My sister's boyfriend has recently found out he's lactose intolerant so we've all been trying out lactose and dairy free alternatives to the things he can no longer have. When I spotted these Alpro Soya chocolate flavour desserts I decided to give them a go, and I paid £1.20 for a pack of 4 desserts in Morrisons.
They come packaged in the same way as most 4-packs of yoghurts and similar desserts; a cardboard outer and 4 plastic pots joined together, which easily snap apart when you want to use one. The pots have peel-off foil lids which come off easily and don't squirt out the dessert all over you like some yoghurts do.
The desserts have a smooth, creamy texture which I find to be just the same as similar dairy desserts. When I first tasted these I thought they just tasted exactly the same as a chocolate mousse or other chocolate dessert, but I soon noticed a slight nutty aftertaste. They do taste really nice and the nuttiness just reminds me slightly of the taste of nutella or other chocolate and hazelnut products. Apart from this nutty aftertaste I really cannot tell the difference between these and dairy chocolate desserts.
Each pot contains 125g of the dessert which I find to be the perfect amount. They are quite a light dessert so any less would not leave me satisfied, but any more would seem a little too much of an effort to eat.
Nutritionally these compare very favourably with similar dairy desserts, with 110 calories, 3g of fat and 1g of saturated fat per pot. The sugar content is pretty high at 13.5g per pot, but this is similar to other desserts. As well as being dairy and lactose free they are gluten and wheat free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and produced in a nut-free environment, so most people should be ok with these.
All in all I think these are a nice little dessert for anyone with a dairy/lactose intolerance who still craves the taste of chocolate.
Both Alpro chocolate desserts, dark and light, are good but when I blended the two, measure for measure, the result was very good indeed and tastier than the sum of its parts. Ken Dant Newport
Since developing a gluten and dairy intolerance early last year, I have had to give up a lot of my favourite foods. I was particularly disappointed at having to give up my favourite daily activia yoghurt! I tried to substitute this with standard soya-based yoghurts (including alpro-soyas own). However, I really dislike the bitter taste and aftertaste that soya loves you with and therefore did not enjoy these. When I came across these desserts in the gluten-free aisle I thought I would give them a try as they were on special offer for only £1 in Asda. When tasting these deserts I was surprised at how chocolatey (and not at all soya-like) they taste. These deserts come in four flavours: smooth chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. The chocolate ones are by far my favourite however I enjoy all of the flavours. They have been on offer at Asda at £1 for 4 for a very long time - and are very good value at that price!
As the deserts only have around 100-110 calories in, they are also a good option for a treat whilst on a diet. The deserts are also long-life (usually kept on the gluten-free aisle in supermarkets) and so are perfect if you are going away somewhere and want to take some dairy-free deserts with you!
Since I now have a mild dairy intolerance I have to really watch what I eat otherwise I get horrible headaches and a really bad upset stomach. One thing I really love is yogurts, so these little pots from Alpro Soya really are great. I recent reviewed there Dark Chocolate version, which I adore so I thought I may as well start to review the other flavours too.
Alpro Soya Smooth Chocolate Flavour Dessert:
"A delicious dairy free chocolate flavoured dessert made with a blend of water and soya beans with added calcium and vitamins."
As I just loved their dark chocolate version I was thinking this would be just as nice, and well it is nice but not a patch on their dark chocolate version.
The chocolate flavour really isn't all that strong enough for me and I found it much sweeter with like a mild vanilla aftertaste. But smelling this desert first you would think the taste is going to be much stronger; as the smell is simply chocolatey and dreamy. Personally I would have liked a much deeper chocolate taste, as this really wouldn't satisfy a chocolate craving at all!
I guess when it comes to chocolate I can be a little on the picky side as I love good quality chocolate and have been spoilt over the years. But this for me really was like a cheap hot chocolate drink which had been thickened with cream. Not really a lot of taste what so ever but on the plus side this product certainly does have its good points:
* Low in saturated fat
* Made with non GM soya beans
* Dairy and lactose free
* Gluten and wheat free
* Suitable for vegetarians and Vegans
* Produced in a nut-free environment
This really is a product that most people can try but from personal experience I would certainly be recommending the Dark Chocolate one other this one any day!
I do however; like the dark chocolate enjoy the constancy of this desert as its thick and once you have eaten it, it does fill the gap. The texture is really soft and smooth and you would certainly think there is cream within the mixture. They are a great little snack and my personal favourite as always is having one for breakfast with some fruit.
Another good thing about this product is it amazing shelf life, I purchased my recent pack last week and the best before date is 26.03.2012! So no rush what so ever and great to stock up when on offer.
The product comes in a cardboard sleeve which contains four plastic pots, which all have a light brown/chocolate colour. The little pots are nice and simple to open just peal back the foil lid on top and away you go. The packaging doesn't really jump out at you however it is simple and gets the point across; the cardboard sleeve is where all the information is. The plastic pots only have the Alpro Soya logo on them. But it can all be recycled so please don't forget to do your bit!
Per 125g Pot
110 - Calories
13.5g - Sugars
2.9g - Fat
1g - Saturates
Price and Availability:
Available at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda, Waitrose, Co-Op and Nisa inc Costcutter. So pretty much most supermarkets; they are priced around the £1.50/£1.75 but can often be found on special offer at the moment they are on offer for only £1.00 in Asda.
Well on the hold they are nice, but just not strong enough tasting for me. However they are great for making your own dairy free tiramisu. One recipe I found on the Alpro Soya web site was one for banana spring rolls and using the chocolate desert as a dip, and boy was that yummy!
But just eating them on there own didn't really cut it for me. They are most definitely good value for money as you make things out of them too. I will buy them again only on offer so I can use them in recipes. However I would still recommend them as some people prefer a mild tasting chocolate.
Three out for five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)
"The soya protein found in soya foods can also help to naturally lower cholesterol levels, another great reason to incorporate soya into your daily diet"
"In 2002 the Joint Health Claims Initiative stated that the inclusion of at least 25g of soya protein a day as part of a diet low in saturated fat can help to reduce cholesterol in the blood"
Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans (6%), Thickeners (Modified tapioca starch, Carrageenan), Chocolate (1.8%) (Sugar, Cocoa solids, Fat-reduced cocoa powder, Vanillin), Cocoa (1.6%), Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Natural flavouring, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2)
I never thought soya products could taste so good. I'm such a big fan of the Alpro soya range since I started consuming them due to problems tolerating dairy at certain times. No other soya brand can even come close to this range in terms of quality and taste. I was dubious to this Alpro soya chocolate dessert at first, since this particular product is a long life one. The image that long life conjured up in my mind is that it's been around for ages, not sure it if still edible and what about the nutrients (they must have disappeared by now).
Basically this product is a dairy free chocolate flavoured dessert, made with soya with added calcium and vitamins.
Alpro soya chocolate dessert can be found in the special diet sections in supermarkets or specialist stores such as Holland and Barratt. It does not come chilled as it been on the shelf for some time but I strongly suggest you have this product serve chilled. I purchase mine for £1.37 from Asda but apparently Sainsbury's have any 2 for £2.50 deal on until 05/10/2010. You get 4 pots in a pack, each pot contains a generous 125g of pure chocolate heaven. The pot is similar to yogurt pots and is easy to open with its lid easy to peel back and off without the fear of getting completely covered in chocolate sauce. It is best to open it on a flat surface to avoid a slight accident with it. You wouldn't want to waste all that chocolaty goodness now.
Ingredients include: Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans (6%), Thickeners (Modified tapioca starch, Carrageenan), Chocolate (1.8%) (Sugar, Cocoa solids, Fat-reduced cocoa powder, Vanillin), Cocoa (1.6%), Tri-calcium phosphate, Sea salt, Natural flavouring, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).
This product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is free from gluten, wheat, lactose and dairy. It is also free from artificial colours, artificial sweeteners and artificial preservatives. According to the Food Standards Agency traffic light system this product is low in fat, saturated fat and salt and medium in sugar. It's just 88 Kcal per 100g and provides 369 kJ of energy.
Appearance wise it is thick, smooth, creamy, chocolate sauce and I can even smell the chocolate. Taste wise it remind me so much of the chocolate sauce that accompanies profiteroles (memories of the tasty ones from Marks and Spencer's comes to mind). There is a slight hint of soya and it may taste slightly odd at the beginning but this goes away after a few mouthfuls. To be honest it tastes like I'm not even eating a soya product, it's so delicious and tasty I doubt any would notice the difference if it had no label on.
Overall it's just a fantastic cheap low fat dessert to indulge in without feeling guilty.
As a vegan I miss out on a lot of desserts, so I love to treat myself to Alpro Desserts. They come in vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and dark chocolate. This review is about the chocolate variety. These desserts can be purchased from supermarkets and specialist stores and cost around £1.40 for a pack of four.
The desserts come in a 125g pot with a peel back lid like a yoghurt. Unlike some packaging like this, the lid is easy to remove and you don't get dessert splattering you. There's no need to keep them in the fridge as they're long life, but I think they're tastiest when chilled for around an hour before eating. The dessert itself it a mid brown colour with a cocoa smell. It has a thick creamy texture and tastes rich and chocolatey with a slight soy taste which is unsurprising considering the main ingredients. It's not too sweet, but sweet enough to be a satisfying treat for pudding.
Nutritionwise, each dessert contains 110 calories and 3g of fat. They are cholesterol, dairy, gluten and nut free, contain no artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives and are low in saturated fat so they're a healthier option than a lot of desserts. They have added calcium and vitamins including B12 which is good for vegans as these can be hard to get in other vegan food sources. If you're concerned about genetically modified ingredients, you'll be pleased to know these are made with non GM soya beans, and the environmentally conscious amongst you will like the fact that Alpro is working to reduce their carbon footprint