“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Other Desserts „
For the last few days I have been devouring this desert with my other half. It is definately a special treat as each small slice holds over 300 calories! For two people it has take about 3 evenings to eat although if we had smaller slices it could have lasted longer. It was reduced down to £1.77 as it was going out of date but is usually priced at around the £3 mark. The box is dark and has a clear front so you can see what you are buying, the base is kind of like shortbread but a bit mushier. Then on top of the base is a creamy chocolate sauce that is semi set so it doesnt make a huge mess on the plate. You can eat it with cream if your feeling really greedy or just on its own is very tasty. The chocolate sauce is very rich and more dark chocolate in taste than being really sweet. It melts in your mouth and tastes luxurious! It looks great on the plate and you could improve the presentation with some strawberries or other fruit. The shortcake base is quite crumbly but manages to stay together even when cut through with a fork. There is nothing really good for you in this desert so if you are on a diet avoid it. Its a great end to a dinner party and satisfying enough to have a small slice and therefore could last you several days if only sharing between a few of you. It needs to be kept in the fridge and if near its sell by date then eat up quickly to avoid an upset stomach.
I recently tried Sainsbury's Bakewell Tart, a new range that has just been introduced to my nearest Local store. Having been rather impressed by that, when I went in the other day and saw that this range of desserts had been reduced from £2.79 to £2 I decided to try out the chocolate tart which looked good. As with the Bakewell Tart, it comes in a black box with a big see-through pane at the front so you can get a good look at what you're buying. This is aimed to be divided into six pieces which is reasonable here because this is quite a rich dessert. A sixth will provide 321 calories so perhaps not a great choice for healthy eaters. Inside the tart is held on a plastic tray. Unfortunately the tray is somewhat weak and flimsy which means that if as I did the other day, you pick it up with one hand then you can very easily end up with the whole thing over the floor, so the lesson is be careful how you carry it. Also I noted that the chocolate tends to get everywhere particularly onto the plastic pane which means it can look a tad unpresentable but of course it doesn't affect the taste at all. Also beware of the chocolate getting onto the rest of the packaging and then getting it all over your hands when serving it. The tart is butter pastry with chocolate ganache topped with cocoa powder. In the picture, the tart looks quite solid but it's more liquid in real life and therefore it is harder to cut a perfect looking pieces like on the box. The layer of chocolate is about half a centimetre thick and though it does not specify either milk or dark chocolate on the box I would guess that by the taste and colour it is dark though it is not bitter at all like some dark chocolate. In fact, it is very rich and creamy and gives off a lovely smell. In terms of consistency I would have to say it's gooey, not as much as cream based ganache but if you held it upside down it would certainly trickle off. The pastry is nice and soft and crumbly though tends to be dominated by the chocolate taste but it's nice to have a different texture and flavour under all that thick chocolate. I also noticed that I could not see any cocoa powder dusting on my tart. Either there was very very little or they had a manufacturing error but I doubt it would have made much difference. This is very nice on it's own but I also tried it with some whipped cream which was very nice though obviously even worse for you but hey ho. Would I buy this again? Yes maybe at the offer price of £2. It is nice but it's actually a very simple dessert and I wouldn't feel right paying almost £3 for it. If buying at full price I would probably pick the Bakewell Tart.