“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Pie „
Before I get stuck into writing this review I feel that I should point out that the photograph on the top of this review page is of the Tesco 'Chilled' Banoffee Pie. I did ask Dooyoo though for a new link for this frozen one I am reviewing now but I was told to write it here...so here I am lol.
I bought this actually for myself, my bestmate/flatmate and gorgeous boyfriend to have after dinner one night. He is mad on anything chocolate and to be honest I felt the need for something completly different and so purchased this as at a pound a dessert and I thought that offered great value.....well it would if it tasted nice!
The pie comes in a burnt orange coloured square box that I picked up in the freezer section of the store. On the front of the box there is a lovely photograph of the banoffee pie on there and we are indeed told that it is Tesco Banoffee Pie 'Crunchy digestive biscuit covered with creamy banana mousse, toffee sauce, cream mousse and toffee flavoured curls' and that it contains no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours, that it should serve 6 people and needs defrosting before serving it and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given as well as a full nutritional chart as well as storage advice and weight of the pie (which is 500g) and contact details for Tesco are given. Inside the pie comes in a foil, silver tray and all in all the packaging of this is fine and the box is as informative as it needs to be.
The Pie Itself:
Although I write lots of reviews on here I'm finding it really difficult sat in front of this laptop to find the right words to tell you just how absoloutely vile we all thought this was!
From the moment I defrosted it, it looked like a poor thin, squishy looking mess of an offering and smelt so awfully sweet and of bananas it knocked me quite sick feeling! It was gloopy to get out of the tray instead of me being able to serve nice portions and I dolloped it messily in dishes and the sauce and mousses looked a right mess all mingled together!
This flat, soggy mess in a dish consists of a base of disgestive biscuits which were dry and flaky and a bit too sweet for us then you get a light banana mousse which to be fair isn't too bad although again a bit too much on the sweet side of things but it held better than the other things the pie is made of and was ok (ish). Over that you get a thick golden and gooey, sickly sweet toffee sauce with mushed up pieces of real banana in it that I can only say is completly vile texture wise and taste wise and then to the edges of the pie you get a flavourless but fatty tasting cream mousse and a decoration to the centre of the pie of toffee curls, again which are far too sweet.
This mushy mess looks disgusting, is too sweet and the bananas blended into the sauce, to me is like swallowing back vomit after drinking a few too many. Sorry to be so graphic but I really want you to know how bad I think this is and to save you a pound if possible! The textures are awful and it looks nothing like the photograph shown on this review or on the front of the box. We all ate a spoon of it and even my sweet toothed boyfriend said it smelt disgusting, looked like something he digested and brought back up once which then put us off it but really...its awful!
Nutritional Information Per One-Sixth Of A Pie:
Onaly available in Tesco stores (thank goodness, that makes this gross pie easier to avoid lol).
I have wanted to trie bonafee pie for a while and so I was very happy when my mum bought home some from Tescos. It was reduced from £3.30 to 65p. I do like to try lots of different things, especially when they are new. I had not heard of bonaffee pie until I saw it in the shops.
Bonafee pie is essentially a base layer of digestives with banana slices on top with some toffee and then cream to top it up. I love cheese cake and bonafee pie sounds similar expect there is no cream and banana. The digestive base was nice a crumbly and tasted morish. The banana middle was really pungent with a sort of tangy taste. The banana tasted and looked like they had gone past their date. The banana flavour was overpowering and made the dessert taste rather fowl. The cream was nice and creamy but I always like cream so that wasn't a problem. The cream wasn't over sweet but it wasn't bland either which I have found with some trifle desserts.
The banana layer was really fowl tasting and the banana pies did look completely brown. I do know that bananas turn brown really quickly once cut but it takes quite a while for them to turn completely brown. I would have thought that they would have put some sort of preservative in the bananas to at least slow it down. I don't mind what the banana looks like as long as it tastes good which it did not. The whipped cream and the biscuit at the bottom was perfect and I would have happily eat the two of those together and it would have tasted delicious. The banana was too fowl for me so I will not be buying it again. I am happy that I didn't buy it full price because I would have been sorely disappointed.
One sixth of the pie has 340 calories, 22g of sugar (24%RDA), 11g of saturated fat (55% of RDA!!!), and 0.3g of salt (5% RDA). I think that there is far too much saturated (bad) fat and this is probably largely due to the whipped cream.
From Tesco Website:
'Crunchy biscuit covered with bananas, toffee sauce and freshly whipped cream. Hand finished with toffee shavings and cocoa.
Contains: Milk, Wheat, Gluten & Soya
Other Allergen Info: Recipe: No nuts.Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.Factory: Before being prepared for manufacture of this product, the equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts.'
Whipping Cream (22%), Banana (17%) ,Wheat Flour , Sweetened Condensed Milk (12%) ,Vegetable Oil ,Dark Brown Sugar ,Sugar , Banana Purée (4.5%) ,Margarine ,Invert Sugar Syrup ,Demerara Sugar ,Glucose Syrup ,Cocoa Powder ,Cocoa Butter ,Dried Whole Milk ,Whey Powder ,Milk Sugar , Thickener (Agar) ,Dextrose , Stabilisers (Tetrasodium Diphosphate, Sodium Alginate) ,Cocoa Mass ,Natural Flavouring , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins) , Colour (Capsanthin) ,Lemon Juice. ,Margarine contains ,Vegetable Oil ,Water ,Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids.
Tesco Banoffee Pie was a monstrously bad dessert.
The four-serving pies were being promoted quite actively in our local Tescos - with a lot of them placed in a prominent position high on a brightly-lighted shelf, and as they weren't too expensive - at £2 each, I'd been tempted for a while to buy one.
"Sticky, crunchy and creamy" the packaging stated, if I'm remembering things right. Though on eating it, I soon found that the pie I bought was none of the above.
It's an allegedly caramel and banana-filled pie on a biscuit base, topped with whipped cream. What you get certainly comes in three layers: there's a base layer like a thin, giant, crumbly dry digestive biscuit, which is topped with a vein of viciously sweet emulsified dull brown goo (the bananas / caramel element) and then a thick topping of shaving-foam like, cocoa-dusted whipped cream.
Rather than being like a cheese-cake base made from crushed biscuits held together with melted butter, the base is like a big, thin, round biscuit that started out the size it's finished up as. It does not have a particularly nice taste, though the texture is all right. The brown banana yuck tastes of nothing at all except sickly sweetness - although it has a banana 'fragrance', it manages not to taste of bananas one single bit, and it certainly doesn't have any of the rich, caramel flavours of a proper toffee sauce. The whipped cream, though spun up with air so it's very light, has a weird, granular yet slightly clotted texture. Clotted in a bad way, I mean: it's curdled like blood-clots are curdled from the original liquid - not like nice real clotted cream.
This was a horrid dose of pure sugar-based carbohydrate, tasting of nothing but sugar, that's by no mean 'worth' however many nutrition-free calories it would add on to a person eating it's daily diet.
It looks pretty in the packaging and doesn't come in a foil tin (it's a clear plastic disposable dish). Everything else about it is awful.
After getting a lot of stick from my hubbie on how long it takes me to write a review on something I decided to turn the tables and get him to help me. We had just eaten some Tesco Banoffee Pie, so I asked him to give me some feedback. After telling me he thought it was very nice, I decided he shouldn't give up the day job, and would crack on myself!!
It is billed by Tesco as Creamy Crumbly Sticky Toffee Banana Bursting Banoffee Pie. The dessert comes is a toffee coloured box with a large clear panel on the top so that you can see the pie. When you open the box it comes in a clear plastic container to hold it together. They re is a hole in the bottom which you can use to push the cake out of its container and decant onto a plate, which is a great design, and makes no mess.
When placed on a plate it is probably just over an inch thick. The cake is made up of a digestive biscuit base, topped with bananas and toffee sauce, covered in cream and finally dusted off with cocoa powder. It looks very appetising, and has a sweet scent of toffee and bananas. The cake cuts nicely with a standard table knife with only a little crumbling of the base.
The best part of the cake for me was the digestive base; it was robust and slightly salty, that crumbles in the mouth and provides a lovely contrast to the sweet toffee sauce on top. Hubbie was not so keen on the biscuit as he felt it was too firm - I think he might finally be getting the idea! We both agreed that the cake needed more toffee sauce, which was sweet and sticky without being too sickly. It also needed more chunky bananas, as they seemed to have broken down into banana pulp. The balance of cream was about right.
When packing the cake make sure you store it so it stays upright. Ours slipped onto its side on the journey home, and the cream all slid to one side of the cake, ands it is quite difficult to get it spread back over the toffee.
The packaging states that the cake serves 4, which is quarter of the cake, and I think that is quite a generous portion. I hate it when you buy a small cake that allegedly serves a dozen people!! However it is definitely one you should save for a special occasion, as a portion contains 355 calories, which equals 26% of your recommended sugars for the day, and a whopping 54% of your saturated fat allowance!! I definitely felt guilty after I had eaten it and read the box!! I am actually going to look at a few recipes for Banoffee Pie and attempt to make my own., so I can try and cut a few fattening corners!!
£2.00 for 390g. Contains Milk, Wheat & Gluten. Nut free recipe, but cannot guarantee nut free due to manufacturing process
I do like Banoffee Pie, but it's not something I would buy that often. Alex doesn't like it, so I find I always have to chuck some of it out, Then again I should just eat it for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and that way there would be no waste I guess.
I saw this in the Chiller Section of Tesco and decided to stuff the waste, I wanted to try it. Not that sure of the price, as the receipt is well gone, but I think this was around the £1.60 mark.
The packaging is alright. The Pie sits in a tray and is easy enough to scoop out of it. The box has a see through part on the top, so you can see the Pie and know what it looks like. Not that much to see, just a big mound of Creamy Goo, but it looks good anyway. The box is just a plain looking cardboard box. It has the nutritional information on the front as well, and a little blurb about the Pie.
This just tastes like any other Bannoffe Pie i've had. The Digestive Biscuit base was quite thick, Malty and slightly Salty tasting. The Slices of Banana were quite thickly slices and they tastes fresh and a little mushy - I like them a bit mushy. Then the Toffee on top of that was sweet and sticky, and there was a generous amount of whipped Cream on the top with some powered Chocolate sprinkled over it.
The box says this serves 6, and although the slices aren't massive, then I could believe that size would be ok, since this is a bit sickly. Each slice has 355 calories and 20.6 fat, so not that great for you!
I prefered to serve this more at room temperature, as I find this is more tasty that way as the flavours seem to be nicer when they aren't so cold and hard. This is sweet, sticky, sickly and lovely.
Our local Tesco's has recently shut down and is being rebuilt into a huger superstore Tesco so our next closest one is a few towns away which means that we don't often use it anymore. So when my nan took a visit there a few days ago she came back with a present for each family member of Tesco Banoffee Pie.
It's a rather large pie which comes in a paper box with a see through plastic top cover meaning you can see what it looks like through the pack. Now I have to say that I hate bananas - with a vengeance. The smell and taste of them makes me want to puke but for some unknown reason I can kind of take banoffee pies. I usually scrape most of the banana out though and only manage to eat a tiny bit of the banana leaving me with just a full-fat unhealthy dessert which tastes so much better!
The pie is made up of a crumbly crisp digestive biscuit base which is topped with thin slices of banana (why they need to ruin it I don't know, it would be the perfect dessert if it were just toffee pie!), drizzled in a rich and sticky toffee sauce, then covered in fresh stabilised whipped cream with dustings of cocoa powder on top. The pie did look very nice when I got it out of the box and I tried some almost as soon as it had been given to me. I'm sad to say though that it didn't taste anywhere near as nice as it looked or sounded and from the one small slice that I put on my plate, I only ate half of it and then gave the rest of the pie to my mum. My favourite part of the pie is always the biscuit base but there just wasn't enough of this in the Tesco version. It was way too crumbly and broke up all over the place, not like the base you usually get in cheesecakes which manage to stay intact and then crumble up as soon as you put it in your mouth. With my favourite part not quite up to my standards, the pie already had a low rating from me. I didn't really taste much of the banana as I try to scrape most of it out but, from the little I did eat, I couldn't really taste it to be honest. The toffee was very nice and sticky but that's about the only positive thing I have to say about the product. The cream, slightly thicker than whipped cream, was way too much. It was just heaped on top and made up the bulk of the pie which made it way too sickly. The chocolate on top was just a thin cocoa powder so only added a very bland chocolate flavour to it.
The box says that it serves 6 which I think is about right so it would be a good dessert to use at a dinner party (although I wouldn't be too impressed if I was served up this) or just for your household. Each serving contains a whopping 355 calories, 23.1g of sugar and 20.6g of fat.
So, despite my negative comments on the taste and the amount of calories it contains, if you still want to try a Tesco Banoffee Pie, it will put you back £3. That's right, £3. Not only is that a complete rip-off price but the pie isn't even that big!
So, overall, you can see that I wasn't at all impressed with it. My mum and sister however said they liked it, but maybe I'm just too used to my mum's own version of banoffee pie as nothing compares to that for me.