“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cheesecake „
While browsing in Tesco this morning I found a Swirly Chocolate Cheesecake in the reduced counter for 49p. Now I know I am trying to lose a bit of weight, but I am only human and the lure of a half price chocolate dessert was too much for me to resist!!
It is a 125g individual portion pot of dessert, normally priced at £1, with biscuit base and chocolate sauce swirled through the cheesecake topping. When I opened the pot, some of the sauce had stuck to the lid, which was sweet and gooey tasting. There was not much aroma from the dessert - I was expecting it to be either chocolaty or cheesy. The cheesecake topping was lemony and slightly savoury in taste, similar to the topping on a New York cheesecake, although the consistency was lighter and not as thick. At the bottom was a layer of biscuit, which was very crumbly and soft. I found this quite disappointed as I prefer a firm crunchy biscuit base on my desserts. This is something that Tesco normally do very well, especially in their banoffee pie, so this was a real shame.
Contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten & Soya. Recipe is Nut Free, but Factory is not
Now obviously I didn't look at the nutritional info until after I had eaten it, but I was horrified that the little pot had 435 calories in it - I could have had a sizable slab of chocolate for that!! Even worse, it contains a whopping 81% of your RDA for Saturated Fat!
So was it worth it? I would have to say no. Although it was quite pleasant, I'm not sure that the combination of the sweet swirls of chocolate sauce worked with the lemony taste of the cheesecake topping. I think it needs to decide if it wants to be a chocolate cheesecake, or a new york style cheesecakethere was something in the balance of taste that wasn't quite right. Coupled with the soggy biscuit, and the fact that I now need to do some serious exercise to burn it off, makes it hard to rate it above average. I'm just glad I didn't pay full price for it....
In my never ending quest to find food, either sweet or savoury, that my toddler will actually consider eating, I came across these individual Tesco Swirly Chocolate Cheesecakes in the refrigerated section of my local supermarket. Given that his 3 favourite foods are chocolate, biscuits and cream cheese, which are the main ingredients in this dessert, what could possibly go wrong?
These cheesecakes are sold in individual, see through plastic pots, which allow us to see the attractive layering of the dessert. They are priced at £1 each. Certainly in my supermarket you can only buy them individually but it perhaps would be a good idea for them to be sold in multipacks of 2,3 or 4, offering a small discount. However, there is an advantage in selling them individually, allowing members of a family to pick their own treat for dinner, leading to the familiar squabble when they get to the table and can't remember who picked what! It all adds to the fun family dinner!
The pots are sealed by those annoyingly over sticky adhesive labels, which often cause you to pull too hard in your eagerness to get into the pudding, resulting in you looking like you have been attacked by the Phantom Flan Flinger. More family fun!
Now I have a bit of a problem with a chocolate flavoured cheesecake. For me a cheesecake is a cheesecake. It has it's own distinctive flavour and should only be intefered with by adding a layer of fruit puree to the top of the dessert. Surely if chocolate was to be added it would over power the flavour and turn it into a kind of chocolate mousse?
But this is the clever part and where the chocolate swirls come in. They are carefully and attractively piped through the cheesecake batter. If eaten carefully, it is possible to get a spoonful of just cheesecake or one of cheesecake and a bit of chocolate. You can srape at the swirls and manage to get a spoonful of just chocolate sauce or you can just dive in and mix it all up!
The cheesecake is whipped to a smooth consistency and is delicately flavoured with lemon. It is not overly sweet and you can really taste the presence of the cream cheese. The chocolate sauce is also good, but in that it is piped quite thinly, I think that Tesco could have been a little bit more daring and made it a little more "dark" chocolatey.
I like to eat most of the top of the cheesecake before attacking the digestive biscuit base. It is a good thick layer of unmistakenly digestive bisguits, ground to just the right consistency. Pleasantly gritty! In fact - if you are lucky, you can also crunch on some oversized granules of sugar I think that might be a fault, but I quite like it! I have found the consistency of the base to vary (and I have now tested this product extensively). Sometimes the base is a little too crumbly and certainly would not hold up as a base to a full sized cake to be served on a plate. However, lately I have had some bases that seem to hold together a little better. But hey - it doesn't affect the great taste!
The bad news is that there are 435 calories in each of these 125g desserts. But these are generous portions, and in their defence, I'd be hard pushed to eat 2 in one sitting!
They have a shelf life of 5-6 days and obviously have to be kept refrigerated.
Despite my misgivings I really think this dessert works as a good alternative to others on the market. The flavours and textures combine well and make for a naughty, occasional treat.
And as for whether my toddler would entertain the thought of eating one.......................well, we still do not know because he hasn't had a look in!