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A few weeks ago we were having some friends over for dinner and I wanted to have a few options to accompany the dessert, from ice-cream, pouring cream and squirty cream. As a result of realising we didn't have any squirty cream at home, I sent my partner out on a quick dash to our local shop to grab some whilst I continued with the cooking at home. He came back with this Nestle Tip Top squirty cream.
He paid £0.99 for a 250ml can from our local convenience store, which is about the same as most supermarkets. The cream is in a metal can that is brightly coloured clearly showing the product name.
This is an aerosol cream meaning that the cream is inside the can and filled with gas so upon shaking and then squeezing the nozzle down, the cream emerges in a whipped form, hence being called squirty cream!
The cream is very similar to most other aerosol creams, in that it is of a light texture when sprayed from the can, however I have found this Tip Top cream to be of a thicker consistency. The cream has quite a sweet taste to it, which would be due to the sugar ingredient.
We found that for our dinner party this cream was a good inclusion, as most had this instead of the pouring cream.
It was very easy to dispense the cream from the can, however it is really important to shake the can first in order to activate the gas. If not, the cream almost pours from the can and is not whipped, light and aerated.
After using the cream it is advisable to wash the nozzle, this will prevent the cream that is remaining in the nozzle from going off and starting to turn mouldy.
We followed these instructions and so had no trouble at all and it remained fresh for quite a long while. We kept the can in the fridge and it lasted us at least anther 2 weeks after the dinner evening, with it still tasting just as good as when first opened. I found it tasted delicious with fruit, both fresh and tinned!
Nutritional values for a 20g serving:
3.2g saturated fat
Overall I would recommend this cream for it's longevity, taste and value for money. 5 stars!
I've been paying 99p a can in Tesco from the chilled section for my squirty cream, only to realise the other day that I could be paying 78p for this stuff off the shelf and chill it at home myself. It's only a small saving I realise, but it's a saving all the same. I decided it had to be worth a try. I'm sure I've had this cream at some point before, but I don't recall having had it previously, so it was like a first taste experience on buying it recently really.
The first thing I noticed with this is that it's incredibly creamy. I've been holding out on my poor tastebuds by buying a lighter version for a little while now, and boy did they let me know when I took a bite of this. I know it's high in fat, with 5.2g in a 20ml serving, but it really is worth it.
This stuff squirts easily out of the can, and there's 250g in each which goes a surprisingly long way. A can of this can easily last the whole family for a week. It's a long life product, so you can store it for several weeks after opening if you like, making it ideal for smaller families or occasional cream eaters who won't want to eat one of those tubs up all in one go.
This is a good quality product which is about on par with what you'd expect from Nestle. I know their chocolate isn't always first rate, but their dairy products usually are in my opinion (think condensed milk and evaporated milk etc). This is easy to use, excellent value for money and it keeps for ages in the fridge. Most importantly, it tastes like little squirts of creamilicious heaven. Now if only they could take out half the fat without ruining the flavour...
I love cream and ice cream, trouble is they tend to be so high in fat and aren't good for you at. To overcome this, I often buy a low fat cream or cream substitute, but they are still quite high in fat and quite expensive.
I found this squirty cream by tip top when out shopping and thought it might be a good idea as it was under £1 for a tin and only 15 calories for a 15ml serving.
When I tried it I was instantly hooked. It is a really light cream, not at all sickly or heavy. Very light and creamy and not too sweet like some cream can be.
One tin of this lasts me ages and it goes great with all sorts of things. I like it with fruit, cheesecake, sometimes as a treat in ice cream sundae or with any kind of cake or gateau.
It's cheaper and much healthier than cream and the good thing is it doesn't have to be kept in the fridge until you open the tin. The sell by date is usually at least a year, so you can stock pile if you want to and don't have to worry about it going off.
Nestle tip top squirty cream is the squirty cream product I usually get over all others mainly because of how long it can last when opened, this cream lasts about 2 weeks which is quite a long time and as most other squirty creams only last about 3 days and I don't usually use it all up in those three days it would be a waste if not.
The taste of this cream isn't as good as some though, if I am getting the cream lets say for Christmas id get a more real fresh squirty cream because I know it would all get used up in one day however for the slight lack in taste of this one over others I prefer that it lasts a lot longer.
The taste is still pretty good though, however it is a little bit artificial tasting. Most squirty creams are though you can get some really good ones that taste like real fresh cream, this doesn't really though, it seems more artificially made however does still have a creamy taste and goes well on most things.
You can get a tube of this for just over a pound and as I usually get this to have on my hot chocolates and occasionally with mince pies and things of that nature I can make this last usually about 2 weeks which is pretty good. You probably would be surprised about how much you actually get in a can because there is quite a lot, and for a product that lasts so long this is the one I keep buying
COST (250g): @ Tesco = £1.08, @ Asda = £1.07, @ Sainsbury's = £1.14
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 20g serving):
- of which sugars: 1.4g
- of which saturates: 3.2g
Salt equivalent: Trace
Cream (85%), invert sugar syrup, glucose, flavourings, thickener (carrageenan), propellant gas (nitrous oxide)
Suitable for vegetarians
May contain traces of soya
On round two of the jelly craze (see my Chivers article), I fancied making some with fruit inside (pineapple this time) in glass dishes, and decorating it with little florets of cream. I've always been hopeless (part of it's laziness too!) doing it the traditional way....whipping up double cream until very stiff, then bunging in a piping bag and making these very artistic little rosebud shaped squirts around the side of a jelly. The only way around avoiding that I could think of, was to buy a can of squirty cream....something I'd not eaten for many years and couldn't remember whether I liked it or not.
I managed to buy an aerosol can of Nestle Tip Top Squirty Cream for £1.14 in Sainsbury's, and went home a little happier that it could take me at least some way towards my dream of decorative fruity jelly.
Nestle Tip Top Squirty Cream comes in an aerosol can, which is a metallic blue colour at the top, paling as it goes down the can, then gradually turning into a rosy pink colour at the bottom. There is a white ridged plastic cap on the top which pulls off the same as any other type of aerosol can, and on removing this cap, there is a white plastic pump action and a nozzle with ridges.
At the top of the front of the can is the standard Nestle logo on a blue banner, and the words "tip top" are underneath in blue lettering, outlined with white and red. In the middle of the letter "O" of the word "top" is a child's head and shoulders image. He has his thumb placed in the "thumbs up" position and a smile on his face, licking his lips contentedly. The word "squirty" appears in the middle of the can in white with a red outline, and the word "cream" in just white, with no outline. Under that is an image of a glass dish containing a few raspberries and a couple of banana slices, a huge squirt of cream in the middle, and two of what look like brandy snaps sticking up out of the cream. To the right of that image is a small table giving very basic nutritional information, and at the bottom in white lettering are the words "scrummy creamy fun!".
The back of the can shows how to use and clean the nozzle, gives the nutritional information, an ingredients list, dietary information and a few rather vague food facts. There is also a telephone number and a website address for contacting Nestle if wished. The bottom of the rear of the can also gives refrigeration and storage instructions, together with details on how to dispose of the empty can carefully. It is stated that the can contains approximately 12 servings.
I took one of the glass dishes of jelly out of the fridge, and decided to create a hopeful work of art with the cream. As instructed, I shook the can, and held it upside down, pressing the pump gently. The cream squirted out very fast, but made a nice little rosette-shape on my jelly - so I repeated the process until the perimeter of the jelly in the dish was a complete ring of artistic cream splodges.
I then had to reach for a damp cloth, as I noticed that little bits of the cream had flown away from the nozzle, not reaching the jelly....but splattering the working surface and the kitchen cupboard doors. I estimate that what I mopped up was almost one whole serving, and that little distraction from getting the finished food article inside of me was the last thing I wanted to have to deal with. Job done, I settled on the sofa to sample the hopeful delights of jelly with Nestle Tip Top Squirty Cream.
As soon as I touched one of the little rosettes with my spoon, it immediately lost its shape - but no matter I thought - the shape of something has no bearing on the flavour. I scooped a little of the cream up on its own, for a taster. The cream felt somewhat unpleasant in my mouth....slimy rather than creamy, and it was far too sweet. The consistency was all wrong. Although the initial appearance was of stiff peaks of cream, already (after just a couple of minutes) it began to collapse, leaving just little pools of white goo around the edge of the jelly. Instead of it being firm and creamy, it was runny, milky and tasted very synthetic.
Despite the overly sweet taste and the disappointing consistency, I continued to eat and discovered the cream tasted better if taken with a mouthful of jelly - but still not a patch on the real thing.
I wouldn't say that the whole experience was a complete disaster, but it's one that I won't hurry to repeat.
I then had a memory of a friend who makes delicious pavlova, once using squirty cream....the whole thing fell apart in minutes after being placed on the table for serving.
My verdict is that it's ultimately better to do it for real....whip up real double cream, and use a piping bag. Providing it's whipped properly to full stiffness, real cream won't collapse like Nestle Tip Top Squirty Cream does - it'll keep its shape for hours, and is well worth the little extra effort required. Real cream also tastes like cream - this doesn't particularly!
So...in summary it's my thumbs in a downward direction for Nestle and this product, contrary to their advertising image of the child on the can with his thumb up!
Thanks for reading!