“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Tarts „
PRICE: 75p for 6
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per tart):
(of which sugars): 14g
(of which saturates): 2.4g
Salt equivalent: 0.2g
Glucose-fructose syrup, sucrose syrup, rapeseed oil, palm oil, water, salt, wheat flour, dried egg, citric acid, pectin, lemon concentrate, flavouring, potassium sorbate, lutein, curcumin, trisodium citrate, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, disodium diphosphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate
Suitable for vegetarians
Who can resist a delicious lemon curd tart, and do the Morrisons brand of them live up to any normal person's expectations? Well, here's my opinion on that.
Morrisons 6 Lemon Curd Tarts are in a quite nice yellow-coloured cellophane wrapping which is sealed at both ends. Inside the outer packaging, the tarts nestle in little foil trays that are placed into two stiff, clear plastic containers, one deep and the other shallow. The front of the outer packaging shows Morrisons' standard logo and an image of a couple of the tarts. The rear of the pack shows nutritional information, ingredients list, advice that the product is suitable for vegetarians, storage instructions, a note to say that part of the packaging is recyclable and Morrisons' contact details. There appears to be nothing on the outer bag which advises that the product may have been made in an environment where nuts are present, nor any other allergy warnings.
Each tart is of standard, shop-bought jam or lemon curd tart size. The pastry is rather pale, and the fairly generous lemon curd filling is a tired, dull amber colour. On opening the packet, there is little or no lemon smell present.
I managed to remove the tarts from their foil trays with success, and there was no pastry breakage - but, due to the boring colour of the lemon curd filling, they didn't really look all that attractive.
I'd guess that (and I have a medium-sized cakehole!!!) each tart was sized at about three of my own standard mouthfuls.
On sampling the first of the tarts, I was rather dismayed that even as I held it close to my mouth to take a bite, I still couldn't smell anything resembling lemons or lemon curd. My teeth slid through the pastry OK, only to discover on chewing, that it was a little on the hard side. The lemon curd filling was firm and jammy, as opposed to jellified, but it had a most peculiar flavour. I could hardly detect anything resembling lemons, and there was a particularly unpleasant taste which, as opposed to being an under or an after-taste, was out front and prominent. It was bitter.....almost rancid.....a bit like nail varnish remover (and yes I do know what that tastes like, unfortunately and by accident!).
If the pastry had been a bit more exciting and less hard, I could have scraped the worst of the lemon filling off and fed it to my semi-resident fox, but I didn't feel that I wanted to insult the fox by serving up what to me was the remains of a sub-standard product.....and, if the lemon filling had been as it should be, I could have tolerated the hard pastry, but the two combined added up to a not very nice product.
I'm a little worried that these tarts have passed some taste board or quality control, or whatever food manufacturers do to deem their products as delicious, because I found them rather unpleasant, and I feel that a lot of other people would too.
So, come on Morrisons - brighten up your lemon curd, make it smooth and put some lemon flavouring in it, and why not use the same pastry as you use for your other products? Why use this hard variety for these tarts?
My overall view is that Morrisons Lemon Curd Tarts really aren't very nice, and are probably best avoided (I certainly shan't be buying them any more) - and, my overall verdict is......could do a lot better!
Thanks for reading!