Thursday, 31 May 2012

Yan Yan Creamy Strawberry (Meiji) [By @NLi10]


Way back in Feb, Spectre reviewed the vanilla variety of this and liked it. I've had both now and thought I'd write about the strawberry one.


Similar to the vanilla (or the UK's own KP dip) you get sticks & goo. The goo in this case tastes like a melted Meiji Lucky Stick, which is nice. All my sticks had an animal theme.



Here is the complete set ( I had 4 swaps that were not shown)


Some are just descriptive, others seem a little misinformed. Beetles seem to get the best deal, with two sticks and both the popular love & luck themes represented. I'm not sure whether these are fortunes or just information, but they are fun either way.

The flavour of the sticks wasn't' amazing, but with the goo it was a highly edible pot of goodness. Probably more interesting to look at than eat, but a perfect little snack.
By NLi10

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews (@Reggae_Reggae_S @Sainsburys) [By @SpectreUK]


“Put some music into your food” was the phrase on the front of the rather colourful bag of Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews that caught my eye in the local supermarket. Unfortunately I was in an open plan office at the time of eating these nuts and couldn’t blast out a few UB40 or Bob Marley songs.

These were oven baked nuts, covered with Reggae Reggae Seasoning and Reggae Reggae Sauce, by Levi Roots, who famously put some fiery interest back into the Dragons in their Den on TV. Produced by Humdinger, in Hull, these Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews’ ingredients included; 54% peanuts, 32% cashew nuts, 6% Reggae Reggae Seasoning, 5% Reggae Reggae Sauce, Red Scotch Bonnet chilli (eek! Help!), black pepper, paprika, ginger, nutmeg, all spice (wait… isn’t that some sort of aftershave? Oh! Old Spice…), cinnamon, malt vinegar, molasses, tomato, onion, garlic, coriander, basil, thyme, caramel, citric acid amongst other things. Packaged in a 90g bag with 572 calories per 100g, 7.9g of fat, and a whopping 16.8g of sugar, these nuts really aren’t all that good for you and it was pretty obvious they were made as a sharing treat rather than a regular in my lunchbox. I figured I’d have to run around the block a few times after eating them. Allergy advice on the back of the packet stated that these Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews contained nuts (I’d want my money back if they didn’t), gluten, and barley, and that they were produced in a factory that handled sesame seeds. With so many varied ingredients and the added scarily hot Red Scotch Bonnet, I was slightly apprehensive on what these Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews would taste like.

On opening the bag there was a decent spicy smell from the heavily dusted nuts. There was also a decent spicy taste to these nuts, I tried to identify flavours, but at first no single flavour stood out as the ingredients were mixed well together. After eating a few nuts I noticed the subtle heat building on my tongue. After quite a few more nuts the subtle heat turned into a pleasurable burn that made my nose run a little through its intensity. I began to worry a little about stopping eating the nuts, and then I remembered the yoghurt I had waiting in my lunchbox for dessert. One flavour that did begin to stand out amongst the tasty chilli heat was the black pepper. After half the bag I began to revel in a peppery chilli fuelled haze, not wanting the nuts to finish and forgetting momentarily about my waist size and their calorie content! It amused me, in a sardonic way, that if she were here, Cinabar would have hated the thick peppery flavour of these nuts, but she wasn’t, in fact no one was in my little alcove apart from me. I had the 90g bag of chilli peppery nuttiness to myself… Mwah hah hah… (Oh my, may have got a bit carried away there!). The only disappointment I found was when I ran out of nuts and came back down to Earth (and thankfully… the yoghurt!). These Reggae Reggae Peanuts and Cashews have all too quietly nudged their way into the chilli nuts market with the added differentiation of their unusual spicy peppery Caribbean style. I would definitely have these again…. And you just know that I won’t share a single one! ;-)
By Spectre

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Pom-Bear: Prawn Cocktail (@Waitrose) [By @Cinabar]


I am still quite new to Pom-Bear crisps. I know they are aimed at a younger audience, but I only really first tried them as an adult. They have even only appeared once before on the blog, as I haven’t really been aware of any new flavours from them before. Early this year we had Pizza, and now we have Prawn Cocktail, so I think they are having a bit of a push (or I have been out of the loop).
Prawn Cocktail isn’t that wild in terms of new flavours, with quite a few brands already doing some fab crisps with it, but this is a first for Pom-Bear. As usual the crisps are incredibly cute looking, each one taking the appearance of a bear, with smiley face and even a belly button. The texture of these crisps is really crisp but light and fluffy. In fact the texture isn’t that different from Prawn cocktail skips, but the flavour is very different. The seasoning on these Pom-Bear ones is rather mild, and lacks the expected zing. Most prawn cocktails have the flavour of seafood sauce, with a sharp then sweet taste, but these only very slightly do that. They are unmistakably prawn cocktail, but I would have preferred a stronger hit of the flavour. The seasoning seems to be a bit hit and miss on its distribution, with some of the bears looking a lot more speckled pink that others. The ones that appeared caped in spices were, as you would expect, a lot stronger in taste, but sadly these crisps were few and far between.
All in all these are a nice variety from Pom-Bear, and they tasted quite pleasant. I think the lack of kick to the flavour is due to two reasons. Firstly they are aimed at children, the group of customers who invariably dislikes stronger tastes, and as such mild is probably the safest route. Secondly the flavour distribution seems rather uneven, and this emphasises just how mild some of the crisps are.
I will try a second bag, and update if it is any stronger. I did pick up a multipack, so I have plenty to tuck in to.
By Cinabar

Monday, 28 May 2012

Willies Cacao: El Blanco [White Chocolate] [By @Cinabar]


I have a sweet tooth, but you could probably guess that from this blog. When I heard that Willies Cacao were releasing a white chocolate I was more than a bit excited to give it a try. Willies are purveyors of seriously fine chocolates, so my expectations were high. I opened up the box, and unwrapped the silver sealed bar. As the name suggests it’s quite a pale white chocolate, and is embossed with the Willies logo.
I broke a corner of the chocolate off and it gave way easily, but was clearly firmer than most white chocolates. I popped a corner in my mouth, and couldn’t quite decipher what my taste buds were telling me. I was expecting the usual sickly sweet creamy rush, but it didn’t come and my first thoughts towards the chocolate were a bit negative. I was starting to think I that I wasn’t keen on the chocolate, when my taste buds finally adjusted to the taste and I realised how cleverly the delicate flavours were working.
First thing to note is that this bar isn’t made with cream, and it is certainly more milky than anything else. This is why the bar doesn’t deliver a creamy hit, but the wholesome milk flavour is genius if you give it time to develop. The chocolate taste isn’t overly sweet, so there is no huge sugar rush either, but the white chocolate does give the bar a gentle caramel tone and it really shows off the cocoa butter like no other bar. It’s subtle, but distinct and so very good. I went on a full journey with this bar from being unsure on the first bite to being totally in love with the stuff on the last chunk.
It’s a very different white chocolate to any I’ve tried before, the taste is distinctively grown up and well put together. It doesn’t have the sugary sweet creamy hit of other white chocolates, but it does actually taste properly of cocoa butter and it tastes like nothing I’ve tried before. It’s definitely aimed at grown-ups, and I can’t recommend it enough. Just take a bite, forget any preconceptions about white chocolate and just give the flavours a chance to build up and do there thing. White chocolate heaven.
By Cinabar

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Neuro Sun & Lucozade Revive Orange (Spar) [By @NLi10]


Today I thought I'd just briefly round up some extra flavours of previous review drinks. A few summery versions are hitting the shelves and as it's good to stay hydrated in this unusually hot May weather I've been buying more than usual.


This first bottle is practically packed with sunshine. It is full of Vitamin D and hydrates you if you stay out in the sun. In reality it's a slightly more expensive than normal fruit juice drink. It does have that hint of vitamin flavour that the other neuro drinks had, and they are nice enough that I've plodded through all the significant flavours of the range (not sure I reviewed all of them in the end). This is incredibly refreshing and with the fun bottle would be great to be seen drinking on the beach.



I tried and liked the other revive (lemongrass) a month or so ago, and while out in town picked one of these up for the following day of the hot weekend. I'd originally not realised there were multiple flavours (similar packaging fail) but never one to pass up a special offer I figured that it was worth a look and it's certainly interesting. Its less sweet than expected and has a similar effervescence to the fizzy table (carbonated) water that my mom likes. The orange flavour is nice, and certainly lingers, but isn't anywhere near as fruity as the first drink. Again I think that this is a kind of water + style of drink that is aimed to refresh without being boring.

Given the choice of two Revive or one Neuro (both being on special offer at those prices too) it'd all depend on the thirst factor. Drinking two Lucozade would certainly rehydrate you and set you up for a day of active play, but if I was sitting still all day in the shade the fruity cocktail of the neuro would be perfect.
By NLi10

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Hot Turnip – By Fu Chi (Day In Supermarket, Birmingham) [By @SpectreUK]


The title of this snack amused my childlike brain. I obviously hadn’t had enough fun offering people a taste of Makok. I took my little jar of Hot Turnip home and immediately stated to Cinabar that this was “a right Turnip for the blog (sorry)!” The ingredients included; turnip (it would be a bit odd if it wasn’t, considering the title), soybean sauce, water, chilli, sugar, sesame oil, malic acid, and lactic acid. I proceeded on opening the jar and offering Cinabar a good bite of my Hot Turnip. We were both taken aback by the stench. Blood red in colour and chunky, my Hot Turnip stank like jogger’s feet stuck up a Badger’s backside dipped in hot chilli puke. Unsurprisingly, Cinabar declined on putting my Hot Turnip in her mouth. She also proclaimed that if I ate any of it, she would not kiss me for the rest of the day. I wasn’t sure if I believed her, so I decided to risk it... for blog and country! I must admit, I may have held my breath at first whilst I pushed my Hot Turnip into my mouth. There was a slight turnip taste to start with, then a full on burning chilli heat, which left my mouth ablaze. To be honest with you, whilst eating it, my Hot Turnip didn’t taste all that bad. It was the aftertaste that really got me. It was like turnip mixed with stinky feet รก la Badger’s chilli bum juice. My Hot Turnip did repeat on me until late on in the evening. It took me two brushings of my teeth for Cinabar to even stand in the same room as me. As predicted, Cinabar refused point blank to kiss me for the rest of that day and a little into the next. Honestly, the things I do for you fair blog readers...
By Spectre

Friday, 25 May 2012

M&S Coronation Chicken Crisps (@MarksandSpencer) [By @Cinabar]



If you are brand trying to design a crisp flavour for the Royal Jubilee, you can’t get anything more perfect than Coronation Chicken. Firstly it has a royal history and name, as it was one of the dishes served in 1953 at the actual coronation. Fascinating fact; Elizabeth actually became queen in 1952, but she followed the tradition of allowing at least one year’s mourning before having the celebration of a coronation, so it took place the following year. Anyway, mild curry is also one of the favourite flavours of the British public, so this variety really is win win.
This is a big bag of crisps, and would certainly be perfect for sharing in a bowl for a Royal Jubilee gathering. The crisps are surprisingly crunchy and quite thickly cut. I liked the texture, even though some were a bit sharp, the crunch was quite satisfying and made them feel like quality crisps.
The flavour was nicely balanced too. It recreated both the creamy taste and mild curry flavour of Coronation Chicken perfectly. There was a nice hit of curry powder, without much heat. Cumin seemed to be the dominant taste, giving a full bodied flavour, without being overpowering. The flavour then mellowed and had an almost mayonnaise like creamy finish. The lack of chilli spice means that these are a good crisp for sharing, as they aren’t too strong to put anyone off.
We thoroughly enjoyed the bag, and it would be perfect at a Jubilee street party or indeed just munching in a bowl with friends and watching the celebrations on the TV.
By Cinabar

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Giant Rainbow Pocky [by @NLi10]


A good while back my sister went to an Expo and brought me back one of the most amazing snacks I'd ever seen. I thought it was so special that I'd save it for a video review. It turns out that I'm not very good at getting around to video reviews so it's sat untouched for over 6 months! Giant Rainbow Pocky is an amazing sight. It dwarfs the normal Pocky boxes and even makes the desert ones look miniature.


One thing I didn't expect though was that you only get one of each flavour, and that they are individually wrapped. This means that I can happily take my time munching through the flavours and trying to guess what they are before Googling.


As you can see when opening these they are much thicker than the normal Pocky. The sticks themselves are really thick and while the coatings are not Dessert standard they are ample. The sticks snap really satisfyingly and are more like POCKY than Pocky (they are named after the sound that snapping one makes you see). They are really designed to be eaten one bite at a time as each single mouthful is like a whole regular Pocky.


Starting off with the 'original' Red flavoured one I was pleasantly surprised - it's the Pocky 'Mens' Dark chocolate and not the normal red box chocolate! They must have felt that this would be a better fit for the thicker bread-sticks and I agree. A lovely start to the proceedings and a shame to have to eat all in one sitting. Such is the hardships of a snack-food critic.

Next up we have the 'orange' flavour which is the main reason I got overexcited by the present. I've been after the Tangerine Pocky ever since I discovered that it existed, and as a limited edition I'd not seen it in stores over in the UK. On opening this I was pretty sure that it was what I'd hoped and the bite left me with an unmistakable tingle that could only be the smallest and sweetest of oranges! If this isn't the actual tangerine flavour then it's close enough for me. Pocky Nirvana!!

After having a couple of bites of both to get used to the wonderful flavours I decided to do the most English of things and try Giant Chocolate Orange Pocky by biting both at the same time. This kind of worked, but the sheer amount of bread stick kind of adsorbed the flavour. The darker choc also out-gunned the oranginess which was a shame. I finished them both off solo.

I think I'll save the other 5 for another day as surprisingly for single breadsticks they are quite filling!
By Nli10

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Grass Jelly Drink – (Day in Supermarket, Birmingham) [By @SpectreUK]


This lychee flavoured Grass Jelly Drink was manufactured by Famous House, in Taiwan. Apparently the manufactures wait for the grass to become aged and slightly oxidised (off grass... Eeeew!). They then boil the (off) grass and make it into a jelly, before heating it to make a dessert beverage. The can weighed in at 320g and was full of small cubes of greenish grass jelly and brownish liquid, which was the same colour as Coco Cola. Ingredients included; herb jelly (Mesona Procumbent Hemsl) 20%, Cane sugar, water and natural flavouring. There were 136 calories, with 31g of sugar, and 0g of fat in the drink. On opening the can there was a strong smell of lychee, but the brownish liquid tasted a bit like cough syrup and so did the small cubes of jelly. Grass Jelly is supposed to be refreshing, but it wasn’t to my taste at all and didn’t leave me feeling refreshed, rather feeling desperate to get rid of the taste out of my mouth. I wouldn’t buy this again, as it tasted to me like cough medicine and didn’t seem to have any nutritional value!
By Spectre

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Mentos Cinnamon (USA) [By @Cinabar]


I recently found this tube of Mentos at the back of the Foodstuff Finds cupboard. I have to confess to not knowing where they came from, but suspect someone sent me them as a gift knowing my feelings on the spice. So thank you and apologises for not remembering the source.
I like cinnamon; in fact I like it far more than the average person. I lap up all the Christmas flavoured goodies when they are in season as everyone knows ‘Christmas flavoured’ is code for cinnamon. It’s a warming spice and sadly seems to disappear the minute sunshine appears, (well when the more summery months start at least).
I was keen then to try these Cinnamon Mentos from America, as we don’t really get any of the warming spice in sweet form over here. They look just like regular Mentos, but have a slightly reddish shell. I bit in, and the texture was identical to other Mentos but the heat from the cinnamon became immediately apparent. The texture starts as a hard sweet, but very quickly becomes chewy, without ever becoming sticky, but the flavour is quite something. They aren’t hot like joke sweets, but they are far more intense than I had expected. They even tickle the back of the throat in slightly bizarre way.
One of the things I love about cinnamon is the warmth of the seasoning, I mean like hot cross buns, Danish pastries etc. I love cinnamon pretzels and they are absolutely caped in brown sugar and cinnamon but still don’t taste like this. They taste spicy, fragranced and sweet. These Mentos were more akin to a sharp but hot taste. It wasn’t horrid, just different, and not like I was expecting, if anything a bit bitter and a bit too hot. I guess they were like a mild version of Cinnamon Fireball Jawbreakers, they certainly were cinnamony, but somehow managed to miss the mark for me. I guess I’m just going to have to pour myself another bowl of Curiously Cinnamon Cereal to fend off my cinnamon craving.
By Cinabar


Monday, 21 May 2012

Fairfields Farm Crisps: Butter & Mint [By @cinabar]


We may not be the most adventurous country when it comes to new chocolate bars (another caramel choccy bar anyone?) but when it comes to crisps we are totally blessed. This year alone there has been the release of some amazing flavours from Pesto through to Asparagus!
After the disappointment that was Seabrook’s Jacket Potato and Butter crisps, I was really keen to try Fairfields effort at a similar flavour. I used to have M&S Butter flavour crisps all the time, they were one of the nicest varieties ever, but I must have been in a minority for thinking that as they were discontinued some years back.
These Fairields crisps have both butter and mint in the ingredients which is a fresh new flavour, and hopefully recreates the taste of new potatoes. I opened the pack and was impressed by the fresh natural smell of garden mint filling my senses. The crisps were fairly thickly cut, making them substantial but not sharp. The flavour worked perfectly. It was fresh, fragrant and different. The taste of garden mint was spot on, but then Fairfields use mint sourced from a local farm to ensure it has that natural taste. After the mint the flavour mellows and there is a lovely rich touch of creamy butter that hangs on the tastes buds. The herbs help to even out the rich butter giving them an edge and making sure the taste remains clean.
These crisps remind me of new potatoes at the start of the season, dripping in butter and mint. They are fresh tasting natural crisps, in a fab new flavour. If you were let down by Seabrook’s buttery offering, I’d suggest hunting these down because I can assure you these won’t disappoint.
By Cinabar

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Dessert Pocky - Mont Blanc Chocolate [By @NLi10]


I have a rather large 'bag for life' size paper bag full of snacks. It sits there in the spare room, taunting me that I'll never manage to eat it all in time. As most of it is chocolate based it is right. I'm not that fussed about chocolate. I must have 5kg of the stuff in various forms. Sometimes I go in the bag and find things that are close enough to chocolate that I've forgotten about them. Case in point is this Mont Blanc Chocolate Dessert Pocky.

I'm not sure who got me this, or when it was, but I felt I'd done too many recent Pocky reviews so squirrelled it for another day. That day is today! I'm pretty sure Pocky isn't the traditional Sunday Lunch but when reviews need to be written this is what occurs.

I've not really heard of Mont Blanc Chocolate - presuming it to be some kind of posh version and that this would be a milk and white mix. This is incorrect - the flavour is a light coffee one. This confused me somewhat, but as I do like I nice cup of coffee (usually Decaf these days) it was a pleasant shock. I'd say that this is pretty close to the columbian blends I favour too, it's a smooth flavour and only has a merest hint of the bitter aftertaste of most coffee flavoured things. The taste does really linger - which worried me for the upcoming Thursday review that I'd taint my palate for that most special of Pocky which I've rediscovered in the snack bag.

There are another 9 sticks of this left, and I'll probably take it in to work with me as is the fate for most post review snacks that I didn't finish. This one however will stay in my drawer and get eaten on afternoons where a little luxurious kick is needed to make it to 5pm and beyond.
By NLi10

Purina One - Three Week 'Challenge' - Part 2!


Ok - just a short note and some pics this week. Essentially I started them all on the new food and recorded their weights.

Presuming that Mabel was heaviest we tried her out first and she came in at 11lb. I have no idea if this is heavy for a cat, but as it was in the middle feeding category I'm thinking it's not too bad. Duchess was 7lb which seems a lot considering they are similar in size of frame. Ollie was 10lb and is a bigger more athletic cat so about right.

They all seem disappointed at feeding time that they are no longer getting Felix pouches and mount a mini protest for a few minutes just to check that they aren't getting pouches too. They know where the pouches are kept and will often wander there after being fed to point out that we have them in stock and that I should probably pull my finger out and serve them.

As Duchess's biscuits didn't seem to be going down I did let her have one pouch midweek, but I think this may have been finished off by another of the cats rather stealthily after she had the first half.

As Cinabar liked the cat pictures from last week I shall finish with a few of those, as behaviour and 'leavings' are similar to normal feeding at the moment. Must do their online survey today too!
Ollie drinks out of the tap



The cats only tolerate each other when there are sunbeams involved.

Or a cosy bed...

By NLi10

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Baked Bombay Bites (Asda) [By @SpectreUK]


These Baked Bombay Bites were produced by Humdinger, in Hull, for the Sharwoods brand. They were clusters of spicy noodles, pulses, dried fruits and nuts. The suggested 25g portions from the 110g bag might see one portion come up a bit short, with each portion having 119 calories, and 5.8g fat. I guess there is such a high fat content because of the amount of nuts in the clusters and that they were cooked in vegetable oil. Containing only natural flavourings, with no artificial colours and preservatives, the cluster’s ingredients included; gram flour noodles, chicory fibre, peanuts, lentils, green split peas, raisins, cashew nuts, coconut, fennel, coriander, paprika, chilli, cumin, ginger, mustard, cardamom, pimento, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, rice flour, corn flour, onion, yeast extract, garlic, malt vinegar, guargum, and citric acid. Quite a daunting list of ingredients there, and with allergy advice on the back of the bag stating that the Bombay Bites contained peanuts, nuts, mustard, and that they were produced in a factory where sesame seeds were handled, I figured that if there was ever a time to find out that I was allergic to something, this would be it!
On opening the bag and pouring the clusters into a bowl, I noticed that several of the clusters had fallen apart into smaller bits in the bottom of the bag. The hardened baked clusters were not the most appetizing looking treats. They had a lovely curry spice to them, with a crunchy texture and they made my mouth water whilst eating them. Sharing them out with Cinabar during Sunday lunchtime, we ignored the suggested portion size; but I had the lion’s share, of course. We found these Baked Bombay Bites to be spicy, crunchy, very tasty and fun to eat and share. They are a perfect sharing snack in a bowl for something a bit more unusual in a party buffet, or before an Indian meal, whilst you wait for the first course.
By Spectre

Friday, 18 May 2012

Prestat – Diamond Jubilee Chocolate Bar (Selfridges) [By @Cinabar]


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Prestat chocolates are one of the chocolatiers who are perfect to create a Jubilee bar. I suspect that many companies will give it a go, but Prestat actually hold a royal warrant, so already have regal connections.
Their Jubilee bar consists of milk chocolate mixed with roasted almonds and sea salt. I do like the combination of chocolate and nuts so was keen to give it a try. Inside the bar were six large pieces of chocolate, all smartly embossed with the brand name, a spiral design and a reminder that the company started way back in 1902!
The milk chocolate is silky smooth in texture and melted very easily on the tongue. It is a soft milk chocolate, and managed to combine a lovely creamy backdrop with a good strong cocoa taste. I loved the rich cocoa tones, the essence of the bar was quite a punchy cocoa, mellowed by plenty of dairy tones. The salt was also a neat addition to the chocolate. The strength of it varied with every bite, from a nice background hint to really quite strong. This made it a playful bar, and the dynamic taste made it really quite moreish. With the chocolate and the salt there was quite a bit going on with the flavour already. This sadly overpowered the almonds a little. Having said that their taste was still present, just very much in the sideline, but their texture did give the bar a satisfying crunch. This may not be the ideal bar for someone looking for a chocolate and nut fix, but what it does deliver is a really lively mix of salt and cocoa, and is one of the first salt and chocolate bars that I would actively seek out and buy again.
By Cinabar

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Weetabix Crispy Minis - Caramel & Nut [By @NLi10]



Previously on Foodstufffinds we looked at the Strawberry version of these and enjoyed them.

This morning I cracked open the dreaded caramel variety to see how they fared. Mornings are not something that I associate with caramel, yet I keep buying these sorts of things as they tend to be OK once you get used to the idea. Crunchy Nut cornflakes work, so I tend to hope they are closer to that than normal caramel.

Oddly the caramel flavour of these has a hint of strong honey to them, with a touch of burnt caramel overlaid. The nuttiness is pretty good, and like the original chocolate variety nails the texture problems that the Strawberry version has. I think having an outside crunch, a soft inside from the milk and then the small crunchy nuts is great. The flavour from finding the nuts is noticeable but not overpowering so for me it worked.

With these kind of things I tend to have my fill of the caramel by the end of the bowl but as the milk was adsorbed instead of contaminated by the cereal this didn't happen and a medium sized bowl was thoroughly enjoyed. I still get off-put by the strong flavours you get on caramel cereals when opening the sealed package, but overall this isn't a bad little proposition and one I'd probably keep for weekends.
By NLi10

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Hot Tomato Ketchup – Sea Isle (Tesco) [By @SpectreUK]



I’ve been hunting high and low for a replacement for Grace’s Hot Tomato Ketchup, as I seem to have located a bottle previously by complete fluke. If you have read the blog, you’ll know that I could not recall where I bought the sauce. I was so taken by Grace’s Hot Tomato Ketchup that Cinabar contacted the manufacturer to find out where it is sold in this country. “No where!” Graces proclaimed, as it is apparently not sold in the United Kingdom. I beg to differ, as I bought a bottle from somewhere, I just can’t remember where!

Anyway, as I was walking around the local supermarket I found this bottle of Hot Tomato Ketchup by Sea Isle. I thought I’d give it a try, as Grace’s Hot Tomato Ketchup obviously isn’t sold in this country (it is really… I just can’t remember where and the manufacturer hasn’t a clue either). The label on the Sea Isle 490g plastic bottle proudly stated; “Quality Caribbean food since 1965”, that said and with nearly fifty years experience, Sea Isle must know what they’re doing, mustn’t they? On the back of the bottle I noticed that this sauce is produced in Wednesbury, near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Not very Caribbean there, as I don’t live too far away, but at least this sauce should be sold in this country! The ingredients included; tomato, chilli, onion, salt, cane vinegar, garlic, and paprika. I tried this sauce on a few obligatory chip butties, and then dunked the remainder of my chips. On tasting I first noticed its saltiness, followed by a hot chilli burn on the tongue, with tomato somewhere in the background. This sauce was definitely more salty, giving an uncomfortable burn on the tongue, rather than concentrating on the tomato flavour. Grace’s was the opposite, having a warm chilli heat in the mouth, but with a full tomato flavour. I would say this Hot Tomato Ketchup is good enough for a replacement of Grace’s for now. Although I’ll keep searching for that perfect hot tomato ketchup I now seem obsessed to find, especially if Grace’s Hot Tomato Ketchup absolutely positively isn’t available in this country. It is really… honest! I just can’t remember where…
By Spectre

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Thornton’s Banana And Custard Bar (@ThorntonsChocs) [By @Cinabar]



What better dessert is there than the simple but tasty combination of banana and custard. It is a childhood favourite of mine, and is such a comforting treat. As part of Thornton’s new Best Of British range they have recreated this traditional dessert in bar form. It has a white chocolate base, plenty of vanilla and dried banana pieces too.
The white chocolate is pleasantly speckled with black vanilla seed, which looks appetising, but is also a good reminder that Thornton’s use natural vanilla in its bars. I broke a piece of the chocolate off and it came away quite easily. It is a soft bar, but still remains fairly firm for a white chocolate.
There is loads of vanilla in the taste, and it is really pleasantly creamy too. This goes a long way to help recreate the soothing taste of thick custard, and the melt of the chocolate coats the tongue rather pleasingly. The banana is a little mild for my tastes, but this is because the bar uses dried banana and not some artificial milkshake flavouring. It’s more subtle, but still present and sweet and does give a nice fruity hint. The dried banana within the chocolate is actually quite crunchy too, and there seems to be a fair amount distributed within the bar.
Amazingly I found the bar wasn’t sickly at all even after I ate half a bar in one sitting! I only stopped as this was enough to get past my sugar craving, and seemed the perfect portion.
It’s a very indulgent creamy chocolate though, and its one you have to be in the mood for. I love the idea behind the flavour, and the natural ingredients help balance the taste and keep the taste at the right level.
It’s a bar I will certainly buy again, perfect for when I am in the mood for a bar of white chocolate and a sweet treat. As Spectre isn’t a fan of bananas it also has the bonus that there is less to share out! ;-)
By Cinabar

Monday, 14 May 2012

Ever So Posh Parmesan, Asparagus and Truffle Hand Cooked Crisps (@MarksAndSpencer) [By @Cinabar]


I have tried a lot of different flavours of crisps, and I mean a lot. Writing this blog for the last few years has meant that I actively seek out anything different or new, and thought I had tried most things. It was such a nice surprise then to find a flavour so different and interesting in M&S that I’ve never seen before.
The packaging quite happily admits to these being a bit ‘posh’ and to be honest it is just about the grandest flavour of crisps I have ever heard of. Ladies and gentlemen may I present to you Marks & Spencer’s Parmesan, Asparagus and Truffle Crisps. Wow.
I am loving the creativity from Marks and Spencer, and couldn’t wait to see if they tasted as good as they looked. I opened up the packet and the crisps looked like a regular cut, i.e. they weren’t too thin or thick. The crisps were very crunchy though so I suspect had been cooked a little bit longer than some other makes. The flavour was outstanding. It is a complex taste, and each crisp varied in the strength of the ingredients, but all tasted fantastic. The asparagus had a distinct flavour, and the slightly bitter vegetable taste shone through, and was complemented perfectly by the strong tones of parmesan. The cheese had a good mature woody taste, and was a lot more distinct than the usual cheese seasoning on crisps. It had strength with a nice hint of creaminess to finish. The truffle oil added a magical hint of mushroom to the flavour that gave it depth and added to the rich vegetable tastes. There was a smidgen of garlic too that just set all the flavours off. I loved these crisp.
They are clever, posh and beautifully executed. I have never tasted anything like them before and can’t praise them enough. They may not be for every day munching at lunch time, but if you have a need for some crisps that are more than a bit special, you need to pick these up. The flavour is just in a different league!
By Cinabar

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Purina One - Three Week 'Challenge' [By @NLi10]


Sometimes we get sent food to review in the post. When this is from the Honey Monster it's all good. When it's cat food it's a little odd. Purina set up some scheme for 'insiders' to get free cat food on the condition that they answer four online surveys. We have three cats so this seemed like a very good thing, and also due to the set up a way to test some of the science claims that they use and get a review out of it.

This is Part 1 of 4 as it's a three week trial. The rest will probably be posted as mini things alongside real human food reviews. The Google analytical stats suggest that humans spend more time looking at cats on the internet than cats do looking at humans so this really is only for a minority audience...


Deedle cat is shown here with the food in question (it sings and dances and annoys). We got two of these large bags - so 1,600 g of food. The recommended amount to feed is 65g (ish) per cat per day. For three weeks that makes 1365g needed which is fine, but on the survey we said we have three cats which needs 4,095g of food. The survey stuff says to ramp up to the new food over 7 to 10 days as cats sometimes need a gradual change, if we did this that would add another 1,365g. We decided to start from day 1 with the new food in the recommended amounts and see how far we got - they might not even eat the stuff yet!

Also we noted that all our cats are considered senior. They are all rehomed (pre-loved) cats and were originally living with other people. We got sent the adult cat food which their own literature says isn't ideal. I think that during week 2 I might try to get the senior version to see us through to the end. Trying to feed one cat different food to the others in the interest of science is unlikely to work.

Introducing the participants!


This is Duchess. She sometimes gets fed on the windowsill for reasons that will become obvious later. She is about 7 and is a Burmese pedigree and used to be a registered breeding cat. Her loving owners wanted her to go somewhere where she would be treated with care and respect once she was too old to breed from so we adopted her. She prefers dry food, but has got really into the little luxury foil tins that they do with other pedigree cats on the top. In her retirement she likes tummy rubs and attacking my hands. She likes it when I play on the Xbox as it's the only time I stay in one place long enough to give decent lap time.

The Purina One is in the bowl and looks similar to other dry foods like Iams that we currently buy.



This is Mabel. She's the largest of all the cats and is fond of three things, her food, your food, and anything that rustles that may be food. She likes to sleep in the spare room all day. She's not actually as fat as this picture suggests as she is very fluffy. We are starting to try to restrict the amount of the other two cats' food she eats which is why there are biscuits on the windowsill for Duchess. When I pluck up the courage I will log her as a pet on WiiFit Plus and see how her weight changes over the three weeks. Mabel is a big fan of the wet food, but I suspect that she's been eating more of the Iams biscuits than we previously thought.

Mabel & Ollie used to live with friends of ours until they got two children and had to move to a bigger place that didn't accommodate pets. They are settling in well although the three of them don't really get on.


This is Ollie. He's an outdoors cat and the reason there are dirty paw prints down the side of my 6 foot 6 big fridge. If it can be climbed then Ollie will try it. He's pretty slim but does wolf down the food. He prefers the dry food and would spend all day outside and all night on the spare bed if he had his way.


Popping the food out on Day One resulted in them eating the portions down easily. Ollie and Mabel had little left after this, but Duchess still has about half a bowl. She doesn't tend to eat it all in one go so can miss out if the food is not protected. I think they all enjoyed the novelty of the new food. I left the Iams out too as it wasn't empty and it hasn't gone down that fast so will still be there tomorrow.

I will keep a log of what they get up to and do a brief update next weekend.
By NLi10

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Jasmine Tea (Day In Supermarket, Birmingham) [By @SpectreUK]


This Jasmine Tea is from the Sea Dyke Brand, and is blended by the Xiamen Tea Import and Export Company Limited. Xiamen is a major city on the southeast coast of China, and has a population of around 3.5 million people. I found this tea in the Day in Supermarket, situated in the Birmingham Arcadian. I generally buy a few boxes when I visit the supermarket, as there are 20 teabags in a box for 85 pence. I have two tins for teabags in my draw at work; one is earmarked for milk teas, such as English Breakfast or Assam, and the other tin for green tea. I like to have a cup of green tea after lunch every day at work, as it helps me to digest my lunch and settle my stomach to be ready for a busy afternoon. These jasmine teabags are stringed and come in little individual paper packets. I prefer to leave the teabag brewing in my mug for a good long soak as I like my tea to taste as strong as possible. There is a lucid inviting jasmine smell that massages the senses, calming me outside as well as inside as I drink it. There is no unpleasant bite at the of each mouthful like some green teas. This jasmine tea is a smooth, floral, and most satisfying brew, leaving a powerful yet pleasing jasmine aftertaste. There is also a Green Tea available from the Sea Dyke Brand, of which I have enjoyed in the past and am sure will come across again in the future.
By Spectre

Friday, 11 May 2012

Ella’s Kitchen – The Red One (Selfridges) [By @Cinabar]


I have to say when Spectre bought this back from the shops for me to try my first thought was “isn’t it baby food”? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen bottles at least similar to this in the baby isle in the supermarket. Thankfully I had a read of the packet and it seems to be designed for lunch boxes, and therefore bigger kids. As a self confessed big kid, this drink suddenly seemed appropriate again.
I have to admit that I struggled to remove the lid (do you twist, push or pull), but maybe my hands were greasy or something. I had to ask an adult for help, well strictly speaking the only person nearby was Spectre, but he did manage to get it open! I then squeezed some of the smoothie into my mouth. It was quite a thick liquid, but the texture was pleasantly soft. You do have to slurp it rather than sip it, but I guess that adds to the fun factor for the younger audience. The flavour was nice and sweet, and was predominantly strawberry, the next major taste that shone through was banana. I quite like bananas, but I know there are a lot people who will be disappointed at such a strong banana flavour in a smoothie called ‘The Red One’. Bananas it seems really are the Marmite of the fruit world. According to the ingredients there was also apple and raspberries in the mix, but they were over shadowed by the other two stronger fruit flavours.
I enjoyed the drink, and felt that it would be a good addition to a lunch box. The packaging is bright and fun, the taste is sweet and fruity, and somewhere cleverly disguised in all of that is one of your five a day. So all in all a nice product, just be aware of the added banana if you aren’t a fan of the yellow fruit hidden in the red smoothies.
By Cinabar

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Fox's Jam & Cream - Orange Jam & Chocolate Biscuits [by @NLi10]


Way back in February I reviewed the Cherry & Chocolate version of these and this appears to be a new addition to the range.  I remarked at the time that this was rife for jam tweaks to widen the range and low and behold we have the more traditional orange and chocolate variety today.  I'm not sure why Terry decided to fuse oranges with chocolate but it does work and so seems more natural.

I didn't try many of these, but the flavours were nice but a little understated.  I think that while the cherry Jam overpowered the chocolate these were left lacking and suffered from a weaker strength jam (you can't win, can you Fox's)!  I wouldn't mind giving these another go, the downside of eating things at work is that you have to share them (especially when they are other people’s biscuits) and you can't give them the thorough tasting that they deserve.

I do think it's the choc biscuit that I don't quite get on with in these, being a fan of the vanilla versions I can't help but pine for them when tasting.  I'll have to grab a few different ones from the ranges together and do a few comparisons in the name of biscuity science.
By NLi10

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Canadian Ham flavoured Seabrook crisps (Sainsbury’s) [By @SpectreUK]


Seabrook Crisps are produced in Yorkshire, and the company was established in 1945. Seabrook Crisps produces flavours such as Beefy, Pickled Onion, Worcester Sauce, Smokey Bacon, Cheese and Onion, Wasabi and Mustard. These Canadian Ham flavoured crisps were packaged in a 30g bag of crisps, which equates to 159 calories. The crinkle cut crisps were cooked in sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is high in vitamin E and low in saturated fat, which produces less body fat and is generally better for you. The back of the crisps packet stated that these crisps were made with 90% less salt, and with just a smattering of sea salt. Other ingredients included “smoke flavourings”, so I was interested to discover how this Canadian Ham flavour would differ from regular Smokey Bacon flavour.
Another question was also bugging me; why Canadian Ham? Why is their ham different to any other country’s ham? I ate some Canadian salmon on Boxing Day that my parents had received from some friends in Canada. It came in a smart wooden box with a colourful fish design on the top. I thought the Salmon tasted quite dry, but I kept the box to put my bits and bobs in it. Not that this has anything to do with Canadian Ham or any other food from Canada, but I’m not sure I would recommend Seabrook producing Moose flavoured crisps either.
On opening the crisp bag there was a mild smoked ham smell. There was an initial, but not overpowering smokiness to the crisps followed by a mild salted ham taste, and an oily sweetness in the aftertaste. The mildness of these crisps sparred with my ham and mustard sandwiches and the tomato I had cut up in my pack lunch. I have to say I enjoyed these crisps, but their mild flavour lost the taste battle against the sandwiches. Maybe Ham and Pickle flavour or Ham and Mustard flavour could have been more preferable? I reckon Gammon and Pineapple crisp flavour could literally blow my mind! I do like my crisps with a bit of umph, especially at lunch time at work in an attempt to keep me awake for the afternoon. I’d enjoy these crisps again, but if pushed would go for Smokey Bacon flavour every time.
By Spectre

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Burts Pesto Potato Chips [Crisps] (@BurtsChips @Waitrose) [By @Cinabar]


I first heard about these crisps at the end of last year. I know they were labelled as a seasonal edition back then, and I couldn’t help thinking as a flavour pesto sounded more like a summer variety than a winter one. Having said I have kept an eye out for these crisps since then, and this is the first time I’ve actually seen them. The sell by on the bag is dated August 2012, so they have clearly been freshly made and aren’t old stock. Perhaps the news story about them coming out was just very early? Anyway the bright green bag stood out nicely on the shelf in Waitrose and I dutifully popped some in my trolley.
Once home I opened up the bag, and it released a wonderful Italian herb smell. The aroma was very appealing, and the crisps were speckled with green herbs so looked very appetising too.
As with all Burts Chips, the crisps are fairly thickly cut, and each of a decent size. The crunch was good and strong, but not too sharp and snappy. The flavour was something quite special. The combination of tastes of garlic, cheese and basil just worked wonderfully as a crisp flavour. Seriously why haven’t these been done before? The fresh herby taste of basil practically makes these taste like summer in a bag. It recreated pesto perfectly, and managed to cover all the depths of the flavour. They had such wonderful Italian tastes, I was actually surprised to find these had been fried in sunflower oil, because I was sure there was some olive oil in there somewhere too.
It’s such a refreshing taste, that just works really well as a crisp flavour. If you see these I totally recommend picking up a bag and giving them a go, as they really can challenge the likes of cheese and onion. Moreish, summery and heaven.
By Cinabar

Monday, 7 May 2012

Weetabix Crispy Minis – Strawberry [by @NLi10]



Having learnt from the Master herself (Cinabar) I now automatically tune in to The New when in a supermarket. Having enjoyed the chocolate variety of these (before the slight repositioning that emphasises the important crunch and not just the size) I was more than happy to grab a box of both new varieties.

Today sees the opening of the Strawberry variety (quite literally as Weetabix is for lazy Bank Holiday mornings not rushing off to work) and the nomming thereof.

I think this is one of those odd times where the packaging and the food work together - you see I probably would have said that these were cranberry if I hadn't already known what flavour they were! I do like Strawberries but when you make them into little chewy lumps they don't really come out of it well. Freeze dried Strawberry is preferred to this in general I think.

That said the flavour isn't bad, just indistinct. The sweetness within the crunchy goo is certainly nice and like the chocolate it's a way of automatically adding a little pizzazz to one of the mocked cereal groups. Heck - it's probably still quite healthy for you compared to the more sugar saturated cereals too!

I think I'd rank these below the chocolate variety, but really not by much. I'll probably move these to the night time cereal section of the cupboard and maybe try them with warm milk.
By Nli10

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Victory Tea (@VictoryTea) [By @Cinabar]




As I have probably mentioned a few times here at Foodstuff Finds, I’ve developed into a bit of a tea drinker. I still love my coffee, but can now alternate between the two quite easily, although I drink predominantly coffee at work and tea at home.
Victory Tea got in touch with me and asked me if I wanted to try their new tea, I couldn’t resist saying yes and they kindly sent me this sample. I’m not sure what the packaging looks like on their regular product but the box they sent me looked very smart when it arrived. Both the inside and out were ornately decorate and printed with some background to the tea. I have to say the box was very trendy.
The tea bags were foil wrapped to stay fresh, and inside that looked quite ordinary. I popped a tea bag in my super big Disney mug and brewed the tea. I was impressed to find that the colour was a good strong deep red, and that it was the right size for my mug, which had full strength tea once brewed. My huge mug is actually the equivalent to two and half of the other mugs in our cupboard... did I mention I like my tea?
The flavour had a good traditional taste, and a lovely fresh finish. It has the flavour of a strong English Breakfast, with a bit of an edge. I’m not sure on the exact blend but thought I could pick up on some Assam leaves in the mix. It made a lovely cup of tea, and I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it. It is a very English flavour, but then it is from a very English brand. This tea is only available directly from the supply at the minute, via their online website. This does mean that the tea bags are remarkably good value for money, and with their very British design would be another perfect product to serve up during the Jubilee.
By Cinabar

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Starburst – Strawberry Flavour Milk [By SpectreUK]



This Starburst Strawberry Flavour Milk was manufactured by Mars, in Dublin. It marketed itself as “school friendly”, which meant it met government regulations for schools in England and Wales as it had at least 90% milk and no more than 5% added sugar. The suggested 200ml portion had 144 calories, with 21g of sugar, and 3.2g of fat. The only problem was that this Strawberry Milk was packaged in a 350ml bottle, which was one and three quarter portions! Besides, as a grown man (well sort of... more outwards than mentally) I figured a portion for me (and my big gut) would have been more like 500ml; fortunately I had two bottles in the fridge. Not bothering to measure out one (Spectre sized) portion I decided to greedily drink both bottles! The milk was mainly UHT, which was Ultra Heat Treated to kill germs for a longer life. The pinkish liquid was not thick or gloopy like some flavoured milks. It tasted just like a chilled strawberry ice cream, not too sweet or sickly, and very refreshing. My greedy tummy was very glad of the two bottles. I’d like to see larger bottles of this so I can really pig out... er... in a healthy way! The slogan on the bottle stated; “Chill well, shake well...” and I’d certainly like to add “drink well”. ;-)
By Spectre

Friday, 4 May 2012

Primula – Burger Cheese [By @Cinabar]



I have good memories of having Primula cream cheese as a kid. My favourite was always the cheese and chive, and I used to claim the whole tube by squeezing the stuff straight into my mouth as a small child. Obviously this was frowned upon by my mum, but that never quite seemed to stop me!
So Primula is a brand that predominantly makes cream cheese in tubes. As far as ‘squeezy cheese’ goes in the UK, Primula cream cheese is probably about it, and it generally bares no correlation to what the Americans think of as squeezy cheese... that is until now. As a slight diversion from their usual cream cheeses they have launched a Limited Edition Burger Cheese, in a tube.
It may feel like a bit of strange concept for the British market, but it is only one step away from popping a slice of processed cheese on a burger in a bun, which is a more regular occurrence.
I opened up the cheese and was pleased to see that it still had its star shaped nozzle, which means that any cheese squeezed from the tube has pretty patterns along the edges. We were having burgers so I traced a circle of cheese on each one.


As the burger warmed it up, the cheese started to melt a little and turned it more into a splodge shape. This effect would be far more impressive if used on a barbecue, but as the weather doesn’t want to play ball ours were grilled, and I only added the cheese after they were cooked.
The flavour was lovely though. It had loads of rich cheddary tones, and a nice warmth from some chilli too. I’m not going to lie it did have that processed cheese flavour, but frankly I’d have been disappointed if it didn’t. After all that is what it was promising to do on the tube! I liked the novelty of squeezy burger cheese, but it was the playful spice that made this product for me. It gave the burgers a lovely edge, without being too hot. I felt it added a nice gourmet touch! ;-)
If the rain ever lets up, this will be a fab product to have during barbeque season, and I quite fancy trying it on hot dogs too! I have no idea why it has been so long since I last bought Primula cheese, and now have every intention of buying some more of the cream cheeses in tubes too. I suspect there have been some new additions to the range since I last bought any, so I'll report back if I find an interesting new flavours.
By Cinabar

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Mr. Kipling Puddings, Raspberry & Lemon [by @NLi10]



An absolute age ago I spotted a few new 'steam' puddings in my local paper-shop and decided to give them a whirl. They sat in the fridge for ages, hot puddings that look a little stodgy are not what most days call for.


After dinner one day I thought I'd give them a shot so put them in the microwave for the very specific 50 seconds each and then revealed them onto the plate.




Smaller than I'd expected and with a lovely aroma these were not the school puddings I feared. They are very soft and moist and the sauce actually tasted of what it was supposed to! This was a shock as I'd feared that they may not be of amazing quality at 90p each. While not up to the M&S Xmas range standards these are things that could be eaten at a party without too much shame. I'm looking forwards to eating the remaining ones now and shan't wait so long to do that.

The individual portions, long shelf life and interesting flavours mean that you can shove these in the pantry and add a little pudding to any meal quite easily.
By Nli10

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Golden Wonder HP Sauce Flavour Crisps (Waitrose) [By @SpectreUK]


I found these new HP Sauce Flavour crisps in the local supermarket. There must be a run on HP Sauce at the moment, as I recently reviewed Heinz HP Sauce flavour Big Soup. I decided to have these crisps with my Sunday lunchtime sandwich. The 25g bag had 130 calories in it, with 7.7g fat, and 1g sugar. The ingredients included; potatoes, sunflower oil, and HP Sauce seasoning, which was made from; barley malt vinegar, wheat flour, caramelised sugar, clove, ginger, white pepper, tomato, lemon and paprika, amongst other things. I noticed there were no molasses listed in the ingredients, which is a flavour that stands out in HP Sauce. On opening the bag the crisps had a good HP Sauce aroma. Flavours that stood out on tasting were the barley malt vinegar and tomato, with a mild hit of paprika mixed with ginger and garlic. I must admit I did miss the molasses from the overall flavour of these crisps, but having said that, they tasted great and left a pleasant mild HP Sauce aftertaste in my mouth. I would definitely have these again, and would like to see big sharing bags of these crisps, so I can fill a big bowl and munch them through a good long movie.
By Spectre

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Walkers Baked Stars (Crisps): Mild Sweet Chilli (Asda) [By @Cinabar]



Healthy crisps seem to be popular at the minute, perhaps it’s the hope that summer will be with us shortly and just maybe that will mean the weather will be warm enough for skimpier clothes. This new range from Walkers looks like it is aimed at the younger market though, but still states that it is 70% less fat. Each crisp is a smart star shape, with a sprinkling of red seasoning and the packaging is rather child friendly, clearly not wanting to put off the younger audience by looking too healthy!
I was a little bit worried that the reference to the spice being mild in the description might have meant that it was going to be a bit of plain taste. Children’s products have a way of dumbing down flavours so as not to offend delicate taste buds. I was pleased to discover that the flavour was quite full on, even if the heat was lacking. There was a lovely sweet tomato taste, a nice hit of warm paprika and the mildest hint of chilli. The taste works very well, they are quite moreish, and the sweet flavour mixed with the gentle bit of heat just works perfectly. They almost have a hint of barbeque about them, they are just lacking a smoky edge.
The texture was impressive too. These are baked crisps, so as you can expect are a little dryer than regular crisps, but they aren’t too bad at all. They are good and crunchy, and felt quite satisfying to munch on. As healthy treats go, it has to be said these are very tasty and the bag filled me up nicely. It’s definitely a crisp I’ll be buying again as they make a good lower fat lunch time extra with a sandwich.
By Cinabar