23 August 2017

Candy Kittens Eton Mess (@DegustaUK) By @SpectreUK

I do like naturally flavoured gummy sweets. These Gourmet Sweets from Candy Kittens have natural ingredients and colouring, and are gluten free. Each gummy sweet is a pink and blood red striped decapitated kitten's head. Maybe I should be writing about this around Halloween?

Anyway, on opening the packet there was a fantastic sweet and fruity Eton Mess smell of blackcurrant, strawberries and cream. On taste there was a brief flavour of the carnauba wax coating these gummies have to stop them sticking together in the packet, followed by a mixture of fruity flavours and creaminess that makes a good Eton Mess. These Candy Kittens Eton Mess were certainly bursting with natural fruity flavour, and I'd recommend them for a fruity gummy treat.

Information on the packet;
The 150g re-sealable packet has 8g sweets that have 27 calories, 0g of fat, 0.01g of salt and 4.4g of sugar. See photograph for ingredients.

22 August 2017

Cadbury Mini Rolls Limited Edition Marshmallow (Morrisons) By @Cinabar

I don’t often buy Cadbury Mini Rolls, but a new Limited Edition flavour was enough to sway me into making a purchase. The new flavour is marshmallow, and the packet shows a lovely swirl of pink within the vanilla sponge cake bar. As these are Cadbury Mini rolls, there is also a coating of chocolate for good measure.

Inside the pack were 5 individually wrapped Mini Rolls, and I opened up the first one to give them a try. Firstly I could clearly see the pink filling inside but flavour wise I wasn’t sure. One of the distinctive features of marshmallow is the texture, as this is filled with a marshmallow like paste this doesn’t come across at all and I had to stop and think about what marshmallow actually tastes of. It is sort of sweet, and well, sugary? Not much to go on, not much to pick it out.

Some of the pink mallows sometimes have a vaguely fruity taste, and I suppose that is where I would put these Mini Rolls. There is the vaguest hint of some kind of fruit element, but essentially this is just a plain chocolate coated Mini Roll, nice because Mini Rolls are nice. Not exciting though, and although the colour is pretty and they look fun, I think the concept is more interesting than the flavour.
Still I’ll eat these up either by popping one in my lunch box, or having them as a treat with a mug of hot chocolate. It feels like hot chocolate weather! I will keep an eye out for any other Limited Edition flavours as I had forgotten how nice Cadbury Mini Rolls are.

21 August 2017

Mini Cheddars - Red Leicester Edition (Morrisons) By @Cinabar

I have to admit to being a little sceptical about these Mini Cheddars. They seem to have a very specific flavour, one that perhaps sounded to difficult to recreate in the form of a seasoned mini biscuit. Don't get me wrong, I recently wrote about the new Mini Cheddars Stilton version and was very impressed. However Stilton is a very distinct flavour, it is strong and blue and worked really well. Red Leicester on the other hand is a fairly mild cheese not that different to Cheddar itself.

I opened up the bag, which was a bright shade of red, to give this new edition a try. The looked like Mini Cheddars and the smelt like regular Mini Cheddars. I poured them onto the plate to have with my sandwiches for lunch.
Now I have to admit I was yet again impressed. Somehow they have managed to pack the characteristics of Red Leicester cheese into these biscuits. The flavour was richer but still smooth and had a certain nuttiness that did make me think of the cheese they were trying to portray. They were very tasty too and I loved munching on them with my lunch.
The last remaining new flavour is Smoked Applewood, and given how well I’ve got on with these new ones so far, I can't wait to get my hands on them.

20 August 2017

More pea-stick snacks, Off The Eaten Path - Crunchy Pea and Pesto Balsamic Snacks (@NLi10)

When invited to a BBQ it's always wise to come prepared.  In most cases the food takes that little longer to prepare than you'd think so always take a long some sharing snacks!

Here we have a mini 'greatest hits' of the FoodStuffFinds snacks section - Pizza Pretz, Green Tea filled wafer tubes, the always welcome Monty Bojangles and the new item - Off The Eaten Path Crunchy Pea & Pinto Bean Sticks - Caramelised Onion & Balsamic Vinegar Flavour.  That's a lot of words to say crunchy tubes!  How do they stack up to the others?

Buying crisps in a box is odd, and only buying 100g of them for a party seems odd too, but these are a clear luxury item and a talking point as soon as they are passed around. No one hated them, which was a good sign and everyone seemed to o back for extras - and the bag kept giving! Being hollow tubes these went a lot further than I had suspected and there were certainly some left by the time the meat was sufficiently burned and the rain heavy enough to force us inside.

The flavours vary by the colour of the stick, but at no time is the onion and balsamic more than a delicate overtone.  This really works, and as I seem to keep saying these would be great with a salad at a BBQ.  We just had Pimms and burgers instead, but the thought was there.  So if you too are planning to have a summer BBQ under the umbrella then this could just save that awkward first portion of the night where the chicken looks a little too pink and the clouds a little to grey.

Certainly worth a look, but one thats more for sharing outdoors than eating alone in front of the TV.
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