Wednesday, 28 September 2011

September 28th: 'Bits n Bobs' Cakes, Muffins & Biscuits

Bits n Bobs features cakes, muffins and all sorts today - some new, some old :D I hope you enjoy the reviews and photos. Be sure to drop me a message if there is anything you guys want featured on the site in the coming weeks. You know reader requests are always gratefully received.
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Fabulous Bakin' Boys Milk Chocolate Chip Muffins
Kcal 226 Fat 11.0g Fat(sats) 1.6g Carbs 28.6g

Starting us off today we have these Fabulous Bakin' Boys Milk Chocolate Chip Muffins which I found on a lovely price discount promotion in Tesco for £1.00. For such little expense, this four pack of muffins seemed like a good deal, and I shared them amongst some colleagues at work who were all very willing to provide some second (third and fourth!!) perspectives on them.

On pack these were described as 'golden sponge muffins with real chocolate chips' - a none to far apart proposition from the Mr Kipling Chocolate Chip Cakes I reviewed a while back (See HERE). The muffins were contained within airtight clear cellophane packs which surprisingly did a very good job as maintaining both appearance and freshness. Breaking these seals and immediate waft of vanilla scents overcame my senses, and this was highly indicative of the taste of the base muffin. Indeed, it was the cake constituents which exceeded most peoples expectations and it's delightful vanilla led sweet taste was nicely delivered through the slightly moistened crumble cake texture. Again to our surprise the chocolate chips were generously portioned throughout, though that said they were generally perceived as poor in terms of flavour delivery. The golden question - would I buy again? Yes I would on that offer. A substantial, tasty muffin offering for fans of vanilla cake.

7.8 out of 10


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Cadbury Boost Cake Bars
Kcal 190 Fat 10.6g Fat(sats) 6.9g Carbs 20.9g

In the past few years Cadbury have released more cake bar varieties than ever before. We've had seasonal varieties, limited edition flavours - you name it, they've done it! One thing they haven't always done however, is use the strengths of some of their sub-brands to create some more attractive and credible propositions. We have had the Fudge themed cake bars (See HERE), but apart from them we have seen little else - until now that is :D Enter the NEW Cadbury Boost Cake Bars which I found in my local Sainsburys store last week (unfortunately not on a £1.00 deal! Doh!).

Straight away these appeared to be offering something a little different from the Cadbury cake bar norm. For starters the packaging was Boost themed and unattached from the usual purple Cadbury colours, whilst they also appeared a far more substantial offering billed as 'chocolate flavoured sponge topped with a chocolate flavoured creme with biscuit pieces and caramel, covered in chocolate'. This all sounds great right!? Well they were! The coating and chocolate sponge were all standard fair for Cadbury cake bars - sweet but chocolatey, on the whole pretty nice. The Boost filling on top however really made these stand apart, with the chocolate creme, caramel and biscuits all bring different textures and flavours to the party. Through the midst of chewy, crunchy and crumbly mouth feels, a lovely variety of butterscotch and cream flavours made for a truly delightful synergy of cake and original Boost bar. I give these a real thumbs up - ChocolateMission recommended!

8.4 out of 10


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Fabulous Bakin' Boys King Cupcakes Triple Choc
Kcal 208 Fat 11.1g Fat(sats) 4.5g Carbs 25.1g

The second Fabulous Bakin' Boys offering today comes in the form of their King Cupcake Triple Choc. I bought these cupcakes in a pack of four after seeing them on a 'better than half price' sale in my local J Sainsbury's. Priced at only £0.80 it convinced me that at just £0.20 a cake was an offer to good to turn down despite previous poor experiences with the FBB cupcake range.

On the pack these had a very small, hidden-away descriptor which worryingly them described as 'chocolate flavoured sponge with chocolate chips and dark chocolate flavour topping'. Worrying 'chocolate flavour' billings aside, they did look suitably appetising dressed in the cellophane packet and paper based wrapper confines. The praise I'm afraid to say ends there however, as the taste test proved to be somewhat of a downfall. In the effort of being succinct, the sponge was dry and flavourless, which is a description highly applicable to the 'dark chocolate' topping just with the dryness replaced by a god awful waxy mouth feel. Flavour wise the only real contributor to the experience were the chocolate chips which in the large part were criminally under portioned and MIA for most mouthfuls. I wouldn't buy these again - not even on that ridiculous offer.

5.4 out of 10


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McVitie's Digestives Dark Chocolate
Kcal 84 Fat 4.2g Fat(sats) 2.2g Carbs 4.7g (per biscuit)

Biscuits as famous as these ones need no introduction so I will simply point you in the direction of my reviews from the other parts of the McVitie's chocolate digestive range. For my review of the McVitie's Milk Chocolate Digestives - See HERE, McVitie's Caramel Digestives - See HERE, McVitie's Temptations Belgian Milk Chocolate Praline - See HERE. That's enough pimping of my own blog and old reviews - lets just get down to business with these dark chocolate digestives :D

As I said above these dark chocolate Digestives are every bit as well renowned as the milk chocolate alternatives and they are a common feature amongst the biscuity treats that normally adorn my work office. Descriptor wise they are described as 'Wheatmeal biscuits covered in plain chocolate', and they come sized in the same profile as the standard Digestives (none of that smaller sized biscuit nonsense like the caramels). I did buy a pack specially for the review, but to be honest with you guys I was already very familiar with the taste. Just like any other digestive biscuit the focal point of the flavour delivery was rooted in the wheat biscuit portion, and it brought the standard sweet, malty, salted hinted experience like any other. Compared to the milk chocolate digestives, the plain chocolate placed on top was slower at establishing itself in terms of it's presence, however it's unsweetened cocoa flavours did feel longer sustained once the biscuit was chewed. Due to the sweetness of the biscuit and thinness of the chocolate portion, I wouldn't say the overall experience is far apart from the milk chocolate version. Lets be honest I think we would all be happy with either.

7.9 out of 10

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