“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cake „
Along with the other couple of reviewers of these Millionaires Chocolate & Caramel Tarts I purchased them from Tesco as part of their £9.00 meal deal. Similar to my fellow reviewers I have mixed feelings about these and my experience of eating one left me feeling a little bit sick and ever so guilty.
These tarts are part of the Tesco Finest range and are packaged in an attractively designed rectangular black box. There are illustrations at the top left hand corner of the ingredients that are used to make this desert and feature pictures of white and milk chocolate and a small pot of cream.
Before I review the actual tart itself I wanted to mention the nutritional information as I couldn't quite believe my own eyes when I actually read this for myself. Each tart provides a belt-busting 520 calories, 31.1 grams of sugar, 30.3 grams of fat of which 17.8 grams are saturates and 0.3 grams of salt. Shocking or what?
Now that's the bad bit out of the way, what about the tarts themselves?
They are described as being an "all-butter pastry case filled with a layer of caramel sauce topped with a chocolate ganache" and, my word, on the first bite they do taste good. The pastry is flaky and light which crumbles at the merest touch and when bitten into the chocolate and caramel topping simply melts into your mouth.
Each tart weighs 110 grams and is approximately 3.5 inches in diameter, on top there are white and milk chocolate shavings and the whole tart has a premium, quality look to it.
After only a couple of bites I found the tart to be very sweet and almost too sickly, fortunately as the tart isn't that big I did manage to finish mine although Mrs Rooster did leave half of hers on her plate and complained that it was just too much. I don't know if our tastes are not refined enough to fully appreciate this offering from Tesco Finest but for us it was just too indulgent and even though I enjoyed mine I can't say I would rush to eat another.
To buy these separately outside of the meal deal offer they will set you back £2.50 which for what they are is a reasonable price albeit too pricy for our budget and even though they are a quality item I wouldn't buy them again as part of the deal or not.
You can have too much of a good thing, and these Millionaires tarts are a good example of that. No desert should contain that many calories or saturated fat and overall for me they were just too decadent and far too sweet.
Vegetarians will be pleased to know that these are suitable for them if they wanted to give them a try although people with allergies will need to know that they do contain Milk, Wheat, Gluten and Soya. The ingredient list is extensive and rather than bore you all senseless with a meaningless series of random words I'd rather just leave that off this review, they can be found on Tesco's website if you genuinely are interested in the contents though.
To conclude; Special, indulgent and decadent but just far too sweet for me and I can't in all good conscience rave about them. All things considered, for me they receive 3/5 Dooyoo stars but honestly, I wouldn't recommend them unless you have a mega sweet tooth and can stomach such indulgences.
Thanks for reading my review.
Like other dooyoo reviewers, I tried these Tesco 'Finest' chocolate and caramel tarts as part of a £9 'meal deal' which comprised a main meal, potatoes, bottle of wine and dessert - of which these were of course the dessert part.
Two of the tarts weigh a total of 220g and come in a fancy black and silver 'Tesco Finest' box. I was a bit shocked, then, given how bad the tarts are, to see that they sell for an RRP of £2.50; as the obligatory 'dud' element of the £9 meal deal they're not much cop, certainly but the meal is still all right value; I'd have been really disappointed if I'd had to pay the full price for the tarts on their own, however.
Almost all they are made of is bad pastry - dense, stodgy, hard stuff that's about a million miles from the nice and tasty, light and crispy tart-base you might expect from a proper 'patisserie' style product. The pastry on these must be about 3/4 of a cm thick on the sides and base at least, and I found it quite inedible.
Over the pastry is a thin layer of semi-liquid caramel, and then a layer of semi-liquid dark chocolate that's described as being 'ganache' on the box. Both these layers have a good, smooth, fairly sticky texture but taste of barely anything apart from sweetness. There's very little topping compared to pastry in these too; I scraped the topping off half of one tart and ate it (discarding the pastry), and I estimate that there was only about one to one and a half small teaspoonfuls of topping there.
The funny thing is these tarts were very elaborately packaged, and the packaging used seemed to have been designed for a much flimsier pastry product; inside the box I found the tarts were nestled into a clear plastic tray that had been carefully constructed so it had a dipped area of weakness in the side, which presumably was there so that you could remove the tart without breaking the pastry shell.
This approach to packaging was completely superfluous because I think you could've jemmied one of these tarts out of the tray using a blunt angle-iron then chucked it across the room without damaging the pastry shell, in fact.
AND the bloomin' things have over 500 calories per tart, and almost 1/3 of the content (30 out of 110g) is fat. If I'm going to be consuming something that per unit, is going to constitute 1/5 of my recommended maintenance ration of calories for the day, I want it to taste a heck of a lot better and be far more enjoyable to eat than this.
This is a truly indulgent dessert! It has lovely crumbly pastry, covered in a thick layer of caramel, then an even thicker layer of chocolate, topped with chocolate shavings for a nice decorative touch. I first discovered these when buying as part of one of Tesco's meal deals (main course, vegetables, dessert and bottle of wine for £9 - hey, it's worth it for the wine, so we gave it a go!).
The flavour is so sweet and chocolatey, it's almost sickly but Tesco seem to have figured out where to stop just before the sweetness gets too much! The pastry is very crumbly, and the caramel and chocolate are really gooey, which makes an interesting combination. You really need to eat this dessert with a fork, as it's really messy. If it comes straight from the fridge, the pastry will be rock solid and you'll need to put quite a bit of effort in to break through it without getting chocolate everywhere, so take them out of the fridge 30 minutes or so in advance.
From looking at these little chocolate tarts, you would not believe they contain over 500 calories each, but they really do, so maybe aren't so great for those on a strict diet! However, they are really filling, and you certainly won't want any more chocolate after eating one!
Although I am a regular at our local Tesco I had failed to spot these Finest Millionaire chocolate and caramel tarts. I looked them up and down and could not decide whether they looked fanciable or whether they looked too rich for me but Mum made the decision and she bought them.
In the end I was quite pleased that she paid for them, the pack of two Tesco finest Millionaire tarts cost £2.50, so the cake had to justify the substantial outlay.
There are some patisserie cakes that are divine and others that fall short, whenever we visit Sainsbury's I can easily walk past the counter where they sell nothing but cream laden concoctions, some of them have far too much cream on.
But I am a chocoholic, I try to deny it but almost everything that is coated in chocolate appeals to my appallingly sweet tooth.
The tarts are quite a decent size and so they should be at £1.25 a throw and to add insult to injury each tart contains a massive 520 calories !
The Tesco bakers have used all butter pastry for the bases and this is rich, I love sweet shortcrust, the tiny amount of sugar that they add to the pastry mixture makes the base pure perfection.
Each of the tarts is baked in an individual tinfoil cake case.
I would imagine that the pastry case has been baked blind and then filled after it has been cooked.
On the very bottom of the tart laying on top of the sweet rich shortcrust pastry there is a thin layer of rich almost liquid caramel. The layer of caramel is similar to the caramel that they use in the Millionaires shortbread but it is more of a pouring consistency.
The caramel is very sweet and just dissolves in your mouth so there is no heavy chewing needed.
On top of the layer of caramel Tesco have poured a slightly thicker layer of chocolate ganache, that is just some cream that has been well heated and has had chocolate stirred into it.
Tesco have used both milk and plain chocolate and added a combination of double and single cream to it. The layer of ganache is rich and dark but it tastes very chocolatey and there is no hint of bitterness that dark chocolate can often introduce.
Although the chocolate ganache is rich and quite sickly it does work well with the thin layer of caramel that sits underneath it.
The surface of the tarts is sheeny and then Tesco have added a generous shaking of marbled chocolate curls which enhance the appearance of the tart and give it a professional touch.
Because your mouth is filled with the chocolate ganache and liquid caramel it is difficult to trace the chocolate curls in amongst the rest.
The tarts are obviously labour intensive and those labour costs are reflected in the overall price. The ingredients are also expensive and that pushes the price up even further.
I am going to stick my neck out and say that although the tarts are good they aren't worth that amount of money. I feel that you can buy very good sized luxury chocolate cakes that would provide far more servings for around about the same price.
If I had my choice I would pick an ordinary slice of Millionaires shortbread rather than one of these tarts.
Tesco say that the tarts may contain nuts and they do contain wheat, milk, soya and gluten.
Probably very popular among Tesco regulars but I wouldn't be first in the queue to buy these myself.