“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snacks „
After looking for something a bit different for lunch time, as sandwiches do get boring I came across Tesco's range of Snack In A Pot's. I bought a couple of the Cheese and Ham Pots at 66p each I wasn't expecting much and thought they'd do, even if it was just to try. The pasta comes in a pretty sturdy, white plastic pot with a purple foil lid displaying a picture of the finish pasta on a spoon. To make the pasta, well, it's like a pot noodle, you simply peel back the film lid, add water and leave to stand. With these sort of things I often find that if you add water to the fill line it's far too watery. I poured in enough water to barely cover the pasta, gave it a stir and put the lid back on top. I left it a couple of minutes, stirred it a bit and added a touch more water. I repeated this again twice before serving to ensure the pasta was nicely cooked through, if I'd of added the amount of water initially suggested my little pot would of been swamped! When it's done the pot doesn't smell of much, slightly cheesy but nothing special, it can be eaten straight out of the pot which is great if you're working or looking to save on the washing up. On tasting, the pasta was extremely soft, and I prefer mine with a bit more bite but this is only a matter of leaving it a minute less. The cheesy sauce it a good consistency, it's not too runny and not so thick it's stodgy. The sauce had quite a pleasant flavour, if a little bland. The cheese was not very strong but noticable, and there was a slightly salty smoked flavour which came from the small pieces of ham, there were also a few little green flecks of herb which didn't seem to add much to the dish. I was quite full after my little pot, which I was surprised about as there didn't seem much there, it's alright for a quick snack or light lunch. Nutritionally, it's what you'd expect really, not great but it is was it is: Per pot: 275 calories 3.2g sugar 9.6g fat (5.3g saturates) 1.5g salt Overall, this snack is pretty average, the taste is okay, nothing special. It costs 66p which is very cheap, and this meal is alright if you want something filling and easy on the go. It's nothing to write home about but it fills a hole while not tasting too bad.
For my lunch today I had the most disgusting thing I've ever brought from Tesco and that was a Cheese and Ham Pasta Snack Pot that cost about 60p. It's like a Pot Noodle only with little tubes of pasta instead of noodles, you make it up with boiling water in the same way and have to leave it to stand for a bit so the pasta soaks the water up and goes soft. I got it because I thought it would be a nice change from sandwiches and soup and also because cheese and ham is my favourite flavour of a lot of foods so I thought I'd really like this. The worst thing about it is the sauce because when you add enough water to cover the pasta it's obviously too much water to make the sauce up because it went watery and stayed watery even after I'd left it to stand longer than the pot said. I thought it was going to thicken up and that's sort of why I brought it because I thought it would be like an instant macaroni cheese. It was horrible though and just like soggy pasta in water that tasted a bit like cheese. There are a few very tiny bits of ham in it but I couldn't taste ham in the pasta at all not even the sort of artificial ham taste you get sometimes in things like this and the whole pasta meal was proper bland with hardly any flavour of anything. The pasta was the worst I've tasted in ages because it was soggy and wet with hardly any taste, it had a disgusting texture and tasted like wet cardboard because it hadn't soaked up any cheese flavour and the sauce just run off it anyway because it was so watery. I thought the Snack Pot was very salty as well and even though it didn't actually taste of salt it had a weird aftertaste like pure salt water and left my mouth feeling like I'd gargled with salt water after a tooth infection. I only ate about 4 forks of the Snack Pot because the taste and feel of it in my mouth made me feel a bit sick. I don't know why Tesco sell these and even though they're quite cheap they're still mega expensive for something that should be sold for pennys in the Value range.
A couple of weeks back I bought several different Tesco 'Snack in a Pot' meals, as I thought they would be handy to take to work as something hot to eat, rather than my usual sandwiches. Basically this is a plastic pot containing a cheese and ham pasta snack. The pot is white, with a purple peel-off lid, showing a picture of the finished product. To make the snack up, you simply peel back the lid, fill the tub with boiling water up to the line indicated, stir well, re-cover and leave for 5 minutes. After five minutes I peeled back the lid, to find that the curly tubes of pasta, appeared to be swimming in a cloudy water. It did not look very appetising at all, and I would have expected that the 'sauce' would have thickened a bit. There was very few green herbs as indicated in the picture, and I couldn't see any pieces of pink ham at all. Despite the appearance of the meal not being too inviting, it was either eat it or go hungry, so I ploughed ahead. My first observation was that the pasta tasted very soggy. I suppose this was because the sauce was such a watery consistency, but it just wasn't very pleasant. The 'sauce' had a slightly cheesy flavour, but it was very mild, and almost unnoticeable. In fact it had an overall, quite salty taste to it, but not so salty it was inedible. The ham pieces in the meal were absolutely tiny, and very few and far between. On the odd occasion I did come across them they were very chewy and again, quite tasteless. Now I never expected this to be healthy, but I must admit, I was quite surprised by the Nutritional Information for this product, especially since each pot is only 63g. Per pot: 275 calories 3.2g sugar 9.6g fat (of which 5.3g saturates - That's 26% of your GDA!!) 1.5g salt (25% of your GDA!) So by eating this little snack you are consuming a quarter of your daily intake of salt and saturated fat, which is quite disgusting really, and something I wish I'd taken notice of when purchasing this. These cost 68p from Tesco. Overall, I was not impressed by this. It didn't have a huge amount of taste, but it was at least, still edible, and I managed to eat most of it (although admittedly I did leave some). The fat and salt content is ridiculous though, especially as this is just supposed to be a snack and not a full meal. Like I mentioned, I bought a few more from the same range, but after my experience of this one, I've been a bit put off eating them!