Are kiddie desserts any better than adult desserts? Can chocolate mousse be made especially for kids? Today's review considers the Despicable Me Choc Mousse.
🔹Milk, cream, sugar, milk chocolate (7.5%), concentrated skim milk, cocoa gelatine, thickeners, emulsifier (472b), natural flavour.
🔹Emulsifier 472b comes from glycerol and helps keep the product texture consistent. It is well tolerated by most people and not an additive of concern.
🔹Cream, sugar and chocolate are three of the four main ingredients and are NOT 'everyday foods'
🔶 The positives:
🔹Portioned into child size servings so you don't have to be responsible for serving equal portions to siblings!
🔹42c per serving
🔹The sodium (salt) level meets healthy guidelines... not hard for a sweet food!
🔹I'm really scraping the barrel here...
🔶 The negatives:
🔹Fat, saturated fat and sugar content exceed healthy guidelines.
🔹There is no nutritional quality to this product. It has high levels of saturated fat and sugar. 33% of the kilojoules in this product come directly from saturated fat (kilojoule counting is not something I recommend- however, imagine 1/3 of this mousse as pure butter). 35% of the kilojoules come from sugar.
🔹The mousse comes in a 12-pack. Considering this is not an everyday food, you'd have to have a LOT of children to use this as a sometimes food before the expiry date. I imagine these would become an everyday food if there were so many in the fridge.
🔹This mousse is marketed as a 'dairy dessert'. I think the use of the word 'dairy' is somewhat misleading, as this product does not have sufficient calcium to even include it on the nutrition panel. It is just a dessert.
🔹The mousse was on the bottom level of the supermarket fridge section, at the perfect height for young children to see, with Minions on the cover. Pester power at its finest!
🔹"No artificial colours or flavours." True, but hardly a positive.
🔶 The alternatives (more calcium, better nutrient quality)
🔹A glass of milk with a teaspoon of milo
🔹A frozen banana blended with a square of chocolate/chocolate powder.
🔹Some banana fruit art shaped like a minion!
About Mealtime Building Blocks
Dr Kyla Smith is a paediatric dietitian specialising in fussy eating, feeding difficulties and childhood nutrition. Lauren Pike is an occupational therapist working in fussy eating and feeding difficulties. They have a private practice called Mealtime Building Blocks in Perth, Western Australia. You can connect with Kyla and Lauren on their website and sign up for their newsletter, and the Facebook page or on the Instagram page.
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