My wife and I like a good ice cream and although our first choice would always be something from Ben and Jerry`s or Häagen-Dazs we often try other ice creams that take our fancy whilst out shopping, most recently this found us trying a Tesco Creamy Caramella Ice Cream and loving it.
The container this ice cream comes in looks very similar to those of Carte D'or and although the container matters little as long as the ice cream tastes good it is still nice to see a good looking packaging.
Just from the name I guess you will have realized that this is a caramel flavoured ice cream and a very nice one too I have to say, the caramel taste is very real and not just a sugary artificial one that you get from a lot of caramel flavoured products.
The ice cream is very creamy and doesn't go too solid or form ice on it like many cheaper ice creams do, there are caramel fudge pieces in it that taste very, very nice and even though they are frozen in ice cream they somehow manage to stay soft enough to be chewable and not break your teeth.
The sweetest part of the ice cream is without doubt the caramel sauce but even it is not too sweet and the ice cream does not become sickly even if you have a large helping which I often do.
If you like a nice tasting ice cream then I would recommend this and if caramel isn't your thing then there are other flavours in the Tesco range.
A 1 litre tub costs £1.75 or you can get two tubs for £3, so as you can see it is an inexpensive ice cream and one I would recommend trying.
Calories and fat are of course high as in any ice cream, a 100g serving of this contains 235 calories and over 10g of fat so not one for the dieters.
When I saw the incredibly appetising box for Tesco's Caramella ice cream, I just had to grab a tub, and frankly the Dooyoo picture is provoking a salivatory response as I type! Don't be deterred by the fact that it isn't Carte D'Or or one of the premium brands; this is delicious, soft, and as the box says, very creamy.
The first noticeable thing is how up-market the packaging is for a Tesco's product; it actually is trying to imitate the more premium brands and does so quite well. Also, it uses the Italian names for the ice cream to give it a more "cultured" and robust, cosmpolitan vibe, which probably has worked quite well given the accompanying delicious taste.
Upon opening the firmly-sealed lid, you'll be hit with a lovely whiff of caramel, which, like a fine red wine, you'll want to let breathe for a few moments before tucking into. This isn't a problem as you'll probably be transfixed on the gorgeously constructed mounds of ice cream which are topped with gorgeous, syrupy looking caramel sauce, complete with small chunks of fudge strewn all over the place.
Like all good ice cream, it isn't hard to tease out of the box, and you don't need the grip of a power-lifter to get a tiny chunk of ice cream out; it scoops out very easily and even after lengthy refrigeration it is still amazingly quite soft. What's clear from the first bite is that nothing has been skimped on: this isn't plain, watery ice cream, and they have spared no expense with the wonderful tasting caramel sauce and chunks of fudge.
Naturally, this isn't at all good for you, but then even a sewer rat would know that, so as long as you enjoy it in moderation, there's no problem!
Sometimes only ice cream will do. I've loved it ever since I was a child and it never gets boring due to the fact there are so many wonderful concoctions and combinations out there. Some plain and fuss free, and some pretty wacky. Although I do really enjoy a nice branded ice cream treat such as Haagen Dazs, or Mackies, sometimes I'll settle for a supermarkets own brand. I've recently tried the Tesco creamy caramella ice cream.
The ice cream can be found in the freezers alongside all of the other ice creams and specifically the Chocolatino ice cream in the same range. The ice cream comes in a one litre tub which is exceptionally good for an ice cream carton. For this litre, it will cost you only £2. I feel that this is utterly amazing seeing as though you are charged almost £4 for a 500ml tub of Ben and Jerry's. there are also sometimes offers on with this product but not currently.
I find that the tub is really attractive and is actually more appealing than branded version such as Haagen Dazs. It is oval in shape, and it is longer than it is wide. Its made out of a thick plastic and so the gorgeous ice cream can be clearly seen through the tub. There is a sticky label on both sides of the tub as well as on the lid so that all vital information can be given. On the lid there is a product description, name and brand name. there is also on the lid, a delicious looking picture of large, toffee fudge slabs. The toffee actually looks like tablet. The side labels give the same information and pictures as well as supplying nutritional information too.
The lid is easy to remove but requires a bit of fiddling with the seal. Once you open it though you are met by a glorious site. It is filled pretty much up to the top, and looks delicious. The ice cream is a slightly off white cream colour and this is swirled with what looks like gallons of toffee sauce. On top there are lots of little toffee fudge pieces. There are a lot of the cubes however they are only on the top and are not distributed throughout. There is a glorious creamy smell coming from the ice cream however it smells only of vanilla and there is no toffee scent there much to my disapproval.
A recommended serving size is 54.5g however I'm not sure if I had this amount as I just scooped out how much I felt I needed. It was easy to scoop out and even after being out of the freezer only 5 minutes, it had softened off nicely. There had now begun to be a slight toffee smell to which was just splendid.
The taste of the ice cream was lovely. The vanilla ice cream was very creamy, almost creamier than Ben & Jerry's, but not quite. It was a lovely texture too, more soft than it was icy. The sauce was very sticky sweet and very thick too. It was quite well placed throughout the tub however I feel a bit more could have been included. The toffee cubes were really chewy and at first were brick hard. They added a lovely flavour and a lovely texture to the pudding too!
As I said a recommended serving size is 54.5g , and if you stick to this you will be taking in 122 calories and 5g of fat. I feel personanlly that this is no where near enough and I reckon I had nearer 100g of the ice cream. This ice cream is not suitable for those with milk, soya, buttermilk or wheat intolerances.
Well having done the sauce I thought I'd better do an ice cream.
This really is a very luxurious ice cream. The picture on the front of the tub is actually quite realistic. I would say that the description above is actually wrong. the product is not topped with nuts but is in fact topped with creamy fudge pieces. The base of the tub contains the caramel sauce so make sure that you take a scoop right down to the bottom when you serve it.
The fudge bits are sprinkled in two swirls on the top and there always seems to be a fight in our house over whoo has the most fudge bits, and that's me and my husband not the children!!! But they really are worth fighting over they are wonderfully creamy and really melt in the mouth.
I was a bit worried when I first bought this ice cream as the vanilla ice cream was a bit yellow and I was worried that it would be abit tasteless but once again this didn't disappoint and it was really creamy - almost like the devon cream ice cream that you used to have between wafers as a child.
One word of warning though - this is not the sort of ice cfream to get out of the freezer before you want to serve it. It is quite soft and does melt quite quicly once it is out of the freezer. It tends to cost around the £2 mark for a 1litre tub - so its not the cheapest ice cream but sometimes the range is on special offer at £3 for 2 tubs so I tend to stock up a bit then
Once a week we have a family night that involves my children choosing a DVD and some yummy treats to eat whilst watching. A few weeks ago we were in Tescos to see what unhealthy but yummy food we could buy. My children both wanted ice cream, unusal they should both agree!
We looked along the freezer cabinet and my son was attracted by the Carte dor selection, then I noticed Tescos own brand of ice cream, looking remarkably similar to Carte Dor but with a lower price tag! I had never bought Tesco own brand ice cream before but was willing to give it a try. There were several tempting flavours on offer including, caramella, cherryicious, chocolatino, fruits of the forest, tiramisu and vanilla. The ice cream costs £1.73 for a 1-litre tub, or 2 tubs for £3.00. This compares well with Carte Dor selling at £2.79 for a 1-litre tub. As I was feeling generous (and greedy)! I agreed to buy 2 tubs. My oldest son choose caramella and my youngest, after lots of mind changing went for the cherry version.
The ice cream comes in a clear plastic rectangular tub with rounded corners, exactly the same as Carte Dor. I fancied the caramel flavour .The picture on the lid suggested we were in for a treat! On opening the lid the ice cream looked very pleasing and I for one couldnt wait to try it. The top of the ice cream was an artistic delight of swirling white ice cream with caramel sauce all liberally sprinkled with chunks of caramel fudge.
The ice cream is not too hard so it is easy to spoon out an amount. The ice cream itself is white and I was impressed with the generous amount of fudge pieces caramel sauce. The ice cream tasted truly delicious, in fact the best I have ever tasted! The taste is creamy, soft and although sweet is not overly so. The caramel fudge pieces were a taste of heaven, nice and soft and very creamy, just like fudge should be! Needless to say the litre didnt last long!
This ice cream is not exactly good for you and a 100 g serving will give you 235 calories .It is made in France and the French know how to make decent ice cream! I would say that the Tesco brand is as good, if not better than Carte Dor. The cherry flavour was equally as good and I will be trying out the other flavours soon!
There is such a huge variety of ice cream in our shops and supermarkets at the moment, that I felt spoilt for choice when I visited Tesco recently, looking for a tub of ice cream to put in the freezer. Tesco have introduced their own range of ice cream, which are similar in appearance to the Carte D?or style of desserts, and are presented in 1 litre flat plastic tubs. At present, Tesco offer four flavours: Chocolatino, Creamy Caramella, Cherrylicious and Vanilleta. We bought the Creamy Caramella to sample. The ice cream normally retails at £1.77 per tub, but today Tesco had an offer to buy 2 tubs for £3 ? at a price like that, I was hardly going to walk past, and not pick a couple of tubs up to bring home! Compare the price of these with a 1 litre tub of Carte D?or, which retail at £2.57, and it is evident how much cheaper these are. But will the quality be as good? The tub is rectangular in shape with rounded corners, and is fashioned from clear plastic. The packaging is plain, apart from a picture on the lid, that depicts large chunks of caramel, no doubt to give you a taster of what the ice cream within is going to taste like. The ice cream can clearly be seen through the tub, and is snowy white in colouring, with glorious sugary brown smudges of caramel swirled temptingly throughout. The lid of the tub is not easy to remove, but once extricated, the ice cream within is a joy to behold. The surface of the vanilla delight is swirled into tempting, tantalising star designs, and nestled between each swirl is a very thick layer of caramel sauce, liberally sprinkled with nuts, so unfortunately this would not be suitable for those people with nut allergies. The ice cream is similar in appearance to that of Mr. Whippy ice cream, or a Cornetto, being very white in colour, and looks as though it is going to be soft to the touch. There is a slight smell of vanilla, but the most obvious smell is that of the caramel sauce, and has a fudgy
smell, like that of a hot fudge sundae. The top of the ice cream is very soft in texture, as I expected, but as I plunge my spoon in, underneath this creaminess, is a layer of ice cream more firmer than that on the surface. The ice cream has the most wonderful creamy taste and the caramel sauce is a veritable delight of sugary sweetness, combined with the small nut pieces which are firm to the touch and crunch in the mouth. I so often find that anything caramel flavoured has an underlying taste of coffee, but I am pleased to say this does not. The whole concoction is similar to a wonderful caramel sundae, and sets my taste buds alight. However, if you do not find sweet desserts appealing, then this will not be for you, as the sauce is very sweet, and combined with the creaminess of the ice cream, can be quite sickly. A 100g serving of the ice cream will provide you with 7.4g of fat and 214 kcal, and as I could eat the whole pot, what a frightening thought this is, as this would give me a horrendous 1,170 kcals. However, I am hooked. I will not be wasting my money on the more expensive versions again, as this was absolutely wonderful, if a little sickly, after I ate so much. I am having to go back out today to buy some more as the two tubs disappeared in two days. A testament to how moreish the ice cream is. Made in the UK for Tesco Stores Limited, Cheshunt, EN8 9SL