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I do enjoy my puddings but quite often after cooking a dinner, it is nice to have a dessert that doesn't require much preparation.
As I already mentioned, this product comes in a tin. On the front of the tin there is a rather appealing picture of the Sticky Toffee Pudding as well as all the usual information such as how to cook it. The tins are 300g in size.
This product is cooked in the microwave. To cook, you need to take the cake out of the tin and put it into a microwavable bowl. Then you simply place it in the microwave for 2-4 minute (depending on the power of your microwave). It really is that simple.
These puddings cost 99p each from Tesco which I think is fairly reasonable for a pudding. Quite often, Tesco have this product on special offer where you can get 5 puddings for £3.
The pudding is fairly large for one person but maybe a little too small for two people to share. Before the pudding is cooked, it looks quite stodgy and the sauce looks fairly dry and sticks to the side of the pudding. Even before the pudding is cooked, it still smells nice, it just doesn't look too appetising.
Once the puddings have been cooked and taken out of the microwave, they smell absolutely delicious. You can really smell the sticky toffee syrup that surrounds the pudding and it certainly gets your mouth watering.
I was surprised by the taste of these puddings as to be honest, I wasn't expecting them to be as nice as they were. I wasn't sure whether cooking them in the microwave would provide me with a tasty sponge. The sponge holds in shape well, and the syrup lays over the top of the pudding, with the excess sitting in the bowl around the pudding. There was more than enough sauce to compliment the pudding and the sauce itself was very sweet and tasted almost like butterscotch. From the smell of the pudding, I thought that the sauce may have been a little too sweet but this wasn't the case at all, it was perfect. The sponge was light and fluffy and I was really surprised that this product tasted just like it had been baked in the oven.
In summary, I would definitely recommend this pudding. They offer good value for money and are extremely easy to cook. If you want a pudding that it tasty and simple, then give this one a try.
Heinz seem to have been making these tinned puddings for as long as I can remember and I can still picture my mum serving them up to me as a child. My favourite used to be the strawberry one, but as this is not suitable for vegetarians, I don't buy it anymore.
Heinz Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding is gorgeous and so easy to make or should I say heat! Remove the can top, marked 'open this end first' and run a knife between the sides of the can and the pudding, to loosen it off. Turn the can over into a microwaveable dish, then open the other end of the can. Push on this end until the sponge drops into the dish. Microwave on full power for around 1 1/2 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave.
The first thing you notice when you open the microwave, is the sweet smell of warm, melted toffee. You can see the steam rising from the sponge and the gorgeous toffee sauce oozes over the edges. Pudding for me is a Saturday evening treat, as this is when we have either a baked potato or toasted sandwich, followed by a sweet, comforting pudding.
I always divide the pudding between three and have lashings of custard with it. This prevents it from being too sickly and the combination of flavours is lovely. The toffee sponge is soft, moist and melts in the mouth. The toffee sauce is rich, sweet and sticky, but without the custard, I think it would be just too sickly for me.
This pudding can also be steamed in a saucepan, if you do not have a microwave.
*Nutritional Value Per 100g Serving*
Energy - 285 kcal
Protein - 2.5g
Carbohydrate - 50.7g
of which sugars - 35.6g
Fat - 8.1g
of which saturates - 2.8g
Fibre - 0.6g
Sodium - 0.4g
Salt equivalent - 1.0g
Heinz Sticky Toffee Sponge pudding contains no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours.
It does contain gluten, wheat and milk and may contain eggs. It is suitable for vegetarians.
A 310g tin is available in Tesco for 72p, which I think is amazing value.
One word of advice though, in my opinion, this pudding should really be consumed straight away while still warm. When it cools, it does tend to get quite heavy and stodgy in texture and just isn't the same.
Heinz Sticky Toffee Sponge pudding, does make a lovely treat, but I would consume them in moderation.
For taste alone, they deserve 5 stars!
These are certainly not the lowest in fat! However if you are looking for a comforting pudding on a cold winter's night and can't be bothered to go to the lengths of making one from scratch (which let's face it is most of us because when you need comforting, you need it fast), then this is your ideal pudding. The only downside (other than the calories and guilt) is that if you don't have a microwave, you'll have a bit of a wait steaming one in a pan of boiling water. I think it takes about 50 minutes! On the other hand, the wait really is worth it and the best way to serve is either with cream, vanilla ice cream or custard. Personally I find custard just a bit too sweet with this as the pudding is extremely sweet, so cream works best for me, but you really can't go wrong whatever you have with it. It really does need one of these three though, otherwise it is just too dry and lacking in that extra bit of wow factor.
When I was younger the thought of any sponge pudding didn't appeal to me and regularly refused to even taste any preferring to either go without or have something different. As time has gone on though my taste buds and preferences have changed and not so long ago we had one of these Heinz Sticky Toffee puddings for dessert and I absolutely loved it.
We have a second tin in our cupboard at the moment and I could really eat it right at this minute but rather than spoil my diet I have decided to write a review about it instead thereby tormenting myself lol.
Heinz must have had a rebrand since Dooyoos picture was added as my tin is completely different to the one shown above. The tin now has a light purple wrapper around it middle which informs us that it is "A Taste of Home - Irresistible Sticky Toffee Pudding" and is a "New recipe"; not ever tasting the old recipe I can't offer any comparisons to this version.
Cooking instructions are clearly explained; you are advised to open the can from the top (with a tin opener - no ring pulls here) and using a knife run round the insides of the can to prize its contents from the walls. Then you flip the can over, free the base with your opener and push the contents out onto a suitable plate. The topping is on the bottom of the can and by following the instructions you ensure the topping actually ends up on top of your pudding. Complicated? Maybe, but a lot easier when you are actually performing the task yourself.
Once removed simply cover with a microwavable bowl and nuke for 1 and a half minutes in your microwave before allowing to cool for 2 minutes, then it's ready to eat!
Alternatively you can cook in a pan of boiling water for 35 minutes ensuring all the water doesn't evaporate but this seems far too much hassle, so I would recommend the microwave way personally.
Right then, so once your pudding is cooked and allowed to settle the first thing that you notice is the smell; a sweet, mouth-watering toffee aroma fills your kitchen and although not as gooey as I was expecting the Toffee looks thick and runs down the sides of the pudding adding a sugary coating to the sponge it covers. The sponge is light and fluffy and when hot allows a good deal of steam to come from it, I was reminded of the hot puddings often on offer in pubs and really couldn't wait to take a good spoonful into my mouth.
The taste is sublime! The sponge is as light and fluffy as it looks and the toffee sauce is very, very sweet do be careful in ensuring that the sauce is cool enough to eat as I did burn my mouth a little on my first bite, my fault for being impatient obviously, but just a word of caution nonetheless. For a microwaved product it didn't taste artificial or had any overcooked parts in it and was absolutely delicious.
Nutritional information isn't great as you can imagine, a quarter pudding serving will provide 229 calories, 25.7 grams of sugar and 3.8 grams of saturated fat, and that was just in a quarter!, I must admit I didn't eat the whole pudding to myself (me and my wife had half each) and to be honest I don't think I could have managed it anyway as it does get very sickly after a while. As a pudding though to a light dinner it is perfect and being in a tin you can happily buy them in knowing they have a long best before date - My remaining tin is in date until March 2011 so have plenty of time to torment myself before it has to be eaten.
I would recommend this pudding to anyone with a sweet tooth who likes a hot, stodgy, sweet pudding. It is ideal for this time of the year and makes for great comfort food when you feel in the need of a treat, ignore the nutritional information or share with the family and enjoy every bite.
Being quite new to sponge pudding desserts I'm not sure if there are other alternatives to chose from, I did see a Chocolate variety that I have made a mental note to try at some point but would assume there would be other choices to chose from if toffee isn't your thing.
My pudding was on offer in Morrisons at two cans for £1.50 but normally retails for around 90p per single can when bought separately. Ratings wise I'm sure it will be no surprise to see that from me it gets a delicious 5/5 Dooyoo stars, my remaining can is staring at me from the cupboard but there it will remain, at least for now.
Heinz Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding
Description: Puddings. 10.5 ounces.
Sometimes, no matter how unhealthy it feels, you just need something sweet for dessert. The beauty of this product is that it will sit in your cupboard for absolutely ages because it is in a tin, and is ready in minutes.
The tin itself has a golden sponge pattern printed all over it with the Heinz logo on the front. You can pick this pudding up from most supermarkets for around £1 per tin and there is also a chocolate version available.
Unfortunately, it isn't a tin with a pull off lid so you will need a tin opener.
All you need to do is to open the tin, and put the contents into a microwavable tin for 90 seconds (check packaging as cooking times may vary). You can also steam this dessert but that takes a lot longer so I go for the easy option.
As soon as you take it out of the microwave, it is read to eat but be careful as it will be extremely hot! The sponge is an appetising golden colour with the toffee sauce generously poured all over it. It smells really enticing and you will want to dive in straight away.
The sponge tastes really light and the sauce is deliciously sweet with a lovely toffee taste, the whole thing is surprisingly moist, and the ratio of sauce to sponge is perfect. It has a great fluffly texture, even with the gorgeous sticky sauce poured all over it.
A 300g pudding contains the following;
24 grams of fat
So unfortunately, this isn't very good for you, but it does taste really authentic and has a comforting flavour that goes exceptionally well with custard. It feels just like a treat that grandma used to make, and you could easily pass this off as home made!
I really recommend this pudding, it is delicious and naughty and as with all tasty treats, can be enjoyed in moderation. If you haven't tried it already then you really should give it a shot, in fact, stock up so you have some in the cupboard for when you feel like a treat!
4 stars from me, simply because this isn't very healthy.
My mum brought a load of these from Costco last week when they were on special offer and for a tinned cake they are brill.
You cook them in the microwave for a few minutes and its as easy as that but you do have to remember to take it out of the tin first because you can't put metal in the microwave or it will blow up.
Its hard to get the cake out of the tin but now I've cooked 3 of them I've got the knack and just loosen the sides of the cake and give the tin a good squeeze. It looks rank before its been cooked because the toffee sauce looks like the jelly you get in dog food but lucky it smells good or I would have put it in the bin straight away.
When its been cooked its yummy and the sponge is nice and light and has soaked the toffee sauce up a bit. It all tastes of toffee and is v. sweet but the bottom of the sponge does go a bit hard if you leave it too long before you eat it.
The toffee sauce is brill and tastes just like melted down toffees and is syrupy and v. v. sweet. It goes good with the cake and is proper comfort food and you can either have it as a snack or for pudding after your tea.
This cake is proper filling and after a bit I always start feeling a bit sick but its so nice tasting that I carry on eating it until my bowl is finished even if it means I cant eat anything for the rest of the day because I feel too pukey!
One tin does 2 of us because we're greedy so if we all fancy some we have to buy 2 tins and that's expensive in the supermarket because these tins are over £1.00 each so its cheaper to buy a proper cake or crumble.
I love it though and have told my mum to buy more for over the winter because I reckon this will be good when the weather gets colder because it warms and fills me up.
==HEINZ STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING==
===How I Came About Buying It===
Perhaps you have realised from my past reviews, my family and I are partial too a dessert every now and then, okay, more like every night. Sometimes my mum will bake a huge apple pie, or make up a batch of pancakes drizzled in toffee sauce. Other times, my mum will shove a big bowl of angel delight with mars bar pieces onto the table, or on other times we will be presented with a chocolate mousse or chocolate pudding. This night however was different.
Dinner was due to be ready in half an hour, and my mum came up into my room looking awful flustered. I asked her what was wrong, and she told me she had, had a dilemma with the angel delight, it hadn't set properly. What on earth was she going to do for dessert.
We went downstairs and I searched through the cupboards frantically trying to find a dessert that would do the four of us for pudding that night. That's when I came across them. Five tins of _HEINZ STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING_. PERFECT!
===Price & Availability===
My mum explained she had bought these a few days ago in Tesco, as she thought they looked _interesting_ and would do on a night we were in a rush to go out for our after school activities. I questioned my mum, and she explained that they had cost 96p each from Tesco, but she had bought them 5 for £3, which in my opinion was quite a saving. These are most probably available from all supermarkets, and if your lucky you may stumble across them in your local newsagent or gas station.
When I first saw these in the cupboard, I have to admit I was rather unconvinced that these would live up to there good reviews and yummy looking picture on the tin. I was also rather intrigued on how these little beauties would be prepared. _Explanation_- well they were pretty easy to make. I tipped each pudding out into a bowl and popped each in the microwave. Each pudding was to stay in the microwave for roughly 3-4 minutes. Unfortunately this meant we all received our puddings at different times, but this didn't matter, it didn't stop the pleasure being so delicious.
==THE FIVE SENSES==
Thought I'd start with _TOUCH_ as it's probably the most irrelevant. I didn't actually touch this before it was microwaved, but once it was heated up it was a soft "spongey" texture and really quite easy to sink my spoon into.
My first impressions of these puddings, were that they were very large. Well definitely large if they were for only one person. Before I put them in the microwave they looked a golden, but not overly golden colour the sauce around was a delicious looking caramelly colour. I couldn't wait to tuck into so I popped them into the microwave. Once the microwave went _PING_ I took them out and _woow_ they looked delicious. The sponge looked light and airy, yet it looked positively full tasting, and the caramel/toffee sauce oozed out, but didn't overpower the whole look of the thing.
This didn't make a sound- funnily enough. Only the sound of my tummy rumbling and tastebuds shouting at me could be heard.
On removing the dessert from the microwave, a delicious aroma met my nose. At first it didn't have a distinct smell, it just smelt of, basically home baking, but as I got closer and nestled my nose in further to the bowl, a delicious toffee/butterscotch smell met me and it set my nose alight. It was an extremely sweet smell and my tastebuds couldn't wait for much longer.....
The final and most important sense of all. _TASTE_. I plonked my little pudding into my bowl, and decided, it needed a little something else. So I scooped a little dollop of good quality Cornish vanilla ice cream in to my bowl and dug in. Firstly it was my duty to taste the pudding on its own. I scooped up a chunk of sponge, and scooped up a bit of the toffee sauce. The _sponge_ was light and delicate and didn't taste too toffee-ish but it had a lovely sweet taste too it. The toffee sauce was a delight. It was extremely sweet and perhaps quite sickly, but for my tastebuds it was perfect. There was also a slight creamyness to the sauce giving it the perfect balance.
Next I scooped up another peice of sponge, a trickle of the sauce, and this time a little block of the slowly melting (due to the hotness of the pudding), vanilla ice cream. I popped it into my mouth, and the mixture of hot and cold was brilliant. The ice cream was still to be tasted but the toffee pudding stood out the most, however not overpowering the ice cream. I thought overall the taste was beautiful and would definitely have eaten more than one of these.
Of course these puddings are not the most healthiest, and if you are watching your weight, i wouldn't recommend them, or if you insisted I would only eat these as a special treat or as a reward. The back of the tin states that 100g contains 278 calories, and due to the fact that these tins are 300g, you are getting a fair amount of calories, add in your ice cream, and you are overloaden with them!
Definitely recommended, however not to people on a diet. The taste was definitely the best part and well worth the 97p my mum paid for them!!
If you are like me you'll have your favourite comfort foods, those treats you gravitate towards when you need a little tender loving care of the edible variety, they give you a lift when life seems a little fraught and remind you of bygone times when all was good and simple. My victual comforters tend to be - for the most part - sweet; with Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and toffee/syrup puddings topping the list. Whilst shopping recently in ASDA I noticed various tins of steamed puddings on special offer, I'd not had one of Heinz finest for a while so decided to drop a couple of the sticky toffee variety into my basket, after all I'd had a tough day at work and was in no mood to cook anything vaguely time consuming or healthy for tea. I was slightly amused on readying the pudding to eat - later that night - that the tin gives you instructions on how to open it - I'd of thought people who were unable to work that out shouldn't be around hot objects anyway! You can heat the pudding by steaming it on the hob for thirty-five minutes, but come on - who in their right mind is going to wait that long when a microwave can zap it hot in ninety seconds. Even that short amount of time tested my patience to the limit as I hopped one foot from t'other like an excited child on Christmas morn.
Once turned out the pudding is about the size of a bread roll, squat and steaming with the toffee sauce shining invitingly. The faintest of sweet scents wafts up, readying the taste buds to the treat about to befall them. The sponge is a rich, golden colour - far darker than a homemade sponge pudding might be, and the sticky toffee sauce seems a little on the gelatinous side, I'd of preferred it to have seeped into the sponge a little more to really draw the contrasting textures and flavours together - this seems like the sponge was made and the sauce was thrown on as an afterthought. A large spoonful gives me two sensations, the first that annoying and unwelcome sensation as your mouth is burnt by something way too hot, and the second far more welcome as the pudding and sauce tantalise the palette and deliver a sensory overload. The pudding is moist and wholesome, and with a dense texture belying its sponge roots. I was a little surprised that the sauce wasn't sweeter, for me a toffee sauce should be so sweet as to make your teeth ache, I didn't get that from this, it did have a feint fruity aftertaste to it which was unexpected, but rather pleasing. Sadly half way through the pudding I ran out of sauciness and was left with sponge alone. Although this was not an unmitigated disaster due to the sponge being moist and tasty it would have been nice to have slightly more sauce to make the eating experience more complete. Once the pudding is finished I get the faintest hint of dryness to the roof of my mouth, this usually signifies overuse of bicarbonate of soda in a food, something I would have hoped a company as large as Heinz would have dealt with. Finished, the pudding left me sated and content, just as comfort food should.
Twenty-four hours later, and in the name of research I decide to eat the second of my purchased puddings as god intended - cold and straight from the tin. I wonder if this is the best of ideas as I remove the top of the tin to reveal a jelly like toffee sauce sitting atop a sorry looking lump of sponge. Unperturbed (and settled in front of the TV and in no mood to revisit the kitchen to warm the pud) I delve into the mixture with trepidation. The sponge feels much firmer cold than it does hot, but I manage to free a spoonful complete with a glob of toffee sauce. The pudding has little flavour when cold and the toffee kind of sits in the mouth like an unmoveable amalgam of stickiness. Nevertheless with a little chewing and the heat from my mouth the pudding starts to break down and offer the flavours I recognised from the previous night. Finishing the pudding cold is more of a chore than a treat, unlike other Heinz foods like baked beans this pudding is definitely to be eaten hot only.
Nutritionally speaking it's probably unwise to look to a sticky toffee pudding for sustenance and goodness, with this three hundred gram treat packing a hefty 855 calories, and 24 grams of fat. On the plus side there is none of those nasty artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives present - this may be a high cal high fat sugar rich dessert but at least it's all natural! Still a gloriously sumptuous and decadent sweet treat that tastes as good as I remembered; the density of the sponge means it doesn't disintegrate in the mouth but leaves something to get your teeth into while the sauce compliments it well, even though it could have done with being sweeter, and more abundant. Four stars out of five from me.
A pudding in a tin from Heinz is a thing I have bought for a long time but only because my kids loved them, I personally find them to be very stodgy and a bit horrid.
When I first used to buy these years ago the recommended way to cook or heat them up was to place the tin still closed into a pot of boiling water and allow simmering for 5-6 minutes then opening the tin and popping out the pudding.
This could be quite tricky and a bit dangerous because obviously the tin was red hot so you needed to hold it carefully with a tea towel or something to avoid scalding yourself. Now Heinz recommend you heat this for 2-4 minutes in the microwave (out of the tin obviously), the time depends on the power of your microwave but time in relation to power are clearly marked on the tin.
You will pay around 80p to a pound for one of these depending where you shop, although this particular review is for the sticky toffee pudding version there are others to choose from and probably the only one I could even consider eating is the chocolate one.
The sticky toffee pudding is for me stodgy far too moist and very, very sickly and far too sweet, which is perhaps exactly what my kids loved about it.
My grandkids are now eating these and it seems like the taste changes as we grow up because my daughter who once loved these now buys them for her kids but will no longer eat them herself.
I think these are definitely one for the kids but they are quite expensive and there are better pudding options out there these days so I am unsure why anyone bothers with these at all and I certainly would not recommend them!
We recently decided to host a school dinners party night at our house, it was a chance to dress up in someraunchy outfits, play some old skool dance music and to kick the vent off we decided to cook some school dinner favourites, not being the greatest one for doing desserts it was decded to buy a few in and this Sticky Toffee Pudding from Heinz was one of the ones we chose, wealso did some Spotted Dick and Chocolate Cornflake Cakes as well, naturally custard was also included although without the lumps that I remember from my school days.
This pudding comes in a 300g can and to prepare you just have to pop the dessert into a dish and put it into the microwave for about three to four minutes.
It comes out lovely and hot and the toffee layer on top has had a chance to work its way through the lovely sponge. It is a stody dessert but has a lovely rich toffee flavour to it and naturally goes well with custard. It does stick to the roof of your mouth a bit and I was glad I bought two cans as it was probably the most popular dessert we did.
These puddings are lovely and very easy to cook, you can either cook them in a conventional oven or a microwave.
The most difficult part i found was getting the pudding out of the tin. I removed the top of the tin with the tin opener and shook the tin to death, banged it and shook again but the pudding wouldnt budge so i resorted to taking the botton of the tin off with a tin opener aswell and pushed the pudding out.
It smells very sweet and looks horrible when you first get it out of the tin, the toffee which sits on the top of the pudding looks like it is a jelly but once it has been heated up in the microwave it melts to a very lovely if somewhat sticky toffee which part of soaks into the pudding.
The first time i tryed this i ate the pudding starting at the top with the very sweet and very sickly toffee then worked down to the sponge at the top of the pudding which had soaked up some of the toffee which tastes great even if it is a little sickly but as i got to the bottom there was no toffee sauce and the puding was not very sweet and seemed dry to me so next time i mixed all my pudding up in a bowl before eating it and it tasted great even if i did feel sick after.
This pudding is a ittle bit too rich to eat it all to yourself and is best shared with someone else.
I also think these are expensive with it being over £1 a tin
I bought this out of necessity when I was on a college trip in Jersey.
Being hopelessly unskilled in everything culinary, I bought it thinking it would be a doddle to cook. It was, once two friends helped me interpret the instructions!
I don't think the instructions aren't difficult to follow - I suppose for the complete beginner anything's difficult!
What really confused me was the microvaving - I am not in possession of a microwave at home, so the instructions were completely alien to me.
Of course, the pudding can be cooked in the oven, but there wasn't enough time.
Upon opening the tin, the sweet smell of the pudding hit my nose and put my tastebuds on the alert. The pudding looked soggy and stodgy, but still absolutely tantalising. I kept trying to sneak bits, much to the annoyance of my two kitchen assisstants!
Once shut away in the microwave, I licked the juice off the remnants of the tin, being very careful to avoid the sharp edges. It was superb - pity and couldn't lick it more (I didn't dare go too near the edge).
After being released from its microwave prison, the dessert looked just as good and smelled even better!
So, after sitting down to tuck into my share (I think I had a quarter of it), I dug the spoon in and put some into my mouth.
My initial reactions were mixed. The pudding did taste rather scrumptious, but there was a resounding dullness to bother flavour and the texture that remained throughout.
I don't know how else to describe this, other than it was a bit disappointing. Perhaps it was all the tantalising build-up of expectation in the kitchen or maybe it just wasn't my sort of thing, I don't know.
My overall verdict is that it is a tasty treat, but don't expect to find yourself heaven just yet...
Puddings. 10.5 ounces.