Product Type: Provamel Dessert / Yoghurts
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Dairy Free Dessert
Provamel Soya Dessert Vanilla
Member Name: cyberem78
Provamel Soya Dessert Vanilla
Advantages: Filling,soft and silky texture.
Disadvantages: Flavour is custardy and a bit too sickly.
I am a vegetarian and for ethical reasons I also started to avoid all dairy products about a year ago. I'm now very used to having dairy free spread and cheeses as well as soya milk and yogurts. One thing I have always found difficult to find are dairy free desserts. This is quite annoying for me since I have a terrible sweet tooth! However, on a recent shopping trip I noticed this Provamel Soya Vanilla Dessert on a special offer and decided to try it. It is one of the few dairy free dessert products that I often see sold in major supermarkets. I actually bought mine at the health food store Holland and Barratt though.
Provamel is a company that sell alternatives to dairy so their products include milks made from oats, rice and soya. They also sell custards and yogurts. This particular dessert is available in four different flavours including chocolate, caramel and coffee. I've tried the chocolate one before and I liked it but not enough for me to want to buy it regularly.
The product comes as a pack of four desserts which are in plastic pots like yogurt pots. I think the pots are a bit too big as they are 125g in size and as I am consuming the product I start to feel like I've had enough about three quarters of the way through. The pots are wrapped in a cardboard sleeve which is printed with a lot of product information. On the top of the pack it shows a visual representation of the dessert which is fairly accurate. There is also a few notices to help you decide instantly whether this is the right product for you. Firstly the brand state that the recipe has been changed recently and is now "improved". They also state that the product is plant based, gluten and wheat free and that it is low in saturated fat. They also carry a stamp on the front which says the production of the product is a Co2 neutral process. There is also a lot of information inside the sleeve about their attempts to be a green and ethical company and this makes me respect the firm.
The back of the cardboard sleeve has more information including full ingredients, three easy to read nutritional charts and a tick list of what the product offers. These benefits include the fact that the company uses organic and non genetically modified soya beans to make this. There is also no artificial colours, preservatives or sweeteners included. The dessert is also a good source of calcium. The product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I was quite surprised to read the nutritional guide and to find out that each pot only has 2.3g of fat in it. I find this to be quite low for a pudding. They also provide 105 calories and 4.0g of protein per pot.
These desserts are usually stocked in dry, non refrigerated sections of stores but they should be served chilled. They have a peel away lid which is fairly easy to remove. Once opened there is a lot of product sticking to the lid in the same way a yogurt does. The dessert is bright yellow in colour and has a gooey, thick consistency. The texture is soft and creamy as you taste it.
The flavour of the dessert was the most surprising to me. It actually tastes exactly like egg custard. I expected it to be lighter and have more of a smooth vanilla flavour. Due to the fact of it's similarity to custard I find it difficult to eat the whole dessert. It's just too much on it's own. I feel like this would actually make a great accompaniment to a sponge pudding or cake but on it's own it is not that amazing. It does feel refreshing to have this on a hot day though as it is so silky soft and cool. It's also quite filling as a snack in between meals.
Having tried this vanilla dessert I will probably not buy it very often in the future. Overall it's okay but the flavour is not quite right and the pots are a bit too big. There are better tasting dairy free desserts out there. I may buy it and use it like a cold custard though as that's just what it tastes like. As a dessert for vegans it's acceptable and I'll take whatever there is out there but it's not what I was hoping for. I also wonder whether the company just uses the same recipe for their custard as they do for this pudding.
Summary: Ok, but too much like a custard.
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