Product Type: Tesco Dessert / Yoghurts
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Tesco Value Rice Pudding
Tesco Value Creamed Rice Pudding
Member Name: alicet8
Tesco Value Creamed Rice Pudding
Advantages: Great price
Disadvantages: Not very creamy and not great when heated
My flatmates are always making fun of me because I am forever getting weird food cravings that simply refuse to disappear until I give in and allow myself to indulge. The other week I was very suddenly struck with an intense desire to eat some rice pudding. I dutifully took myself off to Tesco knowing that it would be easier to just get it out of the way instead of dragging it out for the next week and a half.
In the past I have always been loyal to the brand Ambrosia but when I got to Tesco I was outraged to discover that they only seemed to stock the low fat version! Now I don't know about you but when I am treating myself I like to go all out. I like to know that I am being a little naughty and low fat will simply not do! The only rice pudding on the shelf that didn't seemed to be aimed at dieters was this Tesco Value version and so in my basket it went.
Now, I have to admit I wasn't expecting a lot. I paid under 20 pence and got 400g can of rice pudding, which is slightly smaller than the other cans on the shelf. It featured the typical branding of the Tesco Value range, which makes heavy use of the colours red, white and blue. Usually this doesn't really bother me but for some reason I just found the packaging to be very depressing on this particular product. It just did not inspire me and in no way made me excited to try the can's contents. In fact, I was so uninspired by the packaging that it actually made my cravings disappear (just to make it clear, this has never happened before) and so the can sat in my cupboard for a few weeks before I bothered to try it.
Once I finally got over my package snobbery and got the lid off the can (you will need a can opener, no fancy ring pulls here) I was pleasantly surprised. The contents looked and smelt very similar to what I was used to from Ambrosia, lots of puffs of rice in a nice creamy sauce. I do prefer rice pudding to be warm and so I decided to heat up half the can.
I followed the instructions on the back of the can for microwave heating and when I took the bowl out the microwave I noticed quite a difference in the consistency of the rice pudding. The creamy sauce had thinned out dramatically and the ratio of rice to sauce was just ridiculous. Each spoonful only had a few grains of rice accompanied by a lot of liquid, which I found to be very runny and actually quite difficult to eat. In the end I just gave up and threw away the remainder of the rice pudding!
Later I decided to try the remaining half of the can without heating it up first and I was slightly more impressed. This time the consistency of the rice pudding was a lot more like what I was used to and you got a decent amount of puffs of rice per spoonful. The rice itself was nice and fluffy, which I was quite pleased to find, and had a generally good texture. I quite liked the taste of the rice pudding and didn't find it to be too sweet and so I was able to swirl in some jam without causing sugar overload!
My only complaint taste wise would be that it wasn't incredibly creamy tasting. I do like rich and creamy rice pudding and this isn't something that really delivered in those aspects. After a little more investigation I discovered that this rice pudding is actually made with skimmed milk so this probably explains a lot!
Overall I couldn't help but be a little disappointed by this product. I had wanted a creamy, indulgent treat and that isn't really what it delivers. Also, the whole thing seems to go to pot when heated up. However, I don't think that this product should be discounted entirely. It is generally quite pleasant tasting and definitely great value for money. It seems to be more similar to the low fat rice puddings I had been trying to avoid and so would be great value for someone who does buy those products. Unfortunately, what I want from a can of rice pudding is definitely not low fat and so I won't be buying this again.
Summary: Good alternative to more expensive low fat brands
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