“ Type: Other Desserts „
I am not really a big fan of desserts unless they have chocolate on them. I have never really liked cream or dark chocolate, so i didnt think i was going to like these. After trying them for the first time a few weeks ago, i absolutely love them and we now buy them every week!
These asda profiteroles are small balls of light pasty, which are filled with cream. They come with two sachets of dark chocolate sauce. This is my fave dessert now! Ive never liked cream, and decided i might like chocolate eclairs now after liking these with the cream in, so i tried one and i love them too now!
The box has on average 16 profiteroles in, sometimes we get 18! This is more than enough for just me and my boyfriend, we wouldnt want any more or any less. I couldnt share these between four people as the box says, there wouldnt be enough for me!
The dark chocolate sauce you just need to put in a bowl of hot water for 1 minute to heat it up, and it is a rich, smooth dark chocolate sauce. It is not sickly or too thick, it is just right.
The pasty on these profiteroles is so light and easy to eat, and there is not too much cream in them, just the right amount.
These asda profiteroles are in the any 4 deserts for £3 offer, so i bought 4 boxes of these to stock up!
They are very high in calories unfortunately. These come in a 250g box, and there is 312 calories per 100g, so thats 312 calories per serving for us! Not good if you are not a diet, but they are a great to treat ourselves with once a week.
When you buy them from the supermarket, they are in the frozen department. If you are going to eat these the day you buy them, you can put them in the fridge but they dont keep long so make sure you do eat them that day! You can freeze these, and they only take about 2 hours to defrost.
They are suitable for vegetarians, and are free from artifical colours and preservatives, but may contain traces of nuts.
I would deffinately recommend these asda profiteroles, for £1 they are such a bargain, even though very high in calories they are so worth it!
The perfect dessert. For a good while i have been buying them for £1 for 16. They are in the frozen section so ae ideal to keep in the freezer for when u fancy a dessert. They are really quick to defrost and take i believ 1.5 hours at room temperature.
They look exactly like they do on the box. You get 2 sachets of chocolate sauce and its a good amount. So if u wanted u could use half of them at a time. The choc sauce is easy to heat i even just pop it in hot water from the tap for less than a minute and its lovely glossy smooth sauce.
The pastry is really soft and the creamy filling inside is lovely! I am a big fan of these and love them for a treat as does my 2 year old. I think they are much cheaper than others too. The only thing i would disagree with is that to serve 4 they would be small portions but perhaps thats just me with a sweet tooth!
It's hard to get profiteroles wrong admittedly, because even if the pastry isn't well constructed, cream is cream and chocolate is chocolate, and together they make for a pretty damn delicious combo. Thankfully, Asda have also managed to get the pastry right, making for a triple header of sumptuousness (is that even a word!?) that cements the fact that Asda's own products are actually of merchantable quality!
Profiteroles are small balls of pastry (although can also be long tubes also), filled with cream, and then often covered with other adornments, which here is chocolate sauce. It is a simple dessert but a very tasty one, and incredibly cheap here, as a box of 15 retails for generally about £1, which is about half of what you'd pay for a "premium" version that tastes exactly the same anyway! As I said, how can you mess up profiteroles? It's hardly a complex tasting dessert, but that is in many ways what makes it so great: it's simple and almost universally loved!
Although simple, the taste is very nice indeed: the cream isn't too rich or cloying, and is well complemented by the light taste of the pastry, as well as the sumptuous chocolate sauce, that isn't runny but more syrupy and gooey (which is a good thing in my opinion!). As you plough through the profiteroles, you'll be greeted with a lovely collection of chocolate (and maybe even a bit of cream if you've squahed one of the profiteroles!) at the bottom of your bowl or plate, and I simply cannot resist scooping up every last remnant with my spoon!
I seriously think that nobody could tell the difference between this and more expensive versions on a taste test. This has to be one of the best "cheap" products there is, although watch out for the near-4g of fat per profiterole!
When we got our Asda order delivered I was pleased to see my mum had ordered the profiteroles that I had asked for because I love profiteroles and they were only £1.00 for 16 profiteroles. They are frozen so you have to take them out to defrost but that doesn't take long and we ate ours as soon as all the ice had gone but while the cream was still proper cold.
I think that for £1.00 they are wicked because they are proper tasty and not much different from some I had in the carvery the other day. The choux pastry is soft and the cream has got a smooth vanilla flavour that is a bit like vanilla ice cream when you eat them still cold like we did.
You warm the chocolate sauce up in a mug of boiling water and it's soooo nice! It's a dark chocolate sauce and it's glossier than I thought it would be and has got a rich and good quality flavour. The sachet is big enough to drizzel over all the profiteroles and you can get a good amount on each one and it drips down onto the plate so you can dip the profiteroles in.
The chocolate doesn't get as hot as I'd like it to in the mug of hot water so next time I'm going to stick it in the microwave because I reckon nuking it for a few secs would make it hot enough to start melting the profiteroles and cream and that would be a wicked pudding.
The profiteroles are perfect and the pastry is full of cream with no gaps at the top and the pastry is moist and it melts in the mouth. The chocolate has got quite a strong flavour and goes proper nice with the profiteroles because all the cream in them is quite faint in taste and the chocolate is strong and it livens it all up.
Profiteroles as mostly considered as "dessert" in food items. It is also recognized as cream-puff which is one of the trendy categories of choux pastry. It is designed similar to the cabbage (one type vegetable), just to a very smaller scale in size.
So, usually these small puffs filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. Then it is decorated with a thick chocolate sauce, or caramel on top. But it can be eaten without the toppings as well.
~WHERE IT IS COMES FROM~
The origin of the term "Profiterole" is very indistinguishable. Though as far as history told us that, it is French word and borrowed in to English food culture. So the wordily meaning is "baked under the ashes "which is attested by Oxford English Dictionary in the 19th century.
~MANUFACTURING AND BRAND~
There are wide ranges of profiteroles available in present day's market provided by different super-stores. ASDA is of the of the most famous chain superstore in UK ranked 2nd just after Tesco. It is broadly popular and a premium preference to the consumers for everyday shopping due to its cheaper price range and also excellent quality of products. ASDA has over 290 superstores in UK placed in various places just to facilitate the consumers.
ASDA also provides fresh foods (cakes, biscuits, pastry and desserts etc) baked and cooked in their own bakery and sell them under their brand name. ASDA Profiteroles is also a similar type of product.
~WHERE CAN WE FIND IT~
We usually can find these ASDA profiteroles in the cake and desserts section in every ASDA super stores. It stored inside a refrigerator and kept frozen due to conserve the food quality. If you have trouble finding them, you always can ask any ASDA sales assistant.
In my case, I was kind of lost searching for this item. Later I asked one lady who works there as a sales assistant, she showed me the product inside the freeze. But, she also told me that, there are non frozen profiteroles also available in ASDA, they come in a pyramid shape box with same food quality. But the one I bought comes in a rectangular shaped box stored inside the freeze.
~IT IS CONSIDERED AS ~
In my opinion, it can be considered as the dessert food item, can be served after main course. It is also categorized and stored in the Dessert section in ASDA shops. But there are no certain rules or regulations when you can have them. You can eat them any time you prefer.
PACKAGING AND OUTLOOK
It comes in a nice and bright blue box with rectangular shape. It is really light, weighs around 235 grams only. There is a strip on the top to open the box. It's really easy to open the box by ripping of the strip on top side of the box.
It is also written in the back side of the box that, the carton card is recycled widely though the plastic sachet is not currently recycled by them.
This blue box profiteroles costs only 1 pound. There are some other profiteroles also provided by ASDA. So far this one is cheaper compare to others prices.
When I buy any food, the one of the first thing I always notice is the food value. To be precise, I look for the ratio of saturated fat and calories in that particular item. The reason I always do this, I always try to avoid the high calorie foods as it is not suitable for my health. To be honest with you it contains high fat and calorie. Per piece of profiterole contains 47kcalorie and 3.7gram of fat. Though according to healthy food cycle, each grown-up man required to take 95 gram of fat and 2500 Kcal of energy as in calorie and in the case of woman it's 2000Kcal and 70gram of fat.
On the brighter side, it has no hydrogenated fat or any artificial flavour. And it is also suitable for vegetarian. Though, it is also written on the box that, it does contain gluten, milk and eggs and to be honest with you all of them are high calorie food. It may also contain any traces to nuts or seeds.
RETAIL BOX CONTAINS
When I first opened the box, I found mini frozen profiteroles with two plastic sachets of rich dark creamy chocolate. There are two packet of sachets just to facilitate the consumers for use them in later as well. Both sachets are stick with each other by a thin plastic line, which is very easy to separate and use them.
HOW TO STORE THEM AND PREPARATION PROCESS
The first thing we have to consider that, it is stored in deep-freeze with the temperature below -18 ° C in ASDA store. If you are planning to eat them in later, then you should put them in the freeze. Whenever you want to consume them, just take them out put it outside or normal refrigerator. It is really easy to prepare these delightful little profiteroles. All the instruction is written in the back of the box nicely.
1. Store them in deep freeze, where temperature should be under -18 ° C.
2. When you want to eat them, put them outside in the room temperature for 1 and half hours to defrost them(also the chocolate sauce sachet)
3. If you want to defrost in the normal refrigerator, then leave them inside the refrigerator for 3 and half hours approximately.
4. If you wish to serve the sauce nice and warm, then put the plastic sachet into boiling water for only 1 minute.
~THINGS SHOULD BE AVOIDED~
1. As per provided instruction, these profiteroles cannot be defrosted in the microwave. The reason behind is, these profiterole is really soft, delicate and filled with nice yummy whipped creams, if we put them in microwave, then there is a strong chance to spill out the cream and spoil the taste of the profiteroles (I have tried this, and that very same incident happened to me, so try to avoid the microwave in this case..:D)
2. Do not store them into a normal refrigerator; it should be stored in deep freeze.
3. Once defrosted, do not try to re-freeze them again, and also try to consume them within 24 hours period (They simply so delicious that you may be finish them in one go.)
4. Based on your freezer's quality, you can store them up to the best before date. (Though if the freezer is got one star, means your freezer can only provides -6 ° C to freeze your products, then it is recommended to consume these profiteroles within one week, otherwise if your freezer can freeze the products below -18 ° C, then it is a 4 star freezer and you can store this ASDA profiteroles up to the best before date.)
After defrosting those mini profiteroles, you can present them in a bowl, and put the thick creamy sauce on top of it. But if somebody have problems with sugars and high calories (like me), then it's better to avoid the chocolate sauce. You can have them without the chocolate sauce and believe me it dose taste equally good.
MY EXPERIENCE AND OPINION
The first that impresses me is the exceptionally cheap price. This is why I am an ASDA person. ASDA consistently provides foods in cheaper price to the consumers without compromising the quality. The profiteroles are simply delicious. They are very soft and filled with very soft white cream. When I defrosted them in normal room temperature, it feels so fresh that seems like I just got them baked from the shop. One more thing I really appreciate is the two sachet of chocolate sauce. It means that, if you want to consume some of these profiteroles in later time of the day, you also have an extra chocolate packet to go with them. The chocolate is really thick, rich and dark. It is simply so delicious that, I had some of the chocolate sauce without even put on the profiterole. But this so not good for me, just because it does contain high amount of fat and calorie and I am not supposed to consume them due to my health problems.
~CONSUMERS SUITABILITY & HEALTH RISK~
It is suitable for everyone. We just have to be careful about that, since it is very addictive and tasty, we can't consume them very frequently. It will cause trouble. I love sweets and desserts. I used to eat them a lot. But later I have suffered from health related problems, and my GP strongly advised me to consume the sweets and high calorie foods to a very certain limit. So please be careful about your own health and consume them in a very limited way.
~THINGS THAT PLEASED ME~
1. Cheap price and availability.
2. Easier instruction manual.
3. I have the option that if I want to use the rich creamy chocolate sauce on top or not.
4. Very tasty and delicious.
5. Small in size and easier way to preserve them.
6. Perfect solution for standard dessert after main course.
1. There is no extra protection for the profiteroles; they just put in the carton. There is a strong chance that this carton can get wet, since it is being preserved inside the freezer that is why all these profiteroles can come inside an extra plastic bag.
FINAL THOUGHT AND RECOMMENDATION
Yes, I will definitely buy this product again. I loved it and it is very mouth-watering and tasty dessert. I most certainly recommend you guys to buy it and try them. I bet you are going to love them. But be careful about the amounts you are consuming in one go, it might cause you some health problems. Other than that, it is a most delicious and also very cheap dessert and suitable for everyone.
WHERE CAN WE GET IT
We can get them from any nearer ASDA store. It resides in the bakery section, and also inside the freezer. It also only cost £1. Truly amazing, isn't it. Though I wanted to buy them online, but could not able to find this particular product in ASDA online website. But I found some other profiteroles and can be ordered via online. May be in very near future, ASDA will add this product in their online catalog. Come on then, what you are waiting for, go on and treat yourself. I bet you are going to love them.
Thank you very much for reading.
*** This review also been posted at CIAO under same username. ***
ASDA is the second largest retailer in the UK behind Tesco. In store you will find thousands of avail able purchases from food to clothing. It is well renowned for its cheap prices after claiming the title of Britain's lowest priced supermarket for 11 years running! ASDA is a good quality supermarket with good value and for people like me (student) with very little income it's very handy if you want to save a few pennies on your weekly shop!
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
ASDA's Profiteroles are the same principle as most others. Small balls of pastry wrapped round delicious whipped cream inside. A £1 these are probably the cheapest around, sustaining ASDA's low priced theme. Each of these 235g boxes comes with 15 profiteroles inside and a couple of sachets of dark chocolate sauce. This is plenty to provide for three or maybe four servings. However, if you are like me you may not be as inclined to announce that you have bought this product and keep them for yourself!
This dessert is one best served cold. Personally I like to heat up the chocolate sauce for a few minutes by placing the sachets in boiling water and then pouring them over the profiteroles, ready to serve. This product is freezable so you can keep it hidden away to serve up for whenever you like. They do take a while to defrost though, so I would recommend you take them from the freezer and put them in the fridge the day before you wish to eat them. That way they are still chilled for when you come to eating them. They are suitable for vegetarians as distinguished with the universal 'V' marked on the front of the box. However, this product does contain gluten so unfortunately are not suitable for those with allergies. All the nutritional information can be found on the packaging and with only 3.7g of fat per profiterole, you can enjoy this dessert without feeling the need to jump on the treadmill straight after.
First impressions when biting in to one of these cream-filled profiteroles is the extremely light texture of the delicious cream as it pours on to your tongue. It's very soft and goes down well with the choux pastry which itself even tastes quite sweet. You immediately realise that the cheap price of this product is not a reflection on the quality as they quite amply satisfied my taste buds. The contrast between the warm rich chocolaty sauce and the cooled whipped cream is a treat. They are definitely a good match for this dessert. The sauce in itself is both a sweet and bitter taste and very soothing to swallow. The best part of this dessert for me is the last few profiteroles left at the bottom of your bowl soaked in a thick layer of the chocolate sauce. This is a great dessert to follow up a nice hot meal. My advice is to serve three or four profiteroles in a dish that have been nicely defrosted but still chilled. Place a sachet of the chocolate sauce (unopened) in a pan of hot water to heat up for a few minutes then cut open the sachet and trickle the sauce over each profiterole and they are ready to eat.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
I can safely say I will definitely be after this tasty bargain again soon. It is a great way to finish a meal and could not be easier to prepare. At the minute price of £1 this product is a great buy and one of many bargains to be found at ASDA. So if you are after a quick and easy treat and you don't want to empty your wallet then here is your answer.
Promoting themselves under the headline "Britain's lowest priced supermarket, 11 years running" (a claim substantiated by winning 'The Grocer' magazine's award. However, this does not take budget stores such as Aldi or Lidl into account and is therefore disputed) Asda is the second largest supermarket chain in the UK after Tesco. In 1999 it became a subsidiary of the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart and is now their largest non-US income source, accounting for almost half of the international sales.
Famous for their pocket tapping ads promoting saving pennies there have been some questions over whether the cheap prices are at the expense of overseas workers. However, Asda, as part of the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) claim they keep costs down by "cutting out unnecessary waste"
WHAT ARE THEY
The Asda web site describes this product as "Choux pastry buns with a whipped dairy filling served with rich dark chocolate sauce" A less flowery description would be light pastry balls filled with cream and covered in chocolate.
Taken from the Asda website the ingredients are;
Creamy filling (56%) [Cream (49%) (Milk), sugar, egg, potato starch, skimmed milk powder, stabilizer (cellulose gum), wheat starch]
Chocolate sauce (26%) [Water, sugar, plain chocolate [cocoa mass, sugar, reduced fat cocoa powder, cocoa butter, emulsifier (ammonium phosphatides) natural flavouring], whipped cream (milk), cocoa powder, Glucose-fructose syrup, emulsifier (mono and diglycerides of fatty acids), stabilizer (carrageenan)], whole egg, wheat flour, vegetable fat, salt.
Which makes them suitable for vegetarians, but they contain gluten, wheat, eggs and milk, so be carful if you are planning to serve them for people with allergies. There is also a warning that they may contain nuts.
Nutritional information per profiterole (as per asda.co.uk)
Energy KJ - 196
Protein - 0.8g
Available carbohydrate - 2.7g
Of which sugars - 2g
Fat - 3.7g
Of which saturates - 2.4g
Fibre - 0.4g
Sodium - Trace
PACKAGING AND PRICE
At merely £1 for a box of 15 the price really is unbeatable. The come in a royal blue box with rather tempting looking bowl of profiteroles on the front. Of course, in reality, they are somewhat smaller than they appear to be on the cover, but I guess we're used to that these days.
SO ... HOW DID THEY FAIR?
The serving is easy with no real preparation involved other than heating the sauce sachets for a few minutes in a saucpan of boiling water. However, some planning is involved as they take an hour and a half to defrost and can get soggy if left for too long. I have always had a love for profiteroles, obviously these are not the best i have ever had, but at such a cheap price they are surprisingly good. As long have you have got the timing right the pastry is just the right chewy consistency. The sauce is rich and a little bitter against the cool sweet cream and bland pastry and surprisingly thick. The cream itself is not fresh cream, but a more synthetic version that balances well with the sauce so we'll let it pass.
A while ago my boyfriend and I decided that we were spending far too much money and being far too indulgent when we went grocery shopping and so decided as a method of saving money we would start trying out own brand products from the likes of Asda and Tesco which are the two main supermarkets we tend to use.
Profiteroles for a long time now have been one of my favourite little inudlgences and so when we were wandering around the freezer section of our local Asda and I spied this little box of magic in amongst the party food so I decided to pop them in the trolley - at only a pound my first instinct was - they can't be good if they're being sold so cheaply, but I put my doubts to the side and figured it was worth a try.
WHAT IS A PROFITEROLE?
Now I'm sure everyone knows that a profiterole is basicallly just a ball of choux pastry that is filled with delicious whipped cream. Choux pastry was first invented in 1540 by a chef known as panterelli who came from Florence. The pastry evolved over time and finally in the 18th century a patissere or pastry chef created what we now know as the Choux bun which basically is just a larger version of the profiterole and just a tasty. It was Antoine Careme who made little modifications to the recipe to create what we now know today as the profiterole.
These profiteroles are contained inside what can only be described as a sea blue box with a picture of a bowl of profiteroles covered in chocolate sauce, now I'm sure this is supposed to depict what is going to be found inside the box. On the bottom right hand corner of the box there is the V marking this as being suitable for vegetarians and the dessert is described as;
"Choux pastry buns filled with a whipped dairy filling served with a rich dark chocolate sauce"
We are also told that this product is made with no artificial flavours or hydrogenated fats.
Here are a run down of the ingredients in this particular box of Profiteroles;
Creamy Filling (56%) [Cream (49%) (Milk), Sugar, Egg, Potato Starch, Skimmed Milk Powder, Stabiliser (Cellulose Gum), Wheat Starch], Chocolate Sauce (26%) [Water, Sugar, Plain Chocolate [Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Ammonium Phosphatides), Natural Flavouring], Whipped Cream (Milk), Cocoa Powder, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Stabiliser (Carrageenan)], Whole Egg, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fat, Salt.
Nutrition Per Serving;
Serving Size Per profiterole
Energy KJ 196
Available Carbohydrate 2.7
Of Which Sugars 2.0
Of which Saturates 2.4
Ok now this took an hour and a half to defrost so I made sure I took these out of the freezer in plenty of time to be able to enjoy them after dinner. Defrost instructions on the box state;
"To defrost. Remove the profiteroles from the packaging and place onto a plate or serving tray. Allow to defrost with the sauce at room temperature for 1-1½ hours. To defrost in the refrigerator allow 3-3½ hours. To serve the sauce warm, place the unopened sachet into boiling water for 1 minute. Do not defrost in the microwave"
Ok well that was me told - out on the kitchen counter it was. I have to say I was a little disappointed as the 15 profiteroles contained within this 235g box were slightly smaller than depicted on the front but oh well - the proof is in the taste.....only an hour and a half to go beforeI can try the little balls of pastry.
The two small packets of chocolate sauce that were container inside are obviously an optional extra with this dessert. All you have to do is snip off a corner and pour, it really is that simple. Now I have to admit, that although you eat the profiteroles cold I always like to have a nice hot chocolate sauce poured over the top, and these sachets are fully microwaveable so into the microwave they went.
WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE?
Ok so the pastry was that lovely soft yet chewy texture and when I bit down the cream just sort of exploded into my mouth. I did not get this same sensation with all of the profiteroles however and was a bit disappointed that some of these little balls of pastry did not contain nearly enough cream for it to be as enjoyable to eat as it should have been, the majority however were deep filled and very very tasty. I half expected the chocolate sauce to taste very bitter as this was the cheaper version of this tasty dessert, but was pleasantly surprised to find that although bitter (what did I expect, it's dark chocolate after all) it was also deliciously sweet and the flavours of the chocolate, pastry and cream blending together - it was like there was a party in my mouth.
It is best to eat these as soon as they have defrosted as you run the risk of letting the pastry go soggy if left out for too long and they become less enjoyable to eat.
I have to admit that although these are not the best profiteroles I have ever tasted, for £1 I really couldn't complain as they are great value for money.
WILL I BUY THEM AGAIN?
I absolutely will by these little balls of tasty goodness again. I cannot emphasise enough that the quality of these is not dictated by the price. As stated previously I didn't really expect these to taste that good given that they were so cheap but as my mother has always told me, never judge a book by it's cover and my partner and I have found some great little products since introducing the own brand rule into our shopping.
I do recommend that if you're a fan of profiteroles and are on a tight budget, buy these - and get a tasty dessert with a smile to follow as you are bound to be pleased with your purchase. Pop down to your local Asda and pick up a bargain today.
When it comes to sweets and desserts my preference is definitely for something with cream in it, if as in this case there is also the addition of chocolate then we are getting seriously into heaven country. Unfortunately in this case the chocolate is not real and just a chocolate sauce, but having said that it is a bitter smooth yet sweet sauce which does itself justice when one considers the overall price of ASDA profiteroles. At £1 for a neat little box of 15 there is no way you can go wrong.
The bright blue box contains within it frontage a rather tasty looking picture of a plate of these profiteroles. In such cases where the purchase price is low, I have in the past found that this picture seldom meets up with the actual contents of the packaging. A nice surprise here then to find out that although strictly speaking the contents are a little smaller they are indeed pretty close to those depicted on the box.
So 15 choux pastry balls about the size of a ping pong ball, filled with cream and then the option to add some nice chocolate sauce, who in their right mind is going to say no. The product does come frozen and the recommend thaw time is one and a halt to two hours depending on conditions. It is a long time to spend salivating over a nice picture of profiteroles when one would ideally like to be scoffing some of them. There is no need to defrost all at once only those you will require. May I suggest all 15 though cos there is no way they will get wasted, they are toooooo scrummy.
Thawing complete it was time to taste, the soft slightly chewy choux pastry was a few millimetres thick and encompassed the cold cream which was secluded inside. There are two small packets of chocolate sauce which only require an exit to be made at on of their corners to facilitate the pouring over of the sauce. The small plastic bags are microwaveable so the option to heat the sauce is there should this take your fancy. I have chosen this option in the past and it in no way deteriorates from the quality of the sauce, in fact depending on one's mood this might well be the best way to eat these delicious desserts.
The blandness of the choux pastry quickly mingles with the cream causing I'm sure a quite familiar reaction, mainly that of MMMm mmmm Mmmm. They are very good on their own and there really isn't a lot of need for the addition of chocolate....................who am I kidding the addition of the chocolate simply escalates the enjoyment to another level. The chocolate sauce does have a hint of sweetness and does look very dark, but it is the bitterness which sets the whole experience alight. Cream and dark chocolate are simply superb together. Four of five of these profiteroles in a bowl with either hot or cold chocolate sauce is just divine, they are particularly good after a curry or something spicy. I do like then best when they are just defrosted and no more, I do find that they can be a little kind of soggy if left to sit too long, not that their should really be much chance of that once everyone has tasted one they will just want more.
There isn't a lot you can get for a quid is this credit crunch, and there is even less to bring a smile to our faces, so in a moment of despair or just feeling a bit down get yourself a box of 15 profiteroles from ASDA and cheer yourself and your family up a bit. What the heck splash out and get two boxes they are GREAT value for money and one can be there for emergencies. There is always a dessert emergency every now and then, having a box in the freezer will remedy this. All in all the best quid I've spent in ages.
I am a bit of a baker myself, and there is nothing i like better than making french desserts. Soemtimes though when there are no ingredients or i can't be bothered, ASDA IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION!
I absolutely adore profiteroles and the first profiterole product i ever tried was a profiterole gateau as asda which was just heavenly. I was with my dad nosing around in the freezer aisle for other profiterole goodies and noticed these. I was absolutely spellbounded at the price....£1!
Asda have a lot of desserts in this price range, some of which i have tried before and were amazing so i pciked them up.
The pack contains about 15-20 profiteroles and 2 sachets of rich chocolate sauce. I was quite greedy and used them both in one serving by simply melting the chocolate in a bowl of hot water. I left the profiteroles to defrost for about 2 hours to allow the cream to melt the way i liked it and then dolloped the thick sauce over the top.
They were absolutely heaven and now are the first thing i ask to buy.
Anyone familiar with my previous reviews will be aware of my love for anything sweet and puddingy, ok so that is not technically a word but it's the best I can come up with to describe my love!
After a visit to my local Asda I thought I deserved a treat, so after perusing the freezer isle I happened upon these beauties and had to indulge.
The product I will now review is "Asda's profiteroles with chocolate sauce".
The box these little delights come in is a smallish box navy blue in colour. There is the most enticing picture of the profiteroles, all piled haphazardly, and thoroughly drenched with what looks like the chocolate sauce you would pour onto your ice cream desserts, ok I need a sweet fix so by this time I could care less!
There is all the usual information on the box, brand name, product name and description, price, food facts and nutritional information, of which I will address later.
Upon opening the box you will notice all the choux pastry profiterole balls are loose inside the box, under those are two well filed sachets of thick dark chocolate sauce, there is a perforation down the middle obviously hinting that there are two portions held within the box..... I don't think so!
You are advised to defrost thoroughly before consuming them, it states that it should take 1-1 ½ hours at room temperature or alternatively 3-3 ½ hours in a refrigerator. The sauce can be warmed through by simply placing the unopened sachet into a bowl of boiling water (straight from the kettle), and leaving for around 1 minute.
Ok, so I'm going in!
There are around 15 profiteroles in the box, and all roundish in shape, I place (or force!), as many as I can possibly fit into my bowl, I snip the top from a sachet of sauce and squeeze it all over my profiteroles.
I was pleasantly surprised by how thick the sauce actually is, it comes out more like chocolate spread, however I assume the more you heat the sauce the thinner the consistency will become.
I never stand on attention when it comes to food so I tuck right in. The sauce is delicious and dark, with a slight bitterness to it, this offsets the sweet and gooiness of the profiterole and the sweet, soft and melting texture of the cream within.
The cream that is to be found inside is not fresh cream but a more synthetic tasting cream, this is ideal for more, I have never been a fan of fresh cream. The profiterole when bitten into is bursting at the seams with cream filling and positively pops in your mouth.... Bliss!
Now to the bit I dislike, the nutritional information! For some unknown reason there is no calorific content for the chocolate sauce, instead it is given per profiterole.
2.0g of which sugars
2.4g of which saturates
I don't need to tell you that these are never going to be good for you, so as always this sort of dessert should be eaten as part of a healthy and varied diet, and only occasionally!
There are allergy note also these are that this product contains gluten, milk, wheat and egg and also may contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
On the upside this product states that they are artificial flavour free and contain no hydrogenated fat.
The price of these were also a bit selling point for the box they are sold at my local Asda, (obviously!) for the princely sum of £1.00!
Would I recommend, definitely! There is a more than generous serving within the box, the profiteroles are light and creamy, the sauce a delight to eat and the price is nothing to be sniffed at!
For more information on this and the other desserts available in the range visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
I have ever such a sweet tooth but like to try something different each week, so last weeks treat was ASDA profiteroles which were priced at £1 for a box of 16, the profiteroles are made with Choux pastry buns with a whipped dairy filling served with rich dark chocolate sauce.
ASDA profiteroles are from the desert section in the freezers, they come in a small oblong box, inside the box you have the 16 bite size profiteroles and a sachet of dark chocolate sauce, it is ever so quick and easy to prepare the profiteroles, all you need to do is defrost them for around 1.5 hours both the sauce and the profiteroles at room temperature, if you like to defrost in the fridge allow a lot longer perhaps double the time. The Pack size is 235 g.
* Not to be defrosted in the microwave.
I placed my profiteroles in a sundae dishes and then warmed the sauce in a bowl For 1.5 minutes then pored over the profiteroles, how lovely and tempting they looked, I then poured a little double cream and then served.
The taste was absolutely lovely the combination of the choux pastry and the cream and chocolate was just lovely, although I have tasted better chocolate sauces, if your not to keen on a lot of chocolate you can pour on less of the sauce. Although ASDA profiteroles were nice they are not the best profiteroles I have ever tasted, so that is why I have just given 3 stars in my score rating.
*Ingredients. Creamy Filling - Cream, Milk, Sugar, Egg, Potato Starch, Skimmed Milk Powder, Stabiliser, Wheat Starch, Chocolate Sauce- Water, Sugar, Plain Chocolate ,Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier, Natural Flavouring, Whipped Cream ,Milk, Cocoa Powder, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Emulsifier ,Stabiliser, Whole Egg, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Fat, Salt
*This product is Suitable for Vegetarians, but Contains Gluten, Wheat, Eggs Milk and May Contain Nuts but is Free From Artificial Flavours
*Per profiterole Energy KJ 196 Protein 0.8 Available Carbohydrate 2.7 Of Which Sugars 2.0 Fat 3.7 of which Saturates 2.4 Fibre 0.4 Sodium Trace.
Overall ASDA profiteroles are not a bad dessert especially for £1.00; I have to add that I have tried Profiteroles from other supermarkets and the best one I have ever tasted was from Aldi which to me had a nicer chocolate sauce. I would buy ASDA profiteroles again though as they were very tasty and looked lovely and for a £1 you can't really complain.
A pastry with whipped filling, topped with rich dark chocolate sauce.