Product Type: Ambrosia Dessert / Yoghurts
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Ambrosia Banana custard pots - No monkeying around here!
Ambrosia Banana Custard
Member Name: geodougal
Ambrosia Banana Custard
Advantages: Creamy, low fat, versatile and convenient!
Disadvantages: sugar content
I love custard! I'm a huge kid when it comes to custard and I'm very happy to eat it on its own, poured over a pudding, hot or cold! When I was younger I remember having these all of the time as a dessert so when I saw them in Tesco's and remembered how I used to love them so much I had to pop a few pots into my trolley! This particular custard pot is made by the ambrosia food company which is famous for its naturally low-fat products made in the heart of Devonshire. The ambrosia creamery started off in 1930 producing tinned rice pudding and since then has continued to provide us with the creamy tasting ambrosia desserts we have grown to love!
~ Product and availability ~
Ambrosia custard pots are available in most major supermarkets such as Tesco's, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrison's. You can buy these little individual pots in a range of flavours including Banana (the one im reviewing), chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, original and toffee for around 45p. You can nearly always find them on offer at any 6 pots for £2.00 which is a saving of around 70p. Ambrosia also sell other varieties of desserts including tins of regular custard and rice pudding, flavoured rice pudding snack pots, jelly puds, crumble puds, fruit flakes and sponge puddings.
~ Packaging ~
Ambrosia custard pots come in a plastic 150g tub. The pots design has been updated since Dooyoo posted this product and is now a fieldy farm scene with the grass being the colour of the flavour of custard, so yellow for banana, pink for strawberry, brown for chocolate and so on...this makes the custards flavour easy to identify. Printed on the coloured grass is the flavour of the custard in case you hadn't guessed it already. Poking out of the grass there is a wooden sign with Ambrosia clearly printed in bold blue writing and in smaller font underneath it says full of dairy goodness. The background of the pot is blue to represent the sky - all of this is based on a plain white basic tub. Around the sides and back of the pot you are told the nutritional information, contact details, heating instructions and storage instructions. The pot is topped off with a foil lid with a repeat of the design around the plastic pot itself. I actually think the pot is very nice looking; quite sweet and very child-friendly which I think are the main targeted audience for this product.
~ Inside the pot & taste ~
Peeling back the foil lid you are greeted with a lovely non-artificial looking custard. You can tell its banana by the pale creamy colour but it's by no means a 'fake' looking colour which is quite appealing. The smell is also very natural and not too-overpowering, just a hint of sweet, ripe banana. The taste of this product is very smooth and creamy - just how custard should be! You can definitely taste the banana but it's not too strong that it overtakes the taste of the custard itself. It's very delicately flavoured in my opinion which is nice; some people may find the taste isn't strong enough though. I like eating this both hot and cold depending on how I feel, if it's cold outside I like a nice warming pot of steaming custard if it's hot outside I prefer a nice refreshing, cool custard. I do think this particular flavour tastes better hot though. The consistency of this custard is just right, it's not too thick that it's stodgy and it's not thin that it runs away when you try and eat it. If it's been sitting a while it might need a stir though to get it to the right thickness again as it can settle - but doesn't everything when It's been sitting for a long time? I tend to keep mine in the fridge and then just heat it up if I want to, but they can be kept anywhere as long as it's cool and dry. I think this is definitely the best brand of custard out there; it balances the sweetness and the creaminess just right for me. The size is also great for popping in lunchboxes or in the back of your cupboard!
~ Other information ~
There are 153 calories in a pot of ambrosia banana custard, 4g of fat and 19g of sugar. I have to admit the sugar content is pretty high which explains the sweetness of the custard, but the fat content makes up for this I guess and for a dessert the calories aren't that high.
Ambrosia banana custard is a source of calcium providing 20 % of your RDA, it contains no preservatives, no artificial colours, it contains 100 % natural flavours and is classed as a low fat food.
It contains 73 % milk content which is quite good, the rest of the ingredients are mainly sugar and flavourings but strangely there is no mention of banana....?
Ambrosia banana custard is not suitable for anybody with a dairy allergy; there is no mention of it being suitable for vegetarians so you may want to look into that.
~ Overall verdict ~
I would certainly recommend ambrosia banana custard to anybody who is a fan of the original and I would urge anybody to try it that hasn't yet. I think it's very convenient in its little pot and makes a very tasty, creamy treat. It's also very versatile in the fact that it comes in many flavours so you could have it with a sponge pudding, jelly or fruit to make a change. This would also appeal to anybody watching their fat intake, after all it's not every day you can call a low fat dessert creamy, but with this one you can! I think most children would also enjoy this, but perhaps not on a regular basis because of the sugar content.
Summary: Tasty milky treat! A well deserving 4/5 stars, one lost for the sugar content
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