hit the spot and are a lot better than eating a chocolate bar. There is also a Black Forest version which I can't wait to try.
I'm not on the Weight Watchers plan, nor do I need to lose weight, but I like trying out lower fat versions of 'treats' and the picture on the packaging made my mouth water.
Weight Watchers have a range of different foods that are lower in fat and have a certain number of points allocated to them if you're on their plan. Their chocolate mini rolls have 1 1/2 points value, but I'm not entirely sure what that means, all I can tell you is that they contain 87 calories and 3.4g fat per roll. Compared to other cakes that claim to be rich and chocolately, this is around half the fat/calories. I'd say they're also quite a good price in comparison too as 6 rolls cost £1.07 (Tesco). They're similar to Cadburys cakes for example which cost £1.33 but only have 5 rolls.
The rolls are made from a soft sponge and creamy chocolate filling, then coated in smooth chocolate. The chocolate coating is delicate and they're quite light so they make a good snack. But for a lower fat/cal version of chocolate, can they really be any good? I actually really like these...perhaps too much! The chocolate is rich and sweet and packed with flavour so you get a good chocolate kick from one roll. I'm not usually one for cakes with sponge as I find them a bit dry and boring, but the soft chocolate filling livens up the taste and texture. More than one of these though could be quite sickly as they are rather sweet, so just one will satisfy your inner chocolate monster. The cakes are individually wrapped so they remain fresh until the best before date and makes them perfect for a treat at home or to take out with you.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend these. Just because they're a bit cheaper than other brands (eg. Cadbury) and have less fat/cals, does not mean they skimp on portion size or taste. I love them!