Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Cadbury Almondy Chocolate Mousse & Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

Since Morrisons had the Almondy cake range on special offer recently I decided I had to give this one a try. It's new in the Almondy range along with the Philadelphia Lemon Almondy Cake I reviewed a few months back.

Like all Almondy cakes it's made with almonds instead of wheat and is certified gluten free, making it one of the few "mainstream" gluten-free products. Hurrah!

Unfortunately it wasn't all that special. When I opened the box I thought the cake looked quite flat, with less of a fluffy mousse layer than indicated by the image on the box.

Still it looked very cool with all the little chocolate buttons embedded on top!

It tasted pleasant enough, with a nice textural contrast between the almond, mousse and chocolate layers, but unfortunately the mousse was neither particularly rich and chocolatey nor smooth and creamy. It was somewhere in-between and quite mild in flavour. I wasn't very impressed at all and had expected a lot more, especially since the Almondy Daim cake is so tasty. The chocolatey topping was nice though and I did enjoy the overall texture...but the mousse flavour was just lacking. On the plus side, my mother described it as "very moreish" so maybe this cake just isn't for me!

I think the problem with these new Almondy cakes is that they're trying to diversify the range but they lack what makes the originals so good - it's the dense toppings and thinness, not so much the fillings that really make them special.

Overall this is a nice alternative to chocolate gateau if you're celiac or gluten-sensitive, but they could make them much, much better! I'd like to see a Black Forest variety, or perhaps some kind of dense almond chocolate torte.

Rating: 7 out of 10. 

Price: £2 at Morrisons (usually £3).
Suitable for vegetarians?: Yes.
Allergy Information: Contains nuts, dairy, egg, soya.
Nutrition (per 100g): 420 Calories, 26g Fat, 39g Carbs, 29g Sugar.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo (Small Bar) - Guest Review by William

One of Cadbury's most popular products on the shelves at the moment is the 120g block of Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo which was launched back in 2012. The combination of Oreo and Dairy Milk chocolate has lead to many other Mondelez brands collaborating with Dairy Milk such as Daim, Ritz, Maynards and even Chips Ahoy?!

Only just recently, Mondelez decided to launch the popular Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo in a much smaller 41g format and I kind of had a feeling that this would eventually happen. I think it's great that there is now a smaller bar because it prevents you from accidentally scoffing a whole 120g block and feeling the guilt afterwards (come on Cadbury fans, we've all been there!)

It also seems the smaller bar has a higher filling to chocolate ratio and this is just what I love about this bar. The packaging is resealable, just like most other Cadbury Dairy Milk products and I think eventually Cadbury are going to use this type of packaging on all of their single bars like Wispa and Marvellous Creations because it only seems right! I must admit I did struggle a little to take the bar out its packaging but it's all worth it in the end anyway!

The bar itself looks so inviting! Each block has a barrel shape and they do look rather similar to the Milka Lila Go bars?

On the bar it has a ribbon design which doesn't look like it matches the Cadbury branding and it's more suitable for the Milka bars. Cadbury maybe should've changed the design because it's a little lazy to use the same moulds from another chocolate brand?

The smell is gorgeous, it has a very strong cocoa scent with a slight biscuity cookies and cream aroma. Tastewise this bar is quite different to the 120g blocks of Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo and I think maybe that's because of the higher ratio of vanilla filling. The creamy chocolate melts beautifully into the sweet vanilla cream morphing into a slight chocolate ice cream flavour, and as you bite into the Oreo pieces the biscuity taste is set free leaving you with a rather delightful Oreo taste in your mouth.

Just like many other Cadbury products, this bar was incredibly moreish and I ate the whole thing in seconds! Overall, I think this bar is so much better than the 120g format as it has more flavour and a better, almost perfect ratio of filling to chocolate.

I'm sure Mondelez will also launch the Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy and Daim bars in this format over the coming months because Mondelez are so predictable. If you look at the Milka range you'll see how similar it is to the Cadbury range and if there's something there that hasn't been launched under the Cadbury name I'm sure it will eventually and usually it does.

I quite like it when Mondelez launch new products and formats but instead of copying Milka, I'd like to see them go old school and bring back Spira? Or Wispa Mint? Or even Wispaccino because I'm sure us Brits would rather buy a Wispa Mint than a small Cadbury Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy!

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RATING: 7 out of 10.

From: Co-op.
Price: 50p (But they are usually around 60p)
Recommend?: If you are a massive fan of the 120g bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk Oreo and you don't want to end up scoffing the whole block then yes but if you're an old school Cadbury fan then this might disappoint you.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Nestlé Baby Ruth Bar Review

Following on from my review of the Hershey's Symphony bar, I also found this Nestlé Baby Ruth at B&M Bargains. It's a bar I've never tried before as I generally avoid most American snacks...the inclusion of ingredients like "high fructose corn syrup" and such usually has me running for the hills! But for once I thought I would give one a try if only to prove myself wrong.

Baby Ruth is described as "Bursting with peanuts, rich caramel and chewy nougat" which sounded like a tasty and unique combination. We don't get many peanut butter products in the UK so I was pretty excited. Sadly, like many US candies it was a bit of a letdown. Firstly the chocolate isn't even real chocolate...it's "compound" chocolate, meaning that it's a mixture of sugar, cocoa and vegetable fat. This was evident in the taste - I couldn't taste any real chocolate influences at all. The main bulk of the bar was a slightly buttery flavoured chewy mass of peanuts. There was no real defining flavour; it was all very weak and tasted of just sugar and peanuts. It was pleasant enough if only because of the nuts, but the caramel was anything but "rich".

Overall, I found this Baby Ruth bar disappointing, but I'm not really surprised. Like many US candies it's mostly a mix of sugar, corn syrup and vegetable fat in varying proportions, which seems to be a continuing trend. It's even happening with mainstream UK chocolates now, although thankfully corn syrup hasn't started to infiltrate our products...yet. My apologies for being so negative with this review but it's something that really annoys me!

Found at B&M Bargains for 59p. 

Monday, 25 August 2014

Coca Cola Life (UK) - Guest Review by William

Hello everyone! It's me William from “William's Blog” and before any of you think I've hacked into Kev's Snack Reviews I haven't. Myself and Kev have been talking quite a lot over on Twitter recently and he asked me if I'd like to write guest reviews on his blog and I could not possibly refuse! I'm still unsure how often I'll be writing on here as it is yet to be discussed but I hope you enjoy my upcoming reviews. Before I ramble on, let's get straight to the review...

Coca-Cola GB announced back in June the launch of “Coca-Cola Life”, a lower calorie soft drink sweetened from natural sources with a third less sugar than the original Coca-Cola. This is the first new Coke to be launched in the UK since the arrival of Coke Zero in 2006 and to be quite honest, I really don't see what the big deal is?

It's essentially Coke with a little less sugar and a fancy new green label. The packaging is visually appealing and very eye catching on the shelf though. Taste-wise, it's only very slightly different to the original Coke; it has a more fresh taste with a few minty notes. What I like best about this cola is that it isn't as overwhelmingly sweet like the original Coke, it has quite a mild sweetness. This cola beverage is for the sort of people that want the great taste of the original Coke but don't want to be consuming as much sugar. But overall, I am quite disappointed with Coca-Cola Life as it's not enormously different to the other Coke brands although it's a nice new addition to the Coke range and I'm sure over the next few months this will become quite popular.

Since trying Coca-Cola Zero Raspberry from the Coke machines in Burger King I've been wanting Coke to launch it in bottles!? Now that's something I'd like to see! I just think there needs to be more flavour variants of Coke on the shelves like Cinnamon, Peppermint, Blueberry or even Pineapple? Coke Life is available now and it is currently sold in 500ml bottles, 330ml cans, 1.75l bottles and 330ml can multipacks.

If you would like to see more posts from me, head over to my blog abitofwilliam.blogspot.co.uk, but otherwise, I'll still be writing guest snack reviews on here every now and then!

RATING: 6.5 out of 10.

From: Morrisons Local.
Price: £1.25.
Recommend?: Not really, unless you want a lower calorie Coke that isn't completely sugar free.

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Mentos Choco & Mint and Choco & Caramel Toffees Review (Asda)

Whilst in Asda recently I spotted these new Choco Caramels from Mentos and thought they sounded rather odd, since Mentos are usually known for chewy mints and fruity sweets. It seems they want to expand into toffees now.

They're actually very similar to something I reviewed briefly in one of my Pick & Mix reviews...Meller toffees, by Perfetti Van Melle. Perfetti make both Mentos and Meller so it seems they've just re-branded them. Clever! 

They reminded me of Toffo (which, according to Nestlé, are never coming back - boo!) I used to love those as a kid! (Here's a Facebook petition for their return)

Back to the Mentos...I was surprised to find I enjoyed the "Choco & Mint" version the most. The caramel was buttery, with a nice firm chewiness, and the chocolate centre had a nice rich minty flavour. I haven't eaten minty toffees in ages (probably since Toffo were axed, in fact) so it was a nostalgic experience. The ingredients list is a bit worrying...the caramels contain hydrogenated fats which I thought weren't even allowed in confectionery any more. Still, I tried to overlook this considering how moreish they were!

The "Choco & Caramel" version was also very nice, but a little boring compared to the mint variety.

Overall, these Mentos toffees are pretty tasty and at 3 tubes for £1 you really can't grumble. If you were a fan of Toffo as a kid you might just enjoy these more than the average person - they're definitely worth a try!

RATING: 7.5 out of 10.

Price: 3 packs for £1 at Asda.
Suitable for vegetarians?: Not stated.
Allergy Information: Contains milk & soya.
Nutrition (per 100g): 411 Calories, 8.8g Fat, 79g Carbs, 60g Sugars. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Peanut M&M's - Orange Edition (99p Stores)

When I saw these Peanut M&M's in 99p Stores recently I got rather excited...they were in an orange wrapper, contained orange-colored M&M's...and the packet said "Oranje Editie" on it! So of course I assumed they must be an orange-flavoured edition. "How exciting...a new M&M flavour!", I thought.

I should've known better. Because for some annoying reason M&M's constantly repackage their products based on various colour combinations, but never change up the actual flavours...and these are no exception. They're simply a bag of peanut M&M's with orange-coloured shells. Pointless really.

They tasted as moreish and addictive as you would expect from M&M's....but without any traces of orange flavour. Why they couldn't have added some is beyond me...it can't be all that difficult, and I'm sure they would fly off the shelves!

They're made by the Polish arm of Mars, so who knows what this "orange edition" is in aid of...if any of my Polish readers can enlighten me please do leave a comment!

RATING: 6 out of 10.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Hershey's Symphony Creamy Milk Chocolate Almonds & Toffee Chips - Review

Whilst in B&M Bargains today I spotted this bar of Hershey's Symphony chocolate. I've never seen or heard of this bar before so thought I'd give it a try out of curiosity. It's described as "Creamy milk chocolate, almonds and toffee chips", which sounded like a simple but tasty proposition.

Sadly, the chocolate was far from the deliciousness (yes that is a word!) I was expecting...in fact it was rather sickly, and had that faint taste of "vomit" that many have used to describe Hershey's chocolate as having. It was very weird indeed. Despite the odd flavour, there was something compelling about the chocolate....the thinness of the bar, combined with the crunchy almonds and toffee pieces was strangely moreish. That said, the constant undertone of weird-tasting chocolate ruined it somewhat!

Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this bar unless you're really curious or a fan of Hershey's Chocolate. If you've tried it yourself please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

RATING: 5.5 out of 10.

Found at B&M Bargains - £1 for a 120g bar.