“ Brand: Sainsbury's „
I quite like many of the products in the Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself range, and even if I aren't particularly watching what I eat it's still nice to eat from this range as lower calorie, lower fat foods are always going to be better for you. The Sainsbury's Be Good To You Range does this without compromising on taste and this is why I regularly buy instead of my normal products from the supermarket, these chocolate mousses are no exception!
Price: These chocolate mousses are 6 for 79p, each container is 62.5g which is about the average size for any mousse or yoghurt. Compared to other products they are pretty much the same price as other Sainsbury's mousses, however they are quite alot cheaper than say a Cadbury's branded one, but then obviously they will be made from a higher quality of chocolate so it's understandable. It works out at about 14p per pot, so it's good for your pocket and well as your waist line!
Packaging: The usual branded Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself packaging applies, green labelling, as all things good for you appear to be, so you just have to have one of these chocolate mousses don't you?! There's also pieces of chocolate on the packaging, however the product is only 5.5% milk chocolate, so it's not as chocolatey as it seems.
Look and Taste: Looking at the mousse in it's little pot it certainly looks yummy, quite a nice rich chocolate colour which is always a good size, putting in the spoon the mousse is really light, a lovely consistency. The taste is actually pretty good, although most of the Be Good To Yourself range are pretty good I wasn't expecting too much, but Sainsbury's exelled itself again. It's not majorly chocolatey but what can you expect? I think it's just enough to satisfy that sweet craving and you don't feel overly guilty afterwards.
Nutrition: Each mousse only has 88kcal, which is really good, similar mousses have significantly more, it also only contains 2.6% of your daily fat and 6% of you saturates so it isn't too bad at all. Like I said, no need to feel guilty!
Overall: A nice little treat if dieting or not, not too expensive either, and good for you! These are definately worth a try, yes you can tell the difference as they aren't as chocolatey as they could be but for 88kcal who can compain?!
I am an admirer of the Sainsbury Be Good To Yourself range, granted I don't buy a massive amount of products from that range but what I have bought has been good quality.
The Sainsbury`s Be Good To Yourself range was introduced in 1999, its main purpose was to promote a food range with lower fat that still had plenty of taste.
Most leading supermarkets have a similar range, Waitrose have `Perfectly Balanced`, Tesco use a traffic light labelling system. I think the retailers now see it as part of their job to offer a healthy range of products to the public.
Chocolate mousse makes a good dessert, mainly rich yet light and sweet but not sickly. If you are having friends around for a meal or it is a special occasion then you may well consider making your own mousse.
But if you take a quick look at the recipe that I have successfully used time and time again you will see that it is fiddly and time consuming, hence given the choice I would choose a ready made mousse anytime.
Chocolate Mousse recipe.
7 ounces of chopped chocolate
7 egg yolks (beaten)
2 tablespoons of sugar
A pinch of salt
7 egg whites
1 1/4 cups of thick cream.
Place the chocolate into a bowl and melt it gently over a pan of very hot water. Stir to keep it smooth, when it has completely melted then set it aside to let it cool.
Place your cream into a bowl and whip it until it is stiff enough to form peaks.
In a separate bowl whip the egg whites along with the pinch of salt until it will form soft peaks, then sprinkle in the sugar and whisk again until the mixture becomes slightly stiffer.
Then fold in the egg yolks, follow on and fold in the melted chocolate and lastly fold in the whipped cream.
Spoon the mixture into glasses or dessert cups and leave to chill.
The recipe above is tried and tested and makes a great chocolate mousse, but you don't always want to go through all of that process, it takes so much time.
Sainsbury`s pack their Be Good To Yourself chocolate mousse in small recyclable plastic cartons. The foil lid is scattered with pictures of chocolate chunks, the Be Good To Yourself logo is at the top right hand side of the packet and the wording tells you that the chocolate mousse has less than 3% fat.
A pack of six mousses costs around 75p, cheaper than the Cadbury`s chocolate mousses and equally as enjoyable.
If you run a warm knife around the edge of the tub the mousse transfers easily into a glass ready to decorate with some strawberries and Kiwi fruit to serve as a sweet.
Using the foil tab lift the lid off of the mousse tub, it peels away easily. Although the mousse may be low in fat they are still made using real milk chocolate. You can instantly smell the cocoa, a sweet smell, nothing bitter about it at all. Look into the tub and on the surface you will see hundreds of bubbles, if you choose to warm the knife under the hot tap and then tip the mousse out into a serving glass you will see that the bubbles run all of the way through the mousse.
Take a teaspoon and try some...the mixture is weightless, the air bubbles disintegrate on your tongue. The milk chocolate taste is uppermost but at the same time it is subtle.
After you have finished the dessert you don't feel that you have over indulged. Served with a little fruit the portion is perfect.
Each mousse contains 84 calories and is gluten free.
The mousse does contain milk and soya.
If you take into account the time that it takes to prepare and make your own chocolate mousse then this is a good and healthier alternative. Most working wives and Mothers just dont have that extra time to spend in the kitchen.
I always seem to be on a quest to lose weight but I also want to enjoy my food at the same time! Is it possible I ask? For this reason, I am always on the look out for healthy ranges and over the years I have bought quite a lot of different items from the Sainsbury's Be Good to Yourself range. They do seem to do pretty much every food type within this range, and I have to say that some are a lot more successful than others as far as the taste experience goes!
This brings me on to the chocolate mousses which come in this range. They come in sets of six pots with each pot being 375 grams in weight. If you can picture this, it is about the normal size for a chilled yoghurt or dessert. The Be Good to Yourself range are distinctive in their light green packaging and healthy apple logo, which seems to be giving the green light for eating them! When you buy from healthy ranges such as these, one of the first things you will want to know is the calorie or fat content. Each pot contains 89 calories (which is not especially low) and only 1.3 grams fat. Having checked though, these are significantly lower than the normal Sainsbury's chocolate mousses.
When you peel back the foil lid, on first sight the mousse looks pretty tempting with a good firm mousse like chocolate and quite a rich chocolate colour. The taste is actually pretty good and you can definitely taste the chocolate although this is a lot less rich than in less healthy alternatives. Overall, bearing in mind that this is in the low fat range, it does taste pretty nice. However, it's not one of those wonderful treats that you feel you are getting with really naughty chocolate mousses that have hundreds of calories in them!
Another thing to say about these mousses is that they are really very inexpensive. A pack of six only costs 66 pence which coming out at only 11 pence a pot, I think is very good value.
So, the question is - are they worth having? Well, if you have quite a sweet tooth and crave something chocolately they might fill a hole. But somehow, for me, they always leave me wanting something else although I'm never sure quite what! And of course you could always argue that if you really want to be good to yourself you could maybe eat some fruit instead!