Saturday, 28 May 2016

M&S Spirit of Summer Cocoa & Pecan Soft Penuche Fudge

Spirit of summer soft Penuche fudge

As ridiculous as it's been to have this Spirit of Summer range from Marks and Spencer out wayyyy before Summer even begins, Summer is almost around the corner...and I know of a certain chopsy pal who might even start buying some stuff from them soon...but I thought I'd start early, and get myself in the mood. After all the weather has been pretty pants (at least it has where I am), so what better way to lighten the mood than fudge?!

This isn't just any fudge...this is of course M&S Spirit of Summer Cocoa & Pecan "soft Penuche fudge". Penuche is a new word on me, so I googled it to find that it means fudge made with brown sugar rather than white sugar. Here's a more in-depth article about it for anyone interested.

Spirit of summer soft Penuche fudge

For £2 you get 132g of  "a mix of brown sugar fudge with pecan nuts and cocoa", some of the chunks are cocoa flavoured and the others are regular fudge with pecan nuts added. It all smelled very inviting! 

Spirit of summer soft Penuche fudge

Both fudges were very soft, rather than the crumbly tablet-like fudge you so often seem to get in most shops these days. I really enjoyed the pecan one, the nuts brought out the buttery flavours, but I wasn't so keen on the cocoa just tasted a little non-descript, not particularly chocolatey and not particularly buttery. I think they should have just put chocolate chips in instead. 

Overall, this is some nice fudge, and it's good to see softer rather than crumbly fudge for a change, but it could have been much better. 

7.5 out of 10. 

Friday, 27 May 2016

7Up Free Mojito Flavour Review

7UP Free Mojito

Fizzy drinks 3 days in a week, blimey I must be setting a new KSR record here! Yes, after trying the new sugar free varieties from Lucozade this week I've also found the time to try this new 7Up Free Mojito, which I found in WH Smiths of all places for £1.79. Not cheap, but then WH Smiths never is! The "Free" part means it's free of sugar, colours and caffeine, and low in calories, but thankfully not flavour...

7UP Free Mojito

Like all 7Up this is lemon and lime flavoured, but with an added twist of mint to make it Mojito-like. 

What can I say, this tastes pretty much like you'd expect from a Mojito 7Up: lemon and lime pop with a refreshing cool minty flavour. It was very nice indeed, I didn't expect mint to work in a fizzy drink but it was actually lovely. I'll happily buy this in big bottles if they ever decide to do them, but I doubt I'd pay this much for such a small bottle again...

Overall, a nice refreshing summer limited edition from 7Up, definitely worth a try if you like sugar free drinks with an adult twist! 

8 out of 10.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

New Cadbury Caramel Chocolate Spread Review

cadbury caramel spread

I've been on the lookout for this new Cadbury Caramel Spread for the grand sum of a few days now, ever since my Snacks Warrior pal blogged about it. It seems that new products are a bit slow at making their way up North (probably due to horse and carriages or something like that) but my local Tesco is now stocking this and the Cadbury Crunchie Spread - hurrah! Since these were £2.25 a jar I declined the Crunchie for a date with Caramel...because who doesn't love a bit of caramel?!

cadbury caramel spread

Described simply as "Chocolate and caramel spread", twisting the lid off I was met with a gorgeous, strong caramel aroma. It smelled divine!

cadbury caramel chocolate spread

The spread is basically swirled in two layers, one is caramel and one is chocolate, although I'm sure the chocolate part was also caramel flavoured. 

cadbury caramel chocolate spread

I scooped some out with a spoon and promptly took a mouthful, no messing about for me! It tasted every bit as buttery gorgeous as I'd had a strong butterscotch/toffee like flavour, and was of course very rich and sickly sweet...diabetes in a mouthful basically! It became a bit too much after a few spoonfuls though, it's definitely a sugar overload. I imagine it'd be great on waffles, toast, crumpets and what have you...

Overall, a fantastic new spread from Cadbury that finally does the Cadbury Caramel brand some justice. I do think a touch of "real" caramel swirled in would make it even more scrummy, but as mainstream caramel spreads go this is probably one of the best you'll get. A definite win from me!

8 out of 10. 

Cadbury Caramel spread is gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians, and contains 87 calories per 15g. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Lucozade Zero Orange Review

lucozade zero orange

Following on from my review of the new Lucozade Zero Pink Lemonade yesterday, today we have Lucozade Zero Orange. I never thought I'd be so interested in these new zero calorie drinks from Lucozade, after all Lucozade is a high sugar energy drink but the Pink Lemonade surprised me in being so nice that I had to give this one a try too! I haven't had a regular orange Lucozade for years now despite loving them as a child, so how does this sugar free version stack up?

Well, it tastes surprisingly similar to regular orange Luzozade to be honest, despite the lack of glucose. Maybe I'm just used to lower sugar food and drinks now but the flavour was spot on, it has that intense zingy orange flavour and somehow feels "heavier" than a regular orangey fizzy drink. It contains orange juice concentrate as well as artificial sweeteners, and has 3.8 calories per 100ml which means it's allowed to be labelled as calorie free (hey, I don't make the rules!)

Overall, colour me surprised with these new Lucozade Zero varients. Both are very refreshing and tasty drinks in their own right, I'm not bothered whether they're as good as regular Lucozade to be honest because I no longer drink it, these taste good and are low in sugar which is what really matters. I can definitely see myself buying these again for a refreshing pick-me-up!

8.5 out of 10.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Lucozade Zero Pink Lemonade Review

lucozade zero pink lemonade

Apparently this is the year that sugar-free drinks become trendy...who would have guessed that cutting out sugar could become a trend?! Of course, I've been trying to cut back on it for ages now, and according to surveys lots of Brits want more reduced sugar products, so Lucozade have come to the rescue with this new Lucozade Zero. It isn't strictly "sugar free" as it contains naturally occuring fruit sugars, but there's no extra added and it isn't loaded with glucose syrup like regular ol' Lucozade. So what makes it Lucozade then, since the selling point of Lucozade is glucose?

lucozade zero pink lemonade

To be honest, I'm not sure and I don't really care...this is a mighty refreshing drink! I haven't had pink lemonade in ages as I usually avoid sweetened fizzy drinks, but this doesn't taste like any pink lemonade I've had before, it's actually nicer. It has a lovely refreshing fruity flavour, it's sweet enough but not too sweet. The sweetness comes from a mixture of lemon, cranberry and raspberry juices as well as artificial sweeteners. I paid £1 for a 500ml bottle at Tesco which is a bit steep, but to be honest this was so refreshing I don't really mind at all.

Overall, despite the fact that zero calorie Lucozade is a bit of an oxymoron, this is a very refreshing fizzy drink and one I'd heartily recommend. I shall be seeking out the orange variety next! 

8.5 out of 10.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Montezuma's Dark Chocolate Orange & Geranium Bar

montezumas dark chocolate orange and geranium

I used to bemoan the lack of interesting flavours in UK confectionery, but since I started this blog there's been an ever-increasing range of new, unique and interesting bars finding their way into shops. You have to seek them out, but they are there! The Chocolate Smiths are one company that spring to mind with their endless limited edition wacky flavours (see a review of The Bacon Bizarre here from my SW pal), but one company I never expected to do something so unusual is Montezuma's. I've tried a few of their bars before but I was never too impressed, the quality of the chocolate is good but it didn't quite justify the higher price tags in my opinion. However when I saw this Geranium & Orange dark chocolate bar on offer in Sainsbury's recently I thought this is something I have to try, even though pairing flower oil with chocolate is weird it might nice? After all, Earl Grey tea works like a charm even though it really shouldn't!

The dark chocolate is organic and contains 73% cocoa solids, as well as organic sugar and vanilla. It also contains orange oil and geranium oil, both which aren't organic but are GM free. The bar is also suitable for vegans, although may contain traces of dairy, nuts and seeds.

The chocolate has a strong floral citrusy aroma, I couldn't decide if I liked it or not, it verges a little too much on the flowery side but I put aside my assumptions and took a bite...

At first, I screwed my face up a little. I wasn't sure I liked this at all. It had a very strong flowery taste which of course I'm not used to. Then as I chewed it, the orange flavouring came in with the aftertaste, and I started to find it quite pleasant and warming. The more I ate of this bar the more acclimatised to it I got, it's definitely very bold but it was somehow alluring and actually quite nice once you get over the intial weirdness of the flavour.

Overall, this is definitely an acquired taste. It's not something I'd recommend to the average chocolate consumer at all, but if you like to keep things interesting and adapt your tastebuds...I challenge you to give it a try! The chocolate is good quality dark chocolate, definitely a step up from the likes of Lindt. I'd be interested to see Montezuma's take on Earl Grey tea in bar form, I imagine that would work quite well...

8 out of 10.

Goodfella's Gluten Free Pepperoni, Mushroom & Ham Pizza

goodfellas gluten free pizza

So today's review is for something I don't think I've ever featured on the blog! The Gluten Free sort, obviously!

Pizza is something I've missed very sorely since going gluten free, there's not many good brands of it around and although Pizza Hut and Pizza Express do some respectable options, sometimes you just want one you can pop in the oven at home! So when I found this new Gluten Free pizza from Goodfella's I was very pleased indeed. I bought this on offer from Tesco in the Free From section, I believe it was around £2 at the time. It contains pepperoni, mushroom and ham on a gluten free pizza base with tomato and cheese.

goodfellas gluten free pizza

Above is what it looked like frozen before cooking...

goodfellas gluten free pizza

And here's the end result: not too shabby for a frozen pizza! It tasted pretty good, there was a nice amount of mushroom, pepperoni and ham although I did feel it could have done with a touch more mozzarella. In hindsight I wish I'd bought some extra to throw on. The base was quite crunchy, more so than I'd have liked but that's common with gluten free pizzas. All in all it was pretty good and definitely one of the better frozen gluten free pizzas I've tried thus far.

Overall, a respectable gluten free pizza from Goodfella's, definitely worth checking out if you have to avoid gluten. Nothing yet beats Pizza Hut or Pizza Express though!

8 out of 10.