Don’t you just love it when the words healthy and cake appear in the same sentence? I am a huge fan of cake and I do love to have a slice for a little treat with my morning coffee, but I always feel a tad guilty about it. So, I love it when I discover new products and recipes for healthier treats.
Mr Kipling Exceedingly Good Slices
I was therefore delighted when the lovely people at Mr Kipling contacted me and asked if I would like to try their new range of healthier cake slices. Now there are many good things I associate with Mr Kipling, but ‘healthy’ is not one of them! (I have to admit to having something of a weakness for their angel slices.) However, with their new range, they have produced some delicious tasting, healthier cake slices. Ah…music to my ears.
Mr Kipling wants to encourage us all to #breakforcake (I really don’t need much encouragement) and has recently launched Exceedingly Good Slices as an alternative to a traditional morning snack – designed for those of us who would like a little something sweet to break up our day, but would like something with some added goodness, so we don’t feel too guilty! These little individually wrapped bars combine the sweetness of a traditional cake bar with wholesome ingredients such as cranberries, orange and coconut. They also contain oats to provide extra nutritional goodness and slow release energy, helping stave off those hunger pangs until lunch.
They have also kindly donated a hamper full of Mr Kipling goodies for one of my lucky readers – you can find details about how to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this review.
We were all very excited when our parcel of Exceedingly Good Slices arrived. As usual, I enlisted the help of my merry little band of eager taste testers (AKA my two children and my husband). We were all impressed with the packaging, which is rather smart and sophisticated. In fact, my husband’s exact words were ‘Oooh – they’re rather posh, aren’t they?’, but obviously we were most interested in the taste…
The oats give the slices a really unusual, but really rather delicious texture: somewhere between a cake and a flapjack. I particularly liked this – it’s nice to taste that there are real oats in there (30% according to the packet). I’m not sure I’ve come across anything with this kind of texture before, but it’s really rather yummy – and something I rather fancy having a go at recreating myself.
We began by tasting the cranberry and orange flavour. They really did taste of orange with lovely chunky bits of cranberry – my only slight negative point would be that this flavour combination was a little on the sweet side for me, but I don’t have a massively sweet tooth – if you like a touch of sweetness, these would be perfect.
The second slice we tried was the coconut and chocolate flavour. These had the same wonderfully chunky, chewy texture from the addition of oats, combined with a delicate coconut flavour and the delicious addition of chocolate chips. (I find there are few things that aren’t improved by the addition of chocolate chips!) Despite the coconut (which I can sometimes find a bit cloying in cakes, but not at all in this case), the slices were less sweet than the cranberry and orange flavour and, for me, had the perfect balance of flavour and sweetness (and chocolate!) and were definitely my favourite. Unusually, the rest of my family agreed with me.
Not only do these slices taste great but, as someone who suffers with an inability to cut small slices of cake, the thing I really love about these exceedingly good slices is they come in little individually wrapped portions, each around 135 calories – perfect for a little morning snack – and yes, admittedly probably not as healthy as a bag of carrot sticks, but sooo much more tasty! 🙂
How much do they cost and where can you buy them from?
These little cakes currently cost around £1.49 per pack of four. A quick whizz round the internet tells me that they can be bought from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrison’s. If you hurry Tesco currently have them on a buy 2 for £1.50 deal (finishes 18/04/16).
Fancy winning a Mr Kipling hamper for yourself?
The lovely people at Mr Kipling have kindly donated a hamper of Mr Kipling goodies for me to give away to one of my wonderful readers. The hamper is worth over £30 and will be filled with a selection of Mr Kipling classics, such as Angel Slices, French Fancies and Battenberg Cake, as well as both flavours of the new Exceedingly Good Slices. All you have to do to enter is write a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post and complete the Rafflecopter widget to say you’ve done it. If you want to, you can get extra bonus entries too! Just follow the instructions in the widget below.
Help! I’ve never used Rafflecopter before…what do I do?
Rafflecopter is a little widget that allows me to run a kind of raffle on my website, except instead of entering by buying a raffle ticket, you enter by doing things such as commenting, following me on Twitter and visiting my Facebook page. For one entry, all you have to do is answer this simple question: What is your favourite mid-morning snack? Once you’ve done this, the Rafflecopter will unlock all the other ways you can enter, but don’t worry – you don’t have to do them all (though I’ll love you forever if you do 🙂 and remember, the more entries you make, the more chance you have of winning!) When the competition closes, the little widget will work its magic and select a winning name at random. I will then contact the winner via email to arrange for the hamper to be sent to you.
If you have any trouble at all, please ask via the comments below and I will do my best to help you. Good luck!
**This is a sponsored post – I was sent free Mr Kipling slices for the purpose of an honest review and was compensated for my time. All words and opinions are very much my own. The links in this post are NOT affiliate links**
The small print:
The prize is a hamper filled with a selection of Mr Kipling cakes and will be sent to the winner by Cirkle PR
The total value of the prize (cakes and hamper) will be over £30
The photographs are for illustration only and do not represent the exact contents of the hamper
There is only one prize and there will only be one winner
There is no cash alternative
The winner will be selected at random by the Rafflecopter widget
The hamper can only be posted to a mainland UK address
Once the hamper has been posted, neither Cirkle PR nor Easy Peasy Foodie can be held responsible for any loss or damage to the parcel the during transit
Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget only
The Rafflecopter giveaway will close at midnight on 21st April 2016
The randomly selected winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing
The winner will have 7 days to respond, otherwise a new winner will be drawn
The giveaway is free to enter
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