“ Brand: Asda / Type: Cheesecake „
I know a lot of people think that Cheesecake is yukky (well in my friends and family circle they do!), but I like the odd slice of this. I first got to liking Cheesecake when I used to stay at my then best friend Kirty's house when I was about 12. Her mum used to buy a Lemon Cheesecake from Marks and Spencer and it was so yummy, so I used to have the odd treat of it when I was at her house.
You get this in Asda and it is part of their Good For You range, so it has fewer calories and less fat than the standard version of Asda Cheesecake, so can perhaps be incorporated into a healthy eating plan. This is in the Freezer section next to all the other Desserts and costs a mere £1.
The packaging is alright. Nothing that special, but who cares about the box, in my opinion. It is a square cardboard box and has the normal loverly looking picture on the front. The box is mostly white but with the Good For You Logo up the top in it's green and yellow colourings - in my view it looks like a flower design. The other colouring on here is very light orange, which is probably to go with the Mandarin theme. The Cheesecake is in a round foil container and you leave it in that to thaw out. It recommend to thaw for 2-2 and a half hours at room temperature.
Per slice, which Asda says is 1/6th this has 177 calories, so not that bad for the occassional treat.
So, now to the important part - the taste of it. The Biscuit base is quite thin, but you can still taste this through the other layers easily. The Cheesecake part is nice and creamy and you get the taste of Vanilla mixed in with a hint of Mandarin. On top there is Mandarin segments and a kind of mandarin Sauce mixed through, so you certainly get a good Tangy, fruity taste in this. It tastes nice and fresh even though it is a frozen product.
I buy this now and again, as it is a nice dessert, tastes good quality and a great price.
* Cost *
* Value for money *
Its a fantastic price for £1.00 and it will feed all of the family.
* Packaging *
The cheese cake comes in its own foil tray for easy defrosting. The outer packaging is just cardboard and fully recyclable.
The packaging has a picture of the cheesecake on it.
* Ingredients *
Water, Mandarins (15%), Reduced Fat Digestive Biscuit (11%) [Wheat Flour, Sugar, Wholemeal Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Tartaric Acid, Emulsifier (Mono-and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids)], Skimmed Milk Soft Cheese (10%) (Milk), Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Yogurt (Milk), Whipping Cream (2.6%) (Milk), Fructose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Maltodextrins, Modified Potato Starch, Margarine [Vegetable Oil, Water, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids)], Egg Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Whole Milk Powder, Glucose Syrup, Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Sodium Citrates), Dried Glucose Syrup, Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Flavourings, Colour (Paprika Extract), Lactic Acid
* Nutritional Information *
Unit Size per 100gms/mls
Energy KJ 819
Available Carbohydrate 35.0
Of Which Sugars 21.2
Of which Saturates 2.3
* My opinion *
I always usually grab one of these when i am doing my shop in Asda or online. It is a fantastic price and probably one of the most tasty cheesecakes around.
The thing that annoys me is that its advertised as the Good for you range! And you think yay great i will grab one of those because i am on a diet. Untill you look further into the nutritional information and realise you can have so little that its pointless really! It is 177 calories for a 1/6 of the cheesecake! You may as well just have a tin of mandarins! I realy dont think it should be classed as low calorie because there are a lot of better alternatives out there!
However.. It is very very tasty. The biscuity bottom is always perfect, not soggy like some cheesecakes its always really crunchy.
The cheesecakey middle is delicious and has a really rich taste.
And the mandarins are really nice, i am a big mandarin fan so sometimes i add extra mandarins too!
It is perfect for a party or a family treat after dinner.
I rate it 4 stars because its yummy and great price but stupid because its just NOT GOOD FOR YOU!
Give it a try unless you are on a diet then you will just tease yourself!
This mandarin cheesecake is great value for money, not only is it in the good for you range from the freezer but is also only £1; my household is a little fussy on different flavours one liking chocolate the other toffee and fruit, so at this price I can get a few different flavours in.
If you fancy something fruity this hits the spot, I have to say the good for you goes out the window as when I have mine as I have a big helping of double cream. The cheesecake has a rich vanilla filling that sits on a crunchy biscuit base and the topping has mandarin pieces which are coated in a lovely mandarin sauce. The combination of the four is just mouth watering and quite tangy.
The cheese cake serves about 6, it needs defrosting for 2.5 hours at room temperature, then replacing into the fridge before serving. I would advise you not to defrost it in the fridge as the mandarins can stay frozen. A handy tip is to remove the foil wrapping before it defrosts as well, as once or twice I have forgot and ended up in a bit of a mess when trying to remove it, The cheese cake can also be defrosted in the microwave, if you are in a hurry.( I haven't tried this method)
There is less than 5% fat in the cheese cake and 177 calories for a 1/6 of the cake. There is no artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat.
*suitable for vegetarians
* contains gluten, wheat, eggs, and milk.
*free from Aspartame, Artificial Colours, artificial flavourings.
*may contain Nuts.
Packaging- the cheese cake comes in a square cardboard box, which is mainly White in colour, and the yellow ASDA good for you logo, and a picture of the delicious cheese cake. The inner packaging is a tin foil pie dish. The cheese cake is 550g in size.
Overall this is a great cheap dessert, handy to keep in your freezer for when you just fancy some,and a perfect way to end a meal.