“ Brand: Mr Kipling / Type: Puddings „
Now I do enjoy a good Christmas pudding with a good tot of rum poured over it whilst the rest of my family has my mum's home made rum sauce. Now in the past I have made them myself but this does take a while and takes a long time to cook. Whilst store bought ones are ok to microwave (yes I have done that in the past - far quicker than boiling it and much easier). Home made ones don't do quite as well if you try the 5 min ding on them.
Still whilst in my local co-op I spotted these and as I haven't seen them before and they were on offer it would have been rude not to give them a go really - wouldn't it. The box is now different to the one pictured it is now an orangy/brown colour with a picture of a tarted up slice on the front. (why do the pictures always look better than the actual cakes do?)
What is in the box:
Anyways with a lot of Mr Kipling slices they come in a box of 6 in 3 wrapped up pairs. they are quite dense looking and they appear to have some fruit in them but I feel that there could have been more. They smelt like no other Christmas pudding I have smelt before. Rather like one that is a bit damp and not fully cooked. They could have definitely done with another 5 minutes in the oven. The slice is sticky to the touch and has a poor texture too it. Rather too claggy for my liking. The decoration over the top of the slice did little to distract from the dark mass of stodgy 'pudding' you are presented with.
The Smell and Taste
The smell is hard to describe, it isn't Christmas pudding that is for certain and if the brandy sauce does actually contain any brandy (it claims 8% of the product is this sauce) then it must be one of a low quality as the smell of it isn't there. As my gran used to say the sauce must have been made next to an open bottle - but none went in. The spices listed on the ingredients also can not be smelt either which is a pity. The smell of the fruits used also does not exactly come through either. Really these should have been soaked in the brandy before they were used but here this is sadly lacking.
Really at this point I had the overwhelming urge to deposit them in the bin but to my resulting horror I did eat one of them, this was a big mistake. Never have I tasted a so called Christmas pudding this bad and I have tasted many. It tasted more of a very poor fruit cake - one which is lacking the fruit. If there are any cherries in these they must have be chopped up with a scalpel they are so small they can not be seen or tasted. The pudding/cake was damp, not moist but actually damp and not through any 'brandy' they might have used to produce these crimes against baking. The taste of the slices is also quite eggy which really puts me off them. The brandy sauce did have a mild brandy taste to it but there was so little of it that it may need a good dollop of brandy cream next to it. The sauce also to me tasted rather off (I know it wasn't but it is how it tasted). Really the whole thing tasted like a chemistry experiment gone wrong.
After eating just one of these gastronomic horrors I wanted to make sure it wasn't just my taste buds that were a little out so I tried them on my other half. Well after one bite his reaction was worse than mine, it ended up in the bin (even the bite he had taken) and then asked me to promise never to give him anything that vile to eat again.
These concoctions contain 150 Kcal each - trust me they are not worth it.
Whilst they were on offer in the co-op when I bought them at £1 a box they are not worth it.
Nutritional info - per slice
Energy - 150 Kcal / 632 KJ
Protein - 1.6g
Carbs - 28.4g of which sugar - 23.2g
Fat - 3.3g of which saturates - 1.2g
Fibre - 0.6
Salt - 0.23g
I was as you can guess seriously unimpressed with these. If I'm being frank they were disgusting and they will never go into my basket/trolley again. The look almost as unappetising as they taste. I have given them one star as dooyoo won't let me give them zero.
Ok, I know it's not Christmas but I've finally got around to tasting this lovely pudding.
The picture above is not of the Mr Kipling Christmas pudding (It's of Christmas Pudding flavour cakes). The pudding I am reviewing is a family size (serves four) and it costs £4.99 at most supermarkets. For ease of use it can be microwaved in only three minutes or alternatively steamed for two hours.
Good things to know about this pud is that it is suitable for vegetarians, has no artificial colours or flavours, and no hydrogenated fat. Sadly, this is not for people with nut allergys.
The wording on the box states this is a traditionally steamed pudding with juicy vine fruits (currants to you and me) soaked in English dry cider.
The microwave just reheats the pudding gently without it losing its flavour or moistness. This is how I cooked mine so I can't comment on the flavour from steaming. Save time AND money by heating it this way.
This is a beautifully moist pud which is not at all cloying. It could benefit from a few cherries though as most traditional recipes I have seen include these and it will also break up the monotony of the flavour a little.
I would recommend this to anyone as it has a beautiful texture, soft and fruity with no hidden nasties. All in all an exceedlingly good way to finish off a traditional Christmas dinner.
Aah It's Christmas in three weeks time and Mr Kipling's Christmas Pudding's are back on our shelves- fantastic!
Mr Kipling has changed his logo for these:
On my recent visit to Tesco for Christmas food, I came across these in the cake aisle, I thought they sounded very festive and tasty, so they were added to my basket at quite a low price which I didn't expect from such a well known brand. Mr Kipling is famous for making scrumptious cakes and other confectioneries which we dare to try- dieters...
The packaging has actually changed on this years packet but I think I prefer the above image with Santa Clause on! This years product has a pink/red theme with many ribbons/stars/snow flakes pictured. To the left of the packet there is a life size image of the cake looking absolutely delicious. On the back of the pack there is ingredients and other useful information.
You are probably wondering what these actually are. Seeing as though I have half of one in my mouth right now it is quite easy to explain! These are moist rich fruit cake slices with a layer of brandy sauce in the middle which creates a brilliant version of the Christmas favourite. It smells very rich and fruity and tastes exactly the same! The brandy sauce is something that I don't like too much of on my Christmas cake, but Mr Kipling have put just enough to make this very delightful. With 166 kcal per slice and just over £1.50 for a pack of six- these will go down a treat this year.
I rate these 5/5 because they are just fantastic and they get me in the celebration / festive mood ready to relax for Christmas. Another great product by Mr. Kipling! !
I bought a Mr Kipling Christmas pudding today on tesco for half price at £2.49. Looks nothing like the graphic pictured on Dooyoo, its a single pud, and is 400g in weight, not massive for a pud.
I know it seems a bit odd, but I can home with it today and my husband 'just really fancies Christmas pud' really???? you just fancy Christmas pudding???? Weirdo....
Do he popped it in the microwave for 5 mins and dropped the simple plasic container onto a plate. One small slam and out popped this dry brown..almost burnt looking cake.
To me, it didn't look one bit like a nice moist Christmas pud....I couldn't see any nice plump cherries or big old saltanas poking through the surface. It simply looked like a processed cake thing. I couldn;t really identify any of the ingredients, no almonds,nuts or booze that was clear, no nice moist fruite. I was dissapointed to say the least. Not because of the price, you can't really expect much for £2.49, but from Mr Kiplin, I do want a bit more. I have never ever bought a big name pud before, always one that is half price from the Finest at Tesco Range, or a Fortnum and Masons one when we have had more money to spare...so perhaps my perceptions are much higher and tastes more rich.
I am thankful that I didn't put this bland cheap copy for the mass market of a Christmas pudding blazing with Brandy on my Christmas Table.
Avoid. Save and get the Tesco Finest one at the moment at Half price for £4.99...its amazing!
The only reason it got 2 stars is becuse it cost £2.50!!!!
A strange thing seems to happen to food manufacturers worldwide when they realise that Christmas is approaching. Crisp makers throw a handful of turkey and stuffing flavouring upon their newly cooked snacks and market them as Luxury Yuletide Crisps, and cake makers go all out to produce some strange and not always wonderful concoctions. In a previous review I have bemoaned the mucking about and altering of mince pies, but it seems Mr Kipling has taken the challenge on a step with the introduction of Christmas pudding & brandy sauce slices.
So if I dislike the idea so much why do I buy them? Well as a chef Im always looking for new ideas in the recipe department and am occasionally prepared to copy and claim as my own Mr Kipling or anyone elses food ideas. And besides, these little slices of festive fun sound quite nice and could be enjoyable if made in the right way. So it was with this theory in mind that I loaded a packet of the slices into my basket on a recent trip to ASDA, and parted with the £1.30 necessary to secure the procurement there of.
Packaging wise the slices are in a box decorated in the Christmas spirit, with a huge Santa face and a little cellophane window so you can see the slices in person. The rear of the box is taken up with nutritional information and Ingredients as is the norm. The actual slices are cradled in small plastic trays and wrapped in cellophane to protect them from drying out. Ingredients wise there is little worthy of mention save for the fact that the Brandy included is real and not a flavouring, and that it makes up 4% of the total cake weight. The slices also contain Soya flour, milk, eggs and wheat; as well as nuts, so allergy sufferers be careful. Dieters should also probably avoid contact with these, as each slice contains a button popping 166 kcals, but hey its Christmas, treat yourself.
Onto the fabled taste test, and unwrapping the packaging releases a pleasant fruity flavour. The slices are quite small in size measuring 8cm by 3cm but are springy and moist to the touch; they are deep brown in colour and seem to contain fruit in plentiful supply. A thin layer of brandy sauce lies between two layers of the cake to produce a slice that is pleasing to the eye. A closer sniff reveals more of that fruity smell and an underlying scent of brandy, a rather pleasant scent sure to conjure up thoughts of Christmas and all of its joys. Biting into a slice is an easy task with little resistance offered, the cake breaks freely in the mouth and the brandy sauce seems to melt and envelope the taste buds with a delicious alcoholic hit. The constituent parts of the slice seem to be ideally matched as they compliment each other perfectly; the cake part tastes like cold Christmas pudding but without the dryness and heaviness sometimes apparent with the real thing. The brandy sauce is in just the right quantity to create its own flavour while also embracing the main cake, all in all a pleasant eating experience.
After eating two of the slices I felt uncharacteristically full, as the slices are extremely rich. Very few cakes can beat me in the gluttony department and yet two of these Mr Kipling offerings had my appetite sated. And this could be a stumbling point especially if children are going to try them, the richness and the strong brandy flavour may be enough to turn children away, indeed parents may not wish to give these to children with the alcoholic taste involved, Im not sure I would. But that just leaves more for us grown ups to enjoy, and enjoy I most certainly will, you can keep your iced topped or sherry soaked mince pies, Ive found a new Christmas cake to indulge in.
Mr Kipling does make exceedingly good cakes, and you can discuss this with him at:-
Customer Care Manager
Mr Kipling Cakes