“ Brand: Asda / Type: Trifle „
Trifle tends to become a more frequent dessert for our family during the winter. I have no idea why, but I don't complain. Last night an Asda branded strawberry trifle was cut and dished out shortly after dinner. It had been a fair few months since I last had trifle, so I was excited for the dessert. Until my mother told me it had pieces of strawberry in it. I generally don't like much fruit and always find the idea of fruit in my cakes to be unpleasant.
The trifle was quite a large serving ( enough for a family of 5 or more ), costing around £1.50. There was 600g worth of cream, custard, jelly, sponge and strawberries contained with a plastic bowl shape. Sadly there was no sprinkles to be seen which made the trifle seem a little boring. The cream was well spread, the custard thick, the jelly wobbly, the strawberries distributed evenly and clumps of sponge that had sunk to the depths of the layered dessert. It managed to stay in tact whilst spooning into my bowl which was quite unexpected for a cheap trifle.
The strawberries in this trifle were easily located and picked out of my piece. This was great since I didn't have to pass on the trifle. There were absolutely no traces of the strawberry whilst I ate the trifle which contributed to my appreciation of the dessert. The combination of the flavours actually surprised me! Perhaps it was my tongue's abundance of the flavour, but it tasted fantastic. The cream was light and whippy and although had no sprinkles it still stood proudly upon the trifle. The custard was kind of tasteless which I tend to find with most trifles. The jelly wasn't overwhelming, it was your typical cheap jelly with a light strawberry taste. The sponges were soft, but seemed to have a kind of dry texture to them. Although individually that all sounds a little rubbish, I assure you the combination is strangely pleasing. It possibly isn't as good as the trifles you make yourself. However, it is quick and easy to serve with a price that is quite reasonable, you can't really go wrong to try it out.
Of course such a dessert has a price beyond the price on the shelves. The trifle is quite fattening and may leave you with a desire for more. This kind of dessert is possibly best served after a large meal since it is quite light on the stomach and does not seem to fill that hunger as well as other puddings.
Stats for 1/6 of the trifle:
Suitable for Vegetarians
Of which sugar 15.9g
Of which saturates 4.8g
At the weekend I just fancied something sweet - yes, I know I am a diabetic but my blood sugar is finally under good control and I had been working hard all day selling lifeboat souvenirs on the prom here in Llandudno! That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Anyway Dave popped out to Asda and came back with one of their strawberry trifles for us to share.
The trifle was a 600g one and cost just £1.74 and I doubt that I could have made one for that price, especially when you factor in the amount of time it would have taken me. Having said that it is very unusual for me to have shop bought trifles - on the rare occasions that I need a trifle I would make my own from scratch.
The packaging of many of the items in Asda has been reduced and this trifle is no exception coming with the very minimum of packaging. In fact you can see from the older picture at the top of this review that the cardboard used to cover the whole dish but not so now.
The trifle is made in a clear plastic dish with a clear plastic peel off film over the top which has two main advantages - it can all be recycled and it is easy for the customer to see the product before making the decision to purchase. The dish now has just a fairly narrow band of cardboard round it (again easy to recycle) giving the information about the product.
On the front of the cardboard we are told that this is an Asda Strawberry Trifle with juicy strawberries in strawberry jelly, layers of soft sponge, creamy custard and whipped cream. We are also told that this product contains no artificial flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat. It also tells us that this product is suitable for vegetarians.
On the back of the cardboard sleeve there is the full list of contents of each of the various trifle layers, allergy information, nutritional information, how to store the trifle and the recycling information. Incidentally it does say that the film cover is not currently recycleable but I always put them in with my plastics!
There is also a reminder of the Asda promise that if we are not happy with any Asda product they will replace it AND refund our money, you can't say fairer than that can you?
This product must be stored in the refrigerator and cannot be frozen. It should be eaten within two days of purchase and within 24 hours of opening. Mind you, trust me, once you have tasted it, it is not going to last very long!
To be fair the trifle looked lovely and very appetising. The various layers were clearly visible through the plastic dish and the cream was attractively swirled over the top of the trifle. When the trifle was spooned into dishes the layers remained distinct - I thought this was worth mentioning as some cheaper trifles do tend to collapse into a mushy mess when served!
I have to say it was gorgeous! The mixture of the custard, strawberries, jelly, sponge and cream was perfect. The custard was indeed very creamy, the sponge was nice and moist, the strawberries in jelly added a fruity tang and the cream finished the whole thing off with real indulgence. It was a sweet treat but I didn't find it sickly in any way and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Obviously it isn't something I would eat on a regular basis but I would certainly buy another one of these.
The Nutritional Information
Bearing in mind that the trifle is 600g and Dave and I ate it between us easily without feeling that we had eaten too much I will give the nutritional information per 100g.
Of which sugar 15.9g
Of which saturates 4.8g
As I have already said this definitely has to be an occasional treat as far as I am concerned but a treat it most certainly is! I found it to be an excellent trifle and for £1.74 I would definitely recommend it.
As you all know the Asda stores are mammoth sized and you need to set an afternoon aside to make the most of your visit.
So much to look at and such a vast choice, We must have spent nearly an hour looking around the electronics department.
Fairy liquid and Mr Muscle cleaners were all on special offer at ridiculously low prices as you entered the store, many people were stocking up and had a dozen or more bottles in their shopping trolleys.
I couldn't even guess how many different types of ready made puddings Asda have on offer, it surely must run into the hundreds. More often than not we have an Adsa Fruit Cocktail trifle, but there wasn't one in sight so we made a momentous decision lol to try an Asda Strawberry trifle.
A 600g pot of trifle was £1.74, so reasonably good value for money.
The trifle is housed in a clear plastic pot and a cardboard sleeve is wrapped neatly around the product.
At the top of the pot you see Asda Strawberry Trifle in clear and concise white lettering. Below the lettering is a bowl of strawberry trifle sitting on a table, a portion has already been removed and the serving spoon is still sat inside the bowl.
When you remove the outer cardboard sleeve the trifle is covered with a plastic film which needs to be tweaked at the edge to lift it before you can completely strip it back.
The whipped cream looked truly scrumdiddlyumptious, very pale cream coloured and filled with peaks and troughs.
As you dig the serving spoon further into the trifle you discover a layer of extra thick creamy custard, some instant custards are far too `yellow`, Asda have ensured that the custard has an authentic appearance, it is a pale primrose colour.
Beneath the custard lay a mingling mass of strawberry jelly, sponge and a reasonable amount of strawberries.
The cream and custard are gold medal winners, the cream is light, fluffy and tastes exactly like fresh whipped cream should do. The pale primrose coloured thick custard is equally as delicious, thick enough to stay on the spoon yet soft enough to slip down easily and you could easily fall for this custard in a big way.
The sponge is saturated in strawberry jelly, which is as it should be, it has a slightly grainy texture which is pleasant. The jelly has a good fruity taste but it does seem slightly `over watered`.
As you hit the centre of the trifle the strawberries are plentiful, but unless you eat strawberries when they are fresh you find that their texture changes completely. Rather than a firm pert fruit you pretty much have a wizened looking heap posing on your spoon. After being derogatory about the strawberries that is something that even Asda cannot help, strawberries are renowned for being a difficult fruit to keep successfully.
To be fair they do have a certain amount of flavour still left in them.
The Strawberry trifle is free from all artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. I noted that the trifle contained concentrated strawberry juice which I am sure helps enrich the flavour.
It is a suitable product for Vegetarians, it contains gluten, milk, eggs and wheat and it might also contain nuts. The trifle isn't suitable for home freezing and you should use it up within 24 hours of opening it.
A quarter of the trifle contains around 220 calories.
On the whole the Asda Strawberry trifle was an enjoyable experience, smooth, creamy and tasty.
The only thing that would make me pick up a fruit cocktail trifle rather than a strawberry trifle the next time around would be down to the firmness of the fruit. But in fairness Asda have produced a good flavoursome dessert.
Overall the trifle was rather delicate and soft, the cream was whipped into shape and rather tasty, then came the custard, very nice 9/10 abit sickly but good quality.
But the main problem with Asda's Strawberry Trifle is the spongey bit. It completely spoils the eating experiance and turns a delicious desert into a disasterous one. The sponge was airy and dry and i only like sponge with no air.
I am not an expert on cooking although my brother has a GCSE in food technology and he believes that i have a valid point when saying that the sponge is a bad point of a traditional British pudding.
I would urge Asda to think about alternatives for the sponge as i want to regain the feeling of not wanting my pudding to end and with the sponge included these trifles dont make me feel like this.
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Mr David Ball
21 Finch Avenue