“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Dip „
The summer is here (well... was here), which generally means that us Jolly Old Brits become somewhat fruity & continental; doing strange and daring things, such as cooking AND eating outside.
Oh the strange world of barbeques, condiments & dips...
Barbeques aside, I'm a bit of a dip addict and tend to have an array of them in the fridge.
My favourite is the Tesco cheese and chive dip, so when I saw they had started doing their own version of garlic mayonnaise, I thought I'd give it a go.
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The packaging is your bog-standard (200g) clear plastic tub (with resealable lid), covered with a cardboard sleeve that gives you all the info you need, including nutritional content. In the case of Tesco's Garlic Mayonnaise it is as follows;
Per 100g -
Calories - 400
Fat - 41.1g
Sat.Fat - 3.8g
Salt - 0.4g
So, clearly this isn't one for regular munching!
When pulling off the lid, I found there to be a plastic film over the dip also, giving me a second reminder of the use-by date.
The packaging mentions that this dip has to be eaten within 2 days once opened (however, I wasn't too worried by this, as I don't tend to stick religiously to 'use-by' dates - unless the product is harbouring a small civilization)!
The dip itself had a rather pungent garlic odour; fair enough, it is what it is.
My biggest disappointment with this product came when I actually dipped my bread stick, expecting it to be fairly smooth (absolutely no innuendo intended thanks ;-)
Alas no. It appeared to have the consistency of congealed cottage cheese.
The actual taste of the dip wasn't too bad, a nice strong garlic flavour (maybe a tad too strong though), but I'm afraid I just couldn't get past the horrible texture.
It just felt like I had dipped the bread stick in a horrendous garlic trifle of some sorts. Nasty.
Having shelled out 88 of my English pennies for this gunk, I decided to give it another try the next day.
I pull the lid off the dip only to find that the product is already starting to separate!
Although the pack recommended eating with 2 days, other Tesco dips I've found usually last a lot longer. Therefore I was quite surprised at how quickly this one was starting to 'turn'.
By the second day, the dip was totally untouchable (I don't have a death-wish).
On the whole I was really disappointed with this, more so because I love garlic flavoured things, especially garlic mayonnaise.
I would recommend you give this one a miss, as quite frankly, you would be better off spending slightly more and getting a decent garlic mayo (such as the Heinz Deli range one).
I think the Tesco one is quite expensive for the size, but particularly as it doesn't last longer than a day once opened!