“ Type: Other Desserts „
PRICE: £1.49 per pack, each containing 2 x 90g pots
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per pot):
(of which sugars): 15.0g
(of which saturates): 19.8g
Equivalent as salt: Trace
Double cream (60%), Belgian dark chocolate (20%), buttermilk, Demerara sugar (Belgian dark chocolate contains cocoa mass, sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder, soya lecithin, vanilla)
Suitable for vegetarians
No artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives
Contains cow's milk, soya
Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers
Marks & Spencer Pot au Chocolat desserts come in packs of two. The outer cardboard wrapper and bears an image on the front of one of the pots with a spoonful of the dessert suspended over it. The nutritional information, ingredients list, dietary/allergy advice, storage instructions, M&S's contact details and recycling information is shown on one of the sides.
Firstly, one has to go through an elaborate unpacking process to actually get to the pots containing the desserts. The cardboard outer sleeve is difficult to tear, but once that has been managed and each dessert pot is released, there is a lot of grappling which has to be performed in order to remove the cellophane seal on top of the pots. There is a small marked area with a tear-open point, but it's not immediately visible - I had to turn the first pot around a couple of times before I could work out how to break and remove the outer seal. Once that task has been performed, the second seal has to be removed. This second seal is made of foil, and has a pulling tab - the tab is a little difficult to grasp, but once you've got hold of it, this foil seal is easier to remove than the outer cellophane one.
The pots containing the dessert are made of fairly thick ridged glass, and can be quite heavy to carry if you're doing a lot of other shopping.
The most important part of these desserts for me though, is the eating.
Each glass pot contains what looks like a very small serving of dessert. The dessert is a rich coloured muddy chocolate brown and looks rather bland, as there are no decorations such as piping, chocolate curls or cream. There isn't a noticeable smell of chocolate or anything else....nothing really to get the taste buds drooling in anticipation, as the dessert also has a rather boring appearance - but, appearances aren't everything.
For eating purposes and due to the smallness of the glass pots, the best size spoon to use is a teaspoon.
On digging the teaspoon into the dessert, it slides in nicely, and the consistency was a lot stiffer than I expected it to be - I'd say it's the same consistency as slightly softened ice cream. Moving the spoon to my mouth, I noticed no marked chocolate smell and hoped that the eating experience would be more exciting than the anticipation.
Once inside my mouth, this was when the fireworks truly began to explode....I'd even go as far as to say the earth almost moved! I gobbled down a whole 2 pots in no time, and was left begging on my knees for more, more, MORE!
These desserts have a beautifully rich dark Belgian chocolate flavour which is cocoa-ish more than creamy (that's OK though because I prefer my chocolate like that). The velvety smoothness feels divine inside your mouth, and the whole lot just melts and slides down your throat, leaving a beautiful chocolate sensation after-taste. There is a very definite real cream flavour present too, which comes from the presence of double cream rather than the chocolate being creamy, and the whole blend of chocolate and cream is a combination that transported me instantly into epicurean paradise.
I did try to eat the first pot slowly, so as to savour this new-found food sensation, but it was so delicious that I was unable to control myself, and the serving just vanished down my throat at the speed of light. My antidote to that was to begin scoffing the next one. Because of the pure unadulterated luxurious richness of this dessert, I was able to use a modicum of restraint on the second pot and thus could concentrate on savouring the dreamy creamy melty chocolate sensation for a bit longer.
I'm very glad that I bought two packs of these desserts, and am also glad that I don't live within easy reach of an M&S shop, otherwise I'd be living on them and very soon the lbs would pile on my already ample body frame to the point where I'd probably have difficulty passing through an average-sized doorway.
The down-side of these desserts are that they quite possibly are one of the most horrifically high in fat and calories things I've ever eaten, but on the other hand we can't expect food of this nature to be squeaky-clean and healthy.
Initially the price of £1.49 for two pots can seem a bit on the high side, but when all's said and done it is quite reasonable, because one pot would be more than ample for most people, due to the quite extreme richness of the dessert. Therefore, £1.49 as a dessert which would easily serve two people, I consider reasonable.
This is the kind of dessert that I think would be very suitable to serve after a special meal - for instance, if you are having dinner guests or are cooking something like a romantic anniversary meal for a partner. It wouldn't be easy to pass them off as your own creation though, because the desserts couldn't be transferred from the pots in which they are bought onto a plate, but you could maybe add a squirt of swirly cream to the top if you want something with a more decorative appearance; taste-wise though, it really doesn't need anything extra.
My only little gripe would be that the ridges on the inside of the glass pots do make it a bit difficult to scoop up every vestige of the dessert with a spoon, and it is awkward to get into the nooks and crannies.
I'd strongly recommend M&S Pot au Chocolat Desserts though, because they are luxurious, rich, delicious, chocolatey, creamy and utterly, utterly divine!
Thanks for reading!
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Type: Desserts / Brand: Marks & Spencer