“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Ice Cream „
I'm not one to pass up a special offer in the supermarket so when I came across Tesco Dark Chocolate Fudge cake reduced I didn't hesitate before I bought it.
This ice cream is part of the premium range, which includes different flavours such as strawberry cheesecake, rocky road and toffee almond.
The ice cream can be found in the freezers alongside the other ice creams. These ice creams were in a freezer to themselves however in the next door container was Haagen Dazs. This was quite encouraging as surely if they were next to an amazing branded name, they would be good quality. The name "premium" also suggests luxury, so I was ever so keen to try it. I popped two different cartons into my trolley, and one of them was the dark chocolate fudge cake option.
The ice cream comes in one size only, and this size is one litre. The one litre container costs £3 usually. However like I said at the start of my review, at the moment, there is a special offer on , and you can get the tub for only £2. This means that it works out at only £1 per 500ml. This is superb considering that a branded version such as Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Dazs, will cost usually £3 or sometimes even £4. Even when the ice cream is at full price, this is still a good price.
The ice cream comes in a plastic tub. Normally ice creams of this "quality" come in a cardboard tub so I was pleased to have a proper plastic container. The lid is also made out of plastic and is very big and wide. The container has quite a fun feel to it. it's a milky dark brown colour, and there is some information written on about product name, and description in fun, friendly writing. Around the side of the container is nutritional information and ingredients details. Its all really easy to read due to the fact its well and clearly set out. There is no proper picture on the carton, only a tiny little picture of a block of chocolate. The tub is really quite attractive but I feel it would be even more tempting if it had a mouth watering picture on it.
The plastic lid is actually really quite difficult to remove and requires a bit of fiddling. I actually cut my finger on the plastic. Underneath the plastic there was no foil lid or anything which I found a little odd because usually with these kinds of ice cream there is a layer of protection for freshness. None the less, I carried on. The ice cream looked really quite delicious. The ice cream did look pretty dark however not as dark as I was expecting considering the name. there were clearly little pieces of brownie sticking out of the top of it. The smell was quite strong, and smelled just like any other chocolate ice cream.
Its worth while taking out the dessert about ten minutes before consuming so that it softens off as it is very hard and rock ice hard if you don't. once its melted a little tiny bit, it's a lot easier to scoop out into your bowl. I had a nice little portion to myself! The first thing I detected was the amazing strong chocolate taste. It actually tasted really milky but it did have the slight taste of dark chocolate in it. It was quite strong and if it hadn't had extra bits in it, I probably wouldn't have been able to eat any more than a few spoonfuls. This was not a problem though due to the chocolate sauce and brownie pieces. There was plenty of sauce through it. It was nice and thick and actually quite gloopy. It had a lovely chocolate taste to it. The ice cream was loaded with brownie pieces too. They were really quite large and well distributed. They were nice and chewy and seemed to have a gooey chocolate centre. Altogether this ice cream was amazing but extremely chocolatey.
Of course this isn't very healthy and isn't suitable for those with a milk allergy or who are allergic to gluten.
If you're a fan of the taste of Ben & Jerry's Fudge Brownie Ice Cream, but not so keen on the price tag that goes with it, this is the ice cream for you! It costs £3 for a 1lt tub, which is twice the size of your average premium ice cream tub. Ben & Jerry's and Haagen Daaz will set you back more than twice this amount, charging around £4 for a 500ml tub of one of their (gorgeous) ice creams.
Inside the sturdy plastic tub, you'll find a deliciously deep chocolate coloured ice cream. Running in and out of it, there's a generous helping of chocolate sauce. There are also lots of little pieces of chocolate fudge brownie hidden in here, with one appearing every few spoonfuls throughout the ice cream. You can tell straight away that Tesco have made a huge improvement on this ice cream, compared to their thin, watery coloured soft scoops.
On the plus side, there's a good strong taste of chocolate here that's rich and sweet without being too fake and sugary. The texture of the ice cream and sauce is nice and smooth, and the slippery little ice cream coated cake bits are quite soft and easily chewed. I think the taste of this is pretty great for the price, and am impressed with the relatively thick, creamy texture to this ice cream considering how cheap it is.
There are a few drawbacks to this though, and one of them is that the cake pieces are pretty much just little bits of average tasting chocolate cake. Now in fairness, they do claim that this is "dark chocolate fudge cake ice cream" but us loyal Ben & Jerry's fans all know that really this has been inspired by Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream! So it would have been nice if they'd managed to mirror the fudge brownie pieces a little better, rather than chucked in lots of tiny bits of cheap soggy sponge cake which is effectively what they've done here.
I still recommend this though, and think it's a great alternative to those weeks when you just can't justify the expense of buying a premium ice cream - but deep down you know you can't leave the shop without something that's at least going to come close.