Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Kev's Pick & Mix! - Seabrooks Curry Crisps, Montezuma's Great British Pudding Bars, Hello Kitty Milkshake...

Welcome to another edition of Kev's Pick & Mix: an assortment of mini snack reviews! All these snacks have been in my archive for a long time now...too long in fact, so I thought it about time I gave them the review treatment! Do let me know if you've tried any of these particular snacks via the comments...

Seabrooks Chicken Karahi Curry Crisps Limited Edition:

These Chicken Karahi Curry Crisps were developed by Seabrooks exclusively with Akbar's restaurants and available as a limited edition last year. They were tasty, although nothing groundbreaking as far as curry flavoured crisps go. 6 out of 10.

Marks & Spencer Golden Honeycomb Chocolate Crunch:

I bought these along with the Snow Ball Crunch popcorn I reviewed last Christmas, and was very disappointed. When paying good money for M&S goods I expect top-notch quality, but unfortunately these were sickly sweet and very bog-standard as far as honeycomb and chocolate goes. Give me a Cadbury's Crunchie any day! 6 out of 10.


Morrisons Signature Caramel & Raspberry White Chocolate Bar:

I was very excited to find this new chocolate amongst Morrisons revamped "Signature" range last year, but it was very disappointing. The white chocolate tasted cheap and overly sweet, whilst the caramel tasted like crunchy brown sugar and the raspberry was sickly. Overall the combination was too sweet and sickly and didn't work. I had to throw most of it away which is very unlike me! 5 out of 10.


Amadeo Solo Banana Filled Milk Chocolate:

After reading about this bar on Grocery Gems I just had to seek it out, but it eluded me for quite some time. I eventually found a bar but was a little disappointed with the cheap, synthetic flavour of the banana filling. It was very strong but also quite artificial and not to my liking at all. 4 out of 10.


Montezuma's Great British Summer Pudding Bar:

When I found some Monetzuma's bars reduced in a local organic store I couldn't resist buying a few, especially as they were from their Great British range. I had high hopes since Monetzum'as are known for quality chocolate. Alas, I was very disappointed! Both bars tasted nothing like the puddings they were named after, which is kind of to be expected I guess, but worse than that this Summer Pudding variety contained very little dried fruit and it added little flavour to the bar. The chocolate was neither here nor there quality-wise, which surprised me. Overall, I was extremely disappointed. 5 out of 10.


Monetzuma's Great British Treacle Tart Pudding Bar:

This treacle tart pudding bar was equally as disappointing as the Summer Fruit Pudding Bar. It contained toffee and hazelnut nibs to provide the treacle tart flavour, but just ended up tasting a bit weird rather than of toffee. I wasn't impressed - they should have just added some real treacle sauce in the bar. 5 out of 10.


Schmerling's of Switzerland Rosemarie Harmony Praline Filled White Chocolate:

I spotted this in the imported foods section at Tesco and couldn't resist giving it a try since I'm a fan of both white chocolate and praline...the two together sounded heavenly! The bar was a bit pricey at £2.45 for 100g and I'm not sure it was really worth it - it tasted nice enough, the white chocolate was very creamy and the praline tasted smooth and nutty, and both combined made a lovely synergy. But it wasn't all that special, distinctive or great quality either. For a more comprehensive review of this bar check out Something To Look Forward To. 6 out of 10.


Hello Kitty Strawberry Milkshake:

One day I fancied making a "bubble tea" version of strawberry milkshake, so bought this Hello Kitty strawberry milkshake from Discount UK. I'm not fussed on the Hello Kitty product trend and only really bought it because it was cheap and sounded similar to Nesquik. Taste-wise, it was pleasant enough but a little overly sweet and nowhere near as good as real strawberry Nesquik. It made for a decent base for my bubble milkshake though! 6 out of 10.


Walkers' Nonsuch Creamy Toffee Banana Split Eclair:

I picked up this toffee from Home Bargains for something like 20p; I really couldn't day no at such a cheap price. I'd never tried Walker's toffee before despite always seeing it in shops for years. It sounded delicious and indeed it was! Biting into it, it was kind of crunchy initially but then revealed a lovely creamy banana white chocolate filling. I thoroughly enjoyed it! 8 out of 10.


Manija Almond Bar:

I found this chocolate bar in my local Czech/Polish import store and assumed it was some kind of Snickers ripoff. It's made by Kraft Foods and contains a layer of nougat with caramel and almonds, and certainly looked very similar to a Snickers. I'm not sure of the country of origin. It tasted rather nice, although very sweet and not quite as good as a Snickers. Still it was pretty good snack for 49p! 7 out of 10.


Nestlé Orion Margot Rum (Rozikami) and Mango (Manga):

When I first started this blog I reviewed the Orion Magot Artemis Bar and didn't like it much at all, so I was hesitant to try these limited edition rum and mango varieties. However in a fit of new snacks excitement I decided to just go for it since they were only about 49p each... but wish I hadn't bothered! They both tasted artificial, stale and unpleasant and I still don't understand why they are popular. 4 out of 10.

Nestlé Orion Nugeta Peanut Chocolate Spread:

I found this Orion Nugeta in the same import store and it's basically a peanut chocolate spread - kind of like a peanut version of Nutella! I was very excited to try it but unfortunately it tasted nowhere near as good as Nutella. It was milkier and with added fillers, and the peanut flavour was rather weak. 6 out of 10.

Ülker Ҫikolata Pistachio Milk Chocolate Bar  (Turkish):

I found this in a local Turkish store and being a fan of pistachios thought I would give it a try. The chocolate tasted tasted nice enough but unfortunately the pistachios weren't very strong in flavour and so didn't add much to the bar. 5 out of 10.



Klover Lys Kokesjokolade:

I was convinced into buying this "Kokosjokolade" (try saying that when you're drunk!) by a market trader who claimed it was "as good as Dairy Milk". For a mere 39p I couldn't say no and took a bar with me to Costa. As expected it turned out I'd been told nonsense - this was merely a cheap chocolate bar similar in quality to Sainsbury's Basics or Tesco Value milk chocolate! To be fair it tasted a tad creamier and nicer than those bars, but it was still decidedly "cheap". 5 out of 10.


Wonka Double Dipped Nerds Lemonade, Wild Cherry, Apple & Watermelon:

I found these Double Dipped Nerds in my local Tesco Express during a late-night snacks binge...(what is it with Tesco Express selling American sweets? They're hardly a neccesity like milk and bread to have on every street corner...does anyone else find this odd?) Anyway I thought I'd give them a try as I hadn't eaten Nerds since I was a kid. They were all pleasant enough, but very sweet and artificial-tasting; reminding me why I stopped eating Nerds in the first place! 5 out of 10.

Chupa Chups Melody Pops Strawberry:

I also bought this Melody Pops lolly during my snacks binge, just for nostalgia reasons really! It tasted pretty much as I remember - very sweet and that's about all, but of course the real fun was whistling on it! Sadly it didn't last for long once I'd crunched into it. This is a nice novelty but best left in the past I think! 6 out of 10.

Fruittella Crunchies:

I spotted these in the kiddies section in Asda and thought I'd give them a try. They looked a bit like a crunchy Skittles style sweet and that's pretty much what they were! They tasted almost identical to Skittles but larger and sweeter, and of course inferior. They were nice enough but there's much better sweets out there. 6 out of 10.


Fruittella UFO's:

I also bought these Fruittella UFO's...just for fun. Like the Fruittella Crunchies these also turned out to be identical in taste and texture to Skittles, but much inferior. I suppose the theme is fun and they're aimed at kids so I shouldn't grumble too much! 6 out of 10.


Well, that's it for this today's Pick & Mix! I hope you've all enjoyed this rundown of mini snacks reviews...stay tuned for more in future!

Monday, 24 February 2014

Thorntons Special Toffee Slabs: Chocolate Brownie & Tutti Frutti Review

Thorntons Special Toffee Chocolate Brownie Slab:

I was due to review this before Christmas but unfortunately got sidetracked. I was sent it along with the Apple Crumble Slab I reviewed previously, and it was a very delicious chocolatey toffee with plenty of crunchy biscuit pieces embedded within. I wouldn't call them brownies exactly - they were more like bourbon biscuits, but they worked really well with the chocolate toffee and tasted delicious. This is definitely a slab for toffee lovers! It also appears to be gluten-free since the biscuit is made from a mixture of gluten-free flours. 8 out of 10.

Thorntons Special Toffee Tutti Frutti Slab:

I was sent this along with the Apple Crumble and Chocolate Brownie Slabs, and it was hands down my favourite of the three! I loved the citrusy pineapple flavoured toffee and the tutti frutti fudge pieces embedded within...it was an absolutely moreish toffee that kept me constantly coming back for more! I would highly recommend this - kids will love it! 9 out of 10.

Thorntons Special Toffee Slabs are available from their website or in stores. 

*I was sent these slabs for an honest review and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Cocoa Hernando Discovers Himalaya - Milk Chocolate with Pink Diamond Salt


I was recently sent this bar of Cocoa Hernando Discovers Himalaya chocolate, described as "Milk chocolate with Pink Diamond Salt" and was both a little excited and nervous to try it. I've tried plenty of salted caramel chocolate bars in my time but not many that contain salt in the actual chocolate, so I wasn't quite sure how it would work in practice.


To my surprise it actually worked rather well! The chocolate tasted extremely rich and had a strong woody cocoa flavour...then the salt hits you! It tastes subtle and actually rather moreish. You can tell this is pink himalayan salt rather than any old salt, it has the subtle flavour down to a tee. I shared this with a friend who said "you can definitely taste the pink". I'm not sure how one can actually taste colours, but I'll go with it!


Overall, a tasty and good quality chocolate bar that is surprisingly moreish - I would recommend Cocoa Hernando to those who like high quality chocolate with a unique edge. Their signature India bar sounds particularly nice!

RATING: 9 out of 10.

Cocoa Hernando's website: http://www.cocoahernando.com/

*I was sent this bar for an honest review and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Dove Crispy Rice Bar Review (China)


Today's review is thanks to a reader from China who sent me a snacks package last year. I must sincerely apologize to her for taking so long to review it; I've had so many snacks in the archives and so little time it somehow ended up being neglected.

She sent me a fantastic snacks package but the one which stood out most to me was this Dove Crispy bar. Dove is another name for the famous Galaxy brand that we get here in the UK - it seems that elsewhere in the world (including the US) it's called Dove, but only here in the UK it's called Galaxy for some odd reason!

Unfortunately this bar suffered heat damage during postage and so had a rather "bloomed" and dusty appearance, but luckily it still tasted okay!


It tasted slightly different to the Galaxy chocolate we get here in the UK - it was a little richer and less milky. The crispy rice pieces were a nice addition and gave the chocolate a welcome crunch, although there weren't enough of them to make it worthwhile. It reminded me a little of Nestlé Crunch bars but with less crisped rice.

Overall, this is an interesting bar and it would be a nice addition to the UK Galaxy range, but only if it had more crisped rice added!

RATING: 7 out of 10. 

Friday, 21 February 2014

Spotted In Shops! - Ben & Jerry's All or Nut-ting, Toffee Crisp Cereal, Philadelphia & Cadbury Almondy Cakes...

Whilst browsing my local Sainsbury's recently there were so many cool new products that I just had to do a Spotted In Shops dedicated to them all. Enjoy!

Ben & Jerry's Core All or Nut-ting:
ben and jerry's core all or nutting

A new Ben & Jerry's Core variety! Contains a soft chocolatey hazelnut core surrounded by hazelnut and chocolate ice creams with chocolatey chunks. Currently on special offer.

New Ben and Jerry's Greek Style Frozen Yogurt:
ben and jerry's greek style frozen yogurt strawberry shortcake, honey caramel, raspberry chocolatey chunks

Also new from Ben & Jerry's is this range of Greek Style Frozen Yogurts. The varieties include Strawberry Shortcake, Vanilla Honey Caramel and Raspberry Chocolatey Chunk.

New Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich:
oreo ice cream sandwich

Oreo in ice cream sandwich form...genius! I wonder how they compare to the Oreo Ice Cream Cones released last year.

Almondy Philadelphia Layered Lemon Cheesecake:
almondy philadelphia almond layered lemon cheesecake

Almondy have introduced two new varieties to their Swedish cakes range, the first of which is this Philadelphia Almond Layered Lemon Cheesecake. It's made using a classic Almondy style base and is gluten-free!

Almondy Cadbury Chocolate Mousse and Almond Cake:
almondy cadbury chocolate mousse and almond cake

The other new variety in the Almondy range is this Cadbury chocolate mousse and almond cake with an Almondy base. It's also gluten-free.

Dairy Milk Minis and Caramel Minis:

Another new product under the Cadbury banner - a mixed pack of Dairy Milk and Caramel Minis ice creams.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Minis Cones:
cadbury dairy milk minis ice cream cones

As well as Creme Egg Minis ice cream cones, Cadbury have also launched these Dairy Milk Minis.

New Magnum Mint:
magnum mint 25 years

Mint doesn't seem like a groundbreaking flavour for Magnum, but apparently it's "new" and is to celebrate Magnum's 25 Years of Pleasure.

Magnum Mini Pistachio & Hazelnut:
magnum mini pistachio hazelnut

Pistachio and Hazelnut Mini Magnums - I'm not sure if these are new but I've certainly never seen them before.

Carte D'or Gelateria Eton Mess Ice Cream:
carte d'or gelateria eton mess ice cream

Apologies for the blurry pic! According to Just Food the new "Gelateria" range from Carte D'Or aims to "establish Carte D'Or as the ultimate dessert" and "enables consumers to bring the Italian gelato experience into their home". The RRP is £3.89 for a 900ml tub.

Carte D'or Gelateria Caffe Latte Ice Cream:
carte d'or gelateria caffe latte ice cream

There were a few other flavours in the range but I only got a pic of the Eton Mess and this Caffe Latte variety.

Müller DeLuxe Corner Rum and Raisins:
muller deluxe corner rum and raisin

If you like Rum and Raisins this new Müller DeLuxe Corner is for you! The DeLuxe range was launched last year and must be very popular considering all these new flavours...

Müller DeLuxe Corner Mississippi Mud Pie:
muller deluxe corner mississipi mud pie

Also new in the range is this Mississippi Mud Pie variety! I'm sure I saw a couple more new flavours too.

Nestlé Toffee Crisp Cereal:
nestle toffee crisp cereal

This new Toffee Crisp Cereal from Nestlé is aimed at adults, because apparently there are currently no chocolate cereals specifically targeting those over 35.

New McVitie's Ginger Nuts Slices:
mcvitie's ginger nuts slices

I was never a fan of regular Ginger Nut biscuits but they sound a bit more appealing in slice form coated in milk chocolate!

McCoy's Ultimate Twice Flavoured Crisps - Sizzling BBQ Chicken:
mccoy's ultimate twice flavoured crisps bbq chicken

These new "Ultimate" crisps from McCoy's are "twice flavoured", whatever that means...

McCoy's Ultimate Twice Flavoured Crisps - Chargrilled Steak & Peri Peri:
mccoy's ultimate twice flavoured crisps steak and peri peri

Chargrilled steak and "peri peri" flavour...shouldn't it be Piri Piri?

Frijj Supreme White Choc Raspberry Swirl:
frijj supreme white choc raspberry swirl

A new white chocolate and raspberry Frijj flavour...sounds delicious!

Poppets Movie Mix:
movie mix poppets chocolates

A mixture of different Poppets flavours for the cinema! Includes chocolate shortcake, raisin, orange and fudge Poppets.

Ferrero Hazelnut Eggs:
ferrero hazelnut mini eggs

These luxury Ferrero easter eggs come in both hazelnut and chocolate varieties, and sound delicious!

Well, that's it for today's Sainsbury's edition of Spotted In Shops... please do leave a comment if you've tried any of these new products!

(I'm thinking of doing a readers edition of Spotted In Shops in future - if you spot any cool new products you'd like me to feature please email kevssnackreviews@gmail.com or contact me via Twitter!)