Product Review: Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good 6 Almond Slices – Fulfilling the Baker's Promise?
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Exceedingly fine? Extremely good?
If you're a Brit who's been around to watch telly any time in the last thirty years or so, then you'll barely need reminding of the tagline of all baked products sold under the Mr Kipling logo. Come on, you know it as well as I do: 'Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good cakes!' And always, always spoken in the cheery, genial, gently amused tones that suggest they are emitted from a portly, rubicund man dressed in a chef's whites and a kitchen apron. Maybe they are!
I could say it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it, in respect of trying out Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good 6 Almond Slices and reporting back to the readership of Hubpages for their benefit, delight and delectation. I could, but I just fear that I wouldn't be all that convincing. So instead, enough of the obfuscation, how about the baked goods?
People always do go on and on about the superiority of home-made baked goods, as opposed to their shop-bought counterparts. And sometimes they do indeed have the rights of it, although not always I do feel. In the case of Mr Kipling's Exceedingly Good 6 Almond Slices, though, I think the verdict comes out about fifty fifty. I would, on pain of death, be forced to describe the texture as excellent: moist and with an even crumb to the golden sponge. As far as my own personal tastes go, though, they are a trifle sweeter than I would make them at home: I prefer a blander, milder style of baking, less heavy with the hand when it comes to the sugar spoon.
There are plenty of almonds, though, a very generous sprinkling, and from the name one can't avoid the conclusion that almonds form a very important part of the overall verdict for this product! Not enough jam, though: any almond slices made in my own kitchen would be much heavier on the jam. Although that actual jam itself used is of a good flavour and quality, at least.
The pastry, let's think about that: once again I would like to offer the accolade that the texture is excellent, crunchy and short. But once more, a little too sweet! Never mind. These are really just the most minor quibbles. Are Mr Kipling's Almond Slices really, truly, exceedingly good? Despite the most minor of imperfections, I would genuinely say that they are!
"God gives us nuts, but he doesn't crack 'em."— Franz Kafka