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      13.02.2012 21:34
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      Better than Greggs in my opinion

      I have just eaten my Tesco Fresh Cream Eclair, and all I can say is yum yum. I've had a bit of a bad day at work and was craving something sugary and these were calling out to me.

      At the moment you can get this box of 4 eclairs for £1, which is the normal price for just 2! You get 4 full sized eclairs with a lovely Choux pastry filled with fresh cream and topped with Belgian chocolate. We do tend to steer to Tesco whenever we fancy a fresh cream cake as they are so nice and the quality of the cakes for the price is great!

      Each eclair has 140 calories so it isn't too bad in the grand scheme of things due to the lightness of the Choux pastry. They contain 6.9g of sugar and 7.8g of fat. The box of 4 comes in a brown thin cardboard container with a clear window above the cakes. The eclairs are held inside in a plastic clear tray that holds them separately so they don't stick together. We have just brought these and they have a 2 day use by date which is pretty standard for items including fresh cream.

      The pastry is light and airy and has a slight chewy texture which is perfection for a eclair. Each eclair is filled with a fresh cream that is sweet and not too heavy and you do get a good amount of cream. But it is not over-filled to the point where you bite into it and it all comes oozing out the sides. The choux pastry seems to hold it all in very well.

      The chocolate on top is thick and doesn't melt too easily. It is a Belgian chocolate so tastes rich against the light pastry.

      We have tried eclairs from Greggs and Morrisons and we prefer the Tesco ones much more, and they are cheaper!

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        07.08.2011 10:24
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        Lovely treat

        ==Background:==

        When I do my weekly shop at Tesco I always treat myself to something I know is bad for me but something that tastes so good. This week I decided my treat would be the four fresh cream chocolate éclairs and I could not wait to get home unpack my shopping and enjoy my treat with a cup of tea.


        ==Price:==

        I purchased my four éclairs for 1.28 at my local Tesco store. Which works out cheaper at 32p each than the smaller 2 pack. This to me seemed good value especially when you compare the price against say the Cadbury's as there two pack currently cost 1.35. So I was keen to see if this saving had meant I cut back on quality. Tesco as well as the 4pack sell a two pack at 84p and a box of ten for 1.99.

        ==Packaging:==

        I was impressed with this as the éclairs came in an attractive brown box that allowed you with the see through window to see four tempting looking treats. The only thing I did notice on closer inspection when I got home was one seemed a little flatter than the other three. On the front on the box I saw that this product was suitable for home freezing and beneath that all the recommended guidelines for an adult and what this product contained. I thought I should ignore this till after I had enjoyed it as if I looked I probably wouldn't enjoy it so much.

        What I also noticed that did not surprise me was that this product as it contains fresh cream has a limited shelf life. Mine had to be consumed in three days which was never going to be a problem for me and my lodger.


        The box was easy to open with the aid of the flap at the side. With the éclairs held in their own separate compartment in a plastic tray. The box itself is fine to recycle although there was nothing on the box to tell me this.

        ==Nutritional Information:==

        Per éclair
        Calories: 140
        Sugar: 6.9g
        Fat: 7.8g
        Saturates: 3g
        Salt: 0.1g

        This product is best served chilled straight from the fridge. It is also suitable for vegetarians and contains no nuts. The product contains: Wheat, Milk, Gluten, Egg and Soya.


        ==My thoughts on this product:==

        As soon as I opened the box and brought the tray of éclairs out I could smell a sweet and appealing smell of rich chocolate. I already could feel my taste buds watering at this sensation. The four éclairs looked good and I was impressed that they had not leaked chocolate either on the box or in the tray itself.

        The éclair themselves are about 11cm long and about 4cm wide. They had a brown look to them with a tempting strip of chocolate along the middle on them. There was at this stage no sign of the cream and I found the tempting treat easy to handle and did not make a mess in my hand and it looked both enticing and appealing.

        When I took was first bite I was greeted my a soft pastry dissolving in my mouth as the very rich and thick Belgium chocolate mixed with the cream. There was plenty of cream within the pastry and I found it was quite solid so that whenever I took a bite I did not end up covered in the cream. I really enjoyed the way the cream and the chocolate mixed although the chocolate had the stronger and dominant taste.

        I really enjoyed the taste and the pastry was quite soft and chewy and did not taste anything other than good. Although I did think to myself that one was more than enough because it tasted so rich anymore than that I would start to fill sick. When after eating my lovely treat I checked out the advise about the product and was not at all surprised to see that each éclair was 140 calories., which works out to 7% of the daily amount recommended for an adult. However I did notice that as well as a high sugar content the product was also rich in fat. But I was impressed how clearly and honestly this was all proudly displayed on the front of the box.

        What amazed me about this product was I expected a sticky mess but there was no mess at all and I didn't even need to wash my hands afterwards. In regards to freezing this product, Tesco advise you to only freeze on the day of purchase and to use within one month of purchase. When you defrost the product this needs to be refrigerated for a minimum of four hours.

        For more information about this product go to: www.tesco.com or call 0800-50-55-55.

        ==Conclusion:==

        I really enjoyed my weekly treat this week. I would recommend this sweet tasting éclair to anyone. It is a wonderful mixture to Belgium chocolate, pastry and whipped cream, that had my taste buds watering. The taste was wonderful and the quality of the chocolate really came through and made me want more. The only down side is the calories and fat content but I did notice that Tesco also sell a weight watchers version but that costs more. But as far as I am concerned this is a treat well worth trying.


        Thanks for reading my review.


        © CPTDANIELS August 2011.

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          22.04.2011 13:07
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          not my treat preferrance

          Tescos chilled cake department is brimming with various treats including sponges and pastries, One such treat comes in the form of Tesco Fresh Cream Chocolate Eclairs.

          These chocolate eclairs are described as being "freshly whipped cream eclairs with a delicious Belgian chocolate topping". These eclairs should be kept in the fridge but they can be frozen and must be defrosted for at least 4hrs prior to eating. They contain no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours and are suitable for vegetarians.

          ~~~Packaging~~~

          A brown and white cardboard box with a partially see through front holds all the information about the eclairs. Inside, a plastic tray is present with 4 slots and 4 chocolate eclairs sit. The eclairs are quite large, choux pastry type ones filled with cream and a thick layer of Belgian chocolate tops them.

          ~~~Ingredients~~~

          Whipping Cream,Egg ,Wheat Flour ,Sugar ,Vegetable Oil ,Belgian Milk Chocolate ,Belgian Dark Chocolate ,Dextrose ,Dried Glucose Syrup ,Salt ,TempText0. ,Belgian Milk Chocolate contains ,Sugar ,Dried Whole Milk ,Cocoa Butter ,Cocoa Mass , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins) ,Flavouring. ,Belgian Dark Chocolate contains ,Cocoa Mass ,Sugar , Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins) ,Flavouring.

          There is 39% whipped cream and 9% Belgian fondant. For allergy sufferers, please be aware that these eclairs contain milk, gluten, egg, soya and wheat.

          ~~~Nutrition~~~

          Each eclair will set you back 140 calories, 7g of sugar and 8g of fat. Not entirely healthy but not too bad for a treat.

          ~~~Availability and Price~~~

          These are currently available in Tesco and www.tesco.com for the special purchase price of £1.00.

          ~~~My Thoughts~~~

          Despite being on a diet, I still like a treat and this week, I gave in to temptation at Tesco and snapped up a box of 4 chocolate eclairs. Don't worry, I shared them with my lovely fiance as I am not that greedy! The eclairs looked decidedly tempting through the perspex front! Being fresh, these are short dated so I made sure I scoffed my half tonight! I have a fondness for chocolate eclairs but some aren't all that nice. I don't like Greggs ones but the Weight Watchers ones are yummy.

          ~~~Chocolate Fingers~~~

          These eclairs are quite big in terms of pastry outer. They are a delicious, golden brown colour and the chocolate on top looks soft and creamy. It transferred a bit to the lid which is a waste and must be scraped back off and onto the eclair! The chocolate topping isn't too much nor is it stingy and covers quite a large part of the top of the eclair. The smell is simply of pastry with no addition smell from the chocolate or cream.

          Biting into one of these eclairs, I am rather disappointed. The pastry is easy to bite through but comes across as quite dry. The cream inside is light and fresh but there isn't enough of it to fill the inside up. Ok, so I don't expert cream spilling out in all directions but enough to moisten the inside of the pastry would be great. The pastry is bland and the cream isn't strong enough in terms of creaminess to make an impact.

          At first I had decided the thickness of the chocolate would be enough to taste through the cream and pastry. I like to bite through everything together but this proves difficult as the pastry is so puffy and even my gob can't fit round the full thing comfortably! My teeth melt into the chocolate due to its smooth consistency and I managed to tug a bit of pastry and cream away with the bite of chocolate. The chocolate adds a generous, creamy sweetness to the eclair but there is a slight nutty undertone to it which I wasn't keen on. The eclair was gone in around 5 gobfulls with no sweet taste left behind.

          ~~~Fresh Vs Frozen~~~

          The Tesco eclairs did nothing for me except use up my treat allowance for the day..and a little more if I am honest. They aren't overly healthy but I didn't feel too guilty eating 2 but I was majorly disappointed with the lack of taste they offered me. Personally, I will stick to Weight Watchers frozen eclairs which are much more satisfying being a nicer chocolate, a tastier cream and even a less bland pastry. They are less calories and sugar too and being frozen, I don't need to eat them all at once which is a benefit for me.

          Overall I cannot recommend these eclairs. Even for the cheap price of £1.00 for 4, they aren't tasty enough but try Asdas fresh ones if you do want fresh eclairs..much tastier!

          Thanks for reading x

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            23.02.2011 19:34
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            worth a try for the price alone

            I was sheltering from the rain the other day so popped into our local Tesco Express but with no intention of opening my purse as I did not really need to buy any groceries. However, whilst mooching around the chilled section I noticed they had just reduced their Chocolate Eclairs to 79p and I actually had just that amount in change in my mac pocket - it seemed too coincidental so I grabbed the pack of 4 on impulse.

            Anyone that knows me would be surprised because, although I love cream cakes, I very rarely buy them because they are no good for those watching their weight so this was a real treat for me!

            I opened the fairly lightweight box to find 4 good-sized eclairs neatly nestling in their compartments in a plastic tray. I think the packaging is a bit wasteful (although I will recycle) but it served its purpose in that the eclairs were all in tact.

            I would say they are a little smaller than the ones you would buy in the bakers but nevertheless they were very satisfying. This is where the Miss Piggy bit comes in - I did not stop at eating just one - in fact, over the course of the day, I ate them all!

            I had not noticed that they are suitable for freezing but, knowing me, I'd probably have eaten them straight from the freezer.

            The choux pastry was very good considering the price is usually just £1. It was not soggy nor dry and sealed the cream well.

            The cream (39% whipped) was just the right amount for me. When I bit into one there was that lovely light 'snap' you get from biting into an eclair, next the softness of the cream and finally the chocolatey taste - yummy!

            Unfortunately each eclair contains 160 calories and 11g fat so I basically consumed almost a day's calories by eating 4 of them.

            Good news though as thy are suitable for vegetarians.

            I felt these were 'naughty but nice' but the only thing that let them down, in my opinion, was the chocolate fondant. I would much prefer real chocolate rather than chocolate fondant and it seemed a bit sickly (serves me right - should have stopped at one!)

            However, I would buy them again sometime in the future as I like being 'naughty' and despite the fondant I think these are a good product for the price (even better though when reduced)

            Needless to say I am back on the old fruit, veg and salad today......

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              19.02.2011 12:18
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              Really tasty, bargin cream cakes

              Having decided to pop up to Tesco Express with my son, to get some goodies to snack on, my son spotted these "Tesco Fresh Cream Eclairs" his exact words were "Mmm... eclairs, get them mum, you can't go wrong with them". I decided they did look yummy so I bought a box.

              --Tesco Fresh Cream Eclairs--

              The packaging makes the eclairs look inviting for a start, with a see through strip so you can actually see what your getting before you buy, and a big red sticker on the front of the box saying £1.00, who could resist, a box of 4 fresh cream cakes at that price?
              Made from choux pastry, filled with fresh stabilised cream and topped with chocolate fondant, these cakes are simply delicious.
              The eclairs can be frozen, (they would never get a chance to freeze in our house) and it suggests you freeze on day of purchase and to use within a month. Defrosting can take up to 4 hours in the fridge.
              There is a list of ingredients, allergy advice and nutrition information on the back of the box, each eclair has 7.8g of fat and 6.9g of sugar (just in case you were interested).
              These eclairs are suitable for vegetarians.
              Bought from Tesco Express for £1.00

              --My opinion of the eclairs--

              My son was right, I didn't go wrong with these eclairs, as soon as I opened the box I could smell the sweet delicious aroma of chocolate and cream. Each eclair is about 5 inches long and 1 and a half inces wide (quite a decent size, I thought). On biting into the eclair, it was wonderfully soft and squidgy, very airy and light. The delicious fresh cream squirted out the top, mixing in with the chocolate fondant, and tasting absolutely delicious.
              Although, they are somewhat messy to eat, sticky chocolate fingers and cream all round my mouth (makes me sound like I'm 2 years old) I have to make sure I've got a cloth to hand if I'm going to eat these.
              Three people in my household, four eclairs in the box, we all love them, so who gets to have a second one?
              Lets just say, we all had one and the remaining eclair sat in the fridge for the next day, when I was alone in the house. ha ha!!

              --Overall--

              £1.00 for 4 chocolate eclairs, you can't complain, especially when they taste so good.

              I give these eclairs 5 stars because I can't find one thing wrong with them.

              Thank you for reading my review which may also appear on Ciao

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                11.04.2010 19:33
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                Gorgeous!

                Whenever i do my weekly shop, i always end up picking up a box of these! I have only recently tried a chocolate eclair, they have never really appealed to me as i dont really like cream that much. But after trying them for the first time, now i love them!

                A box of these chocolate eclairs will set you back at the moment in tesco only £1 as they are on offer! You get four eclairs in a box and you can also buy these in a pack of two, which are usually about 98p! So this is a bargain at the moment for four, they are usually around £1.40 for a box of four.

                Chocolate eclairs consist of a choux pastry, which is filled with fresh cream, and it has a coating of rich belgium chocolate on the top.

                For the price these chocolate eclairs are lovely, but i have had nicer ones from a proper bakery! Sometimes i find this pastry a little bit chewy, where as it should be light and just break away easily. Sometimes you get them and they are really nice and light, and sometimes the pastry really lets them down!

                The chocolate on top is the best bit, it is so smooth and creamy! The cream is nice inside, i dont like too much cream, and these chocolate eclairs dont have too much in them. They arent messy too eat, as they are not filled too much with the cream.

                These chocolate eclairs are not very healthy! They contain 160 calories per eclair! But as long as you eat treats like these in moderation, who cares about the calorie content!

                These eclairs are freezable, although i dont know what they are like once defrosted as i have never frozen them. They have a few days date on them, so we just keep them in the fridge. If you are going to freeze them, you need to do it on the day you purchase them, use within one month and defrost for a minimum of 4 hours before you eat them.

                These chocolate eclairs are a delicious treat! Highly recommended!

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                  27.03.2010 12:16
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                  Go on - treat yourself!

                  Chocolate eclairs are my favourite cake dessert and these ones from Tesco are simply gorgeous.

                  If you haven't tried them before, a chocolate eclair is a long pasty shape filled with whipped cream and topped with chocolate fondant.

                  I'm not a big fan of whipped cream but it seems to be so much nicer in these when eaten with the pasty and chocolate. The cream is very soft and sweet and, even though the eclair is completely filled with whipped cream, it doesn't seem like there's too much so it's not too sickly at all. The chocolate on top is, of course, by far the best bit. Depending on how you like it, if you eat these straight out of the chilled section or the fridge then the chocolate will be quite hard, or if they're left out of the fridge for a while the chocolate will be softer. I prefer it a bit softer as it seems to taste creamier and is much more satisfying. The pasty is really soft and compliments the other two ingredients really well to make an amazing dessert.

                  You can buy these from the chilled section in Tesco in either a 2 pack or a 4 pack box. At the moment they actually both cost £1 so you may as well get the 4 pack as it's much better value for money - any excuse to eat more! £1 is really good value for these as they taste so delicious.

                  I may be a little bias towards these as I generally love all chocolate eclair desserts wherever they're from. But I have to admit that these ones from Tesco are so good. If you haven't already tried them and you're a fan of this dessert, then I definitely think you should give them a go.

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                    14.11.2009 15:05
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                    see review, thanks for reading

                    Having just survived a shopping trip to Tesco on a Saturday afternoon I have just sat down in front of the computer with a cup of coffee ready to upload a couple of saved reviews to the site; with me I have a nice treat of a chocolate éclair. Franky I felt I deserved it after that shopping experience and have to say that the éclair was rather nice 3 seconds after I started eating it!


                    Packaged as shown above (although my box is brown in colour) Tescos own box contains 4 eclairs, the choux pastry is light and fluffy and the chocolate stripe along the topside middle is generous and thick. Biting into one you immediately taste the rich chocolate and are met with the light cream in the middle. Of course the cream does squish out of the sides which is part of the fun of eating an éclair and after a couple of bites the whole thing is finished but you are left with an aftertaste of chocolate and cream which is very nice.


                    Costing just £1.40 for a pack of 4 working out at 35p each these are a naughty, tasty treat for whenever you think you deserve one, nutrition wise you can expect to intake 160 kcals, 5.8g sugar, 11.2g fat (of which 6.5gs are saturates) and a trace of salt, but who cares? When you fancy one you just have to go with your feelings and you can always be good tomorrow ;O)


                    I think these make an ideal mid afternoon snack along with a hot drink, and for the value for money a pack represents you cant grumble at the cost.


                    Allergen information on the box does warn that the product contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg and Soya and cannot guarantee that there will be no traces of nut contained. So those with intolerances need to be aware.


                    All in all for me, they are a tasty, sweet treat that always hits the spot and for that reason they get 5/5 Dooyoo stars and are highly recommended!

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                      10.11.2009 13:29
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                      Good Overall

                      I bought these last night for my planned night in on the sofa and they proved to be a great purchase.

                      A pack of four costed £1.10 and there were plenty of them on display. I thought there was a number of advantages to purchasing had I not wanted all of them in one go.

                      Firstly the sell by date was about three days after the purchase date which would have allowed me plenty of time to snack on them had I not wanted them that night. Also, they are freezeable for one month, so should you want to get them there and then but not wish to eat them immediately, then there's an option for you there.

                      Also, they taste great and they are fairly sizeable too so you don't feel as if you're wsting your money and I personally thought that for the price that I paid, there was enough to satisfy the spending justification.

                      I did think there was a few downsides though. I thought the packaging was weak and if you bear in mind that it's choux pastry, it doesn't take much force or downward pressure to damage these. The packaging was detailed though and gave me plenty of information though before buying.

                      Also, the fat content in these is pretty high which I'll list below. It's worth bearing in mind that, as addictive as these are, it's worth eating them in moderation otherwise it'll add to the weight gain and unhealthiness pretty sharply.

                      Finally, although it says that there's no nuts in it, and that it wasn't made in a factory producing nuts, they cannot guarantee it's nut free. I don't know if this is Tesco being over cautious but it is something to bear in mind if you suffer from nut allergies.

                      Overall though I thought they were nice and they are a handy addition to a night in on the sofa.

                      Per Eclair: Energy: 655KJ/160Cal, Protein: 2.5g, Carbohydrate: 11.3g, Fat: 11.2g (Saturated Fat: 6.5g), Mono-unsaturates: 3.6g, Poly-unsaturates: 1.1g, Fibre: 0.4g, Sodium: Trace, Salt Equivalent: Trace.

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                        28.10.2009 09:13
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                        Handy if you can get reduced as they freeze lovely!

                        I don't often buy fresh cream cakes as they are not really a favourite in my household has everyone has started to leave home. Only on the odd occassion do I get them and it is usually from the chocolate eclair range, well imagine my surprise when one night over at my local Tesco's I discovered a box of 10 fresh chocolate eclairs for only 20p.

                        I picked these up along with a bag of doughnuts for 10p, so when I went home everyone helped themselves to the doughnuts, so I popped the eclairs into the freezer. Whats great about the 10 size box is that it comes in 2 seperate boxes, so when it comes to defrosting you can take just one box out with 5, instead of having to defrost the whole lot.

                        Now these are really nice as they are not to big, so even if you are watching your weight you wouldn't do it too much damage on the odd occassion. The choux pastry is lovely and light holding in all that fresh cream which is really rammed into the eclair, finishing it off with a lovely chocolate fondant topping thats not to hard or soft!

                        These eclairs really melt into your mouth as you take each bite and as I said before, because they are not the biggest in the world you don't feel sick afterwards.

                        Once you have frozen them they will keep for up to 1 month, to defrost remove from freezer and leave for a minimum of 4 hours in the fridge. Do not refreeze once you have defrosted. These taste just as good from frozen as when fresh!.

                        Each chocolate eclair contains;

                        ~~~Calories 125~~~
                        ~~~Sugar 6.2g~~~
                        ~~~Fat 8.8g~~~
                        ~~~Saturates 4g~~~
                        ~~~Salt trace~~~

                        So not great for you, but it doesn't hurt to have the odd treat once in a while ( especially at 2p an eclair!!), to buy these usually it will cost you £2.00 so I did get a good bargain. I think I would still pay full price if someone wanted me to get some eclairs, especially as they come in two boxes so you don'y have to eat them all at once!.

                        These have no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours.

                        Available from Tesco's and with the front cover saying TEMPTINGLY Rich Fresh Cream 10 Chocolate Eclairs , they got that right! Tempting they are!! ( I don't ever eat these and have had 2 so far!!)

                        5 stars as the cream, chocolate and pastry is just right!

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                          18.09.2009 18:52
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                          Nice for a treat, just occasionally

                          Chocolate eclairs - luxury. Well usually they are, but these ones might be more of an everyday thing!

                          ** The packaging **
                          You get 4 eclairs in a cardboard box. Unless you bought the 10-pack that is, but they are slightly different (smaller) even though the packaging looks the same.

                          Anyhow, inside the box the eclairs are in a plastic tray. You can see the eclairs through the window in the box so you can make sure you haven't got a box with mashed-up ones inside - it does happen.

                          ** The price **
                          £1.30 for 4 eclairs. Compare that with £1 for 5 cookies or 65p for 5 doughnuts - it is more expensive, but still, pretty good for eclairs.

                          ** The product **
                          They are quite small, well, small compared to the huge cream-busting ones you get from a bakery. But on the whole I think that is probably a good thing (good for my waistline anyway). The pastry is nice and light and the cream is the real thing. The chocolate on top is chocolate fondant which is a bit plasticky. Sometimes the whole strip will fall off or come off in one go. Tastes good though!

                          You have to think of these in the same realm as the doughnuts and cookies - yummy but not your Bakery Special.

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                          02.08.2009 11:42
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                          unless you need a cake to wow someone, go for it

                          Chocolate Eclairs go back to the 1860s and it is speculated they originated in France.

                          These little beauties originate from my local Tesco and provide a well earned treat. Each eclair is a mix of choux pastry, dairy cream and some sort of chocolate which seems to be mixed with icing sugar and quite often is parted from the eclair and left sticking to the box. You will always get one in the acket which comes upside down... This however, is not isolated to Tesco eclairs. Most of them do it.

                          A four pack of Tesco Fresh Cream eclairs will set you back a meagre £1. So that is 25p each and well worth it. Don't expect these to last too long either.

                          Each eclair is 160 calories and 11.2g of fat.

                          The only negatives are as these are a fresh product, it is going to depend on the baker- you may get one where the choux pastry is leathery and chewy. You may get one where there is hardly any cream in it. It happens. It isn't fair of me to slate these because I have had one pack where this happened, but I have had other boxes where they have been fine.

                          At the end of the day, it is going to be a gamble. On average for 25p per cake, its a chocolate eclair. Its not a £6 cake from Harrods or Selfridges. Its a tasty treat so unless you are looking for a few cakes to wow a celebrity guest, then take them for what they are and just enjoy them.

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                          29.07.2009 20:27
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                          I would be tempted to try another one......just to confirm the above.....

                          My husband went to visit friends last night, and when he came home, he brought with him half a box of fresh cream chocolate eclairs. So, when opened my fridge door this morning, I was greeted by the open box, and it was practically screaming at me to eat at least one of the remaining items it contained.

                          I actually managed to hold out until 10am, when my son asked if he could make me a cup of coffee so that we could each have a cake.......that's my boy!

                          There are four chocolate eclairs in a full box, which at the moment cost just £1 from Tesco. 25p for fresh cream chocolate eclair sounds pretty good value to me.

                          These choux pastry sausage-shaped delights contain 39% fresh whipped cream, nothing synthetic here, and are topped with a thick gooey chocolate fondant icing.

                          They don't smell of anything......not chocolatey, which surprised me, but I have to say that I wouldn't expect fresh cream pastries to smell of anything really. A strong smell would hint at the cream being "off" and that would no be an attractive, or healthy, proposition!

                          Texture wise, the choux pastry is of good quality. I have tasted a number of eclairs and profiteroles where the choux pastry is either too thick and chewy, or is soggy. My eclair today was neither too thick nor too soggy, so I am happy to announce this as a success.

                          The creme was nicely thick, but although it was fresh cream, which I love love love, I did feel that it was a little lacking in something, but I could not put my finger on what. Lacklustre, I suppose is the best description I can come up with.

                          The choclate fondant topping was indeed thick and gooey, but was just chocolate flavoured, not actual chocolate. Again, it was perfectly acceptable, but I felt that it was far too much sugar and "stuff" and not enough actual chocolate.

                          It sounds like I disliked these, but I didn't - I had a perfectly acceptable eating experience, and it was rather nice with my mid morning coffee, especially when you take the price into consideration. I certainly wouldn't turn one down if it were offered to me. But given the choice between one of these eclairs and a danish pastry, for example, and I would probably pick the pastry as having more flavour.

                          These are suitable for vegetarians, which is always nice to know and can be frozen. Just take them out of the freezer and allow to defrost for 4 hours before eating. Personally, I don't think I would be patient enough to wait for 4 hours before eating one of these, but it would be handy to know if you were keeping these in the freezer ahead of a birthday party or something. If I saw a load of these on offer, or with yellow reduced price stickers on, I might be tempted to put a few boxes in the deep freeze as an emergency supply!

                          No one needs to know how many calories one of these has, but if you are interested, each one contains 160 calories and 6.5g of saturated fat, which means that they are not the worst thing around if you are on a diet.

                          All in all, an acceptable eclair, great value for money, but not exceptional.

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                            07.07.2009 13:22
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                            Highly recommended!

                            When I visit Tesco with my good lady wife, I spend a fair bit of time eyeing up the cakes in the chilled fresh cakes section. My most recent purchase from this section was a packet of four fresh cream chocolate éclairs.

                            Like all the other cakes I have had from Tesco, these were delicious, the chocolate actually tasted like chocolate and not just some cheap chocolate icing and the fresh cream was plentiful rather than a small blob somewhere that had to be hunted out, as is the case with many of the other éclairs packaged this way.

                            You only get a two day period in which to eat these as of course they contain fresh cream but try making four of these last longer than two days anyway.

                            I am not quite sure what we paid for these but my wife and I both think it was in the region of £1.50, it certainly was not much more than that.

                            Each éclair contains 160 calories and 11g of fat so you cannot over indulge in these unless you are one of those lucky people that just do not gain weight or you just could not care less. Let's face it all cakes and most other things that we all love are going to make us fat if we eat too many, that's just life.

                            These are a lovely sweet treat and I highly recommend them, oh and keep an eye out for them being marked down in price towards the end of their second day on the shelf, if you can manage four of them between the people in your home in under 24 hours then I have seen these priced down to as low as 68p for a quick sale.


                            Bill

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                              01.07.2009 22:14
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                              I think me and Claribella are on the same wavelenght with our reviews, as we seem be be trying the same things - great minds think alike and all that, check her reviews out as they are great!

                              The 1 thing that annoys me about my local Tesco is the Chilled Cake selection. This is situated at the end of the Bread aisle, and although it is a fair sized Shop, there really isn't that many Cakes to choose from. We picked these up last night for an evening Dessert treat. I quite like Chocolate Eclairs, and hubby loves them, so I knew they would get eaten up. The use by date for these is tomorrow and it seems like you only get a 2 day shelf life with these items, since they contain Fresh Cream.

                              The packaging is alright. It is a slight rectangular Box which has a large see through plastic part on the front, so you can clearly see the Eclairs that you are buying. There isn't much writing on the box, just the name of the product, nutritional information and ingredients.

                              Each Eclair has 160 calories and 11g of fat. I find that 1 does me fine, as i've not got an overly sweet tooth, but hubby can eat the remaining 3 without any bother, so not that good for you if you eat in such large quantites.

                              I believe this 4 pack cost me £1.60, which isn't bad for the size of these. I would say the size is pretty much the lenght of the end of my pinkie to my palm, so a fair bit of sweetness in something that size. Although these are chilled, I prefer to take these out of the fridge for about 15 minutes, as I find the Cream softens a bit more and doesn't taste so cold. The Choux pastry is slightly Buttery and a tiny bit flaky, but the whole thing stays together well enough. The Cream inside if very fresh and milky tasting and the scraping of Chocolate on the top is a nice rich taste with a milky tone to it as well. Doesn't taste like Cadbury's, but a nice taste to go with the rest of the package.

                              A lovely sweet treat to be had. You used to get these in packs of 2 Eclairs as well for approx 90p, but not sure if you still get these. If you are shopping late at night, my Local Tesco marks down any that is going out of date the next day around 5pm, so you may find a bargain.

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                              Pastry filled with fresh cream and chocolate!