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      12.10.2011 09:17
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      A superb dessert....but too pricey

      I have recently been buying some food in Marks & Spencer. The main reason is that my partner lives almost opposite a Marks & Spencer, so he is always in and out of there. He often buys us meals etc, but I sometimes go in with him to have a look around. The problem is, is that their food in my opinion is excellent quality and some of it looks absolutely delicious and it can be extremely hard to resist, despite sometimes being high in price. However, I have noticed that they do frequently have groups of foods on offers; we both spotted these Millionaires desserts when it was placed in their meal for £10 deal. I have to admit that this is a good offer. Top quality food at a reasonable price. This dessert looked delicious and it is exactly the sort of pudding that I like.

      This pudding has two servings, coming in two separate pots. They are actually quite big (each pot is 120g). You can see exactly what the dessert looks like through the packaging.

      Marks & Spencer describe this dessert in the following way 'West country cream and caramel flavoured mousse layered with Belgian Chocolate ganache, caramel toffee sauce and shortbread crumb and finished with chocolate.


      Taste
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      I have to admit that this is one of the best tasting desserts I have ever eaten. The flavours are amazing. The caramel mousse is really delicious, the Caramel toffee sauce is outstanding and the whole combinations of the ingredients goes incredibly well together. I also really love the crumbly shortbread bits at the bottom of the dessert You need something like this in these sort of desserts in my view; either crumbly biscuit or sponge perhaps. I like the finishing touch of the triangle shaped marble chocolate which also tastes lovely.

      Ingredients
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      Cream (36%), Shortbread Crumb (16%), Sugar, Whole Milk, Water, Dark Chocolate (4%), Pasteurised Free Range Egg Yolk, Soft Brown Sugar, Butter (Butter, Salt), Sweetened condensed Skimmed Milk (Skimmed Milk, Sugar), Cornflour, Caramelised Sugar Syrup. Marbled Chocolate Triangle, Stabiliser (Carrageenan), Flavouring, Salt.

      Shortbread crumb contains Wheatflour, Sugar, Butter (Butter, salt), Vegetable Shortening, Demerara Sugar

      Belgian Dark Chocolate contains Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Vanilla flavouring

      Marbled Chocolate Triangle contains Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried whole Milk, Cocoa Mass, Dried Whey, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Butter Oil, Vanilla Flavouring


      Calories
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      Wait for it............There is a massive 1825 kcals per pot!!! To be honest I didn't even realise there were that many calories in this superb pudding; I had never looked before now...that's almost enough calories for a days worth of food!! The daily guideline for women per day re maintaining current weight is around 2000 k cal. I certainly would not recommend eating these puddings on a regular basis due to the calorie content and if you are watching your weight at all...they are a definite no. no

      Allergy Advice
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      Contains Cows Milk, Eggs, Soya, Wheat, Gluten

      This product is not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing methods used.

      These desserts usually cost around £3.50 for the two. If you are fortunate enough to get them as part of Marks & Spencers £10 meal deal for two, then in my view, they are well worth it. Despite the high calorie content, these really are lovely and a real treat. For the taste, they thoroughly deserve 5 Dooyoo stars.

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        13.12.2010 12:13
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        Creamy luxury dessert

        Desserts are my downfall! I know that I shouldn't eat them regularly but I just adore a dessert after my main meal - in fact I would be happy to eat a starter and a dessert!
        I had some Marks and Spencer vouchers after having changed power suppliers and we treated ourselves to a Dine in for £10 meal when we escaped from the snow a few days ago.

        I always think if we are spoiling ourselves we may as well buy something I wouldn't normally buy so I chose the 2 Millionaire's shortbread desserts. Peeping through the window in the smart black and tan cardboard box I could see the lovely chocolate topping and attractive chocolate decoration. The picture on the box displayed a clear square graduated container with layers of filling. The display date was December 15 - 6 days after purchase which I thought was good. The hard part was waiting as I wanted to sample it immediately!

        The Layers
        The bottom layer was shortbread crumbs which were lovely and crunchy and on top of this was a layer of caramel toffee sauce, sweet, sticky and delicious! The next layer which was deeper was described as "West country cream and caramel flavoured mousse. I hadn't checked what was in the ingredients before I ate the dessert and thought it was cream with something like Bailey's flavouring it! It was absolutely gorgeous, soft and creamy and blended in with the other layers superbly. The top layer was very indulgent! It was a layer of Belgian chocolate ganache, soft and a bit sticky it was a beautiful top layer and the thin white chocolate triangle, with milk chocolate swirled through it, just finished it off to look classy.

        My opinion?
        I reckon you will have guessed that I liked this! Well you are wrong! I absolutely adored it! My husband said it was OK but he wasn't bothered if he had it again - I said no bother I'll eat the two - on different days of course!

        Any disadvantages?
        Well yes! The calories! 425 in each dish, but it was worth it, I shall just have to walk further tomorrow!
        The other petty disadvantage was the container. It looked lovely, in fact it really looked like glass but the sharp square corners meant it was difficult to get a rounded spoon in to the corners and I hated wasting any!

        The ingredients
        The cream accounts for 36% and 16% Shortbread crumbs plus 4% Dark chocolate. There was pasteurised egg yolk so safe for pregnant ladies, and lots of sugar, condensed milk, butter etc. It is suitable for Vegetarians as it uses carrageenan, it does have wheat and gluten so not suitable for coeliacs.

        Nutrition
        As mentioned there is 425 calories per dessert, 3.1grams of protein, 46grams of carbohydrate, 25.8 grams of fat ( I can't believe I ate all that fat!) 1.7grams of fibre and 0.12 grams of sodium.

        Recycling
        The cardboard sleeve and plastic pot can both be recycled if this facility is available.
        Cost
        My dessert was part of a Dine in for £10 meal but it can be bought separately, sorry I didn't notice the price!

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          22.02.2010 16:59
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          Not just any posh pud... this is a marks and spencer posh pud!!

          My husband came up trumps agin with his choices of food for the M & S 'Dine in for £10' deal. We had a delicious main course, a superb bottle of wine and the most delectable dessert!

          This review is for the Millionaire's Shortbread dessert. The 2 individual sweets were part of the £10 deal and as such did not have a price label on them. However, I have searched online and found the M&S lunch to go site and these puddings will set you back £5.83 for the two! You can also buy this dessert in a large presentable bowl serving 6-8 people. This will set you back £9.00.

          Posh Packaging...

          This review is for two individual desserts. They come in a black box with a 'window' to the desserts. There is also a mouthwatering photographic image of the pudding, showing the four layers (to be described later) and the chocolate decoration. 2 Millionaire's Shortbread Desserts is written in 'swirly' writing. There is also a description of the pudding in capital letters...

          SHORTBREAD CRUMB TOPPED WITH CARAMEL TOFFEE SAUCE, WESTCOUNTRY CREAMANDCARAMEL FLAVOURED MOSSE. FINISHED WITH BELGIAN CHOCOLATE GANACHE.

          The reverse of the box contains the list of ingredients, nutritional information, storage instructions and allergy information. It must be noted that this product contains Cow's milk, Eggs, Soya, Wheat and Gluten. Each dessert weighs 120g and contains 450Kcal.

          Posh Pudding...

          The two desserts are served in attractive clear plastic pots. These are not your typical round ramekin type dishes, but square based. They really do look 'classy'!! The picture shown above seems to be of a large dessert. The individual pots are the same shape. The layers of the pudding look extremely appealing with the shades of golden biscuit, beige, cream and brown. It really is a dessert to admire, before devouring!

          The four layers of buiscuit, toffee sauce, mousse and chocolate are based on the classic tray bake of Millionaires Shortbtread (or caramel shortcake) - This has a base of buttery shortcake covered in a layer of a rich caramel and then topped with chocolate. This dessert, however, is far lighter and of course - much posher!

          We used long handled teaspoons to eat this wonderful sweet. I tried to go through all four layers in order to get taste the whole thing....
          The based was very crumbly ( no surprise as it is biscuit crumbs!), but you could tell it was shortbread and not any old buiscuit crumb. The texture was perfect with the sweet toffee sauce. The layer of mousse was very light and airy with a subtle caramel flavour. It was not too sweet, indeed the creaminess of it complemented the toffee sauce. The final layer of chocolate ganache was much thicker and very rich, almost like melted chocolate. It was this layer that 'slowed you down'! This was a dessert to be savoured and not eaten in a hurry.

          Decorating the top of the little pots were a crisp triangle of white chocolate, embossed with milk chocolate swirls. I saved this until last. When I bit into it the chocolate made a reassuring 'snap'. It was the perfect finish to a wonderful meal.

          Worth it?

          I hope you can tell from my write up that I thought this was a truely wonderful dessert. I love baking and making puddings and would rather have a 'homemade' sweet rather than waste money on a bought pud. The Millionaire's Shortbread Desserts are however, in another league. The type of pudding you want to finish a posh, romantic meal for two. As part of the 'Dine In' offer these were fantastic value - Delicious, and I enjoyed every mouthful. The whole idea of this offer is that it is like going out for a meal, but at half the cost. This choice of dessert is most definitely the sort of thing you would expect to see on the menu of a posh restaurant.

          I suggest you try it!!

          Thank you for reading :o)

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          Type: Desserts / Brand: Marks & Spencer