Pete’s Tofu2Go desserts
By Steve Portigal at 2:56 pm, Monday June 06 2005

Pete’s Tofu2Go is a series of products that attempts to create new, appealing, and useful applications for tofu.

This includes Snackable in four flavors, with dipping sauces
* Sesame Ginger with Jazzed Ginger Soy Sauce
* Thai Tango with Mango Wasabi Sauce
* Lemon Pepper with Mango Chipotle Sauce (U.S. only)
* Santa Fe Sizzle with Pineapple Mango Fusion Sauce (U.S. only)

as well as Marinated Cubes in Tequila Lime and Sesame Sizzle (for cooking or snacking), and dessert.

The Package
We tried two flavors of dessert tofu, Very Berry, and Caramel. Looks pretty good on the package; bright colors, familiar flavors (i.e., yogurt, or pudding).

Look at the tiny little spoon they come with! Kinda cute, if somewhat less than optimally functional.

Here’s everything. Each package contains two substantial containers. and two baby spoons.

The packages break apart – with some effort – for individual consumption, and I guess packing in lunches, etc. We tried it at home.

In order to open it, one must grasp the clear thin plastic layer at one corner and pull back. It’s fairly well attached, and so one must steady the hand against a surface in order to pull. Of course, at the beginning of the opening process, the only thing to steady against is the tofu itself. This caused the strawberry version to bulge rather sickly through the opening, a large layer heaving with eagerness to depart.

When I finally got the plastic off, the excess liquid in the container gathered on top of the tofu, presenting a wet, glistening, slightly pink and almost alive surface. It wasn’t so appetizing.

But things went from bad to really bad when I opened the caramel. Some difference in the texture of the dessert lead to a completely different bulging behavior. With the caramel, the pressure of my hand on the plastic caused the tofu to flood sickeningly and rapidly out the opening.

It was the first time I wished I was a videoblogger, because the video would be much better than these pictures. The quick and dramatic depature of the tofu slurry looked for all the world like an exploding zit. Not good.

I really was hoping for the best. But it was inedible. The water in each spoonful created multiple textures, a weakly-flavored water with a gelatinous pile of glop in the middle. With no yogurt or pudding taste, but something like medicine, a Robitussin or other medication that makes ya shiver.

And even though the package says “serving suggestion” – I really did think the caramel was going to have some drizzled caramel sauce or a layer of topping in the container somewhere. I figured the phrase referred to the nice berries on the side but not the lack of a topping. I felt grossed out, but also scammed.

This is a product to avoid.

Note: This is the fourth in an occasional series of reviews of new grocery (and other) products that strike me as interesting or unusual. See also Tiger Power, Grapple, and Bumblebee Entre Style Tuna.

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11 Responses to “Pete’s Tofu2Go desserts”

    you should have gone with the asian flavoring :0 though I must admit your graphic descriptions and photographs were very impressive, I could see it happening. I don’t think we need the video.

    Comment by Niti Bhan 06.06.05 @ 8:41 pm

    Unfortunately (?) all we saw at our local store were these dessert versions.

    Comment by Steve Portigal 06.06.05 @ 10:18 pm

    “Thai Tango” sounds real good

    Comment by tango 07.24.05 @ 10:56 am

    I loved the Caramel and have been trying to find it desperatley in the Edmonds, WA area. Some friends bought it for me in Napa, Ca back in April of this year. Where can I find it here in Edmonds or Lynnwood???

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    Okay, I feel that your blog doesn’t do this product justice. It wasn’t the best dessert I’ve ever had, but it wasn’t as bad as you said. (Granted, it’s all subjective opinion.)

    I purchased the caramel flavor yesterday from Safeway. The idea of “dessert tofu” sounded kinda gross but I’m a sucker at bizarre products so I bought it. I didn’t even see the little spoons. Must have threw it out with the package without even knowing. You picture really didn’t do it justice. The caramel one looks like smashed brain parts. When I opened mine (after draining all the excess fluid), it was a solid cube… much like a real block of tofu. It hardly taste like caremel and I think the package misrepresent it because there’s no caramel package included.

    All in all, it tastes like sweetened tofu. As I have said, not the best dessert I’ve ever had, but it’s growing on me by the second package. :)

    I didn’t see the very berry flavor (does not sound appealing) but they also have a mango peach one. Those who are brave in food should give it a shot and draw their own conclusion on this product.

    Comment by lynn 05.20.07 @ 2:53 pm

    A tofu apologist! I love it!

    Comment by Steve Portigal 05.20.07 @ 3:26 pm


    Comment by MsC 03.01.08 @ 6:02 am

    I haven’t tried the Carmel (Pete’s Tofu2go) but have tried the Very Berry flavor. I didnt’ eat it out of the package but made the Chocolate Berry Cake recipe that is provided on the back of the package AND WOW it was REALLY GOOD!! and easy to make. Those that ate the cake had no idea that it was made out of Tofu and were quite impressed as they weren’t vegetarians to say the least.

    Comment by Artlife 03.29.08 @ 4:40 pm