“ Brand: Sainsburys / Type: Puddings „
£3.49 for a sticky toffee pudding for 4? It had to be done. It was a crisp autumnal evening and this was the sort of comfort food to cheer the hearts of a young couple in love. "Do you have a nectar card", said 'Doreen' on the checkout. "No", Rob replied, thinking that the pudding was bargain enough without needing nectar points too. He lovingly placed the pudding in the bag, along with some carrots and left the store. The cool air hit his face and he was suddenly struck with a thought. Sticky toffee was his favourite, but not his wife's. Had he been sacrificial enough in his pudding choice? It was too late now.
Later that evening, as he tried in vain to peel the plastic film off the container, Rob wished he had decided to microwave it rather than put it in the oven. But after a brief struggle with the plastic, he managed to take it off and cook it in the oven for 20 minutes. The smell permeated through the house. What heaven, what delight!
As Rob put the spoon in his mouth, the pudding was soft and sweet and moist. It tasted wonderful, and his wife was heartily impressed with the choice. Perhaps, sticky toffee pudding might become her favourite pudding too?! ......
Oh Sainsbury`s why do you keep on doing this to me, the chilled dessert counter is stacked with creamy concoctions that just draw me like a bee to a honeypot. Have you ever stood there and seriously studied those indulgent puddings?
With me its fast becoming a hobby and I feel as though I know the puddings personally.
Steamed spotted dick is always falling off of the shelf into my shopping basket, followed by one of those neat little containers of ready made creamy custard.
This Sticky toffee pud seemed to be a new kid on the block, or I needed to visit the optician.
£3.29 was all I needed to buy my little bit of heaven and lets face it whats £3.29 when you are trying to use `frugal` as your middle name. Think again though, its just got to have custard with it, so if I got the Birds custard powder out and whipped up a pint of homemade custard then maybe I could justify buying the Toffee pud.
A few minutes to microwave from chilled is all it takes, I was drooling at the thought of chunks of fat juicy Medjool Dates, they are the ones that I walk past in Sainsbury`s and try hard to ignore, have you seen the price of them?!
The Toffee pud would serve at least three people, major hitch here, there are only two of us but im sure we would manage.
The slab of luxurious buttery sponge is chock full with Eastern Promise (No not Turkish Delight- but Dates) and rich toffee sauce cascades over the sponge like a waterfall.
The glossy toffee sauce is rich in muscovado sugar with a hint of Madagascan vanilla and it is pervading my nostrils.
Manners maketh man, a saying that went out of the window as soon as the pudding was cooked. My spoon was in too much of a hurry to dig into that delicacy.
The sponge is as light as a feather, chunks of date vie for pole position and the divine toffee sauce just evaporates in your mouth.
The pudding didn't leave me feeling full, fat and forty (Hm Hm)
I relished every mouthful, even Lloyd Grossman couldn't pick holes in this? surely not.
All vegetarians will be happy to know that they too can enjoy the pudding. It does contain wheat, gluten, eggs and milk though.
The packet does tell you that you may have a brief encounter with a Date stalk, but Lady Luck was on my side there.
Now for the bad news, a 100g serving of pud contains 377 calories, 17.7g fat, 10.7g Sat fat, 34.4g sugar and just the 1.0g of salt.
I'm afraid it has to be a high day and a holiday pud does this one, but its amongst one of the tastiest desserts I have had the pleasure of eating in many a moon.
I am normally a loyal ASDA customer, but recently called into Sainsbury's on my way home, because...well it was on my way home! I normally find Sainsbury's to be quite expensive, but I must admit that when they have offers they are generally quite decent ones. There are some really good 1/2 price offers at the moment and this is how I came across this little beauty!
I absolutely love Sticky Toffee pudding and normally limit myself to having this as a treat when I am out for a meal, but for the price of £1.72 for a 400g pudding I could not resist (the packaging says this serves 4, but to be honest, it is so rich that after eating a quarter of it I am certain that it would easily serve 6 people). It is quite high in calories at 377 cals per 100g, and really needs something to eat with it like cream or ice-cream adding a few more! A definite treat only product!
The pudding comes in a plastic microwavable tray within a cardboard sleeve picturing this luxurious pudding on the front. The pudding itself is a luscious dark brown, and has a thick toffee sauce that melts and absorbs into the light sponge when it is heated. It smells divine when its cooking (i microwaved ours, but you can oven cook it) filling the kitchen with a sweet toffee aroma.
I think that this dessert is an absolute must for anyone who loves sticky toffee pudding, but if you aren't a fan there is a lemon dessert and a chocolate dessert in the same 'Taste the difference' range also on offer at the moment.
Looking at the ingredients on the pack I have noticed that in amongst all the stuff that's bad for you, 18% of the ingredients are dates, therefore it is 1/5th fruit and might even contribute to your recommended 5 a day!!! Wishful thinking I know, but God loves a trier!!!!! I would definitely buy this again and recommend it highly. I would even consider paying full price for it as a treat. Try it, I guarantee you will love it!!!
Oh, the pleasure! I had the house to myself. The kids were in bed and all was quiet. Opening the fridge I look at the Sainsburys Taste the Difference Toffee Pudding I had brought earlier in the day and glance at the clock. Was it too late for such indulgence?
Not on your nelly! I whipped it out of the packet and pierced several holes in the film wrapped lid, straight into the micro for 2 minutes and there in front of me was the most amazing looking dessert I had seen in a long time.
The loaf of pudding was entirely adequate for three people, but as I was alone in the house and the diet had gone out the window for now, I thought what the heck, poured the last of the extra thick double cream over the top and sat down to indulge myself!
The pudding itself is very soft and light, and is actually a sponge than a pudding I would say. It has small air pockets through it which make it even lighter than a sponge cake in places. It does not really taste overpoweringly of toffee though and this is extremely well balanced as the sauce that covers the entire slab is extremely high in toffee taste.
In fact the sauce is what really makes this dessert that bit more special in my opinion. I tasted a little bit before I heated it up and it actually tasted different than when it had been nuked. Before heating, the sauce was extremely thick and resembled a cloudy golden syrup. It tasted divine and made me think of the trays of toffee my mum used to make when I was little. The kind you had to smash to bits with a toffee hammer, and then it would stick to your teeth and melt eventually on your tongue. This is exactly how the sauce tasted to me when it was cold. When it was hot however it resembled a much runnier sauce, like runny honey actually, and the taste was not as strong. It tastes slightly like golden syrup now, only not as cloying in the mouth. The toffee flavour does come through although not nearly as strongly as when it is cold.
The combination of light all butter sponge and sweet toffee sauce is heaven. The sauce also has a hint of Madagascan vanilla in it and I can honestly taste this. I usually make Madeira cake at home all the time and use vanilla in that recipe. The taste is sweet but not sickly and the combination of vanilla and toffee works extremely well together.
The sponge is peppered with Medjool dates and you can occasionally taste a small crunchy sort of texture when eating it. These are obviously the dates but I cant honestly say they add or detract to the flavour as the over whelming taste is the toffee sauce. I would suggest this dessert in small doses if you are not really a sweet tooth like me and definitely not with any added toppings like double cream. However cream and custard are both delicious additions if you like it piled high and sugar laden enough to keep you high for a week.
I love this dessert but wish the sauce kept its thick consistency and toffee tray taste when it was heated as this really knocked my taste buds about. And needless to say treat this as a treat, and not a regular pudding for after dinner. It is laden with stuff we should not be eating, that is not kind to our hearts, arteries, cholesterol or waistlines! Having said that, it is on offer from Sainsburys at £1.89 instead of £2.89 at the moment so stuff it while you can or buy loads and stick them in the freezer!
Right Im off to run off this sugar induced high I am feeling now!