“ Type: Cheesecake „
I am a big big fan of cheesecakes of all kinds. I love it! The trouble is that it loves me to and stays with me for longer than I would like - my my hips etc. So when I saw a low fat cheesecake, that was weightwatchers friendly and only £1 I had to try it.
Well the first time I had this cheesecake, I couldn't believe it was low fat, it's so tasty and you can't tell it's a light choices product as it tastes the same as a full fat cheesecake.
The size is the same and I really couldn't tell the difference, other than I actually liked this one better.
When I compared it to other cheesecakes I found that in some cases it had half the fat and about a third less calories. The best part is that it is only a couple of weightwatchers points for a serving, so you can eat it on a diet! yipeeeee!
If you haven't tried this yet you really should. They do other flavours including strawberry and blackcurrent and for £1 each I think they are a real find!
Its, cold, raining and miserable, so why would I want to review a freezing cold mandarin cheesecake, well because it is delicous!!!.
These are from the Tesco Light Choices range and whats even better is that they are individual, so no more arguing with people saying " Why have they got a bigger bit than me!".
What a great idea, no more excuses for finishing the last bit off and you know exactly how much you are eating, being from the Light Choices range I must be honest and say I didn't hold out much hope for these as I thought they would be a bit tastleless, as mandarins can sometimes be a bit on the bland side if they are cheap ones.
These come in a white cardboard box and contain two mini cheesecakes, when I say mini they are not that small, being approx. three & half inches wide and one & half inches deep. They are nicely presented in a plastic pot, with a clear film covering them. So all you have to do with these is remove from the freezer, peel back the clear lid and leave to defrost for 90 minutes. It does say best eaten from the pot, but if you are serving these up to your guests you can, after about 30 minutes pop them into your dessert dishes to make it look a bit better.
Now they sell these in the mandarin flavour as well as raspberry, we have tried both and they are equally nice so it is a hard choice to make when choosing which one you want, the only good thing is if it was one large cheesecake you would only choose one to defrost, but with these everyone can have whatever flavour they want being that they are individual, keeping everyone happy!!.
Once defrosted you can start to enjoy this, starting at the bottom there is a golden biscuit base which is the thinnest layer, then topped with the thickest layer of the three, low fat cheesecake, finally topped with juicy plump mandarins in a orangey sauce. Once putting your spoon into the cheesecake the combination of all three together go very well and taste really delicious!.
Being these are in the Light Choices range you won't be doing yourself to much damage if you are following a diet (which most people are leading up to Christmas!") each cheesecake contains;
The packaging also points out that one cheesecake contains 3 points for people who are following the Weightwatchers diet.
For allergy advice this contains milk, wheat, gluten and egg. Also it does say no nuts, but cannot guarantee nut free. Vegetarian friendly as well!.
As with all frozen foods this cannot be refrozen once it has been defrosted and is best consumed within 24 hours.
When I got my cheesecakes again it was when Tesco's were having a freezer sale, so I only paid 59p for these so I'm not to sure what they retail for now maybe around the £1-£1.50 mark. These are really nice so I will give these 5 stars as what appeals to me is the individual part as this is so handy if only one person wants some!.
Last time I went into the massive Tesco by me they were selling two packs of individual mandarin cheesecakes from the Light Choices range for 59p instead of £1.69, I don't know why they were selling them off that cheap and I enjoyed the cheesecake that much that I'm hoping they're not discontinuing them because they're yummy!
I had one after my tea last night, after waiting hours for them to defrost because they do take forever to thaw out enough so that the middle of the cheesecake isn't still hard. Once it was ready to eat I tucked in and it was delish and as good as a full fat frozen cheesecake I had the other day.
The biscuit base tastes of digestives and is a bit crackly because of the sugar in it, it's not crunchy like when we make them ourselves at home but is nice and crumbly and has a lovely buttery taste. It's quite thin and I would have liked it to be a bit thicker but I suppose that's the thing about them being so much lower in fat than other cheese cakes.
The cheesecake filling is very tasty, it's quite sweet and very strongly vanilla flavoured. It's not as creamy as some cheesecakes I've eaten and has got a bit of a rubbery texture but that's not as bad as it sounds and it's actually got a very nice melt in the mouth consistency, once you've got used to the different texture you'll see it's yummy. The cheesecake is topped with slices of mandarin and a tangy orange sauce.
The mandarin slices taste fresh and aren't all slimey like a cheap mandarin cheesecake I had at my aunt's house last week, they taste of orange and so does the yummy tangy and sweet sauce that is mixed in with the mandarins. The tang of the sauce goes proper nice with the sweet vanilla cheesecake and I think both these things make the biscuit base taste even nicer than it does on it's own.
I can't find the box now and have looked on the Tesco website to see how good it is with the calories and fat, it looks like the individual ones HAVE been discontinued but they do a large one that costs £1.00 and serves 4. This has got 170 calories and 3.5g fat so that's not bad at all for such a yummy sweet cheesecake.
I don't do diets. I don't think they are a good idea, and I would never be able to stick to one, although I know some people can and do manage to diet. Healthy eating is the way to go to lose some pounds and so that is what we have been doing recently to shed a few pounds after our last cruise. We have been having fresh fruit instead of a creamy dessert, but I was feeling the need of a treat and popped some light choice desserts into the trolley last time I was shopping, out of the frozen foods cabinet.
The mandarin cheesecakes I bought were two individual ones, but still Light choices by Tesco, so I have added under this heading, it is also available as a larger cheesecake, but why put temptation in my way, I'd eat more!
The box is rather dull beige with most of the information in an air force blue colour, it says NEW at the top of the box and the display date is July 2009 and best before October 2009. The total weight is 190grams and it is suitable for Vegetarians and does need defrosting, it takes about 1½ to 1¾ hours at room temperature.
The Good News!
It is easy to prepare, open box, peel off cellophane lid and leave to defrost, you can even serve it in the plastic dish, so no washing up unless you want to recycle the plastic.
There is a thin layer of biscuit base, then a creamy layer of cheesecake and topped with big pieces of mandarin oranges in a jelly like sauce. The box tells me that it is a baked cheesecake and it contains 50% less fat than the standard Tesco Strawberry cheesecake. The base was crumbly and although not as tasty as when you make your own with digestive biscuits and butter, it was still alright with the creamy cheesecake and topping. The cheesecake filling was soft and creamy, not a lot of flavour but again eating it altogether it tasted fine. The topping was lovely, mine was still quite cool and the pieces of mandarin were juicy and tasty, and the jelly like sauce full of flavour and a lovely orange colour.
There are no artificial preservatives, flavourings or colours and it contains 185 calories per portion. A typical adult can eat a diet of 2,000 calories so this isn't too bad if eaten as part of a meal. Each cheesecake contains 20.1grams of sugar, 4.2 grams of fat, 3.4grams of protein and 0.4grams of salt. Water is the biggest ingredient surprisingly enough, the biscuit base amounts to 17%, mandarins 15% and skimmed milk soft cheese 11%. If you are following a Weightwatchers diet it is 3 points.
The Bad News!
The salt content amounts to 7% of an average daily guideline for adults, and the carbohydrate is 22% of the daily allowance. It contains milk, wheat, gluten and egg so may not be suitable for everyone.
Tesco are selling them at £1.00 for two, but I could have bought a larger version weighing 550grams for £1.00 and indulged myself! It can be stored in the fridge once defrosted but must be eaten within 24 hours. The larger one gives 6 portions, so it wouldn't have helped my healthy eating would it?
Do I recommend it? Yes, it may not be as good as the full fat version, but if you are watching what you eat and trying to be good then it makes a tasty dessert which is so easy to prepare and more of a treat than eating an apple!
I'm a big fan of cheesecake, but knowing how 'unhealthy' they are for you I spotted a gem in the Tesco freezer section...a low fat one! Well, they do just about low-fat everything these days so I gave it a go because it was a bargain, and I wasn't disappointed!
... The Product...
For 99p you get a 550g Tesco Light Choices Mandarin Cheesecake, which, compared with the other options, is a steal. Depending on how big a serving you want, this can easily allow 6 people a slice of yumminess. Each 1/6 contains only 170 calories and 3.5g of fat.
Similar to other varieties, this has a biscuit base layered with vanilla and then topped off with a mandarin sauce containing mandarin segments. How does this compare to a very similar product? Tesco light & creamy mandarin cheesecake (£3.29) is over 3x the price, and contains 245 calories and 13.3g of fat. I know which one I'd choose...
There are also no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives which is always a good thing because you know you're not putting 'fake' food into your mouth. It's also suitable for vegetarians & is nut-free, but does contain milk, wheat & gluten incase you have any allergens/intolerances.
The 3 flavours from the biscuit, vanilla and mandarin compliment each other very well. The topping is quite sweet but it does have a good rich flavour. Just because it's described as a 'baked lower fat' version, that doesn't mean it cuts back on the taste factor! I'm not a big fan of the mandarin segments but that's because I prefer to each fruit just on its own (ie. not mixed with other food, and I don't like bits in yoghurts either, eugh). The vanilla layer is very smooth and sweet, which works well with the texture of the biscuit base.
... Defrost ...
As this is a frozen product it must be defrosted before eating, so if you're desperate for your cheesecake fix you may have to be patient for a few hours! If Remove the product from the box, cut the foil and remove from the container. Place on a plate and leave to defrost at room temperature for a minimum of 2.5 hours. If you choose to defrost in the fridge, this will take a little longer with a minimum of 4 hours before eating. Once it's ready to eat, it can be kept refridgerated but must be eaten within 24 hours (which is easy-peasy because it's yummy!).
... The Verdict ...
I think that because this is a baked lower fat version, it's not as 'compact' in structure as other higher fat cheesecakes. It does crumble but I don't mind that. The taste is delicious and rich, but sometimes the mandarin segments are a bit soppy (I take these off anyway). But at 99p for a good-sized dessert which is low in fat/cals and has a great flavour, this is definitely one for your freezer.
All the tasty goodness of a cheesecake with a lower fat content.