Askey's were founded in 1910, bringing ice cream cornets to the UK market. They have now expanded to not only provide cones, but wafers, topping sauces and other sweet dessert treats.
I have bought many Askeys products through the years and most recently I purchased their ice cream wafers.
These wafers come in a pack of 48 and the packaging has changed considerably since the picture above was taken. The new pack is now two shades of blue, with lettering in both white and yellow. There is a picture of ice cream wafers on the front, which have been used as the wings of a plane. It really is very cute and is advertised as a serving suggestion.
The packaging is very thin and cannot be resealed, so the wafers will have to be stored in an airtight container once opened. I have had mine for three weeks now and they are still crisp.
Inside the pack you find 48, pale golden wafers, each with the word 'Askeys' printed on them. They are very thin and measure 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches. I mainly eat mine as an ice cream sandwich, but you do have to watch, as the wafers break quite easily. They also work just as well added to a bowl of ice cream, giving a very basic pudding some extra decoration and added texture.
The wafers, although plain looking, do taste lovely and sweet. They are also very crisp, giving your smooth, soft ice cream some added 'crunch'.
*Nutritional Value Per 2 Wafer Serving*
Energy - 11 kcal
Protein - 0.4g
Carbohydrate - 2.3g
of which sugars - Trace
Fat - Trace
of which saturates - Trace
Fibre - 0.1g
Sodium - Trace
Salt Equivalent - Trace
This product contains milk, soya/soybeans, wheat and gluten.
It is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.
Askeys 48 Ice Cream Wafers are available from Tesco for 28p, which is remarkably good value these days.
They are a very affordable way to liven up your ice cream and stay fresh for a long time, preventing wastage.
I would definitely recommend this product and award it 5 stars.
I've recently reviewed Askeys chocolate and toffee Treat sauces, and felt the need to buy and review their wafers as I hadn't had them for ages. Well, it's as good an excuse as any! The Askeys range is a great way to liven up your dessert, such as plain vanilla ice-cream, to suit what you fancy at the time and at a better price than an already-flavoured ice-cream.
Askeys, which originated in 1910, is part of the Silver Spoon Company. They're a prestigious and well-known brand, so I trust that they're products are of good, reliable quality. The range includes a variety of dessert-related treats, including:
Treat Sauces, Crackin' Sauces (which harden after squeezing it out) and cornets & wafers.
Wafers are a traditional and popular addition to ice-cream, and you would have thought that, because they're so simple, any brand would taste the same and do the job. I've found that some can be more like cardboard, so there are differences between makes.
Askeys Wafers are sold in a pack of 48, packaged in a thin shiny foil for freshness. They can be found amongst the other dessert items in the grocery section of most supermarkets, and cost under 20p! In fact, when I picked them up from Tesco, they were 15p. Bargain. 48 wafers should keep you going for quite a while, and with a good use-by date, they're great to keep in the cupboard for when you want them.
The only thing is that once opened they are prone to staleness, which is why I wrap some tinfoil over the end of the open packet and keep them in an airtight tub. Actually, the one little thing that annoys me is how hard it is to get them out of the packet: they're very delicate but packed into the thin wrapper very tightly, so trying to remove one or two from a new packet is difficult without initially breaking the edges of them (you've got to break a few eggs to make an omelette though!).
These contain wheat, gluten, soya and milk, so they're not suitable for those with allergies to such products. Dietary requirements aside, these are 'ideal for the whole family, especially the rascals'. I would agree with their statement because they're quite plain, so there's nothing really to dislike.
Although some may find these have a slightly bland texture, I find them to be great with ice-cream as they complement each other very well. These do have some sweetener in the recipe, which livens them up slightly and makes them the perfect accompaniment to ice-cream. They have a good, crisp texture, which doesn't go soggy too quickly when paired with ice-cream.
There are different uses for wafers, such as an ice-cream sandwhich, or on the side with a bowl of ice-cream. I quite like breaking these up into small pieces and sprinkling them over ice-cream to add a bit of texture.
Askeys are confident these are good quality and tasty, so much so that on the back of the packet they guarantee you'll like them or you can claim your money back. At 15p, however, you wont lose out for trying them.