“ Brand: Tivall / Type: Vegetarians „
Having been pleasantly impressed with Tivall's Vegetarian Chicken Kievs, I decided to give their 'Vegetarian Drumsticks' a go. Costing £2.50 for the six pack (240g), the product is available from health food shops and some supermarkets across the country.
The drumsticks are basically shaped pieces of soya and wheat protein with a golden breadcrumb coating. They are supposed to resemble chicken legs - but it's only a vague resemblance, with square-edged sides rather than an authentic rounded shape.
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The drumsticks contain;
Rehydrated Soya and Wheat Proteins (64%) (contains Gluten), Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast, Sugar, Spices), Vegetable Oil, Egg White Powder, Water, Water, Wheat Flour, Potato Starch, Salt, Yeast, Flavouring, Garlic Powder, Pea Fibres, Onion Powder, Stabilizers (Guar Gum, Sodium Alginate, Carboxy Methyl Cellulose), Spices (Contains Celery), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Zinc Oxide, Ferric Diphosphate, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitmin B1, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12.
The above list does look a bit dodgy, with a selection of weird sounding chemical names - however, I have been assured that the drumsticks contain no preservatives or artificial colourings, which I suppose is a start.
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Cooking the drumsticks is an incredibly simple process - all you need do is pop them on a lightly-greased baking tray, and then into the centre of an 180C oven for ten to twelve minutes.
The Taste Test
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The drumsticks have a very pleasant taste - I assume the flavour is supposed to represent chicken (hence the 'drumstick' in the product's title) - whilst the taste is vaguely reminiscent our of feathered farmyard friend, It certainly wouldn't fool anyone in a blindfold taste-test. Luckily, it's a pleasant flavour in its own right, and suitably moreish when dipped into some Heinz Tomato Ketchup. The breadcrumbs which surround the fake chicken are really tasty and crunchy, helping complement the overall taste very nicely.
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If I were a vegetarian, I could see myself eating Tivall's Vegetarian Drumsticks on a regular basis - they're actually really nice, and a filling substitute for real meat. The price is a little higher than 'actual' processed chicken in breadcrumbs - but then you do often pay more for a vegetarian option, and the cost is by no means extortionate - recommended.