|Rating:||7.9 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.2 / 2.5|
|Taste||1.9 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.5 / 2.5|
The Back Country Cuisine range of outdoor meals is probably the best known in Australia. However, for many people the range of desserts is not as well-known with hikers often foregoing this luxury on the trail. Back Country has five desserts in the range but it is rare to see all in any one store as most retailers tend to pick the best two or three to sell.
This dessert comes in what Back Country calls ‘regular size’ and while that’s supposedly a single serve this is a big calorie hit for one person coming in at 695 calories per packet so really this is best as a two person dessert option.
Taste wise the Back Country Cuisine Strawberry Ambrosia Dessert is not as yummy as others in the range and I still think you can’t go past the Apple Pie. The Back Country Cuisine Strawberry Ambrosia Dessert is more like a mousse than an ice-cream and the addition of the little cylinders of marshmallow make it very, very sweet. I have tried most of the Back Country desserts and this one is my least favourite not because of the taste, but because of the excessive sweetness at least from my perspective. Having said that I do finish off my share when on the trail but that is more because I’m hungry and need to support my sweet tooth! Be warned this one is also on the chewy side – chewy strawberries and marshmallows is an acquired taste.
This meal is easy to prepare – you just add cold water and wait 15 minutes. Be patient and wait the full 15 minuets! The meal comes in a bag that is well designed and the bottom opens out to provide a flat base for those minimalists who want to leave the bowl at home. You can tear the top off the bag to allow easy access to the food but you if you have a long handled spoon you won’t need to tear the bag. The other reason for not tearing the top off the bag is that you minimise any mess after you’re done because you can re-zip the zip lock – you discover days later this a major plus as your rubbish bag starts to increase in size and becomes very messy.
While the recommendation is to use 188 ml of water, I suggest you use just a bit less (about 10-15 ml less) which creates a thicker serving but that’s personal preference. Dehydrating desserts is one of those things that sounds like hard work to me so I prefer to use the pre-prepared products.
The normal price sits around the AUD $16.99 RRP mark. Most of the larger outdoor chain stores offer member discounts or have regular sales so it’s worthwhile looking around. These products do have a long shelf life so you can stock up during the regular sales.
If you’re not sure on the dessert front, then the Strawberry Ice-cream Dessert may not be the best place to start. Having said that if you have a sweet tooth then this option may be for you.
Note: that this dessert was previously known as Strawberry ice cream
An easy to prepare dessert whether it be on a short or long trip for camping and hiking. When you’re feeling a bit flat after a hard day and want a sugar hit that’s when you’ll really appreciate it
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AUD $14.99 RRP
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker
Bottom of the bag opened out. Always open out the bag to ensure you get the dessert mixture evenly moist
Back Country Cuisine Strawberry Ambrosia Dessert in open bag without water added. You can see the dried strawberry, marshmallow and chocolate pieces
Back Country Cuisine Strawberry Ambrosia Dessert with water added. The recommendation was to add 188 mls of water. While this made a tasty dessert, a bit less water would have been better