Product Type: Ambrosia Dessert / Yoghurts
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Ambrosia Layers Desserts
Member Name: GentleGenius
Ambrosia Layers Desserts
Advantages: Easy to use, good consistency, refreshing, can be eaten hot or cold
Disadvantages: The chocolate one tasted synthetic
PRICE: £1 for a pack of 2 pots (each pot is 160g) at my local Iceland
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per pot):
Calories: Caramel = 183 : Chocolate = 188
Kj: Caramel = 770 : Chocolate = 793
Protein: Caramel = 4.0g : Chocolate = 4.5g
Carbohydrate: Caramel = 31.3g : Chocolate = 32.4g
(of which sugars): Caramel = 23.1g : Chocolate = 23.7g
Fat: Caramel = 4.6g : Chocolate = 4.5g
(of which saturates): Caramel = 2.6g : Chocolate = 2.5g
Fibre: Caramel = 0.1g : Chocolate = 0.4g
Sodium: Caramel = 0.2g : Chocolate = 0.1g
Calcium: Caramel = 147mg : Chocolate = 157mg
Salt: Caramel = 0.2g : Chocolate = 0.2g
CARAMEL FLAVOUR: Skimmed milk, buttermilk, sugar, water, modified starch, vegetable oil, glucose syrup, butter powder, whey, flavouring, carrageenan, xanthan gum, curcumin, annatto, caramel
As for the caramel flavour, with the addition of whey, cocoa powder, Belgian milk chocolate
DIETARY/ALLERGY ADVICE (for both flavours):
Contains milk and soya
Less than 3% fat
No artificial colours or flavours
Largely being rubbish at cooking/making all things sweet, yet always liking to have a dessert after my main meal despite my mostly savoury tooth, I spotted Ambrosia Layers Desserts almost hidden away on a shelf in my local Iceland. These desserts aren't frozen - I found them placed close to the tinned fruits, tinned milks etc. section.
Though there are other flavours of Ambrosia Layers Desserts, the only ones available at my local Iceland were the chocolate and caramel varieties. I was unable to decide which I wanted, so I bought one of each, and am reviewing both here.
Before sampling, I placed the 2 packs of dessert in the fridge to chill, and on the first day I had one of each flavour cold, and the next day, I had one of each flavour hot. The instructions on the packets say these desserts can be enjoyed hot or cold, and recommend that to eat cold they be chilled in the fridge first, and to be eaten hot, to remove the packaging and the lid, and microwave inside the pot on full power for 50 seconds, stirring halfway through the time.
Each variety of these desserts come in cream coloured microwavable pots, sealed with a tabbed silver foil lid, then placed inside a cardboard sleeve. The design of the packs is similar for both flavours, with the Ambrosia logo on the front. The caramel flavour shows a spoon containing part of the dessert with some rolls of caramel, and the chocolate flavour shows the same, but instead with chunks of chocolate next to the spoon. The back and sides of the pack show nutritional information, ingredients, dietary/allergy advice, storage/chilling/heating instructions, Premier Foods' (who make this product for Ambrosia) contact details, and a claim that all of the packaging is recyclable.
The custard inside the pot is a dull pale brown colour. There is a fairly thick layer of caramel sauce on the bottom, but to see this, the dessert must be stirred first or the top custard layer eaten to reveal what's underneath.
On sampling the chilled pot, I found the custard and caramel layers to be thick, creamy, refreshing and delicious. The whole thing wasn't too sweet, and the caramel had a lovely rich, yet light toffee taste. There were no lumps or hard bits at all, and eating the dessert cooled me right down, as it was rather a hot day. When I got to the end, I found myself wishing I could have the other one, but stuck to my resolve of saving it so I could sample it microwaved.
Later, I placed the second pot of the caramel flavoured dessert into the microwave, and whizzed according to the manufacturer's instructions. The consistency and appearance (apart from a little bubbling on the surface) was exactly the same as when served chilled - but I personally found that it had lost some of the depth of the caramel flavour during the microwaving process. It was still very nice to eat, but I preferred it cold and chilled.
Hot or cold, there was absolutely no under or after taste, which I appreciated.
The custard is a more yellowy/creamy colour than that of the caramel flavour, and also needs stirring to see the equally thick layer of chocolate sauce which nestles at the bottom.
The overall consistency of this flavour of the dessert was the same as the caramel one - smooth, creamy and with no lumps or grainy bits, but as I ate, I did notice a synthetic under taste, despite the product claiming to have no artificial colours or flavours. Like the caramel variety, this also wasn't too sweet and despite the under taste, was still very refreshing, but I felt that the chocolate flavour could perhaps have been richer and stronger. I could detect a cocoa taste, but was unable to recognise anything approaching the Belgian chocolate which is listed in the ingredients.
Later when I ate the pot of chocolate dessert which I again microwaved, I found that this variety seemed to be slightly improved by heating. The process appeared to bring the flavour of the chocolate out, and the under taste was reduced.
Both flavours of this dessert are very nice, but I felt a little pricey at £1 for 2 pots, as the serving inside of each pot is fairly small.
My own preference was for the caramel flavour, and in future if I buy these again - and it's quite likely I will - I shall bypass the chocolate flavour, as I didn't feel it was as good, mostly because of the under taste.
Whenever I eat them again, I shall opt for chilling rather than microwaving, as I found the caramel, which in future will be the one I choose to buy and eat, tasted nicer cold.
Not a bad dessert - the caramel one is lovely, and another advantage is they are very convenient in that all you have to do, is lift off the foil lid and begin eating - no messing with saucepans, custard powder, flavourings etc.
I will award an overall four stars, and say that had the chocolate flavour been more satisfactory, it would have been a full house.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: I shall stick with the caramel flavour in future
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