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      12.05.2010 08:19
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      Excellent price for a quality cream

      What can I say about Elmlea double cream, simply delicious in my opinion, I bought 2 cartons recently for party I am holding very soon and I the sell by date is very good to keep in the fridge until needed, which is excellent as it can be bought well in advance and it stays nice and fresh.

      For a 284ml carton it is priced at around 75p and the price does vary slightly from different supermarkets, the carton is white and has a dark blue colour with the name clearly on the front, so it is easily spotted from the fridge compartment, it has a nice strawberry with cream on the front, which is very tempting and it also has a foil pull back lid to reveal the white cream inside.

      It is a very good quality whipping cream and it is very easy to whip and to also pour onto fruit or pour into soup or any pudding you like to have a little cream added to taste a little better and when used for whipping it holds firm and does not tend to dissolve like some I have used.

      It has 33% less fat, which is also good and I bought it to use for my trifles I am going to make very soon for one of my parties, and I always like this one because of the quality and the texture is nice and smooth and very soft and it tastes absolutely delicious.

      I sometimes use it in my pasta dishes to give that little extra kick and to make it nice and creamy, and I also add it to the white sauce I make for other dishes and it is then extra creamy.

      It is such a versatile product and can be used for almost any dish that involves adding cream, and I think for the price it is exceptionally good value for money, and a little does go a very long way. I am making 2 trifles and so I bought 2 because I love to have a lot of cream on the top, and not to have a little topping and I think it looks more attractive with an extra topping.

      Each 15ml spoonful serving contains 52 calories, 0.6g sugar, 5.4g fat, 4.0g saturates and a trace of salt.

      I recommend anyone to try this for their dishes and give it a go and for the amount of cream and the price, I just think it is excellent value for money.

      I bought mine this week and it has a best before date until the middle of August, which in my opinion is very good as it is months away and I can keep it in my fridge until then if I needed to keep it that long, which I do not at the moment.

      I give it 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review.

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        19.03.2010 15:39
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        A FANTASTIC HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE TO CREAM.

        I a rice pudding last night and as a treat i bought some Elmlea double cream to pour over the top. It was totally delicious, I am so pleased that there this fantastic product has a place in the dooyoo catalogue in order for me to tell you all my experience of this cream substitute.

        Elmlea became available in shops for purchase in 1984. This was the first product of its kind, offering a cream substitute, bit with the same great delicious flavour as cream. Elmlea is produced using buttermilk and vegetable oils. This is great method is beneficial for a number of reasons.

        Firstly Elmlea has a much longer life than normal cream. If left un opened this Elmlea cream substitute is claimed to be able to last up to 8 weeks in the fridge. Once opened it is recommended that you consume within 5 days. Which again is much longer than any natural cream produce.

        Secondly, and more importantly, this cream substitute is a much healthier alternative. It has a staggering 33% less fat than double cream. It also contains a jaw dropping 150 calories less per 100ml than double cream. This is quite unbelievable really considering there is hardly, if any difference in taste.

        There are quite a few varieties of Elmlea, there is single, double, whipping and double light. The double light variety has an even bigger difference in calorific content.

        The plastic pots in which the Elmlea is contained, are recycable. The peel top lid is very easy to open. Although sometimes the Elmlea does come out a little fast. (well thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) There is a comprehensive list of ingredients on the pot and also a great nutritional value chart which also charts the nutritional values of cream so you can compare. This is great as it makes you feel less guilty when consuming the Elmlea product. Infact it tends to make you feel as if your eating healthy!

        The actual taste of elmlea double, is outstanding. In my opinion there is no difference in taste to cream. It is beautifully creamy, thick and adds an element of induldgence to any dish. Having used Elmlea for the last few years I would not go back to using normal cream. It just wouldnt make sense. Elmlea does not have any tang or synthetic flavour to it. It tastes really fresh and full of dairy goodness. I have nothing but praise for this fantastic product.

        I urge you to go and try a pot of this delicious cream substitute and see for yourselves how delicious it is. The only difference you will find is on your waist line!!

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          15.03.2010 10:57
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          Great product, one point deducted for the lid.

          I bought this the other day as I was shocked that it was cheaper than sainsbury's own double cream.

          I got 284ml (not sure why that's not rounded up or down) for 75p which is very cheap. I couldn't believe that sainsbury's own was a fair bit more expensive.

          This double cream claims to have 55% less fat than other double creams. I'm not entirely sure how that works, but it's an added bonus in my eyes as I would have bought it purely based on price anyway.

          I used this to make a cheese and onion tart, and it worked really well. It was quite thick and poured really easily and the tart came out tasting great, but not too creamy, it also felt quite light, which I wasn't expecting after using double cream cheese and eggs, but maybe that was down to the fact it has less fat in it.

          I'm not sure how this tastes on it's own, as I tend to only use it for cooking, but if it ever goes on my hands and I lick it off it tastes like any other double cream, quite creamy but not sweet. I imagine it would be great poured over a sweet desert.

          The only thing that annoyed me about this was the container, it just has a foil lid, which is great if you are using the whole tub, but I didn't so I had to cover the top of it with some cling film. The other pots I noticed had plastic lids which I think would keep it fresher for longer if you have some left over.

          A great product, and if it claims less fat, that can only be a good thing. Cheaper than sainsbury's own but the foil lid is a tad annoying.

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            11.02.2010 15:18

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            I wouldn't eat the stuff. And neither would my cat!

            Elmlea may keep for ages but it comes at a price. I bought a tub and was shocked to see that the double cream has 26% hydrogenated vegetable oils. These contain trans fats which have been linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

            Also, you put on weight eating trans fats even if your total calorie intake is not too high! Scientists did some experiments with monkeys where they fed them trans fats and the monkeys became obese, even though the researchers said "We believed they couldn't get obese because we did not give them enough calories to get fat." The fat tends to accumulate around the middle, where it is most dangerous (and pretty unsightly.)


            It is quite scary that you can put on weight even if you are not over-eating! So, it makes no sense to buy Elmlea if you are worried about your health or weight.

            Unilever have removed hydrogenated oils from their margarines in response to consumer pressure so why are they still in Elmlea? I would seriously not recommend eating this product.

            I did a taste test with my cat on Elmlea which was quite funny - you can see the video if you google "Alfie Elmlea Challenge"

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            29.12.2009 23:00
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            All in review -------- Make your own mind up

            I was in the supermarket buying my shopping when I spotted a lovely apple pie. I couldn't resist I hadn't had one for years and what is pie without the cream on top to go with it? The only reason if I am honest that I bought this particular double cream is that it was the cheapest. I paid 89p for a 284 ml pot.


            The lid is a foil lid which needs to be ripped open and once it is you cannot reseal it which is a bit furstraighting so what I recommend and it is what I do with my own is wrap a plastic bag round it to keep it a bit fresher for longer.
            I find Elmlea double cream has a really nice creamy taste and texture in the mouth. It is a little thinner than cream but can be whipped in exactly the same way as double cream. Although the taste is amazing it is extremely high in calories as you can see from the information as below.


            The nutritional information of this cream is listed below:

            1 table spoon = 46 calories, 4.7g of fat, 3.5g of saturates.
            Overall I would have cream now and again as a treat but not every day as it is quite fattening and not all that good for your body.
            Calories etc......
            per 100ml
            Cal 349kCal 470 kcal in double cream
            Fat 36.0g 50.5g in double cream
            Sat Fat 26.8g
            Sugar 3.9g
            Salt 1.3g
            Ingredients
            Buttermilk (63%), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (26%), Vegetable Oil (7.8%), Buttermilk Powder (Lactose), Emulsifiers (E435, E322) (From Soya), Stabilisers (E412, E410).



            I would recommend Elmlea if you like cream but if you are trying to keep calories down then it is probably not a great idea to have this. I tend to have it about once a year and that is normally around Christmas time. I would rate this product 8 out of 10. If you do buy it to give it a taste I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :o)

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            20.12.2009 00:24
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            A good cream substitute

            Some years ago my mum recommended Elmlea to me and my family have been eating it ever since.

            I buy both Elmlea double and Elmlea single because it has less fat and calories than cream and I am always looking for ways to eat what I want while saving a calorie or two.

            I find Elmlea has a really nice creamy taste and in fact I now prefer it to cream. It is a little thinner than cream but can be whipped in exactly the same way as double cream. I also use the single Elmlea in cooking and it reacts in exactly the same way as single cream.

            The cost is a little cheaper than cream but the good thing is that it has a long sell by date and so can be bought and kept in the fridge for when needed.

            We use it in all the same circumstances as we would cream, on desserts, in cooking, with fruit salads.

            Calories etc......
            per 100ml
            Cal 349kCal 470 kcal in double cream
            Fat 36.0g 50.5g in double cream
            Sat Fat 26.8g
            Sugar 3.9g
            Salt 1.3g

            Ingredients
            Buttermilk (63%), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (26%), Vegetable Oil (7.8%), Buttermilk Powder (Lactose), Emulsifiers (E435, E322) (From Soya), Stabilisers (E412, E410

            The downside is that Elmlea has the dreaded E numbers that ordinary cream doesn't have and so may not be suitable for people with some allergies.

            Having said that, however, I will continue to buy Elmlea as it is better for my husband who has diatetes and heart disease and so we have to try and keep his fat consumption down whilst still letting him have some treats.

            I would recommend Elmlea if you like cream but are trying to keep calories down.

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              08.07.2009 21:07
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              A great substitute for fresh cream

              Elmlea is a regular purchase in my house. I use it quite a bit in cooking and I always use this to make my ice cream, I have also used it when I fancied making a trifle but I had no fresh cream available.

              Elmlea is made by the Unilever, it was launched in 1984 and was the first dairy cream alternative. My mother used to buy this and I always referred to it as plastic cream, so it is only in the last couple of years that I have really started using it and realised how much like cream it tastes.

              It is a substitute cream available in 6 varieties, single, single light, Double or Double Light, whipping or squirty cream. I always buy the Double cream light.

              It comes in a 284ml plastic carton coloured mainly in blue with a picture of a strawberry dipped in cream on the front and it has a foil peel off top. The top peels off very easily. The cartons I have bought today have a best before date of 31/10/09 and once opened the cream can be kept for up to 8 weeks in the fridge.

              The cream lasts longer because it contains 75% buttermilk, 12% vegetable oil and 11% hydrogenated vegetable oil and 6 E numbers 435, 322, 412, 410, 407 and 60a

              Fresh Double cream contains 470 calories and 50.5 grams of fat per 100 ml, Elmlea Double cream contains 349 calories and 36g of fat per 100ml (30% less than fresh cream), Elmlea Double Light contains 246 calories and 24.3 g of fat per 100 g (50% less than fresh cream. So it is a lot less fattening than standard cream

              I had only ever used this in cooking but I dipped my finger in once to see if it tasted like cream and I was rather surprised that it did. So I took a chance once when I had no fresh cream to make a trifle but had a carton of this in the fridge. It whisked up quite easily and looked liked a normal cream topping. I served it up and nobody mentioned anything about it, it tasted like fresh cream but with less fat.

              The carton says it can be frozen if whipped so I use it in all my ice creams I make and it tastes fine. I have also frozen it when I have had some curry left for which I use this for. I have used it for sauces and if I want to serve any vegetables in cream, it cooks fine and it freezes fine.

              It works out cheaper than fresh cream, a 284 ml carton currently costs 68p in Tesco with a 300 ml carton of fresh cream costing 84p but unfortunately the fresh cream will not last 3 months in the fridge.

              Ok so it contains rather a lot of E numbers but is very handy to keep a carton in the fridge should you ever had visitors and want a carton of cream very quickly or if you are watching your weight but fancy something with cream.

              I have knocked off 1 star for the amount of E numbers it contains.

              Many thanks for reading. Anna

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                03.05.2009 22:31
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                delicious

                Elmlea double cream is bought a lot in my household as we are pudding mad and our evening meal is not the same unless a pudding is served, my daughter looks at me gone out if there is not so much as a piece of cake!!

                I bought two 284ml pots for £1 at asda and the use by date is not until aug so it i great for keeping in the fridge for a later date, but you must use it within 5 days after opening, which in my household is not a problem. You can also freeze the cream, but you will need to whip it first.

                I served this tonight alongside a rhubard crumble I made as it makes a nice change to custard sometimes, I feel cream is fresher and cooler in the warmer months and I love elmlea served with fresh strawberries or over a cold jelly. I also use this when I make a rice pudding, I use half cream and half evaporated milk as it gives rice pudding a lovely texture and taste. I always buy this at christmas too, as it is delicious with christmas pudding and chocolate gateaux.

                Elmlea is 55 % lower in fat than standard cream so it is a healthier option, but it still has the rich creamy taste that the standard cream has, you can also whip it up which is great for trifles or as a sponge cake filling with jam, You can also add it to savoury sauces for a bit more thickness and texture.

                Elmlea also make a double cream "light" which is even lower in fat, a whipping cream which costs 78p and a single cream which costs 57p, which is nice but I must admit I always stick with the double, it is much more rich.

                It will set you back 349 calories, 36.0g fat, 26.8g of saturated fats, 3.9g of sugar, and 1.3g of salt all of which are per 100ml, so it is still quite high.

                This is made with a blend of buttermilk and vegetable oils but in my opinion this is a great substitute for the real thing, and is delicious with all kinds of puddings, and in sauces.

                Highly recommended.

                Thankyou for reading.

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                  06.08.2008 18:29
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                  A great cream to use with everything

                  How silly am i? I thought Elmlea was fresh cream?

                  Until last week I actually thought Elmlea was fresh cream. I always wondered by Elmlea was cheaper than asda's own and now I know why -Elmlea is a substitute -but its a good one at that.

                  Elmlea has a really long shelf life and can last for over a month and the best thing about it is that it costs only around 70p per 284ml jar. The lid is a foil lid which needs to be ripped open and once it is you cannot reseal it.

                  What can you do with Elmlea? I normally pour mine over warm chocolate fudge cake..yum yum or use it when cooking and it works fine. You can use it in whatever way you like

                  Where do I use Elmlea?

                  I slosh a bit into my porridge, rice pudding, hot chocolate and nightly hot milk. I stir into into milk puddings like Angel Delight and blancmange. I pour it over fruit - it tastes great over brambles with sugar. With the double cream, even though it's not explicitly whipping cream, you can even whip it and put it on your scones and jam.

                  The nutritional information of this cream is as follows

                  1 tbl spoon = 46 calories, 4.7g of fat, 3.5g of saturates,

                  Overall I would have cream now and again as a treat but not ever day as it is quite fattening and not good for the body!!

                  xx

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                  07.05.2008 01:43
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                  I couldn't cope without keeping a tub on hand.

                  I have cream... issues. Other people don't seem to live in the same world as me, a world where there are cream emergencies, a world where cream might be needed AT ANY MOMENT. But fresh cream goes off, and does so far too quickly. I can't always count on needing it every week. So while, if I KNOW I need cream, I get it fresh, at all other times I keep Elmlea in the fridge.

                  Where do I use Elmlea?

                  I slosh a bit into my porridge, rice pudding, hot chocolate and nightly hot milk. I stir into into milk puddings like Angel Delight and blancmange. I pour it over fruit - it tastes great over brambles with sugar. With the double cream, even though it's not explicitly whipping cream, you can even whip it and put it on your scones and jam.

                  It's not PRECISELY cream. It's a bit thinner, and to my tongue doesn't have the same rich taste. But it only costs 61p for a 284ml tub, and it lasts eight weeks. In an emergency (and I have MANY cream emergencies) it does.

                  The bad news? Just one tablespoon contains 46 calories, 4.7g fat, and 3.5g of saturates. I suspect I may die a terribly tragic cream-addiction related death.

                  But it'll be worth it.

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