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Tesco Value Syrup Sponge Pudding

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      07.03.2010 00:59
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      Health wise It makes deep fried mars bars look like Quinoa

      I've not slept for weeks, the thought of the unimaginable terror I endured remains with me, I shudder when I recall the moment I opened the tin and it was there, like a slightly off yellow lump of pork pie jelly on a plate, it smelt of cheap treacle and tasted like heated cheap sugar. I scrubbed and scrubbed but the taste of this evil creature won't leave me, I feel dirty remembering the time I had a tesco value syrup sponge pudding, the memories will stay with me for a long time and i'm here to share my harrowing story with you.

      Ok so I ordered this online not in the store, so couldn't really judge this one properly. But being sick of either not having ingredients to make a nice dessert, or the time, I decided i'd try this having been utterly impressed by the value tortilla chips and some of the sweeties in the range.

      My first comment should be that this was a mistake, a sponge pudding in a tin is never going to be a world beater, I know this was perhaps the norm after the war during rationing, but nowadays its not necessary, and being honest its not particularly edible either.



      It weighs in at 300g, costs 54p and this is something which shocked me quite a bit has a pretty incredible 1000 calories in the serving, for a decent sized fella like me this is half my recommended daily intake of calories in one small tin or fiendishly disguised burnt sugar.

      This tin of mushy sugar is a real turn off and I would concur with the 1 star rating, it is true heart attack food and should not have a place in any household and no self respecting parent should ever serve this to their kids. If someone wanted to argue that they had to due to cost i'd say buy a dozen value eggs, some sugar and some chocolate and make a lovely dessert or alternatively buy some fruit from a market, its cheaper, healthier and full of nutrients and vitamins.

      Anyway back to this product, its served in the blue and white value range packaging, once the tin is emptied, the pudding sits there like something found on the floor and has to be microwaved, after 2 minutes it comes out looking fairly mushy, you have to add a sauce of some kind to give it a redeemable flavour over the tinny, burnt taste of the sugar and syrup.

      With ice cream its bad with custard its worse, its a dessert that is actually
      more like a cleaning product in taste and smell. I'm not a fussy eater but would suggest if you have been wronged badly by someone that you invite them to dinner and serve this, they say revenge is a dish best served up cold, well revenge is also a dish best served up incredibly unhealthily with an unnatural taste that makes you question its origins.

      I have vowed never to buy this again and for 54p I do feel it was worth trying but unfortunately failed the taste, value and consistency tests. The thought of two of these being my entire intake of food for a day is too depressing for words, this is the Piers Morgan of desserts, it looks awful, it has no taste or style, it makes you want to vomit and is cheap and very nasty!!

      Just in case my review doesn't really put the case strongly enough, I wouldn't recommend buying this ever.

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        13.02.2010 22:45
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        Stay well away from

        Tesco Value Syrup Sponge....

        I have tonight eaten something so horrible that I thought I would write a review to let other people know how truly terrible it was and that it certainly wasn't worth the money paid or the calories taken in!

        Tesco Value Syrup Sponge was one of the items I purchased from my on line Tesco order in a bid to try out all of the value items without actually be seen to be buying them. This sponge however was one item that I most certainly will not be buying again and I am afraid to say will be throwing away half the sponge I didn't eat because it was so revolting.

        The Tesco Value Syrup sponge comes in at just under 60p for a can which is a lower than average price for this sort of item but still not overly cheap. The packaging is of course the blue and white stripes of the Tesco Value range and this is not overly impressive or inspiring which I should of really taken as a hint as to what the product would be like.

        The sponge itself gets taken out of the can by opening both ends of the tin and then popping into the microwave once on microwavable dish and pinging for about 2 minutes. The sponge to look at looks rather pale in colour and the syrup topping looked okay with a golden colour that you would expect but this gold colour seems to make the sponge look even paler!

        After I pinged it for a couple of minutes I then made up some custard (instant) and served it up. It was here that things went downhill as it was here that I tasted the thing. I mean the smell that came from it wasn't overly tempting and smelt rather fake and sweet but nothing that I would be overly keen to eat.

        The sponge part of the syrup sponge was probably the worse part as it was quite solid in consistency and very pale to look at. The taste of it was sweet but other than that there really was not much of a taste to talk of. It didn't taste at all like a sponge that I would usually eat and come on, how easy it a sponge to make! The syrup part of the pudding was also rather tasteless and very sweet. This had a very strange twang to it that I can't put my finger on but maybe was slightly tinny and "old".

        I am usually one to eat the whole thing when I buy items such as these but this one I had a few mouthfuls of and decided to throw away what was left on my plate and the remainder of the sponge pudding as a whole. I can honestly say that this is the worst thing I have eaten for a long time. I can only award it a 1/5 stars and if I could give it a 0/5 star rating I certainly would. This is one Value item to stay well away from.

        Many thanks for taking the time to read.

        I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.

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          11.06.2009 22:09
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          Not Recommended, Avoid at All Costs

          Every now and again, I come across a product that I really should have known better than to buy in the first place. This Tesco Value Syrup Sponge Pudding wasn't even that cheap at 54p for a can that serves 1-2 people. In fairness, some Tesco Value products turn out to be really decent for hardly anything, so it was just bad luck that I decided to try one as foul as this.

          The idea with this pudding-in-a-can is that you turn the contents out of the can, having got out your tin opener to attack the difficult lid with. After you've emptied whichever half of the pudding has decided to come out into your bowl, you can then get a spoon and work the rest of it out, along with the syrup 'sauce'.

          You can cook this in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and once heated through, the dodgy sauce will look a little runnier and more appetising. Don't be fooled into thinking you're about to taste something nice though, you're not.

          No, once cooked this stuff tastes as bad as it looked before you microwaved it. The cake is essentially a clump of powder that's just waiting to disintergrate the second your spoon makes contact with it. It tastes like powder too. There's definitely some sugar going on in the powder, but it's powder all the same.

          The sauce is absolutely atrocious too. I have the sweetest tooth I know, but this just made me feel sick. It's like someone has taken a large cup full of sugar, melted it down to make a syrup, and drenched it all over my pudding. There's no other taste to this, no quaint little spices or anything - just sugar.

          I just checked out the nutritional info on this and it's pretty bad stuff. If you ate the whole tin full, which isn't actually that much, then you'd consume nearly 1000 calories in one sitting along with 36g of fat and nearly 90g of sugar. So it doesn't just taste awful - it is awful.

          Another thing I noticed alongside the nutritional information was the ingredients list, which includes breadcrumbs. Yes really, breadcrumbs in your sponge cake. No wonder it tastes like powder.

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