“ Brand: Gu / Type: Other Desserts „
I developed an obsession for the GU chocolate souffles a while ago and was very annoyed that Asda had run out of them this time I wanted to buy some. Actually they had sold out of most of the GU range so I decided to try these. I paid £1.94 for a box of 3 puds. These chocolate tortes can be eaten cold (chilled straight fromn the fridge) or hot (heated in the microwave for 15-20 seconds). They are suitable for vegetarians but contain eggs, gluten, milk and soya and may contain traces of nuts. Each mini pud is 50g in size and will give you 211kcals, 2.8g of protein, 15.8g of carboydrates of which 13.3g are sugars, 14.5g of fat of which 9.3g are saturates, 0.9g of fibre and 0.1g of sodium. The tortes are individually wrapped in a paper case and they look just like a chocolate brownie from the outside. They have a strong chocolate smell and as mine had come straight from the fridge it was quite hard to get my spoon through it. They are not like any other torte that I have had before. They are more like a chocolate fondant or over grown truffle. The texture when chilled is just like chocolate truffles. They are smooth, rich and creamy with a strong chocolate taste. The tortes are sweet but not overly so. The aftertaste was really nice and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like these. Served chilled, the tortes would be great for a buffet or something light to eat in summer. I also tried heating a torte in the microwave for 20 seconds and it changed them completely. The smell became more bitter and the texture changed beyond recognition. The torte had turned into a light and fluffy souffle which starts to melt as soon as it reaches your mouth. The flavour became more intense and sophisticated. These would be the perfect light dessert for a posh dinner party. They could do with being a bit bigger but then there would be the risk of the tortes becoming sickly if served chilled.
Being pay weekend and being time for a food shop I decided to give myself a little treat. I am not usually one to make a big deal out of buying desserts but I saw an offer and wanted to give the Gu desserts a try as I'd always seen them but never bought. They are normally quite pricey for what they are though but with so much choice I decided to opt for the Cheeky Little Chocolate Tortes even though they have quite a range now and they all sound equally as nice. James Averdieck came up with the idea of a pud brand when he was working in Belgium, the place for chocolate. In 2003 the few launched did well and so they range was developed and the sister brand Fru, more fruity also came about. It is now apparent that a Gu pud is eaten somewhere in the world every two seconds. The packaging of these is quite distinct as all desserts come in black boxes. These particular ones come in a thin rectangular shapes box with a pink edge distinguishing which dessert it is. The white Gu logo is on the box and then there is a picture of the actually dessert to give you an idea of what you are buying. They are called mini puds and in a box you get three which I didn't realise until I properly looked at the box. Each is a 50g torte and they are from the fridge so are fresh and have about two weeks of life before going off. Per pud it is 211 calories which is less than I expected and there is 14.5g of fat which is more realistic, 0.9g of fibre also. The tortes contain eggs, gluten, milk and soya and also may contain traces of nuts for allergy sufferers. The tortes are in paper cake cases and as stated on the box can be served either hot or cold which I found unusual. I just assumed they'd be hot, to have mine I wanted it warm, they recommend microwaving it but I don't have one so I turned on the oven to a low heat and then warmed it up for a few minutes until it seemed warm enough without burning the torte. One warm I took it out, it looked like the case was burnt but the torte was just warm, in the oven it's hard to evenly cook it. The cake is quite a thick consistency, well it isn't a cake it's a torte but anyway I got my spoon and pierced into it. The inside is a thick consistency but creamy in a way and is very chocolatey. The inside was slightly runny but a very thick taste of chocolate to it; it may be small but is very sickly and heavy. There is a lot in it but I'm not sure how this would be cold but I need to try as it might be as nice as the warm option. I think these are a good option if you want a quick chocolate fix or a small dessert but not a big dessert as they are not really ideal. The range is really good though and they do have a lot of tempting desserts such as their soufflé's, chocolate mousse and flapjack's. So, the part you all want to know no doubt, how much are these miniature desserts. I purchased mine at my local Tesco for £1.96 which when I think of how small these three desserts are seems a bit absurd but if you go now you can get buy one get one free on the desserts making it seem a bit less expensive. The others this offer is running on is the Fru mini cheesecakes, the Gu double chocolate puds and chocolate mousses. It is the best way to get out and try the range before the offer is off and they are expensive again. Now, would I pay for these at full price, they are very nice and indulgent but I think for the cost it just isn't worth the money as they are very small and almost bite sized. I think they are a nice treat every so often but that is as far as I would go. If you want more information on Gu and their desserts, go to http://www. gupuds.com where all products are listed as well as company information and a way of contacting the company with opinions.
Along with the 3 little pots of GU "ganache" that I have previously reviewed I also picked up a box of these chocolate "Tortes" whilst they were on offer in Tesco. What makes these different from the other ones is the fact that you can serve them hot as well as cold. The picture on the front is reminiscent of the "Marks and Spencer melt in the middle chocolate pudding" that was advertised on the television so for that reason these had to find their way home with me. Packaged in the box shown above , the packaging for all the different varieties available seems to be the same apart from these have a pink end, these are described as being a chocolate torte containing 53% cocoa. When opening the box the 3 individual puddings are attractively held in a piece of brown, gathered, grease-proof paper cup. Each torte is about 2 inches in diameter and a good inch thick, they don't look like they would amount to much and similar to the other varieties available I figured they were going to be an expensive waste of money. I was wrong yet again, and for the purpose of this review I had one cold and one hot. Cold; the chocolate tastes rich, creamy and vaguely reminded me of galaxy chocolate and you can really taste the cocoa content. Hot though they go into another league; you can smell the rich chocolate way before you taste it, it has a sweet aroma that really makes you want to bite straight into them and the spongy texture cuts easily to reveal a melted centre. Taste wise they are stunning, the rich chocolate centre is thick and runny and tastes more like dark chocolate than milk, and the centre combined with the outer spongy consistency makes a perfect combination that really does rival the Marks and Spencer variety. Although small they certainly pack a punch, and similarly to the other varieties I really only could eat one before being satisfied. They really are rich chocolate puddings that are certainly worth their premium price tag and I would definitely recommend that you give them a go if you are fond of chocolate puddings. Each torte contains a high 211 kcals, 13.3 grams of sugars and 9.3 grams of saturated fat so, like the other varieties should really be eaten in moderation. Allergen advice warns that they contain eggs, gluten, milk and soya so those who need to be aware please note. Even though they cost £1.99 for a box of 3x50g cups I still think they represent good value for money even when they are not on BOGOF in Tesco. To say these are the second variety in the GU range that I have tried I have not been left disappointed with either purchase, although these Torte ones are my favourite out of the two. 5/5 Dooyoo stars, the same as the ganache variety. Be GU'd to yourself and try them, you won't regret it!
My fiancée recently bought a box of these as she had been to Tesco unsupervised and she had one last night, which she reviewed and gave an absolutely woeful rating to, but after having not one but two of them myself tonight I feel obliged to make my own review to counter hers, which she has promised not to kill me for which is a pleasant change hehe. Anyway these little tortes as they claim to be on the box I got and on the Gu website are also referred to as fondants, and I believe they have been recently rebranded on the quiet but that's not really the point. I felt like something sweet and figured her ladyship had gotten it wrong about these little puppies and I was right. Although I didn't know it at first. The box says eat hot or cold, so I tried one cold and was nearly sick; they taste like REALLY bad cooking chocolate when they are unheated. But once heated they are lovely and rich and hot. Probably would have been better with ice cream but we didn't have any so nothing doing on that front. So if you're going to buy them do yourself a favour and do not try them cold. Oh and a further word of warning, on the box they look like they have a gooey, melting chocolate centre, they don't so don't be disappointed when you don't have gooey melted chocolate oozing out of the centre. Here's the sciency nutritional bit (Per 50g mini pud) 211 Kcal Energy 881 KJ Energy 2.8 g Protein 15.8 g Carbohydrate 13.3 g of which sugar 14.5 g Fat 9.3 g of which saturates 0.9 g Fibre 0.1 g Sodium I'll give them a 3 out of 5 as they REALLY do suck cold.
Gu products in general I find are a good example of what I call the 'Emperor's New Clothes' marketing strategy....in that they're marketed as a top-end product sold at relatively high prices, but what's inside all that fancy matt-black expensive-looking packaging isn't, in eating terms, usually all that good. I still succumb to purchasing this stuff every so often, and I've tried all sorts of variations on the Gu chocolate pudding theme. There're the would-be posh soufflé thingies you buy I think in little glass pots; the godawful, bitter-tasting Gu 'tidgy chocolate puds', and now, these chocolate fondants. I know only one thing about chocolate fondants, and as this has come from years and years worth of watching of TV cooking competition shows, it is that apparently, chocolate fondants are terribly difficult to cook properly. Hence I've never tried making one as I've always assumed I'd get this horribly wrong, and as I tend to eat out only in Chinese and Indian restaurants where things such as chocolate fondants are never on the menu, I have to confess that I've never actually eaten one either. Therefore when these Gu fondants were on special offer at Tescos the other day (buy one box for just under £2 and get another free) it seemed to me a good idea to see what all the fuss is about. You get three Gu fondants in the £2 box; each is about half the size of the size you'd expect a normal cup-cake to be. I mention cup-cakes because, inexplicably, these Gu fondants come in little dark-brown paper cases exactly like the paper cases you get around cup-cakes (only smaller, and of a different colour). It says on the box you can enjoy them hot or cold. I tried to 'enjoy mine hot' by putting it in the microwave as recommended on the outside of the box. It had to go in for a stupidly short time - 15 to 20 seconds or something like that; a time interval so short that no normal microwave could possibly be expected to count down on this amount of time properly via its internal timer; I ended up counting the seconds out by the tried and tested 'one elephant, two elephants' method instead. Mindful of the horrors that would surely await if the fondant became (shock!) overcooked, I took it out at exactly the recommended time, to find that half of it was still stone cold, whereas the temperature at the other side was now approaching - kind of tepid. It tasted all right. Not nearly worth 1/3 of £2 certainly, but quite dark chocolate-y and OK enough. The texture was...all right. Like the soft parts of chocolate sponge pudding where the chocolate sauce has soaked in. The paper case was a pain to work round. And the pudding itself was so bloomin' small that it barely seemed worth 'dirtying' a plate to eat the fondant off of - especially given that in an ideal world, the paper case ought to have prevented chocolate getting everywhere ( although in the event there was some seepage of grease so the plates had to be washed again anyway). I don't know. After all the cooking show build-up I was foolishly expecting...lights and fireworks, something of that sort, but nothing so impressive as that materialized. I would buy these again if the special offer was repeated, otherwise I'd say these just count as a standard overpriced, slightly disappointing regular 'Gu' product - just like all the others.
wow, wow and wow!!!!! We've just come back from visiting our friends in Somerset, for pudding on Friday night they'd got us these chocolate fondants. There were four of us and you get three in a box so she'd had to buy 6! They were on offer in tesco's so that was ok!! Obvsiously we only needed four but on the box it says why not have two to share cold and while the others are heating in the microwave! and then have one each hot!!! We had bit of a giggle in the kitchen because we decided not to tell the boys they'd got a hot one after the shared cold one! so we brought in the cold ones to share with two spoons - now if you've not seen them before they are quite small - well, very small!! hee!! they looked at us as if to say 'you're joking we've got to share that'!! They are about 5cm in diameter. Well we tucked in - I had to draw a line down ours to make sure I had my half!!! They were so yummy, quite thick and gooey! they melted in my mouth - yum! I wanted to eat it slowly to savour the taste! The boys eventually cottened on to the fact there were more when the microwave pinged!! So out came the four hot ones!! well that topped it off, after the cold thick chocolate then the warm ooozy chocolate - all to myself this time, it was heaven. They are so so lovely and well worth the bargain on offer they are at the moment. There's not much more to say other than delicious!!! They make a lovely special treat and as guests we felt very treated!!!
I do enjoy a good naughty treat every now and then so imagine my delight to find these Gu puddings on offer in Tesco today - BOGOF at £1.98. I would never buy them at full price but 6 for a few quid seemed like a bargain and if there's anything I like more than chocolately yumminess, it's a bargain. These puddings are packaged in the usual sexy black Gu box. However, there are 3 in each pack. What an odd number? The first thing myhusband said when I took these out of the fridge this evening was "You only get three? I suppose that's so the wife gets two and the husband only gets one!" Well, he said it! They are tiny though so I suggested two each as we have two packs. When they say "little" they really mean it. My husband hasn't had his yet but I can guarantee they will only be a mouthful each for him. I prefer to savour my treats... You can eat these cold or zap them for 20 seconds in the microwave to warm them up. In my experience, whenever Gu say their pudding can be served hot or cold, it is always best to make the effort and heat them up as the chocolate taste seems to be more intense. I decided to have mine warmed up with cream as they were going to be my dessert. I have to say I was dissapointed when I opened these as not only are they small they don't look very appetising and don't really smell of chocolate (never a good thing!). I hoped that heating them up would improve things... When I took them out of the microwave they looked the same as when they went in, just slightly glossier, though when I poked one it was obviously melted in the middle which is good. I poured over a little cream and sat down to tuck into my treat. I was rather dissapointed that there wasn't a lot of melted fondant in the middle (and very very glad I'd had two!) but I was still looking forwad to it. What a let down! The bit that wasn't melted was just stodgy and didn't really taste of much, the melted part while being nice was certainly not fantastic. I am so glad I had cream with these as they would have been pretty hard to swallow otherwise, being so stodgy. I finished them fairly quickly but they have lef tme feeling rather sick and not at all wanting a third! It is of course possible that I didn't cook them long enough (and you are only supposed to do one at a time) but I have to say I found these a real let down. I have a third sitting in front of me right now and feel no desire to eat it, which is unusual. I would try a cold one (all in the interest of writing a good review of course) but i jsut can't face it - if they weren't great hot then a cold stodgy lump isn't going to be any better! Nutritionally of course these are not a good choice seeing as you probably will eat two of them. One contains 211calories and a whopping 14.5g of fat so twice that is a real bad treat! Worth it occaisonally for soemthing really really good but not for these I'm afraid.
In Tesco recently I saw a new product from GU and as it was on special offer at two packs for £3 I decided to treat myself. In each box you get three small chocolate fondant 'cakes' which are supplied in small paper cases. You can eat these Cheeky Little Chocolate Fondants either straight from the fridge or warm them through in the microwave for a few seconds. They are delicious eaten either way, although personally I do prefer them warm as the cake becomes much richer in texture and flavour. The cakes (well, they're not really cakes but this is for want of a better word) are very small, but they have such a chocolatey richness that I'd find it impossible to eat more than one at a time (or perhaps two if I were being very greedy!). When cold they put me in mind of a solidified chocolate mousse, I wouldn't call them fondant exactly but then fondant encompasses so many different textures these days that who am I to say? It's solid but has an extremely soft and spongy consistency which is a joy to eat. The chocolate flavour is strong but not overpoweringly so, I can taste the rich flavour of unadulterated cocoa in the Little Chocolate Fondant and am always surprised that these aren't much sweeter in flavour than they are. Once heated through thought these little desserts are wonderful. The flavour of chocolate explodes from the chocolate and they take on a delightful dense quality that puts me in mind of those melt-in-the-middle chocolate puddings which are so popular at the moment. The chocolate flavour becomes more intense and the fondant literally melts in my mouth as I eat. As you might expect, there are lots of calories in each of these desserts. When I tell you there are 211 calories and 14.5g of fat in each one you might be tempted to think that's not bad for such a delicious chocolatey treat. BUT if I tell you each Little Chocolate Fondant is only 50g (ie. two mouthfuls!) then those figures begin to look very high indeed. The usual price for these GU Cheeky Little Chocolate Fondants is £1.98, which is cheaper than most GU full sized desserts and even though they are smaller you do get three in a box - and why three? Well, as GU suggest - one each hot and one cold to share whilst microwaving the other two! Makes sense to me!
Advertised on the box as "3 Cheeky Little Chocolate Fondants" well it would be rude not to give them a try, wouldn't it? As a lover of chocolate fondants, I do tend to make my own as they are sooo easy and quick to make, infact they are sooo quick you really have to keep a watchful eye on them so as not to burn the little darlings. Available from Tesco price approx £1.98, I haven't seen them for sale any where else as yet. Packaging~ ~~~~~~~~ As with all things "GU" they come in a stylish box, this particular one being a dramatic black with a little red to brighten things up. The high quality photo of the fondant looks truly delicious, moist outside with a shiny, gooey chocolate centre cascading out. Mmmmmmm..... Im told~ Hot or Cold? These fun size beauties are just as fabulous either way. Chilled~ they are smooth, melt in the mouth and deeply satisfying. Warmed~ they are mouthwateringly rich and moreish. Sounds like I win either way! They go on to suggest one each cold and one hot to share, who said anything about sharing? What if I want to be greedy or eat them over 3 hours sorry I meant days? Only joking I don't want to be sick. We are then invited to tell them what we think www.gupuds.com Ingredients~ ~~~~~~~~~ Each mini pud is 50g. Pasteurised whole egg Chocolate 25% with cocoa mass 53% Butter, sugar, wheat flour, preservative(potassium sorbate) Important~ contains eggs, gluten, milk, and soya and may contain nut traces. Suitable for vegetarians. Also requests we recycle the box ~ will do. How To Serve~ ~~~~~~~~~ Chilled ~straight from the fridge. Warm~ remove paper cup and heat individually for approx 15-20 seconds in the microwave. The Bad News~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Per 50g mini pud~ Energy ~ 211 kcal Protein ~ 2.8g Carbs ~ 15.8g of which sugar ~ 13.3g ~ OUCH Fat ~ 14.5g of which saturates ~ 9.3g ~ OUCH Fibre ~ 0.9g Sodium ~ 0.1g Cold Taste Test~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ I open the box to discover 3 mini puds sitting in little paper cases, there is no smell to greet me, that instantly disappoints I expected a chocolate aroma at least. Im told each pud is approx 1 & 1/2 inc in diameter I should underline the approx as this is from a man and we all know how vague they are about inches! Sorry, couldn't resist that comment. Ha ha! Upon placing my mini pud in a dish and raising to mouth level, sadly there is still no particular smell. Taste ooozzes nothing, its fairly sweet,I experience no real hit of chocolate or cocoa. Texture, it's incredibly dense, similar to a chocolate tart but more difficult to break open, my spoon stands up alone easily in the centre of the pud and theres certainly no oozing centre, probably as it's chilled. I didn't enjoy eating this pud and it seems to sit in my stomach for quite a while after, not a comfortable feeling... Maybe the magic happens when we frazzle another pud in the microwave, lets see. My senses are still awaiting the slam from the chocolate and cocoa, but alas even when warmed ~ nothing! I even got my other half to do the smell test just incase Ive lost me sense of smell, alas, same answer, can't smell anything just a slightly sweet wiff greets us. Warm is slightly improved, the centre does indeed cascade out looking all shiny chocolatey goo, but, the taste still really disappoints me greatly. The outside of the pud becomes more akin to a "skin" and I find it very unpleasant. It's light, fairly sweet and warm thats about all I can muster. At least it doesn't "sit" in my stomach for hours after eating thats definitely a plus. Conclusion~ ~~~~~~~~ A resounding No No, don't even bother, definitely not worth the ingestion of calories and fat or the dent it will also make in your purse at £1.98 a box. My idea of chocolate fondants are mini, light, fluffy, delicate sponge, surrounding a decadent, rich chocolate oooozzzing centre, that hits your taste buds with a resounding "thwack" of cocoa power from the chocolate. Gorgeous served with crisp, tangy raspberries and a drizzle of fresh cream. Yummmmmmm! I feel only 1 star can be awarded as these puds are sadly lacking on all accounts apart from the oozing centre when warm. Thanks for reading my review.