“ Type: Puddings „
I have just eaten a delicious but light vanilla flavoured dessert from the Alpro range. It's not as good as the chocolate dessert version but it is good in its own individual way, let's face it can anything really beat a chocolate flavoured product?
As with the chocolate version, this is a vanilla flavoured dessert made from soya with added calcium and vitamins. Costs about £1.37 - £1.40 and can be found in the special diet sections of supermarkets and health food shops. They need chilling as the product is long life and is found on shelves instead of the fridge. Each yellow yogurt style pot contains a generous portion of 125g vanilla dessert and comes in a pack of four with a slide off cover.
Ingredients include: Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans (6%), Thickeners (Modified tapioca starch, Carrageenan), Tri-calcium phosphate, Vanilla Flavouring, Sea salt, Natural colouring (Curcuma extract), 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 80 Kcal per 100g and provides 338 kJ of energy which is a little less from the chocolate version.
Appearance wise it is thick but not as thick as the chocolate version, maybe like cold custard consistency. It's smooth, creamy and light yellow in colour and give off a slight vanilla smell but very faint. Taste wise, I was starting to expect it to taste like cold custard found in trifles but it is different. It gives a slight vanilla taste, it's not overpowering but just right (not too much flavour but not too little that its bland). It also does not taste sickly sweet either, it tastes just right. It's a dessert well balanced in flavour and texture. It's a light dessert, it does not feel heavy and indulgent. I have not even noticed the soya in the product at all, I can't seem to taste it.
Overall it's not a bad alternative to the chocolate version as it's exceedingly good in its own way.
I've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with soya products. Well, more hate-hate really, for most of them, but a girl's got to get her calcium from someplace, and since these are dairy free, they aren't as bad for the asthma as a yoghurt. So I was surprised that alpro's soya desserts are actually quite nice.
I've tried the vanilla, the chocolate and the caramel flavours and they are all tasty, but the vanilla is the nicest. This review is about the vanilla version. Be warned if you buy them that they also come in an organic version, and those aren't fortified with calcium.
The desserts come in small pots of 125g (about the size of a small yoghurt pot), with a pack of four costing about £1.60, which isn't very cheap, but the big supermarkets have special offers on quite often, and they keep for six months or so.
The dessert is bright yellow. The texture is thick and creamy in a cornstarched pudding way, rather like angel delight or chilled custard (minus any lumps - it's quite smooth). It isn't anything like yoghurt though.
The vanilla version does actually taste quite a lot like a custard - the vanilla flavour is pretty strong. But unlike most instant custard, it's not too sickly sweet, though there is a little bit too much sugar in them for my taste (I generally prefer savoury snacks). One pot is a little bit too small for a proper elevenses or afternoon tea, but it does makes a nice dessert.
Amazingly enough, this dessert is not too terrible for you, which is the main reason I buy it! Like I mentioned before, if you buy the non organic versions, they are fortified with vitamins and calcium. Each pot contains 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamins B2 and B12. It is also fortified with omega 3 and 6, though it doesn't give a percentage of the daily allowance. The label says that it contains all 8 essential amino acids.
Each pot has 100kcal, 2.3g of fat, 12.4g of sugar, 0.2g of salt. Compared with most snacks, that's actually almost healthy for junk food.
The dessert contains water, soya, sugar, tapioca starch and all the long list of things it was fortified with. It doesn't have artificial colours, sweeteners or preservatives. It is nut free and suitable for vegans.
I don't usually like fake and synthetic tasting vegan foods, but this is quite a nice dessert, plus I get to feel good about getting some calcium and I can pretend it's good for me. It's not too massively unhealthy as these things go, but it is a bit pricey.
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I have reviewed the vanilla custard because I love and use that product - and in many ways, this product is very similar; it's very moorish.
Alpro Soya Dessert is a custard type pudding which is made from soya milk instead of dairy milk. As such, it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.
Soya is associated with many health benefits - so it could be thought of as a dessert that is a little healthier than a standard milk custard.
Water, Sugar, Hulled soya beans (6%), Modified tapioca starch, Tri-calcium phosphate, Flavouring, Thickener: Carrageenan, Sea salt, Curcuma extract, Vitamins: Riboflavin and B12.
In fact, sugar is the biggest ingredient next to water. Otherwise, the ingredients look not too threatening. Vitamin B12 is a great addition - as it is oftena vitamin that many people have a deficiency in - never mind just vegetarians and vegans.
It has a yellow glossy appearance when you peel the lid away (which incidentally just have to lick clean before you throw it away). The 'custard' is quite thick and not at all watery- looking as some people might expect a soya product to be.
The dessert is satisfyingly luxuriant to spoon into your mouth - without having that cloying creaminess that is associated with dairy cream. Since I have stopped eating dairy cream, I have lost that lust for cream that the general public seems to have. It is quite sweet - and, although there is nothing about sugar that is good for you - I like it in small quantities - and a tub of this soya dessert is just that.
How to eat it
It's great as a snack because it is so portable; I have a pack of them in my allotment shed to accompany the fruits that I cook up on site for lunch. Sooooo useful - and sooooo divine! I take them to work for lunch; I can't tell you how I look forward to that as a treat.
Chocolate used to be my favourite flavour but just recently, vanilla has overtaken it as it goes with fruits better. Alpro produce other flavours too. There is a caramel flavour and a dark chocolate flavour. I have never sampled these - being a creature of habit. Something to look forward to I suppose...
Here's a niggle though. Sometimes I get a slight plastic taste from the packaging if I scrape around in it to get the last precious droplets.
I'm not lactose intolerant, but I used to avoid dairy due to stomach issues and I actually prefer soy milk. It is also lower in fat than most dairy products, and as such being on a low-fat diet I have begun to eat Alpro desserts again as part of my lunch when I fancy something a bit tastier than a yoghurt.
Vanilla is the latest of the three flavours I've tried so far of these desserts, the full flavour range is: chocolate, dark chocolate, forest fruits, caramel and vanilla. They come in packs of four and you can usually find at least one flavour of these in most good supermarkets, usually with the dairy-free produce rather than refrigerated yoghurts, etc. I have never seen forest fruits or dark chocolate flavours, and only recently managed to get vanilla, chocolate and caramel are definitely the most popular and well-stocked.
It's hard to explain the texture of an Alpro dessert, so bear with me. When you open the lid of one of the sturdy 125g pots you are faced with, in the case of vanilla, what looks like very thick custard. Once you have a spoonful, you realise it's quite thick and dense, and jelly-like but somehow "looser". It reminds me of blancmange. It is actually a blend of water, soya beans and tapioca starch mixed with flavourings and thickener. Yes, I realise that doesn't sound appetising at all. It is!
I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy vanilla flavour, being as I LOVE the chocolate one, and the caramel, although nice, was nowhere near as good in comparison. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does vanilla flavour look like custard, it tastes just like it, sweet and very much like, well, vanilla.
The pots are pretty big and are definitely a filling and satisfying snack. Fortunately, this isn't bad news for your diet. A pot of vanilla has 100 calories and just 2.3g fat, which while more sinful than a boring old yoghurt, is a nice treat. The sugar content is a little high, at 12.4g, but who knows how yucky soya beans would taste without that!!
For me one of the best things about these is that they have a very long shelf life, due to the fact that they have contain no perishable ingredients, and this also means they don't need to be refrigerated, although personally I enjoy them a lot more when they are cold.
While it's not my number one flavour (still chocolate!), vanilla is a close second and as I usually buy a couple of packs of these a week, I now get one of each. The Alpro range is all pretty great, in my opinion, and includes yoghurts, milk, milkshakes, cream and custard.
Available from most good supermarkets for around £1.43 (price from Tesco) for a four-pack. Visit www.alprosoya.co.uk for more information.
Delicious dairy free vanilla flavoured dessert.