I Paid: $3.68 for 13.8 ounces of mousse (six cups; prices may vary by region)
The widely flogged Jell-O Mousse Temptations are little single-serving mousse-style pudding cups that boast of an indulgent, decadent experience without the calories. How is this accomplished?
First and foremost: air. Lots of air. Mousse is supposed to be lightly whipped, which is a license to insert and sell chocolate-flavored air to credulous buyers. To be fair: Jell-O’s Temptations have a pleasantly light, whipped quality that is actually reminiscent of real mousse. Where they fall predictably short is a lack of the rich, unctuous mouthfeel and depth of chocolate flavor that comes from using real, old-school ingredients … as opposed to artificial sweeteners such as sucralose.
That trademark sucralose emptiness of flavor wounds the impact of Temptations but doesn’t kill it dead—there’s still some cocoa kick and a pleasant fluffy texture. And for 60 calories, well, they’re making the most of a pretty restrictive situation.
Change “temptation” to “sensible choice for dieters” and “indulgent” to “not as terrible as you feared,” and you’d have a dessert as honest as it is basically inoffensive.