“ Food Type: Pies / Manufacturer: Fru „
The Gu Key Lime Pie desserts come in beautiful packaging, the pack of two desserts are presented in a dark black and vibrant green designed box which is very luxurious. Each dessert is presented in elegant glass ramekin dish that can be washed and reused and the portions are just perfect so as not to overfill you but not to leave you needing a second helping. They are slightly more costly than the average dessert but are frequently on offer in the larger supermarkets and are definitely worth the full cost compared with other makes of Key Lime Pie. The dessert it's self is zesty, creamy and thick on top with a beautiful crunchy biscuit butter crust which crumbles and melts as you eat it, which makes for a perfect Key Lime Pie! The only thing missing to have the full experience is the amazing atmosphere and sunny weather of the Florida Keys!
I like Gu desserts but I do find them costly. However last week in Tesco a pack of two of these key lime pie desserts were reduced to a £1. The key lime pies unlike other desserts come in a glass ramekin. Which once you have finished the pudding you can wash out and re-use. The glass is of very high quality and I have re-used mine several times and they are still going strong. The key lime pie is described on the packet as; an 'exotic biscuit base made with ginger palm sugar, topped with tart Peruvian key lime curd and silky mascarpone cheesecake' When you open the dessert you can smell the zingy limes. What I like about these desserts is that they look restaurant quality so you could serve them if you had guests and pass them off as your own! Through the glass ramekin you can see the biscuit layer topped with a creamy looking topping. The cheesecake part of the dessert is really light and creamy, it has lots of little bubbles throughout and feels really airy and silky in your mouth. The biscuit base unlike other cheesecakes is light with a slight crunch. It tastes really sweet and compliments the creaminess of the cheescake really well. The only downside of the pudding is that it is heavy on calories and fat :-( per pot; 85g pot Energy 323 kcal Protein (g) 3.1 Carbohydrate (g) 25.4 of which sugars (g) 19.8 Fat (g) 23.4 of which saturates (g) 13.6 Fibre (g) 0.3 Sodium (g) 0.1 I would definately buy this dessert again but only as ocassional treat as unfortunately they are rather expensive and not great for my waistline.
After always seeing these tempting fruity treats in the cream fridge in my local supermarket, I have always been tempted to buy them for a cheeky little treat, although the price tag has generally put me off them. They do look rather small, so paying over £2 for what seems like a bitesize dessert, is rather annoying, although when I saw a pack reduced I just had to take the plunge and buy a pack of these little key lime pies. The packaging is a bright green, with 'Fru' clearly labelled. (Fru is part of the Gu Company, which tend to offer delicious chocolate desserts and snacks). The pack seems quite heavy when lifted to say it's just cheesecake, but that is because they come in a small glass tub. When I got home and opened the pack, I was a little disappointed when I saw the size of the pies. I expected them to be small, but these were in my eyes, very small. I suppose if you are on a diet and just looking for a cheeky little treat, or just want one for a snack without putting on too many calories (less than 200 in each pie) then I suppose they are ideal. Whilst they appear small, they do look tasty, and definitely live up to expectations. The pie itself is very tangy with a strong fruity taste, and the pies smell good too. The biscuit base is crumbly and moist, which is great since a lot of cheesecakes tend to have a dry, rough biscuit base recently. Overall, I would give these little pies a decent 4/5. They are ideal for a small treat or light dessert, and taste great. The only downside is the original price.
Though there are plenty of benefits to living alone (never having to wait for a shower or fight for the TV remote or clean the kitchen or worry about giving people the wrong impression whilst wandering around in your cheerleader uniform and so on and so forth) one big downside is having no one to share treats with. This, combined with a woeful lack of self control on my part when it comes to all things sugary, means I rarely buy in whole cakes and pies because they disappear rather too quickly. I love cheesecake, and I know you can buy it in smaller packs of slices, but normally it comes in twin packs with two large slabs of the stuff, which is still too tempting. Gü puds are my saviours, because they are individually packaged (it's an open packet I can't resist) and come in small, individual portions. I recently discovered these from Frü, the fruity sister to Gü, and they are simply divine. They come in small little clear plastic tubs with thick foil lids (like the kind you get on aeroplane orange juice) and currently they're on sale in packs of 3, all packed into a cardboard tube. Frü and Gü products seem to come randomly in 2s or 3s, I always think depending on whether they're supposed to form part of a dinner party you'll be having with other people (soufflés and cheesecakes in ramekins come in 2s) or whether they're for snacking, alone or en masse (chocolate pots and mousses come in 3s). Peeling back the foil lid, I see a coating of cream cheese on top, with some of this having worked its way up onto the inside of the foil even though I kept it flat all the way home from the shop, into my fridge and then later into work. It's like with yogurts - you never quite know why the lids get messy but they almost always do (but, like with yogurts, licking the lid is part of the fun). You can see the layers through the plastic tub - a layer of biscuit crumbs (traditional cheesecake style base), a layer of lime curd (about the same amount as the crumb part) and masses of lime flavoured cream cheese on top. Both the second and third layers are neutral, sort of creamy coloured, so while you're not given a garish, green coloured product, you still know it's lime from the fruity smell that hits you the moment the foil seal is broken. The first problem is how to eat them as the tubs are really rather small. A teaspoon works just about - I think your fingers might too... (another bonus to lodging solo - no one to put on table manners for). With my first scoop of the spoon, I barely scratch the coating. The cream cheese layer is tangy with a clear lime taste. It's lusciously creamy, and as I try it I wonder whether I could just eat a whole bowl of the stuff. I want to make a proper layered cheesecake tasting experience, though, so I dig deeper, to get a little of each of the layers on my spoon. This is easier said than done as the biscuit base doesn't really want to come up easily, and there's no room to lever the spoon in given how compact the pots are, but I manage to scoop up a few crumbs. The biscuit base a tiny bit grainy and on its own you can taste how sweet it is - it really didn't need to be so sweet because the other layers would more than make up for it, but at the same time, given the rest of the parts you barely notice that it could be a fraction less sweet when eating it all mushed up with the curd and cream cheese. The biscuit is also soft and chewy, a bit like a Bakin' Boys flapjack. It's moist aswell, not dry like some biscuit bases can be. The lime curd is even more lime flavoured than the cream cheese, and tarter, but not so much that it's overpowering. It's thick too, like custard. The whole combination is a perfect mix of sweet and tangy and creamy. While lime may not be the most common dessert flavour here, it's the in thing in Mexico (where lemons don't even exist in most cities) and for good reason. It has a fresh, light citrus taste, but isn't as bitter as lemon can be, and the lime they've used in these is spot on. These cheesecakes are so very small they really don't last long enough but then where else can you get a truly authentic cheesecake kick for a mere 165 calories? That's less than most chocolate bars, and many times more indulgent. It makes cheesecake an every day treat for every diet - one of the most wonderous things ever. To make it last a fraction longer, you can also plop them out of the pots into a bowl and add a scoop of fat free natural yogurt which doesn't detract from the flavour but adds an extra scoop of creaminess. Be warned, however - they won't come out neatly, so this is not one for dinner parties (further advantage of living on my lonesome: no one to judge me for eating things that look dubious but taste delicious). I like to call this Key Lime Upside Down Splodge because, well, that's exactly what it looks like. When on offer you can get a 3 pack of these for under £2 - not super cheap, but they're beautifully made, will last a few weeks in the fridge (if you willpower doesn't get over-ruled), and are a truly inspired way to add a luxurious finish to a meal without adding a few rolls to your stomach. Postscript: My only complaint about these, and all Frü and Gü products in general is that they don't use the standard green V to show which products are suitable for vegetarians. Some of the range is, some isn't, and you have to search for the words, hidden in among the blurb on the cardboard outers, to see which are which. I discovered last night that these are not suitable for vegetarians - I'm normally vigilant about this but I was comparing a couple of products in the shop and must not have noticed that the ones I finally picked weren't, thanks to the hard-to-read labelling. As such, I won't be buying them again, but those who don't mind ground-up cow bones in their puds really should, because unfortunately (for me) they are delicious.