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I have a uncontrollable sweet tooth and I often buy chocolate, biscuits and cakes. Whilst shopping recently I saw this packet of Kipling's Mississippi Mud Pie cakes, part of the brand's 'Dessert Classics' range, on offer. They were marked as being a 'new' product and I had never heard of them before but I'd tried a few Kipling products before and decided it was worth trying them. I thought they'd offer up the perfect combination of gooey chocolate, cake and shortbread.
The caked come in a pack of six. They are boxed. Inside the box there is a sealed packet with a tray inside where each cake sits individually. They also have their own foil holder. There is a lot of information on the box. On the front there is an excellent easy read nutritional guide which tells you how many calories and fat is in each pie. There is also a description of the product and a helpful, accurate picture of the pies. On the back there is a list of full ingredients, a more detailed nutritional information guide along with a daily guidance list for adults and children. There is also cooking instructions (as you can eat these either hot or cold), contact details for Mr Kipling, allergy advice and a tick list of benefits that the product offers.
The brand describe these as a being "light pastry cases" which are filled with "rich chocolate flavoured mousse". They are then finished off with "chocolate flavour icing" and "chocolate flavoured sugar strands". Notice the repetition of the word 'flavoured' there. This basically means that the product doesn't meet the standard to be called real chocolate. Reading through the ingredients they don't sound all that nasty though. They include things like tapioca starch, beeswax, whey powder, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, preservatives and flavourings.
The product is listed as being suitable for vegetarians. They are cooked using free range eggs. They contain no hydrogenated fats and are also made up of 100% natural flavours with no artificial colouring involved. They MAY contain trace of nuts and also contain wheat and barley gluten as well as egg, milk and sulphates (for allergy sufferers).
I've only just started really taking note of the nutritional values of things after my waist line started to expand a little. I was a bit shocked to see these pies contain 8.8g of fat and provide 211 calories. That is a little bit high so I've limited myself to scoffing these quickly like I usually do!
I had already eaten a couple of these before reading on the packet that you could also eat them warm. As a cold cake they are pleasant to eat but the qualities you want are different to when they hot. So basically as a cold pie the pastry case is a little bit too thick. The mousse at the bottom layer is thick and gelatinous. Then there appears to be two layers above this although there is really just one. It looks like there is two because the icing is soft underneath and dry on the top so it is like a layer of caramel under the icing. Then there is a lot of chocolaty sprinkles stuck in the icing. The cold pies taste really great except that I feel the pasty is too much so I usually snip some of the fluted pastry edging away as I'm eating. Eaten cold the pie doesn't really taste like many other mud pies I've had in my life. It's not gooey enough. However it does taste like a very rich cake that is made for chocolate lovers. This is not just a casual cake eater's cake - this is for die hard cake fans. It's so rich and filling that it's not the type of thing to have with a cup of tea. It's like a proper pudding.
Eaten warm the pie is a bit different. You can put your pie in an oven for five minutes or microwave for 10 seconds. The pies smell wonderful warm - just like a fudge cake. They are amazing used as an after dinner dessert and eaten with a dash of pouring or whipped cream. The pastry case doesn't seem as dry or too thick when the pies are warm. The mousse and icing take on more of the characteristics of a melting, gooey Mississippi Mud Pie when warm.
I like these both hot and cold. They are really lovely, tasty and satisfying! One thing I'd perhaps change about the pies are the sprinkles on the top. I think they are a bit too crunchy and I don't think they are necessary. Other than that they are a pie that is totally suited to a chocolate addict like myself. As mentioned above you really have to like rich and indulgent cakes to enjoy these. If you do I totally recommend trying these!
Generally speaking, when Mr. Kipling launches a new range of cakes, there is one of their traditional slices and at least one other product, often a bakewell or a pie of some sort. This was seen back at Christmas where their Raspberry Candy Cane Slices were teamed with Black Forest Whirls and Festive Bakewells. Their Easter range contained both St Clements Slices and Lemon Bakewells, along with Lemon Fancies and Lemon Whirls. In between, just into the New Year, they launched their Dessert Classics range, containing their wonderful Banoffee Slices and, alongside those, these Mississippi Mud Pies.
From the outside, the pies are virtually the same in size and appearance as a Mr. Kipling Bakewell, a couple of inches in diameter and an inch deep of pastry casing. The main and obvious difference is that the icing on the top is a deep brown colour and covered in chocolate sprinkles. If you didn't realise beforehand that Mississippi Mud Pies are mostly chocolate, you'd be getting a pretty good idea by this stage. It's probably just as well that they look like chocolate, as they really don't smell that way. Indeed, they really don't smell of much at all, with just the slightest hint of a pastry smell, but that's about it.
The pastry holds together better than some Mr. Kipling products I've had recently, which reduces the need for brushing off crumbs. Instead, what I usually find myself doing with these is cleaning up the chocolate sprinkles, as they have a tendency to become detached and make a break for freedom. Quite a few times I've opened the cellophane wrapping at just the wrong angle to throw sprinkles all over the kitchen floor.
The taste test is far more fulfilling, thankfully. The icing parts quite easily and you get to the inside of the pie to find a thick layer of a dark chocolate mousse. Because the icing is a bit tougher than the mousse, it can tend to squash it down a little, but all that achieves is to push more of the mousse into your mouth. Being so used to Mr. Kipling's bakewells, which are filled with sponge and can be a little bland if they don't put enough flavouring in or jam in the bottom, the flavour of these is quite intense by comparison.
The chocolate mousse is rich, dark and has a slightly bitter taste to it. Quite often with Mr. Kipling bakewells, the sweet taste of the icing can overpower the rest of the cake, but here that doesn't happen. The bitterness of the chocolate mousse offsets the sweetness of the icing and the blandness of the pastry, meaning you get a nice combination of tastes. The softness of the mousse also works well on the mouthfeel, parting under your teeth a lot more easily once the icing is broken through, making the Mississippi Mud Pies a perfect combination of textures as well as of flavours.
Perhaps the only slight disappointment is that due to the squishy nature of the mousse, I can't eat around the edges and have a bit in the middle like I usually do, as the mousse tends to try to escape, which makes this a very messy experience. That said, the reasons I usually do that, to get the only decent mouthful of the jam in the bottom of a bakewell, don't apply here, as the taste is intensely chocolate no matter how much of the mousse you get in a bite.
This is a wonderful pie for the chocolate lovers out there. After being a little disappointed by the recent offerings from Mr. Kipling, they have certainly regained favour in my eyes and, more importantly, in my mouth with the Dessert Classics range. I may slightly prefer the Banoffee Slices to the Mississippi Mud Pies, as I'm more of a fan of banana than of chocolate, but they've had a double success with this range, as far as I'm concerned.
I would recommend these to any chocolate lover, although with reference to the usual dietary warnings. Each pie has 11% of an adult's recommended daily calorie intake, as well as 20% of their sugar intake and 13% of their fat intake (and 15% of saturates). This means that stopping at one is probably the best idea, even as your taste buds are screaming out for more. Those with gluten and dairy intolerances once again miss out and there is a warning that nut traces may be present. However, if none of these concern you and you've got £1.49 or so to spend on 6 of these, the part of you that wants chocolate - and, let's face it, there's a part of that in most of us - will love you for it.
While I was waiting in a supermarket queue my eye ideally strayed to a cardboard stand offering "new" cakes and bakes from Mr Kipling for £1 each. Somehow or another a box of his Mississippi Mud Pies found it's way into my trolley and I couldn't let them go to waste could I?
The pies are part of a range inspired by "Dessert classics" such as Banoffee pie. The box carries a "new" label although others in the display I recognise as having been around for a few months. You get 6 little pies in a packet, each held in a small foil case. What is slightly different about these compared to some of the other Kipling pies, is the fact it is suggested that they would be delicious served hot or cold. As it was only my boyfriend and I who were planning on sharing this packet, I got to try them both ways.
I am sure that everyone has heard of a Mississippi Mud pie. I have made several myself using different recipes from various cookbooks and no two are exactly the same, bar the fact they all are very chooclatey. They do all of course claim to be the best or most traditional so whatever take Mr Kipling made on the dessert is bound to be wrong in some people eyes. I don't really mind as long as they taste good. These particular pies are described as "a light pastry case with a rich chocolate flavoured mousse, topped with chocolate flavour icing and finished with chocolate flavour strands."
The pies look nice and are a good manageable size to eat without feeling you have indulged too much in something so rich. The chocolate sprinkles are a sweet touch but there isn't a lot of them and I don't think they add much to the flavour on their own. The icing looks smooth and glossy- it has the texture of that used on cherry Bakewells or packaged cupcakes so it is thicker and a tad chewier than you might expect. I like the way that it melts a little when heated to make an even more gloriously gooey concoction than before. It does however also help to keep the generous filling in place until that point! Under that comes the soft chocolate mousse, which tastes far better than I expected from the "chocolate flavour" wording of the description. In fact it combines with the topping to make a really intense chocolatey taste. It is quite a loose textured mousse so be prepared for that when you take a bite! All of this deliciousness is held in a light pastry case that doesn't go soggy or hard when heated but is also a bit bland. I think the pies would taste even better if they came in a nice buttery pastry case but it wouldn't help the calorie counter that's for sure.
The pies are really nice cold straight from the packet but I also tried them warm as the packet suggested. I did this in the microwave for the 10 seconds per pie as recommended for a 800W oven. You do of course have to remove the foil case before heating them this way. The produce a delightful chocolatey aroma even with such a short cooking time, but I actually found the pies needed even less heating to get really hot. I also found that the if you try to pick the pies up too soon they pastry caves in which considering the amount of hot filling inside is not a happy picture. Left to stand for a few seconds, they are fine however. The taste is delicious whether they fall apart or not and I have to confess we enjoyed ours with a dollop of cream as a little extra. They looked really attractive that way with the chocolate mousse oozing out like a sauce. It is a small dessert to have one pie that way but it feels as though you have had a nice treat nevertheless.
I don't expect something like this to be low fat or good for me so it is no surprise that each pie contains 15% of your recommended daily amount of saturated fat plus 20% of the suggested maximum intake of sugars. On the plus side, the pies are suitable for vegetarians and contain free range eggs and only natural flavourings and colourings.
I would definitely recommend these to chocolate lovers, just be careful how you heat them. I think doing so in the oven would be a better choice because you could keep them in the foil cases and they would be easier to handle as a result. You will also need a tissue to hand because that lovely mousse does ooze, but I am not going to complain about a generous filling. Being new, the pies seem to be on a managers special type offer of £1 in most supermarkets which makes them a really good buy. I am not sure what the regular retail price would be but I think it would be about £1.35 judging by similar Mr Kipling Pies.
I like cake - my name says it all! I saw these on trial offer in Tesco for £1 and thought i'd give them a go. The packaging made the pies look attractive and drawn in by the chocolatey goodness I couldn't wait to open them. At 210 calories a pop I thought they would be fairly substantial - but on first sight I was disappointed at what seemed a small treat to me. The packaging suggests eating the pies warm or cold. I opted for cold having heard stories of the mess a warmed up pie makes! The pies were good, the 'chocolate mousse' the packaging describes is actually more akin to a fondant style pudding - dense, squidgy and very chocolatey. On top of this offering is a layer of chocolate icing - quite thick and sweet it did help stop the fondant section being too dense. The chocolate sugar sprinkles on the top added a nice crunchy texture to the bite. The pastry was typical Kipling, light and buttery. In all it was tasty; maybe a little sweet for some pallettes (I have a raging sweet tooth so not such a problem for me); but I wouldn't rush out and buy them again. For this many calories I want something more worthwhile.