Since Mr. Benn's minor heart attack a few years ago it is important to keep down Cholesterol levels so when we do have something that involves saturates I look for a low fat alternative for treats. I used to use Ambrosia Devon custard but for a healthy option I switched to Ambrosia low fat Devon custard as sometimes on the weekend I chop up some fresh fruit and pour over cold Ambrosia low fat custard as a treat.
There are cheaper custards out there and you can make your own, but I love the taste of Ambrosia and it reminds me of when I was a kid and my mum always gave us this and used to put it on the top of trifles because she used to say it was thicker than most and a lot less messy than making your own.
The low fat version is delicious still the same thick consistency of their ordinary Devon custard and can be served hot or cold, heated through in the microwave or on the hob. I was very impressed when I first tasted it and had to fish the tin from the rubbish out to make sure I had picked up the low fat version.
So what is the saving health wise?
There is the same sugar content in both 16.8g of sugar 143 calories in the regular and 130 calories in the low fat not a great saving on the calories but the saturated fat is better 4.1g fat and 2.2 saturates in the regular as opposed to 2.5g fat and 1.4 saturates in the low fat version. So the fat contents are nearly half, this is based on 140g serving. Both versions are free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
You can buy this custard in either cans or cartons; I prefer the cans as you can get the maximum custard out of it with little effort.
The cans cost around about 82p for a 425g tins but there is usually multi packs and BOGOF's if you scout around.
Low Fat Custard?
I actually purchased this in error. What I really wanted was Full Fat Custard but given the fact that I was sprinting around Tesco on my lunch break, I didn't pay enough attention to what I was grabbing, hence the mistake.
I'm a big fan of instant custard. Not that I don't enjoy eating the real thing, it's just that I'm rubbish at making it, plus I'm rather prone to making a mess. Therefore instant from a can or carton is an easy, fuss free and some might say lazy alternative.
Anyway, back to the low fat custard and the big question.
Was it a million miles away in flavour when compared to the full fat version?
Well, no, not really. A little bit lighter in colour and texture, but still rich, smooth and creamy. What a relief!
In fact, I might buy this from now on. At 98 calories per 140g (1/3 of a tin) compared to 143 calories in the full fat, it is quite possibly a much healthier alternative. It also contains no artificial ingredients, just real ones.
It's tasty hot or cold, so it's a custard for all seasons. Poured over pies , used in trifles or straight from the tin I'm just lovin' it every which way.
If I have one criticism, it's regarding the tin itself. A ring pull would be nice as sometimes I think that it would be easier to find Lord Lucan, riding upon Shergar whilst carrying the Holy Grail than trying to locate a tin opener in my house.
That aside, it's a tasty treat and at 75p for a 425g tin or two for £1.00 in Tesco, well worth throwing a few in the kitchen cupboard.
Big thumbs up from me for taste and the added bonus of it being low fat so that I can justify a larger slice of apple pie to go with it. Result!
I have recently re-discovered the joys of custard, I know that might sound strange but I had never really ever opted for custard when having a dessert in a restaurant, instead opting for ice cream on something like a crumble or an apple pie, that is until recently at a dinner part and there was no option, not only that but I discovered that the host had not made it themselves but it came in a carton and it was this brand.
I was even more surprised to learn that it was a low fat custard as it was still really creamy and very tasty. The can cost £1.49 so it is not cheap but it is a good product and worth the extra.
I guess they also come in a can as shown in the picture but the one I bought was in a carton. It is easy to prepare either on the hob or in the microwave, I tend to use the hob as it is easier to control the temperature and stir while it heats to prevent it going lumpy, it has a nice yellowy colour and as I said has a full creamy taste to the extent that you would not know that it is a low fat option.
According to the packaging in a 100g there are 93 calories and 1.8g of fat. I'm glad I discovered the joys of custard again and this was nice when the weather was cold as comfort food.
With having a very sweet tooth it is not that hard to find food that suits my taste buds, I find it quite easy to choose from just looking at the wrapper and then buying it to try and see if I like it or not, of which I normally do as I am not a picky eater.
I have tried lots of lower branded foods, of which are very good value for money but if an item is on offer my wife will buy the higher brands and this one was on offer a few weeks ago and so she bought 2.
It is normally priced around £1.50 for 1kg and the one my wife bought was only £1 and that is the reason she bought 2 because it made sense and save money.
They come in cans or carton type packets but the one I tried was in an oblong carton, both product types can easily be recycled.
Ambrosia has been made in Devon for over 90 years and the custard is so rich and creamy and has a very good quality taste and the texture is superb on cakes or just in a dish to eat, it just pours smoothly over puddings.
It is free from artificial flavours, colourings and preservatives.
For each 100g serving 93 calories, fat 1.8g and carbohydrate 16.2g.
It is ideal for dinner parties to serve with a nice cake as this custard would be of a very good quality and pour superbly from a jug.
It can be stored in a cool place for a long time and if you prefer as I sometimes do, I leave mine in the fridge and eat it cold and sometimes when I fancy it hot I just pop it into the microwave and heat it for a minute or so and it is perfect.
The taste is of a very good texture on the tongue and for the very low price on offer it was a must to buy.
Look out for the special offers as I have seen this one lots of times on offer and sometimes 2 for the price of 1, which is a very good price.
I rate it 5 stars.
Ambrosia Low Fat Custard
I have been buying this for a number of years now, due to the fact that I am absolutely rubbish at making instant custard. The reason why I do buy this is because as it says this is low fat, it saves me the time and it is also extremely tasty. Custard like this one, not one I have made, maks a lovely combination with sweet pies and anything yummy or even on its own it tastes great.
This comes in a 425g can without the pull top lid which is a little bit annoying as I hate undoing the lids with the can opener. Ambrosia is very well known and has a great reputation! The can is the same as the one above in the image and it has a lovely image of a farm on it which makes this feel natural and fresh. The blue and green theme also give this feel.
The custard is yellow in colour and it is actually quite thick as well as very creamy and tasty. It is made with skimmed milk which will probably explain the reason why this is low fat! This is a good source of calcium so it does help your bones. To smell, the custard is sweet and yummy and eating wise, the custard is so smooth and creamy it makes a lovely dessert. You can eat this straight from the can or heated.
To heat this up you have to:
Either empty the can into a saucepan and stir gently but not let it boil or you can heat in the microwave for 2 and a half minutes.
A third of this can provides:
2.5g of fat
This is actually not as healthy as I thought it would be, but it is yummy custard and creamy so what do you expect!
Custard - a versatile dessert, can make or break trifles and crumbles, can be eaten hot or cold and makes an excellent base for ice cream. What's not to like!
Actually there is one thing - it's a little tricky and time consuming to make custard from scratch. Luckily there are plenty of instant and powdered options out there and in my opinion Ambrosia Low Fat Devon Custard is one of the best.
The best thing about this custard is its taste. Its a glossy yellow custard, although not scarily yellow, with a good spoon coating consistency. It tastes creamy, with a subtle sweetness (unlike many other low fat custards which taste too artificially sweet). I find it an almost comforting taste. There is a definite hint of vanilla although this is due to an artificial flavouring. It is equally enjoayable hot or cold, although my current preference is for cold.
This is also, in my opinion one of the very few low fat custards which actually taste like good custard should. And with 93 cals and 1g of saturates per 100g serving it really is a low fat everyday treat. With an added bonus that (unsuprisingly seeing as milk makes up 74% of its ingredients) a serving contains 13% of your recommended daily calcium amount.
Another bonus with this custard is that it comes in a variety of packagings. There is the 500g carton at 80p, a 1kg carton for £1.50, a 425g tin for 75p and 135g individula serving tubs which can either be purchased for 40p individually of £1.35 for packs of four. So as you can see no matter how much custard you need you're probably sorted. My current serving size of choice in the little tubs and I find one of these on its own makes an ideal dessert, and can be taken for packed lunches as they don't need to be stored in a fridge (unless you want chilled custard) or heated in a microwave - so ideal all year round and convenient.
No matter what package of custard you buy its all ready to go, either cold or to be warmed in a pan or microwave.
I suppose the one fault you could pick with this custard (although I personally don't) is that as its ready mixed, instant custard you have no choice in its consistency, although I guess you may be able to thin it down (if thats how you like your custard) whilst warming with a little bit of milk.
All in all this is definitely my custard of choice for a satisfying snack or to complement a crumble.
AMBROSIA LOW FAT CUSTARD
Stepping into Sainsbury.s feeling hungry and wanting that something sweet, decided to buy a reduced apple and blackcurrant pie, and some of this delicious Ambrosia Low Fat Custard.
Guess i know what you are thinking perhaps buying a pie then buying low fat custard kinda defeats the object, but i wanted something sweet, and seeing low fat custard was thinking it both with the small slice of pie wouldnt be too bad.
This came in a tub ready made, for 41p, which is plenty for myself, and easy to open just pull back the foil lid and heat for a few minutes then its ready.
This simple dairy custard is a great source of calcium, is low in fat and contains no artificial ingredients.
It was lovely and creamy and what i really liked about this custard was the fact that it was not like a low fat product, and did not taste any different from the usual custard made by Ambrosia.
Its nice hot, but you can also eat this custard cold.
It comes in a tub, with Low Fat Devon Custard written on the side, it contains 170 calories per 7 per cent of your adult GDA.
I love it, it containes skimmed milk, buttermilk, Sugar, Modified starch, Vegtable Oil, Whey.
They do give out a careline telephone number also in case of any problems.
Heat in your mircrowave for approximately 1 minute.
Its a great creamy custard thats already to go.
Also because this custard is in a tub, 150g, sorry didnt buy the tin, it would also be great to add to a lunchbox, as is just enough for one person.
I loved it and also the fact that i couldnt over indulge on this one.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.
Custard has the ability to make or break that Apple Crumble, cake or whichever desert you decide to slather it over, so it's very important. Well it's important to me because I LOVE custard I have a weird obsession with the stuff. I don't know if it's the deliciously creamy taste or mixing it with the sweet stuff but I really can't get enough. Some people's vices are chocolate, fizzy drinks or crisps mine is CUSTARD!! So baring all this in mind it's especially important that I choose the right type of custard. So as to make sure I don't balloon if I decide to have it with something say a few nights a week (yes that much :O) whilst also getting the good stuff that hit's the spot.
Ambrosia custard is no doubt the best non homemade custard I have ever tasted and I have tasted a few evidently lol. I immediately got hooked on the full fat version which I must say was not good times... so as a compromise I went for this low fat version of the Devon Custard. I say compromise but really its not, because this is one of those times where the quality of the product isn't reduced with the low fat/sugar free etc version.
The custard comes in a tin like many of the other quality products in the ambrosia line. The tin is blue and green and the image of a valley is pictured above, supposedly because it's made in Devon ''for over 90 years''. There are also now the calories (130) per 140g serving highlighted on the front of the tin, with the percentage of adults GDA (6.5%) like on most packaging nowadays. This is really helpful for all the dieters out there, much easier than working out percentages and what not from the comprehensive nutritional info on the back of the can. On the tin there is also a little about the company giving the wholesome family company image, microwave and oven guidelines and contact info if you should so ever need it.
LOVELY CREAMY CUSTARD (VERDICT)
The custard is just to my taste so I am undeniably biased. The thick, creamy, smooth, mouth-watering custard is more than enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Other big brand custards just don't meet my standards especially the powdered custards which for me always just turn out rubbery and unpleasant. There is quite a bit of sugar in the custard which is a common feature of low fat products but if you don't mind that I would definitely give ambrosia a try. Ambrosia has allowed me to tame my custard sweet tooth as well as ensuring that my waistline doesn't balloon out of control. The custard looks and smells delicious and doesn't taste like a low fat product. Lovely.
Per 140g serving
Energy - 130kcal
Protein - 4.1g
Carbohydrate - 22.7g
(Of which sugars) - 16.8g
Fat - 2.5g
(Of which saturates) - 1.4g
Fibre - 0g
Sodium - 0.1g
Salt - 0.14g
Calcium - 149mg (18%RDA)
Allergy Advice - Contains Milk
Priced around 40p - 80p
Ambrosia Low Fat Custard was recommended to me in my Weight Watchers meeting a few weeks ago and now I always pop a couple of the individual little pots in my trolley as they're a tasty standby to have in the cupboard, nice for pouring over a Weight Watchers cake or adding to jelly to make a trifle.
I've never eaten any other ready to eat custards so can't compare this to its full fat counterpart, but this is a really delicious custard and you could serve it to anyone and I doubt they'd have any idea that it was a diet food. I usually make my own custard, but once I've added the sugar and milk it made for a rather calorie laden dessert. In comparison these pots of Ambrosia contain just 140 calories and 1.5g of saturated fat, which equals 2 1/2 Weight Watchers points.
The custard is thick and creamy, it's a little synthetic tasting in my opinion but this is because I am used to home made custard but I am getting used to this and appreciated the flavour of the custard for what it is. It has a lovely sweet taste as there is quite a bit of sugar in this custard, but while you can reduce the fat in custard it would be hard to create a palatable reduced sugar version.
I've eaten it on it's own from the pot and also given it to my granddaughters' to eat like this, also poured over fruit or low fat cakes. It's been a good alternative on every occasion and is particularly tasty on a trifle made with sugar free jelly and a squirt of cream on the top.
Another thing I like about this custard is that it's ideal for portion control, I know exactly how many calories and points I'm consuming in each pot which is so much easier than trying to gauge when to stop dipping my spoon into the pot of freshly made custard! Also if you want hot custard you can microwave this in the pot, I've done this several times but do make sure you remove all of the foil lid as it will upset your microwave otherwise.
The Ambrosia Low Fat Custard pots are 150g and cost 43p in Sainsbury's, this I think is a good price for the amount I buy but it would work out expensive if you were to buy them for a family and then I think it would be more cost effective to buy the tinned version or make your own. For the dieters in the house these are great though, while you skinny Minnie's are tucking into full fat custard us larger ladies can also enjoy the sweet creamy taste of Ambrosia.
I've always loved custard! To me its a real 'feel good' food, though not the way my Mother always made it, so since being old enough to make an informed choice no longer am I stuck with my Mum's gloopy, nasty, lumpy offering!
I always buy tinned custard! I've tried loads over the years but this so far is, by far my favourite...so far lol!
As on the photograph at the top of this review. It's a green and blue tin with a kind of village scene on the front of it and I am clearly told what it is and who it is by. It's a 425g recyclable tin you have to open with a tin opener. On the back of the can I am then told a little bit about the company, how to heat (if desired), nutritional values, and contact details for Ambosia are stated
I'm a huge fan of this delicious custard. It's thick with guaranteed no lumps and its a lovely yellow colour! The taste is thick, creamy, sweet but not overly so and its great hot or cold. Even though it's fairly thick it's still pourable out of the tin. Unlike a lot of custards it's not crammed with sugar and sweeteners and although it's thick it isn't gunky! Not only does it look good it also smells delicious and when heated through it has a really old fashioned custard smell to it!
Taste wise even though it is low fat it doesn't taste, to me any different to the original custard by Ambrosia and it's healthier which is a real added bonus to me!
Skimmed Milk, Buttermilk, Modified Starch, Sugar, Whey, Vegetable Oil, Flavouring, Colours (Curcumin, Annatto), Sweetener (Acesulfame Potassium), Total Milk Content 79%.
Contains No Artificial Colours.
A Low Cal Food.
A Good Source Of Calcium
Suitable For Vegetarians
Per 1/3 Can:
of which is saturates: 0.8g
I bought my can in Sainsbury's for 45p but you can get it in so many places and in different sized cans, in full fat variety and in other flavours too!
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Enjoy the fresh creamy texture without the artificial colours or preservatives. A low fat food and a good source of calcium. Suitable for vegetarians. Gluten free.