25 May 2017

Crackling Crisps (Marks and Spencer) By @Cinabar


Ok I actually tried these for the first time last week, but someone pointed out to me that last week was National Vegetarian Week, so I thought I best leave the review until today. Not that I did anything special for National Vegetarian Week it is just that it didn’t seem the most appropriate time to review meaty based snacks.
These Crackling Crisps were found in the chiller cabinet at Marks and Spencer and seemed to be in with the place where you would find posh picnic snacks, olives etc. They are not in a bag like most pork scratchings instead they are in a plastic tray and were kept chilled. There were enough to share in the pack, and indeed the idea of eating the whole contents would have been a bit much for me! The “crisps” are meat based and look like they are pork scratchings rolled to create a flat spiral.
I tried one and absolutely loved the flavour and texture. Although these are unquestionably crunchy, they had a lightness to them too, sort of like there was enough air mixed into stop them being too hard and instead they were nicely crispy. Flavour wise these were very much pork scratchings, they tasted meaty and fatty, and so a bit naughty but very tasty. They were seasoned nicely, with slat and pepper and were fun to snack on. These would be a great accompaniment to a picnic, but they felt a bit posh just to munch on as a casual snack.

24 May 2017

Snaffling Pig Colman’s Pork Crackling (@SnafflingPigCo) By @SpectreUK


Previously I have tried Snaffling Pig Salt and Vinegar Pork Crackling, and also tasted their super hot Pig of Doom chilli pork crackling. I must say I could happily eat the Salt and Vinegar flavour every day. The Pig of Doom were so hot I almost blew a gasket biting into them! These new Snaffling Pig Colman’s Pork Crackling seemed like a decent compromise. I have Colman’s English Mustard on my sandwiches almost everyday. I’ve never found a mustard I like more. So my favourite pork crackling laced with Colman’s English Mustard sounded like a gift from heaven - literally a gift as Snaffling Pig very kindly sent me these to try.

After a lengthy session at the gym I popped open a bottle of lager and then popped open the huge 300g jar. There was a decent porkish smell form the yellowish pork crackling jammed into the huge jar. On first taste these double cooked pork crackling melted in my mouth after a little encouragement from my old gnashers. Biting into the salted pork crackling there is an unmistakable mustard burn from the Colman’s, which is light and not overpowering, but definitely there. As I ate more and more the mustard burn built tickling my nose hairs. Yet don’t be put off if you don’t normally like mustard, as the flavour never distracts from the salty pork crackling. Only enhancing it, nibbling and tickling the senses as I munched more and more. Mmmm… Yum!

Information on the jar;
The 300g jar has 667 calories per 100g, having 55.9g of fat, 1g of sugar and 2.3g of salt. Please see photograph for ingredients.

23 May 2017

New Honeycomb Crunch Cornetto (Morrisons) By @Cinabar


The weather is heating up (albeit only a little), and so my focus is falling on the joys of summer ice-creams. I may well be eating this in doors, having had the heating on briefly earlier in the day to take away the chill, but it is technically May, so I’m running wth it.
This new Cornetto is honeycomb in flavour and goes the extra mile with chocolate topped with honeycomb pieces, honeycomb liquid filling, and honeycomb flavour ice cream. Aces. I took one out of the pack and unwrapped it found that the chocolate on the top was in a solid disk with crunchie honeycomb bits embedded in it. I ate this first and was impressed with the rich sweet flavours. Next stop was the ice cream which had a stunning taste to it, now I have to mention that I have a high tolerance for all things sweet, but this was sugary and divine. The creaminess of the ice-cream helped balance out the sugar rush a little, but I loved the rich sweet flavour. Inside the ice-cream was a honeycomb flavour sauce that just added to the magic, the taste was rich and just like liquid cinder toffee. The cornetto cone was lined with chocolate, which helps stops ice-cream dripping through, but also adds a nice touch of milk chocolate flavour. The cone was still firm and crisp when I came to eat it, and it was a nice finishing touch.
I loved these cornettos they were filled with all the rich sweet flavours of cinder toffee and caramel, and the ice cream was so nice I’d love a tub of it. Perfect for those with a sweet-tooth.


22 May 2017

Magnum Classic - Press To Crack Ice-Cream (Morrisons) By @Cinabar


So this is the new ice cream in a tub from Magnum. Magnum Ice lollies are always coated in a chocolate, and this ice ice-cream is no different. I know that sounds a bit weird, but inside the tub the ice-cream has a coat of chocolate all around it. The suggestion on the pack is to squeeze the tub and crack the chocolate which I did.


I could hear the foil under the lid making a noise when I cracked the chocolate, but it was still sealed when I opened it. In fact I found a sealed layer of thick chocolate under that too, which I had to break wth a spoon. There is certain layer of novelty to the Press To Crack nature of this ice cream tub, but I have to say all that broken chocolate made it difficult to serve, and some chocolate was lost onto the kitchen surface. I found this a bit annoying to be honest, and thought it would have been fine for them to have pre-mixed all the chocolate shards in, they actually had already done that with some of the chocolate.


Anyway I managed to share some out into pots, and gave it the taste test. I immediately forgave the difficulty in neatly serving the ice cream as the flavours were gorgeous. The base vanilla ice-cream was very creamy and very sweet, it had a lovely soothing feel and hit the spot. There was plenty of chocolate and the slivers of chocolate added a good mix of texture, which was satisfying to bite into. The chocolate added a lovely taste too, vanilla and chocolate do work rather well together (think Stracciatella) and its addition gave this a very luxurious feel. In short the odd nature of the Press To Crack is easily forgiven when you taste how good the ice-cream is, and this has put itself firmly on the buy it again list.

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