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      12.03.2012 21:24
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      Lovely, would definitely buy again.

      I have been attending the Weight Watcher meetings since January this year, and generally struggle on most diets as I am a bit of a sucker for desserts/ sweet things. I was delighted to see that Weight Watchers do a range of goodies that are sickly sweet (How it should be, of course). I like eclairs and I think that the ProPoints value (2 points) is amazing! The packaging is cardboard, with a plastic interior that separates the eclairs from one another, stopping them sticking together. The box displays a very indulgent picture of the eclair, chocolate sticky and runny etc, and the box is a seductive purple colour (I'd say this packaging is definitely aimed at female chocolate lovers! The product displays the Weight Watchers logo but is actually produced by Heinz, a company who personally I feel are a very trustworthy brand. The eclairs are only 81 calories each and I must say, they are a good size. In the middle is ice-cream, which works as an alternative to cream, but the ice-cream is just as creamy. The pastry is very light and doesn't leave a heavy feeling in your stomach, and the chocolate is sticky, gooey, and generally very chocolatey. You cannot tell that this is eclair is Weight Watchers, and at around £1.99 a box (And quite a lot of the time on offer in conjunction with other WW products), not costly either. If you are feeling very naughty, you can even have 2 or 3 and still not feel guilty! I am a big fan of these eclairs and will be recommending to those who are and aren't on diets! Lovely!

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      03.08.2010 09:47
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      I love these

      I found these eclairs in the freezer of my local sainsbury's in march this year and have been hooked ever since. I was looking for a sweet treat to go with my lunch for fewer than 100kcal and these fit the bill perfectly.

      >Packaging<
      The eclairs come in a plastic tray within a cardboard box that I find a little bulky but fact it's recycleable wins the wrapping back a few brownie points. The boxes proudly displays the weightwatchers logo but as they are made by heinz and have an attractive picture of the product on a purple box they give the illusion of being indulgent. Instructions on storage and consumption are also very clear.

      >Price<
      Six cakes (180g) costs £1.99, but at Iceland they are £1.50. Very reasonable when you compare to prices of packs of 2 deserts/multipack chocolate bars. Often Sainsburys has weightwatchers frozen foods any 4 for £5, great bargain!

      >Nutrition<
      Wow. That's all I thought when I read the label. Only 81 calories for this pastry, cream fillied, belgian chocolate delight?! Makes me feel as though I'm having my cake and eating it too. As well as being low in calories the fat isn't bad either. When you are compare to other brands of cream cake you realise you are saving about 100 calories by opting for these yet not compromising on size alone, not taste. Low in salt too!

      Per Eclair:

      81 kCal
      Protein 1.2g
      Carbohydrate 11.3g
      of which sugars 8.7g
      Fat 3.5g
      of which saturates 2.1g
      Fibre 2.0g
      Salt Equivalent 0.1 g

      >Taste<
      Yumm, yummuy yummy! The chocolate is my favourite, belgian, and it is wonderful if melted just to just the right consistency to be eating with your fingers/tongue before devouring the cake itself. The cream and pastry are light as a feather and only taste slightly "diet", but this prevents the sickness and guilt of stuffing yourself with a massive full fat cake shop eclair.

      >Negatives<
      If the chocolate does not melt correctly it tastes strange and is hard in texture.

      However, I feel the positives of this product greatly outweigh this slight flaw and I converted to these cakes after the first bite!

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        29.05.2010 16:43
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        WELL WORTH SPENDING THAT BIT MORE

        Weight Watchers is a weight loss programme based on points. Each person is designated a certain daily points limit and each food has a points value.

        *Product*

        Many of the Weight Watchers food products are produced by Heinz. Here we have the Taste Temptation Eclairs. These are a dessert or snack product and are described as "6 choux pastry eclairs with a light creamy filling, topped with chocolate sauce".

        *Packaging*

        The eclairs are lined up in their own compartment of a brown plastic tray. They are then slid into a cardboard box with a sophisticated purple background.

        The front of the box has the Weight Watchers/Heinz logo, product name, points and calories value and some deliciously tempting images of the contains eclairs.

        The back of the box has the defrost instructions, ingredients, allergy and diet advice, nutrition and details about Weight Watchers and how to contact them.

        The overall packaging is attractive and distinctive being Weight Watchers.

        *The Eclairs*

        The eclairs themselves are a good length and thickness and of course finger shaped. The outer pastry is a golden brown shade and there is a chocolate strip across the top. The cream inside is soft and white.

        *Preparing*

        Weight Watchers recommend that you remove these from your freezer and leave to defrost at room temperature for approx 20mins.

        *Ingredients*

        Chocolate Flavoured Topping 32% (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Cocoa Powder (2.5%), Partially Hydrogenated,Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier - Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Salt, Stabiliser - Locust Bean Gum, Thickening ,Agent - Agar, Acidity Regulator - Citric Acid, Flavouring, Preservative - Potassium Sorbate) ,Water ,Vegetable Cream (14%) (Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Milk Protiens ,Emulsifiers - Polysorbate 60, Mono- & Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Soya Lecithin, Stabilisers - Cellulose ,Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Hydroxyproplymethylcellulose, Acidity Regulators - Sodium Citrate ,Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Flavourings, Colour - Beta Carotene) ,Pasteurised Whole Egg ,Oligofructose ,Wheat Four ,Vegetable Oil ,Polydextrose ,Modified Potato Starch ,Cream ,Skimmed Milk Powder ,Whey Powder (from Milk) ,Stabilisers - Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose, Carrageenan, Sorbitol, Milk Sugar, Thickening Agent - Sodium ,Alginate ,Salt ,Flavourings

        Contains gluten, wheat, eggs milk and soya.

        Free from artificial colours.

        *Nutrition*

        Each eclair contains :

        81 calories
        8.7g sugar
        2.1g saturated fat
        0.1g salt

        For Weight Watchers followers, each eclair has 1 and a half points.

        *Availability and Price*

        180g (6 eclairs) can be found in Tesco for £1.99. I picked mine up in Iceland for £1.49.

        *My Opinion*

        In our house, we enjoy a regular dessert. It could be some basic jelly or custard or something a bit fancier such as cheesecake or eclairs. Normally I would buy the shop branded eclairs but they were so moreish that the calories were soon mounting up and I felt terribly guilty! Then I spotted Weight Watchers Eclairs.

        As I grew up, when my Mum bought eclairs, I would scrape the chocolate off as I wasn't keen on the Belgian chocolate other brands use. My thoughts have been changed with these ones. At £1.49 for 6, I popped these in my trolley and had them delivered yesterday.

        The first thing that impresses me is that they only take 20mins to defrost which is great for last minute dinner guests. I personally ate one after 20mins and felt the filling was still a bit hard so left mine a bit longer.

        The pastry is so light and has a slight biscuity taste about it. It certainly makes up the bulk of the eclair as you would expect. It has a nice firm but easy to bite into texture and doesn't crumble and make a mess. The chocolate sauce on the top doesn't look like much but it is deliciously soft and sweet as you sink your teeth into it. It basically melts as you eat it. The cream inside is sparse and incredibly light and airy. It has a real taste about it.

        The whole combinaton works perfectly and the quantity of each part is simply perfect to provide a tasty dessert snack. It is moreish so I did eat the 3 of mine in succession. I suppose to benefit from the Weight Watchers side of it, you should only eat one as a treat but as I don't follow this diet, I was happy to eat 3!

        The eclairs are a good size and although a tad more expensive than shop branded eclairs, they are certainly worth it. They taste so much nicer and satisfying I have no hesitation when recommending these.

        Thanks for reading :)

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          09.04.2010 02:50

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          Anyone doing weightwatchers should try these

          I am a big fan of weight watchers (if you pardon the pun) and have been using the weight watchers diet for about 18 months now. I have managed to lose around 2 stone altogether and kept most of it off so I think that is pretty good going considering I have had a lot of slips and don't always follow it as much as I should.

          Weight Watchers is a programme for anyone needing to lose weight. It can be a couple of lbs or a couple of stones you need to lose, whichever it is anyone can join weight watchers.

          The idea is that you every food has a points value. You can work out your daily points allowance at weight watchers just be following a quick quiz which asks about your age, height, weight, activity levels etc.
          Once you know you're daily points allowance you can then choose foods up to this allowance.

          The weight watchers food ranges have been around for quite a while now. Invented to make it easier for those following the weight watchers plan, each product displays the points of the product and the serving sizes, which makes it easier when you're in a hurry or can't be bothered. It's also great if you don't want to have to think about everything you're eating.

          There are hundreds, probably thousands of products if the weight watchers range, one of them being these chocolate éclairs. The éclairs are 1.5 points each and you get 6 per pack. They cost around £2 per pack, which is reasonable compared to other 'normal' éclairs and diet foods.

          I absolutely love these éclairs. I think they taste better than the usual kind as the cream is not as sickly. I like to have one or two (their not huge) as a treat for dessert at the weekends and find that they are light and sweet and don't taste like a diet food at all. I did expect them to be plain but the chocolate fondant on the top is heavenly.

          I have now managed to covert the rest of the family to these and these are the only éclairs we eat now. It's so nice to have a diet food that feels naughty and that you really enjoy eating.

          I have to award 5 out of 5 stars for these, they're yummy!

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          08.04.2010 19:30
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          Lovely yummy dessert, shame about the price though.

          I have been on the Weight Watchers eating plan for a few years now on and off. With 20 points available for me per day these are a great sweet dessert to enjoy without having to deal with the guilt.

          The appearance of these Belgian Eclairs are exactly what is displayed on the front of the box. They are just the right size without feeling sickly. Indulgent cream covered in flaky soft pastry and thick belgian chocolate smeared across the top. (My mouths watering just thinking of them). The rest of the box is the famous purple colour with the Weight Watchers logo on and Taste Temptations.

          If you are following the points plan then they are 1.5 points per eclair which is very reasonable and means you can sneak in another if you have a couple of points left for the day. Each eclair has 81 calories, all other ingrediends and nutritional information can be found on the reverse of the packaging.

          These can be found in the freezer dessert aisle at most supermarkets. In my local Morrisons they sell for £1.99 which i think is slightly overpriced seeing as there is only 6 in a box. They sometimes have them on deal especially around the beginning of the year when the new year diets start.

          Before eating these they should be defrosted. They are easily seperated in a tray inside the box so you only have to defrost as many as you need. In my opinion i don't think these taste any different to eclairs from the cake shop, except maybe slightly smaller in size.
          I tend to eat mine straight from the freezer. Probably not the best thing to do as it's frozen cream but my belly's always been able to handle it. I enjoy them like this because they take longer to eat, meaning i can enjoy it for longer. I also like the way the chocolate cracks off in chunks and i can nibble all of the pastry off leaving my favourite until last, the cream. I have been known to eat the whole box a few times, oopsie.

          I highly recommend these in flavour and points value but i have to deduct a star for the price. Stock up when they are on offer is my tip.

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            12.03.2010 08:51
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            Weight Watchers Eclairs

            Boyfriend decided to "get healthy" recently so as well as purchasing a cross trainer he's also decided to make some changes to his diet. This included looking for the odd dessert type option that's fairly low in calories so when we spotted that these Weight Watchers eclairs were just 81 calories per eclair we decided to buy some and see what they were like.



            Packaging:

            These eclairs come inside a large box which is predominantly purple. The front show a picture of the eclairs and states that they are one and a half points on the Weight Watchers diet and that they contain 81 calories. The back of the box lists the defrost instructions, ingredients, nutritional and allery informations and contact details for Heinz. There is also a picture of Weight Watchers Double Chocolate Brownies. Why not try them?
            Opening the bos the six eclairs are housed in a brown plastic tray which is covered by a clear film..

            You can visit the Weight Watchers website: www.weightwatchers.co.uk for more information

            The product is described as:- "Choux pastry eclairs with a light creamy filling, topped with chocolate sauce."



            Ingredients Chocolate Flavoured Topping (32%) (Sugar, Water, Glucose-Syrup, Cocoa Powder (2.5%), Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Salt, Stabiliser: Locust Bean Gum, Thickening Agent: Agar, Acidity Regulator; Citric Acid, Flavouring, Preservative: Potassium Sorbate), Water,
            Vegetable Cream 14% (Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Milk Proteins, Emulsifers: Polysorbate 60 / Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids / Soya Lechithin, Stabilisers: Cellulose / Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose / Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Acidity Regulators: Sodium Citrate / Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Flavourings, Colour: Beta Carotene), Pasteurised Whole Egg, Oligofructose, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Polydextrose, Modified Potato Starch, Cream, Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder (from milk), Stabilisers: Sodium Carboxymehtylcellulose / Carrageenan / Sorbitol, Milk Sugar, Thickening Agent: Sodium Alginate, Salt, Flavourings.



            Nutritional Information per eclair {per 100g in brackets}

            Energy kJ: 342kJ {1138kJ}
            kcal: 81kcal {271kcal}
            Protein: 1.2g {3.9g}
            Carbohydrate: 11.3g {37.6g}
            of which sugars: 8.7g {29.1g}
            Fat: 3.5g {11.7g}
            (of which saturates): 2.1g {7.1g}
            Fibre: 2.0g {6.6g}
            Sodium: Trace {<0.1g}
            Salt Equiavlent: <0.1g {<0.3g}

            Allergy information: contains gluten, wheat, egg, milk, soya. May contain traces of nuts.

            For those of you on the Weight watchers diet each of these eclairs has a value of 1 and a half points.



            Price:
            I paid a 99p for one box of these at my local shop.


            Taste and Opinion:

            Once the box is opened these doesn't look that different to the eclairs you'd buy from a bakery. They are perhaps a little thinner and a little shorter but, to all intents and purposes they're pretty similar in appearance to ones you'd get from the bakery. There's a generous coating of chocolate on top of them so it doesn't even look like they've skimped on that either.

            So, let's start with the chocolate topping. This is reasonably thick, covers most of the top of the eclair and is slightly sticky. But, best of all, it actually tastes like the chocolate topping you'd find on a normal (none-diet) eclair that you'd buy from a bakery. It doesn't have a thinner consistency and the taste itself isn't massively different from any other eclair you might buy.

            The choux pastry is soft and slightly chewy. You might think, perhaps, that they'd make this thicker than a normal eclair so that they could cut down on the cream filling inside but this isn't the case at all. As I said, the eclair as a whole is perhaps a little shorter and a little thinner than the none-diet ones you'd buy but the choux pastry taste no different whatsoever.

            The cream filling is plentiful and sweet although perhaps a little thicker than the filling I've been used to from my local bakery. That's not to say that this is a bad thing, if anything I actually preferred the filling in these to the ones I got from the bakery last time! The filling is actually the best part of the eclair as far as I'm concerned and it makes the whole thing a bit moreish.

            All in all this is the nicest Weight Watchers dessert I've tried so far. I'm choosing to ignore the ingredients as they don't sound like the most natural set of things you'll ever read! They're probably the best Watchers Watchers Dessert In The World!

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              07.03.2010 22:54
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              Weight Watchers Taste Temptations Eclairs - delicous!

              When I decide to write a review I always seem to have a look on Dooyoo to see if anyone else has reviewed the same item. Just a bad habit I have I suppose. It appears I'm not the only fan of this fantastic product. It's now turn for me to sit down and type my review on Weight Watchers Taste Temptations Éclairs.

              I always find it easier to review an item I actually enjoy and believe me these Eclairs are enjoyable with a capital E!

              Let me explain the reason for my purchase. I am one of these annoying people, always on a diet. I've been following the Weight Watchers diet since January 1st 2010. I can't honestly say it's made a huge difference in regard to weight loss but at least subconsciously I feel better eating Weight Watchers éclairs than I would if I was eating them from a cake shop.

              On this Weight Watchers diet I have a daily allowance of 21 points a day. I will not go into great detail about this because my review is not about Weight Watchers it's about the Éclairs. The reason I mention the point value is because when you buy a product with the Weight Watchers logo on it. The packaging clearly states how many points they are per slice/portion. This one in particular is 1.5 points.

              There are six Eclairs in a box. They in my opinion taste really nice. Even my boyfriend likes them and he's not a huge sweet/cake fan. This is unfortunate for me because it means I have to do that dreaded thing called 'sharing'. The great thing we can order lots when they are on offer and freeze them until temptation sets in.

              The éclairs have a small bit of chocolate on the top of them. This is plenty enough for me. The choux pastry is so light, soft really delightful. Inside you have the creamy filling which finishes the sweet off nicely. The great thing is I'm not feeling guilty after eating one. If I say to much more I'll have to leave the review mid flow and go and get another slice out of the fridge!

              I think you get the idea that I quite like this Weight Watchers product. So if you are thinking about trying them where can you buy them? We buy ours from Tescos. Currently they have an offer on for two boxes of the Weight Watchers Taste Temptations Eclairs for £3.00 I think normally they are about £1.65

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              Contains:
              Gluten
              Wheat
              Egg
              Milk
              Soya
              May contain traces of nuts

              81 Calories
              1.5 Weight Watchers points

              (e180g)

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                10.02.2010 20:20
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                Great frozen dessert

                When it is time for pudding all the best intentions of dieting can fly out of the window. Convincing myself that my low fat strawberry yogurt is as yummy as everyone else's delicious looking desserts can be depressing and can lead to over-indulgence that I will regret later. Before Christmas I had several occasions when I knew that people would be at my house and I would be serving desserts of various types so I looked around for something that would appear acceptable but wouldn't tempt me to eat too much.


                On a visit to Tesco I searched around the frozen section and spotted the Taste Temptations Belgian Chocolate Éclairs from the Weightwatchers from Heinz range. The box is the traditional purple of many of the WW frozen range and the picture denoted some lovely looking éclairs packed with cream. When I spotted that they were only 1.5 points each I popped some in my basket. They were £1.65 a box at the time. They are currently on offer in Tesco at two boxes for £3.


                I stored these in the freezer until they were needed. On opening the box I was greeted with a formed plastic tray holding 6 éclairs. The tray had a bizarre spiky design at the bottom which had kept the éclairs in the correct position. I have bought frozen éclairs before and these were very similar in appearance. They were at least 4.5 inches long and appeared to have a thick coating of chocolate. I arranged them on a plate and left them to defrost for 20 minutes as instructed on the box.


                By the time the product was defrosted I was really looking forward to trying them. The shiny chocolate coating reached almost to the end of the éclair. The choux pastry at the very end was a little dry on first biting in but then I reached the creamy filling. This was really delicious; the combination of the chocolate, the pastry and the creaminess was absolutely delightful and felt very indulgent. I must admit it did not take me long to finish the first one. I had handed them to some friends and the unanimous verdict was that they were, indeed, very tasty. The chocolate flavour topping is really quite thick and when I checked the ingredients it does account for 32%, however it is not at all sickly. The choux pastry was light and almost melted in the mouth with a lovely flavour. The creamy filling is very generous without being too runny or sweet.


                Each éclair has 81 calories and contains 3.5g of fat of which 2.1g is saturated. This actually makes the product less than 12 % fat which seems good for an occasional treat.


                The éclairs are suitable for vegetarians and do not contain any artificial colours. However they do contain just about everything else! The ingredients list is unbelievably long and obviously most things are not items you would keep in your store cupboard! I don't eat many processed food so when I do I am always shocked by the ingredients but since I only have them rarely I tend not to be too worried about them. For anyone who has allergies it is worth noting that these do contain gluten, egg, wheat, milk and soya and possibly traces of nuts.


                These are now definitely my favourite Weightwatchers product from those I have tried. They cannot possibly compete with a bakery-fresh chocolate éclair but since I am not a fan of rich cream cakes these actually suit me better. Everyone I know who has tried them has ended up buying some and keeping them to hand as they do make a very acceptable dessert or treat. Although you are recommended to defrost them for 20 minutes I sometimes leave them for about 10 minutes as the filling tastes more like ice-cream then and then it takes me a little longer to eat them!

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                  03.10.2009 21:16
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                  Go get some now!! :-P

                  Taste Temptations indeed, lol!

                  I really shouldn't eat these are they are my mum's Weight Watcher's Belgian Eclairs but what she doesn't know won't hurt her...until I ask the price!!!

                  I am not on a diet but she gets some really tasty desserts and snacks in and these are one of her sweet toothed treats she does share with me as you get six in a box so we have two each and then it's whoever gets the last two another time first!

                  The box looks really awesome, it is purple with several super-sized buns blown up on the front, dome whole and some part opened to shoe the yummy fresh cream filling :-P

                  The eclairs are sold in a brown tray that has plastic spikes in the bottom to stop the buns rolling around inside the box and are wrapped in plastic to keep them fresh...

                  You have to keep these in the freezer until you are ready to eat them and then you just defrost for 20 minutes at room temperature (I leave mine for 10 and then the cream is still partly frozen like ice cream and last longer!).

                  These are described as: 'Delicious éclairs with a creamy filling encased with sweet choux pasty' which you must not defrost in a microwave...

                  Each bun is only 81 calories which is awesome given how gorgeous they are and how yummy the chocolate topping is! This equals 1 1.2 weight watchers points on their diet plan.

                  The weight is 180g and the price is around £1,62 except if they are on offer...

                  My box's best before date is next October but they really don't last that long!

                  Made in Belgium (makes sense!) and there are no artificial colours. There is milk, gluten, wheat and soya in for allergists and may contain nuts. The fat content is 3g and the sugar is 8.7g per one.

                  Taste is lovely, yum! The pastry is really light and fluffy in the middle although the ends dry out a bit once defrosted. The cream is really fresh and lightly whipped and the chocolate is awesome! It is a glossy dark brown topping that tastes of milk chocolate and equals 32% of the finished bun.

                  These are great, I can't believe they are for dieters and I would eat them all the time if I could! Five stars from me, go get some now!! :D

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                    18.07.2009 19:56
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                    As good as it gets for dieters!

                    "But I'm on a diet, I can't eat cakes!". These are words never to be heard from a weightwatcher! There are plenty of cakes available in the weightwatchers range and I like most of them so thought the éclairs were worth a try.

                    The Éclairs come in a package of 6, with the éclairs in a plastic tray to keep them upright. You will find them in the frozen desserts section of the supermarket.

                    The choux pastry tastes just as nice as the real deal and is not soggy, despite the product being frozen and the cream does not taste artificial which I often find in low fat cakes. The chocolate topping is really chocolate icing, so don't expect real chocolate! It is however a lovely taste and the éclairs are a good size, so this definitely doesn't feel like a lower-rate substitute, which is just what you need if you're watching your waistline. I've successfully passed these off to people as the real deal and had comments as to how lovely they are!

                    They have to be defrosted before serving but I like the fact that they are frozen as it means that you don't have to eat them all in one go (although...) and you don't have to worry about best before dates too much.

                    These éclairs retail for around £1.65 from the major supermarkets which I think is very reasonable and comparable to individual fresh prices.

                    Best of all, each éclair is only 140 calories, or 1 1/2 weightwatchers points. This makes them a godsend as even weightwatchers other desserts tend to be 3 points each. No feeling deprived here!

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                    Weight watchers are a diet company who supply products suitable for the WeightWatchers diet. One of their products are the chocolate eclairs.

                    They can be found in all supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Waitrose etc as well as being able to be ordered from Weight Watchers themselves either online or over the phone. Often they can be found in little newsagents and petrol stations however not very often. They are part of a large range of WW cakes and pastries.

                    They come in a box of 6 and each eclair weighs roughly 30g. This doesn't seem like very much and I was worried that they were going to be absolutely tiny. The box of 6 costs £1.66 which works out at around 28p per eclair. This is quite expensive as they were described as being "mini" éclairs and this suggests something small. Considering in our local baker you can get a massive chocolate éclair for 39p I was a bit worried and annoyed at the price. Sometimes these can be found on special offer but not at the moment sadly.

                    The eclairs come in a box which is made of cardboard. Considering the amount inside the box, it is quite a big. I felt that this was a waste of packaging. On the back is all the usual nutrition information and ingredients and on the front is the brand name and a product description. My favourite part of the front of the box though is the delicious looking pictures. There are images of the éclairs inside. One of them is cut in half so you can see the delicious cream filling inside. They do look scrumptious and make it even more tempting. They look quite naughty though and I was a bit doubtful as to whether a diet product could look this amazing. You can tell though that the pictures have been blown up and I doubted 100% that the real things would be as large as the éclairs on the box! The box is a follows the typical WW purple colour which is very pretty and seems quite luxurious.

                    The box is easy to open once it is opened you come across a little black tray. It is set into 6 compartments and in each there is a chocolate éclair. The first thing that hit me was the size. They didn't look big at all but infact actually looked quite tiny. Nah, they weren't tiny but they definitely weren't as big as I'd have liked. There was a nice chocolate smell coming from the éclairs which was very pleasant indeed. You are recommended to leave these out for 20 minutes to defrost before eating so I did just that. I went back after 10 minutes and they were definitely not ready, and then again after 15 minutes they were only beginning to unfreeze. Surprisingly though after the 20 minutes they had miraculously defrosted. How odd! On one of the other WW puddings I accidentally left it out a bit too long but nothing really happened and it was still great! Not to worry if you do forget about it for a while! Picking up one of the éclairs I noticed how firm the pastry was. It didn't crumble away in my hands. It also felt very cold.

                    The éclair was really delicious. Biting in it actually hurt my teeth though as it was so cold. The first thing I detected was the pastry. It tasted lovely. It was really chewy but was also flaky and soft. It had a really interesting texture. The taste was lovely but it definitely wasn't as good as the "real", full fat, truly indulgent pastry éclairs you get. Inside the cream was really nice. It was creamy and tasted slightly like vanilla however I mus admit that again it wasn't as good as your full fat versions. There was a lovely chocolate layer on top too. It was fairly thick but I would have liked a little bit more. It was a gorgeous milk chocolate but one of them I tried actually tasted bitter. All together the taste combination was lovely. It was gone in about 2 or 3 bites though so that was a bit annoying. My brother placed two in his mouth in a oner and still had room for probably another.

                    They were tiny so I was expecting them to be very low in calories. Per éclair there is 81 calories. For the size I think this is pretty high. To get the full craving satisfied I feel you need about 3 which takes you up to around 300 calories or just less and therefore you'd be better off having a chocolate bar or a slice of cake. Each éclair contains 3.5g of fat which again for the size is pretty high.

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                      Mmm, what's not to like?

                      Anything that contains:

                      (a) pastry
                      (b) chocolate
                      (c) cream

                      and only packs in 81 calories has to be worth trying in my book. Anything that is tried based on the above, and tastes as good as these do, has to be bought again and again. Simple as.

                      Éclairs are yummy. That lovely fluffy pastry that holds it all together. The creamy, um, cream filling. The gorgeous chocolate strip along the top. It may only be just after breakfast, but mmm, I could manage one right about now. Cream cakes (and these, being cakes with 'cream' in, would still fall into this category) are a no-no for most diets though. Enter Weight Watchers. They have added éclairs to their range and for once, a low fat alternative tastes just as nice as the real thing.

                      The éclairs come frozen, which is most bon as it means you can't gobble them all down without thinking about it - they need a minimum of 20 mins to defrost at room temperature, and greedy gobbler over here can honestly inform you that they are not edible for at least the first 15 mins, no matter how hard you try. The main thing that happens to them during the defrosting period is the cream changes from semi-solid ice cream style to fluffy, creamy fresh-cream style. The chocolate doesn't change much which is an important thing to remember - even when frozen or in the process of defrosting you need to keep them the right way up so as to stop the chocolate sliding off. A good thing about them is that once at room temperature, they stay that way for a while without going funny, so you can quite easily leave them to defrost while cooking, eat the first 2 courses of a meal and then reach for them. They are packaged in a cardboard box with a plastic tray inside which, while not very green ('tis a kind of burgundy, in fact) does serve its purpose of keeping them safe in the freezer (and free of ice crystals) while they sit there waiting to be scoffed.

                      These delicious things come in boxes of 6, and though I (usually) eat them one at once, the minute calorie count means even having a couple isn't out of the question. They differ from full-fat ones in only one significant way - they are a tiny bit smaller. Still what I would call a reasonable size, just not as big as the stupid giant ones you get in supermarkets these days. McDonalds are not the only place whose portions have been getting bigger, you know. Cream cakes are almost twice the size they used to be, meaning people end up twice as fat , non? Anyway, I digress.

                      Weight Watchers Éclairs. They actually taste nice too. Quite scary really. The pastry is thick and juicy, and the cream filling very generous. The chocolate strip doesn't cover the entire top side, but it makes a good effort, and is sweeter than usual (they probably bung in some low fat extra sweet sugar substitute somewhere) so you don't need as much. It's slightly runny, but not too messy to eat, and nicer on the palate as it doesn't crack and splinter the way some harder varieties of topping do. They taste like the treat they're not, so you don't see them as a second class substitute for the real thing.

                      Looking at the Tesco website, these do have a disturbing number of ingredients. You would struggle to find a reduced fat sweet treat that doesn't, since these things are usually high in calories / fat in their 'natural' state, but if you prefer a more wholesome diet these are not for you. To compare them with Tesco's alternatives we have:

                      Weight Watchers Éclairs : 271 calories / 11.7g fat per 100g

                      Tesco Fresh Cream Éclairs : 405 calories / 28.1g fat per 100g

                      Tesco Mini Frozen Éclairs : 415 calories / 34.9g fat per 100g


                      Factor in the fact that the Weight Watchers ones are also smaller and lighter than the others (or the serving size of the mini ones) and there's a definite 'saving' to be had per serving.


                      In conclusion:

                      * They taste nice.

                      * They are reasonably sized - half the time with low fat stuff they cut the calories by cutting the portion size dramatically, but not here.

                      * They contain cream. And chocolate.

                      * They are low in fat and low in calories (and 1 1/2 points if you're doing WW- I'm not, but I think that must be fairly good for such an indulgent treat?)


                      What are you waiting for?



                      Currently £1.68 in Tesco. Available in all major supermarkets, but I often used to buy mine in the Spar albeit for a slightly higher price.

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                        Good quality eclairs that are guilt free!

                        If you're looking to lose weight or just eat more healthily but don't want to give up cakes, I recommend Weight Watchers éclairs. I went on the Weight Watchers diet a few years ago and felt that I was not missing out on treats by helping myself to a nice éclair after dinner.

                        They cost just under £2 for a pack of six and although this may seem a bit pricey they taste is really good. Usually low fat cakes taste horrible but in my opinion these taste just as good as normal full fat éclairs. The cream tastes like cream and the chocolate tastes like chocolate. They are a bit smaller than other éclairs but I find them just as filling.

                        Another plus is that you can freeze them and they won't go off. Thanks to these éclairs you don't have to feel guilty if you have one when dieting!

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                        So nice it's hard to believe these are classified as Weight Watchers.

                        Review of Weight Watcher from Heinz Taste Temptations Belgian Éclairs

                        Weight Watchers and chocolate éclairs don't seem to go hand in glove, however when I arrived at my mum's recently, she produced a box of these cakes for tea. Since an illness which isn't my place to go into here, my mum doesn't cook as much as she used to and relies heavily on what she deems 'shop bought stuff'. She always feels the need to apologise for serving said 'shop bought stuff', usually unnecessarily!

                        ==The Product==

                        Six frozen chocolate éclairs made with sweet choux pastry with a creamy filling and coated in a Belgian chocolate sauce. The éclairs are presented in a plastic tray, which is in turn inside cardboard box, adorned with a mouth watering picture of luscious looking chocolate éclairs oozing cream. The predominant colour of the packaging is a very classy purple with white and gold writing. The cardboard packaging is recyclable and carries all the usual information such as ingredients, allergy advice, nutritional values and a little about Weight Watchers, the slimmers support group.

                        The manufacturer, Heinz, suggest that the éclairs are removed from the packaging and allowed to defrost on a plate for around 20 minutes before serving, microwave defrosting is not recommended. The éclairs should be stored at -18c or lower, ideally in a freezer, but they will keep for up to 3 days in the ice making compartment of a standard 'fridge.
                        The total weight of the product is 180g and my mother paid £1 for them in Iceland supermarket. Of course, pricing does vary from shop to shop and can also depend on special offers or BOGOF deals that may be available.

                        ==The appearance, taste and texture==

                        Each éclair is approximately 4 inches long and quite chunky in shape. The choux pastry is light in colour and looks almost too good to be true, or indeed a weight watching product! The dark brown chocolate sauce is generously spread across the top of each éclair and it is glossy and very rich looking. I unfortunately, probably in my greed to be the first to try the cakes, managed to knock mine off the edge of the plate as I was reaching for the éclairs. I can hereby confirm that the chocolate sauce does not leave a lasting stain when it falls onto a pale grey t shirt and slides in quite a nifty fashion down a jeans clad leg, should you wish to try this trick at home!

                        Enough of my messy table manners and back to the review. The creamy filling is generous and as I suspected, wasn't actually 'proper' cream. The proof of the pudding is in the eating as the saying goes and in the case of this dessert, it proved to be a real treat.
                        At first bite, your teeth sink through the chocolate layer and meet a gentle resistance from the choux pastry, as this gives way to the creamy filling, the overall texture is one that is soft, yet has a slight chewiness. A real contradiction in terms, but that is the best way to describe these éclairs!

                        The cream filling tasted fresh and creamy without being overly sweet or sickly. It worked well in conjunction with the choux pastry and the chocolate topping, making these éclairs a delightful temptation of smooth and rich textures.

                        The éclairs are not too sweet and have no discernible aroma or after taste.

                        ==Ingredients, nutritional values and allergy advice==

                        As few readers really want to trawl through a long list of ingredients, many unpronounceable, I won't bother to list them here!

                        The main concerns for people suffering from food allergies are that the product contains milk, egg, gluten and wheat. The éclairs are made to a no nuts recipe but the product is not guaranteed to be nut free and may contain traces of nut based ingredients. The éclairs ares suitable for vegetarians and they contain no artificial colourings.

                        As for nutritional values, these éclairs to perform rather well compared to usual éclairs. They do not contain vast amounts of calories, sugar or fat. The basic values listed below are per éclair
                        81 Calories
                        1.2g protein
                        11.3g carbohydrate, of which 8.7g sugars
                        3.5g Fat, of which 2.1g saturates
                        2.0g fibre
                        Trace sodium

                        As the name implies, these éclairs are produced in conjunction with the Weight Watchers company. I know very little about Weight Watchers, but I understand that their diet plans involve a 'points' counting system. The Belgian éclairs provide 1 ½ points each. If any reader is interested in finding out about Weight Watchers and their eating plans, the relevant information can be found on their website.
                        www.weightwatchers.co.uk/Index.aspx


                        ==Manufacturer Information==

                        Heinz is one of those companies that seem to have been around since the beginning of time. The company originated in America and was founded by Henry John Heinz in Pittsburgh, in 1869. The company are well known for the strap line Heinz 57. It seems that this wasn't actually the number of products produced as I had assumed, but a combination of H.J. Heinz's lucky numbers!
                        Heinz came to the United Kingdom when it's very first overseas office opened in London in 1896. The company opened its first UK factory in Peckham, south London in 1905. This was followed by a second factory at Harlesden, north-west London in 1919. A factory at Wigan opened in 1959.
                        The UK headquarters of Heinz is in Hayes, Middlesex.

                        These éclairs are made in Belgium for Heinz. Further information on Heinz and their range of products can be found on their website.

                        http://www.heinz.com
                        Customer free phone careline 08007311945

                        My thanks to that great resource,Wikipedia, for the information about Heinz.

                        ==Conclusion==

                        If you are watching your weight and want a sweet treat these éclairs certainly fit the bill. Even if you are not consciously weight watching, they are a delicious cake or dessert. We thoroughly enjoyed them and I would recommend them to others as they are reasonably priced and not too calorie or fat laden. Do not let the Weight Watchers logo put you off, they are totally scrumptious and not in the least like 'diet food' in taste, texture or appearance. Go on, give them a go!


                        Thank you for reading.
                        ©brittle1906 May 2009

                        Also on www.ciao.co.uk under the same name

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                          26.04.2009 14:22
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                          yummy and a firm favourite in this house

                          I've always been a bit of a sucker for a nice treat, which is probably the reason I now need to diet. The man was complaining only a couple of weeks into my diet that I hadn't been buying things like cakes and chocolate with my weekly shopping - I figured if temptation was out the way, at least in the beginning of the diet, then I'd do much better at saying no to things I love.

                          It's difficult having chocolate bars and chocolate gateau in the house and knowing you can't eat it, but I realised that it was hard for him not being able to have the little luxuries he had before I started cutting back on junk myself.

                          These eclairs are perfect for giving the family a treat and being able to have one myself without anyone feeling that they are missing out. All four of us sat down and tucked into one. The idea is that you take however many you want out of the box and place them onto a plate to defrost. They probably took longer to defrost than the packaging claimed (around fifteen minutes for us) but I suspect that defrost time varies on which freezer compartment you store them in etc.

                          The cream is the best bit in my opinion! Biting through the delicate pastry to get to the bounty waiting inside for you is simply heaven. I usually find that the chocolate on Eclairs is too rich for my tastes but this was lovely. The boys finished theirs in two seconds flat and shared a second between them to stop them chasing after me as I took my time delighting in the taste of the Eclair.

                          I paid £1.50 for six from Iceland, which was a great price, just imagine if I didn't have to share I could have one every night for six nights ;) As the man peeked at the packaging the next morning when placing it in the recycling bin he was rather surprised they were only 1.5points value each and told me they were delicious and could I buy them again. Fortunately for him I'd already decided I would!

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