“ Brand: Mamma Cucina / Type: Breads/Cakes „
I'd already tried and review the strawberry cheesecake so when I saw the 'Mouth Watering Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecake' in Holland & Barrett I couldn't resist giving this one a try too! I was actually surprised that there was more than one flavour; most vegan foods don't give you much variety!
It cost me £3.99 but Holland & Barrett currently have a 'buy one item, get another half price' sale which meant I got some money off another product I bought at the same time.
It comes in a cardboard box and the cheesecake itself is in a tin foil case with no plastic film over the top of it. I love minimal packaging as it means less waste. The front of the box has a picture of the cheesecake with a picture of someone in a chef's outfit who I would guess is meant to be Mamma Cucina. It says has the slogan "Mamma says...healthy indulgence with no fears!"
Other important information from the box: It's 550g. You need to keep it frozen at -18 degrees C until you're going to eat it because once defrosted (2 hours at room temperature or 3 hours in the fridge) you need to eat it within 24 hours, you can't refreeze it. It's made from Tofutti and is cholesterol free, diary free, lactose free, gluten free, GMO free and, of course, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The only allergy warning is that it contains soy.
When you take it out of the box it looks just as lovely as the picture on the front although a bit lighter in colour and not as many fruit pieces on the top. There are a few air bubbles on the top but otherwise it's a consistent colour (it doesn't have any flecks like the strawberry one).
It smells just like an ordinary cheesecake, it doesn't even smell fruity!
It's quite difficult to get out of the tin foil base in one piece so I just cut it into portions while in the foil and once the first piece is removed (leaving half of the base behind); it's much easier to get the other pieces out more in tact.
To start, I picked off the fruit piece on the top of my slice and eat it. It had a slight slimy texture but wasn't too off-putting.
The top part of the cheesecake is wonderful! It's thick and smooth and so creamy that I think some people would doubt that it was vegan! And it's really fruity too. It was a mouth-watering tangy aftertaste, it's like you've just had a mouthful of fruit juice!
The base is very soft and crumbly, not like your traditional cheesecake base. It's a bit like a very soft biscuit but it's very sweet so it's still tasty.
I noticed the same problem with this cheesecake as I experienced with the strawberry flavour: Once it's been defrosted for a few hours the cheesecake has a sort of film across the topping. It's not very noticeable unless you're really looking but I think most people would be too busy scooping it into their mouth!
The box doesn't say how many people it's supposed to serve but I would suggest six people, possible eight if you give them small portions. I shared this with two non-vegan friends so we had a third each. And they thoroughly enjoyed it too, one didn't even realise tofu could taste this good!
Overall, this is a fabulous product, for vegans and non-vegans, and makes a perfect treat when you can't be bothered to make a cheesecake from scratch (or, if you're like me, are a bit useless in the kitchen).
Topping (80%) - water, sugar, cold pressed natural oil blend (soybean, palm fruit and olive), maltodextrin, soy protein, mango (7%), tofu, lemon juice, non-dairy lactic acid, stabiliser (carob bean, guar, cellulose, xanthan and carrageenan), natural mango and passion fruit flavour, emulsifier (vegetable mono and diglycerides), agar, salt.
Biscuit base (20%) - water, vegetable oils, sugar, gram flour, pounded yam, rice flour, salt, natural vanilla flavour, vitamins A, D and E, citric acid, emulsifier (vegetable mono and diglycerides), colour (beta-carotene).
of which sugar 29.7g
of which saturates 4.4g