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      04.08.2013 15:16
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      A trade down too far for me.

      I buy these occasionally as part of the cache of snack food which my teenage daughter's seem to require. There are 4 of these caramels to a pack for 45p and they have a decent shelf life - or perhaps I should say fridge life, since that's where they need to be stored. The ones I bought yesterday 03/07/13) have a use by date of 28th of August on the pack.

      The ingredients are: Skimmed Cows' Milk, Sugar, Caramel (6%) (Sugar, Water), Water, Cream (from Cows' Milk) (2%), Maize Starch, Flavourings, Gelling Agent: Carrageenan; Colour: Beta-carotene.

      The F.S.A rating gives green lights for the amount of fat, saturates and salt in this product - but a red light for sugars. Each pot contains a hefty 19.9g of sugars which is 22.1% GDA for an adult. The overall calorie content, however, receives a green light - there are 103kcal per individual 100g plastic pot. The product is produced in France.

      I must admit I hadn't had one of these myself in quite a while when I tried one today. Either my memory of the product has been overly kind - or the recipe of this product has altered since I last tried one. I really don't know the answer to that one. When you tear back the lid of this product you are met with about a millimetre of thin, watery caramel sauce which has obviously escaped from the bottom of the pudding. The crème caramel itself is sweet and pleasant tasting but the texture is far too sloppy for my liking. At the bottom of the pot you are met with more watery caramel sauce. It wasn't an uplifting experience.

      If you have read any of my previous reviews you know I'm heavily in favour of trading down whenever possible to help the shopping budget. But even I have my limits on this. Although this is an 'adequate' snack; for a lover of crème caramel like myself it is a step down too far and despite the fact that my children have not rebuked this product in any way - I think we'll be trading up slightly in future on this one.

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        28.07.2012 16:00
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        Very tasty very cheap caramel puddings in the Sainsbury's Basics range

        I've mentioned before in other Dooyoo reviews that I like the Sainsbury's Basics range; in my opinion they offer a good price without the quality of the food or taste suffering. I've nearly always got a pack of Sainsbury's Creme Caramels in my fridge, so here's my opinions on them.

        The Product

        A four pack of Creme Caramels costs 45p, so at 11 and a bit pence per pot there isn't much to lose if you don't like them. The majority of the dessert is made up of a custard yellow coloured milk pudding thickened up with a gelling agent and on top of this sits just under a centimetre's worth of a runny caramel sauce topping.

        The milk pudding tastes sweet and rich (maybe a little like cold eggy custard?) and the caramel sauce is also sweet, but not tooth suckingly so. Each pot contains 100g of dessert, and for those who don't consider life too short to count these things, they contain 103 kcals and 0.6g of staurated fat. If you're posh and don't want to eat it from the container, there is a small metal tab which, when pulled, will release the upturned pot's contents onto a plate - oh so very Nigella.

        Opinion

        They are like a less thick creme brulee without the hard crust and instead you get a very tasty runny caramel sauce. Personally, I don't like the hard burnt crust of a creme brulee and see them as a waste of a perfectly good blowtorch, so I much prefer these Creme Caramels. I also love the price, which when compared to the 75p for four price of the Sainsbury's ordinary range Creme Caramels makes them seem even better value for money.

        They satisfy perfectly that pang for sweetness that comes after a hearty main course and have around a month's shelf life when kept in the fridge unopened. Taking into account taste versus cost, I think that they are very worthy of being awarded the full five stars. Thanks for reading.

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        19.04.2012 21:48
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        Cheap and cheerful!

        I love crème caramel, so every now and again I like to treat myself to the 'crème caramel deserts' you can buy from the chilled sections in supermarkets. When I do buy them, I tend to buy the particular supermarket I am in own's brand. Today, I will be reviewing the Sainsbury's Crème Caramels.

        The packaging (consisting of four little pots) aren't very attractive and so as they don't really stand out and so you may not notice them. But if you are in Sainsbury's look carefully and you should see them. The pots are see through and so you can see what is in the pot. I didn't realise until recently, but if you turn the pot upside down and pull the little foil tab, it will 'release' the crème caramel from the pot meaning that you can serve it on a plate - I thought that this was clever.

        I used to eat mine from the pot, but having discovered this little foil tab, I now eat mine off a plate, as this is how you get the full crème caramel experience - when the caramel sauce pours over the desert, rather than just having the sauce left on its own in the pot.

        Whilst I enjoy the lovely creamy taste, I do find these crème caramels to be very artificial tasting (even though I still really enjoy them), and so I try to only have them as an occasional treat. Each pot will set you back 107 calories which is quite a lot for a small desert.

        The deserts are quite sweet, and some may find them to be too sweet. They are full of flavour, even if they do taste artificial

        The deserts have a lovely texture; very soft, and the desert just melts in your mouth. The carmel sauce and 'crème part' compliment each other very well.

        I find these deserts to be incredibly moreish and I find it quite hard to 'resist' another one. They just 'slide' down and so I end up eating them really fast.

        You can find these for less than a pound which I think is excellent value for money.

        Thanks for reading!
        April 2012
        Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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          29.05.2010 22:57
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          A nice cheap dessert

          I love desserts, especially puddings so decided to try this sainsbury's variety of crème caramel; I have bought other brand ones before, but not this one...

          ~~~PACKAGING~~~
          The packaging IS very basic, and is rather ugly as well. Each pudding is in a plastic mould and the plastic foil lid is sealed on top to form a vacuum. The printing on top is very basic, white background, orange text- it really is not appealing at all, and I would probably have missed it had I not looked carefully. I guess that saves costs making this as cheap as it is, but still...

          What I love about the design of the mould is that it can be turned over, and a small foil tab could be pulled which allows air into it, so it can be turned over and presented on a plate or something- this preserves the shape of the pudding and it looks very nice!

          ~~~APPEARANCE TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
          Having successfully turned the puddings over in a presentable state, they really do look lovely and rather professional. It has a nice cream colour on the base, gradully getting darker, into a toffee/caramel colour at the top. The gradient in colour is another touch that makes this appealing in appearance.

          But it isn't just looks that these puddings have. They taste great too. It is a really rich creamy taste and a hint of sweet caramel... the texture is also smooth, luscious and creamy. The caramel sauce that also comes is a bit too runny for my liking, but adds to the sweetness if you like it. I just eat the pudding and drain away the sauce.

          The size of the pudding is also appropriate- it is not too big or small, and just enough to satisfy that sugar craving, or a finish to a nice meal.

          ~~~PRICE~~~
          It costs around 50p for a pack of four- and is well worth it!!

          ~~~OVERALL~~~
          I would highly recommend this product as it is extremely yummy and very presentable (minus the packaging!) It is also very cheap and worth every penny! For a pudding that's delicious and pretty, Sainsbury's crème caramel ticks all the boxes.

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            08.02.2010 11:15
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            4/5

            We used to have Creme Caramel on a regular basis but like many things we eventually stopped having them and moved onto something new. I was in Sainsbury's at the weekend and saw Creme Caramel in their Basics range so I decided to pop some in my basket.

            Packaging: The packaging for these is the usual Sainsbury's Basics orange and white, with Creme Caramel on the lid and a run down of ingrediants and nutrition. There are 4 pots in the pack, each 100g and they have the ribbed sides which makes the dessert look pretty. On the bottom of the pot there is a little foil tab, if you take the lid off and flip it onto a plate then pull the tab the Creme Caramel will the released from the pot and the caramel will run down the side, you can just eat it from the pot though but it looks nicer on a plate or shallow bowl!

            Price: The Basics Creme Caramel are only 45p for 4, which works out at about 11p each, what a bargain! They're a good size too, just enough for a snack or a sweet treat after a meal and well worth the money.

            Taste: The pudding is a little slimey, but I find Creme Caramel often are, the taste is quite creamy though and nice and sweet and the sauce which tops the light coloured 'Creme' is really nice and caramelly but again, very sweet. It works really well together and would really satisfy and sweet urge I had.

            Nutrition: Each pot had 107kcal which isn't bad, however it contains nearly a quarter of your daily sugar intake which isn't great especially for such a small dessert. However it contains only 1% of your daily far and 3% of your daily saturated fat, so not too bad there.

            Overall: A really good value treat, may be a little sickly for some, but shouldn't be too much of a problem as it's only fairly small. This Creme Caramel contains lots of sugar though so not to be eaten too often!

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            07.02.2010 02:48
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            Good basic offering from Sainsburies

            My mum used to make creme caramels and it is always something I have been used to having in the house to eat as a dessert from time to time. After I moved away to go to uni and settled away from home and started to do my own food shopping, I have on occasions bought shop brand creme caramels. I know I should really make my own, but I do buy the shop ready made version nontheless!

            I saw these Sainsburies basics creme caramels recently at a bargain 44p for 4 pots. They have peel off lids and the difference between these and youghurts is they come in a fluted plastic shaped tub (rather than a smooth round yoghurt pot). Also there is a little silver tab on the base of each pot that you can pull off if you want to eat these in a bowl the correct way up. To do this, you turn the pot upside down and take off the silver tab so this lets air into the pot and the creme caramel will come out of the pot so it looks like a creme caramel with the dark coloured part of the dessert at the top and due to the shape of the pots it will have a pretty squiggle-like shape when you tip it into a bowl.

            These Sainsburies value pots are the same as any shop bought creme caramel I have had. I am convinced they are all made in the same factory as they all come in the same shape tubs with the little silver tab and they all taste the same! When you open the pot, there is quite a bit of liquid caramel sauce in the top- you are supposed to tip the Creme Caramel out then eat it from a bowl so the sauce would run over the dessert but you don't have to and I do frequently eat this straight out of the plastic pot- it saves on washing up.

            The texture of this is different to a home made creme caramel- imagine the consistency of a set custard but it tastes like caramel. It is hard to explain, they are like a set custard that you eat cold but they taste of caramel. The Sainsburies basics version is no different to any other shop bought Creme Caramel- it does taste processed and not home made but other than that, it has a good rich caramel taste and the consistency is smooth and well set and not runny or anything that I can think that they could do wrong with it.

            Nutritionally:
            per 100g (so, each) 116kcal; 1.6g fat

            This is really low in fat for a dessert that tastes sweet. These make ideal small desserts after a main meal as they are small and lght and will not fill you up too much. They make the perfect little dessert for when you just need something sweet to eat and they are not too bad for you (similar to some yoghurts and I know which one I would rather have!).

            Overall- impressed with this Basics 44p offering from Sainsburies. As I know the home made real thing is much much nicer, I am not going to score these down as they are on par with all other shop bought creme caramels I have ever had, so for the price, taste and what you get an overall 4 stars from me.

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              03.02.2010 12:08
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              Sainsbury's Basics Creme Caramel:

              I have been buying various brands of Creme Caramel for quite some time now and I have finally found what I was looking for which happened to be this brand. I wanted a Creme Caramel that isn't too thin or runny and these are great. The bonus is that these are in the basics section which is brilliant as you do not have to spend that much! Creme Caramel are a popular dessert which can be bought in little plastic pots or made. Personally I prefer this version as I really cannot make it and it doesn't taste the same!

              Sainsbury's Creme Caramels come in a set of four. They are in small 100g plastic pots which are clear and ribbed ( this created the ribbed effect on the creme caramel) with a paper lid. The lid is very basic in a white and orange theme which is typical of the Sainsbury's basic range. The creme caramel's are honey coloured and the sauce is a dark brown colour.

              The reason why I like these is because they are easy to eat, they are not too thin, the sauce makes this extra tasty and they are not too unhealthy.

              Per 100g Pot:

              107 kcal
              0.9g fat
              trace salt

              This is made with skimmed cow's milk, sugar, water, caramel, cream and gelling agents.

              You can get these from around 50p from Sainsbury's which is great. What I also find with these is that they have quite a long sell-by date on them which makes them great for a dessert which you do not want every single day.

              These can be eaten simply out of the pot but, they do have a silver piece of foil on the bottom which can be used by placing the pot upside down on a plate with the lid removed, then remove the silver foil and the creme caramel will be released.

              Great Pudding or snack!

              Thanks for Reading

              Holly.

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              25.11.2009 18:13
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              A great lunchbox filler

              Having recently moved out into my own place (and thus having to make my own lunchbox for work!), I am always on the look out for lunchtime bargains. At only 79p for a pack of 4, these Crème Caramel's were significantly cheaper than nearly all the other desserts on offer. After being pleasantly surprised by the quality of Sainsbury's Basics chocolate mousse (see my review on them too), I decided to explore what else the Basics range had to offer and purchase a pack.
              I don't think I've ever had Crème Caramel before so was unsure exactly what to expect. Each pot contains a creamy white coloured set mousse that has a sweet, vaguely vanilla like taste. The texture is smooth yet firm, almost like a jelly, but not so wobbly. This soft white base is drizzled with a dark, caramel sauce which gives the dessert a bitter-sweet taste that is not too sickly.
              I was really impressed with these desserts, both in terms of value and flavour. At 100g per pot, they are the perfect size for a lunchtime pudding or mid-afternoon snack. Being part of the Sainsbury's Basics range, the presentation and packaging is a bit rough and ready. To be honest that's not been an issue for me, the dessert always looks appetising in the pot and I don't really care what colour the packaging is.
              I would certainly recommend these desserts if you are on a bit of a budget, as they are a fraction of the price of similar branded products and still taste great! Even if you are not on a budget, they make a great lunch box filler or after dinner treat.
              Sainsbury's sometimes have these on a 2 for 1 deal so keep your eyes peeled for a delicious and creamy bargain!

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              17.11.2009 10:25
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              Fine now and again but not one to rave about.

              Sainsbury's Basics crème caramel work out at around 45p for four individual puddings, so at just over 11p a serving they had to be worth a try.
              It is a long time since I sat and enjoyed a crème caramel and to be honest I wondered whether or not I was going to enjoy these ultra cheap desserts.
              But Emma is my name and bargain hunting is my game so I was up for the challenge.

              Sainsbury's basics crème caramel come in little clear plastic pots that have foil lids to protect the pudding inside.
              The set of four crème caramels are sealed together when they are manufactured and the four are slipped into a paper sleeve for retail purposes. As usual the packaging is nothing to write home about, the Sainsbury's basics orange and white theme may be a little boring but if it helps to keep the prices down then I am all for it.
              Of course the plastic pots, the foil lids and the outer cardboard sleeve are all recyclable.

              Sainsbury's have made sure that you don't have to fight to get the foil lid off of the pot, it slips away easily and reveals the rather pale crème caramel lying in state.
              At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the Sainsbury's crème caramel looks a bit uninteresting, if you compare it to it's posher friend the crème Brulee then it looks positively dowdy.

              Shall we do things properly?
              I like to pop the chilled pudding into a basin of hot water for a couple of seconds, this ensures that you can turn the crème caramel out into a dish with ease.
              The slightly warmed plastic releases it's contents into my dish and the lush deep brown liquid caramel smells wonderful.
              The custard is firm and has stayed in one piece and the liquid caramel is draping itself all over the solid custard.

              I am semi-expecting to find that the custard part of the dessert feels and tastes synthetic, if looks are anything to go by then my suspicions could well be right.
              My teaspoon has to work overtime as it slides into the side of the mound of custard, I note that the shiny custard feels a little bit `rubbery` but looks can be deceiving.
              If all else fails then at least Sainsbury's have made sure that there is plenty of caramel sauce to enjoy.
              The custard is fairly dense, it is not too sweet but in my opinion it is a bit too artificial, whereas the caramel sauce is delightful.

              Each of the Sainsbury's crème caramels amounts to no more than half a dozen mouthfuls but they are reasonably pleasing mouthfuls !
              If Sainsbury's modified the recipe for the custard then the dessert would have far more promise, but then again if more cream and a good vanilla were added to the custard that would inevitably lead to a price hike.
              Like the old saying goes, you cannot please everyone.

              Sainsbury's have created their budget version of the crème caramel and for the price it is perfectly acceptable.
              A 100g pot of the crème caramel contains 107 calories which is not too hefty but only to be expected the sugar levels are horrendous.
              It would be easy to put a little cream into the dish to keep the Sainsbury's basics crème caramel company and it may very well make the whole dessert far creamier but it would also up the calorie levels considerably.

              I feel that the custard is slightly lacking but the rich sweet caramel sauce is very enjoyable.
              Take the next stage up and you can buy a pack of four Sainsbury's ( not from the Basics range ) crème caramels and they will only cost you about 20p more ( for a 4 pack )
              Maybe these will be next on my list to sample.

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              29.10.2009 13:29
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              Sainsbury's Creme Caramel

              Boyfriend and I got some of these at the weekend and Dooyoo have just added them as an option to be reviewed so here goes.....


              Packaging.

              These desserts come in a fluted plastic pot with the usual paper lid. However, if you turn these upside you will notice a piece of silver paper on the bottom of the pot. The lid contains the usual ingredients, nutritional information, Sainsbury's contact information etc.

              You can visit the website at:- www.sainsburys.co.uk



              Nutritional Information per 100g

              Energy kJ: 462kJ
              kcal: 116kcal
              Protein: 2.6g
              Carbohydrate: 22.9g
              of which sugars: 21.8g
              of which starch: 1.1g
              Fat: 1.6g
              (of which saturates): 1.0g
              (of which polyunsaturates): Trace
              Fibre: Trace
              Sodium: Trace
              Salt equivalent: Trace


              Allergy advice. Contains Milk


              Ingredients: Skimmed Milk* (75%), Sugar, Caramel (6.9%) [Sugar, Water], Whipping Cream*, Native Maize Starch, Natural Flavourings, Gelling Agent: Carrageenan, Salt, Colour: Beta-Carotene, Lacrose*, Milk Proteins*
              * From Cow's milk


              The dessert:

              When you look at this through the pot it just looks like something with is a light coloured brown at the top and a darker brown at the bottom. You can't really see any detail.
              To serve, remove the lid and turn upside down onto a dish of plate. Then pull the piece of silver paper which will release the dessert and sauce.
              Once released the dessert looks like a little mountain with a flat top nestling in a small amount of the caramel sauce.


              Price:

              These comes in packs of 4 pots x 100g. Sainsbury's are currently charging 64p for one pack (4 pots)


              Taste & Opinion:

              The spoon cuts through the creme caramel very easily indeed. The dessert itself is dense rather than light and fluffy like mousse or angel delight but it's not a dessert that's heavy on the stomach. I suppose the closest thing to it I can think of in terms of consistency is jelly but this wobbles a lot less! It's quite sweet and has a slight caramely taste which is rather pleasant.

              There's just enough of the liquid sauce to keep the whole thing wet and moist. This isn't a dessert that going to dry your mouth out and leave you feel as if you need a drink at the same time. The sauce itself is sweeter and more strongly flavoured that the creme caramel and the two elements blend together rather well to create a pleasant taste experience.

              Overall though I'd describe this more as an "everyday" dessert. It lacks a rich and depth of taste that would make it a quality, indulgent treat for you to settle down with on the sofa whilst watching a film etc.

              In nutritional terms the fat content is very low indeed, coming in at just over one and a half percent. It performs less well on the sugar side of things almost hitting 22%. On the plus side there no gelatine or sweeteners or anything else that looks to be of particular concern listed in the ingredients.

              Overall, as I said, this is a pleasant everyday dessert. If you're looking for something special that proves to be a treat for your tastebuds then this isn't it.

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