“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Trifle „
I have become a regular buyer of many of Tesco's own value brand, now slightly rebranded as 'Tesco Everyday...' rather than 'Tesco Value'. Some branded products we won't compromise on such as Heinz beans but for most things we have been pleased with budget options and this trifle is another one added to that list.
While the husband has been recovering from corrective knee surgery he developed a craving for sweet stuff, in particular trifle. While I am perfectly capable of knocking up an acceptable trifle at the moment all non-essential cooking has ceased. Caring for Mr Invalid (who is frankly pushing his luck), combined with all the other things that life consists of just doesn't leave me in the mood for cooking. So when I saw this 450g Everyday trifle for a mere 98p (at time of writing) it went straight into the basket. I have since tried the individual portions but the one I'm talking about is the larger variety which at a push will give 4 people a slightly mean portion and two a greedy one.
The cardboard sleeve on the trifle is attractive and gives nutritional information etc clearly and in a prominent place so you don't have to flip the trifle over if you want to find out how many calories etc are in it. For example a third of the pack which is a reasonable serving contains 210 calories. The trifle is also suitable for vegetarians but does contain milk, butter and eggs so not suitable for vegans and strict non egg eating veggies (it also contains gluten).
This trifle consists of strawberry jelly, with the usual sponge bits in it with a decent smattering of actual strawberries. The custard layer is lovely and smooth and in my opinion neither to firm or too runny, the top layer of whipped cream is delicious though I wouldn't have minded a slightly thicker layer, but the amount given is not mean and perfectly adequate I'm just greedy. When kept in the fridge for a few days the layers don't seem to separate or get watery as some trifles can.
I've never really liked trifle in the past and at first it didn't even occur to me taste it. The husband though loved it and wolfed it down in one sitting - in hospital (he insisted I brought it in for him along with the ubiquitous bunch of grapes), the sight of him in his jammies in the middle of a busy ward scoffing a whole large trifle straight from the pack tickled my dad and I no end.
A testament to how nice this trifle is that while the husband was wolfing it I thought the smell was very enticing and really made me want to try some. However it was a while before I gave in to the alluring aroma as I thought it would be a waste of money as I've fancied trifles in the past but the relationship always hit the rocks at first bite, the jelly was too thick, or too thin, the custard was too thick or lumpy and gloopy or runny. However when I took a mouthful of this Everyday trifle from the husbands bowl - though he was none too happy about this, I discovered my goldilocks trifle. For me the taste of the component parts and the texture of each layer are just right and combine very nicely together. I wouldn't say it's the best dessert I've ever tasted but for me it's certainly one of the nicest trifles.
This product is also sold in 114g individual servings for 40p, and I can vouch for the fact that it tastes just the same as its larger counterpart. The packaging on the smaller pot says 'improved taste' I don't know what it tasted like before but it's very nice now.
Unfortunately for my hips this is a product that I will now most certainly be adding to my dessert repertoire, and I don't think the husband will be getting a whole trifle to himself again for the foreseeable future either.
I purchased this trifle when I was in a 'I fancy something sweet' mood. I have tried and liked many Tesco Value products so it seemed to make sense to try a Value trifle ahead of any others.
Price and Availability.
I purchased the 450g family trifle for the measly sum of 98p. I found it alongside the other chilled family desserts, I could not see the individual trifles that others have mentioned but I suspect that these may have been in a different area- perhaps with the individual yogurts/desserts. As it is a Value product I would suspect that it will be stocked in most Tesco stores.
The trifle is supplied in a clear plastic bowl shaped container and is sealed with a clear film peel off lid. This enables the customer to see the product, I feel this makes the product look more appealing which is a bonus as the rest of the packaging fails to do so. Due to it being a Value product the necessary information (ingredients, use by date, instructions, warnings etc.) are presented in a basic way on a thin cardboard sleeve in the signature Red, White and Blue Value colour scheme. This isn't an issue to me but it may bother those who like good packaging along with good taste.
The product itself is very tasty. It has the signature four layers of a trifle. The first layer you come across is the cream. I quite like this layer, I expected it to taste quite artificial and 'airy' like squirty cream but I was surprised at how fresh this tasted. The main difference is that there isn't as much cream as on most trifles but I personally don't mind this. The next layer is the custard layer, always my favourite and did not let me down in this case. The custard is quite a substantial layer and it is quite thick and creamy with a good vanillary taste. The sponge layer is a disappointment, it isn't very thick at all, so much so that it is practically invisible and so I can't really comment on the taste. The final layer is the fruit jelly layer. This has a strong strawberry flavour and contains a few actual strawberries, this surprised me. I was not expecting this from such a cheap trifle. When combined the layers make an excellent tasting trifle for a really great price. The shelf life on my trifle lasted five days and it serves 4.
Overall this product is a great value everyday family dessert and I will definately buy this again in the future!
I find these days I need more variety for my Lunch while I'm at work. I have grown bored of sandwiches, baked potatoes and yogurts. So when I discovered a strawberry trifle for one I just knew I had to try it. This product is part of the Tesco Value range and at just 33p for a 113g pot I thought I couldn't go far wrong. As basically I love treats such as trifle but I can only ever seem to find the family size ones and that would be wasted on me as I would either end up eating it all and feeling very ill or throwing it away.
The first thing I should point out is my purchase looked different from the one shown here. It comes in a basic see-through pot that has various writing on it. It looks effective with its white lid and the different layers of the trifle. A feature of the Tesco Value range is that the designs and packaging are simple and basically cheap so that the cost is kept as low as possible as the majority of it is spent on the ingredients themselves. That said this product looked fine on the shelf not as eye catching as some but I still managed to notice it and be tempted by it.
Just looking at it I was immediately stuck that the pot was not full it was empty at least 1cm from the top. Although you could clearly see three separate layers within the trifle At the bottom was it was red this was the strawberries in the jelly, next there was the yellow custard and on the top was the white cream.
On the side of the pot was various advise such as nutrition and ingredients plus advise on allergies and storage details. The product should be refrigerated and because of its contents it only has a short life span. Mine had a best before date a week after purchasing it. You are advised not to freeze this product.
==My thoughts on this product:==
The lid of the product I found very easy to pull away and I was immediately greeted by a sweet smell of cream. I noticed the cream had an elegant design on it. I immediately found the cream and custard where easy to put my spoon through and because I was only using a teaspoon I did not even reach the red sponge and jelly on my first incision.
They both tasted very sweet and neither where at all runny. I liked the way they blended together and the custard to me tasted very rich and smooth. I also found the jelly at the bottom nice and I was impressed that there where actually strawberries in the pot, because I had only expected a strawberry flavour. I really liked the way it all mixed together and I thought all parts of the trifle where tasty. I think my favourite was the rich, thick custard.
It was certainly a pleasure sensation which for me did not last nearly long enough. It seemed to me within a dozen small teaspoon the product was finished and I was still wanting more. In all their where two small strawberries in my pot which was more than enough because there is so much other tastes to enjoy in this snack. These tasted fine to me as well although I am not a big fan of them generally I prefer them in deserts. Although the sponge itself never really registered with me but I did enjoy the jelly at the bottom of the pot.
I really enjoyed this trifle although it was not as much as I had hoped for I still found it kept me going for a number of hours. My only real concern was there is a lot of sugar in this product and a high level of saturates, not ideal for those either on a healthy living campaign or indeed a diet. But for me a nice treat once in a while.
For me these snacks are very handy as they need no preparation at all and can be eaten easily without any mess as a snack or a pudding. Having tried and enjoyed this I will be looking to purchase this product again as I enjoyed the taste and for me it represents excellent value for money.
I would like this see this range increased, although I had seen that Tesco also sell 3 x 150g pots in this range you can get raspberry, strawberry, fruit cocktail and black forest flavours.
Each pot contains:
This product is suitable for vegetarians
This product contains: milk, wheat, gluten and egg. And while there is no nuts in the recipe they cannot guarantee it is nut free.
I would recommend this strawberry trifle. It made a lovely change from the usual yoghurt. And despite it low cost for me it tasted excellent, I really enjoyed the mix of the ingredients and it is something I will be buying again on my next visit to Tesco and is well worth trying.
Thanks for reading my review.
© CPTDANIELS August 2011.
When I went shopping at the weekend at Tesco I spotted this cheap trifle and I just could not resist it for the cheap price and I just had to try it as I had seen it many times before but never bought it and so because I have such a sweet tooth as many of you who read my reviews will already know, I just cannot resist sweet foods and so when this trifle was staring my in the face I just bought it to give it a try to see if it was suitable for my liking.
It comes in a round plastic carton, and is the lower value range from Tesco own branded trifles, it has a cardboard strip which gives the details of the trifle in the wording on the front etc. the packaging is very basic looking but most of the trifles on the market come with the same kind of strip and so I was not really bothered by the look of it as long as the product itself tasted nice.
It has a very dark coloured Strawberry jelly bottom with some Strawberries inside and also mixed fruit inside the jelly, the jelly is a nice texture and not too soft, it also has a sponge layer and the sponge is a nice texture too and quite tasty and then it has really nice soft layer of custard, it is not runny and then finally it has the whipped cream layer on the top. It looks very inviting and it does taste absolutely super.
It is so easy to scoop out of the carton to place into a dish and it does not fall off the spoon as it is being scooped like I first thought it probably would for the cheap price. This is very good quality and excellent value for the money.
It cost only 98p for 450g and I think it is worth that price tag for the amount in the container. The container can be recycled after the trifle has been eaten and it did not take me long to demolish this little beauty because it just tastes delicious and so enjoyable to eat and it is very moorish.
It does contain for one third of the trifle, 220 calories, 25g of sugar, 8.4g of fat, 5.6g of saturates and 0.4g of salt.
It is a sweet trifle but it is not sickly or too sweet that it is not tasty, I would not really mind if it was too sweet but my wife does not eat sweet products so much as I do and she finds this one just right and she found it enjoyable to eat too after our main meal of the day.
It has a really good use by date and the length of time it can be left in the fridge is at least up to 5 days or so and I think that is a good length of time for a fresh product.
The intention was when I bought this trifle was to save it until my grandchildren arrived the next day but once I had started to eat it, I had to finish the full carton and so they never had the chance to sample this one lol, but I will definitely buy it again for them to try as a nice treat as I think it is one that I think is a nice product for all the family to eat.
I recommend this for others to buy as I think it is a good price, it is good tasting and it is cheap for anyone on a budget too.
I rate it 5 stars.
I like the occassional binge when I'm feeling down. Today being one of them days. Me and my friend had arranged to meet somewhere, I was waiting there an hour and she did not even have the decency to answer her phone. Feeling low and angry I left and went stampeding along to Tesco's in a huff. I love Trifle's, they're my favourite dessert apart from Jelly, I'm usually a big fan of Tesco's own brand which is around £2.
I've always seen the Tescos value Trifle when I've snapped up my favourite but always snubbed it as tasting cheap and out of date. I am a bit of a snob that way but it's easy for me to say as I don't do the food shopping in my house. After hearing not bad reviews about the Trifle I decided to take the plunge and and buy it for myself for 98p it would have saved me a few pennies for food, lol.
It would be ridiculous to pay £2 just to down a petty Trifle when I'm just going to down it all, so I picked up the very basic looking Tesco Value Trifle up clutched it under my arm and went to pay. It is 450G family sized trifle which contains around 4 servings, I wouldn't be able to comment on that as I gulped the whole thing down in one go, whoops! I only do this when I am really mad or else I would be a beach ball by now so I do not recommed you eat this whole Trifle to yourself.
The Trifle is in a clear bowl shaped packaging with a clear seal on top. I unpeeled it, the Trifle did not look bad, it was shorter than the original Tesco's Trifle. There was a lot less cream on top but that was ok because I don't like a lot of cream as it tends to spoil the whole Trifle, but maybe not great for people who love a lot of cream.
If any of you guys do not know what a Trifle looks like then there is cream on the top, then below that there is Custard, Sponge and Strawberry Jelly mixed with Strawberrys at the bottom. I dipped my spoon in, I was skeptical and a little bit scared of trying this so I kind of put it into my mouth in a slow motion as soon as I tried it I was pleasantly suprised, it tasted exactly the same as the Tesco's original Trifle but with just a little less cream on and the sponge was only slightly softer, it tasted amazing, the custard or cream did not taste gone off and was infact a lot nicer with less cream although half the cream had made its way on one half of the trifle and none of the other, but this can quite easily be resolved by spreading it out a little. I sooned down the whole lot and did not feel as guilty because there was less cream hehe.
I was thinking how ridiculous and a bit scammy that Tesco's would put exactly the same Trifle for their value range as their Tesco's own range. If I ever fancy something Tesco's own brand now I would go for the value because they are exactly the same product from the same Manufacture 99.9% of the time. Can you believe it? It makes me ashamed that I've wasted money on binges of £2 Trifle when I could of just got one for £1 less.
In the Trifle it has (5%) Strawberries in Jelly, Sponge, Custard (26%) and fresh whipped cream (14%)
You can probably tell by that, that there is not a lot of cream in there, see I told you!
Contains : Milk, Wheat, Gluten, Egg and cannot guarentee that it's nut free so I would stay clear of this is you have a nut allergy or Celiac Disease.
One third of a pack contains :
Energy : 235kcal
Protein : 2.6g
Carbohydrate : 35.3g
Sugar : 22.2g
Fat : 8.9g
Saturates : 5.9g
Fibre : 1.1g
Sodium : 0.2g
Tesco Value Trifle
i tend to have more of a sweet tooth than a savoury tooth and usually find my self coming out of tesco with a cake of some sort or another. Trifle is one of my favourites to buy and when u saw this for just less than a pound i thought it needed to be tried.
In the past i have had tescos normal version of the trifle and i have to say there is not much difference between the two. The tesco value trifle does seem to have a little less cream on the top layer than the normal tesco trifle and obviously the packaging is a lot less appealing to the eye but who care about the packaging its only going in the bin anyway. Other than that i really couldn't tell the difference between the two and thought that this product is a bargain.
The cream tastes great as does the custard and the jelly at the bottom is full of flavour, there really is no bad points on this trifle. The only problem i have with it is knowing when to stop eating it :)
You may not get the posh packaging or the precise presentation but Tesco have got the major part right, the Tesco Value individual strawberry trifle is priced at just 38p. (113g tub )
Tesco do offer a 450g family sized trifle which is priced at just under £1, I agree that this trifle offers better value than the individual portions but it also poses a portion control problem - in layman's terms if your eyes are bigger than your belly then there is a huge temptation to demolish the whole bowl full between you.
The Tesco value strawberry trifle is just a basic no frills trifle that makes a good quick and easy dessert and it is one sweet that is very popular with my little visitors.
The trifle is very simple, a few strawberry pieces sit in the bottom of the plastic tub and they have been covered with a liberal layer of strawberry jelly. The strawberry pieces are small and soft as you would expect and the jelly has a slightly artificial taste that is strangely very pleasing, the jelly does taste of strawberries and it will appeal to anyone who has a very sweet tooth.
The layer of sponge is soft and semi-sweet and the top layer of custard makes up the bulk of the trifle, in fact 39% of the Tesco trifle is made up of custard. The custard contains condensed skimmed milk so maybe this makes the ingredient that adds that extra sweetness to the fairly creamy custard.
The top of the Tesco trifle is layered with piped `cream stars`, I am sure that the cream has been piped to make sure that the cream is used frugally, just 17% of the dessert is whipped cream. The cream tastes good but I would prefer a bit more !
I feel that Tesco are offering good value for money here, the trifle may be a little too sweet for some but it is one that goes down well in our house.
Tesco have cut back on the overall appearance of the packaging and I feel that they have focussed on providing their customers with a decent dessert at a reasonable price.
So, one individual Tesco value trifle contains 165 calories and the product has a high sugar content.
The product has allergy warnings that include wheat, gluten, milk and egg.
Tesco also state that they cannot guarantee that the trifle will be `nut free`.
This pudding has to be kept refrigerated and it's not possible to freeze it either.
In reality I suppose we would all maybe rather tuck into a good old home-made trifle, if I have the choice I would rather have a fruit cocktail trifle, the fruit always seems to stay far firmer. Soft fruits seem to get even softer as they are submerged into the sweet jelly.
But if you consider what a trifle costs to make - a fruit jelly, a Swiss roll, a can of fruit, a pint of milk for custard and a pot of whipping cream I don't feel that we have a lot to lose here.
If you were serving up the trifle for a special occasion then you may well buy one from the Tesco Finest range but on the other hand if it is just an ordinary weekday dessert then it has to be money well spent.
Tesco do sell a fruit cocktail and a raspberry trifle, neither of which are in the value range. If you are pushing the boat out Tesco also do a very good sherry trifle, maybe one for the Christmas shopping list !
I like the odd Trifle, and I have to say that I think the Tesco Value one is as good as any brand name one.
Found in the chiller section next to the other chilled desserts, this is in a 113g tub and costs 38p.
The packaging is average. This is a dumpy looking tub that is a little wide, and not that tall. It is plastic and see through and you can see the layers of the Trifle through this easily. The lid is a peel back foil lid and is mainly white in colour. There is loads of small writing on this listing all the ingredients, and calories. The Tesco Value Branding is also quite small and the Strawberry Trifle part stands out as it is white writing in a blue banner.
To look at the layers I would say there is roughly 50% Sponge Custard, 40% Strawberries in Strawberry Jelly and 10% Cream. I wouldn't have said no to a little more cream, but the sweetness of the Custard means that it isn't all that dry anyway.
Per tub there is 165 calories and 8.2g fat, so pretty average for this type of dessert.
Now to the taste. The taste is lovely. If you dig your spoon right down to the bottom and get a bit of all the layers then that is the best way in my view. There is enoughSmall Strawberry pieces, the Jelly is thick and fruity. On top the sponge covers the bottom layer fine and the Custard is quite thick and sticks to the sponge alright. It has a Vanilla taste to it as well. The Cream tastes fresh and like Real Cream and well whipped.
All in all a nice dessert, a good sized serving and a great price.
Tescos strawberry Trifle.
I suppose l do have a sweet tooth, but actually l do usually prefer savoury foods. I quite often turn down ice cream or cakes. However I have a confession, l love trifle!!! Having said that l hardly ever buy it, mainly because l try not to buy too many sweet things or fattening things come to that.
My mum used to make her own trifle (well its not really difficult), when l used to live at home. Sometimes we will buy the Birds eye packets which you have to make up yourselves, or on super lazy days we look for a ready made trifle.
This is a review for Tescos value ready made Strawberry trifle, l have brought this before, but as lm visiting family, we are given this as a desert.
Okay so this is one of Tescos value products. Some of their value range is good, and l have been impressed with certain items.
This product comes in the usual Value packaging. A serving contains 235 calories, if you say it really quick it doesn't sound many. I lie, it's a fair amount, but it always is for something nice. Think of it as a treat. This trifle is 450g and is about enough for 3 servings, although with Trifle l could go on and eat more, but that would be naughty!
This Trifle costs 98p so for a treat, its relatively cheap. My favourite Trifle is Strawberry, and l would choose Strawberry above other fruits, which is lucky for me as l don't think they have any other flavours (correct me if lm wrong).
This Trifle is made of Fruit Jelly, Custard, Whipped Cream, Sponge and Strawberries.
Its important to remember that it contains milk wheat, gluten, eggs, and it cannot be guaranteed nut free, although nuts are not in the recipe.
This product should be refrigerated when brought, and shouldn't be kept for too long, because of the cream etc. Always read the best before date!
On opening the packet you are faced with what looks like an attractive looking sweet. What you see is the covering of fluffy white cream on top. Underneath is the layer of custard, and below that is the jelly and strawberries, with a layer of sponge right at the bottom.
The cream is light and sweet. Im not a huge lover of cream l must admit, but its not too sickly and blended with custard, jelly and sponge, it tastes nice and not particularly sickly.
The custard tastes just right too, not too sweet, just right and the consistency is good, its not really thick its just a thin layer.
Unlike some cheaper products it doesn't seem like they have cut costs with the ingredients. You notice that there are whole strawberries in the jelly, the strawberries are sweet and tasty.
The blend of the different flavours from the different ingredients blend together to make a creamy sweet, moreish flavour. You can eat quite a bit of this trifle before feeling full, which could be a disadvantage.
To me the only thing that this product really lacks is the appealing packaging. I notice absolutely no difference with the more expensive Trifles that you can buy, certainly no difference in taste.
My only problem with this product is the cream seems to coat my mouth and leave an after taste, but this wouldn't put me off buying this product.
I recommend this product, its very easy to prepare, you simply place portions in a dish, and serve! How simple is that? And l think trifle appeals to lots of people.
It really is a great tastying, easy to prepare, easy to eat sweet!
~~~TESCO VALUE TRIFLE~~~
~What's it like?~
As a child growing up, our family loved trifle as a special treat and my mum would make a lovely home prepared one (with custard made from scratch).
These days I eat it rarely as my family just don't like it. To satisfy my craving I am forced to eat the lonely single portion trifles for one! This review is for the value version that you can get from Tesco. I don't know if it is a blip, but I don't seem to be able to get it from larger stores - only the Tesco Metro nearby.
This individually wrapped trifle with a foil lid is available in strawberry, although I think that they do standard range multi-packs in a fruit cocktail version. The tub is plastic and the packaging is the standard value blue and white, with the recognisable logo.
The best before date is quite short, so you must buy it with the intention of eating soon. The trifle comprises of a layer of strawberries in a jelly (the type of strawberries you get in a can - soft and squidgy), a thick layer of custard and a layer of cream on the top, arranged in an attractive pattern that has been piped.
For a cheap dessert it tastes nice, the strawberries might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I liked them, even if they were squidgy - they do actually taste of strawberry. There is supposed to be sponge in there too, but in all honesty, after eating it, I couldn't remember it being there, so it didn't make a great impression. The custard is yellow, smooth and rich, but not too runny. Although there isn't a lot of cream, it does taste fresh like cream should taste (not some foamed version).
It contains 165 calories per serving and has 8.2g of fat, of which 5.3g are saturated, so I'm afraid it isn't healthy at all.
It isn't filling as it is only a small plastic tub, (in fact it is gone in a couple of mouthfuls!) but if you want a taste of trifle, then this is ok. I have and will buy it again, (though not often). I can't lie - I would rather have a home made version, but as no one in our house likes it, it is wasteful to make it for one.
The biggest ingredient was custard at 38% and the strawberries were only a mere 8%, so calling it a strawberry trifle is a bit of a stretch.
It is ok for a treat from time to time, as the fat content is quite high, but is a good alternative to yoghurt etc. They also do a cheesecake in a similar format, which I will try next.
In terms of it being part of the value range, I have to say it wasn't cheap and nasty and is one of the better offerings.
It is not suitable for those with nut allergies.
It costs 38p, but as I have said already the supply is sporadic. I might give the standard version a try next, although these only come in a three pack.