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NOW CLOSED: Ella's Kitchen Dairy products review thread: Super Smooth + Creamy Fromage Frais, Raspberry Rice Pudding and Thick + Smooth Yoghurt

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Feb-13 14:21:21

This thread is for the 100 MNers and their LO's who have been trying the new dairy range from Ella's Kitchen. On test are:

NEW super smooth + creamy fromage frais
~ 20% real squished fruit
~ Whole milk is a natural source of calcium
~ Organic
~ RRP £1.89

NEW stir me up raspberry rice pudding
~ real squished fruit
~ natural creamy wholemilk
~ Organic
~ RRP £1.09

NEW chilled out thick + smooth yoghurt
~ 20% real squeezed fruit
~ Whole milk is a natural source of calcium
~ Organic
~ RRP £1.79

Testers - please let us know what you and your LO thought of the foods by answering the following questions:

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Q7 What do you think of the price?
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

As a thank you for taking part all testers who add feedback will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a month's supply of Ella's kitchen products and an Ella's Kitchen cow print cool bag (worth £45 in total).

thanks
MNHQ

MissRee Tue 19-Feb-13 15:37:56

Oooh check me out, first poster!

I have to say I'm still trying to find somewhere that sells the Rice Pudding! My local Asda didn't have it and we only have small Tesco Express stores in my area. I will keep looking! This part of the review is therefore only based on the yoghurts and the fromage frais.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Labelling was nice and bright and stood out well on the shelves. Not sure the cardboard outer was entirely necessary - could get rid to help save the planet?!

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

The fromage frais pots were about the right size, if a little big. DD (13 months) usually has Petit Filous or the Wildlife fromage frais which are smaller pots. The yoghurts were far too big for her!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Fromage frais was nice - tasted a little different to the Petit Filous/Wildlife ones that DD usually has. Much more tart/less sweet, if that makes sense. Consistency and texture good - nice and creamy. Yoghurts were good consistency also with a lovely fruity flavour.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Definitely the petite filous

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

I tend to serve them up as a snack but if she hasn't had many snacks during the day for whatever reason, I serve it after a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

DD doesn't say much yet but she was excited after the first taste and wanted more

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Very expensive. I usually pay £1.99 for 18 Wildlife petite filous.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

In all honesty, I probably wouldn't buy them as they're just too expensive.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Loved the bright eye-catching colours. The bold design is loud and cheerful without being tacky. Very easy to spot on the shelf. No need for the cardboard sleeve though! Like the poster above though, they weren't in every supermarket that I visited, had to go to 2 waitrose and not in any of the smaller Tescos near me at all.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes other yogurts we buy are Plum Organics also 55g or Rachel's Organics at 100g. The 100g pots don't always get finished so these are perfect. DD is 2, sometimes she asks for a second one.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Great, really like the vanilla in the rice pudding. I could taste the honey in the fromage frais but surprised they are recommended from 6 months, I thought babies under 1 weren't supposed to have honey? My son is 5 months and I'll be weaning him soon, I probably won't give him these products as they contain honey.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
The mango fromage frais

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
As pudding after dinner in the evening.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
She really liked them. Her favourite packaging was the red of the yogurt pots.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Expensive, I will buy these when they are on offer ie 2 for £3.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I will buy these again but just not at full price. In general I am a big fan of Ella's Kitchen and like that they contain no nasties, this brand plays a big role in the snack bag and lunch boxes of my kids. These are tasty, great size and high quality.

Thanks for letting us try these.

robdan Tue 19-Feb-13 17:51:21

thanks very much for the trial

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
the labeling was very attractive but i think the paper bit was not needed i think they should think more about the enviroment because when i put them in fridge i take the paper straight off so it has no purpose

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
very good sizing because some can be bit small but these were perfect size for lil one

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
consistency was nice and taste brilliant bit tart for my lil one taste she just kept squinting

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
raspberry rice pudding wow she screamed for more

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
after her meal as dessert and some times in afternoon as snack

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
bit sour

Q7 What do you think of the price?
terrible i would not be able to buy these as they too much

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
probley as a treat for lil one once a month but no more

thanks very much

CharlotteBronteSaurus Tue 19-Feb-13 17:56:04

we tested the fromage frais - have been unable to buy the other products, although DH is hoping we'll find rice pudding somewhere soon

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Nice and colourful, although I'm not sure if I haven't had my fill of the slightly twee copy style. The labelling was clear, although claims like "no refined sugar" always leads me to scrutinise the back of the packet to find out more.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes - really nice size for toddlers/infant school aged children. Bigger than a petit filous type thing, but smaller than a full-sized yoghurt.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

I thought they were a bit bland TBH. We prefer a stronger flavour, like the Longley Farm yoghurts. Nice creamy texture though.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Banana fromage frais

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After dinner - we tend only to offer puddings as pudding!

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
dd2, aged 2, said "Yummy Yummy. Like it". Clean pot.
dd1 aged 5 was very excited by the concept of product testing, and wrote in her notebook: "Quite sour but not to much. Not bananay but strong tasted, wich I like. Quite thick, I think. Very Creamy, very nice."

Q7 What do you think of the price?
TBH i found them expensive. I would normally buy Longley Farm yogurt at about 39p each, and the DDs would share, or value little fromage frais, at under a pound a pack.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I wouldn't buy them again, even if well priced, as they didn't taste as good as other brands. The pot size was perfect though.

umiaisha Tue 19-Feb-13 19:43:02

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Nice bright packaging, really stood out on the shelves. Not sure the outer sleeve was necessary though.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Just right

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

DS loved all of them, would have eaten 2 at a time. He used to eat the plain Ella's rice puddings but went off them but really enjoyed the new version.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Mango fromage frais

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

As a pudding

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

Wolfed them down.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Fair price for a product of such good quality

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not

Yes, definitely will as they are free of junk and went down well with DS.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 19-Feb-13 19:43:31

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
They looked good on the shelf - bright and eye catching but not tacky. I found them easily on our first attempt in our local Waitrose which isn't especially big.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Much too small for our ds's (4.9 and 7.4).

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Both ds's loved the yoghurts and rice puddings but weren't fussed on the fromage frais. I think this was more because of the flavour than anything else. The texture of the yoghurts and fromage frais was lovely - really smooth and creamy. The rice pudding was more suited to much younger children IMO.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite?
Ds1 was a big fan of the strawberry and pear yoghurts and ds2 loved the rice pudding.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
They had them as puddings after lunch.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
They did enjoy them (not so much the fromage frais) but felt they were too small.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
The rice puddings were reasonable, but the yogurt and fromage frais seem very expensive.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
If our dc were younger I would consider buying them again (only the yoghurts and fromage frais if they were on special offer), but at the ages they are I wouldn't as they are just too small. I would mention them to friends with younger dc though.

Thanks to MN and Ella's Kitchen for letting us try them!

gwenniebee Tue 19-Feb-13 22:26:21

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Very appealing and bright. I have to store yet more cardboard for my recycling now, though, and as I have to take cardboard to the tip every little bit of excess grates with me!

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

DD is 7 months and has had 50g or 55g pots before now. The rice pudding pot was a bit bigger but she finished it off anyway!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

We have tested the fromage frais and the rice pudding so far. The rice pudding was lovely - I was impressed by how "home made" it felt. I find by pudding my dd quite likes something she doesn't have to worry about chewing/mushing too much so the consistency was great. The fromage frais wasn't as overtly sweet as petit filous which was nice. Also nice to have different flavours from the usual raspberry and strawberry.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

I think the fromage frais went down more quickly, but she liked them both. It was her first experience of rice pudding.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

As pudding.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

Dadadadada. smile

Q7 What do you think of the price?

The rice pudding was on offer in waitrose so was good value. I thought the fromage frais were a bit pricey compared with petit filous.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I will probably go with whatever is on offer when I shop, so that I buy a variety of brands and flavours. I would buy Ella's or petit filous over munch bunch or something, though. The rice pudding has served more to remind me that I can cook this for my dd as I prefer to cook for her than use ready made food. However, again if the are on special offer I am sure I would get them as dd enjoyed it and it saves me time!

Thanks for the opportunity - if we get hold of the yoghurts I will be back to this thread!

LalyRawr Wed 20-Feb-13 10:26:27

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packaging was bright, colourful and attractive. Gave you information you needed, so you could tell what was in it from a glance. Agree with others that outer cardboard was superfluous.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes, yoghurts maybe a little bigger than I would normally give her, but she ate it all anyway!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Rice Pudding: Unfortunately, my daughter hated it. Gave her one spoonful and she pulled the funniest most distasteful face. Second spoonful ended up being spat out. Tasted it myself and wasn't too keen either. It was bland and lumpy.

Yoghurts: Lovely smooth texture, could taste the natural yoghurt behind the fruits. Daughter ate all of hers and then half of mine.

Fromage Frais: Mango one was lovely. Again, beautifully smooth texture, not too overpowering on flavour, but still sweet. Banana one was disliked by both me and my daughter (clearly we have similar tastes). Too sharp and tart, slightly bitter even. Flavouring too strong.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Mango Fromage Frais or either of the yoghurts.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Generally after meals, but she sometimes has one as a snack.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

Rice Pudding: Spat it out and refused to eat anything I offered her for about an hour (no trust in this relationship, clearly!)

Yoghurts: Ate all of hers then stole half of mine

Fromage Frais: Ate all the Mango but refused the Banana after two spoonfulls.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

The RRP is expensive anyway and in my local Tesco they were even more so hmm. £2 for the yoghurts and Fromage Frais, though the Rice Puddings were the same price. I wouldn't pay that much for the amount you get.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Would not buy the Rice Pudding as my daughter disliked it, nor would I buy the Fromage Frais as again, my daughter disliked the banana ones. The yoghurts I did like (as did she) but would not buy at that price point.

I was actually quite disappointed that both of us only liked half the products we tested. I have to say I was expecting a bit more from Ella's Kitchen considering how expensive and 'premium' their brand has become.

batteryhen Wed 20-Feb-13 11:24:52

I am still trying to locate them! Our big tesco doesn't stock them so will try a different shop at the weekend.

whimsy Wed 20-Feb-13 12:19:12

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Nice and bright, they really stood out on the shelves. DS3 liked the colours.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Just right.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

DS3 loved all of them, would have eaten 2 at a time if he could.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Raspberry rice pudding.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

As a pudding.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

He enjoyed the especially the rice pudding.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

I think they are a fair price. I believe you get what you pay for.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not

Yes, I will definitely be buying them again. Nice change from just yoghurt.

Thanks to MN and Ella's Kitchen for letting us try them and for the lovely bag smile

MooseyMoo Wed 20-Feb-13 15:03:55

My local Waitrose still have the old version of the rice pudding which I know my kids do not like as it is very bland. So I haven't been able to test this item.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I like the bright colours of the packaging, and the pots themselves. They're good for recycling into a shaker.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
I think the yoghurt was a better size for my 15 month old.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
My 15 month old loved them, eaten very quickly. My 2.9 year old had two fromage frais and loved both flavours

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Strawberry and Pear yoghurt

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After lunch

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
More!

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Ok

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Yes, I would buy them again as both children enjoyed eating them and they were different flavours to other yoghurts I buy them.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

They were nice and colourful and indicated a premium product.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes, she's 3 and eats about one molecule of food at a sitting. The pots were about the right size for her.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Rice pudding: this was OK. A bit bland and I don't think the fruit added anything. DD was a bit grumpy about getting this as she prefers the yogurt.

Fromage frais: what can you say? It was fromage frais-shaped.

Yogurt: this was also fine.

DD is not especially fussy and doesn't mind lumps and so forth, so I don't usually buy these types of dessert. She tends to eat plain yogurt so these were quite a treat.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Definitely the yogurt. She really enjoyed it.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

After a meal. I explained that the people that made the pots wanted to know if she liked them or not.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

She was very excited about all the little pots, as I say, she doesn't usually get things like that. She did enjoy all of them apart from the rice pudding, which she (and I) thought was bland. I thought the yogurts and fromage frais were all a bit too sweet.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

As I don't usually buy this sort of thing I really don't know. They do seem expensive to me.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I thought they were very nice. They were however too sweet really, I am trying to encourage DD to see these types of dessert as a treat: I know they're sweetened with fruit and agave but it's still sugar, no matter where it comes from! So yes, nice packaging, and DD enjoys them, but only every now and then. Maybe when she has company over.

Jayne266 Wed 20-Feb-13 18:44:32

Oooh I never got chosen hmm

I managed to get the yoghurt and fromage frais. I haven't been able to find the rice pudding anywhere. We found two teeny tiny vanilla rice puddings in Tesco, but the raspberry ones eluded us. I'm not sure it makes any difference, as the looks on the kids' faces when I said that the other one was for rice pudding suggested they weren't exactly keen on the idea.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packaging is nice. Quite tasteful really. Tesco had hidden it away on the high shelf, but we still managed to find it quite easily.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

The pots are about the right size for small children, i think. DS1 is 12 so they weren't big enough for him. He ate the ones his brother wouldn't though.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

I couldn't get DS2 to try more than a lick of fromage frais. He said it was OK. DS1 enjoyed both the fromage frais and the yoghurt. The fromage frais is very smooth and, I thought, a but bland. I'd've liked it to be fruitier. DS1 liked them but wasn't amazed. He was much keener on the mango flavour ones than the others (in both the yoghurt and fromage frais). I didn't like the banana ones much.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

The mango fromage frais.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

I served them up as a snack.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

DS2 just said he didn't want any (repeatedly). DS1 said it tasted like yoghurt/fromage frais but he wished it tasted more of mango.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

I thought they were expensive. £2 for 6 small pots isn't even a good deal in the premium yoghurt category.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I don't think I'd buy them again. DS1 would eat them if I did, but he wouldn't specifically request them.

Marking my place for when I can get on the laptop later. But it's a good job I had vouchers, or I'd have been diddled <looks sternly at Tesco> - £2 each for the yogurts and fromage frais, although only £1 for the rice pudding. We've tried all 3 now, so will report back later.

NotAQueef Thu 21-Feb-13 10:36:44

HI,
Just marking my place and to let you know that my vouchers have arrived -but I forgot them blush when I went shopping - not likely to get to the shops again 'til the weekend - is that ok?

Amma2010 Thu 21-Feb-13 13:50:11

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Very bright, eye catching packs. My LO was quite excited when she went to get the products and saw the colourful pots. The paper packaging can be left out in order to be more environmentally friendly.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes, definitely. The size was just right for my 3 year old.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
My LO didn’t like the rice pudding at all but she normally doesn’t like rice puddings so I don’t believe it’s got anything to do with the product. I tried it and felt the vanilla flavour was too strong.
As for the yoghurt and fromage frais, well, what can I say? She loved them I like the texture as it was just right. Neither too thick nor too runny.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
My LO simply loved the pineapple and mango yoghurt. Came as a surprise to me as they were new to her but she simply loved it and I’ll be buying more but maybe as a treat as a bit expensive&#61514;

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
I served them both as a snack and after a meal. They were a hit as a snack as well as after a meal. So I’m very happy.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
She loved both the yoghurt and the fromage frais. According to her the pineapple and mango yoghurt is ‘’yummy….’’

Q7 What do you think of the price?
I think it’s a fair price and will definitely switch to Ella’s yoghurt and fromage frais.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Oh yes, but when on offer as a bit too expensive. I won’t be buying the rice pudding but that’s only because my LO doesn’t like rice pudding.

Tidypidy Thu 21-Feb-13 18:46:17

Haven't been able to find rici puddings yet so am answering with regard to fromage frais and yoghurts. If I can found them then I'll return and go through questions again.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Clearly labelled, nutritional information laid out well so easy to calculate carbs for my diabetic son, packs very colourful and child friendly.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes, although he would probably eat 2 given half a chance.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
DS less keen on the fromage frais than the yoghurts, he particularly liked the strawberry and pear. Both were lovely and thick so easy for him to eat without drips.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite?
Strawberry and pear yoghurt.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After a meal for pudding but could use as snack too, perhaps with a biscuit to dip in.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Not keen on pineapple and mango - 'my don't like it Mummy', liked the colours of the packaging - 'they are bright and nice'.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
A bit expensive but more healthy and less sugar than our usual brand so worth it.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Don't know if will buy again as we have quite a tight budget for food shopping and not sure I can justify the price even though they are more healthy. Will probably buy as a treat.

LemonBreeland Thu 21-Feb-13 19:28:53

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packs are typical of Ellas kitchen, nice and bright and catch your eye.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

The pots are quite small, which is typical of childrens yogurts. A good size.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

DD really enjoyed all of the yogurts and fromage frais. They are unusual flavours and I was not sure that she would like all of them but she ate them all happily. The rice pudding she did like but did not eat it as happily, although she often won't eat rice pudding because of the texture.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

She seemed to enjoy all of the yogurt and fromage frais equally.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

I served them after dinner.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

She seemed very keen to eat them and once she had a couple, she was excited when she saw me getting one out of the fridge.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

They are quite expensive.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I may buy them occasionally but the price would put me off.

Babycarmen Fri 22-Feb-13 12:02:47

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Eye catching and child friendly. Very positive first impression.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes, for my 1yo it was perfect.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Consistency was fine, although I thought the yogurt would be thinner then it was, I was surprised it was the same texture as the fromage frais. She liked all of them but not the rice pudding, my 4yo wasn't keen on the rice pudding either. I thought the strawberry and pear flavour was nice.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
The strawberry and pear yoghurt.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After lunch or dinner

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Wasn't sure of the mango flavour at first (even though she loves fresh mango) but was quite happy to eat them, except the rice pudding.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Far too expensive for what you get to be honest.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Maybe if they were on offer, but its just too expensive for me to consider buying with the weekly shop.

NiceBiscuits Fri 22-Feb-13 19:36:28

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Labelling fine, except small print on the blue rice pudding pot was a bit hard to read as it was in a dark colour which didn't stand out very well. The pack design definitely appeals, yes.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yoghurts and fomage frais yes - rice pudding seemed a bit small (children aged 2 and 4).
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
They both loved all of them, except the 4 year old who disliked the rice pudding. Lovely and thick consistency.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Probably the banana fromage frais
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Have tried both
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Yummy. (apart from the 4 year old and the rice pudding - "I don't like it")
Q7 What do you think of the price?
Ok for the quality of the product, unfortunately a bit expensive for me at the moment.
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Would buy them again, they seem like great quality and I like the brand background, I'm very happy to support them as opposed to say, mmm Danone

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Liked the design, particularly the blue and pink on the rice puds - just a bit different from other designs
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The rice pud seemed a bit small, but I'm not sure if that was just in comparison with other rice puds rather than the right size for my LO iyswim
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings? taste was very rich and 'real' seeming and the consistency didn't seem to weird DD out so that's a win
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite, raspberry rice pud
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal? as pudding
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? Well she pointed at DH (who was feeding her) and said 'I LUFFFS YOU' she's 18mo so who knows if its pudding related grin
Q7 What do you think of the price? pricey, but I'm guessing production costs are a lot higher cos of ingredients (WHAT is agarve nectar??)
Q8 Overall: your overall view? It probably wouldn't be every week cos of the cost but for weeks when we were feeling flush!

Girlzone Fri 22-Feb-13 21:18:10

I have been able to test all three products. I can see from other posts that it has been difficult to find some of them, but I was able to purchase all three products at the first attempt, from a Waitrose in London.

Q1 First impressions of the packs
Clear, bright, liked the packaging.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Most of my testing has been carried out on my youngest daughter who is 8 months old. For her, the fromage frais pots were exactly the right size, whereas the yogurts were a bit too big, when used as a dessert after a savoury puree. However, for my 4 and 7 year old girls, the larger yogurts were absolutely fine. (Although most of the time they still get given the smaller fromage frais size pots when I buy them their regular brand of petits filous). The small rice pudding size is also appropriate for babies / younger children, if it is to be served as a dessert after a decent size main course.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? consistency/texture of the puddings?
My 8 month old loves the fromage frais and the yogurt. Consistency was just right for what she can manage at this stage. Similarly my older girls enjoyed the yogurt and fromage frais. Unfortunately, my 8 month old didn't cope with the rice pudding texture, it was still too lumpy for her. I only tried two spoonfuls on her as she gagged so much on each one, and pulled some extremely strange facial expressions when she felt the texture of it in her mouth! However, I do think my 8 month old is probably a bit over-sensitive compared to most babies of her age, when it comes to lumps /texture. I've keep trying her with stage 2 baby food which says 7 months+ on the packaging, and she still gags on it and wants smooth puree. So I don't know if my experience is different from others with young babies? Also, I offered some of the rice pudding to my 4 year old, and she didn't like it. But I tried some myself and thought it was lovely - I would happily eat it myself as a dessert, so I wouldn't want to be too negative about the rice pudding, as I'm hoping LO will like it when she's a few months older!

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Either the fromage frais or the yogurt.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
I have only used these as a dessert after a meal, with my 8 month old, and my 4 and 7 year olds. That is how I've always used these kinds of products, i've never thought of giving them as a snack between meals.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say?
My 8 month old can't talk yet, but she clearly enjoyed eating the fromage frais and yogurt. My 4 year old said she liked the yogurts and the fromage frais, and tried a variety of the flavours. I'm not sure she notices any difference between these and the fromage frais brand that she's used to eating. She does also like all fruit flavours in general. My 7 year old who is more fussy also liked them, but did check before she started on the yogurt that there were no pieces of fruit in it, so she was very pleased it was a smooth blended consistency.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
These are more expensive than the petits filous that I usually buy, so that would put me off. (I usually find the petits filous are on an offer of 12 for about £2.50). However, the rice pudding was being sold at a cheaper price than the RRP you have listed, and if I found my LO got to like them, once they can manage texture, I would happily buy those as no-one else seems to offer a product of this kind for babies / toddlers so it would bring some variety to their diet, and I did like this product (even if none of my children do at the moment!)

Q8 Overall: overall view?Will you buy them again? Why/why not?
I am likely to buy these again, in order to offer a change of flavour / variety to my children, and because I do like the products and have confidence in the Ella's Kitchen brand. I am most likely to buy the fromage frais out of all of them. However, I don't think they would become a regular purchase every week due to the price, and I would more often buy one of the cheaper brands.

princesssugar Fri 22-Feb-13 22:45:53

Thank you for they opportunity to try these products

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I thought the packs were eye catching and colourful. They follow the branding of Ella's stuff well so they are easily identifiable. I agree that the paper wrapper is wasteful as i took it off to store the pots in the fridge. I appreciate that the labelling showed they were suitable for weaning but I would have thought they were aimed at babies and so wouldnt have purchased them for older children

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Perfect size for the three year old ( although on one occasion he ate two at once) they were too big for the 6 month old

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
The taste to me was quite bland. The texture was lovely and they were very creamy but the flavour seemed very mild. The fromage frais both went down well as did the yoghurt but the three year old wasnt sold on the rice pudding and i didnt try it with the baby. The three year old liked them alot and had no complaints about the flavour

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Mango fromage frais

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Both. Generally after a meal although he had them as a morning snack too.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
They are delicious mummy. The baby cant speak but grabbed the spoon which is a good sign.!

Q7 What do you think of the price?
I thought they were too expensive for regular purchase. In tesos they are £2 for the yoghurt and fromage frais and £1 for the rice puddings. At these prices they would be a treat for us, although i think that the peace of mind about the content is worth a slight price premium.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not
May buy them as a treat or if on offer but i think they are too pricy for regular consumption especially on maternity pay

matilda101 Sun 24-Feb-13 09:39:51

Thank you Ella's Kitchen for the opportunity to try these products, here's my feedback:

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you? I really liked the packaging, colourful and eye catching and the informative bits were easy to read. My only comment would be that Waitrose had the products on shelves below other baby/toddler products and initially I didn't see them, I only saw them due to the bright packs and that I was really looking for them!

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO? Yes, all three products were the perfect size.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings? I loved the consistency of all of the products especially the fromage frais, lovely and creamy; however my dd wasn't a fan of the rice pudding, I'm pretty sure it was due to texture rather than taste as she's been funny with rice pudding in the past.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite. Probably the mango fromage frais but as she's only 13 months it's difficult to tell!

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal? As a desert after dinner.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? That she could have eaten more of the yoghurt and the fromage frais!

Q7 What do you think of the price? In honesty I did think they were a bit pricey, £2.00 for four yoghurts/ six fromage frais is quite a lot and they are more expensive than other premium products on the shelves.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not? I liked the fact that there were different flavours from the norm but I would probably only buy them if they were on special offer as I have another dc on the way and our dd eats us out if house and home as it is so our shopping bills have gone up significantly!

Mandie2606 Sun 24-Feb-13 16:30:30

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
The packaging was colorful and well designed for children.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
yes, the size was just perfect for my daughter

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Rice Pudding: My daughter enjoyed the rice pudding but not the raspberry sauce.

Yoghurts: Thoroughly enjoyed the yogurts she would have happily eaten two in one sitting.

Fromage Frais: Banana one was my daughters favourite, the texture, smell and taste of both were lovely

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Banana Fromage Frais and either of the yoghurts.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Generally after breakfast or a mid afternoon snack

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Rice Pudding: Shook her head and said no to the rice pudding when we included the raspberry sauce.

Yoghurts: Ate it very quickly and was upset when it was finished

Fromage Frais: As per yogurts.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Bought them from my local Asda, unfortunately there are expensive compared to other children's yogurts, therefore even though she enjoyed them i doubt i would buy them for her in the future

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Would not buy the Rice Pudding as my daughter disliked the sauce, I would like to buy the fromage frais and yogurts again but only if they were on offer.

Thank you

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packs are a nice design and easy to spot the Ella's kitchen branding. Not sure the cardboard sleeves are necessary though.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes - the right size for after dinner or with some fruit as a snack

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

My DD like the banana fromage frais and all the yoghurts. She didn't like the rice pudding and the mango fromage frais. It seemed she didn't like the consistency of the rice pudding and the flavour of the mango FF.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Her favourites were the yoghurts

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Both

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

DD said she liked all the yoghurts but she didn't like the taste of the others. She'd be happy to have the yoghurts again.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

They seem quite expensive in comparison to similar products.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

They look nice and fresh but seem quite expensive. If DD specifically asks for the yoghurts we might get them but I wouldn't risk buying the other items and ending up wasting them.

Getoutofmygumboot Sun 24-Feb-13 19:46:05

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packs stood out, instantly recognised the logo, understand where people are coming from about the cardboard but I don't think the packs would have stood out as much with out.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The fromage frais and rice pudding were the right size, the yoghurt was a bit big as my daughter is only 10mo but she still ate it all!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

The texture of the rice pudding was ok but the vanilla one was very bland neither me or my daughter liked them. The fromage frais and yoghurt tasted good and my daughter definately didn't complain! I like how you can really Taste the natural yoghurt.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
The fromage frais seemed to be her favourite.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
I served the rice pudding after a meal and the yoghurt and frais as snacks

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
She doesn't say much at the moment but she definately enjoyed the yoghurt and frais.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
They were quite expensive but as all ingredients are organic I don't mind.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
We liked them all expect the vanilla rice pudding, I'm glad Ella's kitchen have started to widen their product range as the whole family like the taste of the pouches etc!
I will buy these again but probably not every week, as they are a bit pricey, but I do think its worth it as I know my daughter is eating good food
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DP76 Sun 24-Feb-13 21:00:51

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I liked the packaging, it was clear and attractive and indicated that it was a higher end product, which looks as though it will be a healthy option.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes for my 11month old baby, i thought size was just right.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

My 11 month old enjoyed all 3 of the products.
Consistency & texture of puddings was good, particularly with fromage frais.
My baby had actually tried the rice pudding previously, just vanilla, before fruit was added. She loved it then. I can't help thinking she preferred it before the fruit was added and the consistency of the pudding was better then. It was runnier, with a smoother milky consistency, which she enjoyed.

She ate them all.

Could not get my 2 year old son to eat any of them. Partly, because he sees them as "baby yogurts" and partly because he has had petis filous and the yogurts, which he tried a whisper of, are not as sweet, i'm afraid to say, he is not interested now.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Fromage frais.
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
She enjoyed all the products and ate them all. As she is quite fussy, if she doesn't enjoy something it doesn't go down, so i was very happy that she ate them all. She doesn't speak yet.

For my 2 year old - see above.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

They are expensive, particularly the rice pudding, seems very pricey for 2 small pots of rice.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I thought they were all good products and would be prepared to pay the price, even though it is expensive, for quality and more health conscious options. If on offer - definitely.

Griselda Sun 24-Feb-13 21:35:16

I tested with my 4.5 yr and 2.1 yr olds. I usually buy Yeo or Rachels yoghurts. Really enjoyed the testing thank you for picking us.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - Attractive and eye catching, familiar Ella's branding. Small fingers struggled with getting foil lids off.(they don't usually) Not bothered by cardboard as council collect cardboard, in fact quite liked the extra information, particularly the fact for 6 months+ and apparently complete ingredients listing. Liked the pots- Good for arts and crafts!

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO? Not big enough, both finish a 100g pot. Both have good appetites and are not 'big boned!' Can see that a convenient size for smaller babies/toddlers but maybe 2 sizes like Petit filous do? Handy for picnics, but not a main pudding.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? Wolfed down all 3 products. I liked the more subtle tastes, not too fruity or sugary. not sure about the flavour blends e.g. pear and ?banana (sorry have thrown the lid away!)neither one flavour or the other.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite. 4 yr old preferred the rice pudding (probably because I don't make/buy it that often), 2 yr old preferred yoghurt.

Q5 When did you serve them up? served after meal, as pudding.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? It was yummy, mummy. Empty pots.

Q7 What do you think of the price? Bit pricey, I tend to buy whichever is on special offer, currently Yeo valley is 8 pots for £2.50 whereas the yoghurt and ff come as 4 and 6 pots for £2.

Q8 Overall: I happily fed all the products to my precious offspring as I felt they were good quality and reassuring products. They enjoyed them. The bottom line is price vs. Value for money and due to the size. of the pots I probably wouldn't buy again, unless a special offer comparable to the other products I buy. P.s. my cool bag broke the first time I used it-the strap ripped off.

Princesspond Sun 24-Feb-13 22:02:23

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I thought they were colourful and eye catching, the yoghurt pots are a bright colour and appealing shape, even I (a junk modelling hater) thought they could be kept and used. Found all three products easily in waitrose.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes fromage frais were the usual size and yoghurt slightly larger were ideal for 2 year old and four year old.
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings? Yes the children like them. Good consistency/flavour. They did not like the rice pudding but they aren't really fond of those types of 'pudding'. My husband then ate the rice pudding and liked it.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
- The yoghurt.
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After the evening meal.
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? My 4 year old thought they were nicer than the usual Yoghurts/fromage frais. My two year old said yum.
Q7 What do you think of the price? The rice pudding was reasonable (72p, though labelled £1). Yoghurts and FF £2, which is expensive probably on par with other quality products but I would probably buy if on offer e.g. 2 for £3.
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not? Yes I would definitely buy again if the price was favourable. I would also buy rice pudding as a good alternative pudding if I had younger children.

lynniep Mon 25-Feb-13 11:19:49

Firstly, I went to my local Tesco first to buy these - its a Tesco Extra - but they had no Ellas Kitchen products. I then tried my very small local Waitrose and they had all three packs in stock.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Lovely packaging, but unnecessary cardboard. I hate cardboard in the fridge- it can get damp and then sticks to shelves so it comes off straight away. I also love the shape of the pots - aesthetically pleasing but also easy for a little one to get the product out with a spoon.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

yes, for my 3 year old its fine (although he said the rice pudding was too small - this is because he would normally get a different brand which is a lot bigger - that doesnt mean its the correct size though!)

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Generally, sadly, a thumbs down.
My 5 year old also got involved with this. He had the yoghurts in his packed lunch as they are a perfect size, and he ate them, and said they were 'OK' but my 3 year old said he didnt like them much. The texture is fine, it was the taste - I think he found them bland (although his response was just to leave them half eaten)
I offered them both the rice pudding, and both of them said they didnt want it, however I then offered them both a fromage frais. Both of them turned their noses up and said YUK. My 5 year old said can I have the rice pudding instead - the lesser of two evils, although he did eat it all. My 3 year old chose to eat neither although he told me the rice pudding was too small.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
The yoghurt

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
As a pudding after a meal

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
YUK

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Too pricey for me

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

No. My kids don't like them. They are too expensive. The only person they appeal to is me.

pebbles1234 Mon 25-Feb-13 11:32:44

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
- I loved the packaging, and agree they are great for play & modelling - my LO is now using little blue bowls in his kitchen and we've used others to make some interesting animals! They look high end and eye catching. Couldnt find in tesco but no problems in waitrose.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
- Ideal size for my 2.5 yr old - usually buy petit filous but he often eats 2, so one pot of EK was just right.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
-Rice pudding was a no-no, but he can be funny about texture so I ate them and thought they were fab! The yoghurts were a great texture, very smooth. Fromage Frais was good too, we liked the different flavours.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
- Strawberry and pear yoghurt.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
- After a meal - he tends to snack on fruit during the day.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
- He rejected the rice pudding very clearly, but ate up the others happily and went to the fridge to choose his own which is a good sign. He asked why the people had given us them to try!!

Q7 What do you think of the price?
- Personally I'm happy to pay a bit extra for quality and confidence in product so I thought it was ok.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
- Would definetly buy the yoghurts again, and possibly the fromage frais, but not the rice pudding as he just didnt enjoy it.

thanks for the opportuntity to try them!

Samichuboo Mon 25-Feb-13 12:29:20

A big thanks for being choosen for the trial. Had to travel to next largest town though to get them as our nearest Tesco didnt stock them.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Packs were clear and easy to find and kept to the theme of the other products so we knew exactly what we wee looking for. Using one bold colour made them stand out against the others on the self.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The fromage frais and rice pudding were just right, but the yogs were a little large, although DH siad they were perfect as there was enpough for him to have a spoon too.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Rice puddings were just like my homen made one, the addition of the fruit was a bonus. Went down a treat.
The yoghurts were a nice thick texture. DD enjoyed both the flovours although I wasnt do keen on the pineapple and mango but I think thats a personal choice!
Fromage fraise were a lovely consistency and DD enjoyed them so much she wanted to lick out the pot.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
It would have to be the fromage fraise, especially the banana flavour, the pot was licked so clean there was nothing in the bottom for the dogs.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
WE tried them all of them as morning/afternoon snacks and after dinner for pudding apart form the yoghurt as this was a little large.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
at nine months, her way of saying they are good is opening her mouth as soon as she is ready for the next mouth and crying if she is not ready to stop eating, a response we got for all products.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
they were a little pricier than other brands on the shelves with them, but asd this is a brand we know and frequently buy i wont mind buying as an occasional treat.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Thank you for inviting us to trail these products. Overall DD enjoyed all the textures and flavours of all of them and we will be buying them again, as treats because of the price for the you and fromage, and when I cant be bothered to make rice pudding for the other!

Sgtsmiths Mon 25-Feb-13 12:30:32

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Yes, - good synergy with the pouch design. Would be better without the cardboard cover perhaps - bit of excess packaging.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yep, perfect - DS is 16moths
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency?
DS seemed to enjoy (he is a yogurt / pudding fan!)
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Yogurt
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Both
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Seemed to enjoy! Always took every last spoonful!
Q7 What do you think of the price?
Bit too steep - esp as local w/rose pricing higher than RRP iirc
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
If on offer (price is a factor)

McNo Mon 25-Feb-13 13:50:30

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I like the colours and design of Ella's Kitchen so the packaging was eye catching.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes. fromage frais we normally buy are very small and I often give my daughter 2 so this pack size is ideal for her.
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Good taste, lovely consistency. The rice pudding wasn't as well received as the others.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
My daughter loves banana so the banana fromage frais was her favourite.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Both. They are ideal as a snack or a pudding after tea.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
More was my daughters response!

Q7 What do you think of the price?
The price reflects the product as I would be happy to pay the price.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Yes I will buy the fromage frais and yoghurts again - the flavour and healthy aspect of this product makes it worth it for me.

beautyguru Mon 25-Feb-13 14:22:45

Will be back later once I have been to Asda as my local Tesco doesn't stock them even though its a Tesco extra?! Hope Asda do or I'll be a no show I'm afraid!

I managed to get all three products at my local ASDA.
Thanks for letting me test these.
Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I thought the packaging was good. It keeps in with the regular appearance of the brand and I like the shape of the pots; The rounded bottoms made it easier for DS to get the last bits out
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
They were fine. DS is 2.6 and they were fine as an after dinner pudding
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
I think they tasted great. I thought they would be a bit bland as they promote not having all the usual sugar in but I was really impressed. You can taste the flavours they are supposed to be. I tasted a normal cheapo fromage frais afterwards and didn't realise how overly sweet they are. DS really enjoyed them. And I assume they would appeal to a newly weaning baby too.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
I think the rice pudding. I stuck it in the microwave to warm it up a little
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
He had them after his dinner and lunch as a pudding
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
He ate it and said 'empty'. Good enough
Q7 What do you think of the price?
I would not spend this money on them. Considering they are nearly £2.00 for the packs. That's way more than I can justify in our tight budget. Maybe if they were half price I might buy as a one off.
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I think they're great. I wouldn't buy them full price but maybe if they are on offer I would treat DD when she starts to wean in a month or so's time

mummysmellsofsick Mon 25-Feb-13 15:43:03

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Yes, Ella's kitchen packets are all attractive and well designed. I like the strong colours and clear labelling.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes perfect for my 15 mo son.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

So, firstly the fromage frais which has been a big hit. I haven't given DS much sugar at all so we've avoided petit filous. It's great to know they're just sweetened with fruit.

Secondly the rice pudding. I haven't been able to get the raspberry one so got the vanilla one instead. This didn't go down as well, as DS thought he was getting yogurt and didn't like the texture. However, I finished it off and I thought it was lovely. Again, not too sweet and lovely and creamy.

Thirdly the yogurt was good and he liked them as much as the Rachel's first yogurts I normally buy him.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Fromage frais.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Both, and also gave all 3 first at breakfast on different occasions.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

He loved both the yogurts and the fromage frais and finished every pot.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

I think the yogurts and fromage frais are fine. I can understand that it's more expensive to buy an organic product and that fruit is more expensive than sugar for sweetening. I find the rice puds a bit overpriced, I'd expect to get 4 for that price.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Will definitely buy the yogurts and fromage frais again. More likely to make my own rice pudding, however if I can find the raspberry one I was supposed to be reviewing I'll definitely buy it and add my comments below. Thanks for the vouchers and for letting me test them smile

ffnorm Mon 25-Feb-13 16:39:58

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I've always liked the Ella's packaging and these fit right in with the other products. I liked the colours - stood out on the shelf and made them easy to find.Perhaps less cardboard is neccessary though.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
I thought the yogurt would be too big for my 8 month old but she hoovered it up smile though I wouldn't buy that size for that age.The fromage frais could maybe be a touch bigger especially for my 3 year old.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
I thought they were nice and creamy and thick enough not to fall off the spoon easily. Neither child liked the rice pudding but my 3 year old has never like any version of rice pudding so it wasn't a dislike of Ella's in particular

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
8month old - mango ff
3yr old strawberry yogurt
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Mainly after meals

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
My 3 year old was dissapointed that there was no Thomas on his yogurt. 8 month old is delighted with all yogurt type products so it was hard to tell. Both ate them well

Q7 What do you think of the price?
A bit too expensive even compared to like products like little Yeo's. Would buy if on offer.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
It was lovely to have a different flavour option from the standard strawberry etc and would definitely buy again but price would be a factor.

Thank you for the opportunity to try these products!!

tootssweet Mon 25-Feb-13 17:15:50

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
It was bright and easy to find in the fridge section of Asda - agree with others that cardboard is unecessary but at least it is recyclable

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Pots are the right size for 22mo DS. 7yo DD liked the yoghurts and felt they were a good size for her too

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Both loved the yoghurts and they were polished off quite quickly. DS (rice pudding lover) was grumpy when the pot was finished and would have ate both at once. Neither were that fussed about the fromage frais - DD felt they were all right but a bit tasteless. The dog enjoyed them as he was given the nearly full pots to have a lick of.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
DS - Rice Pudding (and the fruit was lovely and not too sugary tasting but did give it a good sweetness)
DD - Strawberry & Pear yoghurt but was a bit taken aback by eating cactus

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Had yoghurts & fromage frais as part of breakfast and snack. Rice pudding was after a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Much love for the rice pudding and grumpy noises when it was finished. DD said that she would eat the yoghurts again

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Quite expensive - a lot more than I would normally spend.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I do like that they are full of natural ingredients and not lots of artificial sugars etc. I would get the rice puddings for DS if on offer and possibly the yoghurts for DD if they were better value. I wouldn't get the fromage frais as it's a lot of money to spend on a left-over for the dog!

Thank you for the bag - going to be a fight over that! It was good to be picked for your product, on the whole we enjoyed it.

EskSmith Mon 25-Feb-13 19:52:20

Just posting to add to my threads, we're still mid test as I struggled to find the products. We too have vanilla rice puddings as I just couldn't find the raspberry ones.

catkate10 Mon 25-Feb-13 20:00:44

So pleased to be able to get these in my local Asda smile

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packs weren't displayed very prominently - nice cheery design though, but I may have missed them if I hadn't been searching for them, as they were on a high shelf.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
DS 13mo will happily devour the yogurts, especially if his first course hadn’t been a huge hit smile. Size of the fromage frais is also fine.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Lovely consistency to both the fromage frais and the yogurts. I don’t think DS is a fan of the rice pudding, perhaps that has something to do with the consistency. I have tried the vanilla one with him before, he didn’t like it though he was slightly more accepting of the raspberry one. I thought it was lovely and was only to happy to finish it for him smile.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
A close call, but probably the mango fromage frais.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Served as a pudding.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
DS is not speaking yet, but he happily finished all the yogurts and fromage frais.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Yes they are fairly expensive, but you get what you pay for and I would expect to pay more. The rice puddings, I believe are over-priced.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I’ve only given DS petit filous once and thought they were far too sugary. I normally have had to buy the Plum ones, as up till now, they have been the only ones available at my local Asda (with the occasional shop to Waitrose to stock-up on the premium ones). So I’m very happy that these are widely available and will buy them again.

Thank you!

LeBoob Mon 25-Feb-13 20:15:25

My first product test! Thank you Ella's Kitchen & Mumsnet

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Very bright and stood out even though it was on the top shelf. Branding was strong and I spotted what I was picking up from a few meters away

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The yogurt size was quite large, it would be a 2 serving size for her at the minute, but I think they are all reasonably sized for what you expect of the product

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Both the yogurts and fromage frais had a similar taste to yeo valley products. Texture was good and the fromage frais in particular had a good consistency to it ( I find petit filous get watery.) I expected there to be a higher fruit content than 20% though.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Mango fromage frais went down particularly well

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After a meal

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Dd actually entertained them, which is progress, she eats very little so it was reassuring to find something she would eat. Her 1yr old friend tried a rice pudding and really enjoyed it too.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Reasonable, if that's what my dd would eat I would pay, however in comparison to your pouches/snacks it's an expensive alternative

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I enjoyed the yogurts myself so would absolutely buy these,as I said in q7 if my dd eats them I would buy them

batteryhen Mon 25-Feb-13 20:23:30

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Lovely and bright, easy to spot in the fridge. I liked the fact that they say the age they are suitable from. My Son is just over 6 months so it was nice to know that they are suitable for him.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

As we have not been weaning very long, the pots were too big, so quite wasteful. They would be better being in smaller pots for babies, and bigger ones for toddlers.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

I like the consistency for my son, but my husband tried the yoghurts, and said although it was creamy and nice, the flavours were a bit tame. Such as not enough pear in the strawberry and pear flavour. The rice pudding is for 7 months on so I didn't try it, but the fromage frais went down a treat.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Strawberry and pear yoghurt

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

As a snack, he is generally full after a meal so I didn't try it then.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

There was plenty of squealing and arm flapping which I took to be a good thing. Also a lot of grabbing the spoon and ending up wearing some of the food!

Q7 What do you think of the price?

I think the price would be fair for older children, but as my baby is only 6.5 months he is not eating a great deal yet, so the big pots would be too much and I would end up throwing too much away.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not

I would buy them again when DS is older, as he did enjoy them.

beatofthedrum Mon 25-Feb-13 20:34:11

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

When my 2 yr old son picked the yoghurts off the supermarket shelf he burst into tears as he wanted to eat them immediately. He had a meltdown handing them over to be scanned lol! So yes, the packaging appealed to him!! I thought they looked great, brighty and classy! I agree get rid of outer packaging, unnecessary.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes. He ate 2 yoghurts in quick succession for a snack (he doesn't eat much but practically lives off yoghurt). Both my ds and my 5 yr old dd enjoyed a fromage frais as a small pudding.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Great approval! Shouts of MORE! they both loved both products (I purchased the yoghurts and the fromage frais as they're not keen on rice pudding in general). I thought the consistency was fab, looked rich and delicious. I tried it and personally thought the flavour was very mild, a bit too mild imo, but absolutely no complaints from the kids, they love them.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Strawberry and pear yoghurt. Probably just because they were bigger!!

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Both. Perfect for either.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

2 year old clapped hands. Shouted MORE. Pushed chair over to fridge to help himself. Hilariously approving. 5 yr old thought very nice in a calm manner.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Quite expensive. I'll look out for offers. But will definitely buy the yoghurts as a treat as he was so excessively pleased with them!

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Thought they were lovely products, albeit very mild-flavoured. Looked great. Was impressed with consistency. Will not buy them weekly but will def buy if going on a nice picnic/ for a little treat. Think they look and taste high quality.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
The labelling was good, the pack was clearly identifiable as part of the Ella's Kitchen range, which made finding it on the shelf pretty easy. Also the typeface/colour of the pack stands out well against the other options on offer.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
They were about right - the yogurt was slightly large I thought but the others were fine.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
The verdict was not good! DS (3) didn't like any of the products - he has tried the banana & mango fromage frais, and strawberry yogurt. He won't go near the pot of rice pudding, but he doesn't eat any sort of rice anyway so I wasn't surprised by this. He actively said he didn't like the banana flavour (and nobody else in the family liked it either, it tastes too artificial for me). He didn't like the strawberry yogurt either, I think it tasted too sour for him but he doesn't usually eat yogurt anyway. The mango fromage frais was probably the best of a baddish bunch.
DD (5) tried the vanilla rice pudding with some jam stirred into the pot, and managed to eat about half of it before giving up. She tried a bit of both fromage frais flavours, but didn't like either of them much and definitely wouldn't eat the banana one again. She hasn't tried the yogurt.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
None of them, sorry!

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
I tried both.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
As above - DS said he didn't like them, DD ate half a pot of rice pudding then claimed she was full (yet had room for an alternative snack when it was offered hmm). DD said the banana fromage frais was "too banana-y".

Q7 What do you think of the price?
I think they're expensive compared to what we normally buy, and since neither of my children like them I won't be buying them again (at least until weaning DC3, anyway). I'd only buy them when on offer I think.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I think they will work better as a weaning food, as they're definitely less sweet than the alternatives available. I suspect that my kids are just too used to the sweetness on offer in other brands of fromage frais and that's the main reason they didn't like them.

I gave a couple to a friend who is weaning her DD currently, she said they went down well but were a bit big for the quantity that her DD would normally eat so some got wasted. She would prefer smaller pot sizes.

LoobyLooGB Mon 25-Feb-13 22:17:36

Only managed to try the Fromage Frais as the local stores did not sell the rice pudding or yoghurt.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I thought the cardboard was unnecessary and although very colourful (as in bright), they are in the expected Ella’s Kitchen colours, but look bland as they are only one colour, rather than multi-coloured.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes the pot size is good for a 3yo

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Consistency and texture of the Fromage Frais was as expected, however very bland, DD didn’t really like the taste and only had a spoonful of each flavour.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
We were not able to try the other puddings but think DD will be sticking to the puddings she already eats.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
These were served as a snack but DD does get them after a meal if not had one earlier.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
First taste was okay but did not want to finish the pudding.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
It is a bit pricey for a pudding. I usually only pay £1.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I don’t think we would purchase the Fromage Frais or Yoghurts but will try the Rice Pudding if we ever find them. There is quite a choice nowadays of puddings available at a cheaper price and better taste.

Thank you for letting us try them.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packaging was immediately recognisable as the Ella's Kitchen brand, with the colours, labelling and the wording of the information being typical of the other products. With Ella's Kitchen being a brand I use frequently, this did appeal to me.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

The size was suitable for DS (14 months) after a meal, although he had 2 yogurts/fromage frais as a snack.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

The yogurt and the mango fromage frais were a big hit. I tried them myself first and thought the mango fromage frais in particular was lovely. They both had a nice, light texture and didn't have that watery layer that some yogurts and fromage frais have.
I was hopeful for the rice pudding, as DS has not previously liked rice pudding, although he will happily eat basmati rice with his meals. Unfortanately, although the taste appealed to him, he wasn't keen on the texture and tried to push the rice out of his mouth.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

The mango fromage frais.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

A mixture of both, as I would with our usual brands of pudding.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

DS indicates when he wants more of something by opening and closing his hand - he did this quite frantically for the fromage frais, and this was accompanied by much 'Mmymmymm' and lip smacking, so I think that was a positive response!

Q7 What do you think of the price?

It was more than I usually pay for similar products, but I noticed a difference in quality. The price was in-keeping with other Ella's Kitchen products, which I see as a premium brand as they tend to be more expensive than similar products.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I would buy the fromage frais again as they received such a positive reaction from DS.
I might buy the yogurts if they were on special offer.
I wouldn't buy the rice pudding again, not for DS anyway, as he didn't like them. That doesn't mean I would rule them out for future children who may be more keen on rice pudding!

florencebabyjo Tue 26-Feb-13 13:29:02

Hi, we have at last tested our samples as our vouchers seemed to have gone amiss in the post.
Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I really liked the simple pack design and bold colours, especially the blue rice pudding pots which are an unusual colour for that type of product, and were really eye catching.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The yogurt was the perfect size, I found the fromage frais too large as it is very rich, and the rice pudding too small! This is much lighter than the fromage frais and I felt the pack sizes could have been switched round.
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
The rice pudding was great as the texture was just right, with the right size of rice pieces. It was also not too gloopy. The fromage frais was very rich and creamy and the yogurt was a good texture with no big lumps.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
The rice pudding was definitely the favourite. I think she found the banana fromage frais too tart as she made a face when she ate it and only finished half the pot. The yogurt went down very well too.
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal? I served them both as a mid morning snack and as a dessert.
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
My LO said yummy when she ate the rice pudding, and this is yucky after the fromage frais(sorry!) She didn't make a comment on the yogurt.
Q7 What do you think of the price?
I think that they are very expensive compared to others on the market.
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
The price would stop me buying them regularly. I may buy the rice pudding as a treat but the others not.

WildRumpus Tue 26-Feb-13 14:21:47

Sorry for the slow response. I've driven to 3 different supermarkets on the hunt for the elusive rice pudding. No luck so i'll have to feed back on that later.
1. First impressions were good. Bright and informative. It's a brand I know and trust so I probably would have picked them up and tried them even if I hadn't been invited to take part in this survey.
2. The pots were probably slightly on the large side for my 8 month old as a pudding, but about right as a meal on it's own (eg breakfast). Just the right size for older two DCs (3 and 5) as a pudding.
3. The baby loved both yoghurts and fromage frais. Can't wait to try her on the rice pudding. She kept grabbing the spoon from my hand and slurped them all down in no time. The older two were less impressed. They only tried the FF and wouldn't go near the yoghurt. DD1 (3) pulled faces throughout, but finished it. DS (3) declared his 'the yuckiest taste ever' and refused to finish it (so I ate it and really liked it). Strange as my DCs normally love all things yoghurty.
4. The baby (Ella's biggest fan) seemed to enjoy the banana ones best.
5. First served them to all 3 DCs as pudding after their evening meal. Have since given the remainder to 8 month old baby as a meal in its own right.
6. See answer to q3. Hugely popular with 8 month old baby. Big thumbs down from 3 year old DS.
7. Slightly expensive but I would be happy to pay it for a good quality product which my DCs will enjoy.
8. I may well buy them again for the baby. It's a shame they weren't a hit with the older DC. Obviously it's easier to have something in the fridge that they can all eat . But I don't mind having some things specifically for the baby as she is weaning. I am looking forward to trying the rice pudding and will report back!

melliebobs Tue 26-Feb-13 14:30:03

When's the deadline for this? Struggling to get the rice pudding. Tesco don't stock any of the range and the 2 Asdas that are near me only stock the yoghurt n fromage frais blush

lottytheladybird Tue 26-Feb-13 15:12:51

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I thought it was obvious looking at the packs that they were Ella's Kitchen products - the packaging of all three packs tied in with the packaging seen on their other products. The labelling was clear and informative, but without bombarding you with too much information.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
I thought they were a bit on the small side for my 2.5 year old, but just right for my 10 month old.
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
The consistency of all three products was fine for both my 2.5 year old and my 10 month old. My 2.5 year old ate everything and scrapped the pots till there was none left. My 10 month old enjoyed the fromage frais and the yoghurt, but he didn't like the rice pudding.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
It's hard to say, as neither can tell me, but I'd say the yoghurt!
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
We had them after a meal.
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
I think both of mine would have eaten more had there been more!
Q7 What do you think of the price?
Expensive.
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I would buy them if they were at the same price point as the Yeo Valley yoghurts I normally buy for them. I didn't think they were superior to the Yeo Valley ones, so that's why I wouldn't pay more for them. Also, I expected ALL the pots to be linked together, like most yoghurts are when you buy they, but they're in twos. So when I was trying to get the cardboard packaging off the yoghurts, I just held onto one yoghurt pot thinking that that would be mean that I would have all four held, but when I managed to get the cardboard off, the two that weren't linked to the yoghurt pot I was holding fell onto the floor and one broke open.

TaperJeanGirl Tue 26-Feb-13 16:58:46

Sorry for slow response, had trouble finding them, finally got them in Asda in Charlton, then once I had them dd decided to get noroconfused so no tasting, she's finally had a taste of all 3 grin

Q1 first impression of the packs-how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I like the packs, very kid friendly and they stood out in the fridge.

Q2 did you think the size of the pots was right for your lo?

I think the rice pot and the fromage frais were perfect size for dd who is 22 months, the yoghurt pot size was prob a bit big for her, but des who is 3 and a dustbin had no probs finishing his sisters leftoverswink

Q3 taste test, what was the verdict? How was the consistency/texture of the puddings?

I thought the yoghurt and fromage frais were a nice smooth texture but didn't like the texture of the rice pot, it was sticky and slimey...

Q4 which product was your Los favourite?
Def the mango fromage frais for dd, ds liked the strawberry and pear yoghurt.

Q5 when did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

I gave them as an after school/ afternoon snack, but would also give them at lunchtime.

Q6 child's point of view: what did your lo say/ indicate?

Well dd isn't much of a talker, but she did ask for " more" of the mango fromage frais, she spat out the rice after about 2 mouthfuls, ds said all 3 were lovely and asked for more especially the yoghurt.

Q7 what did you think of the price?

I actually thought the pricing was reasonable, I expected them to be more expensive.

Q8 overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I think they were really tasty, healthy snacks, reasonably priced, and not too sweet, I would def buy them again, and my older dc would more than likely eat them too smile

Thanks very much for choosing me as a tester!

Birnamwood Tue 26-Feb-13 17:33:12

Q1 first impression of the packs-how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I thought they were bright and appealing to children and Los very identifiable as the 'Ella' brand

Q2 did you think the size of the pots was right for your lo?

The ff was ok for 18mo ds2 but too small for ds1 (4). Yogurt was about right as was the rice pudding

Q3 taste test, what was the verdict? How was the consistency/texture of the puddings?

The yogurts and the ff went down well although they were initially spat out as they're a bit more 'tart' that their normal yogurts but once they realised I wasn't not out to poison them the boys loved the flavours. The rice pudding...not so much I enjoyed them tho. Both of the boys can be a bit funny about textures and I think that put them off. I do keep buying rice pudding for them me to see if they'll see the light but its not happened yet --more for me then--smile the texture of the yogurts/ff was good

Q4 which product was your Los favourite

The ff

Q5 when did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Both

Q6 child's point of view: what did your lo say/ indicate?

After the initial 'mother what the hell are you feeding me?!' Ds2 wanted more after the first pot. Ds1 asked for a pot specifically later.

Q7 what did you think of the price?

Ok, a bit higher than normal so I'll probably buy them when they're on offer

Q8 overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Another good product from the Ella range! Yes, I'll buy again as I feel better about giving these products to the dc than other brands as they're a lot healthier and have far less added sugar/ crap.

Thanks for the product test opportunity, the ds's thoroughly enjoyed it smile

Birnamwood Tue 26-Feb-13 17:38:40

*ff = fromage frais not formula fed! Sorry smile

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manckaz Tue 26-Feb-13 22:34:26

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Really liked the packaging design - bright colours, strong images, attractive
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Fromage frais perfect, yogurt a little on the large size - 2 year old often had some left over, couldn't track down the rice pudding at all
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Consistency and texture was nice and creamy, taste was subtle across all flavours - from my point of view the taste was too subtle. Some of the other organic kids yogurts on the market offer a more fruity flavour, which my LO seems to prefer
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite banana fromage frais
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal? mainly after a meal
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? he took more persuading than he generally would to continue eating. On the whole he finished the fromage frais, but not the yogurt
Q7 What do you think of the price? On the high side for the yogurt and fromage frais
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not? Would consider trying again to see if LO gets used to them, but more likely to if they are on offer. Otherwise unlikely to pull me away from buying his normal organic brand.

gwenniebee Tue 26-Feb-13 22:39:34

We got the yoghurts today so am back to report on them!

Again - I think the cardboard is unnecessary, although having said that there is lots of info on there you probably couldn't fit on the pots.

Again - pleased to have a change in flavours from the usual suspects.

Served after pudding and my dd (7mo) didn't finish the pot, but this was mainly because she'd had a massive first course and I decided she'd had enough when she started chewing the table cloth instead of looking at me and my spoon. Her first taste of pineapple and she seemed to like it (but she likes food of most descriptions, it would appear...)

Might be useful to have a re-closable lid? Like a mini version of the great big yoghurt pots? I know you are supposed to eat it on the same day as opening but it would mean you could store it for mum to eat when the baby is in bed supper time without having to faff with cling film.

I too have saved the pots for future use smile

They're a little pricey for my budget, but I will buy them again if they're on offer.

gwenniebee Tue 26-Feb-13 22:40:27

Meant served after main course....

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
I liked the design of the packaging - in line with the other EK products, and they are easily identifiable on the shelf. I don't have any issues or concerns with the labelling.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
My DS is 10m, and overall I think the pots are about the right size for him at the moment, except for the yoghurt, which I feel is a little on the large side given how thick it is. He has sometimes been a bit sick after eating one of the yoghurts, which I think is just because they are so thick.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
The yoghurt is thicker than yoghurts I would normally buy/eat/give to DS - however he enjoyed both flavours. He also liked the fromage frais. I think the flavours of the yoghurts and fromage frais arewell chosen, as they are a little different to the usual standard flavours available.
I thought the rice pudding was yummy, and the amount of raspberry was just right, however DS didn't like it at all - I think it was just too glutinous for him. He tolerated it a little longer the second time, when I heated it up, but after a few mouthfuls he just kept gagging. I got to finish it off though grin

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
I think the mango fromage frais was his favourite

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
They are always given after a meal, as a pudding

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
He always leans forward and indicates that he wants more fromage frais, he obviously really enjoys that one. Again, the gagging and face pulling at the rice pudding showed he didn't really like that. He was relatively indifferent about the yoghurts, although he ate all of them.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
I think the price is quite fair, although I probably wouldn't buy them for everyday consumption, as I tend to give him natural yoghurt with fruit puree when we are at home which is much cheaper.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Overall I was happy with the products, and would certainly buy the fromage frais again to use when we are out of the house. I may try the rice pudding again when he is a bit older. I probably won't buy the yoghurts again as I think they are too thick for him.

preety18 Wed 27-Feb-13 10:05:18

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
It's bright, colourful and eye-catching. It reflects very well the Ella's kitchen brand.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The size was right for my 7 months old.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
The fromage frais and yoghurt went down very nicely while the rice pudding was not so good as the 7 months old is not too keen on lumpy food but I'm working on on it. The consistency for the fromage frais and yoghurt were just right, smooth and creamy.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
The formage frais and yoghurt was a hit with my little one.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
My little one can't talk but sign of excited after couple of spoons which I take it she loved. Whereas the rice pudding she was not to keen as she is still on weaning phase she doesn't like lumpy food that much.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
It's a bit expensive compare to other chilled pudding for babies and children.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Overall I like the Ella's chilled product, I will only buy it if they were on offer as it's quite expensive.

PseudoBadger Wed 27-Feb-13 10:31:51

Oh gosh I'm so behind, everyone's been unwell I'm so sorry! I will actually buy the products today <waits to be kicked off thread>

BabithaPear Wed 27-Feb-13 11:30:20

Like others, we couldn't find the rice pudding anywhere so all our answers apply to the yoghurts and fromages frais.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design
appeal to you?
Very appealing - bright, uncluttered, stands out on the shelves, very much in keeping with the Ella's Kitchen brand.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The size was perfect - not too much, not too little for our 15 month old.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Our daughter loved all of the flavours. Consistency/texture was no different to other competitive products, so familiar to our LO. She seemed to like these more than her usual yoghurts / fromages frais and would choose the Ella's Kitchen range if given a choice. From my POV, these seemed less sweet than other brands on the market, which is a good thing.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Banana fromage frais - she cried when she finished a pot.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
They were served as part of lunch or after dinner.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
See Q3, she liked them v much.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Too expensive, especially when compared to other brands.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Think they're great and an obvious hit in our household although I probably wouldn't buy them unless they were on special offer.

NotAQueef Wed 27-Feb-13 16:33:44

Hi - finally managed to get round to posting
Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

The packaging was really attractive – nice and colourful and stood out on the shelf.
Again agree with previous posters, that the cardboard outer is not needed.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes, as he is starting to get to an age where one of his normal fromage frais is not enough for him but other more ‘adult’ yoghurts are way too big

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Rice Pudding: Couldn’t find this sorry! I will be making one more trip to the supermarket at the weekend and can go to Asda, rather than Tesco to see if I can get this

Yoghurts: Nice creamy smooth texture, lovely flavours. DS polished it off and said “niiiiice” while rubbing his tummy furiously grin

Fromage Frais: Didn’t seem overly keen on the banana flavoured one (I don’t eat fromage frais so didn’t try) but the mango one was wolfed down.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Mango Fromage Frais or either of the yoghurts.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

I served them as a snack as DS eats all his meals at nursery in the week and doesn’t tend to need more food when he gets home.
On a weekend I would probably serve the fromage frais after lunch and or as a snack.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

Yoghurts: Nice!

Fromage Frais: Mango – yummy

Q7 What do you think of the price?

I found the The RRP to be a little above the price I would normally pay for a ‘staple’ . I think £1.75 would be more reasonable.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I think we will try them again as Ella’s Kitchen is a brand we have adopted in our house since DS was born and have always liked the quality of the products.
I do think, however, that we will look out for 2 for 1 offers and the like as these are a little too dear.

ChessieFL Wed 27-Feb-13 19:55:53

First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Yes - it's nice and bright and eye-catching

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes - slightly larger than some other similar products but not adult sized.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Me and DD liked the yoghurts and fromage frais but not quite so struck on the rice pudding - it was fine but DD wasn't keen.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Pineapple yoghurt

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Both!

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

She keeps asking for the yoghurts so they are a success.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Bit too expensive

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I will buy the yoghurts as my DD liked them so much, but will try and look out for them on offer.

Polywhirl Wed 27-Feb-13 20:43:08

Found it hard to get hold of the rice puddings but we have finally got round to trying them.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Nice bright colours.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Fromage frais could be a bit bigger apparently!
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict?
How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings? I thought they were all very tasty.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite.
Fromage frais
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
As a pudding.
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? Was not keen on the rice pudding but loved the other products.
Q7 What do you think of the price? Bit too expensive but if on offer I would buy them
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Probably not mainly due to price.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Feb-13 16:32:45

Hi - have just been advised the vouchers expire today so please - if you're yet to use the vouchers please disregard them.
Sorry if this means you were unable to take part.

Ella's Kitchen apologise if this causes a problem and say "Hi there, we’re sorry, we aren’t able to find out which exact stores stock the products, but you are most likely to find them in Asda stores, then Waitrose, larger Tesco stores and online from Ocado."

PseudoBadger Thu 28-Feb-13 17:57:11

Right I've got all three products tonight in waitrose and we'll be testing over the weekend.

beautyguru Thu 28-Feb-13 20:40:21

Well finally managed to get all 3 products after spending 15 minutes managing to persuade 4 different members of Asda staff that they were allowed to accept the vouchers!!! Grrrrr!! So here goes...
Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Lovely bright packing, easy to spot on the shelf and distinctive as being Ellas Kitchen.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes perfect for a toddler..not too big and not too small.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Consistency and texture of all 3 seemed just right to me. 2yr old DD2 loved the yogurts and fromage frais, wolfed them down without a second thought. She didn't like the rice pudding though; she spat it out and said "no like it!!" However DD1 age 7 yrs was happy to take it off her hands & said it was delicious warm or cold but that the pot was too small and she could have eaten 3!! She also enjoyed the yogurts & fromage frais..said they were creamy and tasted nice & fruity but not as sweet as they usually are. DH & I also tasted them all and agree they taste good in flavour & consistency though I didn't like the banana fromage frais, it somehow tasted artificial?

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
DD1 age 7 yrs loved the rice pudding..DD2 age 2yrs loved the mango fromage frais..I've put this as her favourite as this was the one she asked for "more pease" of!!

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Both!!

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
See above.."more pease" of mango fromage frais; spat out the rice pudding "no hike (like!) it and ate all the rest without question. Also worth knowing that when they were in the fridge even though they were "hidden" she managed to find them and brought them to me saying "Livys!!! Have one??!!" Even though there were other yogurts/fromagefrais in the fridge that she already knew as being hers!

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Seem more expensive in comparison to other similar products eg Rachels Organics and Yeo Valley Organic..that said I usually buy them when on special offer. Lots more expensive than the non organic Petit Filous, Little Stars, Wildlife pots etc. Also noticed that Asda was cheaper for them than Tesco.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I would buy the yogurts and fromage frais again if they were on promotion or if the standard price point was lowered. I would not buy the rice pudding again as DD2 didn't like it and DD1 would want to eat 2 at a time!!!

MissRee Fri 01-Mar-13 11:03:59

Still haven't been able to find the rice puddings hmm

I did manage to get massively fussy eater DS to try the strawberry and pear yoghurt and he really enjoyed it! Couldn't get him to try mango & pineapple for love nor money though confused Maybe you could create some more simple flavours? I had to tell a big fat fib to get him to even try the strawberry and pear one! ( it's just plain strawberry, honest!)

melliebobs Fri 01-Mar-13 11:43:31

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
The labelling makes it clear that it is the Ella's Kitchen Range. Having one main block colour (red, orange or blue) does make is stand out from the other brands.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
My daughter is 11 months and eats like a horse. I thought the yoghurt one was on the large side but she still polished it off no problems, but may not be the case for other 11 months olds. All the other ones were the right size for her.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Yoghurts were a bit bland I thought and i think having citrus (ie pineapple) in a yoghurt isn't quite right. But dd wasn't bothered
The fromage frais were nicer and the colour not too artificially orange. The flavour was quite subtle though. DD liked them though
The rice pudding was good, we tend to have shops own which can be a bit liquidy.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
All of them?!?!?! She can't tell me but if i was to pick for her we'll go for mango fromage frais

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
We had them as dessert after tea (evening meal)

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Didn't say anything but was quite keen to grap the loaded spoon off me and shovel it in!

Q7 What do you think of the price?
EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!!!! The flavours were really bland and subtle and for a fraction of the price a 35p pot of greek yoghut which probably does 2-3 portions and a bit of fruit is far more tastier and ALOT cheaper. I don't tend to get branded 'kids' stuff for this reason so don't really know how it compares to say petit filous.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Probably not for the reason above. There are more cost effective ways of having a yummy pudding ie natural yoghurt and fruit, or shops own rice pudding that the whole family can have. If they were on offer of i had a voucher i might get them as a treat, but on the whole i wont be rushing out for them

WantToFindWorkLifeBalance Fri 01-Mar-13 17:56:54

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Yes - loved the packs - really nice and bright and very easy to spot on the shelf.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes - great portion size for my children. The fromage frais was great for my baby and the yoghurts for the bigger children.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

All were very popular. My baby, 4yo and 6yo all liked the yoghurt and fromage frais and the bigger ones liked the rice pudding. No complaints.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

The rice pudding but I think that's partly because we don't often have that - it was more novelty.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

As pudding after a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

Yummy. The 4yo and 6yo do love characters, jokes, gimmicks etc. so they would have liked something along these lines. Adding something like that would definitely increase the age range these appeal to in my opinion - this is useful for families trying to please multiple age groups.

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Fairly dear - I would probably only buy when there was a 2 for... or similar offer.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Yes but only if they are available in Sainsburys where I do my main shop and only if on offer - I tend to only ever buy yoghurts on offer as there's always one on. The one exception might be the rice pudding as that's a little different and makes a change so I'd go more out of my way for it.

janey223 Sat 02-Mar-13 23:32:25

DS has been poorly and gone temporary lactose intolerant so I'll try to answer some of the questions and revisit when he's had the rest.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
The pack was very nice, stood out straight away when I finally found them (3rd attempt), the kind of packaging I've come to expect from ella's kitchen, bright and appealing.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The yoghurt is a bit big but I'm sure he'll polish it off anyway, the are were perfect.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
I tasted a little and the mango fromage frais was nice, ds definetely enjoyed it but hasn't managed to try any more

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Has only tried one.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
After a meal as a pudding

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Loved the mango fromage frais, it was gone in no time unlike the rest of his lunch!
Hasn't gotten to try any more.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
A bit expensive

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I'll probably buy them when on offer or as a treat

Gemd81 Mon 04-Mar-13 17:24:48

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Very clear branding and obvious it is ella's kitchen in the chiller aisle recognise the pack and found the colours stick out prominently.
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes she is 19 months and does not eat a lot so these pot sizes were perfect
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings? I had to persist to get her to eat them at first because they are rather sour and bitter compared to Petits Filous which my LO is used to but I persisted because am convinced they have less sugar and are better for her. We did not manage to try the rice pudding it was too hard to get hold off after trying 4 local supermarkets.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Mango fromage frais - I wish I could just buy a pack of mango flavoured as my LO is fussy and not too bothered about the other flavours.
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
as a pudding after lunch or tea one per a day
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
at forst did not like as not as sweet as expected but now she says 'yum yum' and guides the spoon in my hand to get to her mouth quicker!
Q7 What do you think of the price?
Price reasonable will buy them
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Yes trusted brand I feel good about giving my LO these.

1. I did find the packs appealing, and clearly Ella's Kitchen. I wondered though if the cardboard outer was entirely necessary though, from an environmental point of view.
2. Size wise - perfect I think for a baby or toddler, just right for my 13 month old.
3. We didn't manage to get hold of the rice puddings, but the yogurts & fromage frais went down very well, lovely thick consistency, my reflux suffering toddler didn't suffer any 'repeats' after eating them.
4. The banana fromage frais seemed to be the favourite.
5. Given as a pudding after evening meal.
6. L.O indicated that he liked them by eating them all up!
7. On the pricey side, would probably wait for an offer.
8. Overall very good, in my opinion they're a step on from the 'plum' baby fromage frais - they seem a little more suited to the older baby or toddler due to the larger size and brighter more toddler eye catching packaging.

likelucklove Tue 05-Mar-13 10:04:46

1. I love Ella's Kitchen package. It was very bright and engaging, with what was snide written in big letters on the front. DD also lives the packaging and was just looking at it (before putting it in her mouth)!

2. My DD would have eaten all the pack if I'd let her I think. It is just right to have of a snack/dessert and I liked the fact they were in twos, which is how much she would have in a day. I usually have to put yogurt in fruit so that she likes the taste, but she did have these on their own.

3. I really liked the yogurts and fromage frais, but the blueberry consistency is not how I like it (I don't like rice pudding)

4. the blueberry rice pudding was DD's favourite, so there could have been more in the pack. She's does love berries so raspberry would have been nice too, since I don't tend to buy them.

5. I served them as both a snack and dessert. It was easier as dessert and she is in the 'mode' and knows she has to eat her food to get it.

6. DD seemed to like them all, by preferred the rice puddings.

7. I think the price is OK since it is the same as the rest of the market. Baby yogurts are always more expensive, but I don't mind because of there being less sugars.

8. I would buy them again but perhaps only one a day since they are quite expensive and I do still like to give DD pieces of fruit since I think they are more nutritious.

LillethTheCat Tue 05-Mar-13 11:15:13

Sorry its taken so long to reply, it was one of those things I was going to do, but just kept thinking I will do that first then forgot blush

Anyway

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
It was nice and bright and colourful. I liked it

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes my DD2 loves yoghurt for a pudding and was just right for her.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Well DD2 polished them off so I can only take from that, that the taste was lovely for her

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
I cant say as being 17MO DD2 was unable to tell me, but she ate them all.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
As a pudding, like I do all yoghurts

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
That they were nice

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Will probably only buy on offer, though not extortionate so wouldn't not buy if there was nothing else.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
I would buy them again if they were on offer, but Id buy other cheaper yoghurts first.

PseudoBadger Tue 05-Mar-13 11:51:44

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

I liked the bright colours and rounded edges.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes but DS will happily eat two of any yoghurt in any sitting!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

DS would only try the yoghurts - the rice pudding and fromage frais were both met with 'no no no' - but that's more to do with him than the products I think!
He loved the strawberry yoghurt, but found the pineapple one a little sweet judging from his expression.
I thought the texture looked good, and I loved the idea of a rice pudding like this.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

Strawberry yoghurt

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

After a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

He's only just two but showed that he liked the strawberry yoghurt by asking for another!

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Quite expensive I think

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

Perhaps in the future when DS's fussiness is less. I hope to be able to buy them again.

hopethesnowgoessoon Tue 05-Mar-13 19:59:02

Firstly, I could only obtain the yoghurts and Fromage Frais as could not get the rice pudding pots.

Secondly, thanks for the chance of doing these testers

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

Pack design was vibrant and easy to spot on the shelves. Not so sure the cardboard packaging was necessary.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

My little boy is just over two and is a bit of a greedy guts and to be honest 2 pots was barely enough!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

Taste seemed fine, my little boy thought so too. Consistency was just as it should be.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

My boy liked them all apart from the banana one (although he still ate it!!)

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

Generally they were served as pudding after a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

He was happily eating them so and asked for More!

Q7 What do you think of the price?

Quite expensive to be honest.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I may buy them now and again if on offer as too pricey for everyday esp considering the size of them. I used to buy the Petis filous/other brand i can't remember name of and stopped buying these because a) expensive and b) too much bad stuff in them and now usually give my boy Natural Yoghurt with fruit in. 1 large tub of natural yoghurt can last 3 days (1 day por portion) for 66p!!and mix any bits of fruit that are in the house in to them. Much cheaper and much healthier. But for things like Nursery or days out it is sometimes handy to have them in small ready bought pots but again these would be a treat and bought on special offer.

MikeLitoris Tue 05-Mar-13 20:40:10

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you? Very nice. Quite eyecatching.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO? The yoghurts and fromage frais were ok but the rice pud was really small. Dd ate those in two spoons.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings? Rice pud was a bit synthetic tasting but the yoghurts were ok. Nice to see some different flavours.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
She loved the rice pud and the mango fromage frais

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal? After a meal as a dessert.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate? Not a lot tbh. She did ask for more of the rice pud and got excited when the yoghurts came out.

Q7 What do you think of the price? More than I would normally pay for a product like this. Especially the small packs of rice puds and fromage frais

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not? Dd seemed to really enjoy them but I would only buy them when on offer.

vickipickernicker Tue 05-Mar-13 22:00:27

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Nice bright colours, The pack design definitely appeals
Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
Yes
Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
Enjoyed yoghurt and fromage frais - not sure about rice pudding.
Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Fromage frais
Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Have tried both
Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
Yummy. would have eaten more than one at a time if allowed!
Q7 What do you think of the price?
A bit expensive when compared to comparable products
Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Would buy them again,
They seem like good quality and I like the brand background but wouldn't necessarliy buy them again unless on offer

imustbepatient Wed 06-Mar-13 18:40:39

1. I really liked the colours and style of the pots. Agree the cardboard sleeve is unnecessary.

2. Size was really good, just the right amount.

3. My daughter found the fromage frais a bit bland and the rice pudding not flavoured enough either. The yoghurt she preferred.

4. The yoghurts.

5. Generally as part of a meal but they are very handy as snacks too.

6. Not keen on the rice pudding (but she doesn't like other brands either). She liked the yoghurts.

7. I am happy to pay this sort of price for good quality products that my daughter enjoys. I would need to feel she really likes them though as otherwise it would feel like a waste.

8. Yes I would buy them again, particularly the yoghurts.

Thank you for letting us try the products, sorry about the late feedback.

I tried the products on my daughter who is 17months old

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?

They were really nice, the bright colours stand out on the shelves, it is definitely something that would appeal to me while looking for new products for my daughter.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?

Yes, I did think that the size were right.

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?

RP: she had one spoon of it, then cried, I tried several days later and she cried at the sight of the pot. (shame as I thought it was really nice)

Y: Again she tried one spoon of the strawberry and pear one, and wasn't impress, this time, she tried to run away from her highchair. I tried the yogurt and I thought they were a bit too sour.

FF: this one I tricked her into eating it, I knew she would cry as soon as she saw the pot, so I did put it in a small ramekin, she did eat it all, but it took a bit of persuasion.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite

I think the mango fromage frais was her favourite one considering that is the only one she finished.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?

after a meal.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?

she cried at the sight of the pots smile

Q7 What do you think of the price?

I think they were a bit expensive, but if my daughter liked them then I would have considered buying them for her.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?

I am afraid we won't buy them again as she decided it wasn't for her.

Thanks again.

newtonupontheheath Wed 06-Mar-13 19:48:58

Sorry my laptop is on the blink so can't see the questions but hopefully my feedback will fit into them somehow! smile

Packaging was nice, easy to spot on the shelves but I chucked the card away to fit in the fridge so perhaps not environmentally friendly!

Ds (2) was excited about trying them. Served up both as snack and as pudding (specifically the rice pudding) but he hasn't finished one to date. He generally eats/tries everything and has various kids yogurts (munch bunch/own brand fromage frais) plus natural yogurt with fruit etc I can't put my finger on why he isn't keen, have tried myself and they are nice enough, maybe a bit bland for my taste, v creamy though. They are also quite big, ds is used to smaller portioned yogurts. In saying that, I have known him wolf down a grown ups size yogurt given half the chance!

I wouldn't buy them as ds isn't that keen but also thought they were expensive for max 4. It'd be better having 6/8 in half sized pots for that price, especially as they seem to be aimed at toddlers/pre-schoolers

PrettyVacant1 Thu 07-Mar-13 10:29:26

Thank you for the vouchers and lunch bag, sorry late giving feedback DD has been poorly.

My DD is 18 months.

Q1 First impressions of the packs - how was the labelling? Did the pack design appeal to you?
Yes it did.
Bright, funky and eyecatching.

Q2 Did you think the size of the pots was right for your LO?
The yoghurts were larger than I usually give her but she had no problems polishing them off!

Q3 Taste test: what was the verdict? How was the consistency/ texture of the puddings?
DD was not too keen on the rice pudding, the FF and the yogs were a little bitter compared to Petite Filous and she wasn't too sure at first but we persevered.

Q4 Which product was your LO's favourite
Probably the yogs.

Q5 When did you serve them up? As a snack or after a meal?
Both, I tried the rice pudding as a snack but she still wouldn't try it.

Q6 Child's view point: what did your LO say/ indicate?
DD was not too keen at first with the packaging and the taste.
She is feeding herself at the moment and probably didn't recognise the pots so I had to wrangle the spoon from her to get some in to start her off.

Q7 What do you think of the price?
Expensive for the size and quantity.

Q8 Overall: your overall view? Will you buy them again? Why/ why not?
Maybe the yogs as they are bigger than what we have now but only occasionally.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 07-Mar-13 12:03:38

Hello - thanks for all the feedback - am pleased to say the winner of the month's supply of Ella's Kitchen products and the cool bag is Griselda.

Sokmonsta Fri 08-Mar-13 01:08:35

Apologies for another late feedback

I was actually very disappointed that in 2 Tesco extra and 1 large ASDA, I was only able to get the fromage frais in ASDA and none of the other products. Indeed I was met with puzzled looks and 'we don't stock them' from Tesco.

The vouchers expired and still I cannot find more than fromage frais

That said, the twins really did enjoy them and wolfed them down.

I just wish the other products were available for me to try.

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