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Following the very sad demise & subsequent disappearance of Ambrosia Sago, I was forced to turn to the next best thing - Ambrosia Tapioca. Both products are both creamy puddings, which resemble frog-spawn, so how would Tapioca perform versus it's old rival, Sago?
Ambrosia Tapioca is made of full cream milk, skimmed milk, & whey, all combined to create a thick creamy dessert with some tapioca thrown in for good measure. The tapioca looks like small, transparent 'globby' balls suspended in the cream (hence it looking like frog spawn!). Compared to Sago, the tapioca balls are smaller & firmer, & in my opinion not nearly as nice. The product overall is still a lovely creamy dessert, which is surprisingly low in fat & calories.
Tapioca comes in a 425g can, & can be eaten hot or cold. Personally I prefer it hot, so simply pour it into a bowl & microwave for 3 minutes. Per half a can (212g serving), Tapioca contains 159 cals, 5,7g protein, 26.3g carbs & 3.4g fat. Each serving also provides 26% of our recommended daily allowance of calcium, since there is a glass & a half of milk in every can. Pretty impressive stats for a quick & simple dessert. The shelf-life is also very good - the can I have has 18 months until expiry, so it's an excellent product to keep in the cupboard for when you fancy a quick treat.
Overall Tapioca is not a bad substitute for Sago (I'll definitely take it if it's all I can get!), but a word to Ambrosia - PLEASE BRING SAGO BACK!
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I love Tapioca, although i do not know when this change happened - I hated it when we were forced to eat it at Girl Guide Camp. I usually stick with supermarket own brands because they still taste great and are a bit cheaper. I recently spotted the Ambrosia Creamed Tapioca in Morrisons for 67p or two tins for £1, which is a bit of a bargain!! the tin size is 425g and contains two servings
On opening the tin I am hit by a rice pudding type smell - which in itself is very hard to describe. The Tapioca is a light caramel-creamy colour and looks a little like frogspawn - that is probably what put me off as a youngster.
The consistency once in your mouth is a little like a cross between jelly and rice pudding and the taste is very similar to rice pudding.
At 159 calories per serving I do not think that this is a bad count for a decent sized dessert for a sweet fix. That said, it would be very difficult not to eat the whole tin - lucky my man enjoys it too. I have yet to give any of this to my son, but I am sure he will love it. With a glass and a half of milk in each tin, it is a great source of calcium so I would have no qualms about serving him this when he is little older.
Do you love Tapioca?
Like Marmite, Tapioca is one of those foods that tend to provoke strong reactions from most people, but clearly the reactions are not all negative, otherwise Ambrosia would long ago have ceased making Creamed Tapioca.
On the contrary, I love this stuff! It's comfort food for me. A lovely combination of creamy sweetened milk and the little jelly-like transparent balls (all the kids at my Junior school named tapioca "frog spawn", and it does have that sticky consistency! Eating it is like a trip back in time to my school days...). My four year old daughter loves it too, but my husband finds it repellent.
You can buy a large (425 gram) can from Asda for 79 pence, and I would say this provides at least 2 generous adult portions. Being sweet and milky tapioca pudding has a high glycemic index (about eighty), so small portions are better. You don't need to add anything such as jam - just heat and serve - so easy when you're a busy mum. And it's loaded with calcium!
Ambrosia comes from the Chivers stable of brands, and includes fabulous custard, semolina, rice pudding, as well as flavoured custards, and snack pots with fruit sauces - conveniently sized portions, and saves waste.
If there's one annoyance with Tapioca it's that I have to eat it over two days, or waste half the can, as my husband won't touch it. I would love to see small pots on sale!