Monday, 29 August 2016
There's a lot of new healthier snacks in shops nowadays, most notably Nakd bars are everywhere...but one healthy bar I've never tried is this "9Bar". I'm not a huge fan of seeds in bars, I prefer fruit and nuts, but I thought I'd see what this is like anyway.
The bar is gluten free and dairy free, vegan and even nut-free. It's made up of various seeds like sunflower, pumpkin and hemp, with dried fruits like apricot and dates, bound with rice syrup and with a carob topping.
Opening the wrapper it looked pretty much like a chocolate covered flapjack...although chocolate-free in this case!
It tasted...okay. It was fairly solid and substantial to chew on compared to the likes of Nakd bars, but I can't say I enjoyed it all that much to be honest. I'm not a big fan of seeds at the best of times and they didn't really provide much enjoyment to chew on, healthy though they may be. The apricots and dates saved the bar, making it more palatable with a nice fruity hit, and the carob topping...eh it was ok, but no substitute for chocolate.
Overall, I hate to be a downer on this bar but it really wasn't for me. It's probably good for anyone with common allergies though like nuts, dairy and gluten, which is always a good thing since there aren't many products around that cater for all three needs.
If you've tried this bar please do let me know your thoughts in the comments!
7 out of 10.
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Walkers recently unleashed a new range of sandwich inspired crisps upon the public...and I've alreday tried the unusual but tasty Cucumber, Cheese and Salad Cream variety as well as Ham and Mustard. This time around I just had to go for Chicken and Mayo, as I've always loved Walkers Chicken flavour crisps since I was a kid. I was curious what the addition of mayonaise flavouring would bring to the mix...
Well, turns out it doesn't add much flavour-wise to these crisps. They taste pretty similar to regular Walkers Chicken flavour crisps, but perhaps with a creamier, sweeter edge. It's not particularly obvious but I suppose I can see how it's suppsoed to be chicken and mayonnaise flavour. They're nice, but nothing that stands out amongst the other flavours in the range.
Stay tuned for my review of the Sausage and Brown Sauce variety...I may even give the Bacon & Ketchup ones a go too!
7.5 out of 10.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
I do love a Ritter Sport bar, and thankfully, they're now becoming more widely available in the UK. I've seen them everywhere recently from the likes of Poundland, Poundworld, WH Smiths, The Co Op, and most main supermarkets too. But on the downside, it seems that Lidl UK have decided to stop stocking large Ritter Sport bars (they confirmed this to me via Twitter), so please go shout at them about it...who knows they may change their mind and start selling them again!
Anyway, I found this Ritter Sport Hazelnuts bar in The Co Op for a very reasonable £1. It's one I've seen before but not tried...I've always gone for the whole hazelnuts bars instead. However after reviewing the new Dairy Milk Chopped Nut last week I thought it'd be interesting to see what this one is like in comparison.
Like all of the smaller Ritter Sport bars it's a 100g perfectly square block, which is what makes it unique amongst chocolate bars. It's the signature Ritter Sport creamy milk chocolate with the addition of crunchy roasted chopped hazelnuts.
The chopped nuts are nicely distributed throughout the bar, meaning you get plenty in each square or row of chocolate (I don't know about anyone else but I always eat it by the row!)
This bar tasted lovely, the nuts taste fresh with a good crunch and strong hazelnut flavour. They we're much tastier than those in Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chopped Nut, no doubt Ritter have used better quality ingredients. The chocolate was creamy but with a good strong cocoa flavour, I'm guessing it's about 30% cocoa solids.
Overall, I really can't fault this bar at all...if chopped nuts in chocolate are your thing you really can't go wrong with it. It's much better quality than Dairy Milk Chopped Nut, plus you get more chocolate for the same price!
8.5 out of 10.
Tuesday, 23 August 2016
It seems that everyone and their grandmother is releasing bite size mini versions of popular snacks right now...not only have Cadbury's launched their new "Dinky Deckers", bitesize versions of the classic Double Decker, Mars have also entered the ring with Mars Bites, Twix Bites and Snickers Bites. I can't try the other two since they contain gluten, but luckily Snickers doesn't, huzzah! These are currently £1 a bag at Asda, or slightly more pricey at Sainsbury's.
They're pretty much what you'd expect from bite size Snickers...cube-shaped chocolate pieces with nougat, caramel and peanuts. Perfectly sized for eating one after the other...
They tasted a bit more chocolatey than a Snickers bar but this wasn't a bad thing as there's still the caramel, nougat and peanuts making themselves known. They were highly addictive, in fact I preferred them over a regular Snickers.
It certainly didn't take me long to scoff most of the bag...oops!
Overall, what can I say, these are mini pieces of Snickers that are extremely moreish, moreso than the actual bar itself. I'm sure they'll be very popular, they're perfect for sharing although in reality I don't think that will be happening a lot!
8.5 out of 10.
Monday, 22 August 2016
So recently I just happened to be at the airport, and usually I don't expect to see much of interest at duty free, but for once my eyes met with something of pure beauty: Coconut Toblerone. It was love at first sight! This is one of the snacks I've dreamed of trying ever since I heard of its existence, since I love anything and everything coconutty. Not only did they have Crispy Coconut, but also a Salted Almond Toblerone. As much as I like almonds though, I forefeighted it for this beauty instead...
Unfortunately my pics are poor quality as I got home late and didn't have much Toblerone left by that time, and I wasn't about to save any for another day...no, it was all going into my mouth, cavities be damned!
This is one of the best Toblerones I've ever tasted it has to be said. It's super sweet, naturally, but the coconut makes it so extra crunchy and moreish that it's hard to stop eating. The coconut is toasted, possibly in some kind of sugar syrup, so it's probably not healthy but who really cares when you're eating Toblerone. I really don't know why this variety isn't widely available in shops, it would surely sell by the truckload. I regret that I wasn't greedy and didn't buy more...
Overall, this is a highly delicious and addictive Toblerone, if you happen to be jetting off on your hols any time soon then definitely look out for these at duty free. I really really want to try the Salted Almond one now...if anyone wants to pick one up for me I won't complain ;)
9 out of 10.
Friday, 19 August 2016
When I spotted the new range of Walkers sammy-inspired crisps recently I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed and a little freaked out...Bacon and Tomato Ketchup is just wrong, it should be bacon and brown sauce! Instead of that heinous combination I went for the far more "normal" Salad Cream and Cucumber Sandwich, and also this Ham and Mustard as part of a two for a pound deal. Ham and mustard isn't a new flavour concoction for crisps, Seabrooks have done it before and they did it really well. So I had high hopes for these...
Sadly they're nowhere near as great as Seabrooks version used to be. They have a decent mustardy flavour but it's rather mild for my liking, the sort of thing that will please the masses but it's not for the more extreme crisp flavour lover.
Move along, no more to see here...these are okay crisps but probably the least exciting of the new range by far. Stay tuned for reviews of the others...from Bacon and Tomato ketchup to Chicken Mayonnaise, I intend to try them all, because...well, you only live once!
7 out of 10.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know that Walkers new "inspired by sandwiches" crisps range is now out in shops, in both Boots and Wh Smiths. There's interesting flavours like Cheese Toastie and Worcester Sauce, Bacon & Tomato Ketchup, Ham & Mustard, Roast Chicken and Mayonnaise and these Cheese, Cucumber and Heinz Salad Cream varieties. I went for these first because I've always loved putting salad cream with just about anything and was curious what it would taste like as a crisp flavouring...combined with cheese and cucumber, this sounded like one of the oddest crisp flavours I've ever heard of!
And to be honest, as odd as it sounds on paper (or screen) these don't taste half bad! The flavour is very light and creamy, and reminded me a little of sour cream and chive, especially since there were little green specks on the crisps which are presumably meant to be cucumber? There's herbs listed in the ingredients so it's not real cucumber, which is probably a blessing.
All in all, despite the odd sounding name I really enjoyed these crisps. They taste nothing like a cucumber sandwich, but then no one really expected them to...right?
Stay tuned for a review of the Ham & Mustard variety...and probably all the others too!
8 out of 10.