“ Brand: Asda / Type: Dip „
We decided to have a carpet picnic last night and so popped into Asda to get a few bits and pieces. We walked to the chilled dips section and had a look at the selection on offer. Now we don't have a small Asda but the selection wasn't great but at 2 for £1.50 (88p on its own) we picked up this reduced fat dip. The packaging is as above and has a cardboard sleeve over a plastic tub which has a plastic protective ring around the outside of it so that you know it hasn't been opened before. The lid of the tub is re-sealable so if you don't use it all on one go you can put it back in the fridge and have it again another time. The dip itself is really thick and creamy and you could clearly see the green flecks in it of the chives, which is always a plus point. The smell wasn't over powering but did have that chivey/oniony smell to it. Then the taste... the dip was creamy and then you got this hit of chive and onion, which was really over powering and took any other taste out of you mouth. Now I know its supposed to have chives in it but the smell did not give away the strenght of the flavour, I don't like onion but as we had bought this and not wanting to throw it away I had a smaller amount of the dip the next time round which made it a bit better. As its a dip you don't expect it to be healthy but being reduced fat a little better so per 50g (its a 200g tub) 91 kcal 7.4g fat 3.2g saturated fat 0.4g salt So overall not too bad for you especially as you wouldn't really be having a 1/4 of the tub to yourself. Overall probably not too bad to put out at a buffet for people to have a little of but to think I've got this sat in my fridge needing to be used is a bit off putting. In future I think I'll buy some sour cream and some chives and make my own. I'm normally a fan of Asda's food stuff but this ws a big disappointment to me so only gets 2/5 and that would be for a buffet use not for me and the other half on our own again.
I love 'snacky' type of foods - things that I can just pick at - but often these tend to be quite fattening. I decided to start eating a bit more healthily and instead of buying crisps or chocolate, went for vegetables sticks and bought this reduced fat dip to go with them. The dip comes in a clear, round plastic tub which is housed in an orange cardboard sleeve which tells me that this contains 50% less fat than the standard equivalent. When I opened the dip it did look quite nice. Essentially this is sour cream, fromage frais, reduced fat mayonnaise and white wine vinegar with cheese, chives and onion. It looked a bit like coleslaw but creamier - predominantly white but with pieces of orange cheddar cheese and green chives clearly visible. Now I don't know about you, but I always assume low fat products will be low in taste. Thankfully this was not the case here. I occasionally buy a cheese and chive dip from Iceland, which is full fat, and really I think that if I was to put it side by side with this ASDA one, I may struggle to tell the difference. The mayonnaise base of the dip was creamy with a slightly tangy edge, and was thick enough not to taste watery and weak, but not so thick that it made me feel heavy or sluggish after eating it. Although it only contains 2% onion I did think that the onion flavour was quite dominant, but was broken up nicely by the cheese. Speaking of the cheese this was one area that I felt let the product down - but only slightly. There was less cheese than perhaps I would have liked, but then again that is probably partly how they keep the fat content down. Also it had a sort of plastic texture, although this was only really noticeable if you picked out one piece of cheese, whereas if you had a mouthful of the dip you couldn't really tell. The serving suggestion on the cardboard sleeve was to put this on a baked potato. Like I said, I had originally bought it to dip veggie sticks into, but I liked the idea of having it on a baked potato, so tried it that way. I must say it was delicious -so much so, I had it two days in a row! A 200g pot of this dip costs 86p from ASDA. It is suitable for vegetarians, contains no preservatives, but does contain milk and egg. Nutritional Info (Per 50g serving) 71 calories 2g protein 3.4g carbohydrate 5.5g fat Overall I was quite satisfied with this dip and wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. Despite having 50% less fat than the regular version it still had a great taste, and I would recommend giving it a go!