Advantages Its HEALTHY and SCRUMMY.
Disadvantages NONE, its scrummy.
I am putting this dessert here because I thought I had picked up Tesco Tiramisu. It was only on getting home that I realised I had picked up the Healthy Option ones...a first for me!...but a pleasant surprise! I cannot tell the difference. I dont know about you but things that say 99% fat free usually translates to 99% taste free, or only 3% fat, yes but what kind of fat, LARD or worse DRIPPING. On this pack it states, in a little green and white circle, 'half the fat*' the asterix applies to a very small line underneath which says *of standard Tesco Tiramisu. Also in another cicle, this one blue and white, 'per serving: 172 calories. As these come in individual pots I think they should indicate per pot...as I can polish off two of these as a serving. The packaging is light blue and white and has a picture of the product on it. Very good it looks too! There is a description on the front which reads...
An italian dessert made with coffee and marsala flavour liqueur sponge, whipped creamy mascarpone layer and topped with cocoa powder...YUM!. However the description on the back is slightly less romantic.
A layered dessert comprising of a coffee soaked sponge, topped with a mascarpone cheese based mousse, dusted with a cocoa powder topping with sugars and sweetener.
There is also allergy information which reads...
"Contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg, yeast"...also..."This product may contain traces of nuts as it has been made in a factory that uses nut ingredients"... very helpful!
There is the usual information about ingredients and nutritional values and a red circle ( they do like their circles) telling you that "this product is 3 points per serving" (back to that serving thing again) "as calculated by Tesco using information published by Weight Watchers Inc. for customer information only. This product is not endorsed or sponsored by Weight Watchers Inc, who are the owner of the points trademark." Why dont Weight Watchers endorse it?. Also on the pack is information about daily allowances as follows..."women each day 2000 calories 70.0g fat 5.0g salt... Men 2500 calories 95.0g fat and 7.0g salt." There is a disclaimer pointing out that "these are for average people only, and requirements may vary according to age and activity". The pack is oblong and holds two small containers similar to small sundae dishes. They are plastic and have a small plinth on the bottom. Quite nice to look at, as you can see the product through the plastic, and, as with all good trifles, even italian ones, the layers are very pleasing to the eye.
O.K. This is the best bit......THE TASTE.......
After taking the clear film off, I am immediately hit with a distinct smell of alcoholic chocolate and the cocoa powder is very dark, which could be due to the the fact that it is not covering a dry surface but something quite moist. The cocoa mixes with the masala flavoured mousse and is very creamy and definitely not the same consistency as most mousses. The cocoa alone is quite sharp in taste and similar to dark chocolate. Underneath the mousse is sponge that is flavoured with coffee and liqueur. This is quite moist, almost wet, and completey dissolves on your tongue. The liqueur is quite strong and there appears to be plenty of it. I can't really taste the coffee, in fact, all I can taste now is the liqueur! I really like the light and frothy mousse as it is not the usuall consistency of traditional mousse. For some reason this small pot was enough for me, which is not something I am used to, as with the normal Tesco Tiramisu, not the Healthy Option, I can polish off two and still want more ...weird!
Would I buy the Tesco Tiramisu again? Most definitely, as I love the taste and always have. However, the Healthy Option Tesco Tiramisu not only seems to have more flavour, it also filled me up. This has got to be good and, because it supposedly has less calories and fat, does this mean another diet?....Maybe!!
Especially if all Tesco's Healthy Option range are as good as this Tiramisu.
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