“ Brand: Fru / Type: Cheesecake „
Whilst doing my shop at the weekend. I was lucky enough to hit Tesco's at the time when they had reduced things. Scanning the fridge section for a bargain a spotted these Fu desserts. I am a massive fan of the Gu desserts so thought that giving these a go would be a sure thing (and not so naughty, fruits better for you than chocolate lol). The Fru cheeky little mango & passion fruit cheesecakes come in a simple white packaging with a picture of the cheesecake and fruit on the front. I picked these up reduced for just over £1.00 however their usual price is £2.00. Firstly I hadn't been paying much attention to the box when I bought these (I was probably more excited about what was inside!) and when I opened it up I was a little surprised to find three mini cheesecakes. In my head I was thinking there would be two larger puddings. Half of me was excited as it meant an extra cheesecake but I was also disappointed at the small size of the puddings and the fact they weren't in the usual glass containers. I also think that three is a bit of a weird number; I don't know many people who would choose to have three small desserts over two bigger ones. The cheesecake doesn't really look all that appealing and I think the fact that they come in little plastic containers cheapen the effect. For example if you wanted to serve these to guests, I'm not completely convinced you would be able to remove the cheesecake from the pot successfully and serving the cheesecake in the pot wouldn't look too great. The cake itself is made up of three layers. The bottom of which is a biscuit base, the middle is a mango and passion fruit curd and the top layer, which is the biggest, is a passion fruit cheesecake. The top layer reminds me of a Solero ice cream and tastes really nice and smooth. However, it tastes a little too creamy for my liking and instead of being refreshing it does verge on being a little sickly. The middle layer of mango and passion fruit curd is definitely what makes this cheesecake special by bringing out the fruity flavour. However, call me picky but I would have liked to have some proper pieces of fruit in this layer. The biscuit base is really nice and crumbly. It tastes very buttery and sweet but it lacks any sort of crunch to it and has almost gone soggy under the other layers. The three layers definitely work well together to make this cheesecake nice but because of the quite high cost of these at full price I'm looking for something amazing not just nice. Although these are cheesecakes are ok I don't think they are particularly great and for the price I would rather have a Gu dessert. However, if I wanted something fruity I would rather have a Tesco strawberry cheesecake (or two for more or less the same price!) and get a lot more dessert for my money. If you can find these on offer or reduced then give these a try but dont expect to be blown away. The three cheesecakes you get are too small and although perhaps a more exotic flavour these are no better than cheaper alternatives.
In a bid to cut out my evening treat which consists of a glass of red wine I have been stuffing my face with all manner or replacement evils, cheese and biscuits, bars of chocolate and occasionally ice cream. Two of my favourite flavours in the world are mango and passion fruit so when I spied these little mango and passion fruit cheesecakes my eyes lit up! Even the £2 for three pot price tag didn't put me off (cheaper than a bottle of wine after all!) The sell by date was a week away and as I live on my own this is perfect to extend the treat. Fru is a the same company that make the amazing Gu chocolate range, the chocolate range is tantalising, satisfying and decadent and Fru is basically its fruity cousin with a range including key lime pie cheesecake, zesty lemon cheesecakes and of course the mango and passion fruit. **Layer me Fru** The packet contains three mini cheesecakes, the first thing I noticed having sampled many of the GU ranges was that the cheesecakes lacked the fancy glass ramekin that makes you feel like you getting your money's worth with the other puds from the range. It also basically means your rather expensive dessert has come in a cheap, small plastic tub. A slight let down which also rules them out being used as a finale to a dinner party. The plastic tub has a peelable lid and is eaten straight from the fridge. The plastic tub is see through so you do see a very satisfying and unspoilt three layer cheesecake. The top layer is a light yellow colour and you can see the small airy bubbles making your taste buds crave the lightness that is too come. The middle layer is a bright, vibrant and instantly makes me think of the mango and passion fruit content and the golden, biscuit base finishes it off nicely. If you take away the plastic tub this was the best looking treat I have encountered in months! **Fru-ty Taste** To see I had high hopes for this pudding would be an understatement, if I'm paying £2 a box I am wanting something magical. The first spoonful consisted of just the creamy layer. The taste of passion fruit is subtle and well crafted, expertly mixing with the creamy mousse and dissolving on my tongue with a lightness and taste that nearly sent me over the edge! Sadly that was as good as it got, I had been desperately hoping it would be the start of the taste experience and not be the climax. The vibrant and promising yellow layer was a disappointment, the tang from the mango and passion fruit was non-existent and although it tasted fruity it didn't gel very well with the mousse and the texture tested manufactured and slimy. The biscuit base although nice was nothing special and when all three layers were eaten together the exquisite taste from the mousse was lost. **Good Fru you?** Each pot will provide: Calories - 186 Fat - 13.4g Sugars - 10.3g Carbs - 14.9g **Final thoughts on Fru** It was a good treat don't get me wrong but Fru you lose a star for the plastic packaging and the fact I cant serve it to guests and another star for failing to make what should have been the most exciting layer, the mango, fall down at the first hurdle, actually testing of mango. I also noticed the quality lessened as I neared the use by date but this does not put me off. However I did enjoy it and my liver appreciated my switch to alcohol free indulgences.
~~~PACKAGING~~~ These passion fruit and mango cheesecakes are packaged in a cardboard box. Each box contains three mini cheesecakes placed in plastic pots and vacuum sealed. It is a simple design yet professional, although less presentable than many of their other dessert varieties in which they use glass ramekins. ~~~APPEARANCE, TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~ Despite their packaging, the cheesecakes look great, and if the stock photos were anything to go by, it does look like what it is supposed to. The layers of the cheesecake are visible! Above the biscuit layer, there is a mango and passion fruit curd, the texture of which is like a jam or reserve, and then finally a passion fruit cheesecake, which is soft and yummy. The whole thing tastes fantastic, the smooth subtle hints of passion fruit mixed with the more intense curd, and the crunchy texture of the biscuit, makes this a unique and original blend of flavours. It is also not too sweet yet the fruitiness is intense and sound. The amount in each pot isn't quite enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. After one pot, you yearn for more!!! However, these small cheesecakes are great for snacking and isn't big enough to be indulgent and guilt tripping. ~~~PRICE~~~ It costs £2 and can be bought in most supermarkets! ~~~OVERALL~~~ The product is well packaged and attractive, but the flavours do the talking. I really like these cheesecakes as the flavour is unique and special. I have never tasted a cheesecake like it. Whilst the textures could be improved on, the flavours are rich and fruity. There is an intensity that is "orgasmic" (for a lack of words) and overall, provide a little bit of indulgence. I would highly recommend this to everyone; it is just too yummy not to share... although there are only three per pack- PICK your friends carefully! ~~~Nutritional information (per 100g)~~~ Energy - 413 kcal Protein - 3.4 g Carbohydrate - 33 g (of which 22.9g sugars) Fat - 29.7 g (of which 17.1g saturated fat) Fibre - 1.1 g Sodium - 0.3 g
Fru When we visited friends for dinner last week we were served a selection of Fru mini puds for dessert. The Cheeky Little Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecakes was one of the trio served! *How Much and Where?* A box of three of these cheeky little puds currently costs £1.99 or two for £3.00 at Tesco and £1.97 at Asda. Each pud weighs 45g and is quite tine, similar in size to a small fromage frais pot (like petit filous). *Nutritional Bits* Contains: milk, egg and gluten Each pot will provide: Calories - 186 Fat - 13.4g Sugars - 10.3g Carbs - 14.9g *What I Think* Well, I must admit this these puds are 'cute'. They are so compact and delicious. They smell, look and taste wonderful. They are lovely as a sweet fix, a treat or, as my friend served them, as a trio of desserts. The cheesecake biscuit base was crunchy and sweet, made from digestive biscuits. The mango and passion fruit curd layer was sweet and fruity and it was easy to detect each flavour and the topping of passion fruit cheesecake was scrummy. Also, very sweet and fruity. On the whole this was a very tasty dessert and would be happy to eat it again. They are so small they barely touch the sides but this is kind of good, as there is less temptation to eat a whole gateaux / rhubarb pie / tub of Ben & Jerry's. I would not buy them myself for an every day pud, but perhaps for a special meal.
I first tried a Gü dessert about two years ago, when the company began trading in the UK. It was supposed to be a premium brand of indulgent desserts and puddings. Back then, I wasn't so impressed with the chocolate dessert that I tried, as it was too rich and sickly. Seeing the Frü Cheeky Little Mango & Passion Fruit Cheesecakes in their beautiful packaging during my latest shopping trip, I decided to give them a go. I really do think that the packaging of Gü products is one of their main advantages. The outside cardboard box has a picture of fresh mango and passion fruit just next to the cheesecake pot and the product on a spoon. It really make my mouth water just looking at it. The white background brings your attention to the product and the shiny surface of the box makes you feel the dessert is truly luxurious and premium. ---- The mini cheesecakes ---- Inside the cardboard packaging there are the three puds on a plastic tray. I was seriously surprised by their size. I know the name says 'mini puds' but I was expecting them to be somewhat bigger. Each mini pud is sealed with an aluminium lid for freshness, so the period before they expire is quite long for a dessert (they have about 1 month of shelf life). The puds are so small (only 45g each) that I doubt anyone has to worry about the expiry date. I had two of them straight away after coming back from the shop. The actual product is in a plastic pot and is made of a digestive biscuit base, a layer of mango and passion fruit curd and topped with quite tick layer of passion fruit cheesecake. ---- The boring bit ---- * Nutritional information per 100g (from the packaging): Energy - 413 kcal Protein - 3.4 g Carbohydrate - 33 g (of which 22.9g sugars) Fat - 29.7 g (of which 17.1g saturated fat) Fibre - 1.1 g Sodium - 0.3 g There is also information per pot but I decided to leave it out. You can do the maths. * Warnings Alergy advice: Contains milk, gluten and eggs. Possibly contains also traces of nuts or soya. Cannot be frozen. ---- My opinion ---- I think this mango and passion fruit is a unique flavour combination for a cheesecake. I have never before come across any of these flavours in a cheesecake but thought the combination was refreshing and tasted very well. You could really distinguish the passion fruit taste in the cheesecake layer. It was not too sweet, but was also very tangy. For me even to tangy. I got this sour taste at the back of my throat and although I usually like very sour tastes, there was definitely something wrong with this one. The curd layer tasted of mango and passion fruit, had great taste, nice deep yellow colour and was smooth. I have nothing bad to say about it. Finally the biscuit layer. This was unfortunately a disappointment. The taste of it was fine, buttery and just the way it should be, but I really disliked the texture. The biscuit base was made with thick sugar granules, which bothered me during eating. I couldn't concentrate of the flavours and smoothness of the rest of the dessert because having to grind the sugar in my mouth was what I was thinking of. Maybe it is just me, but this is a huge disadvantage to an otherwise very good product. The price was the pack is £1.99 and it can be found in most of the UK supermarkets. I would recommend these cheesecakes mainly because of the flavour but I will only buy again if I find it on offer but I will not be rushing to the shops immediately. ** A little explanation for those of you who are confused with my Gü and Frü references. Gü is the name of the company that produces these premium desserts and also the brand name of their chocolate-based products. Frü, on the other hand, is their brand of fruit-based desserts and puddings**