Product Type: Mr Kipling Dessert / Yoghurts
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Mr Kipling Mississippi Mud Pies
Member Name: cyberem78
Mr Kipling Mississippi Mud Pies
Advantages: Taste great. Can be eaten hot or cold.
Disadvantages: Eaten cold there is too much pastry. Fattening.
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!
Summary: Delicious and filling.
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