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Brand: Carte D'Or / Type: Ice Cream

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      05.07.2013 16:25
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      Carte D'or chocolate

      My inspiration.

      Carte D'Or is one of my favourite brands of store bought ice cream and I happened upon this flavour by chance and now it's definitely my favourite in their product line. Carte D'Or is a Unilever brand and according to the Unilever website Carte D'Or was first marketed in 1978, based on propositions that the flavours were natural and unadulterated and that it used ingredients of high quality. In 1990 Carte D'Or was launched in the UK & Ireland.

      Oh my gosh, if you like ice cream and you like chocolate then this is definitely the dessert for you. The ice cream is called Chocolate inspiration and you will definitely get some inspiration from this, believe me. The ice cream is described as, "Chocolate ice cream made with dark chocolate pieces (2%) (made with 70% cocoa from Ecuador) and vanilla flavour ice cream containing chocolate pieces (1%), swirled and topped with chocolate sauce (19%) with a sprinkle of dark chocolate pieces (2%) (made with 70% cocoa from Ecuador)."

      The chocolate is so smooth and sweet and incredibly tasty. What I like with this ice cream is that you get a mix of different chocolate. For example, the ice cream portion is really quite light and more of a milk chocolate so it's a lovely brown colour. Then you get the dark chocolate pieces which give a really nice crunch to the ice cream and then you get the lovely swirly mix of the creamy vanilla which makes the chocolate portion not too sickly which chocolate ice cream often can be. The ice cream is without artificial colour and flavours and I think you can definitely tell this is a good quality ice cream.

      The ice cream comes in handy oval shaped tubs with a lid that fits on quite tightly but it fairly easy to take off as it has a little tab which you just pull up to release the top. I find the oval shape of the tub really makes it fit easier in my freezer and much better than a square tub of ice cream.

      The ice cream is fairly soft and you only need to get it out of the freezer a minute or two before you need it and it is very scoopable. I hate it when you can't get your scoop into ice cream immediately but with this ice cream you don't need to worry. It stays nice and solid though in your bowl and doesn't melt quickly.

      The tubs are 900ml and each serving is described as two scoops which equals 100ml. Per 100ml there are only 110 calories which I don't think is too bad as two scoops is definitely enough in one sitting and 110 calories is way less than a chocolate bar so you can satisfy your chocolate craving and be somewhat healthy.

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        27.07.2011 07:22
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        A pretty-looking ice-cream but a pretty pricey purchase

        I love ice-cream regardless of the weather, and Carte D'Or has always struck me as a bit of a special ice-cream, reserved for particular occasions. Whilst it's not something that I buy often, it's a brand I trust to produce high quality treats and you can often find them on offer in the supermarkets.

        This product is described as being : Chocolate ice cream made with dark choc pieces (19%, made with 70% cocoa from Equador), vanilla ice cream containing choc pieces, swirled & topped with choc sauce (19%) with a sprinkle of dark choc. I probably should have read this before picking it up, but I was in a rush and it was on offer, and I presumed at first it would be regular chocolate. Not being too great a fan of the dark stuff, this ice-cream wasn't to my taste enough to want to buy it again necessarily because I find the flavour a bit bitter.

        On the top it say 110calories per 2 scoops, but how big, or should I probably say small, a scoop is I wasn't not sure. On the underside it tells us that it's actually 100ml, which contains 5g fat. The tub is 900ml (500g). Considering its addictive appeal to fans of dark chocolate in particular, it's perhaps not an ice-cream I'd buy regularly, especially given its usual price.

        Having said that, it's well presented and looks very pretty with the swirls of chocolate sauce and chocolate pieces. I bought this when it was on offer at £1.50 I believe, with its usual RRP being just a little over £3. It's still cheaper than Ben & Jerry's and has a sense of high quality about it, so it's purely the dark chocolate flavour that I'm being negative about. The ice-cream itself was creamy and sweet, and it didn't take too long after coming out of the freezer to become a little more velvety (compared to frozen solid).

        Overall, this is a flavourful ice-cream that I'm sure will bring a smile to most fans of dark chocolate. Whilst it wasn't really for me, it has that sense of specialness that makes it a tasty indulgence on your own whilst also being good to share (if you're feeling generous enough)!

        RRP usually £3-4.00.

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        27.08.2010 21:13
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        One of the best chocolate ice creams out there in my opinion.

        Yes my dears, I am an ice cream addict so I shall be indulging you today with yet another review - this time on Carte D'Or Chocolate Inspiration ice cream. Even the name is enough to get your tastebuds going eh?

        Well, where do I start? This certainly is a luxury ice cream! Chocolate Inspiration is a rich chocolate ice cream, a heavenly vanilla ice cream and a divine chocolate sauce all swirled together in one tub of lovelyness complete with dark chocolate pieces scattered on the top, mmmmm! You're probably thinking that this is one fattening desert and that if you so much as look at it you'll gain half a stone - wrong! Per 100ml serving which is around 2 average scoops there is only 110 calories! It's quite slimming really, honest!

        The taste of this ice cream is just fabulous, the chocolate is rich tasting and not insipid like some value brands. The dark chocolate pieces make a scrumptious contrast to the smooth and delicious ice cream, you'll want to eat the whole tub it's that yummy! I love how you get a good mix of everything in this ice cream as the chocolate sauce runs all the way through and it's not just blocks of chocolate or vanilla ice cream either, they are intertwined meaning you get all the flavours with every mouth full.

        You're probably wondering what on earth they put in this ice cream to make it so delectable, here are the ingredients: Reconstituted skimmed milk, sugar, water, glucose-fructose syrup, vegetable fat, fat reduced cocoa powder, whey solids, cocoa mass from Ecuador (2.5%), cocoa mass, emulsifier (mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids, ammonium phosphatides), stabilisers (locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan), flavourings. They don't sound all that appetizing but they sure make for gorgeous ice cream.

        If you are a chocolate lover or an ice cream lover or are just fond of eating nice things then I'd say go out and treat yourself by buying some of this. You can usually buy it for around £2.99 but according to mySupermarket, Asda have it on offer at just £1.48! A tasty bargain that won't blow your budget. :)

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          21.11.2009 20:21
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          Nice for a weekly treat

          This is a lovely ice cream, its as ice cream should be in my opinion.
          I only rarely eat the stuff so when I do I try to get the decent stuff.
          The product comes in an oval shaped hard plastic container that is transparant apart from the labels and has a gold rim which gives the impression of a luxury item just waiting to be gobbled up.
          This is great but the packaging is hardly environmentaly friendly so I would have been happy with a cardboard wrapper personaly although the container is aparantly recyclable or could be used to store items in.
          This is the 500g/900ml version.

          The taste is luxurious and very chocolatey, I would say it is more chocolate than the vanilla portion.
          There are also dark chocolate pieces on the top which are made with cocoa from Equador which is scrummy.
          To top the concoction off there is a chocolate sauce added.
          Mixed together in the mouth you will get a wonderful blast of flavour.

          Ingrediants
          Reconstitued skimmed milk
          Sugar
          Water
          Glucose-Fructose syrup
          Vegetable fat
          Fat reduced Cocoa powder
          Whey solids
          Cocoa mass from Equador
          Cocoa mass
          Imulsifiers (mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, ammonium phosphatides)
          Stabilisers (locust bean gum guar gum, carrageenan)
          Natural flavourings

          Lovely ice cream but should have cost £2.99 but I got it half price at tescos but still cheaper than Hagen Dazs which I think is over rated.
          Very fattening though.

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          29.09.2009 14:11
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          Carte D'or Chocolate Inspiration

          After trying the Greek Yogurt and Honey Carte D'or a while back I decided to sample a second flavour....


          Packaging:

          Carte D'Or's Chocolate Inspiration comes in a 900ml / 500g, oval shaped, predominantly see through tub. It has the usual Care D'or logo & a picture of some chocolate ice cream in varying shades of brown on the lid.
          The bottom of the tub contains the ingredients & the nutritional information along with a few other pieces of information.

          The product describes itself as:- "Chocolate ice cream made with dark chocolate pieces (19%) (made with 70% cocoa from Ecuador) and vanilla flavour ice cream containing chocolate pieces (1%), swirled and topped with chocolate sauce (19%) with a sprinkle of dark chocolate pieces (2%) (made with 70% cocoa from Ecuador)". Sounds rather yummy, doesn't it?

          Nutritional Information: Per 100ml {per 100g in brackets}

          Energy: 480kJ {860KJ}
          kcal: 110 kcal {210 kcal}
          Protein: 2g {3.6g}
          Carbohydrate: 15g {27g}
          Fat: 5g {9g}

          Ingredients: Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Water, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Vegetable Fat, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Whey Solids, Cocoa Mass from Ecuador (2.5%), Cocoa Mass, Emulsifiers (mono and diglycerides of Fatty Acids / Ammonium Phosphatides), Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan), Natural Flavourings.

          Store at -18C

          Website: www.LoveIceCream.com


          Appearance:

          Once you've removed the lip & the plastic film underneath this looks very tempting for any choccie fans out there. As with other flavours in the Carte D' Or range it looks vaguely reminiscent of flying over a range of mountains (but without the snow). There are small ridges of varying shades of brown some of which are topped with shavings of chocolate.


          Price:

          At the time of writing, I paid 99p for a tub of this in my local corner shop. It will cost you more than this in most supermarkets.


          Taste and opinion:

          From a purely aesthetic point of view brown isn't the most tempting colour around, is it? Still, the fact that you know that this is a chocolate flavoured product rather offsets any feelings about the actual colour.

          Tastewise this has a rich, chocolatey flavour. You can actually taste the cocoa in parts of this so it's not a product that's got a subtle flavour by any stretch of the imagination. Those of you out there that like double chocolate or triple chocolate desserts will love this. Boyfriend in particular finds this very moreish and polished off an entire tub on his own over the course of three nights.
          The vanilla ice cream mentioned in the advertising blurb gets rather overwhelmed by the chocolate ice cream, chocolate pieces and chocolate sauce so don't expect any contrast between the chocolate and the vanilla because you won't find it here!

          It's a vast improvement on the rather underwhelming Greek Yogurt and Honey which I tried some time ago, mainly because this one actually tastes of something. To be honest though, I'm not a chocolate fan as far as desserts go. On a menu I'd much rather have an apple pie or something else with fruit rather than the chocolate option. The same applies to ice cream products:- I'd much rather go for something Strawberry or Cherry flavoured etc than anything chocolate based. In general I find double or triple chocolate dessert options rather too much for my taste.

          Having said that, I did like this. I wouldn't want to eat huge dishes of the stuff purely because of my feelings about chocolate desserts but those of you that are choccie fans will be in heaven with this. Boyfriend also mixed in some Crema di Mascarpone with his and said that he really enjoyed the contrast of flavours and texture.

          This has slightly more fat than the Greek Yogurt and Honey variety (9% as opposed to 8.8%) but probably less sugar (27% of carbohydrate for this as opposed to 29% for the Greek Yogurt and honey). The 6 "E" numbers that were listed in the ingredients for the Greek Yogurt and Honey are also absent here. In fact there are no "E" numbers listed whatsoever, which can only be a good thing.

          Overall then, this is very chocolatey indeed. If you're a choccie fan and haven't tried it yet then give it a whirl and discover what you've been missing out on. If, like me, you prefer other things to chocolate when it comes to ice cream desserts this will be something you'll probably only want to eat in very small amounts.

          This gets four stars from me purely for the fact that I'm less keen on chocolate ice cream than I am on other flavours. It's no reflection on the texture, consistency etc of the product.





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