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I love nothing more than my man coming home from work to a home cooked meal and sometimes a delicious dessert too. It's fair to say that I can be pressed for time some days as I work long shifts and it's not always convenient to spend hours being a domestic goddess and whip up some home 98made desserts. It's for this reason that I purchased this Greens cheesecake mix. I paid 69p for this on a special offer from Tesco with the normal price there being around 80p. It's a fantastically low price even when it's not on offer and I would not hesitate to purchase it again.
This mix comes packaged in a cardboard box, there is a pop out back to the box which shows you all the cooking instructions. This was very useful as I was able to pop out the back, remove the biscuit mix and the cheesecake mix and then put the rest of the cardboard in the recycling. I propped the cooking instructions up against my microwave so it was very easy to see what I needed to do and this was a fantastic little idea of the makers in my opinion!
There were two packet mixes, one contained the biscuit base and one contained the cheesecake topping. To make the biscuit base took just a few minutes, I melted 75g of margarine (butter can be used also), slowly mixed in the biscuit base, stirred well until the colour changed and all the butter was melted and then this base was ready to be pressed in to a tray. I used a circular curry style tray and lined it with tin foil before hand. I then pressed down the biscuit base using the back of a spoon, it took just a few minutes to do all of these steps, I then placed the tray in the fridge for 20 minutes or so until the base was nice and firm. The cheesecake mix was very simple to make, almost as simple as the biscuit base. All that I had to do was measure out 235ml of milk (semi skimmed in my case) and slowly mix in the powder mix while whisking the mixture. I ended up whisking for about 7 or 8 minutes as I was using a handheld mix but obviously if you use an electric mix it'll only take 2 or 3 minutes. It took a fair few minutes and was a little bit more exerting as there was lots of whisking involved. The mixture started to become thick and creamy within a few minutes and the longer I whisked for the thicker it became, I mixed in two teaspoons of vanilla extract to give it extra flavour. Once it was at a decent thickness I took the biscuit base back out of the fridge, dollopped on the cream cheese mix and then spread it over the base with a spoon. There was a nice thick coating all over the biscuit base and I then put this in the fridge for a couple of hours before adding some grated dark and white chocolate to the top for decoration.
Overall this was incredibly easy to make, the preparation time over all was about 10-15 minutes and it only took an hour or two for the cheesecake to set and be ready to eat. The cheesecake was delicious, particularly with the addition of vanilla extract. The biscuit base was crunchy and had set wonderfully, the cream cheese part was delicious, thick, creamy and full of flavour. It was a little bland on it's own but once I added some vanilla extract this gave it a wonderful lift that took some of the tartness and blandness away and left a delicious cheesecake topping. The chocolate shavings that I added made the cheesecake look lovely and the whole thing was very well received in my house. We ate this over 3 nights and it kept well for each of these with nothing taking away from the taste at all. I stored this in the tray I had made it in and just covered the top with some tin foil to keep it fresh. The biscuit base was firm enough that I was able to cut through this and remove slices without them breaking up which is always good for presentation.
I would not hesitate to buy this again, the price is fantastic, it's easy to make and best of all it tastes delicious. I can easily pass this off as homemade which is what I want sometimes if I have guests coming and I've crafted a starter and main course myself and I am running low on time. If you are looking for a cheap way to make your own cheesecake then I'd firmly recommend this. The packet itself is very cheap and the additional ingredients, even the added vanilla extract, worked out at about 40-50p for me. I'm rating this 4/5 as I do feel it's a fantastic mix, cheap, easy to make but without the added vanilla extract it would not have been quite as special.
*about the product*
The product I am going to review is a cheesecake mix made by Greens. Horace Green was a local Brighton baker who believed baking was the warmest way to show you care. It's thanks to his deliciously simple recipes that families have being doing just that since 1907 (a bit of information from the box).
The cheescake mix comes in a green cardboard box which is recyclable. The front of the box has a enticing picture of the finished cheescake and the name of the cheesecake. One side of the box has the ingredients, allergy warnings and nutritional information. The other side has company information and contact details. The back of the box has the method of making the cheesecake. This has been cleverly designed as you can remove this for future reference and you don't need scissors as the card has a perfotrated edge for easy removal.
*what else do I need to make the cheesecake*
The box contains 2 packets. The first is a white packet and this is the cheesecake filling and the second is a clear packet containing the biscuit base. In addition to this you require 235ml of milk & 75g of butter or margarine.
*how do I make it*
The recipe gives step by step instructions on how to make your cheesecake.
For the base
-Line a 17-18cm (7") sandwich tin with foil ensuring the foil overlaps the edges of the tin.
-Melt 75g of butter or margarine in a saucepan and stir in the biscuit crumb
-Once done, spread the crumb mixture over the base of the tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
-Chill in the fridge for 15mins, until firm.
For the topping
-Using an electric hand whisk, mix the cheesecake mix into 235ml of milk for 3 minutes, until thick and creamy. This will take longer if using a hand whisk.
-Spread the cheesecake topping over the biscuit base and smooth with the back of a spoon.
-Chill in the fridge for 45mins to allow to set.
-To serve remove for the tin and peel away the foil. Keep refrigerated and eat within 2days.
Cheesecake mix - sugar, whey powder, modified maize starch, vegetable oil, maltodextrin, emulsifiers E472a, E471, cheese powder, dextrose, milk protein, stabilisers E450iii, E401, E340, skimmed milk powder, firming agent, monocalcium phosphate, lactose, natural flavouring, colour, beta carotene.
Biscuit base - wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil, dried glucose syrup, salt, skimmed milk powder, raising agent, sodium bicarbonate
Allergy advice - contains wheat, gluter and milk.
Contains natural colours and flavour and is suitable for vegetarians.
The cheesecake is designed for 6 people and therefore the following nutritional information is based on 1/6th of the cheesecake as it is prepared.
298kcal, 4.2g protein, 36.8g carbohydrates - 18.2g of which sugars, 14.9g fat - 9.7g of which saturates
*contacting the company*
PO Box 145
0800 783 4321
*availability and price*
Green' cheesecake mixes are available in supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco. I bought mine from Asda and this cost of 80p for a 259g 6 serving box.
I am not the best cook or baker..my limits usually stretch as far as fairy cakes and sponge cakes which are basically the same mixture! I like cheesecake and usually opted to buy the frozen one from Iceland but found that it tasted really fake if that makes sense. Not long after, my sister introduced me to Green's cheesecake mix. I had seen Green's product range in Asda but never paid much attention to it.
The picture on the front on the box made my mouth water and I had to buy one. I have made this in the past for my sons birthday party and it went down a treat with the adults. I bought one last weekend whilst in Asda for the bargain price of 80p. I decided to make it a few days ago as I had PMT (sorry if this is too much information but I really needed cheering up!). The cheesecake is extremely simple to make and preparation time is minimal except for having to wait for it to set. I am very impatient! I use butter to melt as I don't buy margarine and once you mix in the biscuit base in the pot, the smell is amazing. It is very sweet and I for one cannot resist a taste! For the filling I use a normal whisk as i don't have an electric one. It took only a few extra minutes to whisk though my hand was sore. The filling is very creamy and an off white shade. Once it is all mixed together with the milk, it is very fluffy and smells like vanilla for some reason..maybe that is just me!
I left mine to set for about an hour and a half as it was for dessert. Normally plain cheesecake does not appeal to me so although this is extremely tasty and filling on its own, I sometimes opt for a topping of strawberry or raspberry puree which is available from Asda. The taste test - oh my.. I am very proud of my cheesecake, it is firm yet soft to bite into and very tasty. It melts in your mouth and the biscuit base is delicious but not overly hard, just perfect really.
I would highly recommend this mix to anyone as it is very simple, it is cheap and looks very professional (providing you do not drop it which I have done before!).
We sometimes buy a frozen cheesecake for a quick and easy dessert,as you can get them in supermarkets from around £1 this is good value but the quality is not the best, so we had a look at the packet mixes and have never looked back.
A green cardboard box with a picture of a slice of cheesecake and the following large writing: GREEN'S velvety cheesecake, rich and tempting topping on a crunchy biscuit base.
The back of the box has the following information on it:
All you need to add is: 235ml (8fl.oz) of milk, 75g (3oz) butter or margarine (reconstituted milk is not recommended)
line a 18cm(7") tin with foil, melt the butter in a pan and mix in the biscuit crumbs,spread the mix over base of tin and press down, then chill in the fridge for 15 mins.
Using an electric whisk mix the cheesecake mix and milk for 3 mins until thick and creamy, spread the topping over the biscuit base and smooth out with the back of a spoon, chill in the fridge for 45 mins to allow to set.
Inside the box you have 1 clear pack containing the biscuit base and a white bag containing the topping
A bit more info
298Kcals per serving (1/6 of the whole cake.
Keep refrigerated and eat within 2 days.
Making the cake
Mixing the base and topping is easy, the base set well and the topping thickened up after a few minuets whisking, if your only use a hand whisk this will take longer! after an hour in the fridge the whole thing looked ready to serve, at this point i opened a tin of Mandarin segments drained the juice and arranged them on top of the cheesecake, slicing the cake was easy and the base did not crumble into bits.
The base was nice and crumbly and not to hard or dry like some shop bought ones, and the topping is nice and rich and creamy, the added Mandarin segments gave it a nice fruity tang and making it a bit easier to eat, it might of tasted a bit dull without the fruit i think.
For around 80p, and you always seem to get a 20p off coupon on the box, this is a real good buy, it's simple and quick to make, add a bit of fruit to personalise it in no time and you have a cheesecake that would cost £3 - £4 to buy in the shop, i have tried supermarkets "The best" range and this is much better for very little effort.
Buy it, then use your 20p off coupon when you buy it again!
When it comes to cheesecakes I think they can taste very different depending on where you get them. I have yet to find one of the frozen variety that I like, the little individual pots you can buy are usually nice and when I went to New York I had some 'proper' cheesecake which was delicious but so rich I really couln't manage much. Years ago I used to get chocolate cheesecake in little pots but the supermarket stopped selling them and I have never found them since. Greens Cheesecake mix is one kind that I do like. We don't often have puddings in our house except for on a Sunday and we will maybe have a cheesecake once a month.
Greens Cheesecake is a very quick, easy, convenient cheesecake to make. I do prefer to do all my baking from scratch but there isn't always the time. This ready to mix cheesecake simply involves adding milk and butter, easy peasy.
I buy the mix from Tesco or Morrisons and is costs 90p, on the inside of every box there is a 20p off your next purchase, therefore if you use this it costs 70p a time, cheap for a cheesecake that has 6 servings.
It is very easy to make, simply line a sandwich tin with foil, melt 75g/3oz of butter and stir in the biscuit crumb. Put the crumb mixture over the base of the tin and put in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Then mix 235ml/8 fl.oz of milk with the cheesecake mix, whisking until thick and creamy. The topping then goes over the biscuit base and the cheesecake needs to go back in the fridge for a further 45 minutes. It needs to be kept refrigerated and eaten within 2 days.
I also use the mix to make chocolate cheesecake and add cocoa powder to the topping mix and I melt chocolate in the pan with the butter for the biscuit base, its yummy.
Each serving contains 298 calories and 14.9g of fat, not exactly healthy but it can be eaten as a treat.
I have made this cheesecake a few times now and everyone in the family loves it. It may be a lazy way to make cheesecake but it is very tasty, cheap and easy to make, it's a winner with me.
I do like cheesecakes but often find they taste just too rich, and after two mouthfuls I've had enough..this is where this packet mix from Green's is different.
I remember my mum sometimes used to buy this when I was a child and the taste was simply divine. For years I didn't see it in the shops but then one day I spotted it at Asda for the amazingly low price of 45p!
After stocking up on a few boxes I was keen to 'make' my first homemade cheesecake for a taste of my childhood past.
To make it is so simple that even I can manage it without causing some disaster or setting a fire alarm off!
Everything you need is included in the pack apart from a little bit of milk and a tiny bit of butter or margarine..simple? Here we go!
The pack contains biscuit crumb base and cheesecake filling.
The 'cooking' instructions (if that is what you can actually call them) are stupendously simple: For the base:
*Line a 6" to 7" sandwich tin with foil, overlapping at the edges
*Melt 2oz of butter/margarine in a saucepan and stir in biscuit crumbs provided
*Spread the crumb mixture over the base of tin pressing firmly with a spoon
*Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes or until firm
For the filling:
*Whisk the cheesecake mix along with 8fl.oz of milk for 3 minutes until thick
*Spread the cheesecake mixture in the biscuit base and smooth with a spoon
*Place the whole thing in the fridge and leave for 45 minutes to set
Now to the important part..is it mouthwateringly good or just plain rancid??
Well, it says on the box it serves 6 people but it would only have to be a small sliver offered if that were the case. I served to my husband, two friends and myself a decent sized quarter following a meal.
Hubby decided to have his with a dash of cream (to disguise the potentially horrid taste of his wife's baking..?) whilst my guests and myself had it on it's own in a dish, and it tasted.. oh my god absolutely gorgeous!
Now as I said I can't manage more than a few mouthfuls of cheesecake as a rule due to the stodgy sickliness of it. This I found was so light and fluffy, and because it was 'original' flavour (which I would describe as very faint vanilla possibly?) was just the ticket. The biscuit base was lovely and moreish too and you could definitely taste the butter that had been used..MMmm
Energy..1170kj (per 100g)
..279kcal (" ")
Protein..4.5g (" "
Carbohydrates..35.3g (" ")
Of which are sugars...19.6g (" ")
Fat..13.3g (" ")
of which are saturates..8.3g(" ")
The price and packaging~
The mix comes in a 230g
flat oblong box. This is Green in colour (Ha see what they did there.??) and on the front has the logo and the words 'Since 1907' and Original Cheesecake. Underneath is a picture of a slice of the said cheescake looking scrumptious served with some interesting looking fruit (*Physalis*)
The price can range from between as little as 38p to 99p but Asda seems to sell it inbetween at around 45p which for something so delicious is a real bargain.
*It is suitable for vegetarians
*You can add your own toppings such as strawberries or bananas or even mix some chocolate cocoa powder in with the cheesecake mix for a chocolate cheesecake
* For more information contact www.greenscakes.co.uk
This smelt lovely and tasted just as delicious. It was unbelievably easy to make even for me and I will continue to buy this as long as they make it.
% big yummy stars from me!
I always try to keep a stash of sweet treats in the house for when the craving for some sugar hits me. I like using cake mixes sometimes because then I can have a cake freshly made in very little time, the Greens cheescake mix caught my eye one day and I bought it because I have had previous good experiences with the brand. It cost me 99p for the kit from Asda.
It is easy to make your own cheesecake at home, theres no pounding digestives or measuring out long lists of ingredients involved. To make the base you simply stir the contents of the biscuit sachet into some melted butter and then place into a tin and to make the filling you just whip the second sachet together with some milk.
The biscuit sachet contained biscuits so finely ground down that it had the consistency of sand. When made into the base it proved to be almost tasteless and lacking in any bite. I love Mcvities digestives for their rich wheaty taste but this was lacking and a base made with bigger biscuit pieces would have been a lot better.
The filling was pretty gross, it had a pretty strange synthetic taste and left an oily coating on my tongue. It was more like angel delight than the lovely velvety cheesecake taste I was hoping for. After I had left the cheesecake in the fridge overnight it had also started to liquify a bit so you obviously need to eat the cheesecake quickly and can't leave any for later. Tarting up your cheesecake with fruit or sauces is an option but it would have taken an awful lot to make this mess taste good.
This cheesecake mix is a big flop and I won't be buying it again. If I fancy a cheesecake I can buy a cheap frozen cheesecake for not much more money that will taste miles beeter and won't leave me with loads of washing up to do.
Greens Cheesecake Mix:
I love cheesecake but I am not too keen on the frozen ones as they always seem a bit lame. Making cheesecake isn't too hard but its faffy and generally there are things I would rather be making in my kitchen. In Asda, (well on asda.com), I saw these cheesecake mixes for a mere 55p each and decided it would be rude not to try them.
You get a box much like the boxes on any other cake mix and it contains a little packet of biscuit crumbs, (to form the base), and a packet of cheesecake filling mix. You will also need milk and butter. To make the cheesecake is simple, you just line a cake tin, (something like a Victoria sponge tin), with tin foil then you melt the butter and stir in the biscuit crumbs and put in the tin. Then you make the filling which is the same as making and angel delight, add milk and whisk. Pour the filling onto the base and chill until set in the fridge. Easy-peasy.
The instructions are clear and easy to read and you actually open the packet by pushing out the instructions so you get a card with them on and you can dispose of the rest of the box. My instruction card had a voucher for 20p off so my next cheesecake will only cost me 35p!
The flavour of the cheesecake is very nice, it is plain but seems a slight citrus edge to it which is very pleasant. I always tend to add things to my cheesecake like toffee sauce and fresh bananas to make a banoffee cheesecake or strawberries and whipped cream. For a cheap and easy mix this tastes great and better than the cheap frozen ones.
I will continue to buy these as they are great to have in the cupboard for when you want a little treat or if friends come round. They are great value for money and taste nice too.