“ Type: Puddings „
What with Ambrosia being the food of the gods, you can be forgiven for assuming that it might, you know, actually taste good in an other-worldly kind of way. Unfortunately, when I picked up a pack of these as a snack, it would seem my hopes were a little too high. While they may make good custard, or even good old plain rice pudding, Ambrosia just can't beat a Mullerice in the flavoured snack pot stakes.
I wanted to try these out because they're slightly lower in fat and sugars than a Mullerice, and as I'm on a low fat diet as you may have noticed from my other food reviews, I'm always looking for ways to cut a bit off here and there.
You can find these in packs of two from most good supermarkets, in raspberry as well as the strawberry flavour I'm reviewing. An 160g pot quite large, and they can be eaten hot or cold. My two pack cost 81p from Tesco, which I think is good value.
Now, I haven't actually eaten them hot which I realise is not great review-wise but I have only popped them in my bag for work to eat cold and have no desire to buy another pack to heat up, as I didn't really get on with them.
Rather than being sauce mixed in with the rice as with other similar rice snacks, the layer of strawberry is at the bottom of the pot, under quite a thick rice mixture. There is a thin but I think fairly gross creamy layer at the top with no rice in it, which reminds me of the skin on a pan of custard and I don't find overly appealing. I recommend stirring everything together before eating for maximum stomachability!
The sauce itself is a smooth, thick syrup with no bits in. It is for me the right sweetness, but quite hard to mix in because of its thicker gel-like consistency. The rice is also quite sticky and "claggy" (I know that's not a word but you know exactly what I mean I'm sure!) and not so much creamy as glued together by the rest of the mixture.
I know I've sounded quite negative so far, but it really doesn't taste bad as such, it's just bland. The textures don't seem quite right to me. I have a feeling that if it was heated in the microwave and eaten hot, the rice might become a bit looser and more pleasant.
The Ambrosia pots really aren't bad nutrition-wise, with only 3.3g fat in a 160g pot and 175 calories, but I'm not sure I see them as a great pudding or treat if you're dieting. There is also quite a bit of sugar however at 19g.
While it filled a hole, this really isn't an eating experience I wish to repeat, as Mullerice is for me a whole lot more appetising!
I am currently seeking out healthier alternatives to my usual high calorie treats, but still want to satisfy my sweet tooth. I came across Ambrosia Rice with Strawberry Pots while I was searching for some kind of dessert containing golden syrup for my granddaughter, they looked tasty so I picked up a double pack.
This is basically an Ambrosia rice pudding with a layer of strawberry sauce at the bottom. The Strawberry Pots can be eaten cold or heated in the microwave for 30 seconds, I ate the first one cold and the other hot a few days later.
This is a very tasty dessert indeed, and even better than the Müllerice rice pudding desserts I had an obsession with a few years ago. I like that fact that the strawberry is in a layer rather than mixed in with the rice pudding because it meant I could eat the creamy rice on its own as well as choosing to have spoonfuls with the fruity sauce.
The one I ate cold was creamy and rich, it tasted milky with a slight flavour of sweet condensed milk. The rice itself was fluffy and moist and the milky sauce had a delicious thick consistency. The strawberry compote (as Ambrosia call it) is thick and jam like with small chunks of strawberry, it has a lovely sweet and natural flavour which goes superbly with the creamy rice.
When I warmed up the second Strawberry Pot I was equally impressed. The dessert had completely changed from a tasty snack into a warming and hearty winters pudding. The sauce thickens during the heating process and this gives the rice pudding a real home made consistency. The rice swells again and I noticed now that the grains of rice actually melt in my mouth because they have absorbed more and more of the creamy pudding sauce.
Beware the sauce if you're eating this warm, as the rice will be just right but the sauce will burn the skin off your tongue if you're not careful. If you imagine how hot the jam is in a jam tart straight out of the oven, this sauce can get that hot! It quickly cools to a more tolerable heat though and seems to melt upwards into the rice pudding, giving the entire dessert a subtle strawberry flavour which is lovely with the milkiness of the rice.
Each Strawberry Pot contains 175 calories and 3.3g of fat, of which 2g are saturated. I was happy to discover that it only contained 3 Weight Watchers point as I usually save enough points to have a nightly Müller Fruit Corner, and these have 3 ½ points so this is a ½ point saving for a more satisfying treat!
I got mine from Tesco and paid around 85p for this double pack. This is a fair price I think as the portion size is just right and this is a very tasty dessert, plus it has got to be better for me than the Syrup Sponge Pudding I was originally looking at!