They are served as a small snack in between, but Stiftung Warentest has now checked whether the child’s desserts are suitable for this or are far from it. 25 products were examined, including both well-known brands and certain discount products. In the test, four got “enough” and one “bad”. The foundation can only recommend just under half of the desserts for children, including eight cream cheese preparations, three puddings and a yoghurt.
Cream cheese preparations from the discounter are in front of the test
Almost all preparations with cream cheese are judged to be good in the test. Desira Fruchtjuniors manages best for just under 1
The secret of many good desserts: They are filled in small portions of 50 to 60 grams and therefore contain less sugar and fat. For a five-year-old, a small mug of this size is good during the day.
A chocolate dessert classified as “bad”
The five products at the end of the table are actually sweets – in some cases there are about as many calories in a serving as in a third of a milk chocolate cake. In last place, far from the top ranks, is the most lavish product in the test: Angry Birds from Zott with a rating of 4.7 (poor).
The most important criterion for this comparison is the nutritional quality (30 percent). Good grades at this point mean that the portion is suitable for a child as a dessert or snack. The maximum amount of sugar, fat and calories recommended by the German Nutrition Society is not reached near the products that are “good”.
The pudding in direct comparison
While the nutrition test winner fruit dwarfs contain less sweet only 2.7 grams of sugar per serving, Zott Monte Angry Birds with 14.5 grams already provides over half of a child’s daily needs in a cup. With 268 kilocalories per serving, the delicious pudding also contains six times as much energy for the children as the less sweet fruit dwarf.
The situation is similar with the fat content, while the fruit dwarfs are less sweet with 1.2 grams per serving, the pudding gives about 17 grams, about 14 times as much.
Small parts produce large debris
But the small packaging can be practical, but has another problem: Additional cardboard with ads for new caricatures, extra plastic chambers for chocolate lenses, lots of small cups instead of a large one – some desserts are lavishly packaged and make a lot of waste.