31 January 2020

Walkers Sensations - Oriental Crackers: Peking Spare Rib (Tesco) By @Cinabar

Walkers Sensations - Oriental Crackers: Peking Spare Rib

We had a post Christmas sort out of our Foodstuff Finds crisps cupboard. It had become a little unruly, we may have over-purchased. If that is possible? This meant the exciting discovery of this sharing bag of Walkers Sensations - Oriental Crackers: Peking Spare Rib. I normally have prawn cracker style products with a Chinese takeaway, or ready meal they aren’t something I would normally buy to eat with lunch. These though had such a fab sounding flavour they seemed like they might be wasted mixed with a sauce and a bit strong for scooping rice. We treated them like crisps and had them with some sandwiches at lunch time. They are actually made wit tapioca and cassava so are different type of cracker.

Walkers Sensations - Oriental Crackers: Peking Spare Rib

Walkers Sensations Oriental Crackers do however look very much like prawn crackers but the seasoning adds a slightly darker tinge. The flavour is quite strong and nice and meaty too. I liked the mix of rich spices that did remind me of spare ribs, there was plenty of sweet five spice. The texture is very light and crispy, and was nice to eat. They are not as greasy as prawn crackers, but these are made with different ingredients. I think we were right to have them with sandwiches, but they would also be good in a sharing bowl too. They are quite strong and I don’t think they would need a dip as they hold up on their own. Tangy and tasty, with a lovely light crunch. Perfect for snacking on with a movie and a nice find from the back of our cupboard.

30 January 2020

USA TWIX - Creamy Peanut Butter (@NLi10)

I don’t like overpaying for import snacks, and luckily the MR Simms stores don’t like overcharging either. These Twixes were in the bargain box at half price as their best before was a whole week ago!

I think UK twixes are almost a pound now so this is worth a try

The ingredients are typically American, including Palm Oil which isn’t great to see.

And the calories are in nice big text but hidden under the huge flap - loophole!

The bar has snapped on the way to work and the chocolate is so thin you can see through it.

The biscuit is a little odd looking, as the packaging says - it’s a cookie... And the biscuit does indeed taste totally wrong for UK Twix eaters. The crunch is far too hard, no lovely crumble at all. The peanut butter is fine, it’s American style as you’d expect so doesn’t actually taste of peanuts, like banana sweets don’t taste of bananas.

And it’s fine, but it’s not even close to a real Twix. I hope someone has made a killing exporting our Twix to America as they might like to taste a chocolate covered biscuit bar that actually has chocolate and biscuit inside.

29 January 2020

UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar (@DegustaboxUK) By @SpectreUK

UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar

I had a UFIT Chocolate Flavour High Protein Milkshake back in September last year that I remember wasn't big on taste, but it was useful for fixing muscles after a long workout. However I'm hoping these UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar Popped Protein Chips will be big on saltiness. I do like salt and vinegar flavoured crisps, especially if they're pretty salty, so I am interested to see if these protein chips will match other crisps brands on the market for tastiness.

These UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar Popped Protein Chips are made with soya pieces rather than potatoes, so they're also an alternative snack to regular crisps and also nuts. I had a rogue nut that must have fallen in with my steak meal in a pub the other day. I haven't eaten a nut for years due to dietary reasons, and it shouldn't have been there. It strangely took me a moment to realise what it was, as I thought it had broken off the end of one of my thrice cooked chips! Even though it was pretty much half a peanut it showed that I still can't eat them…

Anyway, on opening the packet these high fibre, high protein popped chips have quite a strong salt and vinegar aroma, with a hint of soy. They look like little rounded poppadoms in the packet. They have a very good crunch that compliments the name of these 'Crunchers' popped chips. On taste these protein chips have an initial dominant soy flavour, followed by a decent saltiness and then vinegar into the aftertaste. Cinabar said that she would have preferred them to have a stronger vinegar flavour, but I prefer more saltiness than vinegar in salt and vinegar crisps. I would definitely have these UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar Popped Protein Chips again, especially on the side of my already protein packed tuna sandwich and protein yoghurt lunch after a good long session at the gym.

Information on the packet;
The 35g packet contains 150 calories, with 3.7g of fat, 1.4g of sugar, and 0.61g of salt. They're Vegan and Vegetarian friendly, gluten free, as well as high in fibre (3.2g) and protein (8.1g). Please see photograph for the ingredients.

UFIT Crunchers Sea Salt & Vinegar

28 January 2020

Topitoff Discs (The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co @ChocPizzaCo) By @Cinabar

Topitoff Discs The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co

I read a recent article in a newspaper that quotes Heston Blumenthal and his disappointment in his customers who focus on taking pictures of their food rather than eating it. I understand what he means, from a chefs perspective the focus will be taste. Appearance though is important and that these photographs and social media sharing are celebrating the visual side of food which is also important. I say this because this product is very much about appearance. Yes it is chocolate based, but it is meant to make your hot drinks look beautiful more than anything else.

Topitoff Discs The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co

This product is made by The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co and they are called Topitoff Discs. I received them as a birthday gift too which is certainly an occasion for indulgence. They are designed to be put on top of a hot drink and to mainly look pretty. They are made of Belgian chocolate but the Topitoff Discs are thin and I don’t think will add lots to the flavour, they do look amazing though. Although these would work rather well over a cappuccino I decided to add them to a mug of hot chocolate. There are 12 discs in the pack and they vary in design. I chose one with red decoration and then gentle popped it on the top of drink. I was very pleased that it floated like it was supposed to. I took photos, obviously and I will be posting on Instagram.

Topitoff Discs The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co

It says to let the Topitoff Discs sit a for a minute or so to melt which I did and my first sip you could taste a extra touch of chocolate in the flavour, it was sweet and actually quite tasty. I guess it was like having a dollop of chocolate sauce on top. It changed the flavour of the first couple of sips, and the last when some of the chocolate had settled at the bottom of the mug. It is good quality chocolate so it is a nice addition but it isn’t that much of a change to the original drink.
I was really pleased with how smart these looked and I think they really make the drink look fab. They make me happy and I love the way they look, which I think is job done. Sorry Heston until they develop a way of sharing flavour my Instagram is going to be filled mostly with things I’ve been eating or drinking, the prettier the better.

Topitoff Discs The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Co

27 January 2020

Maltesers Biscuits (Asda) By @Cinabar]

Maltesers Biscuits

These are the new biscuits from Maltesers which sounds like an excellent way of developing the Maltesers range. The most stand out thing on this box of Maltesers Biscuits is the large label saying ‘More to Share’, presumably these biscuits are also available in small packets, but these were the only ones I saw in Asda. I’m always happy to have a big box of biscuits though, so would have chose these any how.

Maltesers Biscuits

Inside the box are curious looking bobble shaped biscuits. Maltesers decided to ditch the round shape as a concept and instead went for a trio of small round biscuits stuck together forming a long biscuit. The insides are quite golden in colour, they clearly went for the malty look.
I have to say I was impressed by the flavour, the Maltesers taste was the star of the show, I thought it might be a little lost but it shone through beautifully. The chocolate is good too, sweet and creamy, but it also helps to recreate the Maltesers flavour. The texture is good, crunchy but light and they soon dissolve in the mouth, much like regular Maltesers. I think these are good new product for Maltesers and they are very much in fitting with their signature chocolate balls. They have lots of the flavour of the original which is impressive.
I like the fun shape of the Maltesers Biscuits it made them stand out as something a bit different and the packet didn’t last long. Although these are currently an exclusive to Asda, they will be appearing in other supermarkets in about a month’s time, but are worth hunting out.

Maltesers Biscuits

26 January 2020

Gregg's Vegan Steak Bake Is a Disappointment To It's Parents (@NLi10)

I like Gregg's food. I like Gregg's vegan sausage rolls better than their meat ones.  I like Gregg's steak bakes.  Logically then I should like the new Vegan Gregg's steak bake - right?

Nice lattice work - you aren't going to mistake this for the standard carnivore one!

Wait - is that mince? In a real steak bake you have lots of lovely textured chunks of meat - that's why you choose 'steak' over 'beef' - you want chunks.

What Gregg's have created here is a vegan beef patty.  I mean that's probably fine if you've got the right flavour to the gravy, the texture to the meat, and some veggies to add to it, a touch of spice maybe?  But if you are just going to pop some tired Quorn in a brown slime and call it a day then I'm not sure I want to play anymore.

There is a reason the buzz for this died down so fast - they just aren't a patch on either the meat options or the current veggie options that sit next to them on the shelves.  I'm sure that someone like Fry's could teach Gregg's how to add texture inside the thing, and if PieMinister can make reasonable vegan fillings then I'm sure its possible. I'd rather just not have lunch than eat this again - or have lots of other Gregg's cakes.

The pastry was great and not noticeably different even though that was vegan too - the pastry is a win - the rest is a hard fail.  I'm not sure they will be selling many of these so if you do want to subject yourself to a terrible bake you better be fast.

25 January 2020

Eternal Session IPA - Northern Monk (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

I first thought this beer was called Northern Monk, because the typeface is so big on the can. Reading the can a bit more and the brewery is called Northern Monk, whereas the beer is called Eternal. It's called Eternal Session IPA, because the can states that beer has been brewed for several thousand years, and this beer is to pay homage to that.

A session beer is generally fairly light on the alcohol by volume (ABV), so workers could have a beer during their breaks or lunchtime in the past and then get back to work and not be too 'hammered' whilst using a steam-hammer or whatever. I used to have a quick half and a packet of crisps in the pub when I was at work in the afternoons in the distant past. It was a good treat for my morale, but those days are pretty much gone as far as I can tell.

Eternal is 4.1% volume… It's slightly cloudy golden in colour with a sweet pale malt smell to start with, and then a citrus bitterness at the back of the aroma. On taste the sweet pale malt shines through initially, which is closely followed by a slightly herbal bitterness, a citrus bite and then a touch of sweetness probably from crystal malt into the aftertaste. I must say that it does pay homage and is reminiscent of many pale ales I've had in the past. This is not a bad thing at all, especially as a homage to thousands of years of brewing beer. This is a very tasty beer with a decent bite, and I would certainly have it again.

24 January 2020

Lindt Litte Chick Egg (Waitrose) By @Cinabar

Lindt Litte Chick Egg

These new Lindt Little Chick Eggs were spotted in the (so far) small section of Easter goodies in Waitrose. I know the Easter section will be growing in the next month or so in the shop, as yet they don’t even have any full size eggs, just a few novelties like these. There were two shades of foil (gold and yellow) decorating them but as far as I could tell but designs covered the same mini eggs.These Lindt Little Chick Eggs were next to a box of Cadbury Creme Eggs, their close proximity meant that the size difference became very apparently, they are small narrow eggs when compared to the Creme Egg. Annoyingly they were a similar price despite the Lindt egg being significantly smaller.

Lindt Litte Chick Egg

When home I had one of these with a cup of coffee as an evening treat. The egg has some decoration on the chocolate, but it isn’t that clear, but the word Lindt is visible. Inside the egg is a creamy milk filling that reminded me of sweet white chocolate. There was plenty of filling inside. I took one bite and couldn’t quite get over just how sweet these Lindt Little Chick Eggs were. I have a high sugar threshold but this was near my limit. In fact if it had been twice the size I don’t think I would have been able to finish it. It is super rich, super sweet and super creamy but only worked because I had a nice cup of coffee to contrast the flavour. Nice but it was actually better being smaller.

Lindt Litte Chick Egg

23 January 2020

UGO - Exciting little pasta parcels (@NLi10)

Waitrose has great unusual things - and they do great Italian food!

Here we see a lovely pair of veggie and non veggie pasta parcels.  I had the chicken and Chorizo version.  They look great and cook in three minutes.  The bread took a little longer.

So tasty even the review cat wants some!

Maybe not as strong flavours as the real thing, or even Rana brand stuff, but still very good.

Forgot to get a pic of the beetroot ones sadly!

The garlic bread hover was amazing, just the right balance of crispy and chewy.  All in all a good reason to pop to the actual store instead of shopping online where it's harder to spot things like this.

22 January 2020

Nissin Teriyaki Soba (Ocado) By @SpectreUK

Over the winter months I do like to indulge in a noodle pot now and then for lunch. This Teriyaki Soba, from Nissin, is noodles with a Yakisoba sauce. I do like Japanese cuisine. I haven't been to a Japanese restaurant for a long time. I always like ordering for some reason. It may be that the words just roll off my tongue, rather than the awkward French, Spanish, Mexican or Italian restaurants where I don't know if I'm pronouncing something right. I get the same feeling when I go to a curry house, it might just be me, but for some reason I find Asian cuisine much easier to order and not sound so 'ENGLISH'… He shivers awkwardly…

Anyway, these days I check the calories and protein on mostly everything before I eat it. This pot noodle is pretty light on the calories, which pleases me, been as though I have to keep my weight down for my knee recovery. It is also a source of protein at 5.1g per 100g, so it will help a little with muscle repair after my latest gym session.

On opening the top of the pot there was a solid block of noodles with some diced carrots, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage and green onions on top. There was also a sachet of Seasoning sauce, presumably the Yakisoba sauce. After the usual preparation of adding boiling water up to the mark inside the pot and leaving it to stand for three minutes, I then took care to drain off the water as per the instructions. I stirred in the sachet of sauce for quite a while and dug in.

There was sweetness from the caramel in the sauce and the added pieces of vegetables and mushrooms went great for an authentic flavour and feel to this Teriyaki Soba. Being a little greedy I would have preferred a little more sauce to stir in, as I prefer my noodles or indeed rice meals to be more sauce heavy than anything else. Having said that, I'd definitely have this Teriyaki Soba again, as it was a very tasty low calorie meal. It went perfectly with my fried mushrooms and buttered toast on the side.

Information on the pot;
This 90g pot contains 211 calories per 100g, with 9.3g of fat, 4.6g of sugar, and 2.3g of salt. Please see photograph for ingredients.

21 January 2020

Kit Kat Chunky More - Raspberries & Hazelnuts (Asda) By @Cinabar

This is quite an elusive Kit Kat bar, I think I heard about it coming out back in November and have never seen it in any shops since. I regularly trawl the big supermarkets and smaller shops for Foodstuff Finds, as do family and friends, but this is the first time I’ve seen the Kit Kat Chunky More - Raspberries & Hazelnuts. It was by the tills in Asda. The bar is a “healthier” Kit Kat made with 30% less sugar and containing a source of protein. The bar has 208 calories, which isn’t that much of a reduction when you consider the Kit Kat Chunky Salted Caramel Fudge bar has 226 calories.

I broke a piece of the bar off to have a look inside and have to admit the oozing raspberry jam did make me smile. The jam contained small bits of nut too, but there was the classic layers of wafer too. The chocolate did taste different in this bar, it was a deeper flavour and noticeably less sweet. The jam was more sharp than sweet, but this worked well with the stronger cocoa taste too. The nuts made it feel filling but I would have preferred larger pieces, although I’m not sure how that would work in the space available. As a Chunky bar it did feel substantial.
The Kit Kat Chunky More - Raspberries & Hazelnuts bar is a lower sugar version so it makes sense that it was less sweet, but the chocolate felt thicker too. I liked the combination of raspberry and nut and thought it worked well together. Some people may think the change of sugar ratio meant the chocolate didn’t taste as expected, but I think it is nice to have choices available. It’s just a shame it didn’t have substantially less calories than some of the Kit Kats sweeter versions.

20 January 2020

Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies (B&M) By @Cinabar

Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies

The Easter products are hitting the shops and I when I saw these new Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies I had to buy a multipack to get a closer look. There are five in the packet which are individually wrapped and they look like a lovely themed treat.

Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies

The Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies are super cute when they are out of their wrapper. There is lovely detailing on the rabbits, they even have the Kit Kat logo on each foot. The Bunnies are mostly chocolate and when I broke mine into bite size pieces I spotted only a few bits of visible biscuit in the mix. This worried me, the whole point of a Kit Kat is the biscuit and I hoped this would still shine through.

Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies

The chocolate in these Bunnies is very much that of the Kit Kat, sweet and creamy but mild. This gave the bar the proper taste of Kit Kat, there was more of a crunch than I had expected from the biscuit bits inside which was nice. It was also nice to realise that the biscuit bits were made from wafer which was in keeping with a normal Kit Kat.
So these Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies are very much a fun product and are well designed. I think they make a great seasonal treat and although there is more chocolate there is enough wafer to make this feel like a true Kit Kat product. I will happily being buying more of these in the run up to Easter.

Kit Kat Easter Break Bunnies

19 January 2020

Green Cola?! At Chance n Counters (@NLi10)

Exploring new places is always good, especially if they have a few more social drinks for me to try. Birmingham’s latest Board Game Cafe is Chance & Counters in the Custard Factory which opened just before Christmas.

On the menu we spotted Green Cola - how cool is that!

In fact the green is about the lack of sugar and sweeteners and the environmental impact, not the colour.

It looks like cola!

Tastes good though, you can drink this with a clear conscious!

And eat a chicken burger too!

Drink 2 was new favourite Kombucha - by a brand I’ve not seen before too.

The taste is sweet and tangy, as expected. It’s got a strong beer-like taste too which I’m enjoying!

18 January 2020

Naranjito Orange Pale Ale (Morrisons) By @SpectreUK

I'm hoping that you haven't missed the boat with this limited release Naranjito orange pale ale, but it has been languishing at the back of my beer fridge for quite some time. It's not that I've been avoiding it, as I usually love orange peel added to pale ale, especially washing down a tuna sandwich after a stint at the gym. The problem is that often the more beers that get bought and placed at the front of the fridge push everything else to the back. Such is life, I guess, sometimes you need to stop and sort things out a bit. That's often what the New Year can bring…

This 4.5% volume Naranjito orange pale ale was produced by Brooklyn brewery in New York. The can is slightly larger than the 330ml that we are used to at 355ml, but that just means more beer for me! On opening the can there was a strong herbal hoppy smell to start with, which confused me a little as I was expecting more citrus hops than herbal. There was also orange peel at the back of the aroma. This golden pale ale bubbled excitedly away in my beer glass. On taste the herbal hops washed around my mouth full of bite, with the orange peel poking through the flavour just before the sweet pale malt, which seemed to dance a merry jig around my tastebuds and into the aftertaste. This is quite a complex beer with its initial fresh crisp bitterness followed by its sweet malts. Very tasty indeed, and such shame it's a limited release!

17 January 2020

Vegan Meatball Marinara (Subway) By @Cinabar

Vegan Meatball Marinara (Subway)

My first disclaimer is that I’m not vegan, but as it is Veganuary I thought it would be good to try out one of the options at Subway, this Vegan Meatball Marinara. I had with it toasted vegan cheese and squirt of vegan aioli and my usual salad choices, I do love olives on everything subway. The bread was the paprika and chilli to give it warmth.
The sub itself isn’t that pretty on the inside, there were four vegan meatballs hiding in this sandwich but the combination of multiple sauces and salads meant they weren't easy to spot, it was a full but messy sandwich. This translated to the eating too, the sauce was keen to escape, and they only gave me one serviette! Oh well.

Vegan Meatball Marinara (Subway)

I have had the meat version of this sandwich many times before and have to say this was very similar, the meatballs felt very much like meat in texture. In flavour there was a little less beefiness, but they still tasted amazing, and it was a very enjoyable sandwich. I like the vegan garlic aioli sauce this went very well with the tasty Marina sauce all over the meatballs, the salad giving a nice crunch. The vegan cheese was a little bit lost but there was a lot going on with the contents. This was a filling and tasty sandwich and one that you could easily mistake for being meaty. I’m not sure if I would have noticed if I hadn’t been the one ordering it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am impressed with Subway bringing out such a good vegan alternative without upping the price (it was priced the same as the meat version).
Seriously though Subway when you sell subs full of sauce like this give us an extra serviette, I can’t be the only one who’s fingers were coated. Dangerous to eat but oh so tasty.

16 January 2020

EndoSport CBD Water - Science Fad or Legit Product? @endo_sport (by @NLi10)

I work in Birmingham, this appeared on one of the big advertising hoardings outside.  The UK's first CBD Sports Drink - and upon Googling it's from a local company - the other side of Birmingham.

So naturally I got hold of some (easiest way is direct from the company at the moment but I suspect the more forward thinking local gyms stock this too).

Here we go - ready for the January health kick!  There are two flavours, Berry & Tropical, and the Orange one.

So here are the ingredients.  No real vitamins and minerals sprayed in, but they do have the magic ingredient of 10 mg of CBD per bottle.  For those who aren't familiar with this - it's a completely legal extract from the cannabis plant that I've written about A LOT over the recent years. Or at least it felt like I had - but I've only put two up before this!

Essentially - I tried the oil and it had a decent effect, but didn't' last and was awkward to carry.  Then I got the tablets and it lasted hours and was convenient to take with me & really helped with my Rheumatoid Arthritis, and now I have those most week days.  And I also like to find it in other foods and I'm sure I've eaten more than that one chocolate bar I linked.

So - the oportunity to drink some is very tempting!  And more importantly I'm uniquely positioned to be able to detect if the problems with CBD water are apparent here.

You see CBD doesn't like sunlight or oxygen, it starts to degrade becoming less effective.  All types of CBD come in dark wrappers and brown glass, and tiny amounts so that this effect is minimised.  And here we have a clear plastic bottle!  Thankfully the makers know what they are doing so have covered the whole bottle in a wrapper - and tell you to consume once opened so this shouldn't be a problem.

I get noticable pain reduction within half an hour of my CBD tablets (faster with the oil) and would certainly be able to tell if this happened while on a nice long walk in the muddy woods.

And it did! Even though I let my partner have a few swigs of the stuff I definitely felt a reduction in both my walking related pains and those micro pains in my hands which frankly are always there.  Would this help to relax and alleviate the pains caused from normal exercise? It did for me!

The taste was interesting, like the old energy drinks I drank 20 years ago - and I put this down to the artificial sweeteners chosen.  She didn't seem to mind this as much as I did - and I was surprised to notice that she couldn't taste the CBD (the raw oil is like sprouts - some people can't stand it!).

I took the Orange one to work (visions of a future review here) and shared it out.

If I'd had my proper science brain in gear then I'd have made some placebo Orange drinks to share out too.  I had the small portion to see what happened (similar effects to before, shorter duration) and to get an idea of the taste.  A fairly unremarkable Orange with the sweetener aftertaste - I preferred this to the blue one.

My colleagues liked the taste, and seemed to appreciate the calming and centring effect that the CBD had on them - it seemed to last around 90 mins.

If you've been looking for a way to ingest CBD that doesn't require carrying around little bottles of oil or arcane looking tablets then this is probably the most 'normal' I've found so far.  I can't really speak for the exercise credentials - but I sure did manage to walk further and faster than I would have done without it.

The January weather was very cruel to the poster - it only lasted a week or so before the rain lashed it off the hoardings (it happens a lot here because it's not sheltered by buildings).  I hope that the market is kinder to this drink as it is a very effective and legitimate way of picking up a daily dose of CBD.

15 January 2020

Upbeat Blood Orange & Mandarin ((@DegustaboxUK) By @SpectreUK

Upbeat Blood Orange & Mandarin

I think I probably needed to be 'down with kids' to be able read the title of this vitamin enriched Blood Orange & Mandarin protein water. 'Upbeat' is not what I read the first time I looked at the label. On seeing the orange images, I then read 'Up Be At' and commented to Cinabar that it was a bizarre name to call an orange flavoured zero sugar protein drink! I then realised it wasn't for early mornings, but could be useful for fixing muscles. Been as though I spend a great deal of time maintaining muscles at the gym now, I instantly hoped that this could be the perfect drink for me.

It states on the label that Upbeat is 'drink positive' with 'enriched hydration for strength, energy & mental performance'. I have noticed lately that no matter how much I drink and sweat out during exercise, as well as try to manage my calories to keep my weight down, I'm more than a little zonked out in the afternoons. Unfortunately I am getting on a bit, and we have been gaming late most nights, so lack of sleep isn't helping with my high exercise, high protein, and low calorie diet. So I'm hoping this high protein, zero sugar, real fruit drink, with energising vitamins will help me out.

On opening the bottle there was a strong mandarin smell, with the protein and vitamins aroma combined. I'm a big fan of mandarin jelly, so this was a big plus. I couldn't smell much on the blood orange side though, and there wasn't much blood orange in the flavour. This is definitely a predominantly mandarin flavoured high protein water drink. The protein and vitamins not only added to the aroma, but also to the taste. That 'oh, mandarin… but what's that faintly weird flavour,' never got old throughout the 500ml bottle. I guess I'll keep looking…

Information on the bottle;
The 500ml bottle contains a stinking 226 calories (approximately 75 calories higher than your average beer), 0g of fat, 12g of protein, and 0g of salt. See photograph for ingredients.

Upbeat Blood Orange & Mandarin