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‘I compared Sainsbury’s and Co-op’s cheesecakes to Gu’s and there was 1 winner’

If this isn’t the first of my taste tests you’re reading, you’ll probably know by now I have a sweet tooth.

So having pitted chocolate buttons against each other, and even tried some Percy Pig pancakes, cheesecakes were naturally next on the list.

As my hometown of Hackney sadly has very few supermarkets in the local area, I couldn’t be choosy, and had to select a mix of what was on offer in my local stores.

I left the shops with Co-op’s lemon cheesecake, Sainsbury’s New York vanilla cheesecake slices, and of course, Gü Spanish lemon cheesecakes.

Read on to find out which was the best of the lot, and which had the ultimate soggy bottom.

Three cheesecakes at once? Don’t mind if I do

Texture

3rd prize – Sainsbury’s. The driest and densest of the lot, as I suppose is to be expected from a New York style cheesecake.

2nd prize – Co-op. The top half was fine. See ‘base’ section for the bottom half. Mary Berry look away now.

1st prize – Gü. A lovely balance going on here. They know what they’re doing. Plus a free ramekin to collect in your cupboard with all the others, promising yourself they’ll be useful for miniature items of the future.

'I compared Sainsbury's and Co-op’s cheesecakes to Gu’s and there was 1 winner'
Ah, more ramekins. Just what I needed

Base

A very important part of a cheesecake, often overlooked and underrepresented, in my opinion.

3rd prize – Co-op. A thin, flimsy and mediocre base. A real soggy bottom.

2rd prize – Gü. I wasn’t blown away with this base either, but it wasn’t soggy, so it’s second place.

1st prize – Undoubtedly Sainsbury’s wins here. Lovely and thick, with ample crunch and a good top:bottom ratio.

'I compared Sainsbury's and Co-op’s cheesecakes to Gu’s and there was 1 winner'
Just look at that buttery biscuit base

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Price

3rd prize – Gü. £3.35 for the pack. Having only ever bought them on special offer before, this seemed steep.

2rd prize – Sainsbury’s. £1.75 for two slices.

1st prize – Co-op. A steal at just £1.10 for both. A dessert well worthy of 55p a head – cheaper than a chocolate bar.

'I compared Sainsbury's and Co-op’s cheesecakes to Gu’s and there was 1 winner'
A small, delicious bargain

Flavour

3rd prize – Gü. I’m as surprised as you are. It was full of flavours which compliment each other. But on first mouthful I got a tang of synthetic, shop-made flavour. And as an avid baker myself, I couldn’t see past it.

2nd prize – Co-op. I really liked the tang of the lemon, mixed with the super-smooth cream layer. Very nice.

1st prize – Sainsbury’s. The rich vanilla flavour paired beautifully with the thick biscuit base.

'I compared Sainsbury's and Co-op’s cheesecakes to Gu’s and there was 1 winner'
More please

The winner

For me, the choice was clear. Sainsbury’s reigned supreme this time. The decadent, rich cheesecake looks homemade, and you could definitely pass it off as such at a dinner party when we’re finally allowed to invite friends round again.

Pair it with a berry coulis and maybe some ice cream, and no one will ever know. Sorted.

What should we compare next? Let us know in the comment section here.


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