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      14.02.2010 03:11
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      Stick to the original.

      We all remember Arctic roll don't we, a cylindrical ice cream block with a smidgen of jam and a sponge wrapped around it, that's sponge cake of course not bath sponge. Well after not seeing any around for ages I noticed that Asda have their own version of it but not only that they also have the Birds Eye ones back again and this time there is a chocolate version too and seen as how I like my chocolate I gave it a go. I loved Arctic roll and still do but in truth the chocolate version that I review here today was a bit of a letdown, the chocolate ice cream was ok but the chocolate sauce and the sponge were a bit fake tasting and the whole thing was a little bit sickly. I can easily go three thick slices of Arctic roll normally but after one and a half of this chocolate version I was feeling a bit sick and it made me strangely thirsty too. Being a Birds Eye product you might think these would be expensive but they are only a few pennies dearer than the Asda ones right now but then they are on offer at £1 each and I do not know how long that will last, so by all means grab some whilst you can at that price but go original as the chocolate one is just not that good!

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      24.01.2010 12:46
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      About 4 months ago we were told "it's back". Didn't realise it had been away I don't think. Yes, I know about Artic Roll, and have seen Supermarket versions of this, but were unaware that Birds Eye had 1 out at any time. I don't know about you, but I always associate Birds eye with Waffles, or Chicken and Fish Items, not the sweet market. This is available in the freezer section and when it first came out it was selling for £1. If you've read any of my reviews, you will know that I mention my wife loves an offer, so of course we had to have this, then again if you read any of her reviews leeanne160480, you will know first had of her bargain quests! This doesn't look like a large Roll from the dumpy box that this is in. I though when I saw this that it would serve 3 good sized portions, as I like a nice big bit Dessert when I have 1, which is every night funnily enough! This had a good amount of Chocolate Ice Cream encased within a small amount of Chocolate Sponge Cake. The Ice Cream tasted Chocolatey and seemed a good enough quality 1, and the Sponge part was alright as well. There was nothing mind blowing about this. It was nice enough, the price was good and that's about it. It did taste superior to other Artic Rolls i've had in the past, but when this is sold for the normal retail price then i'm not sure it is worth the extra. An ok dessert, but think Birds Eye's place is with the meat section.

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        11.01.2010 12:01
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        I Don't See What All The Fuss Is About With This Chocolate Arctic Roll!

        I reckon I'm the only person in the UK who doesn't like this Chocolate Arctic Roll that Birds Eye have brought back after years of Arctic Roll not being available. It's basically a roll of chocolate ice cream that has been covered in chocolate sponge with a swirl of chocolate sauce going through it. I'm a big time chocolate lover so thought I'd enjoy this pudding, but I didn't at all because I thought it tasted mega cheap and isn't as chocolatey as it looks. The ice cream is quite rich but it hasn't got a very strong chocolate flavour, it's deffo more Tesco Value than Ben And Jerrys! lol It's not very creamy when you're eating it and I think the ice cream has got a funny texture as it melts in your mouth because it seems to go sticky instead of creamy. Not majorly sticky and I don't know if many people would notice it but I definately did. The sponge is nice but there's something about frozen sponge that doesn't appeal to me. It has got a nice cocoa flavour but it being so cold spoils it for me and I'd deffo rather have a slice of proper chocolate cake with perhaps a scoop of chocolate ice cream on the side. This Chocolate Arctic Roll was £1.00 in Morrisons and it's worth that because it is something a bit different from what we'd usually buy. I personally am not mad keen on it but everyone else in the house loves it so it's a matter of whether your tastebuds are going to enjoy frozen sponge and not very good chocolate ice cream! They also do one that is vanilla ice cream with plain sponge and raspberry sauce, I've had that one too and wasn't impressed so I reckon it's just me not liking this kind of thing because apparently the Arctic Roll is a national treasure. Not for me though, give me a hot pudding or at least a better quality ice cream any day! lol

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          11.05.2009 10:14
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          A simple dessert, out of the box and onto the plate.

          It amazes me to think just how much food and fashion have in common, some years ago the Birds Eye Arctic roll was one of the foods of the moment yet as time moved on it was considered out dated and pretty prehistoric. Then all of a sudden Birds Eye announce that the once family favourite is back on the menu. Having sampled many a slice of the raspberry flavoured roll I thought I would give the chocolate Arctic roll a whirl, something different for a change. On offer at Asda for £1, so it wasn't an expensive dessert by any means. The first thing that you notice is the snazzy box, Arctic roll is back! And the hefty chocolate log is sitting prettily on a white china plate looking full to bursting with rich and creamy chocolate ice cream. I much prefer to take the box out of the freezer and let the roll defrost for a good ten minutes or so, that way there is less of a shock to the system. Birds Eye say that the roll will cut into five portions and I reckon they are just about right, the chocolate roll looks fairly rich. A sharp knife slices through the cold roll with ease and the slice is on the plate ready for it's post mortem. Not a bad looking product and the slice does seem to be oozing with the chocolate ripple ice cream. There are three shades of chocolate on my plate, the darker sponge, the lighter milk chocolate ice cream and the in between colour of the thick chocolate sauce. I wondered if the sponge was `fat less`, that is usually the recipe used when a Swiss roll is made because the finished article rolls far easier and doesn't crack when rolled. But I note that the list of ingredients includes egg so at that point I very much doubt it. In the list of ingredients the ice cream counts for well over a half of the entire chocolate roll and this explains why there seems to be a dearth of Swiss roll. The chocolate flavoured sponge makes up a quarter of the product and although I like ice cream I would have liked to see just a tad more sponge. If I remember rightly when the Arctic roll was first introduced to the market as you sliced it the slice stayed firm because the sponge held it all together but maybe I am just dreaming. The chocolate sauce can clearly be seen running by the side of the chocolate ice cream and there looks to be plenty enough. Within a couple of minute the slice of Arctic roll is no longer Arctic in anyway, it is laying prostrate on the plate. The copious helping of ice cream has overpowered the weak layer of sponge. Armed with spoon I zoom in to do the taste test. Sponge - light, airy and slightly soggy where the ice cream has started to thaw, you can taste the chocolate and it isn't overpowering which pleases me no end. Chocolate ice cream - smooth, creamy, just lightly flavoured and quite sweet. Chocolate sauce - A touch too harsh for me but choccy sauce fans would probably shoot me for saying that! Apart from 2% of dark chocolate it seems the remainder of the chocolate flavour has been derived from cocoa powders. In total there are four E numbers kicking around in the Arctic roll and Birds Eye make it cleat that the product contains soya, eggs, wheat and milk. One fifth of the roll contains 117 calories, 1.9g protein, 20.0g of carbohydrate of which 13g are sugar, 3.2g fat of which 2.5g are saturates, 0.6 fibre and 0.05g sodium. I enjoyed my slice of chocolate Arctic roll, as I tasted the soft chocolate flavoured ice cream it brought back memories of those Sara Lee gateaux that we used to buy ( maybe you still can buy them!) the soft ice cream tasted like the frosting on the gateau. Before I make any hasty decisions I think I am going to have to sample a raspberry flavoured roll and compare the two. Would I be tempted to buy it again? Maybe if they were still on offer at £1 I would buy one and stick it in the freezer for a rainy day but I wouldn't rush out to catch the next bus to Asda.

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            12.02.2009 16:02
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            Great tasting Arctic Roll

            I was wandering around Sainsburys last night looking for something exciting to have for tea. My favourite trick is to try and buy food that is on special offer and that's how I came across this product. I've been getting the Tesco brand of Arctic Roll for about the past year, as my husband has been relieving his childhood through ice cream(!), so as a special treat, I bought one for us to share. Currently priced at £1, but I think the normal price is about £1.90. For your £1 you get a fairly small box with 260g of roll inside. One roll is designed to serve 5 people. Each portion has 115 calories and 3.2g fat, so if you're looking for a small chocolatey treat, this may be for you! I must admit, we only got 4 slices out of the roll, as 1/5 was a small portion. The ice cream itself was very nice and with a rich chocolate flavour. The sponge has the right balance between stale feeling and crumbly and it was very easy to cut through. I hate it when crumbs go all over, but there was none of that here. In between the ice cream and the sponge was a layer of chocolate sauce. I really liked the flavour and consistency of it. It wasn't so runny that it went all over, but it was more sauce than solid. In my opinion Birds Eye got the ratio of sponge, ice cream and sauce perfectly right. The combination of the 3 different textures was really tasty and will definitely try the raspberry flavour next! I must admit though, I would never have tried it at full price as it seems a bit on the small side for what you're paying for it.

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              06.02.2009 20:18
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              Chocolate Ice-cream & sponge... where have you been all my life?

              Up until the advertisements and offers on Birds Eye Arctic Roll I'd never tried the sponge and ice-cream combo, and I never knew Birds Eye did deserts either! I think these were once in fashion as a desert as the box says 'it's back!', and apparently 'better than ever before' but I must have missed out first time around. I trust Birds Eye to produce quality food that tastes good, but I was surprised to find their chocolate ice-cream, which is quite different to most of their range of chicken/fish/veg, is actually very tasty. I think chocolate & ice-cream count as 'good mood food' for most people, and their triple chocolate arctic roll provides a rich chocolate experience. This is simply a chocolate version of their original arctic roll; chocolate flavoured slightly rippled ice cream, coated with chocolate sauce and wrapped in chocolate flavoured sponge. These are found in the freezer isle and seem to be available at most supermarkets now and there's currently a £1 special on much of the Birds Eye range, including these which usually cost £1.95 (Tesco). At £1.95, I don't think I would have bought it as it's only fairly small, but £1 is a bargain. The roll comes boxed (260g) and seems to serve 5 as that's how the nutritional guidelines are based. Each 1/5 contains 115 calories and 3.2g fat, so if you make do with one slice then it's a light, tasty choc treat. But it depends on how far you can make that 1/5 stretch as it's quite a small serving in my opinion. The chocolate ice-cream is nice and firm inside the sponge cake cocoon so it's easy to cut through without it slopping everywhere. The ice-cream tastes very nice though there's nothing extraordinary about it. The sponge seems to be just right, not too soft or stale-like but not too crumbly either. Holding the ice-cream and sponge together seems to be a bit (and not much) of that chocolate sauce they talk about, but I can't find much within the ice-cream so I was a tad disappointed. None the less, it's still very chocolately without being sickly. Having never tried their arctic roll before the thought of ice-cream and sponge was a bit strange to me, but I must admit it goes very well together! It seems to be well-balanced taste and texture-wise, and is very tasty when it only costs £1. I would recommend it though I'm only giving it 4 stars as it's nothing spectacular (plus I was a bit miffed at not getting more chocolate sauce!)

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                06.02.2009 01:02
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                Great pud - just don't count the calories or the sugar and you'll be fine!

                The tagline reads 'It's Back!' and it certainly. I couldn't remember the last time I had Arctic Roll, to the point where what it actually is confused me when I saw it in the freezer at my local Tesco the other day. I don't normally get many puds when I do the shop, but I made an exception here and put it in my trolley. After all, it was only £1, and had stirred up some long forgotten memories. Essentially, Arctic Roll is just like a regular Swiss Roll or jame roll, only the filling is ice cream instead of a complete roll of jam or chocolate and sponge. It presents itself in a roll/log, with the outside being a thin chocolate sponge, and the inside being milk chocolate ice cream. Whereas you would find a swiss roll gooey and soft and spongy, the fact that Arctic Roll is a frozen pudding means that it is actually harder to cut through (unless you employ a sawing motion or use a hot knife!) Personally, I like to have Arctic Roll when it has melted a little and the sponge and ice cream mix a bit. This seems to be a normal trend amongst people I know and also other reviews, etc I have read on it. It goes well on its own, although I had it with a little custard and some hundreds and thousands (went the whole hog on the rediscovering my youth part of the pudding!) There is a thin wisp of chocolate sauce within the ice cream, and with the sponge on the outside also being made of chocolate as well as the ice cream being chocolate flavour, this gives the Arctic Roll its Triple Choc tag, and yes, this results in the whole 260g log containing just under 600 calories. As you would expect, the sugar content is quite high, too, but then it's designed as a treat, a dessert, and it is made almost entirely of chocolate, so what do you expect? For those allergy sufferers of you out there (and I am one!), the Arctic Roll contains wheat, milk, egg and soya, and, as with everything these days, it has been made in a factory handling nuts. If none of these nutritional facts bother you, then get yourself an Arctic Roll - it tastes great, and is not over chocolatey. The textures compliment each other, and the whole dish will vanish in an instant. Like I said, I like to wait a bit so mine starts to soften before eating, but each to their own! Arctic Roll is currently available in most leading supermarkets for around the £1 mark, and is well worth getting as a treat pudding for your kids, the family, a party, or just for yourself! Enjoy!

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                  03.02.2009 18:31
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                  Birds Eye bring it back

                  As soon as I spotted this little box of nostalgia in the realm of wonders that is my local Morrison's freezer aisle I knew that I had to have it. With the words "It's back!" emblazoned boldly on its front, Birds Eye have brought back the exotic dessert of my youth with a twist - chocolate flavoured. I last ate an arctic roll in about 1976. For those of you too young to remember that was the Summer of the drought, in my memory it was a halcyon time of no school for weeks, and plenty of very hot days that meant more copious amounts of ice cream than normal. We hadn't heard of global warming back then. Arctic roll was a real treat, the original one was plain sponge with a swirl of jam and vanilla icecream and was a step up from the other dessert fare available - angel delight anyone? So does the new version cut the mustard in today's more varied and more choice filled supermarket dessert freezer cabinet? This arctic roll consists of chocolate cake with chocolate icecream in the middle and a smidgen of chocolate sauce in a swirl. It is actually quite nice. The sponge is a little dry and quite obviously doesn't taste home made but if you let the icecream defrost a little the whole thing is just right - the icecream melts into the cake and it is really quite moreish. It could do with a tad more chocolate sauce for my personal taste, as you could see rather than taste the sauce so perhaps it was supposed to be decorative. The whole thing is about swiss roll size and comes packaged in cardboard with the roll vacuum sealed in an inner see-through packet. On eating it I didn't over concern myself with looking at the ingredients or worrying about calorific content, I figured that it was probably not great for me but in the interests of a trip down memory lane with a twist, not worth worrying about or in the spirit of the thing either. I don't think we worried about e-numbers or hydrogenated fat in the 70's either. Whilst writing this review I did have a quick look at the box and got as far as "guar gum" and figured I would rather not delve further - it does have milk and gluten in it (durr), but I shall just say that the ingredients are as you would expect. The arctic roll costs 99p, which is fair value for money. I would buy it again, nostalgia or not. For one thing my daughters loved it, and I thought it was actually alright and an improvement on the plain version, which apparently has also been re-released. If you are an arctic roll virgin or a nostalgia seeker like me - give this a (chocolate sauce) whirl!

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