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      20.06.2010 22:34
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      Weight watchers cheesecake

      Life hasn't been too bad and I've reached retirement age without the need to try out every diet available to man or woman in my case. But my "Middle age spread" has developed late in life and I've put on some weight since I stopped work, well I suppose I can blame it on too many holidays and cruises! So over the last month my husband and I have been really good and trying to eat more healthily. Our diet wasn't too bad, we're not guilty of sweet drinks and chocolate bars and crisps but I do have a love of puddings! Which is why I found myself looking longingly at the frozen desserts in Tesco the other day and wondered how many calories there were in the Weight watchers desserts.

      All week we have eaten melon, strawberries, grapes and peaches for something sweet after our healthy main course so I decided a treat was in order for Sunday - it is Fathers Day after all!

      The box
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      Only 18 x 9cm this isn't a big box, but contains two round plastic tubs. It is the usual Weight watchers from Heinz purple colour with their logo and a lovely creamy yellow cheesecake picture. For people on Weight watchers diets it has 3 points marked on the box, 186 calories and states it has less than 5% Fat.

      Preparation
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      On the reverse of the box are the instructions on defrosting. Me, being me didn't read it before putting the box in the freezer so didn't get it out for the 1½ hours needed! It states it's not suitable for microwave defrosting too. OK. Confession time, I'd stuck it in the microwave for 1 minute whilst I was reading it, and it was fine! But I don't recommend, as you want it to be chilled. It was fine as when we came to eat it about 30 minutes later it was still almost frozen in the middle. The plastic film seal needed to be removed too.

      What was it like?
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      There was a thin layer of crumbly biscuit base covered with a deeper layer of vanilla cheesecake and a soft lemon sauce.

      Taste
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      It was actually very nice, I was afraid a low fat dessert would have a poorer taste than the full fat version but it was nice and creamy and the lemon sauce was tangy.

      Nutrition
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      As mentioned previously it contained 186 calories. There is 5.7g of protein and sadly a whopping 30.6 grams of carbohydrate of which 20.9grams is sugar. It is low in Fat only 4.6grams, a little fibre and 0.1grams of sodium.
      I have noticed particularly with low fat yogurts that they contain a lot of sugar and I was surprised just how much sugar was in this dessert.

      Ingredients
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      The list is huge and I don't intend to list it, but there is 27% Skimmed milk soft cheese and 8% reduced fat digestive biscuits, plus goodies like whipping cream.
      Total weight is 195 grams for the two.

      Verdict
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      Will I buy it again? Possibly as it only cost £1.39 in Tesco for 2 desserts and it tasted lovely for a treat, but it was very high in sugar, so may be I'll have to try and make something healthier for next week!

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        28.04.2010 12:34
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        a nice dessert

        ==Weight Watchers Creamy Lemon Cheese Cakes==


        The Weight Watchers frozen desserts were on special offer in Morrison's this week and last week, at half price for £1. You get two desserts in a box and they are in individual plastic pots of a rather good size.

        The packaging is instantly recognisable as the Weight Watchers range with the standard purple colourings and Weight Watchers logo. It gives clear indication as to how many points, calories and how much fat is in each cheesecake boldly on the front of the outer box.

        The pots are of a good deep size and deeper and larger than Tesco's own individual cheesecakes which is good. They have a very nice lemon smell on taking them out the box but seeing as they are frozen they do need a good 15 minutes out in room temperature to thaw out well enough to eat.

        The top of the cheesecake has a light yellow lemon colour to it and this layer of the dessert is only thin but when eating it, it takes on a very strong citrus flavour which is really nice and complementing to the middle vanilla cheesecake section.

        Everyone knows that the best section of any cheesecake is the biscuit base but unfortunately on these Weight Watchers Cheesecakes the base layer is so very thin I was rather disappointed. I suppose this is the section which could hold a lot of calories which is why this has been cut down but I would say that the small amount there is does taste very nice. However it is overpowered nearly completely but the strong cheesecake centre and lemon topping.

        Eaten all together the cheesecake is really tasty. The centre part is creamy and filling and the lemon flavouring is just about right for how I like it. The fact that it is relatively low in calories and fat is pretty good too. One cheesecake has 3 Weight Watchers points and has 186 caloires and 2.3 grams of saturated fat.

        Overall these cheesecakes are rather tasty. It is nice that they are seemingly low in caloires and fat for such a tasty dessert. Paying only 50 pence per pot also makes it somewhat more appealing and so because of this I feel a 4 out of 5 star rating is in order and I feel the only minus mark would be for the base being too thin.

        Recommendation!


        Many thanks for taking the time to read!

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          20.04.2010 11:49
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          Great product for giving yourself a treat while on a diet.

          I am currently back on the bandwagon for weight watchers, having fallen off it somewhat in recent months. I saw these frozen cheesecake desserts on special offer in my local Asda where they were £1 per box (along with a number of other similar desserts).

          Each box contains two cheesecakes, each in an individual plastic pot. The great thing is that each cheesecake is only 3 points and so it is possible to include them in your daily points allowance (mine is 19) and feel like you have had a bit of a treat. Each cheesecake actually contains 186 calories and 2.3g of saturated fat which equates to the 3 points if you are on the plan.

          I have to admit that on taking them out of the box to defrost (they need around 90 minutes of defrosting time before you can eat them) my first thought was how small they look. However, they are a measured portion and this is something I have always had a problem with so I just went with it.

          On the box I notice they have somehow managed to cleanly remove the cheesecake from the pot, but I could see no way of doing this without mangling it so we just ate them direct from the pots, which actually has the added benefit of no washing up so we did not mind!

          The taste is actually pretty good, the lemon topping has a tangy, sharp zest to it which is nice and contrasts well with the sweeter, soft cheese filling underneath. The base was a little shallow to my mind but crumbly and nice in texture - just not in abundance. This pudding does not taste like it is a 'low fat' version of a classic, it is very tasty indeed.

          Although the portion is small, it is definitely enough to take the edge off a sweet tooth craving and really that is all that you need when on a diet. The size was enough that I felt like I had had my treat and the taste was good enough that I will definitely buy these again, especially if they are on offer at only 50p per cheesecake!

          A great weight watchers product, which leaves you feeling satisfied.

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            27.01.2010 03:54
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            Great for Weight Watchers and non-WWs alike!

            Having every single tooth in my head existing as a 'sweet tooth' can be the biggest pain in the ass for me right now, as I'm doing whatever I can to lose weight. Constant cravings for cake, sweets and whatever sugary goodness I can get my hands on are a nightmare to keep at bay, so finding low fat options to soothe that need is a priority. I don't believe in depriving myself of the things that I enjoy, why should I? I'm on a diet, not a torture regime. So, as you can imagine, I was overjoyed when I stumbled upon a cabinet full of frozen Weight Watchers desserts in my local supermarket.

            For those readers that are unaware of what 'Weight Watchers' exactly is - it has fast become a company that a lot of people rely on week to week to help them lose weight and achieve their eating goals. 'Weight Watchers' is most famously known for its weekly meetings that are held in towns and cities all over the UK, to help members lose weight, choose foods which are healthy and helpful to eat, achieve targets, meet goals and to share hints and tips between members and leaders. 'Weight Watchers' also produces food products for members, and non-members alike, to consume to help lose/maintain weight. You can find out more about 'Weight Watchers' at their official website: www.weightwatchers.co.uk.

            Being a complete pudding lover, it breaks my heart to think of not being able to have a sweet treat everyday. Cheesecake has to be one of my all time favourites for various reasons - the overly sweet crumbly biscuit base, the rich vanilla 'white bit', and the tart fruity topping. So, for my love of cheesecake alone, I snatched up a box of these Weight Watchers Lemon Cheesecakes at my local Asda from the freezer section.

            One of the main selling points for me for this product was not only the price, but the fact that there are only 3 Weight Watcher points pet cheesecake - fantastic for treating myself to a dessert and staying on course with my points for the day!

            The box contains 2 of the 'Weight Watchers Lemon Cheesecakes' and comes with a pretty nifty pricetag of just £1. I think 50p per dessert is pretty acceptable these days. These cheesecakes can be found in the frozen department of pretty much any supermarket, I've seen them stocked in Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Farmfoods and Sainsbury's.

            As for the packaging of the cheesecakes, they're boxed in the famous purple Weight Watchers colour scheme. The front of the box features the recognisable large Weight Watchers logo along with a delicious looking photograph of the lemon cheesecake itself. Just from the photo, I new I was going to enjoy this product, as long as it looked like it did on the packaging! The front of the box also tells you what the product is - Lemon Cheesecake! - and gives the nutritional info at a glance for 1 cheesecake.

            The back of the box holds all the nutritional information for the product, the ingredients, serving information and barcode. The back of the box also holds the vital information for Weight Watcher programme followers - the points value. Just 3 tiny points per cheesecake!! Definately a winner.

            Inside the box the cheesecakes are packaged in transparent plastic pots - very desirable, as I do like to see the layers of the cheesecake before, and as, I'm eating it. I was rather suprised at the size of the cheesecakes. I guess I was expecting tiddly little desserts, as for £1 you can't really ask for much. But I was overjoyed to find I was getting a lot more than I imagined - yum! The plastic pots are sealed ontop with a transparent film, which you simply peel back to eat the cheesecake right out of the tub. Easy!

            I instantly hit a downside when I read that I had to leave the cheesecake to defrost for 90 minutes before I could tuck in. What was I going to do for 1hr 30minutes to take my mind off my slowly defrosting cheesecake? Twiddle my thumbs in anticipation. that's what! It was dissapointing to have to wait so long for a dessert, but if I had been clever and read the box beforehand, it would have been no trouble to take the cheesecake out before eating my tea. By setting the cheesecake out to defrost whilst cooking my tea, it would have been more than ready to eat by the time I had finished my main meal. Prior kowledge is everything - lesson learned!

            As for the eating of the cheesecake, I was by far more than ready to tuck in by the time the 90 minutes was up. I peeled back the film lid to be hit with a zesty, delicious scent of what was an unmistakeable cheesecake whiff! With a eager spoon I dived in, and the first mouthful encorporating all 3 layers was divine! Rich, creamy, zingy and crumbly - everything a cheesecake should be! Although it was definately not the intense, calorie laden, flavour of love that is authentic cheesecake, this lowfat option definately filled the gap that was left from cutting out overly fatty foods from my life!

            The lemon curd topping was just as tart as I would expect from a regular cheesecake - it had the zest and the zing to excite my tastebuds. It wasn't bland and it definately wasn't too overpowering. I wasn't expecting it to be so, well, lemony - but it exceeded my expectations.

            The vanilla cheesecake middle was just how it should be, creamy and had that melt in the mouth texture that cheesecake should. However I will say that it definately didn't stand up to the regular vanilla strength in authentic cheesecake, the flavour was a little lacking, somewhat of a 'background' flavour, which was a little dissapointing. The texture of the cheesecake middle was more fluffy than dense, which was pleasant but a bit of a letdown. It was obvious that the layer did not contain the usual ingredients as it did not have that thick, creamy, mouth coating texture that cheesecake tends to have, but for a low fat option I can't really complain!

            As for the biscuit base, it had the correct balance of stiffness and crumble like all good cheesecakes possess, however I did find it posessed more of a sponge quality than biscuit. It wasn't too sweet or too sickly and held together well on the spoon. For a cheesecake base it was decent and didn't leave me with the overwhelming feeling of sickness like some cheesecake bases can due to their over the top sweetness.

            Overall I was pretty impressed with the Weight Watchers Lemon Cheesecakes. They look great, smell great and most importantly taste great. The tart of the lemon curd, the fluffy creaminess of the vanilla middle and the spongey crumble of the base all held well together and tasted delicious. Not only that, for just 3 weight watcher points I can have a delicious dessert after my main meal for tea and not feel like I've cheated, or been deprived! Soothing my sweet tooth CAN feel good and guilt free atlast!

            I'll definately be purchasing these Weight Watchers Lemon Cheesecakes again, and would recommend anyone to give them a try - Weight Watcher or not!

            Nutritional Information Per Dessert:
            Calories 186kcal
            Protein 5.7g
            Carbohydrates 30.6g
            Fat 4.6g
            Saturates 2.3g
            Fibre 1.9g
            Sodium 0.1g

            Allergy Information:
            Contains Gluten, Wheat, Egg and Milk and may also contain traces of nuts and soya.

            ** Also posted on Ciao under the username little_feets **

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              23.01.2010 15:24
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              will buy agin if I see them on offer - nice treat!

              After having over-indulged over the festive period I was pleased to see that my local Iceland had a good range of Weighwatchers' products for just a quid so I stocked up my freezer telling myself I'd got no excuse not to lose those extra pounds. I have to say I wasn't impressed by some of the savoury meals but this Lemon Cheesecake is very nice indeed in my opinion.

              The box is as shown & when you open it there are 2 fairly good-sized cheesecakes nestled inside & covered with film. They consist of 3 layers - the lemon topping, the cheesy middle & a crumble base & each one has 161 calories. All the ingredients, nutritional information, storage guidelines etc are listed on the box & all you need do is remove the film & allow to defrost for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

              I wasn't really expecting anything fantastic but I was wrong - the only problem is, in my opinion, that they are too moreish & I could easily have eaten both at one sitting.

              The lemon is nice & zesty which complements the cheesy middle & the crumbly base & I think Weightwatchers have got the balance right in these both taste & texture-wise. I used a teaspoon to eat mine (hoping it would last longer!) & having very small mouthfuls I guess I had about 8 - using a dessert spoon probably you'd get about 3 mouthfuls? So it's not the cheapest pudding/sweet around & it would make far more sense to follow a low-fat recipe & freeze your own. As a treat though I found these very tasty & would definitely buy them again especially if they're on offer.

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              - so convenient as you just defrost.
              - nice refreshing zesty lemon topping.
              - creamy middle layer & a good crumbly base.
              - 161 calories each.
              - very moreish but...
              - will buy again!

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                16.07.2009 13:32
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                An Average Weight Watchers Dessert

                I got these from my local corner shop at the weekend along with another dessert which doesn't appear to be listed on dooyoo yet. Still, I've put it forward as a suggestion so it may get reviewed at some point in the future.........


                Packaging:

                The box is predominantly purple, as you'd expect a Weightwatchers product to be. There's a picture of the dessert on the front, along with the name & the word "new" in the top right hand corner. The back of the box contains the usual information: ingredients, nutritional information, some stuff about Weight Watchers etc along with the defrost instructions:-

                "Remove film seal. Allow to stand at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours If not consumed immediately cover, transfer to a refrigerator and hold for a maximum of 24 hours. This dessert is not suitable for microwave defrosting".

                The product is described as:- Baked vanilla cheesecake on a crumbly biscuit base with a zesty lemon curd."

                There's also a picture of Weight Watchers Double Chocolate Brownies. Why not try some?!

                The box contains 2 of these desserts. The picture on the front of the box has the dessert standing on it's own. However the back of the box advises:-"For best results eat from pot"

                You can visit www.heinz.co.uk to find out more about Heinz, to comment & to receive information about their offers & promotions.


                Nutritional Information per dessert {per 100g in brackets}

                Energy kJ: 786kJ {806kJ}
                kcal: 186kcal {191kcal}
                Protein: 5.7g {5.8g}
                Carbohydrate: 30.6g {31.4g}
                of which sugars: 20.9g {21.4g}
                Fat: 4.6g {4.7g}
                (of which saturates): 2.3g {2.4g}
                Fibre: 1.9g {1.9g}
                Sodium: 0.2g {0.2g}
                Salt equivalent: 0.3g {0.3g}

                Allergy information: contains gluten, wheat, egg, milk, soya. May contain traces of nuts
                These desserts are suitable for vegetarians. They contain no artificial colours or preservatives & no hydrogenated fat.

                For those of you on the Weight watchers diet each dessert has a value of 3 points.


                The dessert:
                The dessert is "housed" in a plastic pot. Before opening the pot you can clearly see the dividing line between the biscuit base and the cheesecake. The dividing line between the cheesecake and the lemon curd is slightly more difficult to see.

                Taste:
                Zesty is exactly the right word to describe the curd topping. It's zesty enough to provide a nice, palatable tang but not so extreme that you'd find it unpleasant to eat. The cheesecake, which makes up the majority of the dessert is rather disappointing. As with the mousse & custard in the Caramel Crunch dessert it's rather bland & nondescript & doesn't really taste of anything in particular. The texture is also bordering on claggy which is not something I'm overly keen on. After the disappointment with the "moist toffee sponge" in the Caramel Crunch dessert I was rather fearing that I'd find the same with this biscuit base here but I'm pleased to report that it was actually rather good & was probably my favorite bit of the dessert. It was just the right crumbly consistency & didn't taste "wet", unlike the Caramel Crunch base, so full marks to Weight Watchers for a decent, tasty base.


                Price:

                I paid 99p for one box of these in my local corner shop.


                Opinion:
                From the description you can see that the dessert is made up of three components:- the biscuit base, the cheesecake in the middle & the zesty topping. Weight Watchers have got two of the three right, the only problem being the cheesecake in the middle which actually makes up the lion's share of the dessert. So, once more, this is another fairly average dessert which isn't going to blow anyone's socks off. For the crumbly biscuit base alone I'd probably say that this is slightly preferable to the Caramel Crunch. Would I be bothered if I never ate it again? No, probably not.

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                  02.06.2009 19:14
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                  Well worth a try

                  In my never-ending quest to produce that bikini body before our holidays (only 8 weeks to go!) I came across the Weight Watchers range of frozen desserts in my local Iceland. Probably like most people I was a bit dubious about buying a dessert that claimed to be low in fat, low in calories and actually still taste good as well. But for a box of 2 desserts for £1 I suppose I didn't really have much to lose - other than the weight of course!!

                  The Weight Watchers range of foods is quite distinctive with the Weight Watchers banner across the box usually making their products stand out from the others on the shelf, or in this case in the freezer. Written on the box is a clear description of the dessert and all the nutritional values you could possibly want or need. The box contains the 2 lemon cheesecakes and I was quite happy with the size of each dessert, no smaller than any other individual cheesecake so it definitely wasn't the size that gave it a lower calorie content, so if the size wasn't compromised then was it the taste - I would have to do the taste test and find out.

                  Before eating these desserts, of course being frozen they have to be defrosted and according to the box this will take approximately 1 ½ hours at room temperature and if after that time they are not eaten immediately then they should be stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

                  The cheesecakes come in a little plastic tub with a plastic film lid, which is easily removed. The desserts are layered, with a biscuit crumb base of approximately ½ cm thick, a lovely creamy, fluffy but still quite firm cheesecake of approximately 2 ½ cm thickness and a wonderfully tangy and sharp lemon topping. I couldn't wait to try this with cheesecake being my very favourite dessert. My spoon entered the dessert very easily and the dessert held its shape well without breaking up or falling from my spoon. The taste was magnificent! The biscuit base was quite chewy rather than crunchy or crumbly but gave a lovely sweetness to the dessert, the baked vanilla cheesecake layer gave a good definite cheesecake flavour with a hint of vanilla, not sweet but tantalisingly tasty and the rich lemon topping just finished it off nicely, with a sharpness that complimented the sweetness of the biscuit base. A very satisfying dessert, it left me feeling like I had just had a delicious and very indulgent dessert but with only a fraction of the calories and fat!

                  ==Nutritional Information==

                  Per Dessert

                  Calories 186kcal
                  Protein 5.7g
                  Carbohydrates 30.6g
                  Fat 4.6g (Saturates 2.3g)
                  Fibre 1.9g
                  Sodium 0.1g

                  Weight Watcher's Points 3

                  Contains Gluten, Wheat, Egg and Milk and may also contain traces of nuts and soya.

                  I would definitely recommend these desserts for anyone with a sweet tooth who is trying to lose weight or for anyone who would prefer a healthier eating regime.

                  Many thanks for reading.

                  ©lel1969

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                    21.03.2009 12:26
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                    Cheesecake for people on diets, whatever next?

                    I fancied a pudding after my dinner last night so was grateful to find a Weight Watchers Lemon Cheesecake in the freezer, I am fond of cheesecake but wasn't sure how good this would be as I am not a big fan of the frozen Weight Watchers desserts but beggars can't be choosers and this was all that was in the kitchen so Lemon Cheesecake it was.

                    I must say this is one of the nicest Weight Watchers desserts I've tried, tasting more natural than the other synthetic offerings from this brand and it was a very tasty pudding indeed.

                    The cheesecake takes the traditional form with a layer of biscuit, soft cheesy filling and thin fruity topping, in this case a deliciously tangy lemon curd.

                    I'm very impressed, it's obviously not a home made cheesecake but it's very good indeed and feels remarkably indulgent for a diet dessert. The lemon curd is tangy yet sweet and really makes the cheesecake for me, drawing together all the other flavours. The cheesecake filling itself is vanilla flavoured, nicely sweet with a rich yet fluffy texture. It's beautifully smooth and light but has a wonderful richness that makes it feel like a sugar laden dessert when actually this cheesecake is very good on calories.

                    I wasn't overly fond of the biscuit base as it was a little too much like sponge for my liking. It has a subtle digestive flavour but there is no butteriness to it and it's not nearly as crumbly as I'd like, it's a little too dry for me too and doesn't really do much for the overall flavour of the cheesecake.

                    Together though I really can't fault this dessert too much, considering I'm on a diet I cannot quite believe I am eating cheesecake and I thank Weight Watchers for that. The portion is quite small but then I wasn't expecting it to be huge so I wasn't disappointed, having said that this dessert is possibly a little larger than most Weight Watchers puddings so I took that as a bonus!

                    Each Lemon Cheesecake contains 3 Weight Watchers points so can easily be slotted into your daily allowance here and there. For those of you not following the Weight Watchers plan this equates to 186 calories which is very good for such an authentic tasting and delicious cheesecake.

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