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Low Fat Hot Puddings - Tried and Tasted

With winter well underway the WLR taste team have indulged their sweet teeth and kept their SAD at bay with a whole party of warm sponges. But which low fat puddings did we have the best time with and which would we regret the morning after?

Remember, the Tried and Tasted Team don’t know which product is which, so there’s no bias involved!

Table 1: Low Fat Hot Puddings Compared
Product Tesco Healthy Living Chocolate Sponge Pudding Waitrose Perfectly Balanced Lemon Pudding Waitrose Perfectly Balanced Chocolate Pudding
  Tesco Chocolate Sponge Pudding Waitrose Lemon Pudding Waitrose Chocolate Pudding
Ranking 1 2 3
Taste/Texture Very tempting and appetising looks and smells. Quite high in calories and among the highest in fat and maybe not as good as we were hoping but this was still the one the team wanted to spend the most time with. Great for fans of lemon and still a good choice for those who don't. A good textured sponge and sharp refreshing lemony taste. A real character. Less chocolatey than the Healthy Living pudding but with less calories and fat it can be excused for not being quite as much fun.
Calorie Content per Serving 196 (per pudding) 248 (per pudding) 182 (per pudding)
Table 2: More Low Fat Hot Puddings Compared
Product Sainsbury's BGTY Summerfruit Pudding Asda Less Than 5% Fat St Clements Sponge Pudding Tesco Healthy Living Raspberry Sponge Pudding
  Sainsburys Summerfruit Pudding Asda St Clements Pudding Tesco Raspberry Sponge Pudding
Ranking 4 5 6
Taste/Texture Fluffy and dry sponge, weak and watery sauce. The only one in the test that failed to hold itself together without the pot. The tasters may have been more tolerant due the very low fat content. A big party animal attacking your senses, bright colour, strong smell, thick sauce, very sweet flavour: not to everyone's taste.

Dry, rubbery, bread-like textured sponge. Only allowed to hang around at this level for the nice raspberry topping and serious lack of calories and fat.

Calorie Content per Serving 161 (per pudding) 319 (per pudding) 176 (per pudding)
Table 3: More Low Fat Hot Puddings Compared
Product Asda Less Than 5% Fat Fruits of the Forest Sponge Pudding Sainsbury's BGTY Chocolate Pudding Asda Less Than 5% Fat Chocolate Sponge Pudding
  Adsa Forest Fruits Sponge Pudding Sainsburys Chocolate Pudding Asda Chocolate Pudding
Ranking 7 8 9
Taste/Texture Takes up the most of your calorie and fat allowance yet brings little in return. Good looks but a let down on taste; particularly the sponge. Seemed to have been got ready in a hurry. Sloppy looks and a thin watery sauce. Appears to have overdone the chocolatey fragrance to disguise an "odd taste" "like bananas?" Good looks let down by it's taste personality. A stodgy sponge masquerading as chocolate but really it's just full of sweeteners.
Calorie Content per Serving 320 (per pudding) 161 (per pudding) 314 (per pudding)
Table 4: More Low Fat Hot Puddings Compared
Product Sainsbury's BGTY Apple & Sultana Steamed Pudding Tesco Healthy Living Apple Sponge Pudding with Mixed Berry Sauce
  Sainsburys Apple Steamed Pudding Tesco Apple Sponge Pudding
Ranking 10 11
Taste/Texture Takes up the most of your calorie and fat allowance yet brings little in return. Good looks but a let down on taste; particularly the sponge. Seemed to have been got ready in a hurry. Sloppy looks and a thin watery sauce. Appears to have overdone the chocolatey fragrance to disguise an "odd taste" "like bananas?"
Calorie Content per Serving 320 (per pudding) 161 (per pudding)

There was no surprise that the most chocolatey dessert - Tesco Healthy Living - turned out to be Mr Popular with our taste team. The Waitrose low fat chocolate pudding is less exciting but treats you more nicely. For a fruity alternative try Waitrose's lemon or Sainsbury's summer fruits puddings, and they wont spoil your new year's resolutions.

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