“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Ice Cream „
I actually prefer Tesco cones to Cornetto. The ice cream is nice, the chocolate sauce in the middle goes well with it, and you always get a nice big lump of solid chocolate at the bottom of the cone.The wafer cone isn't quite as light and crispy as Cornetto, but I can live with that.Yummy.
These are Tesco's version of a Cornetto and they're quite good..... but I prefer Cornettos even though they're loads more expensive! They come in strawberry flavour as well and my dad reckons he's had choc and nut flavour in this range but I've never seen them myself.
These are mint ice cream in a biscuit cone, there is crunchy chocolate sauce on top of the ice cream and minty pieces.
As long as you don't think too much about it you'll be happy, and deffo don't compare them to a Cornetto if you can help it. The ice cream has got a lovely minty flavour but it isn't very creamy, for mint ice cream I don't think it's very refreshing either and you can't hardly taste the chocolate over the mint. The ice cream isn't all that minty either so it must be very bad quality chocolate Tesco have used!!!
The top layer is the best because the minty chocolate bits have got a wickedly sweet taste, they give the ice cream a lovely crunchy texture and taste delish. Once you get past them though the ice cream is a bit boring because every single mouth full tastes exactly the same.... there's not even a chunk of chocolate in the bottom of the cone like you get with a Cornetto!
The cone has got a nice sugary biscuit flavour, to start with it's lovely and crunchy but as the ice cream melted I noticed it got soggy a lot quicker than other times I've had this sort of cone. I prefer these to wafer cones because they really DO go mankily slimy after a bit but I've never known it happen as bad as this with a BISCUIT cone though! By the time I was nearly down to the bottom I was rushing through it big time to try and avoid it falling to bits in my fingers.
Another thing I didn't like about this ice cream is the way it melts. I wouldn't have noticed but I come home a bit drunk the other night and took one of these ice creams up to bed, I must have put the half eaten thing down on my cabinet and fell to sleep because the next morning I got up and the ice cream had obviously melted in the heat in my room but most of the ice cream was still in the cone and the bit that had dribbled onto my cabinet had set into like a solid foam texture. It looked disgusting and to me it shows that this cheap ice cream isn't very good quality.
A box of 6 costs £1.38, not bad but then again Cornettos are on special offer a lot and that brings the price of them down to roughly the same as this. Even though these are ok I think I'd rather pay more and get proper Cornettos because they taste nicer and are much better quality.
Still recommended though!
The most recent warm spell has had me searching the freezer section of the local supermarkets for lollies and ice creams and as these were on special offer at 2 for £2 in my local Tesco, I bought a couple of boxes, one Chocolate and Nut and the other Mint Chocolate. These normally retail for £1.38 a box so this was quite a saving.
Much as I like mint flavoured things such as Polos, chewing gum and minted new potatoes, mint isn't my first choice of ice cream flavour, so I ate the Chocolate and Nut cones first but as others in the family also seemed to prefer that flavour, we were soon reduced to only the Chocolate and Mint. And I was agreeably surprised.
I think it would be fair to say that these ice cream cones are the supermarket's own label answer to Cornetto and visually they don't appear too different from Cornetto, certainly not in size. The only noticeable difference on first sight is that Tesco's cones have a little less ice cream on display and also a chocolate rim to the cone itself. The ice cream is white which is vastly preferable to the sometimes virulent green colour that manufacturers seem to think represents mint. The ice cream is topped with chocolate and chocolate coloured minty sprinkles on top.
Flavour-wise, these are delicious. The ice cream is smooth and creamy and the peppermint flavour isn't overpowering but just gives a kick to the overall taste and is perfectly complemented by the chocolate: a classic combination. The sprinkles on top also give extra taste, texture and crunch. The ice cream fills the cone right to the bottom and also lurking in the bottom of the cone is a very satisfying chunk of chocolate, making the last bite every bit as delicious as the first.
Each cone has 195 calories and like most ice creams has a high saturated fat content. Of the 9 grams of fat in each cone, 6 grams is saturated. Sugar content is also high with 13 grams per cone. The ingredients list is long and, to be frank, quite off-putting in parts. I really prefer not to know that my ice cream contains partially reconstituted whey protein or emulsifiers although it is reassuring to read that there is actually 9% double cream in there.
The allergy warning states that this product does not contain nuts but the manufacturer can't guarantee that nuts weren't in the vicinity when these were made. Gluten is also used so not for coeliacs, I'm afraid.
I've already said that these cones are delicious but this product isn't perfect, especially when compared to the Cornetto. To my mind, the cone isn't as good as the Cornetto cone but it is firm and crunchy even though it lacks sweetness and flavour. However, as the ice cream itself is sweet, maybe too much sugar in the cone would have been overkill.
I find that often own label products are a poor imitation of the original but though these may be an imitation of the Cornetto, they certainly give it a run for its money. In fact, as far as price is concerned, these beat the Cornetto by about 80p.
So the $64,000 question, or should that be the £1.38 question. Would I buy these again? Yes, definitely.