Thursday, 2 July 2015

Clarkes Low Gi Sauces - Part 1 [by @NLi10] #ClarkesIt

I do love getting varied and crazy things in the fist and this food parcel was certainly that - 6 sauces and 2 puddings. That's a lot of condiments!

I happened to pop some crumpets on the day these arrived and got to try two out almost instantly.

First up is the sophisticated strawberry, which is essentially squeezy jam. All the range are low Gi with their sugars coming from fruit - but then I guess with jam that's usually more of the case than some - but I have seen just how much sugar goes into some preserves! I had to put a second helping onto this due to it melting into the holes really quickly. This meant that the flavour was all through the snack instead of just on top like regular jam which was a win for me.

Next up we had tempting chocolate, which for me is much less tempting than a red jam. This worked quite well though and had the melty fun of the strawberry version and was like a less sweet chocolate spread.

Overall I liked both of these. I even took the chocolate one into work to try on my fruity lunches and to tempt others with (both successful) - I've even had it on cornflakes.

I'm sure these are designed for ice cream style indulgences but I don't eat that very often. I will continue to work my way through the range but so far the fairly normal flavours are as expected and very convenient to take with you.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Cadbury’s Mini Animals in Chocolate Desert (Sainsburys) [By @SpectreUK]

It’s no secret that one of my favourite biscuits of all time is Cadbury’s Animal Biscuits. My grandparents used to give me them as a child to shut me up I expect and stop me from bouncing off every wall in their house. Now you can buy Mini Animals to dip in Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Desert. Excuse me if this sounds a bit bias, but one of my favourite chocolate biscuits dipped in one of my favourite milk chocolates is a recipe for success. On opening the tub there was six Mini Animals to pick up and drop or dip in the fairly deep pool of milk chocolate sauce. Of course you can dump them all into the pool in one go, but I decided to savour. “Savour” is probably the wrong word here though, as to be honest the only thing that held me back from scoffing the lot in seconds was writing this review at the same time. So if you like chocolate biscuits, especially Animal Biscuits and you like chocolate sauce, especially Cadbury’s, then this is for you. Well, to be honest, for anyone who doesn’t think they’ll like it too. You can’t have this one though, because I’ve just finished it!
By Spectre

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sun-Pat Choc-a-Nut Peanut Spread (Asda) [By @Cinabar]

I don't go to Asda that often, so when I went there recently I spent some time searching the shelves for new products. This "New" Sun-Pat Choc-a-Nut caught my eye, not just due to the number of hyphens in the name. I'm not sure if it is that new, but I haven't seen it before in my local Sainsburys or Waitrose, so it is at least new to me.
I do like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, I'm a fan of Reese's Pieces and of course the Peanut Butter Kit Kat is my favourite. I've been known to layer Nutella and Peanut Butter on toast, so I thought this might be a quick fix for my chocolate peanut nut toast topper craving.
I opened up the jar and saw liquid on top of my spread. I carefully poured this away, and thought that maybe it was a bit warm for the jar. Just a day or so of heat seems to throw everything. The contents looked fine though, and were well in date. I popped the toaster on and waited eagerly. I spread the Sun-Pat Choc-a-Nut thickly on a crumpet and bit in. It melted a little with the heat and the brown spread went a little glossy. The spread still felt thick and stuck to your teeth like normal peanut butter, but nowhere near as much as regular peanut butter. The flavour was mostly peanut and the chocolate added a gentle flavour of cocoa and sweetness. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as sweet as I'd imagined, or anywhere as sweet as my Nutella combo, but it certainly did the job. One I'd buy again, and I'd buy it over regular peanut butter no qualms at all.
By Cinabar

Monday, 29 June 2015

All Butter Roly-Poly Swirls - New Biscuits (M&S) [By @Cinabar]

I couldn't resist having a little look around Marks and Spencer and seeing what new items they had for summer. These very pretty looking biscuits caught my eye. I actually have a bit of a thing for colour, if there is a bright option I tend to go for it. So pink swirly biscuits are right up my street.
The flavour is very British too, raspberries and custard which is a fun idea, and based on traditional Roly-Poly sponge pudding. A classic from my school dinner days, but not something I've had for a while.
Inside the pack there were eight biscuits, stacked in pairs, all with swirl of pink running through the them. Not that many in there really, and they were spaced out in the plastic. I gave them a try and the first thing to note is the texture. I thought these might be hard and stodgy, but they were light, almost airy and melted in the mouth. The raspberry flavour was sweet, and the sharpness of the berries mixed beautifully with the buttery shortbread like taste. They were definitely sweet fruity and buttery, not custard so much, but a lovely combination. The lightness made them very easy to eat and I'm ashamed to say I munched my way though half the pack (ok it was just four biscuits) with remarkable ease.
Despite writing this blog I don't eat a lot of biscuits, but these are still some I would go out of my way to buy again, such good summery flavours.
By Cinabar

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Tesco Pastries [by @NLi10]

Tesco have been upping their game on the pastry front recently. So here are a few we tried.

First up we have the normal generic croissant - but in a big black box!

The have Normandy butter! That famous ingredient... Irish butter maybe, but the word I most routinely put after  Normandy is probably invasion or landing. Also maybe William the Conquoreor.

These were nice but nothing special.

These looked a bit too chocolatey so instead we went for.

To the untrained shopper these are 50p more. We picked up an identical box in the whoops section for 75p in total. Win.

The pastry was as good as normal, but the caramel chocolate burnt bit was pretty good. Like almost brownie in texture. The flavour was lighter than expected, which was welcome as frequently it can be just too strong.

A nice alternative to the usual pain au chocolate, and even better if you find it in the discount rack! Great for eating in the cinema too.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Snapea Rice Sticks @YushoiSnacks @CalbeeUK [By @SpectreUK] #StockOurSnacks

These new high fibre baked Yushoi Sticks Snapea Rice Snacks were produced by Calbee in Wakefield. They are a good source of protein and vegetarian friendly, containing no MSG, no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Now don't be put off straight away and hear me out... They are chiefly made of green peas (yes, green peas) and some rice! They made for an ideal healthy alternative snack for me to try. They come in four flavours;

Lightly Salted flavour
These green pea rice sticks really do smell of baked green peas. You probably have to love green peas to start with. Fortunately I like peas, although mushy peas make me feel sick. I don't know why. I just hate them with a passion! These rice sticks are light green in colour (yes, light green) and have a fluffy yet mildly crunchy texture. Don't be put off by these especially if you like your peas. If you don't like peas you may need to rethink before you buy. Fortunately I found these rice stick were a lightly salted flavoursome and healthy feeling treat. Okay "treat" might be pushing it... But they won't kill you, well unless you try eating them whilst jogging or something...

Information on the packet;
10g packet has 43 calories with 1.6g of fat, 0.2g of sugar and 0.09g of salt. The ingredients included; green peas (74%), rapeseed oil, rice (8%), salt, and calcium carbonate.

Soy & Balsamic Vinegar flavour
There was a good smell of soy on opening the packet with dashing of balsamic vinegar. These greenish rice sticks were slightly smaller sticks than the Lightly Salted, but they hadn't scrimped on the flavour. These Soy & Balsamic Vinegar Snapea Rice Sticks had an initial salty soy flavour that quickly mixed with the balsamic vinegar. I thought these were a really tasty treat (and I mean it this time) and was very impressed with the flavour combination, as I don't believe I've seen a Soy & Balsamic Vinegar flavoured snack before. Innovative and healthy!

Information on the packet;
10g packet has 45 calories with 2.0g of fat, 0.2g of sugar and 0.10g of salt. The ingredients included; green peas (68%), rapeseed oil, rice (8%), balsamic vinegar powder, salt, sugar, malt vinegar powder, soya sauce powder, spirit vinegar powder and calcium carbonate.

Smoked Salt & Szechuan Pepper flavour
There was a decent smoky smell on opening the packet with a good hit from the Szechuan Pepper in the background. Again these were slightly smaller greenish rice sticks with flecks of red pepper throughout the sticks. Another flavoursome snack here, having a mild chilli heat and a moreish quality that made me wish for a bigger bag. These were undoubtedly my favourite flavour so far. A mixed combination grab bag of this flavour and also the Soy & Balsamic Vinegar flavour would blow my tastebuds.

Information on the packet;
10g packet has 45 calories with 2.0g of fat, 0.2g of sugar and 0.09g of salt. The ingredients included; green peas (68%), rapeseed oil, rice (8%), yeast extract, maltodextrin, tomato powder, spices, salt, sugar, onion powder, smoked salt, garlic powder, Szechuan pepper, spirit vinegar powder and calcium carbonate.

Sweet Chilli & Lemon flavour
There was a sweet chilli smell on opening the packet with a decent wedge of lemon. These rice sticks broke with the norm and were a reddish tint rather than greenish, although there was some green there too! The red made me worry a little for the chilli heat content. No need to panic though as these rice sticks had a medium chilli burn, certainly hotter than the Smoked Salt & Szechuan Pepper flavour, with a keen sweetness and dash of lemon that mingled expertly with the chilli heat making nose tingle a little and leaving a pleasing hotness in my mouth. Very flavoursome with a good chilli heat to them.

Information on the packet;
10g packet has 46 calories with 2.0g of fat, 0.3g of sugar and 0.07g of salt. The ingredients included; green peas (68%), rapeseed oil, rice (8%), yeast extract, maltodextrin, tomato powder, spices, salt, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika extract, chilli, citric acid, salt, sugar, spirit vinegar powder and calcium carbonate.

I was very impressed by these Snapea Rice Sticks, so I'd recommend you give them a try. It's not all about crisps and nuts you know! ;-)