Why did we buy it
With all my children grown up, and my sweet tooth flown away with the advancing years, to be honest, I would have never bought this sweet sauce, but our 21 year old still lives at home and loves as many sickly sweet things as he can get, hence it has arrived in my cupboard.
What is it
Askeys Treat Toffee sauce is exactly what you might expect, a sweet toffee sauce designed for drizzling on top of ice cream, pancakes, rice pudding, fresh or tinned fruit, cereal, or whatever else takes your fancy.
Packaging and price
This sauce is presented in a royal blue plastic bottle with a flip top lid and a pouring nozzle around 0.5cm in diameter. The bottle holds 325g and is designed in a waisted form to make it comfortable in the hand, and the majority of the body is covered in a plastic sleeve type label with a mainly light brown colour ( presumably to resemble toffee).
The word Treat is the largest and most eye catching on the shelf, and below that the word toffee to distinguish it from other flavours available ( namely milk chocolate, chocolate chunk cracking, raspberry, maple, and caramel crackin ).
I don't remember which of my family picked this up, and therefore do not know what price was paid, but Tesco currently have this and all the other flavour sauces available at just 1 pound each, so I guess its quite a bargain.
And the taste
In the interests of consumer information, I have forced myself this evening to eat some of this. It is a thick but quite runny sauce, which immediately starts to drip off my finger as I pour it out. It is light brown and glossy in appearance and slightly translucent.
Both the smell and he taste are sweet (of course) and a bit buttery, and reminds me of fudge. It is not quite as sickly as I imagined it would be, but still too sweet for my taste. I think with it's buttery, fudgy flavour it would go very well on vanilla ice cream, and/ or bananas, and possibly it would be nice on porridge too.
As I have stateed previously, I no longer have a sweet tooth, so I probably would not buy this for myself. But it wasn't as sickly as I feared, so would be a nice treat for younger relatives, or when my grandchildren finallly start arriving. So all-in-all when this runs out I might even consider trying some of the other flavours, as for just 1 pound it is a nice thing to have in the cupboard for visitors.
When it comes to ice-cream and the likes I simply love the stuff! I like a bit of ice-cream of an evening when watching my soaps and usually opt for vanilla which is my preferred flavour when I have it at home however I can get bored from time to time so do buy things to pep it up a bit and like squeeze on sauces and the likes!
This Askeys dessert sauce usually costs about £1.29 ( in all good supermarkets) and I recently picked it up on offer in my local Asda store for 89p. I actually picked up a few flavours whilst I was in there from this range but this toffee one interested me more than any of the other flavours as I love toffee and caramel flavours as a rule!
The bottle is dark blue with a matching flip-top lid concealing a small hole to the top of it and there is a plastic covering around the bottle which is yellow and blue with a swirl of the toffee sauce shown and we are told that it is Askeys 'Treat!', Toffee Flavour Dessert Sauce and that it contains no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and the size is stated (which is 325g), there is a nutritional chart shown and contact details for The Silver Spoon Company (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Informative enough, easy to squeeze bottle this is and I do like the curve to the centre of the bottle for ease of handling to.
The Sauce itself:
On the back of the bottle we are told that this isn't just for ice-cream but for anything you fancy it on dessert wise really such as pancakes, rice pudding and fruit and the likes.
This sauce is just fantastic! Light toffee in colour with a sweet toffee aroma to it, it squeezes out of the bottle easily but has a slightly gloopy but still smooth consistency. I like the gooyiness this has to it and I have eaten this on ice-cream and on pancakes!
Taste wise this is incredibly sweet however that doesn't matter to me too much so because it is naturally tasting sweet and really does taste of toffee and that sweetness blends well with other flavours such as ice-cream and added to pancakes nicely sweetens them up as they shouldn't contain sugar already!
It does melt rather badly on hot and/or cold foods however it doesn't lose its flavour or anything just hurry up and scoff the lot and it doesn't happen!
This is a brilliant sauce. Soft and tastes of wonderful toffee I love it!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Available in all good supermarkets and in a variety of flavours.
I recently reviewed Askeys chocolate Treat sauce (which is very tasty by the way!) and so I thought I'd give a similar recommendation for their toffee version. I admit that given the choice between the two, I first opted for the chocolate, thinking the toffee may be a bit boring and not flavoursome enough to liven up plain vanilla ice-cream. I'm now addicted to them both!
Askeys goes back to 1910 as part of the Silver Spoon Company, and is a brand that I trust to produce quality products. They're a very popular choice when it comes to dessert-related treats, both for professional and personal use.
The Askeys range includes a few much-loved products, such as:
- Crackin' sauces - a sauce that hardens when you squeeze it out. I haven't tried these but they sound interesting!
- Cornet and wafers - the classics
- Treat Sauces.
The Treat sauces are available in 5 flavours: Dark Chocolate, Strawberry, Raspberry, Milk Chocolate (which I previously reviewed) and Toffee.
Their toffee treat sauce is sold in a 325g plastic bottle with a lift lid (which stays on when you lift it) and costs around 82p (Tesco). It's strange, but the toffee version is actually a few pence cheaper than the chocolate one, which is around 91p. These can be usually found in the grocery section of most supermarkets and many convenience stores amongst other desert items, such as wafers, jellies etc. Being as popular as Askeys are, you shouldn't have much trouble coming across them.
Per 100g, the Toffee version contains 319 calories, but strangely only 0.1g fat (too good to be true?!). The sauce contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, which is always good to know. It depends how much sauce you'd like on your desert, be that ice-cream, waffles, etc, but the bottle should last a fair while and so would be a cheaper way to liven up plain ice-cream than always buying already flavoured products.
The sauce is easy to use. You'll need to unscrew the cap and remove the silver foil the first time you use it. Screw the cap back on and then turn it upside down and squeeze out your desired amount of your dessert. You don't need to squeeze too hard when the bottle is full as it comes out smooth and thick, giving a good covering.
The taste is better than I had expected. Even a drizzle helps to liven up plain ice-cream, though I'm usually quite greedy and apply a good amount all over! It's rich a and sweet without being sickly, and the consistency is just right as it's smooth and thick as opposed to watery or gloopy.
This sauce is easy to squeeze out, has a lovely, good quality toffee taste, and a perfect consistency. For the price, I would definitely recommend this sauce to transform your dessert into a toffee treat! :o)