“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cheesecake „
Puddings and cakes that's what turns me on baby. If it's got toffee and cream then all the better, a touch of chocolate and I'm there. Heck I'm 57 and I have a sweet tooth, trying to cut down on calories now would knock me off anyway so I just keep on eating what I like.
ASDA American Style Toffee Cheesecake
These usually retail at between £1.20 and £1.50, but they are frequently on offer as are some other flavours of ASDA cheesecakes. I don't think the price tag here is too important since we are only talking 50p difference and if it turns out that difference is in the top range than I still think this would fall into the value for money range. The packaging is pretty basic but it does give a reasonable representation of what you can expect to get when you open the box, it has some nutrional information on the side.
At about 6-7 inches in diameter, this is a substantial eat, and being that it is well over an inch high you could quite easily cut it into eight and each get a decent portion. The base is kind of crispy and chewy at the same time and tastes of digestives, this layer is perhaps a quarter of an inch thick. On top of this is the almost inch thick cheesecake mix, which is deliciously creamy and slightly bitter. It looks smooth with little bubbles in it. It's a kind of of white colour verging on creamy.
This is then topped with a magnificent layer of sweet sticky chewy toffee wonderfulness, you will now begin appreciate that these two magnificent textures and tastes are going to compliment each other exceptionally well. Its gets even better though, there is a further layer of cream, which is then topped with flakes of light golden caramel. This is the bit I pick off a try on its own. The flakes a very thin and almost opaque, but they are sweet and melt in the mouth.
That's four and bit layers of sweet, chewy, creamy, crispy textures and tastes, which would tempt any unsuspecting taste, bud. I just think that there has for a change been some thought put into this, it works so well and every time I get one my mouth waters in anticipation. They are full of sugar and they do have a fair bit of fat, but for a treat they are very hard to beat. Toffee, cream, digestive and loads more all for just over a quid........................done deal.
Whilst shopping in our local Asda supermarket the other day, my partner announced that he fancied a gateaux or something similar, so we headed off to the frozen food section to see what caught our eye!
After scanning the rows of frozen desserts and puddings, we eventually decided on this 'American Style' Toffee flavoured cheesecake, as we do quite regularly buy the Tesco alternative and were keen to see if the Asda cake lived up the high expectations we had!
The blue-coloured box is different to the one shown in the picture on the dooyoo page, so I can only assume that the product has had a bit of a face-lift in terms of its packaging! There is absolutely no mistaking the cost of this product as there is a rather large circular 'badge' printed on the corner of the box which states '£1'.
Once home from our shopping trip, and after reading the back of the box, I was informed that the cake (as is usual with these types of desserts) had to be defrosted at room temperature prior to being eaten.
I followed the instructions on the back of the packet, which included removing the cake from the box and cutting the foil tray type packaging with scissors to enable the cake to be placed on a plate, and thus defrost accordingly. I found that cutting the foil from the cake was actually very easy (not the case with every frozen cake, believe me!) and placed it on the plate, to be forgotten about until later on.
The cake can either be defrosted at room temperature or in the fridge. As defrosting it in the fridge takes longer, we usually opt to leave frozen desserts like this one on a plate in the kitchen. The packaging informs me that the cake can take 2 - 2.5 hours to defrost.
The general appearance of the cake did look quite appetizing, but I was immediately struck by how few 'curls' were on the top of the cheesecake. These are only described as 'sweet curls' on the packaging, but they were a bit sparse on top of the cheesecake to say the least! One quarter of the cake hardly had any 'curls' on top of it, which annoyed me a little to be honest, particularly given that the image shown on the packaging for the cheesecake shows a much more generous helping of these little curls - the top of the cake is positively covered in them! Apart from this grumble, the cheesecake did look appetizing and quite delicious!
Anyway, after two hours, the cake seemed perfect to me, and with that we duly cut ourselves a generous slice and set about giving it the 'taste test'! (Hard work, but somebody's got to do it, eh?) ;-)
The cheesecake is basically made up of layers. The bottom layer is a typical cheesecake sort of base - biscuity and crumbly, similar in appearance and taste to digestive biscuits, perhaps.
On top of the biscuit base is the cheesecake filling - this looks very thick in the picture on the packaging, and there is a little helping of sticky toffee sauce nestled on top of this cheesecake filling.
Finally, there is a thick layer of dairy cream on top of the cheesecake filling which as I have already stated, is covered in little 'curls' which are toffee-like in appearance and colour.
What I found is that the biscuit base is very crumbly and delicious, whilst the cheesecake filling had no great taste to it, although I did find it to be very sweet, verging on sickly!
As for the cheesecake being 'Toffee' flavoured I would point out that I was very disappointed in this respect... Virtually no toffee flavouring could be detected! I wouldn't say that the cheesecake filling was unpleasant in any way, but the only time I detected a hint of the toffee flavouring was when eating the little SPOONFUL of toffee sauce that is nestled within the cheesecake filling. And I do mean a spoonful - certainly no more than that!
The dairy cream topping layer of the cheesecake was also very sickly and a bit overly sweet for my liking. After all my moaning and whining about the lack of little 'curls' that are on top of the cream filling, I may as well have saved my breath, as these did not really add anything at all to the overall taste of the cake! I found that these were a bit tasteless, apart from being sweet.
All of the flavours combined proved to be quite sickly for my liking... the cream was so abundant in quantity and in flavour that I found this to make up the main flavour of the cake. As I am not a huge cream fan to begin with, I found it all to be a little over-powering for my taste buds.
The front of the box informs me that this cheesecake is suitable for a vegetarian diet. There is also information telling me that it contains no artificial colours or flavours, nor does it contain any hydrogenated fat. There is some allergy advice on the side of the box which informs me about such things as nuts and gluten, so that sufferers of food allergies can make an informed choice about whether this product is suitable for their diet or not.
The nutritional information on the side of the box informs me that 100g of this Toffee cheesecake will provide me with 360 calories and 23.9g of fat... eeeek!
All in all, I personally didn't enjoy this cheesecake as much as the Tesco version that we buy from time to time. I can't honestly say that I would go out of my way to purchase this Asda cheesecake again, and I found it to be a bit disappointing overall.
I would probably only award this cheesecake two stars, and would buy something different altogether, the next time I am looking for a frozen dessert!
Frozen cheesecake's one of those products that really only varies in its consistency and depth of flavours.
For £1 this cheesecake doesn't promise to be anything but basic, but lets have a look at the end result.
As with any frozen cheesecake, it does require a thorough defrosting (2 hours) in advance, this can be sped up in the microwave** if you remove the foil first, but be warned, don't fully defrost it in there or it will go soggy.
In terms of a standby desert for unexpected hunger or visitors, it's a must, and freezes solid so it won't get damaged over long periods.
By American style, I'm not quite sure what they intend the difference to be, except perhaps that the cheese is a little fluffier and more whipped cream like.
As for the consuming, the best part, here goes.
The toffee flavour pervades the cheese layer, as can be seen from the colour. It's not too overpowering, and as such you can still clearly taste the cheese (even if it's not quite as cheesy tasting as I prefer.)
On the texture side, you're looking at somewhere between a very smooth cream cheese to cream-foam consistency (at the top.), but its just about enough for you to believe it's cheesecake.
The base is a little loose, but to be fair tases about right, and doesn't crumble away to nothing when its cut.
Take one slice out and leave the rest in the fridge, or serve it all up at once, this toffee cheesecake is just about good enough to serve up to your friends as a significant desert. And for £1, you couldn't make it cheaper.
One final word of advice. Thaw at room temperature for 1 hour, then peel the foil off and leave on a cold plate in the fridge to fully defrost. As you still want it to be cold and keep its shape towards the end just before you serve. And don't eat too much! It's a bit naughty! But then, you knew that.