24 April 2019

Seabrook Scorchin' Hot Trinidad Scorpion Chilli Crisps (Aldi) By @SpectreUK

Seabrook Scorchin' Hot Trinidad Scorpion Chilli Crisps

Cinabar is trying to kill me again. We've already tried a very hot flavour of crisps from Seabrook Fire Eaters Smokin’ Hot Smokehouse Cayenne the other day, which had our mouths tingling and noses sweating. So no-one would touch these Seabrook Trinidad Scorpion Chilli flavour crisps, except muggins of course. They have a five chilli heat warning on them! I do like spicy chilli crisps and some hot sauces. I prefer hot sauces which I can taste rather than ones that are just trying to hurt me. The amount of warnings on the front of this packet make me slightly anxious. Though I have had plenty of warnings on other crisp packets before and been disappointed that they haven't had the chilli heat they warned of. Have I already stated there is a five chilli warning on this packet? I do remember the chilli heat from Seabrook Fire Eaters Smokin’ Hot Smokehouse Cayenne, but they were very tasty, lets hope these Trinidad Scorpion Chilli flavour crisps are tasty or they might find themselves in the bin, like the odd ridiculously hot sauce I've had in the past.

On opening the packet these almost fire engine red crinkle cut crisps certainly smelt chilli hot, but also like they would be pretty tasty too. Wow… on trying the first bright red crisp there was a taste sensation of hot chilli, but the burn from the chilli straight afterwards was a little too painful for me. I was already sweating from just coming back from the gym after spending too long in the sauna. My nose started to run after the first few crisps. I had a multitude to go… I decided my only option here would be to have a massive crisp sandwich. I used to eat Kamikaze sandwiches laced with diced chilli grown in our greenhouse all the time. This would be a mega Kamikaze crisp sandwich!

… Actually it was a Kamikaze crisp bap, as we didn't have any sliced bread in. I do like a good bap anyway. In fact I do like a nice pair of baps…! Oh my, this one Kamikaze crisp bap was a hot one though. I had some crisps left over on the side which served to torture me as I sweated over my fiery hot Kamikaze Trinidad Scorpion Chilli flavour crisps bap. I went through quite a few tissues mopping my brow and nose by the end of it I can tell you. It certainly was tasty, but also still a little too painful, so these crisps are a little too hot for me, I'm afraid. If you fancy a go yourself, be warned, these Trinidad Scorpion Chilli flavour crisps really are super five chilli burning hot!

Information on the packet;
The 150g packet contained 518 calories per 100g, with 2.9g of fat, 3.5g of sugar, and 0.96g of salt. Please see photograph for the ingredients.

23 April 2019

New Cadbury Bournville Giant Buttons (Asda) By@Cinabar

New Cadbury Bournville Giant Buttons

I think one of the trends for 2019 is going to be dark chocolate. We have already seen Cadbury release a Darker Milk chocolate, Galaxy are doing the same and I’m looking forward to writing about it. Here we have a boost of a classic chocolate from Cadbury but in a new format; New Bournville Giant Buttons.
Bournville is a go to cocoa for me, mix a little of the powder with sugar and hot milk and you have a drink that can complete with a lot of the more expensive brands of hot chocolate. Otherwise I have to confess to not interacting with Bournville as a brand very much, unless they have a Limited Edition flavoured bar out of course. I did like the recent rerelease of Cadbury Bournville Orange Dark Chocolate.
These Bournville Giant Buttons buttons then are referred to as “giant” and are pleasingly large, but not huge. The chocolate discs are a dark brown in colour and are relatively thin. I gave one a try and found myself really loving the flavour, dark yes but sweet too. I liked the way it combined the bitterness of the cocoa, but with plenty of sweet. The chocolate was moreish and tasty, and I ate far too many of these Bournville Giant Buttons in one go. The chocolate may be too sweet for a dark chocolate purist, but as a snacking chocolate with added cocoa it worked for me. I might have to pick up a bar of the regular Bournville chocolate and remember not to overlook it in the future.

New Cadbury Bournville Giant Buttons

22 April 2019

Crusha Cookies and Cream Limited Edition Milkshake Mix (Asda) By @Cinabar

Crusha Cookies and Cream Limited Edition Milkshake Mix

As we seem to have had the warmest bank holiday weekend in a while we started on the search for cold drinks to cool us down. This house goes through tons of tea and coffee usually, but in warm weather something chilled is more refreshing. Okay Spectre drinks tea whatever the weather, but has a cold drink as well. One thing that are a treat are milkshakes so I picked up the new Crusha Cookies and Cream Limited Edition Milkshake I’d seen in Asda.
Crusha milkshake mixes are liquid so easily combine with the milk, especially after a quick stir. I added some to a chilled glass of milk and gave it a refreshing sip on a hot day. I liked the flavour, the base taste seemed to be mostly sweet like caramel, but the drink did have a nice super creamy tastes and a hint of golden biscuit about the flavour. For me I had been expecting a little bit of chocolate in the mix, I think mainly because the cookies shown on the bottle look dark, and I didn’t really pick up on this. The taste though is lovely, ones for fans of caramel and vanilla as this Crusha Cookies and Cream Limited Edition Milkshake is primarily sweet and creamy. It was only after finishing my glass that I spotted it had no added sugar, so is low calorie (excluding the milk). I’m looking forward to exploring the rest of the milkshake aisle in the supermarket and seeing what else there is to keep us cool on these warm days.

21 April 2019

Jazzie Egg - Marks & Spencer Food (@NLi10)

My easter present from my partner this year was this lovely Jazzie Egg from Marks & Spencer.  As you can see - it's not in the box anymore!!

It's here - open and confused - because I'm not sure how to get in without causing a lot of cleaning up.

It looks fantastic though!  The box has holes on both sides to show it off and so no-one is confused about the lack of Jazzies on the back.

The plastic case keeps it solid and and means that the shop is not full of Jazzies and that the whole think is easily recyclable.

It just means its the first Easter egg I remember where I've had to sit there with a plate to eat any!

In the end I put it Jazzies side down, and then pushed the sides in so I can eat the normal M&S (decent) chocolate and then leave the Jazzies safely in the plastic and not too many escaped.  Over the next week I'll slowly rotate and snap off the coated sections and eat the sweeter sections and hopefully not get them everywhere.

I dread to think what the factory looks like!

Lovely though, both to look at and to eat, and a nice reminder that these things don't have to be branded or complicated to be special or memorable.