“ Brand: Asda / Type: Puddings „
When doing the supermarket shop, I always include a treat for us to have (usually of the chocolatey variety) and when looking on the Asda website, I came across these Melt in the Middle Chocolate Puddings from their Extra Special range. They looked nice in the picture and weren't too expensive at £2 for 2 x 150g puddings, so in my virtual basket they went...
The treats that I buy don't tend to last very long, so I knew that these wouldn't stick around in the fridge and they were in fact devoured on the same day that I had the shopping delivered!
The puddings come in 2 individual little black plastic bowls, which are covered with a cardboard outer sleeve (pictured above). The packaging design is quite simple and contemporary, but does give a good picture of the product with cream and raspberries added as a serving suggestion. The blurb on the packaging describes the desert as being 'An indulgent all butter chocolate pudding made with rich chocolate ganache and oozing with a velvety Belgian milk chocolate sauce' - can you really blame us for eating them practically as soon as they were delivered?!?
These desserts can be cooked in two ways - either by removing the cardboard sleeve and the film lid from the top of the plastic pot, squeezing the pudding out of the pot onto a plate, then replacing the pot on the pudding and microwaving on full power for 50 seconds or by removing the cardboard sleeve, film lid and oven cooking for 18 - 20 minutes at 180 degrees. Being impatient, we went for the microwave option and were pleased to find that the timings given were spot on. Sometimes these type of deserts don't warm through properly in the time stated, but these were lovely and warm after the 50 seconds and 30 second cooling time suggested (it was tough, but we did manage to wait 30 seconds before devouring!).
When cooked, the puddings look very appealing with a small pool of molten chocolate sauce peaking out of the top of the pudding. The 'sponge' has an interesting consistency, it is not very cakey, but more of a dense rich fudge cake texture. They look very chocolately and are a dark brown colour with glossy chocolate sauce - they also smell very appealing, with a nice chocolate aroma which isn't sickly or overpowering.
I eagerly dug my spoon into the side of the sponge and a nice amount of thick, smooth liquid chocolate slowly made it's way down the side of the pudding meaning that I got a nice mixture of sauce and sponge. The pudding tastes very dense and rich and is stodgy without being off puttingly so. These chocolate puddings are firm to touch and I found that they kept their shape well without collapsing when eating. They also retain their heat very well, which is a big thumbs up in my opinion. The chocolate sauce is very appealing looking and is thick and shiny. It is nicely dispersed throughout the pudding meaning that you don't get overloaded with sauce on your first mouthful and that you don't run out halfway through eating the sponge.
I think these are absolutely delicious and are the best melt-in-the-middle type dessert that I have tried from a supermarket and I will continue to buy them as a treat. They aren't too expensive at £2 for 2, as the quality really is very good.
Admittedly these aren't something that you want to be 'treating' yourself to every day. There is a very long list of ingredients and I am choosing to remain oblivious about the calorie and fat content, as I don't want to be put off buying them again! However this information can all be found on the packaging, so I'll let you decide if you want to remain blissfully unaware about what these little puds contain! I was brave enough to look at the allergy information though and can tell you that these contain gluten, milk, wheat, egg and soya and that they may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds. However they are suitable for vegetarians. The puddings should be refrigerated and are not suitable for home freezing.
So if you fancy an indulgent treat, then these are definitely worth trying. I will be purchasing these again and I doubt that they will manage to last an over-night stay in our fridge...