“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Other Desserts „
~~The Product ~ 'Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world's perfect food. Michael Levine, nutrition researcher'!~~
The desserts come packaged in a wraparound sleeve made of thin card board. That has all the relevant information such as nutritional values:
Per 100g Per Pot
Energy (kJ/kcal) 375kJ/ 263kJ/
Protein 3.5g 2.5g
Carbohydrate 13.4g 9.4g
of which sugars 10.1g 7.1g
Fat 2.4g 1.7g
of which saturates 1.5g 1.1g
Fibre 1.4g 1.0g
Sodium 0.06g 0.04g
Salt Equivalent 0.2g 0.1g
The sleeve protecting the inner tubs also gives a 'Description', 2 ProPoints value per pot, Rich and thick dessert made with real chocolate, Low in fat, Suitable for vegetarians,' but also coeliacs. 'Low fat chocolate dairy dessert with sugars and sweeteners, our promise; these rich chocolate desserts are: Made with real chocolate, Low in fat, and we're constantly reviewing the fat, sugar and salt levels in all our Weight Watchers Foods. Be Inspired. For great free recipe ideas, money-off coupons and information about new products in our range, visit weloveweightwatchersfoods.co.uk. Each Pot contains: Calories 62 3%, Sugars 7.1g 8%, Fat 1.7g 2%, Saturates 1.1g 6%, Salt 0.1g 2% of an adult's guidelines daily amount .
With 'Dietary Information' that this product is 'Suitable for Vegetarians' and allergens noted as that the deserts 'Contains Milk' and 'Soya\Soybeans'.
The 'Ingredients' are noted as 'Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Chocolate (6.5%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, And Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Flavouring), Sugar, Modified Potato Starch, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder (2%), Stabiliser: Carrageenan, Dextrose, and Sweetener: Sucralose.' Storage advice is that the product should be kept refrigerated at 2-5°C.
The manufacture's contact details are given as:
Belfast, GB - Yoplait UK Ltd.,
BT17 9HY. PO Box 454,
IRL - Glanbia Consumer Foods, Esher,
3008 Lake Drive, KT10 1DL.
Citywest, NI - Glanbia Foods (NI) Ltd.,
Dublin 24. 202 City Business Park,
Country of Origin; Belgium
~~My Usage Experience ~ 'Put the chocolate in the bag and nobody gets hurt'! :~)~~
I purchased these deserts for two reasons, my daughter wants to lose a little weight, though she certainly doesn't need too, and the product was on offer. Oh and I neglected to say, they're made with real chocolate! :~)
When my daughter visited, I immediately went to the fridge and said that I had something I wanted her to try out. We both opened the foil seal to the plain white plastic tubs and I felt instantly disappointed. The dessert, although having a rich intense dark brown hue, looked runny, much like the basic brands one can purchase in stores. I was more disappointed for my daughter because, well that's just us mums; we want to indulge our babies no matter how old they are! :~)
But I shouldn't have been concerned. This quality brand ended up furnishing no disappointment at all! The desert only comes ¾ ways up towards the brim of the pot but I found out to my surprise that this amount is well enough. As I scooped up a portion onto my spoon the creamy fluid like consistency emanated a luxurious and sweet Belgium chocolate aroma. Really, this treat will have all chocolate lovers salivating before the first taste! Once I took the first mouthful, the incredible smooth velvety chocolate hit my taste buds with the most delectable flavour. The taste is up their alongside any top brands, such as Thornton's. The sensation of the ambrosial and delicious melted liquid is so palatable that once one spoonful is finished it is passed my self-control to not taste more!
There is a delicate sheen to the chocolate that gives it a very appetising and inviting appearance. The succulent chocolate isn't at all sickly or unbalanced on the 70g portions, though any more at one sitting probably would render the consumer feeling rather sickly. This is a very rich desert 'made with real chocolate' so it is little wonder why more than one pot at a time would make the dessert 'too much of a good thing'! Apart from the mellow mouth-watering chocolate, the sweetness is just right. This dessert is very delicately sweetened to give it a scrumptious taste without being overwhelming. The almost ice cream consistency affords a refined texture that glides down the throat in a smooth velveteen fashion. This desert oozes such appeal that it really does instantly furnish a feel good factor, the dopamine effect! :~)
I have found this desert to be amazingly versatile as it can be used as a fun 'dipping' desert with sliced bananas, strawberries and other succulent and juicy fruits. Marshmallows make a wonderful fun dipping medium with the chocolate desert for children too. I also love pouring the dessert over chocolate pudding, but beware; moving from the chair soon after consuming will not be an option!
~~Would I Recommend? ~ 'EMERGENCY ALERT: If wearer of this shirt is found vacant, listless, or depressed, ADMINISTER CHOCOLATE IMMEDIATELY'!~~
Yes, this is a truly exquisite dessert that will set your dopamine levels on overdrive! :~D The chocolate taste like the very best Belgium confectionery. Having only the 70g pot at one sitting is enough to enjoy without being sickly. This low calorie dessert is beautifully balanced with its sweetness and dairy ingredients. Versatile and fun to share, this dessert will be on my shopping list again!
I am giving this product four stars instead of five due to the artificial sweetener included in the ingredients!
The Weight Watchers Rich Chocolate Desserts 2x70g are currently on offer at a Saveing of 20p was £1.00 now 80p at the Sainsbury's stores and online: http://www.sainsburys.co.uk
Also available at all the following stores and online:
Including Morrisons and The co-operative stores.
The weight Watcher's site has information on this and all their other products as well as a host of practical information such as recipe ideas.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review on these delicious desserts :~)
Although I'm not following a Weight Watchers plan at the moment, I am attempting to improve my snacking habits and this seems like a reliable brand that has a good variety of low fat and low calorie products. I saw these desserts in Tesco where they are currently available at the cost of £1.00 for a pack.
The desserts come in a cardboard sleeve, and within that there are two individual desserts in plastic pots with a foil sealed lid. Each one is 70g and is the equivalent of 1 Weight Watchers point. You can see the dessert through the plastic packaging and they look very tempting! The design is simple and is easily recognisable as part of the Weight Watchers brand.
Weight Watchers describe this product as "low fat Belgian chocolate dairy dessert with sugar and sweetener".
The chocolate desserts are a rich, deep brown colour and have a thin and runny consistency. They remind me of the chocolate desserts I used to have in my lunchbox as a kid. They look quite naughty and appealing, so I was interested to give them a try. The taste was chocolatey without being sweet, and they were quite bland compared with the unhealthy chocolate puddings I love! It left a bitter aftertaste in my mouth and I found the runny texture almost unpalatable, it was off-putting and I didn't enjoy eating them.
The desserts were not filling enough to work as a snack product and I felt hungry again soon after eating one. I think they would work well as an after dinner dessert if you like the flavour of them, but they just weren't to my taste at all.
One dessert pot contains 1 point on the Wight Watchers scale, along with 1.7g of fat and only 62 calories. This sounds like a great result for us dieting chocoholics! Of course, there is a catch and the catch in this case is that they taste dreadful.
When I bought the desserts I thought they were a reasonable price considering what they were and similar items available on the market. However, after tasting them I didn't think they were of a high enough quality to buy again, and I certainly wouldn't recommend them to anyone unless they are prepared to sacrifice flavour and enjoyment for a low fat "treat".
Ingredients: Reconstituted Skimmed Milk, Chocolate (6.5%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Flavouring), Sugar, Modified Potato Starch, Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder (2%), Stabiliser: Carrageenan, Dextrose, Sweetener: Sucralose
Nutritional values per 70g tub:
Energy 263 kJ 62 kcal
Protein 2.5 g
Carbohydrate 9.4 g - of which Sugars 7.1 g -
Fat 1.7 g - of which Saturates 1.1 g
Fibre 1.0 g
Sodium 0.04 g
Currently Weight Watchers seem to be expanding their range, along with several newly launched ready meals there is now a larger selection of snack foods than usual. One item I bought recently was this twin pack of Rich Chocolate Desserts which were on special offer in Tesco at the time and cost £1, the usual price will be £1.50 which I still consider reasonable for a delightful dessert such as this.
Please do not buy this expecting a mousse, Weight Watchers have sold their brand of mousses for some time now - this is completely different. If you think of the chocolate dessert you'd find in a Cadbury's Twin Pot you'll be close; this is obviously not as rich and heavenly as it's not as jam packed with calories and sugar, yet the basic principle is the same.
This is an extremely smooth dessert, it's thicker than eating yogurt but similarly refreshing - in relation to eating a chocolate mousse, which may be delicious but could certainly never be called refreshing. The desserts are fairly small, personally I believe they have been designed to give dieters a brief taster of chocolate rather than being a dessert made to fill you up. A pot of this after a meal is perfect in my opinion; not so much chocolate that it causes a minor binge, but just enough to take the edge off a craving for sweetness.
The flavour is very nice, I was actually surprised by just how tasty these little desserts are. I buy a similar product from Gü and, while there are huge differences between the two products, I do think Weight Watchers have done very well in making this chocolate dessert taste so delicious while still keeping the calorie content as low as they have.
The desserts have a very one dimensional flavour; they have a rather stronger chocolate flavour than I was expecting and are surprisingly rich. I don't think anyone would particularly be able to tell that they were a diet product, however there is a distinct lack of luxuriousness which does set them apart somewhat from other (more calorific) desserts. Please don't get me wrong, these are delicious desserts and an extremely welcome addition to the Weight Watchers range for those of us who are dieting and therefore avoiding chocolate as much as possible.
I enjoyed the consistency of the dessert due to the fact that it is so creamy and cool after being stored in the fridge, and I actually think that Weight Watchers getting this so right does help to hide the fact that this definitely is not the most exciting or flavoursome chocolate dessert you are likely to eat. However, you must remember that Weight Watchers produce what is basically 'diet food' and you really cannot expect it to taste the same as a Gü or Cadbury's dessert - after all, this contains less than a quarter of the calorie and fat content of a similar non-diet dessert!
For those of you following the Weight Watchers plan, a 70g pot of their Rich Chocolate Dessert contains just one Weight Watchers point. To put this into context, I am currently 'allowed' 20 points per day and the majority of these types of chocolate desserts contain at least four or five points. If you are not counting points, a pot will cost you just 62 calories and 1.7g of fat and I think this is excellent for such a delicious little treat. By contrast, I seem to recall a Gü dessert I guiltily ate recently had over 500 calories - agreed, it was far more luxurious but frankly for me there is not that much difference to justify adding an additional 440 calories to my daily intake!
I feel like I'm sullying my good name as a diehard chocoholic by admitting consumption of a faux chocolate diet product, but there we are. I did it. Judge me if you must!
I wouldn't normally go near something like this. "Diet-friendly" chocolate is usually feeble at best, I find good old fashioned portion control a far superior and pleasing alternative. It is my poncey opinion that those who try and quell their chocolate-cravings with phoney stuff like this only leads to dissatisfaction and further yearning. Needless to say, these I would normally leave well alone.
Occasionally however, I get curious. My mum had bought a pack and everytime I went to the fridge they were there, beady-eyeing me. And I must admit they do at initial inspection seem quite appealing.
Coming in a duo pack, the cardboard outer packaging tries very hard to convince you that these are a luxurious, sinful chocolate treat. Described as a "rich chocolate dessert", with enticing images of dark chocolate shavings, it's not hard to get drawn in. Ha! I was playing right into their hands. Those wiley minxes.
I was amused that further product description boasted "Belgian chocolate dessert". Oh really? Belgian? Of course everyone has positive connatations attached to "belgian chocolate", I mean it MUST be good. Guylian in a pot, perhaps. Inspecting the ingredients though, only 6.5 % of the actual product is chocolate, the bulk is made up of lots of alarming sounding things (mm, modified potato starch).
So it's safe to say that the packaging bigs these up quite a bit, and perhaps that's part of the problem. When you get down to the actual eating, these probably fall short of expectation.
The portion size is pretty good, each pot is 70g, so just a tad smaller than say a muller yoghurt. A good few spoons worth.
The main draw of course, being weight watchers, is the minimal calories. Each pot is just 62 calories (or 1 point in weightwatcher lingo), which for a chocolatey treat is puney.
Sadly, these desserts were pretty naff. Edible, but not really enjoyable. The texture was good, falling somewhere between a thick yoghurt and a runny pudding, it felt glossy and slick on the tongue with a nice cooling sensation.
But it tasted of nothingness. Not really sweet, there was a vague powdery,'hot chocolate dregs' flavour, with maybe hints of plastic. That was about it. It was quite odd feeling like I was eating a flavourless substance, and after, still craving something sweet I ate a couple of dried banana chips which tasted utterly orgasmic in comparason.
Maybe my expectations were too high. A combination of the appealing pack and description, with the fact that I'm accustumed to the taste of 'proper' chocolate meant I was inevitably going to be let down.
Possibly if you've been dieting a while and have been chocolate-starved for a significant amount of time, or are not used to sweet things, you would find these more enjoyable.
Personally, if I was a hardcore dieter looking for a treat I would rather eat a couple of chunks of true, yummy chocolate (or those funsize bars) for similarly minute calories but far greater pleasure. Or some trusty fruit of course, which gives the added benefit of some nutrients, free of charge! Always useful when trying to avoid scurvy and rickets and so on.
So in sum, these to me are pointless. They do have a few redeeming features; extremely low calorie for one, and weightwatchers have done a good job targeting (and manipulating) their niche market.
But I cannot dance around the obvious here, they taste crappy. For a foodstuff, that is the bottom line really.
£1 for a two-pack in Tesco, if you really, really,reallyyy want to.
But you don't.
I have been doing Weight Watchers online for a few weeks now and you may have noticed that a fair few of my reviews are on their products as I working my way through lots of their ready meals, sauces and desserts.
I purchased this dessert from Asda where they are currently on offer at 2 for £2 along with a few other Weight Watchers Desserts.
~ Packaging & Instructions ~
These rich chocolate desserts are sold in packs of 2 70g pots. They are are found in the chilled section and come small clear plastic pots with foil lids and a cardboard outer packaging. The cardboard outer has a picture of a spoon full of the chocolate dessert with a few chocolate shavings alongside it. On the back is all the various Weight Watchers information such as contact information and points values, nutritional information and ingredients.
When you want to eat one of these mousses you simply remove from your fridge, peel the lid off and it ready to eat. No waiting around required.
~ My Opinion ~
Described on the box by Weight Watchers as 'Low fat Belgian chocolate dairy dessert with sugar and sweetener'.
When I peeled back the foil lid from my pot of mousse I instantly noticed a strong chocolatey smell.
I started eating my dessert which on the first mouthful tasted pretty good, I would describe it as chocolate flavoured yoghurt as it was smooth and the same sort of consistency as a yoghurt. After another couple of mouthfuls I found the dessert tasted very artificial, you could really taste that it is full of sweeteners and I did not think it tasted like like Belgian Chocolate at all.
To conclude I would say this is a very average dessert that I would maybe purchase again if it was on offer as it did give me a sugar and chocolate fix when I was craving it. I find being on a diet is hardest in the evenings when I could quite happily enjoy a big bar of chocolate with my cup of tea an these little desserts are good for times like those! Plus they are very low in points which is a huge plus if you do not have many spare points for treats.
~ Boring Bits ~
The Weight Watchers Rich Chocolate Dessert has 1.1g of saturated fat and 62 calories per 70g pot..
Each pot is 1 points if you are following the Weight Watchers diet.
Nutritional Information (per pot):
Energy kJ: 263kj
of which sugars: 7.1g
(of which saturates): 1.1g
Salt equivelent: 0.1g
Reconstituted Skimmed Milk , Chocolate (6.5%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Flavouring) , Sugar , Modified Potato Starch , Reduced Fat Cocoa Powder (2%) , Stabiliser: Carrageenan , Dextrose , Sweetener: Sucralose .