Thursday, 29 September 2016
Nakd (aka Natural Balance Foods) have launched a new range of "premium, grown up snacks" called Posh Bits. These replace the Nakd Bits range that have been out for a while now, to the disappointment of many fans I'm sure.
Like all Nakd products, these are a mixture of raw fruit and nuts "smooshed together", and are raw, vegan, dairy free and gluten free. Here's the ingredients list:
Also here's the Nutrition Information, for those who like details of calories and fat etc.
If these are indeed meant to replace Nakd Cocoa Orange Bits, they certainly do a good job of it...they're very tasty! I liked the differing shapes of the bits, there's hearts:
And, what I can only describe as "domes":
The shapes certainly make the whole experience of eating these a lot more fun....but how do they taste?
Well, they're addictively yummy! They have a lovely zesty aroma and flavour from the mandarin, with a good strong cocoa kick. They're the perfect texture; chewy and dense, but not overly soft or too hard. I found them very satisfying and as moreish as they are, for once I didn't want to eat the full bag.
Overall, I have to say these Cocoa Mandarin Posh Bits are a worthy successor to the Cocoa Orange Bits. The Mandarin gives them a juicier, sharper edge that is definitely more sophisticated and the different shapes make them fun to eat. They cost £2.75 a bag in Sainsbury's which is a bit steep for 130g, but they are worth it and I imagine they'll be reduced in price at some point.
9 out of 10.
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
These are part of Mondelez/Cadbury's "shrink everything except the bathroom sink" strategy of making money from customers, and they're doing a good job of it...they now make miniature versions of most of their products, from Cadbury Caramel Nibbles, to Bitsa Wispa, to Twirl Bites...there's even Cadbury Fudge Minis now! Those other products stand up fine when made into minis but how does Double Decker fare?
Not very well, it turns out! Shrunk down into miniature form, the ratios are all wrong, as noted by One Treat. The nougat and crunchy cereal sections have been flipped around, making the bites too chewy and without the crispy crunchy texture that should be more prominent.
The chocolate and filling is also ridiculously sweet and doesn't much resemble anything other than pure sugar...they're surprisingly tasteless.
Overall, I'm really not impressed with these Dinky Deckers, they just don't work in miniature form. I'll stick with the Cadbury Fudge Minis and Snickers Bites instead...both are far yummier!
5 out of 10.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
So there's not one, not two, but three new popcorn flavours on shelves at the moment from Butterkist, and as well as that there's Pop Works & Company trying to muscle in on their territory...I can't keep up with it all! That hasn't stopped me seeking out and trying all of these new flavours, of course ;)
This Salted Caramel flavour is a permanent addition to the range, capitalising on the popularity of salted caramel flavoured...everything. I don't know if it differs in any way to the Butterkist Discoveries Salted Caramel popcorn that was out last year.
It's described as "popcorn coated with salted caramel flavour toffee" and is suitable for vegetarians as well as being gluten free. It contains milk so isn't vegan friendly unfortunately.
These were 79p over the weekend in Tesco along with the Choc Mallow flavour, so I snapped up both while I could (review of Choc Mallow due later!)
Opening the bag it smelled and looked pretty similar to regular Butterkist Toffee
It tastes different though...there's definitely a lick of salt with it, although it didn't taste as good as I'd hoped...it has a sweet syrupy, salty crunch but lacked the buttery flavour that makes "proper" caramel so yummy. I guess the clue was in the description...this isn't real caramel, just flavouring. I doubt they've altered the basic recipe they used for this compared to their toffee popcorn, apart from adding salt.
Overall, an ok popcorn but it doesn't live up to what salted caramel should be like. I would eat this again, but I much prefer the new Butterkist Yogurt Coated Popcorn.
7 out of 10.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Whilst perusing Morrisons chilled "Free From" range recently, I spotted something new and rather exciting...well, for anyone avoiding dairy or who is vegan, anyway. Coconut Milk rice pudding! Yes, I kid you not...rice pudding has now gone coco-nuts!
These are not only dairy free, but gluten free, nut free, soya free....and generally free from all allergens! The main ingredient is coconut cream, followed by sugar, rice, water, rice flour, potato starch, locust bean gum, salt and vanilla. They're also Vegan Society approved. I can't remember exactly how much I paid for them, but it was over the £2 mark.
I couldn't wait to get home to try these...so it's just as well I had my trusty spoon on hand with me to tuck in straightaway!
Opening the lid revealed quite a thick, stodgy rice pudding, no doubt thanks to the coconut cream. There were specks of vanilla easily visible within it, it had a lovely aroma.
Taking a spoonful, it was indeed quite thick and stodgy in texture...I was worried coconut cream and rice pudding wouldn't work together since coconut is rather fatty, but this actually tasted amazing! It was just as creamy, if not creamier than a regular milk rice pudding, with a satisfying thickness. The vanilla brings it to a whole new level...it's gorgeous combined with the creamy coconut. I opened the second pot straight after eating the first one, not because I felt unsatisfied but because these are so darn tasty!
Overall, I think these are a fantastic new addition to the Free From world...one of the best products I've tried in a while in fact. They're delicious, creamy and yet satisfying and not overly sugary. If you're vegan or dairy free for others reasons....try them! They're a keeper and I hope they stick around on shelves!
9 out of 10.
Sunday, 25 September 2016
There seems to be a war going on in the snacks world at the moment...who can shrink their products into miniature size the fastest?! Maybe it's a stealth tactic...to get you to part with your money of course.
Cadbury launched Dinky Deckers - bite size versions of Double Decker - only recently, but now they've gone a step further and chopped up their fudge bars to make them mini too...at first I thought this actually was a bag of Dinky Deckers since the packaging has a similar orange and purple colour scheme.
These cost £1 in Tesco Express, and contain 120g of mini Cadbury Fudge pieces, which are suitable for vegetarians, but it's not stated if they are manufactured near gluten or nuts.
Opening the bag, they had the typical milky comforting aroma usually associated with Cadbury fudge...
They tasted as expected; very sweet, with the chocolate tasting milky but not particularly chocolatey. Cadbury's chocolate quality really has gone downhill in recent years, it's on par with Nestle nowadays for being poor quality which is saying something. However the tasty fudge makes up for it...these are very moreish, and moreso in bitsize form than in their regular form.
Overall, what can I say, it's Cadbury Fudge but in mini form. The only real question now is what Mondelez will miniaturize next...
8 out of 10.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Just a quick return of Spotted In Shops today for some new grocery items appearing in stores over the changing season...
Magnum Cookie Crumble: all I can say is Oh My God!!!
Magnum Mini Cookie Crumble White:
Haagen Dazs Honey Walnut and Cream:
Carte D'or Gelateria Apple Tarte:
Carte D'or Treats Ice Cream Pralines:
Ben & Jerry's One Sweet World:
Ben and Jerry's One Love Special Edition:
Tesco Mini Doubles Ice Creams: raspberry and salted caramel flavours
Twix Cheesecake and Mars Dessert Bar: now in Tesco!
Fox's Toffee Popcorn Crunch Creams:
Asda Salted Caramel Chocolate Spread:
Asda Dark Chocolate & Mint Spread:
Tesco Finest Limited Edition Black Forest Cake:
Tesco Limited Edition Sticky Toffee Apple Cake:
Thorntons Triple Layer Toffee Cake Bites...also available in Chocolate:
Galaxy Ultimate White Hot Chocolate: now in Tesco!
Tesco Bunny Bites: these look so cute!
Pizza Toast Spread:
Swizzel's Fun Gums Mini Milkshake Cup Cakes:
Tesco Christmas Tree Mint Ice Creams: also available in Vanilla
B Free Sweet Potato Gluten Free Wraps: made with sweet potato flour!
Cadbury Screme Egg Pots of Joy with Green Goo!:
Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn: One Treat has reviewed this!
Butterkist Salted Caramel Popcorn: I hope to review this soon!
The Groovy Food Co Organic Coconut Sugar:
That's it for today...but stay tuned as there will no doubt be lots more new stuff in shops over the next few months!
Alpro have launched a new range of Vegan Society approved, Dairy Free ice creams onto the market, all of which should be appearing in most Tesco stores soon. I've already reviewed the Hazelnut Chocolate variety, and today it's the turn of the Coconut.
Like the Hazelnut Chocolate one this is gluten free, soya free and is made with soluble gluco fibre (I still have no idea what that is!) and 13.3% coconut cream.
I was hoping the addition of coconut cream would improve the taste and texture of this compared to the Chocolate Hazelnut, and it has...but not by much.
This does have a vague coconutty flavour, and is creamier than the Chocolate Hazelnut variety. It reminds me of Carte D'or Coconut flavour ice cream that was available yeeeears ago, but sadly, it's again ruined by a weird stale taste presumably coming from the soluble gluco fibre. I didn't feel like eating much of it, which is rather unusual for me.
Overall, I appreciate that Alpro are bringing out Dairy Free Vegan ice creams, because we do need more dairy free options that don't rely on soya...but they need to up their game. There's companies in America that sell ice creams purely made from coconut milk so I don't see why it can't be done here...I guess we are still a nation scared of fat!
7 out of 10.
Have you tried this ice cream? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments...