Sunday, 23 October 2016

Chocolate Choccers: M&M's copycat (Poundland)

Chocolate choccera poundland

When I saw this pack of "Choccers" in Poundland recently I must admit I had to do a double first I thought they were a new variety of M&Ms: the packaging is practically identical. Then after reading the packet I realized they're not associated with Mars at all - they're made by a Spanish company for Sweet Heaven. I'm not sure how Poundland can get away with selling such a blatant copycat product, especially considering the dispute between Mars and Mondelez in Sweden recently (Mars are blocked from selling M&Ms in Sweden, as Mondelez sell a similar product called Marabou M's).

But they're selling these regardless, costing £1 as you might guess, and they're described as "couverture chocolate in a crisp colored shell".

Chocolate Choccers

Opening the pack, they all looked the same as M&Ms with their bright colours. I poured them into my fancy new star dish from Home Bargains.

Chocolate Choccers

Taste-wise they were...a bit eh. Super sugary because of the sugar shells, and the chocolate didn't taste all that nice to be honest, it was rather cheap and a bit like calendar chocolate. Munching on a handful was a joyless experience...despite the fact they looked so bright and colorful. I ended up throwing most of the pack in the bin...something I rarely do!

Overall, these are a huge disappointment, and they've only set themselves up for this by pretending to be M&Ms in the first place. The weird thing is...Poundland already sells M&Ms. So why would anyone choose this inferior version? Is there a market for products that taste worse than the original even when they're the same price? Baffling! This is one to avoid folks...

4 out of 10. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Chocologic No Added Sugar Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons

chocologic no added sugar milk chocolate buttons

Chocologic are back with some new products...yay! This time with No Added Sugar Giant Milk Chocolate Buttons, which is good news for anyone avoiding sugar or on a low carb diet.

chocologic milk chocolate buttons

The sugar has been replaced with "alimentary fibres"; dextrin, inulin and oligofructose, as well as the sweeteners erythritol and stevia. As well as these, the buttons of course contain milk.

chocologic giant milk chocolate buttons

These cost £1.20 for a bag in Tesco which is pretty reasaonable since you get a decent amount (75g) and the buttons are nice and chunky. In fact they reminded me of Yorkie Giant Buttons.

Chocologic no added sugar milk chocolate buttons

Thankfully, they tasted a lot better! When I tried the Chocologic Milk Chocolate Bar last year I felt it had a slight Calender Chocolate taste...well somehow that doesn't seem to be the case here. I don't know if they've changed the recipe, but these buttons were rather creamy and tasty, I certainly scoffed more than a handful! They're a lot less sweet than regular milk chocolate buttons, and all the better for it really. I much preferred them over how Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons taste nowadays...these are smooth and melt in the mouth whereas Cadbury's are greasy and far too sweet.

Overall, I have to say these are a winner! Perfect for a lower sugar snack and pretty darn tasty...just be careful though because they're a bit too easy to eat!

Nutrition Information (per 5 buttons): 77 Calories, 5.8g Fat, 5.4g Carbohydrates, 2.7g Fibre, 1.3g Protein. Suitable for vegetarians. 36% cocoa solids. 60% less sugar compared to similar UK chocolate products .

8.5 out of 10.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Haribo Minions: Bananaaa! & Ice Cream Flavours

Somehow, Haribo Minions are a thing that have passed me by, but I'm aiming to correct that now. What lured me in with these was the promise of banana and ice cream flavours; something a bit different for jelly sweets. I found these in Tesco recently for just under a pound, along with a few other new Haribo sweets I'll be reviewing shortly.

What makes these even more special is that one of the new flavours shares the same name as me! Yes, Kevin from Minions has the honour of being banana flavoured! The others are Blueberry Bob, Apple Stuart, Raspberry Dave and Cherry Jerry. Genius naming if ever there was.

Some of the flavours also contain an ice cream flavour foam backing...yum!

I tried the Banana Kevin flavour first, of course! It had a subtle banana flavour that complimented the ice cream foam quite nicely. It wasn't artificial tasting, thankfully.

The Blueberry Bob flavour was also very nice, with a subtle blueberry flavour. Again, no artificial flavour was detectable.

The other flavours were equally as good...a nice tangy Apple Stuart flavour, sour cherry from Cherry Jerry and a berry sweeteness from raspberry Dave. Overall the flavours combined together very well, they're the sort of stuff you'd find in a fruit cocktail and go nicely with the ice cream flavour. I don't know what the original Haribo Minions taste of but these are definitely a good mixture.

Overall, as weird as banana might sound in jelly form it's actually rather nice and works surprisingly well with the other flavours, and the ice cream foam is the perfect complimenting flavour. I would definitely buy these again!

Nutrition Information (per 100g): 342 Calories, 0.5g Fat, 77g Carbohydrate, 47g Sugar, 6.6g Protein. Not suitable for vegetarians. 

8.5 out of 10.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Costa Toffee Apple Hot Chocolate

costa toffee apple hot chocolate

When I heard there was a new Toffee Apple Hot Chocolate at Costa I just had to try it...I'm a big fan of their classic seasonal drinks like the famous Black Forest Hot Chocolate and Hot Spiced Apple Drink, but this sounded like a unique flavour for hot chocolate...I've certainly not seen it before anyway!

This came with whipped cream and crunchy toffee pieces on top, although I've heard from others that it sometimes comes with fudge. I imagine both are an equally tasty addition!

costa toffee apple hot chocolate

I started off by eating most of the cream, which was lovely and fresh, and complimented nicely by the crunchy toffee pieces. The actual hot chocolate had a strong, pleasant apple flavour, and the toffee was more of a richer treacle toffee rather than regular toffee. It took some getting used to, but it was different and made for an interesting drink.

Overall, I'm not sure this will be replacing Black Forest Hot Chocolate as my favourite seasonal Costa drink, but it's definitely a nice change from the norm! Now, please can you do a Pumpkin Spice hot choccy, Costa?

8 out of 10. 

Alpro Dessert Moments: Hazelnut Chocolate (UK) Review

alpro dessert moments hazelnut chocolate

I'm not often one for chilled desserts, however when I heard about this new soya-based vegan Chocolate Hazenut dessert from Alpro I just had to give it a try. I love vegan desserts as I find they're often lighter on the stomach than dairy-based desserts, and anything with chocolate and hazelnut in is a winner!

These are also gluten free, low in fat and contain 30% less sugar than standard dairy desserts of this type, thanks to the hazelnuts being full of flavour. Here's the ingredients list:

alpro dessert moments hazelnut chocolate

They cost £2 for 4 pots in Morrisons, which is pretty reasonable. They were in the chilled section with the other Alpro yogurts, although this was the last pack on the shelf. Must be popular!

alpro dessert moments hazelnut chocolate

Peeling off the lid revealed a gloopy looking dessert. I would usually complain about it, but knowing that it lacked the horrible gelatine regular desserts like this contain, I don't mind at all!

alpro dessert moments hazelnut chocolate

Taking a spoonful, I first noticed the's gloopy but strangely creamy. Definitely not unpleasant at all; I would liken it to cold custard.

alpro dessert moments hazelnut chocolate

The chocolate hazelnut flavour was spot-on...there's a good mix of both chocolate and hazelnut, neither one is overpowering and they work very well together. The lower sugar content is noticeable and is actually a good allows the creaminess and nutty flavours to shine through more. I really, really loved these, which surprised me because I wasn't expecting to! I may have eaten them all...oops!

Overall, these Alpro Dessert Moments are quite a revelation. I imagine anyone who is skeptical of soya desserts would love them, or anyone who likes hazelnut and chocolate in general really. I hear there's Coconut and Almond varieties out there...if anyone spots them, please do let me know!

Nutrition Information (per 100g): 78 Calories, 2.3g Fat, 11.2g Carbohydrates (9g Sugars), 2.6g Protein. Free from dairy and gluten.

9 out of 10.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Marks & Spencer Pumpkin Smoothie

marks and spencer pumpkin smoothie

There's a few new Pumpkin Spice flavoured products around at the moment, it seems to be the flavour of the month in fact, and I for one am pleased! The Muller Corner Pumpkin Spice Latte was pretty nice, and it got me in the mood to try out more pumpkin-flavoured being this "Smoothie Pumpkin" from Marks & Spencer. I'm not sure why they've flipped the name around...surely Pumpkin Smoothie has a better ring to it?!

This cost £1.50 in M&S and is a mixture of apple juice, pumpkin puree, banana puree, carrot, mango and cinnamon extract. I was surprised that pumpkin is so high on the ingredients list, because with products like this the fruit it's named after is often (weirdly) at the end of the list!

marks and spencer smoothie pumpkin

I've never tried pumpkin in smoothie form before so I had no idea what to expect...but this was rather nice! The smoothie was very sweet, smooth and with just the right hint of warming spicy cinnamon. Not too overpowering but nice and subtle.

Overall, I have to say I was impressed with this; M&S you are wowing me with your new products! Whilst it is a little pricey, for a Winter novelty it's worth it. This gets a big thumbs up from me.

Nutrition (per 100ml): 48 Calories, 0.4g Fat, 9.8g Carbohydrates (9.5g Sugars).

8.5 out of 10.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Halloween In Shops! Spooky M&M's, Wotsits Zombie Fingers & More!

reeses peanut butter pumpkins

It's that time of year again! All the Halloween products are now out in shops; there's the usual stuff they do every year, plus a few new things...let's take a look!

Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins:
I've been waiting for these to hit shops, and at last they're in Tesco! Will they be a trick or a treat? Check out my review to find out...

Cadbury Ghooost Egg with white goo:
cadbury ghooost egg

Cadbury's have killed off Screme Eggs and left Ghooost Eggs in their place (check out my review). I'm not sure why...half the fun of a Screme Egg was the green yolk! Spotted in Boots.

Cadbury Screme Egg Pots of Joy with green Goooo:
cadbury screme egg pots of joy

Despite the lack of actual Screme Eggs this year, there's these limited edition Screme Egg Pots of Joy for fans of the green stuff. Check out my review! Available in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons & Sainsbury's.

Cadbury Screme Egg Biscuits:
cadbury screme egg biscuits

The limited edition gooey green biscuits are back again...Spotted in Wilkinsons.

M&M's Peanut Spooky Colours Limited Edition:

Spotted in Tesco Express for £1.50. Smaller bags are also available.

Cadbury Pumpkin Patch Cakes:
cadbury pumpkin patc cakes

The packaging for these looks so cool! They consist of "Chocolate Cakes with orange coloured creme". Spotted in Sainsbury's.

McVitie's Penguin Petrified Chocolatey Cake Bars:
mcvities penguin petrified chocolatey cake bars

The penguins are turning into witches! Spotted in Tesco.

Tesco Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Mummies:
tesco gingerbread mummy

Letting children decorate their own mummy...I'm not sure this idea will work out well!

McVitie's Hobnobs Toffee Apple Flapjacks:
mcvities hobnobs toffee apple flapjacks

Yum! Spotted in Tesco.

Cadbury Mini Animals Halloweenies:
cadbury mini animals halloweenies

These are back again, they're basically Cadbury Animals in Halloween shapes. Spotted in Wilkinsons.

Cadbury Crunchy Spiders:
cadbury crunchy spiders

These have been going for a while now...check out my review. Spotted in Boots and Wilkinsons.

Rowntree's Randoms Spooky Mix:
rowntrees randoms spooky mix

These are the same as the Phantom Mix Nestle did a few years back. Spotted in Poundstretcher.

Fruittella Spooky Family:
fruittella spooky family

Fruity chews perfect for trick or treaters. Spotted in Home Bargains.

Wilko Halloween Gory Finger Sweets:
wilko gory finger sweets

If you really want to scare someone this Halloween give them one of your fingers to nibble on!

Ghostbusters Slimer Mallows:

I ain't afraid of no ghost! Spotted in Poundland.

Nestle Milkybar Ghost:
milkybar ghost

And I'm certainly not afraid of these...they look too cute to be scary. Spotted in Wilkinsons.

Nestle Smarties Pumpkins:

smarties pumpkin

These have been going for quite a while now. Spotted in Wilkinsons.

Soreen Chocolate & Blood Orange Scream:
soreen halloween

The chocolatey blood orange maltloaf is back to scare us once again...Spotted in Tesco.

Soreen Toffee Apple Scream:
soreen toffee apple scream

And the Toffee Apple version! Also in Tesco.

Mr Kipling Chocolate & Slime Slices:
mr kipling chopcolate and slime slices

The green cakes return...Spotted in Tesco.

Mr Kipling Fiendish Fancies:
mr kipling fiendish fancies

And Fiendish Fancies! Spotted in Sainsbury's.

Mr Kipling Toffee Terror Whirls:
mr kipling toffee terror whirls

I think the name is a trick because these sound like a real treat! Spotted in Tesco.

McVitie's Digestives Devilish Teacakes:
mcvities digetsives devilish teacakes

Just ordinary teacakes...not even an orangey mallow centre. Boo! Spotted in Tesco.

Jaffa Cakes Fangtastic Cake Bars:
jaffa cakes fangtastic

Just regular orange Jaffa Cakes Cake Bars. Spotted in Sainsbury's.

McVitie's Jaffa Cakes Batty Blackcurrant Cake Bars:
jaffa cakes blackcurrant cakes

At least these sound a bit different...Spotted in Tesco.

McVitie's Sticky Toffee Flavour Bonfire Pudding Cake:
mcvities sticky toffee bonfire pudding cake

Ok, so this is actually for Bonfire Night...but it would still make a great Halloween Party treat! Spotted in Sainsbury's. There's also a Sticky Toffee Apple variety that I've seen in Tesco.

Walkers Wotsits Zombie Fingers:
wotsits zombie fingers

They're back! Spotted in local newsagent.

Mega Monster Munch Webs:
monster munch webs

Also back! Bacon flavoured.

Wilko Halloween Butterscotch Toffee Crunch & Treacle Crunch Biscuits:

Now these sounds quite different and unique.

Wilko Halloween Vanilla Mallow Pumpkins:

These sound a bit yummy!

Sweet Champions Halloween Lollies:
champions halloween lollies

Includes favourites like Black Jack, Refreshers, Dip Dab and Fruit Salad. Spotted in Home Bargains.

Chupa Chups Halloween Lollies:
halloween lollies

There's also Chupa Chups lollies...presumably in "scary" colours. Spotted in Home Bargains.

Chupa Chups Spooky Candy Pizza:
halloween pizza

Chupa Chups are also doing a Halloween candy pizza, topped with various creepy crawly gummies. Spotted in Asda.

Chewits Vampire Fangs:
chewits vampire fangs

I believe these were out last Halloween. Spotted in Asda.

Starburst Trick or Treat:
starburst trick or treat

Check out my review of these from a few years back. Spotted in Asda.


These are just Cheesestrings with Halloween packaging. Enough said. Spotted in Asda.

Monster Yollies:
monster yollies

The raspberry yogurt lollies get a monster makeover.

Tesco Toffee Apple Muffins:
tesco toffee apple muffins

These look so yummy!

Tesco Ghoulishly Gooey Filled Cookies: 
tesco ghoulishly gooey cookies

Tesco's gooey cookies are back again to haunt us!

Tesco Pumpkin Cake Kit:
tesco pumpkin cake

Make your own orange pumpkin cake!

Giant Gummy Spider:
giant gummy spider

Yuck! Spotted in Home Bargains.

Giant Gummy Snake:
giant gummy snake

Double yuck! Also in Home Bargains.

Sweetpeople Halloween Eye Lolly:
sweet people eye lolly
Don't worry...I'm a "kindly" eye...
I don't think I've ever seen anything like this before...Spotted in Tk Maxx.

Finger Candles:
finger candles

Thumbs up...I wouldn't want these on my cake! Also in Tk Maxx.

Tesco Halloween Doughnuts:
halloween doughnuts

Orange iced donuts...yum! 

Marks & Spencer Zombie Jelly Brains:
zombie jelly brains
I don't have a brain...I'm all spirit!
Now these sound scary!

Marks & Spencer Wicked Witches' Hats:
wicked witches hats

Blackcurrant, Orange and Raspberry gummies in witches hat shapes.

M&S Spooky Ghosts & Vampire Bats Crisps:
spooky ghosts and vampire bats

These look anyone else reminded of the Snapchat Emoji?

M&S Petrifying Pumpkins Crisps:
petrifying pumpkins

Pumpkin shaped crisps!

M&S Creepy Coated Chocolate Beans:
creepy chocolate beans

Chocolate Beans in creepy colours...

M&S Sweet & Sour Gruesome Gargoyles:
gruesome gargoyles

More imaginative ghoulish jellies from M&S...they're really pushing the boat out this year!

M&S Witches Fingers: 
marks and spencer witches fingers

I wouldn't want to dip these in my coffee!

M&S Fizzy Fangtastic Popcorn:
marks spencer fizzy fangtastic popcorn

Fizzy orange flavour popcorn..sounds like a trick rather than a treat.

Marks & Spencer Ghostly Minibites:

These however sound like a treat! - Chocolate covered crispy caramel bites with ghostly sprinkles.

Tesco Mummy's Little Pumpkin Outfit:
mummys little pumpkin

It seems that Halloween clothing is the new "thing" - I saw a few variations of these in Tesco recently.

Haribo TangfasTricks:
haribo tangfastricks

Check out my review of these here...they come in Super Sour, Tangy or Hot flavours. Found in Asda.

Haribo Scaremix:
haribo scaremix

I've also reviewed these. Found in Asda.

Haribo Duo Scaremix & TangfasTricks Pumpkin Tub:

Both flavours are also available in this handy pumpkin shaped tub...perfect for trick-or-treaters. Spotted in Morrisons.

Morrisons Trick or Treat Street Hollow Chocolate Pumpkin:

Morrisons are also doing these hollow pumpkin figures, made from white chocolate.

Marks & Spencer Ghost Pumpkin:

A white coloured pumpkin! Scary indeed!

Marks & Spencer Cinderella Pumpkin:

Who knew you could get so many different types of Pumpkin?

Tiger Extra Brain:

An extra brain always comes in you can buy one for £4 in Danish chain store Tiger!

Well, that's it for this Spotted In Shops 2016 Halloween Edition, sorry for the long post! If you've tried any of these treats do let me know your thoughts in the comments...