“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Other Desserts „
Crème Caramel A crème caramel is basically a custard dessert with a top layer of soft caramel. Each portion is 100ml; in my opinion this is a decent size. After a large main meal, it is perfectly suited to have as a dessert its not too large, however after a smaller main meal then maybe two would be better to fill up. I like my desserts to be kind of elaborate and fancy and this is in no way shape or form extravagant - but you should remember they only cost 45p for a pack of 4, that's 11.25p each! Tesco's version has an extremely smooth texture, no chewing required, it is tastes okay but it is just a little boring. The actual crème part of the dessert does not have such a strong flavour, although you can taste a slight hint of vanilla, nothing else can really be identified, meaning it is a little bland, this is somewhat disappointing. The caramel sauce is definitely the dominant flavour; it is very slightly tangy but the flavour of caramel is certainly recognisable, I would go as far as saying that it's 'yummy'. It can be described as being very runny, extremely close to the consistency of water; this lets the product down a bit in my opinion. If it were a little thicker it would be more enjoyable, it is not too difficult to eat as it is but a straw would probably come in handy. It did not really have any strong smell, just a slight aroma of caramel. It looks quite cool and funky and will probably be appealing to young children because of its jelly like structure; it will wobble and slide around (maybe even off) the plate. I was surprised by how well the colours blend - starting with a dark caramel at the top down to a lighter custard colour towards the bottom, it looks somewhat appealing but it is still very simple. Packaging The packaging is really unassuming in line the Tesco Value range but it is completely functional, it's well sealed and easy peel to open. My only gripe is the ribbed pot, if you want to eat it straight out the pot (which I do because it saves me washing a bowl or plate) then it is somewhat difficult to scrape all of the dessert out because some gets caught of the ridges, especially the liquid at the bottom. But it is designed this way so it takes the shape of the traditional crème caramel, with the ribbed sides and caramel layer at the top. It can be taken out of the container very easily, to release it peal the lid off and pull the tab on the top, which simply lets air in, releasing the dessert. This was a fascinating feature when I was a little younger and will probably still entertain your young ones. Summary I will admit that I have a preconception about supermarket's own cut-price brands including Tesco Value products. I find most of these products to be of a lower quality than the bigger branded versions, though I do buy their tinned tomatoes, bakes beans, etc. I did enjoy eating this pack of four and considering the price and the taste I will definitely continue to buy this variety of crème caramel.
The Tesco Cream Caramel is one of the very few Value products that disappointed me; there's not much taste and if any you can taste artificial flavourings. It's a shame; I really like cream caramel but never find the time to bake one myself. They actually do look like good cream caramel is supposed to look like with a small layer of dark brown caramel sauce on the bottom and the light cream on top. What I instantly saw was that the cream is very wobbly; normally it should be quite hard. I expected a nice caramel and vanilla smell when I opened the pack but I was rather disappointed from the lightly sweet smell, there was no caramel aroma at all. The taste couldn't convince me either; well it actually didn't taste of much at all. The cream was rather neutral in taste and the caramel sauce was so watered down that no caramel aroma was left; it actually tasted quite unpleasantly of sweetener and I ended up eating the cream and avoiding the sauce. The consistency is almost worst than the actual taste; the sauce is so watery that it doesn't really deserve the name 'sauce' and the cream is like very soft rubber; you could almost drink the whole thing. The caramel cream is suitable for Vegitariens but not for Vegans as egg and cream was used. Each pack contains an astonishing 105 kcal and is of course very high in sugar. - 19.1g of sugar - 21% of your GDA - 0.9g of fat - 1% - 0.6g saturates - 3% A pack of 4 single pots will cost you around 40pence which is of course quite cheap but still, it's not really worth the price. They caramel sauce is just too watery and tastes very artificial, the cream doesn't taste of much at all and all in all it's just not the most pleasant experience. If you are a real fan of cream caramel you are not going to like this Value product, but if you are just looking for a quick cheap snack you can give it a try. For me it's unfortunately only 04 out of 10