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A buttery shortbread base with explosive Ginger icing.
Contains Gluten, dairy and eggs.
Processed on equipment that also handles peanuts, sesame, soy, sulphites & tree nuts.
We are both fans of ginger crunch but all too often the product is really dry, and needs to be accompanied by copious amounts of coffee so it does not stick to the roof of your mouth. This one is quite different. It is beautifully moist and fresh, and after our first bite we were both hooked. Another product to add to the shopping list. I can state categorically that this is the nicest Loaf product to date!
I was intrigued by the word "explosive" and was prepared for a strong reaction to what might be an intense flavour burst, but it was not overly spicy at all. The ginger content is undoubtedly there, permeating both the icing and the biscuit, but although it is strong it is certainly not unbearably so. However, we noticed that it did help my partner's sore throat, calming the coughing fits and alleviating the inflammation, so there must have been a good amount of it present.
The icing was thick and creamy. with little bits of crystallised ginger on top, so as well as being flavoursome it was quite attractive. Even if you were not a fan of ginger you might be tempted to try it on appearances alone. The sugary texture of the icing gave it crunch which further added to the appeal.
We had a takeaway for dinner as we were on the road - fish and chips, which was very nice but also a bit greasy. As we had some of the ginger bites left, we decided to have some for dessert. This was a perfect choice; the ginger cut through the richness of the takeaway and left us with a fresh taste in our mouths. Although the bites are also quite rich, the ginger content neutralises that effect and replaces it with a tingling sensation.
On arrival at our destination, we unpacked the car and settled into our cousin's house. She was away but had left us the key so we were able to make ourselves at home. It was quite late so we were glad we had eaten en route. However, both of us were slightly peckish so made ourselves a cup of coffee and finished off the last couple of ginger bites. We had intended to save the last two for her; alas, they were far too nice to save. We will just have to buy some more if we can track them down in the local supermarket and leave her an unopened packet as a thank you gift!
Miss 5 and I are huge fans of ginger crunch and it something that I make quite often for our lunch boxes so when I saw the Explosive Ginger Bites up for review I was excited to give them a go, as I thought they would be the perfect size for Miss 5 for school and a great thing to have on hand in case I haven't had time to do any baking.
Having tried several Loaf products before I knew that I was more than likely going to like the product, though I must admit I was a little sceptical about the product being "explosive" which by looking at the front of the package I put down to the fact that on top of the icing there were rather large chunks of what looked to be crystallised ginger, which I am not the biggest fan of especially in large doses. I opened up the package which was easy to do as there was a segregated strip along the top of it with a sign which said: "tear here". Looking inside there were 6 pieces of the slice each cut into squares of a uniform size, and which looked perfect for a wee treat as they would take about 2 to 3 bites to finish.
The ginger bites consisted of a buttery shortbread base and a yummy ginger icing which was topped with a generous amount of crystallized ginger. The icing and the base seemed to be of the same thickness which I thought was great as far to often you can buy a slice which has hardly any icing and let's face it the icing is ALWAYS the most important part! I gave one to Miss 5 to try and had one myself and we both really enjoyed the taste, I was happy that the crystallized ginger didn't take over the other flavours, and felt that the level of ginger within the slice was spot on, and enough to leave a gingery taste in your mouth for some time after eating it, Miss 5 declared it yummy and asked if we could buy some more, for the great price of $3 we sure can!
Overall this is a tasty treat which would be perfect to pop in a bag for a picnic or to take along to appointments etc to curb the hunger. I had many plans to use half the pack to crumble up and create a topping for some apple muffins but unfortunately, it was gobbled up before I had the chance so I think I may have to buy another pack soon, I can't wait to try some more Loaf products again soon.
I'm not a huge fan of ginger - I do like it in small amounts as a flavouring, but rarely will you see me enjoying a ginger-based food. (Except Ginger Kisses, I'll eat those by the truckload if I could. ) So, you can imagine my self-annoyance when I damaged a bag while opening the box, and found myself with a pack I could not send out for review, and simply could not bring myself to waste by throwing it out. Thus... I found myself as a reviewer.
The first bite, I was expecting something... explosive. What I got instead was a deep, warm taste with the 'grounding' of the moist yet firm biscuit base, topped by a thick layer of smooth and creamy ginger icing. Surprisingly, I found I very much enjoyed it, to the point where the first portion disappeared almost in one bite. This is very, very unusual for me, and I wondered if the chilli steak I had eaten not that much earlier had affected my sense of taste. I decided to leave it for an hour or two, drinking a bottle of water to help cleanse my mouth, before trying another bite.
After getting sidetracked, it turned out to be about 4 hours later before I got to try again, and found that the bites still tasted just as appealing to be. The second portion again, vanished as if by magic. As did a third and fourth. The next day, I tried once more and sure enough, they still tasted really good, and before I knew it the bag was empty, and I was sitting at my desk looking mournfully at the flat, empty plastic resealable pouch, wishing it had just one more portion hiding in a corner somewhere.
Overall, these were remarkable, in that they had a great layered flavour and a pleasant texture in the mouth. Easy to eat, and appealing to even a non-gingerphile, these are sure to impress most, if not all. The portions are quite a good size, so for sharing with larger groups, you could easily cut each in half, or even quarters, to make them go a bit further - it will also reduce waste should someone take a nibble and not like it. Even if you are only a mild liker of ginger tastes, you will find these to be in your ballpark. Note though: I found the 'explosive' quite misleading, but then I have, through years of abuse, dulled my sense of taste to a degree, and these may have a more vigorous flavour for others with more sensitive palates.
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