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Carte D'Or Ice Cream Greek Yoghurt & Honey

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      19.08.2009 12:41
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      Another Carte D'Or Ice cream

      I spotted this in my local freezer shop at the weekend for the princely sum of 99p. That seemed like a bit of a bargain & as I hadn't tried.

      Packaging:

      Carte D'Or's Greek Yoghurt and Honey comes in a 900ml / 540g, oval shaped, predominantly see through tub. It has the usual Care D'or logo & a picture of some yoghurt and honey on a golden brownish coloured background.
      The bottom of the tub contains the ingredients & the nutritional information along with a few other pieces of information.

      The product describes itself as:- "Smooth Carte D'Or ice cream made with authentic Greek yoghurt, swirled and topped with Greek Style honey sauce and sprinkled with toasted almonds". Sounds rather yummy, doesn't it?

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

      Energy: 531kJ {207KJ}
      kcal: 126 kcal {207 kcal}
      Carbohydrate: 18g {29g}
      Fat: 5.4g {8.8g}

      Ingredients: Reconstituted skimmed milk, water, glucose-fructose syrup, vegatable fat, sugar, honey (5%), glucose syrup, whey solids, Greek Yoghurt (1.5%), almonds (1%), modified starch, Emulsifier (E471), stabilisers (E410, E412, E407, E415), citric acid, colours (E150d, curcumin), flavourings.

      May contain traces of peanuts & other nuts.
      Store at -18C

      Website: www.IceHot.com


      Appearance:

      Once you've removed the lip & the plastic film underneath this looks rather nice. Predominantly white with drizzled patches of golden brown honey topped with a smattering of almonds. Imagine flying over a mountain range (the yoghurt) as parts of the rock (the honey) are just starting to peak through & you get the picture. All in all it looks mouth wateringly tempting.


      Taste:

      The almonds appear to have been sliced within an inch of their life. In fact I'm not sure I can remember seeing such thinly sliced almonds anywhere before. I pick a couple of them up with my fingers so I can try them without the yoghurt or the honey &, for want of a better word they're just ~ bleurgh! The problem isn't with the taste because they don't actually taste very much of anything but the actual consistency & the feel of them as you eat is rather unpleasant. It almost feels as if you're eating some rather odd bastard offspring of Miss Rice Paper & Mr. Nut. Whoever thought that these would add to the overall taste experience was very sadly misguided.

      The most positive think I can say about the ice cream is that it's "pleasant". It's a little on the sweet side & has a reasonable consistency but, considering this is Carte D'or I was perhaps expecting something a little better. That's not to say that the ice cream tastes "cheap" ~ it doesn't, just that it doesn't leave you feeling impressed & wanting more either. The addition of the Greek Yoghurt, all 1.5% of it, seems to have altered the consistency of the ice cream slightly but, were it not listed on the ingredients you wouldn't know whether it was included or not. It hasn't added anything extra to the ice cream & it hasn't taken the taste experience to another level. Rather disappointing really.
      As I've asked in other reviews why do food manufacturers insist on including ingredients like this in their products if they add nothing to the taste experience? Maybe some bod in the marketing department thought that the sound of "Greek Yoghurt & Honey" would appeal to the ice cream buying public?

      The one element that does actually tingle your taste buds is the honey. It's sweet, rich & incredibly more-ish although people who don't have much of a sweet tooth may find it a little sickly or over sweet. Thankfully they haven't just drizzled this over the top or just smeared it down the sides. The honey runs from the top of the ice cream to the bottom as well as from one side of the tub to the other so you don't move from a patch of honey into a big wodge of rather average ice cream when eating it.


      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.


      Opinion:

      From a purely aesthetic point of view this looks as gorgeous & tempting as other ice creams in the Carte D'Or range. You just want to push your spoon in & enjoy the taste experience. But, the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, & this particular flavour falls way short due to the tasteless almonds & the average ice cream.

      The tub lists the fact content as 8.8% which isn't that bad as desserts go, but the carbohydrates (of which the majority are probably sugar) are listed as 29% which means that, in the unlikely event that you ate the entire tub in one day, you'd exceed your Recommended Daily Amount of 90g for sugars.

      There are no less than 6 'E' number listed in the ingredients, along with colours & various sugars & fats. It makes quite sad reading to see that the almonds only make up 1% with the Greek Yoghurt at 1.5% and the honey at 5%, leaving the other 92.5% made up of other unhealthy looking elements. All in all, this was a rather disappointing product even for the price of 99p. If I'd have paid full supermarket price for it I'd have been feeling even more disappointed. One to avoid if you ask me.


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        15.01.2008 17:43
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        Don't Bother

        'Greek Yoghurt... and Honey', whispered a late-night television advert, in the sort of dulcet tones more commonly associated with M&S sausages. A couple of warm and sunny days later, when I found myself floundering in a frozen food aisle, struggling to appease two small children, I spotted it and popped it in the trolley at once. I suppose I imagined (in a moment of folly) that it might transport me from the aisles...to the isles.

        THE LOOK:

        Carte D'Or's 'Greek Yoghurt and Honey' is packaged in a 900ml, oval-shaped tub, and in the customarily 'classy' Carte D'Or livery, which is all ostentatious gilt and earnest lettering. The back label seems promising enough...
        'Deliciously smooth ice cream made with authentic Greek yoghurt', it proclaims, 'swirled and topped with Greek-style honey sauce and crunchy toasted almonds. Only Carte D'Or Selection gives you inspiring combinations of authentic ingredients for a heavenly dessert experience.'

        I remove the lid and peel back a frosted plastic film. Underneath, the ice cream is presented in two plump, swirly mounds, peaks frozen in place, like a couple of whipped-cream alps. A thick drizzling of dark, maple coloured honey cascades and oozes betwixt the creamy peaks, topped by one final, careless scattering of paper-thin, slithered almonds. Admittedly, the overall effect is impressive.

        THE TASTE:

        The honey certainly looks the part, and an initial tasting confirms that it is most assuredly rich. It has that dense, intense and slightly sickly flavour characteristic of many Greek honeys. Furthermore, it permeates the ice-cream to the very bottom of the tub, so that the final mouthful is as honeyed as the first. This is a nice touch.

        As to that scattering of slivered almonds, well, these certainly appear to have been toasted, at some point or other, but any nut sliced this thinly is unlikely to respond well to an unforgiving process of toasting, freezing and defrosting, and both flavour and texture suffer as a result. Consequently, these slivers are soft, subtle and quite frankly insipid.

        Most disappointing of all, however, is the ice-cream itself, which is probably best described as inoffensive but unremarkable. It doesn't taste of anything in particular, it is quite simply very sweet, and a good deal sweeter than it ought to be. Why? Well because it is A) accompanied by that sickly drizzling of honey sauce and B) described as resembling Greek yoghurt, which isn't generally sweet at all. In short, 'Greek yogurt' seems altogether notable by its absence here.

        Sure enough, a cursory perusal of the ingredients list reveals that 'Greek yoghurt' merits the most apologetic of mentions (1.5%), a frankly meaningless quantity, and presumably little more than a token nod to satisfy those pernickety spoilsports at the Advertising Standards Authority.

        The ingredients lists of most processed foods will rarely withstand a great deal of scrutiny, and sadly, this Carte D'Or confection seems a case in point. The contents as listed here are at best disappointing and at worst alarming, especially for a supposedly 'luxury' dessert. To wit, the four main ingredients, in order, are 'Reconstituted skimmed milk', 'Water', 'Glucose-Fructose syrup' and 'Vegetable Fat'. It also contains no fewer than six individual E numbers. A one hundred gram serving contains 207 calories and 8.8g of fat.

        THE CONCLUSION:

        This certainly looks like a triumph of the ice-cream maker's art, effortlessly indulgent, obscenely rich, almost like something Gastby might have ordered at the Waldorf-Astoria. However, Carte D'Or's Greek Yoghurt and Honey is definitely more tease than taste, and if a triumph at all, merely one of style over substance, or chemistry over quality ingredients.
        Carte D'Or ice creams retail at between £2.50 and £3.

        www.adorablecartedor.co.uk

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      • Product Details

        Waves of ice cream made with Greek yoghurt, drizzled with golden Greek-style honey, and sprinkled with toasted almonds.