This review is for the Lighter version of their basics Mousse, which caught my eye recently. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite tasty for the price paid.
The mousse claim to be 'lighter' because it contains 55% less fat than their standard mousse. I often go for these versions, be they healthier or not, simply because it's a habit I got in to years ago and never got out of, and i's not always the case that less fat means less taste.
To the eye, they don't look at that tempting. These come as 6 plastic pots with the plastic paper lid you rip off, in a blue design. It's quite basic and minimal; there are no quirky design elements nor eye-catching frills here, which doesn't bother me because I prefer the fact I'm paying for the product rather than the brand name or some fancy packaging. The pots themselves are at least sturdy enough.
They smell chocolately, that's the first thing I noticed. Not overly so, but at least a smell resembling chocolate is a good start! The mousse is soft and light, and probably just the right consistency. I'd say it's a little less thick than alternatives, such as the Aero mousse, but it's marginal. It melts in your mouth and is smooth, with a sweet, fairly rich chocolate taste. It's not overly sweet, however, so it's not sickly; I find these to be just enough for a sweet tooth fix and the size of the tub is just right. I can take my time eating one of these, getting teeny tiny bits on the spoon, and have it last a few minutes. It tastes lovely, and I'm thinking it probably tastes a little better knowing it's a decent size pot and the multi-pack was a good price.
Each 62.5g pot contains 72 calories and 1.6g of fat. As expected with these things nowadays, there's a fair bit of sugar, with total sugars coming to 9.6g (10.7% RDA). As a treat, it's a good option if you're looking for something with lower fat/calories. It's also a good option if you want something at a better price and aren't too bothered about wanting a fancy name or pretty packaging.
Prior to this I tried Aero mousse at one pound thirty nine for a pack of six. You get less in per pot, and less pots, but for more money. There's also more fat/cals despite getting less. I couldn't even say that the Aero one was much better so I'd opt for Sainsburys Lighter in future. The only slight difference was probably the consistency, which Aero being a little thicker perhaps. Not a big deal, and not something that bothered me in the slightest.
All in all, this is definitely one I'd recommend if you want a light chocolately treat. It's sweet, soft and light, and has less calories/fat without skimping on the taste.
Sold as a 6 pack for a bargain ninety pence.
I am always in the yoghurt/dessert isle when shopping in a supermarket, as I tend to buy fromage frais for the kids and low fat yoghurts for myself.For a change, I decided to have a look at what other dessert type chilled produce my local Sainsburys had, and I stumbled on this one. Unlike the picture above, there are actually 6 pots in the multi pack, not 4, and when I saw the price of 30p I thought I would get one and see what it was like, but I didnt hold out on much hope.
How is it packaged?
Its a member of Sainsburys ' Basic ' range which basically means the cheapest/ best value version they have, so the look of it isnt very appealing nor does it really give you a good idea of what you are getting. It comes in a multi pack containing 6x 62.5g pots. The plastic pots themselves are dark brown in colour, while the top is a white film of plastic. No major pictures or pretty colouring, it has the orange strip at the top of the pack which on its says its' Sainsburys basics ', underneath ' Chocolate Mousse ' then the ingredients list.
Skimmed Cows' Milk, Water, Sugar, Powdered Chocolate (5%) (Cocoa Powder, Sugar), Whey Powder*, Coconut Oil, Pork Gelatine, Cream*, Glucose Syrup, Emulsifier: Lactic Acid Esters of Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids; Skimmed Milk Powder*, Milk Proteins *.* from Cows' Milk
Not suitable for vegetarians as it contains pork gelatine. Must be refridgerated.
How does it look and taste?
When you first open one of the pots, there is a distinct aroma of chocolate. It looks brown in colour and quite smooth on the top. When you dip your spoon into it, it is thick but not dense.You can clearly see small air bubbles in it, and the texture itself is very light ( despite how thick it appears to be ).
When you pop it in your mouth it melts very quickly. The chocolate itself is milk, which means it has enough sweetness to it and not sharp. I felt the taste was chocolately but not too sweet, it didnt leave an aftertaste in the mouth so mouth felt quite clean, and it had some depth to it. I truly was surprised and expected to eat something very sickly and and heavy which it wasnt.
Would I buy again?
I would and have done so several times. Myself and the children can eat these, and if we were allowed, we would eat more than one at a time,but thats far too greedy. I treat these as a dessert rather than snack.They are very high in sugar and fat, so keep that in mind.But as a treat after dinner? For 5p per pot? No brainer
I do all my shopping in Sainsburys and as my other reviews show, I am happy to buy from the Basics range, not all things but 80%.
I have bought other chocolate mousse versions before, including the highly expensive Cadburys version. Admittedly it was nice but for a cheaper version I decided to give Basics a run for its money.
25p for four average sized pots, brown plastic bottoms with the usual white and orange Basics lids. Nothing to write home about but as I have said before, its not the packaging that makes me buy a product, its the food stuff inside. I opened one pot and it was filled almost to the brim, which makes a change, no inch free at the top. The texture was light and fluffy and it was a nice brown shade.
The taste was remarkably good, not overly sweet, not bitter or with any aftertaste. In fact for little over 6p per pot I was very much impressed. I believe these have now gone up to 35p but they are still more than worth their price. I would recommend these to anyone, both my children love them and cant tell the difference between these and a more expensive version.
As I am currently living at University on a very small budget, I opt for the own branded products more and I have always found that Sainsbury's basics range is normally of a good quality and everything is edible at the least. I fancied something for desserts after my dinner so I had a look around the store. There is only a Sainsbury's local to me, therefore there is not much choice on offer. I spotted their Basics Chocolate Mousses and they were pretty cheap so I thought I'd pick them up and give them a go.
Obviously these are only available from Sainsburys stores, and the price of these was fairly cheap. I believe I paid around the 40p to 50p mark which works around at just over 10p for each dessert which is excellent value. In fact the price put me off a little as I did question the quality of these. However, I have a very sweet tooth and I am a sucker for anything chocolate so I thought I would try them out, it's not like there is much money to lose in it.
They come in very plain packaging as you can see from the image they are just brown pots with the Sainsbury's label along the top. You get four mousses and they are of a pretty good size and not those tiny pots you sometimes get. They are a great size for a treat once in a while. So how did they look when you open up the packet? You simply have to peel back the label which is easy to get in to. The first thing I noticed was that there was not a very distinctive chocolate smell to these. The texture and colour also looked a little funny, but I am used to eating good brands when it comes to desserts such as these, so I knew it would be a change for me.
As soon as I put my spoon in to eat this, I noticed that it has quite a runny, wet texture to this mousse whereas I prefer the thicker, creamy ones. I knew this wouldn't be great because of the price, and it is still mousse like so don't let this put you off. It is quite bubbly and does melt in the mouth nice, however the taste for me is just not very nice. I feel that it has that quite bitter chocolate taste to it, and I don't find that it tastes good at the time or after you have finished it. It definitely doesn't have a lovely milk chocolate taste to it, and I would recommend this more for people who prefer darker and richer chocolates. Although I did finish the pack of these, I would not purchase them again as I would rather pay that little bit more to buy the Sainsbury's more premium own branded version.
Each pot contains 94 calories which is pretty good considering it is a chocolate dessert, however I do feel that there isn't much chocolate in these, and instead accompaniments to make it taste sweet. Despite the reasonable calorie count for these, the sugar level is extortionate and even that much sugar doesn't make it taste nice. Therefore, as far as nutritional values go, I would not recommend this either.
Although these are okay to eat, particularly if you are on a budget, I would much rather pay that little bit extra to get a greater taste. Considering I treat chocolate mousse as a sneaky snack which I like to enjoy, this didn't cut it out for me I'm afraid. Two stars as it is good value for money. Thanks for reading.
I normally buy low fat fruit yogurts however I spotted these in my local Sainsbury's the other day as as they were such a great price (30p) for four I had to get them.
--- Appearance ---
They come in a white plastic pot that is 6cm tall and 5cm in diameter. The four mousses are connected together by the top of each pot and there is one big label that is printed onto the plastic lid that covers each mousse. Each pot contains 62.5g of mousse, which amounts to 250g between them all.
--- The Mousse ---
On opening peeling back the lid you are presented with the chocolate mousse that is brown in colour and highly aerated. The mousse has a very feint scent of chocolate, however you have to get your nose really close to be able to notice it. Like any other mousse that you would buy nowadays it has a lot of air in it, however a proper mousse should not be this airy, but this is how they make money.
The mousse has soft springy texture that is easy to cut through with a spoon. It has a nice slightly sweet taste which is also a bit bitter like chocolate at the same time. There is a discernible taste of chocolate present which is nice, however it is not too strong which is good. The mousse is completely smooth with there being no lumps or bits in it at all. This makes it really quick and easy to eat which is nice if your in a rush, but makes it hard to enjoy the flavours.
--- Healthiness ---
For a chocolate mousse, it doesn't actually contain much chocolate at all. It only contains 2% chocolate in the whole mousse, with the other 98% being made up from milk, sugar and whipping cream to name a few. This would not be good for vegans or vegetarians though as it does contain pork gelatine.
Health wise, it is okay as per pot there is only 94 calories, 3.8g of fat and 0.1g of salt. However there is about 13g of sugar per tub, which is very high.
--- Overall ---
On the whole, in consideration for the price paid, these are reasonable chocolate mousse's that have a good taste and make a good pudding or snack during the day. They aren't the healthiest of products nor do they contain the best ingredients, however on the whole I like them.
I am only going to give them 3/5 though as despite being nice they do not have the texture of a proper mousse (these have too much air) and they contain a lot of sugar per pot. Apart from this, they are good for the price.
Thanks for reading.
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There are four chocolate mousses in all, and they cost thirty four pence in total. They are packaged in the typical Sainsbury's Basics orange and white pots which have a metalised paper lid. The pot is the same size as any other standard size mousse, and is certainly big enough for a treat. These mousses are great, at only ninety four calories per pot. The mouse itself is slightly fluffy and bubbly and fairly rich and thick, though when stirred it becomes a bit runny in consistency. While there are artificial flavourings within the mousse, it has a pleasant natural taste. Considering the fact that it only has two percent of real chocolate it has a genuine chocolatey taste. When you open a pot you can instantly smell the chocolate and I am not sure how they do it. It must be because of the combination of other ingredients and the artificial flavourings, but it is very realistic. There is always a good sell by date on them so you can buy several to last through the week. These are great if you are on a budget @ eight and a half pence a mousse. My kids and husband love them and they are an inexpensive treat we can share as a family. We all need to make economies at the moment and this product it very nice for very little outlay.
The wife pick up a pack of these the other week. I think it was just because they were so cheap, but then again she does like Chocolate Mousse. We have had the Tesco and Asda budget version of Chocolate Mousse and although they were alright and nice enough, they weren't a patch on the brand named ones and a big taste difference.
You get 4 100g tubs of these for only 26p. A cheap dessert and handy to put in a lunch box as well.
The tubs are just a sort of frosted cloudy plastic, quite wide and ok to get a large spoon into, and the lid is a peel off lid with only the orange Sainsburyu's budget brand writing on it against a white back ground.
When I opened this I could smell a Cocoa scent. The smell didn't smell that Milky, but I could still smell a slight Chocolate scent.
When eating this it tasted ok. It seemed quite thick and that bit heavy but it was smooth enough as well and there was plenty of bubbles through this as well.
Each tub has 90 calories.
I wouldn't have this again. The reason is that it just doesn't taste that Chocolatey for me. It seems more a plain Chocolate taste and just not that sweet. Can't beat the price, but I would rather at least buy a brand up for example the supermarket brand, but if you are on a budget then why not have a try.
I picked up a pack of these whilst shopping in Sainsburies earlier, largely due to the other reviews on here. Cheers guys, I was not disapointed n the slightest!
I have quite a sweet tooth and I like to have some kind of dessert after my evening meal. I am also trying to lose weight, but let's face it, fruit doesn't always cut it. Chocolate mousse, whilst not the healthiest thing in the world, isn't the worse, hence why I picked these up.
Basics chocolate mousse can be found in the chilled section of Sainsburies, with the other yoghurts and yoghurt type desserts. It costs 25p for a packet of four, which works out at 6.25p a pot - a price you can't really go wrong with. They are easy to find, thanks to their distictive and not very pretty orange and white packaging. Like all chocolate mousses, the pots are sealed together in a way, where you break them free to seperate them and then you remove the foil topping. The pots seem to be about the same size as most other mousses - perhaps slightly smaller, but I'm not going to complain, they cost literally pennies!
The nutritional information and ingrediants are all listed clearly on top, along with the best before date. I'm not going to go into the specifics, but it should be noted that these contain pork gelatine, so they are not suitable for veggies. They also contain just 94 calories a pot, making them a reasonably guilt free dessert. If you require any additional information, visit the Sainsburies website.
I was very impressed when I pulled the foil cover off of the first one. The mousse is a really rich, dark brown chocolate colour and smelt really chocolatey. I did my usual disgusting thing of licking the mousse off the foil and I was not dissapointed in the taste at all. The mousse is really chocolatey tasting; I would go as far to say that the taste of chocolate is far stronger than than of some of the premium brands! I also felt that the chocolate was very slightly bitter and not sweet - which is perfect for me as it is how I like my chocolate!
I chopped up a kiwi fruit and tossed it into a bowl and spooned the mousse on top and I have to say that the flavours complemented each other perfectly. The richness of the chocolate really brought out the sweetness in the kiwi - I would definately recommend. The mousse texture was perfect - bubbly and light, just the way mousse should be, but also jelly-like enough not to be runny.
All in all, I have to say that this is 25p very well spent and it just proves that just because you are on a budget doesn't mean you have to go without treats. These are also the perfect size for a lunchbox, so kids will be happy too! I'd definately recommend these and can certainly say that I will be buying these over premium brands in future.
I love sweet things to eat as I have a very sweet tooth, and I came across these one day in Sainsburys and they are the Basics range of their products and for the price of only 25p for a pack of 4 I thought I would give them a try as it is very cheap for a multipack and so if I did not like them I could easily throw them into the bin as I would not have lost a fortune. I tend not to like to throw food away as it is such a waste as well as a waste of money.
They are sealed together and can easily be broken into seperate pots to eat, each have a brown plastic bottom with a orange and white pull off top, with the logo of the Basics brand.
Each pot is 62.5g and contains:
I take them to work for my lunch and they taste nice and light, the mousse is a very good consistency and quite filling, they melt in the mouth and are smooth, they are perfect for young children and can easily be used for a little pudding for them. They are quite a strong tasting chocolate mousse unlike some that tend to be quite weak in flavour.
The pots are quite big considering the very low price.
They are best served chilled, although I have eaten them at room temperature and they have tasted fine, but I prefer them straight from the fridge. They are ideal for packed school lunches too.
For the price of these you just cannot go wrong at all and are excellent tasting in my opinion and if you are on a budget and have a family I recommend them for you to try sometime.
Try and see for yourself how they suit you and your family.
I rate this product a 5 star.
Being a huge fan of the Sainsbury's basic's range I thought I'd switch and save on chocolate mousse's I usually purchase the Sainsbury's own branded chocolate mousses (not the basics) in a 6 pack for the low price of only 79p. I believed that these ones were very good for the price. Until I found the Sainsbury's basic's 4 pack chocolate mousse at only 25p.
The packaging is like any other Sainsbury's basic range. It's very basic brown pot with a white lid with the product details on. On the reverse of the lid there is a foil coating which keeps the mousse nice and fresh. (Be careful as I found it easy to split the lid in transit.)
When i opened the pot i could seem the scent of sweet chocolate. It smelt more like a dark chocolate rather than a milk chocolate due it it smelling very strong and rich.
The content of the pot is a lovely soft smooth mousse which melts in your mouth. There are a lot of bubbles in the mousse which give you a lovely feel when it hits your mouth.
I found that the mousse itself tasted very rich, making it taste more like dark chocolate and not like milk as I would of expected as i have already mentioned.
The chocolate tastes extremly simular to the sainsbury's basic chocolate bars which are also of good quality, they will satisfy you and leave you with that lovely chocolate taste And at 25p for 4 pots your really can't go wrong.
This chocolate mousse is great to pop in your child's lunch box, as a dessert or just a daytime snack.
Each pot contains 62.5grams of mousse, 94 calories and 3.8grams of fat. It's high in sugar at 11.8g.
Yet again Sainsbury's has made another excellent basic's product which I in future will be switching and saving.
I'm still eating great food yet saving money at the same time.
I am constantly looking for new ways to enjoy the things I love and save money and I have recently been introduced to the budget chocolate mousses that the big supermarkets sell.
In the past I have purchased aero mousses and other similar ones with 2 or 3 costing around £1 but in Sainsburys you can buy 4 of these 62.5g pots of chocolate mousse for just 25p which I am sure you will agree is a bargain price.
The mousses are in individual pots which can just be snapped off from one another and these are a great size for putting in to a lunchbox. The mousses have a plastic lid on them which you just peel back and then you see the airy chocolate mousse within.
The chocolate mousse is a dark rich chocolate colour and there are lots of tiny airholes in the mousse. The main ingredient in this is milk and although there is just 2% cocoa powder in the product it is very hard to tell as the mousse has a very light, fluffy chocolate taste and texture. The texture is that of an aero or more expensive mousse and it does have a fairly thick, creamy, rich chocolate taste to it. The pot size is just enough to become slightly sickly and anymore would be too much. The quality of this chocolate mousse is quite surprising and I would have expected the mousse to be very average for the small price paid but I think that although there is a tiny amount of chocolate within it works very well and the creamy flavour the cream adds is a welcome addition and really helps to bring the whole thing together.
Each pot contains 94 calories, 11.8g sugars, 3.8g fat, 2.4g saturated fat and just a trace of salt.
Overall the amount of calories in this is not bad at all and it is only the sugar that is a bit of a problem but there is nothing wrong with having a treat now and again and I would rather have one of these than a whole chocolate bar which is far worse.
The quaity of these mousses is brilliant and much better than I expected. I am rating these mousses 5/5 as they are delicious and a huge hit in my house. They seem to sell an identical product in Asda & Tesco as well which is a similar price but I just happened to shop at Sainsburys on this occasion. I would recommend these as they are a great budget cutter!
Sainsbury's Basics Chocolate Mousse
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Dessert
In the last year or so, I have been converted to trying value ranges from supermarkets. I like the fact that I am not paying for fancy packaging, only to throw it in the bin. In the past, I had been a little put off by the basic wrapping, assuming that the contents may also be a bit cheap and nasty, but I have been pleasantly surprised by loads of different things.
Like all of their "Basics" range, these pots of chocolate mousse have a white and orange label, the pots themselves are brown.
It cost me just £0.26 for a pack of 4 of these mousses and the quality was pretty good. They are light and fluffy with a decent chocolate taste which doesn't taste artificial. They melt on the tongue and one pot is just enough to give you a sweet treat, without being sickly.
Ingredients are as follows;
Skimmed milk, sugar, cream, reduced fat cocoa powder, chocolate (2%), pork gelatine, emulsifier, lactose and milk proteins
Nutritional values per pot are as follows;
Energy - 94kcal
Fat - 3.8g
Salt - Trace
Please note, because they contain gelatin, these mousse pots are not suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
These were not the most creamy or luxurious chocolate mousses that I have ever tried, but they tasted almost the same as some of the everyday brands that cost at least 4 times the price, reason enough to buy them again in my book!
Sainsbury's basic chocolate mousse
Sainsbury's is one of my favourite shopping places and I often roam around the shelf to find something new here.
I tried this basic chocolate mousse few months back and really feel little guilty of defining this as a basic product. These Mousse's are just one of the best of the class. This comes in four plastic pots and sealed with a lid with Sainsbury's usual branding. Each pot weighs about 60 gram and the price is around 40 p which is an amazing value for money.
Now the important aspect of taste - I would say the taste is really heavenly with very smooth and light feel of chocolate. The dark brown colour and texture compounds the taste of this product and you will really wonder if this is a basic product by any means.
These mousse contains skimmed milk, chocolate, cream, cocoa powder and of course sugar. I did not find it that sugary in taste as most of my friends were complaining about. Ensure that it is kept in refrigerator to get the maximum pleasure as I could observe it starts getting messy at normal room temperature.
I have now replaced this as my primary snacks ...You can find at least five packs in my refrigerator any given day !!!
I guess I should begin this review by saying a great big thank-you to all my Dooyoo chums for recommending this product so often. I was browsing the 'new review' section and noticed a review for these cheap but very cheerful chocolate treats. To be honest I was quite dubious about these chocolate desserts and was quite surprised by the number of people recommending them on Dooyoo. After shelling out 25p for a pack of 4 (oh yes, that's 6.25p per pot!) I too will be recommending them to everybody and anybody.
Normally I don't have the sweetest tooth in the world but occasionally I do fancy something chocolatey after dinner. When you open the pot you get a good nosefull of chocolaty s scent. This is a bit suprising because there is only 2% chocolate in each pot, but it is still a rich, deep, dark chocolaty smell.
When you dig into it you will find that the mousse is very light and fluffy. Its probably the amount of air in each pot that makes them so cheap and also helps to keep the calorie count down (only 97 calories per pot).
Despite the light and fluffy texture, the flavour is full and really tasty. It does actually taste like chocolate and isn't at all synthetic tasting.
The pots are not huge but they've just cost you a phenomenal 6.25p each so you are not really going to complain, are you? Even without the low price tag I would be seriously struggling to find any fault with these mousses. In my opinion, they are well worth the 4 stars I have given them. I was dumbfounded by the price and really impressed with the flavour and quality of this product. I thoroughly recommend them to seasoned chocoholics and occasional dessert munchers alike!
Typical Values per pot:
Energy - 94kcal
Fat - 3.8g
Salt - Trace
Skimmed milk, sugar, cream, reduced fat cocoa powder, chocolate (2%), pork gelatine, emulsifier, lactose and milk proteins.
Like a lot of people I really struggle with snacking in the evening after my dinner. I was bought up in a household where pudding was a daily occurrence and it's a habit that no matter how hard I try I just cannot shake. Even if I stuff myself to bursting point during dinner I can't resist having a mouthful of something sweet to finish off my dinner. Therefore I am constantly on the lookout for cheap sweet treats to satisfy my cravings. After trying Tesco's Value Mousse and not being too impressed I wasn't too eager to try these. However at only 25p for the four pots I thought it was a worthwhile gamble.
Like all of the products in the range, these basic mousses carry the same white and orange basics branding. They look extremely basic and boring, but inoffensive none the less. Unlike in the photograph, the pots that I have bought are plain white, with all of the information on the foil lid. The lids carry all of the necessary nutritional information, including the use by date in a fairly large print. I find this handy as it can often be difficult to find the use by date let alone read it as well. Overall, for the price I definitely cannot argue about the packaging, as it does the job it needs to.
Getting to the good stuff:
The four pots are very easy to snap apart from each other, and so far they have all come apart perfectly. Being a bit of a clumsy person I am always wary that products like these don't snap completely and I'll end up ripping my hands to shreds on the plastic. However, it's safe to say that this has not happened so far with this product.
After snapping off a single pot or two if you're feeling a little greedy, all you have to do is remove the foil lid to get to the good stuff. The foil lid is very simple to remove, and it has always come off in one whole piece, which is handy if you're in a rush. The only slightly annoying thing that I have noticed is that there is always some residue of the mousse on the underside of the lid.
The Taste Test:
Unlike some other value mousses that I have tried, this offering from Sainsbury's immediately looks and smells appetising. In my opinion the mousse looks exactly as a mousse should: it looks like it has 'set', there are air bubbles and it looks a lovely rich dark chocolately colour. It may not sound particularly appealing but to me it does look exactly as it should.
My favourite way to enjoy these is to take them out of the fridge a couple of minutes before I plan to eat them so that it can come to room temperature. I'm not sure why, but when I eat them straight from the fridge all of the flavour disappears and it just tastes like cold mush. However, when it has warmed up slightly the chocolate flavour really comes through. In general the mousse definitely tastes of chocolate. It is a rich flavour that lingers on the tongue rather than immediately evaporating.
What I like most about these mousses apart from the taste is the generous portion. Unlike other value brands which seem quite stingy in their offerings, this is not. If it weren't for the basic packaging I honestly do not know whether I could tell the difference between this and a more premium brand.
Overall, I would definitely recommend these Sainsbury's Mousse's. Unless I manage to kick my sweet tooth out, I am sure these will be a regular feature in my fridge. At 94 calories and 3.8g of fat there are definitely worse treats out there.