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Maggi Hot Pockets: Tomato & Mozzarella

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A crispy baked pastry parcel.

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      15.01.2009 13:50
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      I picked a couple of packs of Hot Pockets up when they were on offer in Asda for a pound for a box of two. I'd heard various American friends of mine mention them, and was quite keen to try them and see if I liked them as much as my friends seemed to . There were multiple flavours available, and I purchase one of each, however, a dissapointing result with the ham and cheese flavour ones means it's taken a long time for me to get around to trying the tomato and mozzarella flavour

      The boxes are brightly coloured in yellow and red, and Maggi is a brand I've used for years, mainly for the'Maggi' Sauce, which goes so well with many things. Its perhaps not such a well known brand in the UK, but certainly when I was growing up in Germany it was often used in our household.

      The box contains 2 Hot Pockets, which essentially look like squareish pasties, golden brown in colour, and about 4 inches long by 2 inches wide . They are individually wrapped in clear film, and come with a foil sleeve, which you slot around the pasty. You then bung it in the microwave (3 minutes for me with my 650 watt microwave)

      Once its done, take it out of the sleeve ( be careful not to burn yourself, it does get very hot),leave it to stand for a couple of minutes to cool a little and crisp up, and then munch it .

      I was actually pleasantly surprised by this flavour - I'd hated the cheese and ham ones, and was really only eating these because they were there and fast . But theres quite a good balance here of lightly herbed tomatoes and lovely oozy mozzarella cheese . Its maybe a little bland, and in my opinion could have done with a little bit more of a punch added to the tomatoes, perhaps some chilli or garlic, but you know, its not that bad!

      It didn't seem too greasy either, which was nice, although the pastry was still annoying flaky and ended up all over my clothes, and I still managed to burn my mouth while eating this!

      Nutritionally, these aren't great , each pasty containing
      Energy: 1511 kj, 361 kcal
      Protein: 9.0 g
      Carbohydrate: 34.0 g
      Fat: 21.0 g

      Thats a hell of a lot of fat!

      It still wasn't as filling as I would have liked, and I was hungry again pretty soon . While they certainly may be handy for snacking, that amount of fat would make me very reluctant to use them that way, I'd rather have something a little healthier.

      Even though these were FAR nicer than the cheese and ham flavour, I still don't think I'd buy these again. They taste nice, if a little bland, but that amount of fat makes them a pretty bad thing to eat, especially for someone who is trying to lose weight. If theres nothing else, I'll finish off the rest of the pack, but I still don't think these are a great buy either for flavour or for filling.

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