“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheesecake „
I am not a calorie counter particularly, but I do try and choose healthier, lower fat food products whenever possible, and I'm still exploring the supermarket frozen dessert range within a budget of approximately £1.
Having tried and enjoyed some of the desserts from the Tesco frozen range recently, I happened upon this Tesco light choices Strawberry Cheesecake, and within the budget I popped it in the trolley.
Tesco describes the product as 'A delicious baked cheesecake topped with juicy strawberries in a tangy sauce'. So far so good.
'Big on taste and light on calories, sugar or fat' states Tesco when describing its 'Light Choices' range. Tesco also state that the Light Choices products are either less than 3% fat or have half the fat of a comparable product. I thought the latter statement was worth knowing.
My thoughts and opinion
The product is packaged in a card box approximately 6" square and 2" deep and inside the box is a foil dish of slightly lesser depth and diameter. This foil dish contains the cheesecake. The box is a light colour mostly, and there is an image of a cut cheesecake on the front of the box. Summary information of nutritional percentage, weight and such are usefully printed on the front of the box for easy reference. The packaging is 100% recyclable. The card box held its shape well during transportation home and although the cheesecake was not damaged, the inner foil dish was a bit misshapen.
Strawberry (19%), Yoghurt, Sugar, Wheatflour, Low Fat Soft Cheese (9%), Glucose-Frustose Syrup, Water, Milk, Egg, Vegetable Margarine, Invest Sugar Syrup, Maize Starch, Inulin, Wheatgerm, Wheat Starch, Dried Skimmed Milk, Dried Egg White, Flavouring, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate), Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarb, Sodium Carbonate), Emulsifier (mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids), Salt, Whey Powder, Thickener (Pectin).
Tesco states that there are no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours in the product
##GENERAL NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND ALLERGY ADVICE##
Tesco states the product contains gluten, milk wheat and egg and that it may also contain traces of nuts from either the ingredients and/or equipment. No nuts are used in the recipe.
*Nutrition - (How much of this can I sensibly eat before piling on the pounds?)
One-sixth of the cheesecake (83.3g) contains
(by the way, if you go to one-quarter of the cake then calories increase to 248! )
Carbohydrate 29.8g (of which sugars 19.4g, and fat 3.3g (and only 1.4g of the fat is saturated)
As a guideline, Tesco calculate that consuming one sixth of this product will apparently use 2 1/2 'weight watchers' points.
##DEFROST (how long do I have to wait after removing from freezer before scoffing)##
You leave for approx 2.5 hours at room temperature, or 4-5 hours in the fridge. The recommendation is to remove all packaging beforehand and place onto a plate or serving tray. The cheesecake was mostly thawed in the recommended time, however, the strawberries on the top were not , and I have noticed this with other frozen desserts containing whole strawberries. I would suggest the product be left to thaw for at least half an hour longer than Tesco suggest.
##TASTE AND TEXTURE (How big on taste)##
~The biscuit base (bottom layer)~
I found this easy to cut through, without risking damage to the cutlery, or feeling the need to be 'muscle woman'. The biscuit base, however, was softer than other cheesecakes I have tried. There was no tendency for it to crumb, but it was a bit soggy. It didn't quite have that digestive biscuit taste compared to other cheesecakes.
~The cheesy middle part (middle layer) ~
The texture of the middle part of the cheesecake is smooth and quite creamy. You could taste the middle with this cheesecake. I think the milder tasting biscuit base improved the chances of tasting the middle.
~The fruity top part (top layer)~
The consistency of the fruit topping was good. The strawberries were quite tasty, and the sauce too. The partly unthawed fruit was the only disappointing part. The fruity sauce was about the right sweetness for me, and it was not too sticky. The topping is not as rich in colour as the illustration on the box suggests, but more pink than red. If I'm honest, the strawberries were a little sparse. I would have liked a few more.
Generally I thought the balance of biscuit, cheesy middle, and saucy topping was good.
##SIZE, SERVING AND VALUE FOR MONEY##
The total weight of the whole cheesecake is 500g. The actual depth of the cheesecake is just over 1" which doesn't sound much but is adequate, and the diameter of the cake is 6". Tesco suggests the number of servings is 6, but I cut mine into 4 pieces. I think one sixth is probably an adequately sized portion for a calorie counter or for a child (under 12). Otherwise, I think a one quarter sized portion is about right.
Overall, I think the size is adequate for four/five people, and the cheesecake represented good value for money at just £1. If needing to watch your calories or fat intake, I found the cheesecake good as a lower calorie, lower fat product, and I think Tesco has done well to keep the fat and calorie content down to relatively low levels without really compromising the flavour. From the taste, I do not think I missed all the extra fat of the Tesco standard recipe cheesecake, nor could I say I particularly noticed it was missing!
This Strawberry flavour was the only Tesco light choices Cheesecake available so far as I could see.
This cheesecake was produced in Germany, and is suitable for vegetarians.