“ Type: Other Desserts „
My partner is a huge fan of cream cakes and profiteroles are his most favourite. Walking down the freezer aisle in Sainsbury's I came across these, they aren't an item I would normally purchase but priced at only £2 I decided to give them a go.
They took around 4 hours to defrost and they were ready to eat. They serve up to 4 people but i know my other half could have eaten the whole packet.
I opened the packaging to see there were approximately 20 profiteroles, they are each around and inch and a half in width. The soft textured pastry of the profiteroles is nice and soft and when broken you will find a lovely thick tasty cream inside. They are very satisfying after a meal, and great to see the cream covering my daughter face, she enjoyed then as well, which shows that they are not only great for adults but for children as well.
I usually find with these types of products I am left with a nasty dry and scratchy feeling in the roof of my mouth. But these didn't leave that taste.
The profiterole come with a lovely thick chocolate sauce which isn't too sweet but still has a great taste. It compliments to profiteroles extremely well and really sets them off. But could really do with being twice the size for us chocoholics.
Overall these are a great tasting dessert which I would purchase again but I found them slightly sickly so they would more be purchased for when we have guests around.
It's Wednesday, and, in need of a mid- week pick me up I popped into Sainsbury's on the look out for something sweet and naughty. On seeing these Profiteroles I was instantly drawn to them, and the picture on the packaging promised everything I wanted so I put a pack in my basket, paid, and made my way home, I couldn't resist these for long, so we ate them just, and they were very yummy indeed!
Price: At £2 for the box these seem pretty expensive, but they are meant to serve 4, which is a plenty big enough portion unless you're really needing a sweet treat. I couldn't see any other profiteroles at Sainsbury's when I got these so I didn't have chance to compare the price against other products, but at 50p a serving I don't think it's too bad after all.
Packaging: Sainsbury's Profiteroles come in a recyclable cardboard box, with a picture of the profiteroles piled high with lashings of chocolate sauce, how could anyone resist? On opening the box the profiteroles are in a little plastic bag and the chocolate sauce also comes in a little plastic sachet, these are not recyclable.
Before Eating: These do come frozen and you have to leave them in the fridge for 2-3 hours to defrost, they do say you can leave them at room temperature for an hour to defrost but we weren't in a particular rush to eat them so I put them in the fridge and started to prepare the evening meal.
Taste: I found these delicious! The pastry was really light, and you really couldn't tell it had been defrosted, they weren't in anyway soggy just really perfect. Inside the cream was also very nice and slightly sweet, there's lots of cream in there and once again you couldn't tell it was frozen at all. Sainsbury's haven't been stingy with the amount of chocolate sauce they give you, I often find myself reaching for the bottle of ice cream chocolate sauce but I didn't need to with these profiteroles. The sauce was really chocolatey and didn't have the fake taste that some do, it all worked really well together.
Nutritional Information: Per 5 profiteroles and 17g chocolate sauce (quarter of the box):
Sat Fat: 11.6g
Allergy Advice: Contains gluten, wheat, eggs and milk. Suitable for vegetarians.
It isn't exactly good for you but it isn't the worst thing you could have if you're wanting a sweet treat either. However, we did have 5 each and I, and everyone else agreed that we could of eaten more, and it would be quite easy to eat this box between 2.
Overall: I will definately be buying these again as an occasional treat, they aren't great for you but I'd prefer to have these than a chocolate bar which is often of similar calorie values. The price isn't too bad, but not good if you're watching the pennies, these taste great though so 5 out of 5 is the only rating I can give them!
The Sunday roast is more often than not followed with a light dessert, if any of the family are coming then I try to push the boat out and buy something extra good.
Yesterday afternoon we went to have a look in Comet electrical, the washing machine is on the blink again. On the small retail park they have a Marks and Spencer's food outlet, I suggested we go in and take a look around, but I'm sad to say that is all it was...a look around. Their high quality products were all beautifully displayed in the chiller cabinet, a superior selection that needed a superior wallet.
Hence the only thing we came out of the store with was a Marks and Spencer's Insurance services leaflet.
Sainsbury`s was our last port of call on the way home so we went and investigated the chilled desserts there.
Two individual pots of profiteroles worked out at £1.45, each pot contained three cream filled choux buns with a rich chocolate sauce poured over the top. Four of us eating so for £2.90 an instant pudding.
The walk to the checkouts meant passing the freezer section where my eagle eyed hubby spotted the frozen profiteroles.
He quite rightly pointed out that the packet of twenty frozen profiteroles were a better buy at £2.
The cardboard box meant that you couldn't gauge the size of the profiteroles but it would work out at five each, plenty enough for anyone. They had overnight to defrost so again no worries.
The individual tubs with three profiteroles contained 261 calories and a portion of five frozen ones contained 270 calories, so the helpings must have been about the same.
The choux pastry defrosted within a couple of hours and another thirty minutes later the cream inside was soft and thawed.
I have some dessert glasses on long stems which do justice to a cold sweet and five profiteroles adequately filled each glass to the brim.
The chocolate sauce is in a large plastic sachet which needs to have the corner cut off of it for pouring purposes. As long as you cut a small section of the corner of the bag away you can easily direct the chocolate sauce accurately over the choux buns.
Thick cream had oozed from one or two of the profiteroles and as it mingled with the chocolate sauce it made a marble effect on the serving glass.
The creamy white filling which used skimmed and whole milk, butterfat, sugar water, egg and whey was plentiful and fresh tasting.
Considering the choux pastry had been frozen it hadn't gone soggy either. So each small bun consisted of two good spoonfuls. The chocolate sauce wasn't as thick as I might have liked, it was more of a pouring sauce but it was `chocolatey` and the condensed milk in it made it really sweet.
The five choux bun portion was ample, in fact four would have been plenty.
The Sainsbury`s frozen profiteroles were good value for money, working out at 50p a person. We didn't have any extra cream with them, the chocolate sauce and the cream inside of the puffy choux buns was ample.
The sachet of chocolate sauce allowed each portion to be well coated and look well presented.
In hindsight the only thing that I might have changed was a thicker consistency to the chocolate sauce, some profiteroles have a very thick layer of sweet creamy chocolate sauce which I love.
Apart from that they were an ideal dessert.
The profiteroles are fine for vegetarians to enjoy, but they do contain gluten, wheat, eggs and milk.
They are free from artificial colourings and flavourings.
A portion of five profiteroles contain 270 calories, 17g fat, 10.8 saturated fat, 16.7g sugar and just 0.2g salt.
So maybe just a special ocasion treat .
I really like Profiteroles, but I wasn't so keen on these ones. Surely they are all the same product? Not so.
These are sold in Sainbury's and cost £2 a box. I got these on buy one get one free a few weeks ago. These are frozen and have 20 Profiteroles in the box. I wouldn't say that I thought £2 was expensive for this product, but I usually buy Asda's ones and they cost £1 for 20 and they are also frozen. Anyway they were worth it a bit more since they were on offer.
There is a seperate sachet of Chocolate sauce and to look at the sauce it looked pretty thick. It was also really dark brown, so looks a bit rich chocolate.
It's not long to defrost these. 1 hour at room temperature or 2 hours in a fridge.
The box was pretty big and bulky. The Profiteroles were in a sealed plastic bag inside and the sauce sacket was taped onto the bag. The box could have been thinner and smaller as the contents didn't fill the box up and that was it could save on packaging. Wheather they are keeping the box bulky to make you think you are getting loads in the box - who knows?
I definitely prefer the Asda ones, as these ones were different sizes and quite small and sad looking. The cream inside was quite creamy, but not that sweet and it kind of left an odd taste in my mouth. The sauce went on ok, but instead of sticking to the Profiteroles a lot of the sauce ended up on the plate, so I ended up swirling the Profiteroles around the plate to coat them in chocolate.
Nutritional information per 5 Profiteroles with 17g sauce
I would say worth a try when on offer, but Asda's ones are great and a lot cheaper
Is there anything in life more heavenly that profiteroles? No. Sainsbury's own brand profiteroles in a chocolate sauce are dreamy and must be consumed on a daily basis for happiness and general well-being.
These profiteroles are frozen and so not as perfect as fresh ones but they are a great thing to keep in the freezer for emergency desserts when people come to visit. The choux pastry part stays chewy and there is a lot of cream inside each one. The chocolate sauce is in a separate packet. There is a temptation to add more sauce to your own plate than everyone else's but so long as you can disguise what you've done, nobody needs to get upset!
The box contains 20 profiteroles and they say this should feed 4 people. My husband and I can easily devour a packet between us though! If you go on their recommendation and only have 5 profiteroles, you will consume 270 calories and 17.1g of fat. This is probably why they say stop at 5!
They cost about £2 a packet and seriously, they would be worth ten times that amount.
When we go shopping and a dessert is required, quite often a box of frozen profiteroles will jump into the trolley. I started buying the Sainsbury's own version a long while ago when they were on a BOGOF offer.
Usually they are only £2 for 20 profiteroles anyway which is a very good bargain in my opinion. You can very often find these in the offer compartment though.
The profiteroles are packaged in a clear plastic bag, coupled with a sachet of chocolate sauce. All this is hidden in a basic cardboard box. The packaging represents a huge pile of profiteroles. The end result actually matches up to the packaging picture very well. Something which rarely happens with food. Mind you where can you go wrong with profiteroles?
As these profiteroles are frozen they will need to be left out at room temperature for two hours or longer of left in the fridge. I usually find they do need a good two hours before presenting or eating as otherwise the middles can be a little bit frozen still and there's nothing more odd than eating frozen cream when you are expecting it to be defrosted.
To serve they need placing on a large platter and then you can open the chocolate sauce sachet which will need to be poured over the pile of profiteroles. There is only just enough chocolate sauce in the sachet to be served with the profiteroles. It would be lovely if there was more, so make sure you get it all out to not miss out on any.
A serving of 20 individual sized profiteroles should serve four of you at least but we get through a packet between three of us easily. When we have guests we always buy two packets as everyone seems to love them.
The taste test is the best bit of these profiteroles. Each one is an average size, which looks appealing before you break it in half to eat. The pastry isn't as light as I would like but then this might be something to do with the fact that they have been frozen and have taken on a bit of moisture in their journey.
There is ample cream hidden inside each one and it tastes light and airy against the ever so slightly chewy pastry.
The sauce is a basic chocolate sauce you will find in recipes. It's not exceptional but it fits well with the rest of the flavours mixed together. This would be gorgeous with Cadburys chocolate melted all over the mountain of profiteroles.
Overall these taste really nice compared to the price you pay for them. They won't stand up to fresh in quite the same way, but I wouldn't expect them to. We buy these frequently and I think they're well worth the money.
Each portion (5 profiteroles) will provide you with 270 cals and 17.1g fat. These really are an occasional treat, but well worth that fat content.
SAINSBURY'S 20 PROFITEROLES WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE
Cost: £1 (@ 26.9.08) for a box of 20 and a sachet containing 68g chocolate sauce
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving of 5 profiteroles with 17g chocolate sauce):-
- of which sugars: 16.7g
- of which starch: 4.5g
- of which saturates: 10.8g
- of which mono-unsaturates: 4.8g
- of which polyunsaturates: 0.8g
- of which sodium: 0.06g
Reconstituted skimmed milk, whole milk, butterfat, sugar, water, egg, whey protein concentrate, stabiliser (carrageenan), emulsifier (mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids), salt, wheat flour, palm oil, glucose fructose syrup, sweetened condensed milk, fat-reduced cocoa powder, tapioca, starch, natural flavouring
ALLERGY ADVICE: Contains wheat, milk, egg & gluten
SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS
Sainsbury's Chocolate Profiteroles can be found in the desserts section of the frozen food department in most large branches of the store.
The rectangular box is quite deep, coloured in various shades of brown, and on the front is a picture of a serving plate piled high with profiteroles with chocolate sauce drizzled over them. Clearly printed on the reverse of the box is all the nutritional information (in much more detail than I've given above).
The box opens with a tear-off serrated strip, and inside is a clear plastic bag containing the 20 choux pastry profiteroles, and a small clear plastic sachet containing the chocolate sauce. Both the bag and the sachet can be opened with ease.
These profiteroles will defrost within about 2 to 3 hours in the fridge, and within about an hour at room temperature - though the instructions on the box recommend keeping the item refrigerated, so I always let them thaw out in the fridge.
The choux pastry is nice and light, and certainly isn't at all soggy like it is on some brands of profiterole. There is an ample serving of chocolate sauce, which has a good, rich chocolatey flavour - but it is a little on the sweet side for my own palate; that doesn't stop me eating and enjoying it though. I have found that the chocolate sauce accompanying some other brands of profiteroles tastes a little synthetic, but this one doesn't at all.
The profiterole balls are a nice size - about the same size as errrrrr...should I say this on DooYoo? I'd better not just in case, as I don't want to blot my copy book - so I shall leave it to your imagination, the word beginning with "b" being the operative one.
The cream filling is generous, and has a nice fresh taste. It is real cream, and not that fake creme patisserie stuff that is sometimes used in dessert items. The chocolate sauce coats the profiteroles nicely, and the whole thing when ready to eat looks very attractive and appetising.
As with most food items I review on DooYoo, I find the suggested serving too small for my own gargantuan appetite, but I'd also imagine there are a lot of other people who wouldn't be satisfied by what is suggested on the box as being a single serving. If you have a bottomless pit for a stomach, it is easy to sit and polish off the whole box to yourself without a backward glance.
All in all, Sainsbury's Profiteroles With Chocolate Sauce is a lovely, rich-tasting dessert that gives the impression of expense and luxury, but at £1 per box, is enormously good value for money.
As would be expected with this type of food item, the fat, sugar and calorie content is embarrassingly high, so though overall I'd recommend these as a dessert above most other things, maybe they should be saved for special occasions.
Verdict? An excellent quality product, which I highly recommend.
Thanks for reading.
Choux pastry with a creamy filling and a sachet of chocolate flavoured sauce.