Sisters and Brothers, one of the things that helps curb your Chocolate Priestess's chocolate cravings is the fact that I feel it is my obligation to you all to try a wide variety of various products so that you can make a better choice without spending money. Some days I find good products at a decent cost, sometimes poor treats overpriced, and rarely I find something great for very little money. This is something else.
As I've revealed before, eclairs rarely have a lot of chocolate though the amount can vary greatly from a light spread over the top to the entire pastry being encased in chocolate of some type. The ingredients of the chocolate determine the buzz potential even more than the mere quantity of it. As you can see to the left this little pie, measuring 4 inches across, has five curly lines of chocolate frosting over the top. Cocoa is the 11th ingredient on the list and it comes in the section entitled "contains less than 2% of the following". Clearly this isn't a great choice for chocolate but it was $1 for what is a cute little pie.
Aside from the cocoa itself, the pie could taste good and still be worth that dollar for someone who didn't want a lot of chocolate. Shocking I know but, Sisters and Brothers, such people do exist and we should encourage them to enjoy small quantities of the Sacred Substance. The crust was slightly flaky, about what I'd expect for a buck, and the inside had a very thick and firm cream with a solid vanilla flavor, a flavor the ingredients list informs me is artificial. The resulting taste was just acceptable but a review of the nutrition facts was interesting. The pie has 11g saturated fat or 54% of the adult recommended daily allowance. It also has 400mg sodium, 5g fiber (which surprised me), 23g sugars (I suspected it would have more), 4g protein, 6% calcium and 2% iron you should get each day. The problem then is really the saturated fat because none of the other amounts get above 19% of your daily limits or needs.
Finally, who makes this product was a bit difficult for me to determine so I apologize in advance if the link I'm about to give is incorrect. No city or state is listed as providing this pie that I found in my local Kroger. The title is simply "Old Fashioned Baked Chocolate Eclair Pie" but an inside title is "Table Talk Old Fashioned Eclair Pie 3226". I think this is one of 18 flavors of 4 inch pie made by "Table Talk Pie" company in Worcester Massachusetts. If that is so, then they make two other chocolate varieties: Chocolate Creme and Brownie but neither of these was available at my local Kroger.
So this was a cheap mini-pie that tasted fine. It isn't something I'd serve to guests or even buy again personally. But if you like eclairs more for their creme and you have a craving but only a small amount of money, this might be a good choice for you in very limited quantities. Better, cut it in half like I did and share it to cut down on the saturated fat.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.