“ Brand: Gu / Type: Truffle „
In an attempt to give my best buddy a yummy birthday dinner with a minimum level of effort and cooking required, I was on the lookout for a good dessert! I have tried Gu puddings before and thought that this delicious looking dessert would fit the bill and also look a bit posh for the occasion. They are available in many supermarkets and cost RRP £2.99. For this price you get two individual Choc & Vanilla Cheesecakes.
Product description: "Gu - chocolate extremists with a good dollop of fun.
This is a case of 1 + 1 = 3. Alone, our vanilla cheesecake is a dreamy combination of buttery biscuit base and endlessly soft cream cheese. And our gu-ey chocolate ganache with 53% cocoa Belgian chocolate is a force to be reckoned with, a taste sensation that will knock u sideways. Add them together and they create something totally new: so perfectly rich, so sensationally smooth that it might just mess with the laws of the universe."
Each pack contains 2 choc and vanilla cheesecakes, weighing in at 90g each. They are packaged nicely in a fancy looking box with a sleek black design. Inside, the desserts are served inside little glass ramekins and are sealed with a peel-back foil lid to keep the cheesecake fresh. I love these little ramekins as they can be kept and re-used after you've finished the pudding, and I use these all the time for making my own desserts and baking. It sort of justifies the higher price for 2 little servings of cheesecake when you could buy a bigger one and get many more servings sliced out of it for the same cost.
The cheescake itself looks nice, although a little plain. The ramekins help add a bit of a decorative touch, even though they themselves are fairly plain it is nice to have them served in the individual dishes. You can see the different layers of biscuit, vanilla and chocolate through the side of the glass container and this gives a nice neat stripey effect. There is a thick layer of the chocolate ganache on top, with an equal amount of vanilla cheesecake, and then a thin strip of biscuit crumb forms the base.
The chocolate and vanilla layers are incredibly smooth and creamy and have a thick consistency to them. Somehow they still manage to feel light and fluffy and they have a dreamy texture. The chocolate layer is very rich and you get a strong burst of chocolate flavour which is lovely for us chocaholics! Even though good quality high cocoa content chocolate is used, there was no bitter taste and it had a nice milky taste. The vanilla layer was perfectly complimentary and blended really well with the chocolate to give an overwhelming sweet taste. Yummy! The biscuit base at the bottom was a bit too thin for my liking, I really enjoy a nice chunky biscuit base on my cheesecakes. It also had some cocoa mixed in with it to give an extra burst of chocolatey flavour.
This is a very tasty and indulgent treat and I must say they went down very well! I would buy them again as a quick and easy "cheat" dessert for after a nice dinner at home, although looking at the nutritional values (in particular the saturated fat and sugar content!) was a bit shocking and I would save them for special occasions as they are definitely on the unhealthy side.
Chocolate ganache (39%): whipping cream, chocolate (11%) (cocoa mass, suagrm cocoa butter, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla), milk chocolate (4.6%) (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla), glucose syrup, water , preservative (potassium sorbate).
Cheesecake (39%) cream cheese (18%), whipping cream, sugar, pasteurised whole egg, cornflour, water, Bourbon vanilla extract, preservatives (citric acid, potassium sorbate).
Biscuit base (22%): biscuit crumb (wheat flour, vegetable oil, sugar, wholemeal flour, raising agents (sodium bicarbonate, ammonium bicarbonate, tartaric acid, disodium diphosphate, malic acid), inverted sugar syrup, salt, dried whey powder, drie malt extract), sugar, vegetable oil, butter (0.5%), cocoa powder.
Typical nutritional values per 90g serving:
Energy - 1346Kj - calories - 323kcal
Protein - 3.7g
Carbohydrate - 26.7g - of which sugar - 19.3g
Fat - 22.4g -o f which saturates - 13.1g
Suitable for vegetarians. Both the cardboard packet and the glass ramekins can be recycled after use (although I prefer to keep and re-use the ramekins).
From time to time we fancy something a little luxurious and sweet for after our dinner and these Gu Desserts seem to be the ones that are tempting us time and time again. Our current favourite is this Chocolate & Vanilla cheesecake and with two in a packet it's perfect for a couple.
These cheesecakes come in glass ramekins which can obviously be reused and is one of these reasons I have been choosing these over the other luxurious desserts currently on the market.
The top of the ramekin has a little silver foil cover over the top ensuring that these are kept fresh in the fridge at all times and if the packet comes undone (seems to be a common problem when in our fridge) then we know that they are still clean and safe to eat.
There are three layers to this cheesecake. The top layer is the signature Gu chocolate truffle which is deliciously thick, creamy and rich. The chocolate tastes luxurious and expensive and this is not just any chocolate topping. The truffle is perfectly smooth and I always sample a little bit of this on it's own before digging in to the rest of the cheesecake. The second layer is the vanilla cream cheese which is thick & creamy and the perfect complement to the chocolate truffle topping. The bottom, and final, layer is a biscuit base. This is the only part of the cheesecake which I feel could be improved. The biscuit base is not very crunchy and has a more whipped, smooth texture to it meaning that the whole thing has quite a smooth taste to it.
I enjoy the taste of all three layers and I feel like they work very well together and each layer complements the next. When I am eating this cheesecake I find that there should be more crunch to the base and slightly more of it to give the perfect balance, however, this is still a very enjoyable cheesecake that we have enjoyed on a few occasions recently. This is quite a sickly cheesecake (like most) and I find that the 90g serving is just enough to give me a deliciously rich chocolate hit without making me feel too stuffed to the gills.
I would definitely recommend this cheesecake, particularly if you are a fan of the other Gu chocolate puddings as it does have that deliciously luxuruious taste to it which I have come to expect from Gu puddings.
Each pudding contains 435 calories, 26g of carbohydrates (of which 15.7g sugars), 30.6g of fat (of which 17.g saturates) and 0.1g sodium. I personally feel that this is very high for such a small dessert and this is the main reason that we don't enjoy it more often rather than the expensive price tag.
These Gu Choc & Vanilla Cheesecakes are available in lots of different supermarkets for £2.99. These may be a little more expensive than similar desserts available but as these are provided in little glass ramekins I find them to be a luxurious treat that's worth every penny!
My last review was about an indulgent treat that was not very nice at all so I thought I would review something that is far nicer, more indulgent but sadly more expensive and more calories then again they do say you get what you pay for and this is worth every penny.
I love Gu products, they are excellent where the emphasis is on quality rather than quantity. These Choc and Vanilla Cheesecakes which will set you back £2.99 for two small servings but they are so wonderfully tasty that they are worth every guilt ridden second that you spend consuming them.
They come in two small glass jars all within a stylish black box with the distinctive Gu branding on it. In all there are three layers to the cheesecake. The top layer is lovely dark chocolate which has a smooth surface the chocolate is 53% Belgian cocoa chocolate and is quite a deep layer compared with the other components, it has a strong chocolate taste and is quite thick and creamy. The vanilla cheese centre balances out the strong chocolate taste and the two combine together wonderfully, there is also a crumbly chocolate base that is a bit disappointing and the only weak link in the whole product.
These make a lovely indulgent treat especially after a hard week at work and I certainly do recommend them.
Me and my mate treated ourselves to a Gu cheesecake each yesterday and it was the best cheesecake I've ever tasted!
It's rich and complete chocolate overload and even though it was proper sickly I still wanted another one after! lol It's like a normal cheesecake and is in 3 layers with a chocolate biscuit base, yummy vanilla cheesecake filling and thick layer of chocolate on top.
All the flavours are sweet, rich and delish. The chocolate on the top has got the taste of a very rich chocolate sauce only it's got a soft but solid texture. The vanilla filling is the same and is nearly solid in texture but amazingly creamy and melts in my mouth as I'm shovelling spoon after spoon in!
I loved this cheesecake and think it's one of the best I've ever eaten, and believe I've eaten loads of them because I love cheesecake!
All together this dessert has got a rich and very strong chocolate flavour that leaves you wanting more, the fact that the biscuit base is also made of sugary chocolate biscuits just adds to the complete chocolate taste of it. The only thing is that the biscuit base is a bit too wet for me because I prefer a crunchy cheesecake base, it still tasted wicked but I would have loved it even more if it had had a bit of a crunch to it.
The taste of vanilla in the cheesecake is quite strong but the large amount of chocolate does cover it a bit, that's ok though because the flavours go so good together that you can still taste the vanilla under the chocolate and it brings the richness of the chocolate out even more.
These cheesecakes come in glass ramekins that you can use for your cooking then, my mate took ours home because they're just the right size for her baby brother's dinners and her mum buys loads and loads of small pots and ramekins. I reckon a nice homemade cheesecake would go wicked in the ramekins though and I can see GU ramekins on a lot of Xmas dinner tables in the UK with salmon mousse and stuff like that in them.
Until lately I had never even heard of Gu desserts. Now, due to these cheesecakes, I have a full blown addiction!
I first encountered Gu as part of a meal deal in Sainsburys. My sister and I decided it was time to treat ourselves, and for the princely sum of £5, we purchased a Italian meal deal, which included a pack of 2 Gu chocolate cheesecakes. As these were on sale further down the aisle for £2.99, this seemed a bit of a bargain!
We enjoyed our meal, and wondered whether the time was right to eat our desserts. So we shipped the children out into the garden, sat down with a cup of tea...and found ourselves in heaven.
The Gu puddings came in two seperate glass ramekins- which have found a nice home in my cupboard to be re-used!- and covered with foil, so they could be kept in the fridge if needs be. Opening them up, we could see a delicious looking layer of thick, creamy chocolate- this took up nearly half of the depth of the ramekin, it was that thick. Underneath that was a layer of vanilla, and, finally, a layer of chocolate flavoured biscuit.
The first taste of this was unbeliveable. You can't really get much of the other flavours in the first mouthful, just the rich chocolate, but it doesn't matter because that chocolate is so nice! It is actually chocolate grenache, and is made with 53% Belgian chocolate. It is so tasty I would have given up the rest of the dessert quite happily and just had a pot of this! When you do get through to the other components, you will find the vanilla is the perfect light, sweet antidote to the chocolate, allowing you to appreciate the flavour even more, and the biscuit base, while thin, is just the right texture- still slightly crumbly, with just the right amount of crunch.
The only criticism I have to offer about these is that the slightly awkward shape of the ramekin means it can be difficult to get the chocolate base right out of the bottom. These are also extremely fattening, but, as an occasional treat, who cares!
This dessert was so appealing, I have since invested in lots more! Currently they are on offer in Sainsburys, selling four for £3, which is a great offer for the feeling of pure indulgence that these give!
I have recently started a little tradition of buying myself a special treat on a Friday, as it's my husband's Pub night. This week's choice was this twin pack of Gu Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecakes (and yes, I was planning in eating both!), however I ended up having my first one rather early due to stress of car trouble! I digress...
I decided on these as I really loved their chocolate souffles and the Gu packaging always jumps out at me from the shelf, looking luxurious and decadent (with a matching price!). These cheesecakes are presented in a black box and are served in glass ramekins, with foil removable lids. Feeling naughty but really looking forward to my treat, I sat myself down with a cup of tea and a teaspoon to tuck into my cheesecake.
The first thing I noticed was the thick layer of chocolate ganache, which looks and smells rich and delicious. I also noticed that the cheesecake layer was almost white, not yellow like in the picture on the box - but I was rather more interested in the chocolate experience!
Digging in with my spoon for the first mouthful, I was careful to get a bit of each layer. The biscuit base is very crumbly and you don't get a lot of it with each spoonful. My first impression was
chocolate heaven with a little cheesecake and biscuit too. The ganache is incredibly rich and you really do get an intensely chocolatey hit from. The biscuit base is lovely and crumbly (though you don't get enough of it) and the cheesecake is creamy, if a little overpowered by the ganache.
However, 3 or 4 spoonfuls in I did find it getting rather sickly and had to stop for a few swigs of tea (a cuppa is definitely a neccessary accompaniment to these desserts). Halfway through and I was really struggling. I found this odd because I have managed to eat 2 of their hot chocolate souffles in a row before with no trouble at all, but these cheesecakes are very very sweet with none of the bitterness of the chocolate in the ganache, just the sweetness.
An hour later and I still feel rather sick, having left the last few mouthfuls as it got too much. I understand this is a personal thing as everyone has different tolerance levels of sickliness, but personally I certainly won't be buying them again - I'll be sticking with the souffles (mmmmmm) - and my husband will probably come home to find his wife has generously saved him a cheesecake!
The idea behind Gu desserts is that people will be prepared to pay a little extra and would prefer to eat something of a high quality but in small amounts rather than getting loads for less of a poorer quality product and that is why you get small portions of extremely high quality desserts all within a rather stylish branded packaging.
That is certainly the case with these Choc and Vanilla Cheesecakes which will set you back £2.99 for two small servings but my they are so decadently seductive when it comes to taste that they are worth every guilt ridden second that you spend consuming them.
They come in two small glass jars all within a stylish black box with the distinctive Gu branding on it. They are quite small and through the glass you can see the three layers of the cheesecake.
The top layer is lovely dark chocolate which has a smooth surface and it is like dipping your spoon into a solid chocolate lake as it disturbs the smooth surface, the chocolate is 53% Belgian cocoa chocolate and is quite a deep layer compared with the other components, it is also wonderfully dark and tasty and made for eating slowly as you lick it from the spoon. The vanilla cream cheese centre offsets the slightly harsh chocolate taste and the two combine together wonderfully, there is also a crumbly chocolate base that personally I found very thin and it adds little to the otherall taste of the cheesecake.
These are excellent and with the other half working away atthe moment the only question is whether I can hold off until tomorrow before I eat the second one.
I first encountered the delectable Gü brand when I got to sample their chocolate mousse at a black-tie ball, and I have to say it was the best chocolate mousse I've ever eaten (and I've eaten a lot!). So it was with high expectations that, when we decided to splash out on a treat, I reached across the Sainsbury's fridge to a Gü 'choc & vanilla cheesecake'. I love cheesecake, I love chocolate, and I love the Gü brand... so it had a lot to live up to.
The Gü company is based in London and describes itself as 'chocolate extremists with a good dollop of fun'. I bought the single, large cheesecake, which is 450g and cost £3.99; this was on a par with Sainsbury's 'Taste the Difference' top own-brand chocolate cheesecake. The packaging is a smart, black cardboard box, with the distinctive Gü logo in the top left and a rather yummy looking slice of cheesecake being lifted out of a large stripy brown and cream coloured cheesecake. It looks like an up-market devilish treat. I particularly like their serving statement of 'serves... 8 cautious slices or 6 confident slices' as it always annoys me when desserts claim to serve 10 people, when in reality they only serve 4 adults with normal-sized appetites. I would agree that most people would be quite happy with a 1/6th or 1/8th slice.
Clearly, being a chocolate cheesecake, this is not going to win you any diet points. For those who worry about these things, the nutritional info is stated both per 100g and per 1/6, which is very user-friendly. For each 1/6th slice you're getting 21g of fat and 286kcal - but hey, who cares if it's a treat. The cheesecake also contains eggs, gluten and nut traces so would not be suitable for people sensitive to these products.
The cheesecake needs to be kept refrigerated but, to be honest, it didn't last long enough to melt in my household. When we got home I cracked open the black box and pulled out the cheesecake in its plastic shape-keeping tray, and a delicious smell of chocolate swept around the room. My husband and I are lucky and don't worry about our weight, so we cut it into just 4 large slices and took one each to start with. The cheesecake looks just like its picture and consists of a rich, dark brown chocolate cheesecake top layer, a layer of cream-coloured vanilla cheesecake in the middle, and a pale brown biscuit base at the bottom. It held together well on the plate and frankly looked good enough to eat... immediately. So I did.
The chocolate whiffs did not lie and as I took a spoonful of cheesecake the ever so slightly crunchy base was light and crumbly and off-set the silky smoothness of the cheesecake itself as it melted on my tongue. The vanilla and chocolate merged perfectly in my mouth and I was off to chocolate heaven. I'm not always a fan of chocolate cheesecakes as they often taste of synthetic chocolate flavouring - this cheesecake, however, tasted like I'd just melted chocolate and poured it into my mouth.
Needless to say I polished off my slice and went straight back for the other quarter!! 10 out of 10 on taste, look and smell - an all-round excellent value top-range product that I would highly recommend you get out and try.
I was in Tesco this morning looking for a dessert to serve at a dinner party I am holding on Sunday, I will cook all the food myself but shop bought desserts are such good quality these days that I think I can get away with it. I noticed GU Choc and Vanilla Cheesecakes were on special offer at £1.99 for 2 instead of £2.99 so I bought a box to try them and if they are nice enough then I will go back to Tesco and stock up for everyone to eat after their meal on Sunday.
I have never tried this before so I am writing this review based on my very first impressions of what looks to be a delicious cheesecake. Opening the box I am confronted by the cheesecakes in glass ramekins and they look absolutely wonderful, I can see a thin layer of biscuit making up the base topped with a creamy looking vanilla layer and then a thick layer of chocolate to top if off. I think they look divine and the ramekins will certainly come in handy when I am cooking so this was definitely £1.99 well spent.
I have just eaten my first spoonful and I am delighted by this dessert. The biscuit base is soft and moist, tasting very chocolatey and adding a little texture to an otherwise rather smooth cheesecake. Personally I would prefer this biscuit to be crunchier and more bitty as I think this would have lent a more interesting variety of textures to the dessert.
The baked vanilla cheesecake layer is delicious. It tastes like a top quality cheesecake with a sugary flavour, I can taste the vanilla and this soft flavour compliments the chocolate used in the dessert perfectly. It is smooth and creamy with a lovely melt in your mouth consistency that is very moreish and leaves me wanting to immediately open the second cheesecake.
It's the thick chocolate layer that GU have added to this cheesecake that makes it special though. It is thick and coats the spoon as soon as I start to dig in, it is an extremely rich chocolate that has a subtle truffle flavour to it. The chocolate is smooth, creamy and has a very intense flavour that gives me a perfect chocolate hit on a day when chocolate really is called for. The fact that these desserts contain 53% Belgian chocolate cocoa solids explains the intensity of the flavour.
All the flavours in this cheesecake work beautifully together and make this a decadent and delicious dessert (or lunch, as it is today). The flavours all mingle together but because they are all based around the standard cheesecake idea they combine well and immediately as I finished my cheesecake I wanted another one. It is quite a sickly dessert so I imagine that if you did manage to eat both of them then you would probably feel rather ill afterwards, and the chocolate is such a rich and gooey variety that I think too much would quite probably have a laxative effect. You have been warned.
Now for the bad news. One of these small individual cheesecakes contains a massive 356 calories and a downright terrifying 26g of fat so I think I had better try to forget that second dessert that is sitting next to the salad in my fridge! I'll definitely be buying them for my dinner party though because they are delicious and posh tasting, plus I need new ramekins!
I came across Gu chocolate puds a while ago and recently bought Gu Choc & Vanilla Cheesecakes. Now, I am very partial to chocolate, but in general I tend not to go for chocolate puddings as most tend to be 'chocolate flavoured' and have no resemblance to the taste of real chocolate, however Gu puds are something else!!
Puddings in the Gu range include:
Hot chocolate souffles
Chocolate truffles with Raspberry Compote (this is gorgeous)
Chocolate Amaretto truffles
Hot choc and coffee souffle
Choc, Orange and Almond truffle
Dark chocolate, Orange and Almond Torte
Fluffy double chocolate mousses . . . plus many more
Gu Choc & Vanilla Cheesecakes are 2 x 90g pots and cost £2.49. They can be found in the chilled 'yoghurt' section in a supermarket and the puddings are packaged in a black cardboard box which is recyclable and the 2 choc cheesecakes come in glass ramekins. The glass ramekins have a plastic cover over the puds and are also fully recyclable, if you wish to throw them out, however they do have other uses. You could use the to make your own soufflés or crème brulee (that is if you are an adventurous cook, I on the other hand am not), I like to use them to keep sweets in, they can be used as candles - all you need to do is pop a tea light candle in one, you could put a little plant in there if you fancy or use them as jelly pots. At the moment I am using them to store my used tea bags to save me dripping tea on the kitchen floor (which I have come to find out - stains the grouting!).
In general the puds are (very) fancy cheesecakes in a glass pot. First of all there is a layer of biscuit (22%), and then a layer of baked vanilla cheesecake (39%) and the topping is a glorious layer of guey chocolate truffle (39%). As I said, I don't usually buy chocolate puddings, but these are absolutely gorgeous. Some of the puddings, as mentioned above, need to go in the oven, but these don't. They should be stored in the fridge and served chilled.
I don't think that I have ever tasted a chocolate dessert quite like this before. Think of a box of Belgium truffles and how rich and indulgent they taste and this is what Gu puds are like. The chocolate is such good quality that it has a slight bitter taste to it (53% cocoa solids) and you will have to stop yourself from eating both the pots!!
Each pot contains a whooping 365 kcal, 26.4g of fat, 16.5g of sugar - but who cares (definitely not me!). I would much rather scoff one of these than eat a whole box of chocolates and still not feel satisfied.
The only disadvantage that I can think of is that the puds come in 90g pots, so are small. I prefer to eat them using a tea spoon so that the pot lasts longer, as one pot is about the size of 3 large table spoons.
In my opinion, these desserts are a must-have as an indulgent and scrumptious treat and having also tried their Chocolate truffles with Raspberry Compote and Hot chocolate souffles the quality of their products are to a very high standard and are completely moorish!!. Also their products are suitable for vegetarians and all packaging is recyclable.
Over the last few months, Gu Puddings have become more popular and Gu chocolate puds are available from most supermarkets.
For more information go to www.gupuds.com
Address: Gu, Shepherd's Building, London, W14 0DA
Being a sucker for cheesecake and any money off details and having the will power of a BB contestant faced with a camera I got sucked into buying some GU choc and vanilla cheesecakes while shopping in Tesco the other day. Currently they have an offer on which involves buying two for £4 which would appear to be a £1 saving on the normal price in the shop of £2.50 each.
Normally Im not too bothered about the packaging as long as it protects the product after all it will end up in either the recycle bin or the dustbin but with this product it does need a mention. In each box you get two cheesecakes and each one is contained in a small glass jar with a plastic lid. From an aesthetic viewpoint this is a nice touch and indeed means you could probably get away with serving them at a diner party straight from the box but I cannot help but feel that this presentation over function does add to the cost of the product.
Cost is my major criticism of this product hence the mention.
Taste Texture and Presentation
Where this product does begin to justify the price is in the taste, texture and presentation of the cheesecake.
Each cheesecake is made up of three layers, a rather thin base layer of biscuit with another quite thin layer of vanilla flavoured cheesecake and then a rather thick lovely dark layer of chocolate ganache truffle. All three combined they do look rather attractive in the small glass pot however my first thought was one of disappointment at the size of the portion which is far from generous, you really do have to eat these with a small tea spoon otherwise two normal dessert spoon portions and it will be pretty much gone.
At first I thought I would be tempted to eat both at once however once I started eating the cheesecake I realised this would not be the case as it was very rich in taste and certainly as a dessert after my evening meal there was no desire to eat a second once I had finished.
The crowning glory of this cheesecake is the wonderfully dark chocolate truffle which is 53% cocoa which is just about right, any stronger and it would have been too bitter and totally dominate the other flavours. It has a lovely creamy texture and a rich taste and I found myself scrapping off tiny slivers of chocolate to enable me to slowly enjoy the taste and make the product last. This is definitely a cheesecake to take your time over.
The layer of vanilla cheesecake was a little too thin for my tastes which made it quite hard to actually get a taste of it without the other flavours interfering. It was a strong vanilla flavour which dominated the cream cheese too much although as a natural counter to the strong dark chocolate it does work well and it did have the ever so slightly crumbly texture that a cheesecake should have.
The biscuit base was a big disappointment; it was so thin you could see the glass bottom through it. For me a biscuit base should be slightly moist in texture where this one was very dry with little flavour, in fact in amount it resembled more a light topping rather than the base on which a dessert could stand.
One explanation for why these are small yet filling can be found in the fact that each pot has a rather large 30 grams of fat in them and 435 calories but then what did you expect this is all about indulgence not weight watchers. The product is suitable for vegetarians and may contain traces of nuts and definitely does contain wheat, milk, eggs and Soya for those with any intolerance.
Overall I would have some concerns about recommending this product if it were not for the absolutely delicious chocolate truffle which is quite divine. The packaging means that you could probably get away with serving them at a dinner party and they go equally well with an afternoon cup of coffee.
On the downside the portions are not very big and for me they are over priced as they normally retail at £2.50 for two and in my opinion that is a bit too much. Also the biscuit base was not very significant and was dry to the taste.
If you do buy this product make sure you recycle the pots however in my case they were immediately appropriated by my daughter to use to grow crystals in.
If you want any more information go to www.gupuds.com.
Thanks for reading and rating my review
A few years ago I discovered Gü's little pots of thick chocolate goodness and was in heaven. They were rich and satisfying, despite their small size and quite restrained calorie content, and very affordable. While I've been off jetting off around the globe for the last few years, the geniuses in the Gü kitchens have been busy expanding their range to include a selection of delectable desserts, including this beauty.
A simple cheesecake has two components - the base and the cheesy cake bit. A chocolate cheesecake can come with 2 or 3 components in two different styles - like the standard version but with a chocolate sauce topping (3 distinct parts), or as a base with a chocolated cheesy cake bit (2 distinct parts). The Gü cheesecakes are similar to the chocolate topped cheesy cake 3 part version, but instead of a chocolate sauce on top, they have a thick chocolate truffle. Genius.
To look at the cheesecakes are quite pretty as the layers are evenly distributed, and you can immediately see the level of their generosity with the truffle topping, which makes sense since that's the special but that turns a regular cheesecake into a gooey Gü one. The biscuit base is a chocolate one, and the right consistency of firm yet crumbly. It tastes good but is quite thin, and I think it could use a fraction of a fraction more salt. But then my tastebuds tell me that about most foods. The cheesecake centre is a nice texture - solid enough not to be runny, but easy to slice into. It tastes like German cheesecake if you've ever had it - plain yet tasty, and with sufficient flavour to survive without the truffle topping if it had to. The pièce de résistance, though, truly is that truffle. If you've ever had a pot of Gü you'll know what it's like - thick, velvety and scrumptious. It's been dolloped on generously, so there's lots to go around.
The Gü cheesecakes come pre-served in glass ramekins. This makes them look posh enough to serve to guests (along with that 'just a little something I whipped up earlier' lie) but also makes eating them a tad bit tricky. In general I like my spoon to have a layer of each of the 2 or 3 components on it, but the shape of said ramekins makes this a little hard, and the first few digs bring up only truffle and cheesecake, sans biscuit base. The base is the bit that tends to even out the flavour, adding the slightly savoury side to what is essentially a sickly sweet pudding. Thus, without a bit of the base, and with the extra rich Gü truffle topping, your first few mouthfuls can verge on too-too sweet.
Gü cheesecakes cost about £2.50 for 2 which is very reasonable if you compare them to the cost of cake based snacks for you and a friend at a typical coffee house chain - Starbucks' chocolate cheesecake is heaven on a plate, but costs more than that for just one slice. I purchased them this time because they were on offer at Tesco and £1 off made them too irresistible for words.
Generally, cheesecake is not a dessert for those on a diet, and Gü cheesecakes are no different. Each one has about 450 calories in, despite their small, bite-sized portions. Still, imagine what a whopper of a slice from the coffee houses we were discussing early must contain, and Gü could almost seem like the 'healthy' choice. Almost.
Find them in the chilled deserts area, near yoghurts and mousse. Frü cheesecakes are also available, though these are still rather calorific so going for virtuous fruit over sinful chocolate isn't really worth your while unless that's what you actually prefer.
Full marks for the truffle topping and the presentation (each cheesecake in the twin pack is sealed neatly so if they're both for you, and you have some self control, you can open the external packaging and eat one, and leave the other for a week or so without doing it any harm. Minus half a mark for the silly shape of the glass pots and the access this denies as a result. Round up and you still get 5 out of 5, and a glowing recommendation from me that you try these if your Tesco loves you and your wallet (though perhaps not your waistline) as much as mine loves me.
Gü are makers of high quality and deliciously decadent chocolate puddings using 53% Belgian cocoa chocolate.Gü Choc & Vanilla Cheesecakes are crumbly biscuits form the base, which is then smothered in vanilla cheesecake and buried under an avalanche of gooey choc truffle.