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Weight Watchers Vanilla Raspberry Pannacotta

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      06.02.2010 14:17
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      Lovely for a treat

      Maybe its me but, as a frustrated dieter its the sweet finish to a meal that I crave - hence these vanilla raspberry panacottas caught my eye.

      Found in the freezer section, these puds are from the trusted "Weightwatchers from Heinz" product range. At 3 1/2 points per pud they seemed like a reasonable deal. However I have synned them for my slimming world diet and found them to be a shocking 9 1/2 syns each! But, there they were in my freezer, and so this week I gave them a try.

      There are two puddings in a box and each comes self contained and covered with a film lid - hence making it easy to just defrost one at a time - useful for avoiding temptation. Defrosting takes about 2 hours - but can be sped up using a microwave and the advice on the back of the packet (something that I missed the first time round!)

      The pudding consists of a rasperry compote layer - full of delicious seeds and slightly tart - and then a vanilla panacotta topping. The topping is smooth and creamy - eat with a teaspoon to make it last even longer. The packaging claims that there is then a topping of amaretti crumbs - truthfully I couldn't taste the flavour in the crumbs.

      All in all this is a beautiful and luxourious pudding - easily served to anyone - not just dieters. However the cost to a slimming world dieter would probably stop me from trying it again.

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        26.10.2009 14:29
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        Nice Tasting Dessert From Weight Watchers

        Normally, if I'm going to buy something in the Weight Watchers range to try and review I'll get it from my local shop. Most of their Weight Watchers stuff is 99p so it's generally cheaper than the supermarkets. However, the shop does have an extensive range of Weight Watchers stuff and I thought I'd exhausted what lines they carried. So, I was quite surprised when I saw these Pannacottas for the first time in the shop on Saturday. Popping them into the basket I wondered whether they'd be available to review on here as was pleased that find out that they were.


        Packaging:

        The box is predominantly purple, as you'd expect a Weight Watchers product to be. There's a picture of the dessert on the front, along with the name & the word "NEW" in the top right hand corner. The back of the box contains the usual information: ingredients, nutritional information, some stuff about Weight Watchers etc along with the defrost instructions:-

        "Remove film seal. Defrost at room temperature for 2 hours 15 minutes. This product can also be defrosted in the microwave

        The product is described as:- "A luxuriously, creamy dessert infused with Madagascan Vanilla extract, topped with amaretti crumbs on a fruity raspberry compote."

        There's also a picture of Weight Watchers Belgian Éclairs. Why not try some?!

        The box contains 2 of these desserts. The picture on the front of the box has the dessert standing on it's own. However the back of the box advises:-"For best results eat from pot"

        You can visit www.heinz.co.uk to find out more about Heinz, to comment & to receive information about their offers & promotions.


        Ingredients: Water, Raspberries (14%), Whipping Cream (13%), Sugar, Dextrose, Skimmed Milk Powder, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Maize Starch, Amaretti Crumb {1%, Sugar, Wheat Flour, Egg White, Apricot Kernels), Pork Gelatine, Vanilla Extract, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Acidity Regulators: Citric Acid, Sodium Citrates, Colour: Anthocyanins, Natural Flavouring.


        Nutritional Information per dessert {per 100g in brackets}

        Energy kJ: 766kJ {634kJ}
        kcal: 185kcal {151kcal}
        Protein: 3.7g {3.0g}
        Carbohydrate: 27.3g {22.3g}
        of which sugars: 24.9g {20.3g}
        Fat: 6.7g {5.5g}
        (of which saturates): 4.3g {3.5g}
        Fibre: 2.0g {1.6g}
        Sodium: 0.1g {0.1g}
        Salt equivalent: 0.4g {0.3g}

        Allergy information: contains gluten, wheat, egg, milk, soya. May contain traces of nuts.
        These dessert contain no artificial colours, no artificial flavours & no hydrogenated fat.

        For those of you on the Weight watchers diet each dessert has a value of 3 1/2 points.


        The dessert:
        The dessert is "housed" in a plastic pot. Before opening the pot you can clearly see the raspberry compote at the bottom of the pot which looks as if it's occupying about one third of the pot. Atop that is the white creamy vanilla which takes up the remaining two thirds of the pot. There looks to be a fair amount of the amaretti crumbs on top of the vanilla.


        Taste:
        I chose to defrost this at room temperature rather than defrost it in the microwave. The amaretti crumbs make a nice crunchy counterpoint to the vanilla which tastes very sweet, yummy & fairly more-ish. The vanilla has a consistency similar to mousse and it's flavour combines well with the amaretti crumb to create a pleasing taste. It has more of a subtle taste rather than something that's strongly flavoured. Of course, this doesn't taste quite the same as a pannacotta that you'd be served in a restaurant but then, with this being a diet version, I'd hardly expect it to.
        The Raspberry fruit compote at the bottom is quite sweet as well. It does include bits of raspberry in it so if you're not a fan of fruit pieces this is a Weight Watchers dessert for you to avoid. Overall I can't fault this dessert in the area of taste.


        Price:
        I paid 99p for one box of these in my local corner shop.


        Opinion:

        The Weight Watchers desserts that I've tried so far have been rather a mixed bag. Generally there's at least one element in them that I'm rather less than keen on but, in terms of taste, this dessert performs very well indeed. It's hard to go wrong with a fruity base (unless of course the person eating it doesn't like the fruit) so, for me, this is much more preferable to soggy toffee sponge base that Weight Watchers used in their desserts such as the Caramel Crunch.

        Reading the ingredients I note that this dessert contains pork gelatine (very bad WW!) which some people have concerns over. It is fairly high in terms of sugar content as well so if you're following another diet rather than the Weight Watchers plan that's perhaps something to be aware of. Overall though, sugar and gelatine concerns aside this is perhaps the nicest tasting Weight Watchers dessert that I've tried so far.

        My Rankings For Weight Watchers Desserts:

        1st: Vanilla Raspberry Pannacottas
        2nd: Strawberry Cheesecake
        3rd: Banoffee Dessert
        4th: Double Chocolate Brownies
        5th: Creamy Lemon Cheesecake
        6th: Caramel Crunch

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          08.04.2009 19:59
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          Weightwatchers dessert

          In my mind no dinner is complete without a pudding, doesn't matter how simple or exotic it may be a need something sweet to end my meal. I put a couple of frozen desserts in the trolley when I was in Tesco one day and choose Weightwatchers as I am trying to be good after putting on some weight whilst on a cruise. I absolutely love Pannacotta, so decided to try out the Weightwatchers version.

          The Box
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          Weightwatchers products are easily recognisable in a purple box, with the Weightwatchers /Heinz logo. This also says Taste Temptations and has a photo of a luscious looking pannacotta. There is a best before date of July 2009. All the necessary information is given too. The weight of the two pots is 245grams.

          Inside
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          There were two clear plastic tubs with cellophane lids containing a layer of raspberries, covered in Pannacotta with a sprinkling of Amaretti crumbs on top.

          How to serve them
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          Remove the tub from the box and remove the lid, and then defrost in the Microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds with an 850watt microwave and leave to stand for 40 minutes. So planning ahead is necessary! Or you can defrost at room temperature for 2 hours 15 minutes. They are best served in the tub.

          What are they made from?
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          No surprise in the fact that water is the first ingredient listed. Then raspberries 14%, whipping cream 13%, and then a list of assorted things like sugar, dextrose, skimmed milk powder, vanilla extract, pectin and 1% Amartetti crumbs. The biggest surprise was pork gelatine, so this dessert is not for Vegetarians. There is a warning that they contain gluten, wheat, egg milk and may be a trace of nuts.

          What does Weightwatchers say about them? And do I agree?
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          Quote "A luxuriously, creamy dessert infused with Madagascan Vanilla extract, topped with amaretti crumbs on a fruity raspberry compote."

          I agree there were plenty of lovely raspberries in the compote in the base of the pot, it was set with pectin in a jelly like texture. The creamy pannacotta was a bit of a let down I'm afraid, it was soft and a bit watery, not a bit like a real Pannacotta. It didn't have a lot of flavour, not sure where the Madagascan extract went to and couldn't compete with the raspberries. The Amaretti crumbs, were soft and rather tasteless, I wouldn't have known what they were if I hadn't read it on the box!

          Nutritional Information
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          Each pot contained 185kcal, there is 3.7 grams of protein, 27.3grams of carbohydrate, 6.7grams of fat, 2.0grams of fibre, and the equivalent of 0.4grams of salt. If you are on a Weightwatchers diet it is 3½ units.

          Cost
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          I bought mine on offer, but they are currently available for £1.99 in Tesco for a box of 2 desserts.

          Verdict?
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          I was quite disappointed and would rather be naughty and have lots of calories than eat something I considered to be rather second rate. Pudz make a gorgeous Pannacotta (already reviewed!), it does have over 500kcals but is larger and the taste is fabulous, it qctually also costs the same! I've come to the conclusion dieting is not for me, it loses hands down over taste!

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