“ Brand: Del Monte / Type: Ice Cream „
I first tried a Del Monte Smoothie when I was staying at my brother's house, and he got them out as a dessert. He had the blueberry kind. I was expecting it to be just the same as an ice lolly, but, though I do also like ice lollies, I was pleasantly surprised. The lollies are similar to Soleros in terms of size and consistency, though without the ice cream in the middle. Upon sucking a Smoothie, it becomes quite soft and creamy, while also tasting lovely and fruity. One of the best things about it is that it takes quite a long time to eat, which makes it feel like you are having a proper dessert, rather than 'just' an ice lolly. Another great thing about them is that they are quite low in calories. I believe the blueberry one was only 86 calories, and I think the others are also similar. A downside is that they only come in packs of 3, or singly, and they are quite expensive. I believe they're about £2.50 for the pack of 3. My brother only got them in because they were on special offer at Morrisons at buy one, get two free. Another downside is that they are not stocked everywhere. My brother lives in Derbyshire, and got them at Morrisons. When I went to stay with my mum in Essex we looked for these in a fairly large branch of Sainsburys and they didn't have them. Since returning home to Sunderland I have looked for them in my local Sainsburys (which is quite small) and they didn't have them either. But, on a trip to my local corner shop yesterday evening looking for something to snack on, imagine my delight when I found that their ice cream freezer was full of single raspberry Smoothie lollies! I had to stop myself from jumping for joy! They are quite expensive as singles - think I paid about 90p, but the shop is only 2 minutes from my house, so I can now nip out and get one whenever the mood takes me! Which, I suspect, will be quite often!
Del Monte has produced a range of ice lolly products which are like smoothies. They are made with real fruit. *Product* Here we have the Del Monte Refreshing Raspberry Iced Smoothie. It contains no preservatives, artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. *Packaging* The Iced Smoothies come in a cardboard box. The main colours are pink, white and green. The front of the box has an appetizing image of the iced smoothie and some raspberries. It also contain the brand and product name and some claims from the company. The end panel has the nutritional information and ingredients. Ingredients in various languages are also on the box. You can also find storage instructions and contact details for Del Monte. Each iced smoothie is individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper containing the same design and information as the box. *Inside the Wrapper* Once you tear open the wrapper, you are greeted with a fairly large Solero shaped iced smoothie on a stick. It is a very dark pink shade and appears smooth. *Ingredients* Water,Raspberry Purée (25%) ,Sugar ,Glucose Syrup ,Blackcurrant Purée (3.7%) ,Lemon and Lime Juice from Concentrate (3.2%) ,Colour (Anthocyanins, Beetroot Red, Curcumin) ,Stabilisers (Methyl Cellulose, Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Pectin, Sodium Alginate) ,Citric Acid ,Natural Raspberry Flavouring *Nutrition* Each 90ml lolly contains 96 kcal 20.1g sugar trace fat trace salt *Availability and Price* Tesco currently have these on offer til 24th May 3 x 90ml pack for £1.00 rrp £2.49. *My Opinion* I popped these in my electronic online shopping trolley at Tesco this week following a recommendation from a fellow dooyooer! I picked Raspberry as hubby isn't keen on Mango but he didn't want any anyway so I have 3 all to myself haha! I had one yesterday and then another there just now. I got to eat todays all by myself as my toddler was over every 2minutes for a lick of it yesterday. Del Monte is a product I associate with delicious tins of fruit so I know I could trust them. Opening the wrapper, I see that the iced smoothie is almost identical to Soleros which I like. This off course does not have ice cream in the inside and is pure smoothie. It is an intense pink shade and looks smooth and juicy! I have very sensitive teeth so therefore left mine to sit for a minute to softenen. I also have a sore throat and no voice at the minute so was confident this might help to soothe it a bit. Taking my first hit at the iced smoothie, I notice it is firm but soft enough not to break your teeth. It stays together well on the stick but as soon as it enters your mouth, it really does melt in your mouth. It is obviously cold and sweet but with the raspberry adding a sourness to the smoothie. It releases plenty of juicy iced pieces. Note that these melt really quickly so you do have to be quick off the mark as otherwise you will end up in a sticky mess! I was very impressed with this iced smoothie. I like smoothies and raspberries are usually something I like to see included. It was extremely smoothie like in consistency just frozen and very juicy. There was a tad creaminess to the offering but mainly fruity. Now the weather seems to be giving us a few nice days, these are perfect for a refreshing alternative to normal ice lollies. I was happy to pay £1 to try them but I cannot afford £2.49 every week for them. If you can afford this then I do recommend buying them as they are of very good quality and taste wonderfully refreshing, The best part is they are less than 100 calories per iced smoothie and basically fat free. Yes the sugar is high but one won't hurt now will it? At normal price, these work out at around 83p each which is cheaper than what you would pay in the shops for a decent treat. Thanks for reading and head down to Tesco before the 24th!
A lolly is often the perfect thing to refresh the palette after a meal so we usually have some in the freezer, even in the winter! I have quite simple tastes when it comes to this, and a Tesco Value Fruit Lolly will usually suffice. When I saw the Del Monte Smoothie lollies on offer at Tesco for £1 for a box of 3 (usually they are £2.19) I decided to treat myself. The flavours stocked in my local supermarket are Raspberry and Mango. I have tried both and they are both delicious, but I prefer the Raspberry. I may be unusual in this, as there are usually far more of these left in the freezer than the Mango flavour. My freezer is stuffed to bursting after Christmas with leftovers, so it was great to find that these Smoothie lollies come in such a slim box that it was easy to find a space for them. The front of the box proudly proclaims that these lollies are made with real fruit, are virtually fat free and have only 96 calories. They also have no preservatives, artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. Now, I am too much of a cynic to assume that anything with a picture of juicy raspberries on the packaging is therefore healthy, so it's worth looking at the ingredients. The flipside to having no artificial sweeteners in a dessert product is that the sweetness has to come from somewhere and that is likely to be sugar - lo and behold, sugar is the third ingredient on the list, after water and raspberry puree (25%). What's more, glucose syrup is the fourth in the list and any ingredient with syrup in the title sounds like another name for sugar to me. There is 20.1g of sugar in each lolly, which I have just worked out is about 4.8 teaspoons. I know from experience that a little too much sugar is more likely to make my waistband tight than too much fat, so this is something I like to be aware of. So, the important thing - what do they taste like? Well, getting inside the wrapper is easy enough, though they sometimes stick to the lolly and rip. The smell is a refreshing red berry smell. The first experience of these is twofold. Firstly, the taste is deep, juicy and explosive, with enough raspberry tartness, but not so much that it becomes bitter. I often have mixed berry and banana smoothies for breakfast, and these lollies are much sweeter because of the added sugar so those who don't get on with the tartness of real berry smoothies may still enjoy these lollies. My other half describes the lollies as tasting like purple Starburst! The second thing that strikes me is the texture of the lolly. They are soft and velvety while still being firm enough to stay on the stick until you're done. With this smooth, luscious consistency, these lollies are definitely the treat I wanted them to be and I'm sure to treat myself again while they are on offer, though I think the usual price of £2.19 is too expensive.
I can't resist a bargain and when I think that I am getting a deal I will also stock up on something, it's the bargain hunter in me, even if some of it is psychological! Del Monte is a name that I instantly recognise for producing quality juices so when I saw these smoothie lollies in the end of aisle freezer at Tesco I just had to pick up a few packets as I knew if I didn't like them that my fiancé would. There are 3 x 90ml lollies in the cardboard box and on the front of the box is a picture of the lolly which does look quite tempting. Each lolly is individually wrapped and I found these easy to open. The lolly itself is a nice pink/purple colour and comes on a wooden stick. It does have a slight fruit smell to it before I take a bit and as these are from the freezer they are perfect on a warm summers evening (when we get any!). As these are made from 25% raspberry puree it is no surprise that this is the only thing I could really taste although I did think the lolly had a bit of a citrus type flavour to it which is probably from the lemon and lime juice (3.2%) that is contains. The lolly is lovely and refreshing and it's very fruity indeed. I am not the biggest fan of fruit but I must say that this was just so delicious that I happily gobbled it down There is just 96 calories and 0.1g of fat per lolly so this is very reasonable; however, there is 20.1g of sugars per lolly which is naturally occurring so these should still be enjoyed in moderation. I am going to rate this lolly 5/5 as it's delicious, low in fat & calories and there is no artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives and these are suitable for vegetarians. There lollies are currently on offer for £1.00 in Tesco stores but their usual price is £2.19 which I don't think is unreasonable although I am stocking up while on offer.
These are fantastic for summer, there cheap (£1 tesco) and very healthy, low in cals, basically fat free so fantastic for the health conscious, theres:NO PRESERVATIVES.NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS.NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS.NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS.what more can you want. you get 3 in a box and if your feeling peckish you can binge on all three and not feel guilty, (unless you watch you're sugar intake - theres 22% of daily sugar intake in each lolly! HOWEVER at least its natural sugar ay!) A downside is that they taste a bit too sweet, i prefer the mango flavour, (and if you go to iceland) the strawberry and banana flavour. the rasberry flavour is also a bit of a dodgy colour, BRIGHT RED. over all you can put it in a bowl and pretend your eating ice cream, just with out the guilt and dairy!