Hubby likes cold rice pudding, and in days long past we used to buy two trays (24 cans) for the month as they were something ridiculous like 18p a tin.
Prices like everything else have gone up, and having little storage on the boat, it became something I didn’t buy unless we’d have it that day for dessert.
Now we have cupboard space, I’ve taken to buying three or four cans for him, opting for the low fat variety at 33p a tin.
Doing a top-up shop this week in a different branch of the store, I bought 2 cans, one of which he had today.
The first thing he noticed was it didn’t have a ring pull like the others, and when he opened it, all he could see was liquid.
He put a spoon in and didn’t touch anything solid for a good inch and a half, and that is quite something when you consider the can is only 4 inches high (I’ve just measured it).
Looking at the label, I noticed a banner saying ‘less than 2% fat’, and thought dammit, they’ve changed a perfectly good recipe and keeping costs down by giving you less rice inside.
I had one of the other tins in the cupboard, and compared the Best Before Dates which were both April 2021.
Then I noticed something else: One was ‘Low Fat’, and the other ‘Light’, so different tinned produce, not an upgrade.
Hubby said it was sweeter so I’ve compared labels, which made quite interesting reading.
Photos: Light label
Photos: Low Fat label
I did a comparison chart (below) as the figures might be a bit difficult to read.
In summary, for the same price and a few less calories, fat and sugar, you can ‘enjoy’ a tin of milk with the occasional portion of rice thrown in.
If you’re wondering how much 28 calories (186 less 158) looks like, 1 gingernut biscuit has 46 calories, 1 dried apricot has about 10 calories, 1 Rivercote garlic cracker has 27 calories, and a 20g SW Fruit and Nut Hi-Fi bar has 73 calories (these are the things I have in my cupboard for comparison).
Makes you think………………………………….