“ Type: Ice Cream „
The sun has in the last few days kindly popped her head out of the dark dreary grey clouds which have hovered ominously above. She has reminded us that shortly temperatures will rise and summer will finally have arrived, and with it the delights that can only best be enjoyed in such glorious conditions.
Ice Creams, and other delicious summer goodies will be on display and offer to tempt us into the vast array of confectionery delights for which a scorching summers day was made for. The casual stroll along the hot dusty sandy beach can only really be enjoyed to the full if one hand has the customary Ice firmly in its grip.
There are many delights on offer and everyone no doubt has their own particular favourite, but I suspect that the one which I am reviewing today is very high on most peoples list being that it is not just Ice cream it is CHOCOLATE too.
Magnum Ice Cream was first introduced into Britain in 1987 and since has become a firm favourite even overtaking Kit Kats in sales. In an average year over one billion are sold world wide, evidence which can only be a testament to their taste and status. They were perhaps the first ice cream that became hand held and they have had many face lifts over the years and had numerous special editions produced all of which are extremely delicious, but it is the magnum classic that I shall be reviewing.
The packaging for the very reasonable sized Ice Cream is perhaps as readily recognisable as a can of coke. A lovely brown chocolately colour about six inches by 3 inches wide and just over an inch deep. These dimensions will serve to to give a good idea of the size of the Ice cream bar. The Golden coloured emblazoned word of MAGNUM diagonal on the front will also serve to give an indication of the quality of a magnum. WHY? Because quite simply a Magnum is pure gold, so decadent and indulgent yet it is priced at a mere 60p 70p depending on where you shop, and in fact for an outlay of £3 in ASDA there is a special offer of any 2 Magnum packs of 3. Thats 6 Magnums for £3 50p each what a corker of a deal.
By the time you have finished eating this extravagant ice you will have casually strolled a fair distance along your chosen beach in total bewilderment and totally absorbed in the creamy delicious ice cream. The chocolate on the outer surface is not very thick but adequate for the purpose intended, just to add a little sweetness and alternative to the sensually smooth vanilla ice cream which haunts the taste buds with every creamy lick. Then bang a quick hit of chocolate and off we go again. Just absolutely bloody fantastically great ..OOPs got just a little carried away there. They are just sooooooo good and excellent value and the white ones are equally indulgent and decadent. For 50p you are on to a certain winner.
Without any hesitation I whole heartedly recommend these deliciously creamy and tasty treats. I know you dont need summer to eat them but a stroll on the beach with the one you love and maybe the Mrs too how can you beat that.
A month or so ago I was in the supermarket and being a cheapskate of course I hovered over to the reductions section. I was surprised to see not just rejected vegetables lying about but in fact something decent Magnum Desserts for only 99p. I bought these happily but since that fortunate day I have searched high and low for these things and cant find them anywhere.
It is strange because I have visited Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and looked in the ice cream section but nothing, they are not there can someone please let me know why I am not finding these. Anyway on days when I do see them of course its always in a reductions fridge so I am usually lucky enough to see them there. I think the main reason these desserts are usually reduced is because of their high price.
As nice as these desserts are there is no way that they are worth £2.49 for two dome shaped cake desserts, its ludicrous. They are barely even really filling enough and I think £1.70 should be their price or something around that. Ignoring the price though the product is very rich tasting and there is a nice choice of flavours to choose from.
When first buying these I tried the flavour Chocolate Desire which was very nice but the one I last ate and know more on is Raspberry Tease. The other two flavours I didnt mention are Strawberry Secret and Caramel Encounter. There is a flavour there for everyone so you get a good enough choice Id say. I think out of the two I have tried the raspberry one was my favourite because the raspberry filling adds a lot more to the dessert.
So the packaging for these desserts I would definitely say is tasteful (excuse my pun) and of course sophisticated. The box is a rich burgundy/maroon colour with the gold Magnum lettering. It then has white on top of the dark background so that you can easily read the facts. On the side is a picture of the dessert which makes you want to eat it right away and is definitely tempting. The box says do not freeze so I have obviously been looking in the wrong supermarket area as these must be in the fridge section.
So the actual desserts are in a tray and you pull these out of the box to see two miniature sized chocolate domes. If you are greedy you could eat both but I usually just eat one. The chocolate exterior is like a hard shell but the chocolate is very nice. Under this layer is a creamy sort of mousse type custard layer then under that is the raspberry sauce filling and with this is some chocolate cake.
I think the whole dessert is nicely balanced out, the cake inside is a nice balance with the vanilla and chocolate. Breaking further into the dome reaching the raspberry centre adds a sweet taste but not too bitter. Altogether the dessert is nice but a bit awkward to eat Id say. Once you eat it you feel like oh thats it as theres not really much there too eat. It is very soft and pleasant and is like a little snack really, a treat.
The main annoyance I found with this dessert was trying to break into it. The chocolate is actually like a hard shell so delving your spoon into it will take a few hits for some chocolate to break. However, my dessert went flat when I eventually broke into the chocolate and the whole shell broke away from the vanilla layer following. I was very annoyed with this as it ruined the whole fun of breaking away every layer to reach the core.
Maybe leave these out a bit after them being in the fridge to soften the chocolate a little or you could pick it up with your fingers and attempt to eat it like a burger although that takes the sophistication away. The whole dessert is a nice idea but they maybe should make them just that little bit bigger as I dont get the idea these desserts sell very well and I can see why. I am kind of addicted to buying them because they are so nice but if I can keep seeing them reduced even at £1.99 why would I pay £2.49?
I went on the Walls website to see if I could get any product information on Magnum Desserts and they dont seem to have anything on them so you cant get any information on them online. The box has all of the nutritional information you need though and each desert is 309 calories which is high sort of but if youre treating yourself then maybe you can allow for it that day. It is suitable for vegetarians and contains milk, egg, wheat, gluten, soya and has nut traces for those with food allergies.
If you want to stay home one night have a nice chocolatey snack I suggest going into your local supermarket and buying these as they are nice if not that filling and satisfy the appetite just enough.
I was recently invited to do a product test via a survey site and quite happily accepted when I discovered it was for the new Walls Magnum Chilled Desserts.
These brand new decadent desserts come in 4 flavours - Raspberry Tease, Chocolate Desire, Strawberry Secret and Caramel Encounter.
I opted for the Raspberry Tease.
Found in the chilled section of Tescos, the reddy brown box looks very luxurious and classy. Its approx. 6" x 3" with a tiny swirl for a see through window. This might as well be non existent as you cannot see the product through this!
One thing I did like was that each end of the box had been sealed with small transparent sticky tabs so you know that no one has opened the box trying to have a look inside. Plus point for Walls on this from me.
You cannot freeze these desserts and they have a very short shelf life of a couple of days.
Allergy and Nutritional Info
Unfortunately, as with many products these contain milk, egg, wheat, and soya so if you are an allergy sufferer please check the box. It states its suitable for vegetarians but anyone with a nut allergy will be left wondering as it states "may contain traces of nuts". The ingredients or notes give no indication as to why.
Each dessert, there are two in each box, contains 309 calories and 19g of fat. Definitely a spoil yourself dessert!
What Walls Say
"Two white chocolate desserts with a fruity raspberry sauce centre on a chocolate brownie base covered in milk chocolate"
Needless to say I was drooling and ready to break open the box!
On sliding out the plastic tray that these are housed in, I was greeted by what I can only describe as 2 of those marshmallow teacakes but a lot bigger! Each dessert is approx. 2.5" in diameter and approx. 1.5" deep, so a reasonable size. The milk chocolate coating looked the same as any other.
The Taste Experience
As I slowly lowered my spoon to the dessert the chocolate gave a loud crunch and some of it shattered into large pieces (much like a teacake again!) having split the dessert in half I was pleasantly surprised to see that it looked exactly the same as the picture on the box. I decided to try each section on its own and then as an overall taste.
The Milk Chocolate covering gave a good crunch in my mouth. A standard smooth milk chocolate taste, not too creamy and it didnt stick to the inside of mouth, probably due to it being a thin layer which was quite pleasant. No more rich or creamy than your standard Dairy Milk. So, nothing exceptional there then.
The White Chocolate filling I expected, maybe stupidly, to be that of white chocolate as stated on the box, possibly even mousse like in look and texture or at the very least a Milky Bar type taste. What I got was something completely different. It was more of a dense, wobbly, jelly-like appearance and creamy coloured. Maybe it would taste better!
Placing a spoonful in my mouth and ewwwwww! It had an extremely creamy taste which was also quite sour. I could taste a hint of something akin to cream cheese and as I do not like ANY cream cheeses it was certainly noticeable to me. The very smooth texture contained no sweetness at all. After managing to swallow this I checked the ingredients list to find the culprits - soft cheese and soured cream. It then dawned on me that this white filling tastes just like the wobbly layer in a cheesecake, not white chocolate at all! It also left a rather sour aftertaste which was not pleasant.
I decided it was time to move on to the Chocolate Brownie Base in the hope it would taste nicer. This was nice and light and quite moist. It broke up nicely in my mouth but there was only a hint of the chocolate taste. It was more like a sliver of lightly flavoured chocolate cake as the usual syrupy sweetness of most brownies was no where to be found! With the initial taste being very faint, there was no aftertaste at all but I was not left with bits stuck to the sides of my mouth. Overall it was quite non descript.
So, onto the Fruity Raspberry Sauce and for the first time I could say yummy! This sits in the middle and is a fair sized portion. It reminded me of Muller Fruit Corners for the thickness of the consistency. It was a very smooth sauce but had a lovely sharp tang to it, I guess this is to offset the sourness of the main filling. The tang was very refreshing in the mouth and with the aftertaste being the same it was very nice. I noticed there were no actual fruit pieces but it did state sauce. What it did contain though was lots of little raspberry pips so if you like a completely smooth texture this is not for you. A few pips got stuck in my teeth as well.
Overall, eating it all together was an experience!. The softness of the brownie against the smooth, definite crunch of the milk chocolate made a nice contrast. The sourness of the cheesecake like filling was offset by the kick of the sauce. For me, the predominant aftertaste was that of the soft cheese.
However, as I do not like cheesecake AT ALL, I could not stomach the sickly soft cheese and sour taste of the white chocolate
Well, as youve probably gathered these are not for me! If you like cheesecake, youll probably love them, if not be very cautious of trying them. At £2.49 a box I think they are quite expensive and am so glad I did not have to pay for them.
I was very disappointed with the white chocolate description as if I had seen any reference to the cheesecake type look and taste I would not have tried them and think they should be marketed along these lines, especially as this makes up nearly 60% of the total dessert. I must state that, having not tried any other flavour, I dont know if those taste the same.
Whilst the packaging makes these look very decadent and up market, in my opinion I can not say that the overall taste is any better or heavenly than other dessert. So at the end of the day, they get 2 out of 5 from me.
Youll either love them or hate them!
Made by Magnum Desserts,
London, SW1A 1YS
Tel 0800 678 1031
The website is a new one and shows the full range of desserts.
Many thanks for reading as ever. x x
© HotBabes 2006
Chocolate coated chilled desserts.