“ Type: Puddings „
While out shopping still trying to loose some weight ( those last few pounds are really hard to shift!!)I spotted these Rosemary Conley Belgian Chocolate Mousses, well not having much of a sweet tooth these didn't really appeal to me but I got them anyway as with anything thats B.O.G.O.F. I usually buy it regardless of what it is!!.
Now I have heard of Rosemary Conley ( I beleive she done slimming classes!) her name seems to ring bells of dieting and slimming. Now with my packaging being different to the one shown on Dooyoo, mine has a picture of Rosemary Conley's face and is in a deep pink shade all over with the words "low-fat,gelatine free belgian chocolate mousse" written in a lime green colour.
Now because there is no gelatine in this mousse it is also vegetarian friendly as well.This comes in 2 small round plastic pots, with a foil lid that needs to be peeled back to open. Now I must say that there isn't a great deal in these pots, but I suppose it is enough if you aren't greedy!
This has got a very chocolately taste and is very light and creamy, I can't say that I would go overboard about it as it is just about the same as any other chocolate mousse. Nothing jumps out at you to make it stand out and although it only has 79 calories with the amount you get I would say that's about right. As with a lot of the Weight Watchers food it is low in calories (points) but you are only eating a small portion so that would be why!
Now each Belgian Chocolate Mousse contains;
~~~of which sugar 13.4g~~~
~~~of which sats 0.9g~~
2 X 70g
Allergy advice; contains milk and soya
I got these mousses from Morrisons on special two in a pack for £1.00 B.O.G.O.F., so getting 4 for a £1.00 I don't mind but I wouldn't pay the full price for these as I have tasted better.
I'll give these 2 stars as they are nothing special!
We're trying to be really good in our house at the moment, cutting back on all the naughty foods in an attempt to improve our diet and also save some pennies in the process. They do say that 'a little bit of what you fancy does you good' though, so hubby popped to the supermarket for a little treat for us both. He came back with Rosemary Conley's Low Fat Belgian Chocolate Mousse - £1.50 for a pack of two.
In brief, for those who haven't heard of her, Ms Conley is a diet and fitness expert who has been well known in her field for the last 20 years. She has a diet plan, similar to Weightwatchers etc, but incorporates exercise as part of a healthy regime. She now endorses a small range of foods to coincide with the plan.
I've never followed a Rosemary Conley plan or tried any of her products but as we're watching what we eat, these mousses sounded great. As the cardboard sleeve around the pots states "...a really indulgent and tasty treat whilst looking after your fat and calorie intake". With only 122 calories and less than 3% fat per pot the words guilt-free sprang to mind. Perfect!
I must admit each 110g pot appeared quite substantial in size and the content looked tantalisingly chocolatey through the clear perspex. Peeling of the foil lid and scooping some of the mousse onto my spoon, it was instantly very promising. The mouse looked extremely nice...just the right amount of firmness with a light and fluffy texture, complimented by a mouthwatering chocolate aroma. Quite rich and enticing to say the least!
Plunging the spoon into my mouth, the mousse felt delightful...smooth on the tongue with a slight bubbly texture. Now, Rosemary Conley promises "a melt in the mouth texture" which I'd agree with, but not in a positive sense. The mousse certainly melted in the mouth but it quickly dissolved into a weak and watery consistency. No where near as creamy as I'd hoped it would be.
Onto the taste now and I was initially impressed with the mousse as it provided me with a rich chocolatey hit - delicious. But unfortunately this was then followed by a bitter aftertaste which remained (quite annoyingly) on the palette for quite a while after consumption. Not like a bitter Belgian chocolate though - more like the kind of bitter sweet taste that I associate with artificial sweeteners. It wasn't particularly pleasant if I'm being entirely honest.
Looking at the ingredients (listed below for those who are interested) there is no mention of sweeteners as such, although I did notice that the sugar content is high with 20g per pot. Sugar appears second in the ingredients list with only skimmed milk before it. This suggests that there is more sugar than chocolate in the mousse! It seems to be quite a common occurance that a product low in fat has high amounts of sugar to compensate, creating an argument that these 'healthy' options aren't quite so healthy after all. Regarding allergy warnings, this product contains cows milk and soya.
Overall I was disappointed by the Rosemary Conley Low Fat Belgian mousse. The size of the pot and it's content was satisfying but the flavour of the mousse just didn't hit the right spot for me. In my opinion I would say that it is ideal for people who regularly eat this kind of dessert as you can do so without consuming lots of fat and calories - you just have to make a sacrifice when it comes to taste and texture, and be aware of the sugar levels.
For someone like me who only occasionally succumbs to a tempting treat such as chocolate mousse, I'd say avoid this product. I wouldn't really call this mousse a treat. Next time I'll be going straight for the full fat alternatives to guarantee a really indulgent and tasty offering. And no, I won't feel guilty about it!
Rosemary Conley Low Fat Belgian Chocolate Mousse
Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Sugar, Chocolate (3%) (Cocoamass, Sugar, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Flavouring), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Gelatin, Emulsifiers: E472b, E471; Modified Maize Starch, Stabilisers: E412, E417, E410.
A smooth chocolate taste. Each spoonful melts in your mouth every time.