A little while ago, I spotted this awesome sale at Loblaws on these PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops. Normally, I wouldn’t even get them a second look but they were only $3.99, at least half their original price so I picked them up to do a review. You see, I’ve seen them around for a while but wasn’t sure if they were worth the hype. The PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops certainly looked good but cheesecake on a stick? Would it be smooth enough, creamy enough, to call itself a true cheesecake?
Product Review: What ingredients are in the PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops?
Are you ready? Here’s the long list of ingredients that went into the PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops: original cheesecake [cream cheese (milk ingredients, bacterial culture,salt, carob bean gum and/or xanthan gum and/or guar gum), sugar, liquid whole egg, sour cream (milk ingredients, bacterial culture, modified corn starch and/or sodium phosphate and/or carob bean gum and/or carrageenan, microbial enzyme)], chocolate coating (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, milk ingredients, vanilla extract, soy lecithin, salt, natural flavour), toffee bits (sugar and/or brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, coconut oil, milk powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder), cocoa butter, natural flavour, modified corn starch, modified tapioca starch, soybean and palm oil, soy lecithin.
Could that list get any longer? I mean, granted, the ingredient list is long but it’s not completely atrocious. The list is long because all the subcomponents are listed too. I mean, essentially it’s cheesecake with a chocolate coating, and some toffee bits. The only thing is though, I’ve seen cream cheese made much more simply
If I were the makers of these PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops, I would have opted for a simpler list of ingredients because I know it can be done (hello, Enjoy Life can make their chocolate chips with 4 ingredients and Arla’s organic cream cheese is equally simple). where there’s no need to use carob bean gum and certainly, plenty of cheesecake recipes don’t need sour cream.
Product Review: How do the PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops taste?
Eat the PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops when it’s had a chance to defrost in the fridge and you instantly taste its flaws.
The cheesecake is gross. It’s not smooth and it certainly doesn’t have the signature cheesecake texture. It comes across as gummy and chewy. The husband took one bite and refused to try anymore. As he puts it, “it’s like chewing on elastic bands.” He thinks the outer shell completely overpowers the cheesecake which renders it tasteless. Add the whole rubber band texture and it’s a complete and utter failure.
As for me, I completely agree that the PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops are a total flop. The texture is wrong. No lover of cheesecake would ever call this stuff cheesecake. Take a look at this photo. You can literally see the striations in the cheesecake. Those aren’t my teethmarks. That’s how the cheesecake came apart when I bit into it. Real cheesecake would never do that.
If you’re silly enough to let it stay in the fridge for 25 – 30 minutes, you’ll also realize that the chocolate lacks crunch, the toffee goes soft, but thankfully the caramel comes in to save the day (sort of, but not really).
The only way to save these PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops from pure annihilation is if you eat it straight out of the freezer. That way, the chocolate coating is still hard, the toffee is still crunchy, and the cheesecake is still frozen so you can’t really tell that the texture is disgustingly off and un-cheesecake like.
The PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops look so promising but seriously, they’re not even worth the $3.99 that I spent on them. I feel sorry for anyone who ever paid full price for them. The taste is okay. I mean, it’s decent. The chocolate tastes like chocolate, the toffee tastes like toffee and the caramel functions as it should. Put them together with the funky cheesecake and it just all falls apart. Ultimately, these PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops fail because the texture is just wrong at all levels.
I am so glad I’m done with this product review. It’s not worth eating and certainly not worth the calories that you’re consuming. It’s bye bye PC Salted Toffee Cheesecake Lollipops for me.
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