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Sainsbury's 'Basics' Strawberry Dessert Mix

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      21.07.2010 21:58

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      Highly recommended dessert

      This is a great value, great tasting little product. I never used to shop at sainsburys because i thought it was very expensive, but ever since moving locally to the supermarket i had found myself buying their 'basics' range. I originally thought that this product would taste nothing like Angel Delight and other leading manufactures but this taste no different. It thickens up extremely quickly and is very tasty! The basics desserts from sainsburys are very cheap (much cheaper than leading products).

      The product itself takes only a minute or 2 to mix in with the required amount of milk (300ml per packet) and takes no longer than 5 minutes to set and chill, which makes it ideal for a snack aswel as for a dessert. The end product has a very good consistency, a little runnier than moose.

      Unlike a lot of basic no frills products (from all supermarkets) this dessert mix does not contain any E numbers, doesnt have any added sugar and isnt extremely sickly either. There is plently of flavour to be tasted too, and has a great shelf life too.
      This product is suitable for vegetarians so can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people, but does use cows milk for its best results.

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      22.03.2010 10:44
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      A tasty dessert that will satisfy your needs.

      Sainsbury's yet again have made another great basic product.

      Being on such a tight budget all the time desserts kind of went out the window, until I came across the Sainsbury basics strawberry dessert mix.

      Priced at only 6p for this 38 gram sachet of dessert mix is an absolute bargain, i would recommend picking one up when you're in store you may also just like it.

      It's extremely easy to make all you need to do is measure out half a pint of semi-skimmed milk, add the powder and whisk until the powder has mixed in and the mixture has become thick and creamy. You can already smell the sweet taste of strawberry. Pop it in the fridge for 5 minutes and then serve. There is enough for 4 good sized portions.

      It's very similar to angel delight but is not as overpowering in taste. It's also a lot cheap so you will save yourself a few pennies. It's a very tasty dessert and there always clean bowls after this is served it up to the kids. (Kids being my daughter and other half) The taste of the strawberries is very sweet so a small portion is best. A lot of desserts I have tried leave a nasty horrible taste in your mouth, but this one if different. The only thing it leaves you with is the sweet taste of strawberries and wanting more.

      Once made, there is 352 calories, 10.4 grams of fat and 21.6 grams of sugar. This is really not a healthy dessert so as a sweet treat once in a while is the best way to have it.

      The packaging is very plain, simple and to the point. Just like all the other products in the Sainsbury's basics range. It's is a basic white packet with the store logo printed across the top in orange. The product name is also printed in orange. Then underneath it reads, no more effort, still whips up a treat. This is very true. It's a treat the kids will love. It's also great to serve up at birthday parties and if it doesn't all get polished up them you haven't wasted a huge amount of money.

      Overall this is a great dessert that kids and adults will love and enjoy.

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      19.05.2009 17:24
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      Not recommended

      Background:

      I love an easy to prepare and tasty pudding, it rounds a good meal so well in my opinion. So when I was shopping recently in Sainbury's along side the traditional desserts I usually purchase I found this one and thought it was worth trying.

      Price:

      This sadly was my initial attraction to this product because of the impressive price. I usually buy Angel Delight desserts which cost 47p for a 59g packet currently, but this one to my complete surprise costs only 6p for a 38g packet.

      Packaging:

      This is not half as effective as the branded product that looks very eye catching and appealing. This product is part of the Sainsbury's basics range and as such very little is spent on making the product look as good as similar branded items. It is still in a sachet which is air tight but has the Basic's logo on the top and white background below it. I would describe the packaging as cheap but cheerful. The good thing is once you recognise the Basic's design you can quickly spot any of its items in the range.

      The packaging is simple with most of the product information on the rear of it. It tells you in very clear well spaced out sections: the nutrition information including guidelines on the daily amount, a list of ingredients, how to prepare this product and details about Sainsbury's of you have either comments or complaints about it.

      Product:

      Unlike its more illustrious branded products, there range of the Basics desserts is very limited or dare I say it basic!! The range currently comprises of just two Strawberry and Chocolate, which is a real shame, as I love the taste of Butterscotch and Raspberry versions that the branded competitors do and would have preferred one of those/

      A quarter pack provides with 75ml of semi skimmed milk provides:

      Calories: 88
      Fat: 2.6g
      Sat fat: 1.3g
      Total Sugars 5.4 g
      Salt: 0.5g

      Ingredients:

      Tapioca Starch, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier: Acetic Acid Ester of Mono- & Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids; Gelling Agents: Tetrasodium Diphosphate, Disodium, Phosphate; Milk Proteins, Colours: Beetroot, Red, Beta Carotene; Flavourings, Sweetener: Sucralose.

      Allergy advice:

      This product when made contains milk. It is suitable for vegetarians and contains no added sugar.

      How to make:

      For best result this product should not be prepared more than 2 hours before serving.

      It can be made with either whole or semi skimmed milk.

      Put the contents of the sachet into a bowl with half a pint of milk and then whisk it for a minute and leave to stand for a further minute. From there it is ready to serve in just five minutes.

      Smell:

      I could detect a faint but very pleasant strawberry smell once the whisking had began.

      Look:

      Once I had started whisking it smelt and indeed looked like Strawberry milkshake. However as it thickened it appeared more like a dessert looking more like a moose. Maybe the colour wasn't as red as I'd expected it was more of an off pink colour that didn't look that attractive.

      Taste:

      My first impression was quite good, but maybe that was because I was very hungry. It had a creamy strawberry taste, which actually made my mouth water and was very tasty initially.

      However as I got used to taste, I found it lacked a real strong strawberry taste. It was more sweetener and colouring than actual Strawberry flavour. It began to taste a bit bland and tasteless, it lacked the quality it taste terms that I have come to expect. It was creamy and sweet but almost artificial in taste.

      Indeed after my serving I felt it made my stomach feel heavy and bloated

      Opinion:

      What I found was the product did not thicken in the time it advised on the packaging. So after about five minutes I put the product in the fridge for 10 minutes, this seemed to do the trick.

      When I put the product in bowls I realised this was only going to give me a maximum of two servings per packet.

      It reminded me very much with its look and texture of blancmange, it had a similar sloppy feel to it.

      I would not be comfortable serving this product to a visitor or guest. Yes the Angel Delight versions but not when the product was as lacking in flavour as this one.

      The taste disappointed me I found it bland and unappealing, lacking both flavour and a quality taste. And while I found it very easy to eat it was not a particularly memorable or pleasurable experience.





      Conclusion:

      I think on this occasion the phase you get what you pay for can be applied. The product was definitely edible but it was not as tasty and enjoyable as I had expected. I think in future I will pay that bit more and use the branded products as I prefer the taste of them. A worthwhile experiment from my point of view but certainly one I will not be trying again.

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        06.04.2009 17:20
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        Not for me!

        When it comes to desserts I really do love them and 'Angel Delight' is one my favourites simply cos I like the flavours and it's really quick and simple to make myself. When I saw this for 7p a sachet (yes really!) I felt it was a go a go instead of parting with my usual 47p for a sachet of Angel Delight!

        The Packaging....

        White paper, silver foil on the inside to keep the product fresh. On the front of the packet all in orange writing I'm told it is Sansbury's Basics Strawberry Dessert Mix 'No more effort still whips up a treat' and there is a picture scribbled on (also in orange) of what I assume is the whip made up in a dish. On the bottom of the packet I'm told that the product is suitable for vegetarians, contains no added sugar and that the best before date is displayed on the back of the packet and there is an at a glance nutritional pye chart displayed to the top left hand corner. On the back of the packet in black and white writing I'm again told what it is, given nutritional, ingredients and allergy information, told directions for use and how to store the product, size is stated (38g), best before date is indeed stamped on as I was told on the front of the packet, contact information for Sainsbury's is given and finally there is a bar- code on there. Very simple and cheap looking packaging this is but to be fair to it it only costs 7p a go and does actually contain all the information you need on there.

        How To Make It Up....

        For best results Sainsbury's Basics Dessert should not be prepared more than 2 hours before serving. This product tastes equally delicious made with whole or semi skimmed milk.

        Add the contents of the packet to 300ml (1/2 pint) of cold milk and whisk for approximately 1 minute until light and creamy.
        Stand for 1 minute to allow to thicken and spoon into individual dishes.
        Ready to serve in 5 minutes or chill until required.

        Eating It....

        Make no bones about it... it is simply vile! I'd like to end the review there along with the words 'don't bother insulting your taste-buds' but feel I should back up my claims!

        Mixing it up is simple enough according to the instructions. I simply put the light pink, fake strawberry smelling fine powder into a dish and added half a pint of milk and whisked for a minute....to be left with milkshake that was light pink and very powdery lumped looking. So inedible it was after a minute of whisking so I continued whisking away till after about 4 minutes the mixture peaked a bit. However unappetising this really looked!

        It was a weird light pink colour to look at, not glossy and not smooth and smelt really, really sweet and fake and not one bit of natural strawberries. It just looked so lumpy like a weird blamange and nothing I could do could get it to look any different! As I tasted it I could really taste the added sweeteners opposed to sugar which is Sucralose (a sweetener) and although it smelt a little recognisable as strawberries I'd be hard pushed blindfolding to know that was meant to be the taste of this or even what it was!

        Overall....

        Made 2 servings and one got touched by me and the other went in the bin. Too sweet, weird texture and just not one bit tasty, I really didn't like it at all. It's cheap to buy and it tastes equally cheap. The packet looks cheap but when this is made up and in a dish it also appears it. It isn't soft and whippy or even light. It isn't smooth and glossy and I doubt this product has ever even had a strawberry anywhere near it. Avoid!

        7p only in Sainsbury's.

        Allergy Advice:

        Contains Milk.

        Nutritional Information Per A Quarter Pack (made with semi skimmed milk)...

        Calories 88
        Fat 2.6g
        Saturated Fat 1.3g
        Salt 0.5g
        Total Sugars 5.4g

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