When I have had a busy weekend and not got around to baking then I always rely on Tesco to get my snacks to put into my boys lunchboxes. I recently found these cake bars and have to say they have been a big hit in my house for all of us. They are a Tesco Value product so only cheap yet they taste great.
The cake bars come in a cardboard box which is read, white and blue in colour. There is the Tesco Value logo on the top left hand corner and the product name across the middle of the box, we also have a picture showing us what the cake bars look like. The back of the packaging has all of the information about the cakes, the ingredients, nutritional values and warnings.
Inside the box the cake bars come individually wrapped in clear plastic wrappers which is a bonus as children will not be embarrassed taken them to school as they do not have the Tesco Value logo on them!
~~APPEARANCE AND TASTE~~
The cake bars to look very tasty. They are a good size, measuring approximately 8cm long by 4cm wide and 3cm thick. They are a golden brown colour and you can clearly see the chocolate chips in them.
When it came to taste the one thing I did worry about was them being too dry but this is not the case, the sponge cake is very moist and delicious, it feels light to eat and not at all heavy like some cheap sponges are. They are easy to eat and do not get stuck in the teeth. The cake is full of chocolate chips which are milk chocolate and also taste very good. The comparison between the soft sponge and the harder chocolate chips is great. I have to say love leaving the chocolate chips in my mouth until the sponge has gone so I can suck the chocolate. It does taste nice and pleasant and not overly rich. I am happy that it is milk chocolate and not dark chocolate like the majority of chocolate chip cakes are.
The cakes do crumble slightly but no where near so much as others, I do find I sometimes have a few crumbs on the table cloth when my boys have eaten these but it is only a small mess compared to biscuits. For adults this will not be a problem as the cakes can fit into the mouth whole with ease, I have not tried this but hubby does on a regular basis.
The cakes are nice and easy being individually wrapped so they make a great addition to a school lunch box. They are also good for picnic or a snack when travelling.
The cakes come in a box of 5.They have a good best before date and the pack which I bough yesterday have a life until December so they are good to keep in the cupboard for emergencies.
The ingredients for the cake bars are:-
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Milk Chocolate Chips (12%), Pasteurised Whole Egg, Pasteurised Whole egg white, Glucose-Fructose syrup, Stabiliser (Sorbitol), Humectant (Glycerine), Dried skimmed milk, Modified Maize starch, Raising agents (Potassium Carbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Glucono-Delta-Lactone), Salt, Natural Flavouring, Thickeners (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Emulsifiers (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids).
Milk Chocolate Chips contain: Sugar, Dried Whole milk, Cocoa butter, Cocoa Mass, Whey powder, Dried Skimmed milk, Emulsifiers (soya Lecthins), Natural Flavouring.
The nutritional values per cake bar are:-
Energy – 115 Kcal
Protein – 1.8g
Carbohydrates – 14.6g
Of which sugars – 6.3g
Fat – 5.5g
Of which Saturates – 1.1g
Mono-saturates – 2.9g
Polyunsaturates – 1.2g
Fibre – 0.5g
Sodium – trace
Salt Equivalent – trace
From these values we can see they are not very health but they do contain less calories per bar than one slice of thick white Hovis bread (this is my reasoning for eating them!)
The cake bars have some allergy warnings on the back of the box and these include the fact that they contain milk, wheat, gluten, egg and soya. Tesco cannot guarantee that they have been made in a nut free factory but the recipe is nut free. These are also suitable for vegetarians.
They must be stored in a cool dry place and once opened in an air tight container.
The packaging is 100% recyclable, with the exception of the individual wrapper.
~~PRICE AND AVAILABILITY~~
These are a Tesco Value product so they can only be bough in Tesco stores. Other supermarkets do their own versions of them but I cannot comment on their quality. These cakes are priced at the bargain price of 68p.
Yes, I am more than happy to recommend these as they taste great and are quick and easy to pop into a lunch box or pocket for a snack. They are certainly worth trying for the very small price tag.