“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Mousse „
Like others, I can remember Supermousse from childhood and really enjoyed them when I was younger. I was happy to hear that they'd made a comeback and bought a stawberry and vanilla pack from Tesco.
The thing is, the recipe seems to have changed and it's really not for the better. Where I distinctly remember a creamy mousse - in terms of both flavour and texture - the new stuff is almost flavourless and has a strange, almost icy consistency. Perhaps back in the 80s/90s they were using ingredients that are frowned on today. I can't think of another reason why they'd have opted for this recipe otherwise.
The other difference is the sauce. Specifically, there's a lot less of it. My childhood manner of eating a Supermousse was to eat the inner creamy part and then eat the outside, which would have melted a little, mixing with the fruity sauce. Lovely! As I've said, the mousse itself just isn't as pleasant to eat anymore, but it's even more disappointing that there's no real sauce to give it a lift!
I really can't recommend these. If you want a frozen snack to remind you of childhood, you'd be much better off with Arctic Roll, which has some flavour and seems to be the same as the original roll I remember.
I can't remember Birds Eye making these, but remember the Supermarkets Value range sold 10 of these little Mousse tubs for about £1. I actually had some of those recently as they were a blast from the past, and when I saw that these ones were new out then we just had to try them. It was more the wife and her buying the new thing that was on offer.
These seemed pretty expensive at a normal retail price of £1.49 for the 4 Mousses, but they were on offer for £1.
They are in the freezers and next to the other frozen desserts.
The pack for these was ok. They were in an outer wrapper which was colourful enough. It stood out next to the other more plain looking desserts. The Mousses are in little plastic tubs inside with a cardboard lid cover.
You just take these out of the freezer and either defrost at room temperature or put in the fridge. I would say these take around 30 minutes to defrost.
These were a bit larger then the cheaper Mousses out there, and although perhaps not that large a dessert, a good enough size.
These are Vanilla Mousse with a strawberry swirl running through them. I think there could have done with having more Strawberry sauce through these, as there wasn't that much, but it was quite sticky and fruity with a bit tang to it. The Mousse was light and fluffy, and a nice taste and texture.
We would buy these again as they were nice enough, but just far too dear at the right retail price. 90p would be more suitable I would say.
When I was a little lad I used to eat these all the time and then one day birds eye just stopped making them, I don't really know why. But the good news is that they are back on the market.
Other good news is that they are bigger than they used to be. They now have a bigger circumference and are also deeper, meaning more mousse! For those of you who have never had them before, they are not like your average mousse that you eat from the fridge. With this one you can keep them for a lot longer as you are supposed to freeze them and then 30 minutes before you eat it just remove it and let it stand. I however like to eat them from the freezer and then are more like an ice cream them, but for some reason the flavour doesn't seem to be as strong when you do this.
This particular mousse is vanilla flavoured and has a strawberry sauce rippled through it. You get 130ml in each tub.
The ingredients are as follows:
Vanilla Flavoured Mousse (85%), Strawberry Flavoured Sauce (15%).
Vanilla Flavoured Mousse
Reconstituted Dried Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Water, Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Whey Powder, Dextrose Syrup, Beef Gelatine, Emulsifier (E471), Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate), Natural Flavour, Natural Colour (Mixed Carotenes).
Strawberry Flavoured Sauce
Water, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Strawberry Purée (10%), Tapioca Starch, Natural Colours (Anthocyanins, Curcumin), Natural Flavour, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Gelling Agent (Pectin).
In a pack you don't just get one, but you get four! I guess the only problem with that is that if you buy them and don't like it after trying it then you have three more to do something with! Luckily for me I liked them from when I was younger so I knew I'd be ok!
The tub is made of a frosty coloured plastic and has a red cardboard top that has a small tab on it so you can easily pull it off. All four of them come inside a plastic wrapper.
I have given these a four star rating because I think they are a great treat for after a meal but I would like them to have a little bit more flavour. Retro is very in at the moment too and these certainly are retro, I mean I was eating them in the 80's and they have come back now! Very happy!!!