“ Type: Biscuits „
I have an early morning appointment on Tuesdays, and usually throw a cereal bar and piece of fruit in my bag to eat when I'm in the waiting room. Today I realised that I'd forgotten to pack anything, so stopped at Asda, where I picked up some bananas. I wanted something else (most importantly without too many calories, after lots of overindulgence recently), but didn't want to get any more cereal bars as had loads at home. These WeightWatchers Ginger and Lemon Cookies caught my eye so I picked up a packet for 85p which sounded like good value to me (they were reduced from £1).
---What's in the packet---
The packaging is a box made from card, which sets it apart from normal packets of biscuits, giving it a more substantial feel. Inside there are 6 individually wrapped packets of 2 biscuits. I say biscuits as in reality these are biscuits, not cookies. This is slightly misleading (I feel) and disappointing to say the least.
---What's in the biscuits...sorry, cookies---
The biscuits are described as "Ginger Cookies containing crystallised stem ginger and lemon peel". They contain usual biscuit ingredients - including wheat flour, oatflakes and vegetable oils. As suggested, they contain ginger and lemon. The ingredients list is long, but most importantly not suitable for those with allergies to milk, wheat, oats and gluten, and they are made in a factory handling nuts. However, they are suitable for vegetarians.
The selling point is that each serving (2 biscuits) contains 85 calories (or 2 ProPoints if you follow WeightWatchers). They provide a source of fibre, and are free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
---The eating experience---
By the time I came to eat the 'cookies' I was pretty hungry, and wolfed down my first pack of two - they were very pleasing, although quite frankly not that different from normal ginger biscuits.
For review writing purposes now I'm back at home I will eat another pack. On smelling them I can notice a distinct lemon smell in addition to the ginger, so perhaps they aren't the same as standard ginger biscuits.
They are crunchy to eat, although luckily don't make much mess. The overall taste is that of ginger, and the lemon is very faint, so perhaps my initial assessment was more accurate. I have to say that the biscuit is lovely, and I can't wait to eat the second in the pack.
If it wasn't for the fact that they are packaged with 2 in a pack, I would find it extremely difficult not to eat the whole lot, so I can certainly see the appeal, especially for those following a low calorie diet and wanting a tasty treat.
However, realistically speaking I don't think they're much better (and probably not that much better on the waistline) than any other gingernut biscuits which could be purchased for a lot less money. The only real reason (I think anyway) that they are low calorie is because they are not particularly big (although perhaps they are slightly less sugary than some ginger biscuits). I think that calling them 'cookies' is misleading.
These ARE nice biscuits (and I'm sure would be great for those who like dunking), I'm not denying that. I also think it's a nice touch having them individually wrapped (in packs of 2), as I don't have much self-restraint when it comes to eating biscuits. However, realistically speaking, unless you have money to throw away, 85p for 12 biscuits is in my opinion quite high! I might buy them again, but might not.
After trying the Double Chocolate Chip Cookies from the Weight Watchers range I was eager to try the other flavours and was on the hunt for the Toffee ones. Unfortunately the local Morrison's only had the Ginger and Lemon Cookies and I wasn't a fan of ginger anyway. But I knew my friend at work liked the Ginger and Lemon ones so I decided to get some for her. When I gave them her the next day she encouraged me to try one as she said they were really nice and the ginger wasn't too strong. Reluctantly I gave in and tried one.....and they weren't bad! They contain crystallised ginger and lemon peel which you can see the odd specs of throughout the biscuit.
I actually found them very nice and different to the usual biscuits I had. The ginger was mild and the lemon goes really well with it. The biscuits are light and refreshing in taste and I have to say I loved them.
The ginger and Lemon Biscuits are sold in a white WW box with a picture of them on the front along with ingredients etc on the back, the packaging is a pretty standard WW box and they all show the logo, an image of the products and how many points the products is worth.
Inside the biscuits are split into packs of 2 and you have 6 packets in each box. I like the fact that they are split the biscuits into little packets of two like the chocolate chip cookies as it restricts you from eating any more in a way! Each pack of 2 biscuits are worth 2 Pro-Points.
Each biscuit is a decent size and is very filling for a biscuit. The biscuits are quite thin; about the depth of a rich tea biscuit. They taste really nice as well, no overly sweet and the taste of ginger and lemon is not strong or overpowering.
Per 2 Biscuits
Energy kJ 355
Salt equivalent 0.2g
These biscuits are normally priced between £0.89 and £1.00 per box
I have found that by supplementing my WW plan with these treats makes it easier for me to stay on track as I do find I crave little treats and this is normally what wrecks my diet!
Although I'm not following a Weight Watchers plan at the moment, I am attempting to improve my snacking habits and this seems like a reliable brand that has a good variety of low fat and low calorie products. I am trying to replace my high calorie chocolate digestive addiction with something a little less naughty! I saw these cookies in Poundland where they are currently on special offer and you can buy any three boxes for a total cost of £2, or they are £1 for an individual box. Other flavours on offer were Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies and Sultana & Cinnamon Cookies.
The cookies come in a cardboard box, and within the box they are separated into six lots of two cookies that are wrapped in sealed plastic packaging. This is a bit excessive but it does the trick of encouraging you to pick up one packet of two cookies and stop after that amount, rather than endlessly munching your way through an open packet of biscuits. They are easy to carry around with you for a quick snack and I've found they're perfect for picnics and lunchboxes as well as on your tea break.
The cookies are fairly small and look plain enough, but they have a real zingy fruity taste. They're crunchy and have a pleasant texture although I sometimes need a drink to wash it down as it tends to adhere to my back teeth when chewing. You get a lovely zesty burst of citrus fruit at the beginning, and you get a nice warm taste of the ginger spice as well. The biscuits are really tasty and flavoursome for a diet food product, and they are very different to my usual favourite chocolate or shortbread based biscuits. They taste unique and are particularly nice crumbled over a plain natural yoghurt, yum yum! The fruity and spicy flavour satisfies my tastebuds and is quite strong so it feels almost like I have eaten more than I really have, which I guess helps stave off hunger cravings. These are not the best biscuits for dunking as they lose some of their flavour because the tea soaks up and becomes a bit overpowering.
A two cookie pack is the perfect amount to provide a small snack and they do fill me up for a short while afterwards, or at least manage to alleviate my sweet tooth cravings until lunch! (I'm still not convinced that these are nicer than chocolate digestives, but they are a good and very different alternative.)
2 cookies contains 1 1/2 points on the Wight Watchers scale, which makes it easy to see that these are a fairly healthy snack option. £1 isn't a bad price for a packet of biscuits, but as you are only getting a total of 12 cookies this does seem slightly inflated, which I suppose is due to the branding and name of the product. They were tasty enough to encourage me to buy them again if I see them at a good price. The Poundland 3 for £2 offer gives you a bit better value for money as each packet then works out to 66 pence.
These are my current favourite product from the Weight Watchers range and what is even better is that unusually they are very good value for money. I usually find that anything bearing the WW stamp is pretty overpriced but this box of 12 cookies, handily packaged into 6 packets of 2 for lunchboxes etc, is only 69p in my local Sainsbury's.
I believe this is the standard price as I have bought them a number of times over the last few months and the price has not changed, long may they remain at this as I can justify the cost of keeping my desk drawer stocked with a box.
As I said, the cookies are packaged in pairs which is great for chucking in your handbag or a lunchbox and for making you stick to the portion of only two biscuits. Each packet of two contains just 1.5 weight watchers points which makes them an ideal snack, this equates to 99 calories and 0.8g of saturated fat per 2 cookies.
I find that these cookies perfectly take the edge of my 3pm munchies each day. I force myself to stop at this point and make a cup of tea and then I have them with that and it honestly feels like I have had a bit of a treat!
Personally I love ginger biscuits and have a real thing for anything containing stem ginger. These cookies have little pieces of stem ginger scattered throughout but you can also taste the lemon flavour too. The overall effect is very balanced and tastes great, they are very crunchy rather than crumbly, they remind me very much of ginger nut biscuits but they are, to my mind, milder than that kind of ginger taste.
The other thing I wanted to point out is that I think the portion size here is quite generous, each biscuit is a 'normal' size whereas sometimes with diet products the reason they are lower fat etc is because they are just smaller portions. With these biscuits I do not feel I am being conned over how much I am getting, they look and taste just like normal biscuits - but they have less fat and calories.
To me these biscuits tick all the boxes and while they remain at this price I will continue to keep some in my desk drawer, I really hope these prove popular and they continue to stock them.
The only downside of these is I can only find them in Sainsburys. I do not know why but the ASDA and Tesco near me do not seem to stock this particular product, despite stocking other WW biscuits and cakes. For me this just means I try to remember to grab some of these whenever I venture into Sainsburys (as this is not where I do most of my shopping).
Overall a great product and a way to feel you are having a treat whilst watching what you eat.
One of my many food weaknesses is biscuits, i love biscuits, but instead of picking up the usual 'malted milks' or chocolate hobnobs' I thought I would try the weight watchers cookies to be a lil healthier instead!
These delicious cookies come in a box with 6 packets inside, each packect containing two tasty ginger and leon cookies. Each cookie contains mouth watering crystallised ginger and lemon peel.
These cookies are a great snack if you are following the weight watchers diet or not. They are a nice light snack to enjoy inbetween meals when your feeling a little peckish or as part of your lunch. If you do follow the diet thenyou will be happy to know that they are only worth 1.5 points value per 2 cookies and they only contain 0.8g of saturated fat and 99 calories per packet.
These cookies are suitable for vegetarians and they contain wheat, gluten, therefore this product is not suitable for nut or milk allergy sufferers. These cookies are available in a variety of different flavors such as; double chocolate chip and rasberry and white chocolate. They also sell a variety of delicious cakes which can be found in many suprstores and local shops such as co-op.
Weight Watchers Ginger & Lemon Cookies
Well I have just sat down for a morning coffee and a biscuit, as my wife and I are trying to eat a little healthier I had a box of these in the cupboard so decided to write a review on them.
I bought my first box of them a months back when we were trying to diet for our holidays, my biggest weakness is my fondness for biscuits; it was therefore with some reluctance I choose these from the supermarket shelf (ASDA). I thought that like everything else that is low fat and better for you that the first ingredient they removed would be the taste. I was therefore very pleasantly surprised by them as they really are very nice.
They are packaged in a recyclable cardboard box which is mainly white with the Weight Watchers name in blue and Ginger & Lemon Cookies written in green, as well as photos of the biscuits on it (the photos do look like the contents).
The box clearly states the fact that two biscuits are the equivalent of 1 ½ points for those following the weight watchers diet, or 0.8g saturated fat, 99 calories per two biscuits.
It is worth noting they are also suitable for vegetarians.
Typical Values Per 100g
Total Fat 16.9g
Mono Unsaturates 8.2g
Poly Unsaturates 3.5g
Inside the box are six clear wrapped packs of two cookies.
I think I paid around 90 pence per box for them, I guess they aren't cheap as you only get 12 biscuits in all but this is a healthier option so you only tend to eat a couple at a time so you get six snacks for your 90 pence.
As I said earlier they are very nice, i would go as far as saying if they were served up to you on a plate you could mistake them for a home made cookie, the first bit you take you will notice they are reasonable hard and crispy. The Warm, spicy stem ginger and zesty lemon make a satisfying flavour combination. The ginger is definitely the stronger flavour for me slightly over powering the lemon, I'm not sure if it's the stem ginger or lemon bits but you will notice after you finish them that small peaces do get stuck in your teeth, I just look at it as a bonus making them last longer as they are not that big so every little helps.
I did not pick them up as part of a Weight Watcher diet but just something a little healthier as a snack and we now buy them regularly as both me and the wife really like them.
They will never replace chocolate biscuits for taste and satisfaction but if you're trying to be good they aren't bad.
I will definitely be buying them again.
Cookies are great and I normally like to make my own but sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day so I have to buy some. Normally I buy Maryland cookies but I fancied something other than chocolate and so picked up a packet of Weight Watchers Ginger & Lemon Cookies. I don't normally buy Weight Watchers products as I don't use their diets I prefer to just eat healthily and exercise regularly so I didn't choose these for their health benefits.
I paid 70p for a box from Sainsbury's and was happy to find that there were 12 cookies in the box so that was fairly good value for money. The box they come in is white with a picture of the cookies, some lemons and a cup of tea in the background. On top of this was a large white are on which the name of the product was written along with the Weight Watchers logo plus there is a little symbol saying that these are 1½ points for two cookies of you're on a Weight Watchers diet. On the back of the box are the ingredients and the nutritional values. If, like me you are not actually on this diet then you should know that each cookie contains almost 100 calories with just over 1g of saturated fat so they're not too unhealthy.
Once you open the packet you will see that the cookies have all been paired up and each pair has been wrapped in clear plastic, this is great as it means that you can eat the right amount, 2 of them without letting the others go stale and without being tempted to eat more than that.
The cookies are a pale golden colour and rather flat in shape but with a slightly dumpy texture to them. They are quite a bit bigger than the cookies you get in a Maryland packet. They smell faintly of ginger and lemon which is very nice. Once you bite into the cookies you will realise that they are very crunchy and dry which makes them crumble a bit, I prefer my cookies to be a bit doughier but never mind. There is a little bit of extra texture to these which is provided by the small chunks of ginger and lemon that you'll find dotted around in the cookie. These cookies havea lovely taste of ginger and an aftertaste of lemon which is nice as it refreshes your mouth, something you don't get with chocolate chip cookies.
I am quite partial in the afternoon to sit down with a brew and biccy and watch a bit of daytime telly whilst my little one has a nap.
Hubby keeps making what he calls a "biscuit barrel" which unfortuantley for me is a plastic tupperware box full of very high calorific biccies. So I always have these little godsends next to the barrel so that I can still have my little treat.
At just 1.5 points on the weightwatchers plan you can have two of these delicious biccies to nibble on, I also think the way they are packaged is such a fantastic and novel idea, they are individually wrapped in 2's so that you are not tempted to divulge any more than your points allow.
The taste of the Lemon and ginger biscuit are by far my favourite (I found the choc chip ones to be a little on the dry side)
Im not too keen on ginger biscuits (a tad too many to try and overcome morning sickness) but feel that the lemon far outways the ginger and I always think some biccies are perfect for dunking as the biscuit doesnt try and compete with the taste of your brew and here weight watchers really wont let you down with this little ensemble.
Now heres a little tip, use the biccies as a base for a cheesecake and you will be in divine heaven with a truly low point version.
I am absolutely useless at going without something a little sweet during my day so when I am trying to shift a few extra pounds I find it very difficult to stay on a diet that has no treats.
Weight Watchers offer some excellent sweet foods that have been formulated to taste delicious and not be too excessive on the calories and these biscuits are one from the range that I really enjoy.
They come in a box of 12 cookies and they are wrapped individually in pairs so they are absolutely perfect to take in your lunch box to work, or even to give to the kids as a lunch box treat for school. There is nothing wrong with giving kids weight watcher treats - they are better for them than full fat versions and the wrappers inside the box are clear cellophane so there is nothing to distinguish them to other children or indeed other work mates that they are from weight watchers.
The cookies themselves are very crisp and crunchy. They are not like the chewy variety and have the texture of a cross between a hob nob and a digestive. They are a dry biscuit but this is not detrimental to their taste and the ginger and lemon both show themselves as separate flavours while eating, although the ginger is predominant.
Throughout the cookie are small pieces of crystallised ginger and lemon peel but these are not big enough to taste as chunks in it, although you can taste the chewy texture of the pieces when you chew on the cookie. This does add to the flavour and again the ginger pieces are the dominant flavour, with the lemon following through as an aftertaste. It is not bitter though, but rather a pleasant taste that freshens your mouth and lasts for about five minutes or so.
In terms of calories, these cookies are from weight watchers so if you are following the plan they are 1 ½ points per pair, which to anyone not on a plan is good. I am roughly 11 stone at the moment and a friend advised me that I would be allowed approximately 19-20 points per day for my food. Therefore a couple of cookies at only 1.5 points is not a vast amount out of my allowance, when you consider fruit and veg is free from points and there are plenty of fill you up foods that are healthy.
For anyone not on weight watchers they contain 98 calories per pair and 1.1g of saturated fat. Again this shows that these treats need not be harmful to a weight loss programme if eaten in moderation. They are tasty and even the children enjoy them, although they do prefer the chocolate cookie variety - which has the same energy levels.
They cost 62p for a pack of 12 from Sainsbury's and can be found with all the other biscuits. I think this a reasonable price to pay; especially if they will be eaten in moderation as they will last and be very cost effective.
Spicy ginger stems and a zest of lemon makes these cookies a zinger of a taste!