Review: Iceland Cherry Bakewell Cones

From the Iceland 'Party' food range. Thanks to the Vegan Womble for the tip off. We know we're late with this one for the party season, but our local Iceland had sold out of these when we first heard about them. You can still find them in Iceland stores at £2 for 14 if you want to try them for yourself, or just read on for our thoughts...

Don't be snobbish about Iceland - their fresh fruit and veg is great, and frozen vegetables are also very nutritious. That said, we're new to this frozen party food lark...

You simply buy these frozen, then take them home and defrost them at room temperature and eat them. No baking required. The cones are not quite bite sized, but more like 2 or 3 bite affairs. Guests might eat one or two each.

The tarts are made up from a pastry cone, filled with cherry jam, a sponge layer (that's actually white bread), a fondant icing top and a piece of glacé cherry for decoration.  The idea of using white bread instead of sponge in a dessert shouldn't be frowned upon  - think of summer pudding. 

These cones simply wouldn't be vegan if Iceland had used egg sponge instead of bread. We think this layer could be thicker though and should maybe have an almond flavour or something. As it stands, these cones are just jam tarts with icing on and a bit of bread inside. We found the pastry a bit thick too. Overall, these tarts are very sweet, but have little in the way of flavour.

We're not going to be too harsh with our verdict - we'd like to see more inventive thinking to make desserts like these suitable for vegans, and Iceland should be encouraged to bring them back next Christmas!

The Good: Vegan Bakewell Tarts in Iceland, people!
The Not-so-good: Thick pastry, over-sweet, under-flavoured

Veganoo Score: ★★★
Iceland 'Party' Cherry Bakewell Cones

Footnote: Ingredients
Here is the ingredients panel from the pack we reviewed. The Sorbitan Monostearate is vegetarian and is therefore not from animal fat.

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  1. Great review and thanks for the mention!

    1. You're welcome. Excellent Christmas posts over on your site. Are you not on Twitter, by the way?


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