“ Brand: Asda / Type: Bread / Cakes „
Give me Aunt Bessies anyday!!! *The Product* Asda describe their own branded Jam Roly Poly as being moist, suet sponge pudding with a fruity strawberry and raspberry jam filling. It is also vegetarian! *Packaging* The Roly Poly is housed in a black plastic tray (check local recylcing) with a film lid (for some reason mine did not have one?). The tray is then placed in a cardboard box (widely recycled). The front of the box has the company and product name, a description, it is pricemarked and has little boxes stating there are no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats contained within. Good to know! There is also a serving suggestion image of the piece of the Roly Poly on a plate with custard but lets face it..how often does it turn out that way? One side of the box has ingredients, allergy advice, cooking instructions, storage instructions and nutritional information. On the opening flaps of the box, there is company contact details and disposal details. The overall box is mainly a dusky pink colour with black and white areas. *How to Cook* The Roly Poly can be cooked from frozen in the microwave or oven. Microwave - Remove from outer carton, leaving film wrap on. Pierce film wrap in several places. Place onto a microwaveable plate and heat on full power for 4mins (650W) 3.5mins (750W) 3mins (850W) Once cooked, leave to stand for 30secs. Carefully remove film and turn out onto a plate and serve. Oven - Remove outer carton and film wrap. Cover with alluminium foil and place on a baking tray. Heat in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 180c/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30-35mins. Remove from the oven and remove the foil and serve. *Ingredients* Wheat Flour , Strawberry and Raspberry Jam (27%) [Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Strawberries (26%), Raspberries (9.0%), Sugar , Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Elderberry Juice, Natural Flavouring, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates) , Colour (Anthocyanins)] , Vegetable Suet (16%) [Palm Oil, Sunflower Oil, Wheat Flour] , Water , Sugar , Skimmed Milk Powder , Baking Powder [Raising Agents (Diphosphates, Potassium Carbonates), Wheat Flour. The Roly Poly is suitable for vegetarians. This contains gluten, milk and wheat so please take this into consideration if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. *Nutritional Information* The box contains a 360g portion and is made to serve 4 people. Each portion contains the following : 331kcal 4.1g protein 27.9g sugar 6.8g fat 0.2g salt *Availability and Price* This Roly Poly is exclusive to Asda. It costs £1 and can be found in their frozen food aisle (must be kept frozen until being used). Asda currently have these on offer as part of a 4 for £3 promotion which allows you to mix and match with other frozen items. *Contact Details* Asda promise to refund and replace if you are not 100% happy. www.asda.com 0845 300 1111 Asda Stores Limited Leeds LS11 5AD *My Opinion* My usual choice for Roly Poly is Aunt Bessies though recently doing my online shop, I couldn't spot it so settled for the Asda own brand. We had this last night after a roast beef dinner (we usually have dessert twice a week). Although the servings are apparently for 4 people, our son doesn't like it so we shared it between me and my partner with some Asda custard. First impressions? The box is attractive enough, not particularly eye-catching but ok! The price is good and pretty average in line with Tesco own brand so no issues there. Easy to open box..this is where it went wrong for me! There was no film lid on ours..I planned to microwave and was concerned this might have an impact. The Roly Poly itself, I can only describe as looking rather sorry for itself and depressed if that makes any sense! It was flat and boring in appearance and there was only a distinct spongey type smell coming from it. Cooking? Popped it in the microwave for the stated 3mins (I have 850W microwave)..slight waft of fruitiness but only when standing next to the microwave. Once it pinged, left for 30secs and used my dish towel to remove, not impressed at all! The Roly Poly couldn't roll anywhere s it hadn't risen..not even a bit. If anything it looked more deflated and depressed than before it was cooked. Taste? Ok so don't judge a pudding by its first appearance but I honestly couldn't help it! I dished it up into pudding bowls with some cold custard and took the measly serving through to hubby and sat down with mine. The sponge was dry and hard, if I didn't have toothache then I sure did after eating. The jam was runny like water and virtually tastless, well a slight hint of the raspberry but what can you expect for 27% jam! Overall? I simply did not enjoy this but the custard was nice! Hubby was not keen either and told me to stick to Aunt Bessies! This is one that won't be on my repeat shopping list but everyone is different so try at your own risk!
When it comes to puddings and desserts I really do have a bit of a sweet tooth for them lately. I have always tried to steer clear of them to try to keep my figure in check but lately I have been unable to stop myself from grabbing what I think of as old fashioned school type of puddings and sitting eating the whole thing covered in a can of custard much to my mates disgust who I am staying with at the moment as she can't get a look in lol. Asda at the moment have a lot of their own stores frozen puddings at a pound a time and I have had much joy trying to work my way around that said freezer and this was one of my most recent adventures! The Packaging: Light pink box with a photograph of the jam roly poly on the front of it and I am told along with that that it is Asda Jam Roly Poly 'Moist suet sponge pudding with a fruity strawberry and raspberry jam filling' and that it serves 4 people (yeah right! lol), and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that it is 360g in weight and is suitable for Vegetarians. Other information given on the box include ingredients and allergy advice being listed, I'm told how to cook it and a full nutritional rundown chart is shown, storage advice and the best before date is clearly stamped on and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough box, easy to open of course and inside the roly poly sits inside a black plastic tray and is easy to remove from it. The Roly Poly Itself: Well I was first off surprised when I opened it up. For four people it isn't huge but then this only costs a pound anyway! You can microwave this in about 4 minutes or oven cook it 30-35 minutes and both of the ways given are from frozen. I chose to cook mine in the oven and after 30 minutes I found it to be cooked and that it had firmed up nicely and taken on a slightly golden colour and looked appetising enough and gave off a sweetish smell. This of course is a rolled looking sponged pudding. Looking like a cylinder tube shape it was quite fat though not that long and it was simply ok in the taste stakes. To me it tasted economy to be honest and lacked quality. The sponge wasn't all that fluffy, in fact it was rather soggy/dense and wasn't all that sweet and/or creamy. The outer of the sponge through cooking had gone a bit hard and stodgy though as you bit into it of course it was softer but teeth still sank into it and like I said it wasn't fluffy and I had trouble with it clinging onto my teeth lol. In the middle of it there was a generous helping of sticky and very smooth dark jam in there and I guess there was a hint of raspberry flavour to it but to me it was just really a sticky and gooey gunk and didn't taste all that fruity and I certainly couldn't taste any strawberries within it at all. Verdict: This failed to excite me. The appearance of it was boring and the taste was bland. The sponge was simply weird and a bit soggy and the jam was none distinctive in flavour. This to me is one of the not so nicer of this economy Asda range of puddings. Not awful....granted and edible but I would advise people to not bother with this and to try the crumbles for a quid instead lol. Nutritional information Per 1/4 Microwaved: Energy: 331 Kcal Protein: 4.1g Carbohydrate: 50.4g of which sugars: 27.9g Fat:12.2g of which saturates: 6.8g Fibre: 1.4g Sodium: 0.09g equivalent as salt: 0.2g only available in Asda stores costing £1.00 per jam roly poly.