“ Type: Breads/Cakes „
I try to eat healthily to a certain extent but every now and then I like to treat myself. One of my favourite treats is Tesco's Raspberry Rapture Cheesecake.
The product comes with two slices of cheesecake included, each cheesecake being 109.5 grams. The slices come in a see through container which pops open at the corner and lifts off so you are able to get the cheesecake out.
On the top of the packaging there is a label stating what is inside, a small description of the cheesecake and also a picture of some raspberries.
This product is only available at Tesco where it costs £1.89 for both slices which I think is very reasonable considering this will do pudding for two people for under £2!
The Cheesecake Itself
The Cheesecake is a decent sized slice and certainly looks very appealing. The slices are just over an inch tall and nearly 4 inches long. There are lots of fresh raspberries covering the top of the cheesecake, then they creamy 'cheese' section followed by the crunchy biscuit base.
The cheesecake also has a good texture, with the cheesecake section being nice and thick but still being soft and creamy at the same time. Some cheesecakes I have tried don't seem to have a very firm texture but this has a perfect cheesecake texture.
This is one of the nicest raspberry cheesecakes I have tried (except for the ones my Mum makes). The raspberries covering on the top is quite sharp but not unpleasantly so. The sharpness of the raspberries contrasts really well with the creaminess of the next layer. There are actually swirls of raspberries hidden within the cheese section which is very appealing as you can really taste the contrast between the sharp raspberries and the creamy middle section. The middle section tastes mildly of vanilla, but this is only a slight underlying taste which I think works well. One slight downfall is that there are quite a few pips in the raspberry section. To be honest, this doesn't really bother me but I know my brother avoids this product because he hates having to pick the pips out of his teeth afterwards.
Last of all the digestive biscuit base is crunchy and contrasts well with the other layers. I sometimes find that the biscuit bases on shop bought items can go slightly soggy but that isn't the case with this product. You can really taste the butter that is used with the biscuits to make the base and I think that all three layers really compliment each other.
I think this cheesecake is really good value for money at only £1.89 for 2 slices. The cheesecake itself is very tasty and all the different flavours and textures really work well together. Another bonus for me is that this cheesecake is suitable for vegetarians as many others are not because they contain gelatine.
The packaging is perfect and the slices are really easy to get out of the packaging without scraping half the topping from the cheesecake!
*Price & Availability*
Two pieces of Raspberry Rapture Cheesecake are packaged together and are priced at £1.89. This is a Tesco branded product and therefore only available in store at Tesco or on-line at www.tesco.com.
Each slice contains:
*Appearance & Taste*
The slices are each around an inch and half from base to top and say four inches long, triangular slices. There is a biscuit base, the cheesecake filling and a layer of raspberry topping with 'freeze-dried' raspberries on top. It smells delicious and fruity.
This really does taste wonderful. I was expecting it to be a little dry perhaps, but it is a good quality tasting product. The biscuit base is firm yet crumbly and nicely sweetened. The middle tastes similar to full fat philedelphia soft cheese, which extra tasty flavours thrown in. The raspberry topping is very fruity and the freeze dried raspberries are set in a delicious sauce.
This a very tasty enjoyable dessert. It certainly is something I could eat everyday but would not (or rather, should not) because of the calorie / sugar and fat contents, all of which are very high for such a treat. For example; the fat content is 30% of guideline daily amounts.
As a once in a while treat this is very nice and it is reasonably priced.
I'm a bit of a cheesecake fan, well that is to say a lot of a cheesecake fan and whilst in my local tesco express I saw these and thought I would give them a go in place of my usual GU cheesecakes as they were cheaper. They also claim that they don't contain any artificial nasties.
The pack is in the fridge area so no waiting around for them to defrost for hours and each pack comes with two, disappointingly small slices of cheesecake. For a dessert I'd have to eat both of them - but I can eat like a horse at the best of times so one slice may be enough for most. The item does have a short shelf life but can be frozen.
It is suitable for vegetarians.
Each slice contains:
Energy - 335 Kcal
Sugar - 23.5g
Fat - 20.9g (saturated fat 11.1g)
Salt - 0.7g
On opening the pack there was virtually no smell of the raspberries which did start the alarm bells ringing as to how good it would be. The small slice consisted of the usual three parts the biscuit base the layer of 'cheese' and the fruit top.
Well firstly the fruit top in my opinion was far too thin, there was less than a quarter centimetre of it, bright red and tasteless, there was no taste of raspberry at all. I should have guessed this from the lack of the smell of raspberries. The topping was sticky but not overly sweet. For me this was a really big failing as I like a good size layer of fruit on my 'fruit' cheesecakes which actually tastes of the fruit is supposed to be made from. Here tesco fell down on both these areas.
The layer of cheese was far too thick it consisted of about 7/8ths of the slice. Although there were 'freeze dried' raspberry pieces in it again there was no taste of raspberry. Whilst the texture was fairly creamy it was also very heavy and had, I felt, somewhat of a grainy texture as if it hadn't been beaten for long enough. The layer of cheese also somewhat dried out my mouth. After a couple of forkfuls of it I was almost at the stage where I had to force myself to finish it - mainly as I hate wasting food.
The biscuit base was ok but that it about all. It was three times the thickness of the fruit layer and was, I felt, a bit too dry. Although the first taste of the base is slightly buttery this soon gave way to a taste I couldn't put my finger on. Not exactly a burnt taste but something in that area. The base did hold up well and wasn't soggy but I have had even cheaper cheesecakes with better ones.
In all I was disappointed in this purchase and it is not something I would buy again. I gave the other slice to a housmate - she wasn't impressed either. This attempt may have been more acceptable if it was in the shops cheaper own range as I don't think it was worth the money I paid for it. The fact that they don't contain any artificial colour, flavourings or preservatives is possibly the only redeeming feature.
I know other people who do love these cheesecakes but I was not all that happy with them. I'll be sticking to my GU ones in future.
the pack of two cheesecakes cost £2.06 when I bought them.