“ Type: Cheesecake „
There was a time not so long ago (last summer) when I was absolutely obsessed with cheesecake. I loved it so much that I would have it for desert practically every day (I know, not very healthy). As Tesco's is very close to where I live, I get most of my groceries from here. Tesco's have a good collection of cheesecakes. They have the big cheesecakes which are better for when sharing with a group of people or for when people come over. Then there are the smaller individual ones that are much better if only one or two people are going to eat it. I often get the single Tesco value cheesecake because I tend to be the only one wanting to eat it. Also not everyone in my house shares my enthusiasm for cheesecake and so the single ones are perfect.
The value cheesecake is only available in a strawberry flavour which is a little disappointing because it would be quite nice if they had a little more variety. The cheesecake is in a clear, round tub standing at about 10-12cm high and with a foil lid on the top. All the ingredients and nutritional information is on this foil lid. Once the cheesecake is opened it cannot be resealed as such as the foil is disposable so it is better if the whole thing is eaten at once. The appearance of the cheesecake is very ordinary and plain.
The cheesecake has a thin layer of strawberry jam with some pieces of strawberry. The jam looks more like shower gel but thankfully does not taste like one. It is makes up 5% of the cheesecake. It isn't very sugary or sour and is quite smooth. The next layer is the cheese layer which is very white and to me it looks a bit too much white and it has probably been treated. The cheese layer makes up most of the desert at 70%. It is creamy and smooth but also very light. I found that it was much lighter than the other cheesecakes that I eat. The biscuit layer makes up 20% of the cheesecake and is salty but sweet. I eat the cheesecake with all the layers together rather than each layer at a time (like my brother) and it doesn't taste as good as the expensive cheesecakes but it gives me my weekly fix.
The nutritional information is not good at all because it contains 5.7g of saturated fat, 24.8g of sugar and an ok 0.5g of salt. This is really a treat that should be eaten as part of balanced meal because there is little goodness from the desert and a lot of excess fat and sugar. It is good as a treat but not a regular one.
***Availability and price***
Available from Tesco stores only since it is a Tesco product at 34p but the price does seem to change a lot but I have never bought it for more than 40p. I think that given the quality, amount given (100g) and the taste I think that it is good value for money.
I think that these are great value cheesecakes perfect for desert when alone.
I have set myself a little challenge to see how far I can reduce our shopping budget on a monthly basis and as such have been trying a few bits from the Tesco value range to see how they compare.
I personally am a huge fan of cheesecake so when I saw this in the fridges I decided to give it a try, it costs 44p for 100g of product.
The cheesecake comes in a slightly tapered, transparent plastic pot with a white foiled lid white has a little tab to pull back to open. On the lid there is the Tesco Value logo with a picture of a spoon of cheesecake next to it, underneath it says Strawberry Cheesecake made with real strawberries for a great taste. You get two different dates on the lid too a display until and a use by date.
On the pot the Tesco value logo appears again with the nutritional information for the pot next to it as below,
Calories - 235 - 12%
Sugar - 22.4g - 25%
Fat - 9.7g - 14%
Saturates - 3.9g - 20%
Salt 0.2g - 3%
The percentages are of an adults daily intake, next to this you are provided with a list of ingredients and also a warning that it contains milk, wheat and gluten and that although it doesn't contains nuts Tesco will not guarantee it is nut free.
So is it any good? The base is a crumbed biscuit compacted together, this is a lovely texture with a nice crunch to it without being too hard. The cheese is the next level and it is soft and fluffy and tastes divine and then one the top is the strawberries in strawberry sauce, there are quite large pieces of strawberry not what you would expect from a value product.
I would recommend this product to any cheesecake fan, you cannot taste the difference between this value product and a more expensive branded product. My one and only drawback with this product is the calorific values and I just hope they manage to bring out a lower fat version that tastes just as nice.
** Tesco Value Strawberry Cheesecake **
I am a big fan of supermarket cheap home brand food products. A lot of our weekly shopping is made up of budget brand stuff. It helps our wages go a lot further so we are always on the look out for other cheap things we can add to the list. The only rule is: it has to be good.
Last week we picked up a Tesco Value Strawberry Cheesecake. There was a bit of debate around the trolley as everyone likes cheesecake but my girlfriend is not over keen on strawberries. But the group decision won out and we added one to the trolley.
The packaging as you would expect for an item from the Tesco value range was very basic looking. From the top you could be forgiven for thinking it was a joint of meat all wrapped up. That is how basic the wrapping was. Just a pull of lid with the Tesco name and the words Strawberry Cheesecake written non too large on the top right.
Back home after eating tea we opened up the Tesco Value Strawberry Cheesecake. Once dished up and the the nasty boring packaging was discarded the cheesecake looked a lot more interesting. I don't thing you would guess it was such a cheap item when it's served up in front of you if you hadn't seen the packaging.
The strawberry layer looked a realy appetising healthy red, the cheesecake layer was gorgeously sweet and the biscuit was pleasantly crumbly. Putting a big spoonful of all three layers at once into my mouth was a real tasty mix.
The fruity strawberry taste worked well with the sharp sweet cheesecake and the crumbly biscuit stopped the whole ensemble from being too sweet and sharp. Even my girlfriend said the taste wasn't too bad. Since she doesn't care for strawberries much that is high praise!
** In conclusion **
I can safely say we have found yet another superb cheap supermarket home brand item to add to the shopping list when we decide on cheesecake. Tesco Value Strawberry Cheesecake is really good quality. The only thing that is bland and tasteless is the packaging.
Thanks for reading my review.
I bought a few of these when they were reduced at Tesco the other day and they really have been devoured by myself and my housemates. I know, they are tesco value and they are cheap anyway but I thought that when I saw them at 8p a pot (I believe they are usually about 44p) I would take the punt and see what they were like. I have been positively surprised.
These beauties don't look particularly special, they come in a little clear pot and you can see the layers of goodness inside and they just have a stark white red and blue (tesco value) foil label on the top. I really dont think that much thought has gone into making a nice label on this one and this product will stick out as a cheapie to any of you who are bothered about that kind of thing.
Most of the nutritional info and what not is printed onto the side of the plastic tub where it says it is suitable for vegetarians and it contains 235colories per 100g pot. Brilliant..
The cheesecake comes in 3 layers (as most do); a biscuit base, a layer of cheesey stuff and then a sweet strawberry sauce layer on the top. I guess you are meant to eat these all together from the pot and this makes them really good for lunch boxes as there really is very little mess. The three layers taste reeally nice together and my only bad point is that the whole thing is a little sweet. I like the strawberry sauce, it actually has little lumps of strawberries and it is a nice red colour (not that you'll see me licking it from the lid honest...), the cheese layer is not very cheesy - this might bother some of you but I actually liked it, it was rather like a blandly philadelphia flavoured sweet mousse... If that makes any sense? The biscuit base was pretty tasty but again, a tad too sweet. It didn't fall apart too much though which was great and this seemed to be because it was very compact in the pot. They all tasted good together and I really likeed it because you don't have to buy a full on massive cheese cake just if you have a craving or something one day!
I think it is a nice treat but I won't be buying it for a while as it isn't something I really have and I thought it was a little too sweet. Maybe if I ever have cheesecake cravings though!!
Who says Tesco Value food isn't up to scratch? Well on the contrary my dear Watson...here's a small dessert that is second to none - their individual strawberry cheesecake.
Found in the yoghurts section of your local Tesco, these 100 gram pots cost around the 40p mark. They may not look the most appealing of desserts - in a clear plastic pot with a foil lid with the words Tesco Value inscribed on it. Hardly a great advertisment, but fear not, once you try them then you'll keep going back for more.
The strawberry topping is absolutely delicious - sweet, thick and tastes like genuine strawberries rather than some artifical nonsense. The base is a little bit soft compared to a first-class cheesecake base, but remember, you're eating Tesco Value here so there can be no qualms about it's quality in comparison with the price.
The soft cheesecake is light and will melt in the mouth. Again, you can find richer tasting cheesecake filling out there, but for an individual dessert at such a cheap price, it's got to be considered an excellent tasting cheesecake.
Here's the ingredients list for you all...
Strawberries (19%), Digestive Crumb (17%) (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Invert Sugar Syrup, Dried Skimmed Milk, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Salt), Water, Skimmed Milk Soft Cheese (11%), Sugar, Full Fat Soft Cheese (9%), Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glucose Syrup, Whey Protein Concentrate, Modified Maize Starch, Demerara Sugar, Stabilisers (Pectin, Carob Gum, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid Esters of Mono- and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids, Carboxymethylcellulose), Butter, Dried Egg Yolk, Acidity Regulators (Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate), Colour : Anthecyanins, Flavouring.
Now, that's one heck of a lot of ingredients thrown in there to make it taste so delicious. And for anyone suffering from particular allergies, the cheescake contains Gluten, wheat, wheat flour, egg yolk, milk & whey protein concentrate...oh, and it could even contain traces of nuts. So everyone with a possible allergy is catered for, or not as the case may be! Each pot will set you back approximately 270 calories...not too shabby, and with the taste on offer you'd be a fool not to try it!
***Tesco Value Stawberry Cheesecake***
I decided to buy this as I love cheesecake, but no one else in my household does. I knew it would probably not be as good as a full size version, but at least I could have a taste of it from time to time.
***What's it like***
It is part of the value range at Tesco and so has the blue and white cheap looking packaging and has the notable VALUE logo. It's shelf life wasn't too long, but that is probably unlucky on my part.
It is in a cheap looking plastic tub and has three layers of a type of strawberry gel on top, a soft cheese layer and of course a biscuit base. Calories wise it contains 225 calories and 9.4g of fat (3.8g are saturates).
On opening it's aroma is quite pleasant, the positive experience ends there...
The topping had only a whiff of strawberry, it was a kind of runny gel and not very appetizing to be honest. With cheesecake you often get strawberry pieces, but in this portion, there wasn't any. Perhaps it is the sort of thing to eat if you have a tooth out and have to eat soft food!
The largest part was the cheese bit, but this resembled a mousse and was very foam like. Taste wise I couldn't detect any type of cheese and whilst it didn't taste unpleasant, it didn't really taste of anything.
The biscuit base was tiny and really soggy. It wasn't crisp or crunchy at all and as this is my favourite part it was a bit disappointing. In fact I wouldn't be able to identify this as a digestive biscuit base at all.
The fact that I only ate half of it and threw the rest away is not a good advert for this product. Yes it is in a single portion, but that is were the plus points end.
I am usually a fan of most things in the value range - but every so often you do find a duffer! Just because something is cheap doesn't mean you have to put up with poor quality food. The whole thing just felt very mass produced - just off a production line.
I think that I am being very generous in giving it 2 stars. This is in part, because I found it difficult to find any other brand offering something similar, but overall I think that you are better sticking to eating it at a restauant or buying a large size. I am going to test some full size versions and see if it is possible to freeze and portion it up.
Or I may stop being lazy and have a go at making my own!!
It is of course only available from Tesco and is not available in all branches - only the larger ones I found. It costs 42p currently and is 100g in size. It does contain milk, wheat and gluten and cannot be guaranteed to be nut free, so not good for people with allergies.
I'm generally a big fan of Value options, in my experience you're getting 90% of the quality for 50% (or less) of the cost. However, there are definitely some types of food where i don't think this applies. I purchased the Tesco Value Strawberry Cheesecake more out of curiosity than anything else, and my expectations were not high!
The cheescake comes in a 100g pot, with that oh-so-not-glamorous Value packaging. It costs 42p. Now, actually, the more i think about this, the more i realise that's not actually especially cheap; i usually buy non-Value family size blackcurrant cheescakes in Tesco for a quid (frozen, admittedly) and those are much bigger than two of these pots. So I'm already wondering where the bargain is here.
The ingredients cheer me up slightly though - basically, digestive biscuit, strawberry jam, and a soft-cheese based filling - OK so the latter is liberally sprinkled with slightly odd sounding compounds and preservatives (Carboxymethylcellulose, anyone?!!) but i think that's true of most supermarket cheescake. After all, i don't think any of us are buying it as a health food.
So, the all important taste test. Well, i've had worse, but i wouldn't buy it again. The digestive part is fine; it's hard to imagine how you can muck up crushing some digestive biscuits. The cheesecakey bit has a slightly artificial taste and the texture isn't very "clean", by which i mean it kind of coats the inside of my mouth slightly. The strawberry bit - ugh. Just some red paste with slight strawberry flavour really, it's hard to imagine any actual fruit was involved with making this! There's also a slight overall flavour of plastic, but i've noticed that before with individual cheescakes, so not sure if this is any worse.
So, on this particular Value snack, i don't actually think you get what you paid for. If they got the price down to say 25p (one quarter of the price of a full sized, tasty, frozen one) then it'd be an acceptable cheap snack if you were desperate. At 42p, not really worth bothering in my opinion.
A digestive biscuit base topped with a cheesecake filling and strawberry sauce.