Bitter sweet. This is not a product I would ever buy, so really appreciate this festive sample. Thanks a bunch, bunch for dropping this sweet treat in my bunch box.�YT,�Y'�
The packaging was beautiful and made the Sweet Salted Caramel Pudding look very appealing. I love the Christmas wreath and I'm glad that it hasn't changed since last year. The wreath is symbolic of the festive season after all, and makes Christmas treats easy to identify in the store. The photo of the glistening pudding printed on the front of the sturdy cardboard sleeve is drool-worthy.�Y~<
My sample was easy to locate among the other Christmas treats on display in the bakery section.
The gold coloured plastic tub was sturdy and helped keep the pudding secure during transportation.�Y'� The golden tones added a touch of luxury and made the product look exquisite.�Y'O We knew we were in for a special treat.�Y���Y'> The container looked nice enough to repurpose if you had some sort of use for it, like planting a small plant or displaying a little bunch of flowers.
The container was sealed with aluminium foil for freshness. The foil included an easy to pull tab. The foil wasn't hard to remove, but unfortunately, didn't peel off in one piece.�Y~�
The cardboard sleeve, plastic tub and aluminum foil are recyclable. I was extremely pleased to discover this. I really appreciate it when recycling info is clearly labelled and easy to read. I'm sure my friend @busymumof2 would agree with me.�YT,�T�️�Y'O
I liked the little slits in the sleeve, because they helped keep the cardboard in place.�Y'��Y�-
The sleeve was easy to remove by pulling the cardboard apart underneath the tub.
Upon opening my sample, I was greeted with lovely tones of sweetness. The pudding had a golden glow, and looked irresistibly yummy! The cracks made it appear authentic, akin to something homemade.�Y~<
The heating instructions were clear, but perhaps the font could be made a little larger. This is especially important when it comes to things like the allergen advice.�Y"Z�Y�"
I chose the easier and quicker method of heating and decided to zap my sample in the microwave for the recommended 90 seconds. There was no way I could wait a whole agonising hour while the pudding simmered and steamed in a saucepan! This is impossible for an impatient sweet tooth to have to endure! Good things come to those who wait, I know, but this adage doesn't apply to dessert!�Y���Y���Y~,
I transferred the pudding to a ceramic bowl before heating it in the microwave. I don't microwave, cook or bake my food in plastic. I never have, and never will.�Y~�
The 90 second heating time was spot on. The pudding warmed through to perfection. It smelt divine. We couldn't wait to enjoy our afternoon tea.�Y~<�Y��
The sponge was nice and moist, but disappointingly, the texture was too dense. It wasn't light and airy like a typical sponge cake and I can't work out why this product is even called a 'sponge'.�Y�"
It was sweet in taste, but not sickly sweet. It's worth mentioning though, that hubby and I both have a sweet tooth and can tolerate excessively sweet foods quite well!�Y~, The packaging actually states that this is a sweet salted caramel pudding, so the consumer is warned upfront!�Y���Y~,
The glistening salted caramel sauce made the pudding look decadent, but the taste was truly awful. After a few mouthfuls, Mr Mickey started pulling funny faces and loudly exclaimed 'chuck it'! His facial expressions were priceless! They were gold. I'm not use to seeing my handsome husband with his face scrunched up like that, and I got to see several different versions too! �Y~,�Y��
As we don't like food waste, we decided to persevere with the taste testing. Dutifully, we did it for bunch!�Y~��Y�? Neither the caramel sponge nor the salted caramel sauce tasted even remotely like caramel. The flavour was probably similar to toffee, but the sauce was bitter and left a very unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth. We didn't enjoy it at all. We tasted very subtle tones of saltiness, with an overpowering level of bitterness! On our first attempt, we ate the pudding on its own, but probably should have enjoyed it with a dollop of cream or a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. The idea was to try the pudding in its unadulterated state.�Y~,
We were a little smarter the second time around, as our dessert was much better paired with a good quality vanilla ice cream, but we still didn't like the sample. The pudding was artificial. I think the essay length ingredients list largely explained the fake flavours...no, thanks!�Y~� Palm oil is listed 3 times, together with stabilisers, firming and raising agents, regulators, preservatives and 15 different numbers! I thought I was looking at an Excel spreadsheet!�Y���Y~,
With so many artificial nasties, you would be forgiven for thinking that this pudding would last in the pantry for eternity, but to my astonishment, the best before date is less than one month away (09.02.21). I think I'm both shocked and confused...please explain!?�Y���Y~,
The salted caramel creation seemed a bit of a strange product to serve as a Christmas treat, but I actually think it's a good alternative to the traditional fruit pudding.�Y'��YT,�YZ"
The packaging indicates 5 servings per pack. We got only 3, over 2 sittings!!!�Y���Y~, I had a quarter of my sample, Mr Mickey was force fed the rest. A cup of good coffee on the side seemed to help wash the awful taste down.�Y~,�~. Never to be repeated again.�Y���Y~,
This is an imported pudding. It was made in NZ, just on the other side of the pond. Why was it not manufactured in the Land of Oz?�Y�"�Y?��Y?�
I wouldn't spend $7.00 on this 500g product, as it really wasn't nice. I struggled to award this pudding more than 2 stars. Oh well, at least my rating matches the number health stars shown on the cardboard sleeve, so I guess there's an element of balance in my review.
Needless to say, I wouldn't recommend this Sweet Salted Caramel Pudding to you. Definitely not before it undergoes a total overhaul.
Woolies, thank you for this sample, but as @baudin said in his review, I think we need to go back to the drawing board.⭐⭐