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Weird but Serves a Purpose
on 2 December 2011
I bought this on the basis that I wanted a caseinate-based protein for overnight absorption to aid muscle recovery and growth. Since USN's Protein Dessert is basically whey protein concentrate, egg albumen, and calcium caseinate, it seemed like a good idea.
So what do you get? Firstly Amazon's list price for USN products is 1/3 off the prices on USN's own web site, which is a good start. The protein dessert comes with a 17.5g scoop and you are supposed to use two scoops per serving (with 150ml of water or skimmed milk). It's a 454g tub so it provides 13 servings in total, more or less a two week supply if you eat it daily. I actually found one full serving to be quite a lot to eat after a meal (it makes you feel full quite quickly), so I may halve the servings and stretch this tub out for a month.
Each serving contains:
1.9g carbs (1.4g from sugars),
1.8g fat (1.4g saturated),
Having read the other two reviews already which mention difficulty in mixing and random grittiness, instead of using a hand shaker I used an electric hand whisk to mix the protein powder with milk. The result was a smooth blend with no clumps or grittiness, although I must say the powder really likes sticking to the inside of whatever you're mixing it in. Like Sarah B, I found that even after a couple of hours in the fridge it was a semi-liquid slop rather than the fluffy but set "Angel Delight" style treat I was hoping for.
In terms of taste it's not bad at all. You can taste the cocoa and the sweetener but there's also a salty taste which I guess is what differentiates between "chocolate flavour" and "chocolate cookie flavour". It's not the most delicious dessert ever but it certainly passes the taste test. Which is kind of important, because the main objective of this product is to give some kind of normality back to people who are optimising their diet for maximum muscle development. Turning an 8-hour protein product into an "instant dessert" is actually quite clever, and I'm surprised more supplement manufacturers haven't released their own versions yet.
It's kinda expensive compared to IGF-1 which is USN's equivalent non-dessert product. At the Amazon price, it's about £1.45 per serving compared to £1 per serving for the plain old IGF-1. If you can live without the pudding guise then you could save a third by just using IGF-1 every day, but sometimes it's nice to have a treat and if you have Protein Dessert in the cupboard then you can do that without spoiling your regimen.