Greggs is a very popular shop indeed. Particularly in Sunderland, with there being at least 10, around the city. They are always full at dinner time with queues leading out into the street. I wonder how many people buy their caramel ‘shortbread’.
The slices are sold four to a pack, at £1.65 that works out at 41p each. I’ve always found Greggs prices to be slightly too high, particularly with me being a student. But I am willing to buy their pack every so often.
Immediately I notice their base is much less compact than the likes of Havershams and therefore when trying to eat them you make a crumbly mess. Being solely shortbread base, the taste is very good. But then with every bite a little bit more of the base falls to the floor, which is like throwing a small amount of that £1.65 into the cracks in the pavement
The caramel is more a liquid than a solid, which creates a sea for the chocolate to float on. Unfortunately this causes the chocolate to slide off the slice and also dig down and push some of the caramel out, or it lifts up the back at which point your fingers become sticky (which makes your keyboard messy when trying to write about it). The taste however, is quite lovely, but I find if you have too many slices from Greggs, say you eat all four one after the other, it becomes very sickly and unpleasant. I do not recommend splitting the slice up and eating it in separate layers, the caramel becomes unbearable
Eat all three layers together. It’s possible to enjoy the caramel and the shortbread together, but then the chocolate tastes cheap on its own (which it probably is). The chocolate layer is thin but acceptable and the caramel layer is about twice the thickness of the caramel, but this is more than acceptable, any more in that liquid-like state and it would be hard to digest. Overall, the three layers share a good thickness.
Rating: Well for a simple light snack at an okay price, made as a batch unit and most likely by a machine. it’s not too bad. 5.1 out of 10. If it were hand-made and tasted like it does, it might even lose marks.
I would recommend this caramel slice if there were no other bakeries near where you lived, that sold the slice. Otherwise, hand made ones are likely to be better. And I will find out if this true, throughout my consuming journey.