“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Ice Cream „
I find myself reviewing yet another of Mrs B's great Weight Watchers finds. In the recent fine weather I have been happily truffing into copious boxes of Magnums and tubs of Ben and Jerry ice cream. My heart sank one evening last week when I discovered I had finished my supply of indulgent ice cream. Mrs B kindly offered me one of her Weight Watchers Mini Chocolate Sticks. Which I promptly turned my nose up at, I thought I would prefer to go hungry. Now, Mrs B knows me only too well, she placed one of these little sticks down next to me and exclaimed that I would have to eat it otherwise it would melt and be wasted. Not one to waste food I grudgingly obliged. The thing is Mrs B was confident I would actually enjoy the little stick if I could just get over the fact that it was Weight Watchers and she was right.
The mini sticks come in the typical white Weight Watcher style box. Whilst I do find this makes the Weight Watcher's products instantly recognisable I must admit it's not the most glamorous of designs. The box contains eight 45ml sticks, 4 milk chocolate and 4 white chocolate all wrapped individually in clear cellophane. Mrs B bought her box from Morrisons when they were on special offer at £1.50, though the usual selling price is £2.99. Sounds a bit pricey to me but it's actually the same cost as a box of mini Magnums. I believe they are also available to buy from Tesco for the same price.
The ice creams are described as a vanilla flavoured ice desert with a milk and white chocolate coating. I was very surprised to find the ice cream was deliciously rich, thick and incredibly creamy and also tasted like a true vanilla flavour as opposed to being synthetic tasting. This really was a surprise as I did expect it to taste synthetic. On closer inspection the ice cream actually has specks of tiny vanilla seeds in it which probably accounts for its delicious vanilla taste. One of things I enjoy with a magnum is the snap of the chocolate as I bite down. Again, I wasn't expecting this with the Weight Watcher sticks but again I was very surprised. The chocolate coating is generous and does have a satisfying crunch to it. It also tastes delicious and I would say the quality of it is pretty decent. Having tried both sticks, my favourite is the milk chocolate but this is likely down to my preference in chocolate. With them being mini sticks I thought I would need to eat a couple to satisfy my ice cream needs. I am happy to report this not to be the case and one of these mini sticks really does satisfy and definitely fills a gap.
The similarity to Magnums does end when it comes to nutritional content. One Weight Watchers mini milk chocolate stick contains 4.9 grams of fat and 90 calories and the white chocolate stick contains 4.9g of fat and 95 calories (or two points for anyone following the points system). Compare this to a mini Magnum which weighs in at whopping 12g of fat per stick and 185 calories, it really is a huge difference, especially if you are watching your waistline but still want to enjoy the odd treat.
The mini sticks are suitable for Vegetarians but may contain trace nuts so are not suitable for those with nut allergies. They also contain milk and soya.
Having just joined Weight Watchers (I apologise if you have heard that bit before) I was keen to find a dessert or something to treat myself to.
While I was in Tesco's on Friday, I was walking down the frozen desserts aisle and I noticed these Mini Chocolate sticks on offer. The pack contains 8 mini sticks, which are actually ice lollies/ice creams on a stick. The normal retail price is £2.99 but at two for £4.00 on offer, I snapped a box of these up, along with a box of mini swirl pots (review to follow).
These little ice creams are only 95 calories and 3.1 grams of fat, or 2 points per portion. They are like the Magnum ice creams, but in miniature. I would estimate that they are approximately a third of the size of a regular size Magnum which have anything from 260 calories upwards and 16+ grams of fat and upto 9 ww points (scary when most people start the day with roughly 20 or so, that's equivalent to nearly half a days food intake).
Opening the box, you will find that there are four of each style here. Four with creamy white chocolate and four with a milk chocolate coating. The icecream inside, is vanilla flavoured for both.
The chocolate is very thick and crunchy. A bite will have the chocolate breaking off in your mouth and it's so thick you can actually hear it snap. The chocolate of both the white and the milk versions are high quality. There is no nasty aftertaste as you get with cheap chocolate, you can tell this is pure quality, even though there is no branding i.e Cadbury's etc on the box.
The icecream is thick and creamy (obviously) but it isn't a cheap icecream either. What surprised me here, is that the vanilla doesn't taste at all synthetic. In fact, there are vanilla seeds visible from crushed vanilla pods listed in the ingredients, not one or two but hundreds. The vanilla taste is not at all overpowering though, and it complements perfectly with the creaminess of the chocolate.
I will not list all of the ingredients - It looks too scary, and I cannot pronounce some of the ingredients, yet alone spell them! However as a once in a while treat, the ingredients combine together so sublimely that I don't care what the nasties are. These do however, putting it simply, contain milk and soya, and may contain traces of nuts and peanuts.
Stated on the back of the box, these mini sticks can help slimming or weight control as part of a calorie controlled diet. With tasty treats this nice, I recommend them, diet or no diet. Go on, treat yourself.