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Bought vs homemade: Vanilla custard

Bought vs homemade: Vanilla custard

Custard makes a tasty topping for a warm dessert in cooler months. How does a store-bought custard stack up against our homemade version?


Meadow Fresh Vanilla Custard

Ingredients: fresh milk, sugar, thickeners (1442, 407), milk solids, emulsifier (339), vanilla flavour, colours (102, 122)



Healthy Food Guide Vanilla custard

Ingredients: trim milk, vanilla pod or vanilla essence, egg yolk, castor sugar, cornflour

Nutrition information per serve

Custard is a delicious addition to any winter pudding. With milk as the main ingredient, custard is a good source of protein and contains calcium, which is good for bone health. But custard is a treat food because it can also give us extra energy, fat and sugar that we maybe don’t want, or need.

Meadow Fresh Vanilla Custard comes in at more than 100kJ more per 100g serving than the Healthy Food Guide homemade custard. The main culprit for the increased energy is the amount of sugar in the Meadow Fresh product – about 40 per cent more than in the Healthy Food Guide recipe. The Meadow Fresh custard also looks like it is made with full cream milk, resulting in a higher amount of saturated fat. When you make your own custard, you can choose which milk to use. We used trim milk. Both products contain about 10 per cent of your daily calcium requirements.

First published: Aug 2017

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