Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Whilst in Aldi over the weekend I spotted a new range of festive chocolate coated almonds...there's some rather unique flavours like Mascarpone White Chocolate, Spiced Chocolate and these: Salted Caramel White Chocolate. I'll be reviewing the latter two shortly but I just had to start with these because although salted caramel is becoming too ubiquitous now, these taste amazing!
They cost 99p at Aldi and are described as "Almonds covered in white chocolate blended caramel powder and salt". The fact that these are white chocolate as well as salted caramel is what really sets them apart from your average salted caramel product.
The almonds were nice and chunky with a thick layer of the salted caramel white chocolate on each. Taking a bite, I was in heaven...it tastes like Caramac, or rather Salted Caramac, but much better quality!
The flavour is creamy, sweet and caramelly with just the right hint of salt. It's like if Caramac bars tasted as good as they used to but with a hint of salt added. The nuts were nicely toasted with a woody, savoury flavour. I couldn't help but keep munching on these one after the other, they're very addictive!
Overall, these are fantastic and I urge everyone to seek them out, they'd be the highlight of any Christmas snacking selection for sure! Just make sure to buy a few packs as they're so moreish!
Nutrition Information (per 100g): 564 Calories, 37 Fat, 48g Carbohydrates, 45g Sugars, 9.2g Protein. Contains milk and soya. Not stated if suitable for vegetarians.
9 out of 10.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Haribo are back again with another new variety...this follows hot on the heels of Haribo Minions with Banana & Icecream, and Haribo Fairyland and is a seasonal edition with Christmas flavours. I found a bag for 95p in the Christmas section of Wilkinsons recently.
There's some very interesting new varieties: Apple Strudel & Custard Rings, Eggnog Fried Eggs, Cherry Trifle Hearts...
As well as Gingerbread Gummy Bears, Apple Strudel Bottles, and Cherry Crumble Rings.
Now a few of those do sound a little gimmicky, after all Cherry Crumble is hardly a traditional Christmas dessert...but how do they taste?
There were a lot of Cherry Trifle hearts in my bag, so it's just as well that it's a pretty tasty flavour! The "trifle" part presumably is the foam backing, which is nice and pleasant with a creamy vanilla edge, whilst the main part has a nice strong cherry flavour.
I have no idea if these Eggnog Eggs actually taste of Eggnog...because I have never tried eggnog, I've never liked the idea of it! What I can say though is that these had a sweet, creamy and slightly spiced flavour that was very tasty.
The gingerbread gummy bears were true to their name and had a nice sweet spicy ginger flavour...although I'd liken it more to ginger beer than gingerbread. But it fits the Xmas theme, I suppose!
The Apple Strudel bottle had a nice sweet apple flavour that was very pleasant. It may be my imagination but I think I could also taste a hint of cinnamon.
|Apple Strudel & Custard (left), Cherry Crumble (right)|
These are a decent mixture of flavours, and some of them are really good - I found myself enjoying the eggnog eggs and the gingerbread bears the most - whereas the rest were nice complimenting flavours but not particularly Christmassy. I do think Haribo missed a trick by not having anything Christmas Pudding or Mince Pie flavoured.
Overall, not a bad seasonal edition, and worth a try just for the eggnog eggs and gingerbread bears.
Nutrition Information (per 100g): 342 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 77g Carbohydrate, 47g Sugars, 6.6g Protein. Not suitable for vegetarians.
8 out of 10.
Monday, 24 October 2016
When I saw these new Haribo Fairyland I will admit the kid in me let out a squeal of excitement. Not only are they candyfloss flavoured, they come in wonderfully magical unicorn and fairy shapes. They're also for believers only...so put on your best unicorn hat, say a prayer to the fairies and believe...(Unicorns are real!)
I found these in Tesco for just under £1 and they contain strawberry candyfloss and strawberry and cream flavour jellies, in unicorn and fairy shapes.
Opening the bag they certainly had a magical, sweet aroma...
The shapes are brilliant...the unicorn ones especially. There's 4 different ones in total. The candyfloss sweets had a definite candyfloss flavour with a hint of strawberry...it's hard to describe but it's very sweet and kind of comforting.
The strawberries and cream ones were also very nice, again, sweet and comforting.
After a few sweets I did find myself wanting something a bit sharper and citrusy to break up the flavours bit...the magic of all the sweetness was getting a bit too much!
Overall, these are a lovely idea from Haribo, fun magical sweets perfect for every kid or big kid. The flavours are nice, but could do with more variation. Definitely worth a buy for the shapes alone, though!
8.5 out of 10.
Sunday, 23 October 2016
When I saw this pack of "Choccers" in Poundland recently I must admit I had to do a double take...at first I thought they were a new variety of M&Ms: the packaging is practically identical. Then after reading the packet I realized they're not associated with Mars at all - they're made by a Spanish company for Sweet Heaven. I'm not sure how Poundland can get away with selling such a blatant copycat product, especially considering the dispute between Mars and Mondelez in Sweden recently (Mars are blocked from selling M&Ms in Sweden, as Mondelez sell a similar product called Marabou M's).
But they're selling these regardless, costing £1 as you might guess, and they're described as "couverture chocolate in a crisp colored shell".
Opening the pack, they all looked the same as M&Ms with their bright colours. I poured them into my fancy new star dish from Home Bargains.
Taste-wise they were...a bit eh. Super sugary because of the sugar shells, and the chocolate didn't taste all that nice to be honest, it was rather cheap and a bit like calendar chocolate. Munching on a handful was a joyless experience...despite the fact they looked so bright and colorful. I ended up throwing most of the pack in the bin...something I rarely do!
Overall, these are a huge disappointment, and they've only set themselves up for this by pretending to be M&Ms in the first place. The weird thing is...Poundland already sells M&Ms. So why would anyone choose this inferior version? Is there a market for products that taste worse than the original even when they're the same price? Baffling! This is one to avoid folks...
4 out of 10.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Chocologic are back with some new products...yay! This time with No Added Sugar Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons, which is good news for anyone avoiding sugar or on a low carb diet.
The sugar has been replaced with "alimentary fibres"; dextrin, inulin and oligofructose, as well as the sweeteners erythritol and stevia. As well as these, the buttons of course contain milk.
These cost £1.20 for a bag in Tesco which is pretty reasaonable since you get a decent amount (75g) and the buttons are nice and chunky. In fact they reminded me of Yorkie Giant Buttons.
Thankfully, they tasted a lot better! When I tried the Chocologic Milk Chocolate Bar last year I felt it had a slight Calender Chocolate taste...well somehow that doesn't seem to be the case here. I don't know if they've changed the recipe, but these buttons were rather creamy and tasty, I certainly scoffed more than a handful! They're a lot less sweet than regular milk chocolate buttons, and all the better for it really. I much preferred them over how Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons taste nowadays...these are smooth and melt in the mouth whereas Cadbury's are greasy and far too sweet.
Overall, I have to say these are a winner! Perfect for a lower sugar snack and pretty darn tasty...just be careful though because they're a bit too easy to eat!
Nutrition Information (per 5 buttons): 77 Calories, 5.8g Fat, 5.4g Carbohydrates, 2.7g Fibre, 1.3g Protein. Suitable for vegetarians. 36% cocoa solids. 60% less sugar compared to similar UK chocolate products .
8.5 out of 10.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Somehow, Haribo Minions are a thing that have passed me by, but I'm aiming to correct that now. What lured me in with these was the promise of banana and ice cream flavours; something a bit different for jelly sweets. I found these in Tesco recently for just under a pound, along with a few other new Haribo sweets I'll be reviewing shortly.
What makes these even more special is that one of the new flavours shares the same name as me! Yes, Kevin from Minions has the honour of being banana flavoured! The others are Blueberry Bob, Apple Stuart, Raspberry Dave and Cherry Jerry. Genius naming if ever there was.
Some of the flavours also contain an ice cream flavour foam backing...yum!
I tried the Banana Kevin flavour first, of course! It had a subtle banana flavour that complimented the ice cream foam quite nicely. It wasn't artificial tasting, thankfully.
The Blueberry Bob flavour was also very nice, with a subtle blueberry flavour. Again, no artificial flavour was detectable.
The other flavours were equally as good...a nice tangy Apple Stuart flavour, sour cherry from Cherry Jerry and a berry sweeteness from raspberry Dave. Overall the flavours combined together very well, they're the sort of stuff you'd find in a fruit cocktail and go nicely with the ice cream flavour. I don't know what the original Haribo Minions taste of but these are definitely a good mixture.
Overall, as weird as banana might sound in jelly form it's actually rather nice and works surprisingly well with the other flavours, and the ice cream foam is the perfect complimenting flavour. I would definitely buy these again!
Nutrition Information (per 100g): 342 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 77g Carbohydrate, 47g Sugar, 6.6g Protein. Not suitable for vegetarians.
8.5 out of 10.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
When I heard there was a new Toffee Apple Hot Chocolate at Costa I just had to try it...I'm a big fan of their classic seasonal drinks like the famous Black Forest Hot Chocolate and Hot Spiced Apple Drink, but this sounded like a unique flavour for hot chocolate...I've certainly not seen it before anyway!
This came with whipped cream and crunchy toffee pieces on top, although I've heard from others that it sometimes comes with fudge. I imagine both are an equally tasty addition!
I started off by eating most of the cream, which was lovely and fresh, and complimented nicely by the crunchy toffee pieces. The actual hot chocolate had a strong, pleasant apple flavour, and the toffee was more of a richer treacle toffee rather than regular toffee. It took some getting used to, but it was different and made for an interesting drink.
Overall, I'm not sure this will be replacing Black Forest Hot Chocolate as my favourite seasonal Costa drink, but it's definitely a nice change from the norm! Now, please can you do a Pumpkin Spice hot choccy, Costa?
8 out of 10.