“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Desserts „
Even if you are on a diet or just trying to eat more healthfully the occasional treat is probably alright especially of course in moderation, even better if you can treat yourself with something that is described as a light choice or option like these Carrot & Orange slices. You get six packaged in a plastic tray kept air tight by a plastic bag all in a cardboard box.
The slices themselves are just over half the size of a Mr Kipling slice which I suppose is great as it will further make you feel like you not eating too much of something which is not as good for you as a piece of fruit for example. The slices are very similar to any other carrot cake you may have eaten in the way they are constructed with the cake on the bottom and then a thin layer of icing on the top. The cake part is fantastic, very moist and the carrot and orange combination is lovely. The yoghurt icing on the top is very sweet but not overbearing and all in all these have to be some of the best shop bought cakes I have ever tasted especially as they are a healthier option.
Something that always annoys me about carrot cake is that the way it is packaged. Many times in the past I have purchased it and the top layer of icing has stuck to the plastic packaging or cellophane completely stripping the cake of nearly any at all, I am left having to try and spread the icing back on or resorting to licking it from the plastic packaging. With these Tesco cakes though that has never been a problem and they are intact when I take them out of the plastic tray as intended.
Each slice is 95 calories with 0.3g of fat but with 14.5g of sugar. I think the sugar content is sometimes higher in low fat products. These cakes must be stored in an air tight container to prevent them from drying out but I normally finish the box quite quickly so I don't really give them a chance to do so.
These are 98 pence on the Tesco website but I'm sure I paid just over a pound for mine. If you are looking for something to treat yourself with and have enough self control to only eat one or two then these could be ideal for you.
I popped into my local Tesco Express after work today, for something quick and easy for tea tonight. After choosing something I found myself hovering around the small cake selection in this tiny store. I fancied a cake, but had nothing specific in mind so I spotted something that looked appealing, however, out of the corner of my eye I saw these cake slices. I opted for these because they were by far the healthier choice. A box of 6 cake slices cost me £1.02.
Is a white cardboard box with the words light choices scrawled across a good portion of it. This really works at drawing us in as it is very clearly written, and also makes us think that they are better for us (than most of the cakes on show). The box also has a picture of a plate full of these delicious looking cake slices. Inside the box, is a clear, thin plastic tray that is sectioned into six and each cake slice sits perfectly inside each section, the tray is also about 1cm taller than the cake slices this makes it a bit tricky to take out the cake without getting all sticky from trying to maneuver the cake, so as to lift it out. The tray containing the cake slices is also wrapped in a clear plastic film to seal in the freshness.
Each cake slice is approximately 1 inch tall, 1 inch wide and 2 inches long. The box describes the cake as "Moist carrot and Orange cake slices topped with yogurt icing". I think that is very accurate . The only difference between the photo on the box and the actual cake is that the the yogurt icing on the cake was perhaps a little too runny, or not properly set when the slices were cut, as the icing had cracks all over it. It makes it look a bit less appealing but it does not take anything away from the taste.
I find a lot of carrot cakes to be too dry, but this one is perfectly moist, so much so that the bottom of the cake is quite visibly sticky. The sponge is soft and springy. The yogurt icing is a thin layer, it is very sweet though so a thin layer is ample. You can clearly taste the orange and carrot, mostly orange though. The cake is textured with coconut and orange zest.
Overall these are very nice cake slices, one is nice, two is perfect, any more and it would become too sickly I think. I tried to have one, but I had to have a second and then felt happy with that.
The good thing about the Tesco Light Choices range is that the points value shown on each pack, does coincide with the Weight Watchers Points system. Each slice is one and a half points. These slices contain milk, wheat, gluten and egg.
Each slice contains:
I recommend trying these if you are looking for a little something for your sweet tooth, the fact that it is lower in calories is an added bonus.
Although I am currently on a healthy eating plan with the aim of loosing weight I still want to enjoy some nice treats every now and again. This is where the Tesco Light Choices range comes in. I have had these in the past and will again in the future, although I do not buy them that often as they are very moreish and I am the only one who really likes them!
I got a box today, they were 99p for a box of 6 carrot and orange cake slices. Each 30g cake slice contains:
13.3g of which sugars
0.4g saturated fat
a trace of monounsaturates and polyunsaturates
0.1g salt equivalent
For those of us following the weight watchers diet these cakes are 1.5 points.
They contain milk, wheat, gluten and egg. Recipe is no nuts but they can not guarantee nut free ingredients and factory equipment was previously used to make products containing nuts.
You can find these cakes near the bread and bakery section in Tesco's. They have a range of light choices cakes that (in my local store) are next to the WW equivalent and come out a bit cheaper in this case around 25pence.
Once you open the white box with a picture of the cakes on the front at first you may be a bit disappointed at the size - for some reason they look quite big on the picture but are actually quite small. They are plastic wrapped in a case, not individually wrapped. The white yogurt icing is usually cracked, again unlike the picture on the front.
Does the taste let you down? In my opinion NO!! They are absolutely delicious which is part of the problem with them being fairly small as I usually end up having two at once!
When you take a bite into these lovely little cake slices, you can taste the sweetness of the icing and the lovely carrot and orange. They are really moist and soft and spongy with little pieces of carrot and orange in. They are quite sticky but completely worth the calories!
Tesco Light Choices Carrot & Orange Cake Slices. I often but things from the Light Choices range in Tesco, I tend to find that they are not at all lighter than the normal varieties, especially their ready meals which are full of salt. However I do buy the products because I really like their taste.
These cake slices can be found in the cakes and pies aisle, a packet of 6 will only cost you £0.90 which I think is a good deal and that's why I bought them, a lot of the other varieties were more expensive. They come in a white box which is the same design as the other boxes in the Tesco light range. On the front it has a picture of some of the cake slices on a plate with the nutritional values below it and to the left of these are the Tesco Light logo and their description of the product "Moist carrot and orange cake slices topped with yogurt icing." On the back of the packet are the ingredients and the nutritional values are also listed again. Inside the box the cakes are in a little white tray to keep them separate and stop them from being squashed and then they and the tray are wrapper in plastic so that they stay fresh and don't stick to the box.
The ingredients, which I include for the benefit of those who have food allergies, are:
Sugar, Wheat Flour, Water, Carrot (7%), Humectant (Vegetable Glycerine), Pineapple, Yogurt (2%), Citrus Fibre, Coconut, Orange Zest (0.4%), Dried Egg Yolk, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), Maize Starch, Dried Egg White, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Spice (Cassia), Vegetable Oil, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Wheat Starch, Natural Flavouring
This means that they contain Milk, Wheat, Gluten and Egg plus Tesco cannot guarantee that they are not free so this probably isn't the best snack in the world for those who suffer from certain allergies, be careful. These cake slices contain an awful lot of sugar but apart from that they are not too bad.
Each slice contains:
95kcal, 5% of your GDA
13.3g, 15% of your GDA
0.7g, 1% of your GDA
0.4g, 2% of your GDA
0.1g, 2% of your GDA
Because of the very high sugar levels I don't recommend that you eat these too often, like most cakes they should only be eaten as an occasional treat and not too regularly. When you open the box and the packet you can immediately smell the orange and it encourages you to take a bite. The cakes are only 2-3 bites each as they are quite small, about 2cms high, 2cms wide and 6cms long but seeing as they are meant to be the healthy option I guess this is a good thing as it means that you won't be eating too much in each serving. The cake is nice and moist which I was very happy about as I really don't like it when a cake is all dried out. It has a nice spongy texture and really does taste of oranges and carrot. The yogurt icing on the top is really nice as well, according to the ingredients on the box it is pineapple flavour which would explain why it was so sweet. It is really nice though and not over poweringly sweet. It is only a copul of mm's thick so you don't need to worry about it being too much.
Overall I think that these are a great cake and although I really don't think they are any healthier than other brands they are very tasty and I will therefore buy them again. Like most foods in the Tesco Light range they really full of flavour but also sugar so be careful how many you eat!
Whilst always trying to watch what I eat and eat as sensibly as possible, I do like to treat myself to a tasty sweet snack or two throughout the course of the day.
Browsing through the cakes on offer in Tesco I spied their Health Choices Carrot and Orange cake slices. The picture on the box looked good, with only 95 calories per slice and a great love of carrot cake I decided to give them a try.
In quite an eye-catching white box with a tasty looking photo of the cakes on the front. These 6 cakes come in a moulded plastic tray, each cake having its own little section to sit in and then enclosed in a clear plastic bag.
Quite a moist sticky texture to these cake slices, with quite a strong sweet smell of orange coming through when first opened. The texture I find quite similar to most carrot cakes I have tried, very moist and full of flavour. The flavours I find to be most prominent are orange and cinnamon. The actual cake isn't too sweet but the yogurt based icing is very sweet, although seems to compliment the cake's flavours very well. All in all a very tasty little sweet treat but far too small, at only about 3" x 1.5" x 1.5", I found the cake slice was finished before I had had a real chance to savour the splendid taste!
These little cake slices, or should I say VERY little cake slices are tasty, there is no doubt about that, but one wonders if they really are lower in calories than any other cake on the self, being so small it's no wonder there is only 95 calories in each. I will definitely buy these cakes again as I do love the moist texture and the flavour they offer, but I still feel that any other cake on the shelf cut to the same size would have just as few calories.
Calories - 95
Sugar - 13.3g
Fat - 0.7g
Saturates - 0.4g
Salt - 0.1g
Suitable for vegetarians with1 ½ Weight Watchers Points per slice.
Can be bought from Tesco at 90p per box.
© lel1969 February 2008