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      27.08.2012 08:22
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      So very worth the calories

      Gü Hot Chocolate Soufflés (2x65g) - £3.59 at Tesco

      Now I'm a bit of a chocolate fiend, and although I try not to, sometimes I have to treat myself. I'm a fan of the Gü range, as they are just so decadent. So recently when I was shopping for a special dinner, I bought these lovely desserts. (To be honest I had to pick some more up to ensure that I could have the most up to date information for this review - it may be an excuse but I'm sticking to it)!!

      This product is described as ultra decadent with a gooey middle. They come in a box, which shows the baked soufflés and the Gü logo. Now I do have to say my baked soufflés have never managed to look quite as impressive as theirs do. I may be a bad baker, or they may have over exaggerated them in the picture I'm not sure.

      Each of the puddings arrives in a glass ramekin, and all you need to do to cook them is remove the lid, and pop them on a room temperature tray (maybe so the bottom doesn't burn)? They need to go in at:

      160ºC for 12 minutes (fan oven),
      170ºC for 13 minutes (non fan oven),
      Gas - mark 3 (170ºC) for 13 minutes.

      The packaging does say that this may need to be amended for your oven, and as we know them best to do what will work for us.

      Now when they come out they smell like little pieces of heaven - I really can't help it I love chocolate. I love to have mine with a little crème freche, and some red berries, like strawberries or raspberries (that way I can say they were one of my five a day...) When you first take a spoon they have a lush crumbly top, and a soft gooey middle - kind of like a warm brownie but better.

      I would highly recommend these, as I adore them. After last night even more as my partner admitted that he's not really a fan, so that means I get to eat both of them (literally double the pleasure)!!!!

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        27.08.2012 01:57
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        Just an average warm fluffy cake that looks nice and feels posh!

        A couple of weeks ago me and my friend were bored and decided we'd have a home picnic and watch some DVDs. So we went to Tesco and dumped a whole load of stuff in our basket. These soufflés are something my friend picked out and are something I never would have looked at. They came in a stylish pink and black box, I read the back in the shop and was surprised to find the box quite heavy, this is because the soufflés are in two little glass dishes inside!

        I still didn't really understand what it was that my friend had picked up, I just assumed it would be warm chocolate cake with gooeyness inside but was looking forward to it as I like chocolate. I can't remember how much the box of two cost as I didn't buy them but I'm guessing fairly expensive due tot the nice packaging and glass pots. The pots can be recycled or even used around the house to store things.

        So anyway, when we got home, I set up the DVD player while my friend sorted these out, she put them in the oven for about 10 minutes and brought them out on plates and warned me that it was hot (yes I do need telling this sort of thing...). I've never eaten anything presented this way before and thought they looked really cute! It looked like a mini, fluffy chocolate cake in a little glass pot and made me feel all posh when eating it!

        I did enjoy my little soufflé, as it was warm and tasty but I was expecting gooeyness in the middle but it just seemed to be the same texture all the way through the soufflé. It was soft and maybe a little too moist so there was no goo to enjoy in the middle. I also felt like there was wasn't even and would have liked it to be a little larger (piggy me!), I was still a bit hungry after eating it. Although this is a dessert type thing and I hadn't eaten dinner before so I would probably think differently had I eaten it as a dessert like I should of! It was also very easy getting all the cake out of the glass too as I worried I might not get it all out.

        Overall it was nice and enjoyable but nothing amazing and didn't make me go 'MMMMMM' like a crazy chocolate woman. I think if I tried it again I would definitely eat it after dinner as it's the perfect size for a small treat and maybe try and add something like ice cream with it as I felt it was lacking something.

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          28.06.2011 18:52
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          Okay, but I expected more!

          I bought these Gu 'After Dark' Hot chocolate Souffles recently because they were on offer in my local supermarket. I have tried Gu products before and know how deliciously chocolatey and rich they make their desserts, so I was excited to try these for the first time.

          The product comes as two 65g puddings which are boxed. The packaging is quite attractive and has a sexy picture of a lady at a masquerade party eating chocolate squares. So these are marketed as an adult dessert and have something of a sophisticated feel about them. There is a sensual poem written on the packet which is supposed to be an inspiration to delve into your impulses and embrace pleasure.

          The box is marked on the back with all product information including full ingredients. This outlines that the desserts are made up of 36% chocolate which in turn is comprised of cocoa butter, suagr, cocoa mass, soya lecithin and vanilla. Also included in the ingredients are whole egg, butter, egg yolk, stabilisers and preservative.

          Nutritional information is presented in an easy to read chart and tells me that per 65g pudding there are 298 calories and 24.1g of fat in there. Due to that fat content I think it's safe to say that these puddings should probably be regarded as a big treat rather than something you can eat regularly!

          The product is marked as vegetarian and is also marked as possibly containing nuts and gluten.

          You have to store these in your fridge after you buy them and you can not freeze them. Inside the box are two puddings in clear glass rammekins. The glass dishes are of course oven proof and can actually be kept and used if you like to home bake. The puddings look flat and sauce-like in their glass dishes and actually I wanted to eat them cold but you have to cook them in your oven!

          Cooking instructions state that you have to place the puddings inside an oven at 160 degrees for twelve minutes (fan ovens) or 13 minutes (for non-fan ovens). I found cooking these a bit difficult as I didn't know what they were supposed to look like when ready or how cake-like or crusty the top of the souffle should look. After the required amount of time my souffles did not really look at all like they are pictured on the packaging, but I felt I should remove them incase I overcooked them.

          You eat these warm. On the box it is stated that these souffles have 'hot chocolate middles' but the texture of my souffle was the same all the way through and there was no gooey sauce middle. Basically the souffles I ended up with were fluffy, light but moist. The souffles kind of melt in the mouth and feel soft and smoothe. The taste of the souffles is very chocolatey but a little bitter (not milky enough). I personally reccommend adding a dollop of thick runny cream to your souffle just to balance out the bitter chocolate flavour.

          To be honest I did expect these to be a little nicer than they were. My dissapointment was fuelled by the fact that the souffles did not appear to look like those on the box. The ones pictured have a crusty hard top that looks like you can break into it and underneath appears to be runny chocolate sauce. My souffles had a soft top and underneath was a sponge-like cake texture. No sauce, no secret sauce delights!

          Perhaps the cooking times given are a little too long and my oven was a bit hot and they dried out. I'm really not sure but the fact that they didn't turn out like the brand suggest they should makes me think they are not worth the trouble of trying again. I don't think I willbe buying these again for that reason.

          The product I bought was marked as being £2 originally and I think this is a fair price for what you get. I'm sure a lot of people will love these but I expected a little bit more.

          Find out more about these puddings at:

          www.gupuds.com

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            15.03.2010 08:00
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            "The ultimate scene stealer"

            The range of Gü puddings can always be relied upon for a treat and having tried most of the other products, I decided to give these a go.

            These are the hot chocolate soufflés which retail for about £3 in most supermarkets. My box was £3.29 in Waitrose where I had nipped in for a quick pick-me-up after feeling ill all day. And boy did they work!

            Drawn by the seductive packaging, I got them home and simply popped them in the oven for a few minutes in their little ramekins, having removed the foil lid which keeps these lovelies fresh. Just minutes later, the smell that emanated from the oven was fantastic and both my partner and I struggled to wait for the requisite time before getting the two puds out! Brandishing our spoons at the ready, we began to tuck in holding teatowels around the very hot ramekins.

            We were not disappointed. The desserts had risen slightly and looked fantastic. Although the price tag means they work out at more than £1.50 each which is a bit expensive, the soufflé is light and the smooth chocolate fondant filling is divine and rich. I derived quite a thrill from plunging my spoon into the dessert, giving me that satisfaction you get from delving into a crème brulee. After breaking the delicate crust and plunging your spoon into the "velvety sea of hot chocolate", you'll get the best of both worlds and will relish the melt in the mouth moment.

            As it says on the packaging, "the rich chocolate is so big that it may well be all ü remember of the night. Still at least, ü'll be smiling". I certainly was and I cannot wait for another opportunity to try these. Although my thighs won't thank me for it - they have 23.5g of fat per pot!

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              24.02.2010 16:07
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              Some hot chocolate delights!

              INTRODUCTION

              I wanted a special dessert to have with my birthday dinner, and I spotted the Gü range of chocolate puddings on special offer, so what was it to be? After a little think, I chose the Hot Chocolate Soufflés.

              GÜ WHO?

              Gü was the brainchild of James Averdieck after he worked in Belgium which inspired him to create a chocolate pudding brand. The company was launched in 2003 with just three products, and then launched a range of fruit puddings under the Frü brand two years later. There's a vast array of chocolate based products in the Gü range these days, including brownies, chocolate tortes, and the hot chocolate soufflés I am reviewing today.

              The chocolate puddings are instantly recognisible with its distinctive black and white packaging, and colour photos of the product in question. On the back, you'll find a description of the pudding written in a humourous style which certainly lives up to claim that they have a 'good dollop of fun'.

              PRICE

              These soufflés normally retail around the £3.20 mark, but I bought mine from Waitrose when they were on offer at £2 each. They are expensive, but it is fair to say they are not your everyday dessert, but for times when you want some indulgence which we all need from time to time. So I would only buy these if they were on offer, or for a special occasion like a birthday, a date or dinner party.

              SUITABILITY AND ALLERGIES

              The packaging states the product contains egg, milk and soya and might contain traces of gluten. The soufflés are also suitable for vegetarians.

              This product cannot be frozen.

              THE PRODUCT

              The Gü hot chocolate soufflés come in packs of two and you will find them in the chilled desserts section of your local supermarket. They are described as a 'velvety sea of hot chocolate lava' beneath a 'delicate crust' and all I have to do is to heat these little delights up, and as the packaging says 'gü-zzle' them.

              On opening the box, you will find the two glass ramekins which each weighs 65g. They are each covered with a foil lid which you remove before putting them in the oven or microwave depending on how you choose to heat them up. However you decide to cook them, you should take them out of the fridge for at least an hour before heating them up in the oven or microwave to stop the ramekins from shattering due to a rapid temperature change. The soufflés in their raw state look like a chocolate mousse.

              To heat the soufflés in the oven you should preheat it at 140°C or Gas Mark 3, although the packaging doesn't say this you may need a different temperature for a fan oven so it is best to consult the instruction manual that came with your cooker for any temperature or time adjustments you may need to make. Anyway once preheated you put the soufflés on a baking tray and heat them up for 13 minutes in a conventional oven or for 10 minutes in a gas cooker. Gü recommends that the oven method will give you the best results, but you can heat it in the microwave 'if you are in a hurry' as the results are 'very different' according the the packaging. Gü gives instructions for 650 watt and 800 watt ovens, but the actual time depends on individual microwaves.

              Once they are cooked you are ready to eat them they rise slightly in the oven but not like a regular soufflé does, but Gü gives the usual safety warnings to handle the ramekins with care as they are hot.

              MY OPINION

              When you first dig your spoon into the hot chocolate soufflé, you go through a thin sponge like crust and find the 'velvety sea' of hot chocolate underneath and reminds me of a chocolate fondant, and it really is as described on the packaging. The chocolate is very rich and decadent and I am not surprised to find out, given the company history, to learn this is made with Belgian chocolate, so you know you are getting an indulgent dessert. The chocolate is 53% cocoa solids and accounts for 36% of the product, and I know the higher the cocoa solids content, the better quality the chocolate is. There is a good balance of flavour, and it is not too sweet either which is something I look for in chocolate desserts, as being too sweet can make them too sickly. You would be forgiven for thinking that these puddings are too small, but I think the size is just right because they are very rich, but I do think they need something else to make more of a dessert. I usually have mine with a good quality ice cream, cream (clotted or squirty varieties) and sometimes strawberries or marshmallows if I feel like it.

              I also like the idea of serving the puddings in glass ramekins, this also makes them easy to recycle but you can also re-use them.

              Hot chocolate soufflés like this are difficult to get right if you are trying to make them yourself. I can imagine mine would resemble the chocolate fondant type disasters I've heard about on 'Masterchef', so I will be sticking to these. I totally agree with Gü that oven cooking is the best method of cooking them, and I feel they are just too good (or should that be gü-d?) to put these in the microwave, so it is something I haven't tried.

              Nutritionwise, it is not surprising to find they are high in fat or sugar with one pot containing 15g of sugar and 23.5g of fat (14.7g of which are saturates) and this would be different if you ate them with something else as I do. As I said earlier, they are not an everyday food item and we deserve to spoil ourselves occasionally. These soufflés deserve a five star rating from me.

              INGREDIENTS

              Chocolate (36%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Vanilla) , Pasteurised Whole Egg , Butter , Sugar , Pasteurised Egg Yolk , Water , Stabilisers (Sodium Alginate, Carrageenan) , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) .

              NUTRITIONAL VALUES PER RAMEKIN

              Energy 298kcal/1238kJ
              Protein 3.9g
              Carbohydrate 15.7g
              (of which sugars 15.0g)
              Fat 23.5g
              (of which saturates 14.7g)
              Fibre 1.5g
              Sodium trace

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                11.10.2009 14:48
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                Lovely chocolate puds

                What decadent little puds these are, they nestle on the top shelf of most supermarkets in their dark boxes with their sexy name, pout those lips and say it slowly ..Gu.... These are puddings for adults only!

                The GU range has always been too pricey to entice me and resisting the pull of pure chocolate puddings is no easy feat but whilst in my local Somerfield doing a 'top-up' shop I stumbled across a packet of GU chocolate soufflés for the reduced price of £2.24 (normally £2.99) and couldn't resist any longer. I was attracted to the puds one because of the heavenly looking picture of them on the packet but also because soufflés are not something I can make, or at least have not attempted to make yet so I convinced myself that it was in the name of culinary research.

                Taking them out of the packet I was pleasantly surprised to find two little glass ramekins filled with, well, chocolate goo. Bonus as I now have two perfect soufflé dishes to experiment with. The cooking instructions on these soufflés aren't exactly easy, first you must leave these puds at room temperature for an hour, a factor I hadn't bargained on but duly waited as I wanted to ensure a perfect soufflé. I diligently preheated my oven to 140 degrees and them pondered how exactly I was going to clock watch the 13 minutes your meant to put them in the oven. Soufflés are notoriously difficult to cook so I wanted to make sure I got the timings right so resorted to using a stopwatch on my mobile.

                The puds entered the oven resembling nothing more than a melted chocolate mess. 13 minutes later I checked on them and they had risen slightly and the top of the soufflé had developed a thin tempting looking crust. We ate them straight away and they were diving! The light and airy soufflé mixture had an immediate and deep chocolate hit, it melted in your mouth becoming a silky and delicious chocolate indulgence. They were demolished in under two minutes despite the middle being roasting hot!

                They are quite small but the soufflé would get sickly with a larger portion and it is just the right size to make you feel like you've had a chocolate hit but without having gorged yourself. You can microwave these puds but I imagine you don't get he same soufflé crust and instead just get a pot of melted soufflé. Each pot is 298 calories so it wont be a regular but certainly as a treat or something to finish off a nice meal it was ideal. The glass ramekins looked great and made the dessert feel like a cut above the rest. I will be branching out in due course and trying the rest of this chocolate fiend range!

                The puds are made from 53% cocoa and is suitable for vegetarians but contains milk, eggs and soya.

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                  02.10.2009 20:21
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                  A rich and indulgent souffle, pretend you made it yourself!

                  I had a day off work today and I had already decided to treat myself to a gorgeous bit of carrot cake which I seem to have an addiction too at the moment. But shock horror at the supermarket as I couldn't find any carrot cake at all! None in the whole place! (Is there a carrot strike on???) So on my way to the checkout these grabbed my eye and I quickly dropped them in my basket. Ok so I like carrot cake but chocolate has always been my number one!

                  ** Gü **

                  Gü is a new name to the market which has created a whole new world of chocolate extremism. Created by a rather clever chap named James Averdieck, he was inspired by the local patisseries use of chocolate in Belgium and after a few experiments and a bit of market research, the first Gü chocolate products were launched in 2003. They now make everything from chocolate brownies to chocolate melting puds and have found their own niche in the chocolate pudding market. One of their first products ever marketed was the Hot Chocolate soufflé, and ironically enough this is my first ever taste of a Gü product. I hope it lives up to the expectations!

                  ** Price & Packaging **

                  I have previously seen the classic Gü products on the shelves in my local supermarket and have always thought they look very elegant and luxurious. Definitely the type that you would want in your shopping basket. The boxes are usually black and silver in colour. With the classic which Gü logo. However, the box I have is a limited edition pack and is bright pink and white. Why? Well those lovely people at Gü are promoting Breast Cancer Care and for every special pink pack purchased 10p will go to the charity. Every little helps! However, the Gü guys promise that the box still contains the same 'scene stealing hot chocolate soufflé you know and love'.

                  The box caught my eye for 2 reasons, the mouth watering chocolate soufflé on the front was enough to get my mouth watering and they were on offer in Sainsbury's, 2 boxes for £3. You get 2 soufflés in each box and usually they are £2.99 each, so I got a bargain. I originally thought that £2.99 for 2 was a bit pricey until I realised the chocolate soufflés come in their own reusable glass ramekins! Bargain! My mum will love this as she has wanted to make her own soufflés for ages but couldn't get hold of any decent ramekins.

                  ** Cooking Instructions**

                  As previously said each soufflé comes in its own glass ramekin and has a silver foil lid which you have to peel off before cooking, like a yogurt pot. Really easy to do with no silly little bits hanging off the edges. It has a rather pretty design on the foil and it made me not want to open it for a brief (very brief!) second!
                  These were in the fridge section of the supermarket and the instructions say that the soufflés have to be left at room temperature for 1 hour before cooking. So I sat and counted down the minutes. Once properly chilled you can cook these 2 ways.

                  1. Oven cook - Gü advise me that you should oven cook for best results at 140C for 13 minutes.

                  2. Microwave cook - if you are in a real rush then you can microwave them in about 30 seconds. Gü warn that the results are extremely different if done in the microwave. But we will see about this!

                  I decided to follow the advice of the masters and do mine in the oven while my mum did hers in the microwave... now for the test.

                  ** Taste Test **

                  When the soufflé came out of both ovens it had risen a considerable amount and looked steaming hot. The soufflé heated by the oven was slightly more firm on the top while the micro-waved version was slightly softer. But other then that there really was no difference so in future I will stick to the microwave! (A chocolate delight in 30 seconds!).
                  The soufflé itself really was a bit of chocolate heaven. Using a teaspoon to really indulge in each mouthful, the warm soft mousse like chocolate melted in the mouth. It was rich but not too overpowering and the 65g pot was enough to fulfil any chocolate craving. It was light, fluffy and the hot runny chocolate in the middle of the soufflé was divine! Surrounded by a slightly firmer sponge like texture it was heaven in a ramekin.

                  I have to warn you that the pudding is EXTREMEMLY hot and although I wanted to guzzle it down you can't because you will just burn your mouth to pieces. So take your time and indulge your taste buds.

                  The taste itself was obviously very chocolaty, although it contains 53% cocoa I didn't find it to be a 'dark' chocolate pudding which was great because I despise dark chocolate. It wasn't bitter or too sweet. Perfect for anyone with a chocolate craving or sweet tooth.
                  I must say though that these soufflés are really deceiving, they fell light, airy and soft. They are not huge or engulfing on the eye but they contain 298 calories and a huge 23.5g of fat!! I was going to op for a second helping but after reading that I thought I should leave them for my dad! Exceptionally unhealthy but for a once in a while treat it won't hurt.

                  ** Conclusion **

                  These soufflés were absolutely delicious. Melting in the mouth and warming on the tongue. Slightly pricey but with the useful ramekins you can't complain. Plus at the amount of fat and calories involved these should just be a treat and not a daily pleasure! These are also a great little cheat if you want to loo like you are a dab hand I the kitchen. They look professional and taste great so no one would know the difference. (Just throw away the packaging and make sure that your guest isn't already a Gü fanatic!) Slightly heavy on the purse and thighs but light and airy in the mouth.

                  100% recommended

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                    12.09.2009 15:41
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                    Great dessert

                    Gu make some top quality desserts and while they arecertainly not cheap the taste is devine, if you do not believe me then read my review of their Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake as well as this review.

                    The packaging is the distinctive black box with the stylish writing and pictures and the souffle are both contained in individual glass ramkins so you could quite easily get away with serving these at a dinner party.

                    If you are a fan of quality chocolate then this is the dessert for you, the spongs is absolutely georgous, a thin crust on top and the inner sponge is both moist and light to the taste with the inner chocolate lava having a strog dark taste to it. They are simple to heat up as they only take ten minutes in the oven and they taste devine. Now with Gu the portions are small so this is not a dessert you want to eat in a hurry instead you should take the time to appreciate the smooth dark chocolate flavour and wonderful texture of the sponge.

                    Each box contains two desserts and they will set you back about £2.79 in total.

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                      Wonderful, quite simply wonderful.

                      You may think what I am about to tell you is a rather poor excuse for buying (and devouring) these delicious chocolate treats from Gü, but let me assure you that every word I am about to type is true! I actually went into Tesco intending to buy two ramekin dishes, after selecting them I found myself browsing the chillers when I espied these Gü Hot Chocolate Souffles. Upon closer inspection I realised these desserts are supplied in glass ramekins, as they are on special offer at £2 a box I decided I might as well buy these for the extra 22p and have the dessert as well as the dishes!

                      What can I say? As per usual Gü have come up with a wonderously chocolatey dessert that had me practically drooling with each and every bite.

                      The Hot Chocolate Souffles are basically pure chocolate heaven. A thinnish crust of dense sponge which is placed atop a much looser wet chocolate 'lava' (Gü's word not mine, although very apt it is!) which seems to be another type of sponge albeit with the purposely undercooked texture of a good sweet souffle.

                      To get this Souffle ready for eating you simply pop it into the oven for ten minutes and then dig into it directly from the ramekin. You can do it in the microwave in much less time, however Gü advise on the box that the end result will be much different should you decide to nuke it and I don't think it would be such a luxuriously textured dessert.

                      I ate mine piping hot from the oven and I have a word of advice here. DON'T BE GREEDY! I burned my tongue on the 'lava' several times in my determination to shovel as much of this down my throat as quickly as possible and it's still sore now!

                      The flavour is absolutely divine. I repeat, absolutely divine. It has an intensely chocolatey cocoa flavour that flows across my taste buds, I didn't find the dessert overly sweet although obviously because of the nature of it there's is some sweetness there. For me it had much the same effect as eating a bar of good quality dark chocolate; that bitter sweet flavour that touches every part of my tongue and can still be detected a long time after eating it.

                      It's not just the taste that makes this dessert however, the texture is so absolutely wonderful that it makes for an overwhelmingly decadent chocolate treat. The sloppiness of the lava combined with the soft crust of the souffle is just perfect and it's the lava that houses the bulk of the rich chocolate flavour. The whole thing melts in my mouth as I eat and despite the fact that I was feeling a little queasy after basically being a greedy guts today I still cooked the second one a few minutes ago and ate the lot!

                      With the excuse of needing the ramekin for tomorrows low fat dessert of meringue and fresh fruit, not much difference really is there? Well, I am getting back to Weight Watchers tomorrow!

                      Speaking of Weight Watchers, it's just occurred to me to have a little look at the nutritional information on the back of the box. Well, while the calories aren't terribly bad (although bad enough!) it's the extremely high fat content that gave me pause for thought and almost made me regret being so greedy. Each 65g pot of Gü Hot Chocolate Souffle contains 298 calories and an amazingly high 23.5g of fat - meaning that over a third of this dessert is fat! Crikey, that is worrying as it really doesn't taste like such a fat laden dessert even though subconciously I obviously realised this wasn't exactly a low fat pud!

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                        Go on - indulge yourself!

                        Foraging in the aisles for a Friday treat, I spotted Gü puddings for the first time. The sleek, sophisticated black packaging stood out against the pale blues and whites of the other cream cakes. I reached up and plucked the box from the shelf and got a shock when I discovered that not only was it the size of a housebrick, it was the weight of one too. "We can't get these!" I cried "They weigh a stone before they're even digested!"

                        Upon closer inspection of the box it emerged that these little puds actually come in their own posh glass ramekins so that explained why they were so heavy. These cost £2.99 for a box of two in my local Tesco, but, always on the lookout for a bargain, I thought the re-useable ramekins justified this and popped them in my basket. (I had been planning to use the ramekins to try my hand at making some puddings of my own, but on reflection I'll probably just buy something from Gü!)

                        The puds need to be left at room temperature for an hour before heating. They can be heated up either in the oven, at 140C for 13 minutes, or in the microwave on High for 30 seconds. The box, as they always do, recommends oven heating for best results, but 13 minutes or 30 seconds?! It was a no-brainer for me at that moment in time! I ripped the foil lids off the little glass ramekins and thrust them into the microwave... whirr ... whirr ... PING! And they were ready.

                        The box proclaims: "Be warned: this püd is the ultimate scene-stealer. Whatever has come before it will be forgotten the moment ü break thrü its delicate crust and dip into the endlessly velvety sea of hot chocolate lava..." and the soufflés do not disappoint. The chocolate sauce does come out quite hot, while the spongy bit is just warm, so the overall temperature is hot, but not burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hot. The sponge has a tasty crust on the top, and the inside is gooey but light enough not to be too cloying. And so tasty! They are very very rich and chocolatey - but then they are 36% chocolate - and this is 53% cocoa chocolate - so a very intense flavour. They are very rich, but not too large that you're not able to finish them, and not so small that you feel unsatisfied. At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, they're just right.

                        Each 70g Hot Chocolate Soufflé contains 321 calories of loveliness, and for such an indulgent treat, I think I can live with the fact that that's 55 calories more than a bog-standard Snickers. Suitable for vegetarians.
                        Gü make a whole range of tempting desserts including Cheeky Choc & Liquid Caramel Pots, Chocolate Mousse, Dark Chocolate & Orange Almond Torte, Brownies, Choc and Vanilla Cheesecakes and Hot Choc Melting Middle Puds; and nibbly chocolates and snacks including Cocoa Chocolate Truffles and Naughty Rocky Road. Gü also have a sister brand, Frü, which deals with fruity desserts such as Zesty Lemon Cheesecakes, Flirty Berry Pots and Fruity Carrot Cakes. I have only tried the Hot Chocolate Soufflés so far, but this will be rectified shortly!

                        Find out more at: http://www.gupuds.com/

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