I am not a vegetarian but my last housemate was and she introduced me to lots of veggie friendly foods. My favourite was the Alpro dark chocolate desserts which I still buy now, even though she is off backpacking round the world. These little puds are dairy free and vegan, because they are made of soya and not milk. They are a bit like a cross between a yoghurt and chocolate mousse. What is great about them is they are naturally low on fat but they still taste creamy and indulgent. A chocolatey treat with only 118 kcal per tub and added B vitamins? You can definitely say yes to one of these and nor feel guilty!
I buy a pack of four 125g tubs in Tesco for about 1.50 but at the moment they are half price so I stocked up. You buy them off the shelf and not from the fridge so they won't go off too fast. You should chill them before tucking in though as they are best served cold.
The desserts smell of chocolate and look gorgeous, really glossy and smooth. If you spoon these out of the tub and decorated them with some chocolate flakes,they actually look quite posh! The taste is good and really chocolatey. I never would have picked these up if it wasn't for my friend as the soya bit would have put me right off. I had not ate it before and I don't know what it is supposed to taste like but these puds just taste of chocolate to me. The texture is thick but not as much as something like a mousse. It takes me a good while to work my way though the little tub because it is deep and generous so there is no complaints about portion size even from someone as greedy as me.
I have been impressed by these and I would recommend them to a friend. Great if you are vegetarian or vegan, but also nice if you are not because they are low fat and tasty too.
I like chocolate desserts but many shop-bought ones contain gelatine so they are not suitable for a vegetarian such as myself. I knew I would be on safe ground with the Alpro Soya Dark Chocolate dessert pots as they are not only vegetarian but vegan as well. The inclusion of soya in any food is not generally a recommendation for me as I am not a huge fan of the taste although I like it more than I used to. However, I had previously bought and enjoyed the milk chocolate version of the desserts so I thought the dark ones would also taste nice. I was right on that one!
Alpro desserts have the advantage of being a vegan food that is easy to get hold off in almost any supermarket although I find the dark chocolate dessert is less commonly stocked outside of health food shops compared to other flavours by the company. You can expect to pay around £1.49 in a supermarket and a little more elsewhere for the 4 pack. Again this makes them cheaper than many vegan puddings and I do find them on offer quite a lot, especially in Sainsbury's and Holland and Barrett. Look for them on the shelves with the "free from" foods or non chilled desserts, as they don't need to be refrigerated. Once I have them home I do pop them in the fridge though as their silky texture makes them especially delicious cold I think. They don't take long to chill so you can keep them in the cupboard almost until you need them. Handy for those of use with overstuffed fridges!
They come in a pack of 4 nice and deep single serve tubs weighing 125g each. These are definitely pots you can dig your spoon into. Peel of the lid and you get a nice chocolatey taster with no hint of the soya I'm not keen on. The description of dessert could cover anything I know, but having had similar ones before I knew what to expect. they have a smooth creamy texture that comes somewhere between a set yogurt and a mousse. They are nice and thick which makes them so much more satisfying to eat. I feel as though I have had a nice treat when I have had one of these.
They look a lot like melted chocolate to me and as deeply coloured as you would expect something made with dark chocolate to look. It's the kind of thing that makes you go "yum" just when you take a look at it. Thankfully, it also tastes chocolatey. Soya haters can rejoice in the fact that doesn't make an appearance as an aftertaste. Whilst there is plenty of flavour, and the dessert definitely isn't too sweet, I did feel that while this is definitely a chocolate dessert, the flavour lacks the real intensity of dark chocolate specifically. There isn't that hint of bitterness and the taste s more one dimensional. It is a bit stronger than the brands milk chocolate version though, so I do prefer it out of the two. I do enjoy the flavour, but the dark description made me expect something a little different. I appreciate the fact it isn't sickly though.
I had my first tub on it's own, and I had the second with some orange sorbet I had left over and that taste combination was gorgeous. I would definitely consider using a dollop or two of the dessert as a sort of cream equivalent on the sides of other puddings, but it would have a thinner texture so it wouldn't suit everything. On a more saintly level, sliced banana is a nice partner to the flavour.
Health wise, the dessert has 4% of an adults RDA of fat and 16% of their recommended maximum sugar intake. This isn't too bad for a dessert when I compared it to others, especially as I find one tub really is enough on it's own. Vitamins B2, B12 and D2 have also been added, along with calcium, at levels equivalent to 15% of your RDA which I welcome as every little helps.
I enjoyed these and would definitely buy them again, even though the taste isn't as "dark" as I expected. It is still very pleasant and I think they are good value for money. Everybody in my household likes them, including the meat eaters so it is nice to find something that keeps everyone happy! I would recommend them to anyone who wants a choc dessert that is relatively low in fat but they will be especially of interest to those whom normal chocolate puddings aren't always suitable for - I have listed the allergy information below.
Made with certified non GM soya, may contain traces of almonds and hazelnuts.
Contains soya. Free from dairy, wheat, gluten and lactose. No artificial colours or preservatives.
If you are new to my reviews on food then you won't know I follow a vegan diet. This means no eggs, dairy (milk from animals), animal products or meat in my diet and I've been happily following this diet for the past 7 years :). I went into the vegan diet for my health first and foremost - I wanted to improve my eating habits and felt I could achieve this with a vegan diet. As we all know a little of what you fancy won't kill you and so when I found out about the Alpro range (a range of dairy free creams, milks, puddings and yoghurts/pouring yoghurts) I was very happy to discover the dark chocolate puddings.
ASDA often offer them for £1 per pack. In a pack you'll get 4 tubs of pudding, with a foil top and a hard plastic tub (which can be recycled!) where the pudding sits inside. The pudding is made from hulled soya beans (GM free), African cocoa, flavourings and vitamins (B12 and D2) and is low in fat as well as saturated fat - a plus side? I like to think so! On the price: I've seen them priced anywhere from £1-£2, but as I said ASDA often do their £1 deals on these. Even better than that I have found them in B&M for 49p for a pack! When I found them I stocked up big time, as you can well imagine ;).
The size of the puddings is decent. I like to have two at a time to really enjoy them, as one doesn't quite hit the spot ;) but that might just be because I'm greedy :P. You might find that one is enough or you may just find them moreish and have two like I do ;).
So who would these desserts be good for? Anyone who enjoys a dairy free treat/dessert and perfect for those who are lactose intolerant and miss chocolate puddings. I prefer the dark chocolate variety to the vanilla, chocolate and caramel flavours that Alpro also offer. These puddings aren't too sweet, work well with fruit added in and are even enjoyed by my toddler :)! I'll happily give these 5 stars for the taste, price and quality.
For awhile now I've gone towards none dairy items, after my batch of excruciating headaches and upset stomachs I found out that my body has a slight intolerance to it. I was thinking oh great this is going to be a nightmare, but I'm so surprised that there are so many specialist foods out there!
Alpro Soya Dark Chocolate Flavoured Dessert:
"A delicious low fat dark chocolate flavoured dessert with added calcium and vitamins"
Well I was browsing the supermarket selves for non dairy items when I came across these beauties. As this was something I've never had to look for before it was my first time of seeing this product. They were on offer at Asda three packs for £3.00 so off they went in my trolley!
When I first tried these I was thinking to myself it's going to taste really fake, I'm not going to like it, however I was wrong. Appearance of this dessert looked just like a rich chocolate yogurt would and even smells like chocolate! The texture I personally would class as thick and it has a scrumptious velvety gloss to it, making it look even more appealing.
Even though the texture is rather thick it very light in your mouth, it has a gorgeous rich chocolate taste and as its dark chocolate I find can taste bitter sometimes and this wasn't bitter as all - but extremely morish! It is soft, creamy and the chocolate flavouring I think is perfect I don't think you can tell this is non dairy at all. Once all gone you are left with a chocolate after taste which isn't sickly at all, its like you've had a dark hot chocolate by Options Highlights!
Reading more about this product I'm very happy to point out its:
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
So it certainly has many good factors going for it, and suitable for a lot of people too. Free from artificial colours, free from artificial sweeteners and free from artificial preservatives.
I now have these stocked in my fridge at all times as I think there a great little snack to grab, and my personal favourite is to have one for breakfast with some fruit.
The packaging of this product is straight to the point but it does stand out around its similar products. It contains four 125g plastic pots with peal off lids and all of this packaging once empty can be recycled.
115 - Calories
14.7g - Sugars
2.9g - Fat
1.0g - Saturates
0.2g - Salt
Price and Availability:
These are normally priced around the £1.50/£1.75 mark however right now there on offer for only £1.00 in Asda and 2 for £2.50 in Tesco's.
One good thing I have found is that most of the times it seems to be on offer in most places.
Overall I'm exceptionally happy with this product and certainly will continue buying it, it has a lovely taste, it's very filling and personally for the benefits you get from this it is most definitely good value for money.
I would recommend not just people with food allergies to try this but others too, as I don't think you can tell a difference. It tastes great!
A huge five out of five stars from me
Thank you 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), Cocoa (3%), Chocolate (1.1%) (Sugar, Cocoa solids, Fat-reduced cocoa powder, Vanillin), Tri-calcium phosphate, Flavouring, Sea salt, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).
As I have mentioned in other reviews of mine I am lactose intolerant and cannot stand soya milk. Although this initially put me off trying their other products I decided that the products with flavours were worth a shot (in the hope the flavours would disguise the soya taste). It worked! These desserts are brilliant; you would never guess they were a soya product.
You can buy them in packs of 4x125g pots for around £1.40. They tend to be found on the shelf in supermarkets and not in the fridge.. And that packaging tells you to store them in the cupboard up until an hour before you're planning on eating it and that's when you should pop it in to the fridge to chill.
The cardboard sleeve encasing the pots is a primarily a deep brown colour showing you the colour and consistency of the product with a picture of a spoonful on the top. It does also show the signature pale blue and green background that all alpro soya products have.
The packaging picture doesn't lie; it really is as creamy and thick as it looks. Just like its dairy competitors. It tastes of chocolate too, not the chalky soya taste that I was expecting. One other great thing about this product is that it is a chocolate dessert that isn't bad for you!
Nutritional values per 100g/100ml
energy value 92Kcal / 388KJ
of which saturated 0.8g
mono unsaturated 0.6g
poly unsaturated 0.8g
The dessert contains Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans, Thickeners (Modified tapioca starch, Carrageenan), Cocoa, Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa solids, Fat-reduced cocoa powder, Vanillin), Tri-calcium phosphate, Flavouring, Sea salt, Vitamins (Riboflavin, B12, D2).
So if you're a lactose/dairy intolerant like me, a vegan or someone on a low fat diet then this is a dessert for you. Saying that I give this dessert to people that don't fall in to any of these categories all the time and they all love them too.
The dessert also comes in chocolate, vanilla and caramel but i've not tried those. Yet!
I love alpro soya brand products of all types, especially their flavoured desserts. These desserts come in vanilla, caramel, chocolate and dark chocolate flavoured. This review is for the dark chocolate variety.
These desserts make a great low-calorie treat at only 115 calories per pot. They also contain omega 3 and 6 oils which is important for vegetarians like myself (vegans too) as usually these oils are found in fish. These desserts are also perfect for people with nut allergies as they are produced in a nut-free environment, and for the lactose-intolerant as well. Finally and very reassuringly, they are made with non-GM soya beans.
These desserts come in 125g containers in packs of 4 that you break apart. The servings seem fairly small although not terribly so, and they are quite rich so one pot is a satisfying dessert particularly at lunchtime. You peel the foil top off the plastic container to reach the dessert inside.
To me these desserts taste just like thick, rich and creamy chocolate pudding. They are delicious and not too sweet, particularly this dark chocolate flavour compared to the regular chocolate which is lighter in colour and sweeter.
However, I am used to eating soya products and if you aren't used to them you may not like these desserts at first. I had a couple of friends over the other day and I gave them each one of these puddings telling them they were in for a treat. Neither of my friends were used to eating soy and neither of them enjoyed this product. They both said the puddings tasted chalky to them and they each ate less than half a carton, which really surprised me!
So I do think that if you're vegan/vegetarian/lactose intolerant/allergic to nuts you will either love this product or you will probably learn to love it. But it is definitely worth giving a try and finding out!
If you're vegan, are looking for a lower-fat treat, or cannot cope with dairy products, you can't go wrong choosing these chocolate delights to fill the cavernous whole left by no chocolate mousse in your dietary life. They come in packs of 4 relatively small pots, and are widely available in health food stores, and in most supermarkets. They have yogurt-type peel-off lids for ease of access, and although the tubs are quite small I actually think that's quite a good thing: they are pretty rich! They make a great desert, but because of that richness I would suggest having them after a light main course as, in my opinion, eating them after a heavy meal would be a bit much! (If you do find them rich, I also suggest having a glass of orange juice with them - which is a match made in heaven.) When you open the lid, you certainly won't expect the texture. More like yogurt than mousse, I was a bit put-off by the look of it at first. But then I tasted it. Not only is it silky smooth in the mouth, but it has a massive cocoa-rich flavour - which puts most chocolate mousses I've had to shame (and believe me I've had a few ...). It also has an unexpectedly creamy edge to the taste, which I certainly didn't anticipate. Added to all this, whilst anything with chocolate in cannot be said to be archetypally healthy, dark chocolate has been found to have anti-oxidants in it, and eating a small amount every day can be beneficial. (See http://longevity.about.com/od/lifelongnutrition/p/chocolate.htm if you're interested.) And soya, too, contains high amounts of protein, and minerals and vitamins.
I'm trying desperately to give up dairy produce due to the appalling way animals are treated in order to meet demand. So currently I'm trying out alternatives to everyday dairy products. I decided to try Alpro Soya dark chocolate flavoured desserts as an alternative to yoghurts.
Alpro soya desserts come in a range of flavours, including chocolate, caramel, vanilla and forest fruits. I decided to try dark chocolate as I am a huge dark chocolate fan anyway. The dessert comes in a pack of 4 125g pots which have peel-off lids similar to yoghurts. The four pots are attached to each other and come in a cardboard sleeve which has nutrition/product information.
The company Alpro Soya have strong ethics and are committed to sustainable development. Instead of buying soya on the open market they have direct contact with their farmers and they never use soya harvested in the rainforest.
The desserts have a long shelf life (my most recent pack, bought this month, has a best before date of 31.08.09).
The sleeve describes the dessert as"a delicious dairy free dark chocolate flavoured dessert made with a blend of water and soya beans, with added calcium and vitamins."
The ingredients listed are: water, raw cane sugar, hulled soya beans, modified tapioca starch, cocoa, chocolate powder, tricalcium phosphate, flavouring, thickener, carrageenan, sea salt, vitamins, riboflavin, B12
It is naturally low in saturated fats and contains all 8 essential amino acids, natural isoflavones, and omega 3 and 6. It has no artificial preservatives, colourings or sweeteners. Each pot has 2.2g fat.
++INSIDE THE POT++
The dessert consistency is similar to a rich chocolate sauce and is runnier than I imagined it would be. It does have a strong dark chocolate flavour and isn't overly sweet so isn't sickly at all. I find there is enough in each pot to fight off hunger pangs and they are an ideal alternative to yoghurt, and indeed chocolate. They do not have to be chilled although the packaging recommends you serve it chilled, and I agree that they do taste nicer after a spell in the fridge.
It is quite a versatile product in that you could use it as a chocolate sauce on another dessert, rather than just eat it straight from the pot.
++PRICE AND AVAILABILITY++
A pack of four costs in the region of £1.50 from most supermarkets although tesco are currently selling them at £1.
A great alternative dessert for anyone who is vegan/lactose intolerant, as they are tasty and not overly expensive. Plus they are made by a company with an interest in the environment, whcih for me is always a plus point. I have bought these on a couple of occasions - I have yet to try any other flavours as I like this flavour so much!!