After being on a diet for a while and loosing a couple of stones, I watch what I eat now so I don't pile the weight back on. There's one thing I do love though - chocolate!
From time to time I do treat myself but some days I feel like I can't eat it due to some chocolates being high calories so this puts me of buying biscuits or chocolates.
So while I was shopping in Tesco's I came across these in the biscuit aisle while looking for a biscuit type chocolate that wouldn't be loaded in calories these seemed perfect for me, considering my all time favorite is white chocolate!
In Tesco's a 70g box is £1.39 although sometimes they are on special offer,
I noticed some other couple of flavors there such as Milk chocolate and Daim (which I think is caramel), But of course I had to choose the white chocolate ones due to it being my favorite.
'''Nutritional information per per 2.3g (1 biscuit)'''
0.3g of saturates
The packet which reminded me of an over sized cigarette package, with a creamy background and _Mikado_ logo on the front of the box, along with the nutritional info at the bottom. On the back of the packaging is a small description about the sticks inside.
On opening the box I saw lots of thin and tall sticks with the creamy white chocolate on one end and a small bare biscuit part on one end which is meant to be "So your fingers don't get sticky" instead of holding the chocolate bit which melts.
I was fairly excited to try one as I don't usually eat biscuits and chocolates apart from my hot chocolate at night - I was seriously craving some biscuit and chocolate.
A bite of one stick and they tasted very nice! Light and crunchy with smooth creamy chocolate. After having one stick I ended up having 3 more sticks as they were very moreish plus I didn't feel too guilty about eating them.
_Milk Chocolate 49 % (Sugar, Cocoa Butter and Cocoa Mass, Skimmed Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Flavouring: Vanillin), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Lactose and Milk Proteins, Salt, Raising Agent: Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate, Yeast_
_May contain traces of nuts_
_Contains: Gluten, Wheat, Milk, Soya\Soybeans_
_May Contain: Nuts_
'''I would definitely recommend''' these chocolate biscuits as I'm very happy with my purchase and they never last long between me and my boyfriend every time I purchase them. They're probably not the healthiest snack too choose from - but if you wanted chocolate or a biscuit then these are a perfect alternative too choose as they are low in calories unlike some biscuits/chocolates. Beware though - These are very addictive and I can never have just one!
_Thank you for reading my review =)_
_Review is also on Dooyoo under same username_
I'm guessing everyone will remember the advert, the woman kneeling on the photocopier to get the Mikado's and a guy walks in, and it looks like she's photocopying herself. That's how i found out about Mikado. They were launched in 2009 by Kraft, and also come in dark chocolate and milk chocolate, for all yous who dont like white.
I purchased mine from Asda for £1.16 for a 70g box. I'm guessing perhaps other stores such as Tesco and Sainsburys, they may be cheaper. So have a browse around if your looking for the best deal.
They come in a long, rectangular box. The white chocolate Mikado's come in a yellow box, the milk chocolate in a blue and white box, and the dark chocolate in a dark box. They have MIKADO on the front with sticks behind it. The box works much like a cigarrete box. The top of the box opens like a lid, and inside is a foil bag. The Mikado's are in this bag, which keeps them fresh and cool. The packaging is easy to open, and handy if you wanna keep some Mikados for later, as the box lid just shuts back over. There are about 25 sticks per box, but they're really thin, so you get through them quite quickly. The box can be recycled, so that's pretty handy.
The product themselves are long, ultra thin, pick up sticks. Around 3/4 of the stick is dipped in creamy white chocolate, or the chocolate you have purchased, and the end is left bare, to save sticky fingers! The biscuit themseleves taste quite dry, but the chocolate coating them seems to even it out. The biscuits themselves are a light brown colour and the chcolate is quite creamy, and can sort of stick in the back of your throat. The only way i can describe them are like hard breadsticks, or perhaps even pretzels, dipped in creamy white chocolate. I think the taste quite nutty and vanilla-ish. It says on the box, 'White Chocolate 55 % (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whole Milk, Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithins - E476, Flavouring: Vanillin), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Lactose and Milk Proteins, Salt, Raising Agent: Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate, Yeast'
Each Mikado stick contains:
Calories - 11
Sugar - 0.8g
Fat - 0.5g
Saturates - 0.3g
Salt - trace
Which isn't too bad. And the sticks are also suitable for vegetarians. The biscuits contain Gluten, Soya and Milk. And were produced in a factory handling: Almond, Hazeltnut and Pistachio.
I think they're a tad overpriced.
I think they're great for at parties or a snack in front of the tele, and would be suitable for snacks for kids. I like the packaging ideas, it's really handy. And also the stick ideas, leaving a part bare was a great idea! Saves you having sticky fingers! And the foil does keep them very fresh. If im out shopping and i see them, no doubt i'll probably buy a pack, but this time i'll probably check out the milk chocolate.
I buy these biscuits from the pound store. At present, they can be bought at the price of 4 packets for a pound! Although they are relatively low in calories per stick, they are very more-ish and therefore it is quite likely that you will eat the whole pack. Therefore, if you are on a diet, probably best to eat a kitkat or something that totals less calories!!
Also, many of the packets of white sticks that I have bought, I have opened them only to find that they are indeed milk chocolate sticks. There has obviously been a mix-up with the production and therefore I would say this is something to watch out for as if you dont like milk chocolate, it could be a bad suprise!
However, all said they are very tasty: the biscuit always very crunchy. The chocolate is quite thin so feels like they aren't that bad for you. The packaging is very good too: wraped in a foil bag inside the box, keeping them very fresh. a bargain for a pound for 4.
Mikado aka Pick Up Sticks are made by Kraft foods. They are basically biscuit sticks which have been covered in chocolate. They are available in Milk or White chocolate.
The biscuit sticks are housed in a foil bag. They are the put in a tall cardboard box similar to an oversized cigarette packet. There is a perfortrated opening lid.
The white chocolate variety box is a creamy colour. The front has the Mikado name in big letters, some nutritional information and some images of the biscuits and chocolate pieces.
The back of the box gives you the nutrition and contact details for Kraft. The ingredients can be found on the side of the box. The box is notably to be recycled.
The biscuits are long and quite thin. The chocolate coating covers approx 4/5 of the biscuit and the rest is left bare to avoid sticky hands. The biscuit itself is a light golden colour and the chocolate is thick in comparison and creamy in colour.
White Chocolate 55 % (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Whole Milk, Emulsifiers: Soya Lecithins - E476, Flavouring: Vanillin) , Wheat Flour , Sugar , Vegetable Oil , Lactose and Milk Proteins , Salt , Raising Agent: Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate , Yeast , Contains: Gluten, Soya, Milk ,
Produced in a Factory Handling: Almond, Hazelnut, Pistachio.
Contains gluten, milk and soya. These are suitable for vegetarians.
Each biscuit weighs approx 2.3g and contains :
0.3g saturated fat
*Availability and Price*
These don't appear to be as easy to find as the Milk chocolate variety however Asda currently have these at 74p for a 70g pack. Normal price is £1.18.
I am sure we have all send the advert..the lady climbing on top of the photo copier to reach the Mikado sticks when the man walks in and it looks like she is taking a copy of her bits and pieces. When these were released, I didn't fancy trying them as I am funny with chocolate..I like Cadbury and Mars and didn't even realise these were made by Kraft. I am very fond of white chocolate and I first sampled these delights in Barcelona in March. Finding them over here was a nightmare but thanks to Asda, I have a box.
I would offer you one but I seem to have eater them all so haha!
The box these come in is quite cool and the foil does a great job of keeping the sticks fresh. They are a good size and the right thickness to avoid being sickly.
I like how there is a end without chocolate as I really hate getting in a sticky mess. The biscuit has a nice crunch to it. It tastes slightly overcooked at bits on the outside which is really tasty and perfectly cooked and light in the inside.
The chocolate is creamy and not that far from tasting like the white chocolate on a Nestle Crunch bar. It isn't sickly but it his sweet. The coating is quite thick and that and the biscuit compliment each other wonderfully.
Now you get about 25 biscuits in the pack and I managed to eat them all in 5mins. I know that sounds totally greedy and I really should have left some for you all. But in reality, these are too moreish and my hand kept reaching into the box with me knowing.
Try these :)
Mikado is a relatively new biscuit that was lauched in 2009 by Kraft. There appearead to be much hype around these funny little biscuits when they hit the shelves and that was probably down to the clever £3 million media campaign!
Mikado is a milk chocolate biscuit but recently Kraft have created a white chocolate version and a dark chocolate version. On a recent trip to Sainsburys I picked up a pack of white chocolate Mikado...
Mikado White come in a 75g box - much like an oversized box of cigarettes (with a flip lid)... cigarettes for a giant perhaps!? The design is quite different and I like it. The box is also recyclable.
Inside the box the biscuits are wrapped inside a foil packaging which appears to keep them fresh.
The biscuits are really thin and about 4 inches long. The majority of the biscuits are covered in white chocolate but with about an inch of plain biscuit at the ends.
The best word to describe them would be as sticks. I didn't count them but I think there are about 20 biscuits per box.
The fact they have a non-chocolate end is really good as it means your hands don't get messy which makes them good for when you're on the go and for kids. They are also removed from the box by the non-chocolate end.
As for the taste, well they are nice!
The biscuit tastes quite salty which I wasn't expecting, it reminded me of pretzels. They were quite crunchy all the way through.
The chocolate was also nice but there wasn't much of it - it was spread very thinly and rather ungenerously so there wasn't a massive amount of taste to it. The sticks had a hint of creamy white chocolate to them which tasted much like Milkybar, but for the most the taste of the biscuits outpowered the taste of the chocolate.
I suppose if I would have sucked the sticks I would have probably tasted more of the chocolate, but no sucking took place - it was all about munching through them at quite a fast pace!
Because the sticks are so thin you get through them really quickly and they don't fill you up at all.
I was quite happy to learn that there are only 11 calories per biscuit (and 0.5g of fat) but it took me at least half the box for my tummy to feel satisfied, which totals at more than 100 calories!
===Price & availability===
Mikado White is available at Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda for around £1.20 per 70g box, which I personally think is a little too overpriced for what they are. Look out for offers - at the time of writing this review Mikado White are on offer at all of the above supermarkets for between 70-80p.
I would recommend these tasty little snacks to anybody that can get a good deal on them, who thinks they can stop at one or two, or who has a stomach the size of mouse!
These are basically a long thin stick, made of what I can only describe as "Pretzl", that are dipped most of the length in white chocolate but with one end left bare to avoid sticky fingers.
They taste absolutely amazing and they're great to have a little munch on if you just fancy a little bit of chocolate.
The packaging is basically a cream coloured cardboard flip-top box, and the Mikado are inside a foil packet to keep them fresh.
On the front of the box is the Mikado logo and a picture of 3 white Mikado.
Underneath that is the nutrition imformation that states that each Mikado stick contains;
Calories - 11
Sugar - 0.8g
Fat - 0.5g
Saturates - 0.3g
Salt - trace
Obviously for a chocolate based snack this isn't really too bad at all. Main problem is, they're extremely moreish.
I found these delicious little treats in Tesco. When I discovered a 70g box was only 80p I thought I absolutely had to try them. I can tell you, I wasn't disappointed, and if you like Pretzl and white chocolate, you'll love them too.
I prefer white chocolate to milk chocolate and although I didnt particularly like the milk chocolate version of these biscuits when I tried them I thought the white chocolate ones would be worth a try!
I spotted these in Tescos and as these are new out, there are quite a few deals floating about so you can usually find them for a lower price than the RRP. Currently, a 70g box costs 80p in Tesco. They can be found in the biscuit aisle and the picture above shows what they look like.
Opening the box, you are greeted by a foil packet. The biscuits are inside this and are a long shape as shown on the box. The biscuits have the non covered end at the top making them easy to pick up without getting sticky fingers!
Biting into the biscuits I was very pleased with the taste of the chocolate. It was creamy and quite thick. Partnered with the biscuit, it provided a lovely sweet taste which was not sickly or overpowering. Personally, being such a big lover of chocolate I like to suck the chocolate off first and then eat the biscuit! The biscuit tasted quite nice and was quite sweet. I easily consumed over half the packet of these in one sitting without feeling sick so I would stay steer clear if you are trying to watch your weight as it is difficult to stop after one!
One biscuit contains 11 calories, 0.8g sugar, 0.5g fat, 0.3g saturates and Trace of salt. For a chocolate biscuit, this doesnt make bad reading at all, however it is worth noting that they are very moreish and you are more than likely to consume at least ten!
I really enjoyed these biscuits and much preferred them to the original milk chocolate Mikados. I will buy them again and recommend you all to try some!