“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chocolate Spread „
I am a lover of chocolate spread (especially on toast!) And eating it reminds me of childhood. Recently I ran out of the Sainbsurys version so when in Tesco with my sister, I saw their jar and decided to give it a go.
The packaging and name has changed as everyone knows, to a slightly less budget looking brand & instead it is now part of an "Everyday Value" range. I picked up a 600g jar for around £1.48 which I was extremely happy about!
It has a screw top lid for immensely easy access, yet also seals it in so once opened it can still be edible for a long time, I can probably make a jar of this quantity last about 3 months and it tastes just as good!
Ingredients are simple and cheerful : sugar, vegetable oil, fat reduced cocoa powder(8%), milk sugar, whey powder, carob powder, emulsifier, natural vanilla flavouring. I am disappointed at the quantity of actual cocoa powder which is the essence of chocolate spread to be fair, but at the same time I am happy to see no E numbers, and it has no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours.
The texture of the chocolate spread is extremely smooth and creamy, of a milk chocolate appearance similar to other chocolete spreads on the market. The taste is sweet and chocolatey like milk chocolate too and for the price it doesn't compromise on flavour at all! It's incredibly moreish without being overly sweet which makes me happy. My daughter and I like eating it on toast topped with banana (gotta make it at least a bit healthy!) Or occasionally on cream crackers. I would definitely recommend this spread to any chocolate lovers out there who want flavour at a economical price and value!
When it comes to chocolate spread it really is something that I don't usually buy but the other I was looking for peanut butter when I spotted this Tesco own chocolate spread and I decided that for £1.32 a jar I'd buy me and my mate (who is staying with me at the moment) it to try on toast as a late night snack and that as we both adore chocolate.
This comes in one size and in a glass jar with a white plastic lid to the top of it that simply twists on and off. Around the jar there is a red, blue and white label and on the front of that we are told that it is Tesco 'Value' Chocolate Spread and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the jar other information listed includes ingredients used within it and allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is shown, the size is stated (which is 600g so you get alot of spread for your money) and contact details for Tesco are given. Cheap looking packaging this is but to be fair to it, it is informative enough and simple to open and so on.
The Chocolate Spread Itself:
Well open up the jar and you are met with a set milk chocolate looking and smelling spreadable spread and very smooth spread at that and not one bit gloopy. It really is spreadable and best stored in a cool and dry place so mine lives in a cupboard.
I like the ease of spreading this and to be fair to it although it is sweet in flavour and naturally sweet at that and lacks a creaminess to it, it does taste of chocolate though it isn't really rich in flavour and for me and my mate it is a little on the sugary side though like I say this is a smooth spread and you can't actually feel the sugar on your teeth when your consuming it.
Its flavoursome enough, a little of it goes a long way and it tastes of chocolate though it isn't the best quality or flavour of chocolate spread I have ever eaten and I personally find this too sweet to simply eat off a spoon and all!
Nutritonal Information Per Tablespoon (The Important Bits):
Only available from Tesco and from Tesco.com
I love chocolate spread and have bought this one a few times because it is a nice spread and cheap to buy. My little grandson loves this one too and that is the most important thing I consider when buying for him on a regular basis.
It comes in a transparent glass jar with a screw off lid. The bottle is quite chunky but easy to get a good grip of it to take the spread from the jar. The lid is very easy to twist and is a plastic one. The spread is a nice chocolate colour. The spread has a nice soft, smooth texture but it is not at all a runny consistency as you would imagine for the price. It is very easy to scoop out of the jar with a knife or a spoon.
Because it is a soft texture it means that it does spread very easily. I like to spread it on crackers or bread and even toast. My little grandson quite likes this one spread on digestive biscuits. We spread it on them together and he then thinks he has made his own chocolate digestive biscuit lol.
It has a sweet taste to it but not a sickly one. The sweetness is just the right amount for a cheaper one and it does taste very nice. I do not have a sweet tooth and I find it is a nice amount for my taste buds. It does not taste at all bland or have an unpleasant taste. It doesn't however have quite a strong smell of the chocolate as a branded variety but the amount is adequate.
It does contain hazelnut and I can detect the taste of the nut but not so much of a taste as with a branded one. I find it is enough nutty taste for the price and the combination of the 2 flavours work well together to give a nice pleasant taste. If you do not like the taste of nuts with a chocolate spread then I do think this one will not be so suitable for your taste buds, but if you do I think it is a nice one to try.
I have used this spread to make cornflake buns when I have had baking days with my grandson. It melts really well to use for these cakes and tastes really nice with the cornflakes. It is cheap enough to buy for the little ones to have these fun days in my opinion.
I have also used it to cover a sponge cake, it spreads well with the knife and I just spoon a little out of the jar and place it into a dish, then I just place it into the microwave for just a couple of seconds to soften it a little more and then just spread it over the cake. I have tried spreading it over the cake without the microwave method but found it is not quite soft enough and found it tears the cake a little and so for that reason I use the microwave method so not to spoil the cake. Once on the cake I have then sometimes just sprinkled a chocolate flake over the top and the chocolate then just sets nicely in no time at all.
For a 600g jar it is priced at just 99p, a good price for a cheaper brand and so affordable, this amount does last for quite some time because the amount is quite a lot. Also a little does spread a long way, depending how thick you like to apply spread to crackers etc. I sometimes just spread 2 crackers and make a cracker sandwich, just to vary the snack a little.
Per tablespoon it contains, 90 calories, 8.4g of sugar, 5.7g of fat, so it is pretty high in calories but and sugar but I think for a treat it is not too bad an amount, but for anyone on a low calorie diet it is best to bear this in mind when eating this spread.
It is also suitable for vegetarians and it is not suitable for anyone with a nut allergy. It also tells me on the label that it may contain other nuts too. It also contains soya and so for anyone having any of these allergies it is worth bearing in mind.
It is best to store this in a cool, dry place
The jar can easily be recycled after use too.
This is a really good quality spread and excellent value for the price. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a cheaper spread and I will continue to buy this one because it gives me all the taste that I expect from a shops own brand of chocolate spread.
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I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Ive been staying at my daughters house whilst i am awaiting the keys for my new house as the builders have been in there for the past six weeks. Hopefully it should be today that they materialise, being in a new area i am now spending most of my time shopping in the Tescos Extra which as apposed to my old local supermarket which was a sainsburys, i am now giving to the local Tescos as this is my nearest and dearest.
I have been eating food with my daughter and her husband and her family which consists of my four adorable grandchildren ages ranging from 15 down to 2, so there is always an abundance of different food products for me to try out. Having toast this morning and wishing for a change from my usual marmite which i do adore I spotted this value jar of chocolate spread in the fridge so thought being a bit of a chocoholic I would give it the road test, and piled this onto my hot buttered toast.
The jar costing 86pence is typicial of the Tescos value range and has the familiar Tesco value label with a picture of a piece of uncut bread sandwich filled in the middle with this spread. This jar has a white screw on screw off lid and is suitable for vegetarians.
It tells you on the side of the jar to store in a cool dry place. The best before date is on the top of the lid.This jar contains a massive 600grams of this chocolate spread. Which when openned smells of a cheapish cocco smell and is really thick when spreading it.
I actually liked the taste of this spread I have only tasted nutella before and I would say that this variety was quite nice, chocolately but obviously not as nice as the more expensive chocolate spreads.The jar is widely recycled.
Allergy Advice :
Cannot guarentee nut free.
contains milk and soya.
Ingredients this spread contains : sugar, vegtable oil, fat reduced cocoa powder, milk, sugar, whey powder, carob powder, emulsifier, natural flavourings.
Calories are 85.
and a trace of salt.
Overall not a bad tasting spread if you are watching the pennies.
I will not rate with the full rating as it is ok, but not fantastic it is nevertheless good value for money but lacks a little on the chocolately taste.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
I like to think of myself as someone who isn't a food snob - that is, I'm happy to try the majority of the 'Value' products that are widely available from the UK's most popular supermarket chain. That said, some Value products are better than others, and for every tasty Tesco Value Tomato Soup, there's a not-so-tasty Tesco Value Cola - but how will the Value Chocolate Spread fare? In the following review, I'm not going to write masses on 'the history of chocolate spread', as that would be a little excessive for a Value product - instead, I'll thoroughly test the spread, before forming an overall assessment in my conclusion. At this stage It must be pointed out that Tesco sell two different Value Chocolate spreads - the first is the one being reviewed today, whilst the other is titled 'Value Chocolate & Hazelnut Spread' and costs more.
TESCO VALUE FOR MONEY? - Purchase locations and price comparison
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The chocolate spread is available from Tesco stores throughout the country - sold in both the larger 'Extra' and smaller 'Express' shops. Obviously, being a 'Value' product, the spread is likely to be one of the cheapest on the market - and at only 86p for the 600 gram jar, it's unlikely to break the bank! The big-brand alternative 'Nutella' (which is actually a chocolate and hazelnut concoction) costs £1.50 for 400 grams, meaning that it's 64p more expensive, and there's 200 grams less. Compared to the other cheap supermarket-own makes, the Tesco spread works out at exactly the same price as its main competition - ASDA's 'Smartprice' Chocolate Spread, which costs 57p for the 400g jar (similarly equating to 14.3p per 100g). Whatever way you look at it, Tesco Value Chocolate Spread is a cheap product, and if it tastes even half decent, will offer very good value for money.
PACKAGING - the appearance of the jar, and miscellaneous information
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Tesco Value Chocolate Spread arrives in a chunky glass jar that is fully recyclable. The jar features a white plastic screw lid which is easy to open, and seals tightly to ensure that the contents are air-tight. The first time you want to use the spread you'll have to break through a paper / foil inner topper, which is generally easy to remove via a small pull tab at one end. As a Value product, the labeling is predominantly red, white, and blue in colour, and a photo of the spread (applied liberally to the centre of a croissant) is shown on the front. In general, I would say the packaging design is fairly poor, as a blue non-transparent bar overlaid with the text "Chocolate Spread" obscures the majority of the photo. The rear of the label is occupied by the barcode, allergy advice, and list of ingredients, which are laid out in a manner which makes them easy to read. Upon purchase, the product should be stored in a cool dark place, and has a sell by date of around a year from the date of purchase.
INGREDIENTS - what does the chocolate spread contain?
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Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (9%), Whey Powder, Carob Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins), and Flavouring.
From an analysis of the ingredients shown above, it appears that nothing out of the ordinary is added to the product. I actually didn't know what 'Carob Powder' was, so I looked it up and found that it's a chocolate substitute which is frequently used in treats and baked goods for dogs - so there you go! Emulsifier in the form of Soya Lecithin is something which is frequently seen in many foods these days, and it basically works as an addition which keeps the product moist or lubricated. Actually, studies have shown that soya lecithin can actually lower cholesterol, and increase the good cholesterol in the blood. The cocoa powder is listed as being 9% of the product's total content, and this is actually a whole 6% more than the cheapest ASDA spread.
APPEARANCE, AROMA, and FLAVOUR - what does the spread the taste like?
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Upon unscrewing the white plastic lid of the jar, a subtle yet sweet aroma is released. To be honest, it's fairly pleasant smell although it's certainly not as inviting as the more expensive Nutella brand. In terms of the flavour, the value chocolate spread is unfortunately a bit of a let down. The chocolate taste is overwhelmingly cheap - that is, it isn't creamy in the slightest, and reminiscent of a milk cooking chocolate. Although the initial taste isn't too bad, it's the aftertaste which lets the spread down - it's really sweet and lacks any subtlety. Right, that's enough of sampling the spread straight from the jar with a spoon - there is only one way I can *enjoy* my chocolate spread, and that's on warm white toast - so how does the spread taste when it's put on bread? Actually, it's fairly tasty, the flavour of the bread masks the deficiencies in the chocolate to some extent, and the overall ensemble is just about palatable. I tried the 'serving suggestion' as in the picture shown on the front of the label - in the centre of a croissant. This worked fairly well, although I actually think I prefer a nice warm croissant without the spread inside.
Where the spread excels, is in the fact that it doesn't contain nuts. As many of the rival brands use hazelnut in their ingredient list (including the other Tesco Value Chocolate Spread which is available), those with a nut allergy aren't catered for. The consistency is nice and smooth - very similar to Nutella in fact, and similarly it feels pleasant whilst in the mouth. I have used chocolate spreads in the past which rip through the bread as you attempt to spread them (very annoying indeed), but thankfully this isn't the case with the Value brand. Spreading the chocolate is very easy, although the task is a little more difficult if you store the product in the fridge.
OTHER USES - It's not just for your bread you know
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For those of you who aren't especially keen on layering chocolate on your toast, or in a sandwich for that matter, this Value spread has other culinary uses which potentially make it a versatile food stuff. Firstly, you can use the spread as a cheap ice-cream sauce or profiterole topping - just heat it up in a pan, and perhaps add some whole milk if you want a creamier and generally more pleasant taste. Similarly, the spread can be used as either a cake filling or topping, to add some interest to an otherwise dull sponge. I suppose that technically you can use chocolate spread in the majority of places where you would have previously used peanut butter, and a jar of Value Chocolate Spread makes a great addition to baking supplies cupboard - not that I have one of those of course *ahem*.
NUTRITIONAL INFO - the unadulterated numerical facts per tablespoon
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Calories: 85 (4% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
Sugar: 8.2g (9% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
Fat: 5.4g (8% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
Saturates: 1.2g (6% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
Salt: Trace: (less than 1% of an adult's guideline daily amount)
By it's very nature, chocolate spread is likely to be a fairly unhealthy concoction - something which figures shown above definitely confirm. But let's compare the statistics to those of other brands to see where the differences lie. Interesting enough, Tesco Value Chocolate Spread is higher in calories than Nutella (560 calories per 100g compared to 530), and also higher in fat (36.5g compared to 31g). That said, it's lower in both saturates (7.4g compared to 10.3g), and also sugar (53.8g compared to 55g). I would say that chocolate spread is something that should be enjoyed on an infrequent basis - and I would personally feel quite unhealthy if I ate it every day!
FINAL WORD - Will I be purchasing Tesco Value Chocolate Spread again?
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Although Tesco Value Chocolate spread is undoubtedly represents good value for money, the flavour just isn't pleasant enough for me to want to buy it again. I would personally class chocolate spread as a luxury item, which I would only eat infrequently. Because of this, I demand a chocolate spread which offers the best taste - and unfortunately, the Tesco Value brand just doesn't deliver. If it wasn't for the aftertaste, I would probably find the spread acceptable, but I suppose that the Value range is cheap for a reason. All in all, it's by no means a horrible flavour, and anyone who has tried normal Tesco Value chocolate will know exactly what to expect, as it's pretty much identical in taste. As previously mentioned, I would only really recommend the spread as a baking ingredient, where its flavour will be perhaps slightly masked by the other ingredients which surround it. All that's left for me to do is award the product a rating, and after being set on awarding only two, the spread's uber-cheap price tag and potential baking use drags it up to three dooyoo stars.
The history of Chocolate Spread
According to wikipedia 'Chocolate spread is a chocolate-flavoured paste which is eaten mostly spread on breads and toasts or similar pastries such as muffins and pitas. At times it also serves as a filling in pastries and cakes.
Chocolate spread is a product favored mainly by children and serves as a prevalent spread on their sandwiches.
Although it tastes, smells, and looks like chocolate it does not solidify. The paste usually contains cocoa and oil, and is also likely to contain milk and additional taste and smell components. At times it also includes nuts or honey. Chocolate spread is normally sold in glass jars or plastic tubs.'
Kidulthood to Adulthood
Ever since I can remember I used to come home and ask 'mum can you make me a chocolate spread please?' She used to reply 'only one hun too much chocolate is bad for you!' Me being the crazy spoiled little brat I was used to kick and scream until I got not just 2 but 3 chocolate spreads. I know I know I was a chubby kid. But don' get me wrong I remember eating it everyday in packed lunches, on school trips and on holidays. I mean you would have though that I would have stopped eating it at the ripe old age of 21 but you would be dabbling with preconceived notions in utter empty rhetoric. As I have been allergic to nuts my mother has always bought the chocolate spread which doesn't contain nuts ie no 'Nutella'. So while some may be addicted to peanut butter, jam, marmite etc my drug has always been smooth chocolate spread.
But why is it so appealing?
To be honest the question should be how is it not appealing. Even people who do not like chocolate bars such as mars or twix may find this to be a better alternative. BUT WHY!?
How can someone not like the rich, smooth, chocoaltey ,sweet, indulging, addictive, amazing taste of chocolate which spreads into your mouth melting instantly and wrapping itself around the bread only to produce the best thing ever. The fact that you can experiment with this spread makes life with it that much more exciting. I have melted it in the oven and added it to a chocolate cake I made (the best thing in it was the spread!), you can have it with any type of biscuit (preferably rich tea or digestive biscuits) and you can even melt it into a big bowl and dip your marshmellows into it. Once I even felt to try fruit with it so I chopped up a banana and melted the spread and it was like running through a summer meadow where there were no worries of real life. So it's good with everything but how is it on it's own? Below I have answered that question. In short not too good.
Is it really all just bunny rabbits and dandelions?
Unfortunately its not all rainbows and butterflies. This chocolate spread gives me a cheap alternative to nutella which I cannot have (unless Nutella while ever become nut free) but the fix I get when i take a spoon and start eating directly from the tub is too much to handle. By the end of my session I feel that sickening taste you know the one you get after you've had too much christmas cake. So I end up feeling sick, my stomach hurts and my teech ache with pain. It's literally too addictive and I swear if you could smoke this I would have during my stoner days. I mean don't get me wrong if there's anyone that could have produced a product to compete with chocolate giants 'Ferrero' it would be tesco. But since I have eczema chocolate in general is like poison to my skin. Then again since my dad is diabetic I am at a great risk of getting it. So sadly I will have to cut down slowly and slowly until one day cold turkey and boom the drug is not in my system anymore.
nutrient per 100g
Energy kCal 574 kCal
Energy kJ 2,392 kJ
Protein 2.0 g
Carbohydrate 56.0 g
of which sugars 56.0 g
Fat 38.0 g
of which saturates 5.0 g
Fibre 2.0 g
Not very healthy as you can see. To be honest the diet versions of this product are absolutely vile and I would recommend eating a rock instead of those disgusting diet alternatives. Nonetheless the hyper activity this creates in a child is immense. I remember playing football as a kid after a few chocolate spreads.
Would I recommend it to a friend
It's gotta be a definite yes. But I would advise them to eat In normal quantities. Unfortunately, excessive eating is certainly a produce of product and cannot be helped.
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As a treat at the weekend I absolutely love chocolate spread on toast, some brands tend to be quite expensive for a small jar, however I decided to try Tesco Value brand and at 86p for a 600g jar you can't go wrong.
I have tried Tesco Value Chocolate Spread in the past but was not that impressed with the flavour and found it a bit tasteless but after giving it another go recently I was quite impressed at the flavour, it was very chocolaty, not bland like before and had a nice creamy texture to it, very easy to spread on toast or in sandwiches. I also particularly like the fact that Tesco Value Chocolate Spread is suitable for vegetarians.
Nutritional Information (Per Tablespoon)
At my local Tesco the chocolate spread comes in either milk chocolate or dark chocolate, I believe the dark chocolate is slightly more expensive however I only by the milk chocolate so am not sure of the exact price of this.
The chocolate spread come in quite plain packaging consisting of a glass jar with a white screw top lid. The jar has a white label around the middle with a blue band across the middle and the words Chocolate Spread, on the left hand side of the label is a picture of a croissant with chocolate spread on.
Cheap - only 86p for a 600g jar
A large jar which lasts for several weeks, so very economical
Nice chocolaty taste with a creamy texture
Easy to spread
None really only that it is quite high in calories so this is probably not one for the dieter!!!!!!!
Overall I would recommend Tesco Value Chocolate Spread, you get much more for your money, it comes in much larger jar than some other popular brands and at half the price aswell. For those who like to treat themselves every now and again give Tesco Value Chocolate Spread a go, I did and was pleasantly surprised.
I absolutely adore Tesco's own chocolate spread, and it's always a regular in our kitchen cupboard. It goes well with plenty of things, and I have a particular penchant for it on toast!
The jar itself the spread comes in is see-though glass, complete with a simple, white coloured screw on lid. Through the glass you can see the brown spread in all it's chocolately glory, tantalising your tastebuds! There's a wrap around label on the jar, which has a white background. On the front of said background, there's the Tesco logo, the title "Chocolate Spread" on a bar of blue colour, and a mouth watering picture of the spread on some gorgeous looking pastry/bread product. On the back there's all the Nutritional information, ingredients, barcode, etc etc...
As it was from Tesco's value range, my expectations were not that high. However, I was mightily impressed upon eating the spread for the first time. The thick substance tastes very chocolately from the moment you put it in your mouth, yet not in a fashion that's too sickly to handle. Another taste bonus is that Tesco's chocolate spread hasn't got that horrible nutty after taste that I've found to be the problem with other chocolate spread brands. Some people may like that nutty surprise, but it's not for me, and so Tesco's own is the ideal spread to use.
Because it's taken from Tesco's value range, it's cheap. A big jar of Chocolate spread weighing in at 600g only costs 86 of your finest pennies, which is a great bargain! I've discovered other brands who sell chocolate spread for double this price, yet with products that weigh at least half of what Tesco's does!
I am a chocolate lover, so I guess I am the ideal person to review Tesco value chocolate spread!! I think, I must have eaten as much chocolate as anybody in my time!
I love Nutella chocolate spread, but very rarely buy it because of the price. Therefore, I decided to give the cheaper alternative a go- which was the Tesco value.
At 88p per 600g I couldn't resist. That was last friday and by today (wednesday) I have nearly finished the jar (oops).
The spread is in a glass jar with a white twist cap. It has the red and blue Tesco Value label- not very attractive, but that doesn't bother me, it's what is in the jar that I care about!
The chocolate is of a similar consistency to Nutella-it's quite soft and you can easily scoop it out of the jar or spread it with a knife. It is the colour of every other milk chocolate.
The spread is quite tasty, but not quite as nice as the most popular brands, but at approx £2.50 less you can't fault it. I would prefer it spread on a sandwich or on toast, it is quite moist, even without butter.
Eating it with a spoon out of the jar (should I really addmitt to this?!) does leave a bit of an aftertaste in my mouth, it's not bad but not the nicest.
Each 100g contains 560Kcal and 36.3g og fat, which is not too good if you are watching your weight.
A jar has quite a long shelf life, a jar bought in April 2010has a best before date in April 2011 - well, I guess I don't need to worry about it going out of date!
Recommended that you store it in a cool, dry place.
I will buy it again, as it gives me my chocolate 'fix' at a reasonable price.
thank you for reading.
With all of my grandkids loving Nutella chocolate spread and I myself enjoying it from time to time my wife decided it was costing a fortune and decided to attempt to replace it with this very cheap Tesco value chocolate spread, I say tried to replace it because neither the grandkids nor myself would stand for it.
It doesn't taste anywhere near as good as Nutella and it also does not have the nutritional goodness that nutells has, it instead tastes sugary sweet and very artificial, if there was an actual taste for cheap then this would be it.
It is a very cheap spread costing only 88p for a 600g jar as opposed to the £1.47 that the same size jar of Nutella would cost but believe me Nutella is worth every extra penny.
The jar looks drab and boring and the spread inside it tastes exactly like that, it also does not have the consistency of nutella with this being a much thinner spread and one that goes very runny unless kept extremely cool.
One tablespoonful of this cheap chocolate spread has 85 calories, 8.1g of sugar and 5.5g of fat, so if you want a chocolate spread that tastes awful and will be guaranteed to get the whole family fat then go ahead with this but if not then take my advice and give this a wide berth.
Tesco Value Chocolate Spread
On my last trip to tescos whilst looking around i suddenly though ooooo i need some for nutella so off i popped to find it. Then i saw the price and was shocked i haven't bought it for quite a while but could not believe the price of it, if i remember rightly it was about 3 pounds something for a large jar!!!
Determined not to pay that much i started to look at all the other ones on the shelves and spotted this little beauty. The jar size was 600 grammes which is quite big and it was only 72 pence !!! so i thought for that kind of money its got to be worth a go.
The jar and packaging are very simple. Just a clear jar so that you can see the product inside plus a white band with the tesco value logo and the product information.
The spread itself tastes great. It appears to be the same consistency of nutella and i really cant taste the difference. i think that everyone who is a nutella lover should switch to this product and save a few pounds, you wont even notice the difference.
Ever since I was little I have absolutely loved chocolate spread. Normally I but it from Lidl as they do a two tone milk and white chocolate version which is really nice, but as part of my money saving mission I tried this version from the Tesco Value range.
Priced at just over 70p for a large 600g jar, I found this to be considerably cheaper than other brands, even the Tesco own label version.
Like all value products, the packaging is simple - white and blue. Whenever I go shopping I always seem to have a sea of white and blue in my trolley!
When I first popped the seal on the jar there was a strong chocolately smell. While not unpleasant, it had the definite aroma of less expensive chocolate. Not to be deterred by that I got stuck in! My preferred option for chocolate spread is to put it on crumpets, however with an uncharacteristic lack of foresight, I had neglected to buy some so had to settle for toast instead.
The spread had a nice consistency, not too thick and very easy to spread. I like to spread a nice thick layer and I also like it to melt when it's been applied. I'm pleased to say this spread passed the test!
Onto the taste...... While not the best chocolate spread I've ever tasted, it was perfectly acceptable. Like all cheap chocolate, you can tell it's cheap, but it wasn't unpleasant in any way. Perfect if you're looking for something that the kids would enjoy or to keep in the cupboard for a chocolate fix now and then.
It's very versatile and can be used on toast, bread, crackers or even as a cake topping, this list goes on! I was pleased with it and will be buying it again.
I am someone who has to have something on my toast other than just butter. A few months ago I started buying Nutella. This is a chocolate spread with Hazelnuts and very yummy, but it is quite pricey; £1.89 for a 400g jar. So last week while doing our weekly shopping I went to the Jams and Spreads section to pick up a jar of said Nutella and I spied a jar of Tesco value chocolate spread with hazelnuts. So I bought a 600g jar for only £1.20 and at this point I might add that I am also someone that normally would only buy brand names where food is concerned.
This spread is a lot softer (some might say runnier) than Nutella but I think just as nice, not as nutty though. Because it's softer it goes further, therefore making it even more economical and I should only have to buy a jar every fortnight instead of every week.
Nutritional Values per 15g serving:
5.7g fat of which saturates 1.1g
Trace of salt
Nutella per 15g serving:
4.7g fat of which saturates 1.6g
As shown above, the Tesco value contains a few more calories than Nutella but as I wont be using as much per sitting I wont worry too much about that.
Of course the packaging isn't as fancy as the Nutella, it comes in a round jar with a white lid and has the usual Tesco value packaging, white with blue and red bands, thats one of the reasons it's cheaper.
In my opinion this chocolate spread is just as nice and it spreads a lot easier than Nutella on hot toast, goes on a lot smoother and therefore you don't use as much.
It's well worth buying and I will probably continue to do so (once a fortnight).
I love sandwiches and toast as a snack throughout the day and sometimes this is the only thing that I can face when I get home.
I visit Tesco from time to time to stock up on products and when I spotted this Tesco Value Chocolate Spread I decided to buy it as it's just 86p for a 600g pot and this is a bargain price.
This spread is provided in a clear jar with a white screw top lid and once the lid is removed there is a foil lid which I love to stab with my knife and then just peel back.
The spread itself is a chocolate brown colour (as you'd expect) and while it doesn't have the strongest taste to it it is a deliciously chocolatey spread. This spreads well on hot buttered toast and this is how I prefer to have it, however, it's almost as nice in a sandwich but I love it with lots of margarine or low fat spread. There is a fairly nice chocolate taste to it and while it's not the most luxury brand I've ever purchased it is pretty nice and scores a 4/5 from me!
Per 15g serving there is 85 calories, 5.5g fat & 8.1g of sugar so this should be enjoyed in moderation. This is quite high of course but it doesn't matter as the spread is lovely! I really do enjoy this spread and I don't care that it's bad as I just want to eat as much of it as possible, any excuse hey!
This spread gets a 4/5 from me and I would recommend it. The price is fantastic and the taste is pretty nice too. This is great on toast or in a sandwich and is even nice mixed with cornflakes or rice krispies to make some delicious cakes that can be set hard in the fridge.
My mum made a chocolate sponge cake and I commented on how nice the icing was in the middle I was really surprised when she told me that it was chocolate spread, and not only that but Tesco's economy chocolate spread! It worked so well in the cake that I decided to try it out myself.
The jar was 600g and cost 72p which was considerably cheaper than the premium chocolate spread brand "Nuttela" which I had purchased previously for around £1.70 for a jar a third smaller. The packaging consisted of a glass jar through which the product could be seen and a label in Tesco's distinctive red, white and blue value branding. Once I opened the jar and removed the inner seal I dug in with a teaspoon, the spread was thick and tasted sweet and chocolaty. It was nice for a chocolate "fix" and worked very well in the cake I later used it to make, but for me it didn't taste quite as nice as Nuttela does on toast. This spread is sweeter tasting and does not have the same depth of chocolate flavour; it is in other words the difference between Cadburys and say, cooking chocolate. I would say that the texture is also less creamy and thick and I do like the nutty addition of the premium brand. Having said this, had I not tasted the premium brand first this would have been quite acceptable to me and was particularly fine in cooking.
The products main ingredients are listed as milk, soy, sugar, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, whey powder, carob powder, emulsifier and natural flavouring.
A tablespoons worth contains:
85 calories, 8.1g sugar, 5.5g fat, 1.1g saturates and salt trace.
So you can see that after a couple of pieces of toast the calories soon add up. I think that this factor would be common for both this and the premium brand as its not exactly a "healthy" product.
I would purchase this product again for cooking or when trying to economise as it is superb value but for me it is second best in the taste test.