Product Type: Walls Dessert / Yoghurts
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Classic, but not classy!
Member Name: emmachilcott
Advantages: A classic that most people are familiar with
Disadvantages: A bit too classic?!
A lot of the big supermarkets lately seem to have goods on offer for £1 exactly, this is probably a psychological marketing ploy, and in this case it has worked. I haven't bought Walls Viennetta for years, but when I spotted this in the freezer for a good old pound, into my trolley it went. Being a child of the 80's I practically grew up on this, so if nothing else, I am expecting this to bring back some good memories! By the way, I have the box in front of me and the correct spelling is "Viennetta", not "Vienetta" as Dooyou suggest.
~*~A bit of History ~*~
Walls first introduced this product as a Christmas promotion in 1982 and it was registered as a unique design by Kevin Hilman who was a development manager at Walls. In 2007 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this product, Walls made a 22.7m long Viennetta and beat the world record of the longest ice cream.
Viennetta was a popular dinner party dessert back in the 80's and the fact that it is still available now proves that this is a popular product, or is it good old nostalgia that keeps it going? Over the years Viennetta has been available in several different varieties; Strawberry, cappuccino, chocolate, fruits of the forest and praline, but today it only comes in two varieties; Mint and original vanilla. Mint ice cream is my personal favourite, so this review is based on the Mint Viennetta.
~*~ Packaging ~*~
Viennetta comes in an attractive box, with a picture of the product on the front and sides. On one of the side the picture shows the side of the product, as it would look on your plate, so you know exactly what you are getting. The rear of the box provides you with an overwhelming amount of information, but on closer inspection, most of it is in foreign languages! Essentially you are told the ingredients, nutritional information, contact details, storage advice and the weight of the product: 320g (or 650ml).
Inside the box the ice cream oblong is inside a plastic film wrapper and sits upon a brown plastic tray. This helps the product to maintain its shape, and also makes it easy to slide it in and out of the box.
~*~Appearance and Taste ~*~
Well, as I have said, I haven't had one of these for a while, and I have to say that I am a little bit surprised. I can remember eating this layer by layer, and being amazed at how intricate the design was. It used to consist of lots of layers of twirls and curls (as in the picture above) but now you have two flat layers (one mint, one vanilla), divided by layers of chocolate at the top and at the bottom, and in the middle is one fat layer of curled mint ice cream with a crisp chocolate coating on either side. Along the length of the product right down the centre there is a layer of crisp chocolate.
A Viennetta can bit a bit fiddly to eat, but I find that the easiest way to eat it is one layer at a time (my husband dives straight in with his spoon completely decimating it!). As you work your way through the layers you are met with crispy milk chocolate, which tastes more like the "chocolate coating" which adorns many ice cream products, but it does snap in a satisfying way, and melts nicely in your mouth. The ice cream is light and creamy, and the mint has a delicious genuine flavour to it. I can't fault the flavour here, and the texture makes it an interesting dessert. My only issue is that you have to chase it around your bowl/ plate far too much, and so I don't think that I would like to eat this whilst in prestigious company!
Per 100g of this product there are 260 calories, 17g of fat and 21g of sugar, so this should probably be enjoyed occasionally. However, I am yet to find a dessert (other that fruit) that is good for you!
~*~ In conclusion~*~
This dessert will probably be around for years, and there can't be many people who haven't tried it or at least heard of it. We don't usually have dessert, but this is handy to keep in the freezer if we fancy a change once in a while, but I don't think that I could bring myself to serve it up to guests!
Summary: This brings back a lot of memories!
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