“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I have to confess to being a bit of a tight wad and tend to shop economy brands where possible but I do recognise that to get a nice tasting product sometimes you have to spend a bit more. I am pleased to report that I can now buy cheap custard as this Tesco Value product is really good for the price.
Price and Availability.
I purchased this product from my local Tesco store. The store is of medium size and so I would guess that this product is available from most Tesco stores. It is also available online.I pay a mere 18p for a 385g tin.
As this product is a 'Value' product it is packaged in a basic way. It has the signature blue, white and red colour scheme on the front of the tin and the obligatory nutritional information, ingredients, instructions etc. on the back. A nice addition to this packaging is an image of the product on the front of the tin. This is rare for 'Value' range and makes it look that little bit more appealing. Like most 'Value' tins you need a tin opener to get into it, a ring pull is a luxury that we cannot afford!
The first thing you may notice about this product upon opening it is the colour. It's a darker yellow than almost all of the custards I have ever eaten before and I'm not sure why. It's odd to start with but once you get used to it you stop noticing. The texture of this custard is slightly runnier than higher brand custards but to me that is immaterial but worth bearing in mind if you like your custard really thick. The key thing that sells this custard to me is the taste. It's very sweet and milky, it perhaps lacks the vanilla flavour associated with 'proper' custard but it is pleasure to eat and satisfies a sweet craving. It works great as an accompaniment to puddings and cakes. I find that I can get two large portions out of one tin, making it even better value at just 9p a serving. The product can be warmed on the hob or in the microwave and takes 4-5 minutes.
Overall it's a great 'Value' product and one that is regularly on my shopping list. I always have a tin in the cupboard. It's products like this that encourage me to buy economy as it does the job just as well as products four times the price.
I think custard is one of those foods that people either love or hate. I am definitely in the love group as I love it either hot or cold and think it really makes a pudding. When ever I go out and have a pudding its always custard I choose to accompany it rather than on its own or cream. Recently in my old age I have been trying a few different things and with that in mind I thought I would try Tesco's own brand custard instead my usual Birds power custard.
The price of this product is very tempting. From my local Tesco store I bought this tin 396 g for just 23p. This compares very favourably against the more well known and recognisable Ambrosia tin which costs 94p.
The product comes in an aluminium tin which is recyclable. The product like all the Tesco value range does not look amazing like the branded ones. The idea is to spend more on the product rather than the packaging. Although I must admit this is better than most of the value range as it has a rich read label running across the tin telling you what the product is. It also shows a yellow custard in a bowl that looked appealing. With on the back of the tin all the details of how to serve the product, the ingredients and the nutrition advice.
To open the tin you need a tin opener. Once I have done this I immediately smelt the product it smelt nice. I could detect a milk immediately and a sweet smell. The thing I did not like was the colour, I was expecting a rich yellow colour but instead it was a darker yellow that made me think it was passed it sell by date. I was wrong there as it had a best before date of October 2013!!
The product contains milk and although they cannot guarantee it is nut free there is no nuts in the recipe.
A generous serving half a tin contains:
What was it like?
You can eat this product either hot or cold and on this occasion I decided I would have it hot with a banana. My options where the microwave or the hob, I choose the hob and in five minutes the custard was ready.
Even after cooking the custard still had an off yellow colour which I found rather disconcerting. It tasted quite a little like banana milkshake but slightly thicker in texture. It was not an unpleasant taste as all, although I would have preferred it wasn't quite so sweet. But for me it combined well with my banana and I enjoyed my pudding and despite looking odd the taste for me was good.
Taste wise I do not think it is quite as good as the Birds powered custard that I usually purchase but considering its price I think it is a very good cheaper alternative. Plus the consistency of the custard was good and I had no lumps to contend with. The tin for my money has enough for two generous servings.
The only thing that worried me was that it contained a very high sugar content. As one serving contains 20% of the recommended sugar content for one adult for one day. And my experiences where that the product tasted quite sweet. Maybe Tesco should try and develop a low fat tinned custard, I'm sure that would go down well with its customers.
I was shocked that fellow Dooyoo'ers who have reviewed this product gave it a bad press. For me it was very good, maybe my taste buds where not working properly but it tasted good and I really enjoyed my pudding. I will certainly be purchasing this product again as it represents good value and a sweet milky taste that I enjoyed.
I was really pleased I purchased this product and despite not looking very appetising I thought the custard tasted great. It reminded me of a sweet banana milkshake and I liked it despite it being very sugary, it had a taste I enjoyed and one I would recommend to all especially those on a tight budget.
Thanks for reading my review.
© CPTDANIELS September 2011.
I have recently tried out the tin of Tesco Value ready to serve custard and this is my review.
I have been trying out some of the items from the Tesco Value range recently to see if I can save any money on my weekly shop as I am trying to watch my weekly shopping bill and save some cash! I have thought that some of the items from this basic range are very good and I will buy them again but other items I thought were a bit rubbish and I will avoid them in future.
The Tesco Value ready to serve custard comes in a metal can which can be recycled which is good for me as I like to do my bit for the environment. The can is not that nice looking and it would not catch my eye to much when I was shopping in the supermarket. The packaging is very plain looking and very basic but this does not put me off to much as I am more interested in what the product itself is like rather than the packet which only goes in the bin anyway!
I bought the tin of Tesco Value custard in my local Tesco supermarket and it cost me only 23 pence which I thought was a great price for the tin which is a good size and is 396g so would have a few servings in it. The tin of custard that I would normally buy is the Tesco own brand of tinned custard which costs me 45 pence but is a slightly bigger tin. I was pleased to be making a small saving by choosing the Tesco Value tinned custard the last time I bought it.
I like custard as a treat and usually have it once a week with a slice of cake or some tinned fruit. I like the custard powder you can buy but you need to make up the custard yourself using the powder so I usually buy tinned custard as it is quicker to make and I think it is a lot easier as you only need to heat tinned custard rather than making it up using a powder.
When I opened the tin of custard I thought it looked very bright yellow which is the colour custard used to be when I got it in school! It should be a sort of lemon colour but the Tesco Value tinned custard was a very bright colour and it looked quite false. The custard looked a bit thinner than the type I would usually buy and I think custard is nice when it is lovely and thick but I did not find the Tesco Value custard looked very thick at all.
The Tesco Value custard heated up quickly and I had no problems doing this on the hob. I thought it smelled nice when it was heating up. The custard did not seem to thicken up when I had heated it up and I was a bit disappointed about that.
The taste of the custard was not that great and I thought it was not quite as sweet and sugary as it should be. I thought that the Tesco Value custard tasted a bit like it was watery and it did not have a nice flavour to it. The flavour was not really that nice and I thought it was a very cheap and nasty type of custard to try. I ended up trying to scrape some of it off of my cake cos I thought it tasted nicer without the custard on it!
I felt disappointed about the custard and I did not bother to save the other half of the can that I had put by for the next evening as I did not really enjoy the taste of it much at all.
I would not suggest giving the Tesco Value ready to serve custard a try out and thought it was a bit of a let down. I think I would rather pay the extra 20 or so pence and buy the next brand up from the Value brand which is the Tesco brand as it is a much better tasting custard and it is not as thin and is lovely and sweet which is how I like my custard to taste. I would not buy this tin of custard again and I am pleased that I only bought the one can of it to try!
We were in the supermarket and I insisted getting the Ambrosia custard, whilst my sister insisted saving a few pennies for this Tesco Value Custard. On hindsight, definitely the Ambrosia. Read on!
The custard is placed in an ordinary tin can, nothing special about that. The wrapping is cheap, white and bland... yes saves printing costs to give us the price, BUT even at the cheap price that it is... what is inside, what we paid money for, is disgusting.
~~~APPEARANCE TASTE AND TEXTURE~~~
I had no expectation of this whatsoever, apart from have that picture of Ambrosia in my mind. Of course I am going to compare... but this really is NO comparison. The wrapper had a picture of the custard poured out as a nice pale yellow colour- in reality what came out of this can was a watery mess of yellow gunge that one can only vaguely describe as custard. I've had powdered custard that tasted better.
I am not a fussy eater, and decided that I would look past the appearance of this and try it anyway. I ate this with an apple strudel. The texture was far too watery, and the yellow was almost a radioactive colour. Nonetheless, I ate it, and the taste was bland, not really creamy or sweet... It was basically diluted "custard"... and in no way should custard be diluted!
It costed 25p. It was really cheap compared to the Ambrosia custard (over £1) but you get what you pay for!
I would not recommend this product at all. If you want custard, buy the Ambrosia one. You pay 25p for a runny, dilute liquid that only vaguely resembles custard and upon eating it, does not do the job of custard. This product definitely does not live up to even my low standard. Tesco Value products are usually very good, but this isn't. The worst custard I have ever tasted. AVOID wasting 25p on something you won't want to eat. I tried this so you don't have to. Don't make my mistake!
As we usually have Ambrosia tinned custard costing in the region of 80pence, I decided to pick up a tin of Tesco value ready to serve custard. This came in much cheaper at only 25pence for a 396gram tin.
The packaging is pretty standard for Tesco value, it has a large red stripe across the front of the tin with ready to serve custard written through it, in the background there is a picture of some custard being poured into a bowl and there is also the nutritional information at the bottom of the can.
As this is a value product, there is no ring pull to open the can, so make sure you have tin opener ready. When you finally get the lid off, what's inside looks fairly good, a nice creamy yellow colour, smelt like custard and seemed fairly thick considering the price.
This custard can be eaten cold straight from the tin, but we microwaved it for 3.5minutes, stirring half way through. Cooking times vary slightly with microwave powers but are all around 3-4minutes. Alternatively, you can cook on the hob for 4-5minutes.
As it was cooking there was a nice creamy custard smell, it didn't appear to be lumpy and the colour still looked very appertising. When you pour it to serve, you realise why this is so cheap. It is much thinner than other brands such as Ambrosia, almost like single cream. It seemed to lose a lot of thickness during heating. I wonder if it would stay thicker if it was cooked on the hob?
The actual taste was very nice, lovely and creamy and nice and sweet, it's just the consistency that lets it down, its just not quite thick enough.
Between the two of us we soon managed to polish off the whole can with some apple crumble, so it couldn't of been too bad!
Half a tin of the custatd only has 145calories and 1.4grams of fat, so it's not too bad for you.
It should be stored in a cool, dry place, after opening keep it in the fridge for up to two days. It is vegitarian friendly which is a good thing.
Overall, for the price tag this is great, but personally I would rather pay an extra couple of pence and have it made much thicker. If you are on a budget, it's worth a try.
When I was on Weight Watchers back in the summer I was looking for snacks to satisfy my sweet tooth. I've always been a fan of custard however when I was growing up we always had Ambrosia in our house. However, trying to save a bit of money when my eyes fell on this in Tesco retailing at 25p I thought I'd give it a go.
The custard comes in a 396g tin which is about the same size as Ambrosia and can easily feed 2 or 3 people or 4 at a push. The design itself is quite basic, with the value logo in the top corner and a red band telling us it is ready to serve and it is low fat. It also tells us it is vegetarian.
Opening the tin requires a tin opener as there is no ringpull. The custard inside is a creamy yellow colour and is slightly paler than Ambrosia. It also looks slightly runnier. You can heat this in two ways, either on the hob or in the microwave. The microwave takes 3-4 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. The hob takes about 4 minutes aswell. Personally I prefer to heat it on the hob because I find that generally with most things, this makes it taste better. One thing I did find was that it stuck to the pan very easily so needed constant stirring.
Pouring the custard out I noticed it was quite runny however it looked edible. Tucking in, the first thing I noticed was the metallic taste. Although the custard did taste of vanilla, this was overpowered by a taste of metal and it tasted very synthetic. I did manage to finish the bowl but I was very put off by this taste and was quite disappointed.
A serving contains 145 calories, 20.4g sugars, 1.4g fats (0.9g saturates) and 0.2g salt. The sugars here are the only thing that is quite high so I think this is good as a treat.
Personally, I dont think I'll be buying this brand of custard again because of the way it tasted so metallic. I have had this custard before and not experienced this so possibly mine was from a wrong batch but it has put me off and in future I think I'll stick to the more expensive brands. However, it may not have this taste if it is eaten cold.