“ Brand: Aunt Bessie / Type: Frozen Food „
Recently I have been experimenting with the Aunt Bessie's range of products, usually with favourable results. With that in mind I thought I would try this week her 'Tidgy Toads'. I have always been a fan of Toad in the Hole as I remember fondly the quality of my mothers home made version.
A little disappointing for me in this respect for a 240g packet I paid £1.45 in my local Tesco. I noticed the Tesco own label Toad in the Hole for a 250g serving was just £1 in comparison.
The product comes in a rectangular box 15cm by 10cm by 4.5cm deep. The product in keeping with all the Aunt Bessie products had a picture of a cook who could indeed be your Aunt Bessie, plus a picture of the product that looked appealing. The design was eye catching and effective for me.
While on the bottom of the product is where all the details about it are written. The information includes: how to serve the product, the ingredients, and the energy values. While on the side you have storage in instructions and an Aunt Bessie promise of quality and what to do if you are no happy with the product.
The 'Tidgy Toads' are sold frozen which means as long as you keep them frozen they can be stored for a considerable length of time. Mine had a best before date of seven months in the future, which I think is always handy.
The first thing that surprised me when I opened the product was that you had four separate but identical Toad in the Holes in a silver foil. I had for some reason expected just one big one, they all had two mini pork sausages surrounded by Yorkshire pudding. Before cooking I could not smell anything and to be honest they didn't look that appealing.
There is only one way to serve this product in the oven. The instructions on the base of the box were easy to follow and after 25 minutes at a temperature of 220 degrees my dinner was cooked. I was surprised and a little disappointed that the product could not be Micro waved as this would obviously be quicker, although the cooking method was simple enough.
Sausage (47%), Pork (52%), Pork Fat, Potato Starch, Soya Concentrate, Salt, Wheat Flour, Dextrose, Stabiliser (E451), Flavour Enhancer (E221), Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein, Antioxidant (E301), Spice Extracts, Water, Whole Egg, Egg White, Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin.
As soon as I took the product out of the oven I was impressed. Firstly I was struck by a rich and appealing smell of Yorkshire Pudding it certainly got my taste buds going. Secondly my Dinner now looked more appealing, not only had the Yorkshire expanded it also had taken on a golden colour as well. I was also impressed as when I came to serve the product out the separate puddings came out of the foil tray without any problems or mess.
This was very impressive, the pork sausages while know a little dwarfed by the Yorkshire Pudding were small but tasty, there was a quality that was good and satisfying about them. These clearly were not economy Sausages!! While the Yorkshire was tasty, quite crunchy but very reminiscent of the Yorkshire's I have enjoyed from Aunt Bessie.
Although I did find the Yorkshire needed eating pretty quickly as it became cold very quickly while the sausage held its heat within it. I enjoyed the taste, but I did think it was all a little dry and I would certainly recommend having this product with something like gravy or sauce of some kind.
I would recommend this product is ideal for two adults as I think one portion is too little for an adult. The only thing that I did not like adult the product once it was cooked was there was a residue of fat on my plate and when I picked the product up it was a bit sticky, but then I suppose that is so they come easily out of the foil tray.
Per portion (Per Toad)
Calories: 125 Calories
Many things impressed me about the product to start with there was the way the product was sold. The packaging with effective and looked like a lot of effort was put into the design of it.
This product is very easy to make, even a non-cook like myself managed to warm it up without any mishaps. It was quite quick and easy and I found once cooked the smell and taste was superb. Yes you can definitely buy cheaper but I do think quality pays. This is a quality tasting products for both the Yorkshire Pudding and the Pork sausage. The only slight concern I had was I seemed to enjoy them more apart than together, which somehow defeated the object of the exercise!! But quality wise I had not complaints at all only compliments for the lovely taste of it.
Having enjoyed eating this product I have considered the price and I do actually now think it is good value for money because of the quality of it. Yes I could get a similar product cheaper but would I be getting the same quality, I doubt it.
I think this is quite a versatile product as it can be served as part of a main meal or the main item itself. It can be served with a variety of vegetables or an accompaniment such as baked beans. The calories per serving is good although the product does have a higher fat and saturates content than I would have liked.
I would certainly recommend 'Tidgy Toads' as a high quality and very enjoyable product. The taste is superb and by having four individual servings you have the choice of having one or two of them. I did however think the product is a little high in fat but as a treat it is well worth it and surprisingly low in the calories side.
Thank you for reading my review.
©CPTDANIELS June 2010