Product Type: Tesco Dessert / Yoghurts
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My goldilocks trifle.
Tesco Value Trifle
Member Name: Dryad
Tesco Value Trifle
Date: 14/06/12, updated on 14/06/12 (195 review reads)
Advantages: Very reasonable price, tastes lovely.
Disadvantages: None in my opinion.
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.
Summary: A very nice basic trifle, no bells and whistles but a lovely taste for a good price.