26 June 2022

Coca Cola Signature Mixture 2 - Spicy - with Southern Comfort (By @NLi10)

I've had this little bottle of spicy Coke for ages - but not really a reason to crack it open.


My friend finished building the Lego Titanic on stream (28 hour build!) and we joked that we should drink Jack with one very large ice-cube to celebrate.  I didn't really  have that though, but figured this was the closest option.

It has lots of fire in it, but also lots of botanicals - could it be that Coke fears Fentimans?

Otherwise it sounds a lot like a Cola.

And I paired it with this - Southern Comfort & Lime from a previous review

Spirits don't go off do they?!

Using the traditional alcohol review glass

It fizzed up nicely and had a good smell

And it tasted great - basically like a Fentiman's cola cocktail with a kick of ginger - and then the fruity undertones of the Southern Comfort.

I'll have to either pick up more when Waitrose has them in at Christmas - or make my own by adding a dash of ginger beer to the cola like we did as kids!

25 June 2022

Guinness Cold Brew Coffee Beer (Tesco) By @SpectreUK

Guinness Cold Brew Coffee Beer

Beer with coffee, whatever next. It's rare that I have a stout with my steak and chips. It's the perfect combination to me, but I'm usually blogging about some other beer on a Friday steak night. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw this four pack of Guinness Cold Brew Coffee Beer turn up in the shopping. And then I noticed it was beer, and not stout.

It does say 'beer' on the label rather than specifically 'Porter', which can generally be brewed with coffee or have at least a coffee flavour from the roasted chocolate malt. So I'm expecting this Guinness Cold Brew Coffee Beer to be more of a Porter style beer. At 4% in volume it should go rather well with my steak and chips, even if it isn't a stout. Especially with its reported notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel. It almost sounds like an after dinner beer or pudding beer.

On popping open the 440ml can the excitable almost black frothy liquid inside blew up all over me, spurted out the sides of my gob as I tried desperately to catch it and then all over the carpet. So now the bedroom carpet smells like a bar room floor. Never mind. This sweet coffee, caramel and roasted chocolate flavoured beer tasted really good as it quickly covered me and everything else nearby.

Strong in coffee aroma, Guinness Cold Brew Coffee Beer smelled like a sweet caramel heavy coffee, with hints of dark chocolate to follow. On taste this coffee flavoured beer had a rich sumptuous caramel and coffee flavour to start with, which was quickly followed by a roasted chocolate malt.

This was a gorgeous deep aromatic and flavoursome beer that went perfectly with my steak and chips, and I managed to save what little was left for a bit of pudding, which was a Unicorn cake that Cinabar had baked that afternoon.


Guinness Cold Brew Coffee Beer

24 June 2022

Unicorn Cake Baking Kit (Baked In) By @Cinabar

Unicorn Cake Baking Kit (Baked In)

Its cake time! I was very kindly gifted this cake and this week has been a good week and deserved a bit of celebration. Spectre got a new job. I have used the kits from Baked In before and really enjoyed using them, so was really looking forward to giving this a try.

Unicorn Cake Baking Kit (Baked In)

Inside the kit all the dry ingredients are pre-measured and ready to use, and my favourite part is it even contains the baking tins for making the layers of cake.

Unicorn Cake Baking Kit (Baked In)

To start with, you add one of the dried bags to a bowl, mix in some butter, then an egg and a small amount of milk and whisk. All you do then is add it to a greased baking tin and repeat, four times to get four layers. They baked easily in about 20mins and rose nicely. The only hassle was cleaning the whisk and bowl between each layer to not cross-contaminate the colours.

Unicorn Cake Baking Kit (Baked In)

Today was warm and the mixing of the icing sugar with the butter left me with a rather runny result. I did my best to layer up the sponges and put some on the top which oozed down the sides. I should have used less butter in retrospect to compensate, so apologies for the runny icing in the picture. It did still taste good. I also decorated it with hundreds and thousands and the cardboard cutout unicorn bits. It was super fun and made a very cute cake. The cake was delicious, I mean ever so naughty in terms of taste, sugary sweet baked goodness, but just what we needed for a treat.

Unicorn Cake Baking Kit (Baked In)

23 June 2022

Nutella Biscuits - Gooey Centred Crunchy Snacks (by @NLi10)

 These have been around a short while but I’ve managed to resist their charms. The latest biscuit craze does seem to be putting melty things in between two different sized biscuits - could they do a cheese version?

Here we have Nutella, the hazelnut version

With a lovely grainy biscuit base too

You get a decently weighty amount too - and they are pretty much all intact

Stylish too - with just enough goo

And even at English room temperature these are pretty melty.

A lovely gooey snack, and my preferred variety of these kind of things so far!

22 June 2022

Cadbury Twirl Caramel flavour (Co-Op) By @SpectreUK

Cadbury Twirl Caramel flavour

This is going to upset me. This is definitely going to upset me. Okay, so we're not all that adventurous when it comes to flavouring chocolate in the UK. Although caramel and milk chocolate do go exceptionally well with each other. In fact it's beyond doubt my favourite flavour of milk chocolate. Maybe I'm not all that adventurous when it comes to my indulgences, but I know what I like. So making this Cadbury Twirl Caramel flavour chocolate bar a limited edition is going to upset me.

I love regular Cadbury's Twirl chocolate bars. They're pretty much the neat version of a Cadbury's Flake. Well, unless you have a Dipped Flake of course. So I'm just going to adore this Cadbury Twirl Caramel flavour chocolate bar and wish it wasn't a limited edition. Well, you'd certainly think so anyway.

On opening the packet there was a milk chocolate and caramel aroma. The chocolate Twirl sticks inside looked just like the regular Twirl sticks. On taste there was Cadbury's milk chocolate to start with that was instantly followed by a gorgeous flavour of caramel. These two flavours wrapped lovingly around by tastebuds soothing my senses after a couple of days of tough job interviews. And the good news; I just had a phone call from my future boss, it looks like I've finally got some work to do.

Information on the wrapper; Each 21.5g Cadbury Twirl Caramel flavour finger was 114 calories, with 6.3g of fat, 12g of sugar, and 0.5g of salt. Please see photograph for the ingredients.

Cadbury Twirl Caramel flavour