“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Mousse „
I recently got the opportunity to try the relaunched range of Tesco Finest Dairy products as part of a BzzAgent campaign, a task I happily embraced. One of the products I tried was their Belgian Dark Chocolate Mousse.
Personally my preference is for milk, rather than dark chocolate, but despite the dark chocolate name, I thought I'd give it a go as I love chocolate mousse, and this didn't look too dark. Removing the lid reveals a luxurious piped finish to the top of the mousse, and it certainly looks more like milk chocolate. Tasting, I would agree that the flavour is dark chocolate, but it's not in any way bitter like some serious dark chocolate can be. Despite my preference for milk chocolate, I loved the flavour of this mousse. It's delicious and rich, a thick texture with lovely depth.
The pot is a good shape to hold while you eat, oval and deep, but there's a problem at the bottom - the middle of the base is raised up from the edges so there's a 5mm space around the bottom where you need to be determined to get the mousse out from. At 95p per 100g pot, none should be wasted! The pot contains 300kcal, 18.9g fat, 11.8g saturates, 26g sugars and 0.2g salt...this is a really guilty pleasure. The size of the pot makes for a satisfying end to a meal, its a decent sized individual portion of mousse, it has to be 5 stars because I can't think how it could be improved.
(My review is also on BzzAgent website)
This is quite probably the best mousse I've ever had. In fact now that I'm sat here thinking about it, I can't recall ever having a mousse better than this one. If you like rich chocolatey foods you will adore this mousse.
This is available in the chilled desserts section of Tescos with all mousses and yogurts. It costs 95p per mousse but is currently on offer for 75p. The pot holds 100g. There are other flavours to buy such as butterscotch (totally yum!), strawberry (very nice), lemon (not tried) and occasionally a cafe latte version (nice). The chocolate one is my absolute favourite. I am a complete chocolate addict so it's fair to say that I'm probably a bit biased towards a chocolate mousse.
It comes in an oval shaped container with a film lid to peel off. The container is see through so straight away you can see the dark mousse inside. The texture of the mousse is quite stiff, not at all runny, lots of air bubbles in it but sticky enough to hold together. Now I can move onto the taste....So divine you'll have to shut your eyes whilst eating it!! It is seriously, seriously chocolatey, much more so than a normal chocolate flavoured mousse would be. Because it's quite a thick consistency it feels much heavier in your mouth than just a light mousse. It is very rich, and some of my friends find it too rich or can't finish a whole one which to me is just the craziest thing I've ever heard! Seriously, I would eat these every day if I could.
Sometimes they are on offer with a 3 for 2 deal, well worth stocking up when they are! I know they aren't cheap but they are in the Finest range so won't be the cheapest version there. However, I bet they're the nicest ones there!
Last night it was my turn to cook dinner and my boyfriend was in charge of bringing dessert. As he and I both are watching our weight, I asked him to please bring either some fruit or some kind of very light dessert with under 100 calories per serving. So of course, he brought chocolate mousse with 300 calories per serving! His excuse was that I could just eat 1/3 of mine. Of course, this didn't happen, we both ate our entire desserts!
Tesco's Finest Chocolate Mousse costs 79p a tub from Tesco's, of course, but it's currently on sale at 3 for £1.75. It comes in a clear plastic tub so you can clearly see the mousse inside which makes this product extra tempting.
The chocolate is very rich and creamy and the mousse is whipped to be light and airy. This is a very filling dessert and when you see it contains 25% cream you can understand why. The chocolate flavour was somewhere in between milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It didn't have any bitterness to it.
Now, apart from the calories, there is one big problem with these chocolate mousses. I only read the ingredients list after I had already eaten my mousse. The thing is, this stuff is made with beef gelatine. My boyfriend and I are both vegetarians. Oops!
Usually we are quite careful to check that a product it marked with the words "Suitable for Vegetarians" on it but sometimes we don't think to check. That was the case with this product (I also messed up with a Muller Light Yogurt this month and wrote about that on a previous review).
If it wasn't for the beef gelatine, I think I would be tempted to buy this again despite the high calorie content. But now as I have not one but two reasons to avoid this, I certainly won't be getting any more.
As children my brother was always the yogurt eater whilst I preferred chocolate mousse. For some reason when I hit being a teenager I went off eating mousses but I can't remember for the life of me why. Anyway I was in my local tesco and decided to treat myself to the 'finest' range Belgian chocolate mousse. Well lets face it we all like a bit of chocolate now and then don't we. The pots are sold singly and I thought they were a bit expensive at 79p each. Still I went ahead and bought one just because I felt like it I suppose and as my gran always said "a little bit of what you fancy does you good" and as she lived to the age of 93 it seams like good advice.
Now according to the packet it is not suitable for vegetarians as it contains beef gelatin (yuck - that'll teach me to read the ingredients first, still I have eaten worse) and although the recipe does not include nuts it may contain nut traces. The item also can not be frozen. It also has quite a short shelf life of only a few days. According to the packet there are also no artificial nasties in the mousse which is always a big plus for me as I hate eating things which taste like my nephew has thrown them together from his chemistry set.
More bad news the nutritional information bit:
Each 100g pot:
Energy 300 Kcal
Fat 18.9g (saturated 11.8g)
So it is high in sugar and fat especially the saturated ones. However, for a treat now and then it won't do any harm.
Peeling back the lid the smell of the chocolate came out, and quite a creamy chocolate smell as well. All good so far so in goes the spoon. The texture was sort of halfway between the French style mousse which are light and fluffy and the Belgian style which are thicker and creamier. It was fairly light and not cloying. It coated the inside of my mouth well as it melted quickly with little effort.
The taste was not overpowering in the chocolate department but this did get slightly stronger in the immediate aftertaste. Whilst the mousse was fairly sweet without being overly so and it wasn't too sickly. There is also a definite creamy taste and it is quite rich due to the whipping cream used to make the mousse so you wouldn't want to eat more than one of these in a sitting.
It is a good dessert to end a meal with and it didn't lay heavy on the stomach. The only down sides for me were that the chocolate taste could have been stronger. Also perhaps the addition of little bits of grated chocolate in the mousse would have been good as well. The gelatin to me was also unnecessary, whilst this would have meant a slightly firmer mousse and it would perhaps stabilize it a bit I wouldn't use it in one I make at home - then again it's finding the time to make it.