17 July 2019

Twix Milkshake (Mars) By @SpectreUK

I haven't had a milkshake in a good long while. Mars Wrigley Confectionery was kind enough to send me their new Twix Milkshake. I often eat a Twix for my after dinner treat with my white hot chocolate drink instead of eating a cake or something else for dessert. It's the caramel, milk chocolate and biscuit combination that makes a good tasty pudding for me, whilst being washed down with my favourite hot chocolate drink. I remember an Eddie Izzard joke about late night petrol stations serving Twix through their security drawers to murderers! I'm not sure if there's a correlation there…

I decided to eat a Twix whilst washing it down with a Twix milkshake for a double whammy. After shaking well, on opening this Twix milkshake there was surprisingly more of a biscuit aroma from the mid brown liquid inside. There was also sweetness from the caramel, but I couldn't pick up on much milk chocolate in the smell. On taste there was a lot of biscuit in the initial flavour with the sweetness from the caramel close behind it, but the all round creamy milky flavour seemed to overshadow much of the milk chocolate. This left a more biscuit caramel creamy milkshake flavour to this Twix milkshake. It's definitely not a bad thing, as it was certainly very tasty, maybe it just needed a little more milk chocolate. It didn't taste the same as the Twix bar I was eating at the same time. I suppose that's why we have Twix bars and Twix milkshakes. Having said that though, the one washing down the other was a taste sensation, as they went ridiculously well together!

Information on the label;
The 350ml bottle contains189 calories, 4.4g of fat, 22.7g of sugar, 0.85g of salt. Suitable for vegetarians, please see photograph for ingredients.

16 July 2019

English Toffee Peanut M&Ms (Import Shop) By @Cinabar

After the hot Jalapeño M&Ms I tried last week I was lucky enough to secure another bag of their World flavours range, this time taking a closer to home variety; English Toffee Peanut M&Ms. These are part of the flavours they have released in America where people (based over there) can vote on a favourite to keep. The other variety I haven’t tried is Thai Coconut but unfortunately I haven’t managed to track a pack of those down yet. I am working on it.
So this variety is English Toffee Peanut flavour as put together by Americans which I discovered when I tried one hadn’t been quite what I was expecting. For me toffee is mostly sweet with a sort of golden buttery flavour, these were richer than that with a hint of vanilla. I think I want to use the word butterscotch to describe the taste rather than toffee, although I appreciate they are similar flavours. The texture too was missing, toffee has a crunchy or gooey texture and because the flavour was embedded in the chocolate it was more like fudge. I have to say despite those comments these English Toffee Peanut M&Ms still tasted divine. They were a lovely flavour combo. The butterscotch like flavour with chocolate and peanut was an absolute treat to to munch on. The pack was so good they were quickly finished off and there was no excess to take to work, my work colleagues did notice - oops. I hope these win the vote!

15 July 2019

Oreo Brownie Creme Filled (Import Shop) By @Cinabar

I have to admit I am a bit of an Oreo fan girl. I’m not sure exactly when it happened but Oreo slipped into first place as my go to choice of biscuit. I think it started when they were a novelty and hard to find in the UK back in the nineties. We do get a good range of the Oreo biscuits here in the UK, with different flavours, coated Oreos and even Oreo Muffins, but this particular little gem of Oreo Brownie Creme Filled bar came from The States via an import shop.
What we have here is described as Oreo Brownie Creme Filled cake bar. The bar looks pretty with its white drizzle icing but it felt surprisingly heavy when I picked it up. I did worry from the weight that it might be stodgy, but thankfully I was wrong on that front. The Oreo Brownie had quite a melt in the mouth texture despite it feeling quite substantial and moist. The bar tasted remarkably like Oreo biscuits with the sponge being strong in cocoa, but the distinctive creamy Oreo filling known as “stuff” was generously portioned in the middle. It was actually a complete pleasure to eat and dare I say it, so much more enjoyable than the Oreo Muffin (which I still rate highly). This is definitely a treat worth seeking out, and one I hope makes it onto UK shelves more widely.

14 July 2019

I Have A Nespresso Problem - I Cant Use Them! (@NLi10)

I’m on holiday, and Hotel Hubert (if you are staying in Brussels use them, they are amazing) provide free hot drinks both in the lobby and room.

This is fine, but I just can’t use Nespresso machines (think this is a Pixie). You put in the capsule, it doesn’t pierce.

Then you redo it after watching a YouTube video and maybe get lucky.

Or crush the capsule to the extent that it no longer stays in the machine. I mean I know I’m a bit disabled but this should be easy right?

One coffee out of three isn’t bad right?

The machine tells you to put water through to clean it - and this gave me the idea of putting the water through and making tea.

I invented Jasmine Green Coffee, because the machine still tasted of coffee. And only gave me half a cup. I gave up.