“ Brand: Askeys / Type: Ice Cream „
I don't know if it is just my children or if every child is the same but after every meal my children like to have a pudding. I limit my children to one nice pudding a day after dinner they will have fruit for a pudding which is the more healthy option, however after tea I will allow them to have an ice lolly or ice cream. The only thing with this situation is that with 4 children the ice creams tend to start costing a lot of money so the cheapest option that I found was smart price vanilla scoop. This is a little bland so I try to find things to make it a little different when they are having it. The new thing that I found when shopping was this sauce.
This is a chocolate sauce which is to be drizzled on the ice cream before serving, what I didn't notice at the time was that this sauce was a crackin sauce. I had never had this before and was quite surprised how it worked. It is made my Askeys which is a known brand of ice cream sauces, cones and wafers.
The way that you use this is quite simple to understand but me being me didn't read them and expected it to just work. When I first used this it poured lovely but didn't set to make a hard chocolate. When reading the instructions I realised why. You should shake the bottle a lot for 30 seconds which I tend to get the children to do because they find it very fun then you should pour it over the ice cream. I would advise also that you ensure the cap is tightly fitted before you shake or it will go everywhere like I found. I have also noticed that the sauce stopped working at one point because I hadn't used it for a week, if this happens let it stand in hot water for a while then shake it and it will work as normal again.
What I like about these sauces is that they can be stored in the cupboard and have a long best before date so if my children do decide that they don't want ice cream then they will still be good enough for the next time they do. I will say that my children like this that much that it never lasts longer than a month and my partner who constantly tells me that he is not a chocolate lover will always ensure that he puts this on his bowl of ice cream.
Way it works
The way this works is like magic and my children are amazed by it. When it comes out of the bottle it is like a liquid but when it hit's the cold ice cream it turns solid this is because the cold makes it hard we have had many conversations about how this works.
Luckily we do not suffer from any allergies in our house but for information it contains soya so if you have intolerance it will not be suitable.
This is a great fun sauce for children to make that plain pudding more exciting and tasty. It is easy to use but I would advise to read the instructions and not just assume you know how it works. This was on a special in my local asda at £1 which is why I purchased it at the time. This is not on a special anymore but is priced at £1.29 which is not much dearer and I would still pay this price to have almost 2 months of use from this. I think that it has a nice taste to it and the fact that it is crunchy is really good too. If you are able to be a bit fancy you are able to make patterns with it on the ice cream which can make it a little bit more fun. I have made heart shapes and criss cross patterns I am still trying to find more interesting ones that I could make. I think this is good value for money, good fun and nice taste can't go wrong.
Askey's Crackin' Chocolate Chunk is quite a fun product - the idea being that you pour it over ice-cream, and it goes hard - then you have to crack it with your spoon to get to the ice-cream beneath. It's a nice idea: a fun and somehow satisfying thing to do, breaking the shell-like chocolate and crunching it around. You then get a good blend of hard and soft textures, chocolate and ice-cream as you eat it.
It tastes quite chocolatey, although not what I'd consider good quality chocolate. It's more like a cheapo Easter Egg flavour: a little too sweet with a slightly synthetic after-taste.
It comes in a cheerful blue plastic bottle and is found in the dessert areas of the supermarket. There's 225g of goo inside: it's made with soya and cocoa powder primarily rather than being made of "chocolate" per se.
It's important to store it at room temperature and to shake it before pouring. Keep it too cool and it refuses to come out of the bottle, fail to shake it and when you pour it, a thin watery liquid rushes out first. Evidently it separates easily, so shaking is essential. Although it does have 225g in it, I don't think I've ever managed to get the full amount out. At a certain point some way down the bottle, no matter if I warm the bottle or not, it just sticks inside grumpily. I end up poking knives in and scraping it out, or cutting it open. This might be due to the runny part of the product escaping on those occasions it wasn't shaken properly - seems likely. At this point it's no longer the fun product it was and doesn't really work with ice-cream in the same way. It's more like a chocolate spread by then!
The main attractions of this product for me is that it contains no milk products, it is readily available and pretty cheap. This means it's an ideal chocolate sauce for my son (who has a dairy allergy) to have with his dairy-free iced dessert.
One thing I really do enjoy in this warmer weather we have been having of late is ice-cream. I tend to like vanilla ice-cream and thats normally what I shove in my freezer. However I can get bored with that and want to pep it up a bit and that is why I buy various ice-cream toppings and this was one of my latest choices...in fact I'm sat here now nibbling some ice-cream dribbled with this over the top of it now (for the purpose of this review of course! lol).
Dark blue plastic squeezy bottle with a matching flip-top lid to the top of it and it has a bright purple label over the most of the bottle. On the front of that bottle there is a picture of some cracking chocolate and I'm told that it is Askey's Chocolate Chunk Crackin'! Flavour Ice Cream topping and that to shake it to use it 'Create a little magic'. On the back of the bottle other information tells me a little bit about the product and how to use it, ingredients and allergy advice is listed (Contains: Soya), a nutritional chart is shown, the size is stated (which is 225g a bottle and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in) and contact details for Silver Spoon (the manufacturer of the product) are also stated. Nice informative bottle this is and easy to squeeze thus use of course.
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of The Bottle:
Magically transforms ice cream into a crackin' dessert, setting to a chunky chocolate flavour shell right before your eyes!
The Chocolate Topping:
To use this you are advised (on the back of the bottle) to turn said bottle upside down and shake like mad and if the product doesn't pour out with ease to dunk the bottle in a bowl of hot water for 30 seconds and then pour it over ice-cream and watch it set! My first mistake was putting this in the fridge making it set so I had to use the hot water method I just mentioned which worked and then now I just store it at room temperature in my kitchen.
The sauce (if stored correctly lol) is incredibly runny, thin and has a gloss to it. It gives off the faint aroma of chocolate and looks like a dark chocolate sauce!
It does set after a few seconds of pouring it over ice-cream and does look set and cracking an snaps until melting in the mouth!
Taste wise well its ok. For me this isn't in the same league taste-wise as to say Cadbury's however it is ok. Not rich and creamy, its more sweet and with a harsh taste to it that is a little on the sour side however once on ice-cream it does blend with the flavours already there well enough.
My main problem with this is the after-taste it leaves in my mouth. It tastes of sweeteners and is a bit sour like a tinny taste really. It does pep up ice-cream though when eating it and looks good but this isn't for me cos it isn't chocolaty enough sadly!
Available in all good supermarkets etc (I got mine in Asda) costing a pound.
With us having special family guests for supper tonight, we allowed the children to pick a topping for their ice cream. I am not keen on this sickly sweet toppings but as a special treat I will allow this to be eaten.
Askeys crackin chocolatechunk ice cream topping, is manufactured by the silver spoon company. Which I have to admit did not aleviate my anxiety that this product would be full of sugar. The purple plastic bottle is squeezy, with the flip top lid being on the bottom. Which is handy as it allows all the sauce to ooze out.
We did buy this sauce at Christmas and I have to say although it was somewhat delicious. I wasted a small proportion of the bottle as the sauce inside went hard and I was unable to get it out. Having closely read the bottle now for review purposes I realise now that I made a crucial mistake. I put it in the fridge. Do not put this product in the fridge as the sauce will indeed thicken when chilled and therefore be harder to disperse from the bottle.
This icecream topping really is a delicious addition to any ice cream dish. Although the topping is chocolate. The thing I love about it is it forms a thick layer of chocolate over the ice cream which has to be cracked. The children love this novel idea. They feel as if they are eating something really special. I love the added texture it brings to an icecream dish.
Although I wouldnt condone using this ice cream topping regualarly. I think it is a rather special addition to a usually bland ice cream. To watch it hitting the ice cream and then setting is quite magical and the children love it.
I payed a £1 for this ice cream topping in asda. I think this is exceptional value for money as this topping can be used a number of times. I would recommend buying a cheaper branded ice cream when intending to use this topping as the chocolate flavour does tend to over power the vanilla ice cream. The chocolate flavour itself is quite pleasing. It is not overly sweet. Infact it has an edge of bitterness in its flavour.
I would recommend this topping for a birthday or christmas treat. Tonight we are having a special supper as my hubby's brother is home from Dubai for a holiday. So tonight the children can have as much chocolate topping as they like as it is a real party occassion.x
Regular readers of my review may know that I am an avid chocolate/ice cream fan and anything that involves chocolate and ice cream is just perfect for me.
I usually purchase Askeys sauces and I love to have lots of different ones to choose from. Also, I have nieces and nephews who love nothing more than a sauce with their helping of ice cream. Generally I save these sauces as a nice treat and this cracking chocolate chunk one has got to be one of my favourites available.
This Askeys is the ice cream equivalent of Orangina as you should 'shake it to wake it' by violently shaking the bottle around for a good 30 seconds (ensure the lid is on first though!) and then simply pour it over your ice cream where it will set hard in a matter of seconds and then when you hit it with your spoon it will break up giving you lots of chunks and shapes of ice cream topping.
The chocolate has a nice taste to it, not the most luxurious ever but it's mainly the novelty factor of this item that makes it so appealing to me and my nieces and nephews! The sauce makes a fantastic cracking sound when you hit it with your spoon. It's possible to get lots of interesting shapes and sometimes I try and draw things with the sauce bottle to entertain myself and/or the little ones even further.
Per 225g bottle (88p from Sainsburys) you will find 45.5g of fat per 100g so this should definitely be enjoyed in moderation. This may contain soya so not suitable for anyone with a soya allergy.
Overall I would give this sauce a 4/5 as it's fun and has a great appeal when playing around with it. The lid can be a little difficult to close at times as it just doesn't seem to close entirely and this should be kept in the cupboard rather than the fridge otherwise you will make it set inside the bottle and it'll be a waste of money! If the sauce won't flow easily then just dunk it in to some hot water for a minute or so to make everything warmed up a little and more free flowing.
My children (and husband!) love ice-cream so sometimes I like to give them a treat by allowing them to have a bowl of ice-cream for their pudding. However I am not that bothered by the stuff so I like to put something else with it so that it tastes alright. Most of the time I try to use fresh or tinned fruit so that I can feel a little bit righteous about the five a day thing but sometimes I decide that since ice-cream is not so good for me I might as well make it worse!
On the sinful days I tend to opt for using Askeys Crackin Chocolate Crunch. This is a chocolate sauce for adding to desserts. I used to be able to buy a mint version as well but I don't seem to have been able to find it recently so now I tend to just have the ordinary chocolate variety. I buy mine from Tesco at 88p currently and I presume it is available in other supermarkets (although my local Waitrose does not stock it--it's probably not a posh enough product!!). I am sure it used to be called Monster Crackin and it has the tag line "create a little magic!".
The topping is made by Silver Spoon and is presented in a 225g bottle. The bottle is of a "waisted" design so is nice and easy to hold. The bottle is dark purple with a picture of ice-cream with the coating breaking apart on the front. Reading the ingredients and the nutritional information it is obvious that this is not at all good for you but since I only use it occasionally I think I can live with it. 100g (not that you eat that much) contains 622cal and 48% is fat! The product also contains soya so may be a problem for some people.
The bottle needs to be shaken very well for 30 seconds before you use it. This is ESSENTIAL as we forgot this once and it comes out of the bottle in a runny mess and will not solidify. It also ruins what is left in the bottle as you are never able to mix it again properly.
If the product will not pour out you need to put the bottle in some hot water for 30 seconds to loosen it. We have never had any problem but we store ours in a cupboard near the cooker. My mum kept hers in the pantry which was cooler and hers would not come out of the bottle even after trying the hot water. Obviously do not think about putting in the fridge unless you want to throw your hard earned money away!
Finally you get to pour it over the ice-cream. Within a couple of seconds it starts to harden. I use quite a lot as I am a little piggy where this is concerned so I tend to leave it for about 30 seconds before I start eating.
The sauce sets into a lovely crispy chocolate flavoured shell that breaks appetisingly under your spoon. The shell is quite thick (as long as you remembered to shake). I really like the flavour as it is not a heavy dark chocolate flavour, more a melted milk chocolate flavour. It is sweet without being sickly. Any sauce which is not in contact with the cold ice-cream will not set so I tend to move my ice-cream around the bowl until it solidifies, then I get big lumps of chocolate in the bowl to scrape off--yummy! I find it also goes nicely with strawberries and ice-cream.
The only criticism I have is that the lid on the top can become a little difficult to close fully after using, you usually have to wipe it well before it will seal. I discovered this when I shook it one day without checking it was shut completely. I am sure you can guess the rest--I ended up with chocolate sauce all up the kitchen walls,across the ceiling and all over me too--children thought it was hysterical. It shows how much I love the stuff that this incident didn't put me off. Needless to say I check more carefully now!
Overall I think this is a great product for adding a bit of taste and fun to plain ice-cream. The bottle seems to last quite well and I think the flavour is pretty good, I just wish the lid was a bit more secure!
I have two flavors of crackin' ice cream topping
Chock 'n' orange: This has a great taste with a hint of orange and also it doesn't have too much orange in it, which is great and it also has that great chocolate taste.
Choch 'n' mint: This is my favorite it has a nice cool minty taste to it and again that great chocolate taste.
The sauce is like no other, once it hits your ice cream it sets around it solid and really make the ice cream taste even better.
The instructions on the bottle read: Turn bottle upside down and shake like mad for 30 seconds. I can't wait this long shaking, I just wanna eat it!
Each bottle contains 225g, which doesn't last me long :-)
It is all made my silver spoon in Peterborough, which isn't too far from me.
So overall, do try one of theses and if you like it try the other.
I do believe that Tesco have them on offer at the moment (01/09/08)
I always remember this topping from when I was younger but I remember it as "Magic Ice" and it was in a smaller squatter brown bottle. Well I decided to treat my partner and myself and I picked up a bottle of the mint flavour.
Askeys Crackin range is made by the silver spoon company and you can usually find it in all supermarkets.
I was really surprised to find out that it worked just as well as I remembered because usually things seem so much better when you are a child. I squeezed out loads of sauce over my ice cream and sure enough by the time and tackled it with my spoon it was hard. We were both bust bashing away at our dessert like big kids and ended up with it all over our mouths.
Now there are a few pointers that are on the bottle (but who reads the bottle) so I thought I would point out how important they are.
You need to shake the bottle before every use not just the first time, because the liquid inside can separate and what comes out is not that nice if it hasn't been thoroughly shaken.
Also as soon as you start to get to the bottom of the bottle it tends to solidify and you can't get much out so you need to place it into a bowl of hot water until its softened.
And finally do not put it into the refrigerator otherwise the entire bottle will set.
I noticed on the bottle that it contains Soya as well as a very high fat content at 47.8g per 100g.
I really liked this topping, so if you're looking to try something different on your ice cream give it a go.
You can also get Chocolate chunk and chocolate orange.
I know I harp on about my youth in many of my reviews, but I have yet to decipher whether it's the fact that I am older, wiser and I have put away childish things, to coin a better phrase, or whether many of the things I enjoyed as a child are just simply put, not as good now!
One of the many, many things I enjoyed communally as a child with my siblings was a product called "Ice Magic", now for anyone who is none the wiser I will briefly explain.
This was a chocolate sauce that was poured (liberally!), over ice cream then after around thirty seconds set, like a sumptuous cascade of chocolate, rolling down a frozen vanilla mountain! Mmmmm....
As an added point may I add that this was the greatest desert, that caused the most arguments due the fact of how my mother served it! She wrote our names over the ice cream, which was fine for myself (Sarah) and my younger sister (Emma), but my brother (Ian), was never too impressed, lol I wonder why!
Anyway, now I have set the scene I will finally get to the product I will review!
Now a mother myself I have found my children have the same passion for ice cream as I did, but even though they enjoy the sauces available I still longed for the "ice magic" of my youth, I didn't long for long!
I noticed at my local Asda a new sauce amongst the usual suspects, when I noticed the phrase -
"CRACKIN!, Chocolate chunk flavour ice cream topping..... Create a little magic"
As I took it from the shelf it also became apparent that the sauce was from the same makers as the purely liquid sauces "Askeys", and we had always bought those and found them delicious, ok there is nothing stopping me!
Upon closer inspection, this sauce does the same as the "ice magic" product....wooohooo! (Ok, people are now looking at me!)
As there are so many different "Askeys" sauces available, just look out for the bright purple bottle with a large yellow star on the front, supposedly making the sauce magically harden over the ice cream, it really is a very distinctive looking bottle!
After getting it home and dishing up the ice cream into the bowls, I made the mistake of just tipping it straight over the ice cream.
What I should have down was first "shake it to wake it!", the sauce that come out was thin and very sour tasting, this was obviously the setting agent without the chocolate!
Ok, second go...... the instructions tell you to "shake the bottle like mad for 30 seconds, making sure the lid is closed", so I shake like a mad woman anticipating my....erm the kids pudding!
This time as I pour the chocolate sauce over the ice cream it finally looks like I imagined it would, it's thick and oozing and gently rolls over the ice cream peaks and drips slowly over the edges, even setting so quickly that as the sauce drips it almost freezes into chocolate icicles.
I had my ice cream with just the sauce but my kids have more discerning tastes, they had to have hundreds and thousands to complement and finish the dish! (lol).
To start eating this delight you have to crack the shell to get to the ice cream underneath, I think I may have put too much on as it was a bit of a struggle to get the spoon through, my son gave up in the end and just picked the entire chocolate shell up and chewed it that way, it look like a giant misshapen rainbow drop/ jazzie sweet!
The taste is really nice, I didn't think it would taste as good as Cadburys chocolate and fairness it doesn't, it taste likes the slightly cheaper chocolate available, but is in no way unpleasant. It is creamy and smooth, not to sweet and still quite chocolaty, the shell melts slowly when it comes into contact with your tongue, returning to it's former glory.
One of the downsides seems to be how many portions you can get out of it, even though the bottle holds 225g it doesn't give you more than six or seven portions, of course these are generous portions, but if your going to eat this stuff you may as well go the whole hog!
Again from a nutritional aspect this is liquid chocolate so the calorie and fat content of this product is very high, making this a very occasional treat.
The price again is a little on the high side but with this credit crunch everything is at the moment, the price is slightly higher than the standard sauces, making this around the £1.80 mark.
Would I recommend it, well of course I would! It is delicious, a perfect complement to ice cream and as an after thought strawberries, but remember it won't solidify on the strawberries, unless ice cold.
For more information on this and other products available in the range visit - www.askeys.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
Askeys Crackin'! range is the only range of topping sauces in the UK that sets hard on ice cream, transforming your desserts right before your eyes!