ALDI – Belmont Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake – Food Review


aldi, Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake, Belmont, food, review, price, calories, nutritionOctober 25, 2017

Well this is somewhat misleading.  But it will be eaten nonetheless.

I’m a sucker for cheesecake.  The picture on the box looked really good.  The title was enticing.  How could anyone resist the words chocolate truffle and cheesecake combined in one place?  The price was more than right.  And the everyday cheesecake at ALDI is pretty wonderful.  So this would be one step beyond wonderful.  Right?  Not exactly.  But, like the mushrooms that share the same name, this sort of grows on you.

Rather than a cheesecake this is more like a chocolate mousse (with horns) sitting on a thickish chocolate graham cracker “crust”.  “With horns” in this context means thick and beefy mousse.  If I didn’t have the box to read, I wouldn’t know this was a cheesecake, even one of those light fluffy cheesecakes.  The chocolate flavor is neither sweet milk chocolate nor dark semi-sweet chocolate.  It’s somewhere in the middle with an earthy tinge to it (like a real truffle?).  The graham cracker crust is crunchy in the mouth.  That provides an interesting textural contrast with the soft “cheesecake” topping it.  Even though it doesn’t taste exceptionally sweet, I’m sure there’s a bunch of sugar in it.

aldi, Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake, Belmont, food, review, price, calories, nutritionThe packaging deserves a word of caution.  There is one whole frozen cheesecake in the box sitting in an aluminum pie pan.  The cheesecake is not cut into slices. It’s not designed to remove one piece and put the rest back in the freezer.  The instructions instruct that the cheesecake be removed from the pie pan and thawed as a whole. Removing from the pie pan, for me, required a knife to “cut” around the edges to free the frozen pie from the pan. The instructions also tell us not to refreeze the unused cheesecake, but rather to refrigerate and consume the rest within 24 hours.  Unless you have a really big group of people in the house, those instructions could be somewhat impractical.  Woe is me to tell you to ignore the instructions, but you might think ahead and have a plan if you don’t intend on using this all in the next 24 hours.

To be fair, even though it wasn’t what I expected, it became more appreciated the more I ate.  This is a good counterbalance to a cup of black coffee.  And you know, has anyone ever turned down dessert?
Price $5.99.  Calories  260 per 1/10 of pie.
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