Sunday, 15 January 2017
Following on from the new Magnum Ice Cream Tubs, today's review is one that had me very excited indeed when I saw it. I found this Double Coconut or "Cocco" variety in my local Tesco a mere hour after hearing about it online; fate was calling to me, I MUST have it! Into my basket it went without even a glance at the price, along with the new Raspberry variety too.
Priced at £3 a box (working out at £1 per ice cream!) these are gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and described as "Coconut ice cream with a chocolate flavour coating, chocolate sauce and milk chocolate". Having fond memories of the Walls Carte D'or Coconut Ice Cream of years past, I was hoping for a similar luxurious, tropical taste experience with these.
The bars looked pretty snazzy with their "Dare to go double" wrappers I have to say...
Unwrapping one I bit in; the chocolate shell is very thick and the chocolate sauce oozes out straight away. It's gooey and sweet, yielding to the coconut ice cream below. Now to be honest the ice cream was okay, but it was far from the rich, tropical coconutty experience I was hoping for. The ingredients list 2% coconut paste, so at least it has "real" coconut in, but I'm thinking maybe they just need to throw in some flakes of coconut or something to give it that extra bit of oomph.
Overall, these aren't bad ice creams and no doubt coconut fans will love them, but I do think they could be better. Luckily, there's also a new Double Raspberry variety which I enjoyed a lot more - stay tuned for a review of those!
Nutrition (per ice cream): 239 Calories, 15g Fat, 23g Carbohydrates, 22g Sugars, 2.8g Protein.
Ingredients: Reconstituted skimmed milk, sugar, coconut oil, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, glucose fructose syrup, fat reduced cocoa powder, whole milk powder, coconut paste (2%), butter oil, glucose syrup, skimmed milk powder, whey solids, stabilisers, emulsifiers, modified starch, flavourings.
7 out of 10.
Saturday, 14 January 2017
As well as the new White Chocolate Magnum Tub Ice Cream I reviewed the other day, Unilever have brought out a Classic Milk Chocolate variety, and this - Almond Milk Chocolate, all of which are available from Iceland for £3.89 a tub.
This is suitable for vegetarians and is described as "Vanilla ice cream, almond pieces and milk chocolate shards in a cracking milk chocolate shell". There's a thick layer of milk chocolate above the ice cream, containing bits of almond embedded within.
Luckily it was the perfect temperature to crack open with a spoon, which I didn't hesitate in doing!
The chocolate has a very full on rich, creamy flavour, with the savoury nuttiness of the almond mixing well with it. It compliments the vanilla ice cream nicely, and there's also extra shards of milk chocolate within the ice cream for extra enjoyment.
As nice as this variety is, it paled in comparison to the White Chocolate version in my opinion. The white chocolate one is much creamier and a lot more decadent, whereas this feels rich and nutty, but a little on the sickly side. Maybe I'd just eaten too much ice cream all at once?!
Overall, this is a nice variety in the Magnum Tub Ice Cream range, but I do wish I'd got the Classic Milk Chocolate instead. I think they should do a caramel version...now that would be amazing!
Nutrition (per 100ml): 234 Calories, 14g Fat, 22g Carbohydrates, 20g Sugars, 3.3g Protein.
8 out of 10.
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Today's review is for something new and very exciting indeed; not content with regular Magnums Unilever have now launched the classic ice cream sticks into tubs...complete with shards of cracking chocolate! There's three varieties; Classic Milk Chocolate, Almond and White Chocolate.
I'm starting off with the white chocolate variety, which is available in Iceland and described as "Vanilla ice cream and white chocolate shards in a cracking white chocolate shell". It's suitable for vegetarians and has an indentation on the side of the tub stating "press to crack". Apparently this breaks the shell coating the inner tub, so you can enjoy the shards of white chocolate that crack off.
As well as that there's a thick disc of white chocolate on top of the ice cream. It didn't take me long to smash into it with a spoon, and luckily it was just the right temperature for cracking...no waiting necessary!
It tasted incredible, perhaps even nicer than an actual Magnum. The ice cream is creamy and luxurious, and the vanilla really shines through in the taste. The white chocolate is just as sweet and creamy and is perhaps the best quality white chocolate I've ever tried in ice cream form. The two combine together to make one hell of an indulgent experience. The extra shards of white chocolate throughout the tub add further texture and creaminess, this tub is literally just an explosion of sweet and creamy!
The tubs are a bit pricey (£3.89 at Iceland) but boy are they worth it. They certainly hold their own against the likes of Ben and Jerry's and Haagen Dazs and more than justify the price. I would definitely recommend these, if you love both ice cream and white chocolate grab yourself a tub pronto!
Ingredients: Reconstituted skimmed milk, sugar, cream, cocoa butter, glucose-fructose syrup, whole milk powder, skimmed milk powder or concentrate, butter oil, skimmed milk powder, glucose syrup, emulsifiers, stabilisers, vanilla bean pieces, flavourings, colour.
Nutrition Information (per 100ml): 218 Calories, 13g Fat, 23g Carbohydrates, 21g Sugars, 2.5g Protein.
9 out of 10.
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
There's been a few new coffee varieties from Nescafe recently, from the limited edition Coconut Latte brought out last year to the latest, perhaps more sensible flavour, Toffee Nut Latte. Toffee Nut is a staple flavour of coffee shops so it makes sense Nescafe would do a version too. But is it any good though?
It's labeled as a Special Edition, so presumably won't be around forever. There's 8 sachets per box and they're suitable for vegetarians.
I made it as directed, producing a very frothy drink. It tasted pretty good; a nice mild coffee kick with plenty of creamy sweet froth. At first I couldn't detect the nut, but eventually there it was - a slight hazelnut flavour with a hint of toffee. It wasn't too bad although was a little on the artificial side, which I guess is no surprise. I later made another cup but this time doubled up on sachets, which produced a far nicer drink...who cares about the extra calories?!
Overall, this isn't a bad Special Edition flavour from Nescafe, it's probably not something I would buy regularly but I wouldn't turn one down if offered it. Now I'm curious what the coconut variety tastes like...I've heard bad things about it!
Nutrition Information (per 100ml): 32 Calories, 0.7g Fat, 5.7g Carbohydrates, 4.4g Sugars.
8 out of 10.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Recently there's been a glut of reduced price Ritter Sport bars in my local shops and market stalls, I'm not sure why but it's certainly nice to be able to buy cheap and great quality chocolate! One product I've been eager to try for a while and finally got the chance to was this Macadamia bar, part of the "Nut Perfection" range from Ritter, with the "queen of nuts" in apline milk chocolate.
I'm a bit funny with macadamia nuts, they have been known to make The Hand swell in the past, so needless to say I was a bit wary of trying this bar!
Like all Ritter Sport bars it comes in a perfectly shaped square block with the logo imprinted on each piece.
The macadamia nuts are abundant throughout; there's fairly large chunks of them amongst the blocks.
And they really dominated the bar! This is a good thing because you have the buttery flavour of the macadamias complimented by the creamy milk chocolate, rather than the other way around. The combination works beautifully and it's nice to have more of a nut dominated bar instead of small bits of chopped nut. Luckily I had no rogue hand-swelling from this bar either...result!
Overall, I really enjoyed this bar from Ritter Sport and would definitely buy it again. Hopefully it becomes more wide available, and please Ritter, do a white chocolate version too?!
8 out of 10.
Monday, 9 January 2017
Aldi have launched a new range of snack bars inspired by The Paleo Diet, and not only are they gluten, dairy and refined sugar free they're suitable for vegans and vegetarians too. Making them very suitable for #Veganuary and the flexitarians amongst us!
The bars are similar to The Primal Pantry's Paleo bars, only you get 4 bars per multipack for £1.99 - considerably cheaper than what Tesco charge for a multipack of three Primal Pantry bars at £2.99! This variety is made with ingredients like macamadia nuts, dates, coconut, and almond oil and is cold pressed, making it a raw bar too.
There's slogans on the wrappers such as "Satisfaction for your inner caveman" and "Snacking like our forefathers"...I'm not sure cavemen really did sit around scoffing bars like this, but let's go with it!
The bars tasted very yummy, and I enjoyed them even more than The Primal Pantry bars. Chewy, moist and satisfying, with some nice chunky bits of macadamia nut throughout. They were just the right texture, not as soft as a Nakd bar and maybe not as firm as The Primal Pantry bars. In other words; just right!
Overall, these are some good bars from Aldi and certainly better value than similar offerings from other companies. I would happily buy them again when in need of a healthier snacking fix! Stay tuned for a review of the Brazil Nut and Cherry variety...
Nutrition Information (per bar): 12g Fat, 19g Carbohydrates, 16g Sugars, 3g Protein.
8.5 out of 10.
Thursday, 5 January 2017
It's #veganuary, and although I'm not vegan myself I do like to minimize the dairy, and have friends who do too, so I thought I'd mark the occasion with one of the nicest vegan chocolates I have ever tried, made by none other than Waitrose!
This bar is part of the Waitrose 1 Single Origin range, made with fairtrade cocoa beans and consists of 54% cocoa dark chocolate, coconut milk, coconut sugar, and to top it all off ground coconut flakes. This bar is unusual because not many companies make dairy free chocolate with coconut milk.
The bar had a strong rich coconut aroma when I removed it from the cardboard sleeve; each square is imprinted with a cocoa pod. It's a lovely touch and makes it feel like a very special bar indeed. It costs just over £2 in Waitrose, and annoyingly they always sell out fast whenever there's new stock - must be popular!
The chocolate is quite simply, luscious. The coconut flavour is sort of caramelly, almost like burnt caramel but fruity at the same time. That might sound bad but it tastes gorgeous! The chocolate melts in the mouth perfectly, perhaps even better than a chocolate with dairy would. It felt very satisfying after a few squares, so much so I didn't feel the need to scoff the whole bar at once. The extra creaminess from the coconut milk really pays off.
Overall, this is a fantastic dairy free chocolate and it's great to see one that utilizes coconut milk instead of the usual rice milk, which often gives dairy free chocolates a weak flavour. If you're vegan, dairy free or just enjoy good quality chocolate this is definitely one worth seeking out!
9 out of 10.