Golly gosh I'm on a review writing roll today! I think I'm getting addicted! Although I guess there's worse things to be addicted too these days, so I'm pretty safe :D This is my second review here for a Muller product. The first review I did was on apple flavoured muller rice and whilst shopping my favourite creamy treats were on offer so I popped a few flavours into my trolley including the vanilla custard which I had never tried before. Vanilla custard seemed a rather respectful choice to put with rice pudding in a pot and I thought it would make a nice change from the fruit ones.
Muller have been making dessert/snack type products since 1990 and provide us with a wide range of milky based such as Muller corner, Muller light, Muller rice, vitality, little stars and amore.
~ Price and availability ~
Muller Rice vanilla custard (and other flavours) are available to buy in more or less any big supermarket. They are available to buy in a variety of flavours such as original, apple (previously reviewed), raspberry (my favourite!), banana & toffee, vanilla custard (the one I'm reviewing today) and strawberry. They can be bought as single pots or in multipacks of six. The price varies slightly depending on where you shop, they are around 60p for a single 190g pot or can be found on offer in Asda and Sainsbury's for any 6 for £3.00, or even better 10 for £3.00 at tesco's (exceptional value!) The multipacks of six are priced around £3.59 or can be found in most stores on offer at 2 for £5.00. You can also now buy 'mini' muller rice in raspberry and apple at around £1.50 for a multipack of four or 3 packs for £3.00. The beauty of muller rice is that you can nearly always find them on offer!
~ Packaging ~
Muller rice multipacks come in a cardboard tray with six holes that hold your rice's nicely in place and are then wrapped in thin cellophane. Obviously the single pots don't come in a tray and aren't wrapped; they are nice simple plastic pots. The pots are white, with a blue strip across the middle and a blue foil lid - nothing too special. Depending on which flavour you have there is a picture relating to that particular flavour on the lid, so in this instance there a gorgeously smooth, yellow custard pool sitting on a bed of creamy rice pudding! On top of this there is a use buy date. The lid clearly tells me that this is a muller product with its eye catching red label. Around the pot there is a banner telling me this flavour is vanilla custard as well as various bits of nutritional information, storage advice and ingredients.
~ Taste test! ~
Now, I had high expectations for this rice pudding. I absolutely love all of the other flavours in the range so I didn't see why this one should be any different. Peeling back the foil lid everything seemed as it should, nice thick creamy delicious looking rice pudding. It didn't smell of anything, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but a hint of vanilla would have been nice. Tasting the rice on its own first as I always do with a new flavour was strange. For some reason it tasted different to the usual ones. It wasn't unpleasant just different. I think it may have been the vanilla as I think the rice pudding was slightly vanilla flavoured which again was by no means unpleasant I just didn't expect it. Otherwise the rice itself met my usual Muller rice expectations, very moreish and extremely rich and creamy. Now for the 'custard' part. My definition of real custard is thick, sweet creamy goodness - I love the stuff! Looking at this 'custard' it didn't exceed my definition. It was runny and seemed quite see through in colour almost like a jelly does. It definitely wasn't a creamy yellow colour. Tasting the 'custard' on its own, it didn't taste like the custard I like. It tasted more of just a vanilla sauce which is nice but it's not vanilla custard as the name suggests. Trying both the rice and the 'custard' together I found both flavours to go nicely together, the 'custard' sweetened the rice pudding up a notch and gave it a different texture - sort of smooth. Which makes me think vanilla flavoured rice pudding would work which is basically what this is, it isn't rice pudding with vanilla custard at the bottom. I found this rice pudding just as filling as the others and thought the size once again is perfect.
~ Other information ~
Muller rice vanilla custard contains 211 calories per 190g pot and 4.8g of fat. Like I mentioned in my other Muller rice review, Muller rice is labelled as a low fat food so for a creamy dessert this isn't so bad for you as some.
This muller product is suitable for vegetarians and contains eggs and milk.
~ Overall review ~
Didn't enjoy this Muller rice as much as the other flavours so I'm not sure if this one will end up in my trolley again. I'm not saying I disliked it - I will happily finish the other pots of rice in this flavour, I just felt a little disheartened that it wasn't proper custard at the bottom like the name suggested. I would recommend this flavour muller rice to anybody who is particularly a fan of vanilla as that flavour is definitely prominent in this dessert/snack but not to anybody who is a fan of the proper traditional creamy custard as you may be disappointed. Baring in mind I haven't tried this vanilla custard muller rice heated yet so I don't know what it would be like, perhaps the custard would thicken that way?
3/5 stars from me. The fake custard really let me down here muller.
I love rice pudding, I know it's not for everyone but I love the sweet flavour and the thick creamy texture. I have tried a couple of times to make it myself but have not been all that successful, so instead I have turned to thhe shop bought ready made pots and cans.
I spotted these Muller Rice pudding pots a few years ago. I was looking for an alternative to the yoghurts I was having for my lunch at work. I used to get really bored of having variations on the same lunch every day, so when I spotted these I was rather excited. Back then they were only available in either plain or strawberry varieties but I did thoroughly enjoy them.
I particularly like that they could be eaten either hot or cold and as there was a microwave at my work, on some days I would heat them up for a change. This was much better in the winter than eating a chilled yoghurt.
A couple of months ago I noticed that the varieties of muller rice available has dramatically increased since I last bought some. I had a quick look and the one that really appealed was the Muller Rice Vanilla Custard. I love custard and the combination of the two differnt flavours sounded absolutely delcious. I picked up a couple of the 190g pots from my local Tesco's and I believe they cost approx 50p each.
Later that day I eagerly peeled back the lid of one of these pots. On that occasion, I fancied eating it chilled straight out of the fridge. The top layer of the pot was the creamy rich rice pudding. I dug my spoon in and had a root around until I found the yellow custard. I was really hoping that this would live up to my expectations as it looked scrummy.
Well.... I was actually a little dissappointed. While I loved the sweet flavour and the rich creamy texture of the Muller rice pudding. I was actually not that taken with the custard. It just didn't taste as custard should to me. It was incredibly sweet and had the flavour of vanilla but it was lacking the thick eggy flavour of real custard. It was more like a sweet vanilla sauce than custard.
I probably would buy these again as an occasional buy to make a change from yoghurt but overall I was quite let down by this effort from Muller
What is it?
Muller Rice is another favourite from the Muller empire. They come in various flavours. This one is 'Vanilla Custard' flavour. Basically it is a pot of creamy rice pudding with some vanilla custard in the bottom. You get just enough to serve one person and you can eat it hot or cold.
The individual pots are made from strong plastic with a foil, peel back lid. Being a teacher I can instantly see the benefits of the pot!! Once emptied they make great glue pots, telephones, bead sorters etc. If you get a multi-pack of six, the pots are kept together with a large piece of cardboard with holes in. The pots fit neatly in the holes and the whole lot is wrapped in more plastic to keep them together. Great in some ways, as they don't spill or burst and are very safe to cart about after shopping. In other ways not so good. All of the extra packaging does nothing for the environment and put simply is a waste. The only purpose I can see is that Muller can convince you to buy more and part with more hard-earned cash this way!
Being a savvy shopper, I never buy yoghurt style products unless they are on offer! I cannot tell you the 'normal' price. However these are nearly always on offer at my local Tesco. Usually at 4 for £2.00 which makes them 50p each! I have to honest and say I still don't think that is a very good price. My fiancé eats at least one of these types of foods a day. To keep him going for a week would be £4.00! Luckily for him I found them in Asda last week. The multipacks of six were 2 for £4.00. That means 12 pots for £4.00 or around 33p each - much better! Because of this, Muller Rice is a treat in our house.
Muller Rice does not look very appetising in my opinion! It is a creamy beige colour with lumps! More like baby food, or even baby food after it has been eaten! Yuk! Luckily most rice pudding looks like this, so you can get past it. The plain rice is on top with this flavour, and the custard at the bottom. You can either eat it as it is, or swirl it around to mix the custard and rice together. As I like the custard best, I tend to eat the top, then mix up what is left. The custard does not look that nice either. It is thick and yellow, a nasty, bright fake yellow that looks slightly congealed. I know I am not selling this, but you have to look past the appearance. The taste is something else.
Now you can eat Muller Rice hot or cold. The instructions state to heat on full power for 70 seconds stirring half way through. I'm sure this is delicious but I don't have a microwave. Unfortunately I cannot tell you about the heated product - I suppose that is a disadvantage - you can only heat it with a microwave.
Eaten cold, I simply love this product. Straight from the fridge it is cool, creamy and comforting. Very sweet and very rich - it is perfect for me. The vanilla taste is not too much and is fairly natural. I could easily eat two at a time. Don't judge it by appearances - it always hits the spot. However some might criticise the lack of rice at 7%. You can notice it. It is mainly thick, sweet, cream with a soft grain every now and then. I like it like that - you may not.
The real damage
The pots of rice are in very similar packages to the 'Muller Light' reduced fat yoghurts. Don't let this fool you. They are in fact 228 calories and 2.8g of saturated fat each! I am currently doing WeightWatchers and that makes them 4 points!! I only get 18 a day. When you can have a WW yoghurt for 1, or even a crème egg for 3.5, they seem a lot! A lovely treat, sold as an everyday food, but in my experience you should not eat too many of these little rice pots!
As a child I hated rice pudding so really had no desire try Muller rice as an adult. That was until I started to read reviews telling me how yummy they were. The final persuasive push came when I saw pots of Muller rice on offer in Asda at 4 for just £1. The RRP of Muller rice is 54p so this was a good saving! I decided to give them a try and bought 4 different flavours to try. One of the flavours I choose was vanilla custard as I love all thing vanilla!
Before I tell you my thoughts on the rice let me tell you a bit of information about the company behind these snacks. Muller can trace its roots back to 1896 when Ludwig Muller started to run a dairy in a small Bavarian town. The company is now situated in Shropshire and run by Ludwig's grandson, Theo. The company has enjoyed huge success and in 1993 was awarded a brand of the year award. Muller not only make Muller rice but several other types of yogurt such as little stars aimed at children, Muller light and Muller fruit corners to name a few. Muller products are widely available and have benefited from several very successful advertising campaigns, such as the catchy slogan-lick the lid of life.
Muller rice vanilla custard comes in a 200 gram plastic pot with a peel back foil lid. The instructions tell you the rice can be either eaten hot or cold. I like to eat mine cold. However the rice can be heated in the microwave. On peeling back the lid the rice looks thick and creamy. I like to give it a good stir before eating. This flavour is a pale yellow colour and looks a bit insipid to me.
Next for the all important taste test. The rice tasted thick and creamy but the vanilla custard was a huge disappointment. I love vanilla but I really couldn't taste any vanilla flavour in this rice at all! I really enjoyed the fruit flavours as they were not too sweet. However the vanilla custard flavour was a bit too sweet for me without having any real flavour.
Muller sells their rice as a low fat snack implying these are healthy. However with a 200 gram pot giving you 230 calories plus 5 grams of fat and lots of sugar I really don't think these are a healthy option! I won't be buying the vanilla custard flavour rice again but can recommend the fruit flavours!
Tut tut dooyoo, you need to work on your spelling - 'Vanila' indeed!
If you've read my review on Apple flavoured Muller Rice, you'll know that 9 times out of 10, that is the flavour I'll pick. So I'm not really sure why I picked this up last week, particularly as I'm not a big custard fan in general. I fancied a bit of a change I think, and was willing to move on from the terrible Strawberry flavour in this range.
For me, a pot of Muller Rice kind of bridges the gap between a pudding and a yoghurty style snack. Something a bit different, low in calories and substantially filling.
Each is packed in a plastic tub with a foil lid for freshness, and can be eaten cold or warmed up. I tried this vanilla custard one cold, though in hindsight it would be probably be the ideal flavour to heat up.
Not one for the fussy eater, muller rice is quite lumpy and the flavouring is often a bit separate and needs mixing in. This was easy to spot with the vanilla custard flavour because it's bright yellow. It mixed in easily, and I was ready to taste.
If I'm honest, I expected it to be quite bland and artificial tasting, or at best, nothing amazing. However, I was quite surprised at now nice and creamy and milky it tasted. The vanilla and custard flavouring were in the right amounts for me. Some people may be expecting a stronger custard taste, but I personally think it would overwhelm it and make it too sickly sweet.
By the end of the pot, I was pleasantly satisfied and it fulfilled my suagr craving without making me feel sick or like I had to eat something else to get rid of the taste. I can be quite fussy.
The only downside in my opinion is that it's not really something I'd choose that often purely because I prefer the ones with fruit flavours and actual fruit chunks. The vanilla custard one is just a little bit boring for me. Perhaps small chunks of banana would make it more interesting, I don't know.
But a well earned 4 stars anyway for surpassing my expectations.
Mmmmmm. Just thinking about Muller Rice makes my mouth water.
Muller rice is a rice pudding based, chilled dessert which normally costs around 54p in supermarkets. Frequently these single, larger sized pots are on offer, usually around 4 for £1.50, £2 etc. (The best day of my life was when ASDA were doing them 5 for £1, I nearly wept) You can also buy the smaller pots in multipacks for around £3.
There are quite a few flavours, mostly fruit based (apple, raspberry, strawberry, etc.) but my favourite by far is this one: vanilla custard. This name is a little odd because rice pudding is quite vanillary anyway, making the 'vanilla' bit a little redundant, but the custard, oh the custard... This is what makes it.
Let me take you through eating a Muller rice. Firstly, you can choose to have it hot or cold. I always choose cold, not because I can't bear to wait while it microwaves (though I can't really) but because I think it tastes nicer this way. It's just my preference, but heating it up makes it a little less textured, and more sloppy, like porridge. Still, if you wish, it only takes about a minute in the microwave - make sure you remove the foil first though!
If you eat it cold, when you pull back the foil you won't be hit by a strong smell, but you will get a tasty bonus waiting for you to lick off the lid! The texture is slightly rubbery, definitely chewy although you could swallow it whole, and I know this doesn't sound particularly appetising, but trust me, it is a mouth sensation! Although rice only makes up 7% of it, it's the main texture - if you've had risotto, it's like that, only a little tougher. The taste of the main pudding part is lovely; sweet and vanillary.
When you dig to the bottom you'll find the golden custard sitting there, waiting to be spooned together with its ricey brother - the two make a perfect team as they're both predominately vanilla flavours, but while the rice is lumpy and textured, the custard is smooth and creamy.
The tub is very generously sized, which makes it quite filling as a snack. That said, I could easily have more than 1 tub unless I stopped myself!
So why aren't I living on these day in, day out?
I ask myself that same question. But then I realise the answer: each tub has over 200 calories! That might not seem like a lot to some people, but it's the equivalent of half to two thirds of a whole meal! Also, one cannot escape the fact that this is essentially junk food. Yes, it contains some protein, but only about 1.4% your RDA. Yes, the ingredients are mostly 'real' things (as opposed to chemicals) but there are some question marks - the full ingredient list is:
Milk, Sugar, Water, Rice (7%), Egg, Milk Powder, Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Salt, Flavouring, Acidity Regulator, Cacium Citrates, Colour (Carotenes).
I also do like to make all my own food, so I guess that's why I don't literally live in a huge tub of Muller rice. Though would that I could...
I'm a complete lazy bones and would always opt for an extra 15 minutes in bed on a morning over making myself a bowl of cereal and having the time to eat it (especially when I have to haul myself out extra early to dig in the snow to locate the car, like this morning!). So a little while ago I hit upon the idea of Muller Rice as a sort of breakfast-on-the-go for when I get to work - they're easy to pop in your handbag after all and are sort of milky and breakfasty, and are made up of rice so I find they fill me up a lot better than yoghurt would. I find bringing them into work from home works for me because by the time I come to eat it it's not straight out of the fridge and freezing cold, but, at the risk of sounding like Goldilocks, just right.
The Muller Rices come in the classic Muller upside-down bell shaped pot, a bit bigger than most yoghurts or desserts at 200g. The pot for the Vanilla Custard flavour is predominantly yellow to reflect the custard, with an image of the rice pud on the foil lid.
Muller Rices, like most Muller products, usually retail at about 54p each, although they can often be found on offer for 4 for £2, and less commonly, 4 or 5 for £1. When I spot a bargainous offer like this I tend to stock up for the next few weeks as the Best Before date is usually quite long on them. For example, the ones I bought yesterday (1 Feb) will last til 28 February so that's four weeks.
The pudding itself has a very thick creamy consistency which becomes less so upon stirring. I always give it a stir to start with anyway as the vanilla custard is all in the bottom of the pot and needs mixing in. The vanilla custard is very sweet which is perfect for a sweet tooth like mine, though it is still possible to identify the underlying rice pudding taste, which is just how I remember it from childhood. Muller Rices can be eaten cold or warmed up in a microwave for a minute and a half (after removing the foil lid!!!)
At 115 calories per pot, the vanilla custard flavour is a bit worse for you I think than the fruit varieties, but still not too bad - and better than the average chocolate bar. It still contains less than 3% fat and is thus counted as a low fat product. It also provides you with 20% of your day's calcium and contains no artificial colours or preservatives. I won't bore you with the full inventory of ingredients and nutritional information as this can be found here: http://www.muller.co.uk/ (and the website is worth a visit for the pop-up cows alone), though I will mention that it is suitable for vegetarians.
I do like a nice pudding. Call it dessert or anything you desire but I like them. I'm not a major sweet gal but rice puddings and a nice yogurt will always be appreciated by my tummy.
The worse thing you can ever do is go shopping when feeling a bit peckish. Today at Tesco's was one of them days for me. I'd been out shopping for some Christmas presents (thought I'd better make a start lol) and cos I'd been out ages I ended up buying some stuff to walk around eating to make my belly stop growling at me (which it does more now than before I quit smoking I hasten to add!) and a few treats to bring home for a night in front of the tv whilst I'm watching my beloved Top Gear (yes really lol).
I spotted some Muller products on offer and this was at the special price of 27p a pot though I think the price you can usually expect to pay is around the 54p mark per pot.
I opted for this because I loved the thought of rice and custard and this can be eaten hot or cold!
A 200g white and yellow roundish plastic recyclable pot with a foil peel off lid at the top. On the foil lid I'm told it's Muller and then that's it's Vanilla Custard Rice. The use by date is stamped on in black ink and I'm told that it is low in fat, that it contains no artificial colours or preservatives and contains 20% of your recommended Calcium allowance. On the pot itself I'm once (or twice!) again told the brand and what it is and this time it's spelt out that it is 'Creamy Dairy Rice With Vanilla Custard Sauce'. Then I'm told the ingredients, nutritional information is given, I'm told I can eat it hot or cold and given heating instructions, size is stated once again (as I've listed already) and the details for the website are given as well (www.muller.co.uk). The pot doesn't scream buy me but it's ok!
Carefully remove the foil lid. Heat on full power for 90 seconds, stirring half way through (650 watt microwave).
The Muller Rice:
Well I have had other Muller products in the same vain as this before and me, well I know I prefer them cold so I ate mine cold of course.I peeled of the lid and was met with a a rather thick and stodgy looking rice with no fragrance to it and I had expected some as this contained vanilla. Thick it was and rather set but hey I'm not complaining that's the way I like my rice.
Muller rice is never as creamy as I'd like it to be but it redeems itself by not being far too sweet and sticky. The rice is thick and the sauce it is in is thick. I forgot all about the custard so when I got to it I was a bit surprised to be honest and pleased cos up to this point I just thought I was eating plain rice!
There is a thick layer of the custard which had I have thought about I would have mixed it into my rice which was sat at the bottom of my pot. It's not a rich creamy yellow it's actually a bit slimy looking and has a hint of green in the colour rather than the usual yellow custard colour I'm so usually familiar with. However it tasted nice enough. There was a hint of vanilla that the rice doesn't actually contain so the flavours are all rather separate and the custard once again isn't overly sweet but really to be honest it just isn't much like custard.
Though it all tastes nice enough it was all just a bit of a let down really. The rice isn't creamy enough and the custard...well isn't all that custardy with it's slimy texture that's hard to mix in but don't get me wrong it isn't unpleasant it's ok! Probably best heated and stirred!
Nutritional Values Per 100g(half pot):
Can be found in all god supermarkets and the likes!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I am a lover of Muller Lights, Fruit Corners and most of the other yogurts in the Muller range. I have had Muller Rice in the past and noticed a new flavour called Muller Rice - Vanilla Custard on a recent trip to the supermarket. Being a big fan of custard this really appealed to me and so I picked a couple up and put them in my already bulging basket!
The pot this comes in is the same shape and size as the Muller Light pot. It is 200g and has the same distinctive Red and White Muller logo. The colouring of the pot for this particular flavour is yellow and white. Its not quite as good for you as the Lights, although it does claim to be 'low fat' on the packaging. It also has no artificial colours or preservatives and provides 20% of the recommended allowance of Calcium. The side of the pot details all the ingredients and nutritional information and the heating instructions.
The rice can be eaten either hot or cold. To eat cold simply remove the lid and dig in! If like me you prefer rice pudding hot then it can be heated up in the microwave. Using a 650W microwave it should take 90 seconds on full power. The dessert should be stirred halfway through the time. As my microwave is 850W I usually heat up for just over a minute to get the desired temperature. I find that if I heat it for any longer then it is too hot to eat immediately and I have to leave for a couple of minutes to cool back down again. It can also bubble over and make an almighty mess of your microwave if you don't keep your eye on it. Care should be taken when removing the foil lid to ensure that no bits are left behind before placing in the microwave. There are warnings to this effect on the packaging.
I have eaten these both hot and cold. The majority of the dessert is rice with a layer of custard at the bottom of the pot. If you eat the dessert cold then the two tastes can be kept separate to a degree. If you heat it up then the two parts become mixed up when stirring halfway through cooking. (If you don't do this then it may not be heated to the same level all the way through). When the pack is first opened the consistency of the dessert is quite thick and creamy, very similar to Ambrosia Creamed Rice. After heating it takes on a slightly runnier thinner consistency but is still creamy.
The smell that hits you the most is the sweet smell of custard. The pudding is creamy with small lumps of rice and tastes primarily of rice pudding. This intermingles surprisingly well with the sweet custard which makes the texture smoother and the dessert slides easily down the throat. The custard portion is a pale yellow colour and the rice an off white colour.
After eating I always feel quite satisfied. Like all good puddings it leaves you feeling full up and I would say the portion is exactly the right size.
Milk, Sugar, Water, Rice 7%, Egg Milk Powder, Moderated Maize Starch, Stabilisers: Carob Bean Gum, Guar Gum; Salt, Flavourings, Acidity Regulators: Calcium Citrates; Colour: Carotenes
It contains Milk and Egg and is suitable for vegetarians.
PRICE AND AVAILABILTY
The RRP for these tends to be just over 50p each. They are often on offer in supermarkets as part of a deal on multiple buys. Muller Rice can also be bought in multipacks of the original and snack size. At the moment though this flavour does not seem to be available as part of these packs.
As well as Vanilla Custard, Muller Rice is also available in original flavour, apple, strawberry, blueberry, Cherry, Raspberry and Rhubarb.
For more information about the other products in the Muller range then look at the website :
The website also gives history of the company from its founder Ludwig Muller in 1896 through to the present day. There are also details of recipes to use with Muller products and eating and active lifestyle tips.
Since I first spotted this flavour in the supermarket a few weeks ago I have bought several more of these. I enjoy them after a meal and also as a snack in their own right.
For anyone who likes rice pudding, custard or preferably both then I would thoroughly recommend this product. If you are not a big custard fan then I have tried the original, apple and strawberry flavours in the past and found them all enjoyable.