Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Ultimate Custard Square Hunt - St Martins New World, Christchurch

Another custard square review from afar - this time from my mother. I do enjoy receiving these, so if you feel you know a notable custard square purveyor feel free to send me some photos, a description, the name of the vendor, and a rating out of 10. ;-) Anything to find the best in our fair land! 

Much like the custard squares from the Wellington City New World, this was really more than a single serving, so the photo below is of half only; Mum cut it in two to make supper for her and Dad. This was apparently picked up at a reduced price as yesterday's stock and was only $2 - pretty good for dessert/supper for two!

As for the taste - the pastry was soggy, but the combination of the pastry, sweet, sugary icing and set custard filling was pronounced to be as it should be (for a supermarket custard square, anyway). Mum's rating was 5/10, but for the price and based on her expectations was happy with it; she prefers (as do I) the fluffy Denheath custard squares, but as they are usually about twice the price of this for a single serving you can perhaps appreciate the rightful place of the average, sweet, supermarket bakery offering.

What do you think? Is there a time and a place for the mediocre dessert or do you prefer to save your calories (and your pennies) for a real treat?


  1. I'm not a huge fan of sweet food unless it's done really, really well. So I'd rather save up for a real treat! Always pick starters over dessert thoguh.

  2. I think there is definitely a place for simple dessert - sometimes just a piece of fruit, or half a biscuit - but I have no patience or room for bad-tasting dessert!

  3. Yeah - I occasionally cave in to something average but usually regret it, so prefer a good, proper sweet if I'm going to throw all those calories away. ;-)


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