Thursday, 20 June 2013

Sainsbury Torinesi Italian Baked Breadsticks Review

Sainsbury Torinesi breadsticksI was so impressed with the range of Torinesi breadsticks from Kallo, that I thought I'd see how Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Torinesi Breadsticks compared. They caught my attention because the box looks like it contains white chocolate sticks, which somehow looked out of place among the breadsticks.

But I hadn’t seen these before, so perhaps this style of breadstick is becoming more popular. A quick glance at the nutrition label tells me each breadstick has 13 calories, which sounds good to me.

 The description on the box says:

Deliciously crispy and light, these authentic Italian breadsticks are made in Piedmont. Enriched with extra virgin olive oil for a smooth texture, the dough is stretched and scored before baking, then snapped to size afterwards for a traditional rustic look.’
Sainsbury Torinesi breadsticks
Inside the 125g box are two cellophane packs containing about 23 breadsticks each. They looked lovely and pale which I was pleased to see, as the flavour is often spoilt when crackers etc are burnt. Because they’re so thin, a few of them had snapped inside the box - must have happened in transit.

So what do they taste like? Well, they’re crisp on the outside and give a satisfying snap when you bite them. They are of course very dry, but its only once you start chewing them that you can appreciate the lovely bready taste and even detect the olive oil they’re baked with.

In order to properly taste their flavour, it’s best to eat them dry without any dips. Some were a bit darker than others, but I definitely preferred the paler ones.

My children are very happy to eat them, mainly to dip into hummus, and will willingly snack on them when the munchies attack.

Sainsbury Torinesi breadsticks
Torinesi Italian Baked Breadsticks (with a pencil for size comparison)
As you can see from the traffic light symbol below, they are high in salt, but individually, there are only trace amounts. They’re low in sugar and saturates and individually, low in calories.

Available in the crispbread and crackers aisles of Sainsbury’s stores and also online.

(Since writing this post, these breadsticks have become a permanent fixture on my Sainsbury's shopping list. Hubby snacks on them while on the 5:2 diet and random other times, as do I. They've become the 'breadstick of choice' in my household!)

Nutrition Information per breadstick:13 calories, 0.3g protein, 2.4g carbohydrate, 0.1g sugars, 0.2g fat, trace saturates, trace fibre, trace salt. Suitable for vegetarians.

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