“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Puddings „
PRICE: 79p for a 100g single-serving pudding
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per pudding):
(of which sugars): 42.1g
(of which saturates): 5.8g
Salt equivalent: 0.3g
Glucose syrup, sugar, water, vegetable glycerine, cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, modified maize starch, dried whole milk, cocoa mass, whey powder, potassium sorbate, soya lecithin, natural flavouring, sultanas, breadcrumbs (white & wholemeal), yeast, palm oil, butter, fat-reduced cocoa powder, rusk, calcium propionate, orange oil
Contains egg, gluten, milk and soya
Produced in a factory which uses nut ingredients
I'm not in general all that wild about Christmas pudding unless it's home made, so I usually have something else after the turkey on Christmas Day, but this year Iceland didn't have any of my favoured chocolate orange profiteroles. Whilst wandering through Morrisons, I spotted their individual-sized chocolate orange Christmas pudding, so thought I'd give it a go as one single serving of any type of Christmas pudding is more than ample for me. I also hoped that the claim of chocolate/orange flavour would go some way towards compensating for the loss of the profiteroles this year.
Morrisons Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding is wrapped in purple cellophane which is sealed at the bottom. On the top there is a paper label which shows Morrisons' standard logo in a red star, and an image of a serving of the pudding. There is another label stuck to the rear of the pack which shows nutritional information, ingredients list, cooking/heating instructions (both steaming and microwave), Morrisons' contact details and dietary/allergy advice. The label containing all this information is in two parts, the top of which is peel-off. Half the information is on the front of the label, and the other half is inside the peel-off section.
The pudding rests in a white microwave proof and boiling water proof white bowl which is covered with a white plastic seal. To steam the pudding, the seal must be removed, but for microwaving, the seal merely needs to be pierced a few times.
The microwave instructions stated that the pudding should be whizzed on full power for 50 seconds, then left to stand for one minute before eating. I found that this wasn't enough to ensure the pudding was hot right through; after 50 seconds, the middle of the pudding just felt lukewarm, so I heated it for a further 20 seconds, and that seemed to do the trick.
I did try to turn the pudding out on a plate for eating, but aside from a couple of drops of the chocolate/orange sauce escaping, and despite running a knife around the edges of the pudding, it remained stuck fast inside the white plastic container. No problem - I merely ate it out of the container.
The pudding smelled delicious, giving off what to me is a lovely warm aroma of chocolate and oranges - although it wasn't anything like a traditional Christmas pudding smell.
The appearance of the pudding inside the container was rather murky, to say the least. I don't want to say what it looked like just in case anyone reading this should be eating their dinner, suffice to mention that it was thick, dark and gooey rather than having a solidity and a pudding shape. It was simply a wet lump of brown mass waiting to be eaten.
On digging my spoon into the gunge, I scooped up a mouthful and performed the taste test.
Inside my mouth, the pudding felt wet, like a muddy clod of what I don't want to describe - but, it tasted very good. The chocolate/orange sauce was a little too copious and rather sweet, somewhat swamping the rest of the pudding - but still tasted nice. In fact, it was the chocolate/orange sauce which made up the bulk of the product as swimming in the sauce, the serving of pudding was rather sparse - I could detect quite a few sultanas though.
Because it's so small, it didn't take me long to eat the pudding - but I wasn't left craving more. Though a very small portion, I found the whole thing rather filling, plus as it was pretty sweet, it did make my teeth curl somewhat. All the same though, it made a fairly reasonable change from ordinary Christmas pudding, even if at the end of the day I'd have preferred to lay my hands on those elusive Iceland Chocolate & Orange Profiteroles.
To summarise; though this is quite a good idea from Morrisons, to have a Christmas pudding that's strongly flavoured with chocolate sauce and orange, and though it wasn't overly unpleasant, I don't think I'd like to eat it again unless in an emergency. If I was at somebody else's house and they served it for dessert, I'd eat it all, probably enjoy it and certainly not complain, but when all's said and done, it wasn't really for me and it wouldn't be my number one choice in the future when I can't get my profiteroles.
Nice try Morrisons, but it didn't quite hit the spot with me.
Thanks for reading!