“ Brand: Sainsburys / Type: Cherries „
I first bought these cherries after a friend had them recommended by her Weight Watchers leader. I love cherries, but as they are really expensive for at least half the year I thought I would give these a go. I have bought bags of frozen mixed fruit before, and am normally disappointed with the small proportion of cherries so a whole bag sounded heavenly to me!!
I wasn't disappointed. When you open the bag you get a light cherry aroma which intensifies as they defrost. The bag is full of fat dark cherries, which glisten in the bag like marbles. Even better, the stones have already been removed so you can just pop them in your mouth without worrying about breaking a tooth!!
You can defrost the whole bag at room temperature in around 2 hours, but I tend to pour a few in a small bowl and these tend to thaw in around 15 minutes. The taste is fantastic, they are really sweet and juicy, and they melt in your mouth. I would say they are on par with fresh cherries, and for me they have a slight edge as there is no stone to worry about. They are also nice to suck from frozen like a mini ice lolly!! I discovered this in my impatience at waiting for them to thaw! I have also made a cherry pie with these, and they are good to cook with. They give out a bit of juice which is good as you need a bit of sauce in a pie, but keep their shape really well.
The bag contains six 80g portions, which equates to approximately 10 - 15 cherries, which is just right to snack, and at only 40 calories a portion you don't have to feel guilty about breaking the diet. For me cherries always feel like a luxury, so I feel like I am treating myself by eating them, and they are sweet enough to keep me off the chocolate!! For a real treat I have them with crushed meringue nexts and a drizzle of chocolate sauce or squirty cream - delicious!
The nutritional values for 100g are :
Carbohydrate (Sugars) 11.5g
Remember these also count towards your 5 a day too. And at £2.00 a bag, or currently on offer at 3 bags for a fiver from Sainsburys, no wonder they are my new favourite food!!!