18 January 2018

Hospital Food - Real Wrap Co. Food Pots @NLi10

Lunchtime at the hospital has been increasingly less appealing.  First they closed the canteen so we no longer had a source of fresh wraps and a reason to bump into colleagues from other departments. Then the range of food we could get seemed to dwindle - in part due to a healthy eating policy that favoured beige sandwiches and chips as the only reliable options.  All sugary drinks were hidden, and all crisps were baked.  Naturally you could still get super calorific branded coffees and chocolate bars... We joked this did improve our health and fitness as anyone with time walked to the nearest Tesco and stocked up on the good crisps and drinks.

But - this week it all changed.  I joked with the guy in the main corridor shop about the newly expanded range still just being sandwiches (flour is one of the most obesogenic foods humans have invented - mainly because we spread stuff on it).  He smiled and pointed to the bottom shelf - which was filled with wonders and delights that would have had even Willy Wonka doing cartwheels.

Actual. Nutrients.

We've always had little fruit salads that are a little overpriced - but that's how convenience food works - they sell the real stuff for much cheaper.  We've never had seeds.  We've never had vegetable based salad pots.

Anyone who works within range of a Marks & Spencer's is probably laughing about now - they can pay £4 for two pots that outclass this in everyway (mixed grains!!) and we pay £2.20 each for the above but it's such an amazing shift that I'm still giddy with excitement.

And yes - the fruit isn't that high on the Nutrient Density Index, but it's a start.  They are slightly over-packaged too but if you wash and recycle that issue goes away.  The spinach and egg combo was great and the seeds were not dry and most importantly not contaminated with some salty flavour dust. 

The next day I went for a more 'bad' option from the same range - Southern Fried Chicken with a glass of contraband full fat Dr. Pepper. 

These were chunkier and more filling than I'd expected - and the BBQ sauce was good too.  This was 40p more and totally worth the upgrade.  Not one for the weight loss crowd, but combined with one of the healthier pots (in my case the fruit salad again) I can imagine that this ticks enough boxes to be balanced.  

My only worry about the range is that once I've progressed through everything that I'll either upgrade to having three pots (£6.60 a day adds up fast) or supplement with some of the wraps and sandwiches on offer (moderation is key).  By Tesco Club-Card points may never increase again.

The new range is one that totally took cynical old me by surprise, and that the Trust should be commended for.  Now we have choice again, the most important thing for any Public Health strategy to achieve meaningful long term behaviour change.  I'll keep an eye on how this range develops as seasons change, and see how it sells by chatting to the catering staff.

17 January 2018

Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Red Apple (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

Sticking with my healthy start to the year these Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Red Apple are an intriguing alternative snack. I've seen vegetable crisps before and some fruit crisps, but I can't recall seeing red apple crisps. It says "Crunchy Red Apple" on the front, but on shaking the bag it sounded a little bit like shaking a bag of loose Lego. However on opening there was a sweet smell of red apple and a little palm oil. The small slices of baked apple crisps were not oily to the touch though and were sweet and not overly crunchy. In fact after a couple of crunches they melted in my mouth. If ever there was a sweet pudding crisp this is it. They feel healthy when eating them because they taste of sweet red apple. They're like a crunchy baked apple pudding, without the custard, well unless you want to try them in a bowl with custard all over them… I don't know, it sounds weird, but it could probably work. Or maybe ice cream if you're feeling wicked or cold plain yoghurt if you're not. The fact is even though they seem quite high on sugar content and calories, these Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Red Apple certainly feel like the most healthy crisps I've ever eaten. Not to mention very tasty, but I wouldn't recommend eating them with a sandwich, with pickled onions, cheese and a cutup tomato on the side. Maybe save these fruit crisps for pudding afters…?

Information on the packet;
The 30g packet has 124 calories, with 1.2g of fat, 19.2g of sugar, and less than 0.1g of fat. The only ingredients are apple and RSPO-sustainable palm oil (no Lego).

16 January 2018

Robinson’s Fruit Creations Pear, Blackcurrant and Cherry (Sainsbury's) By @Cinabar

We drink a lot of orange or blackcurrant squash here at Foodstuff Finds. Recently I’ve been venturing into the cordials section of the supermarket and trying to find something a bit different to make a refreshing soft drink. I spotted this Robinson’s Fruit Creations Pear, Blackcurrant and Cherry drink, promising twice the fruit. I poured a decent portion into my glass and topped up with water. It looked pleasingly pink, and I gave the drink a sip.
I have to admit I was hoping for more pear in the flavour, and I thought there might be the hint of pear drops in the flavour, but the pear taste was very mild indeed. The other fruit flavours were sweet, but the blackcurrant and the cherry took over, and made a pleasant berry drink. I did like the cordial, but it was similar to a number of berry medley type of drinks I’ve had before. The real sales point for me of this drink was the idea of the pear, and I found this particular flavour a bit too subtle. The pear could have been the showstopper and not just a background taste, but not to worry it was still a nice fruity drink, and one I’ll continue to enjoy.

15 January 2018

Heat & Eat Crisps: Cheese and Chive (Fairfields Farm) By @Cinabar

So there are some new crisps out from Fairfields Farm, and these ones are hot crisps. I don’t mean an intense level of chilli, I mean temperature hot, they are Heat and Eat. This is a curious idea, but one I was happy to give a try. Looking at the pack it showed that the bag should be torn open sideways, and then they are ready to cook, and the packet becomes a makeshift bowl. Inside the bag there is also a dip which I fished out prior to heating. The bag recommends microwaving them for 30 seconds before eating, which I did and it was only then that I realised I couldn’t see any foil like covering on the inside of the pack.

I kept an eye on the crisps as they were cooking, and they came out nice and warm. We sat down to share them with the dip, I found I did rather like having the crisps heated up. It added a nice soothing level on a col Winter’s evening. As we tend to pick at crisps while watching the TV they did cool down fairly quickly, and soon went back to room temperature. I found the dip to be fantastic, it was an onion relish, and the cheese and chive crisps went with it perfectly. The cheese flavour of the crisps had a good strength and the onion relish was a treat that we scraped out as we ate. Spectre always has dip with crisps, albeit usually salad cream (really). I’m sold on the idea of these crisps, and will heat the other bag we received too, they were ready salted but with a salsa dip. Incidentally the bag does state you can just eat them cold if you want too.

14 January 2018

Pawsecco - Prosecco for Pets... (Pets At Home) by @NLi10

It's fun to buy silly little presents for people with pets, here we have one such item. Prosecco is popular, people like to treat their animals - so why not make something that pets can enjoy that looks a little bit like Prosecco?

It's essentially a food supplement - something to make the biscuits a bit more exciting, or to make the meat float.  I haven't reviewed the cat soup properly yet (soup for cats, not soup with cat in it) but they do like that so I was fairly hopeful.

It's not alcoholic or fizzy, is grape free and is essentially Elderflower and a few other natural ingredients as an infused, flavoured water designed with an appealing smell for domesticated animals.

Duchess is the choosiest of all cats.  There was no real surprise when she ignored the red juice and went for the biscuits without.  I moved a few into the sauce too, she didn't care.

Mabel is the greedy cat.  She ate as many of the dry biscuits as she could get as these were not her usual food and she quite likes them.  She didn't touch the sauce.

Luna is not very picky.  She is the cat who finishes everyone elses dinners off - even if they have been out all day.  She didn't seem that interested in the sauce by itself but did eat the soaked biscuits and wasn't put off by their unusual smell.

And it does have an unusual smell, it's like someone put fruit cordial in some dilute vinegar.

It doesn't say that its harmful to humans so I tried some.  The smell is a lot worse than the very bland taste.  There is no sweetness (because that's bad for cats) and only a little fruitiness - the Lingon berry taste from the IKEA cordial is there, but not much else.  I think that I would struggle to take a second sip, but that it wasn't as acrid as I'd assumed.

So - one of the cats will consume it if the food is contaminated (so far no one has eaten the flakes of wet cat food that are floating in it like soup).

If you know me and want to borrow this to try on your cats or dogs then let me know - I'd be interested to see what happens.  Otherwise one of the branches of the family that has too many animals may be getting this regifted!

Who knows, just like the real thing maybe the cats that didn't enjoy it at first will develop a large glass a night habit after a long day at work!

13 January 2018

Harviestoun IPA Beer (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

Harviestoun Brewery, in Scotland, was at the forefront of using American hops to create Indian Pale Ale in the UK way back in the 1980s. This 5.8% volume Harviestoun IPA has a baseball theme to it sporting four heavy hitting American hops; Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Apollo which are all native to the West Coast of the USA. Tony Christie really ruined the word 'Amarillo' for me, as soon as I hear it I get his song stuck in my head. Though I have to admit that it is a catchy tune. Anyway, the bottle's label warned of a citrusy hop bomb, big on flavour and long lasting - like a baseball game, so I've heard. I played softball when I was a lad at school I didn't take to it much, and have never got my head around the fascination some folk have with cricket, but each to their own. I prefer Sumo or Touring Car Racing…

On opening the 330ml bottle there was certainly a citrus hop smell and a touch of malted barley to the pale golden beer bubbling into my glass. There was certainly a good whack of citrus hops on first taste. I could see what the label meant by a long-lasting flavour, as this citrus bitterness run rings around my tastebuds straight into the aftertaste like a baseball player sprinting for a home run. There was an underlying subtle sweetness from the malted barley that really made this Harviestoun IPA a well balanced brew. Undoubtably a well crafted forerunner with four American hops for a big final score!

12 January 2018

Dresden Stollen (Germany) By @Cinabar

The Christmas decorations may well all be tidied away, but I still have lovely foods in the Foodstuff Finds store cupboard from the season. This particular Christmas Stollen came from Germany, via my dad who was visiting there recently. It is quite stunningly packaged in a beautiful tin, which is certainly a keepsake. I opened up the tin and found a huge Stollen, wrapped in tissue paper and sealed in a bag, all ready to get stuck into.

We carefully took the Dresden Stollen cake out of it's packaging, and tried to avoid the icing sugar spilling, as it was very generously dusted. We cut some slices and shared out the cake. Looking at the cake there was a good generous supply of fruit and nut mixed in, and this was reflected in the taste too. I was pleasantly surprised at how moist the cake was, and the combination of fruit and nut gave the cake great texture and flavour. It was sweet, the nut flavour was delicate, and the added fruit gave a richer tone. The texture wasn’t too heavy, and I found one slice was a very decent portion. I wrapped the rest of the cake, and put it back in its tin for safe keeping, content with the fact that I could hang on to the flavours of Christmas for a little while longer. Thanks dad for giving us this fab cake. :-)

11 January 2018

New Tonics - Sentiments & Fever Tree (Waitrose) by @NLi10

The soft drinks shelves in Waitrose are a kaleidoscope of wonder...

...well if you like tonic water like me they are!

Our favourites Fentimans and Fever Tree battle to see who can corner the luxury tonic market - which is great for me as I do love all of them equally.

This London Essence co sounds really nice, but they only had the multipacks that I saw which was not suitable for a quick sample

I had to settle for an ice cold Madagascan Cola which wasn't as potent as I'd imagined but was a lovely deep flavoured cola for sipping at home.

I also took the opportunity to crack open another bottle of the divine Mediterranean Orange topic water which is like a mix between the Orange Jigger and the original tonics from Fentimans.

I mean - one day maybe I'll use these as intended and mix them with premium spirits, but some soft drinks are just too good to contaminate that way!

10 January 2018

Detox (Yogi Tea) By @SpectreUK

Cinabar mentioned to me yesterday that our readership usually wanes a little during January. She’d spoken to a few regular readers on this and they had mentioned that they go on diets or at least try to cut back on snacking during January of every year. Of course at the gym we notice how busy it gets during the first month or so of each year, then it drops off early February as the newbies or New Year’s Resolutioneers (I’m a Blogger, I can make words up) decide that dieting isn’t much fun after all. I did rather amusingly bump into a colleague who’d just re-joined our gym last week. I shan’t name names, of course, but I almost fell over her in the car park by the front door and then saw her huffing and puffing on a running machine a few minutes later. Then much later on I saw her sweating and bright red faced on an exercise bike. There’s a lesson for you; if you’re going back to the gym try ‘baby steps’ first, otherwise you may overdo it and ache like crazy for a few days afterwards or worse rupture something! So for those who simply want to clean themselves out a little; Detox…
Detox is produced by Yogi Tea (no, not the bear who steals sandwiches in the Hanna-Barbera cartoons from way-back-when, and Boo-Boo isn’t a silent partner). Situated in Hamburg Yogi Tea produces a range of healthy sounding teas, which I’ll be looking further into over the next few months. This Detox seemed a great place to start in January. I can’t stop snacking (for the blog’s sake, of course), and I do go to the gym a lot to try to compensate, however, I can try to clean myself out a little with this Ayurvedic Herb and Spice Infusion, with liquorice, dandelion, and cinnamon. It contains ingredients that ‘stimulate digestion’ and ‘help detoxify’, which I’m hoping doesn’t mean acts like a laxative! The last time I mistakenly had some Chinese herbal tea concoction one January I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a downwards motion before, and for several days from one cup of tea too!

There was a lightly spiced smell to the teabag, with hints of cinnamon, ginger, liquorice, cardamom and cloves. I left it to brew in freshly boiled water for just over the suggested six minutes. I have to admit once steeped this tea gave me the willies! To me it smelt mainly of cardamom, with a little cloves, a touch of cinnamon and a soupçon (yes, I said ‘soupçon’) of ginger. In other words it smelt a little bit like old unused carpet. Rather bizarrely on taste there was a touch of mixed spices to start with which was quickly replaced by sweet liquorice with a touch of spicy heat from the cinnamon and ginger. I’ve never been a fan of solid liquorice always picking off the sweet bits from Liquorice Allsorts! However this drink is really nice. I wouldn’t recommend adding sugar in it though as it gets pretty sweet towards the aftertaste. I'm just glad that this mug of tea didn't have the same affect as the last detox tea I tried…

Information on the box;
17 teabag in paper envelopes. Ingredients are certified organic and included; liquorice (26%), cinnamon (17%), burdock root, ginger, dandelion (7%), fennel, anise (3%), juniper berries, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, parsley, sage, cloves, and turmeric root.

9 January 2018

The Signature Collection: The Spicy Burger (McDonalds) By @Cinabar

I mentioned yesterday that I have recently moved house. Now I’m back at work, and spending the evenings unpacking boxes, we have started eating more takeaways than usual. I’m not complaining on this, I love takeaways, but we are trying to mix it up a bit. I actually haven't had McDonalds for a while so we thought we'd have a look and see if there was anything new on the menu. On the board behind the counter The Signature Collection: The Spicy Burger kept flashing up, so I decided to give it the taste test.
This burger came in a brioche bun, and is layered with jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, spicy mayo, relish and salad. I tucked in and loved the flavour, it was warm, and hot when you caught a jalapeño, but not uncomfortably so. I loved the spice from the burger relish, but that you could still taste the meatiness of the beef, it felt rather satisfying. The salad added a nice mix of textures, with crispy lettuce, and the meal went down a treat. I know I might be eating more fast food than I should at the minute, but McDonalds Signature collection has reminded me I should keep them on the options list when I’m choosing a quick and easy meal.

8 January 2018

New Oreo and Vanilla Flavour Yoghurt (@Morrisons) By @Cinabar

If you asked me a week ago when I last moved house I could have happily said 12 years ago. If you ask me now, I can say 3 days ago. My lack of experience on such matters became apparent on the day, not quite planning on where I wanted large items put by the movers, etc. More significantly though, hanging on to the kettle so we could make tea, and then completely forgetting to keep some mugs back too. I’ve also lost the cutlery, I say lost, it is in a box somewhere, but we had to buy some emergency £1.99 knives and forks. So when we did an emergency shop in Morrisons to pick up other missing essentials, think washing up liquid and sponges, I also spotted these Oreo yoghurts, complete with a plastic spoon in the lid I thought huzzah! You probably were trying to work out where I was going with this moving rant.
Anyway I've had about 4 hours sleep three nights in the row, so I’m a little off the ball, but I hastily put these Oreo Yoghurts in my basket and thought I’d blog about them, after all they are clearly labelled “New”, and they looked new to sleepy me.

When I got home and tried one after our takeaway, I peeled back the lid to reveal the handy spoon. I then looked at the yoghurt and thought is looked familiar.

I did a search here on Foodstuff Finds, and it looked almost identical to some we reviewed in Feb 2017; “New Oreo Corner Yoghurt”. Having said that it had a lovely cool vanilla and lightly sweet yogurt section, and some softer biscuits pieces that tasted distinctively of Oreo. I do love Oreos. I enjoyed every bit of these yoghurts, and the contrast in flavour of the two sides.
So in summary this wasn’t very “new” except for the spoon part, which turned out to be perfect after a house move, so the moral is don’t always trust those “new” labels.

7 January 2018

Mono Green Dinner- Gnocchi & Avoccado (@Waitrose) by @NLi10 MTG

While on an epic trip around Waitrose (The Most Dangerous Supermarket On Earth! well for impulse buys) I spotted these green Gnocchi.  As a big fan of the unusual potato dumpling (mainly because they cook almost instantly) I had to pick these up.

My partner added some avocado smash to the basket and a meal was born!

Must review those caramel stars at some point too.

Ok - so there is a splash of red with the tomoato coated Fry's vegan strips but it's a mostly green meal with no actual veggies added.  It almost looks artistic!

I think I'd overcooked the gnocchi just a touch so some were a little too soft, but the quality was amazing and the spinach flavour came through.  Do bare in mind that these were not vegan though so you may need to look for alternatives here.  The avocado wasn't as good as home-made but was pretty close and we certainly managed more than the decorative scoop I added here.

A nice quick week-day dinner and a healthy way to start the new year.

6 January 2018

Lerwick IPA Beer (Asda) By @SpectreUK

This Lerwick Indian Pale Ale was produced by the Lerwick Brewery in the capital of the Shetland Isles. I don't think I've ever had a beer from the Shetland Isles before, so this will be a new experience. Whenever I see the Shetland Isles in travel programmes they look pretty sunny, windy, but cheerful. Lerwick has an old harbour filled with new boats, and a mix of old and new buildings. The Lerwick Brewery have produced a traditional IPA here with a modern twist to celebrate its birth place.

On opening this 5% volume Indian Pale Ale there was the usual pale malt smell, with a touch of citrus hop, but also a strong aroma of Amber Ale, which confused me a little. On pouring this Pale Ale it is more amber in colour than pale. It suggests American Hops were used in the brewing giving it a light citrusy smell, however on first taste there is of course the pale malt, then a sweetness which is probably from crystal malt, followed by a hint of citrus bitterness from the hops and a roasted barley flavour into the aftertaste. In fact this could be considered as more of an American IPA or American Brown Ale from right on our doorstep, well several hundred miles away in Lerwick. The fact it was such a downright tasty Lerwick IPA felt like an honour to be drinking it!

5 January 2018

Quaker Oats Fruit & Oat Squeeze: Red Fruits (Waitrose) By @Cinabar

I am always looking for things I can have for breakfast at my desk, that will fill me up to lunch time. I usually go for a simple cereal bar, or as it has been cold recently an instant porridge sachet. When I was shopping in Waitrose this drink caught my eye, and so I bought one to take to work. It is called a Fruit and Oat Squeeze and is made by porridge specialists Quaker Oats.
The first instruction on the packet of this drink, well porridge drink, is to shake well. Given it feels like quite thick contents shaking didn’t seem to be having much of an impact. I decided to squeeze the pack a bit to help mix it up. I unscrewed the top and gave it a taste test. Before I come to the flavour let me talk about texture, it is thick and has the feeling of a thick porridge, which for reasons I’m not sure about I didn’t quite like in this format. I don’t think it was because it was cold, as I’ve even overnight oats before and not been bothered about the temperature, but there was something in this squeezy cold porridge format that meant I didn’t get on with the texture. I think I got the thought of baby food in my head, and couldn’t get passed it! It is a shame because the flavour actually works quite well. It has a yoghurt tang, and surprisingly sharp berry flavour which gives it a nice juicy taste. I liked the acidic raspberry taste, and the hint of strawberry worked well with it too. It also kept me full to lunch time, which is a bonus, it stopped me from raiding the works chocolate tin! Having said that I still prefer instant porridge, besides it is warming in this cold weather.

4 January 2018

Leftovers and Cottage Delight Apple chutney (@NLi10)

As with other years we have lots of odds and ends left after all the family festive food, and we got a gift to help us take care of it.

While it’ll take us most of a year to get through all this preserves are a welcome addition to any cupboard.

The just For Pulled Pork is a smart angle to go for, but frankly I can’t wait for the pre-chewed Pork phase to pass. I mean McDonalds got told off for selling mechanically reclaimed meat, and now it’s a big trend. I’m fine without.

This does look like a nice treat though so let’s find some regular meat to try it with.

Doesn’t look like much on the plate, but it packs a mighty punch. The hot part is nice, not overpowering but suitably picante. The smokey was less noticeable but the sweet flavour of the apple carried it through. The bites had varied texture so I’m guessing you’ll get peaks and troughs in the flavours too which is nicer than a purée or jelly.

I’ll enjoy trying the other parts of this box too (thanks mom!) but for now a spoonful or two of this can be expected to be added to every meaty meal that I eat. Lovely stuff.

3 January 2018

Mackerel Fillets in chip shop style curry sauce (Sainsbury’s) By @SpectreUK

I do like tinned fish. I've written a few blogs in the past about them. I sometimes have them in salads, often on sandwiches, but more than likely just have them in the tin on the side of a meal for a bit of surf and turf. Produced by Princes this tin of Mackerel Fillets in chip shop style curry sauce struck me as a little different. I haven't had chip shop style sauce for ages, instead opting for chicken tikka kebab meat, battered sausage and large chips whenever we visit the local chippy. Chips and curry sauce was a staple favourite of mine on the way back from the pub on Friday and Saturday nights when I was a lad. I don't know what it is about chips dipped in chip shop curry sauce, but it goes particularly well after a few pints and especially with a chip butty on the side.

On peeling back the tin lid there was a familiar creamy yellow tint to the sauce covering the mackerel fillets. There was a smell of curry sauce mixed in with the mackerel aroma. I had some chips on the side with bacon and fried eggs. I dipped a chip in the sauce and was rewarded with that good old chip shop curry sauce flavour, albeit a little fishy. Eating the mackerel out of the tin with the rest of my meal was indeed a treat. The chip shop style curry sauce went surprisingly well with the mackerel. In fact I'd go as far as to say that this is one of my favourite flavoured sauce tinned fish and will definitely be hunting out some more Mackerel Fillets in chip shop style curry sauce.

Information on the tin;

The 125g tin contained 186 calories per 100g, also having 12.4g of fat, 1.3g of sugar, and 0.71g of salt. Rich in Omega 3 fish oils, please see photograph for the ingredients.

2 January 2018

Ferrero - Golden Gallery (Debenhams) By @Cinabar

I am a big Ferrero Rocher fan, they are some of my favourite chocolates. This Christmas I have been treated to some of the Ferrero chocolates you can only get at this time of year in Britain, a selection box called the Golden Gallery. This includes all the brother and sisters to Ferrero Rocher, which involves a mix of different chocolate and nuts. Big thanks to my mum for this fab selection box.

Ferrero Tenderly Biancoretti
This is a white chocolate shell with a white chocolate praline inside with an almond filling. I should point out almond filling is code for marzipan, and this was the dominant flavour. Im not the biggest marzipan fan, but even so the praline and the creamy white chocolate still compensated enough to make this a tasty chocolate.

Ferrero Manderly
Paradoxically I do like almonds, just not marzipan. Almond and sugar combine to make marzipan and I like both ingredients separately, but not together. The point is that this Ferrero Manderly contains actual almond and as such I really liked it. The decoration on it went everywhere though when I opened it, but the texture was fun, light and crispy to eat. There was a lovely white chocolate and hazelnut filling, which complimented it well.

Ferrero Tenderly Torroncino
This is a milk chocolate housing a hazelnut and a praline filling. It is a surprisingly sweet chocolate, and the hazelnut tones are good, as is the crunchy nut inside. I was convinced that this chocolate contained honey it was so sweet, so I checked the ingredients but couldn’t see any, I think it might be the added vanilla.

Ferrero Delicius
This is like a dark chocolate version of the Ferrero Rocher. I have seen a dark version before and it was covered in little bits of chocolate as a decoration, which was rather messy. This is like the tidy version. I love the dark chocolate flavour with the hazelnut it is just heaven. This chocolate would really take off here, if it was more commonly available.

Ferrero Rocher
Finally we have the Ferrero Rocher, the main chocolate. If you haven’t had one before it is a fantastic combination of textures, wafter, nut, soft chocolate filling and a whole hazelnut. I love these, and really enjoyed trying out all the other variants in this fantastic box set too.

1 January 2018

Nature’s Store Tomato Corn Rolls (Sainsburys) By @Cinabar

First I’d like to start by wishing everyone a very Happy 2018. I have to be honest and admit that 2017 was a bit of a tough year for us, but I have high hopes for the year ahead. It is only day one and we already have many exciting things planned. Starting on Friday (eek) with a house move! The daily blogging here at Foodstuff Finds will continue though, as it always does, and we hope to pack the year full of tempting treats and interesting products for you to look out for and for us to taste test.
First up then is this bag of Tomato Corn Rolls from Nature’s Store. They are also Gluten Free for those that needs snacks with that accreditation.
We poured some out to share with lunch and have to admit there weren’t as many in the bag as we had hoped for, Spectre still got the largest portion, but he always does! The corn rolls have a sprinkle of seasoning and smelt pleasantly spiced. The flavour wasn’t a sweet tomato, it was a little bit tarter, but was lifted by nice seasoning that meant these are easy to munch on. I particularly liked the corn roll element, this gave them a lovely crunchy texture, and a nice corn background flavour. I’d buy these again, but if you are sharing in a group I’d suggest two bags.
Happy New Year everyone - have a fabulous 2018!

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