Bis Frollina Di Confettura Di More E Mirtilli. It’s a long name and there’s a lot of information on the sleeve to unpack. We’d best get cracking on this Italian pastry tart snack review!
Okay, the glaringly obvious one is – is it Bis Frolline or Bis Frollina? In short, both. I think. Though my Italian language skills are non-existent, I’ve got a feeling that Bis Frolline is the plural version and Bis Frollina the singular of the word. If you can shed some light on it, feel free to drop a comment below!
As for how the name translates? Well I’ll not embarrass myself.
I picked these up in Rewe, a German supermarket. They come as a multi-pack of four individually wrapped tarts. As you might have guessed, they’re filled with a fruit jam that according to English translation on the back is: “Cake with Red Mulberry and Black Bilberry Jam”.
They’re made without palm oil (“senza olio di palma”) and in the long list of ingredients, there’s wheat flour, butter, eggs and vegetable fats though I spy “powder milk” on the list of allergens too. So in short, they’re no good for anyone with allergies or a vegan diet.
Each 50g tart (or cake, or biscuit) comes in at around 210 kcal.
On opening, it smells gently sweet and has a tender crust that lands somewhere between shortbread and shortcrust pasty – though it leans towards the latter. There’s a nice crumbly quality to it, with a pleasant amount of biscuit crunch and tender pastryness.
Naturally they’re a little on the dry side, though that’s to be expected with a mouthful of pastry and only a small amount of jam in the ratio. Coming in at 30% jam, there’s more of biscuit than of fruity filling with these double-crusted tarts.
The thing is though – I like it.
The jam has a nice generically berry flavour but it’s a touch on the sweet side. I’ve have liked to see the filling contain more fruity tartness, but with a mass produced, pre-packaged product like this I can’t say I’m all that surprised when there’s too much sugar involved.
It’s not an amazing product, by any means. But! It is what I expected, more or less. Imagine ‘Mr. Kipling Goes to Italy’ and I suspect you’re in the ballpark. In my opinion, it’s not something worth hunting down, but if I was offered one I wouldn’t say no. It is what it is and it’s nice enough.