VERY dissappointed that these mousses are no longer vegetarian as they now contain beef gelatine. booooooo very dissappointed in you m&s.
I must say I am a sucker for M&S food - I always said that if I won the lottery I would do all my food shopping there!! However, as I am on a bit of an economy drive I hadn't been there for ages, but when my &More vouchers came through the post I decided to pop down to my local Simply Food and get myself a few post Christmas treats!! I love the Count on Us diet range, and decided to treat myself to a four pack of their chocolate mousses as they were on special offer of £1 instead of £1.39 which I thought was very reasonable for a Marks and Spencer product. You get four 70 gram tall pots of mousse at 90 calories each, and they guarantee the mousses are at least 40% lower calories than their standard ones. I like the fact that they do the comparison on calories rather than sugar or fat, as you normally find that means they have just substituted one with another! They also contain 1½ points for anyone following the weight watchers diet plans, something I had not noticed on their products before. This dessert is also available in larger individual pots. Nutritional Information Calories - 90 Protein - 3.6g Carbs - 14.2g Fat - 1.9g (1g Saturates) Fibre - 0.7g Sodium - 0.04g Contains Cow's Milk & Soya. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers due to manufacturing process. The mousse fills about 85% of the pot, and when you open it you get a really nice sweet chocolaty aroma - I was almost drooling before I took my first mouthful. The mousse itself is very light and fluffy, and melts in the mouth. It has a proper chocolate taste, probably due to the 6% milk chocolate per pot, and is sweet without being too sugary. However they are quite moreish, and I could probably sit and eat a couple of these without thinking. Although these contain no artificial colours of flavours they are sweetened with pectin which leaves a bit of an aftertaste - although not as bad as some of the other diet brands. Despite using sweetener they do contain 13% of the recommended daily allowance of sugar, which I think is quite high for one little mousse! It also contains beef gelatine, which might have put me off had I read the ingredients before I ate one!! It is lacking the creaminess of a full fat mousse, due to being made with skimmed milk rather than cream, but for 90 calories these definitely tick the box of a decent diet treat, and I would definitely buy these again!
"Oh My God!", was the first comment I made when trying one of these for the first time. How on earth do Mr Marks and Mr Spencer come up with these delicious treats and still manage to make them low calorie!? With normal calorie controlled food you tend to find that it lacks that little "je ne sais quoi" in comparison to the full fat type. They always taste that little bit bland or boring compared to the calorie laden version. This doesn't - FACT. This tastes just as good (if not maybe a teensy bit better?) than the Marks and Spencer full fat chocolate mousse, purely because it isn't quite so rich, sickly and cloying. It's light and airy, but still retains a lovely dense chocolatey taste. In the world of dieting anything that can curb that craving for sweetness whilst not feeling like a punishment is a winner for me. Normally I would sit there envious of anyone eating something sweet while I'm trying to be "good", but with these I really can eat one and not feel like I'm somehow missing out on the real thing. Keep it up M&S - the world would be a darker place without these angelic treats!
Having been on a bit of a diet kick lately, we bought these instead of ice-cream, Cadburys, cakes, the usual sweet treats. These mousses are a perfect size for the lunchbox, or a quick after dinner treat. The lid states the mousse is made with real chocolate, which seemed a bit anti-diet but at only 85 calories per portion and 1.9g fat Marks & Spencer seemed to have discovered how to make chocolate healthy (okay healthy is a bit of a push, but anything that puts it back on my allowed list is good enough for me!). For those on weight watchers the mousse is labelled as being 1 ½ points. The pot is a reasonable 70g, and at 39p each is very reasonably priced too. Each mousse is sold individually and comes in a mini bucket shaped pot, clear so you can see the dark brown mousse inside, with a white plastic lid on top. The lid is clearly marked as Marks & Spencer's Count on Us range, and has M & S's traffic light coloured triangles to advise of the fat and calories in the product. Reassuringly this is a green product. I think the packaging is simple and modern, while it does not make the mousse look luxurious it does appeal to the diet style of label and is easy to spot on the shelves. However as soon as I tried this mousse I knew I would not be buying it again. It just tastes 'diet'. The consistency is dry and a bit gritty, and I don't know what kind of chocolate makes up that 6% but the mousse has a very artificial taste that lingers in the mouth most unpleasantly. The mousse was extremely light, like eating air, and I ended up mixing it up a bit so I actually got a proper mouthful. I hate wasting anything, so I mixed a load of blueberries into it and that made it more bearable. Both my fiancée and I are big chocolate fans, but over a week later there are still 2 of these lurking in my fridge. When you'd rather go without than eat your 'treat', you know something is very wrong. We will be sticking to Cadbury's hilights mousse in future.
We recently had a lot of 'Count On Us' desserts in from Marks & Spencer which was good as my mum bought a lot of chocolate ones in too! I wasn't supposed to touch them as they were hers but to me if it's in the fridge it's fair game, lol! This Chocolate Mousse one looked really nice and there were three so I figured she wouldn't miss one and I was right...at first! This range is sold in narrow clear plastic pots with a thin plastic sealed lid across the top. The colour so the labels is a light brown and the healthy eating range has little green triangles that tell the buyer the calories and fat content in each product... For allergists this contains milk and may contain nuts because of the factory it's produced in. The reason I wanted to try one is because it said on the front of the pot that these are made with real chocolate plus the colour looked really good, very natural looking and a medium brown. There are only 85 calories per portion and 1.9g fat which is really low so as M&S say 'dieting never tasted so good!' All the range is ready pointed for Weight Watchers which my mum thinks is brilliant - this chocolate mousse is 11/2 points and contains 40% less calories than the normal M&S product. There is 6% chocolate and you can really tell, the taste of it is really strong and very, very nice! The texture was really light and whipped and fluffy just like a normal mousse and I would say it tasted as good. Apparently these are normally 39p each too which isn't bad is it? Five stars for a 70g really tasty satisfying dessert that is full of flavour, yummy! ;-P