“ Brand: Almondy / Type: Cake „
one of the worst cakes i have tasted dry and unedible had to throw it in the bin,will never bay any products again.
I absolutely love Almondy Daim cake!! We did live in Sweden for a year, and I always bought this cake from the supermarkets over there. It's absolutely amazing it's and totally scrummy! I've only just recently discovered that they sell this in Tesco's and so I've started buying it again. It costs just £2.99 in Tesco's, and I have to admit that I've never seen them on offer, however I don't always shop in Tesco's so maybe I've just missed any offers that they may have had. This is an authentic Swedish recipe almond tårta (cake) with pieces of Daim bar inside the cake. It states that it gives 6-8 servings, and that it's 400g in weight. I normally cut this into 6 slices as we do love this cake and we are basically greedy piggies! However it will slice into 8 more than adequate portions if needs be. It also states that it is gluten free. So what is Almondy Daim cake actually like? - Almondy Daim is basically a thin layer of an irresistible almond biscuit base, topped with a thin layer of delicious golden butter cream, topped with another layer of almond biscuit base, and another layer of golden butter cream with crunchy almond caramel (ie Daim pieces) all covered in smooth milk chocolate. It's a very rich and smooth cake, and I don't think that it's too sweet at all. My husband doesn't really have a sweet tooth and he really likes this cake. The pieces of Daim bar stay crunchy, and contrast well with the soft buttercream and almond biscuit base. The chocolate coating is nice and thick, and is good quality chocolate. I don't think that you need to serve this cake with anything, my husband will sometimes have a scoop of vanilla ice cream with his, but I prefer this on it's own. It's actually a really nice cake to just have with a cup of coffee as a little afternoon snack! You will find the Almondy Daim cake in the frozen food section, and it does require defrosting before eating. However as it takes just 10 minutes to defrost it will most likely be defrosted by the time you get home with your shopping, and this just gives you an excuse to eat it there and then! Once it's been defrosted it will keep in the fridge for a good few days though, I've even kept it for up to a week in the fridge (this is a rare occurance I have to admit, as it has normally been eaten way before this point!). I've even in theory 'refrozen' this; because it is probably defrosted by the time you get home, I guess that I'm probably refreezing it by popping it in the freezer. I've never had any problems at all doing this. Most people will probably be familiar with this cake from trips to Ikea, if not though I'd definitely urge you to give it a try, it's absolutely fab!
Bought this cake on a shopping trip before christmas as a treat, not a big cake eater myself but thought it looked tasty and as i love daim bars it was even more tempting, i have to say i could become addicted to this it was so scrummy my partner an i had second helpings and saved some for the next evening the trouble is i cant remember which supermarket i bought it from, reading some of the other reveiws has solved that problem so thanks guy's even if your not all fans (We are) so Tesco here i come. Yum Yum Yum :))
Although I have never bought any of this tart myself, I have frequently had it at friends' houses for dessert, and of course I have also done a little bit of research on it for the purposes of writing this review! I previously thought that this tart, or Daim cake as everyone I know calls it, was only available at Ikea, and of course it is very famous for its connection to the Swedish store, but recently I have found that it is also available at supermarkets such as Tesco. You can expect to pay between £2 and £3 for a whole tart, or you can pay less and just have a slice in the café at Ikea! This tart is inspired by the Daim bar, or as we in the UK know it, the Dime bar. It originated in Sweden but it doesn't have a particularly Swedish or exotic taste! Basically it is a large round tart no more than an inch or so thick. It has a crumbly biscuit base a bit like cheesecake, but a little harder. On top of this are layers of chocolate, caramel and something a little like nougat. On top of those layers are a liberal sprinkling of peanuts, over which chocolate has been poured for a thick, shiny chocolate topping. The taste of this tart is unusual but not particularly striking. The biscuit and nougat-y parts are quite tasteless and the chocolate is quite cheap and not very luxurious. It doesn't have any richness or creaminess like more expensive chocolate might. The caramel is the best part of the tart as it is nicely soft and gooey even after the tart is frozen or served very cold. It is nice and sweet too. I found the main taste though comes from the peanuts on top. This tart is ok to eat occasionally but I don't find it much of a treat as I don't think the ingredients are particularly high quality and the taste overall is mostly just like a cheap chocolate bar. An eighth of this tart contains 216 calories and 11.1 grams of fat, which is quite a lot. I would also say that if you are serving this as a dessert, especially to guests, you would probably want to cut it into sixths rather than eighths, to ensure everyone had a decent sized piece, and then of course the calories and fat would be higher. Plus, if you're like me, you'll want to add a little vanilla ice cream to it, and then of course... well by that point, it's probably best not to think of the calories at all!
I love this cake! It has a Swedish name as that's where it is from but is better known to use as a 'dime bar cake'. I first tried this dessert whilst shopping in Ikea. They have a little restaurant where you can eat quite cheaply and they do the most fabulous meat balls! Anyway my Fiance bought us a piece of this to share. Needless to say after a few mouthfuls he was back at he till buying another piece! I was quite upset that i would only be able to indulge in this cake every few months when shopping in Ikea but to my delight i stumbled across it in my local Tesco and it was on offer for a pound or so. The cake is made of several layers of vanilla type filling, similar to cheesecake and has melted dime bar throughout and as the topping. Most of the cake is quite crunchy and has a lovely biscuit base. The overall taste is like mixed chocolate, vanilla and caramel dime and the consistency is crunchy and smooth. I give these dessert a ten out of ten!
I found this Almondy Daim cake in Morrisons last week and thought it looked proper nice because the box is just like the one that Dooyoo have got in their photo and you can see that the cake is made up of layers and that always appeals to me because I love stripes. It's frozen and as soon as I defrosted it I knew it wouldn't be as good as I thought it was going to be. It smells dead sweet and when I cut it I could feel that it was going to be soggy and a bit wetter than most cakes. A bite told me that I didn't like this cake because it's loads too sweet and that's mad because I usually like sweet stuff. It doesn't taste much of Daim bars and that's because the only Daim on it is little bits of crumbled up Daim bar on the top of the cake. The rest of it is layers of sponge and butter cream and I reckon it's the butter cream that makes the sponge so soggy and sweet. I like the topping of caramel because that's a bit crunchy and is sweet but not overpowering like I thought it would be. The cake overall is like the Swedes have took all the ingredients for a cake and then threw in a few bags of sugar to make it as sweet as they possibly could. It tastes proper strong of almonds all the way through the cake and even the buttercream has gone a strong almond flavour that might make it a bit overboard for some people but not for me because I love the taste of almonds. The buttercream is nice as well and really I think it's just the sponge that spoils the cake because it's so soft and wet. On it's own I reckon the buttercream is brill and I reckon it would go wicked in another kind of cake but not the horrible almond tasting sponge of the Almondy. The cake is nearly £3.00 and I reckon that's a proper rip off because it's not a nice cake and is much too sweet for me to enjoy it properly because I couldn't taste a lot over the sugary taste.
This is a Swedish dessert. I know what your thinking, Swedish dessert, what the heck? Sweden is well known for herrings, reindeer sausage and loganberries, and if you believe the Ikea hype, hot dogs! Well the Almondy Daim cake may just change your opinion of Swedish cuisine if like me you had any doubts before now. Almondy isn't a description of the flavour it's the name of the company who make the tart, although the base of the cake is an almond biscuit base so is also the description. The recipe is over 100 years old but this has only been around for 20 years. The company also have a couple of cheesecakes, a true almondy tart and shockingly a Snickers tart, although I'm yet to try this strange enticing concoction. I chose this as I have a friend who is a coeliac and buying desserts is a nightmare for her, she can't have anything with wheat, however this is a proper cheesecake like dessert big on flavour without tasting entirely artificial. We have bought these in Ikea and Tesco before and it is widely available in many supermarkets now. Surprisingly considering how good this looks this has no wheat having an almond biscuit base and an almondy caramel topping. The dessert is frozen so is easy to keep for a longer period of time. The dessert is very nice combining a crunchy base with a cheesy creamy surface, the Daim that is referred to is the dime bar that used to be very popular in the UK. The hard chocolate with the soft creamy flavour and crispy base are a great combination. The dessert is not for the health conscious with 430 calories in 100g of the cake, there is also 22 grams of fat, but it is so worth a long walk afterwards to ease your guilt. The food has eggs, milk and almonds so is not suitable for all dietary needs, but it is gluten free and that is quite a rare think for a nice tasting dessert. It usually has a use by date of around a year, and I purchased it in Tesco for £1.99, I really rate this dessert and it's a staple part of our weekend treat, Swedish food is not all oily fish and reindeer sausages.
I'd been working hard on Friday night, and when i got home from work I decided all I wanted to do was go and watch a dvd and munch on loads of junk food. So off I go to Tesco and in the frozen section I found an Almondy tarta wiht Daim inside, I have always quite fancied the look of these but could not justify spending £3.00 on it, so as it was on special offer for £2.00, I thought what the heck. The tarta comes in a box with a picture of a slice of tarta on the front with some berries next to it (decoration goes along way), and says you can defrost in 10 minutes. On the back of the box there is a little storey about how the 2 men found the receipe, the Ingrediants, Nutritional Value (1/8 of the cake is 216kcal), Storage instructions and some pictures of other tarta's that Almondy make saying try these (er no thanks). It also states that the tarta is gluten free and there is a Warning saying May cause Addiction (don't think so). Anyway I get home and as the tarta was in the frozen section I followed instructions took the tarta out the box and defrosted for 30 minutes (only 10 minutes for a slice). The tarta is round with chocolate over the top with lots of little bumpy bits in which is chocolate covered almond and caramel pieces. There is an almond biscuit base with butter cream. Once the 30 minutes was up, I eagerly cut myself a slice, and took a great big bite. The tarta is very light and softer than I expected, and then you get a bit of a crunch with the topping. So I waited for the taste of almond to hit my taste buds and I waited - and I waited. This actually tastes of cornetto cones without the ice cream you only get a tiny hint of almond. So I had another slice hoping it would get better - only to be let down again. This tarta is not worth the box it is packaged in, let alone the usual £3.00 price tag, I only paid £2.00 and I still feel ripped off. The only good thing I can say about this is it was nice and light. Give it ago if you want to waste £3.00 for a light desert and you have no taste buds.
I heard about Almondy in a review on Dooyoo and whilst shopping in Tesco noticed and purchased this version of the frozen desert. Almondy is a frozen cake that comes in a variety of flavours including Snickers bar, raspberry cheesecake and lemon cheesecake. This particular flavour incorporates the confectionary item the Daim bar, or Dime bar as people in the UK might be more familiar with, into the ingredients. I associate Dime bars with being a teenager as that was the only time I ever ate them, buying them on the way to school and eating them at break time! They are essentially a thin slab of crunchy, brittle toffee wrapped in a layer of thin milk chocolate. The thing I remember most about eating Dime bars was that I often thought they would break my teeth as they were so hard to bite into! In the Almondy cake the Dime bar pieces have been crushed into little crumbs and sprinkled over the top of the cake. The crispy, sugary pieces are encased in what appears to be chocolate. Infact it is rather like the chocolate flavoured layer that encases some cheap ice cream bars - very waxy and fatty with not nearly enough cocoa mass. The bottom of the Almondy cake is comprised of two layers of almond flavoured butter cream and sponge with tiny shards of almond mixed in. These are arranged into four layers. The sponge layer is actually referred to as a 'biscuit base' on the packaging but it has the texture of a fruity, springy cake. The almond pieces are quite chunky and noticable and have a juicy texture and sweet, nutty flavour. The almond butter cream is perhaps the tastiest part of the cake. Smooth, creamy yellow paste with a mildly sweet taste. It melts in the mouth and has a cheescake consistency. Tasting all of the parts as a whole the main thing you notice is the hard lumps of Daim bar that refuse to dissapear after the rest of the cake has dissolved in your mouth. I find the little pieces rather unpleasant texture wise and the toffee is a bit too powdery when you bite into it. I am also very dissapointed by the quality of the 'chocolate' covering. I would even go as far as to say it shouldn't be called chocolate but perhaps a 'chocolate flavoured' coating. I do feel that the cake and butter cream layers taste really nice and that perhaps with a different flavour cake these Almondys might be absolutely divine. Almondy comes in a cardboard box with a side opening that can be re-sealed after opening. The cake itself is presented on a flimsy cardboard sheet which means it is difficult to take the cake out without dropping it! The packaging provides much information about the brand and the cake. The recipe is apparantly 'authentic Swedish' and there is a silly little tale about the two men who discovered the secret recipe for the cake back in 1890! The cake is suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free. It is also free from artificial colourings and preservatives. Ingredients are diverse and include apricot kernels and carrot extract! Daim bars comprise of 15% of the makeup and the almond cake layer and butter cream consist of 40%. Nutritional values state that 1/8 or 50g of cake equals 216 calories and 11.1 grams of fat. Almondy should be kept frozen and defrosts in ten minutes. It is possible to cut the cake into slices straight from the freezer. It can be eaten chilled or at room temperature. I will not be buying this again although I'm tempted to try another flavour Almondy. I feel that the Daim bar flavour will best appeal to children and those who enjoy crunchy toffee or caramel. Check out: www.almondy.co.uk or www.tartoholic.com for more information.
I had to wait till a Sunday trip to IKEA to give this a try and let you know what my opinion on it was, because you just cannot find it anywhere else. I have to say that this Almondy Daim Cake is pretty much on a par with most things Swedish (not that good)! Almondy who are the company that make this Daim cake are responsible for a few other cakes such as the Snickers tart but to be honest after trying this one I think I will be giving the rest a miss. This cake is loosely based on the Daim bar once known as the Dime bar and it does have the sweetness of a Daim bar but that is about it. The box this cake comes in looks a bit Marks and Spencerish to me, it has a picture of the cake as they would have you believe it looks and then little else but the name on the front, on the rear and sides of the box you get all the nutritional info and the ingredients. If you can find these in your local supermarkets then you are doing well but if you do find one it will be in the freezer compartments as this cake comes frozen. Defrost time is fairly quick although I would avoid defrosting using a micro wave, that is never a good idea for cakes and this one is soggy enough without microwave defrosting. The scent of this cake is very nice; it has a real sugary sweet smell with a distinct marzipan aroma surrounding it which comes from the almond biscuit and almond caramel rather than from marzipan itself. The cake is made up from layers of almond biscuit, butter cream, crunchy almond caramel and milk chocolate which when combined do make a rather nice taste but only for about two bites then it becomes so sickly it cannot be eaten. It tastes too much of almond, I do like almond but this is just way too overpowering and the fact it has the almond crunch caramel and the butter cream together is where the sweetness comes from. The first bite tastes mainly of almond but you do get a chocolaty taste too, after that it is all almond and sugar really and I ate less than half a slice of this cake and began to feel nauseous. The texture of the cake is not too nice either, the base is very soggy or let's say over moist to be fair and if it were not for the crunchy caramel this whole cake would be really nothing more than a pile of mush. The soggyness of the cake was as big a put off as the taste itself then you have the calorie count to finally make you not want to eat any more. 100g of this cake contains 430 calories and more than 20g of fat, add to that the 47g of carbohydrate and you are looking at a very fattening cake and as it does not taste that nice anyway you would be better treating yourself to something else instead. The cake cost just less than three pounds and it was truly a waste of three pounds in my opinion. My other half and both my kids had the same opinion on it as I did and even my brother in law who is famous for eating anything, found this far too sweet and did not finish his piece. To sum this up I would say that it is like everything else available from IKEA..... Best avoided!! Thanks for reading © thebigc1690