Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Unsweetened Almond Drink

Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Unsweetened Almond Drink

Just a quick review for this new M&S Unsweetened Almond Milk today...I spotted this in the Free From section of M&S over the weekend for £1.50, which compared to Alpro Almond Milk (which is usually £1.89 in most supermarkets), is a bit of a bargain. It's made with similar ingredients but seems to have a higher percentage of almonds in, although I haven't compared it directly to Alpro.

Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Unsweetened Almond Drink

I usually use almond milk as a lighter alternative for hot chocolate if I have vegan guests, but on this occasion I tried it by itself. It was pretty good, it has a slightly thicker and creamier consistency than Alpro Unsweetened Almond Milk does. I later made some hot chocolate with it and it tasted even better, and since it's unsweetened I added some raspberry stevia drops to make a nice light drink. 

Overall, this is a pretty good Dairy Free Unsweetened Almond Milk and to be honest I'll happily buy it again over Alpro! If you're after a healthier, low sugar dairy free milk this is the one to go for.

8 out of 10.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Spotted In Shops! Oreo Egg N' Spoon, Oreo Thins, Twix Cookies, Tic Tac Breeze & More...

kellogg's crunchy nut peanut butter clusters

It's that time of month again...no, not for a grumpy Kev who craves chocolate but a time to lust over new food products, with a jam (and cake) packed edition of Spotted In Shops!

There's been quite a lot of new releases on the shelves in the month since Christmas, so let's take a look at what's out there. Hold on tight you're in for a sugary ride!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg 'N' Spoon Oreo:
Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg N' Spoon Oreo

Cadbury's have replaced their Vanilla Egg 'N' Spoons (Which I loved!) with this new version containing Oreo cookie pieces. Available in all supermarkets.

Twix Chocolate Caramel Cookies:
twix chocolate caramel cookies

Last year we got Twix Spread, but this year Twix is getting the cookie treatment! Who knows what we'll get next...Twix Doughnut anyone? Spotted in Tesco, fresh bakery section.

Oreo Thins UK version:

Oreos have slimmed down! I hear these are very good...available in both Original Vanilla and Chocolate Cream flavours. Spotted in Tesco.

McVitie's Digestives Thins Milk Chocolate Cappuccino:

Not to be outdone, McVities Digestives are also on a diet, available in this yummy sounding Milk Chocolate Cappuccino...

McVitie's Digestives Thins Dark Chocolate:
mcvitie's digestives thins dark chocolate

As well as Dark chocolate...

McVitie's Digestives Thins Milk Chocolate:
mcvitie's digestives thins milk chocolate

And not forgetting Milk Chocolate! All are available in Tesco.

McVitie's Hobnobs Nibbles Milk Chocolate:

McVitie's have also finally brought Hobnobs to their Nibbles range. Check out The NibNob herself - Nibbles & Scribbles review of them. Available from all supermarkets.

Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Peanut Butter Clusters:
kellogg's crunchy nut peanut butter clusters

I so wish I could try these, I bet they're amazing! But alas, they contain pesky gluten. If you have any trouble finding them do try tweeting Kellogg's. Also do check out Peanut Butter Queen Nibbles & Scribbles review. Spotted in Tesco.

Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars:
nature valley crunchy peanut butter bars

Staying with the Peanut Butter theme...I wish I could try these too! Spotted in Sainsbury's.

Nature Valley Popcorn Salted Caramel, Almond & Pretzel Bars:
Nature Valley Popcorn Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Bars

These sound pretty interesting! Spotted in Tesco.

McVitie's Hobnobs Milk Chocolate & Coconut Snack Bars:
mcvities hobnobs milk chocolate and coconut flavour snack bar

Back with McVitie's again, they've revamped their snack bars range and added hot, trendy new flavours like coconut...

McVitie's Hobnobs Milk Chocolate & Salted Caramel Snack Bars:
mcvitie's hobnobs milk chocolate and salted caramel flavour snack bars

Salted caramel (a new product wouldn't be complete without it!)...

McVitie's Hobnobs Milk Chocolate & Golden Syrup Snack Bars:
mcvitie's hobnobs milk chocolate and golden syrup flavour snack bars

Plus Golden syrup...sounds yummy but plain.

McVitie's Hobnobs Milk Chocolate & Ginger Snack Bars:
mcvitie's hobnobs milk chocolate and ginger flavour snack bars

Last but not least, something that's actually hot: ginger flavour! All of these are available in Sainsbury's.

McVitie's Digestives Mini Caramel Crispies Tub:
mcvitie's digestives mini caramel crispies

McVitie's have also been busy creating a new range of sharing tubs, available in Asda. There's a Digestives Mini Caramel Crispies variety...

McVitie's Digestives Mini Milk Choc Tiffins Tub:
mcvitie's digestives mini milk choc tiffins

As well as Digestives Milk Choc Tiffins...

McVitie's Hobnobs Mini Milk Choc Teacakes Tub:
mcvitie's hobnobs mini milk choc teacakes

Plus Hobnobs Mini Milk Choc Teacakes.

Tic Tac Breeze Cranberry Sugar Free:

Ferrero's Tic Tac Breeze is a new sugar free version of Tic Tacs made with stevia and other sweeteners. And in a bizarre twist, they also contain crystallised herbs...just what you've always wanted in your Tic Tacs, right? Spotted in Tesco.

Tic Tac Breeze Lemon Balm Sugar Free:
tic tac breeze sugar free lemon balm

Also available in the calming Lemon Balm flavour...an interesting choice! Spotted in Tesco.

Maryland Cookie Bites Choc Chip:
maryland cookie bites choc chip

Maryland are now doing these bite-sized chocolate coated cookies...yum! Check out my snacks wifey Reaching For Refreshment's review.

Maryland Cookie Bites Choc Chip & Caramel:
Maryland Cookie Bites Choc Chip & Caramel

Also available in Choc Chip & Caramel. Mustn't forget the caramel! I'm surprised it's not salted. Spotted in Tesco.

Maryland Crispies Choc Chip & Coconut:
Maryland Crispies Choc Chip & Coconut

Not content with bite-sized cookies, Maryland are also doing these new "Crispies" cookies...check out a review from none other than The Coconutter Herself. Spotted in Tesco.

Maryland Crispies Choc Chip & Caramel:

Also available in Choc Chip & Caramel. Always. Caramel. Available in Tesco.

Maryland Treats Big Cookies:
Maryland Treats Big Cookies

Bucking the trend for thin biscuits, Maryland are going large and not going home...these new Treats Big Cookies Choc Chip seem to be a Poundland exclusive, for 50p!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Popping Candy Bunny:
Cadbury Dairy MIlk Popping Candy Bunny

Cadbury are adding a bit of fizz to Easter this year! Shame about the chocolate.

Goodfella's Sweet Fella's Raspberry Cheesecake Dessert Pizza:
Goodfella's Sweet Fella's Raspberry Cheesecake

Goodfella's are back with yet another Dessert Pizza, this time Raspberry Cheesecake. Has anyone tried these sweet pizzas? If so let me know your thoughts!

Kellogg's Coco Pops Crispy Granola:
Kellogg's Coco Pops Crispy Granola with Wholegrain

Not content with the regular Coco Pops cereal Kellogg's are doing a multigrain Coco Pops Crispy Granola. Spotted in Tesco.

Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Glorious Oat Granola with Caramelised Hazelnuts:
Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Oat Granola with Caramelised Hazelnuts:

They're also doing this rather yummy sounding Crunchy Nut Oat Granola with Caramelised Hazelnuts. Spotted in Tesco.

Magnum Tub Classic Ice Cream:
Magnum Tub Classic Milk Chocolate Ice Cream

I still need to try this Classic Vanilla Magnum tub... I feel a trip to Iceland calling me! Check out my reviews of the Magnum Tub White Chocolate (it was amazing!) and Magnum Tub Almond.

Muller Light Blackcurrant & Liquorice Flavour Limited Edition:
Muller Light Blackcurrant & Liquorice Flavour Limited Edition

I've heard this is quite nice...although given my experience with the Turkish Delight Limited Edition I'm not sure I want to try it. Available in all supermarkets.

Weetabix Additions Coconut & Raisin:
Weetabix Additions Coconut and Raisin

If I could eat gluten this is probably something I would buy! Spotted in Tesco.

Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin:
Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin

I'm not sure about this one though. Spotted in Tesco.

Nestle Multigrain Shredded Wheat Rye & Quinoa:
Nestle Multigrain Shredded Wheat Rye & Quinoa

Nestle are taking a piggy bank on the Healthy Eating train with a new range of Multigrain Shredded Wheat. This Rye & Quinoa variety also has "brown sugar flavour". Spotted in Tesco.

Nestle Multigrain Shredded Wheat Barley & Spelt:
Nestle Multigrain Shredded Wheat Barley & Spelt

This one has a "hint of honey". Spotted in Tesco.

Tesco Peanut & Dark Chocolate Bars:
Tesco Peanut & Dark Chocolate Bars

Last but not least, it seems Tesco are taking on Nakd and have brought out their own bars containing a mixture of soy protein crispies, nuts and coconut. There's also an Apricot & Yoghurt variety.

Well, that's it for today...there were so many new products out this month that I can't possibly fit them all in here. Looks like I'm going to have to do a Part 2...do stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Montezuma's Absolute Black 100% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

montezumas absolute black

If you're trying to reduce the sugar this January, it can be mighty hard to find a lower sugar chocolate bar, let alone one that's sugar free. Luckily, a few companies are now making them more widely available. One is Montezuma's, whose Absolute Black 100% Cocoa bar is now available from Sainsbury's stores.

montezumas absolute black
For that dramatic cocoa hit...don't say we didn't warn you! 
As well as being completely sugar free (apart from the naturally occurring sugars found in cocoa beans), it's also dairy free, vegan, soya free and gluten free. However it may contain traces of dairy, nuts and sesame seeds.

montezumas absolute black

I've had plenty of 100% cocoa bars in my time, from the likes of Hotel Chocolat and Grenada Chocolate Company, and all have varied in taste. Some are bitter and unpleasant and some have a smooth sweet flavour despite the lack of sugar.

This bar achieves some sort of middle ground. It will definitely be bitter to anyone unaccustomed to 100% chocolate, but to me it tasted fairly mild compared to some bars. If you're avoiding sugar or on a sugar free diet, this is a handy and tasty bar, it's inoffensive and widely available. If you love your sugar though, I would step away now!

Overall, a good bar from Montezumas as far as 100% chocolate goes, perfect for any sugar free diet. If you like this I'd also recommend Grenada Chocolate Company's 100% Cocoa bar.

8 out of 10. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Solkiki Toasted White Vegan Chocolate

solkiki toasted white coconut chocolate vegan

Another #veganuary review today, and this time it's for a very special bar indeed. This is an "Academy of Chocolate Bronze 2016 Winner", made in micro batches with directly traded single estate cacao. It's called Solkiki Toasted White and is minimally processed with only three ingredients: organic cold-pressed cacao butter, organic cane sugar and organic coconut. Does the lack of extra ingredients make it boring? Definitely not!

As well as being vegan and dairy free, like all of Solkiki's chocolates this bar is GMO free, and free from pesticides and herbicides. It's made in Solkiki's renewable factory, which offers only uncut, unprocessed chocolate. Pretty impressive!

solkiki toasted white coconut chocolate vegan

I love the presentation of the bar; it feels super special with it's mysterious black wrapper.

solkiki toasted coconut white chocolate vegan

There's a "Tasting Notes" board where you can mark which flavours you feel best describe the chocolate. Such a fun touch! There's also this cheeky Day Of The Dead skull making an appearance:

solkiki toasted coconut vegan dairy free

Onto the chocolate then, opening the wrapper it had a sweet, slightly biscuity aroma. I couldn't wait to get stuck in!

solkiki toasted coconut white chocolate vegan

There's no blocks on the bar, you just snap off as much as you fancy, which is always a good thing in my book! There's flowery patterns printed on the chocolate as well as the Solkiki logo.

I took a bite. Oh my...this is the nicest vegan chocolate I've ever tasted! Seriously seriously good. It's unebelievably creamy and silky in the mouth, with a lovely smooth texture. It makes me think of Milkbar, but if it were made with super high quality ingredients, and without milk obviously. There's a nice cacao flavour from the cacao butter mixed in with the more biscuity flavours, which are presumably from the coconut. Unlike most vegan white chocolates it doesn't taste "thin" or "light", it's a fuller bodied flavour that makes it more reminiscent of white chocolate with milk in.

This was an absolute delight, and although it's satisfying, in the words of Mary Berry:

Unfortunately, at £3.50 a bar this is not an every day indulgence, but I'm not complaining because good quality ingredients don't come cheap. Chocolate like this is something to savour as a true treat.

Overall, I really can't sing this bars praises enough, and I don't think you have to be dairy free or vegan to appreciate it - it's just good chocolate!

9.5 out of 10.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Co Yo Salted Caramel Coconut Milk Yoghurt

coyo salted caramel yogurt

I've never been a fan of regular yogurts, they're just not something I eat a lot of, but one brand I've always had a soft spot for is Co Yo (in fact I reviewed their Original Co Yo Yoghurt wayyy back!) Their yogurts are made exclusively with coconut milk, and are suitable for anyone who is dairy free or vegan. They also contain no added sugar and are suitable for anyone on The Paleo Diet.

coyo salted caramel yogurt

They're usually around £2 a pot but Tesco are selling them for £1.50 currently so I couldn't resist giving this Salted Caramel variety a try. It contains coconut caramel, which is a mixture of coconut milk, coconut sugar and Himalayan salt. Opening the lid, it had a very natural but distinct caramel aroma.

coyo salted caramel yogurt

Taking a spoonful, the first thing I noticed was just how thick and rich the texture of the yogurt is. It's very satisfying and creamy, and feels like a proper luxury yogurt. The caramel taste is strong, but rather than the super sweet throat burning caramel in many products, it feels natural, with a strong flavour of coconut sugar. It feels both healthy and naughty at the same time - win win!

Overall, for a yogurt that ticks all health boxes of being dairy free, vegan, paleo and sugar free this yogurt is an absolute delight! It's one I'd definitely buy again as a healthier treat or simple dessert.

Ingredients: coconut milk (74%), coconut caramel (25%) (coconut milk, coconut sugar, crystal Himalayan salt), tapioca starch and pectin, live vegan yoghurt cultures. 

Nutritional Information (per 100g): 206 calories, 16g fat, 11.9g carbohydrates, 11.9g sugars, 2.6g protein. 

9 out of 10.