Product Type: Askeys Sauces / Soups
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Askeys Treat Flavour dessert Sauces
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Askeys Treat Flavour dessert Sauces
Advantages: Taste great, good packaging
Disadvantages: Sickly after too much
Every now and then, we like to treat ourselves and go against the argument that anything tasting sweet and sickly is bad for you in terms of calories. When we saw these Askey's flavoured sauces on offer at around 50p each, we grabbed a few flavours and set about testing them!
I've used sauces like these before, testing a variety of different types, when I was working as a restaurant manager, and they're pretty much all alike. The idea is that you get a runny but quite thick sauce to add flavour and texture to your dessert, be it ice cream, pancakes, toffee pudding or any other dessert you choose.
Askey's do a variety of flavours, including strawberry, chocolate, toffee and a special chocolate one that gives you an almost instant hardening when you pour it onto ice cream. We picked up the strawberry and toffee. The strawberry is quite nice, very sickly if you use too much of it, but it tastes really nice. It's quite sticky, so try not to make too much of a mess. Despite the best efforts in bottle construction, the dispensing spout and squeezy bottle don't quite manage to stop the spout from getting messy after use, as the sauce just won't behave! Nothing a quick wipe of a warm cloth can't clear up, though!
Nutritionally, you get over 300 calories for 100g of the sauce. However, when you consider this is nearly a third of a bottle, you're not likely to be getting anywhere near that. I'd say you get a good 20 generous servings out of a bottle, so each time you go for a squeeze, it's probably only 20 or so calories, which isn't bad for a sweet sauce to go with your dessert. They use concentrated strawberry sauce for the flavour, and other than that, it's mainly sugar.
The toffee flavour is also very nice, although I find I can only have it every now and then, as it's quite a powerful flavour and is even more sickly than the strawberry flavour. It makes more mess than the strawberry one, but again, nothing that can't be cleaned up as long as you do it straight away. Leave it, and it becomes a bit of a mission. Calories are very similar for this flavour, and this is, indeed, a trend for all sauces in the range.
Of the other flavours, I have tried the chocolate, which was quite nice, but found that strawberry and toffee sauces are a bit more versatile in what you can put them with. The special one that crusts over ice cream is a lovely one, and I remember having something similar when I was a kid. It brings back memories, although we don't really use this one much.
The packaging is standard for this sort of product. You get a squeezy bottle with a flip cap lid and a spout underneath it. As I said previously, this does get messy, despite it being quite well designed, but a simple wipe clears this up. The bottles are quite appealing, with a strong blue forming the basis for all flavours, and then red for strawberry across the middle, golden brown for toffee, dark brown for choc, etc. It has an hourglass shape to it as well, which can be handy for holding it.
Overall, I highly recommend these sauces. Usually, they cost close on £1 per bottle, which is still an okay price. While they're on offer, it's great value. They all taste quite nice, and being sickly after a while is understandable, as they're concentrated sauces designed to go with desserts, and not be used as desserts themselves. Recommended.
Summary: Great sauces to go with desserts