My youngest son loves custard and asks for it all the time. This is a good thing because it’s nice to have a milky pudding every now and then especially that he is not so keen on drinking milk on its own. Due to this, I always try to include milk in the dietary intake indirectly by cooking him rice pudding or giving him flavoured yoghurt or cheese.
A few years ago, I used Bird’s instant custard or powdered custard .To be honest, I found that it very runny no matter how much powder you put in. In all cases, I didn’t get the result I wanted. Therefore, I decided to try another brand. I tried Tesco’s powder and was satisfied with the results
As for the powder itself, it looked similar all the other brands as it is mostly made out of cornflour so there was nothing exciting about it. However, the smell was very nice . You could smell a bit of vanilla unlike bird’s custard powder which didn’t strongly smell of vanilla.
=== Preparation ===
You can cook it on the hob or microwave. Cooking it on the hob is my preferred method as it gives better results. In order to cook it, you need to add 2 heaped tablespoons (36g) of custard powder into a basin with 18g of sugar or anything similar to it .Then, mix it with some milk taken form a pint of milk and make it into a paste. Add it to nearly boiling milk and give it a good stir until the mixture is thick and is lump free. This will take about 5 minutes. The same can be done on the microwave however, it can go wrong sometimes and the custard will get very thick and lumpy. Therefore, I recommend spending a few minutes stirring instead of being lazy using the microwave.
=== The results ===
I find that all the brands give products with almost the same taste. However, I managed to notice a difference with Tesco’s custard. It was thick and creamy as it should be and the colour was just right. My son was pretty happy with it so I’m happy too.
=== Recommendation ===
I highly recommend it, it’s a nice and easy dessert. It has got a very nice smell and you will get perfect results everytime . As a mentioned before, it’s even better than some very well-known brands and it’s only 62p for a 300g tub which is very cheap compared to the Bird’s brand which is £1.31 that’s is more than double the price.
=== Ingredients ===
Cornflour, Flavouring ,Salt ,Colour (Annatto)
Suitable for vegetarians.
Something we are fans of in this house is puddings - whether this be a yoghurt, a piece of fruit, or something more substantial, we look forward to rounding off a meal with something sweet we can share.
I love to have a pudding and custard, but we tend to wait till weekends as I am not fantastic at making our favourite Birds custard powder up from a bigger tin. I seem to add lumps rather than remove them. Therefore, custard making becomes my husbands task. When I saw these value packets of instant custard powder for only 15p, I decided that I would get some to serve the kids a quick pudding through the week when my husband is not about to make up the custard for me.
Packaging on this is very basic. It is a fairly plain beige looking packet with pictures of jugs, kettles, pudding and a whisk repeated across the front of the packet. It is less premium looking than other packets, but not ugly enough to put me off.
The packet is easy to tear open to get out the powder. I follow instructions to the letter, adding the contents of the packet to a jug, then making up to the 3/4 of a pint line on my jug with boiling water from my kettle. I tend to add a little bit of water first and mix the powder with a large fork into a smooth paste, then slowly bring it up to the 3/4 pint line stirring all the time. I find that I can produce lump free custard using this mix.
The custard is a satisfactory yellow colour when made up. It is very sweet, and while it is not the same quality as Birds custard powder, it does make satisfactory custard to serve with something like a crumble, cake, or just sliced bananas.
I find that the custard is very yellow and quite thick, so I sometimes add a little more water, and I usually serve it between at least three people, though usually we spread this between the 4 of us. (2 children with large appetites, and 2 adults.)
My verdict on this custard is that it is a great storecupboard item. While not quite top quality, it is certainly passable to our taste buds for a sweet pudding. It is very cheap at only 15p per serving, and as a bonus, it is handy to make custard when I am running low on milk supplies. It can be made up in about half the time it takes to make up custard with milk and sugar, as I only have to wait for the kettle to boil to make this up.
Every time I have served it, everyone has cleared their plate, and it is very handy when I quickly decide to make a hot pudding or need to use up bananas before they go too ripe.
One third of a pack is only 95 calories, so I also feel this is not too unhealthy when I serve it to my family.
Some notes for this product - not made with nuts, and from a factory with no nuts, it is also suitable for vegetarians. It does contain milk for those who have problems with lactose intolerance.
This is cheap and cheerful cooking at its best, and I like to keep a pack of this in the cupboard for when mealtimes need a more substantial pudding to fill everyone up. Its not Birds, but it is edible and enjoyable, and I don't think you can ask for more really.
I like to make most of my food from scratch but for some reason I never make my own custard, preferring to buy a carton of nice thick custard instead. I recently bought a couple of packet mixes of Tescos Value custard on the recommendation of a work colleague. At the ridiculously low price of just 6p a packet I just knew it was going to be a mistake but I was curious and 6p a pack isn't a lot to waste.
The custard powder is the instant variety that you just mix with boiling water. It is sold in a packet that is pretty standard for Value products. It has the Tesco Value logo and the words Instant Custard Powder written in a red banner across the front. The pack shows the picture of custard being poured into a bowl. The GDA's are given for 1/3 of the pack when made up, they are:-
The back of the packet gives the nutrional values in more detail. It also gives the ingredients along with the preparation guidelines, these are simple enough, just empty the packet contents into a bowl, add up to 3/4 of a pint of boiling water and whisk. This must be done in a bowl with boiling water its not suitable for the microwave. The pack also gives a little allergy advice stating the custard powder may contain nuts.
We decided to try the custard for desert with an apple pie I had made, We usually have ice cream with this so I was quite looking forward to a change.
I opened the pack and poured the powder into a bowl, the powder is a whitish colour and smells very faintly of custard, I measured the boiling water into a jug, added the custard mix and whisked. The custard turned yellow and did thicken slightly but not as much as I had hoped. It was still quite thin and watery. Of course the packet does say up to 3/4 pint of water so obviously the less water you put in the thicker the custard but this wouldn't make as much.
I was disappointed with the runny custard but we went ahead and poured it over the apple pie. Now I know this custard mix was only 6 pence but I did expect more than a hint of custard flavour. It taste more like a watery sweet sauce, it didn't even smell like custard. Any resemblance to custard is purely coincidental. I used the 2nd packet on another occasion but this time I added just half a pint of water and melted some chocolate in it, this tasted better but in no way like chocolate custard although it was thicker this time.
All in all the Tesco Value Custard Mix is disappointing, its dirt cheap and if you want a quick sweet desert and you are not overly bothered about a strong custard taste then this might be for you, as for me well I will go back to my cartons or even get round to making my own.
This is one value product that I cant recommend and wont buy again.
I do like my puddings! We tend not to have puddings straightaway after a meal. It is more likely in our house that pudding becomes an evening snack. It generally falls upon me to come up with something palatable and lately, in view of the freezing temperatures, we have been having hot rather than cold sweets.
Of these, one of my favourites is sponge and custard. It is quite easy to knock up some stodge using suet and cook it quickly and easily in the microwave. It's also a good way to polish off a couple of muffins that may be on Day 2 or 3. Just heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and it freshens them up nicely.
With the stodge or muffin, it is imperative that we have custard and our custard of convenience and choice is that available from Tesco's Value range. It costs about 7p as I recall and comes in a packet.
The packet contains white powder (70g) and we use a whole packet between the two of us which yields a very generous portion. All you have to do is to mix the packet contents with boiling water up to the 425ml mark (about ¾ of a pint) and stir. The product can be made slightly thinner or thicker according to your preference. We like thick; thick is good.
If you don't stir it properly you can be left with white powder which has not been mixed, so I tend to use a hand mix and make it in a Pyrex jug so it can be easily poured over the pudding.
When I have checked the packet, I am surprised to note that a third of a packet (considered to be a standard portion) contains 95g, so if you have a stodgy pudding as well, I think it can be said that this isn't a healthy option. I should probably have an apple instead, but somehow it isn't as appealing.
The custard clearly isn't as good as proper custard but as a means of wetting the stodge it does the job and the taste is good but it's not great.
A few months ago I noticed in Tesco that they had instant custard powder shachets for a very cheap 9p a sachet. I have tried to find them on their website today to check the price, but it keeps crashing so from a supermarket comparison site, I have found sachets of Tesco Instant Custard are 21p. This is still very cheap. I am reviewing the Tesco Value Instant Custard Powder 70g sachet.
It is a 70g sachet and you add 3/4 of a pint of water then it will thinken so expect around half to 3/4 pint of made up custard. Enough for two people if you like a lot of custard on your food, though I would say it would stretch to more people if you needed it to.
To make up the custard all you do is add 3/4 pint of boiling water to the sachet and then whisk with a fork until smooth and creamy and that is it! Easy!
We have made up quite a few of these packs now as Mr Norton has trialled various new recipes and desserts we felt needed custard and this is in no way Ambrosia! It is very artifical tasting, not very sumptuous or creamy and it really is the "pack of custard in the back of the cupboard". It is not a taste you would look forward to- nor is is particularly memorable (like Ambrosia), but it could be used in instances where you NEED custard to go with something. Which is more how we have been using it- where the plum tart or the berry sponge needs custard and the custard should not be the focus of the dessert.
Alternatively if you don't like Ambrosia- give this a try. It is so cheap and so easy to make- just a jug, water and a fork is required! It has a long shelf life (around 15 months) but it really is one of those "back of the cupboard" things you would buy in case you got to the point the local shop had closed and you needed custard.
Nutritionally: Per 142g made up mixture: 95 calories, 1.3g fat, 13.1g sugar. It's not that bad, but its not that great. I was not keen on the taste and could not just eat a bowl of this, but Mr Norton had his cake in a massive pasta bowl swimming in custard so he seemed happy enough with it!
I am always looking for ways to save a few pennies on the Tesco's shopping trip and so far I have found a good way to do this is by substituting my normal products for those from the Tescos own brand, or where possibel a step further to tescos value range. I have been really pleased with quite a few products from the tesco value range, most of them have been great, but some of them I will be avoiding like the plague.
When I saw the tins of Tesco value custard on the shelves when I was planning on making a hot syrup sponge and thought this woul dbe good to go with it, and save a bit of money. The price was only 21 pence, so even if it was disgusting I wouldnt really feel like I had lost anything.
The custard came in plain packaging, alike to all off the tesco value range. The tin had plain blue and white stripes whihc is the logo and some simple writing saying what it was, how to heat it up and the nutritional values. I had a quick glance at the nutritional values but didnt really see anything unusual. It looked unhealthy, but it is a pudding product so that is what I expected.
The tin opened to reveal nothing dramatic, there was no awful smell or luminous colouring as I was worried about! The custard was a very pale colour, as if it had been watered down. I heated it up the usual way in the pan, it smelt sweet and sickly, as ambrosia does when I heat it.
I served the custard up with the pudding. I am not enough of a custard fan to try it by itself! The custard was a little runny, as I expected when I saw the colour, but I quite like my custard runny so for me it wasnt a problem. The taste wasnt as strong, but it was not horrible or offensive, just quite weak and subtle. This really didnt bother me, as I was only after some custard to moisten my pudding. My cousin, who is a bit more of a custard conaser was not as huge a fan of it and said she prefers ambrosia, but if she was on a tight budget she would not turn her nose up at this.
Over all this is OK custard. Not fantastic, but fine for the price. I think I will buy it again, depending on the occassion that it is for!
Tesco Value Instant Custard
Description: Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Custard / Budget custard
I have to confess that I used to overlook the supermarket brands and would usually buy the more expensive brands assuming that they would be better quality. Recently though, I have been converted to the supermarkets own ranges which offer savings to the consumer by spending less on fancy packaging and instead, using plain and functional wrappings.
Previously, I would walk past these ranges in the mistaken belief that chap and nasty packaging meant cheap and nasty products. In fact, many of the products that I have tried have been surprisingly good which has made me keen to try more. And let's face it, the packaging just gets thrown in the bin, so why spend extra on it!
Having said all that, I now have to admit that this custard just wasn't one of the successes, and in fact, ended up being a complete waste of money as the quality was pretty poor. I love custard and usually buy Ambrosia, because let's face it, it is creamy and delicious! I am trying really hard to eat healthy foods after the excesses of Christmas, but it was Friday night and I wanted a treat - out came the cherry pie and custard, yum!
It cost just £0.29 for a 396g tin, which is loads cheaper than Ambrosia. The packaging is like all items in the range, plain white with red and blue writing.
The tin doesn't have a pull off lid so you will need a tin opener to get into it. You can use the hob or the microwave to heat it up (for around two minutes, stir half way through heating) or eat it cold, depending on what you prefer.
The custard looked weak and watery, it was quite light in colour and quite a lot thinner than my usual brand. The taste was bland and insipid, certainly not as creamy or sweet as I had hoped for.
I won't be buying this again, it wasn't even passably good, it was genuinely dire, and didn't have much resemblance to real custard. If you are looking for something which tastes plain, is very thin and isn't sweet enough, then this is for you, if not then I recommend Ambrosia, some things just can't be copied!
Nutritonal information is as follows (per 100g);
Protein - 2.6g
Carbohydrates - 13.9g
Sugars - 10.3g
Fat - 0.7g
Sodium - 0.1g
I have recently been very impressed with the Tesco Value jelly cubes so thought I would try their Value Instant Custard too as sometimes my granddaughters' like a piece of cake with custard and I don't always have time to make it from scratch as you know how impatient youngsters can be!
For 7p for just under a pint of custard there are some big savings to be made here, unfortunately it's absolutely awful so I think I shall stick with the more expensive Birds!
For a start the powder takes an absolute age to dissolve in the boiling water, I was stirring for at least three minutes and even after that had to use a teaspoon to scrape the powder away from the bottom of the jug and give it another epic stir to incorporate all this excess into the mixture.
I realised immediately that this custard was going to be a very thin affair, the packet says that the thickness can be controlled by adding more or less water but this was absolutely irrelevant as there's obviously no way of removing water once you've started to mix it!
Once prepared the flavour of the custard is horrible, not just bland as I had initially feared but truly vile. It tastes very much like an awful lot of chemicals have been added to this custard, the colour is extremely insipid and unappetising and the overall flavour is just not nice at all. There is a really strange aftertaste to this custard which I couldn't put my finger on to begin with, although my granddaughter soon enlightened me when she said it tasted 'eggy'.
I completely agree with this observation and now I am aware of it that eggy taste is all I can think of. The custard is not thick or creamy in any way and really just epitomises what such a cheap packet of custard will taste like.
Because the custard is so thin the awful flavour was absorbed into the cakes and completely spoiled our dessert. Just a few spoons made me feel sick which is down to a strangely intense sweetness within the custard, which incidentally is not as nice as it sounds as it seems as through Tesco have simply thrown a load of sugar into the mix with the hope of making the custard taste nicer than it really would.
Never again, not even for 7p. It's appalling, and this isn't coming from someone who exclusively eats home made custard as I will happily buy Birds custard powder if I haven't the time to make my own. I suggest not even bothering with this one, spend the extra 30p and buy a decent brand instead.
After recently trying and then writing a review on the Asda equivalent of this product I thought I should road test Tesco's version and give it the same treatment ... a dooyoo review.
Tesco Value Instant Custard Powder is 7p for a 70g sachet. The same price as Asda's. Tesco's version contains 95kcal per serving (one third of the packet) which is less than Asda's (102kcal per serving).
Value custard is simply mixed with boiling water and the whitish powder instantly turns a pale custardy yellow colour. It does appear to be very watery, but just like Asda's version thickens up quite quickly, with no lumps. It does not take long to whisk up either, so it really is instant.
It smells and looks like custard and passes for custard in taste. Again, it is not Bird's but is great as a cheaper substitute. It is very sweet and manages to satisfy my sweet-tooth very well.
I am very happy with this product and would continue to buy this over Asda's version as they are the same price and Tesco's have fewer calories -not many, but 'every little helps'.
I am a long time fan of custard, with a whole host of things from Syrup sponge to bananas. I've prepared proper home made, restaurant made and the tins, boxes, and sachets. Now the packet we're talking about, can take a couple of attempts to get right but there's nothing too bullish I can say to demote it. First Ill take you through the qualities and then how to achieve better results. Following the packet exactly, you will get into trouble. Results I got were too runny and had an undisirable 'texture'. A really good custard should be silky smooth, thick enough to hold on to a tilted dessert spoon a half spoon amount, with a hint of vanilla. Obviously with the egg yellow not present in powdered versions, you will be void of richness, but for the fact that its quick and unbelievably cheap, if on a budget, It would'nt hurt to do a bit of corective surgery!. So measure out in a measuring jug about 20-30ml less than the stated amount of liquid, pour into a saucepan retaining a little (20ml or so), shake the pack, tear top, and shake into the now empty though moist measure jug. In the mean time get a fork or hand whisk, and aggitate the powder / water, until you get a deep yellow watery paste. Let the water reach boiling and quickly pour in the jug. Whisk by hand or machine, dipping and moving in circles for about 30 seconds. Add aditional drops of vanilla essence if you have. This will render the texture and thickness issue minimal. For use in cold desert use a bit less water. At such a low price, I'm sure a little experimentation will not badger the purse too much!
I am not really one for penny pinching but occasionally I try a cheap product because you never know it might just be very good and save you a few pennies.
One which did not save me any money in the end and was certainly not very good was Tesco value instant custard.
This custard was no good because not only did it smell nothing like custard but it also tasted very little like it and rather than having a flowing creamy consistency it was watery with lumps and yes I did follow the instructions carefully.
It did not save me any money because I had to nip to the local shop and buy a tin of custard at an extortionate price so as not to leave the grandkids with apple pie but no custard so in the long run it cost me more money rather than saving me any.
This is certainly a very cheap option when it comes to custards and I can understand why people like me would be willing to give it a go but it is a very poor product and one I am surprised Tesco feel confident about putting their name to and certainly not a product I would recommend to anyone.
I know I know you get what you pay for, but I have always been a penny pincher and hate to buy for 1.30 euro what I can get at Tesco for 32 cents.
Well my story starts off last Christmas where for the first time in my life I realized what I had been missing all these years...TRIFLE!
That is right ladies and gentlemen I have been deprived, and not only that it has been for twenty two years.
I was so taken with this desert that I resolved to make it myself and two days ago I decided it would be the day.
Being in Tesco in a rush I bought the different ingredients quickly: Sponge Cake, Jello, Custard Mix and Fruit cocktail. I thought I would be thrifty and forgo the cream and the grand total of the bill was less then two euros.
Feeling very proud of myself I went home waited for the baby to take her nap and set to work. Now I wont bore you with my cooking capabilities, I will just yet you know how the custard did in this scenario.
This custard mix is in a powdered form and the package is in the usual Tesco value colors of red, white and blue. The weight is 70 grams and it makes about 3/4 of a pint. The color is yellow like traditional custard but the smell wasn't so great, rather then vanilla it smelt like artificial chemicals and preservatives. Not an appetizing smell I assure you.
The directions tell you to whisk briskly with boiling water and not to stop until creamy and smooth. Well I poured the water into the jug I was using and whisked my little heart out, it got frothy, but not especially creamy. I decided to go with less water rather then more, just to make sure that it set.
When my arm was sick of mixing I examined the custard and it was pretty runny, but a nice color, I didn't think much about the smell and the taste wasn't very pleasant either. In comparison to Birds Custard this was much sweeter and with a more artificial flavor rather then natural vanilla.
I waited for this to cool down and then poured it on top of the jelly layer of trifle which was set already. I then put it in the fridge and left it overnight.
The next day the custard still had not set and was very runny, it also was a bit watery around the edges, and didn't look very appealing. The taste wasn't too great either, while edible it wasn't like the custard I had envisioned it to be and I was pretty disappointed.
This is a very cheap product and it shows in the taste and consistency.
The flavor was not pleasant and it never thickened to more then a runny yogurt consistency. If you are in a fix this could do, but I wont buy it again and I didn't like it.
I feel a bit bad writing this review as I am very credit crunch warrior at the moment, my poor family have been getting used to all manor of dishes using budget and value products, this exercise is not only a money saving one but also a kind of rebellious one why should Mr T and friends take our hard earned money for things that we buy because they trick us into thinking they are better. Ok I know some things ARE better but I want to try things first so I can make my own opinion and decide if the cost is worth it, if anyone has read my value chopped tomato review they will know that by me switching that one item alone I will save £73.00 a year.
Anyway back to custard for an amazing 7p you can buy a 78g sachet of value instant powder.
According to the instructions you mix it up using boiling water and keep stirring it until it thickens although I was stirring for a good five minutes and it was nowhere near thick, it was like water with a hint of yellow in it. I may have gone wrong I am not sure, I usually buy the tins but how could I resist a 7p pack of custard.
It smelt very custardy but unfortunately it didn't look or taste very custardy.
if you've been kind enough to read any of my previous reviews you will know that I'm on a mission to save some money on my weekly shopping!
I've read lots of Dooyooer's opinions on Tesco value goods - some good & some bad, so I've been adding a a few of these items to my Tesco.com shopping list just to give them a try.
We don't really eat a lot of sweet things in our family, but as plums & apples are so good this time of year I decided to make a fruit crumble & needed some custard to go with it.
I saw Tesco value sachets of instant custard powder on sale for 12p for 70g so couldn't resist as I usually pay much more for Birds.
Oh dear - not a bargain as far as I'm concerned & I wouldn't recommend it.
The packaging is the standard value type - red, white & blue with a picture of lovely yellow custard on the front.
The sachet is easy to open & the contents smell nice but but it didn't have the consistency or flavour of Birds etc.
The directions, nutritional value & ingredients are clearly listed on the reverse of the packet & it states the product is suitable for vegetarians, contains milk but cannot be guaranteed to be nut free.
The ingredients are a bit off-putting ~
mod. maize starch
mod. potato starch
proteins (? - not specified)
colours ( which include annato which can cause allergies)
flavouring (? - not specified)
so - not much goodness here!
I won't bore you with all the nutritional info but just to point out that one third of the packet(made up) is 95 cals & contains 19.2g carbohydrate!
The directions are simple - add boiling water - it advises you add more or less than 3/4 of a pint depending on how thick you want the custard to be - I added slightly less but it was watery despite having whisked as directed.
The taste was far too sweet for all of us & lacked the nice vanilla taste of other custard powders.
The leftover custard went very watery so you couldn't even use it in a trifle.
- none of the family liked the taste or consistency
- high in carbs & sugar - poor nutritional value
- I won't be buying tesco value custard again
Tesco Value Instant Custard costs just 12p and to be honest, I think you get exactly what you pay for. Some Tesco's Value products are excellent but this is quite poor. (Not inedible like some value products but nothing to get enthusiastic about either.)
It comes in a red, white and custard coloured packet and you get 70g of custard mix for your money. It smells like custard powder when you pour it into a bowl and it looks like custard as you mix it with the recommended three quarters of a pint of boiling water.
The water must be boiling and even then you might have to zap it in the microwave to get the custard to thicken. Be sure to stir well as you pour the water in, or you will get lumps that you can't get rid of.
It says on the packet that you should whisk briskly until the custard is smooth and creamy. You would be whisking for a very long if you waited for this to be creamy.
It does say that this product isn't suitable for microwave heating but a quick burst of microwave to boil the water up won't make much difference.
This custard was thin and watery. It didn't taste anything like 'proper' custard. It is very sweet and tastes as though someone has watered it down.
If you make this up according to the instructions one third of the pack will give you:
There is a lot of colouring in this product. It contains whey powder, maize starch, potato starch, vegetable oil, milk protein and glycerine plus the following colouring agents:
Carotenes: orange and yellow substances from yellow/orange vegetables like carrots.
Annatto: dye from a South American tree.
and flavouring which is unidentified.
The most interesting ingredient here is the annatto which comes from a tropical tree and gives a red dye to food stuffs.
It has been associated with serious allergies.
It is as allergenic as many artificial food colourings and is the only natural food colouring that has the effect.
It is often used in products that claim 'all natural colourings' but it may, in actual practise be more of a problem than artificial food colourants.
Anyone with food dye allergies, or intolerances should avoid annatto, and Tesco Value Instant Custard.
Once this custard is made up it has to be used almost immediately as it goes thin ans watery if you let it go cold. It is unsuitable for use in trifles because of it's consistency and if you pour it onto fruit be careful that the juice doesn't turn it into yellow water.
I do sometimes use instant custard because I cook for one person but I won't buy this again. Birds do an instant custard in a jar which allows you to make exactly the amount you require and I think that is far better value and quality.