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Asda's Smartprice Instant Custard Powder

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      23.11.2009 18:27
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      Good for everyday puddings

      I think Asda must stock up this custard especially for us as we buy at least a dozen every time we go shopping. My husband gets through so much of it that it would cost much more to buy any other brand. A smart price sachet is 7p, whereas Asda's own brand is about 34p and Birds more than 50p, so are other brands really 5-8 times better, and worth paying that much more for. They aren't for us but you will have to decide where your priorites lie.

      You make up a sachet with boiling water in a jug and stir until it is smooth. This is quick and easy and results in a thick lump free custard. One sachet makes one very generous sized portion or two portions when eaten with something as a dessert.

      You can clearly tell the difference between this and Bird's custard, which is more creamy. This custard tastes slightly more artificial but it is still warm and satisfying. It is great with cake, biscuits, apple pie etc. Also it is nice with ice cream which creates an interesting mix of flavours and warm/ cold sensations.

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      23.10.2009 00:32
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      A Very Average Custard.

      My shopping budget can be a little stretched at times due to working part-time so when I wanted to treat my partner to a nice little pudding I'd spotted and realised I needed custard to round it off nicely I brought a sachet of this and decided to make it up myself.

      I paid 7p for a 76g sachet of instant custard powder which is provided in a hard paper style packet with the usual green & white smartprice colour scheme making it fairly easily identifiable on the supermarket shelves. This was a very cheap price and is definitely what attracted me to buying the product.

      To make this custard up I simply tore open the packet and added the fine custard powder to a bowl, added hot water as advised on the packet and then mixed it round. There were no big lumps or any problems with the mixing and the custard let off a lovely smell which made me think it was going to be delicious. I don't really eat custard myself but I was tempted to have a couple of spoonfuls, purely for the purposes of this review you'll understand, and I was a little surprised at just how sweet it tasted. This was not particular delicious and was just a bit too sweet for my liking. I found the consistency to be a little watery.

      For the real taste test I heated up a couple of homemade apple pies for my fiance and then covered them in the custard. I didn't saturate the pies as I wanted him to still be able to taste them as well as the custard, however, the only complaint I really received from the man who will eat anything put infront of him was that he could not taste the apple pies at all because the custard was just too overpoweringly sweet.

      I did not rate this custard to be honest and I would not be purchasing it again. The price may be fantastic but sometimes, when you want a real treat, it is better just to spend a little more and actually enjoy what you are eating. However, if your budget was really really tight and you just wanted something sweet and didn't mind what then this would be ideal for you, providing you don't mind the high sugar content.

      Per 1/4 pint serving (140ml) there is 102 calories, 13g of sugars & 1.6g of fat so this custard (once made up) should definitely be enjoyed in moderation.

      Ingredients: Sugar , Maize Starch , Potato Starch , Whey Powder (Milk) , Dried Glucose Syrup , Vegetable Oil , Natural Flavouring (contains Wheat) , Milk Protein , Acidity Regulator (Potassium Phosphates) , Colour (Annatto).

      I am going to rate this custard 2/5 as it was edible but it was just too watery, sweet and high in sugar. I like my teeth the way they are and it is not worth saving a few pennies here and there if I end up spending a fortune at the dentist!

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        22.07.2009 22:59
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        I won't bother with this again

        Asda Smart Price Instant Custard Powder is 7p for a pack containing 76g. I really enjoy bananas and custard as a cheap-o pudding and getting my fruits in, as I just do not eat enough fruit this is a great way of making sure I get more.

        My girlfriend has picked this up recently, being on a mission to save money, she thought this might be an adequate alternative to our usual more expensive brand. Unfortunately, it was a mistake, although not a costly one so I am not upset. lol.

        Although it was really easy to make up with just boiling water, it just was not very nice at all. It tasted really artificially sweetened, which it obvious is and I swear I could taste the powder itself, although it was mixed really well. Also, the colour was very strange, bright yellow, just too yellow. I think I will stick to my usual from now on. My girlfriend thought it was okay so she will probabky carry on buying it for herself, she could eat custard by the bucket load and like to preach that she saves more money then me.

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        22.07.2009 15:02
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        i will get this again

        I really needed something sweet last night and hunted for chocolate but could only find an out of date box of whiskey liquers left over from christmas. Then, yippee, I found a sachet of ASda Smart Price Instant Custard Powder. Bingo!! There was jelly already amde up in the fridge, which I had made up for my son (hoping I could sneak a bit for myself) and I decided a bowl of jelly and custard would give me the sweet fix I needed.

        The custard powder is 7p per pack and contains 3 servings at 102 kcal per serving.

        The powder itself looks very white in colour, with just a tinge of yellow to it.... until you add 3/4 pint of boiling water when it turns a bright yellow colour.

        Once it is made up as directed the custard does emit a slightly custardy smell and looks quite watery. However, it does 'set' quite quickly and thickens up well. It tastes very sweet but in a good way. It is not as good as Birds in my opinion, but then nothing is. I thoroughly enjoyed my jelly and custard and will definitely be buying this again.

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          10.04.2009 23:11
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          so worth a try.

          I get through lots of this instant custard a month, and I find it one of the cheapest products on the market to buy at the moment.

          You can purchase a 76g packet of this custard at present for the amazing bargain price of .....wait for it......7p, yes you read it right!!!

          The packet comes in the usual asda smart price packaging, which is a basic green and white colouring which is simply done. A little different than the one pictured above.

          The taste of the custard is better than I thought it would be when I first tried it, it is not as good as better branded custard powder but for 7p it is a great product. You just add hot water to it so you can make it to the consistency you wish, it states on the packet to add 3/4pt of hot water but I tend to pour a small amount over the powder first and mix together then add more if needed as I like my custard a little thicker and doing this you dont get lumps in it either.

          I recently wrote a review for asda swiss roll which costs 13p and I buy a lot of these too as it makes a great cheap pudding idea along side the custard and where can you get a pudding nowadays for 20p all in, with these hard financial times at the moment I shop round more for cheaper alternatives and shops own brands and this is one of the best ones.

          The custard contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat either and is suitable for vegetarians.

          All round this is a fantastic product to have in your cupboard as an essential or even as a back up plan if you run out, and at 7p you really cannot go wrong.

          Thankyou for reading.

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            01.03.2009 17:45
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            See review.

            One of the items that seems to be eaten a fair bit on my house is custard. Whether it be the perfect compliment to a hot apple pie, a layer on a homemade trifle or simply a dessert on it's own I do have to keep a small supply in the cupboard for everyday use.

            I have to be honest I am what some people may term as a bargain whore, this being someone who will buy anything to save a few pennies, never staying faithful to certain products, well I do to some products, but this is not one of them!

            The product I will now review is - "Smartprice instant custard mix"

            This custard comes as most custards do, in a paper pack, the sort that you just need to rip the top off before making up.
            This has all the same colourings as all the other smart price products available, this being a basic white and green design, not particularly awe inspiring, but I would rather have a boring looking pack if it shaves a few pennies off the price!
            There is the usual information on the pack, this being the brand name, product name, making up instructions and use by date.

            The "making up" instructions are so simple, tip the contents of the packet into a measuring jug, then cover with 425ml or ¾ pint of boiling water over the top. You then whisk briskly with a fork and serve.

            I do as the instructions said, I tip the contents of the pack into the jug. The contents are bright yellow in colour and very fine, like icing sugar. The smell is very sweet and not very much like custard but I persevere anyway.

            I top up the jug to the recommended mark with kettle hot water, then stir. And by god do you have to stir! I noticed that a few times I have had to literally scrape the powder from the sides of the jug, these seem to be stuck in there own little bubbles and will not dissolve of there own accord.

            Once i have finally got all of the powder to dissolve I am left with an extremely thick custard, so thick I had to add some more water to it to slacken it up, though if using to make a trifle this consistency is fantastic, not only being thick enough to hold up the cream topping, but probably another layer of jelly too, as you may have gathered this is something that gets eaten an awful lot in my house!

            Once I got it to the consistency I wanted I noticed how gelatinous the mix seemed to be, my thought on this is the fact that it is made with water and not milk, as the creamy texture is obviously derived from that.
            The custard still smelt sweet, but with a custardy edge. Due to how this is made up you will have to leave it to cool for a few minutes.

            The consistency becomes much thicker on cooling, with the same gelatinous element to it.

            The taste is actually really nice, it is never going to taste as creamy as proper homemade custard, but for the price and ease of making up this is more than sufficient!

            The nutritional information is as follows -
            Per ¼ pint/140ml serving,
            102 kcal
            0.4g protein
            21.6g carbohydrate
            13.0g of which sugars
            1.6g fat
            0.9g of which saturates

            There is some allergy advice on this product, this being that this product contains gluten, milk, and wheat. This may also contain traces of nuts and/ or seeds.

            This a nice basic branded item, one that is always one of those staple items that seem to go in my shopping trolley on a regular basis, recommended.

            These are available from any branch of Asda for the price of 11p a pack.

            For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk

            Thanks for reading x

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