Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Naked 100% Coconut Water Review

When Naked Drinks contacted me to review their new Coconut Water I couldn't say no; I've become a little obsessed with coconut products recently since trying to reduce my sugar intake (see my glowing review of Tiana's Raw Organic Coconut Goodness).

Coconut Water is one of those things you either like or you don't...or you just put up with the taste to gain the health benefits. It can be a bit of an an acquired taste to be honest! Regardless, it's great for quenching thirst and replenishing electrolytes on a hot day, or after exercise (and much healthier than chugging a bottle of Lucozade!)

There's a lot of brands around, with Vita Coco being the most popular due to its celebrity endorsements, but personally I think it's over-hyped. So whats different about Naked coconut water? Well, I don't have Vita Coco on hand so can't compare directly, but going by the press release from Naked it's special because it's made from "the fresh liquid from young green coconuts, is naturally low in calories and a source of potassium". It contains 650mg potassium, 65mg calcium and 23mg of magnesium per 11.2oz serving.

Taste-wise I thought it was pleasant. Slightly sweet and smooth, with a refreshing aftertaste. It didn't have that somewhat "stale" flavour that some coconut waters seem to but tasted more fresh. I found it quenched my thirst nicely with a rather small amount.

Overall, this Naked coconut water is a welcome newcomer in the coconut water market, I would say it has an edge over others as it does taste fresher. I'll be interested to see how long it lasts on shelves, since everyone and their mum is launching coconut water products recently!

Rating: 8 out of 10. 

More info: http://www.nakedjuice.com/our-products/water/coconut-water

*Product sent for an honest review. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

New at Asda! Dessert Hybrids, Cheesecakes, Gateaus, Pies, Ice Creams etc.

Some new stuff I've seen in Asda recently...I wouldn't usually feature supermarket own brands but they've done so many interesting dessert variations I just had to! Seems like chocolate orange and toffee flavours are very popular this year!

Chosen By You Chocolate Orange Gateau: this looks delicious!

Free From Mincemeat Crumble Squares: These Christmas squares sound very unique; they're gluten-free and contain crunchy shortcake biscuit with a sweet mincemeat topping. Well done Asda for doing something seasonal that's also gluten-free!

Lovely Bubbly Chocolate Frozen Mousse: I imagine this is like Aero in ice cream form. 

Asda Chocolate Orange Ice Cream!: fans of chocolate orange will love this no doubt!

Salted Caramel Sponge Pudding!: it has to taste amazing...

Shloer Berry Punch: Not exclusive to Asda, but I noticed this Limited Edition Berry Punch Schloer there which I presume is for Christmas.

Plus these new Chocolate Flavour Oreo Ice Cream Cones.

As well as new Joy to the Swirled and Minter Wonderland Ben & Jerry's ice creams. I loved Minter Wonderland when they did it years ago so I'm really pleased this is back!

On the subject of mint, I also saw these cool After Eight Limited Edition Big Ben Collectibe Tins at Asda.

Sticky Toffee Gateau...combining that great British classic pud with gateau sounds like a wonderful idea!

Rocky Road Ice Cream: sounds unique!

Asda Chosen By You Chocolate Pie: an American classic, I believe?

Raspberry Ripple Pie: looks tasty!

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Roll: A new take on the classic "Arctic Roll"...looks tasty!

Choc Fudge Brownie Cheesecake: Again, Asda are combining desserts here...brownies and cheesecake sounds like a fantastic combo!

Chocolate Praline Cheesecake: Hazelnut mousse, praline and cheesecake? I'm sold!

Choc Chip Muffin Cheesecake: Yet more dessert combining...this time muffin and cheesecake.

Tiramisu Cheesecake: Can't decide between tiramisu or cheesecake for dessert? Now you can have both in one!

Toffee Apple Cheesecake: A classic Autumnal flavour!

Chocolate Orange Proftiterole Cheesecake: More dessert combining...as if it wasn't enough to put profiteroles with cheesecake, Asda have added chocolate orange to the mix too!

Bakewell Crumble Tart: Everyone loves bakewell tart right?!

Key Lime Cheesecake: Yum!

Billionaires' Meringue Stack: Meringue, toffee cream, toffee sauce and truffles...sounds amazing!

Ice Cream Trifle: Trifle meets ice cream...intriguing!

Toffee Pecan Roulade: I'm sure Asda have done this before...

Baked Alaska: Really want to try this...

Apple and Berry Lattice Pie: a classc combination!

Toffee Apple Bake: I'm not sure what this is all about...looks like a toffee apple pasty!

Also available in Apple and Blackcurrant.

Forest Fruit Strudel: I haven't eaten strudel in years...

But this Apple and Custard variety might just tempt me!

Aunt Bessie's Toffee Apple Pie: I wouldn't usually buy apple pie, I'd rather make my own...but this toffee apple variety is enough to tempt me!

Special Apple Pie: with butter pastry and spiced apple filling...presumably the spices are what makes it special.

Chocolate Orange Sponge: Sounds delicious...I wonder what's with the chocolate orange trend at Asda this year?

Pepperoni Pizza Slices: Not sure how they manage to put pizza into pastries...I'm sure they just contain cheese, pepperoni and tomato!

Also available in Sausage and Bean...such a British combination!

Thorntons Mini Chocolate Caramel Cake Bites: Not sure how new these are but they sound delicious!

One Direction Singing Toothbrush: Terrible! When will the One Direction onslaught end?!

Muller Corner British Classics...available in Eton Mess and Apple Pie. You can't get more British than that!

Asda Chosen By You Favourite Desserts: in lemon meringue and black forest. Not sure if I'd prefer this or the Muller ones - they all sound nice!

Muller Light by Julien Macdonald: Nice design, if you like that sort of thing when eating yogurt...

Heidi Bouquest Milk & Tiramisu: Some Asda stores have started stocking a brand of chocolates from Heidi, a Swiss chocolate producer. There's many different varieties, look out for them in store!

Heidi Chocolate Tree: This chocolate tree from Heidi looks so cool...it contains florentines and chocolate buttons.

Hope everyone's enjoyed reading...please do let me know in the Comments if you've tried any of these products!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

*It's back!* Terry's Chocolate Orange Toffee Crunch (Guest Review by William)

Hello you lovely lot! I haven't been here for such a long time and this is because I've been really busy working on a new blog design for my blog which also has a new name. I haven't finished working on my blog yet so it's going to look a little weird for quite a while but I'm hoping it'll done before Halloween! Anyways, on with the review...finally after many years, Mondelēz have decided to bring back the Terry's Chocolate Orange Toffee Crunch.

It's been available in the Segsations selection for years but I'm so glad it's back in it's traditional chocolate orange format! I'm hoping that maybe next year for Christmas, Mondelēz launch miniature versions of these, just like they did with the Exploding Candy orange this year (I'll be reviewing those soon).

The packaging has a pleasant design yet it's not very eye-catching on the shelf. You can't distinguish between the Terry's Chocolate Oranges unless you look a little closer at the packaging and this has been a major problem for me since Kraft redesigned the packaging back in 2011.

Taste-wise, this orange is very sweet compared to how I remember it but the flavour of the toffee caramel pieces has remained the same and that's rather comforting. It's a bit like a Daim chocolate orange but with a more intense toffee flavour. The chocolate seems to be quite oily and I've noticed this with all Mondelēz chocolate products but I don't know whether it's just me that thinks that?

The texture is just how it used to be, the crunchiness of the toffee caramel pieces and the creaminess of the chocolate brings together two totally different textures that work so well. The texture is very similar to Cadbury Dairy Milk with Crunchie Bits and Cadbury Dairy Milk Daim, and this is another reason why I love this orange so much.

Overall, I think that the Terry's Chocolate Orange Toffee Crunch ball is potentially the best orange Terry's has ever created (in my opinion) and I'm sure many people who used to love this particular orange will be pleased to see it back on our shelves just in time for Christmas!

If you like this review and you'd like to see more posts from me head over to my blog www.verywilliam.blogspot.co.uk although I will still be writing guest reviews on here every now and then!

RATING: 8 out of 10
Price: Usually £1.50 - £3.00
From: Wilko (Also available in Sainsbury's, WHSmith, Superdrug & Tesco)
Recommend?: YES! to everyone!

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Halloween Stuff: Tesco Slime Cookies, Chocolate Skulls, Krispy Kreme Lime, etc

A few Halloween themed bits n' bobs I've seen whilst out and about...

Tesco Halloween Slime Cookies: These look so cool and unique - green cookies filled with a gooey raspberry filling!

Krispy Kreme Fizzy Lime Trick & Chocolate Truffle Treat: I don't know if these are new but the lime one sounds interesting! Spotted at Tesco.

Krispy Kreme Chocolate Fudge Cake: Not Halloween-themed but apparently this is new...Spotted at Tesco. 

Lindt Halloween Ghost Sticks: These look suspiciously similar to the chocolate carrots Lindt did at Easter..."Milk chocolate ghost sticks filled with hazelnut nougat". Spotted at Tesco. 

Haribo Fangtastics: Haribo have changed the name of Tangfastics to Fangtastics...get it? Spotted at Tesco.

Chewits Vampire Fangs: More fang shaped jelly sweets. Spotted at Tesco. 

Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles Halloween Edition: These appear to contain just purple and orange colours from regular fruit pastilles. Spotted at Tesco.

Rowntree's Randoms Spooky Mix: I reviewed these last year, and they're back again! Spotted at Tesco.

Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins: Available from Tesco now in snack size bags!

Plus Reese's Miniatures are available in a Family Bag!

Milk Chocolate Apples: These are just basic chocolate apples but how spooky do they look?! Spotted at Tesco.

Smarties Pumpkins: These have been a Halloween staple for years now, they must be very popular...unfortunately some of these were a little squashed and/or melted! Spotted at Tesco.

Spooky Chocolate Skulls: Tesco are doing these chocolate skulls in white or milk chocolate for £10, plus some smaller ones for about £5.

Spooky Shreddies: a limited edition cinnamon flavour Shreddies...as a fan of cinnamon these sound really nice! Read Grocery Gems' review HERE. Spotted at Tesco.

This Limited Edition M&M's variety contains orange and green peanut M&M's. If only they could have made them in different flavours....such as orange and mint maybe? Available in most shops, plus they come with a special "Trick or Treat" bowl in Spar!

Mega Monster Munch Webs: bacon flavoured Monster Munch in web shapes...these were also out last year. Spotted at Asda.

Cadbury Mini Fingers: Cadbury Fingers in Halloween packaging. Spotted at Asda.

Baked Wotsits Zombie Fingers: I think these were also out last year...Spotted at Asda.

Cadbury Vampire Bites: Chocolate coated mallows with a gooey strawberry centre. These have been around for a few years now. Spotted at Asda.

Capri Sun Orange: 15 Capri Sun pouches in a Halloween-themed box. Spotted at Asda.

Fanta Orange: comes with terrifying party tips! Spotted at Asda.

Have you seen any cool Halloween themed snacks in shops? If so let me know via Twitter/Email!