Wednesday 2 March 2016

Today's Review: Mr. Kipling Lemon Whirls

I've steered fairly clear of the Easter themed cakes this year, for no reason in particular, I guess I've just tried them all already, and I have an unhealthy compulsion to not eat anything unless it's new. I'm pretty sure I haven't tried these Mr. Kipling lemon whirls before, and I don't remember seeing them in previous years, but correct me if I'm wrong. I think it's pretty clear what these are, they're like Viennese Whirls, but with lemon flavoured filling instead of the raspberry jam.

I'm just gonna say it, I'm disappointed. These just aren't that lemony. It may be just down to the actual volume of the stuff, seeing as there's a dramatic drop from 11% raspberry jam to just 9% lemon across varieties, but I don't think a 2% discrepancy in filling would make them so bland. I guess the filling just isn't that noticeable. There's a hint of lemon throughout, but most of the time it's swamped by the biscuit and the cream, and there just doesn't seem to be enough stuff in the middle to stop the shortcake from tasting pretty dry. Still, it's the same old shortcake, and the cream is nice enough, it just all seems out of whack. Maybe if they went with some proper lemon stuff, like lemon curd, it would be a bit better. But from a company that have churned out some great seasonal whirls, these just left me longing for something better.

 My rating: 2/5


  1. I *very* nearly bought these today as I was craving lemon, glad I left them now. Lemon curd wouldn't have been a huge ask! Thanks for the heads up :)

  2. I bought two boxes of these this year. The first one was great, plenty of lemon filling and cream - in fact, enough to leak out of the whirl slightly. I bought a second box, but this was not so good and sounds similiar to your experience. I guess quality is variable when it comes to Mr Kipling lemon whirls.

    1. purchased a box, tasted ok, they are now packed in a long narrow box, when I opened them it reminded me of opening chocolates , they are tiny, an absolute con half the width of the box, very deceptive Tesco, buying Foxy's from now on

  3. Bought some of these, had one tonite ugh it was so dry hardly any filling at all, will not be buying anymore

  4. Not enough filling why not be be more generous and use proper lemon curd the shortbread is lovely but made to taste dry with a lack of filling as with the bakewell's almond slices the jam is painted on could be so good with more attention to detail