“ Brand: Asda / Type: Custard „
We recently had a new Asda opened up near to us and I sometimes pop in for top up shopping if I'm passing. I recently went in for a couple of bits and noticed their Smart Price tinned custard. At just 17p for a 385g tin I decided to try a couple of tins.
Asda Smart Price is the name for their cheap value range and like most own brand basic products it has fairly basic packaging. In the case of Asda its usually green and white.
The label around the custard tin has the Asda smart price logo at the top along with a green band which has Custard written through it. The front of the label shows a jug of custard and also informs the customer that it conations no artificial flavours or colours and no hydrogenated fat.
The rest of the label is taken up with the nutritional values which are given per half a can, instructions for heating the custard and the ingredients for those who wish to know. The custard is suitable for vegetarians and both the tin and label can be recycled.
Being a value product you will need a tin opener to get into the tin, there's no fancy ring pull but for the price its not unexpected.
On opening the tin the custard looks pretty much the same as any tinned custard although I don't think its quite as thick as the top brands. The custard has a lovely sweet creamy smell and appears appetising. I gave it a little taste and although its only 17p it tastes very good. Its sweet and creamy with a lovely smooth consistency, once again I thought its not up there with Ambrosia but for the money its very good.
We have had this custard served both hot and cold and its equally as delicious both ways. I served it hot with treacle sponge pudding and cold on trifle. The smart price custard complimented both desserts lovely.
If you like custard then I would certainly recommend trying this, it has a lovely flavour and is equally nice both hot and cold as part of a dessert or on its own. Its a good standby for the cupboard and doesn't break the bank either.
We will certainly be buying this again.
Both me and my mate who I am staying with at the moment have gone pudding mad of late! In the evenings we love nothing more than watching tv with a big bowl of something or other steaming in a dish which is why when I was in Asda recently I purchased a few cans of this. At a mere 27p a can it seemed a food worth investing in!
396g can that has a white and green label and on the front of it and I'm told that it is Asda 'Smart Price' Custard, 'Ready To Serve' and that it has no artificial colours or flavours and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and there is a picture of a jug of custard on it. On the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice and storage details, the size is of course stated (as I've listed already), a full nutritional rundown is listed as well as heating instructions and contact details for Asda are given. Cheap looking can but very informative it is.
The Custard Itself:
Open the can up and you are met with a light yellow coloured, glossy looking custard that has a slightly sweet and creamy smell to it. All you do is heat this in a saucepan for 3-4 minutes or in the microwave is fine too for about 3 1/2 minutes. Either way you choose to heat this through is fine and neither way is better than the other really, both methods work the same.
Consistency wise this has body to it meaning that it isn't a very thin custard but it isn't all that thick either. It looks like custard and smells like it too. It's totally smooth and has no lumps ever in it and taste wise it is rather sweet, slightly creamy and tastes rather good really. Sure if I was nit picking it could do with being a wee bit thicker and creamier but for 27p a can it really is rather good and gives a generous portion for that price!
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can:
Energy: 138 Kcal
of which sugars: 19.0g
of which saturates: 0.8g
equivalent as salt: 0.2g
Only available in Asda stores.
After successfully trying the Asda Price Smart Rice Pudding at only 18p a tin I thought we might as well give the Smart Price Ready to Serve Custard a go as well. Both me and Baby Scarlet love Custard and I knew this wouldn't be as good as Ambrosia or Birds but it was definitely worth a try. I have already written a review on the Rice Pudding and that tastes no different to the bigger brands but I wondered what the custard would be like.
The Smart Price Custard comes in a 363g tin with most basic of labels. It comes with a white label with a green strip across the front with green writing on to explain what is inside. On the back is the usual information of Nutrition, Dietary information, Allergy advice, Ingredients, Storage advice and cooking instructions.
Skimmed Milk, Full Cream Milk, Water, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Whey Powder (Milk), Flavoring, Color (Carotenes), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Bicarbonate),
Dietary advice -
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Allergy advice -
Additive advice -
Free from Artificial colours and preservatives.
Cooking guide -
Microwave - From Chilled/Ambient: Empty contents into a microwavable jug, cover and vent. Heat on full power for 3 minutes (750W) or 3 1/2 minutes (650W), stirring halfway through. Leave to stand for 1 minute before serving.
Hob - From Chilled/Ambient: Empty contents into a saucepan. Heat thoroughly over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously to prevent the custard sticking to the bottom of the pan. Serve immediately. DO NOT BOIL.
Nutritional information per half a can -
* Calories - 585kj (138kcal)
* Protein - 4.9g
* Carbohydrate - 26.9g
Of which Sugars - 29.0g
* Fat - 1.2g
Of which Saturates - 0.8g
* Fibre - 0.4g
* Sodium - 0.8g
Equivalent as Salt - 0.2g
* Calcium - 195.4mg (24.4%)
Now of course as always the ultimate test would be the taste. As I was opening the can I could see the colour of the item was like a pale orange, which was a good start. Pouring it into her bowl it as really thick which I was glad about as I thought it was going to be runny as the price was so low. The smell was exactly the same as the bigger brands so I knew it was going to be nice. As it was heating up in the Microwave the smell wafting through the house was lovely.
As me and Scarlet tucked into our Custard, I couldn't believe how creamy and thick the taste was. The Custard really was like the bigger brands in look and taste. It was not to sweet or didn't taste any different to any of the big brands. The Custard even had Scarlet's seal of approval and she is a hard little person to please.
Another Smart Price item that I will be singing about for years to come.